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Burroughs Football Blasts Rosemead, 49-15

By Jim Riggio

Rosemead—Although it would be hard to tell by the score, the Burroughs High football team wasn’t clicking on all cylinders Thursday night when it visited Rosemead.

But perhaps that is a good thing being it was just the second game of the season. The Indians did enough to improve to 1-1, winning 49-15 in a nonleague contest.

The second half was played with a running clock after Burroughs led 42-7 at halftime.

The Indians opened the season by putting up a strong fight against Calabasas, one of the most talented teams in the CIF Southern Section.

“We don’t want to get too good, too fast,” Burroughs coach Keith Knoop said. “We’re talking about one step at a time and not five steps. That’s dangerous sometimes. As long as we get a little bit better and a little bit better maybe by the end, we’ll be near the top.”



Burroughs senior defensive back Jarret Wrobel intercepted Rosemead senior quarterback Steven Nava on the fourth play from scrimmage, returning the ball to the Panthers’ 16-yard-line.

The Indians then scored on their first offensive play as senior quarterback Steven Hubbell found senior wide receiver Cade Borland for a 16-yard touchdown pass.

Rosemead (0-3), winner of the Mission Valley League last season, surprisingly came out strong on its next drive. Nava hooked up with junior wide receiver Darien Camacho on a 65-yard touchdown.

“We actually gave them a little more than we had hoped for with a missed coverage in the beginning and the long run that they should have never got. Other than that, we did what we had to, to go into our next game,” Knoop said.

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JBHS Coach Keith Knoop was pleased with win over Rosemead. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs junior running back Chance Bell put the Indians up for good at the 6:32 mark of the first quarter when he took a handoff and went 25 yards to the left corner of the end zone. Bell rushed for 118 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries.

After Bell scored on a four-yard run with 1:25 left in the first quarter, the Indians scored again on the third play of the second quarter.

Senior linebacker Connor Garden blocked Rosemead’s punt and recovered the loose ball at the four-yard line.

Hubbell threw the first of four touchdown passes as he hooked up with senior wide receiver Erick Hernandez on a four-yard play.

Hubbell finished the night completing 14 of 17 passes for 140 yards.

The Indians’ next game will be Sept. 18 at home against Santa Fe before beginning Pacific League action.


Burroughs Football Looks For First Win

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


Burroughs High’s 20-point loss to Calabasas last week wasn’t as one-sided as the final score would indicate.

In fact, the Indians were ahead by six points midway through the third quarter before the hard-charging Coyotes scored 26 unanswered points.

Tonight’s nonleague matchup against Rosemead on the road should be a great deal easier for the Indians, but nothing is ever guaranteed.

The Panthers are winless after an opening-week setback to Northview, 37-24, and a blanking by Diamond Ranch, 49-0.

Rosemead is more prone to throw the football than run it, so the Indians’ defense will be a key.

Hunter Guerin gained 95 yards on the night (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Burroughs is in action tonight at Rosemead. (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Though the defense allowed 45 points to the Coyotes, it’s not likely Rosemead will be able to score that many points against a team that can pressure the quarterback and stop the run.

In the 45-25 loss to Calabasas, senior free safety Robert Awunganyi had three tackles and seven assists, while senior cornerback Jarret Wrobel finished with four solo tackles and three assists.

Senior outside linebacker Nico Frugone picked up eight assists and a solo tackle, senior defensive end Cole Gurley had one and a half sacks and senior strong safety/linebacker Devlin Jimenez collected a sack.

Senior quarterback Steven Hubbell, who hit 11 of 22 passes for 129 yards, was in the middle of three touchdowns for the Indians, including a pair of rushing scores and a 42-yard touchdown toss to senior wide receiver Nick Mercado.

Tailback Chance Bell churned out 142 yards on 27 carries with a touchdown in the second quarter.

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Indians’ defense will be key to win versus Panthers. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Bell, a junior, who led the Indians in rushing a season ago, will have to do more of the same, as will senior running back/wide receiver Cade Borland, who had 48 yards on five carries against the Coyotes.

Rosemead’s passing attack is paced by senior quarterback Steven Nava, who has completed 44 of 82 for 435 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in two games.

Nava’s favorite target is junior wide receiver Darien Camacho, who has snared 16 passes for 203 yards with two touchdowns. Senior wide receiver Jordan Parham has caught 10 passes for 139 yards.

The Panthers’ running game has averaged 50.5 yards over the two losses, with senior running back Angel Lopez accounting for 68 yards on nine carries and one score.

