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Burroughs Girls Soccer Season Concludes After 4-2 Loss To Hemet

By Rick Assad

 

In only a handful of matches this season did the Burroughs High girls’ soccer team fall behind at the intermission.

On Friday night at Memorial Field in a CIF Southern Section Division IV playoff clash with Hemet, the Indians did and it cost them.

Despite two second-half goals from Lauryn Bailey, Burroughs’ season came to an end after falling 4-2.

“They were very strong in the back. They’re a good team,” Burroughs coach Brady Riggs said of Hemet. “Hat’s off to them. We didn’t lose to a team that we’re better than, for sure. We lost to a team that deserved to win.”

Freshman Samantha Valencia (#16) and Payden Searl (#6) both try to control the ball in a CIF second-round match with Hemet. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Riggs then added: “From my perspective, I couldn’t have asked for a better year. To achieve our goal of winning [the Pacific League] is awesome. I’m thrilled with the season and the kids,” he noted.

This historic campaign by the Indians (16-4-2) will long be remembered, given they claimed their first league banner in 26 years and also advanced to the second round of the playoffs.

Still the loss stung and was clearly evident on some of the seniors’ faces, including Abbie Riggs, a gritty and skilled player who put every once of energy and strength into each match.

Riggs, one of four captains, had a 37-yard free kick that came close, hitting the top of the cross bar in the 77th minute.

“We still won league. That’s cool. I’d like to go further to get Lily [Gonzalez] on the field,” said Riggs, a midfielder. “We lost speed in the back. It put a lot of pressure on the mids [midfielders]. We lost a defender. We were weak in the back and weak in the front. We were not our normal self.”

Senior defender Emily McHorney played her final game for the Indians, who fell to Hemet 4-2 on Friday. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs was missing Gonzalez, a sophomore midfielder who turned her right ankle in a 4-1 victory over Artesia on Wednesday in the opening round, and also junior defender Ava Kramer.

Besides the two goals, Bailey also had a potential tally from 10 yards in the 26th minute that hit the right goal post.

“We ended on a good note,” said Bailey, a gifted forward and captain. “We made it far. We wished we could have gone farther, but we all worked our hardest. We knew coming in they were a good team. We had players down, but that couldn’t let us play bad.”

There’s a reason Hemet (21-2-5) is the No. 3 seeded team in these playoffs and the No. 168th ranked team by the national sports website maxpreps.com, as junior midfielder/forward Payden Searl knocked home a 10-yarder in the 42nd minute for a 3-0 lead that slipped past junior goalie Stephanie Martinez.

Searl later scored on a 10-yarder in the 54th minute to make it 4-1 that also eluded Martinez.

Bailey’s goal from 35 yards in the 45th minute sliced Hemet’s advantage to 3-1.

Orla Giffen (#25) and Shadyn Skinner (#7) both fight for the ball. The Bulldogs won 4-2 which knocked out the Indians. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

In the 66th minute, the Indians, ranked No. 237 by the same website and seeded No. 11, inched closer as Riggs’ 45-yard free kick found Bailey, who positioned herself to unload a 10-yarder that found the back of the net, cutting Hemet’s lead to 4-2.

The Bulldogs, who entered the fray with a nine-match non-losing streak, played marvelous defense, especially when the Indians were close to moving the ball into the box.

Senior defender Emily McHorney, also a captain, wanted the season to continue.

“Early in the match I think we weren’t pressing as hard as we should have, marking our man,” she said. “We just had to get in the groove. There’s a lot of chances, but it didn’t happen. I’m really glad we won league this year. That was a big deal for us.”

The Bulldogs took a 1-0 lead in the 21st minute on a 15-yard tally from junior forward Reese Castanon that evaded freshman goalie Kaylin Casper, who was lifted in the second half.

Olivia Cashman (#2) and Brooklyn Autenrieth go nose-to-nose while Abbie Riggs makes her charge. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Hemet’s lead became 2-0 on a 15-yard goal by freshman midfielder/forward Elisha Avila in the 29th minute on a pass from Castanon that Casper couldn’t corral.

Junior midfielder/forward Shadyn Skinner had a 20-yarder in the second minute for Hemet.

