Huskies superfan cheers through adversity

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The Ambassador– David Candelas watches afternoon football practice at East Los Angeles College’s Weingart Stadium.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Dan Gudino

It doesn’t matter what sport you talk about, David Candelas, 74, will be there – a women’s water polo match in the fall, a badminton tournament in the spring and in the stands at all the mainstream sports.

Originally from Madera, California, Candelas is an East Los Angeles College sports enthusiast and alumni, who graduated with an associate degree in Liberal Arts in 1997, years after his first run on campus in the ’60s.

Dubbed “Superfan” by fellow ELAC fans, he can be seen dressed in Huskies gear on Atlantic Boulevard and on Cesar Chavez Avenue.

He’s always seen in ELAC t-shirts or a sweatshirt and an occasional ELAC baseball cap. A hat he’s most proud of is his Army Veteran baseball cap which he flaunts with pride.

“The Army taught me three things, discipline, respect and survival,” Candelas said.

Candelas put emphasis on the last, survival. Candelas has been homeless since 2012. Cellulitis, a bacterial infection that typically affects the skin on the lower parts of legs, put Candelas in the hospital for 10 days.

During his stay in the hospital, he lost the room he was renting in Monterey Park. The person who rented to Candelas kicked him out for a family member.

“Being out in the streets is a experience and-a-half. All the stuff I see and have seen, I would have never thought or believed,” Candelas said.

Candelas claims he has avoided sleeping on the streets. Instead, he jumps on late night buses and rides them to their end. Then jumps back on in the wee hours of the night and rides them back their opposite way to stay out of the cold or rain.

When his Social Security check is deposited, he says he has money for about three weeks. He can then afford to stay at local $60 per day Monterey Park hotels, yet not every day.

Four years of the late night bus routine, has taken its toll. He sleeps in spurts when he rides the bus, but on a bad night, he gets three hours of sleep.

“I just listen to my body. I know when I have to rent a (hotel) room and rest my body. The bus routine is hard. I sleep very little,” Candelas said. “In the service, I learned to survive. I also have a lot of help. I sometimes go up north (to Fresno) where I have family and stay a few days or I stay with my daughter sometimes,” Candelas said.

His relationship with his daughter is as shaky as his sleeping routine.

Grandfather of two, Candelas loves to visit his grandchildren but is not allowed to constantly see them because of a personal fallout with his daughter years ago. Nonetheless, he continues to try to mend things.

“I occasionally visit my daughter and my grandchildren, but not all the time. Differences have made things hard for me to see them. I sometimes spend a night, but I always pay my daughter when I do,” Candelas said.

Born on a Friday the 13th, Candelas’ luck has not stopped him from being a fan of sports. His devotion to ELAC sports has given him purpose and recognition.

The ELAC women’s basketball team has returned to Candelas the same support he gives. Women’s head coach Bruce Turner mentioned how Candelas personally went to Monterey Park’s City Hall and suggested the women’s team should be recognized.

On April 19, Monterey Park Mayor Peter Chan presented the ELAC women’s basketball team with a city recognition award and the Huskies were brought on stage for their state final runner-up season. Coach Turner, in his acceptance, speech called Candelas a community leader.

“An ambassador to ELAC and ELAC sports. He’s the ambassador. He personally went to city hall and told them about us. Since then, we have been recognized,” Turner said.

Candelas helped this past basketball season by coming up with sponsors to help distribute monthly player awards. One of the awards players received was the Most Inspirational Player of the Month Award.

Despite his situation, Candelas continues to give any way he can. An inspiration to many, he carries his belongings in a personal pull dolly and showed off the clothing he was donating to a homeless man. He mentioned that this homeless man hangs out in front and around ELAC in only a small t-shirt and Candelas, with a humble heart, recalls understanding being cold.

“I been there done that. I’ll soon retire from the streets too,” Candelas said.

A veteran’s three-day event at the Los Angeles Convention Center in December called Honor a Hero organized by Standdown L.A., is giving Candelas a chance to get off the street.

“The paper work took hours, but worth it. The VA assistance program is granting me a chance to get an apartment with a grant,” Candelas said.

