By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer
Oct. 18, 2017: Bronxville High School homecoming ended last Saturday night after a week of festivities and athletic contests. The Bronxville community showed its enthusiasm by coming out for the night games, and many families enjoyed Thursday's food truck night on Meadow Avenue. Click here to see the homecoming photo gallery.
Walter's food truck serving hot dogs in the Meadow Avenue parking lot. Photo by J. Murrer.
The highlight of the weekend was the official opening of the newly renovated Hayes Field, Bronxville's second turf field. School administrators, village officials, representatives from area youth leagues, and Athletic Council presidents were in attendance to celebrate the opening.
Opening ceremony at Hayes Field. Photo by S. Quinn DeJoy.
"The field is being used from sunup to sundown," said athletic director Karen Peterson. "We have over 700 elementary students using it for recess every day, our physical education classes K-12 are out there using the field, and our high school and middle school athletic teams are here in the afternoon. And then our community members get to use it in the evening and on the weekends."
"I have been playing on the field for the last two weeks, and it is just fantastic," said Athletic Council co-president Mac Crawford. "I can't wait for everyone in the town to come down and check it out."
The Hayes Field renovation includes a big blue wall, which will be used by lacrosse players of all levels to develop their stick skills.
"Wall ball is something very special to lacrosse," noted Scott Bacigalupo from Bronxville Youth Lacrosse Association. "We have been talking about the wall for 15 years and are thrilled to have it."
The lacrosse practice wall. Photo by J. Murrer.
Hayes Field is named after Hedwig Hayes, a longtime village resident who died in 1996 at the age of 90. Hayes left a generous donation to The Bronxville School Foundation, and the field was renovated in 1999. Her request specified that the field should touch the lives of as many students and community members as possible. The newly renovated Hayes Field will continue to carry out her wishes.
The Broncos, who spent much of the week practicing on Hayes Field, had great success at homecoming. For results of games and playoff news, see below.
Fans showing their support for the Broncos. Photo by J. Murrer.
Football: The Broncos end the regular season with a 3-4 record after losing 31-6 to Pleasantville on Saturday night. No. 8 Bronxville will play No. 1 Westlake in the Class B quarterfinals on Saturday, October 21.
Field Hockey: In the game on Thursday against Putnam Valley, the Broncos scored three and held the Tigers scoreless. Ava Austi, Caroline Brashear, and Andrea Shephard each scored for the Broncos. For the second week in a row, the Broncos (10-3-1) are ranked No. 7 in the LoHud Power Rankings, which includes all schools from Section 1. The Class C Broncos will start playoffs next week.
Boys' Soccer: On Friday evening, the Bronxville boys' soccer team defeated the Hamilton Red Raiders 4-1. The Broncos fell behind 1-0 in the first half but then rallied to score four unanswered goals. Cameron McKhann, Jimmy Gallo, Paul Magaud, and Henry Sheehan each scored for Bronxville, and Jeb Burnell had two assists. According to LoHud, the Broncos are ranked 5th in Class B behind Blind Brook, North Salem, Rye Neck, and Briarcliff. The playoff seeding meeting is today, and the first round will be played at the higher seed on October 20 at 3:00 pm.
Girls' Soccer: The Bronxville girls shut out Blind Brook 4-0 on Friday. Scoring for the Broncos were Catherine Faville (2), Ashley Toal, and Kunzang Namgyal. Rachael Peacock had two assists. Playoff seedings will be posted later today, and the first round is scheduled for Saturday, October 21.
Girls' Swimming: In the homecoming meet against Fox Lane, the Bronxville/Tuckahoe team came out on top, defeating the Foxes 95-75. Out of ten events, the Broncos finished first in five. Emily Gjertsen won the 200 IM and 500 free, and Caroline McGrath won the 100 butterfly. The Broncos also won the 200 free relay (Charlotte Yerkes, McGrath, Gjertsen, and Alisa Fominykh) and the 400 free relay (Julia Bazinet, McGrath, Fominykh, and Gjersten). The 4-4 Broncos will finish the regular season on Thursday with a meet against the combined team of Sleepy Hollow/Hastings/Edgemont/Irvington. Sectionals will take place on October 21 in Clarkstown.
Boys' Cross Country: The Bronco boys' team won the league championship last week, defeating Rye Neck, Edgemont, Keio, and Blind Brook. Six of the seven Bronxville varsity runners placed in the top ten: junior Alex Rizzo (1), junior Matt Rizzo (2), junior Tim McGrath (3), junior Ashton Smith (4), freshman Ethan Waggoner (7), and seventh-grader John Ryan (9).
Girls' Cross Country: The Bronxville girls' cross country team won the League 3B Championship last week, taking nine of the top ten places. The Bronxville girls have won the league championship every year for almost forty years. Natalie Weiner finished first in a time of 15:59.6 and was followed by a pack of Broncos who all finished within two seconds of each other: Patty Haggerty (3rd, 17:25), Molly Palma (4th), Avery Weiden (5th), Lyric Abbott (6th), Emma Mandanas (7th), Gigi Chrappa (8th), Olivia Scotti (9th), and Betsy Marshall (10th).
Girls' Tennis: Bronxville girls' tennis moved to the top of the LoHud Power Rankings last week with a 5-2 win over Ursuline. This week, Ava Bruno and Katherine Forst placed third in the conference doubles championship, and Eva Dani and Henriette Schmuck placed fourth. Both doubles teams qualified for sectionals this week. Lindsey Cruikshank, the only Bronxville singles player at conferences, made it all the way to the quarterfinals.
Pictured at top (rotating): Wednesday night featured a high school bonfire (photo by J. Murrer); Bronco fans at homecoming (photo by S. Quinn DeJoy); fans watching the football game from Field Court townhouses (photo by J. Murrer); the Kiefer family during player and parent introductions before the varsity soccer game (photo by J. Murrer).