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My Recruiting Process: Kris Hutson

by Kristopher Hutson

My recruiting process has been going great. Being recruited and having a chance to go to college for free is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

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I got my first offer during my time as a freshman. Receiving that offer is the most exciting thing about this whole process, because that is the main goal for every athlete.

If you only receive a Division-2 or Division-3 scholarship, don’t start doubting yourself, because many pro athletes have come from even community colleges. You can go anywhere and ball-out, then transfer to a big-time university to improve your exposure. Never lose hope.

I committed to the University of Southern California early in my junior year. However, after thinking about it hard and talking with friends and family, I realized USC was not a place for me. If you’re getting recruited and you commit to a school, make sure you fit the school and the environment. I rushed the commitment with USC and didn’t look into the school and the current culture. I committed because of the legacy of what USC was instead of what it is right now. 

So, I decommitted from USC and I will now be attending Oregon. Decommitting from USC was a big risk, because other colleges would be able to see that I went back from my word. However, it is not all bad because I was once again able to have an open mind about where I want to spend the next years of my life.

There is no better place for me than Oregon. It’s the school I feel will be best for me, as it’s the best overall fit and where I feel the most comfortable. I had a great visit last week, and the moment I got there I felt like I was at home. I got that family feel right off the bat, which is what I have been searching for.

I have a chance to step in and play right away. They need receivers, and I think I can make an immediate impact there. I like the offense a lot, it’s similar to what we run at St. John Bosco and their style of play is a real good fit for me. They can move me around to take advantage of mismatches and I’m excited to show what I am capable of.

The coaching staff has been consistently recruiting me for some time now. It’s not just one coach, it’s the whole staff, including head coach Mario Cristobal, which is why I felt an instant connection there. I was planning to wait to make my decision, but the more I thought about it, the more I was ready to get this done and make my decision public and it feels great to be a Duck.

Also, I am being recruited strictly at receiver, but I have actually looked very good playing some corner as well. In terms of my playing style, I’m similar to Oregon signee Josh Delgado in terms of size, smooth route running, and hands.

Being recruited like this and having all these offers is a big thing. Meeting coaches is also  very important because you only get one first impression. When I meet Coach Cristobal, it was a pleasure. Meeting college coaches is better than any team meeting. Special thanks to head coach Jim Harbaugh as well. 

Overall, getting recruited by colleges is a good thing, but the main thing is to not get cocky. Always be humble and stay positive. You can talk but don’t talk too much. Overall, my recruiting process has been going great.

The best advice I would give to someone is to take their time with this whole process, because you do not want to rush anything and be forced to go somewhere you do not want to go. 

Sports: Bosco Baseball Season Review

by Caleb Wiley

After two straight good seasons, the St. John Bosco baseball team never reached their full potential as they took a step down with a 4-12 record and a last place spot in the Trinity League.

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The Bosco baseball team had incredibly high hopes going into this season. They were second in league the year before and felt like they had even better talent this year, especially with the return of senior star David Hays and the addition of freshman pitchers Louis Rodriguez and Julian Orozco.

However, the team never seemed able to piece everything together as a whole. As a result, the losses came in fast.

“We had the talent this year, we truly did. We had talent on both sides but we just didn’t come together as a team,” said senior Sebastian Orduno.

The team’s biggest problem this year came on the offensive side of the ball. They just could not find a way to drive in runners when they were on base.

“Driving in runs was something we really struggled with. We would get runners on but we would change our approach or mindset. Instead of just going out and having a good at-bat, we put so much pressure on ourselves,” said Head Coach Don Barbara.

The team could showed spurts of what they can do and they were about but were never consistent with it. They never had games where the whole team would be hitting well as a collective group.

“Players would show up on offense sporadically and that showed up in our team batting average – which was terrible. We never hit well together,” said coach Barbara.

While the team was having major problems offensively, one player that remained consistently good was David Hays. Hays seemed to do everything well on a game-to-game basis. He was even one of their top pitchers as well.

“There was one guy who had a real good offensive year and that was David Hays. He did everything for us offensively from getting on base to driving in runs. He was the MVP of our team,” said coach Barbara.

Despite being bad on the offensive side, the team’s defense showed out every game. They had to, or else every game would not even be close.

“The best part of our team has to be our defense and pitching. They had to carry the slack that our offense left for them. Without them, every game would’ve been a blowout,” said senior Stephen Chavez.

As a result, most of the games ended up coming down straight down to the wire. However, the team had that struggle of coming up with runs so most of the close games unfortunately ended in losses.

The season for the St. John Bosco baseball team did not go as planned, but they have a bright future as a lot of the young players look promising.

