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Sports: Braves Swim Looks To Upperclassmen To Carry Load

by Joshua Lucero

Head coach Jeff Powers expects the best out of all his players on the 2020 Braves swim team in order to qualify for CIF. 

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In order to achieve the team’s goals they are at a disadvantage, they have been faced with a dilemma with a pool that has been shut down for two weeks. The pump that heats up the pool has broken, the new piece should be available on February 12, 2020, and they will be able to have a full practice by February 13, 2020. With this set back they have been doing dry practices, which are running, lifting, jumps, isometrics, and anything else relating to swimming. This can be a setback with their first swim meet in two weeks. Nevertheless, Coach Powers is optimistic.

“We will do well because of the quick swimmers we have and dominate in non-league. In the league, we have a shot to place in the top three but the top two will be a challenge,” said Coach Powers. 

The only real challenge is to get the swimmers back into shape, once the hard work pays off the team will be able to compete to their best ability.  This year Coach Powers will be depending on all of his top swimmers to compete in butterfly, breaststroke, backstroke, and freestyle. He then believes his team will excel in butterfly, backstroke, and backstroke. 

This new team consists of a handful of seniors, Ryan Mowl, Jack Peirce, Gabriel Garcia, and Luke Garrison, and a majority of younger classmen. The major difference from last year’s team and currently this 2020 year is experience. 

“The seniors who have graduated left big shoes to fill,” said Coach Powers. 

He is very confident in his new players, with the right coaching and dedication from his players this new team may be young but will have a fighting chance with the help of the seniors. 

Bosco swim has a small number of 23 participants on their team, compared to other schools such as Santa Margarita who have more than 80 swimmers and Mater Dei who have around 40.  Coach Powers knows that this disadvantage of numbers comes with a price, but is confident that his top players can compete. One player can not do it all and as Coach Powers looks to his 2nd and 3rd place swimmers.

 “Ours is a little bit behind compared to the other teams but they do have the potential to work hard and win meets,” said Coach Powers.

Players like Ryan Mowl, Joshua Joson, Jack Pearce and anyone else who is willing to put in the work will have a major role in leading the team throughout the season.  

Expectations are high for all the seniors, as they have been on the team for four years and know what meets they are going to qualify for. For Gabrial Garcia, he is a four-year veteran with the swim team and his favorite events are the 200 meter IM, 100m freestyle, and any of the relays. 

One of the younger players who have been working hard and staying in shape is Joshua Joson, a sophomore. Coach Powers believes his hard work and dedication can be a strength that the team will be able to feed off of. 

“We expect to place top three as long as we keep our head straight and work hard,” said senior Jack Pearce. Who swims in the 200 freestyle, 100 fly, 4 by 400 free relay, 2 by 50 IM relay. Jack is one of the seniors that coach Powers will be relying on in order to have a good season. 

This year Coach Powers is placed with the difficulty to create champions out of a young team but with hard work and dedication on both sides, this underdog team will have a shot to place in the top three in arguably the toughest high school league in the nation. 

Sports: Braves Wrestling Looks to Continue Dominance Heading into Individual Run to State

by Hunter Richardson

The Bosco Braves’ athletic domination continues with the wrestling squad who took the Trinity League and CIF Title in two massive wins over familiar championship contender Servite Friars. 

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Bosco wrestling has claimed the CIF and Trinity League Titles in stellar performances winning each match by a large margin. The Braves wrestling squad took the win over Servite in both championship matches to secure the big-time wins for this program and continue the dominance that Braves athletics has had across the board so far this year. The Trinity League title win gave the Braves a huge belief going into the CIF Duals that they would easily take care of business. 

The CIF Duals for the Braves began with an absolute dismantling of Norco in the Quarterfinals by a score of 72-6 followed by a 63-18 blowout win over Villa Park in the Semifinals. Then it was time for the Finals and as expected it was against the league rival Servite Friars. The Braves must have had supreme confidence going into the match knowing that they were better and that they could secure the victory. Some tricky tactics by Servite coaching gave them an early lead in the match. For the first time all season the Braves wrestling team had to face some adversity. But as expected, the Braves battled back and ran through the rest of the match securing the CIF title by a score of 50-26.

This year of accolades for Braves athletics continues to stockpile with football, soccer, basketball, and now wrestling. The wrestling team has been a staple for Bosco athletics over the years winning multiple championships and Trinity League titles. So this year is not off the trend for the Braves Wrestling Squad that continues to assert their dominance across California year after year in the Trinity League. 

