Future looks bright for JSerra, Acidera

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JSerra came up short of winning the Trinity League girls tennis title last year, losing both of its matches against Santa Margarita.

With standout freshman Jadie Acidera leading the charge, JSerra coach Kirk Orahood thinks his team will pose a strong challenge for the defending league champions later this season.

The Lions won their fourth consecutive match to start the season, defeating Sage Hill, 14-4, in a nonleague match at The Tennis Club in Newport Beach on Tuesday.

Acidera lost only one game while sweeping her three sets at No. 1 singles. Mary Kaffen also swept her three sets in singles, and the Lions’ No. 1 doubles tandem of Zoe Kaffen and Natalie Wek won all three of their sets.

Orahood said he thought Tuesday was a strong performance and believes the Lions (4-0) have a chance to unseat Santa Margarita later this season.

“I think we’re pretty solid,” said Orahood, who believes the match between the top two teams in league from last season will come down to doubles when they meet Oct. 8. Acidera has yet to lose a set this season.

“There’s always something to improve on,” said Acidera, who said she felt she made too many unforced errors against the Lightning (1-2).

Miller Named to All-County Basketball Team

Sophomore, Coco Miller
Sophomore, Coco Miller

Coco Miller | Guard/Forward | 5-10, Sophomore

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.”

Season stats: 33 games, 19.0 ppg, 4 rpg, 3 apg

Lady Lions Move to Next Round in State Championships

mja21j-b781075473z.120130306222334000g671cr0a6.1By Carlos Arias, OC Varsity

Mater Dei of Chula Vista coach David Monroe kept screaming from the sideline, “Somebody get on that shooter.”

That shooter he was referring to was JSerra sophomore Coco Miller, and nobody from the Crusaders was able to stop her.

Miller finished with 26 points, including four 3-pointers, five rebounds and four assists, to help the Lions defeat Mater Dei, 60-52, in the opening round of the CIF Southern California Division 4 Regionals on Wednesday night at JSerra.

JSerra (24-7) avenged a 69-66 overtime loss to the Crusaders (20-7) earlier this season.

“We played them earlier in the season over Christmas and we lost to them in a tough overtime game,” Miller said, “so coming into tonight we had to give it all we had and play with our hearts.”

The first half went back and forth, but the Crusaders had a 28-27 lead at halftime after Kandiss Barber’s breakaway layup at the buzzer.

JSerra was able to build a six-point lead heading into the fourth quarter, and Miller sealed the victory with seven points in the final quarter.

JSerra point guard August Touchard turned in a gutsy effort. She injured her head and her ankle but never came out of the game, and she .

“I knew I had to step up especially when August got hurt,” Miller said.

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JSerra Finds New Spark in Triumph Over Rosary

(Left to right): Courtney Bogle, Coco Miller, and August Touchard
(Left to right): Courtney Vaccher, Coco Miller, and August Touchard

By Carlos Arias, OC Varsity

JSerra’s girls basketball team has a lot of weapons this season.

Guards Coco Miller and August Touchard have been outstanding and Megan House, a 6-4 sophomore, and Courtney Vaccher, a 6-2 junior, dominated in the post for the Lions.

JSerra discovered a new weapon in junior guard Corinne Bogle, who gave the Lions a spark off the bench with 16 points to lead No. 3 JSerra to a 53-35 victory over Rosary in a Trinity League game on Thursday night at JSerra High.

“I knew beforehand that I didn’t have a great game the last time we played Rosary,” said Bogle, who had two points in JSerra’s 69-44 victory over Rosary on Jan. 10. “I just tried to do different things this time around.

“I knew I wasn’t great on the boards, so I just tried to perfect different areas as much as I can. It wasn’t all me. It was my teammates. August is great at passing. I know if I run the floor hard I’m going to get the ball in my hands.”

Rosary (14-10. 2-5) knocked down seven 3-pointers, including three in the first quarter to help the Royals build a 13-12 edge heading into the second quarter. JSerra responded with an 8-0 run to start the second quarter and build a 20-13 lead. Touchard was dishing out the assists and Bogle scored nine of her points in the first half to give the Lions (18-5, 4-2) a 27-21 lead at the break.

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JSerra Catholic High School Girls Basketball Coach Wins 100th Game

photo-6*A Press Release from JSerra CHS 

JSerra Catholic girls basketball Head Coach Mary Rossignol wins record 100th game.

Early in the Annual Oaks Christian Christmas Hardwood Classic the Lady Lions 65-24 win against Newberry Park became Rossignol’s record 100th win with JSerra Catholic High School.

“As a coach winning is great, but to hit a milestone like this is something you never forget,” said Rossignol, JSerra girls head coach. “It has taken time, commitment and hard work but it has all been worth it. I’m proud of the progress that has been made in our program.”

“Mary has been an integral asset to the athletic program at JSerra and to the girls’ basketball team,” said Dave Lawn, JSerra Athletic Director. “Her ability to transform the program into a highly ranked team in the toughest league in the nation was no small task.”

During Rossignol’s six years at JSerra as head coach, the girls have progressed to become second in the Trinity League and fifth in Orange County. Jourdan Banks (’07) became the school’s first student-athlete to be accepted to an Ivy League university and became team captain of the University of Pennsylvania women’s basketball team.

The highly ranked team also prides itself on giving back to the community regularly. The girls host the Junior Special Olympics on campus as well as visiting the Irvine Cottages Senior Living Center throughout the year.

“It has been an honor to coach at JSerra, to be able to lead such great student-athletes with the commitment and dedication to each other and the selfless people. They are amazing!” said Rossignol. “I am also fortunate to have the support of an amazing coaching staff that give so much of themselves.”

Be sure to save the date for the PAW Showcase, sponsored by Pacific Athletic Wear (PAW), Gatorade and Eastbay, coming to JSerra, February 2, 2013 showcasing girls top teams in Southern California.

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Lady Lions Top Their Competition

Coco Miller
Coco Miller

JSerra Lady Lions are soaring above the competition. With a 15-4 season and a top 20 ranking in the state, the Lady Lions are a force to be reckoned with.

After a 74-10 victory of the Santa Margarita Eagles, the Lady Lions move forward confident about facing off against the Orange Lutheran Lancers, Thursday, January 17.

The Lady Lions 5-10 guard, Coco Miller has been named to the top Orange County shooters list. With flashes of being a big scorer as a freshman, Miller has continued to develop as a sophomore. Miller is fearless from beyond the 3-point arc,  a trait usually possessed by the best shooters.

Another standout player is senior point guard August Touchard. This senior creates offense for herself and her teammates with her drives to the basket. Touchard is a huge reason why the Lions are contenders for the CIF-SS Division 4AA title.

August Touchard
August Touchard

“The success our team has been having this season is a direct result of their hard work and dedication, to earning a championship,” said Head Coach Mary Rossignol. “Everything is a team effort, and we have a great coaching staff to thank for helping shape the team.”

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OC Varsity Athlete of the Week: Isabella Guerry

Isy GuerryBy Jason Eichelberger, OC Varsity
Isabella Guerry, a junior midfielder for the Lions, produced her first multi-goal match of the season, scoring both of her team’s goals in a 2-0 Trinity League opening win over Mater Dei.
Behind Guerry’s effort, the Lions beat the Monarchs for the first time since 2009 and extended their unbeaten streak to 13 straight matches (10-0-3). Guerry currently leads the Lions in both goals (six) and assists (six).
Catch all the action as the Lady Lions face off against Rosary Thursday, Jan. 10 at 3 p.m.
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