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Sports: Bosco’s Hockey Team Secures Second Seed in the Playoffs

by Eric Torres, Editor-In-Chief

Braves hockey continued their tradition of excellence, earning a first-round bye in the playoffs following a strong and tough regular season. 

This season, the Braves, participating in the Anaheim Ducks High School Hockey League (ADHSHL), posted a record of 10-5-2. Their 29 points, the third-most in the league, was not only enough to take the second seed in the playoffs, but also clinch a very important first-round bye.

Even more impressively, this was the Braves’ first full season in Division 1 of the ADHSHL. They entered this division following a Division 2 championship in the 2019-2020 season, which was their second in four seasons, with three championship games reached over that four-year span.

Despite earning the second seed, the Braves’ start to the year was rocky at best. The Braves started the season 1-3-0 after tough losses to Santa Margarita, Lutheran (Orange) and the Capistrano Coyotes. A tough schedule and new players, which meant a lack of chemistry at the beginning of the season, played a big role in the slow start. 

“Honestly, we started against the hardest teams, and we had a lot of new guys on the team, so we needed to get it together,” said senior goaltender Kevin Zamazal.

However, the Braves turned the season around. After that 1-3-0 start, the Braves won their next three en route to taking the next six out of seven. In the end, the Braves only lost two more games in regulation for the rest of the season.

“We played our system more, we didn’t just focus on one guy. We made better passes and got more chemistry,” said sophomore forward Patrik Cech.

Furthermore, in that three-game win streak, the Braves got revenge on both Santa Margarita, who currently holds the first seed in the playoffs, in a thrilling overtime win, as well as the Capistrano Coyotes, in a 6-1 blowout. Unlike the Trinity League, the ADHSHL has different divisions, meaning that there was no competition against teams like “The Team in Red” and Servite. Instead, the Braves have rivalries with teams such as these two.

“Santa Margarita is our rival because every time that we play, it is a very physical game, and it is very tight. There’s a lot of energy when we play,” said junior defenseman Tyler Gagnon.

In order for this type of season to take place, especially in a sport like hockey, contributions came from everywhere. Nichollas Nelson, from Downey High School, led the team with 16 points. Elsewhere, the Braves received a push from their underclassmen, with contributions from Patrik Cech, with twelve points, and freshman center Ty Izadi, who added five goals and four assists in only nine games played.

“Everyone played well. Patrik played well, and Ty Izadi played really well and got a good start for his freshman year,” said Kevin. 

Even with a top-three offense in the division, the defense also carried their weight. The Braves surrendered 58 goals in their 17 games played. With the offensive capabilities of the team, this figure is more than good enough for a top seed in the playoffs. Defensemen, such as Tyler Gagnon, stepped up to hold other teams at bay.

Finally, the goaltending completed a well-rounded team performance in the regular season. Kevin Zamazal posted a respectable .885 save percentage and averaged 3.28 goals against per game. 

“Kevin stood on his head the whole year. Everyone did their part and did what they were supposed to do,” said Ty.

In order to succeed in the playoffs, the Braves will need to play at their highest level, while also remembering the adjustments that put them in this spot. Although they hold the second seed, no team is to be overlooked, especially with the amount of time since the last game. Furthermore, a deep run could allow for the return of senior first-line defenseman Donovan Felton, who is currently sidelined with an ankle injury.

“We need to keep playing like a team and play it simple. We beat the good teams by playing simple and doing the easy stuff. We also need to take our chances,” said Kevin. 

This year, the Braves’ chances to win it all are at their highest. Beyond holding the second seed and a first-round bye, the Braves defeated every team that is on their side of the bracket already this year. Furthermore, due to the seeding, the two teams with the highest points in the division, Santa Margarita and St. Mary’s are seeded on the other half of the bracket. This means that the Braves will not face either team until the final, should they make it.

“We have a big chance to win. In the bracket, we are on the right side, and we have already beat all the teams on our side. If we play our system and we play well we should get into the finals,” said Patrik. 

Due to a first-round bye, Braves hockey does not play their first playoff game until March 10 at Anaheim Ice Rink, which will start at 6:30 P.M. They will face the winner of the matchup between Bellarmine Prep and Pacific Ridge School, with a trip to the semi-finals on the line.

News/Op-Ed: Russia Begins Invasion of Ukraine

by Nicholas Neoman

Russian troops have started to invade Ukraine’s borders, and for days on end, Ukraine has been under severe attack from the Russian invasion, forcing millions to flee major cities like Kyiv. 

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Russian President Vladimir Putin believes he is sending these troops as peacekeepers, backing separatist states in eastern Ukraine that want to break away from the democratic country. Hundreds of military caravans have started to fill out eastern Ukraine as the world now starts to speculate the dangers that this could impose. 

