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By Melanie Cane

The flu bug bit the Garnets, forcing star sophomore Teaghan Flaherty out of the lineup in their last regular season game, February 8 against league rival Pelham. A determined Rye team eked out a 33-32 win over the Pelicans to finish 7-3 in league play and runner-up in the league.

To keep Pelham at bay, the Garnets knew they had to focus on defense. Rye played with a focused intensity from the opening whistle until the final second. In the first quarter, they moved the ball around well on offense and grabbed the majority of rebounds. Amanda Latkany got good looks and drove to the basket scoring six of Rye’s 12 points (versus Pelham’s six) going into the second quarter. The Pelicans made some crucial adjustments, doubling up on Latkany and passing more. They outscored Rye 16 to 6 and took a 22-18 lead into the half.

But Rye came back out with renewed determination. Ellie Dailey became more aggressive under the boards and Margaret Mitchell kept Pelham's second highest scorer scoreless. The Garnets made some nice long passes down court, which resulted in baskets, and they switched up their plays so many players contributed.

In the final seconds of the game, the Pelicans had possession at their basket. Mitchell stole the inbound pass to seal the win. Mitchell, Niamh Carty, and Ava Greto all had six points; Latkany 13.

Coach Dennis Hurlie said, “Our defense is our constant and as long as we can rely on it, we have a chance.” He added, “It was a tremendous accomplishment for us to beat our league rival, especially without Flaherty. We are playing well right now and excited to start Sectionals.”

Their overall record of 10-5 earned them the No. 3 seed in the Section, ensuring that their first two playoff games will be at home. The first is February 16.

 

 

 

Amanda Latkany driving to the basket

Ava Greto calling for long pass on breakaway

By Mitch Silver

Injuries took their toll Tuesday when Head Coach Steve Gage was forced to send his decimated Rye Country Day squad out on the home floor against a powerful St. Luke’s team. Missing four of their top six players — and welcoming back senior center Sam Berger for only his first game since suffering a serious leg injury — the Wildcats were out-jumped, outgunned, and overrun by the 14-5 Storm from New Canaan on Senior Night.

Up by 40-20 at the half, St. Luke’s kept making two baskets, many of them layups off long diagonal passes, for every one by Rye Country Day. Had it not been for a couple of early threes by Austin Pager (he had a team-high 13 for the game) and a ridiculously long three-pointer that point guard Ben Pierce canned while practically standing at the scorer’s table, things would have been even worse.

With high scorer Billy O’Meara sidelined by injury and two-way star Allen Houston ill, the Wildcats couldn’t come close to matching the effort they made in a 74-67 loss to this same Storm team at their place 72 hours earlier.

Coach Gage was smiling a little ruefully after the game. “You should have been here Saturday,” he said. “We took it to Columbia Grammar.” Let it be noted: they did 81-73.

Meanwhile, the NYSAIS playoffs are approaching and, if the injuries heal and the flu bug departs, Rye Country Day should be a high seed when the action kicks off next week.

Ben Pierce (#3) goes one on one with the Storm’s Jonas Harper.

 

 

A team composed of 17 swimmers from Rye High, five from Rye Neck, and junior freestyler Jack Vecsey from Blind Brook stepped up a division this year to compete against Section 1’s top teams. While the dual meet results weren’t stellar, Head Swim Coach Stephanie Schilling and Coach Brinn McGuire saw nine of their boys qualify to compete in Sectionals at Clarkstown’s Felix Festa School earlier this week.

While the team came in 14th and didn’t qualify for States, several swimmers set personal bests. Garnet senior Greg Schoeman placed 9th in both the 50 free and 100 free, winning each of his heats. His classmate, co-captain Brendan Egan, placed 14th in the 100 fly.

The 200 free relay team, consisting of Schoeman, Egan, and two freshmen Rye’s Geoffrey Lien and Rye Neck’s Dylan Spencer came in eighth in a time of 1:32.63. The 400 free relay, with Rye senior co-captain and butterfly standout Ethan Fuchs and junior Will O’Connor joining Lien and Egan, came in 14thin 3:34.79, eight-hundredths of a second behind Pelham. Personal records were set in both races.

The one athlete moving on to States is Rye’s senior diver and co-captain Michael Ackert, who finished third with 338.25 points, behind Clarkstown’s Daniel Alaimo and Peekskill’s Ioannis Schattman. He’ll compete with the rest of the Section 1 team at Eisenhower Aquatic Center in East Meadow, Long Island, March 2 and 3.

