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By: GRANT GORDON | August 27, 2005
o7"The single-mindedness necessary to fight one's way to the top, in no matter what sport, is something not shared by the majority of mortals."f7 -- Paul Gallico It's that unmistakable smell of freshly mowed grass intermixed with the summer heat. It's the not-so calm before the storm. It's shorts, shirts and cleats and then the first day of full pads. It's two-a-days, more running than you thought possible and, provided its cold, the most satisfying drink of water you've ever had in your life.
NEWS
August 14, 2002
Jim Riggio Getting acclimated to the game of competitive football prior to high school is something not many aspiring athletes get a chance to take part in. Bellarmine-Jefferson High football Coach Rolando Aguirre is giving those athletes who want that opportunity a chance to participate in a two-day non-tackle clinic. The inaugural Championship Foothill Clinic will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Brace Park. Players of all skill levels and positions from age 9 to 14 are welcome to participate.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Matt Bellner | April 9, 2008
If you like your romance clean and your football dirty, ?Leatherheads? might score a few points on your entertainment scoreboard, but for most movie fans, this PG-13 release will end up being a harmless incomplete pass. George Clooney directs and stars as Dodge Connelly, an aging professional football player in 1925. His team and league are about to go out of business, so they sign a college football star and war hero named Carter Rutherford (John Krasinski) to generate excitement.
SPORTS
By Rick Assad | November 15, 2006
BURBANK HIGH — Senior Green wide receiver Nick Nasse is smart enough to take advantage of his height. At 6 feet 2, he's four or five inches taller than most cornerbacks and safeties he plays against. As a result, he prefers his quarterback, Ryan Ashley, to toss the ball high into the air, allowing him to outleap most defenders. Nasse got to showcase his skills Saturday when two teams from the Burbank Vikings Youth Tackle Football program met in a postseason game. Nasse snared three touchdown passes for his team in a 36-6 Pacific Youth Football League second-round playoff win against the Senior White squad at Burbank High.
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November 1, 2008
Burroughs inducts sports hall of famers Along with the football game between host Burroughs High and Arcadia Friday night, the area school took time to honor some of its own. Seven former Indians standout athletes were among a group inducted into the Burroughs Athletic Hall of Fame. The group gathered for pictures and dinner prior to the game and was involved in a ceremony before kickoff. This year’s group included: Glenn Adriatico (1997 graduate; football)
NEWS
November 24, 2004
Re: Grant Gordon's insightful column on Burbank High School football coach Greg Sobiech ("Coach is not the problem," Saturday's Leader). So let me get this straight: In the toxic wake of more than 15 demoralizing football seasons at Burbank High, a talented, experienced, classy head coach is somehow convinced to take this previously dead-end job. In a short time, he has a seriously outmanned team competing on ...
NEWS
August 29, 2009
The artificial turf is in, the goal posts are up and the new football field at Burbank High School is ready to host its first contests. The new sports facility is definitely something to behold. The facility is all set for the Bulldogs varsity football team to take the field and go up against formidable foes while playing in front of throngs of loyal fans at the school’s home venue. But that will probably never happen. Even with its new home field in place, Burbank will still play its varsity home games at Burroughs’ Memorial Field.
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By Jeff Tully | December 20, 2006
Their working relationship has lasted longer than most marriages. Their friendship has spanned almost half a century. Their respect and admiration for one another has survived through good times and lean times. For decades, Jim Sartoris and John Cicuto have been synonymous with Glendale Community College athletics ? particularly football. They have helped mold a winning and respected program that routinely churns out accomplished players and successful student-athletes.
NEWS
July 5, 2003
He couldn't catch a break, except when he snowboarded or played football. Those breaks came within a six-month span in 2001 to his left shoulder while snowboarding and to his left index finger while catching a football. Those injuries robbed Scott Smiland of two years on the volleyball court. Questions were raised this season about the reserved St. Francis High volleyball player. Could Smiland resist future offers to snowboard? Could Smiland avoid another fluke injury to finally produce a captivating season?
NEWS
April 30, 2005
Burbank Sunrise Kiwanis Service Club honored Burbank mayors on Friday April 22, at their eighth annual Mayors Cup Golf Tournament. Leaders in attendance had quite a good time celebrating their years in office. The members of Burbank Sunrise Kiwanis thank our generous sponsors: Ken and Sherry Corday; NBC Universal; Cusumano Real Estate Group; Providence St. Joseph Medical Center; Burbank Community Development Department; Bob and Gerri Dickinson; Alliance Bank; Behunin Construction Co. Inc.; Billiards and Barstools; Burbank Public Works Recycling Center; Courtyard by Marriott; Disney Worldwide Outreach; First Security Lending; Gary Bric's Ramp; King, King, Alleman & Jensen; R.G. Meyers, Inc.; Schaefer Ambulance; VER Sales Inc.; and Provident Financial.
