The Rye YMCA hosted its annual 3 vs. 3 Basketball Tournament April 19. In addition to spirited play by K-5 stars, Athletic Director Melissa Lewis said, “The boys did a great job. It was an awesome, and well-attended community event."
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.”
By Mitch Silver
The Rye Lions Club award that recognizes standout Rye High athletes every month could just as easily be given for standout scholarship. Well, certainly this month. Not only is Amanda Hartzell captain of the Garnets’ lacrosse team and a three time All-League midfielder, she’s a National Honor Society member with a 98+ GPA who’s made the High Honor Roll every quarter of her high school career.
That career, which also includes captaining Rye’s soccer squad and three varsity letters on the Garnets’ basketball team — State champions in 2016 — will come to an end with graduation this June. In September, another one will begin at Yale University.
Right now, though, it’s the Lions Club honor that’s on Amanda’s mind. “I’m so thankful to my varsity coaches, Mr. Savage for soccer and Mr. Hurlie for basketball and lacrosse, for nurturing my abilities and being such remarkable human beings. As for my teachers, I can’t single one out — they’ve all been instrumental in my development. But I have to mention my guidance counselor Jennifer Magner for all her help right through high school.”
The April award qualifies Amanda 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.
In addition to community service hours earned mentoring young people at local soccer and lacrosse camps, Amanda serves on the Athletic Director’s Leadership Council, has spent hours with the Student Awareness Club at a homeless shelter in Stamford, and volunteered to work with kids in the Read-Along Program at Port Chester’s Don Bosco Community Center.
While the Rye Lions and Michael Arias, the high school’s AD, are honoring Amanda Hartzell for her efforts on the playing field, they’re getting a whole lot more. And so is Yale.
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
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.”