The First Person To Lead A School and City To A State Title!

January 4, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

BURBANK – No one is busier these days than coach Bryan Camacho. The 36-year old Fil-Am serves as Bellarmine-Jefferson High School of Burbank jack-of-all-trades, an athletic director, physical education teacher and men and women’s basketball coach.

You’d think with so much responsibility, Camacho would be stressed out. He’s also studying for another masters degree in Athletic Administration.

But the increased responsibility for the school and personal development hasn’t had a negative on him or his responsibilities to the teams he coaches.

In other words, he wouldn’t have it any other way. “I love what I do,” said Camacho with a grin, to the Asian Journal. “There are a lot of people who hate going to work. I don’t even see my job as work. Everyday I wake up and I’m happy when I come in.

“In order to be great, you have to take pride in what you do and do it with enthusiasm” he added. “That’s what I do.” And that’s what he’s done at Bell-Jeff.

Camacho, a Bell-jeff alumni class of 1992, has brought greatness, high enthusiasm  and passion for a once dormant women’s basketball program. Before he took over the Bell-Jeff women’s team three years ago (his second stint with the program), the team was 9-48, he said.

He’s turned them around fully culminating last year when the 2008-2009 Lady Guards captured the CIF State Basketball Division V CHampionship – the first championship in any sport ever in Burbank city history.

“It was definitely a historical season, a season that we will never forget,” he said. “When you have great kids who enjoy competition. love to compete, have a great attitude and work ethic, great things happen. It was definitely a special season last year.”

The team the Lady Guards defeated, Pinewood, was a perennial powerhouse that had captured titles in 1999, 2005 and 2006. The odds were against tiny Bell-Jeff but they overcame them.

It was the first time, Bell-Jeff was in a championship game and they took full advantage of their opportunity. the team finished the season 34-1, a school record.

Not bad for a tiny Catholic school with only 306 students.

Filipino Flavor

There’s something else unique about the Bell-Jeff Lady Guards basketball team last year.

Camacho, whose family is originally from Ilocus Sur, wasn’t the only Filipino on the championship team. He had three Filipina girls who played an integral part of the team’s historic championship run.

Two of the three Filipinas – Shelley Gupilan and Margeaux Gupilan  – made the All-Staate and All CIF basketball team. Camacho said those girls were the leaders, the strength and the foundation of the basketball program.

He said it’s time for Filipino basketball fans to realize that Filipinas can play basketball too.

“Those strong  Pinay, young women act as role modles for future young girls in our community,” he said.

Shelley Gupilan graduated this past year and accepted a full ride scholarship to Fresno Pacific University. Margeaux Gupilan has scholarship offers to several universities, according to Camacho.

Camacho said he brings Filipino flavor and the Filipino spirit to the teams he coaches. “I think that’ what people love when they watch us play,” he explains. “Our tenacity, enthusiasm, work ethic, our toughness and to me, that’s the base and foundation of our Filipino people.”

He added another characteristic he stresses to his team is becoming a family, which is another Filipino trait. “When I coach these kids, it’s not just about basketball or X’s and O’s,” he said. “It’s about coaching the whole person and for the team to create a bond, That’s important in order to be a success.”


The 2009-2010 high school basketball season is about a month old and the Bell-Jeff boys’ and girls’ teams have won early season tournaments already. The season is still young and Camacho hopes to continue the momentum from last year’s championship run.

He said his goal is for Bell-Jeff to become a small school basketball powerhouse.

And most importantly, as a Filipino, he wants to represent the community.

He said it’s all about making a difference and having young Filipino boys and girls use basketball as a catalyst for future success in life.

Joseph Pimentel – Asian Journal

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Gupilan Repeats As Female Athlete Of The Year!

August 22, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

BURBANK – Bell-Jeff’s Shelley Gupilan powered Guards to a season that included league, CIF and state titles. Read more

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Bell-Jeff Basketball All-League Honorees!

May 9, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Bell-Jeff recently held is annual Fall Sports banquet and several players were honored on both the boys and girls teams.

For the Girls, Santa Cruz League 1st team Honors went to…

Shelley Gupilan

All State, ALL CIF Div V POY, All Area, Southern Section POY

Elizabeth Hawthorne

All State, ALL CIF, All Area Honorable Mention


Margeaux Gupilan

All League, All State, ALL CIF, All Area

Rishonda Napier

All League, All State, ALL CIF, All Area

Julia Tani

Santa Cruz All League 2nd Team, All Area Honorable Mention

Jasmine Smith

Santa Cruz 2nd Team All League



The Boys Santa Fe All League Honorees were…

Alexis Bersabe

1st Team All-League

Javier Gonzalez

1st Team All-League, Team MVP

Micah Shirley

2nd Team All-League

Andre Frazier

2nd Team All-League

Elijah Reed



Story by Eric “Rico” Reed

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Burbank Leader Announces All-Area Team!

