Dahlson and Wiest Sign Letters of Intent to Play College Baseball

It’s official.

Bret Dahlson will play college baseball at Loyola Marymount, and Grahamm Wiest will pitch at Cal State Fullerton.

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Bret Dahlson and Grahamm Wiest are joined by Baseball Coach Brett Kay and Athletic Director Jim Hartigan

The seniors – both All-Trinity League honorees last year, signed letters of intent Tuesday at a brief ceremony on campus.

“These are great kids from great families and are among the best players statistically that have ever played at JSerra,” Coach Brett Kay said.

Wiest, a right-handed pitcher, was 6-3 last year with a 1.60 earned-run average. He led JSerra to its first-ever CIF baseball playoff victory  last summer.

Dahlson hit .385 with five home runs and 30 RBIs.

Both played key roles in leading the Lions to the 2009 Trinity League title.

“They represent our program well, and it will be tough to see them go after this season,” he said. “But I am confident they will do well.”

They are among nine members of last year’s squad to have earned Division I scholarships.

JSerra Poised For Its Best Year Ever

CEO Frank Talarico sent the following letter to the JSerra community last week.

Frank Talarico
Frank Talarico

Last year was a big year for JSerra Catholic High School. We won our first Trinity League championships, graduated our largest senior class (including our first National Merit Scholarship winner) and contributed to the community in hundreds of notable ways.

In my latest Capistrano Dispatch column, I predicted that our seventh year would be our best yet.

I’m pleased to report we’re already on our way. We learned this week that Nicholas Stropko is a National Merit Scholarship semi-finalist and that 33 of his classmates earned Advanced Placement Awards. JSerra also recently obtained important new financing that positions the school for long-term fiscal health.

We’ve also had a strong start in athletics. Our football team is 3-0, and our boys water polo and girls cross country teams are ranked among the best in the county. We also welcomed world-class new boys basketball, swimming and girls water polo coaches.

And then there’s our baseball team. Senior Bret Dahlson became the eighth Lion from last year’s Trinity League championship team to earn a big-time college scholarship. He announced last week that he’ll join Colton Plaia at Loyola Marymount.

I hope you’ve had a chance to visit our new Web site. We’ve received tremendous feedback regarding its look and functionality. As always, please visit JSerra Blog or our new Web site for the latest campus news and announcements.

It was fantastic to see many of you at our Welcome Mass and Fiesta, and we look forward to sharing more good news later this week at Back to School Night.

Best regards,


Another JSerra Catholic High School Baseball Player Makes Division I College Commitment

Two-time first-team All-Trinity League baseball player Bret Dahlson has committed to play collegiate baseball at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, officials announced today.

Bret Dahlson
Bret Dahlson

Dahlson, a JSerra senior from Yorba Linda, hit .385 with five home runs and 30 RBIs last season, and played a key role on the Lions first Trinity League championship team.

“Bret is one of the best athletes I have had the pleasure to coach. He can do it all and has the intangibles to go far as a scholar-athlete,” said coach Brett Kay.

Dahlson intends to play first base as well as pitch at Loyola, which “is rare these days for Division I scholar-athletes,” Kay said.

But first, Dahlson hopes to lead the Lions to another title.

Two other returning members of the Lions championship team already have college commitments: junior Austin Hedges, of San Juan Capistrano, who will play at UCLA and senior Grahamm Wiest, of Orange, who will play at Cal State Fullerton.

Recent graduates from last year’s squad with scholarships are:

Colton Plaia, of Mission Viejo, Loyola Marymount

Quinn Renner, of Laguna Niguel, St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia

Joe Kurrasch, of San Juan Capistrano, UC Berkeley

Matt Paradise, of San Clemente, Santa Clara University

Todd del Toro, of Mission Viejo, Air Force Academy.

OC Register: JSerra Baseball Star Ready for Berkeley

JSerra Catholic High School pitcher Joe Kurrasch spent a few minutes Thursday afternoon between racing home from baseball practice and getting ready for prom answering questions about the season – and his future.

Joe Kurrasch
Joe Kurrasch

In an interview with the Orange County Register’s Peter Schelden, Kurrasch talks about the injury that ended his season.

During the playoffs, he said he plans to cheer on his teammates, and “has confidence in them to get the job done.”

They got it done yesterday, dispatching Adolfo Camarillo 3-2 behind the strong pitching of Grahamm Wiest and clutch hitting of Bret Dahlson. They face Riverside Poly Tuesday in the second-round of CIF playoffs.

Click here to read Kurrasch’s interview.