Lynette Rix, a native West Virginian and the mother of Rye High’s senior tight end/linebacker Matt Rix, noted this in an email to me a few days ago:
In last weekÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s state semifinal win over upstate Peru, all 24 of the GarnetsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ points were scored by three kids who landed in in Rye from faraway foreign lands, whose six parents included just one U.S. native from among them.
This wouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be so rare if this were a collegiate sport where kids are recruited from all over the world, or if it were a case of a school importing football players. This is totally different. These three werenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t recruited, and they werenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t really football players.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“It is a coincidence,Ã¢â‚¬? receiver/defensive back James Bonsall said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We all moved here, we fell in love with the game, started playing football and ended up in the same place.Ã¢â‚¬?
RixÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s father, Paul, is English. Matt was actually born in Manhattan, but moved at six months old to London, and then Hong Kong, and lived in New York City and Connecticut before settling in Rye.
Senior kicker/guard Sebastian SaundersÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ father Christian and mom Martina are English, and Sebastian, a senior kicker/guard, was actually born in Jerusalem, lived on the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, then in Vienna and England before moving to Mamaroneck, then Rye.
BonsallÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s father Rick is from New Zealand and his mother Julia from England. James was born in Sunningdale, England Ã¢â‚¬Å“outside of Berkshire, about the same distance to London as Rye is to New York City,Ã¢â‚¬? he said. After a year the Bonsall family moved to Japan for five years, then to Hong Kong for a year before moving to Rye.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know if I could put into words what theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve meant to us,Ã¢â‚¬? Rye coach Dino Garr said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re really fortunate and happy. TheyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re part of the Garnet family. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s very special. More importantly, theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re great kids, great gentlemen.Ã¢â‚¬?
I wrote a column for tomorrow’s Journal News and LoHud.com about the three kids heading into Rye’s Sunday state Class B championship game against Chenango Forks.