Trojan Friday ~ 3/27/20

UPDATES

  • SCHOOL CLOSURE EXTENDED. The Irvine Unified School District Board of Education and Superintendent Walker have extended the closure of our schools through Friday, May 1.
  • SPRING BREAK NEXT WEEK. March 30 — April 3
  • QUARTER 4 & 6TH PERIOD ATHLETICS. If you/your student is a spring sport athlete or participates in a 6th period off-season program, please be sure to touch base with your Coach to learn more about your distance learning program for fourth quarter.
  • PARENT NIGHT. Originally scheduled for Wednesday, April 15th, this will now be a virtual event. Stay tuned for more information.
  • ATHLETICS FAQs for NEW FAMILIES. For information related to athletics visit Uni’s Athletics Homepage and the FAQ’s page.

HIGHLIGHTS

BASEBALL

University baseball coach starts up coaches challenge to help players in uncertain time

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University’s first year baseball coach Steve Hindman has started up the Uni Coaches Challenge to communicate with his players, who like many others, have seen their seasons put on hold.

“The Uni Coaches Challenge is just my way to hold the players accountable for what they should be doing minimum on a daily basis,” Hindman said in an Email Thursday.

“I know they are starting a new challenge with doing the distance learning. I wanted the players to be able to challenge each other to better themselves. I feel that we started to build a healthy and competitive culture. I really loved the way this team was coming together and was starting to understand each other as teammates and individuals.”

“I know every coach has their way of communicating to the players. Mine was done through social media. High schoolers love their social media do why not take advantage of it. There will be a challenge for the players every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Each challenge will last two days each, giving them Sundays off which is a CIF rule anyway.”

Hindman said he has another way to communicate.

“I also have a group text going with the coaches and players to all communicate,” he said. “I have told the players that they can ask me questions or send me videos of what they are doing and I can comment on them as well. Plus baseball is a sixth period class and this is what they are assigned to do, us coaches were just trying to find a way to make it as fun as possible.”

-Tim Burt, OC Sports Zone; timburt@ocsportszone.com

SOFTBALL

Two Trojans made The OC Register’s OC Varsity leaders lists through March 16

RBI Leaders 

D. Prosky, University: RBIs 14, PA 37, GP 8

J. Diaz, University: RBIs 10 PA 34 GP 7

Hit Leaders 

J. Diaz, University: HITS 14, AB 28, BA .500 



HONORS

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Orange County girls basketball: All-league teams 2019-20

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The all-league girls basketball teams for the 2019-20 season.

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE

Most Valuable Player: Erika Maggard, Woodbridge

First Team: Claire Kawata, University; Sabrina Lomri, Irvine; Alyssa Braunstein, Beckman; Tiffany Nguyen, Woodbridge; Allyson Tabayoyong, Portola; Aryn Press, University; Donia Maymoun, Portola.

Second Team: Giulia Roy, University; Jaina Santos, Beckman; Lika Amino, Irvine; Amanda Endres, Northwood; Kathleen Wasserman, Woodbridge; Jocelyn Lau, University; Mocha Saiki, Portola; Katie French, Beckman.

BOYS BASKETBALL

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE

First Team: Kody Uyesugi

Second Team: Arjun Gill

GIRLS SOCCER

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE

Offensive Most Valuable Player: Kaili Taagepera

First Team: Tamara Nadjsombati, Mollie Kessler

Second Team: Myla Rodrigues, Kimi Rubino, Kate Stenta, Katherine Billiter (GK)

Honorable Mention: Allison Bello, Paris Saengsouvanna

UNI TEAM HONORS

MVP: Tamara Nadjsombati

Best Defensive Player: Deborah Lee

Best Attacker: Kaili Taagepera

Coaches Award: Kimi Rubino

BOYS SOCCER

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE

Defensive Most Valuable Player: Mahziar Sakiani

First Team: Kaili Chen, Adam Bello, Chris Chae

Second Team: Kyle Biagan, Luca Flick Kaiser

GIRLS WATER POLO

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE

First Team: Ashley Wallin

Second Team: Maria Langlois

WRESTLING

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE – FIRST TEAM HONORS

CLASS CHAMPION 2ND PLACE 3RD PLACE
120 Colin McGough, BHS, Jr. Dylan Ohashi, UHS, Jr. Nicholas Nieto, PHS, Fr.
126 Dylan Seeto, BHS, Jr. Taran Birk, UHS, So. Aiden Tak, NHS, Fr.
132 Karlo Garcia, IHS, So. Justin Andre, UHS, Jr. Travis Duncan, WHS, So.
152 Daniel Lam, IHS, Jr. Diego Solorio, NHS, Jr. Jair Betancourth, UHS, Sr.
160 Gregory Codilian, IHS, Sr. Rowan Corpus, UHS, Jr. Justin Lopez, BHS, Jr.
182 Mohammad Mohseni, BHS, Sr. Baden Tanikawa, IHS, So. Patrick Bassily, UHS, So.
285 Zachary Haughey, UHS, So. Mohammad Khan, NHS, Sr. Yousef Obadi, IHS, Fr.

GIRLS GOLF

One of our own made The OC Register’s All-County girls golf list

SECOND TEAM

Ryan Bullock, Santa Margarita, Fr.

Gabriella Kano, Troy, So.

Alexis Kim, University, Sr.

Chaemin Kim, Edison, So.

Brianna Park, Woodbridge, Jr.

Isabel Sy, Troy, Sr.

Cathy Tong, Newport Harbor, Sr.

Jessica Wang, Sage Hill, Fr.


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…wishes you and your family a Spring Break of health and happiness.

