Saturday, October 31, 2009

Burbank Comes From Behind to Stay Undefeated

Burbank pulls out late victory
Bulldogs score winning touchdown in final two minutes to earn 33-27 league win against Arcadia.

By Jeff Tully
Published: Saturday, October 31, 2009

ARCADIA — The Burbank High football team had 3:11 and one final drive to keep its hopes of a Pacific League championship alive.Trailing Arcadia on Friday late in the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs needed to march 55 yards and score a touchdown to give them a chance at winning the contest against the Apaches.

Burbank proved up to the task, as the team scored the winning touchdown with 1:55 remaining to complete a 33-27 come-from-behind victory at Arcadia. The win was important for the Bulldogs (7-1, 5-0 in league) because it kept them undefeated in league and tied for first place with cross-town rival Burroughs (6-2, 5-0).

Burbank Coach Hector Valencia said his squad’s winning drive shows the true character of his Bulldogs.“They had the confidence that they could come back and win the game for us,” said Valencia, who is in his first year. “They weren’t about to give up. That’s what’s great about this team; they were not going to quit.”The winning drive was capped by a 19-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Adam Colman to Anthony Cervantes. On the play, Cervantes came across the field, dove and outstretched the ball, coming down with the prize in the end zone. Colman ran in the two-point conversion attempt to give the Bulldogs a six-point lead.

The Apaches (1-6-1, 1-4) tried to mount a winning drive, but Burbank defender Sam Bethany intercepted a pass with 50 seconds remaining to seal the victory.“Adam just did a great job for us tonight,” Valencia said. “He threw a lot of good passes that were dropped.” Colman completed 11 of 22 passes for 242 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.

Burbank fell behind, 21-18, at the half and trailed, 27-25, with 4:55 left in the contest. The Burbank defense did a solid job shutting down the Arcadia running game, as it gained just 54 yards.However, they couldn’t stop its passing game and quarterback Garrett Tuck. Tuck completed 23 of 36 passes for 241 yards and three touchdowns.“We made a lot of mental mistakes, especially in the first half,” said Valencia, whose team committed 10 penalties for 83 yards in the first half alone.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Burbank Officer in FBI Probe Kills Self

I do not know if this officer went to school here in Burbank, but this is a very sad time for the Burbank Police Department and the City of Burbank. To read more click on the link below.

Burbank Police Officer Kills Self

Burbank High's Frosh Team Wins Again!

The Burbank High School Frosh Team wins another game by beating Arcadia 30 - 8.Burbank High's quarterback #18 is hit after throwing a completed pass for a touchdown.
Burbank's quarterback #18 hands the ball off to Burbank's #17 while Burbank's #89 blocks Arcadia.

A Burbank High player catches the ball after an Arcadia punt.

Burbank High's #17 runs with the ball for a few yards.

Here Burbank #18 who is the quarterback and also a kicker kicks the ball off to Arcadia after
a Burbank touchdown.

A brief video clip of a Burbank running play against Arcadia.

Arcadia kicks the ball off to Burbank after scoring their only touchdown of the game.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Burbank vs Arcadia Friday

• WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday.
• WHERE: Arcadia High.
• RECORDS: The Bulldogs are 6-1, 4-0 in the Pacific League; the Apaches are 1-5-1, 1-3.

• LAST WEEK: Burbank defeated Hoover, 48-13; Arcadia lost to Burroughs, 35-25.

• OUTLOOK: Four down and three to go in the Bulldogs’ quest for their first Pacific League championship in 37 years. A win against the Nitros, along with a victory Nov. 5 against Pasadena, and Burbank will be playing for a league title when its plays cross-town rival Burroughs in the final regular-season game Nov. 13.

The Bulldogs — winners of five straight — have their offense playing well. The Bulldogs lead the league in points scored with 266, as the squad averages 38 points a game. The team’s defense has also been solid, as it allows just 15.4 points a game. Arcadia showed it can pass the ball and run the ball with efficiency in last week’s loss to Burroughs. The Apaches’ lone win came with in a 34-16 league victory against Glendale on Oct. 1

• SOMETHING INTERESTING: The Bulldogs still remain among the top teams in the CIF Southern Section Southeast Division, as the team is ranked No. 4 in this week’s poll.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Wordless Tuesday

This is a model of a chopper used in Vietnam that was on display at the Vietnam Traveling Wall in Van Nuys last week. I took the photo because on the nose of the chopper is a photo of a Bulldog!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

BHS Girl's Volleyball help cause, win match

Bulldogs help cause, win match
GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL: Burbank joins Crescenta Valley in raising funds for breast cancer research, and locals able to win Pacific League contest in three games.

