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The Top 10 sports stories of 2012 as chosen by The Burbank Leader

New Memorial Field athletic facility finally unveiled and athletes and teams venturing into unchartered territory highlight list of accomplishments.

December 28, 2012|By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com
  • ARCHIVE PHOTO: Burbank, Bell-Jeff and Burroughs football teams were all able to play their first seasons at the renovated Memorial Field this fall.
ARCHIVE PHOTO: Burbank, Bell-Jeff and Burroughs football… (Roger Wilson/Staff…)

Throughout the past year, the local community experienced its share of important, interesting and significant sports stories. Some of the stories enlightened us, some informed us and others just entertained us.

Although many of the stories deserve recognition, a select few stood out among the others.

Chosen by the Leader, here is a list of the top 10 stories of 2012.

1) Memorial Field project finally finished: After months of construction and the displacement of the three local high school football teams, the city finally unveiled the newly remolded venue in February in a grand-opening ceremony.

Construction of the facility on the Burroughs High campus lasted 14 months. As a result, the three Burbank-area football teams had to play all of their games on the road during the 2011 season. The project was originally scheduled to begin in April of 2009, but was delayed 21 months.

The $12.2-million facility that is home to the Bulldogs and Indians football teams, as well as Bellarmine-Jefferson, features a new athletic field with artificial turf, an all-weather track, new pole vault, long jump, high jump and throwing areas, as well as new bleachers, lighting, restrooms and concession stands.

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This fall, all three football teams were able to play their first seasons at the renovated venue.

2) Lovett Jr., Providence boys’ basketball have banner seasons: Behind a remarkable freshman season from Marcus LoVett Jr., the Providence High boys’ basketball team made history during the 2011-12 season.

LoVett earned his share of awards, including being named CIF Southern Section Division V-A Player of the Year, Liberty League Player of the Year and 2012 All-Area Boys' Basketball Player of the Year.

But LoVett's accolades are not limited to Southern California. The sharp-shooting guard was named to the MaxPreps.com Freshman All-American Team. He also earned Division V All-State first-team honors by MaxPreps.com.

He averaged 31.7 points a game, which was best in the nation among freshmen according to MaxPreps.com. In addition, he poured in 1,035 points for the season — breaking the school record — and put up 35.8 points a game in the playoffs.

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