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Burroughs Girls Still Undefeated In Pacific League, Toss Aside Hoover, 53-24

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


Smothering and relentless defense along with sizzling shooting in the first quarter was at the heart of the Burroughs High girls’ basketball team’s 53-24 triumph over host Hoover in a Pacific League match on Friday.

Eleven players scored for the Indians who remain undefeated in league play with senior guard Abbey Ibarra leading the way after tallying a game-high 14 points.

The Indians (12-7 and 5-0 in league) connected on 21 of 64 from the field for 32.8 percent, but drained 10 of 20 in the opening quarter as the visitors took a 23-2 lead.

“We started off really well and we played with good energy,” Burroughs coach Vicky Oganyan said. “Overall we played hard, but we need to correct some mistakes offensively.”

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Abbey Ibarra, shown here against Pasadena, tossed in a game-best 14 points in a rout versus Hoover on Friday. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Ibarra tallied nine of her points in the opening stanza including nailing a three-pointer.

Senior guard Jordan Meltzer, who also canned a three-point shot in the initial quarter, scored all of her nine points in the first quarter.

“We just try to stick to the game plan,” Ibarra said of the team’s philosophy. “We try to listen to the coach. Our coaches prepare us well enough.”

Knowing that the Indians are gunning for a fourth straight league title, is there added pressure to win?

“Sometimes I feel the pressure because we don’t know what the other team will bring,” Ibarra pointed out. “We think that we’re going to get a lot better because that’s a challenge for our team.”

Burroughs extended its lead to 34-9 at the intermission as junior guard Kamryn Cardenaz (six points) dropped in four points in the second quarter after scoring two points in the first quarter.

Sophomore center Marin Grote, who finished with five points, had a hoop and a free throw in the second quarter, and later scored a bucket in the third quarter.

Hoover made one of seven from the field in the opening quarter and hit one of eight in the second quarter.

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Junior guard Kamryn Cardenaz scored all six points in the first half as the Indians led 34-9 over the host Tornadoes. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs struggled from the floor in the third quarter scoring five points and converted two of 13.

Beside Ibarra’s hoop, the Indians received a Grote bucket and a free throw from junior forward Haley Wilson as Burroughs took a 39-12 advantage into the final quarter.

The Indians were a little more successful in the fourth quarter after drilling five of 17.

The reserves were in at this point as senior guard Taryn Mejia poured in five points including a three-pointer with a pair of free throws.

Meanwhile freshman guard Ayumi DeHerrera added four points, freshman guard Jillian Kukawski canned a three-pointer and junior forward Jocelyn Rieken added two points.

The Tornadoes (5-12 and 1-4 in league) drilled five of 38 from the field (13.1 percent) and were led by senior small forward Lilit Aghanes with seven points followed by junior guard Khiara Almendras with six points.

The Indians will face Glendale on the road next Tuesday with a 5:30 p.m. start.

Burroughs Squeezes Past Pasadena, 70-66

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


Faced with a 10-point halftime deficit, the Burroughs High boys’ basketball team went to work and eventually earned a 70-66 Pacific League triumph over visiting Pasadena on Friday evening.

The Indians, who are 11-3 and 1-1 in league, used a pair of 21-point, action-packed  quarters in the second half for the rally.

Junior wing Justin Henderson scored 13 of his 17 points in the second half while senior forward Angelo Solis, who grabbed nine rebounds and had two blocked shots, finished with a team-high 19 points, dropped in six points in the second half.

One of the differences was that Burroughs shot 66.6 percent in the second half making 16 of 24.

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Justin Henderson’s 17 points were essential in 70-66 win over Pasadena. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The Indians connected on nine of 22 attempts in the opening half for 40.9 percent.

“We didn’t play like we normally do,” Burroughs coach Adam Hochberg said. “But the credit goes to Pasadena. We can’t play 16 minutes and expect to win. We need to play 32 minutes. We need to execute and we didn’t in the first half. We came out in the second half and executed.”

Part of the problem was miscues. “We had 10 turnovers in the first half and we average 10 turnovers for an entire game,” Hochberg said.

The initial quarter was tight as the Bulldogs (7-7 and 1-1 in league) led 12-10 on the strength of four points each from senior small forward Tyrek Adams and sophomore wing Bryce Hamilton.

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Junior forward Tristen Hull shoots over a Bulldog defender. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The Bulldogs then exploded with 26 points in the second quarter as Hamilton (15 points) chipped in with 10 and Adams, who had a game-high 27 points, added eight points.