The Braves have nationally recruited Wrestlers such as Senior Nathan Haas who is committed to Nebraska which is in arguably the best conference in college wrestling, the Big Ten. He is the headlining wrestler to watch for during Individuals. The Braves Wrestlers began their individual runs this past Friday in the Trinity League Individual Championships. The Braves sent thirteen wrestlers and all of them qualified for CIF with eight first-place Finishers, three second-place finishers, and two third-place finishers.  These wrestlers will have a chance to compete for themselves in the CIF Individuals and then the CIF Masters. If the Braves come through with victories at these events then Braves wrestling will be strongly in contention for an individual state team title.

Sports: Dodgers Place Their Betts On 2020 Season

by Luke Garrison, Sports Editor

Dodgers add a top 5 player in baseball to help an already star-studded roster. The real question is, can the addition of Betts help the Dodgers capture a World Series title?

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Last night, the news broke from ESPN that trades between the Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox, and an undisclosed third team(later names the Minnesota Twins), had taken place that would send Mookie Betts and David Price to the Dodgers, and Alex Verdugo to the Boston Red Sox. 

Finally, after Dodger fans had been pleading with ownership, and the front office to make a blockbuster trade. Dodger fans finally had their wish granted. The Dodgers get arguably the BEST player in baseball, other than Mike Trout, on their roster. Betts has shown fans, what he can do over his very short career, in 2018 he was named AL MVP at the age of 24.

The Dodgers in the trade also get Pitcher David Price. Price over the last decade has been one of the better pitchers over that time. The only problem with Price coming over is the very large contract that he has. The 34-year-old is slated to make 32 million dollars this season. Which is a big hit to a franchise that already is struggling to stay under the luxury tax. However, the Dodgers were able to slate the trade so that the Red Sox will have to pay at least half of the remaining contract for David Price. 

The Dodgers send Alex Verdugo to the Red Sox, and the Minnesota Twins send their top pitching prospect, RHP Brusdar Graterol. Many people are wondering if the Red Sox were taken for a ride because the Dodgers were able to get the second-best player in baseball and get a solid role pitcher.

In the trade, the Minnesota Twins acquired Dodgers Pitcher Kenta Maeda.

On a separate note after the Betts trade went through the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim came knocking on the door to help the Dodgers remain underneath the luxury tax. The Dodgers and Angels agreed to terms that will send OF, Joc Peterson, and RHP Ross Stripling to the Angels for INF Luis Rengifo and two other prospects to be named later.

The Angels’ front office and Angels fans have to be very excited for this move as they add a pitcher who can both start or come out of the bullpen. This is huge for the Angels as we all know that the Angels lack pitching. The other is they get power hitter Joc Peterson which adds for yet another great bat in an already power-hitting roster.

The Dodgers, after last night, have moved past the Yankees for the best odds to win the World Series, but fans will ask for a World Series title immediately, especially since Betts, is expected to opt-out of his current deal to seek more money. Most experts expect Betts to resign with the Dodgers, but don’t be surprised if he moves onto a team that will pay him top dollar.

 

FINAL RESULTS OF TRADES:

Dodgers receive: OF Mookie Betts, LHP David Price, INF Luis Rengifo, two prospects to be named later, cash(Via Red Sox)

Red Sox receive: OF Alex Verdugo, RHP Brusdar Graterol

Twins receive: RHP Kenta Maeda

Angels receive: OF Joc Peterson, RHP Ross Stripling

 

Sports: Braves Basketball Looks To Follow Footsteps Of Football

by Luke Garrison, Sports Editor

Tuesday night in Santa Ana, California, the Braves and The Team in Red face off for the trinity league title. The Braves Basketball team just like their Football team looks to take the Trinity League title away from the Team In Red.

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Both teams sit with a record of 7-1, which is why no matter what happens after tonight the winner will take league, and the loser will be unable to make that single game up. Currently, the Braves are number one in the Trinity League, as their sole loss coming against the Lions of Jserra. 

The Team in Red has its sole loss coming against the Braves, in an absolute clinic put on by Bosco’s leaders. The Monarchs since that game have continued to have success against several other teams, however, there have been several games in which the Team in Red struggled to pull out victories. Most notably, was their last Trinity League game against the Friars of Servite. The Team in Red did win by a score of, 63-59, but their top recruit, Devin Askew, had to put the entire team on his back. If the Team in Red wants a chance to avenge their loss earlier in the year they will need to rely more so on their players instead of just Askew.

