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Track & Field runs to fifth consecutive CIF Title By Brandon Dempster For the fifth consecutive year, the Varsity Track and Field Cubs have captured the CIF Division II Title. This fivepeat is no small accomplishment, and the Cubs have credited much of their success to the leadership on and off the field, while also living by Head Coach Michael Porterfield’s famous “pride and class� motto. Prior to CIF playoffs, the Cubs faced perhaps their toughest meet of the season, next to Notre Dame, against HarvardWestlake. Determined to bring down Loyola to secure a better position in the CIF prelims, the Wolverines were defeated 90-30 by the Cubs whose 4 x 800 team and sprinters definitely impacted the meet. “It was an opportunity for us to see where we are, measure ourselves, practice and compete,� said Coach Porterfield. “It doesn’t matter who shows up or what color uniform they have on, we’re going to compete. So if they bring a million or if they bring one, we’re gonna compete. We did a good job that day; we did what we were supposed to do.� Senior sprinter David Tassone said, “The win over Harvard-Westlake helped seal the Mission League Title, solidifying the seniors' 24-0 record our four years at Loyola.� Senior long-distance runner Jared Jones said, “What was different this year was the fact that Harvard-Westlake had acquired a number of extremely talented young individuals that rivaled us in some events. We didn’t let this stop us from doing what we do best, competing at the highest level with integrity, pride and class.� After the win over Harvard-Westlake allowed the Cubs to take the Mission League title, they were ready for the journey to CIF championship. First, the team faced CIF Prelims on Saturday, May 12, where various teams from the Division II Southern Section competed in time trials, rather than against each other, to secure spots in the CIF Finals. “CIF prelims were tough this year, but our team rallied together and got the

bulk of our CIF squad to qualify for finals,� said Jones. Jones also said that the Track & Field Team, to conserve energy, stopped having two-a-day practices and shortened workouts during the CIF playoffs. Coach Porterfield said, “There’s no magical workout in that week. At the end of the season, we design the workouts to make the kids run their fastest. When we get to this point, a lot of rest is involved, actually. We put ourselves in a position to be successful with qualifying that Saturday.� So the Cubs, energized with adrenaline and fully rested, ventured to Mt. San Antonio College last Saturday in hopes of achieving their fifth consecutive Varsity Track & Field celebrates after capturing the CIF Title. CIF championship. All groups of the Track & Field Team will be CIF State play, with prelims beginimproved upon their times, specifically ning next Friday, June 1. But in order to junior Morgan Simon running a 10.53s qualify for State, the Cubs will have to 100-meter sprint and 21.14s 200-meter compete in the CIF Masters meet, which sprint, both of which are Loyola records. is today. Those who qualified for CIF With strong support from the sprinters Masters include the 4x100 team which and incredible times by the long-distance consists of junior Lee Duncan, Tassone, squad, the Cubs captured the CIF title. junior Morgan Simon and sophomore “Great team effort,� said Coach Mekai Sheffie. Additionally, Simon qualiPorterfield. “I am very proud of how the fied in the 100- and 200-meter sprint, junkids competed. It was an opportunity for ior Josh Lewis qualified for the 800, and this group of kids to be successful, through senior Charlie Marquardt qualified for the their hard work and being blessed.� 3200. Tassone said, “People were improving Both Tassone and Jones said they believe their times from last week, and in the end that the Cubs have what it takes to capture it was enough to make us CIF Champions a sixth consecutive CIF title next year, for the fifth consecutive year!� even with the loss of some key seniors, The final step for the Cubs this year including Tassone, Jones, Nick Budincich,




Robert Jenkins, Ned Trim, Andrew Bland and Marquardt. Promising individuals include sprinters Simon, Sheffie and Duncan; long-distance runners Lewis and freshman Robert Brandt; and pole-vaulter Michael Reyes, a junior. Coach Porterfield said, “Every year the team has its own identity. If you look at the team who were CIF champions in 2011, I think the only people in 2012 who were returners were David Tassone and Nick Budincich. When you say ‘next year,’ anything can happen.� Overall, the Cubs have captured the CIF Division II title, have sent several runners to CIF Masters, and have a positive outlook on next season. The CIF Masters begins today at 4:30 at Cerritos College.

Varsity Golf captures CIF Title By Charlie Cooper Finishing 18-6-1, the Loyola Varsity Golf team improved its record over last year’s. The team took league with

The Varsity Golf team emerges from CIF victorious.

an 11-1 record, won the CIF Southern Section Championship tournament at Lakewood Country Club and placed sixth in CIF Southern Section Finals. Golfer Patrick Blay, a junior, unhappy



about the finals, said, “Kind of a disappointing finish with an off day as a team. We didn’t meet our expectations, but it definitely was a good and successful year coming out with a CIF Championship ring.� Freshman Bryant Falconello agreed with Blay: “I believed we had every opportunity to win state and missed by only a few strokes.� Head Coach Robert Gorr focused on the positive. He said, “We came together and were able to win the championship through commitment to each other and common purpose.� Senior Blake Fierro, freshman Bryant Falconello and Blay all qualified for CIF Individuals at Las Posas Country Club last week. Fierro and Falconello each shot a 79, two too many strokes to advance. Blay’s score of 74 advanced him to the CIF Southern Section Individual Championships which were Monday at the Victoria Club in Riverside. Blay’s score of 77 was not enough to allow him to advance, only those with scores of 72 or below. Seniors Stephen Lopez, Blake Fierro and Jeremy Tuggy provided not


only great performances but also great leadership. Lopez was the only senior who was on the CIF winning squad. Because of many hours spent traveling and on courses, the team bonded. Falconello said, “As the only freshman on the team, I couldn’t have had better relationships or more fun!� Sophomore Ryan Irwin said, “Some people expect us not to be as close because golf is an individual sport, but we have great camaraderie and get along well.� Coach Gorr said he is pleased with the team’s growth this year: “We, as a team, built high character and set a foundation for future success. Varsity Golf exemplifies commitment, class, composure and perseverance.� Having completed his first year as head coach, Mr. Gorr said, “It was a great experience. I am proud to be part of team and to be involved with such a great group of young men.� As he graduates, Blay said he is hopeful for Varsity Golf next year: “Hopefully, next year we can do a repeat and have the same success as this year."



May 24, 2012

Stories from Loyola's Greatest The Comedy Sportz Cubs 'make 'em laugh' Generation gathered in publication By Neil McQueen After two years without a match, Loyola's Comedy Sportz team returned to the stage Friday, Mar. 16, in a match against Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, and a month later, Friday, Apr. 20, in a match against Immaculate Heart. Comedy Sportz provides competitive improvisational comedy at the high school, collegiate and post-collegiate levels. Much like the hit TV show Whose Line is it Anyway?, matches consist of skits and games in which players from each team act on the spot. The funnier a team is, the more points the team earns. The winner is the team that accumulates the most points by the end of the match. The team this year consists of juniors Kevin Khamneipur, Avery Schwartz, Anthony Perasso, Andrew Mead, Benjamin Foster, Ramon Sison, Chris Villalpondo, Jack Wegleitner, Paul Ayoub and Neil McQueen; sophomores Quentin Casalenuovo and Matt Culhane; and freshman Fletcher Wolfe. Seven veterans return, and six rookies have joined the team. “The team is stupendous,” said team captain Khamneipur. “We have a lot witty members, veterans and rookies who've been honing their skills. We were proud to introduce Comedy Sportz to all those who were at our Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy game, and we hope to have many more.” “Our match against FSHA was a great success,” said Khamneipur. “We played veterans Chris Villalpando, Avery Schwartz, Anthony Perasso and

Paul Ayoub, and introduced rookies Matt Culhane and Fletcher Wolfe. We were successful in our goal to re-introduce Comedy Sportz to curious Cubs, and we happened to get some fans in the process.” In the end, the FSHA team proved victorious by a handful of points. Both teams said they enjoyed competing, and audience members left wanting to know when the next match would be. At the Immaculate Heart match, Immaculate Heart prevailed by one point. This time around, veteran Mead appeared on stage for the first time this year, having been unavailable for the match against FSHA. In the audience, junior Johnny Dezzutti said, “I went to the Comedy Sportz competition not expecting a whole lot, but it was really fun for the audience, and both teams did very well.” Despite the free, improvised nature of Comedy Sportz, members took a lot of time in organizing and planning to get the club up and running again. “Leading a comeback for Comedy Sportz was pretty tough,” said Khamneipur. “I thought the only thing I'd have to do was set up games, but a lot of technicalities prevented us from playing games right away. The good news is that after many workshops with the team and talking to the Comedy Sportz League, we're able to set up games as we please now.” “The Loyola community needs to find out about Comedy Sportz,” said Dezzutti. “It is a nice switch-up from a play or a sporting event.”

