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Life of a Brave: Alumnus Dr. Eric Lane Returns to Fill Big Shoes as Athletic Director

By Connor Sheehan, Editor-in-Chief

Dr. Eric Lane, Class of 2003, returns as the successor to St. John Bosco High School legend Mr. Monty McDermott, with an overarching plan to, in his terms, “trust the process,” as he looks to continue and evolve the rich tradition of Brave athletics.

Photo by Robert Visty III, Photo Editor

Dr. Lane is aiming to first and foremost develop Bosco’s student-athlete’s as holistic young men, emphasizing the importance of both academic and athletic life. Dr. Lane mentions that to develop a holistic man, certain parameters have to be met.

“Trust the process. We are extremely blessed here at St. John Bosco high school because we have developed a reputation of excellence. We didn’t get here by not being holistic,” Dr. Lane said. “We’ve done things the right way since this school’s creation in 1940. We have to continue to trust that process, and it’s our job to foster those young men and continue to implement the strategies we’ve learned.”

He believes that retaining that guiding principle will allow Bosco to continue its success in athletics, but also serve as the springboard for even greater success. Trusting that process, but reimagining it at the same time.

Dr. Lane attended Bosco from 1999-2003. During his time at Bosco, he served as team captain for the varsity basketball team, and his team won a CIF Championship in 2003.  Succeeding a prolific winner in Mr. McDermott, Dr. Lane is no stranger to success and winning at a high level.

Beyond Bosco, Dr. Lane would go on to play collegiate basketball at Boise State and professionally in the Europe for TG Renesas Landshut in Germany and BC Rakvere Tarvas in Estonia. Dr. Lane attributes his success in both athletics and education to his time at Bosco. 

“Bosco was really a turning point in my life. As an African American from South Central Los Angeles, coming to Bosco opened up so many different opportunities,” Dr. Lane said. “The four years I spent here were really transformative to my life and set the tone of how I went into adulthood. [Bosco] taught me how to translate my athletic skills into life skills.”

One of his contemporaries, Principal Dr. Kris Anderson, Class of 2004, spoke admirably of Dr. Lane and is excited to work with him.

“He has an infectious personality, he’s incredibly knowledgeable, and he was quickly able to articulate his vision. I think ultimately what he brings is a perspective that has a lot of crossover that brings value as a former athlete and, beyond that, a man of faith. With all of his experiences combining, it’s just exciting to have him back on campus,” said Dr. Anderson.

Dr. Lane notably represents the African American community, as the first black Director of Athletics at Bosco and being hired in a Trinity League that continues to diversify. Given that, Dr. Lane has a unique perspective regarding representation.

“As a person of color – as a black man – we are all aware of the racial inequities and societal issues that we have around race. I take a lot of pride to be the first black man in this position, but also that I can show all of our students and anyone else that you can elevate yourself to be in a position of leadership and inspire real change,” said Dr. Lane.

Dr. Lane is succeeding Mr. Monty McDermott, Bosco’s most successful and notable Athletic Director. Under McDermott’s tenure, St. John Bosco became an athletics program that consistently sits at the top of the Trinity League in multiple sports and holds two national, nine state and 18 CIF team championships.

“When I think of Monty, I was a student here when he was first hired, and he was always a great leader and supporter. I stayed in touch with him throughout my career as an athletic administrator,” said Dr. Lane. “I feel a sense of responsibility to not only carry on his legacy, but to do exactly what he would want to do and continue to elevate our standards of excellence and continue to build more opportunities for students and continue to build winning programs. I want us to change our departments to where we are running like a well-oiled machine, with the infrastructure and protocols and procedures to allow our coaches to be great.” 

Dr. Lane is beyond qualified in the field of athletic administration, serving as the Director of Development in Athletics at Cal Baptist University and Associate Director of Development in Athletics at California State University, Fullerton, and his high level degrees are a Bachelors in Communications from Boise State University, a Masters in Coaching from Concordia University and a Doctorate in Leadership and Education from California State University, Fresno.

Bosco President Dr. Brian Wickstrom, who has plenty of athletic administrative experience himself, gave an overwhelmingly positive view of the hiring of Dr. Lane.

