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Sports: Bosco Caps Non-League Stretch With A Shutout In Virginia

by Aeden Alexander, Sports Editor

After traveling to Virginia, St. John Bosco football obliterated Oscar Smith High School 49-0 for their final game before the start of league play.

Photo by Jonathon Gruenke/Daily Press

The notorious Bosco Braves got to travel to the East Coast to match up for their first road game of the year against Oscar Smith, a top ranked program in the state of Virginia. This was a great opportunity for the Braves as it was a chance to show their talent nationwide. The players, coaches, staff and cheerleaders all flew out in hopes to continue the perfect season. 

The game began with Oscar Smith starting with the ball, this was their first taste of what would be a long and disheartening night for their offense. They began with a solid drive down field, but ended up fumbling just before the end zone resulting in the Braves getting the ball.

Bosco wasted no time, scoring a 70-yard rushing touchdown from senior Rayshon “Speedy” Luke. Oscar Smith was then pressured again on offense and resorted to handing the Braves back the ball.

Michigan State commit Katin Houser came into the game at quarterback and quickly found his targets while moving up the field. The drive ended in a quick pass to junior Matayo Uiagalelei for his first of several touchdowns on the night.

Oscar Smith offensively got nothing going as they would continue to get smothered by the Braves stacked defense. Bosco’s other quarterback, Pierce Clarkson, followed up their last drive making two big passing plays, which resulted in finding Matayo again for his second touchdown of the game. This would put the Braves up 21-0.

Bosco’s defense would shine again, executing yet another scoreless drive and regaining possession of the ball for the offense. Houser followed with another impressive drive, ending in yet another touchdown making the score 28-0 in favor of the Braves.

Oscar Smith finally made a decent drive down field gaining yardage, but that was short-lived, as the Braves were able to push them back forcing them to turn the ball over yet again. Bosco tried to score again in the first half, but came up short, moving them into the second half of the game. 

The defense for Bosco continued to make an impact forcing another fumble that the Braves recovered. They swiftly took the ball down field and threw another touchdown extending the lead 35-0.

It would seem as though the offense and defense for Oscar Smith would check out early, with the Braves scoring two more times before the clock ran out. The final score was 49-0 in favor of the visiting Bosco Braves.

This will be the last game for Bosco before they head into league play. They have a bye this week, allowing players to rest and prepare the nation’s most anticipated match-up of the high school football season. The Braves open league play next Friday against the Team in Red.

Sports: Braves Win Fourth Straight In Front Of NBA Superstar Zion Williamson

by Aeden Alexander, Sports Editor

In a high-scoring battle between St. John Bosco Braves and East St. Louis High School Flyers, the Braves steamrolled another national competitor to keep their perfect season going.

Photo by Alex Diaz, Photo Editor

The St. John Bosco Braves continued to shine in their final home game before the start of league play against the nationally-ranked Flyers from Illinois. The Braves are now 4-0 and continue to show improvement every week they step on the field.

Such a marquee match-up even attracted the attention of NBA and New Orleans Pelicans superstar Zion Williamson, as he was in attendance for the game.

To start the game, East St. Louis was given the ball and quickly showed they were not backing down from the Braves’ stacked defense. Their first drive did not result in a score, but was the best start for any team so far against Bosco.

But, just like their offense, their defense came to play as well. Despite the Flyers giving up two big plays to start, the Braves were forced to give back the ball. The rest of the first would be a defensive battle with neither team scoring, but that would quickly change in the second quarter.

The Braves would start by scoring the first touchdown of the game on a long run by the quarterback Pierce Clarkson, giving Bosco a 7-0 lead. The Braves defense would continue to shine, giving the ball back to the offense, allowing them to make a drive down the field, which resulted in another touchdown.

With the Braves quickly regaining the ball, they made another fantastic drive down the field, which led to them pulling ahead 21-0.  With no answer to the Braves dominant defense, East St. Louis went scoreless for the rest of the first half.

At the start of the second half, St. John Bosco began with the ball and quickly scored on an impressive run from Rayshon Luke, which increased the lead to 28 points. With no real answer or game plan from East St. Louis, Bosco sought to put the final nail in the coffin, scoring yet again to put them in front 35-0.

