July 6, 2002
For four years, 59 wins, four Rio Hondo League titles, and three All-CIF Southern Section Division IV selections, one voice molded La Canada High's Kelly Kalish into one of the most dominating, intimidating and overwhelming high school softball pitchers in the region. O-Great One, as he's known in the Kalish household. Recognized by his employees at RJ Construction as Rick Kalish, her tough-love father was instrumental in shaping Kelly into the unanimous choice for the Burbnk Leader All-Area Softball Player of the Year, as voted on by the writers and editors of the Leader and News-Press.
May 14, 2008
It’s not uncommon to see some of the Burbank High softball players pestering ace pitcher Kristin Peraza before a game. The Bulldogs needle, instigate and even deliberately infuriate the junior right-hander — all in the name of winning. “My teammates say that I pitch better when I’m mad,” Peraza said. “So, they purposely try and get me mad before a game so that I can pitch better. It’s worked, so I tell them to keep it up.” The practice has worked wonders for Peraza this season, as she has enjoyed a wildly successful campaign.
April 5, 2006
Bits and pieces from the local sports scene: Event won't be played for first time in 44 years: Officials and local boys' golf teams taking part in the 44th annual Burbank High Schools' Invitational today were hoping the recent rains that have soaked the area the past few days would not cancel the event. However, when a deluge hit the area Tuesday, it forced the cancellation of the event. The event ? sponsored by the Burbank Men's Golf Club ? was scheduled to kick off with shotgun start at 8 a.m. at De Bell Municipal Golf Course.
July 24, 2002
Jeff Tully For years, the Burbank Park, Recreation and Community Services Dept. Ponytail Softball leagues have been the premier place for the area's young players to hone their playing skills. Saturday at Olive Park, the players celebrated the ending of another successful season with the annual Ponytail Softball Jamboree, sponsored by the Foothill Civitan Club. Like their male counterparts a week earlier, the softball players invaded the park for their traditional skills competition, food, refreshmants and a lot of awards.
August 2, 2011
Kenya Buckley, Junior, Outfielder, Hoover Speedy second-team All-Pacific Leaguer hit .419 with 25 runs, 14 walks and eight stolen bases. Taylor Buliavac, Senior, Infielder, Burroughs Second-team All-Pacific League first baseman hit .462 with 31 runs scored. Samantha Casarez, Freshman, Infielder, Bell-Jeff First-team All-Sante Fe League pick batted .392 with 17 RBI and five home runs for CIF finalists. Abbey Deckop, Senior, Infielder, Flintridge Prep Rebels' biggest run producer was the Prep League Most Valuable Player, hitting .333 (15 for 45)
June 28, 2011
OLIVE PARK — For years, the Burbank Park, Recreation and Community Services Department Ponytail Softball leagues have been the premier place for the area's young players to hone their playing skills. Following a season of intense rivalries and games, athletes got a chance to take it easy and partake in some friendly competition. Saturday at Olive Park, the players celebrated the ending of another successful season with the annual Ponytail Softball Jamboree, sponsored by the Foothill Civitan Club.
August 18, 2004
JEFF TULLY One of the most talent-rich squads competing at the 2004 Athens Summer Olympics is the U.S. softball team. The team is on a quest to repeat as Olympic champion, as the Americans boast the most successful and celebrated bunch at the Games. In a testament to the quality of softball players developed in California, 14 of Team USA's 18 players are from the state. Although none of the players hail from the immediate area, some competed in the city with their high-school teams.
July 31, 2012
Laina Do, Junior, Infielder, Burbank Shortstop was a perfect 20 for 20 stealing bases, while also hitting .444 with 36 hits, 27 RBI and 27 runs in a second-team All-Pacific League season. Kelsey Drange, Senior, Infielder, La Cañada First baseman came up clutch over and over in playoffs, including a two-out RBI in a 1-0 win over Nipomo in the semifinals. Hit .390 and notched a .493 on-base percentage with just three strikeouts. Also committed no errors at first base.