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March 14, 2010 | Eric Sondheimer
Let me make official what many have already figured out: Serra, a Catholic high school in Gardena with a little more than 600 students, has become a sports powerhouse. Last fall, the football team finished 15-0 and won the CIF state Division III championship bowl game. Now the basketball team is 33-2 and playing for the Southern California Division III regional championship on Saturday, putting the Cavaliers in position to become the first school to win football and basketball state titles in the same school year.
March 3, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 After having eight players sign letters of intent last month, Gardena Serra still has plenty of talent left for the upcoming football season. Seniors Rasheem Green (lineman) and John Houston (Pac-12) have been offered scholarships by numerous schools from the Pac-12 and SEC. Running back Malik Roberson, who missed last season with a knee injury, is being recruited by UCLA, Arizona State and Nebraska. Defensive lineman Corey Adolphus has been offered from Washington State, San Jose State and San Diego State.
January 4, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Gardena Serra linebacker Dwight Williams announced Saturday he has committed to UCLA while playing at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.  
February 27, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
For years, decades even, Liam Neeson was an action hero hidden in plain sight. Yes, he was an impressive 6-foot-4, with the rangy physical grace of the former amateur boxing champion still visible, but the Oscar nominee for "Schindler's List" could put you away with his acting. Was it necessary or even prudent to have him throttle evildoers with his bare hands? FOR THE RECORD: "Non-Stop": A review of "Non-Stop" in the Feb. 28 Calendar section said the movie opens with air marshal Bill Marks (played by Liam Neeson)
October 6, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
Gardena Serra Coach Scott Altenberg is feeling the heat. His late father, Kurt , was a hero for UCLA football fans, catching the 52-yard winning touchdown pass from Gary Beban to defeat USC, 20-16, in the 1965 USC-UCLA game. Altenberg continues to have season tickets to UCLA games, but his Serra players have been picking USC lately. Robert Wood, Marqise Lee and George Farmer have ended up with the Trojans from Serra, leaving Altenberg feeling a little uneasy at Bruin games. Now UCLA is again trying to land several Serra standouts, including defensive back Adoree' Jackson and linebacker Dwight Williams.
February 28, 1985
Serra (19-5) will try to use its speed and pressure to rattle Crespi (16-7), which is small but extremely well-coached and versatile. If Serra's Mark Sutherlin has another big game, Crespi will be in trouble. The Cavaliers' burly 6-5 center had 33 points in the playoff opener against Servite. Crespi has nobody taller than 6-3 and can't match the Cavs' speed or depth. Crespi may have the CIF's best-shooting duo in guards Joe Campanella and Brian Capp, who have the green light.
April 6, 1985
The pitching and hitting of Steve Surico led Tustin High School to a nonleague doubleheader sweep of Serra Friday, 6-5 and 20-0, at Tustin. In the first game, Surico went 2 for 3 with a home run and four RBIs to lead the Tillers (8-5) to a comeback victory. Tustin trailed, 5-3, going into the bottom of the fifth inning when three consecutive Tiller singles cut the Serra lead to 5-4.
March 8, 1985 | TOM HAMILTON, Times Staff Writer
Serra High School Coach George McDaniel suggested that his team was tailor-made for top-ranked Mater Dei, but one had to wonder what blueprint McDaniel had been reading following another Monarch romp. Mater Dei rolled to its 28th consecutive victory and qualified for its third straight trip to the championship game with an easy 75-56 win over the Cavaliers in front of 4,533 fans Thursday night at the Long Beach Sports Arena.
September 16, 1995 | MIKE BRESNAHAN
Crespi High was granted a victory in its football game against Serra last week after Serra was forced to forfeit, Crespi Athletic Director Andy Gavel said Friday. Serra used an academically ineligible player in its 14-9 victory, Gavel said. "[Serra] brought it to the attention of the Southern Section office and cooperated fully. They took the initiative," Gavel said. Crespi officials accepted the news of the victory like a loss.
September 12, 1992 | GREG GUSS
In other nonleague openers: Crespi 15, Serra 8--Senior tailback Torie Lee rushed for 147 yards and two touchdowns in 30 carries to lead Crespi over Serra at Pierce College. The Celts scored on their first three possessions. Lee scored on runs of one and nine yards to give Crespi a 12-0 lead. After a Serra touchdown and two-point conversion, Crespi kicker Bach Stabile added a 47-yard field goal with 23 seconds left in the first half to give Crespi a 15-8 lead.
