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Burroughs Girls Water Polo Can’t Find Answers, Lose To Crescenta Valley, 18-8

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


Burroughs High Coach Jacob Cook had an inkling that Thursday’s Pacific League girls’ water polo championship match was going to be tough to win.

What the No. 2 seeded Indians faced was a team that has now claimed seven straight league titles after being routed by Crescenta Valley 18-8 at Burbank High.

The top-seeded Falcons (25-4 and 8-0 in league) were never threatened and were paced by six goals from freshman Alexandra Garas and five from senior Audrey Taylor.

Crescenta Valley was coming off a 23-6 blitz of Glendale while the Indians (14-9 and 6-2 in league) easily ripped through Arcadia.

The CIF Southern Section playoffs begin this week and the seeds will be announced on Sunday.

The Falcons led 5-0 after the first quarter when Garas, who had 15 goals in two tournament games, and Esma Dollaku each scoring two goals while Taylor added one.

Crescenta Valley’s lead expanded to 8-0 before sophomore setter Bianca Sanchez, who had three goals, found the back of the goal for the Indians that made it 8-1.

From this point, Burroughs outscored the Falcons 5-3 with sophomore driver Gwen Turla, who chimed in with a team-best four goals, scoring just before the half as the Indians trailed 11-6.

The Falcons scored five goals in the third quarter and forged a 16-6 advantage before the Indians scored two goals in the fourth quarter, including one from junior driver Dominique Silva.

Burroughs And Burbank Girls Soccer Ends In 2-2 Tie

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


Any time rivals get together, it’s likely to be fiercely contested, and when third place is on the table in the Pacific League girls’ soccer standings, it’s even more hotly contested.

Under this scenario, Burbank High rallied for two goals in the second half against visiting Burroughs and ended in a 2-2 tie on Thursday.

Both teams will compete in the CIF Southern Section playoffs and the pairings will be announced on Monday at 10 a.m.

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Burbank hosted Burroughs in the Pacific League finale that ended in a 2-2 tie. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“The first half went in our favor a little bit, but it was pretty close,” Burroughs coach Brady Riggs said. “Burbank plays a lot differently than we do. They kick the ball long and try to get the ball in the box. We pass the ball a lot more.”

Junior forward/midfielder Kira Bochard knocked in a pair of goals for the Bulldogs (10-4-3 and 9-4-1 in league), including the match-tying tally against goalie Emma Bartram with three minutes left.

“Kira has a motor that won’t quit,” Riggs said. “She’s a great player and both of her goals came on just one pass. She doesn’t need a lot of room to score. I think maybe we were a little fatigued as a team in the second half because we had six minutes of extra time added on.”

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The Bulldogs defeated the Indians 2-1, but settled for a 2-2 tie in the regular season capper. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Bochard’s goal in the 20th minute trimmed the Indians’ lead to 2-1 and came against Bartram, who had seven saves.

The Indians (12-4-1 and 9-4-1 in league) took a 1-0 lead when senior forward Jazmine Valdez scored a goal from the right side on a corner kick in the 16th minute against junior goalie Nicole Winters, who had four saves.

With two minutes having elapsed in the second half, sophomore outside backer Maddy Sena’s long shot from the right side over Winters made it 2-0 and was assisted by junior midfielder Mireya Gonzalez.

The Bulldogs knocked off the Indians 2-1 at Burroughs on Jan. 22.

Burbank Boys Cagers Edge Burroughs, 61-60

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


A time out with 7.9 seconds left on the clock that wiped out a game-tying three-pointer may have helped decide Thursday’s Pacific League boys’ basketball game between visiting Burbank High and Burroughs at a jammed-packed and raucous gym.

The Bulldogs’ 61-60 decision over the city rival Indians stood after senior shooting guard Steven Hubbell’s trey was wiped out after Burroughs Coach Adam Hochberg asked for a time out.

In fairness, Hochberg tried to call time even earlier in order to set up his offense and defense, but the referee failed to acknowledge the request.

Burbank senior shooting guard Ellie Hanno’s three-pointer with 2:20 left in the fourth quarter gave the Bulldogs a 57-53 lead, and Hanno’s free throw made it 60-57 with 10.1 seconds.

