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.

JSerra Students Ban the Bag

By Madi Swayne for the San Clemente Times

JSerra students Katie & Kristy Hibbard traveled to Sacramento to support the effort to ban the use of plastic bags nationally. The following is from a story by the SC Times:

“This past summer, Assemblywoman Julia Brownley authored a bill proposing a statewide ban of single-use plastic bags to alleviate plastic pollution. When the bill, AB 1998, failed in Senate by only a few votes, many environmental groups, employees and businesses were saddened by the loss, but vowed not to give up feeling they had the momentum to continue.

On Monday, November 29, Green Cities California (GCC) a coalition of 13 top environmentally friendly cities, joined together in a press conference on the western steps of the California State Capitol. Members of the GCC along with the Clean Seas Coalition spoke, “To promote a statewide strategy of local governments adopting a uniform single use bag ordinance that is based on AB 1998.”

Members of Green Cities California include Berkeley, Hayward, Los Angeles, Marin County, Oakland, Pasadena, Richmond, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Barbara and Santa Monica. Representatives from each of these cities were in attendance along with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and my group of youth leaders from the South Orange County Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation.

Kirsty Hibbard (JSerra Catholic High School), Katie Hibbard (JSerra Catholic High School), Lulu Erkeneff (Dana Hills High School) and I, Madi Swayne (San Clemente High School), all traveled to Sacramento to restate our support for a statewide plastic bag ban.”

Read more on the San Clemente Times website.