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Burroughs Wins Pacific League Titles in Boys Soccer and Girls Basketball

By Dick Dornan
BurbankNBeyond Sports Editor

John Burroughs High School captured Pacific League titles in boys soccer and girls basketball on Tuesday. For the boys soccer program it was their first since 2009. The girls basketball program secured its second in three years after winning in 2011.


Burroughs Coach Mike Kodama won his eighth league title (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Burroughs Coach Mike Kodama won his eighth league title (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Burroughs 4 Arcadia 2

Coach Mike Kodama captured his eighth title as the Indians coach and the first for his program since winning back-to-back titles in 2008 and 2009.

Manny Celio scored three goals, including two in the first 20 minutes of the game, to lead Burroughs. His first two goals gave JBHS an early 2-0 lead. After leading 2-1 at halftime, the Indians struck again on a pass from Xavi Izquieta to Celio who scored to make it 3-1 at the 55th minute. Izquieta scored 20 minutes later to cap off the scoring. Brian Arzate controlled the pace of the game from the outset.

“I’m extremely happy for the guys,” Kodama said. “It’s been special to see the team’s growth this season.”

Burroughs (13-6-2, 10-3 in league) realized it had clinched the outright league title with a minute left in its match. Crescenta Valley tied Pasadena, 1-1, giving the Indians a five-point lead in the standings with only one contest left to play- at Burbank on Thursday at 3:15 p.m.

“It was a subdued celebration,” Kodama said. “We know there is more for us to come in the playoffs. This team can flat out play. We have a lot of talent and it all came together these last two weeks.”



Burroughs Coach Vicky Oganyan won her second league title in three years (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs Coach Vicky Oganyan won her second league title in three years (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs 49 Arcadia 45

The Indians claimed at least a share of the Pacific League title with the win at Arcadia. Burroughs (23-3, 12-1 in league) can take the title outright with a win on Thursday at Burbank. Tip-off is at 5:30 p.m.

“This is the best feeling in the world,” Burroughs Coach Vicky Oganyan said. “It is very rewarding with all the work we put in from last year up to this point to build a strong team. I’m very proud of the girls and happy that they can experience success. It teaches them a great life lesson that hard work pays off.”

Both teams came in with identical 11-1 records in league. How even were these two teams? The game was tied at half, 22-22, and at the end of third quarter, 30-30. It was tied at 36 apiece with four minutes remaining before Burroughs made the victory charge outscoring the Apaches 13-9 to win the contest.

Aysia Shellmire scored 10 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and had three blocks. Davina Del Castillo had another strong outing with seven points, 15 rebounds and five assists; Jakarra Waddell contributed eight points, seven rebounds and five assists; and Sidney Ortega scored 10 points.

“We did a great job executing our game plan,” Oganyan said. “Our defense was solid. We had everyone step up on offense and make huge baskets throughout the game and especially down the stretch.”


High School Sports Weekly Recap

By Dick Dornan
BurbankNBeyond Sports Editor


Friday, February 1

Boys Basketball:

Sarkis Karium drives against Muir (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Sarkis Karium drives against Muir (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank 53 Muir 51 OT (Richard Elmoyan scored 16 points for BHS; Anthony Kardosh finished with 11 and Andy Yanikyan had 10. Peter Wongsasitorn made the game-winning shot at the buzzer. Bulldogs now 6-6 in league)

Crescenta Valley 73 Burroughs 41 (Indians now 3-9 in league)

Crossroads 52 Providence 49

Girls Basketball:

Burroughs 56 Crescenta Valley 30 (Aysia Shellmire scored 11 points and had 3 blocks; Davina Del Castillo added 9 points, 10 rebounds and 7 steals; Sidney Ortega chipped in with 10 points. Indians now 11-1 in league)

Burbank 55 Muir 35 (Aja Locke recorded 12 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 steals; Lysette Perez scored 15 points. Bulldogs now 9-3 in league)

Providence 62 Providence Hall 44 (Coach Andrew Bencze wins 300th game in career)

Boys Soccer:

Burroughs knocked off CV to take over first place (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Burroughs knocked off CV to take over first place (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Burroughs 4 Crescenta Valley 1 (Nolberto Alcantar scored 2 goals; Brandon Gerlach had a goal and 2 assists as Indians take over first place with a 9-3 mark in league)

Muir 4 Burbank 0 (Bulldogs now 3-7-2 in league)

Girls Soccer:

Burroughs 1 Crescenta Valley 1 (Emma Pineiro scored off an assist from Tatiana Rizzotti for JBHS. Indians now 9-2-1 in league and two points behind CV and Arcadia)

Burbank 13 Muir 0 (Bulldogs now 8-3-1 in league)


Thursday, January 31

Boys Basketball:

Bell Jeff 50 St. Genevieve 30

Flintridge Prep 67 Providence 49

Girls Basketball:

Bell Jeff 49 St. Genevieve 47

Providence 64 Glendale Adventist 25


Wednesday, January 30

Boys Basketball:

Muir 65 Burroughs 52 (Lawrence White scored 19 points; Chris Hovasapian added 14 and Kalen Verhoeven had 11 for JBHS. Indians fall to 3-8 in league)

Glendale 69 Burbank 68 (Sarkis Karian scored 24 points for BHS. Bulldogs now 5-6 in league)

Girls Basketball:

Burroughs 66 Muir 40 (Aysia Shellmire had 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks; Sidney Ortega scored 16 points and Jakarra Waddell added 7 points, 9 rebounds and 3 steals for JBHS. Indians improve to 10-1 in league)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs boys soccer (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank 55 Glendale 43 (Ashley Linda scored 16 pts; Aja Locke had 11 points and Courtney Seidler added 10 points for BHS. Bulldogs now 8-3 in league)

Boys Soccer:

Burroughs 1 Muir 0 (Jorman Herrera scored for JBHS on a second-half penalty kick to break up a scoreless game. Indians improve to 8-3 in league and have a first place showdown at Crescenta Valley on Friday)

Glendale 3 Burbank 2 (Bulldogs fall to 3-6-2 in league)

Girls Soccer:

Burroughs 21 Muir 0 (Indians record a three touchdown win and improve to 9-2 in league. Ten players scored for JBHS. Brittany Mata recorded 7 goals and 4 assists, Emma Pineiro had 4 goals and 5 assists and Tatiana Rizzotti added 2 goals and 6 assists)

Burbank 3 Glendale 1 (Bulldogs improve to 7-3-1 in league)

Girls Water Polo:

Crescenta Valley 17 Burroughs 4 (Indians slip to 5-1 in league, 12-8 overall)

Pasadena 10 Burbank 7 (Bulldogs fall to 2-4 in league, 9-11 overall)


Tuesday, January 29

Girls Water Polo:

Burbank- (Oxnard Tournament results)

Burbank girls water polo (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank girls water polo (Photo by Ross A. Benson)


Morro Bay (W) 8-3
Lala Herpetian – 3 goals, 1 assist, 2 steals
Gaby Aghakian – 2 goals, 1 assist, 2 steals
Abby Glaesnner – 1 goal, 1 assist, 2 steals
Ryan Bettencourt – 1 goal, 2 steals
Julianna Vitigliano – 2 goals, 1 assist, 1 steal
Oxnard (L) 14-5
Seika Ha – 2 goals, 1 assist, 2 steals
Kathy Rodriguez – 1 goal, 1 assist
Abby Glaessner – 2 goals, 1 steal
Thousand Oaks (L) 12-1
Lala Herpetian – 1 goal 
Flintridge Sacred Heart (L) 5-4
Loosine Boghosian – 1 goal
Abby Glaesnner – 1 goal, 1 assist, 2 steals
Ryan Bettencourt – 2 goals, 2 steals


Monday, January 28

Boys Basketball:

Pasadena 76 Burroughs 61 (Coming off his 44-point performance vs. Glendale on Friday night, Lawrence White scored 26 points and had 12 rebounds while going 13-for-14 from the foul line. Indians fall to 3-7 in league).

Burbank girls basketball (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank girls basketball (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Crescenta Valley 60 Burbank 37 (Bulldogs now 5-5 in league)

Providence 63 Foothills Christian 51

Girls Basketball:

Burroughs 64 Pasadena 30 (Aysia Shellmire had 15 points, 14 rebounds and 3 blocks; Davina Del Castillo had 9 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals; Ashley Holmes had 7 points; Jakarra Waddell had 6 points, 7 rebounds and 4 steals; Sidney Ortega had 8 points. Indians improve to 9-1 in league and remain in first place)

Burbank 31 Crescenta Valley 27 (Bulldogs now 7-3 in league and in third place)

Boys Soccer:

Pasadena 3 Burroughs 1 (Dexter Dysthe scored a first half goal off an assist from Brandon Gerlach for JBHS who led 1-0 at halftime. Pasadena came back with three unanswered goals. Indians are now 7-3 and fall into a first place tie with CV)