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Burbank senior shooting guard Ellie Hanno (#3) had a game-best 19 points in a 61-60 win. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“We played together as a team,” said Hanno, who scored a game-best 19 points. “This is one of the best and biggest games I’ve played in.”

Junior power forward Tristen Hull’s three-point shot at the buzzer cut the lead to one point, but that was it for the Indians (19-7 and 9-5 in league).

“We know going in that it’s a rivalry game and that they’re going to make adjustments from the first meeting [Burroughs won 59-50],” Hochberg said. “We fought back and shot well in the fourth quarter. I’m proud of my guys and my seniors. But you have to execute for 32 minutes and we didn’t. You have to give Burbank credit.”

Both Burroughs and Burbank now await the CIF Southern Section playoff pairings which will be announced on Sunday.

The Indians were tied with Crescenta Valley and a coin flip will determine third and fourth place while the Bulldogs are in fifth place and can hope for an at-large bid.

“Anything can happen when you’re playing Burbank,” said Hubbell, who had seven points with five assists, two steals and two blocks. “We have a strong group and we’re going to get ready for the playoffs.”

Burroughs scored 20 points in the fourth quarter while limiting Burbank (18-10 and 8-6 in league) to 14 points.

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Tristen Hull (#1) scored 17 points with 11 rebounds for the Indians. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Leading the charge in the final quarter was Hull (17 points with six assists, one block and 11 rebounds), who had seven points and junior small forward Angelo Solis (17 points with seven boards, two blocks and two steals) also contributed six points.

Senior point guard Ross Lee III (10 points with three caroms and two assists and three steals) added five points in the same period.

Burbank (38.4 percent on 20 of 52 from the field) pulled ahead 19-11 after the first quarter and was in front 31-20 at the intermission. The Bulldogs were in front 47-40 through three quarters.

“We stayed poised and stayed confident,” Burbank coach Jamayne Potts said of the close game. “We need to be ready and play strong and make the correct plays. We have the ability to beat any team. We play in a good league and anything can happen.”

Hanno converted five of his team’s 10 three-pointers and had 10 points at the break, while junior swingman Michael Woods scored eight of his 11 points.

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Junior small forward Angelo Solis (#2) dropped in 17 points with seven boards for Burroughs. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Solis and Hull each accounted for 13 of their 17 points in the second half.

The Indians made 12 of 21 for 57.1 percent in the second half while holding the Bulldogs to 40.9 percent (nine of 22).

Burbank scored 19 points in the opening quarter with junior small forward Ben Chavez (16 points) hitting two of his four three-pointers.

Hanno had four points that included a three-pointer that gave the Bulldogs an eight-point lead.

Solis scored four points in the first quarter while senior point guard Eric Allen (two rebounds and one assist) had five points.

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Shooting guard Steven Hubbell (#0) defends against point guard Cameron Sweeten. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Hanno canned a pair of three-pointers in the second period and Woods tacked on a pair of hoops while junior small forward Faraz Khandaker (four points) added two free throws.

Junior wing Justin Henderson (two boards and two assists) scored all of his five points in the second quarter for the Indians while Hull and Lee III each added a bucket.

The Indians (20 of 49 for 40.8 percent) outscored the Bulldogs 20-16 in the third quarter after Solis dropped in seven points and Hull tossed in six points.

Chavez’s eight points in the third quarter included two three-pointers and paced the Bulldogs while Hanno and senior point guard Cameron Sweeten (six points) added four points each.


Burroughs Girls Hoopsters Secure Fourth Straight League Crown

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


For the third consecutive season, the Burroughs High girls’ basketball team went undefeated in the Pacific League after pushing aside visiting Burbank on Thursday, 46-34.

The Indians, who have now captured four straight league crowns, are the No. 6th ranked team in the CIF Southern Section Division 1-A, and await Sunday’s playoff pairings.

“It’s amazing to win four [league] titles in a row,” Burroughs coach Vicky Oganyan said. “To win close games with the good players that we’ve had makes me proud.”

