Rye Neck Winter Sports Previews
By Mitch Silver
The Panther coaches join the team, standing from left: Cole Hodys, Scott DeVore, Korey Greenland, Michael Miller, Michael Barbieri, and Evan Falco; seated from left: Ronan Heaton, Delmiro Dasilva, Ryan Ramos, Sam Felix, Justin Cantu, Mohamad Abdalla, and Justin Fusco.
Head Coach: Mike Vecchione
Head Coach: Shawn Lincoln
Last Year’s Record: 7-14. Lost in 1st round to Putnam Valley.
Returning Players: Charlotte Murphy, Elle Katsaros, Olivia King, Vanessa Giraldo, Dasha Boswell, Morgan Parker, Maura Gabriele, Kyera Hutt
New Players: Sonola Burrja, Nikeema Mayhew, Sophia Capparelli, Carissa Pecchia
Sizing up the Season: “We are playing in three regular-season tournaments, at Alexander Hamilton, Bronxville, North Salem,” said Coach Lincoln, now in her second year. “Edgemont returns most of their players from last year’s league championship squad and Blind Brook is in the mix. Once healthy, I think we will have a team that can compete with most teams in Class B, and I’m looking forward to getting started with the season.”
Opening Game: Away against host team Alexander Hamilton December 7.
Head Coach: John Suman
Last Year’s Record: Boys’ team went 10-5, finishing 2nd; Girls’ were 8-7, finishing 3rd.
Sizing up the Season: “With virtually everyone back on both the Boys’ and Girls’ sides, I’m confident we’ll be competitive again. A few additions will grow in their abilities, adding value to the program this season and beyond.”
Next Game: December 12 at Valhalla. All home matches and practices are held at Bowlerland in the Bronx.
Boys’ Ice Hockey
Sophomore goalie Clarke Cooper, freshman forward Joey Pulcino, and junior defenseman Jack Cavanaugh make up Rye Neck’s contribution to the Titans. Not pictured, J.P. Meyer.
Head Coach: Rich Myers
Last Year’s Record: 15-7
Returning Players: The Ryetown/Harrison Titans are made up of players from Harrison, Rye Neck, Blind Brook, and Port Chester. Rye Neck returnees are junior defenseman Jack Cavanagh and sophomore goalie Clarke Cooper.
New Players: Sophomore J.P. Meyer and freshman Joey Pulcino are both forwards.
Sizing up the Season: “In my opinion,” said Coach Myers, entering his second season, “League B is open for anyone to take this year. A lot of key players graduated or moved on to prep school. If our defense can play consistent, physical hockey and lessen their mistakes, we should be a contender for the league title.”
Opening Game: Scarsdale 6, Rye Town/Harrison 4, December 3. Next game: Pelham, December 9.
Indoor Track and Field
Head Coaches: Marcella Scalise and Cole Conte
Returning Athletes: “Sonia Finkenberg, returning League and Class C champ in the 1,000 and 1,500 meters, and Anna Boswell, who is hoping for a personal best in the 600 and to break the school record in long jump.”
“Dan Fujiwara was a key member of the 4×400 meter relay; Daniel Ricci broke the school record for the Boys’ weight throw; Diego Merlos is ready to shed time in the 55-meter dash and try to set a school record for the Boys’ triple jump; Milo Haviland is looking for success in the 55-meter dash and in relays; Julian Allison is looking to improve in his specialties, the 300 and 600; Jonathan Marcuse looks to break the school record in the 1,000 meter; Evan DiNome is ready to throw even farther this year; Lucas Pasquina finished 2nd in the League at 3,200 meters; Andrew Ricci will bring down his times in the 1,000 and 1,600 meter; Michael Rivituso will work on the shotput and try the weight throw.”
Sizing up the Season: “Ours is a competitive league with Bronxville and Edgemont. We’re eager to prove ourselves against these well-established programs.”
Opening Meet: Kick-Off Meet starts Sunday at 9 a.m. at the Armory in upper Manhattan.