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John Souza coached the Loudon “woodsmen” against the Indian Village “tribe” coached by Paul Murphy in the annual neighborhood softball matchup August 5. The early morning rain did not slow down the Indian Village team, which routed their crosstown neighbors 20-1. Greg Ingrassia, Mike Walsh, and Phil Hartman all had home runs.

<<Tara Berger>> of Purchase was a member of the USA Open Women’s Basketball Team, which recently won the gold medal at the 20th World Maccabiah Games. The games, held every four years in Israel, are the third largest international sporting event, with over 9,000 participants representing over 80 countries.

A 2015 Rye Country Day School graduate, Berger is a junior at Wesleyan University, and plays center for her college team.

This has been a standout year for Berger, who was named to the NESCAC All-Academic Basketball Team, made the Jewish Women’s All-American Basketball Team, and received the Basketball Sportsmanship Award at Wesleyan.

Since 1961, top-flite area tennis players, current and former collegiate stars, and club professionals have coveted a spot in the draw at Manursing Island Club’s Richardson Invitational Men’s Doubles Tournament. The finals of this year’s edition of the tournament, named in honor of club member Tom Richardson, was held August 6 in near-perfect weather.

Spectators were treated to their share of power tennis in the final, but the players also demonstrated precise touch shots, hyper-fast net play, and well-timed lobs. When the entertaining shotmaking was over, Spaniards Axel Alvarez and José

Salazar, former Big 12 stars at University of Oklahoma and University of Arkansas respectively, defeated Ryan Thacher, who played for Stanford, and Manursing’s own Brian O’Connor, a former Binghamton star, in the final 6-3, 6-7, 6-1. The runners-up showed savvy in extending the match after saving match point in the second-set tiebreaker.

The trophies were presented by Albie Collins, a mentor and coach of many of Manursing’s best players. As a collegiate player, Collins led Dartmouth to an undefeated season as a senior. In 2001, the Ivy League renamed its championship trophy in his honor.

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Runners-up Ryan Thacher and Manursing’s Brian O’Connor after their semi-final win.

Albie Collins presented trophies to winners José Salazar, left, and Axel Alvarez

Rye’s Tim DeGraw Stars for Yale at College Baseball World Series

By Mitch Silver

 

Rye High 2015 graduate and Yale centerfielder Tim DeGraw brought the Garnets and the Elis to the College World Series last month for only the second time in history. The first time it happened, George Herbert Walker Bush (who married Rye’s Barbara Pierce) captained Yale 69 years ago at the 1948 edition of the event.

 

This year, Yale’s Ivy League champs flew across the country to Corvallis, Oregon, for regional play against Nebraska, Holy Cross, and the top-ranked baseball team in the nation, Oregon State. The first batter in the box in the first inning of play against the nationally ranked Cornhuskers was our own DeGraw, who would end the season batting .343 with an impressive on-base percentage of .428. So naturally, he padded both of those numbers by spanking a single up the middle. When he scored two minutes later, Yale was on its way to a 5-1 victory and its first NCAA win in a quarter-century.

 

Later in the regional DeGraw would go 3 for 3 against the Crusaders, driving in two (his 41st and 42nd RBI from the leadoff spot) and scoring four times in the 9-5 win that advanced the Elis to the regional final against the 51-4 Beavers, who were playing at home. The 8-1 loss sent the Blues home to New Haven, though Rye’s own entry had two hits and scored Yale’s only run in the final. It was all a lot of fun for the ex-Garnet, who led the Ivies in steals with 17. 

 

“And I hit my only home run ever, in high school or college, against Penn in our Ivy Championship game. It went out in left center and drove in three.” He gestured over his shoulder at the words “Rye Baseball” on the left-centerfield fence at Feeley Field, while standing in the outfield on a break from his summer job at the Reiner, Slaughter & McCartney law firm. 

 

DeGraw went on to say his biggest thrill was meeting “No. 41” up at his summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine. “President Bush was a lefty first baseman and the captain of his team that made it all the way to the College World Series finals, losing to USC by two games to one.”

 

With DeGraw and his fellow sophomores playing such a large role in Yale’s winning season, it’s altogether possible the Elis will be back in Maine next year...toting silverware.

 

 

By Melanie Cane

Other than an electrical storm that forced two days’ worth of events to be held on the final day, the 92nd Annual Westchester County Swimming Association Meet (Counties) at Playland Pool went swimmingly July 31-August 3. Teams from all over Westchester, 37 in all, competed, and many local swimmers graced the winner’s podiums.

