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Doug Nicol Back As Burroughs Softball Coach

By Rick Assad

Maybe some things are just meant to be and that includes Doug Nicol being named the Burroughs High softball coach after Wes Tanigawa resigned the position.

This will be Nicol’s second stint as the Indians’ softball coach after serving seven successful seasons in the same capacity.

“I got a few phone calls to see if I was interested in coming back,” said Nicol, who graduated from Burroughs in 1982. “I told them to give me a few days so that I can think about it for a day or two.”

Nicol went on: “I spoke to my wife and my son and daughter and they both said that I should take it.”

Doug Nicol has returned to coach the Burroughs softball team. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Nicol said he was fully convinced when he went to a recent scrimmage and liked what he saw.

“This is a really good group of kids,” he said. “It sparked my interest.”

After coaching the Indians from 2010 until 2016, Nicol said he wanted to be there and support his children in their sporting and collegiate educational endeavors.

Nicol, who guided the Indians to four Pacific League titles that included a CIF Southern Section semifinal appearance in 2016 and a quarterfinal showing in 2015, stepped down in order to spend more time with his family.

But now that his daughter and son are older, he believed, with their encouragement along with his wife, the time was right to return.

“Three weeks ago I wasn’t looking to coach,” he said. “There was no clue that I would, so this is a total shock. But I’m glad. I love Burroughs.”

Nicol, who teaches at Muir Middle School in Burbank and has been a longtime travel ball coach, added: “I’ve been around them [the team] about a week and a half and they’re incredible,” he said.

Nicol’s immediate goal is to instill self-esteem and worth in being on the softball team. “I want to build a culture and have pride,” he said. “It takes time and it doesn’t happen overnight.”

The overwhelming favorite to capture the league banner is perennial power Crescenta Valley, which is led by All-CIF Southern Section pitcher Dee Dee Hernandez.

“There’s no doubt that CV is the team to beat,” Nicol said. “They won the CIF title last year and they’re going to be good this year. I think Arcadia, Burroughs and Burbank will be right there.”

Burroughs has played four nonleague games this season, losing to Camarillo 7-0, defeating host Golden Valley 13-0, falling to Notre Dame 4-0 and beating West Ranch 10-2.

The Indians commence league action on March 3 versus Glendale and will travel to Burbank on March 19 and then host the Bulldogs on April 30.

Nicol Steps Down as Burroughs Softball Coach

Citing a need to take a break, Burroughs High softball coach Doug Nicol has announced he is stepping down after six seasons and four Pacific League titles.

“Burroughs has been really supportive,” Nicol said. “I’ve gotten 25 to 30 e-mails or texts from parents and past players saying thank you. It has been pretty overwhelming.”

Nicol said it has been a long time since he hasn’t coached.

“Since 1986 I haven’t had one year off,” Nicol said. “It’s as simple as I need a break and I want to support my kids. I need a break to stay healthy.”

Doug Nicol

Doug Nicol

Nicol’s son Kyle recently graduated from Burroughs and signed a national letter of intent to play baseball at Cal State Northridge.

His daughter Delaney will be entering her sophomore year at Hamilton College in New York, where she plays softball.

Nicol’s teams went 128-38-1 in his six seasons, reaching the semifinals of the Division 3 playoffs this past season, the best in school history.

The softball program was the second one Nicol had taken over at Burroughs. He took over the girls’ basketball program in the summer of 1993 and stayed with the program until 2004. He posted a 201-116 record in that stint.

“We built a really good program. We did some good things with the softball program,” Nicol said. “I always hoped we could do some good things with the softball program that we did with the basketball program and I think we were able to do that. We have a real sense of community and family and that’s been really cool.”

Nicol said stepping down was not easy to do.

“I always thought I’d come back after getting a few weeks off in the summer. This summer I just felt worn down and you have to make my decision now because they are going to have tryouts in August. The decision has to be made now so the new coach can come in a have their own stamp on it and have their own tryouts,” Nicol added.

With All-CIF pitcher Presley Miraglia returning for the next two seasons, Nicol is happy with where the program is.

