By Erik T. Masingill ’12, Michael Moroney ’13 & Chris Baca ’11
This year’s Brophy football team faced many injuries throughout the year,
including starting quarterback Tyler Bruggman ’13 and backup quarterback Garrett Wilson ’11.
Despite those injuries, the Broncos still gained a playoff berth.
Brophy finished the season with a 5-5 record before entering the playoffs as a No. 13 seed.
On Nov. 12, the Broncos upset the fourth-seeded Mountain Ridge Lions 24-17 in the first round.
A week later in the second round on Nov. 19, the Broncos were eliminated with a 13-12 loss to No. 5 seed Mountain Pointe.
“We overcame a ton of injuries and kept on persevering throughout the year,” said head coach Mr. Scooter Molander. “I am proud of them.”
Mr. Molander also spoke of the returning players for next year’s squad.
“We had a lot of sophomores and that can be a positive,” he said. “We have to come together as one unit and trust each other.”
Mr. Molander also said schedule changes that are to take place next year will bring the Broncos new opponents.
“We are going to play teams we have never played before,” he said. “We will still play St. Mary’s and the regional teams from the past, but it will be interesting playing those new opponents.”
The Broncos will play games against Sandra Day O’Connor and Boulder Creek next year.
The basketball team worked its way to an 18-7 season record, including tournament play, and earned a No. 6 seed in the playoffs.
The Broncos then made a run to the state-championship with wins over Caesar Chavez, North and Mesa.
The Broncos faced Mesa Mountain View March 4 at Jobing.com Arena in the finals and lost 50-29.
It was the third time in Brophy basketball history that the team has made a state championship appearance.
“We had a good team this year,” said head coach Mr. Tony Fuller. “They reached their potential and worked hard to do so.”
Mr. Fuller also said the loss is motivation for the team to work harder next year.
“Failure awaits those who stray thinking of victories won yesterday,” he said. “Tomorrow is a new day. Try once more, but even harder than before.”
Brophy ended its 2010-2011 soccer season with a 24-1-2 record that was capped off with a state championship victory over Hamilton.
“They banded together to defeat any threats that came their way, and they may go down in history as the best team to ever play for Brophy,” said head coach Mr. Marc Kelly ’87.
Widely considered one of the top teams in the country Brophy was ranked No. 3 in the ESPN Rise Fab 50 as of April 14 and won the Golden State Invitation in late December.
As of April 19, the Broncos ranked No. 2 in the nation, according to the National Soccer Coaches’ Association of America.
Sean Ayers ’11, Riggs Lennon ’13 and Anthony Broglia ’11 all garnered 5A all-state honors. Lennon was also named Arizona Big Schools Player of the Year.
For the 23rd consecutive year, the Brophy swim team won the 5A-I state championship in 2010. The team has won 29 titles in the last 30 years.
Brophy’s team never lost a meet throughout the year and they were led by individual state champions Brian Stevens ’11 and Mike Nelson ’12.
The Brophy team also earned a gold medal at the state championship meet in the 200-yard medley relay and 400-yard freestyle relay.
Varsity hockey looked to rebound from their state championship defeat to Notre Dame Prep last year after finishing the season with an 11-6-3 record.
However, the Broncos lost in this year’s playoffs to Pinnacle 5-4.
This year the Brophy hockey team will see many senior players graduate, including Eddie Prchal ’11 who scored 19 points this season.
Ten of the 12 wrestlers on the Brophy squad made it to the state competition where three Broncos placed highly.
Marshall Varner ’11 achieved second place in the 145-pound weight class.
Justin Robles ’11 earned fourth place in the 130-pound class.
Connor Devereux ’11 received sixth place in the 140-pound class.
The golf team finished the year placing sixth in the state tournament.
However, the team won the Brophy Invitational. This is the first time in 10 years where the Broncos have won the Brophy Invitational.
As of The Roundup’s print deadline of April 15, spring sports baseball, lacrosse and volleyball were still competing in their seasons.
As of April 27, the baseball team stood at 18-8.
The lacrosse team was 16-3 overall with six games left in the season. Three of those six games will be played in a tournament from April 19 to 21.
According to MaxPreps.com, the volleyball team was 20-6 overall.
Track placed third in the Chandler Rotary Invitational from March 25 to 26.