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Burbank Perseveres in Win Over Glendale, 41-21

Burbank's Guy Gibbs came off the bench to throw for three touchdowns (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank’s Guy Gibbs came off the bench to throw for three touchdowns (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

By Dick Dornan
myBurbank Sports Editor

Twenty-seven miles west of Burbank among the Santa Monica Mountains rests the location where the popular television series “M*A*S*H” was filmed. At the rate of injuries that continue to mount for the Burbank High football team, Malibu State Creek Park might be the perfect spot for the Bulldogs to visit and regain their health and more importantly their mojo.

Playing with a depleted roster that featured nine sophomores seeing action, Burbank put forth a valiant effort in a 41-21 victory over Glendale Thursday evening that would have made Hawkeye, Father Mulcahy, Margaret Houlihan, and Maxwell Q. Klinger quite proud.

“They are just gritty,” Burbank coach Richard Broussard said of his team. “We had a great week of practice. We just beat on each other. I knew we would come out here and play a physical game. It’s something that we have been missing. Coming out and punching teams in the mouth.”

Quarterback Ryan Meredith joined the growing list of injured Bulldog players (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Quarterback Ryan Meredith joined the growing list of injured Bulldog players (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Behind a spirited effort led by third-string quarterback Guy Gibbs, Burbank jumped out to a 20-0 halftime lead, withstood a furious Glendale rally, and finished strong claiming a 20-point victory without the services of starters James Williams (torn ACL in knee), Ryan Meredith (separated shoulder), Jake Kelley (torn ligaments in ankle) and Andy Reyes (torn ligaments in thumb).

Add to the list starters Tony Toledo and Ryan Boyd who left Thursday’s game due to injuries and the Burbank sideline resembles a M*A*S*H unit of the walking wounded.

“I hate the word ‘injury,’” Broussard said after the game. “We were down nine starters at one point in the game. It’s a testament to our program how we run our system. We just plug in and play kids and they go in there and do their job.”

Gibbs came on in relief of Aki Arlington for the final drive of the second quarter and proceeded to go 3-for-3 for 36 yards and tossed a 2-yard touchdown pass to Dorian Housholder that gave BHS a 20-0 lead with 49 seconds left in the first half.

Burbank gained 240 yards of offense in the first half to only 60 for Glendale (2-5, 1-3).

Gibbs, a 5-foot-7 sophomore, finished the evening 6-of-9 for 136 yards, one interception and three touchdowns including TD passes of 68 and 28 yards to Nick Cantong.

Burbank Football (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Football (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“It felt great. They were both wide open and I read it perfectly. I had just the right amount of time with the line blocking,” Gibbs said. “I want to thank the line though. They did a heck of a job today. I just went in and didn’t want to think. If I think too much then everything goes wrong.”

Gibbs did little wrong as he calmly and confidently led Burbank (4-3, 2-2) to a great win on the road.

Meredith is expected to return in the next couple of weeks but in the meantime Gibbs showed the ability to lead the team and showcase his future position.

Burbank's defense held Glendale in check for most of the game (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank’s defense held Glendale in check for most of the game (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

After a scoreless first quarter, Burbank scored on an 18-yard touchdown run by Brandon Alba who rushed for a game-high 106 yards on 14 carries. On fourth-and-six, Alba took an inside reverse handoff and blasted his way to the outside and shrugged off a Nitro defender to hit paydirt.

Burbank increased its lead to 14-0 behind Housholder who scored from five yards out on a sweep just a play after he gained 23 yards on a nifty run through the heart of the Glendale defense.

Gibbs then replaced Arlington at quarterback and promptly drove the Bulldogs down for a touchdown just before the half.

The Bulldogs seemingly had the game in hand after scoring on the second play from scrimmage of the second half when Gibbs connected with a wide-open Cantong for a 68-yard strike and a 26-0 advantage.

Nick Cantong (right) celebrates with Max Montoya after catching his second touchdown of the night (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Nick Cantong (right) celebrates with Max Montoya after catching his second touchdown of the night (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

But Glendale roared back scoring 21 consecutive points before Burbank responded on a 28-yard touchdown pass from Gibbs to Cantong over the middle with 10:26 left in the game. Gibbs found Cantong in the corner of the end zone for the 2-point conversion and the lead swelled to 34-21.

The Bulldogs iced the game when sophomore Nick Warren scored from two yards out with 1:34 remaining.

Cantong finished with three catches for 100 yards and two touchdowns while Housholder caught three passes for 36 yards and a touchdown. Arlington ran for 53 yards on eight carries at quarterback.

Burbank returns home to Memorial Field next Friday at 7 p.m. against Hoover.

As for you M*A*S*H fans, only an ambulance and a rusted jeep used in the show remain today at the exact site of the film’s original set.


“The Slightlys” – Moving Up the Charts

Burbank High students Drummer David Marinelli, Guitarist Robby Fitzpatrick, Frontman Finneas O’Connel,  and Bassist/Violinist Darius Dudley II have had an interesting summer vacation and look to the future as their rock band The Slightlys, begin to take hold.

