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Burbank / Burroughs Alumni are All Friends Here

Burroughs and Burbank high school alumni have proved time and again they are the party animals around this town.

Attending the Burbank-Burroughs Alumni Assn. kick-off party are, from left, Roberta "Grande" Reynolds, Burbank High Class of 1972; Debra "Chew" Atherton, Joanne "Lento" Miller and Barbara Austin, all from Burroughs Class of 1972. (Photo by Joyce Rudolph)

Attending the Burbank-Burroughs Alumni Assn. kick-off party are, from left, Roberta “Grande” Reynolds, Burbank High Class of 1972; Debra “Chew” Atherton, Joanne “Lento” Miller and Barbara Austin, all from Burroughs Class of 1972. (Photo by Joyce Rudolph)

Case in point, after the combined reunion in August, a group of classmates had such a great time they decided to start an official group and the Burbank-Burroughs Alumni Assn. was born. About 20 grads stopped by Friday night for a kick-off event at D’Argenzio’s Wine Tasting Room in Burbank to meet new people, talk about old times and catch up with those they haven’t seen since graduation.

The location seemed appropriate since co-owners are Burroughs grad Richard D’Argenzio and his wife, Kathy “Rhoads” D’Argenzio, Burbank High School alumna. They were introducing fellow graduates to vintages just released last weekend during a party at the winery in Santa Rosa, run by Richard’s twin brother Raymond.

Debra “Chew” Atherton and Tony Verdugo, from the Burroughs Class of 1972, were active in theater classes while in school.

“My senior year in high school was wonderful! So was my junior year,” Verdugo said. “I had a blast! All afternoon was theater. We just had a lot fun! And we hung out afterwards–at Bob’s and Copper Penny.”

Atherton remembered the plays they performed.

“We did ‘Wait Until Dark’, ‘Mid Summer Night’s Dream’, which was my favorite, and ‘Guys and Dolls’,” she said.

“One of the minor ones we did was ‘Cinderella’ with the choir,” Verdugo added.

Seeing familiar faces was the best part of attending the party, said Randy Arrington, Burbank High School Class of 1972.

“It’s exciting to come and recognize faces I saw 40 years ago, talk to them, find out what their lives have turned out to be, if they have done something special or the sad things they have been through,” he said. “You’d be surprised how many people’s lives seem to take similar paths.”

Bringing graduates of the two schools together is the reason for starting the alumni association, said Joanne “Lento” Miller, a founding member. She graduated from Burroughs In 1972 and her son, Jeremy, graduated from Burbank High in June.

“I am passionate about the Burbank schools — both Burbank and Burroughs– and I’m passionate about the community and the city we live in and I think everyone should be one big happy family,” Miller said. “And nowadays many families have kids that went to one school and they went to the other, so this is a natural move to bring us all under one happy umbrella.”

In creating an alumni association, the group is committed to “giving back” to the alma maters by offering scholarships, mentoring programs and having a bigger presence within the community, Miller said. In four weeks, the group has grown to 740 alums on its Facebook page.

“That’s a sign of school and community spirit!” Miller said.

One of the upcoming everts for the alumni association to get together is the Burbank Burroughs homecoming football game, she said.

“One idea is to have a section of the bleachers reserved for members of the alumni association,” she said. “We want to pattern the association after the USC alumni association.”

Creation of the alumni group has support from the district office, said Roberta “Grande” Reynolds, Burbank High Class of 1972 and vice president of the School Board. Supporters include Superintendent Jan Britz, Director of Secondary Education Emilio Urioste, Burroughs Principal John Paramo, Burbank High Principal Mike Bertram and School Board President Dave Kemp.

Being a Burbank High grad, Reynolds said she loves the idea of an alumni association.

“We have a strong, cohesive community,” she said. “We have so many people that have ties to both of the schools and I really hope we can have ties to one another.”

Burroughs’ Alumnipaluzza Is a Doozah

By Greg Simay
Entertainment Editor

In most other cities, from Twin Falls to Toledo to Tupelo, last night’s “Alumni Pop Show 4” music extravaganza at John Burroughs High School (JBHS) would be the highlight of the summer season.  But for the Vocal Music Association (VMA) alumni, it was more like a jam session of joy, proclaiming to a delighted audience that VMA talent, teamwork and enthusiasm gloriously endures.

