Tuesday, September 29, 2009

BHS Girl's Volleyball

Easy Burbank Win last Thursday for the Burbank High Girl's Volleyball Team as they defeated Pasadena, 25-5, 25-11, 25-13. The host Bulldogs had little trouble gaining the Pacific League victory.

Alexandra Amela and Jessica Murphy paced Burbank with five kills each. Teamate Reilly Brennan had five aces, Jessica Fish had four kills and Briana Belvin had seven digs.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

One stadium for two schools works best

This is a rebut from Burbank High School Principal Bruce Osgood in reply of an articile ("A home field that isn't home," Aug.29)

MAILBAG: One stadium for two schools works best

Burbank Leader
Published: Friday, September 25, 2009

The students and staff at Burbank High School are thrilled to have a new athletic field and track, and are grateful to the partnership of the city of Burbank and the Burbank Unified School District that made this dream a reality.This durable state-of-the-art facility provides a safe and lasting play surface for our physical education classes, our high school teams and for community members as well.

A recent editorial (“A home field that isn’t home,” Aug. 29) lamented the fact that this field would not host home games for our varsity football team. While we would agree that it would be wonderful to have home football games, to suggest that this was overlooked or ignored is not true.

Burbank High School sits on a relatively small plot of land — less than 15 acres. If you have toured the facility, you would agree that the space was remarkably well planned and effectively utilized. When we discussed the new field, we investigated ways to add seating capacity, but no practical solution could be found.

Like many other districts, including our neighbors in Glendale, it was decided that one stadium would continue to host both high schools. This made both fiscal and architectural sense. With the upcoming renovation of Memorial Stadium at John Burroughs High School, we will have a tremendous venue for our varsity and junior varsity teams.

We are fortunate that we live in a city that is so deeply committed to its citizens of all ages that it has built two magnificent stadiums for football, soccer, track and community use. We, in the schools, are fortunate to have a governing board that has the vision and persistence to see these projects to completion.

Also, there is a new restroom facility at field level just behind right field of the baseball stadium. Our physical education programs, our athletic teams and our community teams have a great place to practice and play. In school and community terms, that’s a big win.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Osgood is principal of Burbank High School.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Burbank High's Blake Lively Steals Emmy Show

2005 Burbank High School graduate, actress Blake Livley of the hit television show "Gossip Girl" stoled the show at the 2009 Emmy's with her red Versace very revealing dress.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Burbank High Football Wins 40-28

Burbank High's Leo Rodas runs the ball during Thursday's game against San Gabriel. (Roger Wilson/The Leader)

FOOTBALL: Colman passes for five touchdowns to lead Burbank past San Gabriel, 40-28.

By Jim Riggio, Burbank Leader
Published: Friday, September 18, 2009

MEMORIAL FIELD — It was a numbers game when Burbank High took on San Gabriel in the Bulldogs’ final nonleague football contest. Some numbers were great, some were good, and others not so good. But in the end, the Bulldogs had more positive numbers in their favor, as they earned a 40-28 win Thursday at Memorial Field. “It all started with the line,” said Burbank junior quarterback Adam Colman, who threw five touchdown passes. “They set the tone. The receivers made plays to get open.

”The 6-foot-4 signal caller had numbers that might get some colleges interested in him, as he was 12 of 16 for 223 yards. In the second half, Colman was a perfect six for six with touchdown passes on four consecutive attempts. Colman sat out most of the fourth quarter after Burbank had built a 40-6 lead with just over nine minutes to play. “Once you have the game won, you need to let everyone get a chance,” Burbank first-year Coach Hector Valencia said. Burbank (2-1) dominated San Gabriel in the first half, but was hit by the penalty bug.

The Bulldogs held the Matadors (1-2) to just 62 yards of offense, but didn’t help themselves by committing eight penalties for 80 yards. “You can’t get caught up with it,” Valencia said of the rash of penalties. “I have to get our team ready for the next play. It is what it is. At the beginning there were very ticky calls.”Junior running back Ulisies Ochoa opened the scoring for Burbank by surging across on an eight-yard run with 9:43 left in the first quarter. Ochoa finished with 12 carries for 112 yards on the ground. He had four receptions for 37 yards, including a touchdown, and had two interceptions on defense — one of which was called back due to a penalty.

