Athletics News, January 10, 2014
January 21, 2014 - Spring training trip meeting for parents and students, 6:30 p.m., in the Athletic Center. Room TBA: There will be a 30-minute meeting on the evening of Tuesday, January 21, for all athletes going on a spring training trip. It is mandatory for players, and we highly encourage parents to attend. At the meeting, we will give you our complete itinerary, explain rules and expectations, and answer any questions.
Boys' Varsity Ice Hockey: The team returned to the ice this week after the holiday break. After starting the season with 3 wins and 3 losses, the team will face the toughest part of its schedule in the second half of the season. On Wednesday, the team will host the Hoosac School on campus for a 5:00 p.m. game. Tonight, the team will travel to Hartford to take on Kingswood-Oxford. It will be a tough contest for the team. The team is looking forward to the challenges in the games ahead.
Boys' Varsity Basketball: The team entered winter break with an away tournament at Kingswood-Oxford. The Wildcats drew the home team in the first round. After a back-and-forth game, Salim Green led the Wildcats with 31 points to the 57-50 victory. The Wildcats then fell to a very strong Canterbury School in the second round. The Wildcats fought valiantly throughout the tournament and earned the respect of all schools involved. With the added experience of the tournament, the Wildcats look forward to the upcoming FAA match-ups that begin with an away game at Hopkins on Wednesday night.
Girls' Varsity Ice Hockey: Before winter break, the team had two tough games. On Wednesday, December 18, the team lost to Greenwich Academy 2-0. On Friday, December 20, the team traveled to Morristown-Beard, but also unfortunately lost 5-2. Stephanie O’Brien scored a pair of goals with assists by Haley Shea and Ciara Clare. The Wildcats look forward to a full week of practice to prepare for a busy week of upcoming games against Summit High School (January 11) Portledge (January 13), Princeton Day School (January 17), and The Hill School (January 18).
Boys' Varsity Squash: The team will face its toughest stretch of the season as it plays Millbrook, Taft, Hotchkiss, and Salisbury next week. This will be a great opportunity for the team to test itself before the US High School National Championships in Philadelphia. At this point in the season, the team is 2-2 with wins over Riverdale and King. Before the break, it was wonderful to have some former players visit the courts and hear about their experiences in college. John Shuck is now playing on the Williams College squash team, Matt Stevens is playing on the Stanford University Team, Matt Swain is playing for Colgate University, Michael Walsh has been playing regularly at Miami University, and I was able to see Reed Endresen playing doubles squash in the William White Tournament at the Merion Cricket Club in Philadelphia.
Girls' Varsity Basketball: The team is starting the year off with a record of 4-4. We participated in the Kingswood-Oxford tournament just before winter break and did well, losing in the finals to Governers 43-33. Prior to the loss, the team played two other games, beating Brewster Academy 40-29, and Kingswood-Oxford 65-39. Tara Berger led all scorers, averaging 13 points as well as 13 rebounds for the tournament, which included an 18 point /18 rebound game versus Kingswood. Nereida Mendez had a breakout game vs. Kingswood, hitting three 3-pointers en route to a 17 point / 6 assist performance. Jenn Howland remained steady, scoring 6 points to go along with 6 rebounds vs. Brewster, as well as 5 points to start the Kingswood game. Emily Moran chipped in a much-needed 4 points versus Brewster. Jess Grasso and Maria McEnroe each had 8 points as well vs. Kingswood, which included two 3-pointers by Jess Grasso. Zoe Verni remains solid on defense and managed a quiet 8 rebounds in our victory. She is also our defensive stopper when needed. In the final game vs. Governers Academy, we never got on track, only managing 33 points. Taylor Regan sparked us off the bench with 8 points, but we were unable to take the lead and played from behind most of the game. Everyone gathered valuable playing time during the tournament. Maddy Cooper continues to play solid on both ends of the court. Emily Moran remains a spark both offensively and defensively and was able to give us valuable points as well on defense. CeCe Payne continues to impress us with her willingness to learn and to play various positions.
The team is anxiously awaiting its home opener on Tuesday, January 7, vs. Chapin, as well as the remainder of the season.
Varsity Wrestling: Our team beat its local rival, Rye High, at home, by a score of 46-24, just before the winter break. Jay Waddell, Marc Schneider, Dylan Bronson, Peter Sanchez, Tiler Wilson, and George Matelich all won their matches. Wrestlers who won with a pin were George Matelich, Peter Sanchez, and Tiler Wilson. Peter's match was very exciting and a close match, before he caught his opponent off balance and got the pin. Over winter break, we competed in the Martin Luther Invitational Tournament. Although our whole team was unable to participate, we had many good victories that day. Place finishers included: Tiler Wilson (4th at 140lbs.), Max Wright (4th at 147lbs.), Sean Price (4th at 220lbs.), Dylan Bronson (3rd at 154lbs.), Arthur Nagashima (3rd at 115lbs.) and Marc Schneider (2nd at 134lbs.). Arthur also was recognized for recording the most pins in the least amount of time. This week, we head down to NYC for a tri-match with the Collegiate School and Martin Luther on Thursday. Saturday, we go to the Byram Hills Duals. Our next home match is the following Tuesday vs. the Dalton School.
Varsity Fencing: On behalf of the RCDS Fencers, we wish everyone a very Happy New Year. We finished off the year with five victories out of six encounters against Clarkstown. Both foil teams, both epee teams, and the girls' saber team won their meets. The boys’ junior varsity foil team also won its meet. It was an exciting afternoon of excellent fencing and a very fitting end to 2013. Now, everyone is pumped to start 2014 facing off against Horace Mann on January 9. Most teams will fence and are excited to continue our winning season. Furthermore, this weekend RCDS is hosting a quad meet starting at 9 a.m. The participating schools are Chapin, Riverdale, Hackley, and RCDS. Wish us luck!!!
Girls' Varsity Squash: Our team had another successful match against Hackley School before the holiday break. This time, Hackley came to RCDS to battle the varsity. Even missing a couple key players, our girls beat Hackley 4-3.
This week our girls are playing Greenwich Academy on Tuesday at home and St. Luke's on Thursday at home. Come out and support our squash girls!
RCDS Squash Clinics, Mini Camps & Lessons: Squash clinics are a great way for kids to play with other kids while getting instruction and working on their game. There is no sign up required.
9 a.m.-9:45 a.m.: Squash clinics for students in Grades 2-4.
3:30 p.m.-4:15 p.m.: Squash clinic for students in Grades 5-8.
Private Squash Lessons are available at RCDS throughout the year. Private lessons are available on the weekend. Private lessons are 45min. There is also availability for semi private lessons (2 kids).
If you are interested or want to sign up, please contact Alex - Alex_Langerhorst@ryecountryday.org.