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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.”

 

 

 

 

 

High School Sports Weekly Recap

Burroughs dominated the annual rivalry game against Burbank, 10-4 (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

By Dick Dornan
BurbankNBeyond Sports Editor

Results for the week of Jan. 7 – 12

 

Saturday, Jan. 12

Boys Basketball:

Providence 69 Notre Dame 61 (Marcus LoVett scored 48 points for PHS)

Bell Jeff 79 Heritage Christian 53

Girls Basketball:

Rolling Hills Prep 45 Providence 37

 

Friday, Jan. 11

Boys Basketball:

The Indians struggled against CV (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Muir 74 Burbank 70 (Greg Salas scored 21 points for BHS)

Crescenta Valley 66 Burroughs 33 (Jared Soliman had 16 points for JBHS)

St. Genevieve 61 Bell Jeff 56

 

Burroughs routed CV to go to 4-0 in league (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Girls Basketball:

Burroughs 62 Crescenta Valley 16 (Aysia Shellmire scored 26 points; Sidney Ortega had 10; Davina Del Castillo grabbed 11 rebounds)

Burbank 60 Muir 40 (Jamie Gonzalez scored 18 points, 7 rebounds, 5 steals; Aja Locke had 14 points, 8 rebounds)

Bell Jeff 54 St. Genevieve 42

 

Boys Soccer:

Crescenta Valley 2 Burroughs 1 (Chuy Nunez scored for JBHS)

Burbank 2 Muir 2 (Christopher Mazzi and Georgi Dzneladze scored for BHS)

 

Burbank Girls Soccer (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Girls Soccer:

Crescenta Valley 1 Burroughs 0

Burbank 15 Muir 0

 

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

Thursday, Jan. 10

Girls Water Polo:

Burroughs 10 Burbank 4

(Indians scored 9 unanswered goals to dominate the rivalry game. Ahsha Earwood  had 13 saves in goal for JBHS while teammate Emilee Holgate scored 4 goals. Burroughs scored six goals in the second period to take a commanding 9-1 lead at the half.)

 

 

Wednesday, Jan. 9

Boys Basketball-

Crescenta Valley 60 Burbank 54 (Bulldogs squandered a 14-point lead at halftime in loss at CV)

Pasadena 65 Burroughs 35 (Lawrence White scored 11 points but Pasadena went on a 34-6 run to pull away from JBHS)

Campbell Hall 91 Providence 86  OT (Marcus LoVett scored 47 points for PHS) 

Salesian 62 Bell Jeff 61  OT

Girls Basketball-

Burroughs 61 Pasadena 36 (Aysia Shellmire had 29 points, 14 rebounds, 3 blocks; Davina Del Castillo had 4 points, 15 rebounds, 4 assists; Jakarra Waddell had 4 points and 7 rebounds)

Burbank 58 Crescenta Valley 30

Bell Jeff 57 St. Matthias 14

Alexis Mendias controls the ball for the Indians (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Orangewood Academy 40 Providence 39

Girls Soccer:

Burroughs 4 Pasadena 0 (Emma Pineiro scored 3 goals for the Indians)

Crescenta Valley 4 Burbank 0

Boys Soccer:

Pasadena 2 Burroughs 1 (Michael Conrad scored for JBHS)

Crescenta Valley 4 Burbank 1

Girls Water Polo:

Burroughs 9 Arcadia 0

Burbank 16 Hoover 2

 

Monday, Jan. 7

Boys Basketball-

Burroughs 61 Hoover 50 (Lawrence White had 25 points and 11 rebounds; Kalen Verhoeven added 12 points)

Pasadena 73 Burbank 55 (Richard Elmoyan and Sarkis Karian each scored 14 points)

Girls Basketball-

Burroughs 60 Hoover 16 (Aysia Shellmire scored 18 points, had 6 blocks and 9 rebounds; Sidney Ortega added 13 points and 4 steals; Brooke Radcliff collected 8 rebounds; Davina Del Castillo grabbed seven rebounds)

Burbank 51 Pasadena 35 (Jamie Gonzalez scored 14 points; Courtney Seidler added 12 points; Aja Locke grabbed 12 rebounds)

 

Burroughs boys soccer now 2-0 in league (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Boys Soccer-

Burroughs 2 Hoover 1 (Milosh Petko scored two goals for JBHS)

Pasadena 2 Burbank 1 (Georgi Dzneladze scored for BHS)

Girls Soccer-

Burroughs 4 Hoover 1

Burbank 4 Pasadena 2

 

Friday, Jan. 4 

Boys Basketball-

Burbank 52 Arcadia 46 (Andy Yankyan scored 20 points; Richard Elmoyan added 10 points)

Glendale 62 Burroughs 46 (Lawrence White scored 17 points; Jorge Flores-Pere added 11 points)

Chaminade 88 Providence 67 (Marcus LoVett scored 39 points for PHS)

 

The Bulldogs lost in overtime to Arcadia (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Girls Basketball-

