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Muir Develops Digital Media Program With Nickelodeon

Each semester, Muir Middle School teacher Rebecca Southward welcomes a new group of students to her Digital Media class. The students film content and then work on their own short videos using iMovie for editing and effects. Nickelodeon provides guest speakers four times every semester, touching on key aspects of visual storytelling using video.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Patrick Garney (center) discusses camera and lighting basics with Muir students. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“Muir‘s Digital Media class is in its beginning stages of becoming a place where students can learn to look at media with a critical eye and use film to express an idea or concept,” commented Southward. “We are excited to be working with Nickelodeon to develop a program that will act as a taste of what students will learn at the high school level and beyond.”

Earlier in the Fall semester, two writers from The Legend of Korra, Tim Hedrick and Josh Hamilton, taught the class about developing story. Kathy Carr, Storyboard Artist on Dora and Friends, and Jeff DeGrandis, Supervising Producer on Dora the Explorer, visited the class to teach storyboarding. In November, Chief Technology Officer Patrick Garney and some crew members from Nickelodeon stopped by the Digital Media class to discuss camera and lighting basics, the importance of lighting in a film and the impact it has in telling a story.

Jim Leber discusses editing with the class. (Photo By Lisa Paredes.)

Jim Leber talks about editing techniques with the class. (Photo By Lisa Paredes.)

In December, Senior Supervisor of Technical Services, Jim Leber worked with the class on editing their videos, after talking about his long history with Nickelodeon and how he kept learning new skills which led to more opportunities within the company. He discussed ADR (Automatic Dialogue Replacement) for eliminating background noise and other techniques for making a smooth edit or transition between scenes in a video. In addition to adding special effects like slo-mo, Leber talked about organizing and cutting footage, including intro and end credits and using stock footage and other techniques to tell a story.

One student asked how to get hired for editing work. “If I were just getting started, I could build a website and put my edited videos on that website and start applying for jobs,” answered Leber, who also mentioned he spends much of his nights and weekends shooting videos and editing them for personal projects. “The more videos you make and edit, the better you get.”

Nickelodeon provides gifts for each student in the course in the beginning of the semester. Carson Smith from Nickelodeon works with Southward to discuss goals for the year and focuses the Nickelodeon support for Muir’s Digital Media program.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“The students really enjoyed the hands on opportunities given, and Nickelodeon was so generous to come bearing gifts for each student,” Southward also said. “It is such a privilege to work with these amazing and talented professionals from Nick. This is a very exciting time for Muir as we develop a great media program that offers hands on opportunities for students and opportunities to meet professionals already in the industry.”

In January, the Digital Media class starts with a fresh group of students and Nickelodeon will visit the class again. Also in the spring, Muir Digital Media students are looking forward to a film festival and competition with the other middle schools in Burbank, Luther and Jordan.


Burroughs High, Muir Middle School Get New Principals in District Shuffle

With the recent appointment of Dr. Jan Britz, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction, to the position of Superintendent, Emilio Urioste, Principal of John Burroughs, has been promoted to the position of Director of Secondary Education.

His appointment was announced at the June 21 Board of Education meeting.

Urioste graduated from Cal Poly Pomona in 1984 with a B.A. in History and a teaching credential. He graduated from Cal State Los Angeles in 1998 with an M.A. in Educational Leadership. He began his career teaching history and Spanish with the Chaffey Joint Union High School District in 1984 and remained there until 1991. In 1991 he was hired by BUSD to teach Spanish. He taught Spanish 1, 2, 3, and 4 and served as department chair from 1996-97.

In 1998 he became the API at John Burroughs and from 1999-2002 he served as co-principal and from 2002 to present, he has been the principal at JBHS. In 2004 Urioste was asked to present in Sacramento as the principal of a high performing high school and was also named BUSD Principal of the Year in 2004.

Urioste’s promotion created an opening for a new principal at JBHS, with John Paramo, Principal of Muir Middle School, being appointed as the new principal at Burroughs.

