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Four Bronxville Relay Teams Compete at Historic Franklin Field in the Penn Relays PDF Print Email


By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer

May 1, 2019:  On Saturday, at the Penn Relays, the Broncos competed against some of the top relay teams in the country. The rain made for a difficult day, but the Bronxville teams had strong finishes.

Dangerous thunderstorms passed over Franklin Stadium just when the boys’ DMR was scheduled to take place, but despite an almost two-hour delay, the Bronxville boys managed to post some fast times. They placed second in the High School Boys’ Distance Medley Championship of America in a time of 10:13.05. St. Anthony’s from South Huntington placed first in 10:10.23.

Alex Rizzo led off in the 1200m in 3:01.53, Tommy O’Connell, who lost a shoe in the race, ran the 400m in 53.71, Jack Kochansky ran the third leg (800m) in 2:01.93, and Matt Rizzo ran the final 1600m leg in a 4:15.89.


Tommy O’Connell running the 400m without a shoe. Photo by Charlotte Rizzo.


Alex Rizzo leads the pack on a wet track at Franklin Field. Photo by Charlotte Rizzo. 

The Bronxville girls sent three teams to the Penn Relays. The 4x100m relay of Sabrina Mellinghoff, Milly Koenig, Alisa Kanganis, and Eve Balseiro won its heat with a time of 50.04. This time is the second fastest in that event in Bronxville history. 

The 4x400m relay (Koenig, Caroline Brashear, Mellinghoff, and Balseiro) had a time of 3:58.01, which automatically qualifies it for the New York State Championships.

The 4x800m relay team (Clio Dakolias, Natalie Weiner, Maeve Sullivan, and Brashear) had a time of 9:30.94. This, too, is an automatic qualifying time for the New York State Championships.

The both the boys’ and girls’ track and field teams head to the Joe Wynne Somers Lions Club Invitational on May 3 and 4.

Go Broncos.

Pictured at top: Penn Relays at Franklin Field at the University of Pennsylvania. Photo by Charlotte Rizzo.


Bronxville Boys’ Lacrosse Moves to No. 1 in Class D with Three Big Wins; Girls’ Lacrosse and Baseball Results for Spirit Week; See Photos PDF Print Email


By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer

Editor's note: Click here to see photos from Spirit Week.

May 1, 2019:  Two weeks ago, the Bronxville boys’ lacrosse team was ranked No. 9 in the state in Class D by the New York Sportswriters Association, but with wins over No. 1 Pleasantville and No. 5 Briarcliff last week and a win over non-league opponent Greenwich, Bronxville moved up to the No. 1 spot. The 8-1 boys’ lacrosse team has also moved up in the Section 1 LoHud Power Rankings to No. 5. It has been a very nice run for the Broncos.

“Three big wins felt really, really good,” said co-captain Grey Warble. “We walked into every game thinking we just have to play our game, and we came out, played hard, and won.”

Last week’s 13-11 win over Pleasantville was particularly satisfying because the Bronco-Panther rivalry has been stewing for a number of years. Both teams have a state title under their belt--the Broncos won in 2014 and the Panthers won last year.

From 2011 to 2014, Bronxville won four consecutive sectional championships but Pleasantville prevailed after that, winning four sectional titles between 2015 and 2018. The last time that Bronxville and Pleasantville met in a sectional final was in 2016, when the Broncos lost to the Panthers 4-3 in double overtime.

In last Thursday’s home game against Pleasantville, the Broncos were ahead 6-5 at the start of the second half and scored three quick goals to take a 9-5 lead. With 4:30 left in the game, the Broncos took a commanding 13-7 lead, but Pleasantville did not give up. The Panthers came back and scored four unanswered goals, but it was just not enough to get the win.

The Bronco-Panther game at Hayes Field last Thursday. Photo by J. Murrer.

Co-captain Nate Davis, who leads the team with 25 goals, was held to just two goals in the game against Pleasantville.

“One thing our offensive coach has said is that literally everyone who is on the field has the ability to score,” said Davis. “In the Pleasantville game, Grey [Warble] and I were blocked off by defenders, but many other members of the team were still able to score.”

Henry Sheehan and Tim Murray each had three goals for the Broncos, Teddy Donohue had two, and Luke Doukas scored one. Marco Wimmershoff had thirteen saves and Henry Donohue was 19-5 at the X.

The 27-player roster has only three seniors, but there are fifteen juniors, including captains Davis, Warble, and Logan Glick. Davis, Warble, Glick, Murray, and Doukas have played varsity together since ninth grade.

“The team culture is very much like a family,” noted Davis. “The team morale is high, and everyone on the team is having fun.”

The Broncos have a lot of challenges ahead. There are just five games left in the season, including three games against non-region opponents and a league game against a strong Westlake team. With league opponents Pleasantville and Briarcliff ranked in the top ten in the state, the Broncos are sure to meet some stiff competition in the Class D sectional playoffs.

“We walked into the season knowing how good we could be,” said Warble. “All that was required was effort. We put that effort in, and we will see hard far we can go. Coach Ambrose is amazing. He revamped defense, and we feel really good about the culture this year. We are excited to keep going.”


The Bronxville baseball team at Scout Field on Fan Day. Photo by Steve Malley.

