October 10, 2016
Junipero Serra High School Newsletter
Junipero Serra High School believes that students of all faiths and backgrounds deserve an academically challenging, spiritually enriching Catholic college preparatory education that forms them to become generous, responsible citizens and leaders

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Upcoming Events
Sat. 10/15 @ 5:30p
Sat. 10/29 @ 5:00p
Casino Night
Sat. 11/19 @ 7:30p
Alumni Day at the Theater
Sun. 12/04 @ 2:00p
Event for Those Over 65 y.o.
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Acknowledgement Dept.
Homecoming Pictures

Do you remember seeing high quality Serra Football pictures in the last newsletter? 

Those are thanks to Anthony Skirlick '66. He was gracious enough to provide us with ample pictures to use. Here are a few more great shots below.

Class of '76 Reunion

Register now if you haven't already! You can pay at the door if needed.

The Class of 1976 is having its 40-year reunion on Saturday, October 15th at 5:30p in the Serra Cafeteria.


It will feature a buffet dinner and dessert. Come join your classmates to share laughs and memories.

'06 Alumnus
Ready For Takeoff

Elias Garcia graduated from Serra in 2006. During his four years at Serra he played Varsity Baseball and was chosen to play the the All-Star game at Dodger Stadium. He also has a passion for airplanes. When he was a Sophomore, Elias began taking classes at Hawthorne Airport and this eventually lead to him working there. He continued his training after graduation and in January 2016 he received his Commercial Pilot Licence followed by his Commercial Multi-Engine Licence in March 2016. After some time as an island hopper in Hawaii, Captain Garcia is now based out of LAX. 
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- to provide scholarship funds for students in need of financial aid
to offer students excellent academic and extracurricular programs

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Alumni Card

The redesigned Alumni Card is now available. If you're not a Serra alumni, you can purchase a Friend of Serra Card.

Use your Alumni Card at all home, non-CIF, Serra sponsored, athletic and visual/performing arts events.
Sports Schedules
10/14 @ Bishop Amat
10/21 @ Crespi
11/04 @ Bishop Alemany
10/11 @ La Salle
10/13 vs. St Paul
Senior Night
10/18 @ Bishop Mont.
10/24 @ St. Joseph
10/12 @ Arcadia Co. Park
11/02 @ Santa Fe Reg. 
*** Click on the title link to each sport for more information (i.e. times and lower level schedules)
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Cavalier Coaches Night ~ Oct. 29th
You Can't Miss This

Cavalier Coaches Night is Saturday, October 29, 2016. The night begins with a chance to Meet the Coaches at 5pm, followed by dinner by Lomeli's at 6pm. 

This year's honoree is George "Mac" McDaniel. George did just about everything at Serra during the '80s. He began at Serra in the fall of 1978 as a teacher. He was eventually made Dean a few years later and then the Head Varsity Basketball Coach. He was named the CIF Coach of the Year after taking his team to the CIF Finals. 

In the fall of 1988, current Head Coach Dwan Hurt '81, succeeded Mac. Asked about the role Coach McDaniel played in his life, Coach hurt replied, "he taught me character, morality, values, and integrity."

Cavalier Coaches Night has a history of honoring a great Serra coach like Lori Smith-Thompson (left), bring some of Serra's finest supporting into one room like Serra's #1 fan Alfred Burke (right), and recognizing all of Serra's current head coaches. 

This year, we have all that and an added layer of interest, we are filling the room with past coaches from across all sports and decades. We're continuing our search for past Serra coaches if you know of any that would want to attend Coaches Night, please let us know by emailing Joe Cormier '81 at jcormier@la-serrahs.org


Challenge: What is your favorite coach's favorite saying?

Respond to the newsletter or email Joe Cormier' 81 at jcormier@la-serrahs.org. The best response gets a free Cavalier Coaches Night ticket (and the accompanying Alumni/FOS card).
Cavaliers at the All Levels
Cavalier Football Players Doing It All

Not only did our current Cavalier Football players win this past Friday against Notre Dame, we had former Cavalier football players shining in many different ways. 

