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Flag Football Flourishing for Burbank Park and Recreation

2014 Burbank Dolphins (Photo courtesy of Mike Graceffo)

2014 Burbank Dolphins (Photo courtesy of Mike Graceffo)

By Dick Dornan
myBurbank Sports Editor

NOTE: this story has been revised and updated since it ran in September of 2012.

Hark the days of our childhood when many of us played flag football. Those were the good times. Sure we would find some time to play tackle football without pads and other times a simple game of “two-hand touch.” But there was always something special about playing flag football.

At any position on the field, we could be who we wanted to be. Maybe I could be Joe Montana at quarterback or even “Mean” Joe Greene at defensive end? It was a game of simplicity and grace and it brought out a smile in each of us.

Burbank Dolphins listen attentively to coaches' instruction (Photo courtesy of Mike Graceffo)

Burbank Dolphins listen attentively to coaches’ instruction (Photo courtesy of Mike Graceffo)

High School football might take center stage on a Thursday or Friday evening at Memorial Field and Pop Warner on a Saturday at Burbank High, but it doesn’t get any better than wrapping that flag belt around your waist, inserting your mouthpiece and wearing your jersey with pride.

Flag football is alive and well here in Burbank. It’s thriving and it’s here to stay. One visit to Verdugo Park or Foy Park on any weekday evening and the memories come rushing back. The noise of whistles in the air, enthusiastic yelling by the players, positive encouragement by the coaches and cheering amongst the fans are just a fraction of the sights and sounds reasonating throughout Burbank.

“There is a lot of excitement this year,” said Jason Dyer, the City of Burbank’s Recreation Coordinator. “We’ve also had some free camps and clinics and will continue to have them throughout the season.”

Burbank Dolphins work on passing drills (Photo courtesy of Mike Graceffo)

Burbank Dolphins work on passing drills (Photo courtesy of Mike Graceffo)

Burbank Park and Recreation has done a tremendous job in continuing the success, tradition and enjoyment of flag football. Dyer said there are 30 to 40 percent new kids participating this year.

Twenty-four teams are separated into three age brackets (Grades 2 – 4, Grades 5/6, and Grades 7 – 9) and two divisions per bracket (NFL and AFL). Each game features 8-on-8 with every player being eligible on offense. Each player plays the same amount of time. Most importantly for many parents, there isn’t any hard hitting or tackling. The emphasis is on learning the fundamentals of the sport and the rules of the game.

“You get to learn the game without getting hit. You learn how to move your feet and learn how to play each position,” Dyer said. “You want to be able to come out here and play and not worry about an injury that might eliminate your career this young. There is a need for both (tackle and flag football) and I think both can co-exist which is great.”

Coach Mike Graceffo (on the left) is assisted by longtime friend, Ken Bailey (in the middle) Photo by Ross A. Benson

While teams come and go at the youth level, there is one constant in Burbank. The Burbank Dolphins and Coach Mike Graceffo are synonymous with flag football in this city. They have been a fixture of Burbank Park and Recreation for more than 30 years. Graceffo is a pillar of strength in the sports community.

“I love sports and I played all the sports when I was a kid. This is my way of giving back to the community a little bit,” said Graceffo, who has coached in this league since the late 1970’s. “I love flag football because you can open it up. Everyone is eligible to catch a pass. It’s an offensive dream and a defensive nightmare. It’s just a fun game.”

Graceffo’s love and passion for flag football and youth sports does not go unnoticed. He has gained the admiration of many former players who keep in touch with him to this day as well as coach by his side as an assistant.

“Mike Graceffo is awesome. I’ve been able to play for him and coach with him,” said Kenny Knoop, defensive coordinator for the Burroughs Indians. “I still work with him to this day with our schools and PE. He’s still right there in my life.

Burroughs defensive coordinator Kenny Knoop played for the Burbank Dolphins in 7th and 8th grade (Photo by Dick Dornan)

“I absolutely love the Burbank Dolphins,” Knoop continued. “I still go to games and see Mike (Graceffo) and Ken (Bailey) on the field. I started football with the Burbank Dolphins. That was my introduction to football. They are definitely still in my heart.”

