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Burroughs Starts Slow But Finishes Fast

By Tania Tchalikian

The huge cross-town rivalry started off memorable as the enormous crowd filed into Memorial Stadium on Friday night as all eyes were riveted on the clash between host Burbank High and Burroughs in the 67th edition of the “Big Game.”

The Bulldogs came out ready because a win would give them a share of the Pacific League title along with Burroughs.

Burbank showed it deserved a piece of the crown early on, but faltered in the second quarter and second half as Burroughs prevailed, 47-21.

The Bulldogs led 14-0 as the Indians struggled early. Burbank took a 7-0 lead on a 54-yard pass from junior quarterback Guy Gibbs to junior wide receiver Forest Fajardo and 5:01 left.

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

JB senior wide receiver Robert Awungyani scored two touchdowns. By: Edward Tovmassian

Burbank’s lead became 14-0 when Gibbs hit senior wide receiver Max Weisman with a 37-yard pass and 1:42 left.

The Indians answered with a touchdown as senior quarterback Steven Hubbell threw a 55-yard pass to senior wide receiver Robert Awunganyi late in the opening quarter.

With 3:54 left in the second quarter, Hubbell hit senior wide receiver Erick Hernandez with a 39-yard pass as the Indians came within 14-13.

When Hubbell located senior wide receiver Cade Borland with a 13-yard toss and 21 seconds remaining in the half, Burroughs led 19-14.

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Burroughs defense held Burbank to 291 total net yards including 87 yards on the ground. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

The game had been intense and on the edge from the start as Burbank seemed to have the flow of things early on. Now it seemed the Indians got the momentum on their side as they came out in the second half and scored four touchdowns.

“It was definitely hands down the coaches. They prepared us really good and it was a great game plan and I just followed everything that they said,” said Hubbell, who completed 17 of 28 passes for 265 yards, of his performance.

Junior running back Chance Bell came into the second half ready to produce as he scored on a 76-yard run early that gave the Indians a 26-14 advantage.

Burroughs had a scoring pass from Hubbell to senior wide receiver Nick Mercado late in the third quarter that made it 33-14, and added a 32-yarder to Awunganyi midway through the fourth quarter for a 40-14 advantage.

Senior running back Ash Hawkins had a 31-yard run late in the fourth quarter for a 47-21 lead.


Burroughs Takes Undisputed League Crown In 47-21 Win Over Burbank

BURROUGHS INDIANS: 2015 Pacific League Champions (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

BURROUGHS INDIANS: 2015 Pacific League Champions (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


After stumbling early, the Burroughs High football eventually found its stride, righted the ship and coasted to an impressive 47-21 Pacific League win over rival Burbank in the 67th “Big Game” on Friday night at Memorial Field before a capacity crowd.

The Indians buzzed through league play unscathed at 7-0, and closed out the regular season with a 9-1 record. This was the first time since 2006 that Burroughs has posted such gaudy numbers and its first league title since 2011.

What awaits is who the Indians, ranked No. 5 in the Southeast Division, will play in the CIF Southern Section playoffs next Friday. The opponent will be announced on Sunday.

Had the Bulldogs (6-4 and 5-2 league) prevailed, they would have shared the league title with the Indians, but instead finished in second place with Crescenta Valley.

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Burroughs wide receiver Cade Borland had a 13-yard scoring catch in the first half. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

In unlikely fashion, Burroughs fell behind 14-0, but then scored 40 unanswered points before allowing a late touchdown in the fourth quarter.

“We had a great game plan,” Burroughs coach Keith Knoop said. “It’s like a chess match. We were going to go where the defense led us.”

Knoop also spoke about being down two touchdowns, but wasn’t rattled. “On that first touchdown, it was a miscoverage. On the second touchdown, it was a great catch,” he said.

Once the Indians starting clicking on offense, it was pedal to the medal as senior quarterback Steven Hubbell tossed five touchdowns, including three in the first half.

The ground game churned out 208 yards and was led by junior tailback Chance Bell, who injured his shoulder in last week’s 34-3 victory over Crescenta Valley when the Indians were assured of a share of the league crown.

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Burbank quarterback Guy Gibbs unloaded three touchdown passes in 47-21 loss to Burroughs. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Bell accounted for a game-high 165 yards on 20 carries that included a 76-yard sprint with 10:07 left in the third quarter that gave the Indians a 26-14 lead.

On Burbank’s third series, junior quarterback Guy Gibbs moved the Bulldogs into the end zone on three plays that covered 40 yards, and capped the march with a 54-yard strike to junior wide receiver Forest Fajardo and 5:01 left in the opening quarter for a 7-0 lead.

The Bulldogs increased their lead to 14-0 when Gibbs drilled senior wide receiver Max Weisman with a 37-yard rocket and 1:42 left in the initial quarter.

“We had too many mental errors that we’re going to have to clean up,” said Weisman, who snared seven passes for 82 yards. “We can’t afford to make mistakes. Overall, it was a poor team effort. But this game is behind us and we’re looking forward to the playoffs.”

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JB senior wide receiver Robert Awunganyi snared two touchdowns and added an interception. Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

An onside kick was attempted and recovered by the Bulldogs, and it traveled the required 10 yards, but it didn’t bounce as required at the high school level. So instead of keeping the ball, a penalty was accessed and the Indians took over at their 45-yard line.

Burroughs, which holds a 42-25 series lead over Burbank, responded 17 seconds later with a one-play, 55-yard bomb from Hubbell to senior wide receiver Robert Awunganyi that cut the lead to 14-7.

“We wanted to come out and punch them in the mouth and they punched us in the mouth,” said Hubbell, who connected on 17 of 28 pass attempts for 265 yards. “There were some down faces, but I tried to remain calm and collected.”

Hubbell expects the Indians to do well in the playoffs. “This is a new season and we need a different focus,” he said.

The Indians (473 total net yards) moved within 14-13 when Hubbell directed Burroughs on a 65-yard, four-play march that was capped off when he found senior wide receiver Erick Hernandez with a 39-yard laser and 3:54 left before the half.

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Tailback Chance Bell’s 76-yard run gave the Indians a 26-14 lead early in the third quarter versus Burbank. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“We prepared very well this week and we stepped it up,” said Hernandez, who had three catches for 72 yards. “It’s just another step for us. We’ve just got to believe.”

Hernandez also addressed the early 14-0 deficit. “Those touchdowns were our mistakes,” he said. “But we came out energized after that.”

The Bulldogs (291 total yards) had a chance to increase their lead on a 40-yard field goal by senior Andrew Hank. But Burbank was penalized five yards and the kick was a 45-yarder that fell several yards short.

“We sputtered offensively and defensively,” Burbank coach Richard Broussard said. “We didn’t finish the game. We didn’t execute and we were sloppy. They made more big plays than we did.”

Broussard said the Bulldogs have been playing for their playoff lives several weeks. “We’ve been playing playoff games since the loss [21-20] to Muir,” he said.

With 21 seconds left before the half, Hubbell directed his team 70 yards and closed the drive with a 13-yard bullet to senior wide receiver Cade Borland (game-best 93 yards on eight catches), who was alone in the end zone as the Indians seized control, 19-14.

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The Indians celebrated often in a 47-21 blitz of rival Bulldogs. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The points continued for the Indians who marched from their own 40-yard line and finalized the 11-play excursion with a two-yard toss from Hubbell to senior wide receiver Nick Mercado with 2:52 showing in the third quarter that made it 33-14.

When Burroughs’ stingy defense stopped Gibbs for no gain on fourth and one, Hubbell needed one play in order to locate Awunganyi (91 yards on three receptions) with a 32-yard pass and 7:31 left in the fourth quarter that made it 40-14.

Senior running back Ash Hawkins (25 yards on four carries) scored the final points for Burroughs on a 31-yard run that made it 47-21 with 15.7 seconds left.

Two possessions later, Gibbs and senior wide receiver Noah Powell (32 yards on two catches) hooked up on a 24-yard bomb and 3:08 left in the fourth quarter, but it was simply too little, too late.

The Bulldogs, who had a three-game winning streak against the Indians, were held to 87 yards on the ground and were led by sophomore running back Blake Quinteros, who had 63 yards on 12 carries.

“I think we were too confident we were going to win when we had the lead,” said Gibbs, who hit 16 of 27 for 204 yards and one interception by Awunganyi. “But we couldn’t execute. We still have four more weeks left in the season.”

Burroughs, Burbank Await “Big Game”

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


Rivalry games are special and for many of the participants, alumni and fans, they mean even more. It’s especially exciting when there is something at stake.

Tomorrow night the 67th annual “Big Game” will be played between Burroughs High and Burbank at Memorial Field with the Pacific League championship up for grabs.

The visiting Indians (8-1) are undefeated in league play and a win will give them the title outright, while the Bulldogs (6-3) have one loss [21-20 to Muir], so a victory will give them a share of the crown.

A triumph by Burroughs should ensure a CIF Southern Section Southeast Division first-round home game, and a win by Burbank will strengthen its potential postseason run.

Burroughs, which hasn’t beaten Burbank in three consecutive games, has been impressive with the only setback a 45-25 season-opening loss to Calabasas on the road. It was the fewest points Burroughs scored this campaign.

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Burroughs Coach Keith Knoop hopes to snap a three-game losing streak to Burbank. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The Indians have topped 40 points in six games with a high of 65 points versus visiting Glendale.

Though the league isn’t especially strong, Burroughs, which holds a 41-25 edge over Burbank, has beaten Arcadia on the road 39-34, Muir at home 49-9, and Crescenta Valley last week 34-3.

Offensively the Indians are led by senior quarterback Steven Hubbell, who has passed for 1,239 yards with 20 touchdowns and three interceptions. Hubbell, who has hit on 95 of 142 attempts, can take off with the football and has compiled 190 yards with six rushing scores.

Burroughs’ ground-attack is spearheaded by junior tailback Chance Bell, who has 1,211 yards with 22 scores and 157 carries. Bell, who injured his right shoulder in the win over the Falcons, is expected to play, and has caught six passes for 83 yards.

The other running back is junior Sammy Duran, who has 287 yards and has found the end zone two times.

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JB senior quarterback Steven Hubbell leads the offense. (Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Hubbell’s primary target has been senior wide receiver Erick Hernandez, who was the leading receiver in 2014. Hernandez has snared 28 passes for 387 yards with 11 touchdowns. He has 634 all-purpose yards that include 129 kickoff return yards and 118 punt return yards.

Senior wide receiver Cade Borland is recovering from an injury and has grabbed 21 passes for 258 yards with three scores.

