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Recently the Burbank Unified School District made a decision to rename David Starr Jordan Middle School because of an issue of character with Mr. Jordan whom the school is named after.

The District has formed a committee to study the issue and come up with a new name.

You may be wondering what this has to do with Burbank History which we present each Friday here on myBurbank.com. Let me illuminate the historical facts about the land and its historical owner before the school district built the Middle School named Jordan, and present the only logical and historic name to be chosen!

Back in the early days of the City of Burbank there was a great lady named Bonnie Gray who owned the land the school now sits upon. I will quote from our recently released book entitled “TRUE TALES FROM BURBANK” by Wes Clark and Myself to give you an idea about this great resident of Burbank and why her name should grace the front of the school…


 Burbank’s Champion Cowgirl

Burbank once numbered among its citizens an internationally recognized champion trick rider and rodeo star, Bonnie Jean Gray. Born Verna Grace Smith in Kettle Falls, Washington, in 1891, she graduated from the University of Idaho at Moscow with a degree in music (she later did postgraduate work at the University of Chicago).

While at the University of Idaho, she was the tri-state tennis champ. An accomplished pianist, Bonnie taught music for a short time. During World War I, she studied nursing at the U.S. Army’s Camp Lewis in Montana.

While the 1918 influenza pandemic raged, she nursed hundreds of Apache Indians as a Red Cross volunteer on the reservation at Fort Apache, Arizona.

Bonnie grew up around horses and took up rodeo and trick riding. She told her disapproving parents, “If one loves a thing and does it well, why shouldn’t she do it?” Tall and athletic in the saddle, astride her horse King Tut, her signature stunt in the 1920s and ’30s was to jump her horse over an open car containing passengers; she was also one of the first women to ride bulls in Mexican bullfights and, in 1922, was claimed to be the first woman to perform an “under the belly crawl” on a horse.

Her 1930 Los Angeles wedding to Burbanker and fellow trick rider DonaldHarris was unique, as it was held with all one hundred people in the wedding party mounted on horseback—even the minister.  Afterward, she and King Tut leapt a car in which her new husband and bridesmaid were seated.

Bonnie Gray was a star performer in the Elks Club rodeos held in the early 1930s on the Jeffries Ranch property on the corner of Victory Boulevard and Buena Vista Street. (James Jeffries was given a three-foot-diameter sombrero as a token of esteem for hosting the events.)

She also performed in Mexico, Canada, the United Kingdom and Germany.

Bonnie Gray’s later career included being a movie stuntwoman, doubling for such cowboy stars as Tim McCoy, Tom Mix, Hoot Gibson and Ken Maynard. She once earned $10,000 for a stunt involving jumping some brush and hurtling down a ten-foot cliff astride a horse; she fell backward, claiming afterward that she’d never do such a dangerous stunt again.

Bonnie Gray’s Burbank ranch was located where the David Starr Jordan Middle School is located now. In fact, if archaeologists ever dig up the playground, they’ll find the eight horses, two mules and  numerous dogs, cats and other pets she had buried there.

Gray died in Burbank in 1988, age ninety-seven. Her name and history are enshrined in the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame.

Many of her outfits and personal items are on display in the Gene Autry museum in Griffith Park near the zoo as Mr. Autry was a big fan of Burbank’s famous cowgirl!

Bonnie Gray embodies all of the best attributes that students at Jordan could ever hope to aspire to. She was a college grad, did post graduate work, accomplished pianist, became a nurse, volunteered with the Red Cross, Nursed hundreds of Native Americans during the Flu pandemic, became a world class equestrian rider performing worldwide, first woman to do many stunts only men had done before, developed her own signature stunt jumping.

In 1981 Gray was inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame.

Bonnie Gray was a smart well-educated brilliant woman who was also a Humanitarian, accomplished Musician, Champion Athlete, Performer, film industry stunt pioneer, lover of animals and the most logical person to name a middle school after to inspire and be an example to students of what they can accomplish with their lives. We whole-heartedly nominate Bonnie Jean Gray Middle School to be the new name of this fine learning institution for the youth of Burbank.



