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RECAP: St. John Bosco 56, San Clemente 6

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The number one ranked St. John Bosco Braves remained undefeated and continued their state and national championship journey with a 56-6 victory over San Clemente High School last night.

The San Clemente Tritons came into Friday’s CIF Division 1 Quarterfinal matchup against the Braves winners of six straight and South Coast League champions. However, they were no match for the best high school football team in the nation.

The Braves put on an absolute show on the defensive side of the ball, with recent All-American commits and cornerbacks Trent McDuffie and Chris Steele leading the way. FULL STORY

PREVIEW: St. John Bosco @ San Clemente

by Ethan Piechota

Following a 49-0 beatdown of Serra in round one of the 2018 CIF Division 1 Southern Section playoffs, the St. John Bosco Braves will travel to take on San Clemente High School this Friday.

The St. John Bosco Braves are the clear number one team for high school football in America. This season, they’ve faced very little competition in many matchups, but the road gets harder from this point on.45308823041_51b8446c8d_z

Quarterback DJ Uiagalelei has been unbelievable all season for the Braves, currently posting a ridiculous 38 touchdowns to just two interceptions on the year over 2610 yards.

St. John Bosco running back George Holani has been a workhorse all year as well, posting a 9.3 average in yards per carry and scoring a total of 21 times. Receivers Kris Hutson, Jake Bailey, Colby Bowman, and Jude Wolfe have been huge all year as well, collectively combining for 31 of Uiagalelei’s 38 total passing touchdowns. FULL STORY

League Recap: Bosco Cross-Country

by Caleb Wiley

Coming into their 2018 season with just two returning seniors, the St. John Bosco Cross-Country team overachieved all year, finishing second place in the loaded Trinity League and now running for the CIF playoffs.cross-country

Any team lacking experience will go through challenges, no matter how talented or how
hard they work. That’s exactly what the Bosco Cross-Country team suffered through this
season. Early on in the year, the team showed their inexperience on the track, starting out not very strong.

“We started the season very slowly with us being a very young team. Struggles were definitely there,” said Head Coach Tim McIntosh. FULL STORY

PODCAST: Saints the best team in the NFL? MLB Offseason Preview, Harper/Machado, NBA Season Updates

by Ethan Piechota and Caleb Wiley

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Soundcloud – 11/8/18

Two Braves Honored With All-American Bowl Invitations

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This Wednesday at St. John Bosco High School, seniors Chris Steele and Trent McDuffie were both honored with 2019 High School Football All-American Game invitations.

Steele and McDuffie have been anchors all year for a top-ranked Bosco defense, both playing cornerback for the Braves the majority of the year.

The two have made a dominant duo at the position, affecting the passing game of opposing teams week-in and week-out. FULL STORY

NFL Midseason Review, Projections

by Lucas Garrison

It’s been a crazy eight weeks in the 2018 NFL season, with a new rise of dominant teams as well as several disappointments. Here’s my favorites and sleepers for the rest of the year in each division.

AFC NORTH

Favorite: Pittsburgh Steelers1034444968.jpg.0.jpg

  • As predicted by many, the Steelers were able to bounce back from their slow start. The absence of star running back Le’Veon Bell has not affected them in any shape or form on the field. Second year back James Conner has been a pleasant surprise for the franchise. Throughout the first 8 weeks of the season, Conner has 743 rushing yards and 9 touchdowns. FULL STORY

RECAP: St. John Bosco 49, Serra 0

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The St. John Bosco Braves opened up their promising postseason Friday with a dominant win over the Serra Cavaliers, winning 49-0 in easy fashion at Panish Family Stadium.

The national and state championship quest is on for the number one nationally ranked Braves, who asserted their dominance with a controlling victory in their first round affair against Serra.

The same formula for success was used in this one for the Braves: start quick and let the defense control the tempo and pace of the game. FULL STORY

PREVIEW: St. John Bosco vs. Serra (Gardena)

by Caleb Wiley

43181984350_5a883ff51c_zThe nation’s top-ranked high school football team, St. John Bosco, takes on Serra High School in the first round of what the Braves hope to be a deep run to the CIF State Title and National Title.

