Capistrano Dispatch Cross Country Preview

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Marty Dugard has resided over one of the most dominant girls cross country teams in CIF history. The Lions have won the Trinity League, CIF-SS and CIF State Cross Country Division 4 Championship a record three consecutive years. It’s a stretch that has been unparalleled and Dugard believes that the Lions still have fight left in them.

When asked about his outlook on the 2013 season, Dugard responded with something that might seem like hyperbole. But when looking at the team’s track record in recent years, it’s a statement that looms large.

“I honestly think this is going to be our best season ever,” Dugard said. “I want to win two state trophies (boys and girls) and I think we could do it.”

A key piece to the girls team’s hopes at another string of titles will be junior Ashley Geisler, who recently suffered a stress reaction but is on the mend and rehabbing. Geisler finished 14th overall at the state meet in 2012 and played an integral role in the Lions tight, top of the rotation placement in races, which became their trademark.

Dugard pegged sophomore transfer Charlotte Owen as a runner who will help add depth to the roster and could possibly have a breakout year.

The boys cross country team may not have a runner who will finish on the podium week in and week out, but they have developed a tight pack running mentality over the offseason, which Dugard believes will give them an edge in the major meets. Dugard said his current top five runners are all finishing their races within 45 seconds of each other. Dugard stressed that on any given day, it can be senior Nic Fracassi leading the way or it could be junior Anthony Mariconda.

The Lions’ first real test on their way to their lofty goals will be at the Trinity League Prelims on October 2.

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

374901_449550255091926_866401914_nBy Mark Cooper, OC Varsity

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).

JSerra Opens Season With Rare Shutout

Ethan Aguayo leaps for a touchdown catch as Samuel Liaga of Centennial of Las Vegas tries to block during the second quarter of the Brothers in Arms Classic football game at Mission Viejo High.
Ethan Aguayo leaps for a touchdown catch as Samuel Liaga of Centennial of Las Vegas tries to block during the second quarter of the Brothers in Arms Classic football game at Mission Viejo High.

By Antonio Morales, OC Varsity

JSerra coach Jim Hartigan said that, on paper, this might be the best team he’s had since he began coaching the Lions.

On Saturday afternoon, they looked pretty good on the field, too.

JSerra dominated Centennial of Nevada in its nonleague season opener, 44-0, at Mission Viejo.

The Lions’ defense stood out with seven sacks and it held Bulldogs running back Lantz Worthington to 36 yards rushing.

“I thought we had good pressure, and I thought we covered, for the most part, pretty well,” Hartigan said. “We were prepared for a lot of pass, so we tried to give a bunch of looks, both zone and pressure.”

It was JSerra’s first shutout since the 2010 season, when it shut out Fullerton, 31-0.

The Lions’ offense and special teams also contributed to the resounding win.

Ethan Aguayo got them on the scoreboard when he blocked a punt for a safety in the first quarter to put them up, 2-0.

The offense followed with a 50-yard touchdown march, which culminated with Dante Pettis hauling in Nick Robinson’s 11-yard pass in the back corner of the end zone.

Casey Eugenio, Conor O’Brien and Aguayo each added a touchdown in the first half, which swelled the Lions’ lead to 30 points.

It was the first game JSerra played with its new look up-tempo offense.

“We’re kind of a run-pass option team, and we had a bunch of backs going in there,” Hartigan said. “We had Pettis catching some balls, too. We want to spread the ball around as much as possible.

“We want to speed the game up a bit. I’m sure there are things we can improve on, but it’s a good start.”

Robinson had a good day leading the offense as he went 9 of 16 passing for 108 yards and two touchdowns. He might have had a few more completions if it wasn’t for a few drops.

His play-fakes also set up some nice runs for his running backs. Eugenio led the way on the ground with 138 yards and two touchdowns.

Pettis left the game in the second quarter due to some heat exhaustion, according to Hartigan.

The Lions have a week off before they take on Huntington Beach at 7 p.m. on Sept. 13 at Saddleback College.

For more on the Lions Football season visit them on Facebook.

JSerra Pep Squad Brings Home Top Honors

IMG_0248The 2013/14 JSerra Pep Squad recently returned from USA Camp in Anaheim earning numerous awards.  During the closing ceremonies the girls and parents were thrilled to hear JSerra’s name called out for the prestigious awards.

