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It is rumored that the Rye Recreation Turkey Run harkens back to the days of the pilgrims. And while athletic wear may have emerged over the centuries, the competitive spirit of this family tradition is no doubt exactly the same.

This year, nearly 1,200 pairs of feet and about 40 sets of paws (for the Paws Walk introduced in this century) showed up for some calorie-burning fun and all were cheered on and high-fived at the finish by Tom the Turkey.

The weather last Saturday was in the 50s, and the top finishers were in their 20s. Luis Miguel Ferreira won the Men’s 5-Mile, and Jordan Delane the Women’s title. The 5K winners were Caroline Markowitz and John Stansel.

  • Annette McLoughlin

— Paws Walk photos by Melanie Cane

— Paws Walk photos by Melanie Cane

 

By Mitch Silver and Melanie Cane

Girls’ Basketball

The 2016 NYSAIS champions have 11 returning players and five new ones. Seniors Therese Mooney and Alexa Jablonski (the co-captains) and Tatiana Fernandez will be joined by sophomore Alana Jones and junior Jess Yaffa in the starting lineup. Coach Scottie Nails is also excited about his freshmen class. 

Girls Squash

Senior captains Ashley Hatstadt and Samantha Bobman will be joined by five returning players and six new ones. Coach Victoria Simmonds, who is carrying a very young team, is looking forward to seeing many of them compete at the varsity level for the first time.

Girls’ Ice Hockey

After winning the lower division championship last year, the Wildcats have moved up in the WIHLMA League. Senior captains Katherine Holtby and Maddie Zuber will lead ten returning players and three newcomers. Zuber is one of the most consistent players. Freshman Selia Coady made 1st Team All-League last year and eighth grader MK Braun will play goalie. Coach Elizabeth Bennett says that despite their short bench they have a lot of talent and depth.

Fencing

Coach Joe Rue said the team is excited to train and play in their new ‘home court’ at SUNY Purchase.

All six squads (girls’ and boys’ sabre, epee, and foil) are working hard in preparation for their first encounter against Horace Mann on December 6 at Purchase.

The teams returns 24 fencers and has added 11. Celeste Kelly and Niamh Kernan will captain the girls and P.J. Pujadas and Josh Shapiro the boys.

 

<<Girls’ Basketball>>

 The Panthers are full of confidence for the season ahead.

Head Coach, Shawn Lincoln 

Varsity Assistant Coach, Brenna Lade; JV Coach, Jessica Lindsay

2016 Record: 2-18

Returning Starters: Alexa Garcia, Jessica Gottlieb, Elle Katsaros and Morgan Parker

Returning Players: Olivia Dunne, Olivia Martino, and Charlotte Murphy

New to the Varsity: Daria Boswell, Vanessa Giraldo, Ashley Johnson, Olivia King, Haruka Oshikawa, Melissa Valqui, Grace West, Maura Gabrielle, and Kyera Hutt

What/Who Will A Successful Season Depend On?

“Even though we have several returning starters this year, and their experience at the varsity level will no doubt be valuable, with an entirely new coaching staff every player in the program is learning new offensive and defensive systems. Our success early in the season will depend on how quickly the entire team gels on both ends of the court, laying the foundation for the entire season. We are also a team without any players returning who averaged over 10 points per game, so on offense we will need to play error-free possessions to generate scoring opportunities. We’ll be emphasizing a sound, aggressive team defense to keep us in games this year.

“The coaching staff has been very impressed so far with the focus and intensity that the players have brought into this new season, and we are looking forward to fans coming out to recognize their efforts and support the team.”

What About the Competition? “We are in a new league this year consisting of Blind Brook, Bronxville, Edgemont, and Keio. We are also participating in two tournaments: the Alexander Hamilton Tournament December 8 & 9, and the North Salem Tournament December 18-20.

Opening Game: The Panthers kick off the season on the road at Pawling December 5 at 5 p.m. Their home opener is against Solomon Schechter two days later at 4:30 p.m.

The Panthers are full of confidence for the season ahead.

 

By Mitch Silver

Boys’ Basketball

Head Coach: Steve Gage ( 3rd year)

Asst. Coaches: Brendan Barile and Jordan Griffith

2016 Record: 7-12

Returning Captains: Sam Berger and Allan Houston

Returning Starters: Billy O'Meara and Ben Pierce


<<What/Who Will a Successful Season Depend On?>>RCDS returns a strong core ready to take the next step as a program. Our 6’7” senior Sam Berger has grown into his body and is poised to be a difference-maker this year. With an offseason of hard work. Sam has transformed himself into an inside/out threat on offense who can also defend on the perimeter and protect the rim. His presence is an X-factor for the team this year. He can change the game. Junior Allan Houston looks to become one of the top players in the region. He can score, is an elite defender, and has all of the intangibles to lead his team.  

“The leaders are clear and will carry the team, but a deep bench means the Wildcats will have numerous options behind Houston and Berger. Returning starters Billy O’Meara and Ben Pierce move into leading roles this year and should thrive with the added responsibility.  

