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Harlem Wizards to Come to Bronxville School on Sunday, March 3 PDF Print Email

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Submitted by Bronxville PTA Athletic Council


Feb. 13, 2019:  The Bronxville PTA Athletic Council will once again sponsor the annual Harlem Wizards Basketball Event on Sunday, March 3, at 1:00 pm in the Bronxville School gym. For more than ten years, the talented Harlem Wizards, a more modest version of the Harlem Globetrotters, has been brought to the Bronxville School to compete in a fun-filled, action-packed basketball "performance." This event is such a special tradition for the Bronxville community at large. 

“The goal of the Athletic Council is to create the best athletic experience for the entire student body, the parents, and for the community,” said Anthony Vaglica, teacher liaison to the Athletic Council who has been in attendance at the Harlem Wizards events since 2012. “I love how we can bring the kids to a non-competitive sporting event full of laughs, entertainment, and the exciting uncertainty of what the Wizards will come up with next!” 

The on-court antics, tricks, and ball skills performed by the Wizards provide on-your-feet entertainment, all the while testing the skills of the Bronxville opposing team. A collection of the Bronxville HS basketball players, as well as the elementary school principal, Tricia Murray, and other notable members of the Bronxville School community have been tapped in the past to form the crowd-pleasing competing team against the Wizards. Throughout the show and between quarters, the Wizards bring elementary school students down to the floor, hold contests, and give out prizes.

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Typically a sold-out event, over 500 tickets are sold each year to Bronxville basketball fans and enthusiasts packing the gym. Young and old will be in attendance, including families from the Bronxville School and St. Joseph School communities and many Bronxville teachers and their children. Tickets for Sunday, March 3, are $20 each and are available here: Harlem Wizard 2019 Tickets.

Doors open at noon for Harlem Wizards merchandise and for the will-call table for ticket pickup. Come early for a pre-game lunch at the concession stand, which will have all of your sweet and savory fan favorites like hot dogs, hot pretzels, and lots of snacks and beverages. The game starts at 1:00 pm sharp and tickets are almost sold out! Don’t miss the family fun!

Broncos together!  Go Broncos

Photos courtesy Bronxville PTA Athletic Council

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

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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

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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. 


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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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





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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. 




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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.

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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.






 



 
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