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High School Sports Weekly Recap

By Dick Dornan
MyBurbank Sports Editor


Burbank 8 Burroughs 6 (see story)

Burroughs 10 Hoover 0

Aiden Anding went 3 for 3 with two RBI’s. Four Indian pitchers combine for eight strikeouts allowing only one hit in five innings.  Burroughs improves to 6-0 in league and remains in first place.

Burbank 11 Muir 0

Camden Palmisano hit a 2-run home run going 1 for 3 with three RBI’s. Ricky Perez went 2 for 2 with a double and a triple and drove in two runs. Four Bulldog pitchers combined on a three-hitter. Burbank improves to 5-1 in league and stays in second place.

Burroughs (12-7) at Burbank (9-7); Friday at 7 p.m.


Burbank 3 Burroughs 0 (see story)

Burbank 13 Muir 0

Caitlyn Brooks and Ashley Russo threw a combined no-hitter striking out 13 batters and walking only two. Brooks went 2 for 2 with two runs scored and three RBI’s while Katie Hooper went 3 for 3 with three runs scored and three RBI’s. Brooks had a home run and Hooper smacked two home runs. Burbank improves to 6-0 in league.

Burroughs 12 Hoover 1

Brice Edrington returned to the mound and threw four innings allowing five hits, one run and striking out seven. Michelle Santiago and Cheyenne Steward banged out home runs. Burroughs improves to 5-1 in league.

Boys Volleyball:

Burroughs 3 Burbank 0 (25-15, 25-13, 25-11) see story

Burroughs 3 Arcadia 0 (25-15, 25-11, 25-19)

Burbank 3 Hoover 1 (21-25, 26-24, 25-16, 25-22)

Stat Leaders- Joseph Servin: 9 kills; John You: 8 kills; Justin Saisirikul: 6 kills; Elijah Cowart: 6 kills and 13 digs; Ryan Garcia: 18 assists; Jason Gomez: 16 assists


Burbank 91 Burroughs 45 (Boys) see story

Burbank 94 Burroughs 42 (Girls) see story


Burroughs 12 Crescenta Valley 6


Crescenta Valley 125 Burbank 34 (boys)

Crescenta Valley 136 Burbank 33 (girls)


Burroughs 211 Pasadena 279

John Burroughs High School
Date: 4/16 Location: Altadena Par 36
Varsity Match
JBHS Player Name Score Pasadena Player Name Score
1 Sean White 41 1 Evan Davis 40
2 Daniel Kesicbasian 41 2 James 49
3 Dylan McNeely 39 3 Sebastian 79
4 Tnick Trivimol 47 4 Cory 62
5 Patrick Colbert 43 5 Isaiah 49
6 Konner Fairman 51 6
Team Total 211 Team Total 279
Low Medalist:
Dylan McNeely 39
d signifies dropped score


Perez Powers Burbank by Burroughs, 8-6

Ricky Perez, #20, jogs home after his three-run home run (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Ricky Perez, #20, jogs home after his three-run home run (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

By Dick Dornan
MyBurbank Sports Editor

Ricky Perez couldn’t have scripted it any better. Playing against his former school and many of his closest friends, Perez put on quite a show. All he did was hit two home runs, knock in four RBI’s and record a save in Burbank’s 8-6 victory against Burroughs that moved the Bulldogs into a first place tie atop the Pacific League standings with the Indians.

Ricky Perez celebrates with Hector Rodriguez in Burbank's 8-6 win (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Ricky Perez celebrates with Hector Rodriguez in Burbank’s 8-6 win (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“This is everything. That’s what I’ve been waiting for this whole season. I know we can win a league championship and that’s the team we needed to get past,” said Perez, who transferred from Burroughs to Burbank after his freshman year. “We know we have the tools, we know we have the ability. We just need to put it all together.”

Things looked bleak for Burbank at the beginning as Burroughs struck for four runs off Bulldogs ace Angel Villagran in the top of the first inning culminated by a three-run home run from Akira Abderrahman.

“You can’t script that first inning any better,” Burroughs coach Kiel Holmes said after the game.

Daniel Barraza battled all night with a strong effort (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Daniel Barraza battled all night with a strong effort (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

But in true Burbank fashion, the Bulldogs rallied as they had done previously against Pasadena (trailed 7-0) and Arcadia (trailed 2-0 late in the game). Facing Burroughs southpaw Daniel Barraza, Burbank sent 10 batters to the plate in the bottom of the second inning to roar back.

Harrison Hernandez connected on a solo home run and two batters later Perez deposited his first blast. After back to back errors by the Indians, Chris Okimoto doubled driving in a pair of runs to tie the game. John White singled in Okimoto and the momentum quickly shifted across the diamond as BHS took a 5-4 lead.

“Resiliency will get you a long way in life let alone baseball. It’s a tribute to their character to stick with it,” Burbank coach Bob Hart said about the 4-0 deficit his team faced. “Lot of people pucker up and quit in that situation and our guys took it as a challenge. They refused to lose.”

Burroughs (12-8, 6-1) threatened in the top half of the fourth inning. Brian Pozos and Luis Pereyra singled and advanced to second and third after a ground-out and stolen base. With one out, Bulldogs’ third baseman John White made two strong back to back defensive plays to thwart any potential Indians score. Hard hit balls by Brandon Ortega and Aiden Anding were stopped routinely by the smooth third baseman.

“Before the pitch I thought in my head, ‘alright the ball is coming to me and this is what I am doing.’ Once the ball was hit I kind of blank out and remember that last thought and go about doing it,” said White, one of 15 seniors on the team who celebrated Senior Night prior to the game. “It was a great game. I’m glad both my grandmas were here to spend senior night with me. It was really special and my team came through.”

“That was huge. John (White) made a great play against Aiden (Anding). He barely had time to react. That was a phenomenal job by him playing defense,” Holmes said. “It kept us off the board. That would have given us two more runs to take the lead.”

A Burroughs player dives back safely as first baseman Harrison Hernandez prepares to catch the ball (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

A Burroughs player dives back safely as first baseman Harrison Hernandez prepares to catch the ball (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank (10-7, 6-1) maintained its one-run lead heading into the bottom of the fifth inning when Perez struck again. After an error and a walk that put runners on first and second, Perez drove a 1-0 fastball from Miles Haddad over the centerfield fence for a three-run home run and an 8-4 Bulldogs lead.

“I felt like I needed to help my team out. I’ve been struggling lately and I needed to help my team win,” Perez said humbly.

Perez was the only player on the field to get two hits all night. Both were home runs.

“Ricky is the best ballplayer probably in the entire league in my opinion,” Hart said. “He’s been struggling but it doesn’t take much in this game to turn it around. That might have been his impetus right there.”

The Indians refused to go away when Pozos knocked a two-run home run out of the park to cut the deficit to two. Pozos finished the game with three RBI’s.

Angel Villagran got the win (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Angel Villagran got the win (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Villagran, who also transferred to Burbank from JBHS after his sophomore year, was replaced by Perez in the seventh inning after a valiant effort.

“He’s a warrior. A lot of athletes get into that situation and they want to hide,” Hart said of Villagran after a rough first inning. “He didn’t give into it. He kept battling. Mentally he’s a pretty tough kid.”

In a game that featured five home runs, it was only fitting that Perez finished the job. With two Indians on base, Perez sealed the win by striking out Cameron Rodriguez and earning the save.

“We had stuff go well for us and they had stuff go well for them. Both teams made mistakes that led to runs and ultimately they capitalized just a little bit more than we did,” Holmes said. “We just need to wake up tomorrow and get back to what we have been doing and what got us here. We still have an opportunity. We are still in the driver’s seat.”