 The Team in Red will be looking to bounce back after sustaining a loss to the hand of Witney Young High School in which the Monarchs lost by a score of, 67-57.

The Braves will look to ride the hot hands of Seniors Josh Camper, Wynton Brown, and Isaiah Holm. Holm and Camper were the de facto leaders in their previous game against the Team in Red. Holm was on fire from all areas of the court as he was lights out from beyond the arc and was able to be pulling down rebounds, and could not be stopped. Holm in the last matchup was a constant force and was a walking highlight real as he put up monster dunks, insane blocks, and just hand an overall nose for the basket.

Camper, and Brown this season have shown that you can attempt to corral them both but will be unable to succeed. You may be able to keep one of them down for a short period of time, but once they find their groves they are unstoppable. Several Braves players have looked at this game, and think they can not over-hype it, but still need to come into it confident.

“They are good, very good, and we cannot psyche ourselves out. As long as we go out and do what we did last time, we should be good. Our leaders know what to do, and our role guys know what they have to do. But we are confident, and know that we must attack early,” Braves forward Jason Gagnon said. 

The Braves are coming into this game with a 7 game win streak and will look to extend it to 8 games and walk out with their second straight Trinity league title. 

FINAL SCORE PREDICTIONS: Braves, 65 – Team In Red, 62

Sports: Hat Trick Mahomes

by Luke Garrison, Sports Editor

The Chiefs halted the league’s most dominant defense in recent memory to rally from 10 down, to win by 11. The Chiefs and the “Legion of Zoom” proved that they were the most dynamic and dangerous offense in win yesterday.

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Mahomes in all three playoff games this season has overcome large deficits, in all three games to become Super Bowl champions. He took down the Texans after trailing by 24 to win in the AFC Divisional round. In the AFC Championship Game, he overcame a 17 point deficit to propel his Chiefs to the Super Bowl. Finally, last night, he overcame trailing by ten to become a Super Bowl Champion.

For 3 quarters the 49ers had outplayed Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs. The 49ers were able to force him into two ugly interceptions early, and Mahomes seemed to be completely out of sync with his WR/TE core. However, Damien Williams put the entire team on his back and kept them in contention by running all over the Niners. Williams had his play of the game when he received a direct snap and was able to muscle down to the 1-yard line on fourth down to set up first and goal. Which later would result in a Patrick Mahomes rushing touchdown.

Mahomes, who won Super Bowl MVP, in the fourth quarter put on an absolute clinic. He didn’t even start to go crazy until there was just under 11 minutes left in the game. The Chiefs trailed by ten, and Mahomes then finds, Travis Kelce, on a play-action power play for six. The touchdown came with 6:13 left in the game. The Chiefs at this point cut the deficit by seven, 20-17 49ers.

Everyone expects to see the 49ers come out and run the ball down the throats of the Chiefs which had been working for them for the majority of the game. However, to everyone’s surprise, they came out throwing the ball. It worked for a few plays until the Chiefs defense tightens up and was able to put the ball back into Patrick Mahomes’ hands.

Mahomes marched back onto the field and did exactly what every 49er fan feared. That was he marched down the field and found Damien Williams for a 3-yard score, which put the Chiefs up 24-20. The 49ers then had the opportunity to go out and create yet another great moment for the books. Jimmy G had the opportunity to show that he was the guy and that New England had lost the future. This could not have been shorter from the truth.

Jimmy G goes out on the field, and right away over throughs Emmanuel Sanders, and then on 4th down, he throughs the ball away which results in a turn over on downs. This is the Super Bowl, he needed to at least through the ball up and hope one of your guys comes down with it. 49ers’ hands had their hearts ripped out, in one drive.

On the ensuing drive, Patrick Mahomes just hands it off to Damien Williams who would run into the endzone for the final score of the game, and Andy Reid finally got his Super Bowl.

Andy Reid, arguably the most liked person across the entire NFL, was able to finally overcome the hurdle of not succeeding in the playoffs and solidified himself as an NFL Hall of Fame coach.  The man known as big red, had his guy, Patrick Mahomes, and a defense that was able to get enough pressure that ended a 50 year Super Bowl drought. Andy Reid and the Chiefs, for the rest of your lives no one can ever tell you, you could not win the big one. 

Many people, however, are going to question until next season, if Kyle Shanahan is two far inside of his own head. Shanahan has now blown two second-half leads in the Super Bowl. The first coming in the infamous 28-3 comeback by the Patriots, in Super Bowl LI(51). The Second, coming last night against the Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV(54). 

