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Burbank Boys Volleyball Sweeps Hoover to Begin League Action

Burbank swept Hoover in three sets to begin Pacific League action (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Burbank swept Hoover in three sets to begin Pacific League action (Photo by Dick Dornan)

By Dick Dornan
MyBurbank Sports Editor

What a difference 24 hours can make.

The season is less than two weeks old but the Burbank boys volleyball team has already shown it can bounce back from adversity. After suffering a 3-0 road defeat at the hands of Canyon on Monday evening, the Bulldogs returned to the “Doghouse” for their first home match of the year on Tuesday afternoon.

Willie Perryman celebrates the game-winning point with his teammates (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Willie Perryman celebrates the game-winning point with his teammates (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Burbank handled Hoover with relative ease taking the first Pacific League contest of the season, 3-0 (25-12, 25-21, 25-18). It was a total team effort for Burbank (2-1, 1-0) as three players had eight or more kills and the defense played consistent with few passing errors.

“We had our hands full. Canyon was a strong team and they took it to us,” Burbank coach Patrick McMenamin said. “It was good to see the boys rebound, bounce back and win in straight sets.”

The Bulldogs jumped out to a quick 11-5 lead on the Tornadoes. Willie Perryman’s stuff block followed by a kill from Patrick Lance extended Burbank’s lead to 17-10 in the first set.

Leading 19-12, Burbank closed out the first set with six straight points courtesy of four Hoover attack errors and kills by Lance and Dylan Anderson.

Robert O'Brien skies upward to block the hit (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Robert O’Brien skies upward to block the hit (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Tied 12-12 in the second set, the Bulldogs took command of the match rattling off 11 of the next 14 points with Robert O’Brien slamming one of his game-high 10 kills to give BHS a 23-15 advantage. Another poor Hoover service error ended the set.

Similar to the first two sets, Burbank broke open a close affair in the third set behind Perryman who recorded back-to-back kills giving the Bulldogs a 15-10 lead.  Perryman added an ace to make it 17-11 and Burbank coasted the rest of the way taking the final set, 25-18.

“We passed better today,” said Perryman, who notched nine kills in the match. “We got the whole team on the same page with our passing and setting for all of our hitters. Everybody had a chance to hit and everyone had a chance to pass. It all clicked pretty well today.”

Lance added eight kills, Isaiah Torres contributed 17 assists and Anderson had a team-high 10 digs. Torres along with Kirk Capalla and Paul Shim rotated at setter and each player did a nice job of distributing the ball to their teammates.

Burbank Coach Patrick McMenamin

Burbank Coach Patrick McMenamin

Burbank returns seven of 15 lettermen from a year ago when the Bulldogs went 16-6 and 9-3 in league. A second place finish behind five-time league champion Burroughs resulted in a well-deserved CIF playoff berth.

“We have a lot of returners who bring plenty of experience this season. We feel good about that,” said McMenamin. “But we are still trying to figure out what kind of a team we are going to be this year.

“Our strength is our experience. The boys are students of the game, more than any of our teams in the past. We want to use that volleyball IQ to our advantage.”

The Bulldogs are off for a week before resuming league play with a match against Claremont at home on March 17.

“This team could be just amazing,” Lance said. “When we are clicking, we are really good. We need to improve when we are not clicking. It was our first home match so we were pumped for this game.”



High School Sports Weekly Recap

Sienna Brown of Burroughs and the Bulldog mascot have a dance-off to the delight of the crowd (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Sienna Brown of Burroughs and the Bulldog mascot have a dance-off to the delight of the crowd (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Alumni Golf News

Former JBHS and BHS Golfers Collaborate at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am Tournament

(Photo courtesy of Brady Riggs)

(Photo courtesy of Brady Riggs)

Former Cal Bear All-American Brandon Hagy (center) led the field at the AT&T at Pebble Beach this week in driving distance and tied for 34th after shooting 11-under 276 with rounds of 74, 66, 66, 70. Brandon has been a student of former Burroughs golfer Brady Riggs (right) for the last 11 years and has former Burbank golfer Corby Segal (left) on the bag as his caddy. JBHS and BHS working together….it can happen.

Girls Basketball

Burroughs 50 Burbank 36 (see story)

Lady Indians win their third consecutive league title; go undefeated in league in back-to-back seasons; won their school record 27th game of the season; and have won 23 straight contests to date.

Burroughs 68 Hoover 22

Burroughs won its third consecutive league title en route to their 22nd straight win and 27th consecutive victory dating back to last season. Jordan Meltzer scored 15 points; Destiny Contreras had 10 points; Sienna Brown recorded 9 points and 10 rebounds; Haley Wilson had 6 points and 8 rebounds; and Kamryn Cardenaz contributed 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists as the Lady Indians set a school record with their 26th victory of the season.

