Committed Bosco Braves soar to the top

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card This time, the Braves are already on their way to claiming one of those spots, taking the playoff decision out of the hands of a CIF committee. In addition, they achieved their first-ever top ranking, moving to No. 1 in CIF Southern Section Division I last week, news that Bredesen and fellow senior Robert Toste found at the CIF Web site and shared with the rest of the team. “That’s exactly the feeling: Let’s finish in the top three, get to the playoffs,” fourth-year St. John Bosco head coach Paul Kaminski said. “The kids would like to win the league this year, that’s the goal now. They have bought into the work ethic. We have to work harder than everybody else, that’s what I told them.” The Braves have had an offseason workout program for a couple of years. But according to Bredesen, the response this past offseason was the best it has ever been. With the group of senior captains and program veterans Bredesen, Tito Mejia and Toste leading the way and cajoling their teammates to participate, the Braves established a workout routine in the spring, with the help of coach Robert Dominguez. “The last couple years, it’s just been like, hopefully we can win a game,” Toste said. “But now it’s been like, let’s not lose a game. We have the mentality that we can do it this year.” “We’ve had more commitment this year than in years past. We’ve had people coming to weight training more so than in previous years,” senior forward Chris Bredesen said. “No one’s really let down. If you have an excuse and you don’t come to stuff, you’ll be benched and they’ll have someone to play in front of you that’s been working hard, that will do just as good of a job.” In recent years, the Braves (14-2-1, 3-0) have fallen just short of the CIF playoffs, with last season’s fourth-place finish and 9-8-7 overall mark leaving them out. The league receives three automatic berths, and the Braves actually earned an at-large spot in 2003, when they lost at top-seeded Wilson in the first round. Success began in the weight room, continued on the field, and was validated by a computer. After languishing at or near the bottom of the stacked Serra League for years, the St. John Bosco High boys soccer team is in first place, undefeated, and looking down on the rest of the league. Today’s 3 p.m. game against Servite at Bosco finishes the first half of league play, and a win would make the Braves 4-0 in league for the first time ever. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In addition to the top ranking, this year’s Braves have already made program history, with the first three-win league campaign since they joined the Serra League six seasons ago. Two of their wins were against perennial playoff team Mater Dei (2-0) and preseason CIF-SS Division I No. 1 Santa Margarita (2-1), both at home, with the other victory coming on Bishop Montgomery’s field in their only league road game of the first half. Last season, the Braves picked up the first two Serra League wins in their history, against Bishop Montgomery and Mater Dei. “I think it started last year, when we did beat Mater Dei. I think that’s what elevated us all the way to where we are right now,” Mejia said. “We saw that it can be done, we’re just like any other team. We got a good start (this year), now let’s keep it up.” Matt Zimmerman can be reached at matt.zimmerman last_img

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