Both cross-town rivals control their own destiny. Arcadia defeated Crescenta Valley, 3-2, Friday night that put each of those schools at 5-2 in the Pacific League, a game behind Burbank and Burroughs.

The rematch and possible league title could be at stake on May 10 at Burroughs. Stay tuned.



Burbank Shuts Down Burroughs Behind Dominant Effort by Brooks

By Dick Dornan
MyBurbank Sports Editor

After Thursday night’s 3-0 victory against cross-town rival Burroughs, the Burbank softball team took a major step in its quest to win a league championship for the first time since 1987. On a beautiful evening at McCambridge Park, sophomore Caitlyn Brooks dazzled the overflow crowd while bedazzling the Indians with a complete game shutout.

Caitlyn Brooks (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Caitlyn Brooks (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

It was Burbank’s first win against Burroughs since 2008.

As the game moved into the latter part of the evening, Brooks got stronger and more invincible. She struck out eight of the last 10 Burroughs hitters en route to a 14 strike-out performance allowing only one walk on three hits. It’s become pretty clear there is someone special in the circle for Burbank High.

“Caitlyn is a coaches’ dream. She’s competitive and she wants to show she is the best out there. In my opinion, I think she is actually the best pitcher in the country,” Burbank coach Nicole Drabecki said proudly. “I’m so grateful to have her in my program. She has an excellent work ethic. She puts in the time and that is how you become great.”

Brooks, who has committed to the University of Notre Dame, established herself again as one of the premier players in the surrounding area with Thursday night’s masterpiece to all in attendance.

“The beginning of the game I’m usually a little weaker because I’m feeling out where the umpire is. As the game goes on I get stronger and more confident,” Brooks said. “My defense is awesome too. It was really tight today so that helped. I know they have my back so I can just pitch it. I don’t have to worry about them hitting the ball as much.”

Burroughs (13-6, 5-2) had several opportunities early on to make a dent into Burbank and Brooks’ psyche. Michelle Santiago led off the game with a triple only to be stranded there after a strikeout and double play. Brooks caught a line drive off the bat of Kaitlin Okimoto and doubled Santiago off third base.

Lily Winn (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Lily Winn (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

It was a golden opportunity that got squandered away by the Indians. Runs are at a premium against Brooks as evident by her 0.36 earned run average.

“Our kids didn’t shake their knees in that inning,” said Drabecki, who is in her sixth season as coach. “They were prepared, they were confident and they had the faith that they were going to get out of that inning. And we did. That’s awesome.”

Burbank (14-1, 7-0) broke through in the second inning against Brice Edrington, the Indians lone senior. Edrington, in her first week back pitching in more than a month due to an injury suffered in a horrific car accident, threw valiantly but ran into trouble in a lengthy second inning.

Lily Winn led off with a walk and stolen base. A sacrifice fly by Laina Do advanced Winn to third. Julia Duarte put down a well-executed bunt between first and second base that skirted through for a single and a 1-0 lead. Two batters later Katie Hooper tripled down the right field line scoring Duarte and giving Brooks all the runs she would need.

Brice Edrington (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Brice Edrington (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“This girl in the middle of March was pulled out with the jaws of life. After not pitching for a month and a half, she comes back just this week and pitches under the lights against Burbank High and matches Caitlyn Brooks pitch for pitch,” Burroughs coach Doug Nicol said of Edrington. “I thought she did really well. I’m so proud of Bryce and the rest of our team.”

Hooper would score her second run of the game in the fourth inning on an RBI single by Jazmin Orozco.

“It feels amazing. It’s my first win as a Burbank High softball player against them,” Hooper said. “We are not going to stop working hard. We are going to do it. It doesn’t matter if we are two games ahead of them or one game or a half a game, we are going to work hard to get to the top.”

A Burbank runner slides safely under the tag of Burroughs' Aimee Rodriguez (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

A Burbank runner slides safely under the tag of Burroughs’ Aimee Rodriguez (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Brooks punctuated the victory by striking out the side in the top of the seventh. Burbank now has a two game lead on Burroughs for first place.

“I just told them I’m proud of them. I got a little teary-eyed. I told them that it’s taken five years to get this victory,” Drabecki said. “We could win a league championship and I also think we could win a CIF championship if they keep working hard, believing in themselves and staying confident.”

Nicol found consolation in the loss with a positive attitude after the game.

“We battled all game. There could have been a million times where we could have quit. And we didn’t. I’m so proud of our kids. We played Burroughs softball,” Nicol said. “For as young as we are, to battle that team and do what we did I’m pumped about our future and I’m pumped about what the rest of the year has for these girls. I think they grew up tonight.”

Burroughs Sweeps Burbank Aside in Three Games

Burbank vs. Burroughs volleyball (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank vs. Burroughs volleyball (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

By Rick Assad
Special to MyBurbank 

Like a finely-tuned thoroughbred race horse, the Burroughs High boys’ volleyball team established the pace and never looked back.

Behind the overall brilliant play of Daniel Jacobs and Shayne Beamer, who combined for 22 kills, the host Indians waltzed to a convincing three-game Pacific League sweep of cross-town rival Burbank on Wednesday night by the score of 25-15, 25-13, 25-11.

Burroughs took both matches this season against Burbank (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs took both matches this season against Burbank (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

If it appears one-sided, it was, but Burroughs didn’t celebrate too much knowing that powerful league foe Claremont (20-4 and 7-0 in league) still awaits.

“Our goal tonight and our focus is that we do our job,” Burroughs coach Joel Brinton said. “Everything that we do leads up to April 30 when we play Claremont.”

The Wolfpack are a half game ahead of Burroughs and ranked No. 6 in the latest CIF Southern Section Division II poll. A few weeks ago Claremont beat the Indians, but the match lasted five games. The rematch will be at Claremont.

Wednesday’s final game was tied at 3-3, but Burroughs (14-4 and 7-1 in league) outscored the Bulldogs, 7-2, with junior outside hitter Jonathan Fuentes chipping in with a pair of service aces late in the run.

It became 15-7 on a wicked spike from Jacobs, a senior outside hitter, who tallied 12 kills, six aces and three blocks, which prompted the Bulldogs to call time out.

“We look forward to playing Burroughs every time,” Burbank coach Patrick McMenamin said. “Daniel Jacobs is the best player in the league. We took some chances offensively. We tried to mix it up, but we failed to find their weaknesses.”

And just like that the Indians’ lead ballooned to 19-10 on a Fuentes kill, and sensing the match was nearly over, Burroughs closed it out by taking six of the next seven points as Jacobs had three aces.

The Indians were up to the challenge all night (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Indians were up to the challenge all night (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank (8-10 and 5-4 in league) led the opening game 2-0 before the Indians knotted it at 2-2 when senior outside hitter Daniel Marbach (five aces) launched a service winner.

Burroughs, the No. 9 ranked squad in Division II, caught its stride and took a 7-4 lead on a kill from Beamer, a senior middle blocker.

With another winner from Beamer it became 10-5, and Beamer’s spike gave the Indians a 13-5 advantage before his block made it 14-6.

“We did a real good job in our transition game,” said Beamer, who had 10 kills with five blocks. “There were not a lot of rough spots.”

When asked how deep a run the Indians can make in the playoffs, Beamer responded.

“If the team is able to break through the barriers mentally, then we can win it all,” he said. “Physically we’re there, but mentally we have to be there.”

Burroughs lurched ahead 19-11 on Beamer’s stuff, and when Jacobs added a pair of aces, the Tribe went ahead, 21-11.

The second game was tied three times early, including 6-6 before the Indians seized a 12-6 lead on a Burbank hitting miscue.

