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Anthony Vaglica Returns as Bronxville Baseball Coach PDF Print Email

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By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer


Mar. 20, 2019:  Anthony Vaglica returns as the Bronxville baseball coach after a three-year hiatus. Vaglica coached the Broncos from 2008 to 2015. He is currently a physical education teacher in the elementary school and has served as the teacher liaison to the athletic council for the past two years.

“I think he is exceptional,” said Jane Sears, who served as a parent co-chair of the athletic council for three years. “He related really well to the kids, and they related to him. He was extremely organized, a motivator, and he had great ideas.”

Vaglica was a pitcher for the Concordia Clippers from 2002 to 2006 before becoming a teacher and is now looking forward to coaching the Broncos again.

“Baseball has become very two dimensional--home runs and strikeouts,” said Coach Vaglica. “Our goal is to get back to the basics; bunting, hitting and running, stealing bases, hitting the opposite way, etc.”

The baseball team was very young last season, and many sophomores received significant playing time. As a result, the team brings back most of its key players.

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Junior Owen Jaquette. Photo by Steve Malley.

Senior Zip Malley brings five years of experience to the team and is a returning All-Section player. He will be playing for Middlebury in the fall. As an eighth-grader, Malley was moved up to the varsity team part way through the season.

“I was called up to the team during Coach Vaglica’s last year,” said Malley. “I was on JV and one of the middle infielders broke his finger so I played the second half of the season. “

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Zip Malley. Photo by Steve Malley.

Malley, who has been a captain on the team for the past three years, plays shortstop and sometimes comes in as a reliever. While practices are still challenging until the field is ready for use, Malley thinks the early spring practices are going well.

“Coach Vaglica is great. Everyone really likes what he is doing. It is kind of tough to practice indoors, but he is using the gym well. Coach posts a plan every day before practice so we know what to expect. He also sends an email every morning, which shows the players how much time he is willing to put in for us.”

The Broncos return the majority of their lineup and have pitching depth to boot. The team is very junior heavy with leaders Jack Hommeyer, Theo Sperber, and Owen Jaquette, to name a few.

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Theo Sperber. Photo by Steve Malley.

Assistant coaches Michael Sabatello and Michael Schultz, who also played for Concordia, will join Vaglica.

The Broncos open away on April 2 against Hastings and will open at home at Lower Scout Field against Palisades Prep on April 4.  

Go Broncos.

Pictured at top: Coach Anthony Vaglica. Photo by Steve Malley.




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Seven Bronxville Relays Compete at Nationals: Boys’ SMR Wins National Title PDF Print Email

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By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer


Mar. 13, 2019:  Over the years, Bronxville track and field relay teams have carved out a name for themselves, winning the New York State Championship countless times and competing in prestigious meets such as the Millrose Games, the Penn Relays, and the New Balance Nationals. Last weekend, the Broncos outdid themselves, sending seven relay teams to the Indoor Nationals at the Armory.

Coach Ian Clark could not say enough about the performance of the Bronxville boys.

“It was a great weekend--arguably the best ever for the Bronxville boys’ track team,” said Coach Clark. “Both relays were all-American, and one relay won nationals.”

The boys’ sprint medley relay (SMR) won the national title in 3:27.34, a new national #1 time and Westchester/Section 1 record.

It was a gritty performance from the Bronxville boys, who were recovering from spike cuts and busted toenails, and they won with a down-to-the-wire performance.

Seamus Watters led off in the 200m, followed by Tommy O’Connell in the 200m, who then handed the baton to Alex Rizzo. Alex held his ground in the 400m, and when he handed off to brother Matt, the Bronxville team was in fourth place, about 20m behind the leader.

Over the course of four laps, Matt gradually closed the gap and passed the top-ranked 800m high school runner in the country, Alfred Chawonza of St. Benedict’s, in the final seconds of the race.

“Matt ran an absolutely perfect 800, showcasing why he is one of the top runners in the country,” said Coach Clark. “He maintained his composure and ran even splits for each 200.”

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National champions in the SMR (L to R): Seamus Watters, Tommy O’Connell, Matt Rizzo, and Alex Rizzo. Photo by C. Rizzo

Click here to view the race.

The boys’ distance medley relay (DMR) ran a 10:07.15, setting a new Section 1/Westchester record by over 13 seconds. Matt Rizzo ran a 2:59 in the 1200m, which, according to officials, had never been done before by a high school runner. Tommy O'Connell ran the 400m, Jack Kochansky ran the 800m, and Alex Rizzo finished it off, running the 1600m. 

The DMR finished third overall, with the first-place team, Jungle TC from Virginia, setting a new national record.

“It's every coach's dream to have a season like this,” commented Clark. “I owe it all to the boys, their hard work and their commitment to the team.”

