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Burroughs Girls Water Polo Slides Past Pasadena, 16-2

By Rick Assad

 

It seems whenever Aleah Orozco puts her mind to scoring goals, she usually succeeds and on some occasions, in a very big way.

On Tuesday afternoon in a Pacific League girls’ water polo match versus visiting Pasadena, Orozco knocked in a match-high 10 goals during a 16-2 triumph as a steady rain pelted the athletes, who seemed oblivious to the extra water.

Amy Berberyan scored a goal and had an assist for the Indians in a win over the Bulldogs. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Orozco scored three goals in the first quarter and two in the second period.

A three-goal effort followed for Orozco in the third quarter and two goals in the fourth frame.

“It’s a league game. Every game counts. It’s another game for our record,” Burroughs coach Jacob Cook said. “It’s a good confidence booster. I thought we played well overall. We played together.”

The Indians (6-7 and 3-1 in league), who own a two-match winning streak after losing at home to Crescenta Valley 9-6 on Jan. 8, bolted out of the starting gate and scored the first three goals before the Bulldogs (3-10 and 1-4 in league) answered.

Burroughs tacked on two more tallies for a 5-1 lead heading to the second quarter. Orozco’s six-footer with an assist from Amy Berberyan and 6:44 left made it 1-0.

With 4:33 left, Orozco’s five-meter penalty shot pushed the Indians ahead 2-0.

The Indians led 5-1 after the first quarter, 9-1 at the half and 12-2 after the third period. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Jaelynn Bijasa’s 12-foot tally with an assist from Orozco and 3:40 remaining extended the Indians’ cushion to 3-0.

Pasadena’s Nicole Wallius ended the run after scoring on a six-footer with an assist from Gillian Anderton and 3:10 showing that shaved the lead to 3-1.

“That’s one component of the team that you have to always encourage,” Pasadena coach Sean Phillips said of never giving up.

Phillips then added: “We definitely have a lot of the can-do attitude even though we’re down. We’ve gotta try hard. That’s the best way to get experience. We look at some of these games as building experience. Playing against good players. You can grow as individuals and as a team,” he said.

Camila Panozo’s 10-footer with an assist from goalie Emanuella Nathan, who had a least a dozen saves and 2:25 on ticker, made it 4-1 and the advantage swelled to 5-1 on a point-blank tally from Orozco with 2:06 left.

When Bijasa located the back of the net from 12 feet with assistance from Orozco and 3:59 showing in the second quarter, the Indians marched ahead 6-1.

Orozco’s 10-footer with 3:11 left before the half made it 7-1 and Berberyan’s 16-footer with an assist from Kathryn Vlick pushed Burroughs’ margin to 8-1.

Orozco’s nifty eight-foot backhander with 1:35 showing in the second period saw the Indians slide ahead 9-1.

Burroughs received two consecutive goals from Orozco to begin the third period and included a 10-footer with an assist from Vlick and 5:53 left that made it 10-1 and Orozco’s 12-footer with Vlick’s help and 4:45 left that made it a 10-goal lead.

Pasadena responded with a tally from Amanda Garcia and an assist from Erin Coad and 3:57 left in the third period that sliced the lead to 11-2.

Orozco’s goal with help from Nathan and four seconds remaining on the clock handed the Indians a 12-2 margin heading to the fourth period.

Orozco’s 10-footer with an assist from Vlick and 5:17 left made it 13-2 and Megan Sawyer’s 10-footer with 3:59 on the ticker pushed it to 14-2.

Vlick’s six-footer and an assist from Orozco with 2:24 showing made it 15-2, and fittingly, Orozco closed out the scoring with a six-footer and an assist from Isabel Rosado that made it a 14-goal deficit.

Burroughs High Boys Soccer Blasts Burbank 4-1

By Rick Assad

 

Controlling the action from the moment the referee dropped the ball for play, the Burroughs High boys’ soccer team completely dominated the action.

The Indians scored two goals in each half that catapulted them past visiting Burbank 4-1 in a Pacific League match on Friday afternoon.

When junior forward David Gerlach’s 20-yard laser found the back of the net in the 11th minute, the Indians (10-3-3 and 6-0-2 in league) forged ahead 1-0.

