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New coaches take over Burbank, Burroughs water polo

Boys' water polo: Indians, Bulldogs hoping to add to successful seasons programs enjoyed a year ago.

August 30, 2013|By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com
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Keeping the momentum going after a successful season can often be a tough task.

The Burbank High boys' water polo team will be facing just such a challenge this season after enjoying one of its most fruitful years in program history in 2012.

Across town, Burroughs will also be looking to build on the success it enjoyed last season after making it make to the playoffs for the first time in a number of years.

The rival squads also have something else in common: new coaches. The Indians have tabbed former player and 2008 graduate Michael Singhanate to head the program, as he takes over for Danny Garcia. Taking over for former coach Kristina Garcia at Burbank is Zeb Jenkins, who was a Bulldogs assistant.

Here is a look at how the teams are shaping up.

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The Bulldogs went 14-8 in 2012 and were a competitive force in league. Along with finishing second in the Pacific League behind Glendale, the Bulldogs won their CIF Division V opener against Arlington, 14-10, before falling to La Serna, 14-10, in the quarterfinals.

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However, Burbank lost two key players to graduation, athletes who were All-CIF Southern Section Division V selections. Senior standout Zack Card was a first-team pick, while fellow senior co-captain Sean Savoy made the second team.

The Bulldogs lost a lot with the departure of the two. Card tallied 61 goals on the season, to go along with 34 assists, 11 field blocks and 52 steals. Savoy had nine field blocks and added 38 goals and 24 assists. Both were also all-league first-team selections and Card was an All-Area second-team pick.

But the team does have a returning All-CIF selection in senior goalkeeper Derek Baer, who garnered a third-team selection. Baer finished last season with 123 saves, 24 assists and 16 steals.

"We have some returners from last year's squad and some players from JV have moved up to the varsity level," Jenkins said. "For those who are returning, last year's nice CIF playoff run was one of the best experiences that the Bulldogs went through."

Burbank also has a potent returning offensive weapon in senior utility Dante Nazarian. The all-league pick had 43 goals, 24 assists and 41 steals in 2012.

"Dante Nazarian and Derrick Baer are looking to gear the team toward another run with the help of the new starters and upcoming players coming off from the bench," Jenkins said.

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