JSerra Football Defeats Mater Dei For First Time

For the first time in JSerra’s history, the Lions defeated the Monarchs! This was the biggest win in our schools history and has launched JSerra into the Composite Top 25! The Lions are fresh off of a 17-10 victory over Mater Dei, ranking them at number 17.

JSerra Football Defeats Mater Dei JSerra Football Defeats Mater Dei In order to be considered for these rankings, a team must be ranked in two national polls. If it does not land in all four, the team will be given a 40 to weigh into its average. We chose four national polls that have produced rankings for at least five years. The four polls include the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 writers’ rankings, the MaxPreps Computer RankingsUSA Today Super 25 Expert Rankings and PrepNation’s National Prep Poll.

JSerra Football Defeats Mater Dei JSerra Football Defeats Mater Dei JSerra Football Defeats Mater Dei We couldn’t be more proud of our Lions! Be sure to head out to the next game to cheer on our JSerra football team! You can check out the teams schedule and upcoming games HERE!

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COACH HARTIGAN’S 200TH VICTORY!

Last week when our Lions achieved their second victory of the season, Coach Jim Hartigan celebrated an exciting milestone – the 200th victory of his coaching career!

JSerra CHS Blog_Coach Hartigan’s 200th Victory Coach Hartigan joined JSerra as head coach in 2007. Before taking on the position, he led the Santa Margarita Eagles from 1989-2002 and Clovis West High in Fresno from 2003-2006. Since coming to JSerra, the Lions have improved their record and become a stand out contender in the competitive Trinity League.

JSerra CHS Blog_Coach Hartigan’s 200th Victory This season the JSerra Lions have gone undefeated, winning 40-0 versus Cabrillo High School and 45-21 versus Chino Hills.

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Join us tonight as Coach Hartigan leads the Lions against Huntington Beach in a chance to make his career record 201!

Lion Pride!

Undefeated Lions Ready for Trinity League Play

be6404108c3778d8b644b0aa63d4c34cBy Martin Henderson, Patch.com

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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Big Plays Provide Power for JSerra in Win Over Dolphins

IMG_9931By Steve Breazeale, Dana Point Times

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.

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)

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