“[Dr. Lane] is an outstanding individual who genuinely cares about the St. John Bosco student experience, understands St. John Bosco and its culture since he is a graduate, and has a very deep understanding of athletics from his years of experience in athletics,” Dr. Wickstrom said. “[He is] a very caring person, who genuinely cares about the future of St. John Bosco and St. John Bosco Athletics, cares about preparing students for successful post-high school careers in academics and athletics.”

Dr. Wickstrom mentions Dr. Lane’s eyes for the future successes of student-athletes beyond their time at Bosco, on which Dr. Lane placed a unique emphasis. 

“Alumni need to show that they are walking proof of St. John Bosco’s mission, and I want to highlight the importance of getting people back on campus to do that,” said Dr. Lane. “Come back home!”

There is no doubt that Dr. Lane holds a great regard for the values of Salesianity, the keystone of Bosco’s culture. A major part of his plan for Bosco Athletics is derivative of that need for Salesianity.

“[St. John Bosco High School] needs to continue to carry out those things that Don Bosco had wanted us to carry out. One thing I talk a lot about with my coaches is the importance of developing good young men, and from my experience that is rooted in part in Salesianity.”

Dr. Lane encompasses all of what Don Bosco intended and more, and his return to Bosco marks a continuation of that legacy.

Sports: Bosco Football On The Road Again To Face Oregon Powerhouse Central Catholic

By Christian Angel, Managing Editor

After defeating the Allen Eagles and the Bishop Amat Lancers the last two weeks, the St. John Bosco Braves travel out of state again to continue their national championship quest against the Central Catholic High School Rams at Oregon University’s Autzen Stadium, one of the most notable college football venues in the country.

Head Coach Jason Negro and Bosco Football took the show on the road once again Thursday morning to begin preparation to face Central Catholic, who are ranked number one in the state of Oregon by MaxPreps and won the Class 6A State Championship in 2021.

Bosco looks to earn another show-stopping, out-of-state win against the Beaver State’s best.

Bosco comes into Eugene, Ore. continuing their reign as MaxPreps number one high school football team in the nation after the going 2-0 in the past two weeks, defeating Allen 52-14 in week one and crushing Bishop Amat 42-7 last Friday night.

On top of their recent win, they continue to focus on their holistic approach to their success, emphasizing the necessary contributions of their offense, defense and special teams. Offensively, against the Lancers the Braves were led by quarterback Pierce Clarkson, who produced 158 yards in the air and one passing touchdowns while rushing for 37 yards on two carries with one rushing touchdown.

Bosco’s offense also received some major help from running back Cameron Jones, who rushed eleven times for a total of 164 yards and two touchdowns, and wide receiver Eric Denham, who received two catches for 97 yards and one touchdown.

And the defense has been equally as impressive for the Braves.

“Our main focus is playing fast and aggressive defensively and to create turnovers,” said All-American, four-star safety Peyton Woodyard. “Turnovers allow our offense to get the ball.”

Bosco’s defensive performance serves as a testament to Woodyard’s statement, as against the Bishop Amat Lancers, they produced a turnover, four tackles for loss, a sack and totaled 68 tackles in a brutalizing effort against the Lancers.

As Bosco Football heads to Oregon, their whole production team, including players, coaches, equipment team and staff, shifts their operations to being away from their home base and adjusting to the vast confines of Autzen Stadium. With the upcoming travel, all coaches and staff work together in order to make sure game night turns into a victory. 

St. John Bosco Football Equipment Manager Mr. Burrel Lee, III makes sure all equipment and technology are ready for game day with his managerial staff, exhausting every effort to do so.

“Going into this game, it’s like the Allen game, with thick glass windows in the coach’s press box, so I had to find a way to make sure there are no connection issues. This isn’t your normal high school field, so I just think of different ways to adjust on the fly,” Mr. Lee said.

Like the athletes on the field, much of Bosco’s success behind the scenes is due to their expertise in adjusting and creating success out of those adjustments.