Something changed in the third quarter as Pasadena was held to 16 points while making six of eight from the field. The Bulldogs’ lead was reduced to 54-49 entering the fourth quarter.

“This was a big game and win for us,” said senior guard Steven Hubbell, who had seven points. “Angelo played big for us and so did Justin.”

In the third quarter, the Indians (25 of 46 for 54.3 percent) drilled nine of 13 from the floor and six of nine from the free-throw line. Burroughs canned 17 of 29 from the charity line.

Burroughs connected on seven of 11 from the field in the final quarter, while holding Pasadena to four of 11.

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Senior point guard Ross Lee III (#3) and senior wing Nick Howard (#24) play tight defense in a four-point win over Pasadena. Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Senior guard Ross Lee III, who had six assists and three steals, went to work in the fourth quarter as he scored nine of his 11 points, while Henderson, who pulled down three rebounds, dropped in six points.

Lee’s three-pointer cut Pasadena’s advantage to 62-61 with 2:25 left and his hoop with 25 seconds pushed the Indians in front 67-65.

Bench players were also needed as senior reserve guard Eric Allen had all of his points (three) in the final stanza.

Junior forward Tristen Hull added nine points for the Indians including six in the opening half. Senior wing Nick Howard added four points in the second half.

A bucket by Adams with 1:30 showing in the fourth quarter gave the Bulldogs (22 of 38 for 57.8 percent) a 64-63 lead.

Burroughs will continued its league play with a game at Arcadia on Monday with a 7 p.m. start.

Meltzer, Grote Pace Burroughs To 54-16 Triumph Over Pasadena

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


Experience and youth helped carry the Burroughs High girls’ basketball team to a 54-16 thrashing of visiting Pasadena on Friday night in a Pacific League encounter.

Senior guard Jordan Meltzer poured in a game-high 15 points and sophomore reserve center Marin Grote tossed in 10 points as the Indians are 2-0 in league action and 9-7 overall.

“We know what we’re supposed to do,” Meltzer said. “We made some mistakes in the opening half and coach was mad. We tried to remain focused because in the long run mistakes against really good teams are going to hurt us.”

Burroughs, which hit 22 of 50 shots from the field for 44 percent, blanked Pasadena (5-10 and 0-2 in league) 11-0 in the opening quarter and then outscored the Bulldogs 26-7 in the second quarter.

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Senior guard Abbey Ibarra attempts a shot during 54-16 win over Pasadena. Ibarra had eight points. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The Indians made 14 of 35 attempts from the floor (40 percent) in the opening half and outrebounded the Bulldogs, 39-31, who converted four of 37 for 10.8 percent.

“We did a lot of good things in the first half, but there were some things that we didn’t do well,” Burroughs coach Vicky Oganyan said. “I’m always looking for perfection, but that’s the coach in me.”

Oganyan was pleased with the overall defensive attitude.  “I’m happy with the defensive energy,” she said.

Meltzer scored on a three-point shot in the opening quarter while Grote nailed a single free throw.

Meltzer really shined in the second quarter as she scored nine points as the Indians made 10 of 14 from the field.

Junior forward Haley Wilson accounted for five points in blitz over Pasadena. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Junior forward Haley Wilson accounted for five points in blitz of the Bulldogs. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“I could have done way better like have a little more assists today,” Meltzer said.

In the same stanza Grote, a standout volleyball player, muscled her way to seven points as she tossed in two buckets and three free throws.

Senior guard Abbey Ibarra, who finished with eight points, also showed off her talents by scoring five points.

Ibarra hit a three-pointer in the second quarter after drilling a trey in the first quarter.

Junior forward Haley Wilson dropped in four points in the third quarter after scoring one point in the second quarter and finished with five points.

“My top eight are the ones who are going to lead the way for us offensively,” Oganyan said.

After three quarters the Indians were comfortably ahead of the Bulldogs, 50-10.

Freshman forward Nicole Rumfola had a strong outing as she had six points, with four points coming in the fourth quarter. Rumfola also scored a hoop in the third quarter.

Senior guard Brooke Radcliff, junior guard Kamryn Cardenaz, senior guard Melissa Garcia, junior forward Jocelyn Rieken and freshman guard Ayumi DeHerrea all scored two points.

Senior guard Victoria Agundez led the way for Pasadena with five points followed by sophomore forward Mariah Cathcart with four points.

The Indians will visit Arcadia on Monday in a league match. Tipoff is 5:30 p.m.


