Two Guards Earn All-CIF Accolades!

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BURBANK — It’s a good local representation when three of the four area high school girls’ basketball programs have players who are Read more

Courageous Comeback Completed!

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BURBANK – After a devastating injury threatened to end Philip Diaz-McTague’s career, the Bell-Jeff baseball player Read more

Top League Honor For Shirley!

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Boys’ Basketball – Bell-Jeff lands five on all-league list and Providence has two honorees. Both the Read more

Guards Win Rivalry With Pioneers!

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Baseball – Bell-Jeff scores 10 runs in the first inning and is able to coast to a 20-1 victory. The Bellarmine-Jefferson Read more

Guards Don’t Follow Plan!

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LA VERNE — Bonita comes on in fourth quarter to hand Bell-Jeff a 67-52 loss in state playoffs.
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Teams’ Aptitude For Success!

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BURBANK — Hector Perez has built a winning baseball program at Bellarmine-Jefferson High over the last 11 years.

Along with turning out a crop of players who have won league player-of-the-year honors and players who have gone on to compete on the college level, Perez has a postseason track record that no other area baseball coach can match.

Under Perez, the Guards have qualified for the CIF Southern Section players for eight straight years.

“I’ve just been fortunate to have been able to coach some pretty good players over the years,” said Perez, a Burroughs High graduate.

Bell-Jeff, along with Burbank, Burroughs and Providence, has its share of talented players this season. Here is a look at how the teams are shaping up.


Perez has surrounded himself with some new assistants this season, including Bell-Jeff graduate Matt Magallon and former St. Francis and Glendale Community College standout Andrew Sember.

One of the most positive storylines with the Guards (11-7 last season) this season is the return of senior Philip Diaz, who severely injured his ankle last season only two games into his junior campaign.

“I think they had to put a cadaver bone or something in his leg,” Perez said of the player who will pitch, as well as play catcher and shortstop. “Just for him to be able to come back is inspirational for the whole team. He’s worked extremely hard to come back.”

As a sophomore in 2009, Diaz, a former All-CIF Southern Section pick, hit .311 (19 for 61) with 25 runs scored and 13 runs batted in.

Also returning for the Guards are sophomores Johnny Karalis (outfielder/pitcher) — .353 with 18 hits and 15 runs scored last season — Mitch Kellog (catcher/pitcher), Adolfo Bermeo (second base) and Ryan Okiishi (first base), along with juniors Sam Kachikian (third base) and Matt Landini (shortstop/pitcher).

Other players Perez hopes will contribute are sophomore Damean Sanz (outfield) and freshman Demitri Moreno (outfield).

Last season, Bell-Jeff placed third in the Santa Fe League. Perez is hoping his squad will have enough talent to make another postseason run.

“Definitely Salesian is going to be good,” Perez said. “But St. Anthony could have a good team and Verbum Dei may be the sleeper of our league.”

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Guards Get Win In State Tourney!

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BELLARMINE-JEFFERSON HIGH — Bell-Jeff finally wakes up in fourth quarter to defeat Reseda, 76-48, in first-round game. Read more

Statement Win For Bell-Jeff!

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SUN VALLEY — The Bellarmine-Jefferson High softball coaches wanted to see how the team would fair against tougher competition Read more

Teams Look To Rebound In State After Tough Losses!

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GIRLS’ BASKETBALL: Monroe only team among local state entries to capture division title. Read more

Bell-Jeff Hits The Track!

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BURBANK — Just one of the four area track and field programs is able to practice and compete on a home track. Read more

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