After senior setter BJ Lagmay, who dished out 21 assists, threw down a winner, Burroughs took a 14-9 lead, and a kill from Jacobs made it 17-11, before the Indians went on an 8-2 run.

Senior outside hitter Derian Blandon paced the Bulldogs with two kills, and Blandon, junior middle blocker Tyler Ryan and junior outside hitter Justin Saisirkul all had four digs, while Burroughs junior libero Danny Casillas had 11 digs.

Burbank maintains a half-game lead on Arcadia for third place in the Pacific League as the teams battle for playoff position.


Burbank Dominates at Memorial Field

Dennis Palacio of Burbank wins the boys 110 High Hurdles (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Dennis Palacio of Burbank wins the boys 110 High Hurdles (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

By Jim Riggio
Special to MyBurbank 

For the first time ever, the Burroughs High track and field team hosted Burbank on an all-weather surface at Memorial Field.

But the Bulldogs were more than ready to spoil the occasion for the Indians. Burbank won the boys’ dual, 91-45, and took the girls’ meet as well, 94-42.

The rivalry continued at Memorial Field (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The rivalry continued at Memorial Field (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“We were hoping to win, which we did. But we ran well which is what I’m more proud of,” Burbank coach Darin Wolf said. “We had a lot of personal records and a school record in the girls’ 400.”

Burbank finishes the Pacific League dual meet season with a 6-1 record for its boys’ team and 5-2 for its girls’ team. Burroughs finishes at 3-4 for both its boys’ and girls’ teams.

Burbank got a school record in the girls’ 400 as Kayla Martil won in 58.96 seconds. It was the first time she had run under a minute.

“I’ve been working at it for so long,” Martil said. “It’s nice to get the school record against Burroughs.”

Burbank vs. Burroughs (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank vs. Burroughs (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Bulldogs set the tone early on the boys’ side by taking the 400-meter relay, followed by a sweep from a trio of juniors in the 1,600. Gabriel Ellman won in 4:33, and was followed by Elliot Choe (4:35) and Ethan Moskowitz (4:40).

Burbank got a huge performance from Andy Hurtado in the discus as he won with a throw of 151 feet. He also won the shot put (41-10).

Boys 300 Hurdles (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Boys 300 Hurdles (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Dennis Palacio was a double winner for the Bulldogs taking the 110 high hurdles (16.04) and the 300 intermediate hurdles (41.71). He was also second in both the long jump (20-0) and triple jump (39-6 ½).

Burbank’s James Williams took the 100 (11.85) and the triple jump (42-0).

Bulldog junior Arsen Mkrtchyan won a highly contested 800 in 1:58.13 over Burroughs’ Ricky Mendez (1:58.62). Burbank’s Bernie Corea won the 3,200 in 9:46 ahead of Burroughs sophomore Elias Hoxie, who was second in 9:53.

Boys High Jump (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Boys High Jump (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs received a pair of victories from Matt Schwartz in the pole vault (13-0) and the high jump (5-10).

Impressive on the girls’ side was Burroughs’ Gracia Innocentia, who was a double winner in the 1,600 (5:19) and 3,200 (11:56). The 1,600 time was a huge personal best as she had previously gone 5:24 in the event.

“I felt like both teams pushed each other,” Innocentia said. “It was definitely not a rivalry because we’ve known each other from cross country season and some of us have been friends for years now.”

Burbank got a pair of wins from McKinlee Von Cannon in the shot put (29-1) and the discus (85-6).

Felicia Tomitsu also won a pair taking the 100 (13.22) and the 200 (27.28). Alicia McCord won the high jump (4-10) and the triple jump (32-7) for the Bulldogs.

“We moved some younger kids up and they performed well,” Burroughs coach John Peebles said. “I haven’t seen all the marks, but going into league prelims I’m happy. Sometimes you get beat by a better team.”

Pacific League prelims and finals for both teams will be on April 26 and May 3 at Arcadia High School at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., respectively.

Varsity and Frosh-Soph results below- (top 3 finishes)

DATE 4/17/2013
1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place SCORE
4 x 100 45.25 Burbank 46.13 Burroughs 5 0
1600 4:33 Ellman B 4:35 Choe B 4:40 Moskowitz B 9 0
110HH 16:04 Palacio B 16.29 Scherer J 16.41 Afzali B 6 3
400 53.03 Martinez J 53.8 Corea J 54.41 Torres B 1 8
100 11.85 Williams B 12.0 Scherer J 12.21 Afzali B 6 3
800 1:58.13 Mkrtchyan B 1:58.62 Mendez J 2:01.1 Corea B 6 3
300H 41.71 Palacio B 43.34 Ortega J 44.09 Afzali B 6 3
200 24.07 Cornejo B 24.64 Scherer J 24.94 Guerrero J 5 4
3200 9:46 Corea B 9:53 Hoxsie J 9:55 Moskowitz B 6 3
4 x 400 3:32.8 Burroughs 3:36.48 Burbank 0 5
HJ 5-10 Schwartz J 5-6 Strang B 5-6 Walker B 4 5
PV 13-0 Schwartz J 13-0 Miranda B 12-6 Pulgarin B 4 5
LJ 20-4 Kang B 20-0 Palacio B 19-7.5 Yim B 9 0
TJ 42-0 Williams B 39-6.5 Palacio B 38-7.5 Manukyan J 8 1
SP 41-10 Hurtado B 40-4 Lee B 40-1 Jones J 8 1
DT 151-0 Hurtado B 123-7 Card B 118-11 Cruz J 8 1
91 45


DATE 4/17/2013
1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place SCORE
4 x 100 50.84 Burbank 56.01 Burroughs 5 0
1600 5:19 Innocentia J 5:40 Fernandez B 5:42 Movsesyan B 4 5
100H 18.02 Anassian B 18.22 Jackson J 18.42 Reyes J 5 4
400 58.96 Martil* B 63.56 Zepeda B 66.92 Avila J 8 1
100 13.22 Tomitsa B 13.66 Curtis B 14.26 Masuzumi J 8 1
800 2:35 Ignacio B 2:37 Chamberlin J 2:39 Stevenson B 6 3
300H 50.62 Curtis B 51.95 Reyes J 52.09 Gevorkian B 6 3
200 27.28 Tomitsa B 28.20 Zepeda B 29.13 Rizzotti J 8 1
3200 11:56 Innocentia J 12:18 Eckles J 12:32 Fernandez B 1 8
4 x 400 4:15.17 Burbank 4:27.17 Burroughs 5 0
HJ 4-10 McCord B 4-6 Frazier B 4-4 Fiumani B 9 0
PV 8-6 Prystupa J 8-0 Fiumani B 7-0 Ilano J 3 6
LJ 16-0 Gevorkian B 15-7 Curtis B 14-5 Frazier B 9 0
TJ 32-7 McCord B 31-10.5 McCallum J 31-1.75 Ilano J 5 4
SP 29-1 Vuncannon B 27-9 Sapone J 27-0.5 Khajehmal B 6 3
DT 85-5 Vuncannon B 82-11 Sapone J 81-6 Medina B 6 3
94 42
* New School Record