Freshman forward Megan Schmidt, who left late when she was involved in a head-to-head collision, drilled a 15-yarder in the third minute for the Indians, who came into the match having won nine consecutive games.

At times the contest was physical, as Burroughs sophomore defender Gabby Morales, also a captain, left with about 15 left after a head collision.

Searl added a 20-yarder in the sixth minute and Skinner saw a 25-yarder in the seventh minute slip wide right.

Castanon missed from 20 yards in the ninth minute and Bailey answered with a 25-yarder in the 12th minute.

Burroughs freshman defender Samantha Valencia had a 35-yard free kick in the 14th minute and Bailey’s 30-yarder sailed too high in the 14th minute.

Searl’s long pass was nabbed by Skinner, who then unloaded a 10-yarder in the 15th minute.

Senior midfielder Magali Olide had a 35-yarder in the 16th minute, Olide tacked on a 24-yard free kick in the 20th minute, before Bailey’s 25-yarder in the 24th minute drifted wide left.

At this point, the Indians dominated the action as Bailey’s 25-yarder in the 30th minute went slightly left of the goal while Burroughs junior forward Megan Knutson’s 15-yarder also scooted wide left.

Valencia’s 47-yard free kick in the 37th minute came up short while Riggs’ 10-yarder missed in the 39th minute and Knutson’s 10-yard header also failed to locate the target in extra time.

Skinner had a 15-yarder hit the goal post in the 43rd minute and Valencia added a 40-yarder in the 51st minute.

In the 59th minute, junior midfielder Olivia Cashman had a 35-yard free kick for the Indians and then found the ball and blasted a 20-yarder.

Castanon had a 25-yarder in the 60th minute, teammate and sophomore defender Anna Melendrez tacked on a 35-yarder in the 63rd minute and Bailey’s 25-yard penalty kick in the 72nd minute drifted too high.

Burbank Girls Tennis Team Reaches CIF Quarterfinals

By Rick Assad

To date, the Burbank High girls’ tennis team is having one of its finest seasons ever.

On Friday afternoon in a CIF Southern Section Division II second-round playoff match against visiting Riverside Poly, the Bulldogs came away with an impressive 12-6 victory.

On Monday, the Bulldogs, who placed third in the Pacific League, will now host Beckman, the No. 1 seeded team, in a quarterfinal match that begins at 2 p.m.

This is the first time that the Burbank girls’ tennis squad has advanced this far since 2003.

The Bulldogs (11-4) took every singles set including No. 1 Kristina Kirakosyan, who went 6-0, 6-2, 6-0 against Poly’s No. 1 player Kate Santoso, No. 2 Jasmine Dhalla and No. 3 Melanie Mateljan.

Kristina Kirakosyan, Burbank’s No. 1 singles player, won all three sets against Riverside Poly in a CIF Southern Section Division II second-round playoff match. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

“After winning those I felt really relived, really good, said Kirakosyan, a sophomore of her productive afternoon. “I wasn’t worried about it if I lost it. I would just go forward.”

Burbank’s No. 2 singles, senior Alice Avedikian went 6-0, 6-4, 6-0 over those same girls while junior Johana Faraj, at No. 3, went 6-0, 6-3, 6-2 against that same trio.

In doubles action, Burbank’s No. 1 tandem of sophomore Elza Vardanyan and sophomore Bella Lamahna defeated No. 2 Tanner Rowland and Kyley Demshki at 6-4 and No. 3 Mallory Loeb and Myah Perera at 6-2, but lost to No. 1 Maxine Bernie and Torrey Mateljan at 1-6.

Burbank’s No. 2 doubles squad of freshman Jinette Faraj and senior Emilie Siraki defeated No. 3 at 6-2, but fell to No. 1 at 0-6 and No. 2 at 1-6.

At No. 3, the Burbank tandem of junior Daisy Kim and senior Krystal Hirahra were knocked off by No. 1 at 1-6, by No. 2 at 3-6 and No. 3 at 5-7.

Riverside Poly ended its season 14-5 and was first place in the Inland Valley League.

