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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.

 

Burbank Boys Basketball Wins Thriller Over Burroughs

It was everything it should have been and then some.

Four quarters was not enough to break a deadlock between the Burbank and Burroughs high boys’ basketball teams Thursday night in the regular season finale.

In the end the host Bulldogs held on for a 57-54 overtime victory.

“This is what rivalries are about,” Burbank coach Jamayne Potts said. “The thing I like best about the Burbank and Burroughs rivalry is that it is a very friendly rivalry. It is not nasty and that’s how the game and high school athletics should be.”

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Although his team didn’t come out on the winning end, Burroughs coach Allan Ellis liked what he saw.

“That’s why I love coaching,” Ellis said. “That environment of seeing the kids go at it, I couldn’t be more proud of my guys. That was an exciting battle, one of the best games I’ve seen in a while.”

Burbank’s Thomas Clark made his only basket of the game count in a big way as he hit a three-pointer with 2:44 left in the overtime period that gave Burbank a four-point lead.

At the time it was the largest lead either team had beyond halftime, as the Bulldogs went up 55-51.

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Burroughs fought hard to come back, even after star Tristen Hull fouled out with 1:31 left in overtime.

Zion Bazzell banked in a three-pointer with 44 seconds left in overtime to cut Burbank’s lead to 56-54.

Burbank’s Ben Chavez saved a last-chance opportunity for the Indians as he knocked the ball away from Stefon Foster in the final seconds and prevent a last-second shooting opportunity for Burroughs.

Both teams went back and forth all night.

The largest lead of the game was a 25-15 advantage Burroughs had with 4:34 left in the first half following a three-pointer from Omar Searcy.

Michael Woods sparked Burbank’s comeback with three dunks in the first half, two of which were late in the second quarter. Potts said those were the only slam dunks Woods has had all season.

Burbank cut Burroughs’ lead to 28-27 at halftime.

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The Indians had a chance to win in regulation but a layup attempt by Ryan Del Castillo rolled off the rim, forcing overtime.

Woods led Burbank with 20 points. Faraz Khandaker had 15 points and Chavez had nine. Cameron Sweeten had six points and Henrik Anassian and Abdullah Kobaissi each had two points.

Burroughs was led by Hull, who had 14 points. Foster had 13 points and Searcy had 11. Austin Marx had eight points and Del Castillo had four.

 

 

Burroughs Boys Basketball Falls Short Against Glendale

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It didn’t take long to realize that the Pacific League contest between Glendale and Burroughs Highs was going to come down to shooting and defense.

Both teams battled back and forth the entire game before the visiting Nitros prevailed in the end, winning 59-53.

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“We haven’t played well at home. They were in a 2-3 zone. We struggled with our shooting and that was why we had this result,” Burroughs coach Allen Ellis said. “We have to find a way to be consistent with our shooting. We have to be consistent with our effort and it’s not happening on a game-to-game basis. So as a coach I’m going to try a couple of different things and push them and make them more consistent with their effort.”

Burroughs (13-11, 5-7 in league) hit five three-pointers in the first half, but had just two in the second half.

Glendale (11-14, 3-9) hit six three-pointers in the first half and finished with seven for the game, led by freshman David Shamirian, who hit four three-pointers and finished with 14 points.

The Nitros went up 21-14 on Burroughs early in the second quarter on one of Shamirian’s three pointers.

Burroughs rallied by going on a 15-2 run that included two three-pointers from Austin Marx and one from Ryan Del Castillo.

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Just when it looked like the Indians were going to start pulling away, Glendale rallied and actually took a 31-30 lead going into the halftime break.

Burroughs star Tristen Hull, who finished with a team-high 17 points fought hard to bring his team back.

He completed a three-point play with 3:40 to play to tie the score at 48.

Trailing by six points, Burroughs appeared to get back within striking distance as Marx, who finished with 11 points, hit a three-pointer with 59 seconds left.

But the shot was waved off due to an offensive foul under the basket.

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“They hit shots and we didn’t,” Ellis said. “We’re an up-and-down shooting team and they were able to knock those shots down and we didn’t hit the big shots.”

Hunter Cutone and Del Castillo each had eight points, Omar Searcy had four, Justin Henderson three and Stefon Foster had two points.

 

 

 

Burbank Boys’ Basketball Surges Past Burroughs

 

Something certainly changed the Burbank High boys’ basketball team in the fourth quarter Friday night.

After being tied with host Burroughs through three quarters the Bulldogs started to play up to the standard that has been customary with the team this season.

The result was a 61-46 victory.

“We held them to six points. We literally shut them down on defense,” Burbank coach Jamayne Potts said of the fourth quarter. “We also didn’t give them two or three chances on the boards and then we were able to run.”

Burbank (15-5, 4-3 in league) didn’t appear to be at its best in the first three quarters.

The Bulldogs converted just six of 17 free throw attempts.

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“I actually said our girls won their game and sealed it because they made free throws,” Potts said. “(I said) just concentrate on that and make your opportunities and they did.”

Burbank made six of eight free throws in the final quarter.

“I feel like everyone was getting in the groove. Once we get in a groove it just sparks everything up for our team,” Burbank’s Thomas Clark said.

Burroughs coach Allan Ellis praised his team for giving Burbank a tough fight. The Indians are now 11-8 overall, 3-4 in league.

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“We played a good three quarters for the most part. Our offense has been getting really stagnant the past couple of games,” Ellis said. “We’re missing our starting point guard Stefon Foster and one of our key seniors Brannan Shepherd to injuries and it’s really affecting us offensively in getting into our sets and running things the way we want to run them.”