From the Authors who brought you “Lost Burbank” & “Growing Up In Burbank” Comes the third exciting installment of the Burbank Trilogy…

                “True Tales From Burbank”  

Stories from Los Angeles’s most surprising suburb!

 Home to the likes of Disney and Warner Bros., Burbank has a fascinating history beyond the glitz and glamor of its entertainment industry. Discover the true story behind the mysterious Night Riders and how the Druids came to visit. Learn about the plans to film biblical epics in town and the how the Crank Conventions came to be. Delve into tales of rodeo queens, Hollywood stars, Mouseketeers and a flying lion cub. Wesley H. Clark and Michael B. McDaniel, take you on a surprising and whimsical tour of the people, places and events of this historic San Fernando Valley city.

Local Schools Install Murals at Burbank Town Center

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

On Saturday, March 3, students from Providencia Elementary, Brett Hart Elementary, Jordan Middle School, and Burbank High School installed interactive murals on the third level of the Burbank Town Center.

Art classes from schools in the district have worked together to add color to the mall as it undergoes refurbishments. The 6 ft. x 8 ft. murals vary in themes, showcasing the artistic styles of the students. One mural depicts a political message about equality, while another depicts a flying saucer hovering over a cornfield.

“They were really self-led and they were in charge of what they wanted to illustrate,“ said Burbank High School art structure and art history teacher, Rebecca Platner, who oversaw the district-wide project. “It’s special for them to have their art in a public place.”

Shoppers are encouraged to take part in the interactive murals and post to social media, tagging #BUSDpaintsBTC.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Students and teachers alike invested a lot of their time in creating the murals, totaling about a month between the design and painting process.

“My students submitted design concepts and then we voted on them and we refined them until we got to the one we wanted to work on for the wall,” said Burbank High School visual and performing arts teacher, Jonelle Pickett.

Pickett’s advanced animation class collaborated on a 3D mural depicting a picnic with soda, fries, and a hamburger. CJ Jobelle, a junior, is one of the students who worked on the assignment.

“The overall painting took about three weeks, roughly around that. People were taking turns to paint it,” said Jobelle.

Visitors can attribute the murals to the individual classes who created them, as the school names and grade levels are provided next to each illustration.


“It’s really exciting that under Rebecca’s leadership we were able to get several schools and artists representing their talents to get visual arts into the community,” said Peggy Flynn, arts and career technical education coordinator for BUSD.

“It helps people see the power that art can have in an open space like this.”

Eventually, the wall will come down once space is rented out. Until then, visitors of the Burbank Town Center can admire the creative work of the next generation.

Familiar Names Steal Show in Middle School Track Meet

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

The 2017 Middle School Track meet certainly had some stars that have surnames that are no strangers to Burbank.

Some of the top performers Friday night at Memorial Field have long family ties to the city.

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

One of the most interesting matchups was in the 6th grade boys’ 400 meters. Konner Barrett of Luther matched up against Ryan Dellutri of Jordan.

Barrett’s father Jeff was a legendary Burroughs quarterback who later played at Brown University. Dellutri’s father Todd was a Burroughs track star and wide receiver, who played football at USC.

Both destroyed the previous record of 1:03.7. Barrett won in 59.9 seconds. Dellutri was on his tail going 60.2.

Dellutri will certainly look to top his father’s 56.5 in the 440-yard dash in two years. The 400 meters is nearly similar to the 440, which is no longer run.

Speaking of meet records, Dellutri set one in the 200 meters by going 27.1. The previous record had been 29.8.

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Among 8th grade boys, several records fell, including all three individual sprint events.

Jordan’s Jack Sapyta set the meet record in the 100 (11.4) and the 200 (23.6), destroying the previous records of 11.8 and 24.7, respectively.

Muir 8th grader Israel Madariaga set the 400 meter record by going 57.2 seconds, breaking the previous record by one tenth of a second.

The girls’ competition saw just one record that equaled a meet record.