Burbank 50 Pasadena 29

Boys Basketball

Burbank 64 Burroughs 53 (see story)

Bulldogs use strong second half to split the season series with the Indians.

Hoover 72 Burroughs 70 (OT)

The Indians lost another heart-breaker as they fell to 1-3 in overtime games during league play. Steven Hubbell had an outstanding game with 26 points (14 in the 4th quarter), 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 three-pointers. Chris Hovasapian scored 13 points; David Schwer added 12 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists; and Angelo Solis had 8 points and 11 rebounds.

Pasadena 70 Burbank 40

Girls Soccer

Burbank 2 Burroughs 0

Kira Bochard and Samantha Gonzalez scored for the Lady Bulldogs as they shutout the Lady Indians.

Burbank 5 Pasadena 0

Burroughs 3 Hoover 0

The Lady Indians matched their season total of wins from last season beating Hoover 3-0 at Memorial Field Tuesday afternoon. Savannah Casteneda celebrated Senior Day in style by scoring the first goal of the match inside the first five minutes. JBHS added two second half goals by sophomore captain Maddie Riggs and freshman winger Catrina Villalpando. It was the Indians seventh shut out of the season.

Boys Soccer

Burbank 1 Burroughs 1

Serozh Kirakosyan scored for Burbank and Burroughs’ Angel Gonzalez tied the game in stoppage time as the two rivals battled to a tie.

Burroughs 2 Hoover 1

Down 1 to 0, Emil Khanlarian scored to tie the game in the 62nd minute. VJ Salazar scored the game winner with six minutes left in the game for the Indians.

Pasadena 6 Burbank 1

Girls Water Polo

Pacific League tournament

Burroughs 5 Pasadena 4

Burbank 9 Hoover 5

Glendale 10 Burroughs 3

Burbank 12 Arcadia 3


Burbank Girls Soccer Prevails; Boys Rivals Tie

By Rick Assad
Special to MyBurbank

Time apparently stood still for the Burroughs High boys’ soccer team, while the Burbank girls’ didn’t need a clock miracle in Pacific League matches on Thursday at the Bulldogs’ brand new turf field.

With time nearly expired, the Indians earned a thrilling 1-1 tie in the waning moments on a score from Angel Gonzalez, and the Burbank girls’ scored single goals in each half and waltzed to a 2-0 thumping.

The game-tying, close-range goal came out of the blue, and set in motion a wild celebration on the Burroughs’ sideline.

Meanwhile the opposite feeling draped the Burbank squad, which outplayed Burroughs for nearly the entire match, and seemed on its way to the victory, offsetting a 4-1 Indians’ triumph in the first meeting.

“That was unbelievable,” said Gonzalez, a senior goalie who was in the cage in the opening half, while sophomore Jordan Morgan replaced him in the second half. “I couldn’t have done it without that beautiful cross from Hunter [Guerin]. It was a perfect bullet. I then rose up and knocked it in. I prayed to God I would do something like that.”

Burbank’s win seemed assured after junior midfielder Serozh Kirakosyan’s goal from 10 yards and six minutes left, but rivalry games can be unpredictable.

“There are certain things you can’t control,” Burbank coach Loi Phan said. “I thought there was no time left. But I guess there was. To me it seemed like there was a lot of time added on. Some of their guys went down late [with injuries], but I didn’t think there was that much time left.”

Burbank (3-13-2 and 2-10-2 in league) could have led 2-0 on sophomore midfielder Omar Ibnoujala’s score from 10 yards and 16 minutes left in the opening half.

But the tally was wiped away when the referee ruled that Ibnoujala grabbed Burroughs junior defender Alberto Rodriguez around the chest before heading the ball into the net.

“From where I was standing, and that was a little distance away, the goal should have counted,” Phan explained. “But what can you do? He [the referee] said he fouled him and I can’t change that.”

Burroughs outshot Burbank, 5-4, in the first half with Indians junior defender Cade Borland and senior midfielder Andres Aguilar each getting 10-yard kicks within the first 10 minutes, before Burbank senior forward Ryan Boyd drilled a 30-yard penalty shot 12 minutes in.

Kirakosyan nailed an attempt from 20 yards a minute later, followed by Boyd’s 35-yard penalty boot six minutes later, before Borland’s 25-yarder broke the spell at the midway point, and Ibnoujala’s disallowed goal.

The Indians (8-8-6 and 5-5-4 in league) had two of the next three kicks including senior midfielder Kevin Moreira’s 10-yarderwith 11 minutes left and senior midfielder V.J. Salazar’s 20-yard header with one minute showing.

Squeezed in between was a 20-yard rocket from Burbank senior defender Felipe Oliveira with three minutes left.

