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Bronxville Youth Rowers Kick-off a Strong Season PDF Print Email

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By Priscilla Johnson Bender

Oct. 16, 2019: After months of dedicated practice, Bronxville’s youth rowers kicked off the fall race season at the Head of the Riverfront Regatta in Hartford, CT. Seven young Bronxvillians rowing for Pelham Community Rowing Association (PCRA) participated in the regatta last Sunday, October 6th.

Sophie Klessel rowed in the Junior Women’s double. Her team finished 7th in a field of 18. Bronxville High School Junior, Tim Atkeson, rowed in both the Junior Men’s 1st Varsity 4+ and the Junior Men’s 1st Varsity 8+ finishing an outstanding 8th and 6th respectively, both in a crowded field of 31 boats.

Bronxville Freshman, Joseph Cutaia, also competed in the Junior Men’s 1st Varsity 4+ as coxswain finishing 24th in his first race leading a varsity boat.

Timothy Lockwood, Max Dicker, and Willem Bender, all Bronxville High School Freshmen, also competed in their first varsity race in the Junior Men’s 2nd Varsity 4+. They finished a respectable 17th on a highly competitive field of 26 boats. In the Novice division, Thomas Koester helped the Junior Men’s Novice 8+ pull to an excellent 6th place finish out of 28.

S. Klessel, J. Sondey, J Cutaia, T. Lockwood, W. Bender, T. Koester, T. Atkeson, M. Dicker, missing: K. Dicker

The young teammates practice 5-6 days a week rain or shine year-round under the guidance of Coaches Reid Johnson, Tom Marth, and Elizabeth Calder.

The Head of the Riverfront Regatta kicks off a busy season of races that will extend into November for the team. Rowers from clubs, high schools, and universities joined athletes in the masters, grand masters, and veteran divisions on the waters of the Connecticut River to test their skills and determination. The fall regattas are typically raced over a 5-kilometer course and feature hundreds to thousands of athletes from all over the Northeast.

Atkeson and Cutaia are looking forward to participating in the legendary Head of the Charles in Cambridge, Massachusetts in the coming weeks. While demanding mental focus, physical stamina, and skill, the teammates know they must always work in concert to achieve their best performance.

Photos courtesy Priscilla Benter


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 do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.









 
Bronxville School to Dedicate New Track to Hall of Fame Coach on October 12, 2019 PDF Print Email

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By Joanie Berkery and Linda Pagano, Bronxville PTA Athletic Council members
 
Oct. 9, 2019:  The Bronxville School is pleased to announce that the new track will be named the "James Owen Mitchell Track."  The Bronxville School and athletic community honor "Mitch" for his 41 years of coaching the girls cross country, indoor track and field, and outdoor track and field teams, and for the success and accomplishments of these athletes and teams. The dedication ceremony will take place on October 12th during halftime at the homecoming football game.  The game will take place on Chambers Field, starting at 6pm.
 
Jim Mitchell started coaching at the Bronxville School in the spring of 1979.  At that time, young women were just starting to be encouraged and assisted in the pursuit of amateur athletic activities.  In fact, before President Carter signed the Amateur Sports Act of 1978, women were prohibited from participating in some running events.  Coach Mitchell introduced the first girls cross country program in Bronxville and, in doing so, enabled his athletes to pursue these new avenues.

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Coach Mitch (B&W) in the beginning.  Photo courtesy of the Bronxville School

Coach Mitchell's female athletes and teams received impressive and abundant accolades. He coached 57 girls who earned 170 All-American honors and 14 girls who were named Con Edison Scholar-Athletes.  His teams won 41 consecutive League Championships and 37 Section 1 Titles for Outdoor Track and Field; 39 consecutive League Championships and 33 Section 1 Titles for Indoor Track and Field; and 38 consecutive League Championships, 30 Section 1 Titles, and 12 State Championships for cross country. Five relay teams won National Championships, one with a national record-setting time.
 
