Guards Roll In League!

October 31, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL – Bellarmine-Jefferson d. St. Matthias: 25-11, 25-11, 25-14: The Guards continued to roll Read more

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Guards Able To Stay Grounded!

October 28, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

MEMORIAL FIELD —  The Guards needed this one. After last week’s loss to St. Genevieve High — which Bellarmine-Jefferson football Read more

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Bell-Jeff Earns Sweep!

October 26, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL:  Bellarmine-Jefferson d. St. Mary’s Academy: 25-14, 25-18, 25-22: The Guards remained in Read more

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Football Preview – Bell-Jeff Vs. St. Monica!

October 25, 2009 by · 1 Comment 


• WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday.

• WHERE: Memorial Field (Burroughs High).

• RECORDS: The Guards are 4-3, 0-1 in the Santa Fe League; the Mariners are 2-3, 0-1.

• LAST WEEK: Bell-Jeff lost to St. Genevieve, 41-38; St. Monica lost to Salesian, 41-18

• OUTLOOK: The Guards are coming off a solid performance last week against a talented St. Genevieve team. Bell-Jeff coach Rolando Aguirre said the team will not get back the services of starting quarter Philip Diaz. Aguirre confirmed that Diaz, who suffered a concussion Sept. 26 in a nonleague loss to Frazier Mountain, is no longer with the team. Senior backup Brenden Alferez has done an admirable job taking over the signal-caller duties. “Brenden is our man for the rest of the season,” Aguirre said. “He has done a pretty good job for us.” Alferez has completed 29 of 53 passes for 119 yards and has two touchdowns and two interceptions. The St. Monica offense is led by junior quarterback Matthew Partyka. “They run a no-huddle offense and they like to throw the ball,” Aguirre said. “They like to throw the ball a lot. But we have a special defense for them. Our secondary just has to step up and help us out.” The Mariners’ offense has been fairly successful, as it averages 31.6 points a game. In comparison, the Bell-Jeff offense averages 30.6 points a game. Receiving continues to be a strong point for the Guards, as Micah Shirley (39 for 588 yards and eight touchdowns) and Kevin Yuenyonsakul (17 for 356 yards and five touchdowns) have combined for 944 yards. Shirley has also rushed for four touchdowns. Linebacker Alex Davidians continues to pace the Bell-Jeff defense, as he has a team-high 98 tackles (16.3 per game). “This is going to be a big game for us, because we have to bounce back,” Aguirre said.

• SOMETHING INTERESTING: The Guards have dropped out of the CIF Southern Section Northeast Division top 10.

— Jeff Tully

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Bell-Jeff Effort Just Falls Short!

October 21, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

MEMORIAL FIELD: Despite playing well against a tough St Genevieve team, Guards can’t claim Santa Fe League win, 41-38. Read more

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Football Preview!

October 18, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 


• WHEN: 7 p.m. today.

• WHERE: Memorial Field (Burroughs High).

• RECORDS: The Guards are 4-2; the Valiants are 6-0.

• LAST WEEK: Bell-Jeff defeated Silver Valley, 36-24; St. Genevieve defeated Frazier Mountain, 50-39.

• OUTLOOK: This is likely the most important game of the season for Bell-Jeff. The contest could also determine the Santa Fe League champion, as the Valiants won the title last season and the Guards finished second. Bell-Jeff will be taking on a team that has yet to experience defeat this season. Looking at the results from the teams’ common opponents this season, it appears the Guards are in for a tough battle. Both squads have faced Malibu and Frazier Mountain in nonleague games earlier in the year. While the Guards lost to the Sharks, 20-18, and the Falcons, 52-14, the Valiants earned 43-26 and 50-30 victories against the same squads. St. Genevieve has had by far the most potent offense in the league during the first six games. The team has outscored its opponents, 262-111, and averages 43.6 points a game. In contrast, the Guards have scored an average of 29.3 points a game. The closest St. Genevieve has come to a loss this season was a 10-point victory against L.A. Baptist, 31-21, on Oct. 3.

The Valiants have a fine athlete in senior Chris Navarro. As a quarterback, Navarro has completed 46 of 72 passes for 668 yards, seven touchdowns and two interceptions. He passed for 225 yards and two touchdowns in last week’s win. Not only can the Valiants pass the ball, but they also have a solid running game behind Navarro, who runs the option to perfection. He has gained 901 yards in 76 carries and has an eye-popping 21 touchdowns.

Bell-Jeff’s biggest offensive weapon is junior wide receiver Micah Shirley. Shirley has 39 catches for 588 yards and eight touchdowns. Teammate Kevin Yuenyonskul has 17 catches for 356 yards and five touchdowns. The Guards have gotten a great effort this season from senior linebacker Alex Davidians. Going into Friday’s game, Davidians was fourth in the state in tackles with 89, according to

• SOMETHING INTERESTING: The Valiants are ranked No. 3 in the CIF Southern Section Northeast Division and the Guards are ranked No. 7 in the same division.

