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Burroughs Girls Basketball Takes Out Visiting Glendale

By Rick Assad

Defense was very much a priority for the Burroughs High girls’ basketball team which hosted Glendale on Tuesday night in a Pacific League match.

For 32 tough and hard-fought minutes, neither team budged an inch defensively, but down the stretch the Indians were able to make three straight baskets including a three-pointer from junior shooting guard Dyani Del Castillo with 2:20 left for a six-point advantage and it helped propelled Burroughs to a 52-43 victory.

Burroughs shooting guard Noor Fahs tries to get around a Glendale defender. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“I was actually very nervous about this game because of the outcome of the last game,” said Del Castillo, who finished with a game-high 18 points and chipped in with five rebounds and four steals and had 11 points at the half. “We were all very prepared for this game.”

The nine-point win may have been a payback for a 47-46 loss on December 10 at the Nitro gym.

“Glendale’s big, they’re aggressive, they play hard,” Burroughs coach Vicky Oganyan said. “We knew it was going to be a tough game.”

Oganyan, who played for Glendale High, then added: “Defensively we just made some adjustments from the first time that we played them to try to minimize how many catches they had in the post,” she noted. “The first time we played them they had too many points in the paint. I thought this time we minimized it. I thought the defensive pressure really helped.”

The Indians (17-5 and 8-1 in league) held a 37-32 lead heading into the fourth quarter as four players scored.

Now that’s defensive pressure by Kayla Wrobel and Noor Fahs. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

After Burroughs missed its first shot in the fourth period, junior forward/center Faith Boulanger (10 points and four steals) scored.

But then six consecutive misses followed until Del Castillo’s three-pointer made it 46-42.

Junior forward Kayla Wrobel (six points) then added a basket and sophomore forward Noor Fahs (five points with six steals) contributed a hoop.

The Indians shot 35.4 percent from the floor on 17 of 48 shot attempts and made 12 of 21 from the free-throw line for 57.1 percent.

The Nitros (17-5 and 6-3 in league) seized a 13-11 advantage in the opening period behind five points from senior guard Mary Markaryan (eight points).

Del Castillo tallied five points in the first frame to pace Burroughs, which was outrebounded by Glendale, 34-28.

Faith Boulanger looks to pass the basketball to Kayla Wrobel. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Indians followed that with a 15-point second quarter and led 26-22 at the intermission as Del Castillo, who had five treys in the game, knocked in a pair of three-pointers, including one that made it 24-18 with 1:35 showing.

Junior power forward Kayla Wrobel tossed in three of her six points in the second period and picked off a team-best seven boards with four steals.

Wrobel’s hoop with 3:10 left in the second period handed the Indians a 21-18 edge.

Burroughs was limited to 11 points in the third quarter as Boulanger, junior center Sydney Martin (seven points) and Del Castillo all scored three points.

Boulanger’s basket and successful free throw extended the Indians’ cushion to 34-24 with 4:41 left in the third period.

Burroughs then outscored Glendale 15-11 in the fourth quarter after making four of 11 from the floor and six of 11 from the charity line.

Junior center Areco Orujyan scored 10 of her team-best 13 points in the fourth period for the Nitros, who made three of 10 from the field and five of nine at the free-throw line.

On the night, Glendale converted 13 of 37 for 35.1 percent and 12 of 19 at the free-throw line for 63.1 percent.

Senior guard Sophie Hawkins scored six points that included a three-pointer in the first quarter for the Indians.

Burroughs Boys Hoops Shoot Poorly, Lose 67-40 To Crescenta Valley

By Rick Assad

Some games are truly memorable because of the outcome and how it was played, while in other cases a team might want to forget it.

For the Burroughs High boys’ basketball squad, Friday night’s Pacific League matchup with Crescenta Valley at Providence High, could be categorized in the latter after falling behind early and never catching up in an eventual 67-40 setback.

Nicholas Garcia dribbling the ball against Crescenta Valley. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Indians were held to six points in the first and second quarters and trailed 38-12 at the intermission after making just four of 24 for 16.6 percent from the floor.

The second half was much better for Burroughs, which outscored the Falcons 18-15 in the third quarter to get within 56-27, and then outscored Crescenta Valley 13-11 in the fourth quarter.

The Falcons, who pulled ahead 18-6 heading into the second period, had two players score in doubles figures as shooting guard Tyler Carlson tallied a game-best 24 points and power forward Alec Vosjanian scored 16 points.

Senior center Corwin Smith tossed in a team-best 10 points for the Indians, who shot 28.3 on the night (15 of 53).

The Falcons (14-3 and 5-1 in league) started strong as they connected on six of 11 from the floor and continued their hot shooting after drilling eight of 13 in the second period.

Carlson scored 10 points in the initial frame and that included two of his four game-high, three-pointers.