Caitlin Ary singing Stairway to Heaven with the Alumni Choir (Photo Courtesy Connie Trimble)

Caitlin Ary singing Stairway to Heaven with the Alumni Choir (Photo Courtesy Connie Trimble)

There were stunning solos, gorgeous guitar work, touching father/daughter duets, engaging trios, and hugely effective song-and-dance ensembles.  The show’s momentum rocketed through the roof and to the summer stars with a “Stairway to Heaven” that The Who would gladly tread upon.

“The first Alumni Pop Show was a tribute to [former VMA Director] Mary Rago on her retirement,” said Brendan Jennings, current JBHS VMA Director.  “But the idea of a reunion event had been floating around for a decade.” Jen Oundjian, JBHS VMA Artistic Director, tracked down the VMA alumni and made it happen. Now the Alumni Pop Show has settled in to a once-every-two-years tradition.

“You have to be very judicious with their time,” remarks Jennings. There’s only three days of rehearsal, with maybe an extra day for the choreography. “But luckily,” continues Jennings, “our faith in their past training has always been vindicated.” As it indeed was last night, with performances that suggested far more extensive preparation.

Alumni Dance Ensemble performing Thift Store  (Photo Courtesy Connie Trimble)

Alumni Dance Ensemble performing Thift Store (Photo Courtesy Connie Trimble)

So what makes the JBHS vocal program special enough to command such fierce loyalty from its alumni? “Two big things,” explains Jennings. “One, our program provides an incredible sense of family. Students form bonds and make friendships that are life long. And two, working yourself as hard as you can in a supportive and safe place, and then achieving something absolutely brilliant that you’ll never forget.”

In their high school years, many teens have their first serious romances, in spite of their parents wanting them to wait until 30 before dating. But how many high school students know what it’s like to reach a level of excellence that commands respect from the real world, a world that consistently demands excellence in sports and entertainment?

VMA students know.  And it’s not just from garnering a whole forest of first-place competition trophies, which lined both sides of the auditorium entrance last night.  “In the last several years, we’ve done a lot of work for corporate events including conventions,” explains Jennings. “We appeared on Oprah back in 2010, and we even did recordings for The Voice during its first three seasons.”

The VMA program is attracting international attention. Visitors from countries as diverse as Australia and China have dropped by to see how they can duplicate VMA’s success. “I went to Singapore for a week,” said Jennings. “And I’m working with Christine DeMore [director of the Jordan Middle School choir] on an educational program for teachers that we’ll roll out June of next year.”

Small wonder that VMA alumni feel grateful for having been in the VMA program.

The Burbank community should feel grateful as well. Come to the concluding performance Sunday, August 25, at 2 p.m. in the JBHS auditorium. Proceeds from the tickets (on sale at JBHSVMA.org) will support VMA’s scholarship program.

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If you want to see how amazing are the current crop of JBHS VMA students, mark your calendar for Burroughs on Broadway, October 11 and 12 at 7 p.m., and October 13 at 2 p.m. Order online at www.jbhsvma.com.

And, you may want to give the Jordan Middle School choir a listen. “They’re one of the best middle school choirs in the county,” remarks Jennings.

Burroughs VMA to Celebrate 35 Years With Special Concert

The John Burroughs High School Vocal Music Association will host a special Alumni “Pop Show” Concert on Saturday, August 24th at 7:00pm and Sunday, August 25th at 2:00pm, in the John Burroughs High School Auditorium.

This year’s event, which has become a biennial tradition, pays tribute to the 35th Anniversary of the JBHS VMA and will feature over 50 VMA alumni performers, including current VMA director Brendan Jennings and artistic director Jen Oundjian.

In addition to a concert, the event will also provide guests with a chance to tour a “museum” of VMA artifacts, including photos, competition costumes, posters and much more from the past three decades.  Attendees will even have an opportunity to take home some of VMA’s coveted trophies as many are retired in order to make room to showcase more recent awards bestowed on the nationally-acclaimed choral program.

Tickets are on sale now at www.JBHSVMA.org and will also be available at the door.  Proceeds from the event will benefit the VMA’s student scholarship offerings.

In 1978, Mary Rago, who at the time was the vocal music director of John Burroughs High School, launched one of the nation’s very first competitive show choir programs. Rago was succeeded as director in 2006 by her former student, Brendan Jennings, who is assisted by artistic director, Jen Oundjian.  Every other August, for the past six years, alumni gather for rehearsals.  The VMA Alumni group supports the Burroughs’ VMA program with donations and fundraising efforts to provide scholarships for current and future student choir members.

