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Burbank Perseveres in Win Over Glendale, 41-21

Burbank's Guy Gibbs came off the bench to throw for three touchdowns (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank’s Guy Gibbs came off the bench to throw for three touchdowns (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

By Dick Dornan
myBurbank Sports Editor

Twenty-seven miles west of Burbank among the Santa Monica Mountains rests the location where the popular television series “M*A*S*H” was filmed. At the rate of injuries that continue to mount for the Burbank High football team, Malibu State Creek Park might be the perfect spot for the Bulldogs to visit and regain their health and more importantly their mojo.

Playing with a depleted roster that featured nine sophomores seeing action, Burbank put forth a valiant effort in a 41-21 victory over Glendale Thursday evening that would have made Hawkeye, Father Mulcahy, Margaret Houlihan, and Maxwell Q. Klinger quite proud.

“They are just gritty,” Burbank coach Richard Broussard said of his team. “We had a great week of practice. We just beat on each other. I knew we would come out here and play a physical game. It’s something that we have been missing. Coming out and punching teams in the mouth.”

Quarterback Ryan Meredith joined the growing list of injured Bulldog players (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Quarterback Ryan Meredith joined the growing list of injured Bulldog players (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Behind a spirited effort led by third-string quarterback Guy Gibbs, Burbank jumped out to a 20-0 halftime lead, withstood a furious Glendale rally, and finished strong claiming a 20-point victory without the services of starters James Williams (torn ACL in knee), Ryan Meredith (separated shoulder), Jake Kelley (torn ligaments in ankle) and Andy Reyes (torn ligaments in thumb).

Add to the list starters Tony Toledo and Ryan Boyd who left Thursday’s game due to injuries and the Burbank sideline resembles a M*A*S*H unit of the walking wounded.

“I hate the word ‘injury,’” Broussard said after the game. “We were down nine starters at one point in the game. It’s a testament to our program how we run our system. We just plug in and play kids and they go in there and do their job.”

Gibbs came on in relief of Aki Arlington for the final drive of the second quarter and proceeded to go 3-for-3 for 36 yards and tossed a 2-yard touchdown pass to Dorian Housholder that gave BHS a 20-0 lead with 49 seconds left in the first half.

Burbank gained 240 yards of offense in the first half to only 60 for Glendale (2-5, 1-3).

Gibbs, a 5-foot-7 sophomore, finished the evening 6-of-9 for 136 yards, one interception and three touchdowns including TD passes of 68 and 28 yards to Nick Cantong.

Burbank Football (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Football (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“It felt great. They were both wide open and I read it perfectly. I had just the right amount of time with the line blocking,” Gibbs said. “I want to thank the line though. They did a heck of a job today. I just went in and didn’t want to think. If I think too much then everything goes wrong.”

Gibbs did little wrong as he calmly and confidently led Burbank (4-3, 2-2) to a great win on the road.

Meredith is expected to return in the next couple of weeks but in the meantime Gibbs showed the ability to lead the team and showcase his future position.

Burbank's defense held Glendale in check for most of the game (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank’s defense held Glendale in check for most of the game (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

After a scoreless first quarter, Burbank scored on an 18-yard touchdown run by Brandon Alba who rushed for a game-high 106 yards on 14 carries. On fourth-and-six, Alba took an inside reverse handoff and blasted his way to the outside and shrugged off a Nitro defender to hit paydirt.

Burbank increased its lead to 14-0 behind Housholder who scored from five yards out on a sweep just a play after he gained 23 yards on a nifty run through the heart of the Glendale defense.

Gibbs then replaced Arlington at quarterback and promptly drove the Bulldogs down for a touchdown just before the half.

The Bulldogs seemingly had the game in hand after scoring on the second play from scrimmage of the second half when Gibbs connected with a wide-open Cantong for a 68-yard strike and a 26-0 advantage.

Nick Cantong (right) celebrates with Max Montoya after catching his second touchdown of the night (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Nick Cantong (right) celebrates with Max Montoya after catching his second touchdown of the night (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

But Glendale roared back scoring 21 consecutive points before Burbank responded on a 28-yard touchdown pass from Gibbs to Cantong over the middle with 10:26 left in the game. Gibbs found Cantong in the corner of the end zone for the 2-point conversion and the lead swelled to 34-21.

The Bulldogs iced the game when sophomore Nick Warren scored from two yards out with 1:34 remaining.

Cantong finished with three catches for 100 yards and two touchdowns while Housholder caught three passes for 36 yards and a touchdown. Arlington ran for 53 yards on eight carries at quarterback.

Burbank returns home to Memorial Field next Friday at 7 p.m. against Hoover.

As for you M*A*S*H fans, only an ambulance and a rusted jeep used in the show remain today at the exact site of the film’s original set.


Morning Sports Ticker- Oct. 22


Burbank 41 Glendale 21 (see story)

Bulldogs (4-3, 2-2) play Hoover on Friday at Memorial Field at 7 p.m.

Burroughs 17 Pasadena 14

Chance Bell rushed for 220 yards on 21 carries and scored two touchdowns to lead the Indians to the road victory. Burroughs (4-3, 2-2) scored first when Bell ran in from 25 yards out. The lead remained 7-0 at halftime. After Pasadena tied it up at seven apiece late in the third quarter, the Indians took command when Bell scored on a 24-yard run early in the fourth quarter. Andres Aguilar added a 24-yard field goal to extend the lead to 17-7. Pasadena scored on a late touchdown but the Indians survived despite passing for a total of five yards for the game. Quarterback Andy Amela missed his third straight game with concussion symptoms. The Indians play Arcadia on Thursday at home at 7 p.m.

