By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer
Oct. 16, 2019: Chambers Field was awash in lights last week as the Broncos celebrated Homecoming 2019. Bronxville fans gathered at Chambers Field Thursday through Saturday to enjoy the games, the food, and the school spirit. Earlier in the week, the forecast looked like rain, but the weather cooperated, and the sunsets provided an excellent backdrop for a spectacular weekend. Homecoming brought together both young and old, fostering a great sense of community.
Broncos fans in the bleachers at Homecoming. Photo by David Fenner.
On Thursday, the community came out for the traditional food truck night, and it was well attended by both students and their families. Food trucks served pizza, tacos, ice cream, and hot dogs, and as usual, there were long lines at Walter's Hot Dogs.
The crowds at the Walter's Hog Dogs. Photo by J. Murrer.
Parent members of the Athletic Council worked hard serving food and drinks from the Bronco Barn and Grill. Proceeds from the Barn and Grill support many different charities, and through the efforts of Bronxville students and parent volunteers, $9,500 been raised so far this year.
An inside look at the Bronco Barn and Grill: Parent volunteers and faculty liaison, Anthony Vaglica (far left). Photo by S. Quinn DeJoy.
On Friday night during halftime of the girls' soccer game, all the varsity teams, soccer, field hockey, football, cross country, girls' tennis, and girls' swimming, gathered on the field as the Bronco announcer, Frank Dizenzo, read the names of each team member.
The varsity tennis and swim and dive teams on Chambers Field during halftime introductions on Friday night. Photo by J. Murrer.
The highlight of the weekend took place at halftime on Saturday night, when the new track was named and dedicated after long-time girls' track coach, James Owen Mitchell. Current and former Bronxville track athletes gathered on the field. As Bruce Springsteen's "Born to Run" played over the loudspeakers, Coach Mitchell and his wife were escorted out in a decorated cart.
Coach Mitchell and his wife, JoAnn, being driven onto Chambers Field for the field dedication. Photo by David Fenner.
Over the loud speaker, Dizenzo spoke about the many championships and awards that Bronxville runners have earned over the years. The runners learned the value of dedication and hard work under Mitchell’s leadership and have carried that work ethic over into their lives. At the end of the dedication ceremony, Dizenzo declared, “You have created the greatest one square mile of track in the country.”
L to R, front row: Current girls' cross country coach, David Ryan, boys' cross country coach, Jim Agnello, Assistant Principal Marcellus Lessane, Mitchell, and JoAnn Mitchell. Photo by David Fenner.
Before the games on Friday and Saturday, many talented Bronxville High School students sang the National Anthem. Senior Sofia Fenner sang before the boys' soccer game on Friday, and under the direction of music teacher Pam Simpson, the B Sharp singing group sang the National Anthem in three-part harmony before evening games on Friday and Saturday. On the field for the B Sharps were Jake Berman, Michael Weild, Ben Davis, Will Grant, Will Swenson, Teddy Wardell, Henry Donohue, and Connor Randall.
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B Sharps and Ms. Simpson
The Bronco turf teams went 2-2 at Homecoming. Girls' field hockey defeated Albertus Magnus 4-0 with scoring by Olivia Gunther (1G), Julia Widen (2G), Sunday Ladas (1G, 1A), and Hanna Bishop (3A). It was the tenth game where the field hockey defense held the opposing team scoreless. Girls' soccer also picked up a win defeating Edgemont, 3-0, with scoring by Victoria Ruffo, Megan Krestinski, and Lily Jebejian. Milly Koenig had three saves for the shutout.
The football team lost a close contest to Westlake on Saturday night. The Broncos scored first on a 79-yd touchdown run by Connor Randall and again on a pass play, but Westlake also scored two TDs in the first half to bring the score to 14-14. It looked like the teams might go into halftime in a tie, but with just seconds left in the half, Westlake kicked a field goal to go up 17-14. Tough defense kept the game scoreless in the second half giving the Wildcats the victory. Boys' soccer took on a very tough opponent, Edgemont, and lost the game 2-0. The boys' team is ranked third in Class B, Section 1 behind Briarcliff and Edgemont.
Homecoming went off without a hitch thanks to the efforts of student and parent members of the Athletic Council, the Athletic Department, and all of the coaches.
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Photos by David Fenner, J. Murrer, and S. Quinn DeJoy
Pictured at top: Chambers Field at dusk. Photo by S. Quinn DeJoy