— Jeff Tully

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Guards Hold On For Win!

October 16, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

MEMORIAL FIELD— Bellarmine-Jefferson football Coach Rolando Aguirre was not happy after his team’s 36-24 Homecoming  victory Read more

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Bell-Jeff Defeats St. Mary’s!

October 11, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

BURBANK- Bellarmine-Jefferson d. St. Mary’s Academy, 25-22, 25-11, 25-12:
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Football Preview Week 6!

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WHEN: 7 p.m. today. Read more

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Top Guards – Kimberlee Van Dyke & Elijah Reed!

October 7, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Once again, it is time to acknowledge yet another pair of student/athletes here on the campus of Bellarmine-Jefferson high school.

These “Top Guards”, are the special young men and women who work hard on the court as well as in the classroom to maintain a high GPA while excelling as a high school athlete.

Our “Top Guard” honorees this quarter are, senior Kimberlee Van Dyke and sophomore Elijah Reed.

Kimberlee Van Dyke

If you think that your day is tough and plate is full, Senior Kimberlee Van Dyke’s plate is overflowing!

Kim has a passion for student council and has been involved in some way each of her 4 years at Bell-Jeff and is currently the ASB President.

Kim loves to test herself in the classroom and challenges herself with hard classes.

Her freshman and sophomore years, she took as many Honors classes as she could get.  For her junior year, added AP History and in her final year, is finishing up with AP English, Honors Econ, and Honors Pre-Cal all while carrying a 4.2 GPA.

Athletically, Kim is a standout 4 year Varsity player for the Lady Guards Volleyball team, a sport she has participated in for 9 years. You can also add Soccer and Track to the list of sports that she has competed in at some point during her athletic career at Bell-Jeff.

Kimberlee’s mother Ms. Carol Van Dyke, is in charge of attendance at Bell-Jeff and two of her daughters have already graduated from Bell-Jeff. Now Kim, who use to tag along and workout with her sisters while in middle school, is following in the footsteps of Julie, Gina and her cousin Ashley who all excelled on the court as well as in the classroom.

She credits her family with keeping her motivated and focused and strives to be the best person she can be. Kim also uses her love of Volleyball as motivation to stay focused in the classroom. Kim earned 2nd team All League honors in both her freshman and sophomore years and received 1st team All League honors in her junior year. She has also received the Coaches Award from Coach Miguel for 3 years straight.

Kim is looking forward to college and has aspirations of continuing her Volleyball career at UCLA or another one of the UC schools.

Good luck and continued success Kimberlee, you are proof that hard work truly pays off!


Elijah Reed

Sophomore Elijah Reed came to Bell-Jeff a little over a year ago from Thomas Star King Middle School Magnet where he was a straight A student.

Recognized as highly gifted in mathematics, Elijah graduated with academic honors and received the Presidents Award for Physical Fitness along with being voted the most athletic and fit student at King Middle School far exceeding the national minimum requirements set for middle school students.

Elijah has always enjoyed sports and played baseball as well as flag football, he also tried his hand at acting and was featured in a couple of music videos before falling in love with basketball at the age of 10.

Elijah began playing travel basketball in the 6th grade and eventually led the King Middle School “Lions” to a middle school championship and MVP honors plus, won the schools 3 on 3 competition his 8th grade year.

He also led his local park to their first District Championship in Boys Basketball.

When it came time to select a high school, his family chose Bell-Jeff because of it’s excellent academics and athletic opportunities. Elijah has thrived in the family oriented environment. He takes honors classes, maintaining a 3.6 GPA and received High Honors and Scholar/Athlete recognition for his freshman year.

Athletically, Elijah made his presence making the JV basketball team where his leadership and work ethic helped earned him team MVP honors. He also played JV football and received the Coaches award and was the Santa Fe League JV Champion in the long jump.

Known as one of the hardest workers on the team, Elijah begins this, his sophomore year as a starting cornerback for Bell-Jeff’s Varsity football team this year and will also play Varsity basketball as well as run track.

Elijah and Actor Dick Van Dyke

Elijah Reed & Actor Dick Van Dyke advocate for the Midnight Mission on skid row in downtown LA

On campus, Elijah is well liked, makes friends easy and according to his teachers, a joy to have in class. He is also an avid reader and tutor’s fellow classmates in Algebra 2.

He also enjoys giving back and along with his mother Jacquelyn Hall-Reed, started an organization called “Elijah’s Angels” that helps feed the homeless throughout the year.

Elijah’s organization has been approved for service hours so, any students interested in becoming one of “Elijah’s Angels” to help out this holiday season, please email your information to

Elijah’s goals for high school are simple. Get his GPA back up to a 4.0 or better and win a CIF Basketball Championship before he graduates.

Beyond that, he plans to attend a 4 year University and continue his basketball and/or football career at the college level and beyond.

Congratulations on your accomplishments thus far Elijah, continue to set your goals high and your hard work and dedication will make your dreams come true.

Story by Eric “Rico” Reed

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