Senior wide receiver Nick Mercado has 14 receptions for 175 yards and four touchdowns, while senior wide receiver Torin Harris has 10 catches for 180 yards with two scores.

Senior wide receiver Robert Awunganyi has 756 all-purpose yards that include 112 yards on seven catches, 397 yards on kickoff returns and 189 yards on punt returns.

The Indians’ defense has given up an average of 11.2 points per game and is paced by many including senior lineman Cole Gurley, who has 11 solo tackles and 35 assists with one fumble recovery.

Senior defensive back Jarret Wrobel has 20 solo tackles, 17 assists, five interceptions and five passes defended, while Awunganyi, a defensive back, has 20 solo tackles, 20 assists, one pick, one fumble recovery and eight passes defended.

Senior linebacker Branden Garcia has collected eight solo tackles with 47 assists, senior linebacker Connor Garden has 12 solo tackles, 26 assists, five sacks, two picks, four passes defended, one fumble recovery and two blocked field goals.

Senior linebacker Jose Chicas Ortiz has picked up 10 solo tackles, 29 assists, two fumble recoveries and three and a half sacks, while senior defensive back Devlin Jimenez has 15 solo tackles, 24 assists with one and a half sacks, three interceptions and two passes defended.

The Bulldogs are on a four-game winning streak after losing to visiting Muir and have averaged 44 points over this span with wins over visiting Pasadena 35-16 last week, at Arcadia 31-8, at home versus Hoover 49-0 and over visiting Glendale 61-7.

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Burbank Coach Richard Broussard has supreme confidence in the Bulldogs. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The trigger man is junior quarterback Guy Gibbs, who has been quietly impressive while learning on the job. Gibbs has thrown for 1,023 yards and has completed 76 of 169 attempts with 10 touchdowns and four interceptions.

Sophomore running back Darnell Williams leads the Bulldogs in rushing with 548 yards on 111 carries and five scores and has caught 11 passes for 119 yards.

Junior running back Nick Warren has accounted for 307 yards with four scores, while junior running back Andy Reyes has 157 yards with two touchdowns and has compiled 366 all-purpose yards. Sophomore running back Blake Quinteros has accounted for 318 yards and four scores.

Junior wide receiver Forest Fajardo has caught 20 passes for 270 yards with five touchdowns and senior wide receiver Max Weisman has grabbed 18 passes for 280 yards and three scores.

Burbank’s defense has given up an average of 11.2 points per game and is paced by Reyes, a defensive back, who has 73 solo tackles, 27 assists, three sacks, three passes defended, four fumble recoveries and a blocked punt.

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BHS wide receiver/defensive back Forest Fajardo will be all over the field. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Fajardo, a defensive back, has 30 solo tackles, 11 assists, five interceptions and 14 passes defended, while senior defensive back David Medrano has 31 solo tackles, 35 assists, two sacks and two passes defended.

Junior linebacker Jake Kelley has 30 solo tackles, 17 assists, two sacks, two passes defended, two fumble recoveries and one blocked punt, junior defensive back Miguel Vasquez has 31 solo tackles, 24 assists, one pick, 10 passes defended and two fumble recoveries, and senior lineman Jha’rod Horhn has 19 solo tackles, 16 assists and six sacks.

Buckle your chin traps, hold on to your seats and grab your hats, this one could be a classic.

2015 BIG GAME Tale of the Tape- “Facts and Figures”

Burbank vs Burroughs Big Game 2012

By Dick Dornan
myBurbank Sports Emeritus

BIG GAME “Facts and Figures”

DATE:                         November 6, 2015

SITE:                            Memorial Field

KICKOFF:                   7 p.m.

SERIES FACTS:       This is the 67th meeting between the two teams.

First game- 1949; Burroughs leads the all-time series, 41-25.

  • Burbank has won the last three matchups; first time since 1983, 1984, 1985.
  • Burroughs has won 6 of the last 10 games, 9 of 15 and 14 of 20.
  • Burbank has NEVER defeated Burroughs four consecutive games in the rivalry’s history.
  • Burroughs has won a share of the Pacific League title; Burbank will be looking for a share of the league title as well. The winner will be the No. 1 seed out of the Pacific League for the CIF Playoffs in the Southeast Division.


2014- Burbank 16  Burroughs 10

BurbankRev2013- Burbank 47  Burroughs 21

2012- Burbank 37  Burroughs 14

2011- Burroughs 34  Burbank 7

2010- Burroughs 38  Burbank 35

2009- Burbank 28  Burroughs 21

2008- Burroughs 58  Burbank 22

Burroughs2007- Burroughs 30  Burbank 20

2006- Burroughs 24  Burbank 6

2005- Burroughs 35  Burbank 28

2004- Burbank 26  Burroughs 12

2003- Burbank 24  Burroughs 18

2002- Burroughs 43  Burbank 31

2001- Burroughs 38  Burbank 21

2000- Burroughs 54  Burbank 36



Burroughs (8-1, 6-0 in league)

Last League title- 2011 (Pacific co-champs with Arcadia)

League titles (12):  1967, 1973, 1974, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011

Burbank (6-3, 5-1 in league)

Last League title- 2009 (Pacific co-champs with Burroughs)

League titles (5): 1927, 1951, 1956, 1972, 2009



This game has league title implications. If Burroughs wins, they clinch the outright league title. If Burbank wins, they share the league title with Burroughs but will be the No. 1 seed for the Pacific League entering the CIF Playoffs. The loser will be the No. 2 seed regardless.

Burroughs’ offense is averaging 44.3 ppg while the defense is giving up 15.0 ppg.

Burbank’s offense scores 31.3 ppg overall while its defense is allowing 10.1 ppg.


PACIFIC LEAGUE: (current standings)

Burroughs                6-0, 8-1 overall

Burbank                    5-1, 6-3 overall

*Crescenta Valley        4-2, 6-3

Arcadia                         4-2, 5-4

Muir                              3-3, 3-6

Pasadena                     2-4, 4-5

Glendale                      0-6, 1-8

Hoover                         0-6, 1-8

*defending league champion




“BIG GAME”: 67 Meetings – Burroughs Leads Burbank, 42-25

Burbank vs. Burroughs: a one-of-a-kind rivalry since 1949

Burbank vs. Burroughs: a one-of-a-kind cross-town rivalry since 1949

By Dick Dornan
myBurbank Sports Emeritus


67 Meetings

1949 – 2015

Burroughs leads Burbank, 42-25

1949 – Burbank 12, Burroughs 7.  The “Big Game” made its debut in 1949. Former junior high and first year high school, John Burroughs, made what was supposed to be an easy Burbank victory a hard fought battle. The stronger Bulldog team prevailed, however, paced by Pete LiPera who later became head coach at Burbank, and Paul Cameron, who later starred at UCLA.

1950 – Burroughs 6, Burbank 0.  Burroughs avenged the previous year’s loss on a rain drenched field as Louie Elias went 41 yards through “Lake Memorial” for the only score of the game. He later recalled that the rivalry was already intense even though it was only two years old.

1951 – Burbank 28, Burroughs 12. Having already won the Foothill League Championship, the Bulldogs could have let down and been upset; but showing true championship caliber, overpowered the Indians.

1952 – Burbank 33, Burroughs 0.  The Bulldogs were led by Bob McCalmont and shut out the Indians for their second straight series win.

1953 – Burroughs 7, Burbank 0.  Paced by a 44 yard touchdown run by Maurice Elias, brother of Louie, Burroughs returned the previous year’s favor, scoring their second series shutout.

1954- Burroughs 49, Burbank 0.  Again paced by Maurice Elias, who set a then single game school record of 162 yards rushing, the Indians recorded their second straight and third overall series shutout. This stands as the most one-sided victory in the series.

1955 – Burbank 20, Burroughs 14.  On their way to a probable playoff berth, the Indians overlooked the Bulldogs and were knocked out of the playoffs. Steve Searock and Bill Reed led the Bulldogs who were under the guidance of rookie coach Ham Lloyd, whose squad included John Lockwood who later became head coach at Burbank.

1956 – Burbank 18, Burroughs 0.  The Bulldogs scored their second shutout of the series in a battle for the Foothill League title (first time in the series). Played before an estimated crowd of 11,000 people, the Bulldogs were quarterbacked by Bob Alfred and paced by Fred Tunnicliffe, whose nephew, Tom, would later start at both schools, winning CIF Player of the Year as a senior at Burroughs.

1957 – Burroughs 28, Burbank 19.  In another rookie coaching victory, Leon Shortenhaus guided the Indians, led by Bob Hand, to the victory. Playing for Burroughs was Pete Lubisich, who would later go on to play at USC.

1958 – Burbank 32, Burroughs 0.  Posting their third series shutout the Bulldogs were led by the three touchdown performance of Tom Pulford. Tom, whose son, Darrin, also played for the Bulldogs, is one of the many players to have relatives also compete in the series.

1959 – Burroughs 19, Burbank 0.  Trading shutouts again, the Indians scored their fourth win with an assist from Burbank, who was forced to use many J.V. players after having 19 of the varsity members declared ineligible for the game for “egging” the mural over the Burroughs Auditorium. Conde Lick and Brent Vance led the Indians with a TD each.

1960 – Burroughs 19, Burbank 7.  Indian coach Leon Shortenhaus closed out his coaching career at Burroughs with a 3-1 record in the “Big Game”, beginning and ending with a victory.

1961 – Burbank 25, Burroughs 13.  In the fourth of his 22 seasons as a coach at Burroughs, and first as Head Coach, Bob Dunivant watched his Indians and the Bulldogs battle to a 7-7 tie into the third quarter, only to see the Tribe fumble three times in the second half, helping Burbank to the victory.

1962 – Burbank 34, Burroughs 0.  Also beginning and ending his coaching career with a victory, Ham Lloyd posted a 5-3 “Big Game” record with this win in his final game. Phil Culotta scored three touchdowns to pace the Bulldogs to their fourth series shutout and came up just points short of the CIF scoring championship, losing to Steve Grady of Loyola who scored five touchdowns the same evening.

1963 – Burbank 14, Burroughs 7.  Burroughs finally ended a string of seven straight shutout losses since the second game of the season but were unable to contain the Bulldogs’ Gerry Altman, whose 100 yards helped Burbank to its third straight series win.

1964 – Burroughs 27, Burbank 7.  The Bulldogs’ Tom Paggi set a school record with a 74 yard run from scrimmage for one of his two touchdowns on the night but Burroughs snapped a three game losing streak to Burbank.

