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CIF Southern Section Lays Out Sports Calendar for New School Year

The CIF Southern Section has announced its long-awaited decision on the fate of the sports calendar 2020-2021 school year.

As expected, a number of changes were made to help accommodate for the current Covid-19 Pandemic, which everyone hopes a cure or vaccination will soon be found for.

Traditionally, the sports calendar has followed a three-season format with Fall, Winter and Spring sports.

That has been reduced to just Fall and Spring seasons. However, the designated Fall season will actually be played in the winter. As a result, some sports have changed seasons.

“From start to finish, the focus has been on how we can serve the young men and young women we are so fortunate to serve in the best way we possibly can, and I commend everyone involved for never wavering in their support of that philosophy,” CIF Southern Section Commissioner Rob Wigod said in a statement.

While there are changes, Wigod wanted assure all that many things will stay the same.

“The length of the regular seasons will be 90 percent to 100 percent of what they normally are. No reduction in the number of maximum allowable contests in each sport. Section championships, we will have the same number of champion in each sport, the same number of divisions in each sport.” Wigod said in his press conference via Zoom.

Wigod addressed the concern of spectators at sporting events, as many sporting events that have picked up are now playing without fans.

“This will be up the schools and their local health authorities as to whether spectators would be allowed inside a gymnasium or a football stadium and anywhere else where a spectator would want to be,” he said via Zoom.  “If a decision to play without fans or a decision not to play or not play at all, I believe our schools are going to want to play. They are going to want these activities to happen even if the health authorities and the particular time frame don’t allow for spectators.”

Kayla Wrobel of Burroughs looks for an open teammate. (Photo by Ross A Benson)

Wigod also gave the reason for having two seasons.

“We’re trying to have some separation between the two seasons to allow for dual-sport athletes and coaches who coach more than one sport and for maximizing the use of school facilities,” he said.

Most teams will not have any games until January 2021. Athletes will also be allowed to compete for their high school teams simultaneously with their club sports teams.

The Fall season will most likely begin with Cross Country, for which teams can be competing on Saturday December 26.

Football teams will be allowed to begin practicing on December 14, with games scheduled to begin January 8. The football regular season will end on March 12, which will be the date of the annual Burbank-Burroughs Big Game clash.

Brandon Pena of Burbank High on a reverse. (Photo by Ross A Benson)

Boys volleyball will move to the Fall season along with the girls, which will create difficulty for coaches and athletic directors in finding time for both to occupy gymnasiums.

The first date allowable for a boys’ volleyball contest is December 12. For girls’ volleyball contests, the first date allowable is December 19.

Boys water polo remains in the Fall and will be allowed to play its first contest on December 21. Girls water polo, which is traditionally a Winter season sport, will essentially remain in place. It will be allowed to begin December 28.

The Spring season will begin in late February and March 2021.

Girls’ tennis teams can start their first matches on February 22.

Boys and girls soccer teams can begin playing their first matches on February 27.

Boys’ tennis teams can begin matches on March 1.

Boys and girls basketball teams may begin playing games on March 12, which is generally when the traditional season is over.

Boys and girls swimming teams can begin with meets on March 13.

Baseball and softball may both begin their season on March 19.

Boys and girls track and field can begin meets on March 20, meaning many of the long distance runners will have little to no break in between it and the cross country season.

Jayla Flowers of Burbank High.

“Although no break would provide a quick turnover, the proposed schedule will be difficult to adjust to,” Burbank High’s top returning cross country runner Andres Leon said. “Practicing is definitely going to be interesting as we will have to experience a different training plan.”

The boys and girls golf seasons have been put together and may begin on March 20.

Thomas Boulanger, who is a middle school athletic director and the father of Burroughs girls’ basketball star Faith Boulanger, expressed his concerns.

“Some multi-sport athletes may have to choose between sports,” he said. “Unsigned players will need to choose between AAU or high school, especially basketball and softball.”

Lincoln Melcher of Burroughs

Burroughs golf star Lincoln Melcher, who will be a junior and is already committed to UCLA, spoke of the new schedule, which could extend his season into June.