DATE 4/17/2013
1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place SCORE
4 x 100 49.8 Burroughs 0 5
1600 4:52 Navar B 4:53 Miller B 4:54 Macromalis B 9 0
110HH 17.12 Patel, D B 18.87 Sosa J 20.15 Swan B 6 3
400 56.46 Hemedez B 57.20 Huynh J 58.16 Poladian B 6 3
100 12.36 Patel, D B 12.63 Guerin J 12.93 Perez J 5 4
800 2:12 Navar B 2:13 Wantland J 2:14 Grasse B 6 3
300H 45.93 Patel, D B 48.17 Swan B 49.13 Sosa J 8 1
200 26.0 Guerin J 26.38 Huynh J 26.68 Molina J 0 9
3200 10:28 Tello B 10:33 Miller B 10:36 Vizcaino B 4 5
4 x 400 3:46.46 Burbank 3:47.76 Burroughs 5 0
HJ 4-6 Swan B 5 0
PV 9-0 Poladian B 8-6 Mathov J 8-0 Abrahamian B 6 3
LJ 17-11.5 Maynez B 17-5.5 Phan J 15-5 Khachatourian B 6 3
TJ 36-0.5 Maynez B 35-7 Mathov J 34-11 Phan J 5 4
SP 38-7.5 Maynez B 37-1 Bui J 34-5.5 Minzes J 5 4
DT 91-10 Maynez B 88-5 Minzes J 86-9 Bui J 5 4
81 51


DATE 4/17/2013
1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place SCORE
4 x 100 56.76 Burroughs DQ Burbank 0 5
1600 5:53 Contreras J 6:00 Chua B 6:09 Dimaano B 4 5
100H 20.04 Espinel J 20.14 Landerson J 21.19 Santeliz J 0 9
400 67.35 Bitar B 85.5 Moran J 68.96 Fierro J 5 4
100 14.97 Adams B 15.21 Casteneda, D J 15.26 Franco J 5 4
800 2:39 Ehlers J 2:43 Chua B 2:46 Erickson B 4 5
300H 56.31 Landeros J 57.33 Espinel J 58.57 Turner J 0 9
200 30.30 Casteneda, S J 30.33 Casteneda, D J 30.5 Bitar B 1 8
3200 13:21 Contreras J 13:29 Erickson B 14:08 Coronel B 4 5
4 x 400 4:43.15 Burroughs 4:46.08 Burbank 0 5
HJ 4-0 Santeliz J 4-0 Vardanyan B 3-10 DeLaCruz B 4 5
PV 7-0 Turner J 6-6 O’Dea B 5-6 Valdez J 3 6
LJ 13-5 Vardanyan B 12-4 Gnasso J 12-3 Anding J 5 4
TJ 28-10 Vardanyan B 26-2 Manukyan, L B 25-4.5 Gnasso J 8 1
SP 26-7 McCord B 22-4 Ly-Lim J 21-7 Zuniga J 5 4
DT 74-10 McCord B 67-11 Ly-Lim J 64-1 Han J 5 4
53 83


High School Sports Weekly Recap

By Dick Dornan
MyBurbank Sports Editor


Burbank boys swimming (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank boys swimming (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

BHS vs Pasadena

BHS       PHS

Varsity Girls         69           100

Varsity Boys        78           90




Burbank girls swimming (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank girls swimming (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

BHS vs. Arcadia

BHS      AHS

Varsity Boys       45       125

Varsity Girls       77        93




Burroughs 5 Glendale 0 (see story)

Burbank 4 Arcadia 2

Angel Villagran of Burbank (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Angel Villagran of Burbank (Photo by Dick Dornan)

The Bulldogs came back for the second game in a row winning on the road at Arcadia. Trailing 2-0 at the top of the sixth inning, Burbank struck for two runs. John White and Dylan Mersola singled to open the inning. Harrison Hernandez crushed a ball to deep left field for a double and two RBI’s.

An inning later, the Bulldogs continued their momentum. With runners on first and second, Mersola came through again with a single to left field scoring Chris Okimoto. After an intentional walk to Hernandez to load the bases, Hector Rodriguez drew a walk bringing home the game’s final run and a 4-2 win.

Mersola went 2 for 4 with an RBI and had two dazzling plays at shortstop. Angel Villagran threw six gutsy innings allowing no runs and only one hit while striking out three batters. Ricky Perez came in to close the game out and get the save.


Burroughs 8 Crescenta Valley 7

Burroughs picked up an 8-7 win in a wild Pacific League game Tuesday night at Stengel Field in Glendale and in the process took over first place.

Miles Haddad led the way for the Indians, driving in a pair of runs on three hits, and picking up the win in relief despite not throwing a pitch. Haddad entered the game with two out in the sixth and the score tied with runners at the corners. He picked the runner off at third to send the game to the seventh tied 5-5.

The Indians bats came alive with two outs in the top of the seventh. Aiden Anding hit a two-out single followed by a Chris Davies walk. Haddad then broke the tie with a single, and Patrick Christopher was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Cameron Rodriguez followed with a two-run single to give Burroughs the 8-5 lead.

Crescenta Valley pushed a pair across in the bottom half of the frame, but Luis Pereyra induced a game-ending groundout to shortstop Brian Pozos, stranding the potential tying run at second base.

Pozos also finished the day with four hits, a pair of RBI and a stolen base.

Daniel Barraza got the start for the Indians, going 5 2/3 innings and giving up only a single earned run, walking two and collecting a pair of strikeouts.

Burroughs improved to 10-7 overall and 4-0 in league.


Burbank 8 Pasadena 7

Harrison Hernandez of Burbank (Photo courtesy of Burbank Baseball)

Harrison Hernandez of Burbank (Photo courtesy of Burbank Baseball)

Trailing 7-0 after the top half of the third inning, Burbank rallied to pull out a thrilling 8-7 win. The Bulldogs scored three runs in the bottom of the third courtesy of an RBI single by Dylan Mersola and a two-run single by John White. Two more BHS runs were tacked on in the fourth inning.

With the bases loaded and nobody out in the bottom of the sixth, Angel Roman brought home an RBI on a fielder’s choice to cut the lead to 7-6. Mersola then doubled to left field to tie the game at seven apiece. After a walk to load the bases and an out on the ensuing batter, White walked and forced in the winning run for Burbank.

White and Roman each had three RBI’s on the afternoon with Mersola adding two of his own.

Joe Bogenschutz got the win as he allowed two runs over 5 1/3 innings. Bogenschutz struck out five, walked none and gave up seven hits. Perez closed the door on Pasadena in the seventh as Burbank improved to 7-7 overall and 3-1 in league, a game behind first-place Burroughs.


Burbank 2 Arcadia 0 (see story)

Burroughs 7 Glendale 2

Cheyenne Steward of Burroughs (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Cheyenne Steward of Burroughs (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Cheyenne Steward was dominant from the mound and the plate. Steward threw five innings allowing no runs and only two hits while going 3 for 4 with two RBI’s and a two-run home run. Sidney Ortega was 2 for 4 with two RBI’s and a triple. Michelle Santiago went 2 for 4 with a triple and two runs scored. The Indians (12-5, 4-1) scored five runs in the top of the first inning and never looked back.

Burbank 26 Pasadena 1 (Bulldogs remain undefeated in league play)

Crescenta Valley 7 Burroughs 3 (Indians suffer first loss in league action)

Boys Volleyball:

Burroughs 3 Glendale 0 (25-13, 25-22, 25-16)

Daniel Jacobs had 13 kills and 2 aces; Daniel Marbach had 7 kills and 2 aces; Shayne Beamer had 7 kills; Jonathan Fuentes had 5 kills; BJ Lagmay had 27 assists.

Arcadia 3 Burbank 2 (25-20, 19-25, 17-25, 25-23, 15-12)

Stat Leaders: John You 11 kills; Joseph Servin 9 kills; Elijah Cowart 20 digs and 4 blocks; Derian Blandon 15 digs; Josh Wright 5 blocks; Ryan Garcia 19 assists; Jason Gomez 18 assists

Burroughs 3 Hoover 0 (25-13, 25-20, 25-11)

Indians improve to 12-4 overall and 5-1 in league. Dalton Burroughs and Nick Van Loo led with 7 kills apiece and Matt D’almada chipped in with 5 kills. Ryan Van Loo had 16 assists and Juan Alexis Solano led the defense with 10 digs and 2 aces.

