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John Burroughs High School Honors Longtime Coach Mike Kodama

Following a 4-0 victory on Thursday night at Memorial Field, the John Burroughs High School boys’ soccer team had more to celebrate than the final scoreboard digits.

(from left) Emily Gabel-Luddy, Mike Kodama, Tim Murphy, Jess Talamantes, and Bob Frutos gather for a photo as Kodama is presented with a City Proclamation. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

A large crowd was in attendance after the win against their rival, Burbank High School, to honor longtime Burroughs boys’ soccer coach Mike Kodama, who stepped down from his role as head coach this past season. Kodama has coached at Burroughs since 1987, with a brief absence in the 2010 and 2011 seasons. Over the course of his career at JBHS, Kodama led the school to 11 league titles.

His impact was palpable as former players and city personnel were in attendance and speaking on behalf of Kodama and his contributions. Vice Mayor of Burbank, Bob Frutos, as well as City Council Members Emily Gabel-Luddy, Tim Murphy, and Jess Talamantes were amongst those in attendance and presented Kodama with a City Proclamation for his contributions to the program.

Councilwoman Gabel-Luddy has known Kodama for over 15 years and expressed how players have benefitted from his presence. 

“He’s a delightful human being, and shows both kindness and generosity,” Gabel-Luddy said.

“With all of the players he’s coached over the years, it’s like he has hundreds of sons. They’re all skilled and know how to be thankful winners and lose like champions.”

Jose “Luigi” Munoz graduated from Burroughs in 2017 and played for Kodama for two years. Munoz says that Kodama instilled in his players a valuable discipline that came from a positive place. 

“He was strict at times, but he’s a good man. He did it because he loved the players and for the love of the game,” Munoz said.

Mike Kodama poses for a photo with a group of former and current soccer players at John Burroughs High School. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Kodama showed gratitude and humility as he addressed the crowd and gave a speech. 

“I’m very humbled, what a great honor,” Kodama said.

Staying true to the virtuous nature attendees described, Kodama emphasized his joy in using coaching as a tool to help players mature through meaningful guidance.

“The important thing is taking the sport and turning it into life lessons,” Kodama said.“With all the guys coming back, it means the world. I really enjoy winning, but more than winning, I enjoy the journey, and watching these guys grow.”

Burroughs Boys Soccer Gets Creative in Draw

Creativity on set pieces is something the Burroughs High boys’ soccer team was lacking earlier in the season.

But the Indians have worked on things and they worked wonders Friday night. But it was not enough to get past Crescenta Valley in a Pacific League contest at Memorial Field that ended in a 1-1 draw.

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“I think they showed a lot of heart and they fought in a very emotional game,” Burroughs coach Mitchell Kodama said of his team. “They fought hard even when we went down to 10 men.”

In the ninth minute, Elias Galaviz put in a short corner to Manny Gonzalez at the top of the 18-yard box.

Gonzalez surprised everyone with a superb shot into the right corner of the goal.

It was the 53rd in his career for the junior striker and 19th goal on the season. He is now two goals shy of the school career record, held by 1994 graduate Roberto Perez, who was on hand to watch the match.

Burroughs (7-6-3 overall, 5-1-2 in the league) nearly took a 2-0 lead in the 16th minute as a cross by Gonzalez was headed on goal by a diving Patrick Abarca.

Crescenta Valley starting goalkeeper Nick Shahbandarian made a fine save on the header and on the rebound.

Crescenta Valley nearly got on the board in the 22nd minute as striker Derek Keshishian got behind the Indian defense. But he was denied by goalie Jacob Cardenas, who came out to make a fine save.

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Things got out hands as the match went on and the referee issued a number of yellow cards.

In the 26th minute, Burroughs David Gerlach had a very late challenge on CV’s Ian Khodjasarian, which drew a yellow card.

Gerlach was booked again later in the second half, which resulted in him being sent off and the Indians were reduced to 10 men with 30 minutes to play.

Crescenta Valley (6-5-5, 4-0-4) got a break in the 64th minute when Burroughs defender Wilson Harting gave enough of a push to Falcons’ striker Argin Baharians to warrant a penalty kick.

CV’s Eric Cho then put his penalty shot through the hands of Jacob Cardenas.

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The goal gave CV some momentum.

However, Burroughs continued to fight and nearly scored in injury time as a shot by Galaviz was blocked by CV backup goalkeeper Ejmin Ohanian.

“I was confident in our boys to keep playing,” Kodama said of being playing with 10. “We were somewhat unfortunate not to get a second goal.”

