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Rye Sports Luminaries Reflect on Garnet Tradition

RYE, N.Y. -- Four luminaries from the Rye sports community reflected on the rich sports history and tradition of Rye on Tuesday to kick off the Rye Historical Society's retrospective sports exhibit entitled "The History of Sports in Rye.”

The panel consisted of longtime Rye Varsity Football Coach and Rye High School graduate Dino Garr, Rye Varsity Soccer standout and current Girls Varsity Coach Rich Savage, retired gym teacher and Rye Girls Field Hockey, Volleyball and Cheerleading Coach Dell Lane and Rye High Basketball standout known as the "Ol' Garnet" Steve Feeney.

The historical society sponsored the evening, which was moderated by Athletic Director Robert Castagna.

Garr spoke about the importance of tradition and how it gets passed on from generation to generation.

"I say it many times, tradition never graduates," Garr said. "Each team has to add to it and create a legacy to that."

Feeney spoke about the level of consistency the Rye sports program has maintained through the changing times.

"There is a constant high level of competition and play," Feeney said. "Uniforms change, hairstyles change, but I think there is a lot of consistent traditional values that permeate our community and our program."

While the conversation gravitated towards the students’ accomplishments on the field, members of the panel along with Castagna spoke about how Rye students flourish off the field as well.

"Our students are not only dedicated and successful athletes, they excel in academics and sportsmanship," Castagna said.

Feeney alluded to a correlation between the on-field success of the student athletes and the climate of the Rye community.

"The community feels that success, and it can be seen on the shops on Purchase Street and on the front porches in town," Feeney said. "It becomes part the cultural fabric of Rye to have these levels of success and it makes the current students have things to shoot for."

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