In the 35th minute, sophomore forward Manny Gonzalez drilled home a 25-yard winner that extended the lead to 2-0.

Burroughs junior midfielder Juan Carlos Rosales played well in a 4-1 win over Burbank. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“I think we got our energy from our defense,” Gonzalez said. “I give all the credit to our defense. They hold it down all night. I feel like it came down to who wanted it more.”

A tally from 25 yards in the 41st minute by sophomore forward Elias Galaviz pushed Burroughs’ lead to 3-0 and Gonzalez’s 15-yarder in the 69th minute capped the Indians’ scoring that made it 4-0.

“We played well. We knew that we had to be patient. The guys moved the ball very well and we just needed to keep our composure and needed to limit Burbank’s opportunities,” Burroughs coach Michael Kodama said.

It took a while, but the Bulldogs (4-5-1 and 3-4-1 in league) finally scratched the scoreboard when senior midfielder Andy Cardenas, who is the kicker on the football team, dropped in a 10-yard header in extra time that trimmed the lead to three goals.

“We got outplayed the whole day,” Burbank coach Loi Phan said. “It was like a scrimmage. Bottom line is we got beat from the beginning to the end. They’re much better than us. We’ll regroup. We’ll play them again.”

Gerlach’s 20-yarder in the 44th minute came so very close, caroming off the right goal post.

“We’re getting better and better all the time,” Kodama said of his talented squad. “We’re happy with it.”

In the second minute, Gonzalez’s 25-yarder sailed wide left and three minutes later Gonzalez’s attempt was picked up by the goalie.

Andy Cardenas had the only goal for the Bulldogs, a header in extra time. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Junior defender Manny Pascual’s 10-yard header in the seventh minute was off target and senior midfielder Sam Hawksworth’s 35-yard blast in the eighth minute went wide left.

Three minutes later, senior forward Esteban Alcantar’s 25-yarder failed to locate the target.

In the 12th minute, Hawksworth’s shot was blocked.

Pascual’s 20-yard header in the 13th minute scooted right, and three minutes later Burbank sophomore midfielder Nick Diaz’s 45-yard free kick didn’t find the goal.

Senior forward Matthew Cardenas delivered a 10-yarder in the 16th minute and was followed by Hawksworth’s 30-yarder a minute later that drifted wide right.

Gonzalez had consecutive shots stuffed in the 22nd and 24th minute. Junior midfielder Juan Carlos Rosales’ 20-yarder in the 25th minute missed the mark and in the 26th and 31st minute, Cardenas delivered two 35-yarders that were not successful.

Manny Gonzalez scored two goals for the Indians and is being defended by Burbank’s Kaiyne Nzenwa. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

In the 33rd minute, Gonzalez saw his 25-yarder picked up by the goalie and in the 35th minute, Gonzalez delivered a 25-yarder.

Diaz’s 43-yard free kick in the 36th minute failed and Alcantar had his attempt blocked in the 38th minute.

Gonzalez’s 20-yard header in the 46th minute was off target, and Alcantar’s 25-yarder a minute later drifted wide right.

Alcantar’s 15-yarder in 52nd minute missed the goal, Alcantar’s 25-yard free kick in the 53rd minute was also off and Hawksworth’s rebound didn’t find the back of the net.

Hawksworth’s 15-yarder in the 55th minute wasn’t successful and two minutes later Alcantar’s 15-yarder didn’t find the goal.

Cardenas had a 25-yarder in the 58th minute and Gerlach’s shot was blocked two minutes later.

Cardenas’ 25-yarder in the 60th minute was way too high and a 20-yarder by Galaviz in the 67th minute failed.

Burbank senior midfielder Dara Ashrafi’s 35-yarder in the 68th minute missed the target and junior midfielder Dylan Mahoney’s 20-yarder in the 70th minute sailed wide left.

In the 75th minute, Mahoney’s 35-yarder missed and Burbank senior defender Ocelotl Tellez added a 25-yarder in extra time.

Burroughs Girls Hoops Steamroll Rival Burbank, 71-34

By Rick Assad

 

With the help of three players that reached double figures for the Burroughs High girls’ basketball team, the Indians were barely taxed in a showdown with city rival Burbank.

Behind Faith Boulanger’s game-best 20 points, host Burroughs cruised to an easy 71-34 win over the Bulldogs in a Pacific League match before a packed house on Friday night.