The John Burroughs High School Vocal Music Association includes five competitive show choirs, involving over 200 student choir, tech and musical performers.  The program’s advanced mixed choir, POWERHOUSE, has long been recognized as one of the nation’s finest show choirs. An inspiration for the television series “Glee,” POWERHOUSE was invited to perform on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 2010 as a representative of the modern high school show choir phenomenon. In recent years, POWERHOUSE has performed opposite the cast of “Glee,” Christina Aguilera, Nelly Furtado, The Canadian Tenors and Foreigner. Additionally, the group was featured in “Gleeful: The Real Show Choirs of America”, a British documentary as well as profiled on the “CBS Evening News.” The choir has traveled and performed in a variety of cities around the U.S., and has twice traveled to Hong Kong to perform in the internationally televised Chinese New Year Parade as other prominent events.

In addition to being named the 2013 National Champions, POWERHOUSE has accumulated countless awards and accolades on both the local and national levels, including Grand Championships at the FAME Hollywood Show Choir Regional Competition; the 2009 FAME National Show Choir Cup in New York, the 2008 FAME Chicago National Show Choir Competition and the 2007 FAME Orlando National Show Choir Competition.

For more information on the John Burroughs High School VMA Show Choirs, go to www.jbhsvma.org

John Burroughs High Class of 1963 Celebrates 50-Year Reunion

John Burroughs High School has certainly had its share of celebrities as alumni since that first graduating class in 1949, but one class has always stood out because of their Prom.

Alumni from the Class of 1963 celebrating their 50-Year Class Reunion are from L-R, Gyla Benson Bright, Fran Accardi Kahn, Beverly Adams Sassoon, and Harrie Niers.  (Photo by Stan Lynch)

Alumni from the Class of 1963 celebrating their 50-Year Class Reunion are from L-R, Gyla Benson Bright, Fran Accardi Kahn, Beverly Adams Sassoon, and Harrie Niers. (Photo by Stan Lynch)

The Class of 1963 will forever be remembered for President John F. Kennedy attending their Senior Prom back in June of 1963.  Last Saturday night, as the class celebrated their 50-year reunion, the excitement of that night long ago was recalled.  It was a night that none of those in attendance will probably ever forget.

It was an event that almost didn’t happen.  Two years before the prom, the class had signed a contract with the Beverly Hilton Hotel (at the time probably one of the swankiest hotels in town) to hold the prom in their largest ballroom.  With a class of over 500 students, they needed a big room for the event.  A couple of weeks before the prom, it was announced that President Kennedy was coming to town for a fundraiser to be held at the hotel.   The Democrat Party wanted the largest room, so the hotel “bumped” the class of 1963’s prom.   Of course the seniors in the class of 1963 complained.

Some pundits in the media called the seniors “spoiled kids” for wanting the room when the President of the United States needed it.  They sort of glossed over that it was a fundraiser.  Fortunately, the appeals reached all the way to the White House, and Mr. Kennedy told them to let the kids have their prom.  His fundraiser was moved to several smaller rooms, and he simply moved from room to room to great the guests.

It was quite an affair.  I remember arriving at the hotel with my date, and wondering why there was such a big crowd gathered behind barricades as we entered the hotel.  I thought our prom must have be a really big deal, until I remembered that the President was going to also be at the hotel.

Senior Class President Tom Giuffrida added some details to the evening that most had never heard.  He recounted how he almost didn’t make it to the prom on time.

“We double dated with another couple, and of course we had to have pictures taken by four different sets of parents.  By the time we visited all four homes, we were almost late arriving at the hotel,” said Giuffrida.

The class had a large silver platter engraved for the occasion to present to the President.  According to Giuffrida, one Secret Service Agent told him they could not present it to the President.  Later a second agent told them they could.

“We dicided to go with the second agent,” said Giuffrida.  There is a famous photo of Giuffrida and other student government officers presenting the platter to the President.  Mr. Kennedy addressed the students, telling them, “Next to being President, in fact, rather than being President, I’d prefer to be a senior at John Burroughs.”

Jack Benny was there with the President that night.  Giuffrida recalled how the famed comedian, who was know for his frugality, commented that he’d rather be at our prom since we only paid $18 a couple for the tickets, and he had paid $100 a plate to dine with the President.    Just as a side note, the tickets for the 50-year Reunion were $120 per person.

About 150 alumni and guests were present Saturday night at the Sheraton Universal Hotel.  The walls of the room were lined with memorabilia.  Class photos from elementary school, junior high, and high school were on display.  Sadly, there was a large poster listing the names of classmates who have died since that day 50 years ago when the class of 1963 marched onto Memorial Field for graduation ceremonies.

