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Local Chef Cooks Up Well On Food Network Show

A Burbank woman has become an overnight celebrity after she appeared recently on the Food Network program “Cutthroat Kitchen.”

Chef Elyse

Chef Elyse Elshenawey

Elyse Lain Elshenawey appeared on the episode of “Cutthroat Kitchen” that aired on October 20.  On the show four chefs compete against each other in three different cooking challenges until just one remains.  Each receives $25,000 to use for bidding for ingredients, or the right to take away ingredients from the others to sabotage their cooking. A judge eliminates one contestant after each challenge, until only one remains.  That winner gets to keep any of the cash they have leftover after the bidding.

Chef Elyse’s rise to celebrity began about two months ago when she got a call from the production company asking her to audition for the show.  A screen test followed. She got an email about a week later telling her things were progressing. Then came the email and voice mail messages, all at the same time, informing her that she had been selected.

“It’s very overwhelming,” said Chef Elyse, referring to the process of getting on the show.

It took about 10 hours of taping to put together the hour-long show.  Viewers didn’t get to see all the sabotages that happened during the taping.  In one sabotage that didn’t air, she had to share a single burner with one of her opponents, who she described as “a little pushy.”  Although he was the eventual winner, Chef Elyse was able to sabotage part of his winning creation.

Her pancakes, followed by her jambalaya, won praise from the judge, and got her into the final cooking challenge — meatloaf and mashed potatoes.   Using her cash to outbid her opponent, she was able to take away all of his ground meat for his meatloaf. He was forced to cut up some not so tender beef.   She also won the right to take all his potatoes and replace them with potato peels.

At this point things were looking good for Chef Elyse, until she remembered that she forgot to get any Worchester Sauce.  As she bemoaned on the air, it really adds flavor to a meatloaf.  Then she was also faced with an oven that didn’t heat up properly.  In a “Hail Mary” effort to save her meatloaf, she fried it like a hamburger — which unfortunately, was how the judge described it.  At least the judge called her mashed potatoes one of the best she had tasted.  Although her opponent’s fried potato peels, in the words of the judge, “tasted like potato peels,” they weren’t bad enough to overcome her “hamburger” meatloaf.

The winner walked away with just over $9,000.  Runner-up Chef Elyse got a travel mug. She described the experience as “a little bit of both work and fun.” She was quite impressed by the show’s host, Alton Brown.

“I’d love to be like Alton Brown,” said Chef Elyse, “He has cooking skills and knowledge about food.”

Although a relative newcomer to the culinary arts, Elyse says it was something she always wanted to do.  She attributes her interest to when she was a child, and her mom worked for a cruise line.  “I was inspired by all the fancy food we ate on cruises,” said Elyse.  The 2003 graduate of John Burroughs High School didn’t take any foods or cooking classes in high school, mainly because they weren’t offered until after she graduated.  She did work at Disneyland in food services after she graduated.  That was in sharp contrast to her next job.

In 2006,  Elyse enlisted in the U.S. Army.  During her 4-year hitch she worked in Air Defense Intel and as a Trauma Nurse/Volunteer as a medical assistant for which she received paramedic training.   She served a tour in Afghanistan doing convoy duty, foot patrols, and helicopter supply, where she came under enemy fire.  Her last duty station was at Ft. Bliss near El Paso, Texas.

Once out of the Army in 2010, Elyse attended the Institute of Culinary Education. She currently works as a chef and pastry chef at Froma On Melrose.  The restaurant specialized in hybrid French/Italian cuisine. When asked about her hobbies, she said, “I love to cook.”  Instead of pictures of herself, family, or pets, her Facebook page featrures pictures of her culinary creations.   She also likes to watch scary old “B Movies,”  sing karaoke, do yoga, and spin.

Chef  Elyse is a relative newcomer to the world of celebrity chefs, but she has certainly caught the attention of a lot of people after displaying her impressive cooking skills.  Although she came in second to a more experienced chef, her culinary skills under less than ideal conditions didn’t go unnoticed.   “I got recognized on the street last week,” she noted

If you missed it, that episode is set to air again on Oct. 29 and again on Dec. 17, both at 6 p.m. on the Food Network.

Burroughs Inducts Athletic Director Marty Garrison into its Athletics Hall of Fame

Burroughs Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2013

Burroughs 2013 Athletics Hall of Fame Class (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

By Dick Dornan
MyBurbank Sports Editor

Burroughs held its annual athletics “Hall of Fame” induction ceremony last Friday and it concluded in grand style. The best was saved for last. After years of serving as the presider and master of ceremony for the special evening, Marty Garrison was a recipient this time.

A graduate of John Burroughs in 1962 and the school’s current Athletic Director since 1988, Garrison earned his place alongside Burroughs greatest coaches and athletes. It was a moment that Garrison will never forget as Jay Gudzin welcomed him into the Hall of Fame.

Marty Garrison

Marty Garrison

“It’s one of the highlights of my life,” Garrison said. “My entire family was here so that’s pretty awesome too. I’m pretty lucky.”

Garrison found out about the surprise induction two weeks prior to the event. At the time, Garrison was preparing to honor the 1981 Football team, Suzy Babko, Kimberly Farrell, and Coach Mickey McNamee. Then he received word of his distinction which caught him off-guard but no less was a humbling sense of pride and excitement.

“I was pretty excited when I first heard,” he said. “I now know how these people feel because I do it every year for them. I know what it means and it’s pretty special.”