Faith Boulanger tries to block a shot during Friday’s 71-34 win over visiting Burbank. Boulanger scored a game-high 20 points. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“We had higher energy and we were more conditioned,” said Boulanger, who had six steals. “I was pretty like excited and nervous. I’ve been with this team and I trust them and I know when we put our mind to it, we can do anything we want.”

Boulanger, a sophomore center, thought she played well, but said there’s room for improvement.

“I think personally I had a pretty good overall game,” she said. “I could have done some better things on defense. I could have helped more outside on one of their better players [Osanna Tirityan] and I could have taken some charges instead of blocking her shot.”

After hitting nine of 19 attempts in the first quarter, the Indians rolled ahead 20-10 with senior forward Nicole Rumfola (seven rebounds and four assists) scoring 11 of her 19 points while sophomore guard Dyani Del Castillo (14 points) dropped in five.

Burbank’s Emily Gutierrez is being defended by Camry Lotka. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“I would say this is probably the best we’ve played for sure,” Burroughs coach Vicky Oganyan said. “This is the most complete game we’ve played.”

Oganyan said the rivalry between Burroughs and Burbank is nice and certainly special, but you can’t make it bigger than what it is.

“We prepared for this game like any other game,” Oganyan noted. “I know both teams are going to be up for the game. I think the difference was that we shot the ball with confidence.”

The Bulldogs (13 of 40 for 32.5 percent) were held to four of nine from the floor in the first period as sophomore small forward Jayla Flowers (nine points) and senior swingman Tirityan (team-high 14 points) each scored three points.

Dyani Del Castillo tallied 14 points for the Indians and hit four three-pointers. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“We had no energy,” Burbank coach Jett Del Mundo said. “I think we were playing against the ghosts of last year. We made every play bigger than it needed to be. This was like a good league matchup. No one was going to win a championship.”

Boulanger canned a pair of three-pointers in the second quarter and had 10 points at halftime after tallying four points in the first period.

The Indians (15-6 and 5-3 in league) converted 14 of 24 shots at the intermission and were ahead 33-20, while the Bulldogs (13-8 and 5-3 in league) made eight of 19.

Del Castillo (six rebounds and four steals) nailed two of her four three-pointers in the third quarter and Boulanger added the third of four treys as the Indians hit five of 17 shots.

Faith Boulanger takes a jump shot and scored 10 points in each half and also collected six steals. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Flowers garnered four points in the third quarter for the Bulldogs, who will host the Indians on Jan. 31, and managed three of 11 from the floor and trailed 46-26 heading into the fourth quarter.

“Jayla played well, but she still had moments I wished she did things differently. But this is high school basketball,” Del Mundo said.

Nine players scored for the Indians (39.3 percent on 26 of 66 from the field) in the final frame with Boulanger scoring seven points and Rumfola dropping in four points.

Burroughs, which made nine from three-point range, drilled 10 of 17 from the free-throw line (58.8 percent).

Burbank, which hit two treys, made six of 12 (50 percent) from the charity line and was outrebounded, 40-32.

Burroughs sophomore power forward Kayla Wrobel accounted for three points, but pulled down a game-best 11 rebounds.

Senior point guard Ariana Farias scored four points and finished with five assists and five steals for the Indians.

Junior guard A’sia Morales tossed in three points for Burroughs, sophomore Sydney Martin had three points while senior forward Emily Gutierrez and senior forward Jhazmin Pitts each tossed in two points and senior guard Jordyn Jackson had one point.

Senior point guard Jasmine Chavez tallied five points for the Bulldogs, senior center Sofia Aslanyan, junior guard Brianna Castro and junior Adel Bandarian all scored two points.

Burroughs Girls Soccer Battle To 2-2 Tie With Crescenta Valley

By Rick Assad

 

Burroughs High’s Abbie Riggs is an extremely well-rounded soccer player with a multitude of talents.

One could argue that Riggs’ best asset is her ability to put the ball into the back of the net on free kicks.

On Tuesday at Crescenta Valley, the senior midfielder blasted a 21-yarder in the 79th minute that deflected off a Falcon player as the Indians rallied for a 2-2 tie in a Pacific League match.

