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”

Bears Defeated by CVHS, 12-6

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

It’s a unique setup this season in Pacific League girls’ tennis. The teams all play one another once. Then, in the second half of the season, the top four will play each other while the bottom four will match up among themselves.
On Tuesday afternoon in Pacific League action, Burroughs High hosted Crescenta Valley High of La Crescenta. The visiting Falcons, fueled by their singles play, carved out a 12-6 win over the Bears to help build their case for a spot in the upper echelon.
“Overall, I think they fought hard and did well today,” CV coach Alex Jang said of his team. Continue reading “Bears Defeated by CVHS, 12-6”

Burroughs Dominates Westchester, 21-6

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

The John Burroughs High School’s varsity football team bounced back from a season-opening loss to dominate visiting Westchester of Los Angeles, 21-6, on Friday, Sept. 10, in a nonleague game.
The host Bears controlled the game early, scoring twice in the first half and once in the second en route to their first win of the young season.
“After last week, we were disappointed about how we came out, so it felt good to … perform better than we did last week,” said Jesse Craven, Burroughs’ head coach. Continue reading “Burroughs Dominates Westchester, 21-6”

Bears Collect Third Straight Shutout Victory

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

The John Burroughs High School varsity girls’ volleyball team carried brooms off the court as it swept visiting Crescenta Valley High, 3-0, on Tuesday by scores of 25-10, 25-16 and 25-22.
The victory kept the Bears (3-0 league record, 7-4 overall) tied with Arcadia atop the Pacific League standings.
The Bears were firing on all cylinders en route to their third consecutive shutout victory. But even if the score doesn’t accurately reflect it, CV never quit and stayed competitive throughout the match. Continue reading “Bears Collect Third Straight Shutout Victory”

Burroughs’ Pieri, Safarika, Muga Earn Sweeps in Narrow Win

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

The afternoon sun blistered over Glendale High School’s tennis courts as the John Burroughs varsity girls’ team tied the host Nitros in sets won, 9-9, during a league match on Thursday afternoon. However, Burroughs was declared the winner by virtue of a 74-64 advantage in games won.
“All of our players played tremendously well,” said Bears coach Gajan Fernando. “They fought hard for each point; they had really good individual games and sets. I’m proud of how they played.” Continue reading “Burroughs’ Pieri, Safarika, Muga Earn Sweeps in Narrow Win”

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”

Burroughs Coach Optimistic to Start Season

The abbreviated COVID season wasn’t easy for high school football teams when competition resumed in March, and it hasn’t gotten any easier, especially for the John Burroughs varsity football squad.
The Bears had to cancel their scrimmage last week after someone tested positive for COVID-19. With players and coaches having to follow health protocols and quarantine, the team did not have enough practices with pads on to play this week and this week’s season opener has been canceled.
“It feels like we’re back in the spring,” said second-year head coach Jesse Craven. “I just feel bad for the seniors, especially since they didn’t get to have much of a junior year. Now that testing is back and we’re exactly in the same protocols as we were in the spring, it’s going to happen to everyone.”
Despite the false start, Craven has plenty to be optimistic about this fall. He only lost eight players to graduation and his current roster boasts 19 seniors.
“I think having a good senior group is always helpful because they always want to go out on a really good note,” Craven said. “Guys are really committed to doing their best to have the best season they could possibly put together.”
The seniors aren’t the only to put it all on the field. Burroughs had young underclassmen that competed in the shortened season in March/April and gained much-needed experience that will only benefit the program this fall and the next. Continue reading “Burroughs Coach Optimistic to Start Season”