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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.

Burroughs Sweeps Burbank in Basketball

Steven Hubbell scores two of his game-high 21 points in the win against Burbank (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Steven Hubbell scores two of his game-high 21 points in the win against Burbank (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

By Rick Assad
Special to MyBurbank

Winning is never easy, so the Burroughs High boys’ and girls’ basketball teams had to take it up a notch in the second half as each walked away with a Pacific League triumph at home on Friday night before a jammed-packed and noisy gym.

The Indians boys’ 65-48 decision over the Bulldogs was secured in the fourth quarter and was led by junior point guard Steven Hubbell’s game-high 21 points, while the Burroughs girls’ had to rally in the final quarter in order to pull out a 48-44 victory behind senior forward Davina Del Castillo’s team-best 13 points, as the Indians now own an impressive 17-game winning streak.

The Bulldogs had no room to operate against an aggressive Burroughs defense (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Bulldogs had no room to operate against an aggressive Burroughs defense (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Burroughs boys’ shot 47.1 percent from the field (25 of 53) and nailed six three-pointers with Hubbell drilling four and adding 10 rebounds with six assists.

The Indians were stout on the glass in the fourth quarter, outrebounding the Bulldogs, 17-9, and at one point grabbed five consecutive offensive boards. But oddly enough the Bulldogs outrebounded the Indians for the game, 40-38.

“We knew we were the more experienced team,” Burroughs coach Adam Hochberg said. “We were the better team for 32 minutes. I was happy with our fourth quarter rebounding. But I think we gave them too many second chances, but that’s the perfectionist in me.”

Justin Henderson rises up for a shot (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Justin Henderson rises up for a shot (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs enjoyed a 15-11 lead after the first quarter while making six of 12 shots, hit seven of 10 in the second quarter and was in charge, 32-26, at the half as Hubbell had 10 points. “We wanted to reverse the ball and break them down,” Hochberg noted.

Burroughs (12-8 and 4-4 in league) outscored Burbank, 15-12, in the third quarter as senior power forward Jakob Davis accounted for five of his 14 points, while Hubbell knocked in five points including a three-pointer.

“I tip my hat to Burroughs,” Burbank coach Jerry DeLaurie said. “Defense and rebounding was the key. That team [Burroughs] wanted it more than we did. But that’s our youthfulness. We’re learning on the job.”

Burbank (9-10 and 1-6 in league) struggled from the field making 17 of 57 (29.8 percent).

Burbank tried to hang on for dear life but it didn't work (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank tried to hang on for dear life but it didn’t work (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Sophomore forward Michael Woods dropped in 12 points, including two free throws in the third quarter, but didn’t score in the fourth quarter after tallying 10 points in the first half.

“I was getting tired in the fourth quarter,” Woods admitted. “I hurt my leg going around a screen. I think Burroughs wanted it more than we did. Rebounding is all about heart.”

DeLaurie agreed with Woods. “We need to get more from the guys off the bench. We need to dig deeper as a team. They played hard and they never quit.”

Hubbell’s six points were essential in the fourth quarter, while Davis (four blocks) added four points, as did senior small forward Chris Hovasapian (four rebounds), who also finished with 14 points.


Burroughs' Davina Del Castillo poured in 13 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and six steals in the victory (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs’ Davina Del Castillo poured in 13 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and six steals in the victory (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs Girls Basketball Rallies to Keep Streak Alive

In the earlier game, the Lady Indians rallied from a 10-point deficit in the third quarter to win, 48-44, and keep their remarkable streaks alive. With the victory, Burroughs has won 17 consecutive games and 22 straight league games dating back to last season.

The Indians are seeking a third league title in a row and currently have a game-and-half lead in the Pacific League.

Yazzy Sa'dullah of Burbank managed to score 22 points despite a superb defensive effort by Burroughs' Delaney Nicol (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Yazzy Sa’dullah of Burbank managed to score 22 points despite a superb defensive effort by Burroughs’ Delaney Nicol (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Burbank girls’ came out and took command 13-10 in the initial quarter as senior shooting guard Yazzy Sa’dullah scored 12 of her game-best 22 points, nailing five field goals including a trey.

Del Castillo tallied three points in the first quarter, added four in the second quarter, but the Indians were outscored by the Bulldogs, 15-11, who led 28-21 at the half.

There was a complete turnaround for the Indians (outrebounded 36-31 by the Bulldogs) in the third quarter as Del Castillo (12 rebounds, six assists, six steals) chimed in with six points, while senior center Sienna Brown added four of her eight points.

Burroughs (33.3 percent on 18 of 54) employed a full-court press from the outset and kept it up which allowed for numerous steals, turnovers and easy points.

Sienna Brown scored eight points for JBHS (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Sienna Brown scored eight points for JBHS (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Neither team had much success from the floor in the final quarter as Burroughs converted three of 12, and Burbank (13 of 33 for 39.3 percent) missed on all six shots they attempted.

Five players scored in the fourth quarter for Burroughs (21-2 and 8-0 on league) with Brown, junior guard Brooke Radcliffe (seven points) and senior point guard Delaney Nicol (four points) all scoring a hoop, and junior guard Abbey Ibarra (five points) and junior guard Jordan Meltzer (five points) each hitting three free throws.