Kevin Khamneipur is penalized with a brown bag foul. PHOTO BY NEIL MCQUEEN

By Jackson Coleman Social Science teacher Mr. Levi Line and the roughly 150 students in his history classes have written and published The Greatest Google Generation, a compilation of student interviews and photographs of World War II survivors. Mr. Line said the idea of The Greatest Google Generation actually came to him from the teachers at High Tech High where Social Science teachers from around the Los Angeles Catholic Archdiocese met on Friday, Mar. 23. Mr. Line said that teachers there incorporate many projects, such as online research and video projects and evaluating historic aspects of pictures, into their curriculum. The Greatest Google Generation includes stories from the Pacific theatre, European theatre, the home front as well as stories from Japanese internment camps. Mr. Line said he wanted to create The Greatest Google Generation because the Google generation has spent little time asking the greatest generation about their experiences. Mr. Line said he “looked at history differently,” because of his grandfather, who told him stories of his experiences in World War II and who created a passion in Mr. Line “to pursue history in every aspect of life.” Mr. Line said he also hopes "this book inspires other teachers to come up with their own ideas to create these types of books.” Sophomore Peter Riemers, who interviewed his grandmother about President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Riemers’s great-great uncle, said, “The project was a good way to tie into what I knew and what I was fortunate enough to learn about my family.” The Eisenhower Library in Kansas has purchased five copies of The Greatest Google Generation, according to Mr. Line. Sophomore Nick Zoppi interviewed his grandfather, who served on an aircraft carrier after the war; Zoppi said he found the project interesting because he had not “really talked to his grandfather about his teenager years.” Zoppi also mentioned that the project was “cool, because I haven’t really talked with my grandfather, and I got to spend a lot of time talking with him.” Sophomore Melan Salinas interviewed his grandmother who “was a civilian at the time but a lot of her close friends fought” in the war. Salinas said he thought “the project was amazing,” “It was a great way to help us learn what people from our

"The Greatest Google Generation" can be purchased for $40 at PHOTO BY ALEX ALVARADO

family and whom we know outside of family went through. The fact that Coach Line put it in a book was amazing because it showed his passion for teaching and gave us a chance to say we’re published.” Junior Jacques Spinner interviewed his grandfather, Paul Spinner, who was a marine on an antisubmarine vessel in the Pacific. Spinner said, “The project was cool because our generation can get real live accounts; it’s important we know what they struggled through because they lived through so much.” Spinner said the project required students to connect with their family’s past Junior Joshua Dela Cruz interviewed his grandmother who was living in the Philippines. “I enjoyed interviewing my grandmother and listening to her stories,” he said.

May 24, 2012



Loyola bids farewell to teachers By David Pollack, Brandon Kim, David Karamardian, Griffin Cohen, and Chris Kymn At the end of this school year, the Loyola community will say goodbye to seven faculty members. Two have taken jobs at different schools, two are returning to school to continue their studies, and three are, in effect, retiring.

Mr. Robert Eleuteri Mr. Eleuteri joined Loyola’s faculty on Mar. 1, 2004, and has accepted a position at St. Augustine’s High School in San Diego. Besides teaching Honors Pre-Calculus and AP Calculus AB, Mr. Eleuteri has been involved in mathematics competition programs. For several years he has led the Math Day at the Beach team, which competes annually at Cal State Long Beach, and he brought the AMC to Loyola in 2006. “From the beginning, I wanted to do something to really stimulate the math program, to reach out to students who wanted to become competitive in math,” Mr. Eleuteri said. “We’re such a competitive school in so many ways, so I wanted to do something in math. Thankfully, with the support of the administration and other math teachers in the Math Department, we were able to do that.” According to math teacher Mr. Allen Martin, the AMC has been very successful: “It has grown pretty much every year and has been a really good thing. Typically, a school has 40 or 50 kids take the test. This year, we had 400 or so take the AMC.” Mr. Eleuteri said, “I think that while running the AMC is a ton of work, it is extremely rewarding to see kids advance, to see students take the AIME or even when they beat out their score from the previous year. Another point of the AMC is not to reach just the guys who move onto the next round but also stimulate interest across the board. It is really nice that we have so many guys take the test.” In 2010, Mr. Eleuteri joined Mr. Cedric Ebiner as comoderator of the Right to Life Club. According to Mr. Eleuteri, one of the year’s highlights is when he, Mr.

Udoh and four students participated in the Walk for Life in San Francisco. Mr. Eleuteri also took students to listen to off-campus speakers and assisted with recurring events, such as the Bottle Drive. Mr. Eleuteri has also led CLC senior groups for the last seven years, including The Fellas this year. Mr. Eleuteri said, “I am really excited that for the past eight school years, I’ve been able to teach Honors and AP classes. I’ve had some really excellent students and just had an enjoyable time working with my students. Just across the board, the number of people that have supported me in my work has just been outstanding.”

Mr. Ike Udoh Mr. Ike Udoh, S.J., a theology teacher in his third year at Loyola, will continue his Jesuit training next year. Mr. Udoh will head to the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, where he will begin working towards a Master’s Degree of Divinity in Theology. These studies are part of every Jesuit’s formation, as each is required to study philosophy and theology. This process should take him three years, at the end of which he will be ordained a Jesuit priest. Mr. Udoh has taught Freshman Scripture, Theology II and Moral Theology. Practically all Jesuits teach for two to three years during their formation, with most teaching at the high school level. After his completing his studies at Berkeley, Mr. Udoh will have to decide where he wants to focus his work. “I have a couple of different things I am thinking about. Teaching is definitely one possibility,” said Mr. Udoh. “The field of medicine is definitely another. There are many different areas I can be involved in.” Mr. Udoh said that teaching at Loyola has been an enlightening experience: “I think this experience has helped me understand where this new generation is coming from. What are their joys? What are their concerns, their sorrows? I will take that with me to know how to approach my studies in order to be able to respond to the needs that I’ve found.”

Ms. Kristin Okita Ms. Kristin Okita, assistant athletic trainer for the last six years, will continue her studies in medicine. “Becoming a physician’s assistant has always been what I want to do,” she said. Before coming to Loyola, Ms. Okita graduated from Cal State University Northridge, where she was a student trainer. “When I was hired at Loyola, I was actually only planning on staying two years,” said Ms. Okita who quickly fell in love with the school and stayed longer than expected. “It’s been a great place to work. I love the kids. I love the sense of community,” she said. “It’s been a really hard decision to leave.” Along with head athletic trainer Mr. Tim Moscicki, Ms. Okita has assisted all of Loyola’s various sports teams, forming strong relationships with students. “Kristin has been there for me through a lot,” said varsity football linebacker and junior Henry Castillo. “She has been an amazing trainer, and she’s going to be missed by all the people she touched. No matter what, she’ll always be a Cub.” Despite moving on, Ms. Okita said she plans to visit: “I consider you guys an extended family. I definitely plan to come back and visit a lot. I’m a Cub at heart.”