“It’s my last game here in high school. I was so nervous,” Riggs of the game-tying tally. “This is really our first hard game. I just hit it as hard as I could. Burroughs is always a second half team.”

Lauryn Bailey, shown in a recent match against Louisville, had an assist in a 2-2 tie with Crescenta Valley. (Photo by Ross A Benson)

In the 76th minutes, Riggs let loose with a 20-yard free kick that didn’t find the back of the net.

It was tied 1-1 at the intermission when Burroughs sophomore forward Lauryn Bailey spotted junior forward Trinity Vournas, who then kicked the ball into the net in the 10th minute.

“It’s hard to do that on the road,” Burroughs coach Brady Riggs said of rallying against the Falcons. “We changed tactics midway through the first half. Even at the end, were trying to go full speed to win it.”

Riggs went on: “I think we did ramp it up in the second half,” he noted. “I can tell them what to do, but it’s up to them.”

The Falcons (3-1-3 and 2-0-1 in league) darted in front 2-1 on a goal from sophomore Julianna Cheney in the 63rd minute on a beautiful juke move.

The Falcons jumped out to a 1-0 advantage in the fifth minute when junior Kathryn Thamasian knocked home a penalty kick from 20 yards after a hand ball infraction.

Olivia Cashman plays midfield for the Indians. Cashman’s play helped Burroughs achieve a 2-2 tie with the Falcons. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

In the second minute, Riggs had a kick stuffed and in the sixth minute Bailey’s 20-yarder failed to find the mark.

Burroughs freshman defender Samantha Valencia’s 35-yarder in the eighth minute was off the mark.

In the ninth minute, Riggs’ 35-yarder sailed wide left.

Valencia’s dribbler from 25 yards in the 19th minute didn’t find the goal.

Crescenta Valley freshman Rachel Park had a 20-yarder in the 25th minute.

Thamasian would have scored in the 28th minute, but sophomore Dana Ryan was offside.

Junior midfielder Olivia Cashman unloaded a 25-yarder in the 34th minute for the Indians (2-2-2 and 2-0-1 in league).

Sophomore midfielder Lily Gonzalez walloped a 20-yareder in the 48th minute for Burroughs and Gonzalez added a 20-yarder in the 49th minute.

In the 44th minute, Cashman had a 20-yarder while Falcon sophomore Chloe Ayala almost scored on a 10-yarder in the 61st minute.

Ryan delivered a 15-yarder in the 65th minute and Gonzalez unleashed a 15-yarder in the 73th minute.

Burroughs Girls Hoops Lead, Falter Late To Crescenta Valley

By Rick Assad

 

For a good portion of Tuesday’s Pacific League girls’ basketball contest between visiting Burroughs High and Crescenta Valley, the Indians were in the driver’s seat.

This didn’t matter too much as the Falcons seized control in the last minutes and held on for a 46-43 win.

“Having our best player [Faith Boulanger] on the bench didn’t help. We made some turnovers,” Burroughs coach Vicky Oganyan said. “We should be taking care of the ball better. You gotta let your team play. They’re going to make mistakes.”

The Indians had several empty trips late in the match due to turnovers, but the key hoop was turned in by senior shooting Caity Bouchard (15 points) with 1:50 left in the fourth period as the Falcons moved ahead 38-37.

The win by the Falcons snapped the Indians’ nine game-winning streak and gave Crescenta Valley a 7-5 record and 3-1 mark in league play, while the Indians are 9-1 and 2-1 in league action.

Burroughs, shown in a game at Glendale, lost to host Crescenta Valley 46-43. (Photo by © Ross A Benson)

“It’s a long season. It’s one game,” Oganyan said of the lone setback. “It helps you realize all the things you need to work on to get better.”

Burroughs, which made one of 11 shots from the floor at one juncture late in the final period, forged ahead 10-7 in the opening frame and then darted in front 21-15 at the intermission.

The Indians were in charge 33-26 heading in the final frame and were ahead until about two minutes were left.

Leading Burroughs was sophomore power forward Kayla Wrobel, who dropped in a team-best 13 points.

The Falcons, who hit nine of 14 from the free-throw and five of 11 from the floor in the fourth quarter, were led by senior guard Georgina Kregorian with a game-best 19 points.

