By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer
Feb. 15, 2017: While winter arrived this week with snow, sleet, and lots of wind, the winter sports season is winding down. The boys' swim and dive team competed at the sectional championships last week, and the basketball teams, ski team, and ice hockey team will compete in sectionals this week. The boys' and girls' track and field team won sectionals last week, but competition continued this week for senior Kaitlin Ryan, who competed in the high school mile at the Millrose Games. Below is a summary of results and upcoming events.
Last week, the boys' varsity team scored a quality win over a good Valhalla team, 50-46. Coach Brian Senior attributed the win to the team's renewed focus on defense. Senior guard Jerry Frost sealed the win with lay-up in transition. Jack Reilly scored 18 and Alston Tarry contributed 13 to the win. On Friday, the final game of the regular season, the Broncos suffered a disappointing loss at Blind Brook. Tarry was the high scorer for Bronxville, with 21 points. The Broncos finished second in league play and take a 13-7 record into the playoffs.
Although the playoff seeding and brackets will not be released until later today, Bronxville expects to host a home playoff game this Saturday, February 18. If they win, the second-round game will be the following Wednesday, February 22.
With a 54-17 win over Rye Neck on Friday, the girls' basketball team is headed to sectionals this week as league champions (8-0) and has a 15-5 record overall. Section I Class B is extremely competitive this year, with Irvington and Briarcliff ranked in the top ten in the state by the New York State Sportswriters Association (NYSSWA). Bronxville is on the honorable mention list and is hoping to secure a spot in the final four at the County Center. The Section I seeding will be determined today, and the first game will be played on Saturday, February 18, with the time to be determined.
The New Rochelle/Bronxville Swim Team (New-Bro) competed at sectionals last week, finishing in second place in a field of 24 teams. Horace Greeley placed first with 288 points, and New-Bro narrowly edged out Scarsdale 233-223.
Bronxville swimmer Andrew Babyak placed first in the 200yd free (1:43.67) and the 500yd free (4:39.32) and will compete at the New York State championships on March 3 and 4 at the Nassau County Aquatic Center. Bronxville's Tim Cushman placed fourth in the 200yd free (1:46.46) and fourth in the 100yd backstroke (53.28) and also qualified to compete at states. Bronxville swimmer Aidan Flannery helped the team with a 6th place finish in the 500yd free (4:55.59) and 11th place n the 200yd free (1:50.79). New Rochelle swimmer Michael Lawson, who placed third in the 50yd free (22.13), and John Freeman, who had the third-best time in the 200yd free (1:45.81), will also compete at states.
Two New-Bro relay teams have qualified for the state championships. Lawson, Freeman, Cushman, and Babyak won the 200yd free relay (1:28.12) and placed second in the 400yd free relay (3:15.17). These four swimmers will compete in both events at states.
At the Hommocks Diving Invitational, Zach Flangos won the 6-dive competition with a score of 188.95, and Mark Sears scored 425.5 points in the 11-dive competition, placing sixth.
Kaitlin Ryan competed in the high school mile at the Millrose Games at The Armory on Saturday. Ryan placed sixth, with a time of 4:57.23, breaking Michelle Rorke's 2002 record of 4:58.74.
The Bronxville ski team had to pack its entire season into two weeks, thanks to unseasonably warm weather. The season ends this week for the Broncos, who ski at Campgaw in Mahwah, New Jersey. Two Bronco racers are headed to Hunter Mountain today to ski in the sectional championships, five-year varsity skier Remi Laurence and seventh-grader Piper Gillam.
The combined ice hockey team (Eastchester-Tuckahoe-Bronxville-Edgemont) finished the season with an 8-7-3 record, qualifying for sectionals for the first time in three years. The team finished second in League E behind Rivertown. The sectional seeding meeting is today.