Sports: Bosco Swim Season Recap

by Lucas Garrison and Joshua Lucero

Now that Bosco’s swimming season has come to an end, it’s time to cover how the team was able to conclude the season.

The Braves started the year very strong, going undefeated outside of the Trinity League.

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Head Coach Jeff Powers

The team was lead by Patrick Burke, Pablo Perez, and Jack Pearce, who all posted personal bests in their respective events this year

They also all qualified for CIF, along with two relay teams. Head Coach Jeff Powers (Olympian, USA Water Polo Hall of Fame) described the season as a very large success.

“Everyone had a personal best by the end of the year, and that’s all you can ask for as a coach,” said Powers. 

On top of that, Powers had high praise and respect that he had a team full of true ‘student-athletes.’

“The thing I love is that my team typically consists of students who are much more concerned with their academics, and swim is secondary for them. This is something that I totally support, and I love that this is ingrained in my players,” said Powers.

Also, Powers seems encouraged of the possibility that several of the team’s members have the ability to move onto the next level for swimming.

“We have several guys that could move onto the next level if they choose to do so,” said Powers.

Concerning league play, Bosco had only one win in the regular season against Servite. However, when the season looked at its worst, at the league finals Bosco was able to finish fourth in the competitive Trinity League, taking down JSerra and Servite – once again. Bosco was also very close to finishing third at these finals as they had only fell behind Orange Lutheran by one event.

“It was a very fun year as always, and now it’s on to the next,” stated Powers in closing.

Bosco aquatics will look to attempt to continue solid success into water polo season next fall, once again led by highly-regarded Powers.

Sports: Bosco Lacrosse Puts Program On The Map

by Jacob Jornadal and Jake Bailey

The St. John Bosco lacrosse team took the 2019 season by storm with their best season in recent history.

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Senior Isaiah Dolphin on the attack – @BoscoLacrosse on Twitter

The team had a comfortable balance of young, ambitious players as well as older, more experienced leaders such as captains Mitchell Myers and the Dolphin twins – Isaiah and Miles. Both Myers and the Dolphin twins will be taking their talents to the Ivy league next year and playing lacrosse at the next level.

“The season went great, we finished 15-2 and had a whole lot of fun as a team,” said Myers.

Mitchell has shined as a starter and mass producer for SJB Lacrosse over the past three years. He had high hopes for his team going into this season, and lead the program in a winning direction this year.

“We only lost one senior last year, which means we were a young team, but hungry. Everyone was a year older, and we’ve grown together as a whole,” says Myers.

As for the Dolphin twins, they have been extremely consistent on the field, and carried a lot of the load for the team overall each game.

“We want to continue to improve and leave a legacy at St. John Bosco,” says Isaiah Dolphin.

The Dolphin boys have strived to be dominant both academically and athletically, and their hard work surely shows. The twins progressively stepped into their roles as captains and leaders over time, and it lead to a great season.

The team started the year diving in head first, wasting no time solidifying their position as a serious contender and starting 10-0.

In comparison to last year, this years’ squad seemed to be much more focused and driven towards their common goal of winning a CIF title. Their increased chemistry and trust with one another spoke volumes on the field and many people surely took notice.

“I think we did a lot better this year, especially on offense and in 6-on-6 situations, we pretty much handled every team we played against,” stated Miles Dolphin.

However, the team’s season left a left unsettled, seemingly. Bosco lost a heartbreaker to Mira Costa in the first round of the division one playoffs, a double-overtime thriller, ending their season.

Nevertheless, the lasting impact the seniors and 2019 team has had on the SJB program will undoubtedly leave a legacy and lasting imprint.

“As us seniors leave, we want the younger guys to be prepared to step in as new leaders and to be able to run a well-functioning team,” said Miles.

The future is bright for Bosco lacrosse, and 2019 was just a sneak peek of the capabilities and potential the program has moving forward.

 

Sports: LA Clippers Step Into The Spotlight

by Christian James

Los Angeles has always been centered around the Lakers due to their amazing legacy, especially this season after acquiring superstar, LeBron James.

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This put the Lakers back into the spotlight while the Los Angeles Clippers were hidden in the shadows. Many people counted out the Clippers ever since they traded away their franchise player – Blake Griffin – to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley, Boban Marjanovic, and future draft picks.

The Clippers had a solid group, but many would still look down upon them. ESPN predicted that the Clippers would only reach 33 wins this season, being one of the worst teams in the Western Conference. This doubt gave the team a chip on their shoulder, motivating them more than ever. 

