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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Their College Choice!

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BELLARMINE-JEFFERSON HIGH — One statistic alone illustrates how much Margeaux Gupilan and Julia Tani have meant to the Bellarmine-Jefferson High girls’ basketball Read more

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Girls’ Basketball All-Area Team!

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She might not have possessed the explosive first step of teammate Nicole Nesbit or the physical strength of fellow senior Sydney Haydel, but the Princeton-bound talent had all the intangibles to lead Harvard-Westlake to back-to-back Southern Section titles and its first Div.IV state championship.

Hung averaged a team-leading 17.7 points, finishing her career with 1,836, third among local seniors behind Notre Dame’s Kody Burke (1,948) and Crescenta Valley’s Cassie Pappas (1,938). But the most impressive contribution by the Mission League MVP and Div.IV-AA co-player of the year was a team-best 9.0 rebounds per game. The 5-foot-11 Hung also averaged 2.2 assists and 2.1 steals, shooting 82 percent from the free-throw line and 46 percent from the field to help the Wolverines match an area record with 34 wins, including 30 in a row to conclude the season, capped by a 58-44 victory over St. Mary’s of Albany in the Div. IV state final.


KATIE BROOKS, Oaks Christian, Sr.

The co-MVP of the Tri-Valley League with Oak Park’s Lauren Varney, Brooks capped her impressive career with 1,217 points and 1,017 rebounds. A Southern Section Div. IV-A first-team selection, Brooks led the Lions to a league title and a semifinal appearance, averaging 15.5 points and 10.8 rebounds.

KODY BURKE, Notre Dame, Sr.

One of the most dominant post players in area history, the North Carolina State-bound Burke averaged 22.7 points and 12.2 rebounds to lead the Knights to the Div.IV-AA quarterfinals. The Mission League and Div. IV-AA first-team selection, Burke concluded her career with 1,948 points and 1,255 rebounds.

CHANTEL DOOLEY, Montclair Prep, Sr.

The Olympic League MVP, Dooley was the catalyst for the Mounties’ run to the Southern Section Div. V-A final and the Southern California Div. V regional title game. The Long Beach State signee led Montclair Prep with 16.4 points, 10 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 3.6 steals, securing Div. V-A first-team honors.


After leading the Guards to the Div. V state championship last season, Gupilan helped Bell-Jeff compete against the toughest schedule in program history. The Santa Cruz League player of the year, Div. IV-A first-team and All CIF/All State pick averaged 13.8 points, 5.8 assists and 5.1 rebounds, leading the Guards to the Div. IV state tournament.

Gupilan will play her college ball at the University of Buffalo. (see press release here)

SYDNEY HAYDEL, Harvard-Westlake, Sr.

The All-Mission League and Div. IV-AA first-team selection played her best when the Wolverines needed it most in the Southern California regional finals and Div.IV state championship, elevating Harvard-Westlake to the program’s first state title. The Hawaii signee, who had 1,077 career points, averaged 9.6 points and 5.8 rebounds.

MONICA JACKSON, Chatsworth, Sr.

Jackson did her best to help the Chancellors overcome the loss of Gennifer Brandon to graduation, leading the area in scoring and ranking second in the state at 28.9 points per game. Jackson had nine games of at least 30 points and two of more than 40, in addition to averaging 4.5 rebounds and 3.2 steals to receive All-West Valley League honors.


A Southern Section Div. II-AA first-team selection, Lemar helped Canyon capture its first Foothill League title in 36 years. The league MVP, who has signed with Southern Illinois, averaged a Foothill-best 14.9 points and 5.1 assists, along with 2.7 steals and a 46 percent clip from the field.

NICOLE NESBIT, Harvard-Westlake, Sr.

The UC Santa Barbara-bound point guard shared Div. IV-AA player of the year honors with teammate Nicole Hung after helping the Wolverines capture their second consecutive title. The Mission League standout, who finished her career with 1,521 points, averaged 14.4 points, 3.5 assists, 3.4 steals and 3.1 rebounds.


Oster’s work ethic and energy ignited the Chargers during their run to the program’s first Marmonte League title. The league MVP and Southern Section Div. III-AA first-team selection, who is headed to Redlands, helped Agoura win its first 29 games and reach the division final, averaging 16.5 points, 9.6 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 3.4 steals.

CASSIE PAPPAS, Crescenta Valley, Sr.

The area’s scoring leader with 755 points, the Massachusetts-bound Pappas concluded her career with 1,938 points to finish third in program history. Pappas ranked fifth in the Southern Section with 25.2 points per game, in addition to 6.4 rebounds and 3.1 steals, to secure Pacific League co-MVP and Div. I-A first-team recognition.


Brianna Barrett, Oaks Christian, Soph.

Sasha Borenstein, Agoura, Sr.

Jasmine Smith, Bell-Jeff, Soph.

Kylie Cunningham, Agoura, Soph.

Rmanii Haynes, Taft, Sr.

Destinee LaFountain, Royal, Sr.

Keiona Mathews, Antelope Valley, Soph.

Megan Musashi, Flintridge Prep, Sr.

Sarah Rebibo, El Camino Real, Sr.

Kim Scamman, Montclair Prep, Jr.