Finally, the Flyers found a spark, scoring their first touchdown of the game, as they looked to make a game of their lackluster performance. With not much working on offense, East St. Louis was able to find the end zone on a punt return as well as a fumble recovery.

Later, the Flyers scored their final points of the game on an impressive pass from their quarterback, which led to their first successful two-point conversion. But, to round off the victory, St. John Bosco’s quarterback, Pierce Clarkson, threw an unbelievable touchdown pass while being hit. This play was arguably the play of the night and the one to end it, as it put the Braves out of reach with a score of 42-26, the eventual final tally.

After four home games, our St. John Bosco Braves football team traveled across the country to Chesapeake, Virginia, where they play their next opponent, Oscar Smith High School. The Braves look to continue their winning season and defeat another national opponent in the Tigers, known for their viral video of their walk out in the “Tiger Cage.” The game will be streamed on the NFHS Network with radio play-by-play available here from Bosco alum Chris Sylvester.

Sports: Nationally Ranked St. John Bosco Braves Steamroll Bishop Amat Lancers 47-7

by Aeden Alexander, Sports Editor

The Braves continue to stay hot, establishing dominance en route to an easy win over Bishop Amat, as they still await their first true test of the season.

Photo by Michael Goulding/Press-Telegram

The game began with Bishop Amat starting with the ball, but Bosco’s defense continued to put on a show, quickly forcing a Lancer punt.

The Brave’s offense quickly made an impact, as Michigan State commit Katin Houser led the charge at quarterback. The Braves swiftly moved down the field, ending the drive on a rushing touchdown from Houser.

The Lancers offense came out looking to fire back with a score of their own, but the Braves defense proved too strong, intercepting a deep pass and proceeding to get the ball all the way to the 45 yard line. 

Bishop Amat’s defense found a groove and put a stop to the Braves offense, allowing them to get the ball back. But quickly, after a booming punt, the special teams unit came up with a big play, forcing a fumble a getting the ball back.

Taking over at around midfield, the Braves offense quickly scored, only needing two plays, a 35-yard run and a ten-yard pass to the end zone, which put Bosco up 13-0, due to a failure attempting a two-point conversion.

Yet again Bosco’s defense simply proved too much for the Lancers. Bishop Amat turned the ball over again, giving the Braves another golden opportunity to score, which they did in no time to make the score 19-0.

After a quick three and out from Bishop Amat, the Braves found themselves with the ball again. But, this time they only needed one play to score with Jabari Bates showcasing his speed and agility in a 60-yard rushing touchdown.

With Bosco up 26-0, the Lancers finally got something going on offense. They moved down the field in the last few minutes of the half, scoring their first and only touchdown of the game making the score 26-7 going into the second half.

The entire second half was filled with the domination of the Bosco Braves, who just showed how much of a powerhouse they are. The Lancers had no shot at scoring after their lone first half touchdown. Behind a score of 47-7, the Braves improved their record to 3-0, as they continue their quest for another national title.

Bosco looks to keep the ball rolling in their last home non-league game before heading across the country next week to take on Oscar Smith High School in Chesapeake, VA. The Braves will then come back home to open league play against the Team in Red at Panish Family Stadium in a game with certain Trinity League and national championship implications.

Tonight the Braves take one East St. Louis from Illinois, which could be Bosco’s first legitimate test of the season. You can purcahse tickets to this week’s game or any future game HERE.

Around Bosco: Bosco’s Brand New Weightroom Fit For A Brave

by Ian Cook

St. John Bosco announces a new and improved strength and conditioning facility just as the 2021-2022 school year and athletic seasons kick off.

A brand new, state of the art Strength and Conditioning Center will open at St. John Bosco High School in just a few days. Although the Pandemic has put many obstacles in front of Bosco, this has not stopped the school from working toward the goal of helping boys become men in all facets of the academic and athletic experience.

The school received brand new dumbbells, bumper plates branded with the St. John Bosco Brave logo, squat racks, leveled out rubber flooring and more modern technology.

“We have a camera system coming in that will record every athlete’s reps, sets and also track their speed and velocity so that our guys will have something to shoot toward,” said Steven Lo, the football program’s offensive coordinator and the school’s Strength and Conditioning Coordinator.