And no matter the 900 mile distance to travel to Eugene Oregon, Brave Nation still comes together to show support for their team.

Mrs. Adrienne Large, parent of junior offensive lineman, King Large, is no exception. Mrs. Large and her family have not missed any of their son’s games in his time at Bosco and are eager to see their son compete in one of the premier college stadiums in America. 

“The feeling is like none-other. It is a first-class experience to support our St. John Bosco Football team, especially King,” said Mrs. Large. “King along with his teammates and [the coaching staff] have done a phenomenal job each and every day to rise to the occasion of being the best high school football team in this world, and there is no greater pleasure than to be a part of this real family.” 

The game tonight starts 7pm PST. Bosco fans who aren’t traveling to Autzen Stadium can attend a watch party starting at 6:30pm in the Mary Help of Christians Quad for tacos, football and fun.

Sports: Bosco Football Silences Bishop Amat’s Kiefer Stadium Crowd

By Michael Barba

St. John Bosco Football gave the Bishop Amat Lancer’s raucous crowd little to cheer about with a casual 42-7 win, as they look ahead to tomorrow night’s game against Central Catholic High School in the Beaver State of Oregon at Autzen Stadium.

Video by CLA Sports

Last Friday, Bosco Football was able to retain their title as the number one ranked high school football team in the entire country. The anticipation for this game had thousands of people in attendance at Amat’s classic Kiefer Stadium to support these storied high school programs despite the 90 degree nighttime weather. 

The Braves didn’t waste any time jumping on the Lancers. Within the first seven minutes of the game, junior running back Cameron Jones scored a touchdown. With four minutes left in the first quarter, senior quarterback Pierce Clarkson completed a 90-yard pass touchdown to senior running back and wide receiver Eric Denham. The Braves added another touchdown to their first quarter total with about a minute left, as Jones was able to secure his touchdown of the night.

After going up 21-0 in the first, the Braves didn’t look back.

Heading into the second quarter, the ball started off on Bosco’s 35-yard line. In the first three minutes of the second quarter, junior running back Chauncey Sylvester completed a 63-yard rushing touchdown taking the Braves further down the path of dominance. The Braves added another touchdown at the end of the half and headed into halftime with a commanding 35-0 lead.

The Lancer’s started with the ball in the second half, but Bosco wasted no time getting it back. Junior defensive back Peyton Woodyard was able to cause an interception, getting the ball to Bosco’s side once again. With less than 60 seconds left in the third quarter, the Braves were able to pull off another touchdown to end off at 42-0.

In the last quarter, the Braves eased up, winning 42-7 against the seventh best team in California. The Braves six touchdown came off a total of 470 yards, while the defense had 68 tackles and Woodyard’s interception.

The Bosco Football hopes to continue their current streak of dominance against the Central Catholic Rams, Friday night at 7pm at Autzen Stadium in Oregon. A watch party will be hosted starting at 6:30pm for Brave fans in the Mary Help of Christians Quad.

Sports: Bosco Football Brings the Thunder to Allen, Texas, Faces Bishop Amat Tonight on the Road

By: Isaac Mays, Sports Editor

After a beat down of the Allen Eagles last Friday, tonight the Bosco Braves return to Southern California to continue their reign as the number one high school football team in America.

Photo by Alex Diaz, Photo Editor

Bosco Football comes back to their home state to face off against the ninth strongest football team in California, the Bishop Amat Lancers. The Lancers hold a 2-0 record, with dominant wins against Valencia (29-6) and La Habra (42-7) under their belt this season.

Saint John Bosco is coming off a 52-14 blowout victory against Allen High School in Texas on a significant stage. The game against the Lancers has players and coaches alike fired up to return to California and prove how strong the Bosco Football team currently is.

This return continues Bosco’s journey to take the National Title for the 2022 year. There is a major factor of not having to play a game halfway across the country, the players no longer have to stay away at hotels and not be able to access the same comforts typical to preparation.

On top of that, the offensive attack of the Braves plans to return to its pass heavy roots after shifting their focus for the offensive game plan in Texas, where the rules forced more reliance on the run game. Under Texas rules, a typically illicit rule known as “chop blocking” is allowed. Now, the Braves look ahead to a dynamic Lancer offense.

