Joe Engelmann

As a five-tool prospect with premier physical attributes, Jon Engelmann, who graduated in 2015, is making headlines in the Cleveland Indians’ organization as he pursues his goal to play in the MLB. Rare speed and great defensive ability in the outfield have allowed Engelmann to wow coaches and spectators throughout his playing career. According to 247sports.com, professional scouts “see tools and a late bloomer profile that could allow him to play up in the minors making him a better pro than a college player.”

The 22-year-old Engelmann was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania before moving out to the Bay Area and attending BHS, where he starred in center field for head coach Shawn Scott’s 2015 CCS playoff team. After leading the PAL in batting average (.462) and stolen bases (36) his senior year, winning two PAL MVP awards, and earning All-State First Team recognition as a senior, Engelmann was drafted in the 28th round of the first-year player draft by the Minnesota Twins. However, he chose to attend the University of Michigan where he could get the best of two worlds: receiving a great education while playing for a top-notch Division I baseball program.

“I attended Michigan because of the outstanding degree along with a very competitive baseball program,” Engelmann said. “The athletic department provided us with every possible resource to set us up for success.”

In addition to studying in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts, Engelmann refined his baseball skills, improving his batting average, slugging percentage, home run, and RBI totals each year. After his junior year at Michigan, during which he earned First Team All-Big Ten honors, Engelmann was drafted in the 31st round of the 2018 MLB draft by the Indians.

In a two month stint playing for the Arizona League Indians in the Rookie League and the Mahoning Valley Scrappers in Class A short season ball, Engelmann posted a cumulative .322 batting average with 5 home runs and 27 RBI.

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Posted on January 8, 2019 .

Frankie Ferrari

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For as long as he can remember, Frankie Ferrari has played as many sports as possible. While excelling as an athlete overall, it was on the hardwood at Burlingame High School that the 2014 graduate was able to separate from the competition. In his senior year and final season playing basketball for Burlingame, Ferrari averaged a jaw-dropping 22.4 points per game to carry the Panthers farther into the playoffs than ever before.

“My favorite times were the Friday night games where your whole community is there,”  Ferrari said. “I think there is nothing better than that and I’ve played in front of 20-30,000 people in college.”

Ferrari, who is now playing in his senior season in college, has been a dominating force as the point guard for the University of San Francisco for the past four years. He has led them to three straight seasons in which they finished with a win rate at or above 50 percent and are well on their way to their best season yet during Ferrari’s tenure.

“Being a hometown kid, USF was somewhere that I felt like was home and that’s ultimately why I chose to go there,” Ferrari said.

Being under a 30 minute drive from BHS when traffic is light, many aspiring Burlingame basketball players can be seen in attendance from time to time in the stands of Ferrari’s games. Ferrari, who has a likely future in the NBA just around the corner, hopes to show BHS athletes what they can become.

“Really focus in; the four years go by really fast … cherish each moment and work hard during the offseason,” Ferrari said.

Posted on January 8, 2019 .

Niki Reynolds

Although she only started playing freshman year of high school, Niki Reynolds quickly fell in love with water polo. She rose to stardom through high school, quickly learning new skills in a very short period of time.

“I started playing freshman year of high school, much later than all my future division 1 teammates, who generally started around 8 years old,” Reynolds said. “I knew the odds weren’t in my favor coming from a small market in Northern California for water polo and that I started so late.  Many other girls had mastered skills by 12 that I was just learning on sophomore year.”

Despite these setbacks, Reynolds secured a spot on the UCLA women’s water polo team, one of the best in the country.

Playing at UCLA taught Reynolds a lot about what it meant to be a high level athlete.

“I learned that no matter how sick, tired or sore you are, if you pulled an all nighter for an exam worth 80 percent of your final grade that day, when you walk on the pool deck, all of that is gone,” Reynolds said. “You give everything you have each day because you know all the great athletes before you did the same, and there are hundreds of people that want to be in my position.”

After college, Reynolds moved to Spain, where she plays professionally in Pamplona.

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Nick Loew

Nick Loew, a 2014 Burlingame graduate, and basketball player, played four years of Division I basketball at the University of San Francisco. Loew began playing basketball around fourth grade but really fell in love with the game in middle school. By sophomore year at Burlingame, Loew realized the potential he had in basketball. He was a major part of the 2013 Central Coast Section championship team at Burlingame.

