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Ten Bronxville Girls Win County Titles at the Westchester County Indoor Track and Field Championships PDF Print Email

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By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer

Jan. 29, 2020:  It was a weekend of first place finishes, broken records and personal bests for the Bronxville girls’ indoor track and field team. Competing at the Westchester County Championships on Saturday, the Broncos won six of the seventeen events and placed second overall. There were 39 schools of all sizes competing at the meet.

Senior Eve Balseiro won the 600m in 1:34.25, breaking the previous Bronxville school record set by Kaitlin Ryan in 2015 (1:34.86). Balseiro, who will run at Norte Dame in the fall, is now ranked 4th in the U.S. in the 600m. alt

Eve Balseiro displays her first-place medal at counties. Photo by Jane Ircha.

 In the 300m dash, sophomore Caroline Ircha won the county title in a season best time of 41.46. Bronxville excelled in the 300 with three girls placing in the top ten: Ircha, Millie Koenig (3rd, 42. 46), and Kelly Weild (8th, 43.57). alt

Caroline Ircha after winning the 300m at the County Championships. Photo by Jane Ircha.

The Bronxville girls’ made a statement by sweeping all the relays at counties.

“It is believed that this is the only time that one team has ever won all three relays at the indoor county championships,” noted Coach David Ryan.

The 4x200 relay, Ircha, Koenig, Weild, and Alisa Kanganis, won in a time of 1:46.24, and the 4x400 relay, Sabrina Mellinghoff, Betsy Marshall, Kanganis and Ava Black won in a time of 4:07.28. Marshall, Maeve Sullivan, Maddy Stupart, and Black won the 4x800m in 9:47.68.

While historically the Bronxville girls’ relay teams always do well, the Broncos also came up big in field events at counties. Millie Koenig won the long jump in 17-3, setting a new school record.

Jules Gravier, who just keeps setting records in the pole vault, placed second at counties with a height of 10-6. The following day at the Bulls Invitational, Gravier won the event, breaking the school record for the 5th time this season with a vault of 11-0. In the high jump, Marielle Dibbini placed 7th (4-6).

The 1000m run was a competitive race with the top four girls finishing within a half a second of each other. Bronxville’s Ava Black placed fourth in 3:00.01, while the first place finisher from New Rochelle, Kaitlin Casas, crossed the line in 2:59.46. It was a personal best for Black, who improved her time by more than four seconds.

New Rochelle won the county title by scoring 89 points; Bronxville followed with 78. It was New Rochelle’s 12th consecutive county championship.

The boys’ team also had some noteworthy performances. Connor Randall placed 5th in the 300m (37.18), and in the 1600m, John Ryan placed 7th (4:38.55), a season best time.

The boys’ 4x200m relay, Connor Randall, Henry Donohue, PJ Krestinski, and Eric Fleisi, placed 4th in 1:36.82, also a season best time.

Go Broncos. 

 

 

 
Bronxville Eighth-Grader Ava Bruno Places Second at the National Winter Championships in Singles and Doubles PDF Print Email

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By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer

Jan 29, 2020: Bronxville student Ava Bruno was a finalist in both singles and doubles at the National Winter Tennis Championships held over the holidays in Tucson, Arizona. Bruno, who entered the tournament ranked 10th out of 128 players, earned two silver balls. The results of this tournament raised her national singles ranking to 8th and doubles ranking to 3rd.

There are many national tournaments for ages 14 and under during the year, but only five, including the National Winter Championship, are super national tournaments.

Last year Bruno competed in many National Level 2 Tournaments across the county. In June of 2019, she paired up with doubles partner Caroline McGinley. Bruno and McGinley played well together and won the National Doubles Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina.

“We met through tournaments and were always really good friends,” said Bruno. “We decided we would play together.”

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Ava Bruno (left) and Caroline McKinley (right)

Bruno started playing tennis at Concordia at the age of six and then moved to Kela Tennis when she was eight. Last year she trained full-time at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing but has returned to the Bronxville School this year.

In 2017, Bruno played on the Bronxville girls’ varsity team as a seventh-grader. She played first singles for most of the year and helped the Broncos reach the top spot in Section 1 with a big win over No. 1 Ursuline toward the end of the season.

