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Second Annual Bronxville LaxFest this Weekend: See Schedule of Events PDF Print Email


By Linda Pagano and Joanie Berkery, Members, Bronxville School PTA Athletic Council

The 2nd Annual Bronxville LaxFest is on Saturday, May 4. A celebration of all that is lacrosse by the players and their fans, LaxFest brings together the community in a way no other athletic event in Bronxville does by including the breadth of players from youth lacrosse through high school varsity and JV players.  Hosting the event will be the Bronxville School’s Athletic Department and the Bronxville PTA Athletic Council, with BYLA sponsoring youth players as a tribute to the spirit of the game and a community that has been captivated by lacrosse for generations. 

The varsity and JV teams will be featured on Bronxville’s Hayes Field and will face boys' varsity and JV teams from Ardsley and girls' varsity and JV teams from Rye. In coordination with Rye Youth Lacrosse, BYLA has matched up Girls 8A and Boys 8 teams on Hayes Field before and after the high school games.  

Hayes Field:

8:15 am: Girls' 8A vs. Rye

10:00 am: Boys' JV vs. Ardsley

Noon: Girls' JV vs. Rye

1:30 pm: Girls' Varsity vs. Rye

3:30 pm: Boys' Varsity vs. Ardsley

5:30 pm: Boys' 8 vs. Rye            

Because of ongoing construction on Chambers Field through the end of May, additional youth games will be held in Tibbets Brook Park in Yonkers and in Rye.  

Tibbets Brook Park, Yonkers

9:00 am to 1:00 pm: Girls' 7A and Girls' 7/8B and Boys' 6 and Boys' 7


Girls' 4, 5, and 6 and Boys'4 & 5

The Bronxville girls' varsity team will be raising money for the One Love Foundation, whose mission is to educate people about healthy vs. unhealthy relationships, honoring the memory of Yeardly Love. BYLA will also be supporting the One Love Foundation by organizing several activities during the games to raise money and awareness, including a bake sale, One Love swag giveaways, and a photo booth that will feature messaging for the Love Better Campaign. A halftime highlight sure to please fans young and old will be a “take a shot” on NCAA championship goalie Scott Bacigalupo. Alumni collegiate players playing at the D1 level will be donating a combination of college gear and lessons that will be raffled or auctioned on behalf of the One Love Foundation. For more information on the One Love Foundation, visit its table near the food truck fairway.


A food truck fairway will be located in the teachers parking lot on Meadow Avenue adjacent to Chambers and Hayes fields. Food trucks include Craig’s Hot Dog, Crazy Taco-Mex, Mac’s Food Truck, and Root & Vine Juice Bar. The Bronco Barn & Grill concession stand will also be open, with all your favorite candy, snacks, and drinks, and a bake sale with proceeds supporting the One Love Foundation will be held. Come to the early game and enjoy hot coffee and Park Place Bagels with the kids.

Please come out and support all the teams, One Love, and BYLA, and enjoy a great day of lacrosse.

Additional game details and times may be found at the Bronxville Athletic Department website

Broncos Together! Go Broncos!

Photos by S. Robinson

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.


Bronxville Boys' Tennis Team is Gearing Up for the Season PDF Print Email


By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer

Apr. 17, 2019:  The boys’ varsity tennis team lost its opening match of the season 4-3 to a strong Scarsdale team, and its home opener last Friday against Blind Brook was cut short because of rain. The Broncos could have finished the match against the Trojans, but only three of the five home courts are open, so they were unable to finish before the late-day rainstorm. They will not resume play until after spring break.

Junior Liam Krall, a nationally ranked junior player, is the top singles player for the Broncos. He made it to the state semifinals last year and was named All-Section after placing second in the sectional tournament. According to LoHud, Krall is one of the top six players in Section 1 this spring. On Friday, in the match against the Trojans, Krall won 6-1, 6-2 against Kazuma Tagawa.

Top singles player Liam Krall in the match against Blind Brook.

Charlie Nordahl and Michael Swartz, captains of the team, are both juniors and were All-League players last year. Nordahl, who plays second singles, was winning 6-2 and 1-1 over Zach Kornblum when the match was stopped by rain. Swartz, at third singles, won 6-4 7-5 over Damian Cuk.

Tennis team captains Charlie Nordahl (L) and Michael Swartz.

Playing first doubles for the Broncos are sophomores Nate Kim and Declan Broderick. Because of a shortage of courts, they were unable to play their match before the rain. Sophomores Manu Monogenis and Spencer Blumenreich, at second doubles, lost their match to Blind Brook in a third set tie-breaker. Also playing doubles for the Broncos is seventh-grader Harrison Brown, a very talented player who was also recognized by LoHud as one of the top players in the section.

