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Bulldogs win CIF opener


Burbank d. Xavier Prep, 25-21, 25-22, 15-25, 25-22: The Bulldogs had a long toad trip to Palm Desert Tuesday and were able to record a win in the opening round of the CIF Southern Section Division II-A playoffs.

“I told the girls that we traveled all this way, might as well come away with a win,” said Burbank Coach Sarah Brown, whose team improved to 12-5. “But I thought we played pretty well.”

The Bulldogs — No. 3 from the Pacific League — were paced by Stephanie Eskander, who had nine kills and four aces. Teammate Jamie Gonzalez added seven kills and seven digs, Reily Brennan had six kills and Tyler Brooks had 19 assists and nine digs.


Xavier Prep (13-4) was the runner-up from the Desert Valley League.

Burbank will take on host Whittier Christian (22-2) in a second-round match at 7 p.m. Thursday. Whittier Christian is the No. 2 seed and won the Olympic League championship.

St. Paul d. Providence, 25-14, 18-25, 25-12, 25-22: The Pioneers couldn’t win their CIF Southern Section Division IV-AA first-round playoff match on the road Tuesday.

“We were pretty evenly matched, but they had a big middle who we just couldn’t handle,” Providence Coach Josh Eggleston said. “But I give our girls credit; they came to play.”


Providence (8-11 and the No. 3 team from the Liberty League) received a season-high 19 digs from April Leyva. Teammate Thalia Alvarez had eight kills and 18 digs and Jenny Nardoni had 15 assists.

St. Paul (20-11) as the runner-up in the Camino Real League.


Rowland 14, Burbank 4: The Bulldogs faced a tough opponent Tuesday in a CIF Southern Section Division II playoff match on the road and were defeated.

“This was a good team we played against, a team that placed second in their league,” Burbank Coach Loi Phan said about the Raiders (14-2), who were the runner-up in the Hacienda League. “We knew we were in trouble when we watched them warm up.”

Burbank (10-7) is the third-place team from the Pacific League.

The Bulldogs got two set wins from singles Meredy Gharabegi, 6-2, 6-1, one from singles Ashley Basco, 6-2, and one from the doubles team of Minyon Kim and Veroncia Mendoza, 6-2.

Cypress 15, Burroughs 3: Indians singles player Kathy Henry won two sets Tuesday in a CIF Southern Section Division II wild-card playoff loss on the road.


The Indians (8-19) placed fourth in the Pacific League and the Centurions (16-4) were the No. 3 team from the Empire League.


Los Altos 20, Burbank 16: The Bulldogs were knocked out of the CIF Southern Section Division V playoffs in the wild-card round with a loss Tuesday on the road.

Two Bulldogs (17-10) players were given major penalties and were ejected from the match.

“We should have won the match,” Burbank interim coach James Barman said. “The ejections were very one-sided.”

Burbank placed fourth in the Pacific League and Los Altos (13-17) was the No. 3 team from the Hacienda League.


Providence in Liberty League finals: The Pioneers girls’ team finished second and the boys’ squad placed fourth in the final league standings following the meet Friday at North Hollywood Park.


In the girls’ standings, Viewpoint captured the league championship with 37 points and was followed by Providence (32), Buckley (24), Oakwood (23), Holy Martyrs (19) and Yeshiva (0).

In Friday’s race, the Pioneers received a fine effort from Jaii Jiang, who placed third in 19 minutes 19 seconds. Teammates Drew Tacchino (10th; 20:51), Kelly Castillo (11th; 20:55), Chelsea Lopez (19th; 22:03) and Madeleine Garibaldi (20th; 22:06) also scored for Providence.

Providence placed second with a team total of 63 in the event.

Nicki Maslan of Viewpoint captured the race in 18:08.

In the boys’ standings, Buckley won the league with 41 points and was followed by Viewpoint (40), Oakwood (27), Providence (12), Holy Martyrs (11) and Yeshiva (four).

In Friday’s race, the Pioneers also placed fourth with a team total of 97. Providence was paced by Lalo Fisher, who placed eighth in 16:19 seconds. The other Pioneers’ scorers were Marcus Lovette (10th; 16:25), Andrew Carillo (20th; 17:19), Eddie Lopez (29th; 17:55) and Taylor Rodriguez (30th; 17:56).

The race was won by Buckley’s Nick Martin in 15:01.


Burbank Vikings: Five of the teams from the area’s tackle program earned victories Saturday in Week 9 games.

Notching wins was the Senior Gold (4-5) against Santa Clarita Valley Chiefs, 39-29, Junior Green (3-5) against Calabasas Black, 38-0, Bantam Black (3-5) against Canyon Gold, 40-14, Bantam Green (7-1) against Valley Black, 50-0, Senior Black (6-3) against Calabasas Black, 18-14, and Pee-Wee Black (4-4) against Castaic, 46-6.

In losing efforts, Junior Black (7-1) fell to Calabasas Sliver, 36-20, Junior White (2-6) was defeated by Calabasas White, 30-20, Midget Black (7-2) lost to Santa Clarita Valley Chiefs, 48-20, Midget Green (6-3) fell to Calabasas Silver, 18-6, and Pee-Wee White (1-7) lost to Santa Clarita Valley Cheyenne, 24-0.

Teams will now take part in the first round of the playoffs, which begin next Saturday.

Jeff Tully