Center Corwin Smith scored a team-high 10 points for the Indians. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Vosjanian tacked on 12 points in the second period and that included his only three-pointer.

On the opposite bench, the Indians (13-6 and 4-4 in league) hit two of 12 from the floor in the first and second quarters.

Nicholas Garcia is the point guard and the starting quarterback for the Indians this past season.

“Twelve points in a half is not going to cut it,” said Garcia, a senior. “We just gotta go back to work tomorrow. We just gotta keep playing through this. You’ve gotta have a better offense.”

Garcia then added: “I try to get everybody else involved,” he noted. “Everybody can score on that team. It’s hard to play defense against them because everybody can score.”

Garcia thinks Burroughs will bounce back. “I say out of these next four games, we go 3-1,” he said. “This is our only loss.”

Shooting guard Carson Cardenaz tallied six points on a pair of three-pointers. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

After Smith made two free throws in the first quarter, he scored a hoop and two from the charity line for six points.

Carlson was on the mark in the third quarter after tallying 10 points with six points coming on a pair of three-pointers as the Falcons were successful on seven of 18 from the field.

Burroughs senior shooting guard Carson Cardenaz, who played wide receiver on the football team, nailed a pair of three-pointers in the third quarter for his only points.

Guard Blake Ballard had a good third quarter for the Indians after scoring five of his seven points.

Senior forward Emery Goulet was also productive in the third period for the Indians, scoring four of his six points.

Crescenta Valley finally had an off-shooting quarter in the fourth after making four of 15.

Guard Elijah Duller delivered all of his seven points in the fourth quarter for the Indians, who made 11 of 26 in the second half (37.9 percent).

Guard Jase Sadsad came of the bench and scored two points for Burroughs, which made three from three-point range  and nailed seven of eight from the free-throw line for 87.5 percent.

The Falcons dropped in seven three-pointers and drilled 10 of 12 from the free-throw stripe for 83.3 percent.

Burroughs Girls Basketball Pulls Away From Host Burbank

By Rick Assad

Behind an effective 2-3 zone press by the Burroughs High girls’ basketball team, host Burbank turned the ball over in bunches which opened the path for the Indians to claim a 52-35 Pacific League win on Friday.

With the help of turnovers, Burroughs marched ahead 26-5 in the first quarter and were in front 40-15 at halftime as junior shooting guard Dyani Del Castillo tallied all of her 13 points and junior power forward Kayla Wrobel added 10 of her 13 points.

Wrobel’s basket with 4:36 remaining in the initial frame made it 11-0 and the Indians were on their way.

Faith Boulanger scored eight points and had seven steals for the Indians. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“I think that just playing solid defense is what we focus on because that’s how we contribute to our wins,” Del Castillo said.

Always a perfectionist, Del Castillo was happy with the victory, but wanted to do even more.

“I think I could have done more to help out my team,” she said after hitting three from three-point range.

On the night, the Indians (14-5 and 5-1 in league) shot 36.3 percent from the floor (20 of 55) and limited the Bulldogs (8-10 and 2-4 in league) to 12 of 26 for 46.1 percent.

“Recently we’re trying to pressure up more,” said Burroughs coach Vicky Oganyan of the press. “The last three or four games it’s worked well for us. I think the girls are getting the hang of it. They’re getting better at it. It makes us a better team.”

Bri Castro is trying to dribble against a swarming Burroughs defense. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs, which is the CIF Southern Section’s No. 9 ranked team in Division II-A, outrebounded Burbank 33-23 with sophomore shooting guard Noor Fahs grabbing a game-best seven rebounds along with six steals, four assists and scoring five points.

“That’s when we’re really good is when we have multiple players and we don’t just rely on one player,” Oganyan said of her offense.

On many occasions, the Bulldogs tried to get the ball inside or even try crosscourt passes, but too many defenders were there and a turnover would result.

“After that we settled down and realized that we have to play one possession at a time,” Burbank coach Jett Del Mundo said. “They’re trying to win or lose the game on one possession.”

Sophie Hawkins is being guarded by Erika Montoya. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Del Mundo spoke about the team trying to do too much.

“We’re not making passes. We have to make the simple pass,” he said of the litany of mistakes. “We don’t have to make the terrific pass. We got going a little bit in the second half.”

Wrobel’s nine points led the Indians in the first quarter while Del Castillo tallied eight.

Junior power forward/center Faith Boulanger (seven steals), who many times brought the ball up the floor, accounted for four of her eight points in the opening period as the Indians converted 10 of 17 from the field for 58.8 percent.

Burroughs junior power forward Sydney Martin scored four of her six points in the second period and Del Castillo tacked on five points in the frame.

Sydney Martin is ready to take a shot against Tabitha Cruz. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Senior shooting guard Sophie Hawkins added seven points and tossed in a three-pointer in the same period.

