Girls Basketball: Burton rides Dela Cruz’s hot hand to beat ICA

By Aidan Fitzsimon

Behind a game-high 26 points from junior guard Alyssa Dela Cruz the Burton girls basketball team cruised to a 59-46 non-league win on the road against Immaculate Conception Academy on Wednesday.

The Pumas (4-1) got 20 points from Dela Cruz in the first half, including 14 in the second quarter, and had a strong contribution from junior Veronica Henry, who added 14 points.

Football: Burton cancels varsity season to develop young talent

By Jeremy Balan

Burton High School effectively canceled its 2012 varsity football season earlier this month, but head coach Anthony Rollins, who would be entering his fourth year at the helm of the program, has a lone message for the rest of the Academic Athletic Association.

“Don’t count us out,” Rollins said on Tuesday.

The decision by Rollins, which he admitted was embarrassing but necessary, is also a reversal of what he views as self-destructive practices of the past.

Instead of straining to field a varsity team with young players not ready to face mature competition, sacrificing the developmental qualities of a junior varsity team, Rollins has decided to do the opposite.

Baseball: SanFranPreps.com All-City Team

By Jeremy Balan

Our All-City teams are not always scientific.

Sometimes, you have to go with your gut.

In the past, our Player of the Year race in baseball has been between those who have had standout seasons at the plate and on the mound — the dual-threat players that impact every game.

This time around, it’s a pitcher, but the exception is truly exceptional.

All you have to do is ask one question: Who was the best baseball player in the City this season? The answer is Collin Monsour.

Baseball: Burton plays small ball to beat Mission and secure playoff spot

By Jeremy Balan

Hits weren’t plentiful in the Academic Athletic Association play-in game between Burton High School and Mission on Monday at Silver Terrace Playground, so the Pumas had to get creative.

Trailing 1-0 with just one hit through three innings, Burton right fielder Thomas Tsang worked a walk, stole second base and advanced to third on a wild pitch.

Then Burton’s No. 4 hitter, Austin Perez, put a picture-perfect bunt single down the third-base line to score Tsang and shift the momentum in a 6-2 Burton win, which gives the Pumas their first playoff berth since 2008.