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Sports: Bosco Football Opens Trinity League Season Against Servite

by Michael Barba

After an unmerciful 65-0 win against the Central Catholic Raiders, the Braves head into Trinity League play undefeated against their long time rivals, Servite High School Friars.

Photo by Alex Diaz, Photo Editor

The Braves have yet to disappoint with an impressive 5-0 win streak against some of the fiercest competition in the country. The title of the number one high school football team in the nation currently is awarded to the Braves, but the 33rd ranked high school football team of Southern California, the Friars, looks to knock them from that mantle.

The Friars were the last football team to beat the Braves, ending their run for CIF gold last season. Due to this, Bosco Football looks to be stronger than ever by the time they step onto the field to seek revenge. 

“What we have been doing over the past five weeks is to prepare for the entire Trinity League, not just Servite. We’re trying to get better as a football team and improve on some of the areas from week-to-week that we feel we’ve been deficient in,” Head Coach Jason Negro said. “Servite is a talented team. They ended our season last year, so we are motivated.”

The game will be located in Cerritos College’s Falcon Stadium, so the Braves are going to be playing in a familiar environment, as the stadium served as the Braves temporary home prior to the opening of Panish Family Stadium.

“We’re going to worry about ourselves, not the opponent. We are going to make sure that we get the job done,” said junior defensive back Peyton Woodyard.

Bosco Football has been unstoppable lately, especially in their 65-0 blowout of the Central Catholic Raiders. This was Bosco’s highest scoring game this season, with a total of nine touchdowns. Not only was the Braves offense on fire, but defense made a total of 103 tackles and one interception. 

Against the Central Catholic Raiders, senior quarterback Pierce Clarkson completed a 54-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver DeAndre Moore and a 60-yard touchdown pass to junior running back Khalil Warren. Junior running back Cameron Jones made a 65-yard yard rushing touchdown just three minutes later, and junior running back Chauncey Sylvester received a 16-yard touchdown shortly thereafter. The defense also got in the the scoring action with senior defensive back Aaron Williams securing a “pick 6” with a 34-yard return.

And that was only in the first quarter, as the Braves jumped out to a commanding 34-0 lead in the blink of an eye.

Bosco Football has been able to achieve mind blowing stats within their first five weeks. The Brave’s offense have racked up a total of 243 points, 35 touchdowns, 1082 rushing yards and 69 passes completed. The Brave’s defense has been dominant as well with 4 interceptions, 13 sacks and 385 tackles, while holding opponents to an average of less than six points per game.

Kick off tonight at Cerritos College against the Friars is at 7:00 pm.

Sports: New Sailing Team Hopes to Show They’re Worth Their Salt

By Isaac Mays, Sports Editor

St. John Bosco High School Athletics hoisted the sails this Summer, introducing a new seafaring team, adding to the already impressive range of sports to join.

Photo by Jacksnowwwwww via Instagram

Bosco Sailing plans to embark on a fulfilling and competitive journey, with hopes of gifting a passion for a world of seafaring to many students. This program is largely student-led, with co-captains Jack Snow and Samuel Mohinani helping to direct the team. The prospect of students being partially at the helm makes the environment more approachable and friendly for the Braves who are just getting into sailing.

The team currently sails in the Los Alamitos Bay in Long Beach at the Alamitos Bay Yacht Club (ABYC). Their season has just started, although any students interested still have time to join. The team already plans to participate in a few sailing competitions, known as regattas, throughout the season, and the program is ramping up to be an exciting new opportunity for the Bosco community.

While the team is still in their preparation phase, they are nonetheless excited to unveil their talents and skills at the approaching regattas. Skippers sophomore Jack Snow and junior Samuel Mohinani both have prior sailing experience and are able to help aid in the learning process for new sailors.

Jack Snow grew up near the Los Alamitos Bay in Long Beach and has been sailing there since the age of four, where he has experience on many boats including rare hydrofoiling boats, which are boats that have wing-like “foils” that extends out under the boat to allow for less drag and greater speed.

Samuel Mohinani grew up in Hong Kong, where he was able to begin his sailing career. He favors lasers – small, single sailed, single-manned boats.

“It’s a really fun club where you can meet other sailors – sailing is a really good sport that can teach you lessons for throughout your life,” said Mohinani.

The team has access to a high quality boat called Club Flying Juniors, or CFJs, which they typically sail. They train with other teams and five man crews at their home facility in an effort to prepare for upcoming competitions. This club offers a unique and welcoming opportunity to foster new passions as well as friendships for Braves looking to engage.