“Mike taught me how to be a competitor, how to love sports and to be a team player,” Burbank Dolphins Orange assistant Mike Mersola said. “He is kind of like the fabric of the city and the Dolphins program is a fabric of the youth. My memories of it were the best times of my youth. Coaching now is really rewarding. It’s an honor and a privilege.”

It’s nice to win but victories are the last thing on the mind of Graceffo and his staff. It’s about teaching his players how to play the game of football properly while making it exciting at the same time.

Knoop played tackle football for the first time in ninth grade at Burroughs High. He credits his flag football experience as a major reason for successfully preparing him for the high school level.

Burbank Dolphins condition during a summer practice (Photo courtesy of Mike Graceffo)

Burbank Dolphins condition during a summer practice (Photo courtesy of Mike Graceffo)

“Flag football helps you with the concepts of moving in space and travelling and attacking a person. Two kids running into each other isn’t what football is all about,” Knoop explained. “As a kid I learned how to attack a target, move lateral, cross the field to get where I was going and learn the angles of the game.

“The basic fundamentals of hand-eye coordination, catching, throwing and blocking were all there without smashing into somebody. I am a true believer that tackling in football is an attitude. You don’t have to have pads on to do that correctly. I am a big advocate of kids in flag football. They are learning all the basics of the game.”

Many kids who played flag football first before tackle during the middle school years later became successful at the high school level and beyond.

Burbank Dolphins: Pride and Tradition for many years

Burbank Dolphins: Pride and Tradition for many years

These Burbank Dolphins alumni include Kenny Knoop, Carlos Baker, Todd Dellutri, Ryan Bowne, Dylan Mersola, Joe Cesta, Mike Cesta, Matt Pentecost, Jabbar Craigwell, Brian Kaloustian, Kyle Creamarosa, Keith Jarbo, Richie Ramos, Bobby Machuca, David Machuca, John Jay, John Wagner, Mike Wagner, Ryan Buchanon, Finnbarr Geary, Freddy Keeler, David Escobar, Migual Armendariz, Joe Ungos, Shane Clark, Seth Oseransky, Dillon Disiere, Jake Micioni, Jon McGinley and Josef Topete to name a few.

Approximately 95 percent of these players went on to star in high school football without having played tackle until their freshman year. Thus, flag football is a great way to begin one’s journey on the gridiron. The future of flag football is bright in Burbank.

Burbank Park and Recreation will be hosting a high school night at a Burroughs and Burbank High football game this season and there will be an end of the season finale that includes punt, pass and kick, and a ceremony honoring the champions, runner-ups and sportsmanship winners for this season.

14th Annual MVP Summer Basketball Camps Begin

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The 14th Annual MVP Summer Basketball Camp begins Friday.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“We will help get you to the next level and improve your total game: defense, shooting, offense, team play, footwork, rebounding, and knowledge of the game, while having a great time doing it,” Camp Director Mike Graceffo said.

This camp has always been successful with Graceffo and his staff providing personal attention to each camper as they coach and teach the fundamentals of the game. Drills, contests and games highlight the camp.

Dates are July 11-13 and 25-27 for boys & girls grades two through nine. For more information, please see below.

MVPCamp-Summer 2014

 

City of Burbank Track and Field Registration Now Available

Burbank Park and Recreation is having registration currently for its Track and Field program.

Spots are filling up quick, so if you know someone who is interested please pass the word to them. Also we are looking for volunteer coaches to help out with this program. If interested, please call the Sports Office @ (818) 238-5330.

Flyer Summer 2014

Burbank Vikings Park & Rec Have Strong Showing in Tournament

BURBANK PARK & REC NEWS:

The Burbank Vikings (Park and Rec) flag football team came in second place in the San Gabriel Valley Tournament last weekend.

Here are the results and stats-

Beat Arcadia 15-13  (Nicco Chuidian – 60 yard int TD return & 3 int’s total for game / QB Max Meltzer threw a TD pass to Revin Diego)

Beat Pasadena 40-24  (Steven Villagran threw 4 TD passes / QB Meltzer injured in first game) / Nicco Chuidian caught 2 TD’s & He had another int)

Lost Championship game to San Marino 40-0

The Burbank Vikings have qualified for the Southern California SCHMAF Tournament on Dec. 7th & 8th in Pasadena.