After both teams were tied at 40 going into the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs started the final period on a 10-0 run. A three-pointer by Ben Chavez got things going for the Bulldogs. It was one of three he had in the game.

Cameron Sweeten also came up big taking advantage of two Burroughs turnovers and turning them into three-point plays for the Bulldogs.

Burroughs’ lone field goal of the fourth quarter came on a three-pointer by Carson Clarke with 4:27 to play. The Indians only other points came via Tristen Hull at the free-throw line.

The Burroughs star finished with a game-high 22 points and was the only player on his team to score in double figures.

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Burbank was led by Michael Woods who had 19 points. Faraz Khandaker had 16 points, Sweeten had 10, Chavez had nine, Clark had six and Abdullah Kobaissi had one point.

For Burroughs Ryan Del Castillo had seven points, Austin Marx five, Justin Henderson four, Zion Bazzell and Clarke had three each and Omar Searcy had two points.

 

Burbank, Burroughs Boys’ Basketball Have Big Things in Mind

Much like their respective football teams, the boys’ basketball teams at Burbank and Burroughs highs have a similar feel. Burbank has a deep nucleus returning. Burroughs has a star leader in Tristen Hull, but is relatively inexperienced around him. Both teams are hoping to achieve similar success to last season when both went deep into the CIF Southern Section playoffs.

Burbank

The Bulldogs went 20-11 a year ago and return four of five starters as well as their sixth man. Burbank will carry 14 players with seven seniors and seven sophomores.

Last season the Bulldogs reached the quarterfinals of the Division 2 AA playoffs, before losing to Loyola of Los Angeles.

Burbank is led by 6-foot-2 senior Michael Woods, a first-team all-league pick a year ago. Woods also earned second-team All-CIF honors.

“He does everything for us,” second-year coach Jamayne Potts said. “His job is to give us points or create for others.”

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Burbank will count on Michael Woods to lead the team again. (Photo By: Edward Tovmassian)

Faraz Khandaker (6-3) was the sixth man last season and led the team in rebounding.

“He brings a lot of energy on both sides of the floor,” Potts said.

Cameron Sweeten (5-11) returns as the point guard.

“He dictates our tempo and gets everyone their open looks,” Potts said. “He should lead our league in assists. He has that kind of ability.”

Thomas Clark (6-4) was Burbank’s defensive player of the year last year. He has committed to Macalester College in Minnesota.

Potts said Clark generally takes on the assignment of guarding the opposing team’s tallest player, but is more than an inside presence because of his ability to knock down three pointers.

Ben Chavez (6-2) is also a returning starter and is a solid shooter.

Abdullah Kobaissi (6-3) is a versatile returner who Potts said greatly improved in the summer.

Henrik Anassian (5-8) is a guard who Potts said is one of the smartest players on the team.

“We have some high expectations for ourselves. We would like to get above 20 wins,” Potts said. “We’re also looking to win league. We know it won’t be easy, but with the veteran group that we have we should be competing for (a) league (title). We’d like to make the CIF championship this year.”

Of the sophomores, one interesting player is sophomore Tyrese Willis, who will sit out the first month of the season after transferring from Village Christian. Willis is a 5-5 point guard with a bright future.

Erik Harutyunyan (6-1) and Duncan Smith (6-4) are both experiencing success with the football team and will add some depth when they return.

Jared Pasion (5-7) is a point guard up from the freshmen team. Luke Johnson (5-9), Avi Rivera (5-10) and Chance Van Hook (6-1) are all sophomores who came up from the freshman team.

“We have a senior group that will provide great leadership,” Potts said. “They are mentoring the sophomores so when they graduate those sophomores will be ready to go. The sophomores are talented. They went 24-3 and learned how to win as freshmen.”

Burroughs

The Indians are coming off an outstanding season in which they went 22-8 and reached the semifinals of the Division 1A playoffs, losing to eventual champion Santa Monica.

Allen Ellis has taken over as coach for Adam Hochberg, who stepped down to spend more time with his family.

Four players return from that team. Mostly notably is the versatile Hull, who has grown 6-7. Hull said he is being looked at colleges like Cal State Los Angeles, Northern Arizona, North Dakota St. as well as others.

“He’s going to have to play all positions at times,” Ellis said. “He’s our five-four man, but he has the ability to put the ball on the floor and create for others. We’re going to utilize that and utilize his strengths the best we can to help the team.”

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Tristen Hull is expected to have a big year for Burroughs. (Photo by: Edward Tovmassian)

Like Burbank, Burroughs will carry 14 players on varsity.

Also returning to the varsity are senior power forward Justin Henderson (6-3) and senior small forwards Austin Marx (6-0) and Brannan Shepherd (6-0).

“I think we have a lot of talent. Defensively we’re going to be aggressive and go after it,” Ellis said. “I like our chances throughout the year. I like our chances in league. We’ll be ready to play every single night.”

Junior point guard Stefon Foster (6-2), who was on the junior varsity last year, is expected to take over the playing making duties.

“We have a couple of young guys like Stefon Foster who is going to surprise a lot of people,” Ellis said.

Also up from the junior varsity is sophomore guard Zion Bazzell (6-0).

“We’re excited to watch him play,” Ellis said. “He’s very young, the youngest on the team but he has a great skill set.”

Junior Omar Searcy (5-11) and senior Ryan Del Castillo (6-1) also figure to be in the mix to get significant playing time.

Rounding out the team are seniors Hunter Cutone (5-8), Adam Kaba (6-1), Trevor Renga (6-3), juniors Carson Clarke (6-2), Kevin Rickman (6-0), and DJ Hubbell (5-8).