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Burbank, Burroughs Boys Water Polo Gunning for Playoffs

By Rick Assad

Thinking big and reaching the CIF Southern Section playoffs are the goals for the Burroughs High and Burbank boys’ water polo teams.

Both are very capable, but there is one key difference and that is the Indians have recently been there, while the Bulldogs haven’t.

Burroughs is coming off a 13-13 campaign and a first-round defeat in the playoffs, but Coach Jacob Cook likes what he sees because many on the team are seniors.

On the negative side, 13 players have graduated including David Arakelyan, the team’s leading scorer.

The seniors include Chase Legorreta, David Rosales, Isaack Dowling, Josh Sanchez, Nathan Gault-Crabb and Ryan Jaramillo.

There are six juniors and they include Chet Conlan, Jon Paul De Fabry, Matthew Mucha, Sammy Lazaar, Tobey Ho and Vahagan Sahakyan while the rest of the team consists of sophomore Orion Hernandez and freshman Xavier Turla.

“We lost 13 seniors from last year,” Cook said. “We have a very young team, but we have a very committed and hard working team. These guys are really committed to bettering themselves and learning to play with each other.”

In order to compensate, Cook said that he will instill hard work and also the basics. “We’re going back to the fundamentals,” he said.

Still the goal is the same. “We want to go as far as we can,” Cook said. “We’re aiming for the top. If we don’t hit it, we don’t hit it, but that’s what we’re aiming for.”

Burroughs has played two matches and is winless. The Indians will open Pacific League play at Crescenta Valley on Sept. 25 and will host Burbank on Oct. 17.

Chances are decent that Burbank, which is 1-1 this season and will begin league action at Pasadena on Sept. 25, will fare better this year than the previous.

“I expect that we will do a lot better than last,” Burbank coach Allyson Young said. “Hopefully in the top four.”

Young said that she is basing the projection on being better prepared and diligent. “This year all of my guys are working hard and want to succeed,” she said. “We’ve got good players for both offense and defense.”

Young then added: “I like that this team is already working hard and wants to continue the hard work. This is a team sport, so they need everyone to be willing to give it their all,” she noted.

Young’s target is also the postseason. “We believe that this year we can make playoffs and that is what we are aiming for,” she said.

In 2017, the Bulldogs defeated Pasadena and Glendale in league play and this year’s leaders are senior Varuzhan Bilbulyan, senior Artush Gasparyan and freshman Johnny Agazaryon.

Young feels confident that these three will play well, along with the rest of the team. “A lot of my other guys are ready to step up and show what they’ve got,” she said.

The rest of the squad includes Eddie Bowman, Aleko Brice, Kourosh Dolatshai, Charlie Thorpe, Sarkis Ter-Petrossian, Pavel Tantchev, Jacob Shaw, Ford Roll, Hakop Pilavjian, Gevork Kvryan, Arthur Kadzhikyan and Avag Issagholian.

Burroughs Boys Water Polo Stymied by La Canada

By Rick Assad

Getting early matches out of the way are usually a good thing, but not when you’re on the losing end.

The Burroughs High boys’ water polo team fell behind early, cut the deficit in half, managed one goal in the second half and lost to visiting La Canada 14-4 in a nonleague battle on Tuesday afternoon.

Senior Chase Legorreta scored two goals for the Indians, who were without their leading scorer from last season, David Arakelyan, who graduated.

Junior Chet Conlan and freshman Xavier Turla each scored for Burroughs, which trailed 4-2 after the first quarter.

The Indians, who had senior David Rosales in goal, ended the opening half down 9-3 and saw the Spartans pull ahead 11-4 at the end of the third.

Legorreta’s goal from eight feet with 2:22 left in the initial frame shaved the lead to 4-1 and Turla’s five-meter penalty shot with 1:59 remaining trimmed it to 4-2.

“They got to us pretty quickly,” Burroughs coach Jacob Cook said. “Made the adjustments. Made a lot of progress from last game. We’ve been working on some stuff in practice. They played pretty hard till the very end. Baby steps from here.”

A tally from Legorreta from 12 feet with 6:36 showing in the second period slipped past senior goalie Reza Nadaf and lowered La Canada’s edge to 5-3.

When Conlan’s point-blank shot found the back of the net and 6:28 on the clock in the third, La Canada’s advantage was sliced to 9-4.

The Spartans scored the first four goals of the match as sophomore Colin Nicholls (match-best five goals) scored with 6:39 showing on a five-meter penalty toss that made it 1-0.

Nicholls added a five-footer with 4:51 left for a 3-0 edge and a six-footer with 4:32 on the timer that made it 4-0.

“I think that definitely defense wins games,” La Canada coach Gilbert Millanes said. “Obviously you win games by scoring goals. I strongly believe that defense is connected with our counter-attack and our counter-attack is connected to our offense.”

Sophomore Lonnie Blanchard’s 10-footer found the back of the net with 6:06 left for a 2-0 lead.

Senior Vince Wardle’s eight-footer with 6:48 left in the second quarter put the Spartans in front 5-2.

La Canada then scored four straight as senior Robbie Louke (four goals) drilled a 16-footer with 6:15 left that made it 6-3.

Wardle nailed a five-footer with 4:49 on the clock for a 7-3 margin, Nicholls struck on a 15-footer with 3:32 left for an 8-3 lead and Louke capped off the outburst with an eight-footer and 37 seconds left.

The Spartans marched ahead 10-4 with 5:56 left in the third on a 10-footer from junior David Miketta and it became 11-4 on a point-blank goal from Nicholls with 2:24 on the ticker.

Louke added a pair of close-range goals in the final quarter that made it 12-4 with 6:02 left and 14-4 with 40 seconds left.

Sandwiched in between was senior Jack Applebaum’s shot from five feet and 5:01 remaining that made it 13-4.