Marinelli, Fitzpatrick, O'Connell and Dudley on the roof for CBS Mercedes-Benz Minute

Marinelli, Fitzpatrick, O’Connell and Dudley

The Slightlys band is blasting through an endlessly exciting and award winning summer and fall.  They kicked off the summer vacation with a fundraiser for Children’s Hospital to honor Burbanker Christopher Wilke.  Drummer Marinelli organized and produced the event which featured four bands and raised over $4000 in Chris’ memory.

Their next three appearances were part of the Emerging Artists Competition in Santa Monica sponsored by Rusty’s on the Pier.  They won all three nights, and as part of their grand prize, they went on to play the Twilight Concert Series at The Santa Monica Pier to a crowd of over 10,000,  opening for Omar Souleyman. They were also featured on Static Beach Radio playing three songs and in several editions of their online magazine.

Dudley, O'Connell, Fitzpatrick and Marinelli hold giant winning check LA County Fair Award Ceremony

Dudley, O’Connell, Fitzpatrick and Marinelli hold giant winning check LA County Fair Award Ceremony

Summer ended,  but Fall found them at the LA County Fair  participating in Battle of the Bands sponsored by The Vans Warped Tour. They advanced to the Finals and then on Sept 26, playing with other extremely fierce (and older)  bands, The Slightlys took home the first place prize and a nice check to go with it for $1,200.

The night was thrilling as they played for esteemed judges from Warped Tour, Coachella and record labels.   Included in their grand prize is a spot on next summer’s Vans Warped Tour and musical instruments from Fender Instruments.

They will be playing at the Granada Hills Street Fair Oct. 11th and are excited to be playing at the opening night premiere of the film Life Inside Out (which features the band’s music and frontman Finneas O’Connell in the lead role) Oct. 17th in Pasadena.

The band also had a large spread in the new online magazine Ion Indie.

In August they headed into a studio to begin the long process of recording a CD.

The Slightleys at the LA County Fair

The Slightleys at the LA County Fair

Burbank High Inducts Newest Members Into Athletics Hall of Fame

 L/R..Chuck Milam(63) Water Polo-Swim ,Caroline Cast (84) Swim Bob Smallenberg (72) Distinguished Service Award Frank Zelinski...coach/teacher, Tyson Hamner..(81) Foot,Bask,track...Bob Brinkworth(62)Foot,track.(Photo By Timothy Tolnay Special to myBurbank.com)

L/R- Chuck Milam (’63) Water Polo, Swim; Caroline Cast (’84) Swim; Bob Smallenberg (’72) Distinguished Service Award; Frank Zelinski- coach/teacher; Tyson Hamner (’81) Football, Basketball, Track; Bob Brinkworth (’62) Football, Track (Photo by Timothy Tolnay; special to myBurbank.com)

The 2014 Burbank High School Athletic Hall of Fame class was inducted last Saturday in a joyous celebration on campus. Athletic Director Fred Cook once again did a masterful job of putting together a ceremony that recognized the achievements of 15 individuals who excelled during their years as a Burbank Bulldog.

The following information was provided by Fred Cook on each recipient-

1. Jerry Ogborn (20’s)- Coach and administrator, coached basketball, football and track (1926 football team to the semifinals).Won league championships in all three. Went onto be Principal of BHS. One of the school’s highest awards is named after him.

2. Dick Minasian- Long time baseball coach and athletic director. Known for his PE class as Minasian’s Marines. Also coached lower level sports. Coached more All-CIF players than any other coach at BHS.

3. Ham Lloyd- Long time coach and administrator. Instituted the first code of ethics to play in sports at BHS. Coached football for seven seasons.

4. Frank Zelinski- Golf coach and teacher 18 winning seasons in a row. Three undefeated seasons in a row. Coached six All-CIF players.

5. Brad Atwood (30’s)- Lettered  nine times in five different sports which were Track, Basketball, Baseball, Golf, Football. Went onto run track at UCLA.

6. Kenton Corwin- 1940 CIF champ in the Pole Vault. Third place in the state meet. The second highest jump in California. Foothill League Champ. Burbank High School first varsity CIF champ.

7. Ray Love- 1947 CIF champ in Tennis, 3x Foothill League champ.

8. Bob Ward- 1951, Football and Track, Coach of many Olympic Throwers and Strength and Conditioning coach for the Dallas Cowboys. American fullback at Whitworth College. All League in football and league champion in sprints.

9. Bob Brinkworth (’62)- Track and football star. Still in many of the top ten categories in football and currently holds two school records in track. Went onto run track at Cal Berkley.

10. Chuck Miliam (’63)- 3 time CIF champ 3 time All American in swim, Was the first of a long line of great swimmers at BHS, Went to USC where he was an All American and member of NCAA team champions.

11. Tim Dubois- all league in three different sports Football, basketball and baseball, all CIF in two different sports Starter in all three sports.

12. Andrea Kriva (‘81)- holder of 3 BHS track records, went to CIF and State Finals 3 times in the discus, She is still ranked in the top ten athletes in the Mt. Sac Heptathlon with 4401 points. 1982 placed 5th in the state in discus with a throw of 137’4. Went onto UCLA where she was an All American Tennis Player.

