Ice Lions Victorious in Championship Game

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By Paige Austin, San Juan Patch

Defined by resiliency, JSerra Catholic High overcame a series of one-goal deficits Thursday to beat Los Alamitos, 5-4, to win the Junior Varsity Championship of the Anaheim Ducks High School Hockey League.

The Griffins started off the scoring within seconds of the puck drop, but the JSerra Lions answered with a quick goal of their own, establishing a pattern that would continue until the third period when the Lions earned their first lead of the night on goal number four.

With less than three minutes left in the third, the Griffins were down 5-4, and the players celebrated what they thought was a tying goal, but the referee waived it off ruling that the puck did not cross the goal line.

The hard-fought game was nothing less than expected between the season-long rivals, said JSerra Varsity Coach Mike Perkins.

“We have been having great battles with them all season,” said Perkins.

The two teams met three times in the regular season with JSerra getting the best of the series at 2 games to 1.

“I think we have a good group of kids that play for each other,” said Perkins. “They have a tight bond and have fun and work hard as a team.”

JSerra JV head coach Jean Labbe praised the Griffins in their inaugural season in the league.

“Congratulations to Los Alamitos,” he said. “Assistant Coach Jeff Friesen and Dave Karpa did an amazing job this year.”

To watch highlights click JV Ice Lions win Ducks High School Championship.

To read the complete article click here.

JSerra Ice Lions Win All-Star Game

2013 All-Star Teams
2013 All-Star Teams

One could not have anticipated what was to come as the 2013 high school All-star team walked out onto the frigid ice at the Honda Center. Nine athletes from JSerra competed in both the junior varsity and varsity levels, along with their coaches Jean Labbe and head coach Mike Perkins.

With much anticipation surrounding the game the Lions joined forces with student-athletes from Santa Margarita, Servite, Orange Lutheran, Edison and Corona del Mar high schools.

Junior Varsity All-Stars included: Jake Lauricella, James Barrett, Zach Fiedler, Anthony DeMaio, Brendan Pagani, Max Johnson, Evan Plotnik, and JSerra coach Jean Labb.

Varsity All-Stars included: Tanner Richardson, Nick Inserra, Chase DiBari, and JSerra head coach Mike Perkins.

“The opportunity to be a part of the ADHSHL All Star Games at the Honda Center is a great experience for everyone involved,” said Coach Perkins. “Our JSerra players who participated in this event represented our school, our program and their families very well.”

With the help of DiBari scoring a goal the varsity ‘Black Team’ won the All-Star game on The Anaheim Ducks home ice 5-2.

See the Ice Lions in action at Anaheim Ice February 8-10 for the SoCal High School Weekend.

For updates, game schedule, photos, and more visit the Ice Lions on Facebook.

ICE Lions Celebrate an Unforgettable Season

Congratulations to the JSerra ICE Lions for an unforgettable season. In only three seasons the ICE Lions have formed three teams, competed in Canada and won their first League Championship.

Special Thanks to; 

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The Entire JSerra Coaching staff

Peter Bastone

Dave Pauluzzi

David Karpa, thanks for all the great years of coaching, you will be missed

And most of all the volunteers and parents this season would not have been a success without you.

To see more photos of the season wrap up banquet, click here.

ICE Lions Finish Their Season Off Strong

JSerra Catholic High School’s Hockey future is secure.
The Junior Varsity Ice Lions capped their incredible season with a win Saturday against Servite High School, the 2nd place team in the Anaheim Ducks High School Hockey League. The Ice Lions completed a perfect 12-0 record in league play.

“If we include our preseason we are 15-0”, say Ice Lions Team Manager, Kevin Stein. The championship game is being played on Monday February 28th at Honda Center. The puck drops at 7:00 p.m. and all hockey fans are encouraged to attend. 

“It’s been a terrific year as the boys have really worked thru multiple line changes, injuries and adversities in their quest to finish in first place. Everyone had high hopes and I must admit that when the notion of remaining undefeated throughout the entire season was first mentioned I was a huge skeptic.” Says Stein.

