Take a quick stroll across the campus at Bellarmine College Prep and you’ll see the Bells are ringing for a championship as the football team is heading to Southern California to face Oceanside in the state title game. “It’s an opportunity for us to represent the WCAL,” says Bellarmine Head Coach Mike Janda. “We’re the first team that’s been invited to go to the state championships and represent our league and our players and our coaches are very excited about this challenge.”
For Seniors like Kyle Olugbode who plays on both sides of the ball and is getting recruited by several colleges, it’s great getting to play one more game. “Not only do I get to showcase myself, but I get a chance to play with these guys I’ve been playing with for four years and I get one more opportunity to put the ‘B’s’ on the side of my helmet and that’s a really big thing here,” he says.
Over the years, Bellarmine has sent its fair share of players to colleges and the pros but you might find it surprising that one of the Seniors on this team is related to hockey royalty. “My grandpa’s brother is Luc Robitaille’s grandpa,” says Tyler Robitaille. The hope is that some of “Lucky Luc’s” luck will rub off on Tyler and the Bells Friday night.
“We’re not the biggest,” says Robitaille, “we’re not the fastest, but we are the mentally toughest team on the field and that’s what wins games.”