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Bronco Fall Sports Update: Football, Soccer, Field Hockey PDF Print Email

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By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer

Sep. 25, 2019:  The Bronco turf teams are about midway through the season, and while they have had great success so far this fall, several of the teams took on some tough opponents in the past week. Here’s a look at how they fared. 

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Bronco fans at the football game on Saturday. 

Soccer

The boys’ soccer team (4-3-1) picked up a 5-2 win over Putnam Valley last week with goals by Mack Pettee (2G) and Luke Doukas (3G). The league game against Blind Brook last Friday ended in a 2-2 tie with goals by Doukas and Luke Freeman. 

In the last week, the girls’ soccer team picked up two wins, a 3-1 victory against Briarcliff and a 5-0 win against league opponent Blind Brook. Alex Doukas had a hat trick in each of those games. Also scoring for the Broncos were Lily Jebejian (1G, 3A), Kiki Tormey (1G, 1A), Maeve Sullivan (1A), Alice Vranka (1A), and Victoria Ruffo (1A). 

Based on game stats collected from Section 1 coaches by Lohud, Luke Doukas, Alex Doukas, and Lily Jebejian are top scorers in Section 1. 

The boys’ team will play Briarcliff away on Thursday, and the girls’ will face Rye Neck away on Friday. 

Field Hockey

The girls’ field hockey team has had a strong start to the season, shutting out Hackley, North Salem, Pawling, and, last week, defeating Putnam Valley 7-0. In the game against Putnam Valley, Sunday Ladas scored four goals, and Holly Ungvary, Olivia Gunther, and Isabela Fenner also contributed to the win.  

The team suffered its first loss of the season on Monday against Class A Scarsdale. In that game, tough defense on both sides kept the game scoreless in the first half, but the Raiders were able to score halfway through the second to seal a 1-0 victory. Scarsdale goalie Angela Hoey had three saves, and Bronxville goalie Caitlin Mooney had two. 

The Broncos will face Pleasantville today at home at 4:30 pm. 

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The Broncos in the game against Scarsdale on Monday.

Football

In Saturday's home opener, the Bronxville Broncos fell 14-7 to Pleasantville in a hard-fought game. In the fourth quarter, the game was tied at 7-7 when the Broncos recovered a fumble, leaving them in good field position, but Pleasantville immediately regained possession on an interception and was able to score with just five minutes left in the game. 

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The Bronxville home opener against Pleasantville. 

The football team is playing its season in honor of former Bronco Chris Thalacker, a 1981 BHS graduate who was captain of the football team during his senior year. Thalacker passed away this past summer after a battle with ALS. The Broncos are wearing special stickers on the back of their helmets to honor Thalacker’s memory. To learn more about ALS or how you can help, please go twww.alsa.org or www.ChrisThalacker.com 

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The halftime presentation in honor of former Bronco, Chris Thalacker. 

The Broncos (2-1) will now prepare for their game against Ardsley (3-0) on Friday night at Ardsley High School. Ardsley held off Putnam Valley 21-7 last week while the Broncos defeated Putnam Valley two weeks ago by a score of 28-0. 

The next home game for the Broncos will be on October 5 at 3:00 pm against Nanuet. 

Go Broncos.

Photos by J. Murrer

 
Bronco Football Opens the Season with Two Big Wins: Will Take on Pleasantville on Saturday PDF Print Email

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By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer

Sep. 18, 2019: The Bronxville Bronco football team shut out Putnam Valley 28-0 last Friday night with a dominating performance on both sides of the ball. The defense set the tone, recovering their first of three forced fumbles on Putnam Valley’s opening possession. In addition, the Broncos intercepted three passes, one by Connor Randall that was returned for a touchdown to seal the win. 

The Bronxville defense has given up only one touchdown this season and that was in the last few minutes of its 45-8 win over Albertus Magnus in the season opener two weeks ago.

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The Broncos in the away game against Putnam Valley on Friday night. Photo by Joe. Villanueva.

 
The Bronco offense lines up against Putnam Valley in the game last Friday. Photo by Joe Villanueva. 


In the win over Putnam Valley, Henry Donohue completed 81 percent of his throws for 90 yards and one TD and ran for 113 yards and one TD. Will Flanagan had five receptions for 67 yards and one TD, and Grey Warble forced a fumble and had an interception.

Quarterback Donohue is a dynamic player who was last year’s feature running back. While he is a tough downhill runner and has rushed for 257 yards and four TDs in the first two games, he is also a threat from the air throwing for 193 yards and two TDs.

