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

Navigating the Standardized Testing Experience

1976 pimentelBrophy alumni Mateo Pimentel ’06 and Bob Pimentel ’76 recently published Beyond Standard: Navigating the Standardized Testing Experience. It was written with students and parents in mind.

Check it out Amazon

Bob Pimentel ’06, President of Pimentel Academic Services, LLC, was awarded Best of The Valley for 2014 under the kids section, Pimentel Academic Services won first place in the category of tutoring. The voting results can be viewed on the Arizona Foothills website for 2014, visit Arizona Foothills.

Brophy alumnus Pat Duncan ’76 begins “Farmer in the House” Dining Series

Pat Duncan’s Duncan Trading Company will kick off the spring “Farmer in the House” dining series on March 27th with Chef Vincent and Leevon Guerithault. The series will include a stellar group of the valley’s 9 best chefs and restaurants.

“In May, Chef Kevin Binkley and I will be joining charming host Joanie Simon on her podcast, Restaurant Live Arizona, this Wednesday, March 12th, to discuss the dining series and Kevin and Amy Binkley’s multiple restaurant properties throughout the valley,” said Duncan.

The podcast focuses on Arizona’s best restaurants. Tune in to RLAZ at or subscribe in iTunes and Stitcher.

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Spring 2014 “FARMER in the HOUSE”

  • Thursday-March 27th: Vincent’s on Camelback, Phoenix with chef/owners Vincent and Leevon Guerithault & Familia Zuccardi Winery, Argentina, reservations: (602)224-0225
  • Tuesday-April 1st: El Chorro Lodge, Paradise Valley with executive chef Charles Kassels & multiple vineyards, reservations: (480)948-5170
  • Thursday-April 10th: Arcadia Farms Café, Scottsdale with chef/owner Carolyn Ellis & multiple vineyards, reservations: (480)941-5665
  • Monday-April 14th: Café ZuZu @ Hotel Valley Ho, Scottsdale with executive chef Chuck Wiley and Selby Winery, Russian River Valley, CA, reservations: (480)421-7997
  • Tuesday-April 22nd: Earth Day, Petite Maison, Scottsdale with chef/owner James Porter & multiple vineyards, reservations: (480)991-6887
  • Wednesday-April 30th: Lon’s @ Hermosa Inn, Paradise Valley with executive chef James Ducas & vineyard(s) tba, reservations: (602)955-7878
  • Tuesday-May 6th: elements @ Sanctuary Resort, Paradise Valley with executive chef Beau MacMillan & vineyard(s) tba, reservations: (480)948-2100
  • Wednesday-May 14th: Bourbon Steak @ Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort, Scottsdale with chef Chris Curtiss & multiple vineyards, reservations: (480)585-4848 ext.7374
  • Wednesday-May 28th: Binkley’s Restaurant, Cave Creek with chef/owners Kevin and Amy Binkley & multiple vineyards, reservations: (480)437-2370

    Menus and vineyard updates will be listed under the “Farmer in the House” tab on the website as they become available.

Pat Duncan ’76 begins “Farmer in the House” dinner series

1976 Duncan 2013Pat Duncan is busy with his next dinner series, “Farmer in the House.” They’ve added new destinations but of course have some old favorite spots as well. For menus, wines and pricing, visit

March 2013

3/27/13 Chef/owner Vincent Guerithault and Vincent on Camelback with Piattelli Vineyards, Argentina(602 224-0225)

April 2013

4/4/13 Chef/owner Carolyn Ellis and Arcadia Farms Cafe with multiple vineyards(480 941-5665)

4/8/13 Chef Chuck Wiley and Cafe ZuZu @ Hotel Valley Ho with Duckhorn Vineyards, CA(480 421-7997)

4/16/13 Chef/owner Christopher Gross and Christopher’s with multiple vineyards(602 522-2344)

4/22/13 Chef Beau MacMillan and elements @ Sanctuary with vineyard tbd.(480 948-2100)

May 2013

5/10/13 Chef/owner James Porter and Petite Maison with multiple vineyards((480 991-6887)

5/15/13 Chef/owner Kevin Binkley and Binkley’s Restaurant with multiple vineyards(480 437-2370)

5/23/13 Chef Jeremy Pacheco and Lon’s @ Hermosa Inn with Pillsbury Wines, AZ(602 955-7878)

Alumnus Pat Duncan ’76 opens the 2012 “Farmer in the House” dining series

Duncan’s Trading Company’s annual “Farmer in the House” spring dining schedule has included another stellar lineup. Pat Duncan ’76 says, “These elegant evenings feature special one night menus, created by the very best chefs in the valley. Though not vegetarian, the menus showcase the exotic fruits and vegetables from my boutique organic farm. We align with a vineyard partner, or pair each course with wines thoughtfully selected by the restaurant’s sommelier.”

Once again, Duncan’s Trading Co. will be donating a portion of the proceeds to the Association of Arizona Food Banks (AAFB), an organization that provides food assistance to nearly 90,000 Arizonans weekly and has handled more than 42 million pounds in the last 12 months. They provide statewide coordination for multiple food banks activities, such as food drives, and educational conferences.

Please be sure to make reservations, tables fill up fast!

Vincent’s on Camelback

Friday, April 20th – Brophy alumni parent Vincent Guerithault will host at Vincent’s on Camelback (Phoenix) pairing with Elizabeth Rose organic wines, Yountville, Napa Valley. For reservations, call (602) 224-0225.

elements @ Santuary on Camelback

Wednesday, April 25th – Paradise Valley is the location of this restaurant tucked behind Camelback Mountain. Dinner will be paired with Mi Sueno Vineyards and Rich Aurilia’s acclaimed Red Stitch Cabernet, Napa Valley. For reservations, call (480) 948-2100.

Cafe ZuZu at the Hotel Valley Ho

Monday, April 30th – Cafe ZuZu in Scottsdale will pair Franciscan Winery, St. Helena, Napa Valley. Fore reservations, call (480) 248-2000.

Binkley’s Restaurant

Wednesday, May 9th – Drive to Cave Creek for dinner with wines to be sommelier selected from multiple vineyards. For reservations, call (480) 437-2370.

Lon’s at the Hermosa Inn

Thursday, May 17th – (Paradise Valley) Dinner to be paired with Sam Pillsbury & Pillsbury Wine Co., AZ. For reservation, call (602) 955-7878.

El Chorro

Tuesday, May 22nd (Paradise Valley) Dinner wines to be sommelier selected from multiple vineyards. For reservations, call (480) 948-5170.