The only points the Bulldogs (12-9 and 3-4 in league) managed in the fourth quarter were four charity shots from Sa’dullah, and senior point guard Ani Temurian (nine points) and junior power forward Christina Mkrtchyan (seven points) each making a free throw.

Burbank will host Burroughs in the final regular season game on February 12 with the girls tipping off at 5:30 pm followed by the boys’ tussle at 7 pm.


Morning Sports Ticker- Jan. 24

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)

Steven Hubbell leads 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)

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

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

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

Burroughs Falls Short in League Loss to Muir, 63-59

Steven Hubbell led the Indians with 20 points (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Steven Hubbell led the Indians with 20 points (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

By Dick Dornan
myBurbank Sports Editor

In a game of runs where there were more swings than a pendulum, Muir made its last one count as they held off Burroughs, 63-59, Friday night on the Indians home court.

Trailing 56-55 with 3:16 remaining, the Mustangs outscored Burroughs 7-0 to take a 62-56 lead at the 1:25 mark and then held on for dear life to improve to 4-1 in the Pacific League while handing the Indians a fourth loss in league play.

Chris Hovasapian had a solid effort for the Indians (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Chris Hovasapian had a solid effort for Burroughs (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Chris Hovasapian’s baseline layup and subsequent free throw to complete a three-point play for Burroughs cut Muir’s lead to 62-59. After a Mustang miss from three-point range, the Indians called timeout to set up a play for point guard Steven Hubbell with 12.5 seconds left.

Hubbell accidentally threw an errant pass intended for David Schwer out of bounds resulting in a turnover. On the ensuing possession, the Indians forced the Mustangs into a turnover in the backcourt giving JBHS the ball again with nine seconds left.

Following a timeout, Schwer misfired from the left wing that would have tied the game. Muir tacked on a free throw and came away with a big road win at Burroughs.

“They made shots and made plays for more of a duration than we did and they executed with more poise down the stretch,” Burroughs coach Adam Hochberg said. “This league is really tough. Credit Muir. They did more than we did tonight down the stretch.”

Similar to their opening league game against Pasadena when they were outscored 7-0 in the final minute in a loss to the Bulldogs, the Indians couldn’t finish this game either. Now 10-8 overall and 2-4 in the Pacific League, the Indians could easily be 4-2 or even 5-1 if they executed down the stretch rather than struggle in crunch time.

Jakob Davis dribbles against Muir pressure (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Jakob Davis dribbles against Muir pressure (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“It’s another good learning lesson for us that we have to rise to the occasion at the end of the game. We are finding more ways to lose than ways to win,” said Hochberg. “I really liked our fight. We erased the lead they had in a two-and-a-half minute stretch.”

Burroughs entered the contest a game-and-a-half back of league leaders Muir, Pasadena and upstart Glendale. Both the Indians and Mustangs traded punches throughout the game with each team refusing to give in.

The Indians took an early 8-4 lead when the Mustangs went on a 10-0 run to grab a 14-8 lead which they rode to a 21-14 first quarter advantage.

Burroughs responded with a 14-4 run to reclaim the lead, 28-25, after Hubbell drained a three from the right corner with 3:28 left in the second quarter.

Back came Muir (12-6, 4-1) who closed out the first half on a 12-2 run to take a 37-30 lead into the break.

The Mustangs increased their lead to 45-33 to begin the second half as they threatened to pull away from JBHS. Hubbell ignited the Indians comeback with another three-pointer as the junior scored eight of his game-high 20 points in the quarter.

The Indians' Nick Howard applies pressure on defense  (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Indians’ Nick Howard defends in the half court (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Hubbell’s jumper with 36 seconds left followed by two free throws from Hovasapian (17 points) gave Burroughs the lead, 50-49, completing a 17-4 run to end the third quarter.

There were five lead changes in the final period setting up the wild finish. Forward Jakob Davis knocked down two free throws to give the Indians their final lead of the evening, 56-55, with 3:16 remaining in the game.

Muir’s Daniel Harris then drilled a three from the right corner to regain the lead. An offensive rebound put-back by Jermey Hayes and layup off a steal from Tiyon Martin pushed the lead back to six, 62-56, and the Mustangs pulled out the win.

After grinding out a win on the road at Arcadia, 64-62, earlier in the week, the Indians fell short against the ‘Stang and now face Hoover on January 20 and Burbank on the 23rd with hopes of getting back into the league race.

“We are a team that when we believe we have to be grinders we are a better team,” Hochberg said. “When we believe in each other we are a better team.

“We’ve been in a ton of close games. More poise, rise to the occasion and never ever mistake activity for achievement. We need to execute at this level to be the type of team we want to be the second half of the season.”

Burbank Girls Soccer Finding Groove After Slow Start

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank’s Adrianne Sarukhanyan dribbles through several CV defenders (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

By Dick Dornan
myBurbank Sports Editor

Coming off an outstanding season a year ago in which Burbank went 12-5-2 overall and 10-3-1 in league, Coach Eric Montoya has had to adjust his lineup on the run this season to put his girls in the best possible position to win.