Conversations with Candelas, no matter what, turn to good and back to ELAC sports. The ambassador can mention all the former ELAC football players to enter the NFL. He can shoot them out like an encyclopedia: Ben Davidson, Mike Davis and Clarence Davis, all whom he said played with his old favorite team, the Oakland Raiders.

“I support this school like the Oakland Raiders fan supports his team. Through the good and the bad, I’ll be there,” Candelas said. “I bleed ELAC green.

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What a sport– David Candelas supports and follows all ELAC sports played at Weingart Stadium.

 

Loyal to the game- Candelas sits across the street from ELAC at McDonald's and uses the WiFi to check on the softball score.

Loyal to the game– Candelas sits across the street from ELAC at McDonald’s and uses the WiFi to check on the softball score.

 

Baseball goes 2-1 in playoff chase

By Diego Linares and Dan Gudino

The baseball team went 2-1 over the weekend when they faced El Camino Compton Center on Thursday and Saturday, and Pasadena City College yesterday in an attempt to reach the playoffs.

East Los Angeles College currently has an overall record of 15-18, but is chasing El Camino College for third place in the South Coast Conference.

ELAC is 7-3 in its last 10 games and is 10-8 in conference play, while El Camino currently sits at 12-7 in conference play with two games left in its regular season.

“Whether they’re close or blowouts, it doesn’t matter right now, we’re in the situation where we just got to win,” ELAC head coach James Hines said after a 6-4 win against El Camino College on Thursday night.

In yesterday’s game, ELAC starting pitcher Julian Vizcarra went the distance and pitched nine shutout innings against Pasadena in a 6-0 win.

Pasadena head coach Pat Mcgee said that Vizcarra did a great job of using his fastball on both sides of the plate, and added that his team played one of the worst games of their season.

“You need to trust your defense 100 percent,” said Vizcarra, “I just tried to stay within myself and not try to do too much.”

Seve Romo, an infielder and pitcher, had two critical hits that led to three RBIs which kept ELAC in a close game on the Thursday win over El Camino College.

He then went on to pitch eight solid innings on Saturday at El Camino College, allowing a single run in a 2-1 loss.

“It’s huge, especially when you’re in a dogfight to win to try to get into the playoffs,” Romo said, when stressing the importance of defense after the Thursday game.

“The last couple games, I’ve been swinging (the bat) pretty well. I was just trying to stay short to the ball, not trying to do too much and hitting the ball hard.”

El Camino Compton head coach Shannon Williams complimented ELAC freshman pitcher Alberto Lopez, saying the pitcher kept ECC off balance while keeping the Huskies in the game.

“They’re a tough-minded team and they play situations real well,” Williams said.

“They made plays when they had to. Coach Hines has a real good team, and they’re fundamentally sound.”

ELAC will close out the season with a game at Brookside Park against Pasadena tomorrow at 2:30 p.m., then at home against Pasadena on Friday at 6 p.m.

ELAC will most likely miss the playoffs for the second straight season.

In 2014 ELAC advanced out of the single elimination game and went into the Best two-out-of-three series against Oxnard where they lost.

The Huskies best statistic this year was its pitching. It ranked second in the state in earned run average, where three of its pitchers ranked one, two and three in the SCC.

Romo led all Huskies with a 1.16 ERA, behind him was freshman Alberto Lopez (1.54) and Jose Vizcarra (1.90).

Romo proved to be one of the better players on the team.

Romo was relied on to pitch the most innings on the team this season. He not only led the team in pitching with the best ERA and team high 57 total strikeouts, he also led the team in homeruns with three.

Romo contributed a second best 21 runs batted in.

New coach for a new season

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Moving Forward – New East Los Angeles College football Head Coach Bobby Godinez coaches his new players during practice at ELAC’s Weingart Stadium. C/N Dan Gudiino

By Dan Gudino

It’s the offseason for the football team, four months away from the opening kickoff, and new head coach Bobby Godinez is working to get away from last year’s disappointment.

East Los Angeles College released the news of the newly-hired Godinez, 33, March 2. Godinez got right to work. He was seen at basketball games as a fan, shaking hands and spoke with many to introduce himself and made a statement that he cared about ELAC.