 

Trojan *Friday* 3/13/20

UNI ATHLETICS & COVID-19 

After careful deliberation, the Irvine Unified School District (IUSD) has made the decision to close all IUSD schools and facilities effective Monday, March 16 with an anticipated return date of Monday, April 6.

All athletic practices, contests, games, matches, and events will be postponed until the Distrit re-opens the school.

Please refer to Superintendent Walker’s latest update and the district webpage:  https://iusd.org/covid-19-resource-page. All the most current information is here and the page in continually updated.

With the break from athletic training and competition, take a moment to catch up on the achievements and updates of our Trojans…and be well!

SPRING SPORTS HIGHLIGHTS

SWIMMING

Swim: Santa Margarita girls, University boys sprint to titles at Capistrano Valley Relays

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Santa Margarita’s girls swimming team and University’s boys raced to titles at the Capistrano Valley Relays on Saturday.

The two-time defending state champion Eagles won three of the seven races en route to their 12th title at the prestigious, early-season meet.

Santa Margarita highlighted its effort by touching first in the 200-yard backstroke in a meet and school record time of 1 minute, 44.09 seconds.

University’s boys won the meet-ending 400-yard free and 200 medley relays to capture their team title.

The Trojans play host to Santa Margarita on Thursday in one of the best meets of the week […]

4×100 Free — 1. University (C. Ng, H. Kroll, M. Wallin, B. Lou) 3:08.66; 2. St. Margarita 3:10.70; 3. Tesoro 3:13.10; 4. Mater Dei 3:13.75; 5. JSerra 3:14.33; 6. Northwood 3:14.60; 7. Corona del Mar 3:17.94; 8. Portola 3:21.06; 9. San Clemente 3:20.50; 10. Edison 3:21.86; 11. Capo Valley 3:24.87; 12. Irvine 3:26.42; 13. Lutheran/Orange 3:27.47; 14. Fountain Valley 3:28.90; 15. Aliso Niguel 3:30.16; 16. Dana Hills 3:31.78

4×50 Medley — 1. University (C. Ng, M. Lou, B. Lou, M. Wallin) 1:34.56; 2. Aliso Niguel 1:36.16; 3. St. Margarita 1:38.58; 4. Mater Dei 1:38.89; 5. Edison 1:40.17; 6. Fountain Valley 1:40.38; 7. JSerra 1:40.87; 8. San Clemente 1:42.99; 9. Foothill 1:41.55; 10. San Juan Hills 1:41.62; 11. Capo Valley 1:43.09; 12. Tesoro 1:43.23; 13. Portola 1:43.57; 14. Corona del Mar 1:44.72; 15. Dana Hills 1:45.66; 16. Crean Lutheran No Show

Read the full article and results online at OC Register’s Varsity Sports.

TRACK & FIELD

Uni Track and Field had their second preseason meet against Huntington Beach High School last Thursday. The Girls Varsity came up short losing to Huntington by 7 points while the Boys Varsity beat Huntington. Some notable performances on the girls side came from a win in the Girls 4 x 100 , Collette Lowengrub and Alissa Kopylova in the 1600, Gwen Sanders in the 100m Hurdles, Vani Tanka in the 400m, Jenna Kim, Rebecca Liu, and Genesis Bolton in the 100m, Lowengrub and Klauke in the 800m, Sanders in the 300m Hurdles, Bolton and Karina Panurangadu in the 200m, Sarah Chang, Katherine Hanssler, Tanka and Lowengrub in the 4 x 400 relay, Amber Quiroga in the Long, Triple and high Jump.

The boys started of the meet with a win in the 4 x 100 followed by outstanding performances in the 1600 by Dylan Muniz and Adam Gish, Henry Feuerborn and Ben Chi in the 110 High Hurdles, Yaseen Sattar in the 400, Nicholas Weaver and Anthony Bonfa in the 100, Ryan Duffy and Muniz in the 800, Feuerborn and Chi in the 300 hurdles, Bonfa and Sattar in the 200, Raja Batra in the 3200, Henry Wilkens-Huff in the long and triple jump, Luca Flick-Kaiser and Wilkens-Huff in the high jump, Noah Powell in the shot and discus and the boys finished off the meet with a  win in the 4 x4oo. The Boys and Girls will compete in the Irvine Invitational this weekend and begin league against Northwood next Thursday.

Go Trojan Track and Field!

GIRLS LACROSSE

The Girls Lacrosse team has been busy ramping up for League play.  Last week, the team suffered their worst loss of the season, 16-5, against Edison.  The game started close, ending the first half with a one goal differential.  However, Edison came out on top and demonstrated why they are one of the best teams in the county.  The Ladies rebounded at the Rosebowl Tournament in Pasadena over the weekend.  They controlled their first game against Northern California’s Sequoia High School, 10-0.  The next two games were much more closely contested, and the Trojans fell to Mira Costa and Agoura, in very close games.  Pre-season resumed yesterday with an away match against El Dorado high school.  In a very intense game, the Trojans ended up losing in the last few minutes 12-11.  The ladies had the last possession but the remaining few seconds on the clock was not enough time to score the tying goal.  It was a very exciting match and the girls played a very strong second half to almost take the game to overtime.  Your Girls Lacrosse program is back in action tomorrow night in an away match against Santiago High School.  Wish these amazing athletes luck as they ride out a tough pre-season!

BOYS GOLF

The boys golf team did not get off a good start to the season.  They lost their 1st match of the season to Huntington Beach at SeaCliff Country Club 191-195.  It was a match that was close and could have easily gone Uni’s way as well.  But all in all, for an away match at a very tough course, the team did well, averaging over par 39 per player thanks to the contributions from deep into the roster.  We will welcome Huntington Beach at home next week for the payback match!

