Michael Moroney

Soccer fights their way to state championship

By Ian C. Beck ’12

The No. 1 ranked Brophy soccer team is the 2011 5A-1 state champions after a 1-0 victory over the Hamilton Huskies Saturday, Feb. 12.

“The guys spoke about national rankings and what we could achieve, but when it came to game-time, nothing else really mattered except pulling together to achieve victory,” head coach Mr. Marc Kelly said in an e-mail Tuesday after the game.

At the half, the game was scoreless but Brophy jumped out to an early lead in the second half when Kyle Seeger ’11 scored on an assist from Esteban Obregon ’11.

Mrs. Nelson simplifies intimidating physics classes

By Michael Moroney ’13

The physics lab in Piper room 212 is the home to some of the most intimidating science classes taught at Brophy: honors and AP physics.

Despite that, upon entering the classroom a student would immediately understand that Mrs. Sabina Nelson’s class is a very relaxed place. The theories and experiments of physics are seen as fun, exciting and sometimes easy.

“She is a great teacher and really funny. The labs are great,” said Blake Fassero ’12.

Wrestlers look to overcome injuries, achieve goals

Each Brophy wrestler exemplifies intense physical training every day in the wrestling room of Loyola Hall.

After practice, the wrestlers can be seen weak and drenched in sweat due to their work outs because of their goal to succeed.

“If we peak as a team by the time February comes when the state tournament is held we should be right up there with the best teams in the state,” said Connor Devereux ’11.

The Broncos have not only practiced hard, but have found some success on the mat.

Stress unavoidable for busy students

By Michael Moroney ’13 and Brian D. Brannon ’11
Nick Giancola ’12

Brophy student Nick Giancola ’12 is one of the busiest kids on this campus.

He is involved in an assortment of in and out of school activities along with taking multiple honors and AP classes.

As a person with things to do at every moment of every day, Giancola said it is important to find a balance because stress greatly affects him.

Student literature displayed at BLAM reading

By Michael Moroney ’13

Brophy students showcased their writing in “An Evening with Brophy Writers” with oral presentations of their work at the Fine Arts Extravaganza Tuesday, Nov. 23.

The Brophy Literary & Arts Magazine, or BLAM, hosted the reading in the Eller Faculty Lounge in a hip, coffee house type environment, making a comfortable place for students to read. Instead of applauding the readers, the audience would “snap” after each presentation to show their appreciation.

There were many different types of literature including poetry, creative non-fiction and fiction. A contest was held in each of these three categories; first place receiving $100 and second $50.

Sophomore, team captain Varner looking to build on past successes

By Michael Moroney ’13

Brophy varsity wrestler Marshall Varner ’13 displays an aggressive and ferocious attitude on the mat.

His innate ability last year gained him a top place in the state as a freshman.

He said his goal is to win the individual state championship this year after finishing fifth at the state tournament last year in the 140-pound weight class.

There is confidence and hype surrounding Varner this year with the possible goal of winning state although he is now in the 145-pound weight class.

Swimming captures 23rd state crown

By Michael Moroney ’13

Brophy’s juggernaut swim team extended its state championship streak to 23 Saturday, Nov. 6 with a victory at the Kino Aquatics Center in Mesa.

The Brophy swim team, which ended the meet with 474.5 points, now has won 23 consecutive state titles and 29 out of their last 30. Mr. Pat O’Neill captured his fifth title as coach of the Brophy team and he was confident heading into the meet.

“We have depth,” Mr. O’Neill said. “We are the only team that can put three or four swimmers in nearly every state event.”

Rugby club full of unfamiliarity, optimism as foreign sport makes debut on campus

By Michael Moroney ’13

Rugby players across the world are known as tough guys who often strike fear into the hearts of their opponents.

Brophy students hope to be no different as they launch a new rugby club this year.

With the Brophy College Preparatory Rugby Football Club, BCPRFC, being so new, players are very inexperienced when they play at lunch. However, the coaches and players are certainly optimistic for the season coming up.

‘The Social Network’ reveals secrets of Facebook

Just seven years ago, a couple of kids created the largest website on the Internet in a Harvard dorm room in an effort to meet some girls.

The movie “The Social Network,” based on Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich, is the story of how Facebook was created and built and is now worth $33 billion and has more than 500 million members.

In theory, the movie should not work.