Godinez is not only a fan of basketball, but was the head coach of basketball at Victor Valley College, was its defensive coordinator of football and Pasadena City College’s track and field coach, all at the same time.

When the track and field season is over in three weeks, the hardworking Godinez said this is the final season he would coach at PCC and plans to devote all his coaching skills to Huskies’ football.

Coach Godinez is suited for ELAC because this was not first time he applied for the opening head coach position. Prior to the 2015-16 season, Godinez applied and interviewed for the position, but the resigned Eric Marty was appointed as head coach.

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One way – Coach Godinez coaches his new players on proper football technique at ELAC’s Weingart. C/N Dan Gudino

“The thing that caught my eye this time was Athletic Director Al Cone aggressively pursued me. They had a high desire to get me here and that want was reciprocated and filled me with excitement,” Godinez said.

Godinez was the top runner for head coach. With an impressive resume that includes a stint in the NFL with the Washington Redskins practice squad, earned All Western Athletic Conference honors as a team captain at San Jose State and his experience as an all-CIF and all-State defensive back at Los Altos High School in the 2000 championship team.

“I feel when I interviewed for the job the first time, I left an impact on the committee and that showed a year later, but the first time, I feel I had too much on my plate. Juggling basketball, football and track can be difficult. It’s all about effective scheduling,” Godinez said.

Godinez is all about ELAC and providing hope. One of his motives is moving the program forward from losing seasons, like last year’s 2-8 record.

He gave hope to offensive lineman coach Tyrone Carter, who is the only remaining coach from the Marty regime.

“Once coach Marty was gone, I was left in limbo. I thought I may or may not have a job. Once Coach Godinez was on board and called me, we met and of course I was filled with excitement because he gave me the opportunity to stay and further my coaching career to practice this craft,” Carter said.

The Marty era ended with a bad taste on and off the field, with Marty resigning amid fire alarm damage to his office. Many players left, many are not sure what their roles will be on the team and some are waiting to see what happens during the offseason to make a decision about whether to stay or transfer.

“I don’t feel bad being the only guy left from the old coaching staff. I know there is always going to be adversity. I do feel lucky that I was asked to come back. I do miss the other guys I coached with, but the opportunity we have here is next to none,” Carter said.

This has been a learning curve for Godinez, taking over a program with offseason controversy has been an adjustment.

“It always puts stress on a program, and by program, I mean the players. At this level, they don’t handle change all that well. What I ask of the player is to trust the process, trust the school, trust our A.D. and the decision that best fit(s) them in making a change. Most importantly give us as a coaching staff a chance,” Godinez said.

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Push Yourself – New football players of Coach Godinez working hard during practice in offseason at Weingart. C/N Dan Gudino

Godinez has brought on board a coaching staff he feels is suited for the East Los Angeles area, which is not known for its athletic programs, especially football. Its last state title came in 1974.

Bringing in familiar faces is helping Godinez feel comfortable.

Wide receivers coach Andrew Tree has come full circle, once coached by Godinez at PCC. Godinez was a defensive coach as Tree played wide receiver. The common understanding of football at the junior college level in Southern California makes Tree an essential part of the coaching staff.

“I’m an out-of-state guy from Oregon, but when I came to So Cal, I instantly understood I needed to adjust to the great play here in Cali. Not only play, but what the student goes through here in the Los Angeles area is different. Financial hardships, personal life problems like where the student grew up in, all play a role in recruiting,” Tree said.

Recruiting and attracting players to ELAC is tough. High school players are discouraged of ELAC when it comes to football, Godinez said, but it all can change.

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Helping Hand– Coach Godinez handing out advice on what is needed to succeed on the field during practice at Weingart. C/N Dan Gudino

“As far as recruiting players, it’s a blessing. This campus speaks for itself. Just take a look at all the new buildings being put up and it attracts the player. You take a look at this (Weingart) stadium and how big it is and the possibility of playing here with this new coaching staff make for a strong case,” Godinez said.

The standard for Husky football is at a high level.

“We have the highest standards ELAC has ever seen. It’s academics, it’s accountability and the way you play the game. The way you go about your business will set our standard,” Godinez said.

