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Burroughs' Andy Amela has dealt with triumph and tragedy

Burroughs' Andy Amela has dealt with triumph and tragedy

Nobody would have held it against Andy Amela if he chose to sit out and not play. Emotionally devastated and feeling as if his heart had been pummeled by a sledgehammer, even his teammates and coaches would have understood if he took his place on the...

Girls' Basketball Preview: Burroughs, Providence looking for league titles

Girls' Basketball Preview: Burroughs, Providence looking for league titles

For the girls' basketball teams at Burbank High, Burroughs and Providence, the combination of veteran coaching and senior leadership has been instrumental in the local programs enjoying consistent success in recent years, especially last season.

Burbank's Vardanyan gets to third round of CIF tennis tournament

Burbank's Vardanyan gets to third round of CIF tennis tournament

After advancing to the quarterfinals at last year's Southern Section Individual Tournament, Burbank High singles player Lilit Vardanyan was hoping for a favorable draw in Monday's event at the Whittier Narrows Tennis Center in South El Monte.

Burroughs boys' cross-country runs to CIF championship history

Burroughs boys' cross-country runs to CIF championship history

WALNUT — In the long run, it was an accomplishment more than 65 years in the making.

 Burbank High football eliminated by Salesian

Burbank High football eliminated by Salesian

EAST LOS ANGELES — For a team that lost its two perennial skill players for most of the season, it might have been a surprise to some that the Burbank High football team got as far as it did this season.

Burroughs, Burbank polo teams have share of returning talent

Burroughs, Burbank polo teams have share of returning talent

While the Burroughs High girls' water polo team qualified for the CIF Southern Section playoffs last season after placing fourth in the Pacific League, Burbank wasn't able to earn a postseason berth.

City sends three schools to CIF Southern Section cross-country finals

City sends three schools to CIF Southern Section cross-country finals

While it's no small feat to advance to the CIF Southern Section cross-country championships, the city of Burbank qualified entrants from Burbank and Burroughs highs along with Bellarmine-Jefferson to Saturday morning's meet at Mt. San Antonio...

Burbank singles player, doubles team ready for CIF tennis tournament

Burbank singles player, doubles team ready for CIF tennis tournament

When Lilit Vardanyan showed up for the CIF Southern Section Individual Tournament at Whittier Narrows Tennis Center in South El Monte last season, the junior didn't know what to anticipate.

Burbank football battered, but still standing in playoffs

Burbank football battered, but still standing in playoffs

One afternoon in September, a few weeks into the current football season, coach Richard Broussard leaned back in his chair in his small Burbank High office, gazed up at the ceiling and contemplated his team's fate.

 College Update: Kirakosyan, UC Irvine headed to NCAAs to face UNLV

College Update: Kirakosyan, UC Irvine headed to NCAAs to face UNLV

The following are updates on local athletes at the collegiate level.

Burroughs High, Burbank lead way at cross-country prelims

Burroughs High, Burbank lead way at cross-country prelims

Even though Saturday’s day-long CIF Southern Section cross-country divisional preliminaries are primarily about earning a spot to the following week’s divisional championship, there were still standout local efforts turned in, led by...

Windfall season for Burbank volleyball ended by Windward

LOS ANGELES — One of their goals for this season was to advance to the quarterfinals of the playoffs, a round that their program had not reached in at least 30 years.

Burbank High football overcomes injury, obstacle in first-round upset over El Rancho

PICO RIVERA — If there's been one calling card for the Burbank High football team in 2014 more than suffering injuries, it's been overcoming them.

Maemura's bid to reach state tournament ends unceremoniously

Shortly after Irene Maemura teed off Thursday on her first hole at the CIF Regional State Qualifier on Thursday at Arrowhead Country Club in San Bernardino, she received a brief visit from a CIF staff member who told the Burbank High senior girls'...

Undermanned Burbank polo no match for Cerritos in playoff loss

Even with a full squad, Burbank High boys’ water polo Coach Gilbert Raposa said it would have been tough for his team to beat Cerritos.

Strong start doesn't carry on in Burroughs' volleyball's CIF loss

GLENDORA — Despite playing solid defense throughout and getting off to a strong start in the opening game, the Burroughs High School girls' volleyball team could not come up with enough finishing power in its CIF Southern Section Division II-...

Burbank High football treks to El Rancho for CIF playoffs

Burbank High football treks to El Rancho for CIF playoffs

For all the injuries and obstacles incurred by the Burbank High football team this season, the Bulldogs still found their way into the CIF Southern Section Southeast Division playoffs.

Providence volleyball can't sustain momentum in playoff loss

The Providence High volleyball team got of to a good start Tuesday in its first-round playoff match against St. Anthony.

Burbank volleyball gets past letdown to win playoff opener

Burbank volleyball gets past letdown to win playoff opener

BURBANK — For a team that hadn't lost a match, let alone dropped a game in nearly a month, Burbank encountered an uncharacteristic letdown in the third game Tuesday night against Xavier Prep in the first round of the CIF Southern Section...

