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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.

 

Burbank Football Marches On to Semifinals

Burbank High may have its best football team in school history.

The Bulldogs rallied from an 11-point deficit heading into the fourth quarter to stun second-seeded Northview of Covina 30-27 Friday night in the second round of the CIF Southern Section Division 8 playoffs at Covina Valley District Field.

With the win, Burbank will host Don Lugo of Chino next Friday at Memorial Field in the semifinals. It will mark just the second time in school history that Burbank has made it to the semifinals with the last time being in 2013.

“These dudes don’t want to stop playing. They feel like they are destined to do something great and really change the face of this program,” Burbank coach Richard Broussard said.

Burbank (9-3) began the rally on the second play of the fourth quarter when Darnell Williams scored on a 4-yard run to make it 20-15.

The Bulldogs took the lead when Guy Gibbs hooked up with junior receiver Drew Pendelton on a 37-yard touchdown pass. Joey Miller’s two-point conversion run gave Burbank a 23-20 lead.

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Burbank stopped Northview (10-2) on its next possession as Andy Reyes forced a fumble and Jake Kelley recovered it.

Although Burbank’s offense was able to add to the lead following the fumble, it was the defense that stepped up on Northview’s next offensive series.

Matthew Villagran partially blocked a pass attempt by Northview quarterback Steven Comstock. Anthony Lira intercepted the ball before it hit the turf and ran 17 yards for a touchdown with 3:20 to play.

To nearly put the nail in the coffin, Burbank’s Joey Miller intercepted Comstock on the first play from scrimmage on the ensuing drive.

“We just flipped a switch when need to,” Broussard said. “Our defense turned it on and put pressure on their offense and really slowed down their pace. Our pressure impacted their ability to go.”

Burbank quarterback Guy Gibbs came through with another giant performance. He was 16 of 26 for 250 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Both of Gibbs’ interceptions were in the first half.

“We want this more than anything. The way we played in the second half, I’m all choked up,” Gibbs said.

Burbank’s only first-half points came from a safety as Northview snapped the ball out of the back of the end zone. The Bulldogs trailed 7-2 at halftime and the game appeared very similar to one of Burbank’s nonleague games earlier this season.

“In the locker room I said the Lord blessed us with another opportunity to make up for Downey and we did,” Broussard said. “These boys want to play another game on their home field. They want to go back to Memorial and play another game.”

Nick Warren scored on a one-yard run with 8:43 left in the third quarter to make it 9-7.

Andy Reyes said the team got re-focused during the intermission.

“We gathered together at halftime and said it is win or go home,” Reyes said. “The offense stepped up and moved the ball and the momentum changed.”

 

 

Burbank Football Passes First Playoff Test

With a strong core of seniors who have been together for a long time, the Burbank High football team knows the consequences of losing in the CIF Southern Section playoffs.

The extra motivation appeared to help the Bulldogs out Friday night as they easily wore down visiting Brea-Olinda 52-32 in the first round of the Division 8 playoffs.

“I just want to out with a bang. There’s a lot of seniors on this team. We play every game like it could be our last game,” Burbank quarterback Guy Gibbs said.

Gibbs played perhaps the best game of his career, as he completed 18 of 23 passes for 278 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions.

“I’m so proud of him,” Burbank coach Richard Broussard said of Gibbs. “We saw some things that we liked and we felt we could execute and we went after it.”

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burbank (8-3) will travel to Covina to face Northview High, a 38-6 winner over Chino.

Brea Olinda (4-7) actually scored on the first play of the game as Noah Rivera ran back the opening kickoff.

“That’s the third time it has happened,” Broussard said of his team, which has won all three of these games. “It’s funny because Gibbs said ‘It’s alright, we’re fine.’”

Sure enough Burbank was fine.

Andy Reyes helped the Bulldogs by recording a sack in the end zone, resulting in a safety. On just the second play of the ensuing drive, Joey Miller ran for a 34-yard touchdown. It was one of four touchdowns on the night for Miller, who entered the game with four touchdowns during the regular season.

“The whole team is coming together. We’re going to make a run for it and go deep in the playoffs and hopefully the championship game,” Miller said.

Miller has been able to see the ball more now that star receiver Forest Fajardo has missed the last two games with a rib injury.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“When someone goes down, someone has to step up and the coaches put a lot of trust into me,” Miller said.

Miller also scored on touchdown receptions of 58 and 54 yards and returned a kickoff 55 yards.

Junior Drew Pendelton wasn’t far behind. He had a pair of touchdown receptions and added two points on a sack that resulted in a safety.

Pendelton had eight receptions for 105 yards.

Burbank went up 45-16 with 5:21 left in the third quarter to put the game essentially out of reach.

