Coach of the Year Tim Bergeron guiding the Eagle Rock High Girls Volleyball team.

NELA Sports: Fall Season, 2019: Playoffs and Championships

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By Dave Abbott of NELA Sports One

The dream season of the Eagle Rock High Girls Volleyball team dominated sports news this fall. But at the same time, the Franklin High Football team has been competing its way to a shot at the Division II championship. (The championship game will be played on November 30, shortly after this page goes to press.) And the Eagle Rock Boys Water Polo team continued to excel as did the local track teams.

Girls Volleyball

CIF All-City teams were announced on November 26 with Eagles Jade Fuentes and Wendy Jurenic selected CIF L.A. City Section Volleyball Co-Player of the Year. Coach of the Year honors went to Eagles coach Tim Bergeron.

Jade Fuentes (L) and Wendey Jurenic (R) were selected Co-Player of the Year by the CIF Los Angeles City Section

Nicole Lee and Julia Orqueza were selected to the 1st Team and Anniston Smith to the 2nd Team All-City.

Here are the results for other local teams in the volleyball playoffs:

Marshall, the Northern League title runner-up and #5 seed in Division I, won the first round against San Fernando 3-2 and then lost in the second round to Sylmar 3-0.

Lincoln won the Division IV championship last year under Coach Edwin Yau. In the off-season Coach Yau stepped down as their coach and the team was moved up to Division III for their recent success. Lincoln was eliminated in the first round by Vaughn 3-2.

Franklin received a first-round bye in Division III and lost in the second round to Sherman Oaks CES 3-0.

Boys Water Polo

Eagle Rock’s Niko Freedman attempting a shot in the quarterfinals against Birmingham

Eagle Rock won their 5th consecutive Central League Championship and extended their consecutive league winning streak to 38 in a row, earning a #3 seed in the playoffs.
The Eagles defeated West Adams 25-0 in round 1 and Birmingham Charter 6-3 in the quarterfinals. They lost to Cleveland 13-10 in the semifinals. By making the semifinals they qualified to compete in the State Championship Playoffs. On November 22, they defeated Redlands 9-5 in the 1st round, but lost to Mission Viejo in the SoCal Regional semifinals 14-4 on November 23.


Franklin offense led by QB Alfred Bobadilla scored 45 points on Jefferson in their semifinal win.
Photo by Chris Cordova

Update: Eagle Rock (5-0) went undefeated in league competition for their 3rd consecutive Northern League Championship and 7th in 8 years. They were followed by Franklin (4-1), Lincoln (3-2), Wilson (2-3), Marshall (1-4) and Torres (0-5).

FRANKLIN: The Mighty Panthers will play in the Division II Championship game against Canoga Park on November 30 at El Camino College. They advanced by beating Verdugo Hills 49-7 in the 1st round and Marshall 34-14 in the quarterfinals.
Franklin quarterback, senior Alfred Bobadilla, was 23/35 for 300 yards passing and 1 touchdown in the semifinals. Also outstanding were junior Angelo Vera, who had 17 carries for 91 yards and 4 touchdowns and senior Chris Jauregui, who caught 10 passes for 167 yards. On the defensive side, senior Brian Pelayo had 2 interceptions and 7 total tackles. Juniors Billy Martinez and Miles Patron had 6 tackles each. Senior Hugo Escobedo had 3 sacks.

Eagle Rock, competing in the Division 1 playoffs, won a couple of playoff rounds, defeating Sylmar 26-13 in Round 1 and Locke 41-21 in the quarterfinals, before losing in the semifinals to El Camino Real 37-28.

The Lincoln Tigers, competing in the Division III playoffs, also reached the semifinals, defeating Contreras 42-0 in the first round and Jordan 51-20 in the quarterfinals before losing to Gardena in the semifinals 38-20. It was a great run for first-year head coach Gabriel Cotero.

The Mules defeated South East 33-12 in round 1 of the Division II playoffs before losing to Jefferson 47-0 in the quarterfinals.

Cross Country

The L.A. City Section Cross Country Finals were held at Pierce College on November 23.

James Corrigan of Eagle Rock placed 2nd in the City Finals

Eagle Rock senior and BYU commit James Corrigan ran a 2nd place finish in the Boys 3 Mile Run in Division 2 with 73 other runners in the field. He ran a time of 16:05.71 and will compete in the State Championships in Woodward Park, Fresno on November 30.

Eagle Rock sophomore’s Keely Miyamoto placed 8th and Kiana Andrada 10th in the girls Division 2 race. Both girls along with senior Andrea Camacho, sophomore Iliana Garcia-Lana, and junior Itzel Whyte-Aguayo placed 3rd in the team competition.
Wilson junior Maleah Haro placed 3rd in the girls Division 3 race with a time of 20:10.13. She qualifies for State competition.

Lincoln boys competed in Division 3 with sophomore Adan Garcia (16:42.39) placing 4th; juniors Jorge Ramirez (16:52.47) 6th, and Sebastian Castaneda (16:54.96) 7th. The boys team placed 3rd in the event.


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