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Burroughs Hosts; Burbank On The Road

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


Last week, the Burroughs High football team played at Arcadia with first-place in the Pacific League on the line, and the Indians came away with an impressive 39-34 come-from-behind win.

Though the top spot isn’t up for grabs, Burbank (4-3 and 3-1 in league) has a chance to improve its league standing as it pays a visit to Arcadia (4-3 and 3-1 in league) tonight.

Right now, the Indians are undefeated in league play, have scored 42 points or more in five games, including three in league action, own a six-game winning streak and host Glendale.

The Nitros have one triumph on their ledger, a 27-17 win over host San Gabriel in the season opener.

What followed were home losses to La Canada, 22-9, South Pasadena, 51-21, and Arcadia, 42-0, and road setbacks to Crescenta Valley, 59-7, Burbank, 61-7 and Pasadena, 63-6.

On paper, Friday’s contest could be over by halftime because Glendale simply isn’t in the same class with Burroughs.

The Indians are capable of moving the ball on the ground or through the air, and their defense is hard-hitting and relentless.

Burroughs junior tailback Chance Bell now has consecutive 1,000-yard seasons (1,045 yards), and has found the end zone 18 times.

(Photo By Ivan Galan)

Burroughs junior tailback Chance Bell has consecutive 1,000-yard seasons. (Photo By Ivan Galan)

Senior quarterback Steven Hubbell has passed for 1,067 yards with 18 touchdowns and three interceptions.

When Hubbell looks to throw, he has senior wide receiver Erick Hernandez, who has 24 receptions for 313 yards with nine touchdowns, and senior wide receiver Cade Borland, who has 21 receptions for 258 yards and three scores.

Hernandez is extremely versatile having compiled 580 all-purpose yards including 129 yards on kickoff returns and 118 yards on punt returns.

Senior wide receiver Robert Awunganyi has 431 all-purpose yards with 178 yards on kickoff returns, 97 yards on punt returns and 98 receiving yards.

When the Nitros have the ball, senior linebacker Branden Garcia will be poised to strike after tallying six solo tackles and 38 assists, as will senior lineman Cole Gurley, who has eight solo tackles, 27 assists with seven sacks, and defensive back Awunganyi, who has 17 solo tackles, 16 assists and one interception.

The Bulldogs are coming off a 49-0 pasting of host Hoover, and their only league loss came at the hands of visiting Muir, 21-20.

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Burbank quarterback Guy Gibbs will need to be accurate. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Burbank’s offense has been erratic, but it is capable of scoring large sums as evidenced by its 38-20 win [later forfeited] over host Monrovia, and a 35-6 blitz of visiting Canyon.

Junior quarterback Guy Gibbs is at the controls and has passed for 758 yards with nine touchdowns and three interceptions.

Burbank’s leading ball-carrier is sophomore running back Darnell Williams, who has 451 yards with four scores and 675 all-purpose yards.

Gibbs’ favorite target is junior wide receiver Forest Fajardo, who has 18 receptions for 261 yards, five touchdowns, and 447 all-purpose yards.

Defensively, Burbank is playing at a high level, which will be needed against the Apaches, who have won four of their last five games, and average 32.1 points per game, while yielding 25 points.

Leading the way for Burbank will be junior defensive back Andy Reyes, who has recorded 61 solo tackles, 22 assists, three sacks with four fumble recoveries.

Senior defensive back David Medrano has collected 26 solo tackles, 24 assists, one fumble recovery and one sack, while senior defensive back Miguel Vasquez has compiled 26 solo tackles, 18 assists, one interception and one fumble recovery.

JB’s Cross-Country Teams Are Contenders

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


The Burroughs High cross-country teams are doing exceedingly well and in contention for the top spot in the Pacific League standings after Thursday’s meet at Crescenta Valley Park.

The boys’ varsity is tied for first place with Arcadia and Crescenta Valley, while the girls’ varsity is in second place.

The boys’ junior varsity is tied for first with Arcadia, while the girls’ junior varsity is tied for second place with Crescenta Valley.

The boys’ freshman/sophomore team is second, and the girls’ freshman/sophomore squad is second.

Alexander Hirsch was second in the varsity division in a clocking of 15 minutes and 39 seconds, while Emily Virtue placed first (18:28) in the varsity race. The boys’ varsity team was first at the meet and the girls’ varsity squad took second.

