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Sports: Bosco Football Takes on Santa Margarita Eagles in the Last Game of the Season Before the CIF Southern Section Open Division Playoffs

by Michael Barba

The Braves are in hot pursuit of another victory against their next Trinity League opponent, the Santa Margarita Eagles, in their last game of the 22-23 regular season before heading into the CIF Southern Section Division I playoffs, where they will likely meet familiar foes such as The Mater Dei Monarchs. However, the 8-1 Braves have preserved their lethal and hardworking mindset for the 6-3 Eagles, and plan to make a statement against the Eagles prior to beginning the post season.

Photo By Alex Diaz, Photo Editor

Within the history of the Bosco Braves vs Santa Margarita Eagles, the Braves have been the perennial favorite, usually coming out on top, often in dominant fashion. The Eagles have always played with house money, using relentlessness and trickery to try and shock the Braves – but in recent years, that has yielded lopsided loses and dominant wins for the Braves. Both teams have faced nothing less than the toughest competition, but with the hard work Bosco Football has put in this season, there is no doubt the Braves will come out on top.

“It’s the preparation, every week the team comes out ready to play and the coaches come out ready with a great game plan. We prepare all week by putting in the work and it is going to show on Friday night so I just feel like it’s just gonna be one of those nights which it has been for the last times we have played them,” said Senior Quarterback Pierce Clarkson. “The thing that has been different was that our energy has been higher as a team and I really feel like it is going to elevate our play tomorrow night.”

The last contest held between both teams ended in a 41-16 win for the Braves, but both teams have upgraded their game since then. As the 22-23 season concludes, the stats both teams have put up this season are proof of the advances made in offense and defense. 

Some of the most impressive stats from the Braves this season are 110 passes completed, 54 touchdowns, 748 tackles and seven interceptions. The Eagles currently have completed 193 passes, scored 40 touchdowns and recorded 561 tackles and four interceptions. The stats both the Braves and the Eagles have produced are some of the best in the country which hopefully will lead to a competitive match-up this Friday.

Although the Braves have been able to dominate almost any team put in front of them, they still treat any team with the respect and energy that they would treat their biggest rivals with. One of keys to the dominance of the Braves is not just the brotherhood but as well as the ability to not underestimate their opponent, which will be one of the reasons the Braves will not disappoint this Friday.

“We worry about everybody, that is when things go wrong, you start overlooking people by looking ahead, but we try taking it one game at a time. We will treat Santa Margarita just like how we treat every other opponent, by preparing and practicing as hard as we can so we can come out victorious” said Coach Lacy.

As the regular season closes, Bosco Football made sure to put up a show last Friday against the Orange Lutheran Lancers. Hundreds of seats were filled at the Panish Family Stadium to watch the Braves dominate the Lancers, and the game ended in a 48-7 blowout victory for the Braves, who recorded the lopsided stat line of eleven completed passes, seven touchdowns, 41 tackles, and a single interception. 

It was truly a magical night for the Braves and they are ready to put on another magic show up this Friday against the Santa Margarita Eagles, inside of Panish Family Stadium at 7:00 p.m.

My Recruiting Process: Kris Hutson

by Kristopher Hutson

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sports: Bosco Baseball Season Review

by Caleb Wiley

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sports: Bosco Swim Season Recap

by Lucas Garrison and Joshua Lucero

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

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

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Head Coach Jeff Powers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sports: Bosco Lacrosse Puts Program On The Map

by Jacob Jornadal and Jake Bailey

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


Senior Isaiah Dolphin on the attack – @BoscoLacrosse on Twitter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Sports: Bosco Baseball Mid-Season Review

by Samuel Rodriguez

Our very own Bosco Baseball team has very high hopes set for the future of their season. Despite the future looking brighter as each player works harder and harder, the Braves had a rough beginning to their 2019 season.


Photo – @BoscoBaseball on Twitter

As of right now, the team is 1-5 in Trinity League with a lone, crucial victory over Jserra, The team is 7-11 overall.

“With these past few losses, coach has been pushing us a lot harder. He expects a lot more out of us and I know that we can do so much better than we are playing,” said senior shortstop and captain Derek Delgado.