Jake Kelley, who intercepted a pass on defense, scored on a six-yard pass from Gibbs.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

 

 

 

 

 

Big Game Goes to Burbank

Injuries are part of football and the Burroughs High football team knew it was going play against rival Burbank without a few key players.

What Burbank didn’t know until just days before the Pacific League clash between the two rivals that it too would face similar circumstances.

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

When it was all said and done, Burbank still had too much to offer against Burroughs and the Bulldogs ran away with a 36-7 victory.

Burbank (7-3, 6-1) once again won with a stellar defensive effort, even though it was missing Forest Fajardo, who was out with a rib injury and defensive lineman/punter Danny Porras, who broke his foot in practice.

The Bulldogs led Burroughs’ star Chance Bell to 12 yards in 20 carries.

“Our goal was to watch the lineman and understand the technique they use and teach against that technique so we could get in the back field,” Burbank coach Richard Broussard said. “That was our goal to get to him in the back field and I felt like we did that tonight.”

Burroughs coach Mike Reily praised Burbank for the victory, the Bulldogs’ fourth in the last five years. This is the first time in the 68-year history of the series that Burbank has won four times in five years.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“We were definitely up against a well-coached, very physical, very determined defense,” Reily said. “They had a game plan and it was right on point. They exploited and took advantage of things we weren’t able to do. Hats off to Coach Broussard and Burbank High. They did a nice job.”

Burbank began the game by engineering a 15-play drive that ended with Darnell Williams scoring on a 9-yard run. He also scored the subsequent two-point conversion to make it 8-0.

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

The Bulldogs added to their lead on the first play of the second quarter as Joey Miller went 24 yards for a touchdown on a left sideline sweep. He finished with eight carries for 79 yards.

“After last week, I told myself that I’m going to go off and score,” Miller said. “I was positive all week. When you’re positive, you’re going to have a good outcome.”

Quarterback Guy Gibbs and Jake Kelley hooked up on a 13-yard touchdown at the 5:33 mark of the second quarter to extend the lead to 22-0.

Burroughs (4-6, 3-4) tried to come out with a different look in the second half. But the Indians fumbled the ball away on their first play from scrimmage. Burbank took advantage and Nick Warren scored on a 1-yard run on the next play.

Williams scored on a 1-yard run with 5:14 left in the third quarter to make it 36-0. He finished with 66 yards in 10 carries.

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

“With Forest Fajardo out we had to spread the wealth,” Broussard said of the offense. “When Batman is hurt, Robin needs to step up.”

 

Burroughs got on the board on the final play of the game as quarterback Gabriel Pellot lateralled to Devin Harrison, who threw a 44-yard touchdown pass to Gavin Aguilar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Burbank, Burroughs Football Ready to Do Battle

Things won’t be much different than in the past when Burbank and Burroughs highs hook up at Memorial Field on Friday night for the 68th time in the storied history.

Of course citywide bragging rights are at stake. But that is not the only thing on the line in the Pacific League finale. A berth in the CIF Southern Section playoffs could be reward for the victor.

Burbank (6-3, 5-1 in league), which is ranked No. 10 in the CIF Southern Section Division 8 poll, can pretty much lock down a playoff spot with a win.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs (4-5, 3-3 in league) faces a tougher task as it will have to make the playoffs as an at-large team, since it will not finish among the top three teams in league. It did receive votes for the Division 8 poll, however, offering a glimpse of hope that it could sneak in with a win.

“The goal of our staff is to keep things as normal as possible throughout the week,” Burbank coach Richard Broussard said. “We don’t shy away from the magnitude of the rivalry or playoff implications.  We know the players think about it, so we talk about the rivalry, playoffs and what it all means to them.  With that information we try to get on the same page and typically, come out with the same objective as every week, win!”

Burroughs won last season’s battle, 47-21, after Burbank won the three previous meetings.

For Burroughs to win again, the Indians will have come up with a game plan quite unique.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The Indians will be without five starters. Quarterback Hayden Zepeda is out with a Grade 2 tear of the medial collateral ligament in his right knee.

Linebacker Nico Frugone has been out several weeks with a knee injury and will not return. Junior linebacker Kevin Hebri will not play because of a concussion and junior linebacker Bryce Upshur is out with a torn ligament in his left ankle. Receiver Nathan Lehman will also not play because of a shoulder injury.

Burroughs moved up sophomore Nathan Piper to the varsity last week to take over for Zepeda. Senior Gabriel Pellot could also see time at quarterback.

“We’ve had some definite impact players that have gone down to injury. We’re trying to get the soldiers, the warriors, the competitors out there,” Burroughs coach Mike Reily said.

Reily said he isn’t sure what to make of the fact that his team received votes in the CIF poll.

“I haven’t figured that formula out,” Reily said.  “That’s great to see, but honestly I don’t know what it means. We’re focused on Friday night and trying to put together a great game plan and beat Burbank.”