1965 – Burroughs 19, Burbank 0.  The Indians notched their fifth series shutout.  Bob McCorkle, who passed or ran for a then school record 17 touchdowns on the year, hit Mike Erickson for one touchdown and while playing defense, picked off a Bulldog aerial and returned it 78 yards (also a school record) for another score.

1966 – Burroughs 19, Burbank 0.  Posting its sixth series and fourth season shutout, Burroughs coasted to its favorite score in the rivalry (the Indians have won three 19-0 “Big Games”), and third consecutive series victory.

1967 – Burbank 20, Burroughs 19.  Undefeated going into the game, the Indians again scored 19 points. Burbank, however, on the 173 yard passing of Dale Cirscione and the 85 yard fumble recovery of Randy Ivie for a touchdown, scored 20 for one of the biggest upsets in the series. The win prevented Burroughs from going ahead, for the first time, in the rivalry.

1968 – Burbank 20, Burroughs 13.  The Bulldogs again scored 20 points, led by Bill Johnson who scored all three touchdowns and rushed for 100 yards.

1969 – Burbank 44, Burroughs 8.  Dan Flavin passed for four touchdowns and John Minor rushed for 91 yards for the Bulldogs. The game was so dominated by Burbank that the only Indian score came on a 95 yard kickoff return by Jess Talamantes which remained a school record until 1978. Burbank again won three in a row versus Burroughs.

1970 – Burroughs 15, Burbank 12.  In a well played game, Bulldog star John Minor scored both touchdowns and rushed for 152 yards, only to see his heavily favored team lose to a fired up Indian squad. Burroughs was led by QB Tim Molina who passed for 113 yards and threw two touchdowns to Bruce Wallace. Jess Talamantes rushed for 111 yards.

1971 – Burroughs 17, Burbank 13.  Jeff Budrick and John Funk scored the two Indian touchdowns. Quarterback Tom Lawson completed 19 passes, 10 to Scott Nelson for 117 yards, all of which were single game Indian records at the time. Bob Mendoza booted a 29 yard field goal to seal the victory.

1972 – Burbank 14, Burroughs 0.  Burbank notched their fifth shutout in the series as quarterback Leo Orange and Kenny Walker scored the two Bulldog touchdowns. The game was played for the Foothill League title, and with the victory, Burbank knocked the Indians out of a playoff berth.  Jim Galbraith caught seven passes in a fine effort for the Indians, who went on to shut out Burbank the next three games. The Bulldogs won their fourth league title and would not win another one for the next 37 years (2009).

1973 – Burroughs 6, Burbank 0.  Burroughs tied Crescenta Valley for the league title with their seventh series shutout and went into the CIF Playoffs for only the second time in school history.  Jerry Howell scored the games only touchdown played in pouring rain at “Lake Memorial”.  Indians’ quarterback Curtis Ilhe and wide receiver Randy Simmrin were the inspirational leaders on the team. Simmrin later starred for USC and played for Buffalo and Tampa Bay in the NFL.

1974 – Burroughs 36, Burbank 0.  A boisterous crowd of 12,000 fans came to Memorial Field to witness Burroughs dominate the helpless Bulldogs. Burbank could have tied the Indians for first place in the Foothill League with a win, but were dominated as Burroughs recorded their second consecutive and eighth series shutout, holding the Bulldogs to 36 total yards. All-CIF quarterback Tom Miller passed for three touchdowns and 179 yards, mostly to wide receivers Bob Frishette, Hans Anderson and Kirk Morales. Tony De Felicis, Joe Mersola, Mike McDonald and Ron Wollard all contributed in the convincing win. The Indians went on to post an 11-1 record, tied with the 1979 team for the best record ever, and advanced to the CIF Quarterfinals.

1975 – Burroughs 40, Burbank 0.  Burroughs took the series lead for the first time ever, 14-13, with their ninth series shutout and third consecutive over Burbank. The game also marked Bulldog coach Pete LiPera’s last contest. The rout was highlighted by All-CIF linebacker Mike McDonald, who later played at USC and for the Rams, returning an interception for 67 yards as the Indians finished their first regular season under Craig Bell at 8-1.

1976 – Burbank 17, Burroughs 14.  Burbank avoided a fourth consecutive Burroughs win by upsetting the Indians on a 41-yard field goal by George Florez on the last play of the game. The kick was set up by an interception with 17 seconds left by Rich Good who ran it back 46 yards to the 24-yard line. This was Good’s second pick of the night, both of which set up two Burbank scores for the game. Al Penaranda and George Williams, both of whom had brothers who later played for Burroughs, scored the two Indian touchdowns, while the Bulldogs were paced by Denny Caira.

1977 – Burroughs 40, Burbank 10.  Burbank surprised everyone by taking a 10-7 lead into the locker room at halftime but the Indians roared back in the second half with a fine passing performance by quarterback Dean Townsend.  Mike Pate intercepted a pass for the Indians for a touchdown. George Williams, Lupe Yanez and Reuben Torres also scored for the Indians. The defense was sparked by the play of linebacker Jeff Fitzgerald. The game marked the return of Bob Dunivant as head coach of Burroughs.

1978 – Burroughs 28, Burbank 16.  Burbank, led by Tom Tunnicliffe who passed for 182 yards, again came out on the short end of the score. Lincoln Simonds scored three Indian touchdowns and the defense, led by Nick Manocchia, held the Bulldogs to six yards rushing and sacked Tunnicliffe seven times for a loss of 67 yards.

1979 – Burroughs 33, Burbank 12.  In a unique twist of events, Burroughs, now quarterbacked by Tom Tunnicliffe, who transferred from Burbank, the Indians went into the game rated the number one team in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, Southern California, the State and the Nation. The Bulldogs put up a strong fight, scoring 12 points against a team that had badly beaten the previous #1 team, St. Paul, 27-12, and allowed only one touchdown to four previous Foothill League opponents, outscoring them 152-7. The Indians were paced by the 191 yards rushing of Edgar Penaranda and Tunnicliffe’s 123 yards passing while the defense held Burbank to 90 total yards.  Burroughs finished the season 11-1 (tied with the 1974 team for the best record ever) and advanced to the CIF Quarterfinals.  Head Coach Bob Dunivant would later step aside from his coaching duties.

1980 – Burroughs 25, Burbank 17.  Taking a four game lead with their fourth consecutive win in the “Big Game” series, a first for either school, the Indians also knocked the Bulldogs out of a playoff berth while recording their fourth consecutive Foothill League Title, also unprecedented in the history of the league. Led by the rushing of Edgar Penaranda and Rick Williams, plus the passing of Gary English, the Indians managed to hold off a stubborn Burbank team, led by the rushing of Eric Burcham. The Indians went on to the CIF Semifinals.

1981 – Burroughs 44, Burbank 21.  Burroughs jumped out to a 30-7 halftime lead on the passing and rushing of quarterback Rich Strasser (34 and 87 yard touchdown completions) and the rushing of Paul Kibala and Joe D’Alessio. The Indians would advance to their first-ever CIF Finals and finish as runner-ups while winning their fifth consecutive league title.

1982 – Burroughs 42, Burbank 6.  Burbank took to an early lead, going 55 yards on 11 plays to take a 6-0 advantage midway through the first quarter. The Indians, behind the rushing of Bret Mersola, Jeff Markland and Eli Montemayor, finally got on track and cruised to a rather easy victory. It was Burroughs’ sixth consecutive win over Burbank.

1983 – Burbank 24, Burroughs 21.  In one of the more exciting games of the series, the Bulldogs opened the scoring with a one yard run by Derek Trabilcy.  The lead changed hands several times in the game until late in the fourth quarter when Burroughs tied the score on a 61 yard pass from Sean Spring to Bret Mersola. Burbank, led by QB Gary Lotka, took their last possession of the game and marched down the field to the Indian 10, and lined up for a field goal with less than 10 seconds on the clock. The first Bulldog attempt was deflected and went wide, but the Indians were called for defensive holding on the play. After the penalty was assessed, Alfredo Velasco nailed his second attempt from 21 yards out with no time showing on the clock for a dramatic, upset victory for the Bulldogs. The win snapped the six “Big Game” winning streak of the Indians.

1984 – Burbank 28, Burroughs 0.  Quarterback Gary Lotka threw for 315 yards and four touchdowns on 18 of 23 passing and led the Bulldogs to their second consecutive victory in the series and their first playoff berth since 1977.  It is Burbank’s first shutout of the Indians since 1972 and sixth in the series. Lotka’s efforts cement his name in “Big Game” lore and he went on to win the Most Valuable Player of the Foothill League.

1985 – Burbank 14, Burroughs 10.  For the first time since 1967-69, the Bulldogs win their third straight “Big Game” behind the leadership of quarterback Sal Velasco.  Burbank overcame a 10-7 deficit as Velasco hit wide receiver Robert Jarrin with what proved to be the game winning pass on the first possession of the second half. The Bulldogs marched 69 yards in seven plays and the defense shut out the Indians the rest of the way.

1986 – Burroughs 33, Burbank 26.  In his return to the sideline for the first time since he left coaching in 1979, Bob Dunivant led the Indians to victory and snapped the three-game winning streak of the Bulldogs in the rivalry.  After trailing 14-12 at the half, the Indians took the lead at 19-14 entering the fourth. The Indians’ Danny Cusumano scored from two yards out to make it 26-14. Quarterback Jeff Barrett led the Indians with 177 yards and two touchdowns.

1987 – Burroughs 41, Burbank 0.  Quarterback Jeff Barrett shined on offense as he completed 11 of 16 passes for 122 yards and three touchdowns. He even rushed for two more touchdowns.  Burbank’s Gabe Jimenez ran for 118 yards on 24 carries and was the lone bright spot for the Bulldogs. Burroughs won their tenth series shutout and first vs. the Bulldogs since 1975. The Indians would eventually reach the CIF Finals and finish as runner-ups as they did in 1981.

1988 – Burroughs 31, Burbank 15.  The magic of former head coach Bob Dunivant was evident again as he helped head coach Butch McElwee lead the Indians to victory.  Having the headsets on again for only the third time in the season, Dunivant surprised Burbank by calling a reverse, flea-flicker for a 65 yard completion early in the game to spark the victory.

1989 – Burroughs 23, Burbank 19.  The Indians were led by a trio of running backs in the win.  Andre Banks rushed for 33 yards in 12 carries, Lionel Portugal ran for 31 yards on eight carries and Danny Suarez added 33 yards in eight carries as Burroughs defeated Burbank yet again.

