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Air Amela Leads Burroughs in Rout of Arcadia, 70-23

Andy Amela had a career night as the Indians pounded the Apaches (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Andy Amela had a career night as the Indians pounded the Apaches (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

By Dick Dornan
myBurbank Sports Editor

Andy “Air” Amela came back just in time to re-introduce the forward pass. After sitting out three consecutive games due to a concussion, Amela returned to action in a dominant manner. The junior quarterback lit up the October sky completing 13 of 16 passes for 248 yards and four touchdowns (all in the first half) as Burroughs absolutely hammered Arcadia, 70-23, Thursday night at Memorial Field.

Erick Hernandez snags one of his three touchdowns on the evening (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Erick Hernandez snags one of his three touchdowns on the evening (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Amela connected with fellow junior Erick Hernandez on touchdown passes of four, 43 and 60 yards. Hernandez finished with six catches for 154 yards (all in the first half). Amela is the unsung hero of the Indians’ season while Hernandez has quietly become one of the best receivers in the Pacific League.

Together they ignited an Indians offense to score 10 touchdowns and become the first varsity home team ever to score 70 points at venerable Memorial Field.

“It felt really good to be out there,” Amela said. “Waiting for three weeks was agonizing. I wanted to play. I love the sport. I love the position.”

“It was great to have him back. For three games it was tough to pass the ball. But we handled it well,” Hernandez added. “Our line blocked good and gave him time. He made some good throws and had a good night. Hopefully he carries it into next week and the week after that.”

Hernandez and Amela have struck a chord on the field with crisp routes and precise passing.

“As soon as he became quarterback, we became a lot closer. We hang out on the weekends,” Hernandez said. “This past Sunday we threw since we knew he was going to come back this week. I talk to him a lot. We are on the same page and have good chemistry.”

“With him (Amela), we are a pretty dynamic team. We can spread the field vertically and horizontally. We can do whatever we want,” Burroughs coach Keith Knoop said. “And I’m happy for my receivers who have been stalk blocking for three weeks. They are tired of run blocking.”

Hunter Guerin continues to play excellent ball on offense and defense (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Hunter Guerin continues to play excellent ball on offense and defense (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Burroughs rushing attack was relentless as 12 different players carried the ball. Senior Aidan Anding rushed for 78 yards on six carries with three touchdowns (27, 1, 15); sophomore Chance Bell churned out 72 yards on eight carries and caught a touchdown; junior Hunter Guerin had 61 yards on eight carries and touchdown runs of 18 and six; and senior Michael Ospina ran for 57 yards on eight carries and had a four-yard TD run.

The Indians scored the second most points ever in school history falling just short of the 76 put on the board by the Tribe back on October 16, 2008, when Burroughs dismantled Hoover, 76-20, at Glendale High School.

Bell’s 47-yard touchdown run with less than a minute remaining was nullified on a penalty for an illegal shift that cost the Indians at tying and perhaps breaking the record with 77 points.

Aidan Anding electrifies the crowd with his quick burst and explosiveness (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Aidan Anding electrifies the crowd with his quick burst and explosiveness (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

However, the 70 points by Burroughs marked the most points ever scored by a varsity home team at Memorial Field since the Stadium was built back in 1946. The previous mark was 69 set last season in a 69-0 Indians’ win over Hoover on Oct. 17, 2013.

Burroughs had scored 70 or more points twice previously in its history (at Hoover and at Glendale in a 70-34 victory on October 13, 2011). Now this year’s team owns the record on their home turf.

For the record, Burbank’s all-time best at Memorial Field is 63 points against Hoover on Oct. 2, 2004. The Bulldogs did score 70 in a 70-34 win at Muir in 2011.

It was a powerful performance by the Indians as they improved to 5-3 and 3-2 in the Pacific League. Two weeks remain in the regular season and Burroughs controls its own destiny. A win against Glendale next Friday followed by a win against Burbank would send the Indians back to the CIF playoffs once again as the third place team from the Pacific League.

Michael Ospina and crew tore up Arcadia on the ground (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Michael Ospina and crew tore up Arcadia on the ground (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

“Now that we are healthy we are pretty dangerous. We got a lot of guys back from injury and we are getting a lot of guys involved. It’s been our forte from the beginning. We get a lot of guys touches,” Knoop said. “We are so talented everywhere that we have the ability to spread it around and keep defenses guessing. They (opponent) don’t know if you are going to give it to that guy or that guy.

“For us, we are clicking on all cylinders offensively. But we have to get better on defense. We give up a little too much. We are getting lazy and are expecting the offense to always put points up. We need to stop doing that.”

Burroughs jumped all over Arcadia (2-6, 1-4) breaking out to a 14-3 lead after the first quarter, 49-9 at the half, 70-9 after three periods, and a running clock became the Apaches best friend in the fourth.

