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Rick’s Sports Corner: Katie Treadway, Burbank High’s Two-Sport Standout

By Rick Assad

Playing one varsity sport at a high level can be an extremely daunting task, so toiling at two, by definition, is twice as hard.

For three years, Katie Treadway was a standout softball and volleyball player at Burbank High.

So just how difficult was it for Treadway, who will attend the University of Oregon and major in human physiology, to compete in both sports?

Katie Treadway was a potent outside hitter for the Bulldogs and a floor leader. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“I’ve played softball since I was four, so I knew I would play softball for sure,” she said. “I played volleyball for only three years before high school, but I loved the sport so much I knew I had to play. There were times when it was difficult managing two sports and not having much off-time in between each.”

Treadway went on: “At the end of each volleyball season, I would be on the field by the next week; however, I am very glad I chose to play both sports because I met really great girls that soon became my best friends and I truly loved being on the court and on the field,” she said. “So although it was difficult at times, it was worth it.”

Like so many seniors, Treadway was hoping to cap off her prep career in style, but the spring sports were wiped out because of COVID-19.

The Bulldogs did play eight games, going 4-3-1 and 1-1 in the Pacific League before the season was halted.

At the plate, Katie Treadway was a dependable and feared hitter. (Photo courtesy Katie Treadway)

“I was very devastated when I heard our season got canceled,” said Treadway, a shortstop and outfielder who batted .279 across 59 career games and was named All-League first-team as a sophomore and second-team as a freshman. “I came back to play my senior year because I missed the sport, so it was heartbreaking for me to hear I couldn’t fulfill that.”

Treadway continued: “I feel sad for myself and my fellow seniors that we couldn’t finish our last year of playing ball, but I am thankful for the new players that I got to meet and to have been coached shortly by some great coaches,” she said.

Reflecting on her career, does Treadway, who made All-League second-team while playing outside hitter as a senior on the volleyball team after finishing with 192 kills and 238 digs, feel pleased with how it went?

“I am satisfied with how my high school athletic career progressed,” she said. “I think I was given great opportunities in both sports to embrace my potential. Throughout my years, I was grateful to have been taught by coaches that truly wanted me to succeed, so I think it helped me become more confident in both sports. I was able to learn a lot about both games, which I will cherish in my life.”

Katie Treadway will attend the University of Oregon and major in human physiology. (Photo courtesy Katie Treadway)

There were highs and some lows, but was it worth the effort?

“I don’t think I would change anything if I got to do it all over again,” Treadway said. “Every bad game that I had was a lesson for me and every good game gave me the drive to want to win more. I truly loved my experience in both sports and every win or loss was important in my growth as a player.”

Which sport did Treadway feel was her best?

“I think I was a better softball player because I knew the sport better,” she said. “Although I was able to learn a lot about volleyball over the years I played, I think I was a smarter player in softball and knew what to do in certain situations. I feel like I could execute better in softball and had a better range of skill throughout.”

What will Treadway remember about her time on the field and on the court?

“When I look back at my athletic career, I’m most proud of always giving 100 percent effort,” she said. “Even if I wasn’t having the best game, I always knew I couldn’t let up or let my teammates down. I don’t regret any games because I knew that I tried my best for myself and my teammates and I am very proud of that and playing every game like it’s my last.”

A sure-handed shortstop, Katie Treadway also played in the outfield. (Photo courtesy Katie Treadway)

Treadway was also versatile which made her adapt to any situation.

“I think my best personal traits were being open-minded,” she noted. “If my coach put me somewhere on the court or field that wasn’t as normal, I went with it and did my best because I knew that they had the best intentions for the team. I also think I’m able to connect with players easily to understand them better and create good relationships throughout the team.”

Though different, Treadway said that volleyball and softball are alike in a few respects.

“I think volleyball and softball are similar in the amount of attention you give it,” she said. “If you put in the work, you will see results. Both sports require dedication and the strength to be able to learn from your failures and come back the next day even stronger.”