13. Dyson Hamner (’81)- Track, football and basketball, CIF champion in the high jump went onto jump at San Deigo State. Still holds BHS school record. All league in three sports (football, basketball, and track). Went onto run track at San Diego State.

14. Caroline Cast (‘84)- Swim 3-time all American, 7-time Foothill League champion  Holder of the longest Foothill League record(200 freestyle for more than 23 years) current holder of 3 BHS records. Went onto swim at Arizona State where she was a Pac 10 champ and All American.

15. Bob Smallenburg (’72)- Distinguished Service Award. During his high school days Bob played football and baseball for BHS. But, it’s what he has done as a coach (5 sports) and an advocate for higher education. He has given his time and has helped fund many sports and academic scholarships for our school. He is always there to help out when needed. When asked what is the meaning of a true “Burbank Bulldog,” Bob immediately comes to mind.














Burbank High Academy Of Finance Students Learn Valuable Skills

Members of the Burbank High Academy of Finance spoke about personal experiences and achievements to the Burbank Unified Board of Education on Thursday, September 18. Although introduced by Sharon Cuseo, BUSD Director of Instruction and Accountability, the students gave the power point presentation and talked at length about the national program.

Burbank High School senior Jackie Nazarian found that working with Excel, learning how to invest in stocks and creating a personal job portfolio the most valuable skills she learned in the program.

The core of the Burbank High School Academy of Finance are the classes taken during the last two years of school. Business ethics and financial planning are studied as a junior. Basic accounting and a course in Economics, along with government, are taken as a senior.

Burbank High School's Academy of Finance gave a presentation to the BUSD Board of Education at City Hall on September 18. Front row, left to right: Marine Shirinian, Angela Kim, Angel Iwuoma, Ahdenae Khodaverdian. Back row, left to right: Jackie Nazarian, Vahe Aghajanyan, Chandler Robbins, Chauncey Behnam (Photo Courtesy of Alyson Edge)

Burbank High School’s Academy of Finance gave a presentation to the BUSD Board of Education at City Hall on September 18. Front row, left to right: Marine Shirinian, Angela Kim, Angel Iwuoma, Ahdenae Khodaverdian. Back row, left to right: Jackie Nazarian, Vahe Aghajanyan, Chandler Robbins, Chauncey Behnam (Photo Courtesy of Alyson Edge)

The Academy of Finance program also includes field trips, guest speakers from leaders in local business, government and finance, career preparation and a required 150 hours paid internship, typically completed during the summer between junior and senior year.

Senior Chandler Robbins completed his internship this past summer with Toluca Lake-based home loan bank Augusta Financial. In addition to learning proper workplace etiquette and office skills, he also “learned the ins and outs of the loan business.”

“I learned that becoming a loan officer was not for me,” he said, “but more importantly, I learned something about myself and my future.”

The Academy of Finance has been in place at BHS since 1992 and over 2000 students have graduated from the program with a certificate in Financial Studies. The Academy averages 150 students yearly and is taught by Alyson Edge and Patricia Garfield.

The academic, finance and technology based program also prepares students for job interviews, including instruction in and application of proper business dress, interview preparation, resume building and public speaking.

“It really is great teaching that allows these kinds of programs to flourish and develop in our district,” commented Sharon Cuseo, BUSD Director of Instruction and Accountability.

“I think it’s a great opportunity for kids to get business experience,” Board of Education member Larry Applebaum told the Academy of Finance students. “Whatever you learn here is going to help you.”

“Alyson and I feel so privileged to continue to be a part of this amazing program,” Garfield said. “We believe that teens should not only be empowered to make financial-related decisions once they leave home, but be able to start making better financial choices almost immediately.”

“Whenever either of us talks about what we teach – whether with family, friends, acquaintances or strangers – we are always met with a similar response,” Garfield added. “It goes something like this:  ‘I wish they had those classes at my kid’s school. Heck, I need those classes. Our country needs those classes.’”


Burbank Succumbs to Canyon in 35-21 Loss

Burbank's Brandon Alba scores with a throng of sportswriters watching (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Burbank’s Brandon Alba scores with a throng of sportswriters watching (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

By Dick Dornan
myBurbank Sports Editor

The next chapter of Burbank football has officially begun.

With senior James Williams sidelined for the rest of the season because of a torn ACL and MCL in his right knee, the Burbank High football team took to the field for the first time since 2011 without the services of its superstar tailback.

The Bulldogs battled all evening long but shortcomings on both sides of the ball during the third and early fourth quarter proved to be the difference as Canyon pulled away and defeated Burbank, 35-21, Friday night at Harry Welch Field.

Tony Toledo rushed for 73 yards on 15 carries (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Tony Toledo rushed for 73 yards on 15 carries (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

“I thought our kids fought hard. We battled. We represented Burbank to the fullest. I’m proud of them,” Burbank coach Richard Broussard said. “We have a long season ahead of us. We have things that we need to clean up. We just didn’t make enough plays. We made some plays just not enough. We have some things to work on but we had heart tonight.”

Williams’ high school career was ended prematurely when he suffered the injury on the opening kickoff against Bell Gardens two weeks ago. He finished his sparkling two-year run as the area’s best running back with 2,612 yards which ranks him second all-time at BHS just 466 yards behind Ulises Ochoa.

