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Burbank Football Prepares For Midnight Madness

Nick Warren (rt) returns to lead a balanced offense for the Bulldogs (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Nick Warren (rt) returns to lead a balanced offense for the Bulldogs (Photo by Dick Dornan)

By Dick Dornan
MyBurbank Sports Editor

With summer practice completed and fall training camp just around the corner, Burbank High School football coach Richard Broussard couldn’t contain his emotions when speaking about his Bulldogs.

“Midnight Madness. Can’t wait! We’re taking advantage of every minute we can,” Broussard proclaimed, whose ball club takes the field at 12:00 a.m. on August 3 for the beginning of the regular season. “The progress of this team has been great.”

Andy Reyes anchors the Burbank defense (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Andy Reyes anchors the Burbank defense (Photo by Dick Dornan)

The Bulldogs will first practice and then spend the night under the lights sleeping on their football field. It’s the first practice of two-a-days and Broussard is jumping at the hip to get started. Why waste any time when you can start at midnight under the stars and full moon?!

Coming off the 2014 season where Burbank went 8-4 and placed third in the Pacific League with a 5-2 mark, Broussard returns a core of young talented players who gained valuable experience a year ago due to a rash of injuries up and down the roster. Thirteen players from the lower levels moved up to varsity to compensate for the injuries.

“We are young with 14 to 16 underclassmen starting for us this year. We’ve dealt with some peaks and valleys but we are peaking at the right time,” said the second-year head coach. “They are working hard. They are sponges. They are taking the life-lessons that we are teaching them on a day-to-day basis.”

In preparation for the regular season kick-off on August 28 at Monrovia, the Bulldogs spent their summer competing in 7-on-7 passing leagues every Wednesday and tournaments on the weekends. The highlight of the summer for BHS was participating in Nike’s 7-on-7 “team opening” at the Rose Bowl where only a handful of teams were invited.

“We did well. And we had fun playing football. That is what it is about,” Broussard said. “Hopefully they have learned some things about diligence and hard work and going out there with effort.”

Guy Gibbs gained valuable experience a year ago at quarterback (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Guy Gibbs gained valuable experience a year ago at quarterback (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Keep an eye out for a host of returners that should make an impact throughout the season. Offensive skill players include Aki Arlington, Brandon Alba, Noah Powell, Guy Gibbs, Nick Warren and Forrest Fajardo with David Medrano, Andy Reyes and Danny Porras leading the defense.

One newcomer whose last name will ring a bell but brings his own style of flash and dash is Darnell Williams, James Williams’ younger brother. Williams will add another dimension to Burbank’s up-tempo offense.

After the opener at Monrovia, Burbank returns home to play Ayala at Memorial Field on September 4 followed by Canyon on September 17 with a bye week in between. Pacific League action starts on September 25 at defending league champion Crescenta Valley.

The 2015 campaign promises to be an exciting one for the Bulldogs as long as they abide by the program philosophy.

“They just need to ‘E.A.T.T’ every day all day the entire time,” said Broussard.

Only the men in blue and white truly understand the acronym. It defines their persona and reveals their character.

When asked if he would rather ‘E.A.T.T’ or ‘F.E.A.S.T,’ Broussard responded with conviction and no hesitation.

“You eat every day and only feast two times a year….Christmas and Thanksgiving,” Broussard said. “I’d rather eat to live.”

#EATT

Burbank High Adds 621 to Alumni Ranks

 

Burbank High graduated 621 seniors last week. Here they are!

Photography by Ross A. Benson

 