By Gabriel Rizk, Burbank Leader
Published: Saturday, October 24, 2009

LA CRESCENTA — Kills, aces and assists played their normal prominent role in deciding the Pacific League girls’ volleyball match between host Crescenta Valley High and Burbank on Thursday afternoon. But by far the most important statistics in the Bulldogs’ 26-24, 25-15, 25-23 win were digs. As part of The Falcons’ Dig Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Rally in conjunction with the Sideout Foundation, money was raised for breast cancer research with each ball dug by both teams.

“They say one in eight women will be affected by breast cancer, so just on my team that means one of my girls will get breast cancer in their lifetime,” said Crescenta Valley Coach Jennifer Ryan, who initiated the Falcons’ involvement in the nationwide program last season, inspired partly by a former player whose aunt died of breast cancer and her own grandmother, who is a survivor of the disease. “It’s something that they need to be aware of. Hopefully in their lifetime, maybe a cure will be found.

”Players from both squads collected donation pledges leading up to the match, which also included a raffle. Ryan said that the totals raised from pledges will take some time to compile and the final figure should be tallied by Nov. 4. Last year’s event, which featured Burroughs and Crescenta Valley, raised more than $1,000 in pledges.“I think it’s important for [our team] to do stuff for other people and learn about [breast cancer],” Burbank Coach Sarah Brown said of the event that was timed to coincide with Breast Cancer Awareness Month. “The girls were all up for it and excited about it. Any sort of fundraiser or charity thing that you can do with something that you love doing is great.”

Burbank got the best of Crescenta Valley for the second time this season, improving its third-place league record to 8-2 and gaining more ground on the fourth-place Falcons, who lost their second league match in a row and third in their last four. Senior opposite hitter Natalie Burns led the Bulldogs with 10 kills and three aces while junior outside hitter Leah Gagliardi was Crescenta Valley’s top offensive performer with 10 kills.

Burbank led the first game until Crescenta Valley pulled even at 19. The Falcons would battle to tie the game twice more at 23 and 24 but could never get a lead. They made their move earlier in the second game, pulling ahead, 5-4, on a roof by Gagliardi and led 12-11 on a kill from setter Payton Wheeler. But Burbank took full control with a 6-0 run, sparked by a kill from Narine Kirakosyan that broke a 12-12 tie and gave the Bulldogs an 18-13 lead.

“I told them we had to come out hard and stick to the game plan,” said Brown, whose team closed out the second game on a 7-3 run. “Our serving increased a ton in the second game and I think that helped us a lot in the third game.”The two teams were virtually neck-and-neck throughout the third game until the Bulldogs took a 20-17 edge and soon had the Falcons’ backs against the wall at 23-19. Crescenta Valley rallied to within one point on kills from Tiffani Wilcox and Julia Adams, but once again, Burbank was able to hold on.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Burbank High Varsity beats Hoover 48-13

Burbank's Cole Hazlewood and Jackson Diamond celebrate after Hazlewood scored a touchdown against Hoover. (Roger Wilson/The Leader)

Colman leads Burbank to a 48-13 win against Hoover to remain perfect in league play.

By Edgar Melik-Stepanyan, Burbank Leader
Published: Saturday, October 24, 2009

GLENDALE — The Hoover High football team was intent on stopping Burbank’s potent running attack on Friday night. And the Tornadoes did contain the Bulldogs’ ground game. But Burbank has more than just a strong running game. It also has an efficient aerial assault, one that Hoover couldn’t contain. Burbank quarterback Adam Colman picked apart the Tornadoes’ defense for four passing touchdowns — in addition to two rushing scores — in a 48-13 Pacific League victory at Moyse Field.

“They’ve been running the ball wild on everyone,” Tornado Coach Chris Long said. “We tried to stop the running game.”Burbank (6-1, 4-0 in league) had 59 rushing yards in the first half, as the Tornadoes’ original game plan worked. It also had 213 passing yards, as Colman threw all of his scores in the first half, all of which came against a man-to-man defense that put seven or eight defenders in the box.

Burbank’s onslaught started late in the first quarter. Colman connected with Sam Bethany for a 28-yard score to give Burbank a 14-0 lead, as the touchdown came 23 seconds after a Hoover fumble and 47 seconds after his first rushing touchdown. Almost every time Colman touched the ball in the first half, he created havoc, as Burbank ran just 28 plays in the first half for 272 yards, an average of 9.7 yards per play.“When they were trying to stop the run, we knew we had a shot [down field],” Bulldogs Coach Hector Valencia said. “We have guys who have been playing together for years. Guys have been playing together for so long that they know the offense in and out.

”A 29-yard scoring strike to Cole Hazlewood, and 39- and 67-yard receiving touchdowns by Jackson Diamond gave Burbank a 34-6 halftime lead. Hazlewood got behind the Hoover secondary for a wide open score, as did Diamond on his first touchdown. Diamond’s other score came on a deep pass down the right sideline.“The deep ball killed us,” Long said. Colman was 12 of 17 for 262 passing yards. Diamond caught three passes for 107 yards and Bethany had five receptions for 87 yards.