Girls Volleyball-

Burroughs 3 Crescenta Valley 1 (19-25, 25-17, 25-11, 25-23)

Burbank 3 Pasadena 0 (25-13, 27-25, 25-21)

Arcadia 3 Burbank 0 (25-17, 25-20, 26-24)

Burroughs 3 Glendale 0 (25-18, 25-16, 25-12)

Burbank 3 Muir 0 (25-7, 25-4, 25-5)

Burroughs 3 Hoover 0 (25-18, 25-8, 25-10)

Boys Water Polo-

Burbank 17 Pasadena 16

Crescenta Valley 21 Burroughs 4

Burbank 18 Arcadia 7

Hoover 25 Burroughs 13

Girls Tennis-

Burbank 13 Crescenta Valley 5

Arcadia 12 Burbank 6

Glendale 16 Burroughs 2

Cross Country-

Burroughs boys won Pacific League meet No. 2 defeating second place Arcadia, 20-38, at Arcadia County Park. The Indians dominated for their second league meet win of the season claiming second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth place. Garrett Boulais ran a tremendous race to finish runner-up in a time of 14:38.

Burbank’s Enrique Vizcaino led the Bulldogs to a 4th place finish by taking 8th in 15:06.

The Bulldogs’ female superstar runner Candela Fernandez took first place blowing past the field in 16:37. Burbank girls claimed second place behind Arcadia, 21-38, as Fernandez won her second straight Pacific League meet.

The Lady Indians took 4th in their race led by Emily Virtue who ran an 18:02 to take 8th place individually.

Burroughs boys-

Garrett Boulais (2)                              14:38

Elias Hoxsie (3)                                   14:51

Andrew Barrondo (4)                           14:57

Shane Thompson (5)                           14:58

Alexander Hirsch (6)                           15:01

Justin Villagran (10)                            15:15

Jack Howe (21)                                    15:49

Burroughs girls-

Emily Virtue (8)                                   18:02

Heidi Eligio (12)                                  18:14

Valerie Monroy (21)                            19:08

Molly Stapelfeldt (25)                         19:55

Betsy Ramirez (27)                              20:30

Deanna Fierro (28)                              20:31

Bailey Harrison (35)                            21:51

Burbank boys-

Enrique Vizcaino (8)                       15:06

Adam Navar (15)                           15:30

Tanner Payne (19)                        15:39

Burbank girls-

Kira Bochard (9)                            18:09

Caroline Adams (11)                     18:12

Alexia Hatun (18)                          18:50

Girls Golf-

Pacific League individual finals at River Ridge GC in Oxnard

Burbank’s Irene Maemura finished 3rd overall with a score of 73 and advanced to the CIF Northern Regional to be played on October 27. She earned first-team All-League honors.

Points Ranking Final score Final points
1 Elizabeth Wang 173.5 69 34.5 208 League MVP
2 Trussy Li 168.5 69 34.5 203 1st Team
3 Irene Maemura 171 73 30 201 1st Team
4 Bella Setio 165 75 25.5 190.5 1st Team
5 Gabbi Lewis 164 75 25.5 189.5 1st Team
6 Cameron McCrary 147 77 21 168 1st Team
7 Andrea Han 145 79 18 163 1st Team
8 Kayla Yn 144 81 10.5 154.5 2nd Team
9 Keilee Bessho 137 80 15 152 2nd Team
10 Audrey Chung 147 85 4.5 151.5 2nd Team
11 Cynthia Guo 133.5 81 10.5 144 2nd Team
12 Alex Chen 138.5 85 4.5 143 2nd Team
13 Vivian Sun 135.5 0 135.5 2nd Team


Burroughs Rushes and Crushes Hoover, 63-0

Hoover was overwhelmed by the Indians defense (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Hoover was overwhelmed by the Indians defense (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

By Dick Dornan
myBurbank Sports Editor

Professor Keith Knoop and his class of Indians came to Glendale Thursday night and delivered a thorough lesson of Football 101 to the host Tornadoes of Hoover High. Behind a rushing attack that accumulated 433 yards of offense and a stingy defense which stifled the opposition and earned the shutout, Burroughs crushed Hoover, 63-0, to claim its first Pacific League win of the year.

“They were having a real good time watching their teammates play. They were pumping each other up,” Knoop said of his running backs. “They were excited to be playing well especially after two losses to CV and Muir.”

Chance Bell

Chance Bell

The trio of Hunter Guerin (124 yards on six carries, three touchdowns), Michael Ospina (116 yards on seven rushes, two touchdowns) and Chance Bell (90 yards on six carries, one touchdown), ran circles around the porous Hoover defense. The way they sliced up the Tornadoes defense you would think they were playing for a steak dinner at Sizzler.

“We dominated them up and down the field with the run game. Lot of yards,” Bell said. “It was a good game.”

“Running backs did well today,” Ospina added. “We had a three-back rotation. We had some fresh legs in there. I feel overall everyone did pretty well. Our defense stepped it up today and stopped them.”