Absent from the reunion was the “bragging” about one’s prestigious job, replaced by talk of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and what one is doing in retirement. Classmate Shirley Dalton Nelson was given a prize for the longest marriage, 51 years to husband Jack. The couple have 6 children, 25 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.  The prize for the classmate traveling the farthest to reach the reunion went to Tim Coleman, who came all the way from Viet Nam, where he works teaching English.

Classmates, Stan Lynch and Beverly Adams Sassoon, talked about the "good old days" at Jordan and Burroughs at the Class of 1963 Reunion.  (Photo by Harrie Niers)

Classmates, Stan Lynch and Beverly Adams Sassoon, talked about the “good old days” at Jordan and Burroughs at the Class of 1963 Reunion. (Photo by Harrie Niers)

Every class at Burroughs seems to have a celebrity, and 1963 was no exception. Beverly Adams Sassoon, who appeared in a “Matt Helm” movie with Dean Martin before marrying Vidal Sassoon, was in attendance.  Beverly looked as beautiful as she did back when she was one of the Varsity Song Leaders at Burroughs.  Her career also included being elected 7th grade Class President at Jordan Junior High, as well as Student Body President in 9th grade.  According to Beverly, she spends her time now hanging out with her seven grandchildren, who are living all over the world.

Tom Giuffrida has had an interesting time since the Senior Prom.  Just days after the prom, he and class vice-president Richard Holbrook, flew to New York to appear on the popular TV show “I’ve Got A Secret.”  The celebrity panel didn’t guess their secret, that they had invited the President to their senior prom.  He jokingly admitted to being infatuated at the time with panelist Bess Myerson.  He went on to a career in journalism with the LA Times, Atlanta Journal Constitution, and 23 years as publisher of the Palm Beach Post before he retired 5 years ago.

Although most of the classmates are retired or nearing the end of their working careers, “grandchildren” was the hottest topic around the table at the reunion.  All of us remembered the great time we all had at John Burroughs High School.  1963 truly was a great time — and so was last Saturday night.

If it wasn’t for my friend and fellow classmate Harrie Niers, I probably would not have gone to the reunion.  I’m so glad I did.

— Stan Lynch,  John Burroughs High class of 1963

Note:  Burbank High had their Senior Prom that same night at the Beverly Hilton.  Governor Edmund G. “Pat” Brown stopped by and addressed their prom.  Maybe some things are better left not remembered.

Burbank Noon Rotary Announces High School Art Winners

The 13th Annual Burbank High Schools Rotary Art Contest is held to help Kids develop Arts Skills necessary to enter the highly competitive local industry of Graphic Arts in the San Fernando Valley .

The results are as follows:

Burbank High School

Burbank High first place winner David Faizi with Court Warner and Mike Thomas of Burbank Noon Rotary

Burbank High first place winner David Faizi with Court Warner and Mike Thomas of Burbank Noon Rotary

1st Place David Faizi  (receives $200 Gift Certificate to Swains Art Supply)

2nd Place Jee Soo Shin (receives $100 Gift Certificate to Swain’s Art Supply)

3rd Place Joshua Macapagal (receives $50 Gift Certificate to Swain’s Art Supply)

Honorable Mention

Derek Baer, Eon Cheong, Allison Tiegs, Lauren Yu, Tyler Yu


Burroughs High School

Burroughs High first place winner Karyl Dimaculangan with Court Warner and Mike Thomas of Burbank Noon Rotary

Burroughs High first place winner Karyl Dimaculangan with Court Warner and Mike Thomas of Burbank Noon Rotary

1st Place Karyl Dimaculangan  (receives $200 Gift Certificate to Swain’s Art Supply)

2nd Place Daniel Kerkotchian (receives $100 Gift Certificate to Swain’s Art Supply)

3rd Place Joseph Dasalla (receives $50 Gift Certificate to Swain’s Art Supply)

Honorable Mention

Kyle Abcede, Mathew Geronimo, Jason Hamm, John Kim, Kyle Martin


If you would like to see their work up close, their artwork will be on Display at the Buena Vista Library.

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California State PTA Rewards Burroughs High’s PTSA

John Burroughs High School’s PTSA received two coveted Spotlight Awards at the California State PTA Convention in San Jose on Friday, May 4th.