Paramo received his B.A. from Whittier College; an M.A. from California State University, Los Angeles; and a second M.A. along with his administrative credential from Azusa Pacific University. He has taught at a technical institute in Rosemead and at El Monte Unified and Baldwin Park Unified as an English teacher before being hired as an assistant principal at JBHS in July 2005. He worked as an API at Burroughs through the 2009-2010 school year before being hired as the Principal of Muir.

Paramo’s vacated position will be filled by Dr. Greg Miller, who was interviewed for middle school principal in May and emerged as one of the top two candidates.

Dr. Miller began his career as a teacher at an inner-city middle school in Camden, New Jersey. He then taught in a small town in Mississippi, a large public school in Russia, and a 7th grade class in rural South Africa. After serving as a public affairs fellow with the Coro Foundation, Dr. Miller spent seven years teaching math and student government at Sepulveda Middle School in LAUSD.

In 1999, he was voted Teacher of the Year by the Sepulveda faculty and from 2003-2007 served as an assistant principal at the school. For the past five years he has worked as an AP at Hale Middle School in Woodland Hills. In 2011, Dr. Miller received a doctorate in educational leadership from California State University, Northridge. He lives in Santa Clarita with his wife and two children.

Other recent personnel changes will see Greg Izay, BHS Assistant Principal of Discipline, move to JBHS to fill the position of AP of Athletics and Activities, which was recently vacated by Trish Poelke.

Poelke will start the new school year as AP at Luther Middle School.  James Mackey, Special Ed Program Specialist, will become the new AP of Discipline at BHS.

Finally, Wendy Callabro, Title I Coordinator at Luther, will be moving to Muir Middle School where she will become the school’s new Assistant Principal.

Dr. Lilly Torres, API at Jordan Middle School, has recently accepted a position in Whittier as an elementary school principal. Her position will be filled by Alex Senar, who was the Title I Coordinator at John Muir Middle School.

Tri-School Track Meet Returns to Newly Refurbushed Memorial Field

Some traditions continued as new ones were born when the three middle schools opened the gates of the new Memorial Field Saturday, March 10 for their annual Tri-School Track Meet.


Muir's Cade Hollingsworth finshes the 400 meter in record time of 57.4 a meet record. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

John Muir Middle School won the meet for the 10th time in 11 years in the first ever sporting event at the new Memorial Field. After the event some members of the public stuck around to set foot on the surface of the new field for the first time.

The Mustangs scored a total of 493.5 points, topping Luther (410.5) and Jordan (312) for bragging rights in the city for another year.

“Once again we are proud of the kids at Muir” Mustangs’ Coach Doug Nicol said, “But more than anything else we are proud to be able to be able to bring all of the kids together for an event like this in the new stadium.”


Muir's Brandon Alba jumps 13.1 feet ion the long jump during Burbank's All City Track Meet.(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The three middle schools renewed the longstanding tradition in 2001 after a hiatus since 1984, when the sites had been 7th through 9th grade and were still junior highs. Many Physical Education teachers at the middle schools are former Burbank Unified School District alumni and were thrilled to bring the event back eleven years ago.

“We have memories of it and wanted our students to have the same type of memories,” said Branko Sevic, also a PE coach at Muir.

Muir placed first in the overall boys’ totals with a mark of 272.5 and the overall girls’ totals with a mark of 221. Luther finished second in both areas with scores of 194.5 and 216. Muir also won both the boys and girls for both the 7th and 8thgrades while Luther placed first for both the boys and girls results in the 6th grade.

Jordan’s Elizabeth Switzer was the 6th grade girls’ MVP finishing second in the 4×100 relay and the long jump and second in the 60 and 100 meter dash. Luther’sJacob Calderon won the 6th grade boys’ MVP taking first in four events – the 60M, 400M, the 4×100 relay and the 4×400 relay. The performance in the 400M (65.40) was a meet record as was his team’s 4×400 relay performance ( 4:47).Drew Gorsuch, Christian Valles and Alex Carvajal were his teammates in the later.

