JSerra Tournament Highlights So Cal Hockey on Fox Sports West

By Joe Fielder, Fox Sports West

The rivalry was rekindled – and again won by Santa Margarita – in the semi-finals of the third annual JSerra Catholic High School Thanksgiving Invitational Hockey Tournament, which concluded Saturday afternoon at Anaheim ICE when the Eagles fell, 2-0, to Winnipeg’s John Taylor Collegiate in the championship game.

Mike Perkins, the tournament’s director and head coach of San Juan Capistrano – JSerra Catholic’s varsity team, indicated that Bellarmine wasn’t the only school to see the high bar set by Santa Margarita’s hockey program as a catalyst towards a projected goal – and as the fuel of a rivalry that stretches across all sports between the two southern Orange County powers.

“No doubt, Santa Margarita is a big rival for us,” he said. “I hope they feel the same about us.

“As far as the games go, they’re very heated. A lot of the kids have played on teams together over the years. They know each other. It’s no different from Catholic schools in Detroit or in Boston, and places like that where kids grow up playing with each other, against each other, and then they go to separate schools and it happens to each other in high school.”

Detroit. Boston. Mission Viejo.

The players certainly become accustomed to each other. JSerra upset an undefeated Santa Margarita team in the championship game of the 2011-12 season of the Anaheim Ducks High School Hockey League, which expanded to 14 teams for the 2012-13 season and allows players to wear their high school colors and insignias in addition to maintaining their AA and AAA club team eligibility. Santa Margarita and JSerra are the only schools in the league icing both varsity and junior varsity teams.

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Collegiate NCAA/NAIA Night

Join JSerra Counseling and Athletics for the annual NCAA/NAIA information night, Wednesday, December 5. Receive information regarding tools, resources, direction and college recruiting information necessary to help student-athletes play and compete at the collegiate level. The goal is to educate our families about the recruiting process, the opportunities available to them, and help student-athletes find the college that meets their academic, athletic, and financial needs. 

The guest speaker will be Jennifer Noonan, founder of College Sports Quest. Noonan is a graduate of U.C. Santa Barbara who grew up in Orange County where she currently resides. Having played a variety of sports in high school that included winning a CIF state championship, Noonan is an active youth sports instructor, mentor and coach. Noonan and her team are dedicated to helping student-athletes pursue their dreams of playing and competing at the collegiate level while earning a college degree.

Wednesday, December 5
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM in the Center Room
Open to all grade levels.

Please see the attached flyer for more information. To RSVP to Michele Murphy at mmurphy@jserra.org.

NCAA College Recruiting Presentation Flyer Jennifer Noonan 12512.doc

JSerra Adopts a Marine Family

Adopt a Marine Family  this Christmas. 
Several years ago the JSerra family began to acknowledge the debt owed to the men and women of the Armed Forces many of whose families are alone at Christmas and often in need. We didn’t have far to look to see our neighbors south of us at Camp Pendleton. Each year there are families on that base who celebrate without one parent present or with the knowledge that either dad or mom will be leaving soon.

There are approximately 1,200 Marines and Sailors in the unit, about 600 of them are married. There are about 500 children in the battalion and the majority of them are under 10 years of age. We have had a great number of newborns recently as well. All of the Marines and Sailors will be home for Christmas, but will have a deployment leaving out again right after the New Year.

Some of these families live below the poverty line and barely subsist. In addition to the financial strain these young families must deal with the anxiety and loss they suffer with separation during training and deployments.

The JSerra Family has in the past recognized and honored these men and women who serve us with helping to provide a better Christmas for their families.

We are given a fictional name for each family a real description of their status and the names, age and sizes of all members of the family. JSerra families bring Christmas dinner and presents to each military family. The dinner includes a gift certificate for perishable items and staples that will carry the family well beyond Christmas morning (bags of rice, bags of beans, flour, sugar and can goods).

JSerra invites you to join in the effort either as a single family, a class or multiple families bringing Christmas to a Marine family. You will enjoy each and every moment of being part of this selfless activity.

Please contact Bridget Desmond if you are interested in participating. bdesmond@jserra.org

JSerra Girls Seize Third State Cross Country Title

Photo Courtesy of Kim Lindholm

The JSerra girls cross country team has done what no school in Orange County, in any sport, has every accomplished; Three-peat. They won their third straight State Championship Saturday, with the added highlight of sophomore Brooke Kunzelman being named to the All-State team. In addition, the Running Lions won their third straight CIF Championship one week earlier, to go along with their third consecutive Trinity League Championship. Congratulations to all of the Running Lions, on both the boys and girls teams, for an incredible season and a continuing commitment to excellence.

OC Varsity covers the State Championship winners below. 
The season-long journey of JSerra wasn’t always perfect or without challenges. But once again, that journey came to an end with the Lions celebrating another CIF state title.

JSerra placed five scoring runners in the top 30 to win its third consecutive Division 4 state title at the CIF State Cross Country Championships on Saturday at Woodward Park.

The Lions are the first county program in the 26-year history of the state championships to win three consecutive state titles.

“The girls came together, worked as a unit, and played their roles,” Lions coach Marty Dugard said. “It’s humbling because of the sacrifice that the girls go through. These girls have bought into this tradition of excellence that we have tried to build.”

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Running Lions Celebrate Third Straight CIF Victory

JSerra Running Lions competed in the CIF Championship Finals this past weekend, and with fierce competition from all over Southern California, the girls took first place.

The boys cross country team were not far behind taking eleventh place in all of Southern California.

“We’ve worked hard to build a championship tradition. It’s our goal to keep racing at this level for years to come. These young men and women are showing what happens when you combine hard work, teamwork and a daily desire to push personal limits,” said Coach Marty Dugard.

The girls have now qualified to move on to compete in the State Championships later this month. With their third consecutive win at both the Trinity League and CIF level the girls are considered top competition to win their third State Championship for the Lions.

“We graduate a couple of our top runners this year, and as dearly as I will miss them, the very real fact is that we need more runners to fill their spots next year. God has always provided for our program, and I can’t wait to see who He sends our way,” said Dugard.

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