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Another Sterling Effort By JB Cross-Country Team

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor

When a school is coming off winning the CIF Southern Section championship, placing well with excellent times becomes somewhat routine, which has been the case for the Burroughs High cross country team.

On Saturday, the senior boys’ placed first, the junior boys’ took second, and the sophomore boys’ grabbed second at the Mount Carmel Invitational Meet in San Diego.

Some of the fastest times included Emily Virtue’s first in a clocking of 15 minutes and 55 seconds in the girls’ sophomore division, and Alexander Hirsch’s first place (15:52) in the boys’ sophomore division.

Justin Villagran took first place (16:01) in the boys’ senior division, and Timothy Wells was second in the boys’ junior division (16:11).

Adam Villalpando snared 11th (16:47) in the boys’ senior division, Evan Thomas took 12th (16:47), Manne Green got 13th (16:48), Seth Battilana placed 23rd (17:11), Christian Fuentes was 28th (17:28), Trent Harrison finished 44th (17:58), David Olympia was 51st (18:13) and Eduardo Cabrera grabbed 71st (19:08).

Burroughs and Burbank will battle it out this season in both genders (File photos by Dick Dornan)

And they’re off. Burroughs fared well at the Mt. Carmel Invitational in San Diego. (File photo by Dick Dornan)

Eileen Eckles was 23rd (18:24) in the girls’ senior division and Betsy Ramirez took 24th (18:25), while Daniel Fendrich was ninth (16:55), Javier Hurtado got 22nd (17:33), Patrick Wells garnered 24th (17:35) and Cobie Cortez was 60th (18:22) in the boys’ junior division.

In the girls’ junior division, Heidi Eligio finished 10th (17:27), Jailene Diaz got 33rd (18:43) and Ariel Ramirez took 83rd (20:49).

Jagdeep Chahal was eighth (16:35) in the boys’ sophomore division, Chris Hoxsie took 18th (16:48), Andrew Hoxsie grabbed 22nd (16:57), Asif Chowdhury snared 44th (18:03), Ethan Brown was 50th (18:10), Jerry Hoxsie took 74th (19:01), Charanpreet Singh placed 75th (19:03) and Sameh Gharieb was 82nd (19:12).

In the girls’ sophomore division, Sapphire Sandoval was 19th (18:27), Kenna Guzman took 59th (20:08) and Catrina Villalpando finished 75th (20:42).

In the boys’ freshman division, Zander Tassart was 31st (18:42), Peter Lainson took 77th (20:32) and Johnny Padungyothee placed 111th (21:32).

In the girls’ freshman division, Lakely Nealis was seventh (17:53), Phoenix Reivers took 43rd (19:33) and Julianna Navarro garnered 61st (20:04).

The boys’ course is 2.95 miles long, while the girls’ trek is 2.75 miles. The Indians will be in action next on Thursday at the first Pacific League meet at Arcadia Park.

Burroughs Cross-Country Teams Shine

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


Several top times and finishes were turned in by the Burroughs High cross-country teams at the Great Cow Run in Cerritos on Saturday, and they include Emily Virtue’s second-place finish in the girls’ varsity race in a time of 17 minutes and two seconds, Alexander Hirsch’s fifth-place showing in the boys’ varsity race (14:52) and teammate Timothy Wells’ 10th place (15:00).

In the same race, Justin Villagran captured 12th (15:01), while Jagdeep Chahal took first place (15:29), and set the record in the boys’ sophomore division.

Meanwhile, Adam Villalpando grabbed 31st (15:39) and Daniel Fendrich took 39th (15:46) in the boys’ varsity race.

Other finishes in the boys’ varsity trek include Manne Green getting 66th (16:05), Christian Fuentes placing 70th (16:10) and Trent Harrison garnering 87th (16:27).

Patrick Wells grabbed 90th (16:30) and Seth Battilana was 103rd (16:43) in the boys’ varsity division.

Burroughs and Burbank will battle it out this season in both genders (File photos by Dick Dornan)

JBHS cross country teams had solid times at Great Cow Run in Cerritos. (File photo by Dick Dornan)

Betsy Ramirez was 86th (20:33) and Jailene Diaz came in 128th (21:22) in the girls’ varsity division.

Javier Hurtado finished 14th (17:02) in the boys’ junior varsity race, David Olympia placed 23rd (17:26), Cobie Cortez was 30th (17:39), Eduardo Cabrera was 43rd (17:49) and Branden Sanchez finished 114th (19:11).