Abdullatif, Valerie

Aboulian, Varaga

Abrilian, Tamar

Adajar, Paula Nicole

Adamian, Eric

Adwani, Samantha

Agana, Alec Matthew

Agbayani, Rachel Anne

Aghabeigi, Sharmagh

Aghajanian, Jesika

Aghajanyan, Vahe

Aghakhan, Brooke

Aghakhani, Lavinia

Aghakian, Gabriela

Aguado, Madison

Akopyan, Harry

Alajajian, Hovik

Alexan, Adrina

Alger, Brendan

Allahyarian, Melvin

Alnakoud, Braien

Aloyan, Toni

Alozyan, Shant

Alvarez, Kyle

Anderson, Dylan

Angel, John

Antonyan, Ruben

Apelian, Arsineh

Aquino, Jasmine

Arakelian, Fenya

Arakelian, Nareg

Araklian, Melanie

Argenziano, Anthony

Arredondo, Linda

Arutyunyan, Garik

Arutyunyan, Lilit

Asatoorian, Arpineh

Ashchyan, Elizabeth

Aslanyan, Marianna

Asryan, Vladimir

Atherton, Nathaniel

Avagian, Angelika

Avalos, Jesus

Avetisyan, Harutyun

Avetyan, Marianna

Aviles, Giovanna

Ayvazian, Roman

Ayvazian, Sara

Ayvazyan, Mariam

Azri Korkis, Miguel

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Badalyan, Karina

Badikyan, Gore

Badkerhanian, Zareh

Baghoomian, Ranika

Bahmanyar, Blake

Bakchellian, Jonathan

Baker, Julian

Balayan, Aram

Ballan, Jessica

Balyan, Gregory

Bandari, Melanie

Banjarjyan, Anthony

Barker, Lucasana

Barouni, Revineh

Bashian, Natalie

Batta, Layla

Bazik, Nicolette

Bednarek, Ashley

Beglaryan, Raffi

Behnam, Chauncey

Behnam, Karam

Behunin, Alexia

Beldikyan, Mihran

Bermudez, Berlynette

Bernal, Marco

Bhojani, Jinal

Bily, Alexandra

Bislamyan, Armine

Blancas, Kiara

Bolden, Noreen

Booth, Kristen

Boquin, Brandon

Boyadzhyan, Arman

Boyajyan, Anahit

Boyd, Ryan

Brenn, Lauren

Breuer, Natalie

Briggs, Cameron

Bright, Quentan

Broderick, Kelly

Brooks, Caitlyn

Broutian, Paylak

Brubaker, D’Angelo

Bui, Brandon

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BUSD BHS Graduation 2015

Cajiao Aguirre, Marco

Calvi Alvarez, Nicole

Cantong, Nicolas

Capalla, Kirk Cedric

Capili, Allyson

Cardenas, Richy

Carns, Carissa

Carpio, Rachel

Castellanos, Nicole

Castro, Caitlyn

Celis, Andrea

Cerezo, Anthony

Chaparyan, Hagop

Chartwong, Siraphat

Chavez, Randy

Chicha, Claire

Cho, Lee Ryung

Chowdhury, Alivar

Clark, Darian

Clawson, Katy

Coca, Alicia

Coleman, Adrianna

Cook, Xavier

Cormier, Stephen

Cortes, Abel

Cowart, Nahja

Coy, Cameron

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Dahoud, Judi

Daniel, Denise

Danielian, Faina

Daniels, Nathan

Danielyan, Harutyun

Daoud, Geseca

Davis, Victoria

Davoodian, Narek

De Barge, Cheyanne

De Guzman, Gillian

De La Fuente, Claudio

Deeb, Johnny

DeFelippis, Emily

Dehnert, Gaven

Del Castillo, Daniel

DeLeon, Madalyn

Denton, Savannah

Derhovsepian, Alex

Deypalan, Joseph Rene

Diep, Connie

Dimetrios, Marla

Dobbs, Crystal

Dolmadjian, Lucy

Dominguez Meneses, Lina

Dominguez-Macias, Osvaldo

Dos Santos, Remy

Doyle, Brennan

Dragomer, Hannah

Dumbadze, Meggi

Dunayer, Barrett

Duran, Joshua

Durghalli, Elena

Durghalli, Sara

Dzheyranyan, Grigor

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Ebrahimian, Cynthia

Edgar, Pablo

Edwards, Ashlyn

Ehmann, Marny

Eissoh, Danial

El Kassis, Nardeen

El-Hachem, Sandra

Elias, Reem

Elliott, Timothy

Enriquez Aleman, Oasis

Erby, Naija

Escobar, Kaesey

Escobedo Gomez, Emilia

Esguerra, Diana

Eskandari, Anthony

Eskander, Andrew

Estrada, Christian

Estrada, Lucia

Eugenio, Kelli

Evinyan, Seryozha

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Fairweather, Liam

Felipe, Gabriela

Fitch, Timothy

Fitzpatrick, Robert

Flinders, Rachel

Flores, Kevin

Flores, Nidia

Francisco, Patricia

Franco Cordova, Anitza

Frutos Rodriguez, Paola

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Gadimyan, Anthony

Galadzhyan, Angela

Galarza, Nancy

Galindo, Juan

Gallagher, Paige

Gallardo, Giselle

Galstyan, Frida

Galstyan, Silvana

Galstyan, Timothy

Galvan, Kenny

Gamez, Jager

Garcia, Yasmin

Gargoles, Christianne Elizabeth

Garibyan, Mher

Gavidia, Alejandra

George, Cassandra

Gerami, Yassaman

Geregian, Vana

Gevondyan, Armond

Gevorkyan, Gor

Ghanbary, Caroline

Ghoukassian, Anaees

Gill, Jerica

Godoy, Julian

Goldstein, Kyra

Gonzalez, Adrian

Gonzalez, Alex

Gonzalez, Eloy

Gonzalez, Mark

Grasse, Joseph

Griffin, Ryan

Grigorian, David

Guevara, Mitchell

Gumruyan, Anjelic

Gyuloglyan, Vahe

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Habibi Zad, Sina

Hacobian, Anais

Hakobyan, Dayana

Hakobyan, Nune

Hakobyan, Sevak

Hakop Chakerian, Vaneh

Hakopyan, Diana

Hakoupian, Marisa

Hallajian, Sonig

Han, Andrew

Hanna, Jean

Hardnett, Marvette

Harris, Haylee

Harris, Lawrence

Haydoyan, Talin

Heath, Madison

Hemedez, Matthew

Hernandez, Carlos

Hernandez, Jonathan

Hernandez-Perez, Erik

Herpetian Haftvani, Lalageh

Herrera Castillo, Maria

Herrera, Erik

Higgins, Randall

Hobosyan, Lili

Holder, Taylor

Honarchian, Monte

Hope, Spencer

Housholder, Dorian

Hovsepian, Aira

Huleis, Christian

Hunter, Cory

Hurry, Ceron

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Ibranyan, Narek

Ilasco, Manny

Isayan, Arsine

Isayan, Edmond

Isayan, Tanya

Israelian, Arsine

Iwuoma, Angel

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(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Janoyan, Vahan

Jayasinghe, Jenna

Jensen, Evan

Johnson, Malachi

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(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Kachaturian, Anni