Starting goalkeeper Allison Tiegs left the team to concentrate on volleyball leaving the Bulldogs with a void. Burbank began the year 1-4-1 including a 3-1 loss to Arcadia in its Pacific League opener. But it appears that Montoya has righted the ship with four consecutive shutout wins against Muir (12-0), Crescenta Valley (2-0), Hoover (4-0) and Glendale (4-0).

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Ryan Verhoeven of Burbank heads the ball against the Falcons (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“This year has been a challenge with a lot of changes to our defense and of course the loss of Allison Tiegs.” Montoya said. “We have a very young team and had to convert a field player to keeper. Nicole Winters has taken over the keeper job and learning the position quickly.”

Winters, a sophomore, has done a fine job making the change from fullback to goalie for the Bulldogs. She is one of eight sophomores on the roster along with six talented freshmen.

“We have the dynamic duo in freshman center mids Ryan Verhoeven and Adrianne Sarukhanyan who are playing a huge role in our successes up till now,” said Montoya, whose team finished runner-up to Arcadia in 2014. “Our defense is led by Cynthia De La Cruz, Hailey Heath, Dani Yanez, and Melanie Tirado.”

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank’s Cynthia De La Cruz passes to a teammate (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank (5-4-1, 4-1) is led by forward Kira Bochard who has quickly become one of the elite players in the league. A solid freshman season has propelled Bochard into a successful sophomore campaign.

“Kira Bochard has been doing a lot of the offensive scoring. She has studied the game and has improved tremendously and has had the opportunity to play with players such as Clarissa Guerrero and Alysia Del Monte during her freshman year,” Montoya said. “Kira is so teachable and works so hard and her hard work is paying off.”

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Girls Soccer (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Bochard scored the game’s only two goals in the victory over the Falcons on Monday. She also had two goals and an assist against Muir in the 12-0 rout.

The victory against the Mustangs was highlighted by 10 Bulldog players who found the back of the net. Amanda Kim scored twice with Winters, Sammy Gonzalez, Hailey Heath, Dani Yanez, Cynthia De La Cruz, Alexia Muller, Ryan Verhoeven and Adrianne Sarukhanyan each scoring a goal. Verhoeven and Sarukhanyan tallied four assists apiece.

“We expect to do big things this year and make a run for the league championship this season,” Montoya said.




High School Sports Weekly Recap

The Indians won the crosstown match, 10-5, over the Bulldogs (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Indians won the crosstown match, 10-5, over the Bulldogs (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Girls Water Polo

Burroughs 10 Burbank 5

Dominique Silva scored five goals as the Indians took command early en route to the crosstown rivalry win. Gwen Turla added three goals in the second period to spark Burroughs to a 4-1 halftime lead. Lala Herpetian of Burbank led the Bulldogs with three goals. Indians’ goalie Kate Wilke had 17 saves and blocked a penalty shot as well.

“The girls came out hard from the beginning and were motivated to come home with the win for our first league game,” Burroughs coach Jacob Cook said. “It was especially important because it was our rivalry game against Burbank High School. I couldn’t be happier with the team.”

Burroughs 14 Pasadena 6

Monrovia 14 Burbank 5

Burbank 8 Hoover 6

Burbank 7 Glendale 4

Boys Basketball

Muir 63 Burroughs 59 (see story)

Steven Hubbell scored 20 points and Chris Hovasapian added 17 for the Indians.

Glendale 56 Burbank 53

Mike Woods scored 15 for the Bulldogs.

Burroughs 64 Arcadia 62

The Indians got a nice road win behind the efforts of Angelo Solis (15 points including 10 in the 4th quarter and 11 rebounds), Steven Hubbell (15 pts and 4 assists), David Schwer (15 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists), and Jakob Davis (13 points and 6 rebounds).

Hoover 67 Burbank 53

Ben Chavez scored 14 points while Ellie Hanno and Mike Woods contributed 13 points apiece for the Bulldogs.

Pasadena 57 Burroughs 34

David Schwer 9 points, Jakob Davis 8, Angelo Solis 7

Crescenta Valley 78 Burbank 59

Burroughs 73 Crescenta Valley 53

The Indians bounced back from a two game losing streak with a dominant performance against the Falcons. David Schwer scored 21 points; Steven Hubbell had 14 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists; Angelo Solis added 13 points and 12 rebounds and Chris Hovasapian had 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 steals.

Muir 50 Burbank 34

Tied at 29 with 2:59 left in the third quarter, the Mustangs went on a 9-0 run to end the period and capture the league victory.

Burbank 54 Arcadia 53 (see story)

Ellie Hanno scored 17 points while Mike Woods and Ben Chavez each added 12 points apiece as the Bulldogs won their opening game in league.

Glendale 64 Burroughs 58 (2 OT)

Jakob Davis scored 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds; Steven Hubbell added 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and Chris Hovasapian had 12 for the Indians in the double overtime loss.