1990 – Burroughs 20, Burbank 7.  Sean McDermott rushed for 183 yards on 23 carries and scored a touchdown as the Indians defeated the Bulldogs for the fifth consecutive year.  Ben Goldwasser added a touchdown and Eddie Gavilan had an interception for Burroughs.

1991 – Burbank 14, Burroughs 12.  The Brenes brothers led the Bulldogs to victory and halted the Indians winning streak in the series at five games. Steve carried 19 times for 123 yards and Frank scored both Burbank touchdowns en route to 72 yards on 14 attempts.  DB Mike Lyneis made a diving interception of a Marco Esquivel pass at the Bulldog 15 to clinch the win.

1992 – Burbank 21, Burroughs 17.  Down 17-14, Bulldog quarterback Brian Casey completed a 30 yard touchdown strike to wide receiver Kendricks Lewis with 53 seconds left to give Burbank the four point victory. Bulldog running back Hector Valencia, who later would become head coach at Burbank, scored on a 56 yard run up the left sideline to put Burbank up 7-3 late in the first quarter.  Burbank increased their lead to 14-3 only to see the Indians come back and take the lead. Burbank wouldn’t be denied as they took their second straight “Big Game”.

1993 – Burroughs 31, Burbank 6.  After finishing 0-10 a year ago, the Indians completed their turn around with a decisive win that sent them to the playoffs for the first time since 1989. Eddie Melgar rushed for 115 yards and scored three touchdowns as Indian head coach Gary Bernardi earned his first win in the “Big Game” and snapped the brief two game winning streak for Burbank in the series. This win began a run of 10 consecutive victories for Burroughs over their hated rivals.

1994 – Burroughs 17, Burbank 13.  The Indians scored the winning touchdown on a four yard pass from Mike Barrett to Tony Listro with 7:05 left in the game. Carlos Moreno ran for 134 yards on 28 carries as Burroughs stormed back from a 13-3 halftime deficit. Burbank’s Carlos Baker rushed for 121 yards on 21 carries.

1995 – Burroughs 21, Burbank 0.  In a game that will be remembered for ending early due to a brawl with 3:21 left, Indians quarterback J.K. Scott led the way completing 9 of 15 passes for 166 yards. Wide receiver Glenn Adriatico caught three passes for 69 yards, including a 23 yard pass from Scott that gave Burroughs their final touchdown.  Burbank was last shut out in the “Big Game” in 1987 and it marked Burroughs’ eleventh series shutout. The Indians defeated the Bulldogs for the third straight time.

1996 – Burroughs 35, Burbank 6.  Quarterback J.K. Scott completed 16 of 29 passes for 202 yards and three touchdowns as the offense continued to put up big numbers and the defense was led by Danny Kang who had two interceptions, two sacks and a forced fumble. Scott would later take his talents to the University of Washington.

1997 – Burroughs 29, Burbank 14.  Glenn Adriatico finished his illustrious prep career catching an 89 yard TD pass from quarterback Chris Santoyo and added an 11 yard TD run too as Burroughs won their fifth straight in the series. Adriatico completed his career with 199 receptions for 3,069 yards. The Indians jumped out to a 14-0 first quarter lead and never looked back in Bulldogs alum Keith Knoop’s first “Big Game” as head coach for Burroughs.

1998 – Burroughs 26, Burbank 21.  In the 50th meeting of the “Big Game”, wide receiver Kyle Cremarosa caught eight passes for 223 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Indians to victory. Burroughs quarterback Joe Kroells completed 11 of 20 passes for 280 yards and four touchdowns as the Indians took an 18-7 halftime lead and held off Burbank. Alan Gutierrez led the Bulldogs with 161 yards on 32 carries.

1999 – Burroughs 35, Burbank 14.  The Indians won their seventh consecutive game (longest in the series) over the Bulldogs by overpowering them from the very start.  Jonathan Overturf scored on an 83 yard trick play on the first play from scrimmage in the game. Randy Beckmann and Michael Perez added a touchdown apiece and Spencer Steward caught a TD pass from Joe Kroells as Burroughs rolled to victory. The game marked the 1000th point ever scored by the Indians against the Bulldogs in their storied rivalry.

2000 – Burroughs 54, Burbank 36.  The Indians’ Mike Perez rushed for 214 yards on 31 carries including a 57 yard TD run with less than a minute to play. Teammate Lonn Salmon threw for 167 yards and two touchdowns on 6 of 10 passing. Burroughs’ 54 points set a record for most points scored by one team in the “Big Game” and the 90 points combined was also a record.

2001 – Burroughs 38, Burbank 21.  Mike Perez rushed for 84 yards on 12 carries and scored two touchdowns and Gabriel Moise Jr. picked up a fumble and rumbled 88 yards down the field for the clinching touchdown in the fourth quarter. Trailing 26-21, Burbank was driving deep into Indian territory only to have the turnover. Moise’s score made it 32-21 and it ended any hope of a Bulldog win. Perez reached the 1,000 yard mark for the second consecutive season. He also had an 80 yard touchdown reception in the game.

2002 – Burroughs 43, Burbank 31.  The Indians had a commanding 30-7 lead early in the third quarter behind the play of quarterback David Brooks, who rushed for 177 yards and three touchdowns. However, Bulldog signal caller Mike McDonald, son of former Burroughs star Mike McDonald Sr., rallied his team to within 37-31 with 3:51 to play on a TD pass to Rico Clark. Burbank was on the drive again looking for the win when Burroughs’ Darrel Ditri intercepted a pass and returned it 55 yards for a score with 24 seconds to play to cap the win. This marked the tenth consecutive win in the series for Burroughs and the longest such streak in the “Big Game”.

2003 – Burbank 24, Burroughs 18.  Finally! The Bulldogs snapped the 10 game “Big Game” winning streak of Burroughs as Mike McDonald finished 14 of 28 for 203 yards and three touchdowns. McDonald connected with Jesse Ayers on an 11 yard TD pass with 3:28 to play which turned out to be the decisive score.

2004 – Burbank 26, Burroughs 12.  Jason Barbic did it all for Burbank in their second consecutive “Big Game” win over the Indians.  Barbic rushed for 50 yards in six carries and a TD, caught two passes for 108 yards and threw a 13 yard touchdown pass.  Mike McDonald finished his “Big Game” career completing 7 of 11 passes for 166 yards and a touchdown.

2005 – Burroughs 35, Burbank 28.  As Mike Perez did back in 2000, the Indians’ Thomas Kyle put his team on his back and rushed for 249 yards on 32 carries and a pair of touchdowns, including a 62 yarder that put Burroughs ahead 26-14 early in the third quarter. Burbank’s Robert Linda completed 16 of 36 passes for 283 yards and a score. The Indians regained control of the series after Burbank had won back to back contests the previous two years.

2006 – Burroughs 24, Burbank 6.  First Mike Perez, then Thomas Kyle.  Now Joe Wiggan. He did it all in a convincing manner as he rushed for 288 yards on 47 carries and scored two touchdowns.  Wiggan rushed for 178 yards in the second half alone.  The Indians scored 24 unanswered points to defeat the Bulldogs who could have shared the league title with a win. Led by head coach Keith Knoop, Burroughs finished the regular season with a 9-1 mark and 7-0 in Pacific League play, its first league title since 1981.

2007 – Burroughs 30, Burbank 20.  The Indians rallied from a 13-0 first quarter deficit and scored the game’s next 23 points to lead 23-13 late in the third quarter. After a Bulldog touchdown with 4:39 left in the game trimmed the Burroughs lead to 23-20, Indians’ tailback Dominique Barnes scored on a 27 yard run to seal the victory. Barnes finished with 149 yards in 16 carries as Burroughs won their third straight in the series.

2008 – Burroughs 58, Burbank 22.  Following in the legendary footsteps of Indians’ Mike Perez, Thomas Kyle and Joe Wiggan, Dominique Barnes put on a performance of a lifetime in the 60threndition of the “Big Game”. Barnes rushed for 304 yards, a school record, on 23 carries and scored five touchdowns to lead the Indians to the dominating win. The 58 points scored by Burroughs set a “Big Game” scoring record for one team. Barnes scored on touchdowns runs of seven, 20, 48, 85 and nine yards. In the process, Barnes set the school record for most points scored in a season by a player. The Indians won their fourth straight in the series. On a historic note, Burbank made the CIF playoffs and won their first playoff game since 1927, a stretch that lasted 81 years. 1927 also marked the year when Burbank won its first league title.

2009 – Burbank 28, Burroughs 21. The Bulldogs snapped a four game losing streak vs. Burroughs and in the process won their first league title in 37 years! (1972 the last) Before 8,800 fans, these two teams clashed in a thrilling contest. It marked the first time in the 61 year history of competing against each other that both teams finished as co-champions together (each team finished with identical 6-1 records in the Pacific League. For Burbank, it was their fifth league title. Burroughs won their tenth league title the previous week). After Dalton Williams gave the Indians a 21-20 lead on a 79-yard touchdown dash down the Burroughs’ sideline late in the third quarter, Burbank’s Ulises Ochoa scored on a one yard touchdown run with 5:36 remaining in the game to give the Bulldogs a 28-21 advantage that they would not relinquish. Williams led Burroughs with 203 yards rushing while Ochoa ran for 127. Burbank quarterback Adam Colman completed 14 of 23 passes for 174 yards and teammate Jackson Diamond caught 10 passes for 111 yards and was rewarded with the game ball by first-year head coach and Bulldog alum, Hector Valencia. Burbank finished its season with a school-record tying nine wins (9-3) and advanced to the CIF quarterfinals for a second consecutive season.

2010 – Burroughs 38, Burbank 35In front of a boisterous crowd of 9,000 die-hard Indian and Bulldog fans, Burroughs mounted the greatest comeback in “Big Game” history and defeated arch-rival Burbank, 38-35, on a last-second field goal to win a share of the Pacific League title for the second consecutive season. Amidst an electric atmosphere that only this rivalry could produce, the Indians rallied from a dire 28-0 deficit early in the second quarter and stunned Burbank when junior Cristobal Escobar kicked a 20 yard field goal as time expired to cap off one of the greatest games in “Big Game” annals. Trailing 35-21 early in the fourth quarter, the Indians scored back to back touchdowns to tie the game. After forcing Burbank to punt with 1:15 to play, Burroughs quarterback Lucas Yanez completed three passes to set up Escobar’s game winning field goal. Burroughs fans rushed the field to celebrate as all of us bore witness to the last “Big Game” to be played at venerable Memorial Stadium. Yanez completed 14 of 26 passes for 227 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for 63 yards while his twin brother Tyler Yanez caught eight passes for 122 yards and two touchdowns. Burbank’s Ulises Ochoa finished with game-highs of 188 yards on 34 carries and three touchdowns (two rushing, one interception). Burroughs would go on to defeat El Rancho in the first round of the CIF playoffs and advance to the quarterfinals, their first postseason win since 1987.