Emma Cusumano tied the meet record in the 7th grade girls’ high jump by going 4 feet, 8 inches.

Please see the entire meet results with top five finishers in each race.



Jordan College And Career Exploration Fair Draws Curious Students

Approximately 50 different careers and colleges were represented at the annual David Starr Jordan College And Career Exploration Fair held Monday, November 9, in the BUSD middle school’s gymnasium.

During lunch period, many of the school’s 1100 students talked with people from a range of careers, including an architect, a firefighter, a dental hygienist, a former city mayor, a biologist, a fashion designer, a photographer and more.

(Photo By Lisa Paredes)

(Photo By Lisa Paredes)

“We hold our College and Career Fair and host individual speakers at lunch in the library to support the development of early career awareness in our students,” explained Jordan Middle School counselor Hallie Fleischman.

“We also share internet web resources and weave other activities through the curriculum to help our students gain self-awareness of skills and abilities and their relationship to careers and the world of work.”

Two students investigate architect Van Hohlman's iPad demo. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Two students investigate architect Van Hohlman’s iPad demo. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

“Eighth-grade students will be meeting individually with counselors to register for high school and discuss planning for college,” Fleischman added. “We are excited to have participants from our community come and share about their professions, the path they took to become who they are and the skills they deem necessary to be successful in any career.”

Sixth-grader Allison Gomez visited dentistry, beauty and engineering representatives.

“I like this career event,” she said. “It’s very helpful. Dentistry was my favorite because I’ve always been interested in it.”

(Photo By Lisa Paredes)

(Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Joshua Calero, also in sixth-grade, stopped by information technology, L.A. Valley College and the electrical technician tables.

“They were all pretty interesting,” added Calero, who said he was really interested in computers. “The information technology table more focused on the brain of the computer and how to fix problems with computers.”

“Middle school is the perfect time for students to explore their interests, begin thinking about career and college pathways and dream about their future,” commented Principal Stacy Cashman. “I am so proud of our counseling department, Mrs. Fleishman’s leadership and our Burbank parents and community for giving students this opportunity.”

(Photo By Lisa Paredes)

(Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Burroughs, Jordan Pick Up Top Chorus Prizes

Two Burbank school choirs earned two top prizes each at the A Cappella Scholarship Festival presented by Verdugo Hills Chorus on Saturday at Glendale High School.

John Burroughs High School Powerhouse choir received $7,000 plus the $500 Fan Favorite honor voted on by the audience.

The high school groups were expecting top prize to be $5,000, so it was a real surprise when it was announced that figure had increased to $7,000, said Burroughs choir Director Brendan Jennings.

A Cappella Scholarship Festival Chair Pat Kahmann, left, presents trophy to Brendan Jennings, director of John Burroughs Powerhouse choir, which took home $7,500 on Saturday. (Photos by Joyce Rudolph)

A Cappella Scholarship Festival Chair Pat Kahmann, left, presents trophy to Brendan Jennings, director of John Burroughs Powerhouse choir, which took home $7,500 on Saturday. (Photos by Joyce Rudolph)

“I near passed out,” he said. “It’s going to be so helpful for our program. We have really, really been trying to raise money for our program this year and it’s been a rough couple of years with the economy. This is really going to lift us up at the end of the year. We are so grateful.”

Jordan Middle School, directed by Christine DeMore, received $5,000 and also was named Fan Favorite, netting the group an additional $500.

Also winning funds were John Muir Middle School, which received $2,500; Burbank High School, $3,500; and Providence High School, $2,000.

Five middle schools and 10 high schools competed for a total of $65,000 in grant funds donated by the John C. Hench Foundation. Hench, who passed away in 2004, worked at The Walt Disney Studios for more than 65 years. His contributions spanned from many facets of animation to theme park creation with Disney Imagineering, said festival chairwoman Pat Kahmann.

Verdugo Hills Showtime Chorus a cappella festival Chair Pat Kahmann, left, presents trophy to Christine DeMore, director of Jordan Middle School's Madrigals, on Saturday at Glendale High School.