Mr. John Pappas Mr. John Pappas, teacher of Honors Geometry since 2004, said he plans to spend his time volunteering wherever he can make an impact. Mr. Pappas said he has enjoyed teaching here: “The community here is so unique. Rarely do you see everyone at a school get along so well and respect one another like everyone else does here.”

Before becoming a math teacher, Mr. Pappas worked at a gym, training teenagers for bodybuilding contests. “Seeing them succeed was more gratifying than any success I had ever attained. I decided to teach because it was more meaningful and rewarding than working in a gym,” he said. Just like the bodybuilders, Mr. Pappas’s own students meet their own success in his class. Mr. Pappas said that he tries to be as motivational as he can and has his students do AMC problems and tougher problems than the easier math problems. To the Loyola community, he said, “Thank you for the best eight years. The students here are the best, and I am sure future students will continue the tradition.”

Mr. Thomas Vavra Mr. Thomas Vavra, a counselor for 25 years at Loyola, is retiring, but not leaving Loyola. Mr. Vavra will continue to assist Head Coach Michael Overing with speech and debate. Mr. Vavra will also continue the annual East Coast College Tour with Mr. Terry Caldwell during inter-semester break. In addition, Mr. Vavra said he hopes to continue to teach Literary Traditions I during summer school. “Loyola is part of my life, so I want to stay somewhat involved. Daily Mass, the flexibility of the administration and the support from the Loyola family have made me a better man,” Mr. Vavra said. “Mr. Vavra came to Loyola High School in the fall of 1987, at a time when we were starting to build our counseling department,” said Principal Frank Kozakowski. “His experience as a high school counselor was invaluable.” Mr. Vavra said, “I will definitely miss the students. The Loyola Cubs exhibit dedication and discipline, not only in the classroom but in all their ventures.” Mr. Vavra said his high school, Cathedral Latin School in Cleveland, Ohio, was like Loyola in that both are Catholic college preparatory schools for boys. (Cathedral Latin is now co-ed.) Students interested in joining the priesthood attended the school, which was modeled after the famous Boston Latin School. “Coming to Loyola was ‘deja vu all over again,’ to quote Yogi Berra,” Mr. Vavra said. Mr. Vavra said some of his most unforgettable experiences occurred during his sixteen years as head coach of the speech and debate team. “The most memorable moment was when the Loyola Speech and Debate Team received the National Forensics League Award for the best overall speech team in the nation for the 1990’s. That 1998-99 Loyola Speech Team had three future valedictorians,” Mr. Vavra said. Loyola parents and faculty have also shown their appreciation for all Mr. Vavra has accomplished for students as he prepares to move on. “The letters I have received from Loyola parents have been overwhelming,” Mr. Vavra said. “I will also miss my fellow counselors, the faculty, the support staff and the administration who have been very kind and professional to me.” Guidance counselor, teacher, speech and debate coach, East Coast college tour organizer and Interchange coordinator for sports memorabilia--Mr. Vavra has worn many proverbial hats during his tenure, and his enthusiasm and passion for the Cubs have not waned.

Mrs. Mychela Burke Marshall Mrs. Mychela Burke Marshall, who has taught at Loyola for the past seven years, will move with her husband and two children to Chicago this summer, and substitute teacher Mr. Blake Wells has been assigned her teaching responsibilities. Currently on maternity leave after the recent birth of her second child, Mrs. Burke Marshall said she does not plan to resume teaching but to be a stay-at-home mom for at least the next few years. “To move back to Chicago will allow me to stay at home with my kids for a while and put us closer to our family and friends,” said Mrs. Burke Marshall. Mr. Wells, Class of 2006, substituted for Mrs. Burke Marshall during her first maternity leave last year and is currently substituting for Ms. Alirian Mejia while she is on sabbatical. “I’m excited to be back, and I’m glad that you guys have had me back here at Loyola and look forward to becoming even more a part of the community,” said Mr. Wells. Chair of the Foreign Language Department for the past three years, Mrs. Burke Marshall has handed over these duties to Spanish teacher Mr. Pablo Pedroarias. Mrs. Burke said, “I will sincerely miss the entire Loyola community. It was a bittersweet decision to leave this job, but it is the best choice for our family. I wish everyone nothing but the best.”

Mrs. Tracye Duckett-Lacy Mrs. Tracye Duckett-Lacy, unable to be reached for an interview, has accepted a position as guidance counselor at Immaculate Heart High School.



May 24, 2012

Cyrus Says. . . Junior Kairos during AP's causes consternation By Cyrus Jabbari Nearly thirty-three years ago was the advent of the Kairos retreat program, an experience shared by Catholic college and high school students across the nation. Intended as a private spiritual event, the details of Kairos are for its participants. This retreat program derives from the Rev. Douglas L. Brown, S.J., of the Diocese of Brooklyn, and his “Christian Awakening” retreats which apply the principles of The Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola. Brown’s program was adopted by Catholic schools in thirteen states in 1968. With popularity on the rise, the Rev. Kevin McBrien named the retreat “Chiros” in 1975. By 1995, twenty Jesuit high schools in America had incorporated Kairos into their retreat programs. Loyola High School of Los Angeles, fostering the spiritual

teachings of St. Ignatius and encouraging more active spirituality in students, completed its 93rd Kairos on April 27. This traditional four-day and three-night event was one for junior participants to remember as a wonderful ecclesiastical activity, yet it is also known as the event that took away precious time in one of the most crucial moments of the juniors’ high school careers. Juniors left the Kairos retreat happy and enlightened but were soon overcome by the horror that lay ahead of them. Four days they had been away from their school; four days they had lost in a time so close to SAT testing and Advanced Placement exams. A great number of Loyola juniors are proud to say that they have taken the challenge of an Advanced Placement course. And a significant number of students on the 93rd Kairos claimed such a challenge as their own. They

engaged in spiritual strengthening while on their retreat but were brought back to the ephemeral shortly after. With SAT I tests and subject tests to study for, gruelingly cumulative AP exams to prepare for, and unquestionably amplified amounts of homework piled on by AP, Honors, and nonHonors courses, these innocent, spiritually-guided juniors felt attacked for having chosen the wrong time to engage in such an important retreat. They could not escape all the work they evaded for four days. For those who want to succeed in school, receive AP credit for courses, and excel on a standardized test, escape was no option. Yet poor performance and unsatisfactory delivery were the outcomes for a notable number. Failing test scores, incomplete homework, sleep deprivation and belated AP studying resulted—as they always have. An unsightly pat-

tern has developed in our school, in which Kairos and preparation for AP exams are occurring far too immediately. Year after year, juniors, stricken with unhappiness, warn underclassmen of the dangers of AP exams and foolishly discourage future AP enrollment. Still, their actions are not unwarranted; they are blinded by the load of labors before them and find it easier to blame something in the future (AP exams) than in the past (Kairos). But a better way of approaching the problem is not necessarily to blame Kairos. The problem is simply that the retreat and exams occur so closely that juniors have made and must make the decision of attending Kairos or performing to the best of their abilities in school. Perhaps AP students skipping Junior Kairos, attending senior year, and saving Junior Kairos for non-AP students would be

best. Well, that thinking contradicts the value of bringing a community together by essentially segregating the AP and nonAP students. The opportunity for Kairos must remain equal. It cannot tarnish the academic record of students, as such principle violates the reputation of this scholastically adept environment. Choices of post-secondary schooling are heavily influenced by junior year performance. The crux of the issue can be resolved by changing the schedule of Junior Kairos to a time far away from unsettling events—perhaps a time when spiritual growth and ease would be most appreciated. In this schedule change, we nurture our spiritual and educational abilities. The damage has been done. I pray that future juniors will not suffer the fates of many of the past.