Kaiser, Melissa

Karakinian, Christina

Karamian, Paulin

Karapet, Renateh

Karapetian, Peter

Karapetyan, Yervand

Kassab, Laurena

Kawmi, Ghazal

Kellogg, Justice

Kellogg, Justine

Kenehan, Kurt

Keough-Kekahuna, Mason

Keshishian, Monte

Keshishian, Teni

Keshishian, Todik

Khachadori, Tedrig

Khachatoorian, Edrek

Khachatourian, Brian

Khalaf, Andi

Khalil, Laureen

Khalulyan, Seda

Khodaverdian, Ahdenae

Khudaverdyan, Aleks

Kim, Angela

Kim, Candace

Kim, Dianne

Kim, Mindy

Kim, Samantha

Kitnukul, Christopher

Kivranyan, Grigor

Knox, Elizabeth

Kobaissi, Mohammad

Kokanian, Marlene

Koss, Samantha

Kraljevski, Loran

Krmyzyan, Tina

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

La Zar, Chase

Labeb, Marina

Laffoon, Michael

Lagonegro, Gabriel

Lamb, Sydney

Lambert, Eky

Landeros Frausto, Melissa

Lansing, Dylan

Lee, David

Lee, Dohee

Lee, Ju Ho

Lee, Yong Hee

Leonard, Ryan

Leonen, Jonathan

Lim, Kevin

Linden, Caelan

Lockheimer, Connor

Lomeli, Samuel

Loock, Reece

Lopez, Esmeralda

Lopez, Miles

Lowe, Destiny

Luevano, Carlos

Ly, Jennifer

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Maaz, Hussein

Mackey, Whitney

Madden, David

Maemura, Irene

Maggi, Sabino

Mahfoud, Michael Ghassan

Mailhot, Nicole

Malinao, Lorenzo Miguel

Mandarino, Christian

Manokian, Jeerire

Manokian, Sharis

Manoulian, Narek

Mansoorian, Gregory

Mansour, Silina

Manukyan, Gigi

Manukyan, Narek

Manukyan, Petros

Mardian, Anaeis

Mardian, Meghedi

Margareh, Allen

Margaryan, Verzhine

Marinelli, David

Markaryan, Ani

Markaryan, Anush

Marlang, Justin

Maroldi, Shane

Martin, Anthony

Martin, Zoe Nicole

Martinez Romero, Belen

Martinez, Benito

Martinez, Robert

Martirosian, Annie

Martirosyan, Hripsime

Matavosian, Selena

Matavousian, Arvin

Maynes, Elliott

Maynez, Saul

Mc Gee, Janae

McLain, Ryan

Megerdechyan, Mari

Megertichian, Arlen

Mekikyan, Tatiana

Melik-Karamov, Emily

Melkonyan, Koryun

Mena, Katie

Mendez, Angie

Menjivar, Linda

Mercado, Nicholas

Mercado, Tiffani

Meredith, Ryan

Merrigan, Gavin

Messelmani, Nur

Metsoyan, Arman

Meza, Jordan

Michaelian, Roni

Mihranian, Gohar

Miller, Jake

Miller, Susanna

Millo, Julie

Minassians, Poleen

Minaya, Sophia

Mingcharoenwong, Waewmanee

Minnick, Alexander

Mirimanov, Vladimir

Misiryan, Aven

Mkrtchyan, Mane

Molson, Vincent

Montoya, Max

Moon, Andrew

Moradian, Argasik

Morales, Elaine

Morlian, Manik

Moulton, Hanna

Mouradian, Aaron

Mouradyan, Arthur

Mousamasihi, Renateh

Muhammad, Akira

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(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Munoz, Milena

Murillo, Lorena

Murray, Cynthia

Nahhas, Andrew

Nakazawa, Hideki

Narinyan, William

Naylous, Anaeis

Nazari, Anika

Nazari, Evelyna

Nazari, Yvonne

Nazarian, Adena

Nazarian, Erika

Nazaryan, Jacklin

Newton, Julia

Ngamphol, Yavita

Nikodijevic, Alexandra

Nill, Daniel

Nono, Jason

Noud, Jacob

Nuno, Jose

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(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

O’Brien, Robert

Ocegueda, Alexander

O’Dea, Mc Kenzie

Oganisyan, Edwin

Oganyan, Armani

Olah, Jason

Oliveira, Felipe

Ong, Caylah

Orellana, Eduardo

Orozco, Jazmin

Orujyan, Davit

Osborn, Ashley

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(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Papuchyan, Arthur

Park, Daeil

Park, Hyojin

Park, Isabella

Park, Linda

Park, Michelle

Park, So Hee

Patatanyan, Edith

Patel, Dev

Patel, Jay

Patel, Parth

Paul, Devin

Payaslyan, Anyssa

Perdomo, Olivia

Peredo, Janica

Perryman, Willie

Petrosyan, Karpis

Petrosyan, Yeva

Pham, Nicholas

Pham, Phuong

Pimentel, Katherine

Pisa, Bridgette

Plascencia, Alexis

Polon, Jordan

Ponce de Leon, Sophia

Pontepsiripong, Rvee

Porras, Kristina

Porras, Ryan

Preciado, Areli

Preciado, Daniel

Price, Sapphyre

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Quintanilla, Joanna

Quintero, Mauro

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(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Ramos, Cara