After Gudzin presented him with his medal after a heart-warming speech, Garrison thanked everyone and then had time afterwards to reflect upon his induction and the words that Gudzin shared.

Marty Garrison's grandkids shared the moment with him (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Marty Garrison’s grandkids shared the moment with him (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Gudzin spoke highly of Garrison, his character and the enormous positive impact that Garrison has had on the Burroughs community for so many years.

“You don’t hear those words that often,” said Garrison, who has coached for more than 35 years. “You never hear anyone saying how good of a job you are doing. It’s usually ‘will you do this or will you do that?’”

Garrison has coached 10 league championship football teams, made 16 CIF appearances and was a coach on the 1986 football team that made it to the CIF Finals.

Now that he has reached the pinnacle in his career, Garrison was asked if he would ever consider retiring after such a poignant time in his life.

“No,” Garrison said with hearty laughter. “I’ve got a lot more work to do here.”

Brian Hurst (left) with Marty Garrison (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Brian Hurst (left) with Marty Garrison (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Former Athletic Director Brian Hurst, who named Garrison as the Athletic Director to replace him, and Burroughs Softball Coach Doug Nicol, shared their thoughts on Garrison’s Hall of Fame induction.

“It’s awesome and long overdue. It couldn’t have happened to a better guy,” Hurst said. “It’s well-deserving, he’s a hard worker and he is loved by everybody.”

“Like Jay (Gudzin) said in his speech, it’s hard to follow an icon like Brian Hurst but he did it with flying colors,” said Nicol. “Marty is literally the heart and soul of the school now. I’ve had the opportunity to coach his kids before I came here and also to work with him. If anyone is deserving, it’s Marty Garrison.”

In addition to Garrison, the night also belonged to the 1981 Football team, Suzy Babko, Kimberly Farrell, and Coach Mickey McNamee. Former football coach and Burroughs Hall of Famer Bob Dunivant was on-hand to see his 1981 gridiron squad receive their due recognition.

The Indians were the first team at JBHS to play in a CIF championship football game.

1981 Football team (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

1981 Football team (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“I’m really happy about it,” Dunivant said. “We had a number of Foothill League championships and I remember that one probably as much as any of them.”

With many dignitaries in attendance from the Burbank Unified School District as well as current and former coaches, family and friends, Burroughs High School once again showed why its Hall of Fame is one to be proud of.

“It’s a great event. This is what makes Burroughs great,” Nicol said. “Burroughs has always had a huge sense of community ever since I was a student here in 1979. Marty understands that. It’s great to see old friends and people you care about at an event like this.”

“I’m glad to see the tradition keep going on,” Hurst added. “It’s keeping the history of the school and athletics alive.”

The ceremony also honored Roberto Perez, Hall of Fame class of 2006, who had his No. 13 soccer jersey retired by Burroughs Soccer Coach Mike Kodama. He was an All-American and the CIF Player of the Year in 1994.

(Photo gallery below)

2013 Hall of Fame honorees:

1981 Football team

The 1981 Football team, ranked second in the CIF, was the Foothill League Champs for the fifth consecutive year and earned the school’s first trip to the CIF Championship game.

Coaches: Bob Dunivant, John Plevack, Jay Gudzin

Players: Chris Vanole, David Strasser, Don Bender, Bill Tebbe, Joe Tofoya, Jim Frankian, Tim  Radecki, Jerry Mersola, John Marx, Charlie Cusumano, Bo Williams, Tom Tlton, Mark Bozeman, Mike Lesi, Eriz Ziegler, Jeff Markland, John McHorney, Kiyo Watanable

Suzy Babko- 1994

Suzy graduated from John Burroughs in 1994. While at Burroughs, Suzy played basketball, volleyball, and ran track. She earned first-team All-League honors in both basketball and volleyball. After graduating from JBHS, Suzy attended UC Riverside on a basketball and track scholarship. In 2007 Suzy earned her Doctorate degree and began her current position as a Cal State Fullerton Special Ed. Teacher.

Kimberly Farrell- 1978

Kim graduated from John Burroughs in 1978 where she led the girls’ basketball team to their first Foothill League Championship. Kimberly demolished the Foothill league basketball records in scoring, rebounding and shooting percentage averaging 26 points and 18 rebounds her junior and senior year. She was voted MVP her sophomore, junior, and senior years. She was the first girls’ basketball player to be selected as the Los Angeles Times Player of the Week. She earned a scholarship to Long Beach State and started for the NCAA Division one top-ranked team in the nation.

Mickey McNamee- 1957

Mickey graduated from John Burroughs in 1957 and played baseball for the 1957 team which delivered the first Foothill League Baseball Championship title for JBHS. At the end of the season, Mickey was named to the All-CIF team. Mickey went on to play at USC and later coached at USC with Rod Dedeaux. In 1963 Mickey went to San Marino and was the varsity baseball coach for 44 years. During that span the Titans qualified 30 times for the CIF playoffs.  They were in the Finals seven times and emerged as CIF champions on five occasions. Mickey was named “Coach of the Year” six times.







National Championship-Winning Choirs Roll Out The Red Carpet For Burroughs On Broadway 2013

John Burroughs High School’s Vocal Music Association kicks off the 2013-14 season with its most ambitious presentation ever of “Burroughs on Broadway.”  Featuring the Program’s four award-winning choirs, including the 2013 National Show Choir Champions POWERHOUSE (Mixed Division) and SOUND SENSATIONS (Womens Division),  this annual event, affectionately known as B.O.B., is the JBHS VMA’s  biggest, most extravagant fundraiser of the year, helping offset the costs that arise though the program’s participation in local and national competitions.