Putin has yet to state what the extent of this invasion is. While some believe that it is a tactic to weaken Ukraine and free some lands, others speculate that Russia wants to overthrow Ukraine’s government. Putin’s reasoning behind these attacks is to create the “demilitarization and denazification” of Ukraine. However, these claims have been proven to be utterly false as Ukraine’s president is Jewish and there is no report of mass genocide occurring in Ukraine.

Early Thursday morning, air raid sirens could be heard wailing in major cities of Ukraine. Russia deployed missiles to attack these cities. These attacks are believed to be the most life-threatening air attacks since World War II with the Nazi Blitzkrieg. It also could point to a possibility of war on the horizon for not just Ukraine but all of Europe.

Today Russian forces are growing closer to conquering Kyiv as the death toll rises. Millions were fleeing the city of Kyiv today as fears of more invasion, both aerial and ground, began to grow. 

Increasing Russian units continue to pour into Ukraine as more innocent civilians are forced out of their homes. The Ukrainian government is running wild, trying to find an area to put displaced citizens while trying to mount some form of defense against the Russian government.

The Kremlin issued statements saying Vladimir Putin would eventually reveal how long this invasion would occur and what the goal of this attack is. As the world waits to see what Russia does next, it is interesting to imagine what could occur as a result of these attacks. After World War II, NATO was created, where Western allies would fight for each other in the event of an attack. Ukraine is not a part of this NATO agreement, however. 

US President Joe Biden has stated that the United States would not be defending Ukraine in any physical skirmishes. Unless Russia continues its march through Eastern Europe and attacks Baltic nations in NATO, the United States would remain neutral. Other forces like the United Kingdom and France also follow this same sentiment. 

However, President Biden has created sanctions on Russia economically which includes blocks on technology and special rules and laws for Russian banks. The Biden administration believes that this will hurt the Russian economy both immediately and over time.

Historians speculate that Russia and China, two strong Communist countries, could form an alliance against the world. If these two nations ally together, the US and other democratic nations around the world may be forced into a total war. 

Ultimately, the world still waits to see what unfolds as Europe becomes a chessboard where Putin is the prime mover. Could Putin call off these attacks; or could Europe become the center of nuclear warfare? As of now, all that the world is able to do is to send prayers for those fleeing Ukraine in terror.

Life of a Brave: 21 Questions with New Digital Marketing Director, Ms. Megan Nash

by Sione Hala

This year, St. John Bosco is excited to welcome Ms. Megan Nash to the Brave Community.

Photo by Bo Visty, Assistant Photo Editor

Q. Where did you spend most of your childhood?

A. I grew up here in Los Angeles. I’m from Manhattan Beach, in the South Bay.

Q. Where did you attend high school and college?

A. I went to high school at Notre Dame Academy in West Los Angeles. It’s an all-girls high school, and I went to Loyola Marymount for college.

Q. What event in your life made you decide to become who you are today?

A. I grew up in a household where my dad is a Certified Public Accountant, and my mom is an artist. She’s a painter. From a young age, the duality of business and creativity were instilled in me, so marketing is a blend of both. I studied business at Loyola Marymount University and loved my marketing classes.

Q. What was your first job?

A. I played volleyball at LMU, so my first job was an assistant coach at Occidental College for their volleyball program.

Q. What do you contribute here at Bosco? 

A. I’m the Director of Digital Marketing and social media, so I work on the website, anything that touches the brand and the marketing of the school.

Q. Did you work at a different high school previously?

A. I didn’t do this in my first high school. However, I spent ten years in the entertainment industry before this, working on movies.

Q. How is the entertainment industry?

A. After I did the coaching job, I ended up interning for a company that distributed independent films, a lot of art house movies, documentaries and things like that. I learned how to market and sell independent films, and I worked ten years for that company, and I bounced around other companies such as Sony.”

Q. What was your dream job growing up as a kid?

A. As a kid, I wanted to be a professional beach volleyball player of course. I also wanted to be a teacher.”

Q. Have you always seen yourself in a school environment?

A. Yes. I was always interested in being in a school environment. I’ve always loved school. I love the learning environment and things like that, it was a place where I felt fulfilled.

Q. How did you arrive at Bosco?

A. I applied and luckily got an interview. A lot of my background, having gone to an all-girls high school, being from Los Angeles, an athlete to working in marketing all lined up and it worked out.

Q. How has Bosco been? Do you like it so far?

A. It’s been great! I’m loving it here. Everything that I read online and that I heard from people is true. So that is really awesome. The people here are welcoming and kind. There are a million creative opportunities here, so it’s exciting.

Q. What is an accomplishment you are most proud of?

A. I’m proud of earning a Division I scholarship and playing the sport that I love. I’m proud of the work I did for ten years in the entertainment industry and having the courage to switch industries. I’m proud of the work I’ve done here so far and look forward to much more to come.

