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Sports Shorts: Chief Returns, Monroy at State XC, Upcoming Hoops




The most intriguing part of the soccer season set to kickoff is the return of Burroughs High legend, Mike Kodama. Kodama coached the Tribe for 22 seasons, won five Foothill League titles, two Pacific League titles, brought the school to its only CIF SS Championship game in its history in 1994 and became an inductee into the school’s Hall of Fame in 2009.


Kodama’s career mark of 244-110 will never be eclipsed. It’s the high school soccer equivalent to win Joe Gibbs returned to coach my NFL team, the Washington Redskins, after an 11 year hiatus. Granted, Kodama hasn’t been away from the game for nearly as long, but the return of a coach of his pedigree just doesn’t happen at this level.


Who better than to sculpt a team made-up of largely sophomores after the team graduated 11 seniors from its roster a year ago. Burroughs was 9-3-3 in league last season.




Senior Anthony Monroy’s placed 31st at the state meet on November 26 with a mark of 15:50 in a 5k at Woodward Park in Fresno, CA. Monroy earned the honor of attending the meet for the second straight year by finishing 6th in the CIF Southern Section Finals on November 18.




Burroughs Boys’ Basketball tips-off its 2011-2012 campaign on December 6 in a tournament at Pasadena Poly. Burbank High is off to a 2-0 start in its own tournament, having topped San Marcos, 56-53, on November 30. The Bulldogs routed Monroe, 99-35 in their opener.

Sports Shorts: Burroughs Hires Baseball Coach, Locals in X-Country State

Burroughs Baseball Fills Coaching Vacancy

Former Burroughs baseball player and former Burbank assistant coach, Kiel Holmes, has been named the Burroughs baseball program’s new head coach. Holmes is the Indians’ third coach in eight months and replaces Eddie Alvarez after less than six months on the job.

From a coaching alumni tree that includes Jose Valle and myself, the smart money is for Holmes to stick awhile.

Holmes was a 2003 Burroughs graduate and a member of my first varsity team, which finished 14-13 that season. A utility player, Holmes hit .286 after two years away from the program and eventually went on to play at Ithaca College.

Incredibly smart and competitive, coaching Holmes was one of my fondest memories of the 2003 season. It was bittersweet for me to see him coach the Freshmen and Junior Varsity teams years later at Burbank High School, although he was well mentored by my good friend and rival, Bob Hart.

“I always told you I was going to be the youngest coach in the program’s history,” he said to me recently on a visit to my workplace. “You got me by a few years, you were what 23 when you coached me?”

Yes, I was. Holmes, for the record, is 26 years old. He has also worked as a private instructor and as a travel coach for On-Deck/West Coast Baseball School over the years.

Burbank XC Qualifies for State, Burroughs Has Senior Standout Qualify for Individuals

 Burbank High boys’ cross country qualified for the CIF State Meet in Fresno, California on Saturday, November 26. The Bulldogs qualified by taking the seventh, and final, spot at the Southern Section Championships at Mt. SAC on November 19.

Isaiah Amos led the way with a time of 15:21, which was good enough for 17th place overall. Teammates Sergio Fraire (15:38, 33rd), Jon Stoll (15:52, 49th) and Arsen Mkrtchyan (15:57, 55th) were also under 16 minutes to pace the Bulldogs who finished with 197 points — 11points better than 8th place finisher, Vista Murrieta High.

Burroughs High senior, Anthony Monroy finished sixth with a time of 15:05 to qualify for state for the second year in a row. Monroy is a two time “Runner of the Year” from the Pacific League.