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His site is set on local sports

TULLY TALK

A Burbank High alumnus and former athlete, Tom Morierty doesn’t

exactly bleed Bulldog blue, nor does he have a hatred of rival

Burroughs.

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Morierty does have an allegiance to his alma mater, in fact, he is

proud to be from Burbank and still maintains strong ties to the

school.

However, instead of lending support to just his former school and

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promoting Burbank athletics, Morierty has a much broader interest in

mind.

Bothered by what he calls “the dwindling interest and support of

sports programs in the city,” Morierty has come up with his own small

way of promoting athletes and athletic programs in Burbank.

He has launched BurbankSportsBeat.com, an internet Web site

devoted to sports in the city.

“Being a former athlete myself, I remember the days when I was

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running cross-country and track at Burbank, and it just seemed there

was more interest and people cared more about sports in the city,”

said Morierty, who graduated in 1974 from Burbank after transferring

from Burroughs. “It also seemed like the high schools were a lot more

successful in sports back then.

“So I just want to do my part to help promote the local sports,

everything from high school sports, to Park and Recreation, to men’s

senior softball. This is just my way of helping the sports grow to

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hopefully what they were in the 1960s through the 1980s.”

Although the site is still in its infancy, Morierty is working at

a feverous pace to bring the information up to speed. Along with

scores, highlights and other information, the site also features

photos from various sporting events.

With no other Web site dedicated to a wide variety of sports in

Burbank, Morierty said he thinks his page fills a much-needed niche.

“A school might have its own site, or a team might have a site,

but there is no one place to go to get information about it all,” he

said. “I’m hoping this will be a place where people can come and look

for a variety of sports.

“It will also be a place where athletes can go to get a little

recognition for their accomplishments.”

Along with results, the site also has links to other pages in the

city, like the Burbank Tennis Center and De Bell Municipal Golf

Course. Morierty said he is hoping to add more links.

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On paper, the new site seemed like a very good idea to Morierty.

However, he has realized there is a big difference between intention

and execution.

Although Morierty said most of the local coaches and organizations

in the city have been receptive to his idea, getting all the

information and scores together has been a big endeavor.

“Basically, I’m doing it all my myself -- even the photos,” said

Morierty, who also works for Dilbeck Realtors. “I’m quickly finding

out what a big job it is.

“The coaches I’ve talked to have been great, and even the Park and

Rec people have said I can go in and pick up information. So it’s

coming along, it’s just a slow process.”

Morierty encourages coaches and organizers to e-mail their results

to tmorierty- @burbanksportsbeat.com. He is also looking for

businesses or individuals who would like to advertise on the site.

Morierty realizes his site isn’t going to propel high school teams

to CIF Southern Section championships, or boost players to the

professional ranks, he is just hoping it will bring a some pride back

to a city that deserves to be proud of its strong sporting tradition.

* JEFF TULLY is the sports editor of the Leader. He can be reached

at 843-8700 or by e-mail at jeff.tully@latimes.com.


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