The Indians outshot the Bulldogs, 10-4, in the second half with junior forward Guerin getting off a five-yarder one minute in, a 10-yarder three minutes later, but was interrupted by Ibnoujali’s five-yard kick five minutes from that point.

Borland added a 20-yarder with 25 minutes left on the clock, however Kirakosyan countered with a 20-yarder a minute later.

Over the next 13 minutes senior forward David Campos had a 10-yarder for Burroughs, Salazar a 12-yarder, junior midfielder Emil Khanlarian had his 10-yarder blocked, but then unloaded a 20-yard rocket three minutes later.

Campos’ 20-yard free kick failed to locate the net, Kirakosyan drilled a pair of 20-yarders before Campos responded with a 10-yarder and 10 minutes left.

Burbank Girls Prevail

It was smooth sailing for the Burbank girls’ from the outset as the hosts took a 1-0 lead in the opening half on a winner from junior fullback Samantha Gonzalez five minutes into the fray.

“It feels actually pretty good,” said Gonzalez of the initial goal. “I started in the preseason, then I didn’t start a few games, but once league came around I was back starting. I wanted to prove to myself that I was good enough to start and play well.”

Mere seconds before the goal, Burbank freshman midfielder Adrianne Sarukhanyan rifled an attempt from 10 yards that missed, which Gonzalez gathered and slammed home from the same distance.

The Bulldogs, which took the first encounter against the Indians, 3-1, pulled ahead 2-0 on a score from sophomore forward Kira Bochard from 15 yards and six minutes left in the second half, and was assisted by sophomore fullback Melanie Tirado.

“It made me feel great,” said Bochard of her late insurance tally. “I don’t feel additional pressure because it’s Burroughs. I just try to focus on my game.”

Burbank outshot Burroughs, 6-2, in the second half, and opened the stanza by unleashing four shots including sophomore forward Hailey Heath’s from 35 yards in the opening minute,  followed by Bochard’s from 25 yards and 12 minutes in, Sarukhanyan’s 40-yard bomb four minutes later, and Bochard’s 10-yard blast on a backward kick with 18 minutes left on the clock.

Sophomore midfielder Callie Suppa broke through for the Indians from 20 yards and 16 minutes left, but Burbank responded with a 15-yard boot from freshman midfielder Ryan Verhoeven and seven minutes remaining.

Burroughs sophomore defender Graison Anderson had a 35-yarder with three minutes on the clock.

The Bulldogs (11-6-1 and 11-3 in league) outshot the Indians, 14-3, in the first half, and had three attempts to open the match, including the go-ahead score from Gonzalez.

“Our positioning on the field was terrible,” Burbank coach Eric Montoya said. “We have to be more precise. But that’s lack of practice time because they were working on the field. That’s going to come and we’re going to need it when we get to the [CIF] playoffs.”

The other two shots were Bochard’s 15-yard header with three minutes in followed by a 15-yard smash from Sarukhanyan two minutes later.

Burroughs sophomore midfielder Mo Riggs had a 25-yard attempt blocked with 29 minutes left, but Burbank ran off three straight kicks that included Bochard’s 20-yarder, Gonzalez’s 35-yarder, and senior midfielder Katherine Pimentel’s 30-yarder, before Riggs’ 25-yarder was off target and 21 minutes left.

It was strictly target practice for the Bulldogs, who had six shots on goal in the second half compared to two for the Indians (7-13-2 and 7-6-1).



Burbank Garners Win to Split Season Series With Burroughs

Burbank's Ben Chavez fires a three in the win against Burroughs (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank’s Ben Chavez fires a three in the win against Burroughs (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

By Dick Dornan
MyBurbank Sports Editor

In front of a boisterous home crowd Thursday night, Ben Chavez scored 14 points to lead four Bulldog players in double figures as Burbank defeated Burroughs, 64-53, to split the season series. Both teams now wait patiently to see if they will be granted at-large bids into the CIF playoffs.

Burroughs (13-13, 5-9) jumped out quick to an early 22-16 advantage after the first quarter but Burbank (12-14, 4-10) had a strong second period outscoring the Indians by eight to take a 34-32 halftime lead.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Adrian Gonzalez of Burbank played a solid game on Senior Night (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Leading 43-39 at the end of the third quarter, Burbank’s Adrian Gonzalez knocked down a three-pointer to increase the lead to seven. Moments later, Chavez drilled a three and Mike Woods followed with an acrobatic layup to push the advantage to 55-46. Chavez finished an 8-0 run with another layup and the lead had ballooned to 61-46 for Burbank.

Having surrendered 22 points in the first quarter, the Bulldogs held the Indians to 10 and seven points in the second and third quarters, respectively. Burbank’s defensive prowess enabled the comeback and set up their fourth quarter 21-point offensive explosion.