Bruno will rejoin the Bronxville girls’ varsity team in the fall. Stay tuned.


Photo at top:  Ava Bruno

Photos courtesy J. Bruno

 
Bronxville Girls’ Basketball Defeats Blind Brook Yesterday Improving Record to 10-3 PDF Print Email

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By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer

Jan. 22, 2020: With three weeks remaining in the regular season, the 10-3 Bronxville girls’ basketball team is off to its best start in quite some time. In the last week, the Broncos have had three consecutive wins against Blind Brook, Rye Neck, and Valhalla and will play away at Ardsley tomorrow.  

In a home game against Blind Brook yesterday, the Broncos soundly defeated Blind Brook, 46-31. Bronxville scored first and never gave up the lead with Stella Daskalakis, Ashley Wetty, and Kiki Tormey scoring 12 points apiece. 

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Ashley Wetty in the game against Blind Brook. Photo by J. Murrer

Last Thursday, the Broncos pulled off a win over a strong Rye Neck team. In a game that went into double overtime, Skyler Martin hit two 3-pointers to help lead the Broncos to a 59-51 victory. Martin had 16 points overall in the game, and Tormey scored 18. 

Tormey and Martin were also high scorers for Bronxville in the 34-17 victory over the Valhalla Vikings last Saturday. Tormey scored 11, and Martin scored 9. 

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Kiki Tormey takes the ball down the court in the game against Blind Brook. Photo by J. Murrer

The team is led by Captain Hanna Bishop and has had different players step up each game, including juniors Martin and Daskalakis and sophomores Tormey and Wetty. 

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Bishop and Martin go up for the rebound in yesterday’s game. Photo by J. Murrer. 

“The team is playing great ball lately,” noted Coach Donny Lucas. “ Hanna has really brought this group of girls together.”

The last five games of the regular season are league games against Keio, Edgemont, and Blind Brook, but on the final day of the regular season, the Broncos will have a rematch against Rye Neck.

There are 18 teams in Class B, and according to KDJBlog.com, the Bronxville girls are ranked 5th. Briarcliff is the top-ranked Section 1 team in Class B, followed by Putnam Valley, Irvington, and Hastings. 

Go Broncos. 

 
Bronxville Track and Field Teams Have Strong Performances at Leagues; Girls’ 4x400m Relay Qualifies for The Millrose Games PDF Print Email

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By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer

Jan. 15, 2020:  The winter track and field teams competed in the League 3C Championships on Sunday at The Armory. The girls’ team easily won leagues by outscoring second-place Pawling 211-154.

Eighteen girls earned All-League honors for winning their respective events: Caroline Ircha, Kelly Weild, Eve Balseiro, Ava Black, Marielle Dibbini, Millie Koenig, Remi Mellinghoff, Jules Gravier, Sabrina Mellinghoff, Alisa Kanganis, Lauren Rao,  Betsy Marshall, Madeline Stupart, Maeve Sullivan, Rory Denning, Ella Stupart, Avery Widen and Anna Outcalt.

Five members of the boys’ team placed first and earned All-League recognition: Connor Randall, Will Murray, Tim Murray, Johnny Moynihan and Ben Hanley.

For a list of those Bronxville athletes who finished in the top five, see below.

Two Bronxville school records were set at the League Championships. Jules Gravier won the pole vault, breaking the Bronxville school record for the fourth time this season (10-9). Connor Randall, who won the 55m dash in 6.72, also set a Bronxville School record.

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Pictured: Connor Randall (center) in the 55m dash

Leagues 1B and 2C were also competing at The Armory on Sunday night. These leagues included much larger schools such as Mamaroneck, Mount Vernon, New Rochelle and Nyack.  In four events, Bronxville athletes placed first overall for Leagues1B, 2C and 3C.

In addition to breaking Bronxville school records, Connor Randall and Jules Gravier placed first overall. Millie Koenig placed first overall in the long jump (16-01) and moved into second place on the All-Time Top Performers for Bronxville in that event. Finally, Marshall, Sullivan, M. Stupart, and Balseiro  placed first overall in the 4x400m relay in a time of 4.13.80.