Ochoa was one of two Bulldogs to gain more than 100 yards on the ground, as Leo Rodas had 100 yards in 13 carries.Burbank made it 14-0 midway through the second quarter when Sam Bethany dove and made a 16-yard over-the-shoulder catch in the end zone.The Bulldogs went up, 21-0, with 8:09 left in the third quarter when Colman and Ochoa hooked up on a 10-yard touchdown. Following Ochoa’s interception of San Gabriel quarterback Issac Valdez moments later, Burbank capitalized on its first play of the drive. Colman found a wide open Bethany in full stride and the Bulldog receiver strolled in for a 60-yard touchdown to make it 28-0 with 7:08 left in the third quarter.

San Gabriel scored its first touchdown late in the third quarter after one of its receivers caught a hail-Mary pass while on the ground at the Burbank 4-yard line. One official initially called the pass incomplete, but another overruled him.The Matadors scored two players later on a four-yard run from Fabian Amaro.Burbank roared right back after a San Gabriel’s on-side kick attempt failed and gave the Bulldogs great field position at the Matadors’ 41-yard line.Two plays into the drive, Colman threw a long pass into the end zone and Anthony Cervantes outleaped two San Gabriel defenders to haul it in, making to 34-6 with 2:33 left in the third quarter.

Burbank added another touchdown in the fourth quarter when Colman hooked up with Eddie Maroldi on a 34-yard touchdown.San Gabriel scored three late touchdowns after Burbank pulled some of its starters.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Burbank High School 101st Anniversary Today!

From the BHS Newsletter I received today.

Happy Birthday Burbank High!

Burbank High first opened its doors to students on September 14, 1908. Today marks the 101st anniversary for Burbank High School. If you have not yet ordered the Centennial book which retells the history of the first one hundred years at BHS you still may purchase this beautiful, limited edition book. We have copies remaining, but only until they are sold out. You can order through the website or purchase the book at BHS. However, we will only be accepting credit card orders until December 31, 2009, as the online store processing fees are too high for us to continue. We will continue to accept checks after that date, but no more credit cards. Order now and don't miss your opportunity to own this special book, or purchase one or two now as a holiday gift.

All details availablehttp://www.burbankhigh100.com/.
Please continue to make nominations for the next class of athletes to be inducted into the BHS Athletic Hall of Fame. The next ceremony will be held in the fall of 2010.
Please check the website for reunion updates, and if you have any reunion information or links, please share them with us for posting on the website.

Web site: http://www.burbankhigh100.com/
Phone: 818-558-4700 x57808
Fax: 818-845-6122
E-mail: records@burbankhigh100.com

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Burbank loses thriller in OT

Burbank loses thriller in OT

FOOTBALL: Bulldogs challenge Chaminade and lose nonleague game in California tie-breaker, 17-14, on the road.

By Jim Riggio, Burbank Leader
Published: September 12, 2009

WEST HILLS — Burbank High’s defense was not perfect. Then again, one can’t ask for much more after it forced host Chaminade into committing six turnovers, five of which were in the red zone.The Bulldogs stayed with the Eagles for more than 48 minutes, and when it was all said and done, Chaminade had to resort to its field-goal kicker to propel it to a 17-14 nonleague victory in a California tie-breaker.“They had to work hard to get in the end zone,” first-year Burbank Coach Hector Valencia said of Chaminade.

Burbank senior Jackson Diamond finished with three interceptions and one fumble recovery. The three interceptions ties him for second on the all-time list, as he shares the spot with Carlos Baker, who had three in 1992 against Bell-Jeff, when the future UNLV star was one of Valencia’s teammates.“He’s one of our team captains and he’s very consistent,” Valencia said of Diamond. “He does what he’s supposed to do.”Burbank (1-1) opened the scoring when junior quarterback Adam Colman hit Sam Bethany on a four-yard touchdown reception with 4:26 left in the first half.Chaminade (1-0) used the clock well at the end of the first half, driving 50 yards in less than a minute, capped by a five-yard scoring run from Tru Jarvis. Jarvis ran in the two-point conversion to give the Eagles an 8-7 halftime lead.

