By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer
May 23, 2018: It has been a whirlwind of playoff games and championship meets this week, and the Bronco teams are peaking at the right moment. It is "Sectional Wednesday" for the Broncos, who will compete in sectional tournaments in lacrosse, golf, and tennis this afternoon.
Today's events include the Class D Sectional final for girls' lacrosse, the final round of sectionals for boys' and girls' golf, and the individual sectional competition for boys' tennis.
The Bronxville girls' lacrosse team will play its fifth consecutive sectional final against last year's runner-up, Putnam Valley, at Torne Valley Sports Complex in Rockland at 7:00 pm. Four Bronco boys, Liam Bishop, Dan Bettino, Will Tormey, Aiden Denning, and one Bronco girl, Molly Stoltz, qualified for the final round of the Section 1 golf tournament. Only 20 golfers from across Section 1 qualify for the final round in both the boys' and girls' tournaments.
Below is a summary for all the teams in the playoffs.
The Bronxville girls' lacrosse team, the No. 1 seed in Class D, defeated Pawling 19-2 in the sectional quarterfinals last Friday and moved on to the semifinals on Monday against No. 4 Albertus Magnus. In the game held at Chambers Field, the Falcons held on to a 3-1 lead until late in the first half when Allie Berkery scored twice to tie the game and Isabel Sondey found the back of the net to give the Broncos a 4-3 lead. In the second half, thanks to the strong offense, the Broncos took a commanding 11-4 lead. The Falcons were able to score five unanswered goals but still fell short, losing to the Broncos 12-9. In the semifinal game, Berkery scored 5, Sondey, 3, Anneke Pulkkinen, 3 and Ava Austi scored 1. Caitlin Mooney had 3 saves.
The boys' lacrosse team, seeded No. 3 in Class D, received a bye in the first round and played in the sectional quarterfinals against No. 6 Putnam Valley yesterday at Chambers Field. The Broncos defeated the Tigers 12-7 with scoring by Griffin Gelinas (4G), Alston Tarry (3G,1A), George Dakalakis (1G), Matt Davis (1G), Ryan Alberghine (1G, 1A), Greyson Warble (1G), and Mac Crawford (1G). Quinn Daly had 8 saves. The Broncos will play in the sectional semifinals on Thursday.
The boys' lacrosse team defeats Putnam Valley 12 -7 in the sectional quarterfinals at Chambers Field. Photo by J. Murrer.
The boys' golf team sent an unprecedented six players to the sectional tournament at Waccabuc Country Club on Monday. Competing in the first round were Liam Bishop, Dan Bettino, Will Tormey, Aidan Denning, Alex Swenson, and Connor Stoltz. The Broncos had a tremendous finish with Bishop tying for first with a 71, Bettino placing second with a 72, Tormey tying for 10th (78), and Denning tying for 12th (79). Those four Bronxville golfers will compete in the final round of 20 at Fenway Golf Club today. The top nine finishers at Fenway will qualify for the state tournament, which will be held in Ithaca on June 3 and 4.
The boys' golf team finished the season 14-1 and will compete for league and sectional team titles next week.
Bronxville golfer Molly Stoltz placed 11th in the first round of the girls' Section 1 Golf Championship, which was held at Centennial Golf Club on Monday. Stoltz will compete today in the final round of 20 at Whippoorwill Country Club.
(L to R) Golfers Alex Swenson, Will Tormey, Aidan Denning, Liam Bishop, Daniel Bettino, and Connor Stoltz before heading to sectionals on Monday. Photo by Chris Lockwood.
At the League 3 Conference Championships held last week, the doubles team of Charlie Nordahl and Jimmy Hennessey won the tournament with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Edgemont. In the conference semifinals, Bronxville's Liam Krall defeated Pleasantville's Mark Indriolo 6-0, 6-2, but Krall had to default to Keio in the conference finals as he had a National USTA tournament in Missouri. The sectional tournament at White Plains High School starts this week; Krall is seeded No. 3 and the Nordahl-Hennessey team is seeded 5th.
Outdoor Track and Field: Westchester County Championships
Bronco relay teams won three county titles at the Westchester County Championships held on Sunday at Harrison High School. The boys' 4x800m relay team, Matt Rizzo, Ethan Waggoner, Jack Kochansky, and Alex Rizzo, placed first in a season best time of 7:56.77.
For the girls, the 4x400m relay team, Eve Balseiro, Rachael Peacock, Caroline Brashear, and Laura Holland, won the race in 4.00.75, the top time in Westchester this season. The 4x800m relay team, Patty Haggerty, Gigi Chrappa, Clio Dakolias, and Natalie Weiner, finished first in a 9:38.23, and the 4x100m relay team, Margot Richards, Amelia Koenig, Ava Downs, and Alisa Kanganis, placed 5th in 51.56. Schools of all sizes compete at the Westchester County Championships.
In the boys' individual events, Seamus Watters placed 3rd, setting a new school record (15.23) in the 110 hurdles. Avery Kane placed 3rd in the shot put.
For the girls, Balseiro placed 4th in the 400m, Weiner placed 3rd in the 1500m, and Andrea Shephard placed 6th in the 400m hurdles. In field events, Bella Dibbini placed 6th in the pentathlon and Jules Gravier and Molly Palma placed 4th and 7th in the pole vault.
Pictured at top: Allie Berkery scores for the Broncos in the game against Albertus Magnus.
Photo by J. Murrer