Q. Was the transition from the entertainment industry hard for you?

A. Yes, it’s always challenging to make a huge transition like that.

Q. Did you play any sports? If so, did you ever think of becoming a professional?

A. I played most sports growing up but once I got to high school, I narrowed it down to volleyball.

Q. What was your favorite sports team growing up?

A. I loved basketball and the Lakers. UCLA football was a team my family always rooted for.

Q. Do you have any pets, and if so, how long have you been an owner?

A. No, but I have a lot of plants.

Q. What type of plants do you have?

A. I have about ten houseplants that I adore. I have a lot of greenery in my house.

Q. What’s your favorite color and why?

A. I love green. It makes me feel good.

Q. How do you like to spend your free time? 

A. I live by the beach. I love the beach. I love to play beach volleyball whenever I can, and I also love to read and write. I enjoy photography as well.

Q. What’s something you would tell your younger self?

A. You don’t need to figure everything out right now, everything eventually connects. Follow your gut and you’ll know the way.

Q. What piece of advice did you get when you were younger that you never forgot?

A. There was a book that I had to read when I was playing volleyball at LMU. It’s called The Talent Code. Reading that book and talking about it with the coaches changed my life and my view on talent. It basically said that there’s a number of factors that account for why someone is so talented and successful at what they do, but if you spend ten thousand intentional, dedicated hours at something, you will be very good at it.

Around Bosco: Celebrating the Life and Service of Mr. Monty McDermott

by Eric Torres, Editor-In-Chief

Last Friday, the Brave community gathered to celebrate and remember the life of the ultimate Brave, Mr. Monty McDermott, class of 1986.

Photo by Bo Visty, Assistant Photo Editor

Fittingly, the funeral took place in Panish Family Stadium, a large symbol of the culture that Mr. McDermott instilled, especially in the area of athletics. 

As a reminder of who Mr. McDermott was, and what he valued, the stadium was filled with Bosco alumni, from past teachers to old friends and family of Mr. McDermott. 

The service began with a rendition of the song “Beth” by the American rock band Kiss, who Mr. McDermott was a noted superfan. The music was played by theater instructors Mr. Martin Lang, Tim McNalley, James Flaherty and Marco Soronio, who in addition played the music for the rest of the mass, with a rock twist. 

Furthermore, the speakers who participated in the mass were a well-chosen list of Bosco and St. Joseph alumni, both students and teachers, who either had a strong connection with Mr. McDermott or are a member of his department. These speakers included religious studies teacher and football coach Mr. Joseph Griffin, class of 1975, Director of Football Operations Mrs. Jessie Christensen, St. Joseph class of 1989, former golf coach and former religious studies teacher Mr. Jack Hastert, class of 1970, football player Jairus Satele, baseball player Jake Ellison and cross country runner Chris Chavez, all class of 2022.  

In addition, gifts, which encapsulated the Salesian man of faith that Mr. McDermott was, were presented to the altar. These gifts included each aspect of St. John Bosco’s Oratory model, as well as Mr. McDermott’s Varsity Jacket and rings. Gift bearers included Mrs. Jeanne Pantuso, St. Joseph class of 1978, his son, Monty McDermott Jr., football coach Mr. Jon Hall, his nephew, Daniel de la Cuerva, class of 2004, sister Carrie Ruffalo, St. Joseph class of 1982 and sister Marnie Woods, St. Joseph class of 1983. 

An electrifying rendition of “Dream On” by the band set the stage for the eulogies, which were given by both football head coach Jason Negro, class of 2004, and Daniel de la Cuerva. 

One consistent throughout both eulogies was how much Mr. McDermott loved the school he served, in many capacities, for 29 years. 

“Rarely not in Bosco athletic shorts and t-shirts at holidays, he would proudly brag and boast about his beloved Bosco Braves. He would tell us about each student-athlete and where they were going to play sports. He loved and was so proud of the young men,” said de la Cuerva. 

Beyond his vast successes in the athletic department, Mr. McDermott was widely admired as an all-around great man, a man of integrity, humility and understanding, qualities that made him the excellent leader that he was. He was even recognized as such by CIF, winning the CIF Champion for Character Award in 2007.

“When I think about the genuine characteristics that made Monty who he was as a leader in our department, I always admire his humility and his unwavering integrity. Monty also took great pride in being a learner. He wanted to improve his skill set so he could better serve his coaches,” said Coach Negro.

Finally, nothing sums up the vast range of responsibilities held by Mr. McDermott, especially in such a role as the athletic director. 

“Monty and I would talk privately a lot about the responsibilities we carry and the roles that we have here at Bosco. How challenging it must be to be a mentor of young people, win games on the field, manage the expectations of the alumni, recognize the efforts of the teachers and staff in the classroom and most importantly, be true ambassadors of Don Bosco and the Salesians each and every day,” said Coach Negro.