Burroughs girls soccer (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs girls soccer (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Crescenta Valley 5 Burbank 1

Girls Soccer:

Burroughs 3 Pasadena 0 (Emma Pineiro had a goal and an assist for JBHS. Indians improve to 8-2 in league)

Crescenta Valley 3 Burbank 1 (Clarissa Guerrero scored a goal and Maddie Carlborg had an assist for BHS. Bulldogs are 6-3-1 in league)

Burroughs Throttles Crescenta Valley to Re-Claim First Place

By Dick Dornan
BurbankNBeyond Sports Editor

Seeking its first league title since 2009, Burroughs took a major step in the right direction with a convincing 4-1 win against Crescenta Valley on the Falcons home field Friday afternoon.

“It was our best game of the year,” Burroughs Coach Mike Kodama said. “It was a total team effort. When it was all said and done, the guys were sky-high.”

For the first time all season, every member of the Burroughs team was suited up, healthy and prepared to play.

Brandon Gerlach scored the first goal of the game three minutes into the match. Nine minutes later, Gerlach set up Noberto Alcantar for a goal and a 2-0 lead.

Crescenta Valley finally put a goal on the scoreboard early in the second half but the combination of Alcantar and Gerlach was too much to handle.

“The boys responded real well,” Kodama said. “They stayed composed and played calm.”

Alcantar scored his second goal of the game moments later off an assist from Gerlach to make it 3-1. Prior to Gerlach’s assist, some fine ball movement from Brian Arzate, Manny Celio and Jorman Herrera aided in the offensive attack.

Xavi Izquieta capped off the big win with a goal at the 55th minute.

“That took the wind out of their sails,” Kodama said.

Milosh Petko, Dexter Dysthe and Mike Mirza came off the bench and provided valuable minutes for JBHS.

The Indians avenged a tough 2-1 loss to Crescenta Valley three weeks ago. The Falcons have won the last three Pacific League titles since Burroughs won in 2008 and 2009.

“This is one of three steps. After we shook hands, we started thinking about Arcadia,” Kodama explained. “I’m very proud of the boys.”

Burroughs (12-6-2, 9-3 in league) has upcoming matches against Arcadia at home on Tuesday and at Burbank on Thursday to close out the regular season. Both contests are at 3:30 p.m.

“We have two more important games coming up,” Alcantar said after the game. “We need to go at them hard just the way we did to CV.”


High School Sports Weekly Recap

Burroughs vs. Glendale (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Burroughs vs. Glendale (Photo by Dick Dornan)

By Dick Dornan
BurbankNBeyond Sports Editor


Friday, Jan. 25

Lawrence White soared to 44 points on Senior Night (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Lawrence White soared to 44 points on Senior Night (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Boys Basketball:

Burroughs 73 Glendale 70 (Lawrence White made his senior night one to remember. White scored 44 points, two shy of the school record, hit four three-pointers, grabbed 11 rebounds and was 18 for 25 from the free throw line. His 3-pt FG and subsequent dunk gave JBHS an early 21-18 lead. Burroughs led by as many as 18 points in the third quarter before Glendale rallied behind five three-pointers in the fourth quarter to get within two points. But White connected on 9-of-11 free throws in the final period to cement the win. The Indians improved to 13-8 and 3-6 in league)

Burbank 51 Arcadia 47 (Adam Pasco scored 14 points as the Bulldogs improved to 13-9, 5-4)

Bell Jeff 70 Salesian 56

Providence 77 St. Genevieve 60

Girls Basketball:

Burroughs 60 Glendale 44 (Aysia Shellmire scored 16 points, had 6 rebounds and 6 blocks; Davina Del Castillo scored 10 points, grabbed 9 rebounds, had 5 steals and 3 assists. Indians improved to 19-3, 8-1)

Arcadia 58 Burbank 38 (Courtney Seidler scored 13 points and collected 9 rebounds; Ashley Linda added 12 points. Bulldogs slipped to 10-12, 6-3)

Providence 49 Holy Martyrs Armenian 16

Fairfax 58 Bell Jeff 48

Boys Soccer:

Burroughs 2 Glendale 1 (Noberto Alcantar scored two goals off of throw-ins from Brandon Gerlach in the second half as JBHS remained in first place at 10-5-2, 7-2)

Brian Arzate of Burroughs (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Brian Arzate of Burroughs (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank 3 Arcadia 2 (Andre Negrette scored two goals for BHS. Bulldogs improved to 5-6-1, 3-4-2)

Girls Soccer:

Burroughs 2 Glendale 1 (Tatiana Rizzotti scored both goals as JBHS improved to 10-11-1, 7-2).

