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Conner and Molly Stoltz Play for Team USA at 2019 Pan American Junior Squash Championships PDF Print Email


By Staff

Jun. 26, 2019:  Last week, eight of the top-ranked junior squash players in the country traveled to Toronto to represent Team USA at the 2019 Pan American Junior Squash Championships. The top-ranked players on Team USA included Conner and Molly Stoltz, the number-one and number-two ranked under-17 squash players in the United States.

There were twelve countries represented in the tournament, including Argentina, Barbados, Bermuda, Canada, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grand Cayman, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, and the United States. The tournament included individual and doubles competitions as well as a team competition.

Molly Stoltz and her doubles partner, Nina Mital from Harrison, NY, claimed the silver medal in doubles. They defeated Guatemala and Argentina on their way to the finals. They lost the finals match to Team Columbia by one point in a sudden-death 11-10 score in the final game. 

Team USA also had a strong showing in both the boys' and girls' team events, taking two bronze medals. In the girls' team event, Molly Stoltz won over the number-one ranked Canadian under-17 girl in the semifinals team match. 

Pictured here: Conner and Molly Stoltz draped in the American flag and their medals from the championships.

Photo courtesy Stoltz family

Eastchester Youth Soccer U15 Team Wins New York State Cup PDF Print Email

By Karin Drakenberg, Parent

Jun. 12, 2019:  The EYSA U15 team Jaguars, boys born in 2004, had an impressive victory over Manhattan Clash 1-0 in the finals of the New York State Cup 2019. The final matches were held at HBC Soccer Complex in Melville, Long Island, on June 9, and many parents, siblings, relatives, and friends came all the way to cheer on the team. 
The game was a real nail-biter. An early goal was scored off a corner kick by Rintaro Miyawaki (#23) and was beautifully headed into the net by Lucas McLaughlin (#7). The Jags played their hearts out and held their own for the rest of the game. A very excited and happy team accepted their medals and the NYS cup that will do the rounds with each of the players for 24 hours.
The Jaguars have seven players from The Bronxville School - 9th-grader Mylo Chow and 8th-graders Albert Van Ness, Ellis Goodson, Mark Pytosh, Finn Sands, Joey Gallo, and Wilder Burgin.

Photo courtesy Karin Drakenberg


Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed therein do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.

Bicycle Sundays on Bronx River Parkway to Begin in May PDF Print Email


By Josefa Paganuzzi, Thompson & Bender, for Westchester Parks Foundation

May 1, 2019:  Westchester Parks Foundation and Westchester County Parks announced the dates for its 45th Annual Bicycle Sundays 2019 season. The program kicks off on May 5 and continues on Sundays in May, June, and September, except Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends. During this annual event, bicyclists, skaters, joggers, and walkers take over 6.5 miles of the Bronx River Parkway. The program is supported fully through generous donations from Con Edison and NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital, along with the official bike shop sponsor Danny’s Cycles.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer said: “Bicycle Sundays has become part of the fabric of Westchester County over the last four and a half decades. Times change, fads come and go, technology marches ahead, but there is just something timeless about enjoying a jaunt out on our beautiful Bronx River Parkway. I am grateful for the generosity of our partners who make this one-of-a-kind program possible.”

Joanne Fernandez, chairperson of Westchester Parks Foundation, said: “Bicycle Sundays is one of the most iconic events in Westchester and we are thrilled to be able to offer this event for free to all residents. It not only promotes healthy lifestyles but also the importance of environmental preservation for generations to come. We are grateful to Con Edison and NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital for their generous support and commitment to parks and open space.”

Bicycle Sundays runs through ten municipalities and five legislative districts that include White Plains, Hartsdale, Greenburgh, Scarsdale, Eastchester, Tuckahoe, and Yonkers. The course runs from the Westchester County Center in White Plains south to Scarsdale Road in Yonkers, a roundtrip of 13.1 miles. There are many points of entry and exit along the way. The event is free to the public. Parking is available at the Westchester County Center lot in White Plains for a fee of $15.

Residents and visitors can enjoy Bicycle Sundays this year on the following dates between 10:09 am and 2:00 pm:

  • May 5, 12, 19

  • June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

  • Sept 8, 15, 22, 29

NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital will host a special celebration on Sunday, May 19, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the rest stop between Harney Road and Leewood Drive (Exits 10 and 9) on the northbound lane of the Bronx River Parkway.

Bicycle Sundays has been a beloved Westchester tradition since 1974. Since 2012, this program has been funded solely by Westchester Parks Foundation and its partners. No public funding goes toward keeping this program going. Each year, more than 60,000 thousand cyclists, joggers, and others come out to enjoy the curves and wooded scenery that make the nation’s first parkway a national historic landmark. The path winds alongside the wooded Bronx River Reservation.

