The Eagle Rock High girls volleyball team commemorates its city championship in Division II of the CIF L.A. City Section. The team advances to the state playoffs, starting on Nov. 9. | Photo by Eric Owens

Eagle Rock High girls volleyball team advances to state playoffs; Eagle Rock football team advances in city playoffs

2021 Editions November Sports

By Dave Abbott of NELA Sports One

Fortune smiled on Eagle Rock last week with playoff victories in girls volleyball and football. The same can’t be said for the football teams at Franklin in Highland Park and Wilson in El Sereno, which ended the season with playoff losses.

The Eagle Rock High girls volleyball team won the city championship in Division II of the CIF L.A. City Section with a 3-1 victory over Sherman Oaks CES on Nov. 6.

The #9 Eagles will now compete in the 2021 CIF State Girls Volleyball Championships – Division V playoffs, beginning with an away game on Tuesday, Nov. 9 against #8 Tarbut V’ Torah of Irvine.

After the Eagles victory, former Coach Tim Bergeron was presented with the 2020-21 CIF Model Coach of the Year award.

This year’s victory in Division II is the Eagles’ fourth city championship in girls volleyball. The first two championships were in Division III in 2012 and 2013; the third, in 2019, was in the top-level Open Division. But the Eagles were unable to defend their 2019 championship because the school opted out of sports in the 2020 season due to Covid-19 concerns.

The Eagles’ Mycah Pasten, a senior, outreaches a Dymally defender for a touchdown in Eagle Rock’s Division I playoff victory on Nov. 5. | Photo by Dave Abbott/NELA Sports One

In football, Eagle Rock advanced in the CIFLACS Division I playoffs with a victory over the Dymally Challengers, 27-6 on Nov. 5, The #6 seeded Eagle Rock will travel to play the #3 Reseda Regents on Friday, Nov. 12 in the quarterfinals.

For the Franklin Panthers of Highland Park, the football season ended on Nov. 5, with a Division 1 playoff loss — in overtime — to the Canoga Park Hunters, 35-34.

The season also ended for the Wilson Mules of El Sereno in a Division II playoff loss to the Hawkins Hawks of South L.A., 26-20.

#4 Lincoln High in Lincoln Heights, competing in the highest echelon Open Division, will host the #5 Birmingham Patriots in a quarterfinals game on Nov. 12.

In 8-man football, the #2 Sotomayor Wolves of Glassell Park will host the #3 Jordan Bulldogs of Watts in the semifinals on Nov. 12.

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