ELAC Names Scholar-Athletes of the Year

July 28, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Basketball’s Izaiah Sweeney, left, and badminton’s Jean Mornelle Buenaflor were named the male and female athletes of the year, respectively at the East Los Angeles College Department of Athletics’ 16th Annual Scholar-Athlete Awards Dinner. Sweeney was named all-state after helping lead the Huskies to the state final four, and Buenaflor helped ELAC win its first-ever state doubles championship. Alumnus James Sams, middle, the principal at Bell Gardens Elementary School, was the keynote speaker. Sams was a two-time all-conference tackle on the Husky football teams in 1988 and ’89. The event was held July 21 in the multi-purpose room in the new ELAC Student Center.

(Photo be Mario Villegas)

(Photo be Mario Villegas)

ELAC Men & Women’s Basketball In State Final 4

March 12, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

For the first time in East Los Angeles College history, both the men’s and women’s basketball teams are in the State playoff final four and will compete in the CCCAA Championship Tourney this weekend.

ELAC’s men’s team, with a record of 21-10 is designated as the No. 2 seed from Southern California, and will play Merritt College (25-6), the top seed from the North, in a semifinal at 5 p.m. Friday.

The winner will advance to Sunday championship game at 1 p.m. to play either Saddleback College (31-2), the top seed from the South, or North No. 2 Cañada College (24-6), who will play in the other semifinal on Friday at 7 p.m.

In the women’s competition, ELAC (29-3) also the second seed from Southern California, will play Chabot College (29-3), the North’s top seed, in a semifinal game at 5 p.m. Saturday.

The winner of the ELAC-Chabot semifinal will advance to Sunday’s championship game at 3 p.m. to play either Mt. San Antonio College (33-0), the top seed from the South, or North No. 2 San Joaquin Delta College (27-5), who play in a semifinal at 7 p.m. Saturday.

The ELAC men have traversed a long and rugged road to the final four. They were seeded 13th in the 20-team South playoff brackets and opened the postseason with a play-in victory against Victor Valley College (96-91) at home.

ELAC then went on the road to defeat No. 4 Antelope Valley College (111-106), No. 5 Southwestern College (79-65) and No. 8 Long Beach City College (92-73) to arrive in the CCCAA Championship Tournament.

East Los Angeles College forward Abigail Vasquez, left, drives past Irvine Valley College’s Karli Kato in the second half. The Huskies won to advance to the State Championship Tournament this weekend at Cerritos College. (Photo by Mario Villegas)

East Los Angeles College forward Abigail Vasquez, left, drives past Irvine Valley College’s Karli Kato in the second half. The Huskies won to advance to the State Championship Tournament this weekend at Cerritos College. (Photo by Mario Villegas)

In fact, the Huskies were the lowest remaining seed in the state when they took the court Saturday in Long Beach.

But sophomore guards Je’ron Primus, a Westchester High School product, and Marcus Romain, who is from Brooklyn, N.Y., scored 20 points each to lead the Huskies to lead ELAC to the win.

Marquis Salmon, a freshman forward from Village Christian High, added 19 points and had six rebounds.

The ELAC women have been led by the outstanding guard tandem of Olivia Ochoa and Kyla Martin-Burnley.

Ochoa, a freshman from Roosevelt High School, is averaging a team-leading 16.3 points per game, and 4.8 assists and 3.8 steals per game. Martin-Burnley averages 15.1 points, 2.0 assists and 2.4 steals per game.

Up front, the Huskies are led by Jocelyne Diaz, a sophomore forward from Whittier High School, who is averaging 14.0 points and 8.8 rebounds per game.

Martin-Burnley is coming off her biggest game of the season in which she scored 24 points in ELAC’s 75-62 victory over Irvine Valley last Saturday to send the Huskies to the final four.

Ochoa had an excellent all-around performance, scoring 12 points to go with six assists, five rebounds and four steals.

Diaz also put in 12 points and grabbed six rebounds.

The Huskies got another outstanding effort off the bench from freshman forward Abigail Vasquez, who scored 15 points and had five rebounds, two assists and a steal, and scrappy freshman guard Vianey Chavez, who had six points and played tenacious defense.

Besides Irvine Valley, the Huskies, who were seeded second in the South Region, also defeated Antelope Valley College (66-60) and El Camino College (70-56) to advance to the CCCAA championship tournament.

Cerritos College is located at 11110 Alondra Blvd., Norwalk.

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