Rye lights up its new scoreboard

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Rye Athletic Director Rob Castagna prepares to cut the ribbon signifying the unveiling of the new scoreboard on Sept. 27. The new scoreboard was made possible by donations from the community. Photos/Mike Smith

By MIKE SMITH
There were plenty of reasons for Rye fans to celebrate on Sept. 27, not the least of which was the Garnet football team’s 58-14 thrashing of the Ossining Pride. The home game also served as a reminder of the power of the Rye community to rally around its student athletes as the new Garnets scoreboard was unveiled in the southeast end zone of Nugent Stadium.

The campaign to erect a new scoreboard began in earnest over the summer, when Rye alumni partnered with Rye parents to raise the funds to put the new board in place. Overall, the New Scoreboard Committee raised approximately $45,000 for the new piece, which was officially unveiled with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at halftime of the Garnets home game on Friday night.

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Rye and Ossining face off in a goal-line situation. Although the Pride would punch in a score, it would be their last of the night as the Garnets won 58-14.

“You’re always a little nervous, but, from the word go we had enormous support behind this,” Ted Livingston, one of the many volunteers who dedicated himself to the procuring a new scoreboard, said. “I think a big reason for that is because this wasn’t benefitting just one sports team, but everyone.”

Initially, fundraisers hoped to have the scoreboard in place for the football team’s opening game on Sept. 7, but the project wasn’t completed until the week of Sept. 9.

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Rye’s defense was stellar on Sept. 27, holding Ossining to 83 yards on offense. With the win, Rye improved to 4-0 on the year.

The Garnet football team certainly tested the new scoreboard’s limits on Friday night, hanging a gaudy 58 points on the previously unbeaten Pride in a true statement game. The Garnets tallied 471 yards of offense on the day behind a 190-yard rushing performance from Shane O’Malley. Quarterback Andrew Livingston was impressive as well, throwing for 190 yards and a touchdown. The Garnet defense shut down vaunted Ossining quarterback Justin Davidov, limiting the Pride to just 83 yards of total offense on the night.

But just as Rye’s win over was Ossining a testament to teamwork, so too was the endeavor to replace the Rye scoreboard.

“This was a collaborative effort and there were so many people involved,” Livingston said. “We’ve been in the community for 20 years, and this community always rises to the occasion when people or the school is in need. Everyone has been so generous.”

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Rye’s new scoreboard, in the southeast corner of Nugent Stadium, was officially unveiled on Sept. 27. Alumni, parents and Rye residents raised approximately $45,000 dollars for the new board.

Though the scoreboard is up and running, there are still adjustments to be made, Livingston said. In the next few weeks, a crew will touch-up the bolded Rye Garnets signage at the top of the scoreboard in order to make the team name more visible to fans.

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Mike Smith has been with Hometown Media Group since 2007, serving as the company’s Sports Editor. Mike has been commended for his work by the New York Press Association, winning awards in 2008 for “Best Sports Feature” and again in 2009 as part of a team that put together “The Game,” a breakdown of the Harrison-Rye football rivalry, which won for “Best Special Section.” His weekly column, “Live Mike,” offers his unique insights into a broad range of topics in the sports world. He resides in Eastchester, N.Y. and spends most of his free time serving as the player-manager for a competitive men’s baseball team in New York City. Reach Mike at 914-653-1000 x22 or sports@hometwn.com; follow him on Twitter @LiveMike_Sports.