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CIF Releases Fall Sports Playoff Divisions

The status of whether or not high school sports will be played this fall remains as many concerns over Covid-19 have not gone away.
The CIF Southern Section has released its playoff sports divisions for all fall sports except for football should everything return to normal.

If we do have a sports season this fall, the Burbank and Burroughs High cross country teams can expect to compete in Division 1 should they make it to postseason competition.

Burbank High reported an enrollment of 2,563 to the Southern Section. Burroughs reported its enrollment is 2,504. Schools that were placed in Division 1 have enrollments that exceed 2,481.

Jordan Guzman of Burroughs

Burbank is coming off a fifth-place finish in the state in Division 1 with its boys’ team. But having lost many of its runners to graduation, the Burbank girls’ team appears to be the team to watch this season with a strong group returning.
Burroughs should be strong as its young and talented group of the past few years now has lots of experience under its belt.

In girls volleyball, defending league champion Burroughs has been placed in Division 3. The Burbank High girls’ volleyball team was placed in Division 4.

For boys water polo, Burroughs has been placed in Division 4. Burbank High will compete in Division 6 if it qualifies for postseason play.

For girls tennis, Burbank High has been placed in Division 2. League rivals Arcadia and Crescenta Valley have both been placed in Division 1. Burroughs High has been placed in Division 3.

CIF Southern Section Releases Fall Playoff Division Placings

The CIF Southern Section late Friday released its divisional playoff placings for Fall Sports.

For football, Burbank High dropped from Division 5 back down to Division 7. Burroughs High will compete in Division 11.

Sol Fernandez of Burbank High will be competing in Division 1.

The Bulldogs will be in a division with some teams that they are familiar with as league rival Arcadia is also in Division 7. The division has 21 teams with 16 playoff spots. Northview and Don Lugo, programs the Bulldogs have faced in recent years in the playoffs, are also in the division.

Burroughs is in Division 11 along with league rivals Muir and Pasadena. There are 35 teams competing for 16 playoff spots.

In cross country, Burbank and Burroughs are both in Division 1. This division is based upon enrollment. The Burbank boys’ team, which should be one of the top in the state, will avoid having to face teams like Newbury Park, Loyola and Dana Hills, which are expected to be very strong.
Great Oak of Temecula figures to be Burbank’s biggest threat to winning a CIF title.

In girls’ tennis, Burbank High will compete in Division 2. Should Burroughs get to postseason play, it would compete in Division 3. League rivals Arcadia and Crescenta Valley were both placed in Division 1.

For girls’ volleyball, Burroughs was placed in a bracket of teams that will be in either Division 1 or Division 2.  The Indians will be led by UC Berkeley commit Lydia Grote. Burbank High was placed in Division 4.  Arcadia and Crescenta Valley were both placed in Division 3.

Both Burbank and Burroughs will compete in Division 5 in boys’ water polo next season.  Hoover High, the defending league champions, will compete in Division 3. Crescenta Valley, which has been a dominant program in the league for many years, will compete in Division 4.

Burbank Girls’ Volleyball Team Drops Playoff Opener

Getting into a rhythm is something the Burbank High girls’ volleyball team never really achieved Tuesday night when the Bulldogs opened the CIF Southern Section Division 4 playoffs.

Playing just a short distance from home didn’t seem to help as host La Canada defeated Burbank 25-13, 25-12, 25-17.

“That wasn’t the Burbank volleyball that we’ve been throughout the season. Our passing wasn’t there and when your passing is off you can’t really run the plays,” Burbank outside hitter Melissa Daniel said. “We really did want to go far in the playoffs, so it is disappointing.  They’re (La Canada) definitely a good team, but we could have made a better showing.”

Burbank coach Karl Rojo said his team didn’t play up to its expectations.

“Everything was off today, the serving especially.  We didn’t play good volleyball,” he said. “We came out flat and didn’t really produce the points that we normally do.”

Burbank (17-7-1) came in knowing La Canada (21-6), and the same could be said of La Canada knowing Burbank. Daniel said her club volleyball coach is La Canada head coach Chris Sullivan.

“We knew they were outside dominant. We knew they were a good passing team and a good serving team and that they get their middles involved,” Rojo said. “We just couldn’t produce well on our end of the court.”

Burbank had a tough time stopping La Canada’s Chloe Kerstein, who had eight kills and two aces in the first game.

La Canada opened to a 4-0 lead and was never threatened.