The Braves currently sit comfortably at the number one spot of almost every single poll in America behind a 10-0 record. No doubt the Braves have high expectations from their fans and from themselves as well.

The team dominated almost every game in the regular season with ease. Even with top ranked teams Mater Dei and Orange Lutheran in the way, Bosco easily navigated and beat both talented teams by more than 20 points. FULL STORY

PODCAST: NFL Week 8 and 9 Talk, DRose Back, Beal to Philadelphia?

by Ethan Piechota and Caleb Wiley

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PREVIEW: St. John Bosco Poised For A National Championship and State Run

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The 10-0 St. John Bosco Braves are the clear number one team in the nation for high school football and are in prime position to win a state and national championship this year.

The Braves dominated nearly every regular season opponent they faced this year, with their closest win being their opening Trinity League matchup against a good JSerra team. Mater Dei, the often regarded number two team in the nation behind Bosco, was easy work for the Braves as well, as they blew out the Monarchs 41-18 on the road.

Quarterback DJ Uiagalelei, number one in his 2020 class out of all quarterbacks, was unreal all regular season, posting a 73 percent completion percentage and throwing 34 touchdowns to just two interceptions. FULL STORY

RECAP: St. John Bosco 56, Servite 0

by Ethan Piechota

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The St. John Bosco Braves defeated the Servite Friars 56-0 on homecoming night at Panish Family Stadium, finishing their regular season at 10-0 and as Trinity League champions.

It’s safe to say that a national championship and a state championship are very real possibilities for the number one team in America, the St. John Bosco Braves.

The Braves put a stamp on their undefeated regular season with a 56-0 beatdown of Servite, lead by quarterback DJ Uiagalelei’s 287 yards and four touchdowns. FULL STORY

PODCAST: NFL Week 7 Recap, World Series Preview, Fight Night in the NBA?!

by Ethan Piechota and Caleb Wiley

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Soundcloud – 10/23/18

World Series Preview

by Enrique Gutierrez and Kyle Moates

The Boston Red Sox eliminated the defending 2017 World Series champion Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers won a tough 7-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers to clinch a World Series birth for two consecutive years.

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The Boston Red Sox have been favored to win the 2018 World Series all season long. After the regular season ended, the Red Sox finished with a 108-54 record, one of the best marks in MLB history. They came into the playoffs knowing where they stand as a team and their goal was to win a World Series this year. FULL STORY

RECAP: St. John Bosco 49, Santa Margarita 14

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The St. John Bosco Braves improved to 9-0 on the year and continued their quest for a national championship with a 49-14 rout of Santa Margarita on Friday.

Coming off an emotional victory last week against Mater Dei, St. John Bosco showed no signs of a hangover and kept their foot on the gas, defeating Santa Margarita easily.

Quarterback DJ Uiagalelei continued his unreal season, going 10 for 13 from the field and throwing for 255 yards and two touchdowns, only playing roughly a half of the game as well. FULL STORY

“Just Do It” Campaign a Movement

by Nikolas Molina and Elliston Ospina

10-things-we-want-from-colin-kaepernick-nike-just-do-itNike’s 30th anniversary of the ‘Just Do it’ campaign sparked a lot of controversy concerning their newest poster boy, Colin Kaepernick, who himself is a flashpoint of political division in an America more polarized than ever.

“Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything,”

This quote was used for their new advertisement with a picture of Colin Kaepernick’s face in the background. People are complaining that he has not sacrificed anything compared to other football players–players like Pat Tillman, who left the NFL to sacrifice his life in the U.S. armed forces. FULL STORY

RECAP: St. John Bosco 41, Mater Dei 18

by Ethan Piechota

The St. John Bosco Braves defeated the Mater Dei Monarchs 41-18 last night at the Santa Ana Bowl, making it clear to everyone who the top team in the nation is for high school football.

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If there was any dispute over who’s the clear number one team in America, it’s now settled.

