By Dick Dornan
BurbankNBeyond Sports Editor
“Duds By Dudes” Tournament
Burroughs won the “Duds by Dudes” tourney in La Jolla by winning all four of its games and not allowing a single run. After star pitcher Brice Edrington was injured in an automobile accident last week, the Indians came together and played inspired softball.
“I am very proud of the girls. We have faced a lot of adversity this season and the girls have continued to believe and persevered in tough circumstances. This weekend was no different,” Burroughs Coach Doug Nicol said. “Brice is our leader in so many ways, both on and off the field. When she got in her accident just a few days before leaving for the tournament, the team could have felt sorry for themselves. But they aren’t like that. They continued to fight and work together and I am so happy for them that they did so well, in light of all the obstacles put in our way.
“We are so young, but our girls have a great spirit and work ethic which enables them to fight through tough situations. We have a lot of pride, and that came through this weekend. It was a true team effort where everyone contributed. I could not be happier.”
Saturday, March 23
Burroughs 1 La Jolla Country Day 0 (CHAMPIONSHIP)
In a wild game that featured great pitching and solid defense, the Indians won the championship in extra innings (international tiebreaker) by defeating La Jolla Country Day, 1-0. Cheyenne Steward was incredible on the day, allowing five hits and notching her fourth consecutive shutout. Burroughs handed La Jolla Country Day (9-1) its first loss of the season.
The Indians could only muster three hits on the day (Michelle Santiago, Delaney Nicol, and Sidney Ortega each had singles), but had numerous opportunities to score as they also drew three walks. In the 8th inning and with Santiago on second base, Nicol laid down a sacrifice bunt that was bobbled by the LJCD third baseman which allowed Nicol to beat the throw to first.
With runners on first and third, freshman shortstop Kaitlin Okimoto hit a fielders choice to third base that scored Santiago for the games only run. Steward closed out the game in the bottom of the 8th inning to seal the deal.
Burroughs received fine defense behind Steward, specifically from sophomore outfielder Dominique Santos, who made a great catch in the left centerfield gap in the bottom of the 7th inning, and then quickly threw the ball to second base to turn a double play that saved the game.
Burroughs did not allow a run in the tournament, and Steward has pitched 26 consecutive scoreless innings. The performance by the Indians is even more impressive when you consider that they were playing without senior pitcher/captain Brice Edrington, who is out for a few weeks after being involved in a car accident last week, and also having lost sophomore infielder Kailanie Oasay for the entire season with an injured shoulder. Impressively, younger players are stepping in and seizing the opportunity and the Indians are truly playing as a team in their quest for a fourth consecutive Pacific League title.
The Indians are now 9-4 and will continue their Pacific League season on April 2 vs. Pasadena.
Burroughs 8 Bishops School 0
Burroughs once again displayed the pitching and defense that enabled them to start the tournament with three straight wins. However, for the second game in a row the bats came alive and the Indians won 8-0 by mercy rule after five innings. Burroughs pounded out 16 hits for the game, and scored early and often. Cheyenne Steward threw her third consecutive shutout, while allowing one hit to lead the Indians in the circle. Steward, Michelle Santiago, Delaney Nicol, Aimee Rodriguez, Sidney Ortega, and Lahela Bautista all had multi-hit games.
Friday, March 22
Burroughs 15 Canyon Crest 0
Burroughs had 16 hits in the game to take out Canyon Crest of San Diego. Lahela Bautista had two hits, including a 3-run HR, which cleared the left field fence. Bautista had five RBI’s in the game. On the mound, Cheyenne Steward pitched a 5-hit shutout, while not walking a batter.
Thursday, March 21
Burroughs 2 Monte Vista 0
Burroughs starting pitcher Cheyenne Steward pitched a 1-hit shutout, while also allowing 4 walks to post the victory for the Indians in the first round of the “Duds for Dudes Torrey Invitational” in La Jolla, CA. Steward got off to a slow start as she walked the bases loaded in the first inning. However, she settled down and only allowed a single in the 6th inning to frustrate Monte Vista of San Diego. Junior second baseman Aimee Rodriguez brought the big bat, getting two hits and scoring a run.