“I’m glad that we are all getting the opportunity to return to high school golf in the spring,” he said. “We were unsatisfied with how quickly our season this year came to an end as we really felt we had a chance at going far in CIF, but we are even more excited for next year.”

Melcher said he doesn’t think his personal tournament schedule will conflict with the high school season.

“Most larger tournaments have multiple qualifier dates, so I think I will be able to work around our schedule,” Melcher said. “Even if I end up playing fewer non-school tournaments in June, as long as I’m competing, it’s okay with me.”




Burroughs Boys Golf Takes First Round

It was no secret that the Burroughs High boys’ golf team was going to be very strong this season. But being strong and winning a Pacific League title are two different things as the Indians have to compete with Arcadia High.

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

The Apaches have been the dominant team in the league for quite some time.

But Burroughs gave some indication that things could be changing on Tuesday at DeBell Golf Club.

The Indians captured the league’s first match by scoring 374 as a team. Arcadia followed with 381. Burbank High took third shooting 429. Pasadena High was fourth shooting 430 and Crescenta Valley was fifth, shooting 442.

“It’s exciting because it is our home course. It’s always nice to start the first league match with a win. Even though we didn’t play our best, we still ended up with a victory,” Burroughs coach Greg Everhart said.

On Monday, Burroughs won the Oakmont Invitational in Glendale, beating out 19 schools.

The league teams will meet up again on Thursday at Santa Anita, Arcadia’s home course.
This season’s league schedule has had many changes since all four school districts – Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena, and Arcadia are all taking Spring Break at different times.

The teams will meet up again next week before the four-week break in league play begins.

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

Burroughs Kodiak Hernandez was the low medalist at DeBell, shooting an even-par 71.
All five teams had at least one golfer shot under 80.
Crescenta Valley’s Hank Norman and Arcadia’s Elliot Yoo each shot 73.
Burroughs sophomore Lincoln Melcher, a UCLA commit, shot 75. Burroughs freshman Emilio Huerta also shot 75.  Huerta had been the Indians’ top golfer a day earlier by shooting just two over par 72 at Oakmont. Niko Coccio shot 76 Tuesday and Trey Sanchez shot 77. Ryan McGowan shot 85.
Burbank High was led by J.J. Nakao, who shot 76. Frank Maslyk shot 80 for the Bulldogs. Sean McGinn shot 90, Luke Carnegie shot 91 and Kevin Kielen shot 92 for the Bulldogs.
Billy Malpun shot 98 for the Bulldogs.



A Look Back at the Best Teams of 2019

With a lot of talent in many sports at both Burbank and Burroughs highs, being a top 10 team out of the many there are in the city does not come without a tremendous amount of hard work and success. We take back a look at what we feel were the 10 best teams between the two schools during the 2019 calendar year. This includes winter and spring sports teams during the 2018-2019 school year as well as fall sports teams from the 2019-2020 school year.

No. 1 Burbank boys cross country

The Bulldogs may have not won a Pacific League title, but they are still deserving of the top honor. In the season finale, the California State Meet in Fresno, Burbank topped league champion Crescenta Valley, which had finished second in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 just a week earlier.
Burbank finished fifth in the Southern Section Division 1 championship and were the 10th best team in California (all divisions combined) in Fresno. Senior Victor Goli led the Bulldogs in rebounding from an injury plagued junior year. Fellow seniors Dayne Ellis, Anthony Chiaravalle, Steven Wright and Tadeh Shanazari will certainly have plenty of great memories to last a lifetime. Juniors Andres Leon and Tyler Jenkins will return next season in hopes of leading the next group of great Burbank runners.

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

No. 2 Burroughs boys volleyball

If any program in the city deserves the program of the decade award, it is clearly the Indians’ boys volleyball program. Burroughs has won 10 consecutive league titles under Coach Joel Brinton. Although the Indians’ record at 20-13 may not look overly impressive, Burroughs schedules a number of elite teams in nonleague matches and also plays in several top tournaments. The Indians were also relatively young last season. Kade McGovern had an outstanding sophomore season and has the potential to be as good as any player that has ever played for the Indians. Outside hitter Connor Burroughs is another top returner for 2020.

