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Fall Sports Teams Learn Playoff Division Placements

The Fall Sports season was a strong one last year as Burroughs High’s boys’ water polo team won the CIF Southern Section Division 5 title and Burbank High’s football team advanced to the Division 8 championship game.

Both will find a tougher road in 2017 as they have been moved up after the CIF Southern Section released its Fall playoff groupings Thursday.

In football, Burbank has jumped up one division and will be one of 23 teams competing for a playoff spot in Division 7.  Yorba Linda, which defeated the Bulldogs 31-21 for the Division 8 title last year also moved up to Division 7.

Burbank High’s Darnell Williams hopes to lead his team far into the CIF Southern Section Division 7 playoffs in 2017. ( Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Burroughs, which missed the playoffs a year ago, was the lowest-ranked football team to be placed in Division 8. The Indians will be one of 25 schools competing for one of the 16 playoff spots in the division.

In water polo, Burroughs will be one of 36 teams that will fill a 32-team bracket for the CIF Division 3 title. Burroughs won the Division 5 title last year and is expected to return much of its team.

Burbank High, which did not make the playoffs last year, will play in Division 6 should it make the playoffs.

Burroughs girls’ volleyball team, which is led by 6-foot-4 senior Marin Grote, was placed in Division 3. Burbank High will play in Division 4.

In girls tennis, Burbank High was one of 42 schools placed in Division 2. Burroughs was placed in Division 3.

Burroughs Girls’ Volleyball Outlasts Burbank

Everyone hopes to play their best at the end of the season and the Burroughs and Burbank High girls’ volleyball teams certainly gave a good indication that they did just that Tuesday night, in the regular season finale for both teams.

In the end, Burroughs won 25-14, 22-25, 25-16, 25-22 over the host Bulldogs. It certainly wasn’t an easily won match.

“We had to work for it,” Burroughs coach Edwin Real said. “We got some key digs in those last five points. They (Burbank) hit the ball pretty hard. Everyone chipped in at the end.”

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Real said his team, which received 21 kills from 6-foot-5 junior Marin Grote, liked what he saw.

“I think we’re better than we were the first time,” Real said in regards to playing Burbank. “Our team is getting better. We played in a tournament this past weekend and we lost four or five matches.  Before we came in I told the girls we lost a bunch of matches, but we’re much better. We played some good teams and the games were all competitive.”

Burbank coach Karl Rojo was optimistic.

“I had a pretty good feeling going into this match,” Rojo said. “We played real well against CV, even though we lost. We told them to use that momentum to get into the full swing today and they did for the most part. They played with heart.  It was minor mistakes that killed us.  We couldn’t hang in there at the end.”

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs (20-9 overall, 12-2 in league) won the first game without too much difficulty. Burbank kept it close at 10-8 following a kill by Melissa Daniel. But Grote had back-to-back kills to make it 12-8. Burroughs closed out the first game on a kill by Julianna Cottrell.

Burbank (16-10-3, 7-7 in league), got some help from Elizabeth Kuryan, who served up two aces to break a tie at 22. Daniel then closed it out with a kill.

Grote helped Burroughs distance itself from Burbank in the third game. Julianna Van Loo also came up big late in the fourth game for Burroughs.

Burbank jumped out to a lead in the fourth game thanks to solid play from Hailey Heath and Daniel. A kill by Daniel made it 20-17 in favor of the Bulldogs.

But Burroughs rallied. Caleigh Paster had a big block at the net and Cesera Suarez served a pair of aces.

Daniel fought back to with a pair of kills of her own to keep Burbank close. But Burroughs had too much in the end.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“I think the match was intense,” said Daniel. “Both teams played really well. We had our heart in it. It just came down to the small errors and unfortunately it was at the end of the sets and we couldn’t close out the sets. “

Both teams will learn their fate on Friday when the CIF Southern Section releases pairings for the playoffs.

 

 

Burroughs, Burbank Girls’ Volleyball Looking Strong

It isn’t every year that a team has an experienced group returning. But that is the case for the Burroughs and Burbank High girls’ volleyball teams. Both figure to contend for the Pacific League title.

Burroughs

Veteran coach Edwin Real returns for his 13th season as head coach after many seasons of being an assistant to legendary coach Linda Murphy.

