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Burroughs Boys Water Polo Wins 19-13 Over Rival Burbank

By Rick Assad
 

 

In the regular season finale, the Burroughs High boys’ water polo team played with determination and conviction against its rival Burbank and after a comfortable lead through three quarters, held on for a 19-13 win in a Pacific League match on Thursday.

“It was a great game. Very happy with the result. My guys played well today,” Burroughs coach Jacob Cook said. “It was a building year for us. I’m really happy. I think the guys have grown together.”

The Indians played well in the opening half and prevailed 19-13 over the Bulldogs. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Both the Indians’ and Bulldogs’ season will continue as they have the league preliminaries and finals next week.

Senior Chase Legoretta dropped in a match-best six goals for the Indians (11-11 and 3-4 in league), who led 4-3 after the first quarter and 10-5 at the half.

Legoretta tallied two goals in the first and second frames and then added solo goals in the third and fourth as the host Indians outscored the Bulldogs 9-8 in the second half.

“We’ve always been competitive against this team,” Legoretta said. “The past four years I’ve played, we’ve always had good games against them. These games could go either way. If felt good to beat this team.”

Legoretta continued: “In the first half we had all our starters in with minimal subs,” he said. “In the second half we wanted to make sure we got the senior players in because this is our last home game.”

Junior Vahagan Sahakyan tacked on four goals for Burroughs while senior Nathan Gault-Crabb added three. Junior Chet Conlan and sophomore Ryan Jaramillo each had two for the Indians.

Legoretta’s 15-footer with 4:26 left began the scoring as Burroughs led 1-0 and Legoretta’s 12-footer with 24 seconds left gave the Indians a 4-3 edge.

Burroughs led 4-3 after the first period and 10-5 at the intermission. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Legoretta added back-to-back 10-foot tallies including one with 2:26 on the clock in the second period that made it 8-5 with 1:16 on the ticker that provided a 9-5 edge.

A 12-foot loft by Legoretta and 1:35 on timer in the third period handed the Indians a 14-7 lead and Legoretta’s six-foot blast with 5:09 remaining in the fourth frame supplied Burroughs with a 16-8 cushion.

Senior Sammy Lazaar and freshman Xavier Turla each chipped in with one goal for the Indians.

The Bulldogs (8-9 and 1-6 in league) were paced by freshman utility Johnny Agazaryan, who had five goals while senior driver Varuzhan Bilbulyan finished with three.

When Agazaryan scored from 10 feet and 54 seconds left in the initial frame, Burbank evened it at 3-3.

“We started out exceptionally strong in the first quarter,” Burbank interim coach Zachary Card said. “In the second quarter we kind of fell apart. Burroughs kind of landed some shots. Incredible shots. In the fourth quarter we came back. A lot more players were willing to work for their team.”

An eight-footer by Agazaryan with 5:50 left in the third quarter cut the Burroughs lead to 11-6.

Agazaryan’s five-footer with 3:07 left in the fourth period trimmed the advantage to 17-10 and his 10-footer with 2:45 on the clock drew the Bulldogs to within 18-11.

A five-meter penalty shot with 51 seconds left by Agazaryan closed Burbank’s gap to 19-13.

Senior center offense Gevork Kvryan had two goals, while senior driver Arthur Kadzhikyan, senior driver Clifford Roll and senior center defense Artush Gasparyan all had one goal for Burbank.

Senior David Rosales was in goal for the Indians and junior Jacob Shaw was in the net for the Bulldogs.

Burbank Boys Water Polo Can’t Keep Pace With Hoover

By Rick Assad

 

For one quarter and then a half, the Hoover High boys’ water polo team held a secure six-goal edge over Burbank.

In the second half, that edge ballooned and became the Grand Canyon as the visiting Tornadoes outscored the Bulldogs 11-2 and raced off to a 21-6 victory on Tuesday afternoon in a Pacific League match.

“I’ve only been working with these guys for a month. They’ve had four years to get bad habits from really a lack of experience,” said Zachary Card, who is the interim coach in place of Allyson Young, who is on maternity leave. “They’re a Division III team playing a Division VI team.”

