Players get one last shot

FOOTBALL: Five local athletes will end their high school careers taking part in the East-West High School All-Star game at Birmingham High.

June 14, 2008|By Jeff Tully

BURBANK — Although Kyle Budrick hasn’t played football competitively in nearly seven months, he has tried to stay in shape.

“I have continued to work out and stay in the best shape that I can,” said the Burroughs High graduating senior. “I have kept it up since football ended.”

Budrick’s conditioning will likely be put to good use when he will be among five local senior players taking part in Sunday’s East-West High School All-Star game. The contest will take place at 3:30 at Birmingham High in Van Nuys.


Budrick, a linebacker, will be joined by teammate Garret Rowland, a lineman, Bellarmine-Jefferson running back Jorge Chaidez and a trio from Burbank: wide receiver Gil Garces, linebacker Bryan Millo and running back Korey Turk.

All the players will compete for the East squad.

Budrick said he likes the makeup of the East team.

“I really didn’t know what to expect at first, put I was pleasantly surprised with the team,” he said. “We have some pretty good players on the team.”

Last season, Budrick proved to be a force on defense for the Indians.

He was an All-CIF Central Division honoree, named the co-Pacific League Defensive Player of the Year and was an All-Area first-team choice. At linebacker, he had 29 solo tackles and assisted on 100.

The only other player to earn All-CIF honors last season was Chaidez, who was honored in the Northeast Division. He was also named the Santa Fe League Player of the Year for the second straight season and made the All-Area first team.

Chaidez had the most prolific season ever by a running back in the city. He gained 2,380 yards to set a new city single-season mark. The previous high was 1,933 yards set in 2006 by Burroughs’ Joe Wiggan.

Along with 196 carries, Chaidez scored 30 total touchdowns and averaged 12.1 yards a carry and 216.4 yards a game. He also averaged 16.4 points a game.

Teams had trouble containing Chaidez, as he gained at least 200 yards in nine of 11 games and tallied at least 300 points in two contests. He gained 302 yards in a Santa Fe League game against St. Genevieve.

Chaidez and Budrick plan to compete at Glendale Community College in the fall.

Rowland was a force in the trenches for the Indians, earning first-team all-league and All-Area honors.

“It’s cool to be able to play in this game,” said Rowland, who will also play for the Vaqueros. “Things have been coming together for us as a team. I’m really looking forward to the game.”

Turk was Burbank’s lone first-team all-league selection. The linebacker also earned first-team All-Area honors.

“It’s nice for our three guys to be picked to play in the all-star game,” Burbank Coach Ted Amorosi said. “All three meant a lot to our team and they helped us out a great deal last season.”

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