“You’re playing a game with league ramifications in the second week of December,” Crescenta Valley coach Jason Perez said. “Usually we take December to figure it work. Today we grew up and stepped up. The defense was the key.”

The Indians, pictured against the Nitros, had too many turnovers against the Falcons. (Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Burroughs, which shot 28 percent from the floor (14 of 50) took a three-point lead in the opening frame as senior small forward Nicole Rumfola scored three of her six points as the Indians converted four of 20 shots from the floor.

The Indians, who drilled 13 of 25 from the charity line for 52 percent, converted three of 19 shots in the second period.

Burroughs held a six-point edge at the intermission as Boulanger (11 points) scored five points.

Boulanger was slapped with her fourth foul midway through the third quarter and missed about half of the fourth period.

Kregorian scored five points in the first quarter and then added two points in the second stanza as the Falcons (31.1 percent on 14 of 45 from the field) made three of 12 in the first period and three of 10 in the second quarter.

The third period saw the Indians drill four of eight from the floor and hold a 12-11 scoring edge with sophomore power forward Kayla Wrobel tallying six of her eight points.

In that frame, Kregorian scored eight points as the Falcons were successful on three of 12 from the floor and five of eight from the free-throw stripe and made 16 of 26 for 61.5 percent during the game.

Senior guard Camryn Lotka scored five points for the Indians, while senior point guard Ariana Farias dropped in four.

Sophomore guard Dyani Del Castillo and senior guard Sophie Hawkins each had two points and junior guard A’sia Morales added one point.

Burroughs Boys Hoops Digs Hole Against Glendale, Lose 59-50

By Rick Assad

 

A deep and ugly hole faced the Burroughs High boys’ basketball team on Friday evening and it proved simply too much.

Glendale jumped out to a 24-8 lead in the first quarter and then held off the visiting and gritty Indians 59-50 in a Pacific League encounter.

After the putrid start, the Indians, who connected on 19 of 58 from the floor for 32.7 percent and outscored the Nitros, who drilled 22 of 49 for 44.8 percent, 19-8 in the second quarter, drew within 32-27 at the intermission.

The Indians struggled to score in the first quarter against Glendale. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“We started the game off not ready to play defense the way we practiced, the way we prepared,” Burroughs coach Allan Ellis said. “In the second quarter we started picking up our defensive intensity and that got us back into the basketball game.”

Sammy Solis paved the way for the Indians (5-6 and 0-2 in league) with a team-best 14 points while Emery Goulet chimed in with 11.

Burroughs came out and hit on three of 12 shots from the floor in the opening period, but bounced back and drilled eight of 17 in the second frame as Solis scored eight points and delivered 10 points at the break.

The Indians nailed four from three-point range at the midway point and added three more in the second half.

Points were hard to come by for Burroughs against the Nitros. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs hit four of 15 from the field in the third quarter and four of 14 attempts in the fourth period.

Bryan Oasay contributed five points in the third quarter after dropping in a free throw in the opening stanza and a trey in the second period.

The Indians were outscored 10-9 in the third period and 17-14 in the fourth frame when Goulet tallied six points including a three-pointer.

Leading Glendale’s offense was junior shooting guard Manny Kapoushian, who dropped in a game-best 17 points and hitting four of the seven made from three-point range.

Kapoushian’s three-pointer with 5:49 left in the opening period handed the Nitros an 8-1 edge. A hoop by Solis with 4:43 remaining in the second quarter sliced Glendale’s advantage to 26-14.

Senior point guard Cole Fajardo added nine points for the Nitros (8-3 and 1-1 in league), who made 13 of 28 shots for 46.4 percent in the opening half, with seven points by the intermission.

When junior point guard Edgar Kirakosian (six points) drilled a three-pointer and four minutes showing, the Nitros, who took a 42-36 lead into the fourth quarter, surged ahead 52-39.

Evan Zamora and Nick Garcia each chimed in with six points for the Indians while Carson Cardenaz dropped in four.

The Indians canned seven of 12 free throws and the Nitros were successful on eight of 16 from the charity line.

 

Burroughs Girls Basketball Has Few Problems In 59-34 Win Over Glendale

By Rick Assad

 

In a contest that was basically decided by rebounding, the Burroughs High girls’ basketball team doubled host Glendale’s total which led in part to a 59-34 Pacific League triumph on Friday night.

