Summer is here, and most local high school athletes are finally
getting some time to relax after an eventful 2002-03 school year.
The year saw its share of remarkable achievements, successful
teams and outstanding individuals who helped make the campaign
But along with the successes were disappointing moments and unique
happenings that deserve recognition.
As is the yearly tradition, these deserving athletes, coaches and
events from the four high schools -- Burbank, Burroughs, Providence
and Bellarmine-Jefferson -- should be given special treatment.
So here is this year’s list of Tully Trophy winners. To be a
recipient, an individual, team or school has to exhibit meritorious
or worthy accomplishment. Either that, or they have to have done
something stupid or strange.
So without further ado, here are the lucky winners:
* The athlete-of-the-year trophy: Goes to Burbank High distance
runner Kyle Ivie. By far, Ivie had the best year of any of the
locals. In December, he began his senior season by leading the
Bulldog boys’ team to the CIF-State Cross-Country Championship. He
capped his year by qualifying for the track and field state final in
the 1,600 meters. Ivie’s skills as a runner are only be matched by
his good nature and likable personality.
* The coach-of-the-year trophy: Is given to Bell-Jeff girls’
basketball Coach Bryan Camacho. The Bell-Jeff grad led the Guards to
the CIF Southern Section Division IVA final. Camacho was able to mold
the team into a winning group that compiled a 23-6 record and
advanced to the final for only the second time in school history.
* The what-were-you-thinking trophy: Is justly earned by former
Burbank boys’ basketball Coach David Goosen. The coach was fired in
January after being linked to several CIF Southern Section rules
violations and school and district infractions. In Goosen’s 10 months
at the helm, he almost single-handedly brought down the Bulldog
program, and opened the school to shame and ridicule.
* The you’re-on-the-right-track trophy: Goes to the Burbank boys’
and girls’ water polo programs. Led by Coaches Andre Setaghian and
John Abdou, both Bulldog teams made the playoffs and should only get
better in the future. The amazing thing is that the squads are
enjoying success without a home pool.
* The I’ve-still-got-your-number trophy: Is awarded to the
Burroughs football team. For the 10th straight year, the Indians
earned a win against their cross-town rival Bulldogs, 43-31, in the
annual Big Game. The last time Burbank won the game was in 1992, when
it scored a 21-17 win.
* The nice-run trophy: Goes to the Burroughs boys’ basketball team
and Coach Art Sullivan. The Indians surprised many in the CIF
Southern Section Division IIA playoffs by advancing to the
quarterfinal round. Led by Joey Paysinger and Peter St. Hubert,
Burroughs played well in the game, losing to No. 2-ranked Lakewood
* The alone-at-the-top trophy: Is given to the Burbank boys’
tennis team, which bounced back in 2003 by winning a share of the
Foothill League championship with Valencia. The Bulldog team
accounted for the only league title -- in any sport -- during the
school year. Burbank -- coached by Paul McNiff and led by singles
player Haig Kassabian -- also made a nice run in the CIF Southern
Section Division II playoffs, advancing to the quarterfinals.
* The Wright-way-to-do-it trophy: Goes to Burbank boys’ swimming
Coach Adam Wright, who guided the Bulldogs to a second-place finish
in the Foothill League final.
* The not-living-up-to- expectations trophy: Is earned by the
Providence softball team, which experienced a letdown during the
season. Although the Pioneers began the year ranked No. 1 in CIF
Southern Section Division VI, Providence didn’t even finish first in
the Liberty League and barely made the postseason as the third-place
* The sharp-shooting trophy: Goes to Burbank girls’ basketball
player Christine Kepenekian, who turned in a fine performance in
December. In a Bellarmine-Jefferson Holiday Classic game, the senior
scored 40 points and led her Bulldogs to a 61-58 win against Eshaya
Murphy and Van Nuys Montclair Prep. Kepenekian out dueled Murphy, who
is headed to USC.
* The best-nickname trophy: Goes to Bell-Jeff baseball player Joey
“The Bus” Diaz. Why is Diaz called “The Bus”? Because he always
drives players home. Diaz lived up to his nickname, finishing the
season with a .520 batting average and 23 runs batted in.
The record-breaking trophy: Is given to Burroughs junior Tulyah
Gaines, who set new Indian marks in two sports. In the winter,
playing for the girls’ basketball team, she set a record for most
assists in a season with 122. In March, as a member of the girls’
track and field team, she broke the Burroughs all-time mark in the
triple jump with a leap of 35 feet 4.
* The that-stinks trophy: Is presented to some unknown individuals
at La Verne Damien, who left the Indians some presents in November
prior to a CIF Southern Section Division II first-round game.
Burroughs was greeted by a visitors’ locker room laden with bodily
fluids. The Indians lost the playoff game, 17-14.
* The triple-threat trophy: Goes to Bell-Jeff three-sport athlete
Brendon Doyle. Not only was the junior an All-CIF quarterback for the
Guards’ football team, he also earned all-league honors in boys’
basketball and boys’ volleyball. Bell-Jeff coaches can’t wait to see
what Doyle has in store for his senior season.
* The hate-to-see-you-go trophy: Is given to Burroughs standout
Carolyn Brown. An accomplished cross-country and track and field
runner, along with being a fine girls’ soccer player, Brown is one of
the finest female athletes to come out of the school.
All the winners can step forward and claim their awards. And
please, keep your speeches brief.
JEFF TULLY is the sports editor of the Burbank Leader. He can be
reached at 843-8700, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org