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By Melanie Cane

 

<<Field Hockey>>

 

Captains Lotje Rogaar and Lainie Agosta

You cannot talk about the prospects of Rye High’s Field Hockey team without thinking about Lakeland. For the past eight years, Lakeland has beaten the Garnets in the Section final. Each season, Rye’s goal is to beat Lakeland. This year is no exception. Returning Coach Simon Hochstenbach and senior co-captains Lainie Agosta and Lotje Rogaar hope this will be “their year.”

Agosta and Rogaar will lead the ten other returning players and six new players. Having so many veteran players, a strong defense, and penalty corners are their strengths. Rogaar has been a defender on the team since eighth grade and keeper Maggie Devlin saved the team in many tight games last year.

The captains said, “We are so close to being an extremely good team skill-wise, as well as spirit-wise. But on the field we need to work on talking to each other and putting the loose ends together.”

 Their first home game is September 12 against Somers.

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<<Girls’ Soccer >>

 

Captains Hannah Friedrich, Isabel Castro, and Lilly Friedrich

The enthusiasm and energy permeating the Garnets team is palpable. Senior tri-captains Hannah and Lilly Friedrich and Isabel Castro can hardly contain their excitement. Before tryouts even began, eight of the retuning 14 players were offered positions with the prestigious NY Soccer Club Academy. If they played for the academy, they could not play for Rye High. Only one player accepted the offer. The seven girls who stayed with the team wanted to remain with Coach Rich Savage, assistant coach Kim Mooney, and their teammates. “Coach Savage is such a great coach and the soccer program is so great we didn’t want to leave. We are so proud of being Garnets.”

It is not surprising that Coach Savage said the team’s goal is, “To make the season last as long as possible.”

The team, along with the Boys’ Soccer team traveled to Massachusetts to play three scrimmages. Coach Savage said the trip was a great success. “The girls realized there are many talented players on the roster with so many being able to play in multiple positions. We have a very deep roster and we plan to outwork the teams we face this season.”

In addition to the veteran players, four players from last year’s undefeated JV team are on varsity. Last year's team achieved a record of 13-3-1 and were League champions. They lost in Sectionals to Pearl River, a school four times their size, on penalty kicks. The Garnets have been working on their penalty kicks ever since.

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Captains Nora Woodruff, Ainsley Schultz, and Claire Woodruff

<< Girls’ Tennis>>

After graduating 12 players from the team, Coach Tony Campbell did not cut anyone from the team. With 25 players, this is the largest team he has ever carried. Senior tri-captains Nora Woodruff, Claire Woodruff, and Ainsley Schulz are three of the six returning players. There are 17 new players, 11 of whom played on last year’s undefeated JV team.

Junior Niki Francis will play first singles. Freshman Catarina Ausfahl will play second singles, and junior Elena Nunez will play third. There is a lot of depth and experience in the doubles slots. Joci Stone and Steffi Rodilosso will play first doubles. Claire Woodruff and Schultz will play second doubles and Nora Woodruff will play third doubles with Claire Cassidy. Coach Campbell said the doubles teams from four through eight are interchangeable and the girls will have to compete hard for the fourth spot. “We have a lot of talented young players. We'll be good for a while.”

He added, “We have a delightful group of polite, enthusiastic, gracious players. We enjoy the practices, the camaraderie, and coming together in an otherwise individual sport. Our goal is to be gracious competitors in victory and defeat.”

Their home opener is September 8 against Pelham.

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<<Volleyball>>

 

 The team working hard at a recent scrimmage

 With nine returning players, including six seniors, and five new players from last year’s undefeated JV team, the Garnets Volleyball squad is ready to hit the court. Coach Geri Jones has not yet chosen captains, but she has been sizing up the players individually and in different combinations in their multiple pre-season scrimmages.

Coach Jones has confidence in both the offensive and defensive skills of her players. She points to a number of their strengths: Jade Iadarola, who has a killer topspin serve and loves to win; Cayla Brown and Alex Kirk, who are both strong middle blockers and hitters; Lizzie Bronstein, setter, who has really stepped into a leadership role running the offense; defensive players Olivia Negri and Maddie Depaola; and Maddie and Taylor Woods, who round out the offense.

“They are a talented bunch of young women who really love playing volleyball and make the game exciting to watch and coach,” said Jones. She added that there’s a lot of talent on the JV team as well, which bodes well for the future of volleyball at Rye High School.

The team during scrimmage; Taylor Woods serving

 

By Melanie Cane

<<Field Hockey>>

Assistant Coach Charlotte Tierney, Captains Julia Howe and Molly Mackie, and Head Coach Alex Bean

The new Holy Child field hockey coaches, Alex Bean and Charlotte Tierney have big shoes to fill. They replaced Barb Lorys and Cheryl O’Shea, who coached the team for 13 years. While a student at Holy Child, Tierney played under Lorys and O'Shea for four years, and went on to play for Georgetown University. Bean played for Wesleyan.

