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BHS Class of 2015 Athletes Graduate After Playing in College: Sports Include Lacrosse, Diving, Tennis, Cross Country, Track, and Squash PDF Print Email

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By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer

Jul. 17, 2019:  While many high school athletes aspire to play at the collegiate level, it takes incredible talent, enormous amounts of time, and true dedication to play a sport in college. Seven members of the Bronxville High School Class of 2015 just graduated after competing in collegiate sports for four straight years.

Former Bronxville lacrosse players Liam Lynch, Charlie Tarry, and Ted Forst recently graduated after playing Division I lacrosse.

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Liam Lynch (center) playing for Fairfield University. Photo submitted by Karen Lynch. 

Lynch, who earned All-League and All-Section honors in high school and was part of the 2014 Bronxville State Championship team, went on to a very successful lacrosse career at Division 1 Fairfield University. 

As a faceoff specialist, Lynch was on the squad all four years. This past year, after being sidelined with a preseason injury, he appeared in all twelve games and as a starter in the last four. In the 2019 season, Lynch took over 100 draws against the top faceoff specialists in the country.

In May, Lynch graduated with honors from Fairfield’s Dolan School of Business.  He was on the honor roll every semester, including the Colonial Athletic Association Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll. He recently started his career in finance as an equity salesperson at SunTrust Bank Corporation.

Charlie Tarry, a captain for the Bronxville varsity team who received multiple honors including USILA All-American recognition, played both close defense and long-stick midfield during his four years at Princeton. He was in the starting rotation every year, missed only four practices, and never missed a game because of injury. 

In his sophomore year, Tarry traveled to Portugal for community service projects and three games against the English National team. This past May, he was nominated for and invited to play in the USILA North-South Senior All-Star Game in Sparks, MD. 

"It was a great honor to be part of the team,” said Tarry. “Playing and representing Princeton was the highlight of my four years there."

Tarry graduated in June with a degree in economics and is working as a consultant in New York City.

Ted Forst, a Bronco captain who received Academic All-American honors in high school, played four years at Yale, making to the NCAA finals twice. In 2018, the Bulldogs won the NCAA National Championship for the first time in Yale’s history with a win over Duke, and in 2019 Yale made it to the finals, where the team lost to Virginia. In that championship game against Virginia, midfielder Forst assisted on a goal.

Former Bronco teammates Forst and Tarry met up at Princeton in March for a regular season game. In that game, the Bulldogs prevailed over the Tigers 15-10.

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Charlie Tarry (No. 4) guarding former Bronxville teammate Ted Forst (43) in the Princeton-Yale game at Class of 1952 Stadium in Princeton on March 23, 2019.  Photo courtesy Robert Goldstein.

Another member of the Class of 2015, Vivian Mroz, pursued her diving at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY.  During high school, she was captain of the Bronxville swim team and received All-State recognition. At Canisius, she was a four-year Division I diver, placing in the top three every year at the MAAC Swimming and Diving Championship Meet. She is also a two-time NCAA Diving Zone Qualifier (NCAA qualification diving meet) and holds both the one and three-meter springboard records at Canisius. 

In the spring of her senior year, Mroz used what was left of her NCAA eligibility and ran with the Canisius College track and field team. As a member of the track team, she qualified for her fifth MAAC Championship in three events, including the 100-meter hurdles and 400-meter hurdles. 

She excelled not only in the pool and on the track but also in the classroom. Mroz made the dean's list multiple semesters and was actively involved as a student leader working as a tour guide, resident assistant, student-athlete representative, and peer educator.

Mroz had the opportunity to work with campus ministry participating in several community service opportunities, including trips to El Salvador and the US/Mexico border working with the Crispaz and KINO Border initiatives. Her experiences through athletics have been a pedestal for Mroz to excel in the classroom and in the community.  

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Vivian Mroz (left center) with her coach and teammates at Canisius College. Photo by Susan Mroz. 