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The DMR (L to R): Tommy O’Connell, Alex Rizzo, Matt Rizzo, and Jack Kochansky. Photo by C. Rizzo

The Bronxville girls’ relay teams also had outstanding performances at nationals. The girls’ team sent five relays to the National Championships, the most in Bronxville School history.

The 4x200m relay, Caroline Ircha, Sabrina Mellinghoff, Alisa Kanganis, and Eve Balseiro, placed thirteenth, breaking the Bronxville School record with a time of 1:44.83.

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The 4x200m relay (L to R): Coach David Ryan, Caroline Ircha, Sabrina Mellinghoff, Coach Keina Samuels, Alisa Kanganis, and Eve Balseiro. Photo by Jane Ircha

The 4x400m team, Betsy Marshall, Caroline Brashear, Mellinghoff, and Balseiro, placed fifteenth in a time of 3:57.43, the second-fastest time in Bronxville history.

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The 4x400m relay (L to R): Caroline Brashear, Eve Balseiro, Sabrina Mellinghoff, and Betsy Marshall. Photo by D. Ryan


Bronxville sent two sprint medley relay teams this year. The first team, Ircha, Mellinghoff, Balsiero, and Brashear, ran the fourth-fastest time in Bronxville history (4:09.52), placing nineteenth. The second team, Kanganis, Milly Koenig, Marshall, and Natalie Weiner, ran a 4:15.81, the eighth-fastest time for Bronxville.

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The SMR (L to R): Caroline Brashear, Eve Balseiro, Sabrina Mellinghoff, and Caroline Ircha. Photo by Jane Ircha

Finally, the 4x800m relay, Clio Dakolias, Maeve Sullivan, Weiner, and Brashear, ran a season best of 9:25.59, placing eighteenth. Dakolias (2:20.30) and Sullivan (2:21.35) set personal bests.

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L to R: Caroline Brashear, Maeve Sullivan, Natalie Weiner, and Clio Dakolias. Photo by D. Ryan

It was an outstanding weekend for the Broncos, who once again made it clear that Bronxville is the fastest square mile in the U.S.

Go Broncos.


Pictured at top (rotating): Front row (L to R): Matt Rizzo, Seamus Watters, and Jack Kochansky; back row (L to R): Coach Ian Clark, Tommy O’Connell, Alex Rizzo, and Coach Victor Palumbo (photo by C. Rizzo); L to R: Caroline Brashear, Maeve Sullivan, Natalie Weiner, and Clio Dakolias (photo by D. Ryan). 
 

 

 

 

 

 
Bronco Athletes Honored at 2019 Winter Sports Awards Ceremony PDF Print Email

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By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer


Mar. 13, 2019:  At the annual winter sports awards evening held on February 26 in the high school auditorium, Athletic Council co-presidents Rachael Peacock and Gigi Chrappa introduced the winter sports teams. Bronxville athletes received multiple awards, including all-American, all-state, all-county, and all-league recognition.

It was an historic winter for the boys’ and girls’ indoor track and field teams. This year’s Broncos broke a total of fourteen school records during the indoor season.

For the girls, Eve Balseiro set three school records in the 300m, 400m, and 600m, and Sabrina Mellinghoff and Caroline Ircha set records in the 55m and 200m, respectively. The Rizzo brothers broke records in the 1000m and mile (Matt) and the 600m and 1600m (Alex), and Seamus Watters set a new record in the 55m high hurdles.

Four Bronxville relays broke previous school records. The girls’ 4x400m relay (Balseiro, Mellinghoff, Betsy Marshall, and Caroline Brashear) and the 4x200m relay (Ircha, Mellinghoff, Alisa Kanganis, and Balseiro) both set all-time Bronxville records. The boys’ SMR (M. Rizzo, A. Rizzo, Watters, and Tommy O’Connell) and the DMR (A. Rizzo, M. Rizzo, O’Connell, and Jack Kochansky) set all-time records.

For a complete list of award winners, see below.

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Eve Balseiro, who broke multiple school records in track, receives a hug from Coach Keina Samuels.

Girls' Indoor Track and Field

Coach: David Ryan
Assistant Coaches: Jim Mitchell, Keina Samuels

Captains: Andrea Shephard, Isabelle Dibbini, Sabrina Mellinghoff

All-League: Eve Balseiro, Ava Black, Gigi Chrappa, Clio Dakolias, Marielle Dibbini, I. Dibbini, Ava Downs, Jules Gravier, Patty Haggerty, Caroline Ircha, Alisa Kanganis, Milly Koenig, Emma Mandanas, Betsy Marshall, S. Mellinghoff, A. Shephard, Maeve Sullivan, Kelly Weild, Natalie Weiner, Avery Widen

All-League Honorable Mention: Molly Palma, Julia Widen

All-County: S. Mellinghoff, E. Balseiro, C. Ircha, C. Brashear, J. Gravier, M.Koenig, A. Kanganis, B. Marshall, N. Weiner, C. Dakolias, M. Sullivan

MVPs: Caroline Brashear, Eve Balseiro, Sabrina Mellinghoff, Caroline Ircha

Seniors: Abbott Lyric, Caroline Brashear, Clio Dakolias, Isabelle Dibbini, Patty Haggerty, Emma Mandanas, Andrea Shephard, Sophia Sulimirski, and Natalie Weiner.

