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Rye Neck Track & Field

By Mitch Silver

 

Rye Neck’s first dual meet of the outdoor season April 4 saw the Panthers lose both the boys’ and girls’ team meets to rival Blind Brook while posting some strong individual performances. Two months after anchoring the school’s record-setting 4x400 meter relay team indoors, junior Brendan Tuohy took the mile in decisive fashion, running 4:58. Then, less than 15 minutes later, he won again — this time sprinting to a 12.7-second victory in the 100 meters. To double in any meet is a great achievement, but a distance-sprint double is practically unheard of. 

 

Other strong performances on the boys’ side included Rye Neck’s sweep in the discus. Sophomore James McSweeney won with a 72’ throw, classmate Edward Lopez was second with 60’11”, and junior James Lord took third with a toss of 55’ 7”. Junior captain Chris Ortiz’s time of 19.4 seconds was good for second in the high hurdles, and fellow captain Raymond Rivituso’s 1:08 time in the 400 hurdles also took second.

Up-and-coming freshman Lucas Pasquina took third in the mile. 

 

On the girls’ side, freshman Atika Alradi won the 400 meter in 1:09 and took second in the high hurdles with a time of 20.6 seconds. Sophomore Ema Jovanovic was third in the sprint in 14.5 seconds. 

 

The Panthers were strong in the weights: Sophomore Melissa Valqui threw 47' to win the discus and put the shot 19’5” for second. Classmate Vanessa Giraldo was third in both the discus and shot with throws of 29’6” and 18’11” respectively. 

 

As Assistant Coach Marcella Scalise said afterwards, “It’s still early in the season and we’ve seen a lot of great performances. We are hoping to take what we learned yesterday and apply it going forward.”

 

 

Rye High Boys’ Tennis

 

By Mitch Silver

 

When Shane Killian of the Rye tennis team walked off the Harrison High courts an easy 6-0, 6-2 winner last Tuesday afternoon, it seemed a portent of things to come. “I’ve played him before,” the Garnet veteran said. “I know what he wants to do, and I didn’t let him do it.”

 

But his victory over Ben Lubowitz at second singles was one of just two the Garnets would get on a windy April afternoon. Only seniors John Barber and James McFarland at third doubles could join Killian in the winners’ column, topping Santiago Ponce-Ocampo and Zack Greif 6-4, 6-2. Coach Sue Dickson’s other doubles teams went down in straight sets. Juniors Eddie Collins and David Weiner fell 1 and 2; seniors Guy Junkins and Andrew Graham lost 1 and 3; and Ken Nakamura and Zachary Gaouad were beaten 6-1, 7-5.

 

Meanwhile, Zachary’s sophomore twin Mehdi Gaouad lost at third singles 6-1, 7-6 (10-7), extending the Huskies’ David Griff for two hours before conceding defeat. And at first singles, Rye lefthander Alex Tretiak couldn’t beat the combined efforts of Adam Alper and leg cramps. He took a massage break in the second set and, though game, lost 6-3, 6-4.

 

After meeting league foes Pelham and Eastchester post-press time, the Garnets travel to Ardsley for an encounter this afternoon at 4:15 p.m. 

 

One for all and all for one is how the Garnets roll. 

Shane Killian won easily at No. 2 singles. 

Alex Tretiak cramped up in both calves at No.1 singles.

Rye Neck Baseball

By Mitch Silver

 

Image this: it’s April 13, and you’re looking for your first win of the season against a struggling Mount Vernon baseball team. You started the game off slowly, falling behind by 2-0 at home. But you pulled even in the 5th, stealing your third, fourth, and fifth bases of the game in the process.

 

Then you broke things open in the bottom of the sixth when — thanks to Section 1’s new, more stringent pitch counts — the Black Knights had to remove their starter, C.J. Spence. Junior catcher and co-captain Jack Sheldon walked and stole two more bases for your Rye Neck team. Then a base on balls to classmate Kevin Tamucci put runners on first and third. Another pitching change and an intentional walk to sophomore Brian Scott loaded them up. A walk to freshman Michael Colasanto forced in a run. Senior Chris Cefaloni drove in two more with a line single to center, and took second on the throw home. Junior Anthony Miceli stroked another single to left, plating two more and taking third on an overthrow.

 

Yet another pitching change, a walk, more stolen bases, and a single through the middle by sophomore Colin Kelley had you up 9-2 by the time Scott lined out on a nifty diving catch by the Knights’ centerfielder. So you’re up by seven runs with just three outs to get, and you can start packing up the bats. 

 

Uh ... not so fast.

