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Step in line for award winners

July 13, 2011

With the new school year less than two months away and the summer-league season coming to a close, it's a good time to look back on the past school year.

With the 2010-11 campaign came remarkable achievements, successful teams and outstanding athletes who made the year memorable.

As is the yearly tradition, these deserving individuals and accomplishments from the four local high schools — Burbank, Burroughs Providence and Bellarmine-Jefferson — should be recognized.

In fact, many deserve awards for their feats. So here it is, a list of the best of the best, winners of what I affectionately call the Tully Trophy. To be a recipient, an individual, team or school has to exhibit meritorious or worthy accomplishment. Either that, or they have to have done something stupid or strange.


So, without further ado, here are the lucky winners:

•The What-were-you-thinking trophy goes to the Burroughs High assistant baseball coach to allegedly served players alcohol during a spring tournament trip. The school cancelled the Indians' season, fired coaches and players were suspended because of the incident. What a lapse in judgment.

•The Over-the top trophy is given to the Burroughs administration and local school board for their reaction to the drinking incident. Cancelling the season was definitely an overreaction and suspending players who didn't take part in the drinking — but who know about it and didn't come fourth — was not the appropriate thing to do.

•The Repeat-performance trophy is awarded to Burroughs placekicker Christobal Escobar. Escobar kicked what appeared to be the winning field goal against rival Burbank in the 2010 Big Game. However, the Bulldogs had called for a timeout just prior to his kick. With just 4.7 seconds remaining and the score tied, he made good on a 21-yard attempt — and his time it counted — to lift Burroughs to a 38-35 win.

•The Major-collapse trophy is given to the Burbank football team. The Bulldogs jumped out to a 28-0 lead in the second quarter against Burroughs in the Big Game, only to see the Indians battle back for the 38-35 victory.

•The Appropriate-name trophy is given to Burroughs cross-country and track runner Kristen Burroughs.

•The I-bet-your-name-is always-misspelled trophy is awarded to Burbank swimmer Bell Mingcharaenwong (I hope that's the right spelling).

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