Performances are Friday, October 11th and Saturday, October 12th at 7p.m. and Sunday, October 13th at 2p.m., at the John Burroughs High School Auditorium, 1920 W. Clark Avenue , Burbank 91506. Tickets on sale now at www.jbhsvma.com.

The school’s award-winning choirs: POWERHOUSE, SOUND SENSATIONS, SOUND WAVES and DECIBELLES will each be performing a mini-musical, with selections and highlights from popular Broadway shows, including SHREK THE MUSICAL, THE WILL ROGER’S FOLLIES, BARNUM & PETER PAN.

In addition to the choirs performance, there will be individual students and small groups showcasing other well-known Broadway tunes while interacting with the audience up close and personal, cabaret-style. This, in fact, is what makes Burroughs On Broadway especially exciting. The personal interaction with the performers and the audience brings an entirely new and different dynamic to the show that is not to be missed.  Premium Reserved Cabaret Seats include a reception buffet prior to the show, and dessert/drink service at your own table during the intermission.

The John Burroughs High School Vocal Music Association includes five competitive show choirs, involving over 200 student choir, tech and musical performers.  The program’s advanced mixed choir, POWERHOUSE, has long been recognized as one of the nation’s finest show choirs. An inspiration for the television series “Glee,” POWERHOUSE was invited to perform on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 2010 as a representative of the modern high school show choir phenomenon. This summer, POWERHOUSE performed alongside “Glee” series star Darren Criss at the Hollywood Bowl’s Opening Night Hall of Fame Induction. POWERHOUSE has performed opposite the cast of “Glee,” Christina Aguilera, Nelly Furtado, The Canadian Tenors and Foreigner. Additionally, the group was featured in “Gleeful: The Real Show Choirs of America”, a British documentary as well as profiled on the “CBS Evening News.” The choir has traveled and performed in a variety of cities around the U.S., and has traveled internationally to Hong Kong and Beijing in recent years.

In addition to being named the 2013 National Grand Champions, POWERHOUSE has accumulated countless awards and accolades on both the local and national levels, including Grand Championships at the FAME Hollywood Show Choir Regional Competition; the 2009 FAME National Show Choir Cup in New York, the 2008 FAME Chicago National Show Choir Competition and the 2007 FAME Orlando National Show Choir Competition. For more information, go online at jbhsvma.com.

A Little Salsa Under the Stars

submitted by Suz Ryan

Sizzling, syncopated Latin beats and a dance floor of samba-stepping feet returned to Burbank Saturday evening September 7th at the John Burroughs High School outdoor amphitheater for the 3rd annual John Burroughs Instrumental Music Association’s Salsa under the Stars live music and dance concert.

(Photo  by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

After a toe-tapping warm up set by the JBHS Jazz Combo, State Assemblymember Mike Gatto introduced the event by presenting certificate honors to members of the JBHS Instrumental Music Association for their contributions and dedication to musical excellence in the Burbank community, most notably the continued efforts of JBHS Music Director Tana Barnett.

Professional dance lessons were offered by former Burroughs alumna Linda Shoemake.   Then full sets of Latin flavored jazz standards were arranged and performed by the JBHS Jazz Ensemble.

(Photo  by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Over 300 Latin jazz and salsa fans and dance couples enjoyed the event, which was generously underwritten in part by the Arturo Sandoval Institute and former Burbank mayor Marsha Ramos, also a Burroughs High School alumna.  The money raised goes towards supporting the instrumental music program.

The weather was perfect.  The music was great.  It was a beautiful evening under the stars.

(Photo  by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo  by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Nathan Bradley playing the Fugal horn. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Nathan Bradley playing the Fugal horn. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo  by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Christmas Arrives Early for Burroughs in 30-7 Rout of North Hollywood

Eric Gordon (rt) rips the ball away en route to a touchdown (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Eric Gordon (rt, #10) rips the ball away en route to a touchdown (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

By Dick Dornan
MyBurbank Sports Editor

Christmas came early for the Burroughs football program- on the field and at school this past week. In a dust-filled game that was reminiscent of Memorial Field circa 1980, the Indians defeated North Hollywood, 30-7, on the road behind two spectacular plays that literally stole the show.

Seniors Eric Gordon and Davion Barker each made game-changing plays that fueled Burroughs’ first win over a non-league opponent since 2009.

Eric Gordon scores after his quick heist (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Eric Gordon scores after his quick heist (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

First, Gordon ripped the ball out of a Husky ball carrier and proceeded to score from 13 yards out that gave Burroughs a 17-0 lead mid-way through the third quarter.

A few possessions later, Barker stripped North Hollywood quarterback Michael Zurita of the ball on a fourth-and-one and promptly returned his theft 88 yards for a touchdown and a 30-0 lead with 6:23 left in the game.

But the biggest gift for Burroughs (1-1) arrived at the door of Athletic Director Jose Valle. Standing in front of him was Hawkins Mann, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound senior transfer from Boise, Idaho. Mann recently left Borah High School in Boise and moved to Burbank. He was a four-year starter on defense for Borah and was selected to the All-State Defensive Line AND All-State Offensive Line last season.

After one week in practice, Mann could be described as a “Mann-child” with his imposing figure, tremendous skill level and relentless energy. Mann, who wore No. 51 along the sidelines but did not play against North Hollywood, hopes to be cleared by the CIF in time for the Indians next game against Camarillo.

