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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A kill by Daniel forced a fourth game.

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

Burroughs finished things off with a kill from Ricki Patenaude.

Fall Sports Teams Learn Playoff Division Placements

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Burroughs Girls’ Volleyball Outlasts Burbank

Everyone hopes to play their best at the end of the season and the Burroughs and Burbank High girls’ volleyball teams certainly gave a good indication that they did just that Tuesday night, in the regular season finale for both teams.

In the end, Burroughs won 25-14, 22-25, 25-16, 25-22 over the host Bulldogs. It certainly wasn’t an easily won match.

“We had to work for it,” Burroughs coach Edwin Real said. “We got some key digs in those last five points. They (Burbank) hit the ball pretty hard. Everyone chipped in at the end.”

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(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Real said his team, which received 21 kills from 6-foot-5 junior Marin Grote, liked what he saw.

“I think we’re better than we were the first time,” Real said in regards to playing Burbank. “Our team is getting better. We played in a tournament this past weekend and we lost four or five matches.  Before we came in I told the girls we lost a bunch of matches, but we’re much better. We played some good teams and the games were all competitive.”

Burbank coach Karl Rojo was optimistic.

“I had a pretty good feeling going into this match,” Rojo said. “We played real well against CV, even though we lost. We told them to use that momentum to get into the full swing today and they did for the most part. They played with heart.  It was minor mistakes that killed us.  We couldn’t hang in there at the end.”

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(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs (20-9 overall, 12-2 in league) won the first game without too much difficulty. Burbank kept it close at 10-8 following a kill by Melissa Daniel. But Grote had back-to-back kills to make it 12-8. Burroughs closed out the first game on a kill by Julianna Cottrell.

Burbank (16-10-3, 7-7 in league), got some help from Elizabeth Kuryan, who served up two aces to break a tie at 22. Daniel then closed it out with a kill.

Grote helped Burroughs distance itself from Burbank in the third game. Julianna Van Loo also came up big late in the fourth game for Burroughs.

Burbank jumped out to a lead in the fourth game thanks to solid play from Hailey Heath and Daniel. A kill by Daniel made it 20-17 in favor of the Bulldogs.

But Burroughs rallied. Caleigh Paster had a big block at the net and Cesera Suarez served a pair of aces.

Daniel fought back to with a pair of kills of her own to keep Burbank close. But Burroughs had too much in the end.

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(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“I think the match was intense,” said Daniel. “Both teams played really well. We had our heart in it. It just came down to the small errors and unfortunately it was at the end of the sets and we couldn’t close out the sets. “

Both teams will learn their fate on Friday when the CIF Southern Section releases pairings for the playoffs.



Burroughs, Burbank Girls’ Volleyball Looking Strong

It isn’t every year that a team has an experienced group returning. But that is the case for the Burroughs and Burbank High girls’ volleyball teams. Both figure to contend for the Pacific League title.


Veteran coach Edwin Real returns for his 13th season as head coach after many seasons of being an assistant to legendary coach Linda Murphy.

The Indians return five starters from a team that went 23-8 overall and 14-0 in league. It was the Indians’ third league title under Real.

“Our team goal for this season is to defend the Pacific League Championship,” Real said. “Everyone in the league continues to get stronger and makes for a need to play at a higher level each time you have a league match.  This season we will open with Arcadia, which we feel will be another contender for the league championship.  Our sights are set on that first league challenge.”

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(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The team is led by 6-foot-5 junior outside hitter Marin Grote, who was a Pacific League co-Player of the Year last year with teammate Danielle Ryan, who has graduated.

“Marin is not only tall, but is also athletic.  When our team has good ball control, she can dominate the court.  Since she brings a lot of attention with her size and play, our other hitters will be effective on the offensive end as well.”

Grote, who has committed to the University of Washington, has talent around her.

Senior middle blocker Caleigh Paster (6-0) is one of five returning starters. Also back is junior outside Julianna Cottrell (5-11), senior opposite Sophia Rizzotti (5-9) and junior setter Lauren Zedlar (5-7).

