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Burbank, Burroughs Will Be Well Represented in College

Graduation season is always one with mixed emotions, as a new group of graduates are sent out into the world.

Burbank and Burroughs Highs will both miss a number of graduates who will be tough to replace as leaders in sports.

The following summarizes where student athletes from the two schools will continue their education and athletic careers.


With two teams that reached CIF Championship contests, the Bulldogs will certainly have some representation at the college level.

Burbank’s football team has at least six that will continue their careers, all in separate directions.

Burbank High’s Joey Miller will be playing for UC Davis. ( Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Receiver Joey Miller is headed to the University of California, Davis. Linebacker Jake Kelley is headed to the University of La Verne. Quarterback Guy Gibbs will move on to Glendale Community College. Receiver Forrest Fajardo will play at Pasadena City College. Offensive lineman Scott Breslin will continue at Ventura College and defensive end Matthew Villagran will play at Los Angeles Valley College.

From the basketball team, Michael Woods is headed to UC Merced. Thomas Clark is headed to Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn.  Point guard Cameron Sweeten is going to play at Compton Community College. Faraz Khandaker plans to play, but has yet to make a decision.

Michael Woods will continue at UC Merced. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

From the Burbank baseball team, Danny Porras is headed to Claremont McKenna. Matt Lungaro will attend the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Lungaro will have a teammate nearby, as Henry Leake is continuing his career at Babson College in Massachusetts.

Girls’ soccer and track star Kira Bochard will compete in both sports at the University of Montevallo in Alabama. Her soccer teammate Dani Yanez is moving on to play at Chico State University. Track star Haleigh Cusumano will continue her career at UC San Diego.

Kira Bochard (left) and Haleigh Cusumano (right) will both run in college. Photo By: Edaward Tovmassian

Boys’ track star Vedavit Shetty will move on to Glendale Community College. GCC will also get a boost from distance runner Angel Flores. Burbank girls’ distance runner Jamie Giammichele will move on to Cal State Northridge, where she will make an attempt to compete with the cross country team.

From the girls’ volleyball team, Rachel Wiley will continue her career at Pierce College in Woodland Hills.


The Indians’ class of 2017 is headlined by football players Chance Bell and Jesse Chamberlain. Bell, a running back, is headed to San Diego State. Chamberlain, an offensive lineman, signed a letter of intent with San Jose State University.

Jesse Chamberlain (left) and Chance Bell (right) will both be playing major college football. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Burroughs boys’ basketball star Tristen Hull will continue his career at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota.

Diego Galaviz, a left-sided defender on Burroughs’ Pacific League champion boys’ soccer team, has signed with Cal State Dominguez Hill. Cameron Kelly and Jake Lasso-Spell are both planning on playing at Los Angeles Mission College.

Goalkeeper Jordan Morgan is uncommitted, but will play in college. Defender Richard Alonzo is also considering the idea of continuing his career, but is undecided.

From the girls’ soccer team, Mireya Gonzalez and Alondra Solis will both move on to Alcorn State University.  Golfer Maddie Riggs, who also played soccer, will bring her clubs to UC Irvine.

Also from the girls’ golf team, Ashley Phelps will play at Cal State Northridge and Raelinn Arnold will play at Buena Vista University.

Ashley Phelps will play golf at Cal State Northridge.

From the boys’ golf team, Louis D’Aquila will play at College of the Canyons.

Boys’ volleyball star Connor Ludlum is planning on playing at Santa Barbara Community College.

Distance runners Patrick and Timothy Wells will continue their cross country and track careers at Pepperdine University.

Timothy Wells is moving on to Pepperdine University. Photo By: Edaward Tovmassian

Middle distance star Daniel Fendrich is still undecided between Glendale Community College and Cal State Northridge.

Distance runner Heidi Eligio will continue at Northridge. Izzy Funes, a jumper and sprinter, will continue her career at Occidental College. Sprinter Megan Wade will continue at the University of La Verne.

Burroughs’ softball team will continue have a few more players moving on. Lauren Lopez will continue  at Wilmington College in Delaware next year. Brianna Johnson will be playing at Bloomfield College in New Jersey and Amanda Flores will be at Pasadena City College.

From the girls’ basketball team Haley Wilson and Caitlyn Pentland are expected to play at Glendale Community College.

Burroughs baseball players Justin Palafox and Riley Hooper are also expected to play at Glendale Community College.

Burroughs swimmer Nathan Armstrong will continue his career at Beloit College in Wisconsin.


Burroughs, Burbank Girls’ Golf Show Improvement at DeBell

Everyone likes to call some place home.

DeBell Golf Course is that natural place to Burbank and Burroughs highs.

Wednesday in the fourth Pacific League golf match of the season, Burroughs narrowed the gap toward the top of the league standings and Burbank showed great improvement.

San Marino High finished first scoring 203, followed by Arcadia with 208, Burroughs with 214, Crescenta Valley 231, Burbank with 270 and La Canada with 280.

“This course is like our second home,” Burroughs’ Ashley Phelps said. “Playing at home we should do better, but there is a lot of pressure.”


Certainly it couldn’t have been easy for Burroughs after playing a practice round with Crescenta Valley on the same course on Monday.

Coach Greg Everhart said his team shot 202 in that practice match.

“It’s unfortunate they didn’t shoot the same as Monday,” Everhart said. “Our goal is to keep pushing so they have the confidence to play their best when it really counts.”

Burbank High Branko Sevic said his team finished out of the league cellar for the first time in three years.

Arcadia freshman Katie Villegas was the low medalist, shooting a one-under par 36.

Burroughs showed consistency in staying close.

Maddie Riggs and Annie Adachi each shot 42. Phelps and Gabija Petrulis each shot 43 and Raelin Arnold shot 44. Bella Nava shot 47.


Burbank was led by Amy Tran, who shot 43. Olga Marie Davis shot 46. Pawee Akkharachotmongkhol shot 57, Cassie Vargas shot 60 and Erin Tanner shot 64.


Burbank, Burroughs Girls’ Golf Face Tough Challenge

If competing in a tough Pacific League wasn’t enough, the Burbank and Burroughs high girls’ golf teams also had to face a challenging course Wednesday afternoon.

Competing in the third league match of the season, the teams competed at La Canada Country Club.

Like the first two league encounters, Burroughs finished in third in the standings and Burbank finished sixth.

Arcadia took first by shooting 189. Defending CIF Southern Section Northern Division champion San Marino finished second with 199. Burroughs shot 218, Crescenta Valley 227, La Canada 265 and Burbank 276.

Elizabeth Wang of San Marino was the low medalist shooting 35 on the Par-34 course.


“This course was definitely a little more challenging than others, especially for walking,” Burroughs Ashley Phelps said. “The greens were tough for everybody. Overall I wasn’t super happy with my round but I can’t complain because there’s a couple of things that happened that you can’t control. I’m happy overall with how the team did. We’re still shooting low scores.”


Phelps shot 40 to lead Burroughs. Maddie Riggs and Gabija Petrulis each shot 44. Raelinn Arnold and Annie Adachi each shot 45. Abbie Riggs shot 50.

Burbank was led by Amy Tran, who shot 44.


“I think the greens were playing a little slow today, but overall it wasn’t that bad,” Tran said. “I just wasn’t able to hit the shots that I wanted to.”

Also for Burbank, Olga Marie Davis shot 51, Pawee Akkharachotmongkhol shot 57, Erin Tanner 61 and Cassie Morin 63.