Katie Treadway mastered two sports and gave everything she had, including the classroom. (Photo courtesy Katie Treadway)

Treadway added: “Both sports require a lot of focus on goals for yourself and your teammates,” she pointed out. “Another similarity is the necessity of playing as a team. “We’re only as strong as our weakest link” is very true and important to keep in mind. In volleyball and softball, helping your teammates will help your entire team as well as yourself grow to be a better player.”

What lessons did Treadway learn from participating in athletics?

“Being in sports taught me how to play and interact with different kinds of players,” she said. “It taught me that not everyone thinks the same as me and people have different outlooks on the game and that everyone is important in the game. If one person gets left out, we can’t play.”

Treadway explained further: “Being on teams allowed me to develop better perspectives on each sport and it helped me better myself with their knowledge and watching everyone play with me,” she said. “In short, it made me realize that no one can be left behind on a team because each player is important in their own way to the team’s success.”

Individual and team success are nice, but there are sometimes people in the background that are overlooked. Who was that for Treadway?

“I think the people that helped me most during high school were my parents,” Treadway said. “My parents [Raulie and Theresa] attended every volleyball and softball game. They always wanted me to do the best that I could and supported me in everything, whether it was comforting me after my bad games, celebrating on the good games or even offering me their time to help me put in extra work. Seeing them in the stands every game made me want to make them proud. They were my biggest fans.”

BHS Downs Hoover In Girls’ Volley Match

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


You could call Burbank High’s sweep of host Hoover in a Pacific League girls’ volleyball match on Tuesday a primer for tomorrow’s showdown with crosstown rival Burroughs.

For the record, the scores were 25-17, 25-15, 25-16, and while it was somewhat close, the Bulldogs were never in danger of losing.

“We treat every match like a normal match,” first-year Burbank coach Karl Rojo said of the upcoming clash with the Indians that will be contested at Burbank with a 6 p.m. start. “We don’t want to make it too big, but we know that it’s a big match. We need to be comfortable, be composed and be able to execute.”

Hoover opened up a 4-1 lead in the third game, and it was tied at 5-5 on junior defensive specialist/libero Sara Lagonegro’s winner and 6-6 on junior opposite hitter Rachel Wiley’s smash.

Burbank seized control and moved ahead 12-7 on a kill from junior middle blocker Nicole Winters, who had seven kills.

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Burbank players celebrate after taking a point. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

From there, the Bulldogs dashed ahead 19-11 on sophomore middle blocker Erin Lashkari’s bullet, but Hoover (2-8 and 1-5 in league) managed to edge within 19-15 on senior middle blocker Megan Hersh’s kill.

The Bulldogs (6-4 and 4-2 in league) then outscored the hosts 6-1 with junior outside hitter Hailey Heath contributing three points.

“I just try to focus on the match that we’re playing and try to have a positive mind set,” said Heath, who had a match-best 13 kills with 11 digs. “We take it one point at a time, one game at a time and one match at a time. But in my mind, I want to play well. Even though it’s big [playing Burroughs], we don’t want to make it too big.”

Burbank dashed ahead 2-0 in the opening game on a block from Winters and an ace from junior outside hitter Colette Reynolds. It was tied at 5-5 and 6-6, but the Bulldogs moved in front 11-7 on junior libero Carly Palmisano’s ace which forced Hoover to call time out.

Burbank scooted ahead 14-10 on a kill from Reynolds, before forging a 16-12 lead on a tapper from sophomore setter Melissa Daniel (37 assists). It became 20-17 on Heath’s winner.

Allison Leonen, and Colette Reynolds pose for the camera as they switch spots at Hoover High School in Glendale Calif. on Tuesday. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Allison Leonen (#15) and Colette Reynolds (#21) change spots during sweep over Tornadoes. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

“I have a competitive state of mind,” said Reynolds, who finished with 10 kills. “We need to be confident when we play Burroughs. We know they’re a good team and that we’re going to be the underdog. But we think we can win. We need to play at a higher level.”