Trinidee Trice, Alemany, Sr.

Lauren Varney, Oak Park, Sr.

Layana White, Bell-Jeff, Jr.



Few area teams have enjoyed such a significant turnaround as the Chargers have in three seasons under Scifres. After Agoura more than doubled its win total from the 2007-08 season to last year, Scifres guided the Chargers (30-2) to the most successful season in program history, including their first Marmonte League title. With an up-tempo, run-and-gun offensive style and constant defensive pressure, Agoura averaged 68.7 points per contest on its way to winning 29 consecutive games and reaching the Div. III-AA final, the team’s first appearance in a division final.



Already one of the area’s top perimeter shooters, Lopez-Wood fit well into an already talented backcourt that included Margeaux Gupilan, Rishonda Napier, Layana White and Julia Tani. The Guards’ most efficient player from behind the arc, she had four games with at least five 3-pointers, including six as part of a 24-point effort against Corcoran in the first round of the Div. IV state tournament. With Margeaux Gupilan and Julia Tani graduating, Lopez-Wood will take on an increased role next season, but her efforts wereshe was instrumental in Bell-Jeff capturing the Santa Cruz League title and reaching the Div. IV-A semifinals.


1. Harvard-Westlake (34-1)

2. Bell-Jeff (25-7)

3. Agoura (30-2)

4. Alemany (21-8)

5. Oaks Christian (24-6)

6. Montclair Prep (25-8)

7. Taft (16-10)

8. El Camino Real (23-8)

9. Canyon (22-7)

10. Crescenta Valley (24-6)


Alpha: Campbell Hall

Delphic: Sierra Canyon

East Valley: Grant

Foothill: Canyon

Golden: Antelope Valley

Heritage: Milken Community

Liberty: Providence

Marmonte: Agoura

Mission: Harvard-Westlake

Omega: West Valley Christian

Pacific: Muir

Pacific View: Rio Mesa

Prep: Pasadena Poly

Rio Hondo: La Canada

Santa Cruz: Bell-Jeff

Tri-Valley: Oaks Christian

Valley Mission: Monroe

West Valley: El Camino Real



Div. IV state playoffs, March 11

The last in a trilogy of clashes between two elite programs was also the most thrilling, with Harvard-Westlake relying on two free throws from Skylar Tsutsui with 5.3 seconds left to win 61-59 in the regional quarterfinals. Harvard-Westlake also defeated the Guards — who tied the score at 59-59 on a layup by Layana White — at the Nike Tournament of Champions and in a nonleague game at last year’s Div. V state champion Bell-Jeff.

But the Wolverines relied on the comforts of home to prevail in the toughest of their eight postseason games, which culminated with a Div. IV state title.

Jack Pollon and Erik Boal/Daily News

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Bell-Jeff Players Get Scholarship Offers!

April 23, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

BURBANK – Bellarmine-Jefferson High girls’ basketball players Margeaux Gupilan and Julia Tani have been offered college scholarships, Read more

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All-Area Team Selections!

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BURBANK- The following players were named to the Burbank Leader All-Area teams…
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Six Earn All-CIF Honors!

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Bellarmine-Jefferson High enjoyed a wealth of success this past season in basketball.
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Just Not Enough!

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GIRLS’ BASKETBALL: Bell-Jeff comes up short in state playoffs, 61-59. As many times as the Bellarmine-Jefferson Read more

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Bell-Jeff Rebounds, Advances in State!

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Corcoran – Bell-Jeff of Burbank took 10 days worth of frustration out on Corcoran in the opening round of the Southern California Div. IV girls’ basketball regional playoffs Tuesday night.

Freshman Leslie Lopez-Wood hit six 3-pointers and led Bell-Jeff with 24 points in a 76-55 victory over the Central Section Div. IV champion Panthers, setting up a third showdown this season in Thursday’s regional quarterfinals with top-seeded Harvard-Westlake of Studio City (30-1).

“We’re anxious, we’re ready and Thursday night we’re going to give it everything we’ve got,” Bell-Jeff coach Bryan Camacho said. “We know we’re going up against a monster, a phenomenal, but we’re excited about the opportunity. We’re going to give Harvard-Westlake our very best.”

Bell-Jeff, the defending Div. V state champion, rebounded from a 61-57 loss Feb. 27 to Windward in the Southern Section Div. IV-A semifinals to knock off host Corcoran (24-6).

Jasmine Smith had 14 points, Layana White added 10 points and Julia Tani contributed nine points for the Guards, who put the game away by outscoring Corcoran 17-9 in the third quarter.

Margeaux Gupilan added eight points and Rishonda Napier had seven points for Bell-Jeff, which suffered a 69-47 loss Dec. 21 to Div. IV-AA champion Harvard-Westlake and a 66-62 setback Jan. 5.

– Erik Boal

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No CIF Repeat For Guards!

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PROVIDENCE HIGH — Top-seeded Bell-Jeff upset in Division IVA semifinal against Windward, 61-57.
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Windward uses height To Beat Bell-Jeff in Playoffs!

February 28, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The Bell-Jeff of Burbank girls’ basketball team had plenty going for it in its Saturday night Southern Section Read more

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