Feeley to Swim for U.S. National Team in China

July 19, 2011

Ryan Feeley, a graduate of Rye High School and current Michigan Wolverine, swam his way onto the U.S. National Open Water Team after finishing sixth in the 10K Open Water National race held last month in Fort Lauderdale. The swimming sensation represented Badger Swim Club and was coached by John Collins.

Ryan Feeley

Thanks to his impressive finish, Feeley qualified for the World University Games, which will be held in Shenzhen, China, August 12-22. There he will compete in the 10K Open Water race, as well as the 1500-meter freestyle.

A former multi-race All-American and State champion for the Garnets, Feeley earned collegiate All-American status after anchoring Michigan’s 800-meter freestyle relay to a sixth-place finish at the NCAA championships in March. He also placed ninth in the 500-meter freestyle, and 16th in the 1650 freestyle. As a sophomore, he was named to the 2011 Academic All-Big Ten team and received Michigan’s Athletic Academic Achievement Award for a second straight year.

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 www.charitytennistournament.com.

New Queen of the Nets

July 19, 2011

For the last few years, the Rye High girls’ soccer team has been able to field not one, but two future first-team All-Americans. All good things must come to an end, and Lia Bellizzi is taking her talents to the University of Virginia, while Tatiana Saunders will be minding the nets for Dartmouth this fall.

Lexi Hijazi

All of which means that Rye’s new starting keeper will have her hands full. Fortunately, Lexi Hijazi is up to the task. Not only does she already have varsity experience – she started in Saunders’ absence last year – but Hijazi is a star in her own right, leading her East Meadow travel team to a New York State Cup victory and a No. 6 national ranking on GotSoccer.com

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Northern Glory

July 19, 2011

Katie Hughes, Kelly Johnson, Courtney Ciardiello, and Melissa Fulenwider

Three of Rye’s swimming standouts – Katie Hughes, Courtney Ciardiello, and Melissa Fulenwider – teamed with a fourth from Mamaroneck to capture the bronze in the medley relay at the Canada Cup June 30 in Montreal. It was a triumphant reunion for the trio, who relayed together for the Garnets in 2008.

Rocketing to the Top

July 19, 2011

Front row: Jack Bryan, Dennis Kennelly, Taichi Zaiki, Sam Rock, and Jared Olbrys; second row: Ryo Tatsuno, Alec Jautz, Peter Chabot, Brendan Simandl, and Will Sands; third row: Alan Chabot, Harry Barringer, Carl Friedrich, James Sands, and John Rock; back row: Geoff Sands, Scott Barringer, and Mark Whitehouse

Three cheers for the Rye Rockets soccer team, who, for the second consecutive year, were undefeated. They finished 19-0-1, which propelled them to first place in the elite division of the Westchester Youth Soccer League.

RCDS Sharpshooter to Represent United States in International Competition

July 19, 2011

June was quite the memorable month for local basketball star Carolyn Binder. The rising Rye Country Day junior was first named by Nike to the Top 160 list of sophomores in the country, and then was selected to the 2011 USA National Team for the 12th Annual Pan American Maccabi Games.

Carolyn Binder

Binder attended the Nike Skills and Drills Academy in Virginia, where she learned valuable lessons and was reminded of the importance of hard work when there are so many other top-flight players in the country.

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Thrush Crushes the Competition

July 19, 2011

Led by the father-and-son tandem of coach Duke Thrush, the former Rye Record advertising/design guru, and star slugger Dawson Thrush, the Palm Beach Gardens T-Ball All-Stars captured Florida’s state baseball championship June 19 in Sarasota. Dawson, 6, powered the team from the plate by batting a jaw-dropping 16-for-19.

Duke and Dawson Thrush

Although the team went 6-0 in the tourney and outscored opponents by a combined 92-30, they ran into some trouble in the semifinals when they fell behind 8-3. Duke rallied the troops, however, and the team stormed back to win 12-10 in extra innings.

Brian Pickup Named Rye’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year

June 28, 2011

The Osborn’s formal dining room was the scene June 13 for the 13th annual Lions Club Athlete of the Year ceremony. Nine Rye High School scholar-athletes, their families, and coaches gathered to learn whom the RHS student body voted in as the best of the best.

Chris Lyons, Maddy Chabot, Lillian McCabe, Brian Pickup, Jennifer Lee, Kevin Hughes, Lia Bellizzi, Luis Del Pezo, and Laurel Kennedy

Lions Club Secretary/Treasurer Dave Heller presided at the dinner, the 13th annual presentation of the award, during which retiring football coach Tom Maloney and former Mayor Steve Otis, both members of the organization, made remarks. Mr. Heller then introduced the contenders, each a winner of the Athlete of the Month award during the 2010-11 school year.

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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.

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Ironwoman in the Making

June 28, 2011

Camila Perez-Segnini, a 15-year-old Rye resident, competed in the Pawling Sprint Triathlon with her father, Romulo, June 4. She was the youngest contestant in a field of 419 triathletes – and also one of the most successful. The RHS swim team member won her age category (women’s 15-17), and was the fastest overall for both gender groups in that age bracket with a time of 1:22:48. Perez-Segnini finished 171st overall.

Camila and Romulo Perez-Segnini

She began swimming at an early age at Coveleigh Club, and then started hitting the pool in the winter with the Rye YMCA Wave Ryders. It wasn’t long before she was swimming year-round with Badger Swim Club.

Last summer, Perez-Segnini accompanied her father on long bike rides, and enjoyed it so much that she decided to participate in The Jarden Westchester Kids Triathlon. She surprised the field of 94 by winning the girls’ 11-14 age group in 23:49. This year, Perez-Segnini will compete in the adult triathlon.