Neither team scored in the third period. Chaminade appeared to be pulling away before Jarvis fumbled at the one-yard line. However, offensive lineman Stephen Ray recovered in the end zone for Chaminade.The Eagles attempted a two-point conversion, but failed, giving Burbank hope, 14-7. The Bulldogs came out determined and marched down the field quickly, capped by a one-yard run by Ulisies Ochoa with 4:08 left. Anthony Cervantes added the extra point to tie the score.

Chaminade, which was playing in its first game under Coach Ed Croson — who won four Los Angeles City Section titles in nine seasons with Birmingham — had a chance to pull ahead with 1:22 left. However, kicker Matt Goudis’ 28-yard field goal attempt went wide left.With just 1:17 left in the game, Burbank elected not to run out the clock. After three incomplete passes by Colman, Chaminade had yet another crack with a minute remaining. The Eagles nearly capitalized. But Jarvis fumbled at the Burbank 18-yard-line and Diamond recovered with 27 seconds left. Burbank ran a few plays before the clock ran out in regulation.

In the California tie-breaker overtime period, both teams got the ball at the 25-yard line to begin their series. Burbank’s defense once again stopped Chaminade, forcing Goudis to kick a 35-yard field goal. Needing to equal or better Chaminade’s effort, Burbank was stopped on third down, as Jarvis intercepted Burbank’s Colman to end the game.“All we can do is learn from this,” Valencia said. “I’d rather lose than walk out with a tie. I let the kids go out and battle.”

Saturday, September 12, 2009

In Memory of Gary Arthur Lundquist


Just learned that 1962 Burbank High School grad Gary Arthur Lundquist passed away on September 3, 2009. He was born on December 7, 1944. No other details at this time.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Dogs Looked Good in Opener

FOOTBALL: Ground attack leads the way for Burbank in 32-6 nonleague win on the road at Simi Valley.

By Edgar Melik-Stepanyan, Burbank Leader
Published:September 5, 2009

SIMI VALLEY — Maybe practice is overrated. Despite not practicing for a week because of unhealthful conditions caused by the nearby brush fires, the Burbank High football team didn’t look like it needed the extra work in Friday’s season opener.The Bulldogs pounded host Simi Valley for 301 yards rushing, en route to a dominating 32-6 nonleague victory that gave Burbank first-year Coach Hector Valencia plenty of reason to smile. “It was nice how the kids put it together,” said Valencia, a Burbank graduate and former player. “We didn’t practice for a week, but the kids were still ready.”Valencia’s statement proved to be true, judging from the Bulldogs’ first drive. Burbank, running a no-huddle offense, opened the season with a four-play, 72-yard drive that lasted 39 seconds and ended with Ulises Ochoa’s eight-yard touchdown run.“

All week, we thought about starting the game fast,” Ochoa said. “That gave us a big boost.”The junior gave his team a boost with a career-high 154 yards rushing and three touchdowns in just 16 carries. He shared the load with senior fullback Leo Rodas. Rodas contributed 122 yards on the ground in 13 carries, as the Bulldogs averaged 7.9 yards per rush.“We are a run-balanced, hurry-up offense,” Rodas said. “The combination of me and [Ochoa] is the strongest point of our offense. If we can establish the run, it will open up the rest of the game.”Bulldog quarterback Adam Colman passed for 142 yards and a touchdown to Cole Hazlewood, who also returned a punt 16 yards for a score.

The Bulldogs were also aided by a strong defense that was led by defensive back Sam Bethany, who had a pair of interceptions and a third called back because of a penalty.Friday’s victory gave the Bulldogs high expectations for the remainder of the season.“We wanted to make a statement,” Rodas said. “Our goal is a [league] championship.”

