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

Alumni quick update, March 2014

Catch up on Brophy alumni this month

  • Barrett Ames ’08 is a Robotics Engineer, working on the NASA Johnson Space Center’s Valkyrie DRC Robot project.

  • Jeff Lockhart ’09 was awarded the Gates-Cambridge Scholarship to pursue graduate study at the University of Cambridge’s Centre for Gender Studies. The Gates is Cambridge’s most prestigious international scholarship (similar to Oxford’s Rhodes), and focuses on a commitment to improving the lives of others. Read more here.

  • Danny Wilson ’10 wrote a personal reflection for Harvard’s The Crimson.

  • Cristian Avila ’08 was invited to attend State of the Union address.
    More details here.

  • Adam Wentzel ’95 is now an American Sign Language/English interpreter in the L.A. Metro Area and will this spring be awarded a Master’s Degree in Linguistics at C.S.U. Northridge. After graduating with a dual Bachelor’s of Arts degree (Deaf Studies/Interpreting and Linguistics), he joined the esteemed staff of interpreters at CSUN and began presenting on second-language learning and advocating for the rights of all people to learn language. He is particularly thankful to Mr. Brennan for the four years of AP Latin classes he took while attending Brophy which he says fostered a curiosity for language that has culminated in a rewarding career with a positive social impact.

  • Mitch Hosier ’11 played with his band Black Thoughts at Club Red in Tempe on March 1st.

  • Former Student Body President, Paris Dennard ’00, serves as the Events Director at The McCain Institute. Photo Gallery

  • Jake Steffens ’12 interviewed for Santa Clara online blog about baseball. Read about it here!

  • Tim Kempton ’13 named Patriot League’s Rookie of the Year!

  • Mayasich Cup, named for Brophy alumnus Robby Mayasich ’10, was awarded to the triumphant Brophy Lacrosse team this month against Chaparral. Photos & Blog page

  • Brophy Varsity Soccer won the 2014 State Championship under Coach Noah Lewkowitz ’98, his first year as Head Coach.


    In Memoriam

    • Jeannette Ann Cox – Mother of Lisa Cox (XCP 84-86) and grandmother to Andrea Singh, Isabella Singh and Josh Cox ’08.

    • Seamus Raphael O’Bryan ’99

    • Arne Running – Brother of Cliff Running ’58, Steven Running ’64 and Michael Running ’60, and uncle of Steven Running ’87.

    • Anthony Iarocci, Sr. – Grandfather of Andrew Iarocci ’06 and TJ Iarocci ’96

    • William Whitcher ’61

    • Father John HanleyObituary
      A complete list can be found on the alumni homepage here>

Alumni quick update, December 2013

Catch up on Brophy alumni this month

  • Dave Mulligan ’97 on Conan on Thursday, November 21st with his band Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers!
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  • Armando Contreras ’10 was awarded the Albert Rees Davis Scholarship sponsored by The Singers’ Club of Cleveland. Armando is currently a student at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

  • Running for Rice University, Will Firth ’11 earned All-Region Honors and a spot at the NCAA Division 1 Cross Country Region Championships on November 16th and 17th.

  • RJ Silva ’10 will play a lead role in the Twelfth Night at Loyola University Chicago this month.

  • Brophy honored Bob Wesley ’67, Tom Schmitt ’79 and Tim Schmitt ’81 at the 2013 President’s Club Dinner for their unwavering dedication to the Brophy community.

  • Robert Schein ’95, Partner and Managing Director at High Tower Advisors Palm Desert, was quoted in WSJ article “Livening up End-of-Life planning.”

  • Flavio Bravo ’12 joins LUC’s Fast for Families (photo)

  • Patrick (JP) Hornbeck ’99 Al Jazeera interview about Pope Francis’ mission statement
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  • Brett Fitzgerald ’09 among 5 ASU Fulbrights teaching English in Korea. ASU among top 3 in Fulbrights

  • Tony Strazzara ’07, along with a friend, carried an injured biker off a mountain trail. The man, grateful, posted their photo on his Facebook page.

  • Eric Chalmers ’10, Student Government President, interviewed by The Commons @ Seattle University

Broncos published in prestigious medical journal

Brophy alumnus Jake Kloeber ’12 and Joseph Neely ’12 were recently published as co-authors in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology and the Journal of the American Society of Hematology, Blood.

With the help of Brophy Environmental Science teacher Patty Mazier, both Kloeber and Neely began interning at the Mayo Clinic in their junior year at Brophy.

Additionally, Kevin Shim ’08 co-authored the JASH, Blood article. He worked at Mayo Clinic while at Brophy and is now in the combined M.D./Ph.D. program at Mayo Clinic Medical School in Rochester, MN. He is one of 6 students worldwide to be accepted into the program last summer.

“Homologous recombination into the eosinophil peroxidase locus generates a strain of mice expressing Cre recombinase exclusively in eosinophils”

Journal of Leukocyte Biology

“Expression of the secondary granule proteins major basic protein (MBP)-1 and eosinophil peroxidase (EPX) is required for eosinophilopoiesis in mice

Blood, the Journal of American Society of Hematology

Brophy Yearbook photos: Jake Kloeber (top); Joseph Neely (middle); Kevin Shim (bottom)




Christopher Beall ’12 signs with Bellingham Bells

2012 Beall, christopherBrophy alumnus Christopher Beall ’12 recently signed with the Bellingham Bells for the 2013 summer season. The Bells are a summer, wood bat, collegiate baseball team that plays in the West Coast League (

Beall, a 6’2 outfielder at Arizona State rounds out the Bells outfield this summer which sits at five. He earned All-State D1 honors with Brophy in 2012. In Christopher’s senior year, he hit .420, with 50 RBIs and 9 home runs.

