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Bronxville High School Squash Team Has Strong Performance at High School Nationals PDF Print Email


By Guest Contributor

Feb. 6, 2019:  The Bronxville High School Squash team traveled this past weekend to the Trinity School in Hartford, Connecticut, to compete in the U.S. Squash High School National Team Championship. A total of 120 teams competed at the event and for the first time in its history, Bronxville competed in Division I, along with fifteen other top teams in the country. The Bronxville team had two seniors, Julia Curran and McKenna Stoltz, four juniors, Conner Stoltz, Harry Charlton, Justin Barr, and Robbie Cruikshank, and two freshmen, Molly Stoltz and Peter Vorbach.  

Bronxville came into the event seeded in the 13-16 grouping and faced the #2 seed and eventual runner-up in the first round. The team lost 7-0, but not before Conner, Harry, and McKenna took their matches to five games at the #1, #2, and #7 positions. In the second round, Bronxville upset Avon Old Farms, a 5-8 seed, with wins by Molly, Julia, Robbie, and Peter in the #4 to #7 positions. Molly came back from a 0-2 deficit to capture the win for the team. In its third and fourth matches, Bronxville lost in 4-3 nail-biters to teams from California and Philadelphia. In the match against Crystal Springs of California, Bronxville won in the top and bottom with wins from Conner, Robbie, and McKenna but lost in positions #2 to #5, two in close five-game matches. In the match against Springside Chestnut Hill Academy of Philadelphia, Bronxville had wins from Conner, Harry, and Justin at the top but lost in positions #4 to #7, again with two of the matches going five games.  

Bronxville finished in twelfth place overall and #1 among public schools in the country. They were happy to finish above their seeding and, given their close matches with all the teams, are excited about their prospects for next year. Amy Charlton, one of the parents attending, noted that Bronxville was the only public school in the event and one of only two schools that have girls on their team. “The team faced high-level tournament players at every spot on the roster and should be incredibly proud of how they played.” Shelia Stoltz, another parent, added, “So exciting to watch such an accomplished group of athletes come together and be the best public school squash team in the country.”

The Bronxville team is a member of the Fairwest Public School Squash Association and was league champion this year, winning all of it matches. The team was coached by Supreet Singh, head pro at the Bronxville Field Club, who, along with Tunde Ajagbe, has been training the team.  

Charlton noted that a majority of the team plays with the Field Club coaches year-round, and the team is lucky to have them as coaches. She also offered special thanks to the parents and chaperones who attended, as well as high school athletic director Karen Peterson and the Bronxville School, all vital to making the program a success.

Pictured here: Bronxville High School squash team with coach Supreet Singh.

Photo by S. Stoltz

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’ and Girls’ Basketball Teams Defeat Keio at the Bronco Bonanza PDF Print Email


By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer

Feb. 6, 2019:  Last Friday night, the girls' and boys' basketball teams played in the annual "Bronco Bonanza," a schoolwide fan night and celebration of basketball hosted by the Bronxville High School Athletic Council.

At the Bronco Bonanza, the girls’ team decorated the gym with colorful posters, and “fatheads” of the senior basketball players adorned the walls. Proceeds from the snacks sold at the games will be donated to Hoops for Heart, a national fundraising campaign that promotes physical activity and healthy heart living. 


The walls of the main gym during Bronco Bonanza.

Both teams faced Keio Academy on Friday night. The Bronco girls, who played first, were leading at halftime 28-8. Keio came back in the third quarter matching the Broncos basket for basket, but Bronxville prevailed in the end, winning by a final score of 52-32.

The Bronco girls in the win over Keio.

Scoring for the Broncos were freshman Ashley Wetty (14pts), senior captain Denise Kinas (10pts), sophomore Stella Daskalakis (7pts), senior captains Jenny Pettee and Samantha Huss (4pts each), sophomore Lindsie Schultz (4pts), and freshman Kiki Tormey (4pts).

Senior Captains Denise Kinan (21) and Samantha Huss (3).

The Broncos play in Section 1 League 3B, which includes Edgemont, Rye Neck, Blind Brook, and Keio. The girls are 2-2 in their league and 4-9 overall so far this season.

In front of a small home crowd, the Broncos and Unicorns were evenly matched in the first quarter, but Bronxville pulled ahead 21-13 at the half and won with a final score of 47-28.

Griffin Harblin scoring the Broncos.

Freshman Chris Kelty (12pts) and senior Cory Ramundo (8 pts) led the scoring for the Broncos. Also contributing to the scoring were freshman Griffin Harblin (7pts), senior Ashton Smith (4pts), and sophomore J.P. Swenson (4pts). The young Bronco team is 5-8 so far this season.

Point guard Henry Donohue (2) in the win against Keio.

It is a family affair for the Broncos this year, as there are two sets of brothers on the team. Cory Ramundo, a senior, is playing with younger brother Riley, a sophomore, and senior Tim McGrath is playing with brother Sean, just an eighth-grader.