Leading into the All-Star break, the Clippers traded away Mike Scott and their recently obtained players, Tobias Harris and Boban Marajanovic, receiving Landry Shamet, Wilson Chandler, Mike Muscala, and future draft picks in return.

The Clippers took a lot of criticism for this trade, but in the end this trade would be crucial for them. The Clippers at this point had a record of (30-26) above the Lakers who had a (28-29) losing record. Even having a better record, the spotlight was still on LeBron and the Lakers. LeBron brought a lot of attention to them when he told the media his “playoff mode” was activated earlier than usual. Many people had high hopes for the Lakers and didn’t give the Clippers much thought at all. 

By the end of the regular season, the Clippers clinched the eight seed in the playoffs, leaving the Lakers in the dust. For the first time in a while, the Clippers were in the spotlight over the Lakers. They finished with a (48-34) record, going beyond most people’s expectations including ESPN.

The only thing now in their path was trying to beat the powerhouse team of the league, the Golden State Warriors. With outstanding efforts from veterans Lou Williams and Patrick Beverley and breakout performances by rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Montrezel Harrell the Clippers would put up a fight.

Although these players would step up huge for the Clippers, their efforts would not be strong enough to beat the Warriors. The Clippers would lose their series 4-2 in the first round. In the end, the Clippers proved many of their doubters wrong even though they didn’t finish the season the way they wanted to.

Going into the off-season, the Clippers have some of their key players – Beverley and Ivica Zubac – becoming free agents. After this seasons’ performance and the Clippers recent action of extending Doc Rivers’ coaching contract, they have certainly increased their chances of being a favored location for free agents to end up.

They have the ability to sign Kawhi Leonard, who becomes a free agent after this season, and trade for another superstar due to them having great amount of cap space, maybe even Anthony Davis.

Sports: 2019 NFL Mock Draft

by Lucas Garrison

With the 2019 NFL Draft just hours away, here are my picks and thoughts for the ever-important first round tonight.

(Arizona Cardinals trade with Raiders. The Cardinals will receive the 4th overall pick, the 27th pick, the 140th pick, and a 2020 fourth round pick.)

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1. Oakland Raiders: (needs) DE, RB, LB, DB

Selection: QB Kyler Murray, Oklahoma

  • The Raiders select Kyler Murray. Jon Gruden seems to grow fonder and fonder of Kyler, and lacks trust in Derek Carr. Expect Carr to be traded.

2. San Francisco 49ers: LB, DB, EDGE

Selection: DE Nick Bosa, Ohio State.

  • Bosa maybe the most complete player in the draft and could complement this Defense that will now feature Dee Ford Kwon Alexander, and now Nick Bosa.

3. New York Jets: EDGE, WR, LB

Selection: EDGE Josh Allen, Kentucky

  • The Jets need to boost their pass rush abilities. Along with Leonard Williams expect teams to struggle to stop both of these elusive pass rushers

4. Arizona Cardinals: OL, WR, DE

Selection: MLB Devin White, LSU

  • The Cardinals after trading down from number one still had a surplus of players Choose from they take Devin White who will look to make an immediate impact on the teams pass rush

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: OL, RB, DB, DL

Selection: DT Quinnon Williams, Alabama

  • The Bucs get arguably a once in a generation talent Williams will more than likely replace Gerald McCoy who has had trade talks surrounding him for sometime now. Wouldn’t be surprised to see a move either later in the draft or during preseason surrounding McCoy.

(Giants trade down to ten with the Broncos. In return, the Giants receive the 10th pick in this years draft, the 71st pick and a fifth rounder next year)

6. Denver Broncos: QB, CB, ILB, DB

Selection: QB Drew Lock, Missouri

  • Lock will more than likely sit a year behind newly acquired QB Joe Flacco. Hopefully he will develop into the talent the Broncos need. However, I think that Lock at best is a mid second round talent going to a team desperate to find the future of their franchise. In 3 years we could be looking at a huge draft flop.

7. Jacksonville Jaguars: OL, WR, DB, TE

Selection: TE TJ Hockenson, Iowa

  • The Jaguars offense will continue to struggle without weapons. Hockenson will be a reliable target for Foles as the team will more than likely rely heavily on the running game. Hockenson can bolster this team.

8. Detroit Lions: OL, WR, DB, LB

Selection: DT Ed Oliver, Houston

  • The Lions add DT Ed Oliver here, and in doing so they form one of the most dominant defensive lines in football with Ezekiel Ansah, Trey Flowers, and now Ed Oliver.

9. Buffalo Bills: OL, TE, WR, RB

Selection: OG Cody Ford, Oklahoma

  • The Bills are in need of making a large offensive splash in the draft. An OL doesn’t scream splash, but Cody Ford will provide solid protection to Josh Allen and the RB core. Solid Pick.