The Indians return five starters from a team that went 23-8 overall and 14-0 in league. It was the Indians’ third league title under Real.

“Our team goal for this season is to defend the Pacific League Championship,” Real said. “Everyone in the league continues to get stronger and makes for a need to play at a higher level each time you have a league match.  This season we will open with Arcadia, which we feel will be another contender for the league championship.  Our sights are set on that first league challenge.”

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The team is led by 6-foot-5 junior outside hitter Marin Grote, who was a Pacific League co-Player of the Year last year with teammate Danielle Ryan, who has graduated.

“Marin is not only tall, but is also athletic.  When our team has good ball control, she can dominate the court.  Since she brings a lot of attention with her size and play, our other hitters will be effective on the offensive end as well.”

Grote, who has committed to the University of Washington, has talent around her.

Senior middle blocker Caleigh Paster (6-0) is one of five returning starters. Also back is junior outside Julianna Cottrell (5-11), senior opposite Sophia Rizzotti (5-9) and junior setter Lauren Zedlar (5-7).

Also returning to varsity is senior libero Cesera Suarez (5-8) and junior setter Mia Staub (5-7).

Burroughs has seven new varsity players.

One of them is 6-0 sophomore outside hitter Juliana Van Loo. Sophomore setter Shea McGovern (5-10) and freshman setter Ali Perez (5-5) have shown promise. Junior Lizzy Jessen (5-6) is a defensive specialist. Junior Sabrina Sullivan (5-6) is a libero. Junior Ricky Patenaude (5-9) is an opposite and senior Hailey Wantland (5-9) is an outside hitter.

Real said his team has goals that go beyond success in league play.

“We also have an expectation to make, and do well in the playoffs.  We have challenged ourselves to be the team that makes it past the quarterfinals, a goal that hasn’t been accomplished by a girls volleyball team at Burroughs,” Real said.

Burbank

The Bulldogs went 15-14 overall and 8-6 in Pacific League play last season.

Eleven players return from that team, including three players that earned all-league honors.

Junior Melissa Daniel, who was a first-team all-league setter last season is back. Coach Karl Rojo said she may see time in a number of roles.

Also returning is senior second-team all-league libero Carly Palmisano (5-5).

Senior Hailey Heath (5-9) earned honorable mention all-league honors a year ago.

Burbank also has back senior middle blocker Nicole Winters (5-9), who is in her third year on varsity.

Senior outside hitter Colette Reynolds (5-8) is back as is senior opposite Rachel Wiley (5-8).

Senior setter Hannah Porter (5-5), senior libero Allison Leonen (5-4), junior libero Allie Benson (5-6) and junior middle blockers Bene Snyder (5-9) and Erin Lashkari (5-7) also return.

Up from the lower levels are junior middle blocker Arpi Garibyan (5-9), junior opposite Suzy Torosyan (5-5) and junior opposite Elizabeth Kvryan (5-5).

Freshman Ashley Eskander (5-5) is a setter and her presence could allow Daniel to fill other roles for Burbank.

“We’re trying to get a good unit,” Rojo said. “We’re not focused on wins or losses. We want to improve as we progress into the season.”

Rojo said he expects all matched will be tough.

“It’s going to be a really tight league this year,” he said. “You don’t know until we start.”

 

 

 

 

Burbank, Burroughs Settle for Tie in Summer Girls’ Volleyball

There were plenty of mistakes and plenty of surprises on both sides when Burbank and Burroughs collided Monday in Burbank High Summer League play.

Burroughs won the first game 25-23 and Burbank came back to even things with a 25-21 win in the second and final game.

“The kids are working hard,” Burroughs coach Edwin Real said. “We’re trying to make improvements and trying different combinations. That’s what summer is for. We’ve moving some kids around. Some kids come back from their club and play different positions. It’s nice to see what is going to work best for the fall.”

Burroughs played the match without 6-foot-4 junior middle blocker Marin Grote, who has already committed to the University of Washington. Grote was the Pacific League co-Player of the Year last season.

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Burbank was also missing a key player.  Junior setter Melissa Daniel, a first-team all-league pick last season, was focusing on an academic commitment.

Real was glad to see how his team performed without its star player.