Hawkins Mann (left, #51) watches alongside his new teammates and coaches (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Hawkins Mann (left, #51) watches alongside his new teammates and coaches (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Burroughs coach Keith Knoop and his brother, Kenny, both acknowledged after Thursday’s contest that Mann’s presence will be a huge addition on the defensive side of the ball. Mann, a self-described “hybrid” defensive end, has already verbally committed to Boise State.

It’s not often a prized division one recruit arrives at your door unexpectedly. Burroughs welcomed Mann with open arms. Mann will join a stingy defense that made play after play against the Huskies on Thursday night.

Leading 3-0 at the end of the first quarter, Gordon intercepted a Husky pass that set up the next Indians score.

Hunter Guerin plows his way in for a touchdown (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Hunter Guerin plows his way in for a touchdown (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

On fourth-and-six from the North Hollywood 17-yard line, Burroughs quarterback Andrew Williams connected with Conor Joyce (37 yards on three catches) for a 13-yard gain. Two plays later, sophomore Hunter Guerin punched in the touchdown on a 4-yard run that gave JBHS a 10-0 halftime lead.

On the Huskies first possession of the second half, Gordon again came up with a big play stripping the ball and returning it for a touchdown. Gordon’s play sparked the Indians.

“I was just going for the ball. The ball wasn’t exposed. I just took it from him,” Gordon said. “Coach said he wanted the ball back so I thought I would step up on defense and make good game-changing plays. We have to work hard as a family so when that play came I took my opportunity. We all played together as a family and we made big plays.”

Quarterback Andrew Williams (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Quarterback Andrew Williams fires a pass to a receiver down field (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Williams added a 40-yard touchdown run with 1:10 left in the third on a quarterback keeper right up the gut of the Husky defense. The subsequent PAT was missed giving Burroughs a 23-0 advantage.

Then it was time for Barker to perform his Houdini trick. On fourth-and-one on the Indians 12-yard line, Zurita pushed behind his center trying to gain the one yard needed for a first down. What he didn’t expect was for Barker to suddenly rip the ball away and sprint 88 yards the opposite direction that stunned everyone in attendance.

“I wanted to make a big play in the red zone,” Barker said. “My team did a good job at stopping him. They had him wrapped up and I just came up and stripped it from him. The defense played hard and I thought the defense won us the game today.”

North Hollywood finally found the end zone with 2:01 left on a 22-yard touchdown pass.

The Indians swarmed on defense dominating the Huskies (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

The Indians swarmed on defense dominating the Huskies (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

“The defense stepped up. We played well,” Knoop said. “We knew physically we were better than they were. The turnovers were fun to watch. It’s great when you score 30 points and know your defense scored 14 of them.”

Williams led the team in rushing with 45 yards and 53 yards through the air completing 5 of 11 passes. Six other Indian ball carriers combined for 82 yards. More production will be needed when the Scorpions come to town.

“We have some work to do on offense. We have to get a lot better when we play Camarillo next week because they are good,” Knoop said.

Adding Mann to the mix will be an intriguing story line this upcoming week.

Burroughs plays Camarillo in its home opener on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Memorial Field.

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Brothers in Arms Represent Loyalty and Longevity at Burroughs

Brothers in Arms: Kenny (lt) and Keith Knoop (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Brothers in Arms: Kenny (left) and Keith Knoop (Photos by Dick Dornan)

By Dick Dornan
MyBurbank Sports Editor

When Marjorie Knoop arrives to a football game, she takes her seat in the stands and cheers on Burroughs. She will hoot, holler, scream and yell her beloved Indians on to victory.

But the game within the game for Marjorie occurs outside the hash marks and along the sideline. As each play develops and ends, she will keep a keen eye on the success of the Indians offense as well as the defense.

After all, how could she not?

Marjorie Knoop

Marjorie Knoop

As the mother of Burroughs coach Keith Knoop and his brother, Kenny, Marjorie is invested in the program as much as her two sons. Keith calls the plays as the offensive coordinator while Kenny buckles down as the defensive coordinator.

She can feel her sons’ exhilaration in victory as much as their pain in defeat. The amount of pride she has for Keith and Kenny is evident in her smile and devotion to Burroughs football. She is a coaches’ mother true and true.

“I love it. I love to come to every game. I enjoy watching them coach,” she said. “I’m very proud of both of them. They do a great job and it’s great to be here.”

As with many legacy families in the city of Burbank, loyalty is divided amongst the household between mothers and father, aunts and uncles, brothers and sisters whether they attended Burroughs or Burbank High.

Burroughs head coach Keith Knoop

Burroughs head coach Keith Knoop

The Knoop family is no different. Marjorie hails from the Burbank class of 1961 while Keith graduated from atop the hill in 1981. During Keith’s playing days with the Bulldogs, Kenny served as the team’s ball boy.

“I’m still a Burbank fan because I am a Burbankian,” Marjorie said quietly.

A second later….

“But I love Burroughs more.”

Now the twist begins. Or shall we say a detour down Olive Avenue with a stop at 1920 W. Clark Ave. Home of the cross-town rivals.

Marjorie’s daughter, Karin, graduated from Burroughs in 1988 after an All-CIF career in basketball and softball. Karin parlayed her amazing high school career into an All-American softball player at Cal State Fullerton. She is a JBHS Hall of Fame honoree who is now a Licensed Financial Advisor in Burbank.

Kenny followed Karin to JBHS and received his red diploma in 1995.