Lahela Bautista had the big hit of the game, as she tripled off the right field fence in the 3rd inning, which scored Rodriguez to give the Indians the only run they would need. Senior captain and pitcher Brice Edrington did not play, and will probably sit out the tournament after being involved in a car accident on Sunday night in Burbank. She is ok, but will probably be out for a few weeks as she recovers, and Steward will be counted on to log many of the innings as the team moves forward in the tournament.
By Dick Dornan
BurbankNBeyond Sports Editor
After winning a third consecutive league title a year ago, the Burroughs Indians softball team faces its toughest challenge in 2013. In order to “4-peat” and remain champions of the city, Burroughs must hold off a determined and talented Burbank squad as well as Crescenta Valley and Arcadia.
Defending its title will not be easy. But for Coach Doug Nicol, he wouldn’t have it any other way.
“We’ve kind of set a standard really high that it would be an insult to the girls who participate in this program if we don’t think about winning a fourth league title in a row,” Nicol said. “Until someone knocks us off, then they are going to have to come and beat us to get it. We are not going to give it to them. My expectation is to win a league title again.”
Nicol, who took over the program in 2011 for Jose Valle, has all the pieces to the puzzle to defend the throne. It’s just a matter of making them fit smoothly and most importantly, cohesively.
Referring to this year’s squad as “very deep,” Nicol will rely on a plethora of young talent to overcome the graduation of its top pitcher and catcher from last season.
“We have great depth. That is our strength,” Nicol said. “We literally have two or three kids at any position that are capable of starting for almost any team in our league.”
Burroughs returns eight lettermen including four starters from a 2012 team that went 24-4 overall and 13-1 in the Pacific League. Replacing All-League pitcher Haley Schulman and All-League catcher Shannon Trujillo are the first priorities of business for Nicol.
The lone senior on JBHS, Brice Edrington, and junior Cheyenne Steward, will compete for the No. 1 spot in the rotation.
“Neither of them have been the number one for us before. Until you turn the lights on and they pitch against the really good teams in our non-league games, you don’t know how it will turn out,” Nicol explained. “It’s a matter of us as coaches being able to develop them into the pitchers we need. If we get the pitching, then the rest will follow.”
Edrington, the team’s captain, will have the opportunity to take the mound for the Indians despite not having pitched since the eighth grade.
“It means a lot actually. I decided to take on that role,” said Edrington, a three-year varsity player. “I’m excited because I am the only senior on the team and it’s going to be cool to bond with the younger girls. I’ve taken on the leadership role and I hope to lead them to victory.”
Her battery mate will be sophomore Michelle Santiago, a first-team all-league selection last season.
“She is a special player. She has all the talent in the world to be the best hitter in the league,” Nicol said.
Junior Aimee Rodriguez, who will see time at first and third base, junior outfielders Sidney Ortega and Jessica Little, sophomore second baseman Delaney Nicol, sophomore shortstop Kailanie Oasay, and freshman Kaitlin Okimoto will also be counted on to contribute right away.
“We have a lot of talent out here. We need to stay strong mentally on the field, having the confidence out there and being able to take discipline,” Edrington said.
Burroughs begins its season on Saturday against Westlake in the Simi Valley Tournament. The Indians will also participate in the “Duds by Dudes” Tournament in La Jolla during spring break.
The quest to win four league titles in a row starts on March 14 at Arcadia at 3:30 p.m.
“I’m super excited. We’ve won three straight league titles. And for the first time in a long time we are not the one with the bull’s eye on our back,” Nicol said. “Now everyone is talking about Burbank and Crescenta Valley. So I think it takes a little pressure off our kids because we’ve been the hunted. I’m excited because I think we have just a good a chance as anybody.”
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By Rick Assad
Special to BurbankNBeyond
You know that baseball is right around the corner when the weather begins to warm, the birds are chirping, and the days become longer.
And so it is for Burroughs High, which finished 2012 with a 12-15 overall record, 9-5 in Pacific League play for fourth place, and lost to Ventura, 4-1, in the opening round of the CIF Southern Section playoffs.