Stein is quick to point out that the boys are fortunate to have the league’s overall scoring leader but, this is a team effort and several players on multiple lines contributed to the victories with goals, assists, penalty kill minutes and an attitude of hard work which contributed to the boys finding a way to win even on the days that they weren’t playing their best hockey.

Former professional hockey player, Kelly Askew, coaches the JSerra Ice Lions. Formed two years ago, the JSerra Ice Lions were the first high school hockey team in Southern California.

Dave Pauluzzi, president and Founder of the Ice Lions looks at the Junior Varsity team with a smile on his face knowing that the organization that he, along with Art Trottier of the Anaheim Ducks, formed three years go, is in safe hands.
“I am extremely proud of the boys, coaches, management and volunteers for this amazing accomplishment” say’s Pauluzzi. “Since the program was founded three years ago, we have been focused on developing athletes who are top students and role models in their community.

For more information, visit www.jserraicelions.org

Ice Lions Make OC Sports History – Again

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Last year, they became Orange County’s first high school ice hockey team.

This year, they won the first all-Orange County high school hockey game, beating Santa Margarita Catholic High School, 5-2.Ice Lions 2

It was big news when the Ice Lions – sponsored by the Anaheim Ducks – became a team.

The Ice Lions’ historic hockey program – and victory against SMCHS – have made big news again. The team was the subject of a column on the Sports section cover of today’s Orange County Register.

The Ice Lions are coached by former Anaheim Ducks David Karpa and Guy Hebert.

The column, by the Register’s Jeff Miller, talked about the challenges ice hockey players from Orange County face compared to their counterparts in places like Minnesota.

Read the column here:

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Football Team’s Historic Victory the Latest Exciting Development at JSerra

The following letter was distributed to members of the JSerra community this week:

There's a lot to celebrate at JSerra
There's a lot to celebrate at JSerra

When the final whistle blew, the scoreboard read: JSerra 14, Santa Margarita 12. It was our varsity football team’s first Trinity League victory in 15 tries.  The reaction at Saddleback Community College was spontaneous and wonderful. Players doused coach Jim Hartigan with Gatorade. Lion Nation stormed the field to congratulate the players. It was an historic accomplishment for the team, our young school and the community.


To read more about our undefeated football team (6-0), please visit JSerra Blog. We invite you to join Lion Nation at our next home varsity game on October 30 at 7:30PM against Mater Dei at Saddleback. To view the varsity football schedule, click here.


Football isn’t the only activity generating excitement on campus. Our boys’ and girls’ cross country teams are ranked among the best in the state. The team is coached by Martin Dugard, an author of nine books whose current non-fiction piece, “The Murder of King Tut,” debuted fifth on the New York Times list of best sellers.


Our ice hockey team, led by former Anaheim Ducks David Karpa and Guy Hebert, is also off to a strong start with an 8-2-1 overall record.Varsity Team


And the campus is anxiously awaiting the start of the girls’ water polo season. The team is coached by Julie Swail-Ertel, captain of the 2000 silver medalist U.S. Olympic team. Julie also represented the U.S.A. last summer in the triathlon at the Beijing Games.


For more on our fast start to the new school year (which includes a National Merit Scholarship Finalist and 34 Advanced Placement winners), please read CEO Frank Talarico’s most recent column in the Capistrano Dispatch.


Parents, want to support JSerra athletics while enjoying a great night out? Attend JSerra’s annual Casino Night on November 7 at the JSerra Pavilion. For just $50 you’ll enjoy great food, live music, a hosted bar, casino-style gaming and a fabulous auction (just in time for early Christmas shopping). Visit www.jserra.org/gtcn for more information.


If you haven’t had the chance to view our beautiful campus in person, view it virtually at www.jserra.org/tour. Don’t miss our Open House & Campus Tour on November 12 from 6:00-8:00PM in the JSerra Pavilion.