Success follows coach Godinez, an 18-game win streak at VCC which included a 58-21 blowout win over ELAC last year. He’s a successful business owner who founded Optimal Sports Strength and Conditioning, where he has trained NFL and Major League Baseball players.

On the field during practice, the multitasking Godinez can be seen on the phone, recruiting and taking phone calls from potential talent.

“He’s been successful everywhere he has stepped in. There is a great chance this guy will change this program. A family man with great values, it (is) so obvious why I came here and why others follow the man,” running backs coach Vai Taua said.

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Full Speed – New players of ELAC and Coach Godinez practice lineman drills during afternoon practice at ELAC’s Weingart. C/N Dan Gudino

Sports Briefs: March 23 – 30, 2016

By Dan Gudino

Swimming and Diving

The Swim and Dive team won 10 of 15 events at the three way meet at Los Angeles Trade Tech College, against LATT and El Camino College.

As a team East Los Angeles College won the 200 Meter Medley by  53 seconds. It also won the 400m Freestyle Relay by 38 seconds.

ELAC freshman Yixue Wang was best suited for short distance races, like her first place finishes in the 50m Freestyle and 200m Individual Medley. She won the 200m by a near 30 seconds. Wang also placed second in the 200m Backstroke.

ELAC freshman Jingrui Wang won the 100m Breaststroke and dominated the 100m Freestyle by a near 10 seconds.

The Huskies got an automatic win in the 1m Dive because the other schools did not have a dive representative. Sophomore Alexandra Reyes totaled 96 points for the Huskies.

Other notable race victories came from sophomore Brandy Macias, who won the 200m Freestyle and freshman Alejandra Mendoza, who won the 200m Breaststroke.

 

Badminton  

The badminton team beat El Camino College for the second time this season 20-1 last Friday. The last time it played against ECC it won 11-10.

Singles Results

No. 1 freshman Jean Mornelle Buenaflor (South El Monte HS) defeated No. 2 Caitlin Villalobos 21-10, 21-14; def. No. 1 Shadera Woodland (Long Beach Cabrillo HS) 21-10, 21-8.

No. 2 Serena Lieu (Sierra Vista HS) def. Woodland 21-16, 21-3; Villalobos 21-7, 21-8.

No. 3 Han Le (Vietnam Asian HS) def. No. 4 Robeth Ann Arante (F. G. Calderon Integrated School, Philippines) 21-13, 21-13; def. No. 3 Hoshiko 21-13, 22-20.

No. 4 Li lost to Hoshiko 25-23, 21-17; def. Arante 21-14, 21-14.

No. 5 freshman Vanessa “Yong Xian” Liang (China Taishan No. 1 HS) def. No. 6 Reyes 21-6, 21-10; def. No. 5 Agosto 21-18, 23-21.

No. 6 freshman Chris “Pei Jie” Li (China Chao Yang FL School) def. Agosto 21-17, 21-17; def. Reyes 21-5, 21-7

Doubles Results

No. 1 Buenaflor/Liang def. No. 2 Villalobos/Arante 21-7, 21-8; def. No. 1 Woodland/Hoshiko 21‑8, 21-5.

No. 2 Lieu/Le def. Woodland/Hoshiko 21-10, 21-19; def. Villalobos/Arante by walk over.

No. 3 Li/Wang def. No. 3 Reyes/Agosto 19-21, 21-17, 21-14.

 

Baseball

Baseball is currently on a four game losing streak. In three of the four losses the Huskies have lost by one run.

Last Wednesday ELAC lost to College of the Canyons 13-4, in the Allan Hancock College Spring Tournament. Freshman pitcher Thomas Escobedo lasted only three innings after allowing four runs. Escobedo received his second loss of the season and is now 1-2 in the year.

The next day, the Huskies lost Merced College in 10 innings, 3-2, at the AHC tourney. ELAC managed to get nine hits, but failed to score, it left 10 runners on bases through the game. ELAC sophomore pitcher George Alamillo pitched well, he went six innings and allowed only one run. He was credited with a no contest, but the loss was given to pitcher Alberto Lopez who allowed the winning run. Lopez allowed a triple, then allowed a single for the loss.