Verdugo Hills Showtime Chorus a cappella festival Chair Pat Kahmann, left, presents trophy to Christine DeMore, director of Jordan Middle School’s Madrigals, on Saturday at Glendale High School.

“This is our 11th year of the event and thanks to the John C. Hench Foundation for the grant,” she said. “This year it was $65,000. And it’s just an absolute honor that Verdugo Hills Chorus has been asked to hostess this. The rewarding thing is that they’ve gone back to their schools and purchased pianos and costumes. They pay for travels to Europe with the grant money they are receiving.”

Kahmann has served 10 years as festival chair for the Verdugo Hills Chorus, an adult female choir that is a member organization of Sweet Adelines International.

Westminster Chorus, an adult choir directed by Justin Miller, entertained before intermission and the Verdugo Hills Chorus was the finale act.

Kahmann started to tear up when expressing the support the students impart to Verdugo Hills Chorus when the all-female four-part harmony group takes the stage. There are thunderous cheers that rock the walls.

“It’s the most rewarding thing ever,” she said. “They are just screaming out there. We’d love to take them with us. They are just fabulous.”

Participating in the festival allows students to learn from each other, Jennings said.

“Every group was really beautiful and there were so many different styles and genres of music, so I think our students had a great time listening to all the other groups,” he said.

Students also see firsthand that singing is a joy that can continue long after graduation, Kahmann said.

“We are hoping that they see there is music after middle school when they see the high schools perform. And then the high school students see the barbershop choruses like us perform and its shows them that it doesn’t stop. There is always a place for them to sing.”

Jordan Honors Five With Christopher Wilke Service Award

David Starr Jordan Middle School teachers and staff recognized the first ever recipients of the Christopher Wilke Service Award on Friday, May 9, at the school’s spring seventh-grade award assembly.

“The Jordan staff created an annual seventh-grade award based on service, compassion and academic achievement,” commented Principal Stacy Cashman. “There were five Jordan students who stayed by Chris’s side in the hospital, visited with him often and treated him like the friend he was, despite the difficulties he endured from his illness.”

Photo Courtesy of David Starr Jordan Middle School

Photo Courtesy of David Starr Jordan Middle School

“It was our honor to award Kalea Neiviller, Evan Troncoso, Connor McDonald, Jerzy Maginnis and Morgan Mersola,” added Cashman.

The Wilke family attended the awards ceremony and thanked the honored students for their friendship and compassion for their son.

“Although it was an emotional day, these students demonstrated maturity and compassion beyond their years,” said Cashman.

Wilke passed away March 20 after battling a very rare form of bile duct cancer. Jordan held a 5K Wilke Walk April 5 to raise funds for medical expenses via The Talbert Family Foundation which supports families with children fighting cancer.

Jordan Students Compete In Annual CPKulinary Challenge

For the second year in a row, Jordan Middle School hosted the CPKulinary Challenge, a “Top Chef”-style cooking event at which eight teams from the school competed for trophies and gift certificates.

After school on Friday, March 14, the competing groups got to work in Jordan’s Culinary Arts lab, concocting dishes made with this year’s required ingredient, potato. Each team was comprised of one staff member and three student assistants.

“This type of competition has been a dream,” said Doreen Wydra, Culinary Arts teacher at Jordan, “and this event came to life with the financial support of California Pizza Kitchen.”

Judges and Jordan Staff smile at the CPKulinary Challenge. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Judges and Jordan Staff smile at the CPKulinary Challenge. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Last year, each team was required to make a pasta dish and a salad for the competition.

“The aromas coming out of each kitchen were amazing,” Wydra added, “making the job of choosing the winners very difficult.”

Celebrity judges at the competition were Burbank Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy, CPK Executive Chef Kong, CPK Chef Jenny Howard and Chef Neil from Lakeside Country Club.

Judges (from left to right) include Chef Kong, Chef Jenny Howard, Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy and Chef Neil. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Judges (from left to right) include Chef Kong, Chef Jenny Howard, Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy and Chef Neil. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

CPK executive Carol Flynn organized the event with Wydra, who worked with several staff members and students at the school to put on the competition.

