Every month during the school year, the Rye High School athletics department joins with the Rye Lions Club to name an Athlete of the Month.
Every month during the school year, the Rye High School athletics department joins with the Rye Lions Club to name an Athlete of the Month. January’s choice was Cal Hynson, a four-year varsity starter in hockey and one of the Garnets’ high scorers in lacrosse. Hynson will join all the 2013-14 monthly honorees at an awards dinner at The Osborn in June.
Athletes of the Month are not merely athletes, and Cal Hynson is no exception. When he’s not taking AP and Honors courses in History, Economics, and English, he’s working with puppies for Guiding Eyes for the Blind.
“I take in one or two of the dogs every once in a while so that they can become more comfortable being around people. Basically, I treat them like my own dogs: I feed them, walk them, play around with them. The tough part is seeing them go.”
If parting with a service dog is tough for Cal, playing hockey is easy. At least he makes it look that way. All-League in 2012, the flying forward was chosen All-League, All-Section and All-State last year. In the campaign just ended, Hynson earned those same honors again, along with Player of the Year in Conference Three.
While the Garnets dropped their final playoff game to a tough Pelham squad, the Rye senior can be proud of what the team accomplished. And, of course, there’s lacrosse coming right up.
“It’s great honor to be chosen Athlete of the Month,” he told us. “I want to thank everyone in the school and the Club for this award.”
With the end of the winter sports season, the Rye Lions Club and the RHS athletic department looked at several deserving students for the Club’s Athlete of the Month award, given to a deserving senior. For February, the choice was clear-cut: hoopster Rachel Egan.
With repeated varsity letters in both soccer and basketball, Egan isn’t simply a multi-sport standout — she’s a star in the classroom as well. A member of the National Honor Society, Egan received the Society’s Candle of Leadership in recognition of her “scholarship, leadership, service, and character”.
Those departmental awards she’s earned in English, French, Global History, as well as Statistics — as befits a varsity point guard who led her team to the League title and the County Center for the first time in her high school career — suggest Egan has the combination of brains and athletic talent to make an ideal team captain. And so she has, for both soccer and basketball over multiple campaigns.
Egan will attend the Honors Program at the University of Delaware in the fall. “I’m really excited about Delaware,” she told us. “And I’m honored to be recognized by the Lions Club along with the other talented athletes of my grade. It’s a great way to finish off my athletic career at Rye High School.”