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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.

Burbank

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.

Burroughs

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 Boys Soccer Beats Burbank to Win 10th League Title

Longtime Burroughs High boys’ soccer coach Mike Kodama enjoys it any time his team can come home with a league title.

Thursday afternoon the Indians defeated host Burbank High 4-1 to win yet another league title. But this one had something special.

“La decima,” Kodama said in Spanish.

Kodama was referring to the fact that this league title is his tenth in his tenure at Burroughs and the tenth in school history.

‘La decima’ was a term that was used to refer to Real Madrid, the most successful soccer club in the world, after it won a tenth European title in 2014.

Ironically, Burroughs won its last league title in 2014.

“It was a great team effort by everyone all season,” said Jake Lasso-Spell, who finished the regular season with 16 goals, including 13 in league. “We deserve this. We worked hard for it.”

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Burroughs (17-4-4, 11-2-1 in league) opened up an early lead and cruised to victory.

“To beat our rival on the last day and win league is special, but we’re going to get ready for the playoffs and try to win some more,” Cameron Kelly said.

Lasso-Spell got Burroughs on the board in the 21st minute. Diego Galaviz made a short-corner pass to Erik Camarillo, who found Lasso-Spell at the back post, where he was able to put a right foot on it.

Two minutes later Burroughs doubled its lead when Evan Parisi-Sanchez headed in a headed pass from Anton Prather off a throw-in from Kelly.

Burroughs took a 3-0 lead in the 61st minute when Lasso-Spell put a through ball that to Nicky Reinoso, who took a left-footed shot that found the right corner of the goal.

Kelly gave Burroughs a four-goal cushion in the 64th minute when Kelly took a long pass from Richard Alonzo and was able to get it past Burbank goalie Christian Ramos who came out to make a save.

Burbank (0-13-5, 0-11-3 in league) got on the board in the 72nd minute when Omar Ibnoujala picked up a loose ball at the edge of the goal box and took a shot that found the left corner of the net.

“It was a tough season, but there were a lot of one-goal games that it came down to,” Burbank coach Mike Alcaraz said. “The guys had a good work rate and they showed it every single game. They never backed off.”

 

Burroughs Boys Soccer Too Tough for Burbank

The Burroughs High boys’ soccer team wasn’t at its best Wednesday afternoon when the Indians hosted rival Burbank High.

But the Indians did enough to get the job done in earning a 1-0 win and moving into first place in the Pacific League standings.

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“We played well except for finishing,” Burroughs coach Mike Kodama said. “We had a lot of chances. Some days you have days like today where the ball just doesn’t go in the net. We were fortunate we got one in and that was enough to carry the day for us. We relied heavily upon our defense.  Our back four are very strong.”
Burroughs (12-4-3, 7-2 in league), scored the goal of the match on a free kick in the 12th minute by Jake Lasso-Spell, whose shot from about 35 yards out curved just inside the left goal post.

“I think the goalkeeper even thought it was going wide,” Kodama said of Burbank’s Andrew Rovira.

Burbank coach Michael Alcaraz praised his team for putting up a tough fight against Burroughs. The Bulldogs dropped to 0-11-2 for the season and 0-9 in league.

“We put up a good battle. There’s always a lot of emotion in these rivalry games,” Alcaraz said. “I can’t say enough about these guys. They played a good game.  It was just an unfortunate result in the end. We came out to play.”

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Burbank forced Burroughs goalie Jordan Morgan to make five saves.

Burroughs took 22 shots upon Burbank’s Rovira, who played in the first half, and Christian Ramos, the second-half goalkeeper.

The Bulldogs had a few set pieces late in the match that were taken by Omar Ibnoujala, but Burroughs’ defense was able to clear both the free kick and corner kick.

Burroughs missed a golden opportunity in the 60th minute when Cameron Kelly beat Burbank’s offsides trap. But his subsequent shot sailed just over the goal.

