JSerra Spring 2015 Signing Day

We are always proud of our Lions. Every year, we see students reach their potential and show the world who they are as individuals. They are first and foremost students, but our Lions are also stellar in other aspects of their lives! We are so proud of the following students who signed their letters of intent to the universities of their dreams this Spring!

IMG_2010Softball:
Taylor Stephen – Providence College

Equestrian:
Haley Giddings – Texas Christian University

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Girls Water Polo:
Marina Daroca Bazan – San Diego State University

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Boys Golf:
Jonathan Unterman – Ave Maria University

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Boys Water Polo:
Zachary Slaughter – George Washington University 

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Cross Country:
Ashley Geisler – University of Nebraska
Victoria Yanco – University of California, Santa Barbara

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Football:
Ethan Aguayo – San Jose State University
Joseph Munroe – Adams State University

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Girls Volleyball:
Hannah Joyce – Whittier College

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Congratulations! Everyone at JSerra will be rooting you on in your future endeavors. We know you will make us proud!

Lion Pride!

Capistrano Dispatch Cross Country Preview

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Marty Dugard has resided over one of the most dominant girls cross country teams in CIF history. The Lions have won the Trinity League, CIF-SS and CIF State Cross Country Division 4 Championship a record three consecutive years. It’s a stretch that has been unparalleled and Dugard believes that the Lions still have fight left in them.

When asked about his outlook on the 2013 season, Dugard responded with something that might seem like hyperbole. But when looking at the team’s track record in recent years, it’s a statement that looms large.

“I honestly think this is going to be our best season ever,” Dugard said. “I want to win two state trophies (boys and girls) and I think we could do it.”

A key piece to the girls team’s hopes at another string of titles will be junior Ashley Geisler, who recently suffered a stress reaction but is on the mend and rehabbing. Geisler finished 14th overall at the state meet in 2012 and played an integral role in the Lions tight, top of the rotation placement in races, which became their trademark.

Dugard pegged sophomore transfer Charlotte Owen as a runner who will help add depth to the roster and could possibly have a breakout year.

The boys cross country team may not have a runner who will finish on the podium week in and week out, but they have developed a tight pack running mentality over the offseason, which Dugard believes will give them an edge in the major meets. Dugard said his current top five runners are all finishing their races within 45 seconds of each other. Dugard stressed that on any given day, it can be senior Nic Fracassi leading the way or it could be junior Anthony Mariconda.

The Lions’ first real test on their way to their lofty goals will be at the Trinity League Prelims on October 2.

JSerra Blog Catches up with Cross Country’s Kylee Fracassi

KyleeWith 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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Running Lions Coach Gives an Edge to Gatorade’s G Fit Series

Coach Dugard with Gatorade G Fit Series

Cross Country season is well underway, so check out these added tips and tricks from long time runner and JSerra Running Lions coach Marty Dugard on Gatorad’s G Fit Series. 

G Seires Fit sits sown with Coach Dugard. 

Coach of the Year Martin Dugard Takes a Look Back to See What’s Ahead

JSerra Blog chatted with the Orange County Register’s Coach of the Year, Martin Dugard, to find out what keeps this coach, screenwriter and father going and what got him to where he is today.

High school: Graduated from Notre Dame High School in Riverside.

College: Northern Michigan University and Cal State – Long Beach

High school/ college sport: Cross-Country, Track

What was your first job? Flipping burgers

What is your favorite sports memory in high school/ college?

High School: Breaking 10 minutes for the first time in the two-mile; College: My final track race, a steeplechase event where I finished fifth but gave it my all.

What is your favorite coaching memory? The look on my runners’ faces when we won State in 2010.

Who or what was your inspiration that drove you to success? Jesus Christ, Steve Prefontaine, Ernest Hemingway

What were your childhood career goals?

Fighter pilot, writer

First job: Flipping burgers

If you could live in any time period but now, what would it be?

1840-1875: the golden age of exploration.

What was your childhood celebrity crush?

I thought Steve Prefontaine was about the coolest guy on the planet

Favorite band growing up: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

Have you had the chance to write a book about your life/ success?

Three: Surviving the Toughest Race on Earth (1998); Chasing Lance (2005); To Be A Runner (2011)

If you were a super hero what would it be?

I don’t believe in heroes or idols. You have to find your own superpowers, whether they be running, writing, math… whatever.

