DeMaio brings the ‘Norwood Edge’ to West Coast

DeMaioBy Bruce Lerch, Boston LAX

Growing up in NorwoodAnthony DeMaio was indoctrinated into something people around town refer as “The Norwood Edge.” He’s since taken that edge to the west coast and shown the good people of California what being “Norwood Tough” is all about.

DeMaio simply exploded in his first year as a varsity lacrosse player at JSerra Catholic High School in San Juan Capistrano, CA, setting the freshman points record for both the school and Orange County by piling up 61 goals and 19 assists.

In the process, he helped lead the Lions to the CIF South Section semifinals and a 15-5 overall record.

“The coolest thing about Anthony is, he is the quintessential team player,” praised JSerra coach Kyle Harrison. “We call a play, he runs it to a T and makes sure he makes the high level lacrosse IQ play. He scores his goals in transition opportunities or he’ll get a garbage goal because no one else will go in there and take the beating or he’ll get a garbage goal but he is the most unselfish player you’ll find.”

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JSerra Nips Palos Verdes in Statement Game

IMG_2539In an exciting four quarters of lacrosse, the Lions added one more “W” to their record this season (9-2), but this one was special as they topped previously Southern CIF top-ranked Palos Verdes on their home field, 8-7. JSerra decided to play only one game over the spring break and Coach Harrison’s decision paid off.

The young Lions squad was given a few days off to relax and enjoy their break. Palos Verdes was the Los Angeles County Champions last year and they started this season where they left off last season. They entered the game with an undefeated record of 9-0, outscoring their opponents by an average of 8 goals per game.

The Lions came out of the box with junior midfielder Brenden Lynch (2 goals, 1 assist), scoring in the first two minutes of the game answered by the Sea Kings senior Team Captain Augie O’Hern (1g, 1a).  The rest of the first half was a true battle going into half time tied 4-4. Lions senior midfielder Cole Schleppy (1g), sophomore midfielder Jake Schleppy (2g) and freshman attack Anthony DeMaio (2g, 1a) all putting one in the net.

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Schleppy Brothers Carry JSerra Over Santa Margarita

Cole Schleppy '13
Cole Schleppy ’13

*Article by MAXLAXOC.com

The JSerra Catholic High School Lions, led by Cole and Jake Schleppy, made a loud statement about this year’s Trinity League race with a convincing 13-4 win over the Santa Margarita Catholic High School Eagles. Tied 3-3 at half time, the Lions scored three quick goals to open the third quarter and then ran away from the Eagles.

The game opened with Santa Margarita controlling possession of the ball for most of the first quarter but struggling to points on the board. Meanwhile, the Lions capitalized on their first real opportunity of the game when Yuta Murata scored at the 3:00 minute mark of the first period to put the Lions up 1-0.

The Eagles responded with goals from Wes Schuler (unassisted) and Cullen Bock (assist Hayden Ruiz). Ruiz opened the second quarter with an unassisted goal to make it 3-1 at 8:15 of the second. Then the Schleppy brothers took over the game.

Jake Schleppy
Jake Schleppy

Cole ripped one into the far top corner as ran to his right at 8:15. About a minute later, younger brother Jake showed that the apple does not fall far from the tree as he scored on a near carbon copy to close out the half at 3-3.

The Lions opened the second half with a vengeance with four goals in the first three minutes. Freshman Anthony De Maio got it started with an assist from Jake Schleppy. Then it was Jake, Cole, and Jake again, all unassisted to make it 7-3.

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Five JSerra Athletes Sign Collegiate Letters of Intent

Congratulations to JSerra’s  five athletes for making their commitments to play collegiate sports. Read below for commitment details and more on each athlete.

John Montgomery –Eastern Michigan—Baseball

After looking at schools like UC San Diego, Holy Cross, and Santa Clara Montgomery decided that Eastern Michigan University is the right fit.