Roster:

J.T. Machuca, Nathan Turner, Davis Buick, Nicco Chuidian, Max Meltzer, Steven Villagran, Revin Diego, Nick MacDonald, Collin Johnson, Julian Jaramillo, Louie Torres, Jacob Calderon, Gabriel Toscano

Coaches: Bobby Machuca, Steve Turner, David Machuca

13th Annual MVP Basketball Camp a Summer Success

By Dick Dornan
MyBurbank Sports Editor

The 13th Annual MVP Summer Basketball Camp for grades 2 – 4 and 5 – 9 concluded last week. More than 100 young boys and girls came to Luther Middle School to learn the fundamentals of basketball from Camp Director Mike Graceffo and his staff.

Each camper was assigned to a team where they focused on individual instruction such as shooting, passing, ball handling, rebounding, defense and offense. The teams practiced together and then played games at the end of each day.

Graceffo and the entire Burbank Park and Recreation department did a wonderful job of sharing knowledge and advice on the game of basketball. For 13 years this has been a great opportunity for kids to learn the game of basketball and make new friends.

Below are photo galleries of the two basketball camps. The first set of photos is grades 5 – 9 and the second set is grades 2 – 4.

 

 

Final Results and Season Review for Hap Minor and Ponytail Softball

2013 BASEBALL/SOFTBALL SEASON REVIEW

HAP MINOR BASEBALL T-BALL BASEBALL DIVISIONS:

 

Sportsmanship Award: ALL PRO BASICS DODGERS

 

COACH PITCH BASEBALL DIVISIONS:

 

Sportsmanship Award: BARNES ROCKETS

 

3/4 BASEBALL DIVISIONS:

 

3/4 Little Western Runner Up: SANDOVAL DODGERS 3/4

3/4 Little Western Champions: CIVITAN PIRATES 3/4

3/4 Little Eastern Runner Up: STRICKER GIANTS

3/4 Little Eastern Champions: JEDI KNIGHTS

Sportsmanship Award: JEDI KNIGHTS

5/6 BASEBALL DIVISIONS:

 

5/6 Little Majors Runner Up: SANDOVAL DODGERS ELITE

5/6 Little Majors Champions: GRIMALDO PIRATES

5/6 Little American Runner Up: RYAN DODGERS

5/6 Little American Champions: S.F.X. INDIANS

5/6 Little National Runner Up: BANDITS

5/6 Little National Champions: BURBANK RANGERS

Sportsmanship Award: BURBANK RANGERS

 

7-9 BASEBALL DIVISIONS:

7-9 Major Runner Up: PADRES

7-9 Major Champions: SEVERO INDIANS

7-9 Minor Runner Up: GRIMALDO RANGERS

7-9 Minor Champions: SANDOVAL DODGERS ELITE

Sportsmanship Award: BLUE JAYS

 

PONYTAIL SOFTBALL

T-BALL SOFTBALL DIVISIONS:

 

Sportsmanship Award: LITTLE SOX

 

COACH PITCH SOFTBALL DIVISIONS:

 

Sportsmanship Award: UNIQUE VINTAGE RAGAMUFFINS

 

3/4 SOFTBALL DIVISIONS:

 

3/4 Colt BBB Runner Up: FEARLESS

3/4 Colt BBB Champions: LITE IT UP

3/4 Colt BB Runner Up: COLLINS FIREFLIES

3/4 Colt BB Champions: SO CAL CRUSH

Sportsmanship Award: LIGHTNING BOLTS

 

5/6 SOFTBALL DIVISIONS:

 

5/6 Colt AAA Runner Up: SMASH

5/6 Colt AAA Champions: RUTHLESS

5/6 Colt AA Runner Up: LEGENDS

5/6 Colt AA Champions: DYNAMITE

 5/6 Colt A Runner Up: JENSEN FIREFLIES

5/6 Colt A Champions: BURBANK BRUINS

Sportsmanship Award: CUBBIES

 

7-9 SOFTBALL DIVISIONS:

 

