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Burroughs Girls Water Polo Dropped in CIF Quarterfinals

This one was for the birds, literally.

With hundreds of seagulls hovering around the athletic fields and pool at Whittier High Saturday afternoon, the Burroughs High girls’ water polo team faced its toughest playoff test in second seeded California High.

The result of the CIF Southern Section Division 5 contest was a 8-1 defeat.

“We had a good season overall. This was a tough game. I’m proud of them. That’s all you can ask for,” Burroughs coach Jacob Cook said of his players.

Burroughs (20-8) got another fine performance from goalie Emanuella Nathan, who had 14 saves.

California (24-8) got on the board at the 5:01 mark of the first period when Myah Ibarra scored on a long shot into the left corner of the goal.

The Condors doubled their lead with 15 seconds left in the first period as Victoria Padilla scored on a breakaway on the left side as she was able to beat Nathan inside the left post.

Burroughs cut the difference in half with 4:47 left in the first half as Clarisa Robles fired a shot into the left corner past California goalie Leslie Meza.

Just when it looked like Burroughs might be headed for a comeback, California gave itself a two-goal advantage with 4:33 left in the half as Jimena Vargas took a loose ball on the right side of the pool and put it past Nathan.

Padilla added a breakaway goal with 2:50 left in the first half to make it 4-1.

Burroughs had its chances to score. Robles took three other shots that hit the goal post in the first half. Madeline Lingad also hit the top post for Burroughs twice in the first half.  Lottie Jennings also had a pair of shots on goal.

But California, which advanced to the semifinals of the CIF playoffs for the first time in school history, would not be denied.

“All of my girls committed to each other to work as a unit and as a team. We try not to focus on our best player and try to be a team,” California coach Davey Brown said. “When they drop off, we try to get other players into the game and start shooting from the outside.”

Padilla scored on a breakaway at the 5:01 mark of the third quarter to make it 5-1. She added a five-meter penalty shot with 4:21 left in the period.

Burroughs did get close to scoring again as Nancy Baylor hit the goal post.

Padilla scored for the third time in the quarter and fifth in the match with 2:16 left by putting the ball in the right corner past Nathan.

California added a goal in the fourth quarter from Ibarra.

Burroughs Angie Lee had two late shots that were both saved by Meza.

Burroughs Girls Water Polo Bounces Back in Playoff Win

It was a tale of two halves when the Burroughs High girls’ water polo team opened the CIF Southern Section Division 5 playoffs Tuesday against visiting Santa Ana Valley.

The Indians had a tough time getting things started.

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But once they did, they did so in a big way by earning a 7-3 victory.
The Indians (19-7) will host Diamond Bar Thursday at 5 p.m. in a second-round contest. Diamond Bar defeated Upland 7-5.

“It took us a while. We are either on or off. Luckily we were only off for the first half,” Burroughs coach Jacob Cook said. “We got it together (in the second half). We made the adjustments we were attacking a lot more. We were a little timid in the first quarter.”

Burroughs did not score in the first quarter, as Santa Ana Valley (17-11) scored the only goal of the quarter as Sindy Gomez scored with 1:41 left in the period.

After Santa Ana Valley went up 2-0 after a goal from Monique Caridad, Burroughs got on the board at the 3:05 mark of the second quarter.

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Chrissy Vlick found an opening in the right corner of the goal and was able to sneak it past Santa Ana Valley goalie Isabela Zavala.

The visiting Falcons fought back with a goal from Denise Iniguez at the 2:33 mark of the quarter.
But Lottie Jennings scored with 1:30 left in the first half to get Burroughs back within a goal.

In the second half, Burroughs took over.

Clarissa Robles scored with 6:35 left in the third quarter to tie things at 3.

Vlick gave Burroughs a 4-3 lead with 4:02 left in the third quarter by tipping the ball over the head of Zavala.

Angie Lee gave Burroughs a 5-3 lead with 2:00 left in the third quarter.

Lee scored once again, this time with 1:25 left to play, making it 6-3 and virtually putting the contest out of reach.

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Robles added another goal in the final minute.

Santa Ana Valley coach Peter Sophabmixay praised Burroughs for overcoming his team.

“We tried running a couple of zones at them, we tried double-teaming them and get some other players to shoot and get them out of their rhythm,” Sophabmixay said. “Their goalie kept them in the game the whole time. We had our opportunities to shoot the ball.”

Emanuella Nathan, who will play at the University of the Pacific next year, had 14 saves for Burroughs.
“The second half was a little nerve-wracking, but we managed to pull through and that’s what is most important,” Nathan said.


Burroughs Girls Water Polo Cruise To 9-2 Decision Over Burbank

By Rick Assad

An early first quarter drought by both host Burbank High and rival Burroughs was followed by a lopsided second half as the Indians outscored the Bulldogs 6-1 and waltzed to a 9-2 Pacific League girls’ water polo win on Wednesday afternoon.