A five-goal effort by Hoover in the third quarter made it 15-5 with senior David Ashkharian scoring two of his match-best six.

Burbank and Hoover are about to meet in a Pacific League boys water polo match. (Photo by Francesca LaFratta)

Ashkharian’s tally with 4:06 left made it 13-5 and Ashkharian’s goal with 3:43 on the clock pushed it to 14-5.

“The problem with a Division III team playing in Division VI, is they also have a Division III bench,” Card said of Hoover, which is looking to win the league title two out of three years.

Senior Jordan Corpuz, who had five goals for Hoover, collected one in the third frame that made it 12-4 and 5:22 on the ticker.

Junior Hayk Nazaryan added a strike with 5:58 left for a 11-4 lead and senior Artur Khachatryan’s goal with one second gave the Tornadoes a 15-5 margin heading into the fourth quarter.

Hoover’s six-goal fourth frame put the match definitely out of reach with senior Nic Salandi tacking on two scores.

The Tornadoes (11-7 and 3-0 in league) came out in the opening period and seized control 6-2 with senior Jordan Corpuz getting three of his five goals.

A tally by Corpuz with 5:26 remaining made it 1-1 and Corpuz’s goal with 4:22 left pushed Hoover’s lead to 2-1. Late in the frame, Corpuz tacked on a five-meter penalty shot that made it 6-2.

Ashkharian scored two goals in the first stanza including a tally with 2:26 left that made it 3-1 and one with 1:42 remaining for a 4-2 lead.

Burbank freshman driver Johnny Agazaryan scored with 6:18 left in the first period to make it 1-0.

Senior driver Varuzhan Bilbulyan scored off a rebound for the Bulldogs with 1:59 showing that cut the deficit to 3-2.

Junior utility Kourosh Dolatshahi scored for Burbank, which is ranked No. 2 in the CIF Southern Section Division VI, with 5:59 left in the second that trimmed Hoover’s advantage to 7-3 and senior driver Artush Gasparyan added a goal with 4:15 on the clock that shaved it to 9-4.

Junior driver Edward Bowman had a goal in the third frame for Burbank (8-3 and 1-2 in league) with five minutes left as the Bulldogs drew within 12-5.

Dolatshahi also contributed a goal with 4:01 left in the fourth that shaved Hoover’s advantage to 17-6.

Burbank, Burroughs Boys Water Polo Gunning for Playoffs

By Rick Assad

Thinking big and reaching the CIF Southern Section playoffs are the goals for the Burroughs High and Burbank boys’ water polo teams.

Both are very capable, but there is one key difference and that is the Indians have recently been there, while the Bulldogs haven’t.

Burroughs is coming off a 13-13 campaign and a first-round defeat in the playoffs, but Coach Jacob Cook likes what he sees because many on the team are seniors.

On the negative side, 13 players have graduated including David Arakelyan, the team’s leading scorer.

The seniors include Chase Legorreta, David Rosales, Isaack Dowling, Josh Sanchez, Nathan Gault-Crabb and Ryan Jaramillo.

There are six juniors and they include Chet Conlan, Jon Paul De Fabry, Matthew Mucha, Sammy Lazaar, Tobey Ho and Vahagan Sahakyan while the rest of the team consists of sophomore Orion Hernandez and freshman Xavier Turla.

“We lost 13 seniors from last year,” Cook said. “We have a very young team, but we have a very committed and hard working team. These guys are really committed to bettering themselves and learning to play with each other.”

In order to compensate, Cook said that he will instill hard work and also the basics. “We’re going back to the fundamentals,” he said.

Still the goal is the same. “We want to go as far as we can,” Cook said. “We’re aiming for the top. If we don’t hit it, we don’t hit it, but that’s what we’re aiming for.”

Burroughs has played two matches and is winless. The Indians will open Pacific League play at Crescenta Valley on Sept. 25 and will host Burbank on Oct. 17.