What does 2013 have in store for the Tribe?
Second-year Head Coach Kiel Holmes expects more wins than losses, and will rely upon a deep and talented pitching staff, along with several players leading the way.
“We’re returning key pieces from last season,” Holmes said. “We’ve built something good, and I think we’re going to be one of the last teams standing for the league title.”
Most successful baseball teams are built around pitching, and the Indians have an ace in senior Daniel Barraza, who throws in the low-to-mid 80s, and is coming off a season in which he struck out 23 batters in 20 innings, and had a 3.64 earned-run average.
“He’s really worked on his location,” said Holmes of the 6-foot-4 left-hander. “He’s focused in on throwing strikes.”
Barraza is backed by senior Luis Pereyra, who is the No. 2 hurler, and was named all-league second-team after posting a 1.10 ERA in 17 innings. When not on the mound, Pereyra will play third base.
“Luis has struggled some with his location,” Holmes explained. “He’s able to throw several pitches effectively, and he threw a two-hit, complete-game shutout against Burbank to end the season and send us to the playoffs.”
Senior Brandon Ortega is the closer and has adopted a “submarine-style” motion this past summer, and according to Holmes, has retired some of the better hitters in Southern California.
“He has the potential to be all-league,” Holmes said.
Additionally, Ortega will make some starts and be in center field when not pitching.
The rest of the staff includes sophomore Thomas Wilson, a 6-4 right-hander who will eat up innings, senior Miles Haddad, who throws slightly below side-arm, and junior Cameron Rodriguez, a lefty who pounds the strike zone and has a good breaking ball.
Senior Patrick Christopher will spend the majority of time at first base and hit as the designated hitter as well.
“Patrick played on the junior varsity last season, but he’s going to be an important bat in the middle of the order,” Holmes said.
Sophomore Noah Hoed will also play first base and the outfield.
“Noah’s a big kid at 6-6 and is just coming into his own,” said Holmes. “He’s starting to develop and has natural power. He has good speed and huge power potential. This is a player with an incredibly high ceiling.”
Haddad, who batted .263 and had seven runs batted in, will play second base.
“In my opinion, Miles is the best defensive second baseman in the league,” Holmes said. “He has great hands and footwork.”
Haddad is backed by junior Anthony Robles, who can also play third base, and is the “most improved” player according to Holmes.
Rodriguez transferred from Notre Dame in Sherman Oaks, and will also see action in right field.
“He’s very strong and still developing, and will be a solid hitter who can hit to all fields,” said Holmes.
Senior Brian Pozos will start at shortstop, and is coming off a campaign in which he was an all-league, first-team performer after hitting .353 in league, with 12 runs scored, 10 stolen bases and eight RBIs.
Senior Chris Davies is the primary catcher and will lead off at the top of the order. Davies made honorable mention after batting .323 with 10 stolen bases, 11 runs tallied and eight RBIs.
“He has a strong throwing arm and was among the team leaders in average, on-base percentage, runs and stolen bases,” said Holmes.
Senior Jimmy Cramer will patrol left field after leading the junior varsity in hits.
“Jimmy’s bat really blossomed in the summer,” Holmes said.
Senior Akira Abderrahman will see time in right field and is ready to break out.
“He batted .500 in the summer, but didn’t play winter ball,” said Holmes.
Every team can use sophomore Aidan Anding’s skill set because he’s capable of playing in the infield and outfield, and is among the best utility players in the league according to Holmes.
Junior Tyler Renta is the reserve catcher, and will also play in the outfield and be the DH.
Burroughs will participate in the Easton Tournament as well as the “Best in the West” Tournament in Phoenix, Arizona.
Pacific League action begins March 15 at home against Arcadia at 3:30 p.m.
On the heels of the Liberty Bowl Half Time Show performance, and switching gears from Marching Band to Orchestral Band, the versatile John Burroughs High School Instrumental Music Association is ready to Swing!
One of the biggest fundraisers of the year for the JBHS IMA, Swing Night, showcases the John Burroughs High School Jazz Ensemble. The Jazz Ensemble will play the ﬁnest culmination of big band music that months of study has prepared them for.