“We need a lot more people to join, the more the better,” said Snow. “So just spreading the word helps a lot.”

Interested students can join the Sailing Team by contacting Julie Snow via email at julie.snow134@gmail.com. For a fee of $1400 students can join for this season, which runs year round, with practices on Mondays and Wednesdays. Make sure to join before they set sail.

Around Bosco: St. John Bosco and St. Joseph’s Seniors Got Their Groove On At Annual Senior Luau

by Brett Baligad, Senior Editor

This year’s Senior Luau was filled with plenty to see, do and eat. The successful night is a strong indicator for what the rest of the year has in store for the graduating Class of 2023.

Photo by Robert Visty III, Photo Editor

After long preparation, the Senior Luau made it’s return to St. John Bosco High School. Every year, each class hosts an annual class bonding event. This includes the Freshmen Barbecue, Sophomore Lock In, Junior Picnic and Senior Luau. A luau is a Hawaiian party with food and live entertainment. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Senior Luau is only the second class event for the class of 2023, as they hosted a successful Junior Picnic last spring.

The luau was held last Wednesday and started at 6:30pm and concluded at 9:00pm. Upon entering the Mary Help of Christians Quad, seniors were greeted with Hawaiian music, pick up volleyball games and plenty of students dressed to the theme. The quad was lined with round tables for Bosco and Joseph’s seniors to socialize.

Not long after the beginning of the luau, seniors were served Hawaiian food, while they caught up with their Brave brothers and Jesters sisters. Even after four years together, to many, it was surprising to see there were still a lot of new faces to meet and befriend.

“Because this was only our second class event, I was still unfamiliar with some [St. Joseph’s] seniors, as we don’t see them everyday. However, it was good to introduce myself and make new friends,” said senior Sam Hentges.

Photo by Robert Visty III, Photo Editor

As the night began to wrap up, hula dancers took the spotlight. The dancers even called on Braves and Jesters to come up and dance. The grand finale would be a fire dancer that would take the senior class by surprise. The fire dancer choreographed elaborate moves and tricks to keep seniors at the edge of their seats.

“My favorite part was when all of the water polo seniors got called up to dance,” senior Victor Murillo said. “I thought that was pretty funny as the hula dancers were guiding them.”

Spearheaded by Ms. Kelly Blakeman and the Senior Board, Bosco and Joseph’s students can be excited for what is to come. As this is first of many lasts, senior participation is at a high with over 100 Bosco students attending the luau.

With Homecoming weeks away, it is not too late for the class of 2023 to make some final memories of their high school days.

“This is my senior year, and I want to do every activity I can,” said senior Evan Chavez. “I am happy I get to spend my last events with my friends and end my high school career on a good year.”

Life of a Brave: 21 Questions With New Science Teacher, Krista Welty

by Michael Barba

The Brave family is proud to welcome new biology teacher, Ms. Krista Welty.

Photo by Robert Visty III, Photo Editor

Q: Where did you grow up?

A: Long Beach, CA.

Q: What is your ethnicity?

A: A Mix of Irish, German, Turkish and Spanish.

Q: What is your favorite meal?

A: Sushi. It’s an acquired taste, so I understand why some people don’t like it. I think the key is to mix your wasabi into the soy sauce then dip the sushi in.  If you put it on top, you can’t taste anything else.

Q: Do you have a favorite sport?

A: Football. Go Packers!

Q: Who are some of your role models and why do they inspire you?

A: Anyone who is kind to others and doesn’t give up on their goals.

Q: Do you prefer DC or Marvel?

A: Marvel. Black Panther is my favorite Marvel hero. Wonder Woman is my favorite DC hero.

Q: What is your favorite thing to do when you aren’t working?

A: Reading.

Q: What did your parents do for a living?

A: My mom was one of the first female programmers in her field.  My dad was a manager at Southern California Edison.

Q: What was school like for you when you were growing up?

A: We didn’t have phones and had to use the card catalog to find books.  Teacher’s either wrote on a chalkboard or used a light projector.  My math teacher would always spit on a tissue to fix her answers, which I thought was gross.

Q: Where did you go to high school and what were some of your favorite memories?

A: I went to Los Alamitos High School. Going to football games and having lunch with my friends were my favorite memories.

Q: What three subjects interested you the most throughout your entire schooling career?

A: History, science and photography.

Q: Did you play any sports in high school or throughout your life at all?

A: Nope. I have zero athletic coordination. 

