Archive for the ‘Winter NYSAIS Playoffs’ Category

Defense Powers Wildcats to Second-Straight State Championship

March 10, 2010

There was no getting through the Rye Country Day defense in the NYSAIS Class C championship game March 7 at Fieldston School.

Third-seeded Immaculata Academy could have been driving an 18-wheeler down the lane and it wouldn’t have made a dent in the Wildcats’ D as they won wire-to-wire, 38-22. The State title win was the second in as many years for fifth-seeded Rye Country Day.

The champs!

“We made a couple of long trips in this tournament, and the girls felt that they did not come down here to lose today,” said head coach Bob TeCarr. “The kids are thrilled. They played with so much heart.”

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Wildcats Cap Dominant Run With Program’s First State Championship

March 9, 2010

In sports, momentum is everything. The hoary old axiom is especially true in basketball, where one seemingly insignificant play can bring about a sea change in a team’s destiny.

For the Rye Country Day boys’ basketball team, that moment came with six seconds left in the first half of their NYSAIS Class C quarterfinal with Columbia Prep. Trailing 23-21, senior captain Patrick Manus blocked a shot that careened back into the shooter and out of bounds. The Wildcats took over and ran a play head coach Vin Minotti has had them perform at the end of every practice. Jason Rogers, the other senior captain, found Garrett Washington in the corner and the sophomore calmly unleashed a 3-pointer that splashed through the net as the buzzer sounded to give RCDS a one-point halftime advantage.

Rye Country Day never trailed again in the NYSAIS tournament, and their torrid run culminated in the program’s first State championship. The third-seeded Wildcats soundly defeated No. 1 Friends Seminary 58-42 March 7 at Fieldston School in the Bronx.

The 2009-10 NYSAIS State champions

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An Epic Two Days of Rye Athletics On Tap

March 6, 2010

As we’ve discussed here all week, it doesn’t get much bigger than tonight’s State quarterfinal ice hockey showdown between your Rye Garnets and the Queensbury Spartans. The puck drops at 8 p.m. tonight in the Playland Ice Casino, but be sure to get there early to ensure your seat. Rye is looking to get back to the Frozen Four in Utica for the first time since 2007, and will need to go through a Queensbury team they split a pair of games with early this season. For more on the game, read the earlier posts in this blog. I’m going to hand the reigns over to senior captain Taka Katsuta, who is more than ready for tonight’s duel.

Taka Katsuta

“To reach this point of the season is definitely a great feeling,” said Katsuta. “Knowing that we are only one of the two teams left standing in Section 1 makes me want to win this regional game even more. Also, the rivalry we have had with Queensbury has been pretty intense and I definitely want to prove to them how much better we have improved over the course of the season. This is my last game at Playland and I definitely want to play a game that I will never regret for the rest of my life.

“I think that people should come to this game because I already know that it is going to be a close one,” he continued. “Fans from both teams are coming to the game, there will be tons of music and the rink is going to be packed. The atmosphere will be very exciting and I think that everyone will have a blast watching the game.”

There is nothing left to be said.

The sports action doesn’t stop tonight, however, as both the Rye Country Day School girls’ and boys’ basketball teams advanced to the NYSAIS State championship games Sunday at Fieldston. On Friday, the fifth-seeded girls’ — led by senior captain Alexandra Osborn-Jones’ fourth triple-double in five games — went on the road and upended top-seeded Staten Island Academy 46-39. OJ put up an obscene stat line of 14 points, 17 rebounds and 12 blocks, and will look to lead the defending champs to a second straight title. Tip-off is set for 11 a.m. at Fieldston in the Bronx.

On the boys’ side, the Wildcats will make their first NYSAIS finals appearance . The third-seeded team toppled No. 2 Riverdale Country Day 46-34 on the road yesterday. Jason Rogers had 13 points and 18 rebounds, and Darren Douglas went off for 20 points. They’ll face No. 1 Friends Seminary tomorrow at 3 p.m. at Fieldston in the championship tilt.