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Broncos Take Home Gold in Five Events at the Track and Field State Championships PDF Print Email


By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer

Jun. 12, 2019:  Fourteen members of the Bronxville track and field teams headed to SUNY Cortland last weekend to compete in the New York State Championships. Bronxville, a Division 2 school, won gold medals in five events.

The Bronco girls’ relay teams have been a continuing presence at states since 1980, and this is the fourth consecutive year that three relays from Bronxville have competed at the championships.

Bronxville won two gold medals in Division 2. The 4x800m relay team, Natalie Weiner, Maeve Sullivan, Caroline Brashear, and Clio Dakolias, won gold in 9:15.35, their fastest time of the season by three seconds. The 4x400m team of Alisa Kanganis, Caroline Brashear, Sabrina Mellinghoff, and Balseiro placed first in a time of 3:57.35.

“Our 4x400 relay ran a very good time even with three of the athletes running their second or third event of the day,” said Coach David Ryan.

The 4x400m team on the podium at the state championships. Photo by David Ryan.

Two athletes ran in individual events. Eve Balseiro won gold in the Division 2 400m race and placed fifth in the Federation with a time of 57.06. Balseiro has been to states for four consecutive years and placed fourth in the 400m last year. Only a junior, she has broken eight school records in indoor and outdoor track.  Sabrina Mellinghoff placed twelfth in the 200m.

Eve Balseiro on the podium at states. Photo by David Ryan.

The 4x100m relay team, Mellinghoff, Milly Koenig, Alisa Kanganis, and Balseiro, won a silver medal in 48.97. They broke the previous Bronxville School record of 49.28, which was set in 2017.

The Bronco girls picked up a bronze medal in the pole vault. Jules Gravier placed sixth in Division 2 with a 10-0 vault, once again tying the Bronxville school record. Milly Koenig competed in the long jump, placing fourteenth (16-1).

At the state championships, athletes win medals for Division 2 performances, but they also can win medals if they have top finishes in the Federation. The Federation includes results for public, private, and Catholic schools. The Bronxville girls brought home a total of nineteen medals.

The Bronxville boys medaled in three events, bringing home a total of twelve. Alex Rizzo was the Division 2 Champion in the 1600 and placed second overall in the Federation. His time, 4:12.36, was a season PR.

“He ran a very intelligent race from start to finish,” said Coach Ian Clark.  “Even more impressive, he came back to run the 4x800 only two hours after he was done with the 1600.”

Rizzo, along with brother Matt, Jack Kochansky, and Tim McGrath, also won a Division 2 gold in the 4x800m relay in 7:45.67. Kochansky (1:59), McGrath (2:01), Alex Rizzo (1:53), and Matt Rizzo (1:50) set a new Division 2 State record.  

“Bronxville’s 4x800 surprised a lot of people with their time at the Louck’s Games [7:54.73], but I knew that we had some time to cut,” said Coach Clark. “The boys stepped up and cut about nine seconds from their previous season best and finished second in the Federation standings.”

The Bronxville 4x800m relay team on the podium for the Federation meet. Photo contributed by Ian Clark. 

Matt Rizzo ran the open 800m and finished second overall in the Federation meet, gaining the team eight points. His time of 1:52 was his second-best time of the year. 

Seamus Watters capped a fantastic high school career and made the Division 2 finals for the 110 hurdles. He finished out his career as the best hurdler in Bronxville's history.

“There was simply no better way to end the meet and the season,” said Clark.  “My guys have done nothing but spectacular things all season. I'm so proud to call them my athletes, and I'm so proud to be a part of the Bronco family.”

The Rizzo brothers with Coach Ian Clark. Photo contributed by Ian Clark.  

Pictured at top (rotating): The boys’ 4x800m relay team, Division 2 Champions (photo by Jen McGrath); the girls’ 4x800m relay team, Division 2 Champions (photo by David Ryan). 


Go Broncos.


