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By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com | November 7, 2012
BURBANK HIGH - Burbank High and coach Kristina Garcia didn't know much about Arlington from Riverside prior to the teams' CIF Southern Section Division V opening-round boys' water polo playoff match Wednesday. “We looked around on the Internet and we tried to find information about them, but there just wasn't that much,” Garcia said. “They weren't in the media a lot, so finding out about them was extremely difficult.” With little advanced information, the Bulldogs entered their opener with wide-eyed wonder.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | November 7, 2012
Usually, the Burroughs High boys' water polo team has flourished during the second half of its matches throughout the season. It played a large role in the Indians qualifying for the playoffs for the first time in seven seasons. Unfortunately for the Indians, the pattern didn't continue Wednesday afternoon during a CIF Southern Section Division V first-round match against host Riverside Poly. Burroughs mustered just one second-half goal and saw its season conclude with a 12-5 defeat.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | November 4, 2012
Following their respective journeys through the arduous Pacific League, both the Burbank High and Burroughs boys' water polo teams have earned trips to the CIF postseason. Upon the release Sunday of the CIF Southern Section Division V playoff pairings, though, the Indians and Bulldogs will take far different paths. Ending up on opposite ends of the bracket, the Bulldogs, having taken second in league and taken up a spot in the division's top 10 for much of the season, will host Arlington on Wednesday in the first round.
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By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | October 26, 2012
PASADENA - With seemingly every element against them, including a hostile road crowd and an equally-determined if not desperate opponent, the Burroughs High boys' water polo team couldn't have picked a more urgent and appropriate time for a signature effort. Despite surrendering a three-goal lead to open the fourth quarter, the visiting Indians never fell behind and instead surged forward as the Pacific League's fourth and final guaranteed playoff participant after defeating Pasadena, 11-10, on Friday afternoon on senior day. The victory clinched the Indians (12-5 overall, 3-3 in league)
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | October 24, 2012
BURBANK - As has been the case in Pacific League matches throughout the season, it's never quite clear just what Burbank High boys' water polo team will be showcased in the pool. On Wednesday afternoon against rival Burroughs, the Bulldogs showed just how dominant they could be - in the second quarter, at least. That was before they squandered a five-goal lead with just more than three minutes to play, only to hold off the pesky Indians for a nailbiting 13-12 win. “We weren't really focused in the end, I guess we relaxed a little,” said Burbank's Dante Nazarian, who had a team-high four goals.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | October 18, 2012
BURBANK HIGH - For a moment, the visiting Arcadia High boys' water polo team was competitive with Burbank, the sixth-ranked squad in CIF Southern Section Division V. And for a time, Burbank had grown lackadaisical. But when first-year Bulldogs Coach Kristina Garcia began subbing in players off the bench, the team took notice, turning in a second stanza of pure dominance that quickly turned Thursday afternoon's Pacific League tilt into an overwhelming rout, as the Bulldogs won easily, 20-8, against the Apaches.
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By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | October 2, 2012
PASADENA - Throw together a furious rally, a fired-up winner, an angry loser, a malfunctioning scoreboard and a long match and the opening to the Pacific League boys' water polo season couldn't have commenced any wackier. Oh, and that's not even mentioning host Pasadena High kicked off league play with a thrilling, 14-13, overtime upset win versus league contender Burbank, which entered Tuesday afternoon ranked eighth in Division V of the CIF Southern Section. “This is an amazing win because we're not as deep as Burbank.
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By Emin Avakian, Special to the Leader | September 8, 2012
SAN MARINO - A well-played championship game between the boys' water polo teams from Burbank High and El Segundo, that was decided in the final minutes, served as the grand finale for the 2012 San Marino Varsity Tournament that wrapped up Saturday afternoon. The Bulldogs won the tournament last season and were in the hunt for consecutive tournament championships as they led early in the fourth quarter, but surrendered the lead seconds later to the Eagles, who never relinquished it, and went on to win, 10-9.
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By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com | September 6, 2012
BURROUGHS HIGH - The Burroughs High and South Pasadena boys' water polo teams entered their nonleague match Thursday both missing key players. The Indians were without top scorer, Danny Mairano, who was ruled ineligible earlier in the week after failing a class during the summer session. Tigers Coach Robert Echeverria elected to bench his starters in the beginning of the contest, saying "the effort just hasn't been there" with the group of players. That left the door open for Burroughs, which got off to an early lead.
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BY EDGAR MELIK-STEPANYAN | August 24, 2012
The Burroughs High boys' water polo team has promised a trip to the playoffs. Burbank, the Indians' crosstown rival, has guaranteed a disciplined and strengthened program. The Indians and Bulldogs are full of optimism heading into the season, with Burroughs eyeing a postseason berth for the first time in eight years and Burbank refueling under first-year Coach Kristina Garcia. Burroughs Coach Danny Garcia - no relation to his Burbank counterpart - provided his thoughts about the fate of both programs.
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