“I realized I could play in college around my sophomore year at BHS,” Loew said. “It was really exciting and motivated me to want to be the best player I could be.”

Being a walk-on at USF, Loew knew expectations were low coming on to the team without a scholarship. But Loew made the best of the situation and persevered.

“I just wanted to enjoy being on a college team at the [Division I] level,” Loew said. “I ended up starting a handful of meaningful games and playing some meaningful minutes as a senior, so that made me realize that I was a good player and that I could hold my own with the scholarship guys.”

Playing at Burlingame and watching the games from a young age also had a large impact on Loew's future basketball career.

“I remember going to BHS games in middle school and seeing the student section go crazy and I always wanted to be a part of that,” Loew said. “I felt like I had a responsibility to the school and to the city to perform really well so I think playing at BHS really brought out the competitive side of my personality that I don't always show.”

Although Loew has finished playing organized basketball, he plans to continue competing in an adult league and hopes to one day coach his kids in basketball.

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Phil Caulfield

A rangy utility man with a sure-handed glove and blazing speed, Phil Caulfield is building a solid reputation in the Washington Nationals minor league system. During the 2017 and 2018 seasons, Caulfield hit .250 in 14 games in Rookie League for the GCL Nationals and .263 in 18 games in Single A short season ball for the Auburn Doubledays, earning a call up to the Hagerstown Suns of the full season Single A South Atlantic League. After overcoming numerous obstacles during his unorthodox career path to the minors, Caulfield has all the confidence in the world as he looks to move up in the minors and eventually achieve his dream of reaching the major leagues.

Caulfield began his career playing at Our Lady of Angels school in Burlingame before moving on to BHS, where he played with fellow minor leaguers Vince Arobio, Jon Engelmann, and Zac Grotz. While serving as team captain during his senior season, he won PAL player of the year honors. Because of his size (5’8”, 170 lbs), however, he never earned a college scholarship offer, so he decided to attend Skyline College, where he played with his brother Tom for two years. In 2015, Caulfield gained the attention of Loyola Marymount scouts after posting a .374 average with 23 RBI and 18 stolen bases in 38 games. He received a scholarship to play at LMU the final two seasons of his career, earning the starting second base position during the second conference series of the year. Caulfield earned All-WCC honors in 2016 and 2017 after batting over .300 through 101 total games. In the summer of 2017, Caulfield was selected in the 32nd round of the MLB draft (973rd overall) by the Washington Nationals. Now his ultimate goal is within reach.

“In order to move up, it’s all about consistency. You have to be able to prove you can play at each level and prove yourself,” Caulfield said. “For me, my defense is always going to be there, but if I’m able to hit consistently, I can move up.”

“I am fortunate to be around a lot of really good players and to be in this organization and altogether I feel really lucky to be given the opportunity,” Caulfield said.

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Greer Chrisman

When Greer Chrisman first tried competitive track, it was mainly just to test her speed that she had discovered on the soccer field. Little did she know that track would remain a big part of her life for the next twelve years and that it, not soccer, would be the sport that she pursued at the collegiate level.

After an illustrious running career at BHS, Chrisman, who graduated in 2014, continued on to run the 400-meter hurdles and 800 meters for Santa Clara University. At BHS she ran short distance relays and middle distance hurdles, and kickstarted her serious passion for the sport.

“BHS did wonderful things shaping me as an athlete…  I made some of my best friends through sports, learned soft skills as a teammate and a team leader, created relationships with my coaches to help progress my abilities, and [learned] how to work hard to achieve the things you want,” Chrisman said.

During her time working with current track head coach Chris Coleman, Chrisman brought her skills to the next level, allowing her to compete on the collegiate level.

“It is very easy to be a big fish in a little pond in high school but when college comes around you quickly learn you are a little fish in a big pond,” Chrisman said.

Posted on January 8, 2019 .

Leah Goldman

After a prolific career at BHS, during which she won two team MVP awards and six National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association All-American awards, Leah Goldman (Class of ‘14) took her talents to Durham, N.C., where she starred on the Duke Blue Devils women’s swimming team. During the 2018 campaign, Goldman won gold in the 200-yard individual medley, becoming the second IM champion in school history. She was also named an All-American in the 100-yard butterfly while serving as captain of the swim team. Goldman laid a foundation for success at an early age.