On Tuesday the Huskies lost at home to Cerritos College 3-2. The series v. Cerritos will continue tomorrow at 3 p.m. and on Saturday at noon.

 

Softball

Success has followed the softball team, winners of six of the last seven and currently on a four game winning streak.

The four straight games took place at home where the bats have been awaken. ELAC has score 38 total runs in the win streak.

The home stand started March 22, 11-5 against Los Angeles Harbor College and March 25,  against Cerritos College 10-5. Victories continued last Friday against Citrus College 7-4 and on Tuesday 10-0 to El Camino Compton Center College. ELAC forced the mercy rule against Compton forthe second time this season, beating ECCC by a total of 30-2.

Softball upsets Cerritos

By Stephanie Guevarra

The East Los Angeles College softball team recorded its second consecutive win, 10-5, against South Coast’s no.2, Cerritos College on March 24.

Cerritos scored an early run in the first inning, but ELAC turned it around in the bottom of the third inning, Huskies scored three runs and led the game since.

After the third inning, Huskies dominated the game. With the ten runs, Husky sophomore catcher, Joslyn Macias, earned three runs batted in RBI.

ELAC players were satisfied with the win because Cerritos is a top school. Huskies’ sophomore pitcher, Byanka Diosdado, said they were considered inferior to Cerritos.

“They thought we were the underdogs. We are the underdogs, but we are just bouncing back up,” Diosdado said.

Diosdado pitched five effective innings, allowing one earned run and four hits.

“We had two really good pitchers and we will do whatever it takes to keep them in balance,” ELAC head coach Erika Blanco said.

In the sixth and seventh inning, Cerritos made a slight comeback. In the sixth inning Cerritos freshman catcher Kyle Brown hit a two RBI double but it wasn’t enough to win the game.

“That is what you expect from them (Cerritos) because they are a great team and they can hit, but we have great pitchers,” Blanco said.

ELAC freshman pitcher Griselda Vazquez came in for Diosdado. Vazquez allowed four runs, but managed to keep the win for ELAC.

Before the two wins, the Huskies came from a four-game losing streak. With this win, the Huskies regained their confidence. Blanco said that the softball team worked harder in preparation for this game against Cerritos. Blanco also saw their hard work in the field.

“I’m proud of these girls. They came out hitting, which is what we are looking for. We keep them disciplined and we keep them positive ,” Blanco said.

ELAC lost its first game against Cerritos 14-1. In this game, ELAC redeemed itself from that first game, according to Diosdado.

ELAC continued their winning streak in an upset against Citrus College on March 25.

Sports briefs: March 17 – 22, 2016

By Dan Gudino 

 

Swimming and Diving

The Swim team placed second in the in the women’s 200 Meter Medley Relay Swim Final last Friday in a three-school race against Rio Hondo College and Mount San Antonio College.

The best overall performance came from freshman Yixue Wang, who won two individual swims. Wang won the 100m Backstroke and the 200m Individual Medley. She also placed third in the 100m Freestyle Swim.

ELAC sophomore Yvonne Young placed first in the 200m Backstroke and placed second in the 500m Freestyle Swim. Huskies’ freshman Alejandra Mendoza placed second in the 200m Breaststroke and third in the 100m Breaststroke. Freshman Brandy Macias placed second in the 200m Freestyle and third in the 500m Freestyle.

The Diving team was well represented by sophomore Alexandra Reyes, who won the 100 Meter Dive and outscored the two Mt. SAC finalists.

Softball

The bats have woken up for the softball team. After losing 8-0 to El Camino College on March 17 and 5-0 to Saddleback College March 19, ELAC has scored 20 runs in the last three games.

In a double-header day against Saddleback College on March 19, Huskies won 1-0 in the Santa Barbara City College “Bash at the Beach” Tournament. On March 20 ELAC had another double-header day. ELAC beat Orange Coast College 7-0, and later lost to Golden West College 2-1. ELAC bounced back yesterday afternoon. It beat LosAngeles Harbor College 11-5 at home.

Badminton

The No. 1 doubles team of ELAC beat Pasadena City College’s No. 1 doubles team 21-15, 21-15 in both matches on last Friday. The duo of freshman Jean Mornelle Buenaflor and Serena Lieu ended the 26-match win streak of PCC’s No. 1 team.

