Three JSerra Athletes Commit to Play Collegiate Sports

(left to right): Claire Quinn, Anthony Hickey, Interim Athletic Dirctor Jim Hartigan, and August Touchard
(left to right): Claire Quinn, Anthony Hickey, Interim Athletic Dirctor Jim Hartigan, and August Touchard

JSerra athletes commit to play collegiate sports in Basketball, Soccer and Football.

“It is always an exciting time when students commit to play sports at the college level,” said Jim Hartigan, Interim Athletic Director. “Each student-athlete that signs has shown their dedication and hard work to their perspective sports, and JSerra wishes the best to each athlete.”

August Touchard a guard for the Lions, committed to play basketball at Grand Canyon University.

“Going to Grand Canyon is special to me. I have always wanted to Division l basketball. The basketball program has helped me grow as a person and as an athlete.”

Senior Anthony Hickey, a defensive lineman signed his letter of intent to play football at Wagner University in New York.

“Going to Wagner means a lot, I look forward to playing at a high level, and being a part of the winning program. The level of football at JSerra has helped me develop my skill set throughout my four years here.”

JSerra girls soccer also had Claire Quinn commit to play at Capital University of Ohio.

“I have always wanted to play soccer in college. I’m excited to experience another part of the country, and d what I love.”

About JSerra Catholic High School
Turning a decade old, JSerra Catholic High School has grown into one of the region’s top university preparatory institutions. Its graduates include National Merit Scholarship winners, Ivy League university students, Division I collegiate athletes and young adults committed to being a positive force in their communities. Located in San Juan Capistrano, the school features $110-million facilities, including a state-of-the-art $40 million athletic complex. For more, visit www.jserra.org.

Lady Lions Move to Next Round in State Championships

mja21j-b781075473z.120130306222334000g671cr0a6.1By Carlos Arias, OC Varsity

Mater Dei of Chula Vista coach David Monroe kept screaming from the sideline, “Somebody get on that shooter.”

That shooter he was referring to was JSerra sophomore Coco Miller, and nobody from the Crusaders was able to stop her.

Miller finished with 26 points, including four 3-pointers, five rebounds and four assists, to help the Lions defeat Mater Dei, 60-52, in the opening round of the CIF Southern California Division 4 Regionals on Wednesday night at JSerra.

JSerra (24-7) avenged a 69-66 overtime loss to the Crusaders (20-7) earlier this season.

“We played them earlier in the season over Christmas and we lost to them in a tough overtime game,” Miller said, “so coming into tonight we had to give it all we had and play with our hearts.”

The first half went back and forth, but the Crusaders had a 28-27 lead at halftime after Kandiss Barber’s breakaway layup at the buzzer.

JSerra was able to build a six-point lead heading into the fourth quarter, and Miller sealed the victory with seven points in the final quarter.

JSerra point guard August Touchard turned in a gutsy effort. She injured her head and her ankle but never came out of the game, and she .

“I knew I had to step up especially when August got hurt,” Miller said.

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JSerra Finds New Spark in Triumph Over Rosary

(Left to right): Courtney Bogle, Coco Miller, and August Touchard
(Left to right): Courtney Vaccher, Coco Miller, and August Touchard

By Carlos Arias, OC Varsity

JSerra’s girls basketball team has a lot of weapons this season.

Guards Coco Miller and August Touchard have been outstanding and Megan House, a 6-4 sophomore, and Courtney Vaccher, a 6-2 junior, dominated in the post for the Lions.

JSerra discovered a new weapon in junior guard Corinne Bogle, who gave the Lions a spark off the bench with 16 points to lead No. 3 JSerra to a 53-35 victory over Rosary in a Trinity League game on Thursday night at JSerra High.

“I knew beforehand that I didn’t have a great game the last time we played Rosary,” said Bogle, who had two points in JSerra’s 69-44 victory over Rosary on Jan. 10. “I just tried to do different things this time around.

“I knew I wasn’t great on the boards, so I just tried to perfect different areas as much as I can. It wasn’t all me. It was my teammates. August is great at passing. I know if I run the floor hard I’m going to get the ball in my hands.”

Rosary (14-10. 2-5) knocked down seven 3-pointers, including three in the first quarter to help the Royals build a 13-12 edge heading into the second quarter. JSerra responded with an 8-0 run to start the second quarter and build a 20-13 lead. Touchard was dishing out the assists and Bogle scored nine of her points in the first half to give the Lions (18-5, 4-2) a 27-21 lead at the break.

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Lady Lions Top Their Competition

Coco Miller
Coco Miller

JSerra Lady Lions are soaring above the competition. With a 15-4 season and a top 20 ranking in the state, the Lady Lions are a force to be reckoned with.

After a 74-10 victory of the Santa Margarita Eagles, the Lady Lions move forward confident about facing off against the Orange Lutheran Lancers, Thursday, January 17.

The Lady Lions 5-10 guard, Coco Miller has been named to the top Orange County shooters list. With flashes of being a big scorer as a freshman, Miller has continued to develop as a sophomore. Miller is fearless from beyond the 3-point arc,  a trait usually possessed by the best shooters.

Another standout player is senior point guard August Touchard. This senior creates offense for herself and her teammates with her drives to the basket. Touchard is a huge reason why the Lions are contenders for the CIF-SS Division 4AA title.

August Touchard
August Touchard

“The success our team has been having this season is a direct result of their hard work and dedication, to earning a championship,” said Head Coach Mary Rossignol. “Everything is a team effort, and we have a great coaching staff to thank for helping shape the team.”

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JSerra Athletes Named to All-County Teams by OC Varsity

Left to right: Coco Miller Jamal Aytes, and August Touchard

OC Varsity and the Orange County Register have chosen the 2011-12 All-County basketball teams, an honor for any athlete. This year JSerra is proud to three athletes on the list.

Congratulations to Jamal Aytes for being named to the OC Varsity’s All-County boys basketball team.

Coco Miller for being named first team all CIF-Southern section in Division 4AA, and to August Touchard  for being named Second Team All CIF
Div 4AA Girls Basketball.

A special congratulations to the JSerra girls basketball team for being ranked in the top 25 Southern California teams in the Los Angeles Times. This is the highest ranking JSerra basketball has received in the schools history.

For the complete list click Top 25.

Lady Lions Basketball Voted OC Varsity’s Top Ten Teams to Watch

Lady Lions point guard August Touchard

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The Lions opened some eyes last season after finishing in last place in the Trinity League. They got an at-large berth and a made a run to the CIF-SS Division 4A semifinals. The key components from that team are back. Point guard August Touchard  is a bona fide playmaker, and center Whitney Braeutigam can get things done in the post. Megan House, a 6-3 freshman center, has potential.

To see the complete list of the Top Ten click here.

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