Tim and Sean McGrath

The boys have four games in the next week. They will play at home in their last regular season game next Wednesday against Blind Brook at 6:00 pm. The Bronco girls have five more games left in the season. They will play at home today against Rye Neck at 4:30 pm and again at home on Friday against Ardsley at 5:00 pm.

Go Broncos.

Pictured at top: Freshman Ashley Wetty (20) shooting from the foul line during the Keio game.

Photos by J. Murrer


Bronxville Middle School Squash Team Wins Division I and Division II Titles at Fairwest Middle School Championship PDF Print Email

By Staff

Feb. 6, 2019:  The Bronxville Middle School Squash team won both Division I and Division II titles at the Fairwest Middle School Squash Championship held at Chelsea Piers in Connecticut this past Saturday.

This is the eighth year in a row that Bronxville has won Division I. The members of the winning team, which was managed by Barry Kaplan, were Brooks Clifford, Charlie Clifford, Ronin Kaplan, Thomas Sheumack, and Rustin Wiser.

This is the sixth year in a row that Bronxville has won Division II, which is a testament to the depth of talent on the Bronxville team. Vivek Shah served as the team manager, and the members of this winning team were Wilder Burgin, Ellie Clifford, Drew Doyle, Nicolas Park, and Andrew Shah.

Bronxville also had a second team in Division II this year. This team was managed by Michelle Meyercord, and the team members were Ian Acharjee, Scarlett Hine, Pierce Martin, Jackson Meyercord, and Liam Neild. "The team played so well and fought hard,” said Michelle. “I’m very proud of them.”

“This was a really nice ending to a very successful middle school squash season,” said Amy Wiser, who runs the Fairwest Jamboree program and is the mother of two Bronxville squash players (Rustin and Rooke). “Bronxville should be extremely proud of its middle school squash program.”

Bronxville is a member of the Fairwest Public School Squash Association, which was founded in 2008 to enable public school students in Westchester and Fairfield Counties to play squash in a competitive interscholastic environment. Other participants in the championship were teams from Briarcliff, Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Rye, and Westport.

Pictured here: In order, teams 1, 2, and 3.

Pictures provided by the teams 

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


Bronxville Middle School Squash Team Has Outstanding Performance at the Middle School Squash Nationals PDF Print Email

First Team with Coach Tunde     

By Staff

Jan. 30, 2019:  The Bronxville Middle School squash team traveled this past weekend to Yale University in New Haven to compete in the U.S. Squash Middle School National Team Championship. Eighty-nine teams from throughout the country participated in the tournament, an increase of 27 teams over last year. Bronxville sent four teams, which played across three divisions and finished second in Divisions I and IV.

Bronxville’s first team included eighth-graders Brooks Clifford, Charlie Clifford, and Ronin Kaplan and seventh-graders Thomas Sheumack and Rustin Wiser. Their second-place finish made them the #2 middle school squash team in the nation and the #1 in the nation among public middle schools. This team came into the tournament as the third seed and, after facing a close match in the second round winning 3-2, upset the Brunswick School of Greenwich in the semifinals in a decisive 4-1 victory. They fell in the finals to The Haverford School of Philadelphia.

Bronxville showed its depth of talented players by fielding a second team in Division I. This team included eighth-graders Wilder BurginEllie CliffordDrew Doyle, and Nicolas Park and seventh-grader Andrew Shah. They had many hard-fought and close 3-2 team matches. The team ultimately finished #16 overall and placed #3 in the nation among public middle school teams.  

Second Team

Bronxville's third team also had an outstanding performance, winning the Classic Plate in Division III, finishing #5 overall. This team included seventh-graders Scarlett HineJackson Meyercord, and Liam Neild and sixth-graders Ian Acharjee and Pierce Martin. Pierce had an undefeated record for all his matches.

Third Team with Coach Nayelly

Finally, Bronxville’s fourth team had a great weekend, coming into Division IV unseeded and upsetting the #1 seed, Greenwich Middle School, in the first round. The team then went on to defeat SmartSquash Boys in the next round 3-2 and on to the finals where they narrowly lost 2-3 to Georgetown Day School. This team included eighth-graders Cooper Ackerman and Alex Ladas, seventh-grader Meghan Curran, and sixth-graders Miles Jernigan and Rooke Wiser.

Fourth Team with Coach Tunde and his daughter

Throughout the weekend, the Bronxville teams were coached and encouraged by two Bronxville Field Club coaches, Nayelly Hernandez and Tunde Ajagbe.  

“The kids are incredibly lucky to be training with such outstanding coaches,” said Sarah Clifford, the current parent team coordinator. Supreet Singh, who runs the BFC squash program, and coach Nayelly Hernandez both played at squash powerhouse Trinity College. Coach Tunde Ajagbe tours as a pro when he is not teaching. “These coaches really care about their kids and work with them to help them be the best they can be," said Clifford.