Burroughs 50 Glendale 35 (Sidney Ortega scored 15 points)

Arcadia 55 Burbank 51 OT (Courtney Seidler had 16 points and 12 rebounds)

Bell Jeff 51 Chatsworth 10

Hart 51 Providence 42

 

Burbank boys soccer are 1-1 in league (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Boys Soccer-

Burroughs 2 Glendale 1 (Manny Celio scored a goal and assisted on a goal; Jorman Herrera scored a goal)

Burbank 1 Arcadia 0 (Orbel Golanians scored for BHS)

Girls Soccer-

Burroughs 8 Glendale 0 (Brittany Mata scored 3 goals)

Burbank 1 Arcadia 1

 

Burroughs Suffers 2-1 Setback to Crescenta Valley

By Dick Dornan
BurbankNBeyond Sports Editor

It was a determined effort none the less. With three starters sidelined due to red cards from its previous game against Pasadena, the Burroughs boys soccer team played valiantly in a 2-1 loss to Crescenta Valley on Friday afternoon at Memorial Field.

Pablo Sotillo broke a 1-1 tie with a goal in the 73rd minute of action that gave the Falcons the big win. Sotillo was in the right place at the right time scoring amidst a scrum of players.

Burroughs celebrates its goal by Chuy Nunez (Photo by Dick Dornan)

The loss by Burroughs left the Indians with an overall mark of 5-5-2 and 2-2 in the Pacific League. Crescenta Valley, the three-time defending league champions and Division IV CIF champions, improved to 13-1-4 and 3-0-1 in league.

“We gave up one late but hand it to CV. They are a very good team,” Burroughs Coach Mike Kodama said. “They had a chance to put it away at the end and they did. But we will be back. We will be fine. We have a long ways to go yet.”

The two teams played even until the 19 minute mark of the first half when Sotillo used his knee to score a goal off a throw-in by Erick Trejo.

Two minutes later Burroughs struck when Chuy Nunez headed in a rebound off a miss shot from Nolberto Alcantar. The initial shot went off of CV goalkeeper Josh Cook, then off the far left goal post and into the air where Nunez alertly saw it and headed the ball into the net.

Indians goalie Elliot Whitecotton makes a diving save against CV (Photo by Dick Dornan)

The Indians’ Elliot Whitecotton had a strong game in goal making one spectacular save after another including a diving save to his right in the first half off an indirect kick and stopping a Crescenta Valley breakaway in the 66th minute by Sotillo.

Burroughs has suffered back to back 2-1 defeats to Pasadena and CV. Kodama, who has won seven league titles in 23 years at the helm, has plenty of confidence in his team to respond and get back in the league championship hunt.

“We’ve had two very good efforts. I can’t complain at all about the efforts with the guys which is the most important thing,” Kodama said. “The guys on the field gave everything they had. I am very happy with them.”

Kodama won back to back championships with the Indians in 2008 and 2009. He left coaching temporarily and

Crescenta Valley won league titles in 2010 and 2011. CV won again in Kodama’s return to the field in 2012.

Will this year be a changing of the guard?

“We have a lot of potential. Pre-season we tried a lot of different things to see where we are at and I think our record reflects that,” Kodama explained. “We can still play better. It’s a good start. We can be a very good team this year.”

The two teams will play again at Crescenta Valley on February 1.

Pain is No Gain for Burroughs in Loss to Crescenta Valley

By Rick Assad
Special to BurbankNBeyond

Without the services of senior small forward Lawrence White and senior power forward Jorge Flores-Pere, its two top scorers and rebounders, Burroughs High was in a real pickle in its game against Crescenta Valley on Friday night.

Austyn Dries attempts to block the shot of a CV player (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

This was proven as the visiting Falcons connected on 11 three-pointers, outscoring the Indians in three of four quarters, and easing into a 66-33 Pacific League victory at Burroughs.

Falcons junior swingman Nick Springer dropped in a game-high 18 points, followed by 13 points from forward Arin Pezeshkian.

White, who averages 18.6 points along with 9.5 rebounds, injured his right ankle in a recent 65-35 setback to Pasadena on Wednesday.

White tried to run and cut on the ankle before the tipoff, but wasn’t able to do so with his usual explosiveness.

“I think I’ll be out only one game,” said White before the contest. “But I have confidence in my guys.”

Flores-Pere, who scores 10.9 points and pulls down seven boards per game, has pneumonia and it’s uncertain when he will return to the team.

The pair was sorely missed as Burroughs (11-5, 1-3) came out flat and fell behind 15-7 after the first quarter. It only got worse as CV took a commanding lead, 37-13, into halftime.

“They [Crescenta Valley] played great,” Burroughs Coach Adam Hochberg said. “We didn’t take the challenge very well.”