 

 

Coach Stephanie Schilling joins her swimmers, back row, from left: Brendan Egan, Will O’Connor, David Syphers, and Jack Cicchiello; front row: Ethan Fuchs, Michael Ackert, Gregory Schoeman, Geoffrey Lien, and Dylan Spencer. Not pictured: Jack Vecsey.By Mitch Silver

By Melanie Cane

After losing their season opener to league winner Greenwich Academy, the Holy Child Swim team got their strokes together and won ten meets in a row.

The outcome of their final meet, against Sacred Heart, determined who finished second in the league. The tension was heightened because some of the freshman swimmers were on a ski trip and would miss the meet.

Not only did the Gryphons beat the Tigers 48-45, they also set two records. The 400 Freestyle relay team — Juliana Rivera, Lizzy Ford, Willa Sarcone, and Kate Hoesterey — set a pool record of 3:54.19. Willa Sarcone set a new school record in the 100 Backstroke with a time of 1:02.37.

Maggie Scala won the 100 Breaststroke. Rivera came in first in both the 200 and 500 Freestyle, and Hoesterey both the 50 and 100 Freestyle.

Coach Art Tiedemann was beaming. “All the swimmers did great. It was a terrific team effort and an outstanding meet.”

Holy Child has two post-season championship meets in the coming weeks: The Bud Erich Invitational Meet at Hopkins School February 24 will determine the league championship, and the New England Championships are March 3.

 

 

Victoria Gaffney competing in the 100 Butterfly 

 

By Melanie Cane

In their final regular season meet, February 9, Rye Country Day hosted the Avenues World School from New York City and posted decisive wins in every bout. The Boys’ Foil won 6-3; Girls’ Foil, 8-1; Boys’ Epee 8-1; and Girls’ Epee 7-2.

This season, three of the Wildcat teams posted winning records. Boys’ Foil and Boys’ Epee finished 9-6 and the Girls’ Epee excelled at 11-4.

In the ISFL league competition, Girls’ Epee and Boys’ Sabre came in third place; Boys’ Foil and Boys’ Epee ended up in fourth; and Girls’ Foil and Sabre in fifth place.

Coach Rue credited the leadership provided by the captains — Celeste Kelly, Biamh Kiernan, PJ Pujadas, and Josh Shapiro — for their overall success. “But I would also add that everyone on the team demonstrated exceptional drive and enthusiasm all season long.”

The season ends February 24 with the ISFL Team Tournament at Hackley School.

 

 

Deshani Patel, at right

By Mitch Silver

Let’s build a composite picture of an accomplished high school senior, one who, though it’s still winter, has already been accepted by the college of her choice, the University of Virginia.

First, she’ll need to excel in the classroom, taking Advanced Placement classes in a variety of subjects. Let’s give her World History, Language, Calculus A&B, Statistics, and Psychology. Then we’ll fill out the rest of her schedule with all Honors classes. Definitely National Honor Society material.

Next, she should be involved in after-school clubs. How about the Rye Youth Players and Rye High’s Be the Change Committee? We’ll make her Co-President of that one.

Did I hear community service? Don Bosco’s “Read Aloud” program, helping improve the literacy of Spanish-speaking children in Port Chester, is a worthy use of her time.

And there should be service beyond our own community. Here’s a good cause for our Rye High student: Rye Presbyterian Church partnered with lowernine.org for weeklong trips to New Orleans in the summer to rebuild and repair homes affected by Hurricane Katrina. Happy to say they’ve rehabbed 85 buildings in the Lower Ninth Ward so far.

So, top-notch academics, after-school participation, community service both near and far...leaving just enough time for homework and a few hours of sleep for our composite student, right?

Not in Caroline Baldwin’s case. Somehow, she’s found the time to become a three-time U.S. Squash All-American. Also, a three-time U.S. Squash Scholar-Athlete. All while going undefeated playing at number one this season and leading Rye’s charge into the final four in Division Two at Nationals.

She gives thanks to Girls’ Head Coach Tony Campbell and the coaching staff at Apawamis Club for helping her to become a top-ranked player among under-19s in the country. And she says, “I’m thrilled to be chosen as an Athlete of the Month by the Lions Club and our Athletic Department, considering how many good athletes we have in our school.”

Oh, and did we mention Caroline’s varsity careers in golf, tennis, and field hockey?

The Lions Club honor 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 the Club’s dinner at The Osborn.

Rye Lions Club Names Caroline Baldwin January’s Athlete of the Month