Kenny (left) and Keith begin another season together at Burroughs (Photo courtesy of Kenny Knoop)

Kenny (left) and Keith begin another season together at Burroughs (Photo courtesy of Kenny Knoop)

After a solid career at Glendale City College and San Jose State, Keith became a member of the Burroughs football coaching staff. Now in his 17th year as the head coach of the Indians, Knoop is a pillar of strength and stability for the JBHS athletic department.

Kenny took a similar path through GCC only to take a different route than Keith’s and play at Fresno State. Kenny is now in his 12th year on the Burroughs staff including eight years as the defensive coordinator.

Together Keith and Kenny have taken the life lessons that Marjorie raised them on and instilled them in their past and present day Burroughs student-athletes. The two have the ultimate respect for each other as brothers and as football aficionados.

“He has such a great understanding of football and especially on the defensive side of the ball,” Keith said. “He brings an incredible depth of knowledge for a young guy only in his 30’s. He has learned a lot from me when he was just my DB coach. Once I became the offensive guy and turned it over to him, he’s run with it.”

Defensive coordinator Kenny Knoop instructs his players (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Defensive coordinator Kenny Knoop instructs his players (Photo by Dick Dornan)

After learning how to throw a football from his older sister, Kenny began to look up to his big brother for a better understanding of the game. Football not only brought them closer, but enriched their relationship despite the 14-year gap in age.

“He means everything especially in the game of football. He has taught me so much,” Kenny said. “From being a ball boy to playing at Glendale College all the way up to sitting in meetings as a 36-year-old man. He’s been my coach, mentor, teacher, parent, father figure and role model. He’s been in every aspect of my life as my brother.

“Even though we are so far apart in age, we have that close brother relationship. That has really benefitted us. We can talk about anything, we can take care of any situation on the team that needs to be addressed, and we think like each other.”

Pacing back-and-forth along the sideline, Keith and Kenny will provide an environment where boys become men throughout the course of the season. Discipline, teamwork, mental toughness and accountability will be emphasized as much as the fundamentals, X’s and O’s that accompany an Indians’ practice.

The Knoop Brothers (Photo by Dick Dornan)

The Knoop Brothers (Photo by Dick Dornan)

As September kicks into gear with high school football games being played across the Southland, we know this for sure- the Knoop brothers will take to the field again for another season of Burroughs football and Marjorie will be there as usual to support her two sons. Home or away. Rain or shine.

“She will travel to the earth’s end to watch us either play or coach. Our mom is very supportive,” Kenny said. “She never misses a game and she’s been a part of our booster club for a long time. She comes to our scrimmages, clinics, fundraisers. She has been part of everything.”

Well, almost everything. When asked if she provides advice before the game or would want to give a halftime pep talk, Marjorie laughed and emphatically said, ‘Absolutely not.’”

Marjorie also added that “if I didn’t support the team, I wouldn’t see my sons for months at a time.”

The Burroughs community is fortunate to have two men who represent the school and football program with class and integrity.

“Being the faces of this program is pretty important to us and the community,” Kenny said.

In the end, Keith and Kenny Knoop are a reflection of each other and most importantly, a reflection of their mother.

“They have become such good people from what they learned playing football and eventually in coaching,” Marjorie said. “They love it and I think it will probably go on forever.”

Burroughs Football Preview: Determined to Bounce Back

Burroughs is ready to pound ahead (Photos by Dick Dornan)

Burroughs is ready to pound ahead (Photos by Dick Dornan)

By Dick Dornan
MyBurbank Sports Editor

After a season of hard knocks, the Burroughs football team is intent on returning to its perch atop the Pacific League. Having won a league title in four out of six years including three consecutive seasons from 2009-2011, the Indians were rudely brought down to earth last season.

In the opening game of the 2012 season against Paraclete, junior quarterbacks Andrew Williams and Angel Manzanero were injured in a painful 35-10 loss. Subsequent defeats to North Hollywood and Camarillo left Burroughs with a 0-3 start. It only got worse when Arcadia came to Memorial Field and won, 18-8, to begin league action. 0-4 at Burroughs? Fans of the big red machine were in disbelief.

Burroughs coach Keith Knoop

Burroughs coach Keith Knoop

The season ended with a disappointing 37-14 loss to rival Burbank. No postseason followed. It was the first year that Burroughs did not make the playoffs as a member of the Pacific League since they joined in 2005. The Indians were a part of the Foothill League back then.

A final mark of 4-6 did not sit well with Burroughs coach Keith Knoop and the team began making amends with strong spring and summer workouts. With the regular season opener set for Friday, September 6, at Paraclete, Knoop discussed the expectations for 2013.

“Last year we had high hopes. After losing both of our quarterbacks against Paraclete, it kind of set the tone for us,” Knoop said. “By the time we got into league, we were pretty banged up emotionally and physically. We just struggled for the rest of the year. It showed that we needed leadership, and that you need good veteran guys and that is what this year brings.

“We bring back all those guys who went through that. They didn’t like it and they have a bitter taste in their mouth. They have a chip on their shoulder. They’ve all grown up a lot and are ready to go.”

Andrew Williams returns at quarterback (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Andrew Williams returns at quarterback (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Williams and Manzanero return with valuable experience under their belt from a season ago and sophomore Steven Hubbell joins the team after having the most productive summer of the three signal-callers.

Schurr-transfer Javier Pineda will make the biggest impact in the Pacific League this year. Yes, you heard it here first. Pineda, 5-foot-9 and 170 pounds, has the ability and opportunity to etch his name alongside the great Burroughs running backs of the past. He can be that good.

