JSerra Winter Signing Day 2015

Every year, we see students reach their potential and show the world who they are as individuals. Our Lions are first and foremost students, but they are also outstanding in other aspects of their lives! We are proud of the following students who signed their letters of intent to the universities of their dreams in February 2015!

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Boys Soccer:

Ether Bustos – California State University at Fullerton

Ivan Canales – University of California at Irvine

Julian Font – University of California at Irvine

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Football:

Aaron Matthews – Lindenwood University

Brody Barrett – Appalachian State University

D.J. Bailey – Harvard

Nick Robinson – University of Georgia

Sam Philippi – University of Pennsylvania

Tucker Squires – University of Chicago

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Girls Soccer:

Brooke Kunzelman – Air Force

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Girls Volleyball:

Kayla DeMari – Hawai’i Pacific University

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Congratulations! Always remember that everyone at JSerra will be rooting you on in your future endeavors. We know you will make us proud!

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Lion Pride!

Three JSerra Athletes Commit to Play Collegiate Sports

(left to right): Claire Quinn, Anthony Hickey, Interim Athletic Dirctor Jim Hartigan, and August Touchard
(left to right): Claire Quinn, Anthony Hickey, Interim Athletic Dirctor Jim Hartigan, and August Touchard

JSerra athletes commit to play collegiate sports in Basketball, Soccer and Football.

“It is always an exciting time when students commit to play sports at the college level,” said Jim Hartigan, Interim Athletic Director. “Each student-athlete that signs has shown their dedication and hard work to their perspective sports, and JSerra wishes the best to each athlete.”

August Touchard a guard for the Lions, committed to play basketball at Grand Canyon University.

“Going to Grand Canyon is special to me. I have always wanted to Division l basketball. The basketball program has helped me grow as a person and as an athlete.”

Senior Anthony Hickey, a defensive lineman signed his letter of intent to play football at Wagner University in New York.

“Going to Wagner means a lot, I look forward to playing at a high level, and being a part of the winning program. The level of football at JSerra has helped me develop my skill set throughout my four years here.”

JSerra girls soccer also had Claire Quinn commit to play at Capital University of Ohio.

“I have always wanted to play soccer in college. I’m excited to experience another part of the country, and d what I love.”

About JSerra Catholic High School
Turning a decade old, JSerra Catholic High School has grown into one of the region’s top university preparatory institutions. Its graduates include National Merit Scholarship winners, Ivy League university students, Division I collegiate athletes and young adults committed to being a positive force in their communities. Located in San Juan Capistrano, the school features $110-million facilities, including a state-of-the-art $40 million athletic complex. For more, visit www.jserra.org.

Andres Mendoza Commits to UC Irvine

Andres Mendoza, JSerra senior and soccer center midfielder commits to UC Irvine.
Andres Mendoza, JSerra senior and soccer center midfielder commits to UC Irvine.

Congratulations to Andres Mendoza for signing his letter of intent, to play for the Anteaters at the University of California, Irvine. 

The center midfielder has had a successful high school soccer career as a Lion and looks forward to beginning his college career as an Anteater.

“It has always been my goal to play soccer in college, and now that all my hard work has paid off to meet my goal, I’d like to aspire to play professionally. Continuing my success in soccer and my education is a big focus, and I believe I can continue this at UCI.”

As the Lions look forward to their post-season to compete in CIF, coach Davor Fabulich had this to say about Mendoza:

“As a coach I am excited to see Andres play at UCI, they have a competitive program and an amazing coaching staff. Andres is on of JSerra’s top players and works hard as captain of the team. I couldn’t be more proud of Andres.”

To see more photos and other soccer college commitments from 2012-2013 click Lions.

Varsity Soccer Remains on Top as They Enter League Matches

soccer1By Jason Eichelberger, OC Varsity

The JSerra girls soccer team concluded the nonleague part of its schedule as one of the county’s hottest teams.

The Lions used that momentum to open Trinity League play with a big victory Thursday.

