Bell-Jeff Girls’ Hoop Team Is Scary Good!

July 29, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s only summer, but the way the Bellarmine-Jefferson High girls’ basketball team has been playing, next season’s squad Read more

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Bell-Jeff Gains Revenge, Reaches Quarterfinals!

July 21, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

It took the Bell-Jeff of Burbank girls’ basketball team a little more than six years, a trip to San Diego and two extra minutes, but the Guards finally gained a measure of revenge on La Jolla CountryDay.

After losing to a Candice Wiggins-led Country Day team in the opening round of the Div. IV state playoffs in 2003, Bell-Jeff had to patiently wait for a rematch against the San Diego Section juggernaut, but it was more than worth it Friday for the defending Div.V state champs.

Julia Tani’s 3-pointer with four seconds remaining in overtime lifted Bell-Jeff to a 43-42 victory over Country Day at UC San Diego in the third round of the Division 3A bracket at the 23rd annual San Diego Classic, the nation’s largest girls’ high school basketball tourney.

“I tried to put that game out of my mind until (Friday),” Bell-Jeff coach Bryan Camacho said. “Country Day is a great program and they have great tradition. This is where we want to be. This is the kind of tournament we want to be a part of. We’re very proud of (this victory).”

Bell-Jeff, whose two losses this summer have come against Harvard-Westlake of Studio City and Mater Dei of Santa Ana, rallied from a six-point deficit with three minutes left in regulation to tie the score 37-37 on a layup by Rishonda Napier with 1:07 remaining. Napier had a look at a straightaway 3-pointer as the regulation buzzer sounded, but her shot hit off the backboard and rim, forcing the two-minute extra period.

Country Day built a pair of three-point leads in overtime, but Tani scored five of her nine points in the final 1:22, including the uncontested 3-pointer from the right wing to give the Guards their first lead since the 5:05 mark of the first half.

“I honestly didn’t know how much time was left. I just heard (Coach Camacho) saying `Shoot the 3, shoot the 3,’ so I did,” Tani said. “That was my first (winning shot) and it felt so good.”

Leslie Lopez-Wood, an incoming freshman, led Bell-Jeff – which plays at 11a.m. today against Brea-Olinda or Oak Ridge in the quarterfinals – with 13points, including three 3-pointers.

Boal Chatter cont…

After losing Saturday to Brea-Olinda and Villa Park in the Division 3A draw, Bell-Jeff of Burbank concluded its tournament with a 40-29 victory over Long Beach Poly in the seventh-place game.

Rishonda Napier led the Guards with 14 points, with Margeaux Gupilan and Leslie Lopez-Wood – who rebounded from suffering a head injury against Villa Park – each adding eight points.

Bell-Jeff belongs with the bestBell-Jeff of Burbank and Brea Olinda both captured state girls’basketball titles in March.

For the Guards, their Div. V championship was the first won by any team in school history. For Brea, it was the program’s state-leading ninth crown, to go along with 16Southern Section titles.

Although the teams both celebrated at Arco Arena, Brea once again found itself in the spotlight and Bell-Jeff’s performance appeared to be more of a footnote to the success of the championship teams in higher divisions.

After their performance this summer, especially this weekend at the 23rd annual San Diego Classic, the Guards are no longer playing second-fiddle to the state’s perennial powers.

After knocking off La Jolla Country Day 43-42 in overtime Friday, Bell-Jeff suffered a 39-30 setback to Div. II state champ Brea in the 3A Division quarterfinals Saturday at UCSan Diego, just its third setback of the summer, along with losses to Mater Dei of Santa Ana and Harvard-Westlake of Studio City.

“We want to make a name for ourselves. It used to be that people would pass by us and look the other way, but not anymore,” senior guard Margeaux Gupilan said. “We want to push forward and continue to (go) higher and make everybody know who we are.”

Perhaps the biggest compliment for Bell-Jeff coach Bryan Camacho came after the loss to Brea, when Ladycats coach Jeff Sink invited the Guards to compete in their annual December tournament, considered among the best in the state, if not the country.

“We’re very blessed to be in this position,” Camacho said. “We respect everybody we play, but we don’t fear any of them. That’s why I enjoy coaching this team.”

Erik Boal – Daily News Chatter –

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Bell-Jeff Falls In Tourney!

July 21, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

The only area girls’ basketball team with more young talent than Bell-Jeff of Burbank might be Oaks Read more

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Tully Trophy Time Again!

July 12, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

BURBANK – Summer is here, and most local high school athletes are finally getting some time to relax after an eventful 2008-09 school year.

The year saw its share of remarkable achievements; successful teams and outstanding individuals who helped make the campaign memorable.

But along with the successes were disappointing moments and unique happenings that deserve recognition.

As is the yearly tradition, these deserving athletes, coaches and events from the four high schools — Burbank, Burroughs, Providence and Bellarmine-Jefferson highs — should be given special treatment.


So here is this year’s list of Tully Trophy winners. To be a recipient, an individual, team or school has to exhibit meritorious or worthy accomplishment. Either that, or they have to have done something stupid or strange.