“After the third quarter, we just said we had to finish this. Finish strong and make our shots,” Chavez said. “We decided to buckle down. Defense leads to offense. Once we got the momentum, it started going from there.”

Ellie Hanno and Faraz Khandaker each scored 12 points with Mike Woods adding 10 and Robert O’Brien chipping in with nine for the Bulldogs.

Burroughs' Chris Hovasapian scored 13 points in the loss (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs’ Chris Hovasapian scored 13 points in the loss (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Chris Hovasapian and Angelo Solis each scored 13 for the Indians. David Schwer had 11 and Steven Hubbell contributed 10 for JBHS.

Burroughs ended the regular season in sixth place in the Pacific League with Burbank one game behind in seventh. The rivals hope to continue their respective seasons but odds are that only one and possibly neither will be invited to the postseason. Word will come via the CIF-SS office on Sunday afternoon.

Until then, Burbank celebrates a much needed victory for its young team that includes seven sophomores.

“We were the underdogs coming into this league and we survived,” Hanno said. “We didn’t want to lose to Burroughs again because we hate that feeling. As long as we play hard, play together, we will win games.”


Burroughs’ Historic Season Continues After Win Against Burbank

By Dick Dornan
MyBurbank Sports Editor

Capping off a brilliant regular season and an even more impressive three-year run as Pacific League champions, the Burroughs girls basketball team is ready for the ultimate challenge. After dismantling Burbank, 50-36, Thursday night on the Bulldogs’ home court, the Lady Indians will begin their quest for a first ever CIF title beginning next week.

“This group of girls is very focused. They know that they don’t want this to be the highlight,” Burroughs coach Vicky Oganyan said. “They love playing with each other and they want to keep the season going. They are ready for the playoffs.”

Davina Del Castillo of Burroughs and Burbank's Ana Tsybaeva collide during Thursday's tilt (Photo By Edward Tovmassian)

Davina Del Castillo of Burroughs and Burbank’s Ana Tsybaeva collide during Thursday’s tilt (Photo By Edward Tovmassian)

Burroughs (27-2, 14-0) now awaits its playoff fate that will be determined on Sunday afternoon at the CIF Southern Section office in Cerritos. The Indians are expected to be the No. 1 or No. 2 seed in Division IA.

“I don’t think the seeding really matters. We are just excited to be playing well going into the playoffs,” said Oganyan. “Our division is pretty tough so it doesn’t matter what our number is. You still have to bring your game every day. But we are definitely excited to see what we can do.”

The Lady Indians won their school record 27th game and 23rd in a row by doing what they do best. They pounced on the Bulldogs right from the start with a stifling 2-2-1 full court press that forced 26 turnovers in the game.

Burroughs led 15-4 after the first quarter, 26-11 at the half, 39-19 after three periods and cruised to a second consecutive undefeated league campaign. In other words, 28 straight league victories with their last loss on February 7, 2013….two years ago.

“If you told me that was going to happen, I wouldn’t have believed you,” Oganyan said. “There are a lot of good teams in the league so for us to go undefeated for two straight years says a lot about our kids for their preparation, time and commitment they put in. The only way you can go undefeated is if you are putting in all these hours.”

Davina Del Castillo dominated the game in the stat column (Photo By Edward Tovmassian)

Davina Del Castillo dominated the game in the stat column (Photo By Edward Tovmassian)

Projected league MVP Davina Del Castillo was unstoppable in her final rivalry game as she scored 17 points and added six steals, five rebounds and five assists to her game day resume. Del Castillo had three steals that led to three layups as she scored eight points in a two minute span of the first quarter to give JBHS a commanding 15-2 lead with less than a minute to play.

The Lady Indians’ defense dominated the first half limiting Burbank (17-11, 8-6) to only three field goals total including just one field goal and four free throws in the second quarter alone.

“We came out with all our effort at the beginning and we kept it going all the way through,” Del Castillo said.

Ani Temurian of Burbank  attempts a shot against Burroughs Abbey Ibarra (Photo By Edward Tovmassian)

Ani Temurian of Burbank attempts a shot against Burroughs Abbey Ibarra (Photo By Edward Tovmassian)

Brooke Radcliff played perhaps her best game of the season with 11 points, seven rebounds and seven steals for the Lady Indians. Sienna Brown added eight points, six rebounds and four steals. Delaney Nicol provided her reliable tough defense on Burbank star Yazzy Sa’Dullah while managing a well-oiled machine on offense.

Sa’Dullah scored 19 points to lead Burbank but made only two field goals on the evening due in large part to Nicol’s aggressive defensive style.

Burbank earned the Pacific League’s fourth place entry and will be on the road for its first round CIF contest.

