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Burbank, Burroughs Will Be Well Represented in College

Graduation season is always one with mixed emotions, as a new group of graduates are sent out into the world.

Burbank and Burroughs Highs will both miss a number of graduates who will be tough to replace as leaders in sports.

The following summarizes where student athletes from the two schools will continue their education and athletic careers.


With two teams that reached CIF Championship contests, the Bulldogs will certainly have some representation at the college level.

Burbank’s football team has at least six that will continue their careers, all in separate directions.

Burbank High’s Joey Miller will be playing for UC Davis. ( Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Receiver Joey Miller is headed to the University of California, Davis. Linebacker Jake Kelley is headed to the University of La Verne. Quarterback Guy Gibbs will move on to Glendale Community College. Receiver Forrest Fajardo will play at Pasadena City College. Offensive lineman Scott Breslin will continue at Ventura College and defensive end Matthew Villagran will play at Los Angeles Valley College.

From the basketball team, Michael Woods is headed to UC Merced. Thomas Clark is headed to Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn.  Point guard Cameron Sweeten is going to play at Compton Community College. Faraz Khandaker plans to play, but has yet to make a decision.

Michael Woods will continue at UC Merced. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

From the Burbank baseball team, Danny Porras is headed to Claremont McKenna. Matt Lungaro will attend the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Lungaro will have a teammate nearby, as Henry Leake is continuing his career at Babson College in Massachusetts.

Girls’ soccer and track star Kira Bochard will compete in both sports at the University of Montevallo in Alabama. Her soccer teammate Dani Yanez is moving on to play at Chico State University. Track star Haleigh Cusumano will continue her career at UC San Diego.

Kira Bochard (left) and Haleigh Cusumano (right) will both run in college. Photo By: Edaward Tovmassian

Boys’ track star Vedavit Shetty will move on to Glendale Community College. GCC will also get a boost from distance runner Angel Flores. Burbank girls’ distance runner Jamie Giammichele will move on to Cal State Northridge, where she will make an attempt to compete with the cross country team.

From the girls’ volleyball team, Rachel Wiley will continue her career at Pierce College in Woodland Hills.


The Indians’ class of 2017 is headlined by football players Chance Bell and Jesse Chamberlain. Bell, a running back, is headed to San Diego State. Chamberlain, an offensive lineman, signed a letter of intent with San Jose State University.

Jesse Chamberlain (left) and Chance Bell (right) will both be playing major college football. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Burroughs boys’ basketball star Tristen Hull will continue his career at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota.

Diego Galaviz, a left-sided defender on Burroughs’ Pacific League champion boys’ soccer team, has signed with Cal State Dominguez Hill. Cameron Kelly and Jake Lasso-Spell are both planning on playing at Los Angeles Mission College.

Goalkeeper Jordan Morgan is uncommitted, but will play in college. Defender Richard Alonzo is also considering the idea of continuing his career, but is undecided.

From the girls’ soccer team, Mireya Gonzalez and Alondra Solis will both move on to Alcorn State University.  Golfer Maddie Riggs, who also played soccer, will bring her clubs to UC Irvine.

Also from the girls’ golf team, Ashley Phelps will play at Cal State Northridge and Raelinn Arnold will play at Buena Vista University.

Ashley Phelps will play golf at Cal State Northridge.

From the boys’ golf team, Louis D’Aquila will play at College of the Canyons.

Boys’ volleyball star Connor Ludlum is planning on playing at Santa Barbara Community College.

Distance runners Patrick and Timothy Wells will continue their cross country and track careers at Pepperdine University.

Timothy Wells is moving on to Pepperdine University. Photo By: Edaward Tovmassian

Middle distance star Daniel Fendrich is still undecided between Glendale Community College and Cal State Northridge.

Distance runner Heidi Eligio will continue at Northridge. Izzy Funes, a jumper and sprinter, will continue her career at Occidental College. Sprinter Megan Wade will continue at the University of La Verne.

Burroughs’ softball team will continue have a few more players moving on. Lauren Lopez will continue  at Wilmington College in Delaware next year. Brianna Johnson will be playing at Bloomfield College in New Jersey and Amanda Flores will be at Pasadena City College.

From the girls’ basketball team Haley Wilson and Caitlyn Pentland are expected to play at Glendale Community College.

Burroughs baseball players Justin Palafox and Riley Hooper are also expected to play at Glendale Community College.

Burroughs swimmer Nathan Armstrong will continue his career at Beloit College in Wisconsin.