Senior Will Flanagan has been the biggest deep threat so far, with a season total of seven receptions for 160 yards and two TDs. The trio of running backs, Dylan Alberghine, Connor Randall, and Will Murray, has been productive, rushing for a combined 238 yards and four TDs. On defense, Colin Dempsey leads the team in solo tackles and sacks.

 
Phillip Meyers in the Putnam Valley game. Photo by Joe Villanueva. 


Coming off a tough 2018 season where the Broncos went 0-8 in Section 1 Class B, the coaching staff was determined to make the necessary changes to get off to a positive start this season. The first order of business was to commit to a difficult Class B schedule at a time when some were questioning whether Bronxville could compete against often-larger schools.

“You can expect to see our ‘Effort, Pride, Sacrifice, and Desire’ every Saturday,” said third-year Coach Patsy Manganelli. “We understand that many pick us as the underdogs, but when you believe together and give forth great effort together, great things can happen.”

Another improvement in the program came in the form of equipment. There was a consensus that the students from modified through varsity should have the most advanced head protection available.

The coaches researched the best options, interviewed several vendors, and identified the appropriate helmets for each age group. With a lead grant from The Bronxville School Foundation and additional support from the community, Athletic Director Karen Peterson and Coach Manganelli were able to replace every single helmet at Bronxville School with a brand-new five-star helmet with the highest impact ratings from the Virginia Tech Helmet Lab, providing all the student-athletes with the best available headgear on the market.

The final piece was setting a winning tone and executing on the playbook provided by Coach Manganelli.

The football captains, Warble, Dempsey, and Donohue, began to lead the 2019 campaign the minute they were announced.

"We really wanted to set a positive tone coming into the preseason and get the underclassman comfortable with Coach Manganelli's playbook quickly," said Warble. "We have asked the younger guys to step up and so far they have really delivered."


Grey Warble in the game against Putnam Valley. Photo Joe Villanueva. 


With two wins under their belt, the Broncos will try to push their record to 3-0 when they face perennial Class B powerhouse Pleasantville at their home opener on the new turf on Chambers Field this Saturday at 1:30 pm.

“Our senior class has been through much adversity and have developed a bond like no other,” said Coach Manganelli. “That bond is the glue that has brought this team together. In these first two weeks of 2019, we have shown we are a complete team.”

 

Bronco defensive players displaying their new helmets in the Putnam Valley victory. Photo by Joe Villanueva.

Go Broncos.

Pictured at top: The Broncos in the away game against Putnam Valley on Friday night.

Photo by Joe Villanueva.

 

 

 
Bronxville Girls’ Soccer Wins Broncofest on Penalty Kicks PDF Print Email

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By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer

Sep. 18, 2019:  The annual Broncofest tournament and fundraiser was held at Chambers Field on Saturday with both championship and consolation games. The Bronxville girls won the Broncofest championship with a win over Westlake, and the boys’ team placed second after losing a close game to Valhalla.

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The Broncos in the championship game against Valhalla. Photo by J. Murrer

The Broncos celebrating after the win over Westlake. Photo by J. Murrer.

The girls’ team started slowly in the first-round game against Pawling on Friday, but they regrouped in the second half to come up with a 4-0 win. Sophomore midfielder Lily Jebejian had two goals and one assist and junior Alex Doukas scored two.

In the final game against Westlake on Saturday, the Bronco girls controlled the tempo and held a huge edge on the possession side, but they could not find the back of the net. Bronxville outshot the Wildcats 21-3, but the game remained scoreless at the end of regulation time.

After two ten-minute overtime periods where the Broncos missed multiple opportunities to score, the game went to penalty kicks to decide the tournament winner. Freshman Natalie Metzger scored on the 6th shot of PK’s to give the Broncos the win.

Defenseman Jessica Sondey (23) in the game against Westlake. Photo by J. Murrer.

Two Broncos were named to the All-Tournament team, forward Alex Doukas and center back Ava Black. Lily Jebejian was presented with the Thomas Jakelich MVP award. Jakelich, a former player for the Bronxville soccer team, died in a tragic soccer accident in 2015 while attending the Loyola School.

The first round of the Broncofest for the boys’ team took place before the start of school, and the Broncos moved on to the championship round with a 6-3 win over Tuckahoe. In the game against Valhalla on Saturday for the Broncofest title, the Vikings came out on top with a 3-2 victory.

Captain Jimmy Gallo (7) and Macklin Pettee (6) in the game against Valhalla. Photo by J. Murrer.

Senior Luke Doukas and senior Luke Freeman were named to the All-Tournament team.

It was opening day for the Bronco Barn and Grill, and there was also a bake sale with proceeds going to breast cancer research.

Bronxville students manning the bake sale. Photo by J. Murrer. 