The coaches will rely on senior co-captains Julie Howe and Molly Mackie, as well as the seven other returning players, to make the transition smooth.

Coaches Bean and Tierney are excited to work with a talented group of returning players, as well as the nine newcomers who are “motivated, hard-working athletes with a fast learning curve.” They look forward to the challenge of developing a cohesive team culture. “We know if we buckle down and make each one of our players stronger and work to play with a purpose day in and day out that will benefit us this season and for many seasons to come. We can’t wait to see where the season takes us.”

The coaches worked closely with the former coaches last season and want to thank them for their dedicated years to the Holy Child field hockey program. “We hope to see them at many games this season!”

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<<Volleyball>>

The seven seniors, front row: Gabby Rivera, Lily Hurley, and Ginny Cacsire; back row: Carly Okon, CeCe Hylton, Olivia Califano, and Cate Kaplan

Former JV coach Jennifer Walsh moved up to take over as Holy Child’s new head Varsity coach. She says she’s counting on her seven seniors, including captains Cece Hylton, Carly Okon, and Gabby Rivera. Hylton is a dynamic player who plays setter and right side hitter. Okon is the middle hitter who is a smart player at the net. Rivera, a big presence in the back row and is the main line of defense.

Nine veteran players, as well as returning assistant coach Maureen Fearon, will guide the four new players.

Coach Walsh expects to have a successful season because the team has depth. “We can put any six players on the court and be successful.”

The coaches are looking forward to watching the team grow on and off the court. “We are off to a fresh start, and we are counting on the girls to put everything they have out on their court.”

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<<Soccer Preview>>

Captains Jax Pace and Ryan Delane

Mike Rivera is the only head coach returning to Holy Child for the fall season. He, along with returning assistant coach Lindsey Ferris, are counting on senior captains Ryan Delane and Jax Pace, as well as nine other returning players.

Last year, the team struggled to adjust to Coach Rivera’s style of play, but the co-captains said the team caught on to by the end of the season and the seven new players are quick learners.

The team cohesion and chemistry is extremely strong, says the coach, as is the defense, which is anchored by Madi Warne, Emma Kryza, and goalie Giulia DeVita. Rivera also has high praise for midfielders Grace Mensi and Pace and striker Delane.

The Gryphons have set their sights on qualifying for post-season play. They open against Riverdale, at home, on September 8.

 

By Mitch Silver

<<Football>>

Garnet seniors, from left: Billy Chabot, Andy Bach, A.J. Thompson, Owen Hull, and Peter Chabot.

Senior Chase Bekkerus was rehabbing a hamstring and missed the group picture.

Coaching Staff: Head Coach Dino Garr, 34th year; New Assistant Coaches: Joel Jenson (line), Jonathan Sable (receivers & linebackers), Sean Zemlyak (QBs & secondary).

Graduated Starters: “We lost most of our skilled players, including quarterback, our power running back, and our three top receivers. Mat Bruno, one of the most versatile players I’ve ever coached, also graduated.”

Returning Players: “We should be strong along the line on both sides of the ball. We have many players coming up from a strong JV team. We’ll be all right.

What will a successful season depend on? “Getting everyone, especially the new kids, to play Garnets football. We have to replace eight starters on defense and seven on offense. The players who had a successful season on JV will have to step into those spots. And step up for us.”

Opening Day: September 1 final score — Rye 34, Byram Hills 12.

Next Home Game: Somers, defending NYS Class A champions, tonight at 7 p.m.

(pic #9108) The Rye team joins Coach Ernest Harmon, right, in looking forward to the season.

<<Boys’ Soccer>>

Coaching Staff: Head Coach Ernest Harmon, 2nd year; Assistant Coach Jon Tuttle, 3rd year.

Graduated Starters: Fifteen players in all.

Captains: Seniors Alec Jautz, Jake Katsikas, and Carl Friedrich.

What will a successful season depend on? Our success will come from preparation and effort. If we can build incrementally on our technical and tactical understanding of the game, and integrate several new players — including goalkeepers — into the team, we’ll be fine.”

Opening Day: At Ardsley, September 6.

Home Opener: Brewster, tomorrow at 11 a.m.

 

By Melanie Cane

 <<Rye High School>>

 

The RHS Cross-Country team warming up on the track in the rain.

While Rye High School superstar Natalie Weiner moved to Bronxville over the summer and two female and three male runners graduated, all the other runners on the team have returned. And the Boys’ team added 17 freshmen.

