Runners, teams ready for prelims
Burbank High senior Preston Richardson and Burroughs junior Katie
Vahoviak know what it’s like to run in big cross-country races.
Today, the two will take to the course to compete in the CIF
Southern Section preliminaries at Mount San Antonio College in
Richardson will be competing in the Division I boys’ race at
approximately 2:40 p.m. with his Bulldog team. Vahoviak will be
running as an individual in the girls’ Division II race at 11:02 a.m.
Also competing will be the Bellarmine-Jefferson boys’ team -- in
the Division IV race at 3:34 p.m. -- the Guards’ girls’ team -- in
the Division IV race at 1:30 p.m. -- and Providence’s Nadia Simon --
as an individual in the Division IV race at 8 a.m.
Vahoviak, who finished fourth in last week’s Foothill League
final, is making her third appearance in the prelims.
Richardson -- the league runner-up -- is a veteran of the
postseason and is in the event for the third consecutive year. Last
season, he helped lead the Bulldogs to the Division II final and a
berth in the CIF-State Cross-Country Championships.
Burbank will have to run well to advance to the Southern Section
finals Nov. 22 at Mount SAC, especially after moving up to Division
“They moved four of the best teams from last year in Division II
up to Division I this year,” Burbank boys’ Coach Bob Shaw said. “So
now, Division I is a lot tougher.”
Media City Tribe wins championship
The Media City Tribe, a girls’ youth basketball team, is coming
off a championship performance in a big tournament.
Last weekend, the team won a title in the Swoosh Fall Classic, an
event run by the Central Coast Swoosh and Elite in the Santa Barbara
Burbank won, 33-30, in overtime in the title game
The Media City Tribe won the championship in the Girls’ JV
Division by sweeping all five games played in two days -- with the
last two wins coming in overtime.
With mostly ninth-grade players from Burbank and Sun Valley, the
team is coached by Bear Whitfield. The team has played year-round for
Whitfield for three years, with players joining the squad as Burbank
Park, Recreation and Community Services seasons end.
The team includes: Britney Morgan, Heather Hansen, Carly Brown,
Chrissie Seilie, Liz Reuter, Natalie Kasbarian, Shawnee Carter,
Amanda Bryan, Amanda D’Egidio and Natalie Nichols.
At-large berth Bell-Jeff’s only hope
Beginning the season with a 7-0 record, the Bellarmine- Jefferson
High football team looked is if it was poised to vie for a Santa Fe
League championship, and have a fine run in the CIF Southern Section
Division XII playoffs.
However, after suffering three straight league defeats to finish
the regular season, the Guards’ title hopes went up in smoke.
The losses also severely hampered Bell-Jeff’s shot at even making
By placing fourth in league, the Guards (7-3, 1-3 in league) have
to hope for the lone at-large berth given in the division.
If the team doesn’t get the at-large bid, it’s out.
The Guards’ losing streak has also led to the team’s downfall in
the division. Three weeks ago, Bell-Jeff held the No. 2 spot,
trailing only Bishop Union. However, this week -- even before
Wednesday’s 25-22 league loss to Panorama City St. Genevieve -- the
Guards plummeted to No. 8.