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Articles by Joe Snyder

Continuing its break from Del Rey League play, Serra High’s baseball team played a non-league game at North Torrance and was pitted against premiere sophomore pitcher Kyle Hatai.

Hatai came into the game with key wins that included shutting down top teams Redondo and West Torrance.

The Cavaliers’ offense, though, was keyed up for him. They poured it on Hatai for nine runs in the first two innings and finished with a 19-9 victory over the Saxons, who are one of four Torrance schools in close competition for the Pioneer League title.

By Joe Snyder

Sports Editor

Gardena High’s boys’ soccer team picked up its first Marine League victory by edging Washington 4-3 last Friday at Gardena.

The Panthers, who are 1-3-1 in league and 6-4-2 overall, were led by junior sweeper Justin Ortega who scored three goals, two of them on penalty kicks. Junior midfielder-defender Christian Rodriguez scored the other goal off an assist from forward Kenneth Gutierrez.

Gardena High’s boys’ basketball team improved its hopes for a spot in the CIF-Los Angeles City Section playoffs after downing San Pedro and Banning last week.

At Gardena on Jan. 18, the Panthers cruised to a 66-33 win over San Pedro. At Banning last Friday, the Panthers improved their Marine League record to 3-2 and overall mark to 12-8 by defeating the Pilots 61-44.

Jan. 11 was an ideal day for Serra High’s boys’ basketball team to dedicate its Del Rey League opening 70-57 home win over Los Angeles Cathedral to the late head coach Dwan Hurt, who passed away in his sleep on Nov. 25.

The gym and court was re-dedicated as the Dwan Hurt Memorial Gymnasium, in honor of a coach who recorded more than 500 victories, won seven CIF-Southern Section titles and two California State championships in his 27 seasons.

After the death of successful head coach Dwan Hurt, Serra High’s boys’ basketball team was seeking a win dedicated to the late mentor but got off to a disappointing 2-9 start.

The Cavaliers, though, came back with three consecutive wins and are 2-0 for the year 2017 on the Dwan Hurt Memorial Gymnasium floor.

Gardena High has mostly a young and inexperienced boys’ basketball team but the Panthers showed progress with a third place finish in last week’s San Pedro Pirate Christmas Classic by coming from behind to top San Pedro Mary Star of the Sea High 56-52 last Thursday.

Cavaliers also lose its No. 1 supporter, Alf Burke, 92

Serra High head boys’ basketball coach Dwan Hurt was more than just a mentor for the Cavaliers.

He was also the dean of students for the past several years at Serra and was known for his outstanding ability in disciplining both his players and the rest of the student body.

Just a week before the Cavaliers, who won the CIF-Southern Section Division IVAA championship last season, were to start their season at Inglewood High, Hurt died in his sleep on Nov. 25 at the age of 53.

El Camino College’s men’s basketball team got off to a good start but it met its match in a non-conference game against Fullerton College on Dec. 21 at ECC.

The Hornets broke open a close game with a 31-8 run and went on to rout the Warriors 98-76.

After enjoying a season where it made the CIF-Southern Section Division IV playoffs last season, the North Torrance High boys’ soccer team is faced with rebuilding as it is 0-3 after falling at home to Peninsula 4-1 last Friday.

The Panthers got off to a quick start scoring three goals in just about the first 20 minutes and the Saxons were in a deep hole.

North got on the scoreboard late in the first half on a long shot by Malik Branche that went into the net, catching the Peninsula goalkeeper off guard, cutting the Panthers’ lead to 3-1.

With a small and inexperienced football team that went 0-5 against a rigorous non-league schedule, Gardena High’s football team was in for worse things when it traveled to powerful Narbonne in their first Marine League game last Friday night.

Facing one of the top teams in California, the Panthers found it completely impossible to even play with the Gauchos. Things, though, got even worse as Gardena had a lot of problems handling the ball that made things easier for Narbonne. The Gauchos got things started quickly and embarrassed the Panthers 78-0.