February 17, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Gardena Serra's defending Southern Section Division 3 baseball championship team will have two of the best outfielders anywhere in Marcus Wilson and Denz'l Chapman, but lack of pitching could be a big problem. Solomon Bates, the Cavaliers' ace from last season, transferred to Oaks Hills, and that's going to create a big roadblock for Serra. Serra won't be lacking in hitters. Wilson, who hit a home run last season at Dodger Stadium, is one of the Southland's top pro prospecrts.
February 5, 2014 | By Gary Klein
National signing day could not have gone better for USC. New Coach Steve Sarkisian and his staff closed with a flourish as three top Southland players announced Wednesday that they would become Trojans. Bellflower St. John Bosco lineman Damien Mama, Gardena Serra cornerback and receiver Adoree' Jackson and Long Beach Poly receiver and defensive back John "Juju" Smith said during news conferences at their schools that they were headed to USC. Euphoria pulsated through USC's McKay Center and on Trojans-related message boards as the announcements were made.
February 5, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 OK, Gardena Serra Coach Scott Altenberg probably isn't going to receive an award from the UCLA alumni association. They know he's a UCLA grad. They know his father, Kurt, caught one of most famous game-winning touchdown passes in UCLA history to beat USC, 20-16, in 1965. But they can't understand why another top Serra player, Adoree' Jackson, picked USC over UCLA on Wednesday. “As a fan, I'm disappointed,” Altenberg said, “but my job as a coach is to help them make the best decision for them.” Altenberg told Jackson not to tell him where he was going before his announcement, and for good reason.
February 5, 2014 | By Chris Foster
Jordan Lasley, a receiver from Gardena Serra High, has signed a letter of intent with UCLA. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Lasley breaks the trend of Serra receivers going to USC -- Robert Woods, Marqise Lee, etc. USC did offer him a scholarship. Lasley has been clocked at 4.4 in the 40-yard dash. ALSO: Half of Russian citizens approve of country hosting the Olympics National signing day: Southern California players make final decisions Snowboarder Shaun White withdraws from slopestyle event at Olympics  
February 5, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
Scott Altenberg won't be winning any UCLA alumni awards any time soon. Altenberg, a UCLA graduate who is the football coach at Gardena Serra High, wins a lot of football games but can't seem to deliver to Bruins fans what they want - his star players in powder blue and gold. Altenberg's father, Kurt, caught one of most famous game-winning touchdown passes in UCLA history to beat USC, 20-16, in 1965. But what has Scott Altenberg done for us lately, Bruins fans want to know. Their complaining hit a fever pitch Wednesday when yet another blue-chip prospect, wide receiver and defensive back Adoree' Jackson, picked USC over UCLA.
January 22, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 First place in the Del Rey League was on the line on Wednesday, and the Gardena Serra duo of Jason Richardson and Ron Freeman came through in a 71-70 victory over Bishop Montgomery. Richardson scored 23 points and Freeman had 21. Justin Bibbins tried to give Bishop Montgomery the victory, but his last-second shot failed to connect. Serra improved to 13-6 overall and 2-0 in league. Bishop Montgomery dropped to 17-3 and 2-1. In the Trinity League, Orange Lutheran knocked off St. John Bosco, 62-55.
December 24, 1987
Robbie Robinson scored 20 points to lead Madison High School to a 73-72 victory over Poway in the semifinals of the unlimited division of the Kiwanis Tournament at Serra High Wednesday night. Poway guards Ty Nichols and David Delaney combined for 14 points in the first quarter to give Poway a 25-15 lead. Nichols made two three-pointers in the quarter. But Madison (7-1) got its running game going and trailed by only one, 43-42, at halftime.
November 16, 1989
Selected by Times Sportswriters Rank, School, League Record 1 Carson (Pacific) 7-1 2 Serra (Camino Real) 10-0 3 Westchester (Western) 8-1 4 West Torrance (Ocean) 9-1 5 Palos Verdes (Bay) 9-1 6 Hawthorne (Bay) 9-1 7 Banning (Pacific) 6-2-1 8 Leuzinger (Bay) 7-2-1 9 Rolling Hills (Bay) 6-3-1 10 Mary Star (Santa Fe) 7-3
January 18, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 The NFL mock drafts have begun to come out, and it's looking good for former players from Gardena Serra and Loyola. Linebacker Anthony Barr, from Loyola and UCLA, is tabbed as the No. 3 pick in a mock draft from . Two players from Serra, receivers Marqise Lee and Paul Richardson, are picked at No. 16 and No. 23. Lee played at USC and Richardson at Colorado.  
January 16, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
Stanley Norman, a standout junior receiver-defensive back from Culver City, appears headed to Gardena Serra. He has filled out enrollment papers for Serra and is expected to transfer by the start of the new semester next week. Coach Scott Altenberg said he has heard of Norman's intentions but must wait to see if he shows up next week.  
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