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Burbank Football Coach Colman Honored By Chargers

By Rick Assad

For the Burbank High football team, the season actually begins during the dog days of summer in July and August and concludes sometime during the chill of November.

The Bulldogs fashioned an 8-2 overall mark and own a 7-0 record in the Pacific League, capturing the title undisputedly.

One of the benefits of a successful campaign is playing host to Tustin at Memorial Field in a CIF Southern Section Division VII first-round playoff game.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Another came on Thursday at the quad when the Los Angeles Chargers presented Adam Colman with a plaque and a check for one thousand dollars as its high school coach of the week.

Colman, the first-year head man was surrounded by his team, teachers, administrators, students, the marching band, cheerleaders, a pair of Chargers cheerleaders and D’Mario Carter, an intern with the Chargers Community Relations Youth Football Department.

The Chargers selected Colman after Burbank’s 37-20 upset victory over then-undefeated Crescenta Valley on Oct. 20 at Glendale High’s Moyse Field.

“Definitely unexpected. When Pat [McMenamin] told me I was a little shocked,” said Colman, who played quarterback for the Bulldogs and graduated from UCLA, but didn’t play football. “It’s a cool honor. But it’s not just me. It’s a staff thing. A team thing. This is all because of [Richard] Broussard and it’s all because of what he’s built here. Any time a coach gets an honor, it’s a whole staff award and this is a staff that [Broussard] built.”

Colman’s staff includes Manuel Lemus, defensive coordinator, Rob Ashby, defensive line coach, Pete Roses, linebackers coach, Kevin Hefner, wide receivers coach, Marvin Reyes, defensive backs coach, Douglas Pierce, running backs coach, Jim Summy, offensive analyst, Joe Manasewitsch, offensive line coach and Fred, assistant coach.

Adam Colman gets a handshake from Burbank High Principal Mike Bertram. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Colman added: “We say family and that word gets thrown around a lot in sports,” he said. “There’s a family feel around here.”

Also on hand was Patrick McMenamin, co-athletic director along with Bruce Breeden, who most-recently coached the girl’s basketball team.

“This is a special day for Coach Colman and our football program,” McMenamin said. “I think it speaks to the buy-in that he’s created with our kids and our program and it’s nice to be recognized by an organization as good as the L.A. Chargers.”

McMenamin went on: “In that CV game we started off with a 27-0 lead,” he said. “Our kids were well prepared and that doesn’t happen without a strong coaching staff. We studied up on CV. They’re a well-coached and strong team.”

Senior wide receiver/linebacker Drew Pendleton has been a key contributor to Burbank’s success and is pleased that Colman received the recognition.

“It means a lot because we tried to do it last year [win the division title] and we couldn’t do it,” Pendleton said. “To get it this year, it means a lot. I really didn’t think the Chargers would show up. There’s a big desire because we’re not satisfied with winning the league. We want to go on and win the championship.”

Junior running back Chadz Vang has also had a crucial role this season and thinks the team will do well in the postseason.

“Feels like we’re back in the CIF again,” Vang noted. “Feels like last year’s championship against Yorba Linda, but it’s the first game of the playoffs,”

Vang said that Colman has guided the team in the right direction since the initial practice began.

“Each day, since the beginning of the summer, it’s very hot. No one’s used to it,” he said. “We get through. Like a team. Like a family. Yes, it’s worth it.”

After Thursday’s award ceremony, one would think that Colman would wholeheartedly agree.

Burroughs Volleyball Sticks Together in Beating Burbank

It isn’t a secret that emotions run high any time Burbank and Burroughs square off in any contest.

The key is trying to limit that factor.

JBHS vs BHS Boys Volleyball 4-1-16

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The Burroughs High boys’ volleyball team, ranked No. 3 in the CIF Southern Section Division 2 poll, was better at doing that Friday night.

The host Indians defeated the Bulldogs 25-20, 25-15, 25-20 in a battle of unbeaten teams in the Pacific League.

“We try to downplay Burbank-Burroughs and treat it as another game.  It’s kind of hard for teenagers to do that, but I thought our guys did a pretty good job of that,” Burroughs coach Joel Brinton said. “A couple of times our errors got a little high because we were trying to do a little too much because it is Burbank-Burroughs.  But other than that, I thought we played really well. Our passing was great and allowed Ryan (Van Loo) to set wherever he wanted.”

Van Loo, who has signed with 2015 NCAA Division I runner-up Lewis University, finished with 34 assists.

“The town comes together, but for us it’s just another game,” Van Loo said. “We try to make it a championship game every day and I think it prevails. We have that same mindset that we play hard, which is good.”

