By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer
Jan. 8, 2020: In 2019, Bronxville athletes made a name for themselves with top performances in state and national championships, and many of the most noteworthy stories from 2019 focused on the success of these athletes.
In the spring, the girls' lacrosse team won sectionals and regionals and then finished the season as the Class C state runner-up. In the fall, the girls' field hockey team put on an impressive performance and captured its first state title in 25 years.
Bronco Girls' Lacrosse Falls to Mattituck in State Final Game
The girls’ lacrosse team at the state championship. Photo by Jane Ircha.
Bronxville Field Hockey Wins the State Championship For The First Time in 25 Years: See Photos
The track and field teams also had outstanding state performances. At the Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Alex and Matt Rizzo ended amazing high school careers by winning gold in the 1000m and 1600m, respectively, and the girls' 4x400m relay team took home a silver medal. At the state swimming championships, Tim Cushman won a silver medal in the 100yd freestyle.
Broncos Medal at States: Double Gold for Rizzo Twins, Silver for the Girls' 4x400m Relay, and Silver for Cushman in Swimming
Many Bronxville athletes had top performances at the national level. Matt Rizzo won the boy's mile at the Millrose Games in February, and then along with brother Alex, Seamus Watters, and Tommy O'Connell won the national title in the SMR in March.
Matt Rizzo Wins the New Balance Boys' Mile in 'Most Exciting Finish to a High School Mile in the Millrose Games in the Last 30 Years
Seven Bronxville Relays Compete at Nationals: Boys’ SMR Wins National Title
Bronxville squash players had tremendous performances at the national championships held last March. At the U.S. Junior Championships, Connor Stoltz won the boys' under 17 division, and Coulter Mackesy placed 3rd. Molly Stoltz placed 2nd in the girls' under 17 division.
Bronxville Squash Players Take #1, #2, and #3 Spots at the U.S. Squash Junior Championships
Coulter Mackesy, Conner Stoltz and Molly Stoltz
Bronxville Squash Players Take #1, #2, and #4 Spots at the U.S. Junior Silver Squash Championships
In 2019, major renovations took place at Chambers field with the replacement of the turf and installation of a new track. At the homecoming festivities in October, the track was named and dedicated to long-time girls' track and field coach Jim Mitchell.
Bronxville School to Dedicate New Track to Hall of Fame Coach on October 12, 2019
Bronxville School Homecoming Highlights and Photos
The sports stories were not limited to high school athletes, and the sports coverage extended to Bronxville athletes in college. Myhometownbronxville featured Class of 2019 athletes who will play at the college level, and also covered those Bronco athletes who completed four years of collegiate sports.
Eighteen Broncos from the Class of 2019 Recruited to Compete in College
BHS Class of 2015 Athletes Graduate After Playing in College: Sports Include Lacrosse, Diving, Tennis, Cross Country, Track, and Squash
Finally, in October, a former Bronxville athlete, Elizabeth Pratt, and her mother, Trish Smith, teamed up to compete in the Head of the Charles Regatta. Pratt, a 1996 Bronxville grad and former Olympic rower, convinced her mother to compete in the parent-child race.
Bronxville Mother-Daughter Team Competes in Head of the Charles Regatta
It was an incredible year for the athletes from this small village. Stay tuned for 2020.
Pictured at top in rotation: The girls’ field hockey team after winning states. Photo by David Fenner and the SMR after winning nationals. Photo by C. Rizzo.