“There’s a lot of talent at Burroughs,” he said. “One of the things I’m most proud of is that I’m not leaving when the cupboard is bare. The program is healthy and strong and they should be one of the favorite to win the league next year.

Nicol Makes It Official by Signing With CSUN

Winning the prestigious Easton Tournament last month won Burroughs a coveted title. It also won pitcher Kyle Nicol lots of recognition, which led to a scholarship.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Nicol, who struck out 14 in even strong innings in the title game against Harvard-Westlake, started hearing from a number of colleges shortly thereafter.

California State University, Northridge was the first to offer a scholarship. After talking with the Matadors and a few other schools, he elected to stay in the San Fernando Valley by signing a national letter of intent with CSUN Wednesday.

“They said they’re going to give me the opportunity to start next year,” Nicol said. “I was talking to UCLA and Santa Barbara, but they didn’t offer.  They said there would be a walk-on spot available, but not a scholarship offer. “

Burroughs coach Craig Sherwood said his pitching motion is what has made the 5-foot-8 pitcher attractive as a college prospect.

The signing was held on top of the mound on the Burroughs baseball field (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“He has perfected the submarine sidearm motion so that the batter becomes secondary and the multi-pitch selection that he has is able to be thrown for a strike at any time,” Sherwood said. “That along with the natural movement associated with the pitch becomes frustrating for a hitter who very little experience with that arm angle.”

Nicol is the son of Burroughs softball coach Doug Nicol and younger brother of Delaney Nicol, who is a freshman softball player at Hamilton College in New York.

Kyle said he enjoys the idea of staying close to home.

Nicol with his parents, Doug and Rose (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Nicol with his parents, Doug and Rose (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“It is only a 20-minute drive,” Nicol said. “It feels good to stay around here. My dad loves watching me play and I know he’s going to love watching me play in college.”

Sherwood said he thinks CSUN coach Greg Moore is a good person to help Nicol develop further.

“CSUN is a Division I school with a head coach who is known for his work with pitchers,” Sherwood said. “ He loves the arm angle and what Kyle brings to the plate not only with his maturity, but also he is very strong on academics which is a key for successful college programs.”



Softball Preview: Burbank and Burroughs Pursue Lofty Goals


The rivalry continues on April 23 and May 13 between the two talented ballclubs (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

By Rick Assad
Special to MyBurbank

For Burbank High and Burroughs the race to the Pacific League girls’ softball title doesn’t begin until March 31 when the visiting Bulldogs take on Glendale, while the Indians face Pasadena. And though Burbank is the favorite to claim the banner, Burroughs will have something to say about the matter.

The Bulldogs are coming off a season in which they went 24-4, 14-0 and first place in league for the second consecutive campaign, and advanced to the CIF Southern Section Division III second round where they lost to Palos Verdes, 5-2.

The Indians were 19-7, and 11-3 in league for second place, dropped a 6-3 decision to Bishop Amat in the opening round, and led the division in scoring with 264 runs.

“We have that target on our back,” said second-year Burbank coach Mike Delaney, who also skippered Village Christian’s program for nine years. “Championships are made when the stands are empty. These girls are focused on a goal, and that’s to play our best at the end of the year. We need to play at our best level.”

Delaney feels the squad will live up to the lofty expectations.

“Our team is extremely competitive,” he said. “They hate to lose to each other in scrimmages. I told them don’t worry about what other teams are doing. The second round is nice. I’m not taking away from anyone else, but we set our goal to win the CIF championship game.”

Burroughs feels equally justified in thinking it has a legitimate claim to the banner given that the Indians have secured three of the last five.

“We have a tremendous amount of respect for Burbank,” Burroughs fifth-year coach Doug Nicol said. “I love our team. It’s going to be a tremendous challenge. It’s good for the city of Burbank. We still believe we are the team that’s going to work the hardest. We feel good about our chances. We think we’re going to be right there.”


On paper the Bulldogs, who owned a 24-game winning streak last season, have an advantage over the field because of pitcher Caitlyn Brooks, who powered her way to a 21-4 record and a 1.18 earned-run average.

Notre Dame commit and All-CIF pitcher Caitlyn Brooks (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Notre Dame commit and All-CIF pitcher Caitlyn Brooks (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Brooks, a senior right-handed hurler who will be attending the University of Notre Dame, struck out 258 and walked 22 in 160 innings.