ELAC will play on Friday at home against El Camino College at 2 p.m.

Baseball splits last two

By Rogelio Alvarez 

The baseball team picked up a 3-1 victory against Los Angeles Harbor College on March 17, ending a three-game losing streak.

East Los Angeles College sophomore pitcher George Alamillo pitched a complete game.

“I felt pretty good going into the game. I was there mentally, but not really there physically because I have a sore shoulder.

“I was able to power through the game.” Alamillo said.

Alamillo said his average pitch count was at about 90. “The less pitches there are in a game, the better,” Alamillo said.

The game started off slowly for the Huskies, but scored late in the game in the sixth and seventh. Head Coach James Hines felt good about Thursday’s game before it started.

“I feel confident. We prep well, we execute, we do well and we perform. We want to excel,” Hines said.

In the sixth Harbor Head Coach Art Lopez started yelling in the umpire’s face. Lopez was angry at a call at home plate that led to a run for ELAC. The bases were loaded when ELAC freshman left fielder Anthony Mayorga was up to bat. ELAC sophomore first baseman Larson Anzaldo was on third base. Mayorga hit the ball toward Harbor freshamn shortstop Julian Villages.

Anzaldo went to home plate with Villages throwing the ball to L.A. Harbor catcher Joseph Argumedo. An error occurred when Argumedo caught the ball, but did not have a grip and dropped the ball. Anzal scored and the run went unearned for Harbor freshman pitcher Bryan Correas.

In the seventh inning Huskies sophomore third baseman Ryan Viramontes singled which led to Larson Anzal moving to second and Seve Romo scored from second base. Later in the inning, Husky freshman left fielder Anthony Mayorga hit the ball toward center field and Anzal scored for the Huskies.

After the game, coach Hines said that his team performed well, but there is still room for improvement.

“Intensity is there. They are grinding through and practicing to get better. We do need to work on the offense,” Hines said.

The Huskies also beat Harbor on March 19, 11-4.

Yesterday ELAC played in day one of the Allan Hancock College Spring Tournament.

The Huskies lost to AHC in extra innings 10-9.

AHC scored three runs to tie the game up in the eighth, later scored the winning run in the tenth.

The Huskies will play today at noon v. College of the Canyons   and Merced College Thursday.

Baseball stumbles in extra innings

By Rogelio Alvarez 

Baseball lost 3-4 to South Coast Conference rivals El Camino College last Saturday at home after a series of errors in extra innings.

“Other than our pitchers pitching well again like we’ve done all year, there’s  zero positives. We struck out 16 times. We made four or five errors. There’s zero positives in that,” East Los Angeles College head coach James Hines said.

The Huskies are now 1-2 in conference play and 6-9 overall. ELAC won the first game of the three-game series against El Camino but lost the remaining two games.

“It’s all experience. I’m a sophomore on the team so games like this just mature you. As a leader, you need to express to the freshmen that every fight is never over until the last out,” sophomore second baseman Johnny Salgado said.

El Camino had a 2-0 lead in the top of the fifth inning.

In the bottom of the fifth, ELAC sophomores shortstop Shun Tsunoda and first baseman Larson Anzaldo combined to hit a double and single, respectively.

ELAC freshman right fielder Alex Carrillo and designated hitter Travis Macfarland kept the momentum going and batted in Tsunoda and Anzaldo to tie the game at 2-2.

Carillo and Macfarland each had one RBI. Sophomore starting pitcher Seve Romo scored an RBI to again tie the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the eighth.

After reaching extra innings, the Huskies produced three errors         in the last inning, giving El    Camino freshman second baseman Kyle Henmi the chance to capitalize on the poor defending and record an RBI.

“We put a lot of time into hitting and still can’t hit. We need to flip the script and put more time into playing defense. Guys can go to the park and hit on their own,” Hines said.

Romo pitched for seven innings and allowed five hits.

“We made a play or two in the outfield. Those are the things that we expect to make but we also dropped a fly ball in right that we probably should’ve  caught, which led to an unearned run,” Hines said.