As attendees arrive, the opening band, White Bow Tie Society, will serenade the crowd with a set of traditional jazz music. White Bow Tie Society is comprised of 6 members of the Jazz Ensemble who study and play traditional jazz, Latin and funk.
This special night then launches off with a Swing Dance lesson taught by Burroughs alumna and professional dance instructor Linda Shoemake. Then use what youʼve learned to swing the night away to live music all performed by the Jazz Ensemble. Peruse the opportunity baskets featuring a variety of prizes that will be rafﬂed during the event. To keep your energy up there will be an assortment of tasty hor dʼoeuvres.
The IMAʼs goal is to raise funds to help with costs involved for the Jazz Ensemble to participate in the Central Coast Jazz Festival and the Reno Jazz Festival, among others, in the coming months.
This night of fun all takes place Saturday, January 19th at the Friendship Auditorium, 3201 Riverside Drive, in Los Feliz. Tickets are available for purchase through any JBHS IMA member or online at www.jbhsima.org.
By Dick Dornan
BurbankNBeyond Sports Editor
Actions speak louder than words.
As the consummate leader of the Burroughs boys water polo team, senior captain Kevin Ueno has led the Indians to a fourth place seed in the Pacific League tournament and to the CIF playoffs for the first time since 2006. A man of few words, Ueno packs a big punch behind his leadership attributes and his ability to make others around him better.
“Kevin is a leader with his actions. He’s not the biggest talker in the world. I may have heard three sentences from him the past four years,” Burroughs Coach Danny Garcia said. “But everyone sees what he is capable of doing and they want to emulate him. He may not communicate a lot with his voice but he communicates with his eyes. They see his eyes and they know what he wants. Everyone looks up to him.”
Ueno’s influence in the pool has carried the Indians to a 12-6 overall record and 3-3 in the tough Pacific League. Last year JBHS struggled to an 11-13 finish and 1-6 in league play. As a four-year letterman and starter, Ueno’s work ethic and improvement have been a key reason to Burroughs’ resurgence.
“Kevin brings so much skill and maturity to the game,” Garcia said. “He has a quick shot and his defensive ability is great. He guards the opposing team’s best player and is just a nuisance to the big guys.”
Ueno, 17, began playing water polo five years ago and has quickly improved into one of the best players in the surrounding area. First and foremost, he is a student-athlete with a 3.8 grade point average while playing two sports (water polo and swimming). He hopes to attend UCLA next year but for right now it’s all about playing water polo and setting the best example for his teammates.
“It was scary and stressful my first year (as a freshman). But it’s become fun,” Ueno explained. “Here I am now. When the team is down, I have to set an example. I’m just trying to have fun this year and we are.”
Joining him on the team is his brother, Casey. While Kevin patrols the defensive side, Casey, a junior, has excelled offensively. Kevin currently has scored 22 goals, passed out 13 assists, collected 37 steals, drawn six ejections and added 11 shot blocks.
“He has brought consistency to our program,” Garcia said. “To have a player who is consistent and so strong in his skill set and kept building every year, it’s something that has really helped out the program. He is that player that everyone wants to be. Everyone is striving to be like him.”
With the league tournament upon them and the CIF playoffs looming ahead, Burroughs will look to Ueno to help take the next step.
“We have great players this year with a lot of experience,” Ueno said. “We are playing well together as a team. We are all good friends and we know what each other are thinking.”
By Dick Dornan
BurbankNBeyond Sports Editor
What a great start to a promising career. In just his second season of cross country, junior Ricky Mendez of John Burroughs High School has established himself as one of the premier long distance runners in the city.
Mendez, 16, claimed the title of “City Champion” after his impressive win in the 22nd annual Burbank All-City Cross Country Meet held at Griffith Park on Aug. 29.
“It was great to see,” Burroughs Coach John Peebles said. “He had a good summer of training. So it was really nice to see that the hard work paid off.”
With a field of 47 runners hailing from Burroughs, Burbank, Bell-Jeff and Providence, Mendez was the king of the pack as he turned in a time of 16:34 on the 2.94 mile course. Burbank won the team event by placing five of the top six spots, the exception being Mendez.