Hoover’s offense struggled against a strong Bulldog defense.The Tornadoes had just 33 total yards in the first half, and finished with 150 yards in 41 plays, an average of 3.7 per play. Quarterback AJ Pule had 71 passing yards and a six-yard touchdown run before walking off with an injury in the fourth quarter. Dymond McRae caught a 24-yard touchdown pass from Devaughn Williams late in the fourth quarter when the score was well out of reach and the clock was running.

Said Colman: “We had a few more athletes today.”

Friday, October 23, 2009

Burbank High Frosh Wins 32-0

The Burbank High School Frosh Football Team rolls over Hoover 32-0 at Burbank High yesterday. In the first half Burbank could do what they wanted as Hoover could not stop them. All 32 points were scored in the first half. The second half the Bulldogs self destructed with a lot of penalties, but Hoover played worse and could not take advantage and score.

Burbank quarterback looks for an open receiver.

Burbank kicks an on-side kick after scoring one of their touchdowns.

The Bulldog quarterback throws a pass.

The Burbank High kicker kicks the ball off after scoring one of the bulldogs touchdown.

The Burbank High quarterback flips the ball off to his running back.

Two Burbank High Bulldog defenders make a tackle against a Hoover runner.

The Bulldog defense breaks up a Hoover pass play.

The score says it all! Burbank High Frosh 32 and Hoover 0

Thursday, October 22, 2009

City of Burbank Walk of Fame

BURBANK — The latest group of dedicated individuals were honored in this year’s induction ceremony for the City of Burbank Athletics Walk of Fame. Burbank High School's Ed Pape was one of four enshrined by the Burbank Park, Recreation and Community Services Department. Here is a look at his accomplishments:  

ED PAPE was born in 1947 and raised in Burbank, he began in local sports by playing on the Burbank A’s baseball team. Ed was a little guy, but he was left-handed, and could throw hard. When Pape was 10, he met Fred Baltaeu and joined the Kids for Christ Star Fighters baseball team. The group of boys included Don Ludwig, Jim Barnfather, and Mickey DePalo. Soon Ed "lefty" Pape became a stand-out pitcher in the program. He also played flag football and basketball and went on to graduate from Burbank High School. Later he worked as a volunteer scorekeeper and umpire for the adult softball and basketball program and also coached Hap Minor Baseball, flag football and women’s fast pitch softball teams.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Burbank Wins 61 - 3 vs Glendale

Don't Mess with the Burbank High School Bulldogs!

Bulldogs get on a roll and have no problem dispensing of Glendale in 61-3 Pacific League win.
By Jeff Tully, Burbank Leader
Published: Friday, October 16, 2009

MEMORIAL FIELD — The Glendale High football team ran headlong into a motivated and focused Burbank squad Friday in a Pacific League game. Fresh from a win last week against defending champion Muir, the Bulldogs were determined to stay unbeaten in league and take the reigns as the team to beat.

For the Nitros, they went into the contest looking for their first league win, and the squad had to accomplish that task short handed. To make matters worse, Glendale had both of its quarterbacks knocked out of the game in the first half. Forced to play a one- dimensional game, the Nitros were no match against the potent Bulldogs, as Burbank rolled to a 61-3 victory at Memorial Field.

“We lost to the best team in the league,” Glendale Coach Alan Eberhart said. Eberhart said he suspended a group of players for the game who broke team rules by not showing up to practice this week.“It wouldn’t have made a difference in the outcome if we had those players,” he said. “But it did hurt our depth.”The win keeps Burbank (5-1, 3-0 in league) in first place in the Pacific League, tied with Burroughs (4-2, 3-0). The two teams are the only remaining undefeated teams in league.

The number of points scored in the game by the Bulldogs tied for third for the most in program history. Bulldogs coach Hector Valencia said he wanted to make sure his squad came out focused and ready to play, and hoped it would not suffer a letdown after posting a 29-28 win in two overtimes Oct. 9 against Muir. “They knew what they had to come out and do,” Valencia said. “We wanted to make sure that they concentrated on this game and didn’t worry about what happened last week. They played pretty well.

”Glendale (1-5, 0-2) was hampered when starting quarterback Moises Chavez and backup Richard Anaya were both knocked out of the game in the first half. That left running back Alex Manukian to handle the ball. “I don’t know if [Manukian] can even throw the ball,” Eberhart said. “I’ve never seen him try.”With Glendale forced to run the ball, the Bulldogs’ defense took advantage, limiting the Nitros to just 57 yards of total offense in the game. The only Glendale points came with 5:00 left in the first quarter when Anaya booted a 25-yard field goal. That was set up by a 68-yard kickoff return by Anaya.