Burroughs Girls Hoopsters Stay Focused

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


Reaching the top is hard work and never easy, and it won’t be for the Burroughs High girls basketball team which is gunning for a fourth straight Pacific League title.

The talent is there according to Coach Vicky Oganyan, whose team went undefeated in league play at 14-0 for the second year in a row, was the top seed in the CIF Southern Section I-A playoffs, advanced to the semifinals and went 30-3.

Aside from the starters and some rotation players, this team lacks experience. “We have a lot of newcomers to the varsity and they are slowly learning the game and getting used to playing at the varsity speed,” Oganyan said. “Our eight returners will lead the way with their experience. As long as we continue working hard and playing hard, we will be alright.”

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Senior guard Jordan Meltzer is a sharp-shooter and floor leader. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

The Indians are 7-7 after participating in the Valencia Tournament, Burroughs Tournament and the West Coast Holiday Tournament.

League play begins on Jan. 5 against Crescenta Valley. Burroughs will also meet Burbank on Jan.22 and will host the Bulldogs on Feb. 11.

Burroughs will be paced by 5-foot-3 senior Jordan Meltzer, who will play point and shooting guard.

“Jordan is a good outside shooter, quick and can handle the pressure,” Oganyan said.

Senior co-captain Abbey Ibarra is 5-6 and a guard and an excellent shooter.

“Abbey can slash to the basket and is a great defender,” Oganyan noted.

Senior co-captain Brooke Radcliff is 5-7 and can play guard or forward, which makes her valuable.

“Brooke is also good at slashing to the basket and is a great rebounder and defender,” Oganyan pointed out. “She’s very tough and has improved her outside shot.”

Junior Kamryn Cardenaz is a 5-8 guard/forward and very strong. “She’s a great rebounder and is very explosive to the basket with a good outside shot,” Oganyan said.

Junior Haley Wilson is a 5-8 forward who like Cardenaz, doesn’t back down. “Haley is a strong rebounder and has improved her outside game with range and is a great defender,” Oganyan said.

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Senior guard Abbey Ibarra will be counted on to score, rebound, pass, defend and set the tone on the floor. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

The key members off the bench include 5-9 junior forward Jocelyn Rieken.

“She has a good outside shot and inside post moves,” Oganyan said. “We’re looking to have her rebound and play tough defense.”

Marin Grote is a 6-4 sophomore center and a superb volleyball player with aspirations of playing in college.

“Marin is very athletic, agile and will help us with rebounding, scoring and defending in the paint,” Oganyan said.

Melissa Garcia is a 5-5 senior guard with an excellent shooting touch.

“Melissa will play some point and can handle the pressure,” Oganyan said.

The newcomers will be comprised of 5-6 senior guard Taryn Mejia, who works hard and has a good outside shot according to Oganyan.

The others include 5-9 junior forward Caitlyn Pentland. “She moved up from the junior varsity and can help us with rebounding,” Oganyan said.

Vanessa Villa is a 5-11 sophomore forward/center. “Vanessa works hard and is trying to refine her game,” Oganyan said.

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Junior guard/forward Kamryn Cardenaz is strong, a good shooter, rebounder and explodes to the hoop. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

The others include 5-6 freshman guard Jillian Kukawski. “Jill has gotten better over the summer and is developing her outside shot,” Oganyan said. “She’s very active, tough and will help us with hustle plays.”

Freshman guard Arianna Farias is 5-3 and is a “tough and feisty defender who looks to improve her stock,” according to Oganyan.

Freshman Emily Gutierrez is a 5-5 guard and has an “accurate outside shot, is strong and can handle the ball,” according to Oganyan.

Freshman Ayumi DeHerrera is a 5-1 guard with an “exceptional outside shot, quick and a rugged defender,” Oganyan said.

Freshman Nicole Rumfola is a 5-8 forward with a “terrific outside shot, is quick and a splendid defender,” according to Oganyan.

Burroughs Boys Hoops Have Eye Set On The Prize

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


Burroughs boys basketball Coach Adam Hochberg is a straight shooter and his team plays in the same manner.

The results are usually positive and have been so far as the Indians are 9-2 after playing in the Warriors Invitational at Heritage Christian, the Oaks Christian Holiday Classic and the Tustin Classic.

“This season we feel strongly that we can and will take the next step to reaching our potential we have been building over the last few seasons,” Hochberg said. “We have a mixture of experience, size, athleticism and resilience including five rotation players returning from last season.”