As for Burroughs, the journey of six special seniors will hopefully extend for another three weeks.

“We are really prepared for playoffs. Our chemistry as a team is really close so we don’t want to lose,” Del Castillo said. “We know there will be hard games but we will be ready.”







High School Sports Weekly Recap

Burbank had no answer for Arcadia on Tuesday (Photo By Edward Tovmassian)

Burbank had no answer for Arcadia on Tuesday (Photo By Edward Tovmassian)

Boys Basketball

Muir 48 Burroughs 46

David Schwer scored 17 points and Steven Hubbell added 11 as the Indians blew a late game lead and lost a tough one to the Mustangs. Trailing 46-43 with 29 seconds left, Muir knocked down a “3” and converted a subsequent Burroughs turnover into a layup with three seconds left to stun the Indians.

Glendale 55 Burbank 45

Hoover 62 Burbank 57

Ellie Hanno scored 18 points for the Bulldogs with Mike Woods and Ben Chavez each adding 11 apiece.

Burroughs 82 Arcadia 66

Chris Hovasapian scored a season-high 29 points to go along with 4 assists and 4 steals; Steven Hubbell scored 19 points and had 5 assists and 5 steals; Angelo Solis added 10 points and 7 rebounds for JBHS.

Crescenta Valley 64 Burbank 40

Burbank 62 Muir 47

Robert O’Brien scored 18 points and Ben Chavez added 15 as the Bulldogs upset the Mustangs.

Crescenta Valley 67 Burroughs 55

David Schwer scored 20 points, Steven Hubbell added 16 and Angelo Solis contributed 8 points and 7 rebounds for the Indians.

Burbank 51 Arcadia 41

The Bulldogs prevailed on the road behind 11 points from Ben Chavez and Robert O’Brien.

Glendale 76 Burroughs 68 (OT)

The Indians squandered a 22-point fourth quarter lead and lost in overtime to the Nitros despite 26 points and 5 assists from David Schwer. Steven Hubbell added 14 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and Angelo Solis chipped in with 11 points.

Girls Basketball

Burroughs 64 Muir 33

The Indians captured a share of their 3rd consecutive league title with their 21st straight win of the season. Destiny Contreras led the way with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 6 steals. Brooke Radcliff scored 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds; Sienna Brown had 9 points and 8 rebounds; and Marin Grote contributed 8 points and 7 rebounds.

Burbank 51 Glendale 48

Yazzy Sa’dullah scored 25 points to lead the Lady Bulldogs on the road.

Burroughs 44 Arcadia 36

Sienna Brown scored 14 points as the Lady Indians won their 20th consecutive game. Davina Del Castillo recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Burbank 39 Hoover 37

Yazzy Sa’dullah scored 17 points to lead the Lady Bulldogs.

Crescenta Valley 41 Burbank 34

Burroughs 35 Crescenta Valley 33 (see story)

Burbank 47 Muir 22

Burroughs 55 Glendale 37

The Lady Indians won their 18th straight game behind the spectacular play of Davina Del Castillo who had 25 points, 14 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Jordan Meltzer added 10 points for JBHS. Ranked #2 in CIF Div. 1A, Burroughs now travels to Crescenta Valley on Friday for a first-place showdown.

Burbank 43 Arcadia 36

Yazzy Sa’dullah scored 16 points and Ana Tsybaeva added 12 for the Lady Bulldogs.

Boys Soccer

Glendale 6 Burbank 0

Burroughs 1 Muir 1

Burbank 1 Hoover 1

Arcadia 1 Burroughs 0 (see story)

Muir 4 Burbank 2

Pasadena 1 Burroughs 0

Crescenta Valley 2 Burbank 0

Burroughs 1 Crescenta Valley 1

Andres Aguilar scored nine minutes into the game for the Indians. The Falcons tied up the game midway through the second half and almost took the lead only to be denied by a diving slide by Aguilar to keep the ball from crossing the goal line. Jordan Morgan made four saves for JBHS.

Glendale 5 Burroughs 2

Arcadia 1 Burbank 0

Girls Soccer

Burbank 3 Glendale 1

Burroughs 9 Muir 0

The JBHS girls soccer team recorded their 6th shutout of the Pacific League campaign defeating visiting Muir, 9-0. With goals from captains Kristin Masuzumi and Brianna Castillo, the Indians took an early lead they would never relinquish. The Indians also received goals from Emma Bartram, Camila Franco, Alondra Solis and freshman Catrina Villalpando.

Burbank 4 Hoover 1

Arcadia 2 Burroughs 0

The Indians had another competitive contest with the undefeated Apaches but fell short 2-0 at Arcadia. Burroughs fell behind 1-0 in the 20th minute but had several chances to equalize before the half. The score remained 0-0 until the 70th minute when the Indians got caught in a counter attack trying to tie the game and gave up the second goal.