The team is striving to become more competitive and hope to earn more wins in future games.

Our Bosco Braves are starting over and beginning anew with a step toward the right direction as they put in more work to become a better unit as a whole.

The team’s chemistry as a whole has been an area of concern all season, and something that could be holding the team back.

“I think that the players on the team aren’t the issue, it’s really just the fact that for some reason we can’t seem to function together very well.” stated senior Stephen Chavez. 

Though chemistry has been an area of concern thus far, Chavez and others don’t see it as a lasting issue.

“Although our previous games haven’t gone how we expected, I think we’re going to step it up and start winning,” continued Chavez.

The instrumental change occurring within the team is going to be a better work ethic. The future looks to be bright as the Braves are improving their chemistry and playing harder for each other to get wins.

Head Baseball coach Don Barbara has high hopes for the future of his team. He referenced that many important players, such as senior Kyle Moats and junior DJ Uiagalelei, are coming back from injuries and are going to be able to ‘jump start’ the team.

Coach Barbara has also developed new practice routines to help strengthen the teams weaker aspects of the game.

“We are putting more emphasis on our hitting and our hitting approach and things that will help us in games in hopes that in the last 11 games we can pick it up,” stated Barbara.

The Bosco Baseball team, despite their previous record, has high hopes for the road that lies ahead. With the return of vital players and a work ethic specified to strengthen the teams weaknesses, it is still very likely that they will make playoffs and perform better as a unit going forward.


Sports: Bosco Volleyball Mid-Season Review

by Jake Bailey and Jacob Jornadal

The young and hungry St. John Bosco volleyball team is ready to attack the fast approaching 2019 Trinity League season, looking to build on their previous productive season under new head volleyball coach Shane Beatty.


Photo Credit – Anthony Mejia

“We’re looking to bounce back from a down year, placing fifth in league. We want to improve that position significantly, and we have a good group of guys that are getting after it every day,” said the newly appointed Beatty.

The Braves finished in the bottom half of the Trinity League last year but showed spurts of phenomenal play, which Coach Beatty intends to capitalize on, and make the precedent for this year.

“The guys have been in the gym almost every morning before school, working and pushing to try to improve and perfect the little things,” explained Beatty.

Coach Beatty comes from a long history of volleyball, from previously coaching at Hope High School, to still currently coaching with Rockstar volleyball club, one of the premier clubs for high school volleyball in the Los Angeles area.

The players seem to have completely bought in and invested in their newfound coach. With high energy and a strong mindset, they are prepared to put in the work it takes to hopefully achieve their dreams of becoming Trinity League champs and having a successful season.

“He’s really energetic and focused on improving [us] players from the ground up,” said junior player Elijah McCray.

The young team looks to follow in the footsteps of senior leaders Samuel Rodriguez and Parker Gray, who have been around the program for multiple years and are eager to finish their senior seasons on a high note.

“Sam and I have been in this program for some time now, and we are excited to finish our high school careers with our Bosco brothers on the highest note possible,” said senior Parker Gray.

A consistent spark for the braves has been junior Alex Rotter, who currently leads the team in kills and is playing at a very high level.

Currently, the Braves sit at 12-13 with some very credible wins over great competition, and the team is confident they will head into league with a good head of steam.

Trinity League begins tomorrow, March 15th as the Braves take on the JSerra Lions. The players feel confident and are prepared for the upcoming battle.

Don’t miss out on the start of what is to hopefully be a fantastic season for the 2019 St. John Bosco volleyball team.


Sports: Bosco Wrestling Caps Off Promising Season

by Jalen Manson

The St. John Bosco Wrestling team had many young studs, winning many individual championships. However, the team took 5th place in there California state wrestling meet this past weekend in Bakersfield at Rabobank Arena.


State champions Sonny Santiago and Nathan Haas went on to win their state finals match in a very close battle. With Santiago going into overtime to win and Haas closing the deal with seconds left on the clock to bring home the championship, the players went all out right down to the wire.

The Bosco Wrestling team got 2nd at the 2019 C.I.F Duals. Through league, C.I.F, Masters and State the wrestling team finished 2nd place at all qualifying tournaments as a team. Also, with eight state qualifiers and four state placers which breaks the record from the previous year with four state placers at the state tournaments out of the eight who competed this weekend. Placers Antonio Lorenzo 4th, Cael Valencia 2nd, Sonny Santiago 1st, Louis Rojas 6th, and Nathan Haas 1st. 