The defense suffocated Hoover throughout the evening. Throw in last year’s 69-0 win over Hoover at Memorial Field, the Indians have recorded back-to-back shutouts vs. the Tornadoes while posting 132 points.

Burroughs has shutout Hoover in back-to-back years (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Burroughs has shutout Hoover in back-to-back years (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Throughout practice leading up to the game, Knoop preached playing fundamental football against an opponent much inferior to his squad.

“Play sound and fundamental football,” Knoop said. “Make sure that you are doing what you are supposed to be doing. We knew what we needed to do and we did it.”

Guerin, Ospina, Bell, Aidan Anding (two rushes for 58 yards, one touchdown), Erick Hernandez (touchdown run of 23 yards) and Aidan Jensen (one carry for 22 yards) combined to average 18.8 yards per carry including 15 rushes of 10 or more yards, nine carries of 20 or more yards and five runs of 30 or more yards.

“We’re confident. We are just going to do what we do best and that’s play football,” Bell said after the game.

Aieson Timagos fires a pass to Aidan Anding (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Aieson Timagos fires a pass to Aidan Anding (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Quarterback Aieson Timagos completed five of seven passes for 55 yards, one touchdown and an interception as he filled in admirably for Andy Amela who is recovering from a concussion suffered against Crescenta Valley.

With the best Italian restaurant in town right across the street from Moyse Field (Scarantinos), it was a feast for the Indians from the very get-go.

Burroughs (3-3, 1-2) scored 14 in the first quarter, 21 in the second for a 35-0 halftime lead; 14 more in the third quarter and 14 more in the fourth to overwhelm Hoover (1-5, 0-3).

Guerin had touchdown runs of one, 64 and 43 yards; Ospina found pay dirt from eight and 48; Bell from 17; Anding from 38; Hernandez from 23 and Timagos connected with Anding on a 15-yard touchdown pass.

The strong effort by the Indians was important considering they came off two consecutive defeats. Next up is a clash at Pasadena on Friday, October 17.

“It was definitely good for the team coming off of two tough losses,” Ospina said. “We played some really good teams the past two weeks. It’s good to come out of this week with a win.”

Sizzler anyone?


Burbank Sputters in 24-10 Loss to Crescenta Valley

Dorian Housholder catches the lone touchdown of the game for Burbank (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Dorian Housholder catches the lone touchdown of the game for Burbank (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

By Dick Dornan
myBurbank Sports Editor

As the injuries continue to mount, the desire to win doesn’t waver. Despite not having the services of sophomore linebacker Andy Reyes, the Burbank defense rose to the occasion but the same could not be said for the offense in a 24-10 loss to Crescenta Valley Friday night at Memorial Field.

Andy Reyes is out for six to eight weeks (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Andy Reyes is out for six to eight weeks (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

With Washington State-commit James Williams sidelined for the season with a torn ACL in his right knee, the Bulldogs lost Reyes for the next six to eight weeks after Reyes dislocated his right thumb the previous week against Pasadena. Reyes led Burbank with 44 tackles through the first four games of the season.

Yet, the defense played its best game of the year thus far by corralling and frustrating the talented quarterback of the Falcons, Brian Gadsby.

Gadsby, a UCLA-commit for baseball, was limited to 168 yards passing and no touchdowns on 11 of 24 passing. Crescenta Valley came into the game averaging 46.5 points per game but could only muster up a pair of one-yard touchdown runs as Burbank flustered the ‘Great Gadsby’ into an average performance.

James Williams is out for the year (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

James Williams is out for the year (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“Our defense was lights out. We were more prepared for this game than any game all year defensively. We just couldn’t put any points up,” Burbank coach Richard Broussard said. “Unfortunately, that’s the way the cookie crumbles. As the play caller, it hurts my heart. We have a lot of work to do.”

On a night that the BHS defense sparkled particularly in the secondary, the offense sputtered as CV dominated the line of scrimmage. The Falcons shut down the Burbank running game allowing a paltry 19 yards on 13 carries (does not include loss of yardage due to sacks).

Jake Kelley (three carries, 12 yards), Tony Toledo (eight rushes, five yards), Brandon Alba (two carries, two yards) couldn’t generate any long runs against a stifling Falcons’ defense.

“We need to run the ball. It’s what we do,” said Broussard. “They shut us down. They did an incredible job up front of controlling the line of scrimmage. No excuses. They got us. They played better today.

“We were a possession away from tying this up. I’m proud of our effort. That’s how we practice every day. We aren’t laying down for anybody.”

Crescenta Valley (5-0, 2-0) forced Burbank quarterback Ryan Meredith into four turnovers (three interceptions, one fumble) including returning a pick-six 53 yards to the house for a 24-10 lead with 8:51 remaining in the game.

Tony Toledo and company were bottled up on this night (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Tony Toledo and company were bottled up on this night (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank’s offensive line also suffered some setbacks with the loss of three linemen during the course of the past two weeks. With an inexperienced line up front and no threat of Williams in the backfield, the Falcons put eight players in the box and dared Meredith to pass.

Meredith completed 23 of 42 passes for 263 yards and one touchdown but his turnovers were costly as Burbank was held to its fewest points since a 28-7 loss to West Ranch in August of 2012.

The lone bright spot for Burbank on offense were wide receivers Nick Cantong and Dorian Housholder. Cantong caught 10 passes for 107 yards while Householder snared seven catches for 96 yards and a touchdown.