Muir’s Khalid Taylor and Jordan’s Izzy Funes with the MVPs of the 7th grade – each set three records on the day. Taylor won the 60 M, 100 M, 4×100 relay (with John Atherton, Dillon Rosen and Joey Miller) and finished second in the hurdles. Funes won the 400M, the long jump and the 100M. She also was a part of the Cougars’ 4×400 relay team alongside Dominique Silva, Emma Bartam and Bella Nava.

Muir’s 8th grade tandem of Josh Cantong and Candela Fernandez were MVPs for the Mustangs – each took first place in three events. Cantong won the 800M, 4×400 relay, 4×100 relay and finished second in the 400M race. Fernandez won the 800M, 400<, 4×400 relay and the 100M. Cantong’s record setting teammates in the 4×400 included Niko Guerrero, Connor Garden and Adam Navar with a time of 4:08.7. Fernandez was joined by Paige Pauff, Dalia Farazdaghi and Erin McGuire in the 4×400 relay. She also broke a record in the 800M with a time of 2:44.

6th Grade Boys6th Grade Girls
Jacob Calderon – LutherElizabeth Switzer – Jordan
1st –60 Meter Dash1st –4X100 Relay
1st –400 M Run / Record1st-Long Jump
1st –4X100 Relay2nd-100 M Dash
1st –4X 400 Relay / Record2nd-60 M Dash
7th Grade Boys7th Grade Girls
Khalid Taylor – MuirIzzy Funes – Jordan
1st –60 M Dash /Record1st-400 m Run / Record
1st-100 M Dash / Record1st-Long Jump / Record
1st-4X100 Relay / Record1st-4X400 Relay / Record
2nd-Hurdles1st-100 M Dash
8th Grade Boys8th Grade Girls
Josh Cantong – LutherCandela Fernandez – Muir
1st –800 M Run / Record1st –800 M Run / Record
1st –4X400 Relay / Record1st –400 M Run
1st –4X100 Relay1st –4X400 Relay
2nd-400 M Run5th-100 M Dash