Burroughs Cross-Country Teams Shine

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


Several top times and finishes were turned in by the Burroughs High cross-country teams at the Great Cow Run in Cerritos on Saturday, and they include Emily Virtue’s second-place finish in the girls’ varsity race in a time of 17 minutes and two seconds, Alexander Hirsch’s fifth-place showing in the boys’ varsity race (14:52) and teammate Timothy Wells’ 10th place (15:00).

In the same race, Justin Villagran captured 12th (15:01), while Jagdeep Chahal took first place (15:29), and set the record in the boys’ sophomore division.

Meanwhile, Adam Villalpando grabbed 31st (15:39) and Daniel Fendrich took 39th (15:46) in the boys’ varsity race.

Other finishes in the boys’ varsity trek include Manne Green getting 66th (16:05), Christian Fuentes placing 70th (16:10) and Trent Harrison garnering 87th (16:27).

Patrick Wells grabbed 90th (16:30) and Seth Battilana was 103rd (16:43) in the boys’ varsity division.

Burroughs and Burbank will battle it out this season in both genders (File photos by Dick Dornan)

JBHS cross country teams had solid times at Great Cow Run in Cerritos. (File photo by Dick Dornan)

Betsy Ramirez was 86th (20:33) and Jailene Diaz came in 128th (21:22) in the girls’ varsity division.

Javier Hurtado finished 14th (17:02) in the boys’ junior varsity race, David Olympia placed 23rd (17:26), Cobie Cortez was 30th (17:39), Eduardo Cabrera was 43rd (17:49) and Branden Sanchez finished 114th (19:11).

Ariel Ramirez placed eighth (21:45) in the girls’ junior varsity run, Graison Anderson was 18th (22:14), Andrea Duran got 40th (23:03), Maddy Davis was 42nd (23:05), Lisandra Contreras grabbed 88th (24:35) and Destiny Velasquez was 145th (29:04).

Chris Hoxsie was sixth (16:02) in the boys’ sophomore run, Andrew Hoxsie placed 10th (16:14), Jerry Hoxsie was 35th (17:10), Asif Chowdhury took 38th (17:14), Ethan Brown was 56th (17:42) and Charanpreet Singh placed 58th (17:43).

Sapphire Sandoval was eighth (20:09) in the girls’ sophomore race, Catrina Villalpando was 35th (21:38), Ana Villalpando took 49th (22:11) and Maya Santos was 111th (24:21).

Ethan Galloway came in 22nd (17:39) in the boys’ freshman race, Zander Tassart was 52nd (18:25), Cade Morgan grabbed 64th (18:43), Johnny Padungyothee took 82nd (19:00), Peter Lainson was 86th (19:04) and Cameron Gomez placed 192nd (21:06).

Lakely Nealis was eighth (19:39) in the girls’ freshman division, Phoenix Reivers finished 20th (21:02), Julianna Navarro was 45th (22:19), Iliana Mendias was 125th (24:44), Jazmend Ortega took 182nd (26:39), Sharai Barrera grabbed 192nd (27:33) and Angelica Thompson was 218th (30:29).

Burroughs’ next cross-country meet will be the Rosemead Invitational this Saturday, and Coach John Peebles is looking for more solid times and finishes.

Alumni Attend Tailgating “Big Game” Style

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Back in the 1970s, Burbank High School students never thought they would sit alongside Burroughs students during the Burbank-Burroughs Homecoming Game.

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But that’s what happened Friday night. Graduates from both schools attended the Burbank-Burroughs Alumni Association’s pre-game party in the parking lot of the Burbank Unified School District before walking over to Memorial Field to watch the game.

The balmy weather was perfect for those attending the pre-party. Alumni paid $20 and socialized while chowing down on tacos, rice and beans. A student from Burbank High School performed on keyboard while grads took pictures of each other and shared memories about favorite teachers, classes and football games.

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The pre-game party was well attended by not only alums as far back as 1958 but by city and school district officials as well, said alumni association President Joanne Lento Miller, who graduated from Burroughs in 1972.

“We enjoyed music supplied by current BHS student Evan Mehta and a never-ending taco bar as we merged as one community family,” she said. “The energy and excitement continued through the night as we cheered for our favorite team with a bit of friendly rivalry. This is the kind of camaraderie the alumni association was hoping to cultivate!”

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(Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Karen and Chuck Campbell, both Burroughs grads from the Class of 1958, were chatting with former Burbank High School coach Dave Kemp, who is now on the School Board.

“We drive up from from Huntington Beach every year for the game,” Chuck Campbell said.

He taught at Burbank High School for many years, and since 2005 he has been researching and writing books about Southwest history.

