Franklin’s Alfred Bobadilla looking down field for a receiver in the championship game at El Camino College

NELA Sports: Great Year for Local High School Athletes Closes with Honors

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By Dave Abbott of NELA Sports One

The year 2019 closed out with top honors for local football players, college commitments for three athletes in three sports and athletic achievements by NELA alumni.



Franklin quarterback Alfred Bobadilla (photo above) is the Northern League Player of the Year and the CIF L.A. City Section All-City Division II Player of the Year.

Bobadilla, a senior, led the Panthers to the Division II finals on November 30, but the team lost to Canoga Park 28-20. Still, Bobadilla passed for 3,962 yards this season, for the number one spot in the city section and 8th in the state.

Bobadilla ends his high school career with an astounding 654 completions in 1,027 attempts for 9,872 yards and 101 touchdowns. He also rushed for 948 yards and 35 touchdowns. In freshman year, when he was the starting Junior Varsity quarterback, he played 1 varsity game in which he had 1 reception for 32 yards, giving him total offensive yardage of 10,852 in his high school varsity career.

More Football Standouts:

MVP Honors: Northern League MVP Offense honors went to Axel Ayers (Eagle Rock). DeAnthony Jackson (Wilson) and Christopher Martinez (Lincoln) were named MVP Defense and Hugo Escobedo (Franklin) and Aaron Duarte (Lincoln) were Lineman of the Year. Hugo Escobedo was also selected CIF L.A. City Section All-City Division II Defensive Lineman of the Year.

CIF L.A. City Section All-City Honors:
Eagle Rock players who earned All-City Division I honors:
1st Team: Axel Ayers (QB), Daniel Zamora (RB), Rio Ramos (WR), Juan Hernandez (K), Alan Cisneros (LB)
2nd Team: Jacob Martinez (WR), Adrian Martinez (OL), Aaron Vasquez (DB), Aaron Buscato (DL)

Franklin players who earned All-City Division II honors:
1st Team: Kristopher Johnson (RB), Christopher Quijada (WR), Angel Camona (OL), Mauricio Zuluaga (K), Billy Martinez (LB), James Quintanilla (DL).
2nd Team: Eric Rolon (WR), Vincent Escobar (WR), Anthony Martinez (OL), Brian Pelayo (DB), Andrew Berber (LB), Gio Aguilar (DL)
Eagle Rock High School held 3 National Letter of Intent (NLI) signings in November and December for 3 different sports.

College Commitments

Eagle Rock High School held 3 National Letter of Intent (NLI) signings in November and December for 3 different sports.

Eagle Rock swim team member Kailee Ruiz will attend and compete for the University of California, Davis.
Eagle Rock softball player Elianna Reyes will continue her education and athletic career for the San Diego State Aztecs.
Eagle Rock track and field star James Corrigan will continue his education and athletic career at Brigham Young University in Utah.

Winter Sports Get Underway

Boys and girls basketball played 2 league games at the end of 2019.

Eagle Rock senior Jordon Purvis taking a shot with Franklin junior Justin Santizo defending
Eagle Rock junior Casey Murase taking a shot with Franklin sophomore Krysten Leon defending

Girls soccer started out with a 4-1 victory by Eagle Rock over Franklin. Boys soccer, girls water polo and wrestling also began competition.

Eagle Rock sophomore Alejandra Solorzano (L) in a 4-1 victory over Franklin


NELA Alumni Athletes Excel

Franklin alum and PCC football standout David Telles

In the Southern California Football Association, Franklin alum David Telles made the All-SCFA American Pacific League Football Team for the 2nd year after leading the team with 40 receptions for 446 yards and 5 touchdowns.

Sixteen players from local schools played football this past season for the Lancers of Pasadena City College. The Lancers had their best finish in 11 years, with their first above .500 season since 2008. They finished with a 6-4 record and a 2nd place showing.

NELA high school alumni play for the PCC Lancers: (L-R) Nick Chee (Eagle Rock); Frank Montez (Sotomayor); Juan Gonzalez (Franklin); Robert Marangi (Eagle Rock); Chris Cordova, (Franklin); John Lopez (Franklin); David Telles (Franklin); Edson Zamarron (Eagle Rock); Hugo Martin (Lincoln); Joseph Membreno (Franklin); Fernando Venegas (Lincoln); Gary Chew (Marshall); JeanCarlos Paz (Wilson); Alejandro Palacios (Eagle Rock); Jakob Pereira (Lincoln); Daniel Phillips (Franklin)


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