TROJAN THURSDAY 10/11/18

Welcome to Trojan Thursday – So what exactly is Trojan Thursday? Trojan Thursday is a weekly email/online blog to give the UNI community an update on what is happening with our UNI athletic teams and will also give information as to major events that are happening on campus.  If you would like to receive Trojan Thursday each week please go to https://unitrojanthursday.wordpress.com and type in your email address. You will receive a notice each week when Trojan Thursday is posted. Please help spread the word about Trojan Thursday so everyone can hear how our athletes are doing.

Upcoming Events

  • Football Pink Out game against Irvine High, Friday, Oct. 12th @ Uni Stadium. Game starts at 7:00 p.m.  Come out and support!  Pink Trojan Army Shirts are available for purchase at the S.A.C.

Upcoming Try-outs

Athletes must have “Cleared” status for the 2018-19 school year on www.athleticclearance.com in order to participate in try-outs.  Attend all dates listed unless otherwise stated.

  • Baseball Try-outs: Oct. 11 (3:30 – 5:00) & Oct. 12 (3:15 – 5:00)
  • Girls Lacrosse Try-outs: Oct. 23 – 25, 3pm – 5pm. Meet at the grass field behind the Varsity Baseball Field.
  • Mandatory Wrestling Meeting – Oct. 24, 12:15 – 12:45 (Lunch) in MPR B.
  • Girls Water Polo Try-outs: Oct. 29 – Nov. 1, 3pm – 6pm @ Uni Pool

Fall Sports Update

Cross Country

Boys and Girls Cross Country had their first cluster meet of the season. For the girls we had Collette Lowengrub take 1st overall and Avery Klauke take 2nd overall in the girls Varsity race followed by Ceci Langlois, Marta Meinardi, Amberley Martinez and Gwen Sanders. For the Boys, our top runner was Micheal Blinstrub followed by Raja Batra, Reece Carlton, Chris Lohmeyer, Dylan Muniz, Adam Gish and Abhi Nisha Anish. Next up for the team will be OC Champs this Saturday. Go Trojan running!

Football

The Uni Trojans defeated the Portola Bulldogs in a PCL game at Portola last Friday night.  You can read all about the game in the OC Sports Zone article below:

http://ocsportszone.com/qb-keeling-fuels-universitys-second-half-comeback-in-28-16-pcl-victory-over-portola/

Come out and see our football team play what will be an exciting game against Irvine on Friday night.  It is a Pink Out so wear Pink to show your support and raise awareness for breast cancer.  Game time is 7pm!

Girls Golf

We completed the league season yesterday with a victory at Beckman. The girl’s golf team shot a 195 to Beckman’s 208. This win puts us in a tie for first place in league with Woodbridge. If Woodbridge wins their final match today, we will finish as PCL co-champions for the second straight year. Dana Choi and Nodoka Honda capped off their senior season with one over par 37. On Tuesday, Woodbridge edged us out 183-186. Tuesday was the seniors final home match at Strawberry Farms. Nodoka, Dana, and Emy Zhu were recognized in this home finale by their teammates. They have had a successful career on the Uni golf team: 3 time league champs, a CIF southern section title and a CIF state title. We are going to miss them as they move on to the next level. Nodoka will continue with her golf at division 1 Cal State Fullerton. Dana is heading to Georgetown to play on their division 1 golf team. Emy is still undecided, but will definitely carry her academic achievements here at Uni to a prominent school next year. She does not plan to play college golf. The Uni program is very proud of our senior class. Good luck to them in their future.

Girls Tennis

The girls tennis team moved to 12 and 0 on the season with a hard fought victory over Peninsula high of Rolling Hills Estates.  The top ranked Trojans were led by junior Cami Brown, senior Dana Feng and freshmen Jane Lee who all swept their singles matches.  The girls continue league play with a match today against Portola high at the Uni courts.

Girls Volleyball

Girls volleyball ended its season 6-4 in league and pushed Woodbridge who finished 2nd in league to five games. As we look forward to playoffs for the first time in nine years, we will see who we get in the first round of playoffs when it is announced this Saturday. The girls volleyball program is on the rise here at Uni and we thank everyone for their support over the last three months.

Boys Water Polo

Boys Water Polo plays at home today (10/11) against Portola at 4:00.  The Trojans are hoping to defeat the Bulldogs for the 2nd time this season.  Come out and support the team!

Fall GOW Schedule 2018

Here is a look at this week’s UNI Athletics events
(Home events in Blue)

Schedule 10.11 - 10.17

Continue to do what you can to help support UNI Athletics and:

  1. Attend the games
  2. Wear UNI clothing or colors to the games
  3. Attend the GOWs
  4. Support the Trojan Army so we can put on events and give always 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

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TROJAN THURSDAY 10/4/18

Welcome to Trojan Thursday – So what exactly is Trojan Thursday? Trojan Thursday is a weekly email/online blog to give the UNI community an update on what is happening with our UNI athletic teams and will also give information as to major events that are happening on campus.  If you would like to receive Trojan Thursday each week please go to https://unitrojanthursday.wordpress.com and type in your email address. You will receive a notice each week when Trojan Thursday is posted. Please help spread the word about Trojan Thursday so everyone can hear how our athletes are doing.

Upcoming Events

  • Girls Volleyball GOW & Pink Out Tonight (10/4) @ 5:00 in the Uni Gym v Woodbridge!
  • Cross Country GOW & Pink Out today (10/4) @ Mason Park @ 3:00 p.m.
  • Football Fundraiser @ Sharky’s Woodfired Grill (Quail Hill Location) 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. tomorrow (10/5). Grab some dinner before heading over to Portola HS for the Football game!
  • Girls Golf Pink Out Tuesday, Oct. 9th @ Strawberry Farms Golf Course

Upcoming Try-outs

Athletes must have “Cleared” status for the 2018-19 school year on www.athleticclearance.com in order to participate in try-outs.  Attend all dates listed unless otherwise stated.