For more information, go to

Photo courtesy Westchester Parks Foundation 

Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed therein do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.
Martial Arts Come to Bronxville PDF Print Email


By Susan Miele

Apr. 10, 2019:  Hong Ik Martial Arts has chosen Bronxville as its fifth location, having opened in January at 45 Kraft Avenue, adjacent to the Kraft Avenue parking lot. The school specializes in teaching Korean traditional martial arts.

The first Hong Ik Martial Arts was established in 1997 in Tarrytown by Grand Master Yoo, a Korean native who holds a 7th-degree black belt in tae kwon do, a 4th-degree black belt in hapkido, a 4th-degree black belt in kum ye do (swordsmanship), and a 3rd-degree black belt in judo. Other locations followed in New Rochelle and New Jersey. The Bronxville facility is run primarily by Master Seungmin Oh, who holds a 5th-degree black belt in tae kwon do and was a member of the Korean National Tae Kwon Do Demonstration Team.

While the physical activity of martial arts is widely regarded as a beneficial form of exercise, Master Yoo touts the practice’s benefits to mental and spiritual health as well. Martial arts reinforce basic principles such as respect, humility, and self-control and help foster skills such as conflict resolution, concentration, and focus.

Bronxville was chosen as the newest location to tap into the demographics of both families and retirees. Master Yoo noted that senior citizens have become increasingly active and that martial arts training is also particularly beneficial to children on the autism spectrum.

In addition to offering classes for both children and adults, the school hosts 90-minute birthday parties, as well as camp days, which feature an intensive combination of tae kwon do, hapkido, judo, nunchucks, board-breaking, and sword-training and conclude with quiet meditation and reflection. These six-hour camp days are tailored to children, adults, or mixed ages.

Weekly classes are divided by age groups: pee-wee (ages 4-6), children (ages 7-12), teen (ages 13-17), and adult. Several family classes are also offered, allowing multiple generations to study together in the same session. The current class schedule features four classes per day plus private sessions. The school is open Monday through Saturday. Master Yoo teaches on Mondays, and Master Oh the other days.

Introductory trial rates are available, as noted on the Hong Ik website. Several packages are available, priced at $81.

Pictured here: Hong Ik Martial Arts.

Photo by S. Miele
Bronxville Squash Players Take #1, #2, and #4 Spots at the U.S. Junior Silver Squash Championships PDF Print Email


By Staff 

Apr. 10, 2019:  This past weekend, nine Bronxville junior squash players participated in the U.S. Junior Silver Squash Championship, which was held at Chelsea Piers in Stamford, Connecticut, and MSQUASH Accelerator in Portchester, New York.  

These players were Pippa Fraser (Girls Under 19), Ellie Clifford, Claudia El-Masry, and Katie Hennessy (Girls Under 15), Charlie Clifford, Ronin Kaplan, Ben Korengold, and Rustin Wiser (Boys Under 15), and James Murphy (Boys Under 13).  

James Murphy turned in a tremendous performance, winning the Boys Under 13 Division. James came into the tournament as the #3 seed and upset the #2 seed in a hard-fought five-game match in the semifinals. He then prevailed in another five-game match in the finals against Charlie Mullin of Cincinnati, Ohio, to win the tournament.  

Ronin Kaplan also had an amazing performance, placing second in the Boys Under 15 Division. Ronin entered the tournament as the #7 seed and fought off two match points in his semifinals match against #3 seed Evan Wen of Short Hills, New Jersey, to prevail 15-13 in the fifth game and advance to the finals, where he finished second.

Pippa Fraser finished #4 in the Girls under 19 Division. This is particularly impressive given that Fraser came in unseeded and took out the #6 and #3 seeds in three games before falling to the #2 seed in the semifinals and ultimately taking fourth place.

Rustin Wiser finished 7/8 in the Boys under 15 Division and Ellie Clifford finished #9 in the Girls under 15 Division. Katie Hennessy finished in the Top 16 of the Girls under 15 Division, as did Charlie Clifford in the Boys under 15 Division. Claudia El-Masry finished in the Top 25 of the Girls Under 15 Division.  

Ben Korengold took home the “most improved honorable mention” award in the Boys Under 15 division for improving his ranking by over 85 places over the course of the squash season.



Pictured here (in descending order): Top (rotating): James Murphy and Ronin Kaplan; second (rotating): Ellie Clifford (L) and Claudia El-Masry, Katie Hennessy; third: Charlie Clifford (L) and Rustin Wiser; fourth: Ben Korengold.

Photos courtesy the squash families

Editor's note:  The children of a staff member of MyhometownBronxville participate in the squash program.


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