Burroughs (12-1 overall, 5-0 in league), jumped out early in the first game to an 11-4 lead before Burbank attempted to halt that run by calling a timeout.

JBHS vs BHS Boys Volleyball 4-1-16

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Andrew Dalmada, who finished with a match-high 14 kills, and Bailey Carter, who had five kills and six blocks, did much of the damage.

Burbank (12-6, 4-1) fought back to get as close as 17-12, before the Indians closed out the first game.

“Burroughs is very strong this year, so the margin for error is smaller when you face them,” Burbank coach Patrick McMenamin said. “I thought we did a good job of stretching some points, but it wasn’t quite enough to take a set. “

Burroughs scored the first four points of the second game and was never threatened.

Burbank held a lead at 4-3 in the third game, before the Indians bounced back.

The Bulldogs made it 10-9 following a kill from Aram Krakirian.

But Burroughs met that challenge on the very next play with a kill from Connor Ludlum.

JBHS vs BHS Boys Volleyball 4-1-16

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“They did a better job of staying in system than we did and it’s tough to respond when the other team is in system more,” McMenamin said. “We had to play better transition. At times we did and it brought us some points, but again it was too little too late.”

Burroughs received 7 kills from Cameron Capili. Burbank got five kills each from Brandon Alba, Zack Cranmer and Patrick Lance. Setter Jonathan Tapan had 20 assists.


Burbank Volleyball Looks to Build Upon Foundation

Burbank Volleyball 2013 (Photos by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Volleyball 2013 (Photos by Ross A. Benson)


By Jim Riggio
Special to BurbankNBeyond

Burbank High has had a boys’ volleyball program in the past.

Coach Patrick McMenamin

Coach Patrick McMenamin

In the late 1990s the Bulldogs were coached by Randy Stage. Then in 2008 girls’ coach Sarah Brown started a team only to see it cut after just one season.

The Bulldogs are back in business again and will field a varsity team for a second consecutive year under Coach Patrick McMenamin. Last season the Bulldogs went 8-15 overall and 4-8 in the Pacific League.

McMenamin has plans to keep this program around for good. He started with junior varsity and freshman-sophomore teams in 2011 before jumping up to the varsity level a year ago.

“Seventy-one students tried out this year, so I am pleased with the growing popularity of the sport since we started,” McMenamin said. “But now it’s time to improve the quality of our play.”

Ryan Garcia

Ryan Garcia

The Bulldogs coach says crosstown rival Burroughs and Claremont High, the latter of which is not part of the traditional Pacific League, are the favorites to win the league title.

“They are both loaded again this year, and they have good coaching,” McMenamin said. “We will be competing with the other schools for the remaining two playoff spots, and our players feel that it’s attainable this year.”

The Pacific League will have seven teams, along with Crescenta Valley, Arcadia, Hoover and Glendale. The league has been moved up from Division III in the CIF Southern Section playoffs to Division II.

Burbank will have to replace setter Armen Sargsyan, who earned honorable mention all-league last season and is now playing at Pierce College.

Filling in for Sargsyan will be seniors Jason Gomez and Ryan Garcia. Ten of the 13 players on the varsity team are seniors. There is no substitution for experience. Burbank will rely on the vast amount of seniors to carry them this season.

Josh Wright

Josh Wright

Senior Derian Blandon and junior Justin Saisirikul will be counted on in the outside hitter positions.

In the middle blocker roles, Burbank will be looking to seniors Josh Wright, Paolo Fabregar and Elijah Cowart to control the tempo of the game at the net.

Senior John You figures to fill the opposite hitter role.

“We held a thorough offseason filled with workouts, practices, tournaments, and leagues, so hopefully that pays off with more success for the players,” McMenamin said.

Filing out the Bulldogs’ 13-player roster are senior liberos Jack Dagher and Mario Hernandez, senior outside hitter Victor Mendoza, junior middle blocker Tyler Ryan and junior six-foot-two opposite hitter Joseph Servin.

The Bulldogs work on receiving at a recent practice (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Bulldogs work on receiving at a recent practice (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

McMenamin set the foundation of the BHS program a year ago. Now he will patiently build upon his core values and philosophies in an effort to establish a permanent home for Burbank boys’ volleyball.

In a sport that is vastly growing day by day in the high school ranks, McMenamin is creating a culture at BHS that is quickly attracting student-athletes. As the adage goes, patience is a virtue. The stability and future of the program appears to be bright and in very good hands.

The Bulldogs host Arcadia this Tuesday and rival Burroughs on March 14. Both matches are scheduled for 3:30 p.m. at Burbank High.