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Bronco Update: Three First-Place Finishes for Boys’ Track and Field and Playoffs this Week for Lacrosse and Baseball PDF Print Email


By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer

May 15, 2019: The Bronxville spring season finishes up today, and the Broncos are busy preparing for playoffs. The girls’ lacrosse seeding meeting took place on Monday, and the Broncos received the No. 1 seed.  The first girls’ lacrosse game will be on Thursday at home against the winner of Edgemont (No. 8)/Irvington (No. 9).  The boys’ lacrosse team is also the No.1 seed and will play on Friday at home against the winner of Keio (No. 8)/Putnam Valley (No. 9). Baseball seedings will take place at the end of the week. 

The Bronxville teams have fared well this spring. Below are the most recent results for track and field, baseball and lacrosse.  

Track and Field, Loucks Games

It was an amazing three days at the Loucks Games this past weekend. The games were held at White Plains High School and included athletes from schools from as far north as Maine and as far south as Virginia. The Bronxville boys placed first in three events.

Coach Ian Clark (L) along with (L to R) seniors Seamus Watters, Tommy O’Connell, Alex Rizzo, and Matt Rizzo. Photo by Charlotte Rizzo. 

The all-senior sprint medley relay, Matt Rizzo, Alex Rizzo, Seamus Watters, and Tommy O’Connell, won in a time of 3:30.21, finishing just tenths of a second ahead of a team from Wilbur Cross High School. Competing in the mile against some of the best runners in the northeast, Matt Rizzo took first place in a time of 4:15.38.

The biggest surprise of the meet was a first-place finish by the 4x800m relay team. Alex and Matt Rizzo, joined by Jack Kochansky and new relay teammate Tim McGrath, ran in the second heat and finished way out in front with a 7:54.73. It was the fastest time by a boys’ 4x800m team in New York this season.

The girls' 4x200m relay qualified for the national championships at the Loucks Games. Photo by David Ryan. 

The Bronxville girls’ 4x400m relay, Milly Koenig, Caroline Brashear, Alisa Kanganis, and Eve Balseiro, placed second in a time of 3:55.62, which qualified the team for the top level at the national championships. The 4x800m relay also qualified for nationals, with a third-place finish (9:18.13). Running in the 4x800m were Clio Dakolias, Maeve Sullivan, Brashear, and Natalie Weiner.



Senior Day at the baseball field: David Weild, Zip Malley, Peter Dolan, and Jack Palermo. Photo by Steve Malley.

The Broncos have had a busy end-of-the-season schedule. Last week, the team won three of four games, improving their record to 12-6 with wins against Solomon Schechter (5-1), Rye Neck (4-0), and Pleasantville (8-7 in the 10th inning).

The Bronco win against Rye Neck took place on senior day when Owen Jaquette struck out eight to earn his fifth win of the season. Seniors Zip Malley, Jack Palermo, and Dave Weild and junior Charlie Vail each had an RBI.

The Broncos finish the regular season today with a game at Keio.

Girls’ Lacrosse

Seniors Anneke Pulkkinen, Isabel Sondey, and Fiona Jones recognized on Senior Day. Photo by Jane Ircha. 

The Bronxville girls finished the season 13- 3 after defeating Hackley on Saturday, 18-6. The top scorer was Anneke Pulkkinen with five goals followed by Caroline Ircha with four. Goalie Caitlin Mooney had seven saves. Last Thursday, the team celebrated Senior Day with a solid 16-10 win over Somers. Isabel Sondey was the lead scorer with six goals and three assists. The New York State Sportswriters Association (NYSSWA) gives the Broncos the No. 1 ranking in Class D in New York State.

Boys’ Lacrosse

In their final match of the regular season, the Broncos defeated Westlake 13-11. Grey Warble led the Broncos with four goals and two assists and Henry Sheehan and Luke Doukas had three goals apiece. Goalie Marco Wimmerschoff had eleven saves.

The Broncos finish the season 10-5 and are ranked No. 3 in New York by the NYSSWA. It will be an interesting playoff season, as some of the top state competitors in Class D are in Section 1.  Briarcliff is ranked No. 2 in the state, Pleasantville is No. 5, and Westlake is No. 14.

Go Broncos.

Pictured at top:  The boys’ SMR took first place at the Loucks Games.

Photo by Charlotte Rizzo.

