City, Graceffo to Host Annual MVP Summer Basketball Camps
The City of Burbank’s Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting its 12th annual MVP Summer Basketball Camps for both boys and girls in the second through the ninth grade. The cost is $50 for Burbank residents and $60 for non-residents and will be hosted at Luther Burbank Middle School.
Grades 2-4 will hold camp June 25-29, while grades 5-9 will follow July 9-13. Mike Graceffo will lead instruction at the camp. Graceffo has coached within the city for more than 35 years, including stints with all four high schools in the city. Among his other accolades, Graceffo has coached at the Michael Jordan Basketball Camp in Chicago. Most recently, his Frosh Team at Burbank High School went 20-5 and won a Pacific League Title.
For more information on the MVP Basketball Camps, call Verdugo Park 818.238.5390
The City of Burbank is also hosting a BMX Spring Bike-Fest at the Bike and Skate Park at 1625 North Valley Street on Saturday, March 24.
The event is a great opportunity for youth in the city to put an exclamation point on their spring break which begins Monday, March 19. It is also part of the city s recent push to spread word about the sport growing in popularity in the city. A BMX stunt team is a joint partner with the city in assemblies to all three middle schools in next month.
The Bike-fest runs from 5:00-9:00 p.m. on March 24 and is free to all. A barbeque, live music, bike inspections and entry to a prize-giveaway is also free to patrons.
All bikers must wear proper safety equipment — a helmet, knee pads and elbow pads and have a waiver on file with the city. For more information, call 818-238-5390.
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.