Yet, Monty seemed to handle each of these tasks with ease. In learning and carrying on the traditions of St. John Bosco High School, he ushered in a new generation of Bosco culture, within and outside of athletics. 

The service concluded in true Monty fashion, with the playing of the song “Home Sweet Home” by American heavy metal band Motley Crue. 

To support Mr. McDermott and his family, contributions can be made to the Monty McDermott Memorial & Athletic Fund.

Sports: Rams Capture Elusive Second Super Bowl in Thrilling 23-20 Victory over the Cincinnati Bengals

by Aydn Morris

Despite the many hardships and adversity faced by the Rams, they overcame it all in dramatic fashion to capture the Super Bowl LVI title on their home field.

The Rams began the game in outstanding fashion, taking a 13-10 lead into halftime. Everything was looking promising for them, until star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. suffered a huge non-contact knee injury.

Beckham started the game off with a dominant performance that had the potential to evolve into one that was worthy the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player award. At the time of the injury, he had two catches for 52 yards and a touchdown. However, this is not the first time Beckham has dealt with knee injuries in his career, as he suffered an ACL tear last year.

Although the loss of Beckham put a huge strain on the Rams offense, the team bounced back, showing why they deserved to be Super Bowl champions this year. 

With the loss of Beckham, all of the pressure was set on quarterback Matthew Stafford, wide receiver Cooper Kupp and the defense for the Rams in the second half. This injury, combined with the powerhouse offense already suffering many key injuries, such as those to wide receiver Robert woods and tight end Tyler Higbee, the defense was the x-factor for the Rams. 

The second half did not start off great for the Rams on both ends of the ball, as on the first play of the half, Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow threw a touchdown to wide receiver Tee Higgins for 75 yards over Rams star cornerback Jalen Ramsey. Although it resulted in a touchdown, there was a very controversial no-call on that play, as Tee Higgins pulled Ramsey to the floor to get open.

This resulted in the Bengals gaining a 17-13 lead over the Rams, where it only got worse for the Rams. Ten seconds later, Stafford threw an interception, deflecting of the hands of rookie wide receiver Ben Skowronek, giving the Bengals great field position on the Rams’ 31-yard line.  

It did not seem like any of the receivers for the Rams wanted to step up in the second half besides the Offensive Player of the Year Cooper Kupp. Kupp showed why he deserved the Offensive Player of the Year award, as he had eight receptions for 92 yards and a key carry on a crucial fourth down conversion on the final drive. 

Kupp and Stafford combined for one of the best, if not the best, fourth quarter offensive drives in Super Bowl history. The drive was a total of 15 plays, for 72 yards and left only 1:25 seconds on the clock for the Bengals. Fittingly, the drive ended with Kupp catching a 1-yard touchdown, his second of the game, following a controversial hold on the Bengals. This drive capped off an overall star performance from Kupp, which earned him the Super Bowl MVP.

Although the Bengals still had little over a minute left in the game with two timeouts, the Rams star-studded defense shut down any hope of a game-tying or game-winning drive. Three-time Defensive Player of the Year defensive tackle Aaron Donald made two key plays at the end of the drive. The first, on 3rd & 1 he stopped he stopped the rush, and on fourth down, he forced Burrow into an incompletion, clinching the victory for the Rams.

Aaron Donald may not have been seriously effective during the start of the game, but he will always have some impact at the end of the game, like he did in the NFC Championship game against the San Francisco 49ers. This playoff run may have cemented Donald’s legacy as one of the greatest defensive players of all time. 

Every Super Bowl always leads to emotions for both teams, but this one had a different type of emotional set to it, as players such as Beckham and Stafford won after spending years playing for struggling franchises. Also, players such as Donald, Kupp and Ramsey got their first ring after years of heartbreaking playoff losses. 

There were also many post-game celebrations, such as safety Taylor Rapp proposing to his fiancé during the celebration and wide receiver Van Jefferson rushing to the hospital to celebrate the birth of his second child.

Overall, the season for the Rams, who had gone all-in to win a Super Bowl, was a complete success, and they hope to get many of their injured players back and healthy to try to repeat next season.

Life of a Brave: Guide to a Wonderful Valentine’s Day

by Ethan Gibbs

This Valentine’s Day, there are a variety of different places and activities to try out for couples in the Los Angeles area, including restaurants, nature walks and more.


For an extraordinary breakfast and coffee, go to Culver City Super Domestic Coffee. This amazing coffee shop is located at, 10054 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232. It has a great selection of different coffee blends and a delicious assortment of pastries. 


