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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.


Burbank Football Cruises to 63-7 Win Over Glendale

It didn’t take the Burbank High football team very long to get going Thursday night when the Bulldogs visited Glendale High.

Burbank scored five touchdowns in less than nine minutes and ended up winning 63-7.

The second half was played with a running clock after Burbank led 56-0 at halftime.

Burbank quarterback Guy Gibbs was completed seven of nine pass attempts for 155 yards and three touchdowns, all of which came in the first half.

“Guy came up with the first script of plays based upon what we saw on film,” Burbank coach Richard Broussard said. “We wanted to open it. We’ve been conservative and we wanted to see if we could open it and it was good to see the ball fly a little bit more.”

Burbank (3-2, 2-0 in league) got things started as Gibbs scored on a one-yard keeper with 9:58 left in the first quarter.

Less than a minute later, Burbank took the ball back following a Glendale punt.

On the first play of the drive, Gibbs found Forrest Fajardo on a 29-yard touchdown pass.


Burbank added its third touchdown at the 6:22 mark of the first quarter as Damien Flores returned an interception 30 yards.

Nick Warren scored on a 59-yard run on first down at the 4:52 mark of the first quarter to make it 28-0.

Gibbs hooked up with Drew Pendleton on a 54 yard touchdown with 3:18 left in the first quarter, making it 35-0.

Facing a fourth down situation, Gibbs threw a 30-yard touchdown to Fajardo with 11:48 left in the first half. Fajardo finished with four receptions for 88 yards and two touchdowns.

Warren scored a 14-yard touchdown 9:17 left in the first half to make it 49-0. He finished with seven carries for 110 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Darnell Williams scored a 37-yard touchdown with 3:11 left in the first half. Williams eight carries for 98 yards.

Jake Kelley scored on a 4-yard run with 5:04 left in the third quarter. He had six carries for 34 yards.


Broussard praised his seniors.

“We’re blessed to have guys that have come up together,” he said. “This is their senior year. They’ve put in a lot of work.”

Glendale drops to 1-4 with the loss.

Burbank will host Hoover High at Memorial Field next Thursday at 7 p.m.


Burbank Football Wears Down Muir in Win

The Burbank High football team had a week off prior to the start of the Pacific League season. The Bulldogs definitely took advantage of it and it showed Friday night as Burbank was in command much of the contest in a 39-14 win over host Muir High.

Although pleased, Burbank coach Richard Broussard said his team is still not where he would like it to be.

“We played with some passion and enthusiasm,” Broussard said. “I want us to execute for four quarters and we’re still not there yet. That is not going to get us a league title. We have to get better week in and week out.”

Burbank (2-2) was led by senior Nick Warren, who had two rushing touchdowns and intercepted two passes on defense. He commented on starting league play following a bye week.

“It gave us extra time to go over film, practice hard and get in condition,” Warren said. “It also helped us get healthy.”


Broussard praised Warren for a fine effort.

“We expect a lot from him and he delivered,” Broussard said of Warren. “He did his job. He’s one of our captains and he played like it today.”

The Bulldogs got on the board first as quarterback Guy Gibbs hooked up with Darnell Williams on a 2-yard touchdown with 4:12 left in the first quarter. The duo also hooked up on the ensuing two-point conversion.

Burbank went up 11-0 as Andrew Rovira kicked a 37-yard field goal with 5:44 left in the first half.

Muir (2-2) made things interesting on the following drive as quarterback Darren Meyers hooked up with Ahmir Davis on a 49-yard touchdown pass. The Mustangs were also successful on their ensuing two-point conversion.

The Bulldogs made a late first-half surge following a Muir turnover.

Warren scored on a four-yard run with 1:07 left in the half.

On Muir’s first play from scrimmage on the following drive, Warren intercepted  Meyers.


Gibbs then went to work by quickly getting the ball down the field with two passes to Forrest Fajardo.

Gibbs then found Joey Miller on an eight-yard touchdown pass with 12.6 seconds left in the half.

Warren, who had 23 carries for 84 yards, added his second touchdown, a two-yard run with 10:10 left to play.

