The scholar athlete and JSerra Business Magnet Program student, scored three goals for the Lions in a 3-0 victory against St. Francis last week, and then knocked in the game winner in a 2-1 triumph over De La Salle.
By Steve Fryer, OC Varsity
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.
The JSerra girls cross country team has done what no school in Orange County, in any sport, has every accomplished; Three-peat. They won their third straight State Championship Saturday, with the added highlight of sophomore Brooke Kunzelman being named to the All-State team. In addition, the Running Lions won their third straight CIF Championship one week earlier, to go along with their third consecutive Trinity League Championship. Congratulations to all of the Running Lions, on both the boys and girls teams, for an incredible season and a continuing commitment to excellence.
JSerra placed five scoring runners in the top 30 to win its third consecutive Division 4 state title at the CIF State Cross Country Championships on Saturday at Woodward Park.
The Lions are the first county program in the 26-year history of the state championships to win three consecutive state titles.
“The girls came together, worked as a unit, and played their roles,” Lions coach Marty Dugard said. “It’s humbling because of the sacrifice that the girls go through. These girls have bought into this tradition of excellence that we have tried to build.”
The LA Times shows their support for the Lions, looking to the future in the 2013 season as the Lions finish the 2012 season with a 41-6 victory over Orange Lutheran.
Also, finishing off a great season with individual accomplishments in the Trinity League is Nick Robinson, named leading passer by the OC Varsity, with 1,337 yards and nine touchdowns for the Lions.
The Lions conclude a record breaking season ranked eighth in the county, a first in school history. The junior varsity team also made a mark on JSerra’s evolving history becoming the first team to come out undefeated in football in a decade.
To see all the highlights of the season closing game against Orange Lutheran click here.
This week’s OCVarsity Pickapalooza Deathmatch game is Trabuco Hills vs. JSerra on Friday at 7 p.m. at Saddleback College. This is a great matchup between Trabuco Hills of the South Coast League and JSerra of the Trinity League. The South Coast and Trinity Leagues are easily the two toughest leagues in the county. Trabuco Hills and JSerra aren’t being picked to make it into the Pac-5 Division playoffs out of their respective league, but they will both be live underdogs every time they step on the gridiron.
JSerra is 4-0 and ranked No. 18 in the county. The Lions haven’t played as strong of a schedule as the Mustangs, but they also own a quality win over Huntington Beach, 20-13. Running back Casey Eugenio is having a fine season for the Lions. He has rushed for 426 yards and five TDs on 81 carries.
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Post-game interview with JSerra fooball coach Jim Hartigan after the Lions use a blocked punt in the fourth quarter to defeat host Huntington Beach, 20-13, on Sept. 7, 2012. Video by Dan Albano, OCVarsity.com
Check out all the highlights on OCVarsity.com.
Casey Eugenio, a junior at JSerra, played a key role in JSerra’s 37-21 victory over Long Beach Wilson on Friday night. Eugenio intercepted two passes, rushed for 78 yards, returned a punt 45 yards for a touchdown, completed a pass for 17 yards and blocked an extra-point attempt.
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