L to R Incoming State PTA President Colleen You and Current State PTA President Carol Kocivar, Suzanne Weerts, Tina McDermott and Sherry Beamer

JBHS PTSA President, Sherry Beamer, received a California State PTA Award for Leadership and the School’s Homework Task Force, represented by parents Tina McDermott and Suzanne Weerts, received an award for Advocacy with the school’s Homework survey and report.

There were only 8 awards given across the state and John Burroughs High School received two of the prestigious awards.

Burroughs High School Vocal Music Association Crowned National Grand Champions


At the Show Choir National Finals in Chicago, both Powerhouse and Sound Sensations from John Burroughs High School were named National Grand Champions following incredible performances before an audience of 4,800 at the Arie Crown Theater in Chicago. It is the first time one school has swept both divisions in the National Championship Series.

30 of the top choirs in the nation performed, all of whom qualified by finishing in the top of their divisions at 6 regional qualifying events. Awards won by John Burroughs included:

Best Tech Crew (congratulations to Jon King and his fantastic tech students!)

Best Male Soloist – Joe Leone (for his performance of “Nice Work If You Can Get It”)

Best Diction, Best Costumes, Best Female Sound (Powerhouse)

Best Vocals (Sound Sensations)

Best Choreography (Powerhouse)

Capping off an undefeated season, Sound Sensations will bring home the inaugural Women’s Show Choir Cup to JBHS. Although this is the first time the cup has been awarded, Sound Sensations has been the dominant force in women’s show choir for the past five years. Now they are the official #1 women’s group in the nation!

P1100246For Powerhouse, this is the third time they have won the National Show Choir Cup (having previously won it in 2001 and 2008). JBHS is the first school to bring home this honor three times. Powerhouse defeated last year’s champions (Wheaton Warrenville HS, from Illinois) at a competition earlier this season. The students of Powerhouse are proud to represent the City of Burbank and the State of California as National Champions.

If you haven’t seen this award winning shows yet, your last chance is at the JBHS Spring Concert on Thursday, May 16th at 6pm in the John Burroughs High School Auditorium. Tickets are on sale at: www.jbhsvma.com

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.”

High School Sports Weekly Recap

By Dick Dornan
MyBurbank Sports Editor



Burbank Tennis (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank  High Singles Player Clayton Pauff (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs 12 Burbank 6 (Indians now 6-0 in the Pacific League)

Burroughs 13 Hoover 5



Burbank 17 Glendale 1



Burbank 8 Glendale 0 (Angel Villagran threw a complete game shutout allowing only two hits while striking out six. The Bulldogs scored four runs in the first inning on four hits. Harrison Hernandez led the way with three RBI’s while Sebby Santoro had two doubles and two runs scored)

Burroughs 9 Ventura 2 (Daniel Barraza and Luis Pereyra threw six innings of no-hit baseball. Brian Pozos went 3 for 4, Patrick Christopher slammed a home run with two rbi’s in his 2 for 4 performance and Pereyra went 2 for 3)

Providence 6 St. Monica Academy 5


Boys Volleyball:

Claremont 3 Burroughs 2 (25-23, 23-25, 25-23, 20-25, 17-15)

Stat leaders: Shayne Beamer 15 kills; BJ Lagmay 44 assists; Danny Casillas 21 digs

Burroughs 3 Arcadia 0 (27-25, 25-10, 25-18)

Stat leaders: Daniel Jacobs 11 kills; Shayne Beamer 9 kills, 3 blocks; Nick Van Loo 6 kills, Danny Casillas and Daniel Marbach had 9 digs apiece; BJ Lagmay 30 assists

Burbank 3 Hoover 0 (25-17, 25-20, 25-14)

Stat leaders: Derian Blandon 7 kills, 8 digs; Elijah Cowart 5 kills; Jack Dagher 7 digs; Paolo Fabregar 2 blocks; Josh Wright 2 blocks; Ryan Garcia 7 assists, 4 aces; Jason Gomez 11 assists



Burbank        Hoover

Boys Varsity        114        49

Girls Varsity         123        43

Boys JV                89           64

Girls JV                 107        41



Burbank 90 Crescenta Valley 46 (boys)