Bosco decided to start this new project so that students can be prepared for what college athletic programs have in store for them in the future. Furthermore, the Strength and Conditioning Program has always focused on doing all they can to ensure students have the opportunities to reach their fullest potentials. 

“Facilities are one of the things that the school takes pride in. Anytime we can take advantage of building something that can match the school’s motto of students becoming the best version of themselves, we want to do that as much as possible,” Lo said. 

With this new Strength and Conditioning Center, Bosco hopes to continue to accomplish the goals they set out for their students, but also to progress and become the best school they can be. However, this wouldn’t have been possible without the contribution from the considerate donors who made this remodel possible. 

Most of the donors were St. John Bosco alumni and parents of current students. With the donations, Bosco worked with PLAE, a company that builds and remodels college and NFL weight rooms. PLAE has worked with many big institutions, such as The University of Maryland, Vanderbilt University, The University of Miami and Purdue University, to name a few. After seeing PLAE’s work, St. John Bosco decided to start this new project so that students can be prepared for what college has in store for them in the future. 

After the school announcement of the remodel of the new Strength and Conditioning Center, the Bosco community is excited to see what impact it will have on the our athletics and strength and conditioning programs. Although, the student-athletes themselves are more excited to specifically see how this new facility will improve their individual overall athletic performance. 

The football team has been looking forward to the day it opens, as they have already begun their 2021-2022 season with victories over Miami Central and Alemany High Schools. The program is glad that this remodel arrived when it may matter most.

“Like Coach Lo told us during our lift the other day, I am looking forward to the weight room because it’s come at the right time and will help make this year even more special then it already is,” said Malachi Finau, a senior defensive linemen.

With considerate donors as well as thoughtful coaches and administrators, St. John Bosco has continued to put a significant amount of effort into making our school the ultimate destination for male student-athletes. 

Sports: Bosco Football Dominant In Victory Over Alemany

by Aeden Alexander, Sports Editor

The Bosco Braves cruise to an easy victory over top-ranked in-state power Alemany, as they continue their national title run while making headlines along the way.

St. John Bosco came off a hot first win over nationally ranked Miami Central in their previous game and looked to win another game against a top-ranked school in California. Bosco’s opponent this time was Alemany, who was ranked very highly and looked forward to putting on a show on the big stage.

Alemany was given the first opportunity to score, meanwhile Bosco’s defense was not slowing down. They were coming off a dominant performance in the previous game and continued to show Alemany how defense wins games and, ultimately, championships.

Bosco quickly gained possession of the football and sought to score and start the game with a bang. But that didn’t scare Alemany, as they were able to somewhat contain the Braves’ offense, limiting them to just a field goal in their first drive.

Bosco’s defense made quick work of Alemany’s offense and regained the ball with ease. The Braves’ offense was able to put together an impressive drive scoring their first rushing touchdown of the game, making their lead to start the game 10-0.

Alemany finally got the ball rolling on their next drive marching down the field. The run was working well, and in addition, their quarterback made some major completions. The drive finished off with them kicking a field goal for what would be their only points of the game.

The Braves’ offense quickly responded with an impressive drive that was capped with a long pass for about 45 yards to the end zone, advancing the score to 17-3.

With a demanding lead, Alemany needed to start finding ways to score, but Bosco’s defense proved too dominant, forcing them to return possession.

The Braves’ returned with an even more impressive drive than the last, showing off their abilities to both run and pass the ball. The audience watched as almost a 90-yard drive ended with an impressive receiving touchdown, putting the Brave’s up 24-3.

For the rest of the game, both teams were able to put impressive drives together, but none resulted in either team scoring. The two teams battled and both defenses shut down one another down the stretch.

But the damage had already been done, as the Braves’ moved their record to 2-0 with a final score of 24-3.

Bosco will host the San Gabriel Valley’s best, Bishop Amat, next Friday night at 7:00 PM at Panish Family Stadium, as they look to improve and show another dominant performance. Tickets can be purchased here.

Sports: Was this the Craziest NBA OFFSEASON in the past decade?

by Jeremiah Davis

As the NBA season is getting ready to start back up, the offseason has brought about some major trades and signings that have had people on the edge of their seats waiting to see what team makes the next move.

