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By Melanie Cane

Girls Lacrosse

The Wildcats are looking to reclaim the NYSAIS championship that they last won in 2015. University of Virginia-bound senior Taylor Regan and junior Sarah Walker are two of the five returning players. In addition to the co-captains, Coach Georgette Summers is counting on senior Emily Moran to help lead the 14 new players to a successful season.

Their season begins March 29 at Canterbury School.

Caption: Captains Drew Kesselmark, Jared Jones, Evander Jackson, Noah Swan, and Elena Kim

Boys Track

Despite graduating 21 seniors, the Wildcats team is 40-members strong. Seniors Jared Jones, Evander Jackson, and Noah Swan will lead the pack. This is Jones’ second year as captain.

Coach Charles Ogbana said, “We are strong in sprints, relays, throws, and jumps. Our distance squad is also competitive.” He allowed that with 14 new boys on the squad they’ll need to focus on teamwork.

The athletes to watch are sprinters Jones, who was injured last year, and sophomore Cameron Coleman, who qualified for the freshman 100 and 400 at Nationals. Shams Elbardissy, who had a breakout season last year, will anchor the throwers. Evander Jackson is the defending NYSAIS champion in the 110 hurdles. Jumper Obosa Ogbeide is expected to compete for at least three titles and Noah Swan should place at the top in the steeplechase.

Their first meet is the Ossining Relays on April 1. Last year, the boys won the 4x100, 4 x200, and the 4x400.

Co-Captains Sarah Walker and Taylor Regan

By Mitch Silver

Caroline Neave is Rye High’s best female squash player. She’s been the best for all four years of high school, playing No. 1 singles since her freshman year and captaining the Garnets in both her junior and senior years. She’s currently ranked fourth among the country’s girls in the Under-19 Division.

Caroline, who’s been accepted at Stanford, first earned All-American status in 2014. Last weekend she cemented her position by making the Elite Eight in singles for the second straight year at Nationals.

And now she’s earned the crowning honor of her scholastic career: The Rye Lions Club and the Rye High Athletic Department have jointly named Caroline Neave Rye’s Athlete of the Month for February.

“It’s an honor to receive this award,” she said. “I have my coaches to thank for helping me become the player I am: Rye Head Coach Tony Campbell, Lifetime Fitness Coach Mike Callaway, and my coaches at the Squash Club at Chelsea Piers in Stamford, Supreet Singh and Natalie Grainger.”

But Caroline might never have been eligible for the honor had her parents made a different decision when they bought their home on Canterbury Road behind the Greenwood Union Cemetery. Her mother Patti explained. “We’re about as close to Harrison Avenue here as we are to North Street. Our property straddles the school district line, and we were offered the choice of Rye or Harrison schools. We chose Rye.”

Harrison’s loss was definitely Rye’s gain. Not only is Caroline an outstanding athlete — she was an All-League middie in lacrosse for three years, and played competitive soccer, basketball, tennis and track growing up — she’s a National Honor Society member with a 99% GPA. The list of her Departmental Awards sounds like the school’s curriculum: English, Language & Composition, World and U.S. History, Algebra, Trigonometry, Calculus, and Spanish.

The award qualifies Caroline to join the other monthly winners in the race for Athlete of the Year, an honor that will be announced in June at a dinner hosted by the Rye Lions Club at The Osborn.

Congratulations once again to the Rye Red Storm basketball team. They’ve been playing together for five years and just won their fifth consecutive championship, by defeating Castle Hill in the 7th grade A Division of the Tri-County basketball league.

Caption

Pictured, back row, from left: Coach Adam Gibbs, Samuel Gibbs, Kieran Hickey, Charlie Howard, Alex Tepedino, Owen Kovacs, and Coach Ken McComb; front row: Declan McIntyre, Liam Kennelly, and Mason McComb.

The Rye Wreckers won the 6th Grade Hooperstown Premier League Championship with their 31-21 victory over the Scarsdale Wolverines earlier this month. Trailing by one with eleven minutes to go in the second half, the Wreckers scored twelve unanswered points to pull away comfortably and seal their second Hooperstown title. In the prior day’s semifinal, the Wreckers staged an improbable comeback against Team Triple Threat. Battling back from a late 13-point deficit, the Wreckers scored with under ten seconds to go to win 35-34 in thrilling fashion.

In their other league tournament, the Wreckers were twenty minutes away from defending their Zero Gravity A Division title, but were unable to hold on to their halftime lead over Castle. This loss in the championship game followed a 38-32 semifinal victory over Tri-State Red, which also saw the Wreckers rally back in the second half.

This was Coach Brian Riley’s second year with the Wreckers and Coach Josh Bieber's fourth. The Wreckers' combined record in the Hooperstown and Zero Gravity leagues was 21-3, an all-time best for the Rye boys who have been playing together since the third grade.

Pictured from left: Cole Bartlett, Kian McCarthy, Billy Daly, Brock Bieber, Ethan Basso, Jack Shurgin, Coach Brian Riley, Owen Meyers, Charlie Williams, Tanner Howson, Coach Josh Bieber, and John Atkins

Since its start in 1937, The Rye Figure Skating Club has called Playland Ice Casino home. And on March 11, for their 80th anniversary, members of the club, from beginners to professionals, put on a spectacular show.

— Melanie Cane

FENOMENAL!

The Fenom Fire 3rd grade team wrapped up a 23-0 winter season winning two championships, one at Hooperstown, the other at House of Sports. Led by Coach Marty Durkin, the smiles say all you need to know.

Photo courtesy of Steve Miller

Pictured, bottom row, from left: Ryan Shurgin, Vinsanity Maresca, Jack Stevens, Mack Brensilver, Luke Perriello, and Evan Schwartz ; top row: Coach Marty Durkin, Tommy Wolf, Jack Eckerson, Chris Calacci, Henry “the Slipper” Shoemaker, Carson Miller, and Jack CoCo.

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