The Bulldogs tallied the final five points that included a kill from Daniel, a block from Winters, consecutive service aces from senior opposite hitter Marina Manokian (three aces) and a kill from Winters for the game-winner.

The middle game was knotted at 2-2 on Heath’s kill, but the Bulldogs outscored the Tornadoes, 4-2, for a 6-4 advantage on Heath’s winner.

It became 13-7 on a rocket from Reynolds and 17-12 on an ace from Daniel. The Bulldogs moved ahead 20-15 on Manokian’s hit, and when Palmisano (11 digs and three aces) delivered an ace that made it 21-15, Hoover called time out.

From that point, the Bulldogs captured the next four points including a Reynolds tapper that made it 22-15, Palmisano’s ace for a 24-15 advantage and a kill from Reynolds for the game.

Burroughs Sweeps Hoover In Girls’ Volleyball Match

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


It took 62 minutes for the Burroughs High girls’ volleyball team to vanquish host Hoover, 25-9, 25-17, 25-9, in a Pacific League match on Tuesday.

The Indians started quickly and ended the same way as the Tornadoes were hit with multiple blitzes and couldn’t recover. The only game Hoover played reasonably well was the second, but in the other two were overrun by the Indians’ passing, defense and hitting.

As usual, Burroughs was paced by sophomore middle blocker Marin Grote, who finished with 13 kills, while senior outside hitter Danielle Ryan had six kills.

“Every match, every practice, we want to get better,” Burroughs coach Edwin Real said. “We’re making our passes better and we’re getting good passes from our setters. We want to spread the ball around so that we can score from anywhere on the floor.”

Burroughs coach Edwin Real (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

JB girls’ volleyball Coach Edwin Real wants continued improvement. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Indians led 3-0 in the middle game on a winner from Grote, but Hoover (1-5 and 0-2 in league) tied it at 4-4 and led 5-3, before Burroughs went on a 6-1 run for a 9-6 lead on Ryan’s smash.

“Our whole team has to play at a high level,” Grote said. “We have to give a good effort every time. I thought I played at a B-plus because I could have been more of a leader. I had one pass and I didn’t do a very good job. I thought that I could have done more.”

Burroughs moved in front 13-8 on a service ace from sophomore setter Lauren Zedlar, and led 15-9 on junior middle blocker Caleigh Paster’s kill.

After Ryan’s smash made it 20-15, it became 22-16 on senior defensive specialist Samantha Sullivan’s ace. From there, the Indians outscored the Tornadoes, 3-1, with Paster’s block being the game-clincher.

“Sammy passed real well today,” Real said of Sullivan. “She’s at 80 percent, which is real good. That means she’s hitting the target at a high rate.”

The third game saw Burroughs bolt ahead 6-2 on an ace from sophomore setter Mia Staub, and led 10-6 on senior opposite hitter Jessica Rury’s kill.

It became a flood of points for the Indians, who outscored the Tornadoes, 10-2, and included sophomore setter Payton Jensen’s ace for a 12-6 lead, and Ryan’s service ace that made it 14-7.

Senior middle blocker Febbie Santa Isabel’s winner put the Indians ahead, 15-8, senior defensive specialist Katheryn Dominguez’s consecutive aces made it 16-8 and 17-8, Grote’s winner put the Indians in front, 18-8, and Dominguez’s back-to-back aces put the visitors in front, 19-8 and 20-8.

The Indians (2-3 and 2-0 in league) went on a 5-1 spurt as Grote’s kill made it 21-9, Staub’s ace made it 22-9, Rury’s kill made it 23-9, and Grote’s two points gave Burroughs the lead at 24-9 and 25-9.

Burroughs Coach Edwin Real speaks to his players at a recent practice (photo by Dick Dornan).