Numerous Broncos Teams Head to the State Championship Games PDF Print Email


By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer

Jun. 5, 2019:  The school year is winding down, but the Bronco athletes are still going strong. The girls’ lacrosse team will head to SUNY Cortland later this week to compete in the state semifinals, and fifteen members of the boys’ and girls’ track and field teams will compete at the New York State Championships in Middletown on Friday and Saturday. Last week, Bronxville tennis player Liam Krall competed in the state tournament at the Billie Jean Tennis Center in Flushing.

Girls’ Lacrosse

The girls’ lacrosse team before boarding the bus for the regional final. Photo by Jane Ircha.

The Bronxville girls’ lacrosse team will face Section 3’s Skaneateles in the state semifinals at SUNY-Cortland this week. Both teams easily advanced to the semis, with Bronxville defeating Section 2’s Johnstown 19-2 and Skaneateles earning a decisive 18-3 victory over Section 10’s Salmon River.

Bronxville and Skaneateles have met twice before in recent years. The Broncos lost both games in overtime, but this year they hope to walk away with a win.

“We will play Skaneateles on Friday at 9:00 am,” said Coach Sharon Robinson. “They beat us in double overtime in the 2017 final and in overtime in the 2016 semifinal. It should be a great game!”

The Broncos, who have appeared in the state tournament for the past six years, have yet to win a state title, but this could be their year.

“This team has been amazing!!” said Robinson. “We are working hard and really excited to compete this weekend. We are young and strong and have come a long way this season. The girls are fired up to finish strong with two big wins!!”

If the Broncos win on Friday, they will play in the state finals against the winner of Mattituck/Palmyra-Macedon on Saturday at 4:30 pm.

Track and Field

For a small school, Bronxville’s outdoor track and field team always has a big presence at states. Bronxville competes in the small school division (Division 2) at states, but often Bronxville athletes are competitive against larger schools, too.

This spring, Matt Rizzo is ranked No. 1 in the state in the 800m for both public and private schools of all sizes, and the girls’ 4x200m relay team, Eve Balseiro, Alisa Kanganis, Milly Koenig, and Sabrina Mellinghoff, just earned the top ranking among all New York State public schools at the Eastern States Invitational. The girls’ time in the 4x200m, 1:44.06, just set a new Bronxville School record.

The Bronxville 4x200m relay team takes first place at Easterns, breaking the Bronxville School record. Photo by David Ryan. 

In previous years, the first-place finisher at the state qualifiers was guaranteed a place at the state championship, but this year the rules were modified to also include those athletes who meet a super-qualifying time.

Under the new rules, if an athlete achieves a particular standard at any time during the season, the athlete automatically qualifies for the state meet provided he or she runs at the qualifying meet. This new rule gives more athletes a chance to compete at the state level.

Five Bronxville boys qualified for the New York State Championships: Matt Rizzo will compete in the 800m, Alex Rizzo will run in the 1600m, and Seamus Watters has qualified for two events, the 110m and the 400m hurdles. The Rizzo brothers along with Jack Kochansky and Tim McGrath will run in the 4x800m relay.

For the first time in many years, two Bronxville girls will compete in field events. Freshman Milly Koenig qualified for states in the long jump (16-03.75), and sophomore Jules Gravier qualified in the pole vault (9-06.00).

Milly Koenig, who won the long jump at the state qualifier meet. Photo by David Ryan. 

The Bronxville girls swept the relays at the state qualifiers. The 4x100m (Sabrina Mellinghoff, Milly Koenig, Alisa Kanganis, and Eve Balseiro), the 4x400m (Koenig, Ava Downs, Kanganis, and Balseiro) and the 4x800m (Natalie Weiner, Maeve Sullivan, Clio Dakolias, and Caroline Brashear) will also head to Middletown this weekend.

Balseiro won the 400m (57.64) at the Section 1 State Qualifiers and has a good chance to win a Division 2 title. Mellinghoff qualified for states by running a 25.76 in the 200m at Easterns.