7-9 Major Runner Up: NIGHTMARES

7-9 Major Champions: ANGELS

7-9 Minor Runner Up: MONSTARS

7-9 Minor Champions: ROCKET FIZZ

Sportsmanship Award: MONSTARS

 

HAP MINOR BASEBALL

JACKIE ARRINGTON AWARD WINNER:

RICKY PEREZ – GRIMALDO PIRATES

 

HAP MINOR BASEBALL

HOME RUN DERBY WINNERS

 

1st Place Winner: JUSTIN PALAFOX – Sandoval Dodgers Elite

2nd Place Winner: DAVID PHILLIPS – Sandoval Dodgers Elite

3rd Place Winner: NATHAN PALAFOX – Sandoval Dodgers Elite

 

League Totals:

BOYS DIVISION

TB DIVISION      –          7

CP DIVISION      –        10

3/4 DIVISION    –          9

5/6 DIVISION    –        14

7-9 DIVISION    –          9

Total Boys Teams  –  49

 

GIRLS DIVISION

TB DIVISION     –         8

CP DIVISION     –         9

3/4 DIVISION   –        11

5/6 DIVISION   –        14

7-9 DIVISION   –          8

Total Girls Teams  –  50

 

TOTAL TEAMS – 99 League Teams

 

Civitan & Jamboree Participants:

BOYS DIVISION

TB DIVISION     –        88

CP DIVISION     –        84

3/4 DIVISION    –        81

5/6 DIVISION    –        74 

Total Participants – 327

 

GIRLS DIVISION

TB DIVISION      –       75

CP DIVISION      –       89

3/4 DIVISION    –        78

5/6 DIVISION    –        72

7-9 DIVISION    –         48

Total Participants – 362

Total Civitan/Jamboree Participants – 689

Ponytail Softball Jamboree Enjoys a Festive Day

Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy leads the cheers at the Ponytail ceremonies (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy leads the cheers at the Ponytail ceremonies (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

By Dick Dornan
MyBurbank Sports Editor

The 2013 Ponytail Softball Jamboree was held on Saturday, June 22 at George Izay Park. It signified the conclusion of the Ponytail softball season. Events were held throughout the day and the participants as well as the winners are listed below. A photo gallery is below as well.

2013 JAMBOREE EVENTS- WINNER LIST

T-BALL

Baserunning:

 1. Arie Marcano 

 2. Natalie Patrick

 3. Samantha Lehman 

 

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Throw for Accuracy:

 1. Suzy Barrios

 2. Samantha Torres

 3. Mackenzie Meisenbach

Throw for Distance:

 1. Lauren Lynch

 2. Arie Marcano

 3. Aubrey Ferrer

Hit for Distance:

 1. Brianna Brennan

 2. Samantha Lehman

 3. Aubrey Ferrer 

 

COACH PITCH

Baserunning:

 1. Megan Santa Cruz

 2. Karlee White

 3. Nadia Aguilar

 

 

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Throw for Accuracy:

 1. Monzy Hernandez

 2. Karyssa Serafin 

 3. Ariana Rivaflecha

Throw for Distance:

 1. Kylie Belle Indefenzo

 2. Samantha Bulkey 

 3. Ariana Rivaflecha

Hit for Distance:

 1. Heaven Marquez

 2. Shelby Cribbs

 3. Kylie Bell Indefenzo

 

3 / 4  COLT BB

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Baserunning:

 1. Kealy Simokovic

 2. Megan Schmidt

 3. Ericka Montoya

Throw for Accuracy:

 1. Ericka Montoya

 2. Lacey Houser

 3. Clarisa Robles

Throw for Distance:

 1. Makenna Palamara

 2. Ann Buffolino

 3. Megan Lynch

Hit for Distance:

 1. Clasista Lee 

 2. Stevie Dabbadie 

 3. Kelly Volpe

 

3 /4 COLT BBB

Baserunning:

  1. 1. Sammy Castillo
  2. 2. Makaiya Bedford
  3. 3. Olivia Aguilar

 

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Throw for Accuracy:

  1. 1. Lindsay Reardon
  2. 2. Sadie Demmert
  3. 3. Brooke Boucher

Throw for Distance:

  1. 1. Emily Rohan
  2. 2. Makaiya Bedford
  3. 3. Taylor Hettler

Hit for Distance:

  1. 1. Kym Rudder
  2. 2. Amaya Takizawa
  3. 3. Olivia Aguilar

 

5 / 6 COLT A

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Baserunning:

  1. 1. Ella Kenward
  2. 2. Saraly Sanchez
  3. 3. Orla Giffen

Throw for Accuracy:

  1. 1. Emily Guiterrez
  2. 2. Madison McNeill
  3. 3. Tiffany Estrada

Throw for Distance:

  1. 1. Ella Kenward
  2. 2. Georgia Kisob
  3. 3. Maggie Harris

Hit for Distance:

  1. 1. Victoria Garcia
  2. 2. Georgia Kisob
  3. 3. Scarlette Ortiz

 

5 / 6 COLT AA

Baserunning:

  1. 1. Jada Reese
  2. 2. Isabella Kam
  3. 3. Isabella Sanchez

 

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Throw for Accuracy:

  1. 1. Alyssa Guzman
  2. 2. Meg Pendaruis
  3. 3. Olga Marie Davis

Throw for Distance:

  1. 1. Ashley Sands 
  2. 2. Jada Reese
  3. 3. Dyani Del Castillo

Hit for Distance:

 1. Ashley Sands

 2. Genesis Martinez

 3. Nicoletta Davis


 5 / 6 COLT AAA

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Baserunning:

  1. 1. Valeria Cobilich
  2. 2. Lakely Nealis
  3. 3. Amanda Coye

Throw for Accuracy:

  1. 1. Shaina Garrison
  2. 2. Daniella Gray
  3. 3. Nati Rivaflecha

Throw for Distance:

  1. 1. Emma Fonseca
  2. 2. Valeria Cobilich
  3. 3. Chloe Bookmyer

Hit for Distance:

  1. 1. Hope Clark
  2. 2. Amaya Boyl
  3. 3. Marleigh Ragle

  

YEARLING MINOR

Baserunning:

  1. 1. Gabi Perez 
  2. 2. Sarah Duncan
  3. 3. Jonah Santos

Throw for Accuracy:

  1. 1. Talin Nazarian
  2. 2. Genesis Quintero
  3. 3. Katie Marcy

 

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Throw for Distance:

  1. 1. Gabi Perez
  2. 2. Lisette De la Torre 
  3. 3. Andrea Cano

Hit for Distance:

  1. 1. Nadine Alvarez
  2. 2. Jennifer Carrisoza
  3. 3. Sara Taylor

 

YEARLING MAJOR

Baserunning:

  1. 1. Brianna Johnson
  2. 2. Haleigh Cusumano
  3. 3. Hannah Cusumano

 

Throw for Accuracy:

  1. 1. Hailey Heath 
  2. 2. Madison Riggs
  3. 3. Dominique Barney

Throw for Distance:

  1. 1. Brianna Johnson
  2. 2. Destiny Velasquez
  3. 3. Cesera Suarez

Hit for Distance:

  1. 1. Aubrianna Rohan
  2. 2. Celeste Lee
  3. 3. Marin Grote

 Photos By Ross A. Benson

Burbank Civitan Day Jamboree a Celebratory Success

Civitan Day began with the traditional parade of teams (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Civitan Day began with the traditional parade of teams (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

By Dick Dornan
MyBurbank Sports Editor

The Burbank Civitan Day Hap Minor Baseball Jamboree was held last Saturday at George Izay Park. A total of 37 teams and 327 participants competed in various events. All the results are listed below.

Ricky Perez of the Grimaldo Pirates receives his award (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Ricky Perez of the Grimaldo Pirates receives his award (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Special recognition goes out to Ricky Perez of the Grimaldo Pirates who was honored as the recipient of the Jackie Arrington Memorial Award. This award is named after a young man who played in the Little Majors division over 30 years ago.

Unfortunately, Jackie’s life was cut short by a terminal illness. The memorial award was started to keep alive Jackie’s memory and the spirit he showed for the game of baseball.

