Bulldogs Historic Season Ends With Loss in CIF Final

First published in the Nov. 20 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

Burbank High School’s varsity boys’ water polo team, in its most successful season in more than 50 years, lost to top-seeded Carpinteria, 12-9, in the CIF-SS Division V final last Saturday at Irvine’s William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center.
The Bulldogs capped a marvelous year with a 19-3 overall record after winning the Pacific League title for the first time since 1969, according to Burbank Athletic Director Patrick McMenamin. It was also the first CIF finals appearance by any Burbank High team since the varsity boys’ basketball team in 2017.
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Hoover Falls in Back-to-Back Games

First published in the Nov. 20 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

Hoover High School’s varsity boys’ basketball team traveled to City of Industry Workman High and lost in overtime, 68-56, on Wednesday.
Senior point guard Michael Fernandez-Washington poured in a team-high 32 points and five 3-pointers, both of which were team-highs, and also had 10 rebounds for the Tornados (0-2 record).
Senior center Daniel Simon had nine points and a team-leading 14 rebounds while senior power forward David Khourdadjian had seven points and 12 rebounds. Senior guard Allen Akopyan added six points, six rebounds and three assists, and senior shooting guard Anthony Van Patten registered two points and five rebounds. Zack Van Patten and Jenghiz Van Patten combined for four rebounds and two steals.
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Burbank Coordinating Council’s Annual Gala Is a Success

First published in the Nov. 13 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

The Burbank Coordinating Council’s annual gala, hosted by UMe Credit Union, kicked off its Holiday Basket Program with a two-hour outdoor event at UMe’s Burbank branch.
The event opened with food and beverage service at 7 p.m., shortly followed by opening announcements at 7:30 p.m.
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Bulldogs Edged by Whitney in Quarterfinals, 10-8

First published in the Nov. 13 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

Burbank High School’s varsity girls’ tennis team narrowly fell to visiting Whitney High of Cerritos, 10-8, in the CIF-SS Division 3 tennis quarterfinals on Monday afternoon.
The Bulldogs’ doubles teams carried the load, recording six of nine set wins. However, Burbank dropped seven of nine singles sets.
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Spartans Finish 4th in Rio Hondo League

First published in the Nov. 11 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

The La Cañada High School varsity boys’ water polo team’s season recently came to an end, with the Spartans narrowly missing the CIF playoffs.
Under fifth-year head coach Gil Millanes, LCHS finished fourth in the Rio Hondo League with a 3-5 record (9-11 overall).
Despite missing the postseason, La Cañada ended its season on a high note by defeating visiting San Marino 13-12 in a league game on Oct. 27. It was a nice bounce-back performance after LCHS dropped its match at South Pasadena, 18-11, on Oct. 26.
South Pasadena and Temple City each finished with 7-1 league records and shared the league championship.

Bulldogs Win Semifinal; to Play for First CIF Title

First published in the Nov. 13 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

After the Burbank High School varsity boys’ water polo team’s narrow 9-8 victory over visiting Ventura Buena in the CIF-SS Division 5 semifinals on Wednesday, head coach David Arakelyan said that it was the Bulldogs “toughest game by far.”
Two clutch goals by Robert Kharazyan in the final minutes of the fourth quarter secured the victory to propel the Pacific League champion Bulldogs to the CIF final.
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St. Francis Wins Playoff Opener; Flintridge Prep Falls

First published in the Nov. 11 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

St. Francis High School’s varsity football team advanced to the CIF-SS Division 4 quarterfinals in dominating fashion with a 47-20 blowout victory — its highest scoring outing of the season — against visiting Irvine last Friday.
Senior Max Garrison carried 13 times for team-highs in rushing yards (227) and touchdowns (four). He also had two receptions for 23 yards.
“[Garrison] had an injury midseason and it never kept him out of the games, but he wasn’t himself,” head coach Dean Herrington said. “He’s back to 100% and he’s looking fantastic right now.”
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Spartans Beat Mater Dei, Advance to Semifinals

First published in the Nov. 11 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

La Cañada High School’s varsity girls’ tennis team continued its CIF-SS Division 1 postseason run by defeating visiting Mater Dei High of Santa Ana, 10-8, in the quarterfinal round on Monday afternoon.
The narrow win lifted the Spartans (11-3 overall record) into the CIF semifinals, where they traveled to Laguna Beach (12-4 overall) Wednesday. With the victory over Laguna Beach, the Spartans advanced to the CIF championship match on Friday, Nov. 12, to play the Rio Hondo League champion San Marino at the Claremont Club.
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