Arcadia 1 Burbank 0 (Bulldogs fell to 11-7-1, 6-2-1)


Thursday, Jan. 24:

Boys Basketball:

Bell Jeff 59 St. Anthony 54

Girls Basketball:

Bell Jeff 48 St. Matthias 18

Girls Water Polo:

Crescenta Valley 21 Burbank 4


Tuesday, Jan. 22:

Boys Basketball:

Pasadena 69 Burbank 39 (Bulldogs slip to 12-9, 4-4)

Hoover 69 Burroughs 45 (Indians fall to 12-8, 2-6)

Aysia Shellmire and the Lady Indians remain in first place after defeating Hoover (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Girls Basketball:

Burroughs 63 Hoover 37 (Aysia Shellmire scored 12 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and had 4 steals; Sidney Ortega and Paula Galicia each had 10 points as the Indians improved to 18-3, 7-1)

Burbank 63 Pasadena 40 (Aja Locke scored 12 points and collected 16 rebounds; Jamie Gonzalez and Ashley Linda each had 11 points as the Bulldogs improved to 10-11, 6-2)

Providence 39 Pacifica Christian 26

St. Anthony 72 Bell Jeff 36

Boys Soccer:

Burroughs 4 Hoover 2 (Milosh Petko scored the decisive goal as the Indians improved to 9-5-2, 6-2. / Goals: Jorman Herrera (14 min), Brian Arzate 26 min), Milosh Petko (63 min), Brandon Gerlach (80 min) / Assists: Brandon Gerlach, Manny Celio / Saves: Elliot Whitecotton 5 saves

Jorman Herrera scored goal on a penalty shot. Then Hoover tied game 1 to 1. Brian Arzate broke through the Hoover defense to give Indians a 2 to 1 lead, but again, Hoover came back and scored on a penalty early in the second half to tie the game again.

Burbank girls soccer remains in second place behind CV (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

At 63 minutes, Milosh Petko came back into the game, and on his first touch, made a run to the backside and scored to give the Indians a 3 to 2 lead. At 80 minutes, Brandon Gerlach scored on a direct free kick to ice the game.)

Burbank 2 Pasadena 1 (Bulldogs improve to 4-6-1, 2-4-2)

Girls Soccer:

Burbank 4 Pasadena 1 (Maddie Carlborg scored 3 goals as Burbank improved to 11-6-1, 6-1-1)

Burroughs 10 Hoover 0 (Brianna Perez and Emma Pineiro each scored 3 goals as the Indians improved to 9-11-1, 6-2)

Girls Water Polo:

Burroughs 12 Hoover 0 (Sophia Piedrahita scored 4 goals; Selina Gavez added 3 goals as the Indians are now 12-7, 5-0)


Monday, Jan. 21:

Boys Basketball:

La Salle 83 Providence 61 (Marcus LoVett scored 30 for PHS)

University 81 Bell Jeff 76

Girls Basketball:

Bell Jeff 64 Whitney 35


Behind the Scenes of Burroughs vs. Burbank


Neither team refused to give in as they battled for a loose ball (Photo by Ross A. Benson)


By Dick Dornan
BurbankNBeyond Sports Editor

They say “pictures are worth a 1000 words.” Our staff photographer, Ross A. Benson, took these photos recently of the Burroughs-Burbank rivalry in basketball, soccer and water polo.

The cross-town clash is a “one-of-a-kind” spectacle that brings out the best in each athlete that dons the red or blue. The emotion and passion seen on each coach or player’s face captures what this rivalry is all about: competitive greatness.




Burroughs Triumphs on Senior Night

By Dick Dornan
BurbankNBeyond Sports Editor

Aysia Shellmire scored 16 points to lead Burroughs to a 60-44 victory against Glendale on Senior Night. The Indians remained tied for first place with Arcadia with two weeks remaining in the regular season.

Aysia Shellmire scored a game-high 16 points (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Aysia Shellmire scored a game-high 16 points (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Seeking to stay on pace for its first league title since 2011, Burroughs came strong out of the gate taking a quick 8-2 advantage en route to a 16-5 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Shellmire, who grabbed six rebounds and blocked six shots in the game, scored six points in the quarter including back to back baskets on beautifully executed high-low passes from Jakarra Waddell.