“They’re going to be firing on all cylinders in terms of their execution, so it’s just a matter of us matching that intensity and matching that execution,” said Wide Receiver Coach Nate Munson. “I think we’ll do just fine”

The Braves are running off a clear confidence boost after a motivating victory against the Allen Eagles. Nonetheless, the players are aware of the need to stay level-headed and bring the heat to Amat. The Brave offense certainly racked up the points last week, but defensively they also have made sure to keep up their A-game after holding Allen to only 152 yards of total offense.

“I think we’re going to run up the score even more than we did in Allen,” said Mark Lutke, senior center.

Brave fans can catch the action on the campus of Bishop Amat High School at the Keifer Stadium. Kick off is at 7:00pm.

Sports: Bosco Football Sets Its Sights on the Lone Star State’s Allen Eagles

by Christian Angel, Managing Editor

Everything is bigger in Texas, including high school football, and the town of Allen, home of the Allen High School Eagles, has an $60 million 18,000 seat stadium to prove it. Though the state’s natives tell others not to mess with Texas, the St. John Bosco Braves look to prove that warning does not apply to the number one ranked football team in the nation.

Photo by Alex Diaz, Photo Editor

Head Coach Jason Negro and Bosco Football left for Texas Wednesday morning to begin preparation for the Eagles, who are ranked number 46 in the nation by MaxPreps and won the 2017 Texas Class 6A Division I Football Championship.

“Allen is a tradition-rich Texas program that takes a lot of pride in their football program. Brave Nation can expect our team to represent the school, league and state well,” said Offensive Coordinator Stephen Lo. “You will see some hungry Braves flying around the field making plays. Our players have been working for a long time in preparation for this moment, and the game should not disappoint.”

All eyes will be on the players who make Bosco America’s top team coming into the 2022 season. Ms. Melody Mohebbi, Head Athletic Trainer, takes seriously the responsibility of moving Bosco’s athletic training operations to Allen to ensure the players receive top-tier treatment so they can compete at the highest level. 

“We always find some time between meetings or during the rest periods to do some treatment every day, but we are in a good spot. We might have a little bit of soreness and bumps and bruises, which is part of football anyways, but overall we are in good health,” Ms. Mohebbi said.

Though the health and safety of the Braves is always paramount, bragging rights are on the line. Four-star cornerback and Stanford-commit Jshawn Frausto-Ramos perhaps put it best.

“Everyone talks about Cali vs Texas, so I can’t wait to show them what we are about,” he said.

The game is Friday at 5pm PST. Bosco fans who aren’t traveling to Allen can stream the game from their homes via FloSports or attend a watch party starting at 4:30pm in the Mary Help of Christians Quad with their fellow Brave faithful.

Sports: Spring Football is Back as Preparations for Next Season Begin

by Ian Cook

After a great 2021 season, the St. John Bosco football team has opened up their 2022 season with Spring football, college showcases and barbeques.

This is the first normal Spring football season for the Braves in over two years. Spring football workouts started in February giving the Braves a very short off-season. Now in May, the team is in full swing, getting new playbooks, watching films from previous seasons and practicing without pads. 

“Once the season ended we pretty much started working out right away. There really is no offseason for us, we might get a couple days to rest here and there but with 7v7 tournaments and showcases, it’s pretty much year-round,” said junior quarterback Pierce Clarkson. 

With Spring football picking up, so has the college recruitment for the Braves as well. On May 11, the Braves hosted their annual Spring Football College Showcase and Barbeque. 

Head Coach Jason Negro brought in many well-known collegiate programs. Georgia, Clemson, USC, Oregon, Ohio State University, UCLA, Arizona and LSU were some of the programs that came out to watch and recruit. 

“Being able to play in front of these coaches is just a blessing, being able to receive scholarships and play with the best, in front of the best, and against the best is why you come here,” said sophomore Cornerback Marcelles Williams. 