2011 – Burroughs 34, Burbank 7. In the first-ever “Big Game” played outside the city limits, John Burroughs won their third consecutive Pacific League title with a 34-7 victory over Burbank. Due to the ongoing renovation of Memorial Stadium, the 63rd “Big Game” was played at Arcadia High School.  More than 5,000 fans traveled to the game to witness a rushing performance like none other in “Big Game” lore. Indians’ star tailback Zander Anding broke the single-game “Big Game” rushing record with 349 yards on 29 carries and four touchdowns. Anding’s 73-yard touchdown run in the second quarter gave Burroughs a 14-7 halftime lead. His 46-yard TD late in the fourth quarter cemented the win and gave the Indians back to back city bragging rights over the rival Bulldogs. It was Anding’s fifth 300 yard-plus effort of the season. He finished the regular season with 2,453 yards rushing which is not only the best single-season mark in the school’s history, but the best single-season mark in Pacific League history as well. He also has scored 25 rushing touchdowns and 29 touchdowns overall heading into the CIF playoffs. Burroughs claimed their fourth league title in the last six years (2006, 2009, 2010, 2011), their twelfth in their storied history and have won three consecutive league titles for the first time since 1977-1981 when they won five straight championships.

2012 – Burbank 37, Burroughs 14. After a year hiatus away from the city of Burbank, the 64th “Big Game” returned to venerable Memorial Stadium which received a facelift in 2011. Before 8,000 die-hard football fans, Burbank won the cross-town matchup with a dominating 37-14 effort for its first win in the series since 2009. It was Burbank’s largest margin of victory against Burroughs since a 28-0 shutout of the Indians in 1984. The Indians avoided what would have been their worst defeat in the history of the Big Game. Burbank pounded Burroughs 44-8 back in 1969. The Bulldogs outgained the Indians, 288 to 148. Burbank held the Burroughs ground game to 75 yards on 24 carries. In contrast, the Bulldogs rushed for 246 yards while controlling the line of scrimmage throughout the night. Sophomore James Williams rushed for 149 yards on 14 carries; including an 89-yard touchdown burst on Burbank’s first play of the second half that gave the Bulldogs a commanding 30-0 lead.

2013 – Burbank 47, Burroughs 21. Before a raucous capacity crowd at Memorial Field, Burbank won its second consecutive game against rival Burroughs, 47-21, in the 65th renewal of the “Big Game.” The Bulldogs had not beaten the Indians in back-to-back years since the 2003 and 2004 seasons. The victory marked the third win in the rivalry over the last five years for Burbank, its best stretch in the cross-town duel since winning three straight from 1983 through 1985. Meanwhile, the 26-point loss marked the worst defeat by Burroughs at the hands of Burbank since suffering a 28-0 loss to Burbank in 1984. It was the most points scored ever by Burbank against Burroughs in the 65-year history of the BIG GAME. The 47 points eclipsed the previous high set in 1969 in which Burbank won, 44-8. The one-two punch of James Williams (173 yards on 23 carries) and Joseph Pendleton (132 yards on 14 carries) was too much to handle for Burroughs as the two talented running backs sliced and diced their way to the tune of 305 combined rushing yards and six touchdowns. Leading 17-14 at halftime, the Bulldogs outscored the Indians, 30-0, in the third quarter en route to the easy victory. Burbank advanced to the CIF semifinals for the second time in its history and won a school-record 10 games on the season.

2014 – Burbank 16, Burroughs 10. For the third consecutive game, the Bulldogs were victorious against their cross-town rivals. The last time that happened was 1983, 1984 and 1985. Burbank has never defeated Burroughs four straight times in the 66 year history of this phenomenal rivalry. Burbank quarterback Ryan Meredith completed 16 of 24 passes for 158 yards including a 21-yard touchdown pass to Nick Warren that proved to be the game winner late in the third quarter. Leading 9-7, Burbank’s Kyle Alvarez recovered an Indians fumble and one play later Meredith found Warren on a screen pass that resulted in a touchdown with 23 seconds to play in the third period. Burroughs committed five turnovers to aid the Bulldogs’ effort as BHS clinched third place in the Pacific League and an automatic playoff entry. The loss knocked JBHS from earning a postseason berth.

2015 – Burroughs 47 Burbank 21




Burroughs and Burbank Boys Volleyball Earn All-League Recognition

By Dick Dornan
MyBurbank Sports Editor

After leading their team to new heights never seen before in the boys volleyball program, Burroughs’ Max Chamberlain and Ryan Van Loo were chosen as the Pacific League Players of the Year.

For the first time in school history, the Indians advanced to the CIF semifinals. A loss to Valencia derailed their hopes of reaching the CIF Finals but winning a sixth straight Pacific League championship soothed any wounds left behind from the semifinals.


Max Chamberlain (left) and Ryan Van Loo (right)

Chamberlain finished with 344 kills (new record for kills in a season), 92 digs, 39 aces and 24 blocks. His total of 511 kills in two years on varsity places him fifth all-time in the JBHS volleyball annals.

Van Loo dished out 974 assists (new record for a season) as the team’s setter including 145 digs, 54 blocks, 43 kills and 14 aces.

Burroughs (30-4, 12-0) was also represented by Andrew Dalmada, Matt Kim and Cameron Capili on the first team. Bailey Carter earned second-team honors and Scott McHorney was named honorable mention.

Dalmada recorded 298 kills (second most ever in a season), 156 digs (second on team), 40 aces (led team- fourth most ever in a season) and 29 blocks. Kim led the Indians with 240 digs (third most ever in a season) and 18 aces. Capili had 248 kills (fifth most ever in a season), 142 digs, 21 aces and 16.5 blocks.

Leading the way for Burbank (16-10, 7-5) was Willie Perryman who was named to the All-League first team. The middle blocker had 177 kills and 101 blocks on the season and played a pivotal role in the program’s resurgence and rise in the Pacific League.

The Bulldogs’ were represented by juniors Aram Krakirian and Christian Park on the second team and sophomore Zack Cranmer as an honorable mention recipient.

Burbank and Burroughs Softball Dominate All-League Selections

By Dick Dornan
MyBurbank Sports Editor

Burbank and Burroughs have been the two most dominant softball programs in the Pacific League over the last six seasons. The Lady Bulldogs have won three straight league titles (2013, 2014, 2015) and Burroughs has won four during that span (2010, 2011, 2012, 2015).

This year the two teams led by their fantastic coaches shared the league title in fitting fashion. Both squads reached the second round of the CIF Division 3 Playoffs only to suffer heartbreaking defeats in the same manner (walk-off) and by the same score (4-3).

Caitlyn Brooks

Caitlyn Brooks

One defeat won’t define their season but rather a season of success including 23 wins by Burroughs and 21 victories by Burbank. In the end, 14 players (seven from each school) were recently recognized for their outstanding play in the Pacific League.

Leading the way one final time is the University of Notre Dame-bound pitcher Caitlyn Brooks of Burbank. For the third consecutive year, Brooks was named the Pacific League Player of the Year.

The most dominant pitcher to come through the city of Burbank in many, many years leaves behind a legacy where she finished her career with 82 wins, more than 1,000 strikeouts, and a batting average of .481. She was as good at the plate as she was in the circle.

This season Brooks hit .461 and had a record of 18-5 with a 0.66 ERA, 264 strikeouts and only 18 walks.

It’s going to be fun to see Brooks next in an Irish uniform mowing down batters in the Atlantic Coast Conference. From one Notre Dame alum to a future one- “Go Irish!”

Bridgette Pisa

Bridgette Pisa

Joining Brooks on First Team from Burbank are Lily Winn, Bridgette Pisa and Isabel Frias. Winn hit .426 for her career and struck out only 16 times in her four-year varsity career. She hit .390 and played solid defense committing just two errors all season.

Pisa hit .370 for her four-year varsity career and was an excellent catcher and student of the game according to Burbank coach Mike Delaney. She hit .373 this year and had a fielding percentage of .992.

Frias, a junior, really blossomed as a player this spring hitting .417.

Jazmin Orozco (.320 avg.) and Julia Duarte (.365 avg.) were named to the Second Team. Duarte has committed to Penn University. She committed only two errors in 121 chances.

Cailey Stevenson earned honorable mention with a .319 average and led BHS in stolen bases.

Burbank senior class won three straight league titles (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank’s senior class won three straight league titles (Photo by Ross A. Benson)


Michelle Santiago, Kaitlin Okimoto and Presley Miraglia were first team recipients for the Lady Indians.

Okimoto, a junior who recently committed to Brown University, was the team’s best clutch hitter this year. She led the team in batting average at .489 and was second in hits with 34. Her reliable defense at shortstop helped fortify the infield.

Kaitlin Okimoto

Santiago ended her sterling career as a four-time Pacific League first-team honoree. She led the team this season in home runs (five) and was second in RBIs with 22. Santiago batted lead-off and set the tone each game for JBHS. She will play at Saint Peter’s University next season.

Miraglia, a freshman, finished with a 20-4 record with 119 strikeouts and led the team in RBIs with 24. She split her two head-to-head matchups with Brooks this year. Look for Miraglia to be the next great pitcher from the Pacific League.

Presley Miraglia

Presley Miraglia

Representing Burroughs on the second team were Delaney Nicol, Kailanie Oasay and Brianna Johnson. Nicol, a two-time All-League selection who will be playing for Hamilton College next year, led the team in hits (35) and runs (27) while batting .427 this season. Defensively, she was also a standout as she made only two errors in her four-year career at Burroughs.

Oasay batted .459 and played solid defense all year.  Johnson had the game-winning hit versus Burbank to give Burroughs a share of the league title. She hit .605 and scored 19 runs in a splendid sophomore campaign.

Tori Talavera was named honorable-mention for the Indians.

“This season was very satisfying. With a freshman starting pitcher and other young players at key positions we were not looked on as a league title contender,” Burroughs coach Doug Nicol said. “We thought we were, but not many others did. This team did that and more, as they brought another league title to JBHS. We are proud of that.”