The sleek-footed junior is the team’s best athlete and as explosive as they come. He’s as fast as former Burroughs’ star Zander Anding and can “juke, jive, jelly and jam” according to Knoop.

Sophomore Hunter Guerin will spell Pineda when needed.

Throw in a deep receiving core and Burroughs has the makings of a very good offense unlike a year ago when they averaged a paltry 19 points per game.

“We have three healthy quarterbacks, a great receiving core and some very good running backs,” Knoop said.

Conor Joyce, who is being recruited by several Division one schools, is the total package at wide receiver. The 6-foot-4 senior runs a 4.5 40-yard dash and possesses tremendous hands and athletic ability. He also maintains a 4.2 GPA in the classroom.

Senior wide receivers Jacob Nutty and George Al Ajijian and senior tight ends Steven Santeliz and Notre Dame-transfer Cameron Rodriguez will add durability and talent to the passing game which was non-existent in 2012.

The Indians will open up their offense this season (Photo by Dick Dornan)

The Indians will open up their offense this season (Photo by Dick Dornan)

“We are always going to try to be good at running the ball but I feel this team is really chopping at the bit to throw the ball,” said Knoop, who begins his 17th season as head coach. “We want to open it up a little bit and see what we got. The boys want to prove we can throw this year.”

Junior Andrew Mills, senior Jacob Lopez and senior Jacob Pentland return as starters along the offensive line.

On the defensive side of the ball, a key to the season will be the health of senior defensive back Sean Johnson and senior linebacker Dillon Meza who are both on the sidelines currently nursing injuries. Johnson is another Division one college prospect for the Indians.

Defensive coordinator Kenny Knoop instructs his players (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Defensive coordinator Kenny Knoop instructs his players (Photo by Dick Dornan)

“Defense is what we need to find. If they can step up this year, we have the potential to do some good things,” Knoop said.

Joining Johnson in the secondary will be senior Davion Barker who started half of the contests in 2012. Pineda will bring his ball-hawking skills to free safety.

Rodriguez, Gildardo Chavez, Francisco Garcia and Michael Ospina will form the stronghold of the linebacker position.

Richard Marcuse had a strong summer at defensive end. Brad Peppmuller will also see action on the d-line.

Senior Jairo Gomez and cousin Andres Aguilar, a junior, are in a fierce battle for kicking duties.

“We have got to play good mature football every game if we are going to do something special this year. We’ve been getting after it pretty good,” Knoop said. “Nothing will be like this week when we play Paraclete. I’m sure it will be an electric week.”

The Indians will play their home opener vs. Camarillo at Memorial Field on September 19 at 7 p.m.



New Baseball Coach Named at Burroughs High School

By Dick Dornan
MyBurbank Sports Editor

Welcome back home.

Craig Sherwood was named the new head baseball coach at John Burroughs High School on Tuesday replacing Kiel Holmes who resigned on August 1. Sherwood served as an assistant coach at Burbank High School for the past three years under Coach Bob Hart.

Craig Sherwood

Craig Sherwood

“I still sit here and find it hard to believe. It is going to be a process that may take a while, but when I wake up every day I know that there will be a daily goal to get better,” Sherwood said.

“I feel a tremendous responsibility to everyone who has supported me in this move, even (Burbank coach) Bob Hart who is a Burroughs’ alum.”

In a homecoming that seemed inevitable and destined to happen again at some point in his life, Sherwood has returned to Burroughs where he previously coached in 1984-85 and 1996-00 as an assistant varsity coach winning a league title in 1997. More significantly, Sherwood is a 1976 graduate of JBHS and has lived in the Burbank community his whole life.

“It has always been great to be an assistant coach at JBHS, but to be the head coach is an incredible honor and very humbling,” Sherwood said. “I have had former players that I had not heard from in over 10 years reach out with support. It is really important that we bring back traditions and celebrate our alumni.”

Coach Craig Sherwood (second from the left) leaves Burbank to return to coach at his alma mater (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Coach Craig Sherwood (second from the left) leaves Burbank to return to coach at his alma mater (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank won its first league title since 1991 this past spring. Sherwood played an integral part of the team’s success as the Bulldogs finished 17-9 overall and 12-2 in league.

After three years of witnessing the Burbank program improve each and every season, Sherwood reflected upon his time spent there.

“Bob Hart gave me an opportunity to come back to my hometown and do what I love, working and watching boys transform into young men. Bob has an incredible read on players and situations and has taught me volumes,” said Sherwood, who actually coached Hart when Hart was a young student of the game. “Those kids last year really bought into the system and will forever be able to visit the field, see that championship banner, and know they were part of something very special.

“I am also glad that the JV team also won the league title going away. I know the talent is still strong and the young players will have a bright future. They will battle the heck out of us.”

The one-two combination of Hart and Sherwood at BHS will be missed but the future matchups between friends and baseball peers will be full of intrigue and ultimate respect.

“Coach Sherwood did a great job for us at Burbank High School,” Hart said. “I’m sure he will continue to do the same at Burroughs. We wish him the best of luck.”

Prior to coming to Burbank, Sherwood was a varsity assistant at Crespi High School for 16 years covering two different stints (1986-93, 2001-08).

While at Crespi working under Scott Muckey, Sherwood coached current Minnesota Twins third baseman, Trevor Plouffe, and former MLB pitcher, Jeff Suppan, who won a World Series ring with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2006 and was the National League Championship Series MVP that same season.

