PASADENA — What started as a seven-team tournament nearly ended as an all-Burbank city affair Wednesday afternoon at the Pacific League boys’ tennis finals at Pasadena High.
Burroughs and Burbank high placed competitors in the league’s singles and doubles finals with the Indians taking home each crown and the Bulldogs advancing two competitors to the CIF Southern Section Boys Individual Tennis Tournament.
While it may have seemed reasonable to think the Indians’ postseason fortunes were in shambles after the season-ending injury suffered in March to singles ace Garrett Auproux, the two-time reigning All-Area Singles Player of the Year, Burroughs proved resilient as sophomore Sawyer Patterson captured the singles championship and the squad of Michael Whelan and Calvin Fox captured the doubles crown.
“It was difficult when Garrett went down and it forced us to make some changes,” Burroughs Coach Roy Bernhardt said. “We had to move around some players and had to raise expectations of others.”