Two minutes later the Indians had another great opportunity when defender Diego Galaviz took a free kick that hit the top crossbar but didn’t drop down into the net.

“We had too many chances that we needed to finish off,” Galaviz said.

Burroughs freshman Carlos Rosales nearly put the game out of reach in the 78th minute when he broke away from two Burbank defenders and had a one-on-one shot with Ramos, who made a foot save on Rosales’ shot.

Burroughs center back Josh Sanchez was glad, but not satisfied with the win.

“I think we had a decent performance,” Sanchez said. “Today it was enough, but I don’t want that to happen again. I want everyone to excel and do well and score a few more goals.”

 

 

 

 

Burroughs Boys’ Soccer Team Comes Up Short in Tournament Final

Just when it looked like things were looking good for the Burroughs High boys’ soccer team the injury bug has hit the team.

The injuries were too much to overcome against a sneaky Birmingham team that earned a 2-0 win over the Indians in the championship match of the Ralph Brandt Tournament at St. Francis in La Canada Flintridge.

Burroughs played the match without midfielder Jake Lasso-Spell, who had five goals in the first six matches of the season. Lasso-Spell suffered a broken hand against Royal on Saturday that was not diagnosed until after the match was over.

The Indians lost central defender Richard Alonzo to a knee injury just 10 minutes into the match.

“Richard is the heart and soul of the team. You could see the difference,” Burroughs coach Mike Kodama said. “The game was all one way with Richard and when we lost him the whole momentum shifted and we had to recover and get back up to speed.”

(Photo courtesy Christina Quintero)

(Photo courtesy Christina Quintero)

Burroughs actually looked better from the start.

Anton Prather took a left-footed shot in the first minute that narrowly missed the right post.

In the 8th minute, left back Diego Galaviz hit the top cross bar with a left-footed shot. William Rosales was able to recover the rebound, but his shot went just over the goal.

“We had our opportunities early,” Kodama said.

Late in the first half, Birmingham started to come alive with its attacking duo of Aldo Perez and Carlos Contreras. The pair nearly teamed up on a goal in the 34th minute. In the 38th minute they were on target as Perez intercepted a pass from Burroughs’ back line and was able to find Contreras who slipped the ball past Burroughs goalie Jordan Morgan.

“We made a big mistake and they capitalized,” Kodama said.

Despite the loss, Kodama was pleased with many things he saw from his team.

“It’s a grind to play in the tournament,” he said.  “I’m proud of the guys for the way they played and the effort they put in. Top to bottom there are no easy games. To get this far is a huge accomplishment.”

Burroughs goalie Jordan Morgan who came up big several times in the second half reflected on his team.

(Photo courtesy Christina Quintero)

(Photo courtesy Christina Quintero)

“It’s unfortunate. They are an important part of the team,” Morgan said. “The bench players stood up and played their positions as best they could. But we do need them (Lasso-Spell and Alonzo) in league and CIF.”

Burroughs nearly scored in the 60th minute on a header by Prather.

Prather came close again in the 69th minute, only to shoot just over the top crossbar.

Birmingham scored its second goal in the 76th minute as Estuardo Zecena fired a bullet that Morgan blocked. Contreras picked up the rebound and scored.

 

 

Burroughs Boys’ Soccer Advances to Ralph Brandt Tournament Final

Defensive organization is the key to winning a championship in any sport.

The Burroughs High boys’ soccer team has shown early in the season that it is well composed in the back.

That has led the Indians to the final of the Ralph Brandt Tournament following a 3-1 win over Royal High of Simi Valley in Saturday’s semifinal at Memorial Field.

Burroughs will play Birmingham of Lake Balboa Monday night at 7 p.m. at St. Francis High in La Canada for the tournament title.

“That whole group, we’re talking about a group of seniors all in the back from the goalkeeper to all the defenders,” Burroughs coach Mike Kodama said. “It is a big difference.”