Junior guard Kamryn Cardenaz led the way for the Indians (21-7 and 14-0 in league) with 11 points followed by nine points each from senior guard Abbey Ibarra and senior guard Brooke Radcliff.

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Burroughs’ Brooke Radcliff (left) and Jordan Meltzer (#20) put the squeeze on Burbank’s Celine Shamalian. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Radcliff’s basket with 6:51 left in the fourth quarter gave the Indians a 30-16 edge.

A hoop from Cardenaz made it 34-16 with 5:20 left before Burbank freshman shooting guard Osanna Tirityan nailed a three-pointer with 2:43 left that trimmed the lead to 36-24.

When junior small forward Sabrina Zakarian hammered in a three-pointer and 29.6 seconds showing the Indians’ lead was 44-32.

“We followed our game plan,” Oganyan said. “Most of the game we did a good job of  defending their best players.”

Another steadying force for Burroughs was senior guard Jordan Meltzer, who chimed in with eight points.

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Burbank shooting guard Osanna Tirityan led all scorers with 13 points. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

In the clutch, Meltzer canned six of six free-throw attempts in the fourth quarter.

“I’ve been in that exact same position before,” Meltzer said of playing always tough Burbank. “But you have to feel confident in yourself and be mentally focused. There’s a lot of freshmen, sophomores and juniors on this team and they’ve all improved. We’re not very big or tall, but we do get a lot of offensive and defensive rebounds.”

Burroughs (35.4 percent on 17 of 48 from the field) held Burbank (13 of 38 for 34.2 percent) scoreless in the first quarter.

Burbank (18-10 and 8-6 in league), which finished fourth in the league and will also be in the playoffs, missed six shots from the floor in the opening period.

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Abbey Ibarra tossed in nine points for the Indians in a 46-34 win over Burbank. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Meanwhile the Indians converted three of 10 and tallied eight points in the initial stanza with Ibarra scoring five points.

Part of Ibarra’s outburst was the only three-pointer hit on the evening by the Indians.

Burroughs outscored the Bulldogs 8-7 in the second quarter with Ibarra, Meltzer, senior guard Melissa Garcia and Cardenaz all scoring two points.

Zakarian (seven points) nailed a three-pointer for Burbank in the second quarter.

Burroughs nailed 11 of 25 shots for 44 percent in the second half after making six of 23 for 26 percent in the opening half.

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Senior power forward Christina Mkrtchyan had an off-night scoring only two points. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The Indians continued their strong effort in the third quarter with Radcliff tallying five points while Cardenaz dropped in four points.

Burbank countered with four players scoring in the third quarter including junior center Emma Kerr (six points), Tirityan (game-best 13 points) and senior point guard Celine Shamalian each scoring two points.

“We started slow and we dug ourselves a big hole,” Burbank coach Bruce Breeden said. “Our defense was good and we did a good job on them. But we’re still missing our point guard [senior Ani Sarkisyan], and that’s difficult.”

Burbank trailed at the half, 16-7, and was outscored 30-27 over the second half.

Aside from Meltzer’s six charity tosses in the fourth quarter, junior forward Haley Wilson (six points) scored four points as did Cardenaz while senior guard Taryn Mejia scored all of her two points.

Tirityan had a fourth quarter she’ll remember for a long time as she poured in 11 of her team’s 20 points that included a trey.

Senior power forward Christina Mkrtchyan scored her only hoop in the fourth quarter and junior small forward Stephanie Grigorian dropped in a bucket in the second quarter for the Bulldogs who trailed 28-14 after three quarters.

Burroughs Uses Fourth Quarter For A 71-56 Win Over Glendale

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


Knowing what awaited on Thursday night, the Burroughs High boys’ basketball team may have been looking ahead.

But what the Indians faced on Tuesday afternoon was a stubborn and feisty host Glendale team that gave the Indians everything in its arsenal and then some.

When Glendale sophomore shooting guard Eli Degarte scored and added a free throw with 3:40 left in the third quarter, the Nitros came within 42-41.

In the end, though, Burroughs was too deep and too talented and after a scare, pulled away for a 71-56 win in a Pacific League game.