Alumni association members helping Miller to organize the event were school district liaison Emilio Urioste, School Board President Roberta Grande Reynolds, Connie Barron Trimble, Kimberley Clark, Gil Tobon and Steven Ferguson and Kathy Lawrence.

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(Photo By Ross A. Benson)

“The alumni pre-party provided a wonderful opportunity to spend time with high school classmates and to connect with new kindred community spirits who all came out to support our Burbank tradition of friendly rivalry,” said Reynolds, who graduated from Burbank High School in 1972. “We were prepared to have fun no matter who won the game.”

Kathleen Gaston Hitt, BHS Class of 1973, attended with her husband, Bill, who graduated from Glendale High School Class of 1966.

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(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“The years seem to melt away when we see our classmates and old friends we socialized with 40 years ago,” Hitt said. “There was a cozy camaraderie at the dinner, and escalating excitement at the game. To be there made you feel young again.”

The Gaston-Hitt family have several members who graduated from Burbank High — Fred Gaston Jr., 1963; Bob Gaston, 1975; Heather Hitt, 2000; and Jason Hitt, 2005.

To join the alumni association, visit bhsjbhsalumni@gmail.com.

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Burbank Sweeps Burroughs in JV / Freshmen Football

It was a magnificently glorious night to be a Burbank High football player on the junior varsity and freshman team as each claimed a Pacific League title after beating city rival Burroughs on Thursday at Memorial Field.

The Bulldogs junior varsity blanked the Indians, 18-0, behind three rushing touchdowns and 315 total net yards, while Burbank’s frosh dismantled Burroughs, 60-28, as it compiled 478 total yards including 422 rushing yards.

JV Game

In the junior varsity match, the score at halftime was 6-0 after running back Guillermo Hernandez (60 yards on 16 carries) punched it in from two yards and 4:12 left in the second quarter after defensive back Tommy Sanchez picked off quarterback Gabriel Pellot (seven of 20 for 31 yards with an interception) and returned the ball 28 yards.

(Photo By Edward Tovmassian)

(Photo By Edward Tovmassian)

The Bulldogs (8-2 and 6-1 in league) stretched the lead to 12-0 with 6:28 left in the third quarter when running back Cade Hollingsworth scored on a three-yard blast that capped an eight-play, 71-yard drive.

“Yesterday I was thinking about this game,” said Hollingsworth, who gained 82 yards on 12 carries. “I wanted to pump the guys up. This was a team effort. We all felt like we had a chip on our shoulder. It’s weird because you want to be pumped and ready to go, but you can’t get too excited. You have to stay focused.”

Burbank’s final points came with 10:36 showing in the final quarter as Hernandez dented the end zone from four yards that concluded the seven-play march.

(Photo By Edward Tovmassian)

(Photo By Edward Tovmassian)

The Bulldogs junior varsity has now captured the league crown four straight times despite several players moving up to the varsity.

Hernandez’s tally was made possible after Pellot’s pass failed on fourth and 13 from the Burbank 25-yard line.

For most of the night, Burroughs (5-4-1 and 4-2-1 in league) had difficulty moving the football as Burbank’s stingy defense allowed 83 yards with 52 yards coming on the ground.

“These are a bunch of guys who have a big heart,” Burbank coach Tom Wilkie said. “These guys made themselves a team. We tend to make adjustments with our blocking in the second half, but so did Burroughs.”

(Photo By Edward Tovmassian)

(Photo By Edward Tovmassian)

On the Indians’ first possession they managed to reach the Burbank 17-yard line, but Pellot’s fourth down and five pass lost four yards.

Just before the intermission, the Indians were able to march to the Burbank five, but Pellot’s fourth down attempt failed to find the target.

After a 35-yard kickoff return from running back Sammy Duran set up the Indians at the Burbank 36 midway through the third quarter, they moved the ball only 11 yards after Pellot’s toss on fourth and 13 again didn’t find the mark.

Freshmen Game

The Indians (316 total yards) led 6-0 in the freshman match on a six-yard burst from running back Tommy Cantrell (game-best 208 yards on a game-high 40 rushes) with 5:43 remaining in the opening quarter, but Burbank (7-2 and 5-0 in league) tallied the next 22 points before Cantrell located the end zone with a six-yard scamper and 2:21 left in the third quarter. Cantrell added the two-point conversion.

(Photo By Edward Tovmassian)

(Photo By Edward Tovmassian)

Burbank quarterback Nathan Cruz-Laube (two of four for 56 yards) tossed a pair of scoring passes in the opening half that covered 38 yards with 1:55 left in the first quarter that tied it at 6-6, then added an 18-yarder with 6:10 showing before the half that gave the Bulldogs a 14-6 edge as Cruz-Laube chimed in with the two-point conversion.