10. New York Giants: QB, WR, DB

Selection: QB Daniel Jones, Duke

  • The Giants need a QB simple fact. They passed on Sam Darnold last year for Saquon Barkley which wasn’t a terrible pick. However, Eli has maybe 2 years left in him giving plenty of time for Jones to develop into a solid talent.

11. Cincinnati Bengals: QB, WR, DB, DL

Selection: DE Rashan Gary, Michigan

  • Gary should prove to be a solid add to a team that needs as much help as possible. However, there are a lot of questions surrounding Gary for the simple fact of that he didn’t cause enough interruption at Michigan. Gary is a player with a lot of upside, but could also flop very hard.

12. Green Bay Packers: ILB/OLB, EDGE, DB

Selection: TE Noah Fant, Iowa

  • A very straightforward pick for the Packers. After last seasons disappointing performance by Jimmy Graham, Rodgers is going to need a reliable secondary target. Fant should prove to be solid in the NFL, giving Rodgers another weapon, that could lead this team deep in the playoffs.

13. Miami Dolphins: ILB/OLB, QB, WR, OL

Selection: OL Jonah Williams, Alabama

  • There is a lot of speculation across the Dolphins this upcoming season. A lot of experts think they will “tank” to get either Tua Tagovailoa or Justin Herbert early in next year’s draft. With that being said that QB will need some protection why not take arguably the most put together OL in the draft.

14. Atlanta Falcons: DL, TE, OL, DB

Selection: DB Byron Murphy, Washington

  • The Falcons secondary is old. They need help at CB, and Byron Murphy should work very well in Dan Quinn’s system. He should also boost the teams secondary.

15. Washington Redskins: QB, OL, DB

Selection: QB Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State

  • Once again the Redskins have put themselves in a situation in which they shouldn’t need to worry about a QB, but with the injury to Alex Smith the Skins made a trade for Case Keenum. Plus, the team will take Haskins at 15 hoping he can develop into a solid NFL talent.

16. Carolina Panthers: OL, DB, WR

Selection: WR Marquise Brown, Oklahoma

  • The Panthers need to give Cam Newton some dangerous targets. With the add of Brown he will know be able to rely on Greg Olson, Christian McCaffrey, and Brown. Along with the add of Chris Hogan Brown should be a solid add.

17. New York Giants: WR, DB, OL

Selection: EDGE Montez Sweat, Mississippi State

  • Sweat will add to a team desperate for a pass rush. After trading away J.P.P. the Giants have lacked a pass rush. Sweat will be a solid add and a steal at 17.

18. Minnesota Vikings: OL, LB, TE

Selection: C Garrett Bradbury, NC State

  • The add of a solid offensive line talent will lead the team to stronger pass protection for their well over paid QB. Bradbury also has the potential to move around on the OL.

19. Tennessee Titans: OL, DB, WR

Selection: OL Andre Dillard, Washington State

  • The Titans have a problem with an injury prone QB. To start to hopefully change this they need to add some solid protection for him. Dillard is a very interesting pick for the fact that he is a very mobile OL. He can move back and forth across the OL.

20. Pittsburgh Steelers: DB, EDGE, WR, TE

Selection: DB Greedy Williams, LSU

  • Terrible. The only way to describe the Steelers secondary. Greedy Williams in my opinion is the best DB in the draft. He’s fast and has amazing hands. Expect to see Williams boost this defense.

21. Seattle Seahawks: EDGE, OL, TE, LB

Selection: EDGE Brian Burns, Florida State

  • With the trade away of Frank Clark the Seahawks need to add some solid young talent to the edge rush. Burns is a solid late first round pick. However, it may take 2-3 seasons until we truly see him bloom into his true potential.

22. Baltimore Ravens: WR, LB, RB, DB

Selection: WR D.K. Metcalf, Ole Miss

  • The Ravens are coming off of a very impressive season. However, they lost a lot of their WR’s. D.K. Metcalf has impressed a lot of scouts. With this I expect the Ravens to jump all over him if he is still available here.

23. Houston Texans: OL, ILB, DB

Selection: DB Rock Ya-Sin, Temple

  • The Texans have lacked in CB help over the past two seasons. Not only that, but they also lost star safety Tyrann Mathieu in free agency. Thus, the Texans need some much needed help in their pass coverage. Rock Ya-Sin may take time to develop but should be a very solid add to this defense.

24. Oakland Raiders: OL,ILB,RB,TE

Selection: DB Deandre Baker, Georgia

  • The Raiders have lacked good pass coverage for years now. Baker should be a solid add to the defense. He can make an immediate impact. Plus, with Gareon Conley on the other side of him these two should make a solid one two punch in the defense.