“At the start of the game we came in focused. We did our game plan and people made shots,” Burroughs Coach Vicky Oganyan said. “Anytime we have a good start to the game it helps our confidence.”

Waddell had an offensive rebound put-back that gave JBHS a 20-8 lead with 3:08 left in the second quarter.

The Indians powered their way to the basket time and time again scoring their first 22 points of the game in the key.

Sophomore Davina Del Castillo knocked down a 15-foot jumper from the right wing for the first points outside the paint that made it 24-11. A steal and subsequent 17-foot jumper at the buzzer by Delaney Nicol gave the Indians a commanding 26-11 lead going into halftime.

Shellmire, one of four seniors on the JBHS roster, scored the opening basket of the second half on an assist from Nicol that gave Burroughs a 17-point lead. Despite being only a sophomore, Nicol’s poise and steady play at the point guard position has benefitted the Indians.

“The team backs me up and they are always there for me. It feels good to know you have a team behind you,” Nicol said. “It gives me more confidence when I know I have more people to pass to.”

Glendale, which upset co-leader Arcadia in the first round of play, responded with a 9-2 run to cut the deficit to 30-20.

Waddell’s driving layup in the middle of the key capped off a 6-0 run by the Indians to close out the third quarter with a 36-20 lead.

Burroughs pushed the lead to a game-high 20 points after Del Castillo made a soft four-foot jumper with 5:12 left in the third quarter. The 44-24 lead looked insurmountable but Glendale refused to go away.

Delaney Nicol played a strong game at the point for the Indians (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Delaney Nicol played a strong game at the point for the Indians (Photo by Dick Dornan)

The Nitros went on a 10-0 run before Nicol converted a three-point play after being fouled on a strong drive to the basket with 1:53 remaining in the contest. The bucket broke a three minute drought by the Indians and gave them some more breathing room leading 47-34.

“My coach kept telling me that if I see a lane to just take it. She’s been telling me that for a long time,” said Nicol, who is celebrating her 16th birthday today. “So when I saw it I just took it. I saw a clear lane to the basket and I just went in and made the shot. I knew that we needed points to stop their momentum.”

Glendale made one final challenge when Ellin Avanessian swished all three of her free throws after she was fouled on a three-point attempt with 33.8 seconds left on the clock. Trailing 49-41, the Nitros were forced to foul in hopes the Indians would struggle at the foul line.

That would not be the case as Burroughs connected on eight-of-nine free throws down the stretch to secure the 16-point victory. The Indians were outstanding in the final period going 12 for 13 from the charity stripe.

“Glendale is always a dangerous team. It doesn’t matter what year it is or what talent they have,” Oganyan said. “They always have a great game plan and the team plays hard. It was a dangerous game on our schedule but we found a way to win.”

Del Castillo finished the game with 10 points, nine rebounds, five steals and three assists. Waddell contributed eight points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals.

Burroughs travels to Pasadena on Monday for a 5 p.m. tip-off.








High School Sports Weekly Recap

Burbank celebrates the game winning goal against Burroughs (Photo by Craig Sherwood)


By Dick Dornan
BurbankNBeyond Sports Editor



Burroughs and Burbank put on a great game for the fans (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Friday, Jan. 18

Boys Basketball:

Burbank 55 Burroughs 52

Providence 54 Locke 53

Bell Jeff 68 Verbum Dei 33

Girls Basketball:

Burroughs 54 Burbank 46

Providence 69 St. Margaret’s 45

Narbonne 39 Bell Jeff 34

Boys Soccer:

Burroughs 1 Burbank 0

Girls Soccer:

Dakota Briseno, #9, scores the game winning goal on this shot (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Burbank 2 Burroughs 1


Thursday, Jan. 17

Girls Water Polo:

Burroughs 8 Glendale 6 (Ahsha Earwood had 15 saves in goal; Aliya Ehde, Emilee Holgate and Bailey Simmons each scored two goals for JBHS which remained undefeated in league at 4-0)

Girls Basketball:

Bell Jeff 55 St. Mary’s Academy 44


Wednesday, Jan. 16

Boys Basketball:

Burroughs boys basketball (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank 63 Hoover 57 (Sarkis Karian and Peter Wongsasitorn each scored 11 points; Andy Yanikyan added 10 points for BHS. The Bulldogs overcame a four-point deficit at the end of the third quarter with an 11-0 run to begin the final period)

