Alumni Now – May 2014 Edition

Thoughts from Fr. Postell, S.J.

On the way to Emmaus, this particular passage from the gospel of Luke is one of the best known resurrection narratives in the Bible. It begins with two disappointed disciples leaving Jerusalem after the death of Jesus. As they are walking along, they are joined by Jesus, though they do not at first recognize him.

Along the journey, Jesus begins to explain to them the significance of past events, especially his execution and death. And as he talks to them, “Their eyes were opened.”

The entire passage is full of significance; but just this small excerpt illustrates some mighty lessons. The two disciples were walking away from their center base in community, always a challenge to belief and faith. Would their faith have strengthened and their disillusionment lessened if they had stayed with the rest of their colleagues? The lessons for our contemporary life in faith are many. How often do we seek to participate in the affairs of our community of faith? Perhaps if we were more involved, our eyes would be open with a decrease in disillusionment.

The disciples in this case were traveling away, but to what destination? But, they were traveling. In many ways, life in the faith is life in journey. We get to meet Jesus at various times, in various places, at different moments in particular situations. One beautiful thing to remember is that the disciples recognized Jesus and the breaking of the bread. How often do we take our lives to the sacramental center of the Church?

Good Friday at St. Vincent de Paul

Over thirty volunteers gathered at St. Vincent de Paul’s Human Service’s Campus on Good Friday to grill and serve a meal to over 800 homeless individuals. Check out the photos!

The New Alumni Service Corps for 2014-2015

The Alumni Office congratulates Gabe Campbell ’10, Cooper Davis ’10, Karl Heiland ’10, Brok Kloeber ’10, and Jonathan Londono ’10 on being selected to represent the Alumni Service Corps for the upcoming year.

Brophy Academic Honors

We enjoyed the status of 26 National Merit Finalists, a record breaking total in the history of the school. We enjoyed a State Championship for our math team. We enjoyed Speech and Debate Team Champions in the Arizona District Tournament. All quite an addition to our celebration of the Resurrection, and says a great deal about the quality of instruction at Brophy.

Spring Sports Review

Volleyball – Submitted by Tony Oldani – The Brophy volleyball team is nearing the end of another terrific regular season! The team had a solid tournament in Las Vegas, winning the Bronze division and is currently 10-5 in power-point matches, playing the toughest schedule according to the AIA rankings.

Track – Submitted by Bill Kalkman – Following upon two state championships over the last three years (2011 and 2013 AZ state champions, 2012 state runner-up), hopes for a repeat this year by our Track team were not unrealistic. Led by returning hurdler Bobby Grant, recently having set a state record in the 300 IH, Brophy has been blessed with a group of talented harriers. Junior Isaiah Oliver gives the school a one two punch in the hurdles. Senior thrower Dominic Hernandez and freshman jumper Robert Brooks will have an impact on the state meet score. Our relay teams have been consistent point gatherers in every meet. Our distance runners improve with every week. And just to look to the future, our freshmen and sophomores present some of the most promising stable of tracksters in the history of the school.

Baseball – Submitted by Calvin Fairbourn ’14 – This year’s varsity baseball team was a double threat, well versed both at bat and in the field. Lead by D1-bound pitchers Ryan Castellani and Garrett Rupp, the Broncos took on all comers with determination and resolve. They enjoyed incredible success in the regular season, winning 19 of their 28 games, thanks in large part to incredible performances by many different members of the team. Of particular note was shortstop Nolan Weinstein, arguably the best in the state, who’s ability to deliver double plays and displays of incredible athleticism on cue, clinched more than a few games for the Broncos. They entered into post-season ranked 11th in the state, but were unfortunately cut down by Gilbert High School after an intense 9 inning game which ended 9-8. Congratulations to the team for a great year!

Crew – U.S. Rowing Southwest Regional Championships Bronze medal winners!

Tennis – Brophy tennis team won the state championship over Desert Mountain 5-4 on Saturday, May 10th. Details here!

A Bit of History – Submitted by Bob Sloncen ’57

In the fall of 1954, Brophy put together their first varsity basketball team since the days of the “Pintos”. The team was comprised of 4 juniors, 3 sophomores and 3 freshmen since Brophy did not have a senior class. I was one of the sophomores. Our coach was Fr. Jim Devlin, S.J. and despite the fact we had no gym, Fr. Devlin found us a place to practice. The Arizona National Guard Armory on the SE corner of 7th Ave and Jefferson. Money was hard to come by but Fr. Devlin was a very resourceful coach. The year prior the only all black high school in Phoenix – “Carver High” closed down due to desegregation. Fr. Devlin saw that the Phoenix Union High School District was having an auction to sell off things from the school that it couldn’t use. He went to the auction and had some success. He was excited about his “good deals”.

At practice the next week he told us we had some new uniforms coming but they weren’t ready yet. C-A-R-V-E-R had 6 letters and so did B-R-O-P-H-Y. Father Devlin had someone redo the uniforms with BROPHY on the front. About 2 days before our first game Coach Devlin handed each of us our “new” uniforms. They were almost brand new and we looked almost like a real basketball team. As we walked out on the gym floor that first night we were excited and things were perfect except for one little hiccup. Carver’s colors were blue and white and our new uniforms were still blue and white. But it didn’t bother our cheerleaders. They were still leading the crowd in the common chant of “GO RED….GO WHITE” as we ran around in our BLUE and WHITE uniforms.