Nearing lunchtime, Pieloon is an amazing old-school, country diner-like destination that serves favorites such as steaks, omelets and sandwiches. This diner is in Downey and is known for its great prices and mouth-watering pies. Pieloon has been supporting the hungry mouths of Downey for over 30 years. They will take reservations, walk-ins, Take Out, Catering and Waiter Service. The diner is located at, 10822 Lakewood Blvd. Downey, California 90241 

Aquarium Of the Pacific:

In Long Beach, The Aquarium of the Pacific is a public aquarium that is on a 5-acre lot on Rainbow Harbor. In the aquarium, you will find Pacific Visions, Shark Lagoon, Sea, Otter Habitat, June Keyes Penguin Habitat, and Lorikeet Forest. You may explore the new Pacific Visions wing to see an immersive theater, interactive art installations, fascinating multimedia displays, numerous new live animal exhibits and as well as outstanding live animal exhibits. Not only that but, The Long Beach Convention Center, Shoreline Village and the Queen Mary Hotel and Attraction are all located just across the lake. This fascinating place along with the many great areas near it is located at, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802.

Nature Walk:

If you are looking for more of an adventure you should head over to the El Dorado Nature Center. The Nature Center grounds, which cover 105 acres, provide a safe haven for animals and plants. A quarter-mile paved track and two miles of dirt trails make their way around two lakes, a stream and forested areas. When you arrive, cross the wooden bridge that spans the lake at the entry to arrive on a tiny island where the Visitor Center is located. This nature walk is located at, 7550 E Spring St, Long Beach, CA 90815.

Gondola Getaway:

Another fun activity that is always a great time is the Gondola Getaway In Naples Long Beach with the goal of restoring the Gondola’s old-world elegance to the waterways of the Naples Islands. Some of the perks you would receive are up to 6 people in a personal boat, Professional Gondolier, Free Corkage, Completely Private Boat, Complementary photo, Ice buckets and cups and Cozy blankets that are provided. This is a great, romantically calm activity where someone can appreciate their partner and enjoy their time floating in the canals of Naples. This getaway is located at, 5437 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90803

South Coast Plaza:

The South Coast Plaza is a shopping mall in Costa Mesa, California that includes all types of fashion and luxury stores, leading jewelers, current brands and sought-after home furnishings store owners are all part of the shopping and eating assortment at the mall. It is the largest shopping center on the West Coast of the United States and holds 250 boutiques and 30 restaurants. 


Now for dinner, a couple can head over to Spaghettini in Seal Beach. This Italian restaurant is known for its amazing entertainment and great service. This restaurant is Serving Northern Italian dishes with a beautiful dining room and live contemporary jazz. Though if this is not what the couple is interested in, another option is Benihana in Newport Beach. Benihana is a restaurant well known for its style of cooking food. It is a Hibachi chain that serves Japanese dishes grilled right in front of the customer by theatrical chefs. The customer can see their food made in front of them with the server entertaining them with jokes and tricks to make their wait more enjoyable. This amazing restaurant is located at, 4250 Birch St, Newport Beach, CA 92660. 

Drive-In Movie:

The Electric Dusk Drive-In is a great way for a couple to get cozy in their car while watching a movie on a big screen. This attraction is located in Glendale at, 236 N Central Ave, Glendale, CA 91203.

 Another Drive-in location is right next to St. John Bosco at, 7770 Rosecrans Ave, Paramount, CA 90723. There, a couple can see movies such as Scream, Moonfall, Jackass and The Notebook.

Santa Monica Pier:

To end your night, the couple should make their way to the Santa Monica Pier. The Santa Monica pier is two piers joined together on the base of Colorado Avenue. The pier includes a small amusement park, concession stands, snack shacks and areas for views and fishing. There, a couple can stroll down the Pier and take in the amazing views while listening to the breaking waves and feeling the seaside wind. There’s something for everyone there and overall, it is an amazing experience. This pier is located at, 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401.

Sports: Bosco Basketball Rolling Into CIF Playoffs

by Aeden Alexander, Sports Editor

The St. John Bosco basketball team wrapped up their season, and now turn toward the CIF division one playoffs, where they will face off in round one against Culver City High School.

Photo by Alex Diaz, Photo Editor

The Braves had yet another great year, finishing off with an overall record of 19-8. This resulted in a third-place finish in Trinity League play with a record of 6-3, getting themselves another opportunity at a CIF Championship.

This year for Bosco wasn’t all rainbows and sunshine; it was filled with highs and lows. There were critical moments this season where it looked like the Braves were one of the best in the state, as well as some games where they struggled to find their footing.

They started off the year hot, winning twelve of their first 14 games. But after that, their first roadblock hit them. Right before Trinity League games began Bosco would go on to lose four in a row including their first league matchup with JSerra.

They then got a glimpse of light as they beat Orange Lutheran, but quickly got knocked off their feet losing a crucial game to Santa Margarita on a game-winning buzzer beater shot in overtime. 

