Congratulations 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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.