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By Melanie Cane

After losing their first four matches, traffic and rain conspired to prevent Holy Child’s tennis team from getting their first win of the season. The opposing team, Greens Farms Academy, arrived 45 minutes late at SUNY Purchase on April 26 due to traffic on I-95. The drizzle began roughly 45 minutes into the matches, which were stopped when the courts became too slick.

The Gryphons were winning all but one of their matches when the match was called. Senior co-captain Isabelle Robinson lost her first set, but all of the other players were ahead. Caroline Pace, also a senior co-captain, was ahead 4-1 at second singles. Third singles player Isabella Morello was on serve 3-2. The first doubles team of Jax Pace and Alana Walsh was up 4-1, as was the second doubles team of Christina Rocco and Caroline Bryceland. The two teams will finish the match at a still to be determined date.

Rain has been the scourge of the season for the team. Coach Maureen Fearon says it is difficult to get any momentum because so many of their matches and practices have been rained out. “Each practice after each tough match was canceled, so it was hard to work on making improvements.”

Despite this, the girls are getting better and closer with each match. Some of the players are overcoming injuries and some of the older girls are playing on the team for the first time. Bryceland, a senior, played softball for three years before switching to tennis this season. She and her partner, Rocco, have never played together before, but they improve daily. Walsh has not played in two years due to knee surgery.

Regardless of the weather and the ups and downs in their matches, the Gryphons are enjoying themselves and looking forward to blue skies and their first win.

Isabelle Robinson high-fiving the team before her match.

Senior co-captain Caroline Pace

 

 

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.”

 

 

Beth Yeager, a Rye eighth grader on the Sacred Heart Greenwich Varsity Field Hockey team, was named to the 2017 United States U-17 Indoor National Team.

In her first year on the varsity squad, Beth earned the Most Accomplished Award and was selected for the Western New England Preparatory School All-Star Team.

She played a significant role in Sacred Heart Greenwich reaching the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council's Class A Field Hockey Tournament for the first time in school history. Based on Beth's quarterfinal tournament performance, she was recognized as an All-Tournament player.

“Beth has worked tirelessly to develop into a highly-skilled player with strength, speed, and stamina beyond her years,” said Kelly Stone, Director of Athletics. “While Beth’s commitment and work ethic inspires all, her humility and team-first focus makes her a truly special athlete.”

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’s Caitlyn Walsh, a member of the Chelsea Piers Athletic Club Gymnastics team, qualified for the Level 9 USAG Eastern Championships after taking third place in the Regional Championships held in Springfield, Mass. 

“This is an incredible opportunity for Caitlyn to compete on a National scale and represent CP-AC Gymnastics,” said Girls’ team coach Ann Roth, pictured with Caitlyn. “She has made a tremendous effort this past year and has grown individually as both an athlete and a gymnast. “

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