  • Girls Soccer Try-outs: Oct. 10 (3:00 – 4:30)  & Oct. 11 (3:15 – 4:45) on the far grass field behind the Varsity Baseball Field.  Sign up for the GIRLS try-outs Here: https://goo.gl/XeCdBR*Use your IUSD Google Account to Login*   The last day to sign up for the GIRLS try-outs is Monday, Oct. 8.
  • Baseball Try-outs: Oct. 11 (3:30 – 5:00) & Oct. 12 (3:15 – 5:00)
  • Girls Lacrosse Try-outs: Oct. 23 – 25, 3pm – 5pm. Meet at the grass field behind the Varsity Baseball Field.
  • Mandatory Wrestling Meeting – Oct. 24, 12:15 – 12:45 (Lunch) in MPR B.

Fall Sports Update

Check out this link to the Sports Section of the Sword & Shield for sports articles written by Uni Students: https://uhsswordandshield.com/category/sword-and-shield-2/sports/

Cross Country

The boys and girls varsity Cross Country competed this past weekend in Palo Alto at the Stanford Cross Country Invitational. For the girls our stand out performances came from Ceci Langlois  who finished in the top fifty overall followed by Avery Klauke who finished 11th overall and Collette Lowengrub who finished 6th overall. The boys also had some great performances that came from Ryan Duffy, Raja Batra and Michael Blinstrub. This week we will have our first league meet here at Mason Park. It will be the Game of the Week (GOW) and it has been designated as a Pink Out. Go Trojan Running!

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Cross Country Girls 10.4.18

Football

The Trojans are looking to bounce back this week and get a league win against Portola.  Come out and support our team on Friday night at 7pm at Portola HS.

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Support the Uni Football team by going to Sharky’s Woodfired Grill (Quail Hill Location) tomorrow, Oct. 5 between 4:30 – 7:30 and mention Uni Football.  They will donate 30% of the proceeds to the Uni Football team!   So go grab some dinner and then head over to Portola for the Football game!

Girls Golf

The girl’s golf team finished as co-champions at the Long Beach Wilson tournament Monday. We tied with Mater Dei. This is the 4th consecutive 1st place finish at this annual tournament. Alexis Kim led the scoring with a 3-under par 71. She finished second overall in the tournament. Dana Choi finished at 1 over par, 75.

Tuesday, we won our match versus Portola. With that win we are now 8-0 in league. We play Woodbridge and Beckman next week to complete the league season and hopefully win the league title.

Girls Tennis

The top ranked girls tennis team moved to 4 and 0 in league and 9 and 0 overall with a 17 to 1 win over Woodbridge.  The Trojans were able to play 20 girls including Sophomore Amber Rogers and freshmen McKenna Lipscomb both winning their sets at singles.  Mya Wang and Emily Markus remained undefeated in league play with two wins at first doubles.  The girls will be in action today against Beckman at the Uni courts.

Girls Volleyball

Girl’s Volleyball PINK OUT game tonight at 5:15 in the Uni Gym!  Come support the team as they take on Woodbridge!

Boys Water Polo

Boys Water Polo plays Beckman at home today.  Frosh/Soph plays at 3:15, Varsity following at 4:00 and JV at 5:00.  Come out and support!

Fall GOW Schedule 2018

Here is a look at this week’s UNI Athletics events
(Home events in Blue)

Schedule 10.04-10.10

Continue to do what you can to help support UNI Athletics and:

  1. Attend the games
  2. Wear UNI clothing or colors to the games
  3. Attend the GOWs
  4. Support the Trojan Army so we can put on events and give always 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 Trojans!

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TROJAN THURSDAY 9/27/18

Welcome to Trojan Thursday – So what exactly is Trojan Thursday? Trojan Thursday is a weekly email/online blog to give the UNI community an update on what is happening with our UNI athletic teams and will also give information as to major events that are happening on campus.  If you would like to receive Trojan Thursday each week please go to https://unitrojanthursday.wordpress.com and type in your email address. You will receive a notice each week when Trojan Thursday is posted. Please help spread the word about Trojan Thursday so everyone can hear how our athletes are doing.

Upcoming Events

  • Girls Volleyball Senior Night Tonight (9/27)! Join us in the gym at 5:00 p.m. for the Girls Volleyball Senior night and league game against Portola.
  • Spirit Night Tonight! Come out to the school from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. to see the school transformed!
  • Trojan Army Day tomorrow! Wear your Trojan Army Shirt!
  • Homecoming Football game is tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 28 against Northwood! Come out to the stadium and cheer on our team!

Upcoming Try-outs

Athletes must have “Cleared” status for the 2018-19 school year on www.athleticclearance.com in order to participate in try-outs.  Attend all dates listed unless otherwise stated.

  • Girls Basketball Try-outs: Oct. 2, 3:30 – 5:30pm in the Uni Gym.
  • Boys Soccer Try-outs: Oct.1, 2 & 4, 3:15 – 4:45 on the grass field.   Sign up for the Boys try-outs Here: https://goo.gl/VfkmYF  *Use your IUSD Google account to login*  The last day to sign up for the Boys try-outs is Friday, Sept. 28.
  • Girls Soccer Try-outs:  Oct. 10 (3:00 – 4:30)  & Oct. 11 (3:15 – 4:45) on the far grass field behind the Varsity Baseball Field.  Sign up for the GIRLS try-outs Here: https://goo.gl/XeCdBR*Use your IUSD Google Account to Login*   The last day to sign up for the GIRLS try-outs is Monday, Oct. 8.
  • Baseball Try-outs: Oct. 11 (3:30 – 5:00) & Oct. 12 (3:15 – 5:00)
  • Girls Lacrosse Try-outs: 23 – 25, 3pm – 5pm. Meet at the grass field behind the Varsity Baseball Field.

Fall Sports Update

Cross Country

Girls Cross Country had some impressive performances at the Dana Hills Invitational this past weekend. Collette Lowengrub and Avery Klauke ran in the Invitational section among the fastest runners in Orange County. They both ran personal best times of 17:41 (Lowengrub) and 18:00 (Klauke). These were the #10 and #24 fastest times of the entire weekend. Our top seven also included Marta Meinardi, Roseanne Yu, Amberley Martinez, Gwen Sanders, and Reyya Kocagil. This weekend our Varsity team will be competing at the prestigious Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto. GO UNI XC!