"I am extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to continue my athletic career as a college athlete,” said Mroz. “Athletics has opened so many doors on and off campus. It showed and taught me what it means to make a meaningful and lasting impact in your words and actions. Being a Golden Griff for four years was one of the best things I could have asked for. Much love and gratitude to my teammates, coaches, and athletic staff."

In total, seven athletes from BHS Class of 2015 showed enough drive and determination to complete four years of competition in college. 

Others who competed include Chrissy Simon, Delia Hayes, and McLeod Abbott. Their accomplishments are listed below.

Chrissy Simon, tennis, Johns Hopkins

  • Won all her matches in 2019, both doubles and singles.
  • Tied for 15th in school history in career singles wins (38).
  • Majored in economics and was named to the Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll for the past two years.

Delia Hayes, cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field, Boston College

  • Competed all three seasons for four years. 
  • As a senior, Hayes:
    • Set a PR in the 6K (21:24.8) at the ACC Cross Country Championships.
    • Set a PR in the 3000m indoors with a time of 9:52.93.
    • Ran a PR of 5:17.00 in the mile at the Ocean State Invitational and placed second in the 5000m at the Stonehill Skyhawk Invitational.

McLeod Abbott, squash, Bates College

  • Team captain for two years with a career record of 39-35.
  • Named to the NESCAC Winter All-Sportsmanship Team junior year.
  • Helped Bates finish second in the NESCAC his junior year and fourth during his senior year. Bates finished 21st in the U.S.

Go Broncos.

Pictured at top (rotating):  Charlie Tarry (No. 4) (photo courtesy Princeton University Men's Lacrosse); Vivian Mroz diving for Canisius College (photo by Susan Mroz). 





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Bronxville Athletes Honored at 2019 Spring Sports Awards Evening PDF Print Email

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By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer

Jul. 3, 2019:  At the spring sports awards evening held in June, Bronxville varsity athletes were recognized for their many accomplishments. The Broncos were recognized with 21 All-Section and 67 All-League awards, and many of the athletes were given special coaches awards. Junior lacrosse player Hanna Bishop was named All-American, and teammates seniors Fiona Jones and Isabel Sondey were awarded Academic All-American honors. Freshman Molly Stoltz had an impressive squash season and is currently ranked No.2 in the U.S. in the Girls Under 17 division.

Each spring, two seniors are selected to receive awards for their athletic performance, sportsmanship, and leadership throughout the year. Caroline Brashear, who played field hockey and ran indoor and outdoor track, received the Virginia Landis award, and Matt Rizzo, who ran cross country and indoor and outdoor track, was honored with the Lou Brinsmade Award. Brashear and Rizzo will both continue to run in college at Yale and Stanford, respectively.

For a complete list of award winners, see below.

Baseball

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Baseball Senior Day: David Weild, Zip Malley, Peter Dolan, and Jack Palermo. Photo by Steve Malley.

Head Coach: Anthony Vaglica

League Player of the Year: Zip Malley

All-Section: Zip Malley

All-Section Honorable Mention: Owen Jaquette

All-League: Z. Malley, O. Jaquette, Spencer Dessart, Ethan Jaquette

Co-MVPs: Zip Malley and Owen Jaquette

Game Changer Award: Spencer Dessart
Dan O’Neil Award: Michael Grieco

Boys' Golf  

Head Coach: Chris Lockwood 

All-Section: Will Tormey

All-League: Jay Coyne, J.P. Swenson, Willy Swenson, Robbie Cruikshank, W. Tormey, Conner Stoltz, Charlie Preusse

MVP: Will Tormey

Most Improved: R. Cruikshank

Rookie of the Year: J. Coyne

Girls' Golf 

Coach: Dan Martin

All-Section: Molly Stoltz

All-League: McKenna Stoltz, Theresa Wang, Molly Stoltz

MVP: Molly Stoltz

Most Improved: Theresa Wang

Boys' Lacrosse

Head Coach: Rob Ambrose

All-Section: Nate Davis

All-Section Honorable Mention: Grey Warble

All-League: N. Davis, Henry Sheehan, Henry Donohue, G. Warble, Tim Murray, P.J. Krestinski, Dylan Alberghine