Cruz-Laube’s one-yard scamper with 7:35 remaining in the third quarter made it 22-6 as running back Darnell Williams chipped in with the two-point try, and it became 30-14 when Williams capped a 53-yard march with a 10-yard run and 1:32 left in the third quarter as running back Sebastian Leal was successful on the two-point conversion.

(Photo By Edward Tovmassian)

(Photo By Edward Tovmassian)

The Indians (6-4 and 4-1 in league) came within 30-20 after Cantrell romped in from two yards and just over eight minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, but a 52-yard sprint from Williams (162 yards on eight carries) and 7:46 showing in the final quarter pushed Burbank’s lead to 38-20 after Cruz-Laube cashed in the two-point conversion.

“We came out super strong in the second half,” said Cruz-Laube, who had 135 yards on 16 rushes. “We run a no-huddle offense. We waste no time and we fight.”

With 5:23 left in the fourth quarter the Bulldogs forged a 46-20 cushion when Leal found the end zone from one yard and running back Blake Quinteros supplied the two-point try.

(Photo By Edward Tovmassian)

(Photo By Edward Tovmassian)

Burbank coach Mark Meredith was pleased with the team’s effort and had praise for Cruz-Laube. “He’s a running back that we’ve converted to quarterback,” he said. “They couldn’t handle our speed on the outside. Once we sealed the edge, we were off.”

About three minutes later Burbank charged ahead 54-20 when Quinteros scored on a 15-yard gallop and Cruz-Laube’s two-point attempt, and it became 60-28 when running back Charles Lott Jr. scored on a five-yard run and 40 seconds left.

The Indians’ final score was a 35-yard dash with 2:21 left from running back Benjamin Peters, who added the two-point try that trimmed the lead to 54-28.

Two Burbank Unified Seniors Vie For National Merit Scholarships

Two Burbank Unified students, Burroughs High School senior Brennan Flynn and Burbank High School senior Candace Kim, have been selected as semi-finalists in the National Merit Scholarship annual competition. Flynn and Kim’s PSAT scores are amongst the highest in the state of California and the nation.

Out of the 1.4 million juniors who took the test during the 2013-14 school year, about 16,000 students nationwide scored high enough to enter the scholarship competition’s semi-final round. Both Flynn and Kim will have the opportunity to advance to the final round of competition and vie for 7,600 scholarships worth $33 million.

Burroughs High School counselor Sheila Masters and Principal John Paramo announce senior Brennan Flynn's (center) selection for National Merit Scholarship semifinalist. (Photo Courtesy John Burroughs High School)

Burroughs High School counselor Sheila Masters and Principal John Paramo announce senior Brennan Flynn’s (center) selection for National Merit Scholarship semifinalist. (Photo Courtesy John Burroughs High School)

To move on as finalists, students must continue to meet competition requirements and take the SAT, earning a score that confirms their initial PSAT high score. They also must submit an application with the endorsement of their school principal and an essay.

Burbank High School's Candace Kim is a semi-finalist for the National Merit Scholarship awards. (Photo Courtesy of Burbank High School)

Burbank High School’s Candace Kim is a semi-finalist for the National Merit Scholarship awards. (Photo Courtesy of Burbank High School)

“Burbank High School is proud of Candace and her high achieving status on the national level,” said BHS Assistant Principal of Guidance, Jacquie Day. “We join with students, faculty and staff in congratulating her and wishing her well in the next phase of the competition. We can’t wait to see where Candace will leave her paw print! It’s great to be a bulldog!”

“Brennan is one of 2,108 high school students in California that are considered semi-finalists, which is quite an academic feat!” commented Kimberley Clark, Public Information Officer for BUSD. “Congratulations to Brennan, his family and the JBHS staff.”

Of the 1.4 million students taking the PSAT, which tests critical reading, mathematics and writing skills, approximately 50,000 receive top scores. Two-thirds of those are recognized as Commended Students, who may be eligible for other scholarships. The top one-third, or about 16,000 students, are notified of their semi-finalist status in September every year. Most of those semi-finalists meet the criteria to go on to compete as finalists.