Also returning to varsity is senior libero Cesera Suarez (5-8) and junior setter Mia Staub (5-7).

Burroughs has seven new varsity players.

One of them is 6-0 sophomore outside hitter Juliana Van Loo. Sophomore setter Shea McGovern (5-10) and freshman setter Ali Perez (5-5) have shown promise. Junior Lizzy Jessen (5-6) is a defensive specialist. Junior Sabrina Sullivan (5-6) is a libero. Junior Ricky Patenaude (5-9) is an opposite and senior Hailey Wantland (5-9) is an outside hitter.

Real said his team has goals that go beyond success in league play.

“We also have an expectation to make, and do well in the playoffs.  We have challenged ourselves to be the team that makes it past the quarterfinals, a goal that hasn’t been accomplished by a girls volleyball team at Burroughs,” Real said.


The Bulldogs went 15-14 overall and 8-6 in Pacific League play last season.

Eleven players return from that team, including three players that earned all-league honors.

Junior Melissa Daniel, who was a first-team all-league setter last season is back. Coach Karl Rojo said she may see time in a number of roles.

Also returning is senior second-team all-league libero Carly Palmisano (5-5).

Senior Hailey Heath (5-9) earned honorable mention all-league honors a year ago.

Burbank also has back senior middle blocker Nicole Winters (5-9), who is in her third year on varsity.

Senior outside hitter Colette Reynolds (5-8) is back as is senior opposite Rachel Wiley (5-8).

Senior setter Hannah Porter (5-5), senior libero Allison Leonen (5-4), junior libero Allie Benson (5-6) and junior middle blockers Bene Snyder (5-9) and Erin Lashkari (5-7) also return.

Up from the lower levels are junior middle blocker Arpi Garibyan (5-9), junior opposite Suzy Torosyan (5-5) and junior opposite Elizabeth Kvryan (5-5).

Freshman Ashley Eskander (5-5) is a setter and her presence could allow Daniel to fill other roles for Burbank.

“We’re trying to get a good unit,” Rojo said. “We’re not focused on wins or losses. We want to improve as we progress into the season.”

Rojo said he expects all matched will be tough.

“It’s going to be a really tight league this year,” he said. “You don’t know until we start.”





Burroughs Boys’ Volleyball Honored With Ring Ceremony

Although many of the team members are now alumni of John Burroughs High School, the 2016 boys’ volleyball team was honored in front of the student body at lunch time Friday with a ring ceremony.

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(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

The ceremony was to commemorate the Indians winning the CIF Southern California Regional Division 2 title, which came after the official end of the school 2015-16 school year.

All-CIF outside hitter Andrew D’Almada relived the moment.

“The whole ceremony and experience was so humbling,” D’Almada said. “For the school/administration to organize everything was awesome and to all of the parents and friends who were on the journey with us all year to attend was so surreal. It was truly an honor to be a part of something this special and to be with the whole team one last time. (To) get the rings with them was amazing.”

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(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Fellow graduate Scott Mc Horney also reflected on the event. “I was very happy to see how much of the Burroughs faculty and students came to support us,” McHorney said.  “I feel that our victory in State Championship seems to have brought Burbank closer together. I’m proud to say that the 2016 Division 2 state champions will always be like family to me.”

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Burbank, Burroughs Settle for Tie in Summer Girls’ Volleyball

There were plenty of mistakes and plenty of surprises on both sides when Burbank and Burroughs collided Monday in Burbank High Summer League play.

Burroughs won the first game 25-23 and Burbank came back to even things with a 25-21 win in the second and final game.

“The kids are working hard,” Burroughs coach Edwin Real said. “We’re trying to make improvements and trying different combinations. That’s what summer is for. We’ve moving some kids around. Some kids come back from their club and play different positions. It’s nice to see what is going to work best for the fall.”

