By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer
Nov. 1, 2017: The Westchester County Championships are always a challenge for small schools because there is no differentiation based on school size. This past weekend, the Broncos beat the odds. At Croton Point Park, both the girls' and the boys' freshman teams placed first in a field of over twenty teams. In the 1.5-mile freshman girls' race, Betsy Marshall placed 2nd (8:40:40), followed by eighth-grader Rory Denning (5th), Sydney Tuck (10th), Skyler Martin (13th), and Mariana Apostolatos (26th).
In the freshman boys' race, Ethan Waggoner placed first with a time of 7:35.50, Ben Mandanas placed 5th, Luke Sheehan, 7th, Peter McSherry, 19th, and Spencer Blumenreich, 21st. It was the first time in Bronxville history that the Broncos boys won the Westchester County Championship in the freshman race. It was a huge accomplishment considering that two seventh-graders, Ellis Goodson and Johnny Ryan, along with one ninth-grader, Tim Atkeson, competed in the varsity race.
The varsity and junior varsity girls' teams placed 3rd behind John Jay Cross River and Ursuline. For the varsity team, Natalie Weiner placed 5th (18:47), Gigi Chrappa, 21st, Emma Mandanas, 30th, Patty Haggerty, 33rd, and Molly Palma, 36th. On the JV side, Olivia Scotti placed 4th (21:29), Marguerite Scotti, 13th, Sophia Prior, 22nd, Bella Dibbini, 33rd, and Ava Downs, 34th. Bronxville's performance was exceptional, as every girl on the freshman, JV, and varsity teams set personal records.
Matt and Alex Rizzo had outstanding finishes at counties. Matt placed 6th in the varsity race in a time of 15:53.50, a season best, and Alex placed 18th in a time of 16:33.90. Both runners received All-County honors in this race.
Sectionals will take place on Saturday at Bowdoin State Park in Wappingers Falls.
The girls' field hockey team in the game against Valhalla. Photo by J. Murrer.
Field Hockey: No. 2 Broncos defeated No. 7 Rye Neck 8-0 in the sectional quarterfinals on Saturday with seven different Broncos scoring: Fiona Jones, Andrea Shephard (2), Hadley Barr, Kat Ungvary, Hannah Weirens, Ava Austi, and Sunday Ladas. Bronxville, which lost to Valhalla in the regular season, faced the Tigers again yesterday in the sectional semifinals. The Broncos came to play and defeated Valhalla 4-0 with goals by Weirens, Ladas, and Ungvary (2) and assists from Ungvary, Weirens, and Barr. The team will play in the Class C final against Pawling tomorrow at 7:00 pm at Pace University.
The Bronxville girls celebrate after scoring a goal in the sectional quarterfinal game against Pleasantville. Photo by J. Murrer.
Girls' Soccer: In the sectional quarterfinal against Pleasantville last Wednesday, Rachel Peacock and Catherine Faville scored to give the Broncos a 2-1 win. The Broncos, the No. 1 seed and defending sectional champions, had their hopes for a repeat sectional title crushed on Friday in the semifinals against No. 4 Albertus Magnus. The Falcons' top player, Dani LaRochelle, scored three goals for the Falcons, and the Broncos were unable to answer, losing the game 3-0. In the rain on Sunday, the Falcons defeated Irvington 3-2 to win the Class B Sectional Championship. The Bronco girls finished the season with a 17-1-1 record.
Boys' soccer: With a win over North Salem in the sectional quarterfinals on October 23, the Broncos advanced to the semifinals against Briarcliff last Friday. Barely two minutes into the game, the Bears scored, taking a 1-0 lead, and neither team was able to score again. Theo Liao had three saves for the Broncos and Andrew Kanovsky had four saves for the Bears. In the sectional final held on Sunday, Rye Neck defeated Briarcliff 1-0 in overtime to win the Class B Sectional Championship. The Bronco boys finished the season with a 10-7-2 record.
Pictured at top (rotating): The freshman girls' cross country team won the county championship (photo by Ann Marie Denning); the Bronxville girls' field hockey team after defeating Valhalla, 4-0 (photo by J. Murrer).