The Indians outrebounded the Nitros 46-23 including 29-14 in the opening half with sophomore shooting guard Dyani Del Castillo pulling down a game-best 11 rebounds and dropping in 12 points.

“Our goal was to play hard. To press. To play fast. I told them at the half that we were dominating the glass,” Burroughs coach Vicky Oganyan said. “The best teams are the one’s that the girls can make the decisions on their own.”

Burroughs is off and running against host Glendale. (Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Oganyan, who played at Glendale, was pleased with the effort.

“We told them to keep up the aggressiveness on defense, but to slow it down on offense so we can be successful on our shots.”

Sophomore power forward/center Faith Boulanger collected eight caroms and scored a game-high 15 points with four steals.

Each team managed 12 points in the initial frame as five players contributed for the Indians (9-0 and 2-0 in league).

Del Castillo nailed a three-pointer and senior small forward Nicole Rumfola hit a trey for her only tally of the evening.

A 20-point second quarter eruption unfolded for the Indians, who made six of 18 from the floor after downing four of 22 from the field in the first period.

Boulanger delivered six points in the second quarter after making a pair of free throws in the opening frame.

Ariana Farias sets the tone for the Indians. (Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Burroughs converted 10 of 13 from the charity stripe on the game, while Glendale hammered seven of 13.

Meanwhile the Nitros (8-7 and 1-1 in league) were held to seven points in the second period and fell behind 32-19 at the intermission.

Glendale converted four of 11 from the field in the first period and two of five in the second quarter.

Burroughs, which is ranked No. 22 in the state and No. 200 in the nation by the high school sports website MaxPreps.com, shot a little better in the third quarter, hitting five of 15 from the field and two of two from the free-throw line.

Del Castillo scored six points in the third period and Boulanger, who had recently injured her ankle, added five points.

Sophomore power forward Kayla Wrobel scored five of her 10 points in the fourth quarter as Burroughs made six of 10 from the field.

Kayla Wrobel, who scored 10 points, is getting inside position. (Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Senior shooting guard Jillian Kukawski had four points and senior point guard Jordyn Jackson tallied three points for the Indians.

Senior point guard Camryn Lotka also added three points, junior point guard A’sia Morales contributed three points and junior shooting guard Sophie Hawkins also tossed in three points .

Senior point guard Ariana Farias had two points with eight assists and five steals.

Sophomore center Sydney Martin garnered two points and senior small forward Jhazmin Pitts added two points.

Glendale made 11 of 32 shots from the field for 34.3 percent and Burroughs was successful on 21 of 65 for 33.8 percent.

The Nitros were paced by senior Meri Chesbishian with 12 points, all coming on three-pointers.

Burbank, Burroughs Girls Basketball Seek CIF Playoffs

By Rick Assad

 

When it comes to girls’ basketball, Burroughs High and Burbank both have quality programs and strong coaching leadership.

The Indians are coming off a season in which they went 23-8 overall and 11-3 in the Pacific League while reaching the CIF Southern Section playoffs.

Burroughs lost a key player to graduation in Marin Grote, a 6-4 center, who averaged a double-double in points and rebounds and also played volleyball where she was a standout.

Osanna Tiritan should lead the Bulldogs in points and rebounds once again. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Currently Grote is at the University of Washington where she is on the women’s volleyball team.

“I expect our team to be prepared and competitive in every game,” longtime Burroughs coach Vicky Oganyan said. “As usual our league will be very tough. Arcadia, Crescenta Valley, Glendale, Burbank and Pasadena all are returning very good talent.”

It’s always exciting when the two city rivals meet.

Burroughs will host Burbank on Jan. 11 and the Bulldogs will host the Indians on Jan. 31.

The Indians, who are undefeated this season at 6-0, will very likely lean heavily on Faith Boulanger, a highly-skilled 5-11 sophomore center/power forward, who averaged 12.7 points with 7.3 rebounds and was selected all-league, first-team.

Despite being a freshman, Boulanger proved her worth early and was a major force on offensive and defensive.

Kayla Wrobel, a 5-10 sophomore power forward was a second-team, all-league pick after tossing in 5.4 points and 5.2 boards per game.