Justin Villagran placed fifth (15:55), Andrew Barrondo was sixth (15:58), Timothy Wells took seventh (15:59), Jagdeep Chahal garnered ninth (16:03), Jacob Calderon was 14th (16:19) and Chris Hoxsie finished 18th (16:30).

Heidi Eligio took eighth (19:33) in the varsity race, while Lakely Nealis was ninth (20:14). Eileen Eckles finished 10th (20:18), Besty Ramirez placed 11th (20:25), Sapphire Sandoval nabbed 16th (21:17) and Jailene Diaz was 17th (21:23).

In the junior varsity race, Manne Green placed first (16:40) as the boys’ team took first place, while Adam Villalpando was third (16:48).

Patrick Wells was fourth (17:06), Christian Fuentes grabbed ninth (17:23), Javier Hurtado took 10th (17:25), Trent Harrison garnered 15th (18:06), David Olympia was 16th (18:08), Eduardo Cabrera finished 21st (18:23) and Alex Linares was 41st (20:32).

In the junior varsity race, Ariel Ramirez was fifth (22:22), Andrea Duran placed seventh (24:42), Lisandra Contreras nabbed 13th (25:50), Madaisha Berumen finished 18th (27:20), Destiny Velasquez was 21st (29:54), while the girls’ team was third.

Andrew Hoxsie took second (16:50) in the freshman/sophomore division, while Ethan Brown was ninth (17:30).

Sameh Gharieb nabbed 15th (17:42), Charapreet Singh took 17th (17:51), Jeron Straker grabbed 20th (18:22), Connor Van Dyke was 21st (18:28), Jerry Hoxsie placed 22nd (18:38), Peter Lainson was 43rd (20:03), Johnny Padunyothee took 49th (20:20), Cameron Gomez was 83rd (22:29), while the boys’ team was third.

In the  freshman/sophomore division, Phoenix Reivers was third (21:47), Teresa Perez grabbed fourth (21:58), Sophie Birnbaum was fifth (22:10) and Ana Villalpando took seventh (22:23).

Catrina Villalpando was 10th (22:49), Kimberly Ochoa finished 13th (23:07), Julianna Navarro nabbed 16th (23:51), Kenna Guzman was 18th (24:04), Iliana Mendias took 20th (24:19), Maya Santos placed 34th (25:46), Angelica Thompson was 51st (30:47), while the girls’ team was second.

Burroughs Football Pulls Out 39-34 Thriller

By Jim Riggio

Championships aren’t won without a tough fight.

The Burroughs High football team overcame a number of obstacles Friday night when it visited Arcadia in a battle of the two remaining unbeaten teams in the Pacific League.

In the end, the Indians pulled out the 39-34 victory when senior quarterback Steven Hubbell hooked up with senior wide receiver Erick Hernandez on a nine-yard touchdown with 9.3 seconds left to play.

“It’s more fun the way we did it,” Burroughs coach Keith Knoop said of the tight finish. “Better writing, better stories.”

The Indians (6-1 overall, 4-0 in league) were hurt by a number of penalties, some merited, some questionable and some that left others on Burroughs’ sideline shaking their heads.

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Burroughs quarterback Steven Hubbell had a stellar showing in 39-34 win at Arcadia. (Photo By Ivan Galan)

On the game-winning drive, Burroughs went 94 yards on 13 plays in just 2 minutes, 23 seconds.

“Coach always says ‘sometimes you’re not going to get the ball, but you’ve got to be ready when they call your number‘ and that’s what happened on the last drive,” Hernandez said.

Knoop said he remained confident his team could rally.

“We felt we could do it,” he said. “You have to think you can do it. And to tell you the truth, we don’t have another kicker. Our kicker went out, so we knew we couldn’t kick a field goal. We were going for it no matter what.”

Midway through the fourth quarter with the Indians down 34-33, Burroughs appeared to have taken the lead when the Indians sacked Arcadia senior quarterback Nico Hillier in the end zone.

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Indians’ tailback Chance Bell scored three touchdowns and ran for 194 yards versus Apaches. (Photo By Ivan Galan)

The officials however did not call it a safety, and instead put the ball on the one-yard line.