Scholarship winners will be announced in the spring of 2015, from a pool of about 15,000 finalists, according to the non-profit National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

551 New Alumni Leave Burroughs Upon Graduation

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Here is a list of all the graduates as supplied by Burroughs High School

Naira Abelyan

Stephanie Adachi

Samson Adame

Jessica Adams

Matthew Afifi

Andreas Aghassian

Andy Aguilar

Karla Aguilar

Cassandra Aguirrebarrena

Madison Ah’Mani

Alana Aimaq

Gorges Al Ajijian

Stephanie Alcantara-Gutierrez

Sean Alexander

Melissa Alfaro

Mark Allsman

Tiffany Alvarado Donis

Cristina Alvarez

Danilo Amaya

Svetlana Ambartsumyan

Natalie Amela

Sebastian Andersen

Davis Anderson

Drew Anderson

Killian Anderson

Joshua Angel Dominguez

Patrick Apostol

Alexandra Apple

Guillermo Arana

Andres Arizaga

Jasper Armstrong

Cesar Arredondo

Kelly Arrue-Santos

Marco Arteaga

Maria Arteaga

Deryck Artero Martinez

Nicholas Artiga

Blake Aumont

Mario Avendano

Jaime Avila

Jessie Avila

Stephanie Ayala

Zori Badkerhanian

Sabrina Baker

Daniel Barach

Davion Barker

Emily Barnett

Destiny Batres Avitia

Alberto Bautista

Jackie Marie Bautista

Taylor Lehela Bautista

Dylan Beauregard

Patrick Benavides

Lemuel Benedicto

Sebastian Benjamin

Nicholas Bennett

Jessica Berger

Emma Beste

Tatiana Beverly

Nadjee Bey

Kayla Blackburn

Kaitlin Blake

Armando Boensel

Cassidy Boland

Connor Bond

John Borgard

Ashley Borgese

Kirsten Boylan

Jacob Boyle

Robert Brennan

Maya Brown

Austin Bruhn

Andrew Bui

Larysa Bulbenko

Dalton Burroughs

Sarah Bustillo

Kathryn Butterworth

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Brent Caballero

Rina Cabrera

James Cacapit

Ricky Cam

Sharon Campbell

Gabriel Cane

Andres Cano

Lennon Cano

Joshua Cardenas

Olivia Carlson

Isabelle Caronna

Kayleigh Carras

Joseph Carrillo

Kayla Carter

Merisa Casaus

Daniel Casillas

Jose Casillas

Deon Castillo

Erik Castillo

Lindsey Castillo

Cheyenne Castro

Gazella Castro

Natalie Castro

Jennifer Cazares

Linnea Chahayed

Brigitte Chaichana

Bryana Chanta

Adalberto Chavez

Gildardo Chavez

Yi-Chieh Cheng

Daniel Chicco

Jazmine Chora

Noa Chupkov

Corrine Ciani

Cole Clarke

Natalie Coca

Scott Cohen

Caitlinn Concepcion

Lauryn Connor

Michael Conrad

Augusto Corea

Nicole Corea

Jonathan Corpeno

Caitlin Cottrell

Kelly Cramer

Maria Cuaderno

Arleen Curiel

John Cutone

Trevor Davis

Evan Davis Palley

Patrick Davoodian

Briana Day

Jasmine De La Cueva-Osorio

Luis De La Torre

Tristen Del Castillo

Tannen Delgado

Kelsie DeRouville

Abigail Diaz

Frederick Diaz

Leslie Diaz

Natalia Diaz

Lukas Dimayuga

Melissa Do

Alan Duong

Jarrett Duran

Garrett Durbin

Ethan Durkee

Dexter Dysthe

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(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Brittney Eklund

Natalie Escutia

Nicole Escutia

Leslie Espinoza

Jeremy Estrada

Jessica Estrada

Stephanie Fallon

Blake Fariss

Jake Faunce

Erica Fernandez

Lacey Fierro

Keana Figueroa

Cameron Flannery

Brandy Flores

Deandra Flores

Nathalie Flores

Jennevieve Fong

Maurlei Forcier

Calvin Fox

Evyn Freedman

Angelica Frias

Nathaniel Frintner

Matthew Fruchey

Jonathan Fuentes

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(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Evan Galeano