All I have to say is the man to blame is Patrick Mahomes who was an absolute beast late in the game. Shanahan is a great coach he took a team that was not expected to succeed, and lead them to the Super Bowl. He was able to utilize every single part of his offense, he was able to get his Fullback, yes a Fullback a touchdown on a reception. Shanahan is innovative, and he comes from a successful coaching tree and a successful coaching bloodline. He will win the big one someday, and he will continue to have success in the NFL, as long as he does not listen to the outside noise.

To sum the entire game up, the better team won. The better coach, QB and WR/TE core won simple as that. The Chiefs are your Super Bowl LIV(54) champions.

News/Op-Ed: Legends Never Die

by Robert Johnson

An athlete, pianist, writer, rapper, businessman, husband, and most importantly a father. Kobe “Bean” Bryant was a beyond talented human being, accomplishing more in his lifetime than being an NBA Megastar. 

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Born August 23rd, 1978 in Philadelphia, PA to Joe Bryant and Pamela Cox Bryant. Kobe was born into a family of stardom with his father, Joe Bryant was a former NBA and overseas player. 

When Kobe Bryant was 6, his father Joe retired from the NBA to go play professional basketball in Italy where he played five seasons in a few different cities. 

In order for Kobe to adapt to his environment, he had to pick up the local language which was Italian in order to communicate with his teammates on the basketball court or soccer field. 

Later in life, Kobe learned Spanish, making him completely fluent in three languages. 

Kobe Bryant is extremely intelligent, graduating with a high school degree from Lower Merion High School in Pennsylvania. In Kobe’s adult life, he was mostly self-taught, learning the most from his life experiences. 

Kobe was drafted straight out of Lower Merion High School, into the NBA with the 13th overall pick of the 1996 draft. The team that originally owned this pick was the Charlotte Hornets who on draft day would trade Bryant to the Los Angeles Lakers immediately for Vlade Divac, the 7’1 Serbian center. 

“Charlotte never wanted me,” stated Kobe in an interview in 2015. “They had a couple of guards already, a couple small forwards already. So it wasn’t like I would be off the bench much. “ 

This was the trade that would create a dynasty for the Lakers which would dominate most of the 2000s. 

Whether it was Shaq and Kobe or Pau and Kobe. Bryant proved himself to be a champion.  Kobe came into the league wanting to be his own man. 

“I don’t want to be the next Michael Jordan, I only want to be Kobe Bryant.” 

By the end of his career, Bryant cemented himself as one of the greatest of all times.

Having an NBA resume of accomplishments such as five NBA championships with two Finals MVPs, 3rd on the all-time scoring list (4th now, after recently being passed by Lebron James), 15 All-Star Game appearances, and 1 regular season MVP. 

With all of Kobe’s on-court accolades, some of his off-court accolades meant just as much if not even more. 

This list of off-court accomplishments, and the most important starts with his four daughters, Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant, Natalia Diamante Bryant,  Bianka Bella Bryant, and Capri Kobe Bryant. 

Many of Kobe’s fans were more concerned about him having sons that would carry on his torch, but Kobe was proud of being a “Girl dad”. 

“Without hesitation,” he said, “I would have five more girls if I could. I’m a girl dad,”  according to Elle Duncan. 

Bryant was heavily invested in being a family man. This is what made Kobe and Gianna ‘Gigi’ Bryant’s sudden death on January 26th, 2020 so impactful on the lives of people all over the world. Kobe was able to stretch himself out to several different age groups.

Everything that Bryant did was for his daughters. Which sadly would lead to his eventual death as he was taking his daughter to a Mamba Sports Academy game. 

After being a father, Kobe was an artist. 

Bryant enjoyed writing poetry, later taking his writing to the mic. Kobe has had several songs over the years. Songs such as “Kobe” with Tyra Banks, “Hold Me” with Brian McKnight, and “Say My Name” with Destiny’s Child. Bryant’s artistry didn’t stop here. He later found himself in the film industry. 

In 2018, Kobe Bryant was the first professional athlete to be nominated and win an Oscar. 

The Oscar that Kobe won was for “Best Animated Short Film” for his film “Dear Basketball”. 

Kobe Bryant’s artistry was second to none, setting the example of creative freedom that any athlete could possibly obtain in their lifetime. 

Bryant was also an advocate for youth sports, rebranding what was initially “The Sports Academy” that started in 2016 in the “Mamba Sports Academy” in 2018. A multisport training center for young athletes in Thousand Oaks and Redondo Beach, California.

