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Rye Laxers Score One for Don Bosco’s Boys & Girls Club

February 18, 2011

Members of the Rye boys’ lacrosse team visited the Don Bosco Community Center in Port Chester twice this month to introduce the sport to children from the Boys & Girls Club. The clinic was put into motion by Garnets’ senior Christian Bonaventura and his mother Linda. They came up with the idea one day on the way home from school.

Robinson Alvarez with Rye’s James Goldszer and Tommy White

“There was a surprisingly great response from all the kids at Don Bosco, many of whom had never seen a lacrosse stick or game,” said Christian Bonaventura. “All the kids wanted to learn and play as quickly as possible, so they could throw around with us or score a goal. It was a perfect experience for our team and the kids we met.”


A Plunge Worth Freezing For

January 12, 2011

New Year’s Day won’t ever be confused with a day at the beach in this part of the world. Just don’t tell that to the 100-plus brave souls who took part in Ray’s Plunge and dipped into the 35-degree water January 1 at Oakland Beach.

The plunge, named for Rye’s Ray Kelly, helped raise over $6,000 for MAC’s Angels in their fight against Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. MAC’s Angels is the non-profit organization that was formed when The Mary Ann Collier Foundation and Friends of Claire joined forces.


Garnet Greats Get Back on the Ice to Support One of Their Own

January 12, 2011

It’s been five years since Andrew “Chowder” Kranichfeld last skated. But there he was December 27 at the Playland Ice Casino, led by his girlfriend out on the rink prior to the start of the Chowder Cup, a hockey scrimmage to raise support and funds for its namesake.

Kranichfeld, a 2003 graduate of Rye High School, went blind last year after a brain tumor was misdiagnosed. The tumor was discovered only two days after his mother, who battled leukemia for seven long years, passed away. A form of germinoma, the cancer was eventually treated, reducing it from over three centimeters in size. Now, after all the 26-year-old had endured in the last year, it was exhilarating to be back on the ice.


Inaugural RHS Ice Hockey Alumni Game Set for December

November 4, 2010

The Playland Ice Casino has been home to some of the greatest moments in Rye ice hockey history. On December 22, past and present members of the Garnet ice hockey family will descend on the historic site to celebrate those fond memories and create brand new ones in the first-ever Rye High School Alumni Game.


Rye Neck Student-Athletes Save the World, One Soccer Ball at a Time

May 18, 2010

It all began when Zac Belok, a 16-year-old Spackenkill High School student, visited Argentina and gave a local child a soccer ball as a gift. The Argentinean was so overwhelmed with joy that Belok decided then and there to try his best to spread that same feeling to everyone.

That was the genesis of “Amigos de Fútbol”, an organization that aims to collect new and used soccer equipment in Hudson Valley schools to send to impoverished families in Argentina. David Mendoza-Conner and Ivan Martinez, stars on the Panthers’ Section championship soccer team, answered the bell at Rye Neck High School and are currently spearheading collections throughout the campus.

David Mendoza-Conner and Ivan Martinez

David Mendoza-Conner and Ivan Martinez

“It means a great deal to me to be able to help those who are less fortunate,” said Mendoza-Conner, a junior and Team Captain for the ADF effort at Rye Neck. “I know I definitely do not take things for granted, and being able to help children in South America who have nothing to play with inspires me to be a better person. When I think about those who can’t even play because they do not have equipment, I experience one of the saddest feelings I have ever encountered. To not be able to play a simple game such as soccer due to lack of equipment is mind-boggling.”


RMS Student Colin Devlin Runs for Those Who Cannot

November 13, 2009

Colin Devlin, a 7th grade student at Rye Middle School, raised over $2,000 in pledges for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund by – as he put it – “running for those that can’t”. The 12-year-old finished his three-mile trek November 7 at the Playland pier with high hopes of creating additional awareness for a cause that provides financial support for dependents of U.S. military personnel lost in the performance of duty, as well as wounded warriors.

“I’m happy and proud and want to do it again next year,” said Colin. “During the run I felt like Jell-o, but I knew that I couldn’t stop even if I wanted to.”


Robert Kelly, Colin Devlin, and Jack Carlson finish the three-mile run at Playland pier

The precocious student was inspired by the summer reading assignment, “Three Cups of Tea”. In the true story told in the book, American Greg Mortenson, after somehow surviving a botched K2 climb, is nursed back to health by denizens of a poor Pakistani village. It then becomes his mission to give back by building schools in the area, hoping to offset Taliban extremism in a land where anti-Americanism is rampant.


Ice Garnets leading way for next generation

October 9, 2009

On Saturday, October 3, the Rye varsity ice hockey team ran a pre-owned sports equipment fundraiser. In the photo are 2009-10 senior co-captains Taka Katsuta (foreground) and Paul Mundinger (wearing gray in background) outfitting the next generation of Rye hockey players.


Keep up the good work, fellas!