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

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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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Bears Beat Bulldogs to Secure League Championship


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The Burroughs boys’ volleyball team poses after winning their eleventh straight Pacific League title. From left, back: Vinny Harris, Carter Cottrell, Mark Hopkins, Chris Johnson, Nigel Pope, Justin Burras, Trent Cantrell, Kyle Truett, Kade McGovern. Front: Jeremy Lapeze, Michael Cutone, Cole Kvarda, Christian Solano, Christian Lim, Kalani Coquia.

By Austin Green
Burbank Leader

Located in the middle of the championship banners inside the John Burroughs High School is one banner commemorating the 10 consecutive Pacific League titles in boys’ volleyball, with markers for every year from 2010 to 2019. Due to COVID-19, there will be no banner for 2020.
But after the Bears’ three-set sweep over archrival Burbank High School on Thursday, there will be one for 2021, as Burroughs extended its Pacific League championship streak under head coach Joel Brinton to 11.
Both teams were undefeated in league play entering Thursday, and the talented upstart Bulldogs hoped this round of the rivalry would signify a changing of the guard in the Pacific League.
But the loaded Bears simply proved too much for the visiting squad, winning in straight sets 25-16, 25-19, 25-19.
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State Recognizes Burbank Schools for Arts Education

Four Burbank schools were among 33 California institutions that recently received awards for the quality of their arts education.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond named Burbank High School, John Burroughs High School, Dolores Huerta Middle School and Luther Burbank Middle School as California Exemplary Arts Education awardees on Thursday. Schools that received the award met state arts standards for public schools and showed progress on key indicators.
“This year has been especially challenging for our students and schools, but I commend these schools for recognizing that this is a time when the arts are more critical than ever,” Thurmond said. “These schools excelled in providing quality arts education, despite all the obstacles presented by distance learning. It is with great pleasure we honor these schools for their steadfast dedication to arts education that plays a powerful role in supporting wellness, bridging social divides, and expanding creativity and critical thinking in our students.”
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