“He’s a go getter,” Broussard said of Cantong. “He’s a phenomenal athlete who has made a burst since the summer. We need to find ways to get him the ball.”

Crescenta Valley jumped out to a 14-0 lead midway through the second quarter on a pair of short touchdowns by Jonathan Jun.

Burbank (3-2, 1-1) scored its only touchdown of the evening on a beautiful 36-yard rainbow pass from Meredith to Householder to cut the deficit to 14-7 with 5:06 left in the first half.

The Falcons took a 17-7 lead into halftime.

Ryan Boyd’s 33-yard field goal for BHS whittled the lead down to seven, 17-10, late in the third period.

Burbank's defense played a solid game (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank’s defense played a solid game (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Meanwhile, the Bulldogs’ defensive secondary of Forrest Fajardo, CJ Hunter and Nick Warren did an outstanding job of breaking up passes and keeping Gadsby at bay.

“We know he’s a great quarterback and they’ve been scoring a lot,” Hunter said. “We just tried to cover our guys and try and get to him.”

“He’s a tough guy. He’s very elusive and has a good arm,” defensive lineman Kyle Alvarez added. “Their offense is great. They have formations that are crazy.

“We worked hard all week. It’s just disappointing tonight. The future is still bright. Don’t look down on us because it’s only one loss. We still got it and we are coming back strong.”

Burbank travels to defending league champion Muir, a 42-14 winner versus Burroughs last night, next Friday at 7 p.m.



Burroughs No Match for Crescenta Valley in League Opener

Coach Keith Knoop speaks with his team during Friday night's tilt vs. Crescenta Valley (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Coach Keith Knoop speaks with his team during Friday night’s tilt vs. Crescenta Valley (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

By Rick Assad
Special to MyBurbank

The five-game losing streak to Burroughs High is finally over for the Crescenta Valley football team, and the 48-21 victory at Moyse Field in the Pacific League opener Friday night deserved two Gatorade baths.

With the clock winding down and the contest out of hand, Crescenta Valley coach Paul Schilling took a shower in the liquid, while offensive coordinator Hudson Gossard, who quarterbacked the Falcons to past glory, was also drenched.

Burroughs' Erick Hernandez stiff arms a Falcon defender (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Burroughs’ Erick Hernandez stiff arms a Falcon defender (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Both were thrilled to have been targeted by the players considering the Indians have owned the recent series, including last season’s 24-17 triumph after trailing 17-0 at the half. Crescenta Valley’s last win vs. JBHS came on October 2, 2008, in a 34-32 victory at Moyse Field.

“This is a big win, but I don’t want this to be the peak,” Schilling said. “I know it’s a cliche, but we’re going to play it one game at a time. Our goal is to win the league and we feel that we can.”

The Falcons have been very good in the recent past, but it’s been 13 seasons since they took the title.

Each team scored on its opening drive, but the Falcons (4-0) held a seven-point lead, 21-14, at the intermission before erupting for 27 points in the second half.

“They’re bigger and stronger than we are,” Burroughs coach Keith Knoop said. “Their defensive front played well. They outplayed us. We’ve been doing that [big plays from the offense] all year.”

Michael Ospina of JBHS looks for running room (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Michael Ospina of JBHS looks for running room (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Crescenta Valley rushed the ball 40 times for 211 yards, with 129 yards coming in the second half. Spearheading the Falcons’ ground attack was senior running back Jonathan Jun, who accounted for 197 yards on 34 carries.

“I was gassed at the end,” said Jun, who had scoring runs of 10, one, three and five yards. “We came out with a lot of confidence. We played with heart. I trusted the [offensive] line. I stayed behind them.”

Though only one league game has been played, Jun believes the Falcons (465 total net yards) have a solid chance to win the league title.

“We really wanted this win today,” he said. “That [league] was our goal before the season began.”

The scoring opened with senior quarterback Brian Gadsby (17 of 25 for 254 yards and no interceptions) marching the Falcons 80 yards on 14 plays before hitting senior wide receiver Jordan LoBianco (16 yards on two receptions) with a 15-yard strike as 5:49 remained in the first

The Indians' Hunter Guerin searches for a hole against the CV defense (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

The Indians’ Hunter Guerin searches for a hole against the CV defense (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Burroughs junior quarterback Andy Amela (17 of 27 for 217 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions), who may have sustained a concussion early in the fourth quarter, directed the Indians on a six-play drive that was capped off with a short pass to junior running back Hunter Guerin (four catches for 92 yards), who bolted 78 yards that tied it at 7-7 and 4:13 left in the initial quarter.

After a short punt set up the Falcons at the Burroughs 30-yard line, Gadsby, who will play baseball at UCLA, needed one play to make it 14-7 when he handed the ball to sophomore backup signal-caller Tyler Hill, who tossed it back to Gadsby, who found senior wide receiver Connor Van Ginkel (seven
catches for 122 yards) all alone in the end zone to make it 14-7 and 3:11 remaining before the half. The ole flea flicker worked to perfection.

On the Indians next series, Amela was picked off by senior linebacker Sean Bloks, who gave the Falcons the ball at the Burroughs 21-yard line. Four plays later, Jun cracked the end zone from 10 yards out and 47 seconds left that made it 21-7.