Several NBA teams have benefited from the NBA offseason such as the Lakers, Heat and Bulls. The headliner of free agency came with the recent signing of L.A. native Russell Westbrook to the Los Angeles Lakers.  

The team, however, lost some key pieces from their 2020 playoff run, with Kyle Kuzma and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope being traded to the Washington Wizards and Alex Caruso signing with the Chicago Bulls.

With the Lakers’ first round exit in the previous year, the signing of Westbrook ultimately will help the Lakers reach the pinnacle of their true potential as they did in the 2020 season.  

The Miami Heat have also headlined the NBA offseason, as well. The Heat were able to trade away their six-year veteran point guard Goran Dragic for six-time NBA All-Star Kyle Lowry. Alongside that, the Heat were able to resign some key players which is a bonus to their team. Five-time NBA All-Star Jimmy Butler was able to re-sign a deal for four years and $184 million.  

On that same note, 2020 NBA All- Star Bam Adebayo has re-signed with the Heat for a five-year, $163 million deal that makes him one of the highest paid forwards in the league. They also re-signed three-point sniper Duncan Robinson for a five-year deal worth $90 million. These roster changes should put the Heat back in contention in the Eastern Conference. 

The Bulls have made a lot of noise within the NBA offseason and it is no surprise that they are fed up with their losing seasons. The Bulls front office has decided to build around their All-Star shooting guard in Zach Lavine. By doing this, they were able to make some beneficial signings. 

Point guard Lonzo Ball was one of the first to sign with the Bulls for the upcoming season signing a four year, $80 million contract, which some NBA fans say is well-deserved. Ball has made the strides necessary to prove his naysayers and doubters wrong.  

Another signing that raised eyebrows was shooting guard Alex Caruso to Chicago. Caruso was a fan favorite for the Lakers due to his athleticism and playmaking ability. Although the fans seemed to enjoy Caruso staying with the Lakers, the organization was not able to re-sign him due to the cap space within the team.  Therefore, Caruso was able to sign with the Bulls.  Caruso will bring great energy off their bench next season.  

The final piece for the Bulls roster this offseason is Compton, CA native Demar Derozan.  The hype behind Derozan’s signing was compelling to say the least.  He was rumored to be traded to many different teams, including the Lakers. 

In an interview with Shannon Sharpe on his show “Club Shay Shay,” Derozan said, “ You’d love to have the opportunity to play at home, especially if they want you, why not? I think it would work [between me, LeBron & AD]. We’re smart basketball players, and it’s all about coming together.” 

However, Derozan finally made his decision to leave the Spurs and sign a three year, $85,000,000 contract. It will be exciting to see how this NBA season will unfold with the way teams are stacking up, especially in the Western Conference. 

Sports: The Braves Are Back With A Dominant Win Over Nationally Ranked Miami Central

by Aeden Alexander, Sports Editor

In an East versus West coast battle, St. John Bosco cruised to an easy victory over Miami Central in a match-up of nationally ranked powers, winning 35-12.

Friday night lights are back in Bellflower, as this was Bosco’s first full capacity football game since the pandemic began. The atmosphere in Panish Family Stadium was at an all time high.

Not only did these two highly ranked teams match up, but both are big name high school football programs for Nike. Both teams are coming off successful seasons for their programs, as they both seek to continue making headlines. This is especially the case for the Braves, who are yet again a favorite to win the National Title.

To start the game captains from both teams met at the center of the field for the coin flip. Bosco started with an edge over their opponent, as they won the toss and chose to kickoff.

Right away the Braves showed how prepared they were by forcing a fumble off the kickoff, which they recovered around twenty yards away from the end zone. Starting quarterback for the game, junior Pierce Clarkson, quickly figured out Miami’s defensive plan and started off the drive by running the ball straight into the end zone for senior Jabari Bates’ first touchdown of the game. 

With an early lead, Miami Central’s offense came out looking to answer back with a score of their own. Although Bosco’s defense was too fast, too powerful and immediately showed Central that this game wasn’t going to be easy, forcing them to go three and out. Michigan State-commit senior Katin Houser came out the next drive at quarterback, looking to keep the ball rolling with another touchdown of his own.