6TH GRADE BOYSJordan –47
70 M HurdlesNameSchoolTime800 Meter RunNameSchoolTime
1stAlex CarvajalLuther11.701stYeahoo LeeMuir02:44.0
2ndNicholas RoeMuir11.782ndJagdeep ChahalLuther02:46.0
3rdJaden varelaJordan11.803rdBrett BoucherJordan02:56.0
4thNicholas MannaLuther11.804thPaul WonMuir02:58.0
5thJorge GomezMuir12.105thErvin HartoonianMuir03:00.0
1600 MetersShot Put
1stAlex HirschLuther05:56.01stAndrew CondranMuir27′ 9″
2ndEthan JayMuir06:00.02ndJulian ReadLuther26′ 9″
3rdBlake OasayJordan06:08.03rdMichael SeguraMuir25′ 4″
4thJagdeep ChahalLuther06:21.04thJoel MicioniLuther25′ 2″
5thPaul WonMuir06:32.05thSebastian RodriguezJordan24′ 11″
100 M DashLong Jump
1stSebastian LealMuir14.301stJulian ReadLuther13′ 5″
2ndTopli PetkoJordan14.602ndJorge GomezMuir13′ 0″
3rdJorge GomezMuir14.603rdArden CarnesJordan12′ 7″
4thRakot RahmanJordan15.004thChristian VallesLuther12′ 2″
5thAsif ChowdhuryLuther15.105thSebastian LealMuir11′ 11″
60 M DashHigh Jump
1stJacob CalderonLuther8.50NEW1stJulian ReadLuther4′ 10″
2ndSebastian LealMuir8.84MEET2ndErvin HartoonianMuir4′ 4″
3rdAlex CarvajalLuther8.90RECORD3rdDiego RosalJordan4′ 0″
4thBen PetersJordan9.404thChristian VallesLuther4′ 4″
5thNarek ShirvanianMuir9.605thHakob ShamilianMuir3′ 10″
400 Meter Run400 Meter RelayAlex Carvajal
1stJacob CalderonLuther65.40NEW1stJacob CalderonLuther58.0
2ndDrew GorsuchLuther69.30MEET2ndNicholas MannaJordan59.4
3rdAlan EdgarMuir73.30RECORD3rdChristian ArroyoMuirDQ
4thBrett BoucherJordan76.80Mile RelayAlex Carvajal
5thNick Mac DonaldMuir77.00NEW1stJacob CalderonLuther04:47.0
MEET2ndDrew GorsuchMuir05:01.0
RECORD3rdChristian VallesJordan05:52.0
70 M HurdlesNameSchoolTime800 Meter RunNameSchoolTime
1stPresely MiragliaLuther12.601stGabby PerezJordan03:03.0
2ndMonica GuzmanJordan13.302ndNatalie CelioJordan03:04.0
3rdMarin GroteJordan13.353rdOdalys MarinLuther03:04.5
4thJulia WareMuir13.804thMonica LabibMuir03:05.0
5thKate JonesLuther14.205thHannah FierroLuther03:06.0
1600 MetersShot Put
1stBianca SanchezLuther06:38.01stMaria RendonLuther25′ 7″
2ndEmily VirtueLuther06:39.02ndSavannah MerciaMuir23′ 3″
3rdCatrina VillapondoJordan06:39.53rdSofia NipoteMuir23′ 1″
4thHannah FierroLuther06:57.04thZoe HellwigJordan22′ 8″
5thMarin GroteJordan06:58.05thCamylle RobinsonLuther21′ 9″
100 M DashLong Jump
1stLizbeth MancillaLuther14.901stElizabeth SwitzerJordan12′ 7″
2ndElizabeth SwitzerJordan15.502ndKatie MarcyMuir12′ 1″
3rdSuzana TorosyanMuir15.553rdMacie JensenLuther11′ 1″
4thDiane MendezJordan15.704thDanielle O’BrienLuther10′ 10″
5thAlejandra CanoLuther16.205thElaine KooMuir10′ 7″
60 M DashHigh Jump
1stLizbeth MancillaLuther9.101stJulia WareMuir4′ 0″
2ndElizabeth SwitzerJordan9.15 2ndReace RushingMuir3′ 10″
3rdNatasha OrtizMuir9.60 3rdEmily VirtueLuther3′ 10″
4thDiane MendezJordan9.684thMarin GroteJordan3′ 10″
5thBianca SanchezLuther9.705thHaven DragomerMuir3′ 10″
400 Meter Run400 Meter RelayElizabeth Switzer
1stBene SnyderMuir75.501stMonica GuzmanJordan61.5
2ndCatrina VillapondoJordan77.102ndAimee AlanisLuther62.9
3rdAnysia GonzalezMuir77.153rdDiane MendezMuir63.1
4thEmily VirtueLuther80.70Mile RelayPayton Jensen
5thMarin GroteJordan82.501stMia StaubLuther05:14.0
2ndBianca SanchezMuir05:20.0
3rdEmily VirtueJordan05:22.0
7TH GRADE BOYSJordan –38
70 M HurdlesNameSchoolTime800 Meter RunNameSchoolTime
1stDillon RosenMuir10.40NEWNEW1stSam GormanMuir02:29.0