Burbank 3 Crescenta Valley 1 (25-18, 25-18, 23-25, 29-27)

Bulldogs improve to 8-8 overall and 5-2 in league. John You: 8 kills; Justin Saisirikul: 5 kills; Josh Wright: 5 kills; Derian Blandon: 14 digs; Jason Gomez: 15 assists; Ryan Garcia: 11 assists; Elijah Cowart: 5 blocks


Burroughs 11 Arcadia 7 (Indians remain undefeated in league)

Hoover 9 Burbank 9 (Hoover wins on games, 76-74)


League match #2:  Arcadia 385 Burbank 404 Crescenta Valley 416 Burroughs 420

Result sheet for League #2 DeBell G.C. 4/11/13
Arcadia Out 36 In 35 Total  71 John Burroughs Out 36 In 35 Total  71
Jonathan Lai 43 34 77 Sean White 40 48 88
Bryan Shin 36 38 74 Daniel Kesicbasian 37 40 77
Kevin Chen 38 42 80 Patrick Colbert 37 40 77
Andrew Baek 52 39 91 Dylan McNeely 49 39 88
William Oetojo 41 34 75 Garrit Green 53 48 101
Vamsi Dameria 41 38 79 Tnick Trivimol 48 42 90
Totals 385 Totals  420
Crecenta Valley Out 36 In 35 Total  71 Glendale Out 36 In 35 Total  71
Paul Park 37 37 74 Russel Caletena 37 45 82
Cody Renfro 40 41 81 Kent Asano 47 43 90
Andrian Chia 40 38 78 Sammy Do 39 42 81
Tanner Bloks 47 48 95 Dong Yoo 48 51 99
AJ Roa 47 41 88
Jon Hong 49 50 99
Totals 416 Totals
Burbank Out 36 In 35 Total  71 Pasadena Out 36 In 35 Total  71
Brady Dunayer 37 40 77 Evan Davis 37 41 78
Roman Verciglio 44 42 86
Jason Apinchapong 44 40 84
Dylan Sherry 43 43 86
Andy Chung 70 38 78
Austin Tatka 42 37 79
Totals 404 Totals
Place Team Points Total Low Medalist      Bryan Shin Paul Park
Arcadia H.S. 385 4 8 School Overall League
Burbank H.S. 404 3 6 Acadia
Crecenta Valley H. S. 416 2 4 Burbank 12-4 5-2
John Burroughs H.S. 420 1 2 John Burroughs
Crecenta Valley

La Canada 210 Burbank 219

      2013 Boy’s Golf Tournament Results
Location:  LCFCC PAR 34 Holes 1 – 9 Date: 4/09/13
                        Burbank High School Vs LaCanada High School (Varsity)
School:  Burbank
Player Out 36 In 35 Total
1 Brady Dunayer 40 40
2 Andy Chung 43 43
3 Austin Tatka 46 46
4 Blake Newton 48 48
5 Dlyan Sherry 41 42
6 Roman Verciglio 50 50
Team Totals: 219 219
School: LaCanada
Player Out In Total
1 Colin 41 41
2 Sam 39 39
3 Clark Lee 45 45
4 Michael Foster 48 48
5 Will 41 41
6 Patrick 44 44
Team Totals: 210 210


Burbank 224 West Ranch 240

      2013 Boy’s Golf Tournament Results
Location: Debell G. C. PAR 36 Holes 1 – 9 Date:  4/08/13
                        Burbank High School Vs West Ranch  High School (Varsity)
School:  Burbank
Player Out 36 In 35 Total
1 Brady Dunayer 46 46
2 Andy Chung 45 45
3 Roman Verciglio 40 40
4 Blake Newton 48 48
5 Dlyan Sherry 45 45
6 Austin Tatka 54 54
Team Totals: 224 224
School:  West Ranch
Player Out In Total
1 Danny 41 41
2 Jason 42 42
3 Logan H. 50 50
4 Caris 53 53
5 Aaron 54 54
Team Totals: 240 240


Burbank 99 Glendale 37 (Boys)

MEET Burbank v. Glendale
DATE 4/11/2013
1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place SCORE
4 x 100 43.84 Glendale 44.97 Burbank 0 5
1600 4:33.4 Corea B 4:35.2 Choe B 4:35.8 Ellman B 9 0
110HH 15.50 Pacba G 15.71 Palacio B 15.78 Afzali B 4 5
400 52.24 Mkrtchyan B 52.52 Navarro G 54.18 Cornejo B 6 3
100 10.56 Davis G 11.22 Jung G 11.29 Williams B 1 8
800 2:04.2 Corea B 2:04.5 Ellman B 2:07.1 Choe B 9 0
300H 41.12 Palacio B 41.43 Pacba G 42.93 Afzali B 6 3
200 21.46 Davis G 23.68 Cornejo B 24.02 Jung G 3 6
3200 10:10.3 Moskowitz B 10:30.7 Itagaki B 10:40.6 Vazquez G 8 1
4 x 400 3:37.02 Burbank 3:39.29 Glendale 5 0
HJ 5-4 Walker B 5-4 tie Ramirez G 5-4 tie Strang B 7 2
PV 12-6 Miranda B 12-0 Williams G 11-6 Pulgarin B 6 3
LJ 20-0 Palacio B 19-5.5 Kang B 18-8.5 Yim B 9 0
TJ 39-11 Yim B 39-7 Palacio B 38-2 Walker B 9 0
SP 41-6 Hurtado B 38-1 Lee B 36-1 Miraflor G 8 1
DT 147-2 Hurtado B 112-6 Card B 109-7 Gibbons B 9 0
99 37

Burbank 112 Glendale 23 (Girls)

MEET Burbank v. Glendale
DATE 4/11/2013
1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place SCORE
4 x 100 51.09 Burbank 53.2 Glendale 5 0
1600 5:27.3 Setian G 5:38.6 Fernandez B 5:39.4 Movsesyan B 4 5
100H 18.38 Anassian B 19.56 Guerrero B 19.57 Pajulas G 8 1
400 60.28 Martil B 63.22 Zepeda B 64.91 Hansen G 8 1
100 12.59 Tomitsa B 12.74 Gaskin G 13.0 Curtis B 6 3
800 2:29.9 Ignacio B 2:36.7 Stevenson B 2:37.0 Hansen G 8 1
300H 53.34 Curtis B 53.65 Anassian B 55.34 Avarians G 8 1
200 27.47 Zepeda B 27.78 Gaskin G 28.06 Tomitsa B 6 3
3200 11:56.8 Setian G 13:24.6 Fernandez B 13:24.8 Movsesyan B 4 5
4 x 400 4:11.52 Burbank 4:25.75 Glendale 5 0
HJ 4-10 McCord B 4-10 Frazier B 4-4 Baghdasarian B 9 0
PV 8-6 Fiumani B 6-0 Baghdasarian B 8 0
LJ 14-6.5 Curtis B 14-4.5 Frazier B 14-1.5 Popescu G 8 1
TJ 31-4 McCord B 31-0.5 Zakevosyan B 30-0 Popescu G 8 1
SP 29-1 Vuncannon B 28-0.25 Khajehmal B 26-2 Stone G 8 1
DT 87-3.5 Vuncannon B 86-7 Medina B 74-8.5 Manzano B 9 0
112 23


