Passion Abounds In L.A. Phil’s Free Concert at ELAC

December 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The intensity  of Conductor Jonathan Heyward electrifies  the air as he leads the Los Angeles Philharmonic Saturday in a capacity-filled Ingalls Auditorium at East Los Angeles College.

(Photo by Mario Villegas)

(Photo by Mario Villegas)

The performance was part of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association’s Free Neighborhood Concert program and was hosted by County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis and was embraced by ELAC.

The orchestra performed a program of Russian masterpieces in Glinka’s Ruslan and Ludmilla Overture, Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy and Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite (1919 Version).

ELAC Foundation Puts Focus on ‘Transforming Lives’

December 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Organizers of a first time Giving Tuesday event this week at East Los Angeles College said their goal was to raise funds and awareness of the significant challenges many ELAC students face every day.

According to the East Los Angeles College Foundation, sponsors of Tuesday’s “Transforming Lives” gathering, a large number of ELAC students face challenges that go far beyond the cost of books and tuition. They struggle with everyday quality of life issues, such as having enough to eat, clothing, transportation or even a roof over their heads.

The East Los Angeles College Foundation receives a check for $25,000 from Physics and Astronomy Department Chairman Viken Kiledjian to establish a scholarship in memory of his late wife, Anna Kiledjian during Tuesday’s “Transforming Lives” Giving Campaign. From left, Foundation Vice Chair Ashod Mooradian, ELAC President Marvin Martinez, Kiledjian, Psychology Department Chairperson Dr. Sherrie Davie and Foundation Executive Director Paul De La Cerda. (Photo by Mario Villegas)

The East Los Angeles College Foundation receives a check for $25,000 from Physics and Astronomy Department Chairman Viken Kiledjian to establish a scholarship in memory of his late wife, Anna Kiledjian during Tuesday’s “Transforming Lives” Giving Campaign. From left, Foundation Vice Chair Ashod Mooradian, ELAC President Marvin Martinez, Kiledjian, Psychology Department Chairperson Dr. Sherrie Davie and Foundation Executive Director Paul De La Cerda. (Photo by Mario Villegas)

According to a recent ELAC ASU poll of ELAC students, 70% of students at the college have experienced hunger or food insecurity as students on campus; 42.6% believe their success as students is affected because of their hunger/food insecurity, and; 67.7% of ELAC students feel that ELAC needs to work on providing programs to tackle student hunger/food insecurity.

Hundreds of community leaders, elected officials, ELAC students, faculty, and staff attended the event, which included the premier of three short films addressing the issues faced by students through their testimonials. There were also speeches and the announcement of financial donations and scholarships aimed at helping struggling students complete their education.

“As part of the ELAC Community, we want our students to be successful in their educational pursuits,” the Foundation said in a written statement.

ELAC Names Building for Past President: Ernest H. Moreno

February 16, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

A longtime educator and former president of East Los Angeles College has been recognized for his service with the naming of a new 5-story, 135,000 square foot building at the college in his honor.

“Ernest H. Moreno has enriched the lives of community college students for nearly a half century,” ELAC statement following The Ernest H. Moreno Building of Language, Arts & Humanities sign unveiling ceremony on Feb. 8.

Moreno served as Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) employee for 42 years as a faculty member, administrator and college president. In 2013, he was elected to the LACCD’s Board of Trustees.

The naming of the new facility pays tributes to Moreno’s tenure at ELAC, where he served as president from 1994 – with a brief interim assignment as President of Los Angeles Mission College – until his retirement in 2011.

“Ernie Moreno is a legacy in our community,” said Scott J. Svonkin, President of the LACCD Board of Trustees. “Ernie led the effort to build one of the preeminent community colleges in the nation, right here at East Los Angeles College. He took a community college that had buildings in disrepair and with decades-old bungalows in use for classrooms and led the way for ELAC to become one of the finest and largest colleges in California and the nation,” Svonkin said in praise of the San Gabriel Valley native.