Burroughs' Aidan Anding dives across the goal line for a touchdown (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Burroughs’ Aidan Anding dives across the goal line for a touchdown (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

The Indians (277 total yards) refused to buckle as Amela marched Burroughs (2-2) 65 yards and closed the three-play march with a 52-yard bomb to junior wide receiver Erick Hernandez (71 yards on five catches) as 14 seconds remained in the half and cut the lead to 21-14.

Crescenta Valley scored on its first two possessions of the second half to make it 35-14 as Gadsby hit senior wide receiver Chase Walker with a 77-yard bomb and 8:56 showing in the third quarter, and Jun’s one-yard burst with 4:35 left on the clock in the same quarter came
after Amela’s pass on fourth down and three from the Crescenta Valley 49 fell incomplete.

Each team exchanged turnovers before Amela’s eight-yard offering to senior wide receiver Aidan Anding lowered the deficit to 35-21 as 1:49 remained in the third quarter.

The Falcons received two touchdowns in the fourth quarter as Jun powered his way in from three yards out and 10:28 showing to make it 41-21, and then added a five-yard burst with 5:15 left. The final tally was made possible when Amela was intercepted by sophomore defensive back Andrew Traber.

Crescenta Valley travels to Burbank next Friday in a pivotal matchup while Burroughs continues its five week exodus away from Memorial Field with a contest at defending champion Muir.

Burroughs and Burbank Set to Battle in Cross Country

Cross Country preview

Burroughs, currently ranked No. 3 on the boys’ side in Division I, and Burbank begin their Pacific League schedule today in a meet hosted by Crescenta Valley. Courtesy of Coach John Peebles (Burroughs) and Darin Wolf (Burbank), here is a closer look at each team for this season.

Burroughs boys-

Garrett Boulais of Burroughs

Garrett Boulais of Burroughs

Garrett Boulais (Sr), Elias Hoxsie (Sr), Shane Thompson (Sr), and Justin Villagran (Jr) were all in our top five at CIF Prelims last year when we missed qualifying for CIF Finals by one point. They have shown some good things this summer but understand that there is still much work needed to be done as the season progresses.

Andrew Barrondo (Jr), who ran varsity as a freshman but did not run cross country at all as a sophomore, and Alexander Hirsch (Fr) are two newcomers who will be counted on to bolster the team as they get accustomed to being varsity runners.

Jack Howe (Sr) and Timothy Wells (So) are two young men who will work hard to also get a varsity spot as well.

Burroughs girls-

Emily Virtue (Fr) has come in as a freshman and looked very impressive, so it looks like she will lead the way. Valerie Monroy (Sr) has had a nice summer and has progressed a long way from last year. Eileen Eckles (Jr), Heidi Eligio (So), and Molly Stapelfeldt (So) all have shown glimpses of what they can do, so we just need them to continue to work to improve as runners.

Deanna Fierro (Sr), Dru Kim (So), and Rachel Reyes (Jr) all have shown some positive things over the summer and will be looking to solidify our team.

Burroughs and Burbank will battle it out this season in both genders (File photos by Dick Dornan)

Burroughs and Burbank will battle it out this season (File photos by Dick Dornan)

Burbank boys-

The boys cross country team returns only one runner from its varsity team that finished 9th in CIF-SS Division I and barely missed qualifying for the State Championships. However, a hungry pack of young runners, along with lone senior and varsity returner Enrique Vizcaino, look to improve on last year’s finish and get back to the State Meet which has eluded the Bulldogs since 2011.

“Many teams might look at us and say ‘next year,’ but we refuse to accept this as a building year. These guys have seen last year’s varsity team get to the door of the State Meet, so they know what it takes to get there, and they are putting in the work to make it happen,” said Head Coach Trevor Marca.

Among these ambitious newcomers are junior Adam Navar, who won the frosh/soph 3200 and 800 Pacific league titles during track season and sophomore Sam Gorman, who posted a 4:33 time in the 1600 and finished as the frosh/soph runner up in the Pacific League.

To complement the Bulldogs threesome, the coaching staff has several viable options to fill out the top seven. Among them are juniors Ahmad Elzaiat, Jonas Macromallis, Justin Smith, Tanner Payne, and Josh Cantong. Seniors Brandon Sugars and Ethan Stopfer could also land a spot on varsity. Sophomores Josh Cho and Angel Flores figure to run on the frosh-soph level throughout the regular season, but may be promoted to varsity for the team’s post season run.

Burbank girls-

The girls’ team hopes to break its long drought of failing to make it to CIF Finals, a streak that dates back to 1984. The girls’ have confidence this is the year because, they will be led by one of the State’s top runners and backed up by a solid pack eager to make a breakthrough.

Burbank's Candela Fernandez

Burbank’s Candela Fernandez

Junior Candela Fernandez comes off a track season where she broke school records in the 1600 (4:56) and 3200 (10:49), while qualifying for the CIF Masters Meet in the former event. A strong summer of training has Fernandez looking like the runner to beat in the Pacific League and a contender in CIF and State.

“Candela looks amazing out there, but she’s not the reason we coaches think this is the year for a break through. It’s the four or five girls after her who have stepped it up and are insistent to prove this isn’t a one runner team. Everyone knows one runner can’t get a team anywhere alone,” said Marca.