Just this weekend, the Braves competed in the Millikan High School 7v7 Passing Tournament. The tournament had many good teams including Mater Dei High School, Servite High School, Santa Margarita High School and Corona Centennial High School to name a few. 

The Braves ended up winning the tournament beating the Servite Friars 40-8 in the finals without their starting quarterback, Pierce Clarkson, who was at the Nike Elite Camp. 

“Some big performers for us were Marcelles Williams, Jahlil McClain, Caleb Sanchez and Tyler Hennessy,” said Offensive Coordinator Steven Lo. 

Although the first game of the season is still nearly 3 months away, the Braves have made the California High School Football watchlist as well as some of their league rivals, the Santa Margarita Eagles and The Team In Red. 

With a nationally ranked program, comes a national schedule and Head Coach Jason Negro has not shied away from any challenge. 

“We have another National Schedule this year, we play a very good Allen High School Team in Texas, then Central Catholic of Oregon and then the best team from the Islands, Kahuku High School,” said Head Coach Jason Negro. 

The Braves have played the nation’s best teams thus far putting California as the best for High School Football. 

“This is what it means to be national champions, we can’t just play local teams out here and hope to win a national championship, we have to go find the best teams in the country and show them why we are the best,” said Head Offensive Coordinator Steven Lo. 

The Braves are once again a step ahead of their competition and are looking forward to finishing up their Spring period and are ready for the Dog Days of Summer. 

Sports: After a Hard-Fought Season Bosco Baseball Narrowly Miss CIF Playoffs

by Aydn Morris

After having a winning record and an incredible improvement over last season Bosco baseball was snubbed out of the CIF playoffs.

Photo by Alex Diaz, Photo Editor

The Braves had an outstanding season even with falling short of playoff expectations.

The Braves baseball team, led by coach Don Barbra, finished with an overall record of 16-12 and a Trinity League record of 6-9 which was good enough for fifth in the Trinity League.

The Trinity League is regarded as one of the toughest leagues in high school baseball, similar to its reputation in many other sports. Even with the fifth spot finish for the Braves, they still had a chance of making the CIF playoffs, as the other four teams ahead of them made it to the playoffs. 

If the Braves were to have won one or two more of their Trinity League matches, it would have changed the outcome of their season. As the fourth-seeded team, Santa Margarita won six games in the league as well, and was able to make the playoffs.

Even though the Braves did not make the playoffs, finishing the season with a positive win record is a huge improvement and accomplishment for the Braves. Last season the Braves finished with a 6-21 record and 1-14 league record, which is a massive difference from this year. 

“The program will be strong next year as many of the junior varsity guys will be moving up to varsity, and the same thing as this year. They will have a heavy-sided senior class,” said senior pitcher Julian Orozco. 

This year, the Braves had 21 players from the senior class, and it is looking to be around the same for next season as most of the guys moving up to varsity will be seniors next year. 

“We had a hot start. If we could have been more consistent throughout the season, we could have had a different outcome to the season,” said senior catcher Dylan Taguiam. 

The Braves started the season off 11-1, with their lone loss being to Tesoro High School in Rancho Santa Margarita with a score of 4-3. This loss was not bad, however, as Tesoro finished their season with a 21-8 record and at the time were undefeated. 

This is where the talk about consistency with the Braves comes in. In some games, the bats were on fire, and the Braves won games scoring up to 13 runs. Other games, however, are quite the opposite as they would, time and time again, get shut out in the next game they play.

“The biggest adversity we had to face was when we were 11-1 and we had to play JSerra in a series. That first loss to them, we kind of dealt with it in a weird way,” said Dylan Taguiam. 

The first loss to Junipero Serra Catholic started a huge five-game losing streak for the Braves, as they went into a series against Orange Lutheran High School and got swept with two shutout losses. That stretch was key for the Braves and simply breaking that huge losing streak could have changed their season outcome. 

“In the National Classic Tournament, we were on and off as we went 2-2 in the tournament and just inconsistent, which was really our downfall,” said Dylan Taguiam. 

The inconsistent play of the Braves may have determined their season, but it is something that can be fixed next season and the program is looking to only improve going forward.