Coach Chris Doyle is filling for Steve Klurfeld as the boys’ tennis coach this season. Klurfeld is on sabbatical in England and should return next year.

It is spring break for the Bronxville School, and there are no scheduled tennis matches. The Broncos will be back in action on April 23 and 24 with home matches against Rye Neck and Hastings.

Michael Swartz in the home match against Blind Brook.

Pictured at top: Second doubles team, Manu Monogenis and Spencer Blumenreich, playing at the Bronxville Village Courts last week. 

Photos by J. Murrer


Bronxville Spirit Week Schedule of Events: Games, Food, Spirit PDF Print Email


By Linda Pagano, Bronxville Parent and Member of the Athletic Council

Apr. 17, 2019:  Bronxville is the place to be next week. Home of the Broncos. Catch the spirit all week beginning Monday, April 22, for the kick-off of the 2019 Bronxville Spirit Week, which will run through Sunday, April 28. A week honoring student-athletes, fans, and alumni, Spirit Week brings everyone together for all of the traditional spring sports. There will be fun in the stands, food, and, of course, school spirit.

Spirit Week is hosted by the Bronxville School Athletic Department and the Bronxville PTA Athletic Council. With feather flags flying high on Hayes Field, the Bronxville Village courts, and Scout Field, there will be something for everyone, including Broncos swag giveaways, great food, student announcers and DJs, bake sales, youth fan activities like running the bases after the game, meet the athletes, fan tunnels, and a pep rally and senior/faculty volleyball game.

The Broncos are all heart for Spirit Week. At any of the events, you can find the undercurrent of the Bronxville Promise at play. To appreciate their fans as well as to raise awareness and money for their favorite charities, the Broncos will demonstrate more than just the love of the sport and their school. 


Bronxville’s baseball team will hold a bake sale at its fan appreciation game on Tuesday and raise money for Main Springs: The Janada L. Batchelor Foundation for Children, a charity with local community ties. The girls' lacrosse teams will be donating proceeds from the Broncos Barn & Grill concession stand during Wednesday’s fan appreciation game to the One Love Foundation with the boys' lacrosse team doing the same with the proceeds from its fan appreciation game on Thursday to the charity Autism Awareness. 

Student-athletes are giving back to their community with their time, too. There will be the annual Elementary School Meet the Athlete, where Bronxville third-grade students will get a chance to meet Bronxville high school athletes, hear about their most memorable moments as athletes playing for Bronxville, the six pillars of character, the concept of a team, and dedication to academics, and ask questions. 

There will also be a USO’s Heart to Home Bike Build Event for the children of local military families sponsored by the tennis, mountain biking, and golf teams. The boys' and girls' track teams hope to offer their annual Elementary School Track Clinic once the track construction project has been completed.


The Broncos Barn & Grill will be serving all of your sweet and savory favorites, including hotdogs, candy, snacks, and drinks, on Wednesday and Thursday during lacrosse games starting at 4:15 pm on Hayes Field. It’s the perfect time to skip dinner at home. Instead, bring the kids to the game and grab a hotdog and something sweet and cheer like crazy for your hometown Broncos!

Check out the schedule below and join the fans in the stands for a game. 

Schedule of Events 

Monday, April 22

Catch the Spirit – Whole School Wear Your Broncos Blue

3:30 pm: Girls' Varsity Golf Spirit Match vs. Pelham @ Siwanoy Golf Course

Tuesday, April 23

2:20 pm: Spring Pep Rally & Senior/Faculty Volleyball Game in the Main Gym for HS students only

4:00 pm: Boys' Varsity Golf Spirit Match vs. Rye Neck @ Siwanoy Country Club

4:30 pm: Varsity Baseball Fan Game vs. Yonkers @ Scout Field

Charity: Bake sale for Main Springs, formerly known as JBFC

MS & HS “White Out,” Free Bronxville “B” T-shirts to the first 25 fans in the stands

TYA teams are invited to watch the game and run the bases with players post-game.

Craig’s Hotdog Truck will be serving throughout the game.

Wednesday, April 24

4:15 pm: Boys' Varsity Tennis Spirit Match vs. Hastings @ Bronxville Village Courts

4:30 pm: Girls' Lacrosse Fan Game vs. North Salem @ Hayes Field

Charity: Broncos B & G proceeds to the One Love Foundation

MS & HS “White Out,” Free Bronxville “B” T-shirts to the first 25 fans in the stands

BYLA teams are invited for pregame and halftime scrimmage.