First, these lucky 8th graders not only got to watch the Cavaliers win, but they got to meet a Cavalier great. Marqise Lee '11 was in attendance at last Friday's home football game. He's pictured above with several future Cavaliers. 

Second, there were Cavaliers supporting a fellow Cavalier. C.J. Pollard '14 (1st center), Adoree Jackson '14 (1st right, 2nd left), and Coach Marvin Pollard (1st left, 2nd right) went to watch Robert Woods '10 (2nd center) and the Buffalo Bills play the LA Rams in the LA Colosseum. Thank you to Bill and Sandra Goetz '75 for the pictures. 

Finally, we learned that Khalil Tate '16 was on the Spring Academic Leadership Honor Roll at the University of Arizona.

How many other Cavaliers currently in college made their respective honor rolls? Please let us know. Email Joe Cormier '81 at jcormeir@la-serrahs.org.
Football Report ~ October 7, 2016
ND - Never in Doubt
The outcome of Friday's Serra-Notre Dame game was in doubt for maybe sixty seconds. 
Notre Dame kicked off to the Cavs and stopped them on the first play from scrimmage.  But that was that.  Five minutes, fourteen plays, eight runs and six passes -- all completed -- and the Cavs took the lead, and it just kept building. 
Passes, runs, it didn't matter they were all working.  Eason, Jackson, Torres, Smith, Anyanwu, Williams, Leclair, Malone-- everyone was having a good night. 
When the Cavs went over to defense, doubt lasted a few plays longer The Knights had some success on the ground.  Five plays, 2 first downs, and 35 yards to the Serra 44.  But that was that. The Cav defense firmed up, and forced the first of seven Notre Dame punts. 
Serra scored on five of its six possessions in the first half: First series, 15 plays, 90 yards, 7 points, 7-0.  Second series, 7 plays, 86 yards, 7 points, 14-0.  Third series, 14 plays, 90 yards (including penalty yards made good), 3 points, 17-0.  Fourth series, never happened.  Max Williams took Notre Dame's punt 60 yards for a touchdown, 24-0.  Fifth series, 3 and out; the only punt of the first half.  Sixth series, 5 plays, 75 yards, 7 points, 31-7.
On defense, Notre Dame scored once on an obvious mix-up in the Cavalier secondary.  Notre Dame receiver Asemota was left uncovered.  A one yard out turned into a 60-yard touchdown.  But for that one mistake, the D had the Knights in control all night long. 
After the Cavs scored a sixth time on the first series of the second half (38-7), Coach Altenberg sent in the reserves.  No more scores, but the Cav back-ups held the fort for the remaining 18 minutes.  Most noteworthy, after intercepting the Knights at the Serra 3, with ten minutes remaining in the Third, Blaze McKibbin and the Cav reserves mounted an impressive eight-play drive to midfield eating up four-and-half minutes of clock.  Unfortunately, the ninth play resulted in an interception, that kept the McKibbin unit off the boards.
A happy end to the 2016 home stand that started with a painful loss to Narbonne.  Altenberg comes over as a genius.  Taking on overwhelming power early in the season, the progress of the '16 Cavs is obvious.  Serra (3-0 in league play) has an inside track to the Mission League title with three games remaining. 
Friday was Senior Night.  Honoring the long suffering parents of some 30+ Senior football players and cheer athletes.  An honor that doesn't do half justice to the hard work and sacrifices that both athletes and parents make to provide Serra with world class athletics.
Next week, it's off to La Puente and Bishop Amat.  Judged by scores against common opponents Amat doesn't look impressive.  The Lancers lost to Loyola 24-23, and just squeaked by Notre Dame 17-14.  But wins over Servite (14-10) and J. Serra (35-28) tell a different story.  Never take anything for granted.  But take.
Cavalier Code
Cavaliers have faith and integrity.
Cavaliers are humble and accountable.
Cavaliers are scholars who lead and serve.
Cavaliers are soldiers for Christ.
We are Cavaliers.
All Hail!
Joe Cormier '81
Director of Development