Burroughs 55 Arcadia 51 (Lawrence White scored 19 points and was 13 for 15 from the free throw line. Kalen Verhoeven added 10 points for JBHS)

Girls Basketball:

Burbank 56 Hoover 27 (Ashley Linda scored 13 points for BHS as the Bulldogs won their fifth straight game in league)

Arcadia 52 Burroughs 49 (Aysia Shellmire scored 29 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and had 4 blocks for JBHS in the Indians first loss in league)


Burbank boys soccer (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Boys Soccer:

Burroughs 2 Arcadia 1 (Milosh Petko scored both goals for JBHS, including the game winner with a minute remaining)

Burbank 2 Hoover 2 (Christian Garcia scored 2 goals for BHS)

Girls Soccer:

Burroughs 1 Arcadia 0 (Noelle Garcia scored for JBHS)

Burbank 4 Hoover 0


Tuesday, Jan. 15

Girls Water Polo:

Burroughs 11 Pasadena 5 (Emily Holgate scored 3 goals and had 4 steals; Ahsha Earwood had 13 saves and 8 steals for JBHS)

Glendale 14 Burbank 4 (Giuliana Vitagliano and Abby Glaessner each had 2 goals for BHS)


Monday, Jan. 14 

Burbank won a big contest against Glendale in OT (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Boys Basketball:

Burbank 65 Glendale 63 OT (Richard Elmoyan scored 19 points and Andy Yankyan added 14 points for BHS)

Muir 79 Burroughs 35 (John Cutone scored 11 points and Kyle Roberts added 10 points for JBHS)





Girls Basketball:

Burbank 39 Glendale 34 (Aja Locke scored 14 points, grabbed 11 rebounds for BHS)

Burroughs 72 Muir 38 (Sidney Ortega scored 23 points; Aysia Shellmire added 15 points, 11 rebounds, 6 blocks and 4 steals; Bailey Trotta had 13 points; Davina Del Castillo collected 11 rebounds for JBHS)


Burroughs girls soccer (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Boys Soccer:

Burroughs 3 Muir 0 (Manny Celio scored 2 goals; Elliot Whitecotton recorded 5 saves)

Glendale 5 Burbank 0

Girls Soccer:

Burroughs 14 Muir 0 (Brittany Mata – 4 goals, 3 assists; Emma Pineiro – 2 goals, 1 assist)

Burbank Defeats Burroughs in a Thriller

Burroughs and Burbank provided the capacity crowd with a memorable game (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

By Dick Dornan
BurbankNBeyond Sports Editor

With the crowd on its feet and the clock winding down, the annual renewal of the Burroughs – Burbank boys’ basketball rivalry came down to one shot. Lawrence White’s 16-foot jumper from the right wing with four seconds left fell short allowing Burbank to prevail, 55-52, in a Pacific League showdown Friday night at JBHS.

Lawrence White of Burroughs scored 18 points (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Andy Yanikyan recorded a double-double with 23 points and 12 rebounds as Burbank (12-8, 4-3) maintained its hold on to fourth place in league while Burroughs (12-7, 2-5) fell deeper into a hole. The top four teams earn an automatic berth into the CIF Southern Section playoffs.

“Big game for us today. I’m glad we came up with the win,” Yanikyan said. “It’s a new team, a first-year coach, and I am really proud of the guys. I’m speechless right now.”

Before a capacity crowd, both teams scrapped, clawed and competed to the very last second with the surprising Bulldogs willing themselves to victory. BHS did not return one player on its roster from a year ago.

“I think the kids are getting some identity. We really believe in our pressure. Our guys are playing resilient and they know they are going to win,” Burbank Coach Jerry DeLaurie said. “I love Burbank Unified. I’m grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this tradition. I’m happy for those kids in that locker room.”

“In the huddles we just came together. We trusted each other. We said we are brothers and we can get this win,” Yanikyan added. “The belief is there. No doubt about it. We are doing a great job so far.”

Burbank applied relentless pressure all night (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Entering the fourth quarter, Burroughs held a slim 42-41 lead and proceeded to score on a driving left hand layup from White to make it 44-41.

Burbank responded on a 9-0 run as part of a 13-2 spurt to take a 50-44 lead with 4:41 remaining.

White, who scored a team-high 18 points, converted a lay-up to cut the deficit to 50-48.

A steal and assist from Sarkis Karian to Yanikyan increased the BHS lead back to four points only for the Indians’ John Cutone to drill a three-pointer from the right wing with 1:20 left.