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Dignity Vietnam Moving Wall

Here I am getting ready to place a red carnation at the Vietnam Wall in remembrence of my two classmates, William Henry Bric III and Robert John Campbell.
The Dove release at Closing Ceremonies.

Vietnam Veterans saluating the Vietnam Wall and their buddies whose names are on the Wall.

Americian Flag, Service Branch Flags, POW/MIA Flag

A women doing a name rubbing of a loved one who is on the wall.

A couple embrace while the husband remembers his buddies on the wall.

Here I am getting ready to volunteer on Friday morning.

Helicopter Flyover

This past Labor Day weekend, I spent it at Valley of the Oaks Memorial Park Cemetery in Westlake Village, California volunteering at the Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall. I slept in my truck at night from Friday until the Closing Ceremonies on Monday at 10 a.m..

I work the wall helping people find the names of their loved one on the wall. I gave tours and explained how the wall and the names were set up. I answered questions and did look-ups in my green book with all the names and where they are on the wall.

Sunday night one of the names I looked up for a couple was one of my own classmates from Burbank High School, Robert John Campbell BHS 1967. The woman was Virginia Castro from the Class of 1968 and she said that John Campbell had been their neighbor and they grew up together. As it turned out Virginia's brother Gerald Castro BHS 65 and I had met a few years ago as he was in boot camp with Douglas Ray Johnson BHS 64 who was killed in Vietnam and Gerald later sent me some photos of Douglas in boot camp. Next thing I know Virgina Castro calls her brother on the cell phone and ask if he remembers me and he said yes and to tell me Hi!. We all had a good laugh.
The closing ceremonies was really nice as they cleared the wall of people and then had all Vietnam Veterans go up to the wall and salute it. There was a dove release and then the Seabees started taking down the wall as it's next stop is Phoenix, AZ. Check out the Acorn News as I am mentioned in it.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

New Outlook for Bulldog Football

Burbank High quarterback Adam Colman will get the start in Friday's season opener against Simi Valley. (Raul Roa The Leader)
With a new field and a first-year coach, Burbank hoping to be among top dogs in Pacific League.
By Jeff Tully, Burbank Leader
Published: Friday, September 4, 2009