Rye Golf Club won the Diving event. Katie Laverty placed third in the Girls’ 14-17 competition and Michael Alpert came in second in the Boys’ 14-17. Rye Golf Club’s girls placed second overall as a team, with many of them winning or placing in the top three of their events. Lente Geelen, 12, earned first place in the 12 & Under 50 Yard Breaststroke, 12 & Under 50 Yard Butterfly, and 12 & Under 50 Yard Freestyle. Ten-year-old Megan Tiedeman won the 10 & Under 50 Yard Butterfly and placed third in the 10 & Under 50 Yard Backstroke. Megan, along with Lieve Geelen, Kayla Lombardo, and Sophia Lord, placed third place in the 10 & Under 200 Yard Medley Relay as well as the 200 Yard Freestyle Relay. Lombardo, 9, also came in third in the 10 & Under 50 Yard Breaststroke.

A number of Coveleigh Club swimmers had shining moments. Grace Kujawski, 15, won the 17 & Under 100 Yard Breaststroke beating her teammate Alexa Lantin, 17, by one-tenth of a second. Kujawski came in third in the 17 & Under Butterfly and she and her sister Dylan, along with Lantin and Maggie Scala, came in third in the 17 & Under 200 Yard Freestyle Relay. The Girls’ 13 & Under 200 Yard Freestyle team of Lizzie Ford, Lizzie Scala, Ellie Mackie, and Dylan Kujawski placed third.

Shenorock Shore Club’s Catherine Hamilton, 16, won the 17 & Under 200 Yard IM. Westchester Country Club’s Boys 10 & Under 200 Yard Freestyle Relay team of Ryan Melnyk, Charlie O’Sullivan, Jackson Cooper, and Eddie Molloy placed second. O’Sullivan, Cooper, Melnyk, and Tyler McDermott took third in the 10 & Under 200 Yard Medley Relay.

In the waning days of summer, we always have the 93rd Annual County Swim Meet at Playland Pool to look forward to, unless, of course, they convert the pool to a restaurant in the interim.

 

Alexa Lantin and Grace Kujawski of Coveleigh at the podium

 

The start of the Boys’ 10 & Under 50 Yard Freestyle

 

The start of the Girls 10 & Under 50 Yard Freestyle

Coveleigh’s Lizzie Scala

Matthew Capaldi represented Coveleigh in the Backstroke and Butterfly events

Megan Tiedeman of Rye Golf Club starting in the 10 & Under Backstroke

Tommy O’Sullivan of Westchester Country Club

Rye Little League Team Routs Dobbs Ferry,

But Succumbs to Sherman Park

By Melanie Cane

In their first game of the summer, July 9, Rye’s 11U Little League team pummeled Dobbs Ferry 10-2. But the following evening, on their home field at Disbrow Park, they were on the losing end of a 10-1 blowout against Sherman Park.

Neither team scored in the first inning. In the top of the second, Rye pitcher Shepherd Griffiths got the first two batters out. The third batter hit a long fly ball triple. The subsequent batter walked. An RBI single scored Sherman Park’s first run and then a home run scored three more.

Rye’s batters made good contact in the bottom of the second, but Sherman Park’s defense kept them scoreless.

With a 4-0 lead in the top of the third, Sherman Park added two more before Rye ended the inning on a beautiful double play. Second baseman Tyler Canna fielded a grounder between second and third. He threw to shortstop Harley Goodner who was covering second. Goodner threw to Jack Connolly for the inning-ending double play.

Rye scored their only run in the bottom of the fourth. Billy Fallon hit a ground ball bullet down the third baseline for a double. He then stole third. The next batter walked and Tommy Broderick sent Fallon home on a single. Rye’s rally ended on a phenomenal ground ball grab by Sherman Park’s shortstop.

Despite the players’ struggles at the plate, Rye Coach Will Margiloff felt the boys played well. Since the team is playing three games in three days, they are forced to rotate pitchers and other infield positions three times. The league mandates that to pitch on consecutive days the pitch count must be 20 or under. A boy can pitch two days later if his pitch count is under 35.

Rye faces off against Port Chester July 12. (Details to come)

Billy Fallon at third base

Jack Connolly on his way to first

Shepherd Griffiths on the mound