Leading 52-51, Richard Elmoyan (11 points) made an acrobatic running floater across the lane for Burbank. Kalen Verhoeven (12 points) made one of two free throws with 44 seconds left for Burroughs to set up the wild finish.

Two possessions later, Verhoeven took a charge from Elmoyan giving the Indians the ball with 20.7 seconds remaining.

After a timeout, White held the ball at the top of the key and dribbled precious seconds away. Drawing two defenders, White took off to his right and pulled up for a shot that came up short. Karian rebounded the loose ball and made one free throw to cap off the huge win for Burbank.

“This is the first time that these guys played with confidence in the fourth quarter. They really felt that they were going to come back,” DeLaurie said. “They started playing with more poise, made some big shots and the defense really suffocated them. I really believe we can win fourth quarter games.”

Richard Elmoyan shoots for BHS in the big win (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank set the tone early taking a commanding 16-9 advantage which led to an 18-13 lead at the end of the first quarter. Yanikyan and Elmoyan combined for all of the Bulldogs points.

Burroughs roared back courtesy of a 14-2 run to lead 27-20 with 4:11 left in the first half. White scored 12 first-half points as the Indians led 31-26 at the break.

Both teams battled back and forth in the third quarter with the Indians up 35-29 and the Bulldogs fighting back to tie it at 37 apiece.

A momentum changing play occurred moments later when White missed a dunk that resulted in a Burbank buzzer beating shot on the other end that left Burroughs up one, 42-41, entering the final period.

Burbank connected on 17 of 18 free throws for the game while Burroughs struggled making only 12 of 21.

“We found too many ways to lose this one. This is another example of where we have to get better mentally,” Burroughs Coach Adam Hochberg said. “We have lost the mental capacity to stay truly competitive for 32 minutes. But credit to them. They made the plays and we didn’t.”

The cross-town rivalry continues on Feb. 7 at Burbank High.


Burroughs Nips Burbank To Take Control of First Place

Burroughs took the first game of this season’s rivalry (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

By Dick Dornan
BurbankNBeyond Sports Editor

Friday’s boys’ soccer match between Burroughs and Burbank was decided in the blink of an eye. Thirty seconds to be exact. That’s how long it took the Indians to score the game winning goal….at the beginning of the game.

Burroughs’ Manny Celio scored the game’s lone goal (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Senior forward Manny Celio fired a majestic shot into the upper-left corner of the net to give the Indians a 1-0 lead that they would not relinquish in their first of two rivalry games this season against the Bulldogs.

With the victory, Burroughs took over first place in the Pacific League with 15 points followed by Crescenta Valley (14 points) and Pasadena (13 points).

After the referee blew the whistle to signify the start of the game, Burroughs’ Michael Conrad spotted Noberto Alcantar wide with a nice ball. Alcantar promptly flicked the ball to Celio who took a 30-yard shot that found the back of net only 30 seconds into the contest.

“I got a good look at the goal and it crested into the corner of the net,” Celio said. “It was a nice shot.”

“It was a brilliant goal,” Burroughs Coach Mike Kodama said.

Burbank Coach Loi Phan concurred.

“It was a beautiful goal. Not much you can do about that,” Phan said.

The Indians and Bulldogs battled throughout the game (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs subsequently dominated most of the match with tremendous touch-passing reminiscent of the Spanish national team. The Indians had multiple opportunities to score but the outstanding goalkeeping of Burbank senior Galust Galstyan and the strong defense of the Bulldogs prevented any more scores.

Galstyan started only his second game of the season and played like a veteran. He made nine saves while giving BHS hope to pull off an upset.

“I thought he played terrific,” Phan said. “After the first goal, that could have been the game. We could have given up but I told my guys that’s why I like coaching. We fought to the end. It doesn’t matter what the score is but how you play. I’m proud of our guys.”

The Indians controlled time of possession as well as field play. Seven minutes into the match, Brandon Gerlach took a wide open shot that Galstyan denied. Gerlach had another chance to put JBHS up by two goals in the 42nd minute but again Galstyan made a nice save.

Too many missed opportunities cost Burroughs to put the game away and kept Burbank within striking distance.

“We had a tough time in the penalty box. Part of that is the rivalry game,” Kodama explained. “Burbank plays extremely hard. I have known Loi Phan for many years and I wouldn’t expect anything less. So we had to work for every single opportunity we got. Their goalkeeper was outstanding and their two center defenders were there all the time. That makes it really hard to break down a team like that.”