The Bronxville girls ‘ track team has some outstanding talent this season. Four Bronxville girls will be competing in the high school 4x400m relay at the Millrose Games after qualifying at the Millrose Trials on January 9th. The Millrose Games, the most prestigious indoor track and field event in the U.S. will take place at The Armory on February 8th.

League Results: Girls

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Pictured:  Bronxville girls’ after winning the league title

55m dash: Caroline Ircha, 1st, 7.69; Alisa Kanganis, 2nd, 7.77; Kelly Weild, 4th, 7.92, Sabrina Mellinghoff, 5th, 7.94

300m: K. Weild, 1st, 43.54; A. Kanganis, 3rd, 44.40; Donna Napolitano, 4th, 44.90

600m: Eve Balseiro, 1st, 1:42.13; Betsy Marshall, 2nd, 1:44.86

1000m: Ava Black, 1st, 3.08.21; Madeline Stupart, 2nd, 3:09.69; Rory Denning, 5th, 3:20.75

1500m: Maeve Sullivan, 2nd, 5:18.78

3000m: Avery Widen, 2nd, 11:47.51; Ella Stupart, 3rd, 12:20.13

55m hurdles: Jules Gravier, 4th, 10.71

High Jump: Marielle Dibbini 1st, 4-8; E. Balseiro, 4th, 4-4, Olivia O’Keefe, 5th, 3-9

Long Jump: Amelia Koenig, 1st, 16-1; Remi Mellinghoff, 3rd, 13-4; Natalia Metzger, 4th, 13-0.25

Triple Jump: R. Mellinghoff, 1st, 31-10.75; Danielle Dragoni, 4th, 28-5; N. Metzger, 5th, 27-7.25

Pole Vault: J. Gravier, 1st, 10-9

Weight Throw: C. Ircha, 2nd, 24-6.25

4x200m relay: S. Mellinghoff, K. Weild, Lauren Rao, A. Kanganis, 1st, 1.51.79

4x400m relay: B. Marshall, M. Sullivan, M. Stupart, E. Balseiro, 1st, 4:13. 80

4x800m relay: R. Denning, Anna Outcalt, E. Stupart, A. Widen, 1st, 10:39.45

League Results: Boys

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Pictured: Bronxville boys competing at the league meet

55m dash: Connor Randall, 1st, 6.72; Henry Donohue, 3rd, 7.02; Johnny Moynihan, 4th, 7:03; P.J. Krestinski, 5th, 7.09

300m: C. Randall, 1st, 36.70

600m: Henry Sheehan, 3rd, 1:29.64

1000m: Ellis Goodson, 4th, 2:54.30

1600m: John Ryan, 4th, 4:55.95

3200m: John Ryan, 2nd, 10:11.13; James Balseiro, 5th, 11:35.41

55m hurdles: H. Donohue, 3rd, 9.12; Dylan Ruddy, 5th, 9.88

High Jump: Liam Heraty, 2nd, 5-3; P.J. Krestinski, 3rd, 5-3; Eric Fleisig, 4th, 5-0

Long Jump: Tim Murray, 1st, 18-6.25; Spencer Blumenreich, 4th, 16-3.25; Mike Weild, 5th, 16-2.5

Triple Jump: J. Moynihan, 1st, 36-4.75; Spencer Dessart, 2nd, 35-4.5; Wesley Kane, 3rd, 32-2.25; Sam Mandanas, 4th, 30-10.25

Pole Vault: Ben Hanley, 1st, 8-0; Wilder Burgin, 2nd, 8-0; Macklin Pettee, 3rd, 7-6

Weight Throw: Will Murray, 1st, 40-10.25; George Daher, 4th, 38-8.75; George McCormick, 5th, 34-0

4x400m relay: 3rd, 3:52.76

Go Broncos!

Pictured at top in rotation:  The girls’ 55m dash with Caroline Ircha leading the pack; Connor Randall placing first in the 300m run.

Photos by J. Ircha

 
Most Noteworthy Bronxville Sports Stories of 2019 PDF Print Email

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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

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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

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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.

Go Broncos.


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The girls’ field hockey team after winning states. Photo by David Fenner and the SMR after winning nationals. Photo by C. Rizzo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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