The Bronxville baseball team played two games during Spirit Week. In the game on April 23, which was Fan Day, the Broncos defeated Roosevelt 9-0 with eighth-grader Ethan Jaquette picking up his first varsity win. Jaquette allowed just three hits in five scoreless innings with no walks and one strikeout.

On Sunday, the Broncos picked up a 5-4 win over Yonkers High School, rallying from a 4-3 deficit in the bottom of the last inning. Zip Malley pitched a scoreless 7th inning to earn his first victory of the season and sparked the rally by leading off the inning with his second hit of the day. Theo Sperber drew a walk, and then Owen Jaquette doubled to score Malley and move Sperber to third base. Ethan Jaquette then drove a single up the middle past the drawn-in infield to score Sperber in the walk-off win. 

Malley leads the Broncos with a .556 batting average and has 20 hits and eight RBIs. Also contributing offensively are Sperber with a .444 batting average, Jack Hommeyer (.375), Ethan Jaquette (.308), and Spencer Dessart (.303). Owen Jaquette has a 4-0 record on the mound with a 1.19 ERA in 31 innings.

Bronxville’s record improved to 8-2 as Coaches Vaglica and Sabatello earned their 100th high school varsity victory together.  

Girls’ Lacrosse

 altBronxville and North Salem in a home game last week. Photo by J. Murrer.

The Bronxville girls’ lacrosse team is 8-2 after defeating Greenwich 14-12 on Monday and North Salem 18-8 on Wednesday. In the Greenwich-Bronxville game, which was played in the rain, Caroline Ircha scored five goals and Hanna Bishop scored four with one assist. In the North Salem game, Bishop had five goals and five assists, Isabel Sondey had three goals, and Ircha, Alex Doukas, and Anneke Pulkkinen had two apiece. Caitlin Mooney had ten saves.

The Broncos lost their second game of the season on Saturday to Long Island’s West Babylon by a score of 14-4. West Babylon is ranked fifth in Class B in New York, and the Class D Broncos are ranked fourth.

Go Broncos.

Pictured at top (rotating): The baseball team honors the flag during the singing of the national anthem during Spirit Week (photo by Steve Malley); Henry Donohue (No. 28) in the game against Pleasantville (photo by J. Murrer); and the girls’ lacrosse team after the win over North Salem (photo by Jane Ircha).



Bronxville Broncos Spirit Week Festivities Well Attended; See Photos PDF Print Email


Editor's noteClick here for photos from Spirit Week.

By Linda Pagano, Member, Bronxville PTA Athletic Council

May 1, 2019: The Bronxville Broncos Spirit Week 2019 was spectacular. Hosted by the Bronxville School Athletic Department and the Bronxville PTA Athletic Council, Bronxville Broncos fans were out in droves and the weather couldn’t have been better for the start of the week. Fans and athletes alike were wearing their Broncos blue-and-white colors and everyone was in the spirit of Spirit Week.

Fans packed the stands for every game, including the varsity baseball fan game on Tuesday, which raised $325 from a 50/50 raffle and a bake sale. Raffle proceeds went to Main Springs (formerly JBFC). In the stands for the game, Steve Malley proclaimed the fan appreciation day “the best fan day ever.” Steve’s son is Bronxville varsity baseball captain, Zip Malley. T-Shirts were given out to first 25 young fans and 25 middle and high schoolers in the stands. Varsity players met with youth fans and signed autographs after the game. 

The girls' and boys' varsity lacrosse fan games on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively, raised money from the Broncos Barn & Grill. The girls' varsity lacrosse team donated $137 to the One Love Foundation in honor of Yeardley Love. The boys' varsity lacrosse team donated $101 to Autism Awareness. T-Shirts were given to the first 25 fans in the stands and young lacrosse players were in the stands and on the field with athletes after the games.

The Bronxville PTA Athletic Council gave out fun items to the teams to wish them luck. The varsity girls' and boys' golf teams were given Bronxville signature golf balls. The girls' varsity softball team got a case of Smartwater and sunflower seeds to wish them well for their spirit game in Tuckahoe. The mountain biking team was given Bronxville Broncos signature water bottles and granola bars for the Hudson Valley XC spirit competition and the boys' varsity tennis team was given Broncos blue sweatbands for good luck at its spirit match.

Spirit Week 2019 also offered opportunities for Bronxville Broncos to fulfill their commitment to the Bronxville Promise by engaging the world around them. Bronxville Broncos athletes met with third-grade elementary school students for their “meet the athlete” event to discuss meaningful moments in their athletic careers at Bronxville and the concepts of sportsmanship and teamwork. The tennis, mountain biking, and golf teams all helped build bicycles for the USO’s “Hearts to Home” bike build event supporting local military and their families for their many sacrifices. Over 50 bikes were built on Saturday in the Bronxville school cafeteria. The varsity track teams, which competed at the Penn Relays this week as well as the Gold Rush Invitational, will hold their annual elementary track and field clinic later in the spring as construction on the track comes to completion.

This past week was filled with Bronco spirit, service, and fun. 

If you missed out on the fun, join us on Saturday, May 4, for the Second Annual Bronxville Broncos LaxFest 2019 on Hayes Field. See the Bronxville Athletics website and the article in this issue of MyhometownBronxville. 

Broncos Together! Go Broncos!

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.

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


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