Also last week, the boys team traveled to the Servite Invitational at Western Hills Country Club.  This is most likely one of the most difficult courses the team will play this year.  It was good that the team only plays here once this year because we played very poorly.  Unfortunately, this year’s Individuals CIF 1st Round will also be held here.  It was a rude wake up call for the entire team.  Each and everyone will need to pick up their game for them to be successful this year.

Today, we host Dana Hills at Strawberry Farms Golf Course.  It will be the team’s 1st home match and lets hope some home cooking will right the ship and set the tone for rest of the season!

BOYS TENNIS

CIF-SS boys tennis polls: Monday, March 9

The CIF-SS boys tennis polls released Monday, March 9 and our Trojans are right up there!

DIVISION 1

1. Harvard-Westlake

2. University

3. Peninsula

4. Northwood

5. Ventura

Orange County boys tennis preview: Top players to watch in 2020

THREE Trojans make the list of Orange County’s top players to watch this season!

Conrad Brown, University, So.

Brown, the No. 10 sophomore in the state by Tennis Recruiting Network, is part of the Trojans’ Big 3 with Rithvik Krishna and Soomin Lee.

Rithvik Krishna, University, Jr.

Krishna, the No. 14 junior in the state according to Tennis Recruiting Network, went 19-1 against county opponents last season, only losing to Irvine’s Daniel Wei.

Soomin Lee, University, Sr.

Lee, a key contributor to the team that won the CIF-SS Open Divison title last season, has committed to Wesleyan in Connecticut

Tennis coach John Kessler returns to University humble and grateful after health scare

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John Kessler is easing back into coaching the University boys tennis team after a near-fatal brain ailment during the fall. (Photo by Dan Albano/Orange County Register/SCNG)

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IRVINE — John Kessler pauses as his voice begins to tremble. He takes a deep breath and tries to recount the inspiration he found while sitting in the ambulance that fateful day.

Nov. 22, 2019 has changed University’s highly-successful boys tennis coach. The nine-time CIF-SS champion can more easily access his emotions but he has a lot more feelings to sort out.

The words don’t only return to his lips. They spring from his heart.

“I’m just grateful to be alive,” said Kessler, wearing a flannel shirt and a light beard as he stands outside the tennis courts. “It’s emotional. … (and) it’s hard to process.”

Kessler, 59, is back at University after suffering a near-fatal, subarachnoid hemorrhage in his brain — or a brain bleed — while coaching University’s girls tennis team at the CIF USTA SoCal regionals in Claremont in the fall.

After undergoing brain surgery and having a drain removed from his skull, Kessler is again teaching Advanced Placement U.S. History and coaching the Trojans’ top-ranked boys tennis team, the reigning CIF-SS Open Division champion.

His coaching has been mostly behind the scenes this spring as he eases back into work. Co-coach Kevin Garrett has handled most of the game-day duties while Kessler attends practices and handles scheduling and administrative duties.

Kessler’s mind remains sharp but he is cautious to avoid stressful situations that regularly accompany high school athletics.

He said he was overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support he received from the Southern California tennis community and University High. He was thankful for the care he received while at Pomona Valley Hospital.

The high school communities quickly mobilized for Kessler, donating almost $91,000 to his gofundme page and showering him with letters, food and hugs.

Kessler was especially touched by the generosity from his Pacific Coast League rivals and programs such as Corona del Mar, San Clemente, Harvard-Westlake, Peninsula and the CIF-Southern Section.

Santa Margarita’s girls soccer team even remembered him with a banner when they played host to University in the first round of the CIF-SS Division 1 playoffs last month. Kessler’s daughter, Mollie, is a junior on the Trojans’ soccer team and knows many of the Eagles’ players from the Southern California Blues club team.

“I have a renewed faith in humanity just because people were unbelievable,” Kessler said.

“I’m just a tennis coach and a teacher, and all these people reached out. It’s just incredible. … People didn’t have to do it and they did. It’s humbling.”

Perhaps they knew how much Kessler has given — even on his worst day — since taking over the boys program in 2002.

On Nov. 22, he had an “unbelievably painful” headache while coaching the University girls at The Claremont Club.

He began sweating profusely. But despite his ailing health, Kessler said he didn’t want to upset his players so he slipped away quietly to ask the club’s front office to call him an ambulance.

“They put a lot of work in,” he said of his players, “let them accomplish this.”

Kessler remembers sitting in the ambulance and looking through a window at the concerned faces of players Kate Kwon and Yumiko Lewis. He knew what he needed to do.

“At that point, I said to myself, ‘I am really a lucky person to be able to interact with these young people … and I got to fight,’ ” Kessler said.

“I’ll never be the same. There’s a piece of me that’s just different.”

Read this article online at OC Regsiter Varsity Sports

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Trojan Thursday ~ 3/5/20

UPCOMING ATHLETIC EVENTS @ HOME

TODAY: Thursday 3/5

  • 3PM: JV BOYS TENNIS vs. San Clemente@ Uni Courts
  • 3PM: TRACK Meet vs. Huntington Beach @ Uni Stadium