The following 5/6 grade baseball players were also candidates to receive the award based on good sportsmanship, solid baseball ability and a true love and enjoyment of the game of baseball as Jackie did:

Joey Clark (Grimaldo Pirates), Ricky Perez (Grimaldo Pirates), Dylan Ryan (Ryan Dodgers), Sam Hawksworth (Ryan Dodgers), Adan Perez (S.F.X. Indians), Leo Montes (S.F.X. Indians), Azucena Villalta (Sandoval Dodgers Elite) and Daniel Sandoval (Sandoval Dodgers Elite).

Dave Frost

Dave Frost

A warm thank you to guess speaker Dave Frost who gave an inspirational talk. Frost pitched for the California Angels from 1978 to 1981. In 1979, his first full season with the club, he won 16 games and helped lead the Angels to their first division championship.

At the conclusion of the season he was chosen as the team’s most valuable pitcher by the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Upon retirement from baseball, Frost worked as a floor trader at the commodities exchange in Chicago. Frost has also presented seminars and training to businesses on a wide range of topics such as motivation, team building, attitude, and stress management. He has been a columnist for the Orange County Register in which he wrote a weekly feature on “sports and family issues.”

Burbank Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy addresses the crowd (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy addresses the crowd (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

He has also been a frequent guest on radio talk shows discussing subjects such as life transitions, family sports issues, and athletes in crisis. Currently he is the Director of Educational Programs for Catholic Charities of Orange County.

Burbank Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy also spoke to the players and parents in attendance.

2013 CIVITAN DAY EVENTS- WINNER LIST

T-BALL

Baserunning:

 1. Lucas Fico

2. Joey Dimarco

 3. Anthony Morse 

 

Throw for Accuracy:

 1. Jadon Holguin

 2. Harrison Siegal

 3. Dario Vargas

 

Throw for Distance:

 1. Jassiel Romano

 2. Cooper Savage

 3. Joey Dimaro

 

Hit for Distance:

 1. Jassiel Romero

 2. Louis Torres

 3. Beckett Sandaas 

 

COACH PITCH

Baserunning:

 1. Michael Fraser

 2. Vance Hyatt

 3. Joey Earl

 

Throw for Accuracy:

 1. Blake Lau

 2. Brody Beebe

 3. Dante Stennis

 

Throw for Distance:

 1. Clint Geryak

 2. Mathew Biser

 3. Zakk Estrada

 

Hit for Distance:

 1. Garnet Rez

 2. Davin Anderson

 3. Conner Carver

 

3 / 4  LITTLE EASTERN

Baserunning:

 1. Micah Homayounian

 2. Bryce Kennedy

 3. Andrew Marquez

 

Throw for Accuracy:

 1. Frankie Malagon

 2. Thomas Anderson

 3. Justin Gutierrez

 

Throw for Distance:

 1. Thomas Anderson

 2. Nick Franco

 3. Lien Ceballos

 

Hit for Distance:

 1. Frankie Cervantes

 2. Andrew Marquez

 3. Joshua Lovato

 

3 /4 LITTLE WESTERN

Baserunning:

 1. Sal Disa

2. Rocco Morse

 3. Gabriel Vilosis

 

Throw for Accuracy:

 1. Ian Graves

 2. Trevor Malden

 3. Jason Bisordi

 

Throw for Distance:

 1. Choy Jimenez

 2. Elmer Reyes

 3. Isaac Strouas 

 

Hit for Distance:

 1. Isaac Strous

 2. Bryan D’Andrea

 3. Gabriel Vildsis 

 

5 / 6 LITTLE NATIONAL

Baserunning:

 1. Ian Miller

 2. Quinton White

 3. Aidan Bailey

 

Throw for Accuracy:

 1. Ian Miller

 2. Charles Graves

 3. Keon Tran

 

Throw for Distance:

 1. Matthew Covarrubias 

 2. Gabino Reyes

 3. Will Jurman

 

Hit for Distance:

 1. Brandon Mendez

 2. Gabino Reyes

 3. Alonzo Johnson

 

5 / 6 LITTLE AMERICAN

Baserunning:

 1. Anthony Blake

 2. Nathan Mai

 3. Josue Merchan

 

Throw for Accuracy:

 1. Toby Ho

 2. Matthew Mai

 3. Lorenzo Jemison

 

Throw for Distance:

 1. Chris Wilke

 2. Nathan Mai 

 3. Vincent Martinez

 

Hit for Distance:

 1. Connor McDonald

 2. Dylan Ryan

 3. Jerzy Maginnis

5/6 LITTLE MAJOR

Baserunning:

 1. Alvin Hayes

2. Ely Lopez

 3. Chase Marcy

 

Throw for Accuracy:

 1. Leo Montes

 2. Eddie Minjares

 3. Chase Marcy

 

Throw for Distance:

 1. Dylan Childs

 2. Xavier Randall

 3. Mile D’Ahostin

 

Hit for Distance:

 1. Pablo Machado

 2. Manny Gutierrez

 3. Allen Sandoval

Hap Minor Baseball Home Run Derby a Smash Hit for All Players

(Left to Right) Justin Palafox, Nathan Palafox and David Phillips with Coach Jose Sandoval. All players are from the Sandoval Dodgers Elite (Photo courtesy of Jason Dyer)

(Left to Right) Justin Palafox, Nathan Palafox and David Phillips with Coach Jose Sandoval. All players are from the Sandoval Dodgers Elite (Photo courtesy of Jason Dyer)

By Dick Dornan
MyBurbank Sports Editor

As part of the Burbank Civitan Day Hap Minor Baseball Jamboree, the City of Burbank Park and Recreation Department hosted the first-ever “Hap Minor Baseball Home Run Derby.” The special event was held at Schafer Ballfield last Friday night and was offered only for the 7th – 9th grade baseball divisions.

Fences were set at 235 down the line and 250 to center field. A total of 62 players participated during the three round contest. Justin Palafox of the Sandoval Dodgers Elite won the Home Run Derby with 22 home runs.

Round One Rules:

1. Players will receive 10 pitches. No practice swings.

2. Every pitch will result either in an out or a home run.

3. The top 8 players with the highest home run count will move on to round two. There could be more than 8 players advancing depending on ties. If the 8th player is tied with other players, they will move on as well.

Players advancing after round one: Carter Kessinger (Blue Jays), Andrew Gold (Padres), Jerry Solano (Padres), Mark Montano (Padres), Owen Ruiz (Padres), Dru Tilton-Sheldon (Redman Pirates), David Phillips (Sandoval Dodgers Elite), Dominic Dominguez (Sandoval Dodgers Elite), Justin Palafox (Sandoval Dodgers Elite), Nathan Palafox (Sandoval Dodgers Elite), Joel Micioni (Sandoval Dodgers Prospects)

Round Two Rules:

1. Home run count will reset and all participates will start back at zero.

2. Players will receive another 10 pitches. No practice swings.

3. Every pitch will result either in an out or a home run.

4. The top 3 players with the highest home run count will move on to round three. If there is a tie for advancing the tie breaker will be a combination of home runs hit in the first and second round. If the players are still tied they will hit 5 additional pitches each. This will continue until we have a final three.

Players advancing after round two: Nathan Palafox (Sandoval Dodgers Elite), David Phillips (Sandoval Dodgers Elite), and Justin Palafox (Sandoval Dodgers Elite)

Round Three Rules:

1. Home run count will reset and all participates will start back at zero.

2. Each player will get 10 outs in the third round. Home runs are not outs.

3. Every pitch will result either in an out or a home run. Unsuccessful home runs will be an out.

4. The player with the most home runs in round three will be considered the home run derby champion. First and second place ties will be determined by another 5 pitches. Second and third place ties will be determined by total home runs hit during all three rounds.

 

(Left to Right) Justin Palafox, Nathan Palafox and David Phillips (Photo courtesy of Jason Dyer)

(Left to Right) Justin Palafox, Nathan Palafox and David Phillips (Photo courtesy of Jason Dyer)

FINAL RESULTS:

1st Place – Justin Palafox (Sandoval Dodgers Elite) with 22 home runs

2nd Place – David Phillips (Sandoval Dodgers Elite) with 15 home runs

3rd Place – Nathan Palafox (Sandoval Dodgers Elite) with 7 home runs