“I started swimming when I was a baby just for water safety but eventually fell in love with the sport. Swimming became very serious once I entered high school because that’s when I decided to focus and put all my effort into trying to see if I could swim in college,” Goldman said.  

During her vigorous pursuit of a college swimming opportunity, Goldman relished her time at BHS.

“Swimming for BHS and competing in high school swimming in the spring is all about having fun,” Goldman said. “I always enjoyed making friends, cheering and helping people better their swimming technique.”

Goldman’s athletic career at Duke satisfied her competitive spirit and prepared her well for her future.

“Being disciplined and learning how to manage my time was not necessarily the toughest transition but the most important,” Goldman said.

“In order to stay on top of my school work and maintain the grades I wanted as well as perform in the pool I had to make a lot of sacrifices. Usually that meant sacrifices in the social department which was hard, especially as a freshman when everything was new and I didn’t want to miss out on anything. Luckily my teammates were in the same boat and I had a great group of friends that I never felt like I missed out on too much. It is all about balance and when I look back at what I learned by being a student athlete in college I know it prepared me to be successful in the real world.”

Now that she is out of college and working in New York City, Goldman has embraced her competitive swimming history and the social benefits it provides.

“After graduating, I joined the New York Athletic Club. They have a post-graduated swim team and everyone on the team swam in college but are now ‘retired.’ While we come to work out and practice with each other the team provides a social aspect that I would say was always an important aspect of the sport. We come to catch up with each other and have fun. The swimming world is small and most everyone has some mutual friend or connection. It makes me feel right as home in a city that can sometimes feel so big.”

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Football team enters CCS playoffs on a roll

As the calendar hits November, the Panther football team is preparing to make a strong drive toward a Central Coast Section (CCS) title. Coming off a dominant 38-7 win over rival San Mateo, which extended Burlingame’s win streak to seven and preserved their undefeated home record, the No. 2-seeded Peninsula Athletic League Ocean champion Panthers hosted a 6-4 Mountain View team on Friday, Nov. 16. The Panthers expect to host the winner of Santa Clara versus Overfelt on Friday, Nov. 23. If they win in the semifinals, they will likely face an undefeated Independence team, which will pose severe match-up problems all around.

“We haven't had high pressure games like this before. In the regular season, it is not great to lose, but you can bounce back the next week. In the playoffs, if you lose the season, it’s over. Also, the quality of play is better. Also, they will try their hardest because they want to win very badly, too,” junior team manager Will Pereira said.

The Panthers’ offensive and defensive lines have thus far gotten by with the help of star seniors Noah Lavulo and Dylan Neeley, but Independence’s immense size and depth in the trenches will be difficult to overcome. An appearance in the CCS championship game would mark Burlingame’s third since 1972, while a win would hand Burlingame its second CCS football banner in school history.

“It would be a huge deal if we win CCS. We get to hang a banner and show everyone that Burlingame football is good and a big deal. It will help the community. It will make people proud to go to Burlingame High School,” Pereira said.

Chase Funkhauser races toward the end zone against San Mateo.

Chase Funkhauser races toward the end zone against San Mateo.

Posted on November 22, 2018 .

Football versus basketball: the cheerleading edition

Unlike other sports at BHS, cheer spans the entire year rather than one season. Cheer begins during the summer, before the start of school, and ends in the spring. During the fall and winter, the cheer team attends the football games to support the football team. During spring, they are required to attend basketball games in the gym. They practice every day after school from 3:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. to go over their stunts and dances.

Cheering for football games is also oftentimes more serious than cheering for basketball games because there are more people watching the football games and the Little Big Game show is very important. Cheering for basketball games is more flexible and the members are given more freedom.

“Cheering for basketball games is different from cheering for football games in that there are different cheers and the halftime routines are limited due to the amount of space in the gym,” junior Julia Doherty said.

Additionally, the football halftime routines are choreographed by varsity cheer captains. But for basketball games, the junior and freshman cheerleaders have the opportunity to choreograph the half-time routines. Then, the team performs the dances created during halftime of basketball games. The cheerleaders have the opportunity to create the halftime routines, but the cheers still stay the same for when the basketball or football teams scores points.