Q: Which colleges were you considering attending while in high school?
A: UCLA and CSULB.

Q: Where did you end up going to college?

A: CSULB because it was close to my house.

Q: Which school experience was more memorable for you, high school or college?

A: My lab courses in college were the most memorable. 

Q: Why did you decide to teach at Bosco?

A: It’s closer to my home than my previous job.

Q: How is Bosco treating you so far?

A: Everyone is very nice.

Q: What made you want to teach science?

A: I like doing experiments.

Q: Have you ever watched any Bill Nye “The Science Guy” videos?

A: I do like his quirky way of teaching science, but I don’t think he made videos when I was in school. There was no such thing as YouTube when I started college. I have always enjoyed science, and I had several really good professors in college that encouraged my love of science. One of the worst teachers I ever had was my Biology teacher in high school. I probably would have never majored in Biology if it wasn’t a required course in college. My college professor was a really great teacher, and I decided at that point that I could do a way better job than my high school Biology teacher.

Q: What was the most disgusting lab experiment you ever done?

A: Dissecting a sheep’s testicle. It was filled with this nasty smelling liquid, and we had to dig into it.

Q: Do you have any advice for people keen on entering the field of science?

A: Science is not about memorizing facts. It’s about asking questions and coming up with creative ideas to solve problems. 

Sports: Bosco Football Defeats Kahuku, Takes On The Central Catholic Raiders From Northern California

by Christian Angel, Managing Editor

After defeating the Kahuku Red Raiders last week in their home opener, the St. John Bosco Braves look to continue their winning streak and national title run against the Central Catholic High School Raiders from Modesto at Panish Family Stadium tonight.

Photo By Alex Diaz, Photo Editor

Head Coach Jason Negro and the Braves represented in the The Trinity League vs. USA Showcase last week against the Aloha State’s best, the Kahuku High School Red Raiders, claiming a gritty 34-7 victory.

While fans are looking ahead to the Braves entering Trinity League play and eventually taking on the nation’s second-ranked “Team in Red” on October 7, the Braves’ main focus is to dominate their last non-league game against Central Catholic. 

Bosco Football comes into this week again as the consensus number one high school football team in the nation after going 4-0 in the past four weeks, defeating their first four opponents by a combined score of 177-28.

The Braves game against Kahuku was a notable and special game for Bosco Football, and one that will not be quickly forgotten. It was not only a sold-out game, but it was a night of unity and brotherhood as Bosco and Kahuku showcased one of the best aspects of high school sports, coming together and showing support for each other in one of the most heartwarming games Brave Nation has ever seen at Panish Family Stadium.

“It was a special experience to witness the brotherhood of the two teams come together in support for one another. No matter the score of the game, it was great to see both cultures,” senior defensive-linemen Ah-Zaire Piggee said.

Against the Red Raiders, the Braves were led offensively by senior quarterback Pierce Clarkson, as he accumulated 89 passing yards and threw for 1 touchdown. Bosco’s offense also received some major contributions from senior wide receiver DeAndre Moore, who had his lone catch for 14 yards and a touchdown. Junior running back Cameron Jones rushed 11 times for 81 yards and two touchdowns, while junior running back Chauncey Slyvester rushed nine times for 69 yards and one touchdown. Bosco ran for nearly 300 yards.

Defensively, they held up the Red Raiders rushing attack, allowing less than 40 rushing yards, recording four tackles-for-losses and three sacks.

As Bosco faces Central Catholic in their second home game and their last non-league game of the season, their focus is on playing a complete game and focusing on themselves, with the aim to dominate the Central Catholic Raiders. Tonight’s action starts at 7 pm.

Sports: Bosco Water Polo Has Its Sights Set On CIF Playoffs

By Marcelles Williams

Head Coach Jeff Powers is encouraged by an experienced squad featuring a strong core of senior leadership, who he hopes will use their experience to leave their final mark on Brave Aquatics.

Photo by Robert Visty III, Photo Editor

This team presents a lot of strong talent, and who better to coach them than Coach Powers? Coach Powers first found the sport in 1994 and became a two time Olympian who played a major factor in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where Team USA brought home a Silver Medal. He scored a late goal in the medal game to secure the win for his team and nation. In addition, Coach Powers was inducted into the prestigious Water Polo Hall of Fame in 2019.

He strives to bring the Olympian lifestyle and work ethic to his players in and outside of the water.

“I try to bring some of the things I learned as an Olympian in my coaching, like dedication, hard work and accountability,” Coach Powers said.

