Guards overpower St. Anthony in League matchup

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Sofia-PalaciosGood things seem to happen when Sofia Palacios steps into the batter’s box.
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Guards Take Their Game To The Next Level!

June 11, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Burbank – As the memories of high school athletics slowly fade away for the majority of Bell-Jeff varsity seniors, four Bell-Jeff Guards will continue their careers at the college level.

Rishonda Napier, Jasmine Smith, Jocelyn Cervantes and Elijah Reed will depart to different parts of the US to display their skills for new and bigger crowds.

Rishonda Napier, graduated Summa Cum Laude in the top percentile of her class.

Over her four year career at Bell-Jeff, she captured 1st Team All-League, All-CIF, All-State and 2012 Daily News All Area Player of the Year. She was also a key part of the 2009 State Championship team that produced Margeaux Gupilan (currently running the hardwood floor at the University of Buffalo in New York. Rishonda was also nominated for the 2012 McDonalds All-American Team.

In her senior year, Rishonda averaged 21.7 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.6 steals, while shooting 42 percent from 3-point range.

She had a career-high 34 points in a 65-54 quarterfinal win at Chaminade.

Rishonda will travel east to Southern Illinois University to play for the Salukis next season.

Jasmine Smith, was also a big part of that 2009 State Championship team with Rishonda and during her storied career at Bell-Jeff earned a slew of accolades as well, including, 1st Team All-League, All-CIf and Burbank Leader All-Area Honors.

Jasmine and Rishonda led their team to 4 straight League Titles and amassed a win total that will be hard to beat. During her senior year, Jasmine averaged, 16 points, 10 rebounds per game.

Jasmine also ran track and was a big part of was part of the CIF semi-final Volleyball team that featured our next standout player Jocelyn Cervantes and will join the Spartans at San Jose State in the fall.

Jocelyn Cervantes, held serve on a different court, but was equally as successful as her basketball counterparts. Her cool demeanor, paired with a vicious spike put fear in the hearts of volleyball players across the county.

A four year varsity starter, Jocelyn led the Lady Guards to consecutive league titles and was honored with All-League, All-CIF and All-Area titles. She also helped make school history when the girls volleyball team made it all the way to the CIF finals barley losing the championship to Upland Christian Academy in a tough match. She led the Guards back the the CIF quarter finals the following year before losing a close one to number one seeded Hemet High School.

Jocelyn finished her career at Bell-Jeff  as one of the best volleyball players in the schools history winning four straight league titles, posting a 66-25-2 record, advancing to the playoff quarterfinals twice, the semifinals once and the Division IV-A championship game in 2009.

Jocelyn will stay close to home and take her game to California State University Stanislaus in Turlock, California..

Elijah Reed, the only boy in this group, definitely made his presence known on campus. This future Senior Class President was the JV long jump league champion his freshman year, played a year of varsity football as a sophomore and varsity baseball his senior year.

But basketball was his true passion. Elijah was MVP of the JV basketball team as a freshman and went on to become a three year varsity starter.

Always the hardest worker on the floor, he would guard anyone and established himself as one of the top defenders in the Santa Fe league.

During his career at Bell-Jeff, Elijah earned 1st team All-League honors and helped the team win their first league championship in 12 years. In his senior year, he averaged 12 points, 3 assists, 2.5 steals and shot 75% from the free throw line earning team MVP honors.

Elijah was the 2012 Senior Class President and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Bellarmine-Jefferson High School with a 4.2 GPA his senior year. He was awarded the Science award as the top Chemistry student in his graduating class and named the Distinguished Male Athlete by the US Marine Corps.

Elijah will play for the Loggers at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma Washington next season.

Averie Alice Guzman – was another member from the Bell-Jeff team that won Southern Section and state championships in 2009. She averaged six points, five rebounds her senior year and earned 1st Team All-Legue honors. She will join the Leopards of La Verne University next year and her team mate Marilyn Flynn will take her game to Santa Monica JC.

Story by Eric “Rico” Reed

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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 Football Team Has A Tough League Road Ahead!

September 16, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

BURBANK – The Bellarmine-Jefferson High football team is off to a great start this season.

The Guards are 2-0 heading into Saturday’s 7 p.m. nonleague game against Malibu at Burroughs’ Memorial Field.

The team opened the season Sept. 4 with a 28-21 win at Saddleback Valley Christian. If followed that up with a 33-0 victory Friday at Mountain View.

Although the Guards still have four nonleague games left before they open Santa Fe League play, they might be thinking about the tough road that league will bring.

Currently, two teams are ranked among the top 10 in the CIF Southern Section Northeast Division. The Guards are the highest ranking league team at No. 4. However, league rival St. Genevieve is right behind at No. 5.

League teams St. Anthony and Salesian are listed among “others” in the division.

Bell-Jeff opens league play Oct. 17 at Memorial Field against none other than St. Genevieve. That game could likely be for the league crown.

The Guards are trying to build on a 2008 campaign when they went 8-4. The team finished second in league behind league-champion St. Genevieve.

Bell-Jeff also had success in the playoffs, winning its first postseason game in more than 50 years. The squad also advanced to the playoff quarterfinals.

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Football Preview

October 18, 2008 by · 1 Comment 



• WHEN: Friday 7 p.m. 

• WHERE: Santa Monica College

• RECORDS: The Guards are 3-2; the Mariners are 0-5.

• LAST WEEK: Bell-Jeff had a bye; St. Monica lost to Villanova Prep, 17-14.

• OUTLOOK: The Guards get back into action after last playing Oct. 4, gaining a nonleague win against Lucerne Valley, 39-0. Saturday’s game is an important one, as Bell-Jeff begins defense of its Santa Fe League championship. With the departure of Daniel Murphy — the school closed down — St. Monica is a new addition to the league this season. The Mariners went 0-10 last year and were winless in the Camino Real League. St. Monica has a steady running back in senior Hector Santiesteban, who has 83 carries for 426 yards (5.13 yards a carry) and two touchdowns.


The Mariners like to keep the ball on the ground and the team is averaging just 10 passes a game. In 54 attempts, Mariners quarterbacks Joe Giesregen and Sam Holguin have completed 23 passes with four touchdowns and seven interceptions. The squad’s offense has had trouble putting points on the board this season, as it averages only 10.6 a contest. The Mariners’ record might be a little deceptive. Only one of their games was one-sided, and three of its losses have been by a combined 12 points. Bell-Jeff has played well its last two games after struggling earlier in the season. The Guards have won two straight games and three of its last four. In the shutout against Lucerne Valley, Bell-Jeff proved that it could be successful throwing as well as running the ball.

Senior running back Bronson Ketchum leads the ground game, gaining 414 yards in 71 carries (5.83 yards a carry) with two touchdowns. Senior Elliot Dennis has 34 carries for 198 yards and three touchdowns and senior quarterback Daniel Radoccia has 24 carries for 205 yards and a touchdown. Radoccia has also passed for six touchdowns. With both teams likely keeping the ball on the ground a great deal, this game could be won in the trenches.

• SOMETHING INTERESTING: Junior Alex Davidians has been a workhorse for the Guards, as he leads the team with 64 tackles.

— Jeff Tully

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Guards run out of gas against Malibu!

September 26, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

FOOTBALL: Bell-Jeff unable to stop the run and the result is a 23-8 nonleague road loss.
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