Burroughs played the match without 6-foot-4 junior middle blocker Marin Grote, who has already committed to the University of Washington. Grote was the Pacific League co-Player of the Year last season.


Burbank was also missing a key player.  Junior setter Melissa Daniel, a first-team all-league pick last season, was focusing on an academic commitment.

Real was glad to see how his team performed without its star player.

“This is perfect for us. This makes our team stronger,” he said. “ I think we let our emotions try to take over.  This is what summer is for. You make mistakes, you make corrections in practice and you get better.”

Burbank coach Karl Rojo was also impressed with what he saw.

“It was a good battle on both sides. That was one of the most exciting games we’ve watched so far this summer,” Rojo said. “There’s still a lot of things we need to improve on. But there was a good effort on both sides. It’s an early crosstown rival match. That is always exciting to see. Preseason matches are hard to tell. They don’t determine the whole season.”


Burroughs actually trailed 18-10 in the first game. Burbank led 23-21 before the Indians stormed back to win 25-23.

The second game was close most of the way. Both teams were tied at 20, before Burbank closed things thanks to a serving ace and a few Burroughs mistakes.

Burroughs Volleyball Wins CIF Southern California Regional Title

Five players already had their high school diplomas in hand. Still feeling a need to leave their mark, the Burroughs High boys’ volleyball team came out motivated and focused and put together one of the greatest performances any team in school history has achieved.

Facing a team they had lost to just a week earlier, the Indians defeated Oak Park 25-23, 22-25, 25-23, 25-21 to win the CIF Southern California Division 2 Regional championship at Edison High in Huntington Beach.

“This is the best feeling going out,” said Cameron Capili, one of the five graduating seniors. “It did hurt losing CIF, but winning (Southern California) is much more meaningful and it means more because we played the same team again.”

Andrew Dalmada, who had a match-high 19 kills, said losing the CIF Southern Section Division 2 championship a week earlier, was something that the Indians struggled with at times.


“This entire week we’ve had it in the back of our minds,” Dalmada said. “With Chatsworth and Sanger we knew we had to focus on that, but we worked for the end goal. You want to win both, but it doesn’t always happen that way. Last Saturday was a great game. Coming back, this is so satisfying.”

The win was a huge accomplishment for coach Joel Brinton, who started the program 10 years and has gone on to win seven consecutive league championships.

“It’s a joy for the kids and the program,” Brinton said. “This has been a lot of hard work for 10 years. This has been a lot of hard work for myself. It has been a lot of hard work for these kids over the past three or four years.  They did a great job following the game plan and executing it.”

Burroughs (31-6) appeared to be more relaxed coming out compared to the CIF Southern Section championship.

“We didn’t do a lot of things we needed to last Saturday that we did today and the difference was shown,” Brinton said. “Our middles were way better, our blocking was way better. Our serving was way better. I think that experience of playing in a championship game. Last week they had never done it before so I think this time it was a little more low key because we’ve already been through this.”


Setter Ryan Van Loo, a four-year varsity player who has signed with Lewis University, had a match-high 47 assists.

“The loss in CIF lit a fire under us and we carried that throughout the week. It feels great to get another chance with them a win a (Southern California) championship,” Van Loo said.” I can’t put it into words. It feels so great to win a championship, especially against these guys. They are so good. We knew all week we needed to work harder and better to get to Saturday and we did. We completed our journey.”


Burroughs rallied to win the first game 25-23. A kill by Conner Ludlum made it 24-23 and a block by Bailey Carter sealed it.

Oak Park (36-4-2) came back and won the second game as Burroughs fell behind after leading 15-14 at one point.

The third game was also tight with Burroughs going down 23-22. But Dalmada, Van Loo and Carter all had kills to turn things around.

In the fourth and final game, Burroughs jumped out a 19-12 lead. Oak Park rallied to make it interested at 19-17 and 22-20, but the Indians matched every challenge in winning 25-21.