Ariel Ramirez placed eighth (21:45) in the girls’ junior varsity run, Graison Anderson was 18th (22:14), Andrea Duran got 40th (23:03), Maddy Davis was 42nd (23:05), Lisandra Contreras grabbed 88th (24:35) and Destiny Velasquez was 145th (29:04).

Chris Hoxsie was sixth (16:02) in the boys’ sophomore run, Andrew Hoxsie placed 10th (16:14), Jerry Hoxsie was 35th (17:10), Asif Chowdhury took 38th (17:14), Ethan Brown was 56th (17:42) and Charanpreet Singh placed 58th (17:43).

Sapphire Sandoval was eighth (20:09) in the girls’ sophomore race, Catrina Villalpando was 35th (21:38), Ana Villalpando took 49th (22:11) and Maya Santos was 111th (24:21).

Ethan Galloway came in 22nd (17:39) in the boys’ freshman race, Zander Tassart was 52nd (18:25), Cade Morgan grabbed 64th (18:43), Johnny Padungyothee took 82nd (19:00), Peter Lainson was 86th (19:04) and Cameron Gomez placed 192nd (21:06).

Lakely Nealis was eighth (19:39) in the girls’ freshman division, Phoenix Reivers finished 20th (21:02), Julianna Navarro was 45th (22:19), Iliana Mendias was 125th (24:44), Jazmend Ortega took 182nd (26:39), Sharai Barrera grabbed 192nd (27:33) and Angelica Thompson was 218th (30:29).

Burroughs’ next cross-country meet will be the Rosemead Invitational this Saturday, and Coach John Peebles is looking for more solid times and finishes.

Fundraiser to Support Police Unity Riders in Cross Country Trek

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Officer Matthew Pavelka’s tragic murder. To honor Officer Pavelka, approximately 18 members of the Burbank Police Department, as well as members of the Pavelka family, will be participating in the Police Unity Tour in May 2013.

Over the course of three days, we will join 1500 other law enforcement officers from around the country, who will bicycle along varying routes, approximately 300 miles to the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington DC. Upon our arrival in Washington DC, we will join nearly 50,000 people at the National Law Enforcement Memorial Candlelight Vigil.

Police Unity TourThe primary purpose of the Police Unity Tour is to raise awareness about the police officers who have died in the line of duty, and to raise funds for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. Each rider is required to raise $1800, in order to participate in the Police Unity Tour. The funds go towards funding the National Law Enforcement Memorial and funding the tour itself.

On Wednesday January 30, we will be holding a fundraiser at Schooner’s Patio Grille in Santa Clarita. Schooner’s will donate 25% of sales to the Police Unity Tour on our behalf. We ask that you bring your family (kids welcome) and friends for dinner and help support your Burbank Police Department Unity Tour representatives.

Sports Shorts: Chief Returns, Monroy at State XC, Upcoming Hoops




The most intriguing part of the soccer season set to kickoff is the return of Burroughs High legend, Mike Kodama. Kodama coached the Tribe for 22 seasons, won five Foothill League titles, two Pacific League titles, brought the school to its only CIF SS Championship game in its history in 1994 and became an inductee into the school’s Hall of Fame in 2009.


Kodama’s career mark of 244-110 will never be eclipsed. It’s the high school soccer equivalent to win Joe Gibbs returned to coach my NFL team, the Washington Redskins, after an 11 year hiatus. Granted, Kodama hasn’t been away from the game for nearly as long, but the return of a coach of his pedigree just doesn’t happen at this level.


Who better than to sculpt a team made-up of largely sophomores after the team graduated 11 seniors from its roster a year ago. Burroughs was 9-3-3 in league last season.




Senior Anthony Monroy’s placed 31st at the state meet on November 26 with a mark of 15:50 in a 5k at Woodward Park in Fresno, CA. Monroy earned the honor of attending the meet for the second straight year by finishing 6th in the CIF Southern Section Finals on November 18.




Burroughs Boys’ Basketball tips-off its 2011-2012 campaign on December 6 in a tournament at Pasadena Poly. Burbank High is off to a 2-0 start in its own tournament, having topped San Marcos, 56-53, on November 30. The Bulldogs routed Monroe, 99-35 in their opener.