“I thought our defense played very well,” Valencia said. “If we don’t give up that long return, I don’t think they even score that field goal.”The Burbank offense moved the ball at will. Sam Bethany gained 115 yards in 11 carries and had a touchdown — he also had a touchdown reception — and Leo Rodas gained 99 yards in 12 carries and scored three touchdowns.Burbank quarterback Adam Colman also had a fine game, throwing for three touchdowns. Before he was injured, Chavez completed five of eight passes for 50 yards and one interception. Running back Chanpyo Kim had seven carries for 16 yards.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Order Your CPL Larry Maxam Mug

Cpl Larry L Maxam, Burbank High 1966 who was awarded the Medal of Honor in Vietnam now has his own mug that you can order. Check out this link: 1968 Corporal Larry L. Maxam mug
1968 Corporal Larry L. Maxam by SgtSkullNStein
ceramic mugs made online at'>Larry L. Maxam Mug

Thursday, October 15, 2009

The Vietnam Traveling Wall Now @ Van Nuys

The American Veterans Traveling Tribute ( ) will be in Van Nuys from October 14-18 in support of Operation Gratitude. The AVTT Exhibit includes a replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall (80% scale), a Cost of Freedom display of Gold Dog Tags for every service member killed since Vietnam, a 9-11 tribute, and an art display of paintings and photos from World War II and the Korean War.

The Exhibit will be on the large lot adjacent to the Van Nuys National Guard Armory. Operation Gratitude will host Prep days in the Armory during the Exhibit.
The entire event will be free to the public. Our mission is to provide our community an opportunity to "Pay Respect" to our heroes both by visiting the Memorial and by participating in Operation Gratitude activities.

The AVTT event daily schedule is as follows:

1. Wednesday October 14: RAIN OR SHINE: Motorcade Escort of The Traveling Wall
4:00pm Muster at Airtel Plaza Hotel: 7277 Valjean Avenue, Van Nuys
5:30pm - Color Guard and Greetings Indoors: Airtel Plaza Ballroom Guest: Mitchell Englander, Chief of Staff for Councilman Greig Smith Condor Fly-Over Will Launch the Motorcade (weather permitting)
6:00pm Motorcade Departs for Exhibit Site led by Grand Marshall Stan Chambers ROUTE: West on Sherman Way; South on Louise Avenue to Event site at Louise and Victory Spectators Assemble along Louise from Vanowen to Victory Line the Parade Route and Wave a Flag!

2. Thursday October 15:
9am-Noon: volunteers Set up Exhibit
Noon-5pm: Open viewing
5pm-7pm: Opening Ceremony with Candlelighting, Laying of Wreaths Hosted by 4-Time Olympic Gold Medalist in Swimming: John Naber Guests: City Councilmen Greig Smith, Tony Cardenas and Dennis Zine 3-War Veteran MSGT (ret.) Edward Chema Speaker: Stan Chambers

3. Friday October 16: Open 8am-8pm
9am-3pm: School Visits 11am-1pm: Share your Lunchbreak with KKGO Country's Morning Co-Host Ashley Paige
3pm-8pm: Open Viewing

4. Saturday October 17: Family Day
8am-8pm: Musical Performances
12-3pm: Kogi BBQ Truck and Get Shaved Ice 1pm: Color Guard and Formal Greeting Guests: City Controller Wendy Greuel Gold Star Wives

5. Sunday October 18: Open 8am-6pm
11am: Memorial Service officiated by Rabbi Mordecai Finley of Ohr Hatorah Synagogue and Pastor Glen Kreun of Saddleback Church Guests: Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield, Stan Chambers 3-War Veteran MSGT (ret.) Edward Chema Speaker: Major General John Harrell Condor Flyover
12 Noon: Parade of Honor Past The Wall 1-6pm: Open Viewing
6pm-8pm: Breakdown

Letter writing materials, scarf-making lessons, information and snacks will be offered at the Operation Gratitude tables at The Exhibit site. All ages are invited to attend The Exhibit. Visitors 12 years and older are welcome to volunteer in the Armory to help prep products for our package assembly the following weekend. Girl Scouts will be offering Trophy Nuts for donation to our troops through the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles Gift of Caring Program.

Visitors are encouraged to bring donations for the care packages.
Suggested items are:
Beanie Babies
Bags of Candy
Beef Jerky-Individual Packages
Location: 17330 Victory Blvd; Van Nuys, CA 91406 ▪ Corner of Victory and LouiseNote: Parking next door at the SkatePark & Encino Farmer’s Market from 12 noon to 8 PM daily & at Brimingham High School all day Saturday & Sunday
The Airtel Plaza Hotel is offering rooms for $89/night under the group name "AVTT." Call 1-800-2AIRTEL for reservations and mention "AVTT."
For more information about the American Veterans Traveling Tribute:
For more information about Operation Gratitude:
For more information about the Operation Gratitude-AVTT Event: or

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Richard Keith Oros 1945 -2009

Obituaries: Richard Keith Oros
The Daily Astorian, OR

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Richard Keith Oros, 64, of Gearhart, died Friday, Sept. 25, 2009, in Gearhart. He was born May 16, 1945, in Bangor, North Wales, to Leroy E. and Mary (Price-Jones) Oros. His mother survives, residing in Gearhart. His father preceded him in death in September 1992.

