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Burbank Football Coach Colman Honored By Chargers

By Rick Assad

For the Burbank High football team, the season actually begins during the dog days of summer in July and August and concludes sometime during the chill of November.

The Bulldogs fashioned an 8-2 overall mark and own a 7-0 record in the Pacific League, capturing the title undisputedly.

One of the benefits of a successful campaign is playing host to Tustin at Memorial Field in a CIF Southern Section Division VII first-round playoff game.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Another came on Thursday at the quad when the Los Angeles Chargers presented Adam Colman with a plaque and a check for one thousand dollars as its high school coach of the week.

Colman, the first-year head man was surrounded by his team, teachers, administrators, students, the marching band, cheerleaders, a pair of Chargers cheerleaders and D’Mario Carter, an intern with the Chargers Community Relations Youth Football Department.

The Chargers selected Colman after Burbank’s 37-20 upset victory over then-undefeated Crescenta Valley on Oct. 20 at Glendale High’s Moyse Field.

“Definitely unexpected. When Pat [McMenamin] told me I was a little shocked,” said Colman, who played quarterback for the Bulldogs and graduated from UCLA, but didn’t play football. “It’s a cool honor. But it’s not just me. It’s a staff thing. A team thing. This is all because of [Richard] Broussard and it’s all because of what he’s built here. Any time a coach gets an honor, it’s a whole staff award and this is a staff that [Broussard] built.”

Colman’s staff includes Manuel Lemus, defensive coordinator, Rob Ashby, defensive line coach, Pete Roses, linebackers coach, Kevin Hefner, wide receivers coach, Marvin Reyes, defensive backs coach, Douglas Pierce, running backs coach, Jim Summy, offensive analyst, Joe Manasewitsch, offensive line coach and Fred, assistant coach.

Adam Colman gets a handshake from Burbank High Principal Mike Bertram. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Colman added: “We say family and that word gets thrown around a lot in sports,” he said. “There’s a family feel around here.”

Also on hand was Patrick McMenamin, co-athletic director along with Bruce Breeden, who most-recently coached the girl’s basketball team.

“This is a special day for Coach Colman and our football program,” McMenamin said. “I think it speaks to the buy-in that he’s created with our kids and our program and it’s nice to be recognized by an organization as good as the L.A. Chargers.”

McMenamin went on: “In that CV game we started off with a 27-0 lead,” he said. “Our kids were well prepared and that doesn’t happen without a strong coaching staff. We studied up on CV. They’re a well-coached and strong team.”

Senior wide receiver/linebacker Drew Pendleton has been a key contributor to Burbank’s success and is pleased that Colman received the recognition.

“It means a lot because we tried to do it last year [win the division title] and we couldn’t do it,” Pendleton said. “To get it this year, it means a lot. I really didn’t think the Chargers would show up. There’s a big desire because we’re not satisfied with winning the league. We want to go on and win the championship.”

Junior running back Chadz Vang has also had a crucial role this season and thinks the team will do well in the postseason.

“Feels like we’re back in the CIF again,” Vang noted. “Feels like last year’s championship against Yorba Linda, but it’s the first game of the playoffs,”

Vang said that Colman has guided the team in the right direction since the initial practice began.

“Each day, since the beginning of the summer, it’s very hot. No one’s used to it,” he said. “We get through. Like a team. Like a family. Yes, it’s worth it.”

After Thursday’s award ceremony, one would think that Colman would wholeheartedly agree.

Burbank Names New Girls’ Basketball Coach

Burbank High didn’t have to go too far to find its next girls’ basketball coach.

John Wells, a first-year physical education teacher at the school and associate head coach this past season, has been named to the post.

Wells, 32, spent six seasons as an assistant coach at Claremont McKenna College. His mother, Jodie Burton, was the longtime head coach at Claremont.Ross A. Benson Photo

The announcement of Wells’ hiring comes less than a week after Bruce Breeden stepped aside to dedicate more time to being a co-athletic director.

“Working with the girls this past year, we’re very familiar with each other,” Wells said of his transition into his new role.

Burbank Survives Late Rally by El Toro to Prevail, 53-41

Coach Bruce Breeden talks to his team during a timeout (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Coach Bruce Breeden talks to his team during a timeout (Photo by Dick Dornan)

By Dick Dornan
BurbankNBeyond Sports Editor

Courtney Seidler scores two of her 16 points (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Courtney Seidler scores two of her 16 points (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Survive and advance. With doubt starting to creep in, the Burbank girls basketball team dug deep and weathered the storm. The Bulldogs capped off their first round CIF Division IA playoff game on a 9-0 run to capture a nerve-wracking 53-41 win against El Toro.

The Bulldogs victory propelled them into a second round matchup at No. 2 seed Canyon Springs next Wednesday.

“We got rattled. We weren’t nervous when we started but you could feel we were getting a little tight. But I thought we finished strong and hopefully got rid of the jitters,” Burbank Coach Bruce Breeden said. “We survived. There’s like 16 teams that would like to be in our spot tonight. So I am pleased.”

Leading 44-30 late in the third quarter and in full control of the game, Burbank went cold from the field while El Toro gained confidence on each possession. The Chargers’ Meagan Ballard knocked down a three pointer to end the third quarter to cut the deficit to 44-35 and followed that up with another trey with 7:11 left in the game to bring El Toro within six points.

After a Burbank turnover, one of four in the quarter, Christen Morris hit a triple from the top of the key and suddenly a commanding 14-point lead by the Bulldogs had been whittled down to just three, 44-41. Burbank proceeded to commit back to back turnovers and a missed layup on its next three possessions. Fortunately for the Bulldogs, El Toro failed to capitalize on the mistakes.

Ratiana Karapet of Burbank is called for a charge on this drive to the basket (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Ratiana Karapet of Burbank is called for a charge on this drive to the basket (Photo by Dick Dornan)

With less than three minutes remaining, Burbank settled down and finished the game on a strong note. Senior Aja Locke rebounded a Courtney Seidler miss and was fouled on the put back. Locke converted both free throws to stop the 11-0 run by the Chargers.

Two possessions later, Burbank ran a well-executed inbounds play with Sharis Ghazeri finding a wide-open Ashley Linda on the left wing for an 18-foot jumper that she drilled to give BHS a 48-41 lead with 1:48 left. El Toro promptly called timeout but to no avail.

Jamie Gonzalez buried a three-pointer from the left corner that tickled the twine with nothing but the bottom of the net. After an El Toro miss, Ghazeri came down, split the defense and dished a beautiful pass to Seidler for the basket setting off a wild celebration for the Bulldogs.

“I think we just got too complacent with our lead. We got a little bit cocky towards the end,” said Seidler, who scored 16 points for BHS. “If we play like that, we won’t make it far at all. But if we come out and play like we did at the beginning, we will be fine.”

Coach Bruce Breeden celebrates the victory after the final buzzer sounds (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Coach Bruce Breeden celebrates the victory after the final buzzer sounds (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Burbank (16-12) roared out of the doghouse with an explosive 22-13 lead at the end of the first quarter and a 34-24 advantage at the half. The lead ballooned to 41-25 after Locke made a five-foot jump shot. El Toro mounted a rally but Burbank was intent on surviving and moving into the next round.

Gonzalez scored 11 points, Ghazeri added nine and Locke chipped in with eight in a well-balanced effort for the Bulldogs.

“We have nothing to lose on Wednesday,” Breeden said. “Let’s go roll the dice. Anything can happen.”