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Top-Seeded Peekskill Ends Rye’s Sensational Season at County Center

March 11, 2011

The fourth-seeded Rye girls’ basketball team geared up for their Section 1 Class A semifinal against Peekskill by practicing hard and watching hours of game film on their top-seeded opponent. The preparation culminated in a team dinner the night before the County Center showdown, with the Golden Ball trophy from the 2005 Section title run serving as the table’s centerpiece.

The Garnets finished the 2010-11 season with a 17-4 record.

Unfortunately, the one thing the Garnets could not ready for was the experience of playing on “center court”, and, in the end, it led to their downfall in a 61-52 defeat at the hands of the eventual Section champions March 2. It was clear the Garnets possessed the talent to compete with Peekskill, but at times, with the game still in reach, they fell victim to their own nerves. Rye had difficulty hitting shots they ordinarily could convert in their sleep, were whistled into early foul trouble, and turned the ball over at inopportune times.


Pelicans Swoop In and Snatch Section Crown from Garnets

March 11, 2011

The Garnets averaged 4.5 goals per game this season, but came up empty when they needed one most. Sixth-seeded Pelham defeated Rye’s top-ranked hockey team 1-0 in the Division II Section championship February 27. It was the second time in three years the Garnets relinquished the Section crown to their rivals at Tate Rink in West Point.

Tommy Sullivan

Although the Pelicans held a 19-8 shots on goal advantage through two periods, the teams entered the final stanza knotted at 0-0. Pelham untied the score 1:59 into the third on a 2-on-1 break when freshman Andrew Schauer centered a perfect pass from the right wing to Will Donovan. Donovan, also a freshman, tapped the puck and it skipped high and past Rye’s Aaron Rix into the net.


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.


Rye Hockey Title Quest Begins Tonight

February 23, 2011

The Garnets, seeded No. 1 in the Division II Section playoffs, begin their quest for a fourth Section title in five years tonight against eighth-seeded Somers/N. Salem at 7:45 p.m. in the Ice Casino. If they win, they’ll play Friday at home in the Section semifinals.

“We’ve always had high expectations and this year is no different,” said senior captain Nick Rosenfield. “We have a good group of guys who are ready to make a run at States. We know we can make a push for it, because this team is built for it.”

Garnets Grab Three Section Titles, Qualify Five for State Championships

February 17, 2011

It was a near-perfect day for the Rye swim team February 16 at the Section championships in the Felix Festa Middle School pool. The Garnets won three individual titles and qualified five swimmers in six races for the State championships March 4-5 at the Nassau Aquatic Center in East Meadow.

Senior Kevin Hughes won both the 200- and 500-meter freestyle events, while fellow senior Chris Lyons finished first in the 200 individual medley and second in the 100 freestyle. As a team, the Garnets placed eighth out of 25.

Hughes kick-started Rye’s banner day with a dramatic victory in the 200 free. Last year, Hughes finished a heartbreaking .14 seconds out of first when Horace Greeley’s Matt Hadley touched him out. The senior saved his best for last this time around, however, with a dominating final lap that propelled him past another Greeley swimmer, Taegan Clark, and to the Section title with a 1:41.86 time.

Kevin Hughes paces himself in the 200 freestyle.

“I’m very happy to win it this year after what happened in 2010,” said Hughes. “I’m more of a distance swimmer anyway, so I try and go the same speed the entire race while others wear themselves out early.”


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.

Playoff Fever Picks Up Again Tonight

February 24, 2010

Three of Rye’s top teams take the court and ice tonight, beginning with the No. 3 Rye Country Day girls’ basketball team’s Fairchester Athletic Association Tournament Semifinal at second-seeded Hamden Hall (4:30 p.m.). Senior captain Alexandra Osborn-Jones will look to follow up her superlative performance in the quarterfinals against Holy Child, where she put up a line of 30 points, 19 rebounds, and eight blocks. In OJ’s four years as a Wildcat starter, her teams have made the FAA finals twice, but have never won the tournament.

Back home at Rye Country Day, the third-seeded boys’ basketball team begins their playoff quest when they take on No. 6 Hamden Hall at 4:30 in the FAA Tournament quarterfinal.

Finally, the Rye High ice hockey team enters the Division II Sectional tournament fray at home in the Playland Ice Casino. The top-seeded Garnets will take on Fox Lane in the quarterfinals. They defeated the Foxes just 16 days earlier, 4-1.

In other action, the Rye Country Day boys’ hockey team faces archrival Brunswick at home at 6 p.m.