Burroughs vs Crescenta Valley and Muir

Boys Varsity

CV – 88, B – 48

B – 119, M – 9


Niko Guerrero             11.6

Corwin Scherer            11.6

Jose Guardia                12.4



Corwin Scherer           24.2

Niko Guerrero             24.3

Jose Guardia                25.2

Eric Casillas                 25.4



Augusto Corea (2)        54.2

Eric Casillas                 55.6



Ricky Mendez (1)        2:01

Brent Caballero                        2:21

Steven Rodriguez         2:28

Jarrett Duran                2:33



Everth Vargas              4:40

Francis Hilao               4:50

Chris Van Dam                        4:58

Jarrett Duran                5:10

Carvin Ortega              5:25



Everth Vargas              10:29

Francis Hilao               10:31

Chris Van Dam                        10:50

Carvin Ortega              11:57



Nathan Bradley (3)      16.5

Corwin Scherer                        16.7

Omar Nuriddin                        20.8


Nathan Bradley

#8 JB BSF 110H


Corwin Scherer

#9 JB BSF 110H



Nathan Bradley (2)      42.5

Augusto Corea             44.1

Omar Nuriddin                        45.2


Nathan Bradley

#4 JB BSF 300H


4×100                          45.6

4×400                          3:48

Ricky Mendez             53.9

Eric Casillas                 55.2

Omar Nuriddin                        55.3

Josh Leyva                  64.1



Matt Schwartz (1)        12’6

Kent Truong (2)           12’2

Mark Allsman              9’6

Albert Manukyan         9’6

Nick Garduno              9’

Josh Leyva                  9’


Kent Truong




Matthew Schwartz (3)  5’6

Nick Garduno              5’4



Niko Guerrero (2)        18’11.5

Matt Schwartz (3)        18’11

Connor Holt                 17’4.75

Garrett Manoukian       17’3

Josh Leyva                  16’5.5

James Cacapit              12’5



Garrett Manoukian (1) 38’0



Matt Schwartz (1)        36’11.5

Andrew Bui (3)                        36’3.5

Jason Hamm                35’8

Deon Castillo               31’3.5

Matt Manarchy                        31’

Ermar Cruz                  28’7.5



Ermar Cruz (1)             124’6

Jason Hamm (2)          110’5.5

Deon Castillo               85’10

Andrew Bui                 76’0

Tony Phi                      75’3

Matt Manarchy                        68’11


Girls Varsity

CV – 96, B – 40

B – 82, M – 28  



Tatiana Rizzotti                        13.9

Sarah Prystupa             14.2



Tatiana Rizzotti                        28.7

Kayla Avila                 29.3

Sarah Prystupa             29.7

Leanne Castillo                        30.0



Kayla Avila (3)                        67.8

Leanne Castillo                        68.6



Gigi Chamberlain (2)   2:39

Dayanna Yanez                       2:44

Sammantha Fajardo     2:48

Natalie Hernandez       2:58

Natalie Amela              3:03

Brianna Maya              3:06

Jasmine De La Cueva  3:09



Gracia Innocentia (3)   5:25

Sammantha Fajardo     6:11

Dayanna Yanez                       6:11

Ashley Velasco                        6:25

Rania Mataoui             6:30

Brianna Maya              6:31

Natalie Hernandez       6:36

Jasmine De La Cueva  6:47

Nicole Corea                7:40



Paige Roberts (3)         12:44

Rania Mataoui             13:58

Ashley Velasco                        14:32



Johanna Reyes (2)       17.4

Carla Jimenez              22.4



Johanna Reyes (2)       52.3

Carla Jimenez              62.6


4×100                          55.1


4×400                          4:38

Leanne Castillo                        68.4

Kayla Avila                 68.5

Johanna Reys              69.1

Sammantha Fajardo     72.9



Sarah Prystupa (1)       9’

Ellaine Ilano (2)           8’





Tatiana Rizzotti (3)      13’1.75



Ellaine Ilano (2)           28’9

Jamie Phan                  27’11



Ashley Sapone (2)       27’8.75

Emory Goodwin (3)     25’10

Kimberly Santos          23’1.5

Olivia Villegas             22’8

Alexis Mendias                        20’9.5



Ashley Sapone (2)       78’7

Olivia Villegas (3)        67’1

Kimberly Santos          53’8

Emory Goodwin          51’8

Alexis Mendias                        51’0

Burbank Firefighters Add Nine to Ranks

BFD Recruit Grad -2

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)


It all started years ago for some and the day of becoming a Firefighter came true Friday at The Burbank Training Center where 9 men took the oath to become Burbank Firefighters. Class 2013 started with 11, and after a grueling 14 week academy, nine had finished.

Chanting their class motto: "Together in Stride, Centennial Pride" Burbank's newest fire fighters jog into place during graduation exercises Friday. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Chanting their class motto: “Together in Stride, Centennial Pride” Burbank’s newest fire fighters jog into place during graduation exercises Friday. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Mayor Dave Golonski gave the recruits words of wisdom, as one of his final duties of being Mayor, then City Manager Ken Pulskamp, told the nine new firefighters that when he started his career as a municipal employee, there were no fax machines and teleconferencing, he reminded them that being a city employee that they will be watched all the time. He congratulated the class as they have and will make great sacrifices.

Flowing water from Truck 11 and Engine 11 while fire recruits man handlines during graduation exercises Friday. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Flowing water from Truck 11 and Engine 11 while fire recruits man hand-lines during graduation exercises Friday. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The class was instructed by Fire Captain Tray White with the assistance of Engineer Jeff Carlon, who is currently Burbank’s assistant Training Engineer and Firefighter of The Year. They were assisted by Fire Fighter Ryan Weber who also is a former Firefighter of The Year.

The class was accepted by Fire Chief Tom Lenahan, who was the Keynote speaker. He was proud of the accomplishments of the nine members, and gave them five keys to follow in their career to be successful in as Burbank Firefighters.

The class of nine consisted of: Michael Cary, Christopher Donan, Richard Dunn, Alex Jauregui, Hai Nguyen, Stephen Nielesky, Wesley Peebles, Jeffrey Ponton and Joel Ray.

With a BIG THANK YOU Burbank Recruits thank academy instructor Firefighter Ryan Weber, for all his attention to detail and for helping them get through. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

With a BIG THANK YOU Burbank Recruits thank academy instructor Firefighter Ryan Weber, for all his attention to detail and for helping them get through. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The class was given their oath of office, issued their shiny new Centennial Badges, and given a Burbank Firefighter Belt Buckle by Fire Fighter Local Union President Mike McDonald. Plenty of pictures were snapped, and refreshments served then the nine new firefighters donned their protective equipment and went outside to give several demonstrations of what they had learned the past 14 weeks, besides how to survive being a Firefighter.

The Class of 2013

Burbank Fire Fighter Recruit Class of 2013. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Fire Fighter Recruit Class of 2013. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Meet the new Burbank Firefighters

Here is an outstanding video created by Eric Rowley of their training

Burbank Fire Academy 2013 from Eric Rowley on Vimeo.

Burroughs Dispatches Glendale, 5-0, to Maintain Its Hold on First Place

By Dick Dornan
MyBurbank Sports Editor

Coming off a significant win at Crescenta Valley on Tuesday night, Burroughs had two opponents to battle Friday afternoon at Tomahawk Field. First, the Indians had Glendale on the schedule. Second, they had to avoid a letdown after defeating a talented opponent in CV and then playing against the inferior abilities of the Nitros.

Luis Pereyra of Burroughs (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Luis Pereyra of Burroughs (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Behind the superb pitching of Luis Pereyra, Burroughs methodically defeated a poor Glendale team, 5-0, to maintain its hold of first place in the Pacific League. The Indians took out two birds with one stone.

