8/18/2010 10:55:00 AM Ram Lacrosse player commits to Whittier
Burby family photo
Leo Burby has that rare mix of academic prowess and athletic skill. A 2010 graduate from Central Catholic High School in Portland, Burby will attend Whittier College in Southern California this fall as a student-athlete. A starting defensive back and outside linebacker on the Ram's football team, he was also a two-time Oregon All State lacrosse midfielder. Whittier has given him the college's J. Greenleaf Whittier Award and Poet Grant scholarships for his four years at the liberal arts college. Burby will play on the school's nationally ranked NCAA lacrosse team. This past spring, Burby was named to the U.S. Lacrosse High School Senior Showcase National Tournament Western Region Team as the first midfielder alternate. He was ranked in the top 11 senior midfielders in the 17-state western region and in the top 44 in the country. Burby was a two year captain, MVP, and ground ball and scoring leader on the Central Catholic varsity lacrosse team and earned first-team All Columbia Division midfielder honors his junior and senior year. "He's a real special kid," says Marcus Penhale, head lacrosse coach at Central Catholic. "He's a very passionate athlete, a very dedicated kind of player. He's the kind of player we call a 'lacrosse rat.' He can't get enough of the sport. On top of that, he's just a generally good athlete." Penhale thinks Whittier may not even know how lucky they were to land Burby. Burby attended St. John Fisher Grade School. He lives in Southwest Portland with his family who are members of St. Elizabeth and St. Clare Parishes.