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Athletics News, February 14, 2014
Posted 02/14/2014 08:45AM

Athletics News, February 14, 2014

Interval Health Forms: It's time to complete the Interval Health Form! At the start of each season, we ask that you take a few minutes to complete this form. Every student in grades 7 through 12 is required to have a completed form. You can fill out the form online by going to the Parent Portal and clicking on the link. All students in grades 7-12 must have the form filled out by Monday, February 10, 2014, even if they are not participating in a winter sport.  Please complete your student's form today! Note: you must be logged into the Parent Portal to complete the form.

Boys' Varsity Ice Hockey: The team traveled to King last Thursday and fell in a back-and-forth game 6 - 4.  The highlight of the game came from a Kyle Halloran hat trick. On Saturday, the team went to Rhode Island to play the Portsmouth Abbey School. In a very close and hard-fought game, the team pulled out a 4 - 2 win. Will Halloran had 2 goals, and Kyle Halloran and Jeffrey Chen each added a goal. Michael Mossman got the win in net. On Monday, Fieldston came to campus, and the team got a 6 - 2 win. Eddie Massaro got his first career varsity win for the team. This week the team will host Greenwich HS on Wednesday.

Boys' Varsity Basketball: The team has had an inconsistent stretch of late. After suffering a loss to Brunswick last Monday, the Wildcats bounced back with wins over Hamden Hall and Masters. Chris Picard led the team at Hamden Hall with 17 points 20 rebounds and 6 blocks. The Wildcats escaped the back-and-forth game with a 69-62 victory. To wrap up the week, Tyler Fernandez scored a career high 39 points that led the Wildcats to a 85-73 victory over Masters. The Wildcats came into the week on a high, but fell with a loss to Greens Farms Academy 72-61. The Wildcats started off by digging themselves into a hole, going down 10-0, but battled back and showed the tenacity and determination that will be needed to go far into the playoffs. Although the Wildcats suffered the loss, we will use it as a learning experience and try to wrap up the season Wednesday against St. Luke’s at home at 5:45 p.m.

Girls' Varsity Ice Hockey: The team beat Summit High School 9-1 on Tuesday, February 4.  Multiple points were tallied from the following players: Sarah Ince (a hat trick), Ciara Clare (two goals and three assists), Stephanie O’Brien (two goals and one assist), and Clare Monahan (one goal and one assist). Further contributors were Charlotte Fleischman with a goal, as well as Haley Shea and Olivia Weaver, each with an assist. On Monday, February 10,  the team played Greenwich Academy at Chelsea Piers in Stamford. Unfortunately, the team lost 3-1. Late in the third period, Ciara Clare scored the Wildcats' lone goal, assisted by Stephanie O’Brien. Gracyn Campbell also had a sound performance in net with 36 saves. Next week, the team will travel to play Millbrook on Wednesday, February 19, and Worcester Academy on Saturday, February 22, for the final game.

Boys' Varsity Squash: The team traveled to Wayne, Pa., to play in the US High School National Championships. The team started the weekend with a tremendous match against Lawrenceville School. After two and a half hours, the team eventually lost 5-2 with Will Chai and Kyle Eagan earning wins and Nathan Spring losing a close match 11-8 in the fifth. Next up, the team played Delbarton School and again came up just sort, losing 4-3. This match featured wins from Kyle Eagan, Jack Mattson and Jared Yanis. On Saturday evening, we played Horace Mann in another tight contest in front of numerous fans. The atmosphere was electric as Jack Mattson, Nathan Spring and Jared Yanis all earned wins for the team. Finally, on Sunday morning, the team played a talented Squash Haven team. James Pierpont, Will Chai and Jared Yanis all earned victories for the team. Throughout the weekend, the Wildcats played high quality squash and put all of their effort into the matches. In the four team matches, we had 7 individual matches go the full 5 games. It was a wonderful experience for the team to have so many close matches individually and as a team. This experience will help the team as we get ready for the New England Championships next weekend.

Girls' Varsity Basketball: The team is now 12-7 after posting wins versus Masters 52-36 and Fieldston 42-35. Tara Berger gathered another double-double with 15 points, 14 rebounds vs. Masters. Jen Howland added 10 points, followed by Jess Grasso's 8. Others scorers included Nereida Mendez with 7, Maria McEnroe and Emily Moran with 4 each, and Taylor Regan and Zoe Verni, who  chipped in 2 each. The team displayed great chemistry in the second half, out scoring their opponents 33-13.  In the Coaches vs. Cancer benefit vs. Fieldston ,the team once again bounced back from a deficit that, at one point, was 10 points. We held Fieldston scoreless in the 4th quarter with our varying defenses and hustle. Nereida Mendez led scorers with 10 points that included 3 three-pointers. Tara Berger had 7 points/11 rebounds, and Jenn Howland added 7 points of her own to go along with 8 rebounds. Emily Moran and Taylor Regan gave us a much needed spark with 6 points each. Zoe Verni followed with 4 points and 5 steals. Melanie Mandell chipped in 2 points.  The team closes out its regular season Wednesday at Holy Child and is looking forward to the FAA tournament. 