Bronxville Girls Sweep Relays at Somers Invitational: Eve Balseiro Named Athlete of the Meet PDF Print Email


By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer     

May 8, 2019: Bronxville has always been known for its top-ranked relays, but at the Somers Invitational this past weekend, the girls’ team went above and beyond. Bronxville’s six relays teams each took first place overall in a meet that featured 51 teams from Classes A, B, and C. 

Junior Eve Balseiro, who competed on three of the winning relay teams, also placed first overall in the 400m. Balseiro was named Athlete of the Meet for her stellar performances.

"It was definitely humbling,” said Balseiro. “It is a pretty big meet, so I was really excited. My coach told me I was in contention for the award, so I just wanted to go out and do really well.”


Eve Balseiro holding her Athlete of the Meet award along with Coaches David Ryan and Keina Samuels. Photo by Cathleen Balseiro. 

Balseiro’s time in the 400m was 58.02, but in the 4x400m relay, she ran a 56.42 split. She has already qualified for states in the 400m, the 4x400m, and the 4x100m. This spring, she will head to the outdoor state championships for the fourth consecutive year.

Balseiro has broken eight Bronxville School records, and she is just a junior. She holds the record in the indoor 4x200m and 4x400m, along with the indoor 300m, 400m, and 500m. She also owns the outdoor record in the 4x200m and 4x200m and has the fastest indoor 400m split (56.2).

The Bronco girls’ track team’s success has been especially notable given that they have been without a track since late last fall. While Edgemont has been super accommodating to allow Bronxville to use their track two to three days each week, the other days the girls must train on the Hayes Field turf.

“Honestly, it has been generally tough, and, as we have gone on, it has gotten more frustrating,” said Balseiro. “I think the biggest problem without having a track is that we usually do a lot of start and handoff work on the track, so our handoffs are not as good as they usually are.”


The sprint medley relay team (L to R), Caroline Brashear, Milly Koenig, Sabrina Mellinghoff, and Eve Balseiro. Photo by David Ryan.

The Bronxville girls won the Class C Championship and finished second overall behind New Rochelle. The Bronxville SMR (sprint medley relay) team qualified for nationals at the Somers Invitational, and the 4x200m relay set a new Bronxville School record of 1:45.67. The previous record was 1:47.9, which was set in 2002. In field events, Jules Gravier took first place in the Class C pole vault (9-0).


Members of the team posing with the Class C Championship trophy (L to R): Maeve Sullivan, Ava Downs, Caroline Brashear, Alisa Kanganis, Eve Balseiro, and Clio Dakolias. Photo by David Ryan. 

“Honestly, the culture is really great. It’s the best,” said Balseiro. “We have a really good group of girls who are really close. Of course, track is thought of as an individual sport, and it is really competitive, but we kind-of navigate so that we cheer each other on and support each other.”


The team captains (L to R): Alisa Kanganis, Caroline Brashear, and Eve Balseiro. Photo by David Ryan. 

The Bronxville boys’ team also competed at the Somers meet. Tommy O’Connell placed sixth overall in the 200m dash in a time of 22.83, Jack Kochansky placed sixth in 800m (2:02.36) and the mile (4:38.68), Seamus Watters placed sixth (1:10.74) in the 400m hurdles, and Cory Ramundo placed third (10-0) in the pole vault.  

Top runners Matt and Alex Rizzo missed the Somers Invitational because they were attending the Ursuline prom with fellow track star twins Sarah and Lily Flynn.


The Rizzo and Flynn twins posing for the “prom relay.” Photo by Charlotte Rizzo.

Relay Results

4x1600m: Clio Dakolias, Maeve Sullivan, Emma Mandanas, Natalie Weiner, 21:51.02, 1st place overall

SMR relay: Eve Balseiro, Sabrina Mellinghoff, Milly Koenig, Caroline Brashear, 4:10.08, 1st place overall

4x200m: M. Koenig, Alisa Kanganis, Ava Downs, E. Balseiro, 1:45.67, 1st place overall

4x400m: A. Kanganis, C. Brashear, A. Downs, E. Balseiro, 3:58.45, 1st place overall

4x800m: C. Dakolias, Ava Black, M. Sullivan, N. Weiner, 9:54.58, 1st place overall

Freshman/Sophomore SMR:  Donna Napolitano, Lauren Rao, Jules Gravier, Rory Denning, 4:41.60, 1st

Go Broncos.

Pictured at top (rotating):  The 4x1600m relay team (L to R) Natalie Weiner, Maeve Sullivan, Emma Mandanas, and Clio Dakolias; members of the team holding the Class C Championship trophy.

Photos by David Ryan 

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.

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