Both squads scored eight points in the third quarter while Burbank outscored Burroughs 12-4 in the fourth period.

Burbank had only 10 attempts from the field in the opening half and made six.

The Bulldogs converted two of two shots from the floor in the first period and four of eight in the second.

Senior power forward Khyla Lipscomb and sophomore point guard Christina Ohanians both poured in six points to lead Burbank.

Sophomore point guard Alle Tarvirdi tacked on five points while sophomore center Tabitha Cruz sprinkled in four points.

Senior shooting guard Bri Castro, junior point guard Erika Montoya, sophomore shooting guard Emily Megerdichian and freshman power forward Karen Casillas, all added three points and senior center Adelina Bandarian had two points.

Burroughs Girls Water Polo Cruises To 10-5 Victory Over Arcadia

By Rick Assad

Time out of the swimming pool because of the recent holiday break seemingly kept the Burroughs High girls’ water polo team from getting off to a good start in its initial Pacific League match against visiting Arcadia on Tuesday afternoon.

The Indians were able to score a pair of goals in the first quarter, but then erupted for four in the second period and took a 10-5 decision behind a match-best three goals from sophomore Clarissa Robles.

Senior goalie Emanuella Nathan was her usual stellar self, turning back at least a half-dozen shots from the Apaches.

Emanuella Nathan was stellar in goal for the victorious Indians. (© 2020 Ross A. Benson)

Freshman Liv Hernandez also played well for the Apaches in goal.

However, Arcadia’s best player, Cary Gamez, hasn’t been in the lineup for some time after sustaining a concussion in an earlier match.

Junior Angelina Lee and junior Charlotte Jennings were next with two goals apiece for the Indians.

“It’s been a month since our last game and we had to get the holiday jitters out,” Burroughs coach Jacob Cook said. “We played them already in the Burbank Tournament and it was a bigger goal differential. A lot of them were out of town the entire two weeks. Considering everything, I thought they did great.”

Cook then added: “That was a good thing we have a tournament this weekend so it’s a way to get back into it,” he said of Tuesday’s match. “I’m glad we came out with the win.”

The Apaches (6-9 and 0-1 in league) were the first on the scoreboard when Christine Chua scored on a 10-foot lightning bolt with 6:09 on the clock.

Burroughs (10-3 and 1-0 in league) scored the next two goals as junior Bella Mucha found the range on a 10-footer with 4:40 left and Robles unloaded an eight-foot laser with 1:53 remaining.

The Burroughs girls’ water polo team. (© 2020 Ross A. Benson)

The Indians shut out the Apaches in the second frame.

Lee scored on a 12-foot loft with 6:06 on the ticker and Robles’ six-foot bullet with 4:28 left made it 4-1.

With 3:56 remaining, Jennings tossed in a 12-footer to make it 5-1 and thirty seconds later, Jennings tacked on a 10-foot rocket as the Indians led 6-1.

Each team scored two goals in the third quarter with the Indians scoring the first and the last goals.

A five-meter penalty shot with 5:13 left by junior Jane Reyes saw Burroughs march ahead 7-1 and another five-meter penalty toss from Robles extended the advantage to 8-3 with 56 seconds remaining.

In between those two tallies, Chua delivered a six-footer with 4:58 left that cut the lead to 7-2 and Chua’s six-footer with 3:30 showing made it 7-3.

“Both teams are coming off two weeks of vacation. We did indeed have a little bit of a slower start and we weren’t even executing some of the things that we were practicing just yesterday,” Arcadia coach Janice Clark said. “At halftime we really talked about some of those points and I was pleased to see them take it to heart and start to make some of those things happen.”

The Indians are on the offensive against the Apaches. (© 2020 Ross A. Benson)

Clark was happy with how her team responded in the second half.

“I’m pleased with my girls for making those adjustments and starting to pull things back into focus a little bit,” she said.

The fourth frame was similar to the third except this time the Apaches scored the first and last goals.

Alie Cicero drilled in a 10-footer with 6:10 left that made it 8-4 and Cassandra O’Conner’s 10-footer with two seconds left trimmed the lead to 10-5.

A 10-footer from Jennings made it 9-4 with 3:48 remaining and freshman Nancy Baylor unfurled an 18-footer with 1:39 left that pushed the Indians in front 10-4.

Burroughs Girls Hoops Waltz Past Notre Dame Academy, 51-30

By Rick Assad

Shots were launched from deep and short and in between by the Burroughs High girls’ basketball team.

There was enough success despite shooting 26.3 percent from the field and it led to a 51-30 triumph by the Indians over Notre Dame Academy in a second-round match of the West Coast Holiday Festival Tournament Silver Division on Friday night at the Indians gym.

Senior guard Sophie Hawkins scored four points and played tenacious defense. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs hoisted up 76 shots and nailed 20 and made 14 of 43 for 32.5 percent in the opening half.

