State soccer champions! … Sewer renewal complicated … Discount Rx cards … Warrant articles shaping up … Frigid harbor rescue

Staff of Rye Reflections

Doubly satisfying …

The U-13 champs from Rye: Back row (from left), Coach: Guy Stearns, Charlie Hanna, Beckley Stearns, Mark Whitaker, Carter Madden, Colin Monahan, Taylor Schwartz, Morgan Blanchard, Coach: Charlie Griffiths; front row, Will Nee, Sam Berube, Austin Helm, Robbie Carr, Tyler Dewsnap, Tommy Griffiths, Bryan King. (Rye Soccer Assn. photo)

Rye's Under-13 boys soccer team has now done it all.

Representing the smallest town in the Division 1 state championships, the Rye team walked off with the New Hampshire title, defeating Merrimack in the final, 2-1.

The team also won the N.H. Soccer Association's Sportsmanship Award, voted on by officials for fair play.

And this is the team that was elevated to Division 1 after winning the state title in its division in 2007. Meanwhile, Rye's U-14 team came within a whisker of a state  Division 2 title but lost in the final to Hopkinton, 2-1. The U-13 team will be moving up to that age bracket next year and has its sights set on doing at least as well, according to Charlie Griffiths who will continue  to coach the team along with Guy Stearns.

"This team has been resilient all year," said Griffiths, pointing out that the team lost its opener, then won 13 and tied one. The boys also trailed in the title game, but got a goal with 10 seconds left in the first half from Bryan King, who also scored with 20 minutes left, taking a feed from midfielder Beckley Stearns deflecting a shot off a Merrimack player. Goalies Robbie Carr and Tyler Dewsnap kept the lid on Merrimack after the first goal which resulted after two Rye players lost their footing. (More information at the Rye Soccer Association website.

In girls soccer the undefeated Seacoast United U-11 team also won the U-12 state title with a 4-0 victory over the New Hampshire Classics. Shanley King of Rye is a member of that team.

And on the college level Amanda Whittet, a senior at Gordon College, was named to the New England Intercollegiate Soccer Association team that will play in the Soccer Bowl on Dec. 7 at Salem State College at 11 a.m.

Wastewater treatment …  

An issue that bears watching: Rye has requested renewal of its agreement with Hampton for “treatment and disposal of wastewater”. The sewer contract, which covers an eastern section of Rye, is due to run out in October, 2009. What might seem like a pro forma extension is now not that easy. According to Hampton Town Manager Frederick W. Welch, a day after the signing in 1989 “the Hampton Townspeople at their Special Town meeting took away the authority of the Selectmen to regulate sewers and consequently the authority to decide whether or not to renew the Agreement.”

It gets even more complicated: “Where no Hampton Town Meeting has directed the Selectmen to exercise the non-renewal option … the Agreement is considered by the Hampton Selectmen to have been renewed already for some period of years not less than 5, but the length of the renewal term must be determined by Town Meeting vote, so long as it is not for less than 5 years.”

Welch further stated in a letter to the Rye Sewer Commission that the Hampton Selectmen plan to submit a warrant article “at a future Hampton Town Meeting to enable the voters to specify the period of such renewal.”

Meanwhile, Rye received an unexpected 46% rate increase in Hampton’s quarterly bill, according to Interim Town Administrator Michael Farrell,  throwing the present budget $30,000 out of whack.

Easy does it …

Even though the tide was going out, this kayaker was literally a stick-in-the-mud, but his patience paid off when a wave sneaked in after a few minutes and swept him out for a nice joy ride on a calm day. (Gail Beamer photo)

People in the news …

Skyview seat …  

The renovation of the Spinelli house on Ocean Boulevard is complete. Owner Michael Spinelli exudes about the dawn view: "The  morning sun is a birth of new energy." This photo from a helicopter was taken by Joseph St. Pierre. Look for a six-foot electrified wreath on the top skyporch for the Christmas season.



In past years the frostbite sailors from Frosty Fleet No. 9 have spent their winter months sailing in the Portsmouth/New Castle waters. This year they are trying out Rye Harbor, beginning with Nov. 23, the second coldest day since 1893, according to one weather expert — and with wind gusts hitting at least 40 miles per hour. The sails of 11 boats were bobbing and dipping, throwing one hardy soul into the freezing waters in the center of the harbor. Top two photos were taken from the north side of the harbor, the rest from the Harbor Road side.

Into the water.

A rudder adjustment.

Let the races begin …

Man overboard …

Man overboard as his boat capsizes.

Motorboat to rescue; sailor, still in water, bails boat.

Recovery time …

Sailor gets warm; sailboat flounders.

Respite over; up 'n at 'em.

As you were …

In less than 10 minutes frostbite sailor returns to the action and all is well. (Jack Driscoll photos)

(For story and closeup photos of Frostbite Sailors in February edition of Rye Reflections, click here).

December, 2008