Pettis Named as OC Varsity Athlete of the Week

PettisCongratulations to three-sport athlete Dante Pettis for being named as OC Varsity’s Athlete of the Week.

The versatile junior was the only county athlete to win two individual titles at the Orange County Championships. Pettis won the long jump (22-8¼) and returned later in the meet to win the 200 in a time of 21.84. Pettis is the current county leader in the 200 and has the county’s best long jump mark of the season under all conditions.

 

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.

Miller Named to All-County Basketball Team

Sophomore, Coco Miller
Sophomore, Coco Miller

Coco Miller | Guard/Forward | 5-10, Sophomore

Season highlights: Miller was the OCVarsity.com freshman of the year last season and this season she moves up to first-team All-County after a sophomore year that saw her lead the Lions to a second-place finish in the Trinity League, the CIF-SS Division 4AA semifinals and the CIF Southern California Division 4 regional semifinals. She terrified opposing teams when she got hot from 3-point range. She had five games with four 3-pointers or more. JSerra played one of the toughest schedules in the county and Miller performed against all of the top teams. She scored a county-high 632 points.

Notable: Miller was the MVP of the Vernie Ford Classic and she made first-team All-Trinity League.

Quotable: Said JSerra coach Mary Rossignol: “Coco can score in so many different ways, (including) free throws, rebounds and put backs, steals, fast breaks and 3s. She sees the court so well and is an unselfish player. She will do whatever it takes for her team to be successful. Coco is a pleasure to coach and is a fine scholar-athlete.”

Season stats: 33 games, 19.0 ppg, 4 rpg, 3 apg

JSerra Boys Basketball Power Through Ocean View Tournament

4d3bec03-9001-4ec8-d9b1-819f8ba9462bBy Dan Albano, OC Varsity

JSerra’s No. 3-ranked boys basketball team flashed its potential at the Jim Harris Memorial Tournament of Champions on Friday night.

The Lions looked so balanced and deep in a 90-48 semifinal victory against No. 10 and host Ocean View, Coach Joedy Gardner might need to fast forward his expectations.

“I’m on a five-year plan,” said Gardner, in his fourth season. “We’re getting better. We’ve got some new faces that are getting used to each other. Our chemistry is getting better.”

Sophomore Rex Pflueger scored a game-high 20 points to lead five Lions (6-1) in double-figures.

JSerra’s inside-duo of Jamal Aytes and Dylan Osetkowski both added 16 points while Devon Pflueger and point guard Johnnie Vassar chipped in 12 and 10 points, respectively.

Rex Pflueger, Osetkowski and Vassar will be back next season, but they were part of an impressive blend against Ocean View.

“That was probably one of our best games we’ve played this year because we put 32 minutes together,” Gardner said. “We’ve been really struggling playing about 15, 16, 17 minutes and then going through those lapses, and those craters that we don’t like to go into.”

To read the complete article click here.

3-on-3 Basketball Tournament Hosted by the Lady Lions

Join the Lady Lions as they host their annual 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, Saturday November 3 from 11-4pm. Don’t miss all the excitement as the players take the court for tip-off.

Both boys and girls divisions are available for players in fifth-twelvth grade. Prizes will be given out to the teams to come out on top.

For more information or to register click 3-on-3 Tip Off.

Special thank you to our sponsors: 24 Hours Fitness, PAW, and Eastboy, we couldn’t do this without your continued support.

JSerra’s Girls Basketball Spreads Love

JSerra Girls Basketball

*Currently on Patch.com

JSerra Catholic High School‘s Girls Varsity Basketball Coach Mary Rossignol submitted this photo to Patch of team members volunteering at the Irvine Cottages on Valentine’s Day.

They had also visited with some of the seniors during Christmas.

“The girls touched so many hearts, they sang Christmas carols, red books, made crafts, played games and just talked with the seniors,” she said. “These seniors were so happy, smiling, laughing and loving life.”

With no seniors on the team, the Lions ended their season at the semifinals of CIF Division 4A playoffs this year.

For more on the Lady Lions and a full schedule click here.

 

 

JSerra Athletes Get Involved in Giving Back

By Amanda Samaan

JSerra student and player for the lady Lions basketball team, Lauren Portice has kept busy since her transfer to JSerra.

Looking for a way to give back to society in a way that could involve friends and fellow teammates, Portice found Sports Gift to be the perfect way to combine sports promotion and charity all in one.

Sport Gift, a non-profit focused on providing sports equipment to underprivileged children throughout the world and promoting sports related community service among our youth, works to improve the lives of and give hope to impoverished children through a variety of sports related programs, including the collection and donation of sports equipment.

To date, Sports Gift has collected over 130,000 articles of sports equipment for underprivileged children around the world, including the United States, Mexico, Indonesia, Central America, South America, Africa, and the Middle East.

Drawn to Sports Gift’s mission, Portice made it a personal goal along with the help of club moderator, Coach Mary Rossignol, the girl’s basketball team and JSerra students – to make JSerra the single largest contributor of sports equipment in the entire Sports Gift organization.

The club has set up donation tables at three football games and encouraged students and parents to bring in their new and used sporting equipment and clothing. So far the JSerra club has collected over 200 used and new sporting equipment and clothing. With hopes to have more donation events this year, the response and success has been a testament to the JSerra community’s commitment to service.

After receiving basketballs, soccer shoes, used running shoes, referee uniforms and many jerseys and shorts, JSerra’s Sports Gift club is hoping to get more equipment such as bats, balls and cleats, as we are approaching baseball season.

Contact Coach Rossignol at 949-276-2810 x4210 or mrossignol@jserra.org for more information about JSerra’s Sports Gift club and be sure to check out http://www.sportsgift.org for more ways you can get involved.