Boys Cross Country saw some more major improvements at the Dana Hills Cross Country Invitational this last weekend. Our Top runner, Ryan Duffy , had another PR with a time of 15:41 which gets him that much closer to the Uni top 25 All Time list. Also having outstanding performances included Raja Batra, Michael Blinstrub, Adam Gish, Dylan Muniz, Abhi Nisha Anish, Chris Lohmeyer, Ethan Jenkins. This next weekend the boys varsity will also be joining the girls team to compete in Palo Alto at the Stanford Cross Country Invitational. The race can be viewed on Prepcaltrack.com and we are racing Division 1 with boys race at 11am and the girls at 11:30am. Go Trojan Running!

Football

The Trojans will be taking on the Timberwolves tomorrow night in the Uni Stadium for the Homecoming game.  Game starts at 7:00 p.m.  Come out and support and enjoy the Homecoming festivities!

Girls Golf

The girl’s golf team had a productive week as we continue to strive for a PCL title. We beat Woodbridge last Thursday at Rancho San Joaquin, 183 – 193.  Our top two scores came from Alexis Kim, 32, and Nodoka Honda, 34. Dana Choi contributed a one over par 37. Then, on Tuesday this week we topped Beckman 180-188. Both teams played well. We shot an even par 180 as a team, our best team score this season. Beckman also had their best score of the year.  As for Uni, Alexis Kim and Nodoka Honda were 2-under par and Dana Choi shot an even par score of 36. Emily Tao recorded a 37 and Emy Zhu contributed with a 39. This was a great team effort! These two matches gave us a league record of 6-0. We have 4 league matches remaining.

Girls Tennis

The girls tennis team moved to 7 and 0 on the season, 2-0 in the Pacific Coast League, with a 15 to 3 win over Portola high.  The top ranked team in CIF Division one was led by freshmen Arya Ramalingam who swept her three singles matches including a 6-4 win over Portola’s #1 player.  The girls will be in action today against Irvine high at the Uni courts.

Girls Volleyball

The girls volleyball team had a heart stopping match on Tuesday against Northwood to solidify their spot in the CIF playoffs for the first time in nine years. The Trojans went 5 sets in a match that was so tight that it could have gone either way. The girls came together knowing what was on the line and played strong to finish off Northwood on their senior night. The program, which has won more matches this year than in years past, also has a very strong F/S and JV team. Tonight is the team’s senior night, it will be a very good match as Portola rolls into the gym and the Trojans need to continue to win to keep this playoff birth alive.

Boys Water Polo

The Boys Water Polo team plays at home today in a league match against Irvine High.  Frosh/Soph plays at 3:15, Varsity plays at 4:00 and JV follows at 5:00.  Come out to the pool this afternoon and cheer on the Trojans as they take on the Vaqueros.

Fall GOW Schedule 2018

Here is a look at this week’s UNI Athletics events
(Home events in Blue)

Schedule 9.27 - 10.04

Continue to do what you can to help support UNI Athletics and:

  1. Attend the games
  2. Wear UNI clothing or colors to the games
  3. Attend the GOWs
  4. Support the Trojan Army so we can put on events and give always 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 TROJANS!

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TROJAN THURSDAY 9/20/18

Welcome to Trojan Thursday – So what exactly is Trojan Thursday? Trojan Thursday is a weekly email/online blog to give the UNI community an update on what is happening with our UNI athletic teams and will also give information as to major events that are happening on campus.  If you would like to receive Trojan Thursday each week please go to https://unitrojanthursday.wordpress.com and type in your email address. You will receive a notice each week when Trojan Thursday is posted. Please help spread the word about Trojan Thursday so everyone can hear how our athletes are doing.

Upcoming Events

  • Homecoming Football game is Friday, Sept. 28 against Northwood! Come out to the stadium and cheer on our team!

Upcoming Try-outs

Athletes must have “Cleared” status for the 2018-19 school year on www.athleticclearance.com in order to participate in try-outs.

  • Softball Interest Meeting Friday, Sept. 21 in the MPR during Lunch.  All returning players and anyone interested in trying out should attend.
  • Girls Basketball Try-outs: Oct. 2, 3:30 – 5:30pm in the Uni Gym.
  • Boys and Girls Soccer Try-outs: Anyone interested in joining the Boys or Girls Soccer programs this year must sign up using this Google Form: https://goo.gl/VfkmYF.  Login with your IUSD Google Account to access the form.  Fall sport athletes will attend an alternative try-out.  Everyone else will attend on these dates:
    • Boys Try-outs are Oct. 1, 2 & 4, 3:15 – 4:45 on the grass field.
    • Girls Try-outs are Oct. 10 (3:00 – 4:30) & Oct. 11 (3:15 – 4:45) on the far grass field behind the Varsity Baseball Field.
  • Girls Lacrosse Try-outs: Oct. 23 – 25, 3pm – 5pm. Meet at the grass field behind the Varsity Baseball Field.

Fall Sports Update

Cross Country

Last Friday the boys and girls Cross Country team participated in the Woodbridge Cross Country Invitational. As a whole the boys team improved on their times from the prior week. Our top boy, Ryan Duffy, finally broke the 16 min barrier with a time of 15:43. Other outstanding performances came from Raja Batra, Abhi Nisha Anish, Adam Gish, Michael Blinstrub, Ethan Jenkins, Chris Lohmyer, Reece Carlton, Dylan Muniz and Caio Souza. Our girls placed 7th overall in the varsity race. Collette Lowengrub and Avery Klauke both ran impressive personal bests of 17:43 and 18:13 respectively. They are now #13 and #18 in Uni school history! Other top performances came from Ceci Langlois, Marta Meinardi, Alissa Kopylova, Amberley Martinez, Vani Tankha, Roseanne Yu and Mackenzie Field. Our next meet will be this Saturday at the Dana Hills Invitational. Go Trojan Running!

Football

The varsity team travels to Segerstrom for our last non-league game this Friday at 7pm.  The Trojans are looking to improve before opening the Pacific Coast League against Northwood at the Homecoming game on 9/28.