“That was a safety, all the way,” Knoop said.

Arcadia (4-3, 3-1 in league) took the lead with nine minutes to play as senior wide receiver Justin Mascorro kicked a 22-yard field goal to make it 34-33.

While the final score was close, Burroughs missed on a few golden opportunities that would have made it a little easier for Knoop and his coaching staff.

Hubbell found senior wide receiver Robert Awunganyi on what appeared to be a 40-yard touchdown pass with 32 seconds left in the third quarter. But it was called back on a penalty.

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Burroughs’ defense swarmed and gang-tackled against Arcadia. (Photo By Ivan Galan)

Burroughs actually led 26-7 at the end of the first quarter, taking advantage of three Arcadia turnovers.

Running back Chance Bell had three touchdowns, two in the first half. The junior finished with 35 carries for 194 yards.

Hubbell was 22 of 35 for 267 yards with three touchdowns and one interception.

Hubbell and senior wide receiver Cade Borland hooked up on a 14-yard touchdown with 3:13 left in the first quarter to make it 20-7.

Hubbell spotted senior wide receiver Nick Mercado on a seven-yard touchdown pass with 44 seconds left in the first quarter.

Burroughs returns to Memorial Field next Friday when the Indians host Glendale.


BHS Plays At Hoover; JB Travels To Arcadia

By Rick Assad

Sports Editor


Four games remain in the Pacific League race and the action begins tonight at Moyse Field as Burbank High meets Hoover, while Burroughs plays at Arcadia on Friday in a battle for first place.

The Bulldogs (3-3 and 2-1 in league) are coming off a 61-7 rout of visiting Glendale and hope to add the Tornadoes to the list of victims.

Hoover has one victory on its resume versus Sotomayor, 41-18, but have dropped four straight including three league matches. In those games, the Tornadoes have scored six points and fallen, 37-0 at Pasadena, 48-6 at Burroughs and 49-0 versus Crescenta Valley.

Hoover prefers to run the football with sophomore running back Maurice Herrera accounting for 296 yards and one score. Senior fullback Calvin Lopez has 204 yards with two touchdowns, and junior quarterback Quinton Smith has 186 yards and one touchdown. Smith has 54 yards through the air.

This game could get ugly real fast and sophomore running back Darnell Williams will lead the charge after rushing for 403 yards with three touchdowns.

Sophomore running back Blake Quinteros has 242 yards with a pair of scores, and junior running back Nick Warren has 176 yards and two touchdowns.

Burbank’s passing attack is spearheaded by junior quarterback Guy Gibbs, who has thrown for 585 yards with eight scoring passes and three interceptions.

Gibbs will target junior wide receiver Forest Fajardo, who has grabbed 16 passes for 233 yards with four touchdowns.

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Burbank’s defensive charge will be on display tonight against Hoover. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Junior defensive back Andy Reyes is a stalwart with 53 solo tackles and 17 assists and two sacks, while Fajardo, a defensive back, has 21 solo tackles with five assists, three interceptions and six passes defended.

Senior defensive back David Medrano has one sack with two passes defended, 23 solo tackles and 21 assists, and junior defensive back Miguel Vasquez has five passes defended, one pick, one fumble recovery and 25 solo tackles with 14 assists.

The Indians (5-1 and 3-0 in league) own a five-game winning streak and have scored 40 points or more in those games. The Indians’ defense is stout and could wreak havoc against the Apaches.

Senior quarterback Steven Hubbell will need to be sharp and has thrown for 801 yards with 15 scores and two interceptions. Hubbell has four rushing scores.

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Burroughs quarterback Steven Hubbell will be counted on versus Arcadia. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Junior tailback Chance Bell is the workhorse after accounting for 837 yards with 15 scores. Senior wide receiver Erick Hernandez has caught 17 passes for 222 yards with eight touchdowns, and senior wide receiver Cade Borland has 233 yards on 18 catches and two scores.

On the defensive side, the Indians are hard-hitting, relentless and paced by many including senior defensive back Jarret Wrobel, who has 15 solo tackles and 13 assists, four interceptions and four passes defended, senior linebacker Branden Garcia, who has six solo tackles and 32 assists, and senior defensive back Robert Awunganyi, who has 14 solo tackles with 15 assists and five passes defended.