Co-Editor-in-Chief says good-bye By Joseph Scudiero

When I look back on my four years at Loyola High School, our senior class has much to appreciate. We have obtained the best high school education and have lived the Jesuit ideal of mind, body and spirit. Armed with these values, we are ready to move on and apply these traits in college and in life. For many of us, Loyola presented a dramatic change from our sheltered environment. For me, instead of attending a public neighborhood high school situated on an ocean bluff, I followed my brother John, Class of 2010, to the center of Los Angeles, 24 miles away from home, where a cemetery instead of a blue ocean surrounded me. Every morning, the 5:50 a.m. alarm awoke me like a splash of cold water on my face so that I had enough time to meet

the carpool by 6:50 for the one-hour trip to Loyola. But the long commute with fellow Cubs quickly became the best part of my day: time to complete last-minute homework assignments, time for laughter about the day’s events at school, time for lively discussions about sports and, most important, time for the formation of great friendships. I will miss the long commutes and the camaraderie. Many parts of life at Loyola are permanently ingrained. There was no better way to start the day than with a Zlicious breakfast burrito or quesadilla. Playing ping-pong during recess and lunch with friends and the occasional spirited games with Dean Wood provided the perfect relief from the strenuous academic environment. I will never forget the enriching classroom experience. I am proud to have survived Ms. Mejia’s infamous “cafes”; the

lengthy and painstaking journals for Mr. Caldwell that always had to be redone anyway; the countless folios, papers and clay projects for Mr. Mason; and the numerous debates about history and politics with Mr. Zucker. Most of all, the relationship and camaraderie shared with teachers at Loyola will likely not occur in college. In the many activities outside the classroom, several had the good fortune to become involved in El Camino, campus ministry or The Loyalist or to be a pride leader. Newspaper and yearbook required early arrivals and late stays after school but proved to be an invaluable experience to work with and learn from moderators Mrs. Arney and Dr. Vella, respectively. While many people detest the dreaded 405 freeway, commuters still managed to have fun with friends, driving on the 405

to LA Valley College to watch the Cubs play football. Our school spirit remains unmatched and bonds us as we draw the most students and parents to each game. Our Jesuit community helped us grow and mature on life-changing retreats such as Junior Kairos, the Junior Leadership retreat and Big Brother Program. Today, as we prepare for graduation, reminisce on our time at Loyola, and look forward to our next four years in college, we face a bittersweet occasion. While we will be going to college where we will meet new people, further our talents and choose careers, we will have to leave this magical place that has been such a fantastic home to us these last four years. Loyola – we say thank you and goodbye for now. You have prepared us well.

'Fanatics' faithful to Church of Sports By Anthony Perasso

It’s Sunday morning, and families all across the United States have their outfits prepared for the day’s festivities. Families can finally set aside time from their daily schedules to spend time with each other and worship. But they won’t be worshipping in a “church,” at least in the traditional sense of the word. In these churches, pews have been replaced by leather couches, Scripture passages have been replaced by detailed play analysis and instant replay, and the Eucharist has been replaced by chips and guacamole. Welcome to the Church of Sports, the fastest growing religion in America. It’s followers, known as “Fanatics,” find themselves drawn to the wide range appeal of sports -- there’s a sport for everyone, from golf to football and everything in between. Fanatics come from every ethnic and socioeconomic background, they know no boundaries. However, Fanatics are not without their problems. There has been a recent divide within the Church of Sports. “Yeah, ‘Church of Sports’ is more of an umbrella term. We had our disagreements so some of us had to branch off and start our own sects,” explains a Fanatic. “Christians shouldn’t be too unfamiliar with the concept: We have the Church of Football, they have Catholics. We have the Church of Basketball, they have Presbyterians. We have the Church of Curling and Other Nonathletic Sports, they have Mormons. At least we didn’t kill each other over our arguments, like the Crusades.” The Church of Football believes themselves to hold a certain edge over other branches of the Church of Sports because of their interpretation of Jesus’ teachings: Football Fanatics claim that Jesus was signaling for “touchdown” in every portrait in which he has his hands

raised in the air. Therefore, they say, Jesus must have been a football fan. But the Church of Baseball also has made an impressive connection: They claim that their Holy Sport very much resembles the life of Buddha because they both spend the majority of their time sitting down and doing nothing. Worshippers of all faiths have found ease in the conversion of religions. Catholics see similarities between Easter and Superbowl Sunday. Jewish converts enjoy sevengame NBA playoff series as if they were Hanukkah. And

agnostics have found common ground in the Olympics because they’re just not sure in which sport to like best, just as they just aren’t sure of God’s existence. Los Angeles is a hotspot in the Church of Sports. The recent tragedies of the “Lakeshow” and Clippers being knocked out of the playoffs are being set aside as churchwide days or mourning and sorrow. On a more positive note, Fanatics of the Church of Football have been advocating for years to build a new Football Cathedral in Los Angeles. One can only hope, for the sake of the salvation of this city.



May 24, 2012

Elected leaders plan for next school year By Nicholas Froelich

During the week of student council and class officer elections, students could be seen advertising their positions on posters and social media and promoting participation in student government. Student leaders for 2012-2013 are Cyrus Jabbari, president; John Lee, student body vice president; Justin Abello, senior class president; and Alexander Swain and Patrick Finnegan are senior class representatives. The junior class president is Niko Klein, and junior class representatives are Justin Hopkins and Patrick Kenney. The sophomore class president is Connor Niemann, and the sophomore class representatives are Jack Atzen and Christopher Carr. These students have promised to prioritize Loyola and to enhance everyone’s experience. President-elect Cyrus Jabbari said, “A lot of people come to me with ideas for next year. The task at hand is making any change to next year’s schedule that the student population finds necessary, ranging from a change in prom date to an extension of lunch. Any future changes will be discussed with the board first, but I tell my cubs I will be having many discussions with the board.” Junior class president-elect Klein said, “I knew going into the elections that it would be the hardest year to date. Every one of the ten candidates are great guys and honestly had a really good chance of making the top three, so, naturally, I was very nervous going into the race.” Senior class president-elect Abello said, “I plan to do what I've been doing as class president for the past three years: bring in lunches from In-N-Out and other places for my classmates, work at school dances and other functions and just represent my class as best as possible.”

