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Enjoying a fruitful campaign

Deep CIF playoff runs, league titles and solid results enjoyed by Burroughs teams, athletes.

August 10, 2011|By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com
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This is the second in a four-part series looking back on the sports accomplishments of the four local high schools over the past school year. This installment is Burroughs High:

Records were broken, long standing droughts were erased, state competition was realized and league championships were won.

All in all, it was a banner 2010-11 campaign for a group of Indian teams and individuals. In fact, the school enjoyed one of its most fruitful school years in decades. Fine individual performances and deep playoff runs highlighted the year.

Exemplifying that success was senior Lucas Yanez. Yanez was a leader on two Burroughs squads — football and boys' volleyball — that captured Pacific League titles. He leaves the school after setting records and helping both programs build into winners.

In football, he guided the Indians to a share of the Pacific League crown last season after the team won it outright in 2009.

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Yanez put his emphatic stamp on the record books. Last season, he completed 133 of 214 passes (a 62% completion rate) for 1,965 yards, 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Along with his threat as a passer, Yanez also proved he could run, carrying the ball 96 times for 523 yards (5.5 yards a carry) and nine touchdowns.

Yanez finished with a distinction that no other player in the history of Burroughs has been able to accomplish. He is No. 3 on the all-time Indians career passing list, as well as being No. 9 on the career rushing list. In his career, he completed 303 of 515 passes for 4,280 yards, 36 touchdowns and an NCAA quarterback rating of 145.1. He also gained 1,481 yards rushing.

For his efforts, he was named the Pacific League Offensive Player of the Year, as well as an All-Area selection.

In volleyball behind Lucas and his brother Tyler, Burroughs captured a league crown, advanced to the program's first CIF Southern Section championship contest and even won a match in state-playoff competition.

Lucas, who along with his brother, earned co-league player of the year and All-CIF accolades, tallied 195 kills, with a season-high of 20 coming against South Torrance in the semifinals of the Division III playoffs. He finished his career with 660 kills, setting the Burroughs all-time mark. In addition, he had 256 digs (No. 1 all time) and 61 aces (another school record).

Another athlete who enjoyed success during the fall was junior cross-country standout Anthony Monroy.

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