All-League Honorable Mention: Logan Glick, Luke Doukas, Colin Dempsey

MVP, Offense: N. Davis

MVP, Defense: D. Alberghine

Bronco Award: T. Murray

Girls' Lacrosse

Head Coach: Sharon Robinson

All-American: Hanna Bishop

Academic All-American: Fiona Jones, Isabel Sondey

Golden Dozen: Anneke Pulkkinen

All-Section: H. Bishop, F. Jones, I. Sondey, Caroline Ircha

All-Section Honorable Mention: A. Pulkkinen, Caroline McGrath, Katie Formato

All-League: I. Sondey, F. Jones, A. Pulkkinen, H. Bishop, Alex Doukas, C. Ircha, Kiki Tormey, Betsy Marshall, Cassidy Mullen, K. Formato, C. McGrath, Caitlin Mooney

Section 1 Sportsmanship Award: C. Mooney

New York State Tournament Sportsmanship Award: C. Mooney

NYS Tournament Team: F. Jones, A. Pulkkinen, C. Ircha

Rookie of the Year: C. Ircha

Four-Year Outstanding Achievement Award: I. Sondey, F. Jones

Two-Year Outstanding Achievement Award: A. Pulkkinen

Tennis

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Tennis co-captain Michael Swartz in match against Blind Brook. Photo by J. Murrer.

Head Coach: Chris Doyl

All-Section: Liam Krall

All-League: L. Krall, Charlie Nordahl, Michael Swartz

Rookie of the Year: Harrison Brown

MVP: M. Swartz

Boys' Track and Field

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Coach Ian Clark with seniors from the track team (L-R): Seamus Watters, Tommy O'Connell, Alex Rizzo, and Matt Rizzo. Photo by Charlotte Rizzo.

Head Coach: Ian Clark

All-State:  Alex Rizzo, Matt Rizzo, Jack Kochansky, Tim McGrath

All-Section: A. Rizzo, M. Rizzo, Seamus Watters

All-League: A. Rizzo, M. Rizzo, J. Kochansky, T. McGrath, S. Watters, Will Redman, Trent Dillon, Tommy O'Connell, Chris Kelty, Dylan Ruddy, Cory Ramando 

All-League Honorable Mention: Nathan Revadigar, Eric Fleisig 

Sprint MVP:  T. O’Connell

Distance MVPs: A. Rizzo and M. Rizzo

Arthur Lynch Award: S. Watters

Girls' Track and Field

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Members of the girls' track team hold Class C Championship trophy (L-R): Maeve Sullivan, Ava Downs, Caroline Brashear, Alisa Kanganis, Eve Balseiro, and Clio Dakolias. Photo by David Ryan.

Head Coach: David Ryan, Keina Samuels

Assistant Coach: Jim Mitchell

All-State: Natalie Weiner, Maeve Sullivan, Milly Koenig, Caroline Brashear, Alisa Kanganis, Clio Dakolias, Eve Balseiro, Sabrina Mellinghoff, Jules Gravier

All-Section: E. Balseiro, C. Brashear, N. Weiner, M. Sullivan, M. Koenig, A. Kanganis, C. Dakolias, S. Mellinghoff

All-County: N. Weiner, M. Sullivan, M. Koenig, C. Brashear, A. Kanganis, C. Dakolias, E. Balseiro, S. Mellinghoff, J. Gravier, A. Downs

All-League: N. Weiner, M. Sullivan, M. Koenig, C. Brashear, A. Kanganis, C. Dakolias, E. Balseiro, J. Gravier, A. Downs, Avery Widen, Ella Stupart, Andrea Shephard, Molly Palma, Emma Mandanas, Isabella Dibbini, Marielle Dibbini, Gigi Chrappa, Ava Black