Running back Chance Bell, who is committed to San Diego State, was in street clothes Tuesday as he said he is nursing some minor injuries.

“I’m going to be ready to go on Friday,” Bell said.

Bell said he is confident.

“Our coaches always come up with a good game plan,” Bell said. “It is whether we execute it or not.”

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Burbank is a veteran team and comes in healthy with no players expected to miss the game due to injury.

The Bulldogs are also eager to get back to their winning ways after losing to Crescenta Valley last week, following a five-game winning streak.

“Though I am disappointed in the fact that we did not reach our first season goal (win a league title), we have done a number of things that has made our staff very proud,” Broussard said. “Our defense has carried us this year forcing over 30 turnovers in nine games.  This has created great opportunities for our offense this season.  Our punt and punt block teams have also been bright spots as well, allowing us to control field position and create scoring opportunities.”

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Burbank is led by senior quarterback Guy Gibbs, who has been the starter since the end of his sophomore year.

Senior Nick Warren and junior Darnell Williams have been the go-to running backs.

Seniors Forrest Fajardo and Joey Miller have been the top passing targets.

The defense is led by seniors Andy Reyes and Jake Kelley. Known for his punting and home run hitting skills, Danny Porras has also been a tough force as a defensive lineman.

 

Burbank, Burroughs Strong in Pacific League Track Finals

 

The conditions were certainly not the norm for the Pacific League track and field finals at Arcadia High.

Rain caused a wet track. In the end, some felt lucky to advance to the CIF Southern Section preliminaries still at full strength. Burbank and Burroughs highs both had plenty of competitors move on.

“In hot weather you have to watch for blisters. In cold weather you have to take longer to warm up otherwise you might tear a hamstring,’’ said Burbank’s Josh Cantong, won the league title in the 400 meters and was part of Burbank’s winning 4 x 400 meter relay team. “You have to be conscious of warmup and recovery.”

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Burbank started off by winning the 4 x 100 as the team of Martin Swan, Noah Powell, Joey Miller and Byron Hopson won in a hand-timed 42.9 seconds.

Burroughs’ Jagdeep Chahal qualified for CIF after finishing second in the boys’ 1,600 behind Arcadia’s Phillip Rocha, who is one of the best in the nation.  The sophomore finished in 4:28.0.

Burroughs sophomore Emily Virtue qualified for CIF in the girls’ 1,600 after finishing third in 5:13.0.

Burbank’s Juliana La France advanced in the 100 meter hurdles (2nd, 15.6).

Swan may have turned in Burbank’s best mark in the 110 high hurdles, winning in 14.3. Burroughs Neron Palmer also advanced, taking third (15.2).

In the girls’ 400 Burbank’s Haleigh Cusumano took second (58.7) to advance. She broke the school record in the event in the preliminaries by running 57.92.

Burbank High

Burbank High

The boys’ 400 saw Cantong win in 49.0, followed by Burroughs Niko Guerrero (49.3) and teammate Sammy Duran (51.2). All three extended their season.

Burroughs sophomore Jacob Calderon advanced in the 800, finishing third (1:56.5).

Burbank’s Kira Bochard won the girls’ 300 hurdles (46.4) to advance.
Swan advanced by winning the 300 hurdles (40.3).

Burroughs Guerrero won the 200 (22.1), followed by Burbank’s Miller (22.2) to both advance.

Burroughs Timothy Wells (2nd, 9:32.7) and Justin Villagran (3rd, 9:35.6) both advanced in the 3,200.

 

Burbank and Burroughs both advanced in the boys’ 4 x 400 relay.

The Bulldogs team of Swan, Miller, Noah Powell and Cantong won in 3:22.4.

Burroughs team of Kevin Alpizar, Calderon, Duran and Guerrero finished second in 3:25.9.

The field events were conducted Thursday in light of the expected rain on Friday.

Burroughs swept the top three spots in the pole vault, with all three advancing to CIF competition.

Sophomore Christian Valles won with a best of 12 feet, 9 inches. Senior Ben Mathov (12-3) and junior Daniel Han (12-3) followed.

Burroughs Sarah Prystupa won the girls’ pole vault for a fourth consecutive year (11-3).

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Burbank’s La France won the girls’ long jump (16-9 ¼).  She took second in the triple jump (35-0).

Powell won the boys’ long jump (20-10 ½) and the triple jump (45-5).

Davit Papoyan (42-10) finished second, followed by Burroughs Neron Palmer (42-3). Both advanced to CIF competition.

Burroughs Nadime Younan won the girls’ discus (109-7).

Burroughs Johnny Sahagun won the boys’ discus (144-8), followed by Burbank’s Mitchell Aslo (144-4).