JSerra Signing Day 2014

We are always proud of our Lions. Every year, we see students reach their potential and show the world who they are as individuals. They are first and foremost students, but our Lions are also stellar in other aspects of their lives! We are so proud of the following students who signed their letters of intent to the universities of their dreams!

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Girls Basketball:

Megan House – Pepperdine

Coco Miller – University of California at Santa Barbara

JSerra CHS Blog_2014 Signing Day

Baseball:

Jake Pries – University of California at Los Angeles

Quentin Longrie – University of Southern California

Sam Cohen – University of California at Santa Barbara

Kyle Stewart – NAVY

Christian Molfetta – Stanford

JSerra CHS Blog_2014 Signing Day

Swimming:

Karli Thuen – University of Arizona

Kaitlyn Albertoli – Stanford

Brittany Kahn – Duke

Sonia Wang – Harvard

JSerra CHS Blog_2014 Signing Day

Boys Lacrosse:

Nick Georgagi – Colorado Mesa

Logan Olmsted – Colorado Mesa

Kennedy Solomon – UMBC

Yuta Murata – Colby College

James Yanes – Hofstra University

Jake Schleppy – High Point University

JSerra CHS Blog_2014 Signing Day

Girls Golf:

Halie Lasken – Siena College

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Congratulations! Always remember that everyone at JSerra will be rooting you on in your future endeavors. We know you will make us proud!

JSerra CHS Blog_2014 Signing Day

Lion Pride!

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’s Robinson Gets High Marks on Progress Report

Parker Joe Robinson
Parker Joe Robinson

By Adam Maya, OC Varsity

Parker Joe Robinson threw two scoreless innings while striking out three batters in a recent showcase at UCLA. But the true test came the next day when he asked his father, Jeff, how he looked.

“I noticed he was opening up his front side early,” Jeff said. “He said, ‘Yeah, I felt it. I wasn’t getting loaded.’ For him to figure that out is really gratifying.”

Not so much because of his son’s success, Jeff said, but his progress. Jeff pitched nine years in the major leagues, including one season (1991) with the Angels. Once Parker Joe made it clear at a young age he hoped to “follow (his) dad” on the mound, Jeff alternated between Father and Coach, one pitch at a time.

“With my background, I knew you had to build a foundation,” Jeff said. “It’s a process.”

Parker Joe, who will be a senior in the fall at JSerra, worked on being quicker to the plate from the stretch this past spring. The previous year was it was about maintaining his balance point. Before that it was his follow through.

Now, Jeff wants his son to put it all together.

“It’s for him to figure it out on his own,” Jeff said. “He’s learned all the major mechanics. Ever since he started pitching, there was one goal per season, one thing to master every year. That’s led him to where he is now.”

This week that’s the Area Code Games in Long Beach, where more than 200 of the nation’s top prospects are competing in an all-wood bat tournament. Parker Joe is one of seven players from Orange County that made the cut.

“It’s a big honor,” Parker Joe said.

It’s also a big improvement. Just 15 months ago, the powerful, 6-foot-5 Parker Joe was still playing junior varsity, mostly because Lions varsity coach Brett Kay wanted to see Parker Joe develop into a two-way player. The sophomore responded by playing nearly every inning and winning MVP honors.

“He understood the process,” Kay said.

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Baseball: Chase Strumpf Hits His Fifth Home Run in Six Games

StrumpfBy Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times

A year ago, when he was an incoming freshman at San Juan Capistrano JSerra, Chase Strumpf was cut from the USA national youth team that he was trying to make. That might be the final time in his life that someone dares to cut Strumpf.

On Friday, he hit his fifth home run in six games of the COPABE Pan American Games in Colombia, helping the USA 15U national team improve to 6-0 with a 9-0 win over Brazil.

Strumpf became the starting shortstop as a freshman at JSerra this past season. He has committed to UCLA, and USA 15U assistant Coach Matt LaCour, the head coach at Harvard-Westlake, said Strumpf is much improved from the player of last summer.

“Was a year younger,” LaCour said in an email. “This past year of real baseball has done him well.”

As for what he is accomplishing in Colombia, LaCour said, “He is playing really well and is a run producer. Fun watching him develop over the last couple of years. He is going to be an impact guy at the next level.”

Blake Sabol, who attends Aliso Niguel, had two hits and two RBIs on Friday.

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Hedges Has a Ball at MLB Futures Game

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Austin Hedges (left)

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].

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Strumpf on to Next Stage of USA Baseball Tryouts, Cohen Named to Development Team

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Chase Strumpf, Shortstop

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.

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Sam Cohen, Catcher

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.

Major League Futures Ahead for Four JSerra Alumni

2013 Alumnus Dane McFarland
2013 Alumnus Dane McFarland

JSerra Catholic High School has four alumni drafted into Major League Baseball, in the 2013 draft.

“Obviously a very exciting day for JSerra Catholic Athletics and the baseball program to see four Lions drafted in the MLB 2013 Player draft,” said JSerra Head Baseball Coach Brett Kay.

Recent graduate and 6-foot-4 outfielder, Dane McFarland was selected 360 overall to the Arizona Diamondbacks, giving up his spot to play at Oregon in the fall.

McFarland has one of the most enticing power/speed combos among the prep outfielders in the Draft. With his huge frame he combines this with great bat speed to give him plus power.

Colton Plaia
Colton Plaia ’09

Colton Plaia ’09, was drafted for the second year in a row, this time by the New York Mets as the 446 pick overall from Loyola Marymount University. The catcher who leaves in less than 24 hours, since being drafted for training camp was said to have solid legs and is a durable receiver, with a tough presence and a plus-arm are his best tool.

Plaia was also selected to play for the U.S. National team in 2012.

Another draftee is right-handed pitcher Reed Reily ’10 of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo was selected 549 overall to the Orioles.

Reily can touch the mid 90’s with his fastball and he has a good amount of deception to go along with it. He complements the heater with an 80-84 mph slider and a changeup he’ll throw in the low 80s as well.

JSerra’s final draftee is left handed pitcher, Cory Miller ’10 from Pepperdine University was selected as the 482 overall pick to the Brewers.

Miller, a three-year varsity letter winner and pitcher for head coach Brett Kay helped lead the Lions to the 2009 Trinity League championship. Miller also received two coaches awards and two of his team’s Cy Young Awards, set the school’s record for most saves in a season with four.

“All of them were outstanding young men while in our program and have the desire and work ethic to be able to have that great opportunity to get drafted. It will be great to see those guys don the uniform at the next level and know that they were Lions,” said Kay.

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