Sports: Golfer Matthew Ingram Finishes Second in Trinity League, Best Individual Finish in 16 Years

by Ian Cook

With only 20 days left until summer, the spring sports of St. John Bosco have been able to keep their focus on their athletic season and not be distracted by the excitement of the 2021-2022 school year coming to a close. 

The 2022 St. The John Bosco golf team is an example of one of the many spring sports that has been able to have a strong season thus far. 

Recently, the Braves finished 2nd out of 16 teams in the Ontario Christian Tournament. Senior and Drew University commit, Matthew Ingram, was one of the key performers for the Braves during the tournament as well as in Trinity League play. 

“Matthew Ingram took 2nd place in the Trinity League Individual Tournament, which is the highest finish a Bosco golfer has had in that tournament in 16 years,” said Head Coach Jack Hastert. 

The Braves are 8-5 in dual matches and 7-1 in non-league matches. They have also shot under 200 in seven matches over the course of many years. 

“I feel like our dual match record can be better but our non-league matches have been great so far. We have beaten some pretty good teams outside of the league like Long Beach Poly and Cerritos, so I think we’re in a good spot,” said Matthew Ingram.  

In addition to the contributions Matt has made, junior Manny Huerta has the second best scoring average on the team, followed by junior Jesse Ramirez at 3rd, senior Aydn Morris 4th, and junior Andrew Chao 5th. There have also been contributions from juniors Carter Daley and Christopher Gonzalez.

“Although we’re not at the top of our league standings, we are having a good year, and I’m excited about where this group is headed. Everyone’s putting up good numbers and helping our team win these group and individual matches,” said sophomore Jacob Carrasco. 

A big goal for the Braves this year was to achieve their first league win, which they accomplished by beating a very talented Jserra team 199-196. Another goal for the team was to have an above .500 record in non-league matches, which they were able to achieve by going 8-5. 

Matthew Ingram has already punched his ticket to the CIF individual tournament with his 2nd place finish in the Trinity League tournament. However, with hopes to make the CIF Tournament as a team, the Braves will work to finish near the top of a very tough Trinity League. 

Sports: St. John Bosco Lacrosse on the Rise, Sets Sights on a CIF Title

by Aeden Alexander, Sports Editor

Photo by Alex Diaz, Photo Editor

This week, Braves lacrosse finished the regular season strong with a win over Oak Park on senior day, leading them into Division 2 CIF Playoffs ranked third in the section.

On April 27th, wrapped up an impressive season that included many firsts for the program. The Braves’ 3-2 Trinity League record was good enough for third place, securing them a playoff spot. With the final CIF polls being released on April 25th, the Braves 11-4 overall record allowed for them to rank third in Division 2 lacrosse.

After such a great year for the Braves, they look to make a deep run into playoffs and end it all with a ring. 

“To win a title, it takes every player, freshmen and seniors, to handle adversity and conflict, trust each other, communicate with each other and appreciate each other in a positive way,” said Coach Tommy Johnson.

In the Braves’ final week of action, they faced off against Servite to start the week in one of the most important games of the year. Beating Servite for the first time in program history secured third place as well as a playoff spot.

Many of the players from this year’s roster are upperclassmen, with a majority being seniors. The roster size doubled from last year, and the team will look to its seniors to lead them into battle and come in clutch when they need it. 

“The main component of our success has been our high level of experience and grit as we have ten seniors,” said senior captain Noah Citek. 

Noah has been one of the key players for the Braves, as they had many dominant performances over their opponents this season. Also, in the few games they lost, it was by a matter of a few points.

Another senior, goalie Brennin Melton, is one of the top performers for the Braves. His impressive saves keep games close, making it a lot easier to win games for the rest of the team.

“Without Brennin Melton in goal and Noah Citek taking face-offs, we would be using an entirely new game plan. These two young men are at the very top of the high school level and should be attending any college they choose. I have seen a lot of lacrosse over the years, and these guys are the best at what we ask them to do” said Coach Johnson.

Bosco seniors shined all year long, as they were the bright spot of this year’s roster. They made up almost 30 percent of the team, and that showed in their matchups, as they always seemed bigger and stronger than their opponents.