On the plus side, the Indians collected 58 rebounds compared to 25 for the Royal Gryphons.

“We moved the ball well and we looked for each other and we got a lot of open shots,” Burroughs coach Vicky Oganyan said. “We’re a good rebounding team.”

Burroughs (9-4) will play Santa Monica tonight at 8:30 p.m. in a semifinal game.

The offense was spearheaded by junior point guard Dyani Del Castillo, who poured in a game-best 13 points.

Junior power forward Kayla Wrobel added 12 points and grabbed a game-high 16 rebounds. Wrobel scored all of her points in the first half.

Junior center/power forward Faith Boulanger contributed nine points and nabbed seven caroms.

Defense and rebounding were on display by the Indians in a 51-30 win over Notre Dame Academy. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Indians outscored Notre Dame Academy, which made four of 13 for 30.7 percent at the intermission, in every quarter except the fourth.

Burroughs quickly seized command and barreled ahead 16-6 heading to the second quarter behind 10 points from Wrobel, who scored nine points in an opening-round 68-40 victory against Santa Paula on Thursday.

Sophomore shooting guard Noor Fahs scored four of her six points in the first period when the Indians made eight of 27 from the floor.

In the second frame, Burroughs didn’t take nearly as many shots from the field, just 16 and hammered in six and pulled in front 33-12.

Del Castillo, who scored a game-high 10 points versus Santa Paula, was the offensive catalyst in the second period scoring six points, while drilling a pair of three-pointers.

Faith Boulanger, shown dribbling the ball up the court, scored nine points and was a defensive presence. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Boulanger dropped in two three-pointers for six points in the third quarter and had a game-best 16 points against Santa Paula.

Del Castillo also had a trey in the third quarter when the Indians made four of 18 from the field.

Freshman shooting guard Ivana Razov drilled a three-pointer in the third frame which accounted for her only points, but handed out a game-best five assists.

The Regal Gryphons shot 30.3 percent from the floor on 10 of 33 for the night and outscored the Indians 7-6 in the fourth frame as Kaylin Chan nailed her third three-pointer of the evening and finished with a team-best nine points.

Brooklyn Jackson also scored a three-pointer in the final frame and finished with eight points for Notre Dame Academy.

Burroughs converted five of 10 from the free-throw line and Notre Dame Academy was successful on four of nine.

Senior point guard Sophie Hawkins dropped in four points for the Indians, sophomore point guard Stephanie Wilson added two points and junior point guard Lauren Lucas also tallied two points.

Junior center Sydney Martin didn’t score a point in Friday’s contest, but tossed in eight points during Thursday’s game.

 

Burroughs Girls Soccer Deadlocked 1-1 Versus Crescenta Valley

By Rick Assad

A goal was scored early and a goal was tallied late in Friday’s Pacific League clash between a pair of girls’ soccer heavyweights at Memorial Field.

The second tally, a header in the 77th minute, by Lily Gonzalez, practically guaranteed the match between defending league champion Burroughs High and Crescenta Valley would end in a 1-1 deadlock.

Lauryn Bailey, shown trying to control the ball, set up the tying goal from Lily Gonzalez. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The match-tying goal was set up on a corner kick from junior forward Lauryn Bailey, who directed the ball perfectly so that Gonzalez’s 10-yarder would land directly into the net.

“[Lo] Lauryn and I were just like pushing each other to get that goal in,” said Gonzalez, a junior midfielder. “We know we needed that goal to tie and CV’s one of our hardest competions out there and that was like one of the last plays of the game.”

Gonzalez then added: “I had to put everything in it, so I decided to head the ball because it was going right toward me. I had a girl on me and then I kind of backed up and headed it.”

Bailey realized the importance of the match and situation. “”I knew it was a chance to tie up the game, so I knew I had to place it the right way, inside the sticks,” she said.

Olivia Cashman (No. 2) and Gabby Morales (No. 6) are on the run for the Indians in a match against the Falcons. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The only other score came in the fifth minute when Crescenta Valley senior Sarah Gabon received a corner kick and upon locating the ball, squared it and drilled a 15-yard rocket that handed the always-tough Falcons a 1-0 lead.

The Indians are 2-1-1 in all matches and 1-0-1 in league.

Today Burroughs is playing a doubleheader in the prestigious Best in the West Tournament and will face Downey and Murrieta Mesa.

The Falcons are 2-0-2 overall and 1-0-1 in league and will host the Indians on January 17 with a 3:15 p.m. start.

Crescenta Valley is also in the Best in the West tourney and will play Royal and Beckman on Saturday.

The play was physical at times. Lily Gonzalez and Madison Jacques would not give an inch. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

In between these two tallies there were more than enough opportunities for both sides to find the back of the net, but neither did.

