Resurrection Church sponsors a Summer Basketball League for college-age men Wednesday nights at 8 and 9:15 through August 9. Forty-five players have registered. “It is an excellent time of exercise, fun, and reconnecting with friends,” says Rev. Donald M. Dwyer. Among the colleges represented are Dartmouth, Bucknell, Tufts, Kentucky, Colgate, Villanova, UC Berkeley, Duke, and Wesleyan.

In July, Resurrection will conduct its 4th Annual Summer League for high school students. Seventy-five players are registered.

RowAmericaRye Wins Three Medals at Nationals

By Melanie Cane

Of the six RowAmerica Rye crews that went to the U.S. Rowing Youth National Championships June 9-11 in Sarasota, Florida, four made it to the grand finals, and three brought home medals.

Rye High School seniors Sean Hayes and Gus Rodriguez won gold in the Men’s Youth Pair, beating Newport by two-tenths of a second. Harvard-bound Hayes and Dartmouth-bound Rodriguez won gold medals in the Mens Youth 4 last year.

“We knew Newport was going to be tough,” said Hayes. “They’re a class act. Gus and I rowed really hard and halfway through the race were in a good position, but, in the last 500 meters, Newport put on a fantastic move. I can’t speak for Gus, but I was holding on for dear life at the end.”

Rodriguez said,We knew that we were going to have to bring our ‘A’ game to be successful. We had to earn every stroke.”

With a nod to the coach who got them there, Rodriguez said,I feel lucky to have worked with Coach Aleks Radovic for the past two years. Two years and two national championships is a great way to end my time as a high school rower.

Both the Womens Youth Varsity 4+ and the Women’s Youth Lightweight 4+ placed third. The Womens Quad, whose crew was comprised of a freshman, a sophomore, and two seniors, came in fifth.

Since Marko Serafimovski started the program four years ago, RowAmerica has won six Youth Nationals medals: three gold, one silver, and two bronze. This season, 16 of the 24 girls made it to Nationals, as did eight of the 15 boys.

Girls’ Coach Serafimovski and Boys’ Coach Radovic are proud of all the kids. “We have set the standards and expectations to have a successful club. Every rower that comes in knows the development path that will eventually lead to becoming a national champion, as well as getting recruited to row for one of the top schools in the country.” They noted proudly that every one of their graduating seniors is going to row at a top college.

Women’s Youth Varsity 4+ team: Kelly Morrissy, Hannah Schennman, Kate O’Byrne (cox), Amanda Mustafaraj, and Melanie Holmes

Gold medalists Sean Hayes and Gus Rodriguez

Women’s Youth Lightweight 4+ team: Caroline Soltz, Mackenzie Smith, Izzy Aronin (cox), Ashley Gianneti, and Hannah Weintgartner

Rye Neck Boys’ Golf

Panthers Beat Goliaths Mahopac and Greeley en Route to Winning Season

By Mitch Silver


Coach Mark Canno’s team had another in a string of successful seasons this spring, finishing 13-3 for a second-place finish in Conference III League B play. 


Along the way, the squad notched home-and-home victories over their rivals, the Blind Brook Trojans. Just as impressive, the Panthers — led by senior captains Ben Banker, Tim Kelley, Logan Spencer, and Jack Van Buren — knocked off squads from Mahopac and Horace Greeley, schools with nearly triple the enrollment of Rye Neck’s 360 students.


Juniors Aidan Heaton, Danny Morningstar, and Genki Ono also played a large part in the team’s success, as Heaton joined Kelley and Van Buren on the All-League team. In post-season play, Kelley carried Rye Neck’s colors into the Sectional tournament.



Looking ahead to 2018, Coach Canno is upbeat despite the loss of so many good ball strikers. “We had a great run with this group, but we have three strong juniors back and five or six underclassman who improved by leaps and bounds as the year went on. Jack and Luke Masciopinto, Michael Miller, and Aidan’s brother Ronan Heaton will all vie for starting spots next season.”


Rye High Rowing

Garnets are Wire-to-Wire National Champions.

By Mitch Silver


The Rye High Lightweight Four + Coxswain crew — silver medalists in two different national competitions a year ago — are now the heavyweights in their chosen field. A month ago, the boat of stroke John Dailey, Timothy Rudolph-Math, Jimmy Cronin, Jack Hartman, and cox Zach Szabo won the Scholastic Rowing Association of America gold medal by a ten-second margin over second-place Fox Chapel School from the Pittsburgh area. Then, two weeks ago, they traveled to Sarasota, Florida, and defeated a much wider field that included the best club crews in the country. And they did it with open water to spare.


The same five who came so close to glory in 2016 as sophomores and juniors triumphed this year with the three juniors sandwiched between senior Szabo calling out the beats from the bow and classmate Dailey locking the others into those beats from the stern.


