Last week when our Lions achieved their second victory of the season, Coach Jim Hartigan celebrated an exciting milestone – the 200th victory of his coaching career!
Coach Hartigan joined JSerra as head coach in 2007. Before taking on the position, he led the Santa Margarita Eagles from 1989-2002 and Clovis West High in Fresno from 2003-2006. Since coming to JSerra, the Lions have improved their record and become a stand out contender in the competitive Trinity League.
This season the JSerra Lions have gone undefeated, winning 40-0 versus Cabrillo High School and 45-21 versus Chino Hills.
Join us tonight as Coach Hartigan leads the Lions against Huntington Beach in a chance to make his career record 201!
JSerra came up short of winning the Trinity League girls tennis title last year, losing both of its matches against Santa Margarita.
With standout freshman Jadie Acidera leading the charge, JSerra coach Kirk Orahood thinks his team will pose a strong challenge for the defending league champions later this season.
The Lions won their fourth consecutive match to start the season, defeating Sage Hill, 14-4, in a nonleague match at The Tennis Club in Newport Beach on Tuesday.
Acidera lost only one game while sweeping her three sets at No. 1 singles. Mary Kaffen also swept her three sets in singles, and the Lions’ No. 1 doubles tandem of Zoe Kaffen and Natalie Wek won all three of their sets.
Orahood said he thought Tuesday was a strong performance and believes the Lions (4-0) have a chance to unseat Santa Margarita later this season.
“I think we’re pretty solid,” said Orahood, who believes the match between the top two teams in league from last season will come down to doubles when they meet Oct. 8. Acidera has yet to lose a set this season.
“There’s always something to improve on,” said Acidera, who said she felt she made too many unforced errors against the Lightning (1-2).
With so much buzzing on campus, during the summer months JSerra Blog decided to feature some of the great athletes working hard.
This week JSerra Blog catches up with cross-country senior and San Clemente resident, Kylee Fracassi.
JSerra Blog (JB): How did you get interested in running cross-country?
Kylee Fracassi (KF): I actually tried cross-country because my brother ran, and ended up staying because I loved it.
JB: Greatest athletic memory thus far?
KF: My greatest memory, that I don’t think I could ever forget was winning the State Championships two years in a row. It felt so great to have all our hard work pay off.
JB: What do you look forward to this upcoming cross-county season?
KF: I am really excited about getting to know more of the girls on the team and making great memories. And, of course I’d like to win State again.
JB: Any exciting summer plans?
KF: I’m looking forward to being a camp counselor at the Special Camp for Special Kids, and going to Mammoth with our cross-country team.
Summertime isn’t just about running for Fracassi, she also finds time to volunteer at the Shea Center, and is a member of the Habitat for Humanity Club and the Environmentality Club at JSerra. The All-League athlete hopes to run for Texas Christian University after leaving the hallowed halls of JSerra.
“Kylee is fiercely competitive and driven,” said Coach Marty Dugard of Fracassi’s skills on the track.
For more on the running lions visit them on Facebook.
JSerra Catholic High School has four alumni drafted into Major League Baseball, in the 2013 draft.
“Obviously a very exciting day for JSerra Catholic Athletics and the baseball program to see four Lions drafted in the MLB 2013 Player draft,” said JSerra Head Baseball Coach Brett Kay.
Recent graduate and 6-foot-4 outfielder, Dane McFarland was selected 360 overall to the Arizona Diamondbacks, giving up his spot to play at Oregon in the fall.
McFarland has one of the most enticing power/speed combos among the prep outfielders in the Draft. With his huge frame he combines this with great bat speed to give him plus power.
Colton Plaia ’09, was drafted for the second year in a row, this time by the New York Mets as the 446 pick overall from Loyola Marymount University. The catcher who leaves in less than 24 hours, since being drafted for training camp was said to have solid legs and is a durable receiver, with a tough presence and a plus-arm are his best tool.
Plaia was also selected to play for the U.S. National team in 2012.
Another draftee is right-handed pitcher Reed Reily ’10 of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo was selected 549 overall to the Orioles.
Reily can touch the mid 90’s with his fastball and he has a good amount of deception to go along with it. He complements the heater with an 80-84 mph slider and a changeup he’ll throw in the low 80s as well.
JSerra’s final draftee is left handed pitcher, Cory Miller ’10 from Pepperdine University was selected as the 482 overall pick to the Brewers.
Miller, a three-year varsity letter winner and pitcher for head coach Brett Kay helped lead the Lions to the 2009 Trinity League championship. Miller also received two coaches awards and two of his team’s Cy Young Awards, set the school’s record for most saves in a season with four.
“All of them were outstanding young men while in our program and have the desire and work ethic to be able to have that great opportunity to get drafted. It will be great to see those guys don the uniform at the next level and know that they were Lions,” said Kay.
Help support a fellow lion and vote for Kaite McLaughlin for OC Varsity Swimmer of the Year.
McLaughlin set the CIF Division l records in both the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly, ranking her first in both events in Orange County. She was also part of the national record breaking 1x400m relay team, that included teammates Rebecca Millard, Kaitlyn Albertoli, Britteny Kahn, and Karli Thuen.
Congratulations to Kaitlyn Albertoli for being named this week’s OC Varsity Athlete of the Week.
The sophomore sprinter blazed to victory in the 50-yard freestyle in 22.91 seconds, which was the second fastest timein Orange County history. She also captured the 100 freestyle in 50.32 seconds, seventh in county history, at the Trinity League finals at JSerra. Both times were Trinity League records.
For more information on the JSerra swim team visit them on Facebook.