Hines was not happy with his team’s performance and sounded upset while talking to his team after the game.

The Huskies’ losing streak continued last night after losing to Los Angeles Harbor College, 7-1.

ELAC can break its losing streak when it host Harbor tomorrow at 6 p.m. and concludes the three-game series at Harbor on Saturday at noon.

Football coach resigns amid allegations of fire alarm damage

By Dan Gudino

Eric Marty resigned his position as football coach on Feb. 26 amid allegations of damaging fire alarms in his office.

The Monterey Park Fire Department was summoned to East Los Angeles College Feb. 6 on a fire alarm response. Marty responded with his side of the story.

“People around ELAC can say and will say whatever they like. I resigned to pursue other professional opportunities,”  Marty said.

Inside Marty’s old office at Weingart Stadium was a fire alarm box, which Marty described as constantly beeping. According to Marty, the proper protocols were taken to remove the fire alarm box.

“I put in the proper work orders three weeks prior (to Feb. 6). I went through the proper protocol,” Marty said.

A number of the athletic department personnel who declined to be mentioned by name all had the same story about Marty and the fire alarm and said Marty pulled fire alarms out of frustration due to a beeping sound in his office.

“The beeping sound didn’t allow me to work in peace in my office. In the month of January, I did not get paid and I worked for free,” Marty said.

Marty worked for free in January because the off-season did not require coaching. Marty felt in order to progress the program, he had to work overtime, for free.

ELAC Sheriff’s Department declined to comment and declined to disclose the fire alarm report. The Sheriff’s Department was next to Marty’s office at Weingart Stadium.

Instead, the sheriffs told Campus News the report was not available to the public and in order to receive the report, they would have to request it through ELAC administration.

Upon receiving the request for access to the public report, ELAC administration used what is called the Public Records Act to withhold the report stating that under the Public Records Act, police records cannot be granted to the public.

Thorough research was conducted on the Public Records Act. It was discovered the administration wrongly withheld the public report, claiming it as an  “exemption”.

This exemption under the California Public Records Act states, “Police reports, rap sheets and arrest records are exempt.”

This fire alarm incident was thus protected by administration under a police report exemption. This raised questions about the reason behind Marty’s resignation. Was Marty forced out ?

“I got paid $25,000 a year. I got paid less than these janitors on the campus. I ran this program like USC, a division one program, working over 50 hours per week,” Marty said.

Many in the athletic department said a new coach was hired within an hour of Marty’s resignation.

Bobby Godinez, formally a defensive coordinator from Victor Valley College, is now ELAC’s new head coach.

“I told administration I did not want to know what happened with the old coach. We’re trying to move forward with this team. We’re all about getting better and preparing these students in the classroom and on the field. We’re ready to move on. Again, I don’t know what happened,” Godinez said.

Players from the team responded with their own side of Marty’s  resignation. Some said they will transfer, some said they would give Godinez a chance, some were not sure whether they would stay and play for ELAC. One hundred percent of the two dozen players spoken to said he was forced out because of pulling fire alarms.

Pulling a fire alarm without any reason is considered a felony under California law. Penal Code 148.4, Chapter 7 Other Offenses Against Public Justice, states:

Willfully and maliciously sends, gives, transmits, or sounds any false alarm of fire, by means of any fire alarm system or signal or by any other means or methods. (b) Any person who willfully and maliciously sends, gives, transmits, or sounds any false alarm of fire, by means of any fire alarm system or signal, or by any other means or methods, is guilty of a felony and upon conviction is punishable by imprisonment pursuant to subdivision

“I was shocked when I heard Marty was leaving. He’s the reason why I came here. He’s the one who recruited me. I feel it wasn’t fair about how this situation was handled by the bosses (administration). He did so much for the program,” freshman defensive back Corie Railey said.

Many suggested his age and a disappointing 2-8 record helped push Marty out.

“They (administration) didn’t like him. He was too young for them and (his) record didn’t help at all,” sophomore wide receiver Iheanyi Obinna said.

Marty’s age was consistently brought up by seven different players.

“Marty is 29. He’s too young. We have players who are around the same age as Marty. I never had a coach that young in my whole life. When I spoke to him, it never felt like a player-to-coach conversation, (but) instead, a player-to-player conversation,” defensive lineman freshman Francis Bongwalanga said.