Chances are decent that Burbank, which is 1-1 this season and will begin league action at Pasadena on Sept. 25, will fare better this year than the previous.

“I expect that we will do a lot better than last,” Burbank coach Allyson Young said. “Hopefully in the top four.”

Young said that she is basing the projection on being better prepared and diligent. “This year all of my guys are working hard and want to succeed,” she said. “We’ve got good players for both offense and defense.”

Young then added: “I like that this team is already working hard and wants to continue the hard work. This is a team sport, so they need everyone to be willing to give it their all,” she noted.

Young’s target is also the postseason. “We believe that this year we can make playoffs and that is what we are aiming for,” she said.

In 2017, the Bulldogs defeated Pasadena and Glendale in league play and this year’s leaders are senior Varuzhan Bilbulyan, senior Artush Gasparyan and freshman Johnny Agazaryon.

Young feels confident that these three will play well, along with the rest of the team. “A lot of my other guys are ready to step up and show what they’ve got,” she said.

The rest of the squad includes Eddie Bowman, Aleko Brice, Kourosh Dolatshai, Charlie Thorpe, Sarkis Ter-Petrossian, Pavel Tantchev, Jacob Shaw, Ford Roll, Hakop Pilavjian, Gevork Kvryan, Arthur Kadzhikyan and Avag Issagholian.

Burroughs Boys Water Polo Defeats Burbank, 27-21, In Regular Season Finale

By Rick Assad

Balls were flying around like guided missiles and goals were being tallied in bunches during the Pacific League boys’ water polo regular season finale between Burroughs High and host Burbank on Wednesday afternoon.

The Indians, the No. 1-seeded team when the league playoffs commence next Tuesday at Arcadia, jumped ahead early and were never headed en route to a 27-21 win behind senior utility David Arakelyan’s career and team-high 14 goals.

Burroughs senior David Arakelyan delivered a career and team-best 14 goals in a 27-21 win over Burbank. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs, along with Crescenta Valley and Hoover, all finished in a three-way tie for first place in league play.

“Both sides know each other really well,” Arakelyan said. “We play club together, most of our guys and most of their guys. We wanted to have fun today. But also wanted to come in serious and hard.”

Arakelyan went on: “We wanted to come in to set the tone for next week, to really play against CV and Hoover no matter what the draw is. We don’t care about a coin flip. We don’t care who we end up playing. We’re going to win next week.”

Burbank’s Varuzhan Bilbulyan (#5) had two goals in the Pacific League regular-season finale. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Arakelyan chimed in with five goals in the opening quarter as the Indians led 8-2.

Arakelyan’s goal from four feet with six minutes remaining made it 1-0 and Arakelyan’s 10-foot backhander with 4:39 left pushed the advantage to 2-1.

Another backhanded tally from Arakelyan, this time from five feet and 2:30 on the clock gave the Indians (12-12 and 5-1 in league) a 4-1 edge.

“We wanted to come in here after that tough loss against CV with really guns blazing,” Arakelyan said. “We wanted to come out really hard and fortunately my teammates got me the ball and I put it in the cage. I like creating space for myself to shoot the ball. Also they give me the perfect passes. Our starters click really well.”

The Indians set the tone early and never trailed against city rival Burbank. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Twenty-eight seconds later, Arakelyan’s five-foot rocket made it 5-1 and his six-foot blast with 1:24 on the clock pushed the lead to 6-2.

Senior driver Brandon Wilson scored both goals for the Bulldogs in the opening frame and finished with a match-best 16 goals.

“I didn’t expect it to be as high scoring, but it was definitely a fun game and I’m glad that even though we lost to Burroughs everybody had fun,” Burbank coach Allyson Young said. “I saw my players grow as a team and grow as individual players.”

Young said that she could ask for an at-large bid to compete in the CIF Southern Section playoffs.

Arakelyan was once again steady, tossing in five goals in the second frame as Burroughs shuffled ahead 13-8 at halftime.