Burroughs shared the league title; its fourth in six years (Photo courtesy of Mitch Haddad)

Burroughs shared the league title; its fourth in six years (Photo courtesy of Mitch Haddad)


Burroughs and Burbank Garner All-League Baseball Honors

Burroughs' Thomas Wilson (left) and Danny Bustos formed the best pitching duo in CIF Division 2 this season (Photo courtesy of Mitch Haddad)

Burroughs’ Thomas Wilson (left) and Danny Bustos formed the best pitching duo in CIF Division 2 this season (Photo courtesy of Mitch Haddad)

By Dick Dornan
MyBurbank Sports Editor

A banner season for Burroughs, in the figurative and literal sense, culminated in the selection of six Indians being recognized as All-League honorees. Seton Hall-commit Thomas Wilson was chosen as the Pacific League Player of the Year after dominating the opposition on the hill.

Fellow pitching standout Danny Bustos and shortstop Ryan Galan were named to the first team; outfielders Max DeAmicis and Anthony Bocanegra were second-team recipients; and first baseman Chris Peres earned honorable mention. Each was a senior on the team.

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Thomas Wilson

Burroughs had a season for the ages going 24-5 overall and winning its first Pacific League title ever (13-1) and the first league title of any kind since the old Foothill days in 1997. The Indians accomplished many goals including sweeping Crescenta Valley, taking three out of five in the opening Easton Tournament and winning the Coach Bob National Invitational Tournament in Phoenix, Arizona with an unblemished 5-0 record.

The 24 wins are a school-record. The Indians lost in the second round of the CIF Division 2 playoffs and were unable to match the 1998 squad that advanced to the CIF quarterfinals, the farthest a Burroughs team has ever gone.

Wilson and Bustos were two dominant pitchers who both deserved the league’s top honor. Wilson earned the title of POY because of his two wins versus CV and against their ace pitcher, Brian Gadsby. Wilson finished 9-0 overall with a mind-boggling 0.57 earned run average (five earned runs allowed in 61 innings). In league, he went 5-0 with a 0.82 era.

Danny Bustos

Danny Bustos

Bustos went 9-2 overall with a 0.96 era in 80 innings pitched including a 5-0 mark in league with an astounding 0.31 era (two earned runs in 45 innings).

The pitching duo led a staff that had a season era of 1.62 overall and 1.06 in the Pacific League.

While the pitching was the backbone to success for JBHS, no one represented the team’s drive for excellence more than Galan. By far the most improved player on the team with his ability to hit consistently to all parts of the field or playing solid defense at shortstop, Galan was selected by his peers as the team’s best hitter. No greater honor than to have your peers support.

Galan batted .316 with 20 runs scored and eight RBIs overall. In league, he hit .378 with team-highs of 17 hits and 12 runs scored. As the team’s number two batter in the lineup, Galan led the Indians with seven sacrifice bunts.

Ryan Galan (far right)

Ryan Galan (far right)

DeAmicis (.351 average in league, 13 RBIs, six doubles), Bocanegra (.333 avg.) and Peres (.400 avg.) rounded out the All-League members for Burroughs.

“This team, these players went far beyond my expectations. They grew as young men. Our pitching and defense were as good as I have ever seen,” Burroughs coach Craig Sherwood said. “Not only did we set a record for wins in a season but this team should go down as the best team in Burroughs history.”

Burroughs started nine seniors throughout the season. With plenty of talent returning and more coming up from the lower levels as well as a grizzly veteran coach leading the way, the Indians might be on top for a while in the Pacific League.


Leading the way for the Bulldogs were first-team selections Randy Higgens and Cameron Briggs. Burbank (12-12, 7-7) finished in fourth place and advanced to the first round of the CIF Division 2 playoffs.

Higgens, a third baseman, hit .428 with an on-base percentage of .500, slugging percentage of 667, and OPS of .1167. He along with Ryan Porras were the catalysts of the team this year on the hill as well as with the bat. Porras batted .500 with an on-base percentage of .458 and was a second-team all-league selection.

Briggs batted .350 with an OPS of .801. The UC Davis-commit was reliable at shortstop and served as the team’s closer as well.

Centerfielder Alex Minnick hit .396 and was named honorable mention. All of the above players were seniors for the Bulldogs.


Sherwood was named the Coach of the Year in the Pacific League. In 2013 when Burbank tied for the league title for the first time in 22 years, Burbank coach Bob Hart should have been named the Coach of the Year but wasn’t. To this day that is the biggest farce among the coaches in the Pacific League.

Sherwood and Hart are two of the finest coaches around. Both should be recognized for their achievements at both schools. The same can be said of their softball peers- Burroughs’ Doug Nicol and Burbank’s Mike Delaney. It’s time for the parents to back off and let the coaches coach and the players play. Each coach mentioned above have proven their worth.




High School Sports Weekly Recap

CIF Playoffs- Baseball

Division 2:

Moorpark 1 No. 5 Burroughs 0

Indians end their season 24-5 and 13-1 in league (LEAGUE CHAMPIONS!)

No. 5 Burroughs 3 Paramount 2 (first round)  see story

Damien 2 Burbank 1 (wild card)

Cameron Briggs had two hits and Randy Higgens pitched six strong innings allowing seven hits while striking out six batters. Higgens drove in the lone Burbank run (Briggs) in the top of the seventh inning. The Bulldogs finish the season 12-13 overall and 7-7 in league (4th place).

CIF Playoffs- Softball

Division 3:

Bishop Amat 4 No. 3 Burbank 3

Bulldogs end season 21-5 overall and 13-1 in league (LEAGUE CHAMPS!)

Laguna Hills 4 No. 5 Burroughs 3

Indians end season 23-5 overall and 13-1 in league (LEAGUE CHAMPS!)

No. 3 Burbank 3 La Mirada 1  see story  (first round)

No. 5 Burroughs 3 Beaumont 0  see story  (first round)

CIF Playoffs- Boys Volleyball

Division 2:

No. 2 Valencia 3 No. 3 Burroughs 0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-14)  see story


Max Chamberlain and Andrew Dalmada each had 9 kills; Ryan Van Loo 21 assists and 2 blocks. Indians finish the season 30-4 overall and 12-0 in league (CHAMPIONS!)

No. 3 Burroughs 3 Camarillo 1 (26-24, 20-25, 25-20, 25-8)  see story

Andrew Dalmada had 16 kills; Max Chamberlain and Cameron Capili each had 13 kills; Matt Kim recorded 11 digs; and Ryan Van Loo dished out 41 assists.

No. 3 Burroughs 3 La Sierra 1 (25-18, 25-15, 20-25, 25-17)

Indians advance to the CIF Quarterfinals with a huge win on the road.

Andrew Dalmada 14 kills; Max Chamberlain 11 kills and 5 aces; Bailey Carter 8 kills; Matt Kim 8 digs; Ryan Van Loo 36 assists

No. 3 Burroughs 3 West Torrance 0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-20)

Andrew Dalmada 16 kills; Max Chamberlain 15 kills; Cameron Capili 10 kills; Matt Kim 15 digs; Ryan Van Loo 40 assists and 12 digs

Lakewood 3 Burbank 0 (25-16, 25-23, 25-16)

Willie Perryman 9 kills; Aram Krakirian 8 kills and 6 digs; Zach Cranmer 5 kills; Paul Shim 13 assists; Isaiah Torres 11 assists. Bulldogs finish the season 16-10 and third place in league.

CIF Playoffs- Boys Tennis

Division 2:

Villa Park 13 Burroughs 5 (round one)


Burroughs 3 Burbank 1 (see story)

Indians end the regular season 23-4 overall and 13-1 in league by sweeping the season series from Burbank. Burroughs earns three points in the “myBurbank CUP” race.

Burroughs 4 Arcadia 0

It’s time to party like it’s 1997!

The Indians won the Pacific League title outright with another shutout. Danny Bustos threw a complete game four-hit shutout walking none and striking out four. Ryan Galan went 3 for 4 with a double and two runs scored and Max DeAmicis singled in two runs as Burroughs rolled to its 12th straight win and 22nd victory of the season in championship style!

Burbank 5 Hoover 4

Garrett Dolan and Henry Leake (win) combined on a seven-hitter for BHS.

Burroughs 13 Muir 4

For the first time in 18 years, the Burroughs Indians are league champions. Jason Whaley went 2 for 3 with a home run, double, two runs scored and three RBIs to lead JB to at least a share of the Pacific League title. Anthony Pelayo had two hits and a RBI in the 15-hit effort by the Indians. Whaley also struck out the side to end the game. Jesse Galindo and Kyle Nicol combined to throw five innings giving up one hit and striking out 12 batters.

Crescenta Valley 2 Burbank 0

The Bulldogs’ Ryan Porras fired a one-hitter but it wasn’t enough as the Falcons slid by……barely.

Burroughs 4 Hoover 0

The Indians won their 20th game of the season behind a complete game five-hit shutout from Danny Bustos. Max Haddad, Tyler Lewis, Max DeAmicis and Anthony Pelayo each drove in a run and Roy Hirota had two hits including a double.

Burbank 6 Muir 2

Rory Roughtean earned the win; Randy Higgens hit a home run and Ozzie Dominguez had three hits for the Bulldogs who kept their playoff hopes alive.

Burroughs 4 Crescenta Valley 3 (see story)

The Indians sweep the Falcons for the first time ever in the Pacific League!

Pasadena 12 Burbank 2

Leading 2-0 after three innings, Burbank gave up seven runs in the 4th inning and five more runs in the 5th in the tough loss on the road.

Burroughs 2 Glendale 1

The Indians’ mastery of pitching continued behind the excellent effort from spot starter Jesse Galindo who threw four innings and allowed three hits and no runs. Danny Bustos threw two scoreless innings and Max DeAmicis got the save getting the final out with runners on first and second. Aidan Anding and Chris Peres each had two hits for the Indians who scored single runs in the first and second innings to maintain their hold on to first place heading into the showdown at Crescenta Valley on Friday night at 7 pm.

Burbank 4 Arcadia 3

The Bulldogs playoff hopes stayed alive with a huge walk-off win against Arcadia. The win moved BHS into a 3-way tie for third place along with Arcadia and Pasadena. Randy Higgens had three hits including the game-winning RBI. Ryan Porras added two RBIs and Henry Leake earned the win on the hill in relief of an outstanding effort from Porras.


Burroughs 1 Burbank 0 (8 innings)  see story

The Lady Indians earn a share of the league title by snapping the Lady Bulldogs’ 41-game league winning streak in dramatic fashion. Brianna Johnson’s walk-off RBI single wins it for Burroughs. Both teams finish 13-1 in the Pacific League. Indians gain a point in the “myBurbank CUP” race.