“At the beginning of every game we are 0-0. And when the game is over we want to be 1-0,” Burroughs Coach Kiel Holmes explained. “We did what we needed to do. We put our runs up there. We had strong defense and our pitching was phenomenal today.”

To be a champion, all aspects of the game of baseball need to be executed and done well. Holmes expects his team to be focused and prepped at all times. He was satisfied with the win though not convincingly.

“I thought we could have played better. We took our foot off the gas a little bit,” Holmes said. “If we want to be the type of team that we expect to be, then stuff like that can’t happen.”

Pereyra was strong all game limiting the Nitros to only two hits in five innings of work while striking out nine and walking none.

“I had all my stuff working. I was hitting my spots and good things happen when you hit your spots,” Pereyra said.

Brian Pozos connects on a double (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Brian Pozos connects on a double (Photo by Dick Dornan)

The Indians quickly scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning. Chris Davies led off with a double and Cameron Rodriguez walked three batters later. Senior captain Brian Pozos then connected on a two-run triple to deep center that gave Pereyra all the runs he would need.

Leading 3-0 in the bottom half of the fourth inning, the Indians struck again. Singles by Akira Abderrahman and Jimmy Cramer and a double down the first base line from Aiden Anding cleared the bases giving JBHS a commanding 5-0 advantage.

Anding finished with three RBI’s on the afternoon while Pozos went 2 for 3 with a double, triple and two RBI’s. Davies had two hits as well for Burroughs which improved to 11-7, 5-0 in league.

Glendale’s only threat against Pereyra came in the top of the fifth when Ethan Howard led off with a single to left field. Pereyra then issued a balk and threw a wild pitch advancing Howard to third base with no outs. Pereyra regrouped and proceeded to strike out the side.

“He’s been there for us all season,” Holmes said. “Our priority as a staff is to come out and throw strikes. He did a pretty good job of that.”

Brandon Ortega came in relief of Pereyra and threw two solid innings allowing no hits and striking out two batters.

Burroughs next plays at Hoover on Tuesday before the big showdown against second place Burbank at BHS on Friday night at 6 p.m. The Bulldogs rallied from a 2-0 fifth-inning deficit Friday night against Arcadia winning 4-2 on the road to maintain its position in a tight Pacific League race.

“We can’t get caught up in the moment. Obviously we know them very well and we just got to take it as another game,” Pereyra said of the Burbank game. “We just have to do what we have been doing. That’s how we’ve been winning all of our games.”

“We need to stay humble and not let our record get to our heads. You never get complacent with where we are but just keep improving every single day,” Pozos added. “Games like this we can’t fall back on our heels. We need to keep moving forward and keep on fighting.”


Burbank Tosses 2-0 Shutout Against Arcadia

By Dick Dornan
MyBurbank Sports Editor

Searching for its first league title since 1987, the Burbank softball team took another step in that direction with a hard fought 2-0 victory against Arcadia on Thursday afternoon at McCambridge Park. The Bulldogs, ranked No. 1 in CIF Division III, found a way to record another win despite struggling at the plate the entire game.

Caitlyn Brooks

Caitlyn Brooks

On a day when BHS only mustered three hits total, the tremendous pitching of sophomore Caitlyn Brooks carried the Bulldogs to their 12th win of the season. Brooks posted her fifth shutout of the year yielding only four hits, no walks and striking out 10 Apaches. On the year she has 172 strikeouts in 87 innings and a 0.40 ERA with teams batting a meager .131 off of her.

Scoreless through four innings, Burbank (12-1, 5-0) broke through when Arcadia pitcher McKenzie Grimes began to struggle with her command. Grimes walked Katie Hooper and Kaitlin Brooks and allowed a single to Lily Winn to load the bases. The Bulldogs took advantage of Grimes’ ineffectiveness and scored two runs courtesy of walks to the next two batters.

Defensively the Bulldogs were very strong with only one error committed as well as turning a couple nice double plays that ended potential threats by Arcadia (8-4, 2-2).

The Bulldogs turned two double plays in the win (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Bulldogs turned two double plays in the win (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“Defensively we played our best game of the year with two doubles plays to add to our total of six on the year,” Burbank Coach Nicole Drabecki said. “It’s about getting out the advanced runner and having confidence in your ability that you don’t hesitate and just react.”

Laina Do was 2 for 3 with two stolen bases and a run scored. Kaitlin Brooks had three walks and one RBI. Hooper had two walks and one RBI and Winn was 1 for 3 with a stolen base.

Arcadia forces out a Burbank runner at home plate (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Arcadia forces out a Burbank runner at home plate (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank plays Muir next Tuesday and then faces three-time defending league champion Burroughs on Thursday at McCambridge Park at 6 p.m. The Indians are a game behind the Bulldogs in the league standings.

“I’m so proud of our team and their work ethic,” Drabecki said. “They deserve every victory as they work their butts off in practice. They are a joy to coach every day.”

High School Sports Weekly Recap

By Dick Dornan
MyBurbank Sports Editor

(Week of April 1 – 6)


Burroughs 7 Pasadena 5

Crescenta Valley 3 Burbank 0 (see story)

Burroughs 25 Muir 1

Luis Pereyra struck out eight of nine batters he faced and Cameron Rodriguez went 2 for 2 with two doubles and five RBI’s in the Indians combined no-hitter.


Cheyenne Steward of Burroughs (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Cheyenne Steward of Burroughs (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Burroughs 10 Pasadena 2 (see story)

Burbank 9 Crescenta Valley 1

Caitlyn Brooks gave up five hits and struck out 14 batters while going 2 for 3 with two doubles and two RBI’s at the plate. Ashley Russo went 4 for 5 with two runs scored. Lily Winn and Bridgette Pisa each had two hits apiece.

Brooks is now 10-1 on the season with a .37 ERA.

Burroughs 25 Muir 0

The Indians banged out 22 hits while Cheyenne Steward and Danielle Ryan threw a combined no-hitter. Sabrina Espitia went 4 for 4 with eight RBI’s, a double and two home runs. Delaney Nicol went 2 for 2 with two runs scored, four RBI’s and a home run.


Burbank 3 Glendale 1 (25-22, 16-25, 25-9, 26-24)

Stat Leaders: John You 10 kills; Derian Blandon 8 kills, 8 digs; Jason Gomez: 21 assists

Burroughs 3 Crescenta Valley 0 (25-16, 25-21, 25-15)

Stat Leaders: Daniel Jacobs 16 kills; BJ Lagmay 33 assists; Shayne Beamer 10 kills

Burroughs 3 South Torrance 1 (25-18, 17-25, 25-22, 25-21)

Stat Leaders: Daniel Jacobs 18 kills; BJ Lagmay 31 assists; Danny Casillas 14 digs

Claremont 3 Burbank 0 (25-18, 25-11, 25-10)


Burroughs 13 Burbank 5 (second match of the season)

Burroughs 16 Pasadena 2

Glendale 10 Burbank 8


Burbank victorious over Glendale

                          BHS                Glendale

Varsity Girls        87                         57

Varsity Boys       83                          81

Despite missing a few swimmers due to injuries and absences, the Bulldogs were able to squeak by in the varsity boys meet by two points. Event winners were Stella, Derek, Alin, Jwalta, Riley, Beam, Berley, Gene, Alex, Anis and Brian Kwon.  Double winners included Justice, Ryan & Lousine.  