MEET Burbank v. CV
DATE 3/28/2013
1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place SCORE
4 x 100 44.94 CV DQ Burbank 0 5
1600 4:23.87 Mkrtchyan B 4:24.86 Corea B 4:25.0 Collison C 8 1
110HH 15.62 Palacio B 16.18 Afzali B 16.26 Shahmanyan C 8 1
400 53.12 Damla C 53.98 Torrez B 54.6 Pulgarin B 4 5
100 11.29 Williams B 11.37 Kim C 11.58 Byung C 5 4
800 2:00.35 Beatty C 2:02.77 Manolo C 2:03.76 Collison C 0 9
300H 41.52 Shahmanyan C 41.69 Palacio B 43.82 Afzali B 4 5
200 23.39 Kim C 23.40 Ordookhamian C 23.93 Cornejo B 1 8
3200 9:54 Choe B 9:59 Ellman B 10:04 Beatty V 8 1
4 x 400 3:33.76 CV 3:40.72 Burbank 0 5
HJ 5-8 Wray B 5-8 Strang B 5-6 Kim C 8 1
PV 11-6 Pulgarin B 11-0 Miranda B 10-6 Rogers 8 1
LJ 19-9 Palacio B 19-1 Kang B 18-6.5 Kim B 9 0
TJ 40-9.5 Williams B 39-5.25 Palacio B 36-5.5 Walker B 9 0
SP 43-0 Hurtado B 40-5 Lee, J B 39-6 Card B 9 0
DT 147-10 Hurtado B 126-1 Card B 116-2.5 Lee, J B 9 0
90 46

Crescenta Valley 72 Burbank 64 (girls)

MEET Burbank v. CV
DATE 3/28/2013
1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place SCORE
4 x 100 50.31 CV DQ Burbank 0 5
1600 5:25.17 Melnyk C 5:30.43 Ruby C 5:34.8 Witzeman C 0 9
100H 17.02 Lapides C 17.41 Anassian B 18.81 Filipian C 3 6
400 57.92 Carillo C 60.66 Martil B 64.04 Ianello C 3 6
100 12.52 Newton B 12.8 Tomitsa B 13.12 Wong C 8 1
800 2:22.08 Johnson C 2:29.4 Ignacio B 2:33.47 Ruby C 3 6
300H 50.49 Lapides C 50.95 Gevorkian B 56.85 Curtis B 4 5
200 24.77 Carillo C 26.78 Tomitsa B 27.0 Zepeda B 4 5
3200 11:42.1 Witzeman C 11:42.4 Johnson C 11:43.8 Melnyk C 0 9
4 x 400 4:06 CV 4:16 Burbank 0 5
HJ 5-0 Walker C 4-8 Frazier B 4-8 McCord B 4 5
PV 8-0 Fiumani B 7-0 Nakamura C 7-0 Stevenson C 5 4
LJ 15-3.75 Wong C 15-1.5 Gevorkian B 14-5 Frazier B 4 5
TJ 31-4 McCord B 28-6.5 Zakevozyan B 28-.75 Palacios C 8 1
SP 28-3.25 VunCannon B 28-0 Khajehmal B 26-3 Anassian B 9 0
DT 89-8 VunCannon B 87-9 Medina B 77-10 Khajehmal B 9 0
64 72


Burroughs vs. Hoover

March 28, 2013

Girls Varsity

B – 122, H – 6  



Noelle Garcia (1)         13.5

Sarah Prystupa (2)       13.6



Kayla Avila (1)                        29.4

Noelle Garcia (2)         29.9

Deanna Fierro              31.1



Gigi Chamberlain (1)   66.2

Kayla Avila (2)                        67.9

Deanna Fierro              71.4



Dayanna Yanez (1)      2:42

Gigi Chamberlain (2)   2:43

Miranda Acosta (3)      2:45

Natalie Hernandez       2:54

Sammantha Fajardo     2:55

Ashley Velasco                        2:59

Brittany Trinidad         3:00



Gracia Innocentia (1)   5:36

Miranda Acosta (2)      5:38

Sammantha Fajardo (3)            6:07

Ashley Velasco                        6:23

Natalie Herenandez     6:37



Eileen Eckles (1)          12:20



Carissa Jackson (1)      18.0

Arianna Leonardo (2)  18.2

Johanna Reyes (3)       18.4

Carla Jimenez              23.7



Johanna Reyes (1)       52.6

Carissa Jackson (2)      54.4

Arianna Leonardo (3)  55.4

Carla Jimenez              64.5

Evette Villegas             66.4


4×100 (1)                     56.7


4×400 (1)                     4:40

Arianna Leonardo        69.0

Kayla Avila                 69.3

Deanna Fierro              69.9

Sammantha Fajardo     72.60



Sarah Prystupa (1)       9’