Burbank 8 Hoover 1

The Lady Bulldogs won a share of their third consecutive league title and notched their 41st straight win in league. Hanna Moulton hurled six innings and gave up one run on three hits. Caitlyn Brooks went 2 for 3 with a two-run home run and RBI double. Bridgette Pisa was 2 for 3 with a RBI double. Sabrina Steward had two hits and two RBIs and Cailey Stevenson had two hits and two stolen bases.

Burroughs 5 Arcadia 0

Presley Miraglia tossed a complete game four-hit shutout and hit a three-run home run to lead the Lady Indians. Michelle Santiago had a double and home run and Kaitlin Okimoto added two hits for JBHS who stayed within a game of Burbank for the league title. Burroughs scored five runs in the fifth inning to break a 0-0 stalemate.

Burbank 3 Crescenta Valley 2

Sabrina Steward’s two-run home run in the fifth inning broke a 1-1 tie and propelled the Bulldogs to a victory. Bridgette Pisa added two hits and Caitlyn Brooks pitched a gutty seven innings giving up nine hits, one earned run, one walk and fanned 11 batters as Burbank won its 40th straight league contest.

Burroughs 20 Muir 0 (5 innngs)

Hannah Talavera tossed three innings and gave up one hit, no runs and struck out three. The Indians recorded 19 hits and plated 20 runs as they rolled the Mustangs. Kailanie Oasay and Lauren Lopez each had three hits and three RBIs and Brianna Johnson added three hits including a home run and two RBIs. Lopez and Johnson also scored four runs apiece as the Indians won their 20th game of the season.

Burbank 17 Muir 1 (5 innings)

The Bulldogs scored 17 runs on 17 hits in the easy win. Hanna Moulton tossed a one-hitter through four innings striking out seven. Lily Winn had a double, triple and home run and two RBIs. Bridgette Pisa and Anysia Gonzalez each had three RBIs.

Burroughs 10 Hoover 0 (5 innings)

The Indians scored 10 runs on 17 hits in the easy win. Presley Miraglia fired a complete game one-hit shutout with 10 strikeouts. Miraglia and Lauren Lopez (two doubles) each had three hits and Kaitlin Okimoto had two hits and two RBIs.

Burbank 9 Pasadena 0

Caitlyn Brooks and Hanna Moulton combined on a two-hitter as the Bulldogs posted their eighth straight shutout. Brooks went 4 for 4 with a home run, double and four RBIs and Julia Duarte was 2 for 3 with three RBIs. The Bulldogs scored four runs in the fifth to jump ahead 8-0 en route to their 38th consecutive league victory.

Burroughs 8 Crescenta Valley 5

Presley Miraglia fired a two-hitter giving up three earned runs and striking out two. Kailanie Oasay was 3 for 3 with an RBI; Tori Talavera went 2 for 3 with two RBIs; and four other Lady Indians had two hits apiece as Burroughs pounded out 15 hits. The Lady Indians scored four runs in the first and three more in the third to take a commanding 7-2 lead en route to the win.

Burbank 4 Arcadia 0

Caitlyn Brooks tossed a complete game two-hit shutout walking one and fanning 10 batters. Lily Winn had two hits and two RBIs and Bridgette Pisa recorded two hits and two runs scored as the Lady Bulldogs won their 37th consecutive league game.

Burroughs 4 Glendale 0

Delaney Nicol went 3 for 4 with two RBIs and Presley Miraglia bounced back with a complete game shutout allowing five hits and striking out two. The Lady Indians scored three runs in the top of the sixth to break open a close contest.

Burroughs 9 Canyon 8    8 innings (Game 1)

Presley Miraglia went 3 for 5 with a home run and 4 RBIs and freshman Nikki Ricciardella had three hits including a double. Freshman Gabby Perez scored 3 runs as the Indians won in extra innings in the first game of the doubleheader.

Canyon 7 Burroughs 3 (Game 2)

Brianna Johnson had a 3-run home run in the fourth inning but the Indians fell behind 6-0 after three innings and couldn’t rally in game two of the double dip.

Boys Volleyball

Burroughs 3 Claremont 0 (25-11, 25-8, 25-16)

Bailey Carter (3 blocks) and Cameron Capili each had 8 kills; Ryan Van Loo had 19 assists and Skyler Bercini had 6 digs as the Indians went undefeated (12-0) in the Pacific League.

Burbank 3 Glendale 1 (25-23, 25-20, 22-25, 25-19)

Willie Perryman 18 kills; Patrick Lance 14 kills and 13 digs; Zack Cranmer 10 kills; Isaiah Torres 19 assists

Burroughs 3 Crescenta Valley 1 (19-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-22)

The Indians won their 6th consecutive league title with a monster win on the road. It was the 30th straight league victory for Burroughs as well. Pepperdine-commit Max Chamberlain had 16 kills and three aces; Ryan Van Loo dished out 33 assists to go along with four blocks; Andrew Dalmada had 13 kills and Matt Kim added 12 digs. Burroughs, ranked No. 2 in CIF Division 2, improved to 22-1 on the season and 11-0 in league.

Burbank 3 Golden Valley 1 (25-21, 25-19, 22-25, 25-21)

Willie Perryman 8 kills, 10 blocks; Aram Krakirian 8 kills; Patrick Lance 11 digs; Kirk Capalla 12 assists; Isaiah Torres 13 assists

Burroughs 3 Glendale 0 (25-15, 25-14, 25-19)

Cameron Capili 10 kills; Bailey Carter 9 kills, 3 blocks; Matt Kim 14 digs; Ryan Van Loo 33 assists

Crescenta Valley 3 Burbank 1 (26-28, 25-23, 27-25, 28-26)

Boys Tennis

Burroughs 13 Burbank 5

Indians sweep the season series and gain two points in the “myBurbank CUP” race.


Burroughs shot a 407 (third) and Burbank recorded a 424 (fourth) in Pacific League match #6 held at Santa Anita GC.

Result sheet for League Match #6 Santa Anita Par 71
Arcadia Out 36 In 35 Total  70 John Burroughs Out 36 In 35 Total  70
Peter Ju 38 37 75 Louis D’Aquila 36 44 80
Vamsi Damerla 36 38 74 Daniel Kesicbasian 40 38 78
Johny Flores 42 42 84 Patrick Colbert 42 38 80
Jesse Narkmanee 43 45 88 Tnick Trivimol 38 43 81
Will Oetojo 39 39 78 Calvin Guntetong 45 43 88
Ricky Cen 38 42 80 Ethan Williams 44 47 91
Totals 193 198 391 Totals 200 206 407
Crescenta Valley Out 36 In 35 Total  70 Glendale Out 36 In 35 Total  70
Cody Renfro 41 35 76 Russell Caletena 37 35 72
AJ Roa 36 36 72 Ellison Alaan 43 41 84
Jon Hong 42 38 80 Sammy Do 47 41 88
David Holeman 41 41 82 Arman Aloyan 45 51 96
Tanner Schilling 40 39 79 Eyna Alaan 49 55 104
Trey Ballard 41 41 82
Totals 199 189 389 Totals 444
Burbank Out 36 In 35 Total  70 Pasadena Out 36 In 35 Total  70
Jason Apinchapong 39 37 76 Oliver Collings 45 44 89
Joe Grasse 43 42 85 Javier Valadez 52 48 100
Evan Jensen 47 42 89 James Schultz 0
Michael Guzman 47 40 87 0
Jason Snow 44 44 88 0
Shane Lynch 45 43 88 0
Totals 218 204 424 Totals 45 44 89
Place Team Points Place Team Points
1 CVHS 5 4 BHS 2
2 AHS 4 5 GHS 1
3 JBHS 3 6 PHS

Burroughs shot a 408 (third place) and Burbank had a 416 (fourth) in Pacific League match #5 at Brookside GC.

Result sheet for League #5 Brookside 2 G.C. Par 70
Arcadia Out 36 In 35 Total  71 John Burroughs Out 36 In 35 Total  71
Ricky Cen 36 35 71 Louis D’Aquilla 41 37 78
Peter Ju 39 41 80 Daniel Kesicbasian 38 37 75
Vamsi Damerla 40 35 75 Tnick Trivimol 44 39 83
Will Oetojo 40 39 79 Patrick Colbert 42 42 84
Johny Flores 42 40 82 Garrit Green 47 44 91
Daniel Sun 40 38 78 Calvin Guntetong 45 43 88
Totals 383 Totals 408
Crescenta Valley Out 36 In 35 Total  71 Glendale Out 36 In 35 Total  71
Cody Renfro 34 34 68 Russell Caletena 41 37 78
AJ Roa 38 28 66 Eyna Alaan 51 52 103
David Holeman 46 42 85 Sammy Do 44 46 90
Jonghyuk Hong 36 36 72 Elison Alaan 42 37 79
Tanner Schilling 41 36 77 Arman Aloyan 49 48 97
Trey Ballard 39 40 79
Totals 362 Totals 447
Burbank Out 36 In 35 Total  71 Pasadena Out 36 In 35 Total  71
Jason Apinchapong 38 34 72 Oliver Collings 45 42 87
Joe Grasse 37 42 79 Javier Valadez 49 43 92
Evan Jensen 48 51 99 James Schultz 48 50 98
Michael Guzman 45 45 90
Jason Snow 45 42 87
Shane Lynch 43 45 88
Totals 416 Totals
Place Team Points Place Team Points
1 CVHS 362 4 BHS 416
2 AHS 383 5 GHS 447
3 JBHS 408 6 PHS

Track and Field

Pacific League Finals @ Arcadia

*Qualified for CIF Prelims (Burroughs) 

Varsity Boys 


Niko Guerrero (3)                             11.34



*Niko Guerrero (3)                           22.77



Michael Molina (5)                          52.62

Kevin Alpizar (7)                              53.28



David Carrillo (6)                              2:04.68

Christian Fuentes (9)                      2:05.88

Trent Harrison                                  2:06.23



*Andrew Barrondo (3)                    4:26.80

Shane Thompson (5)                       4:29.13



*Garrett Boulais (2)                         9:20.28

*Andrew Barrando (3)                    9:35.73

Shane Thompson (7)                       9:48.14

Evan Thomas                                     9:54.78

Justin Villagran                                  9:54.96

Elias Hoxsie                                       10:00.48

Manne Green                                     10:02.35

Dion Mokhtari                                   10:24.34



B 3200



B 3200



*Corwin Scherer (2)                         14.80

*Nathan Bradley (3)                        15.32

Brandon Tong (4)                             15.62

Neron Palmer (7)                              16.24



B 110H



*Corwin Scherer (1)                          39.41

*Nathan Bradley (3)                        40.89


*4×400 – 3rd – 3:29.25

Kevin Alpizar, Nathan Bradley,

Michael Molina, Corwin Scherer



*Kent Truong (1)                               14’6

Ben Mathov                                        11’



