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Five earn All-CIF awards

Football: Two athletes each from Burbank and Burroughs and one from Bell-Jeff receive honors.

February 01, 2011|By Jeff Tully,
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BURBANK — Ryan Seidler and Ulisies Ochoa have been important players in helping the Burbank High football team enjoy success the past two years.

Seidler, a linebacker, and Ochoa, a running back, were rewarded for their fine efforts during their 2009 junior seasons by being named to the All-CIF Southern Section Southeast Division first team.

As seniors this past season, Seidler and Ochoa stepped up their games, putting up big numbers and breaking school records for the Bulldogs. And for the second year in a row, the two players were honored with All-CIF first-team accolades.

"I looked back and I didn't see anybody at Burbank making the All-CIF first team two years in a row," Burbank Coach Hector Valencia said. "I'm pretty sure this is the first time that two guys won All-CIF back to back."

The two Bulldogs weren't the only area players who were named All-CIF. Burroughs had two recipients in senior linebacker Casey Barbello and senior defensive lineman Nick Brown, who were honored on the Southeast Division first team, and Bellarmine-Jefferson senior Micah Shirley, who made the Northeast Division first team as a defensive back.


Ochoa ended his career at Burbank as the most prolific runner in school history. In his senior season, the first-team all-league and All-Area running back carried the ball 180 times for 1,255 (seven yards a carry) and had 18 touchdowns.

He ended his tenure as the career leader in yards (3,078), breaking Kenny Walker's previous record of 2,410, set in 1972-73. In addition, he has two of the top three marks in rushing yards in a season (1,504 in 2009 and 1,255 in 2010) and is No. 1 in career 100-yard games (15) — among other marks.

"He was pretty much a leader for us out there on the field," Valencia said of Ochoa. "If we needed some short yardage, he is the one we could always count on to get it for us. He is the kind of player who wanted the ball in tough situations like that. He could always get it done."

Seidler also put himself at the top of his share of statistical categories at Burbank. Last season, the Pacific League Defensive Player of the Year and All-Area first-teamer led the league with 151 tackles and averaged nearly 14 a game. In addition, he caused two fumbles and recovered two more.

He leaves the Bulldogs program as the record-holder in career tackles (449), career solo tackles (176) and career assisted tackles (271).

Valencia said Seidler was an invaluable presence in the Burbank defense.

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