Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012
By Tadzio Garcia
Magdaleno ends season All-American
Megan Magdaleno took All-American honors after placing on the All-State Team at the California Community College Athletic Association Cross Country Championships last Saturday at Woodward Park in Fresno.
She is the first ELAC All-American since 2006 when Oscar Ogwaro won the men’s race at the state championships.
Magdaleno took 12th place in 18:52.50, sprinting ahead of Nicole Bartlett of Santa Barbara City College at the finish line by 1.36 seconds.
Magdaleno advanced to the state finals out the Southern California Championships after a 48th finish. Head Coach Louis Ramirez told her if she followed his regimen for two weeks she would place in the top fourteen at state.
“I wish that my teammates advanced to state,” Magdaleno said. Magadelno ends her Husky career as a two-time state finalist in cross country.
Women’s basketball team begins season 6-1
The Huskies, ranked No. 20 in the state, shut down El Camino College Compton Center, 76-28, in their home opener last Wednesday in the men’s gym.
The Huskies stormed out the gates running to a 36-14 lead at the half.
Ten Huskies scored in the win against Compton. DeLaura Castanada led the freshman-laden team with a game-high 15 points. Dioseline Lopez scored 11, followed by LaTasha Brown with ten.
Theresa Miller added eight with three Huskies adding six each, Stephanie Rodriguez, Alexis Valle and Portia Tapscott. Danielle Eona chipped in four points.
ELAC will play in the Cypress College Charger Classic Tournament Nov. 30-Dec. 1 at Cypress.
The Huskies, who won the tournament last season, face Santa Monica at 4 p.m., Nov. 30 in a first-round matchup.
The Huskies began the season upsetting ranked teams from Northern California to win the Mission College Women’s Basketball 4th Annual Diabetes Invitational in Santa Clara two weeks ago.
The Huskies beat Chabot College 57-43, No. 11-ranked Mission 82-77 and No. 15 De Anza College to win their second consecutive season opening tournament.
Husky standout Castanada was named the Invitational’s Most Valuable Player and is the top ELAC scorer averaging 14.3 points per game.
The Huskies have also been led by Lopez and Karina Ortiz, according to Head Coach Bruce Turner.
Castanada originally attended Cal State Dominguez Hills after starting at Jordan High School where she was an All-City player.
Lopez was an All-City standout at Garfield High. Ortiz hails from the Michoacan, Mexico, where she excelled in high school basketball.
The Huskies are also led by Latasha Brown who hails from Jefferson High whom Turner said is a talented all-around athlete with potential to excel in several sports. Besides basketball, Brown played volleyball and ran track at Jefferson.
Another key to the Huskies’ success has been the outside shooting of Rodriguez (St. Paul HS) and Miller (West Adams HS). Miller is a three-point shooting threat.
“Rodriguez is a really solid and smart player who brings three-point shooting to our team.”
“Miller might be a difference maker for us. She’s a very smart player and a three-point shooter. She scored 40 points in three games at West Adams, including a playoff game,” Turner said.
The 2011-12 season ended with a heart-breaking 62-60, loss to Mt. San Antonio College in the elite eight of the state championship tournament. Mt. SAC went on to win the state title.
The question this season was would the team be as good as last year’s or are they rebuilding? “We’re not rebuilding, we’re re-loading. We have three players who can play anywhere,” Turner said.
Turner continued to say, “This year’s team works harder as a unit so it’s good to see us reap the benefits of hard work.”
Men’s basketball team scores huge upset
The Huskies won third place at the Neil Edwards Classic at Citrus College today by beating Chaffey College 91-88 in overtime. ELAC upset host Citrus, the state’s No. 2-ranked team, 85-84 in the opening round on Friday.
Against Chaffey, ELAC was led by Jaree Crawford and Aaron Cheatum who both scored a season high 32 and 23 points, respectively, and six points each in overtime.
The see-saw battle had 15 lead changes with the score knotted seven times. The Huskies largest lead was 72-63 with 4:20 left in regulation followed by a 13-4 Chaffey rally, which ended with score tied at 76 with 30 seconds left in the half.
The Huskies moved around for the last shot. Chris Brown missed a jump shot as time expired.
In overtime it was all ELAC. Crawford, who connected on 10-of-11 from the line, connected on two with eight seconds left in overtime to seal the victory.
Crawford scored a double-double including 15 rebounds as did Cheatum adding ten. Michael Foster added 11 points and Harris Javier added seven assists.
ELAC began tournament play with the upset win over Citrus. “We knew it was a big game coming in. We played with our heads on straight and executed well,” Foster said.
The Huskies outscored Citrus, 6-0, in the last 34 seconds off of two three-point baskets from Brown, with 24 seconds left, and Harris, with six seconds left.
Kerry Carter of Citrus, who is headed to Cal State Fullerton and was explosive off of the bench, missed a three-point jump shot surrounded by the Husky defense as time expired and the Huskies earned themselves the upset.
Cheatum scored 15 points, followed by Crawford (13), Brown (12) and Foster (11). Javier added 10 assists and Brown added nine.
The Huskies missed out on the championship game by losing to Orange Coast College 82-81, last night. The Huskies 45-38 lead at the half was erased by OC who built a 17-point lead, 70-53, with 6:44 left in the game.
ELAC rallied off of a team effort that included a 28-12 run, five steals, six assists, six rebounds and one block shot however it was not enough.
“We can’t take anyone lightly. We have to handle business and execute in each game,” Foster daid.
ELAC stands 5-2 overall. The Huskies host Porterville College on Friday, Dec. 7 in the men’s gym at 7 p.m.