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By Melanie Cane and Mitch Silver

Captains Margaret Mitchell, Amanda Hartzell, and Haley Nemsick

Girls’ Lacrosse

With ten returning players and an equal number of new ones, this will be a rebuilding season for the Garnet girls. Senior captains Amanda Hartzell and Haley Nemsick, along with junior captain Margaret Mitchell, will lead the way.

Blessed with speed in the midfield and a great offense, the Garnets will need to focus on shoring up their defense, especially because this season they are without All American goalie Micheline DiNardo, who graduated. By the time team returns from a spring break trip to Washington D.C., Coach Dennis Hurlie will have decided who will step into goal.

In addition to midfielders Hartzell and Mitchell, and defender Nemsick, one player to watch is sophomore defender Sara DeGraw.

The Garnets lost to Yorktown in the sectional semifinal by two goals last year. This year they hope to make it all the way.

Their first home game is March 31 against Walton High School from Georgia.

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Captains Megan Montalto, Sam Bluvol, and Katherine Brown

Softball

The team should benefit from having thirteen returning players, including six seniors. Senior captains Sam Bluvol (center field), Katherine Brown (pitcher and 3rd base), and catcher Megan Montalto have all been starters since freshman year and are hoping to lead the team deep into playoffs.

As yet, Coach Alex Tejera is unsure about additions to the roster, but he is hoping to find a pitcher to back up Brown, the team’s only pitcher. “The veterans know what to expect from our opponents and know what needs to be done,” said Tejera.

The players need to work on limiting their mistakes and being aggressive early in the pitch count. “In order for us to succeed, we will need a team effort, lead by our three captains.”

Last year the team was around .500 and got knocked out of the playoffs in the quarterfinal. Coach Tejera expects the team to do about the same this year in a very competitive league with some of the best teams in the section.

Their first game is March 31 at Nyack.

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Lindsay Powers and Mark Willis, two of the team’s four captains

Track

This season the Boys’ and Girls’ track teams have an enormous turnout with roughly 45-50 girls and over 60 boys. Seniors Mark Willis and Robbie Sims will lead the Boys’ team. The Girls’ captains are seniors Andrea Palu and Lindsay Powers.

Girls’ coach John McGee is anticipating an outstanding season in the distance events, as well as the long and triple jumps, since the indoor track team excelled in these events. Natalie Weiner shined in the 1500 and 3000 and Elena Perez-Segnini just missed qualifying for States in the 1000 and 1500. Powers did well in the jumps. With 20 new girls, McGee is hoping to improve in the sprints and the field events. He is looking forward to working with this great group of girls. “We are looking to build on what we accomplished indoors, and to find out what the new girls bring to the team.”

The Boys’ team is growing in popularity, notes Coach Jim Yedowitz, who is in his 39th year of coaching track at Rye High, and he hopes this translates to finding some new talent. He expects the team to be competitive in every event and is looking for seniors Chris Tobin, Mark Willis, Robbie Sims, and Jan Nowak to have strong seasons. He anticipates breakout seasons from juniors Marek Nowak, Anders Jeffers, Alec Radtke, Floris Van Beurden, and Bernardo Hammes.

Coach Yedowitz anticipates the team will be stronger than it was last year, and even better next year. “With most of our strength in the juniors and sophomores, it will take some time for them to learn to compete at a higher level.”

Looking forward to another season, he mused, “The high points of coaching are always to find unexpected talent and develop the maturity and ability of any athlete especially when he exceeds my expectations. It’s always fun to win and/or break records!”

The team’s first meet is at home against Yonkers on March 27.

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2017 Garnet captains Mat Bruno, Myles Burbank, and Dusty Mion

Baseball

Head Coach — Michael Bruno

16th year, 10th as Head Coach. Assistant Coach Chad Charney is in his 4th year.

2016 Record: “Last year we won the league for the third consecutive year. We lost in the second round of the playoffs to Tappan Zee. Disappointing, because I didn't feel we played our best.” 

