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Tennis Players Set to Take on Cancer

July 19, 2011

Sam King, a former Rye resident who attended Midland School and now lives in Rye Brook, has teamed up with his friend Irwin Reibeisen to host a charity tennis tournament at Byram Hills High School in Armonk August 5-7.

King, a member of Bowdoin College’s tennis team, and Reibeisen, former captain of the Byram Hills team and a rising sophomore at Bucknell, said, “Cancer has affected both of our families, so it’s a very meaningful cause to us. We have set a goal of raising $5,000 to donate to the American Cancer Society of Westchester.”

A silent auction and a benefit concert will be held Friday night featuring Irwin’s brother’s Connecticut band, Voted Most Random, a veteran of the Bamboozle and Warped tours. On Saturday morning from 9-11, there will be a free junior tennis clinic for ages 6-14. Also scheduled Saturday is a pizza party provided by local parlors. Longford’s will host an ice cream party on Sunday. For more information, go to

Garnets Take Sectionals, Finish High at States

June 28, 2011

The Rye girls’ golf team had a spectacular season, finishing 13-0 and sending the entire team — an unprecedented half-dozen players — to the first round of the Sectional tournament. Junior Jen Lee, freshman Alexis Hios, seniors Nancy Kelleher, Julia Pasqualini, and Kelly McRedmond, and eighth grader Frida Henningsson all teed off at Beekman Country Club.

Alexis Hios, Jen Lee, and Frida Henningsson

Head coach Rich Savage was hoping each girl would play to the best of her ability and make it to the Section finals, held June 7 at Miniscongo Golf Club. He and the team could not have been happier when every player made it. What’s more, Jen Lee — runner-up in 2010 — won the Section 1 title with a score of 161, “an amazing accomplishment for a junior,” Savage noted.


Garnets Take Home the Trophy Again

May 11, 2011

Rye High’s lacrosse team came of age May 7 on Rye Country Day School’s home turf. Seven different Garnets scored goals before a standing-room-only crowd as Rye rolled to a 12-2 win, their eighth-straight in the City series. The Garnets held their crosstown rivals to just five shots on net in the annual Mayor’s Cup clash.

RHS senior captains Max Bonsall, Christian Bonaventura, Michael Collins, and Matt McReddie with Rye Mayor Doug French

In 2010, the Wildcats were undefeated going into the duel, and their 13-6 defeat was one of only two they would suffer all year. The loss of a dozen players to graduation from that NYSAIS championship squad showed all over the field, however, against the slicker, deeper Garnets.


Icing on the Season

May 9, 2011

A number of Rye varsity ice hockey players were recognized for their achievements this winter at the Section 1 Awards Dinner held at Lake Isle Country Club.

Ryan Rogers, Michael Benincasa, Matt Moran, head coach Jason Friesen, Nick Rosenfield, and Aaron Rix.

Aaron Rix, Rye’s goalie, was named All-Section, All-League, and MVP for League 3. Michael Benincasa, Matt Moran, and Ryan Rogers were named All-League. Robert Holmes and Nick Rosenfield were named All-League Honorable Mention.

Hometown Squash Players Rally at Nationals

March 25, 2011

Rye area youth made an impressive showing at last weekend’s U.S. Squash Junior Championships at Yale University. Eight junior players from Apawamis Club and four from Westchester Country Club competed in the three-day tournament showcasing the nation’s top young players.

Pictured at Nationals, left to right, back row: Caroline Baldwin, Ashley Manning, and Claire Aube; middle row: Kayley Leonard flanked by Apawamis coaches Yvain “Swiss” Badan, and Manek Mathur; front row: Haley Aube, Charlie Mattson, and Natalie Bartlett.

Among the 314 players who came to the Yale campus from all over the country were Rye’s own Claire and Haley Aube, Caroline Baldwin, Christopher Eagan, Ashley Manning, and Charlie Mattson. Hailing from Harrison were Natalie Bartlett, Bella and Emily Jones, Kayley Leonard, and Tucker and Kyle Martino.