The Indians host Glendale on Halloween night at 7 p.m. which will also be an evening of celebration as former Burroughs star offensive lineman and current Chicago Bear Eben Britton has his No. 77 retired at the school’s athletic Hall of Fame ceremony prior to the game.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Burroughs Boys Cross Country in Pursuit of Glory

Burroughs sensational six: (L to R) Garrett Boulais, Elias Hoxsie, Shane Thompson, Jack Howe, Justin Villagran, Alexander Hirsch (Photos by Dick Dornan)

Burroughs sensational six: (L to R) Garrett Boulais, Elias Hoxsie, Shane Thompson, Jack Howe, Justin Villagran, Alexander Hirsch (Photos by Dick Dornan)

By Dick Dornan
myBurbank Sports Editor

Don’t look now but there could be a new league champion crowned in boys’ cross country. With Pacific League Finals set for November 6, the Burroughs boys cross country team is embarking upon unchartered terrain.

After winning the first two league meets of the season on September 25 and then again on October 16, the Indians are zeroing in on capturing their first league title as a member of the Pacific League.

The Burroughs Indians have a shot at a league title, CIF Finals and possibly a berth at the State Championships (Photo by Dick Dornan)

The Burroughs Indians have a shot at a league title, CIF Finals and possibly a berth at the State Championships (Photo by Dick Dornan)

In a league that has been ruled throughout the years by powerhouse Arcadia mixed in with strong performances by Crescenta Valley and Burbank, Burroughs has been by far the most consistent and dominant team this year.

Burroughs, ranked No. 4 in boys cross country in CIF-SS Division I, won the Pacific League opener at Crescenta Valley Park. The Indians were propelled by senior Garrett Boulais who took second place in a time of 15:47 followed by senior Elias Hoxsie in third (16:06), junior Justin Villagran (fifth- 16:16), freshman Alexander Hirsch (sixth- 16:18) and senior Shane Thompson (seventh- 16:18). Burroughs defeated Arcadia, 20-35, for the first time since joining the Pacific League in 2006.

Garrett Boulais

Garrett Boulais

“Beating Arcadia shows that we worked hard over the summer,” Boulais said. “Last year, we missed CIF by one spot so we really wanted to come back strong this season. Throughout the summer we stayed strong as a group and did our best.”

Two weeks later, the Indians backed up their resounding win by conquering Pacific League meet No. 2 defeating second place Arcadia again, 20-38, at Arcadia County Park. The Indians claimed second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth place in a resounding win on the Apaches home course.

Boulais ran a tremendous race to finish runner-up in a time of 14:38 followed by Hoxsie (14:51), Andrew Barrondo (14:57), Thompson (14:58), Hirsch (15:01), Villagran (15:15) and senior Jack Howe (15:49).

Elias Hoxsie

Elias Hoxsie

“It feels great to be beating these schools,” Villagran said. “It shows how hard we have worked and we hope to maintain it for the future.”

With 25% of each league meet counting towards the overall team title, Burroughs now heads for the home stretch and a league title within their grasp. The Pacific League Finals are worth the remaining 50%.

The Indians have had a strong season overall competing well at the Cool Breeze Invitational in Chino, Rosemead Invitational, Mount Carmel (San Diego) Invitational and recently at the Kenny Staub Invitational where Burroughs took the top four spots in another fabulous team performance.

Shane Thompson

Shane Thompson

“It felt really good to just run strong as a pack and basically dominate the whole race overall,” said Thompson. “We are really doing well as a team.”

The Indians resurgence can be traced back to the last couple of years where they suffered several tough defeats at the hands of the Apaches, Falcons and Bulldogs.

Burroughs coach John Peebles has seen the growth of his program first-hand and attributes the Indians success this season to past experience, team depth and a positive work ethic.

“Over the last couple years we have kind of taken our lumps. When you run in a league with Arcadia, Crescenta Valley and Burbank who have been strong over the years, it definitely makes it tougher,” Peebles said. “But the guys noticed and paid attention. They knew they had to get better and better in order to try and win league. Running in this league has definitely paid off. We had to face the challenges and we have.

Jack Howe

Jack Howe

“As you go year to year, your goal is to do better at the course. You are also competing against the people you are running with. The biggest thing is to prepare at practice to go out and run the best race you can when it’s time to race. It’s your job to put yourself in the position so that when you toe the line and you go run, you are running the best that you can on that day.”

The Indians have responded well with a concerted effort to being a team on and off the trails.

“Over summer we decided that we needed to bond more outside of practice,” Hoxsie said. “That way in practice we could push each other with more meaning. We wanted to form a brotherhood so we could work harder as a group.”

Justin Villagran

Justin Villagran

Additionally, the Indians are well-balanced with various types of runners who have all contributed to the team’s development.

“What’s interesting about us is the diversity of the group. Each of us brings something different,” Howe explained. “Garrett and Justin are big into endurance running and could go forever. Shane and Elias have the fast-twitch muscle fibers so they can sprint really fast. Alex seems like he has been running since the dawn of time. I’m just trying to find my way amongst this team and work with them so we can all be successful.”

