Paul Higgins, Founder and President of Athletes In Motion, travels to Shanghai, China, to host the KIA World Extreme Games for Fox Sports.
This is Higgins’ seventh consecutive year hosting the Games in Shanghai, in previous years Higgins worked with ESPN on the same event.
“It’s an honor to host the Games, and is an event I always look forward to,” said Higgins.
The Games have developed over the past few years with a growing acceptance of action sports in China.
“In the first few years, the people in China didn’t seem to know what to think about having athletes on skateboards, bikes, and motorcycles flying through the air,” said Higgins. “But now they have embraced it and now they host the largest skateboard park in the world.”
The opportunity brings more to Higgins than consecutively hosting the games. “What this really provides me is an opportunity to share my real-world working experience with my broadcast students at JSerra,” said Higgins. “This is exactly what the Artist In Residence Program is all about.” As part of the Artist In Residence Program at JSerra, Higgins teaches broadcast journalism to the students of the college preparatory school. In its inaugural year, the program has boasted numerous editions of The Lion Report and generated interest within the local community.
The annual KIA World Extreme Games will take place June 10-12 in Shanghai, China, and will be broadcast on Channel 11.
Congratulations to Coco Miller who received the ESPN High School’s All-State Freshmen First Team Award.
Miller, a freshman at JSerra has shown great promise and looks forward to another great season with the Lions.
The first of three posts announcing the 32nd edition of the Cal-Hi Sports all-state teams in girls hoops is ready to launch. This first one honors those players from the Class of 2013, 2014 and 2015 who had hard-to-miss seasons.
In the second round of the Major League Baseball draft today recent JSerra graduate Austin Hedges was chosen by the San Diego Padres as one of their catchers. While the excitement ensues, Hedges will be a tough sell out of his prior college commitment to UCLA, he made last fall. With super agent, and JSerra co-founder Scott Boras behind Hedges there is no guess worth making on this call.
To view Hedges MLB draft scouting report click 2011 Draft.
MLB Comments: There may not be a better catcher in this class, at least defensively, than Hedges, a SoCal high school product. An extremely polished defender who draws comparisons to Craig Biggio and Brad Ausmus in terms of body type, Hedges has a plus throwing arm and outstanding receiving skills, not to mention a high-energy leadership style. How much he will hit will determine just how good an all-around backstop he’ll be. While he’s got a good approach at the plate, he hasn’t hit consistently. He does have natural power, and that’s a little bit ahead of his hit tool right now. He could be the type of catcher who hits .260 with 12-15 homers per year, and with his defensive acumen, that’s more than enough to be an everyday player. If he exceeds expectations with the bat, though, he could be an All-Star behind the plate. With a commitment to UCLA, it’s believed he will not be an easy sign after the Draft.
Fellow Alums and MLB hopefuls from JSerra include brothers Shane and Trent Boras both of which play for the USC Baseball team. Shane was previously drafted in the 35th round, 1,055 pick in 2008, likely that younger brother Trent starting this fall at USC will also be drafted.
Now that JSerra boys soccer has proven itself as a force to be reckoned with in Orange County, the team is looking to make a statement nationally.
The three-time Trinity League champs enter the 2010-2011 season ESPN‘s #1 ranked team in the country.
And senior forward Juan Gutierrez, who has committed play at UC Irvine next year, was heralded by the sports network as the nation’s top player to watch.
“It is painful. But they (JSerra) are a great team, and they have phenomenal talent,” Mater Dei coach Andy Thomas said, to the OC Register. “It is a tough league … a cruel league.”
Opening with a preseason home game against Buena High School on the 29th at 3pm, the Lions look to star forward “Crabby” (Juan Gutierrez), who was voted ESPN’s Athlete of the Year for the 2009-2010 season, to bring his A-game.
What makes Gutierrez even better is that he plays in a system that elevates his game. Last season, Gutierrez scored in three consecutive playoff games for the Lions, bringing the team’s second consecutive Trinity League title safely home for JSerra.
With the much anticipated 2010-2011 season starting soon don’t miss a beat, stay tuned to the JSerra blog for all the latest updates, video and interviews.
For a quick look at the Lions past season check these links out:
Crabby scores top slot in ESPN’s 2009-2010 Athletes of the Year click here to see the complete list.