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Articles by Joe Snyder

Two years ago while competing in cross-country and track at El Camino College, David Cardona captured the Torrance Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot 3-Mile Fun Run.

The ECC record-setting runner is now a key distance runner at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo but he was home to be with his family over Thanksgiving and he, again, captured the event at 14 minutes and 20 seconds last Thursday.

Cardona defeated his former El Camino teammate, Jose “Tito” Lezama, who was second clocking 14:34.

Serra High’s boys’ basketball team began its season with a 52-43 victory over Tesoro High from Rancho Santa Margarita last Monday in the Redondo Pacific Shores Tournament.

Last season, the Cavaliers won the CIF-Southern Section Division IVAA championship over La Verne: Lutheran, 69-59, but did lose a few key seniors from that squad.

Back, though, is 6-foot-11 center Emanual Ndumanya. Ndumanya, a Nigerian immigrant, can get inside well. He scored seven points in Serra’s Redondo Pacific Shores opening game against Tesoro.

Serra High’s boys’ basketball team placed third in the Redondo Pacific Shores Tournament after winning three of four games there last week.

As expected, Narbonne High’s football team captured its second consecutive CIF-L.A. City Division I championship by blanking Crenshaw High, 25-0, last Saturday at East L.A. College’s Weingart Stadium.

Leading 10-0 at halftime, the Gauchos broke the game open as junior running back Johnell Jackson scored on a 57-yard run with 8:11 left in the third quarter.

The final Narbonne touchdown came in the fourth period on a 5-yard pass from the all-American passing combination of quarterback Troy Williams to A.J. Richardson.

After blowing a 20-7 lead in a 28-20 loss at Chaminade High in its Mission League opener on Oct. 5, Serra High’s football team has been looking forward to last Friday since.

The Cavaliers earned the position after easy CIF-Southern Section Western Division wins over Oxnard and Santa Monica, then knocking off top seed Lompoc, 34-21, on the road in the semifinals on Nov. 23.

Serra, then, went on to rally for a 30-28 victory over Chaminade in the two teams’ rematch last Friday at Serra. The game was televised on Fox Prime Sports.