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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.

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.

Locals Given All-Pacific League Honors, Stephenson Earns First Team All-CIF

Megan Stephenson Named First Team All-CIF To Cap Big Fall for Burroughs teams.

Megan Stephenson, the Pacific League’s Most Valuable Player for girls’ volleyball, has been named to the All-CIF First Team, BurbankNBeyond has learned. Stephenson was the force in the middle for an Indians’ team that went 14-0 in league and who dropped just two games during the entire league campaign.

Teammates Catolina Emerson and Victoria Santos were first team selections as well, while Laura Howard andAngie Rojas were second team selections for Burroughs.

Burbank High was represented by Stephanie Eskander (first team), Stephanie Fin (second team), and Tyler Brooks(second team). Burbank’s Reily Brennan and the Indians’ Tessa Dudley were honorable mention selections. In addition, Burroughs coach Edwin Real was honored as the Pacific League coach of the year by his colleagues.

In Boys’ Water Polo, Zack Card was a first team selection for Burbank High, while Daniel Mairena was a second team selection for Burroughs High. Honorable mention went to Sam Akopian (Burbank) and Casey Ueno(Burroughs).

In tennis, Kathy Henry of Burroughs and Burbank’s Elizabeth Sanchez were first team singles players while the tandem of Ashley Basco and Meredy Gharabegi were named a second team doubles team from Burbank High.

Congratulations to all the fall athletes who represented Burroughs and Burbank as All-Pacific League selections.

-Tom Crowther, BNB Staff