2ndKhalid TaylorMuir10.90MEETMEET2ndPatrick WellsLuther02:39.0
3rdDavion GreenJordan11.40RECORDRECORD3rdHenrik AnassianMuir02:40.0
4thEverett KanohoJordan11.604thSteven KnezevichJordan02:41.0
5thPaul MaloLuther12.005thMatt OrdonezJordan02:48.0
1600 MetersShot Put
1stTim WellsLuther05:26.0NEW1stAndy ReyesLuther36′ 11″
2ndSam GormanMuir05:40.0MEET2ndDanny PorrasMuir36′ 3″
3rdZeke IsbaellMuir05:45.0RECORD3rdOscar PerezJordan33′ 9″
4thHenrik AnassianMuir05:49.04thJake kelleyMuir33′ 4″
5thJustin DorrisLuther05:56.05thAdam ProvostMuir32′ 8″
100 M DashLong Jump
1stKhalid TaylorMuir12.80NEW1stAdam ProvostMuir15′ 5″
2ndPreston HernandezLuther13.10MEET2ndForest FajardoMuir15′ 3″
3rdSam DuranJordan13.20RECORD3rdAndy ReyesLuther15′ 3″
4thJohn AthertonMuir13.904thSteven KnezevichJordan15′ 1″
5thMike WoodsJordan13.955thJourney ShankJordan14′ 4″
60 M DashHigh Jump
1stKhalid TaylorMuir8.20NEW1stDaniel HanLuther5′ 0″
2ndPreston HernandezLuther8.28MEETTie   2ndAdam ProvostMuir4′ 3″
3rdDavion GreenJordan8.30RECORDTie   2ndAlec SaavedraLuther4′ 3″
4thDillon RosenMuir8.384thJourney ShankJordan4′ 3″
5thJjourney ShankJordan8.565thJake kelleyMuir4′ 3″
400 Meter Run400 Meter RelayKhalid Taylor
1stSamy DuranJordan60.10NEWNEW1stJohn AthertonMuir53.4
2ndAdam ProvostMuir63.80MEETMEET2ndDillon RosenLuther53.6
3rdForest FajardoMuir64.80RECORDRECORD3rdJoey MillerJordan54.6
4thCobie CortzLuther75.50Mile RelayAlec Saavedra
5thJosiah OrellanaLuther75.80NEW1stAndy ReyesLuther04:43.1
MEET2ndAJ AkobianMuir04:53.5
RECORD3rdPreston HernandezJordan
70 M HurdlesNameSchoolTime800 Meter RunNameSchoolTime
1stKamryn CardenazLuther11.601stGabby CollinsMuir02:54.0
2ndRyan IckesMuir12.102ndDru KimLuther02:55.0
3rdBriana JohnsonJordan12.153rdXochitl TorresMuir02:56.0
4thVictoria CarrascoLuther12.404thGraison AndersonLuther02:59.0
5thKristin BroderickMuir12.905thMolly StaplefeldtLuther03:00.0
1600 MetersShot Put
1stKira BochardMuir05:56.5NEW1stKamryn CardenazLuther29′ 2″
2ndMaddie RiggsLuther06:30.0MEET2ndNadime YounanLuther25′ 8″
3rdXochitl TorresMuir06:32.0RECORD3rdDaniella YanezLuther25′ 0″
4thEmma BartramJordan06:35.04thMelissa QuintanrMuir24′ 11″
5thGabby CollinsMuir06:40.05thAni SerkisyanMuir24′ 9″
100 M DashLong Jump
1stIzzy FunesJordan14.20NEW1stIzzy FunesJordan15′ 3″
2ndDominigue SilvaJordan14.30MEET2ndBrieanna JamesLuther12′ 8″
3rdMikaela TeixiaraMuir14.60RECORD3rdRyan IckesMuir12′ 6″
4thMelanie TiradoLuther15.004thDanielle YanezLuther11′ 11″
5thKennedi LipscombMuir15.105thNicole WintersMuir11′ 9″
60 M DashHigh Jump
1stDominique SilvaJordan8.701stMakenzie DolanMuir4′ 2″
2ndKamryn CardenazLuther8.932ndRyan IckesMuir4′ 0″
3rdKennedi LipscombMuir9.103rdHailey HeathMuir4′ 0″
4thCarly PalmisanoMuir9.204thBrieanna JamesLuther3′ 10″
5thMelanie TiradoLuther9.255thDanielle YanezLuther3′ 8″
400 Meter Run400 Meter Relay
1stIzzy FunesJordan65.40NEWNEW1stMaddie RiggsLuther57.7
2ndKira BochardMuir70.70MEETMEET2ndMelanie TiradoJordan57.9
3rdCarly PalmisanoMuir71.80RECORDRECORD3rdKamryn CardenazMuir59.4
4thMaddie RiggsLuther81.00Mile RelayIzzy Funes
5thAubriana RohanJordan97.80NEW1stDominique SilvaJordan04:50.0
MEET2ndEmma bartramMuir04:51.6
RECORD3rdBella NavaLuther05:28.0
8TH GRADE BOYSJordan –46
70 M HurdlesNameSchoolTime800 Meter RunNameSchoolTime
1stBrandon AlbaMuir10.00NEWNEW1stJosh CantongLuther02:12.0
2ndCade HollingsworthMuir10.06MEETMEET2ndKray BradyMuir02:24.0