Burroughs 4 Pasadena 0

On the strength of two goals by junior Jasmine Valdez, the Indians secured their 5th win and 5th shutout of the season at Pasadena. Junior Brianna Castillo and sophomore Mireya Gonzalez both scored in the second half to put the game out of reach.

Crescenta Valley 2 Burbank 1

Crescenta Valley 2 Burroughs 0

Arcadia 4 Burbank 0

The Lady Bulldogs’ six game winning streak came to an end at the hands of the first place Apaches.

Burroughs 0 Glendale 0

Despite creating numerous chances in both the first and second half JBHS couldn’t convert and settled for a tie against the Nitros. Brianna Castillo had a strong effort for the Lady Indians.

Girls Water Polo

Pasadena 9 Burbank 8

Crescenta Valley 17 Burroughs 4

Burroughs Boys Soccer Facing Desperate Times


Burroughs’ Alberto Rodriguez just misses a goal with his header late in the contest (Photo by Dick Dornan)

By Dick Dornan
MyBurbank Sports Editor

With their backs against the wall, it’s now or never for the Burroughs boys soccer team. After winning back-to-back Pacific League titles, the Indians are in a must win situation from here on out.

The regular season ends next Thursday at Burbank but in order for Burroughs to extend its season a little bit longer, the Indians need to win out. After tying Muir 1-1 on Friday afternoon, Burroughs is now 0-3-2 in its last five matches.

VJ Salazar drives up field against the Apaches (Photo by Dick Dornan)

VJ Salazar drives up field against the Apaches (Photo by Dick Dornan)

The tie against the Mustangs follows a difficult stretch where Burroughs played three games in four days. Though the defense played outstanding allowing only three goals total, the offense struggled to find the back of the net resulting in 1-0 losses to Arcadia and Pasadena and a 1-1 tie versus Crescenta Valley.

“The guys worked hard,” Burroughs coach Mike Kodama said after the Arcadia game. “We have guys nursing injuries and out with illnesses. But that is no excuse. We had our chances but we just didn’t finish.”

As the present moment, Burroughs finds itself in sixth place (15 points) behind league leading Pasadena (31 pts), Arcadia (23 pts), Glendale (20 pts), Crescenta Valley (18 pts) and Muir (17 pts).

Josh Sanchez fires a shot towards the Arcadia goal (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Josh Sanchez fires a shot towards the Arcadia goal (Photo by Dick Dornan)

The Indians controlled the midfield for the majority of the game against Arcadia but were unable to convert several golden opportunities.

Trailing 1-0 at the intermission, Burroughs (7-8-5, 4-5-3) regrouped and played a much stronger second half behind the play of seniors VJ Salazar and David Campos.

Campos had a free kick from 30 yards out that cleared the Apaches defense but fell right into the waiting hands of the Arcadia goalie. Four minutes later, another Indians’ shot went wide left of the goal.

With 8:05 remaining in the game, Alberto Rodriguez sent a nice header off a corner kick that the Arcadia goalie promptly saved.

The Indians continued to have no luck as a well-placed ball by Diego Galaviz across the center of the field failed to reach an open teammate.

Jordan Morgan played solid in goal for the Indians (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Jordan Morgan played solid in goal for the Indians (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Despite the loss to the Apaches, Kodama saw performances from three underclassmen promoted from the junior varsity that showed promise for the future.

“We brought up three of our younger guys and they played well,” said Kodama. “I thought our defense was solid in back. We got great performances from Alberto, Bailey Anderson and Josh Sanchez. Jordan Morgan was solid in goal.”

Opportunities came and went for the Indians who now must defeat Hoover and Burbank this coming week to have any kind of shot at the postseason.

“As a team, we need to step up more,” Salazar said. “I think we are a good team but our chemistry has to get a little better. I can’t explain why we are not scoring enough. We need to continue putting shots on target and we will score eventually. We are trying to perform but it’s not coming through for us.”

Burroughs Edges Crescenta Valley, 35-33, in Defensive Slugfest

The Lady Indians celebrate their 19th straight win (Photo by Dick Dornan)

The Lady Indians celebrate their 19th straight win (Photo by Dick Dornan)

By Dick Dornan
MyBurbank Sports Editor

Ranked No. 2 in CIF Division IA and the proud owners of the Section’s longest active winning streak at 18 games, the Burroughs High girls basketball team faced its toughest test yet in its quest for a third consecutive Pacific League title. And as they have done for the past 24 times in league play, the Indians prevailed.

In another dramatic and exciting game, Burroughs edged host Crescenta Valley, 35-33, to take a two-game lead in the league standings with four games left to play. The Indians won their 19th straight contest with a gutty defensive effort on the road.

