Early Woes Costly!

March 25, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

BRACE CANYON PARK — Bell-Jeff can’t figure out unorthodox pitcher in 7-1 league loss to St. Genevieve. The Bellarmine-Jefferson Read more

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Guards Still In The Hunt!

April 29, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

BASEBALL – Bellarmine 12, St. Genevieve 10: The Guards stayed in the hunt for a Santa Fe League Read more

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Teams’ Aptitude For Success!

March 9, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

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.

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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 Fall In CIF!

May 27, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

BASEBALL: Vasquez 15, Bellarmine-Jefferson 0: The Guards had a tough time in suffering a CIF Southern Section Division VI first-round Read more

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Guards Come Back!

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Bellarmine-Jefferson 4, Chadwick 3: The Guards pushed across two runs in the seventh inning Tuesday to earn a wild-card win in the CIF Southern Section Division Read more

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Bell-Jeff Swings Past St. Genevieve!

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BURBANK – Bellarmine-Jefferson 17, St. Genevieve 0: The Guards began Santa Fe League play on a high note Friday with a win at Read more

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Guards Find Going Rough!

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BRACE PARK — Bell-Jeff dealing with injury problems following 17-8 home loss against Viewpoint.. Read more

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Baseball Season Preview!

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BURBANK: The Guards (10-12 and third place in the Santa Fe League) will field a young team. However, the group has played a number Read more

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Guards Take Playoff Opener!

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Bellarmine-Jefferson 19, La Sierra Academy 1: The Guards won only the second playoff game in the program’s history Read more

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Mistakes Costly For Bell-Jeff!

March 15, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

GLENDALE — Flintridge Prep takes advantage of mistakes by the Guards to earn a 12-5 nonleague victory. Read more

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