Tomorrow: Friday 3/6

  • 3:15PM: VR BASEBALL vs. Northwood @ Home VR Field

And Next Week…

Day Date Time From Level Sport Opponent/Title
Tues.  3/10 02:30PM VR B. Tennis @ RCI San Marino
Tues.  3/10 03:00PM JV B. Tennis San Marino
Tues.  3/10 03:15PM VR Softball Katella
Tues.  3/10 03:15PM JV Softball Katella
Tues.  3/10 03:30PM VR Baseball Portola
Tues.  3/10 04:00PM JV B. Volleyball San Juan Hills
Tues.  3/10 04:00PM FS B. Volleyball San Juan Hills
Tues.  3/10 05:15PM VR B. Volleyball San Juan Hills
Wed. 3/11 05:00PM JV B. Lacrosse Roosevelt
Wed. 3/11 07:00PM VR B. Lacrosse Roosevelt
Thurs. 3/12 03:00PM VR B. Tennis Los Alamitos
Thurs. 3/12 03:00PM VR B. Golf Dana Hills
Thurs. 3/12 03:00PM VR B. & G. Swim Santa Margarita 
Fri. 3/13 03:30PM JV Baseball Irvine

SPRING SPORTS HIGHLIGHTS

BASEBALL

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Steve Hindman is University High’s new baseball coach. (Photo Tim Burt, OC Sports Zone)

Steve Hindman excited about first head coaching job with Uni High baseball

By Tim Burt, OC Sports Zone; timburt@ocportszone.com

University High’s new baseball coach Steve Hindman seems excited about his first head coaching job.

“It’s very exciting, the first thing I did was thank the boys for my first win,” Hindman said after the Trojans opening game 7-4 victory over Savanna Thursday. “I’ve always had my eye on here, it’s an amazing place. The facilities and everything are awesome.”

Hindman has had a few stints as an assistant coach, including the last three years at Tustin High, where he continues to teach full-time.

Before that, he was an assistant coach at Loyola High in Los Angeles and prior to that, he was an assistant coach at Valley Christian in Cerritos.

“Before that, I was two years over at Cal State Dominguez Hills,” Hindman said.”

Hindman has set some goals for his new team, which won its first two games in the Newport Elks Tournament.

“We’re trying to compete every game,” he said. “We’re learning how to control the game a little bit and let them have fun.”

Hindman is expecting big seasons from shortstop-pitcher Jackson LoBianco, utility player Adam Axtell, catcher Alex Qu, third baseman Beckett Kreter, left fielder Jackson Zambo and outfielder Noah Sperling.

“Those are the guys we’re going to lean on,” he said.

Hindman said he’s looking forward to leading University into Pacific Coast League play this month. The Trojans, who were 10-16 overall last season, are trying to bounce back from a 5-10 record in PCL play last year.

“It’s going to be fun, it’s always tough and everyone competes in that league, that’s what I love about it,” Hindman said.

UNI Baseball plays their home league opener tomorrow afternoon against Northwood at 3:15 p.m. See you there!

SOFTBALL

Overall Record:4-1-0 League Record:0-0-0

Our lady trojans had a 22-1 win over Estancia on this week after 16-7 win over La Quinta last week!  On Monday, it was open season in the hitting department. Doubles , triples and even in the park home run with senior speedster Christina Denlinger!  These girls are amazing and working hard towards victory.

4-1 thus far with three more games this week!

The Ladies hit the road today agasint Artesia and Saturday against Orange HS and Loara.

BOYS VOLLEYBALL

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Uni Boys Volleyball hosted some familiar faces on Feb. 20 at their Alumni game.

Boys Volleyball start 2020 season with 4 match-tournament

By NIMA MOVAHEDI Staff Writer  Boys Volleyball went against 4 teams in their inaugural tournament at Tesoro High School, winning one match, and losing three. Though the results did not turn out […] Read the full Sword & Shield article here.

BOYS LACROSSE

Boys Lacrosse Come Up Short to Start Season

By ALEX MILLER Staff Writer  Boys lacrosse lost their first preseason game against Canyon by a score of 5-7 Throughout the game, the team was struggling to keep up, but decreased the […] Read the full Sword & Shield article here.

GIRLS LACROSSE

Overall Record:3-1-0 League Record:0-0-0

SWIM & DIVE

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Your 2020 Trojan Swim & Dive Team

These boys and gals have been getting plenty of strokes in thanks to an Intersquad Meet, Irvine Realys, and Capo Valley Prelims and Finals, happening today, tomorrow, and Saturday at Capo Valley High School. We’ll host Santa Margarita in a dual meet here at home on Thursday, March 12 followed by the kick off of league competition on March 18 against Northwood.

TRACK & FIELD

With nearly 150 athletes competing, we’re looking forward to following the action this season.

BOYS GOLF

We’re looking forward to a report from boys golf after their contest against Huntington Beach today @ Sea Cliff Country Club and Monday’s Servite Invitational at Western Hills Country Club.

BOYS TENNIS

Overall Record:1-1-0 League Record:0-0-0
Boys tennis takes on San Clemente today and San Marino at home on Tuesday, March 10.

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Trojan Thursday ~ 2/27/20

UPCOMING ATHLETIC EVENTS @ HOME

TODAY: Thursday

  • 2/27 Thursday 3PM: FS BOYS TENNIS vs. Peninsula @ Uni Courts
  • 2/27 Thursday 3PM: TRACK Meet vs. El Modena @ Uni Stadium

Tomorrow: Friday

  • 2/28 Friday 3PM: VR BASEBALL vs. Warren  @ Home VR Field
  • 2/28 Friday 4PM JV BOYS LACROSSE vs. Canyon/Anaheim @ Uni Stadium
  • 2/28 Friday 4PM VR BOYS LACROSSE vs. Canyon/Anaheim @ Uni Stdiaum