25. Philadelphia Eagles: OLB, DB, RB

Selection: DB Nasir Adderley, Delaware

  • Adderley will be a very solid add to the Eagles secondary. He is a CB playing at SS. This means you can float him around on the defense especially since he will more than likely backup Malcolm Jenkins. This is a very solid add.

26. Indianapolis Colts: DB, OL, WR

Selection: DT Dexter Lawrence, Clemson

  • Lawrence does have a lot of questions surrounding him. Especially after the steroid scandal in the CFP. However, Lawrence will be a great add to a defensive front that needs it.

27. Arizona Cardinals: OL, DB, WR, TE

Selection: EDGE Clelin Ferrell, Clemson

  • Ferrell Is a very solid add to this defense. If all pans out as i’ve predicted they have now added two excellent defensive prospects that will bolster their defense to another level.

28. Los Angeles Chargers: OL, DB, DT

Selection: DB Johnathan Abram, Mississippi State

  • Chargers last season drafted the best player in my opinion in the draft with Derwin James. If they are able to score Abram they now could have a lethal one two punch at the safety position.

29. Seattle Seahawks: OL, DB, WR, TE

Selection: OL Eric McCoy, Texas A&M

  • The Seahawks just invested a lot of money in Russell Wilson. Thus, they need to start protecting him. The Seahawks OL has been terrible for years. Eric McCoy has a very good chance at being a solidadd to a bad offensive line.

30. Green Bay Packers: OL, WR, DB

Selection: OL Dalton Risner, Kansas St.

  • The Packers in the draft have already added Noah Fant to give huge support to Aaron Rodgers. Now let’s get Rodgers some protection. The add of Risner would work very well hear.

31. Los Angeles Rams: OL, DT, ILB

Selection: DT Jeffery Simmons, Mississippi State

  • The Rams have not resigned Ndamukong Suh thus the need a DT. The add of Jeffery Simmons would more than likely work very well as he should be able to get very strong penetration up the middle.

32. New England Patriots: TE, OL, Edge

Selection: TE Irv Smith Jr., Alabama

  • Gronk retired. Brady needs a new TE. Belichick more than likely will be able to turn Smith into a star.

 

Sports: Virginia Tops Texas Tech 85-77 In National Championship Game

by Christian James

The Virginia Cavaliers have made the 2019 NCAA tournament one to remember.

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Last year, during March Madness, they experienced a shocking defeat to the 16th seed, UMBC, ultimately eliminating them in the  first round of the tournament. Virginia came back to redeem themselves and compete for a national title, putting last year’s nightmare behind them.

This year, with Ty Jerome, De’Andre Hunter, and Kyle Guy, Virginia showcased a well-balanced team full of scorers. During this years March Madness, the Cavaliers went through all adversity that tested them, but they persevered through these trials. Virginia barely escape defeat against Auburn in the Final Four, with Kyle Guy hitting three clutch free throws to seal the win in the final seconds.

The Texas Tech Red Raiders were definitely slept on this season. Many people would have never guessed Texas Tech to be in the championship for the NCAA tournament. This tough team proved their haters wrong, all season.

This team had many upset wins over the likes of Michigan, Gonzaga, and Michigan State who were all popular votes on teams winning the whole tournament. This team was lead by sophomore breakout wing, Jarret Culver, who has made a strong case of being a top pick in the upcoming NBA Draft. Culver and the rest of Texas Tech lead their team to the Final Four and championship for the first time in school history.

Both teams were fighting to win their first ever National Championship, so there was a whole lot of attention towards this game. 

Kyle Guy came out strong with 10 points, hitting many of his shots in the first half to lead the Cavaliers to a 32-29 lead at the end of the first half. He would be the scoring leader up to the half due to some Culver and Hunter struggling with just 3 and 2 points respectively after 20 minutes of play.

This game would continue to go back and forth, but Virginia seemed to have most of the momentum. This momentum would change when Culver would start to have some of his shots fall. Virginia watched their 10-point lead fall to a three-point deficit.

With under 15 seconds left in the game, Texas Tech held a three point lead, before De’Andre Hunter came to save the day for Virginia.

Hunter hit a clutch three-pointer from the corner to tie the game with 12.8 seconds to go and force it into overtime.

In overtime, Hunter continued to feast, hitting shots and overall destroying the hopes of Texas Tech.

In the end, Virginia would win the game 85-77, lead by Hunter’s 27 points and Kyle Guy’s 24 points. The championship was the first in school history for the Virginia Cavaliers.

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