Williams capped Burbank’s scoring by scoring on a two-yard run 6:49 left. He finished with 12 carries for 70 yards.



Burbank Football Loses Nail Biter to Downey, 7-6

Frustration is probably the best description of what the Burbank High football was feeling Friday night. The Bulldogs played superb defense, but came up just short offensively in a 7-6 loss to host Downey High.

“Our defense played lights out. They got back to playing Burbank defense,” Broussard said. “We challenged them. Some guys lost their jobs and we moved some things around. After the Canyon game, we take pride in keeping people out of the end zone. “
While Burbank (1-2) shined defensively, the Bulldogs failed at a number of a chances to put points on the board offensively.


Burbank missed the pair of 37-yard field goals in the final two minutes of the first half. The first one didn’t come close, but Nate Munoz’ attempt on the final play of the first half missed wide by just a few feet.

Broussard praised Munoz even though he missed the field goals as he said the player had to deal with some personal circumstances this week.

“He wasn’t even with us most of the week,” Broussard said. “We’re proud of him for being here for us.”

After Downey (2-1) scored in the first quarter, the defenses for both teams took over.

But Burbank  (1-2) nearly broke through late in the third quarter.

Nick Warren appeared to be already down on the Downey 25 yard line when the ball came loose.  The officials ruled it a fumble. Burbank regained the ball a play later on the 14-yard-line after a Downey fumble only to give it back to Downey on the very next play.

Early in the fourth quarter Burbank had another drive in which Guy Gibbs found Jake Kelley on a fourth-down situation. Kelley was stopped at the 9-yard line. A run by Nick Warren got Burbank even closer. But Downey managed to keep Burbank out of the end zone.

Burbank finally scored with 2:14 remaining as Gibbs found Forrest Fajardo on a 26-yard touchdown reception. Burbank’s extra point attempt by Andrew Rovira was blocked.

Burbank now has a week off before the start of Pacific League. The Bulldogs open on the road at Muir High In Pasadena.

“We have a week to get better,” Broussard said. “We’ll see if we can put it together offensively.”




Burbank Football Rolls in Win Over Monrovia

 By Rick Assad

After two drives that failed to yield points, the Burbank High football team gathered itself and jumped to a halftime lead and never looked back during a 33-7 nonleague season-opening win against Monrovia Friday night at Memorial Field.

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

The Bulldogs dashed ahead 14-7 through one quarter and were in front 20-7 at the intermission.

It wasn’t a perfect effort, but it was close as Burbank committed only one turnover and was in control from the opening kickoff.

Burbank also knocked off Monrovia in last season’s opener, but had that game forfeited because it used an ineligible player.

“It’s over, right?” Burbank coach Richard Broussard said of the second half. “We could have played better. We left points out there and we didn’t always finish drives.”

Broussard went on: “We didn’t do anything on our first drive. That’s when you want to go ahead and score, but we didn’t.”

But the defense really stood out as the Wildcats (122 total net yards) were forced to punt six times and committed four turnovers.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“Our defense is the real deal,” Broussard said. “They get it done for us.”

And so did the offense at times as senior quarterback Guy Gibbs had a solid outing as he nailed 15 of 22 passes for 129 yards and a touchdown in the first half.

Gibbs was successful on seven of nine attempts for 49 yards in the second half.

Senior wide receiver Forest Fajardo hauled in nine receptions for 101 yards and one touchdown that he took down the right sideline for a 7-0 lead. It came with 5:47 left in the initial quarter and covered 31 yards.

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Fajardo, also a defensive back, was brilliant as he snared two interceptions and was in the middle of the action on countless other plays.

“He’s the man,” Broussard said. “He’s 6-1 and 190 pounds and he doesn’t know how good he is.”

On the fourth series, senior running back Nick Warren (64 yards on 15 carries and three catches for 12 yards) fumbled at the Wildcats’ seven-yard line, but Fajardo’s pick and 12-yard return for a score with 1:37 left in the first quarter pushed the Bulldogs ahead 14-7.