Senior linebacker Josue Chicas Ortiz has eight solo tackles, 22 assists, one sack and two fumble recoveries.

Arcadia (4-2 and 3-0 in league) has beaten host Glendale 42-0, blasted Pasadena 38-7 on the road and edged host Muir 8-7, after losing its first two games at home to Bell Gardens (42-37) and Monrovia (60-45), but defeated host Maranatha (21-20).

Senior quarterback Nico Hillier has passed for 1,009 yards and has nine touchdowns with three picks. Hillier has 309 yards with five scores on the ground.

Junior running back Bradley Mills has churned out 404 yards with seven scores, while freshman running back Jahlique Stephens has 303 yards with three touchdowns. Senior running back Quentin Cortes has 207 yards and one score.

Junior wide receiver Raeshawn Roland has 20 catches for 428 yards with four scores, senior wide receiver Justin Mascorro has 13 receptions for 236 yards and three touchdowns, while Mills has 11 catches for 117 yards.

Senior cornerback Vernon Crenshaw has 12 solo tackles with 36 assists, two sacks and two fumble recoveries, while junior middle linebacker Clayton Barnett has 11 solo tackles, 53 assists with two picks, two sacks and one fumble recovery.

Pete Peterson Speaks To John Burroughs Junior State of America

John Burroughs High School Junior State of America (JSA) hosted Pete Peterson of Pepperdine University during lunch on Thursday, October 8, at John Burroughs High School. Mr. Peterson spoke to the students about civic engagement and civic renewal. Lulu Debretsion, Burroughs JSA Chapter President stated, “the most important message I took from Pete Peterson is the importance of going into public service to do something. Not to be someone.”

Pete Peterson

Pete Peterson speaking to group (Photo Courtesy Burroughs JSA)

Pete Peterson is Interim Dean of the School Public Policy at Pepperdine University and Executive Director of the Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership at Pepperdine. In 2014 Pete Peterson was a candidate for California Secretary of State.

John Burroughs High School Junior State of America is in its tenth year. The Junior State of America is the nation’s oldest student-run organization. Junior State of America is a non-partisan organization dedicated to educating high school students about the institutions of a democratic society. For 80 years, Junior State of America has not only brought high school students together to debate and discuss important societal issues, but also fostered these concepts by giving students the opportunity to learn through civic leadership.

Burroughs Football Pastes Pasadena, 48-13

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


The winning streak is at five for the Burroughs High football team and tallying 40 points or more must be old hat after accomplishing the feat during this stretch including a 48-13 pounding of Pasadena in a Pacific League encounter at Memorial Field on Friday night.

Right now, Burroughs is clicking on all cylinders and must be considered the favorite to capture the league title. With that could come a home game in the CIF Southern Section Southeast Division playoffs.

“We’re obtaining our goals,” Burroughs coach Keith Knoop said. “We’re getting better everywhere. We can run the ball and we can throw the ball. Sometimes we have to figure out what we’re going to do. And our special teams are very good. But we’re taking it one game at a time. Now we’re going to concentrate on Arcadia.”

Extremely versatile offensively, the Indians (5-1 and 3-0 in league) don’t rely too much on the running game or the passing attack. Both worked as the offense gouged the Bulldogs (3-3 and 1-2 in league) for 426 total net yards.

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Wide receiver Erick Hernandez had two scoring catches. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Junior tailback Chance Bell was the leading ball-carrier in 2014 and on pace to get to 1,000 yards again after finishing with 172 on 18 carries.

On Burroughs’ fourth series, Bell carried the ball eight consecutive times and capped the 97-yard drive with a 12-yard scamper that gave the Indians a 21-0 lead and 1:17 left in the second quarter.

Bell’s one-yard burst and 7:42 remaining in the third quarter put the Indians in front 34-0 and sealed an 80-yard, eight-play excursion.

After throwing two touchdowns, senior quarterback Steven Hubbell has 15 on the season with two interceptions. Hubbell’s first scoring toss went to senior wide receiver Erick Hernandez and covered four yards and came with 5:32 left in the opening quarter that made it 6-0. Hubbell directed the Indians 52 yards and the drive consumed eight plays.