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Senior guard/wing Steven Hubbell is a gifted athlete who plays football and basketball. Photo by: Edward Tovmassian

Hochberg added: “Our focus in the program are always defensive energy, execution, communication and ball player movement on offense. We will be aggressive on both sides of the ball and use our personnel and depth to keep other teams off-balance and out of rhythm.”

The Indians have qualified for the CIF Southern Section playoffs three straight seasons and finished in the top half of the Pacific League a season ago.

Burroughs will open its league season on the road against Crescenta Valley on Jan. 5, and will face Burbank on Jan. 22 and host their city rival on Feb. 11.

The floor leaders are 6-0 senior guard Steven Hubbell, who made the second team Pacific League last year and plans on playing college basketball, and 5-10 senior point guard Ross Lee III.

“Hubbell will be a three-year varsity starter and team’s MVP last season after leading in scoring, assists, steals and three-point field goal percentage,” Hochberg said.

 “Hubbell will be the lead guard rather than on the wing,” he said. “Hubbell plays the game calm and under control and picks his spots at the right time to make plays for his team.”

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Junior 6-3 wing Justin Henderson will take on a significant role. Photo by: Edward Tovmassian

Hubbell knows something about being a leader having directed the Indians’ football team as the quarterback to the Southeast Division quarterfinals.

Lee is a transfer from St. Genevieve where he paced the Valiants as a junior in assists and steals and was third in scoring.

Lee was also named to the first team Santa Fe League and first team All-CIF Division IV where he helped his squad to the quarterfinals.

“Lee, who will also play at the next level collegiately, is an extremely hard worker both on and off the court,” Hochberg noted. “His excellent vision and skills combine with the ability to shoot the ball at an extremely high level. He will also be counted on to lead this team in its most crucial moments with his experience, knowledge, enthusiasm and confidence that he brings to the court.”

Junior Tristen Hull, a 6-6 power forward/center, is coming off a knee injury, and is another transfer who played basketball in Overland Park, Kansas, where he toiled for Blue Valley Northwest and led his team as a sophomore in rebounding and assists and was named to the second team all-league.

“Hull provides us with an excellent overall game, knowledge and skill set that includes the ability to play all five positions well in our system and has the size, length and athleticism to cause matchup problems for opponents all season on both ends of the floor,” Hochberg said. “Thus, with such versatility, he will be the X-factor. Tristen playing well means that everyone else on the team will benefit from the attention that he receives and will showcase his natural ability to make teammates better.”

Senior power forward Angelo Solis at 6-4, 6-0 senior wing Nick Howard and 5-8 senior point guard Eric Allen are key rotation players.

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Role players like junior wing Brannan Shepherd are vital to the overall success. Photo by: Edward Tovmassian

“Angelo has a 6-8 wingspan with a smooth shooting touch and has improved footwork,” Hochberg said. “He provides us with a rim protector and is an excellent rebounder and the ability to get his own shot and make plays around the basket.”

Hochberg continued: “Solis is tenacious and relentless on the floor. In combination with Tristen Hull, we have an excellent front court this season that should make us competitive against whomever we play.”

Hochberg on Howard: “Nick’s the team’s most improved player over the past few years in terms of skill and ability. However his confidence has always been sky high and his enthusiasm and effort rubs off on everyone.”

Hochberg added: “Howard has developed the ability to make his shots and get to the basket with ease to create for himself and teammates. His defensive talent and ability is still underrated and gives him his true identity as a player. Howard makes us extremely versatile in how we defend as a team and is willing to do whatever it takes to play his role and help his team win.”

Junior swingman Justin Henderson is 6-3 and is a talented returner who is expected to take on a much larger role this season according to Hochberg.

“The experience gained last season has motivated him to become an explosive transition player and much better defender in our system with his 6-3 frame,” Hochberg pointed out. “His improved decision making and ability to break down defenses make him a great option. Henderson playing well for us will provide tough matchups for our opponents.”

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Practice makes perfect under Coach Adam Hochberg’s system. Photo by: Edward Tovmassian

Senior wing Elijah Cain, at 6-1, returns to the varsity after a preseason stint last season and a successful league season for the junior varsity.

“Cain is one of the team’s best spot-up shooters and will help us a lot this season to space the floor with his knock down ability,” Hochberg said. “Elijah also uses his body well to get to the paint effectively. His defensive effort and overall execution as a rotation player can help his team take our season to its potential.”

