Plenty Of Spring Success For Locals!

June 19, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

BURBANK — Deep CIF playoff runs, league championships and individual titles highlighted list of accomplishments for area schools. What a way to end the 2009-10 school year.

The spring sports season was one of the most productive for the local schools — Burroughs, Burbank, Bellarmine-Jefferson and Providence highs — in decades. Deep CIF Southern Section playoff runs, league championships and individual titles were only some of the accomplishments that highlighted the spring campaign.

The accomplishments read like a laundry list of success:

•Two squads were able to advance to CIF Southern Section championship contests for the first time.

•Three teams captured league crowns, two going undefeated in the process.

•Another team advanced to the playoff semifinals for the first time in program history.

•Yet another squad moved on to the playoff quarterfinals for the first time in four years.

•An area golfer advanced through three CIF postseason tournaments and came a step away from qualifying for state competition.

•All four softball teams qualified for the postseason.

•Athletes won nine individual titles in track and field and Burroughs boasted both the singles and doubles champions in boys’ tennis.

Leading the way in the spring was the Burroughs High boys’ volleyball team. Under Coach Joel Brinton and led by talented brothers Tyler and Lucas Yanez, the program — which has been in existence for just five years — trumpeted its arrival on the Southern Section scene.

The Indians rolled to a Pacific League title, going undefeated in the process. Burroughs then marched its way through the Division III playoffs, advancing to the championship match against Cerritos Valley Christian at Cypress College. Although the Indians lost, 27-25, 25-27, 25-18, 25-16, just getting to the title contest is a huge accomplishment.

It was the Indians’ first trip to the finals after previously not getting out of the second round of the playoffs.

Burroughs also participated in the Southern California Regional Championships for the first time. The Indians showed they belonged in state competition, upsetting Thousand Oaks, 25-22, 25-12, 23-25, 25-23, in the first round.

It was also a record-breaking season for the Bell-Jeff softball team. The Guards posted an undefeated record in the Santa Fe League to claim their second straight championship.

Bell-Jeff also made its way to its first CIF title game. Unfortunately for the Guards, they fell in the Division VII championship to Pomona Catholic, 7-6.

Staying with the record-breaking theme, the Burroughs boys’ tennis squad also enjoyed the finest postseason run in the history of the program. Led by singles player Garrett Auproux, the Indians pulled off some upsets and advanced to the semifinals of the Division II playoffs, losing to eventual champion Paul Desert, 14-4.

Auproux also won the Pacific League singles title and advanced to the round of 16 in the CIF Southern Section Individual Tournament. In doubles, Indians Oscar Lam and Wen Yao Lin took the league doubles crown.

Another Burroughs athlete, Kelsey Danzeisen, enjoyed a successful postseason, advancing to the Southern California Golf Assn. Regional Qualifier on May 31. In the event at Brookside Golf Club, he shot a one-over-par 73 to finish 27th, missing the cut for the state tournament.

Despite placing fifth in the Pacific League tournament this year, Danzeisen did well in the first two playoff tournaments. He took part in the CIF Individual Final on May 24, which took place at Industry Hills Golf Club’s Babe Zaharias Course. Danzeisen fired a three-over-par-74, tying him for the fifth-best score of the day and a tie for 17th place.

Danzeisen qualified for the final by earning a spot out of the CIF Southern Section Northern Individual Regional at Las Posas Country Club in Camarillo on May 16. Danzeisen fired a five-over-par 76 to finish tied for 20th in the event.

Burroughs also secured a share of a Pacific League title in softball.

Providence enjoyed a solid playoff run with its boys’ volleyball team. The Pioneers placed second in the Liberty League and won two matches in the Division V playoffs before falling to Pasadena Poly, 25-21, 26-24, 25-22.

Burbank didn’t have much team success in the spring, but its track and field athletes were able to pick up individual league accolades. Pacing the group was McKenzie Paul, who won crowns in the girls’ 800- and 1,600-meter races. The championship in the 800 was her third straight. She also advanced to the CIF finals in the 800.

Bulldogs also earning titles were Brandon Weiss (boys’ discus) and Jordan Card (girls’ discus).

For the Indians in track and field, Shannon Kermah was a double league champion in the girls’ triple jump and the long jump. Teammates also winning league championships were Austin Allen (boys’ pole vault), Justice Shank (girls’ high jump) and Amoni Alexander (girls’ 100 hurdles).

In boys’ swimming, Burbank’s Alex Lambert advanced to the CIF Masters Meet and broke two school records along the way. Burroughs’ Chad Wilson also qualified for the Master’s Meet.

Although the schools did lose their share of talent to graduation, there are a number of athletes from these teams who will be returning next season.

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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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.

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