Eugenio Named to All-County Football Team

Casey Eugenio, Junior Defensive Back
Casey Eugenio, Junior Defensive Back

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 team click here. 

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Frank Talarico: JSerra H.S. thrives as public schools wane

*Currently running in the Orange County Register, By Frank Talarico, JSerra President

Last school year, after participating in a lifelike medical-simulation program offered by JSerra Catholic High School, senior Tom Joseph came away more excited than ever to study medicine in college and ultimately become a doctor.

“I love the program because it gives real hands-on experience with the hospital and real-life practice of medicine,” Tom said following an intense emergency-simulation exercise at Mission Hospital. “It allows me to learn what to expect in college and later in med school.”

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JSerra Baseball Deemed the Team to Beat This Spring

Named number ten on Baseball America’s High School Top 25 list, 5-0 standing, with heavy hitters like UCLA bound Austin Hedges, Trent Boras and Clay Williamson JSerra has been deemed  the team to beat, this Spring. Catch the buzz and all the latest below:

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JSerra's Tyler Krouse (15), Clay Williamson (24) and Trent Boras (7) celebrate after scoring against Palm Desert. photo courtesy by Drew Kelly

There’s nothing quite like the arrival of a brand new baseball season. Everything that accompanies the annual return to the diamond is what makes the sport so unique. A fresh start in league standings, stiff gloves that need breaking in, the sudden acceptance of grown men spitting sunflower seeds in public, the crack of new bats becoming battle-tested (though it’s more of a ping at the high school level) and all the glorious sunshine that comes with it.

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Nico Darras > The Average Student Athlete

*Contributed by Kevin C. Rice

At only seventeen, Nico Darras shows he is greater than the average student athlete accomplishing feats that others could only dream of.  Nico was one of 30 juniors and 70 seniors invited to the International High School Power Showcase at Chase Field, home to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Nico was the first Trinity League player to be invited to this exciting event, as he represented JSerra hitting six Major League home runs in the preliminary round and two more in the finals. He  tied for second overall in total home runs, and tied for third in the finals with a 460-foot bomb.

Darras up to bat

The home run derby-style showcase is not only a great way to display the amazing talents of these impressive teenage athletes, but to benefit the chronically ill. Nico, with help from the Make-A-wish Foundation and Home Runs That Help, sponsored his cousin/godchild, Vanessa Marie, who was diagnosed with Juvenile Arthritis at just seven years old. Now, at nine years old, Vanessa enjoys watching Nico play baseball, and loves when he hits home runs.

Nico is not only a stellar athlete, he maintains an outstanding 3.5 GPA in the classroom. He strives every day to better himself through his core life values: God, family, and baseball. Nico’s school pride and selfless attitude has helped create the “Lion Nation” student section that is present at every game. “Nico Darras is one of the finest young men I have been associated with,” said head coach Brett Kay.

Individual Athletic Honors

  • OC Varsity Top Sophomore to Watch – Orange County Register
  • Ryan Lemmon Orange County Sophomore Showcase
  • CIF All-American Honorable Mention
  • Scholar Athlete Award
  • Only Sophomore on Varsity with 11 D1 committed recruits
Ruth Finalists

To learn more about the partnership of Home Runs that Help and the Make-A-Wish foundation, click here.

Austin Hedges Ranked “Highest rated catcher prospect” in the Country

*Published in the Orange County Register on January 31, 2011

Austin Hedges

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Baseball America’s list of the top 100 high school baseball prospects

From CIF to MIT, JSerra Celebrates Graduation of Class of 2010

Emily Storms was intimidated.

Co-Valedictorian Emily Storms photo by Eric Simonson

One of her JSerra Catholic High School classmates is a National Merit Scholar. Another is headed to MIT. Yet another is the top ranked high-jumper in the nation.

“I felt as though there was nothing I could say, no words I could speak, that would do the class that sits before me justice,” said Storms, the school’s co-valedictorian, at Saturday’s graduation ceremony.

“I think it is true that no other class in this school’s history can match the range and depth of our accomplishments,” she said.

To read the rest of the story, published today on the Orange County Register’s website, click here.

The award winners are:

Valedictorians, Emily Storms and Victoria Manesh

Salutatorian, Otto Behrle

JSerra Award, Trevor Cutler

JSerra Award winner Trevor Cutler

Leadership, Trevor Cutler

Spirit Award, Christopher Garcia

Lion Award, Caitlin Lopes

Msgr Martin, Christa Millard

Campus Ministry, Hillary Himmerich

Christian Service, Alexandra Cory and Royce Cabrera

Faculty, Jazmin Grimaldi and Christopher Garcia

Marine Corp distinguished student awards for Scholarship Excellence, Samir Hanna and Caitlin Lopes

for Musical Excellence, Nicholas Knotrimas and Jazmine Grimaldi

for Athletic Excellence, Bobby Brown and Katheryn DeYoung

Fine Arts Award, Jazmin Grimaldi

Department Gold Awards:
English, Ian Farrell
Math, Andrea Maben
Science, Devon Wagstaff
Social Studies, Daniel Luschei
Foreign Language, Victoria Manesh
Fine Arts, Samantha Spatz
Religion, Alana Inlow

Scholar Athlete, Samir Hanna and Lauren Roknich

Special Recognition for Athletic Achievement, Harrison Steed

Following graduation, high jumper Harrison Steed headed to Fresno to try to win another state title.

Greyson Wayer is the OC Register’s Scholar Athlete of the Week

Greyson Wayer
The Orange County Register named boys’ volleyball player Greyson Wayer the newspaper’s boys scholar-athlete of the week.

Wayer, a three-year starter on the Lions volleyball team, has a 4.41 grade-point average. He will attend Notre Dame in the fall, planning to major in business.

To read the newspaper’s profile, click here.