Sabrina Mellinghoff wins the 200m at Easterns to qualify for states. Photo by David Ryan.

Although many of Bronxville’s top runners did not qualify for states, the Bronxville girls had strong performances this past weekend. Senior Emma Mandanas set a PR in the 1500m and broke the 5:00 barrier for the first time in her career despite being tripped 200m into the race. Senior Bella Dibbini ran a season-best time in the 800m (2:37.17) and placed third overall in the pentathlon, and senior Natalie Weiner had a season-best performance in the 3000m.

“Over the past two weeks, a number of seniors have run their final races in a Bronxville uniform,” noted Coach David Ryan. “Lyric Abbott, Gigi Chrappa, Andrea Shephard, Sophia Sulimirski, Emma Mandanas, and Bella Dibbini have been an integral part of the cross country and/or track teams over the past six years. All of these athletes will be greatly missed by their coaches and teammates.”


Liam Krall competing at states at the Billie Jean King Tennis Center. Photo by Chris Doyle. 

On a hot day at the Billie Jean King Tennis Center in Flushing, the top high school tennis players in New York competed for a state title. Bronxville’s Liam Krall advanced to the third round of play before losing 6-4, 6-2 to Peter Hatton from Jamesville-Dewitt. It is the second year in a row that Krall competed at the state tournament. The varsity tennis team finished the season 6-3 in league play and 6-6 overall.

Go Broncos.

Pictured at top (rotating): The Bronxville 4x200m relay team at Easterns (L to R): Sabrina Mellinghoff, Ava Downs, Alisa Kanganis, and Eve Balseiro (photo by David Ryan); the Bronxville girls’ lacrosse team after winning the regional final against Johnstown (photo by Jane Ircha). 





Broncos Win Multiple Sectional Titles: Girls’ Lacrosse, Boys’ Tennis, and Girls’ and Boys’ Track PDF Print Email


By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer

May 29, 2019: Bronxville High School athletes brought home multiple sectional championships last week.  The Bronco girls' lacrosse team won the Class D Sectional Championship with a decisive 18-3 victory over North Salem, the boys' and girls' track and field teams won Class C sectional titles, and junior Liam Krall won the Section 1 singles title in tennis.

Girls' Lacrosse


Lacrosse captains (L to R) Anneke Pulkkinen, Isabel Sondey, and Fiona Jones. Photo by Jane Ircha. 

The Bronco girls were the top seed in Class D and easily advanced to the sectional finals. No. 14 North Salem made it to the finals with upset victories over No. 2 Pleasantville and No. 3 Dobbs Ferry. In the Class D championship game last Wednesday, North Salem was the first to score, but shortly after that, the Broncos took charge and were up 14-1 by halftime.

Bronxville had nine different players score in the game, including Anneke Pulkkinen (4G), Isabel Sondey (4G), Hanna Bishop (3G, 4A), Kiki Tormey (2G), and Alex Doukas. Fiona Jones, Caroline Ircha, Jessie Sondey, and Grace McSherry had one goal apiece. Caitlin Mooney had five saves. Fiona Jones, who was named Player of the Game, won 13 of 16 draws in the first half.

The Broncos crushed Section 9’s Millbrook 16-1 in the sub-regional game yesterday and will play in the regional final against Section 2’s Johnstown on Friday at Mohonasen High School in Schenectady at 5:00 pm. The winner of the regional game will advance to the state semifinals at SUNY Cortland on June 7.


Liam Krall advanced to the finals of the Section 1 Championships last week after defeating Bronxville teammate Charlie Nordahl in the semis.  Krall won the sectional title with a victory over Keio's Ryo Sakai 6-4. 6-7(4), 10-1.

"It was a hard-fought match that ended just as the sun went down," said Coach Chris Doyle.  "Both players are friends and showed excellent sportsmanship in the match."

Krall, who placed third at states last year, will compete in the state tournament on Wednesday at the Bille Jean King Tennis Center in Flushing.

