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Tennis success tops list of accomplishments for Burroughs High

Indians' teams captured league titles in boys' tennis, girls' basketball, boys' volleyball and boys' soccer during the 2012-13 year.

August 22, 2013|By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com
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This is the third in a four-part series looking back on the sports accomplishments of the four local high schools during the 2012-13 year. This installment is Burroughs High:

When the Burroughs High boys' tennis team lost its best player, senior Garrett Auproux, to an injury midway through the season, hopes for a Pacific League championship dimmed for the Indians.

However, the team's players rallied and the Indians captured that league title. The championship was a high point among sports teams at Burroughs during the 2012-13 campaign.

In addition to the team championship, Indians players also secured league singles and doubles championships.

With Auproux out of the picture, Sawyer Patterson, a sophomore, defeated Hoover's Oleg Simonyan, 6-3, 6-4, to take the singles title at the league finals.

Patterson also did well in the CIF Southern Section Individual Tournament at the University of Redlands. He notched a 6-0, 6-0 win against David Gonzalez of Kaiser and then defeated Eric West of Shadow Hills, 6-1, 6-1. He was then defeated by Victor Brown of Ayala, 6-2, 6-2.

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Burroughs also received a league title from the doubles squad of Michael Whelan and Calvin Fox, which rebounded to notch a 5-7, 7-5, 10-6, victory against cross-town rivals Keon Park and Clayton Pauff of Burbank.

Whelan and Fox were no-shows for the CIF Southern Section individual competition.

The year didn't exactly start out promising for Burroughs sports, as no team won a league title during the fall season.

However, despite finishing third in the Pacific League, the Indians girls' volleyball team stepped it up in the postseason and advanced to the Division II-A quarterfinals, falling to Pasadena Poly, 25-18, 24-26, 25-13, 25-16.

The team was paced by junior middle blocker Caitlin Cottrell, who was an All-CIF Southern Section Division II-A first-team selection, as well as an All-Pacific League first-team pick. Cottrell averaged 12 kills and 1.2 aces a match.

Also during the fall, both Burroughs' cross-country teams advanced to the CIF-SS prelims, as the girls placed third and the boys were fourth in the Pacific League.

In boys' water polo, the Indians qualified for the playoffs for the first time in seven seasons by placing fourth in the Pacific League. Unfortunately for Burroughs, its postseason stint was cut short with a 12-5 loss to Riverside Poly in its Division V opener.

It was the boys' soccer team that took center stage during the winter season.

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