‘A Warrior’s Heart:’ From Small Page to the Big Screen

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Author-turned-screenwriter Martin Dugard, who works part-time as the cross-country and track coach at JSerra, will debut his first film Thursday at the Regency. He lives in Rancho Santa Margarita.

You’d think a local man whose name is on the cover of a book that has spent eight weeks on the New York Times’ Best Seller list is worthy of a feature on Patch.

(Actually he is. We apologize for not catching it sooner.)

But Martin Dugard, a Rancho Santa Margarita resident and wildly successful cross country/track coach at JSerra Catholic High School in San Juan Capistrano, is about to break out of book reviews and catch the eye of a different kind of critic: the film critic.

To read the complete article click here.

View the trailer for “A Warrior’s Heart.”

High school coach goes Hollywood

*Press Release from JSerra

‘A Warriors Heart’ Starring Twilight Stars Kellen Lutz and Ashley Green to Make U.S. Premiere in San Juan Capistrano on Dec. 1

  • Film was written by high school state champion cross country coach


November 28, 2011—(San Juan Capistrano, CA)— The movie “A Warriors Heart,” starring “The Twilight Saga” actors Kellen Lutz and Ashley Green, will make its U.S. debut Dec. 1 about a mile from JSerra Catholic High School, where the script writer coaches cross country and track.

The screening, which comes a day before its national release, will be held at Regency San Juan Capistrano theater at 26762 Verdugo Street, San Juan Capistrano, at 7 p.m. To purchase your tickets visit: http://www.jserra.org/warrior.

The movie is about a star lacrosse player named Conor who is acting out following his Marine father’s death in Iraq. His mother sends him to an arduous lacrosse training camp where he learns about maturity and sportsmanship under the guidance of one of his father’s old comrades.

The screenplay was written by author and running coach Martin Dugard with help from parent Jim Yount and the school’s co-founder, Marc Spizzirri. The idea to do a screenplay started with conversations Yount and Dugard had while watching their sons play the sport at JSerra.

It’s a big week for Dugard, who coaches cross country and track. His girls cross country team on Saturday repeated as Division 4 state champion.

The movie is the first feature-length film about lacrosse.

Glee star Chord Overstreet also has a role in the film.

For more information visit www.jserra.org.

About Martin Dugard

New York Times bestselling author Martin Dugard specializes in chronicling the drive of great men to realize their potential. His new book, To Be A Runner, completes that arc. This inspiring and informational series of essays is written from the viewpoint of Dugard’s forty years as a distance runner. For the past six years he has also put that knowledge to good use by spending his afternoons as the head cross-country and track coach at JSerra High School in San Juan Capistrano, California. His teams have qualified for the California State Championships four years in a row, with his girls team winning state titles in 2010 and 2011. For more, visit http://www.martindugard.com.


About JSerra Catholic High School

Just nine years old, JSerra Catholic High School is quickly becoming one of the region’s top university preparatory institutions. Its graduates include National Merit Scholarship winners, Ivy League university students and Division I collegiate athletes. Located in San Juan Capistrano, the school features $110-million facilities, including a state-of-the-art $40 million athletic complex. For more, visit www.jserra.org.

“It’s a Wonderful Life” Debuts Dec. 1

Start your Christmas season by joining George Bailey on his journey through what could have been, only to realize…”It’s aWonderful Life.”

This classic Christmas show will play December 2-3 and 9-10 at 7:30 pm, with matinee shows on December 3,4, and 10 at 2:00 pm. Admission is $12.00 for adults and $10.00 for students under 18 years, and can be reserved in the business office. Seating is limited.

Lady Lions Basketball Voted OC Varsity’s Top Ten Teams to Watch

Lady Lions point guard August Touchard

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The Lions opened some eyes last season after finishing in last place in the Trinity League. They got an at-large berth and a made a run to the CIF-SS Division 4A semifinals. The key components from that team are back. Point guard August Touchard  is a bona fide playmaker, and center Whitney Braeutigam can get things done in the post. Megan House, a 6-3 freshman center, has potential.

To see the complete list of the Top Ten click here.

For more on the Lady Lions visit their Facebook page.

Shepherd’s Christmas Faire Arrives this Weekend

Enjoy the sweet sounds of holiday cheer and great shopping to start marking things off your list while supporting the JSerra Shepherd’s Financial Aid Program.

The Christmas Faire opens at 8am on Dec. 3 and 4 at the JSerra Pavilion located at 23660 Junipero Serra Road.

Local Vendors include:

-Donna B’s Bakery

-Model Metalworks

-Shear Sensation Salon

-Mary Kay Cosmetics and more.

Coach Dugard Congratulates Championship Cross Country Teams

By Martin Dugard

They did it again.

Saturday in Fresno, the JSerra girls cross-country team won their second consecutive California State Championship. The squad of Colby Lindholm, Hannah Hunsaker, Leah Vitrano, Caitlin Nilssen, Brooke Kunzelman, Ashley Geisler, and Kylee Fracassi also won the CIF Southern Section Championship one week earlier.

This makes the second year in a row that the girls have won Trinity League, CIF, and State.

Not to be outdone, the boys team finished a strong sixth at State and a sixth at CIF. Kyle Willis, Sean Robb, Michael Salzle, Nic Fracassi, Matt Bowman, Anthony Mariconda, and Max Allen set school records for the CIF and State meets, and are now officially the best boys team in the history of JSerra.

Congratulations to all the Running Lions!

Girls Cross Country State Champs Again

Last year, JSerra’s girls cross country team was the first in school history to win the triple crown of Trinity League, CIF and a state championship.

On Saturday, the squad completed the feat again, defending its Division 4 state title in Fresno.

“These girls wanted this so much,” coach Martin Dugard told the Orange County Register. “Just before the race, I reminded them to run their race with authority and they got the job done.”

It’s the girls sixth major championship in two years. Four runners placed in the top 30. San Lorenzo Valley placed second, and Harvard-Westlake finished third.

Read the Register’s story here.