One of the main components to this year’s team has been their chemistry on and off the field. From seniors all the way down to freshman the players always have had each other’s back and had full confidence in one another.

“Our teamwork is our biggest component; we struggle at times to play as a team, but when we do, we are unstoppable,” said senior George Bratton.

Before the end of the season, the Braves got hot and won eight of their last ten games which hopefully will continue to happen as they roll into playoffs looking to continue to stay on their hot streak. CIF will release the brackets and schedule for the playoff games early next week, which most likely will have the Braves ranked at a high seed, giving them home field advantage.

Sports: Baseball is Back!

by Aeden Alexander

After the Major League Baseball Lockout has ended the season is right underway as both local Los Angeles teams the Angels and Dodgers look to make a run for it all this year.

Expectations are high in Southern California after an amazing offseason from both local clubs. The two teams went with different routes that would fit what they were looking for and both have improved significantly heading into the season.

The Dodgers are the 2022 favorites to win the World Series and that’s not by coincidence. Not only did the Dodgers manage to bring back many of their core players but as well brought on some new guys.

The biggest move however for them would be the addition of 2021 World Series MVP Freddy Freeman. Freeman was the first baseman for the Braves and will continue to hold down his position in Los Angeles.

The Dodgers as well managed to trade outfielder A.J. Pollock for all-star closer Craig Kimbrel. Also re-signing Hall of Famer Clayton Kershaw to a short deal to finish off his career.

Although they brought in high-level players, the Dodgers did indeed lose people as well. Previous World Series MVP and starting shortstop, Corey Seager, decided to sign with the Texas Rangers as they offered him a 12-year, 325 million dollar contract which will include over 140 million just in the first four years.

Across the city in Anaheim, the Angels made many moves this offseason that improved their roster dramatically. 

The Angels look to make their first playoff appearance since 2014 when they got swept by the Kansas City Royals which would be what this generation considers their Babe Ruth in Mike Trout to be his only playoff games.

Despite the key injuries in the previous season regarding Mike Trout and Anthony Rendon, the Angels have one of the best offenses in the league led by the two-headed monster in Mike Trout and reigning unanimous MVP, Shohei Ohtani.

The three all-star players only played in 32 games last season which would be a dumpster fire for the Angels struggling to find a rhythm and consistency.

The main problem that the Angels have had in the previous years is their pitching and committing to go get the top guys. This year that changed for Anaheim.

Not only did the Angels focus on signing free-agent pitchers this year, but they also used every pick in last year’s draft (20) on pitchers. This made headlines and other teams know the Angels are in to win now.

The first priority for the Angels was re-signing all-star closer, Raisel Iglesias. They would quickly complete this deal giving him four years worth 58 million dollars. This would be key for the Angels as he was their most reliable arm last year having a 2.57 ERA (earned run average).

After this the Angels would continue signing more pitchers, landing lefty reliever Aaron Loup from the New York Mets who had an astonishing .80 ERA in 2021. With Loup, the Halos also signed Michael Lorenzen and Ryan Tapera.

Another key signing for the Angels pitching staff would be starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard. Syndergaard is coming off Tommy-John surgery and is looking to return to his dominant self. With the Mets, Syndergaard had a career 3.3 ERA.

Not surprisingly this amazing offseason for the Dodgers had led them to the number one spot on many fans and analytics pre-season predictions. The Dodgers were rated +450 to win it all this year.

Despite the struggling spring for the Dodgers, they still will look to their big contract guys to carry them through the year. With Trea Turner in his main position as a shortstop and Cody Bellinger back in center full time, they are bound to make something happen.

They opened their season up in Colorado against division rival, the Colorado Rockies. In a three-game series that should have been a cakewalk for LA, the Rockies managed to stun the Dodgers taking two of the three.

Many believe that the Dodgers are elite on both sides of the ball, but just like in their spring training this was not the case this past weekend. The Dodgers would begin the series winning 5-3 with ace Walker Buehler on the mound. The next two struggled to get the offense going while the pitching gave up ten runs in two games while only scoring three.

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