“I choreographed a halftime routine for the basketball games when I was a freshman in JV cheer and I really enjoyed the freedom I got to change the dances the way I wanted. Then, seeing all of my team members performing the dance that I created was so gratifying. I had a great experience,” Doherty said.

Varsity cheerleaders performing at the Little Big Game rally on Friday, November 2.

Varsity cheerleaders performing at the Little Big Game rally on Friday, November 2.

Posted on November 22, 2018 .

Wrestling team has early hopes for PALs

The Wrestling team lost several key seniors from last season, but looks to capitalize this year with a promising, young team. After coming off a strong season in which many players posted winning records and won PAL’s, Burlingame Wrestling will look for another successful year, with their first tournament starting Nov. 30.

Kyle Botelho is one young key athlete who is coming off a win at PAL’s and a third place at CCS. As a junior who has been on varsity for all three years, Botelho will look to build off of his performance last year.

“I won PAL’s and placed third at CCS, but this year I want to win CCS and place in state. I think I’ll be able to with more work and practice,” Botelho said.

According to Botelho, the Half Moon Bay Wrestling team, which usually places first in PALs, lost many key seniors from last year. This news gives BHS optimism going into this season.

Senior Scott Atkinson, who boasted a winning record last season, will look to lead the young team along with coach Eric Botelho.

“Upperclassmen and coaches really try to work with everybody,” Kyle Botelho said.  

Kyle Botelho is the son of Coach Eric Botelho, and the two have been working on wrestling together for 11 years. This is Eric Botelho’s 12th season with the team, and he will try to guide the young athletes to another prosperous year.

“I want my team to win the league, and for us to beat Half Moon Bay,” Kyle Botelho said.

Senior Scott Atkinson will look to lead as the sole senior on the team.

Senior Scott Atkinson will look to lead as the sole senior on the team.

Posted on November 22, 2018 .

Basketball team looks to defy expectations

A new starting five, a new coach and low expectations will characterize the 2018 boys basketball season.  

The Panthers will begin the season after having lost vital pieces from last year’s team, including star small forward Cal Spurlock as well as the rest of the starting five. This year’s go-to offensive options will likely be juniors Nikola Kovacevic and Anthony Sylvestri, who led the 2017-18 junior varsity team to a league title. Defensively, a man-to-man approach, led by the ball hawk Kovacevic and an imposing force in the middle, junior center Taylor Clark, will be a key factor in determining the team’s overall success, as the Panthers lost defensive stalwarts Gavin Coleman and Dimitri Rally to graduation.

After the hiring of veteran coach Pete Harames in the spring of 2013, the Panther program rode star Our Lady of Angels School alumni Connor Haupt, Frankie Ferrari, Vinny Ferrari and Paulie Ferrari to new heights, twice reaching the Central Coast Section playoffs and twice beating Serra between 2013 and 2016. The Harames tenure was arguably the most successful run in Burlingame basketball history.

However, the 2017-18 campaign proved disappointing, as the Panthers struggled to find an identity without a Ferrari on the floor. With the unfortunate retirement of Pete Harames and the subsequent hiring of Jeff Dowd, the Panthers will have important questions to answer about the future of the program.

For most sports teams, poor seasons are occasionally inevitable and often follow bouts of unprecedented success. However, a period of mediocrity can also provide an opportunity for  new players to drastically change the spirit and culture of the program. All eyes are on Kovacevic, Sylvestri and Clark, and nothing will come easily.

The loss of seniors like Matt Gurovich (above) will be difficult to overcome.

The loss of seniors like Matt Gurovich (above) will be difficult to overcome.

Posted on November 22, 2018 .

Girls tennis season ends on a high note

The girls tennis team had to adjust to a new dynamic this season with many seniors from last year leaving and therefore having many new players on the varsity team. Their season ended on Oct. 24 in their final Peninsula Athletic League (PAL) game against San Mateo. Their overall record for the season was 6-10.  Although the team didn’t make it as far as it had hoped, sophomore Olina Du says that she feels it still had a successful season.

“We wanted to make it to the PAL tournament as a team, and sadly, we didn’t, but that’s not really the main point for us; we just want to improve and have a fun season, which we did,” Du said.

Coach Bill Smith plans to return next year for another season as coach of the Burlingame tennis team. Beloved by the team, he has played a pivotal role in uniting the team and encouraging each player to improve even after a loss.