One surprise has been the emergence of the Indians next superstar, Alexander Hirsch. Only a freshman, Hirsch has brought much needed depth to a squad who has goals beyond a league title.

Alexander Hirsch

Alexander Hirsch

“I’m just so thankful to be on this great team,” Hirsch said. “Running with these guys has been a great opportunity to push myself. I learned that hard work can really pay off.”

Advancing to the CIF Finals at Mt. SAC and then to the State Championships in Fresno are the ultimate goals. But for Peebles, now in his 19th season as JBHS head coach, just seeing personal growth is enough satisfaction for him.

“Going to the State meet would be nice; going to CIF Finals would be nice; winning a league title would be nice,” he said. “To me I just want to see the guys and the girls get better. I want to see progression. Then you can judge every kid the same way. That’s my definition of success. Now if you can have team success along the way, then that is something extra.”

Down deep inside, a league title would mean so much to the Burroughs team and program. Boulais has played a major role in the team’s success and he would want nothing more than to give Peebles a much-deserved league title before setting their sights on CIF Prelims and beyond.

“As a senior, I want to go out on a good note. We want to do our best,” Boulais said. “Our main goal is to make it to State but we’ve never won a league title in this league so that would be nice to give to coach.”

 

Burroughs Rushes and Crushes Hoover, 63-0

Hoover was overwhelmed by the Indians defense (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Hoover was overwhelmed by the Indians defense (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

By Dick Dornan
myBurbank Sports Editor

Professor Keith Knoop and his class of Indians came to Glendale Thursday night and delivered a thorough lesson of Football 101 to the host Tornadoes of Hoover High. Behind a rushing attack that accumulated 433 yards of offense and a stingy defense which stifled the opposition and earned the shutout, Burroughs crushed Hoover, 63-0, to claim its first Pacific League win of the year.

“They were having a real good time watching their teammates play. They were pumping each other up,” Knoop said of his running backs. “They were excited to be playing well especially after two losses to CV and Muir.”

Chance Bell

Chance Bell

The trio of Hunter Guerin (124 yards on six carries, three touchdowns), Michael Ospina (116 yards on seven rushes, two touchdowns) and Chance Bell (90 yards on six carries, one touchdown), ran circles around the porous Hoover defense. The way they sliced up the Tornadoes defense you would think they were playing for a steak dinner at Sizzler.

“We dominated them up and down the field with the run game. Lot of yards,” Bell said. “It was a good game.”

“Running backs did well today,” Ospina added. “We had a three-back rotation. We had some fresh legs in there. I feel overall everyone did pretty well. Our defense stepped it up today and stopped them.”

The defense suffocated Hoover throughout the evening. Throw in last year’s 69-0 win over Hoover at Memorial Field, the Indians have recorded back-to-back shutouts vs. the Tornadoes while posting 132 points.

Burroughs has shutout Hoover in back-to-back years (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Burroughs has shutout Hoover in back-to-back years (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Throughout practice leading up to the game, Knoop preached playing fundamental football against an opponent much inferior to his squad.

“Play sound and fundamental football,” Knoop said. “Make sure that you are doing what you are supposed to be doing. We knew what we needed to do and we did it.”

Guerin, Ospina, Bell, Aidan Anding (two rushes for 58 yards, one touchdown), Erick Hernandez (touchdown run of 23 yards) and Aidan Jensen (one carry for 22 yards) combined to average 18.8 yards per carry including 15 rushes of 10 or more yards, nine carries of 20 or more yards and five runs of 30 or more yards.

“We’re confident. We are just going to do what we do best and that’s play football,” Bell said after the game.

Aieson Timagos fires a pass to Aidan Anding (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Aieson Timagos fires a pass to Aidan Anding (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Quarterback Aieson Timagos completed five of seven passes for 55 yards, one touchdown and an interception as he filled in admirably for Andy Amela who is recovering from a concussion suffered against Crescenta Valley.

With the best Italian restaurant in town right across the street from Moyse Field (Scarantinos), it was a feast for the Indians from the very get-go.

Burroughs (3-3, 1-2) scored 14 in the first quarter, 21 in the second for a 35-0 halftime lead; 14 more in the third quarter and 14 more in the fourth to overwhelm Hoover (1-5, 0-3).

Guerin had touchdown runs of one, 64 and 43 yards; Ospina found pay dirt from eight and 48; Bell from 17; Anding from 38; Hernandez from 23 and Timagos connected with Anding on a 15-yard touchdown pass.

The strong effort by the Indians was important considering they came off two consecutive defeats. Next up is a clash at Pasadena on Friday, October 17.

“It was definitely good for the team coming off of two tough losses,” Ospina said. “We played some really good teams the past two weeks. It’s good to come out of this week with a win.”

Sizzler anyone?

 

Burroughs Triumphs in the Midst of Tragedy, 45-17

Andy Amela was symbolic of the Indians' heart on Friday night (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Andy Amela was symbolic of the Indians’ heart on Friday night (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

By Dick Dornan
myBurbank Sports Editor

The perfect pass. The perfect catch. The perfect touchdown. Just maybe the pass was guided and delivered from heaven above. From cousin to cousin.