 

 

Burroughs Boys Soccer Denied by Valencia

The final score clearly did not tell the story when the Burroughs High boys’ soccer team faced Valencia High in the Crescenta Valley Tournament Friday.

After a slow start, the Indians dominated much of the match only to see the Vikings score on a pair of fluke goals late in the match in a 2-0 defeat.

“It is composure. I think that is what affected us.  We let them get in our heads,” junior Burroughs striker Manny Gonzalez said. We struggled dealing with it today. We have to stick together. It’s a learning experience. We’ll come back tomorrow.”

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Gonzalez hit the post twice, hitting the top crossbar with a powerful shot outside the goal box in the in the 32nd minute.
His left-footed shot outside the box in the 63rd minute hit the wrong side of the right post.

Gonzalez had four shots on target in the first half and two more in the second half.

Valencia (3-4-2) had a few opportunities in the opening minutes as Burroughs struggled getting things started. But the Vikings didn’t have any chances to score beyond the first 11 minutes of the first half.

Burroughs (3-4-2) dominated, but could not break Valencia’s solid defensive effort that frequently saw nine players behind the ball.

Valencia broke the deadlock in the 67th minute as center back Ty Morrison launched a long free kick into the goal box. Valencia’s Matthew Lopez got the loose ball and kicked it over his own shoulder and past Burroughs goalie Hyatt Entz, who had come off his line to attempt a save.

The Vikings went up 2-0 in the 76th minute as a free kick as a free kick by Alexia De Vita bounced around the goal box ended up with Maxon Lavallee putting the ball in.

Burroughs will play Sylmar High Saturday morning in another CV tournament match.

 

Boys Soccer Teams Face Question Marks

The Burroughs and Burbank High boys’ soccer teams could both have successful seasons this year, but it will be interesting to see how both teams adapt to new coaches. Burroughs is the defending league champion and returns much of its team from a year ago. But the Indians will have to do with a new coach on short notice as Mike Kodama recently resigned to take care of his health. He is still assisting with the team, however. Angel Cardenas, a former Burbank player, takes over as the head coach.

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The Indians have the framework of a team that could go very far in the CIF Southern Section playoffs after going 15-6-3 overall and making it to the second round a year ago.

Senior veteran center back Carter Wells, a three-year starter who is coming off of a torn meniscus injury that forced him to miss the end of last season, spoke of the outlook for 2020.

“We all love Mike and it is very heart breaking but he has to take care of himself. I know he’s going to try to be out here during the season,” Wells said.  “We’re looking forward to this season. This is a big year. We’re looking to go far, both in league and hopefully CIF. We’re a tight-knit group on and off the field.”

As defending Pacific League champions, most of the starting lineup from a year ago remains intact.
Senior midfielder Carlos Rosales has been the deep-lying playmaker that the team has been built around the last two seasons. A four-year varsity player, he could be the player that leads the Indians to its first CIF championship match since 1994.

Junior Manny Gonzalez has scored 34 goals in his first two years in the program and earned All-CIF honors a year ago. He played on the wing last season, but may see more time in the middle this year.

Senior David Gerlach is also a four-year varsity player who figures to occupy the opposite wing from Gonzalez.

In the back, sophomore Wilson Harting should pair nicely with Wells. Harting played well in the back as a freshman under pressure when Wells was out injured.

Senior Manny Pascual is a third-year varsity player who can play a number of roles, but is likely to play as a wing back or in the midfield. His versatility may be a key component of the squad.

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Junior Patrick Abarca is also in his third year on varsity. He is a talented midfielder who could feature in a role just behind the strikers.
Junior Elias Galaviz is similar to Abarca in that he is a talented offensive player who may play as a striker even though he handles the ball well enough to play in the midfield.

Senior Elijah Dumonde is another third-year varsity player who will be expected to do lots of the dirty work in the midfield.

Senior Dylan Mahoney is a returner who should see time at right back. Senior Matthew Rampacek is also a returning wing back.

Junior Jacob Cardenas takes over as the starting goalie, having been a reserve on the varsity last year. Senior Hyatt Entz is expected to also compete for playing time in the goal.

Among the newcomers, sophomores Jonathan Gerlach and Zachary Levy will add depth in the back, along with junior Josiah Aviles and seniors Joseph Soto and Colgan Martin.

Senior Abihud Munoz also returns and could allow for Burroughs to play with three center backs, which could push the wing backs to move further forward.

Senior Kobe Estrada moves up from the junior varsity and should offer help in the midfield as should junior Sebastian Reinoso.

