October 20, 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. 10/29 @ 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.
Sat. 06/24/17
Class of '76 Reunion
A Huge Success!

The Class of 1976 can now join a laundry list of classes that have had successful reunions at Serra. 

It was reported that they found particular interest in the recently renovated Science Labs. They got to learn all about our Project Lead The Way program and how it's continuously looking for funding.

Click this link if you want to make a donation to our Project Lead The Way program.
Football Goes Retro
Take a Look at Those Helmets

PC: @SerraFotoball

Does anyone immediately recognize the Cavalier Era in which these helmets are modeled after?

It looks to us like Coach Altenberg and the team are channeling the Cavalier's 1st State Championship team?

What do you think of the helmets?
We have a Completely Redesigned Donation Platform

Click on the link to visit our new donation platform and test it out by making a donation! 

You can make a one-time donation or a monthly recurring donation and direct it as you choose.

Serra is a 501(c)(3) and your donation may be tax deductable
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.

Email jcormier@la-serrahs.org to purchase your Alumni or Friend of Serra card.
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
We had to take Mr. Vince Kates '61 off the mailing list to keep this secret... You'll See Why!

Cavalier Coaches Night is Saturday, October 29, 2016. Some of you may know, but some of you may be in the dakr like Mr. Kates... There is another exciting layer to Cavalier Coaches Night.

We are (SURPRISE) Honoring Coach Kates at Cavalier Coaches Night alongside Coach George McDaniel!!! 

As most of you know, Coaches Night was Mr. Kate's creation three years ago. The goal was simple, to honor all of Serra's current coaches, and it was a huge success. Now three years later, we have the same goal, but we are expanding our reach. We want to recognize ALL of Serra's coaches, past and present. 

We want to use Coaches Night as the platform to celebrate everything the Coach Kates has done for Serra. We meant something different to each and everyone of us. He was a student, an actor, an athlete, a teacher, a dean, a coach, a fundraiser, a donor, and a friend. 

We have confirmation that his son will be attending to  help us honor his dad. We hope you can attend as well to help us in honoring Mr. Kates. 

We have Serra coaches and athletes from across the decades attending Coaches Night. The coaches will be recognized and the athletes will help us recognize their coaches. 

What was your favorite memory of your favorite coach? Bonus points for a memory of Coach McDaniels or Coach Kates.

As for those attending, to list a few, we're aware of John Zabel '77, Coach Bohannon, Perry Even '66, Bruce Herring '69, Dennis Grace '62, Anthony Trahan '81, Coach Garrison, Norval Smith '63, Jess Money '64, Ron Shepherd  '73, John Rout '63, Brian Quinn '59, and many, many more!