On a day that was filled with emotions ranging from pain, shock, hurt and emptiness ended in a temporary feeling of elation on the football field.

Hours after learning about the death of his cousin, April Townsend, and two others (Jake Gnasso, Ian Bulbenko), Burroughs quarterback Andy Amela showed the heart of a champion and guided the Indians to a 45-17 victory over Rosemead on Friday night at Memorial Field.

Erick Hernandez caught an 86-yard TD pass from Andy Amela (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Erick Hernandez caught an 86-yard TD pass from Andy Amela (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Amela completed 13 of 19 passes for 258 yards including an 86-yard touchdown pass to Erick Hernandez that shook the stadium from the ground up. The picture-perfect throw nestled into the hands of a streaking Hernandez up the Rosemead sideline. It gave JBHS an insurmountable 38-17 lead midway through the fourth quarter.

“He threw it out there and I just kept running,” Hernandez said. “I didn’t know if I was going to get there but I kept running and I got to it. I turned on the jets and that was it.”

The 86-yard touchdown was the sixth longest pass in Burroughs history and the longest since 2008. The record is 93 yards set on October 19, 1996, when J.K. Scott found Glenn Adriatico in a 32-28 victory against Saugus.

Amela completed his final four passes of the game for 157 yards. He ended the contest with one TD pass and no interceptions. Hernandez led the Indians with five catches for 127 yards.

The Indians upended the Panthers with a strong second half (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Indians upended the Panthers with a strong second half (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“Andy Amela, for a guy who has never played quarterback in high school football, stepped in and made adjustments on some throws that were amazing,” Burroughs coach Keith Knoop said. “You can’t teach veteran guys sometimes that stuff. We tried to spread the ball around and take advantage of what they were giving us.”

The win was the first of the season for Burroughs (1-1) who played with heavy hearts having to deal with the death of Gnasso, a wide receiver for the Indians in 2012, as well as Amela’s cousin and Bulbenko.

“It was really big for us. Everyone was distracted by it,” Hernandez said. “We had a couple of guys who were affected by it. We came out kind of slow but we picked it up. We did it for them.”

The victory was bittersweet for Burroughs Principal John Paramo whose younger brother, Mark, is the head coach for Rosemead.

Aidan Anding breaks free on a punt return (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Aidan Anding breaks free on a punt return (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“My brother and I are both very competitive and it’s kind of a sentimental game because we just lost our dad about a year ago. My dad was a huge football fan and a big supporter of Rosemead High School,” Paramo said. “So this is kind of an emotional one for my brother and I. But it’s kind of nice to win.”

Paramo smiled proudly from the sidelines as Burroughs broke away from a 10-10 halftime deadlock and dominated the second half. Considering the difficult circumstances, the win was soothing for many.

“It’s really hard to describe because you are coming out here and trying to be supportive of the football players and all the football families that are out here to support the team,” Paramo said. “But the kids have been amazing. We have really good kids. This is indicative of the students here at John Burroughs. I’m very proud of them.”

Hunter Guerin scored two touchdowns (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Hunter Guerin scored two touchdowns (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Indians began the scoring when Hunter Guerin scored on a 1-yard run with 7:50 left in the first quarter. Aidan Anding’s 29-yard punt return gave JB good field position which it capitalized upon.

Trailing 10-7, Andres Aguilar nailed a 30-yd field goal as time expired in the first half to tie it for Burroughs.

The Indians set the tone for a strong second half by taking the opening kickoff and driving 70 yards in nine plays. An 18-yard pass from Amela to Hernandez followed by an 18-yard run from Chance Bell set up Bell’s 1-yard plunge for a 17-10 lead.

Guerin returned the ensuing Rosemead punt 55 yards to the house for a 24-10 advantage.

After the Panthers (0-3) cut the deficit to seven, the Indians roared right back. Hernandez returned the kickoff 25 yards to give JBHS excellent field position on its own 43 yard line.

Chance Bell scored twice for Burroughs (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Chance Bell scored twice for Burroughs (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

A 36-yard pass from Amela to Nick Mercado and runs of nine and one (TD) by Bell pushed the Indians’ lead back to 14 at 31-17 at the 1:19 mark of the third period.

That set the stage for Amela’s heroics finding Hernandez on the 86-yard TD pass with 8:09 left in the game.

Burroughs capped off the win when Ash Hawkins scored from six yards out for the final margin of victory.

“It took a little bit of time because they changed some things on defense,” Knoop said. “Once we figured out what they were doing, then the run game opened up. They tried to press our receivers and we took advantage of that.”

Bell ran for 57 yards on 12 carries while Guerin rushed for 33 yards on 10 carries. Guerin played a strong game at safety with multiple pass breakups. Anding caught five passes for 64 yards.

