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Jim-Hartigan-12By Brian Park, The Capistrano Dispatch

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.

To read the complete article click Lion Nation.

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Carl Nolet, Senior

Carl Nolet, Senior

By Damien Calhoun, OC Varsity

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.”

To read more on the varsity volleyball team visit them on Facebook.

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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.

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Nick Robinson going for a pass during the game against St. John Bosco.

Damian Calhuon, OC Varsity

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.

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Congratulations to Trevor Charpie for his commitment to play baseball for the University of Tennessee this fall. Charpie is the first JSerra athlete to play for Southeastern Conference (SEC).

Charpie was also scouted by University of California, Irvine and Loyola Marymount University.

“I am excited for this great opportunity, and thankful to my family for their support and for my coaches for always pushing me to be the best athlete,” said Charpie.

Charpie was a key member in the Lion Nation and plans to major in Kinesiology while attending the University of Tennessee.

For more on the Lions Baseball Program, click here.

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By Tim Burt, Orange County Register

It’s been quite a first year for new JSerra boys lacrosse coach 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.

For the complete article click LAX Playoffs. 

Ryan Suttle, OC Varsity Athlete of the Week

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.

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