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.”

 

JSerra Happy With its New Place in Trinity League

VassarBy Damien Calhoun, OC Varsity

Finishing in the top three in the Trinity League is quite an accomplishment, and it’s one that JSerra’s boys basketball team is happy to celebrate.

The fifth-ranked Lions defeated third-ranked Orange Lutheran, 65-54, on Thursday night at Orange Lutheran to capture third place in league.

“This is highest finish we’ve ever had,” Lions coach Joedy Gardner said. “Last year, we tied them (Orange Lutheran) and we had a playoff and they beat us and that moved us down to fourth.

“We’re excited that we’re in the top three (in league). Our guys are working really hard and I think they deserved it. They were prepared.”

The top three teams in the league are guaranteed a berth in the upcoming CIF-SS basketball playoffs.

To read the complete article click CIF Playoffs.

Watch the boys in action as they take on Whitney High School Wednesday, February 13 at 7 p.m.

Tending the Lions’ Den

Lady Lions Head Coach Mary Rossignol
Lady Lions Head Coach Mary Rossignol

By Gabriel Rizk, OC Register

Of the more than 100 career wins Mary Rossignol has piled up as head of the JSerra Catholic girls’ basketball team, not many have come easy.

When you inhabit a league that includes teams like perennially nationally-ranked titan Santa Ana Mater Dei, as well as powerhouse Orange Lutheran, the tone is set for an uphill battle each and every year and Rossignol hasn’t deviated from that theme of challenging competition in her nonleague scheduling either.

Nonetheless it took Rossignol less than six seasons to reach the century mark, a milestone that happened Dec. 28 in a 65-24 tournament win over Newberry Park, and she’s successfully built the Lions into a program wholly capable of standing its ground amid the giants of Orange County basketball.

“We train really hard, we work really hard, we practice really hard,” Rossignol says. “The girls are really committed to one another. I’ve had a great coaching staff over the six years I’ve been here and we just try and outwork everybody, coaching staff-wise and players.

“Every year the program has gotten stronger and we’re continuing to try and build a power.”

Currently sitting at 107-65 overall with a 17-5 record in progress in her sixth season, Rossignol led the program to back-to-back 20 win seasons after taking control in 2007 and led the Lions to a CIF state second-round appearance in 2011.

To read the complete article click Lions Den.

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JSerra Finds New Spark in Triumph Over Rosary

(Left to right): Courtney Bogle, Coco Miller, and August Touchard
(Left to right): Courtney Vaccher, Coco Miller, and August Touchard

By Carlos Arias, OC Varsity

JSerra’s girls basketball team has a lot of weapons this season.

Guards Coco Miller and August Touchard have been outstanding and Megan House, a 6-4 sophomore, and Courtney Vaccher, a 6-2 junior, dominated in the post for the Lions.

JSerra discovered a new weapon in junior guard Corinne Bogle, who gave the Lions a spark off the bench with 16 points to lead No. 3 JSerra to a 53-35 victory over Rosary in a Trinity League game on Thursday night at JSerra High.

“I knew beforehand that I didn’t have a great game the last time we played Rosary,” said Bogle, who had two points in JSerra’s 69-44 victory over Rosary on Jan. 10. “I just tried to do different things this time around.

“I knew I wasn’t great on the boards, so I just tried to perfect different areas as much as I can. It wasn’t all me. It was my teammates. August is great at passing. I know if I run the floor hard I’m going to get the ball in my hands.”

Rosary (14-10. 2-5) knocked down seven 3-pointers, including three in the first quarter to help the Royals build a 13-12 edge heading into the second quarter. JSerra responded with an 8-0 run to start the second quarter and build a 20-13 lead. Touchard was dishing out the assists and Bogle scored nine of her points in the first half to give the Lions (18-5, 4-2) a 27-21 lead at the break.

To read the complete article click Lady Lions.

JSerra Catholic High School Girls Basketball Coach Wins 100th Game

photo-6*A Press Release from JSerra CHS 

JSerra Catholic girls basketball Head Coach Mary Rossignol wins record 100th game.