So without further ado, here are the lucky winners:

• The Team-of-the-year trophy goes to the Bellarmine-Jefferson High girls’ basketball squad. Under Coach Bryan Camacho, the Guards became the first team in city history — in any sport — to capture a state championship. Bell-Jeff also won a CIF Southern Section Division VA title, its first in 12 years.

• The Athlete-of-the-year trophy is given to Burroughs distance runner Western Nelson. He became the first Indians boys’ runner to advance to the CIF-State Cross-Country meet (finishing 15th) and also advanced to the CIF-State Track and Field Championships in the boys’ 3,200 meters (finishing 16th). Nelson also set the school record in the 3,200.

• The Triple-threat trophy is awarded to Burroughs three-sport athlete Chris Morris. Not only was he an All-Area honoree in football and boys’ basketball, but he was also a standout in track and field, advancing to CIF Southern Section Division I finals in the boys’ 400. Morris is headed to Northern Colorado on a football scholarship.

• The Lucky-seven trophy is given to Bell-Jeff baseball Coach Hector Perez. The coach got his team to the postseason for the seventh straight time, something no other local baseball program can boast. The Guards won their Division VI wild-card game against La Sierra Academy, 19-1, to earn only the program’s second-ever postseason win.

• The Hate-to-see-you trophy is awarded to Providence volleyball Coach James Jimenez. There was a group of fine coaches who stepped aside or were swept aside this past season. Jimenez was one of them. He headed the Pioneers girls’ and boys’ programs, and along with being a fine coach, he is also a nice guy.

• The What-were-you-thinking trophy? Is given to an unidentified Burroughs boys’ tennis supporter. The guy, who was either a parent or someone associated with the team, yelled and belittled Burbank baseball Coach Bob Hart during a match at the school. With the tennis courts adjacent to the baseball field, the man didn’t like the idea of Hart making noise and kicking up a little dirt tending to his field during the match. Let’s just say Hart wasn’t at all pleased with the guy telling him what to do on his own home field.

• The Take-a-chill-pill trophy goes to an unnamed Burroughs tennis player. After getting into argument prior to a match with Burbank, the Indians player lost a set. After the loss, he obliterated his racket against a wall outside the court. He then proceeded to walk down the street next to the school, cursing and hitting street signs.

• The Finally trophy is awarded to the Burbank football team. The Bulldogs pulled off a major upset in the first round of the Southeast playoffs, defeating No. 2 Santa Fe, 20-14. It was the Bulldogs first CIF win in 81 years.

• The Instant-impact trophy goes to Bell-Jeff freshman Rishonda Napier. In her first season with the Guards’ basketball team, the guard helped the team win CIF and state titles. She earned first-team All-CIF and all-league honors, averaging 14.1 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.6 steals a game.

• The Glad-you’re-here trophy is awarded to Burbank baseball player Lonnie Kauppila. After transferring from Crescenta Valley, the junior shortstop helped the Bulldogs make the postseason. He batted .508 (30 for 77) and had 12 home runs to earn first-team All-CIF and all-league accolades.

• The It’s-about-time trophy is given to those involved in the renovation of the Burbank and Burroughs sports facilities. Construction has finally begun at Burbank High. Let’s just see if the project gets finished on schedule.

• The Sister-act trophy goes to Emily and Sarah Tubert. Emily, a junior at Burroughs, won the Pacific League championship in girls’ golf — by a whopping 12 strokes — and earned Rolex Junior All-American honors. Sarah, a sophomore goalkeeper for Burbank, helped the Bulldogs win a Pacific League title and advance to the Division IV quarterfinals in water polo.

• The Well-done trophy is given to everyone involved in the Burbank centennial celebration. A lot of people put in a great deal of time and effort to make the festivities a success, and the hard work paid off. Kudos also to the hall of fame election committee which made some fine picks.

All this year’s recipients can now come up and accept their awards, and please, make your speeches brief.

Jeff Tully

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Building A Pipeline!

July 4, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Matt Magallon and John DeGomez had fine seasons for Columbia Union College after transferring from Glendale Read more

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Follow Bell-Jeff On Twitter!

July 2, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Bellarmine-Jefferson High School is small school is known for it’s academics and family atmosphere. That, coupled with the schools recent athletic success has helped raise community awareness.

With a CIF Division and State Championship, history making playoff wins and a slew of All League and All CIF players, Bell-Jeff is quickly becoming known as “The Small School, with BIG Results!” 

With more and more students and talented Freshmen athletes enrolling and the school is growing and things are happening on a daily basis!

In order to keep up with the various teams, schedules and results, we have two resources in place to help.

First, of course, there is this website where you can get updates on scores, stories, pictures, directions, leave comments and more.

Sign up for our RSS feed and you will be notified the moment a new article is posted.

And to make it even more convienient, you can follow us on twitter for updates on games and scores plus links to various stories and news.

Either way, or twitter , make sure you keep up with what is going on at your school… everyone else is. :)

Go Guards!

Story by – Eric “Rico” Reed

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Local Teams Get Taste Of What’s In Store!

July 1, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

FOOTBALL: Schedules reveal some tough competition for 2009 season. 
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