Williams, who has committed to Washington State University, scored 40 career touchdowns slicing and dicing his way through defenses.

With Williams now a spectator on the sideline yelling and cheering his teammates on, the Bulldogs will have to collectively rely on each other to have a productive and positive season.

When asked if the shock of losing Williams had an effect on the game, Broussard vehemently said no.

Burbank gave Canyon all it could handle for most of the game (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Burbank gave Canyon all it could handle for most of the game (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

“Heck no. We were the most hyped we’ve ever been. Our guys were excited about this game,” he said. “I’m sure people were shocked how well we played against this team. We have some tough little scrappy kids from Burbank.”

The first half was well played as both teams exchanged touchdowns to enter halftime tied at 14 apiece.

Canyon (2-2) began the scoring with a 53-yard catch and run to the house on the third play of the game.

Burbank (2-1) tied it a seven when senior quarterback Ryan Meredith snuck in from one yard out with 3:12 left in the first quarter.

Early in the second period, the Bulldogs took advantage of a Canyon penalty on fourth down (illegal participation) and kept its drive going when Brandon Alba scored on a fly sweep from four yards. A 32-yard pass from Meredith to Dorian Houshoulder sparked the drive.

Burbank maintained a 14-7 lead until Canyon’s Myron McAfee burst through the Bulldogs defense en route to a 77 yard touchdown run that sent the teams into the locker room deadlocked at 14.

The Bulldogs went into a funk for the next quarter-and-a-half with penalties, poor tackling and an inept offense that allowed Canyon to take a commanding 35-14 lead with 6:29 left in the game.

Ryan Meredith scrambles as he looks for a receiver down field (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Ryan Meredith scrambles as he looks for a receiver down field (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Reality had set in that Williams was no longer on the field to make the big play. For the first time in the game, Bulldog players appeared lost and in need of a spark.

“We’re so used to making big plays that we were getting complacent because 21 (Williams) wasn’t out there to hit the home run,” Broussard said. “Ryan had to grind this thing out. We will take what they give us and move the ball.”

Meredith, who completed 18 of 27 for 174 yards, was his own worst enemy in the third quarter throwing an interception and multiple incompletions while visibly getting down on himself.

“Ryan is his own worst critic. He’s hard on himself,” Broussard said. “But he was slinging it on that last drive.”

And sling it he did completing seven of eight passes for 91 yards on Burbank’s final drive which culminated when Tony Toledo scored from a yard out to make it 35-21 with 2:31 remaining in the contest.

Toledo rushed for 73 yards on 15 carries. Houshoulder caught six passes for 101 yards. But there was no escaping the fact that Williams’ absence, now permanent, had an effect on the team emotionally and physically.

“We definitely wanted to go out and play hard for James because he’s my brother,” Houshoulder said. “I’ve been playing with him since freshman year. I love him to death. I want to show him that we can still ball out.”

“We have a lot to play for this season,” Toledo added. “James was our best player but we have to all step up now. We’re going to miss him but it’s up to us now to make it happen. We just have to play hard all game and we can do it.”

Burbank plays at Pasadena (1-2) next Friday in its Pacific League opener at 7 p.m.

Burbank Girls Volleyball Looks to Regain League Title

By Rick Assad
Special to MyBurbank

Kyle Roach isn’t about to rock the boat, especially after what the Burbank High girls’ volleyball team accomplished last season.

Under Sarah Brown, the Bulldogs placed second in the Pacific League behind Arcadia with an 11-3 record, finished 15-8 overall, and advanced to the second round of the CIF Southern Section Division 2-A playoffs.

“I admire what [Coach] Sarah has done,” said Roach, the first-year Burbank coach who inherits nine seniors. ”I’m going to try and build on what she’s already done, and add my own style.”

Roach said the Apaches are a slight favorite, but Burbank, Burroughs and Crescenta Valley aren’t too far behind.

Photo by Ross A. Benson

Photo by Ross A. Benson

“I think we have a real chance to win the league,” Roach said. ”We had a great summer. We won the Burbank [High] Summer League, the Van Nuys [High] Summer League, and tied for first with Valencia in the Pierce [Junior College] League.”

Burbank’s season begins at home versus Golden Valley on September 11, while league action commences at Muir on September 18.

“We do have our whole starting lineup back and they work really well together,” Roach said. ”They’re on the same page every play and they work as a team. We have a lot of senior leadership and many have playing experience.”

One of the leaders is senior setter Sara Treadway, a three-year varsity starter. Treadway, a tri-captain, is the school’s all-time leader in assists for a season with 600 and career with 925.

“Sara’s a great kid and a hard worker,” Roach said. ”She’s definitely one of our floor leaders.”

Senior middle blocker Allison Tiegs is Burbank’s tallest player at 5-foot-11, and will be asked to deliver this season.

“Allison led the team with 222 kills, which is a school record,” said Roach of Tiegs, who was also selected first-team all-league.

Senior libero Lily Winn will be counted upon heavily if the Bulldogs are to challenge for the league title.

