JSerra’s Football Winning Streak Ends At Six

JSerra football’s unprecedented winning streak – which included its first Trinity League victory in school history – came to an end Friday night.

Orange Lutheran, one of the top teams in Orange County, beat the Lions (6-1, 1-1) 23-14 at Orange Coast College. The Lions jumped out to an early lead but couldn’t hold on.


“My perspective is that it was a very even game,” Lancers’ coach Jim Kunau told the Orange County Register after the game. “Coach (Jim) Hartigan and his staff and players have done a phenomenal job.”

Football Team’s Historic Victory the Latest Exciting Development at JSerra

The following letter was distributed to members of the JSerra community this week:

There's a lot to celebrate at JSerra
There's a lot to celebrate at JSerra

When the final whistle blew, the scoreboard read: JSerra 14, Santa Margarita 12. It was our varsity football team’s first Trinity League victory in 15 tries.  The reaction at Saddleback Community College was spontaneous and wonderful. Players doused coach Jim Hartigan with Gatorade. Lion Nation stormed the field to congratulate the players. It was an historic accomplishment for the team, our young school and the community.


To read more about our undefeated football team (6-0), please visit JSerra Blog. We invite you to join Lion Nation at our next home varsity game on October 30 at 7:30PM against Mater Dei at Saddleback. To view the varsity football schedule, click here.


Football isn’t the only activity generating excitement on campus. Our boys’ and girls’ cross country teams are ranked among the best in the state. The team is coached by Martin Dugard, an author of nine books whose current non-fiction piece, “The Murder of King Tut,” debuted fifth on the New York Times list of best sellers.


Our ice hockey team, led by former Anaheim Ducks David Karpa and Guy Hebert, is also off to a strong start with an 8-2-1 overall record.Varsity Team


And the campus is anxiously awaiting the start of the girls’ water polo season. The team is coached by Julie Swail-Ertel, captain of the 2000 silver medalist U.S. Olympic team. Julie also represented the U.S.A. last summer in the triathlon at the Beijing Games.


For more on our fast start to the new school year (which includes a National Merit Scholarship Finalist and 34 Advanced Placement winners), please read CEO Frank Talarico’s most recent column in the Capistrano Dispatch.


Parents, want to support JSerra athletics while enjoying a great night out? Attend JSerra’s annual Casino Night on November 7 at the JSerra Pavilion. For just $50 you’ll enjoy great food, live music, a hosted bar, casino-style gaming and a fabulous auction (just in time for early Christmas shopping). Visit www.jserra.org/gtcn for more information.


If you haven’t had the chance to view our beautiful campus in person, view it virtually at www.jserra.org/tour. Don’t miss our Open House & Campus Tour on November 12 from 6:00-8:00PM in the JSerra Pavilion.

Baseball Team Suspends Practice for Two Weeks to Assist Neighboring Shea Center

By Brett Kay

Baseball coach

From Sept. 14-25, JSerra baseball players traveled across the street to the Shea Center to do their annual community service work.

Drew Strohl enjoying helping out
Drew Strohl enjoys helping out

Every day from 4:15-5:30 p.m. players took part in moving hay bales, cleaning equipment, all the way to creating a parking lot for the Shea Center’s huge fundraising barbecue. Susan Martin, director of fundraising, has called upon the JSerra baseball program for its fourth year of helping out.

Susan says, “The boys are a tremendous help for the Shea Center and for helping create a great environment for the annual barbecue.”

We put aside baseball activities for two weeks to ensure that the boys can create a positive influence for the city of San Juan Capistrano and the future riders at the Shea Center.

Pitcher Grahamm Wiest gives helping out a thumbs up
Pitcher Grahamm Wiest gives the Shea Center a thumbs up
The entire team participated
The entire team participated