Burbank High boys' water polo defense comes up big in wild-card win versus Culver City

With the Burbank High boys’ water polo team clinging to a one-goal lead with less than a minute remaining Tuesday in its wild-card playoff contest against Culver City, the team turned to its defense.

Burbank High boys' water polo headed to Culver City

Burbank High boys' water polo headed to Culver City

With a new coach coming on board late in the offseason, perhaps not a lot was expected from the Burbank High boys’ water polo team.

Big Game: Burbank football beats Burroughs to earn final automatic playoff berth

Big Game: Burbank football beats Burroughs to earn final automatic playoff berth

BURBANK — Forget about city bragging rights and rivalry one-upmanship. As far as the players and coaches were concerned, Friday's annual cross-town football clash between Burroughs High and Burbank came down to one thing.

Crescenta Valley, Burbank, Burroughs highs cross-country teams enjoy standout day at Pacific League finals

Crescenta Valley, Burbank, Burroughs highs cross-country teams enjoy standout day at Pacific League finals

LA CRESCENTA — A Pacific League cross-country season full of surprises included one last shocker at Thursday afternoon’s league finals at Crescenta Valley Park.

Burbank, Burroughs, Providence volleyball teams learn playoff pairings

It was a prosperous local girls' volleyball season, as three of the four city programs earned berths into the CIF Southern Section playoffs.

Burbank High girls' golfer Maemura reaches state qualifier

There were four goals Burbank High girls' golfer Irene Maemura set before the season began. She reached the halfway point Thursday afternoon following one of her top 18-hole rounds of the year.

Burbank just misses comeback in CIF tennis opener against Santa Monica

SANTA MONICA — The CIF Southern Section Division II first-round girls' tennis playoff match Wednesday between Burbank High and Santa Monica came down to a singles set between two substitute players.

Burbank volleyball completes league sweep of rival Burroughs

Burbank volleyball completes league sweep of rival Burroughs

BURBANK — With the teams' Pacific League finishing order already determined prior to their meeting Tuesday, the second match of the season between the Burbank High and Burroughs girls' volleyball teams might not have held much drama.

Glendale High boys' water polo too much for Burbank

Glendale High boys' water polo too much for Burbank

BURBANK — A few moments after the Glendale High boys’ water polo team topped Burbank on Tuesday, the Nitros were already looking ahead to accomplishing something for the first time in the program’s history — a fourth...

Burbank tennis will travel to Santa Monica for CIF playoff opener

Burbank tennis will travel to Santa Monica for CIF playoff opener

Burbank High girls' tennis Coach Loi Phan was trying to figure out which opponent his team might play in the first round of the playoffs before the pairings were released Monday morning.

Burroughs High football overwhelms Glendale, 38-0

Burroughs High football overwhelms Glendale, 38-0

BURBANK — Behind a spread out offensive attack and a smothering defense, the Burroughs High football team’s comeback this season is nearly complete, minus one big prize.

Britton, Gudzin join Burroughs Hall of Fame

Britton, Gudzin join Burroughs Hall of Fame

BURBANK — A storied athletic tradition added two pillars Friday evening.

Burbank High football bounces Arcadia in preparation for showdown with Burroughs

BURBANK — Scoring on eight of 11 total drives, the Burbank High football team set in motion its path toward a collision course with archrival Burroughs by obliterating visiting Arcadia, 56-14, in Thursday evening's Pacific League contest at...

 Burbank High girls' volleyball tunes up for postseason with win over Glendale

Burbank High girls' volleyball tunes up for postseason with win over Glendale

BURBANK — With their opponent fighting for its playoff life, the Burbank High girls' volleyball team received a quality postseason tune-up in the form of visiting Glendale in Thursday afternoon's Pacific League match.

Burbank High girls' tennis reigns at Pacific League finals

Burbank High girls' tennis reigns at Pacific League finals

PASADENA — While the Glendale and Crescenta Valley high girls’ tennis programs certainly made an impact locally at Wednesday afternoon’s Pacific League individual tennis finals, when it comes to best in show, nobody topped Burbank&...

Playoff-bound Burbank water polo defeats rival Burroughs

Playoff-bound Burbank water polo defeats rival Burroughs

BURBANK — With the graduation of some key seniors and a coach who took over only weeks before the season began, prospects for the 2014 boys' water polo season looked challenging at best for the Burbank High boys' water polo team.

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Photo Gallery: CIF SS cross country finals at Mt. SAC

Photo Gallery: CIF SS cross country finals at Mt. SAC

With a quintet of top-10 finishes, the Flintridge Prep girls' cross-country team staved off rival Mayfield Senior School and ran to its second straight CIF Southern Section Division V title on Saturday morning at Mount San Antonio College.

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