With streamers flying into the air, Los Angeles Community College District officials celebrate the unveiling of the Ernest H. Moreno Building of Language, Arts & Humanities sign. (Photo by Mario Villegas)

With streamers flying into the air, Los Angeles Community College District officials celebrate the unveiling of the Ernest H. Moreno Building of Language, Arts & Humanities sign. (Photo by Mario Villegas)

“And then he joined our board and led the effort to rebuild our campuses across the district. World-class facilities are now the norm at each of our nine LACCD campuses,” Svonkin told those gathered for the tribute.

According to ELAC, the building bearing Moreno’s name will house several academic departments, including English, Foreign Language, Chicano Studies and Speech; and provides 40 classrooms, three labs and office space for more than 80 faculty. The new central plaza quadrangle the building faces, offers space for students to study, and relax.

Moreno said he is “honored and humbled” by the recognition.

“During my nearly 18 years as president I was able to transform East Los Angeles College from a relatively small college to one of the largest in the nation and plan and guide the rebuilding and expansion of the entire college,” Moreno said. “My vision for the college was motivated by my devotion to the wonderful students and community that ELAC serves. I must thank the dedicated faculty and staff that help make my tenure as president a success.”

“Trustee Moreno led ELAC through significant growth of students and spearheaded the building program at the college,” LACCD Chancellor Francisco Rodriguez said. “Under his leadership, the college has become a premier institution that proudly serves the surrounding community.”

Moreno taught business administration, supervision and management, and labor relations at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College from 1976 to 1986, and political science at West Los Angeles College from 1986 to 2006. Educated in the San Gabriel Valley Unified School District, he attended Cal State L.A. where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in political science. He earned a Master’s in public administration from Cal State Long Beach.

Moreno is Chairman and member of the Board of Directors of Monterey Park Hospital and a member of the Board of Los Angeles County College of Nursing and Allied Health. He was a member of the Santa Clarita Community College District Board of Trustees from 1989 to 2006.

 

ELAC Honors Activism at First-Time Event

February 2, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis was presented with the Community Activist Award at East Los Angeles College’s first “Welcome Home East LA Event,” a reunion attended by former and current students, past presidents, administrators, coaches and faculty held Saturday at ELAC’s new Campus Student Center.

“ELAC has a 72-year history of grooming amazing leaders who have been at the forefront of promoting activism and social awareness and who have made significant contributions in the communities it serves,” the college said in a statement announcing the awards.

The capacity-filled reunion included a live performance by the Mariachi Conservancy of Boyle Heights, food and dancing for a festive evening of rekindling relationships and celebrating accomplishments.

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Pictured from left, ELAC Foundation Board Member Richard Verches, Student Body President Aurora Paredes, Solis, college President Marvin Martinez and Vice President of Student Services Julie Benavides. Photo by Mario Villegas

The event also raised funds to assist some of the community college’s most financially challenged students – including more than 1,400 undocumented students and 103 foster youth struggling to find a safe home and basic living accommodations – the college says are all working to overcome substantial obstacles as they persevere to reach their educational goals. The newly established Dream Resource Center (DRC) helps undocumented students come out of the shadows and gives them renewed hope and aspirations that anything is possible if they don’t give up.

Proceeds from the event will help provide financial assistance for scholarships, book grants and transportation assistance for students in need and who otherwise do not qualify for state or federal financial aid.

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)

Hillary Clinton Coming to ELAC Amid Protest by Latino Students

May 5, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is scheduled to speak today at East Los Angeles College amid a planned protest by Latino students and community groups and to raise funds for her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Clinton will discuss her plans to raise incomes for families, break down the barriers that hold Californians back, keep America safe and bring the country together, an aide said.

At least two other presidential candidates have spoken at East Los Angeles College and gone on to be elected — John F. Kennedy in 1960 and
Clinton’s husband, Bill, in 1992, according to Maria Iacobo of the Los Angeles Community College District.

Members of Union del Barrio, MEXA of East Los Angeles College, LA Brown Berets and several other student and community-based organizations plan to march seven blocks in Monterrey Park from Belvedere Park to East Los Angeles College to protest what organizers call Clinton’s attacks on working-class communities of color and her 2002 vote as a senator in favor of the resolution authorizing military action against Iraq.

“This event is to let Hillary know that she is not welcomed in Los Angeles and to raise community awareness of what she really represents. We will let the community know that either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton would make terrible presidents,” said organizer Ron Gochez, referring to the real estate tycoon and television personality who is the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

“This action is strictly to protest against Hillary Clinton and not in support of any party and/or candidates.” There was no response to an email sent Wednesday night to the Clinton campaign seeking comment.