The Indians are now on the road for five consecutive weeks starting at Santa Fe on Sept. 19.

 

Candlelight Vigil Held in Memory of Three Burroughs Graduates

A powerful and emotional candlelight vigil was held in memory of Jake, Ian and April (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

A powerful and emotional candlelight vigil was held in memory of Jake, Ian and April (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

By Dick Dornan
myBurbank Sports Editor

Hundreds of students, parents, teachers and local community members attended a candlelight vigil held on the campus of John Burroughs High School Friday night in memory of Jake Gnasso, Ian Bulbenko and April Townsend who died in a tragic car accident early Friday morning.

A memorial was set up just outside the main office at Burroughs where students by the droves came by to pay their respect. A chaplain presided at the beginning of the vigil at 9:30 p.m. offering words of encouragement, providing spiritual guidance and reciting the Lord’s Prayer with those who came. Three red candles were lit representing each of the victims.

The crowd of mourners grew throughout the evening (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The crowd of mourners grew throughout the evening (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

As the evening progressed and the crowd swelled, candles and flowers were placed at the Memorial and students and alumni signed posters with words of remembrance, love and affection for Gnasso, Bulbenko and Townsend.

Plenty of tears and hugs were shared throughout the emotional vigil as friends and peers struggled to cope with the shocking deaths of three loved ones.

“We have been dealing since late this afternoon with the tragedy of the families here and it’s just been a lot of mixed emotions,” Burroughs Principal John Paramo said.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the three victims along with Zachary Maina and Timothy Gorman were a part of an accident that occurred at approximately 2 a.m. at Sierra Highway and Rush Canyon in Santa Clarita.

The five teenagers, all of whom were 19 years old and 2013 graduates of Burroughs High School, were in a red Chevy Silverado truck when it veered off the road and rolled down a hill for more than 200 feet into a canyon.

A friend writes her condolences on a poster dedicated to former Burroughs football player, Jake Gnasso (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

A friend writes her condolences on a poster dedicated to former Burroughs football player, Jake Gnasso (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Three people were pronounced dead at the scene when paramedics arrived at 7:30 a.m. Maina and Gorman, one of whom made the 911 call hours after the crash, are currently hospitalized with moderate injuries and are expected to make a full recovery.

Gnasso played football for Burroughs two years ago as a wide receiver/cornerback. Townsend was the cousin of current Indians quarterback Andy Amela.

Behind a sterling and inspiring performance by Amela, Burroughs defeated Rosemead, 45-17, last night despite the pain and heavy hearts that the players carried around. The Indians’ resiliency shined brightly during the most difficult of times.

“We have really good kids here at John Burroughs High School. This is indicative of the students here,” Paramo said. “I’m very proud of them.”

Tears, hugs, hurt, disbelief,and pure love resonated at the vigil (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Tears, hugs, hurt, disbelief,and pure love resonated at the vigil (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The unfortunate incident follows the horrific fiery car crash that took the lives of five Burbank teenagers less than a year ago on September 28, 2013. Tragically, the Burbank and Burroughs communities mourn again the loss of young adults at too early an age.

At this time law enforcement does not know the reason behind the accident as the investigation continues.

What we do know is that the Burbank community has caring hearts and strong love for one another. Through the toughest of times, the city of Burbank has always and will continue to prevail through strength, faith and support.

Life is too precious. Love one another each and every day of your life. We are one. We are Burbank. We are Burroughs.

Burroughs Girls Volleyball Features a Fountain of Youth

By Jim Riggio
Special to MyBurbank

Losing three all-league league players in a sport where just six are on the court at one time might devastate some programs.

But that does not appear to be the case for the Burroughs High girls’ volleyball team.

Last season the Indians went 18-10 overall,  11-3 in Pacific League play.

Lost to graduation are first-team all-league players Dani Gonzalez and Caitlin Cottrell as well as second-team all-league pick Katie Rutecki.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Coach Edwin Real, who is entering his 11th year as the head coach after being a longtime assistant under legendary Buroughs coach Linda Murphy, has reason to be optimistic with five returning varsity players.

However, it could be a newcomer that becomes the player Real builds his program around for the next four years.

Burroughs has been bolstered by 6-foot-3 freshman middle blocker Marin Grote, who was recently named Most Valuable Player of the Foothill Invitational.

“Our team is improving every time we get together,” Real said. “We had a slow summer, but everybody does because kids are with their club team or doing something else.”

Real got an idea of what his team could be like during the Foothill Invitational.

“We got everyone here about three weeks ago and we did well in that tournament,” he said. “We played a scrimmage (Wednesday). Now we’re kind of up and down a little bit. We know what we have to come back and work on. We don’t need to work on skill. We have to work on our hustle and work ethic.”

Junior middle blocker Danielle Ryan (6-0) is a returning honorable mention all-league selection.

