Inspired Performance of the Game by Infiniti of Mission Viejo & COX 3

Have you been watching the COX3 Game of the Week? You can help our school win $2,500 by voting for PeeJay Vander’s Inspired Performance of the Game!

Running Back, PeeJay Vander play from Friday’s game was elected as an Inspired Performance of the Game which means J Serra High School is now eligible to win $2,500!  If you missed the replay from COX, be sure to watch it here!

Once every week Cox Communications televises the Game of the Week on COX3 – the hottest high school football matchups in Orange County. Toward the conclusion of each telecast, the COX3 announcers decide the Inspired Performance of the Game, a particular act of exceptional effort, focus, or ability. You can vote for us on their website. Nominees from the season’s pool of Inspired Performances of the Game can go on to win the grand prize of $2,500!

How to Win
Everyone can vote – students, parents, teachers, coaches, boosters, friends… everyone! All you have to do is share this link: http://www.InfinitiMV.com/COX. Look for the “Vote Now” button, click next to JSerra, and spread the word!

Remember, the school with the most votes at the end of the season wins $2,500 cash from Infiniti of Mission Viejo.

Click here to vote!

Lion Pride!

COACH HARTIGAN’S 200TH VICTORY!

Last week when our Lions achieved their second victory of the season, Coach Jim Hartigan celebrated an exciting milestone – the 200th victory of his coaching career!

JSerra CHS Blog_Coach Hartigan’s 200th Victory Coach Hartigan joined JSerra as head coach in 2007. Before taking on the position, he led the Santa Margarita Eagles from 1989-2002 and Clovis West High in Fresno from 2003-2006. Since coming to JSerra, the Lions have improved their record and become a stand out contender in the competitive Trinity League.

JSerra CHS Blog_Coach Hartigan’s 200th Victory This season the JSerra Lions have gone undefeated, winning 40-0 versus Cabrillo High School and 45-21 versus Chino Hills.

JSerra CHS Blog_Coach Hartigan’s 200th Victory

Join us tonight as Coach Hartigan leads the Lions against Huntington Beach in a chance to make his career record 201!

Lion Pride!

Three JSerra Alums Achieve Eagle Rank

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Three of the five recent Eagle Scout rankings are graduates of JSerra’s class of 2013. Daniel Bondi, Xavier Puga and Andrew Wasilewski each completed the rank while as high school seniors.

“Scouting means to me a time of growth as a young man on the road to become the man I am today,” said Daniel Bondi.

“I’ve learned that with hard work comes great accomplishment and that the right mind set will get you far in life,” said Xavier Puga.

“The pain of discipline is short term, but the pain of regret lasts a lifetime; and that if you do something that scares you everyday your life can never be boring,” said Andrew Wasilewski.

Three have been together in Scouting since first grade, and all came together by fifth grade, when they bridged into Boy Scout Troop 724 – sponsored by the Rotary Club in San Juan Capistrano. Of the original 14 members of Troop 724, six reached the Eagle Scout rank.

After graduation, they celebrated their achievement together, along with families and friends, at a joint Eagle Court of Honor on July 21 at the San Juan Capistrano Community Center. Mayor John Taylor presented each of the boys a special commendation from the City Council. They are among the select few achieving the rank – in the Orange County Council, BSA in 2012, 743 young men attained the rank, among 28,000 youth served.

SCOUTING EXPERIENCE

In addition to earning five previous ranks and at least 21 merit badges, each Eagle envisioned, negotiated, planned, financed and led a service project to improve the community.

Bondi led the construction of two large, portable cabinets for Family Assistance Ministries in San Clemente, storing clothing for the homeless to use for job interviews. Puga led the assembly of “urban survival” backpacks for the homeless, packed with basic essentials. Wasilewski led the installation of a fence protecting another section of the vernal pool at The Reserve.