Brooks’ off-the-field honors included league Player of the Year, along with being named to the prestigious National Fast-Pitch Coaches Association All-American third team.

“I’ve challenged her to step up this year,” Delaney said. “I know she can be that Division I pitcher. She’s very poised and always ready for a new challenge.”

Brooks isn’t just a decorated hurler, but a highly-productive hitter who batted .513, swatted a club-best five home runs with 25 walks, and had a team-high 42 runs batted in.

“Caitlyn is a phenomenal hitter,” Delaney noted. “In this day and age, it’s rare to find a humble athlete who works hard. Caitlyn is just that.”

Backing Brooks in the circle will be senior Hanna Moulton, who tossed 20 innings and posted a 1.47 ERA with 21 strikeouts and five walks.

“Hanna’s in a real tough spot because Caitlyn is the No. 1 pitcher,” Delaney pointed out. “She doesn’t get a lot of chances to pitch, but when she does, she does well. She works hard at pitching and can also play second base.”

Brooks and Moulton are supported by a stellar infield that includes junior first baseman Julia Duarte, who has committed to the University of Pennsylvania.

Duarte, who played in 28 games, made all-league first team, batted .374 and blasted four home runs with 34 RBIs.

“She’s a really good kid and a very good player,” Delaney said. “Julia understands situations and knows all aspects of the game.”

To Duarte’s right will be junior second baseman Cailey Stevenson, who will bat leadoff, finished with a .296 average and was selected to the second team all-league.

Sabrina Steward

Sabrina Steward

“We expect a breakout year from Cailey,” Delaney offered. “She’s very aggressive, has really improved and has lots of range.”

Junior Sabrina Steward will play shortstop. “Sabrina’s a phenomenal athlete and has lots of talent. She works hard at shortstop,” Delaney said.

At the plate, Steward, a transfer from Burroughs, has enormous potential. “She played in only 16 games and batted .282,” Delaney said. “She had limited at-bats, but is going to have a big year.”

Senior Lily Winn is the third baseman, was highly decorated, garnering NFCA All-Regional first team, and made all-league first team.

Lily Winn

Lily Winn

“Lily batted .535, drove in 34 runs and had three home runs,” Delaney said. “In 98 plate appearances, she didn’t strike out even once and led us with 12 stolen bases.”

Senior Bridgette Pisa is the catcher, played in 28 games and made all-league first team along with NFCA All-Regional first team.

“Bridgette batted .410 and is smart behind the plate,” Delaney said. “She’s the emotional leader.”

Senior Jazmin Orozco will play left field and is the backup catcher. “Jazmin is good enough to be the starting catcher on most teams,” Delaney said. “She has a good eye at the plate, batted .360, and was an all-area honorable mention.”

Senior Allyson Capili is the center fielder, but was limited to five games due to injury. “Allyson’s extremely fast and is a lefty slapper. She’ll bat No. 2 or No. 9.”

Junior Isabelle Frias will patrol right field and finished with a .313 batting average. “She has a lot of potential and is a fundamentally smart player,” Delaney said.

Senior Mandy DeLeon, who hit .312, will battle Steward for the shortstop position. “She works real hard and does a good job,” Delaney said.

Junior Amber Ingram is an outfielder who primarily plays right field. “Amber’s a phenomenal player who has good bat speed, is a solid outfielder and a good base runner,” Delaney said.

Freshman Anysia Gonzalez rounds out the squad and will be a utility player. “Anysia is the only freshman on the team and that can be tough, but she’s very mature. She’s played in our scrimmages and done well. She’s very talented and there’s a tremendous upside.”


The Indians have their own power keg in senior third baseman Michelle Santiago, who will see time as a catcher, has signed with Saint Peter’s College in New Jersey, and was tabbed first team all-league three times.

“Michelle batted .531 and has struck out only once in her career as a freshman,” Nicol said. “She’s one of the five best hitters in our region. She’s focused and determined. If the pitcher makes a mistake, she’ll hit it.”