The boys will play at home tomorrow against Putnam Valley. The girls’ team will be on the road for the next couple of weeks and return home on October 11 for a game against Edgemont.

Goalkeeper and Captain Theo Liao in the game against Valhalla. Photo by J. Murrer.

Go Broncos

Pictured at top: The Bronxville girls after defeating Lakeland in the championship round of the Broncofest. 


Photo by J. Murrer

 
Did You Notice The Bronxville School Has a New Scoreboard in a New Location? PDF Print Email

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By Staff

Sep. 18, 2019: Did you notice that the Bronxville School scoreboard on Chambers Field is new and is in a new location? We set out to find out why it was moved and the answer is simple.

According to Dan Carlin, assistant superintendent for business at The Bronxville School, the scoreboard was moved “so that errant soccer shots and football kicks would not damage it."

Carlin added that the new scoreboard has some new capabilities. "It can feature a team name rather than just 'home' and 'guest' and it syncs with a clock on the press box so that visiting football teams will be able to see the time left."

Carlin further added, “Look for a new flagpole adjacent to it in the near future."

Pictured here:  New scoreboard on Chambers Field at The Bronxville School.

Photo by A. Warner

 
Field Hockey Opens the Season with Two Shutouts Including Big Win Over Rival North Salem PDF Print Email

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By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer

Sep. 11, 2019:  The Bronxville field hockey team won four consecutive Section 1 titles leading up to 2018, but last year top-seeded Bronxville had a disappointing loss to North Salem in the sectional semifinals. The game between the Broncos and Tigers ended with no score after regulation time and two overtimes, and North Salem finally won in the second round of a one-on-one shootout. 

With North Salem on the schedule for Monday, the Broncos were determined to have a different outcome than last fall. They focused on possession, scored early and often, and came up with a 6-0 victory.

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Bronxville versus North Salem on Monday at Hayes Field.

“It was a big win for us after last year’s very tough loss in overtime to North Salem,” said long-time coach Jacquelyn Frawley. “That history definitely pumped the girls up for a strong start. I think that with two goals in less than five minutes, the girls certainly showed up hungry today.”

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Bronxville versus North Salem on Monday at Hayes Field.

The Broncos showed a lot of offensive strength with four different players scoring goals. Julia Widen scored first early in the game and went on to score two more.  Also contributing to scoring were Sunday Ladas (1G, 2A), Olivia Gunther (1G, 1A), Carmen Phillips (1G), and Hailey Mullen (1A). It was a slow day for senior goalie Caitlin Mooney as Bronxville had control of the ball for much of the game. She had four saves.

The Bronxville field hockey team returns twelve players including ten seniors.

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Front row (L to R): Caitlin Mooney, Sunday Ladas, Hanna Bishop, AND Grace McSherry. Back Row (L to R): Holly Ungvary, Madison Meehan, Hailey Mullen, Molly Denning, Olivia Martin, and Cassidy Mullen.

“This year we have Sunday Ladas as a strong offensive threat with both stick skills and power,” said Coach Frawley. “Hanna Bishop and Grace McSherry in the center are solid support for all and have really become the core of our team. Hailey Mullen on defense has been the most consistent.”

There are eight new faces this season, including Julia Widen, just an eighth-grader, and Olivia Gunther, who is in tenth grade.

“Eighth-grader Julia Widen has taken a position as a forward with speed, consistent stick skills, and relentless effort,” said Frawley. “Tenth-grader Olivia Gunther has taken a midfield position with strong skill and determination.”

The 2-0 Broncos, led by senior captains Ladas, Holly Ungvary, and McSherry, opened the season last week with a shutout over Hackley. Gunther, McSherry, and Bishop scored for Bronxville. 

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Senior captains Holly Ungvary, Sunday Ladas, and Grace McSherry.

The Bronxville field hockey team plays in Class C and will face Valhalla, Putnam Valley, Pleasantville, Croton, and Albertus Magnus this fall. They will also play Class A Mamaroneck and Scarsdale, which are consistently very strong programs.

The Broncos have focused on their offensive game, and it has definitely paid off.

“We have worked a lot on spreading the field out and finding the open space in order to carry and keep possession,” said Frawley. “Our offensive corners have been working with strong execution on the shots and finishing touches in front of the goal. “

In the game against North Salem, the first two Bronco goals came off of penalty corners.

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Grace McSherry taking a corner shot for the Broncos.

They will face defending Section C champion Pawling today and then return home next Thursday to play Putnam Valley.

Go Broncos.

Pictured at top: The Broncos defeat North Salem 6-0 on Monday at Hayes Field.

Photos by J. Murrer





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