Junior Ricardo Lopez might be the true center forward that the Indians could use.

Burbank

The Bulldogs look to continue to move forward after finishing 3-10-3 last year, including a 2-9-3 league mark. They return nine varsity players.

Sophomore Freddy Cardenas should pick up the as a team leader in the midfield, replacing brother Andy, who was the captain a year ago. His brother, Angel Cardenas, is the new head coach.
“We’re not going to go from being the worst team to the top. It is a process. But for sure, this squad is better than last years,” said Angel Cardenas, who graduated in 2013.  “The last time we made the playoffs was my junior year. I’m just trying to improve us.”

In goal, the Bulldogs will look to a pair of seniors in Jack McKinnon or Luis Estrada to take the goalie gloves.

Senior center back Kaiyne Nzenwa returns and should play a key role. Senior Eddie Bowman and junior Andrei Rodriguez both are varsity returners who should feature as wing defenders. Junior Omar Al-Issa could also see time as a wing back, as could junior Jorge Avalos Ortega and sophomore Edi Hakopian.

The Bulldogs are experienced in the midfield with senior Allen Arsenian and juniors Nicholas Diaz, Isaiah Marsh and Jack Tanglang returning to the varsity.

Senior Gabriel Preciado is varsity newcomer who should provide help in the middle of the defense.

The midfield has depth with senior Sebastian Navarro and sophomores Patony Kheshadorian, Monte Ter Galstyan and Kobe Shemula.

In the attack, Burbank will rely on the work of three newcomers.

Senior Gevorg Kivijian, freshman Garik Kirakosyan and sophomore Gabriel Armour look to fill the role of being a goal scorer for the Bulldogs.

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.

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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.

 

Burroughs Boys Soccer Looks Sharp Against Colombian Side

International friendlies are not the norm for high school soccer teams.

But the Burroughs High boys’ soccer team got to experience that and a whole lot more Friday night when the Indians won 4-0 over the Under-16 side Palmira, Colombia side that competes under the flagship of professional soccer club America de Cali.

The game was halted with about 15 minutes left when the 7.1 magnitude earthquake centered near Ridgecrest scared many in the stands at Memorial Field.

“We didn’t feel anything. We just saw everyone in the bleachers and on the bench say stop, stop, stop,” Burroughs’ David Gerlach said.

One of the players from the Palmira side said he too wasn’t aware at first.

“I was running and everyone was yelling and we were like ‘What happened,’” Nicolas Blandon said in Spanish.  “People in the stands were yelling and the lights were moving.”

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Blandon praised Burroughs for its play.

“They are a good physical team and they run a lot,” Blandon said. “We thought it would be more passive, but instead it was much quicker.”

Burroughs coach Mike Kodama, who was able to organize bringing the Colombian side to Los Angeles through his business connections, was glad to see his team play as well as they did, especially since two key returners in All-CIF forward Manny Gonzalez and center back Carter Wells with were both unavailable.

“I was very happy with how we played. A chance at an international game is one of those things you always wish for. It was a great experience for all of the boys,” Kodama said.

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Burroughs got a fine game from junior Elias Galaviz, who scored two goals. Seniors Carlos Rosales and David Gerlach, who are both four-year varsity players, had the other two goals.

“I think we’re doing pretty (well), but we don’t want to get too confident,” Rosales said.
The Colombian side came close to finding the back of the net two minutes into the second half when a shot by Jose Moreno hit the top crossbar.

Fortunately, Burroughs was well in front when the earth began to shake, and given the sizable advantage made it easier to end the game early.

“The safety issue came first. I don’t think there was any choice in the matter,” Kodama said.

 

Burroughs Boys Soccer Stunned in Overtime

Sometimes a little thing is all it takes to eliminate a team from the playoffs.

Saturday evening the Burroughs and West Torrance High boys’ soccer teams fought hard for 80 minutes without anyone finding the back of the net.

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But just a minute into the sudden death overtime period Burroughs was stunned by a fine goal from the visiting Warriors, who earned a spot in the CIF Southern Section Division 3 quarterfinals with a 1-0 victory.

West Torrance sophomore Thomas Nakano set up the goal by firing a solid shot outside the goal box that Burroughs goalie Alfredo Tejada blocked.

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Teammate Andrew Kang picked up the loose ball and blasted into the net.

“He’s got a powerful shot,” West Torrance coach Mike Shimizu said of Nakano.
Kang spoke of his goal.