Senior point guard Jordan Bridges, at 5-7, re-joins the varsity after a year leading the junior varsity to a solid season.

“Jordan is a talented and resilient lead guard and has overcome many obstacles and will be called upon to play important minutes,” Hochberg said. “He is very skilled in transition and can make plays for himself when he gets on the right spots on the floor. His defensive energy will also be a requirement and a major plus in disrupting opposing guards.”

Newcomer 6-4 senior power/center Garrit Green and senior 6-6 senior center Ricardo Herrada will provide the Indians with effective size according to Hochberg

“Both have worked extremely hard in the off-season to make themselves varsity ready,” Hochberg said. “Green has made major improvements in his overall game and both are ready to contribute as seniors.”

Hochberg also praised 5-10 junior point guard Austin Marx and 6-0 junior wing Brannan Shepherd.

“They are skilled shooters who join the varsity after playing junior varsity last season,” he said. “Their continued improvement and confidence on a daily basis within our system is key to them becoming effective varsity players this season and next. Both will gain valuable experience playing with this group and we are excited to see their growth and potential.”

Burroughs’ Volleyball Player Ryan Honored Twice

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


Burroughs High senior outside hitter Danielle Ryan, who will be attending San Francisco State where she will play volleyball, was honored twice after being named to the All-CIF Southern Section Division II-A first team, and also tabbed the Pacific League co-Player of the Year along with teammate Marin Grote, a sophomore who plays middle blocker and outside hitter.

This is a well-deserved honor for the soft-spoken, but always reliable and steady Ryan, who became the first Burroughs girls’ volleyball player to be named to the All-CIF first team since middle blocker Caitlin Cottrell in 2012.

Cottrell is currently an assistant coach on the junior varsity squad and the varsity to Edwin Real.

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Burroughs senior Danielle Ryan (#8) was honored twice after being named All-CIF first team and Co-Pacific League Player of the Year. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Ryan and Grote formed a dynamic duo and was an almost unstoppable offensive force as the Indians went 20-10 overall and undefeated in league play at 14-0.

This was the first time in three years that the Indians claimed the league title.

Burroughs  advanced to the quarterfinals but fell to Serrano in five games.

The Indians began their playoff run with sweeps over Bonita in the opening round and Pacifica Oxnard.

Ryan, who was named to the Pacific League second team in 2014, had 125 kills in league action, while the 6-foot-4 Grote, who plays center on the basketball team, chipped in with 115 kills in league play. Grote made the first team last season as a freshman.

Other first teamers include the Indians’ senior defensive specialist Samantha Sullivan and sophomore setter Payton Jensen, while Burbank had sophomore setter Melissa Daniel, who finished with 299 assists, also made the team.

Burroughs junior middle blocker Caleigh Paster was selected to the second team, while Burbank, which went 15-13, 8-6 in league for fourth place and lost in the opening round to Palm Springs, had junior libero Carly Palmisano make the squad.

Honorable mention went to Burroughs sophomore outside hitter Julianna Cottrell, and Burbank junior outside hitter Hailey Heath.

Virtue Gets 38th At Footlocker Cross-Country National Championships

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


Hoping for her best performance, Burroughs High sophomore Emily Virtue fell somewhat short of that goal at the 2015 Footlocker Cross-Country High School National Championships at Balboa Park in San Diego on Saturday afternoon.


Burroughs sophomore Emily Virtue took 38th in a time of 18:51 at the Footlocker Cross-Country National Championships at San Diego.

In a field of 40 elite runners, Virtue placed 38th in a clocking of 18 minutes and 51 seconds, which by her high standards, was unthinkable prior to the race.

“Unfortunately, she did not have her best race of the season,” Burroughs coach John Peebles said, “and therefore, she was a bit disappointed at the end of the race. However, she had a great season, and, who knows, she may use Saturday’s race as fuel for bigger goals and accomplishments in the  future.”


Emily Virtue (#48) capped her cross-country season at the Footlocker National Championships.

Highly decorated, Virtue captured her first Pacific League championship and then was second in the CIF Southern Section Division I finals.

Virtue then had a sixth-place showing at the CIF State meet.

With two more years to run, it’s likely that Virtue will go down as one of the best, if not the best, female cross-country runner ever at Burroughs.

Peebles believes that with even more experience, Virtue, who ran for Luther Burbank Middle School, will have an even better seasons then the one that just concluded. Of course, only time will tell, but everything seems to be pointing in that direction.