In 1963, he graduated from Burbank (Calif.) High School. He attended Los Angeles Trade Technical College and received a degree in commercial heating and air conditioning in 1968. In September 1964, he married Ann Oros Ghidinelli in Burbank. They later divorced. She survives, residing in Eureka, Calif.

Mr. Oros worked as a commercial fisherman on the West Coast for many years. He was a member of Seaside Calvary Church. In addition to his mother, he is survived by two sisters and a brother-in-law, Laura Chester and Julie and Danny Ruffell of Gearhart; a daughter and son-in-law, Laurie and Charles Elliott of Eureka; two sons, Kirk and Ryan Oros of Eureka; three grandchildren, Bryan, Lyndee and Bryce Elliott of Eureka; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Daniel R. Oros, in September 1991.

A memorial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Seaside Calvary Church.Memorial contributions may be made to Seaside Calvary Church, 851 Avenue A, Seaside, OR 97138. The Neptune Society in Portland is in charge of the arrangements.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Frances L. Foster 1919-2009

Frances L. Foster: Born in East Liverpool, Ohio on June 18, 1919, the youngest of eight, passed away on September 26, 2009, San Rafael, California.

Frances L. Foster had a long and active life. As a child, her family moved to Burbank, CA in 1921 where she attended Burbank High School and married Jesse P. Foster the day after graduation. Frances moved to Marin County in 1943, with her growing family, where she settled until her death.

She is survived by her three children, Jesse P. Foster Jr., Pennie Barger, and Suzann Foster and 5 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. (Daughter Frankie Foster and Grandson Patrick M. Foster, deceased).

During the Second World War she worked as a pipe fitter in Marinship and was a member of the Local 38. When the war ended Frances worked for the Federal Housing Authority in Marin City. She left the Housing Authority to secure employment with a private refrigeration company in San Francisco where she met dear friend, Mario J. Pellegrini. A few years later, she became a partner with Mr. Pellegrini, owner of Pellegrini Refrigeration and Restaurant Supply Inc., located in Emeryville, CA.

Frances was an active Rotarian with the Berkeley Rotary Club until she retired from their refrigeration business in 2007. Additionally, she was the Senior Past Matron of Mill Valley Chapter 19 of the Eastern Star and a member of the San Rafael Second Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She was also very active in the Giants Booster Club, traveling to many National League ballparks with Patrick M. Foster, her grandson. Frances also visited many AMA professional motorcycle race tracks around the country to watch her grandson, Peter Wensloff, compete in the races.

Sharing her sense of adventure with granddaughters, Jeanette Barger and Lynne F.Foster, she took them to see places such as Tahiti, Alaska, Fiji, and Mexico. As an integral part of our lives for as long as we can remember, our mom and grandma will be sorely missed. A special thanks to Heartland Hospice, Kaiser Hospital, and her caregivers at Aegis Living in San Rafael for her care and support.

Services will be held at Valley Memorial Park, 650 Bugeia Lane, Novato, CA 94945 at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 3rd. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation on behalf of Frances Foster to Heartland Hospice, LightHouse for the Blind, Salvation Army or your favorite charity.

Published in San Francisco Chronicle on September 30, 2009

Note: The obit does not give Frances maiden name or what year she graduated from Burbank High. My mom was born in 1919 and she graduated in 1937 so Frances graduated about 1937.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Burbank Wins Overtime Thriller

What a game on Friday night against Muir. I got more gray hairs than I already have. When Burbank made the 2 point conversion in the double overtime, everyone went crazy! Everyone was on their feet praying and keeping their fingers crossed and some couldn't watch as it was so nerve racking. But Burbank beleived they could do it and they did! WAY TO GO BULLDOGS!

Bulldogs opt to go for two points in second extra period and convert for a 29-28 win against league-champion Muir.

By Jeff Tully, Burbank Leader
Published: Saturday, October 10, 2009

MEMORIAL FIELD — When his Burbank High football team scored a touchdown in the second overtime to pull to within one point of defending Pacific League champion Muir, Bulldogs’ Coach Hector Valencia decided his team had had enough. With his squad exhausted from playing an entire game and two additional periods, Valencia scrapped the idea of kicking the extra point to tie the game.The coach wanted the win. Instead, he had his Bulldogs line up for a two-point conversion attempt. The team didn’t let their coach down, as quarterback Adam Colman connected with Ulises Ochoa on the two-point try, lifting Burbank to a 29-28 win against the Mustangs Friday night at Memorial Field.