Liam Krall (R) defeated Ryo Sakai (L) to win the Section 1 singles title. Photo by Chris Doyle. 

Track and Field

The Bronco girls, always the top contender in Class C, won their 22nd consecutive sectional championship with 12 first- or second-place finishes in 17 events. Highlights of the meet included Jules Gravier’s first-place finish in the pole vault with a season’s best jump of 10-0, tying the Bronxville School record. Milly Koenig won the long jump with a season’s best performance of 17-5.5, breaking the previous record of 16-10, which was set by Julia Thaler in 2002. 

Also winning sectional titles were Eve Balseiro (200m, 400m and 4x100m), Natalie Weiner (3000m, 4x800m), Caroline Brashear (800m), Marielle Dibbini (high jump), Molly Palma (4x800m), Ava Black (4x800m), Emma Mandanas (4x800m), Sabrina Mellinghoff (4x100m), and Alisa Kanganis (4x100m). Koenig also won sectional titles in the 100m and the 4x100m.

The boys’ track and field team participated in 17 events, placing first or second in twelve. Winning sectional titles were Matt Rizzo (800m), Alex Rizzo (1600m), Seamus Watters (110m hurdles, 400m hurdles), and Eric Fleisig (pentathlon).

Eric Fleisig in the long jump. Photo by Charlotte Rizzo. 

Seamus Watters jumping over the hurdle at sectionals. Photo by Charlotte Rizzo. 


The Broncos advanced to the quarterfinals of sectionals with a 6-4 win over Irvington but fell to Albertus Magnus 10-3 last Wednesday. The team finished the season 14-8. Senior Zip Malley was named League Player of the Year and was also honored with All-Section recognition. Owen Jaquette received All-Section, Honorable Mention recognition, and Malley, Jaquette, Spencer Dessart, and Ethan Jaquette received All-League honors. 

Go Broncos.

Pictured at top (rotating): The Bronxville girls holding the Section 1 Class D Championship plaque (photo by Jane Ircha); the boys’ track and field team posing with the Section 1 Class C Championship plaque (photo by Charlotte Rizzo). 






Bronxville Boys’ Lacrosse Falls to Pleasantville in OT in Semifinal; Girls’ Lacrosse Advances to Finals and Baseball to Quarterfinals--Games Today PDF Print Email


By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer

May 22, 2019:  The Bronxville boys’ lacrosse team lost a hard-fought game to Pleasantville in the sectional semifinals on Monday. In the game played at Hayes Field, the No. 1 seeded Broncos fell behind early, trailing 6-1 at the half, but battled back in the second half, tying it up 10-10 with three minutes left. The game went into sudden-death overtime, and the defending state champion Panthers scored first to advance to the Class D Sectional Final. No. 4 Pleasantville will meet No. 2 Briarcliff on Thursday.

The Broncos in the semifinals at Hayes Field against Pleasantville. Photo by J. Murrer.

The 11-6 Broncos defeated Pleasantville during the regular season, but Class D Section 1 teams are top in the state. Of the four teams playing in the Section 1 Class D semifinals, Briarcliff is ranked No. 2, Bronxville No. 3, Pleasantville No. 5, and Haldane No. 13.

In the sectional quarterfinals, the Broncos defeated No. 9 Putnam Valley 13-5. The Tigers scored and the Broncos found themselves down 2-1 toward the end of the first quarter. Bronxville quickly adjusted and never looked back, winning 13-5. Top scorers were Nate Davis with five goals and Tim Murray with four goals and three assists. Goalie Marco Wimmershoff had eleven saves.

Bronxville and Briarcliff playing at Hayes Field on Friday. Photo by J. Murrer.

Girls’ Lacrosse

The top-seeded Bronxville girls’ lacrosse team will be playing in the Class D Championship today against No.14 North Salem. The game will be held at Fox Lane High School at 5:00 pm and will be broadcast live on @locallivenet.

