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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.

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.

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). 


Broncos Fare Well at Sectionals: Swimming, Indoor Track and Field, and Skiing PDF Print Email


By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer     

Feb. 20, 2019:  The winter season is coming to an end, and in the last two weeks, Bronxville teams have competed in sectional championships. The girls’ track and field team won the Class C title, and many individual Broncos won sectional titles. Below is a recap of the swimming, indoor track and field, and skiing sectional results.

Section 1 Swimming Championships

At the swimming championships held in the first week of February, the combined New Rochelle/Bronxville swim team (New-Bro) had some impressive finishes. Senior captain Tim Cushman won the 100 free in 46.77 and placed second in the 50 free in 21.66, qualifying for the New York State Championships in both events.

Cushman has been swimming on the high school team for six years and also swims with his club team, Empire Swimming, throughout the year. This is the fourth time Cushman has qualified for the state championships as an individual, and he will also compete at states in the 200 and 400 free relay teams.

The 200 free relay team, Cushman, Jonathan Carsen (New Rochelle (NR)-freshman), Michael Cohen (NR-freshman), and Finn Siebold (Bronxville (BXV)-junior), placed third at sectionals in a New York State qualifying time of 1:28.80. The 400 free relay team, Cushman, Carsen, Gavin Blenk (NR-freshman), and Siebold, also finished third in the sectional meet in a state qualifying time of 3:17.04. 


The New-Bro team placed sixth overall at sectionals, which included twelve events and twenty-five teams. Other strong finishes included a ninth-place finish for Siebold in the 50 free (22.55) and an eighth-place finish (1:44.31) for the 200 medley relay (Theo Veru (BXV-freshman), Narmeri Franklyn (NR-sophomore), Myles Dower (NR-junior), and Cohen).

The state meet will be the last race of Cushman’s high school swimming career. Cushman and Siebold, along with seven New Rochelle swimmers, will represent the New-Bro team.

“I have actually really liked being on the combined team,” said Cushman, who will swim for Dartmouth in the fall. “Everyone is welcoming, and we fit together pretty well. It is nice to meet new people that are not part of your school, and I have formed new friendships that have lasted six years.”

The New York State Championships will take place on March 1 and 2 at the Nassau County Aquatic Center.  

Indoor Track and Field Section 1 Class C Championships


On February 11, the Bronxville girls won the Section I Class C Championship scoring 206 points, while second-place Albertus Magnus scored 73 points, and third-place Valhalla scored 57.

Sabrina Mellinghoff won the 55m dash in 7.46, breaking the Bronxville School record set by Halley Smith (7.54). Caroline Ircha moved from No. 3 to No. 2 on the all-time Bronxville 300m list with a time of 40.91 seconds; her time is second only to Eve Balseiro's (40.76). Balseiro had a great day at sectionals, placing first in three events: the 300m, 600m, and the 4x400m relay.

On Sunday, at the Section 1 State Qualifier, Balseiro placed third in the 300m in a state qualifying time of 40.96. The Bronxville girls’ 4x40m relay (Balseiro, Caroline Brashear, Betsy Marshall, S. Mellinghoff, and Millie Koenig) will also head to states after placing first with a time of 3:58.97.

See below for All-League and All-League Honorable Mention finishes at the Section 1 Class C Championships.

55m dash: Sabrina Mellinghoff, 1st, 7:46; Caroline Ircha, 2nd, 7.56
300m dash: Eve Balseiro, 1st, 40.82; C. Ircha, 2nd, 40.91
600m: Clio Dakolias, 2nd, 3:02.02
3000m: Emma Mandanas, 2nd, 10:56.44
4x200m relay: C. Ircha, Milly Koenig, Alisa Kanganis, S. Mellinghoff, 1st, 1:46.19
4x400m relay: Betsy Marshall, Caroline Brashear, Maeve Sullivan, E. Balseiro, 1st, 4:14.35
4x800m relay: E. Mandanas, Rory Denning, C. Dakolias, Natalie Weiner, 1st, 10:04.24
Long jump: Remi Mellinghoff, 2nd, 14-3
Triple jump: Milly Koenig, 2nd, 32-4
Pole vault: Jules Gravier, 1st, 9-0; Molly Palma, 2nd, 8-6
Weight throw: Isabella Dibbini, 2nd, 23-4.5

The Bronxville boys came in second to Dobbs Ferry, 83-69. Alex Rizzo placed first in the 600m in 1:23.46, setting a new meet record. See below for All-League and All-League Honorable Mention finishes.

300m: Tommy O'Connell, 2nd, 36.85
600m: Alex Rizzo, 1st, 1:23.46
1000m: Jack Kochansky, 1st, 2:42.98
55m hurdles: Seamus Watters, 1st, 7.92
4x200m relay: Seamus Watters, Tim Murray, Connor Randall, and Tommy O'Connell, 2nd place, 1:37.18
4x800m relay: Ellis Goodson, Jay Burnstein, J. Kochansky, and A. Rizzo, 2nd place, 9:05.36

Section 1 Skiing Sectional Championships

The Bronxville/New Rochelle ski team had six skiers qualify for sectionals this year. Sectionals were held at Catamount Ski Area in Hillsdale, New York, where skiers competed in slalom and giant slalom.

