All CIF Honorees Announced!

March 30, 2009 by · 2 Comments 



Player of the Year – Shelley Gupilan, Bellarmine-Jefferson, 12
Coach of the Year – Bryan Camacho, Bellarmine-Jefferson

First team
Margeaux Gupilan, 12, Bellarmine-Jefferson
Rishonda Napier, 9, Bellarmine-Jefferson
Dajyanah Vines, 11, Santa Clara
Shareen Dunham, 12, Santa Clara
Chantel Dooley, 11, Montclair Prep
Stephanie Scamman, 12, Montclair Prep
Breanna Madrazo, 10, Chadwick
Talor Hixon, 11, St Anthony
Michelle Miller, 9, Pasadena Poly
Kayla Mortzky, 11, St Margaret’s


Second team
Elizabeth Hawthorne, 12, Bellarmine-Jefferson
Haley Bush, 11, Chadwick
Rina Towne, 11, St. Anthony
Kelly Pray, 12, Pasadena Poly
Jennifer Jimenez, 12, Bishop Diego
Lindsay Schapiro, 11, Buckley
Clair Hosinski, 11, St. Margaret’s
Jasmine McDuffy, 11, Mojave
Sahkinah Douglas, 12, Riverside Christian
Lashaun Kochampanasken, 12, Sherman Indian


Bell-Jeff Wins One, Loses One!

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Bellarmine-Jefferson vs. St. Anthony: The Guards girls’ team earned a 51-40 Santa Cruz League win and the boys’ squad fell, 54-51, Read more

Doyle Staying In The Game!

March 27, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

BURBANK – Former Bellarmine-Jefferson football player playing professionally: The opportunity to keep playing football after finishing their college career is an opportunity not many athletes get to enjoy.

However, for former Bell-Jeff and Glendale Community College standout Brendon Doyle, he is getting the chance to do just that.

While enjoying a successful stint at Weber State University, Doyle was noticed by the owner of the Ogden Knights, a team in the newly formed American Indoor Football Assn.

Fourteen teams in the league play a fast-paced game similar to Arena Football, with eight players competing on offense and defense.

Doyle, a 6-foot-3, 230-pound quarterback, plays for a Knights, a team from Utah. He reportedly didn’t have to try out for the Ogden squad after getting strong endorsements from Weber State coaches.

The Knights opened their season Monday with a 42-37 loss to New Mexico.

Doyle played the entire second half. He threw one touchdown pass to James Owens.

Doyle has been able to make a career of football since graduating from Bell-Jeff in 2004.

At Weber State (10-4), he was a backup for the Wildcats, as the No. 12-ranked team advanced to the quarterfinals of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs, losing to Montana, 24-13, on Dec. 6.

Weber State beat Montana, 45-28, on Oct. 4, as the teams shared the Big Sky Conference regular season title.

Doyle had a nine-yard touchdown pass in the Wildcats 49-35 opening-round upset win Nov. 26 against No. 3 Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

On the season, Doyle played in 10 games and was seven of 13 for 63 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. He also ran 13 times for 70 yards and two touchdowns.

Before Weber State, Doyle played for the Vaqueros, helping them to a 9-2 record and a win in the Western State Bowl in 2006 to earn all-conference honors.

He was an All-CIF award-winner for the Guards before heading to L.A. Valley College.

Doyle earned his second straight All-CIF Southern Section Division XII first-team honor in 2003, as he helped the Guards to an area-best 7-3 record his senior year.

At quarterback, he completed 78 of 161 passes (48.5%) for 1,337 yards, 14 touchdowns and four interceptions. He also rushed for 174 yard and five touchdowns.

The All-Area honoree played defensive back, nabbing six interceptions.

In his final two seasons at Bell-Jeff, Doyle threw for 2,890 yards and 27 touchdowns.

Jeff Tully – Burbank Leader

Guards Take State Title!

March 24, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

BURBANK –  Shelley Gupilan leads way with 22 points, as Bell-Jeff defeats Pinewood, 55-47, to win first team championship in city history. Read more

Bell-Jeff Captures Girls’ Basketball State Title!

March 21, 2009 by · 5 Comments 

SACRAMENTO – Gupilan cousins lead Bell-Jeff to area’s first girls’ crown. As the final seconds ticked off the clock and Bell-Jeff Read more

Gupilans Lead Bell-Jeff to Title!

March 20, 2009 by · 2 Comments 

SACRAMENTO (AP) – Bellarmine-Jefferson 54, Pinewood 47. Shelley Gupilan scored 22 points as Bellarmine-Jefferson Read more

Nitros Caught Off Guard!

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SOUTHEAST GLENDALE — Baseball: Glendale High commits 10 errors in 14-2 nonleague home loss to Bell-Jeff.  Read more

Camacho Resurrects Bell-Jeff!

March 19, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

It was only four years ago during the 2005-06 season that the Bell-Jeff of Burbank girls’ basketball team was in the second year of another pitiful season.

Bryan Camacho, head coach for the Guards during very successful seasons in 2003 and 2004, left to pursue a college coaching opportunity in Montana and things seemed to fall apart on the small campus just north of the 5 freeway.

However, Camacho returned for the 2007 season, built the program up and now has Bell-Jeff back on top, playing for the Division V state championship Friday at Arco Arena in Sacramento at 3:30 p.m. against Pinewood of Los Altos Hills.

Camacho led Bell-Jeff to the Southern Section Div. V-A championship this season and the Guards were runner-up in Div. IV-AA last year.