Burroughs senior class (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs senior class: (L-R) Tara Seavey, Michelle Santiago, Maile Tanigawa, Delaney Nicol, Kailanie Oasay, Tori Talavera, DJ Santos (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Junior Kaitlin Okimoto is a three-year starter who batted .485, was second on the club with 27 RBIs, selected second team all-league, and will bat No. 3, No. 4 or No. 5 in the lineup.

Senior first baseman Tori Talavera, who signed with Colorado State in Pueblo, is another key.

“Tori batted .298 and is a three-year varsity player and a two-year starter,” Nicol said. “I think she’s going to have a good year and has made a lot of improvement.”

Sophomore Lauren Lopez will play second base and is an all-around solid performer. “Lauren can hit, play defense, will get down and dirty and has a great motor,” Nicol noted.

Junior Brianna Devellano is the catcher and had a .300 batting average in her initial stint at the varsity level.

“Brianna played 16 games as a catcher,” Nicol said. “She played travel ball so she has lots of experience.”

Burroughs softball (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Presley Miraglia

Burroughs has a pair of freshmen leading the pitching brigade, and they are power-hurler Presley Miraglia, who has played in 25 scrimmages and travel ball.

“We feel like she’s a sophomore because of all this experience,” Nicol said. “She’s a quality kid, has very good skills and a bright future.”

Nicol envisions a rosy career for Miraglia, who can play second base. “She’s up to the challenge, but she isn’t going to do it alone,” Nicol said. “The girls are going to support her. I love what Presley brings to the table. I wouldn’t trade her for any pitcher in the league. I have a lot of faith in her.”

Hannah Talavera, who can play center field, is the other first-year pitcher. “Hannah does not have the same power that Presley does, so she’s going to have to hit her spots,” Nicol said.

Senior D.J. Santos is the left fielder. “D.J. batted .417 and stole eight bases in eight attempts,” Nicol said. “We expect her to double that and she has a good short game.”

Senior Delaney Nicol will patrol center field, and just concluded her stint as the point guard on the basketball team which lost in the CIF semifinals.

“Delaney is a four-year varsity player and a three-year starter,” Nicol said of his daughter. “She’s good at tracking the ball and is a gap-hitter who batted .342.”

Nicol, a leadoff hitter who signed with Hamilton College in New York, was named honorable mention as a junior, and was chosen first team all-league as a sophomore. She hasn’t committed an error in her varsity career.

Burroughs softball (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Brianna Johnson

Senior Kailanie Oasay is the right fielder and batted .304. “She’s a tough-luck kid,” Nicol said. “She blew out her knee and shoulder. We’re trying to keep her healthy. Along with D.J., Delaney and Kaitlin, she’s one of the fastest runners on the team.”

Junior Daisy Rodriguez played first base on the junior varsity, has a great work ethic, and will see action at first base.

Sophomore Destiny Velazquez, who hit .375, will divide her time behind the plate and third base.

Sophomore Amanda Flores participated in 19 games, batted .308 and played second base and shortstop.

Sophomore Brianna Johnson was a member of the JV where she toiled at third base, shortstop and catcher.

Senior outfielder Maile Tanigawa suffered severe knee injuries during her junior and sophomore campaigns.

“Maile shows a great deal of heart and dedication,” Nicol said. “She could have quit a long time ago, but she’s shown what type of person she is.”

Senior Tara Seavey is a reserve outfielder who is willing to doing whatever the coaching staff asks. “Tara has been a surprise for us,” Nicol said. “She’s a captain, a great kid, has a great work ethic and never quits.”

Junior Sophia Odio is a backup outfielder. “She’s working hard and adjusting to the speed of the varsity,” Nicol said.

Two teams. Two journeys. The best is yet to come. Stay tuned.



Burroughs Powers by Pasadena, 10-2

By Dick Dornan
MyBurbank Sports Editor

Delaney Nicol of Burroughs (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Delaney Nicol of Burroughs (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Fresh off its tournament title in La Jolla during spring break, Burroughs continued its winning ways with a dominating 10-2 victory against Pasadena Tuesday afternoon at Olive Park. It was the seventh consecutive victory for the Indians who improved to 10-4 overall and 2-0 in league.