Senior setter Lizzy Gunn (5-6) is another key returner. Senior outside hitter Kelsey Strong (5-8) is a third year varsity player. Senior opposite hitter Jaclyn Offerman (5-7) and junior defensive specialist Sammie Sullivan (5-6) also return.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Indians have a strong core of young players as seven of the 13 varsity players are either freshmen or sophomores.

Freshman opposite hitter Jules Cottrell (5-8) and freshman setter Payton Jenson (5-5) are two who figure to be stars before they graduate.

Sophomore middle blocker Caleigh Paster (5-10) moves up from the junior varsity. Sophomore Abby Bolde (5-7) will offer help as a setter. Sophomore Cecera Suarez (5-7) is a versatile player and sophomore Sophia Rizzotti (5-9) will help as an opposite hitter.

Real said he likes the feeling of being an underdog in the Pacific League and knows Arcadia is the heavy favorite to repeat as the league champion behind star Lexi Resch, who is regarded as one of the best players in league history.

“Arcadia is pretty good. They should be strong. I think Burbank has everybody back so they will be strong,” said Real. “I think we’ll be competitive and we’ll challenge (for the league title). I don’t think people will think we’ll challenge because of the people who graduated, but now we have others. You can’t just give up.”

Burroughs hosts Hoover to begin Pacific League play on September 18 and travels to Arcadia on October 2. Battles against rival Burbank will be on Oct. 9 and November 4.

 

Burroughs Football Preview: Working 9-to-5 the Indian Way

Coach Keith Knoop speaks to his team about possessing a blue collar mentality (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Coach Keith Knoop speaks to his team about possessing a blue collar mentality (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

By Dick Dornan
myBurbank Sports Editor

They may not possess the glitz and glamour like their neighborhood rivals from up the street. They do, however, represent a brand of football that the Stanford Cardinal would be mighty proud of.

The Burroughs Indians kick-off their regular season slate of games tonight against Calabasas at Memorial Field sporting a fresh look with new uniforms quite similar to the boys on the Farm in Palo Alto. Why not when both schools don red and white as their school colors and play a style that patterns each other?

The Indians love to go mano a mano in the trenches (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Indians love to go mano a mano in the trenches (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

One look in the mirror and the Indians see the Cardinal. After all, Stanford was known as the Indians until the name change in 1972. But the similarities don’t end there.

Since becoming head coach of Burroughs 18 years ago, Keith Knoop has built a program that prides itself on toughness, discipline, respect and hard-nosed football. It is the Indian way akin to the Cardinal way at Stanford.

While Burbank High might represent the look of a Pac-12 school with its high-flying spread offensive attack, the Indians are your classic Big 10 smash mouth  group of players who will mix it up in the trenches anytime, anywhere.

This year’s team will follow in the same footsteps of past Burroughs’ squads. Scratch and claw, push and pound, scrape and grind; the Indians will get the job done reminiscent of your everyday 9-to-5 blue collar working class man.

“That’s who we are. Blue collar,” Knoop told his players one day after practice. “We are not handed anything. We need to earn everything we get.”

From the intense weight room sessions to their ironman mentality on the field, the Indians bring the wood every night.

Andrew Mills anchors a tough offensive line (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Andrew Mills anchors a tough offensive line (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

It’s only fitting that leading the way for JBHS this season is a trio of offensive lineman who are as good as anybody in the Pacific League.

“Anytime in high school that you can get three-fifths of your offensive line back that have been together for a while is an advantage. This will really help us,” Knoop said. “They are big, strong guys who love the passion of football.”

Left tackle Andrew Mills, left guard Anthony Olea and center Shawn Edie form the left side of a line that will bring sheer brute force as they go “mano a mano” with opposing defenses. Just as Stanford does.

“We will have a really strong running game. We have a great line this year,” said Mills, a three-year starter. “And we should have a strong passing game too. We have a new quarterback who is doing really well. He’s been slinging the ball pretty well.”

Andrew Mills

Andrew Mills

Mills is the iconic symbol for the Indians and their blue collar attitude. A year ago, Mills played the entire season with an assortment of injuries but refused to ever quit or leave his teammates behind.

“You can’t keep me off the field,” he said. “I love this game too much.”

Mills is one of several captains this season. He cherishes the new role as the team is top-heavy with juniors and a few sophomores.

“I’m more of a leader now. I’m happy to be a leader on this team,” Mills said. “I’m really excited to come out here and play.”

Running behind the behemoth 300-pound hogs will be senior Michael Ospina, junior Hunter Guerin and sophomore Chance Bell. Ospina and Guerin combined for 536 yards in 2013. Be ready to ring the bell once the lightning quick Las Vegas transfer carries the ball in open space.

Seniors Aidan Anding and Anthony Archuleta and junior Erick Hernandez bring experience at wide receiver while junior Aidan Jensen has a promising future.

Andy Amela takes over at quarterback for the Indians (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Andy Amela takes over at quarterback for the Indians (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Making his debut at quarterback will be junior Andy Amela, a defensive back who was converted to QB after promising prospect Steven Hubbell decided to stop playing football.