The Indians will be strong as usual and will fight for the top spot in the Pacific League. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Dyani Del Castillo, a 5-8 sophomore shooting guard averaged 5.6 points and 4.4 caroms which translated into being tabbed honorable mention.

Ariana Farias is a 5-3 senior point guard and will lead the offense for Oganyan.

This job is critical because Farias sets the tone.

There are six returners from last year’s team and they include seniors Nicole Rumfola, a 5-9 small forward, Camryn Lotka, a 5-7 shooting guard, Emily Gutierrez, a 5-4 point guard and Jillian Kukawski, a 5-7 shooting guard.

There are two juniors on the squad and they are Sophie Hawkins, a 5-7 shooting guard and A’sia Morales, a 5-7 shooting guard.

The rest of the team will consist of seniors Jhazmin Pitts and Jordyn Jackson and freshman Noor Fahs.

It’s a certainty that the best player on the floor for the Bulldogs, who went 10-18 and 5-9 in league and are 5-2 this season, will be Osanna Tirityan, a 5-9 senior small forward.

“She does everything for us,” Burbank interim coach Bruce Breeden said of Tirityan, who averaged 14 points and 11 rebounds and was named all-league, first-team three consecutive years.

Sofia Aslanian, a 5-10 senior power forward, is likewise a three-year starter. “Sofia controls the boards and gives us leadership,” Breeden said.

Jayla Flowers is a 5-7 sophomore shooting guard and junior Brianna Castro is a 5-5 shooting guard.

“Jayla is a great athlete,” Breeden said of Flowers, who was an honorable mention. “Brianna is our best shooter.”

Also on the team will be Emily Monterrey, a 5-5 senior point guard, Jasmine Chavez, a 5-3 senior point guard and Roxy Payinid, a 5-6 sophomore point guard.

Rounding out the squad are Dakota Cortez, a 5-6 senior small forward, Adel Bandarian, a 5-9 junior power forward, Adrianna Cabrera, a 5-8 junior small forward and Kim Pimentel, a 5-4 sophomore point guard.

Rounding out the squad will be senior small forward Serlie Pouladian, senior small forward Knar Geghamya, junior small forward Val Martinez and sophomore guard Erika Montoya.

Burroughs, Burbank Girls Water Polo Eye CIF Playoffs

By Rick Assad

 

Sometimes goals are realized and sometimes they’re not. In the case of the Burroughs High and Burbank girls’ water polo teams, their objective is fairly simple and it’s to qualify for the CIF Southern Section playoffs.

Each team is fairly young, and both have skilled players, so reaching the postseason is a reality. The Bulldogs and Indians will meet on Jan. 23 at Burroughs.

Junior goalie Emmanuella Nathan will be a key for Burroughs. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Indians, who were 12-6 last season and 6-2 in the Pacific League for second place, will be led offensively by senior Aleah Orozco and junior goalie Emanuella Nathan.

Coach Jacob Cook is very optimistic about the team after reaching the quarterfinals a season ago.

“I’m looking forward to growing the team and improving as much as possible over the season,” Cook said. “The team is young in experience, but they are hard workers and eager to improve. I don’t know how the rest of the league is looking, but we are looking to progress as far as we can.”

Burbank has six quality players who can score at any moment. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The team consists of 15 players including 11 seniors and they are Amy Berberyan, Leann Bermudez, Samantha Leano, Megan Sawyer, Brianna Meneses, Bianey Mendoza, Jaelynn Bijasa, Kathryn Vlick, Isabel Rosado and Camila Panozo.

There are four juniors on the squad and they include Madeline Lingad, Chloe Caneday and Mallory Thomas.

The Indians have played a few matches including a 5-4 win over Clairemont of San Diego in which Orozco had a match-best four goals and Berberyan the game-winner, while Nathan finished with 24 saves.

The Bulldogs, who were 7-13 last season, are also quite tender, but eager to learn and are getting better with time, according to interim coach Zack Card, who is filling in for Allyson Young, who gave birth to a bouncing baby girl a few months ago.

The Indians are coming off a season in which they went to the CIF Southern Section playoffs. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

There are 11 players on the team, with six players standing out according to Card.

There are three seniors and they are Patil Minassian, Camila Salas and Michelle Morlock.