“All our team members love our coach. He has a goal of improving us without pushing us too hard. He really cares about our team,” Du said.

Sophomore Vedika Bhaumik explained that the team has established traditions to bring more team spirit to practices and games.

“Our coach brought us food one day at practice, and it was someone’s birthday, and she brought cake,” Bhaumik said. “It’s fun to be able to relax and hang out with the team, and I feel like it bring us closer together.”  

The players wrap up the season up with a positive outlook on their experiences. They greatly appreciate the acceptance and bonds that they have formed with one another. Though the team’s initial goal was to make it to the PAL playoffs, it is satisfied with its improvement throughout the season.

Sophomore Olina Du prepares to return a serve.

Sophomore Olina Du prepares to return a serve.

Posted on November 22, 2018 .

Cross-country runs fast

The cross-country team wrapped up a successful 2018 regular season campaign at the Peninsula Athletic League Championship on Nov. 3, held at the Crystal Springs course. Three juniors—Sonja Dommen, Brendan Creeks and Livvy van Hamel Platerink—earned spots at the Central Coast Section (CCS) finals, and multiple athletes ran personal record times on the course despite oppressive heat.

“I ended up barely getting a P.R. even though it was really hot out,” junior Cooper Glavin said. “I think we did really well as a team this year, and I can’t wait for next year.”

The team held practices the following week at Sawyer Camp Trail in San Mateo to help the CCS-qualifying runners prepare for their next meet and to slowly conclude the season for the rest of the athletes on the team.

The CCS championships were rescheduled for Nov. 17. after being postponed due to smoke originating from the Camp Fire in Northern California settling over the course on Nov. 10. By the time of this paper’s publication, results will be available on www.Athletic.net.

Optimism surrounding the cross-country program should only increase from here, as all three of the athletes who qualified for CCS will be back next year as seniors, and strong 2018 performances from promising underclassmen like sophomore Aaron Becker and freshman Johnny Suarez are harbingers of greater things to come in the future.

“I’m really excited to get back on the course next season and hopefully make CCS,” Becker said.

Sophomore Aaron Becker powers his way through a hot PAL championship race at Hallmark Park.

Sophomore Aaron Becker powers his way through a hot PAL championship race at Hallmark Park.

Posted on November 22, 2018 .

Boys varsity soccer aims for back-to-back CCS appearances

The boys varsity soccer team, with a considerable amount of competitive players, has a chance to repeat the success of last season and possibly exceed what last season’s team accomplished.

A year removed from the Northern California semifinals, the team is looking to build on its progress with its second-year coach Anthony Dimech. After the loss of star players Marcus Lau and Gabe Hyman, Dimech will need production from incoming juniors. Dimech has not yet decided what formation to use and plans to feel out the team and what works best with the players he has.

“Gabe left a big hole. It’s a new year—last year was great, we did fantastic, but last year was last year—so we have to start fresh, and I have plenty of guys on my team that I know will step up and fill those shoes,” Dimech said. His main goal as of right now is to get the team into better shape and to improve their chemistry by pushing the team harder in practice and encouraging his seniors to work with the incoming varsity players on the adjustment from JV to varsity.

Last year, the Panthers’ plethora of talented players took the team to new heights, reaching the Central Coast Section (CCS) championship and NorCal playoffs. When asked about this year’s team compared to previous seasons, Dimech spoke of wanting to continue the wins of past seasons.

“We’ll be good. Once we start kicking the ball, we’ll figure everything out,” Dimech said. “We’ll be fine, we’ll be competitive and we’ll try to win the league again.” Menlo-Atherton as the Panthers’ toughest competition this season, Dimech is looking to start fresh with his new team.

“[We want to] win the league, go to playoffs, try and win everything,” Dimech said.

Senior Kai Galia lines up for a corner kick during the Panthers’ CCS bound season.

Senior Kai Galia lines up for a corner kick during the Panthers’ CCS bound season.

Posted on November 22, 2018 .

Burlingame’s fastest runner shows no signs of slowing anytime soon

It is rare to meet someone as committed to their passion as Brendan Creeks is to running. It is also not often that a Burlingame cross-country runner gains the type of reputation within the high school running sphere that Creeks has earned. In his most successful season yet, Creeks is redefining what it means to be a runner at Burlingame by likely advancing past Central Coast Section (CCS) championships and into the larger realm of up-and-coming runners.

