By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer
Mar. 14, 2018: At the annual winter sports awards evening held on February 27 in the high school auditorium, Athletic Council presidents Caroline Kirby, Sally Reynolds, and Matt Crawford introduced the winter sports teams. Bronxville student-athletes were honored with All-American, All-State, All-Section, and All-League recognition, and special coaches’ awards were announced.
Over the course of the winter season, the Broncos athletes worked hard on their respective sports and also raised $3,000 for Hoops for Heroes, Elizabeth’s Hope, and the American Heart Association.
The winter sports awards evening was held before the end of the season, and some awards have yet to be announced. Also, the evening took place before the state championships.
At the New York State Swimming Championships, senior Andrew Babyak won four gold medals, two as an individual in the 200 and 500 free, and two more with teammates Tim Cushman, Finn Seibold, and Michael Lawson in the 200 free and 400 free relays.
State qualifiers from the New-Bro swim and dive team (L to R): John Marshall, Mark Sears, and Timmy Cushman. Photo by J. Murrer
Members of the indoor track and field team competed both at the New York State Championships and Nationals in early March. Matt and Alex Rizzo finished 4th and 6th in the 1000m at states and then closed out their indoor season with another great performance at New Balance Nationals. In the 800m, Matt placed 7th and Alex placed 14th, each setting a personal record. They also competed with Seamus Watters and Tommy O’Connell, placing 4th in the Emerging Elite Sprint Medley Relay.
(L to R) Matt Rizzo, Seamus Watters, Alex Rizzo, and Tommy O’Connell. Photo by C. Rizzo
Winter sports award recipients are listed below:
Girls' Indoor Track and Field
Coach: Jim Mitchell
Assistant Coach: Keina Samuels
All-Section: Natalie Weiner, Patty Haggerty, Laura Holland, Caroline Brashear
All-County: L. Holland, P. Haggerty, N. Weiner, C. Brashear, Sabrina Mellinghoff, Eve Balseiro
All-League: Caroline Ircha, E. Balseiro, Laura Holland, Caroline Brashear, Natalie Weiner, Grace Randall, Alisa Kanganis, S. Mellinghoff, Andrea Shepard, Isabella Dibbini, Patty Haggerty, Betsy Marshall, Caroline Kirby, Molly Palma, Jules Gravier, Amanda Shkreli, Marina Alfano, Clio Dakolias, Emma Mandanas, Gigi Chrappa, Rachael Peacock
MVP: C. Brashear, L. Holland, E. Balseiro
Seniors: Laura Holland, Bella LaMadrid, Grace Randall, Olivia Scotti, and Catherine Wortell.
Boys' Indoor Track and Field
Coach: Ian Clark
Assistant Coach: Dave Ryan
Captains: Jack Kochansky, Luke Redman, Alex Rizzo
All-County: A. Rizzo, Matt Rizzo, Avery Kane, Seamus Watters
All-League: A. Kane, Tim Murray, Tommy O’Connell, A. Rizzo, M. Rizzo, S. Watters, Jack Kiefer
All-League Honorable Mention: Griffin Garbarini, Liam Heraty, J. Kochansky, L. Redman
Field MVP: A. Kane
Distance MVP: A. Rizzo, M. Rizzo
Seniors: Griffin Garbarini, Drew Judkins, Avery Kane, Griffin Kiefer, and Jack Kiefer.
Boys' Swimming and Diving
Swim Coach: Kip Fiero
Assistant Coach: Michael Panzarino
Captains: Andrew Babyak, Mark Sears
All-American: A. Babyak
Federation Champion: A. Babyak
New York State Champions: A. Babyak, Tim Cushman, Finn Siebold
All Section: A. Babyak, T. Cushman
All-League: A. Babyak, T. Cushman, M. Sears
MVP, Swimming: A. Babyak
MVP, Diving: M. Sears
Most Improved: J. Marshall
Coaches’ Award: T. Cushman
Seniors: Andrew Babyak, Mark Sears, and John Marshall.
Coach: Jason Hicks
Captains: Sam Abukhadra, Alex Swenson, Colin McCloskey, Sasha Capasso, Sean Curran
Most Improved, Varsity A: Robbie Cruikshank
MVP, Varsity A: McKenna Stoltz
Most Improved, Varsity B: Enrico Pearson
MVP, Varsity B: S. Capasso
Seniors: Sam Abukhadra, Alex Swenson, Colin McCloskey, Sasha Capasso, Sean Curran, and Enrico Pearson.
Coach: Bobby Russo
Assistant Coaches: Ralph Russo
Captains: Eddie Connors, Billy Ramundo, Alston Tarry
All-League: A. Tarry, B. Ramundo, E. Connors
MVP: A. Tarry
Bronco Award: E. Connors
Defensive Player of the Year: B. Ramundo
Seniors: Liam Bishop, Eddie Connors, Scott McGrath, Damian Meehan, Billy Ramundo, and Alston Tarry.
Coach: Donald Lucas
Assistant Coach: Michaela Donohue
Captain: Allie Berkery
League MVP: Ashley Kaye
All-League: A. Berkery, A. Kaye, Stella Daskalakis
All-League, Honorable Mention: Nan Carpenter, Denise Kinas
Offensive Player of the Year: A. Kaye
Rookie of the Year: S. Daskalakis
Coaches’ Awards: Sophia Feinberg
Seniors: Allie Berkery, Ashley Kaye, Nan Carpenter, and Sophia Feinberg.
Coach: Steve Forzaglia
Assistant Coaches: Joe Blute
MVP: Leo Gretzinger
Most Improved: Kyle Dillon
Coaches Award: Anton Ribka
Seniors: Anton Ribka, Aidan Denning, William Bogatyrenko, Leo Gretzinger, and Tyler Stupart.
Coaches: Jim Agnello, Peggy Williams
Captains: Justin McCarthy, Martha Thomas
All-League: M. Thomas, Alanna Thompson, Piper Gilliam
Most Valuable Skiers: M. Thomas, P. Gilliam
Most Improved: Cole Zucker, Romy Tarantino
Bronco Spirit Award: Chris Visconti
Seniors: Justin McCarthy, Spencer Pettee, Martha Thomas, and Zach Zucker.
Pictured at top (L to R): Allie Berkery, Nan Carpenter, Sophie Feinberg, and Ashley Kaye.
Photo by J. Murrer