Juniors Caroline Adams and Alexia Hatun – both who competed in the CIF Prelims last cross country season – represent the only varsity returners aside from Fernandez. However, the list of quality runners doesn’t end there. Sophomore soccer stars Kira Bochard and Jamie Giammichele have joined the team and figure to make an immediate impact. Bochard started on the varsity soccer team as a freshman before competing in track during the spring where she took home frosh/soph league titles in the 400 and 300 hurdles. Giammichele had success in the middle distance events in track and has established a strong mileage base during the summer which has brought on big improvement.

Rounding out the top seven for the Lady Dogs will be a group of girls who were pivotal in the frosh/soph team’s Pacific League Championship last season. Juniors Hannah Erickson, Adrienne Coronel, Elyssa Dimanno and Charlene Chua along with sophomores Xochitl Torres and Gabby Collins provide outstanding depth for the Bulldogs.


Burbank Succumbs to Canyon in 35-21 Loss

Burbank's Brandon Alba scores with a throng of sportswriters watching (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Burbank’s Brandon Alba scores with a throng of sportswriters watching (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

By Dick Dornan
myBurbank Sports Editor

The next chapter of Burbank football has officially begun.

With senior James Williams sidelined for the rest of the season because of a torn ACL and MCL in his right knee, the Burbank High football team took to the field for the first time since 2011 without the services of its superstar tailback.

The Bulldogs battled all evening long but shortcomings on both sides of the ball during the third and early fourth quarter proved to be the difference as Canyon pulled away and defeated Burbank, 35-21, Friday night at Harry Welch Field.

Tony Toledo rushed for 73 yards on 15 carries (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Tony Toledo rushed for 73 yards on 15 carries (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

“I thought our kids fought hard. We battled. We represented Burbank to the fullest. I’m proud of them,” Burbank coach Richard Broussard said. “We have a long season ahead of us. We have things that we need to clean up. We just didn’t make enough plays. We made some plays just not enough. We have some things to work on but we had heart tonight.”

Williams’ high school career was ended prematurely when he suffered the injury on the opening kickoff against Bell Gardens two weeks ago. He finished his sparkling two-year run as the area’s best running back with 2,612 yards which ranks him second all-time at BHS just 466 yards behind Ulises Ochoa.

Williams, who has committed to Washington State University, scored 40 career touchdowns slicing and dicing his way through defenses.

With Williams now a spectator on the sideline yelling and cheering his teammates on, the Bulldogs will have to collectively rely on each other to have a productive and positive season.

When asked if the shock of losing Williams had an effect on the game, Broussard vehemently said no.

Burbank gave Canyon all it could handle for most of the game (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Burbank gave Canyon all it could handle for most of the game (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

“Heck no. We were the most hyped we’ve ever been. Our guys were excited about this game,” he said. “I’m sure people were shocked how well we played against this team. We have some tough little scrappy kids from Burbank.”

The first half was well played as both teams exchanged touchdowns to enter halftime tied at 14 apiece.

Canyon (2-2) began the scoring with a 53-yard catch and run to the house on the third play of the game.

Burbank (2-1) tied it a seven when senior quarterback Ryan Meredith snuck in from one yard out with 3:12 left in the first quarter.

Early in the second period, the Bulldogs took advantage of a Canyon penalty on fourth down (illegal participation) and kept its drive going when Brandon Alba scored on a fly sweep from four yards. A 32-yard pass from Meredith to Dorian Houshoulder sparked the drive.

Burbank maintained a 14-7 lead until Canyon’s Myron McAfee burst through the Bulldogs defense en route to a 77 yard touchdown run that sent the teams into the locker room deadlocked at 14.

The Bulldogs went into a funk for the next quarter-and-a-half with penalties, poor tackling and an inept offense that allowed Canyon to take a commanding 35-14 lead with 6:29 left in the game.

Ryan Meredith scrambles as he looks for a receiver down field (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Ryan Meredith scrambles as he looks for a receiver down field (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Reality had set in that Williams was no longer on the field to make the big play. For the first time in the game, Bulldog players appeared lost and in need of a spark.

“We’re so used to making big plays that we were getting complacent because 21 (Williams) wasn’t out there to hit the home run,” Broussard said. “Ryan had to grind this thing out. We will take what they give us and move the ball.”

Meredith, who completed 18 of 27 for 174 yards, was his own worst enemy in the third quarter throwing an interception and multiple incompletions while visibly getting down on himself.

“Ryan is his own worst critic. He’s hard on himself,” Broussard said. “But he was slinging it on that last drive.”

And sling it he did completing seven of eight passes for 91 yards on Burbank’s final drive which culminated when Tony Toledo scored from a yard out to make it 35-21 with 2:31 remaining in the contest.

Toledo rushed for 73 yards on 15 carries. Houshoulder caught six passes for 101 yards. But there was no escaping the fact that Williams’ absence, now permanent, had an effect on the team emotionally and physically.

“We definitely wanted to go out and play hard for James because he’s my brother,” Houshoulder said. “I’ve been playing with him since freshman year. I love him to death. I want to show him that we can still ball out.”

“We have a lot to play for this season,” Toledo added. “James was our best player but we have to all step up now. We’re going to miss him but it’s up to us now to make it happen. We just have to play hard all game and we can do it.”

Burbank plays at Pasadena (1-2) next Friday in its Pacific League opener at 7 p.m.

Burbank Football Off to 2-0 Start Despite Key Injuries {updated}

By Dick Dornan
myBurbank Sports Editor

This wasn’t in the plans for Burbank Coach Richard Broussard. Two games into the season, the first-year football coach lost his two best offensive players due to injuries, senior running back James Williams and senior quarterback Ryan Meredith. The great news, however, is that Burbank is 2-0 with a big game coming up on Friday at Canyon at 7:30 p.m.