“This is perfect for us. This makes our team stronger,” he said. “ I think we let our emotions try to take over.  This is what summer is for. You make mistakes, you make corrections in practice and you get better.”

Burbank coach Karl Rojo was also impressed with what he saw.

“It was a good battle on both sides. That was one of the most exciting games we’ve watched so far this summer,” Rojo said. “There’s still a lot of things we need to improve on. But there was a good effort on both sides. It’s an early crosstown rival match. That is always exciting to see. Preseason matches are hard to tell. They don’t determine the whole season.”

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Burroughs actually trailed 18-10 in the first game. Burbank led 23-21 before the Indians stormed back to win 25-23.

The second game was close most of the way. Both teams were tied at 20, before Burbank closed things thanks to a serving ace and a few Burroughs mistakes.

Burroughs Volleyball Survives Scare From Burbank

 

Burroughs High had already won the Pacific League boys’ volleyball title outright and appeared to be in total command against host Burbank High Thursday evening.

Just when it looked like the Indians were going to make quick work of the Bulldogs, Burbank fought back and forced Burroughs to five games.

In the end the Indians, ranked No. 3 in the CIF Southern Section Division II poll, prevailed 25-19, 25-17, 24-26, 24-26, 15-10.

“The goal is to reach the peak and there is still work to be done,” Burroughs coach Joel Brinton said. “We need to address our consistency.”

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Burbank coach Patrick McMenamin was happy with his team, but knows the Bulldogs, who are 16-8 overall and 8-3 in league, also have to improve.

“To be down 0-2 to a team like Burroughs and come back is very encouraging for my boys and our program,” McMenamin said. “We’re coming along. We’re getting better every year. Tonight was an indication of that.”

Burroughs (21-3, 11-0) finished things off in the final game with a kill from Andrew Dalmada, who had 14 kills in the match.
Dalmada came out of the match at times as he said he is nursing tendinitis in his left and tweaked a nerve is his left shoulder.

“I’m going to fight through it,” he said. “I think with the adrenaline running, I just try not to think about it.”

After Burroughs breezed through the first two games, Burbank came back in the third and took the lead at 25-24 following an ace from Patrick Lance that came partially because of a miscommunication by Burroughs defensively.

Burroughs hit the ball into the net on the following play to give Burbank the game.

A kill from Lance in the fourth game gave Burbank a 25-24 lead. Burbank forced a fifth game thanks to a Burroughs defensive error.

Lance had 20 kills to lead Burbank. Andrew Hank had seven kills. Jonathan Tapan had 42 assists.

For Burroughs , Cameron Capili had 19 kills. Bailey Carter had six blocks and Ryan Van Loo had 46 assists.

Burroughs Volleyball Sticks Together in Beating Burbank

It isn’t a secret that emotions run high any time Burbank and Burroughs square off in any contest.

The key is trying to limit that factor.

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(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The Burroughs High boys’ volleyball team, ranked No. 3 in the CIF Southern Section Division 2 poll, was better at doing that Friday night.

The host Indians defeated the Bulldogs 25-20, 25-15, 25-20 in a battle of unbeaten teams in the Pacific League.

“We try to downplay Burbank-Burroughs and treat it as another game.  It’s kind of hard for teenagers to do that, but I thought our guys did a pretty good job of that,” Burroughs coach Joel Brinton said. “A couple of times our errors got a little high because we were trying to do a little too much because it is Burbank-Burroughs.  But other than that, I thought we played really well. Our passing was great and allowed Ryan (Van Loo) to set wherever he wanted.”

Van Loo, who has signed with 2015 NCAA Division I runner-up Lewis University, finished with 34 assists.

“The town comes together, but for us it’s just another game,” Van Loo said. “We try to make it a championship game every day and I think it prevails. We have that same mindset that we play hard, which is good.”

Burroughs (12-1 overall, 5-0 in league), jumped out early in the first game to an 11-4 lead before Burbank attempted to halt that run by calling a timeout.

JBHS vs BHS Boys Volleyball 4-1-16

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Andrew Dalmada, who finished with a match-high 14 kills, and Bailey Carter, who had five kills and six blocks, did much of the damage.