“Before the season we established what we want to happen,” said Hernandez, who caught three passes for 22 yards. “One is that we should win league and the other is that we get a home game in the [CIF] playoffs and win that game. It’s been a while since we’ve done that, but we want to make that a habit. We want to be seeded in the Top Four.”

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Quarterback Steven Hubbell passed for two scores and ran for a couple. Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Hubbell hooked up with Hernandez on a 10-yard toss and 1:18 left in the same quarter to make it 14-0. Hubbell found senior wide receiver Hunter Guerin on the two-point conversion. That drive began at the Burroughs 31-yard line and took five plays.

“We have a good game plan and we watch a lot of film,” said Hubbell, who didn’t play as a junior and passed for 84 yards on nine of 11 attempts. “We have a winning attitude. I’ve worked hard to get back onto the football field after my sophomore year.”

Hubbell has shown an ability to take off when a receiver isn’t available, and did on a 12-yard run with 6.2 seconds left before the half that made it 27-0.

The tally came after senior defensive back Jarret Wrobel’s interception as the Indians took over at the Pasadena 33-yard line.

Hubbell (38 yards on nine carries) ran for a second score and 3:58 left in the third quarter when he took off for 13 yards that made it 41-0. Hernandez’s 20-yard punt return set up the tally.

Burroughs’ final points came on a five-yard run by junior running back Sammy Duran (62 yards on five rushes) that made it 48-6 with 5:43 left in the fourth quarter and came after each team fumbled.

Pasadena (112 total yards) made it 41-6 with 11:56 left in the fourth quarter which had a running clock when senior running back Jeremiah Jones (82 yards 15 carries) scored from three yards out. It became 48-13 when junior tight end Kris Jolley scored on a one-yard run and 2:17 left.

The Indians next play at Arcadia at 7 p.m. in a Pacific League match before hosting Glendale on Oct. 23.

JB Downs BHS In Volleyball Match

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor

The Burroughs High girls’ volleyball team swept crosstown rival Burbank on Thursday night at the Bulldogs’ gym before a full house, and the swing game was the first which could have gone either way.

When it counted the most, the Indians dug deep and claimed the initial stanza and the Pacific League match, 25-20, 25-11, 25-12, reinforcing their No. 10 ranking in the CIF Southern Section Division II-A.

“After we settled down as a team in the first game, we moved the ball around to different hitters,” Burroughs coach Edwin Real said. “Once we did that, we were able to control the tempo. We relied on our second and third hitters.”

Burbank played well, hard and never threw in the towel, but Burroughs is like a finely-tuned boxer who is relentless.

“We had an opportunity in the first game, but we let it slip through our fingers,” first-year Burbank coach Karl Rojo said. “This is a big cross-town rivalry and there’s a lot of emotion. We played hard and well never gave up.”

The Indians (12-4 and 7-0 in league) opened the initial game by pulling ahead 2-0 and led 5-2 on a service ace from sophomore setter Payton Jensen. It became 10-5 when senior defensive specialist Samantha Sullivan served an ace.

Burroughs led 14-9 on a kill from senior outside hitter Danielle Ryan, but the Bulldogs closed within 15-12 on junior outside hitter Hailey Heath’s kill, and 16-13 on sophomore setter Melissa Daniel’s kill. Heath finished with five kills and Daniel had 11 assists.

“Danielle has been a four-year starter and did what she’s supposed to do,” Real said. “She took charge. But I thought everything was good today.”

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Burbank setter Melissa Daniel goes for dig versus Burroughs. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Burroughs never lost its composure as it dashed ahead 19-14 on junior outside hitter Cesera Suarez’s ace. When senior opposite hitter Marina Monokian served an ace for the Bulldogs (6-5 and 4-3 in league), it became 19-16, as the Indians called time out.

It became 22-17 on Ryan’s smash, but an ace from junior middle blocker Nicole Winters closed the gap to 23-19, and 23-20 when Ryan’s smash went out of bounds.

“We need to work harder in practice,” Winters said. “We need to be positive throughout the entire match. The first game was our strongest, but in the second and third we were anxious. We can’t let it get into our heads.”

The Indians led 2-0 in the middle game on a kill from junior middle blocker Caleigh Paster (six kills). It would balloon to 9-3 on an ace from Jensen, and Suarez’s ace made it 11-4 which forced the Bulldogs to call time out.