“This year’s camp experience was remarkable. I had more fun with the girls than I have ever had and we grew so much together. All teams winning superior ribbons was such a blessing but I think the best part was the memories we made together. It was the perfect way to start off my senior year with such a great group of girls and I will cherish it forever,” said Layla Nasr, Varsity Captain.

IMG_0196The 48-member Pep Squad has been working extremely hard to prepare for camp and their dedication paid off.  For the first time in JSerra history the Pep Squad brought home this amount of awards.   The girls are excited to start the school year and bring their award-winning attitude back to JSerra.

“This year’s camp experience was the most memorable out of all my four years throughout high school. I was blessed with the opportunity to lead the song team as captain this year and I couldn’t be more proud of us four girls. We accomplished the unthinkable.  I couldn’t ask for a better, more hard-working squad of girls. It was truly a great way to walk out of my last high school cheer camp,” said Gianna Sciortino, Varsity Song Captain.

Below is a list of awards and their recipients:

– All Pep Squad – Superior Award for their Home Routine Performance earning them a chance to cheer at the Pro Bowl in Hawaii

– Varsity Cheer/Mascot/JV Cheer/Freshman Cheer – Spirit Award

– Varsity Song – Spirit Award

– All Pep Squad – Awarded the prestigious final Spirit Award of camp

– Freshman Cheer – Superior Game Time Evaluation Award

– JV Cheer – Superior Game Time Evaluation Award

– Varsity Cheer/Mascot/Song – Superior Game Time Evaluation Award

– Varsity Song – Superior Group Routine Evaluation Award

– Varsity Song – Four Superior Individual Routine Evaluations (all members)

– Annie Pfost,  Brianna Porrello, Gianna Sciortino, Francesca Bacino  – Received “Pin It Forward” recognition for being standout role models

– Varsity Song- Coveted Unity Award voted on by the other teams

– Dominique Dueker, Annie Pfost, Gianna Sciortino, Gemma Hartigan, Avrial Barretto, Amber Salas, Lia Dueker  –  Out of 200 competitors these 7 girls were named to the All American Team earning  an invitation to visit London for a parade celebrating their excellence!

– A big congratulations to Fran Bacino, Dominique Dueker, Gianna Sciortino and Annie Pfost who were invited to audition to become USA staff members this spring.

JSerra Hosts Joy Splash to Benefit the NEGU Foundation

"Joy Splash" swimmers line up for a photo with U.S. Olympic swimmers, Julie Swail-Ertel (Women's 2000 Waterpolo Captain), of Irvine, Kaitlyn Sandeno (2000, 2004), of Irvine, and Chloe Sutton (2008, 2012), of Mission Viejo.  Photo Courtesy of David Bro, OC Register
“Joy Splash” swimmers line up for a photo with U.S. Olympic swimmers, Julie Swail-Ertel (Women’s 2000 Waterpolo Captain), of Irvine, Kaitlyn Sandeno (2000, 2004), of Irvine, and Chloe Sutton (2008, 2012), of Mission Viejo. Photo Courtesy of David Bro, OC Register

*By the OC Register

It was a day of family fun at JSerra Catholic High School’s pool for “Joy Splash.”

The event June 15 included swim relays, face painting, games, music, food and a chance to meet pro athletes like U.S. Olympic swimmers Kaitlin Sandeno and Chloe Sutton. Funds raised during the event benefit the Never Ever Give Up Foundation, which was started by Rancho Santa Margarita’s Jessie Rees, who died at age 12 of brain cancer.

To view the photo album from the event click Joy Splash.

Congratulations to the 2013 Underclassman Award Recipients

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2013 Underclassman Award Recipients

Each year, JSerra recognizes the stellar achievements of our 9-11 grade students at the annual Underclassmen Awards. The awards are presented at an all-school assembly in early June. On June 3, ten awards were given to 22 outstanding JSerra students. Congratulations to the recipients:

International Student Award

Haley Park

Faculty Awards

Ethan Worden and Haley Kempf (Freshman)

Nick Robinson and Kimberly Waszak (Sophomores)

Noah Mudd and Cayley Oliver (Juniors)

Class Awards

Joseph Santoro and Gemma Hartigan (Freshman)

Chandler Chaffee and Tiffany Nolet (Sophomores)

Zachary Johnson and Francesca Bacino (Juniors)

CEO Lion Challenge Award

Ben Joseph

National Latin Exam Award

Cum Laude: Tucker Squiers

Magna Cum Laude: Fergus O’Connor and John McGlinn

Maxima Cum Laude: Andrew Cameron

To view the complete album of award recipients click here.