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Burbank, Burroughs water polo teams chasing CV

Water polo: Bulldogs and Indians have new coaches and both teams have their share of talented players.

November 22, 2013|By Nathan Cambridge
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Both Burroughs High and Burbank navigated through the last boys' water polo season headed by first-year coaches. Now it is the girls' teams turn to do the same, with both the Indians and Bulldogs welcoming new head coaches to captain their programs.

Continuing to parallel each other, both schools will turn to a former Indians player to replace a departing head coach with the name of Garcia.

At Burroughs, Michael Singhanate steps in for Danny Garcia, while at Burbank, Allyson Young takes over for Kristina Garcia (no relation).

The Indians have experienced success over the last few seasons, and Singhanate inherits a squad brimming with experience.

"Our priority is our defense, first and foremost. We're working on staying ahead and keeping the pressure high on defense," said Singhanate, a 2008 Burroughs graduate who also took over the boys' program this past season.

Burbank is looking to get some stability with its third coach in as many seasons, although Young comes in with a leg up after serving as an assistant last year.

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One thing that is certain for both schools is that they will once again be chasing Crescenta Valley for the Pacific League championship. The Falcons, who were undefeated in league play last season and went on to win their first CIF Southern Section Division V title, enter the campaign ranked No. 1 in the preseason CIF poll.

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Burroughs also is on the radar in Division V, landing at No. 9 after finishing 13-10 a year ago in Garcia's final season in charge.

"When I graduated Burroughs, my coach offered me a position to come back and assist, but I thought I'd continue with my education and come back to it when time permitted," Singhanate said. "This year, I heard that one of my former teammates, Danny Garcia, was moving on from coaching toward his goal, so I jumped on the opportunity to coach at my alma mater."

The Indians will put a squad in the pool loaded with experience. Key returners on varsity will be Kailee Groveman, Cheyenne Morrison, Sara Jung and Aliya Ehde, who all have been helpful in teaching the newer Indians some of the finer points of the game, according to Singhanate. Also returning will be Sofia Piedrahita, who will take over the hole/set duties.

However, they have a large void to fill in front of the net after All-Area goalkeeper Ahsha Earwood's graduation. That job will go to sophomore Kate Wilke.

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