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Optimism Reigns for Rye Neck Spring Teams

March 25, 2011

As the weather warms, five Panther programs work towards that season-ending moment in the sun.


The giant killers are back! Last year’s Class B Section finalists finished the season with a sterling 17-7 record. But this year they’ll be up against larger schools in every league contest they play.

“We need to work hard each game,” said head coach Joan Spedafino. “We lost our second baseman and right fielder to graduation. The good thing is, these girls are dedicated to softball both on and off the field and we look forward to a successful season.”

Jessica Calvini returns to the mound this spring.

The Panthers’ strength starts on the mound with returning All-State player Jessica Calvini. The first-sacker is Marissa Bella, All-Section Honorable Mention. The left side of the infield boasts vets Nicole Pineda at shortstop and Nickole Morgan at third.



Rye Neck Father Spearheads Fundraising for Pilot Lacrosse Program

October 7, 2010

The Rye Neck Union Free School District boasts many academic and athletic endeavors for their students to pursue. Lacrosse, however, is not one of them.

Jay Gottlieb, a father of four Rye Neck students, is hoping to change that. In a few short weeks he has raised over $25,000 of the $30,000 the district told him is necessary to fully fund a pilot program for boys’ and girls’ modified teams in the spring of 2011. Now, Gottlieb is hoping to make up the difference as the October 31 deadline for fundraising approaches.

“My oldest son, Daniel, has grown up playing lacrosse in local leagues since he was 7 years old,” said Gottlieb. “He’s in eighth grade now, and lacrosse is over for him without a program. But this is bigger than a few kids. This is the fastest growing sport in America and one that could have 50-60 kids involved every spring. It gives them even better opportunities to get into college, too.”

The proposed program, to be funded entirely through donations, would offer seventh and eighth grade students the chance to play lacrosse this spring. All funds are being held by Gottlieb until the target is met, at which point he will turn them over to the Rye Neck Booster Club Special Purpose Account. If the $30,000 mark is not reached, the money will be returned.

To assist, contact Gottlieb at 917-842-4078 or