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By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com | March 18, 2014
When Hector Valencia stepped down as Burbank High head football coach Feb. 28, he hoped the school would find a suitable replacement for a program that has enjoyed its share of success in recent years. Valencia, a Burbank graduate, was hoping the new coach would continue growing the program he worked so hard to help cultivate for five seasons. His first choice for the new coach was longtime coach Richard Broussard, who had served as Valencia's assistant head coach last season.
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By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com | March 17, 2014
There was little debate about how much Clarissa Guerrero's presence on the soccer field benefited the Burbank High girls' team this past season. "Anyone who watched our team play could see how important a player Clarissa was for us," said Burbank Coach Eric Montoya about the senior forward. "Just the things she could do in the field were pretty amazing, and it was fun do watch her. I know we wouldn't have been as successful as we were without Clarissa. " In the roles of both goal-scorer and facilitator, Guerrero enjoyed a wealth of success during her senior campaign.
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From Staff Reports | March 15, 2014
With one swing, Burbank High softball sophomore Julia Duarte plated two runs, led the Bulldogs to a 5-4 win over West Ranch and bestowed her team with the High Desert Classic tournament championship Saturday. Duarte hit a two-run, walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to propel Burbank to the tournament title in Lancaster. Burbank earned passage into the title game on the heels of a 1-0 nine-inning semifinal win over Highland in which junior Caitlyn Brooks, the reigning All-Area Softball Player of the Year, threw a shutout and struck out 16. Amber Ingram scored the winning run on a passed ball.
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By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com | March 12, 2014
No matter where Clarissa Guerrero was positioned on the soccer field, she was determined to make the best of every situation. "I will play anywhere they need me on the field," said Guerrero, who just completed her senior season on the Burbank High girls' team. "If they needed me at forward I would play there or if them needed me on defense I would play there, too. I would even play goalie if they needed me there. " Primarily a forward, there were times this past season when Bulldogs Coach Eric Montoya used the four-year starter all over the field.
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By Joey Kaufman, special to the Leader | March 11, 2014
BURBANK - The schedule hasn't exactly been easy for the Burbank High baseball team so far this season. Over a span of eight days, the Bulldogs have already faced Loyola and Hart - No. 1 and No. 7, respectively, in the latest CIF Southern Section Division I poll - and welcomed another tough Division I opponent Tuesday afternoon in Westlake. As was the case with the two ranked squads, the Bulldogs suffered another loss in Easton Tournament, this time by a score of 10-5 to the Warriors, who tallied 15 hits and led by as many as seven runs.
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By Edgar Melik-Stepanyan, Special to the Leader | March 5, 2014
Both coaches are young, their boys' teams have little varsity experience and their girls' squads are young, too. The Burbank High and Burroughs boys' and girls' swimming teams have a number of similarities this year. Each program welcomes a new leader who is making his debut as a head coach. Jarrod Przebieda, just 24 years old, has been given the reins of the Burbank program and Jacob Cook, two years older than his former water polo teammate at L.A. Valley College, has taken over the Burroughs squad.
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By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com | March 4, 2014
BURBANK - Having graduated 10 seniors, a Burbank High boys' volleyball team with plenty of new faces was eager to see how the new squad would gel. The Bulldogs got that chance Tuesday afternoon when they hosted Alhambra in a nonleague game to open their season. In the early going, it didn't look good for Burbank, which dropped the first two games to the Moors. But the Bulldogs battled back and claimed a hard-fought five-game victory, 19-25, 21-25, 25-18, 25-17, 15-12. Since reviving its program three years ago, it was the first five-game win for Burbank.
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By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com | February 28, 2014
Citing a desire to spend more time with his two young children, Hector Valencia stepped down as head football coach at Burbank High Friday afternoon. Valencia, 39, who guided the Bulldogs program for five years, said he met with his team Friday to tell them about his decision. “It was something that I had been thinking about for about a year or so,” said Valencia, who has children who are 5 and 7. “And it all has to do with family. As a head football coach you work just so many hours, it just doesn't leave enough time for the family and the kids.
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By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com | February 22, 2014
The Burbank High girls' basketball team began the CIF Southern Section Division I-A playoffs with a major speed bump. Playing Knight of Palmdale on the road Saturday night, the Bulldogs dug themselves a hole to the tune of a 20-point deficit. However, Burbank was able to battle back late in the fourth quarter to make it just a two-point game. But that was as close as the Bulldogs would come, as they saw their season come to an end with a 60-57 loss. "We fell behind and we were trailing by 20 in the fourth quarter," Burbank Coach Bruce Breeden said.
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BY JEFF TULLY | February 21, 2014
With similar records, the Burbank High boys' basketball team was hoping to have a chance Friday in its opening-round playoff game against Peninsula on Friday. The Bulldogs had further hope in their CIF Southern Section Division I-A first-round contest after the Panthers lost their leading scorer, Stanley Roberts, to a broken hand prior to the playoffs. But even with things looking up for Burbank, it couldn't match up with Peninsula, as the host Panthers got out to an early lead and stayed in control to notch a 69-43 victory.
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