The Bronco girls, who are currently ranked No. 1 in the state in Class D, entered the playoffs as the favorite. In the sectional quarterfinals, which were held at Hayes Field last Thursday, the Broncos defeated No. 9 Irvington 17-5. Top scorers in that game were Anneke Pulkkinen, Isabel Sondey, Hanna Bishop, and Kiki Tormey

The Broncos in the quarterfinal game against Irvington. Photo by J. Murrer.

In the semifinal game against No. 4 Briarcliff on Monday, the Broncos prevailed again, winning by a score of 18-9. Top scorers in that game were Hanna Bishop (5G), Anneke Pulkkinen (3G, 1A), Isabel Sondey (3G,3A), and Caroline Ircha (2G,1A). Goalie Caitlin Mooney and Olivia Shinsato each had two saves.

The Broncos in the semifinal game against the Bears. Photo by J. Murrer

North Salem advanced to the sectional finals by defeating No. 3 Dobbs Ferry in the quarterfinals and No. 2 Pleasantville 17-16 (OT) in the semis. The Broncos played the Tigers in late April, winning by a score of 18-8, but North Salem was missing top player Grace Curran, who has recently returned from an injury. 

Bronxville girls’ lacrosse had made it to the state tournament for many years and were the Class D state runner-up last year.


The Broncos finished the regular season with a win against Keio on Saturday and advanced to the first round of playoffs on Monday. Bronxville, the No. 3 seed, defeated No. 14 Irvington 6-4 in the first round of the Class B Sectionals playoffs.

Pitching for the Broncos was junior Owen Jaquette, who struck out five in six innings and had seven hits and two runs. Zip Malley pitched the seventh inning for the save and had two hits and two RBIs.

The 14-7 Broncos will play in the quarterfinals against No. 11 Albertus Magnus at Scout Field today at 4:30 pm. It is the first time in many years that the Bronxville baseball team has advanced to the second round of playoffs.

Pictured at top (in rotation): Bronxville vs. Putnam Valley in the sectional quarterfinals; Bronxville vs. Irvington in the sectional quarterfinals. Photos by J. Murrer. 






Bronco Girls' Sweep Relays at Westchester County Championships PDF Print Email


By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer

May 22, 2019:  Many members of the girls’ track and field team attended the Bronxville prom on Friday night, but it did not affect their performance on Saturday at the Westchester County Championships, where the Bronco girls swept all three relays.

Bronxville 4x100m relay team at the prom (L to R) Eve Balseiro, Alisa Kanganis, Milly Koenig, and Sabrina Mellinghoff. Photo courtesy David Ryan.

Eve Balseiro, Alisa Kanganis, Milly Koenig, and Sabrina Mellinghoff ran the 4x100m in 49.41, the second-fastest time ever for Bronxville. The 4x400m team (Kanganis, Ava Downs, Mellinghoff, and Balseiro) held off strong White Plains and New Rochelle teams to finish first in 4:03.19.

The 4 x 800m relay (Natalie Weiner, Maeve SullivanCaroline Brashear, and Clio Dakolias) had an exciting come from behind win. Dakolias came from 30m back to catch Ursuline for the victory. Her time is the fastest 800m split run by a Bronxville runner this year (2:17.77).

The New York State Championships will take place on June 7 and 8 in Middletown, but before that, the Broncos still have two meets left: The Class C Section 1 Championships on May 24 and the Section 1 State Qualifiers on May 30 and 31.

All three relay teams met the super standard at counties, which automatically qualifies them for the state championship. Eve Balseiro also qualified for states, running a super standard time in the 400m of 56.49 (No.2 all-time for Bronxville).

In field events, Jules Gravier placed second in the pole vault (9-0) and Milly Koenig placed second in the long jump in 16-8.25, a seven inch PR. 

Go Broncos.

Pictured at top:  The 4x100m relay team places first at counties.

Photo by David Ryan 






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