Burroughs moved ahead 14-6 on Ryan’s kill, but junior outside hitter Colette Reynolds dropped in a dagger for the Bulldogs that made it 14-7, and an ace from Winters made it 14-8.

“It was like a roller coaster,” Reynolds said. “We’d go up and then we’d go down. We made too many mistakes. But I thought the team did really well and we played really hard. This was a learning opportunity.”

Reynolds addressed the importance in spotting the hitter. “We have to read and react really fast,” she said.

Ryan is a floor leader and had a match-best 14 kills. “Everybody gets hyped-up for this game because it’s a rival game,” she said. “We try to stay calm like it’s another game. I thought we did a really good job. We passed the ball well and we hit well.”

From there, the Indians pulled ahead 17-8 on a block from Paster, and 20-9 on a kill from sophomore middle blocker Marin Grote (four kills).

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Burroughs opposite hitter Danielle Ryan had 14 kills. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

A tapper from Reynolds closed the gap to 20-10, but the Indians would take five of the next six points for the game that included points from sophomore outside hitter Julianna Cottrell, an ace from Jensen and a winner from Sullivan.

The third game was tied at 3-3 and 5-5 on a kill from Ryan, but the Indians went on a 5-0 spurt that was capped with Ryan’s block.

A Winters kill made it 10-6, but the Indians pulled ahead 16-8 on a kill from sophomore setter Mia Staub, and led 20-11 on Paster’s smash.

Burroughs closed with a 5-1 run that included two kills from Ryan, Sullivan’s ace, Paster’s kill, and an ace from Staub.

Burbank will play Burroughs on Nov. 3 at the Indians’ gym.

JB Golf Squad Takes 3rd In Pacific League

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor

To no one’s surprise, the San Marino High girls’ golf team claimed another Pacific League match on Thursday at Alhambra with a score of 172 as Ada Wong shot a 4-under par 32 and Bella Setio finished with a 34.

Arcadia placed second with a 205, Crescenta Valley took third with a 211, and Burroughs garnered fourth place with a 214. La Canada was fifth after shooting a 221 and Burbank was sixth with a 282.

The final league results had San Marino in first place, Arcadia in second, Burroughs grabbed third, Crescenta Valley finished fourth, La Canada was fifth and Burbank garnered sixth place.

Three Burbank girls advance to the individuals and they include Burroughs’ Ashley Phelps, who is in seventh place with 151 points, Burbank’s Amy Tran, who is 11th with 128.5 points, followed by Burroughs’ Raelinn Arnold, who is in 12th place with 126 points.

The Indians were led by Phelps who shot 36 at the Alhambra course, while Arnold came home with a 39.

Katy Kuoppala and Maddie Riggs each shot a 46, while Bella Nava ended her afternoon with a 47. Annie Adachi’s 48 was thrown out.

Tran shot a 43 for the Bulldogs, while Olga-Marie Davis went to the clubhouse with a 48. Erin Tanner had a 55 and Alexis Poche shot a 56.

Burbank And Burroughs Play Hosts

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


Burbank High and Burroughs will have home dates beginning tonight at Memorial Field as the Bulldogs face Glendale, while the Indians play Friday against Pasadena and seek their fifth straight win and third consecutive in Pacific League action.

After a win against Monrovia that was stricken via forfeit, Burbank split the next four games, but its 21-20 league defeat at home against previously winless Muir last week really stung, which could make it a long night for the Nitros.

The Nitros are 1-4 after four consecutive defeats including league losses versus Arcadia, 42-0 at home and on the road against Crescenta Valley, 59-7.

Glendale opened its season with a 27-17 triumph at San Gabriel, but then suffered home setbacks to La Canada, 22-9 and South Pasadena, 51-21.

Burbank junior quarterback Guy Gibbs has thrown eight touchdowns with three interceptions and has 555 yards. Gibbs sets the tone for the offense which has scored a combined 27 points in its last two games.

The running attack is solid with sophomore tailback Darnell Williams accounting for 300 yards, with a long of 43 yards and one score. Williams has also snared seven passes for 57 yards.

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Junior WR/DB Forest Fajardo is versatile. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Junior running back Nick Warren has 176 yards with two scores and junior Andy Reyes has rushed for 100 yards.