Head coach Michael Szarkowicz expects Marek Nowak to continue to excel. Last season Nowak was 8th in Section 1 Class B and is looking to be in the top five this year. “The Boy’s team has a lot of depth, which we hope translates into a great season,” said Coach Szarkowicz.

On the Girls’ team, Elena Perez Segnini —a soccer convert — looks to build on her 2016 indoor and outdoor track seasons.

Coach Szarkowicz and the Girls’ coach Blair Monahan look forward to seeing how the young runners perform. “With so many freshmen on the Boys’ team and a lot of sophomores on the Girls’, it will be exciting to see new young talent improve year to year.”

Their first meet is the Bear Mountain Invitational September 9.

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<<Rye Country Day>>

Captains Ed Abrama, Rick Burke, Sarah Colin, and Luci Rochat leading the stretching.

 

Coach Ethan White is pleased to be at the helm of the largest Wildcat team he has had in his 13 years of coaching. Twenty of the 47 runners are new to the team.

Boys’ captains Ed Abrams and Rick Burke and Girls’ captains Lucie Rochat and Sarah Colin have done a great job welcoming their teammates and providing motivation, according to Coach White.

The four captains are the team’s strongest runners and he expects them to have successful seasons. The coach says he is looking forward to watching all his runners develop.

Their first meet is September 13 at Sherwood Island in Westport.

By Mitch Silver

<<Football>>

Wildcat seniors are ready for the new season. Back row, from left: Jackson Broidwolf, Troy Kesselmark, Colin Duncan, Jack Curry, and Christo Sullivan. Front row, from left: John Golden, Tyler Block, Richard Antoine, Jack Birchenough. Absent: Maxwell Smith.

Coaching Staff: Head Coach John Calandros; Assistants Charles Ogbonna, Dan Hannon, Andy Lopez.

Graduated Starters: “Seven of our graduates are playing college football this fall. Hannes Boehning, Stanford; Ryan Wolitzer, Duke; Raishaun McGhee, Harvard; Evander Jackson, Trinity; Billy Grossman, Occidental; Jared Jones, Amherst; Sean Price, Carnegie Mellon.

Opening Day: At Long Island Lutheran, September 16 at 1 p.m.

Home Opener: Hamden Hall, September 24 at noon.

What will a successful season depend on? “We have to replace eight starters on defense and seven on offense. The players who had a successful season on JV will have to step into those spots. And step up for us.”

<<Boys’ Soccer>>

Rye Country Day soccer seniors pose with Head Coach Cristiano Pereira. From left are Zach Wiener, Matt Molinelli, Matthew Boccanfuso, and Cole Price. Absent: Alonzo Dias and Dylan Pepe.

Coaching Staff: Head Coach Cristiano Pereira, 12th year; Assistant Coach Gary Solem, 2nd year.

2016 Record: 5 wins, 7 losses, 3 ties.

Graduated Starters: Felipe Gomez and Noah Swan.

Returning players: captain Matt Mollinelli, captain Cole Price, seniors Alonzo Dias, Dylan Pepe, Zach Wiener, juniors Cole Boester, Lucca Piccinini, Jack Miller.

Opening Day: At Poly Prep, September 6.

Home Opener: Fieldston, September 15 at 4:30 p.m.

What will a successful season depend on? “Our success will depend on how well we press on defense to win the ball back, as well as playing with composure, skill and good tactical awareness in possession.”

 

Coaching Staff: Head Coach Shannon Bolger, 16 years; Assistant Coach Brinn McGuire, 1st year; Dive Coach Melanie Dilascio, 4th year.

Last Season’s Results: “We had a 7-1 record in dual meets. The team placed 2nd at our Divisional meet and sent several girls to our Sectional meet, where we placed 14th.” 

Returning Swimmers:We are a team of close to 40 girls: five from Rye Neck, five from Blind Brook, and 26 swimmers and three divers from Rye High. Our returning Blind Brook senior is Marie Neubauer. Rye Neck returnees include Grace Kujawski, Maggie Victory, and Ida Henriksson. Returning Rye High swimmers are Lara Geelen, Ella Brady, and Samantha Bluvol. The Garnets’ Katie Laverty placed 14th in the dive competition.” 

2017 Captains: Larissa Hodzic (Rye Neck), Adele Harshbarger (Rye), Lucy Liu (Rye), Julia Mackey (Rye). 

What will a successful season depend on?We are anticipating another strong season, though we’re now in League Two, going against teams we haven't seen for a while. Competition should be good. 

Opening Day: The team competed post-press time at the Relay Carnival, a fun event for the teams where the girls only swim and dive in relays.” 

Home Opener: At Arlington September 12.