It was a total beatdown from start to finish from the Braves, clearly outplaying the Monarchs in all three phases of the game.

Mater Dei’s weak pass defense was no match for Bosco five-star quarterback DJ Uiagalelei, who went 15/21 for 278 yards and FIVE touchdowns. Uiagalelei made it clear who was the best quarterback on the field last night, and maybe even in high school football. FULL STORY

St. John Bosco @ Mater Dei Postponed

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The St. John Bosco Braves will take on the Mater Dei Monarchs tonight at Santa Ana Stadium after last night’s scheduled game was canceled due to lightning and thunder in the area.

How long has it been since California even got that much thunder and lightning? How long has it been since that much rain poured down?

It feels almost wrong that a game so highly-anticipated has to be pushed back and waited for another day. But the game will happen. FULL STORY

NLCS Preview (2018)

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The Milwaukee Brewers dominated the Colorado Rockies in a quick three-game sweep, clinching a spot in the NLCS to go against the Los Angeles Dodgers, who come off a four-game series victory against Atlanta Braves.

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Milwaukee continues their hot stretch as they bring the regular season momentum into the postseason with an 11-game win streak. After Milwaukee won the NL Central tiebreaker, they faced the Colorado Rockies in the Division Series. The Brewers swept the Rockies as they held Colorado to two runs in three games. Rocktober did not last for long as their offense stayed quiet. FULL STORY

 

PREVIEW: St. John Bosco @ Mater Dei: The Super Bowl of High School Football

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The undefeated and top-ranked St. John Bosco Braves will take on their storied rival, the Mater Dei Monarchs today in the high school football game of the year at the Santa Ana Bowl.

If there was ever a time for the Bosco community to be more connected and unified together with one goal and one purpose, it’s now. FULL STORY

Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor: The Fight of the Millennium

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With Khabib Nurmagomedov being a dominant top position grappler and Conor McGregor being an insane kick boxer, this match was destined to be one for the books.

It took roughly less than 30 seconds for Nurmagomedov to set up an attack for the first time, a single leg that was awkward. McGregor defended it well and did nothing for a while. Once Nurmagomedov was on top, he started to work towards his favorite leg triangle, and McGregor tried to counter by wall-walking. FULL STORY

 

PODCAST: NFL Power Rankings, Jimmy Butler Outlook, NBA Season Preview

by Ethan Piechota and Caleb Wiley

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Soundcloud – 10/11/18

NFL Quarterly Review (Week 5)

by Lucas Garrison

So far, the 2018 NFL season has been a rollercoaster ride, as teams that very few people thought would be contenders are proving everyone wrong.

NFL: Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos

The Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals have all proved that they are contenders in the league this year. On the flip side, your typical top contenders such as the Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots, Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles have all had shaky starts and are struggling.

Below are bold predictions for the rest of the season and some thoughts on what the NFL might look like by February. FULL STORY

RECAP: St. John Bosco 63, Orange Lutheran 28

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On October 5th, the St. John Bosco Braves remained undefeated and beat Orange Lutheran 63-28 at Panish Family Stadium behind three special teams touchdowns. 

The Orange Lutheran Lancers came into this highly-anticipated Trinity League matchup against the Braves ranked 10th in the nation, and they played Bosco tough for the first two and a half quarters.

Braves junior sensation DJ Uiagalelei showed out again, completing 22 of 27 passes for 264 yards and three touchdowns. Uiagalelei again played clean football, with no turnovers to his name. FULL STORY

 

The Trinity League: The Toughest High School Football League in America

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Number one ranked St. John Bosco came into their season with national championship expectations, and have so far been undefeated heading into their toughest stretch of the year in the Trinity League.

Coming in with high hopes for a national championship run this year, the Braves did not take long to get things rolling. In their home opener and first game played in their new stadium, the Braves routed Timpview High School from Utah 49-0.