Ramos, Leslye

Raytis, Matthew

Renteria, Alejandra

Reyhanian, Ervin

Rios, Sabrina

Rivas, Jacqueline

Rivas, Sarah

Robbins, Chandler

Robles, Anthony Ray Louis

Robles, Wendy

Rodas, Claudia

Rodricks, Megan

Rodriguez, Cesar

Rodriguez, Juan

Rodriguez, Kimberly

Rodriguez, Sabrina

Roe, Christopher

Rogers, Andrew

Rojo-Montesinos, Krystal

Roll, Madigan

Romano, Rocco

Romero, Dalia

Rosalino, Andrew

Roughtean, Rory

Rubyan, Edward

Rubyan, Simon

Ruiz, Desiree

Russo, Laura

Ryan, Danielle

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Saab, Joe

Sa’Dullah, Yassemeen

Sahoum, Natalie

Sakanyan, Kristina

Salciccioli, Anthony

Saleh, Daniel

Saleh, Gina

Salinas, Jazmin

San Diego, Rhakel Sara

San Gabriel, Vivian Therese

Sanchez, Yleia

Sandino, Oliver

Sarafyan, David

Sarkisyan, Mariam

Sarkisyan, Nona

Sazon, Kyla

Schnaid, Alexa

Schweitzer Dollente, Maxwell

Scott, Emerald

Seldon, Anthony

Semerdjian, Agavni

Semerdjian, Noah

Serpoohi, Arena

Shahban, Kimia

Shahbazyan, Lilit

Shahinian, Darren

Shahinyan, Iren

Shahverdian, Anthony

Shakhpazyan, Alen

Shankaji, Elias

Sherry, Dylan

Shin, Jee Soo

Shirinian, Marine

Siccion, Carrisa Joy

Simonyan, Davit

Singh, Vikramjeet

Sisliyan, Christina

Sldryan, Nazik

Smith, Christopher

Snow, Erica

Solis, Perla

Sta Juana, Jonah

Stalians, Kane

Stepanyan, Katherine

Stopfer, Ethan

Strutt-Kirst, Meghan

Sugars, Brandon

Suleiman, Faisal

Sumayan, Aileen

Sumayan, Jacqueline

Suruchlyan, Andrew

Swanson, William

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Tacub, Aaron

Tagvoryan, Abraham

Tamazyan, Mannana

Tantanyan, Haroutun

Tarula, Diane

Tashchyan, Lusine

Tashchyan, Michael

Tataryan, Lucy

Tawdros, Shirley

Taylor, Prynce

Temurian, Ani

Ter Grigoryan, Anna

Tergukasyan, William

Tevanian, Albert

Thangtamsatid, Ryan

Theoharides, Valentina

Thomas, Breanna

Tiegs, Allison

Toledo, Tony

Toma, Dina

Tomlinson, Bryleigh

Tooma, Lynette

Torosian, Alina

Torosian, Leona

Torres, Isaiah James

Torun, Goktug Toray

Tovmassian, Edward

Trad, Kathy

Treadway, Sara

Troy, Sarah

Trujillo, Rachel

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(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Ulrich, Ludmilla

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(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Valente, Carlos

Vardanyan, Lilit

Vardanyan, Vardan

Vardumyan, Arman

Varela, Candice

Varpetyan, Andranik

Vartani, Arwin

Vera-Miramontes, Noelle

Verzosa, Gianni

Vignali, Natalia

Vignolles-Jeong, Ian

Villanueva, Estrella

Villarreal, Ronald

Villegas, Destiny

Vines, Christopher

Vizcaino, Enrique

Vuncannon, McKynlee

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Warren, Megan

Weinstein, Noah

Williams, James

Winn, Lily

Won, Irine

Wong, Caralyn Bibi

Wong, Christopher

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(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Yani, Natalie

Yarkhoda, Bronte

Yazichyan, Emanuel

Yeghyayan, David

Yim, Jae Hyun

Yip, Hiu Nam

Yoon, Jeanette

Yousefi, Robin

Yu, Lauren

Zadoorian, Sevada

Zadourian, Michelle

Zakarian, Natalie

Zamaryan, Bianka

Zargarian, Arpi

Zargarian, Derek

Zargaryan, Mariam

Burbank Girls Collect Powder Puff Win Over Burroughs

Burbank High’s girls traveled over to Memorial Field on Monday to play their counterparts from Burroughs. In the end it was Burbank 8, Burroughs 0 as they collected their ‘Big Game’ victory.

Here are some great photos from Ross A. Benson as he collected highlights from the game.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Mike Woods, Burbank Basketball

By Dick Dornan
MyBurbank Sports Editor

Keep an eye out for rising Burbank sophomore Mike Woods. The multi-talented guard started as a freshman a year ago for the Bulldogs boys’ basketball team and has improved tremendously in his second year at the high school level.

Recently, Woods was invited to an academic showcase in Orange County for projected college qualifiers. The two-day tournament was valuable for Woods as he soaked in the experience hosted by West Coast Elite Basketball at Cerritos College.

Mike Woods

Mike Woods

“It was great. I had a good time and I was happy for the chance to go,” Woods said. “They taught us what to expect in college and I learned a lot.”

“It was a big honor for him. He takes his academics very seriously and you can see it on the basketball court,” Burbank coach Jerry DeLaurie said. “He’s a very smart kid academically. He’s a true student-athlete. He’s what we want here at Burbank.”