With the victory by Burroughs, it improved to 16-5 overall and 4-2 in league action, while Burbank is 10-8 in all matches and 2-4 in league.

Burroughs goalie Emanuella Nathan allowed only two goals to Burbank in a 9-2 win. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs senior goalie Emanuella Nathan, who will be playing for the University of the Pacific, had a stellar outing, savings numerous attempts in spectacular fashion.

Burbank junior goaltender Jenny Stepanyan also played well, especially in the first quarter when she blanked the Indians.

“We started out a little slow. It took us a little bit to get our rhythm down and get going,” Burroughs coach Jacob Cook said. “It took the first quarter to get our bearing and then we made it happen. And then we started putting the ball away and doing what we needed to do.”

Three of the match-best five goals that sophomore Clarissa Robles scored came in the second half.

Julie Kim scored Burbank’s only goals. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

A 14-foot attempt by Robles with 1:53 left in the third quarter extended the Indians’ advantage to 5-1.

When Robles canned a five-meter penalty shot with 20 seconds left on the ticker, Burroughs surged ahead 6-1 in the third period.

Robles tacked on another five-meter penalty attempt with 5:35 left in the fourth period as Burroughs drifted in front 8-2.

A five-meter penalty shot by Robles with 5:30 left in the second frame made it 1-0 and a 14-footer by Robles pushed the lead to 3-1 as 49 seconds remained before halftime.

Burroughs freshman Nancy Baylor accounted for two goals and occurred with 4:20 showing in the third stanza on an eight-footer for a 4-1 cushion and with 2:21 remaining in the match that made it 9-2.

Sophomore Emily Callahan’s goal from 14 feet and 3:10 left on the clock pushed the Indians’ lead to 2-1.

Charlotte Jennings (No. 20) is being guarded by Anasheh Abedian. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“I think it was beautiful defense in the first half for my team, but then they fizzled out. They lost their juice. Lost their energy,” Burbank coach Melani Aghazarian said. “Even though they [Burroughs] were only up by two goals, the girls let it get to their head and they got discouraged.”

The Bulldogs committed several costly shot-clock violations.

“We have to work on being more aware,” Aghazarian said. “The clock is a big thing in water polo. It’s going to take time. We’re rebuilding. I’m proud of them for what they did in the first half.”

Aghazarian then added: “I hope next year we really step it up and hopefully in the league tournament,” she said.

Aghazarian, the first-year coach, isn’t discouraged and envisions brighter days ahead. “It’s a rough score but I’m just trying to get the girls competitive and ready for the tournament,” she noted.

Burbank senior Sera Shabhazian, who three days prior accidentally slammed her thumb in a car door, has been around the program for years and is one of the Bulldogs’ most-skilled players.

Burbank’s Galia Hovsepian is ready to shoot. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“Today wasn’t my best because of my thumb. I couldn’t play my best and I feel guilty. I sprained my thumb, so I just tried my best,” she said. “This year coach Mel has taught us a lot. Because I want to move on I’m taking a lot of practice and I want to play at LAVC (Los Angeles Valley College). But we’ve improved a lot.”

Junior Angelina Lee’s 14-footer found the back of the net with 6:10 remaining on the clock in the fourth quarter as the Indians led 7-2.

Sophomore Julie Kim scored two goals for the Bulldogs as she tossed in a 12-footer with 4:21 left in the second period that evened it at 1-1 and added a 16-footer with 6:31 remaining in the fourth quarter as the Bulldogs drew within 6-2.

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.

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.

Burbank Major Softball Heads to Western Regionals

The Burbank Little League Majors All-Star softball team is headed back to the Western Regionals for a second straight year.

Burbank defeated Westchester Del Rey 13-1 Friday night in Colton to win the Southern California State Division 3 title.

Burbank moves on to the Little League Western Region finals in San Bernardino starting Friday.

“Our goal was to get to where we’re at,” coach Rocco Buffolino, a former minor league baseball player said. “Now that we’ve made it this far, we’d like to make it to Portland. Everyone here are winners. If we play the way we do when we’re relaxed, we’ve got as good a chance as anyone to win.”

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Burbank already captured the District 16 title, followed by the Sectional title, before taking the Southern California title.

In San Bernardino, Burbank will face opposition from Idaho, Hawaii and Northern California in pool play.

Buffolino likes his team’s chances.

“We’re very interchangeable,” he said. “We have a lot of athletic kids. It is easy to move them around.”

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The team has four pitchers in Annie Buffolino, Alyssa Valenzuela, Kelsey Acosta and Calista Lee.

Also on the team are Kaelyn Freed, Clarissa Robles, Makenna Palamara, Makaiya Beford, Lizzy Zamora, Sofie Smith, Mallory CIbort and Isabella Scozzola.