In 2007, Coach Mitchell was inducted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame, and in 2013 into the New York State Public High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

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Coach Mitch (with trophies) at a Cross Country Event.  Photo by Charlotte Rizzo

The league titles, section titles and state championships that followed were numerous.  What is equally remarkable is the number of runners who went on to compete collegiately. 

Coach Mitchell was far more than a coach.  He instilled in his athletes a love for running and competing and served as a beloved mentor.  Karen Peterson, Bronxville's Athletic Director, has great admiration for Coach Mitchell.
 
"I have had the pleasure of watching Mitch coach for the last 22 years. You will hear a lot about all of his championships, but what has always amazed me is that he made every runner feel special. He found a way for them to play a meaningful role on the team while they improved individually. His runners learned invaluable life lessons through running. This is such a well-deserved recognition."
 
Jim Agnello, who has been Bronxville's boys' varsity cross country coach for the past 20 years, described the honoree.
 
 "Jim Mitchell is the epitome of a selfless coach, colleague, and friend. He is a family man taking car rides with his wife JoAnn on Sundays after coaching six days a week for 51 years and raising his successful adult children Dana and Chris. He has served as a surrogate parent for thousands of athletes over the years, all of them affectionately calling him 'Mitch' or a demonstrative 'Mitchell.'  They simply love him."
 
Coach Agnello went on to say, "My most sincere thank you for being a superior role model for thousands of athletes and hundreds of coaches. You will be missed greatly. Your impact will continue for years to come."

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Coach "Mitch" with Runners (L to R) Katie Ryan, Delia Hayes, Mr. Jim Mitchell, Charlotte Rizzo and Courtney Campbell; photo by by Charlotte Rizzo

Coach Mitchell is a native of Brooklyn, N.Y. and attended Regis High School and Fordham University.  He coached the boys track team at Fordham from 1972-1978 and came to Bronxville High School in 1978 as a Latin teacher.  The following year, he began a coaching career that would span over forty years.  Coach Mitchell has been supported all of these years and seasons by his wife of 47 years, JoAnn, and his children Christopher and Dana, a Captain in the Marines.
 
In honor of all "Mitch" has accomplished and the number of athletes that have been impacted by his coaching, the Board of Education proclaimed on April 23, 2019, that the new Bronxville School track would be named the "James Owen Mitchell Track."

We congratulate Coach Mitchell on all of his accomplishments and take this opportunity to express our gratitude for his years of dedication and teaching.
 
Go Broncos!
 

Photo at top: Coach Mitch at his induction into the Hall of Fame in 2007

Photo by Charlotte Rizzo


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 do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.



 
Bronco Scores and Homecoming Games Preview: Football, Field Hockey, Girls’ Soccer and Boys’ Soccer PDF Print Email

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By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer

Oct 9, 2019:  Homecoming week is underway, and the turf teams will be playing on Chambers Field Thursday through Saturday evening. Below is a look at how the teams have fared so far this season.

Football (3-2)

The Broncos Varsity Football team will face Westlake (3-2) under the lights at Chambers Field at 6:00 PM on Saturday. Bronxville is currently ranked 4th out of 9 teams in Section 1, Class B. A win on Saturday would position the Broncos well to host a home playoff game on October 26th.

The Bronxville Broncos won an important league game against Nanuet on Saturday, defeating the Golden Knights 29-7. The defense held Nanuet to only one score and sacked the quarterback four times. Junior Will Murray had three receptions for 100 yards and a touchdown. Henry Donohue rushed for 85 yards and two TDs, threw for one TD, and led the team with seven tackles. 

 

The Broncos in the home game against Nanuet. Photo by Joe Villanueva. 

Field hockey (8-2-1)

The Girls Varsity Field Hockey team is the first to play under lights this week and will face Albertus Magnus on Thursday evening at 7 PM. They played the Falcons last Friday and came away with a 4-2 win. 

After suffering their second loss to Ursuline (2-0) last Wednesday, the team came roaring back to win three consecutive games against Valhalla (5-1), Albertus Magnus, and Putnam Valley in a 4-0 shut out. Sunday Ladas, Olivia Gunther, Holly Ungvary, and Julia Widen all scored in the Putnam Valley game. Grace McSherry had an assist, and goalie Caitlin Mooney had four saves.  