Ellaine Ilano (2)           7’6


Sarah Prystupa

#4 JB G PV



Arianna Leonardo (1)  4’



Jamie Phan (1)             12’5.5

Talin Hallajian (2)        12’4.5



Jamie Phan (1)             27’6

Talin Hallajian (2)        25’6



Ashley Sapone (1)       27’0.5

Emory Goodwin (2)     24’7.5

Kimberly Santos (3)     23’9.5

Olivia Villegas             22’8



Olivia Villegas (1)        73’5

Ashley Sapone (2)       71’9

Emory Goodwin (3)     56’7

Kimberly Santos          53’


Girls Fr/So

B – 118, H – 4



Daisy Casteneda (1)     14.0

Laura Rodriguez (2)     14.2

Brianna Castillo (3)      15.7

Cynthia Monteros        16.6



Daisy Casteneda (1)     30.4

Camila Franco (1)        30.4

Jaymie Olea (3)                       30.9

Brianna Castillo                       33.7

Emily Wilson               34.0

Cynthia Monteros        35.7



Camila Franco (1)        70.7

Jaymie Olea (2)                       72.1

Emily Wilson (3)         77.7



Ignatia Teresa (1)         3:11

Mila Santos (2)                        3:26

Jennifer Diaz (3)          3:26

Rhiannon Giever         3:43



Ashley Contreras (1)    6:09

Samantha Miceli (2)     6:09

Betsy Ramirez             6:22

Lili Hooshivar              6:41

Ignatia Teresa              6:42



Ashley Contreras (1)    13:15

Betsy Ramirez (3)        14:16



Breanna McCallum (1)            20.0

Katherine Espinel (2)   20.1

Kristin Turner (3)         21.9



Katherine Espinel (1)   61.3

Kristin Turner (2)         64.0


4×100 (1)                     57.8


4×400 (1)                     5:12

Kristin Turner              73.6

Katherine Espinel        76.9

Emily Wilson               80.9

Cynthia Monteros        81.6



Kristin Turner (1)         7’

Laura Rodriguez (2)     6’6

Cristina Valdez (3)       5’



Breanna McCallum (1)            3’10



Laura Rodriguez (1)     14’1

Maya Anding (2)         11’8

Jennifer Diaz (3)          9’11

Mila Santos                  9’5

Rhiannon Giever         8’6





Breanna McCallum (1)            24’1

Carolina Zuniga (2)      22’11

Alexa Gray (3)             21’2.5

Mariah Murcia                         20’9.5

Sarah Han                    20’8

Hennessy Hasbun        20’2



Sarah Han (1)              58’9

Carolina Zuniga (2)      56’6

Mariah Murcia (3)        52’6

Hennessy Hasbun        51’

Alexa Gray                  46’8


Boys Varsity

B – 98, H – 28



Niko Guerrero (1)        11.4

Corwin Scherer (2)      11.5

Garrett Manoukian (3) 12.2

Jason Hamm                13.3



Niko Guerrero (1)        23.9

Corwin Scherer (2)      24.2

Robert Martinez (3)     24.4

Eric Casillas                 26.0



Robert Martinez (1)     53.1

Augusto Corea (2)       53.7

Eric Casillas                 56.9



Everth Vargas (2)         2:07

Francis Hilao (3)          2:13

Carvin Ortega              2:32



Everth Vargas (3)         4:43

Francis Hilao               4:48

Thomas Switzer                       5:07

Jarrett Duran                5:08

Carvin Ortega              5:26



Shane Thompson (1)   9:43.5

Luis Celaya (3)                        9:55

Ricky Mendez             10:03

Garrett Boulais             10:05

Thomas Switzer                       11:50

Jarrett Duran                12:09


 Shane Thompson

#2 JB BSF 3200



Nathan Bradley (1)      17.1

Corwin Scherer (2)      17.7

Carlos Ortega (3)         18.2

Omar Nuriddin                        22.1



Nathan Bradley (1)      43.0

Carlos Ortega (2)         43.5

Omar Nuriddin (3)       49.0


Nathan Bradley

#4 JB BSF 300H


4×100                          DQ



Team A                                    3:43

Everth Vargas              54.2

Nathan Bradley                        55.7

Eric Casillas                 56.3

Carlos Ortega               57.1

Team B                                    3:50

Robert Martinez           54.2

Francis Hilao               56.4

Omar Nuriddin                        56.4

Carvin Ortega              63.5



Matt Schwartz (1)        13’6

Kent Truong (2)           11’6

Mark Allsman (3)        9’6

Nick Garduno              9’