Alumni Updates

For the second year in a row, John Heiland ’11 recently received the Dr. Renee Harrangue Award for Service and Leadership at Loyola Marymount University.

Adan Nunez-Frausto’10, currently a senior at Carlton College, delivered a tremendous hammer throw traveling 167 feet, 1 inch (50.93 meters) at the Carlton Relays the weekend of April 19th-20th. For his performance, Nunez-Frausto was named the MIAC Men’s Outdoor Field Athlete-of-the-Week. Details here!

Devon Allen ’13, a freshman at Oregon, is making his mark as a two-sport standout. Check it out!

Father and son alums, Bob Pimentel ’76 and Mateo Pimentel ’06, wrote and published a book for parents on the topic of Standardized Testing. Beyond Standard: Navigating the Standard Testing Experience is available on Amazon. Kudos!

Samuel DiCarlo ’11, currently a junior at Barrett, the Honors College at ASU, has been busy! He just completed his thesis project, working with fellow Brophy Alum Pete Burr ’07 to create a video. Samuel has recently been awarded the David Wayne Isom Memorial Scholarship, the Butterfield Scholarship, the Anna and Don Kirkman Family Scholarship, and the John Hudson Scholarship. The varying scholarships are based on the interest in studying families and improving the lives of families and children, as well as the desire to enter into a career of law enforcement upon graduation. In addition, he was received the Sun Angel Funk Award, presented to a student who achieves academic prominence and demonstrates community focused awareness. In the fall, Samuel will be studying abroad in Ireland at Dublin City University. We congratulate you Sam.

Bob Murphy ’83 and Spencer Kamps ’83 completed a rim to rim to rim run (45 miles) of the Grand Canyon on May 2 in 15 hours. For the record, Spencer beat Bob out of the canyon. At least that’s what Spencer says, and apparently it was just a gas!

Dr. Amit Gosalia ’93, co-owner and president of Audiology Clinic, Inc. has won the 2012-2013 American Academy of Audiology Scholar Award for the 4th time in a row. This honor is awarded those who have dedicated themselves to the field of Audiology and have shown their commitment to continued professional excellence. Dr. Gosalia also was elected to serve on the American Board of Audiology. He and his wife, Charmi, live in Vancouver, Washington.

Brophy alums helped Arizona State University wins the Southwestern Lacrosse Conference. Holding the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association SLC Championship trophy are Cortland Jones ’13, Landon Gagner ’13, Mack Regan ’12, Gage Buness ’13, and Robby Leonard ’13.

Kevin Tozer ’03 and his wife, Jennifer McLaughlin Tozer (XCP ’03), welcomed their daughter McKenna Marie Tozer on April 12, 2014. They currently reside in Ann Arbor, Michigan where Kevin is completing his medical residency in Ophthalmology at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center. 

Richard Thaddeus Schwab ’74 will be completing his Bachelor of Science degree in December 2014 from NAU and continuing on to law school.

Trent Murphy ’09 was drafted in the 2nd round by Washington Redskins! 

Bobby Grant ’14 talked to the Arizona Republic about his successful season.

In Memoriam

Thomas J. Reilly ’59
Edward L. Muckerman ’58
Pamela Ryan – mother of Timothy J. Ryan ’59
Jo-Lynn Cleverly – mother of Jack Cleverly ’11
Donald W. Jansen ’66

Gary Potter ’59 inducted to the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame

Gary Potter ’59 was inducted to the 2012 Colorado Golf Hall of Fame in January 2012. The following excerpt tells of his involvement in the golf community over the years.


“(Gary Potter has) been a Denver Country Club member since 1973, three-time club champ and 1993 president; several time stroke and match play champ at Northglenn Golf Club, Lakewood Country Club, Bear Creek Golf Club, Northglenn Golf Club champ; Charlie Coe Invitational winner with John Olive; Frontier Airlines Amateur Championship; 10 state team championships with assorted partners, forgetting countless other events.

Potter has been on the Colorado Golf Association’s Board of Governors since 1973; Board member and legal counsel of the Trans-Mississippi Golf Association since 1979 and tournament director 1980, 2001 and 2010; board member since 1974 (president 1977 and 1988) of the Pacific Coast Golf Association; served as legal counsel for the Colorado Section PGA 1985-1992 and elected honorary member 1993; served 18 years on three different USGA committees in Colorado and Arizona and has been a board member of the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame since 1998, serving as president in 2006-2007.

Give up? Gary never has. He’s worked tirelessly for juniors, bringing the CGA into the Pacific Coast Association; initiated junior golf All State teams; pushed for participation in Junior Americas Cup matches; worked on liaison between committees and individuals; chaired Course Rating Committees and implemented USGA slope rating procedures.”

Father Postell appoints Alumni Organizational Board

So many accomplishments take place in an average month, most of which are of vital concern to present students and their families. But there is a list of significant activities which stimulate the traditional and historical awareness of the alumni with regard to their alum mater. The newly formed Organizational Board will help the Director of Alumni, Father Phil Postell S.J., by providing guidance and direction in making decisions for the quality of alumni life at Brophy.

Meet our Board members…

Jeano M. Birdoes Jr. ’71

David C. Brown Jr. ’85

Kevin R. Cleveland ’90

Ed W. Hendricks, Sr. ’59

Tom Leander ’82

Thomas P. Manos ’70

Joseph Melczer, III ’66

Michael Z. Strittmatter ’05