“Right now it’s a little bittersweet because we have a great group of guys,” Dalmada said.” This is one of the best groups of guys I’ve ever been associated with and the fact that it’s ending is sad. At least we end on a high note.”

Van Loo also reflected on his time at Burroughs.

“Out of my four years on varsity this moment is the greatest moment I’ll ever have of Burroughs volleyball,” he said. “I’m lucky to be on this team. I’m lucky to have this coaching staff and all these fans that came out. It’s just a great experience and I’m never going to forget it.”


Capili finished 14 kills and 12 digs. Conner Ludlum had nine kills. Skyler Bercini had 13 digs.




Burroughs Volleyball Graduates to Southern California Title Match

With graduation just two hours away, the Burroughs High boys’ volleyball team took care of business quickly Thursday afternoon.

The five seniors were able to easily make it to the graduation ceremony on time after defeating visiting Sanger High 25-15, 25-19, 25-16 in the semifinals of the Division 2 CIF Southern California Regional Boys’ Volleyball Championships.

Burroughs moves on to the final Saturday against Oak Park, the team it lost to a week ago in the CIF Southern Section Division 2 final.

The match is slated for 3 p.m. at Edison High in Huntington Beach. The win Thursday makes this the most successful volleyball team in school history. In 2011 Burroughs lost in the semifinals of the Southern California Regional championships.

“You don’t get a second chance very often,” Andrew Dalmada said about playing Oak Park again. “The fact that we’ve got one is very exciting.”

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Junior libero Skyler Bercini, who finished with 13 digs, said the team was able to keep the graduation festivities away.

“When it came to game time we kind of just shut that out,” Bercini said. “I guess there was motivation, but it really came down to just focusing on volleyball first.”

Senior middle blocker Bailey Carter, who finished with eight kills, said his team realized it needed to bounce back after struggling to defeat Chatsworth in the first round on Tuesday.

“We didn’t know anything about the team coming in so we had the mentality that we’ve got to do what we do on our side and it doesn’t matter who is on the other side of the net as long as we take care of our business,” Carter said.

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Burroughs coach Joel Brinton was much happier with his team on Thursday.

“The guys were still a little bummed out Tuesday about what happened in CIF (Finals),” Brinton said of the first match with Oak Park. “They obviously got over it. We had a great practice yesterday (Wednesday). I like the way we’re rolling with some momentum now. We’re really excited about the chance.”

Brinton also noted his team was very focused on the match and not the graduation ceremony.

“I was proud of the guys. They understood what the plan was,” he said. “As soon as we’re done we’ll get down to the field and go through it. A couple of guys said I’m just getting my name read out loud, what’s the big deal.”

Dalmada led Burroughs with 18 kills. Cameron Capili had 10 kills and four blocks. Ryan Van Loo had 34 assists.  Sophomore Cole Kaitz had three blocks.


Burroughs Volleyball Overcomes Slow Start to Advance in State Playoffs

It is often said that the difference between good teams and great teams is that great teams can win when playing poorly.

The Burroughs High boys’ volleyball team came out very flat Tuesday night when the Indians took on visiting Chatsworth in the first round of the Division 2 CIF Boys’ Volleyball State Regional Championships.

The Indians rallied to win 21-25, 22-25, 25-15, 25-19, 15-12. They will host Sanger High of Fresno County on Thursday at a time still to be determined as Burroughs’ graduation ceremony is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

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Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

“Yep, absolutely the worst we’ve played all year.  In fact, probably the whole school year, including practices and everything else,” Burroughs coach Joel Brinton said of the first two games. “I don’t know if it was a hangover from CIF (Southern Section championship). Saturday meant a lot to the guys. They were still trying to shake off the cobwebs I guess.”

Chatsworth (33-13) was the Los Angeles City Section Division 2 champion. The Chancellors had two common opponents with Burroughs in Valencia and South Pasadena highs. Chatsworth lost to both of those teams and Burroughs swept them both.