Girls Golf

The University girl’s golf team won two league matches since last week. Last Thursday we beat Portola 172-182. Nodoka Honda was the match medalist (low score).  This past Tuesday we beat Irvine 190-227 at Strawberry Farms. Again, Nodoka Honda posted a low score of 35. Alexis Kim came in at even par 36 and Dana Choi 38.  Also, senior Dana Choi committed this past week to play golf at Division 1 Georgetown.  She’s excited about making that decision. The team is 4-0 in league and has a tough match today (Thursday) at Woodbridge.

Girls Tennis

The girls tennis team is on a run!  Last Thursday the girls defeated Campbell Hall 10 to 8 in a match at the Racquet Club of Irvine.  The Vikings came into the match as the #1 team in Division 1.  At that time the Trojans were the 6th ranked team.  Sophomores Emily Markus and Mya Wang swept at first doubles for Uni and Therese Garcia and freshmen Megan Bee won 2 of 3 sets at third doubles.  Cami Brown also won 2 of 3 sets playing first singles.  Ranked #1 in the new CIF D-I poll Monday morning the girls then defeated #4 CdM 11-7 on Tuesday.  Cami Brown swept at first singles and Freshmen Jane Lee won 2 of 3 sets at third singles.  Mya Wang and Emily Markus continued their great start to the season sweeping all 3 sets at first doubles.  The top ranked Trojans will be in action today against Northwood at the Uni courts.

Check out these articles from OC Varsity featuring our Girls:

University girls tennis defeats rival Corona del Mar in Division 1 showdown

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University’s Jane Lee, left, and Cami Brown helped the Trojans beat reigning CIF-SS Division 1 champion Corona del Mar 11-7 on Tuesday in Irvine. (Photo by Dan Albano, Orange County Register)

By DAN ALBANO | dalbano@scng.com | Orange County Register
PUBLISHED: September 18, 2018 at 7:23 pm | UPDATED: September 18, 2018 at 9:07 pm

IRVINE – The two best girls tennis teams in Orange County squared off Tuesday for bragging rights and important footing in the CIF-SS Division 1 rankings.

University made sure the drama at the Racquet Club of Irvine didn’t last long.

The Trojans used a fast start and well-balanced lineup at singles and doubles to post an 11-7 victory against reigning CIF-SS Division 1 champion Corona del Mar in a duel of former Pacific Coast League rivals.

University (5-0), which moved this week to No. 1 in the Division 1 poll after a 10-8 victory last week against Campbell Hall, beat No. 5 Corona del Mar (3-1) for the first time since 2014.

“It’s huge for our team and our school,” said Trojans junior Cami Brown, who swept at No. 1 singles. “We have a huge rivalry with them. … Last year, they were really happy they beat us.”

Corona del Mar handled University three times last season, including 13-5 in the Division 1 final, en route to an undefeated season.

But Corona del Mar sent three players from its 2017 team – county player of the year Danielle Willson (USC), Annika Bassey (Harvard) and Paulina Loredo (Rhode Island) – to the college ranks.

Brown leads University’s returners and swept 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 against Corona del Mar’s talented trio of UC Davis-committed Kristina Evloeva, Roxy MacKenzie and newcomer Janie Marcus.

Brown also has more help this fall with the addition of freshman Jane Lee. Brown and Lee both won in the first round as the Trojans opened a 5-1 lead. Lee defeated Marcus 6-4 and MacKenzie 6-0 before falling to Evloeva 6-3.

“Jane Lee at singles has added a big dimension,” University coach John Kessler said.

The Trojans’ doubles were again led by the consistent duo of sophomores Mya Wang and Emily Markus, who swept 6-2, 6-1, 6-1. The Trojans’ No. 3 doubles of sophomore Therese Garcia and freshman Megan Bee won two of three matches, pushing Corona del Mar’s top team Shaya Northup and Bella McKinney in a 6-4 loss.

“We did a good job competing,” Sea Kings coach Jamie Gresh said. “(University) is just a little bit sharper and little bit better at all spots across the board. … They belong to be No. 1 for sure.”

Orange County girls athletes of the week: Mya Wang and Emily Markus, University

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University’s Mya Wang, left, and Emily Markus are the Orange County Register girls athletes of the week. (Photo by Dan Albano, Orange County Register)

By DAN ALBANO | dalbano@scng.com | Orange County Register
PUBLISHED: September 18, 2018 at 2:46 pm | UPDATED: September 18, 2018 at 4:12 pm

The Orange County Register girls co-athletes of the week for Sept 18, 2018:

Names: Mya Wang and Emily Markus

School: University

Sport: Girls tennis

Noteworthy: The sophomores swept at No. 1 doubles 6-4, 6-4, 6-1 to help the Trojans post a 10-8 victory against Campbell Hall of North Hollywood, then the top-ranked team in CIF-SS Division 1. “They got the three (points) for us that we needed,” University coach John Kessler said of the duo. “They’re just solid. They take chances, they move around the court well.”

University girls tennis upsets No. 1 Campbell Hall, adds fuels for showdown with CdM

By DAN ALBANO | dalbano@scng.com | Orange County Register
PUBLISHED: September 14, 2018 at 1:11 pm | UPDATED: September 14, 2018 at 2:09 pm

University’s girls tennis team shook up CIF-Southern Section Division 1 on Thursday.

The Trojans played host to top-ranked Campbell Hall of North Hollywood and collected a 10-8 victory in a nonleague match at Racquet Club of Irvine.

University All-County singles player Cami Brown won two of her three matches but the Trojans did most of their damage in doubles.

The team of Emily Markus and Mya Wang swept 6-4, 6-4, 6-1 while the partners Kamar Alajeely-Jackie Yoon and Therese Garcia-Megan Bee each won two of three matches. University outscored Campbell Hall, 7-2 in doubles.

Senior Dominique Stone swept at No. 1 singles for Campbell Hall.

University entered the match ranked sixth in Division 1 but the victory stood out for another reason.

Campbell Hall earlier posted an 11-7 victory against Corona del Mar, Orange County’s top-ranked team and the reigning CIF-SS Division 1 champion.

