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SPORTS SHORTS: Playoffs and More


Burbank boys’ soccer brought everything it had in a 2-1 loss in double overtime in the CIF Southern Section Division IV Wildcard round on February 15 at John Glen. The host took a 1-0 lead in the 12th minute of the first half, However, Tadeh Anbarchian got the Bulldogs even, 1-1, at about the same point in the second half.

John Glenn scored the decisive goal moments into the second overtime period to end the Bulldogs season. It was a third place finisher from the Suburban League this past season. Burbank went 7-8-2 and finished fourth in the Pacific League, making the playoffs under first year coach Loi Phan.

Phan had inherited a program limited in the number of contests it could participate in this season after the CIF leveled sanctions on the program for discipline actions stemming from last season. For Burbank to make the playoffs in Phan’s first season is something to be proud of.

Meanwhile, the Bulldogs’ girls’ soccer team dropped its Wildcard game at home against Rancho Cucamonga, 3-0. Burbank had earned the entry after beating rivalBurroughs twice last week including a double overtime thriller, 2-1, Friday.


Burroughs girls’ water polo will host Redlands East Valley the No. 1 team out of the Citrus Belt League on Saturday, February 18. Burroughs is 20-4 on the season and finished second in the Pacific League to Crescenta Valley. The Revs are 24-3 and coming off an undefeated league season.

Senior Sam Buliavic leads the Indians with 135 goals on the season. Burroughs defeated Elsinore, 11-6, on Wednesday, February 15. Erika Green scored five goals in the first round victory.


Burroughs girls’ soccer fell behind by three goals early in their Wildcard playoff match at Lakewood before falling 4-0 to end their season.


Burroughs is hosting its annual Alumni Game on Friday, March 16 and is looking for former players to participate. The game will follow a Freshmen vs. Junior Varsity scrimmage that begins at 3:30 and a barbeque event planned for 6:00 p.m. The Alumni game will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Alumni who are interested in participating should contact Coach Kiel Holmes atcoachkholmes@gmail.com. There is no charge to play in the game, although donation will be accepted at the gate.


The Indians will also be hosting their annual Texas Hold-Em Tournament at the Burbank Elks Lodge this Saturday, February 18. A tournament donation of $50 earns a spot in the tournament, with prizes being awarded to the final table. Check-in begins at 5:30 p.m. and first hand will be dealt at 6:00 p.m. Contact Bill Cseh at 818-841-7034 for more information.

UPON FURTHER REVIEW: “Boffin of Burbank”

A Column By Tom Crowther
BurbankNBeyond Sports Editor


John Wooden was given the moniker the “Wizard of Westwood” for his decades of success at UCLA. Mike Kodama should be called the “Boffin of Burbank” for his success as the Burroughs boys’ soccer coach over the years (A boffin is a wizardly professor, a genius in one’s craft).

Kodama won seven league titles — five in the Foothill and two in the Pacific League — and made 12 CIF playoff appearances in his 22 year career at Burroughs. He is in the Burroughs’ “Hall of Fame” largely because the 244 career wins (to just 110 losses) is a mark that won’t be broken in any sport any time soon, if ever.

His stellar career that included coaching 19 All CIF players seemed to conclude in 2009 when the coach retired and turned his program over to former player and then assistant coach, Alan Machuca.

Machuca learned being a stellar player, a loyal assistant and an alumni to the school are only part of the equation when looking to be the decision maker and the head coach. He was gone after just two forgettable years known as much for students struggling with grades and a program struggling with fundraising than anything else.

Enter Kodama, the Kingmaker, to restore his former program to its former glory. The Indians travel to Mayfair Thursday, February 16 for a CIF Southern Section Division IV playoff match against the Monsoons. The Indians won or tied their last five matches and eight of nine to earn the match-up.

Burroughs overall mark of 9-8-4 is hardly one of Kodama’s best season marks, but in a lot of ways it is his most impressive. Even the folks familiar with his feats figured it would take the coach more than a season to right the ship in Indian Country after the Tribe had developed so many bad habits in his absence. The Indians strong finish and 8-3-3 Pacific League mark shows that those folks were wrong as Kodama made things right in only half a season.

