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CIF Releases Winter Sports Playoff Division Placings

The CIF Southern Section released the playoff division placings for all winter sports teams on Friday.
The placement determines what divisions each sports team will be competing in should they advance to postseason play.

The team with arguably the best chance of winning a CIF title in the winter, the Burroughs boys’ soccer team, was placed in Division 3 and will be one of 55 schools competing for the Division 3 title.

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

The defending league champion Indians return a strong core led by senior midfielder Carlos Rosales and All-CIF junior winger Manny Gonzalez.
The Burbank High boys’ soccer team was placed in Division 5.
The Burroughs girls’ basketball team was one of 34 teams placed in Division 2A.
The Indians are led by junior All-CIF pick Faith Boulanger.
Burbank High’s girls’ team was placed in Division 3A.

The Burroughs girls’ soccer team was placed in Division 4. Burbank High’s girls’ team was placed in Division 5.

In boys basketball, Burbank High is one of 40 schools that will compete for the 2A championship.

The Burroughs boys’ basketball team was placed in Division 3A.

For girls water polo, Burroughs was placed in Division 5 and Burbank High will be in Division 6.


Burbank Girls Basketball Nearly Upsets Glendale

The effort was certainly there and the atmosphere appeared to favor the Burbank High girls’ basketball team at home Friday evening when the Bulldogs hosted Glendale High in a Pacific League contest.

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But the Nitros and Jillian Yanai had other things in mind, as the senior guard led Glendale to a 52-49 victory.

“We made a lot of turnovers in the first half. I think if we played better in the first half, we’d have won the game,” Burbank coach John Wells said. “It doesn’t come down to close calls at the end if we played better in the first half. We did what we needed to do. We took it to the hoop and they were in foul trouble all game. We were making our free throws.”

Yanai kept the Nitros (16-7 overall, 8-1 in the league) in the game by hitting some clutch shots. She finished with a game-high 29 points.

“I’ve been working on it for a very long time, so I’m glad it came through tonight,” Yanai said of her shot.

Burbank (9-14, 4-5 in the league) actually led at the end of the first quarter, 12-8, and at halftime, 21-19.

Both teams fought back in the third quarter as the lead changed four times.

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Burbank last led with 3:15 left in the quarter when Osanna Tirityan hit a free throw to make it 30-29. She led Burbank with 22 points.

“We offensive rebound very well. It’s part of our offense. Osanna shares the ball really well. We played hard defense. If we don’t give up second-chance points and control the offensive glass we’re going to be in every game,” Wells said. “Our Achilles heel is that we turn the ball over.  It’s usually in the first half and then we settle down and get in the groove. We just have to get better in the first half.”

Burbank tied things up at 38 with 5:53 to play as Emily Monterrey’s shot banked in off the glass.

The Bulldogs got within two points with 1:32 to play on a basket by freshman Jayla Flowers.

After a Burbank timeout, Yanai completed a three-point play for the Nitros to push the lead to 47-42.

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Burbank made a late push with a three-pointer from Tirityan and a basket by Sofia Aslanyan. But the Bulldogs were unable to get a shot off after Glendale missed a free throw with 1.7 seconds left.

The Bulldogs got 11 points from Sophia Jimenez. Flowers finished with eight points and Aslanyan had six points. Monterrey had two points.

Burroughs Girls Basketball Shuts Down Burbank

By Nareg Atteukenian

The Burroughs High girls’ basketball lost to rival Burbank on their home floor earlier this season.

Thursday night in the regular season finale, the Indians returned the favor, defeating the host Bulldogs 37-22.

“It was more of our defense and Burbank struggled in their first half shooting,” said Burroughs coach Vicky Oganyan of the first half effort, which saw her team lead 23-11 at halftime.

Burroughs (18-11 overall, 8-4 in league) outplayed the Bulldogs and kept their guards from getting into a rhythm.

“The conversation at halftime was to make the passes we needed to make, take the shots we needed to take,” Burbank coach John Wells on the changes at the half. “We had some open looks tonight, (but) they didn’t fall.”

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Burbank (14-15, 5-7) attempted to rally in the second half of the game but it was too little, too late.

“They came to shut down Ani and Osanna… and myself as a coach,” said Burbank’s coach John Wells about the game. “We needed to make some adjustments and I didn’t make them, and I let this team down tonight.”

Jocelyn Rieken led the Indians in scoring with 14 points. Kamryn Cardenaz had 11 points. Marin Grote had four points and Ariana Farias had three points. A’sia Morales and Caitlyn Pentland each had two points and Angelica Davtyan had one point.

From the Bulldogs, Osanna Tirityan led the way with seven points. Emma Kerr added six points. Sarah Sarquiz, Stephanie Grigorian, and Ani Sarkisyan each had three points.

Rally Attempt by Burbank High Girls’ Basketball Team Falls Short

The Burbank High girls’ basketball had its ups and down this season.

Friday night the Bulldogs struggled early on, but finished strong.

Unfortunately, visiting Arcadia High answered every challenge Burbank made and held on for a 48-43 Pacific League victory.

