Note From The Editor: Here’s our latest gathering of news events from our Community Sports Desk. We feature the following stories for your interests: 1) Olympic Gold for our Men’s & Women’s Basketball Teams; 2) Ram Fans ecstatic with a 2-0 pre-season record; 3) High School Football season “Week Zero” openers start on Friday, 8/26; 4) ELAC Women’s Basketball program proves to be a solid scholarship path for four players; 5) Boyle Heights Bridge Runners celebrate third year annniversary of providing a great community recreational and healthy living activity. Rico Cabrera, Sr./Editor, EastLASportsScene.Com
2016 Rio Olympic Games Come To A Close: Teams USA Strike Huge Gold Mine! And Bring Home A Total of 121 Medals – 46 Gold/37 Silver/38 Bronze
Team USA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Teams Dominate To Win Gold!
The Men were led by Team USA veteran, and now two-time Gold Medalist, Kevin Durant, (30 pts. vs Serbia), along with Team Captain, Carmelo Anthony (All-time Team USA scoring & rebounding leader in the Olympics) as they guided our men’s team to their third consecutive Gold Medal and won going away over Serbia, 96-66 in the Final.
The Women were led by Diana Taurasi, Maya Moore, Sue Bird, and Tina Charles who wrapped up their 6th consecutive Gold Medal by defeating Spain, 101-72. Our women have an amazing and record-setting 49 consecutive games in Olympic play and own an overall record of 66-3 since 1976. Click here to see USA Basketball’s full recap of both Tournaments.
On a farewell note, Team USA’s Men’s Head Coach, Mike Krzyzewski completed his tour as our Men’s National Team Head Coach with a phenomenal record of 75-1 (.987), while coaching Team USA to three consecutive Gold Medals in the 2008 Beijing Games, the 2012 London Games, and the recently concluded, 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games. He will be replaced by San Antonio Spurs Head Coach, Greg Popovich beginning next year.
High School Football “Week Zero” 2016 Set to Kick-Off
Attention All Fans!! It’s that special time of the year for you to set your Friday & Saturday night calenders for the upcoming 2016 high school football season. We encourage you to visit the Maxpreps.com link to find your favorite school and follow them during the season.
News Briefs: The Cathedral Phantoms have earned themselves the #22 spot in the L.A. Times pre-season poll….Roosevelt HS welcomes Ricardo Zepeda, as its newest Head Coach. The Mendez High School “Jaguars” will field its first varsity football team in the school’s brief history this season. They will play in the L.A.City Section’s Metro League, Division III. Their Head Coach is Carlos Hernandez…Special Recognition night will be celebrated by Wilson on 9/9 when they permanently retire the jerseys of their 1996 LA City Football “Player of the Year”, QB #10 Julio Briones ’97, and its record setting, All-City Running Back, #34 Arlin Slayton ’96. This recogntion coincides with the Mules’ “Youth Night” and is coordinated by the Wilson HS Football Boosters Club. The El Sereno Stallions and the Boyle Hts. Wolfpack Pop Warner teams will be admitted FREE provided they are in uniform….. Season Openers this weekend for all teams that we’ve covered feature the following match-ups: Garfield (H) vs. Bishop Alemany; Roosevelt @ Fairfax; South Gate @ Westchester; Wilson (H) vs. Roybal; Lincoln @ Huntington Park; Torres @ Verdugo Hills; Bishop Amat (H) vs. Mater Dei (#1 in L.A. Times pre-season poll; Cathedral @ Santa Fe; Salesian (H) vs. Verbum Dei, and the newly added Mendez @ Fremont.
NFL & The L.A. Rams Successfully Return To Coliseum
After two straight weekends of pre-season NFL action, the Rams are posting a 2-0 record with impressive, but close wins over the Dallas Cowboys, (28-24), in game #1 (90,000 attendance) and the Kansas City Chiefs, (21-20), in game #2, (65,000 attendance). Thousands of excited, local Chicano and Latino Rams’ fans have been highly supportive of the Rams in their triumphant return to L.A. and the refurbished Coliseum, where they will play three seasons before moving into their new stadium located in Inglewoood, CA. Tailgate parties are becoming the new normal for all loyal Rams and NFL fans. A quick scan of the crowds and you couldn’t help but notice that at least a good one-fourth or better are Chicanos and Latinos.
Up & Down the Road….The Rams travel to Denver for their first road game of the exhibition season on Saturday, 8/27, with a 6 pm kick-off time. They follow that with a 9/1 Thursday game when they travel to take on the Minnesota Vikings in the final exhibition game of 2016. Kick-off is set for 5 pm. Both games will televised on Ch. 2 KCBS. The Rams return home on 9/18, when they host Pete Carroll and his Seattle Seahawks in an NFC West match-up. Kick-off is set for 1:05 pm and will be televised on Fox Sports.
ELAC Women’s Basketball Program Celebrates Four Student-Athletes
The 2015-16 State runner-up East Los Angeles College “Lady Huskies” women’s basketball program proudly showcased four of its players who realized their dreams of going to a four-year college on an athletic scholarship, as well as continuing to play the game that helped them attain their higher educational goals as student-athletes.
The four signed their Letters of Intent/Scholarship Agreements on August 5th in the gymnasium’s lobby with the presence of their Head Coach, Bruce Turner. All four players graduated in June with academic achievement recognition.
2015-16 State Championship All-Tourney Team and All-South Coast Conference North Division/1st Team recipient, #42 Jessica Sanchez (L.A. Roosevelt HS), Two-time All-SCC recipient #14 Jocelyn Diaz (Whittier HS), and 2015-16 All-SCC North Division/ 2nd Team recipient #11 Yasmine Tweedy will all be transferring to Cal State Dominguez Hills on a full athletic scholarships. #24 Jasmine Gates (Gahr HS), 2015-16 All-SCC North Division/2nd Team recipient will transfer to Concordia University, who awarded her athletic and academic scholarships. Special Thanks to: Tadzio Garcia, Reporter and Photographer, ELAC Athletic Department.
Congrats To The Boyle Heights Bridge Runners!!
A huge “Shout Out” and “Happy 3rd Anniversary” to the club and all of its members for their commitment to promoting healthier living and greater social interaction with diverse runners from East L.A. and Beyond. They are one of many community-based running groups to be found in the City and County of Los Angeles. You’re invited to come out every Wedenesday to join in the FREE run while having great fun. The runners meet at Mariachi Plaza on E. 1st St. at 7:45 pm for stretching and warm-up, and then start their run of the course at 8 pm. For more info about the Club, you can go to their FaceBook page and Instagram@boyleheightsbridgerunners.
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