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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.

Fall Sports Teams Learn Playoff Division Placements

The Fall Sports season was a strong one last year as Burroughs High’s boys’ water polo team won the CIF Southern Section Division 5 title and Burbank High’s football team advanced to the Division 8 championship game.

Both will find a tougher road in 2017 as they have been moved up after the CIF Southern Section released its Fall playoff groupings Thursday.

In football, Burbank has jumped up one division and will be one of 23 teams competing for a playoff spot in Division 7.  Yorba Linda, which defeated the Bulldogs 31-21 for the Division 8 title last year also moved up to Division 7.

Burbank High’s Darnell Williams hopes to lead his team far into the CIF Southern Section Division 7 playoffs in 2017. ( Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Burroughs, which missed the playoffs a year ago, was the lowest-ranked football team to be placed in Division 8. The Indians will be one of 25 schools competing for one of the 16 playoff spots in the division.

In water polo, Burroughs will be one of 36 teams that will fill a 32-team bracket for the CIF Division 3 title. Burroughs won the Division 5 title last year and is expected to return much of its team.

Burbank High, which did not make the playoffs last year, will play in Division 6 should it make the playoffs.

Burroughs girls’ volleyball team, which is led by 6-foot-4 senior Marin Grote, was placed in Division 3. Burbank High will play in Division 4.

In girls tennis, Burbank High was one of 42 schools placed in Division 2. Burroughs was placed in Division 3.

Burbank Tennis Falls in First Round of CIF Playoffs

There was a time when making the CIF Southern Section playoffs wasn’t a big deal for the Burbank High boys’ tennis team. That was mostly in the 1990s when the Bulldogs won 14 consecutive league championships including a CIF title in 1993.

But times have changed the Bulldogs have struggled in recent years.

This year they got into the playoffs for the first time in five years. Their stay was short, however.

The Bulldogs lost to host Pasadena Poly 17-1 Wednesday in a Division 2 first round match.

“The outcome wasn’t as planned, but the experience is something,” Burbank coach Kenneth Banares said of making the playoffs. “ Kevin (Orellana) has been waiting for four years.”


Burbank (7-7) got its lone win from Orellana, who won 6-0 over Pasadena Poly’s Turner Thompson.

Orellana lost 7-6(7-3) against Pasadena Poly’s top player, Jack Fleming. He lost 6-0 to No. 2 player Mustafa Ansari.

“I told them you never know what the outcome might be,” Banares said. “Obviously we heard they were pretty good and seeded. We told them to go out and have fun and play like you have all season.”

Burbank No. 2 player Luciano Dapuetto went down 0-6, 1-6, 2-6.

Burbank No. 3 player James Lee went down 0-6, 1-6, 6-7(7-2).

In doubles, Burbank’s No. 1 team of Emory Kim and Alejandro Ramos lost 6-2 to Pasadena Poly’s Austin Gee and Nikhil Adarkar, 6-0 to the team of Jesse Evans and Tim Mattiessen and 6-2 to the team of Mohit Aayush and Nichlas Khang.

Burbank’s No. 2 team of Jacob Sugars and Harout Abgaryan went 0-6, 0-6, 1-6.

Burbank’s No. 3 team of Nathan Soria and Ethan Lee went 0-6, 2-6, 1-6.



Burbank Tennis Holds Off Hoover

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The Burbank High tennis team was once known for its strength in doubles. That was under legendary coach Clyde Richards, who led the Bulldogs to a CIF championship, 14 straight league titles and 116 consecutive league victories from 1990 to 2002.

Fast forward to 2016 and the Bulldogs are now using their strength in singles to pull out victories.

The Bulldogs swept all nine singles sets Thursday in a 11-7 Pacific League victory over host Hoover High.

“The singles did their job as usual. That is going to be our strength,” Burbank co-coach Kenneth Banares, a 2011 graduate, said. “The doubles need a little work. This is the beginning of the season and you don’t know who you are going to be pairing up in doubles. We’re trying to find out who we can use, who we can put together.”

In singles, No. 1 player Kevin Orellana swept his three sets by scores of 6-0. No. 3 singles player James Lee also swept all three sets by 6-0 scores.

No. 2 singles player Luciano Dapuetto won his sets 6-2, 6-1, 6-0.

In doubles, Burbank’s No. 1 team of Arsh Zahed and Ryan Hyun went 3-6, 2-6, 1-6.

The No. 2 team of Harout Abgaryan and Nathan Soria went 3-6, 4-6, 7-5.

The No. 3 team of Ethan Lee and Emory Kim went 1-6, 4-6, 6-2.