“Patil is a very experienced player,” Card said. “She’s a four-year player. Incredible leadership in and out of the pool. A strong two-meter defender and a strong ball handler.”

Card spoke about Salas in glowing terms.

“She’s another four-year athlete. A strong swimmer and great on the counter attack,” Card noted.

The Bulldogs are gunning to finish high in the Pacific League. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Card then addressed Morlock.

“She’s an incredibly gifted athlete,” he pointed out. “A strong swimmer. Her mental awareness. Her water polo IQ. It’s a gift, really. She never gives up and never makes any excuses.”

The other three standout performers are juniors, Sophia Brice, Michelle Morozian and Sera Shahbazian.

Card also praised Brice. “Sophia is a strong counter-attack player with strong fundamentals,” he said.

Card also likes Shahbazian. “She’s just relentless on defense. Always working away from the ball, helping her teammates,” he said.

Card spoke about Morozian and what she brings to the table. “Her ability to play defense is incredible,” he said.

The rest of the squad consists of juniors Angie Chavez, Grace Tomasek, Anasheh Abedian, Gabby Aghajanyan and Ashley Karazi.

Burroughs Girls Water Polo Slips Past Clairemont

By Rick Assad

 

If defense truly wins championships, and it does, then the Burroughs High girls’ water polo team should be fine.

On an afternoon in which the Indians claimed their first win of the season on Tuesday over visiting Clairemont 5-4, in a nonleague match, it was in dramatic fashion.

Clinging to a one-goal lead, Emanuella Nathan blocked two close-range shots in the span of 10 seconds in the waning moments and saved the day.

“I’m very like dialed in,” said Nathan, a junior goalie who had 24 saves. “I’m trying to direct the defense. So that’s my job. I try to look at the ball and look around and to just keep an eye on things. If I see someone open. I’m the chess player.”

Junior goalie Emanuella Nathan had a day to remember after saving 24 shots in a 5-4 win. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Nathan talked about how see approaches her position and what she does when the offensive player is in front of her.

“I look at the ball,” she noted. “They throw me off with their eyes. And I go for it.”

Nathan said that this is one of her strongest efforts. “This is probably one of my best out of his high school so far,” she said. “I had a really good one last year. Definitely one of my best this year.”

The effort did not escape Burroughs coach Jacob Cook. “Emma had a huge game. She was a major help on defense,” he said. “She saved us for sure.”

Cook liked the entire team effort, but a couple stood out. “Aleah [Orozco] had a big game and Amy [Berberyan] had the goal that put us up,” he pointed out.

When it comes to scoring, this is Orozco’s specialty, as the senior knocked home a match-best four.

It was a low-scoring affair between host Burroughs and Clairemont on Tuesday. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

But what turned out to be the game-winner was a 20-foot rainbow with 2:26 left in the fourth quarter turned in by Berberyan that made it 5-4.

The scoring began with 5:46 left in the second quarter when Orozco dropped in a tally for a 1-0 lead.

“I think honestly we became more intense during the last quarter because we thought that it was going to be such a close game,” Orozco said.

The lead stretched to 2-0 on Orozco’s 14-footer with 4:11 on the clock in the second quarter.

“We had a lot of doubt in the beginning considering this is a team from San Diego,” Orozco said. “I guess we came in just giving it our all. Emma brought our team together. She was amazing.”

The Indians picked up their first win of the season behind great defense. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Orozco’s five-meter penalty shot and 1:39 left in the second period lifted the Indians (1-2) to a 3-0 lead.

The edge expanded to 4-1 with 6:37 left in the third frame as Orozco’s 10-footer found the back of the net.

The Chieftans (0-1) sliced the lead to 3-1 when Ella Denny’s close-range attempt found the goal with 1:02 left in the second period.

Clairemont inched closer at 4-2 when Denny’s six-footer found the range as 5:46 remained in the third quarter.

“We put 45 shots on the goal,” Clairemont coach Joey Kienle said. “That goalie was the MVP today. It’s a young team and they’re still learning the game. They’re still learning how to score.”

Denny’s tally from six feet and 5:17 on the clock sliced the lead to 4-3 and Ashlynn Sauerwein’s point-blank attempt with 2:51 left evened it at 4-4.

“We just gotta work on our offense. Our defense was great today. It’s early in the season. That’s why we came here,” Kienle said.