The Indians feature goalie Jordan Morgan, as well as center backs Josh Sanchez and Richard Alonzo along with left back Diego Galaviz were all solid and have had a huge assist from defensive midfielder Cameron Kelly, who wins many loose balls and yet can still get the offense started.

(Photo courtesy Christina Quintero)

(Photo courtesy Christina Quintero)

“My role is to stay as aggressive as I can and fight for every single ball in the air and every ball on the ground,” Kelly said.

Burroughs got on the board in just the second minute as Anton Prather finished off a Jake Lasso-Spell pass that came from a free kick.

Lasso-Spell doubled Burroughs’ lead in the 9th minute when he headed in a free kick from Erik Camarillo.

The Indians continued to dominate Royal and struck for a third time right before halftime.

William Rosales made a fine run on the left side and crossed the ball to Andrew Bardales, who headed the ball off the hands of Royal goalie Nick Lapinid.

(Photo courtesy Christina Quintero)

(Photo courtesy Christina Quintero)

Ari Arango cleaned up the loose ball by putting it into the net.

“It is all about being first to the ball,” Kodama said.

Leading 3-0, Burroughs wasn’t as strong in the second half as it was in the first half. However, the Indians did well enough to allow Royal to sneak just one goal past Morgan.

In the quarterfinals Burroughs outlasted Sherman Oaks Notre Dame in penalties after the match ended in a 1-1 draw. Burroughs made all five of its penalty kicks and Notre Dame wasn’t far behind, making four of its five shots.

Notre Dame got on the board in the 61st minute as Max Markel perfect placed a softly touched cross from Joao Gonzalez in the left corner past Burroughs’ goalie Morgan.

(Photo courtesy Christina Quintero)

(Photo courtesy Christina Quintero)

Burroughs came by five minutes later and tied things in the 66th minute as Rosales scored on a left-footed shot following a pass from Lasso-Spell.

In the penalty shootout, Burroughs Prather, Camarillo, Rosales, Alonzo and Galviz scored their penalties.

The Indians clinched the victory when Morgan made a foot save on Notre Dame’s fifth and final penalty kick.

 

 

Burroughs, Burbank Boys’ Soccer Teams Looking to Impress

Experience is on the side of both the Burroughs and Burbank High boys’ soccer teams this season. Thus, expectations are high for both teams.

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Burroughs

The Burroughs High boys’ soccer team has enjoyed lots of success over the years under longtime head coach Mike Kodama.

That shouldn’t change this year. The Indians will count on a number of returners to lead the team to what could be one that makes a deep run in the CIF Southern Section playoffs.

Kodama’s 1994 team reached the finals and the 1993 team was a semifinalist. But that was more than two decades ago. This might be Burroughs’ best team since then.

“The nice thing is we return a lot of players and it shows,” Kodama said. “We have a solid core and that’s very helpful. We’re hoping to do really well.”

A year ago Burroughs went 15-6-2 and 10-3-1 in league. Thirteen players return from a team that is particularly strong defensively.

“We should have a good team. The league should be tough,” Kodama said. “Pasadena went far in the playoffs last year. CV returns most of their players, so they will be strong. We always have the rivalry with Burbank, so we expect that to be a tough game.”

Senior goalie Jordan Morgan (6-foot-3) and defenders Josh Sanchez and Diego Galaviz are all three-year varsity players. Sanchez and Galaviz were both first-team all-league picks a year ago. Morgan is backed up by junior Sebastian Kalemkerian.

Senior Richard Alonzo also returns to the defense, as does senior Erik Camarillo and senior Adam Cashman. Senior Ari Arango is a returning wing back who may also see time in the midfield. Juniors Eddie Martinez, Jonathan Ortega and Olin Bernal-Villalpando will look to fight for playing time amongst the defenders.

Senior Cameron Kelly, a second-team all-league pick, is the defensive midfielder in front of the solid back four.

Senior Jake Lasso-Spell is a returning midfielder who scored three times in the Pacific League opener against Muir.