Niko Coccio

No. 3 Burroughs boys golf

The Indians finished second in the Pacific League, but made things very interesting because they gave traditional power Arcadia all it could handle. Burroughs even defeated Arcadia by 20 strokes in one league match at DeBell Golf Course. The good thing for Burroughs is that much of the team returns in 2020. Lincoln Melcher, who has committed to UCLA, was outstanding as a freshman and along with Kodiak Hernandez give the Indians a great 1-2 punch for two more seasons. Niko Coccio, Daniel Gonzalez and Ryan McGowan are expected back in 2020.

No. 4 Burroughs girls soccer

The Indians won their first league title since 1993 and finished the season 16-4-2. Senior Abbie Riggs as well as sophomores Lauryn Bailey and Lily Gonzalez played a key role in giving Burroughs the historic title. Burroughs lost in the second round of the CIF Southern Section Division 4 playoffs to Hemet.

No. 5 Burroughs boys soccer

A young Burroughs squad won the Pacific League title and the 11th time under longtime coach Mike Kodama. The Indians advanced to the second round of the CIF Southern Section Division 3 playoffs, finishing the season with a 15-6-3 record. Sophomore Manny Gonzalez earned All-CIF honors as he scored 18 goals.

No. 6 Burroughs girls volleyball

The Indians went 18-6 overall and captured the Pacific League crown under veteran coach Edwin Real. Unfortunately, a tough playoff draw saw the Indians end their season in the first round of the playoffs against a very talented Murrieta Valley team, which entered the match with a 23-8 record.

Senior Lydie Grote led the way and signed a letter of intent with the University of California, Berkeley.


No. 7 Burbank girls cross country

Like the Burbank boys’ team, the Burbank girls’ cross country team finished second in the Pacific League behind Crescenta Valley. Also like the boys’ team, Burbank defeated the Falcons in their final head-to-head race, the CIF Southern Section Division 1 finals. Perhaps the greatest thing that happened to the team was the fact that star runner Mckynzee Kelley was able to survive a terrible car accident and actually return to the team. With a strong group of runners led by Kelley, Megan LaCamera, Elin Markarian, Zoe Zeron and Noela Kim, Burbank should be ready for another fine year in 2020.

Kiara Hernandez of Burbank High

No. 8 Burbank girls golf

The Bulldogs gave traditional power Arcadia a run for its money in the Pacific League title chase, only to come up just six strokes short at Brookside Golf Course. Burbank was led most of the season by freshman Lisette Orellana. The Bulldogs finished 11th in the tough Eastern Division in CIF competition and won the Optimist Tournament. In dual meet competition, Burbank posted a 28-7 season record. Sophomore star Kiara Hernandez joined the team late in the season after transferring from Burroughs. With her returning for the next two seasons, there is lots of reason for Burbank to be optimistic about the future.

No. 9 Burbank boys track and field

The Bulldogs came just one event away from winning the Pacific League dual meet title. Burbank had a solid group across the board and many return for 2020. Sprinters Bryan David and Jack Sapyta, middle distance runner Mher Matesvoyan and distance runners Victor Goli and Andres Leon led the way.

No. 10 Burroughs boys water polo

The Indians didn’t have a great regular season, finishing fourth in the Pacific League. But Burroughs earned itself onto this list because of its postseason play. Burroughs earned two CIF Southern Section playoff victories and nearly pulled off an upset of second seeded St. Francis in the quarterfinals, losing 9-8. Vahagan Sahakyan was one of the Indians’ key players.






Burroughs Boys Golf Finishes Second and Burbank Gets Third At DeBell

By Rick Assad


While the Masters conducted its first day in Augusta, Georgia, the fifth Pacific League boys’ golf match took place at the DeBell Golf Club on Thursday afternoon and for Burroughs High’s Kodiak Hernandez and Arcadia’s Josh Kwon, each had an impressive outing, as both shot a 4-under-par 67.