Sectional qualifiers
Jack Schlamkowitz: New Rochelle junior, 2nd year returning to team
Jessica Schlamkowitz: New Rochelle freshman, 1st year on team
Bridget Sands: BHS senior, 1st year on team
Phillip Meyers: BHS junior, 3rd year on team
Piper Gilliam: BHS freshman, 3rd year on team
Bailey Gilliam: BHS 7th-grader, 1st year on team

Go Broncos

Pictured at top: Tim Cushman (center) on the podium after winning the sectional title in the 100 free. 

Top Photo courtesy T. Cushman 



Matt Rizzo Wins the New Balance Boys’ Mile in 'Most Exciting Finish to a High School Mile in the Millrose Games in the Last 30 Years' PDF Print Email


By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer

Feb. 13, 2019:  The New Balance Boys’ Mile at the Millrose Games featured the top high school milers in the country, including Sean Dolan and Jake Renfree, ranked No.1 and No. 2 in the U.S., Sam Affolder, who had the fastest time in the mile last spring, and Bronxville brothers Matt and Alex Rizzo. Matt has had an incredible indoor season, and last Saturday at The Armory, he had the biggest win of his career when he outran the best high school milers in the country.

At the start of the race, both Matt and Alex seemed to be running according to their plan.  

“Matt wanted to be toward the front and push the pace,” said Coach Ian Clark, “and Alex preferred to start out in the back and pick people off.”

After four laps, or halfway through the race, Matt was sitting in fourth place, trying to find his way to the front. 

“Towards the middle of the race, Affolder and Renfree pulled away,” said Matt. “Affolder had a 40m lead. I wanted to get after those two, but I was boxed in by Dolan and Shea [Weilbaker]. It wasn’t until about two and a half laps to go that I broke out of my position.”

Matt moved up, but with just one lap to go, Affolder hung on to the lead (3:37.20) with Matt trailing by almost three seconds (3:40.15).

Like many of the fans, the Millrose announcer, Ian Brooks, was thinking that Affolder’s lead was just too big. “That’s a lot of real estate to catch Sam Affolder,” said Brooks, as the runners rounded the corner to the final straightaway.  

“At first I didn’t think it was possible to catch up to him,” said Matt. “When I first started kicking, it was just me trying to get a great time, but with about 50 or 60m left, I knew it was going to be possible to win.”

Rizzo crossed the finish line just 0.15 seconds ahead of Renfree, with Dolan and Affolder finishing third and fourth. Alex Rizzo finished sixth, in a time of 4:12.89.


“What a finish. Oh my goodness me,” exclaimed announcer Brooks. “Well, well, well, well. Just when you thought Sam Affolder had it all done and wrapped. The first four--all under the fastest times of the year, but the one that matters is Matt Rizzo from Bronxville, 4:09.12.”

Over the PA system, announcer Brooks summed it up perfectly. “The most exciting finish to a high school mile in the Millrose Games, certainly in the last 30 years. What a race. What a finish.”

The Broncos have a long history of competing at the Millrose Games, the longest-running and most prestigious indoor track and field competition in the U.S. The games are held right in our backyard at the New Balance Track & Field Center at The Armory, but for almost one hundred years they took place at Madison Square Garden.

Coach Ian Clark was not surprised about the outcome of the race.

“Coming in, I knew that they had a chance. During the week, both of them had great workouts, and they were ready to run fast times. The night before, I told my wife I wouldn't be surprised if they PR'd by 8 seconds.”

Clark’s prediction about their fast times turned out to be on target. The Rizzo brothers had qualified for the Millrose Games in January when Matt ran a 4:17.32 at the Hispanic Games and Alex ran a 4:17.69 at the New Balance Games.

Clark has been coaching the boys for many years and had confidence that they would excel.

“Talent only gets you so far,” said Clark. “It’s their work ethic, drive, and respect for the sport that allows them to get faster. I have no doubt they will reset their indoor PRs over the next four weeks. Bronxville gets to witness history being made each and every week.”

Matt Rizzo crossing the finish line to win the Millrose Mile.

The Bronxville girls’ relays teams also competed at Millrose. The girls’ 4x400m relay, Betsy Marshall, Caroline Brashear, Sabrina Mellinghoff, and Eve Balseiro, placed fourth, setting a new Bronxville School record of 3:56.58. The 4x400m relay team qualified for nationals with its fourth-place finish.

“We are very excited to have qualified for nationals, and myself and Sabrina Mellinghoff both ran PRs,” said junior Balseiro.

The 4x400 splits were Marshall in 60.91, Brashear, 60.75, Mellinghoff, 58.67, and Balseiro, 56.26. Balseiro’s time was the fastest indoor 400m split in Bronxville history. 

Balseiro broke another school record just two weeks ago at the Varsity Classic. She ran a 58.06 in the 400m dash, bettering the previous record of 58.30, which was set by Lee Shearer in 1995. 

The 4x800m relay team, Clio Dakolias, Patty Haggerty, Maeve Sullivan, and Natalie Weiner, placed eleventh at the Millrose Games in 9:29.09.

The Broncos will head to state qualifiers on Sunday. The New York State Championships will take place at Ocean Breeze Track and Field Athletic Complex on Staten Island on March 2.

Go Broncos.

Pictured at top: Alex Rizzo (center) and Matt Rizzo (right) at the start of the New Balance Boys’ Mile. 

Photos by Joseph Hale (@jkh_photo)




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


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.


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. 


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


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.



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