JB Coach Edwin Real’s team swept Hoover on the road in a Pacific League match. (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Hoover led 1-0 in the first game and it was tied at 1-1 on Grote’s winner. What followed was a 6-2 blitz that included two aces from senior defensive specialist Zoe Baer that made it 2-1 and 3-1, while sophomore outside hitter Julianna Cottrell’s kill made it 4-3, and Jensen’s ace gave the Indians a 5-3 cushion.

Grote’s kill made it 6-3, Rury’s cross-court rocket put the Indians ahead 7-3, and Jensen’s ace gave Burroughs an 8-3 lead.

The Indians raced in front 11-5 on Sullivan’s ace, and 13-6 on Ryan’s smash. It ballooned to 16-8 on Paster’s kill, and consecutive service aces from Ryan gave the Indians a 21-8 advantage.

Burroughs outscored Hoover, 4-1, to clinch the game and received points on Paster’s block that made it 22-9 and 23-9 on Grote’s kill.

Volleyball Standings and Results




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9/5/12    Super Strikers defeated Attack Pack 2-0

We played at Luther at 8:00 p.m. against Attack Pack.  The teams were very evenly matched and  both played very well.  In the first game, Maggie Mohler served 5 serves in a row with 2 aces.  She is working on perfecting her overhand serve and really stepped it up in last night’s game.  Mia Staub had a kill and played very well at the net in both games.  The Super Spikers won the first game 21-18.  In the second game – Attack Pack was way ahead at 16-4 when the Super Spikers came back with Ricki Patenaude serving 14 serves in a row for the Super Spikers to come back and take the lead.  The game was very close with the Super Spikers ultimately winning at 23-21.  This was our first win of the season!  All the girls played great!


Burbank Pitching Staff Continues Scoreless Innings Streak

The Bulldogs made short work of Hoover on April 24, beating the Tornadoes, 10-0, in a game called after fiveinnings because of the league’s 10-run mercy rule. The pitching staff’s scoreless innings streak reached 13 innings with starting pitcher Andrew Hernandez going four shutout innings and Gavin Bushey throwing a scoreless final inning for Burbank.

Burbank shutout Burroughs, 3-0, on April 20. In six games (five league games and a nonleague tournament game) in April the Bulldogs have surrendered only three runs and have four shutouts as a staff. They are now over .500 overall for the first time this season, 8-7, and more importantly they are 5-2 in league play.

Dylan Mersola was 3-for-3 with a home run against Hoover as Burbank scored five runs in the first two innings of play and four runs in the final inning. Five other players had a hit, including Angel Roman who hit a grand slam homerun to blow the contest open.


Burroughs Baseball Misses Chances at Upset at Arcadia, 3-2

Coach Kiel Holmes was beyond frustrated on Tuesday after his Burroughs baseball team botched a potential upset victory at Arcadia with self-inflicted wounds against the first place Apaches.

Burroughs led 2-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth, however, Dylan Goldsack walked the Apaches’ Phillip Juarez to walk in a run to tie the game at 2-2.

In the bottom of the eighth, catcher Chris Peale struggled with two errant pitches and Arcadia’s Drew Klien, who had led off the inning with a single came home with the winning run on a wild pitch and a passed ball.

The Indians had eight hits, but managed only two runs a Arcadia concluded the first round of league 17-3 overall and 7-0 in the Pacific League. Burroughs fell to 4-3 in league and a distant fourth place in the standings. They missed a chance to bounce back from a disappointing showing in their cross town rivalry game versus Burbank last week.

Burroughs Volleyball Tops Coach’s Alma Mater

Burroughs clinched a sweep of Coach Joel Brinton’s old stomping grounds, with another sweep — 25-13, 25-21, 25-17 — on April 19. Daniel Jacobs and Robby Rutecki had seven kills each and BJ Lagney had 24 assists.