 

Incredibly, after you scored seven runs, they scored seven right back. Shortstop Scott threw out the first runner. What came next was calamitous: walks, errors, a hit batter that forced in a run, a sharp single, a long sacrifice fly, and finally a three-run homer to left that tied things up at 9-9!

 

When two more walks threatened a devastating loss, junior lefty Tony Leone came in to end the madness by picking up the final two outs. He would get another three outs in the extra 8th inning before his teammates plated their 10th score of the game in the home half-inning for the victory.

 

Manager Joe Carlucci was relieved to have this first win under their belts. “I thought we played well for six innings. Despite our struggles in the 7th, I was proud of the team for fighting back. Be sure to mention our catcher Jack Sheldon. He threw out a runner at third to save the game.” Consider it done.

 

 

Thanks to the snow in March, this week the Panthers were scheduled to play a brutal four games in four days against Tuckahoe, Valhalla, and league foe Bronxville twice, all post-press time. Then Monday and Tuesday they hit the road again versus Dobbs Ferry and Palisades Prep. 

 

Shortstop Brian Scott steals yet another bag for the Panthers. 

Jack Sheldon proves a catcher can run the bases. 

Tony Leone finally puts out the fire.

 

Rye High Boys’ Lacrosse

By Mitch Silver

 

Right before spring break, Rye High Boys’ Lacrosse played three crucial games in five days. Why crucial? Because losing the home opener 12-7 to Pleasantville at the end of March suggested a serious flaw in the team’s makeup: slow to non-existent starts.

 

The Garnets had come from behind to beat Class A power Mamaroneck two days earlier, but this time Pleasantville was up by 3-0 before the Garnets knew the game had begun. True, the Panthers are the top-rated team in Class C, the division one step below Rye, but, as senior co-captain Will Hynson said after the game, “They came at us in a zone press all over the field, and we were back on our heels.”

 

Would first-year coach Steve Lennon, last year’s Class B Coach of the Year at Eastchester, diagnose the problem and find the answer before the team faced the toughest part of their schedule — games against second-ranked John Jay, the top independent school in Iona Prep, and Class A’s top-rated Lakeland/Panas?

 

The evidence suggests Dr. Lennon has the right medicine. The problem was at its worst April 4 when Rye traveled to take on a tough Somers team on a slick, rainy field: the Garnets were losing 5-0 ... 5-0! ... when Teddy Aquilino managed to score at the buzzer that ended the first period. 

 

It got worse before it got better. Connor Gill scored for the Tuskers with a minute gone to make it 6-1. Rye’s Brendan Dugan scored on a one-timer from Ryan Kirkpatrick at the 7:24 mark to make it 6-2, but when Gill scored again with a minute to go in the half, things looked really black — and not the Garnet & Black kind of black.

 

Then Rye somehow received their collective wake-up call. First, Peter Chabot earned a clean faceoff win, taking a shot to the neck in the process that earned Rye an extra man opportunity. Kirkpatrick and Dugan teamed up again for a score with 25 seconds left to make it 7-3.

 

The second half was all Rye. Aquilino scored from in close while being shoved in the back: 7-4. Then the Garnets’ D tightened up. Junior netminder Alex Goldstein, starting only his first varsity game, made a couple of key stops. Defenseman Davis Ross scooped up a couple of key ground balls. When Billy Chabot maneuvered past two Tuskers to score down low at the three-minute mark, Rye was within two. 

 

Chabot would score again with eight seconds left in the quarter, Rye‘s third end-of-period score, when he sprinted up the right side and hit the net with a low stick-side shot. Somers 7, Rye 6 with one period to go.

 

It was all over but the shouting, even though Somers managed a score with three minutes gone. Peter Chabot would win seven of the nine remaining faceoffs, including one that set up Aquilino for a shot off the pipe. He got his own rebound, fed Hynson on a cut to the net, and Rye was back within one at 7:38.

 

A minute later, Aquilino faked a little dump-off pass, whirled, cut inside and scored to tie the game at 8. Peter Chabot won another faceoff and that other Chabot, Billy, scored on a deflection to push Rye in front at 3:22. 

 

Then came a key moment in the game: Billy missed an open net with Somers goalie Tyler Carr double-teaming behind the cage. Carr recovered the ball and tried a quick clear up the middle. Aquilino was quicker, intercepting and scoring with 90 seconds left, nullifying a late Somers score and winning the game.

 

Afterwards, Aquilino said, “We definitely ignited the flame in the second half. Once we get a goal, we go off ... though it’s definitely better to get a good start.”