Bronxville and North Salem, the only two Class C teams in the Lohud Power Rankings, are ranked 7th and 8th, respectively. The Broncos defeated North Salem early in the season and will likely meet them again in playoffs. 

Girls’ soccer (10-2-1)

The girls’ soccer team will play Edgemont in their homecoming game on Friday at 7:15. In the game against Edgemont on Monday, the Broncos defeated the Panthers 2-1. 

The team suffered its second loss of the season to Pearl River (2-0) last Wednesday, but since then has gotten back on track and picked up three wins; a 2-0 victory over Blind Brook last Wednesday, a 3-2 overtime victory over Rye Neck on Saturday and the win over Edgemont on Monday.

In the Rye Neck game, Ashley Toal scored the game winner one minute into the first of two mandatory 10 minute overtime periods. In the game against Edgemont, Victoria Ruffo and Ashley Toal scored and Maeve Sullivan had an assist. Alex Doukas (14 points), Lily Jebejian (12) and Maeve Sullivan (8) lead the scoring for the Broncos so far this season. 

The girls’ soccer team is ranked No. 2 in Class B by LoHud and sits right behind No. 1 Pleasantville. The Broncos lost to the Panthers 1-0 in early September. 

Boys’ soccer (9-3-1)

The Boys’ Varsity Soccer team will face Edgemont in a league game on Friday at 5:15 on Chambers Field. In Bronxville’s previous game against Edgemont in late September, the Broncos shut out the Panthers 5-0.  

The Broncos have had a tough schedule this season, and the league, which includes Bronxville, Rye Neck, Blind Brook, and Edgemont, was just selected as the toughest league in Section 1. 

In the last week, the Broncos defeated Rye Neck 3-0 and The Leffell School (formerly Schechter) 7-0. In the Rye Neck game, Luke Freeman, Will Redman, and Eco Valdez scored one goal apiece. Theo Liao came up big with 8 saves in the game.

In the game against The Leffell School, multiple Broncos scored, including Henry Sheehan (2), Valdez, Austin Boyd, Ellis Goodson, Jimmy Gallo, and Jed Jodukil. Liao had two saves, and J.P. Swenson had four. 

Although the team defeated Briarcliff 4-1 earlier in the season, LoHud ranks the Bears No. 1 in Class B and Bronxville No. 2. Rye Neck is ranked third. 

Go Broncos!


Pictured at top in rotation:  The Broncos football team in the home game on Saturday against the Golden Knights. Photo by Joe Villanueva, (2) 
The shed that the Broncos field hockey team painted. Photo by J. Murrer, (3) & (4) Bronxville Field Hockey team in the game against Putnam Valley on Monday. Photos by David Fenner.


 
Food Truck Night, Bronco Apparel Sale, Sports Events and More at the Bronxville School This Week PDF Print Email

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By Joanie Berkery and Linda Pagano, Bronxville PTA Athletic Council members

Oct. 7, 2019:  Do not miss the remaining homecoming events this weekend brought to you by the Bronxville School Athletic Department and PTA Athletic Council. The Bronxville PTA Athletic Council’s 2019-2020 initiative, “Onward Broncos,” echoes the Bronxville fight song, Onward Broncos, On to Victory!  All Broncos, fans, faculty, and alumni are invited to celebrate our athletes on the field, in the pool, around the track, and on the courts.

Homecoming festivities started last week when the Bronco teams displayed their banners on the front lawn. The traditional Bronco parade and bonfire took place on Monday night.

Photo by Liz Doyle

The non-stop homecoming action continues tomorrow with Food Truck Night starting at 5:00 pm in the Meadow Avenue parking lot. Food Truck Night will feature a fantastic line up including Walter’s Hot Dog TruckRoad Grub MobileAbeetza PizzaJimmy’s Soft Serve Ice Cream Truck and the Crazy Taco Mex Truck.

