JSerra Catholic head football coach Jim Hartigan is a man of perpetual motion.
On a warm, muggy Wednesday morning, he arrives at the school’s athletic campus at 6 a.m. to unlock doors, review schedules and go over the day’s itinerary with his coaching staff.
That’s about as easy as the day gets for him.
In no time, his varsity team begins to trickle into the weight room, some still rubbing the sleep out of their eyes. Meanwhile, Hartigan stands at the ready, his eyes trained to spot any player in need of some extra motivation.
As soon as the morning weight training sessions concludes around 9:45 a.m., Hartigan hustles out to a practice field to watch the future crop of Lions football players, the junior varsity and freshmen squads, go through 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 passing drills.
At this time last year, Hartigan’s day would have ended with a post-practice meeting with his staff and an afternoon session with the varsity. But in March, athletic director Dave Lawn retired to pursue full-time coaching opportunities and JSerra placed the interim tag on Hartigan. On June 20, rather than hire an outsider, the school announced Hartigan as its full-time athletic director, in addition to continuing his duties as head football coach.
Senior Carl Nolet, helped lead the Lions to finals of the Division 2 bracket of the Orange County Championships. JSerra went 5-0 in pool play in the tournament. Nolet has been a steadying force as the Lions have dealt with several injuries this season.
“I am very proud of these athletes. We have experienced much adversity this season and are coming together at the right time,” said Head Coach Tim Layton. “Dusty, Carl and Connor had a great tournament and their leadership came through at some tough times. Senior Chase Brannier and Kyle Smith made tremendous contributions that helped us throughout the tournament.”
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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.”
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JSerra Sophomore, Nick Robinson is OC Varsity’s week eight player to watch, and with good reason. Robinson completed 25 of 40 passes for 325 yards and two touchdowns in the near-upset over St. John Bosco.
Robinson proves to be a key player for the Lions as a strong defensive back, with only one previous season under his belt.
Join the Lions Friday, October 19 at 7:30 p.m. as they take on Servite in the COX Game of the Week, at Saddleback Field. Watch as theLions are trying to get that first league victory.
It’s been quite a first year for new JSerra boys lacrossecoach Kyle Harrison.
Harrison, a lacrosse professional, has led the Lions to a highly-successful season which continued on Wednesday night when the Lions defeated Mater Dei, 9-2, to clinch a share of the Trinity League title.
The No. 6-ranked Lions, 6-0 in league, have already knocked off No. 7 St. Margaret’s twice and No. 8 Santa Margarita once and have league matches against Servite and Santa Margarita next week.
“We’lll see what happens next week, but I think we’re in a good spot,” Harrison said after Wednesday’s victory at Mater Dei.
Freshman Midfielder, Logan Olmsted, also received the number two top play of the week for his goal against St. Margaret’s, OC Varsity dubbed “Matrix Move”. This goal was assisted by Junior Midfielder Cole Schleppy.
JSerra Catholic, a member of the highly competitive Trinity League in Orange County, today announced that the state-of-the-art JSerra Pavilion has been selected as the venue for the U.S. Men’s National Indoor Volleyball Teamvs. Argentina exhibition matches this month. The matches are scheduled at 7:30 PM (PDT) on Friday, April 27 and 2:00 PM (PDT) on Sunday, April 29. Tickets start at $10 and may be purchased in advance at http://jserravball.eventbrite.com/, or at the door. JSerra Pavilion is located at 26300 Junipero Serra Road in San Juan Capistrano, California.
“JSerra is proud to once again be selected as a preferred Southern California venue by the U.S. Men’s Indoor Volleyball Team,” said Dave Lawn, Athletic Director at JSerra. “Our head volleyball coach, Tim Layton, is a passionate advocate of competitive volleyball at all levels, and he and his teams dedicate hundreds of man-hours preparing for these Olympic-caliber matches and inviting the community to witness world-class competition.”
The U.S. Men are the defending Olympic champions and ranked sixth in the world. The team trains at the American Sports Centers in Anaheim, Calif., Official Host City of the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Teams. Argentina is ranked eighth in the world.
“These matches will be very important in preparing us for the NORCECA Men’s Continental Olympic Qualifier,” U.S. Head Coach Alan Knipe said. “That’s why we try to replicate the official playing conditions as closely as possible. JSerra’s Pavilion is among the highest caliber gymnasiums in Southern California. We are grateful for our continued partnership with Coach Layton and JSerra.”
The doors to JSerra Pavilion will open one hour prior to the official start time each day. Parking is available adjacent the JSerra Pavilion for $10, across the street at the JSerra Academic Campus for $5, and at the public Park & Ride at the Northbound Junipero Serra freeway exit for free. Seats are first-come, first-served and subject to selling out. Fans are encouraged to buy tickets online in advance. On the day of the events, arrive early and allow time for a brief walk to ensure the best seats. The JSerra snack bar will be open both days, and a Carl’s Jr. catering truck will be on site at the JSerra Pavilion from 6 PM – 9 PM during Friday’s match.