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September 6, 2008
BURBANK — After qualifying for the postseason two seasons ago, the Burroughs High boys’ water polo team fell short in 2007, placing fifth in the Pacific League and missing the playoffs. The fortunes were a little better for Burbank High a year ago, as the Bulldogs finished fourth in league to snag the final postseason spot. With their share of talented returning players, sprinkled with some promising newcomers, the Indians and Bulldogs expect to qualify for the CIF Southern Section Division VI playoffs this season.
By By Jeff Tully | January 28, 2006
tullyGIRLS' WATER POLO: After sluggish first half, Burbank comes back strongly in second to topple visiting Burroughs, 13-6, in an Almont League match. BURBANK HIGH -- Many from Burbank and Burroughs highs were surprised that the Bulldogs held just a two-goal halftime lead in their Almont League cross-town rivalry match. The Indian program was shaken up when its coach left after the start of the season, and the players have shown tremendous perseverance, learning a new system from a new coach.
By Charles Rich | October 25, 2008
BURROUGHS HIGH — — A quick start lifted the Glendale High boys’ water polo team and doomed Burroughs. The way it’s been going so far in Pacific League competition this year, it shouldn’t have come as a surprise. Glendale scored six first-quarter goals en route to a 22-9 road league victory against Burroughs on Thursday afternoon. “We went out looking for a quick start and then to focus on our defense,” Glendale Coach Bob Zirovich said.
By Charles Rich | January 27, 2007
BURROUGHS HIGH — It was hard to tell if the Glendale High girls' water polo team played that well or if Burroughs played that poorly. Those who competed and coached in Wednesday's Pacific League match would be best to pass judgment. Glendale picked a good time to get on track offensively, as three players scored five goals each to power the Nitros to an overwhelming 19-1 road win against Burroughs. Lily Broussard, Shaggy Abolian and Vanuhi Ovasapyan notched five goals apiece for the Nitros, who have suffered 11 one-goal losses this season.
By Christopher Cadelago | April 11, 2009
BURBANK — Overcast conditions and booming thunder Friday could not dampen the mood at the eighth annual Greek Festival, where sixth-graders traded in their usual garb for togas and laurels, played games and lunched on Mediterranean dishes. Jordan Middle School students took the Olympic oath and participated in a parade of banners before swapping their white gowns for physical education T-shirts and shorts. “Greeks did most of the games wearing nothing at all,” said Dion Mokhtari, 12. “Our P.E. uniforms are supposed to represent nudity.
By Jeff Tully | December 10, 2008
BURROUGHS HIGH — Of all the winter sports, girls’ water polo starts Pacific League play the earliest, with teams competing in opening matches today. To get his team prepared for league, Burroughs High Coach Carlos Ponce has had his players entrenched in competition. Last week, the Indians played seven matches, and this week they will play four. Trying to get his young team the experience it needs, Burroughs took on Mark Keppel Monday in a nonleague contest at home.
By Jeff Tully | January 30, 2008
BURBANK HIGH — Burbank High girls’ water polo Coach Carlos Pelayo said his team “suffered several mental lapses” and “played sluggish at times” Tuesday in a Pacific League match against Burroughs. A happy Indians Coach Carlos Ponce said his squad “played a very good game” and made the Bulldogs “play our type of game” in the cross-town rivalry contest. However, despite what the coaches’ comments seem to indicate, the outcome favored Burbank.
By Charles Rich | April 5, 2008
BURBANK — Just a freshman, Crescenta Valley High girls’ swimmer Mackenzie Hobby has been given the responsibility to participate in some of the more difficult races and relays. She’s been doing just fine. Hobby captured two individual events and helped win two relays to propel visiting Crescenta Valley to a 122-48 victory against Burroughs on Wednesday afternoon in a Pacific League dual meet. Crescenta Valley notched a 106-64 victory in the boys’ portion of the meet.
By Jeff Tully | April 28, 2007
BURROUGHS HIGH ? Burbank High swimming Coach Adam Wright made a strategic move last week concerning his girls' team. Competing in the Royal Invitational on April 21, the coach moved most of his athletes down to the junior varsity level, hoping the switch would give them a better chance at picking up victories, and as a result, boost their confidence. The move paid off, as the Bulldogs placed third and were riding a wave of confidence when they took on cross-town rival Burroughs Wednesday in a Pacific League meet.
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