Woods has evolved into one of the better players in the Pacific League. He currently averages 11.3 points per game, 8.5 rebounds per game, 2.0 blocks per game, 5.6 assists a game and 2.4 steals a game.

“Mike does so many things for us. He is a five-tool player,” DeLaurie said. “His shooting, ball-handling, rebounding, defense, passing, anticipation on steals. He does it all for us. He can play any position on the basketball court.”

Mike Woods scored 12 points for Burbank vs. Arcadia (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Woods scored 12 points vs. Arcadia (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Wood’s basketball savvy and IQ on the court compliments his discipline and commitment to excellence in the classroom. He maintains a 3.60 cumulative grade point average while handling the daily rigors of AP classes and playing basketball year-round.

“He is a solid student in the classroom and a phenomenal athlete on the basketball court,” DeLaurie said. “He is truly a pleasure to coach and to be around. It’s great seeing him have fun with his teammates and be successful with his basketball accomplishments on the court.

“People love an unselfish kid. He will do whatever it takes to help the team win. That’s what makes Mike special to me. Sometimes it won’t be about the points. He just wants the team to win. He’s more concerned about making the team better rather than himself. I love his attitude and he plays with confidence. I’m proud of him.”

The 6-foot-2 two-year varsity starter has quickly become the elder statesman on a team plentiful of juniors and sophomores. Woods leads by example with his consistent all-around play in every facet of the game.

Woods finesses his way to a basket (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Woods maneuvers his way to a basket (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“Mike is one of the best guards in the league. I really believe that,” said DeLaurie. “He will go down as the one of the best ever in this program. The future is going to be great with him.”

Wood’s love for basketball shines on the court every game and his future is as bright as they come.

“I would love to play anywhere in the country. That’s my goal,” Woods said about college in two years. “I think about it every night before I go to bed.”

It’s never too early to dream. Reality is just around the corner.

 

 

 

Candela Fernandez, Burbank Cross Country

By Dick Dornan
myBurbank Sports Editor

With cross country having come to an end this past weekend, we look back at one of the greatest seasons in Burbank High School history. If you missed the superlative efforts by Candela Fernandez, don’t worry. You are in luck. She’s only a junior with another year to cement herself as one of the State’s top long distance runners and possibly the area’s best of all-time.

As the weeks dwindled down towards the end of the cross country season, Fernandez had four goals in mind:

  • Become the Pacific League individual champion
  • Finish in the top 3 at the CIF Finals in Division I
  • Finish in the top 5 at the CIF State Championships
  • Qualify for the Nike Nationals in Portland, Oregon

Fernandez, 16, capped off an amazing season accomplishing the first three goals and falling just short of the fourth.

Candela Fernandez

Candela Fernandez

First, she swept all three league meets in convincing fashion with times of 17:57 (Crescenta Valley Park), 16:37 (Arcadia County Park) and 17:57 (CV Park- League Finals). More importantly, Fernandez led the Lady Bulldogs to a league title, the first for Burbank since 1978.

In addition, Fernandez set a new school record at the Mt. San Antonio Invitational with a blistering time of 17:13. Consider this- her freshman year she ran a 19:59 at Mt. SAC followed by an 18:29 her sophomore year. Imagine what could happen a year from now.

Fernandez’s success continued at the CIF Southern Section Prelims where she coasted to a first place finish in her heat with a time of 17:33. The Bulldogs advanced as a team to the CIF Finals a week later for the first time since 1987.

At the CIF Southern Section finals, Fernandez placed 3rd overall in Division I with a time of 17:32 earning her a spot at the CIF State cross country championships in Fresno.

With the State’s elite runners coming together to compete for cross country’s ultimate prize, Fernandez had one final strong run and placed 4th individually in Division I with a time of 17:42 to earn All-State honors.

“It’s so awesome to compete against the best because they are ranked in the State and are amazing runners,” Fernandez said.

She finished 11th overall among all five divisions narrowly missing the required top-5 placement to advance to the Nationals. You can bet that will be her #1 goal in 2015.

Fernandez’s remarkable season ranks as one of the most decorated in Burbank history. It is safe to say that she has become Burbank’s greatest female runner surpassing McKenzie Paul in 2010. All of Paul’s records have been swept aside by the talented and humble Fernandez.

Candela Fernandez led the Burbank girls to a league title; the first for BHS since 1978 (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Candela Fernandez led the Burbank girls to a league title; the first for BHS since 1978 (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Her journey is a unique one in that she never ran long distance prior to coming to BHS. She came out freshman year, gave it a shot, and the rest is history.

“I started off like everyone else not knowing what the sport was and just having to get used to it,” she said. “I began to really fall in love with it and put in the hard work. That’s how I got better.”

By the spring of her sophomore year, Fernandez had made her mark in track with school-record times in the two mile (10:49.60) and mile (4:57.59) while competing at the CIF Track and Field Finals. She became the first female athlete ever at Burbank to break the five-minute barrier in the 1,600.

She credits her hard work ethic and training with the boys track and cross country teams to helping her improve and excel at a high level.

“I began running with the guys last track season during my sophomore year,” Fernandez said. “Having me there pushed them because they don’t want to get beat by a girl and me hanging off of them during speed workouts and long runs definitely pushed me.

“I’ve worked really hard to be where I am at. Sometimes it’s unbelievable when you take a step back and think about all you’ve done. At the same time, I can’t say it’s surprising because of all the work I’ve put in. You put in the work and you get the results.”