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Reserve point guard Eric Allen, shown here against Crescenta Valley, poured in six points versus the Nitros. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

The Indians were terrific in the first and fourth quarters, and not so good in the second and third quarters.

Burroughs, which will host city rival Burbank on Thursday with a 7 p.m. start, shot 50 percent (16 of 32) from the field in the opening half and led 37-28.

“That whole second group was really effective,” Burroughs coach Adam Hochberg said of his reserves. “That second group pushed it [the lead] back up to 14 points. I have full confidence in them.”

They partially included senior point guard Eric Allen (six points), senior wing Elijah Cain (four points), senior wing Nick Howard (two points) and senior center Garrit Green (two points).

In the second half, the Indians connected on 12 of 29 for 41.3 percent, and held the Nitros (9-17 and 2-11 in league) to a three of 15 from the field in the fourth quarter.

Burroughs (19-6 and 9-4 in league) outscored Glendale 21-10 in the fourth period while making seven of 16 from the floor and six of seven from the free-throw line. Overall the Indians converted nine of 14 from the charity stripe.

“We know for us it’s how we approach the game mentally,” Hochberg said. “We weren’t in to it mentally for 32 minutes.”

Junior wing Justin Henderson accounted for nine of his 16 points in the final period, junior power forward Tristen Hull tallied five of his game-best 18 points and senior small forward Angelo Solis had five of his nine points.

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Tristen Hull (#1) scored a game-best 18 points and Justin Henderson (#14) added 16 points. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Henderson’s hoop with 2:16 remaining in the fourth quarter made it 66-51 and forced the Nitros to ask for a time out.

A 24-point first-quarter explosion by Burroughs (28 of 61 for 45.9 percent) pushed the visitors to an 11-point lead with Hull scoring eight points and reserve senior point guard Jordan Bridges hitting a pair of three-pointers for his night’s scoring.

Senior shooting guard Steven Hubbell tacked on the first of his two treys in the opening quarter and had five of his eight points as the Indians converted 10 of 15 from the field.

The Nitros (21 of 47 for 44.6 percent) outscored the Indians 15-13 in the second quarter behind senior forward Daniel Gonzalez (nine points) and junior guard Edrik Abnous Masihi (team-high 14 points) with each scoring five points.

Five players scored for Glendale in the third quarter as Degrate (seven points) scored five and junior guard Mike Chebishian canned two three-pointers for his only points.

Henderson dumped in four points in the third quarter for the Indians, who made five of 13 and led 50-46.

Burroughs Girls Water Polo Defeats Arcadia, 10-4; Face CV For League Title

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


During the course of a season, the Burroughs High girls’ water polo team has faced several challenges.

First there was the regular season and that went fine for the Indians. The Pacific League campaign was next and that also went well.

The next hurdle was Tuesday’s league preliminaries at Burbank High which pitted Burroughs against Arcadia.

That also went in the direction of Burroughs which defeated the Apaches 10-4 behind sophomore driver Gwen Turla’s three goals.

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Senior goalie Kate Wilke, shown in a recent Pacific League match, had 12 saves against Arcadia on Tuesday. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Senior goalie Kate Wilke sparkled as she had 12 saves including two from the five-meter range.

“They played really well on defense,” Burroughs coach Jacob Cook said of his team which will face Crescenta Valley for the league title. “They played hard to get to the league championship.”

That match will be held Thursday at Burbank High with a 5:30 p.m. start.

When asked about the prospects of defeating the Falcons, Cook was hoping for the best.

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Gwen Turla tallied three goals in a 10-4 win over Arcadia in the league prelims. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“That’s going to be really tough,” he said. “We’re going to have to keep them from scoring. We’re hoping to give them a fight.”

Junior driver Dominique Silva and junior point Elizabeth Wrobel each added two goals.

Senior driver Sophia Lozano, sophomore driver Cameron Flores and sophomore setter Bianca Sanchez all tacked on solo goals.

The Indians (14-8 overall and 6-1 in league) outscored Arcadia 4-1 in the first quarter and then added two goals in the second quarter while limiting the Apaches to one goal and led 6-2 at the intermission.