Early in the Annual Oaks Christian Christmas Hardwood Classic the Lady Lions 65-24 win against Newberry Park became Rossignol’s record 100th win with JSerra Catholic High School.

“As a coach winning is great, but to hit a milestone like this is something you never forget,” said Rossignol, JSerra girls head coach. “It has taken time, commitment and hard work but it has all been worth it. I’m proud of the progress that has been made in our program.”

“Mary has been an integral asset to the athletic program at JSerra and to the girls’ basketball team,” said Dave Lawn, JSerra Athletic Director. “Her ability to transform the program into a highly ranked team in the toughest league in the nation was no small task.”

During Rossignol’s six years at JSerra as head coach, the girls have progressed to become second in the Trinity League and fifth in Orange County. Jourdan Banks (’07) became the school’s first student-athlete to be accepted to an Ivy League university and became team captain of the University of Pennsylvania women’s basketball team.

The highly ranked team also prides itself on giving back to the community regularly. The girls host the Junior Special Olympics on campus as well as visiting the Irvine Cottages Senior Living Center throughout the year.

“It has been an honor to coach at JSerra, to be able to lead such great student-athletes with the commitment and dedication to each other and the selfless people. They are amazing!” said Rossignol. “I am also fortunate to have the support of an amazing coaching staff that give so much of themselves.”

Be sure to save the date for the PAW Showcase, sponsored by Pacific Athletic Wear (PAW), Gatorade and Eastbay, coming to JSerra, February 2, 2013 showcasing girls top teams in Southern California.

For more on the Lady Lions visit them on Facebook.

Lady Lions Top Their Competition

Coco Miller
Coco Miller

JSerra Lady Lions are soaring above the competition. With a 15-4 season and a top 20 ranking in the state, the Lady Lions are a force to be reckoned with.

After a 74-10 victory of the Santa Margarita Eagles, the Lady Lions move forward confident about facing off against the Orange Lutheran Lancers, Thursday, January 17.

The Lady Lions 5-10 guard, Coco Miller has been named to the top Orange County shooters list. With flashes of being a big scorer as a freshman, Miller has continued to develop as a sophomore. Miller is fearless from beyond the 3-point arc,  a trait usually possessed by the best shooters.

Another standout player is senior point guard August Touchard. This senior creates offense for herself and her teammates with her drives to the basket. Touchard is a huge reason why the Lions are contenders for the CIF-SS Division 4AA title.

August Touchard
August Touchard

“The success our team has been having this season is a direct result of their hard work and dedication, to earning a championship,” said Head Coach Mary Rossignol. “Everything is a team effort, and we have a great coaching staff to thank for helping shape the team.”

For more information on the Lady Lions visit them on Facebook.

JSerra delivers from distance to top Santa Margarita

Jonnie Vassar making a slam-dunk as fans look on.
Jonnie Vassar making a slam-dunk as fans look on.

By Devin Ugland, OC Varsity

JSerra connected on 12 3-pointers, including five from Devon Pflueger (19 points), in posting a 75-51 Trinity League victory over Santa Margarita on Friday night at JSerra High.

“We really shot the ball well,” JSerra coach Joedy Gardner said. “We try to stay disciplined when running our (offense), and I thought we did that tonight.”

The Lions (11-4, 2-2) looked determined to put together a good performance in front of their standing-room-only crowd from the outset as they used a 16-0 run to take a 25-13 lead at the end of one quarter.

Santa Margarita (12-7, 0-4) rallied behind Joe Furstinger (17 points) in the second quarter, trimming the JSerra lead to 30-20.

That’s the closest the Eagles would get for the remainder of the game as the Lions closed the half on an 11-2 run.

Gardner considered Friday’s game a chance for his team to get “back in the hunt,” and he asked his players to come out focused against Santa Margarita.

The “hunt” Gardner referred to is the one for the league championship, something that remains a tall order after the Lions dropped their first two league games to heavyweights Mater Dei and St. John Bosco.

To read the complete article click Lion Nation.