Pasadena 52 Burroughs 50

The Bulldogs finished the game on a 7-0 run to snatch the victory away from the Indians. Steven Hubbell led JBHS with 15 points, David Schwer added 14 and Chris Hovasapian and Jakob Davis each had 8 points.

Girls Basketball

Burroughs 55 Muir 5

Jordan Meltzer scored 10 points for the Indians.

Glendale 52 Burbank 46

Ana Tsybaeva scored 20 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for the Bulldogs.

Burroughs 53 Arcadia 49

The Indians survived another scare to win their 14th game in a row. The No. 3 ranked team in CIF Div. 1-A were led by Davina Del Castillo who scored 11 of her 12 points in the second half to go along with 6 rebounds and 4 steals. Sienna Brown had a big evening with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Chloe Takeuchi and Brooke Radcliff each had 9 points. Delaney Nicol had 6 points and 4 rebounds and knocked down two crucial free throws to ice the game with the Indians up 51-49 with one second left.

Burbank 47 Hoover 30

Yazzy Sa’dullah scored 12 points to lead the Bulldogs

Burroughs 67 Pasadena 24

Melissa Garcia 10 points, Chloe Takeuchi 9, Sienna Brown 9

Crescenta Valley 43 Burbank 27

Burroughs 48 Crescenta Valley 44 (OT)

Davina Del Castillo scored 15 points and made four crucial free throws late in regulation to force overtime for the Indians. Del Castillo had a monster game with 15 rebounds, 6 steals and 5 assists. Abbey Ibarra had 9 points, 6 rebounds and 4 steals. Delaney Nicol had two game changing steals and 4 points in overtime. JBHS has won 12 consecutive games and 17 straight in league dating back to last season.

Burbank 60 Muir 23

Ana Tsybaeva scored 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds; Ani Temurian had 11 points and 8 steals as the Bulldogs coasted to an easy win.

Burroughs 51 Glendale 41

Sienna Brown scored 10 points to go along with 9 rebounds and 5 steals; Davina Del Castillo contributed 8 points and 7 rebounds; Chloe Takeuchi added 8 points for the Indians.

Burroughs 65 Pasadena 45

Chloe Takeuchi scored a career-high 15 points for the defending league champion Indians. Sienna Brown had 11 points and 17 rebounds and Abbey Ibarra added 7 points and 10 rebounds. Delaney Nicol contributed 7 points and 4 assists.

Arcadia 42 Burbank 30

Yazzy Sa’dullah scored 13 points to go along with 8 rebounds in the loss.

Boys Soccer

Burroughs 4 Muir 1

V.J. Salazar scored two goals for the Indians.

Glendale 5 Burbank 0

Arcadia 1 Burroughs 0

Burbank 4 Hoover 1

Kenneth Rovira scored 2 goals for BHS

Burroughs 1 Pasadena 1

David Campos scored the lone goal for the Indians

Burbank 1 Crescenta Valley 0

Omar Ibnoujala scored the winning goal for the Bulldogs

Burroughs 1 Crescenta Valley 0

Andres Aguilar scored the winning goal for the Indians with 22 minutes left in the contest.

Muir 3 Burbank 0

Glendale 3 Burroughs 1

Arcadia 3 Burbank 0

Girls Soccer

Burbank 4 Glendale 0

The Bulldogs posted their 4th consecutive shutout.

Burroughs 6 Muir 0

With all three captains out and several other starters down with the flu, eight JV and Soph/Frosh players played the majority of the game as the Indians controlled possession and dictated play. Senior defender Jaymie Olea was the player of the game scoring her first ever varsity goal and adding an assist. JBHS goes to 3-2 in league having allowed only three goals in its last five games.

Burbank 4 Hoover 0

Arcadia 1 Burroughs 0

For the second straight time, JBHS came up a goal short against Arcadia. Like last season it was a set piece, this time on a long throw in that led to the only goal of the game midway through the second half. The Indians had a couple great chances, the best coming on a Brianna Castillo corner headed just outside the far post by Kristin Masuzumi. Sophomore Bella Nava was the JBHS player of the game at outside back.

Burbank 2 Crescenta Valley 0

Kira Bochard scored two goals for the Bulldogs

Burroughs 2 Pasadena 0

Both goals came in the second half, the first by junior Camila Franco and the second by junior Daisy Castaneda. The defense was lead by senior captain Kristin Masuzumi and sophomore Delila Varela. Emily Orsatt recorded her second shutout as a varsity keeper.

Burbank 12 Muir 0

Crescenta Valley 2 Burroughs 1

Anna Kasper scored the lone goal for the Indians.

Burroughs 1 Glendale 0

On the backs of a strong performance on defense led by senior captain Kristin Masuzumi and sophomore Delilah Varela, Burroughs had its first shutout of the season. The lone goal came on a breakaway from junior Camila Franco on a pass Brianna Castillo. JBHS didn’t make the most of numerous chances that included six corner kicks and several chances in the box that would have put the game out of reach.