All-League Honorable Mention: Kelly Weild, Donna Napolitano

MVPs: E. Balseiro, C. Dakolias, N. Weiner

Richard Murphy Award: I. Dibbini

Jim Mitchell Award: C. Brashear

Tuckahoe/Bronxville Softball

Coach: Michael McGovern

All-Section: Maggie O’Hare

All-League: M. O’Hare, Katie O’Hare

Photo at top by J. Murrer

 

 

 

 


 
Broncos Compete Nationally at the Brooks PR Invitational and New Balance Nationals PDF Print Email

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By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer

Jun. 19, 2019:  While the Class of 2019 graduated this past weekend, two of its members, Alex and Matt Rizzo, were racing in an elite track meet in Seattle. The Brooks PR, which bills itself as “The Fastest of the Fastest Race,” is an all-expenses-paid meet where the fastest high school runners are invited to compete.

At the University of Washington’s Husky Track, Alex ran the 800m along with six other elite high school runners from across the country. While Alex’s seed time in the 800 was the second to last (1:52.18), he ran a great race and finished second in a career-best time of 1:51.32.

“I expected them to start out fast, but they ran a really slow first lap,” said Alex. “It was good for me because I’m more of an endurance guy. I had a lot left in the tank and timed it pretty well. I had no idea I was going to place that well.”

To see the 800m race, click here.

Matt, who at first was going to run the 800, decided he would rather run the mile.

“We were invited to run the 800 about two months ago,” said Matt. “I already had a good 800 time, and so I asked if I could run the mile. I wanted to get a really good mile time--I was hoping to run a 4:05, if possible.

The mile race, made up of 16 runners, started off with the boys in a tight pack, but at about 1000m, two of the runners fell.

Matt [Payamps] and Sam [Affolder] were tripped up by some of the guys,” said Matt. “They rolled in front of me. I had to stop and then went left and then had to go around on the right. It took a lot of time and energy.”

The race was just too fast for Matt to catch up at that point. He still finished in 4:19, but it was a lot slower than his indoor mile PR of 4:09.

To see the mile race, click here.

Overall, it was a great experience for the boys. Brooks rolled out the red carpet the whole weekend. They had specially designed race uniforms, free gear, a visit to the Brooks headquarters and lab where they design the shoes, a meet-and-greet with pros, and a party following the meet.

“Everything Brooks did was phenomenal and well set up,” said Matt. “The one regret is that they may have put too many people in the mile.”

It may have been the last high school race for the Rizzo twins, but they will continue their running careers in college. Alex heads for the U.S. Naval Academy for basic training in late June, and Matt is headed to Stanford in September. 

New Balance Outdoor Nationals

Bronxville sent ten girls from the track and field team to the New Balance Nationals in Greensboro, North Carolina, last weekend. The Broncos fared well despite competing without seniors Caroline Brashear, Natalie Weiner, and Clio Dakolias, who stayed behind to attend graduation.

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(L to R) Ella Stupart, Milly Koenig, Sabrina Mellinghoff, Alisa Kanganis, Maeve Sullivan, Eve Balseiro, Ava Downs, and Ava Black. Photo by David Ryan.

The Broncos competed in three championship relays, including the 4x400, the SMR, and the Swedish relay. The unusual Swedish relay consists of 100m, 200m, 300m, and 400m legs. The Broncos also competed in the Emerging Elite DMR.

In individual events, junior Eve Balseiro ran in the Emerging Elite 400m, and eighth-grader Remi Mellinghoff and seventh-grader Julia Widen competed in junior high field events.

The results are listed below. 