Team captain Matthew Casas headlines this group and will play a big role in this year’s team. Casas has strong plans for the future with aspirations set on collegiate water polo and even taking after his mentor and coach to become an Olympian.

“We have some experience [this season], normally we don’t have quite as many seniors,” said Coach Powers.

But don’t count out the young Braves either. Freshman phenom Nick Valente has been off to a hot start with six goals in a nail-biting 12-11 win against Pacifica High School.

“We have a good young core that if they stick with it they can be pretty good,” said Coach Powers, hinting toward many of the underclassmen’s large potential for growth.

The hard work these Braves have brought forth is about to be tested. The team has been training and preparing for the 2022-2023 season for over two months, participating in a Water Polo’s summer training camp. Many of the Varsity Team has been preparing year round, participating in swimming during the spring and extra work in the offseason, emphasizing their aspirations pushing for that goal of a CIF title.

The Braves are looking to place top three in the Trinity League or achieve over a .500 winning percentage so that they can accomplish their first goal, qualifying for CIF. This task will be very trying, however, as the Braves will be going against quality teams in the tough Trinity League week in and week out.

Coach Powers believes the team is going to get better and better as the season progresses, and they will be able to fulfill these goals at the end of their season.

“We’re working on the skills we need to hopefully get us to that next step,” Coach Powers said.

Coach Powers has been stressing fundamentals, especially clean and dry passes during practice. This improvement will make this team better in all facets of the game.

The Braves start out the year 8-6 with some good wins in a couple tournaments but expect them to improve with the Olympic level coaching of Coach Powers.

The Braves show a lot of promise this year, despite what the record shows on paper. The Braves put up a fight scoring eight goals on the number two team in the nation, the Damien Spartans.

On Tuesday, the Braves put up a hard fight against El Dorado, but fell by a score of 15-6 after holding their opponent to a score of 4-2 in the first half. The next day, they faced off against Long Beach Millikan High School, crushing them by a score of 13-6 in a much needed victory for the team.

As the team heads into the Trinity League, they need to prepare to go all out against some of the better teams they’ve yet to play this season. Fans can come out to watch their Braves next Thursday, September 29th, as they open Trinity League play on the road against Servite High School at 4:00 pm.

Life of a Brave: 21 Questions with New Teacher, Mr. Brian Miller

by Robert Visty III, Photo Editor

Science teacher Mr. Brian Miller returns to education this school year after two years away from the profession and is another welcomed new addition to St. John Bosco High School.

Photo by Robert Visty III, Photo Editor

Q. Where did you grow up?

A. I grew up in Pasadena, CA

Q. What high school did you attend?

A. I attended La Salle High School in Pasadena.

Q. What college did you attend?

A. I attended the University of California, Santa Barbara where I studied Ergonomics, or movement efficiency. Unfortunately due to family issues, I returned home and complete my degree at California State University, Los Angeles. I also have an MA in Educational Administration from Concordia University in Irvine.

Q. Have you always been a teacher? If not, what did you do before becoming a teacher?

A. I have been teaching in one form or another since my junior year in college. I did take one year off and sold insurance for New York Life when I was 27 and spent the last two years selling and training sales people at CarMax, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Q. What brought you to Bosco?

A. After two years away from education, I had to return to who I am and what I do: my vocation as an educator.  I was an associate of Mr. Salmingo at La Salle High School, and he was instrumental in assisting me in joining the faculty here at Bosco.

Q. What’s been your favorite part of teaching at Bosco so far?

A. I am just very happy being back in my role as an educator.  I think that Bosco provides an excellent opportunity for me to interact with an amazing community of students and faculty. I am excited about a community that represents more than 20 countries with great cultural diversity. I am excited to be at a school that provides an outstanding balance of academics, athletics, arts and activities.

Q. What classes do you teach at Bosco?

A. Biology, Environmental Science, Anatomy and Chemistry

Q. What is your favorite field of biology?

A. Environmental Ecology and Human Anatomy.

Q. What is your favorite biology fact?

A. Alice the Algae and Freddie the Fungus took a Lichen to each other in one of the most amazing symbiotic relationships.

Q. What’s your favorite genre of music?

A. I am partial to storyteller songwriters like Jackson Browne, Van Morrison, Jack Johnson, Dan Fogelberg and Gordon Lightfoot. But I also like a wide variety of music: Motown, R&B, soul, country and western as well as classic rock.