Junior tailback Darnell Williams chipped in with a 10-yard blast and just over three minutes left in the second quarter to make it 20-7 and capped an 80-yard, 10-play drive. The Bulldogs had 338 total yards.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Williams finished with 64 yards on 11 rushes and also added a nine-yard scamper with 4:03 left on the clock in the fourth quarter that ended a 56-yard, eight-play march and pushed Burbank’s lead to 26 points.

The Bulldogs’ other touchdown was turned in by senior running back Joey Miller (35 yards on five carries) with 4:02 remaining in the third quarter for a 26-7 lead.

Miller, who had three receptions for 28 yards, also plays in the secondary and had an interception.

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Monrovia’s only touchdown came when junior wide receiver/slot back Michael Washington exploded for a 94-yard kickoff return that tied it at 7-7 with 5:33 left in the opening quarter.

Burbank’s next game will be next Friday at home versus Canyon and will get started at 7 p.m.


The Sky Is the Limit for Burbank Football

The Burbank High football program of the last 10 seasons has been a complete turnover from the previous decade.

Although Burbank had a number of talented players in the 1990s, team success was limited. In 2003, the Bulldogs broke an 11-year, 51-game Foothill League losing streak.

Since joining the Pacific League in the fall 2006, Burbank has made the playoffs eight times, going 46-24 in league.

In 2016, anything less than a playoff berth for a fifth consecutive season would be a major disappointment.

“They want to put another league title patch in the gym,” coach Richard Broussard said. “That’s their goal.”

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Broussard will certainly be leading one of the teams mentioned as a strong contender to win the Pacific League title.

He counts 16 starters back from a team that went 7-4 on the field and 5-2 in league. Burbank’s official record was 6-5 as it had to forfeit a game due to an ineligible player.

“We noticed this group of kids as freshman,” Broussard said. “We heard about them coming up through the (Burbank) Vikings. They made it to the Super Bowl and 85 percent of those kids came here.  That doesn’t explicate to varsity football. (But) they have worked hard.”

Burbank’s offense is led by senior quarterback Guy Gibbs (5-11, 175), who became the starter late in his sophomore year.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

“He has a lot of free reign. He has to make the right decisions,” Broussard said. “I’m excited for this kid. He’s made a big jump from last season.”

In the backfield, Burbank has two fine tailbacks in senior Nick Warren (5-9, 185) and junior Darnell Williams (5-9, 185). Warren was an all-league selection as a sophomore and Williams earned second-team all-league honors last season.

Senior receiver Forest Fajardo (6-2, 190), who was the team’s offensive MVP last season, is going to be Gibbs’ biggest target when the Bulldogs pass the ball.

Fajardo had 7 touchdowns last season, including five by reception.

Sophomore Erik Harutyunyan (6-1, 160) is another receiver with a bright future.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Senior Tim Han (6-2, 230) is a returning first-team all-league pick on the offensive line. He figures to play right tackle.

At left tackle Burbank has senior Scott Breslin (6-3, 265).

Seniors Ivan Ramos (5-9, 195) and Raymond Chavez (5-6, 205) figure to hold down two other offensive line spots. Junior Anthony Lira (6-2, 200) is a versatile two-way player who will probably hold down one of the guard spots.

As talented as Burbank is on offense, the defense might actually be stronger.

Reigning Pacific League Defensive Player of the Year Andy Reyes (5-8, 185) leads the secondary as the strong safety.

The defensive line will feature senior Matt Villagran (6-3, 190), a second-team all-league pick last season. Senior Danny Porras (6-1, 240), who is being recruited by colleges for baseball, will also play up front. Lira should fill the third spot.

In the linebacker spots, senior Jake Kelley (5-11, 175) and junior Drew Pendleton (6-1, 190) figure to start.

The secondary is very talented and will include some two-way players including Fajardo, Warren and Harutyunyan. Miguel Vasquez, a second-team all-league pick last season is also back. If that isn’t enough Burbank also has Joey Miller, who finished second in the Pacific League in the 200 meters in track in 22.2 seconds.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Broussard said he expects the league race to be tight.

“It is wide open,” he said. “It is going to be a battle week in and week out.”