“It went great, the guys were super excited to open the new stadium up and we had a lot of energy. It definitely showed out there,” said Offensive Coordinator Steven Lo. FULL STORY

PODCAST: Cubs Out, NFL Week 4 Recap, Fantasy Football Advice, FULTZ HIT A 3

by Ethan Piechota and Caleb Wiley

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Soundcloud – 10/3/18

MLB Postseason Preview: October is Here

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The start of October means the start of postseason MLB baseball, and we’re in for a wild ride this month.

Already, the top team in the National League and World Series favorite Chicago Cubs were knocked off last night in a wild card game against the Colorado Rockies.

The Cubs lost 2-1 against the Rockies in 13 innings in a game that was a pitching clinic from both teams. This Cubs team had a lead in their division heading in to September, but ended up blowing that lead and letting the Milwaukee Brewers claim the NL Central title on the last day of the regular season. FULL STORY

RECAP: St. John Bosco 35, JSerra 28

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The number one ranked St. John Bosco Braves defeated the JSerra Lions on Friday in their Trinity League opener behind four touchdowns from George Holani.

Welcome to the Trinity League. A quest for a national championship is never easy through one of the best leagues in high school football across the country.

It wasn’t a pretty win from the Braves last night, but the most important thing to realize at this time of the year is that they got the win and battled through some intense adversity from a talented JSerra squad. FULL STORY

 

Mater Dei vs IMG Football: The Game of the Refs

by Nikolas Molina and Elliston Ospina

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On Friday, September 21st, top-ranked IMG came over from across the country in Florida to take on the #3 Mater Dei Monarchs in the game of the year so far.

This was easily one of the most publicized matches in the nation this year for football. Every seat was sold and many coaches and scouts were in attendance from all places, coming to see all the talents showcasing their skill. Many viewers tuned into the game to see the combined 50 players with full-ride scholarships take the field. FULL STORY

Podcast: Where is Butler Going, NFL Updates, MLB Predictions, Fantasy Football Advice

by Ethan Piechota and Caleb Wiley

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Soundcloud – 9/29/18

Bosco Cross-Country Season Update

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The 2018 St. John Bosco High School Cross-Country team led by Head Coach Tim McIntosh has already participated in two meets to being their season, performing well in both.

In the first meet on September 1st, the team ran in the Jeff Nelson: High School Invitational at Griffith Park. The team ran hard and earned a hard-fought 4th place finish overall.

“It was a very tough course there at Griffith Park,” said senior team captain Zeke Delgado. FULL STORY

Serena Williams Draws Controversy Yet Again at U.S. Open

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The 2018 Women’s US Open Final ended in a controversial loss for superstar Serena Williams, another situation amplified by gender equality that took the sports world by storm.

We live in a world where in recent history, humans have been oppressed and discriminated against because of the color of their skin or their gender. It was difficult for people who were treated poorly and discriminated against to be successful in society, not to mention the harsh backlash they received for trying to break racial barriers in sports. FULL STORY

PODCAST: NFL Power Rankings, Baker the God?, Jimmy Butler Trade Talk and MLB Recap

by Ethan Piechota and Caleb Wiley

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Soundcloud – 9/21/18

RECAP: St. John Bosco 56, Chaminade 20

by Ethan Piechota

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DJ Uiagalelei throws the ball for one of his four touchdowns on the night. Photo by EC Sabin

The number one high school football team in America dominated again last night in West Hills against Chaminade, winning 56-20 and capping off an undefeated preseason before league play begins.

Bosco started hot again behind star junior quarterback DJ Uiagalelei, who led the team to a huge lead at halftime. Uiagalelei is still near-perfect on the season, going a ridiculous 52/69 in passing attempts with 16 touchdowns through the preseason.

The Braves offense got a great contribution from senior running back George Holani last night, who punched in three touchdowns on the ground for the team, all in the first half. Junior Keith Savage also had a rushing touchdown. FULL STORY

PODCAST: NFL Week 1 Recap + Power Rankings, MLB Updates, SI NBA Top 100 Rant

by Ethan Piechota and Caleb Wiley

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Soundcloud – 9/12/18

RECAP: St. John Bosco 56, Paramount 12

by Ethan Piechota

Another week, another dominating performance for the number one team in the nation the St. John Bosco Braves.