The MisChefs team won the top prize for their cooked sweet potato and black bean flautas and sweet potato cupcake with toasted marshmallow and maple syrup frosting.

The first place team, the MisChefs, at the CPKulinary Challenge. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The first place team, the MisChefs, at the CPKulinary Challenge. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Teams made homemade gnocchi, meatballs, asparagus soup, smoothies, croutons containing potatoes, potato flour and potato chips, said Wydra. Other winning teams produced sliders, vegan Shepard’s Pie and ice cream, all using potato.

Wydra thanked the many staff members and students who decorated the Culinary Arts lab, coordinated judging times, served food and cleaned up. Students in the Digital Media and Yearbook classes recorded and interviewed team members. Parents were able to watch the action in the lab via SKYPE.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)


Wilke Walk Fundraising Event Planned At Jordan (update)

UPDATE #2 March 21, 2014 3:44 p.m. Jordan Middle School announced that the school can now take checks made payable to The Talbert Family Foundation for the Christopher Wilke Fundraiser.

People who would like to supply a meal to the Wilke family can go to mealtrain.com and click on “Team Christopher” to sign up for a date and time to supply the meal. There is also a link on the Facebook page for Christopher Wilke, Team Christopher.

UPDATE #1 March 20, 2014 1:45 p.m. Team Christopher reports: “At 9:33 this morning Christopher peacefully passed away. He was surrounded by his loving family. My God bless him and hold him in his arms.”

The entire staff of myBurbank extends their deepest sympathy and condolences to Christopher’s family, friends and school.

Jordan Middle School has sent emails and phone messages to all of the school’s approximately 1200 students and their families this afternoon saying:

As you know, Chris Wilke has been fighting cancer for the last several months. It is with great sadness that I have to inform you that he lost that fight this morning. His family reported that he passed peacefully. Chris meant so much to all of us and our hearts are with the Wilke Family. This is a difficult time for all of Jordan. We know that everyone handles grief differently, so if your child needs additional support, please do not hesitate to contact our counseling office at 818 558 4622 ext. 21924. The identified location will also be available for those who just want to reflect or be alone with their own thoughts. Jordan is a school that fosters family and friendship. We will all support one another as we get through this difficult time. Our hearts and thoughts are with the Wilke Family.”

The 5K Run/Walk For Wilke will go on, said Principal Stacy Cashman, More details will be forthcoming.

Original Article Posted March 18, 2014 9:29 a.m.

Jordan Middle School sponsors a special 5K Run/Walk For Wilke on Saturday, April 5, on the school grounds. Twelve-year-old Jordan student, Chris Wilke, has been struggling with a very rare form of cancer, Bile Duct Cancer, since being diagnosed in January 2014.

“We know that many will come out and show their support,” commented Jordan Principal Stacy Cashman. “One of the many things I love about the Burbank community is the way they wrap their arms around those in need and show unity and compassion for others.”

wilke5kflyerCashman urges people to form teams and spread the word of the event in order to extend greater support for Wilke’s battle.

Pre-registration is available by printing out the form and waiver in the attached photo gallery and mailing it to Jordan Middle School at 420 S. Mariposa St. Room 607 in Burbank. The school can accept cash payments or checks made out to “Christopher Wilke.”

People may also write a check as a straight donation and mail it to the school or donate online at http://www.talbertfamilyfoundation.org/pages/Christopher.html.

“Chris and the Wilke family have been very involved in the Burbank community,” added Cashman. “We are looking forward to a strong show of support from the Burbank community for Chris and the Wilke family.”

The Wilke Walk begins at 9:00 a.m., with registration available starting at 8:00 a.m. the day of the event. The entire $20 registration fee will be donated to the Wilke family.

Readers can keep up with Wilke’s ongoing battle with cancer on the facebook page Team Christopher.

Jordan Middle School Hosts Annual A’s Breakfast

David Starr Jordan Middle School hosted the annual A’s Breakfast on Friday, February 7, as a celebration of sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders academic success. Approximately 1200 youth ages 11-14 attend the public middle school.