“She’s a captain and set the school record with 317 digs,” Roach said. “Lily plays on the softball team and is very athletic. She needs to be on the court for us.”

Another captain, senior outside hitter Rose Cowart stands 5-foot-7, which isn’t especially tall, and is a three-year varsity player.

“Rose is under-sized for the position she plays, but is still effective,” Roach said. “She’s very athletic which also helps her.”

BHS volleyball2

Photo by Ross A. Benson

This will be senior outside hitter Denise Daniel’s third season on the varsity, and if everything falls into place, it could be her most productive.

“Denise has a high volleyball IQ, and she’s played club,” Roach said. ”She’s one of our main hitters and was third last year with 144 kills.”

In Burbank’s defensive scheme, senior middle blocker Nicole Mailhot is essential. “She’s our best blocker,” Roach said, ”and one of our hardest workers at the net. Her blocks start the defense.”

When it comes to knowing the nuances of volleyball, senior outside hitter Ashlyn Edwards is at the top of the list.

“She has a very high volleyball IQ and is one of the best all-around players on the team,” Roach said. ”You can put her in any position on the floor and she’s going to do well.”

Lauren Brenn is a senior opposite hitter and extremely versatile. “Lauren’s also one of the best all-around players,” Roach said. ”She’s adds energy and hustle during practice.”

Senior libero Lucia Estrada does the little things that draws attention from the opposing bench. “Lucia is one of the best diggers and main defenders we have,” Roach said, ”and she gets notice from the other coach. She’s a great kid and a hard worker.”

Junior outside hitter Cailey Stevenson isn’t tall, but is an explosive jumper. “Cailey can jump really high and works hard,” said Roach of Stevenson, a member of the softball team.

Hailey Heath is a sophomore opposite hitter who played soccer for the Bulldogs, and is expected to have an impact over many seasons.

“Hailey’s another fine athlete and she’s going to be one of the leaders over the next couple of years,” Roach said.

Sophomore middle blocker Nicole Winters lacks playing time, but the future appears bright. “Nicole is a quick learner and everything that I’ve seen from her has been impressive,” Roach said.

Freshman Melissa Daniel is a backup setter. “She plays club and is learning everything that she can,” Roach said.

Burbank won the Pacific League title in 2012. Will 2014 be another championship year for the Lady Bulldogs? Only time will tell but Roach would love to make his first year at the helm a special one.



Burbank Football Preview: Keeping an Eye on the Prize

Burbank worked hard in the off-season to prepare for a long run this year (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank worked hard in the off-season to prepare for a long run this year (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

By Dick Dornan
myBurbank Sports Editor

Excitement abounds from the Burbank High School campus as the Bulldogs kick-off their football season tonight at 7 p.m. at Ayala High School. Expectations are high for Burbank as they attempt to take one step farther in their quest to win the school’s first-ever CIF championship.

First on the agenda is winning a Pacific League title and then the pursuit of a CIF crown begins.

Richard Broussard begins his first year as head coach (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Richard Broussard begins his first year as head coach (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“Expectations are high. This is a group of kids who gives what it takes to win,” First-year coach Richard Broussard said. “I don’t have any lower expectations because I’ve been here. I’ve been around all these kids and have seen them come up as freshmen.

“They are excited about the season and winning a league title. They need to get through all the steps required because it won’t be easy. They’ve accepted the challenge so far. They are ready to go.”

The Bulldogs, ranked No. 5 in the preseason Southeast division coaches poll, return plenty of offensive talent from a squad that went 10-3 (a school-record for wins) and reached the CIF semifinals, the farthest a Bulldog team has ever gone.

Back for one last hurrah is one of the area’s best running backs in senior James Williams. The Washington State-commit has had an illustrious career having rushed for a school record 2,912 rushing yards on 297 carries- a whopping 9.81 yards per carry in his two high school seasons. He ran for 1,443 yards in 2012 and 1,469 in 2013.

Ulises Ochoa currently has the single-season school record with 1,504 yards set in 2009. Count on Williams to surpass those numbers and own the record for himself.

James Williams has cemented himself as one of the best players ever in Burbank history (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

James Williams has cemented himself as one of the best players ever in Burbank history (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Williams scored a single-season school record 22 rushing touchdowns last year and has hit pay dirt 39 times overall running the ball.

When taking into account all-purpose yardage, Williams set the single-season school record in 2013 with 2,307 yards. He has lit up the scoreboard 46 times in his two seasons.

Against Crescenta Valley last year, Williams ran wild for 278 yards, the most ever in a game in Burbank history.

Along with Williams, the Bulldogs feature talented quarterback Ryan Meredith. A two-year starter, Meredith has thrown for 2,955 yards, 33 touchdowns and only three interceptions. Last year, Meredith tossed for 2,320 yards (second best mark ever in BHS history) while throwing 29 touchdowns and being intercepted a mere two times.

Ryan Meredith looks to lead the Bulldogs to the promised land (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Ryan Meredith looks to lead the Bulldogs to the promised land (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“Ryan is a totally different kid. We saw potential his sophomore year. Last year he did real well. Then he did a lot of work in the offseason,” Broussard said. “He’s ready to lead this team. His growth is going to be key offensively. We are going to put a lot more on his shoulders. He’s going to take our offense to new heights. It will be fun to see.”