University and Corona del Mar’s scores against Campbell Hall add considerable drama for Tuesday, Sept. 18 when the Trojans play host to Sea Kings in the teams’ nonleague match at Racquet Club of Irvine.

Last season, Corona del Mar beat University for the CIF-SS Division 1 title and twice in the Pacific Coast League. Corona del Mar now resides in the Sunset League while University remains in the PCL.

he victory Thursday capped an impressive week for the Trojans, who also beat Dana Hills 13-5. In that match, Lee defeated Air Force-bound Courtney Swift of the Dolphins, 6-4.

University also plays Northwood on Thursday, Sept. 20 in a key league match.

Girls Volleyball

The girls continue to play solid Volleyball, making it to 5 sets against Division 1 Woodbridge last Tuesday.  The Trojans beat out the Warriors in sets 3 & 4 but lost the 5th set.  The girls take on Beckman at home today, Thursday, Sept. 20.  Come out and cheer them on!

Boys Water Polo

The Varsity boys are travelling to Ocean View High School for a 2 day tournament Friday and Saturday.  Their first game is at 2:55 on Friday.  Next week they will be playing Northwood at Home on Monday, 9/24 and will be away at Portola on Tuesday, 9/25.  Come out and support!

Here is a look at this week’s UNI Athletics events
(Home events in Blue)

schedule 9.20-9.26

Fall GOW Schedule 2018

 

Continue to do what you can to help support UNI Athletics and:

  1. Attend the games
  2. Wear UNI clothing or colors to the games
  3. Attend the GOWs
  4. Support the Trojan Army so we can put on events and give always 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 TROJANS!
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TROJAN THURSDAY 9/13/18

Welcome to Trojan Thursday – So what exactly is Trojan Thursday? Trojan Thursday is a weekly email/online blog to give the UNI community an update on what is happening with our UNI athletic teams and will also give information as to major events that are happening on campus.  If you would like to receive Trojan Thursday each week please go to https://unitrojanthursday.wordpress.com and type in your email address. You will receive a notice each week when Trojan Thursday is posted. Please help spread the word about Trojan Thursday so everyone can hear how our athletes are doing.

Upcoming Events

  • Friday, Sept. 14th – Trojan Army Day! Wear your Trojan Army shirt and come out to the Football game to support our team!  The Trojans will be playing Katella, game starts at 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 18th – Girls Golf GOW!
  • Tuesday, Sept. 18th – Girls Volleyball Fundraiser at Clean Juice (Woodbridge Village Center) 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – 25% of Sales will go to support the Team
  • Homecoming Football game is Sept. 28th against Northwood!

Clean Juice fundraiser

Upcoming Try-outs

Athletes must have “Cleared” status for the 2018-19 school year on www.athleticclearance.com in order to participate in try-outs.

  • Girls Basketball Try-outs: Oct. 2, 3:30 – 5:30pm in the Uni Gym.
  • Boys and Girls Soccer Try-outs: Anyone interested in joining the Boys or Girls Soccer programs this year must sign up to attend the try-outs.  Sign up using this Google Form: https://goo.gl/VfkmYF.  Click on the link and then use your IUSD Google Account to login.
    • Boys try-outs will be held Oct. 1, 2 & 4, 3:15 – 4:45 on the grass field.
    • Girls Try-outs will be held Oct. 10 (3:00 – 4:30)  & Oct. 11 (3:15 – 4:45) on the far grass field behind the Varsity Baseball Field.
  • Girls Lacrosse Try-outs: Oct. 23 – 25, 3pm – 5pm. Meet at the grass field behind the Varsity Baseball Field.

Fall Sports Update

Cross Country

Boys and Girls Cross Country had their first meet of the season this last Saturday at the Laguna Hills Invitational. On the girls side, the top ten performers for the day included; Collette Lowengrub, Avery Klauke, Ceci Langlois, Marta Meinardi, Allissa Kopylova, Amberly Matinez, Vani Tanka, Mackinzie Fields, Gwen Sanders and Rosanne Yu. One notable race was the girls sophomore race in which Collette Lowengrub led the race from the initial gun and won the race finishing 30 seconds ahead of the 2nd place runner. We also had 3 girls make into the top 100 fastest times on the day, Collette Lowengrub, Avery Klauke and Ceci Langlois. On the Boys side, our top performers included Raja Batra, Chris Lohmyer, Micheal Blinstrub, Ethan Jenkins, Adam Gish, Abhi Nisha Anish, Dylan Muniz, Caio Souza, Reece Carlton, and Luca Flick-Kaiser. Our next meet will be the Woodbridge Invitational. Go Trojan Running

Football

Exciting home football game tomorrow night (9/14) in the Uni Stadium against Katella!  Game starts at 7:00 p.m.  Come out and support the team!  Wear your Trojan Army Gear!

Here is a great article from the OC Sports Zone featuring our top returning football players, check it out!

http://ocsportszone.com/football-preview-a-look-at-universitys-top-returning-players/

Girls Golf

We began the Pacific Coast League season last Tuesday against Northwood. We won that match 185-226. Our lowest scorer was Lexi Kim with a 1-under par 35 at Strawberry Farms Golf Course. Tuesday, we beat Irvine to improve our league record to 2-0 by a score of 188-233. Nodoka Honda shot a 1-under 34 at Oak Creek Golf Club. We completed a long week with a third match against both Troy and Diamond Bar at western Hills Country Club in Chino Hills. This was a non-league tri-match versus two of the top teams in the state.  We finished as the third team in this contest, but it was a very competitive match played at an extremely difficult golf course. Dana Choi came in with an impressive 1-over par 36. It was a good character builder for as and showed us where we need to improve.

Check out this article from OC Varsity featuring Lexi Kim:

Lexi Kim shows she can lead way for University girls golf team

By DAMIAN V. DOTTORE |
PUBLISHED: September 4, 2018 at 9:50 pm | UPDATED: September 4, 2018 at 9:50 pm

IRVINE – Lexi Kim has been one of the most consistent players on the University High girls golf team, regularly stringing together a bunch of pars during her rounds.

One thing always seemed to be missing for her: birdies.