And Next Week…

Date Day Time From Level Sport Opponent/Title
3/3 Tues 03:00PM VR B. Tennis Corona Del Mar
3/3 Tues 03:00PM All  Football  Interest Meeting in MPR A
3/3 Tues 03:15PM VR Softball Estancia
3/3 Tues 03:15PM JV Softball Estancia
3/3 Tues 04:00PM VR G. Lacrosse Canyon/Anaheim
3/3 Tues 05:15PM JV G. Lacrosse Canyon/Anaheim
3/4 Wed 04:00PM JV B. Lacrosse El Toro
3/4 Wed 06:00PM VR B. Lacrosse El Toro
3/5 Thurs 03:00PM VR B. Tennis San Clemente
3/5 Thurs 03:00PM VR Track & Field Huntington Beach
3/6 Fri 03:30PM VR Baseball Northwood

 

SPRING SPORTS HIGHLIGHTS

BASEBALL

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University High baseball coach Steve Hindman talks to his players after a season opening 7-4 victory over Savanna on Feb. 20. (Courtesy of Tim Burt)

University High baseball team off to 3-0 start under new coach

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University High’s new baseball coach, Steve Hindman, has his team off to a 3-0 start.

The Trojans captured an 8-6 victory over Estancia High on Feb. 24 in the Newport Elks Tournament. Rahul Pal had two hits and two RBI, Ryan Shaw had two RBI and Adam Axtell scored three runs to lead the Trojans offensively.

University opened the season with a 7-4 tournament victory over Savanna High on Feb. 20 before defeating La Quinta 9-0 on Feb. 22.

“It’s very exciting, the first thing I did was thank the boys for my first win,” Hindman said after the opening win against Savanna. “I’ve always had my eye on here, it’s an amazing place. The facilities and everything are awesome.”

Hindman has had a few stints as an assistant coach, including the last three years at Tustin High, where he continues to teach full-time.

Before that, he was an assistant coach at Loyola High in Los Angeles and prior to that, he was an assistant coach at Valley Christian High School in Cerritos.

“Before that, I was two years over at Cal State Dominguez Hills,” Hindman said.

Hindman said he has set some goals for his new team, which wraps up tournament play this week.

“We’re trying to compete every game,” he said. “We’re learning how to control the game a little bit and let them have fun.”

Hindman is expecting big seasons from shortstop-pitcher Jackson LoBianco, utility player Adam Axtell, catcher Alex Qu, third baseman Beckett Kreter, left fielder Jackson Zambo and outfielder Noah Sperling.

“Those are the guys we’re going to lean on,” he said.

So far, Hindman said the players have been eager to learn.

“It’s been awesome, these guys are buying into everything and they’re trying to build a culture here,” Hindman said.

He believes that his squad has the ability to battle back in games.

“All fall, we’ve been playing games and they’ve been a team that comes back late in the games,” Hindman said.

Read this article online The OC Register – Irvine.

OC Sports Zone’s Tim Burt also covered Uni’s season opener in Photos: Ending is a little wild but Uni tops Savanna 7-4 and first-year coach gets win

UNI Baseball plays in the Newprt Elks OC Division championship game tomorrow (Friday, 2/28), here at home against Warren High School at 3PM. Come out and help keep their season-opening streak going!

GIRLS LACROSSE

Girls Lacrosse is off to a red-hot start for the 2020 season!  The girls are undefeated, two games in.  Last week, the Lady Trojans played Segerstrom winning 16-3.  Led by Mya Wang (Jr.), with five goals, the offense produced with Zoe Saito (So.) and Grace Colunga (Sr.) each adding three.  Seven different goal scorers helped the offense apply pressure from everywhere and from everyone on the field.  Goalie Madison Beltran (Sr.) had 100% save average – a tremendous accomplishment.

On Tuesday, the team played a very physical game against El Dorado, securing a 10-6 win.  Grace Colunga led the scoring with 4 goals, and an additional 5 players found the back of the net.  Defensively, Caroline Mumm (Jr.) and Jade Blinstrub (So.) made it difficult for El Dorado to even find looks at goal, and the whole defensee worked together to keep El Dorado from looking too dangerous.  Emilia Carrion (So.) scooped up five groundballs and Sydney Field (Jr.) picked up nine off the pitch to help control the midfield and keep Uni in the attacking third of the field.

The Ladies are back on the pitch tonight at Mission Viejo.  As you see these athletes around campus, congratulate them on the great start to the season!

BOYS GOLF

The Uni Boys Golf team sets out to defend the Pacific Coast League title and the CIF title next week against Huntington Beach at Sea Cliff Country Club.  With the loss of Connor O’Brien to graduation, the rest of the team will step up a notch to keep the success going from last year.  With new players Adi Kwatra (So.), David Chen (Fr.), Chris Lee (So.), and Teddy Hur (Jr.) adding depth, the team has been practicing hard and is looking forward to another successful season!

BOYS TENNIS

Uni’s highly-successful tennis coach John Kessler back teaching after being hospitalized

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University High’s highly-successful and popular long-time boys and girls tennis coach John Kessler is back teaching after being hospitalized with a brain hemorrhage in November but will take some time off from coaching.

Kessler was hospitalized while his girls team was playing in the Southern California Regional championships. The team went on to win without its head coach.

“I  had a subarachnoid hemorrhage,” Kessler said in an E-mail Monday to OC Sports Zone. “They still don’t know exactly what caused it.

“I spent four weeks in the ICU and one week in the general hospital.  I was sent home and was on bed rest for the month of January.

“The neurosurgeon gave me the green light to return to work on Feb 3.  Apparently this was a lot earlier then what was thought by just about everybody involved. I have been back at Uni teaching my classes.”

Kevin Garrett has been named the interim coach, Kessler said. Kessler has led University to the CIF finals 18 times (11 for the boys and seven for the girls) and led the teams to 12 CIF titles.