Amela has transitioned well to his new position and Knoop is optimistic about Amela’s future as the Indians’ signal-caller.

“He has quietly and eagerly just taken the role on. He’s soaking it all in like a sponge,” Knoop said. “He still needs to work on the full speed aspect of the game. When the game is slow, he has really gotten it down fairly well. One day at a time. I just need to get him game ready.”

Kicker Andres Aguilar might be the team’s biggest weapon with his powerful leg. The senior will have a major impact on special teams.

The Indians are extremely inexperienced on the defensive side of the ball. However, Anding, Archuleta and Guerin will play on defense as well in the secondary providing much needed leadership. Guerin is one of a handful of players who signifies the ironman mentality playing both ways.

“It’s really hard,” Guerin said. “I just have to be conditioned and go hard and full speed at all times.”

Junior linebackers Connor Garden and Branden Garcia, junior defensive end Anthony Garcia and junior cornerback Nick Tipton will help aid the cause for the youthful Indians defense.

Burroughs football (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs football (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“We have a lot of talented players but on the flip side of that is we are pretty young,” Knoop said. “A lot of our players are juniors and we even have a few sophomores. Many of whom haven’t started a varsity game yet. They are young but they are only going to get better. They are going to have to grow up fast.”

This we do know. Burroughs embraces its identity more so than any other program at school. Tough on the outside and even tougher on the inside.

The Indians will begin the season at home for the first two games before hitting the road for five consecutive weeks. The 66th “Big Game” vs. Burbank will be held on November 7.

Burroughs Wins the 2013-14 “myBurbank CUP” Trophy

(L to R) Burroughs Athletic Director Jose Valle, Athletic Director Marty Garrison, Assistant Principal of Athletics Matt Chambers and Principal John Paramo hold up the coveted myBurbank CUP trophy  as champions of 2013-14 (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(L to R) Burroughs Athletic Director Jose Valle, Athletic Director Marty Garrison, Assistant Principal of Athletics Matt Chambers and Principal John Paramo hold up the coveted myBurbank CUP trophy as champions of 2013-14 (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

By Dick Dornan
myBurbank Sports Editor

Drum roll please….

Without further ado, it’s time to officially present the winner of the “myBurbank CUP” trophy presented by Trophy King and Gifts to John Burroughs High School.

By virtue of its 79-56 victory over Burbank High for the 2014-14 athletic calendar year, the Indians have won the inaugural “myBurbank CUP.”

“It is an honor for our school to win the ‘myBurbank CUP’ because it is the first time that our community has a competition that takes into account all team sports,” said Matt Chambers, Burroughs Assistant Principal of Athletics. “This trophy is not about an individual’s performance, but rather the efforts and success of all programs.”

Burroughs Principal John Paramo sits alongside the school's newest prize (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs Principal John Paramo sits alongside the school’s newest prize (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

For the very first time in the school’s athletic histories, a challenge was presented to each school’s athletic departments to compete and earn enough points to claim the newest trophy in town.

This coveted and stunning trophy will be annually recognized for “the spirit of cross-town competition and the pursuit of athletic excellence.”

The “myBurbank CUP” presented by Trophy King and Gifts will be presented in August of each year to the athletic department of either Burbank or Burroughs High School. The trophy will remain at the winning school to showcase to its community until the winner is decided the following year and so forth.

The winner between Burbank and Burroughs was determined by the accumulation of points based on head-to-head varsity competition and athletic achievement (league titles, playoff success, bonus points for season sweeps against each other) during the school year. This pertains only to team competition and not individual achievement.

During fall competition, Burbank ran out to an early and huge 35-12 lead by taking the head-to-head battles (13-7) and conquering in athletic excellence (22-5).

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Burroughs vs. Burbank

Burroughs responded with a strong winter by dominating Burbank, 26-6. This included a 7-3 advantage in head-to-head matchups and a 19-3 victory in athletic excellence.

The spring sports season arrived with Burbank holding a narrow 41-38 lead in the race for the “myBurbank CUP.” An anticipated close duel turned out to be a mere afterthought as JBHS poured it on with a decisive 18-4 win in head-to-head competition and a 23-11 advantage in athletic excellence as BHS struggled down the stretch.

Burroughs took the spring by a total of 41-15 which resulted in a surprisingly easy 79-56 win in cumulative points to take ownership of the first annual “myBurbank CUP.”

myBurbank Sports Editor Dick Dornan (rt) presents the trophy to Burroughs Principal John Paramo (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

myBurbank Sports Editor Dick Dornan (rt) presents the trophy to Burroughs Principal John Paramo (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“Any success that was earned during the 2013-14 athletic year can be attributed to the commitment of our players, dedication of our coaches, and support from our parents,” said Oscar Macias, Assistant Principal of Instruction at Burroughs and loyal supporter at many Indian sporting events.

Last week myBurbank Sports Editor Dick Dornan presented the “myBurbank CUP” trophy to Burroughs Principal John Paramo and the athletic administration (Matt Chambers, Athletic Directors Marty Garrison and Jose Valle).