Cheyenne Steward threw six innings allowing only one run on six hits as she earned her sixth win of the season. Michelle Santiago had a huge day at the plate going 3 for 4 with a home run, three RBI’s and three runs scored.

“We are doing really good. It’s going to be a good season,” Santiago said. “I think it is hard work that pays off in the end. We work hard all the time and I think we can take league again.”

Pacific League action (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Pacific League action (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning. Leading 4-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Indians broke the game wide open as they hammered three home runs and tallied six runs.

Home runs by Santiago, Kaitlin Okimoto (three RBI’s) and Lahela Bautista in a matter of six batters ended the hopes of the Bulldogs.

“That inning was great because we finally started to wait on some pitches and not be overly aggressive,” Burroughs Coach Doug Nicol said. “We waited and got our pitches.”

Steward has filled in wonderfully in the absence of the injured Brice Edrington. Steward, who was sick during the trip to La Jolla but still played and pitched effectively, controlled the tempo of the game from the outset.

“I’m working hard and doing what I can. Overall we did great,” Steward said.

“She did well. She’s been sick so her energy was down a little bit and her velocity wasn’t normally where it would be,” Nicol added. “But I thought she did a good job of hitting her spots. And she had good defense behind her. She will be even more effective once she gets her strength back.”





Burroughs Softball Sets Sail in Quest to Four-Peat

Burroughs will be seeking a fourth consecutive league title (Photos by Dick Dornan)

Burroughs will be seeking a fourth consecutive league title (Photos by Dick Dornan)


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.

Coach Doug Nicol

Coach Doug Nicol

“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.

Senior captain Brice Edrington

Senior captain Brice Edrington

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.”

The defense for Burroughs will be a strong point (Photo by Dick Dornan)

The defense for Burroughs will be a strong point (Photo by Dick Dornan)

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 softball (Photo by DIck Dornan)

Burroughs softball (Photo by DIck Dornan)

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.”


Burbank Girls Win SCMAF Championship

SCMAF Champions - Top Row (L-R): Head Coach Doug Nicol, Maile Tanigawa, Davina Del Castillo, Janae McGee, Kaitlin Okimoto, Fabiana Jimenez, Assistant Coach Wesley Tanigawa Bottom Row (L-R): Teeana Cotangco, Delaney Nicol, Jordan Meltzer

Burbank has a new group of champions.  The Burbank Pride girls basketball team, the champions of the 7th/8th grade division of the Park and Recreation Department league, won the SCMAF (Southern California Municipal Athletic Federation) San Gabriel Valley Region “A” division championship tournament this week in Azusa.  They now advance to the SCMAF State Tournament in Downey April 9-10.

Teams can only qualify for the SCMAF tournament by winning their local Park and Recreation championship.  The Pride did that by winning the Park and Recreation championship with an undefeated 14-0 record. They opened the regional tournament with a hard-fought 32-19 victory over Alhambra.  In their second game, they dismantled Duarte by a score of 49-6, a team which defeated perennial power Pasadena the day before.

In the championship game, they were matched up against a tough Temple City team.  However, Burbank was not to be denied and it was apparent early in the game that Burbank wouldn’t be beat.  They played tough man to man defense and thoroughly frustrated Temple City in taking an early 20-7 lead at the end of the first quarter.  The rest was history as the girls from Burbank won in dominating fashion 48-21.

The Pride is now 17-0, and will be a tough draw in the State Tournament in two weeks. All the girls on the team are local Burbank students, and have worked very hard to achieve so much success.  The members of the team are (with their school in parenthesis): Teeana Cotangco (St. Francis Xavier), Delaney Nicol (Jordan), Maile Tanigawa (Jordan), Davina Del Castillo (Jordan), Kaitlin Okimoto (Muir), Fabi Jimenez (Muir), Janae McGee (Muir), Jordan Meltzer (Muir), Jade Teetsel (St. Robert’s).  Coaches:  Doug Nicol & Wesley Tanigawa.

Congrats to all the girls on the Pride.  Come back to Burbanknbeyond.com to keep up to date with the progress of the Pride as they represent the City of Burbank in the State Tournament April 9-10