Coach Trevor Marca has done a superb job preparing Fernandez for the grind of a cross country season both physically and mentally. Even though he realizes he is witnessing something special, it hasn’t come as a total surprise to him.

“It’s been a lot of fun over the course of the last couple years,” Marca said. “It hasn’t been totally surprising because I felt she had the tools such as the work ethic, the mentality, the discipline to attack the sport the correct way and have the respect and knowledge of the sport to be able to succeed.

“We take it one season at a time and even one meet at a time. She has areas where she can still improve and areas where we will focus for the track season. My brain is already working in overdrive of getting her to the next step.”

And to think she is only 16 years old. We still have track in the spring and the entire 2015-16 school year to truly appreciate Fernandez’s run to greatness.

 

Burbank High School “Law Dogs” Excel at Mock Trial Competition

Burbank High Mock Trial

The Burbank High School Law Dogs for made it to the quarter finals in Constitutional Rights Foundation (CRF) Mock Trial Competition. Burbank High School placed 6th out of 96 Los Angeles Private and Public Schools and was awarded Finalist ribbons for making the Top Ten.

Burbank High Mock TrialOutstanding Attorney roles were played by seniors Sharis Manokian, Brooke Haddad (with three perfect scores), Anush Markaryan, Xavier Cook, and Junior Ryan Hyun.

Outstanding Witnesses were played by freshmen Nikki Howell (9), Andrea Amaya (11), Storm Lamoureaux (11), Lyna Moreno (11), Lucy Tatryan, and Bailiff Aryana Jamal (9). Reggie Golightly (9) was the Courtroom Journalist and Gigi Manukyan was the Courtroom Artist.

The judges were actual courtroom judges. All schools are guaranteed 1st and 2nd round then the top schools advance to semi and then quarter finals. The court case this year was an art theft case by an indebted college student.

There were 4th amendment pretrial issues attacked superbly by Anush, Ryan, and Xavier.  Four of the above students were also awarded Honorable Mention Awards for their performances by the judges.

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Burbank’s Season Ends in 48-27 Loss to Salesian

Tony Toledo did all he could for Burbank rushing for 119 yards (Photo By Edward Tovmassian)

Tony Toledo did all he could for Burbank rushing for 119 yards (Photo By Edward Tovmassian)

By Jim Riggio
Special to MyBurbank

The Burbank High football team overcame many obstacles this season in fighting through a number of injuries to key players.

Friday night those injuries proved to be too much to overcome as the Bulldogs lost 48-27 in a hard-fought battle at Salesian High in Boyle Heights in a second round CIF Southern Section Southeast Division playoff contest.

The Bulldogs managed to win eight games with James Williams sidelined  (Photo By Edward Tovmassian)

The Bulldogs managed to win eight games with James Williams sidelined (Photo By Edward Tovmassian)

“We played with the cards we were dealt with,” Burbank coach Richard Broussard said. “We came out flat in the third quarter. The kids gave a great effort. We have great kids who love playing this game. We just didn’t get it done. I’m disappointed we didn’t put it all together.”

Burbank (8-4) played much of the season without quarterback Ryan Meredith and running back James Williams. Last year the pair guided the Bulldogs to the semifinal round of the playoffs.

“He felt like he could go,” Broussard said of Meredith, who is suffering from a back injury. “We did our walk through. He tried to throw the ball and he said to me ‘No.’ He tried to throw a carrot Tuesday and he said it was the worst pain in my life.”

Sophomore Guy Gibbs filled in and was 12 of 31 for 202 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.

Tony Toledo, who became Burbank’s go-to running back after Williams tore the medial collateral ligament (MCL) and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee, had 17 carries for 119 yards and two touchdowns.

Quarterback Guy Gibbs fires a ball downfield  (Photo By Edward Tovmassian)

Quarterback Guy Gibbs fires a ball downfield (Photo By Edward Tovmassian)

“Honestly, we became a family. We faced adversity all season,” said Toledo, a senior. “A lot of these guys I’ve played with since I was a kid with the Burbank Vikings. I’m grateful we stayed together and became brothers. They never gave up on me and I never gave up on them.”

Salesian (6-6) struck first as Kyahva Tezino scored on a seven-yard run with 9:16 left in the first quarter. Tezino had 13 carries for 152 yards and two touchdowns.

The Bulldogs countered right back though as Gibbs hooked up with Dorian Housholder on a 75-yard touchdown pass on their first play from scrimmage.

Salesian went back up when Deommodore Lenoir scored on a 29-yard run with 5:20 left in the first quarter. Lenoir had five carries for 85 yards.

Nick Cantong hauls in a pass (Photo By Edward Tovmassian)

Nick Cantong hauls in a pass (Photo By Edward Tovmassian)

Gibbs and Housholder (five catches for 155 yards) hooked up once again on a 14-yard touchdown to tie things at 14 with 2:42 left in the first half.

Salesian’s Ureal Blackshear scored on a 12-yard run with 42 seconds left in the half to give the Mustangs momentum going into the second half leading 20-14.

After Burbank failed to move the chains to open the second half, Salesian quarterback Damion Wright took advantage on the Mustangs’ offensive play of the half as he faked a handoff before running 62 yards for a touchdown. Wright was also solid through the air completing seven of nine passes for 79 yards and a touchdown.