The Indians are 17-3 overall and a perfect 10-0 in Pacific League play. They host Arcadia on April 26 and have a huge contest against Claremont looming on May 1. Claremont is the only league foe to take a game from Burroughs, when it dropped a match on March 16 in four games. The Wolfpack are 16-6 overall and 8-1 in league in second place behind Burroughs.

Burroughs Volleyball Coach Winning Battles On and Off the Court

BURROUGHS — Tonight’s cross town rivalry match between Burbank and Burroughs High School’s features two teams on opposite ends of the spectrum this boys’ volleyball season.

On one end of the court will be the Burroughs Indians, the reigning Pacific League Champions coming off a 34-5 season a year ago that ended only after appearances in the CIF Finals and in the Southern California Championships.

This season the Indians have barely missed a beat, rolling to a 15-3 start overall and a 8-0 showing in the Pacific League, a game up on Claremont.

Meanwhile, Burbank is in its first season of varsity competition after debuting its team at the Junior Varsity level last season. The Bulldogs are just 3-10 overall and winless in league, but are enjoying the battle even if they are losing the wars.

JBHS Volleyball Coach Joel Brinton talks to a couple of senior players. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Two teams miles apart in goals and dreams really aren’t that far apart in reality. Believe it or not, the Indians are not that far removed from being where the Bulldogs currently stand as it was only six seasons ago that Coach Joel Brinton started his program from the ground-up with only 12 players and a budget of almost nothing.

“It is pretty incredible to think about it like that, but it really is true that we have come a long way in a relatively short period of time,” Brinton says. “We did it a little different in that we started at the varsity level right from the start, but we really aren’t that very far removed from going through what they are going through right now.”

Now, with almost 50 wins in just over a year-and-half of matches the Indians’ volleyball team is thriving. It is literally the most accomplished program in the city. It is one of the few that has had both regular season and postseason success. It has cranked out players who have gone on to play collegiately. It has literally done almost everything a program can do except win a ring.

“Usually when the preseason goals are shared I here from the players first,” Brinton said late Monday following practice. “But this season I went first and I basically said our goal should be to get back there — to have another shot at a CIF Championship.

“When you say it aloud it sounds really lofty, but I really think it is realistic for us given what we’ve done so far — we just have to keep working,” Brinton adds.

Brinton says a combination of factors have contributed to the program’s success;

Robby Rudecki

Even following a season in which a half-dozen seniors graduated the Indians’ crop of talent is evident. Leading the squad is three-year varsity middle blocker, Robby Rudecki.

“He’s pretty special in that he can play all rotations,” Brinton says. “Usually middle blockers are not as dynamic and versatile and you want to get them out of the rotation as they approach the back line, but not with Robby — he is a do-all player in that respect.”

Additionally, the Indians also feature Ike Nwachie and Daniel Jacobs. Nwachie is more the typical middle blocker, one who coaches label a “big clumsy,” but he is powerful and he is talented. Jacobs has set program records in kills both in single season and career marks and is another three-year star.

The most important cog to the machine, however, might be a newcomer in setter BJ Lagney.

“He has found his identity and he is so important to our success,” Brinton said.

Burroughs also gets a steady crop of athletes who play volleyball competitively for the first time with the Indians. Freshmen coach, Art Yanez is also the Indians’ freshmen football coach. Young athletes who might in the past be encouraged to lift weights and prepare for spring football practice are instead turning their focus to the hardwood of the volleyball court in the spring. This transition has given the Burroughs program a leg-up on other programs in the area.

Brinton says he has also been fortunate to have found a solid coaching staff that includes Yanez, Brendan Van Loo, Josh Marbach, Frank Salmeron and at times girls’ coach Edwin Real. All have been vital to the program’s rise in some way, shape, or form. In the case of Marbach and Salmeron they are former players in the program and they were both part of the inaugural t eam. Marbach was the first player from the program to go one and play in college.