With a 42-14 win last week against Crescenta Valley, Burbank (4-1, 2-0 in league) has beaten last year’s league runner-up and champion in consecutive weeks.“This is a very important win for our program,” said Valencia, who is in his first year. “This puts us up there in contention for a league championship, and that has been our goal all season.

”Valencia said he thought hard about going for the two-point conversion against Muir (0-5, 0-2) in the second overtime.“The kids had been through so much at that point,” he said. “And when you get to the third [overtime], it gets even harder.“I thought we were moving the ball pretty well on our last drive when we scored. So, I thought we would have a good chance.”On the winning play, Colman took the snap and was instantly met by a Mustangs defender who broke through the middle of the line. Under pressure, Colman backpedaled and fired the ball off of his back foot. The ball headed toward Ochoa, who caught the offering against his chest and cradled the ball as he fell to the turf.

“I saw the defender coming hot, and I knew I had to make a decision quick,” Colman said. “I saw [Ochoa] at the last second and threw it to him.”The Bulldogs were able to fight back after suffering through a dismal first quarter. Although the Burbank defense allowed just seven Muir points through the first two quarters, its offense could manage just 53 yards. The Bulldogs also struggled early second half and trailed, 21-7, after Ochoa scored on a nine-yard run in the second quarter. Colman scored a four-yard touchdown run and hit Sam Bethany on a nine-yard tally to even the score at 21. After Muir scored in the second overtime, Bethany found the end zone on a two-yard run to get the hosts to within one. Ochoa carried the ball 15 times and racked up 169 yards.“The guys really deserved this one,” Valencia said. “They worked hard for the win.”

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Burbank High JV's Slaughter Muir

The Burbank High JV football team played Muir at Memorial field Friday night and they slaughter Muir 55 to 8. (Dummy me forgot what final score was so may not be "55", but close enough).

A Burbank High player chases down the Muir quarterback.

A Burbank High player runs for some yardage on the play before being tackled.

The Burbank High offense is on the move against Muir High School.

Burbank High kicks the ball to Muir after scoring one of their touchdowns.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Association Raises Funds at Bucco Di Burbank


The students of the Burbank High School’s show choirs sang for their guests’ supper on Sept. 24 in the school’s outdoor eating area.There were 400 people at the sold-out event. With an Italian theme, the students were singing waiters, personally serving and singing to their tables. Choirs also rotated on the stage with the other waiters lined up along the rows between the tables, jumping up for their chorus parts. Some patrons even ended up dancing near their tables, partnered with their waiter.

Assistant Choir Director Donna Dandino conceived the idea of “Bucco di Burbank,” designed the show, rehearsed the choirs with Director Brett Carroll and brought it all together on the night, including her family recipe pasta sauce.The money raised for choirs goes toward sheet music, costumes, professional choreographers, props, light and sound reinforcements at the shows, professional music composers, competition fees and student scholarships.

The next fundraiser is the “Night of Magic,” on Nov. 6, which will be a sit down dinner at Pickwick Gardens with experienced servers and entertainment by the show choirs and a professional guest.In addition, there will be about 200 opportunity baskets up for silent auction. Tickets can be purchased from show choir students or through Tobi Lippman at (818) 843-7674 or

Thursday, October 8, 2009

CV Too Tough - Boy's Water Polo

BOYS’ WATER POLO: Burbank can’t stay with Falcons in suffering 15-6 Pacific League loss.
By Gabriel Rizk, Burbank Leader
Published: Tuesday, October 6, 2009 10:07
LA CRESCENTA — Upending defending Pacific League champion Crescenta Valley High won’t be an easy task for any of the other teams looking to make a run at the league title, as Burbank found out on Tuesday at Crescenta Valley.The Falcons’ starters made their point early, putting up 10 unanswered goals in the first period, and the reserves that made up most of the lineup for the final three quarters were pretty effective themselves, in securing a 15-6 win the league opener for both teams.

“We just wanted to keep it simple, get our passes down, see each other and get an early lead so we could get the bench in,” said Falcons senior hole/set Chris Veselich, who scored three goals, assisted on another and was one of several Crescenta Valley starters who didn’t see action after the first quarter. Forty-five seconds into the match, Matt Peters scored to ignite the Falcons’ overwhelming run. Beginning at the 5:34 mark, Crescenta Valley strung together four more goals in the span of a minute.

Alan Dearman muscled his way in for a short goal to make it 2-0, then Veselich drove down the middle, dishing to Peters on the left wing for the Falcons’ third goal. A steal by goalkeeper Rane Colvin sparked a Matt Peters goal on the counter attack, before another steal, this one in the middle of a Burbank 6-5 advantage, led to a Veselich goal and a 5-0 lead.