But, like always, the Braves didn’t give up, winning two in a row, though they ended up losing a tough game to their league rival, “Team in Red.” With four games remaining in the year, the playoffs were not guaranteed and they needed something to pick their spirits up. They found a spark after senior forward, Christian Estrada hit a game-clinching half-court hook shot. The Braves would then go on and win the last four games clinching them a spot in the playoffs.

“I am proud of where we are at right now. We definitely had some ups and some downs, but we are playing really well at the end. I’m proud of the guys. It’s our year with COVID and all those kinds of things, and we’ve pushed through a lot of adversity. That says a lot to me about this group of guys,” said Head Basketball Coach Matt Dunn.

In recent years, Bosco basketball has played in the CIF Open Division playoffs. But this year, they scrapped to get a spot and ended up being placed in division one playoffs instead.

“Well, the huge difference with division one is if you lose you’re done. So in the Open Division, you get a little cushion and when it comes down to preparing there isn’t really any difference, but there is that feeling of knowing there is no guarantee,” said Coach Dunn.

This season the Braves have had three great leaders, which led them to victory multiple times. Sophomore guard Jack Turner was a standout taking a big leadership role and leading the team in points per game, averaging an astounding 15.6 points. Turner hit many big shots to give the Braves a chance in every game night in and night out.

Not far behind is the “X-factor” for this Braves team, senior Christian Estrada, who averaged 14.3 points per game and led the team in rebounding with 9.3 boards per game. Estrada has always been known to be one of the top players for the Braves and has always been highly respected.

“For these playoffs, we are going to have to stay mentally focused, paying attention to the little things. For example with communicating and supporting each other,” said Estrada. 

The third player to round up the Braves’ trio of leaders is senior point guard D.J. Henry. Henry led the team in assists per game but got hurt toward the end of the season. He is looking to get healthy to win a ring in his final season.

On Friday the Braves will face off against a solid Culver City team who finished 14-7 and second in their league. This will be no cakewalk for the Braves, so they must bring their best game.

“Heading into this game, we need to continue playing well and doing the things we are good at. We have been rebounding and shooting the ball well so we just need to keep doing that, as well as passing the ball around getting everyone involved,” said Turner.

The Braves had many games this season where they think they should have won, and they feel as though these losses might have been because they didn’t take care of the little things. But when the Braves are at their best, they do all the little things correct like grabbing rebounds and boxing out.

This game for the Braves won’t be looked at any different than their others. Their goal stays the same, come in and win by playing hard nose basketball.

“This game is no different, we have been preparing for this game exactly how we prepared for every other game and that’s what will lead us to success,” said Estrada.

The Bosco Braves will tip off at Culver City High School tonight at 7 p.m.

Sports: Bosco Wrestling Sets Sights on State Title After Dominant Season

By Andrew Fierro, Managing Editor

After an incredible season, St. John Bosco wrestling now looks to individual tournaments, as the wrestlers prepare for the CIF, masters and the state championship.

Photo by Bosco Wrestling (@SJBwrestling)/Twitter

After a long and hard season, the Bosco wrestling team came out as Trinity League champions and finished the season with triumph. Though the season for the team may be over, for the individual wrestlers, it is just beginning. Now, each wrestler will turn his focus to the three tournaments that will determine the 2022 state champion for each weight class.

Going into these tournaments, Braves wrestling program looks to make a statement, as many wrestlers are going in well prepared and extremely focused. Each wrestler going into these tournaments wants to win, and they each know exactly how hard they must work in order to accomplish this goal. Though luckily for these wrestlers at St. John Bosco, hard work is a point of emphasis, and all of the wrestlers going into competition will be ready for what’s in store.

One great example of hard work and dedication is demonstrated by senior Oscar Aranda. He worked hard his entire life leading up until this moment, and he now looks to win a state championship. He knows that there is nothing left for him to do but go out there, wrestle and leave it all on the mat.

“I feel as though I have nothing to lose. I plan on letting it fly, as my coach would say, in these next few tournaments,” said Oscar.

Though he and the rest of the wrestling team may have put in all the work necessary to compete well at these tournaments, it does not take away from the fact that the competition they will be facing is some of the toughest in the nation. For these wrestlers, working hard doesn’t stop on the mat, as they have to make changes to their lifestyle away from practice in order to stay on top of their game going into competition.

“I will change my diet and eat healthier foods. I cut out most sugary drinks and drink lots and lots of water. When practicing, I start to slow the flow of the drilling down. Lastly, I focus on one match at a time,” said Oscar.

Going forward, there is nothing but confidence from the team as each wrestler believes that they can accomplish what they want if they put their effort into it. Though the competition is high, the talent in the wrestling program mixed with the incredible amount of preparation that they put in makes it so that Bosco wrestling has a great chance every year of creating state champions.

“I believe that our energy and all the hard work we have been putting in will allow us to be successful in our tournaments to come. I believe that my whole team has the capability of winning a state title,” said Aranda.