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“We were very flat in the first half. If they played like they did in the fourth quarter we win the game no question about it,” Burbank coach John Wells said. “We have a problem of when we’re bad, we’re bad and when we’re good, we’re good.  We have to find the middle.”

Burbank (10-10 overall, 2-3 in league) played without starting point guard Ani Sarkisyan, who was out with an undisclosed injury.

“When you’re without your guard who runs your offense it makes things tougher, but we got the flow in the fourth quarter we just got it too late,” Wells said.

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Burbank trailed 26-16 at halftime and 33-26 going into the fourth quarter.

But that is when Sarah Sarquiz got hot.

Sarquiz scored eight of her team-high 13 points in the final quarter.

She hit a key three pointer with 4 minutes to play to cut the deficit to 37-34. She hit another three pointer at the 2:36 mark to make it 41-39.

Burbank tied things at 43 with 1:04 left as Sabrina Zakarian picked up a rebound and put it back in.

But Arcadia’s Lindsey Young hit a three pointer with 43 seconds left that stunned the Bulldogs.

Burbank did have opportunities in the end, but could not convert.

The Bulldogs got seven points each from Zakarian, Osanna Tirityan and Stephanie Grigorian. Center Emma Kerr had six points.  Emily Pennings had three points for the Bulldogs.




Burroughs, Burbank Girls Basketball Reach For Sky

By Rick Assad


It isn’t out of the realm of possibility that the Burroughs High and Burbank girls’ basketball teams finish in the top half of the Pacific League and make a long run in the CIF Southern Section playoffs.

The Indians, who were 24-6 a season ago, have advanced to the semifinals the last two years and have gone undefeated in league action at 14-0 for three straight campaigns under Coach Vicky Oganyan.

The Bulldogs qualified for the postseason last year, but lost in the opening round to Garden Grove.

Burroughs commences its league schedule on Jan. 3 against Pasadena while Burbank travels to Crescenta Valley.

On Jan. 20 the Indians host the Bulldogs and on Feb. 9 Burroughs visits rival Burbank.

For first-year Burbank Coach John Wells, he has high expectations provided the team continues to improve which he expects them to do.

The projected starters for Oganyan include 5-foot-8 senior guard Kamryn Cardenaz, 5-8 senior forward Haley Wilson, 5-9 senior forward Jocelyn Rieken, 6-4 junior center Marin Grote and 5-3 sophomore guard Ariana Farias.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Cardenaz and Wilson will be the primary scorers, but both will be expected to rebound and play defense, which are staples of Oganyan’s team.

Grote, who was tabbed all-league second-team, will be counted upon to score, but her primarily responsibility is to play defense, rebound and block shots. She is committed to the University of Washington for volleyball.

“My expectations are to have my team improve each game and to put in the preparation during practice so we will be good when league starts,” Oganyan said.

Oganyan, who played at Glendale High, knows that she and her team have an extremely high standard, but it’s not only about going undefeated in league.

“We don’t worry about that,” she said. “We’re concerned about getting better each game and if we’re getting better, that’s all we’re concerned about.”

The rest of the team consists of 5-6 senior guard Breana Bauer, 5-10 senior center Caitlyn Pentland, 5-7 senior forward Angelia Davtyan, 5-7 sophomore guard Jill Kukawski and 5-2 sophomore guard Ayumi DeHerrera.

Others include 5-6 sophomore guard Camryn Lotka, 5-8 sophomore forward Nicole Rumfola, 5-5 sophomore guard Emily Gutierrez, 5-5 freshman guard Sophie Hawkins and 5-5 freshman guard A’sia Morales.

The Bulldogs finished 18-11 and 8-6 in league action and the roster consists of eight seniors, three sophomores and one freshman.

“League will be very competitive this year,” Wells said. “There are a handful of teams that can all beat one another and we should be right in that mix.”

Sophomore shooting guard Osanna Tirityan is 5-8 and she paced the Bulldogs in scoring and rebounding.

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Tirityan, who was named all-league first-team, will be asked to do as much and perhaps even more.

“Osanna took the league by storm as a freshman and now they know her and she’s going to improve this year,” Wells said.

Senior point guard Ani Sarkisyan is 5-6, the floor leader and one of the captains along with 5-8 senior forward Sarah Sarquiz, who has been bothered by a knee injury at the end of her sophomore season.

Both have been on the varsity for three seasons and expectations will be greater this season for both.

Senior center Emma Kerr is 6-1 and a capable scorer, but is especially adept at blocking shots and rebounding.

Kerr led the team in blocks a season ago. “Emma is a force in the middle,” Wells said.

The rest of the team includes 5-10 senior forward Sabrina Zakarian, 5-5 senior guard Stephanie Grigorian, 5-6 senior guard Emily Pennings and 5-5 senior small forward Kaitlynn Hanno.

The remainder of the squad includes 5-11 senior forward Ashley Machuca, 5-10 sophomore forward Robyn Kassens, 5-9 sophomore forward Sofia Aslanyan and 5-5 freshman guard Brianna Castro.

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.”