Clinton will also hold two fundraisers in downtown Los Angeles today, according to Political Party Time, a website that tracks political fundraisers.

Tickets for an afternoon fundraiser hosted by Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar are $2,700, the maximum individual contribution under federal law to a candidate seeking a party’s presidential nomination.

Individuals who have raised $10,000 are designated as co-hosts and will be able to have their pictures taken with Clinton. Those raising $27,000 are designated as event hosts and received an invitation to a host reception with Clinton and receive membership in the Hillary for America Finance Committee.

Tickets for a second downtown fundraiser are also $2,700, with couples donating $5,400 for Clinton’s primary campaign getting a photo with her. Individuals raising $27,000 are designated as event co-hosts and received an invitation to a host reception with Clinton and receive membership in the Hillary for America Finance Committee.

A third fundraiser for the Clinton campaign is also planned for today in downtown Los Angeles, a $1,000 per person event featuring the campaign’s vice chair Huma Abedin, a longtime Clinton aide and wife of former Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-New York.

The trip is the 68-year-old Clinton’s 11th to the Los Angeles area since declaring her candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination on April 12, 2015.

Clinton held 24 fundraisers during her previous visits, including a $33,400 per person event at the Studio City home of actor George Clooney during her last visit, when supporters of her opponent for the Democratic nomination, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, threw dollar bills at her motorcade.

Both Sanders and Trump are scheduled to hold rallies in Charleston, West Virginia, today, five days before its primary.

Mariachi Opera Honors Braceros

May 5, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The story of the bracero, Mexican migrant workers who traveled to the United States in the 1940s and 50s to fill the country’s labor shortage, will be told through the sounds of mariachi music fused with ballet folklorico and opera style set pieces tonight at East Los Angeles College.

“El Bracero” will follow the story as told by a former bracero, highlighting the challenges and injustices workers faced at bracero camps in the U.S.

Lea este artículo en Español: Mariachi Ópera Honra a los Braceros

“Some young people may not even know what that word [bracero] means,” acknowledged Miguel Orozco, director and producer of the show.

He hopes that will change with the performance.

“If you didn’t know anything about braceros you will leave with an appreciation for what they did,” he told EGP.

(Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo)

(Photo by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo)

The play will be performed at Ingalls Auditorium May 5 on the ELAC campus. It will take place in conjunction with the Taste of East L.A., which will include food, wine and tequila tastings. The event kicks off at 5:30p.m. Theater doors open at 7p.m.

“We are proud to bring ‘El Bracero’ to East Los Angeles as part of our Cinco de Mayo festivities,” says Marvin Martinez, president of ELAC.

Performers include 10 members of the Mariachi Aguilas de Oxnard, 12 actors, 4 ballet folklorico dancers, and three ELAC students.

The hour-long performance will be performed in Spanish with English subtitles projected on a screen to allow non-Spanish speakers to take part.

The mariachi opera will use music to entertain and educate the audience about the history and culture of the bracero, bringing to life the backdrop of historical photos showing their plight projected on screen.

When most people think of mariachis they think of it in terms of music played at a wedding, restaurant, quinceañera or funeral, observed Orozco, who says his goal is to raise the genre to a new level.

“This is a very unique play,” Orozco explains. “It brings together mariachi music in a way you’ve never seen mariachi music performed.”

“El Bracero” was written by Rosalinda Verde and is based on stories she gathered from her family. The play debuted in Oxnard earlier this year and is being brought to ELAC by the East Los Angeles College Foundation.

Performing it on Cinco de Mayo is very appropriate, notes Orozco.

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Battle of Puebla, when a small, poorly armed band of Mexicans was victorious against powerful French troops. It now serves as a day to celebrate Mexican heritage, explains Orozco, a proud Mexican-American himself.

“To some, this [bracero program] is something that happened so long ago,” said Orozco. But by the end of the show people will  “walk away proud and grateful for the sacrifices made by these men.”

Ticket prices range from $15 to $25 and can be purchased at the box office, at www.elac-foundation.org or by calling (323) 265-8901.