Brendan Creeks passes over a hill at the notoriously difficult Hallmark Park in route to his team low time of 17:18 during PAL Championships.

Brendan Creeks passes over a hill at the notoriously difficult Hallmark Park in route to his team low time of 17:18 during PAL Championships.

Creeks, the No. 1 male varsity runner and backbone of the team, has run in a total of five meets as of Nov. 10, placing well at many, including the highly competitive Serra Invitational.

“That was the most competitive meet I’ve ever been to; it was really cool to be around a bunch of fast people,” Creeks said.

The Serra Invitational features the top runners from some of the most well-known cross-country programs in the Bay Area. Runners come from the perennial frontrunner Bellarmine High School as well as Granada, Serra and Valley View, but this did not phase Creeks in the least. In fact, he ran a personal record by over a minute, finishing with a time of 16:39 on a grueling 2.95-mile course, Hallmark Park.

“I think it is because we started training during the summer, and practices have been a little more intense this year than in previous years,” Creeks said of his success this year.

Creeks, who hopes to run at the college level, is already meeting some lower-level collegiate times, and he still has a year to improve. With a bright running future ahead, Creeks is looking to perform at the top of his game in the final meets this year and during the season next year in order to take his talent to the next level.

“I just love running with the boys,” Creeks said.

Posted on November 22, 2018 .

Burlingame thumps San Mateo in Little Big Game matchup

In the 91st annual Little Big Game match-up between rivals Burlingame and San Mateo, Burlingame piled up the stats, earning The Paw for the ninth straight year with a 38-7 victory.

Despite a scoreless first quarter, the Panthers racked up five touchdowns over the final three quarters to defeat the Bearcats. Quarterback Jordan Malashus scored a three-yard rushing touchdown on fourth down at the start of the second quarter, giving the Panthers a huge energy shift.

“We had the momentum and it was early in the game. Worst case scenario they stop us and they have a long field to go,” said Burlingame coach John Philipopoulos.

Despite this, the Bearcats silenced the Panthers crowd by recovering a fumble at the Burlingame two-yard line. A punt from the Bearcats' Anthony Villalobos put the Panthers in bad field position, and after the fumble, San Mateo quarterback Luke Bergstrom capitalized on the turnover with a two-yard run for a touchdown.

Although it seemed like it was brewing to be a close game, the Panthers regrouped and scored two more touchdowns before the end of the half. Jordan Malashus put the Panthers back on top with a 16-yard touchdown pass to his brother Devin Malashus, and Curtis Lauti had a two-yard touchdown run with 31 seconds remaining in the second quarter, putting the Panthers in great position at halftime.

“Our guys were moving every single play one-hundred percent. My brother was running down the field catching all the balls I threw, and we were physical every single play,” said Jordan Malashus.

The Malashus brothers had a huge impact in this game with Jordan going 10-of-13 with 128 passing yards and 3 touchdowns, and Devin scoring both a rushing touchdown and a receiving touchdown. Panthers running back Lucas Meredith also padded the stat sheet, putting up 115 rushing yards on the day to help drive the Panthers to their eighth win on the season.

The Panthers scored two more touchdowns and a field goal in the second half, and left the Bearcats scoreless. The Panthers had 333 total yards on the game with 205 rushing yards. The Bearcats were held to 169 total yards, but also found success in the run game, putting up 127 yards.

The Little Big Game was San Mateo's final game of the season, but Burlingame will head into the Central Coast Section playoffs next week. This was a big win for Burlingame, but they still have a lot to look forward to with playoffs coming up.

“The rivalry is part of it but we are trying to win an outright championship, we are trying to continue to work hard and get better for CCS, so we had the rivalry but we have other goals as well,” Philipopoulos said.

Posted on November 7, 2018 .

BHS Alumni host popular Warriors TV show

BHS grads Drew Schiller (‘05) (left) and Grant Liffman (‘05) enter their second season entertaining fans as the Warriors pursue their consecutive third title.

BHS grads Drew Schiller (‘05) (left) and Grant Liffman (‘05) enter their second season entertaining fans as the Warriors pursue their consecutive third title.