“She has always been very stable, but late last season she seemed to catch the bug that playing golf and competing is fun,” University coach Kevin Kasper said. “She played a lot of golf during the summer. Now she has that potential to go under par.”

Tuesday at Strawberry Farms golf course, Kim birdied the opening hole and went on to have a bogey-free round of 1-under-par 35 to lead the defending CIF State champion Trojans to a 185-226 victory against Pacific Coast League rival Northwood.

Nodoka Honda and Dana Choi added even-par 36s as Uni finished 5-over-par as a team.

“It feels great (to come back after winning state), and we have the potential to do well again,” Kasper said. “The new girls are going to have to play consistent golf for us.”

Kasper was referring to senior Emy Zhu and junior Emily Tao, who both entered the varsity lineup this season. Both golfers finished with a 39 for the Trojans (3-2) on Tuesday.

Michelle Du led the Timberwolves (0-2) with a 38.

It was the third time this season that all five of Uni’s scoring players broke 40 and the second time in five matches the Trojans finished in the 180s.

They recently posted a 183 in a three-stroke loss to Troy at Strawberry Farms.

The Trojans will get a rematch with a Warriors on Thursday in a tri-match at Western Hills Country Club that will include Diamond Bar.

“I think some of that might have been part of that Troy match, like here we are we are going to get our revenge,” Kasper aid.

Troy finished second to Uni in the state championship last season.

“We usually never get to play Troy head-to-head. We only face them in tournaments,” Kasper said, “and it was nice to let the girls see each other and each other’s game. A match like that helps teach the new girls how good some of the players are.

“As a team, we treat each year differently, and to have success, they are going to show that they can be consistent.”

Girls Tennis

The Uni girls tennis team won their 3rd straight match to kick off the 2018 season.  The 2nd ranked Trojans defeated Dana Hills 13 to 5.  Freshmen Jane Lee defeated Dana’s #1 player 6-4 in singles.  Lee was impressive in defeating the senior player who has already committed to the Air Force Academy.  Sophomores Mya Wang and Emily Markus picked up right where they left off last season with another sweep at first doubles.  Last year the girls were selected to the All-Orange County team as freshmen!  Sophomore Therese Garcia and freshmen Megan Bee, playing in her first varsity match, won both sets they played at doubles.  The girls will be in action today at the Racquet Club of Irvine against Campbell Hall, the top ranked team in CIF D-1.  The Uni girls defeated C. Hall in last year’s quarter-final match.

Our own Cami Brown was named one of the top 7 players to watch this season by OC Varsity!  Check out the article below:

Orange County girls tennis preview: Top 7 players to watch (updated)

By DAN ALBANO | dalbano@scng.com | Orange County Register
PUBLISHED: August 29, 2018 at 3:26 pm | UPDATED: August 30, 2018 at 2:24 pm

Orange County girls tennis preview 2018:

TOP 7 PLAYERS TO WATCH

Cami Brown, University, Jr.

Brown broke through last season by sweeping her singles matches against eventual champion Corona del Mar in the CIF-SS Division 1 team final.

Kristina Evloeva, Corona del Mar, Sr.

Evloeva could emerge as the No. 1 singles player for the defending Division 1 champion, which sent county player of the year Danielle Willson to USC.

Janie Marcus, Corona del Mar, Sr.

Marcus is an impact newcomer who studied online last year.

Ella Pachl, Laguna Beach, Jr.

Watch out for Pachl and the Breakers in Division 3. They could duel Huntington Beach in the Sunset Conference’s Wave League.

Jenna Sabile, Troy, So.

Sabile is one of the county’s top class of 2021 recruits. She helps make Troy the team to beat in the Freeway League.

Courtney Swift, Dana Hills, Sr.

The recent Air Force commit played hard court and clay court girls nationals over the summer.

Michelle Zell, Foothill, Jr.

The reigning Crestview League MVP could challenge Brown as the top junior in the county but don’t forget about Laguna Beach’s Ella Pachl.

Please send girls tennis players and girls teams to watch to Dan Albano at dalbano@scng.com or @ocvarsityguy on Twitter

Girls Volleyball

University girls volleyball is off to an awesome start. Finishing second at the Tesoro tournament really got the girls going in the early part of the season. Girls have come together both on and off the court and have taken to me, the new coach. We have already tripled the matches won from last year and on pace to finish higher in league than the last couple years. Currently 11-9 we have played some great teams and we are playing the new way, the new mentality of Uni volleyball. United, Never giving up, Intelligent, volleyball.

The girls will be playing at home today, Sept. 13th in a league match against Irvine High School.  Junior Varsity and Frosh/Soph teams play at 4:00 with Varsity following at 5:15.  Come out and support the girls!

On Tuesday, Sept. 18th, the Girls Volleyball Boosters are hosting a fundraiser at Clean Juice: 4738 Barranca Pkwy, Irvine, CA 92604.   Come to Clean Juice between 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. and 25% of the sales will go back to the team!

Check out the article below from the OC Sports Zone featuring our girls in their exciting win over Marina on Wednesday, August 29th!

http://ocsportszone.com/university-girls-volleyball-team-tops-marina-in-five-set-thriller/

Boys Water Polo

The boys water polo team won their GOW last Tuesday, beating Marina HS 25-3.  Led by a great defensive effort all season by senior captain Cameron Bernardo in goal, the Trojans are now holding a 4-1 record.  The Trojan aquamen have a tournament this weekend and hope to come home with a 1st place win.  Please come support the team next week as they battle Garden Grove on Tuesday at home.

Here is a look at this week’s UNI Athletics events
(Home events in Blue)

Sept. 13 schedule

 

Fall GOW Schedule 2018

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TROJAN THURSDAY 5/17/18

Welcome to Trojan Thursday – So what exactly is Trojan Thursday? Trojan Thursday is a weekly email/online blog to give the UNI community an update on what is happening with our UNI athletic teams and will also give information as to major events that are happening on campus.  If you would like to receive Trojan Thursday each week please go to https://unitrojanthursday.wordpress.com and type in your email address. You will receive a notice each week when Trojan Thursday is posted. Please help spread the word about Trojan Thursday so everyone can hear how our athletes are doing.