Alumnus Ali Celentano Named UAA and ECAC South Athlete of the Week

celentano_hs_srJSerra alumnus and Carnegie Mellon University junior Ali Celentano  was named University Athletic Association (UAA) Athlete of the Week as well as Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) South Volleyball Athlete of the Week.

Celentano garners the award after leading the Tartans to a 5-0 record last week to improve on the team’s best start since 2004, as the Tartans are now 8-1 overall.

Celentano recorded double-digit kills in four matches last week with an average hitting percent of .340 in the five victories. The junior now has recorded double digit kills in seven matches this season.

Celentano had season-high 18 kills against Geneva while hitting a season-high .438. She also hit above .400 against Capital. The junior right side hitter also recorded a career-high four service aces and a season-high five block assists against John Carroll.

Baseball: All Eyes Will be on Sophomore Chase Strumpf

Strumpf after winning MVP in Colombia
Strumpf after winning MVP in Colombia

By Eric Sondheimer, LA Times

It has been a little over a month since sophomore Chase Strumpf of JSerra returned from Colombia with a gold medal after helping the USA 15U baseball team win the Pan American championships.

It was another achievement for a young player who keeps raising expectations. Before he even played in his first high school game last season, he accepted a scholarship to UCLA. Then he became a starter for the Lions. And things keep getting better.

Strumpf is ranked No. 3 in the nation among the class of ’16 prospects by Perfect Game. He’s appeared in Sports Illustrated’s Faces in the Crowd after hitting five home runs in eight games in Colombia to earn tournament MVP honors.

“It was amazing being able to wear USA on your chest,” he said of his USA 15U experience last weekend at halftime of the JSerra-Buena Park football game. “It was the best feeling in my life. I’ll never forget it.”

Strumpf has already made a big jump from freshman to sophomore year based on his summer. He’s stronger and has more power. He got to see Trinity League pitching as a freshman. It’s a little scary to think what he’ll look like by his senior year.

JSerra Captures Sage Hill’s Prep Classic

TennisJSerra won the round-robin Prep Classic Invitational, hosted by Sage Hill, over the weekend, taking all three matches it played.

The Lionsranked No. 9 in the county, defeated St. Ignatius of San Francisco, 5-4, Sage Hill, 7-2 and Bishop Gorman of Las Vegas, 5-4 to win the tournament for the first time. Jadie AcideraZoe KaffenNatalie Wekand Lauren Burke were named to the all-tournament team for the Lions.

All matches were played at The Tennis Club in Newport Beach. The matches were played in college-scoring format, with five singles matches and four doubles matches.

Here were the tournament’s final standings:

Champion: JSerra (3-0)

Second place: St. Ignatius of San Francisco (2-1)

Third place: Bishop Gorman of Las Vegas (1-2)

Fourth place: Sage Hill (0-3)

 For more on the Lady Lions Tennis team visit them on Facebook.

Future looks bright for JSerra, Acidera

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JSerra came up short of winning the Trinity League girls tennis title last year, losing both of its matches against Santa Margarita.

With standout freshman Jadie Acidera leading the charge, JSerra coach Kirk Orahood thinks his team will pose a strong challenge for the defending league champions later this season.

The Lions won their fourth consecutive match to start the season, defeating Sage Hill, 14-4, in a nonleague match at The Tennis Club in Newport Beach on Tuesday.

Acidera lost only one game while sweeping her three sets at No. 1 singles. Mary Kaffen also swept her three sets in singles, and the Lions’ No. 1 doubles tandem of Zoe Kaffen and Natalie Wek won all three of their sets.

Orahood said he thought Tuesday was a strong performance and believes the Lions (4-0) have a chance to unseat Santa Margarita later this season.

“I think we’re pretty solid,” said Orahood, who believes the match between the top two teams in league from last season will come down to doubles when they meet Oct. 8. Acidera has yet to lose a set this season.

“There’s always something to improve on,” said Acidera, who said she felt she made too many unforced errors against the Lightning (1-2).