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Burroughs Boys Golf Finishes Second and Burbank Gets Third At DeBell

By Rick Assad

 

While the Masters conducted its first day in Augusta, Georgia, the fifth Pacific League boys’ golf match took place at the DeBell Golf Club on Thursday afternoon and for Burroughs High’s Kodiak Hernandez and Arcadia’s Josh Kwon, each had an impressive outing, as both shot a 4-under-par 67.

Hernandez fired a 3-under-par 33 on the front nine where he eagled the par-5 No. 1 and the par-5 No. 8 and then shot a 1-under-par 34 on the back nine.

“I tried to hit the ball straight and just play the best I can. DeBell’s a tough course if you don’t hit it straight,” Hernandez said of the course’s challenges.

Kodiak Hernandez shot a 4-under-par 67 and was tied for first place in a Pacific League match at DeBell Golf Club. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

What makes DeBell so difficult? “How short and narrow it is,” he said. “You just have to know where to position the ball to play well.”

How was Hernandez able to overcome the obstacles?

“My wedge shots and I was putting really well on the greens even though my tee shots weren’t on point,” he noted. “I felt pretty confident especially coming around the turn. I play DeBell very often and it helps a lot because you learn where to put the ball, the distances and the greens.”

The Apaches, who are the defending league champions, are in first place this season and were the overall team winner after shooting 367.

The Indians took second place at 388 and are in second with two matches remaining on the regular schedule.

Burbank came in third place at 402 as J.J. Nakao fired an even-par 71 that included a 1-under-par 35 on the front nine.

Burbank was third in the Pacific League match at DeBell on Thursday. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“Overall I’m happy with my day, but I could have done a lot better,” Nakao said of his outing. “Midway through the round I could have focused a little more. Went shot-by-shot instead of thinking of the overall score.”

Does he also find DeBell especially tough? “It’s a pretty interesting course,” he said. “You’ve got to hit it straight every single shot. A couple of shots I hit left to right. You just have to take it stroke-by-stroke. I would say my long game saved me today. My putting was an issue.”

Ryan McGowan came into the clubhouse with a 5-over-par 76 for the Indians.

Lincoln Melcher finished with a 77 and Daniel Gonzalez capped his day with an 82 for Burroughs.

Trey Sanchez was next for Burroughs after shooting an 86, while Niko Coccio carded a 94.

Kevin Kienlen posted a 77 for the Bulldogs, and Ari Ahmed ended his 18 holes with an 82.

Burbank’s Frank Masyk closed out his day with an 83, Devin Blazon came into the clubhouse with a 89 and Hayden Chase shot a 102.

Crescenta Valley garnered fourth place with a 424 and was led by Hank Norman’s 76. Placing fifth was Pasadena with 477 as Jerome Dimalaluan paced the Bulldogs after shooting an 84.

Burroughs Golf Evens Things Up With Arcadia

The race to a Pacific League title in boys golf got a little more interesting Monday afternoon.
In a makeup from a match that was rained out earlier this season, Burroughs pulled even with Arcadia at DeBell Golf Course.
The Indians were just 11 strokes over par en route to a 20-stroke victory over the Apaches on the par-71 course.
Burroughs shot 366 and Arcadia shot 386. Crescenta Valley finished third by shooting 422. Burbank, which was without top golfer J.J. Nakao, who was celebrating his birthday, shot 437. Pasadena was fifth shooting 464.

Niko Coccio

“We all feel real comfortable here. The punched greens are kind of killing us because we’re not able to make as many puts as possible,” Burroughs Niko Coccio said. “I’m feeling confident that we can come out Thursday and win again. That will give us a good shot to win league.”
Burroughs sophomore Kodiak Hernandez was the low medalist shooting an even par.
“It feels good, but I hope the team can come together again on Thursday,” Hernandez said.
Freshman Lincoln Melcher and Coccio, a junior, were both just one stroke behind. Burroughs sophomores Daniel Gonzalez and Ryan McGowan followed by shooting 75 and 76 respectively. Senior Jake Panikowski shot 84.
Burbank High was led by sophomore Frank Maslyk, who shot 82. Senior Louie Calzado shot 84. Sophomore Kevin Kienlen shot 87. Senior Devin Blazon shot 91 adn freshman Ari Ahmed shot 93. Freshman Luke Carnegie shot 102.

Arcadia, like Burroughs has just one senior in its top six. Juniors Warren Oetojo and David Ju each shot 75 and fellow junior Justin Chen shot 76. Junior Josh Kwon shot 80 as did senior Kylen Yu. Sophomore Warren Lin shot 84.
For Crescenta Valley, Nate Frink shot 76 and Hank Norman shot 77.
Pasadena High was led by Jerome Dimalaluan, who shot 81.

Burroughs Football Overcomes Injuries to Top Hoover

If there was one noticeable difference about the Burroughs High football team Thursday night, it was that the coaching staff could have used a compass to locate a lot of its players as they were playing in different roles.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Injuries definitely hurt the Indians, who overcame a slow start to top a vastly improved Hoover High team 49-14 in a Pacific League contest at Memorial Field.

“At one point we were without two starting offensive linemen, we were without two or three starting defensive backs, without three starting linebackers,” Burroughs coach Mike Reily said. “We had a lot of guys that were visibly absent tonight.”

Things didn’t get any better as the game went on.

“By halftime we had a young man ejected and another young man with a knee injury,” Reily said.

Burroughs (4-4, 3-3 in the league), didn’t really break out a slump until late in the contest as Hoover received 320 yards passing from sophomore quarterback Mattis Richards, a native of France, who was playing in just his seventh game of his career.

Fortunately, Ben Peters came up big for Burroughs. He finished the game with 23 carries for 306 yards and three touchdowns.

After Burroughs led 19-8 at halftime, Jonathan Rivas kicked a 32-yard field goal at the 5:21 mark of the third quarter pushed the lead to a pair of touchdowns.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Hoover (1-8, 0-6) fought right back as Richards and receiver James Chang hooked up on the second of two long touchdowns.

“Those kids played their hearts out,” Reily said of Hoover. “Those coaches have them coached up and hats off to that program and those kids. They hung in there for quite a while.”

Peters quickly answered back with his third touchdown.

The Indians got three fourth-quarter touchdowns, two of which came at the hands of interception returns.

Daniel Gonzalez had a 76-yard return with 10:25 to play. Alex Perez also had an interception return. The

Indians’ other touchdown came as a result of a 24-yard run by James Duarte.

Burroughs will conclude its regular season next Friday at Memorial Field against Burbank. The Indians will have an opportunity to spoil any chances Burbank has of winning the league title.