Arcadia put in two goals in the third quarter while the Indians were limited to one goal.

The fourth quarter saw the Indians strike for three goals and the Apaches were held scoreless.

Awunganyi And Garcia Have A Day To Remember

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


It’s unlikely that Burroughs High’s Robert Awunganyi or Branden Garcia will ever forget the day they signed their letter of intent to play college football.

This Wednesday on campus, Awunganyi signed with Colorado State while Garcia inked his name to play for Tabor College.

Tabor is a member of the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) and is a four-year private Christian liberal arts school in Hillsboro, Kansas.

Awunganyi, a wide receiver and free safety, was a threat to find the end zone from anywhere on the field, while Garcia, a middle linebacker, led the Indians in tackles the last two seasons, and was a fierce competitor who wasn’t afraid to get on players who were slacking.

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Robert Awunganyi (left), Keith Knoop and Branden Garcia (right) on their signing day. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

What was it like on signing day? “It was fun,” Awunganyi said. “I went to bed at 9 p.m. and woke up only once, but then I went back to sleep.”

Awunganyi went on: “I got to school at 7 a.m. and I signed at 2:15 p.m. in the quad. It’s a new chapter in my life.”

Indeed it will be for the transfer from Riverside Arlington, who played only one season at Burroughs, but whose impact was felt from the day he arrived on campus.

“The first day we saw him, we knew that he had all the tools to play football at a high level,” said longtime Burroughs coach Keith Knoop, who recently retired of the 6-foot-1, 170-pound Awunganyi. “The only question was, how long would it take for him to learn the offense and defense. But he picked it up fast.”

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Awunganyi, who will attend Colorado State and Garcia, who will attend Tabor College, show their letter of intent. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Awunganyi, who has a 3.6 grade-point average, had scholarship offers from Illinois, Kansas, University of Texas El Paso, San Diego State, San Jose State, Wyoming, Idaho, UC Davis, Hawaii, Fresno State and Stony Brook in New York.

Garcia, at 5-8 and 200 pounds, was highly decorated and was recognized for his play as he was named second team All-Pacific League and All-Area.

A leader and captain, Garcia led the defense in tackles the last two seasons and posted 78 total tackles this season, including 12 solo.

“Branden was part of that great senior class and was a leader on the junior varsity team as a sophomore,” Knoop said. “He called the plays on defense and made sure that everybody was lined up properly. He’s a great young man.”

How did Colorado State stand out in Awunganyi’s mind? “It’s mostly the coaches and how they interacted with the players and how they treated me when I had my recruiting trip,” he said. “The coaches made it real easy for me.”

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Back-to-back leaders. Garcia was a defensive stalwart while Awunganyi could do everything. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Mike Bobo is the Head Coach and the Rams finished 7-6 this season including a 28-23 bowl loss to the University of Nevada.

Awunganyi’s and Garcia’s play helped the Indians finish 10-2 overall and 7-0 in league action, while reaching the CIF Southern Section Southeast Division quarterfinals.

Because there was so much talent on this year’s squad, Awunganyi, who has been timed at 4.47 seconds in the 40-yard dash, his numbers are impressive but not eye-popping.

Awunganyi caught 15 passes for 239 yards with two touchdowns and carried the ball four times for one score.

But it was when he had his hands on punts and kickoffs that Awunganyi really shined.

On 14 kickoff returns, Awungani accounted for 454 yards and two touchdowns and on 14 punt returns, he had 272 yards and one score.

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Garcia and Awunganyi display their college caps on signing day. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Was there one thing that stood out during Awunganyi’s football season?

“The thing I’m probably going to remember the most was playing with a new team. They were all great and so were the coaches. That team played hard.”

Did one game stand out? “That would be the Burbank game,” Awunganyi said. “I’ll cherish that memory for a long time.” The Indians prevailed over their city rivals 47-21.

No doubt it’s going to take special and unique players to replace Awunganyi and Garcia.

Burroughs, Burbank Football Teams Receive More Honors

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


As expected, the honors continued to spill in for both the Burroughs High and Burbank football teams as 23 combined players and one coach were named to the All-Area team.