Combining quirkiness, comedy and unrestrained energy into Golden State Warriors analysis, “Warriors Outsiders” has developed a strong fan base among sports fans throughout the Bay Area. As the the Warriors look to defend their Larry O’Brien Trophy, BHS alumni Drew Schiller and Grant Liffman are beginning the second year of their NBC Sports Bay Area show, providing die-hard Warriors fans with insightful observations and light-hearted, free-wheeling entertainment after every game. The longtime friends combine Grant’s Hollywood-bred skills in front of the camera with Drew’s fountain of basketball knowledge while answering their audience’s questions on Facebook to appeal to their youthful viewership.

An illustrious athletic career that included a baseball and football CCS championship, as well as appearances in three straight CCS basketball title games, propelled Schiller into the BHS Athletic Hall of Fame and San Mateo Sports Hall of Fame. After turning down Division 1 football scholarship offers, Schiller chose to attend USF on a basketball scholarship for his freshman season. When a new scholarship opportunity arose, he transferred to his dream school, Stanford, where he played in the backcourt for three years. However, a devastating hip injury prevented Schiller from pursuing a professional playing career overseas. Armed with a competitive spirit and an innate drive to succeed, Schiller was determined to build an off-the-field career out of his love for sports.

A Stanford diploma, strong networking skills and a radiant personality helped Schiller land a job calling Stanford and Santa Cruz Warriors G-League basketball games in November 2010. He soon moved to NBC Sports Bay Area in June 2011 and the fledgling PAC 12 Network during its inaugural year in August 2012. While working on the NBC Sports website in 2016, Schiller collaborated with Liffman to come up with a new project idea.

“We would talk about the Warriors almost daily and we were having a phone conversation one day and he said ‘Hey, man, we should have a show about the Warriors’ and I was like ‘yeah, that would be awesome,’” Schiller said.

After deliberating and negotiating with their superiors at NBC Sports, the friends initially launched the show on Facebook but soon extended it to television as their ratings grew. The idea of two analysts talking about their team while answering questions from viewers on Facebook has caught on, as networks around the country have launched shows such as “Giants Outsiders” and “Blazers Outsiders.”

“It’s cool to see it grow and we obviously care a lot about it and we want it to be successful,” Schiller said.

Considering the Warriors’ recent success (three championships in four years) and a major metropolitan TV market that will consistently provide good TV ratings, the “Outsiders” could easily ride their early wave of success and keep the show exactly the way it is. However, the two former competitive athletes are not inclined to get complacent with their current product.

“You are always looking to grow...you have to be versatile, you have to be able to adapt and do different things, you can’t just be someone who is stuck in their ways. I definitely think that new opportunities will arise and stuff that we can’t even imagine right now we’ll be doing in a couple years,” Schiller said.

Even amidst his current success, Schiller acknowledges how the Burlingame community provided him with endless support as he pursued his endeavors.  

“Burlingame was a tremendous place to grow up and I have nothing but fond memories because of the people,” he said.

Posted on October 31, 2018 .

Football builds on a strong season

Despite a slow start to the season, the football team has regained its footing and is looking ahead to attain its first PAL championship since 2015, when it won the Bay Division. Led by a powerhouse offensive attack that has clicked on all levels, the Panthers picked up two big wins against Half Moon Bay (27-26) and South San Francisco (51-0).

“In the beginning of the season we struggled a little bit to come together but we’ve definitely joined and merged as a team,” cornerback Leo Bashaw said. “I’m feeling confident about our progress so far.”

The Panther offense struggled to find its footing early on, as coach John Philipopoulos experimented with different playcalls and personnel to try to cater to quarterbacks Jordan Malashus and Wyatt McGovern’s unique talents. However, after a loss at Live Oak in week three, Philipopoulos permanently inserted Malashus into the starting role, and the offense took off from there, scoring 49, 27, 51 and 36 points in consecutive games.

On defense, a strong front seven has helped to propel the Panthers to multiple strong outings, including a shutout against South San Francisco.

The Panthers, (6-2 overall and 3-0 in PAL play), are at the top of their division and hope to stay there. After a showdown against fellow frontrunner, The King’s Academy, the Panthers are just 1 game ahead.

“Ultimately we'd like a PAL championship, a CCS championship, but for now we are just going week by week, winning games, doing what we can,” Bashaw said.

