By Dick Dornan
MyBurbank Sports Editor
Daniel Jacobs of Burroughs and Caitlyn Brooks of Burbank have been named First-Team All-CIF recipients for their excellent seasons in boys’ volleyball and softball, respectively.
Jacobs, who recently graduated from JBHS, was selected by the CIF-SS Boys Volleyball Coaches’ Association as one of 13 honorees in Division 2. He shared the Pacific League’s co-Most Valuable Player with Stephen Zetterberg of Claremont. Jacobs was also the co-MVP in 2012.
He led the Indians with 219 kills, 110 digs, 36 aces and 15 blocks. Burroughs went 21-8 and reached the second round of the CIF playoffs.
“Daniel has been such a key to our success over the last three years so he is so deserving of the honor,” Burroughs coach Joel Brinton said.
Brooks completed her sophomore season with one of the most outstanding softball campaigns in Burbank history. She was chosen as one of 19 recipients by the CIF-SS Softball Coaches’ Association in Division 3. Brooks and Cal-Hi State Player of the Year Rachel Garcia of Highland were the only sophomores selected First-Team All-CIF.
She led Burbank to a 25-3 overall record and the first league title since 1987. The Bulldogs finished undefeated in league at 14-0 and lost in the second round of the CIF playoffs.
Brooks had a 25-3 record with 23 complete games, 21 shutouts, 309 strikeouts and 0.78 era. At the plate she led BHS in batting average (.526), runs (42), hits (40), RBI’s (35) and home runs (12).
“Caitlyn is a coaches’ dream. She is a winner and a great leader. She’s competitive and she wants to show she is the best out there,” Burbank coach Nicole Drabecki said. “In my opinion, I think she is actually the best pitcher in the country. She is only 16 years old and she has room to grow. The sky is the limit with her. I’m so grateful to have her in my program. She has an excellent work ethic. She puts in the time and that is how you become great.”