When he left coaching in 200 9 after a playoff loss to Channel Islands, Kodama was humble as ever and deflected the moment to a team of 12 seniors saying, “It’s not about me, it’s about the guys.” I am certain he would say the same thing about this team on the verge of opening-up the CIF playoffs tomorrow.

The Indians have an elite goal scorer in Francisco Baez, who scored 18 goals in the Pacific League breaking the 1994 single-season mark of one of Kodama’s most accomplished players, Roberto Perez. However, the truth is only a coach with the pedigree of Kodama could have convinced these Indians that the 2-5-2 start was nothing to stress over and that they would be there in the end.

The Monsoons went 16-8-2 in the regular season and are playing at home. In many ways they are the favorite hosting the Indians. It doesn’t change the moral of this story, playing for Kodama these Indians have already won.

PLAYOFF PREVIEW: Both Burbank and Burroughs Make It Into Wild Card Round

Burbank High's Alessia Dal-Monte takes a kick as Burroughs Alexis Mendias works the field. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

There may be better teams in the CIF Southern Section playoff brackets than the Burbank Bulldogs, but there certainly isn’t anyone as battled tested.

Burbank first had to beat its crosstown rival Burroughs on February 9 to force a one-game playoff for the fourth and final playoff spot the next day. Next, the Bulldogs had to beat their rivals in dramatic fashion — double overtime to complete their mission.

When Taylor Gore scored a goal with just over one-minute remaining in the second overtime period, the Bulldogs knew for sure that they were heading to the playoffs by way of their 2-1 victory.

Burbank High's Taylor Gore works the ball while Josie Castellon of Burroughs tries to defend her team. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

It was one of only two shots that got past Indians’ goalkeeper Tatiana Sanchez who had a season-high 14 saves. Alessia Dal Monte got Burbank even, 1-1, in the 66th minute of the contest on a header.

The Bulldogs will also have to play a wild card match on Wednesday, February when it hosts Rancho Cucamonga.

One gets the feeling they don’t care after such a dramatic ride to the postseason.

Burroughs had a week of controversy last week. Three players were suspended for the 4-0 loss to Burbank on February 9 for posting something about their rivals and specific players on the social media outlet, Facebook. Although two of the three were reinstated after their school suspensions were rescinded

Burroughs High's Lilth Paparo-Prieto move the ball during second overtime. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Friday, the Indians still fell to Burbank (11-9-2) twice in a two-day span.

Burroughs had to be relieved to learn it had qualified for a Wildcard berth anyway when brackets were released on Monday, February 13. The Indians (13-9-2) will play at Lakewood on February 15 at 3:00 p.m.






Burbank High's Varsity Girls Soccer Team poses for a team shot after defeating rival Burroughs twice in two days to qualify for the CIF Playoffs (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Sports Shorts: Burbank and Burroughs High School Action


Andre Spight scored a season-high 31 points, matching the Hoover Tornadoes total by himself as Burbank boys’ basketball halted a four-game skid with a much needed win at Hoover High, 70-31.

Spight sunk six three-pointers and teammate Caine Brown Kennedy added 13 points in the route. With Glendale’s loss against Muir Friday, February 3 Burbank is just one game back of the fourth and final playoff spot out of the Pacific League with two games remaining on the schedule. However, the Nitros swept Burbank this season.

Bulldogs coach Jose Hernandez has said his team could still qualify for an at-large berth, but at 12-13 overall and just 4-8 in league that is far from a certainty.


In contrast, the Burroughs girls’ basketball team dropped a pivotal league contest at Arcadia on February 3 , 42-28. The Apaches improved to 8-4 in league and clinched no worse than third place in league, while Burroughs fell to 5-7 in league and now must win its final two games to secure the fourth and final post season spot.

A 10-2 run in the second quarter was too much for the young Indians to overcome. Aysia Shellmire scored 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in defeat. Teammate April Harris added seven points while the rest of the Indians managed just four points.


Not losing focus on a Friday night before next week’s contests that include senior night and a February 9 battle with cross town rival Burroughs, the Burbank girls’ basketball team blasted Hoover on February 3, 55-32, to move a step closer to clinching the second spot in the Pacific League.

Burbank is 15-10 overall and 9-3 in league.

Damarie Gonzalez scored 12 points, Jamie Gonzalez added 1o and Aja Locke nine for the Bulldogs.