Another touchdown by Tezino later in the quarter made it 34-14 putting the Bulldogs into a deeper hole.

Toledo added touchdown runs of one and 57 yards to close out his stellar career as well as the Bulldogs’ season.

 

 

A Day of Celebration at Burbank High and John Muir

Burbank's finest- (Left to Right) Cameron Briggs, Caitlyn Brooks, Irene Maemura, Yazzy Sa'Dullah (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank’s finest- (Left to Right) Cameron Briggs, Caitlyn Brooks, Irene Maemura, Yazzy Sa’Dullah (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank High School and John Muir Middle School each celebrated an event last week that brought fun and excitement to their respective campuses.

Family members join the quartet of Bulldog signees (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Family members join the quartet of Bulldog signees (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank High School celebrated four athletes who signed their National Letters of Intent to play at Division One schools in the 2015-16 year.

Cameron Briggs (UC Davis- baseball) Caitlyn Brooks (University of Notre Dame- softball), Irene Maemura (Wisconsin- golf) and Yazzy Sa’Dullah (West Virginia- basketball) achieved their goals of playing collegiately by being offered scholarships and then committing by signing their NLI with friends, family, coaches and teachers supporting them during a lunchtime ceremony. Congratulations to this special group of Bulldogs!

Coach Bob Hart on Cameron Briggs- “As a coach the greatest success is the personal growth and achievement of your players. I’ve watched Cameron mature on and off the field. His passion and competitiveness along with his willingness to do whatever it is it takes to win sets him apart. He’s talented and he works at his game. The future looks bright.”

Alongside her mom and dad, Caitlyn Brooks signed with the University of Notre Dame and is considered one of the top softball players in the country (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Alongside her mom and dad, Caitlyn Brooks signed with the University of Notre Dame and is considered one of the top softball players in the country (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Coach Mike Delaney on Caitlyn Brooks- “Caitlyn is very deserving of her scholarship. She has worked extremely hard both on the field and in the classroom. She sets a great example for our current and future student-athletes.”

Coach Branko Sevic on Irene Maemura- “It was a pleasure watching Irene grow as an individual and into an exceptional player. One could see the improvement in her game from year to year, as she worked hard to reach her goals. It will be a while before we get someone at Burbank with her skill level and work habit. She will be missed at Burbank, but Wisconsin is getting a great individual and a great player.”

Coach Bruce Breeden and the Lady Bulldog basketball team wearing WV shirts in Yazzy's honor (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Coach Bruce Breeden and the Lady Bulldog basketball team wearing WV shirts in Yazzy’s honor (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Coach Bruce Breeden on Yazzy Sa’Dullah- “In my 17 years of coaching girls basketball I have some good basketball players, but nothing like Yazzy. Since she has transferred here she has been a team player. She has lifted this team to a higher level. I am very proud to have the opportunity to coach Yazzy and watch her grow at the next level. It is great to be a Bulldog.”

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Meanwhile, the LA Kings Street Hockey team returned to Burbank to donate equipment to John Muir Middle School while providing lessons and teaching fundamentals to the students in attendance. Last year the LAK made a similar kind of gesture and donation to Jordan Middle School.

Burbank High Soars With 18th Annual “Night of Magic”

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Pickwick Gardens once again soared with song thanks to Burbank High School’s Vocal Music Association and its 18th annual “Night of Magic” fundraising gala on November 15.

Burbank City Council Members in attendance were Mayor David Gordon, Vice Mayor Bob Frutos and City Councilwoman Emily Gabel-Luddy along with Police Commissioner Nat Rubinfeld.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

An exciting silent auction kicked off the evening with items such as theme park tickets, show tapings, gift cards, and much more up for grabs.

A delightful dinner followed featuring stellar singing and dancing courtesy of VMA choir In Sync. The intermediate mixed choir, Out of the Blue, then took the stage and wowed the crowd while Impressions, the all-girl advanced choir, definitely impressed. Each VMA choir performance was supported by a wonderful array of smaller groups and duos, each of whom added to an enchanting evening of entertainment.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Choir Director Brett Carrol  presented this years Voce Ostinato award to BHS graduate Harrison Lippman, who has assisted as the Lighting Director in VMA Choir Shows and Night of Magic since his graduation in 2004.

Auctioneer Bruce Osgood with VMA Ellie Stockwell show a Neil Diamond signed guitar that went for $1300.00.  (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Auctioneer Bruce Osgood with VMA Ellie Stockwell show a Neil Diamond signed guitar that went for $1300.00. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Performances paused briefly for some live auction action while also introducing Sirens and Octet, VMA’s 8-girl and 8-boy choirs. Each group managed to bring in $900. The bidding was also fierce for a signed Neil Diamond guitar before it sold for a final price of $1300.

With all auction items spoken for, Sound Dogs, the all boys choir, rocked the house and paved the way for In Sync to close out the festivities.

The gala was a grand fundraising success and another musical, magical night to remember.

 

 

Burbank Stuns El Rancho, 38-34, in First Round Playoff Victory

Tony Toledo rushed for 76 yards and two touchdowns in the win (Photo By Craig Sherwood)

Tony Toledo rushed for 76 yards and two touchdowns in the win (Photo By Craig Sherwood)

By Dick Dornan
myBurbank Sports Editor

Do you believe in the 2014 Burbank High football team?

It’s a question that has motivated the Bulldogs this year and none more so than now. Despite a plethora of injuries during the course of the season, the Bulldogs have proven to be resilient time and time again. But there are still skeptics out there who doubt them.