“We never talk about the streak. It’s always one game at a time,” senior Delaney Nicol said. “We have to get through every team. Every game is big for us at this point. We just want to keep it going.”

Davina Del Castillo scored 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Davina Del Castillo scored 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds (Photo by Dick Dornan)

After Chloe Takeuchi made one of two free throws to give JBHS a 35-33 advantage with 18.7 seconds left, Crescenta Valley’s Polina Megerdichian misfired on a three-point shot with four seconds left.

Though she felt she was fouled in the act of shooting, Megerdichian’s shot fell short into the hands of Burroughs’ Sienna Brown who quickly passed the ball to Nicol as time expired. The Indians defeated the Falcons for a fourth consecutive time by four points or less spanning the last two seasons.

“It came down to half court man-to-man. It was low scoring because both teams are good on defense,” Burroughs coach Vicky Oganyan said. “We got a great stop. Sometime things happen to go your way.”

Coach Vicky Oganyan gives instruction to her team (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Coach Vicky Oganyan gives instruction to her team (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Brooke Radcliff’s defensive stand on Megerdichian resulted in some contact but not enough for the officials to blow their whistles.

“I knew she was a shooter,” Radcliff said. “I knew she wanted the three so all I could do was put my hands up and hope I didn’t foul her or it wouldn’t go in. That’s all you can do in that situation.”

Holding her collective breath, Radcliff exhaled when the horn sounded setting off a wild Indians’ celebration at midcourt.

“It was an absolutely amazing feeling,” she said.

Burroughs (23-2, 10-0) jumped out to an early 7-1 lead as the Indians took a 12-8 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Crescenta Valley (14-7, 7-2) responded with a 9-2 run to go up 17-14 midway through the second period.

The Indians entered intermission trailing 19-18 lead after Haley Wilson converted a layup at the buzzer courtesy of an outstanding hustle play by Brown.

The third quarter turned into a slugfest as both teams battled back and forth. Five lead changes highlighted the quarter with the Indians holding a slim 29-28 lead after three quarters.

Davina Del Castillo, who scored a game-high 17 points to go along with 12 rebounds, knocked down a triple from the top of the key on the first possession of the final quarter giving the Indians a 32-28 lead. Del Castillo’s basket with 3:31 remaining made it 34-31.

Chloe Takeuchi knocks down a free throw giving the Indians a 35-33 lead (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Chloe Takeuchi knocks down a free throw giving the Indians a 35-33 lead (Photo by Dick Dornan)

The Falcons scored with 42 seconds left to cut the deficit to 34-33. With the shot clock winding down, Takeuchi pulled up for a jumper and was fouled. She connected on one free throw setting up the controversial finish.

Takeuchi finished with seven points while Brown had six points and eight rebounds.

When it was all said and done, Burroughs had moved one step closer to a three-peat in league.

“We can’t think about that,” Oganyan said. “We have to keep playing one game at a time.”

“We knew this was going to be the biggest one of the season if we could get it. Every game against CV is really close,” added Nicol, who recorded four assists on the night. “When we went into the fourth quarter, we just knew we had to keep doing what we’ve been doing in every fourth quarter. We got it done.”


Steven Hubbell rises up for two points in Friday night's tilt vs. the Falcons (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Angelo Solis rises up for two points in Friday night’s tilt vs. the Falcons (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Despite 20 points from David Schwer and 14 by Steven Hubbell, the Indians lost 67-55 to Crescenta Valley. Burroughs trailed 23-17 after the first quarter and 40-33 at halftime. A solid performance by JBHS in the third quarter cut the Falcons’ lead to 45-44 entering the fourth period.

Crescenta Valley opened the quarter on a 10-1 run to extend its lead to 55-45. The Indians fell to 12-10 overall and 4-6 in league.





High School Sports Weekly Recap

Special Announcements-


Michael Ospina

Congratulations to Burroughs’ Michael Ospina for receiving a nomination to the U.S. Naval Academy!

Congratulations to Kyle Alvarez of Burbank for earning All-CIF honors in football!

Congratulations to Burroughs’ Aidan Anding & Andrew Mills and Burbank’s Tony Toledo & Nick Cantong for being selected to participate in the San Gabriel Valley All-Star Football Game to be held at West Covina High School on Friday, January 30, at 7:30 pm!

Boys Basketball

Burroughs 65 Burbank 48 (see story)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Steven Hubbell led the way with 21 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Chris Hovasapian adds 14 points and 4 rebounds and Jakob Davis has 14 points and 4 blocks for the Indians. Mike Woods scored 12 for Burbank.

Burroughs 82 Hoover 73 (OT)

David Schwer scored 19 points and had 7 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the Indians to a huge victory. Steven Sanchez came off the bench to post 14 points including 8 in overtime. Angelo Solis recorded a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Steven Hubbell added 12 points and 5 assists while Jakob Davis chipped in with 10 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists.