Burbank (12-6, 4-1) fought back to get as close as 17-12, before the Indians closed out the first game.

“Burroughs is very strong this year, so the margin for error is smaller when you face them,” Burbank coach Patrick McMenamin said. “I thought we did a good job of stretching some points, but it wasn’t quite enough to take a set. “

Burroughs scored the first four points of the second game and was never threatened.

Burbank held a lead at 4-3 in the third game, before the Indians bounced back.

The Bulldogs made it 10-9 following a kill from Aram Krakirian.

But Burroughs met that challenge on the very next play with a kill from Connor Ludlum.

JBHS vs BHS Boys Volleyball 4-1-16

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“They did a better job of staying in system than we did and it’s tough to respond when the other team is in system more,” McMenamin said. “We had to play better transition. At times we did and it brought us some points, but again it was too little too late.”

Burroughs received 7 kills from Cameron Capili. Burbank got five kills each from Brandon Alba, Zack Cranmer and Patrick Lance. Setter Jonathan Tapan had 20 assists.

 

Burbank Volleyball Looks to Build Upon Foundation

Burbank Volleyball 2013 (Photos by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Volleyball 2013 (Photos by Ross A. Benson)

 

By Jim Riggio
Special to BurbankNBeyond

Burbank High has had a boys’ volleyball program in the past.

Coach Patrick McMenamin

Coach Patrick McMenamin

In the late 1990s the Bulldogs were coached by Randy Stage. Then in 2008 girls’ coach Sarah Brown started a team only to see it cut after just one season.

The Bulldogs are back in business again and will field a varsity team for a second consecutive year under Coach Patrick McMenamin. Last season the Bulldogs went 8-15 overall and 4-8 in the Pacific League.

McMenamin has plans to keep this program around for good. He started with junior varsity and freshman-sophomore teams in 2011 before jumping up to the varsity level a year ago.

“Seventy-one students tried out this year, so I am pleased with the growing popularity of the sport since we started,” McMenamin said. “But now it’s time to improve the quality of our play.”

Ryan Garcia

Ryan Garcia

The Bulldogs coach says crosstown rival Burroughs and Claremont High, the latter of which is not part of the traditional Pacific League, are the favorites to win the league title.

“They are both loaded again this year, and they have good coaching,” McMenamin said. “We will be competing with the other schools for the remaining two playoff spots, and our players feel that it’s attainable this year.”

The Pacific League will have seven teams, along with Crescenta Valley, Arcadia, Hoover and Glendale. The league has been moved up from Division III in the CIF Southern Section playoffs to Division II.

Burbank will have to replace setter Armen Sargsyan, who earned honorable mention all-league last season and is now playing at Pierce College.

Filling in for Sargsyan will be seniors Jason Gomez and Ryan Garcia. Ten of the 13 players on the varsity team are seniors. There is no substitution for experience. Burbank will rely on the vast amount of seniors to carry them this season.

Josh Wright

Josh Wright

Senior Derian Blandon and junior Justin Saisirikul will be counted on in the outside hitter positions.

In the middle blocker roles, Burbank will be looking to seniors Josh Wright, Paolo Fabregar and Elijah Cowart to control the tempo of the game at the net.

Senior John You figures to fill the opposite hitter role.

“We held a thorough offseason filled with workouts, practices, tournaments, and leagues, so hopefully that pays off with more success for the players,” McMenamin said.

Filing out the Bulldogs’ 13-player roster are senior liberos Jack Dagher and Mario Hernandez, senior outside hitter Victor Mendoza, junior middle blocker Tyler Ryan and junior six-foot-two opposite hitter Joseph Servin.

The Bulldogs work on receiving at a recent practice (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Bulldogs work on receiving at a recent practice (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

McMenamin set the foundation of the BHS program a year ago. Now he will patiently build upon his core values and philosophies in an effort to establish a permanent home for Burbank boys’ volleyball.

In a sport that is vastly growing day by day in the high school ranks, McMenamin is creating a culture at BHS that is quickly attracting student-athletes. As the adage goes, patience is a virtue. The stability and future of the program appears to be bright and in very good hands.

The Bulldogs host Arcadia this Tuesday and rival Burroughs on March 14. Both matches are scheduled for 3:30 p.m. at Burbank High.