Duo honored with All-CIF awards

Burbank's Singleton named in girls' water and Burroughs' Castillo earns accolade in boys' soccer.

March 31, 2007

BURBANK — The Burroughs High boys' soccer team and the girls' water polo squad from Burbank High had a lot in common last season.

Both did well in their first season in the Pacific League, as the Indians tied for second and the Bulldogs also finished second after capturing the regular-season championship.

The teams also had their share of talented athletes. So, it's not a surprise that one player from each squad was honored with All-CIF Southern Section accolades.


Burroughs senior defender Bryant Castillo was named to the Division III first team and Burbank senior goalkeeper LaChee Singleton earned a spot on the Division IV third team.

Castillo and Singleton were leaders and impact players on their respective teams.

"LaChee had a great deal to do with our success last season," Burbank Coach Carlos Pelayo said. "She helped us a great deal on defense and she kept us in a lot of games."

The goalkeeper tallied 190 saves, and her exploits weren't lost on the Pacific League's coaches, who named her co-player of the year.

She guided the Bulldogs to a 21-9 record and was a driving force in helping the team win its first-ever playoff match, a 13-3 victory against Westridge.

"The thing about LaChee is that she was able to come up with a lot of big saves," Pelayo said. "But she was also able to make all the little saves when she was supposed to.

"This is a great way for her to end her four-year career at Burbank."

Singleton began her career at Burbank as a field player, but after former coach John Abdou saw her potential in the cage, she was converted to goalkeeper.

She is the first Burbank water polo athlete to earn All-CIF honors since Catalina Casas was a Division I third-team selection in 2005.

Castillo joins a long list of All-CIF players from Burroughs in Coach Mike Kodama's 20 years heading the program. He becomes the 16th Indian player to earn the honor since 1992.

Castillo is also the first Burroughs athlete to be honored since Jason Salazar was a third-team honoree in 2003.

"Bryant just meant so much to our team this year," Kodama said. "He was a guy we relied on a lot and someone who we could put at any position that we needed him to play."

"He played well at outside defender for us, and if teams were going to go through us, they were going to have to go through Bryant."

His fine play helped the Indians (13-5-7) tie for the runner-up spot in league. However, Burroughs lost a coin flip and went into the playoffs as the No. 3 team from the league. It was the squad's first postseason appearance in four years.

In a wild-card match at home, the Indians downed Lompoc, 3-2, in overtime to earn their first postseason victory in nine years.

Unfortunately for Burroughs, it fell in the first round to No. 3-seeded Fullerton, 3-1, in overtime. The Indians' only goal was scored in the 20th minute when Castillo was able to find the back of the net.

"Bryant was injured and not feeling good for that match," Kodama said. "But he still played and came through for us.

"That just shows the kind of player he is. He is just a very hard worker."

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