With so much buzzing on campus, during the summer months JSerra Blog decided to feature some of the great athletes working hard.
This week JSerra Blog catches up with cross-country senior and San Clemente resident, Kylee Fracassi.
JSerra Blog (JB): How did you get interested in running cross-country?
Kylee Fracassi (KF): I actually tried cross-country because my brother ran, and ended up staying because I loved it.
JB: Greatest athletic memory thus far?
KF: My greatest memory, that I don’t think I could ever forget was winning the State Championships two years in a row. It felt so great to have all our hard work pay off.
JB: What do you look forward to this upcoming cross-county season?
KF: I am really excited about getting to know more of the girls on the team and making great memories. And, of course I’d like to win State again.
JB: Any exciting summer plans?
KF: I’m looking forward to being a camp counselor at the Special Camp for Special Kids, and going to Mammoth with our cross-country team.
Summertime isn’t just about running for Fracassi, she also finds time to volunteer at the Shea Center, and is a member of the Habitat for Humanity Club and the Environmentality Club at JSerra. The All-League athlete hopes to run for Texas Christian University after leaving the hallowed halls of JSerra.
“Kylee is fiercely competitive and driven,” said Coach Marty Dugard of Fracassi’s skills on the track.
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Having run the 200 meters in 21.84 seconds and leaped 23 feet, 7 inches in the long jump, Dante Pettis of JSerra established himself as a track standout in Orange County last season as a junior.
But he’s also an all-Trinity League cornerback in football, and based on how well he was covering receivers at the Edison passing tournament on Saturday, you can only conclude college recruiters are going to be excited about having someone with his speed and size.
San Diego State and Nevada have made scholarship offers.
He’s 6 feet 1, 170 pounds, and he wasn’t backing away from trying to contain Long Beach Poly’s talented group of receivers.
“It’s a challenge but good to see,” he said of the competition.
Austin Hedges opened the 2013 Futures game in New York playing five innings, and showcased his talent on an international level.
The 2011 second-round MLB Draft pick to the Padres has been hard at work since graduating from JSerra. Playing for the Storm in Lake Elsinore, a minor league team for the San Diego Padres, Hedges is ranked as No. 73 by MLB.com, and the No. 4 prospect by Baseball America.
Playing five innings on Sunday Hedges had two at-bats, popping out to short and grounding out to third. He also tossed out Xander Bogaerts trying to steal second to end the top of the first.
Coming off a month-long hiatus due to an injury to his hand from a fastball, Hedges came into the Futures looking to make up for lost time. Batting .273 with three homeruns and 21 RBI’s in 52 games for the Storm.
“It was rough to miss that much time,” said Hedges. “But I am glad to be back, and obviously glad to be here [at the Futures].
JSerra standout freshman shortstop Chase Strumpf impressed a lot of people out on the baseball diamond during his first year of high school.
At the USA Baseball 15U National Team Championships in Cary, N.C. in late June, Strumpf kept on impressing and on July 1 was named to the 40-man roster of the 15U National Team Trials.
Strumpf has now made it past the first stage of tryouts for the USA National Team and will head to Cary, N.C. again from July 13-18 with the hopes of being named to the final 20-man 15U National Team roster.
The 15U National Team will compete in the COPABE “AA”/15U Pan American Championships in Barranquilla, Columbia from July 26 to August 4.
Strumpf is currently committed to UCLA.
JSerra sophomore catcher Sam Cohen was named to the USA Baseball 17U National Development Program on July 8. Cohen competed in the National Team Championships and was selected to the Development Program’s 40-man roster. Two players from that 40-man roster will be invited to the USA Baseball 18U National Team Trials and eight will be invited to the 2014 USA Baseball Tournament of Stars.
JSerra Catholic head football coach Jim Hartigan is a man of perpetual motion.
On a warm, muggy Wednesday morning, he arrives at the school’s athletic campus at 6 a.m. to unlock doors, review schedules and go over the day’s itinerary with his coaching staff.
That’s about as easy as the day gets for him.
In no time, his varsity team begins to trickle into the weight room, some still rubbing the sleep out of their eyes. Meanwhile, Hartigan stands at the ready, his eyes trained to spot any player in need of some extra motivation.
As soon as the morning weight training sessions concludes around 9:45 a.m., Hartigan hustles out to a practice field to watch the future crop of Lions football players, the junior varsity and freshmen squads, go through 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 passing drills.
At this time last year, Hartigan’s day would have ended with a post-practice meeting with his staff and an afternoon session with the varsity. But in March, athletic director Dave Lawn retired to pursue full-time coaching opportunities and JSerra placed the interim tag on Hartigan. On June 20, rather than hire an outsider, the school announced Hartigan as its full-time athletic director, in addition to continuing his duties as head football coach.
Growing up in Norwood, Anthony DeMaio was indoctrinated into something people around town refer as “The Norwood Edge.” He’s since taken that edge to the west coast and shown the good people of California what being “Norwood Tough” is all about.
DeMaio simply exploded in his first year as a varsity lacrosse player at JSerra Catholic High School in San Juan Capistrano, CA, setting the freshman points record for both the school and Orange County by piling up 61 goals and 19 assists.
In the process, he helped lead the Lions to the CIF South Section semifinals and a 15-5 overall record.
“The coolest thing about Anthony is, he is the quintessential team player,” praised JSerra coach Kyle Harrison. “We call a play, he runs it to a T and makes sure he makes the high level lacrosse IQ play. He scores his goals in transition opportunities or he’ll get a garbage goal because no one else will go in there and take the beating or he’ll get a garbage goal but he is the most unselfish player you’ll find.”