Members of the Burbank and Burroughs high school track and field teams punched their tickets to this Saturday’s CIF Southern Section finals after a solid showing at last week’s preliminaries held at Trabuco Hills High School in Mission Viejo.
Five Bulldogs and one Bear will be competing in the track and field championships.
It was the appointed hour for the tipoff of the Burroughs High girls’ basketball playoff semifinal hosting Cajon High of San Bernardino. The teams were warmed up and ready. However, there were no officials. It seems the CIF had neglected to assign any.
As a set of neutral officials were summoned, the teams casually kept warm before an old-fashioned, schoolyard game of H-O-R-S-E broke out between the two schools’ head coaches.
After a 90-minute delay, the referees arrived and the contest got underway.
History repeated itself for the Burroughs High School varsity girls’ basketball team on Wednesday when it outlasted host Downey, 49-47, in a CIF Southern Section Division 2AA quarterfinal.
The Bears (14-8 overall record) advanced to the semifinals for the second consecutive year and will host undefeated San Bernardino Cajon tonight at 7 p.m. The winner of the game will advance to the championship game and face the winner of the other semifinal between Mission Hills Alemany and Lawndale Leuzinger. The championship game is scheduled for Thursday, June 10.
The world has changed dramatically since when the John Burroughs High School girls’ basketball team faced Whittier Christian in the CIF Southern Section Division 2A quarterfinals in February 2020, and when the two teams squared off in the first round of the 2021 Division 2AA playoffs on Thursday.
Everything from the ubiquitous mask-wearing in Burroughs’ Hurst Gym, to the host school’s abrupt mascot name change from Indians to Bears earlier this spring, to the game’s 3:30 p.m. start time to accommodate Burroughs’ senior graduation ceremony that night because the game was being played in late May, would have seemed strange early last year.
But history still repeated itself as Burroughs eliminated Whittier Christian from sectional playoffs the second straight year, pulling away late for a 55-45 victory.
Burbank high schoolers and district employees felt more stress and anxiety in 2020 than in previous years, according to a survey presented during a Board of Education meeting last week.
John Paramo, Burbank Unified School District assistant superintendent of education services, unveiled the findings of a survey of 1,323 staff and students from Burbank and Burroughs high schools that was administered by Hanover Research between September and November. The number of participants was less than half compared to the previous year.
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.
The Burroughs High School baseball team offense was essentially held in check for much of the game in a 6-2 loss to Crescenta Valley on Tuesday in a Pacific League matchup.
Burroughs starting pitcher Nick Forrest kept CV off balance his first time through the order, allowing just two singles and striking out two. Multiple errors yielded three unearned runs allowed on five hits, to go along with three strikeouts and one walk over four innings of work.
Jesse Craven, Burroughs High School’s first-year head football coach, had waited well over a year for the Indians’ debut, but it took less than half a game to get a read on the character of his ball club.
After falling behind host San Marino 14-3 in the first 14 minutes of last week’s season opener, Craven got a taste of what he hopes he hopes will be regular fare as Burroughs dominated the remainder of the contest, controlling the line of scrimmage, ball, scoreboard and clock on the way to a 30-14 non-league win.
“I have been placing an emphasis on toughness, discipline and conditioning, so I am very happy in those regards,” said Craven after the contest. “We have a young team and there is lot to build on.” Continue reading “JBHS Beats San Marino In Opener”