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Klein said, “I will try my best to make the year an eighth grade treasurer.” enjoyable one for my classmates. My plan is to bring in a Over the next year, these students will prove their different special hot lunch specifically for the junior class dedication to the community through their work in stuevery month. Ideas I have range from Roscoe’s to In-N- dent government. Out to Tito’s to Tommy's. I'm totally open to new ideas, Chris Walter, Director of Student Activities said, “I so, Juniors, come to me with anything!” think they are an exciting group." These students said they are intent upon improving Loyola as a whole, and their motivations for joining the student government confirm that. Vice presidentelect Lee said, “Since freshman year, I've done nothing but receive from Loyola. I wondered what would be the best way to give back to both the school and the student body, and it turned out running for student council was the best way to accomplish that goal.” Sophomore representative-elect Carr said, “I enjoy being involved. I have experience as seventh grade representative and Newly elected members of the executive student council prepare for next year. Photo by Alex Alvarado

Editors-in-Chief Matthew Stoffers & Joseph Scudiero News Editors Kenneth An & David Pollack Opinion Editors Justin Abello & Cyrus Jabbari & Nicholas Knoll Feature Editor Michael Barreto Arts & Entertainment Editors Casey Olson & Tristan Vanech Sports Editors Brandon Dempster & Patrick Finnegan & Jonathon Heinen Photography Editor Alex Alvarado Layout Editor Chris Kymn Website Editor Nicholas Froelich Contributors: Domenic Olmeda, Griffin Cohen, Charlie Cooper, Jackson Coleman, McAuley Evans, Chris Franco, Nicholas Froelich, Justin Hopkins, Neil McQueen, Christian Paz, Anthony Perasso, Richard Windisch Photographers: Michael Alvarez, Patrick Blay, Jonathan Madson, Neil McQueen, J.R. McCorkle, David Tassone, Andrew Villablanca Business Manager: Patrick Trujillo Moderator: Mrs. Mary Arney

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Urban Plunge: a letter from L.A.'s Skid Row By Richard Windisch

For the first half of freshman year, I was convinced that an urban plunge involved some sort of swimming. Los Angeles. Many see the skyscrapers and immediately jump to the conclusion that it is a wealthy place to be. But do people really see the city? Do they see the trash-lined streets and the tent cities? Do they see the nonchalant drug use taking place in public? You can’t say that you are from Los Angeles if you haven’t truly experienced the real Los Angeles. On the last weekend of April, Mr. David Roberts and Mr. Blake Wells led an Urban Plunge. Our first stop was Homeboy Industries in Chinatown. Homeboy Industries serves at-risk and gang-involved youth with services and programs designed to meet their needs and runs four businesses that serve as job-training sites. All of the employees were once involved in the gang life. I was shocked to learn that many of the people working side by side were in rival gangs. When they entered Homeboy, all differences were left at the door. Our tour guide said, “There is a sense of hope at Homeboy, hope that it really can, and will, get better.” After Homeboy, our group went to our home base, the St. Francis Center. We dropped off our bags and were setting up the sleeping area for later. We each had a sleeping bag and an air mattress provided by Loyola. We forgot to pack the air mattress pumps. One student had brought one, but it didn’t match the nozzle for our mattresses. Putting our Loyola education to use, we were able to make a funnel out of a cut up Arizona bottle, and fill up our mattresses. We then left for St. Vincent DePaul Society's Cardinal Manning Center on Skid Row to eat dinner with the homeless. Before we ate, we talked to Tyrone, who had spent 20 years living on the streets of LA, estranged from his family. Despite his alcoholism and homelessness, he was able to turn his life around and rent an apartment. Tyrone said, “Getting an apartment? That meant everything for me. I finally had my feet on stable ground.” As for our presence at the center, Tyrone said, “When youth get immersed in the homeless situation, they give us hope. The hope keeps us going.” In addition to finding a stable housing situation, Tyrone said he has been sober for seven years and has reconnected with his family. At dinner we all lined up and ate exactly what the homeless were served: lasagna, green beans, garlic bread, coleslaw and pudding. Looking around the room, I was surprised at what I saw: each person kept to himself. I expected them to talk to each other; I thought that even the homeless should have friends. I sat down with Rudy, a UCLA graduate. Rudy

had become successful after college, but his main problem was drugs. The more money he made, the more he spent on drugs, leading to his homelessness. He told me, “Stay away from the drugs, whatever you do. They will lead you down the wrong path; trust me; I know.” Rudy said he was able to get clean by reading the Bible and focusing his life on God more. “God has a plan for everyone. It took me a while to realize that. I was able to find happiness and purpose.” Rudy had such a positive outlook on life. Since he had finished his meal, I offered him mine. He was extremely gracious and polite. He then told me, “I love when visitors, especially guys your age, come and talk to us. It shows that the new generation of society cares about us; I think a lot of the people here just need to know that and have hope for the future.” My encounter with Rudy really changed my view of the homeless. If I hadn’t been in a shelter, I would never have known that Rudy was homeless. It made me realize every person on the street has a story, a family and a purpose. Looking back on my dinner with Rudy, I wish that I had asked one more question: “When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?” I realize that we all have dreams, and most of us will achieve those dreams. But what about the poor and homeless? Their situation is a stark contrast to our lifestyles, which we take for granted. On Saturday morning, we woke up early to go to Griffith Park for the Hike 4 the Homeless. The hike raised $20,187, which benefits the Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s Cardinal Manning Center and helps families move out of Skid Row into permanent housing. During the opening ceremonies, Loyola High School was mentioned several times for “outstanding service in the community” and “being true role models for inner-city children.” After our hike, we returned to the Saint Francis Center, where we prepared fruits and vegetables to be sold at a low cost for people with low income housing. Many of the customers were friendly with each other and the servers; they seemed to light up whenever we would pay attention to them. After that crowd left, we prepared a lunch consisting of beans, rice, salad, chicken, orange juice, and banana bread for dessert. This crowd was homeless, and had a different atmosphere than the morning crowd of customers. Although I expected them to keep to themselves, just like the people at the St. Vincent’s center, many were conversing with one another and seemed to get along very well. After two hours of serving food, we closed our doors and cleaned up, and then headed to Skid Row. Walking Skid Row was unreal; I couldn’t believe that these conditions existed in Los Angeles, the shiny city. The smell was a slap to the face, to say the least.

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May 24, 2012

Seniors to study the Arts Milan Aguirre

Tommy Carver

By Christian Paz Milan Aguirre will be attending Loyola University of Chicago in the fall and will be majoring in Communications with an emphasis on Film and Advertising. “I’ve always wanted to explore the field of Communications,” he said. “My father is a commercial editor, so I’ve grown up being exposed to that kind of thing.” Aguirre said that he wants to explore and learn more about advertising and looks forward to change: “I want to put myself into situations where I don’t necessarily feel comfortable. I believe that it is often in times like those in which opportunities open up and I can meet new people.” Aguirre said that he owes a lot to Loyola, but also wishes for it to grow. He said, “I want to thank Ms. Turner and Mr. Roberts. They are great teachers. However, I do wish that Loyola could expand its film program. I’d like to see some more development in the Fine Arts at Loyola so that the school is tailored to kids that are not necessarily interested in sports."

Bobby Maxey By Casey Olson Next year, Bobby Maxey will be attending Loyola Marymount University (LMU) for a Recording Arts Major. “The idea to go to LMU came from Loyola when I attended the Open House, and the program just blew me away,” said Maxey. “It’s like doing sound for T.V. and movies in postproduction, as well as recording and mixing music, and I have always been really into music so it goes hand-in-hand,”said Maxey.

By Casey Olson Tommy Carver will be attending Emerson College for a Film Production major. “I’ve just always wanted to do a concentrated film program my entire life,” Carver said. “I’ve been making movies since seventh grade and Fr. Quinn’s class also got the wheel turning," said Carver. Carver also plays the drums and plans on starting a band at Emerson with his friends from the Berklee School of Music.

Juan Correa By Christian Paz Juan Correa will be double majoring in Art when he attends Skidmore College in New York next year. He said, “My primary goal is to get an education. I have always enjoyed creating art and I know it is something I wish to do for the rest of my life. I do not know what career I will have in the future, but I want my education in art to be a big part of my career path.” Correa said that he sees a bright future for himself because of the strong foundations that have been built in him by Loyola’s teachers in his time at the school. “I want to thank Ms. Turner, Mrs. Faulkner, and Mr. Beckman, who really supported my art making and pushed me to become a better artist. I truly owe a lot to this school," said Correa.

Bryan Christensen By Casey Olson

Tyler Givens By Charlie Trepany Tyler Givens will be attending New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts as a Photography major next year. “I want to be a fashion photographer and New York City is the fashion capital of the world, so I felt it was the best place for exposure to the industry,” Givens said. Actually, it was a class at Loyola that gave Givens the inspiration to pursue photography. “My passion for photography started in eighth grade,” Givens explained. “I stopped photography for a while, but my passion was reignited this year after receiving a better critique in AP Studio Art," he said. Givens is excited to go to school in New York, and is eagerly awaiting the next school year.

