Sports Notebook: Six Burroughs, Burbank baseball players earn all-league accolades

Bits and pieces from the local sports scene.


Six local baseball players, three from Burroughs High and three from Burbank, earned All-Pacific League recognition for the 2014 season.

Leading the way was Bulldogs junior shortstop/pitcher Cameron Briggs and Indians senior pitcher Cole Meyer, who both earned sports on the first team.

Making the second team were Burroughs junior shortstop Max Haddad and senior second baseman Camden Palmisano of Burbank. Honorable mention selections went to utility Danny Porras for the Bulldogs and senior catcher Roy Hirota for the Indians.

Meyer, a transfer from Las Vegas, was most effective during league, in which he went 3-2 with a 0.84 earned-run average and 44 strikeouts to 14 walks in 41 2/3 innings. Overall, Meyer was 5-3 a 1.17 ERA.

In 23 games for the Bulldogs, Briggs batted .292 (19 for 65) with eight runs batted in and 13 run scored. He hit .368 in league. In nine games on the mound, he was 4-2 with two saves and a 3.50 earned-run average.

Palmisano had a .268 average (15 for 56) with nine runs batted in and Haddad hit .308 (24 for 78) — .326 in league — with a team-leading 24 hits to go along with 12 RBI and 10 runs scored.

Porras hit .317 (16 for 51) overall and .440 in league with 11 runs. On the mound, he had no decisions and 11 strikeouts in 11 innings of work. Hirota batted .355 in league and .259 overall (14 for 54).

Burroughs (14-14) placed fourth in the Pacific League. It had to beat Burbank in the final regular season game to earn a spot in the postseason.

Burbank (8-15) tied for fifth in league and didn't qualify for the playoffs.


The Providence High softball team struggled this season and, as a result, the Pioneers didn't qualify for the CIF Southern Section playoffs out of the Liberty League.

However, Providence did have two players recognized on the All-Liberty League team. Those players were sophomore infielder Fabi Jimenez and freshman infielder Christy Hoffman.

Jimenez led the Pioneers with a .604 average (32 for 53) with six doubles, four triples, 25 runs scored and nine runs batted in. In addition, she stole 13 bases in 16 attempts. Hoffman hit .500 (30 for 60) with five doubles, five home runs, 30 RBI and 27 runs scored.

Providence (6-10) finished fourth in the four-team Liberty League.


Burroughs High graduate and former Indians girls' volleyball coach Linda Murphy will be inducted into the Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC) Athletic Hall of Fame on June 28.

Murphy, who graduated from Burroughs in 1961, played volleyball, basketball and softball for the Monarchs from 1961-64.

Although she played a variety of sports, Murphy was most successful in women's volleyball. She represented the United States in both the 1963 and 1967 Pan American Games, bringing home a silver medal from Brazil and gold from Japan, respectively. In 1964, she played for Team USA in the Tokyo Summer Olympics.

In addition, Murphy was an 11-time All-American who won eight national volleyball championships. She was inducted as an All-Time Great Player by USA Volleyball and named one of the best 24 players in the first 75-year history of USA Volleyball.

Murphy was also inducted into the Burroughs Athletics Hall of Fame in 2007. She was the school's girls' volleyball coach from 1985-2002.


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