“I anticipated a hard shot and I just followed up and it was there,” he said.

Both sides played relatively even throughout the match and neither had many fine goal scoring opportunities.

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Burroughs had what was the next best opportunity, which came via a penalty kick in the 24th minute.

David Gerlach intercepted the ball from West Torrance left back Koji Ueoka, who subsequently ran into and knocked down Gerlach, resulting in a penalty kick.

Manny Gonzalez’s penalty kick shot was hit with power down the middle, but West Torrance goalie Ethan Brandt, who is 6-foot-3, dove to his right and was able to make a foot save.

Burroughs had the first chance to score early in the match when Matthew Cardenas fired a fine long-range shot, but it was right at Brandt. Carlos Rosales also had a nice shot attempt in the 29th minute, but it too was from distance and right at Brandt.

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Tejada came up big in the 46th minute when he denied a goal-scoring chance by West Torrance’s Max Kim.

Burroughs tried to surprise West Torrance (12-4-5) with a short corner in the 52nd minute, but Rosales’ one-touch shot went over the goal.

“I’m really proud of the boys. They left everything on the field. Our work rate was outstanding,” Burroughs coach Mike Kodama said of his team, which finishes 15-6-3.

“When you’re playing against a very good team, we had to make some adjustments. We had some guys who hadn’t played many minutes come in because we had guys go down with injuries. I have no regrets. I’m proud of how the boys played,” Kodama said.

Burroughs Boys Soccer Passes First Playoff Test

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The Burroughs High boys’ soccer team can thank its defense for helping it advance to the second round of the CIF Southern Section Division 3 playoffs.

The defense and goalkeeping held off a number of challenges by visiting Ventura in a 1-0 victory Thursday at Memorial Field.
The effort was particularly impressive because the Indians played without injured junior center back Carter Wells, who has held the defense together the last two seasons. Wells suffered a leg injury late in the regular season against Hoover and his status for the rest of the playoffs is unknown.

“Carter is a strong player, one of our main guys. But he’s injured so we have to adapt to a new way of playing,” Burroughs goalie Alfredo Tejada said.
Burroughs moves on to the second round of the playoffs Saturday when the Indians will host West Torrance High.

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Tejada came up big in the fifth minute with a sliding foot save.
He also denied Ventura’s Daniel Gutierrez in the 11th minute by saving his header.
But it was his save in the 23rd minute that was most impressive as Gutierrez nearly put a bouncing ball from outside the goal box into the left corner.

“That was a good shot. I just kept my position and dove and got there,” Tejada said.
The Indians (15-4-4) scored the lone goal of the game via a set piece, as sophomore Manny Gonzalez was able to flick a header past Ventura goalie Jason Lowell. It was his 18th goal of the season 34th of his career.

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“A shout out to Esteban (Alcantar),” Gonzalez said. “He always looks for me at the end and I was open.”
Defender Abihud Munoz, who teamed with Luis Cortes and Manny Pascual, who replaced Wells, spoke of the situation.

“Since Carter has been gone it has been difficult, but we have practiced very hard as a team in the back,” Munoz said.

Burroughs Boys Soccer Wins Big Over Hoover

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If there is one thing that the Burroughs boys’ soccer team is doing better now than it did early on in the season, it is that the Indians and making the most of their opportunities.
The Indians scored three times in the first half en route to a 5-1 Pacific League victory over visiting Hoover High Friday at Memorial Field.

“We finished well today. Hoover plays tough defensively and they are hard to break down,” Burroughs coach Mike Kodama said.
Burroughs (12-2-4 overall, 8-0-2 in the league) now holds a four-point lead over Glendale High with four matches to play in the battle for the league title.

The Indians wasted little time getting on the board Friday.
Carlos Rosales faked out a group of Hoover defenders before putting the ball into the lower left corner of the goal in the 4th minute to give the Indians the lead.
Burroughs got a break in the 20th minute when a Hoover defender inadvertently fouled David Gerlach in the goal box even though Gerlach didn’t have the ball.

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The Indians were awarded a penalty kick and Gonzalez converted to double the lead.
Gonzalez, who is a sophomore, scored his second goal in the 38th minute when he turned around at the top of the goal box and fired a right-footed shot up into the right corner of the goal.
Burroughs scored for the second time off a set piece in the 50th minute when Gonzalez curled a free kick over the Hoover wall and inside the right goal post to make it 4-0.

Rosales capped the scoring for Burroughs in the 66th minute by taking a ball along the left wing before sneaking inside the goal box where he finished with a shot past the Hoover goalkeeper.

