April 6, 2003
BEN BOLCH'S FINAL BOYS' BASKETBALL RANKINGS AND COMMENTS: *--* Rk Team (Record) Comment 1 MATER DEI (35-2) Wins bigger prize than state Division II title: Rankman's top spot 2 WESTCHESTER (32-3) State Division I champion lost chance to surpass Monarchs in Trenton 3 FAIRFAX (28-4) Lionized Westchester last two seasons by going 2-6 against rivals 4 EISENHOWER (25-8) Will first section title pacify Coach Steve Johnson?
March 19, 2006 |
One by one, the Artesia boys' basketball players went up to Coach Scott Pera to accept their state Division III championship medallions, receiving an emotional embrace that spoke plenty of what had been accomplished. "For us, it's been an unbelievable journey," Pera said. "To do what we've done is incredible." Artesia's 60-41 victory over Stockton St.
January 18, 2001 |
Scott Pera came west from Pennsylvania because his fiancee was already in Southern California making a go of it as an aspiring screenwriter. But even she could not have written the scenario that resulted in the 33-year-old Pera becoming the coach of the embattled boys' basketball program at Lakewood Artesia. Or how Pera has guided the Pioneers to a 12-3 record heading into Friday's Suburban League game against Lakewood Mayfair.
March 12, 2006 |
Derek Glasser nearly transferred to North Hollywood Harvard-Westlake before his sophomore year at Lakewood Artesia. He decided to remain only after Artesia Coach Scott Pera assured Glasser that he no longer was interested in moving to the college level.
July 6, 2005 |
Long Beach Wilson's Ebony Collins, who is preparing for the World Junior Championships next week in Morocco, won the intermediate division (under 17) 400-meter hurdles Saturday at the U.S. Youth Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Knoxville, Tenn. Her time of 57.87 seconds ranks No. 1 in the world for athletes under 18. Collins, The Times' girls' track and field athlete of the year, was second to Bianca Knight of Ridgeland, Miss., in the 100 meters, 11.68 to 11.81.
March 11, 2006 |
James Harden was a short, pudgy freshman when he arrived at Lakewood Artesia. He carried an asthma inhaler, had a drawn-out jump shot and seemed apathetic during conditioning drills. Much has changed in the last 2 1/2 years. Though he still keeps his inhaler nearby, Harden has discarded everything else that impeded his development into a coveted high school basketball prospect. He is no longer chubby, having grown six inches into his 6-foot-6, 200-pound frame.