“I know we could have done better as a team, but we left it all on the mat and gave it all we got. Now we need our younger classmen to step up next year so we can bring home a state championship,” said Team Captain Sonny Santiago.

This year there will be 6 seniors who will be graduating, with two of them already committed to colleges. Antonio Lorenzo will be pursuing his Athletic career at Cal poly, and Cleveland Belton will be attending Arizona State University.

“I am excited to test my skills at the higher level, it’s going to be a great experience these next 4 years of life,” said Lorenzo.

“I am blessed to be given this opportunity to show what I have to offer I want to thank my coach’s for getting me this far in my life,” said Belton.

The wrestling team was looking to recapture a Trinity League Title, as well as a CIF and Master Championship. However, due to injuries the team was not able to make a smooth run through the final stretch of the season. They still competed hard and to the best of  their ability even with some obstacles. 

Head coach Jeff Anderson said, “I am proud of my boys. They gave it their everything and that’s all I can ask for when they step on that mat.  It’s going to be a tough loss losing the seniors we have this year but they will do great things in college and in life. I know they will.”

During C.I.F Duals finals against our top rivals in the state Servite, Bosco lost by a thread 33-34 in an intense match.

Overall the season of the St. John Bosco Wrestling team had a great year with two state champion w Next year let’s hope the braves finish with more state champions. 


Bosco: Winter Signing Day A Success

by Kyle Moats

St. John Bosco continues its strong presence in college athletics with 16 football players continuing their educational and athletic careers at higher levels.


Winter Signing Day was very exciting day for Bosco Football, its players, families, and the Bosco community as a whole. Here are the athletes that signed back on February 6th, as well as the early enrollees already at their chosen schools.

DL Cole Aubrey, Princeton University

WR/DB Jake Bailey, Rice University

LS Derek Bedell, University of Colorado

WR Colby Bowman, Stanford University

LB Junior Gafa, Brown University

RB George Holani, Boise State University

CB Trent McDuffie, University of Washington

DL Sua’ava Poti, University of Oregon

DL Na’im Rodman, University of Colorado

P William Rose, University of Southern California

OL Marist Talavou, University of Utah

CB Titus Toler, University of Wisconsin

LB Ralen Goforth, University of Southern California

LB Spencer Lytle, University of Wisconsin

CB Chris Steele, University of Florida

TE Jude Wolfe, University of Southern California

Within this first-class group of athletes, every journey has its own story.  Every student-athletes tale is unique culminating in this day. Childhood dreams, maybe early sparks of talent or even lately realized and honed skills. Tragedy, loss, setbacks, rare opportunities and hope all act as factors.

Sua’ava Poti – at a powerful 6-foot-3, 275-pound frame – will represent Bosco next year at the University of Oregon. Poti expressed love and respect for his Bosco coaches and a deep appreciation for his family.  

Three young athletes whose fathers’ passed prior to seeing their son’s dreams realized-Junior Gafa, Na’im Rodman, and Marist Talavou – acknowledged the acute loss of those men and the deep and abiding love, support, and sacrifice their loving mother’s had made to get them to this point.

“You’ve done your part mom, and now it is time to do mine. This feels incredible and when I signed my letter of intent it was everything to me because my father’s dream was to see his kids work hard and go to college. The best part is knowing my dad was a diehard Ute fan. If he was here right now, he would’ve been decked out in Utah gear,” said Marist Talavou.

“My dad was a really big figure in my life and losing him at age twelve was probably the hardest thing any kid have gone through. But, dedicating my life to him was the best thing I have ever done. I used him as my inspiration to get done what needed to be done ensuring that, when all is said and done, I would be able to say that my dad’s ticket to heaven was also my ticket to a prosperous life. I will be forever grateful for his guidance throughout this journey,” said Junior Gafa.

“The loss of my dad affected me a lot because he was someone I looked up to and he was the one who got me into sports. It felt great honoring him because it was something we always talked about when I brought up my dreams as a kid,” said Na’im Rodman.