A kill by Daniel helped tie things at one in the second game. But it too was not close.

Burbank picked up its play in the third game.

An ace by Carmen Camacho followed by a kill from Katie Treadway gave the Bulldogs a 10-9 lead.

A kill by Daniel later gave the Bulldogs a 13-12 lead.

But it was pretty much all La Canada from there.




Burroughs Girls’ Volleyball Tops Burbank to Take Home Pacific League Title

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Marin Grote has been a key figure for the Burroughs girls’ volleyball team the last four years. Tuesday night the 6-foot-4 outside hitter concluded the regular season of her career as the Indians defeated visiting Burbank High 25-15, 25-21, 19-25, 25-14.

In the process, Burroughs captured the Pacific League title outright, finishing with a 13-1 in league mark.

Both schools will learn of their playoff fate Thursday when the CIF Southern Section releases the volleyball pairings.

“I love these games. It’s confidence boosting and it is fun,” said Grote, who committed to the University of Washington as a sophomore. “It is a crosstown rivalry, how can it not be. It was a good match, a good rivalry game. Burbank put up a good competition but we were ready. We’ve been preparing for this.”

Burroughs (23-5 overall) received 17 kills from Grote, 10 from junior Juliana Van Loo and six from sophomore Lydia Grote.

“We played well early. We kind of put our guard down a little bit. We made a lot of errors in game three,” Burroughs Coach Edwin Real said.

Despite the league title and a guaranteed first round match in the CIF playoffs next week, Real said his team isn’t where he expected it would be.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“Not quite. We have some things we want to take care of,” he said.  “Once we iron some things out and re-focus (we’ll be okay).”

Burbank coach Karl Rojo praised his team for remaining tough. The Bulldogs finish the regular season 10-4 in league to finish in third place.

“They hung in there. They kept fighting and they kept believing in themselves,” Rojo said. “They were aggressive with the swing, they were aggressive with the service line, the passing was great that third set.”

Overall he was pleased to see the program going in the right direction.

“We told our players to keep their minds on track for CIF. We did a great job this year in league finishing third. It is better than the last two years,” he said.

Burroughs broke away from Burbank in the first game after the two teams were tied at 9.

Burbank put up a tougher fight in the second game, keeping it tied until 13.

A kill by Jewel Musich clinched the second game for the Indians.

Burbank dominated the third game after Burroughs closed the gap to 9-8.

A pair of aces from Erin Lashkari and a pair of kills from Melissa Daniel helped Burbank during the run that saw the Bulldogs go on a 7-0 run.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

A kill by Daniel forced a fourth game.

Burroughs took the early lead in the fourth and didn’t have too much trouble. A pair of back-to-back kills from Burbank’s Suzy Torosyan gave Burbank some brief momentum.

Burroughs finished things off with a kill from Ricki Patenaude.

Tyler Brooks, Burbank Volleyball

Tyler Brooks, #19, and the Burbank Bulldogs; 2012 Pacific League Champions (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

By Dick Dornan
BurbankNBeyond Sports Editor

Tyler Brooks capped off her stellar career by being named the co-Most Valuable Player of the Pacific League. The 17-year-old setter led Burbank to its first league championship in 37 years.

“To be named league MVP was probably the greatest honor I could ever think of,” Brooks said. “Making the varsity as a sophomore was so amazing to me and last year I got second team which was huge for me. To be named MVP by other coaches is so wonderful. I can’t even describe how amazing that feels. It’s the best thing that has ever happened.”

Brooks made her three-year journey at Burbank a special one. As a junior, the Bulldogs advanced to the second round in the CIF playoffs for the first time in 36 years. The goal for 2012 was a simple one: win league for the first time since 1975. Burbank finished 15-2 overall and 13-1 in league and co-champs with Arcadia. Mission accomplished.

Tyler Brooks, Pacific League co-MVP (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“I wanted to be a part of the team to break 37 and we did it. It was my greatest season ever,” said Brooks, who led BHS with 359 assists this year. “We’ve always been a third place team. But we came out so strong this year and we all wanted it. We worked so hard all season and it just shows how good we were as a team and how well we played together. I thought it was a testament to our skill and effort. We all just loved each other enough to want to win.”

During her two years as a starter for Burbank, Brooks led the Bulldogs to a 26-7 mark and 23-5 in the Pacific League. She credits Coach Sarah Brown for developing her into the player she became.