“It felt amazing coming in first. I just gave it all I had the last mile,” Mendez said. “I was actually surprised because I thought I was going to be in the top 10 for a medal. But when I won I was like, ‘wow, I wasn’t expecting that.’”
Mendez began the race conservatively as he paced himself and got a feel for the city’s biggest meet. He was in the 10th position half way through the race when he took matters into his own hands….err feet. With a quarter of a mile left, Mendez took off.
“I was scared at first but then I just went for it,” Mendez said.
He not only won the race but did it in convincing fashion. Mendez won by 10 seconds before Burbank’s Arsen Mkrtchyan came in second at 16:44.
“He ran a smart race,” said Peebles, who begins his 17th year as head coach at JBHS. “He just charged through the field the second half of the race. He wounded up winning against some really good competition.”
Mendez defeated a strong Burbank team, ranked No. 5 in the most recent CIF Division I poll.
“I was nervous because I knew those guys were fast. They made me run faster,” Mendez said.
Abiding to a regimented schedule that includes drinking a lot of water, having no soda, not eating any junk food, getting lots of rest and training vigorously, Mendez has his sights set on breaking 16 minutes as the season goes on.
“He definitely has a lot of upside,” Peebles added. “This was the first summer of serious distance training. When he has mind set on it, he’s going to go get it.”
Mendez’ victory sets up an intriguing Pacific League meet on September 20 at Griffith Park with rival Burbank and powerhouse Arcadia, last year’s league champion and CIF Division I champion.
“I have a lot of confidence,” Mendez said. “I want to get out there and place first again.”
Burbank All-City Results
1. Ricky Mendez (JB) 16:34
2. Arsen Mkrtchyan (B) 16:44
3. Bernie Corea (B) 16:51
4. Eliot Choe (B) 16:56
5. Ethan Moskowitz (B) 17:01
6. Chris Huezo (B) 17:09
7. Luis Celaya (JB) 17:15
8. Mustafa Nguyen (B) 17:27
9. Isaiah Amos-Nshimba (B) 17:31
10. Everth Vargas (JB) 17:39
11. Alberto Carrisoza (B) 17:47
12. Derek Itagaki (B) 18:03
13. Francis Hilao (JB) 18:14
14. Carlos Ortega (JB) 18:32
15. Jarrett Duran (JB) 18:33
16. Nick Jalalizadeh (B) 18:35
17. Taylor Rodriguez (P) 19:32
18. Thomas Switzer (JB) 19:35
19. Jonathan Gonzalez (B) 19:40
20. Nick Garduno (JB) 19:44
21. Lalo Fisher (P) 19:57
22. Brandon Swofford (P) 19:57
23. Matt Nutty (JB) 20:03
24. Charles Salomon (BJ) 20:18
25. Celso Sandoval (B) 20:20
26. Michael Ellman (B) 20:21
27. Javier Molina (BJ) 20:25
28. Anthony Zapata (BJ) 20:36
29. Augusto Corea (JB) 20:48
30. Brent Caballero (JB) 20:54
31. Steven Rodriguez (JB) 20:59
32. Garrett Durbin (JB) 21:03
33. James Chung (B) 21:04
34. Carvin Ortega (JB) 21:16
35. Matt Manarchy (JB) 21:43
36. Aaron Ziegler (P) 22:15
37. Awais Ibrahim (B) 22:19
38. Eddie Lopez (P) 22:26
39. Yujin Skuda (P) 23:26
40. Luke Buenaventura (P) 23:30
41. Tustin Klinmalai (P) 25:22
42. Fernando De La Pena (BJ) 25:27
43. Christian Ramos (BJ) 25:41
44. Damien Sanz (BJ) 27:38
45. Ricky Ryan (BJ) 30:48
46. AJ Posis (BJ) 32:14
47. Sean Porter (BJ) 42:16
By Dick Dornan
BurbankNBeyond Sports Editor
The “Big Red Machine” was a moniker that represented the powerful Cincinnati Reds of the 1970’s. The same can be said of the present day John Burroughs football program. The Indians have won three consecutive Pacific League titles and four of the last six years. Kick-off is just around the corner and JBHS is setting its sights on another successful season.
