Sam Phillippi, 2016 Second-Team All Ivy, is one of the many current Penn standouts to hail from Southern California. Phillippi, along with defensive backs Riley and Connor O'Brien and quarterback Nick Robinson, all played at California powerhouse JSerra Catholic High School.
Director of Campus Ministry Zach Eckert wrote an article for OC Catholic featuring Suness Jones '12, who was selected to represent the interests of young Catholics at a Vatican meeting on the upcoming 2018 World Synod on Young People.
The JSerra Cross Country teams once again showed why they're perennially considered one of California's top teams. Led by sophomore Anthony Grover and junior Peter Herold, the boys squad beat fifty-nine teams to win the overall boys title at the Laguna Hills Invitational last Saturday. Not to be outdone, the girls cross country team opened the season tough. All-State runner junior Nadia Tabriz led the squad, who finished ninth overall.