David Arakelyan gets ready to shoot while Daniel Azarian defends. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

An eight-footer from Arakelyan with 5:40 left made it 9-3 and his 12-footer with 4:55 showing extended the margin to 10-4.

When Arakelyan found the back of the net from eight feet and 3:04 left before the half, the Indians dashed ahead 11-5.

Arakelyan’s 12-footer with 1:51 on the ticker made it 12-7 and his 20-footer with 57 seconds on the clock saw the Indians forge a 13-7 cushion.

“Both teams had fun,” Burroughs coach Jacob Cook said. “They were joking around and having fun.”

Wilson was the primary scorer in the second period for Burbank (7-11 and 1-5 in league for sixth place) after knocking in six goals and coming within 13-8 at the break.

Host Burbank put up a good fight against Burroughs, losing 27-21 on Wednesday. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Indians had a more balanced attack in the third quarter as Arakelyan and senior utility J.J. Ambartsumyan each drilled in two goals.

Wilson’s three goals in the third period helped the Bulldogs climb to within 20-14 heading into the final quarter.

Five players scored for Burroughs in the fourth quarter with Arakelyan and junior setter/defender Richard Legoretta each hammering in two goals.

Wilson contributed six scores in the final stanza, including tallies that enabled the Bulldogs to get within 20-16 on a 10-footer with 6:13 left and 24-17 on an eight-footer with 3:28 showing.

Wilson scored the final three goals of the match and four of the last six goals including an eight-footer with 2:21 left that sliced the lead to 25-18 and a five-footer with seven seconds remaining that made it 27-21.

Senior setter Marko Vucetic had four goals for the Indians, while junior driver Varuzhan Bilbulyan collected two tallies for the Bulldogs.

 

Burroughs, Burbank Boys Water Polo Ready For Action

By Rick Assad
 
 
 
 

 

It’s going to get a little tougher for the Burroughs High boys’ water polo team this season after capturing the CIF Southern Section Division V championship in 2016.

Because of their successful campaign, the Indians were moved ahead to Division III this season so the road to the title is going to be slightly more difficult, but certainly still within reach.

The Burroughs boys’ water polo team is gunning for another successful season. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank missed out on the playoffs, but despite this there are still expectations of making a strong run in that direction.

“We’re looking forward to having a good year and taking league,” Burroughs coach Jacob Cook said. “We lost only one player from last year, but I think that we’re getting an even better player.”

The Indians, who were 25-6 overall and 6-2 for second place behind Hoover in the Pacific League, are loaded with 13 seniors.

They include driver Nathan Anicich, utility J.J. Ambartsumyan, utility David Arakelyan, driver Manuel Esparza, setter Nathan Gault-Crabb, setter Brenner Goldsen and setter Sean Keane.

Burroughs Coach Jacob Cook saw the Indians win the CIF Southern Section Division V last season. They were moved up to Division III. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The rest of the upperclassmen includes attacker Vahagn Saakyan, driver Scott Sauve, utility Arthur Sefayan, utility Marko Vucetic, driver Max Zekowski and setter Nicholas D’Agostaro.

The rest of the team includes junior goalie David Jimenez, junior attacker Simon Legoretta and junior attacker Eric Aperian.

The Indians opened their season with a 22-0 win over Jordan and will meet rival Burbank Oct. 18 on the road.

For Burbank Coach Allyson Young, a Burroughs graduate, her upperclassmen includes driver Daniel Azarian, goalie Jonathan Ragheb, goalie Rory Rickey, utility J.C. Angel, driver Ejmin Vartani and driver Brandon Wilson.

“We didn’t make the playoffs last year,” she said, “but this year we hope to do a lot better. All of my guys are working hard and working together.”

The other players are junior utility Harout Abrahamian, junior driver Varuzhan Bilbulyan, junior driver Arthur Gasparyan, junior driver Gevork Kvryan, junior driver George Sarkissov and sophomore goalie Sarkis Ter-Petrossyan, sophomore driver Kourosh Dolatshahi and sophomore driver Hakop Pilavjyan.