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Brinton is architect of success

May 21, 2011|By Jeff Tully

Historically, even getting to a CIF final has been struggle for Burroughs squads over the years.

It didn't take too long for Burroughs to qualify for its first championship game, however. In 1955, a Bill Flora-coached Indians boys' basketball team did make it to the major division championship game, losing to Alhambra, 46-35.

However, the past few decades, very few Indians teams have even made it to a final contest.

The Indians' football team had a shot at two championships in 1981 and 1987. In a Northwestern Division championship game in 1981, Burroughs fell to Antelope Valley, 24-14.

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In another Northwestern Division title game in 1987, the Indians were defeated by Arroyo Grande, 15-10.

The only other squad to earn the right to play for a CIF crown was the boys' soccer team, which advanced to the Division III championship in 1994. However, the Mike Kodama-coached Indians fell to Bell Gardens High, 3-1.

To its credit, Burroughs has had a handful of individual CIF Southern Section champions over the years, including Ron Morris and Essa Sallinen in the boys' pole vault, Carolyn Brown in the girls' 800 meters and Emily Tubert in girls' golf.

To be the first at anything is always something special. Despite Saturday's loss, the Burroughs volleyball team should be proud of how far it came this season. That is something all the players can be proud of.

But if not for Brinton, the title shot might not have ever come about. Everyone at the school, and all those who have played sports at Burroughs over the years, should praise Brinton and his Indians players. They definitely deserve the accolades.

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