After the heart-breaking semifinal loss to La Serna, the eventual CIF champion of the Southeast division, Meredith went right back to work with his personal trainer just two days later. His physical growth and mental maturity has been very evident in summer workouts.

“The game has slowed down a lot. I grew a lot from reads to coverages to little things,” said Meredith. “Coach Bru (Broussard) has really helped me.”

The senior signal-caller is prepared to lead the Bulldogs to greater heights than the school has ever seen.

“We need the preseason games to see where we are at but I feel that we are a team that could make a really good run. I like our chances,” Meredith said.

Other key offensive players include senior tailback Tony Toledo (584 yards, seven touchdowns in 2013), wide receiver Dorian Housholder (372 yards, three touchdowns) and senior left tackle Jordan Meza.

Burbank's defense will be the key to the season (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank’s defense will be the key to the season (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

If the Bulldogs are to win a league title or even capture the ultimate prize, the defense will be the difference. They are as green as the turf they practice on but as talented as anybody else in the league. Leading the defensive charge will be senior defensive end Kyle Alvarez.

“His growth is going to be huge because of how young our defense is. We are replacing seven or eight starters,” said Broussard. “We have some experience up front but everyone else is real green. He’s going to be important. He understands our system.”

Alvarez had a team-high 63 tackles a year ago. Despite the inexperience of the team’s linebackers and secondary, Alvarez likes what he sees.

“I feel the hunger every day at practice. I can see it in our eyes. We really want it,” he said. “Hopefully we can go to big places. People shouldn’t underestimate us.”

Sophomore Andy Reyes (51 tackles, 6 1/2 sacks as a freshman) returns with tons of untapped potential at linebacker. Other contributors will be senior cornerback Nick Cantong, senior safety Chris Wong and senior defensive end Alex Gonzalez.

The Bulldogs’ junior varsity team went 10-0 last season and the freshman followed suit also going 10-0 averaging 50 points a game including posting seven shutouts. Along with Reyes, sophomores Jake Kelley, Danny Porras and Forrest Fajardo represent the future for the program.

Burbank begins the season on the road for its first four games. The Bulldogs will finally return home to Memorial Stadium on October 3 in their second Pacific League game against Crescenta Valley at 7 p.m.

“They haven’t been afraid to work. I challenged them to be hungry and stay humble and grind every day. They respond well to challenges,” Broussard said. “They want to win a championship. They had some teams beat them last year that really get under their skin. They don’t like that. They feel like they deserve to win.”

Time for the season to get started and for the Bulldogs to get out and E.A.T.T.


Burroughs Wins the 2013-14 “myBurbank CUP” Trophy

(L to R) Burroughs Athletic Director Jose Valle, Athletic Director Marty Garrison, Assistant Principal of Athletics Matt Chambers and Principal John Paramo hold up the coveted myBurbank CUP trophy  as champions of 2013-14 (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(L to R) Burroughs Athletic Director Jose Valle, Athletic Director Marty Garrison, Assistant Principal of Athletics Matt Chambers and Principal John Paramo hold up the coveted myBurbank CUP trophy as champions of 2013-14 (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

By Dick Dornan
myBurbank Sports Editor

Drum roll please….

Without further ado, it’s time to officially present the winner of the “myBurbank CUP” trophy presented by Trophy King and Gifts to John Burroughs High School.

By virtue of its 79-56 victory over Burbank High for the 2014-14 athletic calendar year, the Indians have won the inaugural “myBurbank CUP.”

“It is an honor for our school to win the ‘myBurbank CUP’ because it is the first time that our community has a competition that takes into account all team sports,” said Matt Chambers, Burroughs Assistant Principal of Athletics. “This trophy is not about an individual’s performance, but rather the efforts and success of all programs.”

Burroughs Principal John Paramo sits alongside the school's newest prize (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs Principal John Paramo sits alongside the school’s newest prize (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

For the very first time in the school’s athletic histories, a challenge was presented to each school’s athletic departments to compete and earn enough points to claim the newest trophy in town.

This coveted and stunning trophy will be annually recognized for “the spirit of cross-town competition and the pursuit of athletic excellence.”

The “myBurbank CUP” presented by Trophy King and Gifts will be presented in August of each year to the athletic department of either Burbank or Burroughs High School. The trophy will remain at the winning school to showcase to its community until the winner is decided the following year and so forth.

The winner between Burbank and Burroughs was determined by the accumulation of points based on head-to-head varsity competition and athletic achievement (league titles, playoff success, bonus points for season sweeps against each other) during the school year. This pertains only to team competition and not individual achievement.

During fall competition, Burbank ran out to an early and huge 35-12 lead by taking the head-to-head battles (13-7) and conquering in athletic excellence (22-5).

Burroughs vs. Burbank

Burroughs vs. Burbank

Burroughs responded with a strong winter by dominating Burbank, 26-6. This included a 7-3 advantage in head-to-head matchups and a 19-3 victory in athletic excellence.