National Paddle Champs

March 25, 2011

Mark Parsons, head tennis and paddle pro at Manursing Island Club, and Mike Stulac, who works for J P Morgan Chase, won the American Platform Tennis Association Men’s National Championship in Chicago March 13. They beat Johan DuRandt, last year’s National champion, and his new partner, Matt Porter, in thrilling fashion 7-5, 6-4. Parsons, 31, and Stulac, 40, didn’t drop a set in the tournament.

Paddle tennis is gaining in popularity worldwide. All four finalists are foreign-born: Parsons and Stulac are from Canada, DuRandt is from South Africa, and Porter hails from Australia.

Rye’s Downhill Racers

March 25, 2011

Billy Chabot, Grant Keith, Peter Chabot, and Tommy Carver

Grant Keith, 12, and Tommy Carver, Billy and Peter Chabot, all age 10, qualified to represent three different states at the annual Francis Piche Invitational Giant Slalom March 18 and 19 at the Gunstock Ski Resort in Gilford, N.H. The event is a precursor to next year’s Junior Olympics.

In the two-day event, state teams from throughout New England competed in a team format. The first day, the teams are split up so that racers can train and socialize with their competitors from the other teams. The second day is a traditional Giant Slalom race.

Billy and Peter, twin brothers, competed for the New York Team, Tommy competed for Vermont, and Grant for Massachusetts.

The race field was very strong, with over 250 competitors in the J3-5 age groups. Despite the warm weather, the snow conditions held up well.

Photo by Andrew Keith

Jarden Triathlon Fever Hits Rye

March 18, 2011

Registration for the Jarden Westchester Triathlon officially began at noon March 8. The event sold out in under three hours — a record time!

The 27th annual multi-sport event, which takes place in Rye September 25, has earned premiere metro area standing.

Members of the Westchester Triathlon Committee and charities involved on sign-up day for the Jarden Westchester Triathlon.

Chairman Phil Gormley remarked, “This has become a fantastic community event, with something for everybody. The serious athlete, the casual athlete, the young athlete, as well as the supporters, sponsors, volunteers and charities — all have a chance to be involved.”

The day before the big event, an adult mini-triathlon, kids triathlon, and expo will be held.

Information on the club and the event and how to become involved with the committee can be found at the new website,

Rye Rangers Strike Gold in Massachusetts Tournament

March 11, 2011

The Rye Rangers Pee Wee B1 team capped off a great season with a 3-0 victory against the Bedford Bears in the finals of a Massachusetts tournament March 5. The Rangers, undefeated in league play this year with a 10-0-2 record, defeated the White Plains Plainsment in the tourney’s first round.

Rye was strong on offense and defense all year, and Eddie Massaro, the coach’s son, played superbly in goal. The team’s championship roster included George Ross, Forbes Crowley, John Barber, Ryan Telesca, Charlotte Fleischman, Zach Bunder, Ryan Germain, Austin Sampel, TJ Gooley, Theo Bartlett, Guy Junkins, David Hauben, and Aiden Connerty.

“The team improved over the course of the year due to their hard work on and off the ice,” said coach Ed Massaro. “We are proud of our championship title but even more gratifying is the teamwork and respect for each other the players displayed.

The Rye Rangers Hockey Club was founded in 1973 and is dedicated to promoting both hockey skills and good sportsmanship. For more information, go to

Fairchester Championship Perfect Antidote for Wildcats’ Challenging Season

March 11, 2011

Inexperience and injuries were just two types of adversity the Rye Country Day boys’ hockey team faced as they stumbled through the first three-fourths of the season to an unsightly 3-12-2 record. The Wildcats managed – somehow, some way – to turn it all around in their final six games, however, and capped the season by winning the inaugural Fairchester Athletic Association tournament.

Rye Country Day defeated Hamden Hall 5-4 in a back-and-forth championship game February 27 at home, finishing the season on a high note with a final record of 7-14-2. Goalie Michael Mossman, one of 13 freshmen and sophomores on the team, made 31 saves in the victory.