Nothing developed off a corner kick by Falcon senior Kathryn Thamasian in the fourth minute.

In the 14th minute, Gonzalez ripped a 35-yarder which was followed a minute later by Thamasian’s corner kick and junior Ashlin Cuesta’s 15-yard header failed to find the net for the Falcons.

Bailey’s 46-yard free kick came up short in the 17th minute and in the 22nd minute three Indians tried their luck, but likewise came up empty as Gonzalez blasted a 20-yarder, Bailey a 20-yard follow-up and senior midfielder Olivia Cashman unloaded a 35-yarder.

The match, per usual when these two giants take the pitch, was physical at times. Several girls on both teams found themselves on the grass including Cashman, who was kicked in the back of her leg and after a minute or so prone, walked off the field and had her right ankle retaped.

Lily Gonzalez tries to get around Dana Ryan. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“We’re going to play hard and they’re going to play hard. We know that going in. It goes with the territory,” Burroughs coach Brady Riggs said. “The last half of the first half and the last 20 minutes of the game we played much better. After we got into the flow we played much better. I expected them [Burroughs] to play until the final minute.”

In the 26th minute, Gonzalez unloaded a 25-yard bullet and a minute later junior Julianna Cheney added a 25-yarder for Crescenta Valley.

Senior defender Alex Mills delivered a 29-yard penalty kick in the 34th minute for the Indians that sailed too high over the crossbar.

Four minutes later, Bailey tossed in a 20-yarder and then a 23-yard free kick in the 39th minute, while Gonzalez missed from point-blank range in the same frame.

“Definitely with CV we want to play harder because they’re one of the top along with us,” Bailey said. “They’re physicality just wants us to mentally play harder.”

Crescenta Valley junior Dana Ryan’s 25-yard strike in the 45th minute ventured high and Thamasian’s 25-yarder missed in the 50th minute as did Cuesta’s header in the same stanza. Gonzalez added a 10-yarder in the 52nd minute.

Crescenta Valley sophomore Kaisa Lindman-Marshall missed the target from 25 yards in the 55th minute and teammate, junior Nataly Serrano, likewise missed the mark from 30 yards in the 57th minute.

The Indians had the next three opportunities and included a 35-yard boot from Bailey in the 62nd minute, Gonzalez on a 25-yard penalty kick that struck the top of the net in the 67th minute and Gonzalez’s 30-yarder that drifted wide right in the same frame.

The Falcons had the next two strikes and they both came in the 74th minute as Cheney’s 35-yarder drilled the football right upright and Cheney’s 30-yarder also failed to locate the net.

Burroughs Boys Hoops Drop Pacific League Opener Against Glendale

By Rick Assad

For nearly 29 minutes of the scheduled 32 minutes, the Burroughs High boys’ basketball team was either tied or in front against visiting Glendale in the Pacific League opener on Tuesday night.

What happened across the last two-plus minutes undid what transpired earlier as the Nitros rallied for a 61-52 victory.

In the fourth period, Glendale outscored Burroughs 27-15 after connecting on eight of 13 from the field and drilling nine of 10 free throws.

Nicholas Garcia, who scored a team-best 16 points, tries to block a shot against the Nitros. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Indians made six of 12 from the floor and two of three from the charity line in the same period.

The match was deadlocked at 14-14 heading into the second frame, but the Indians shimmied ahead 27-20 at the half before bolting in front 37-34 after three frames.

An important moment came when junior point guard Arthur Chebishian (14 points) stole the ball and then raced down court for a layup with 2:30 remaining as Glendale seized a 48-46 lead.

With 1:52 left, a three-pointer from senior swingman Manouk Manoukian (14 points) handed the Nitros a 51-48 edge.

Manoukian finished with a game-best three from three-point range, nailing one in the first, third and fourth quarters.

Guard Jase Sadsad looks for the open man. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Chebishian’s hoop made it 53-48 with 1:29 on the clock, which forced Coach Allan Ellis to call time out.

Neither team shot especially well from the field as the Nitros made 35.4 percent (17 of 48) and the Indians 34.5 percent (19 of 55).

Glendale (4-4 and 1-0 in league) went to the free-throw line 22 times and drilled 19 for 86.3 percent.

Burroughs (5-1 and 0-1 in league) toed the free-throw stripe 14 times and canned 11 for 78.5 percent.

Another key statistic was Glendale’s ability to make its three-pointers. On the night, it sank eight compared to Burroughs dropping in three.

Senior point guard Nicholas Garcia paced the Indians with a team-high 16 points and hit one three-pointer.

Guard Evan Zamora is seen dribbling for the Indians, who fell by nine points to the Nitros. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“They [Glendale] battled on the defensive end and we couldn’t get stops and that was the deciding factor in the game,” said senior swingman Emery Goulet, who scored 13 points, including nine in the opening half.