Junior wide receiver Forest Fajardo has caught 13 passes for 212 yards with three scores, and senior wide receiver Noah Powell has 134 yards on six catches with two touchdowns.

Reyes, a defensive back, leads the charge with 50 solo tackles, 17 assists and two sacks, while senior defensive back David Medrano has 22 solo tackles with 19 assists and one sack.

Junior defensive back Miguel Vasquez has 24 solo tackles and 13 assists, and junior linebacker Jake Kelley has contributed 24 solo tackles with 12 assists and a pair of sacks.

The Indians have scored 42 points or more in four consecutive games, including a high of 49 on the road against Rosemead and at home versus Muir.

Senior quarterback Steven Hubbell has 718 yards through the air with 13 touchdowns and two interceptions. Hubbell has also run for a pair of scores.

Junior running back Chance Bell has compiled 659 yards and tallied 13 touchdowns, while senior wide receiver Erick Hernandez has scored six touchdowns and has 200 receiving yards on 14 receptions.

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Chance Bell leads the Indians’ ground attack. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Senior wide receiver Cade Borland has 204 yards on 15 catches and two scores, while senior wide receiver Nick Mercado had eight catches for 114 yards and three touchdowns.

The defense is stacked as is led by senior linebacker Branden Garcia, who has five solo tackles and 24 assists. Senior defensive back Robert Awunganyi has 12 solo tackles and 13 assists.

Senior defensive back Jarret Wrobel has 12 solo tackles and 11 assists with three interceptions, and senior linebacker Connor Garden has five solo tackles with 18 assists and one sack.

Burroughs to Broadway Kicks Off the Year

Four musicals will jump from songbook to the stage when Burroughs Vocal Music Assn. presents its annual “Burroughs on Broadway” this weekend.

The show raises funds to help offset the costs of the program’s participation in local and national competitions, and it is the first performance of the year for the four award-winning choirs.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Choir director Brendan Jennings and Powerhouse choir student Brighton Thomas, 16, took a break from rehearsal to talk about the upcoming three-day show, which showcases songs from about 25 musicals.

The show is divided into four sections with each section featuring a different choir group. The Decibelles are doing songs from “Annie” while the Sound Waves are singing selections from the “Tarzan” musical. The Sound Sensations are performing “No, No Nanette” and Powerhouse is doing the finale piece –The Who’s rock opera “Tommy”.

The surprise ending for the Sound Sensations’ segment, Jennings said, is that all 60 women in the chorus will be tap dancing to the final song “I Want to Be Happy”.

“They actually all learned how to tap dance over the summer– the entire group,” he said. “So their rehearsals have been really intense. It’s a huge tap closer to the song. It’s going to be fun and we won’t need to mic the floor. That’s going to be really cool.”Burroughs on Broadway Reh-4

Originally there was an entirely different show planned the first week of school, but the students have been able to acclimate to the change of program that took place the second week of school because of their past experience in the program, Brighton said.

“We go to a three-day camp over a weekend,” she said. “There’s one full day and two half days, and then there are rehearsals and dedication.”

Powerhouse picks up material very quickly, Jennings said, because they have been through other choirs and are pretty well trained.

“They are good musicians and good dancers,” he said.

Students in Powerhouse are also highly motivated, said Brighton, who is playing the role of Tommy’s mother Mrs. Walker.

“It’s a great commitment, so if you are not willing to put everything forth, you won’t be able to do it,” she said. “Everyone here is really willing to do this — we love it!”

The Powerhouse choir comes to school for a 7 a.m. rehearsal that lasts for two hours every morning, Jennings said.

“It’s a phenomenal group of student,” he said.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

There is a total of 216 students in all four groups and 59 of those are in Powerhouse. Actually 60 in Powerhouse for this production as Mason Mahay, 10, a Bret Harte fourth-grader is playing young Tommy. He is the brother of Madison Mahay, 16, who is in the Sound Sensations choir and will play the role of Nanette.

“Tommy” is a complex piece in that the students are asked to play a lot of different emotions. It’s not a happy story, Jennings said. Tommy as a child witnesses a traumatic event and after that event, he is in a catatonic state. Then he is abused by all the people around him.