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Alex and Matt Rizzo accepting awards from Coach Ian Clark.

Boys' Indoor Track and Field
Coach: Ian Clark
Assistant Coach: Victor Palumbo

Captains: Tim Murray, Nathan Revadigar, Alex Rizzo

All-American: Matt Rizzo, Alex Rizzo, Seamus Watters, Tommy O’Connell, Jack Kochansky

State Champions: M. Rizzo, A. Rizzo

All-League: J. Kochansky, Zip Malley, T. O’Connell, Connor Randall, M. Rizzo, A. Rizzo, Seamus Watters

All-County and All-Section: M. Rizzo, A. Rizzo, S. Watters

MVP, sprint: S. Watters

MVP, distance: M. Rizzo, A. Rizzo

Seniors: Jay Burstein, Jack Kochansky, Kevin Leka, Tommy O’Connell, Luke Redman, Nathan Revadigar, Matt Rizzo, Alex Rizzo, Seamus Watters, and Emmanuel Yimer


Boys' Swimming and Diving – New Rochelle/ Bronxville

Swim Coach: Kip Fiero
Assistant Coach: Michael Panzarino

All-League: T. Cushman

MVP: T. Cushman

Rookie of the Year: Theodore Veru

Coaches’ Award: Finn Seibold

Senior Captain: Tim Cushman

 

Varsity Squash

Coach: Supreet Singh
Captains: Conner Stoltz, Julia Curran, McKenna Stoltz

Most Improved: Conner Stoltz

MVP: Molly Stoltz

Senior Awards: J. Curran, M. Stoltz

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Basketball captains Corey Ramundo (L) and Tim McGrath.

Boys' Basketball 

Coach: Bobby Russo
Assistant Coach: Ralph Russo
Captains: Tim McGrath, Corey Ramundo, Ashton Smith

All-League: T. McGrath

MVP: T. McGrath

Hustle Award: Ashton Smith

Bronco Award: Corey Ramundo

Seniors: Tim McGrath, Ashton Smith, and Corey Ramundo

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Members of the girls’ basketball team accepting awards. 

Girls' Basketball
Coach: Donald Lucas
Assistant Coach: Michaela Donohue
Captains: Jenny Pettee, Denise Kinas, Samantha Huss

All-League: Stella Daskalakis, Ashley Wetty

All-League, Honorable Mention: Denise Kinas, Hanna Bishop

Coaches’ Awards: Denise Kinas, Samantha Huss, Jenny Pettee

Seniors: Denise Kinas, Samantha Huss, and Jenny Pettee

 

Ice Hockey (Eastchester, Tuckahoe, Bronxville, Edgemont )
Coach: Steve Forzaglia
Assistant Coach: Rob Striar

All-League, Honorable Mention: Trent Dillon

Coaches' Award: T. Dillon

Senior Captain: Trent Dillon 

 

Varsity Skiing
Coaches: Jim Agnello, Peggy Williams
Captains: Mary Moynihan, Caroline Spitz

All-League: Bailey Gilliam, Piper Gilliam, Bridget Sands, Philip Meyers

Most Valuable Skier: B. Gilliam

Most Improved: B. Sands, P. Meyers

Bronco Spirit Award: Cole Zucker

Seniors:  Hanna Beldotti, Sarah Conneally, Lindsey Cruikshank, Peter Dolan, Barrett Dollar, Damian Kaminski, Margaret Knight, Mary Moynihan, Mike Murray, Kunzang Namgyal, Alex Knew, Ellie Parson, Jack Parzick, Charlie Preusse, Caroline Spitz, and David Weild.

Pictured at top (rotating): Tim Cushman, team captain and most valuable swimmer; Eve Balseiro, who broke multiple school records in track, receives a hug from Coach Keina Samuels. 

Photos by J. Murrer

 
Harlem Wizards Dazzle Bronxville Community PDF Print Email

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By Linda Pagano, Bronxville Parent and Bronxville Athletic Council member


Mar. 13, 2019:  Ten years and running, the Harlem Wizards have dazzled the Bronxville community with tricks and mind-blowing basketball skills. This year was no exception. On March 3, the Wizards came to Bronxville and played a Bronxville team made up of students and teachers in a sold-out event. With slam dunks, no-look passes, and jump shots from the 3-point line, the Harlem Wizards astonished the crowd. Over 500 tickets were sold, and proceeds support the Bronxville PTA Athletic Council.

