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Burbank Will Again Be Well Represented in College Athletics

One of the toughest parts of every school year is graduation time because so many high school seniors will move on an go in a number of different directions in continuing their education and athletic careers.

Some will still be competing locally. Others will not. We took a look at where our seniors are going to college.


The Burroughs Class of 2019 is led by an athlete who actually never represented his school. Dylan Young, who is one of the top gymnasts in the nation, has signed a letter of intent with the University of Nebraska.

Dylan Young will compete in gymnastics at the University of Nebraska.

From the girls’ volleyball team, Juliana Van Loo will join her older brother Ryan, a 2016 graduate, at Lewis University in Illinois. Her Burroughs teammate Shea McGovern will continue her career at Cal State Los Angeles.

Sam Tipton, the boys’ volleyball Pacific League Player of the Year, will continue his career at Grand Canyon University.

Distance runner Raymond Berrellez will continue his career as a preferred walk on at the University of Arizona for the cross country and track teams.

Lakely Nealis will continue her distance running career at Pt. Loma Nazarene University.

Football players Andrew English and Johnny Factora will continue their football careers at Whittier College and Willamette University in Oregon, respectively.

Softball player Hannah Skinner will continue her career at Cal Lutheran in Thousand Oaks, where she will play for former Burbank High coach Debby Day.

Swimmer Nathan Gault-Crabb will continue his career at Lawrence University in Wisconsin.

Soccer players Esteban Alcantar, Alfredo Tejada and Matthew Cardenas will continue their career at Glendale Community College.

Jhazmin Pitts will continue her basketball career at Glendale College.

Boys volleyball players Jagger Green and Evan Troncoso will continue at Pierce College. Teammate Steven Grandinetti may join them or play at Santa Barbara City College.

Abbie Riggs will play on the women’s soccer team at Santa Barbara City College. Emily McHorney will continue her soccer career at Chapman University.


Bulldogs will be well represented at colleges around the nation.

Receiver/defensive back Erik Harutyunyan will play football at UC Berkeley as a recruited walk on.

Erik Harutyunyan will be helping out the Golden Bears at UC Berkeley. Photo courtesy Doug Brown

Burbank quarterback Matthew Porras will continue his career at Whitworth University in Washington.

Baseball player Davis Mieliwocki will suit up next season for Chapman University in Orange.  Teammate Joey Clark will play baseball at prestigious Macalester College in Minnesota.

Sarah Garelick will continue her softball career at prestigious Smith College in Massachusetts. Softball teammate Alex Davis will continue her career at Cal State Dominguez Hills.

Zion Chavez will compete on the men’s track and field team at Kansas Wesleyan University.

Raquel Goli has plans to continue her cross country career at UC San Diego.

Andy Cardenas will continue his soccer career at Cal State Northridge.

The traditionally strong Glendale Community College’s women’s cross country team has picked up a trio from Burbank High in Jamie Levin, Natalie Danao and Lydia Forsyth.

Tight end Duncan Smith will continue his football career at Ventura College. Defensive lineman Karo Koshkaryan will play at Riverside City College.

Baseball players Andrew De La Torre and Daniel Ruiz will play at Los Angeles Valley College. Volleyball player Chase Marcy will continue his career at Pierce College.


Four Pioneers will continue their athletic careers in college.

Andrew Kim accepted a soccer scholarship to play at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. Nick Montijo will run cross country at UC Merced. Jonas Holt plans to play basketball at LA Valley College. Justine Nunez will play volleyball at LA Mission College.

Village Christian

Justin De Sales, who previously attended Burbank High, will play basketball at the University of Puget Sound.  Carley Gay will continue her softball career at Azusa Pacific University. Ashley Sands will be part of the competitive cheerleading squad at UC Santa Cruz.

Notre Dame

The Sherman Oaks-based school has several  seniors from Burbank who will continue their athletic careers. Swimmer Dominic Margarino will compete at the University of Southern California.

Dominic Margarino will swim for the USC Trojans.

Soccer player Nick Sailer will continue at Curry College in Massachusetts. Carter Kessinger will continue his baseball career in the Ivy League at Yale University.


Two graduating Cubs from Burbank will continue their athletic careers. Quarterback Nathan Priestley will play at the University of North Carolina under College Football Hall of Fame coach Mack Brown.  Baseball player Joseph Augustine will continue his career at New York University.

El Camino Real

Former Burbank High point guard Tyrese Willis, who transferred to the Woodland Hills school in the fall,  will join his former teammate Justin De Sales at the University of Puget Sound.

Margarino Finds His Calling in the Pool

Dominic Margarino isn’t any different than most kids in that he tried playing several sports growing up.
He tried baseball for several years. He had success in club volleyball and also had success in club water polo.

But the 5-foot-10 Burbank resident and soon-to-be senior at Notre Dame High in Sherman Oaks realized before his sophomore year that he needed to abandon the ball sports and focus on his true calling — swimming.
Fast forward a few years and the decision was certainly the right one.
“I’ve put a lot of work in and trained really hard for it. It is nice to see it paying off,” Margarino said of his success.

Dominic Margarno

While playing water polo he was often asked to be the swimmer to go after the loose ball in the middle of the pool, to start a match because of his speed.
He translated that speed into being a full-time swimmer.
“Going into my sophomore year I was going to play polo again but I decided not to because I had a really good swimming season over the summer and I just wanted to swim. I just thought it would be better for the future,” said Margarino, who practices regularly at the McCambridge and Verdugo Park pools. “I knew swimming was the right choice because I wasn’t 7 foot.”

A member of the Burbank Los Angeles Swim Team, also known as BLAST Sharks, Margarino is now focusing on putting together a fine summer before his senior year.
He has already drawn interest from a number of colleges including USC, UC Berkeley and Arizona State.
This week he will compete in the Los Angeles Invitational at USC and he will compete in the U.S. Junior National Championships at the end of the month in Irvine.

During the high school season, he finished seventh in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 final in the 200-yard freestyle in 1 minute, 39.76 seconds. His personal best is 1:38.58, a Notre Dame school record.
He finished fifth in the Division 1 final in the 500 free in 4:33.5 after going 4:31.01 in the prelims.
“Both of those times I went almost a second slower. I was sick,” Margarino said.
With plans to swim in the 100, 200 and 400-meter freestyle events in Irvine, Margarino is still working on qualifying in the 200-meter individual medley.
“We train all strokes,” he said. “It is good to be rounded so you aren’t dependent on one stroke. Colleges are looking to see guys who can swim four events.”
This summer Margarino has nine practices a week, swimming six days a week.
He said he enjoys swimming on the longer pools that are measured in meters in length as opposed to swimming on pools that are measured in yards.
“It is less turning. I got my cut for junior nationals doing meters,” he said.

While he realizes making the Olympics is nearly impossible when competing for the United States, Margarino hasn’t let that deter him from reaching lofty goals.
“I’m trying to get the cut for the Olympic trials in the 200 or 400,” he said.
With the focus and determination, he has put forth, Dominic Margarino should be a name to remember in American swimming circles for years to come.