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By Mitch Silver

Hear that sound? It’s the noise records make when they shatter. Which explains all the sonic booms coming from Hornidge Road, home of the Rye Neck Indoor Track team.

No sooner had the season kicked off with the aptly named Kick-Off Meet at the Armory December 10, than two Panther indoor records were no more. Senior captain Chris Ortiz broke the Boys’ 55-meter hurdles record with a time of 9.89 seconds, and sophomore Sonia Finkenberg lowered the Girls’ 1000-meter mark with a time of 3:11. And that was just the appetizer.

The team, headed by Coaches Myla Allen and Dennis Loosen along with Assistant Coach Marcella Scalise, took to the boards a week ago at the Freshmen/Sophomore Meet at Rockland Community College, and the Coaches Hall of Fame Invitational Meet back at the Armory a day later. First, Finkenberg came in second in the Girls’ 3000m with a time of 11:14. She also took 4th place in the 600m with a time of 1:54. The underclassmen placed third in the Boys’ 4x800m relay in 10:13. 

Saturday was the real record breaker. Finkenberg displayed her versatility by crushing Rye Neck’s record for the mile with a time of 5:36. Brendan Tuohy did the same on the boys’ side in 4:55, while co-captain Raymond Rivituso set a new 400m mark with a time of 58.09. And Chris Ortiz lowered his week-old record in the hurdles by .13 seconds.

Relay records fell as well. The boys’ 4x200m team finished in 1:42 and the 4x400m relay team was timed in 3:42. Daniel Ricci’s weight throw of 22¼ feet is also a new school record.

Whew...and it isn’t even Christmas.

Seniors Raymond Rivituso and Chris Ortiz flank sophomore Anna Boswell.

 

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.

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— Paws Walk photos by Melanie Cane

— Paws Walk photos by Melanie Cane

 

By Melanie Cane

In the first round of the Rye Rotary Girls’ Basketball Tournament December 16, the Garnets faced off against East Ramapo, whose coach is longtime Rye resident Doug Carey. The Rye girls got off to a strong start, ending the first quarter up 17-3. Teaghan Flaherty scored seven of the 17 points.

With such a healthy lead, Garnets Coach Dennis Hurlie made early substitutions. In the second quarter, the Titans seemed to find their bearings and scored 11 points, including a three-pointer and two foul shots. The Garnets racked up 16, equally distributed among Flaherty, Amanda Latkany, Ellie Dailey, and Julia Bateman. At the half, Rye led 33-14.

The Garnets dominated the third quarter and took a 48-21 lead into the fourth, giving Coach Hurlie the opportunity to play his bench. In the final quarter, East Ramapo outscored Rye 13-10, but the Garnets came out on top, 58-34.

Coach Hurlie summed up the win: “Getting off to a great start really helped. We knew we were the better team, but you have to move the ball well and make the extra pass to get the best shot.”

He added, “Most of the offense is falling on the very capable shoulders of Teaghan right now, but if we can get contributions like we did from Amanda and Julia we are going to be a tough team to beat.”

Rye won the Rotary Tournament on December 18, beating Greenwich High School 57-30. Senior captain Ellie Daley was named to the All Tournament Team. Sophomore Teaghan Flaherty won Tournament MVP.

 

Teaghan Flaherty driving to the basket on a fast break.

Ava Greto looking to shoot

Ellie Dailey in the right spot

Rye Athletic Director Mike Arias watching from the stands, along with his daughter.

 

 

 

<<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.

American Yacht Club junior racers captured a number of Junior Sailing Association awards this past season, including Class B 1st Place in the Beach Point Overnight Race on <Young America>: Pictured, rack row: Constantine Van der Voort, Eric Dowd, Nick Hein; front row, Lizzy Van der Voort, Clara Gallagher, Alexa Shea, and Maddie Plough with Beach Point’s Amy Kellog and JSA co-chairs Pedro Larsen and Karen Quirke.

 

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.