Q. What’s your favorite song?

A. So many, but some of my favorites are “Imagine” by John Lennon, “Leader of the Band” by Dan Fogelberg, “What a Wonderful World” by Louie Armstrong, “For What It’s Worth” by Buffalo Springfield, “Lean on Me” by Bill Withers, and “Respect” by Aretha Franklin

Q. What do you do in your free time?

A. I ride my bike, hike, paint watercolor, bake bread, garden and cook.

Q. Do you have any pets? If so, what are they and what are their names?

A. I miss having a dog, but where I live does not allow for pets.

Q. What is your favorite color and why?

A. I love the shades of indigo that appear at sunset from the horizon into the night sky.

Q. What is your favorite food?

A. My favorite is anything that contains shrimp. Although pizza provides carbs, dairy, veggies and protein all in one bite.

Q. What is your favorite restaurant?

A. Lawry’s Prime Rib and Paco’s in Mazatlan.

Q. What is your favorite sport?

A. Baseball.  I coached at Bishop Amat, Saint Paul and La Salle.  At La Salle, my team won a CIF and State Title in baseball.

Q. What are your favorite sports teams?

A. I am an LA homer: Dodgers, Lakers, Rams and USC.

Q. What is your favorite drink?

A. Agua de Sandia (watermelon water).

Q. What can students expect in your class?

A. My class will make you think and look at the world in different ways.

Q. What are you most looking forward to in your time at Bosco?

A. Making my future better by teaching Bosco students how to make our world better.

Life of a Brave: Triduum Week Reveals New Strenna, “Sharing Our Gifts, Transforming Our World”

By Connor Sheehan, Editor-in-Chief

During Triduum Week, St. John Bosco High School Campus Ministry unveiled a new guiding theme for the year, called a “strenna” (Italian for “gift”), which calls for Braves to embrace their gifts while pursuing improvement and change in the world.

Photo by Robert Visty III, Photo Editor

In a society that is increasingly polarized, this message of combining individual talent with cohesive and unified action is a powerful one. It is consistent with a Bosco community that has thrived being an environment of many perspectives and ideas while retaining the core principles of a Salesian community.

“What any good strenna is meant to do is simultaneously uplift our Salesian family while presenting them with a gentle but concrete call to action,” said Campus Ministry President and senior Ricardo Rodriguez. “The first step in achieving that goal is recognizing and developing a sense of courage and security from the gifts we’ve been blessed with as individuals. Once we do that, we are empowered to point those gifts outward to engage in the Oratory.”

Rodriguez refers to the Oratory system of schooling pioneered by Don Bosco and continued at Salesian institutions around the world – a holistic educative system fostering learning around the tenets of home, school, church and playground.

This year’s strenna calls the Salesian community to action in all four parts of the Oratory. Campus Ministry Vice President and senior Ryan Gutierrez shared ideas about how that call to action can manifest itself in the actions of Bosco’s student body.

“As students of St. John Bosco High School, we can all share our gifts to other students and our community through various ways, such as programs like peer-to-peer tutoring, which allows students talented in various subjects to teach other students,” said Gutierrez.

Photo by Robert Visty III, Photo Editor

Of course, the Strenna is all call to action beyond the parameters of the classroom, and many students are already using their talents to contribute to the larger Bosco community.

“Clubs at SJB, such as Key Club and Brothers of Bosco, strive to support their community through park and beach clean-ups, school supply and clothing donations and numerous fundraisers. By utilizing the gifts that God has blessed all of us with, we are able to make our world better,” Gutierrez said. 

The simple yet complex nature of the strenna calls all members of the Bosco community to action. 

“Like any good art, [the strenna] can be interpreted differently by different people while still getting the message across that meaningful impact is something we are all called to do, we are capable of doing and something we can find true joy in,” said Rodriguez.

Joy is something that Don Bosco sought for all of his children. That holistic, Christ-like joy is something that he preached and something that is found from humble service. This year’s strenna is undoubtedly a continuation of that idea, spreading joy through the humble use of one’s talents to better oneself, one’s community and the world at large. 

Sports: Bosco Football Returns for Home Opener Against Hawaii’s Kahuku Red Raiders

By Christian Angel, Managing Editor

After defeating the Central Catholic Rams last week in Eugene, Oregon, the St. John Bosco Braves face another out-of-state opponent, the Kahuku High School Red Raiders, as the Braves continue their national championship quest in their first home game of the season at Panish Family Stadium Saturday night.

