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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.

Priestley Takes Determination to a New Level

It takes lots of sacrifices and dedication for any athlete to earn a college scholarship.

But there are different levels of sacrifice and dedication.

Burbank resident and former St. Francis Xavier School student Nathan Priestley is certainly not short on drive and determination.

Priestley has remained focused on getting a prestigious education, even if it means waking up earlier and getting home later than most teenagers.

He has remained focused even though he often finds himself sitting in some of the worst traffic jams Los Angeles has to offer just getting to and from school.

He has remained focused even though injuries have cut short a good portion of his high school sports career.

Priestley is now a senior and the starting quarterback at Loyola High School, an all-boys Jesuit school just a few miles west of Downtown Los Angeles.

Burbank resident Nathan Priestley is the quarterback at Loyola High and has received a number of college scholarship offers. (photo courtesy Nathan Priestley/Loyola High)

Students who attend Loyola come from more than 200 zip codes around Southern California and face a rigorous academic curriculum that includes mandatory Physics for all freshmen. More than 20 boys from Burbank attended Loyola this past school year.

“During spring and summer workouts we have lifted at 6 a.m. three times a week,” Priestley said. I wake up at 4:45 a.m. and leave for school at 5:20 a.m. Going to Loyola is a privilege, so school work comes first. I try to get some homework done at school during any breaks that I have during the day. Like all high school kids, I stay up late doing school work. I love the game of football, so going to school early and coming home late is just part of the game. Traffic is tough, but I just have to be patient and deal with it.”

At 6-foot-4, 200 pounds, Priestley is hoping to become Loyola’s first quarterback in nearly a decade to sign a national letter of intent with a Football Bowl Subdivision school, previously known as Division 1.

He has offers from Colorado State, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Montana State Universities.

Most have offered based upon the potential they see in Priestley, who didn’t play much during his sophomore and junior years because of injuries.

Last year he tore his anterior cruciate ligament. He has made a successful comeback following knee surgery performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache, whose patient list includes Tom Brady, Kobe Bryant and Clayton Kershaw.

Loyola Cubs quarterbacks coach Armin Youngblood, who has tutored a number of top quarterbacks including former UCLA star Josh Rosen, likes what he sees in Priestley.

“He has a really calm demeanor. He’s a good leader and I think what makes him special is that he sees the field really well. His ball delivery placement is pretty good. He’s pretty sharp in knowing his offense and knowing where to put his guys and help put them in position to be successful,” Youngblood said. “I know he’s gone through a couple of injuries, but he’s bounced back well. He’s worked very hard and now he’s healthy. I think he’s encouraged going forward to show himself. He knows he had a late start with recruitment but he just says it is what it is and I’m going to go forward and go for it. He has a winner’s attitude. That’s what I like about him.”

This summer Priestley, who also plays baseball for Loyola, has been to football camps at Pacific 12 Conference schools Oregon State, Colorado, and UCLA.

“I felt strong at (them) and I liked the feedback from the coaches to help improve my game,” said Priestley, who didn’t begin playing tackle football until he got to Loyola. “I enjoyed seeing the different campuses and programs and how different the cities are from Burbank.”

Priestley is hoping that he can be a late bloomer for recruiters looking to find a strong-armed quarterback.

“I am very open to colleges from the East to West Coast. The college will have to be the one I feel is the best fit with academics, coaching staff and teammates,” Priestley said of prospective universities. “I plan to visit the schools I have received offers from. Visiting the campus to understand the football program and the school facilities help me learn a lot. Colorado State had amazing football facilities and a great campus.”

Priestley is hoping that one local school will offer him.

“A local school I am interested in is UCLA. My dad, uncle, and aunt are all UCLA alumni and I have watched UCLA football games since I was a baby,” Priestley said.

If not UCLA, some college figures to be getting a great leader in Nathan Priestley, who said threw his first football experience was in the City of Burbank’s Park and Recreation flag football league.

A decade later, his growth, dedication, and maturation have made Nathan Priestley a name college coaches will definitely have their radar on.