Goulet went on: “It comes down to the intensity and defensive energy on the defensive end and they made shots and we didn’t,” he said.

Even with the loss, Goulet still believes the team will respond.

“I love my guys,” he said. “I’m behind them until the end. I think they can bounce back and make some noise this year.”

Goulet’s basket with 1:48 left in the second quarter made it 24-17 and Garcia’s bucket with 1:19 remaining in the third quarter pushed the lead to 37-32.

Garcia scored eight points that included a trey in the initial frame while Chebishian dropped in two three-pointers for six points.

Goulet had his most-productive quarter in the second tallying seven points with five points coming via free throws as Burroughs converted four of 16 from the field and five of five from the charity line.

The Nitros, who shot 25.9 percent at the half (seven of 27) were held to six points in the second period after making two of 13 from the floor.

The Indians drilled 29 percent of their shots at the intermission (nine of 31) and eight of nine from the free-throw line.

Glendale senior swingman Manny Kapoushian (game-best 17 points) scored eight points in the third quarter with six points being derived from free throws. The Nitros converted nine of 10, but only two of eight from the field.

The Indians drained four of 12 from the floor and one of two charity tosses in the third stanza as Garcia scored four points.

Center Corwin Smith dropped in nine points with six coming at the intermission, guard Jase Sadsad added seven points, forward Tyler Cantrell delivered four and senior shooting guard Carson Cardenaz tossed in three points for the Indians.

Burbank, Burroughs Boys Hoops Set Sights High

By Rick Assad

The task is a tall one, no doubt, but the Burbank High and Burroughs boys’ basketball teams are each gunning for the top spot when it comes to the Pacific League standings, hoping to unseat Pasadena.

The Bulldogs are athletic with dependable shooters and defenders and will be led Sid Cooke, who has an impressive and deep resume, having coached Renaissance Academy to a pair of CIF Southern Section championships across 16 years.

“We’re trying to build a culture. Commitment and accountability. Do the right thing every time,” said Cooke, a first-year coach at Burbank, who was also an assistant coach at Glendale Community College for three years. “They do play hard, but they’ve got to play different as far as the understanding of the game.”

You can never practice enough as Burroughs goes through some drills. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank played well last season after going 17-12 and 8-6 in league for fourth place.

The Bulldogs fell to La Canada 57-43 in the opening-round of the CIF Division II A playoffs.

Burbank will not have shooting guard Miles D’Agostin, who averaged just over 26 points and was selected All-CIF second team, because of graduation.

Cooke is a tough taskmaster who demands perfection on the court, but knows how to motivate.

Four players were on last year’s squad and they will be asked to lead Burbank on the floor.

Kevin Sarkes is a 6-foot-5 senior center who will rebound, play solid defense and shoot in the paint.

“We have a good group of guys,” he said. “We hope to capture the first league title in a long time, it’s been about 20 years. And then heading to CIF, we’ve been knocked out two years in the first round. Our goal is to capture the first CIF title.”

Senior Ben Burnham (6-0) is a standout wide receiver on the football team and will offer grit, points, hard-nose defense and rebounds from the point guard position.

“Transitioning from football to basketball is not that hard. I’m not in basketball shape,” he said. “We’re looking to do some damage in league. We’re focusing on getting better every week.”

Junior small forward Abiel Pearl (No. 25) will be a key player for the Bulldogs. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Senior shooting guard Leo Tahmasian (6-0) is a clutch long-range artist who can score points in a hurry.

“Three coaches in three years. Yes, it’s not easy, but when you have a great coaching staff it’s pretty easy to adjust,” he said. “They have a system in place.”

Sarkes then added: “Coach Sid has won multiple championships at different levels,” he said. “His resume speaks for itself. He’s a great coach. We have a great group of guys. I’m very confident in what we can do this year whether it’s in league or CIF. We’ve got a good core and a good group of guys to build around.”

Junior shooting guard/small forward Abiel Pearl (6-3) is athletic and a leaper who has a soft touch in the paint, is a ball hawk on defense and a splendid rebounder.

There are four other seniors on the team and they include shooting guard Gor Keshishyan (6-2), shooting guard Danny Contreras (5-7), shooting guard A.J. Blake (5-10), small forward/power forward Craig Rushton (6-2) and center Greg Zadikian (6-5).

Up and in the basket. The Indians hope to see more of this during the season. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The juniors include point guard Vartan Avetisyan (5-9), shooting guard Elmer Reyes (5-10), small forward Kelton Shea (6-3) and shooting guard Armen Nazarian (6-3).

Three sophomores are on the team and they are small forward J.G. Lambert (6-3), point guard/shooting guard Phoenix Mosley (5-9) and shooting guard Nigel Dickens (6-1).