Paula Galicia

Brittani Gallagher

Gabriela Galvez

Yessica Galvez

Joany Gao

Adrian Garay

Xerxes Garbes

Francisco Garcia

Miranda Garcia

Raymond Garcia

Nicholas Garduno

Maeliss Gelas

Hailey Geraci

Brandon Gerlach

Cesar Giombini

Aamirah Gober

Jairo Gomez

Kaylenn Gomez Flores

Alyssa Gonzales

Gabrielle Gonzales

Daniela Gonzalez

Frank Gonzalez

Jonas Gonzalez

Marc Gonzalez

Zachary Goodman

Algrae Gorospe

Kailee Groveman

Alessia Guadarrama Ocampo

Natalie Guerrero

Chelsea Guevara

Natalie Guevara

Michael Gunnell

Michael Guntetong

Raymond Gurley

Christian Gutierrez

Maria Gutierrez

Nicole Gutierrez

Paola Guzman

Kimberly Ha

Natalie Hafezi

Danbi Han

Jinoo Han

Trixie Harrison

Charlotte Harrop

Matthew Hart

Joseph Hartounian

Alexandra Hernandez

Alexsis Hernandez

Natalie Hernandez

Oscar Hernandez

Anthony Hernandez Villalobos

Gianni Herrera

Lilian Herrera

Francis Hilao

An Hoang

Jonathan Hoang

Benjamin Hobson

Kennidy Holland

Paige Hollander

Benjamin Horiguchi

Shushanik Hovakimyan

Drew Huber

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(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Veronica Ibarra

Ellaine Marie Ilano

Kristin Injeian

Mamoru Inoue

Daniela Isaza

Cassandra Jarin

Gabriel Jenkins Castaneda

Nicolette Jew

Melina Jimenez

Natalie Jimenez

Erica Johnson

Joseph Johnson

Nia Johnson

Sean Johnson

Lauren Jones

Tucker Joneson

Conor Joyce

Joseph Jurado

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(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Miranda Kaekul

Chloe Kahikina

Brian Kaplun

Susanna Karnoff

Jennifer Katz

Karo Kazanchyan

Nicole Kephart

North Ketola

Araksia Khdryan

Summer Kim

Christy Klocki

Amber Knipple

Corey Knutson

Kirk Koertgen

Christian Kramme

Danielle Krattiger

Vsevolod Krawczeniuk

Emily Lamb

Shonice Latimer Hale

Grant Laughlin

Alejandra Lazo

Alyssa Lee

Katie Lee

Ashley Lefevre

Leslie Leiva

Scott Licata

Adriana Lima

Jessica Little

Aimee Lopez

Jacob Lopez

Sivakorn Losakul

Jameson Lotz Teen

Nathaniel Low

Nicole Lucas

Nicholas Lucero

Jacqueline Luga

Juliana Lyons

Kelsey Lyons

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(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Timothy Mably

Matthew Macasaddu

Edwardo Macasieb

Nicholas Maccioni

Michael MacRae

Steven Majano

Spencer Malden

Matthew Manarchy

Hawkins Mann

Albert Manukyan

Angel Manzanero

Nicole Jade Marasigan

Joseph Marcelo

Richard Marcuse

Sabrina Marquez

Tristan Martin

Alexis Martinez

Angel Martinez

Briana Martinez

Bryant Martinez

Victoria Martinez

Wendy Martinez

Shahzia Martinez Khan

Rania Mataoui

Liam Mawhinney

Brianna Maya

Gaston Maya

Graham McDermott

Dylan McNeely

Alexander Medina

Jasmin Medina

Jordan Mejia

Taylor Menadue

Ricardo Mendez

Leanna Merza

Cole Meyer

Tiffany Meyers

Cristian Meza

Dillon Meza

Alberto Mier

John Miller

Deanna Minatiskan-Vargas

Tiffany Mirabal

Ana Clara Miranda Bentes

Nicholas Mireles

Candace Molina

Kristina Molina

Christian Monteros

Brando Monterrosa

Luis Montes

Cristina Morales

Ja-Nell Moran

Sandra Moran

Alejandra Moreno

Jennifer Marie Morgan

Cheyenne Morrison

Kheanna Mosley

Sabrina Moya Brizuela

Gerardo Munoz-Soriano

Evan Murga

Lorena Nava

Narda Navarrete

Lizbeth Navarro

Christy Nguyen

Joanna Nieto-Naranjo

Ethan Nolivos

Courtney Northup

Jesus Nunez

Omar Nuriddin

Jacob Nutty

Matthew Nutty

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(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Delaney O’Brien

Melanie Odadjian

Shawn Oh

Kayla Olivas

Maria Olivet Leiva

Samantha Orender

Christian Orozco

Carvin-Christian Ortega

Sidney Ortega

Gerardo Ortiz

Augustine Ortiz-Marquez

Cameron Ospina

Kaitlyn Owen

Carly Padilla

Shannon Pafford

Jennifer Palacios Bravo

Erick Palencia

Ysabella Panggat

John David Pangilinan

Samantha Paniagua

Jay Parks

Angelica Norese Pascual

Jaela (JAYLA) Peay (PAY)

