Bears Defeat Rival to Clinch 3rd in League

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Isabella Scozzola drove in a run and helped Burroughs defeat intracity rival Burbank, 2-1, in a Pacific League showdown on Wednesday. The Bears clinched third place in league standings.

By Austin Green

Burbank Leader

Kelsey Acosta of John Burroughs threw a complete game four-hitter and the Bears’ defense made several clutch plays behind her to help complete a season sweep over archrival Burbank with a 2-1 win on Wednesday.

“She was incredible,” Burroughs head coach Doug Nichols said of his ace. “It took a few innings to find her rhythm, but once she did, it was over.”

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Bears Blast Bulldogs in Rivalry Game, 14-2

Kelsey Acosta pitched a complete game, allowing two runs and striking out five, and helped the Bears defeat rival Burbank, 14-2, in a Pacific League game on Thursday. Photo by Eric Danielson / Burbank Leader

By Austin Green
Burbank Leader

Seven different John Burroughs players had RBIs, the Bears’ No. 1-6 batters all had multi-hit games, and not a single Burroughs hitter struck out during their 14-2 six-inning victory over archrival Burbank at McCambridge Park on Thursday.

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Bulldogs Cruise Past Hoover

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Elizabeth Zamora and Lily Stell led Burbank to a 25-4 victory over Hoover on Tuesday. The Bulldogs improved to 3-1 in Pacific League play.

By Nathan Cambridge
Burbank Leader

There has been a litany of lopsided scores so far in this season of Pacific League softball, and when Hoover and Burbank High matched up for the first time, it proved to be another one.
After the opening inning, the visiting Bulldogs poured it on the overmatched Tornados and cruised to a 25-4 win Tuesday afternoon in a Pacific League game that was shortened to five innings via the mercy rule.
“We are really excited to win,” Bulldog Lily Stell said. “We worked as a team and we have been working very hard in practice. I’m just really proud of all the girls.”
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High School Football Kicks Off; Rose Bowl Hosts Prep Games

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Tobey Schmidt propelled the Maranatha High varsity football team to a 46-7 victory over visiting La Habra Whittier Christian last Friday. The junior quarterback threw for 410 yards and four touchdowns and ran for two scores.

The Southern California sports scene was abuzz the last two weeks, and it wasn’t so much the Lakers dominating the Western Conference nor the Dodgers solid start to spring training. It was the official return of high school football, and what a return it was, especially for Maranatha High School.
The Minutemen, coached by former NFL standout LaVar Arrington, opened their season at home with a 46-7 rout over Olympic League opponent La Habra Whittier Christian last Friday.
Tobey Schmidt, who transferred from high school sports powerhouse Mater Dei of Santa Ana, turned in a stellar debut performance. The junior quarterback completed 28 of 37 passes for 410 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for two scores. All four of his passing touchdowns were to speedy sophomore receiver Derek Ganter Jr.
Maranatha (1-0 overall record) will host Heritage Christian of Northridge in a league contest on Friday, March 26, at 2:30 p.m. The Warriors (1-1 overall) are coming off a 24-19 victory over Sun Valley Village Christian.

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