Arcadia 3 Burbank 1


Burbank Holds Off Arcadia, 54-53, to Begin Pacific League

Mike Woods scored 12 points for Burbank (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Mike Woods scored 12 points for Burbank (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

By Dick Dornan
myBurbank Sports Editor

With a roster that features three seniors, three juniors and seven sophomores and very little experience returning from a year ago, this year’s edition of Burbank boys basketball is very young. But don’t tell that to Coach Jerry DeLaurie or his youthful Bulldogs. They are here to compete now and the results have been positive thus far.

Coming off a third place finish at the Katella Tournament last week, Burbank began Pacific League action Tuesday night with another solid effort. The Bulldogs rode a 16-0 spurt and held off Arcadia, 54-53, Tuesday night at Burbank High.

Coach Jerry DeLaurie gets the most out of his players (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Coach Jerry DeLaurie gets the most out of his players (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

For most of the game, Burbank played very well with strong defensive play and a willingness to share the ball on offense and in transition. Then signs of youth appeared in the fourth quarter when Arcadia outscored Burbank, 21-7, to mount a furious comeback only to fall short by one point.

In the end, DeLaurie was very happy with his team and the direction they are headed.

“There were signs of brilliance from the kids out there. They play unselfish team basketball. Nobody has counted on us to do anything in league and that’s our motivation,” DeLaurie said. “We are going to compete, we will play hard and we will leave everything out on the floor. That’s what we did tonight.

“We are trying to develop some leadership. We had two or three different situations where we let them back in the game. But we have some really smart kids and we will learn from our mistakes. We were so motivated to play the first game of league. We grew up tonight. A win is a win. We are going to learn from this and move forward.”

Burbank set the tone early jumping out to a 9-0 lead ignited by sophomore guard Mike Woods (12 points) who knocked down a three-pointer and scored on a baseline layup. Woods scored seven points in the quarter to pace the Bulldogs. However, the Apaches bounced back and tied the game at 17 apiece entering the second quarter.

Ellie Hanno scored a game-high 17 points (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Ellie Hanno scored a game-high 17 points (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Tied at 23, Burbank ended the first half with a flourish outscoring Arcadia 8-0 to take a 31-23 lead into the break. Woods found junior Ellie Hanno on a fast break with a nice pass to give BHS a 25-23 advantage. Back-to-back three pointers by senior Adrian Gonzalez and sophomore Ben Chavez sent the Bulldogs into halftime with momentum.

“Basketball is a game of runs,” Woods said.

Burbank (9-4, 1-0) picked up where they left off starting the third quarter with another 8-0 run to push the lead to 39-23. Hanno scored six of his game-high 17 points in the quarter as the Bulldogs entered the fourth period leading 47-32.

Then things got interesting.

Arcadia’s full-court press flustered the Bulldogs into multiple turnovers and quick shots. The Apaches (5-7, 0-1) converted easy layups and Burbank’s once insurmountable lead evaporated.

Burbank’s lead was cut to 52-48 when Hanno rebounded a missed shot and scored on the put back with 1:04 remaining to push the lead back to six.

Ben Chavez passes to an open teammate (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Ben Chavez passes to an open teammate (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Hanno, Woods and Chavez (12 points) form a talented trio that played together a year ago on varsity and still have another year ahead of them. They combined for 41 of the team’s 54 points.

“We are all young,” said Hanno, who was named All-Tournament at the Katella Tournament. “We just need to mature and that will come by age.”

“Ellie is playing really hard especially on defense,” DeLaurie said. “Guys like Woods and Chavez feed off of him. He’s slowly becoming a leader.”

Woods has blossomed into one of the elite guards in the Pacific League. He displayed his improved all-around game with pull-up jumpers, knocking down threes, driving strong to the basket and facilitating the fast break with crisp passes that resulted in several assists.

Woods finished with seven assists and 10 rebounds for a near triple-double.

“His passes were phenomenal,” DeLaurie said. “Mike can be one of the best guards in the league. He does so much for us.”

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank is now 9-4 on the season (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“We have a lot of sophomores and a bunch of them were on JV’s last year so they are inexperienced. But we can do this. We just need to keep working hard in practice,” Woods said. “I talked to the team before the game. I told them to keep their heads up and not get caught in the spotlight. They listened and we got the win.”

“It’s exciting because everyone thought we are going to lose,” Hanno said. “Everyone thought we weren’t going to win a game. We feel confident right now but we have bigger games coming up.”

Burbank presses forward with big upcoming games on the road at Muir, at Crescenta Valley and at Hoover.

“A lot of people are saying that we are a year away. We want to compete right now. We believe we can. I hope this is the start of something good,” DeLaurie said. “These guys are going to stick together and we are going to get a lot better. We want to compete with the best and we will. Hard work is paying off and I can’t be more proud of them.”


Girls Basketball Preview: Burroughs and Burbank Hope to Contend For League Title


Burbank’s Ani Temurian and Davina Del Castillo of Burroughs will lead their squads into battle this season (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

By Rick Assad
Special to MyBurbank

It’s rare when Burroughs and Burbank High’s girls’ basketball teams each have a player who can elevate her game and their team as well.

But this is the case as Indians’ 5-foot-10 senior power forward Davina Del Castillo, and Bulldogs’ 5-7 senior shooting guard Yazzy Sa’dullah clearly fit the bill.