Bells assistant coach Jim Clem said of Beall, “(He) is a talented outfielder that can swing well from the left side. Chris had to wait his turn this spring as a freshman, but he’s an outstanding player who will be instrumental to our success this summer.” As a true freshman, Beall has appeared in five games for the #21 ranked team in the country.

Notable Bells alumni include Jeff Francis (Colorado Rockies), Kevin Richardson (Texas Rangers), Ty Taubenheim (Toronto Blue Jays) and Marc Rzepczynski (St. Louis Cardinals.)2012 Beall, christopher (2)

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Prayers for the Hoyt family

It with great sadness I share that Mike Hoyt, father of Greg Hoyt, Brophy Trustee, passed away yesterday in Palm Desert.

Mike is the grandfather of Brophy alumni Briggs Hoyt ’11 and Wade Hoyt ’12 and current Brophy student, Chase Hoyt ’15.

Mike and his wife Barbie were frequent attendees at the annual Grandparents’ Lunch as proud grandparents and made every effort to be involved in the lives of their children and grandchildren.

Please remember the entire Hoyt family in your prayers.
May he rest in peace.

Brophy alumni college soccer update

Brophy alumni soccer players making strides at the college level

With the end of the second week approaching, I figured it was the perfect time to relay some of the latest Brophy Soccer alumni news.

About a week ago, I got a phone call from Zach Hudson ’12, who is now at Gonzaga. For some reason, he wasn’t heavily recruited for division one schools; however, I thought that GU would be a great fit for him. I contacted their coach, who told me he would scout Zach. He did, and later said he had nothing to offer…except a ‘preferred walk-on’. I told this to Zach and, ere the optimist, he said it was ‘good enough’. Zach worked hard on his game through the summer, showed up at the preferred walk on, and made the team. Perseverance, personified.

Tyler McGehee ’12 attended the Notre Dame camp this summer, with the hopes that he would catch the eye of their coaching staff…junior Conor Coleman was also there (they were roommates!). While Conor had an absolutely great camp, he told me that Tyler gave everything he had, typically, but seemed extremely nervous, and thus played really poorly. I spoke with Tyler afterwards, and despite his summer setback, he was undaunted. Typically. Two days ago, he began tryouts for Notre Dame, and I spoke with him tonight…he seems ‘very pleased’…with two more days left. We’ll cross our collective fingers.

Wearing the #8…the true-freshman central midfielder for Lake Forest University…the ever-joyous/grinning…Timmy Mourikes ’12. He looks to break the starting lineup next week.

Casey Skowron ’11 decided to try for a walk-on with the University of Arizona football team…as kicker! …and he made it! Now we’ll wait to see if he can kick his way to a starting role! Pac12 today…NFL tomorrow! (photo left)

Andre LeBlanc ’11 begins his second season at Long Island University playing as their creative central midfielder…he started 18 games last year as a freshman. He’ll be their central creator this year.

Patrick Poblete ’10 begins his junior season as the starting goalkeeper for the #5 nationally-ranked New Mexico Lobos. They opened Friday night on the road at #2 UCLA…a tough, tough test, and patrick came out with a HUGE win 3-2. Check the national press: Patrick has finally hit his stride.

Brian Hines ’10 & Ben Anderson ’10 have begun their junior seasons at Trinity University (preseason ranked #4, division III) in San Antonio. Hines scored 10 goals last year as a sophomore, which led the team! Hines is definitely back to do more damage this year, as they open on the road Friday night.

James Cohn ’09 begins his fourth and final year as the starting central midfielder for the University of San Diego. He just returned from a preseason playing in Ireland where he led his team to 2 wins…USD is a major NCAA contender, with Cohn at the helm.

And lastly, the musical combination of 2011 soccer alumni Esteban Obregon, Connor Shea and Nick Gelo is still together. “Something Like Seduction” now has released numerous singles & spent the summer playing music festivals. They’re opening up for “The Dirty Heads” in Tucson on September 14th. If you’re down in “El Pueblo”.

Special thanks to Nate Sundemeier ’12 for the update

Crew in the News

Matt Nelson ’12

Matt qualified and is currently training to compete with current student Sean McMahon (’13) at the 2012 USRowing Youth National Championships taking place June 8-10 in Oak Ridge, Tenn. They will be racing in the Men’s doubles. Matt will be attending Oklahoma City University in the fall where he will continue to row for OCU.

Alex Douglas ’10

Alex qualified and is currently training for trails for the Men’s Quad taking place in Princeton, NJ for the U-23 World Championships taking place on July 15 in Trakai, Lithuania. Alex attends and rows at Cornell University.

Andrew Gallagher ’07

Andrew qualified and is currently training for trials for the Men’s Pair for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Andrew rowed for University of Wisconsin, Madison. He attended 2 World Championships in Brest, Belarus and Amsterdam, Netherlands.