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Burroughs high baseball coach allegedly served beer to players; season is canceled

April 19, 2011 |  3:35 pm

A Burbank high school has canceled its baseball season and fired the team's coach after it was discovered that an assistant coach served beer to several players on a recent trip to Arizona, the school’s principal said Tuesday.

Burroughs High Principal Emilio Urioste said all 11 students who participated in the drinking have been suspended. Seven other athletes who were involved in the incident but failed to come forward were also suspended, Urioste said.

The Burroughs High Indians had three wins and two losses in league play and were in contention to make the baseball playoffs. The team had nine games left on its schedule, including a game Tuesday against Glendale.

Coach J.R. Schwer said he and three assistants who were present at the mid-March tournament were fired by Urioste Monday. He acknowledged that a large number of players were served alcohol by an assistant coach, whom he declined to name.

Schwer said he only became aware of the incident last Friday.

“I do my best to hire the best coaches that I can, and we do everything to take care of the kids. For a coach to do what he did...” Schwer said, his voice trailing off. “I don’t think the kids have to suffer by Burbank having their season taken away from them. ... I just feel terrible for the kids.”

Reporter Jeff Tully has the full story: Burroughs fires baseball coach, cancels remainder of season