Colby Bowman – a wide receiver attending Stanford University next year – offered these thoughts about signing with his teammates.

“I have dreamed of signing day since my freshman year. It went amazingly and I am so glad I finished my high school career at St. John Bosco.  It could not have been with a better group of guys, either. I am so proud of all of them and cannot wait to see what the future holds for these guys,” said Bowman.

In true Bosco fashion, and yet one more thing that sets our school apart from the rest, the athletes and staff dressed school formal for the event.  The coaches took time to speak personally about each athlete and then yielded the floor to the athletes themselves. Dry eyes were a rarity in the room as, once again, St. John Bosco athletes demonstrated class, candid emotion, and even humor.

For those athletes who had early enrolled, a December 19th ceremony was held so that those young men had the opportunity to speak and sign as well. The future is bright for all of these student-athletes as they continue their academic and athletics careers.


Sports: Bosco CIF Division One State Playoff Preview

by Caleb Wiley

After a disappointing 0-3 outing in the Open Division Playoffs, the St. John Bosco basketball team has a chance to immediately turn it around with an opportunity to win a Division One State Championship this month.


In a season where the sky was the limit, the Bosco Braves have been through seemingly endless adversity. They lost both top big men – Jonathan Salazar and Christian Estrada – to injury. Many close losses against top teams have coincided with this team as well.

The name of the game for the Braves is going to be how well they can get back up when they are down. Going through many struggles have made this team persevere and grow closer together. They will have to do this once again after going winless in their Open Division pool.

After two close losses against Corona Centennial and Sierra Canyon, people were liking their chances against Mater Dei to close out their pool, especially since they beat them in their last matchup. However, it seemed like Mater Dei just couldn’t miss, making shot after shot in route to a relatively easy victory at the Bosco Thunderdome.

“They played really well, but I honestly thought that we were really tired. We gave it our all against Sierra Canyon and probably never recovered from that,” said Varsity Head Coach Matt Dunn.

Mater Dei beat Bosco 81-69 in a game where they took a big lead and never looked back. With the loss, Bosco finished their pool 0-3.

Looking forward, Bosco now has made the D-1 State Playoffs for the second season in a row and find themselves with a top five seed in the southern section. At the three seed, Bosco will take on Vista High School in the first round.

Both Vista and Bosco come in with the same record of 21-9, but Vista’s wins don’t come close to the competition of teams that Bosco has beaten. Vista is coming from the Avocado East League – which is no pushover – but it does not come close to the level of competition Bosco faces in the Trinity League. The Trinity League is known as one of the best leagues in the nation for high school basketball.

The potential matchup that immediately stands out when you look at the bracket is the possible rematch between Chino Hills and Bosco. Chino has a tough game against Mayfair first, but if both teams win their first round matchups then the second round will feature a rematch between Bosco and Chino Hills again this year.

Last year, St. John Bosco lost to Chino Hills in the regional finals 67-51 after the Braves were outscored 27-2 in the 4th quarter. Having something to look forward to at this time is something this team needs, especially after a string of tough losses.

“To be able to get a chance to redeem ourselves from last year doesn’t always happen. I’m glad we may get a chance to play them again,” said senior point guard Chris James.

However, the the Braves can’t look too far ahead.

“After a long layoff following a tough journey, it does get challenging for guys to stay in the right mindset. We have the ability to make a great run now, but we got to be at a place where we are able to play our best,” said Coach Dunn.

Fellow Trinity League opponent Santa Margarita and Open Division teams Rancho Verde and Etiwanda are all sure to be contenders to look out for as the playoffs progress.

Bosco is always ready to compete and play hard no matter what or who is in front of them. The team is excited to have a chance to redeem themselves.

“We are extremely excited to have another opportunity to win a ring and bring Bosco pride to our community. Especially for us seniors, it’s our last shot,” said senior forward Joshua Adoh.

The team is also liking their chances about their second go-around at the Division One state playoffs.

“I feel we are more experienced and have learned a lot from our first time. I feel confident that we are capable of winning,” said Chris James.

The Braves play their first game Tuesday – tomorrow – at the St. John Bosco Thunderdome, so come out and support the team as they start their playoff journey.

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