Burbank Actress Makes Her Mark With ‘La Brea’

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

As a young girl, in the bedroom of her parent’s home in the Magnolia Park section of Burbank, Veronica St. Clair would lay on her bed and dream of becoming an actress.
That dream became stronger as each year passed, and during her time at Roosevelt Elementary School, Jordan Middle School (now Huerta Middle School) and John Burroughs High School, she began honing her dramatic skills in variety shows, talent shows and show choir.
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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”

Former Burroughs Student to Lead His Alma Matter

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Matt Chambers replaces Deborah Madrigal as John Burroughs High School principal. The JBHS graduate has served as an assistant principal for the school since 2013.

The Burbank Unified School District introduced Matt Chambers as the new principal of John Burroughs High School during a virtual Board of Education meeting on Thursday.

Chambers, who has served as assistant principal of instruction at Burroughs since 2016, replaces Deborah Madrigal, who retired after nearly 40 years of working in education and was hired as JBHS principal in the fall of 2014.

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Burroughs Wins Playoff Opener; Burbank is Eliminated

By Austin Green

Burbank Leader

Senior designated hitter Devin LeClair capped off a seven-run second inning with a towering grand slam over the right field fence and the Burbank High School’s baseball team never looked back, handing Baldwin Park Sierra Vista an 11-3 drubbing in their CIF-SS Division 5 playoff opener.

Burbank (13-5 record) only recorded six hits, but also worked nine walks and took advantage of all four errors Sierra Vista committed on Tuesday.

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Bears Eliminated in CIF Quarterfinals

Photo by Austin Green / Burbank Leader
The Burroughs boys’ volleyball team takes one final picture together after their season-ending loss to Huntington Beach in the CIF-SS Division 2 quarterfinals. Pictured are (front row, from left) Christian Lim, Kalani Coquia, Trent Cantrell, Michael Cutone, Cole Kvarda and Christian Solano. Back: Nigel Pope, Mark Hopkins, Chauncey Paz, Kyle Truett, Justin Burras, Chris Johnson, Vinny Harris, Carter Cottrell, Kade McGovern and Jeremy Lapeze.

By Austin Green

Burbank Leader

John Burroughs boys’ volleyball was a juggernaut throughout the regular season, steamrolling through league and nonleague opponents alike, with the only exception a five-set loss to La Canada St. Francis, another area volleyball powerhouse. 

But Burroughs’ season came to a screeching halt in the CIF Southern Section Division 2 quarterfinals on Wednesday as the Bears were dominated by Huntington Beach in straight sets, 25-16, 26-24, 25-16. It was the first and only time Joel Brinton’s squad was swept this season.

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Bulldogs Ousted in 1st Round, Burroughs Advances

By Austin Green

Burbank Leader

Despite an early one-set lead and outside hitter Jonathan Coleman’s team-high 14 kills, Burbank fell to Laguna Hills on the road, three sets to one, in the first round of the CIF Southern Section playoffs on Tuesday. The scores were 25-20, 19-25, 20-25, 21-25. 

Coleman also had an impressive 16 digs, second only to libero Meena Amari’s 19, and a service ace. Amari also led the Bulldogs in aces with two.

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Avetisyan, Mosley Lead Burbank Past Burroughs

By Nathan Cambridge

Burbank Leader

The boys’ basketball season usually allows John Burroughs and Burbank High to get two shots at beating their intracity rivals. However, this season has been so different in so many ways, including a condensed schedule containing just a single matchup to win city bragging rights.

In a competitive contest and high-scoring affair, host Burbank executed on offense to come away with a 90-80 win over the visiting Bears in the Pacific League finale for both squads.

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Burroughs Beats Burbank For 8th Straight Time

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Kayla Wrobel scored a team-high 19 points and led the Bears to a 53-25 victory over intracity rival Burbank on Thursday. Burroughs is ranked No. 11 in CIF Southern Section Division IIAA.

By Nathan Cambridge

Burbank Leader

There is a truism in basketball: If you don’t put the ball through the hoop, you will struggle to win games. This was clearly demonstrated when Burbank hosted Burroughs in a girls’ basketball clash of intracity rivals.

Burroughs used a suffocating defense against the host Bulldogs that produced a 53-25 victory Thursday evening in the Pacific League finale for both schools.

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Bears’ Offense Stagnant in 3-0 Loss to Arcadia

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Burroughs pitcher Kelsey Acosta winds up as third baseman Kiley Christopher (back left) and left fielder Kaitlyn Cisneros (far back, right) stand positioned on defense during Burroughs’ loss to Arcadia.

By Austin Green
Burbank Leader

After scoring 10 or more runs in each of their five consecutive victories entering Thursday, John Burroughs High School’s win streak — and their hot hitting — came to a halt as the Bears were shut out, 3-0, at home by Arcadia.
Tiara Westbrook threw a complete game shutout for the Apaches, allowing only two hits and four baserunners over her seven innings of work.
That left zero margin for error for Burroughs starter Kelsey Acosta, who also pitched well in a complete-game effort. But Acosta was done in by one big inning for Arcadia. She allowed back-to-back bloop singles with one out in the fifth, hit the next batter to load the bases, and gave up the game’s first run on a sacrifice fly from Arcadia shortstop Morgan Howey. The next batter, center fielder Averi Wong, hit a two-run triple over the outstretched glove of Kaitlyn Cisneros, scoring two more.
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