Yarib Pedroza

Axa Pena

Jacob Pentland

Bradley Peppmuller

Jazlyn Peralta

Natalie Perez

Lex Dominique Perinion

Kellen Peterson

Milosh Petko

Christine Pham

Mai Pham

Trang Pham

Jamie Phan

Max Phillippi

Marisa Phongphanich

Juliana Pineda

Emma Pineiro

Hannah Porter

Daniel Powell

Jonathon Powers

Evelyn Price

Caitlyn Prouty

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Oscar Quintana Arevalo

Edward Quintanar

Dulce Quintanilla

Bailey Quiroga

Hillary Quiroga

Britta Raci

Alondra Ramirez

Andre Ramirez

Melissa Ramirez

Melissa Ramirez Zepeda

Jonathan Ramos Alvarenga

Alexander Rayborn

Amanda Redcloud

Maxwell Reid

Tyler Renta

Channing Reyes

Daisy Reyes

Yasmi Reyes

Kelsey Reynolds

Jonathan Rheaume

Molly Ribnik

Rafael Rivera

Sarah Rivera

Annmarie Rizzo

Kyle Roa

Paige Roberts

Joshua Robinson

Anthony Robles

Emily Rodas

Aimee Rodriguez

Alizandria Rodriguez

Cameron Rodriguez

Danielle Rodriguez

Evelyn Rodriguez

Mariana Rodriguez

Mark Rodriguez

Steve Rodriguez

Vanessa Rodriguez

Julissa Rodriguez Hernandez

Randy Rodriguez-Salamanca

Edgar Rodriguez-Torres

Dinora Rojas

Edward Rosado

Maika Rothfuss

Gustavo Ruano

Mitchell Rubio

Joshua Rudas

Antonny Ruiz

Katharine Rutecki

Cullan Ryan

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Christopher Sacha

Daniel Sahagun

David Salas

Marciano Salazar

Jonathan Salcedo

Lauren Salinas

Jonathan Salvatierra

Alyssa Sanchez

Erick Sanchez

Jessica Sanchez

Mandie Sanchez

Tatiana Sanchez

Andres Sanchez Delgadillo

Diana Sanchez Gonzalez

Gwyneth Sandoval

Karpis Sanosyan

Steven Santeliz

Andres Santos

Ashley Sapone

Kaitlin Schamber

Isabela Schoenke

Matthew Schwartz

Sergio Serafin Morales

Christopher Serio

Shawn Shahbazi

Avan Shirwani

Vanessa Silva

Bailey Simmons

Daniel Singhanate

Morgan Sly

Jared Soliman

Javier Solis

Kristin Starenko

Cheyenne Steward

Jonah Stoffers

Brandy Suarez-Aguilar

Roxanne Sugar

Taylor Sumner-Bailey

Meagan Sutton

Thomas Switzer

Eduardo Tapia Herrera

Kayla Tarin

Oscar Tejeda Lopez

Madeline Telles

Don Thai

DeAjalay Thompson

Michaela Thompson

Noah Tipton

Drew Tobin Ennis

Saul Torres

Melanie Torrico Ortuno

John Townsend

Brittany Trinidad

Miranda Trujillo

Thao Katrina Truong

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Casey Ueno

Jorge Urbina Fajardo

Richaurd Valencia

Christopher Van Dam

Nicolaas Van Loo

Everth Vargas

Zaruhi Varpetyan

Alexander Vazquez

Miguel Vazquez

Cristian Vega

Gabriel Vilchis

Adam Villa

James Villa Laverde

Victor Villalobos

Zeriah Villalon

Leslie Marie Villalta

John Francis Villanueva

Kevin Villatoro

Evette Villegas

Allison Voehringer

Krysta Volland

Jakarra Waddell

Hannah Wallace

Ambrose Wan

Esala Wathuthantrige

Garret Whalen

Madison White

Dillon Wiegand

Andrew Williams

Bradley Wilson

Devin Wilson

Jonathan Win

Hayley Woolsey

Micah Workman

Sabrina Wrabley

Kelly Wurtz

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Dayanna Yancely Yanez

Min Yim

Edward Youn

Hakop Zakaryan

Paola Zenzen

Kevin Zhang

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs High Presents Pop Show 35 ‘Hall Of Fame’

The lights are focused, the performers are ready. This weekend John Burroughs High School Vocal Music Association presents Pop Show 35 “Hall of Fame,” a show not to be missed.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

A few hundred kids, their parents, friends and family have endured hours of rehearsals and voice lessons under the direction of Brendan Jennings with the assistance of Jen Oundjian, the show’s Artististic Director. Lighting design and direction from Matt Shimamoto and sound design and technical direction by Jon King add to the performance.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Every costume is perfectly pressed and every button buttoned. The band under the direction of Dan Scoville plays away. Sound Sensations and Powerhouse, Burroughs top choirs, walk out to perform “Hall of Fame.” Parents, school board members and the audience are blown away by what they see.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The show continues with shows Friday, February 28, and Saturday, March 1, both at 7:00 p.m. and on Sunday, March 2, at 2:00 p.m. Tickets can be bought on line at www.jbhsvma.com. These high school students put on a class act and the show is great for the whole family.