Williams, a commit to Washington State, and Meredith, a rapidly developing college prospect, were looking to lead a potent Bulldogs’ offensive attack to prolific heights.

Meredith suffered a high left ankle sprain late in a 26-14 victory at Ayala. The following week, Williams injured his right knee on the opening kickoff against Bell Gardens in which BHS toughened out a 15-14 road win.

With Pacific League action looming ahead in one week, Meredith has been diagnosed as day-to-day while Williams’ sparkling career is over. A recent MRI showed a tear of the MCL and ACL ending the superstar’s high school career.



“Start of the season has been crazy,” Broussard said. “We lost two key guys on offense but we get to see what our defense is made of. They have answered the call both games and are the main reason we are 2-0.”

Sophomore Andy Reyes has been a bright spot for Burbank with 23 tackles. Sophomore Guy Gibbs has filled in admirably at quarterback with senior Tony Toledo and sophomore Jake Kelley sharing the duties at running back.

Next up is Canyon who is 1-2 on the young season. Then Burbank ends its four-game road trip with a contest at league-foe Pasadena on Sept. 26.

“Canyon is going to be a challenge for us, which is why we scheduled them,” Broussard said. ”They have a solid multiple formation offense. Their defense is hard-nosed and stout.”

Game recaps-

Burbank 15 Bell Gardens 14

No Ryan Meredith. No James Williams. No problem. The Bulldogs survived a scare Friday night as they fended off Bell Gardens without the services of their two star players. Meredith sat out nursing a badly sprained ankle while Williams got hurt on the opening kickoff.

Tony Toledo’s one-yard touchdown run and back-up quarterback Guy Gibb’s 33-yard TD pass to Dorian Housholder was all the scoring that BHS would need. The Bulldogs’ defense came through preventing a two-point conversion attempt by Bell Gardens with 50 seconds left in the game. Burbank is now 2-0 and next plays at Canyon on Sept. 19 with a bye this week.

Burbank 26 Ayala 14

Ryan Meredith threw for 230 yards and three touchdowns as the Bulldogs won their season opener on the road. Meredith connected on a 13-yd pass to Nick Cantong to give BHS the early 6-0 advantage in the second quarter. With Ayala leading 7-6 entering the second half, Meredith found Dorian Housholder on a five-yard touchdown pass to reclaim the lead 12-7. Cantong returned an interception for a pick-six to make it 19-7 with six minutes to go in the third quarter. Meredith capped off a 14-for-25 performance with a 30-yard TD pass to Tony Toledo during the early part of the 4th period.


Burroughs Triumphs in the Midst of Tragedy, 45-17

Andy Amela was symbolic of the Indians' heart on Friday night (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Andy Amela was symbolic of the Indians’ heart on Friday night (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

By Dick Dornan
myBurbank Sports Editor

The perfect pass. The perfect catch. The perfect touchdown. Just maybe the pass was guided and delivered from heaven above. From cousin to cousin.

On a day that was filled with emotions ranging from pain, shock, hurt and emptiness ended in a temporary feeling of elation on the football field.

Hours after learning about the death of his cousin, April Townsend, and two others (Jake Gnasso, Ian Bulbenko), Burroughs quarterback Andy Amela showed the heart of a champion and guided the Indians to a 45-17 victory over Rosemead on Friday night at Memorial Field.

Erick Hernandez caught an 86-yard TD pass from Andy Amela (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Erick Hernandez caught an 86-yard TD pass from Andy Amela (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Amela completed 13 of 19 passes for 258 yards including an 86-yard touchdown pass to Erick Hernandez that shook the stadium from the ground up. The picture-perfect throw nestled into the hands of a streaking Hernandez up the Rosemead sideline. It gave JBHS an insurmountable 38-17 lead midway through the fourth quarter.

“He threw it out there and I just kept running,” Hernandez said. “I didn’t know if I was going to get there but I kept running and I got to it. I turned on the jets and that was it.”

The 86-yard touchdown was the sixth longest pass in Burroughs history and the longest since 2008. The record is 93 yards set on October 19, 1996, when J.K. Scott found Glenn Adriatico in a 32-28 victory against Saugus.

Amela completed his final four passes of the game for 157 yards. He ended the contest with one TD pass and no interceptions. Hernandez led the Indians with five catches for 127 yards.

The Indians upended the Panthers with a strong second half (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Indians upended the Panthers with a strong second half (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“Andy Amela, for a guy who has never played quarterback in high school football, stepped in and made adjustments on some throws that were amazing,” Burroughs coach Keith Knoop said. “You can’t teach veteran guys sometimes that stuff. We tried to spread the ball around and take advantage of what they were giving us.”

The win was the first of the season for Burroughs (1-1) who played with heavy hearts having to deal with the death of Gnasso, a wide receiver for the Indians in 2012, as well as Amela’s cousin and Bulbenko.

“It was really big for us. Everyone was distracted by it,” Hernandez said. “We had a couple of guys who were affected by it. We came out kind of slow but we picked it up. We did it for them.”

The victory was bittersweet for Burroughs Principal John Paramo whose younger brother, Mark, is the head coach for Rosemead.