Kalen Verhoeven, #1, and Kyle Roberts, #45, battle CV for the rebound (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Crescenta Valley (13-4, 4-0) knocked down five of 20 shots from the field in the opening quarter as Springer tallied seven points, including the first of four three-pointers, while senior forward Ryan Schloessmann scored all of his five points in the stanza.

“We knew Burroughs would come out with a lot of energy,” Crescenta Valley Coach Shawn Zargarian said. “That they [White and Flores-Pere] weren’t in the lineup makes a lot of difference. But we played hard and focused.”

Springer’s hoop with 5:43 left in the opening quarter gave the Falcons a 7-0 lead, and his three-pointer with 2:50 showing made it 10-2.

Springer made two three-pointers in the second quarter and tallied eight points, while Pezeshkian dropped a trey that made it 30-11 with 2:55 left in the first half.

Burroughs played better in the third quarter, which was contested on even terms, but the fourth quarter saw Crescenta Valley outscore the Tribe, 15-6.

Crescenta Valley made five of 10 shots in the third quarter, with three coming from long distance.

Cole Currie had nine points, five assists and four rebounds for the Falcons.

Burroughs converted six of 10 from the field in the same quarter as Jared Soliman had 10 points including two from beyond the arc.

Soliman came off the bench and made four from downtown and led the Indians in scoring with 16 points.

Oharjee Brown of JBHS dribbles against CV pressure (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“I’m proud of how Jared played,” said Hochberg of his junior guard. “He doesn’t play a lot, but he had his best game.”

The next high scorer for JBHS was sophomore guard Chris Hovasapian who put in all of his five points in the first quarter, while senior center Kyle Roberts and senior guard Kalen Verhoeven each finished with four points.

Burroughs entertains Muir on Monday at JBHS at 5 p.m.

Brian Arzate, Burroughs Soccer

By Dick Dornan
BurbankNBeyond Sports Editor

Welcome back, Brian.

After a year away training at the Real So Cal Academy, Brian Arzate has come back to John Burroughs to conclude his senior soccer season. The six-foot, 160 pound defensive midfielder feels content with his decision to play alongside his teammates rather than spend another year honing his skills for the future.

Brian Arzate (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“Being able to play with my friends who I come to school with everyday was important to me,” Arzate explained. “Coming back to high school has been worth it.”

After starting every game as a freshman and sophomore for the Indians, Arzate was invited to play Academy soccer which is a high honor amongst the soccer world. He took the opportunity in 2011 and decided to skip his junior season at JBHS.

“It’s a whole different soccer experience. You get to travel and play against the best players in the nation,” Arzate said. “You are playing against players who are on your same level and that is something I looked forward too.”

While he was gone, Burroughs finished 8-3-3 in the Pacific League (second place) behind league champion, Crescenta Valley. Senior Manny Celio was also absent his junior season at JBHS as he played Academy too. Having Arzate and Celio back on the field together for this year might be the difference in finishing first and not second while dethroning Crescenta Valley, the three-time defending champ.

Returning to school and playing for Burroughs Coach Mike Kodama was another important factor for Arzate.

“When I met Coach Kodama last summer, I was like ‘wow, this is a good coach.’ I really think he can take me to the next level,” Arzate said. “I’m looking at playing at a division one or D-2 school. Anywhere here in Southern California is fine. Any opportunity out of state I would take it but I just want to play soccer. I want to pursue a business degree at a four-year school.”

Kodama, who returned to coaching in 2011 after having taken two years off, admires Arzate and how much he means to the team. 

“He’s an outstanding young man. You don’t come across very many individuals at this age that has the maturity level he does. What makes him really special is that he cares for his teammates,” said Kodama, who is in his 24th year as coach at Burroughs. “That’s very helpful to have guy like that. It’s like having a coach on the field.

“When Brian plays, he has a lot of passion on the field which carries over to his teammates. He leads by

(Photo courtesy of Mike Kodama)

example. First one here, last one off the field. Always works hard. He never takes a day off. He is a really good influence on the younger players.”

Burroughs is currently 2-1 in league and 5-4-2 overall. Arzate, 17, enjoys his role as captain and facilitator on the field.

“It means a lot to be captain. It’s a big responsibility. You have to lead by example being a senior and as a captain,” Arzate said. “My job is both playing defense and offense. That’s a hard job but I embrace it. I enjoy it. I have to hold the midfield and win the ball back. It’s just playmaking and getting the ball to our forwards and midfielders.”

“He’s at his best when he plays simple,” added Kodama. “He wins the ball, distributes, finds the guys and sets a good rhythm for the team. He’s the general for our team. He sets the pace and decides the tempo of the game.”

Whether playing at the Academy or for Burroughs, Arzate values the game of soccer with respect and pride. He understands the value of his senior season and what could possibly lie ahead.

“Everything I learned at the Academy from the coaches and players I bring it back here and try to share with my teammates and coaches and make the best out of it,” Arzate said. “We are beginning to play better and we have that chemistry where we could go somewhere at the end of the season. I think we have the potential of being that team.”

Spoken like a true captain.