The Braves continued to do what worked well the first time – play bully ball in the run game – leading to another Jabari Bates rushing touchdown. 

Central’s offense came back on the field and looked to just get something started on that side of the ball. But with the same result as the first drive, the Braves’ defense continued to show just how dominant they are, quickly forcing Central into another punt..

Pierce returned at quarterback, and the Braves started opening the playbook up through the air. Bosco’s offensive line did a stellar job the entire drive, quickly moving the team to the endzone where Pierce connected with Jahlil McClain for his first receiving touchdown of the game. The Braves jumped out to a 21-0 lead in just the first six minutes.

With it still being early in the game, it was far from over, but Central needed to make adjustment before things got ugly. Their next drive, things started to click. They started moving the ball around the field a bit better and picking up some first downs. However, too often, Central was still forced to punt, due to the Braves’ powerhouse of a defense.

The playing field leveled out a tad as the game wore on, but not by much.

The exclamation points on the night were Jabari Bates’ third touchdown of the game as well as a 55-yard receiving touchdown by Chedon James from the hands of Pierce Clarkson, which more than sealed the deal for the home team .

This week Bosco Football is back at Panish Family Stadium taking on Alemany High School, who lost their opening week match up on the road against Lone Peak. Tickets on sale here.

SPORTS: Bosco Volleyball Shows Fight and Resilience

by Omar Cerezo

Despite not having the best of starts Bosco, Bosco volleyball is making the most of an unprecedented season.

Being at home during a lockdown isn’t an easy thing to do as you aren’t able to enjoy time with friends, visit places or play any indoor and outdoor sports. The volleyball team has been making great progress in overcoming these challenges and being able to practice with each other while following COVID-19 regulations. This shows what being a Bosco Brave is all about and not only sets a good example for the school but for many teams during these times. 

Head Coach Shane Beatty, also an entrepreneurship and algebra 2 teacher, has been coaching volleyball at Bosco for three years now and explained that there has been setbacks, like getting the team gym time and having to do COVID-19 testing on a weekly basis. 

“You got to have patience and just focus on controlling what you can control,” said Mr. Beatty

He wasn’t even expecting to have a season, but now that they are able to play, there are some restrictions on what they can and cannot do. This taught the team to be patient and always keep their heads up and have a good spirit.

“Our energy for sure our strength. There’s no other group of guys that I want to go to battle with,” said Mr. Beatty 

Beatty describes how there are a lot of kids with high energy no matter what the situation is during these times, and it goes on to show what being a Bosco Brave is all about. 

Junior student Alex Mayo has been playing on the Bosco volleyball team since he was a freshman. He echoed Coach Beatty’s sentiments about the challenges they’ve faced returning after the pandemic layoff.

“You had to learn how to adapt,” Alex said.

Even from all this recent diversity Alex was still able to have that Bosco brotherhood with his teammates on and off the court. 

“Its different, man; you got to just try it out,” said Alex, explaining that volleyball is a sport where you have to experience the sport to understand the fun of it. 

As far as the challenges the volleyball team had to face, it’s been visible that they never gave up and continued to move forward. They have not let this COVID-19 pandemic interrupt their experience at Bosco during their volleyball season.    

Sports: Bosco Wrestling Coach Juan Archuleta Faces A Strong Challenger In Sergio Pettis For His First Bellator Bantamweight Title Defense

by Andrew Fierro

Archuleta, who has been a coach and mentor to St. John Bosco’s wrestling team, has his first title defense coming up. He has had a huge impact on the St. John Bosco team, who have been wrestling fantastically for many years and are having a great start to the 2021 season which was condensed due to COVID-19. 

In a fight taking place on Friday, May 6th in Uncasville, Connecticut for Bellator 258, Archuleta, who has just recently acquired the Bantamweight crown, looks to successfully complete his first defense against Sergio Pettis.

Sergio Pettis, who is the brother of well known former UFC fighter Anthony Pettis, has looked very well in his first two bouts as part of the Bellator organization and looks to carry forward his performances against Archuleta in the biggest fight of his career. 

