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Fresh Faces, Old Bloodlines, and Reigning Champions On the Menu for Garnets

December 8, 2010

New coaches and programs highlight the beginning of the winter, but by season’s end the Garnets should – as usual – be in contention for several Section crowns.

Ice Hockey

The expectations for the Garnets in 2010-11 remain the same as always, according to head coach Jason Friesen. Skate to the Section championship game, win the title, and move on to the State tournament. It may sound bold, perhaps lofty even, but those goals are based on the precedent of a wildly successful run.

Michael Benincasa

Friesen’s Rye teams have posted a combined 63-33-9 record over the last four seasons, with three Division II Section championships. After dropping the title at the end of the 2008-09 campaign, the Garnets bounced back to win it last year in convincing fashion. The skaters thrashed a senior-laden Yorktown squad 7-1 at West Point.

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Rye High School Winter Sports Preview

December 2, 2009

No matter the sport, Rye’s teams buzzed through the opposition this fall, winning 80 percent of the games in which they played. There should be no let-up this winter, as six talented programs look to pick up where their classmates left off.

Boys’ Basketball

Every new season brings Chris DiCintio a different batch of basketball ingredients. The head coach never assumes his latest amalgam will translate to glory, but he did admit he’s cautiously optimistic about his ninth Rye team. The 2009-10 Garnets consist of seasoned veterans, experienced newcomers, and even a pair of players with proven basketball genetics.

Rye returns five players from last year’s 16-7 squad that made a surprising run to the Section semifinals at the Westchester County Center. Senior center Brendan Nagle and junior forward Brian Pickup, both captains, are a pair of third-year players DiCintio says will carry a big load in the middle. Senior point guard Tim Lonergan is the third captain. He saw limited duty behind Matt O’Neill last year, but is a good player and leader who is ready for the challenge. Rounding out the starting five are junior Conor Smith and senior Alex Antico.

Brian Pickup

“We plan on being very physical and aggressive on defense, and on offense we will play an up-tempo style by fast-breaking,” said DiCintio. “That was a major part of our success last year; we were very good at pushing the ball upcourt.”

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