By Mitch Silver


The Rye Neck harriers — including lone female runner Anna Boswelle (center) — pose with Coach Myla Allen, left, and her short-but-very-demanding assistant before their first meet.

Myla Allen welcomed team captains Mitchell O'Brien and Genki Ono and co-captain Brendan Tuohy — along with fellow seniors Raymond Rivituso, and James Lord — to tough August workouts that she hopes will reap results when the stopwatches are ticking down. During a break she said, “A successful season will depend on hard work, dedication, and a positive mindset. Our goal is to win all of our dual meets.”

The starter’s pistol went off this past Wednesday when the Panthers traveled to Westlake High School for their first competition of the fall.

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Meet the 2017 edition of the Rye Neck field hockey team. Assistant Coach Amy Magaletti and Head Coach Marissa Kluber flank the girls.

Longtime Head Coach Beth Gulotta has given way to Marissa Kluber, who played field hockey and lacrosse at Mercy College while earning her degree in Psychology.

She’ll need that degree to help instill a winning state of mind for a program that’s been no better than .500 the past couple of years. Captains Daisy Jayson, Kaylee Sanabria, and goalkeeper Sonia Finkenberg should help in the process. Coach Kluber said, “We have a lot of solid players. Our returning seniors have been good role models for our young team.”

The sticks began to clash yesterday when the Panthers took on Croton-Harmon post-press time. The locals will host Hastings tomorrow at 2.


Rye Neck seniors, back row from left: Joosep Juhkam, Ben Galerne, Frencesco Branca, Pedro Peter Cueto, Zach Gibbs, and Derick Ramirez. Front row from left: Danny Morningstar, Kenny Soriano, and Shikhar Saran.

Junior Tyler Simon runs for some of his 100+ yards against the Blue Devils.

Head Coach Nick Ianello, in his 15th season at the helm, lost most of his skill players on offense to graduation. Among them was one of the best running backs in Westchester, Gio Maffei, along with the starting quarterback and leading receiver. So it wasn’t a surprise when they fell to non-league Haldane in their opener last Saturday, 20-7.

There were bright spots all over the field, however. Senior QB Pedro Cueto threw for 48 yards and ran for another 79, including the team’s only touchdown. Junior Tyler Simon broke off a 38-yard run in addition to catching a couple of passes for more than 100 all-purpose yards. Then he turned around and made a game-high 20 solo tackles on defense. Freshman Evan Falco picked off a Haldane pass and brought it back 30 yards.

Assistant Coach Mark Poniros summed up the challenge of meeting league foes Albertus Magnus, Dobbs Ferry, and Woodlands in the weeks to come. “Success will depend on hard work at practice everyday and staying healthy.” Tomorrow they’ll host another non-league foe in Pine Plains from Duchess County at 1:30 p.m.

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 Rye Neck Boys’ Soccer seniors are, from left: Joshua Goldin-McCarthy, Conor Flood, Donovan Dunning, Christopher Ortiz, and Jack Sheldon. Tom Bermingham was absent.

The 16-3 Panthers who lost to eventual state champion Hastings 1-0 in the Sectional finals last year have largely left for college. Those thirteen graduates include three of the four starting defenders Noah Klur, Fraser Shaw, and Tim Kelley center midfielder Pierre Klur, striker Reed Peterson and Luis Galeano, who played all over the field.

In addition, co-Head Coach Frank Gizzo has left to spend more time with his young family. Fortunately for his partner in coaching, Bryan Iacovelli, the school has gained a worthy replacement. Ivan Martinez was Section 1 Player of the Year for the Panthers in 2010, earning first team All-State honors as an attacking midfielder.

The seniors pictured above will have to provide the team chemistry that has been so crucial to the Black Cats’ success. Rye Neck opened its season by hosting Westlake this past Wednesday post-press time and will be home to arch-rival Blind Brook tomorrow at 2 p.m.

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Rye Neck Girls’ Soccer seniors are, back row from left: Jess Sevean, Maggie O’Malley, Sophie Gibson, and Emily DeLillo. Front row from left are: Jessica Santoli, Sophia Wice, and Marissa Santoli.

Head Coach Amy Bushnell began her first year as Panthers’ Head Coach by counting her blessings. “The leadership and experience of our 11 upperclassmen, coupled with some very talented newcomers, make us a big threat this year.

“In goal, we are strong and deep with senior Marissa Santoli and 8th grader Sofia Capparelli. In front of them, seniors Jessica Sevean, Jessica Santoli, and Sophie Gibson — along with junior Georgia Meyers and freshman Stephanie Santoli —will provide a very strong, gritty defense. At midfield, freshmen Anna Murphy, Maddy Murray, and Naomi Young are phenomenal additions to juniors Isabella Vidales and Liz Farassat. Senior Emily Dilillo and our senior captain Maggie O'Malley will anchor the midfield with their playmaking abilities. Senior Kathleen DaSilva tore her ACL, but her vocal leadership on the sideline has already been a huge help to her teammates.

“Up front, captain Sophia Wice returns for her senior year and is hungry for more goals after leading the team a year ago. Sophomore Natalia Ruscitto adds additional strength and speed up top, along with a tremendous ability to score and cause havoc for opposing defenses.”

The Panthers opened the season yesterday at Dobbs Ferry. They’ll travel to Yonkers tomorrow to take on Montessori Academy.

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Rye Neck seniors who will lead the Panthers are, from left: Beatrix Cress, Lindsey Sexton, Nina Buetnner, and Elizabeth DeGeorge. Alana Proudian was absent.

Veteran Head Coach Mark Canno gave a rundown of his team’s prospects for the fall season. “Clemence Balzano, one of the top players in Section 1, moved to London with her family. That will be a huge loss. Our number one will be freshman Lucy Friedman, who has been playing tournaments all spring and summer and should have a great season. I think she has a great shot to go to at least the quarterfinals at Sectionals and could make states by next year. 

Captain Alana Proudian will play 2nd singles in her sixth year on the Varsity team. She had a great run to the Conference doubles title with Clemence last year.  Delaney Park, who is showing huge improvement, will play 3rd singles.

“Our other two captains are seniors Lindsey Sexton and Beatrix Cress. They will join with Anna Nakagama and Nicole Pereira at 1st and 2nd doubles. Two newcomers are ninth grader Natalie Goldberg and eighth grader Katie Lipman, who will play 3rd doubles. Our 4th doubles team will be senior Nina Buettner and sophomore Sarah Paumier.

We have a solid group, but our league has very deep teams, so it will be challenging.

They hosted Edgemont Wednesday post-press time, and will travel to Bronxville today at 4:15.


 Rye Neck’s squad is ready to face the season.

With a few injuries preventing her from settling on her rotations, Head Coach Kristin Desio enters her 13th year at Rye Neck with a new Assistant Coach. Dana Trani returned to graduate school this month, so Physical Education teacher Jamie Collareta joins the Panthers.

The team lost only three seniors to graduation, though one of them was libero and court general Samantha Yannuzzi, who will be hard to replace. The team opens their season today with a long road trip to Putnam Valley, the first time they’ve ever played the Tigers up in Putnam County.


By Mitch Silver


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.”

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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.”


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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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.


Captains Nora Woodruff, Ainsley Schultz, and Claire Woodruff

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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.





 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!”



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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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


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.

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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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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.