Bulldogs Sweep Bears in Boys, Girls Meets

By Austin Green
Burbank Leader

Photos by Austin Green / Burbank Leader
Burbank High School’s Melanie Huang swims in the 50-yard butterfly during the dual meet against Burroughs on Wednesday.

Burbank High School held off John Burroughs in the varsity boys’ competition and dominated on the varsity girls’ meet as the Bulldogs swept their crosstown rivals at the Verdugo Park pool on Wednesday. Burbank’s boys won 71-59 and girls were victorious 58-19.
Burbank senior Gavin Jay led the way for the Bulldog boys, winning the 100-yard backstroke and finishing a close second in the 500-yard freestyle with times of 1:00.13 and 5:12, respectively. Jay was edged out in the latter race by Burroughs’ Justin Cloutier — though Cloutier had a loftier goal in mind than just winning that event.
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Year in Review: Sports Highlights

FALL

The fall athletic season began with controversy but ended on a positive note for the La Cañada High School varsity football program. Former Los Angeles Loyola running back Drake Beasley transferred to LCHS during the summer but was ruled ineligible to play by the CIF Southern Section, but second-year head coach Ryan Zerbel didn’t allow that to become a distraction as he guided the Spartans to a 6-4 season, including stunning 28-13 victory over rival San Marino in the final week of the regular season, snapping a five-game losing streak over the Titans.

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Syrkin Wins Bronze for LC; Flintridge Prep Boys Finish 4th

La Cañada High School freshman Danny Syrkin broke out in the Rio Hondo League finals with three victories and one silver medal, and the standout swimmer carried over that performance onto the biggest stage last Friday.
Syrkin participated in four events at the CIF Southern Section Division 2 swimming and diving finals at the Riverside Aquatics Center and came home a bronze medal. The freshman finished third in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 48.76 and was 11th in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:42.09, which was good enough for CIF State consideration. Continue reading “Syrkin Wins Bronze for LC; Flintridge Prep Boys Finish 4th”