The Bronxville School squash program is in its ninth year and boasts a varsity and JV team of 18 players and a middle school team of 39 players. 

Players ordering cookies and ice cream at Insomnia Cookies after their matches.

Clifford offered special thanks to the parent team managers, Amy Wiser, Nick Burgin, Jeff Hine, and Paige and Kenton Jernigan. “These managers make sure everything runs like clockwork on site and do an amazing job of supporting the players.” Clifford also noted that team manager Kenton Jernigan is in the Squash Hall of Fame and his picture hangs on the wall at Yale. "How great for the kids to see that!" 

Plaque of Hall of Fame squash player and Bronxville MS team parent Kenton Jernigan on the wall at Yale.

"Finally, the support from Karen Peterson of the Bronxville School and all of the parents is vital to making this program a success," said Clifford. 

Photos contributed by parents

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


Broncos Break School Records at the New Balance Games; Basketball and Swimming Results PDF Print Email


By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer

Jan. 23, 2019: It has been a winter of spectacular performances for the indoor track and field teams. At the New Balance Games held last weekend at the Armory, six Broncos broke school records in the girls' 200m and 500m and the boys' 55m high hurdles. It was the second week in a row that the Broncos rewrote the record books.

The girls' team had three top-ten finishes in the invitational 500m dash. Eve Balseiro won the race in 1:16.7, breaking the school record previously held by Lea Shearer (1:19.0). Caroline Brashear placed third (1:18.23), also breaking the old school record, and Betsy Marshall placed sixth (1:20.39). Balseiro and Brashear are ranked No. 1 and No. 4, respectively, in New York in this event.

In the 200m dash, three Broncos beat the Bronxville School record of 27.39. Caroline Ircha placed third in the freshman race in 26.09, the fastest time in Bronxville School history. Sabrina Mellinghoff (26.35) and Amelia Koenig (27.23) had great performances in the novice and freshman races, also besting the previous Bronxville School record set in 2002 by Halley Smith.

Seamus Watters broke his own 55m high hurdles school record twice in the same day (7.96), and Alex Rizzo won the mile in a season-best time of 4:17.69, qualifying for the Millrose Games. He will be running the Millrose Mile along with his twin brother, Matt, who qualified for the event a week ago when he ran a 4:17.32 at the Hispanic Games.

"Alex and Matt are running at another level right now," said Coach Ian Clark. "They'll only get better into February and March as we back off training. If they work together, Bronxville will see some great times at Millrose."

Other notable finishes included a sixth-place finish for the girls' distance medley relay (Emma Mandanas, Caroline Brashear, Clio Dakolias, and Patty Haggerty) and a first-place finish for Maeve Sullivan in the sophomore 1000m. Sullivan won in a personal best time of 3:13.13 and was followed by Avery Widen, who placed third (3:17.28). In the novice 1000m run, Molly Palma placed fifth in 3:17.51. Finally, Gigi Chrappa earned a medal by placing fifth in the invitational steeplechase.

The Westchester County Championships will be held this coming Sunday.

Boys' Basketball

The boys' basketball team had three games last week and came away with two wins. On January 15, the Broncos went up against Keio and had a solid 68-42 win. In that game, Tim McGrath was the top scorer for the Broncos, with 22 points, followed by Chris Kelty and Riley Ramundo, with 10 and 8 points, respectively.

At fan day on January 17, the Broncos again came out on top over Rye Neck, 53-50. McGrath had 21 points in that game. On January 19, the Broncos lost to North Salem, 63-55. The boys will play at Blind Brook on Thursday and at Edgemont on January 29.

Girls' Basketball

The girls' basketball team had three games last week. On January 15, the team held Keio to only 19 points, winning 34-19. Stella Daskalakis was the lead scorer, with 11 points. Two days later, the Broncos traveled to Rye Neck. Earlier in the season, the Bronxville girls had a strong win over the Panthers, 39-26, but last week, the Broncos had a heartbreaking loss when Rye Neck squeaked by them, 42-41. The Bronxville team will meet up again with the Panthers on February 6. Last Saturday, the Broncos had another loss to Pleasantville, 50-40. The girls will play Blind Brook at home on Thursday and Edgemont at home on Monday.

New Rochelle/Bronxville Swim Team

The boys' swim team is a combined team made up of swimmers from Bronxville and New Rochelle. The team's overall record is 4-4 for the season. They have had wins over North Rockland, John Jay, Brewster, Wappingers, and Scarsdale. In their most recent meet on January 17, they lost to a very competitive Fox Lane, 93-77. In that meet, Bronxville senior Tim Cushman had two first-place finishes in the 100 and 200 freestyle events. Cushman was also part of the 200 medley relay and the 400 free relay, each of which came in first.

The boys' team will be going to North Rockland High School on Saturday for Conference 1 Swimming and Diving Championships.

Go Broncos.

Pictured here: Alex Rizzo wins the mile at the New Balance Games.

Photo by John Nepolitan

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