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Jeff Tully BURBANK -- As is the...

Jeff Tully

BURBANK -- As is the case this time every year, as the holidays roll

around, so does the basketball and soccer tournament seasons.

Beginning today, three local tournaments -- two in boys’ basketball and

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one in boys’ soccer -- kick off in the city.

In another tournament, the Bellarmine-Jefferson High girls’ basketball

team will be playing in an event in nearby La Crescenta.

The biggest event in terms of teams participating is the 1999

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Brandt/Burroughs Boys Soccer Tournament. The tourney begins Thursday and

concludes Dec. 11.

Along with the Indians, the tourney features 23 teams competing in

pool play. Teams will take part in games Thursday, Friday and Saturday,

for the right to move on to the quarterfinal rounds Dec. 10.

Most of the matches will take place at Memorial Field, however, some

will be played at St. Francis High, Jordan Middle School and Gross Park.

Also taking part in the tournament are Crescenta Valley, Hoover,

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Glendale, St. Francis, South Pasadena, Kennedy, Newbury Park, Agoura,

Calabasas, Royal, Alemany, Rio Mesa, Saugus, Crespi, La Salle, Servite,

Camarillo, Canyon, Arcadia, Westlake, Harvard-Westlake, Don Bosco and

Valencia highs.

Burroughs opens up Friday with a 7:30 match at Memorial Field against

Agoura. The Indians then face Hoover Friday at 7:30 at Memorial Field.

“This is going to be a tough tournament,” said Burroughs Coach Mike

Kodama.

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“Servite is back and they have won the championship the last couple of

years. And Arcadia has won it a couple of times. So there are some very

good teams in this tournament.”

The tournament with the longest history is the 31th annual

Burbank-Hoover Tournament that begins today. Games will take place at

both Burbank and Hoover.

The tournament will be dedicated to longtime Burbank coach and

Co-athletic Director Frank Kallam.

Kallam -- who is retiring at the end of the school year -- will be

honored for his 25 years serving as the tournament’s director.

Kallam is a Hoover High graduate.

Along with the Bulldogs and Tornadoes, the event will also include

Burroughs, Glendale, Crescenta Valley, Venice, Eagle Rock and Belmont

highs.

The Bulldogs open the event tonight with a 7:30 game against Eagle

Rock at Burbank. The Indians will play Belmont at 6 p.m. today at Hoover.

The finals will be Friday at 8 p.m. at Hoover.

Across town, the 11th annual Providence Tip-Off Classic gets underway

Thursday and concludes with the finals Saturday at Providence High.

Along with the host Pioneers, Oakwood, New Roads, Viewpoint, Highland

Hall, Pilibos, L.A. Lutheran and St. Genevieve highs will be in

attendance.

Missing from this year’s event is St. Bonnaventure High. In years

past, the Serphs have made it a habit of playing in the tourney final.

The Pioneers will face St. Genevieve in a first-round game Thursday at

7:30 p.m. at Providence.

For the Bell-Jeff girls’ squad, it has a tough draw in the Crescenta

Valley Tournament, which begins today and takes place at CV High.

Today, the Guards will play North Hollywood at 6 p.m. and will take on

the host Falcons Thursday in a 7:30 p.m. contest. Bell-Jeff will then

face Littlerock Friday at 6 p.m.


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