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Bronco Playoff Recap: Girls' Cross Country and Girls' Soccer Win Sectional Titles PDF Print Email

Nov. 6, 2013:  It has been a successful fall season for the Bronxville Broncos. The turf teams have finished, but the cross country teams and the girls' swimming and diving team continue with post-season competition. Here's a look at how the teams have fared.

Girls' Cross Country

The Bronco girls' cross country team shut down the competition at the Section 1 Class C Championship, winning its 17th consecutive sectional title and 27th title since 1981. At the championships held on Friday at Bowdoin State Park, senior Courtney Campbell celebrated her first sectional championship, finishing with a personal best time of 19:50. Kaitlin Ryan (2nd), Emilie Hoffer (3rd), Argentina Chrappa (8th), and Delia Hayes (9th) rounded out the scoring for the Broncos. The girls' team will be vying for its sixth straight state title on Saturday, November 9, in Queensbury.

Boys' Cross Country

The boys' cross country team, a strong contender at sectionals, finished in second place, suffering a disappointing two-point loss to Pleasantville. Senior John Flannery won the Class C title and finished third overall in the merged results. Flannery, who was All-State in 2012, will be competing next weekend at states for the fourth year in a row. Sean Ryan and Alex Rizzo put in a strong showing, finishing 12th and 13th, respectively.

Girls' Soccer

The girls' soccer team captured its fourth straight Class B sectional championship on Saturday at Arlington High School with a 2-1 win over Albertus Magnus. Freshman Mason Warble scored both goals for the Broncos. Despite missing top defender and senior captain Meredith Donovan, who suffered an injury late in the season, the Broncos had a good playoff run, defeating Westlake in the quarterfinals and North Salem in the semifinals. The team ended its bid for a state title yesterday with a 1-0 loss to Section 4's Oneonta. Bronxville and Oneonta have met three times in the regional semis; Bronxville won in 2011 and Oneonta has come out on top the last two years. The team finished the season with a 13-4-1 record.

Girls' Swimming

Seven Bronco swimmers qualified for sectionals this year and competed in the preliminaries at Felix Festa Middle School on Monday. All seven girls will return to the finals on Wednesday night. Emma Hutchings and Bridget Reilly will compete as individuals in the 200 and 500 free and will also compete on the relays. Hutchings is slated to compete in the 500 free at states after swimming a state qualifying time of 5:09 on Monday. All three Bronxville relays qualified for the sectional finals. Nicole Veru, Georgia Lazaroni, Alisa Fominykh, and Olivia Scotti, along with Reilly and Hutchings, will round out the relay teams. Sisters Vivian and Izzi Mroz are competing in the diving sectionals this week.

Boys' Soccer

The boys' team fell to Blind Brook 2-0 in the Class B Section 1 final held at Arlington High School last Friday. The boys' team, ranked number one in Class B, defeated Pleasantville, Woodlands, and Briarcliff before losing to the Trojans. The team finishes the season with a 15-4-1 record.

Field Hockey

The Bronxville field hockey team suffered a tough loss to Pawling last Friday in the sectional semifinals. The Broncos were up 2-1 with two minutes left in the game when the Tigers scored, forcing the game into sudden-death overtime. With no score after two overtime periods, the game was determined in a shootout. Ellie Walsh scored for the Broncos, but Pawling went on to score three for the win. The Broncos finished the season with a 10-5-2 record.

Go Broncos.

Pictured here (rotating):  The Bronxville girls' cross country team at counties; the Bronxville girls' soccer team at playoffs; the Bronxville boys' soccer team at playoffs; the Bronxville field hockey team.

Photo of the field hockey team by Jim Hudson; photos of the two soccer teams by J. Murrer; photo of the girls' cross country team courtesy administrator of cross country web page

 
John Flannery Wins Second County Title in Cross Country PDF Print Email


Oct. 30, 2013:  Senior John Flannery successfully defended his Westchester County cross country title last Friday at Croton Point Park, finishing first with a time of 15:39.96. Counties included 35 schools of all sizes and 244 racers.

"It was really windy," commented Flannery." The race went out super slow because nobody wanted to run into the wind. Everyone was just waiting for someone to take the lead. After a mile and a half, I put in a pretty nice surge and dropped the other runners. I had a nice lead going into the second mile."

