It has been a little over a month since sophomore Chase Strumpf of JSerra returned from Colombia with a gold medal after helping the USA 15U baseball team win the Pan American championships.
It was another achievement for a young player who keeps raising expectations. Before he even played in his first high school game last season, he accepted a scholarship to UCLA. Then he became a starter for the Lions. And things keep getting better.
Strumpf is ranked No. 3 in the nation among the class of ’16 prospects by Perfect Game. He’s appeared in Sports Illustrated’s Faces in the Crowd after hitting five home runs in eight games in Colombia to earn tournament MVP honors.
“It was amazing being able to wear USA on your chest,” he said of his USA 15U experience last weekend at halftime of the JSerra-Buena Park football game. “It was the best feeling in my life. I’ll never forget it.”
Strumpf has already made a big jump from freshman to sophomore year based on his summer. He’s stronger and has more power. He got to see Trinity League pitching as a freshman. It’s a little scary to think what he’ll look like by his senior year.
Congratulations to Dustin Goetz for committing to play volleyball as an eagle at Concordia University.
“I am excited to have the opportunity to play volleyball in college. I didn’t think that I would have the opportunity,” said Goetz. “I have been very fortunate to have had a great community at JSerra and I hope to find that same family-like community at Concordia.”
Goetz has played for the Lions as a center for four years, and would like to major in Communications, while at Concordia.
For more on the JSerra Volleyball team visit them on Facebook.
Congratulations to Jonny Unterman for being named OC Varsity’s Athlete of the Week.
Unterman posted a 2-under-par 34 at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Course to help the Lions post a school record 181 in the victory against St. Margaret’s. He also posted a 2-under 34 at Santa Ana Country Club in a match against Mater Dei this season, giving him a 37.5 nine-hole scoring average.
For more on the JSerra golf team visit them on Facebook.
In 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.
As 2012 quickly comes to a close the Lions mark yet another historical mark in JSerra’s ten year history. Junior defensive back, Casey Eugenio is named to the 2012 All-county football team, announced by the Orange County Register. Eugenio is the first JSerra football player to be named to the team since the school’s inception in 2003.
Eugenio played a key role in the Lions’ success on the field. On defense, Eugenio had seven interceptions, returning one for a touchdown, and registered 98 tackles. He also blocked a field goal. Eugenio recorded double-digit tackles in seven games, and was a first-team All-Trinity League selection this season.
For the complete roster of the 2012 All-county football teamclick here.
JSerra was strong in the first quarter and strong in the fourth.
In between, the Lions did not play so well.
JSerra had an 18-point lead in the first quarter and fell behind in the third before a game-concluding roll brought the Lions a 77-66 victory over Clovis West in a second-round game of the Jim Harris Memorial Tournament of Champions at Ocean View High.
“We played well in the first quarter,” JSerra coach Joedy Gardner said. “But we lost our concentration in the second quarter. Defensively, we picked it up in the second half.”
JSerra’s victory set up an attractive semifinal Friday night in the tournament. The Lions (5-1) play Ocean View (2-1) at 7:30 p.m. In the other semifinal, it’s a matchup of state-ranked teams, as Mater Dei (3-0, No. 6 in California) plays No. 13 Compton (5-1) at 9 p.m.
The Lions jumped to a 9-0 lead and took a 29-11 advantage into the second quarter. They made 12 of 18 first-quarter shots.
Things went the way of Clovis West (2-3) in the second, as the Golden Eagles outscored the Lions by 17 to trail 39-38 at halftime.