If you want to join in helping us celebrate Coach Kates, Coach Mac, all our current coaches, and all our past coaches, please buy your tickets now or let us know you wish to purchase tickets at the door by emailing Joe Cormier '81 at jcormier@la-serrahs.org. Tickets are going fast and we are going to fill up soon.
Football Report ~ October 14, 2016
The Twenty-Five Percent Solution
For twenty eight nervous minutes Friday night, it looked like the 2-1 Amat Lancers were going to blind side the 3-0 Serra Cavaliers.  Then, for twelve and three quarter minutes --26.5%--, the Cav offense whittled those lances down to matchsticks.  It ended 28-12, leaving the Cavs alone at the top of the Mission League standings with two games to go. 
The first quarter was lackluster.  There were a few good plays on each side, but neither team could sustain a drive.  Three possessions each, six punts. 
The mood of the game changed - and not for the better -- at 9:50 in the second quarter.  Serra's fourth punt set the Lancers up at their 33.  That began an eleven play drive.  Six runs, 5 passes, two complete, brought the Lancers to the Serra 10.  Then as they have all year the D simply would not concede the tap-in.  Three plays, no gain, and the Lancers were forced to kick.  3-0 with 5:55 remaining in the half.  But three wins if the other guy has zero.
And it didn't get much better.  5 plays, one very good pass, one first down, and Serra punted for the fifth time. 
The Lancers took up where they left off.  Thirteen plays over 3:40, and as the clock ticked zero, the Lancer's second field goal sailed over the uprights.  6-0 at halftime.  Less than a touchdown, but the Cavs hadn't come close to a touchdown.
Serra kicked to Amat to start the second half.  Three unimpressive downs, and it looked like dull exchange, but the Lancers' punter took off like Adore Jackson, and turned the field upside down.  Lancer's first at the Serra 27.  The D went into red zone mode.  Three plays and the Lancers' logical choice was another field goal.  But they'd had enough knocking on the door.  4th and 4 at the Serra 24.  Amat's pass was tipped at the line of scrimmage, and the ball went over to Serra with 9:27.  The beginning of the 25% solution.
First play, Jalani Eason kept the ball on a zone read.  Amat was not fooled, so Eason just ran over and through them for eleven yards.  First down at the 33. 
Quick out, complete for four.  Eason again, not so much trickery as muscle and quickness.  First down at the Serra 44. 
Incomplete pass.  Eason again on the zone read option.  Seven yards.  Third and two at the Amat 49.  Randy Anyanwu for three.  Serra first at the Amat 46. 
Post to Kobe Smith three steps in front of the defense, but just one step short of the ball.  Ouch!.  Anyanwu breaks through the line, once past the linebacker, footrace to the goal.  Anyanwu wins:  Serra's first score with 7:28 remaining in the quarter.  PAT good.  Serra 7 Amat 6. 
Lancers go three and out after the kick off.  Amat's punt rolls to the Serra 45.  6:27 remaining.  The offense takes the field.  Which offense will we see?
Eason drops back, no one open.  He takes advantage of the pass rush and runs to the Amat 29.  First down.  Bubble screen to Max Williams.  He runs down the north sideline for a touchdown.  PAT good.  Serra 14- Amat 6.
Lancers gain 9 in two, and zero on third. Fourth and one, they try another version of the fake punt.  Great defense, runner stopped cold.  Serra takes over on downs at the Amat 43. 
Eason runs he's never tackled but he's stopped after a gain of three.  Anthony Torres running hard to the left for two.  Third and five.  Out to Deion Malone who runs for twelve to the Amat 26.  Torres again, but he hits a stone wall.  Look in to Kobe Smith for nine.  Third and one.  Out to Wesley Roebuck for a first at the Amat 11.  Eason rolling right breaks for the goal, whirling between and through tacklers, he crosses the line with 1:56 remaining in the third.  PAT good.  21 - 6.
The Lancers' next series was from the Twilight Zone.  Ten plays taking them from the Amat 23 to the Serra 40.  A little cause for concern on the Cavalier sideline.  Amat has gone to the passing attack and having success.  Ten plays, eight passes, five complete.  A couple of big near misses.  There's a ten minute interruption while the refs try to figure out what to after Serra seems to recover a muffed hike.  It's Amat 4th and 5 at the Serra 42.  They're going to go for it, and the punt unit is on the field.  Time out.  Line up again.  Something's still wrong.  Second time out.  Lancers line up fourth and five for the third time.  The coaches are screaming something from the Serra side line.  The ball is snapped, the Lancers seem confused.  Sack, and so much for that drive.  Serra takes over on downs at the 42 with 11 minutes left in the game.
Ten plays, seven runs, four passes all complete, critical catches by Kobe Smith.  Eason teases the Lancer D, while Anthony Torres runs the ball in for Serra's final TD.  28-6 with six minutes remaining.
The Lancer's scored their only touchdown of the night on the next series, but they had to spend three minutes doing it.  Their try for a 2-point conversion was squelched, leaving them with a 16 point deficit. 
Serra fielded a not very dangerous on-sides kick, and the Lancers didn't see the ball again. 
Next week it's Serra at far-away San Fernando.  The Cavs are the prohibitive favorite, but the fourth quarter is almost every game shows that even a small let-down can change the odds decisively.
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