Photo Courtesy Jordan Yearbook Staff

Photo Courtesy Jordan Yearbook Staff

“Our amazing Jordan staff cooks pancakes and breakfast for over 800 students who received at least one A on their last report card,” explained Principal Stacy Cashman. “The staff is a finely tuned machine and they have been hosting this breakfast for over 30 years.”

Photo Courtesy Jordan Yearbook Staff

Photo Courtesy Jordan Yearbook Staff

All photos were taken by members of the Jordan Middle School Yearbook staff, which is comprised mainly of seventh- and eighth- graders at the school. Richard Lightfoot oversees the Yearbook class and production.

Photo Courtesy Jordan Yearbook Staff

Photo Courtesy Jordan Yearbook Staff



Tri-School Basketball Tournament A Success On & Off the Court

Muir, Jordan and Luther Middle Schools came together to play basketball and create new friendships (Photo courtesy of Doug Nicol)

Muir, Jordan and Luther Middle Schools came together to play basketball and create new friendships (Photo courtesy of Doug Nicol)

By Dick Dornan
MyBurbank Sports Editor

Three schools. Two champions. One winner.

On a beautiful, crisp, sunny day in Burbank last week, Muir Middle School hosted the Tri-School basketball tournament featuring the John Muir Mustangs, the David Starr Jordan Cougars and the Luther Burbank Yellow Jackets.

A Luther player looks for space against a Jordan defender (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

A Luther player looks for space against a Jordan defender (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Utilizing the indoor gymnasium and outside blacktop courts, more than 100 students descended upon Muir to play basketball and forge the beginning of long-time friendships.

After many intense and grueling games of basketball, only two schools remained standing and claimed the title as “champions.”

Muir 1 won the boys division by virtue of an 18-7 victory over Luther 1. In the girls division final, Jordan 1 defeated Luther 1, 18-12.

A list of the championship winners, game recaps and a photo gallery can be found at the end of this article.

But on this day of hoops and friendly competition, the real winner was the city of Burbank. This event featured students who were given the opportunity to participate based upon good grades and good character.

Muir battles Jordan in this matchup (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Muir battles Jordan in this matchup (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

In addition, many of the districts best physical education teachers were in attendance to supervise, organize and enjoy the future of Burbank High and Burroughs High best student-athletes.

“This is one of my favorite events. Today you get to see the stars of tomorrow,” Muir coach and event coordinator Doug Nicol said. “It gives me a chance to see all the kids from all the schools.

“For me, it’s about bringing the kids together. It’s about the community. Letting them have lunch together and play together and competing against each other. It’s a great opportunity for all our kids and schools.”

Nicol and his co-coordinator Branko Sevic did an outstanding job of bringing the schools together and play in a well-organized and disciplined manner.

Jordan player gets pressured by Muir (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Jordan player gets pressured by Muir (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Jordan physical education teacher and Burbank High boys basketball coach Jerry DeLaurie and Robyn Anders, Assistant Principal at Luther Burbank, were there and enjoyed every minute of it.

“What I like about this event is it gives the kids the chance to play against each other without an audience, without parents, and coaches to some degree,” Anders explained. “It’s structured in a way where they call their own fouls and learn sportsmanship with each other. As eighth graders, they are meeting some of their future teammates. They make connections right away.”

“I think it’s great fellowship. They get the chance to go out there and play. Getting to know each other and developing camaraderie,” DeLaurie said. “It’s a really fun day and these kids have really earned it. They are good students and it’s a great joy for them to come out here having a lot of fun.”

DeLaurie added it’s a chance for the coaches to witness personal growth in the students because of how the event is structured. The teams play without coaches and officials which allows them to work and interact amongst each other. The players subbed freely and called their own fouls.

“Every day in my class we emphasize sportsmanship, displaying good character and working with each other cooperatively,” DeLaurie said. “As an educator, we teach them to be good sports. This is a testament to all the teachers how we are teaching our classes and our sports.”