Favorites: My wife, my sons, trail running, reading, writing

Food: Pescatore

TV Show: No Reservations

Animal: Lion

Sports team: Angels

Color: Robin’s Egg Blue

Vacation spot: Top Secret

Kat Delaney Featured in the Premire Issue of HS Illustrated

*Current issue of High School Illustrated

CAL Bound 3-Sport Athlete and the 2010 Athlete of the Year Gears Up for College

Growing up and entering into high school, Katherine always enjoyed all sports – at age eight she was in gymnastics, soccer and swimming and was introduced to running by her swim coach.

Entering JSerra High School as a sophomore, Katherine found a great relationship with the school and its sports program. Katherine was determined to compete in multiple sports and JSerra gave her the opportunity.

HIS discussed Katherine’s High School journey and here’s what she had to say.

When did you start running competitively?

When we moved to Orange County, I was 11 and my swim coach at Irvine Novaquatics, Andi Kwamoto-Klatt suggested that I try a track meet because I was running really well in practice. I ran my first USATF meet at age 12 – at the time I was just swimming a few times a week and running maybe five miles per week for swim practice.

What are some of your favorite memories about high school sports?

I just had a lot of fun with my friends in practice and especially hanging out together and competing in meets. I have some great friendships – in fact, I swim with Casey Mimms who has been swimming with me since I was 11. Casey will be attending Cal with me in the fall.

What are your long-term goals?

I am excited to be attending University of California Berkeley on an athletic scholarship for running. I am very new to the s[port of distance running, so I hope to get faster as I continue to train at CAL. I would like to qualify for Olympic Trails Section meet 2016 in the 1500m and compete for a spot on the US Olympic Team.

During the season, what’s your daily workout regiment?

For the week, I typically run four days a week. I swim 2-3 days depending on the intensity of my running week. I do core and stability training twice a week at Supreme Fitness in Irvine.

A typical day mid-season would be, 6:00 wake up- 8:00 school – 2:30 pm home – 3:30 – 4:30 run – 5:00- 6:00 core training – 7:00 – 10:00 homework 10:30 bed.

When I don’t run I train swimming from 3:30-6:00 and I don’t do core training on those days.

Eating right is important for any athlete – what’s your daily meal plan look like?

Breakfast: Cream of wheat, yogurt and fruit

Mid Morning Snack: ½ Protein Shake

Lunch: Turkey sandwich, fruit and ½ Protein Shake

Post Workout Snack: Powerbar or trail mix and Gatorade

Dinner: Sushi, steamed vegetables and fruit

Late Night: low fat cottage cheese and fruit

You are a three- sport athlete and excel at all – can you tell us how your life is and how you fit everything into your schedule?

It has been very crazy especially swimming and running track in the same CIF season. I can remember my freshman year after running the 1600m and the 800m at league finals, walking down to the pool and swimming league finals within 30 min of my 800m races. In my sophomore year the two sports held league finals at different schools on the same day, so we had to drive from Santa Ana to Santa Margarita and I missed some of the swim events. This year it is easier because I am focused on running and I use swimming to get additional aerobic work done on recovery days from running.

What is your favorite high school sport memory?

Winning the 2010 D4 State Cross Country Team Championship at Woodward Park.

What advice can you give incoming youth athletes?

I would advise them to try different sports and stick with the sports the love. Don’t be pressured to focus on one sport because there is plenty of time to do that in college. Take time off to relax and recover from training and your season.

What are you hobbies outside playing your sport?

I love hanging out with my sister – we love to ride mountain bikes and go to the beach. I also enjoy painting.

Who is your biggest inspiration in life? And Why?

Coach John Wooden, because he had a powerful, positive message how he lived his life and coached his players. My dad told me to read his book – I recommend it to all athletes.

If you could thank or acknowledge someone who would it be and why?

Because I am a multisport athlete, I would like to thank JSerra High School for giving me the flexibility for both sports and I would thank:

Coach Andi Kawamoto-Klatt: Coach Andi is the reason I tried running track. She is an amzing swim coach and Pilate’s instructor.

Coach Jerry Palazzo (Equalizer Track Club): Jerry has been my running coach since I was 12. He is an awesome coach who is very careful and he is very positive and motivating.

Coach Brian Pajer (Irvine Aquazots): Brian is an Olympic level swim coach who is responsible for developing some of the best swimmers in US history.  Have learned a lot about work ethic from Brian and attention to detail.

Norm MCCallso (Supreme Fitness): Norm is an expert fitness coach who has trained some of the world’s best athletes. I enjoy our training sessions so much because they work so well.