The Indians are deep in talent this season and hope to forget last season in which they went 11-16 and 4-10 in league for sixth place while missing the postseason.

Four players return and they include senior swingman Emery Goulet, senior point guard Nicholas Garcia, senior shooting guard Carson Cardenaz and reserve forward Tyler Cantrell.

Goulet is a first-team all-league selection, team captain and one of the floor leaders.

Garcia, who was the quarterback for the Indians, will distribute the basketball and look for his shot when it’s available.

Senior guard Leo Tahmasian (No. 23) should have a solid season for the Bulldogs. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Cardenaz played wide receiver and always showed his toughness on the field.

“We are bigger and stronger physically than last year’s team,” Burroughs coach Allan Ellis said. “I think last year’s experience for our starting guards will help us a lot on and off the court for our younger players.”

Ellis knows it’s not going to be easy to capture the league title, but likes what he’s seen.

“We know we are in a tough league, but the majority of these players have been a part of my program for four years,” he said. “We look forward to the challenge and the guys are hungry to show what they are capable of on the basketball court.”

The rest of the backcourt will consist of shooting guard Jase Sadsad, shooting guard Blake Ballard, shooting guard Elijah Duller, shooting guard Evan Zamora and point guard Coleman Chennault.

The frontcourt will be comprised of Jack Nitzsche, Chance Spinks and Corwin Smith, who is 6-6, and will play center.

Burbank, Burroughs Girls Water Polo Looks To Improve

By Rick Assad

It’s not exactly beach weather in Southern California with low temperatures and occasional rain, but the Burroughs High and Burbank girls’ water polo season is already under way.

Each team will be looking to better the previous season record-wise and that means a run at the Pacific League crown.

The Indians are coming off a campaign in which they went 9-7 in all matches and 5-3 for third place in league.

Emanuella Nathan, who signed a letter of intent to play for the University of the Pacific, will be a presence for the Indians in goal. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs coach Jacob Cook thinks this could be an exciting and a special season for the Indians.

“I have high expectations for the team and I expect them to do well in league and the playoffs,” he said.

A season ago, the Indians were knocked out of the CIF Southern Section Division IV playoffs after losing to El Segundo 10-0.

Defense is always essential and with senior Emanuella Nathan playing goalie, the Indians are going to have an extremely stingy defense, which will in turn allow Burroughs to be in many games.

Nathan, who has been a prep standout for several years, recently signed a letter of intent to play water polo for the University of the Pacific.

Cook will have three other seniors on the team and they include Mallory Thomas, Chloe Caneday and Madeline Lingad.

The trio will be asked to lead the team and also contribute points and defense, which is something each will gladly do.

Burbank senior Sera Shabhazian will be a major contributor and a key to the Bulldogs’ success. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Five juniors are on the Burroughs squad and they are Angelina Lee, Bella Mucha, Jane Reyes, Chrissy Vlick and Charlotte Jennings.

Three sophomores are on the team and they include Emily Callahan, Kelly Long and Clarissa Robles.

Nancy Baylor is the lone freshman, but is extremely talented, having played for the prestigious Rose Bowl travel team.

“I would say Chrissy, Bella and Clarissa are the ones to look out for,” Cook said of his top players.

The Bulldogs went 7-14 overall and 4-4 in league play for fifth place, and didn’t qualify for the postseason.

Burbank has a first-year coach in Melani Aghazarian, who played water polo for Glendale High, wants to see improvement, even if it takes a little while.

“I just want the girls to work hard and come out at the end really proud of what they’ve accomplished,” she said of this season. “I hope to make CIF for playoffs, but I’m not too worried about it this year. It’s a rebuilding year.”

Aghazarian added: “They’re all trusting of each other and it’s a new experience. I want them to have a really good work ethic,” she pointed out.

Aghazarian also addressed her philosophy. “I think defense wins games. I think defense wins championships in the long run. I am very defense oriented,” she said. “Offense and defense, it’s all important. For offense, I just want the girls to move more, create more opportunities. I’m looking to build a chemistry, which is something they don’t have now.”

The Bulldogs will be paced by four seniors starters: Sera Shabhazian, Anasheh Abedian, Sophia Brice and Michele Mirzoyan.

Junior Jenny Stepanyan will be in the cage and her performance will be one indicator of whether the Bulldogs will post a better record than last season.

The other Bulldog starters include junior Yana Stepanyan and sophomore Julie Kim, and they are also going to have to play well in order for Burbank to make the playoffs.

The rest of the team will consist of Lauren Applebaum, Vana Matevosian, Ananya Katappagari, Galia Housepian, Gabriella Aghajanyan, Ania Simonian and Rachel Tomasek, Stepanyan’s backup in goal.

Burroughs, Burbank Girls Basketball Ready, Steady

By Rick Assad

At least recently, the Burroughs High girls’ basketball team has been the dominant force in the Pacific League, having won numerous banners under the leadership of longtime coach Vicky Oganyan.