Jacob Calix By Casey Olson Jacob Calix plans to attend Boston Conservatory where he will major in Cello Performance. “Loyola has definitely shaped me in achieving these goals by teaching me discipline, professionalism and socializing,” said Calix. “I will be studying under Andrew Mark and he’s going to help shape a lot of the little stuff I haven’t perfected yet in my playing, so, by going there I will learn a lot, the environment is right and it is in the middle of Boston which has a big music scene,” he said.

Next year, Bryan Christensen will be attending University of Southern California for a General Studio Art major with an emphasis on Photography and a minor in Cinema. “I had Beckman with Photo I-II in sophomore year and that led me into two years of AP Studio Art with a strong foundation in photography and led me to USC with a good portfolio and a good chance in getting into their competitive school,” Christensen said. “What’s great about USC is the internships and the opportunities they give you while you are in school which introduce you to a lot of summer jobs," said Christensen.

Casey Olson By Rohan Chawla Casey Olson will be attending Loyola Marymount University as a major in the School of Film and Television Production. “I made one or two films before I went to Loyola, but it wasn’t until I enrolled in the Digital Video Class that I realized this passion. There I learned some of the essential skills needed to plan, produce, and edit a film,” said Olson. “I truly believe that Fr. Quinn helped craft my skills into telling a story either through video or photography.” Olson then decided to enroll in AP Studio Art with Ms. Nancy Turner." At LMU, I want to try to focus on cinematography or editing, but I am going to try to branch out into everything related to film,” said Olson.





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May 24, 2012

OHM Festival broadens its focus, audience By Domenic Olmeda On Tuesday, May 22, the OHM Festival of the Arts fused together the talent of both the visual arts and music departments into one grand exhibit for all to enjoy in the Berendo building. Mr. Steven Speciale, music teacher and coordinator of the event, described the festival’s humble beginning: “The OHM festival started as an opportunity for us to show our new media works like the things we’re making in Music Appreciation with

the computers and such. Then, I opened it up to the rest of the department, and now it’s a department-wide music festival.” Now that the festival is department-wide, it is able to feature a broader range of material. This year, the instrumental and choir programs gave a concert, and the short film club hosted a movie festival with Mr. Lance Ochsner. The Jazz Band also performed during the OHM festival and gave the crowd a taste of classic jazz from the 40’s and 50’s.

Keyboardist Eddy Friedlander ’12 expressed confidence in the band’s capabilities prior to the OHM festival as he described how the band prepared: “We practice twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, and we’ve been playing a lot more shows lately. So we’ve really been preparing all year.” When asked about what the meaning of the word “OHM” in the OHM Festival is, Mr. Speciale described how the word itself relates to both the festival and the meaning behind it. “OHM

is a pun, and it’s a reference to a couple of things. It’s the Greek letter represented by omega, and OHM refers to our Catholic heritage because Jesus is the alpha and the omega and the OHM is the omega since it’s the spring festival and the last thing we do in the year.” Mr. Speciale added, “Also in the new media, Ohm’s Law is a measure of resistance. It’s a pun on Ohm’s Law because we we're doing electronic works, and when you make music with electronics, Ohm’s Law is a variable when

you amplify things. It’s also a pun on the notion of resistance to things that are new.” Lastly, Mr. Speciale mentioned that the word itself can refer to “the meditative ‘om,’” therefore relating the contemplative nature of the word to the festival. Mr. Speciale said, “It was terrific. We had a full house in the concert and for the film festival too. I think this year’s festival was the strongest musical performance by a long way.”

Musicians play 'all that jazz' By Tristan Vanech The Jazz Band, under the direction of Mr. Michael Celenza, wrapped up the year Tuesday with a performance at the OHM Festival of the Arts. Members of the Jazz Band include senior Eddy Friedlander on piano, senior Richard Phillips on sax, junior PJ Young on drums, freshman Marc Villarica on bass, sophomore Dave Mariscal on guitar, sophomore Nick Sablock and junior Josh Erickson on trumpet, and freshman Ethan McGarrigle on percussion. According to Mr. Celenza, the jazz band started six years ago under his direction. Every year he holds auditions for new members. This year became especially eventful in the last month, as the band

was purchased at the Interchange Auction on Saturday, Mar. 24. Mr. Celenza said, “We actually played at the auction, and that’s where we got purchased for the auction, but we also performed outside of school at the Ahmanson’s house for an Interchange party.” On Saturday, the band played for a dinner in Long Beach at the home of the person who purchased them at the auction. The band also performed on Wednesday, May 16, in the Malloy Commons during extended lunch. Phillips, who has been playing the saxophone for seven years, has played at events such as the Senior Barbecue, Earth Week, and the annual concert in May. “We practice as a band every Tuesday

and Thursday from 7 to 8 AM. I practice once to twice a week myself on saxophone. But I also play jazz piano, and practice that 4-5 days a week,” he said. The band have rehearsed several songs: “Butterfly” and “Maiden Voyage” by Herbie Hancock; “Eighty-One,” “All Blues,” “Boplicity” and “Seven Steps to Heaven” by Miles Davis; “Song for My Father” by Horace Silver; "Lucky Southern" by Keith Jarrett and “Well, You Needn’t” by Thelonius Monk. Sablock said, “They’re upbeat songs and sound really cool and fun, but they’re also hard to play.” One of his personal favorites is “Sidewinder” by Lee Morgan. While nailing down the music is a major part of the band, improvisation is key to being a successful jazz player,

according to Celenza. He said, “The highest thing any musician could ever do is improvise.” McGarrigle said, “Quite a bit of musical experience, specifically reading rhythms, interpreting chords, and improvising (soloing) is important to being a part of the jazz band. If someone tries out for a percussion or drum kit spot, then experience in reading rhythms as well as playing a variety of jazz and Latin-based genres are important.” The camaraderie of the Jazz Band manifests itself in the lightened mood of the players, according to Sablock. He said, “Everyone has a good time in there and we like to joke around and keep it fun.”



May 24, 2012

Varsity Baseball swings for the fences By Griffin Cohen In a one-game playoff, anything can happen. Especially in baseball, a season can turn in a matter of seconds. The Varsity Baseball Cubs, in the midst of a strong season with hopes to run deep into the playoffs, can attest to this idea that seconds can change a season. Quickly grabbing a 4-0 lead in the wild card round of the CIF playoffs on Tuesday, May 15, the Cubs appeared poised to advance easily to the next round. Yet Trabuco Hills (16-13) rallied and capitalized on its chances, as Loyola (19-11-1) saw its season end, falling 5-4 on a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning—the last inning for high school baseball. “I was shocked; it seemed too soon,” said pitcher Chad Powers, a junior. “I was not ready for the season to end.” After the Mustangs pushed two runs across the plate in the sixth inning to tie the game at 4-4, the Cubs took out starting pitcher Kevin Carswell, a senior, and sent in Powers. Powers walked the first batter before allowing two singles, the latter causing the game-winning run and ending the Cubs’ season. “We made some costly mistakes on both sides of the ball,” said Head Coach Brian Felten. “We rested on our laurels and got caught. You have to play a full game, and we didn’t do that. That’s baseball. You give the other team opportunities, and sooner or later they’ll hit the bull’s eye.” The Cubs, having been told their opponent only days before, knew little about Trabuco Hills, and, as some players reiterated, were perhaps overly confident, especially after grabbing the early advantage. “We underestimated Trabuco Hills,” said Carswell. “We couldn’t do that. I knew it would backfire eventually.” At the plate, sophomore Quinn Brodey and senior Jack Welsh each added two hits for the Cubs, who also failed to capitalize on scoring opportunities later in the game. “I felt we could beat any team in the country,” said Powers. “It’s baseball. If you play several times, you might win most, but anything can happen on a given day.” Despite their confidence, the Cubs had been on a free fall, losing three of their final four games and falling from first to third in the Mission League, prior to the Trabuco Hills matchup. “A lot of it is playing your best baseball at the