Broncos Barn & Grill will be open.

4:30 pm: Girls' Softball Spirit Game (Tuckahoe/Bronxville Combo Team) vs. Rye Neck @ Tuckahoe HS

Thursday, April 25

Meet the Athlete Day, Bronxville Varsity Athletes will meet with Bronxville ES 3rd-grade students.

4:30 pm: Boys' Lacrosse Fan Game vs. Pleasantville @ Hayes Field

Charity: Broncos B & G proceeds to Autism Awareness

MS & HS “White Out,” Free Bronxville “B” T-shirts to the first 25 fans in the stands

BYLA teams are invited for pregame and halftime scrimmage.

Broncos Barn & Grill will be open.

Friday, April 26

3:00 pm Mountain Bike Send-Off on Meadow Avenue

Saturday, April 27

USO’s ”Heart to Home” Bike Build with help supplied by the tennis, mountain biking, and Golf Teams Supporting local military and their families for their many sacrifices.

10:00 am to 1:00 pm in the school cafeteria

Sunday, April 28

9:30 am: Varsity Mountain Biking Team Spirit Competition @ Hudson Valley

XC Event in Peekskill

Click here for the full schedule and times.

Don’t miss all the fun and thrill of cheering on your hometown Broncos!   Come to an event or a game and catch the spirit!  

Broncos Together! Go Broncos!!!

Pictured here (from top): Girls' varsity lacrosse team inspiring awareness of its favorite charity, the One Love Foundation; Broncos mascot at Spirit Week 2018 fan appreciation game; youth baseball fans running the bases with varsity players at the baseball fan appreciation game during Spirit Week 2018.

Photos courtesy Linda Pagano, Bronxville Parent and Member of the Athletic Council


Boys’ and Girls’ Lacrosse Teams Have Big Wins this Week PDF Print Email


By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer

Apr. 10, 2019: The Bronxville boys’ and girls’ lacrosse teams are off to a strong start. The girls’ team is 4-0 so far this season, and the boys are 3-1.

The Broncos girls moved up to number two in the LoHud Power Ranking with big wins over Mamaroneck (11-10), Brewster (12-7), and Suffern last week.

The Broncos celebrate after the win over Mamaroneck. Photo by J. Ircha.

It was a tight game against Suffern on Monday with the game tied at seven at halftime. Suffern quickly scored three goals in the second half, but Bronxville was not to be outdone and quickly answered back with three of their own. The Broncos had a one-shot lead toward the end of the game, but with 40 seconds left, the Mounties scored to send the game into overtime. Bronxville prevailed in overtime with a 14-13 victory.

Hanna Bishop scored nine goals in the Suffern game and four in the game against Mamaroneck. She has been a top scorer for the Broncos this season. Isabel Sondey had two goals and one assist in the Mamaroneck game and three goals and four assists in the Suffern game. Goalie Caitlin Mooney had four saves against the Tigers and eight saves against Suffern.

The Bronxville boys have a strong team this year and are currently “on the bubble” in the LoHud Power Rankings. They had a big 18-5 win over Section 9’s Kingston on Saturday with eight different boys contributing to the scoring. Teddy Donohue led the team with seven goals, and Marco Winnershoff had eight saves for the Broncos.

In their first league game yesterday against Putnam Valley, the Broncos were able to come home with a 13-6 victory. Nate Davis and Grey Warble each had four goals.

The boys’ team will have a home game against Danbury on Thursday at 5:00 pm, while the girls play away at Pleasantville at 4:30 pm.

Go Broncos.

Pictured at top (rotating): Caroline Ircha scoring for the Broncos in the game against Mamaroneck; no. 16 Isabel Sondey scores for Bronxville. 

Photos by J. Ircha


Big Opening Week for the Broncos: Lacrosse, Track, and Baseball PDF Print Email


By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer

Apr. 3, 2019:  The spring season has arrived for the Broncos, who picked up multiple wins in their first week out. Eleven teams compete in seven sports during the spring: boys’ and girls’ lacrosse, boys’ and girls’ golf, boys’ and girls’ outdoor track and field, baseball, softball, boys’ tennis, and mountain biking. Below is a recap of some of the opening week games.


The baseball team picked up a 14-0 win in the first game of the season against Yonkers Montessori Academy. Junior captain Owen Jaquette was stellar on the mound, while Zip Malley and Theo Sperber each had two hits. In addition, Sperber led the way with 4 RBIs. The Broncos open at home on Thursday against Palisades Prep at 4:30 pm.

Owen Jaquette. Photo by Steve Malley.