“I hope to assist the tennis team in some capacity but Kevin Garrett will assume head coaching duties, Kessler said.

Kessler said he has not been back on the tennis courts since his return to school.

“I have to be careful with overstimulation and how animated I can get in any situation,” he said. “I still get very fatigued and have to monitor my recovery.”

Kessler said he has received plenty of support.

“I have been so touched by the support, prayers and generosity that so many people have shown during this experience,” he said. “I am truly appreciative and grateful for everything.  One particular moment came last Thursday at Santa Margarita High School. My daughter and the Uni Trojans were there for a CIF soccer playoff game.

“Before the game the Santa Margarita soccer team walked out with a banner welcoming me back.  Very classy and very touching.

“This has been a humbling experience.  I am grateful to be alive, very appreciative and have a renewed faith in humanity.”

Read this article online at OC Sports Zone.

SWORD & SHIELD SPORTS COVERAGE

5 WAYS TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT

  1. Attend games
  2. Wear UNI clothing or colors to games
  3. Attend GOWs
  4. Support the Trojan Army so we can put on events and give-aways at big games
  5. Contribute to & spread the word about Trojan Thursday. If someone is interested in receiving Trojan Thursday send them the link – https://unitrojanthursday.wordpress.com

PLAN AHEAD

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Go GOLDEN Trojans!

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Trojan Thursday ~ 2/20/20

UPCOMING ATHLETIC EVENTS @ HOME

TONIGHT!…

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Tomorrow…

  • 2/21 Friday 4PM VR Girls Lacrosse vs. Segerstrom @ Uni
  • 2/21 Friday 5:15PM JV Girls Lacrosse vs. Segerstrom @ Uni

And Next Week…

Date Day Time From Level Sport Opponent/Title
2/24 Mon. 03:00PM VR Baseball Estancia – Newport Elks Tourney
2/25 Tues. 03:15PM VR Softball Corona Del Mar
2/27 Thurs. 02:30PM VR B. Tennis Peninsula @ RCI
2/27 Thurs. 03:00PM FS B. Tennis Peninsula @ UNI
2/27 Thurs. 03:00PM VR G. Track & Field El Modena
2/27 Thurs. 03:00PM VR B. Track & Field El Modena
2/28 Fri. 03:00PM JV Baseball Artesia
2/28 Sat 04:00PM JV B. Lacrosse Canyon/Anaheim
2/28 Sun 06:00PM VR B. Lacrosse Canyon/Anaheim

 

CONGRATULATIONS WINTER SPORTS!

A Message from your ASB Sports Commissioners:

We were very lucky to have five of our six winter sports team qualify for CIF: G Water Polo, G Basketball, G Soccer, Wrestling, and B Soccer. Unfortunately, G WP, Basketball, and Soccer lost in the first round of CIF, however, we are still very proud of them for qualifying!

Also, a HUGE congratulations to Rowan Corpus (Junior) for placing on the podium at CIF wrestling individuals. He finished in sixth place.

Last Friday, Boys Soccer defeated the #1 team in D1, San Clemente, to advance to CIF quarterfinals.

Despite a 1-3 loss to Servite on Tuesday (2/18), we’re incredbly proud of our Division 1 Quarterfinalist Boys Soccer Team and all our winter athletes!

SWORD & SHIELD SPORTS COVERAGE

Check back next week for our Spring Season kick-off post!

 

 

Trojan Thursday 2/13/2020 *Winter Playoff Edition*

CIF PLAYOFF GAMES

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GIRLS SOCCER: Thursday (2/13) at 3PM

vs. Santa Margarita @ Santa Margarita

 

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Thursday (2/13) at 7PM

vs. Cantwell-Sacred Heart HS @ HOME!

Doors open at 6PM

CIF TICKET PRICES

General Admission ……………………………………………….$10.00
High School Student with current HS ID……………….$5.00
Child (13 years – 5 years) ………………………………………..$5.00

 

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WRESTLING: Friday (2/14) & Saturday (2/15) at 8AM

Inland Division-CIFSS Individuals @ Etiwanda HS

 

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BOYS SOCCER Friday (2/14) at 5PM

vs. San Clemente @ Home!

Our boys had an exciting 1st round 2-1 victory over Mira Costa in golden goal overtime to advance.

Onward to championships!!!!


CELEBRATING

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GIRLS WATER POLO

…on a great season with many hard-fought wins and a CIF 1st Round Playoff Showing!

JANUARY ATHLETES OF THE MONTH

Claire Kawata
#11 Senior Guard
UNI All-Time Record Holder for 3-Point Shots
Girls Basketball

Arjun Gill
#25 Senior Guard
Boys Basketball


NEXT WEEK

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Home Games

Date Day Time From Sport Opponent/Title
2/18 Tuesday 02:30PM VR Tennis, Boys San Marino @ Racquet Club of Irvine (RCI)
2/18 Tuesday 03:00PM JV Tennis, Boys San Marino
2/18 Tuesday 03:00PM JV Baseball Rancho Alamitos
2/18 Tuesday 03:15PM VR Softball Crean Lutheran
2/20 Thurs. 02:30PM VR Tennis, Boys Harvard-Westlake @ RCI
2/20 Thurs. 03:00PM VR Baseball Savanna – Newport Elks Tourney
2/20 Thurs. 03:00PM JV Tennis, Boys Harvard-Westlake
2/20 Thurs. 06:00PM VR Volleyball, Boys Alumni Game
2/21 Friday 04:00PM VR Lacrosse, Girls Segerstrom
2/21 Friday 05:15PM JV Lacrosse, Girls Segerstrom

5 WAYS TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT

  1. Attend games
  2. Wear UNI clothing or colors to games
  3. Attend GOWs
  4. Support the Trojan Army so we can put on events and give-aways at big games
  5. Contribute to & spread the word about Trojan Thursday. If someone is interested in receiving Trojan Thursday send them the link – https://unitrojanthursday.wordpress.com

Go GOLDEN Trojans!