Returning starters: “The team is still evolving. Our team captains are Mat Bruno, Dusty Mion, and Myles Burbank.” 

What will it take to be successful? “We have been very fortunate to have great pitching over these past four years. That will be the key, if some of our veteran and young arms can be successful.” 

League changes: Ardsley is in, Port Chester is out.

Opening Day: Home vs. Yonkers, March 30 at 4:15 p.m.

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Senior captains Brendan Dugan, Will Hynson, and Ryan Kirkpatrick are eager for the opening whistle.

Boys’ Lacrosse

Head Coach — Steve Lennon

1st year. Head Coach at Eastchester last four years. “I grew up in Yorktown, where I played lacrosse for Lakeland/Panas, and then went to SUNY Cortland. At Eastchester High School last year, we won the league championship and made the Sectional semis. I was named Class B Coach of the Year.” Assistant coaches: Justin Otto, Simon Berk, Luke Walsh.

2016 record: 12-6. Both Eastchester and Rye lost in the Sectional semifinals. Rye ended the season with a 13-3 loss to Class B runner-up John Jay/Cross River.

Returning starters: Senior captains Will Hynson, M, Ryan Kirkpatrick, A, and Brendan Dugan, A, all started last year. Other returning starters are: juniors Billy Chabot, M, Peter Chabot, M/FO, and Owen Hull, D; and seniors Zack Samberg, D, and Jamie Chabot, LSM. Players on the verge are: seniors Teddy Aquilino, A, and Chris Kovacs, M/FO; juniors Seamus Carroll, A, Davis Ross, D, and Alex Goldstein, G; and sophomore Patrick Langer, D.

What will it take to be successful?These days, games are won with face-offs, good play in the goal, and efficient clearing. We will do a lot of work to prepare ourselves in these phases of the game. We have a very deep midfield filled with returning upperclassmen, and a veteran attack unit. These offensive players will need to really step up, and control the tempo of the game. Our three captains are all offensive threats, and need to take over games in order for us to win. Our defense is very solid, and we need big play out of our new starting goalie. Our two returning starting close defenders need to take serious leadership roles, and command discipline from our defense.”

League changes: “Our league is still Rye, Pelham, Harrison, Byram Hills, Eastchester, and now Ardsley was added.” 

Opening Day: Home vs. Mamaroneck, March 28, 5 p.m.

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Coach Sue Dickson joins her returning players. Back row from left: John Barber, Andrew Graham, Guy Junkins, David Weiner, and James McFarland. Front row from left: Shane Killian, Eddie Collins, Miximilian Olmos-Van Velden, Alex Tretiak, Kenneth Nakamura. (Not pictured: Mehdi and Zachary Gaoud.)

Boys’ Tennis

Head Coach — Sue Dickson

29th year; Girls’ varsity for 7, boys varsity for 11.

Returning starters: “Shane Killian and Alex Tretiak will play the top two spots on the roster. Seniors Andrew Graham, Guy Junkins, John Barber, and James McFarland, are returning starters. They’ll be joined by Kenneth Nakamura and Daisuke Tremonte.  Juniors include starter Eddie Collins, David Weiner, Max Olmos-van Velde. Sophomore twins Mehdi and Zachary Gaouad will also become significant contributors this year.  Our leadership should be solid with this large group of returners who are dedicated to the game.”  

What will it take to be successful? “We hope to have a successful year and that will depend on hard work, grit, and gratitude for the privilege of playing the game. In addition to enjoying the sport of tennis and developing a love of the game and strategies involved, we hope to expand on everyone’s tennis acumen, already strong skills, and to become physically and mentally solid while expanding all aspects of play. I’m very optimistic about this group and excited about how we take shape.”

League changes: “We have a new league this year and will be playing against Pelham, Harrison, Eastchester, Byram Hills, and Ardsley. We are in the process of scheduling crossover matches with several other schools and will begin the season with a scrimmage against Rye Country Day.” 

Opening Day: Home vs. John Jay/Cross River, March 31 at 4:15 p.m.

 

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

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

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