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Sports Briefs

October 17, 2007

Ken Tada and Lynn Ryerson will take their place among the honorees in the Burroughs Athletics Hall of Fame on Thursday, as they will be inducted during halftime of the Indians’ game against Hoover.

Along with serving as Associated Student Body president in 1963, Tada played football for three seasons and was a starter at center and linebacker for the Indians.

He served as a coach and teacher at Burroughs for 32 years — earning teacher-of-the-year honors several times. He also headed boys’ tennis and football teams.

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He coached tennis for nine years and the Indians never finished lower than second place in the Foothill League. His 1978 team went undefeated and captured a league title. It is the most successful team in school history.

As a junior varsity football coach, his teams went 54-17-1, won five league titles and never finished worse than second place in league.

Ryerson began as a physical education teacher at Burroughs in 1971.

She became a pioneer for girls’ sports at the school. She went on to establish the girls’ volleyball, track and field, basketball, swimming and softball programs at Burroughs.

After leaving Burroughs in 1990, she served as a dean at Burbank High, assistant principal at John Muir Middle School and principal at Thomas Jefferson Elementary. She retired in 2005 after 34 years with the district.

The end of the playoff line — and the season — came Monday for Jeff Cirillo and the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Cirillo, a former Providence High standout, and his squad were eliminated from the National League Championship Series after losing to the Colorado Rockies, 6-4, in a four-game sweep.

The Diamondbacks got into the playoffs by winning the NL West Division. In the divisional series, they swept the Chicago Cubs in three games.

Although Arizona grabbed a 1-0 lead in the third inning Monday, that lead didn’t last. The Rockies scored a run in the top of the second and exploded for a six-run fourth.

Cirillo started at second base and was hitless in three at bats.

In the series, Cirillo was two for five, getting two pinch hits.

Cirillo started this season with the Minnesota Twins and was claimed off waivers on Aug. 3. He was competing in the postseason for the first time in his 15-year major league career.

Along with being a star at USC, Cirillo was a CIF Southern Section player of the year at Providence.

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