Aidan Anding breaks free on a punt return (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Aidan Anding breaks free on a punt return (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“My brother and I are both very competitive and it’s kind of a sentimental game because we just lost our dad about a year ago. My dad was a huge football fan and a big supporter of Rosemead High School,” Paramo said. “So this is kind of an emotional one for my brother and I. But it’s kind of nice to win.”

Paramo smiled proudly from the sidelines as Burroughs broke away from a 10-10 halftime deadlock and dominated the second half. Considering the difficult circumstances, the win was soothing for many.

“It’s really hard to describe because you are coming out here and trying to be supportive of the football players and all the football families that are out here to support the team,” Paramo said. “But the kids have been amazing. We have really good kids. This is indicative of the students here at John Burroughs. I’m very proud of them.”

Hunter Guerin scored two touchdowns (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Hunter Guerin scored two touchdowns (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Indians began the scoring when Hunter Guerin scored on a 1-yard run with 7:50 left in the first quarter. Aidan Anding’s 29-yard punt return gave JB good field position which it capitalized upon.

Trailing 10-7, Andres Aguilar nailed a 30-yd field goal as time expired in the first half to tie it for Burroughs.

The Indians set the tone for a strong second half by taking the opening kickoff and driving 70 yards in nine plays. An 18-yard pass from Amela to Hernandez followed by an 18-yard run from Chance Bell set up Bell’s 1-yard plunge for a 17-10 lead.

Guerin returned the ensuing Rosemead punt 55 yards to the house for a 24-10 advantage.

After the Panthers (0-3) cut the deficit to seven, the Indians roared right back. Hernandez returned the kickoff 25 yards to give JBHS excellent field position on its own 43 yard line.

Chance Bell scored twice for Burroughs (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Chance Bell scored twice for Burroughs (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

A 36-yard pass from Amela to Nick Mercado and runs of nine and one (TD) by Bell pushed the Indians’ lead back to 14 at 31-17 at the 1:19 mark of the third period.

That set the stage for Amela’s heroics finding Hernandez on the 86-yard TD pass with 8:09 left in the game.

Burroughs capped off the win when Ash Hawkins scored from six yards out for the final margin of victory.

“It took a little bit of time because they changed some things on defense,” Knoop said. “Once we figured out what they were doing, then the run game opened up. They tried to press our receivers and we took advantage of that.”

Bell ran for 57 yards on 12 carries while Guerin rushed for 33 yards on 10 carries. Guerin played a strong game at safety with multiple pass breakups. Anding caught five passes for 64 yards.

The Indians are now on the road for five consecutive weeks starting at Santa Fe on Sept. 19.


Burroughs Girls Volleyball Features a Fountain of Youth

By Jim Riggio
Special to MyBurbank

Losing three all-league league players in a sport where just six are on the court at one time might devastate some programs.

But that does not appear to be the case for the Burroughs High girls’ volleyball team.

Last season the Indians went 18-10 overall,  11-3 in Pacific League play.

Lost to graduation are first-team all-league players Dani Gonzalez and Caitlin Cottrell as well as second-team all-league pick Katie Rutecki.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Coach Edwin Real, who is entering his 11th year as the head coach after being a longtime assistant under legendary Buroughs coach Linda Murphy, has reason to be optimistic with five returning varsity players.

However, it could be a newcomer that becomes the player Real builds his program around for the next four years.

Burroughs has been bolstered by 6-foot-3 freshman middle blocker Marin Grote, who was recently named Most Valuable Player of the Foothill Invitational.

“Our team is improving every time we get together,” Real said. “We had a slow summer, but everybody does because kids are with their club team or doing something else.”

Real got an idea of what his team could be like during the Foothill Invitational.

“We got everyone here about three weeks ago and we did well in that tournament,” he said. “We played a scrimmage (Wednesday). Now we’re kind of up and down a little bit. We know what we have to come back and work on. We don’t need to work on skill. We have to work on our hustle and work ethic.”

Junior middle blocker Danielle Ryan (6-0) is a returning honorable mention all-league selection.

Senior setter Lizzy Gunn (5-6) is another key returner. Senior outside hitter Kelsey Strong (5-8) is a third year varsity player. Senior opposite hitter Jaclyn Offerman (5-7) and junior defensive specialist Sammie Sullivan (5-6) also return.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Indians have a strong core of young players as seven of the 13 varsity players are either freshmen or sophomores.

Freshman opposite hitter Jules Cottrell (5-8) and freshman setter Payton Jenson (5-5) are two who figure to be stars before they graduate.

Sophomore middle blocker Caleigh Paster (5-10) moves up from the junior varsity. Sophomore Abby Bolde (5-7) will offer help as a setter. Sophomore Cecera Suarez (5-7) is a versatile player and sophomore Sophia Rizzotti (5-9) will help as an opposite hitter.

Real said he likes the feeling of being an underdog in the Pacific League and knows Arcadia is the heavy favorite to repeat as the league champion behind star Lexi Resch, who is regarded as one of the best players in league history.

“Arcadia is pretty good. They should be strong. I think Burbank has everybody back so they will be strong,” said Real. “I think we’ll be competitive and we’ll challenge (for the league title). I don’t think people will think we’ll challenge because of the people who graduated, but now we have others. You can’t just give up.”

Burroughs hosts Hoover to begin Pacific League play on September 18 and travels to Arcadia on October 2. Battles against rival Burbank will be on Oct. 9 and November 4.