What’s Happening on Campus

Athletic Clearance

It is time to get cleared for Sports for the 2018-2019 School Year!  Complete the clearance process online at www.athleticclearance.com and bring the signed “Confirmation Page” to the Athletics Office to complete the process.  Sports Physicals must be completed AFTER May 1, 2018.   Athletes must get a new physical and go through the clearance process each year.

Summer Camp Information

Summer Camp Brochures are available in the Athletics Office and online here: http://www.universityhigh.org/athletics/summer-athletic-camps

Bring completed Registration forms and payment to the S.A.C.

Spring Sports Update

Boys Golf

The boys team finished Team CIF at Miles Square Golf Course with a 7th place finish out of 20 schools. This is a testament to the strength of our league. We finished 5th in Pacific Coast League but 7th in CIF. That’s amazing.

Today, freshman George Lu is in Santa Barbara at Rancho San Marcos Golf Course playing in individual CIF. This is the qualifier for the State Championship.

Go Uni! Go George!!

Boys Swimming

Six of our top swimmers are traveling to the State Swim Championship in Fresno today.  They will be competing on Friday and Saturday.  Best of luck boys!

Girls Swimming

The CIF SS Div 1 Championship meet was held last week at Riverside Community College.

Preliminaries were Thursday with the top 18 in each event returning for finals on Saturday.

In the individual events, Claire Jang finished 23rd with a time just off her season best of 24.80.   Both Jang and Alondra Ortiz had lifetime best times in the 100 fly, Ortiz finishing 22nd with a 58.28 and Jang finishing 24th with a 58.42.  Ortiz had another lifetime best of 57.98 in the 100 back and qualified 18th making finals where she finished 18th as well. Kate Weiland swam a season best time in the 100 breaststroke finishing 24th.

The 200 Medley Relay team of Ortiz, Weiland, Isabella Pagano and Jang were 17th after prelims and swam an almost identical time in finals again finishing in 17th place.  Ortiz had a lifetime best 50 back split of 27.39 in finals.

The 200 Freestyle relay team of Pagano, Leila Mirsafian, Anne Iwata and Jang dropped 1.66 seconds from their best previous time moving up from 24th seed to qualify for finals in the 17th spot.  They dropped another 0.18 in finals to finish 18th with a 1:40.20.

The  400 Freestyle relay team of  Ortiz, Weiland, Ortiz, Iwata and  Mirsafian dropped an amazing 3.41 seconds from their entry time to move up from 33rd seed to finish 25th.

This concludes the 2018 Swimming and Diving season.

Good-bye, good luck, and thank you to our graduating senior swimmers:  Mabel Guo, Anne Iwata, Claire Jang, Alondra Ortiz, Jennifer Tseng, Jessica Wong, and Ashley Yang!

Boys Tennis

The top ranked boys tennis team lost a heartbreaking semi-final match 8-10 to Peninsula high school on Wednesday.  Junior Aditya Gupta, who committed to UPENN, had an incredible day.  Aditya defeated the #1 player from Peninsula who will be attending and playing for Cal next year 7 to 5.  He also won his other two matches 6-0 and 6-0.

The boys will regroup and get ready for the state tournament which begins next Friday.

Track & Field

Girls Track and Field had our top athletes competing at the Division 1 CIF Prelims this past weekend at Trabuco Hills High School. Many of our girls finished their season running personal bests. Collette Lowengrub capped off her impressive freshman season, running in the 1600 and 3200. She ran a lifetime best of 11:15 in the 3200m and placed 17th overall in a very competitive race. She now ranks in the top 10 freshmen in the entire CIF Southern Section. Sara Sussman tied her personal best time in the 800, running 2:22. In the 300 hurdles, Daria Shkel ran a season best time of 46.60. We look forward to having many of these young athletes back with us next year. Great season Uni Girls Track!

Boys Track finished their season last weekend at the D1 CIF prelims. Our high jumpers matched their lifetime best of 6’ for Sam Kammerman and 6’ 2” for Evan Pariser. The 4 x 100 gave it their best but came up short ( Thomas Manalo, Austin Lake, Jeremy Koo and Faris Qaisi). Faris also competed as an individual in the 200m but had to slow up coming across the finish line after reinjuring his hamstring. Go Boys Trojan Track and Field!

Here is a look at this week’s UNI Athletics events
(Home events in Blue)

Thursday, May 17th
Boys Golf CIF Championship @ Rancho San Marcos Golf Course – 7:30 a.m.

Friday, May 25th
Boys Tennis So Cal Regional Championship @ Claremont Club – Time TBA

GO TROJANS!

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TROJAN THURSDAY 5/10/18

Welcome to Trojan Thursday – So what exactly is Trojan Thursday? Trojan Thursday is a weekly email/online blog to give the UNI community an update on what is happening with our UNI athletic teams and will also give information as to major events that are happening on campus.  If you would like to receive Trojan Thursday each week please go to https://unitrojanthursday.wordpress.com and type in your email address. You will receive a notice each week when Trojan Thursday is posted. Please help spread the word about Trojan Thursday so everyone can hear how our athletes are doing.

What’s Happening on Campus

Athletic Clearance It is time to get cleared for Sports for the 2018-2019 School Year!  Complete the clearance process online at www.athleticclearance.com and bring the signed “Confirmation Page” to the Athletics Office to complete the process.  Sports Physicals must be completed AFTER May 1, 2018.   Athletes must get a new physical and go through the clearance process each year.

Sign up for Summer Camp!  Please turn in Summer Camp Registration Forms and Checks payable to University High School to the S.A.C. Final Sports Camp Poster

 

Spring Sports Update

Baseball

The U*N*I Baseball Team concludes the regular season today at Beckman High School.  The U*N*I Team had a huge win last Friday, defeating Woodbridge, 7-5.  The win gave the U*N*I Team the series and insured a winning record for the season.  The U*N*I Team will find out Monday at 10am is they will make the playoffs.