We are rocking the announcer’s box all weekend long with an in-house DJ to entertain between plays, Broncos swag giveaways, bake sale, and amazing specialty foods. On Friday and Saturday, the Bronco Barn & Grill will be selling food that has been generously donated by local Broncos supporters. These supporters include Lange’s Delicatessen, Mini’s Prime Meats & Specialties, Nutmeg Cafe, Park Place Bagels, Scalini Osteria, and Bronxville’s Doukas family-owned Eastchester Odyssey Diner. 

Catch one of the games on Thursday and Friday night and all day Saturday. A special dedication ceremony for the legendary track coach, James Owen Mitchell, will take place on Saturday night at halftime of the varsity football game. The game starts at 6:00 pm.

The PTA Biannual Apparel Sale continues Thursday and Friday with opportunities to purchase your blue and grey gear on the front lawn from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm (rain location school Atrium at Meadow Avenue). A special selection of gear will be available for purchase near the Bronco Barn & Grill on Friday, 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm and Saturday, 12:30 – 8:30 pm. 

A huge Broncos’ thank you to the countless volunteers that make this week a huge success as we celebrate our school, and we celebrate our Community. 

A full schedule of Homecoming Week’s events including game times is posted on the Bronxville Athletics website

See below for dates, times, and locations in brief. 

Thursday, October 10th 

Girls Varsity Tennis vs. Hastings @ 4:15 pm Village Courts

Senior Introductions at 4:00 pm

JV Field Hockey vs. Albertus Magnus HS @ 5:15 pm Chambers Field

Varsity Field Hockey vs. Albertus Magnus HS @ 7:00 pm Chambers Field

Varsity Player and Parent Introductions at 6:45 pm

Food Truck Night 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm Meadow Avenue parking lot

Friday, October 11th 

Girls Varsity Swim & Dive vs. Westlake HS @ 4:30 pm Sarah Lawrence 

           Girls Varsity Swim & Dive Senior Introductions at 4:10 pm

Boys Varsity Soccer vs. Edgemont HS @ 5:15 pm Chambers Field

Varsity Player and Parent Introductions at 5:00 pm

Girls Varsity Soccer vs. Edgemont HS @ 7:15 pm Chambers Field

Varsity Player and Parent Introductions at 7:00 pm

Halftime Community Pep Rally All BXV Varsity Teams 

Saturday, October 12th 

All Day G/B Varsity Cross Country Manhattan College Invitational @ Van Cortlandt Park

Girls JV Soccer vs. Edgemont HS @12:30 pm Chambers Field

Boys JV Soccer vs. Edgemont HS @ 2:30 pm Chambers Field

Varsity Football vs. Westlake HS @ 6:00 pm Chambers Field

Varsity Player and Parent Introductions at 5:30 pm

Jim Mitchell Track Dedication Ceremony at halftime

Catch Homecoming Week fever! We invite you to join in the fun and excitement by coming to a Homecoming game or event as this spirited village tradition continues. 

Go Broncos!!! 


Pictured at top:  Bronco banners


Photo at top by L. Pagano


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 do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.

 

 
Homecoming Week Schedule: Varsity Games, Parade, Pep Rally, Food, Apparel PDF Print Email

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By Joanie Berkery and Linda Pagano, Members, Bronxville PTA Athletic Council      

Oct. 2, 2019:  The Bronxville School Athletic Department and PTA Athletic Council are proud to bring you Homecoming 2019. Bronxville PTA Athletic Council’s 2019-2020 initiative, Onward Broncos,” echoes the Bronxville fight song. "Onward Broncos, Onward into Victory!"

All Broncos, fans, faculty, and alumni are invited to celebrate our athletes on the field, in the pool, around the track, and on the courts. Just this past week, Broncos branding has been installed in the gym and on Chambers and Hayes Fields, continuing the Bronxville PTA Athletic Council’s branding initiative with spectacular effect. 

And thanks to the continued assistance of Mayor Mary Marvin and the generous support of the Bronxville Chamber of Commerce, our homecoming banners will be displayed throughout the village in our vibrant Bronxville business district. From the Bronxville feather flags and game night lights to the varsity parade of athletes and bonfire to the community pep rally and the countless volunteers that make this week a huge success, we celebrate our school and we celebrate our community.