Burroughs Girls Volleyball Falls In CIF Second Round To Westridge

By Rick Assad

Try as they might, the Burroughs High girls’ volleyball team came up just short in its CIF Southern Section Division III second-round playoff match against visiting Westridge on Thursday night.

It took five sets in order for the Tigers to tame the Indians 25-17, 21-25, 15-25, 25-21, 15-9.

Senior outside hitter Marin Grote played her final game for the Indians, a loss in the CIF second round to visiting Westridge. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“We felt pretty good, but we knew that the other team would fight and we got stuck in a couple of rotations and ball control was suspect all night,” Burroughs coach Edwin Real said.

The fifth and decider was tied at 2-2 on senior outside hitter Marin Grote’s kill and 3-3 on Westridge freshman opposite/hitter Kathleen Chen’s net serve.

The Tigers seized control and led 11-7 on a winner from senior opposite/outside hitter Makana Meyer.

Westridge went on a 4-2 spurt and captured the set and match when senior opposite hitter Jewel Musich’s shot missed the target.

“We had trouble passing the ball and getting the ball to our hitters,” Real said. “They were able to get the ball to their hitters.”

After dropping the opening game, the Indians (24-7) rallied and took the second set.

The pace was furious as it took five sets in order for the Tigers to prevail over the Indians. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

It was tied at 1-1 and 2-2, before Westridge (24-6) went on a 9-5 spurt and led 11-7 on a kill from senior outside hitter Allison Martinez.

Burroughs drew within 12-9 on Grote’s dagger, but Chen’s tapper made it 15-9 as the Indians called time out.

“It was a tough loss,” said Grote, who will sign a letter of intent to play volleyball with the University of Washington on Nov. 8. “Overall I’m very pleased with how the season went. I’m so happy to be a part of this team. There was a lot of growth as a team and as individual players progressing.”

Burroughs went on a 5-0 blitz that was capped off by Grote’s stuff that evened it at 15-15.

The Indians burst ahead 17-16 on a winner from junior opposite hitter Juliana Van Loo.

Senior middle blocker Ricki Patenaude gave her best effort and is being double teamed. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Van Loo’s tapper made it 18-16 while sophomore outside hitter Lydia Grote’s kill pushed the advantage to 19-16.

Van Loo’s blast leveled it at 21-21 and was followed by a block from Lydia Grote that made it 23-21.

Senior middle blocker Ricki Patenaude’s kill gave the Indians a 24-21 advantage and Patenaude’s jam evened the match at one game apiece.

Burroughs seized control of the third set after leading 8-4 on Marin Grote’s spike and 14-10 on Patenaude’s service ace.

It became 20-11 on a kill from junior middle blocker Maggie Harris and 23-12 on another smash from Harris.

The Indians then took two of the last five points including junior outside hitter Lauren Baydaline’s serve that hit the net as they led two games to one.

Close early and late, the fourth game saw the Indians lead 8-6 on Lydia Grote’s kill and 13-11 on Marin Grote’s wallop.

Ricki Patenaude and Marin Grote work in tandem defensively. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Lydia Grote’s winner made it 17-14, but the Tigers roared back and led 22-20 on senior middle blocker Eryn Boken’s ace.

The Tigers claimed three of the next four points including sophomore libero Krystal Raymundo’s kill that evened the match at two games each.

The initial set went to Westridge which led 7-3 on Martinez’s ace and caused the Indians to ask for time.

Martinez’s kill made it 12-10 and Raymundo’s service ace pushed the advantage to 15-10.

When Martinez tacked on a spike it became 16-10 as Burroughs requested yet another time out.

The Tigers led 18-13 on Martinez’s kill and then 20-14 on Boken’s service winner.

Westridge darted ahead 24-16 on Meyer’s dagger and took the set on Martinez’s spike.

Burroughs Boys Water Polo Ends Campaign With 18-11 Loss To Dos Pueblos

By Rick Assad

A decent opening half by the Burroughs High boys’ water polo team was followed by an unsteady second half as Dos Pueblos outscored the host Indians 10-4 and cruised to an 18-11 triumph in a CIF Southern Section Division III second-round playoff match on Thursday.

The Indians, who won the Division V title in 2016, had too many turnovers and poor offensive execution as the Chargers played relentless defense, especially junior goalie Angus Goodner, who had 13 saves.