Photo by Alex Diaz, Photo Editor

Head Coach Jason Negro and Bosco Football secured a big win against the number one team in Oregon, the Central Catholic High School Rams, in a huge 49-0 blowout. They now look ahead to the 2021 Hawaiian Open Division Champion in the Red Raiders, who are ranked 34 in the nation by MaxPreps and are the second strongest football team in Hawaii.

Bosco continues their show-stopping national tour, looking to earn another win against the Aloha State’s best at home.

Kahuku will attempt to knock the Braves from the their throne as the consensus number one high school football team in the nation, as the Braves are currently undefeated in the opening three weeks, defeating Allen 52-14 in week one, defeating Bishop Amat 42-7 in week two and a statement performance defeating Central Catholic 49-0 last Friday.

Some Bosco teachers, Ms. Edna Ramirez and Ms. Patty Martinez, joined the team in Oregon to support the Braves throughout the whole trip leading up the game.  

“It was an absolutely amazing experience watching my boys in their element. Seeing their hard work on display and their hunger for competition allowed me to connect to them on a different level,” Ms. Martinez said.

The Braves now shift focuses offensively and defensively to take on the Red Raiders, who come into this game with an undefeated 4-0 record.

Offensively, in their past game against Central Catholic, the Braves were led by quarterback Pierce Clarkson, who went 9-9 for 183 yards and 2 passing touchdowns. He was then replaced by junior quarterback Caleb Sanchez midway through the 2nd quarter after it was made clear the game had completely swung in favor of the Braves.

Bosco’s offense also received some major help from senior wide receiver DeAndre Moore, who had four catches for 68 yards and two touchdowns, senior wide receiver Jahlil McClain, who had three catches for 95 yards, and running back Chauncey Slyvester, who had two carries for 84 yards and two touchdowns.

Defensively, they shut down and shut out a Rams offense who could only muster up 64 total yards against the Braves. The Braves pass rush got to the Rams quarterbacks, sacking them eight times, with senior Vaka Hansen recording three sacks and Matayo Uiagalelei recording one.

Tomorrow night’s game will give Brave fans their first glimpse at Panish Family Stadium into the all encompassing might of the number one Braves, as they look to represent their community as well as the entire Trinity League for the third annual Trinity League vs. The USA Showcase. With both teams pride on the line, fans are due for a huge mainland clash. Kickoff starts at 7:00 pm, and for those who cannot make it to the game, it is available to watch via Bally Sports.

Life of a Brave: Bosco Esports Welcomes Their Newest Alumni Assistant Coach, Damon Jimenez

By: Ed Crowe and William Reynolds 

St. John Bosco High School alumnus and former esports player, Damon Jimenez, serves now as an assistant coach for the program. With every alumni that comes back, the esports program and the Bosco community overall grow stronger as a brotherhood.

Photo by Bosco Esports

“The amount of brotherhood I felt when first entering the Esports Lab was unreal,” said Coach Jimenez. “I was given so many opportunities. I felt like I should repay them by offering my help and giving more students the same amount of help I was given.” 

The decision to become a coach for Bosco Esports was backed by fellow alumnus, Head Coach Gabe Giangualano. Coach Gabe was a key factor in Damon’s decision in coming back and helping out the team that he played for when he was at Bosco, which is their Rainbow Six Siege team. 

“As a person, he is fantastic. He is a good young man that is very committed, focused and goal oriented. He knows what he wants to do and how to get there,” said Coach Gabe.

Damon Jimenez is currently attending college. However, he is still excited in giving his spare time back to Bosco. 

“It’s pretty insane to think about walking down the halls and up the stairs but not as a student, just feels different but also refreshing,” Coach Jimenez said. “As a college student, it is very stressful to balance education as well as coaching, which is what I am starting to experience.” 

From a player perspective, senior and Rainbow Six Siege team member, Ezekiel Tejeda, is excited that Damon will be coaching this season, as he has gotten to know Damon not just as a player but as a friend.

“We played Rainbow Six Siege for the second semester. It was nice having another football player on the team. He was one of the best new players we had,” said Ezekiel. “He learned fast and was just a natural player. He’s a wonderful dude. We play other games on the side after practice and school.”

Bosco Esports anticipates that their new assistant will bring the already dominant team closer together through commitment, focus and leadership to get the team to even greater heights.

From November 19-20, Coach Gabe said there will be a tournament called the “Grim Cup” held in the Esports Lab, where our very own Braves will take on colleges in the area and start to bridge the gap between high school and college level Esports.

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