Burroughs High Boy's Volleyball Coach Joel Brinton demonstrates to his players. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

And then there is Brinton, who has worked at Burroughs as teacher only slightly longer than he has coached at the school. Following his first year on faculty in 2005-2006, Brinton started seeking feedback from other coaches on the faculty about starting a program after he learned he had a teaching position at the school in 2006-2007.

The school’s move into the Pacific League also seemed liked perfect timing for the former Crescenta Valley alumni.

“It was a league that had Arcadia and CV who were traditionally strong, but it wasn’t a real deep league overall and it wasn’t crowded with teams,” he said. “I thought we would have a chance to become something pretty fast.”

It happened faster than Brinton expected when the team finished .500 overall and made the playoffs in its second year.

“We got slaughtered, but it was an accomplishment to get in,” he recalls.

Brinton comes from a family of volleyball players and remembers seeing his aunt, Angela Collins, playing games at Cal State Northridge. And although he did not play collegiately he remembers being a part of some pretty intense pick-up games while studying at CSUN.

“All my roommates were on the men’s team,” he said. “I played with them on weekends all the time.”

Brinton has used what he learned growing-up around the game to develop a cohesive high school program from top to bottom.

Brinton’s success story is easy to tell to others. It is the next part of his story that is a little more difficult for someone like me to share — someone who has been fortunate enough to call him both a colleague in the Burbank Unified School District and a friend these last seven years.

Near the end of the fall semester a lump was discovered on Brinton’s thyroid. Doctors took a biopsy to screen for cancer. Just after the holidays, they confirmed it was cancerous.

The 30-year old who was known at Burroughs for his blossoming coaching career was taken back.

“It was surprising, obviously,” he says. “I was like… I have what?

For Brinton it hit too close to home, having lost his mother eight years earlier to cancer. His thoughts went immediately to his young family that includes his wife, Christi, and the couples’ two year-old son, Riley.

“You try to process and you immediately think of the people who you want to be there for… it really puts priorities into even better perspective.”

Brinton said the waiting between initially discovery of the lump and the diagnosis of cancer was the toughest.

“First they tell you it is more common in women, that they make-up about 70% of the reported cases of thyroid cancer,” he recalls. “Then after diagnosis they tell you the other part of the numbers, that in men such lumps are almost always cancerous.”

Coach Joel Brinton. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The numbers were too real for a man who is a math teacher by trade. Once diagnosed, Brinton began to focus on treatment. At this moment he considers himself cancer free and he says he never really felt like a victim, but as someone fortunate.

“The reality is I was lucky because it was caught,” he said. “I do not think of myself as a survivor, right now I see myself as a person who had a surgery. I do not want to compare my story to the many people who have really, really battled the disease, I almost feel like it would be disrespectful to them and their stories if that makes any sense.”

All indications have been that Brinton had a successful surgery to remove the cancer in his thyroid and that the cancer was discovered before it spread. He also underwent radiation to make certain that all the cancer cells were dead.

He kept the discovery and treatment of the cancer within a relatively small and intimate circle and has let others learn of his story only gradually.

“I focused on my family, and then eventually some members of my other family — my team,” he said.

Brinton said that he informed his coaches and his veteran players — the juniors and seniors — as the final preparations for this season were being made. His younger players still don’t have the full details.

“It wasn’t intentional, we just shared things as we felt it was right,” Brinton said. “They knew I had a procedure, they noticed changes (in me) but they only got the details as we felt it was appropriate.”

The fashion in which he dealt with his diagnosis is the same fashion in which he has built his program — one step at a time. In an era where too many young people look to jaded celebrities to find role models, members of the boys’ volleyball program at Burroughs have to look no further than the coach standing before them each day at practice. It is a story to tell indeed.



Burroughs Pounds Pasadena

The Indians wound-up drawing a home game April 12 when the Pasadena Bulldogs’ field proved to be too damaged by rain the night before. All it meant was one fewer chance to do damage as Burroughs dominated Pasadena, 12-1, in a game called after five innings because of the ten-run mercy rule.