Crescenta Valley 218 Burroughs 221 Glendale 250

John Burroughs High School
Date: 4/4 Location: Brookside 1 Par 36
Varsity Match
JBHS Player Name in out Score Glendale Player Name in out Score
1 Daniel Kesicbasian 45 1 Russell Caletena 38
2 Garrit Green 46 2 Kevin Yi 61
3 Sivakorn Losakul 39 3 Sammy Do 48
4 Sean White 52 d 4 Joon Song 63 d
5 Patrick Colbert 49 5 Kent Asano 47
6 Dylan McNeely 42 6 Dong Yoo 56
Team Total 221 Team Total 250
Cresenta Valley Player Name in out score
1 Paul Park 36
2 Cody Renfro 41
3 Adrian Chia 41
4 Tanner Bloks 46
5 Jon Hong 54
6 Dylan Bechtle 58 d
Low Medalist:
Paul Park 36
Russell Caletena 38
d deonotes dropped score


Sean White of Burroughs (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Sean White of Burroughs (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

14th annual Burbank Cup (Burbank 8 and 1/2 over Burroughs 7 and 1/2)

See story for more information

DeBell Golf course Par 71 Match Play Format
14th Annual Burbank Cup 4/2/2013
JBHS Player Score Win/Loss BHS Player Score Win/Loss
Sean White 89 L Brady Dunayer 81 W 7-5
Sivakorn Losakul 80 L Roman Verciglio 80 W 1-0
Daniel Kesicbasian 83 W 1-0 Andy Chung 83 L
Patrick Colbert 84 W 2-0 Jason Apinchapong 86 L
Dylan McNeely 83 W 5-4 Dylan Sherry 105 L
Tnick Trivimol 104 Half Blake Newton 97 Half
Garrit Green 102 L Austin Tatka 96 W 7-5
Konner Fairman 95 L Eric Kouyoumdjian 92 W 1-0
Austin Stefanovich 104 L Grant Le 101 W 1-0
North Ketola 108 L Kurt Kenehan 109 W 3-2
Josh Strobl 102 W 2-1 Evan Mehta 105 L
Grant Fairman 135 L Matt Lyneis 109 W 5-3
Garrett Burton 114 L Jayden Thomas 112 W 1-0
Ethan Williams 99 W 4-3 Ryan Raad 116 L
Gio Cera 92 W 9-7 Daniel Baker 125 L
Ryan O’Neil 100 W 10-8 Krishil Gandhi DQ L
Overall 7 and 1/2 Overall 8 and 1/2
Low Medalist Closest To the Pin
Sivakorn Losakul JBHS 80 Jayden Thomas Hole 14
Roman Verciglio BHS 80
Longest Drive
Blake Newton Hole 10


Burroughs 224 Glendale 271

John Burroughs High School
Date: 3/28 Location: Harding Par 37
Varsity Match
JBHS Player Name in out Score Glendale Player Name in out Score
1 Daniel Kesicbasian 43 1 Russell Caletena 40
2 Garrit Green 49 d 2 Kevin 67 d
3 Sivakorn Losakul 47 3 Sammy Do 46
4 Sean White 42 4 Joon Song 52
5 Patrick Colbert 46 5 Eyna Alaan 66
6 Dylan McNeely 46 6
Team Total 224 Team Total 271
Low Medalist:
Russell Caletena 40
d deonotes dropped score



South Pasadena Tiger Invitational – Friday, April 5


BRS 100 – Niko Guerrero – 9th – 12.09

BRS 100 – Corwin Scherer – 17th – 12:29

BRS 200 – Niko Guerrero – 12th – 24.58

B 800 – Everth Vargas – 17th – 2:03.33

BV Mile – Ricky Mendez – 17th – 4:38.39

B Mile – Shane Thompson – 2nd – 4:36.10

GV 3200 – Gracia Innocentia – 2nd – 11:28.74 – JB #4 All-Time G3200

GRS 3200 – Eileen Eckles – 1st – 12:09.75

BV 3200 – Luis Celaya – 7th – 9:45.83

BRS 3200 – Garrett Boulais – 2nd – 10:02.08

BRS 3200 – Elias Hoxsie – 3rd – 10:03.42

GV 100H – Carissa Jackson – 11th – 18.34

BRS 110H – Corwin Scherer – 3rd – 17.37

BRS 110H – Nathan Bradley – 5th – 17.81

BV 300H – Augusto Corea – 7th – 44.52

BRS 300H – Nathan Bradley – 2nd – 43.52

GV PV – Ellaine Ilano – 10th – 7’

GRS PV – Sarah Prystupa – 3rd – 8’6”

BV PV – Matt Schwartz – 2nd – 13’6”

BRS PV – Kent Truong – 2nd – 11’

BRS LJ – Niko Guerrero – 11th – 18’3”

Burbank 105 Pasadena 31 (boys)

MEET Burbank v. Pasadena
DATE 4/3/2013
1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place SCORE
4 x 100 44.92 Pasadena 45.56 Burbank 0 5
1600 4:33 Mkrtchyan B 4:36 Choe B 4:38 Ellman B 9 0
110HH 15.97 Palacio B 16.43 Afzali B 16.45 Martinez P 8 1
400 52.17 Barry P 52.62 Robinson P 54.14 Torrez B 1 8
100 11.26 Wormley P 11.65 Afzali B 11.73 Derobes P 3 6
800 2:00 Corea B 2:04 Mkrtchyan B 2:08 Ellman B 9 0
300H 41.23 Martinez P 42.28 Palacio B 43.86 Pulgarin B 4 5
200 23.01 Wormley P 23.13 Cornejo B 24.11 Derobes P 3 6
3200 10:34 Moskowitz B 10:35 Vasquez B 10:52 Itagaki, D B 9 0
4 x 400 3:36 Burbank 3:42 Pasadena 5 0
HJ 5-6 Wray B 5-6 Strang B 5-4 Walker B 9 0
PV 13-0 Miranda B 11-0 Pulgarin B 8-6 Gibbons B 9 0
LJ 20-5 Yim B 19-10 Palacio B 19-8.5 Kang B 9 0
TJ 39-2.5 Palacio B 37-4.5 Walker B 35-3.5 Yim B 9 0
SP 42-6.5 Hurtado B 39-6 Lee B 38-5 Card B 9 0
DT 136-1 Hurtado B 122-1.5 Card B 111-2 Gibbons B 9 0
105 31

Burbank 110 Pasadena 24 (girls)

MEET Burbank v. Pasadena
DATE 4/3/2013
1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place SCORE
4 x 100 51.02 Burbank 54.38 Pasadena 5 0
1600 5:49 Ignacio B 5:53 Stevenson B 6:10 Gonzalez B 9 0
100H 15.10 Richardson P 18.34 Anassian B 18.84 Gevorkian B 4 5
400 63.10 Martil B 65.28 Zepeda B 66.64 Snowden P 8 1
100 12.52 Blount P 12.81 Tomitsa B 13.22 Curtis B 4 5
800 2:40.7 Fernandez B 2:41.4 Movsesyan B 2:48 Gibson B 9 0
300H 48.33 Richardson P 52.59 Curtis B 53.78 Gevorkian B 4 5
200 26.40 Blount P 26.97 Tomitsa B 27.54 Zepeda B 4 5
3200 13:30 Stevenson B 13:34 Fernandez B 13:35 Movsesyan B 9 0
4 x 400 4:18.6 Burbank 4:35.9 Pasadena 5 0
HJ 4-10 Frazier B 4-10 McCord B 4-10 Gevorkian B 9 0
PV 8-0 Fiumani B 6-6 Baghdasarian B 8 0
LJ 45-5.75 Gevorkian B 14-5.5 Curtis B 14-4.75 Frazier B 9 0
TJ 31-7 McCord B 28-9.5 Zakevosyan B 8 0
SP 26-10.75 Khajehmal B 26-10 Rutherford P 26-8 VunCannon B 6 3
DT 91-1 VunCannon B 85-0.5 Medina B 79-8 Anassian B 9 0
110 24