Burroughs Baseball Team Entertains Korea

A team from Gyeonggi, South Korea flew into Southern California during their vacation period to play several local high school baseball teams. One of their first stops was here in Burbank as they played a 10-inning game with the Burroughs varsity baseball team.

Third baseman Anthony Robles from Burroughs stretches for a throw during a steal attempt by a member of a team from Gyeonggi, South Korea  (Photo By Mitch Haddad)

Third baseman Anthony Robles from Burroughs stretches for a throw during a steal attempt by a member of a team from Gyeonggi, South Korea (Photo By Mitch Haddad)

High school baseball does not start officially until March 1 so teams can schedule their own ‘scrimmages’ before that time. The game with the Korean team was scheduled for 10 innings with both teams playing inspired baseball and were tied at 3 after seven innings.  A 2-run homer by Korea in the 8th inning proved to be the winner as they won the scrimmage 5-3.

Before the game both teams exchanged gifts with the team from South Korea giving gift towels representing their high school. Burroughs players presented each player with a City of Burbank bag consisting of a Burroughs pin, Burroughs lanyard, “I Love Burbank” button and Disney donated a pez dispenser, an Avenger action figure and a travel pillow.

Burroughs Vice-Principals Oscar Macias and Matt Chambers were also on hand to welcome the team during pregame ceremonies where the gifts were exchanged and pictures taken.

While neither team spoke the same language, the universal language of baseball was enjoyed by everyone.


You Feel Lucky? Try Some Texas Hold ‘Em Saturday

The Burroughs Baseball program will benefit from a Texas Hold ‘Em fundraising poker tournament on Saturday at the Burbank Elks Lodge. Lots of great prizes for winners and tasty food items are planned, said Ivan Galan, president of the Boosters club.

Registration can be done online at burroughsbaseball.org or at the door starting at 5:45 p.m. The tournament starts at 6:30. A donation of $50 is requested.

The proceeds go to run the baseball program at Burroughs. Funding for public schools has been cut back for extracurricular activities, so its up to parents, who are members of the booster club, to come up with funds to offset costs of baseball equipment, field maintenance, uniforms, bus transportation to competition games and lodging if the games are a distance away.

It can take upwards to $40,000 a year to finance the baseball program, which is almost year round nowadays, Galan said.

Fundraisers subsidize program costs to lessen the financial burden on families, he added.

Two other fundraisers are a Christmas tree lot sales and advertising banner sales, where businesses purchase a banner placed on the field fence that can be seen by spectators attending the games. To purchase a banner, email boosterboard@burroughsbaseball.org.

The great aspect about the poker tournament, Galan said, is that there are still plenty of things to do for those who don’t play poker. It is a great time to meet the parents and coaches involved in the program and the members of the Elks Club.

“It brings the community together,” Galan said.

People can also participate in the opportunity basket drawings for a $1 a ticket with a chance to win a gift basket worth up to $300 to $400. Last year, one of the themed basket offered several DVDs along with popcorn, so the winner could have a movie night at home, Galan said. They have also offered coffee-themed basket with Starbucks coffee included as well as sports themed baskets with Laker tickets.

“This year we have a money tree basket that is actually cash,” he said. “You pay a dollar for a ticket, and put it in to draw for that particular basket and you might walk away with $150 in cash.”

The parents go out and solicit donations from local businesses, friends and their employers. The number of baskets filled with these items can be as many as 35 to 40 or more, he said.

The winner of the poker tournament will have a choice of items to choose from, including a $500 Visa gift card.

If guests don’t play poker, they are welcome to come just to participate in the opportunity basket drawing, Galan said.

Booster club members putting the event together are Chris Hobson, who runs the poker tournament, and Robin Peres, who takes charge of the fundraising and puts together the gift baskets. At the event there will be up to 20 booster parents who will set up, serve as waiters, waitresses and chip runners and greet guests at the check-in tables.

The Elks will offer food items for a separate cost from the tournament. Hot dogs, hamburgers, french fries and pulled-pork sandwiches will be $5 each, and dessert is extra. Proceeds go to Elks functions, said Lodge Manager Fred DeLange.