BURBANK HIGH — The Burbank High football team was hoping Friday would be a momentous day in the history of the school’s sports program.After months of construction and a price tag more than $4 million, the school’s new, on-campus state-of-the-art artificial football field was finished and ready to go.The Bulldogs were chomping at the bit to practice on the field for the first time.However, because of unhealthful conditions caused by the nearby fires, Burbank wasn’t able to practice Friday. That moratorium was extended to Saturday and Monday.“It’s a bummer,” Burbank first-year Coach Hector Valencia said. “You can go out and walk on the new field, but we haven’t been allowed to practice on it yet. We were really looking forward to breaking in our new field.”Burbank hasn’t been able to practice at all because of the conditions.“We can’t even go through our plays in the gym,” he said. “They won’t let us.”Missing practices has been a major setback for Burbank, which opens the season at 7 p.m. Friday in a nonleague Zero Week game at Simi Valley.Valencia said despite the setback, he expects his team to be ready for its opener Friday.“We have just been working on the mental aspects of our game,” he said. “But everything has been positive with the players and they have a great attitude.“This is a team that doesn’t’ get down on itself. These guys are determined to have a successful season and they are working hard toward that goal.”Valencia, a Burbank graduate and former football standout, takes over a program that had its ups and downs last season.Although the football team went 6-6 and just made the playoffs after finishing in a three-way tie for fourth place in the Pacific League, it stepped up in the playoffs.In its Southeast Division opener, coach Ted Amorosi’s group upset second-seeded Santa Fe, 20-14, on the road. It was the program’s first postseason win in 81 years.The team fell in the quarterfinals to West Covina, 49-28.Hoping to get back to the playoffs, and hopefully compete for a Pacific League title, Valencia will be relying on an offense that lost its most productive weapon to graduation.Wide receiver Cody Cardenaz was an All-Area, All-CIF Southern Section and all-league first-team pick. Along with catching 65 passes for 1,001 yards (15.4 yards a catch) and eight touchdowns, he also had a 98-yard touchdown catch to set a school record. In addition, he paced the team in scoring with 48 points.On defense, he had four interceptions and 50 tackles.Stepping up to fill the receiver position is senior Jackson Diamond (6-0, 190) and senior Anthony Cervantes (6-2, 205), who Valencia said “has a great pair of hands.”The team does return its best running back from a year ago, Sam Bethany (5 feet 9, 160 pounds). He gained 618 yards in 97 carries (6.4 yards a carry) and had six touchdowns.He will be joined in the backfield by junior running back Ulises Ochoa (5-10, 185) — who battled injuries last season — and senior fullback Leo Rodas (5-10, 220).The Bulldogs have had a spirited rivalry at quarterback between senior Zach Wilke (6-3, 210) and junior Adam Colman (6-4, 205), who saw time on varsity in 2008.“As of now, Adam will be our starter for Friday,” Valencia said. “Those two guys have been pushing each other in practice. We have two capable guys who could both help us.”Holding down the offensive line will be returning all-league standout Mikey Williams (5-11, 261). Junior Spencer Lee (5-11, 245) will be the center.On the opposite side of the ball, Burbank returns all-league linebacker Ryan Seidler (6-1, 208). Last season, Seidler paced the Bulldogs in tackles with 137.Also playing linebacker will be Cervantes and Diamond, for what Valencia hopes will be a formidable group.Cervantes will also handle the kicking duties.Holding down the defensive line will be senior nose guard Dane Allen (5-10, 205).Bethany earned all-league accolades last season as a defensive back, snagging four interceptions. He will be joined in the secondary by Ochoa.“There are some positions that guys are still fighting for,” Valencia said. “We are going to see who works out the best at what position.”In the league race, Valencia said he expects the stiffest competition to come from defending champion Muir. The Mustangs are ranked No. 5 in the CIF Southern Section Southeast Division preseason poll ahead of league foes Burroughs (No. 7) and Crescenta Valley (No. 9).

In Memory Of Donald Robert Tone, BHS 64

I am sad to report the lost of a Burbank High School Graduate from the Class of 1964 Donald Robert Tone who passed away on September 1, 2009 after a long battle with cancer. He owned his own drywall business in Canyon County and he was a Vietnam veteran. If anyone would like to attend the services see below:

Services are this Saturday, Sept. 12th at Praise Chapel Church, 27053 Honby St., Canyon Country, CA 91351. At 10:00 am for services and then get together there till about 2:00pm. Don's wife Judy, invites anyone to come. She had no numbers to get ahold of anyone from BHS.

If you cannot attend, but would like to send condolences to Don's Family, here is the address:
Judy Tone, 28967 Flowerpark Dr. Canyon Country, CA 91387

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Wordless Tuesday

Click on photo to see larger view. I think this is from either the 1923, 24 or 1925 yearbook.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Passing of Thomas W. Stoutenburg

Just learned that Thomas (Tom) W. Stoutenburg who graduated from Burbank High School with the Class of 1961, passed away on July 31, 2009 in Denver, Colorado.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Burbank High Class of 1970 - 40th Reunion

If you are in the BHS '70 class, or have a sibling or friend from the '70 class, please read the following and tell others.

BHS 1970 Class 40 Year Reunion

Sunday, June 27, 2010
6:00 PM until 12:00 Midnight
The Castaway
Mountain View Room

$75.00 per person
Buffet dinner with variety

Ticket payments have begun being accepted
Please make checks out to Joyce Starleaf,
and mail to:
Joyce Starleaf
700 N. Lima St.
Burbank, CA 91505-2946

For more information contact:
Joyce Starleaf 818-612-0514
Alan Landros 661-250-1641


Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

Burbank High about early to mid-twenties?

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Wordless Tuesday

Burbank High School Baseball Team in early to mid twenties.