Bryant’s daughter Gianna was often seen working, perfecting her craft at this academy. Enjoying the company of her teammates and the game. 

UCONN Women’s Basketball team recognized Gianna’s dedication to basketball from a young age, leaving a jersey with her number on a seat saved for “Mambacita”. 

UCONN has let it be known that Gianna is “forever a Husky”. 

The passing away of these two has left Los Angeles, along with Kobe and basketball fans across the world feeling lost. 

Bryant left behind his wife Vanessa and three other daughters Natalia, Bianka, and Capri. A family that he dedicated himself to day in and day out. 

Not only was Kobe dedicated to his family but also his league. Kobe played twenty years in the NBA, making on-court rivals as well as off-court friends. 

There were plenty of heartfelt interviews from plenty across the NBA. Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony, Jay Williams, and Doc Rivers have all sent their condolences to the Bryant family. 

On the court, these men have fiercely competed on the court or coached against Kobe. This was just another reason for them to respect Bryant even more so. 

Younger players across the league like Devin Booker, Trae Young, and Zach LaVine all look up to Bryant. Appreciating Kobe’s detail for the game of basketball. 

Many claim Kobe to be this generation’s Michael Jordan. This is false. 

Some people would say that Kobe Bryant is this generation’s Micheal Jordan. However, just like Kobe said himself, Kobe is this generation’s, Kobe Bryant. A champion in life and a legend whose legacy will never fade. 

 

 

 

Sports: Former Brave Aaron Pico Stuns Crowd in an Exciting Night of Fights at Bellator 238

by Ryan Tavera

Bellator 238 saw Cris Cyborg, one of the most feared fighters, with another historic finish and former Brave Aaron Pico with a full head of steam and an intense finish to end the night.

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The main event featured Cris Cyborg defeating her opponent Julia Budd in the fourth round by TKO to win Bellator women’s featherweight title. 

The title was not easily won though as Julia Budd put up a very impressive fight against Cyborg. She was able to outmuscle Cyborg at times in the early rounds. By the third, though it was all Cyborg’s fight. She finished the round on top of Budd raining down blow after blow. And in the fourth, the Brazilian buzz saw kicked it into full gear and let loose with a brutal combo that left Budd toppled on the mat. It was a familiar finish for most fans of Cyborg who once loved to watch her in the octagon of UFC with similar excitable finishes. 

Post-fight Cyborg (22-2, 1 NC)  said she felt “really happy to have the opportunity to make history,” and has now finished 18 of her 22 victories by KO/TKO. Her only loss since 2005 was a knockout via Nunes in the UFC. Julia Budd who lost her title is anything but discouraged stating “I’ll be back stronger,” so it is clear that Cyborg has her work cut out for her if she wants to hold the featherweight title. 

The evolution of Aaron Pico continued on Saturday night as well with the 23-year-old prospect getting back in the win column with a vicious one-punch knockout over Daniel Carey.

Former Bosco student Aaron Pico left it all in the cage at Bellator 238 in what was an incredible display of power against his opponent Daniel Carey. Aaron Pico returned to The Forum, back home in the Los Angeles area, looking to shake off back-to-back knockout losses. 

Aaron Pico was a former wrestler at St. John Bosco, where he beat his opponent Paul Fox in 2013 to win the CIF State Championship for 132lbs. Pico continued his love for martial arts by joining the US National freestyle wrestling team when he qualified for the Olympic trials in 2016 at 19 years of age. No teenager had made the freestyle National team for 40 years. 

Pico is currently 5-3 coming of his last fight with a win. Pico headed into the fight with a full head of steam, he seemed more patient this time around and displayed all that he had to offer. 

Pico’s grade-A wrestling made an appearance in the first round followed by accurate striking and powerful blows that ended the night in the second. Only 15 seconds into the second round Aaron Pico saw his opportunity and struck quick and powerful in a single left-hand that took Daniel Carey off his feet and on the mat.  

In Picos post-fight interview he seemed ecstatic about his victory and noted he felt “very very humbled I’m very happy, I’m happy that’s all I can say.” This victory does not come without sacrifice though as Pico wanted to let his opponents know just how hard he works.

“I just want to let my opponents know when they’re feeling lazy and I don’t want to do this just know that I’m in Albuquerque and I’m training every day that I wake up so just know that,” says Pico.

Pico is definitely one of the hardest workers in MMA and we will look forward to seeing his career continue to play out.

The full results of the Bellator 238 card went down like this thanks to Sherdog.

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