Jeremy Phan (6)                               19’5

Nathan Bradley (7)                          18’11.5

Dylan Dovaston                                17’10



*Niko Guerrero (2)                           42’9.5

Dylan Dovaston (6)                          40’

Ben Mathov (7)                                 39’9

Jeremy Phan (8)                                39’0.5



Joseph Jacobson                              35’9.5

Austin Bui                                           33’7.5



Austin Bui (6)                                    103’8

Joseph Jacobson                              78’4


Varsity Girls


Sara Ehlers (5)                                64.18



Emily Virtue (4)                             5:12.93



G 1600



*Emily Virtue (2)                              11:18.86

Heidi Eligio (5)                                 11:37.51

Eileen Eckles (8)                              11.50.66

Ashley Contreras                              12:08.18

Valerie Monroy                                 12:22.66



G 3200



Breanna McCallum (6)                   17.57

Samantha Hebri (7)                        17.80



Breanna McCallum (8)                   53.10

Samantha Hebri (9)                        55.45



*Sarah Prystupa (1)                         10’6

Bailey Harrison (6)                          7’6



Jordan Meltzer (5)                           4’10

Monica Brown (7)                             4’4



Monica Brown (9)                             15’2.5



Breanna McCallum (7)                   30’10



Nadime Younan (4)                         29’4.25

Megan Ly-Lim (6)                            28’9

Sofia Piedrahita (9)                          27’4

Emory Goodwin                                25’9

Olivia Villegas                                   24’5



*Nadime Younan (3)                       100’2

Megan Ly-Lim (7)                            88’2

Olivia Villegas                                   80’4

Sofia Piedrahita                                75’

Emory Goodwin                                66’4





Pacific League Prelims (Burroughs)

*Qualified for Pacific League Finals 

Varsity Boys 


*Niko Guerrero                                  11.5



*Niko Guerrero                                  22.81

Kevin Alpizar                                     24.83



*Michael Molina                               52.04

*Kevin Alpizar                                   52.89



*David Carrillo                                  2:08

*Trent Harrison                               2:09

Christian Fuentes                            2:10

David Olympia                                  2:11

Quang Nguyen                                  2:19



*Garrett Boulais                                4:27

*Andrew Barrondo                           4:32

*Shane Thompson                           4:38

Adam Villalpando                            4:53



*Corwin Scherer                                15.85

*Brandon Tong                                  15.86

*Nathan Bradley                              16.49

*Neron Palmer                                  16.92

Emerson Sosa                                    17.84



*Corwin Scherer                                40.97

*Nathan Bradley                              41.63

Brandon Tong                                    44.60

Emerson Sosa                                    44.92


Varsity Girls


Sara Ehlers                                         29.18



*Sara Ehlers                                       65.50

Deanna Fierro                                   68.20

Kayla Dighero                                    69.16



*Emily Virtue                                    2:27

*Heidi Eligio                                      2:29



*Emily Virtue                                    5:27

*Heidi Eligio                                      5:37

Ashley Contreras                              5:45

Eileen Eckles                                     5:52



*Breanna McCallum                        18.13

*Samantha Hebri                             18.84



*Breanna McCallum                        52.52

*Samantha Hebri                             53.07


Burbank Backwards Meet

Varsity Boys


Niko Guerrero (1)                  11.33

Michael Huynh                      12.12

Dylan Garcia                          12.12



Kevin Alpizar                          24.21

Michael Huynh                      25.40

Dylan Garcia                          25.50



Kevin Alpizar (5)                    53.27

Michael Molina                      53.47



David Carrillo                         2:07

Trent Harrison                       2:08

David Olympia                       2:09

Quang Nguyen                       2:17



Shane Thompson (2)               4:36

Christian Fuentes                  4:44

Adam Villalpando                  4:52

Jared Perez                            5:05



Garrett Boulais (1)                 9:31.42

Andrew Barrondo (3)            9:43.15

Manne Green                         ?

Evan Thomas                         ?

Justin Villagran                     ?



Crwin Scherer (1)                  15.41

Nathan Bradley (3)               16.14

Brandon Tong                         16.56

Emerson Sosa                         18.09



Corwin Scherer (1)                39.52

Niko Guerrero (3)                  41.02

Nathan Bradley                     41.77

Brandon Tong                        43.34

Emerson Sosa                       45.14



B 300H



Kent Truong (1)                     14’

Ben Mathov (4)                     11’6



Neron Palmer (2)                  20’

Niko Guerrero (3)                  19’3.5

Nathan Bradley (5)               18’10.5

Nick Phillippi                          16’3



Niko Guerrero (1)                  42’7

Ben Mathov (4)                     39’7

Dylan Dovaston                     36’5

Nick Phillippi                          33’1



Austin Bui                              35’

Joseph Jacobson                   22’5



Austin Bui                              95’3

Joseph Jacobson                   80’3.5


Varsity Girls


Emma Bartram (5)               13.22



Ignatia Teresa                        31.01

Jaymie Olea                           31.24



Megan Wade (4)                   63.96

Sara Ehlers (5)                      64.21

Deanna Fierro                      67.11



Betsy Ramirez                       6:03



Emily Virtue (1)                     11:31.46

Heidi Eligio (2)                      11:36.21

Eileen Eckles                         11:57

Ashley Contreras                   12:16

Valerie Monroy                      12:30



G 3200



G 3200



Samantha Hebri (4)              17.71

Dakotah Tilton                       21.44



Samantha Hebri                    51.50

Dakotah Tilton                       59.09


4×100 – 3rd – 52.50

Emma Bartram, Sara Ehlers,

Izzy Funes, Megan Wade,


4×400 – 3rd – 4:12.28

Emma Bartram                     62.3

Sara Ehlers                            62.4

Izzy Funes                              63.6

Megan Wade                         63.7



Sarah Prystupa (2)                10’6

Bailey Harrison                      7’6



Monica Brown (5)                  4’6



Izzy Funes (5)                        15’4

Monica Brown                        14’8



Breanna McCallum (4)         30’9.5



Nadime Younan (5)              29’9.5

Megan Ly-Lim                        29’6

Sofia Piedrahita                     27’7

Olivia Villegas                         25’4



Megan Ly-Lim (4)                 88’3

Olivia Villegas                        74’6.5

Sofia Piedrahita                     60’9

Burroughs Closes Out Magical Regular Season With 3-1 Victory Over Burbank

Burroughs Indians: 2015 Pacific League Champions (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs Indians: 2015 Pacific League Champions (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

By Dick Dornan
MyBurbank Sports Editor

A 90 minute lightning and rain delay didn’t deter the Burroughs Indians from ending the regular season in style. A day that began with Senior Night recognition ended with another dogpile as Burroughs defeated Burbank, 3-1, to sweep the season series from their crosstown rivals.

Max DeAmicis’ two-run single in the third inning was all that Thomas Wilson needed as the 6-foot-4 right-hander threw six innings and gave up four hits, no runs, walked one and struck out six Bulldogs.

Another victory; another dogpile (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Another victory; another dogpile (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs (23-4, 13-1) added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth on the very first pitch after the hour-and-a-half delay. Roy Hirota smashed a single to centerfield scoring Kevin Navarro and the Indians went ahead 3-0.

Burbank (12-12, 7-7) threatened in the top of the seventh scoring one run off DeAmicis when Alex Minnick singled in Chandler Robbins for the Bulldogs’ first run of the contest. With runners on second and third and two out, DeAmicis struck out Fischer Cabot to end the game.

Ryan Porras pitched a strong game for BHS going five and a third innings allowing three runs on just three hits while fanning eight Indians.

Just like the softball game the previous evening, neither team had an extra base hit.

Indians centerfielder Aidan Anding had two hits and a stolen base. Chris Peres had a pinch-hit single for JBHS and played solid defense at first.

Burroughs' Ryan Galan slides in safely at the plate just before the tag by Jake Noud of Burbank (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs’ Ryan Galan slides in safely at the plate just before the tag by Jake Noud of Burbank (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“After the loss at Pasadena, I looked in the eyes of all my teammates and I told them that we are not losing another one,” said Peres, who will be playing at the University of La Verne next fall. “That was our goal. We are not losing anymore.”

Peres credited the team’s success to coming together as one unit with a common goal in mind.

“At the beginning of the season, we were separate,” he said. “We meshed as a whole and now we are basically brothers. We do everything together. We made our own events to blend together.”

The Indians did indeed come together and had one of the best seasons in Burroughs baseball history. They have won a school-record 23 games (presumably since there are no official records), and ended the regular season with 13 straight wins and 19 of their last 20.

Burroughs Senior Class and Parents  (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs Senior Class and Parents (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The senior pitching duo of Wilson and Danny Bustos ranks up there with the best in Southern Section history. Wilson went 8-0 with a 0.64 earned run average in 54 innings of work including an era of 0.82 in league.

Bustos, also a right-hander, went 9-1 with a 0.96 era in 73 innings of work including an era of 0.31 in league.

Wilson and Bustos each went 5-0 in league as they dominated the opposition with relative ease.

Thomas Wilson shines again (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Thomas Wilson shined once again (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

In 27 games, the Burroughs pitching staff had an astounding 1.70 era in 189 innings.

With a steady and consistent defense behind them, Burroughs will have an opportunity to advance throughout the CIF playoffs. If there is any concern, the Burroughs’ offense will have to play at a higher level against stiffer competition beginning May 22 when the playoffs start.

“If we come out hard and fast like we do every time we play a tough opponent, it’s going to be great to watch what will happen with us,” said Peres.

While Burroughs sits back and enjoys a well-deserved four days off, Burbank must wait for the Arcadia-Crescenta Valley result to see if they will earn a berth into the playoffs.

Burbank needs Arcadia to lose to advance. Should the Apaches defeat CV, the Bulldogs will be on the fence to get in. A Falcons’ win sends the Bulldogs to the playoffs as the automatic fourth place entry from the Pacific League. Arcadia-CV is scheduled for tonight but must play by tomorrow to determine the league standings.

The CIF Division 2 playoff pairings will be announced on Monday morning at 9 a.m. Stay tuned.