“They’re very physical and they press and they counter attack, they’ve been doing that for a long time,” said Burbank Coach Carlos Pelayo, a Crescenta Valley graduate. “We just weren’t ready to match their intensity yet. The big thing we’re trying to work on is consistency.”The Falcons closed out the quarter with two more tallies from Veselich and one apiece from Peters, Dearman and Andrew De Jong.

Burbank got on the board at the 3:39 mark of the second quarter on a long straight shot by Zachary Card and shut the Falcons out in the quarter while getting its second goal of the match from Samuel Akopian with 37 seconds left in the half. But Crescenta Valley guarded well against any Bulldogs second-half comeback attempt behind good defense and two goals apiece from Jordan Adajar and Spencer Duke and one from Shiraz Arslanian.

“They played well and they need experience,” Crescenta Valley Coach Jan Sakonju said of his second unit. “Doing things in practice versus an actual game is completely different, so that gets them some needed playing time so they can develop their roles as we move into playoffs. ”Akopian scored two more goals in the second half for Burbank, which also got goals from Dimitar Tantchev and Nicholas Vitagliano.

Passing News

Just learned of the passing of the following Burbank High Alumni:

Norma Williams Anderson, BHS 1940 - passed away on July 4, 2009 just short of her 85th birthday July 31st.

Paul Myers, BHS 1944 - passed away on July 28, 2009. Paul collapsed and died, while playing golf with some of his many friends in San Jose, CA. He served in the Air Force where he flew in World War II, Korea and Vietnam and rising to the rank of Lt. Colonel. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Marilyn Beal Myers, BHS 1947 as well as two sons and a daughter, plus five grandchildren.

Vivian Gure-Cearley, BHS 1949 - passed away in December 2008 in Oxnard, CA. She was an accomplished hair stylist for 35 years.

Anita Cole Hinkle, BHS 1938 -passed away on July 28, 2009 after a brief illness in Nevada. Anita H. Hinkle, 91, died July 28 at a local hospital. The 16-year Boulder City resident was born March 7, 1918, in Los Angeles. She was a homemaker. She is survived by her sons Steven Hinkle and Scott Hinkle and daughter-in-law Regina Hinkle, all of Henderson; and sister Maryjane Strickland of Burbank, Calif.; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Palm Mortuary handled the arrangements.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Burbank Varsity Beats CV 42-14

Burbank's Omar Trancoso, Michael Williams and Spencer Lee congratulate Leo Rodas on making a touchdown against Crescenta Valley (Roger Wilson/The Leader)

Bulldogs come on in the second half to earn 42-14 victory against Crescenta Valley in league opener.

By Gabriel Rizk, Burbank Leader
Published: October 3, 2009

GLENDALE — Although it only led by two points at halftime, the Burbank High football team felt it had found the right approach to beating host Crescenta Valley on Friday night at Moyse Field. Burbank continued to pound the ball on the ground and tried to pressure the Falcons into turning the ball over. After 24 minutes, the Bulldogs weren’t the only believers.

Running downhill in the second half, the Bulldogs overwhelmed a Falcons team that simply melted down, claiming a 42-14 victory in the Pacific League opener for both teams. “I think we played our football,” said first-year Burbank Coach Hector Valencia, whose team put up 26 unanswered points after halftime and recovered four Falcons turnovers on the night. “We didn’t really make any adjustments at halftime. We believed in what we were doing and I don’t think [the Falcons] did anything to adjust or change our opinion at halftime, so we decided to keep doing what we’re about.

”Ulises Ochoa rushed for a game-high 128 yards and two touchdowns in 15 carries and Leo Rodas added 107 yards on the ground and two more touchdowns in 17 carries, as Burbank ran at will in the second half to the tune of 179 yards.

“They played a very good second half,” Falcons Coach Tony Zarrillo said. “They outplayed us in almost every way you can.”Burbank (3-1) stopped Crescenta Valley’s opening drive of the second half, which lasted nearly seven minutes. It came to an end on a third-down sack of Crescenta Valley quarterback Kyle Cota (16 for 27 passing for 229 yards and one touchdown) by Diamond Jackson and Argisht Stepanian.

It then took the Bulldogs just 3:14 to drive 95 yards on nine plays, all but one on the ground, and take a 22-14 lead on a 12-yard run by quarterback Adam Colman (nine for 16 passing for 121 yards with one touchdown). Crescenta Valley (2-2) couldn’t reply on its next possession, punting from its own 26-yard line after three plays, and subsequently saw Burbank march another 52 yards downfield in six plays to go up, 28-14, on a four-yard sweep to the right by Ochoa at the 9:51 mark of the fourth quarter.