Hernandez fired a 3-under-par 33 on the front nine where he eagled the par-5 No. 1 and the par-5 No. 8 and then shot a 1-under-par 34 on the back nine.

“I tried to hit the ball straight and just play the best I can. DeBell’s a tough course if you don’t hit it straight,” Hernandez said of the course’s challenges.

Kodiak Hernandez shot a 4-under-par 67 and was tied for first place in a Pacific League match at DeBell Golf Club. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

What makes DeBell so difficult? “How short and narrow it is,” he said. “You just have to know where to position the ball to play well.”

How was Hernandez able to overcome the obstacles?

“My wedge shots and I was putting really well on the greens even though my tee shots weren’t on point,” he noted. “I felt pretty confident especially coming around the turn. I play DeBell very often and it helps a lot because you learn where to put the ball, the distances and the greens.”

The Apaches, who are the defending league champions, are in first place this season and were the overall team winner after shooting 367.

The Indians took second place at 388 and are in second with two matches remaining on the regular schedule.

Burbank came in third place at 402 as J.J. Nakao fired an even-par 71 that included a 1-under-par 35 on the front nine.

Burbank was third in the Pacific League match at DeBell on Thursday. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“Overall I’m happy with my day, but I could have done a lot better,” Nakao said of his outing. “Midway through the round I could have focused a little more. Went shot-by-shot instead of thinking of the overall score.”

Does he also find DeBell especially tough? “It’s a pretty interesting course,” he said. “You’ve got to hit it straight every single shot. A couple of shots I hit left to right. You just have to take it stroke-by-stroke. I would say my long game saved me today. My putting was an issue.”

Ryan McGowan came into the clubhouse with a 5-over-par 76 for the Indians.

Lincoln Melcher finished with a 77 and Daniel Gonzalez capped his day with an 82 for Burroughs.

Trey Sanchez was next for Burroughs after shooting an 86, while Niko Coccio carded a 94.

Kevin Kienlen posted a 77 for the Bulldogs, and Ari Ahmed ended his 18 holes with an 82.

Burbank’s Frank Masyk closed out his day with an 83, Devin Blazon came into the clubhouse with a 89 and Hayden Chase shot a 102.

Crescenta Valley garnered fourth place with a 424 and was led by Hank Norman’s 76. Placing fifth was Pasadena with 477 as Jerome Dimalaluan paced the Bulldogs after shooting an 84.

Burroughs Golf Evens Things Up With Arcadia

The race to a Pacific League title in boys golf got a little more interesting Monday afternoon.
In a makeup from a match that was rained out earlier this season, Burroughs pulled even with Arcadia at DeBell Golf Course.
The Indians were just 11 strokes over par en route to a 20-stroke victory over the Apaches on the par-71 course.
Burroughs shot 366 and Arcadia shot 386. Crescenta Valley finished third by shooting 422. Burbank, which was without top golfer J.J. Nakao, who was celebrating his birthday, shot 437. Pasadena was fifth shooting 464.

Niko Coccio

“We all feel real comfortable here. The punched greens are kind of killing us because we’re not able to make as many puts as possible,” Burroughs Niko Coccio said. “I’m feeling confident that we can come out Thursday and win again. That will give us a good shot to win league.”
Burroughs sophomore Kodiak Hernandez was the low medalist shooting an even par.
“It feels good, but I hope the team can come together again on Thursday,” Hernandez said.
Freshman Lincoln Melcher and Coccio, a junior, were both just one stroke behind. Burroughs sophomores Daniel Gonzalez and Ryan McGowan followed by shooting 75 and 76 respectively. Senior Jake Panikowski shot 84.
Burbank High was led by sophomore Frank Maslyk, who shot 82. Senior Louie Calzado shot 84. Sophomore Kevin Kienlen shot 87. Senior Devin Blazon shot 91 adn freshman Ari Ahmed shot 93. Freshman Luke Carnegie shot 102.