Fellow wrestler, junior Nicco Ruiz, also feels that the team is in a great spot to succeed going into these tournaments. Not only does the team already reflect a strong contender, but they are consistently improving as well.

“I believe that the Bosco team is going to do great. We keep getting better every day,” said Nicco.

Though this may be an exciting time for each wrestler, it is also very difficult for many of the seniors who know this will be their last time wrestling for the program. Even though many of them go on to have prestigious college wrestling careers, leaving St. John Bosco is a big step that is hard for many of the athletes. The same is the case for senior wrestler Abraham Galicia.

“Obviously I’m sad that these are my last couple of tournaments for high school, but I am going to continue wrestling in college so I’m excited for that,” said Abraham.

The wrestlers will be competing this weekend, in the CIF tournament where the top five will move onto the masters, and the top nine from masters will then move on to wrestle for a state championship.

Life of a Brave: Unsung Hero, Athletic Trainer and Teacher Mr. Coreyon Edwards

by Matthew Parsons and Sione Hala

Through thick and thin, Mr. Edwards serves the Brave community in many ways, doing his best to give the best possible experience to the athletes and students under his care.

Photo by Alex Diaz, Photo Editor

Hailing from Compton, California, Mr. Edwards moved around a lot as a child. He bounced between the houses of his mother and father, which, although caused him grief as a child, allowed him to become the family person he is now, and greatly value his familial relationships.  

As a child, Mr. Edwards’ most impactful hobbies were his love of LEGOs and athletics. He played a variety of sports such as football, basketball and baseball, but his main priority was always football, which he played up until his senior year of high school. As a child he had always been a winner, as he acquired four championships in his youth football career. 

Mr. Edwards attended Starr King Elementary School in Long Beach, and for his high school years, Mr. Edwards moved north to Palmdale, to attend William J (Pete) Knight High School. Even though Mr. Edwards originally wasn’t a fan of this move he now finds himself understanding the decision to do so.

“I was away from all my family in Los Angeles. It caused more tension because I was living there with my mom, away from all my other family. But I definitely think it was a good decision overall. Not going to high school in Compton gave me a little bit more opportunity and helped me avoid some traumatic things that others I know went through,” said Mr. Edwards.

After graduating from high school, Mr. Edwards attended Fresno State University to get his undergraduate degree. Following that, Mr. Edwards decided to get his master’s degree in an online program from California University of Pennsylvania.

Becoming an athletic trainer wasn’t the first career choice for Mr. Edwards. As a child, he wanted to be a marine biologist, but as he grew up, he chose between being an architect, stemming from his love of LEGOs, or athletic training. Eventually his love for sports won over, and he set his eyes on athletic training. 

“I wanted to help find a way to save our oceans, but then I realized that I’m not a fan of being out there in the open sea,” said Mr. Edwards

Mr. Edwards’ idea for becoming an athletic trainer also stems from a particular experience he had as a junior in high school. During a wrestling practice he dislocated his shoulder, but there was no one there that was able to help him. Eventually, his coach came over and helped him put it into place, but the incident sparked his desire to be the person who can be there for others when they’re hurt and need help.

It is a tough job, but Mr. Edwards loves it. As an athletic trainer, he has a wide range of experiences that most people will never have.

“It’s been pretty crazy. I’ve worked with almost every possible sport, from badminton to lacrosse, and from any level, youth to Olympic. It’s been an amazing journey. I love it. Every day is different, and it’s a huge network,” said Mr. Edwards.

Eventually, Mr. Edwards’ path led him to Bosco. He had always known about Bosco due to him being very involved in athletics as a high school student, but he never seeked out anything at Bosco. Prior to his arrival at Bosco, he was an athletic trainer at Jordan High School in Long Beach. However due to Ms. Melody Mohebbi, Bosco’s head athletic trainer, leaving for a conference, he received a request to cover a baseball doubleheader at Bosco. At the games, the coaches told him that he did an excellent job. Then, Ms. Mel asked him to come along as an athletic trainer at Bosco to help lighten the load on her shoulders.

“He’s a dedicated and smart man who really saved my life from day one. We work as a team, and that’s why we’re really good,” said Ms. Mel.

Currently, Mr. Edwards holds a great deal of responsibility on campus.

“I’m here in my fifth year. I’m teaching five classes and covering a lot of the sports here. My roles have definitely grown exponentially. I still love what I do, but it’s definitely a lot more draining. But that’s a part of growing into careers, gaining more responsibility as people become more confident in your skills,” said Mr. Edwards.

Mr. Edwards is a very loved and highly respected trainer by all students and athletes at Bosco and beyond.

“He makes it (Bosco) a safe and comfortable environment, and he makes it feel like a personal interaction,” said sophomore Grant Hidalgo-Villanueva.