Keith Knoop, recently retired after 19 years as the Indians’ leader and who collected his 100th career win this season, was selected Coach of the Year, while 14 of his players were tabbed, including eight on the first team.

They include senior quarterback Steven Hubbell, who threw for 1,820 yards with 27 touchdowns.

Hubbell, a shooting guard on the boys’ basketball team, added six scores and 250 rushing yards while leading Burroughs to the Pacific League title with a 7-0 mark.

The Indians, who had a 10-game winning streak, advanced to the CIF Southern Section Southeast Division quarterfinals, but lost to St. Francis on the road.

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Keith Knoop, recently retired as the Burroughs football coach, was named the All-Area Coach of the Year. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Also on the squad was junior tailback Chance Bell, who ran for an area-best 1,378 yards with 23 rushing scores.

Bell, who had six receptions for 83 yards, was also named All-CIF and Pacific League Player of the Year, and helped the Indians finish 10-2.

Senior wide receiver Erick Hernandez was another All-Area first team member after snaring 36 passes for 532 yards with 13 touchdowns. Hernandez was a Pacific League first team selection.

Also making the All-Area first team was senior wide receiver/defensive back Robert Awunganyi, who had 1,079 all-purpose yards, three interceptions with 38 tackles, and was named to the Pacific League first team and was an All-CIF pick.

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Burroughs senior quarterback Steven Hubbell accounted for 33 touchdowns. Hubbell was named to the All-Area first team. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Another member to the All-Area first team was senior offensive lineman Anthony Garcia, who was the Co-Pacific League Lineman of the Year and an All-CIF selection.

Senior offensive lineman Bryce Martinez, who was named the other Pacific League Lineman of the Year, was also selected to the All-Area first team.

Senior linebacker Connor Garden (six sacks, 66 tackles, two picks and one fumble recovery) was selected to the Pacific League first team, was an All-CIF member and an All-Area first teamer.

Senior defensive lineman Cole Gurley, who was tabbed the Pacific League Co-Defensive Player of the Year and All-CIF selection after posting 59 tackles and 10 sacks with one fumble recovery, was also an All-Area first team member.

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Junior tailback Chance Bell had an all-area best 1,378 rushing yards with 23 touchdowns. Bell made the All-Area first team. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Making the All-Area second team from Burroughs was senior wide receiver Cade Borland (36 receptions for 430 yards with four scores) along with senior offensive lineman Justin Gonzalez, who was named to the Pacific League first team.

Also making the All-Area second squad was senior linebacker Branden Garcia (78 tackles) and senior defensive back Devlin Jimenez (three interceptions, one and a half sacks with 59 tackles), who was selected to the Pacific League second team.

Other Burroughs players making the All-Area second team were senior defensive back Jarret Wrobel, who was named Pacific League second team after posting 52 tackles with five picks and junior offensive lineman Jesse Chamberlain, who was named to the All-CIF and Pacific League first team.

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Burbank defensive back Andy Reyes set a school record for tackles with 132. Reyes made the All-Area first team. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burbank, which went 6-5 and 5-2 in league play, fell to Compton Dominguez at Moyse Field in Glendale in the opening round of the CIF playoffs, was also represented on All-Area first team and they include junior defensive back/wide receiver Forest Fajardo, who was tabbed Pacific League first team.

Fajardo had five picks with 57 tackles and added 24 receptions for 372 yards with seven scores.

Junior linebacker Andy Reyes, who was named Pacific League Co-Defensive Player of the Year and All-CIF while setting a school record with 132 tackles, also had four sacks and four fumble recoveries, was also was picked for the All-Area first team.

Making the All-Area second team was senior wide receiver Max Weisman, who was named Pacific League first team and had 25 receptions for 369 yards with four scores, senior kicker Andrew Hank (43 of 46 extra points with two field goals) and senior defensive lineman Jha’rod Horhn (44 tackles, seven sacks, three forced fumbles), and was named to the Pacific League first team.

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Forest Fajardo excelled offensively and defensively for the Bulldogs. Fajardo was tabbed All-Area first team. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Other Burbank players who made the All-Area second team were senior linebacker David Medrano, a Pacific League second team pick who had 82 tackles, two sacks and one fumble recovery and junior offensive lineman Tim Han, who was named to the Pacific League first team.