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Margeaux Gupilan, Junior, Guard, Bell-Jeff 

Earned All-CIF and All-Santa Cruz League first-team honors for the state-champion Guards. Averaged 14.1 points, 6.3 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 3.1 steals a game.




Rishonda Napier, Freshman, Guard, Bell-Jeff 

Made an instant impact in her first season, earning All-CIF and All-Santa Cruz first-team accolades. Along with averaging 14.1 points a game, she also averaged 3.8 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 2.6 steals in a Southern Section title run.




Elizabeth Hawthorne, Senior, Guard, Bell-Jeff 

Earned her second-straight All-CIF honor, making the second team, while averaging 8.7 rebounds, 8.1 points and 3.2 assists a game. She was also an all-league first-team selection







Bryan Camacho, Bell-Jeff 

His Guards had the finest season ever produced by a girls’ basketball team in the area. Along with being the first team to capture a state title, the Guards also won a CIF Southern Section Division V-A title and finished with an impressive 34-1 record.

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Quiet Confidence – Repeat POY!

April 22, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Repeat Player of the Year Shelley Gupilan kept her emotions in check and continued to excel as a player in leading Bell-Jeff to Read more

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Players and Coach Make All-Area Teams!

April 6, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

The Los Angeles Daily News just released their All-Area Teams which included several Bell-Jeff players and a coach.

For the Boys, Senior Alexis Bersabe received Honorable Mention

On the Girls side, awards were numerous: 

All Area First Team

Senior – Shelley Gupilan

Shelley earned Div. V-A Player of the Year honors and MVP of the Santa Cruz League while averaging 18.3 points, 9.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.3 steals. After transferring from Keppel of Alhambra for her junior year, Gupilan made amends this season leading Bell-Jeff to a section and state championship. The Guards lost in the Div.IV-AA final in 2008.

All Area Second Team

Junior – Margeaux Gupilan

Freshman – Rishonda Napier

Honorable Mention

Senior – Elizabeth Hawthorne, Bell-Jeff, Sr.

Julia Tani, Bell-Jeff, Jr.

All Area Coach of The Year

Bryan Camacho

Camacho molded a group of experienced seniors and returners with three talented freshmen to come up with a Div. V state championship. Camacho guided the Guards to the most wins in school and area history, including victories against Chatsworth, Marlborough, Beverly Hills, Alemany, Saugus and St. Mary’s Academy (twice). click here to see a pictorial tribute to their Historical Run for the State Championship!

Top Ten Teams

1. Bell-Jeff (34-1)

2. Chatsworth (24-9)

3. Notre Dame (26-7)

4. Harvard-Westlake (22-10)

5. Knight (22-4)

6. Newbury Park (22-6)

7. Thousand Oaks (25-5)

8. Taft (18-9)

9. Oaks Christian (22-2)

10. Valencia (22-7)

Daily News – Read full story here

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All CIF Honorees Announced!

March 30, 2009 by · 2 Comments 



Player of the Year – Shelley Gupilan, Bellarmine-Jefferson, 12
Coach of the Year – Bryan Camacho, Bellarmine-Jefferson

First team
Margeaux Gupilan, 12, Bellarmine-Jefferson
Rishonda Napier, 9, Bellarmine-Jefferson
Dajyanah Vines, 11, Santa Clara
Shareen Dunham, 12, Santa Clara
Chantel Dooley, 11, Montclair Prep
Stephanie Scamman, 12, Montclair Prep
Breanna Madrazo, 10, Chadwick
Talor Hixon, 11, St Anthony
Michelle Miller, 9, Pasadena Poly
Kayla Mortzky, 11, St Margaret’s


Second team
Elizabeth Hawthorne, 12, Bellarmine-Jefferson
Haley Bush, 11, Chadwick
Rina Towne, 11, St. Anthony
Kelly Pray, 12, Pasadena Poly
Jennifer Jimenez, 12, Bishop Diego
Lindsay Schapiro, 11, Buckley
Clair Hosinski, 11, St. Margaret’s
Jasmine McDuffy, 11, Mojave
Sahkinah Douglas, 12, Riverside Christian
Lashaun Kochampanasken, 12, Sherman Indian


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Guards Take State Title!

March 24, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

BURBANK –  Shelley Gupilan leads way with 22 points, as Bell-Jeff defeats Pinewood, 55-47, to win first team championship in city history. Read more

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Bell-Jeff Captures Girls’ Basketball State Title!

March 21, 2009 by · 5 Comments 

SACRAMENTO – Gupilan cousins lead Bell-Jeff to area’s first girls’ crown. As the final seconds ticked off the clock and Bell-Jeff Read more

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Gupilans Lead Bell-Jeff to Title!

March 20, 2009 by · 2 Comments 

SACRAMENTO (AP) – Bellarmine-Jefferson 54, Pinewood 47. Shelley Gupilan scored 22 points as Bellarmine-Jefferson Read more

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