Burroughs was paced offensively by senior utility David Arakelyan’s four goals.

Leading Dos Pueblos was freshman Sammy Arshadi with five tallies while senior Jason Teng and sophomore Ethan Parrish each knocked in four.

David Arakelyan, shown in a match against Burbank, capped his career with four goals in a CIF second-round loss to Dos Pueblos. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“We just stopped executing,” Burroughs coach Jacob Cook said. “We started rushing a little bit and lost control of the game.”

Cook added: “There was a loss of focus which led to not executing, which led to them countering, which led them to scoring,” he said. “Even with timeouts we couldn’t execute.”

With the Chargers (23-7) ahead 8-7 at the half, the third quarter opened up with Parrish scoring on a six-footer and 5:47 left and Arshadi adding a five-footer with 3:54 on the clock that made it 10-7.

Senior utility J.J. Ambartsumyan’s tally from eight feet and 3:47 left trimmed the lead to 10-8 and senior setter Marko Vucetic’s goal from four feet sliced it to 10-9.

“During the third quarter we discussed on the wall that we still have like five minutes left and it’s not over. It’s five points,” Ambartsumyan said. “But we just said it. We didn’t follow what we said on the wall. Today we walked in a little too confident.”

Dos Pueblos tacked on four straight goals to make it 14-9 heading into the fourth period.

J.J. Ambartsumyan tacked on three goals for the Indians, but it wasn’t enough in an 18-11 setback to the Chargers. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

In this stretch, Arshadi’s tally from six feet and 2:40 left made it 11-9, Teng’s six-footer with 1:45 showing pushed it to 12-9, Parrish’s six-footer with 1:24 on the clock made it 13-9 and junior Wyatt Meckelburg’s five-footer with 40 seconds left saw the Chargers take control 14-9.

When Arakelyan scored from five feet and 6:43 left in the fourth period, the lead was reduced to 14-10, but Meckelburg’s five-footer 11 seconds later pushed the margin to 15-10.

“I think defensively we couldn’t execute, especially in the second half and first half too,” Arakelyan said. “When you let up eight goals in the first half, you can’t expect to win. They scored on a lot of counterattacks. They converted on their opportunities and we didn’t.”

Senior setter/defender Arthur Sefayan’s five-meter penalty shot failed the locate the target, but Arakelyan’s five-meter penalty toss with 4:13 left shaved the lead to 15-11.

That was it for the Indians (15-13) as Dos Pueblos ended the frame with three straight goals as Teng tacked on a five-footer with 2:44 left, followed by sophomore Alex Reilly’s five-footer with 2:18 left and freshman Rex Goodner’s three-footer with 1:41 on the ticker.

The first frame was deadlocked at 3-3 as Ambartsumyan scored on an eight-footer with 4:58 remaining that made it 1-0 and a six-footer with 3:23 left as the Indians led 2-1. Arakelyan’s three-footer with 22 seconds on the clock tied it at 3-3.

“Since it’s my last year, it’s was a little tough losing second round at CIF,” Ambartsumyan said. “I was still excited about winning league. That was also an accomplishment. We were just looking forward to going to CIF, but that didn’t work out this year.”

Arshadi’s five-meter penalty shot evened it at 1-1 with 4:07 left, his eight-footer with 1:10 showing gave the Chargers a 3-2 edge, while Parrish’s tally from two feet tied it at 2-2.

Dos Pueblos outscored Burroughs 5-4 in the second period as Teng collected a two-footer with 5:01 left that evened it at 4-4 and a three-footer with 4:20 left that leveled it at 5-5.

Arshadi’s two-footer with 2:39 remaining tied it at 6-6, Reilly’s five-footer with 1:25 left gave the Chargers a 7-6 edge and Parrish’s five-footer with three seconds left made it 8-7.

Vucetic scored two goals in the second frame as he nailed a three-footer with 4:39 remaining as the Indians darted ahead 5-4 and added an eight-footer with 46 seconds left that tied it at 7-7.

Arakelyan’s 12-footer with 5:33 on the clock put the Indians in front 4-3 and Sefayan’s three-footer with 4:39 left supplied the Indians with a 5-4 edge.

