By Linda Pagano
Feb. 7, 2018: The Bronxville High School and the Athletic Council will host its annual Bronco Bonanza on Friday, February 9, with girls' and boys' varsity basketball teams facing opponent Blind Brook at 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm, respectively. A highlight during Bronco Bonanza will be a ceremony honoring Bronxville alumni recipients of the Con Edison Westchester Scholastic Sports Award during the halftime presentation of the 7:00 pm boys' varsity game.
Sponsored by Con Edison, The Westchester Scholastic Sports Award recognizes a high school athlete every week from Westchester based on outstanding athletic and academic performance as well as active involvement in their community.
Bronxville has had many winners of this award since its inception in the 1950s. Recent alumni recipients include Jack Near for lacrosse (2010-2011); Dillon Mitchell for football (2010-2011); Christian Conway for football (2011-2012); Dayton Flannery for outdoor track and field (2011-2012); John Flannery for cross country (2013- 2014); Charles Tarry for lacrosse (2014-2015); Kaitlin Ryan for indoor track and field (2016-2017); and Ellie Walsh for lacrosse (2016-2017).
An honor just to be recognized, weekly winners are then invited to the Con Edison Annual Awards dinner where there are only four recipients of the prestigious Irwin “Red Klein” Memorial Scholarship. Bronxville alum Charles Tarry received the top scholarship prize of $10,000 in 2015.
Responsible for organizing this event as well as many others all in the name of school spirit is the Bronxville High School Athletic Council, led by student volunteers who strive to provide fun spirit and service events for the entire K through 12 school.
What makes this particular evening even more special is its support of a cause very close to home. Bronco Bonanza is a fundraiser for Elizabeth’s Hope, a foundation dedicated to research for pediatric brain cancer and named after Liz Minter, a Bronxville alum who lost her life to the disease but whose work continues through the foundation she helped to create. The Bronxville High School Athletic Council is proud to be a supporter of this great work.
Creative themes are often used for basketball games to encourage fan participation. The theme for this year's Bronco Bonanza is Cowboy and Cowgirl in honor of the Bronco, and fans are encouraged to dress accordingly. All ages are welcome to join in this fun and spirited Bronco celebration. This is a perfect opportunity for a family night out, complete with a refreshment from the concession stand, which will be open and serving tempting comfort fare including hot dogs, warm pretzels, and a selection of soft drinks and candy.
Bronco Bonanza game time begins with Bronxville girls vs. Blind Brook at 5:00 pm, followed by boys vs. Blind Brook at 7:00 pm in the main gym (entrance on Meadow Avenue). The ceremony honoring Bronxville alumni of the Con Ed Sports Award will take place during a halftime presentation of the 7:00 pm game.
Pictured here: Bronxville boys' varsity basketball team (photo courtesy Linda Pagano) and girls' varsity basketball team (photo by Anthony Vaglica).