right time. We didn’t do that,” said Coach Felten. Along with Powers, juniors Corey Dempster, The Cubs were swept by Chaminade before split- a USC commit, Brandon Caruso and Joe Viole will ting with Harvard-Westlake, which finished first carry the load. Key sophomores include Brodey, in the competitive Mission League. Alemany, the Cubs’ top hitter this past season, starting shortwith whom Loyola also went 1-1, finished second. stop Angelo Armenta, Nathan Hadley and Beadles, Despite the sour note to end this season, the Cub baseball all of whom Coach Felten said have “bright futures.” program strongly rebounded after last season, when the team tied for last place at 3-9 in Mission League and an overall disappointing 12-17 record. Notably this year, the team went 3-1 during Easter break in the Jesuit Tournament in Tampa, Florida, where players lived together and bonded in a house for a week. Their one loss in Tampa, a 3-2 walk-off nail-biter to Jesuit of Florida, one of the top teams in the country, showed the Cubs’ strong potential. The team was carried this season by its pitching. Carswell, who will be pitching and catching at New Mexico State next year, along with Powers and sophomore Kyle Beadles, kept the team close in every game but a 9-1 loss to Alemany. With high hopes for next season, the team will have to replace the strong efforts and loss of leadership. Seniors Connor Ash, Brandon Shirley, Ian Carbone, Norberto Diaz, Brendan Vinnecombe, Tommy Sanford, Ryan Kahn, John Soteropulos, Welsh, and Carswell will graduate. “I love the team. I love the chemistry on the team. I’ll miss everyone,” said Carswell, who, along with Coach Felten, noted the strong team chemistry, including the mix of underclassmen and younger assistant coaches, as a key part of the team’s success. But for Coach Felten, even though the seniors will be gone, they will not be forgotten: “The seniors need to know that they are part of something bigger than 30 baseball games. Their time, their commitment—I hope they savor it for the rest of their lives. They’ll always have a place here.” As the seniors move on, underclassmen seem poised to pick up right where the seniors left off. “I’m really excited,” said Powers. “We have Ryan Khan winds up for a pitch. Photo by Michael Alvarez a strong team with a lot of guys coming back.”

Varsity Tennis credits success to senior leaders By McAuley Evans After placing third in the Mission League behind Chaminade and HarvardWestlake and experiencing a disappointing elimination from CIF’s, the Varsity Tennis Team looks to next season with high hopes and expectations. Following their prelims and breezing through the wild card round, the Cubs lost to Palos Verdes, 11-7, on May 9 at Palos Verdes High School. Coach Brian Held commented on the CIF tournament this year: “Because we were a third-place team, we had to play some tough teams, but we were really close. Palos Verdes went on to crush their opponents, and I know if we had beaten them, we would have gone far.” Senior player Worthy Patterson said, “ I am really happy with the way the team played this year. Being on the tennis team for four years has been so great, and I’m really going to miss the team next year, but we will do fine thanks to our star players Ryan Reid and Travis Martin.” Departing senior A.J. Francia stressed the importance of these players: “We’ve got three very talented freshmen, and the future of our doubles teams Seniors Worthy Patterson and Ted Hammel led the squad this year. Photo by Andrew Villablanca looks very promising.”

The key to winning tennis matches, according to Coach Held, is “good chemistry between players and players who can fit well with any given member of the team in a doubles match.” Freshman Reid Shumway and sophomore Ian Ross are versatile players who can play with any teammate and produce good results. In addition, sophomore Aidan Dominguez remains a very effective singles player on the team. While Cubs usually win by more than five sets, their few losses this season have never been by more than four. Because of this close margin, entire contests against rival schools such as Chaminade and Harvard-Westlake can come down to one match and one player. Senior Ted Hammel said that the games are still a team effort and can be won by maintaining positive energy on the courts. Team Captain Hammel shared his advice for younger Cubs: “If a guy loses a close set, he may want to go sit by himself and think about his mistakes, but it is important that he gets up on the fence and cheers on his team; attitude is everything.” The Cubs had an impressive preseason with their only losses against rival schools. The Cubs won their wild card round on May 8 at the Cheviot Hills Tennis Courts against Buena Park 16-2, not a surprise for the Cubs’ powerful

team. Loyola’s team has met with success against teams like St. Francis and Crespi. With a 16-2 win over St. Francis’s Golden Knights, Hammel said, “Yup. We smoked ‘em.” When asked about the team’s record for the season, Coach Held said, “We had some good wins in the preseason. Its always going to be competitive, and we just have to keep playing and working hard. All in all, we had a great season.” Chris Llerena, another senior, talked about his experience on the team: “ It has been one of my best experiences here at Loyola. I’ve made some of my closest friends through the team, and it has been a great relief from the stress of homework and tests.” Hammel said, “I can’t wait to come back next year and see how well the team is doing, because next year they will be crazy good.”

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May 24, 2012

Do you know Coach Machorro? By Justin Hopkins Loyola’s head coach for Diving, Amado Machorro, has been an integral part of Loyola’s coaching staff for the past 6 years, garnering much success, such as a CIF championship in only his fifth year as the diving coach and third place in CIF finals in his sixth. But this man is

not only a phenomenal diving coach but also a phenomenal and inspiring person. In 1980 Coach Machorro experienced his first taste of swimming and diving in Mexico City, where he grew up, swimming mostly at the Olympic Swimming Complex there. Soon after, a diving coach began recruiting regional swimmers to dive, and none other than Coach Machorro was selected to join this coach’s team. A great career lied ahead of Coach Machorro, but due to myriad of unfortunate circumstances, his aspirations and dreams to become a diver had to be put on hold for the moment. Thereafter, Coach Machorro and his family moved from Mexico City to Tijuana because his family was very poor; his family moved around to find work and provide for themselves. After a few more years in Mexico, Coach Machorro’s father realized that he wanted to take his family to the United States of America, so they all could live a better life. In 1987 they moved to America and shortly after, Coach Machorro enrolled in high school. Through much hard work in school and working jobs on the side to support his family, Coach Machorro enrolled at UCLA for college. While attending school there, he lived in the back of a beauty shop and had to commute two hours to reach UCLA every day, all while balancing

