JSerra Alumni Drafted into MLB

Catcher, Colton Plaia

Two JSerra Alumni from the class of 2009 have been drafted into major league baseball (MLB).

Colton Plaia, a catcher, has been drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 33rd round. While attending JSerra Plaia earned three varsity letters for coach Brett Kay, served as team captain in his senior year, and garnered All-League recognition as a junior and senior. Plaia was named a Scholar-Athlete, and earned the Coaches Award as a senior at JSerra.

“Colton Plaia was one of the best student athletes here at JSerra, a quality young man, and one of the brightest athletes I have seen here,” said Brett Kay, JSerra head baseball coach. “He is a continuous hard worker, and has the baseball acumen to excel at any level he wishes.”

Plaia batted .382 with 18 runs scored and 19 RBI as a senior, collected six doubles and two home runs in 2009, and was 18-for-31 throwing out potential base runners in his final year. Recruited by Oregon and Long Beach State, Plaia chose LMU because it was close to home, has a great sports program, and is a very nice campus.

Joe Kurrasch, a left-handed pitcher, was selected in the eighth round of the draft by the San Francisco Giants.

Joe Kurrasch, left-handed pitcher

“Joe was an outstanding pitcher for JSerra for the two years he was here. He was at the top of the list in LHP in Southern California, and his development throughout his two years were great,” said Kay. “Joe has earned everything that has happened to him and the fact he was drafted in the eighth round is a testament to him and his hard work.”

Kurrasch was a standout competitor at JSerra earning a 2007 USA National Team Invite for his efforts, and recorded a 7-1 record with a stellar 0.67 ERA and 58 strikeouts as a senior.  He garnered first-team all-league and second-team All-CIF Southern Section honors for his performance. Kurrasch previously posted a 3-3 record with a 1.67 ERA and 74 strikeouts during his junior campaign.

For more on Colton Plaia click here.

For more on Joe Kurrasch click here.

To see the complete list of the 2012 MLB Draft click here.

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Pictured left to right: Kerry Cao (VP), Colin Ackerman (Treasurer), Katie Maceyko (PR Officer), Stephanie Tarle (President), Brandon Kusnierz (Member), Matt Jewitt (Secretary)).

JSerra Alum Walks-on to Penn State Team

By Amanda Samaan

Lady Lion Alum Stephanie Tarle walks-on to play for the Penn State tennis team.

Torn between the school of her dreams and the reality of playing tennis as a freshman was hard on Tarle when she choose to follow her heart and her legacy, having both parents and her brother attend Penn State, she fought and fought hard to make both dreams a reality, and it paid off.

JSerra tennis coach Kirk Orahood coached Tarle in her senior year here at JSerra and had this to say, “This beats the Rudy byline because she is a true freshman and playing right now, we don’t have to wait until the end of the movie.”

Without taking credit for Tarle’s achievement Coach Orahood gave credit to her parents for raising a fantastic scholar and athlete. Seeing her hard work in her final season at JSerra, Orahood knew that she was destined for greatness. After working hard on the dynamics of doubles play with Coach Orahood, there was nothing stopping Tarle from reaching her goal of her dream school and competitive position on the Penn State Tennis team.

“I am so proud of Stephanie as I am any of my other Division-1 or Wimbledon players” Orahood adds.

Congratulations to Stephanie for all your accomplishments. If this is just the beginning of the movie, we can’t wait to see the end!

To view Stephanie’s results and photo’s of each match, click here.