2012 Olympics feature local athletes

By Tadzio Garcia The four-year countdown has elapsed—the 2012 Olympics have arrived. Among the almost 11,000 athletes competing during the Olympic Games four are local talents. The local athletes are boxers Dominic Breazeale (super heavyweight) and Joseph Diaz, Jr. (bantamweight), shooter Kim Rhode (double trap and skeet) and Brenda Villa, a member of Team USA’s women’s water polo team. Both boxers drew difficult opening bouts. Diaz Jr. drew favored Pavlo…

July 28, 2012
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ELAC track and field wins three All-American honors at state finals

By Tadzio Garcia   Shawnta Barnes brought home All-American honors in three events for the Huskies at the California Community College Athletic Association Track and Field Championships at Cerritos College last Friday and Saturday. Add Barnes to the list of the many records that fell at the state finals, which she accomplished competing in more events than any other athlete, male or female. Barnes twice broke the East Los Angeles College…

May 30, 2012
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Barnes is top scorer in state

FIRST AT LAST—ELAC’s Shawnta Barnes (center) wins the first Husky title at the SoCal finals in 13 years by edging Chiza Eze (right of Barnes) of LA Valley College last Saturday at San Diego Mesa College. CN/Tadzio Garcia By Denise Orozco and Tadzio Garcia The women’s track and field team stamped their ticket to the state finals with a stellar performance by All-American Shawnta Barnes at the SoCal finals at San Diego Mesa College,…

May 16, 2012
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ELAC track and field advances to SoCal finals in seven events

By Tadzio Garcia The women’s track and field team advanced to the Southern California Championships in seven events, six from Shawnta Barnes, out of the SoCal prelims held last Saturday at San Diego Mesa College. East Los Angeles College and the Southwestern College women’s teams are deadlocked in third place with eight points apiece entering the finals. ELAC’s eight points are from Barnes’s second place finish in the SoCal Heptathlon Championships…

May 7, 2012
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Barnes top runner at SCC finals

All-American Shawnta (Shawn-tay) Barnes continues her history-making season after winning three individual South Coast Conference titles at El Camino College Compton Center last week. Barnes was named top women’s runner of the meet by the coaches. Barnes won the 100-meter dash, the 200-meter dash and the women’s long jump titles in the SCC finals. Barnes ran her fastest time ever in the 100 dash, during the SCC prelims, Tuesday, April…

May 4, 2012
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Six state records set at the 2012 CCCAA Swim & Dive finals

By Tadzio Garcia The East Los Angeles College swim stadium was known as one of the fastest swimming pools in the nation back in its heyday in the 1970s and 1980s. The ELAC pool is making waves again. Six state records, one a national record, were set in the first two days of the 2012 California Community College Athletic Association’s Swim and Dive Championships held at the ELAC swim stadium…

April 28, 2012
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SCC track and field prelims and finals produced top-10 results

By Tadzio Garcia The 2012 South Coast Conference prelims and some finals, held at El Camino College Compton Center Tuesday April 24, produced some personal records that are top-10 results in the state for community colleges. East Los Angeles College’s Shawnta Barnes won in the 100-meter dash, in 11.92 seconds. It is the fourth fastest time in the state. Barnes advances to the SCC finals. Barnes won two other prelim events…

April 27, 2012
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ELAC badminton crushes Tartars in shutout

By Tadzio Garcia The Huskies badminton team beat the El Camino College Compton Center in a 21-0 shutout last Wednesday in the women’s gym. The Husky No. 1 player of the game, Shirley Su, beat Compton’s No. 1 player Emely Aguilar, 21-6, 21-11. Su also beat Compton’s No. 2 player, Ariana Ordiano, 21-4 and 21-1. Teresa Chiang, ELAC’s No. 2 player against Compton, also beat Aguilar and Ordiano. In a close…

April 20, 2012
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ELAC diver ends season

By Tadzio Garcia The South Coast Conference Championships began with the diving preliminaries last Friday at El Camino College. Melissa Marinero was the lone East Los Angeles College diver to compete in the one-meter diving. Optimism was high because Marinero was entering the competition off a recent season-high 84 points. These points were good enough for fourth place in a dual meet against Chaffey and Mt. San Antonio colleges on March…

April 20, 2012
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ELAC’s Shawnta Barnes qualifies for state finals

By Tadzio Garcia Shawnta (Shawn-Tay) Barnes will be advancing to the state championships in the heptathlon after overcoming one of her fears in the event to place second at the SoCal Heptathlon Championships, Tuesday, April 10 at Cerritos College in the first qualifying postseason meet of the year. When asked what difficulties Barnes had with the heptathlon Barnes said, “The 800 run, that’s all.” In previous 800 races this season and…

April 18, 2012
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