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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 Ties Crescenta Valley, 1-1

By Rick Assad

 

A tense Pacific League boys’ soccer match was expected and one was delivered when Burroughs High faced host Crescenta Valley on Tuesday.

When it was over each team scored a goal and with the 1-1 deadlock the Indians were assured of at least a share of the league title, something they’ve claimed in 2013 and 2014.

Burroughs (16-4-4 and 10-2-1 in league) can take home the banner outright with a triumph over rival Burbank on Thursday and the Falcons (17-3-4 and 8-1-4 in league) fall to Arcadia.

Senior midfielder Jake Lasso (#7), shown against Burbank, is a goal-scoring machine, but failed to find the net in a 1-1 tie with CV. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“Winning the league title is important for us,” Burroughs coach Michael Kodama said. “These are the two best teams in the league. You knew that it was going to come down to one play.”

After a scoreless opening half, the Falcons’ junior defender Tomik Baghramian kicked one into the net from five yards in the 49th minute past senior goalie Jordan Morgan, who came in with six shutouts, to make it 1-0.

The tying tally was supplied by senior defender Richard Alonzo on a header after a free kick in the 68th minute that escaped senior goalie Luis Flores.

“We trust each other,” said Alonzo, who missed the first half of league action after spraining his knee in a tournament versus Birmingham. “We never give up because we know it only takes a second to score. The game’s not over until the end.”

Richard Alonzo (#6), pictured against the Bulldogs, had a late tally that tied the match 1-1 versus the Falcons. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The first shot on goal came in the seventh minute by Burroughs senior forward Anton Prather from 10 yards.

The Falcons unloaded three shots on goal and they included a penalty kick from senior defender Alex Atanackovic from 20 yards in the 13th minute, senior midfielder Zander Bakunowski’s 15-yarder in the 15th minute and junior midfielder Dallas Kaauwai’s 10-yarder in the 17th minute.

In the 19th minute, Burroughs senior forward William Rosales had a shot on goal from 20 yards while teammate senior defender Erik Camarillo’s 20-yarder came in the 20th minute.

Crescenta Valley’s senior midfielder Anthony Dehnoushi’s 30-yard shot on goal in the 22nd minute missed, as did senior forward Henry Barkhordarian’s 20-yarder in the 23rd minute and Bakunowski’s 30-yarder in the 26th minute.

Burroughs senior midfielder Jake Lasso, who has scored 15 goals and entered the match having tallied seven with an assist over the last five matches, had a shot on goal from 20 yards in the 31st minute, while Prather’s 15-yard header in the 42nd minute also didn’t find the back of the net.

The Indians kept the defensive pressure on CV all day long. Alonzo (#6), shown in a recent match, was especially effective. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

In the 34th minute, Bakunowski had a shot on goal from 25 yards and junior midfielder Kyle Quesada had a header from 10 yards in the 36th minute for the Falcons.

Prather’s 10-yard shot on goal came during injury time.

The second half opened with Baghramian’s header from 10 yards in the 42nd minute.

Rosales had a shot on goal from 10 yards in the 52nd minute and Atanackovic’s 10-yard header came in the 55th minute.

Camarillo’s 25-yard shot on goal in the 59th minute was countered by Kaauwai’s five-yarder in the 60th minute.

Barkhordarian’s 10-yarder was registered in the 63rd minute while Lasso’s 25-yard shot on goal came in the 64th minute.

A 15-yard shot on goal by Burroughs senior midfielder Cameron Kelly was struck in the 70th minute and Lasso’s 25-yarder followed a minute later.

Camarillo’s header from 10 yards in the 72nd minute was offset by a 10-yarder from Dehnoushi in the 73rd minute.

Prather’s 30-yarder in the 74th minute hit the top of the goal post and senior midfielder Sebouh Oshagan’s 10-yarder in the 77th minute missed for the Falcons.

Prather’s header from 10 yards during injury time was the final shot on goal.

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.”