The move to the PAL Ocean Division is increasingly looking like a good one, as a division title and CCS playoff berth are well within reach. With a deep senior class led by defensive anchors Noah Lavulo, Dylan Neeley, Scott Atkinson, Curtis Lauti and Youcef Benchohra, the Panthers must capitalize with this talented core or lose a chance to prove the viability of the program.

Junior quarterback Jordan Malashus lines up against a formidable Half Moon Bay defense.

Junior quarterback Jordan Malashus lines up against a formidable Half Moon Bay defense.

Posted on October 31, 2018 .

91 Years of Rivalry

Each year, students from Burlingame High School and San Mateo High School gather to witness the Little Big Game, the historic matchup between the two schools’ rival football teams. The game, along with other events, highlights the Burlingame-San Mateo rivalry.

The Burlingame Panthers and the San Mateo Bearcats compete in the 2017 annual Little Big Game.

The Burlingame Panthers and the San Mateo Bearcats compete in the 2017 annual Little Big Game.

This is one of the oldest high school rivalries in the Bay Area. It started back in 1923 when the SMUHSD created the San Mateo High School: Burlingame Branch in order to ease congestion at San Mateo High School, originally located on Baldwin Avenue. The two schools functioned as one, with the same sports teams and band. Eventually, the population of the Burlingame Branch grew to its intended capacity. Four years later, a bond was issued to build a new San Mateo High School, which is the one that still stands today, allowing the Burlingame Branch to be established as a separate school under the name Burlingame High School in 1927.
As soon as the two schools split, the rivalry that has lasted for 91 years started. The first Little Big Game, named after the Cal-Stanford football game, was hosted that year and won by the Panthers 7-6. Throughout the years, thousands of students have been through the halls of San Mateo and Burlingame and taken part in activities relating to the rivalry. Not only is football involved in the Little Big Game, but programs such as cheer, leadership and band are as well.

“The leadership programs bring out their spirit game 100 percent during the games, which makes it a fun time,” San Mateo sophomore Edward Huang said.

San Mateo band director Attilio Tributi has been teaching since 1992, directing the San Mateo Band through 25 Little Big Games.

“The [San Mateo and Burlingame] bands manifest themselves one day a year, during the [Little Big Game],” Tributi said. “I think that the [rivalry] is a fair one and healthy for [the communities] of both schools.”

The next Little Big Game will take place at Burlingame on Saturday Nov. 3 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“We’re gonna beat them [this year],” Burlingame sophomore Ilan Rosenbaum said.

Be sure to come out and support the Panthers during the game and celebrate 91 years of rivalry.

Posted on October 31, 2018 .

Boys water polo

After an astounding defeat from Menlo-Atherton, the Panthers look to reset during their PAL run. They go into the playoffs tied for third place in the league after earning a record of 3-4.

Roughly three weeks ago, the Panthers ended their pool-hopping around the district and settled on the San Bruno pool for practice.

However, after deeming the pool inadequate, team captains Davor Koprivik and Sebastian Duong, along with senior Jason Schevach tried to find a solution with Principal Paul Belzer, Assistant Principal Markus Autrey and Athletic Director John Philipopoulos on Oct. 4.

“We uncovered an essential flaw in the administration's creation of the schedule,” Shevach said. “[They told] schools that they only had to allow us to practice at their pools until September 26 when the season doesn't end until late October at the earliest.”

Additionally, the date for pool construction has been confirmed to end in December 2019, meaning that next year’s team will have to continue practicing in different pools. However, junior Adrian Cahuana, who plans to continue playing next year, has remained positive about the future.

“I'm kind of sad, because, we don't get our own pool, but I'm actually starting to get used to it,” Cahuana said. “Another year won't really affect me because I'm already getting used to it this year, so it won't be as bad as it could be.”

Cahuana noted that he wasn’t the only one who felt this way, and when asked if sophomores and juniors were losing interest in Water polo, he confirmed that the team was still committed to excellence.

“They just deal with the problem and try to overcome it and just use as much of the time that they're given in the pool. And they want to use it wisely and use every minute and every second to improve.”

Depending whether the Panthers beat Woodside on Oct. 23, their next opponent will be Menlo-Atherton on Thursday, Oct. 26.

Senior Brandon Pham attempts to pass the ball in his game against Carlmont.

Senior Brandon Pham attempts to pass the ball in his game against Carlmont.

Posted on October 31, 2018 .