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ELAC Hires New Football Coach

March 10, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

East Los Angeles College has hired a veteran athletic coach to lead the Huskies starting with the 2016 football season.

Bobby Godinez, 33, possesses an impressive resume as a coach, successful businessman and player, according to ELAC’s coaching announcement. Besides football, he has also coached basketball and is currently the head coach of the men’s and women’s track and field teams at Pasadena City College.

“Bobby has been a fast riser in the coaching ranks with much success turning programs around,” said Al Cone, ELAC athletic director. “He is an outstanding leader and coach and his tremendous leadership skills and personal knowledge of the challenges and rewards of being a student-athlete, make him the perfect fit for East Los Angeles College.”

Godinez said he’s “honored” to be ELAC’s next head football coach. “ELAC is a special place and my family and I look forward to working with the college community and helping our players reach their goals athletically and academically,” Godinez said.

(Photo by Mario Villegas)

(Photo by Mario Villegas)

Godinez was as an assistant football coach at Victor Valley College for two seasons (2013-2014), serving as co-defensive coordinator, and was Victor Valley’s men’s basketball head coach after each football season. Before Godinez’s arrival, the football team was 1-9, but improved to 6-4 his first season and to 10-0 his second.

“I coach track and field and I’ve coached basketball, but football is my craft,” Godinez said. “There’s a good foundation and a community with deep roots here to build from. We have some good players and we’re going to go out and recruit some more. They’re out there. By providing the players with the right guidance we can be successful here. I’m glad to be the one to right the ship.”

Residents Worried SR-710 Light Rail Would Burden East LA

April 16, 2015 by · 8 Comments 

East Los Angeles residents fear they will once again be forced to bare the brunt of efforts to relieve traffic in the region.

They remember all too well the disruption to businesses and residents extending the Gold Line east caused in their neighborhood.

Lea este artículo en Español: SR-710 Tren Ligero Podría Ser una Carga Para el Este de Los Ángeles

Those concerns were expressed Saturday during a public hearing at East Los Angeles College hosted by Metro and Caltrans to get feedback on the State Route 710 Study.

While a majority of people who spoke at the hearing appeared to support a freeway tunnel option, several eastside residents said support in other cities for a light rail train through their neighborhood has them worried.

A map viewing at East Los Angeles College Saturday allowed residents who live along the proposed SR-710 Freeway project to view the impact on their communities. (EGP photo by Nancy Martinez)

A map viewing at East Los Angeles College Saturday allowed residents who live along the proposed SR-710 Freeway project to view the impact on their communities. (EGP photo by Nancy Martinez)

More vocal communities along the route are getting all the attention, they complained.

In March, Metro and Caltrans released a Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS), which outlined five alternatives for closing the gap between the 710 and 210 freeways. The options include a traffic management system, a rapid bus line, a light rail, a freeway tunnel and the required “no build” option.

About 100 people from Pasadena, South Pasadena, Alhambra, Monterey Park, El Sereno and East Los Angeles attended the hearing.

Many speakers supported the option to build a 2-way, 6.3 mile tunnel from Valley Boulevard in Alhambra to the connection with the 210/134 freeways in Pasadena.

The double decker option would have two lanes traveling in each direction and would run for 4.2 miles of bored tunnel. Vehicles carrying flammable or hazardous materials will be prohibited in the tunnel.

Residents from eastside communities and throughout the San Gabriel Valley spoke at the SR-710 Metro meeting, held at ELAC Saturday. (EGP photo by Nancy Martinez)

Residents from eastside communities and throughout the San Gabriel Valley spoke at the SR-710 Metro meeting, held at ELAC Saturday. (EGP photo by Nancy Martinez)

Several eastside residents claimed they “were left out of the conversation,” referring to the decision to include the Light Rail Train (LRT) alternative. They pointed out that some of the businesses hurt by construction of the Gold Line Eastside Extension in 2009 never recovered.

A light rail will destroy “one of the nicest corridors” and the East LA Civic Center on Third and Mednik Streets, they complained.

“We do not need the rail,” Martha Hernandez told Metro. “We can get to Pasadena on the Gold Line,” she said, adding that eastside residents can already get to Cal State LA by taking Metro’s Silver Line. There is also an express shuttle from ELACC.