Not only is Mr. Edwards a great trainer, but he is also a great teacher. Along with Ms. Mel, they teach the students of the Sports Medicine Pathway. By Ms. Mel’s own admission, she praises his teaching ability as better than her own.

“Mr. Edwards helped me learn in a relevant and meaningful way. He made learning in the course both easy and fun. To this day, I can go to Mr. Edwards for help, and he would be able to help me with anything I need,” said senior Michael Carbone, a senior in the Sports Medicine pathway.

Mr. Edwards doesn’t exclusively work at Bosco either. He picks up Emergency Medical Technician shifts on some nights and the weekends, while also serving as an athletic trainer for USA Water Polo.

“Every month, I’ll probably take one or two trips traveling to different states with the USA Water Polo team. I get to see where Olympians train. It’s an amazing experience,” said Mr. Edwards.

Mr. Edwards is very fond of the Bosco community, and he describes it as a special place for all those who attend.

“There’s a real sense of family. That’s a lot different than a lot of other schools I’ve worked for. In this place, people are so well connected with each other and are very tight knit. A lot of people think of it as a second home,” said Mr. Edwards.

Of course, being an athletic trainer, he needs to be very up close and personal with others, so COVID-19 changed his life and experience as a trainer a great deal. It’s hard for him to be as personable as he would like, and as is needed, he takes more precautions to do his job safely.

Mr. Edwards is an honorable trainer. Although he went through a lot growing up, he proved it didn’t faze him. Mr. Edwards is dedicated to the Brave community, and the work ethic he developed allows him carry on the many tasks that he is responsible for, which make Bosco a far better place.

Around Bosco: Brave Teachers Defeat Students in Thrilling 3v3 Tournament

by Aydn Morris

In Bosco’s Winter Spirit Week’s 3v3 basketball tournament, both teachers and students enjoyed friendly competition, with the teachers coming out on top.

Photo by Bo Visty, Assistant Photo Editor

In the 16-team tournament, the Long Beach Dawgs came with the win, following two huge back-to-back victories against Bosco Baseball and Wavy Navy in the championship game. For winning the tournament, the Dawgs’ players received a $40 Nike gift card for their effort. The Dawgs team consisted of basketball coach Michael Bartelt, history teacher and former baseball coach Mr. Mario Cordero, water polo head coach and Olympic Hall-of-famer Mr. Jeff Powers and basketball coach Ms. Allegra Weinstein. 

Photo by Bo Visty

Mr. Cordero randomly selected the team to participate in tournament.

“I clicked the link to sign up for the 3v3 tournament, and put down myself, Powers, Bartelt and Weinstein, and they didn’t even know until I sent them a screenshot saying ‘Congratulations, you’re on the LB Dawgs,’” said Mr. Cordero.

Due to this random selection, some Dawgs players were not ready to play, which gave them some trouble throughout the tournament. 

The trouble came from multiple situations, such as the miscommunication with the game schedule. The Dawgs were not told that they were going to play against Bosco Baseball on the Thursday before the finals, so they did not bring any of the appropriate clothes for the game. This miscommunication forced the Dawgs to play back-to-back games on Friday, against Bosco Baseball then Wavy Navy. 

Photo by Bo Visty

“I had no shoes, and Mr. Cordero had on jeans. We would not have been able to play,” said Coach Powers.

This trouble obviously did not affect the Dawgs in the long run, except for maybe putting them into retirement from basketball, as they still came up victorious in both of their matchups.

“To be honest I did not know if I was going to be able to bring it in that last game. And I can’t speak for everybody, but Coach Powers and I think we retired from basketball,” said Mr. Cordero

Besides some of the hardships, the Dawgs enjoyed the tournament and had a lot of fun.

“I had a lot of fun interacting with not only my colleagues but also the students in a different environment, and not only being seen as a teacher,” said Coach Weinstein.

Photo by Bo Visty

The tournament built a different type of bond between students and teachers, which made the tournament much more enjoyable.

“I thought it was fun seeing the energy at lunch from the students and staff and hearing the music. I thought it was very effective in building spirit,” said Mr. Cordero.

There were some things that may have made the tournament better, such as having it held in the gym instead of outdoors. 

“Right now, given our circumstances, having it all outside made sense. But in the future, when not everyone has to wear mask, we can put all of the gym baskets down and have multiple games going on indoors,” said Coach Weinstein.

There were also some things in the past 3v3 tournaments that could be implemented in the future to make the tournament better, such as the mini hoop dunk contest. 

“For next year we can implement the past slam dunk competition and for six feet and under you dunk on the eight feet and for over 6 feet they dunk on the nine and half foot hoop,” said Mr. Cordero.

In all, the 3v3 was a complete success, and was one of the best school events of the year. It was put together by ASB member Justin Samonte.

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