Aimee Rodriguez was 3-for-4 with a RBI and Haley Schulman, Megan McKenna, Michelle Santiago, Brice Edrington and Davina Del Castillo had two hits apiece for Burroughs. Edrington had a game-high four RBI.

Burroughs, who had 13 hits, is now 12-1 overall and 4-0 in league. The Indians play what should be an easy win against Hoover on Tuesday next week before a huge contest with Burbank High on April 19.

Burbank Keeps Pace

On April 11 the Bulldogs did what they needed to do, beating Arcadia, 3-0. Katie Hooper had three of the Bulldogs six hits and Caitlyn Brooks threw a two-hitter in the win.

With the win Burbank won its 11th straight game after a loss to start the season. The Bulldogs are 11-1 overall and 4-0 in league. Thursday’s game at Olive Park, Burbank will look to beat Burroughs for the first time in three years and make a major statement that it is the team to beat in the Pacific League.

Volleyball Update

Burroughs awaits its next league contest, April 18 versus Burbank, with the Pacific League firm in hand. The Indians are 14-3 overall and 7-0 in league play. Claremont is 5-1 and Crescenta Valley 5-2 in league, but the Indians show no signs of slowing down — the Indians have not dropped a league set this season, 21-0, in seven matches.

Burbank fell to Arcadia for the second time this season — 25-14, 25-16, 22-25, 25-14 — on April 11. The Dogs played at the Junior Varsity level last season and have managed to have a decent showing in its varsity campaign this season — 5-13 overall and 1-6 in league.

Elijah Coward led Burbank’s effort against the Apaches with eight kills and 12 digs.

Track News

Burroughs’ Anthony Monroy ran the third fastest time in school history in the 3200 during the Arcadia Invitational April 6 and 7 with a time of 9:14.20.

On April 12 the Indians Varsity girls’ track and field team defeated Muir, 98-25, while the boys’ team won, 82-51. The Indians host a meet against Burbank on April 18 with Pacific League Preliminaries starting April 27.


Burbank Baseball

Ricky Perez was 3-for-4, hit a homerun and had five RBI and teammate Hector Rodriguez was 2-for-2 with a homerun and three RBI as the Bulldogs walloped Rolling Hills Prep, 21-0, as part of the Chet Brewer RBI Tournament in a game played at Burbank High.

Burbank scored four in the third, seven in the fourth and eight in the fifth before the game was called after the top of the sixth due to a 10-run mercy rule.  Eleven players had hits for Burbank.

The Bulldogs are 4-6 overall this season.

Softball Teams Stay Dominate

Set your calendar for April 19 when the Burbank and Burroughs softball teams will battle each other for the first time this season in a match-up that will ultimately determine the Pacific League title. Burroughs is 11-1, while Burbank is 9-1 and has won nine straight after dropping its first game of the year.

Both teams are unbeaten in league play. The Bulldogs rallied from a 5-run deficit to beat Crescenta Valley, 7-6, on March 29. They also have a win in the books against Pasadena and will play Glendale on April 5. Burroughs blasted Muir, 26-0, and Glendale, 11-1, last week and is off until a nonleague game against Kennedy on April 11.

Both teams have been impressive, although Burroughs has been more so as it has played a tough schedule compared to the Dogs light one. Burroughs has wins against Oaks Christian, South and Notre Dame this season, while Burbank’s most impressive win was the CV comeback and redeeming their opening day loss to Charter Oak with a 9-6 win in a rematch on March 10.

Burroughs has won the league the last two years, but Burbank’s coach Nicole Drabecki has suggested with her team’s talent they should be the favorites in the league this season.

Brinton, Burroughs Battle On

Burroughs boys volleyball coach, Joel Brinton, has his team off to another amazing start, 13-2. It is hard to believe his program is the youngest in the city in only its fifth year of existence.

The Indians are also 6-0 in Pacific League matches and have not lost a game in 18 chances this year.