Flannery finished close to 17 seconds ahead of his nearest competitor, Benjamin Torda from Hastings. It was a commanding lead that Flannery hopes to repeat at the sectional meet this coming Friday.

A three-season athlete, Flannery runs cross country and indoor and outdoor track. He has qualified for the New York State Cross Country Championships for the past three years and is hoping to return again this year. Last fall he finished seventh at states, earning All-State recognition. He was also awarded All-State honors this past spring for his ninth-place finish in the mile.

The boys' team finished seventh overall at counties with strong performances from sophomore Sean Ryan, freshman Joe Dougherty, seventh grader Alex Rizzo, and senior Stephen Walsh.

The Broncos will compete in the sectional championships on Friday at Bowdoin State Park. In this race, Bronxville will only compete against Class C schools, and if it wins the sectional title, it will move on to states.

"We have a chance to win as a team," said Flannery. "The last time we won was about a decade ago. Our biggest competitor will probably be Pleasantville."

At counties, the girls' cross country team ended its four-year winning streak, placing second behind a strong John Jay team. With 800m to go, the two teams were neck and neck, but the John Jay racers pulled ahead to clinch the title. Kaitlin Ryan finished fifth with a time of 18:13 and was followed by Emilie Hoffer (9th), Courtney Campbell (13th), Delia Hayes (14th), and Hilary Rizzo (15th).

The girls will also compete at sectionals on Friday, and both teams hope to be represented at the New York State Championships, which will take place on November 9 in Queensbury, New York.

Go Broncos.

Pictured here: John Flannery wins the Westchester County Cross Country Championships.

Photo by Charlotte Rizzo 

 
Playoff Update: Boys' and Girls' Soccer and Field Hockey Reach Sectional Semifinals PDF Print Email


Oct. 30, 2013:  It is an exciting week to be a Bronco fan. Playoffs for the turf teams began last Friday and continue today with two sectional semifinal games. The top-seeded field hockey team will take the field at 1:00 pm against No. 8 Valhalla, and the top-seeded boys' soccer team will face No. 4 Briarcliff at 3:00 pm. The No. 2 girls' soccer team will play in the semifinals at home on Thursday against No. 3 North Salem.

Field use is at a premium this week. With most of the Bronco teams receiving home field advantage, scheduling games and practices has been difficult. On Monday, the boys' soccer game ended at 5:00 pm, and immediately after that the girls' soccer team and field hockey teams took the field to prepare for the upcoming playoff games. Because there are two playoff games today, the field hockey start time has moved to 1:00 pm so games can be completed before dark.

Boys' soccer has advanced to the semifinals after defeating Pleasantville 3-0 in the first round and Woodlands 2-1 in the quarterfinals. In the semifinal game on Monday, the game was scoreless until late in the first half when Sam Aherne found the goal. Liam Aherne added another score in the second half.

Girls' soccer defeated Westlake 2-0 on Tuesday. The game was scoreless at halftime, but early in the second half, Maddie Campbell found the back of the net and a minute later, teammate Caitlin Fryer scored again. The Broncos received the number-two seed behind Briarcliff, a well-known rival. Briarcliff won three consecutive state championships before being dethroned by Bronxville in 2010.

The Bronxville football team, seeded third in Class C, lost to No. 2 seed Rye Neck in the sectional semifinals on Saturday. The Broncos took the lead late in the first half on a run by Patrick Bisconti. Rye Neck answered back with a touchdown, but an attempt for a two-point conversion failed, giving the Broncos a 7-6 halftime lead. The Broncos took a 10-6 lead in the third quarter on a field goal by Owen Jones, but late in that quarter the Panthers scored to take a 14-10 lead. The Panthers scored two more in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach. The Broncos ended the season with a 6-2 record.

No other school in Class B or C has so many top-seeded teams for playoffs, but this is not an uncommon event for Bronxville athletics. The fall teams have had tremendous success in the recent past. Boys' soccer won states in 2008, and the football team and the girls' soccer team each won a state championship in 2010. The field hockey team made it to the state semifinals in 2008 and 2011. The girls' cross country team has had an amazing five-year streak of winning states.

See you at the games.

