Archive for the ‘Wildcats’ Category

Spring Season Athletes Take a Bow

June 28, 2011

When the One Great Scorer comes to write against your name
He marks not that you won or lost, but how you played the Game.

—   Grantland Rice, 1908

The One Great Scorer will have good things to write about the spring seasons enjoyed by our local varsity teams. Some struggled; others went undefeated. Every team had moments to savor and remember.



Wildcats Defeat Gryphons Again, 18-10

May 9, 2011

Two programs that are starting to enjoy better days hooked up on a perfect spring afternoon for lacrosse when Rye Country Day traveled across town to take on the up-and-coming Holy Child sticksters at Gryphon Field.

Before the April 26 game, Wildcats coach Georgette Summers was asked what it would take for her young, speedy players to come away with a victory and put last year’s 5-11 record entirely out of their minds. “The key is moving their keeper around – who’s really good – and hope that we’ve got the conditioning in this heat.”

Allie Farber fires on net for a score.

Warming up on the east end of the field, their opponents’ senior goalie, Rachel Vallarelli, was indeed a good one. Vallarelli, who’ll play at UMass next season, represented Hudson Valley in the Empire State Games and has made the U.S. U-19 training team.


High Hopes and Reigning Champions Abound at Rye Country Day

April 11, 2011

The season is already underway, which means the Wildcats are well on their way in attempting to repeat the success of recent spring campaigns.

Boys’ Golf

On the heels of a fifth consecutive NYSAIS State title and Rye Country Day’s second FAA boys’ golf championship in school history, the Wildcats return in 2011 with their murderer’s row of Brian Starker, Colin McDade, James Kennedy, and Harrison Baker  intact.


Wildcats Win FAA Tourney; Garnets Fall in Section Championship

February 28, 2011

It was an up and down weekend for Rye’s hockey teams. The top-seeded Wildcats won the inaugural Fairchester Athletic Association tournament championship by defeating No. 2 Hamden Hall 5-4 Saturday at home.

Last night, however, the No. 1 Garnets fell 1-0 to rival Pelham, the sixth seed, in the Division II Section title game at Tate Rink in West Point. More on both of these games later in the week.

Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad

February 24, 2011

Two local teams were victorious in their first round playoff games Wednesday evening. The top-seeded Rye ice hockey team defeated No. 8 Somers/N.Salem 5-1. They advanced to the semifinals, where they’ll meet fourth-seeded Putnam Valley/Kennedy Friday night at Playland. Game time is set for 8:15 p.m.

The Rye Country Day boys’ basketball team defeated Greens Farms Academy by a score of 69-57 in the first round of the FAA playoffs. They next play Hamden Hall Friday on the road.

In the first round of the girls’ basketball FAA playoffs, Masters defeated Rye Country Day School, 43-38. Carolyn Binder led RCDS with 18 points and Meghan McDonough had nine points and 16 rebounds.


Garnets Overpower Wildcats in Rivalry Game; Earn Top Seed in Sectionals

February 23, 2011

The Rye ice hockey team, seeded No. 1 in the Division II Section playoffs, entered the postseason exactly how they wanted to – on fire. The Garnets finished the regular season with six consecutive wins, 11 of 12 overall, including a “cherry-on-top” victory in the finale.

In the third annual battle for City of Rye supremacy, the Garnets (16-3-1) defeated Rye Country Day 5-4 at the Playland Ice Casino February 16. RHS held a 5-2 lead before the Wildcats cut the lead to two and then – after pulling their goalie – one with 20 seconds remaining.

Michael Benincasa goes after RCDS goalie Eric Herbst.

“It was a great win and it meant a lot for us to beat them, especially on senior night,” said Rye High head coach Jason Friesen, whose Garnets boast a 79-36-10 record since the start of the 2006-07 season. “It was an exciting game, and a meaningful one as well as far as getting ready for the playoffs.”


Wildcats Topple Gryphons in See-Saw Tussle, 53-39

February 18, 2011

In a regular season finale February 16 that was three games in one, Rye Country Day School defeated visiting Holy Child 53-39.

Less a basketball game than a rollercoaster ride, the game saw the homestanding Wildcats jump out to a 22-9 lead after nine minutes, with Carolyn Binder and Kim McKoy scoring 18 between them. When Binder wasn’t hitting threes over the Gryphons’ man-to-man defense, McKoy was pouring in layups, often after getting her own rebound.


Wildcats Finish in Top Third of Teams at Prep Championships

February 18, 2011

The Rye Country Day wrestling team wrapped up a strong season in the New York State Prep Championships at Long Island Lutheran February 12, placing fifth out of 15 squads. Plagued by injuries causing all but two upper classmen to miss matches, the Wildcats came together for one of their best performances of the year.


Rye Country Day Makes it Two Straight Over Brunswick, 39-38

February 14, 2011

At Brunswick School, in the return clash of a home-and-home series, Matt (The Giant Killer) Staubi hit two free throws with 10 seconds left to seal the Wildcats’ victory over their archrivals by a point, 39-38 February 11. Leading scorer Alex Gendelman had 23 points to lead the visitors, while lefty Tyler Fernandez chipped in with six.


Wildcats Prove Themselves Giant-Killers, Topple Brunswick

February 10, 2011

Rye Country Day School overcame injuries and a height disadvantage at every position February 7 to trounce rival Brunswick, last year’s Fairchester Athletic Association regular season and tourney champs, 72-62.

“It was a total team effort,” said head coach Vin Minotti after the game. “We controlled the tempo, defended, and took good shots.”

Matt Staubi

Minotti’s gameplan, devised after losing team leader Lowes Moore earlier in the schedule to a knee injury, had the Wildcats constantly changing their defensive looks, from man-to-man to a packed-in 2-3 zone to a matchup zone, with a little ¾-court press thrown in.