Garnet Head Coach Stan Nelson was with them with every stroke of their oars as they first repeated as New York State champions before vanquishing their high school rivals from around the country in the waters off Camden, New Jersey. Then they made their way to the Nathan Benderson Aquatic Center outside Sarasota for the premier junior rowing event in the United States. Over 1,500 rowers competed in more than 350 crews at this special purpose-built facility — all vying for national titles in 18 boat classes.


Not only were the five boys, their coaches, and families present for the time trials June 9, so were Clara Sutherland, Jillian Breen, and their folks. Sutherland/Breen competed in the Girls’ Lightweight 2x competition. It meant the two Garnets would scull their craft over the water with oars in each hand. 


One difference between the two national rowing competitions is the length of the course.

The SRAAs are competed over 1,500 meters, and the US Rowing Youth Nationals extend to 2,000 meters. Jimmy Cronin explained what the longer distance means for race tactics. “The start and finish are pretty much all-out if the race is close, but you have a longer ‘settle’ in the middle.” Zach Szabo added, “We usually go 34 beats a minute when we’re moving well in the heart of the race.” 


With 12 boats moving on from the time trials into the semis, Sutherland/Breen came in 22nd. They would compete Sunday morning in the D Final, where they came in fifth. An hour later, the boys would top 19 other lightweight teams in their time trials, covering the water in 6:25.803, nearly five seconds ahead of the second fastest boat from Newport, California.


The first semifinal, which went off at 3:30 in the afternoon that same day, saw Rye take a lead and never look back. They finished over seven seconds ahead of another California boat, this one from Long Beach. In the other semifinal, Newport rowed a strong race. Their winning time came within a second or so of equaling Rye’s, so it looked to set up a competitive final on Sunday morning. 


With rainy weather all weekend, the officials tried to send the boats off as fast as possible during a dry patch Sunday morning. And they did, except for the Men’s Lightweight Youth Final 4+, Rye High’s race. First, Long Beach false started and had to be recalled after stroking furiously for 200 meters off the line. On the restart, the boat from the St. Andrew club claimed to have an equipment malfunction, and the start was delayed once more.


Were the Garnets worried? “No, we started singing ‘Poisoned Love’ as we headed back to the starting line,” Jack Hartman remembered, smiling at the thought. “The other crews looked at us like we were nuts.”


Maybe not nuts, but the Rye High boat was fast. The veteran team got off the line fast, rowing at 45 beats per minute to get their shell out in front. From the 250-meter mark on, they built their lead while under-stroking the competition. Even the announcer on the live US Rowing YouTube channel noticed. “Look at that crew from Rye High School in New York. That’s some of the most graceful rowing we’ve seen all weekend,” he said. “I was up at their campus a few weeks ago. It’s beautiful too.”


After the race’s halfway mark, the competition was for the silver medal. In fact, the Garnets were never behind for a second all weekend, winning the final wire-to-wire in 6:39.978, a full boat length ahead of the boys from Newport.


The gang broke up after that winning effort, with Dailey and Szabo heading to college and Coach Nelson looking for another stroke and coxswain. “I’ve been blessed,” he said afterwards. “A group like this doesn’t come around very often.”


But when they do, it’s magic.


Just past the finish line in Florida, junior Tim Rudolph-Math gives it the “We’re #1” gesture. 

 Cox Zach Szabo and the crew show off their U.S. Rowing Youth Nationals trophy. 


The Garnets savoring their Scholastic Rowing Association of American championship.

Clara Sutherland and Jillian Breen scull in the Lightweight Doubles.

Coach Stan Nelson, Jack Hartman, John Dailey, Zach Szabo, Tim Rudolph-Math, and Jimmy Cronin celebrate Rye’s State victory.



Jonah Gorevic, who currently holds the age-group world records for the mile run as a 10-, 11-, and 12-year-old, ran a 4.38.41 mile at the Eastern State Championships, lowering his personal best by 5 seconds. This spring he came in fourth in the 3,200-meter run in the state meet and eighth in the 1,600, helping Hackley defeat Rye Country Day for the team title by half a point. The Rye eighth grader, competing against high school boys, finished 10th in the NYSAIS Championships. He was named to the All-Ivy League prep school Cross-Country team in the fall. 


Rye Country Day Sailing

By Mitch Silver


The 2016 sailing season was one for the record books at Rye Country Day School. Led by senior captains Hugh Reynolds and Andy Rochat, the team posted a top-20 finish at the Interscholastic Fleet Racing Nationals held in Charleston, S.C. 


Coaches Clemmie Everett and Gil Castagna knew graduation would take its toll going into 2017. Even so, team captains Jack Briano, Ruth Reynolds, and Cooper Yeager helped guide a younger than usual squad to a third-place finish at the Connecticut High School Sailing Championships in New London in late April. And then the Wildcats, featuring several ninth-grade sailors, took second at the New York State High School Championships at The WaterFront Center in Oyster Bay last month.


After the New York races, Coach Everett shared the following: “The sailing team is sorry to see our senior captains graduate, but we are proud that Jack Briano will be sailing at Brown University. And we are excited for the future, given the team’s youth and tremendous potential.”