“Leaving was hard to do but it was a college opportunity that I felt I had to take,” Camacho said. “I didn’t want to look back and have any regrets that I didn’t try for the next level. I learned so many things in Montana and everything happens for a reason and now we get to play for a state championship.”

Camacho has been back for only three seasons, but he’s rebuilt the Guards in short order, taking a team that won only nine games combined in the two seasons he was gone to the brink of a state title.

“We have just been so fortunate to have great kids and great families,” Camacho said. “The kids and families have bought into the school and the program. We have been blessed and gotten some breaks here and there.”

Records are made to be broken

With a victory Friday, Bell-Jeff will break the school record for most wins in a season. The Guards are currently tied with the 1997 team, which won 33 games behind Jackie Johnson. This year’s team has already surpassed the ’97 team by reaching the state final. The ’97 fell one game short of the state final, losing to St. Bernard of Playa del Rey in the regional championship.

“We can’t worry about records right now,” Camacho said. “We are only focused on winning this game Friday. If that happens the record will take care of itself. Everything great comes with a victory Friday.”

More than basketball on the schedule, Bell-Jeff will mix business with pleasure on its trip up north.

While the Guards will be focused on the task at hand, the team also has a planned tour of the state capital Saturday.

The team will drive to San Francisco later that day, spend the night with relatives of Camacho’s family and tour the city Saturday night and Sunday morning before heading home.

“We are going all out on this trip,” Camacho said. “It is going to be a celebration of our season and the countless hours put in by the kids and staff and families. Everyone has sacrificed so much and we are going to finally let loose.”

Preparing for Pinewood

At this point in the season there is not a lot of teaching and new material implemented. Bell-Jeff is working on shooting, staying fresh and breaking down its opponent.

“We had a light walkthrough on Monday,” Camacho said. “We are really just doing a lot of shooting and taking these four days to really dissect Pinewood. They are a very good team and similar to us in a lot of ways. They can handle the ball, shoot and run its sets very well. We want to know their tendencies and their coaching tendencies in certain situations.”

By Jacob H. Pollon Special to the Daily News

Bell-Jeff Is New Kid On Title Block!

March 18, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

BELLARMINE-JEFFERSON HIGH — Guards making their first appearance in state championship game, while Pinewood has won three state championships.Not many teams have the chance to make history.

Not many teams have the opportunity to leave a lasting legacy.

Not many teams get to be the first.

The Bellarmine-Jefferson High girls’ basketball squad has the opportunity to do something no other program in the history of Burbank high school sports has been able to accomplish — win a team state championship.

The Guards will get the opportunity to do just that in the CIF State Basketball Division V Championship game at 3:30 p.m. Friday at Arco Arena in Sacramento.

“We are just so excited to be in this position,” Bell-Jeff Coach Bryan Camacho said. “The girls are excited and the whole school is abuzz about this game. It’s now just a matter of preparing and making all the arrangements.”

Winning a state championship, however, will likely take a concerted effort. The Guards (33-1) will be taking on Pinewood of Los Altos Hills in Santa Clara County, a team with a history of state crowns.

The Panthers (31-4), from the Central California Section, are the No. 2 seed from the Northern California Regional. Pinewood defeated No. 1-seeded Branson, 41-30, Saturday to win the regional championship.

“[Pinewood] not only won the [regional], but they beat a team that had won two straight state titles,” Camacho said.

Pinewood is no stranger to state-final competition. The team will be making its fourth appearance in the championship game, and it has captured three state titles (1999, 2005-06).

“This is the first time any team from our school has made it to the state championship,” Camacho said. “And although we’ve never been here before, I think our experience playing in big games against some tough teams this season will help us.”

The Panthers are led by senior Lindsay Nickel, who is the lone holdover from the team’s 2006 state championship team. Nickel, a 5-foot-11 center, averages 13.7 points and 6.1 rebounds a game.

The team also has a solid player in 5-8 guard Hailie Eackles, who averages 11 points, 7.1 rebounds and two steals a game.

“[Pinewood] is a team that likes to push up the ball and they play very good pressure defense,” Camacho said. “They are also very well coached. As far as the team makeup, they are very similar to us.

“They are a very good team and it should be an exciting game.”

The Panthers come into the game on a 21-game winning streak. Their last loss came Jan. 9 against San Jose Valley Christian, 50-34.

The Guards enter the game on a 19-game winning streak. Their 33 wins ties a school record and their only loss of the season came Dec. 30 against Montclair Prep, 63-62.

The team earned a spot in the title game by defeating No. 3 View Park Prep, 61-49, in the Southern California Regional Saturday at Cal State Fullerton.

It was the 26th time this season the Guards have scored at least 60 points in a game. The team has also scored at least 70 points 13 times and 80 points twice.

While Bell-Jeff averages 66.4 points a game, Pinewood averages 55.4. On defense, the Guards surrender an average of 42.3 points a game and the Panthers give up 35.1.


Bell-Jeff is been led all year by 5-9 senior guard Shelley Gupilan. The reigning All-Area Player of the Year is averaging nearly 20 points in the postseason.

“We just want to take advantage of this opportunity and give it everything that we’ve got,” Camacho said. “Not many teams get the chance to accomplish something like this.”

Story by – Jeff Tully

Guards’ State Of Euphoria!

March 18, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

FULLERTON — Freshman helps lead way for Bell-Jeff in win against View Park, 61-49, in regional final.
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