Varsity Wrestling: The team competed in the NY Prep Tournament at Long Island Lutheran this past Saturday. Although we finished 7th out of 14 teams, there were many strong individual achievements. Starting with freshmen Jay Waddell and Hannes Boehning, each placed 5th. Hannes Boehning, in particular, was very competitive in all of his matches. Jay Waddell demonstrated good technique in his win to the medal round. Sophomores Arthur Nagashima and Pete Sanchez each took a solid 6th place. Arthur Nagashima upset the #4 seed in the quarterfinals, while Peter Sanchez beat the #5 seed in wrestle backs. Tiler Wilson also won a match, before being eliminated. Senior captains Dylan Bronson and George Matelich finished 4th and 6th, respectively. Dylan Bronson went 2-2 on the day at 154lbs. He fought back to the consolation round before losing a tough 5-4 decision. George Matelich was just unlucky, reinjuring his leg in the 184lb. semi-finals. The injury kept him out of competition for the day. Fellow seniors Marc Schneider and Max Wright also won a few good matches. Max Wright won two strong matches before being eliminated. Marc Schneider pulled an upset in the first round, then competed well to finish 4th at 128lbs. Our JV team also competed in a state mini-tournament. Max Pil, Henry Cho, Brian Araque, Ravtegh Aurora, and Felipe Gomez all did well. At the end of the day, George Matelich and Dylan Bronson were recognized as "Iron Horse" award winners, for placing (1-6) all four years of high school. Congratulations to all of our grapplers who competed that day. We wrestle our final match Tuesday against Hackley away.

Varsity Fencing: As we approach the end of the fencing season, our teams continue to be very strong. On Monday, the girls’ epee fencers, saber fencers and foil fencers went to Marymount School in NYC. It was a victorious day for the female RCDS Wildcat Fencers. The foil team defeated Marymount 6 - 3. The epee team also won 6-3, and the saber team completed the shutout with a 5 -4 win. On Thursday, all RCDS teams will fence the teams from Riverdale Country School. And to finish the regular season, we will host St. Ann's on February 20. At this meet, we will honor our seniors who will be graduating this year. Please join us. Finally, on February 22, we will close the 2013/2014 season with the ISFL Team Tournament hosted by Hackley School. This is an all-day event where all eight league schools will participate with more than 150 fencers. It promises to be an exciting day. You are all welcome to attend and get a taste of some high level fencing.

Girls' Varsity Squash: This past weekend, our RCDS squash girls traveled down to the Philadelphia area to compete in the 2014 High School National Championships. After a two-hour bus ride, the girls were excited about their first game vs. the Brooks School. Brooks proved too strong, although the score didn't reflect the game, Brooks beat RCDS 1-6. Catherine Kimmel was the lone winner in this match.

RCDS went on to play Westminster School in the consolation round. RCDS had played Westminster not too long ago at home in a tri-match,and Westminster beat RCDS 7-0. This time RCDS showed more determination, and although they lost, they fought a lot harder than the first time the teams played each other. Senior Gabi Salomon actually played a spot up and took a game of her opponent. RCDS lost 6-1. In the Semis plate round, RCDS played home team Episcopal Academy. It was clear that RCDS started to play better squash with a more concentrated game and much more determination. Gabi Johnson, Gabi Salomon, and Michelle Haut each won their match in 5 games to win the match. The last match of the tournament was for the 13th place against Harrington/ Lower Merion School at 8 a.m. in the morning. You could tell that the girls were a bit tired of the tournament, but in the end they pulled it off as a team. A great win against a strong Harrington/ Lower Merion school secured the 13th place in the tournament. Winning for the Wildcats were Caroline Kimmel, Catherine Kimmel, Gabriela Johnson  and Gabrielle Salomon. This week, RCDS is playing an away match against Choate Rosemary Hall and it should be an very tight match! Go, Wildcats!

Squash Clinics: Here are some important dates regarding the squash program.

February 24 - After school lesson program starts, clinics will be from 3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays.

March 10-14 & March 17-21 - Spring Break Squash Camp. There will be morning, afternoon and day sessions.

June 4 -27 - Summer Squash Camps.
We have summer camps for all ages. There will be morning, afternoon and day sessions.

Regular lesson times during the week fill up!

If you are interested in scheduling private lessons or clinics after school please contact Alex at Alex_Langerhorst@ryecountryday.org.


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