“Having the opportunity to play for Eastern Michigan means a lot to me. Because of all my hard work I know I’m going to college and I’m getting a quality education, getting my degree in business is my ultimate goal,” said Montgomery. “I know I’m making my family proud and I get to pursue baseball, I couldn’t be happier.”

Dane McFarland—Oregon—Baseball

Dane McFarland a senior from JSerra, committed to Oregon as a right-handed pitcher and outfielder after being named the 73rd best high school player by Baseball America.

“I chose Oregon because of the great coaching staff and the environment out there. I know this is where I am meant to be and I can’t wait to get out on the field in Oregon. I owe a lot to Coach Kay for developing me as an athlete and student,” said McFarland.

Cole Schleppy—Providence College –Lacrosse

Cole Schleppy signed a letter of intent to play lacrosse for the Friars at Providence College next year, as Coach Harrison’s first athlete to sign since his tenure at JSerra.

“Providence is the right fit for me, with the small size and location I look forward to moving out the Rhode Island. I’m ready to bring all my hard work to the team, since I have been playing since fourth grade I feel like I’m ready,” said Schleppy.

Amy Buff—CSU Monterey Bay—Volleyball

Amy Buff committed to playing collegiate volleyball at CSU Monterey Bay, as a senior at JSerra, without having any doubts.

“I didn’t need to look for a school to go to, I knew CSUMB was the right fit for me. My choice was easy, with the coaching staff having chosen me it made me feel like all my hard work paid off in a highly competitive sport, it’s my dream to be here,” said Buff.

Madison Myers-Cook—George Washington University—Softball

JSerra senior, Madison Myers-Cook committed to George Washington University to play softball, after looking at Boston College and Villa Nova.

“My goal has always been to play Division l softball and I finally made it, and I couldn’t be happier. This is a special moment,” said Myers-Cook.

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JSerra boys lacrosse team gears up for playoffs

By Tim Burt, Orange County Register

It’s been quite a first year for new JSerra boys lacrosse coach Kyle Harrison.

Harrison, a lacrosse professional, has led the Lions to a highly-successful season which continued on Wednesday night when the Lions defeated Mater Dei, 9-2, to clinch a share of the Trinity League title.

The No. 6-ranked Lions, 6-0 in league, have already knocked off No. 7 St. Margaret’s twice and No. 8 Santa Margarita once and have league matches against Servite and Santa Margarita next week.

“We’lll see what happens next week, but I think we’re in a good spot,” Harrison said after Wednesday’s victory at Mater Dei.

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Ryan Suttle, OC Varsity Athlete of the Week

Freshman Midfielder, Logan Olmsted, also received the number two  top play of the week for his goal against St. Margaret’s, OC Varsity dubbed “Matrix Move”.  This goal was assisted by Junior Midfielder Cole Schleppy.

JSerra Boys Lacrosse Wins Two Big Matches

Lions knock off two top-10 teams in one week.

It was a big week for JSerra’s boys lacrosse team which pulled off two victories over top 10-ranked teams.

The latest victory came Thursday when the Lions defeated St. Margaret’s, 6-5, in a Trinity League match at JSerra to improve its league mark to 3-0.

JSerra, which was not ranked in the county going into the week, also defeated No. 5 Santa Margarita, 9-7, earlier in the week.

Coach Kyle Harrison’s team includes most freshmen and sophomores.

A JSerra official provided details of Thursday’s victory.

St. Margaret’s took control of the game, going up 2-0 the first quarter on goals by Hunter Edington and Kent Iizuka.

Chase Williams scored again at the start of the second quarter, putting the Tartans ahead, 3-0.

But eight minutes into the second quarter, the Lions offense got going.

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Lions Take Control of Trinity League Race

*From MaxLAXOC.com

JSerra coach Kyle Harrison has his young Lion squad believing. This week, they have upset wins over #5 Santa Margarita, and now #3 St. Margaret’s. This team, composed of mostly freshman and sophomores, put together a very challenging non-league schedule for the 2012 season, second only to Foothill. That difficulty of schedule seems to be paying off for the Lions, now 3-0 in Trinity league play.

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