The rivalry resumes on Feb. 7 at Burbank (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank had a golden opportunity to tie the score at the 63rd minute when the Indians’ Nicholas Lucero lost the ball to Dennis Palacio who broke free and had what appeared a clear shot on goal.

However, Lucero recovered and forced Palacio away from a shot. That was as close as the Bulldogs would get.

“I’m proud of when your rival coach comes over and says, ‘you guys don’t quit, do you?’ You can sleep better at night knowing that,” Phan said.

With the victory, Burroughs improved to 8-5-2 overall and 5-2 in the Pacific League. Burbank fell to 3-6-2 and 1-4-2.

Meanwhile, three-time defending league champion Crescenta Valley (4-1-2) lost to Arcadia, 1-0, and Pasadena (4-2-1) was upset by Muir, 5-2. A team earns three points for a win and a point for a tie.

“Seven more to go. We are in position. We are right there battling for first,” Kodama said. “We just have to stay focused and go one game at a time.”

“We have a really good squad right now. If we keep working hard, I think we can go really far,” Celio added. “Maybe even take league.”

The Indians are half way there.









Burroughs Outlasts Burbank in Battle of First Place Teams

Burbank’s comeback fell short against the Indians (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

By Rick Assad
Special to BurbankNBeyond

Forget that neither Burroughs nor Burbank shot especially well from the field during Friday’s Pacific League showdown, or that it was sloppy at times.

Neither team refused to give in as Burroughs’ Davina Del Castillo battles for a loose ball (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

What mattered was the Indians held a commanding 16-point halftime lead, but the Bulldogs rallied in the fourth quarter only to fall short, 54-46, in a contest that snapped a first-place tie before a near-capacity crowd at the Indians gym.

Burroughs (17-3, 6-1 in league) remains in first place atop the league standings while Burbank (9-11, 5-2 in league) slipped into second with seven games remaining.

After being behind from the opening tip, the Bulldogs came to within 37-30 and 6:55 left in the final quarter when senior shooting guard Jamie Gonzalez (team-best 13 points) stole the ball and put in a layup.

Senior center Courtney Seidler (12 points) added a hoop with 2:25 remaining to cut the deficit to 48-41.

That aside, Aysia Shellmire held the spotlight from the outset as the senior center delivered a calm and cool game-best 19 points with nine rebounds for the Indians.

“I think we knew even with the big lead we were going to have to hang on,” said Shellmire, who scored 11 points in the second half. “It was really loud in there, and they [teammates] were having a hard time hearing me, so I had to give hand signals.”

Burbank’s Lysette Perez shoots over the arms of the Indians Paula Galicia (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs, who shot 35.1 percent from the floor (19 of 54), had a 16-5 lead after eight minutes, and were ahead 28-12 at the intermission as sophomore point guard Delaney Nicol tallied all nine points in the opening half, while Shellmire added eight.

“I think Burbank had a tough time in the first half,” Burroughs Coach Vicky Oganyan said. “I was surprised we were ahead by 16 at the half, but I knew they were going to come back because they have players who can make plays.”

No other JBHS player reached double figures, but senior shooting guard Bailee Trotta finished with nine points, followed by sophomore forward Davina Del Castillo, who chimed in with six points.

Maybe nerves were the cause, but the Indians came out and missed their first seven shots in the opening quarter, and didn’t get on the board until Nicol scored midway through.

Nicol’s hoop inspired her teammates as Burroughs finished the eight-minute stanza draining four of its next six attempts.

Burbank, which shot 12 percent (three of 25) in the opening half and 28.8 percent (17 of 59) overall, began the game making only one of its first 14 shots.

Burbank’s Jamie Gonzalez provides pressure on defense (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Poor shooting continued for both into the second quarter as Burbank converted two of 11, with senior small forward Lysette Perez (eight points) contributing five points. Burroughs made five of 16 as Shellmire dropped in six points.

The Indians began the third quarter by failing to locate the hoop on their first five shots but Shellmire’s follow with 6:05 showing made it 30-15.

Burroughs was successful on two of seven over the rest of the quarter and entered the fourth quarter ahead, 37-24.

Junior point guard Sharis Ghazeri (seven points) scored five points in the third quarter for the Bulldogs, who converted five of 16, while Gonzalez accounted for three points.

“We were zero for 11 underneath the basket in the first half, and 13 or 14 for 16 underneath the basket in the second half,” Burbank Coach Bruce Breeden said. “Hey, we came back. We made some mistakes, but they’re all fixable mistakes.”