Nick Warren played a solid game on both sides of the ball (Photo By Craig Sherwood)

Nick Warren played a solid game on both sides of the ball (Photo By Craig Sherwood)

Friday night was one more example of how this year’s team has come together and put the doubters in the rear view mirror. Playing a brand of football that brought back memories of past Bulldog teams, Burbank went on the road and garnered its best victory of the season with a thrilling 38-34 win against El Rancho in the first round of the CIF Southeast Division playoffs.

“It feels great. Everyone has been talking about that we’re hurt and we are too banged up to beat anybody,” Burbank coach Richard Broussard said. “You can’t judge us. Don’t judge. Just like we didn’t judge them (El Rancho). We saw the film and knew they were a beatable team. But we’re not going to judge their journey to get here because they were successful. Let our play speak for ourselves. People underestimate us and that’s fine. That is what drives us.”

Despite losing quarterback Ryan Meredith early in the second quarter to a reoccurring shoulder injury, Burbank rode a 35-point first half and held on for a heart-stopping win against the champions of the Del Rio League.

(Photo By Craig Sherwood)

Forrest Fajardo returns a kick for the Bulldogs (Photo By Craig Sherwood)

The Bulldogs now advance to play Salesian in the CIF quarterfinals next Friday night at East Los Angeles College. The Mustangs upset No. 2 seed La Mirada, 24-18.

Salesian (5-6) remains the lone obstacle to returning to the CIF semifinals for a second consecutive year for the believing Bulldogs. Pretty amazing to say the least when you consider the adversity Burbank has faced all season. Yet, here they are in the quarterfinals again sporting an impressive 8-3 record.

“We played really well as a team. It was a team win,” sophomore Nick Warren said. “We worked hard for it all week and it showed in the game.”

“It was amazing. We’ve been practicing hard all week,” added Dorian Housholder, who caught touchdown passes of 41 and five yards. “A lot of people doubted us and that just fueled us to win.”

Burbank scored on its first three possessions to take a 21-7 lead after one quarter. With a sign that declared “Defend the Ranch” high above the press box, the Bulldogs made the ‘Ranch’ their personal playground.

Dorian Housholder hauls in a 41-yard touchdown pass (Photo By Craig Sherwood)

Dorian Housholder hauls in a 41-yard touchdown pass (Photo By Craig Sherwood)

Meredith got things started connecting with Housholder on a 41-yard touchdown pass on the fifth play of the game. Housholder made a leaping grab just over the outstretched hands of teammate Nick Cantong and an El Rancho defender as Burbank drove 63 yards to set the early tone.

Tony Toledo (76 yards on 16 carries) added a three-yard touchdown run on the next possession and Burbank went up quickly, 14-0.

After El Rancho (8-3) scored its first touchdown, Burbank responded when Meredith (6-for-6, 104 yards) threw a beautiful five-yard fade to Housholder (three passes for 75 yards) in the back left corner of the end zone. Just like that it was 21-7 in favor of Burbank.

Meredith exited the game at the 8:18 mark of the second quarter and a few minutes later the Dons had tied the game at 21 apiece.

Reliable backup Guy Gibbs promptly led the Bulldogs down the field and set up Toledo’s six-yard touchdown run with a 29-yard completion to Housholder.

Guy Gibbs filled in admirably for Ryan Meredith (Photo By Craig Sherwood)

Guy Gibbs filled in admirably for Ryan Meredith (Photo By Craig Sherwood)

Leading 28-21 with 1:21 remaining, Warren had an interception on the very next play and Burbank converted the El Rancho turnover into seven points when Gibbs lofted a 20-yard pass to Cantong (three catches for 57 yards) in the right corner of the end zone.

Warren’s interception was a pivotal moment for BHS as the first half came to an end with the Bulldogs ahead, 35-21.

“I just try to play my hardest and do what I can for the team to help them win,” said Warren, who also had 53 yards rushing on 15 carries.

After an explosive first half where both teams combined for eight touchdowns, the second half featured a combined eight punts and three turnovers as defense became the calling card.

Burbank's defense corralled the Dons (Photo By Craig Sherwood)

Burbank’s defense corralled the Dons (Photo By Craig Sherwood)

The Bulldogs received some breathing room when Ryan Boyd nailed a 40-yard field goal to increase the lead to 38-28 at the 9:38 mark of the fourth quarter.

The Dons closed the gap to 38-34 and then had one final chance to pull off an improbable win but Cantong’s interception with 15 seconds left sealed the deal for Burbank.

“Since Ryan (Meredith) got hurt, we definitely needed to step up. We really came together on this win,” Cantong said. “People said we couldn’t do it but here we are and we are going to the second round.”

Nick Cantong seals the game with this interception (Photo By Craig Sherwood)

Nick Cantong seals the game with this interception (Photo By Craig Sherwood)

Jake Kelley (26 yards rushing) and Brandon Alba (21 yards) played key roles in Burbank’s running attack. Gibbs managed the game effectively in the absence of Meredith.

With an efficient offensive showing in the first half and a stalwart defensive effort in the second half, Burbank played its best football of the season.

“We re-dedicated ourselves last week to just doing the things that we love to do,” Broussard said. “I just wanted to win this game so bad. We deserved it. We’re still playing and other people are not. I can’t wait to play again.”

Bring on Salesian.