Championship Swedish Medley Relay: Alisa Kanganis, Milly Koenig, Sabrina Mellinghoff, and Eve Balseiro,  2:17.96, 19th (3rd in NYS, Bronxville School record)

Championship Sprint Medley Relay: S. Mellinghoff, Koenig, Balseiro, and Maeve Sullivan, 4:11.16, 21st  (5th All-time for Bronxville)

Emerging Elite Distance Medley Relay: Ella Stupart, Ava Downs, Ava Black, and Sullivan, 12:48.48, 26th

Championship 4x400m: Koenig, Kanganis, S. Mellinghoff, and Balseiro, 3:55.76, 23rd (3rd All-time for Bronxville)

Emerging Elite 400m: Eve Baleiro, 58.13, 33rd

Junior High Long Jump: Remi Mellinghoff, 15-1.5, 20th; Julia Widen, 14-4, 36th

Junior High Triple Jump: R. Mellinghoff, 32-3.5, 15th; Widen, 30-11, 24th 

Go Broncos.


Pictured at top (rotating): The Rizzo family at the Brooks PR Invitational (photo contributed by Charlotte Rizzo); the 4x400m relay and Swedish medley relay: (L to R) Milly Koenig, Alisa Kanganis, Sabrina Mellinghoff, and Eve Balseiro (photo by David Ryan).

 
Bronco Girls’ Lacrosse Falls to Mattituck in State Final Game PDF Print Email

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By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer

Jun. 12, 2019:  The girls’ lacrosse team sailed through sectionals and regionals making it to the state tournament for the seventh straight year. While they easily defeated Class D opponents in the sectional and regional games, they faced some stiff competition at the state level. The Broncos prevailed in the state semifinal game, defeating Skaneateles last Friday, but they lost to Mattituck in the final game on Saturday.

In the state semis, Bronxville faced the Skaneateles Lakers, a team that had beaten them in twice before in the state final four. The Broncos found themselves down 8-2 in the middle of the first half, but they rallied to tie it up 9-9 by halftime. In the second half, Bronxville went ahead 11-9 and never let go of the lead, winning the state semifinal game 15-11.

Anneke Pulkkinen was named player of the game with four goals and an assist. Also scoring for the Broncos were Alex Doukas (3G, 1A), Isabel Sondey (2G, 2A), Fiona Jones (2G, 2A), Hanna Bishop (2G), Kiki Tormey (1G), and Caroline Ircha (1G). Goalie Caitlin Mooney had five saves.

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Broncos girls' lacrosse team with Bronco banner.

It was the third straight year that the lacrosse team played in the state final game and the second year in a row that they lost to Long Island’s Mattituck. The Broncos had a disappointing 12-1 loss to the Tuckers in 2018, but this year they gave Mattituck a much more competitive game.

It was back-and-forth scoring for much of the first half, and the Broncos trailed 4-3 with just four minutes left. The Tuckers, however, were a tough team to stop, and by the beginning of the second half, they had scored three more goals to take a 7-3 lead. The Bronco offense scored eight more times in the state final game, but a strong Mattituck team hung on for a 15-11 victory.

Three Broncos were named to the All-Tournament Team: Anneke Pulkkinen, Fiona Jones, and Caroline Ircha.  Bronxville’s goalie, junior Caitlin Mooney, was the recipient of the Sportsmanship Award.

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Caitlin Mooney receiving the Sportsmanship Award. Photo by Jane Ircha.

The 2019 Class D Broncos finished the season with a 19-4 record. During the preseason, the Broncos were ranked No. 5 in the LoHud Power Rankings, but by mid-season, they moved up to and stayed at the No. 2 spot. The only team in all of Section 1 ranked higher than the Broncos is John Jay-Cross River.

At the Section 1 dinner held Monday night, the Broncos were recognized with numerous individual awards. Junior Hanna Bishop was named All-American, and seniors Isabel Sondey and Fiona Jones were named Academic All-American. Four Broncos received All-Section honors, Bishop, Sondey, Jones, and Caroline Ircha, and Anneke Pulkkinen, Katie Formato, and Caroline McGrath were awarded All-Section Honorable Mention recognition.

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The 2018 Broncos on the field after the championship game. Photo by Jane Ircha. 