Davina Del Castillo looks for a shot against Granada Hills (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Davina Del Castillo looks for a shot against Granada Hills (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Del Castillo comes off a campaign in which the four-year varsity starter was tabbed Pacific League first team after the Indians went 14-0 in league, 24-7 overall and earned a CIF Southern Section playoff berth.

Burroughs coach Vicky Oganyan wants to see continued growth in her team.

“I just want to continue working hard to improve as a basketball team and as individuals throughout the season,” Oganyan said. “When it comes to league, we want to make sure we are fully prepared for every opponent and go out and compete every game to our maximum potential.”

Oganyan knows she has the right leader in Del Castillo, who will play basketball at San Diego Christian.

“We are looking for her to be a terror on defense and rebound for us, as well as score this year,” she said. “Davina really makes our team go and has improved her offensive game and has been a scorer.”

Yazzy Sa'dullah has committed to play at West Virginia (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Yazzy Sa’dullah has committed to play at West Virginia (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Across town, Sa’dullah, who averaged 22 points in league and 18 points overall which helped her garner co-league Most Valuable Player honors a year ago, and a spot on the CIF second team, offers the same value for Burbank coach Bruce Breeden.

“She’s a team player and a leader,” he said of Sa’dullah, who will play for the University of West Virginia next year. “She gets her teammates involved and makes us better.”

Like Oganyan, Breeden feels the same way about the season.

“Our expectation is to challenge for the league title,” Breeden said. “The league is very competitive. I think Burbank, Burroughs, Arcadia, Crescenta Valley and Glendale are greatly improved. This is the most competitive it’s been in the 10 years I’ve been here.”

Burroughs opens league play at Pasadena on January 5, while Burbank will be at Arcadia on Jan. 6.


The Indians are 4-1 after placing second in the Burroughs Optimist Tournament championship game, losing to Harvard-Westlake, 38-28, while the Bulldogs, who went 18-12 and 10-4 in league for third place along with a playoff appearance last season, are 4-5 after going 2-3 in the same tourney.

Delaney Nicol brings poise and confidence to the point guard position (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Delaney Nicol brings poise and confidence to the point guard position (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Helping Del Castillo, who was named to the all-tourney squad, will be four-year varsity starter Delaney Nicol, a point guard who dropped five points versus Harvard-Westlake.

“Delaney runs the team really well and sets up scoring opportunities for others,” said Oganyan of her senior captain.

Also in the backcourt will be Brooke Radcliffe, a junior, who scored a team-best 10 points versus the Wolverines.

“Brooke is very aggressive and a great defensive player,” Oganyan said. “Her offensive game has improved and she’s a great rebounder.”

Abbey Ibarra is a junior guard with excellent defensive skills.

Abbey Ibarra plays with relentless energy and effort (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Abbey Ibarra plays with relentless energy and effort (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“Abbey is a great defensive player, aggressive and creates scoring opportunities,” Oganyan said. “Her defense has improved and so has her outside shot.”

Sienna Brown is a senior power forward/center, who was also selected to the all-tourney team.

“Sienna is a great rebounder, very athletic and a scoring threat from the outside,” Oganyan noted.

Jordan Meltzer is a versatile junior, who can play in the front and back court. “Jordan’s a scoring threat and a solid rebounder,”Oganyan offered.

Sienna Brown possesses a sweet medium range jumper  (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Sienna Brown possesses a sweet medium range jumper (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Haley Wilson is a senior forward. “Haley is tough as nails, a fantastic rebounder, and is a very tough defender,” Oganyan said.

Kamryn Cardenaz is a sophomore guard. “Kamryn is a real scoring threat off the bench and a terrific rebounder,” Oganyan said.

Jocelyn Rieken is a sophomore forward. “Jocelyn plays defense well, can rebound, and she’s improved her offensive game,”Oganyan said.

This is senior guard Chloe Takeuchi’s first year on the varsity. “Chloe has a good outside shot, and is a play-maker off the dribble in the open court,” Oganyan said. “She can play anywhere on the court except center.”

Destiny Contreras is a senior guard. “This is Destiny’s first year on the varsity,” Oganyan said. “She hustles and is a tough rebounder.”

Marin Grote is a 6-3 freshman center. “Marin’s still learning the game,” Oganyan said. “She’ll be a factor defensively for us.”

Maile Tanigawa is a sophomore guard who injured her ACL, and didn’t play basketball for two years. “Because of her injury, Maile will see limited minutes this season,” Oganyan said.

Melissa Garcia is a senior guard who transferred from Alemany. “Melissa can play anywhere on the court. We could use her at guard or forward,” Oganyan said.


Aside from Sa’dullah, the Bulldogs are loaded with talent including senior center Anastasia Tsybaeva, who is listed at 6-6.

“Anastasia is still learning the game, and it’s her first year on the varsity,” Breeden said. “Because of her height, she can alter a game.”

Anastasia Tsybaeva is a defensive force in the middle (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Anastasia Tsybaeva is a defensive force in the middle (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Senior small forward Abby Troy will be counted on to provide points and defense. “She’s really improved and is a hard worker,” Breeden said.