Girls’ Lacrosse

The Broncos moved from No. 5 to No. 3 in the Lohud Power Rankings with an 18-8 win over Albertus Magnus and a 19-5 victory over Fox Lane.  

In the home opener against Albertus last Thursday, Hanna Bishop scored four goals with five assists. Also scoring were Isabel Sondey (4G), Fiona Jones (3G, 1A), Caroline Ircha (3G), Anneke Pulkkinen (3G), and Betsy Marshall (1G). Caitlin Mooney had seven saves.

In Saturday’s away game against Fox Lane, the Broncos kept up the momentum. Scoring in that game were Bishop (6G, 4A), Sondey (2G, 2A), Jones (1A), Ircha (4G), Pulkkinen (3G, 2A), Marshall (1G, 1A), Kiki Tormey (2G), and Victoria Ruffo (1G). Mooney had five saves.

This week, the Broncos face some strong opponents. They play No. 4 Mamaroneck today away at 5:00 pm and No. 7 Brewster at home on Friday at 4:15 pm.

Girls' lacrosse. Photo by Jane Ircha.

Boys’ Lacrosse

The Bronco boys were the first to open this spring, with a 16-4 win over Pelham on March 20. Tim Murray and Nate Davis had six goals apiece and Liam Ruddy had four saves. On March 24, they suffered a 15-5 loss to St. Anthony’s, a very competitive New Jersey team. Yesterday, the Broncos had a solid win over Archbishop Stepinac 12-9. The team will go up against Kingston at home on Saturday at noon.

The team has played only much larger schools so far this season but will play its first league game next Tuesday against Putnam Valley. Bronxville is ranked No. 2 in Class D behind Pleasantville according to Lohud.

Outdoor Track and Field

Section 1 Conference 3 Kick-Off Meet

Outdoor track and field opened the season at the Section 1 Conference 3 Kick-Off at Ardsley High School on Saturday with twelve schools participating. As usual, the Bronco girls were top performers in the relays, winning the 4x100m (Alisa Kanganis, Sabrina Mellinghoff, Ava Downs, and Eve Balseiro), the sprint medley relay (SMR) (Kelly Weild, Kanganis, Maeve Sullivan, and Clio Dakolias), and the distance medley relay (DMR) (Avery Widen, Ava Black, Molly Palma, and Ella Stupart).

The Broncos also participated in and won a 4x100m co-ed relay with Mellinghoff, Balseiro, Seamus Watters, and Tommy O’Connell.

In field events, Milly Koenig set a new Bronxville School record in the long jump (15’-11”). For top-five finishes, see below. 

Girls' Results

100m: S. Mellinghoff, 1st, 13:24; M. Koenig, 2nd, 13.60; A. Downs, 4th, 14.06
100m high hurdles: Jules Gravier, 1st, 19.01
400m: E. Balseiro, 1st, 59.49; Caroline Brashear, 2nd, 63.11; Sophia Prior, 4th, 65.97
1500m. Emma Mandanas, 5th, 5:11.21
4x100m relay: 1st place, 51.26; K. Weild, M. Koenig, Lauren Rao, Donna Napolitano, 2nd, 53.89
SMR: 1st, 4:31.67
DMR: 1st, 13.28.25
Coed 4x100m: 1st, 48.37
Long Jump: M. Koenig, 1st, 15'11"

Boys' Results

100m: T. O'Connell, 4th, 11.91
400m: Alex Rizzo, 1st, 52.52; T. O'Connell, 4th, 53.85
1600m: Matt Rizzo, 1st, 4:38.78; Jack Kochansky, 3rd, 4:46.68; A. Rizzo, 4th, 4:57.44
110m hurdles: S. Watters, 1st, 15.95; Dylan Ruddy, 3rd, 20.21; Jed Donohue, 5th, 21.98
400m hurdles: S. Watters, 1st, 1:02.83; D. Ruddy, 5th, 1:09.09
4x100m relay: 1st, 48.73
4x100m throwers relay: 1st, 56.40
DMR: 3rd, 11.46.24
High Jump: Chris Kelty, 4th, 5'2"
Long Jump: C. Kelty, 5th, 17'

Tennis and golf open this week. The boys’ golf team will play at home on Thursday against Mamaroneck, and the girls’ golf team opened at home yesterday against Pelham. The boys’ tennis team opens today at Scarsdale.

Go Broncos.

Pictured at top (rotating): The girls’ lacrosse team at its home opener against Albertus Magnus (photo by Jane Ircha) and Bronco baseball in its opening game against Yonkers Montessori Academy (photo by Steve Malley). 

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