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From Staff Reports | April 3, 2014
Former Burroughs High standout Eben Britton will have a familiar home this upcoming season. The five-year National Football League offensive lineman signed a one-year deal to remain with the Chicago Bears on Thursday afternoon. "I'm really excited to be back with the Bears," Britton told ChicagoBears.com on Thursday. "After last season it was really the only way I hoped free agency would go. I'm just really excited to get back to work and back with the guys. "My family is really happy and excited.
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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 | 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 | January 13, 2014
For the second straight year, James Williams proved to be a valuable offensive asset for the Burbank High football team. And for the second straight season, the running back has been rewarded for his contributions. Williams, a junior, earned his second consecutive All-CIF Southern Section Southeast Division offensive accolade when the list was released Monday. "When I won it last year, I felt I had something to prove to try and live up to being All-CIF," Williams said. "It has been a goal of mine to try and win All-CIF in all of my years with the team.
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By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com | December 27, 2013
Throughout the past year, the local community experienced its share of important, interesting and significant sports stories. Some of the stories enlightened us, some informed us and others just entertained us. Although many of the stories deserve recognition, a select few stood out among the others. Chosen by the Leader, here is a list of the top 10 sports stories of 2013. 1 Burbank football team rolls to CIF-SS semifinals: The Bulldogs were able to accomplish something that no other team in the program has been able do for more than 80 years.
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By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com | December 3, 2013
Burbank High football had a football player garner one of the Pacific League's top awards despite playing limited minutes. Burroughs had a player earn one of the league's top awards after playing the entire campaign with a major injury. With Bulldog James Williams and Indian Hawkins Mann leading the way, the two local teams had their share of athletes earn All-Pacific League honors, as 28 Burbank and Burroughs players were selected on this year's list. Burbank, which tied for second in league and advanced to the CIF Southern Section Southeast Division semifinals, had 13 players earn accolades, while Burroughs, which also tied for second, landed 15 players on the list.
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By Andrew J. Campa | November 29, 2013
GLENDALE — An impressive year warranted quite a few awards for the Glendale Community College football team as was recently announced by the American Conference Pacific Division. The Vaqueros, who finished tied for third in the division with a 6-4 overall mark, merited four first-team and seven second-team selections in posting the program's first winning season since 2006. "Honestly, I thought we deserved a few more picks," Vaqueros sixth-year Coach John Rome said. "But I'm happy with what we received.
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By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com | November 29, 2013
With its starting running backs unable to practice all week because of injuries prior to Burbank High's CIF Southern Section Southeast Division semifinal, the Bulldogs were at a distinct disadvantage. With star running back James Williams hobbled, Joseph Pendleton knocked out of the game in the first half and Tony Toledo not even suited up for Friday's contest against No. 2 La Serna, Burbank turned to its defense to take some of the pressure off. PHOTOS: Burbank High falls to La Serna in CIF playoff game The Bulldogs' defense did something no other opponent has been able to do against the Lancers in the playoffs - keep them in check for long periods.
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By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com | November 26, 2013
Burbank High football Coach Hector Valencia didn't have to go too far to pick the brain of someone who had first-hand knowledge of the Bulldogs' next opponent. That opponent is La Serna, and Burbank will face the Lancers in a CIF Southern Section Southeast Division semifinal game at 7:30 p.m. Friday at California High in Whittier. In the opening game of the playoffs, cross-town rival Burroughs absorbed the brunt of La Serna's potent offensive attack, with the Indians coming out on the losing end of a 55-7 result.
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By Nathan Cambridge | November 24, 2013
THOUSAND OAKS - In his 13 years in the Pacific Youth Football League, coach Don Ashley had never had one of his midget division squads finish undefeated and win the league's Super Bowl. But this year, Ashley and his Burbank Green Vikings team were on the cusp of doing just that as they matched up against the North Oxnard Red Warriors at Thousand Oaks High School in the championship game. The Vikings did not let the opportunity pass them by Saturday afternoon, seizing the day with a 54-6 blowout victory over the Warriors to finish with a perfect record and the elusive Super Bowl win. “It's the first time I've had 23 kids with the same vision,” Ashley said.
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