By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer
Sep. 13, 2017: Every fall, athletic director Karen Peterson has her hands full trying to find preseason practice space for four varsity and four junior varsity teams. With the new turf field under construction at Hayes Field, scheduling practices became even more challenging. The turf field was scheduled to open in August, but construction delays pushed back the opening to late September.
Peterson is a pro at juggling field space and finding alternative practice fields. During her tenure at Bronxville, she has endured years of construction delays that left the school without a gym and she suffered through two historic floods. A little delay in opening the new turf field is just business as usual.
With Hayes Field out of commission, Peterson was able to manage preseason by sometimes using Haindl Field in Eastchester and by running practices from dawn to dusk. For photos of preseason, click here.
The new turf, which runs from Midland Avenue to the temporary parking lot on Meadow, is in the final stages of construction. The artificial grass is down, and this week some of the lines are being sewn into the field by the turf installer. The next step will be a four-day application of infill. The main construction company is finishing installing new bleachers and will work on removal of the mountains of dirt.
The infill on the new field will be composed of coconut husks and fibers. The infill is organic in the sense that it comes from living things rather than being made of synthetic materials. Coconut has the advantage that it stays cooler than crumb rubber in the hot weather, but it does require slightly more maintenance, including watering in dry weather, frequent sweeping, and an addition of a top dressing every few years. The choice of organic infill was driven by unsubstantiated reports linking crumb rubber and cancer.
The new field can accommodate field hockey, soccer, or lacrosse games, but because it does not have goal posts, it cannot be used for football. For now, Peterson envisions Chambers Field as the main field for games, and the new turf will accommodate the modified field hockey team and practices for the modified, junior varsity, and varsity football teams, which will no longer have to deal with wet, muddy field conditions.
The Bronco fall season is under way, and the limited field space becomes even more complicated with both practices and games. For the most part, games have been pushed earlier or later to allow for other teams to practice immediately before or after scheduled games. Everyone is looking forward to the opening of the new turf field. For a Bronco summary of news and scores, see below.
The boys' soccer team practicing during preseason.
Each season, LoHud previews high school sports and highlights the top players in Section 1. Five Broncos were given recognition. Senior forward Jeb Burnell was named to the LoHud Elite 11 for boys' soccer, and junior midfielder Rachael Peacock made the Elite 11 for girls' soccer. Field hockey player Hadley Barr, a senior, was named to the Elite Second 11. Junior Alex Rizzo is one of the LoHud Super 7 for cross country. In the spring, Rizzo won the Section 1 Class C Championship in the 1600m. Junior Natalie Weiner, a newcomer to Bronxville this fall, was named to the girls' cross country Super 7. Weiner, who ran for Rye High School last year, placed second in the 3000m at the Westchester County Championships in the spring.
The girls' tennis team at the village courts during preseason.
Girls' tennis: The Bronco girls had a great start to the season with a decisive 7-0 win over Rye Neck. This week they lost a close match to Harrison (4-3) and are 1-1 on the year.
Girls' field hockey: The Broncos opened with a 7-0 loss to Class A Mamaroneck and then had three consecutive wins against Briarcliff (9-0), Brewster (5-1), and Rye Neck (4-0). Scorers for the Broncos included Fiona Jones, Kate Ungvary, Hadley Barr, and Naomi Weirens.
Girls' soccer: The girls' soccer team had a big 4-3 win over Irvington on Monday, with Rachael Peacock scoring a hat trick. The Bronco girls are ranked tenth in the LoHud Power Rankings.
Boys' Soccer: The boys defeated Spring Valley 3-1 in the Westchester-Rockland Challenge. They also had a solid 3-0 win against Haldane on Saturday. In early September, the Broncos lost to Tuckahoe in the first round of the Broncofest and will play in the consolation game on Saturday at Chambers Field at noon.
Football: The Broncos moved up to Class B this season and opened with two consecutive home games. On September 2, the Broncos lost to a strong Putnam Valley team (30-12), and in Saturday's game, Edgemont came out on top. In that game, the Panthers scored early and often, taking a 24-0 lead by the beginning of the second quarter. The score remained the same until the fourth quarter when senior George Daskalakis scored to put the Broncos on the board, and a few minutes later Avery Kane picked up a Panther fumble for another Bronco touchdown. Both the Panthers and the Broncos scored one more time in the fourth to bring the final score to 31-24. The Broncos will face Hastings away on Saturday at 1:30 pm.
Pictured at top (four rotating): The girls' soccer and field hockey teams during preseason practice (photos by J. Murrer); the new turf field under construction (photos by S. Quinn DeJoy).
Photos in text and in the link by J. Murrer