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JSerra Receives Sportsmanship Award

Photo by Bob Rohwer

JSerra was among four to receive the 2010-11 Kenneth Fagans “Shake for Sportsmanship” awards, the CIF Southern Section office announced the recipients  May 2 at Dodger’s Stadium.

JSerra Athletics exhibited “participation, enthusiasm, behavior at home and away games, treatment of opponents and treatment of the contest officials.  Judging is to based not only on the student-athletes’ conduct, but also on the conduct of the school band members, drill teams, cheerleaders and student-rooting sections,” ultimately deciding JSerra for this great honor.

To read the full story click here, “Shake for Sportsmanship”

JSerra Prays for Cameron Cook’s Family

Cameron Cook 1992-2011

The JSerra Catholic High School community is deeply saddened by the news of the passing of alumni scholar-athlete Cameron Cook.

I speak for all of Cameron’s teachers and friends at JSerra in saying that this is a great tragedy to befall the JSerra community. Cameron was a kind and caring person. He was a hard working student who earned good grades as well as a top player on the tennis team.  He also enjoyed sharing his athletic gifts by teaching young kids how to play tennis.

The entire JSerra community mourns this tragic loss. Cameron and his family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Tom Waszak

JSerra Ranked 13th in OC Varsity’s Top 25 Sports Programs of the Year

Only two-thirds of the way through the school year and OC Varsity has sent out its top 25 picks for best athletic programs of the year.

Hannah Hunsaker

“ brings you the top 25 schools of the 2010-11 sports year (so far). Our evaluations included CIF section and state playoff success, and league success, too. Success in football, being the most popular and important sport in Orange County athletics, carried extra significance.”

To see the full list click here.

Girls Tennis Season

The Lady Lions finished their season in 3rd place, earning the program their first CIF playoff trip in school’s history! In the individual tournament, Leslie Chang dominated the Trinity League as the champion, with a league record of 27 – 1. Cara Cummings and Valerie Bukowski place 4th in the tournament. Natalie Wek with Caroline Koss, doubles and Emily Day in singles won 1st round matches in the tournament. In the JV league tournament, Lizzy Celentano and Emily Lown placed 2nd, losing in the finals in a tough 3 set loss to SM. Varsity will compete in JSerra’s first ever tennis appearance Thurs. 11th. CIF pairings are not out yet. Congratulations…and GO LIONS !!!

JSerra Alum Walks-on to Penn State Team

By Amanda Samaan

Lady Lion Alum Stephanie Tarle walks-on to play for the Penn State tennis team.

Torn between the school of her dreams and the reality of playing tennis as a freshman was hard on Tarle when she choose to follow her heart and her legacy, having both parents and her brother attend Penn State, she fought and fought hard to make both dreams a reality, and it paid off.

JSerra tennis coach Kirk Orahood coached Tarle in her senior year here at JSerra and had this to say, “This beats the Rudy byline because she is a true freshman and playing right now, we don’t have to wait until the end of the movie.”

Without taking credit for Tarle’s achievement Coach Orahood gave credit to her parents for raising a fantastic scholar and athlete. Seeing her hard work in her final season at JSerra, Orahood knew that she was destined for greatness. After working hard on the dynamics of doubles play with Coach Orahood, there was nothing stopping Tarle from reaching her goal of her dream school and competitive position on the Penn State Tennis team.

“I am so proud of Stephanie as I am any of my other Division-1 or Wimbledon players” Orahood adds.

Congratulations to Stephanie for all your accomplishments. If this is just the beginning of the movie, we can’t wait to see the end!

To view Stephanie’s results and photo’s of each match, click here.