Sophomore Esteban Alcantar and freshman Carlos Rosales are two midfielders with bright futures. Senior Andrew Bardales adds depth in the midfield along with junior Evan Parisi-Sanchez.

Senior Anton Prather returns and is strong on the left side as a forward or a midfielder.

Returning Junior William Rosales has arguably the best ball control of any player on the team. He has the ability to be an attacking midfielder or a second striker, who can hold the ball for long periods of time.

Junior Topli Petko is also a returning junior who has the size and strength to play as center forward, even though he had good enough ball skills to play in the midfield if needed.

Senior Nicky Reinoso is also a returning forward and freshman David Gerlach is a promising player. He is the younger brother of former Burroughs star Brandon Gerlach. Juniors Stephen Carey and Jose Perez-Chavez are two others that could see time in the attack.

Burbank

Burbank went 7-8-1 overall, 6-7-1 in league a year ago and is now coached by 2011 graduate Mike Alcaraz.

“They are developing chemistry with each other,” Alcaraz said of his team. “It is a mixture of younger and older guys.”

The Bulldogs have two options in goal with junior Andrew Rovira, who is joining the team after the football season. Sophomore Christian Ramos is also competing for the starting gloves.

Defensively, the Bulldogs will be anchored in the middle by seniors Oscar Ochoa, Issac Paredes and Kenneth Rovira. In the wing back positions Burbank has senior Fox Bravo, sophomore Jae Lee, senior Anthony Santillan, senior Monteh Ter Sarkissian and senior Carlos Pineda.

In the midfield, Burbank has four-year varsity player Gianluca Vitagliano. Senior Samuel Werner is a holding midfielder. The Bulldogs’ other options in the midfield are senior Omar Ibnoujala, sophomore Andy Cardenas, sophomore Artyom Ginosyan, junior Grigor Grigoryan, juniors Ethan Jay and Paul Won.

Up front, Burbank’s attack will feature junior Andrew Senane, seniors Robert Beglaryan and Calleen Navasartian, as well as freshman Allen Arsenian.

Alcaraz said his knowledge of the league is based upon his recollection as a player.

“You never know what to expect. Every team is different every year,” he said. “Every game is competitive and challenging. We’re going to try our best in every game.”

 

Burroughs Boys’ Soccer Starts Season With 3-0 Win Over Chaminade

It may have been just the first official game of the season, but the Burroughs High boys’ soccer team certainly didn’t let it show.

The Indians controlled the tempo and dominated visiting Chaminade 3-0 in a nonleague game at Memorial Field.

“I thought early in the game we had to put the pieces together,” Burroughs coach Mike Kodama said. “Then as we got to about 10 minutes in we got into a much better rhythm and got a number of scoring opportunities and we capitalized with the two goals.”

Burroughs scored its first goal in the 24th minute as Nicky Reinoso scored off a left-sided cross from Anton Prather. Reinoso beat Chaminade goalie Cole Hoevel at the right post.

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The Indians struck again just a minute later as Prather headed in a cross from the right side by Topli Petko, putting the ball in the right corner past Hoevel.

“I was in the right place, so I finished it,” Prather said.

Burroughs goalie Jordan Morgan wasn’t tested too many times, but came up big when called upon.

He made a huge save in the 50th minute when he sent a line drive free kick from Chaminade’s Fernando Romero out for a corner kick.

Burroughs added to its lead in the 64th minute when Jake Lasso-Spell blasted a free kick over Chaminade’s wall and into the upper right corner of the corner.

“I was actually quite surprised it happened,” Lasso-Spell said.

Although he didn’t figure into any of the goals, junior William Rosales clearly showed he is a dangerous threat with the ball.

He was consistently able to find open players and nearly earned a few assists.

Late in the match one of his crosses was hit just over the goal by freshman David Gerlach.

Kodama said he likes the feel of this team.

“We return a lot of players and it shows,” he said. “We have a solid core. That’s very helpful.”