Eagle Rock Principal Mylene Keipp (left) and Franklin Principal Regina Marquez-Martinez with the Principal’s Trophy

NELA Sports: The Fall Season 2019 Heads into the Playoffs

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By Dave Abbott of NELA Sports One

Here’s how the regular fall season was wrapping up in Northeast L.A. as of our press deadline on October 28. Spoiler alert: The Eagles of Eagle Rock High will compete in the playoffs – either for their League Championship or the Open Division Citywide Championship – in Girls Volleyball, Girls Tennis, Boys Water Polo and Football:

Girls Volleyball

Jade Fuentes and Annika Jose with the block against Palisades.

When the regular season ended on October 21, the Eagle Rock Eagles had clinched their 11th consecutive league title, sweeping the Northern League this fall with a 10-0 record; the overall team record was 33-6. The Eagles have a 95-match league winning streak dating back to 2010, though they ended the regular season with a loss to #1 Taft 3-0.

In a thrilling match on October 15, the Eagles, #2 ranked in the L.A. City section, defeated #3 ranked Palisades Dolphins 3 sets to 2 — after being down 2 sets.

Girls Volleyball Playoffs:
The Eagles earned the #2 seed in the Open Division. They will face off against #7 El Camino Real on October 30 at home.
In Division I, Marshall received the #5 seed and defeated #12 San Fernando 3-2 in the first round on October 28. Marshall will face #4 Sylmar in the quarterfinals on October 30.
In Division II, the Lincoln Tigers received the #18 seed and lost in round one to Vaughn on October 28.
In Division III, #12 Franklin will travel on October 30 to #5 SOCES (Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies) in round 2; receiving a round 1 bye.
In Division IV, #4 Sotomayor lost in round one to #13 Angelou 3-0 on October 28.
Wilson did not make the playoffs.

Eagle Rock senior Anniston Smith against Palisades

Girls Tennis

Eagle Rock’s Samantha Green serving against Granada hills in the playoff

The Eagle Rock tennis team completed the Northern League season undefeated at 10-0, extending their league match winning streak to 48; the team went 12-3 overall. The team also moved up this year from Division 1 champion in 2017 and 2018 to the #3 seed in the Open Division – the highest echelon in the L.A. City Section. The Eagles played #2 seed Granada Hills on October 24 and lost.

This girls tennis team is the 6th team in Eagle Rock High sports history to make the Open Division
in the playoffs. The other five are girls and boys volleyball, girls basketball, boys tennis and football. In all, Eagle Rock teams have now competed in 12 open division games/matches.

Tennis players Lydia Jong and senior captains Portia Brugger and Jensel Buenaventura will be graduating in June.

In round 1 of the Division I playoffs, #16 Franklin lost to #1 El Camino Real and #10 Marshall lost to #7 Venice. In Division II, #16 Wilson lost to #1 San Fernando.

Boys Water Polo

Eagle Rock, the only local team that competes in water polo, went 4-0 in league competition and 13-4 overall. Playoff seeding will be announced on October 31.


Franklin’s #12 Hugo Escobedo and #53 James Quintanilla try to chase down Eagle Rock QB Axel Ayers.

With one game remaining as of press time, Eagle Rock is 4-0 in league play having defeated Marshall, Lincoln, Franklin and
Wilson. The Eagles face Torres on November 1 to
end this season’s regular play. Playoff seeding will be announced on November 2. (Playoff results will be reported in our December Sports section.)
For the third straight year,
Eagle Rock High defeated rival Franklin High to retain the Principal’s Trophy, which is given or retained by the prior year winner of each year’s Eagle Rock/Franklin game.

The game is an excellent opportunity for NELA Sports One to collect a photo of the schools’ principals together.

All photos (except when otherwise credited):  Dave Abbott, Splash Art Photography
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