Not since the days of star running back Edgar Penaranda and coaching legend Bob Dunivant has Burroughs experienced a streak like this when the Indians won five consecutive titles from 1977 through 1981. Since leaving the ultra-competitive Foothill League in 2005, Burroughs has compiled a staggering record of 34-8 in the Pacific League. Is a four-peat a possibility in 2012?
“Being a league champion is great but it starts getting a target on your chest and people try to find a way to knock you off,” said Keith Knoop, who begins his 16th season as Burroughs head coach. “We are young and inexperienced but very talented and very athletic. The league is a toss-up but if we can play athletically like I know we can and be well-disciplined we should be in the mix.”
One of the proud traditions at Burroughs has been the achievements of its running backs. From Penaranda to Mike Perez, Thomas Kyle, Joe Wiggan, Dominique Barnes, Dalton Williams and last year’s school-record breaker Zander Anding, the Indians have been high school’s version of “Tailback U” at USC. Year in and year out the Indians churn out a powerful running attack.
“Running has been a tradition here,” Knoop said. “Since 2005 our running backs have had almost 15,000 yards rushing. It’s been fun and our mentality is to run the ball when you have those great running backs.”
This year’s team will rely on a quartet of talented backs who could each make an impact in any game. Senior Israel Montes, a two-year starter at defensive back, will transition into the lead role for the Indians ground game. Montes is a quick “scat-back” whose elusiveness will bring headaches to opposing defenses.
Seniors Garrett Manoukian and Josh Storer both bring an aggressive attacking style of running too which will be complimented by the powerful and strong rushing of senior fullback Jason Hamm.
“I don’t know if one back will end up with all the yards like before but as a committee they might be able to do a lot of damage,” Knoop stated.
While the running backs frequently rush their way into the Burroughs record books, the unsung heroes are the men in the trenches who set the tone of every game with their physical style of play. Senior guard Ermar Cruz, senior center Joseph Wallace and sophomore tackle Andrew Mills anchor the offensive line that will pave the way for the Indians as well as protect the young JBHS quarterbacks.
As the Indians concluded their first week of fall practice, an intense competition at quarterback had yet been settled to see who will start the regular season opener on August 31. Juniors Andrew Williams and Angel Manzanero have battled back and forth with each of them getting equal reps to showcase their skills.
“They don’t have varsity experience but they each bring something good to the table,” Knoop said. “But realistically results are going to be what determines who the guy is that gets it done.”
Maybe the most talented and gifted player on the offensive side of the ball is junior wide receiver Oharjee Brown. Knoop describes him as a “great leader” and another “coach on the field”.
One area that cannot be overlooked is the special teams and Burroughs returns kicker Jairo Gomez and punter Daniel Marbach. They started a year ago and both provide invaluable amount of skill and experience that could make the difference in a highly competitive contest.
The Indians’ defense will be led by Cruz, an all-league selection from 2011, Hamm at nose guard, senior defensive end Jorge Villa and senior linebackers Zach Hartman and Michael Kim.
“He will run into a wall and hurt the wall,” Knoop said of Hartman.
Montes and junior Sean Johnson are the strength of the secondary.
After 62 years of playing on a natural grass field, Burroughs will play their first two games of the season on synthetic field turf at renovated Memorial Field against Paraclete followed by North Hollywood. The defense of their league title will begin for the Indians against Arcadia on September 21. The “Big Game” is slated for November 2 versus archrival Burbank.
“It’s going to be neat to get on that field turf and play a real game and see the facility being used,” Knoop said. “I hope the community comes out and wants to really enjoy the stadium. We can’t wait to play in it.”
Pictures taken at a recent practice as Burroughs High gets ready for the 2012 season
By Dick Dornan
BurbankNBeyond Sports Editor
It has been often said that it takes four years to build a successful program. If that holds true, then the Burroughs boys water polo program will take the next step to gain prominence. The Indians enter the season with high hopes of making the CIF postseason playoffs for the first time since 2006.