3rdBrandon OrdonezJordan10.70RECORDRECORD3rdIsaac ZubiaMuir02:24.0
4thJacob MicioniLuther11.104thAndrew BarrondoLuther02:24.0
5thMax WeismanLuther11.155thBryan StrandeLuther03:00.0
1600 M RunShot Put
1stAndrew BarrondoLuther05:25.0TIEDNEW1stJohnny SahagunJordan41′ 7″
2ndIsaac ZubiaMuir05:27.0MEETMEET2ndJohnathon RussoMuir37′ 3″
3rdJohn HuangJordan05:33.0RECORDRECORD3rdDavid BartaJordan36′ 2″
4thSergio OrozcoJordan05:33.04thHarrison PyrosMuir35′ 9″
5thBryan StrandeLuther05:36.05thAram KrakirianMuir33′ 11″
100 M DashLong Jump
1stIan ArlingtonMuir12.50NEW1stJacob MicioniLuther16′ 7″
2ndNiko GuerreroLuther12.83MEET2ndAlex MichailovMuir15′ 9″
3rdAdam NavarLuther12.84RECORD3rdJohnny SahagunJordan15′ 3″
4thBrandon OrdonezJordan12.904thNevin VelasquezMuir15′ 1″
5thBrandon AlbaMuir13.005thBrandon AlbaMuir15′ 1″
400 Meter RunHigh Jump
1stCade HollingsworthMuir57.40NEW1stNiko GuerreroLuther5” 2″
2ndJosh CantongLuther59.00MEET2ndCade HollingsworthMuir5′ 0″
3rdTrent HarrisonJordan63.00RECORD3rdAngelo SolisJordan4′ 10″
4thBryan StrandeLuther65.00Tie   4thAram KhakirianMuir4′ 8″
5thDaniel CaettaMuir65.50Tie   4thJacob MicioniLuther4′ 8″
200 Meter Run400 Meter RelayJosh Cantong
1stIan ArlingtonMuir25.701stMichael HuynhLuther51.1
2ndEric HernandezJordan25.802ndMax WeismanJordan52.2
3rdCade HollingsworthMuir25.903rdAdam NavarMuir52.5
4thAdam NavarLuther26.70NEWMile RelayJosh Cantong
5thMax WeismanLuther26.75MEET1stNiko GuerreroLuther04:08.7
RECORD2ndConnor GardenMuir04:14.9
3rdAdam NavarJordan04:34.9
70 M HurdlesNameSchoolTime800 Meter RunNameSchoolTime
1stSamantha HebriJordan11.90NEW1stCandela FernandezMuir02:44.0
2ndBrooke RadcliffJordan11.95MEET2ndDalia FarazdaghiMuir02:51.0
3rdJazmine ValdezLuther11.96RECORD3rdMelissa UdallMuir02:52.0
4thEmma WochnerLuther12.204thCami ChristopherJordan03:03.0
5thPaige PauffMuir12.305thNo Runner
1600 M RunShot Put
1stDalia FarazdaghiMuir06:17.3NEW1stAdela MartinezLuther28′ 3″
2ndAlexis MorenoJordan06:22.0MEET2ndKelly KaufmanMuir28′ 3″
3rdAntonia NituleosaJordan07:06.0RECORD3rdMelissa GarciaLuther27′ 10″
4thAshley HinterlongMuir07:08.04thBlake TaylorJordan27′ 4″
5thCami ChristopherJordan07:14.05thSabrina StewardLuther27′ 3″
100 M DashLong Jump
1stJazmine ValdezLuther14.401stSabrina StewardLuther13′ 4″
2ndBrooke RadcliffJordan14.432ndJuliana LaFranceMuir13′ 2″
3rdEmily CoxLuther14.483rdBrooke RadcliffJordan13′ 1″
4thSamantha HebriJordan15.004thMonica BrownJordan12′ 10″
5thCandela FernandezMuir15.105thJazmine TaylorLuther12′ 9″
400 Meter RunHigh Jump
1stCandela FernandezMuir70.401stJuliana LaFranceMuir4” 6″
2ndJordan MeltzerMuir70.402ndMelissa GarciaLuther4′ 6″
Tie   3rdJessica RuryLuther74.903rdJordan MeltzerMuir4′ 4″
Tie   3rdNoelle GarciaJordan74.904thJessica RuryLuther4′ 2″
5thNo Runner5thDanielle RyanLuther4′ 2″
200 Meter Run400 Meter RelayJuliana LaFrance
1stSkylar McDonaldLuther31.501stCailey StevensonMuir58
2ndSabrina StewardLuther33.002ndPaige PauffJordan58.6
3rdKate WilkeJordan33.503rdJordan MeltzerLuther59.2
4thTaryn MejiaJordan33.70Mile RelayCandela Fernandez
5thNo Runner1stPaige PauffMuir04:54.3
2ndDalia FarazdaghiJordan05:08.1
3rdErin McGuireLuther05:25.7
1stChristian VallesLuther5′ 6″
2ndAlex CarvajalLuther4′ 0″
1stPreston HernandezLuther5′ 6″1stLucy BrookeLuther5′ 0″
2ndMiles Lopez4′ 0″2nd
1stScott McHorneyLuther7′ 3″
2ndMax WeismanLuther6′ 6″
3rdNick BarnettLuther6′ 6″
4thCole GurleyLuther5′ 0″