The spring sports season arrived with Burbank holding a narrow 41-38 lead in the race for the “myBurbank CUP.” An anticipated close duel turned out to be a mere afterthought as JBHS poured it on with a decisive 18-4 win in head-to-head competition and a 23-11 advantage in athletic excellence as BHS struggled down the stretch.

Burroughs took the spring by a total of 41-15 which resulted in a surprisingly easy 79-56 win in cumulative points to take ownership of the first annual “myBurbank CUP.”

myBurbank Sports Editor Dick Dornan (rt) presents the trophy to Burroughs Principal John Paramo (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

myBurbank Sports Editor Dick Dornan (rt) presents the trophy to Burroughs Principal John Paramo (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“Any success that was earned during the 2013-14 athletic year can be attributed to the commitment of our players, dedication of our coaches, and support from our parents,” said Oscar Macias, Assistant Principal of Instruction at Burroughs and loyal supporter at many Indian sporting events.

Last week myBurbank Sports Editor Dick Dornan presented the “myBurbank CUP” trophy to Burroughs Principal John Paramo and the athletic administration (Matt Chambers, Athletic Directors Marty Garrison and Jose Valle).

Home Sweet Home for JBHS (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Home Sweet Home for JBHS (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

We would like to thank Burbank’s own Trophy King and Gifts located at 1509 W. Magnolia Blvd. They helped create and design this incredible trophy that will be kept each year at the winning high school. Please visit at http://burbanktrophies.com or call at (818) 848-3566.

The trophy features a base where each year Trophy King and Gifts will inscribe the winner of that year’s competition in either blue for Burbank or red for Burroughs.

On top of the base are beautiful acrylic pieces that feature the logos of both Burbank and Burroughs High School.

The top of the trophy features a magnificent silver cup that will stand out in the trophy case for the winning high school each year.

Wear your red or blue with school pride. Each athletic event now carries more meaning in the city than ever before. With that being said, best of luck to both schools this year as the battle for the “myBurbank CUP” resumes.

Here are the 2013-14 results sport by sport; contest by contest; season by season-

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Burbank Students Attend Grammy Camp

Three Burbank high school students, who are also members of the same jazz trio, recently attended the selective Grammy Camp summer program to further their intensive music study.

Drummer and percussionist Kobi Abcede, a senior at Burroughs High School, attended the Grammy Camp in Minneapolis earlier in July. Band members Josh Turner and Evan Mehta attended the Los Angeles Grammy Camp session later in July.

(left to right) Evan Mehta, Kobi Abecede and Josh Turner have formed a high school jazz trio. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

(left to right) Evan Mehta, Kobi Abcede and Josh Turner have formed a high school jazz trio. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

“Grammy Camp was special from the other camps because it was the closest thing I ever felt to being a professional musician,” Abcede commented. “We got to work with other people, not just musicians, and we all collaborated to make something special.”

Bassist Turner, a junior at Burroughs, met Abcede, then a ninth-grader, when Turner was an eighth-grader in middle school jazz band. They joined forces with keyboardist and pianist Mehta, a junior at Burbank High School, after connecting with him at a Burbank-Burroughs combined jazz performance earlier this year.

(Photo By Lisa Paredes)

(Photo By Lisa Paredes)

“Grammy Camp was an incredible experience yet again, it is incredible to be with other musicians and songwriters of a high caliber,” said Mehta, who attended the Los Angeles program for the second year in a row. “To play with world-class musicians and to be able to gain attention from people like the president of Capitol Records, the founder or Earth Wind and Fire, Justin Timberlake’s producer and major artists from around the planet every day is a priceless opportunity.”

In its tenth year, Grammy Camp holds one-week intensive workshops and sessions with music industry veterans and seasoned professional musicians in Minneapolis, Nashville, New York City and Los Angeles. The culmination of each week is the Launch Party, at which program participants jam onstage.

Students at Grammy Camp celebrate the program's culmination with a 'Launch Party.' ( Photo courtesy of The Recording Academy®/WireImage, photo by Mark Sullivan © 2014)

Students at Grammy Camp celebrate the program’s culmination with a ‘Launch Party.’ ( Photo courtesy of The Recording Academy®/WireImage, photo by Mark Sullivan © 2014)

Held at the El Rey Theatre, this year’s Launch Party for the L.A. program brought together the session’s 75 students who performed original material. Hosted by actress and singer Nikki Reed, the event was attended by Atom Factory’s Troy Carter, singer/songwriter Caitlyn Crosby and Roar Management’s Will Ward.

“I feel that my preparation and ability to seize opportunity allowed me to be selected out of thousands of applicants,” Mehta continued. “My advice to other young musicians would be to employ the same preparation and be ready to grind in order to become a full-fledged professional. It is NOT good enough to be just a great pianist, singer or dancer. You need to be able to do it all.”

Turner plays electric and upright bass and basically is self-taught. After joining middle school band in sixth grade, he continues to explore his love of music, playing in the Burroughs high school band and jamming with other local musicians like Abcede and Mehta.

“I am really influenced by Early funk like, Parliament Funkadelic, Brothers Johnson, Kool and the Gang, KC and the Sunshine Band and Chic,” he said. “I am also influenced by Ray Brown, Paul Chambers, and Jaco Pastorius.”

