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Burroughs High's Daniel Jacobs leaves lasting impression

Burroughs boys' volleyball player helped Indians win a share of league title and ends his career as program's all-time kills leader.

August 16, 2013|By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com
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When Daniel Jacobs took the floor as a starter for the Burroughs High boys' volleyball team more than three years ago as a sophomore, he knew what he was stepping into.

"There is a tradition of volleyball at Burroughs, for sure," said Jacobs, an outside hitter who finished up his senior season. "When you play for club teams or go to tournaments they know about Burroughs volleyball. There is a reputation there."

Players who have come before Jacobs, talented athletes like Tyler and Lucas Yanez, Josh and Daniel Marbach, Ike Nwachie and Robby Rutecki have put Burroughs on the volleyball map in Southern California in a very short time, as the program was revived just six years ago.

"We have sent a large group of players to college from our program," said Indians Coach Joel Brinton, who has been at the helm of the program he helped to bring back since 2007. "A lot of programs that have been around a lot longer than we have don't send the amount of players to college that we do."

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Under Brinton's guidance, the Indians have won or shared four straight Pacific League championships and advanced to the CIF Southern Section Division III title match in 2010.

Realizing the legacy he had to help uphold, Jacobs was focused and determined during his senior season for Burroughs.

"I just wanted to do everything that I could to help the team win," Jacobs said. "I just tried to work as hard as I could and give it my all out there. I just wish I could have done more."

Jacobs did plenty.

The senior was a valuable weapon for the Indians this past season. Not only was he a force from the outside, but his powerful serve kept opponents off-balance and his improved defensive skills proved to be an asset.

Jacobs was named the co-Pacific League Player of the Year along with Claremont's Stephen Zetterberg, who is headed to UC San Diego. He led Burroughs in kills and helped the team win a share of the league crown with rival Claremont. In addition, Jabobs was named an All-CIF Division II and an All-Area first-team pick.

"Daniel was able to lead us in kills the last three years, since he was a sophomore," Brinton said. "In our program, that's saying something.

"He has just done some amazing things during the time he was at Burroughs. When you look back at the great players we've had over the years and to see when he's been able to accomplish, it's pretty impressive."

It is because of his accomplishments that Jacobs has been named the 2012-13 Burbank Leader Male Athlete of the Year.

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