Herman Castro’s last 22 yards of his 139 yards were by far his most important of the evening. The 22-yard run, his third score of the night, secured a 35-34 win for the Bulldogs. The win snapped a three-game skid for Burbank and a three-game winning streak for Muir and made things mighty interesting for the final two playoff spot in the Pacific League.

Arcadia and Burroughs know they’re in with a 5-1 league mark. Arcadia will play at Crescenta Valley on Friday, November 11 while Burroughs and Burbank square off at Arcadia High School due to construction at Memorial Field.

CV is 4-2 in league, tied with Pasadena for third. Pasadena plays Muir next week. If the season ended today Arcadia and Burroughs would share the league title with the Indians taking the number one seed having beaten Arcadia head-to-head. Pasadena would hold the third seed and CV the final spot. However, Muir and Burbank — both 3-3 in league — could really make things interesting with wins next week. Potentially, four teams could be 4-3 in a third place tie with coin flips determining who goes on and whose season ends. Arcadia or Burroughs could still win the league out right, they could share a league title, or they could fall to second depending on outcomes next week.

Castro’s 139 yards on 10 carries and three touchdowns were the difference in Burbank’s stunning win at Muir. Burbank and Burroughs have much more than mere bragging rights at stake in the annual big game.

Luther Burbank Boys, Jordan Girls Dominate In Tri-City Basketball Championships

Middle School teams from Luther and Jordan traveled to Muir for the games held on Wednesday (Photo By Steven J. Lynch)

On Wednesday, John Muir Middle School hosted the Tri-School Boys and Girls Basketball tournament.  The tournament is played between the three middle schools in the district, Luther Burbank, Jordan, and Muir.  Each school has two boys teams and two girls teams, with teams playing the entire day to decide who has the best basketball teams in the city.  This year, Luther Burbank dominated the boys division as the Yellowjackets had both of their teams play in the championship game, giving Luther Burbank the Boys championship.  In the girls division, Jordan won an exciting championship game by beating Luther Burbank by three points.  It was an incredibly successful day and all of the student-athletes who participated should be proud of their efforts.

(above) The championship girls team from Jordan Middle School, and the Boy's team from Luther Burbank both were crowned champions (below) at the Tri-City meet. (Photos By Steven J. Lynch)