Luther pushes the ball up the court against Muir (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Luther pushes the ball up the court against Muir (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Each school was represented by two teams in both the boys and girls divisions. Each team played eight games before lunch with the semifinals and finals held after the much-needed break for the 100-plus hungry 8th graders.

When the day had ended, the interaction of all the students is what caught the attention and mattered most for everyone. Here are thoughts shared by some of the event’s participants:

D.J. Hubbell, 13, Jordan

“I wasn’t expecting it to be this hard playing all these games. I thought our team would do better but we made it to the playoffs so it’s good. It’s a nice experience seeing all the other schools and how good they are in basketball.”

Alãn Edgar, 14, Muir

“We got to meet all the kids and mingle together. It’s pretty fun. Our team works together well.”

A Muir player takes a shot against Luther (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

A Muir player takes a shot against Luther (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Presley Miraglia, 14, Luther

“It’s going good. We miss a day of school. But I think it’s pretty fun interacting with other schools and getting to meet new people. And you get to see other competition for high school next year.”

Kevin Rickman, 14, Jordan

“You get to meet the competition and see who you might play in high school.”

Suzy Torosyan, 13, Muir

“My favorite part was playing against the other schools and seeing how they play. It’s been a pretty fun day. But it’s only a game and not anything too big.”


STANDINGS before playoffs:


Muir 1 (6-0-2)

Muir 2 (5-2-1)

Luther 1 (5-2-1)

Jordan 1 (2-5-1)

Jordan player dribbles up court (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Jordan player dribbles up court (Photo by Ross A. Benson)


Jordan 1 (8-0)

Luther 1 (5-2-1)

Luther 2 (3-4-1)

Jordan 2 (3-5)



Boys Semifinals-

Luther 1 (12) Muir 2 (9)

The #2 seed Muir team was beaten by the #3 seed Luther team, 12-9. It was a close game that was not decided until the last minute.

Muir surrounds a helpless Jordan player (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Muir surrounds a helpless Jordan player (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Muir 1 (16) Jordan 1 (8)

A game that was close for the first five minutes. Muir (the #1 seed) went on a 6-0 run at the 5-minute mark to gain a lead it would never lose. Jordan (#4 seed) played hard.


Muir 1 (18) Luther 1 (7)

The game was close in the first 10 minutes, but then the #1 seed Mustangs went on a 7-0 run, highlighted by a Max Meltzer scoop shot, and Alan Edgar driving layup that gave Muir the lead for good. Both teams worked hard, but the championship went to Muir, their first boys championship for them in three years.

Muir Mustangs: CHAMPIONS

Muir Mustangs: CHAMPIONS


Max Meltzer

Davit Koushian

Alan Edgar

Andre Badimyan

Greg Farhadian

Hakob Anassian

Harout Nazaryan


Girls Semifinals-

A Jordan girl reaches high for the rebound vs. Luther (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

A Jordan girl reaches high for the rebound vs. Luther (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Jordan 1 (14) Luther 2 (4)

Jordan (#1 seed) dominated the game. They scored the first eight points and never looked back and won in convincing fashion against a very talented Luther (#4 seed) team.

Luther 1 (12) Jordan 2 (4)

The game was close for the first 10 minutes and then Luther (#2 seed) pulled away for the victory. Great team play and good rebounding on the part of Luther gained them the win setting up a championship meeting between the top two seeds.


Jordan 1 (18) Luther 1 (12)

Jordan was undefeated and looked vulnerable as the Luther team held an early 7-6 lead. However, the Cougars, with great team play, were able to pull away in the final five minutes as they went on an 8-0 run to close the game and wore out the Yellow Jackets to gain the victory.

They finished as the only undefeated team (10-0) in the entire tournament and gained Jordan its first girls championship since 2011.

Jordan Cougars: CHAMPIONS

Jordan Cougars: CHAMPIONS


Kiana Simokovic

Marin Grote

Catarina Villalapanda

Sela Moretti-Hitchcock

Zoe Helleig

Natalie Barayan

Megan Maqanaham