Pasadena 57 Burbank 34

Bulldogs went cold in the 4th quarter as they were outscored 23-2. Mike Woods scored 14 points for BHS.

Girls Basketball

Burroughs 48 Burbank 44 (see story)

(Photo By Edward Tovmassian)

(Photo By Edward Tovmassian)

The Lady Indians won their 17th straight game led by Davina Del Castillo who scored 13 points to go along with 12 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 steals. Sienna Brown added 8 points and 9 rebounds and Brooke Radcliff had seven points and 6 rebounds for JBHS. Yazzy Sa’dullah scored 22 points for Burbank and had 6 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 assists. Ana Tsybaeva scored 4 points with 11 rebounds and 4 blocks and Ani Temurian chipped in 9 points for the Bulldogs.

Burroughs 56 Hoover 36

Davina Del Castillo scored 10 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and had 5 steals. Jordan Meltzer recorded 14 points and Sienna Brown added 8 points and 5 rebounds. The Indians have won 16 straight games!

Burbank 50 Pasadena 31

Yazzy Sa’dullah scored 23 points while Ana Tsybaeva tallied 14 points, 17 rebounds and 5 blocks.

Boys Soccer

Burroughs 4 Burbank 1

(Photo By Edward Tovmassian)

(Photo By Edward Tovmassian)

Kevin Moreira, Saul Zepeda, Diego Galaviz and VJ Salazar (two assists) scored for the Indians. Jordan Morgan had two saves in goal for JBHS. Andrew Senane scored the lone goal for the Bulldogs.

Burroughs 2 Hoover 0

Kevin Moreira and Emil Khanlarian scored and Jordan Morgan had 3 saves for the Indians.

Pasadena 2 Burbank 0

Girls Soccer

Burbank 3 Burroughs 1

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Kira Bochard scored two goals on assists from Dani Yanez and Ryan Verhoeven to lead the Bulldogs. Verhoeven added a goal on an assist from Hailey Heath. Alondra Solis scored for the Indians on an assist from Brianna Castillo.

Burbank 6 Pasadena 1

Ryan Verhoeven scored two goals for the Bulldogs as they won their fifth straight match.

Burroughs 2 Hoover 1

Senior captain Kristin Masuzumi continues to make a strong case for the Pacific League’s best player. Despite completely dominating play for the first 60 minutes, JBHS couldn’t find the goal and was deadlocked at 0-0. Masuzumi was moved from her customary center back position to striker and immediately scored on a beautiful header from sophomore Mireya Gonzalez’s free kick. Hoover quickly equalized and Masuzumi was forced into offensive duty for the second time. She beat her defender, sent a cross to Sophomore Emma Bartram, who tapped in the game winner.

Girls Water Polo

Burbank 8 Arcadia 5 (OT)

Glendale 9 Burroughs 6

Bulldogs and Indians Split in Soccer Tussle

Burroughs goalie Emily Orsatt makes a sensational save in front of Burbank striker Kira Bochard, #11 (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs goalie Emily Orsatt makes a sensational save in front of Burbank striker Kira Bochard, #11 (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

By Dick Dornan
MyBurbank Sports Editor

Rivalry on the Pitch-

Girls Soccer

Burbank 3 Burroughs 1

Katherine Pimentel of Burbank battles two JBHS defenders (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Katherine Pimentel of Burbank battles two JBHS defenders (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Kira Bochard scored two goals on assists from Dani Yanez and Ryan Verhoeven to lead the Bulldogs. Verhoeven added a goal on an assist from Hailey Heath. Alondra Solis scored for the Indians on an assist from Brianna Castillo.

Bochard’s two second half goals propelled the Lady Bulldogs who are now 7-4-1 overall and 6-1 in league, a game behind Arcadia in second place. Burroughs slips to 4-11-1, 4-3 in league and currently in fourth position.


Boys Soccer

Burroughs 4 Burbank 1

Burroughs' VJ Salazar fights for the ball (Photo By Edward Tovmassian)

Burroughs’ VJ Salazar fights for the ball (Photo By Edward Tovmassian)

Kevin Moreira, Saul Zepeda, Diego Galaviz and VJ Salazar (two assists) scored for the Indians. Jordan Morgan had two saves in goal for JBHS. Andrew Senane scored the lone goal for the Bulldogs.

Tied 1-1 at halftime, Burroughs scored two goals in the first three minutes of the second half to pull away. The Indians (7-5-3, 4-2-1) are currently in 3rd place in the Pacific League with 13 points behind Pasadena (19 pts) and Arcadia (15 pts). Burbank falls to 3-8, 2-5.