Eagle Rock High wrestling earned the first individual city championship in school history in one match and then a second individual city championship in another match. Pictured here Left to right: Eagle Rock High Principal Mylene Keipp and Coach Jesus Lopez pictured with the Eagle Rock wrestlers, Anthony Diaz, Georgia Slivar, Manuel Laguna, Perla Garcia, Karla Vazquez and Coach Mayra Linares

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By Dave Abbott of NELA Sports One

 

Athletes and teams from Northeast Los Angeles were crowned league and city champions in wrestling, girls water polo, boys basketball and girls soccer. Here are highlights as of February 25.

Wrestling

Eagle Rock had an outstanding showing at the CIF L.A. City Section Wrestling Championships on February 15 at Birmingham High School. The Eagles earned the first individual city championship in school history in one match and then a second individual city championship in another match.

Georgia Slivar was the first wrestler to win an individual city championship for Eagle Rock High. Georgia, a freshman, won by major decision 10-2 over Alexis Villadelgado (Granada Hills) in the first place Girls-101 weight class match.

Manuel Laguna, a senior, followed up with another individual city championship, winning by decision over Kimo Sevino (Carson) 5-4 in the Boys-132.

More results from Eagle Rock team members:

(Girls–131) 6th Place, Karla Vazquez; (Girls–160) 4th Place, Ella Wagner; (Boys–126) 4th Place, Joshua Yang; (Boys–138) 6th Place, Anthony Diaz; (Boys–285) 6th Place, Joaquin Cisneros.

Georgia Slivar, Manuel Laguna and Perla Garcia will compete in the State Wrestling Championships in Bakersfield on February 27-29.

As a team, the Eagle Rock girls placed 8th with 26 teams competing; the Eagle Rock boys placed 10th place out of 29 teams.

Girls Water Polo

Eagle Rock’s Megan Acosta defends the net in a playoff game against the Kennedy Cougars at Yosemite Pool

Eagle Rock won its 9th consecutive league championship. They received the #2 seed in the playoffs, defeating Fremont 17-0 and Kennedy 14-3 before losing in the semifinals to Birmingham 16-14.

Boys Basketball

Academia Avance senior Victor Gutierrez goes up for two in a playoff game against Alliance Marine-Innovation & Technology at Cypress Park Recreation Center

Eagle Rock won its second consecutive Northern League Championship with a 9-1 record. Rounding out the league, Marshall placed 2nd at 8-2, Wilson 5-5, Lincoln 4-6, Sotomayor 3-7 and Franklin 1-9.

In playoff action: Coming off a 2019 Division II City Championship season, the Eagles were moved up to Division I this year. In the playoffs, they lost to Narbonne 70-30 to end their season. Marshall, Lincoln and Wilson were eliminated in the second round in Division II. Sotomayor was eliminated in the second round in Division III. The Franklin Panthers made it to the Division IV quarterfinals where they lost to Maywood 67-63.

Academia Avance, a Highland Park charter school, went 10-0 in the Eastside League and made it to the quarterfinals in Division V, losing to Belmont 71-68. PUC CALS Early College High School, a charter school in Eagle Rock, had a 7-4 record and was eliminated in the first round in Division IV.

Girls Basketball

Eagle Rock sophomore Keiko Utsumi driving in a playoff game against Van Nuys.

Marshall beat Eagle Rock twice to win the Northern League Championship with a 9-1 record. Eagle Rock went 8-2, Wilson and Lincoln 5-5, Sotomayor 2-8 and Franklin 1-9.

In basketball playoffs: Marshall made it to the Division II Championship game which will be played on February 29 at L.A. Southwest College. Eagle Rock lost to Carson in the Division I semifinals 51-36 on February 25 to end their season. Lincoln, Sotomayor and Wilson were eliminated in Division II and Franklin lost in the semifinals to Verdugo Hills 67-44 in Division IV. Academia Avance went 9-1 in the Eastside League. They lost in the quarterfinals in Division III. PUC CALS Early College went 1-7 and failed to make the playoffs.

Boys Soccer

Marshall won the Northern League title with an 8-0-1 record followed by Franklin 5-3-2, Sotomayor 5-3-2, Wilson 2-5-3, Eagle Rock 2-6-2 and Lincoln 1-6-3.

In the playoffs: Sotomayor was eliminated in the first round in Division I. Marshall lost in the quarterfinals in Division II. Eagle Rock lost to Manual Arts 9-1 in a play-in game in Division III. Lincoln beat Franklin in the quarterfinals in Division IV and then lost to Gardena 2-1 in the semifinals on February 25. Wilson defeated University Prep Value 1-0 in the semifinals and will make its first ever appearance in the Championship match to be played on February 28 at L.A. Valley College against Bravo Medical Magnet of Boyle Heights.

Girls Soccer

Eagle Rock and Wilson went 7-1-2 in the Northern League followed by Marshall 5-2-3, Sotomayor 2-5-3, Franklin 2-6-2, and Lincoln 0-8-2.

In the playoffs: Division I saw Eagle Rock losing in the second round 3-1 to Granada Hills while Sotomayor lost in the first round to Marquez 8-1. In Division III, Wilson and Marshall lost in the quarterfinals to Fremont (4-2) and Polytechnic (1-0), respectively. Franklin and Lincoln competed in Division IV and were eliminated in the first round and second round, respectively.

All photos (except when otherwise credited):  Dave Abbott, Splash Art Photography
To contact Dave about this coverage or to purchase
his photos of NELA high school sports, visit:
SplashArtPhotography.com


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