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UNI’s CIF Playoff Schedule

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UNI WINTER SPORTS TEAMS HEADED TO CIF PLAYOFFS

GIRLS WATER POLO
TUESDAY, FEB. 11 AT 5PM
AWAY @ GLENDORA HS

BOYS SOCCER
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 12 AT 5PM
AWAY @ MIRA COSTA HS (MANHATTAN BEACH)

GIRLS SOCCER
THURSDAY, FEB. 13 AT 3PM
AWAY @ SANTA MARGARITA HS 

GIRLS BASKETBALL
THURSDAY, FEB. 13 AT 7PM
HOME VS. CANTWELL-SACRED HEART HS

WRESTLING INDIVIDUALS
FRIDAY, FEB. 14 – SATURDAY, FEB. 15 AT 8AM
AWAY @ ETIWANDA HS (RANCHO CUCAMONGA)

 

Trojan Thursday 2/6/2020


UPCOMING ATHLETIC EVENTS

Final Winter League Games Tonight!

Woodbridge is just down the road…Come on out and support girls & boys basketball!

Sport When Opponent/
JV Basketball, Boys Tonight! 03:15PM vs. Woodbridge
JV Basketball, Girls Tonight! 03:45PM @ Woodbridge
FS Basketball, Boys Tonight! 04:30PM vs. Woodbridge
VR Basketball, Girls Tonight! 05:30PM @ Woodbridge
VR Basketball, Boys Tonight! 07:00PM @ Woodbridge

CIF Playoff Contests

CONGRATULATIONS to our winter sports teams!

….all of whom have or are very near qualifying for CIF playoff contests! Official playoff brackets including times, locations, and opponents will be released this weekend. Check UNI’s Athletic Homepage [universityhigh.iusd.org/athletics] for updates on Monday!

Here’s a schedule of potential and confirmed games:

Date Sport Location

Notes

Tues., Feb. 11 Boys Basketball
D3AA 
Likely Away Possible Wild Card Game IF NHS wins & UNI gets a At-Large Bid
Tues., Feb. 11 Girls Water Polo
D4
Likely Away Possible Wild Card Game IF UNI gets an At-Large Bid
Wed., Feb. 12 Boys Soccer
D1
Likely Home 1st Round Game
Thurs., Feb. 13 Girls Soccer
D1
Likely Home 1st Round Game
Thurs., Feb. 13 Girls Basketball
D2A
Home 1st Round Game
Fri, Feb. 14
Sat., Feb. 15
Wrestling
Individuals
Etiwanda HS 7 Boys Qualified
Sat., Feb. 15 Girls Basketball
D2A
TBD

2nd Round Game IF UNI wins on Thursday


UPCOMING TRYOUTS

Athletes must have “Cleared” status for the 2019-2020 school year on  www.athleticclearance.com in order to participate in tryouts (see below).

REMINDER: Do not wait until the day of a tryout to get cleared; the athletic office is open from 7AM to 3:30PM every day to answer questions and process clearance forms and physicals. 

GIRLS LACROSSE
Open Tryout 
Monday, Feb. 10 at 3pm on JV Field $5

BOYS VOLLEYBALL
Open Tryout (with JV team)
Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 3pm in the Main Gym


WINTER SPORTS HIGHLIGHTS

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Uni girls basketball team celebrates after winning third consecutive PCL title

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University’s girls basketball team poses for a picture after winning the PCL title Tuesday night. (Photo courtesy University basketball, For OC Sports Zone)

By OC Sports Zone

University’s girls basketball team captured its third consecutive Pacific Coast League title Tuesday night, defeating Beckman 58-48 at University.

University (13-14, 8-1) has a two-game lead over Portola and Woodbridge, who are tied for second place with 6-3 records. Beckman is in fourth place with a 5-4 mark.

“We’re extremely proud of the girls,” said University Coach Fidel Vargas. “They’ve come a long way since preseason, working hard to implement a new system and culture.

“It was a team effort with Claire Kawata and Aryn Press leading the way. We still have some work to do. The girls are not done. Tremendously thankful and blessed to be part of this team.”

Kawata scored 21 points and Press had 15 points to lead the Trojans, who led 32-21 at halftime. Kawata has also broken the career 3-point record, surpassing Malia Goldsmith’s total of 143. She has 160 in her career with one more game remaining Thursday vs. Woodbridge

STATS & RECORDS

Boys Basketball Overall 9-15 League 4-5 National Rank 8005State (CA) Rank 584

*LEAGUE CHAMPS* Girls Basketball Overall 13-14 League 8-1 National Rank 4728State (CA) Rank 391

*LEAGUE CHAMPS* Boys Soccer Overall Record:15-5-2 League Record:7-2-1

*2nd PLACE in LEAGUE* Girls Soccer Overall Record:7-7-1 League Record:4-1-0

Girls Water Polo Overall Record:14-9-0 League Record:5-4-0

SWORD & SHIELD: Winter Sports Coverage

Sports reporting and photos featuring UNI’s amazing journalism team. Pick up your copy at the front desk!

SPRING SEASON PREVIEW

Spring Sports Season is nearly here. Get ready to show your support for:

Baseball

Softball

Boys Golf

Boys Lacrosse

Girls Lacrosse

Swimming & Diving

Intrasquad Meet next Thursday, 2/13

Track & Field

Boys Volleyball

Alumni Match coming up…

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NEXT WEEK IN SPORTS

Visit the Uni website’s ATHLETIC CALENDAR for the full weekly schedule and live updates. You’ll find it by hovering over “ATHLETICS” in the main header, then click “Athletics Calendar.”

