Bears Beaten in Playoff Semifinals, 69-59

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Senior standout Faith Boulanger scored a team-high 21 points in Burroughs’ 69-59 loss to visiting San Bernardino Cajon in a CIF-SS Division 2AA semifinal last week. The Bears will move on to compete in the CIF State Southern Regional tournament.

By Nathan Cambridge

Burbank Leader

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.

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Bears Edged in Opener; Burbank Advances By Forfeit

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Olivia Kam (pictured in a game earlier this season) belted a double and drove in two runs in the Bears’ 5-4 loss at Temple City in the first round of the CIF-SS Division 4 playoffs.

By Austin Green

Burbank Leader

Burroughs High School dropped its CIF Southern Section Division 4 playoff opener, 5-4, at Temple City on Tuesday, as the host Rams edged the Bears in a hard-fought game. 

With the game tied at 4-4 and a runner on third in the bottom of the sixth inning, Temple City got a two-out bloop single to fall into left field and take the lead for good. 

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Bears Defeat Downey, Advance To CIF Semifinals

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Burroughs head coach Victoria Oganyan has guided the girls’ basketball program to back-to-back CIF-SS semifinals appearances.

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.

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Burroughs Advances After 1st Round Win

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Noor Fahs (pictured above in a game earlier this season) scored 11 points and helped the Bears defeat La Habra Whittier Christian, 55-45, on Thursday.

By Austin Green

Burbank Leader

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.

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Students’ Stress Rose in 2020, Survey Finds

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. 

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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 Held in Check by CV

By Austin Green
Burbank Leader

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.

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JBHS Beats San Marino In Opener

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Burroughs senior defensive back John Alajijian (white jersey) chases down San Marino’s Ryan Singhal during the Indians’ season opening 30-14 victory eight days ago.

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.”
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