Squads Fall In The Postseason!

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BASEBALL/SOFTBALL: Four teams lose in first-round games on the road, as no teams are left in the CIF playoffs. Read more

Guards Take Playoff Opener!

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Bellarmine-Jefferson 19, La Sierra Academy 1: The Guards won only the second playoff game in the program’s history Read more

Teams take to the road for Playoffs!

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BURBANK –  Bell-Jeff, Burroughs, Providence all play league champs in first round of CIF.
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Jill Machuca Brings A New Spirit To Bell-Jeff!

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Things are a changing at Bell-Jeff High School.  

Right on the heels of a history making CIF State basketball title and announcement of athletic director/girls head coach Bryan Camacho as boys basketball coach, comes the hiring of Jill Machuca.

Jill Machuca, is the new cheerleading coach for Bell-Jeff and she has hit the ground running.  She comes to to Bell-Jeff with 10 years of cheer experience at Burbank High School and her energy and enthusiasm has already created a “buzz” on campus, evident by the droves of students who signed up on Monday evening at St. Eleanor’s Hall.

Plans include cheer camp, a summer schedule to get ready for the upcoming 2009 – 2010 football season as well as cheer competitions in the future. 

Jill feels that, “becoming a cheerleader is a powerful gift to yourself and your school” and she is looking for girls who want to “lift themselves and the crowd, higher!”

The last possible day to sign up for cheer is Friday, May 29th so, If you are interested in joining the cheerleading squad or have any questions,  Jill’s email is: belljeffcheer@yahoo.com

Go Guards!

Story by – Eric “Rico” Reed

Bell-Jeff Basketball All-League Honorees!

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Bell-Jeff recently held is annual Fall Sports banquet and several players were honored on both the boys and girls teams.

For the Girls, Santa Cruz League 1st team Honors went to…

Shelley Gupilan

All State, ALL CIF Div V POY, All Area, Southern Section POY

Elizabeth Hawthorne

All State, ALL CIF, All Area Honorable Mention


Margeaux Gupilan

All League, All State, ALL CIF, All Area

Rishonda Napier

All League, All State, ALL CIF, All Area

Julia Tani

Santa Cruz All League 2nd Team, All Area Honorable Mention

Jasmine Smith

Santa Cruz 2nd Team All League



The Boys Santa Fe All League Honorees were…

Alexis Bersabe

1st Team All-League

Javier Gonzalez

1st Team All-League, Team MVP

Micah Shirley

2nd Team All-League

Andre Frazier

2nd Team All-League

Elijah Reed



Story by Eric “Rico” Reed

Top Guards – Rishonda Napier & Micah Shirley!

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Bell-Jeff “Top Guards”, are special young men and women who are able to maintain a high GPA while excelling as a high school athlete.

This time, our “Top Guards” rule the Basketball court and Football field, Rishonda Napier and Micah Shirley!

Rishonda Napier

Rishonda Janell Napier is in the honors program at Bell Jeff. 

Excelling in Math and Science, Rishonda is maintaining a 4.3 GPA  and holds the distinction of being is the only freshman taking Algebra 2.

Rishonda entered Bell Jeff from Jordan Middle School, where she was in GATE (gifted and talented education program).  While at Jordan, she was student body president, athletic director for ASB and also received the Jordan Middle School Athlete of the Year award for 2008.

Rishonda was the 2008 Magnolia Park Optimist Oratorical Contest winner and she also won first place in the 2008 Martin Luther King Essay Contest by Forest Lawn.

Rishonda - an episode on ER

Rishonda - an episode on ER

If you think her face is familiar, your right. Before focusing her attentions on basketball, Rishonda had tapped into the industry a few years ago.  This quick to smile former child/actor has a myriad of on screen credits including two guest star roles on ER, airing on NBC, a reoccurring role  on Malcolm in the Middle (Fox).  She also appeared in a film airing on HBO and Showtime, titled Gift for the Living. 

Rishonda began playing basketball in third grade, with Burbank Park and Recreation.  Over the past several years, she has played on AAU travel teams for Media City Tribe, GBL Lady Rebels, and SGV. 

During her career, she has received recognition as Offensive Player of the Year from Media City Tribe and the MVP award for the GBL Lady Rebels.  In 2005, her 10 year and under team (GBL) won the  national championship in Orlando Florida as well as the NJB National Championship in 2007.  She earned a third national championship title for 13 year and under, in 2008 with SGV in Norman Oklahoma.

As a Bell-Jeff freshman (or 9th grader as she prefers to be recalled), Rishonda’s basketball accomplishments include a Nike Tournament of Champions Gray Division championship, a CIF Div 5A Championship and the schools record breaking 34-1 season which culminated with a first ever history making CIF Div 5 State Championship!

A self proclaimed “basketball junkie”, Rishonda can’t wait to get back in the gym with her teammates and prepare to make history again and repeat as CIF League and State Champions.

Rishonda’s 2008 – 2009 Honors

ALL CIF first team

ALL Santa Cruz League first team

All State Freshman Team

Burbank All Area first team

Named to the TOC NIKE All Tournament Team In Phoenix AZ in December 2008

She also participated in track and field and ran cross-country for Bell Jeff where she was named to the Santa Cruz All League first team and earned All CIF honors.

Rishonda is not the only Napier at Bell-Jeff, her brother junior Ryan Napier runs track and is also excelling in the classroom.

Congratulations Rishonda, you truly epitimize the term Student/Athlete!


Micah Shirley

Micah Shirley is a fifteen year old sophomore at Bell Jeff who is always challenging himself in the classroom, at home and in sports. 

Micah has attended private Catholic schools since preschool and was recently confirmed at Our Mother of Good Counsel Church. A devout follower towards his Catholic religion, Micah volunteers time at the church’s annual carnival, soup-line, car wash fundraiser, and food for the homeless.

As a Scholar Athlete, Micah is academically focused maintaining a 3.4 GPA with his sights set on UCLA or USC.

A standout player in two sports, Basketball and Football, Micah played safety and wide receiver, scoring 5 touchdowns and setting the school record for receiving yards, 1,002 yards on just 40 catches! 

For his accomplishments, he was voted Santa Fe League All-League First Offensive Team, named to Burbank’s All-Area 1st Team on Offense and honered as the Guard’s Offensive Player of the Year.

In Basketball, Micah was co-leading scorer with 10 points per game helping the Guards to a 16-12 season and named to the Santa Fe League All-League 2nd Team.

Micah is not the only athlete in the family, his brother Andrew Shirley, (freshman @ Cal State Dominguez) played basketball for the Guards, mother Rhonda Shirley completed the 2009 City of Angels Half Marathon and father Kirk Shirley was a standout football player for North Hollywood high school.

Story by: Eric “Rico” Reed

Camacho Lands Boys Job!

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BELLARMINE-JEFFERSON HIGH — Bell-Jeff girls’ coach and athletic director will lead both Guards’ Read more

Camacho To Pull Double Duty!

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Bell-Jeff of Burbank’s Bryan Camacho can add another title to the two he already holds at the tiny campus.

Camacho is the girls basketball coach and boys athletic director and now will be taking over the boys basketball program in a move that will surely spread his time even thinner than it already is.

Camacho is coming off a season in which he led the girls to the Southern Section Division V-A championship and a state Div. V championship.

“It is a great challenge that I am looking very forward too,” Camacho said. “I have a great staff and we are going to do our very best for both programs.”

Camacho replaces Eli Essa, who was let go after 14 years at the helm.

by: Jack Pollon – Daily News

Doyle Staying In The Game!

May 1, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

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.