Burroughs girls’ water polo finished the regular season in second place and ranked No. 5 in the CIF SS Division V polls after beating Arcadia, 14-4, on February 1. The Tribe was 17-3 overall and 5-1 in league on the season but finished second to Crescenta Valley after being defeated by the Falcons, 16-4, late January.

Burroughs’ boys soccer played to a 1-1 tie against Arcadia on February 3, good enough to remain in second place at 7-8 overall and 6-3-3 in league as head coach Mike Kodama continues to clean-up the mess he inherited in his return to the sidelines after a two-year hiatus.

Sports Shorts: Football All-CIF, Basketball and Soccer Teams Forge Ahead

Tribe Trio Named All-CIF

No surprise that Burroughs running back Zander Anding was recognized as an All-CIF selection for his record setting performance on the field this season. It is a pleasant surprise that one of the five offensive lineman who paved the way for Anding were also announced as members of the All CIF team – senior offensive lineman Gus Ferrat.

In addition, linebacker Kody Jensen was also selected. It is the most players the Indians have had named to the All CIF team since 2006. This season the trio helped guide the Indians to a third straight Pacific League Champioship.

Anding rushed for 2,686 yards and scored a total of 30 touchdowns this past season in just 10 games.  He averaged over 13 yards per carry and almost 300 yards a game, however he spent most of his postgame interviews deflecting credit to his offensive line.

The selection of Ferrat is some confirmation that Anding’s words were much more than lip service. For his part, Ferrat spent much of the season manhandling and pancaking defenders.

Jensen had 40 tackles and 3.5 sacks , somewhat modest numbers for an All-CIF selection, but Burroughs coach Keith Knoop, the Pacific League representative at the All-CIF selection meeting, stressed there was a huge difference in his defense when Jensen was in the line-up than when he was not. Jensen was ineligible the first three games of the season.

“He made a big difference for us, indicated by our performance,” Knoop said.

Standings Watch

Burbank High boys’ basketball got back on track with a pair of crucial league wins to move to 10-9 overall and 2-4 in Pacific League play. Burroughs fell to 0-6 in league and all but officially out of the playoff chase.

In girls’ basketball, Burbank is 5-1 in league (11-8 overall) while the Indians are 7-12 overall and 2-4 in league play. Burroughs girls’ water polo improved to 17-2 overall and is 4-0 in league, joining the Bulldogs’ girls’ basketball team as the hottest in the area.

In girls’ soccer, the Indians moved to 9-5 overall and 3-2 in league play while the Bulldogs sit at 2-3 in league play and 6-6 overall. In boys’ soccer, Burbank is 2-3-2 overall while the Indians are 3-6 overall, however the Tribe is 3-1 in league while the Dogs are 1-1-2.

Sports Shorts: Pacific League Hoop-la, Net Worth

Pacific League Hoop-la

Burbank High boys’ basketball has a huge home game against the Crescenta Valley Falcons after falling it its opener to Pasadena, 59-48. The Bulldogs are 8-6 on the season against some tough teams, however, they cannot afford to start Pacific League play 0-2.

The Pacific League is certainly top heavy with Pasadena the clear front runner followed by a logjam of talented teams in Muir, Crescenta Valley and Burbank. Burroughs knows its best chance of a playoff spot is to stockpile wins against the next tier of teams;  Arcadia, Hoover and Glendale, which is why head coach Adam Hochberg was so frustrated by his team’s 51-41 loss to Hoover to open league play on January 2.

In addition to injuries to Jorge Flores-Pere and Ezekial Zuniga, the Indians loss Lawrence White to a hamstring injury in their last tournament.

Unfortunately the Indians (6-7) also have a murderous stretch of games starting with Pasadena tonight, January 6, followed by games at Crescenta Valley and Muir next week. Those three teams have a combined win-loss record of 32-8 and have seen better competition than the Indians.

The girls’ league race is slightly less predictable than the boys’. The Bulldogs are 7-7 on the season after beating Pasadena to open league play. They also play the Falcons this evening, who are 9-4 overall and coming off a win against Glendale.

