League-Leading Bulldogs Sink Previously Unbeaten Glendale

First published in the Oct. 16 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

Burbank High School traveled to Glendale for a battle of the last two squads undefeated in Pacific League boys’ water polo play, so the stakes were high and the players amped up.
In a competitive contest, the visiting Bulldogs hung the first league defeat on the Nitros, 16-11, Thursday afternoon at the Glendale Aquatics Center with the league championships on the horizon. It was the Bulldogs’ 12th straight win.
“It was intense. Both teams were going at it. There was back and forth in the water. There were big goal runs, then cutting the lead down,” Burbank coach David Arakelyan said. “I’d say it was one of our toughest games in our league [play].”
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Bulldogs Defeated by Pasadena, 42-26

First published in the Oct. 9 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

It was the second Pacific League game for both a pair of Bulldogs football teams — those from Burbank High and Pasadena.
The hosts from BHS were looking to pick up their first league win, and the visitors looked to build on a successful league opening win.
Pasadena never trailed in the contest, although the second half was a real slugfest as Burbank tried to come back before time ran out.
Pasadena won the high-scoring affair, 42-26, Thursday night at Memorial Field.
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Collins, Hobson Lead Burroughs Over Burbank

First published in the Oct. 9 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

Traditionally, crosstown rivals Burroughs and Burbank get just two shots at each other in a single volleyball season.
However, this season the scheduling has been tweaked, with the second half separated into two tiers. Both the Bears and the Bulldogs made the top tier, so a third installment of the rivalry came about. Burbank was looking to grab its first win, while Burroughs was looking to complete the trifecta.
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Bears Sweep Bulldogs in Rivalry Matchup

First published in the Sept. 25 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

It was once again a battle for city bragging rights when Burbank High went on the road to face John Burroughs in girls’ volleyball. It turned out to be a one-sided contest.
Burroughs stayed in control throughout, with the host Bears’ service game as the catalyst, and swept Burbank 25-19, 25-13, 25-9 on Sept. 17 in Pacific League play.
“I think our serving was good throughout the whole match,” Burroughs coach Edwin Real said. “That always helps keep [our opponent] out of system. Our defense is easier when we serve tough.”
It was a two-way street, as the Bears had their service game on point and Burbank (5-5 overall record) struggled with serve receive, leading to a bevy of quick points for Burroughs (10-4 overall), which remains undefeated in Pacific League play. Continue reading “Bears Sweep Bulldogs in Rivalry Matchup”

Highly-Ranked Bulldogs Win Rivalry Match Against Bears

First published in the Sept. 25 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

Photo by Nathan Cambridge / Burbank Leader
Sydney Lin and Brianna Khobramasihi swept their doubles opponents and helped Burbank come away with a 13-5 win over rival Burroughs on Thursday.

Burroughs and Burbank High share a city, and it was time to share the court as the Bulldogs traveled across town for a matchup in girls’ tennis.
It was Burbank High that came away with city bragging rights, dispatching the host Bears 13-5 in Pacific League play on the hard courts at Burroughs on Thursday afternoon.
Burbank (5-1 overall record, 4-1 in league) had two sweeps in singles play and one in doubles to lead the way for the Bulldogs, who entered the match ranked No. 2 in the CIF-SS Division III poll.
“I think our singles played well; I think our doubles played well,” Burbank coach Loi Phan said. “Overall, it was good.” Continue reading “Highly-Ranked Bulldogs Win Rivalry Match Against Bears”

Burbank, Burroughs Suffer Setbacks in Nonleague Contests

First published in the Sept. 25 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

The Burbank High School varsity football team couldn’t keep up with visiting St. Genevieve of Panorama City in a 54-21 nonleague loss on Sept. 17.
The Bulldogs (1-4 overall record) struggled to contain the Valiants’ ground game and allowed 444 rushing yards. Senior Camdan McWright accounted for 221 of those yards and scored four touchdowns. Caleb Gardner added 95 yards and a score, and Xavier White finished with 85 yards and two touchdowns. Continue reading “Burbank, Burroughs Suffer Setbacks in Nonleague Contests”

Bulldogs Offense Stalls Against Brentwood

First published in the Sept. 18 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

The Burbank High School varsity football team suffered its third setback of the season, falling to host Brentwood School of Los Angeles, 26-16, in a nonleague game on Sept. 10.
The Bulldogs (1-3 overall record) were solid on defense, holding the Eagles to only 221 yards of total offense, but struggled on the other side of the ball. Burbank committed three turnovers and had difficulty moving the ball through the air and was hurt by costly penalties. Continue reading “Bulldogs Offense Stalls Against Brentwood”

Bulldogs’ Win Led by Damroze, Clevenger

First published in the Sept. 11 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

Burbank High School’s varsity girls’ volleyball team opened league play with a convincing 25-15, 25-15 and 25-16 sweep over visiting Glendale on Tuesday.
“Serving and passing, that’s always going to be a big thing for us is making sure we have the ball control,” said Patrick Tyler, Burbank’s head coach. “I think we were firing on all cylinders for the first time since the tournament.”
The Bulldogs (4-1 overall record, 1-0 in league) maintained a controlling lead for the entirety of the first set, which resulted in a 25-15 victory. Continue reading “Bulldogs’ Win Led by Damroze, Clevenger”

Bulldogs Collect First Win; Bears in Action

First published in the Sept. 11 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

The Burbank High School varsity football snapped a two-game losing streak and blanked host El Monte Mountain View, 51-0, to pick up its first victory of the 2021 season.
Junior quarterback Dylan Robinson led the offensive barrage, completing eight of 17 passes for 170 yards and two touchdowns, including a 70-yard score to senior wide receiver Gio Saenz. Robinson also ran for 74 yards and one touchdown.
Running back Rony Preza led all rushers in the backfield with 95 yards and two touchdowns on five carries and sophomore Jacob Mendieta added 36 yards on four carries. Continue reading “Bulldogs Collect First Win; Bears in Action”