Meanwhile, city rival Burbank has also produced some fine teams and has usually ended up in the top half of the league.

Both should be contenders for the league title this season, but Pasadena, which finished in a three-way tie for first place along with Burroughs and Crescenta Valley, might very well be the front-runner.

Bri Castro is a senior shooting guard and the only returning starter for the Bulldogs. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Indians, who were 21-8 overall and 10-4 in league a season ago, are still plenty potent.

“My expectations are to stay focused on the task ahead, play hard one play at a time, work together and get better individually and as a team as the season progresses,” said Ognayan, who saw the Indians lose to Walnut 43-38 in a CIF Southern Section Division II AA opening-round playoff match.

Oganyan, who played at Glendale High, has more than enough weapons at her disposal.

“Faith Boulanger, Dyani Del Castillo and Kayla Wrobel are all returning all-league players who we are going to count on to lead the way,” she said. “All three have experience and know what it takes to be successful at the varsity level.”

Boulanger is a 6-foot-1 junior center/forward, who can score from anywhere on the court and also collect rebounds.

Boulanger averaged 15 points and nearly eight boards for the Indians, who will visit Burbank on January 10 and host the Bulldogs on February 6.

Del Castillo (5-8) is a junior point guard with slick ball-handling skills, while Wrobel (5-11) is a junior power forward, who can score and grab rebounds.

Faith Boulanger is a junior center/power forward who can score, rebound and play defense for the Indians. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

There are three seniors on the team and include A’sia Morales (5-7), a point guard, Sophie Hawkins (5-7), a shooting guard and Hana Savola (5-11), a power forward.

The juniors on the squad are Lauren Lucas (5-5), a point guard and Sydney Martin (6-0), a center.

The available sophomores are Stephanie Wilson (5-4), a point guard, Noor Fahs (5-9), a small forward and Sarai Waddell (5-6), a shooting guard.

Three freshmen on also on the team and they are Isabella Roderick (5-11), a center, Ivana Razov (5-6), a shooting guard and Rachel Little (5-5), a point guard.

Jett Del Mundo is in his first season as coach of the Bulldogs, but has a quarter century of leading girls’ hoop programs, including Pasadena.

Kim Pimentel is a junior and the starting point guard for Burbank. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“My overall expectations for this group is to play better basketball, better team basketball than we did a season ago,” he said. “We won games because of our talent, but now we need to win games because we compete.”

Del Mundo then added: “We put a lot of hard work in the summer,” he noted. “They in turn wanted to participate in fall ball at Pasadena City College. I think we’re ready to start a new season and do better than a season ago.”

Del Mundo, a graduate of USC, feels confident that his team will have a productive season despite the graduation of highly-decorated power forward Osanna Tirityan, who did virtually everything on the floor.

Tirityan, an All-CIF selection, led the Bulldogs in multiple categories including points and rebounds.

Burbank finished last season with a 15-13 mark and 6-8 in league for fifth place, and didn’t get an at-large bid for the postseason tournament.

Also gone to graduation is starter Sofia Aslanyan. Track star Jayla Flowers decided to dedicated herself to her best sport.

Thirteen players comprise Burbank’s squad and includes five seniors, so there is enough leadership.

Two upper classmen are starters and includes Bri Castro, a gifted shooting guard and long-range shooter who is the only returning starter.

Kayla Wrobel is a junior power forward for Burroughs and a starter. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The other is center Adelina Bandarian, who will be asked to rebound and play defense, but can also put the ball in the hole.

“I’m approaching it like we can win hopefully every game,” Castro said. “But we have to play as a team and pass the ball. Last year I was mainly just a spot-up shooter. I want to be an all-around player. I want to drive to the basket more.”

What are some of Castro’s goals? “I kind of want to be all-league and I want to score more than 12 points a game,” she said.

Junior Kim Pimentel is also a starter and the point guard and captain and will have the ball in her hands a great deal.

“My expectations have been a little different this season. We’re starting over. We have only one returning starting player and that’s Bri. My expectations are pretty high,” Pimentel explained. “I have trust in my team and I think we can do really good. I just want to be the leader I can be. I just want to be there for my team. I want to be more aggressive on the court.”

Del Mundo will employ a three-guard offense, so the other backcourt starter will be sophomore Christina Ohanians.

Senior Khyla Lipscomb is the starting small forward, and ready to step in and contribute and so is freshman power forward Karen Casillas.

Senior small forward Valerie Martinez will likely see time on the floor and so will senior power forward Adriana Cabrera and junior guard Erika Montoya.

The rest of the team is comprised of junior forward Bella Jade, sophomore center Tabitha Cruz, sophomore small forward Emily Megerdichian and sophomore guard Alle Tarvirdi.