Coach Machorro directs his divers on the pool deck. PHOTO BY

numerous jobs to continue supporting his family and still trying to keep active his athletic side, playing basketball whenever he could. Despite suffering from this immense adversity, Coach Machorro graduated from UCLA with a major in linguistics and a minor in physics. Recapping his time at UCLA, Coach Machorro said, “I feel blessed to have gone to UCLA. The one lesson I take from there and from my life is to never, ever give up. I could have very easily joined a gang, but I kept fighting, and I succeeded in the end.” After leaving UCLA, Coach Machorro began his career as a teacher in linguistics. Coach Machorro knows seven different languages (Nahuatl, Spanish, English, French, German, Norwegian, and Russian), so his services as a linguistics teacher are highly valuable. Commenting on his linguistic versatility, Coach Machorro states, “Thanks to my studies and research in neurolinguistics, I have the capacity, strategies, and memory to be able to learn languages quickly. I am very thankful for that.” According to Coach Machorro, his capability and capacity to speak a plethora of such diverse, complex languages is one of his life’s greatest accomplishments. At the first school he taught at, Coach Machorro also commenced his career as a coach. However, the only sports that were offered at this particular school were soccer, baseball, and flag football, and he coached those sports with the same passion, motivation, and sincerity that drove him to succeed in his life prior. Coach Machorro was a little dismayed,

however, that he did not get a chance to resume his involvement with his one true love, diving. After coaching and working at this school, he moved onto another, Bishop Connolly High School, where again, coaching sports was limited to ones like volleyball, soccer, and baseball. Finally, six years ago Coach Machorro’s path was brought to Loyola High School. Luckily, the very same year he was hired, a spot opened at a coach’s position for the diving team. Coach Machorro immediately seized this invaluable opportunity, and given his prior experience as a diver, he was a perfect candidate to become a coach. At Loyola he has had an illustrious coaching career, culminating in a CIF championship last year and third place in CIF finals this year. However, Coach Machorro knows and preaches that diving is more than just the trophies, accolades, and awards. “Diving is a special individual sport that requires a lot of discipline and the desire to do it. I believe that as a coach and teacher, I am able to see students at Loyola perform at their maximum capacity. Students will remember diving for the rest of their lives. They found an alternative sport they might never think of doing. Diving allows them to be a part of something and allows them to be challenged, testing their courage and desire to dive. But as well as this, the dive team is also a team effort. We all support each other and the students develop friendships for the rest of their lives. I tell all of my students to not only dive into the pool at Loyola, but also dive into the pool of life.”





May 24, 2012


Cubs look to rebound in Regional playoffs By Packy Finnegan After sweeping Poway High School in three games on Tuesday, the Varsity Volleyball Cubs look to roll through the Regional playoffs en route to a California State title, continuing their quest tonight against Buchanan High School. Although the Cubs earned a victory on Tuesday, the men in blue fell just short in their quest for a CIF title last Saturday against the Mira Costa Mustangs. Despite having already beaten the Mustangs in a convincing manner on both March 10 and March 30, the Cubs were unable to sweep the season series against their biggest rivals. In spite of a furious comeback to get out of a 2-0 hole, the Cubs extended the match to five games before falling by a final score of 25-19, 25-22, 25-27, 21-25, 15-12. Regardless of their March 30 win, senior Alex Slaught said he felt the loss was attributed to momentum: “The biggest difference between [Saturday’s] match and our match in March is the fact that they stole the momentum by winning the first two sets. They set the tone from the beginning, and we had to play catch-up for the remainder of the match. We did a great job of fighting back, but Costa just made more plays than we did in the fifth set, and we have to give them credit.” Coach Michael Boehle said about the Costa game, “It’s hard to beat a team three

times, but the difference was that they came out with a lot of energy and nothing to lose.” Coach Boehle went on to say that the Cubs did not play to their fullest potential: “We played at 60 or 70 percent and went to five games with that team; so it just tells you that if we were to play at what we are capable of doing and finish what we’re supposed to be doing, then we’re going to beat that team nine out of ten times, that’s for sure” Though disappointed by the end result, the Cubs’ run through the CIF Playoffs was one for the ages, marked by 3-0 sweeps in every round of the playoffs over San Marcos, Lakewood, Westlake and Servite. With outstanding performances by senior outside hitters Slaught and Nick Porterfield, along with setter Michael Mullahey, the Cubs dominated their opponents in every facet of the game. This same dominance has been displayed throughout the season and is evident in the Cubs’ record, as they will enter the Regional playoffs with a record of 33-2. Coach Boehle attributed much of this success to the chemistry of the team, saying, “It’s been unbelievable, definitely something that’s really important to me and to the team, and having everybody on the same page really has the makings of a championship team, win or lose the CIF. It’s just the fact that these guys all believe in each other and support each other, and that’s the most important thing.”

Slaught reinforced the idea of team chemistry, saying, “Being such a close team only makes us more comfortable as a unit. We know how to motivate each other and how to pick each other up. The friendships that have been formed off the court make everything on the court easier.” After dominating Poway High School in the first round of the regional play-

offs, the Cubs seem to have found their swagger again. Slaught said he is confident in his teammates and their relationships: “Although we came up short, I would still take my teammates over any other team out there 10 times out of 10; forget about that Costa loss, though; we'll finish this season strong.”

Varsity Volleyball huddles up in preparation for Mira Costa.

Photo by Michael Alvarez

Varsity Lacrosse fights hard, loses By Chris Franco The Varsity Lacrosse Team successfully made it to CIF playoffs after several expedient victories in April. The Cubs won their last two conference games against Brentwood, 8-1, and Chaminade, 8-5, earning themselves a spot in the CIF Southern Section playoffs. One season highlight came when the Cubs defeated rival Palisades High School on April 20. Despite a dense fog that covered the field that led to decreased visibility, the Cubs seemed to have the upper hand in the match with

a 7-1 lead by half-time; however, the Dolphins woke up in the second half and brought the game to a nail-biting 8-8. In the final moments, junior goalie Cooper Perkins came out from the net to score the winning point, ending the match 9-8. “I made a save and sprinted down the middle of the field,” said Perkins, “and no one picked me up, so I went ahead and took the shot, and somehow it found its way in. When it’s your day, it’s your day.” Perkins also achieved a career-high 21 saves during the match against the Palisades. This victory gave the Cubs the confidence boost they needed for further success.

Senior captain Will Maners moves upfield against Palos Verdes.

Senior defender and team captain Will Maners said, “The win over Palisades definitely gave us some motivation. It was the focus in all of our practices during spring break. We knew going into the game that if we beat them, we’d finally see that we are a great team and could make a run at the CIF title. From there, we had this fire in us to never quit until the final whistle is blown.” Varsity Lacrosse’s first CIF match was Tuesday, May 1, against Thacher High from Ojai, California. The Cubs celebrated a gripping 8-7 win against Thacher after playing them on the Loyola home turf. With a final score of 8-4, the Cubs also won their second CIF match on May 3 against Thousand Oaks. Varsity lacrosse had not reached the quarterfinals in the CIF playoffs since 2009. Unfortunately, the lacrosse Cubs were defeated by Palos Verdes in the quarterfinals on May 7, ending their season. Looking back, several Cubs expressed satisfaction in this year’s turnout and have identified key advantages as well as mistakes. Senior attacker and team captain Andrew Arizmendi said, “There are many unique factors that have given this season a positive boost. First, there was the initial move of senior captain Kevin Kurstin to the starting attack line

Photo courtesy of Dean Maners

and the melding of personalities between him and me. Secondly, the uplifting attitude between all the captains and the message we delivered to the entire team created a motivating mentality.” Furthermore, Maners stated, “I think that our team this year really went above and beyond the expectations we had in the preseason. Our defense and offense played great together throughout the season, and we ended with the second best record in Loyola lacrosse history.” Perkins said, “I've really been pleasantly surprised by the team that we have put together this year. If I had to point out an issue that persisted throughout the season that would have been beneficial to fix, it would have been our inability to control the possession of the ball and dictate the pace of the game." As at the end of every season, a handful of valuable players move on, leaving behind responsibilities that returning players must take on. “I will never forget the thrill of being accepted to Loyola High School,” said Arizmendi. “To be able to represent the varsity lacrosse team as a captain my senior year has driven me to perform at a higher level than I ever expected. The pride I feel when I, along with my other captains, guide our team to victory is a gift I will cherish forever.” In the end, the Varsity Lacrosse Cubs say they are proud of what they have achieved this year with a 6-2 record in league and a 14-3 record overall, and the returners are eager to come back and do better next season. Perkins commented, “We proved a lot of people wrong this year. Loyola lacrosse isn't going away any time soon.”

May 2012  

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