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“This was a great team win starting from the back and working its way up. I feel like we got a good amount of minutes out of everyone. We have big expectations this year and we want to see if we can achieve them,” Gonzalez. “We come into the league thinking that anything less than the (winning) league is disappointing. We expect to win every year and once the playoffs get here, it is a matter of who wants it more.”

Hoover (3-5-3 in the league) got on the board in the 73rd minute when Vladimir Centero finished off a cross from Kevin Mirzakhanian by putting into in the upper right corner of the goal.

A Look Back at the Best of 2018

The 2018 year in sports in Burbank was not the best, nor the worst on record. The best individual performances were in track and field, as Burroughs Jagdeep Chahal was the CIF Southern Section Division 1 champion in the boys 1,600 meters. Elizabeth Switzer led the Burroughs girls’ track team by qualifying for the state championships in the pole vault. Burroughs golfer Kiara Hernandez was also outstanding in being the best in the Pacific League. The following is a look back at the best teams that Burbank and Burroughs highs put forth in 2018.

10. Burroughs boys soccer
The Indians went 15-9-1 in 2018 and finished second in the Pacific League with a young core that was made up mostly of sophomores.
Carlos Rosales led the midfield and Carter Wells became the heart of the defense. Freshman Manny Gonzalez scored 16 goals, a program record under coach Mike Kodama. This group will get only better in 2019 and 2020.
9. Burroughs softball
The Indians finished runner-up to Crescenta Valley in the Pacific League standings. But Burroughs once again put together a solid season, finishing with a 14-5-1 record and advancing to the second round of the CIF Southern Section Division 3 playoffs. Pitcher Presley Miraglia moved to play at Cal State Long Beach.
8. Burroughs girls soccer
The Indians had a stellar season going 15-3-3 overall to place second in league. Burroughs won its first CIF Southern Section playoff game since 2009 with a wild-card victory over Brentwood School. Freshman Lauryn Bailey and junior Abbie Riggs were two of the Indians’ key offensive players. Olivia Cashman and Emily McHorney were two other top players.
7. Burroughs girls cross country
The Indians finished second in the Pacific League behind Burbank, ending a domination by Crescenta Valley and or Arcadia, that had won the league title every year for more than a quarter century. Burroughs also went on to advance to the CIF Southern Section finals. Sophomore Jordan Guzman and freshman Sophia Navarro led the way for a team that figures to have created arguably the most competitive rivalry with Burbank High of any in the city.
6. Burbank football
The Bulldogs turned in yet another fine season, even though they lost the league title to Arcadia. Burbank won every game it was expected to win and put together a fine 7-4 campaign. Seniors Matthew Porras, Erik Harutyunyan and Duncan Smith will definitely be remembered for the mark they left at the school and all are projected to play in college.
5. Burroughs girls basketball

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The Indians turned in another fine season in 2018, finishing with a 23-8 record and a share of the Pacific League title. The team was blessed with a solid freshmen core who are now sophomores, led by Faith Boulanger and Kayla Wrobel. This has consistently been one of the top teams in the city under veteran coach Vicky Oganyan and that doesn’t appear to be changing any time soon.
4. Burbank boys track and field

The Bulldogs captured the Pacific League dual meet title in coach Darin Wolf’s final season. Burbank counted on hurdler Sergio Aguilar, as well as a solid sprint crew led by Cole Le’au, Oladele Hospidales and Bryan David. Victor Goli led a deep and young distance running core.
3. Burroughs girls volleyball

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The Indians had an outstanding season under coach Edwin Real. capturing the Pacific League title. Burroughs went 27-9 and reached the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section 3 playoffs, narrowly losing to eventual CIF champion Village Christian in five games. Juliana Van Loo went on to earn All-CIF honors. Burroughs figures to be strong again next year with Lydia Grote returning to lead the way.
2. Burroughs boys volleyball

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The Indians won their ninth consecutive Pacific League title under coach Joel Brinton. Burroughs also advanced to the second round of the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs, only to be eliminated by national power Loyola of Los Angeles. Diego Rosal and Cole Kaitz were the leaders for Burroughs.

1. Burbank girls cross country

Sol Fernandez

The Bulldogs won their first league title outright since 1978 and advanced to the CIF Finals, finishing 10th in Division 1. Burbank was led by senior Shalom Mejia and junior Sol Fernandez. Although this was an experienced group that will lose several top runners to graduation, there is a great group coming up replace those that will depart. Expect Burbank to be very strong again in 2019.