Anaheim-JSerra Catholic High School defeated Santa Margarita Catholic 3-2 to capture the Anaheim Ducks High School Hockey League (ADHSHL) championship on March 6 at Honda Center.
More than 1,000 fans watched the varsity and junior varsity championship games, the latter of which was won by Damien HS over Long Beach Prep, 4-2.
Santa Margarita went undefeated in league play (8-0), finishing atop the league and earning a bye to the championship game. The Eagles were the highest scoring team in the league with 46 team goals. JSerra advanced to the finals after defeating Servite High School, 2-1, in the semifinal contest on Feb. 25.
JSerra came into the championship game as the underdog but jumped out to an early 1-0 lead with a goal from Joseph Pauluzzi, but Santa Margarita came back to tie the game with a power play goal from Kyle White.
“Joe (Pauluzzi) has been a true leader for us all season,” said JSerra Head Coach Mike Perkins. “It is fitting that he scored the first goal and then cleared the puck out of our zone with 5 seconds remaining to ensure our victory.”
Santa Margarita jumped out to a 2-1 lead in the second when Kyle White capitalized on the power play with his second goal of the night, but JSerra answered five minutes later with a goal by Chandler Cole. The game remained tied going into the 3rd period and was back and forth throughout until JSerra’s Blake Reeves scored late in the third to take a 3-2 lead. Santa Margarita came back with a lot of pressure late in the game, but JSerra was able to hold on.
“The team took advantage of the last time they were to step on the ice together this year as a team. We talked about it in the locker room before the game. These guys deserved to win this game.”
JSerra celebrates Black History Month with some of America’s most famous living legends, to come and share their stories with the JSerra Community, in the annual event.
Jon Gibson, gospel singer, songwriter and producer, Jon shared his experience and musical talents with an opening to the celebration with a few songs of praise.
Mitchell Higginbotham, one of the last living Tuskegee Pilots, shared his experience and love for his country, with the students. Mitchell was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, one of the nation’s highest honors, by President Bush and Congress in 2007. Mitchell is also a member of the Dana Point Historical Society.
Also in attendence to share his imfamous story was Terrance Roberts, one of the original Little Rock 9, a group of nine African-American students enrolled in an all White school, in Arkansas. Terrence shared what it was like to go to school everyday and have to fear for his life, instead of his homework.
His story touched so many JSerra students, Terrance was flooded with questions and students who wanted to know more about his challenging high school experience.
Special thanks to all of the special guests, for your time speaking to the JSerra community.
Recent JSerra graduate, Macrae Carden lives the legacy of excellence as the Trojans take home the 2011-2012 NCAA Water Polo Championship.
JSerra Blog sat down with the high school All-American water polo player to talk more about the legendary four-time NCAA Championship win against local rival UCLA.
How did you get into Water Polo, and what is it about the game that you enjoy so much?
My father played for Long Beach State and he directed me to the game, when I was 11. Water Polo is the toughest sport in the world, and I love the strategy it takes to be a competitive player.
How does playing at the collegiate level differ from the high school level? The game is so much more faster and physical.
What was it like to win an NCAA championship your first year playing at the collegiate level?
After we won the junior Olympics 21 and under national championship, I hurt my shoulder bad. It took 6 weeks to re-hab to start shooting the ball again. I was able to red-shirt this year and get another year in my eligibility. We have a very strong team in 2012 and will be back playing for another championship.
How do you balance water polo and school?
You need to learn how to schedule every minute of the day. Organization is the key to the balance between Water Polo and school.
What is one piece of advice you would give to the students at JSerra?
The sooner you start being responsible for every decision you have to make in your life, the sooner you can start growing toward your goals.