Josh Leyva                  9’

Albert Manukyan         9’

Brent Caballero                        8’



Matt Schwartz (1)        5’7

Keith Lohacharoen (3) 5’2

Nick Garduno              5’2



Niko Guerrero (1)        18’3

Garrett Manoukian (2) 15’1.5



Garrett Manoukian (1) 37’5



Brian Jones (1)                        48’11

Jason Hamm (3)          37’1

Andrew Bui                 36’11

Ermar Cruz                  33’2

Deon Castillo               31’5

Tony Phi                      28’11

Matt Manarchy                        28’4.5



Ermar Cruz (1)             130’

Jason Hamm (2)          96’8

Deon Castillo (3)         88’2

Brian Jones                  86’7

Andrew Bui                 76’7

Tony Phi                      75’7

Matt Manarchy                        55’1


Ermar Cruz

#4 JB B DT


Boys Fr/So

B – 108, H – 10



Hunter Guerin (1)        11.7

Michael Huynh                        12.4

Michael Fajardo           12.9

Nathan Soriano                        13.9



Hunter Guerin (1)        25.1

Michael Huynh (3)      25.8

Michael Molina                        26.1

Devlin Jimenez                        27.4

Michael Fajardo           27.8



Michael Molina (1)      57.0

Devlin Jimenez (2)      59.2



David Olympia (1)       2:21

David Carrillo (2)        2:25

Cody Avila (3)             2:25

Daniel Beimford          2:25

Quang Nguyen             2:28

Matt Cardenas              2:29

Aaron Palilla                2:29

Adam Villalpando       2:33

Eddy Goshorn             2:33

Mitchel Fernando         2:34

Jared Perez                  2:35




Cole Wantland (1)       4:56

Jack Howe (2)             5:02

Christian Fuentes (3)    5:07

Daniel Beimford          5:09

Matt Cardenas              5:13

David Carrillo              5:14

David Olympia                        5:15

Quang Nguyen             5:17

Cody Avila                  5:18

Aaron Palilla                5:19

Adam Villalpando       5:28

Jared Perez                  5:34

Mitchel Fernando         5:39

Carlos Rodriguez         6:17

Eddy Goshorn             6:19



Elias Hoxsie (1)                       9:59.1

Jack Howe (2)             10:55

Cole Wantland (3)       10:59

Christian Fuentes         11:27

Elias Hoxsie

#8 JB BSF 3200



Emerson Sosa (1)         18.5



Emerson Sosa (1)         46.1

Liam Taylor (2)                       59.9


4×100                          DQ






















Team C (1)                  4:04

Hunter Guerin              56.7

David Carrillo              60.4

Quang Nguyen             63.7

David Olympia                        63.8

Team D                                    4:16

Michael Molina                        58.0

Ben Mathov                 64.4

Nathan Soriano                        66.7

Aaron Palilla                68.0

Team B                                    4:19

Michael Huynh                        58.0

Michael Fajardo           63.4

Matt Cardenas              67.9

Liam Taylor                 70.0

Team A                                    4:20

Jeremy Phan                62.5

Cody Avila                  62.7

Eddy Goshorn             65.3

Mitchel Fernando         69.7

Team E                                    4:20

Emerson                      58.8

Daniel Beimford          65.2

Adam Villalpando       65.9

Jared Perez                  70.9



Ben Mathov (1)                       8’



Emerson Sosa (1)         5’

Jeremy Phan (2)           4’6



Jeremy Phan (1)           16’3

Gordon Cunningham (2)16’

Michael Fajardo (3)     14’7.5

Oscar Gake                  12’11



Jeremy Phan (1)           34’5

Michael Fajardo (2)     31’5



Austin Bui (1)              37’5.5

Nick Phillippi (2)         33’3



Austin Bui (1)              82’10

Nick Phillippi (2)         80’5




Mt. Carmel Invitational (San Diego) – Saturday, March 23

 B 1600 (Division 2)

Ricky Mendez – 4th – 4:28.10

Shane Thompson – 8th – 4:30.57

Shane – JBHS #5 All-Time BSF 1600

G 3200 (Division 2)

Gracia Innocentia – 3rd – 11:33.48

Gracia – JBHS #4 All-Time G 3200

G Pole Vault (Division 2)

Sarah Prystupa – 6th – 8’2”

B Pole Vault (Division 2)

Matt Schwartz – 1st – 14’2”

 Matt – JBHS #7 All-Time B PV