Ani Temurian is a senior shooting guard, who sparkles on defense. “This is Ani’s second year on the varsity and she can hit the three-pointer,” Breeden noted.

Senior shooting guard Sabrina Rios is making her initial foray at the varsity level, and can light up a gym from distance. “Sabrina is a terrific outside shooter,” Breeden said.

Marina Labeb dribbles against Fairfax (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Marina Labeb dribbles against Fairfax (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Sarah Sarquiz is a sophomore small forward. “She’s tough as nails and has developed an outside shot,” Breeden said.

Ani Sarkisyan is a senior point guard. “This is her first year on the varsity, and she’s an outstanding defender,” Breeden said.

Rounding out the team will be senior guard Lenneah Pasion, senior shooting guard Caylah Ong, senior small forward Natalie Zakarian, senior small forward Marina Labeb, junior point guard Celine Shamalian, junior power forward Christina Mkrtchyan, and sophomore center Emma Kerr.

Next up for Burroughs is a trip to Hawaii for a holiday tournament and Burbank will compete in the West Coast Holiday Classic after Christmas.


Burbank and Burroughs Football Garner All-League Honors

By Dick Dornan
myBurbank Sports Editor

First, congratulations to Crescenta Valley who ran the table with 14 straight wins that culminated in a CIF Championship. The Falcons brought credibility to the Pacific League with their unbeaten season and incredible run to the title that every coach and player covets.

With that being said, the Pacific League released its All-League football selections and a host of Burbank and Burroughs players were recognized. A list of every recipient is below. Congrats to all the players!

First-Team Offense

A local pair of talented running backs made first team. Burbank senior Tony Toledo rushed for 764 yards and 10 touchdowns on the season to lead the Bulldogs to an 8-4 overall record and a quarterfinal appearance in the CIF Playoffs.

(Photo By Craig Sherwood)

Chance Bell of Burroughs

Chance Bell of Burroughs, a sophomore transfer from Las Vegas, made his presence known gaining 1,124 yards on 150 carries (7.5 yards per carry) and nine touchdowns as the Indians went 6-4 overall.

Toledo and Bell found success this year due in large part because of their offensive linemen. Senior Max Montoya of Burbank and the Burroughs senior duo of Andrew Mills and Anthony Olea made first-team.

Burroughs senior kicker Andres Aguilar converted six of nine field goals and 44 extra points to earn first-team accolades. He routinely put the ball in the end zone on kickoffs limiting the opposition from any special team scores.

First-team Defense

Burbank’s Kyle Alvarez and Burroughs’ Evan Gurley were two of the most dominant defensive linemen in the league.


Burbank’s Kyle Alvarez

Alvarez, a senior, was the heart and soul of the Bulldogs’ defense. He recorded 83 tackles (21 of which were tackles for loss) and a league-high seven sacks to go along with four pass deflections and four fumble recoveries. Gurley, a junior, led the Indians with 89 tackles and four sacks.

Senior Chris Wong of Burbank had a team-high 96 tackles including 14 tackles for loss and Burroughs senior Justin Boyle (75 tackles) made first-team as linebackers.

Burbank senior Nick Cantong (37 tackles, three interceptions and seven pass break-ups) and Burroughs junior Hunter Guerin (62 tackles, 45 solo and four pass break-ups) were prominent players in the secondary. Both were big contributors on the offensive side as well.

First team, second team and honorable mention selections for Burbank and Burroughs are in bold below-

All-Pacific League            
Coach of the Year Paul Schilling CV
Co-Player of the year Taeon Mason MHS and Jordan Lobianco CV
Offensive Player Brian Gadsby CV      
Co Defensive Player Matt Erickson CV and Sean Bloks CV
Lineman of the Year Davo Hakobyan CV
Offensive Skill
1st 2nd      
Joseph Thomas PHS   Chazz Collins PHS  
Chase Keough MHS   Ryan Meredith BHS  
Tony Toledo BHS   Chase Walker CV  
Connor Van Ginkel CV   Aidan Anding JBHS  
Jonathan Jun CV   Daniel Jung GHS  
Chance Bell JBHS   Steven Luong AHS  
Offensive Line            
1st 2nd
Charles Townsend MHS Christian London PHS  
Max Montoya BHS   Jordan Meza BHS  
Brian Wong CV Nizar Abou-Chakra CV  
Andrew Mills JBHS   Shawn Edie JBHS  
Anthony Olea JBHS   Julius Santos GHS  
1st Andres Aguilar JBHS        
2nd Ryan Boyd BHS        
Defensive Line
1st 2nd      
Michael Fulton MHS Jeremiah Jones PHS
Anthony Hernandez MHS   Ceron Hurry BHS  
Kyle Alvarez BHS   Bryce Martinez JBHS  
Evan Gurley JBHS   Grey Cabrera GHS
Ryan Pugh AHS  
1st 2nd
Stephan Reyes MHS Derrell Davis MHS  
Chris Wong BHS Colin Caver CV
Justin Boyle JBHS Branden Garcia JBHS
Defensive Backs
1st 2nd
Nick Cantong BHS Elijah Trejo PHS
Tyler Hill CV Aki Arlington BHS
David Smith MHS Nick Warren BHS
Hunter Guerin JBHS Boston Lakin CV
Nick Tipton JBHS
1st  Alexander Hernandez PHS
2nd Danny Porras   BHS
Honorable Mention
Offense   Dorian Housholder   BHS      
Defense   Alex Gonzalez   BHS      
Offense   Michael Ospina JBHS      
Defense   Anthony Archuleta JBHS