Burbank Baseball Falls Just Short In CIF Second Round, 6-5

By Rick Assad

 

If there is one trait that exemplifies the Burbank High baseball team, it’s never give up.

On Tuesday in a CIF Southern Section Division IV second-round playoff match against visiting Capistrano Valley Christian, the Bulldogs needed every bit of this philosophy.

Senior Henry Leake came in relief and went four innings with seven strikeouts, eight hits and one walk in a 6-5 CIF second-round loss to Capistrano Valley Christian. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Never ahead and despite falling behind by three runs heading into the sixth inning, they loaded the bases with none out in the seventh inning and scored two runs, but ultimately fell just short 6-5.

In that final frame, Burbank (15-10), which made its deepest playoff run in several decades, trailed 6-3, but this was hardly a deterrent as senior Chris Minnick (two hits) led off with a single to left field and advanced to second base on senior Henry Leake’s liner into left.

Junior Matthew Shaugabay also found a hole in left field on a bad-hop single that made it 6-4.

Senior Branden Phillips then drew a base on balls as did junior Abiezer Delgado which plated Leake.

“We were hoping for the timely hit, but it was still nip-and-tuck,” Burbank coach Bob Hart said of the close game. “There are hits and then there are timely hits.”

Christian Guerra catches a pick-off toss against the Eagles during Tuesday’s CIF playoff game. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The contest turned when senior Christian Guerra bounced a ball to the pitcher, senior Andre Antone, who threw home for the force out and then gunned down Guerra at first base for the double play.

When junior Max Meltzer lined out to right field with the tying run at third base and the winning run at second, the Bulldogs’ hugely successful season came to an end.

“We had some opportunities, but we didn’t capitalize on them,” Hart noted. “I’m proud of my guys. They showed heart and character.”

Capistrano Valley Christian Coach Clemente Bonilla was relieved afterward.

“I put him [Antone] in a really tough spot,” he said. “He’s our ace, but we had to shut his arm down in January because of tendinitis. But he convinced me that he was mentally ready to throw the ball.”

Antone, who has committed to UC Irvine, earned the save after working one frame and allowing three hits with two walks.

Catcher Matthew Shaugabay readies to make the tag at home plate. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Junior Alec Arnone was the starter and surrendered five hits with five strikeouts and three walks across five innings.

The Eagles (22-8) are a powerful hitting lineup with plenty of sock in their bats.

On the afternoon, Capistrano Valley Christian collected 13 hits off three Burbank pitchers.

The Bulldogs, who placed third in the Pacific League at 10-4, trimmed the lead to 5-3 in the sixth inning when senior Jonathan Castaneda lined a two-out single to right field that scored Guerra, who drew a two-out walk.

The Eagles, who finished in first place in the San Joaquin League at 11-1, pounced early and took a 1-0 lead in the second when Arnone (three hits) scored after getting a leadoff single to right center.

Capistrano Valley Christian’s cushion became 2-0 in the fifth inning when Antone lined a one-out homer over the fence in left field off Leake, who came into the fray with none out in the third inning, relieving senior Colby Vosgien, who went two-plus frames, walking two and allowing four hits.

“Burbank High is the best team I’ve been a part of,” said Leake, who had two hits and will study at Babson College in Massachusetts, and walk-on for the baseball team. “I know everyone says this, but everyone loves each other.”

Leake, who toured four innings and yielded eight hits with seven strikeouts and one walk over four innings, felt the team would rally.

“If that [Guerra’s double play] ball goes anywhere else, it’s only one out and we still have a chance,” he said. “But that’s baseball.”

Burbank evened it at 2-2 in the fifth when it sent six batters to the plate that included a leadoff single by Meltzer, a base hit to left from Castaneda, a run-scoring double to right center by sophomore Davis Mieliwocki and Leak’s sacrifice fly.

The Eagles seemingly iced it when they scored three runs in the sixth inning as senior Zack Mendez delivered a key one-out, two-run single that glanced off Leake’s glove into center field as sophomore Robert Wood, who singled to right center and junior Carson Matthews, who singled to left field, both crossed the plate. Mendez scored the last run via an error.