A third Celt who played for Sherwood could very well make the Major Leagues soon as Crespi 2008 star Sean Gilmartin is a top pitching prospect for the Atlanta Braves. Gilmartin was a first-round draft pick of the Braves in 2012.

“I was lucky enough to have spent 16 years with the best high school coach in America,” Sherwood said of Muckey. “Here is a man who won State titles as a college coach, coached in the College World Series, and has even coached professional baseball at the Triple-A level and he still had the patience to mentor and teach me the respect of the game. He will always be one of the baseball gods.”

Sherwood won a CIF championship in 2003 at Crespi, the program’s first-ever title, capturing several league titles along the way in one of the toughest leagues (Mission) in the Southland.

His coaching career has now come full circle. Sherwood inherits a Burroughs program that went 17-12 and 10-4 in the Pacific League last season (3rd place). The Indians last won a league title in 1997; a season Sherwood knows too well.

From Burroughs to Crespi to Burbank and now back to Burroughs, Sherwood has been a winner everywhere he has coached.

“It’s well-deserved,” said Hart.




MyBurbank Honors Its Athletes of the Year for 2012-13

Katie Hooper and Daniel Marbach (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Katie Hooper and Daniel Marbach (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

By Dick Dornan
MyBurbank Sports Editor

(This story is being re-run in recognition of all the student-athletes who will partake in sports this year for Burbank and Burroughs. Dedication, commitment, hard work, pride and a selfless attitude for the betterment of the team are values that define leaders and a championship team)

With the 2013 fall sports season beginning today, we salute Burbank’s Katie Hooper and Burroughs’ Daniel Marbach one final time for their athletic excellence from last year.

They mirror each other in academic excellence and athletic achievement. They value the importance of being a student-athlete. They understand what it takes to be successful. Because of their outstanding efforts in the classroom and superb accomplishments in sports, Burbank’s Katie Hooper and Burroughs’ Daniel Marbach have been chosen as MyBurbank “Athletes of the Year” for 2012-13.

Daniel Marbach won five league titles while at Burroughs (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Daniel Marbach won five league titles while at Burroughs (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Hooper was a first-team all-league honoree in girls’ volleyball and softball while being a member of two league championship teams.

Marbach concluded his senior year by being named first-team all-league in football and boys’ volleyball, the latter as a league champion.

“Burbank was awesome. It was a great experience academically and athletically. I played on some great teams with all my teammates,” Hooper said. “Over the four years I had a blast. Playing all the sports made me look forward to something one season after another.”

“I am really proud. Burroughs is a great school and a good testing school,” said Marbach. “They have good sports teams and I happened to be pretty good at them.”

Hooper, who will play softball at Cal State Northridge, and Marbach, who will attend Cal State Los Angeles in the honors college, are the quintessential examples of student-athletes who play multiple sports and are successful in their endeavors.

Katie Hooper

Katie Hooper won two league titles this year (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

While many athletes choose to hone their skills on only one sport as they become older in high school, these two student-athletes chose to excel in two sports while balancing a tough and rigorous academic curriculum at the same time.

Hooper, 17, finished her senior year with a 3.8 grade point average and a cumulative 4.0 gpa. She took AP Government and AP Calculus this past year while playing on a volleyball team that won its first league title since 1975 and a softball squad that won its first league championship since 1987.

“It starts as a student first and then as an athlete after school,” Hooper said. “You want to make sure you are getting the grades so you can move on to college and have the experience of time managing yourself.

“To win the league championships meant a lot to us. They can’t be taken away from us. We won them for ourselves, for our school and for the people who supported us.”

Daniel Marbach

Daniel Marbach

Marbach, 18, completed his four years with a 3.9 gpa including a 4.3 in the first semester and a 4.0 in the second semester. He took AP Physics along with AP Statistics while devoting time to a football program that won two league titles when he was a sophomore and junior and back-to-back-to-back league titles in volleyball the last three seasons.

“To be a student-athlete means being a student first,” said Marbach, who was honored by the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame for his academic performance. “You need to do your job in the classroom first and then go excel after school on the court or on the field.

“It was a long four years that definitely seemed a lot shorter than it was because I got to play so many sports. I always had something to look forward to.”

Hooper and Marbach will be sorely missed by their respective schools and sports. But their achievements as student-athletes will always be remembered.

Katie Hooper

Katie Hooper

“Katie was an invaluable part of our team. She is such a competitor,” Burbank volleyball coach Sarah Brown said. “I knew I could count on her to push the team on the court to play their best because she always played her best. Katie is the type of athlete and teammate everyone wants on their team.”

“Katie has been the go to player who has been clutch in pressure situations,” Burbank softball coach Nicole Drabecki added. “She has always been one who believed in her talent and her confidence has been a deciding factor to her success in being a timely hitter.”

Burroughs football coach Keith Knoop and boys volleyball coach Joel Brinton shared their thoughts on Marbach’s influence on their teams.

“Daniel was the mainstay of our offensive line. He is smart and physical. Daniel played O-line, D-line and punter,” Knoop said. “He is a great young man with a bright future.”

“Daniel has been such a major part of our program for all four years; as a freshman on the junior varsity to being on varsity for the last three years,” Brinton said. “He has always been a consistent and reliable athlete and a teammate where his priority is always, ‘what can I do to help my team be successful?’”

After spending countless hours in the classroom learning and at home studying as well as an enormous amount of time spent training during the summer and practicing in-season in their sports, the two “Athletes of the Year” are enjoying a well-deserved break before moving on to the next phase of their life: college.