Burroughs Volleyball Cruises Into CIF Semifinals

The Burroughs High boys’ volleyball team hasn’t earned the third seed in the CIF Southern Section Division 2 playoffs by accident.

The Indians have played well in major tournaments, which are often indicators of what a team is capable of.

Saturday the Indians played the way they have in tournaments, easily bouncing visiting Valencia 25-21, 25-16, 25-19 in the quarterfinals.

Last season the former Foothill League rival knocked the Indians out of the playoffs in the semifinals.

“We played like that when we went up to Santa Barbara. I think the guys understood the urgency of the situation,” Burroughs coach Joel Brinton said. “Today we started to get dialed in. This is a good time to start doing that.”

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

With the win Burroughs will play at South Pasadena, which upset second-seeded Laguna Beach, on Wednesday.

“Everyting was clicking today,” Burroughs setter Ryan Van Loo said. “I think we had a big surge of energy. The passing was on the hitting was on. The passes made my life easy.”

Burroughs (29-5) was locked in a tight battle with Valencia and didn’t take its first lead in the match until 15-14 of the first game following a block from junior Jarrett Malone.

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Valencia came back to tie things at 18 before the Indians took over. Burroughs took advantage of a Valencia error followed by kills from Bailey Carter and Van Loo to go up 21-18. Cameron Capili, who finished with 12 kills, provided the kill to clinch the first game.

Burroughs was much more confident in the second game and cruised to victory. Andrew Dalmada, who had a team-high 14 kills, put down the clincher.

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Valencia went up 10-9 in the third, before Burroughs fought back to take a 15-10 lead. Valencia had a few errors in the run and Van Loo had a kill and a block. Valencia fought back to make it as close as 17-15. But Burroughs put together another run. Dalmada, Connor Ludlum, Bailey Carter and Van Loo had kills in the run to push the advantage to 23-16.

Dalmada and Capili each had seven digs. Van Loo had eight kills, three blocks and 31 assists. Carter had four kills.

Burroughs Volleyball Outlasts Crescenta Valley

The Burroughs High boys’ volleyball team doesn’t face tight competition in the Pacific League very often.

Friday night the Indians ran into an opponent that was ready for battle.

Playing at Crescenta Valley, the Indians, who are ranked No. 3 in the CIF Southern Section Division 2 poll, were definitely pushed.

In the end, the six-time defending Pacific League champions prevailed winning 29-27, 27-25, 22-25, 25-18.

“We try to treat every match the same and respecting our opponents every single time, but I do think that having a competitive edge from CV was kind of like a wake-up call for the playoffs for when they come around,” said Andrew Dalmada who led Burroughs with 18 kills.

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Burroughs (14-1 overall, 7-0 in league) had to fight for every point in the first three sets.

The Indians appeared to be on the verge of winning the first set when leading 23-20 following a kill by Cameron Capili.

But the host Falcons (10-9, 4-2) fought back and actually held the lead at 26-25 and 27-26. Burroughs finished off the first set with a block from Bailey Carter, followed by a kill from Connor Ludlum.

The second set was also intense. CV led 15-10, before Carter brought his team back with three kills and a block in short run that saw Burroughs tie the score at 16.

But Crescenta Valley did not go away. The Falcons held a 24-23 lead, before a kill by Dalmada kept the Indians alive.

After both sides were tied at 25, Burroughs finished things off with kills from Carter and Capili. Capili finished with 12 kills. Carter had seven kills and six blocks.

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Even being down two sets would not derail the Falcons. They led 22-20, before Burroughs’ Skyler Bercini served back-to-back aces. Bercini also had 22 digs.

But a kill from CV’s Brett Dunkin and a block from Paul Kim extended the match into a fourth set.

“There were times when it was a down game for us and we weren’t playing Burroughs volleyball,” Dalmada said. “But I definitely think at the end of game two and end of game four we definitely played our game.”

Dalmada proved to a difference maker in the fourth set, when he had six kills, many of which were at crucial points that dictated the momentum.

Setter Ryan Van Loo, who finished with 40 assists, appeared to have sealed the match for his team with Burroughs up 24-17. But he was called for a lift violation and shown a red card for what the referee deemed unsportsmanlike conduct. In volleyball a player is ejected following two red cards.

Van Loo, who had momentarily began to celebrate the victory, was able to gather himself back together as he had a block on the match-clinching point.

Both sides will play again May 3 at Burroughs.