As the show’s lyric goes, Tommy becomes a “Pinball Wizard”.

“It’s easier to play those nicer characters and this is a dark production and the students are having to play meaner, darker characters,” Jennings said. “Then the mood switches. He wakes up from the catatonic state and he’s this total rock star.”

Tommy’s mother wants to know how this kid that they thought was deaf, dumb and blind is this amazing talented person on the pinball game, Brighton said.

Then people become obsessed with him and there is this crazy fan/disciple kind of thing, and Tommy rejects them, and they reject him and it’s an up and down, rollercoaster ride of emotions, Jennings said.

Exploring emotions that are all over the map give students experience for future roles they will be portraying in shows throughout the rest of the year.

“We are concurrently working on classical repertoire in here and Powerhouse has already performed many of those,” he said. “This is a good style vocally to set them up and solidify technique and ensemble and it’s also great to delve into text and emotion and getting the story telling down. When we go to the popular music in the spring, sometimes it’s harder to find the depth in that music but now we’re really getting used to looking at the text and the story and what’s going on.”

“And because ‘Tommy’ is a rock opera,” Brighton interjects, “the music has a little bit more of a pop twist to it more than our other shows do, so that is really helpful for our future shows, that we are able to work with acting as well as that sound rather than just the classical sound, so we can figure out how to perform in a real professional way with a pop song.”

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Brighton, a junior, believes the two years in choir at Jordan Middle School and three years in choir at Burroughs, have helped her grow in her performance. Early on, she said, she was very nervous and would stand on stage and not be open to putting everything into it.

“This has helped me so much!” she said. “I have [received] a lot stage experience with all the rehearsals and performances that we do and I’m so much more comfortable in front of an audience. I’ve learned a lot of things about working with people because we work with 60 people. It’s important to learn how to work with different personalities. I love it. I wake up and I’m happy to do it at 7 a.m.”

She has found that she applies musical techniques learned in choir to her general education classes.

“What I’ve learned in choir has helped me in my English class, because we analyze text like the lyrics we sing in choir,” she said. “In English class we’ll be analyzing a paper or an essay and I’ll think about where the punctuation is placed in an essay and it reminds me of when to breathe in a song or understand what the author was trying to say. I just recently realized that.”

Choir experience has also helped her stay organized throughout the school year.

“It’s a learning process to figure out how to organize — balance school and choir,” she said, “but once you figure it out, it’s good.”

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

When the students are in school. they don’t realize how much is being asked of them, Jennings said.

“The expectations are so high just because of the legacy of the program, and the students live up to it and they are always trying to do better than before, better than the group that came before them and I think it’s kind of like they don’t realize how far and how crazy it is what they are doing because it’s what is expected,” he said.

“It’s just you and your friends in a class,” Brighton adds. “It doesn’t click until later, this is a big thing.”

Then the students go on to college and other things, Jennings said.

“They pretty much unanimously come back and say ‘This experience over prepared me for anything that I could have encountered and I learn faster and I process quicker and I have this capability to keep long, hard hours and know how to not give up and how to accept rejection because it’s competitive,” he said.

Choir students are also expected to do well academically, Brighton said, they know they can’t slack off.

But the real lesson, Jennings said, is that in the real world, it’s not about who has the best voice or is the most talented, it comes down to who is the best to work with, who is the most reliable, the most punctual and the most prepared.

Brighton added, that if you have the best voice but you show up late to all your rehearsals, you don’t have the material learned and slack off — nobody wants to work with you.

“And that’s just bad for you,” she said. “Why would you do that to yourself?

In addition to the choirs’ performance, there will be individual students and small groups showcasing other well-known Broadway tunes while interacting with the audience cabaret-style. Premium reserved cabaret seats include a reception buffet prior to the show, and dessert/drink service at one’s own table during the intermission.

Eighth-grade choir students from the middle schools provide the food service, Jennings said.

It’s a lead-in to the high school choir program.

Brighton also was a part of that, she said.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“I was able to come during some rehearsals and I got to meet people and see what goes on behind the scenes, which is really helpful for the next year going into it, and it’s really fun,” she said.

“Burroughs to Broadway” performances are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Burroughs Auditorium, 1920 W. Clark Ave. Tickets are on sale at www.jbhsvma.com.