Signing Day Hosted by the Burbank High School Athletic Department
On Friday, April 28th, Burbank High School held a signing day event in the main quad at lunch for three graduating seniors that were officially signing with their future college or university. The three seniors celebrated were catcher Shelby Cribbs and shortstop Samantha Buckley from the softball program, and quarterback Dylan Robinson. Buckley and Cribbs signed with St Mary's College in Moraga, California, and Aurora University in Aurora, Illinois respectively. Robinson will be attending Cal Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California. Cribbs is a two-sport athlete who played both basketball and softball for all four years at Burbank, along with Buckley, who is a four-year starter at shortstop for the softball team. Robinson played football for all four years, and this past season played both quarterback and safety positions.
Burbank’s head softball coach Melissa Sanchez shared her thoughts on Cribbs and Buckley, “I’m so proud of them and they deserve all the credit, they put the blood and sweat into their academics and athletics. They’ve put in so much work over the years and have earned that moment.” Coach Sanchez stated that she has known Samantha Buckley since she was six years old and had the privilege of coaching her throughout her softball career. She also praised Cribbs as she has watched her play softball since middle school and called her a complete rising star back in those days.
Athletic Directors Patrick McMenamin and Allison McCain also shared their thoughts on Cribbs, Buckley, and Robinson committing to their chosen colleges. McMenamin stated that only a small percentage of high school athletes are able to play their sport at the college level and for them to commit to playing their sport at a four-year college is an incredible achievement. “The colleges are getting three outstanding student-athletes who bring a serious approach to their sport,” he said, “(they) are good students, well-liked by their teachers, and represent our school with the utmost PRIDE”.
McMenamin proudly stated that Burbank High School produces excellent student-athletes because of the student commitment and the school faculty's ongoing support to help the students. They've worked really hard for many years and have accomplished many of the challenges and hurdles that many of their peers have yet to cross. Once they arrive at their college, new challenges and their continued commitment to excellence begins again. They'll be competing with other student-athletes for playing time at an even higher level. McMenamin also said, “On behalf of Burbank High, we wish them the very best and look forward to seeing their continued development.”
McCain also expressed her pride in the student-athletes that signed on Friday, “We were very proud of them, they’ve worked incredibly hard to get to this point and to see them continue on with their sport after their dedication and commitment to Burbank High School for the past four years is a very honorable moment to share with them.” She went on and said that St Mary's College is getting an incredible player in Buckley who has grit, grind, and is passionate about softball. She also said that Shelby Cribbs will be a great addition to Aurora University’s softball program. The Burbank seniors are expected to cross the stage during their graduation ceremony on Friday, May 26th.