At this rate, Bosco should only have their games played for one half, because every game is over by then. The Braves defeated the Division 4 Paramount Pirates by a score of 56-12 last night at Panish Family Stadium, pushing their record to 4-0 on the season.

The Braves led this one 49-0 at halftime, as backup quarterback Isaiah Saldana had already come in to relieve DJ Uiagalelei midway through the second quarter. Uiagalelei finished the game going 6-8 with 74 yards, 4 of his completions going for touchdowns. FULL STORY

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2018 NFL Season Preview: Division Favorites and Sleepers

by Lucas Garrison

With the 2018 NFL Season finally upon us, we break down the sleepers and the favorites in each division as we get ready for an action-packed year.

AFC North

Favorite: Pittsburgh Steelersusatsi-10441209-antonio-brown-steelers-td

As always, the Pittsburgh Steelers will be a premier team in the NFL and are favored to win their division. However, with the absence of Le’Veon Bell, it does raise some questions about the team. Bell has already been ruled out for Week 1’s game against the Cleveland Browns. The Steelers draft class this year was exceptional for the fact that they covered their needs on the offensive and defensive side of the ball. First round pick Terrell Edmunds will have time to develop behind top-ten safety Morgan Burnett. The Steelers addressed long-term potential issues at wide receiver and quarterback as well in the draft. They brought in receiver James Washington and quarterback Mason Rudolph from Oklahoma State. It should be very interesting to see how the Steelers perform this year in the wide-open AFC.

Sleeper: Baltimore Ravenscollins-flacco-ap

In past years, we’ve see the AFC North come down to the wire in a fight between the Steelers and Ravens. This year, it’s expected that the Ravens offensive unit will finally be able to complement their stellar defense. With the additions of receivers Michael Crabtree, John Brown, and Willie Snead, longtime quarterback Joe Flacco… FULL STORY

RECAP: St. John Bosco 52, Mililani 14

by Ethan Piechota

The St. John Bosco Braves dominated their opposition for the third straight week, defeating Mililani High School from Hawaii 52-14 and showing why they are the clear number one team in America.

The number one ranked quarterback in high school football goes to St. John Bosco High School. Braves junior standout DJ Uiagalelei was unstoppable last night, completing 26-32 passes for 373 yards and SIX touchdowns. Uiagalelei threw as many incompletions as he did touchdowns, which is just absurd to think about.

Stanford-bound senior wide receiver Colby Bowman finally had the breakout game he needed to get his season going, catching seven passes for 130 yards and three of Uiagalelei’s six touchdowns. Bowman, a recent Brave of the Issue on our site, put on a memorable display last night for all Braves fans to see. FULL STORY

Standford-Bound Colby Bowman Helps Lead Bosco’s National Title Run

by Caleb Wiley

DjDf8-NVAAAQQPr.jpg-largeColby Bowman transferred to St. John Bosco High School after his freshman year and immediately fit into the winning culture at Bosco on and off the field.

Bowman heard about the Brave football powerhouse not only from all the friends he had going to the school, but also through playing against (and getting beat by) Bosco during his freshman year at JSerra.

“After playing against Bosco my freshman year, I knew right away what school I was going to next year. The way they played like a team and with passion really caught my attention,” said Bowman. FULL STORY

 

 

 

PODCAST: MLB Updates, NFL Preview, Bosco Football Talk

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PREVIEW: St. John Bosco vs. Mililani

by Ethan Piechota

The St. John Bosco Braves take the field in their new stadium in Bellflower on Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. St. John Bosco plays their first game on campus since the 2014 season in their new $7.2 million stadium against Timpview of Provo, Utah. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

The St. John Bosco Braves football team takes on Mililani High School from Hawaii tonight at Panish Family Stadium as the #1 ranked team in the nation looks to move to 3-0 on the year.

Dominance. Complete and total dominance has been on display from Bosco’s top-ranked, lockdown defense throughout the first two weeks of the season.

