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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.

Dylan Young Ready to Represent Red, White and Blue

Burroughs High has had its share of students over the years that have missed large amounts of school time for legitimate reasons.

Many of those, like Ron Howard, have done so because of their careers in television.

But Burroughs High junior Dylan Young figures to miss a good amount of time this year for a completely different reason. The 17-year-old all-around gymnast recently was named to the United States L-10 Junior National Team after a strong showing in the P&G National Championships in Anaheim.

“When I first started gymnastics as a little kid, I would have never expected to be at the position I am,” said Young.

Young, who trains with Gymnastics Olympica in Van Nuys, said he started in the sport 11 years ago after his parents saw him doing all kind of flips at home. He said he now practices four hours a day during the school year and six and half hours a day during the summer.

He will now miss some time from school to participate in four training camps at the U.S.  National Team training facility in Colorado Springs, Colo. The first one is later this month.

“I haven’t told my teachers yet, but I’ve told some of my friends and they think it is very cool that I am able to do all these things,” said Young, who said he doesn’t like to eat fast food and has either fruit and or vegetables with every meal.

Young’s coach Arthur Minasyan said he has been thrilled to work with him for so many years.

“I have been working with Dylan since the age of six. This journey has been filled with ups and downs, sweat and tears,” Young’s coach Arthur Minasyan said.

Young’s journey to the national team is fulfilling a second chance after injuries forced him to miss an opportunity with the national team in 2015.

“Dylan made the L-9 USA National Team back in 2015. At the Olympic Training Center he injured his knee. After recovering from the knee injury, he needed elbow surgery, through all these setbacks, Dylan never lost hope of one day returning to the main stage with an opportunity to get back on the National Team,” Minasyan added. “He never lost focus of his goals, and this year being injury free for the first time in over two years he had the opportunity to compete on USA’s biggest stage at the P&G National Championships in Anaheim’s Honda Center, where his hard work and dedication finally paid off.”

Dylan Young on the parallel bars, his favorite event. (Photo courtesy Dylan Young)

Young said he bounced back from the anterior cruciate ligament injury through conditioning and working with a strength coach.

This summer his rise even landed him an opportunity in July to attend a camp in Hungary.

“I guess the furthest is Florida,” Young said of his longest competition away from home to date.

That will soon change and Young is eager to new challenges and experiences.

“I will meet many new people and get to see different cultures and parts of the world,” Young said. “I will also get the chance to see how good I am compared to gymnasts my age in different parts of the world.”

Young, who said his favorite event is the parallel bars, is now able to field calls from major universities around the nation.

“I haven’t even begun putting together my list of colleges yet,” said Young.

Combining athletic talent with a 3.7 grade point average, Young said that although he has no favorites, he certainly wouldn’t mind getting a call from Stanford University.

“A lot of them are looking at me, which is good,” Young said of colleges.

There may be times when there is an empty chair in Dylan Young’s classes at Burroughs, but chances are he too will be celebrating some ‘Happy Days’ ahead.