Homecoming banner. Photo by Daryl Schnepp.


Broncos wall. Photo by Denise Finley.

The Bronxville School is pleased to announce that the new track will be named the James Owen Mitchell Track. We honor “Mitch” in light of his 41 years of coaching the girls' track teams. Please join the Bronxville community in a dedication ceremony during halftime of the varsity football game scheduled for Saturday, October 12, at 6:00 pm.

Don’t miss Food Truck Night, Thursday, October 10, from 5:00 to 9:00 pm in the Meadow Avenue parking lot featuring the Walter’s Hot Dog Truck, Road Grub Mobile, Abeetza Pizza, Jimmy’s Soft Serve Ice Cream Truck, and the Crazy Taco Mex Truck. Also open during the games is the Broncos Barn & Grill with specialty foods for the Friday and Saturday night games, generously donated by local Broncos supporters Lange’s Delicatessen, Mini’s Prime Meats & Specialties, Nutmeg Cafe, Park Place Bagels, Scalini Osteria, and Bronxville’s Doukas family-owned Eastchester Odyssey Diner. We would also like to thank Gino's Pizzeria and Pete's Park Place Tavern, who have also made contributions, and the PTA Athletic Council extends its sincerest thanks to all of its wonderful donors!

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Broncos Barn & Grill. Photo by Tricia Reilly. 

Broncos apparel will be available at the PTA Biannual Apparel Sale with opportunities to purchase your blue and gray gear all week long beginning Tuesday, October 8, on the front lawn from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm (rain location is the school atrium at Meadow Avenue). A special selection of gear will be available for purchase near the Broncos Barn & Grill on Friday from 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm and Saturday from 12:30 to 8:30 pm.

A full schedule of Homecoming Week’s events including game times is posted on the Athletic website:  www.bronxvilleathletics.com

See below for dates, times, and locations.

Monday, October 7

Girls' JV Tennis vs. Blind Brook @ 4:15 pm, Village Courts

Girls'/Boys' Varsity Cross Country League Championship @ 4:30 pm, Van Cortlandt Park

Tuesday, October 8

Girls' Varsity Volleyball vs. Ursuline @ 4:30 pm, Mount Vernon HS

Thursday, October 10

Girls' Varsity Tennis vs. Hastings @ 4:15 pm, Village Courts (Senior Introductions at 4:00 pm)

JV Field Hockey vs. Albertus Magnus HS @ 5:15 pm, Chambers Field

Varsity Field Hockey vs. Albertus Magnus HS @ 7:00 pm, Chambers Field

Varsity player and parent introductions at 6:45 pm

Food Truck Night, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Meadow Avenue parking lot

Friday, October 11

Girls' Varsity Swim & Dive vs. Westlake HS @ 4:30 pm, Sarah Lawrence (Girls' Varsity Swim & Dive Senior Introductions at 4:10 pm)

Boys' Varsity Soccer vs. Edgemont HS @ 5:15 pm, Chambers Field (Varsity Player and Parent Introductions at 5:00 pm)

Girls' Varsity Soccer vs. Edgemont HS @ 7:15 pm, Chambers Field (Varsity Player and Parent Introductions at 7:00 pm)

Halftime Community Pep Rally, All BXV Varsity Teams 

Saturday, October 12

All Day: Girls'/Boys' Varsity Cross Country Manhattan College Invitational @ Van Cortlandt Park

Girls' JV Soccer vs. Edgemont HS @12:30 pm, Chambers Field

Boys' JV Soccer vs. Edgemont HS @ 2:30 pm, Chambers Field

Varsity Football vs. Westlake HS @ 6:00 pm, Chambers Field

Varsity Player and Parent Introductions at 5:30 pm

Jim Mitchell Track Dedication Ceremony at halftime 

Catch Homecoming Week fever! We invite you to join in the fun and excitement by coming to a homecoming game or event as this spirited village tradition continues.

Go Broncos!

Pictured at top: Food Truck.

Photo by Anthony Vaglica

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 do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.


 
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