Boys Basketball Preview: Burroughs and Burbank Tip-Off New Season

David Schwer of Burroughs and Burbank's Mike Woods will lead their teams this season (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

David Schwer of Burroughs (left) and Burbank’s Mike Woods will play key roles for their teams this season (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

By Jim Riggio
Special to MyBurbank

The Burroughs and Burbank High boys’ basketball teams have enjoyed success in recent years, having both reached the CIF Southern Section playoffs a year ago. Both teams will be looking to duplicate that success under coaches Adam Hochberg and Jerry DeLaurie, respectively.  If they are to do so, both will have to look for younger players in their programs to make significant contributions.



The Indians went 16-11 last season and have a nice group returning for Hochberg, now in his sixth year as head coach. The Indians do not have any high-profile transfers like they did a year ago when cousins Amaad Wainwight and Rashid Ewing enrolled at the school. Both played a key role, but left the school right before the start of the CIF Southern Section playoffs.

Burroughs point guard Steven Hubbell

Burroughs point guard Steven Hubbell

One important player back is 6-foot junior point guard Steven Hubbell. He averaged 8.7 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists a year ago.

Also returning is senior guard and third-year starter Chris Hovasapian (6-0), who averaged 7.2 points per game a year ago.

Junior guard David Schwer (6-3) is a third returning starter. He averaged 5.7 points per game last year.

Senior guard Steven Sanchez (5-8) played quality minutes in a reserve role last year. Senior forwards Jakob Davis (6-3) and Bernardo Rosales (6-0) are also returning varsity players.

Three key players on last season’s 18-win junior varsity team are junior forwards Angelo Solis (6-4) and Nick Howard (6-0) as well as junior guard Eric Allen (5-7).

Indian sharpshooter Chris Hovasapian

Indian sharpshooter Chris Hovasapian

“We have an excellent mixture of varsity experience and youth,” Hochberg said. “It will be our chemistry and mental awareness that will guide us this season.  We have a group of guys that play well together and when connected on the court (is) a very competitive group.”

The Indians will hope to have big body to help in the paint in junior Ricardo Herrada, who is 6-6 and weighs 295.  Herrada is currently nursing an ankle injury.

Sophomore Justin Henderson (6-2) is a bright young prospect.

Senior guards Bailey McMurray (5-8), Taylor Bercini (5-9) and Angel Cano (5-4) provide depth for the Indians. Senior Scott Dekker (6-2) gives the Indians support in the front court.

Junior guard Rocky Casolan (5-11) and junior forward Elijah Cain (6-1) are two more underclassmen with a bright future.

The Indians are currently participating in the San Dimas Tournament.



Third-year coach Jerry DeLaurie enters this season with a lot of promise for the future. But he warns the outcome of this season will depend on how quickly his young talent comes together as just four players return from last season’s squad.

Burbank Coach Jerry DeLaurie

Burbank Coach Jerry DeLaurie

“We have to be very patient. We have to be the youngest team around. This is definitely my biggest challenge in 20 years of coaching,” De Laurie said. “For us, it is how we deal with growing. We’ll probably have three or four sophomore starters.”

The Bulldogs went 13-14 a year ago and will have seven sophomores on the varsity team, two of which played varsity as freshmen.

DeLaurie says his team in well balanced and he said he can go deep into his bench without a loss in production.

Sophomore Mike Woods (6-2) and junior Ellie Hanno (5-10) are clearly the team leaders, DeLaurie said.

Multi-faceted Mike Woods

Multi-faceted Mike Woods

“Mike can do a lot of things for us,” DeLaurie said. “He has great anticipation for steals. He will do a lot of things in a lot of categories.”

The Burbank coach said Hanno averaged 12.8 points per game in the summer and will likely be expected to be a key scorer.

Also returning to the varsity are sophomore Ben Chavez (6-1) and senior Adrian Gonzalez (5-6).

Sophomore Cameron Sweeten (5-10) is being looked as possibly the starting point guard. Senior Robert O’Brien (5-11) is a top newcomer.

The Bulldogs will look to seniors Julian Baker (6-3) and Mohammad Kobaissi (6-2) and sophomore Tommy Clark (6-3) to add muscle on the inside.

Junior Levon Galstyan (6-0) could see time as both a guard and forward.

Junior Edgar Reyes (5-8) and sophomores Mekhi George (5-10), Henrik Anassian (5-8) and Abdullah Kobaissi (6-0) offer more depth to the guard positions.

The Bulldogs are currently competing in the Burbank Tournament as they look to make a positive first impression to their fans.