In the seventh, the Eagles tacked on an insurance run when Matthews sliced a double to left field that scored junior Nick Casarietti, who reached on a miscue.

The Bulldogs advanced to the second-round after routing host Lancaster 10-5  on Friday as senior pitcher Matt Lungaro, who will attend the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, tossed a four-hitter with one run over five innings, while sophomore Joseph Clark, who went one inning with one strikeout, one walk and one hit allowed on Tuesday, worked two innings with one run given up and two hits.

Burbank stole a season-best 11 bases and saw Castaneda collect two hits and three runs batted in, Minnick contribute two hits with a walk and Leake smack a two-run double and add a spectacular throw to home plate for the third out.

Burroughs Boys Water Polo Edges Citrus Valley, 15-13

By Rick Assad

 

With each passing match in the CIF Southern Section Division V boys’ water polo playoffs, each round gets exceedingly more difficult.

After a rout in the opening round two days prior, Burroughs High figured its second-round encounter with host Citrus Valley on Thursday wouldn’t be easy and it wasn’t as the Indians (22-6) held on for a 15-13 decision behind two goals from junior utility Marko Vucetic, who finished with three.

The Indians have a quarterfinal match on Saturday at home versus Jurupa Valley with a start time of 11 a.m. or 5 p.m.

“I expected it to be a more competitive game because it was win or go home,” Burroughs coach Jacob Cook said.

Cook could see early on that it was going to be a battle. “They [Citrus Valley] played their hearts out,” he said. “We had some lapses in the second and third quarters, but we came back in the fourth.”

The No. 3 seeded Indians were paced by senior utility Aram Nordanyan with five goals.

Nordanyan had one tally in the opening quarter, three in the third period and one in the fourth.

Two others had three goals and they included junior utility David Arakelyan and junior utility J.J. Ambartsumyan.

The match was even at 10-10 heading into the final period and was tense throughout.

The Indians, second in the Pacific League behind Hoover, led 4-2 after the first quarter, but were outscored 4-1 by the Blackhawks in the second frame and led 6-5 at the half.

Burroughs woke up in the third quarter as it scored five goals while allowing four.

In the final stanza, the Indians once again scored five goals while limiting Citrus Valley to three.

Junior goalie David Jimenez was in the net for the initial period while sophomore Andre Abramyan was in goal for the other three quarters.

Burroughs Girls Volleyball Reaches Quarterfinals Second Straight Season

By Rick Assad

 

Taking to the road is usually a tough act, especially during the CIF Southern Section playoffs where the competition is keen.

The Burroughs High girls’ volleyball team was extended to five sets against host Los Osos on Thursday night in a Division III second-round match, but still prevailed, 21-25, 25-18, 25-23, 23-25, 15-11 and now have a date at home on Saturday versus Foothill in a quarterfinal match with a 7 p.m. starting time.

This is the second consecutive season in which the Indians have reached the quarterfinals.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Marin Grote, shown in a CIF opening-round match versus Dos Pueblos, had 27 kills against Los Osos in a win on Thursday. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Despite the record, the Grizzlies (16-16) proved to be a rugged and determined foe, which should serve Burroughs well for its next match.

Leading the way were the usual suspects and they included junior outside hitter Marin Grote, who had a match-best 27 kills, while senior middle blocker Caleigh Paster tacked on 12 and sophomore outside hitter Juliana Van Loo added 10 kills.

Grote, who contributed 18 spikes in an opening-round victory over Dos Pueblos and Paster were able to play above and beyond in the deciding set.

In the fifth, Grote tallied six kills while Paster was extremely efficient as they spearheaded the action.

“It was very competitive early on, but we came on late in the first set and that carried over into the second and third,” Burroughs coach Edwin Real said. “They took the fourth, but then we closed it out in the fifth game.”

After dropping the first set by five points, Burroughs (22-9) stormed back and was able to get into a groove in the second and continued that momentum in the third set.

Los Osos then captured a tight fourth set, but then had trouble in the fifth and deciding game.

When Real was asked if he ever felt that the Indians wouldn’t win, he said that he was fairly sure they would prevail.

“It was nerve wracking, but the team was focused and I was confident that we were going to win.”