Burroughs Is Fourth In Own Tourney; Burbank Finishes Second

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


The Burroughs High girls’ basketball team (5-4) sparkled at the free-throw line, making 27 of 30, but still lost to Alemany 69-47 in the Gold Division third place game of the Burroughs Tournament on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Burbank (7-2) fell to Brentwood 59-40 in the Silver Division final despite 12 points and seven rebounds from freshman shooting guard/small forward Osanna Tirityan and 12 points from senior power forward Christina Mkrtchyan.

On Friday night, hoping to reach the finals, Burroughs struggled as the Indians suffered a 49-41 setback to Granada Hills in a semifinal contest.

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Senior guard Jordan Meltzer shined in 49-41 loss to Granada Hills with 14 points. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The Highlanders outscored the Indians in every quarter except the second when Burroughs tallied 10 points to four for Granada Hills.

The Indians hit 16 of 53 shot attempts from the field for 30.1 percent, made four of 12 from the free-throw stripe and was outrebounded 41-24.

“We need to follow the game plan and we didn’t,” Burroughs coach Vicky Oganyan said. “We didn’t play well offensively and we didn’t play well defensively. We need to execute and we didn’t.”

Senior guard Jordan Meltzer showed the way with 14 points for the Indians and scored 10 points in the second half.

The next best was senior guard Abbey Ibarra’s eight points, while junior guard Kamryn Cardenaz added seven points.

The Highlanders, who were paced by junior forward Marlene Salazar’s game-high 16 points, led 17-11 after the first quarter. Granada Hills made seven of 13 from the field while the Indians managed five of 14 as Ibarra nailed a three-pointer with four others contributing a hoop including Meltzer.

Burroughs made a dent in the second quarter as Granada Hills (18 of 42 for 42.8 percent) converted two of 11 from the floor. The Indians nailed four of 14 and went into the intermission knotted at 21-21.

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Senior guard Brooke Radcliff goes up for a shot against the Highlanders. Radcliff had six points. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Senior guard Melissa Garcia dropped in all of her four points in the second quarter for the Indians, and senior guard Brooke Radcliff (six points) added two free throws.

Granada Hills, which also saw senior point guard Dayna Takana score 13 points and senior shooting guard Ivy Nyuyen drop in 11, explode for 15 points in the third quarter as Nguyen and Tanaka each drilled a three-pointer.

The Highlanders made four from three-point range on the evening with Tanaka, who had nine points in the second half, chipping in with three.

The Indians were limited to 10 points in the third quarter with Meltzer contributing five points that included a trey and two free throws and Ibarra’s three-point shot that cut the Highlanders’ lead to 34-31 with 1:06 left as Granada Hills called time out.

Granada Hills would take a 36-31 lead into the fourth quarter and then nail three of six from the floor and seven of nine from the charity line as Tanaka made five.

Burroughs struggled from the field in the fourth quarter, making four of 16 and one of six from the free-line stripe. Meltzer did have five points in the stanza including a three-pointer.


Virtue Gets 8th At Footlocker West Regional Meet

By Rick Assad 
Sports Editor


The honors and recognition continue for Burroughs High’s super-sophomore Emily Virtue, whose sensational season continued as she placed eighth in a time of 18 minutes and 23 seconds at the 37th Annual Footlocker West Regional Cross-Country Meet at Mount San Antonio College on Saturday.

With Virtue’s impressive finish, she qualified for the Footlocker National Cross-Country Meet in San Diego at Morley Field in Balboa Park on Dec. 12.

Getting invited to participate at the prestigious Footlocker National Meet is an accomplishment in itself considering that only the top 10 qualify.

Longtime Burroughs Football Coach Keith Knoop Steps Down

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


In what seems like a surprise, longtime Burroughs High football coach has resigned his position. Knoop, who just completed his 19th season at the helm, announced his decision via Twitter:

It read: “Want to say thank you to everyone I have meet [met] who has made my coaching stint at John Burroughs great. I have stepped down as head coach.”

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Burroughs Coach Keith Knoop has decided to step down. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Knoop’s team came off a wildly successful season in which it went 9-1 during the regular season and 7-0 in Pacific League play. This was the first time since 2006 that the Indians (10-2) reached these figures.

Knoop, who has coached for 29 years, also picked up his 100th career win this season, which ended with a 21-7 loss to St. Francis in the CIF Southern Section Southeast Division quarterfinals.

No one has been named to succeed Knoop, who captured five Pacific League titles during his tenure.