Also making the squad were junior defensive back Miguel Vasquez, who was tabbed Pacific League second team and collected 61 tackles, one pick and two fumble recoveries and sophomore tailback Darnell Williams, who finished with 585 rushing yards, five touchdowns, 14 passes caught for 146 yards and is a member of the Pacific League second team.

Burroughs Escapes With 61-59 Victory Over Crescenta Valley

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


Four days after downing city rival Burbank High on the road by nine points, the Burroughs boys’ basketball team played host to Crescenta Valley in a Pacific League showdown.

Matters did not start well for the Indians on Tuesday as they fell behind by 10 points at the intermission, but eventually found their legs in the eventful third quarter and held off the Falcons, 61-59.

With the victory, Burroughs is in control of second place behind first-place Pasadena.

The Indians will travel and face the Bulldogs (13-8 and 7-1 in league) on Friday with the game scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

“We weren’t prepared for them in the first half,” Burroughs coach Adam Hochberg said. “But you have to give Crescenta Valley credit.”

Hochberg went on: “We did a great job in the second half. They did what they do well in the first half and we did well what we do in the second half.”

This was somewhat of a revenge match given that the Falcons won the first meeting by 11 points to kick off the league schedule.

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Burroughs Coach Adam Hochberg gives his team instructions during Tuesday’s 61-59 win over Crescenta Valley. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

The third quarter helped the Indians (16-4 and 6-2 in league) even the contest at 51-51 after falling behind 38-28 at the intermission.

“We found the matches that we wanted in the second half,” Hochberg said. “We went inside.”

Burroughs (21 of 52 for 40.3 percent) canned eight of 14 in the third quarter and made five of six free throws.

Leading the charge was junior power forward Tristen Hull, who scored 11 of his team-best 17 points in the quarter. Hull also added 11 rebounds, one block and two assists.

Hull’s block late helped preserve the win as senior small forward Angelo Solis snared the loose ball, was fouled and drained the free throw to make it 61-59 with 9.2 seconds left.

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Justin Henderson (#14) and Tristen Hull (#1) exhibit defensive power. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

“We played with great resolve,” Hochberg said. “We had big stops when we needed them.”

Solis (16 points, 18 rebounds and two blocks) sparkled at the free throw line in the fourth quarter as he converted five of six.

Like Solis, most of Hull’s work was done in close range.

Hull also made three free throws in the third quarter.

Solis scored five points in the third quarter after scoring two points in the second quarter and four points in the first period.

Junior small forward Justin Henderson (nine points and five caroms) and senior shooting guard Steven Hubbell (five points) both dropped in a three-pointer in the third quarter.

A follow-up hoop and free throw by Solis lowered Crescenta Valley’s lead to 43-40 with 4:16 showing in the third quarter.

Hull’s bucket and charity toss with 2:06 remaining in the same quarter trimmed the Falcons’ lead to 49-48.

Burroughs outscored Crescenta Valley 23-13 in the third quarter, but then struggled in the fourth quarter, making two of 11 from the field.

The Indians converted six of eight from the charity stripe in the final frame, with senior point guard Ross Lee III hitting one and finishing with six points and eight assists.

The Falcons (20 of 51 for 39.2 percent) drilled three of 10 from the floor in the fourth quarter, and nailed one of four from the free-throw line.

On the night the Indians were successful on 16 of 23 from the charity line while the Falcons (15-6 and 5-3 in league) made 14 of 21.

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Super-quick senior point guard Eric Allen scored eight points off the bench. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

“It’s a big game, but we’re going to put this behind us,” Crescenta Valley coach Shawn Zargarian said. “We’re going to move forward.”

Crescenta Valley came out red hot in the opening quarter as it connected on six of 13 and all four free throws.

Junior guard Trey Ballard (five points) splashed in a trey and a hoop for the Falcons in the initial stanza.

Senior small forward Arin Ovanessian, who dropped in a game-best 19 points, also had five points in the quarter while junior guard Journey Shank (five rebounds) had four of his 10 points.

