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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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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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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Town Hall Answers Concerns About Pediatric Vaccine

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

About a week after U.S. health officials authorized a Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against COVID-19 for children 5 to 11, the Burbank Unified School District organized a virtual town hall to inform parents about inoculating the younger population.
Superintendent Matt Hill and district staff welcomed Dr. Janina Morrison — a physician who works with Los Angeles County — to answer questions and alleviate concerns parents may have about vaccinating their children.
As a mother of a 5- and 9-year-old, Morrison admitted she too is “considering the evidence in making the decision about vaccinating kids in this age group” but ultimately recommended the pediatric vaccine because the benefits outweigh the risks.
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Burroughs Defeats Rival Burbank in ‘Big Game’

First published in the Nov. 6 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

When Burroughs and Burbank High play football, it is always a big game.
The contest is literally called “The Big Game” and has been played since 1949, but this season’s matchup was doubly intense with a CIF-playoff berth on the line.
Burroughs played a physical brand of football en route to a 30-20 Pacific League victory over the hosting Bulldogs last Friday night at Memorial Field in the regular season finale for both squads.
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Bulldogs Pummel Cathedral, Advance to CIF Quarterfinals

First published in the Nov. 6 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

After winning the Pacific League for the first time since 1969, Burbank High School’s varsity boys’ water polo team advanced to the CIF-SS Division 5 quarterfinals with an 18-6 victory over visiting Cathedral High of Los Angeles on Thursday.
The Pacific League champion Bulldogs dominated early and built a 10-2 lead in the first half, from which Cathedral could never recover.
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Robinson Helps Bulldogs Pummel Crescenta Valley, 48-25

First published in the Oct. 30 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

Burbank High School’s varsity football team defeated host Crescenta Valley High, 48-25, in a Pacific League game at Glendale’s Moyse Field on Friday, Oct. 22.
The Bulldogs’ second consecutive victory pushed them to third place in the Pacific League with a 2-2 record (3-6 overall) while dropping the Falcons to fourth with a 1-3 league record (2-6 overall).
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Bulldogs Win First Water Polo Title in 52 Years

First published in the Oct. 30 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

Burbank High School’s varsity boys’ water polo team defeated Crescenta Valley High, 12-5, at Arcadia’s aquatic center in the Pacific League finals to capture the school’s first league championship in the sport since 1969.
The Bulldogs finished with a perfect 8-0 league record (19-2 overall) and secured a CIF berth behind solid offensive performances by Zack Gezalyan and Johnny Agazaryan, who scored four and three goals, respectively.
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John Muir Dedicates Lending Library in Memory of Student

First published in the Oct. 30 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

The dedication ceremony began with the ring of the 9 a.m. bell at John Muir Middle School.
School administrators, teachers, parents and students gathered in front of John Muir’s outdoor classroom Thursday, but not for a lecture. Instead, they huddled around a small wooden box near the entrance of the classroom. Painstakingly painted, the box — a “lending library” of free books for students — was filled with popular reads: “Wonder,” “Charlotte’s Web,” “Magic Tree House” and more.
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