Burbank and Burroughs proud student-athletes (Photos by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank and Burroughs proud student-athletes (Photos by Ross A. Benson)

“I want to do the best that I can softball-wise and work on my academics and earn my degree in kinesiology,” Hooper said enthusiastically.

“I’m excited. I learned time management doing multiple sports and AP classes and being successful at it,” Marbach said with confidence. “Time management is going to be key for me for the rest of my life.”

The Burbank and Burroughs communities should be proud of these two fine persons. They represented the best during the 2012-13 athletic year.

Emily Tubert Reflects Upon U.S. Open and Her Blossoming Career

Emily Tubert is a three-time All-American at Arkansas (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Emily Tubert is a three-time All-American at Arkansas (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

By Dick Dornan
MyBurbank Sports Editor

On the morning of June 27, 2013, at precisely 7:18 a.m. Eastern standard time, Emily Tubert teed up on the first hole of the 68th U.S. Women’s Open Championship at Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton, New York. What a moment it was for the young University of Arkansas golfer from Burbank, California.

Emily Tubert

Emily Tubert

“The U.S. Open is every kid’s dream and every golfer’s dream to have the opportunity to play in that. It is the premier event in the world. To have that experience was incredible,” Tubert said. “The entire week was awesome. I learned a lot. Just to compete with the best in the world at a high level on the biggest stage was eye-opening. It was a great learning experience.”

While many of us here on the West Coast were sleeping three time zones away, Tubert was swinging her way alongside the world’s best women golfers in the grandest of events. For two days, Tubert experienced championship golf at the highest level. She recorded a two-day total of 152 shooting a 74 on her first day of competition followed by a 78.

Unfortunately, Tubert did not make the cut for the weekend but that didn’t take away anything from the Razorback senior. To just qualify for the championship and then play 36 holes was plenty for Tubert to bask in. There will be many future opportunities for her to play for golf’s biggest prize. But for this one weekend, it validated her blossoming career.

“I felt like I belonged there. I felt that my game is good enough to compete with the best in the world. It was my first U.S. Open hopefully of many,” she said with confidence. “I played really well the second day. The score does not at all indicate how I played.”

Emily Tubert stands in front of Burroughs High where she was a three-time Junior All-American (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Emily Tubert stands in front of Burroughs High where she was a three-time Junior All-American (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Following a high school career at Burroughs where she was named a three-time Junior All-American, Tubert is enjoying similar success at Arkansas yet with more prominence.

As a freshman, she won three tournaments, had nine top 10 finishes, earned All-Southeastern Conference and All-America honors. Tubert led the team in scoring average with a 72.16 mark, and was the top-ranked freshman in the SEC earning both SEC First-Team as well as SEC Co-Freshman of the Year honors.

As a sophomore, Tubert led Arkansas with a 72.50 stroke average while earning her second First-Team All-America as well as First-Team All-SEC honors. She finished her season as the top-ranked player in the SEC and the second-ranked collegiate player in the country.

This past spring as a junior, Tubert won two more tournaments, led the Razorbacks with a 73.41 strokes per round and was recognized as an All-American for the third time in three years.

“Emily continues to be a leader for our Razorback team and I’m excited that she has earned her third All-America honor,” Arkansas coach Shauna Estes-Taylor said in an interview with the media relations department. “She has been one of our statistical leaders all three seasons and her steady play is something we count on each week.”

“I have had a pretty good career so far. There are some records that I am still chasing primarily held by Stacy Lewis (a former Arkansas star and currently the No. 1 American and No. 2 ranked player in the world). I’ve broken some of them but some are four year records,” Tubert said. “I got one more year to buckle down and get after it. I don’t think I’ve played to my potential. But so far so good. I’m looking forward to this next year.”

Tubert had the special opportunity to play with Lewis in a practice round the day before the U.S. Open.

“I got to pick her brain, talk to her, and watch how she broke down the golf course,” said Tubert.

Tubert will tee it up in August in the U.S. Women's Amatuer Championship (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Tubert will tee it up in August in the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Tubert also participated in the 2012 Curtis Cup in Nairn, Scotland, representing the United States against Great Britain and Ireland. The Cup brings together the eight best amateur women from the U.S. against the eight best women from the other two countries.

She hopes to be a part of the 2014 Curtis Cup next summer when it’s held on American soil in St. Louis, Missouri.

“Getting to tee it up for your country is always a huge honor,” Tubert said with pride.

In the meantime, Tubert has been home here in Burbank for the past four weeks relaxing and enjoying time with family and friends. But as a true professional in the making, Tubert worked out daily spending a lot of time at DeBell GC honing her game.

Next up is the 2013 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship in Charleston, South Carolina, from August 5 – 11. Another significant event for the pride of John Burroughs High.

Then it’s a return to Arkansas for her final season before the strong possibility of turning pro a year from now. It’s been an amazing ride thus far for Tubert in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

“It’s been awesome. There’s no other place I rather be. Heading out there before I chose to go to Arkansas, if you told me that’s where I would end up I probably would have told you that you are crazy,” Tubert said with a chuckle. “But I feel blessed every day that I get to be there. I think we have a very strong team. The talent is definitely there. I’m surrounded by great people, the coaches and my teammates. The support team for athletes in general has been fantastic. And the fans are unlike anything else.”

In honor of Emily Tubert, we share the infamous Arkansas battle cry…..

Calling the Hogs: Pig Sooie”

Woooooooooo, Pig! Sooie!
Woooooooooo, Pig! Sooie!
Woooooooooo, Pig! Sooie!