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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 Pours It On in Playoff Opener

The Burroughs High boys’ soccer team moved up its CIF Southern Section Division 3 playoff opener by a day in order to avoid the pouring rain that is forecasted for Friday.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Luckily the Indians avoided the storm, but instead created one of their own for visiting Westminster by rolling in a 7-1 victory at Memorial Field.

“The boys played really well,” Burroughs coach Mike Kodama said. “I was very pleased because they (Westminster) got their goal right away and we came back and got another to put us back in control.”

Burroughs (18-4-4) will now play Feb. 22 against the winner of the Estancia-Paso Robles game that will be played Friday in Costa Mesa.

The Indians would host Estancia should it prevail, but would travel to Paso Robles.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs opened the scoring in just the third minute as Cameron Kelly got open on the right wing and was able to create space for a wide open William Rosales, who promptly put the ball in the net past goalie Carlos Rocha.

Westminster (9-7-3) gave Burroughs a temporary scare by tying things in the sixth minute on a goal from Anthony Bello.

Burroughs regained the lead in the 11th minute when freshman Carlos Rosales was able to beat Westminster’s offside trap before passing the ball to a streaking Richard Alonzo, who practically toe poked the ball into the right corner.

The Indians added a third goal right before halftime as a long throw-in by Kelley found Carlos Rosales at the back post. Rosales performed a scissors kick shot into the goal to make it 3-1.

Burroughs then poured things on early in the second half and were able to rest most of the starters in the end.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Erik Camarillo made it 4-1 in the 46th minute with a rifle shot on a free kick that went into the upper left corner of the goal.

Alonzo, a central defender, scored his second goal of the match in the 47th minute on an assist from Kelley who found him alone at the edge of the goal box.

Freshman David Gerlach also got into the action, scoring the first two goals of his high school career.

Gerlach scored in the 50th minute by putting home a loose ball that deflected off a Westminster defender.

But his second goal, which came in the 55th minute, was one to remember. With his back to the goal, Gerlach flicked a header on a long pass from Kelly into the upper right corner of the goal.

Kodama was glad he was able to go to his bench and liked what he saw.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“I think the guys that came in played really well,” he said. “We didn’t miss a beat.”

Alonzo was pleased with the win, but knows there is more work to do.

“We’re expecting to see a good team,” he said of the next playoff round.” Any team that has gotten this far has to be a good team. We’re just hoping to keep this drive going.”

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 Team Comes Up Short in Tournament Final

Just when it looked like things were looking good for the Burroughs High boys’ soccer team the injury bug has hit the team.

The injuries were too much to overcome against a sneaky Birmingham team that earned a 2-0 win over the Indians in the championship match of the Ralph Brandt Tournament at St. Francis in La Canada Flintridge.

Burroughs played the match without midfielder Jake Lasso-Spell, who had five goals in the first six matches of the season. Lasso-Spell suffered a broken hand against Royal on Saturday that was not diagnosed until after the match was over.

The Indians lost central defender Richard Alonzo to a knee injury just 10 minutes into the match.

“Richard is the heart and soul of the team. You could see the difference,” Burroughs coach Mike Kodama said. “The game was all one way with Richard and when we lost him the whole momentum shifted and we had to recover and get back up to speed.”

(Photo courtesy Christina Quintero)

(Photo courtesy Christina Quintero)

Burroughs actually looked better from the start.

Anton Prather took a left-footed shot in the first minute that narrowly missed the right post.

In the 8th minute, left back Diego Galaviz hit the top cross bar with a left-footed shot. William Rosales was able to recover the rebound, but his shot went just over the goal.

“We had our opportunities early,” Kodama said.

Late in the first half, Birmingham started to come alive with its attacking duo of Aldo Perez and Carlos Contreras. The pair nearly teamed up on a goal in the 34th minute. In the 38th minute they were on target as Perez intercepted a pass from Burroughs’ back line and was able to find Contreras who slipped the ball past Burroughs goalie Jordan Morgan.

“We made a big mistake and they capitalized,” Kodama said.

Despite the loss, Kodama was pleased with many things he saw from his team.

“It’s a grind to play in the tournament,” he said.  “I’m proud of the guys for the way they played and the effort they put in. Top to bottom there are no easy games. To get this far is a huge accomplishment.”

Burroughs goalie Jordan Morgan who came up big several times in the second half reflected on his team.

(Photo courtesy Christina Quintero)

(Photo courtesy Christina Quintero)

“It’s unfortunate. They are an important part of the team,” Morgan said. “The bench players stood up and played their positions as best they could. But we do need them (Lasso-Spell and Alonzo) in league and CIF.”

Burroughs nearly scored in the 60th minute on a header by Prather.

Prather came close again in the 69th minute, only to shoot just over the top crossbar.

Birmingham scored its second goal in the 76th minute as Estuardo Zecena fired a bullet that Morgan blocked. Contreras picked up the rebound and scored.

 

 

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.