The offense, led by quarterback DJ Uiagalelei, has put up numbers as expected, scoring 49 and 56 points in their first two games respectively with high-powered games from skill position players George Holani, Keith Savage, Kris Hutson, Jude Wolfe and Jake Bailey in each.

However, Bosco’s national championship chances rest in the hands of the team’s defense. The unit has forced 9 turnovers throughout their first two games, taking pride in wearing and flaunting their “turnover chain” on the sidelines. FULL STORY

Sports: Bosco Cross Country Preview

by Jalen Manson and Michael Beltran

L-R Diego Gonzalez, Colby orcoran, Raymond Solorza, Diego de la Torre, Ezra Sotelo, Albert Serrano, Andrew Alvarez and Justin Castro. The senior members of the St. John Bosco cross country team. Bellflower September 13, 2016. Photo by Brittany Murray, Press Telegram/SCNG

Two seasons ago, the St. John Bosco High School cross-country program was at an all-time low, finishing last in the Trinity League.

For 25 years prior to this dreadful season, the team was virtually unstoppable, winning 25 straight league championships and earning a reputation for their “streak” of league titles. However, last season the team made a statement and regained dominance in the Trinity League by taking first place and restarting the notion of “the streak” around Bosco.

This year, with a great coaching staff and competitive returning seniors such as team captain Zeke Delgado and junior Kevin Aguilar, the team will look to continue to move forward and dominate.

“The team has worked very hard this summer and they are ready to compete for the league championship and be a force in CIF and state,” said Head Coach Tim McIntosh. FULL STORY

Sports: Bosco Water Polo Preview

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This season, the St. John Bosco High School Water Polo team has great expectations for a very competitive year in the Trinity League.

“We have hopes to make CIF and win it all, or at least go very far,” said Head Coach Jeff Powers.

Last season, the young and inexperienced Bosco water polo team held a record of 8-19. Aside from being extremely young, the team was plagued with constant injuries throughout the season.

“Last season could’ve gone better but injuries really hindered our chances of making a good playoff run,” said senior team captain Patrick Burke.

Through a year full of injuries and a roster full of young and inexperienced athletes, the team’s subpar and lackluster record last season didn’t come as a shock to many people. They were in many close matches last year that ultimately just did not go their way. FULL STORY

The St. John Bosco Braves take the field in their new stadium in Bellflower on Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. St. John Bosco plays their first game on campus since the 2014 season in their new $7.2 million stadium against Timpview of Provo, Utah. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

RECAP: St. John Bosco 56, Garces Memorial 0

by Ethan Piechota

The St. John Bosco High School football team rolled over Garces Memorial High School last night in Bakersfield, CA by a final score of 56-0.

Two weeks. Zero points allowed by the number one team in the nation for high school football. The national championship run is a very real notion for the Braves this year, and they are off to a terrific start.

Similar to last week’s high-energy affair against Timpview, the Braves started quick and didn’t look back the rest of the way. FULL STORY

 

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RECAP: St. John Bosco 49, Timpview 0

by Ethan Piechota

The St. John Bosco Braves started their national championship run yesterday with a 49-0 triumph over Timpview High School from Utah.

This game was over midway through the 2nd quarter, as Bosco led 28-0 following another touchdown strike. The festivities started early and went through the night, as the Braves entire student body, faculty, coaches, and players welcomed the new, beautiful Panish Family Stadium.

The athletic stadium is a state-of-the-art piece of work, beautifully designed for all athletic teams within Bosco to use for their seasons. FULL STORY

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Bosco Football: Here to take the crown

by Caleb Wiley

The 2018 St. John Bosco football team has extremely high expectations, with QB Dj Uiagalelei being in his third year and highly experienced now, along with a long list of returning players from the previous season.

MaxPreps has the team at the number one spot nationally for high school football, a big time thing. The coaching staff and players will have to keep their focus and not let the hype get to them if they want to achieve greatness this season.

