JSerra Hopes Brutal Schedule Pays Off

August Touchard, left, will try to help her team make a deep run in the CIF-SS girls basketball playoffs.
August Touchard, left, will try to help her team make a deep run in the CIF-SS girls basketball playoffs.

By Carlos Arias, OC Varsity

JSerra’s girls basketball team played one of the toughest schedules in the county in an effort to prepare for the CIF-SS playoffs.

The Lions went 20-6 overall, finished second in the Trinity League and had impressive victories on the road over St. Bernard of Playa del Rey and La Jolla Country Day. They performed admirably in losses to Bishop Montgomery of Torrance and Santiago of Corona.

JSerra had a lead on top-ranked Mater Dei heading into the fourth quarter before the Monarchs pulled out the victory. The Lions went toe-to-toe with Windward of L.A. before the Wildcats rallied in the fourth quarter to pull out the victory.

Mater Dei and Windward are ranked No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in the state by Cal-Hi Sports, so the Lions are right there with the top teams.

Windward happens to be the top seed in Division 4AA, where the Lions are seeded No. 2.

“We won big games this year, and finishing No. 2 in the Trinity League is big,” JSerra coach Mary Rossignol said. “The schedule has prepared us for the big dance. We have played the best. The program has come a long way.”

 

Law Magnet Program Names Mock Trial Coaches

Patrick Ahle, Former Prosecutor and JSerra Pre-Law Professional Magnet Program Advisor
Patrick Ahle, Former Prosecutor and JSerra Pre-Law Professional Magnet Program Advisor

The JSerra Pre Law Professional Magnet Program is pleased to announce our new mock trial competition coaches.  They are Mr. Jeffrey Tobin, Ms. Kimberly LaSalle, Mr. Bobby Taghavi, and Ms. Vanessa Woods.

These four outstanding attorneys have 53 years of experience as attorneys, and have completed over 300 jury trials and hundreds of other types of hearings and motions.  Each of them is extremely gifted in the practice of law.  Together, they will teach our law magnet students not only how to compete, but also how to excel in the upcoming Fall, 2013 Constitutional Rights Foundation Mock Trial Competition.  This is an outstanding coaching team and our students will be well served under their capable leadership and trial skills.

Lastly, Law Magnet Director Patrick Ahle will be acting as the fifth mock trial coach.  This will bring the coaching team’s collective number of years of experience as attorneys to 76 years, and our collective number of completed jury trials to over 400 trials.

For more information about the backgrounds of the law magnet coaches, please visit the JSerra Law Magnet here.