Marty also failed to connect with many players.

“This new coach (Godinez) understands us. His wife is Black. He gets us all because we’re all Mexican and Black here. Marty understood the X’s and O’s of football, but didn’t get our adversity with personal problems. He would say push through and make football number one. That wasn’t enough. It’s not all about football,” Bongwalanga said.

Marty felt he did so much for the ELAC football program but conditions for football players were not up to winning standards in his eyes.

“This job was not about rebuilding. It was building a program. The conditions for the players are poor. We have a locker room that is older than I am and then some,” Marty said.

New lockers are currently being constructed at Weingart.

Many are uncertain of their future at ELAC, whether to transfer or not. All but one of Marty’s assistants remains on the new coaching staff.

“It’s not what I’ve expected so far. It’s definitely a more mature staff that has taken over, we have more people focused on the players, yet I’m 50-50 about my future here at ELAC. I might stay. I might leave to play somewhere else. I don’t know. I’m waiting till later in the year to find out what’s up,” freshman wide receiver Trey Adkins said.

For those who are Marty’s recruits they feel they are left in limbo about the resignation. The uncertainty comes from what Marty sold recruits on.

A trio of transfers from Los Angeles Harbor College. Freshman Kyeree Wallace, Cemaj Douglas and Tyler Frey all transferred together from Harbor with the intentions to play under Marty.

Marty sold the players on playing at the a higher level and getting scholarships.

From the 2015-2016 season only five players so far have officially signed to a four-year college or university.

“It’s unfortunate that Marty is gone. I need to make sure to take care of my sophomore year in order to go play at a four-year. I can’t afford to play around and mess up my last year. Marty genuinely cared about us,” Wallace said.

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Women fall short at state

By Dan Gudino

The women’s basketball team was seconds away from winning its first state championship in school history, but lost to Mount San Antonio College 57-55 at Los Positas College on Sunday.

The Huskies had an opportunity with 1.4 seconds in the game for a final shot, but did not get a shot off before the buzzer.

East Los Angeles College, the state runner-up, lost to MSAC for the third time this year.

MSAC claimed its seventh state title in school history, matching Ventura College for the most in state history.

The Huskies went into halftime with a 17-point lead that was blown through the second half.

“We knew every team basketball, not just Mt. SAC can come back and make a run. A 20-point lead in the NBA means nothing, just like at this level. We answered when they came back and led, by seven again, then once again, we had the lead with 18 seconds.We fought hard,” ELAC head coach Bruce Turner said.

MSAC sophomore guard, Tahniya Sweatt, drained a jump shot with 18 seconds to go to give MSAC the lead.

“To be here five years in a row is already tough. To have the opportunity to get back and avenge a two-year period where we lost a (finals) game, it’s a wonderful thing. I’m proud of these girls,”  MSAC head coach Brian Crichlow said.

The trip to Livermore for the Huskies came as a Tiffani Martinez. They played like seniors at a four-year school. It’s amazing because we just got them last August and for them to progress this far is truly remarkable,” Turner said.

After the game, Allissa Gomez and sophomore forward Jessica Sanchez were selected to join the final four “All Tournament” team.

“It feels good to be mentioned even though we didn’t get the win. I’m just so happy about our team. We’re hard fighters, we didn’t give up and we played as best as we can. I really want to be back in the championship,” Gomez said.

Gomez led the Huskies with a team-high 13 points.

Expectations for next year are high. For the returning players the talk was redemption and getting another shot at state.

“I do want another shot at the state championship next year. Coach and I have already talked about it,” ELAC freshman Anastasia Tsybaeva said.

Martinez this year made the All South Coast Conference North first Team.“We’re going to win state. We’re only losing four sophomores and we’ll fill in those spots because we’re getting more talent,” Martinez said

Yasmine Tweedy, Destiny Lea, Saray Rivera, Jessica Sanchez and Jasmine Gates finished their basketball careers at ELAC this season. .

“It was a five-star experience. The experience was second to none. Being two points away from a championship was intense. I’ll never forget this team, ever,” Jasmine Gates said.