Last season, the Indians were 34-5 before losing in the CIF SoCal Championships Semifinals in Chula Vista to Otay Ranch in four games.

Locals Given All-Pacific League Honors, Stephenson Earns First Team All-CIF

Megan Stephenson Named First Team All-CIF To Cap Big Fall for Burroughs teams.

Megan Stephenson, the Pacific League’s Most Valuable Player for girls’ volleyball, has been named to the All-CIF First Team, BurbankNBeyond has learned. Stephenson was the force in the middle for an Indians’ team that went 14-0 in league and who dropped just two games during the entire league campaign.

Teammates Catolina Emerson and Victoria Santos were first team selections as well, while Laura Howard andAngie Rojas were second team selections for Burroughs.

Burbank High was represented by Stephanie Eskander (first team), Stephanie Fin (second team), and Tyler Brooks(second team). Burbank’s Reily Brennan and the Indians’ Tessa Dudley were honorable mention selections. In addition, Burroughs coach Edwin Real was honored as the Pacific League coach of the year by his colleagues.

In Boys’ Water Polo, Zack Card was a first team selection for Burbank High, while Daniel Mairena was a second team selection for Burroughs High. Honorable mention went to Sam Akopian (Burbank) and Casey Ueno(Burroughs).

In tennis, Kathy Henry of Burroughs and Burbank’s Elizabeth Sanchez were first team singles players while the tandem of Ashley Basco and Meredy Gharabegi were named a second team doubles team from Burbank High.

Congratulations to all the fall athletes who represented Burroughs and Burbank as All-Pacific League selections.

-Tom Crowther, BNB Staff

Sports Shorts: Burroughs Volleyball Ranked 4th, Football Predictions

Tribe Finishes Pacific League Play Unbeaten

The Burroughs Indians girls’ volleyball team completed a dominate league showing with a three-game sweep of cross town rival Burbank High on Thursday, November 1, 25-20, 26-24, 25-18.

With the win, the Indians cap a perfect 14-0 Pacific League showing in which they lost just two games in that stretch – winning 42 of 44 games – and completing one of the most dominate stretches of play for the program ever. Burroughs, ranked No. 4 in the CIF Southern Section’s Division II-A polls finishes the regular season 18-3. They should benefit from a favorable playoff draw.

Burbank had already clinched third heading into Thursday’s contest, but it was hoping to play spoiler to the Indians’ dream season.

The Indians were led by Megan Stephenson’s 20 kills and 10 digs, Burbank got a good effort from Stephanie Eskander who had seven kills. Worth note, the Indians’ junior varsity squad also celebrated a perfect league showing by beating Burbank, Thursday.


Football Previews

Burbank High must pull off an upset, perhaps two, if it is to keep its streak of playoff appearances going. Dropped to sixth place after three consecutive losses, the Bulldogs have the toughest strength of schedule amongst Pacific League teams with games against Muir and Burroughs the next two weeks.

Muir, coming off a 28-0 win over Burroughs, can all but end the Burbank playoff hopes with a win on Friday. Burbank (3-5 overall and 2-3 in Pacific League play) continues to be plagued by turnovers and penalties in key moments. Burbank is too young and Muir too athletic to see a stunner in this one.


Muir 31, Burbank 17

This will be an interesting week for Burroughs. The Indians are coming off their first loss in Pacific League play when shorthanded they fell to Muir on Friday, October 28. Without star Zander Anding, the Indians did little right offensively and were shutout for the first time in their five years in the Pacific League.

Anding will be a game time decision. If he goes, its is all but a sure thing that he will break the program’s single season rushing mark Anding needs 118 yards to pass the 2001 mark that Dominic Barnes set in 2008. If he sits, Burroughs will still be able to put-up points on the Tornadoes. I won’t predict the likelihood of Anding suiting-up on Thursday, I will predict the final score — Burroughs defense bounces back from a poor showing and the Indians win easily.


Burroughs 35, Hoover 0