"This will be my fifth year taking on the Harlem Wizards with my fellow Broncos," said Tricia Murray, principal of Bronxville High School. "The Harlem Wizards game is a great community-building event because it brings our community together in a really fun way and encourages teamwork." 

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"The Harlem Wizards is always a great event because it not only raises money for the Athletic Council but brings the whole community together,” said Bronxville sophomore Macklin Pettee. “I ran the clock this year and it was great to see the younger kids so ecstatic over the tricks the Wizards do. It’s always an enjoyable day.” Bronxville freshman Kiki Tormey said, “I’m excited to play in the Harlem Wizards event because it is something the little kids in the school community really enjoy.” 

 

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Dozens of coveted Wizards prizes were awarded for sideline antics and contestant winners. The event is so popular and well attended that it’s sure to be enjoyed by generations of Broncos to come. 

Go Broncos!

First and third photos courtesy Katie Formato; middle photo courtesy Anthony Vaglica


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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Broncos Medal at States: Double Gold for Rizzo Twins, Silver for the Girls’ 4x400m Relay, and Silver for Cushman in Swimming PDF Print Email

By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer


Mar. 6, 2019:  At the New York State Championships held this past weekend, the Broncos finished the high school season on a high note. In track and field, Matt and Alex Rizzo won state championships in the 1000m and 1600m, respectively, and the girls’ 4x400m relay, Betsy Marshall, Caroline Brashear, Sabrina Mellinghoff, and Eve Balseiro, placed second in the state and third in the federation. The state championship race includes public schools across the state, and the federation includes all public and private schools.

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Alex (L) and Matt Rizzo. Photo by C. Rizzo.

Matt, who won both the state and federation championships, finished the 1000m race in 2:24.06, breaking the New York State indoor record that was previously set by Miles Irish (2:24.1) in 1983. He ran the last five laps way out in front of the pack and finished eight seconds ahead of the second-place finisher.

“To maintain the composure, drive, and tenacity that he did over 1000m--by himself--is the most impressive part of that run,” noted Coach Ian Clark.

Matt is now ranked sixth all-time in the U.S. and is the top-ranking 1000m runner in a high school-only race. All of the runners ranked above him ran their fast times in collegiate or pro races. 

Alex ran the 1600m in 4:13.21, placing first in the state and second in the federation. Alex's time was the fifth-fastest indoor 1600m ever run in New York State. The winner of the federation, Matthew Payamps from St. Anthony’s, ran the fastest New York State time ever (4:10.51).  

The boys’ and girls’ coordinators for each of the eleven sections in New York select a boy and girl to receive the sportsmanship award. This year, Alex was the recipient of this prestigious award.

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The Bronxville 4x400m relay team on the podium at states. Standing in center, Caroline Brashear (L) and Sabrina Mellinghoff. Seated in center, Betsy Marshall. Missing, Eve Balseiro. Photo by David Brashear.

The girls’ 4x400m relay race at states was extremely close, with the first three teams finishing within a half a second. Bronxville finished third in the federation with a time of 3:58.51, St. Joseph’s of Brooklyn placed first in 3:57.94, and Freeport came in second with a time of 3:58.10.

It was the first appearance at the Indoor Track and Field State Championships for senior Caroline Brashear, who will continue her running career at Yale in the fall. Brashear has won Outdoor State Championships in the 4x400m and 4x800m relays for the past two years and is looking forward to her final outdoor season.

Eve Balseiro, who anchored the 4x400m relay at states, also competed in the 300m, placing thirteenth overall.

At the New York State Swimming Championships held last weekend, Tim Cushman, the Section 1 captain at states, earned the highest place of any public high school athlete from Section 1 with his second-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle (45.86). He also earned thirteenth place in the 50-yard freestyle (21.62). This was Tim's fourth appearance at the state meet.

Junior Finn Siebold came in eleventh in the 100-yard backstroke (53.47). 

Bronxville’s Cushman and Siebold competed in the 200-yard freestyle relay, along with New Rochelle’s Jonathan Carsen and Michael Cohen. They earned seventh place with a time of 1:28.75.

The New Rochelle-Bronxville team also competed in the 400-yard freestyle relay (Cushman, Carsen, Gavin Blenk (New Rochelle), and Siebold) placing 11th in 3:14.67.

In point scoring, the New Rochelle Bronxville team finished eighth of 85 schools and was the top point-scorer for Section 1.

Go Broncos. 

Pictured at top (rotating): L to R, Alex Rizzo, Coach Ian Clark, Coach Vic Palumbo, Matt Rizzo, and Coach Jim Agnello (photo submitted by J. Agnello); Tim Cushman (center) on the podium at the state championships (photo by Mike Conaton). 






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