Congratulations to three-sport athlete Dante Pettis for being named as OC Varsity’s Athlete of the Week.
The versatile junior was the only county athlete to win two individual titles at the Orange County Championships. Pettis won the long jump (22-8¼) and returned later in the meet to win the 200 in a time of 21.84. Pettis is the current county leader in the 200 and has the county’s best long jump mark of the season under all conditions.
JSerra athletes commit to play collegiate sports in Basketball, Soccer and Football.
“It is always an exciting time when students commit to play sports at the college level,” said Jim Hartigan, Interim Athletic Director. “Each student-athlete that signs has shown their dedication and hard work to their perspective sports, and JSerra wishes the best to each athlete.”
August Touchard a guard for the Lions, committed to play basketball at Grand Canyon University.
“Going to Grand Canyon is special to me. I have always wanted to Division l basketball. The basketball program has helped me grow as a person and as an athlete.”
Senior Anthony Hickey, a defensive lineman signed his letter of intent to play football at Wagner University in New York.
“Going to Wagner means a lot, I look forward to playing at a high level, and being a part of the winning program. The level of football at JSerra has helped me develop my skill set throughout my four years here.”
JSerra girls soccer also had Claire Quinn commit to play at Capital University of Ohio.
“I have always wanted to play soccer in college. I’m excited to experience another part of the country, and d what I love.”
About JSerra Catholic High School
Turning a decade old, JSerra Catholic High School has grown into one of the region’s top university preparatory institutions. Its graduates include National Merit Scholarship winners, Ivy League university students, Division I collegiate athletes and young adults committed to being a positive force in their communities. 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.
Congratulations to Jonny Unterman for being named OC Varsity’s Athlete of the Week.
Unterman posted a 2-under-par 34 at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Course to help the Lions post a school record 181 in the victory against St. Margaret’s. He also posted a 2-under 34 at Santa Ana Country Club in a match against Mater Dei this season, giving him a 37.5 nine-hole scoring average.
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More than 1,500 athletes gathered in one the country’s high school football hotbeds, out to prove that they truly are some of the best prospects out there. JSerra’s Jakob Wolfe was one of only 25 selected to the Los Angeles Nike SPARQ All-Combine Team.
Wolfe is a 6-4” offensive lineman for the Lions, and is said to be a strong college tackle by the Nike Training Camp Coaches.
“We are proud of how far Jackob has come during his three years as a Lion. His results at the Nike Football Training Camp are a testament to his dedication and work ethic, as well as the strength of the program that the coaching staff has built, and continues to build here at JSerra,” said Jim Hartigan, head football coach. “We feel that Jakob has only scratched the surface of his potential, and look for big things out of him as well as the rest of the team during the upcoming season.”
The first two sets between the JSerra and Santa Margarita boys volleyball teams April 9 match were neck and neck, the first set ending 25-20 and the second at 25-22, both in JSerra’s favor.
The third and final set is when JSerra (8-6, 2-2 league) kicked things into over-drive and won 25-15, pulling out the three-set win win in their first match against Santa Margarita (6-10, 0-4) in league play. The win pulled the Lions to .500 in Trinity League play.
“There is nothing I would change about the team, they’re playing volleyball at an extremely high level right now,” JSerra head coach Tim Layton said of his team, which has bounced back from losing their first two league games against Mater Dei and St. John Bosco, respectively, with a win over Servite on March 26 and the Eagles.
In an exciting four quarters of lacrosse, the Lions added one more “W” to their record this season (9-2), but this one was special as they topped previously Southern CIF top-ranked Palos Verdes on their home field, 8-7. JSerra decided to play only one game over the spring break and Coach Harrison’s decision paid off.
The young Lions squad was given a few days off to relax and enjoy their break. Palos Verdes was the Los Angeles County Champions last year and they started this season where they left off last season. They entered the game with an undefeated record of 9-0, outscoring their opponents by an average of 8 goals per game.
The Lions came out of the box with junior midfielder Brenden Lynch (2 goals, 1 assist), scoring in the first two minutes of the game answered by the Sea Kings senior Team Captain Augie O’Hern (1g, 1a). The rest of the first half was a true battle going into half time tied 4-4. Lions senior midfielder Cole Schleppy (1g), sophomore midfielder Jake Schleppy (2g) and freshman attack Anthony DeMaio (2g, 1a) all putting one in the net.