Morning Round-up: Garnets Make Their Mark in Sectionals

February 16, 2010

There was plenty of Garnet action on the courts, mats, pools and tracks over the weekend, and plenty of Sectional success as well. The Rye boys’ basketball team scored the stunner of the weekend, as the 18th-seeded squad upended No. 2 Sleepy Hollow 54-39 on the road Friday. With the win, Rye is now in position to visit the County Center for a second consecutive year. First they’ll need to go through No. 7 Tappan Zee on the road Wednesday at 6 p.m. Against the Horsemen, Conor Smith paced the Garnets with 17 points and Brian Pickup added 13.

Graham Zahringer provided an excellent showing for the Rye wrestling team at Sectionals on Saturday and Sunday, as he battled his way to the championship bout in the 152-pound weight class. The Garnet captain defeated a pair of Arlington wrestlers in the quarterfinals and semifinals via decision, but fell in the final to New Rochelle’s Diaz in a 3-2 decision. Jesse Trumm made his way as far as the quarterfinals in the 145-pound weight class.

Graham Zahringer
Graham Zahringer on senior day

Unfortunately for the Rye girls’ basketball team, their season came to an end on Friday at No. 6 Albertus Magnus. The 11th-seeded Garnets dropped a 56-37 decision. Rye trailed 30-14 at halftime, but sliced the deficit to seven at the end of three quarters. Albertus, however, put the Garnets away in the fourth quarter. Lillian McCabe and Catharine Greer each scored 13 in the loss.

While the girls’ basketball team suffered a defeat in Rockland, the Rye boys’ swimming team was putting together an impressive showing a few steps down the road Friday at Felix Festa Middle School in the Section championships. The Garnets competed in six events overall, and finished fourth behind Tappan Zee, Horace Greeley, and Arlington. Junior Kevin Hughes provided the school’s highlight of the day by winning the 500-meter freestyle event in 4:40.60, which was eight seconds faster than his time just days before.

Rye’s indoor track team fared very well at the Section 1 Class B championships Sunday at The Armory. The boys placed third overall, while the girls finished sixth. Mac Gager toppled an all-time Rye record on his way to a first place finish in the 600-meter dash with a time of 1:24. Max Robinson placed first in the boys’ 2-mile run, while Torie Virtue took second in the high jump. Amanda Owens (pole vault), Erica Gold (1,500-meter race walk), Chris Fumasoli (shot put), Taylor Love (2-mile run), and the boys’ 4×800-meter relay team all finished third in their respective events.

Full feature stories on each of these teams will appear in the next issue of The Rye Record, and on here before that paper hits the stands February 26.


Rye High School
No Games Scheduled

Rye Neck High School
No Games Scheduled

Rye Country Day School
Girls’ Squash at FAA Tournament @ Greenwich Academy, 3

School of the Holy Child
Squash at FAA Tournament @ Greenwich Academy, 3



Morning Round-up: Boys’ Basketball Advances

February 12, 2010

The 18th-seeded Rye boys’ basketball team upended No. 15 Our Lady of Lourdes 48-43, on the road Thursday in the Outbracket Round of the Class A Section playoffs. Conor Smith paced the Garnets with 19 points, nine of them coming from downtown.

Conor Smith

Senior captain Brendan Nagle chipped in 10. With the victory, Rye is awarded a First Round meeting with No. 2 seed Sleepy Hollow today on the road at 5 p.m. Below are the playoff schedules for all teams who have qualified. The ice hockey Sectionals begin later this month.

I think my plan for today is to try and get to a little of all three RHS events. I’ll start off by heading over the Tappan Zee for boys’ swimming at Felix Festa at 4, and then shoot over to Albertus Magnus — just 0.7 miles from Festa — for the girls’ basketball game, which begins at 4:30. Finally, I’ll venture back over the Hudson to Sleepy Hollow for the boys’ basketball showdown. See you out there …

First Round — Friday, February 12
CLASS A — RHS (11) at Albertus Magnus (6), 4:30

Quarterfinals — Wednesday, February 17 at High Seed
Semifinals — Thursday, February 25 at County Center
Finals — Sunday, February 28 at County Center

Outbracket Round (February 11) — RHS 48, Our Lady of Lourdes 43

First Round — Friday, February 12 at Sleepy Hollow (2)
Class A — RHS (18) at Sleepy Hollow (2), 5 p.m.
Class B — RNHS (14) at Briarcliff (3), 7 p.m.

Quarterfinals — Wednesday, February 17 at High Seed
Semifinals — Wednesday, February 24 at County Center
Finals — Sunday, February 28 at County Center

Section Championships — Friday, February 12 at Felix Festa Middle School, 4 p.m.

Section Tournament — Saturday, February 13 at Clarkstown South, 3:30 p.m., and Sunday, February 14 at Pace University, 10 a.m.
Competing are Jesse Trumm (145), Graham Zahringer (152), and Donavon McSorley (16)

Class B Section Championships — Sunday, February 14 at The Armory, 1 p.m.