Go Broncos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

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Broncos Take Home Gold in Five Events at the Track and Field State Championships PDF Print Email

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By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer

Jun. 12, 2019:  Fourteen members of the Bronxville track and field teams headed to SUNY Cortland last weekend to compete in the New York State Championships. Bronxville, a Division 2 school, won gold medals in five events.

The Bronco girls’ relay teams have been a continuing presence at states since 1980, and this is the fourth consecutive year that three relays from Bronxville have competed at the championships.

Bronxville won two gold medals in Division 2. The 4x800m relay team, Natalie Weiner, Maeve Sullivan, Caroline Brashear, and Clio Dakolias, won gold in 9:15.35, their fastest time of the season by three seconds. The 4x400m team of Alisa Kanganis, Caroline Brashear, Sabrina Mellinghoff, and Balseiro placed first in a time of 3:57.35.

“Our 4x400 relay ran a very good time even with three of the athletes running their second or third event of the day,” said Coach David Ryan.

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The 4x400m team on the podium at the state championships. Photo by David Ryan.

Two athletes ran in individual events. Eve Balseiro won gold in the Division 2 400m race and placed fifth in the Federation with a time of 57.06. Balseiro has been to states for four consecutive years and placed fourth in the 400m last year. Only a junior, she has broken eight school records in indoor and outdoor track.  Sabrina Mellinghoff placed twelfth in the 200m.

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Eve Balseiro on the podium at states. Photo by David Ryan.

The 4x100m relay team, Mellinghoff, Milly Koenig, Alisa Kanganis, and Balseiro, won a silver medal in 48.97. They broke the previous Bronxville School record of 49.28, which was set in 2017.

The Bronco girls picked up a bronze medal in the pole vault. Jules Gravier placed sixth in Division 2 with a 10-0 vault, once again tying the Bronxville school record. Milly Koenig competed in the long jump, placing fourteenth (16-1).

At the state championships, athletes win medals for Division 2 performances, but they also can win medals if they have top finishes in the Federation. The Federation includes results for public, private, and Catholic schools. The Bronxville girls brought home a total of nineteen medals.

The Bronxville boys medaled in three events, bringing home a total of twelve. Alex Rizzo was the Division 2 Champion in the 1600 and placed second overall in the Federation. His time, 4:12.36, was a season PR.

“He ran a very intelligent race from start to finish,” said Coach Ian Clark.  “Even more impressive, he came back to run the 4x800 only two hours after he was done with the 1600.”

Rizzo, along with brother Matt, Jack Kochansky, and Tim McGrath, also won a Division 2 gold in the 4x800m relay in 7:45.67. Kochansky (1:59), McGrath (2:01), Alex Rizzo (1:53), and Matt Rizzo (1:50) set a new Division 2 State record.  

“Bronxville’s 4x800 surprised a lot of people with their time at the Louck’s Games [7:54.73], but I knew that we had some time to cut,” said Coach Clark. “The boys stepped up and cut about nine seconds from their previous season best and finished second in the Federation standings.”

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The Bronxville 4x800m relay team on the podium for the Federation meet. Photo contributed by Ian Clark. 

Matt Rizzo ran the open 800m and finished second overall in the Federation meet, gaining the team eight points. His time of 1:52 was his second-best time of the year. 

Seamus Watters capped a fantastic high school career and made the Division 2 finals for the 110 hurdles. He finished out his career as the best hurdler in Bronxville's history.

“There was simply no better way to end the meet and the season,” said Clark.  “My guys have done nothing but spectacular things all season. I'm so proud to call them my athletes, and I'm so proud to be a part of the Bronco family.”

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The Rizzo brothers with Coach Ian Clark. Photo contributed by Ian Clark.  

Pictured at top (rotating): The boys’ 4x800m relay team, Division 2 Champions (photo by Jen McGrath); the girls’ 4x800m relay team, Division 2 Champions (photo by David Ryan). 

 

Go Broncos.








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