Junior Isabella Guerry scored two first-half goals to spark the Lions to a 2-0 victory over  Mater Dei in the league opener for both teams at JSerra High.

“We were really pumped up for this game because Mater Dei is a good team and we started out strong,” Guerry said. “We are becoming a stronger and closer team, and ultimately, our confidence level is continuing to rise.”

The Lions (10-2-3, 1-0) are undefeated in their past 13 matches overall (10-0-3), and have posted eight consecutive shutouts. Their unbeaten streak includes a tournament championship at the Bellflower Tournament and winning the Red Division title at the North Orange County Classic.

The victory also marked the first time JSerra has defeated Mater Dei (7-6-3) since a 2-1 decision on Jan. 29, 2009.

“We feel like we are a different team this year and these kids believe in themselves,” Lions coach Rick Young said. “The girls feel that they can compete with anyone and they fight for 80 minutes.”

To read the complete article click here. 

Varsity Soccer Wins Back-to-Back Tournaments

Varsity Lady Lions after their Bellflower Tournament victory.
Varsity Lady Lions after their Bellflower Tournament victory.

*Updated: Thursday, January 3

Congratulations to the  girls varsity soccer team on their back-to-back victories in the Bellflower and Sunny Hills Tournaments during the Holidays.

The Lions victory in the Bellflower Tournament beat Pasadena Poly 1-0 with minutes left in the game on a goal by Isy Guerry.  In an earlier semi-final game JSerra beat La Serna on penalty kicks to head to the championship game.

JSerra varsity girls are on a historic eleven-game winning streak, with the best season in JSerra’s ten year history.

“Our team has achieved tremendous success in the last two tournaments,  I am proud of their accomplishments. They are working hard, scoring goals and have recorded several shut out victories,” said Rick Young, Varsity Head Coach. “Winning eleven straight games and two Tournament Championships is unprecedented in our girls soccer program and a great way to head into league competition.”

Join the Lady Lions in their first Trinity League matchup against Mater Dei on January 3, the game will be hosted on the JSerra field at 3 p.m.

For more team information and results click Lady Lions soccer.

JSerra’s David Mickle is OC Varsity’s Scholar Athlete of the Week

David Mickle, JSerra Senior

*By Jason Eichelberger  from OC Varsity

A senior forward for the Lions, Mickle has been a model of high achievement in the classroom and in the community. His current courses are: Honors Comparative Religion, Intermediate Piano, Spanish 4, English 4, AP American Government, AP Physics C, and AP Calculus BC. He is the treasurer of the school’s Paws for Preventing Poverty club. He is also a member of the Peru club and has traveled to Piura, Peru to help build houses, donate clothes, and teach English to the local population. Mickle has been a four-year youth leader for the Corpus Christi in Aliso Viejo. His top college choices are Cornell, Northwestern, and Vanderbilt where he plans to pursue a major in Environmental Engineering.

For more visit OC Varsity. 

JSerra Athletes Sign Letters of Intent

(left to right) Rick Young (girls soccer), Jim Hartigan (football), Davor Fabulich (boys soccer), Dave Lawn (athletic director), Brooke Barnidge, Jonavaughn Williams, Sagar Jambusaria.

Congratulations to JSerra’s Brooke Barnidge, Jonavaughn Williams and Sagar Jamusaria for signing their letter of intent.

Brooke Barnidge committed to playing soccer at Point Loma University, majoring in psychology. “I’m beyond excited to play for Point Loma. It’s everything I had ever wanted since I was a kid. All my training is finally paying off.”

Jonavaughn Williams committed to play football for University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), majoring in business and hotel administration. “I am blessed that UNLV is giving me the opportunity to play football for them, it wasn’t an easy decision but this is where I’m meant to be.”

Sagar Jambusaria committed to play soccer at Northwestern University, hoping to major in kinesiology.
“I am extremely excited to play for Northwestern. No one in my family has ever played a sport at the collegiate level. I’m happy that Northwestern can offer me a strong academic experience as well as athletic.”