 

The 11-8 win over Pelham three days later, with Billy Chabot scoring four times, and a 15-3 rout of Fox Lane on the Saturday before the break — with Aquilino and Spencer Hunt each getting three — proves that Aquilino and Lennon know their stuff. 

 

After facing John Jay/CR post-press time, Rye travels to Iona Prep today at 4:30 p.m.

 

 

By Melanie Cane

On April 17, the first day back from spring break for the Garnets and the end of a long weekend for Rye Country Day School, the track teams from both schools competed in a dual meet at Rye High that also included Eastchester and Pelham.

For all of the athletes, this was either their first meet of the season or their first meet since late March, when they competed in cold, windy, and rainy conditions at the Ossining relays.

Garnets Natalie Weiner and Anders Jensen won the 800 meter races; Weiner in a time of 2:20.1, Jensen 2:08.1. Senior captain Mark Willis won the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 60.2, and Willis and Anders teamed with Ben Johnson and Jake Katsikas to win the 4 X 400 meter relay in 3:41.2.

Coach James Yedowitz thought it was strange to have the meet on their first day back from spring break, but he was pleased with the athletes’ performances. Willis said the meet was a great kickoff for the season. “A lot of the athletes made personal bests which is a good sign for things to come.”

The Wildcat boys had a strong showing. Senior co-captain Evander Jackson won the 110 high hurdles. Obosa Ogbeide won the high jump with a leap of 6 feet. Hannes Boehning and Shams Elbardissy finished in first and second place in the shot put and discus. The 4×100 team of senior co-captains Jared Jones and Jackson, sophomore Cameron Coleman, and freshman Cullen Coleman won with a time of 44.6.

Coach Charles Ogbonna said, “I got a good vibe from the kids. They did pretty well. They are getting into good form for the rest of the season.”

The Rye Country Day Girls team, which is comprised of young athletes, also performed well. Alana Jones won the 200 meter race and Ariane Voulgaris placed second. Maddie Zuber earned second place in both the 100 and 400 meter hurdles. Drew Kesselmark placed third in both hurdle events. Coach Madge Anderson expects the girls to continue at this pace the rest of the season.

hurdles winner Evander Jackson on right, Matt Moline middle, Obosa Ogbeide

Garnet Mark Willis winning the 400 meter hurdles

Rye High’s Anders Jensen won the 800 meter, ahead of Alec Radke

 

Rye Country Day Softball

By Melanie Cane

Rye Country Day pitcher Kristen Brown opened the April 13 matchup against Greenwich Academy by retiring their batters in order. And with lots of fine play by her teammates, the Wildcats had little trouble shutting out their cross-county rivals 14-0.

In the bottom of the inning, Wildcat leadoff hitter, eighth grader Isabella Sanchez, singled. Therese Mooney sent her home on an RBI single. Mooney stole second and Shane Tomaino moved Mooney to third with a single. Cleanup batter Brown singled Mooney home. Sadie Guffey loaded the bases with a single and eighth grade catcher Lexi Secreto walked in a run. Patricia Bautista walked in another run, as did Sanchez in her second at bat. Mooney hit a two RBI double before the inning ended with the Wildcats up 7-0.

After she retired the side in order in the top of the second, Brown opened the bottom of the inning with a ground ball single. Guffey moved her to second on a fielder’s choice ground ball and Secreto singled her to third. Bautista hit an RBI single between second and third, which sent Brown home.

The Wildcats rallied for five runs in the bottom of the third. Sanchez singled and stole second. Mooney singled and Tomaino laid down a perfect bunt to load the bases. Brown walked in a run, leaving bases loaded. Guffey hit a hard ground ball to the shortstop, which drove in a run, but Mooney was out at third. Secreto walked to load the bases. Bautista hit an infield popup. An error at first base allowed two runners to score.

After the Gators failed to score in the top of the fifth, the mercy rule applied, and it was game over.

Brown had ten strikeouts and only allowed one hit. Mooney and Tomaino paced the attack with five RBIs and five stolen bases between them. Freshman Sadie Guffey and Secreto contributed two RBIs in their varsity debut. Sanchez made some great plays at centerfield and was very effective as the leadoff batter.

Coach Charles Martinez said the game was a great opportunity for the team to get the season going. “With eight new and young players on the roster, I feel the team really stepped up and played a solid game on both sides. We have played and won three games so far, and the team continues to work hard to improve in all facets.”  

Kristen Brown on the mound

Sadie Guffey contributed two RBIs in her varsity debut

Sabrina Reznik safe at first

Eighth grader Isabella Sanchez chasing a popup

 

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