However, standing in his way is the extremely capable Juan Archuleta, who is 20-1 since 2015 as well as 25-2 overall and is coming off one of his strongest showings of his career in his title victory over Patchy Mix via decision. He showed off even more of his fast pacing and strength in every aspect of mixed martial arts with his wrestling and his boxing being great strengths of his.

Though Juan Archuleta may be the favorite going into this fight, Sergio Pettis is no slouch, having been a former UFC fighter fighting amongst the best in the world and having an incredible transition into the Bellator organization. 

In this fight against Sergio Pettis, Juan Archuleta is facing a fighter with an amazing all around fight style that allows him to look for finishes in all areas of the fight. Whether it is through submission or knockout, Sergio Pettis has a chance to end the fight at any given moment. Paired up against the incredible pacing Juan Archuleta brings to the fight, the fight will most likely be an extremely active and fun fight to watch for fans. 

In this fight, the future of MMA will be showcased, according to Juan Archuleta. With both of these fighters having high caliber skills in every aspect of mixed martial arts, the age of being skilled in only one strand of MMA is fading. Now, to be able to compete at the highest level, one must be able to use every aspect of MMA to their advantage or will not be able to keep up with the highest competitors of the sport.

In this fight, both the fighters are able to do so, which is why the fight will be extremely interesting to watch and is the start to a new age of MMA, where both the fighters are extremely well versed in every aspect of MMA. 

The mindset of Archuletta going into the fight is not about defending his throne, but gaining something new. He believes that the belt is up for grabs and they both have the same opportunity of receiving it, so rather than him defending it, it’s him acquiring it once again. 

The fight will be a very intriguing fight, and both of these fighters seem well prepared and extremely excited to get into the octagon together. The fight will consist of five, 5-minute rounds and the winner will be the Bellator Bantamweight Champion. With Pettis looking to hold nothing back to take the belt from Archuleta and become the champion, Archuleta is ready for whatever comes his way and excited to defend his throne for the first time in his career. 

Sports: Bosco Basketball Is Rolling Ahead of Trinity League Battle Against “The Team in Red”

by Jackson Smith

Braves basketball have gotten off to an incredible start this season, as they currently hold a 12-1 record behind star players Lamaj Lewis, Jeremiah Nyarko and Scotty Washington. 

Head Coach Matt Dunn has the utmost faith in his team and their future. Coach Dunn says that he is happy to just get to play this year and give his players a chance to get out on the court. 

Coach Dunn is happy with their start, even though he believes that they should have won the game against Santa Margarita. That game went into overtime, and they lost by only three on a last second shot. It seems that all of the players on the team believe that they should have pulled that game out. They’ll have another shot against the Eagles this Friday at home in the Thunderdome.

Dunn says that every team in the Trinity League poses a problem and every game is going to be a fight, and the hardest part is getting ready for another tough team each and every week. But that’s exactly what the Braves need, as Coach Dunn and his squad have set their sights yet again on the CIF-SS Open Division playoffs. 

The team seems to have a great spirit and camaraderie, and Coach Dunn thinks so too.

“Our guys do a tremendous job supporting each other,” said Coach Dunn, as that seems to be an important key to being a great team. Coach sees this team as one of the best he has had, not only in terms of talent, which is without a doubt there, but also in togetherness and really being a team.

“We have built an identity, which is the most important part of our season,” said senior captain Hunter Richardson.

Coach and the team believe that what has brought them down, if anything, is the lack of practice time, which has impacted all teams throughout the state. However, Dunn believes their lack of time together makes the players grateful for any time that they do get together. 

“We got to treat every game like it’s our last, and we got to stay together through these tough times,” said senior point guard Lamaj Lewis.

Dunn sees seniors Lewis, Richardson, and guard Scotty Washington as the leaders of the team.

“They are mature young men and that helps them become leaders. These three help the team in more ways than just scoring,” said Coach Dunn.

The Braves’ biggest challenges will be mental, as they are a team with size, strength, speed and skill that feels very few teams can beat them without them beating themselves.

“Our hardest battle is the mental battle because physically we can beat any team out there,” said Richardson.

The Braves take on “The Team in Red” tonight on the road in what is perhaps the most anticipated basketball game in the Southern Section so far this season, a game that will be televised live on KDOC at 7:30pm.

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