“Seniors Cole Price and Austin Pager will compete with a strong new group of newcomers graduating from a successful JV team to round out a talented squad. Sophomore Shane Regan and juniors Brett Robinson and Nick Owens look like major contributors and will surprise those who have not seen them play.


<<What About the Competition?>>With an ambitious schedule filled with the always-strong FAA league slate and non-conference games against top NYS public and private schools, the Wildcats will have to be ready to play at their highest level every game.”

Opening Game: December 1 against Fieldston in their tournament. 

 

 

Wildcat captains Sam Berger, left, and Allan Houston.

 

By Mitch Silver

 

<<Boys’ Basketball>>

Head Coach Dan Lopez was a Math/Computer Science teacher at Yorktown High School for 18 years. He played four years of high school basketball and a year at Manhattanville College before serving in various coaching positions at Yorktown: Assistant Varsity Coach, Boys’ Freshman and JV Coach, Girls’ Varsity Coach (five years). Last year, he was the Boys’ JV coach at Rye Neck.

James Pape and Chris Mileo are the new assistant coaches. Pape has taught in the Bronx for the past five years, and coached basketball for the past three years. Mileo is in his 12th year of coaching at various levels and in his eighth year of teaching Physical Education.

2016 Record: 5-15

2017-18 Captains: Kol Lewis and Logan Spencer  

What/Who Will A Successful Season Depend On? “This collection of athletes needs to believe in each other’s ability and positively contribute to the team dynamic. We need to execute effectively on offense and play smart on defense. In short, a successful season will come from creating a cohesive team.”

What About the Competition? “We have added competitive crossover games. In our scrimmage against Port Chester, we started to feel better about knowing what the players’ roles are and investing into our offensive and defensive strategies. This allows the players to build confidence in the team and, more importantly, in themselves.”

Opening Game: The Panthers host Yonkers December 1 at 4:30 and Dobbs Ferry December 5 before meeting Elmsford in the Alexander Hamilton Tournament December 8 at 6:15 p.m.

 

By Melanie Cane and Mitch Silver

 

Girls’ Basketball

Senior captains Margaret Mitchell, Ellie Dailey, and Hannah Mullaly will lead six other returning players and four new arrivals — juniors Olivia Palermo and Maddie Frielich and freshmen Amanda Latkany and Ava Gretto. Coach Dennis Hurlie is looking forward to seeing how well the team competes in a very competitive Class A.

BoysHockey

The team graduated ten players and added eleven new ones. Senior defenseman Seamus Carroll and Forward Alex Noga are the captains. Carroll will get assistance from senior Davis Ross, junior Johnny Finnegan, and sophomore goalie Peter Paouhas. The attack is strong with seniors Cameron DiEdwards and JT Howard, juniors Max Kahle, Connor O’Brien, Noga, and sophomore Declan Lavelle.

The team has several young players with a lot of speed and the hunger to win.

As always, says Coach Peter Thomas, “Our goal is to compete for a Section 1 title.”

Girls Squash

Sixty-two girls are playing in the program this year, 25 on Varsity and 37 on JV. There are two Varsity teams, 1 and 2, and seven players are returning to each. Caroline Baldwin, who will play in the top spot, and Kina Kacha are the co-captains. Junior Sophie Barber, who Coach Tony Campbell said is playing at a high level, is his No. 2. Two new players, sophomores Olivia Dabinett and Clare Cassidy, will be crucial to Team 1’s success.

Campbell is looking forward to bringing both Varsity squads to Nationals this year. Team 1 will be looking to win their division after coming so close last year.

Caption: (pic #3462) Garnet seniors Kyle Doran, John Mhilli, AJ Thompson, Will Tepedino, Max Samberg, and Jake Rosenstadt

Boys’ Basketball

Head Coach John Aguilar, now in his sixth year, and assisted by Bart DiNardo and Andrew Spinelli, says the season will be depend on how well the bench plays. “We will be one of the more inexperienced teams in our class, but I think we will have very good depth. The key will be to wear other teams down with our various presses and transition game.”

The league remains the same. “Byram Hills is the clear favorite while Ardsley returns the bulk of their team coming off of a 13-win season. Additionally, we play such powerhouses as Mamaroneck, Scarsdale, and Hen Hud this year.” He’s relying on co-captains Max Samberg, AJ Thompson, and Will Tepedino to lead his young team.

Rye’s own Cliff Clinton Classic tips off December 8, with Sleepy Hollow vs. Blind Brook at 5. followed by the Garnets vs. Pleasantville at 7.

 

Boys’ Indoor Track

Three senior captains Anders Jensen, Floris Van Beurden and Alec Radtke will lead 20 returning and 26 new team members. Jensen and Radke focus on long sprint/short distance and Van Beurden is the top hurdler and sprinter. Senior Marek Nowak is the leading distance veteran and Cole Brennan is the best long/triple jumper. Among the talented but as yet untested juniors are Liam Fallon and Cian Galligan in distance and Ben Johnson, Connor Maloney, and John Goldszer in the jumps and sprints.

Coach Yedowitz said, “We hope to give Harrison a run at the league meet and do well individually at the County and Class meets. There are several school records that we have a definite shot at breaking.”

Coach Hurlie talking strategy with his girls at a scrimmage.