Xavier-Brophy theater productions capture numerous awards, nominations

Xavier College Preparatory and Brophy College Preparatory captured 13 National Youth Arts Awards and 16 additional nominations for their 2015-16 joint productions of “Mary Poppins,” “You Can’t Take It With You,” “The Addams Family,” and “A Christmas Carol.”

Xavier, Brophy to put on spring comedy ‘You Can’t Take it with You’

The Xavier/Brophy Theatre will present four performances of “You Can’t Take It With You” this spring. Performance dates will be 7 p.m. Thursday, March 3, Friday, March 4, and Saturday, March 5, and a matinee performance at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 5. The play, which premiered on Broadway in 1936, is the story of a Bohemian family and a few days of their exuberantly chaotic life, according to a press release. Recently revived on Broadway, it is a delightful three-act comedy by playwrights George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart.

Brophy falls to Mountain Pointe in quarterfinals

The Brophy College Preparatory football team gave an undefeated Mountain Pointe High School team all it could handle on Friday, Nov. 13 but ultimately fell short, losing 35-31. The loss, which came in the second round of the Arizona Interscholastic Association State Football Championships, eliminated the Broncos (7-5) from the playoffs and ended their season. “We fought til the end, we really did,” Brophy head coach Scooter Molander said in a Nov. 15 phone interview. “We got the ball back with 52 seconds and we drove the length of the field and gave ourselves a chance to win. I’m really proud of our guys, I’m really proud of our coaches. We had a good season. We had a lot of close losses and we won a lot of important ball games. We’re one play away from being in the semi-finals.”

Brophy downs Pinnacle, eyes Mountain Pointe

After a double-overtime victory in the first round of the Arizona Interscholastic Association Division I Football State Championships over Pinnacle High School, the Brophy College Preparatory football team has another challenge in front of it as it prepares to take on an undefeated Mountain Pointe High School. The Broncos (7-4) emerged victorious on Nov. 6 in a thrilling 38-37 game against Pinnacle (5-6), a team that defeated Brophy 32-31 in the regular season. Brophy senior linebacker Walker Adams says the win was encouraging for the Broncos as they move forward in the playoffs.

Brophy seeks redemption versus Pinnacle in first round

The Brophy College Preparatory football team has a chance to avenge a close loss on Friday, Nov. 6 as it takes on Pinnacle High School in a round one playoff matchup. The Broncos (6-4) fell to the Pioneers (5-5) on a late field goal 32-31 back on Sept. 18. Brophy senior running back Ryan Velez says ‘revenge’ is not the word the Broncos are using to describe their approach to Friday’s game.

Piper Trust donation helps Brophy open Innovation Commons

Through the generosity of the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, Brophy is opening a new facility this fall, an Innovation Commons, a new learning space. “The Piper grant has been available to all six Catholic high schools in the diocese and each high school will administer their portion of the $4.75M according to their schools’ individual needs,” stated Bob Ryan, Brophy principal in a press release. “By combining the resources of the Internet with modern tools for design and fabrication, we can expect our students to focus not just on knowing more but on doing more. The ultimate goal is that the problems they take on will be those that promote the common good and in that way, they will have a new and engaging way to fulfill their identity as Jesuit students.”