Our Lady Lions had a 2014 volleyball season for the books! Their teamwork and determination landed them a win against Orange Lutheran and a spot in the Round 1 CIF game against Long Beach Poly. The girls went home with their first ever Round 1 CIF win, and the anticipation for Round 2 against Great Oaks was building for the team and fans. Unfortunately, their season ended there, but they made history for our school and JSerra could not be more proud!
Congratulations again to all of our seniors on a great last season, and to Kayla DeMari for signing with Hawai’i Pacific University. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for the graduating class and the rest of our amazing scholar athletes!
With so much buzzing on campus, during the summer months JSerra Blog decided to feature some of the great athletes working hard.
This week JSerra Blog catches up with cross-country senior and San Clemente resident, Kylee Fracassi.
JSerra Blog (JB): How did you get interested in running cross-country?
Kylee Fracassi (KF): I actually tried cross-country because my brother ran, and ended up staying because I loved it.
JB: Greatest athletic memory thus far?
KF: My greatest memory, that I don’t think I could ever forget was winning the State Championships two years in a row. It felt so great to have all our hard work pay off.
JB: What do you look forward to this upcoming cross-county season?
KF: I am really excited about getting to know more of the girls on the team and making great memories. And, of course I’d like to win State again.
JB: Any exciting summer plans?
KF: I’m looking forward to being a camp counselor at the Special Camp for Special Kids, and going to Mammoth with our cross-country team.
Summertime isn’t just about running for Fracassi, she also finds time to volunteer at the Shea Center, and is a member of the Habitat for Humanity Club and the Environmentality Club at JSerra. The All-League athlete hopes to run for Texas Christian University after leaving the hallowed halls of JSerra.
“Kylee is fiercely competitive and driven,” said Coach Marty Dugard of Fracassi’s skills on the track.
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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.”
The annual Laguna Niguel Holiday Parade took place over the weekend and was themed for ‘Honoring Our Heroes’, and there were plenty who attended the event, as well as many who participated.
JSerra was a proud sponsor of the annual parade and had Julie Swail-Ertel, JSerra Aquatics Director and two-time Olympian participate in the parade.
“Being involved in the Laguna Niguel Parade was great to see the community out supporting the city and our hero’s,” said Swail-Ertel. “It’s a great way to kick off the Christmas season.”
Also in attendance were the JSerra Tennis and Swim CIF Champions, along with the three-time Trinity League, CIF, and State Championship Cross Country team.
The day was filled with excitement as the pep squad accompanied JSerra athletes as they walked through the largest parade in Southern California adorned by medals and banners displaying all the hard work each team has put into their sport.
JSerra was proud to be a part of the annual parade and sends a special thank you to The City of Laguna Niguel.
The Senior Awards Mass is a time-honored JSerra tradition, when we gather as a community to recognize the hard work academically, athletically, as well as spiritually from each graduating class.
This year, Andy Sulick, JSerra’s Admissions Director, opened the ceremony by honoring JSerra’s Norbertine priests for their service and dedication to the JSerra community. Each Norbertine received a plaque and personalized jacket to commemorate their time at JSerra.
Sam Miller, JSerra’s salutatorian and the first Stanford admit in JSerra history, gave his final speech to the graduating class of 2012.
With all of the excitement from the graduates, the awards mass ended with a quick splash at the JSerra pool deck.
The class of 2012 had over 30 awards and certificates given out to recognize the accomplishments of the students, to see the complete list and photos visit JSerra Alumni on Facebook.
Please join JSerra in our Graduation celebration on Saturday, June 2 in the JSerra Pavilion.*
*Tickets are required to enter the graduation ceremony.
Don’t miss a minute of these nail bitting games as the boys basketball team takes on Laguna Beach at 7 p.m. tonight. Also, competing in the first round are the Lady Lions, Feb. 16 verses Centennial High School at 7 p.m. and the boys soccer team against Montebello at 3 p.m.
The continual pursuit of excellence helped define the historical accomplishments of both JSerra senior Katherine Delaney and Woodbridge senior Gabrielle Scott throughout the 2011 track and field season.