Schleppy Brothers Carry JSerra Over Santa Margarita

Cole Schleppy '13
Cole Schleppy ’13

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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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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.

For the complete article click LAX Playoffs. 

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 Lacrosse Coach Featured in High School Illustrated

With a great lacrosse season taking off take a minute to sit down with High School Illustrated as they talk with JSerra boys lacrosse coach Kyle Harrison.

Can you tell me about your youth athletic experience, where you grew up and what sports you played?

I grew up in Baltimore, MD and played lacrosse, basketball and soccer since I was 4 years old.

What experiences as a high school athlete do you still take to heart today as a head coach?

Preparation and attention to detail. No matter what level you’re playing, both are essential in building a successful team.

What are your most memorable experiences as a high school athlete, and what do you think your biggest accomplishment was has a high school athlete?

I’ve got some great memories from my high school days competing. I was fortunate enough to be a part of five championship teams, (two in lacrosse, two in basketball, one in soccer,) so those are certainly my most memorable. My biggest accomplishment would have been earning 12 varsity letters and starting on each team every year I was in high school.

For the complete interview click HS Illustrated.

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Boys Lacrosse Hosts Laguna Hills Tonight

The 2012 JSerra Lions Lacrosse season will kick off with the first Varsity home game today Tuesday, March 6th at 5:00 p.m. vs. the Laguna Hills Hawks.

To celebrate the first home game, the first 30 JSerra students at the game with student ID will receive a free JSerra Lacrosse T-Shirts (starting at 5:00 p.m., available at the snack bar).

Also, all JSerra students with student ID will receive a free hot dog.

Don’t miss all the action from the sidelines, with a live Twitter feed starting at 5 p.m.

For game dates and scores check out JSerra Lacrosse on Facebook.

He’s run to a film, a book and peace

By Lori Basheda, OC Register 

Coach Dugard with the JSerra Runing Lions

The first film that best-selling author Martin Dugard ever wrote premiered Thursday at the Cannes Film Festival.

But he skipped going to France to bask in the glory

That’s because he has a book signing at the Rancho Santa Margarita Borders last night.

And he has to get the track team he coaches atJSerra Catholic High School ready for CIFs today.

It’s quite a hat trick.

The film, “A Warrior’s Heart,” is a coming-of-age lacrosse drama set at the fictitious Sierra High School (a thinly veiled JSerra) starring “Twilight” vampire siblings Kellan Lutz and Ashley Greene and “Glee” hunk Chord Overstreet, all cast by Dugard before they hit the big time.

But the book is what Dugard is most excited about.

It’s about running.

To view the full story click To Be A Runner.

Joey Kimpler Voted OC Register Athlete of the Week

By Tim Burt, OC Register

Joey Kimpler has been a standout player all season for No. 7-ranked JSerra. Last week he had a hat trick in the Lions’ 8-5 loss to No. 2 St. Margaret’s.

Joey Kimpler, Senior

On the season, the senior midfielder has 33 goals, 11 assists and 73 groundballs.

Kimpler, the Lions captain, has 33 goals, 11 assists and 73 ground balls.

“Joey is a do-it- all middie in the truest sense; he takes faceoffs or plays the wing on faceoffs, plays great shortstick defense, and is our best dodger and on-the-run shooter on offense,” said Coach Max Ritz.

“He’s played great all year, but it speaks volumes about his competitive nature that his performances have gotten stronger and stronger as the season has progressed. It is that quality, and the versatility of his game, that the University of Maryland coaching staff have cited to me as primary reasons for their recruiting of Joey (for next season).”

JSerra Hires Legendary Lacrosse Star Kyle Harrison

JSerra Catholic High School announced today that Kyle Harrison, one of the nation’s most celebrated lacrosse champions, will coach its lacrosse team for the 2012 season.

Kyle with National Championship Trophy

A three-time All-American in college, Harrison, 27, led Johns Hopkins University to an NCAA Division I National Championship in 2005 and won the Tewaaraton Trophy (the Heisman Trophy of lacrosse) as the National Player of the Year. As a professional, he’s a four-time Major League Lacrosse all-star and a founding partner of the new LXM Pro Tour. He’s also the first lacrosse player ever sponsored by Nike – and remains a Nike athlete today. Harrison  is also sponsored by STX, a company that carries Harrison’s own equipment and apparel line called K18. He says STX always will play a major role in his career.

Lacrosse is the fastest growing sport nationwide, with the highest growth west of the Mississippi, he said.

“JSerra is a dynamic school that welcomes and encourages vision, and provides just the environment needed to take on this new challenge,” he said.

Current coach Mike Hutnik resigned to pursue a master’s degree and the school will have an interim to replace him for the 2011 season.

Harrison said he is excited about the group of assistant coaches he is working on bringing from the East Coast.  “They are a passionate about the sport, and about working with young men both on and off the field,” he said.

Kyle signing autographs for kids

Harrison added that he plans to work with football coach Jim Hartigan to develop as many two-sport athletes as possible.

Frank Talarico, JSerra’s President and CEO, said he is pleased to add another world-class talent to the school’s coaching staff.

“Kyle is the Michael Jordan of lacrosse,” Talarico said. “In addition to winning the equivalent of the Heisman Trophy in lacrosse, he’s also a great guy and will be an incredible mentor and role model for our scholar athletes.”

Harrison isn’t the only world-class athlete coaching the Lions. Aquatics director Julie Swail-Ertel is a two-sport Olympian and Ice Lion coaches Dave Karpa and Guy Hebert are former National Hockey League stars.