“It was so hard for me to sleep because I was so excited for hell week to get started,” Burroughs Coach Danny Garcia said. “We have 28 or 29 players in the program and we haven’t seen that in years. It’s not just quantity but we have the quality now. We have continuity here and the kids know what to expect. Continuity breeds success.”
Garcia, 24, begins his fourth year at his alma mater (JBHS ’06) with aspirations of raising the level of excellence. A standout water polo player in his own right while at Burroughs, Garcia returns eight lettermen and six returning starters from a team that finished 11-13 overall last season but only 1-6 in the Pacific League.
“We started strong last season but fizzled out towards the end,” said Garcia, who was a first-team all-league selection his junior and senior years at Burroughs in 2004 and 2005. “You live and you learn. I’m about finding the happy medium. I expect good things this year.”
Burroughs will rely on the talents of brothers Kevin and Casey Ueno to lead the way. Kevin, a senior, and Casey, a junior, each made a major impact on last year’s team. Casey led the Indians with 74 goals and tied his brother for a team-high 25 steals. Kevin scored 27 goals which placed him second behind Casey.
Two peas in a pod? You might say so. They both earned all-league honors for their efforts in 2011.
“They are tremendous swimmers,” Garcia said. “They are not afraid of anybody. They are super aggressive and their work ethic is insane.”
Senior Max Young and junior Oscar Hernandez will be looked upon to add to the offensive punch for the Indians. They combined for 28 goals last season with Hernandez forcing a team-high 24 ejections.
“They will help us out a lot,” Garcia said. “They are great ball handlers who I can trust all the time.”
One of the major changes Garcia implemented to aid the team was moving last year’s goalie, Daniel Mairena, to the two-meter position for this upcoming season. Mairena, a senior, has experience playing offense too as evidenced by his 21 goals of a year ago. But his 135 saves will be replaced by Dillon Wiegand, a junior varsity player with tons of potential.
“Daniel has a wicked cannon and we need him to take more of a leadership role to help the team succeed,” Garcia explained. “Dillon is like a brick wall. He’s doing really well.”
The Indians are participating in a brutal week of two practices a day. Team chemistry, strength and aggression are the focal points of the fall camp.
“I expect us to be a very aggressive team and a very smart team. Aggression usually wins,” Garcia said. “I keep telling the team,‘be more aggressive; don’t be the one who is the victim.’”
Crescenta Valley has been traditionally the team to beat in the Pacific League. However, Glendale became the top dog by taking the league crown last season. Burroughs has its sights set on breaking into the top echelon of the league.
“We are going to have a very strong season this year,” Garcia said. “If everything goes how it is supposed to, we should be fighting for the championship.”
Nearly one year ago today the Burbank Unified School District and the City of Burbank hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the Mem
orial Field renovation project at John Burroughs High School and we are pleased to announce that the dedication ceremony is set for Saturday, February 25, at 11:00 a.m.
The joint project, with an estimated cost of $12.1M, was financed with BUSD construction project funds, City of Burbank funds, and donations from local businesses and members of the community.
The renovation project consists of a new athletic field with artificial turf for football and soccer, and areas for long jump, triple jump, shot put, and discus events; a new all-weather track; new lighting and ADA accessible bleachers; a new scoreboard; new restrooms, storage, and concession facilities on both the home and visitor sides; and a new parking lot with bus drop-off and landscaping.
The entire community is invited to help us celebrate this event, which will include a military flyover, addresses by school district and city officials, and a victory walk of one lap around the new track. In keeping with the military history of the field, a sculpture titled “Home” by local artist Shiela Cavalluzzi will be unveiled along with commemorative plaques to honor JBHS staff and alumni who lost their lives during World War II. Special recognition will be given to all members of the military, active and retired, who are encouraged to attend.
A series of black granite donor walls form part of the new Cusumano Plaza at the corner of Verdugo Street and Parish Place. These walls list the names of all businesses and individuals who have contributed $500 or more to this important community facility. If you would like to have your name included in time for the February 25 ceremony, please contact Jenny Jones at (818) 729-4455. The deadline is January 30. All donations are tax-deductible. Donations will also be accepted the day of the event and throughout the year.