Sports

NCAA and its recruiting during COVID-19
William Gruwell ’21 THE ROUNDUP As COVID-19 continues to affect everyone’s life in a different way, those aspiring to be collegiate athletes are facing an unconventional complication.  COVID-19 has completely upended the NCAA’s recruitment process, halting many student athletes aspirations. Announced by the NCAA on Sept. 16, the “dead period” has now been pushed to the end of the calendar year.  The “dead period” precludes and holds off all in-person…
Garcia brings culture of leadership to sports
By Griffin Winter ’21 THE ROUNDUP Mr. Joshua Garcia ’07, current head baseball coach, was named as the new Athletic Director starting with the 2020-2021 school year.  This has not been the typical year for the new Athletic Director. COVID-19 has hampered the sports world in numerous ways.  “There are no smooth days with COVID, especially with football,” Mr. Garcia said. “The biggest challenge as an AD is not having…
Football enters phase 3, set to play October
THE ROUNDUPBy George Anton ’21 The moment that school shut down last March, the conversation began as to how and when athletics would be able to return. Since then, Brophy has pieced together a three-phased approach to bring athletes back to practice and competition. Phase one began with athletes practicing in groups less than 10, spaced out and without equipment. Phase two permits athletes to congregate in groups less than…
Students begin Virtual Workouts
Photo courtesy of Nate Craft’20 | Pictured above is Nate Craft’s workout room he has created due to the coronavirus pandemic closing his native gym By Kaidan Linse ’20 THE ROUNDUP With Brophy’s facilities as well as gyms across the valley closed for the foreseeable future, students and athletes alike have come up with creative and new ways to stay fit during quarantine. One of the most popular methods for…
Both the NBA and NCAA Basketball Affected by COVID-19
By Nicholas Williams ’21 Photo courtesy of Nicholas Williams ’21 | COVID-19 has put all sports on hold for the time being Some sports more are being heavily affected by COVID-19 than others. The sport making the most buzz and seems to be getting affected the most is basketball. March Madness has been canceled, and the professional basketball season has, for now, been postponed. There have been many National Basketball…
Current NFL player Brooks Reed shares insights on how he has been affected due to COVID-19
By: Nicholas Williams ’21 Photo courtesy of @BrooksReed on Twitter Most have heard of the ways COVID-19 is affecting in-season sports, such as basketball, swimming, track, etc. It has also affected one of America’s favorite sports, football. The National Football League, in particular, has been affected in a multitude of ways during this offseason and for the months to come. Brooks Reed, a nine-year veteran in the NFL and a…
All African American starting five signals a new cultural era
Photo courtesy of Brophy Hoops Instagram page | The basketball team is seen huddling around the starting five in between quarters. By Nicholas Williams ’21 The ROUNDUP For the first time in Brophy history, The 19-20 basketball team stepped on the court with an all African American starting five. The closest occurrence of this was last year, during the 18-19 season, in which four African American players were on the…
Energy Builds as the Tennis Team Prepares for Fast Approaching Season
Photo by Quentin Dunnigan ’22 | 7th hour tennis practices together as the season comes to a beginning By Quentin Dunnigan ’22 THE ROUNDUP While the spring season of varsity tennis approaches, players are beginning to prepare for the upcoming tryouts and for the season as a whole. Having won state championships for three consecutive years and going undefeated in-state last year, the players are hoping for another successful season…
Dual-sport athlete Michael Diaz commits to Santa Clara on a baseball scholarship
Photo provided by Michael Diaz ’20 | Michael Diaz ’20 waiting to swing off of an opposing pitch By Nicholas Williams ’21 Brophy senior Michael Diaz ’20 recently announced his college commitment to Santa Clara in order to continue his baseball career. Diaz’s primary position is 3rd base, and he also plays in the outfield. “Diaz is special because of his work ethic, as a multi-sport athlete, he is in…
Lacrosse aims for redemption after state championship loss
Photo courtesy of Andrew Welty | Members of the varsity lacrosse team pose for a picture at the Blackjack Classic in Las Vegas, Nevada The ROUNDUP By Kaidan Linse’20 Though falling short in the state championship final last season to Notre Dame Prep, the 2019 Brophy lacrosse team racked up a number of impressive accomplishments, most notably earning the ranking as the No. 1 high school division one lacrosse team…