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Burbank High teams end long title droughts to highlight year

Bulldogs softball, girls' volleyball and baseball squads finally able to claim Pacific League championships to lead list of accomplishments during 2012-13.

August 23, 2013|By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com
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This is the fourth 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 Burbank High:

Coming into the 2012-13 campaign, the Burbank High girls' volleyball, softball and baseball teams had endured decades of futility when it came to winning league championships.

The droughts were so lengthy, in fact, that the volleyball program hadn't claimed a title in 37 years, the softball team had gone 26 years without a crown and the baseball team was on its 22nd year without a title. All of those championships came in the old Foothill League.

However, all three winless streaks were broken, as the Bulldogs squads enjoyed championships in the Pacific League.

The three titles would be all that Burbank would enjoy during the campaign.

The title push began in the fall when the volleyball squad tied for the league crown behind senior setter Tyler Brooks.

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Brooks proved a steady force for the Bulldogs, who shared the league crown with Arcadia after the teams split their two league contests. Brooks definitely made her presence known on the court, finishing with 359 assists, 151 digs and 52 aces to go along with 22 kills.

For her efforts, Brooks was named the Pacific League Player of the Year.

Although the Burbank football team didn't win a league title, the Bulldogs did finish second to a talented Muir team that went on to the CIF Southern Section Southeast Division quarterfinals. The Bulldogs finished 7-4, 6-1 in league, and fell in the first round of the playoffs to Norwalk, 49-14.

The squad was paced by dynamic sophomore running back James Williams and reliable senior offensive lineman Steven Kim.

As a dangerous weapon for Burbank, Williams made an instant impact with the varsity team after playing on the freshman squad the year before. Along with earning the Pacific League Offensive Player of the Year award, he was also an All-CIF and All-Area first-team selection. On the season, Williams had 133 carries for 1,443 yards (10.8 yards a carry) and 17 touchdowns.

Kim was a stalwart on the Burbank defense, earning him the Pacific League Defensive Player of the Year honor, along with All-CIF and All-Area first-team accolades. Kim had 65 tackles and 12 sacks.

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