Home Sweet Home for JBHS (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Home Sweet Home for JBHS (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

We would like to thank Burbank’s own Trophy King and Gifts located at 1509 W. Magnolia Blvd. They helped create and design this incredible trophy that will be kept each year at the winning high school. Please visit at http://burbanktrophies.com or call at (818) 848-3566.

The trophy features a base where each year Trophy King and Gifts will inscribe the winner of that year’s competition in either blue for Burbank or red for Burroughs.

On top of the base are beautiful acrylic pieces that feature the logos of both Burbank and Burroughs High School.

The top of the trophy features a magnificent silver cup that will stand out in the trophy case for the winning high school each year.

Wear your red or blue with school pride. Each athletic event now carries more meaning in the city than ever before. With that being said, best of luck to both schools this year as the battle for the “myBurbank CUP” resumes.

Here are the 2013-14 results sport by sport; contest by contest; season by season-

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Burroughs Boys Basketball Concludes Productive Summer

Coach Adam Hochberg and the Indians made a lot of progress during the summer (Photos by Dick Dornan)

Coach Adam Hochberg and the Indians made a lot of progress during the summer (Photos by Dick Dornan)

By Dick Dornan
MyBurbank Sports Editor

Many of the local high school sports programs have been busy for the past seven weeks since the school year ended. Basketball, soccer and baseball have begun preparing for the 2014-15 season with a full slate of games. Many of the area’s softball and volleyball players have been playing on the club circuit as well.

The summer provides coaches the opportunity to evaluate individual talent while building their team for the future. Look no further than at the John Burroughs boys’ basketball program that ended a very productive summer last week. Coach Adam Hochberg was kind enough to send us a recap of their games, practices and workouts.

Burroughs' Chris Hovasapian

Burroughs’ Chris Hovasapian

This behind-the-scenes insight shows how much time and commitment a team invests during the summer. Building a strong program requires dedication, a passionate and selfless attitude, and a personal sacrifice to become the best you can be.

A year ago, Burroughs finished 16-11 overall and 8-6 in league (tie for third place). The Indians qualified for the CIF playoffs and are looking to repeat the success they had this upcoming winter. In order to reach their goals, every player and coach had to be committed as one.

“We had a very productive summer season working extremely hard and improving each day and week that passed,” Hochberg said. “After two weeks of running our youth camps at the start of June with our players as coaches, we got into a pattern of morning conditioning workouts consisting of track, weight room, and pool and then about 1.5 – 2 hours of basketball workouts consisting mainly of individual skill work/shooting, and breakdowns of what we do system wise offensively and defensively.

Steven Hubbell of the Indians

Steven Hubbell of the Indians

“The varsity played a little over 30 games this summer, mainly all in June. A lot of days we played multiple games. Many of our games during the week were after we had already worked out for about three hours. I was looking to challenge them mentally when their bodies were already tired.

“As June rolled along, we got mentally and physically better and had a stretch in which we won 15 out of 20 games including wins over Cathedral, St. Francis, La Canada, and West Ranch. We went 3-2 in the very tough Maranatha Block Party making it to the silver division. The best part was that this tourney culminated us playing 14 games over 10 days and we got stronger each day and outworked our opponents.

“We have returning players that got a lot of experience last season in close games and their growth has been very evident. We were led on the perimeter by junior Steven Hubbell, and seniors David Schwer and Chris Hovasapian. Our best line up though is with the three aforementioned guys playing outside and attacking the paint along with seniors Jakob Davis and junior Angelo Solis who are a tough duo inside. They simply outwork other teams’ interior players. With them, we are real competitive.

“Solis is our most improved player since this spring and his 6-foot-8 wingspan makes him a great help side defender, shot changer, and tremendous offensive rebounder. Both him and Davis have an instinct for the ball and are learning more each day playing together and off of each other.

Burroughs' Jakob Davis

Burroughs’ Jakob Davis

“Davis was our most consistent player this summer and has developed fundamentally with his perimeter footwork and ball handling making his game expand to be able to play outside and then attack the rim. He is strong and fearless.

“Juniors Eric Allen, Nick Howard, and Rocky Cascolan have also added to our depth since coming up from the JV and they each provide a spark to go along with the other guys already discussed.

“Overall, this team is going to be a pleasure to coach because we know we don’t pass the eye test and we are going to outwork most teams. If we communicate defensively, take care of the ball, and attack the paint and boards, we will be very competitive and have a solid chance to be in the top half of the Pacific League again this upcoming season.”

Hochberg has been the coach at Burroughs for the past five seasons and will begin his sixth year this fall.

Mike Kodama Shares Personal Experiences from World Cup in Brazil

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Burroughs soccer coach Mike Kodama (far left) enjoyed a memorable trip to Brazil for the FIFA World Cup

Burroughs boys soccer coach Mike Kodama was gracious enough to provide his personal insight from his trip to Brazil for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Here is his story-

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