Mar. 22, 2017: This past weekend, nine talented squash players from Bronxville traveled to Boston to participate in the U.S. Squash Junior Championships held at Harvard and MIT.
In order to qualify, each of these players achieved national rankings in the top thirty-two positions of their age group, quite an accomplishment. The players from Bronxville represented at the nationals were James Murphy (Boys Under 11), Charlie Clifford and Ronin Kaplan (Boys Under 13), Molly Stoltz (Girls Under 13), Connor Stoltz and Coulter Mackesy (Boys Under 15), Tyler Mackesy and Harry Charlton (Boys Under 17), and Ryan Murray (Boys Under 19).
It was a great weekend of squash for the Bronxville players, with particularly outstanding results for siblings Molly and Connor Stoltz, who both made it to the finals in their age divisions. In the Girls Under 13 division, Molly won her first four matches without giving up a single game and advanced to the finals, where she faced Lucie Stefanoni, the number-one seed, of Darien, Connecticut. Their match was a hard-fought five-game battle, with Stefanoni ultimately pulling out the win.
In the Boys Under 15 division, fourth-seed Connor Stoltz also reached the finals, dropping only one game along the way. Connor ultimately succumbed in the finals to second-seed Jacob Bulbulia of Short Hills, NJ.
Other notable results include Ryan Murray (BU19), who finished in the top 16 of his age division, Coulter Mackesy (BU15) and Tyler Mackesy (BU17), who finished in the top 24 of their age divisions, Charlie Clifford (BU13) and James Murphy (BU11), who finished in the top 26 of their age divisions, and Harry Charlton (BU17) and Ronin Kaplan (BU13), who finished in the top 32 of their age divisions.
These boys and girls train at the Bronxville Field Club as well as other squash clubs, including Pyramid in Tuckahoe and Westchester Squash in Mamaroneck. In addition, many participate on their school teams.
All in all, Bronxville once again showed its prowess in the junior squash world.
Pictured here (rotating): Bronxville squash players who played in the U.S. Junior Championships.
Photos contributed by parents