The Falcons — who placed second in league last season — came out firing on their next drive, picking up 40 yards on the opening play on a pass from Cota to Dai Dai McFadden (seven catches for 108 yards). Cota then hit Mike Bako (seven catches for 113 yards and a touchdown) for a 20-yard gain, but Bako fumbled and the ball was recovered by Burbank on its 14-yard line and returned to the 32 with 9:08 to play. Burbank took advantage, driving 68 yards for a 35-14 lead on a four-yard run by Rodas.

“We made as many critical mistakes as you could possibly make,” said Zarrillo, whose team had 50 yards in penalties in the second half. “When you turn the ball over and do other things wrong in addition to that, you’re not going to win.”Crescenta Valley came into the game ranked No, 5 in the CIF Southern Section Southeast Division. Burbank is ranked No. 8 in the same division.The Bulldogs gained the win after having a bye last week. Burbank returns to action next week with a Pacific League game Friday against defending champion Muir at Memorial Field.The Mustangs will be coming off a loss, as they were defeated by Burroughs, 9-6, Friday at Memorial Field.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Burbank High Frosh Wins 38-15

Thursday at 3:30 p.m. at Burbank High's new football field I watched the Burbank High Frosh Football team defeat Crescenta Valley 38-15. The bulldogs are 3-1 overall and 1-0 in league play. The JV and Varsity teams play Crescenta Valley this evening (Friday) at Glendale High.

The Bulldogs kick off after just scoring one of their touchdowns and converting a two point conversion.

The bulldog quarterback throws an incomplete pass under a lot of pressure from Crescenta Valley defenders.

Burbank High's quarterback makes a gain before being tackled by a Crescenta Valley

Burbank High's running back runs on this play 65 yards for a touchdown.

In this photo if you look close to the right of the tree almost hidden by it's branches is the " B" on the hill in the background.

A pile - up!

The bulldog quarterback hands the ball off on this play for short yardage.

Final Score: 38 - 15 Burbank Wins!

Good game!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Big Win for Girl's Volleyball

Narine Kirakosyan spikes the ball past CV's Jessica Dieny and Payton Wheeler during Tuesday's match. (Roger Wilson/The Leader)

Win is big step for Burbank

GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL: Bulldogs play well and earn four-game Pacific League victory against Crescenta Valley.
By Charles Rich, Burbank Leader
Published: September 29, 2009

BURBANK HIGH — The Burbank High and Crescenta Valley girls’ volleyball teams want to participate in the playoffs in November.In the first of two Pacific League meetings this season, Burbank took a step toward possibly achieving that goal. Talented Crescenta Valley might have regressed a bit.

Burbank received 13 kills from middle blocker Narine Kirakosyan and 25 assists from setter Sarah Tubert to pick up a 25-19, 25-23, 23-25, 25-19 home win.“It’s our biggest win of the season,” said Burbank Coach Sarah Brown, who previously served as an assistant at Crescenta Valley for two seasons. “It’s an important win for us because we want to place as high as we can in league.“They know that they have to go out there and always be earning the points. It’s about being able to bear down and keep the ball in play and taking control of the game.

”For the most part, Burbank (4-1, 2-1 in league) earned its share of points against Crescenta Valley (7-3, 1-2). Burbank used multiple-point runs to turn the Falcons aside.“We have to want to win and want to play,” said Crescenta Valley Coach Jennifer Ryan, whose team will next face Burbank at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at Crescenta Valley.

“They played with no emotion, and the same thing happened [in a loss] against Burroughs [Thursday].“Burbank’s got a good team, but we’re not playing very well. There’s a lot of time left [in the season].”The Bulldogs, who took part in the postseason last season, also got 10 kills from outside hitter Iris Mora and nine from opposite hitter Natalie Burns.

Burbank needed to regain its momentum after Crescenta Valley rallied late to win the third game. In the fourth game, the Bulldogs got a kill from Kirakosyan to take a 13-7 lead. Although Crescenta Valley closed to within 18-17, the Bulldogs closed out the match with a 7-2 run.The Falcons, who also qualified for the postseason last season, played noticeably better in the third game. Crescenta Valley used an 8-5 charge to get back into the match. Senior middle blocker Rachel Fisher had two kills in that stretch, including an ace to seal the win and force a fourth game.

In the second game, the teams played evenly. Crescenta Valley tied the score at 20, but several hitting errors cost the Falcons, and propelled the Bulldogs.Burbank used a 9-1 run to take a 19-9 lead in the first game, which featured four kills from Kirakosyan.Sophomore setter Payton Wheeler and junior setter Ashley McFadden finished with 19 and 14 assists, respectively for Crescenta Valley. Senior opposite hitter Tiffani Wilcox collected 15 kills for the Falcons who got 10 from senior outside hitter Julia Adams and nine from junior opposite hitter Leah Gagliardi.