JSerra Spring 2015 Signing Day

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 this Spring!

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Taylor Stephen – Providence College

Equestrian:
Haley Giddings – Texas Christian University

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Girls Water Polo:
Marina Daroca Bazan – San Diego State University

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Boys Golf:
Jonathan Unterman – Ave Maria University

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Boys Water Polo:
Zachary Slaughter – George Washington University 

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Cross Country:
Ashley Geisler – University of Nebraska
Victoria Yanco – University of California, Santa Barbara

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Football:
Ethan Aguayo – San Jose State University
Joseph Munroe – Adams State University

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Girls Volleyball:
Hannah Joyce – Whittier College

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Congratulations! Everyone at JSerra will be rooting you on in your future endeavors. We know you will make us proud!

Lion Pride!

JSerra Winter Signing Day 2015

Every year, we see students reach their potential and show the world who they are as individuals. Our Lions are first and foremost students, but they are also outstanding in other aspects of their lives! We are proud of the following students who signed their letters of intent to the universities of their dreams in February 2015!

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Boys Soccer:

Ether Bustos – California State University at Fullerton

Ivan Canales – University of California at Irvine

Julian Font – University of California at Irvine

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Football:

Aaron Matthews – Lindenwood University

Brody Barrett – Appalachian State University

D.J. Bailey – Harvard

Nick Robinson – University of Georgia

Sam Philippi – University of Pennsylvania

Tucker Squires – University of Chicago

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Girls Soccer:

Brooke Kunzelman – Air Force

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Girls Volleyball:

Kayla DeMari – Hawai’i Pacific University

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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!

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Lion Pride!

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!

Undefeated Lions Ready for Trinity League Play

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Lions unleash a focused defensive effort, and the offense is steady in an impressive victory.

JSerra had never been ranked in the Orange County Top 10 andplayed another ranked opponent—until Friday.

And with all eyes on the seventh-ranked Lions and fifth-ranked Trabuco Hills, JSerra didn’t wilt under the spotlight.

The Lions remained unbeaten in impressive fashion, but more importantly, beat a team that was supposed to be more physical and could match their big-play offense.  Ultimately, JSerra didn’t have any big plays. But behind the effort of quarterback Nick Robinson, running back Casey Eugenio, and a defense that was dialed in, the Lions made plenty of little plays to emerge with the biggest nonleague victory in the program’s history.

Another important aspect: If Trabuco Hills—expected to finish second to Mission Viejo in the South Coast League—does make the playoffs, JSerra will have a feather in its cap should it be vying for a wild card berth. And if Trabuco is the team JSerra is competing against for a wild card berth, the Lions will have the head-to-head advantage.

Score: JSerra 37, Trabuco Hills 15

Key Stats: Casey Eugenio rushed 27 times for 122 yards and a touchdown, and Nick Robinson completed 14 of 20 passes for 164 yards and two touchdowns for JSerra.

Pivotal Moment: JSerra had gotten inside the 10-yard line but was forced to kick a field goal for a 17-7 lead in the third quarter. On its next possession, again with first down inside the 10, a penalty moved the Lions back to the 20. Robinson connected with Dante Pettis for a 17-yard gain, and the next play D.J. Bailey scored to go up 23-7. It was a three possession lead and the Lions had clearly survived any momentum shift from Trabuco’s late score in the first half.

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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.

Big Plays Provide Power for JSerra in Win Over Dolphins

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The JSerra football team may not have had possession for very long against Dana Hills but when they did, they made it count.

In a nonleague game filled with fumbles and penalties, the Lions were able to produce enough big plays to come away with a 28-12 victory on September 27 at Saddleback College.

On JSerra’s (4-0) first play from scrimmage, senior quarterback Nick Robinson connected with senior receiver Dante Pettis for an 80-yard touchdown pass, igniting the large homecoming crowd in attendance. It took 14 seconds for the Lions to get on the board.

The Dolphins (1-4) would answer with a drive that ate up five minutes of the clock, but not without a little help. After being forced to punt, JSerra fumbled the return and the Dolphins recovered, giving them prime field position. Facing a fourth-and-one during the ensuing drive at the Lions five-yard line, Dana Hills quarterback Mac Vail dove ahead and got the yardage the team needed. Senior running back Justin Scott would finish it off with a four-yard touchdown run. A blocked point after kept the Lions up 7-6.

The Lions would fumble again four minutes later, but the Dolphins could not capitalize.

After both teams were hindered by multiple penalties to close out the half, bringing the game speed down to a crawl, JSerra junior senior back Casey Eugenio broke for a 52-yard touchdown run in the third quarter that saw him bob, weave and avoid his way to the end zone. The Lions lead never came into doubt from then on.

Junior defensive end Mitchell Deamon returned a Dolphins fumble 42 yards for a score and Robinson would toss a 25-yard touchdown pass to Ricky Zak to close out the scoring for JSerra.

The Lions will travel to play Trabuco Hills on October 4. Dana Hills will host Irvine the same day.

“We did enough to win the game as far as points are concerned. We hung in there defensively enough to keep them from winning the game but we have to improve between now and next week if we’re going to beat Trabuco Hills,” JSerra head coach Jim Hartigan said. “A week ago we had a decent amount of penalties too so we have to clean that up.”

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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.