Go Broncos.

Pictured here (rotating): The boys' soccer team defeats Woodlands 2-1; the girls' soccer team scores against Westlake.

Photos by S. Quinn DeJoy (boys' soccer) and J. Murrer (girls' soccer)

 
Bronxville Teams Sweep Homecoming PDF Print Email


Oct. 23, 2013: The Bronco teams celebrated homecoming last weekend, and it was indeed a big celebration, with every Bronxville team coming up with a win. The teams have had much success and should be in good shape as they head into playoffs.

At the homecoming games, fans enjoyed the renovations at Chambers Field, including new bleachers, a new concession stand, and a sound system blasting music from the new press box. Unfortunately, the construction was not completely finished, so the ribbon cutting for the new bathrooms will take place at a later date.

As is the custom, varsity players were introduced with their parents prior to every game. On Saturday night, Bronxville High School's a cappella group, SHA!cappella, sang the national anthem, and the new sixth and seventh grade cheerleaders put on a halftime show.

The field hockey team dazzled the fans on Friday night, defeating Edgemont 6-0. Gretchen Richter scored four for the Broncos, and Helen Wood scored two. Blake Brashear had two assists, and Briana Alberghine had one. The girls' soccer team (12-3-1) followed in field hockey's footsteps with a 3-1 victory over Edgemont. Killian Donohue, Caitlin Fryer, and Lucy Whitney had one goal apiece, and Maddie Campbell had one assist.

On Saturday afternoon, the boys' soccer team (10-3-1) overpowered the Tuckahoe Tigers, winning 3-1. Liam Aherne, Matthew Toal, and Henry Carmel scored for the Broncos, and Guy McKhann had one assist. In the evening, the Bronco football team handed a 41-18 loss to the Haldane Blue Devils, improving its record to 6-1. Patrick Bisconti rushed for three touchdowns; James McDermott and Caelen Corr also scored for the Broncos. Kicker Owen Jones had a record-breaking game, scoring eleven points for the team with two field goals and five extra points.

The girls' cross country team won the Varsity 3 race at the Section 1 Coaches Invitational. Kaitlin Ryan won the race with a time of 19:22 and was closely followed by Courtney Campbell, Hilary Rizzo, Emilie Hoffer, Delia Hayes, Morgan Nobles, and Argentina Chrappa. All seven Bronxville girls finished in the top 12 in a field of 61 runners. The varsity boys had a great showing, with John Flannery finishing second and Sean Ryan finishing tenth in the Varsity 4 race.

The girls' swim team wrapped up its season with a big victory against SHEDI (Sleepy Hollow, Edgemont, Dobbs Ferry, Irvington). The teams were evenly matched in the beginning races, but the girls pulled away, winning the 200 free relay to solidify their homecoming victory.

Homecoming marked the end of the regular fall season, and team playoffs and individual championships will start this week.

Go Broncos.

Pictured here (rotating): Images from last weekend's homecoming events.

Photos by Mary Behrens (SHA!cappella singing group) and S. Quinn DeJoy

 
Bronxville Bronco Playoffs to Start This Week: See Schedule PDF Print Email

 

Oct. 28, 2013: The turf teams begin the first round of playoffs at the end of the week. The football team lost to Rye Neck on Saturday, and boys' soccer, the No. 1 seed, will play No. 9 Woodlands on Monday at 3PM at home.  The girls' soccer team, seeded No. 2, will play in the quarterfinals against No. 10 Westlake  on Tuesday at 3PM at home. The field hockey team received the number-one seed in Class C and will play No. 8 Valhalla on Wednesday. Check back during the week for schedule updates.

 

Playoff Schedule

 

Monday, October 28th

Boys' Soccer
No. 1 Bronxville vs. No. 9 Woodlands, 3PM, Chambers Field

 

Tuesday, October 29th

Girls' Soccer
No. 2 Bronxville vs. No. 10 Westlake, 3PM, Chambers Field

 

Wednesday, October 30th

Field Hockey
No. 1 Bronxville vs. No. 8 Valhalla, TBD, Chambers Field

 

Friday, November 1st

            Section 1 Cross Country Championships at Bowdoin State Park

 

 

Photo by S. Quinn DeJoy

 
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