Ovanessian added nine points in the second quarter and senior guard Tadeh Tarverdians (12 points) tossed in four points as the Falcons connected on five of nine from the field and eight of 11 free throws.

A three-pointer by Tarverdians with 1:09 left in the fourth quarter cut the Indians’ advantage to 60-59 and forced Burroughs to ask for a time out.

“With kids this age, sometimes they think the game is over because you have a big lead. I think they felt that we’re okay when we were ahead by 10 points at the half,” said Zargarian, whose team made six of 19 shots in the third quarter.

Senior point guard Eric Allen came off the bench and scored eight points for the Indians, including six points in the second quarter and then tossed in a hoop in the fourth quarter.

Burroughs Boys Hoops Handle Burbank, 59-50

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


In a game filled with twists and turns, it was the Burroughs High boys’ basketball team which had the final answer.

Ahead at the half by six points, the Indians relied on a deep bench along with their five starters to hold off host Burbank 59-50 in a Pacific League showdown on Friday night before an overflow crowd.

Two players scored in double figures for the Indians (15-4 and 5-2 in league) as senior shooting guard Steven Hubbell had a team-best 14 points while adding six rebounds, five assists, and three steals, and junior power forward Tristen Hull contributed 11 points.

Senior point guard Ross Lee III had five points for the Indians, but helped in other ways like dishing off for five assists.

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Steven Hubbell, who had 14 points, dribbles out of trouble for Burroughs which knocked off Burbank, 59-50. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“We’re a deep team and especially when it’s Burbank-Burroughs, you know that you’re going to need depth,” Burroughs coach Adam Hochberg said.

Senior small forward Ellie Hanno had 11 points for the Bulldogs (14-7 and 4-3 in league) and junior swingman Michael Woods tacked on 11 points.

Burroughs made 20 of 52 (38.4 percent) from the field, while holding the Bulldogs to 18 of 59 (30.5 percent).

“We like to space the floor because we have shooters, but we live off our defensive energy,” Hochberg said.

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Ross Lee III (left) and Ellie Hanno (#3) fight for the ball. Indians won by nine points. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The Indians were successful on nine of 12 from the free-throw line while Burbank canned six of 16.

A tight first quarter fell in favor of the Indians 13-11 as junior wing Justin Henderson (six points) had a dunk and a three-pointer as Burroughs made five of 13 from the field.

When Hubbell drained a trey with 56 seconds left on the clock, the Indians marched in front 13-5 which forced Burbank to call for a time out.

The Bulldogs drilled four of 14 from the field in the stanza with Hanno splashing in a trey and Woods tossing in a hoop.

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Burbank swingman Michael Woods scored 11 points versus the Indians. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The Indians outscored the Bulldogs 17-13 in the second quarter as they made three of their seven from three-point range.

Hubbell then hammered two three-pointers in the second quarter with one coming at 4:24 that gave the Indians a 27-17 lead as Burbank asked for another time out.

Junior wing Elijah Cain (six points) drilled the first of his two three-pointers in the quarter for the Indians.

Hull contributed five points in the frame including a slam dunk with 2:50 left that made it 29-17.

“We feed off the crowd,” said Hull, who picked up 10 rebounds. “We definitely feed off the positive energy and block out the negative energy.”

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Senior power forward Angelo Solis contributed eight points, 12 rebounds and five blocks for the Indians. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The Indians scored 15 points in the third quarter after making six of 17 with Hull dropping in five points while senior point guard Eric Allen had five of seven points.

Allen’s trey with 2:17 left in the third quarter pushed the Indians’ lead to 42-31 and again the Bulldogs asked for time.

Burbank hit three of 14 shots in the third quarter, but then drilled five of 12 in the fourth quarter as Hanno made two treys and Woods one.

The Indians made only three of 10 from the field in the fourth quarter, but did find the range on eight of 11 free throws with senior power forward Angelo Solis, who had 12 rebounds with five blocks and eight points, banging in four.

The Indians host Crescenta Valley on Tuesday with a 5 p.m. start while the Bulldogs travel to Muir with a 6:30 p.m. tipoff.