Burroughs entered the match having lost the CIF Southern Section Division 2 title to Oak Park on Saturday at Cerritos College.

“Beforehand we made an agreement that no matter what, we were (okay with) missing graduation to win a state championship because this is our only redemption,” said Cameron Capili, who had 20 kills. “Not many teams get to do this. We’re fighting for everything we’ve got.”

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Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Burroughs (29-6) got a school record 34 kills from Andrew Dalmada and a school record in assists from setter Ryan Van Loo, who finished with 61.

“We want to go all the way until Saturday,” Van Loo said. “We want that rematch (with Oak Park) and we’re going to do whatever it takes to get that.”

After Burroughs lost the first two games, the Indians played their best volleyball of the match in the third game when they easily won 25-15.

Dalmada, Capili, Van Loo and fellow senior Bailey Carter spearheaded the comeback.

“We underestimated our opponents,” Capili said. “We found out real quick. We’ve been coached great enough and we’ve endured enough that we were able to come back.”

Burroughs struggled at times in the fourth game as Chatsworth had things tied at 19. But Burroughs ended the game on a 6-0 run. Dalmada had two kills, Capili had a kill and an ace and sophomore Cole Kaitz had a block in the run.

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Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

The Indians also had to fight back in the fifth and final game, trailing 9-7. Dalmada helped bring his team back with three consecutive kills. Following a Chatsworth error, Capili served one of his four aces to seal the victory.

Carter finished with 9 kills and three blocks.




Burroughs Volleyball Falls Just Short of CIF Title

Momentum was the key and at times the Burroughs High boys’ volleyball team had it and at times it didn’t.

In the end, the momentum shifted away from the Indians as they fell 25-20, 18-25, 25-16, 24-26, 15-8 in the CIF Southern Section Division 2 championship against Oak Park High at Cerritos College in Norwalk.

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(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

“In the fifth game, whoever comes out stronger and has the momentum is really in control of the game,” said Burroughs senior Andrew Dalmada, who finished with a match-high 27 kills.

Top-seeded Oak Park (31-4) jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the fifth and final game before Burroughs called a timeout. The Eagles went on and was in control from there.

“It has been our goal for four years of varsity. I’m really proud that we finally made it,” Burroughs setter Ryan Van Loo said.  “We just didn’t finish. We had the momentum going into the fifth set, but I’d like to have that one back.”

Third-seeded Burroughs (29-6) stayed tough with Oak Park for much of the first game. A kill by Dalmada tied things at 16, but Oak Park came back strong by the trio of Alex Parks, Grigory Manyak and Sean Fitzpatrick.

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(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

A different Burroughs team showed up in game two. The Indians jumped out to a 10-5 lead before Oak Park called a timeout. But that didn’t fix the Eagles problems as Burroughs continued to roll.

Oak Park got as close as 22-18, before Burroughs closed the game out thanks to two Oak Park mistakes.

“When you look at the stats they were pretty consistent and we were up and down and that turned out to be the difference,’ Burroughs coach Joel Brinton said.

The momentum shifted back to Oak Park in the third game.

Burroughs fell behind 10-6 and called a timeout. The Indians cut things to within two points on four occasions before Oak Park opened things up and could not be caught.

The fourth game saw a close battle. Burroughs went up 18-14 before Oak Park stormed back to tie things at 21.

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(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

A kill by Cameron Capili, one 19 he had in the match, gave Burroughs a 22-21 lead.

Oak Park came back to tie things at 24, before kills by Dalmada and Bailey Carter pushed the match to a fifth and deciding game.

Burroughs will now move on to the CIF Regional Tournament.

“These guys don’t want to go out on this note,” Brinton said. “It will be nice to come back out there and put their stamp out.”

Van Loo finished with 55 assists, four kills and 10 digs. Junior Conner Ludlum had eight kills. Carter finished with six kills.

Capili had 11 digs and Skyler Bercini had 10.

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(Photo by © Ross A Benson)