Josh Turner, Kobi Abcede and Evan Mehta run through a jazz standard. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Josh Turner, Kobi Abcede and Evan Mehta run through a jazz standard. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Mehta took formal piano lessons until age 12. Since that time, he says he’s been self-taught from books and recordings. He also plays in the Burbank High School band program.

“I ran a jazz trio my sophomore year that played at reputable clubs in LA, most notably Vitellos, Vibratos and LA Live,” Mehta continued. “Now, I am in the process of creating a fusion band with some college musicians, writing for film, producing and writing R&B/Hip Hop tracks, learning how to mix and master tracks and forming business connections with older industry professionals.”

“We play mostly Latin and straight-ahead jazz standards that I have rearranged or re-harmonized,” Mehta said about the as-yet-unnamed Burbank high school trio. “We also play fusion, neo-soul and funk. None of my groups work with a teacher, they are self-led; however we have been approached by very reputable mentors such as Gordon Goodwin, Russell Ferrante, Ron Jones, Pat Senatore and others.”

At a recent rehearsal in Burbank, the trio sounded well put-together, running through recognizable jazz standards. The group intends to play at local school functions and around the L.A. area in the coming year.

BUSD Offers Free Summer School Options For Burbank Students To Get Ahead

Burbank high school students have a lot of options to get ahead on required school courses this summer. Burbank Unified is testing out a pilot summer program for initial credit classes run by Options For Youth (OFY) charter school at the Burbank High School campus from July 1 through August 7.

The OFY Summer Program is free to Burbank Unified students. The charter school uses Average Daily Attendance funds to pay the teachers, staff and fees and provide textbooks and supplies.

BUSD teachers, curriculum and textbooks are all employed for the OFY Summer Program.

TOSA Kenneth Knoop check a student's homework during class at Options For Youth's Summer Program at Burbank High.  (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

TOSA Kenneth Knoop checks a student’s work during class at Options For Youth’s Summer Program at Burbank High. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

“Our most popular class is Health/Careers,” commented Kenneth Knoop, Teacher On Special Assignment (TOSA) overseeing the summer program at BHS. “We have four classes of Health students and most are eighth graders going into ninth grade.”

The Options For Youth at BHS program also offers a Physical Education class. The free summer school has approximately 150 students enrolled in five classes.

“Most of the kids attending summer classes here are really motivated and are trying to get ahead and get those required classes out of the way,” Knoop added. “They’re really great kids… the super motivated kids who are willing to spend part of their summer in school.”

Burbank High School teacher Marcus Turner with students in Options For Youth's Summer Program at BHS.  (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Burbank High School Health teacher Marcus Turner with students in Options For Youth’s Summer Program at BHS. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

“The majority of the students in this summer program are in performing arts, like band or choir, and need to take a double block of classes during the school year to participate in some of those programs,” explained Emilio Urioste, Director II of Secondary Education.

Knoop, in addition to being a Phys Ed teacher at Jordan, also subs for administrators on leave in the district and is Assistant Football Coach at John Burroughs High School. As TOSA, he is acting as supervisor of the summer program, and right now, he is also the substitute teacher and the nurse.

“This is the first year run for this program and we are still working the kinks out, but it’s going very well,” he added.

Knoop acknowledged BHS Principal Michael Bertram and the school’s administrative staff are on site, along with custodial and cafeteria support.

“They’ve all been really great and very helpful,” he said.

Burroughs High School Health teacher Amy Lucas works with students at the Options For Youth Summer Program at Burbank High School. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Burroughs High School Health teacher Amy Lucas works with students at the Options For Youth Summer Program at Burbank High School. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

During the summer hours, students in the Phys Ed class exercise outside in the early hours of school, which begins at 7:40 a.m. For the rest of the day, until 1:00 p.m., the students complete in class writing assignments. Teachers take a few breaks, including one for lunch.

The students in the Health/Careers classes cover all the material studied during the school year in six weeks. One day of summer school is equivalent to one week of classes during the school year. Summer school runs four days per week. Absences are frowned upon and missing more than two days out of the summer session may result in being dropped from the program.

Grades for completed summer classes are transferred directly to the student’s transcript.

“Our offering of these programs through Options For Youth is in line with our superintendent’s emphasis on the need to be flexible and provide options for today’s students and their families,” Urioste added. “This vision of greater options and flexibility is what Dr. Jan Britz holds up for the administrators and reminds us to pursue.”

Teacher Marcus Turner's students think about Health/Careers.  (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Teacher Marcus Turner’s students think about Health/Careers. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

An online summer program via OFY is also available to BUSD high school students for both initial credit and credit recovery, with a referral by their counselor. The online program includes classes in social studies and English, among others, and students are required to attend the Options For Youth campus on Burbank Boulevard two hours per week, completing the rest of the class work online at home.

Burbank students may also take classes via Woodbury University’s Initial Credit Summer Program. Because of an agreement set up between Woodbury and BUSD Board of Education, courses taken at the Woodbury program can transfer directly to a student’s record.

The Options For Youth Summer Program seems poised for growth and may add additional classes and subjects next year.