Coming off last season’s defeat in the CIF Southern Section Championship game to rival school Mater Dei, the team has held the feeling of losing and is motivated to come back stronger than ever. Uiagalelei states, “It’s definitely motivation for us to come back out this and finish it this time.” FULL STORY

Fantasy Football 2018 Season Preview

by Tommy Fiero

Fantasy Football Sleeper Picks

Football season is approaching, meaning it’s time to set up leagues and draft your teams. Primarily focused on getting the best player possible in the draft, many forget the importance of late-round picks and how waiver wire pick-ups like last year’s Alvin Kamara or Kareem Hunt can change the entire outcome of the league. Looking forward to this years draft, it is important to research potential sleepers.

Quarterback: Derek Carr

Having been out of football for a little over a decade, new Oakland Raiders Head Coach Jon Gruden is ready to elevate Derek Carr’s game. Many forget Gruden still worked the booth and had access to teams’ practices days leading up to each game while working for Monday Night Football. FULL STORY

Bosco Basketball: 2017-2018 Season Recap

by Caleb Wiley

The past season for the St. John Bosco basketball team was its best in a while. This team had many accolades and achievements that not many thought were possible coming into the year. Even though they had their ups and downs, the season was not a let down as they overcame many obstacles. 

When this team was at its peak, it was really fun to watch. The team had a great record of 25-8 and had the most wins against open division teams in California. The league record of 6-4 was not the greatest, but getting 3rd in the very tough Trinity League is not something to be ignored.

The feather in the teams’ cap was of course beating our rival school Mater Dei for the first time ever in the sport with a 60-51 win. This really had a big impact on the students as well as the Bosco community in general. People now began to obtain an idea of just how good this team could be. FULL STORY

L-R Diego Gonzalez, Colby orcoran, Raymond Solorza, Diego de la Torre, Ezra Sotelo, Albert Serrano, Andrew Alvarez and Justin Castro. The senior members of the St. John Bosco cross country team. Bellflower September 13, 2016. Photo by Brittany Murray, Press Telegram/SCNG

Bosco Cross-Country: 2017 Season Recap

by Ethan Piechota

Two seasons ago, the dominant run of 25 straight league championships by the St. John Bosco Braves Cross Country team was snapped with a disappointing 6th place league finish.

Last season, the Braves showed resilience, yet came up short; finishing 2nd place in the Trinity League. The cross-country program at Bosco can be viewed as one of the greatest programs of any sport in Trinity League history. Finally, this season, dominance has been restored in the league, as the Braves took first place back, marking the beginnings of a new streak for several years to come.

This team brought a lot of talent win a league championship this year. Colby Corcoran, Albert Serrano, Diego de la Torre, Diego Gonzalez, and Raymond Solorza were part of a strong group of senior runners that lead the way all season for the team. Zeke Delgado, a junior, and Gabriel Cordova and Alexander Frias, both sophomores, were a big part of the team’s overall success this season as well. FULL STORY

St. John Bosco’s Will Roffers,7, takes a shot as Royal’s James Brewer,8, defends during the third game of the CIF Southern Section Division 4 boys water polo semifinals, at La Mirada Regional Aquatics Center. Bosco lost 8-4.
La Mirada Calif., Wednesday, November ,16, 2016. Doffer
(Photo by Stephen Carr / Press-Telegram/SCNG)

Bosco Water Polo: 2017 Season Recap

by Caleb Wiley

The 2017 water polo season was a tough season to say the least. Finishing up with an overall record of 11-13 and going winless in league, along with a no-show in CIF, the season was somewhat disappointing. The team faced a lot of obstacles but nonetheless fought through and played with their best effort in every game. 

The 11-13 record along with no wins in league was not completely shocking: “Sure, the outcome is not what we hoped for, but there were many factors to having that record,” said Varsity head coach Jeff Powers. The team had injuries and a lack of experience that ultimately factored in the outcome of the team’s record.

“With only two returning seniors on the team, we really missed the leadership and experience out there late in the season,” said Coach Powers. Leadership is really a necessity in team sports such as water polo. Senior captain Gabe Chaine really helped the underclassmen learn and grow in the sport. Unfortunately, Gabe suffered an injury in the middle of the season. FULL STORY