“Coach Brown taught me so much. She saw in me what I never was able to see and that I had potential,” Brooks said. “She coached me really hard for three years and it’s paid off. She made us as good as we were. She pushed us to be great.”

Brooks made a significant impact on the court all season. She had 151 digs, 52 aces, 22 kills and a hitting percentage of .315.

“Tyler was a great leader on the court for us this year,” Brown said. “Her experience and competitiveness really helped the team in crucial situations. I think she finally realized her potential as a setter, and excelled because of it.”

Upon graduating from Burbank, Brooks will attend Missouri State in Springfield, Missouri, in the fall where her father went to school. She will be a member of the school’s color guard and hopes to walk-on the volleyball team.

“I really wanted to go to a place where I could do that. I honestly love it there. I couldn’t have asked to find a better place,” explained Brooks, who is the color guard captain for BHS. “Color guard is graceful and I love to perform. It’s a family thing and I want to keep the legacy going.”

After three memorable years on the Burbank girls’ volleyball team, Brooks looks to march to a new tune in college.




First Team

Burbank: Tyler Brooks, Stephanie Eskander, Katie Hooper, Sharon Youn

Burroughs: Caitlin Cottrell, Katie Rutecki


Second Team

Burbank: Jamie Gonzalez

Burroughs: Dani Gonzalez


Honorable Mention

Burbank: Stefanie Lin

Burroughs: Laura Howard

Burbank Girls Volleyball in Search of Elusive League Title

By Dick Dornan
BurbankNBeyond Sports Editor

Onward and upward. The Burbank girls volleyball program took significant strides last year when the Bulldogs advanced to the second round of the California Interscholastic Federation playoffs for the first time in 36 years. A loss to Whitter Christian, the eventual CIF champion, prompted these lady Bulldogs to take the next step this season.

With nine lettermen returning including five starters, a shot at the league championship is at the forefront for Burbank Coach Sarah Brown. After finishing in third place a year ago with a 10-4 league record and 11-5 overall, Brown feels this year’s team has the makings to claim Burbank’s first league title since 1975.

Coach Sarah Brown

“I feel like since we finished last season as we did, the seniors are really pushing to win league,” said Brown, who begins her sixth year at BHS and is a 1994 alum. “This is the first time I have athletes who genuinely want to win league and are not just saying it. I want to have a winning tradition here.”

Brown has established the groundwork for a successful program. Attention to detail and an emphasis on fundamentals and team play have led to positive results not seen at Burbank in more than three decades.

“I want people to respect Burbank volleyball. Not just for our volleyball playing on the court but for the type of program that we are,” Brown said.  “I want the girls who come through Burbank High and play volleyball to have a good experience. I want them to learn how to play volleyball, to be competitive but also to become good people.”

The Bulldogs will be led by a trio of formidable players who form the nucleus of the squad. Seniors Stephanie Eskander, Stefanie Lin and Tyler Brooks each begin their third year on the varsity level.

Eskander was a first-team all-league selection from 2011. As one of the top middles in the league, Brown relies on Eskander to be the leader on and off the court.

“She is such a good leader,” Brown said. “Stephanie gets the job done on the court but after practice she is always motivating the girls as well.”

Lin and Brooks were named to the all-league second-team last season. Lin, a libero, and Brooks, the team’s setter, need to be consistent throughout the season for Burbank to have a shot to unseat Burroughs as Pacific League champions.

“We have to rely on Stefanie a lot to pass, to receive, to dig and to keep our rallies going,” Brown said. “Tyler is the quarterback out there. They are really good players.”

Seniors Jamie Gonzalez and Sharon Youn round out the returning starters. Brown describes Gonzalez, an opposite hitter, as the “silent killer” who takes care of business in a quiet manner and Youn, a middle, as a “force in the front row.”

Burbank had a good summer capturing second place in its own league and third at Crescenta Valley. A strong showing at the Gabrielino Tournament provided more confidence for BHS.

The Bulldogs open their season on September 5 at home against Golden Valley at 3:30 p.m. Pacific League action begins on September 13 at Muir.

Experience at the high school level is irreplaceable. Burbank has the experience and talent to go farther in the post-season than last year’s team did. But the number one goal is to win that elusive league title. And if they were to do that?

“I probably would cry,” said Brown, who has led Burbank to four consecutive postseason appearances. “I would be more excited for them because I know how much they want it. They were so excited last year to make it to the second round because they knew they were the first team to do it in such a long time. To win league for the seniors would mean so much.”