July 21, 2010: Eight members of the 2010 graduating class have been recruited to play football in college. It is a record number of recruits for Bronxville, but not surprising given the Broncos' success last fall.
The football team, under the guidance of Coach Jeff Napolitano, made it to the Class C State Championship in Syracuse where they lost to defending State Champ Southwestern.
The Broncos fielded seventeen seniors last season, many of whom started playing football together during lunch recess in third grade. This group stayed together through modified and varsity football, gaining momentum each year.
"They have been playing football together for many years, and having so many kids play at the college level is a great outcome," said Nancy Karol, mother of twin sons, Will and James.
Nancy and Barney Karol will have to split their time between games this fall. James, a 6'3" wide receiver, will be heading to Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and brother Will, 6'5" and also a wide receiver, is headed for Middlebury College in Vermont. "Middlebury has a good program and is a top contender in NESCAC," said Will. "I think it will be a fun league to play in."
The Karol brothers won't play against each other in college, but 2010 grad Hart Mechlin and his older brother Coale (Class of 2008) will compete against each other this fall. Hart, a Bronco linebacker, will be joining the Middlebury Panthers and his brother is entering his third year at Wesleyan, also a NESCAC member.
The Broncos have one more set of brothers playing college football. Brian and Chris Murray, will both play for Cornell's Big Red. Brian was an All-State running back last fall and one of the leading rushers in Section 1. Chris, a 2008 grad, will be entering his third year at Cornell. Both had great seasons at Bronxville, receiving multiple football awards including the prestigious Golden Dozen Award.
Most of the recruits will head to schools in the Northeast. Paxton Cane and Artie Westerfield will be heading north to St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York. Blair Law, the Broncos' center for the last three years, has been recruited to play at Union College in Schenectady.
Luke Nichols is headed to Macalester College in Minnesota. "At first I was looking at big schools where I wouldn't play football," said Nichols. He reconsidered, however, when the Macalester coach showed interest and actively recruited him.
Another class of recruits is waiting in the wings. Several rising seniors have expressed interest in playing college football. Standout lineman Kieran Borcich has orally committed to Boston College and will sign a letter of intent later this year.
Some former Broncos have had notable college football success. Carl Vergari, a 2005 Bronxville grad and former Bronco quarterback, was a four-year member of the national powerhouse University of Texas football team. He joined the Longhorns as a walk-on wide receiver following his freshman year and finished his football career in the BCS National Championship game this past January.
Class of 2006 grad, Connor Hackett, a running back for the Broncos, was a four-year starting tailback for St. Lawrence University. In his final Division III college football game this past fall, Hackett scored his 27th touchdown for the Saints, breaking the previous record that had stood since 1978.
Bronco football players have shown exceptional dedication to the sport and will likely carry their love of football to the next level.