Burroughs has a chance to start league play 2-0 after blasting Hoover, 71-20 to open league play. Aysia Shellmire scored an astounding 45 points and grabbed 13 rebounds while making a school record 19 field goals against the hapless Tornadoes.  Delaney Nicol added five points and seven assists,  Sidney Ortega six points and Bailee Trotta six as well.  Gabriella Pineiro4 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists.

Net Worth

Mike Kodama is still looking for his first win in his return to coaching. Burroughs is 0-5-1 but hasn’t played since December 20. It host Pasadena in a match at Luther Burbank Middle School on January 6.

The Indians girls’ squad is 7-3-1 after opening league with a 1-0 win against Hoover.Brittany Mata scored a second half goal on an assist from Tatiana Rizzotti in the win.Tatiana Sanchez and Lilith Paparo-Preito combined for a shut out on goal with seven saves.

Burbank High boys’ soccer had not played in nearly a month after CIF Southern Section sanctions limited its preseason to just two contests. Showing some rust, the squad was shut out, 1-0, in a game against Pasadena earlier this week.

The Bulldogs girls’ team is 4-4-1 overall, but dropped its league opener, 4-2, to Pasadena.

Sports Shorts: Final Exams Followed by Tourney Time

Little Action This Week With BHS and JBHS in Finals Exam Week

As busy as all the winter sports are over their schools’ upcoming winter breaks, much credit goes out to the local coaches and schools for arranging a light work week for their student-athletes this week as students sit for final exams. Here is a short recap of some of the happenings in the winter season thus far as well as a glimpse of what is ahead.

Soccer Update

Jonathan Trujillo scored two goals to pace Burbank High past Simi Valley in a nonleague match at Burbank. The Bulldogs are restricted to only two nonleague matches this season due to CIF sanctions stemming from last season so every minute of play counts for the squad and new coach Loi Phan.

The two teams played a scoreless first half. Ramon Cortez also scored for the Bulldogs (1-1).

Meanwhile, Burroughs soccer coach Mike Kodama, back on the sidelines after a two year layoff, is 0-1-1 thus far with his young Indians. Burroughs opened the month with a 0-0 tie against La Canada, but have since lost two straight. They open in the Valley Kick-off Classic on December 17.

Tourney Updates

Burbank High girls’ water polo team notched its three victories in pool play of its own tournament by beating Notre Dame (SO) 9-4 in Pool B on December 9. Burbank is 6-2.

Burroughs boys’ basketball is now 3-1 on the season after falling to Maranatha 74-66 in the championship game of the Poly Tournament. Ironically, the Indians’ girls’ basketball team opens against Poly in the Burroughs tournament on December 15. BurbanknBeyond.com plans to keep-up witt the bracket Deember 15-20.

Burbank High boys’ basketball tips-off the San Fernando Invitational on December 16 versus Knight/

Burroughs girls’ soccer, who hasn’t played since November 29, will open their tournament at Luther Burbank Middle School on December 16. Burbank girls’ soccer is 2-1 on the young season after falling to La Canada on December 13.

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The most intriguing part of the soccer season set to kickoff is the return of Burroughs High legend, Mike Kodama. Kodama coached the Tribe for 22 seasons, won five Foothill League titles, two Pacific League titles, brought the school to its only CIF SS Championship game in its history in 1994 and became an inductee into the school’s Hall of Fame in 2009.


Kodama’s career mark of 244-110 will never be eclipsed. It’s the high school soccer equivalent to win Joe Gibbs returned to coach my NFL team, the Washington Redskins, after an 11 year hiatus. Granted, Kodama hasn’t been away from the game for nearly as long, but the return of a coach of his pedigree just doesn’t happen at this level.


Who better than to sculpt a team made-up of largely sophomores after the team graduated 11 seniors from its roster a year ago. Burroughs was 9-3-3 in league last season.




Senior Anthony Monroy’s placed 31st at the state meet on November 26 with a mark of 15:50 in a 5k at Woodward Park in Fresno, CA. Monroy earned the honor of attending the meet for the second straight year by finishing 6th in the CIF Southern Section Finals on November 18.




Burroughs Boys’ Basketball tips-off its 2011-2012 campaign on December 6 in a tournament at Pasadena Poly. Burbank High is off to a 2-0 start in its own tournament, having topped San Marcos, 56-53, on November 30. The Bulldogs routed Monroe, 99-35 in their opener.