Arcadia, like Burroughs has just one senior in its top six. Juniors Warren Oetojo and David Ju each shot 75 and fellow junior Justin Chen shot 76. Junior Josh Kwon shot 80 as did senior Kylen Yu. Sophomore Warren Lin shot 84.
For Crescenta Valley, Nate Frink shot 76 and Hank Norman shot 77.
Pasadena High was led by Jerome Dimalaluan, who shot 81.

Arcadia Boys Golf Evens Things Up With Burroughs


It will be a long road to see who will capture the Pacific League title in boys golf this season.
Arcadia High made sure of that Thursday when the Apaches were victorious at Griffith Park’s Harding Golf Course by scoring 386 over five competitors on the Par 72 course. Burroughs was second by shooting 395. Burbank followed in third at 398, followed by Crescenta Valley at 409 and Pasadena at 472.
Burroughs freshman Lincoln Melcher won low medalist honors shooting a three-under-par 69.

“I felt pretty confident. My drives were going really far. The greens were pretty firm so you had to keep it below the hole. I think I adapted to that pretty quickly and I think that’s how I played better,” said Melcher who is committed to UCLA.

Melcher said he knows it will be a fight for the league title.
“Arcadia is good competition. We didn’t have our best rounds today. I think we have a good chance at beating them next time,” he said.
Thursday’s match was the second of six league matches the teams will play. Last week’s match that was scheduled to be played at DeBell Golf Course was postponed due to rain.
Burbank High sophomore J.J. Nakao, fresh off a weekend victory in the San Diego area in the Toyota Tour Cup at Carlton Oaks Country Club in Santee, was very impressive in being just one stroke behind Melcher by shooting 70.
“I wasn’t really happy with my round today, but I’ll take it,” Nakao said. “I hope I can play better. It is what it is.”

Also for Burroughs was sophomore Kodiak Hernandez, who shot 78. Senior Jake Panikowski shot 82. Sophomores Ryan McGowan, Trey Sanchez and Dylan Vallejo all shot 83.
For Burbank High, sophomore Kevin Kienlen shot 77. Freshman Ari Ahmed shot 78. Frank Maslyk shot 86, Louie Calzado 87 and Billy Malipun 101.

The teams will meet up again in two weeks at Santa Anita Golf Course, which is Arcadia’s home.

Burroughs, Burbank Excited About Boys’ Golf Teams

The Burroughs and Burbank High boys’ golf teams have traditionally been competitive over the years. But they also not been considered a strong threat to Arcadia High, which has dominated the league for years. Things could change in 2019 as both local teams appear to be stronger ready to put together a strong showing against the Apaches and the rest of the Pacific League.

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

The Indians should push Arcadia High for the league title. Freshman Lincoln Melcher is a pleasant addition as has already given a verbal commitment to UCLA.

Senior Jake Panikowski has been a key leader in the last two seasons and figures to do the same once again.
Burroughs has a solid group of sophomores in Kodiak Hernandez, Ryan McGowan, Trey Sanchez, and Jack Nitzsche as well as junior Niko Coccio.

Senior Dylan Roy is also in the running for a varsity spot.

“As a coach in my 11th season, I have never had a better balance of solid golfers both mentally and physically. This is the best shot we’ve had since I’ve been coaching to win a league title. That is our clear goal this season,” Burroughs Coach Greg Everhart said.

Two league matches will be held at DeBell Golf Course, the second league match on March 6 and the fifth league match on April 11.

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

The Bulldogs were young last year are still relatively young but have gained some valuable experience.
Sophomores J.J. Nakao and Kevin Kienlen are back as is junior Hayden Chase. All were solid performers last season.

Seniors Louie Calzado and Devin Blazon also figure to be in the mix along with freshman Ari Ahmed, sophomore Frank Maslyk and juniors Brian McCarthy and Nick Toczek.

“We are hoping to improve on accomplishments from last season,” Burbank coach Doug Grimshaw said. “The goal is to finish in third place or better in the Pacific League and send two or more individuals to the CIF playoffs and qualify our team for the CIF playoffs.”