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5 WAYS TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT

  1. Attend games
  2. Wear UNI clothing or colors to games
  3. Attend GOWs
  4. Support the Trojan Army so we can put on events and give-aways at big games
  5. Contribute to & spread the word about Trojan Thursday. If someone is interested in receiving Trojan Thursday send them the link – https://unitrojanthursday.wordpress.com

Go GOLDEN Trojans!

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Trojan Thursday 1/30/2020


UPCOMING ATHLETIC EVENTS @ UNI

Day Date Sport Time From Level Opponent
Fri 1/31 Soccer, Girls 03:15PM FS Irvine
Fri 1/31 Soccer, Girls 03:15PM JV Irvine
Fri 1/31 Basketball, Girls 03:45PM JV Irvine
Fri 1/31 Girls Soccer *GOW* 05:00PM VR Irvine
Fri 1/31 Basketball, Girls 05:30PM VR Irvine
Fri 1/31 Basketball, Boys 07:00PM VR Irvine
Sat 2/1 Baseball 02:00PM VR Orange
Sat 2/1 Baseball 09:00PM VR Arlington
Mon 2/3 Soccer, Girls 03:15PM FS Beckman
Mon 2/3 Soccer, Girls 03:15PM JV Beckman
Mon 2/3 Water Polo, Girls 04:00PM VR Beckman
Mon 2/3 Soccer, Girls *Senior Night* 05:00PM VR Beckman
Mon 2/3 Water Polo, Girls 05:00PM JV Beckman
Tues 2/4 Basketball, Girls 03:45PM JV Beckman
Tues 2/4 Basketball, Girls 05:30PM VR Beckman
Tues 2/4 Basketball, Boys 07:00PM VR Beckman
Wed 2/5 Soccer, Boys 03:15PM FS Woodbridge
Wed 2/5 Soccer, Boys 03:15PM JV Woodbridge
Wed 2/5 Boys Soccer *Senior Night* 05:00PM VR Woodbridge

FINAL WINTER GOW

Girls Soccer vs. Irvine High School

5PM at the UNI Stadium

The first 50 students get…

Free Tacos

…at halftime thanks to Tacos & Co!


UPCOMING TRYOUTS

Athletes must have “Cleared” status for the 2019-2020 school year on  www.athleticclearance.com in order to participate in tryouts (see below).

REMINDER: Do not wait until the day of a tryout to get cleared; the athletic office is open from 7AM to 3:30PM every day to answer questions and process clearance forms and physicals. 

GIRLS LACROSSE
Open Tryout 
Monday, Feb. 10 at 3pm

BOYS VOLLEYBALL
Open Tryout (with JV team)
Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 3pm in the Main Gym


WINTER SPORTS HIGHLIGHTS

WRESTLING

UNI had 7 wrestlers qualify for CIF after Saturday’s Pacific Coast League Finals. Congratulations to the following wrestlers, 9 of whom will compete on Feb. 14-15 in the Divisional Championships meets to determine the 2019-20 CIF Southern Section Individual Wrestling Champions.

Varsity (1st-3rd placers qualify for CIF)

2nd Place – Dylan Ohashi (11thG) 120lbs

2nd Place – Taran Birk (10thG) 126lbs

2nd Place – Justin Andre (11thG) 132lbs

3rd Place – Jair Betancourth (12thG) 152lbs

2nd Place – Rowan Corpus (11thG) 160lbs

3rd Place – Patrick Bassily (10thG) 182lbs

1st Place – Zach Haughey (10thG) Heavyweight

4th Place – Amin Derakhshan (10thG) 138lbs, Alternate

4th Place – Daniel Mattar (9thG) 145lbs, Alternate

FROSH & JV

1st Place – Tate Morse (9thG) FS Level

1st Place – Jaekob Heard (10thG) JV Level

2nd Place – Nathan Suh (9thG) FS Level

2nd Place – Luc Nguyen (10thG) JV Level

2nd Place – Kevin Conley (9thG) FS Level

3rd Place – Henry Wilkens-Huff (10thG) JV Level

3rd Place – Arturo Hernandez (10thG) FS Level

3rd Place – Kallen Lynskey (9thG) FS Level

STATS & RECORDS

Boys Basketball Overall 8-14 League 3-4 National Rank 7720State (CA) Rank 576

Girls Basketball Overall 11-14 League 6-1 National Rank 5244State (CA) Rank 417

Boys Soccer Overall Record:13-4-2 League Record:5-1-1

Girls Soccer Overall Record:7-7-1 League Record:4-1-0

Girls Water Polo Overall Record:13-9-0 League Record:4-4-0

PLAYOFFS ARE COMING!

Winter Playoff Brackets

Visit cifss.org for learn more!


NEXT WEEK IN SPORTS

So many! Vist the Uni website’s ATHLETIC CALENDAR for the full weekly schedule and live updates. You’ll find it by hovering over “ATHLETICS” in the main header, then click “Athletics Calendar”

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5 WAYS TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT

  1. Attend games
  2. Wear UNI clothing or colors to games
  3. Attend GOWs
  4. Support the Trojan Army so we can put on events and give-aways at big games
  5. Spread the word about Trojan Thursday. If someone is interested in receiving Trojan Thursday send them the link – https://unitrojanthursday.wordpress.com

Go GOLDEN Trojans!

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Did we miss something? Send your athletic update to meredithkohl@iusd.org.