Liz Sanchez lives one block from Mednik Street where a station could be built if a light rail is chosen. She told EGP a train would add to parking problems in her neighborhood because there’s no plan to provide public parking for rail passengers.

“I have a disability and even now it is hard to find parking… I don’t want to be selfish, but this is not a good option,” she lamented.

Clara Solis asked Metro and Caltrans to explain why East LA residents should bare the burden of other cities’ transportation problems. “Fifteen of our precious businesses that are walking distance from residences will be removed,” she said.

Yolanda Duarte, advisory chairperson for the Maravilla Community Center, said Metro 710 project spokespersons had gone to the eastside Center to give the community and businesses more information about the project.

Yolanda Duarte, an East Los Angeles resident, told Metro officials her concerns with the rail alternative. (EGP photo by Nancy Martinez)

Yolanda Duarte, an East Los Angeles resident, told Metro officials her concerns with the rail alternative. (EGP photo by Nancy Martinez)

“On two occasions questions were asked if businesses or residences will be taken, the answer [by Metro] was no. [Now] The EIR states 15 businesses will be targeted” to make room for rail stations, she said, visibly frustrated. The businesses are on Mednik, south of the I-60/at Third Street: One home and a businesses on East Cesar Chavez could also be taken.

People were able to review maps and other visual materials pertaining to the five alternatives and ask Metro engineers questions before the public hearing got under way.

Metro planners explained that if the light rail is chosen, it would travel 7.5 miles, divided into 3 miles of aerial track and 4.5 miles submerged approximately 6-stories underground.

The rail line would run from south of Valley Boulevard, with the first aerial station on Mednik Avenue adjacent to the East LA Civic Center Station, and two more aerial stations on Floral Drive and at Cal State LA. It would then go underground with stations in Alhambra, Huntington Drive, South Pasadena and to the Fillmore Station in Pasadena where it would connect with the Gold Line.

Many eastside residents have long resented Metro opting to build the Eastside Gold Line above ground while  approving preferred but costlier underground subway options for other communities.

Several people said the eastside is once again getting the short end of the stick, complaining that the proposed rail line would run above ground through East LA, but then go underground through the more affluent communities north of Cal State LA.

“Why don’t we get a tunnel” like they do in Pasadena, one speaker demanded to know.

“Take out this project, do not even consider it,” said Gilbert Hernandez.

How to fill the 4.5-mile gap between the 710’s terminus in Alhambra and the Foothill (210) Freeway in Pasadena is a debate that has raged on for more than six decades. If a route is eventually selected, a revenue source to cover the hundreds of millions, perhaps billions of dollars needed to build it would still have to be found. The project could take three to five years to complete if the light rail is chosen.

L.A. County Supervisor Hilda Solis represents East Los Angeles and other areas impacted by the SR-710. She told EGP via email it is imperative to reduce congestion, improve air quality and enhance mobility for all residents, however, she does not yet see “any option as a natural choice” due to the many pros and cons.

“For example, the light rail alternative threatens the highest number of businesses and homes while the tunnel options could become a bottomless money pit. A combination of alternatives may end up being the way to get the most for our money,” she stated, adding that her staff is studying the various options and will hold community input meetings in addition to those scheduled by Metro.

“The communities I represent deserve a solution that absolutely improves their quality of life and environment … while improving mobility and using transportation to foster economic growth,” she said.

Metro and Caltrans have scheduled two more public hearings:

—Wednesday, May 6 at La Cañada High School auditorium, with a map viewing from 5-6 p.m. and public hearing at 6 p.m.

—Thursday, May 7 at the Los Angeles Christian Presbyterian Church, map viewing 5-6 p.m. and public hearing at 6 p.m.

The full study is available at  http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist07/resources/envdocs/docs/710study/draft_eir-eis and can be viewed at the Caltrans District Office, 100 S. Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90012 and public libraries listed here:  http://www.metro.net/projects/sr- 710-conversations.

Comments will be accepted by mail through July 6: Mail to Garret Damrath, Caltrans Division 7, Division of Environmental Planning, 100 South Main Street MS-16, Los Angeles CA 90012.

To read more about the SR-710, go to www.EGPNews.com.

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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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