Boys Golf

This week was the start of individual and team CIF.  George Lu finished with 68 (-4) Monday 5/7/18 at Sky Links Golf Course at CIF Individuals. That is good for 3rd place finish among 120 players!!! This is an amazing accomplishment for such a strong field. He finished 1st among ALL Pacific Coast League Players! This CIF Southern Section Southern Division Individual is considered the toughest of the 3 divisions. He is now among the top 20 players from Southern Division to qualify for Individual Championship & SCGA Qualifying Tournament for the right to play The Southern Regional State Tournament. He will be joined by the top 20 players from 2 other divisions. They will be traveling to San Marcos Golf Course in Santa Barbara next Thursday 5/17/18.

The team also qualified for CIF. We will play our first round at Miles Square Golf Course next Monday 5/14/18. The top 2 teams will move on and join George Lu in Santa Barbara.

Every member of the team has worked and contributed to getting to this point and should be congratulated.  They all worked hard to improve their game.  Now we will need some good golf and a bit of luck to move on!

Softball

Uni Softball finished their season yesterday celebrating their seniors and families. A bittersweet day as one chapter ends for these seniors and another begins. Peyton Mattson, Zoe Manjarrez and Janette Oh were our trio of captains.  Although not the outcome we had hoped for, our season highlight was pulling out our win against Woodbridge 14-13 in 8 innings.  This was the first win in over 15 games against Woodbridge and we spoiled their perfect season with our amazing battle and win!  Great job Trojans, you are better every day!!

Boys Swimming

The boys swim team will be competing in the CIF Prelims today at Riverside City College.  We have 14 boys going from our school.  Best of luck boys!

Girls Swimming

Last Friday at the Pacific Coast League Championship Finals, the Varsity girls finished in 4th place, moving up one spot from their 5th place finish last year.  The JV girls finished 5th and the Open division girls finished 4th for a combined girls overall 4th place finish.

There were many outstanding swims during the championship meet.  The 200 Medley A relay of Alondra Ortiz, Kate Weiland, Isabella Pagano, and Claire Jang dropped 1.52 seconds from their seed time with a season best CIF consideration time 1:50.02, only 0.02 off the CIF Automatic time for 4th place, with each swimmer recording season best splits. The B relay of Lia Cui, Danica Wong, Savannah Cruz and Ira Chaturvedi dropped 4.11 seconds off their seed time for 12th and a CIF consideration time.

In the 200 free, Cruz had a whopping 4.63 second time drop, for a season best 2:04.26, to move up from 14th seed to 11th. Chloe Johansson was 16th in that event with a 2 second time drop from her season best during prelims.

In the 200 IM, Weiland finished 9th winning the consolation final, with Marta Meinardi 14th with a season best time and Kristina Yan 15th.

In the 50 free, Jang was 4th, Pagano 12th, and Mirsafian 15th.

In the 100 fly, Ortiz was 6th with a lifetime best of 58.83 and Jang was just behind her in 7th with a season best 58.91. Pagano finished 13th just .01 off her season best with a 1:01.2.

In the 100 free, Mirsafian finished 11th and Sarah Sharifi finished 15th also with a season best time.

In the 500 free Cruz finished 9th, Mirsafian 10th, Cui 13th and Johansson 14th. Both Cruz and Meinardi had big time drops with Cruz dropping 7.77 seconds and Meinardi droping 5.26 seconds from their prelim times.

In the 200 free relay, the A relay of Anne Iwata, Pagano, Mirsafian and Jang finished 4th lowering their CIF consideration time to 1:42.04.  The B relay of Johansson, JenniferTseng, Cui and Sharifi finished 14th with a 1.42 second time drop from their seed time.

In the 100 backstroke, Ortiz finished 6th and in the 100 breaststroke, Weiland was also 6th in a season best 1:08.90, followed by Wong in 8th, also with a season best, 1:11.43.  Yuuri Yoshikawa won the consolation final in 9th, with a season best 1:11.18.

In the final event, the 400 free relay, the A relay of Iwata, Ortiz, Weiland and Mirsafian dropped an amazing 4.03 seconds to finish 6th, and the B relay of Yoshikawa, Sharifi, Meinardi and Cruz finished 12th dropping an even more amazing 7.10 seconds from their seed time, both teams with CIF consideration times.

Last Saturday, the swimmers who officially qualified to swim in this week’s CIF-SS, Division I Championships were announced.  Swimmers are allowed to swim a maximum of 2 individual events and 2 relays.

Both our divers, sophomore Tamar Azik and freshman Laurel Jin qualified for CIF, diving this past Tuesday in the prelims and finishing 23rd and 24th.

The following swimmers will be representing Uni  at CIF prelims today:

Claire Jang: 50 free, 100 fly, 200 medley relay, 200 free relay

Alondra Ortiz :  100 fly, 100 back, 200 medley relay, 400 free relay

Kate Weiland:  100 breast, 200 medley relay, 400 free relay

Isabella Pagano, 200 medley relay, 200 free relay,400 free relay

Anne Iwata:  200 medley relay ,200 free relay, 400 free relay

Leila Mirsafian: 200 medley relay, 200 free relay ,400 free relay,

Savanna Cruz:  200 medley relay,200 free relay, 400 free relay

Sarah Sharifi : 200 free relay, 400 free relay

Yuuri Yoshikawa: 200 medley relay, 200 free relay, 400 free relay

The CIF meet will be held at the Riverside Community College Aquatics Center.  Prelims are today, Thursday, May 10 at 9a, with finals Saturday, May 12 at 4p.  Good luck, swimmers!

Boys Tennis

Last Thursday Seniors Patryk Kozlowski and Julian Lafond won the doubles title at the Pacific Coast League individual championships.  The boys will now represent Uni in the CIF individual tournament next week.  Yesterday the boys defeated Loyola High School 16 to 2 in the first round of the CIF team playoffs.  The Trojans are the top ranked team in D-I and will travel to Redlands high on Friday for a 2nd round of playoff match.  Finally, Aditya Gupta, Naevin Anukornchaikul, Patryk Kozlowski and Julian Lafond were all named to the “All Pacific Coast League First Team”.  We are so proud of our boys and the continued success of the Uni boys tennis program.

Pacific Coast League boys tennis finals offer a surprise in doubles

By DAN ALBANO | dalbano@scng.com | Orange County Register
PUBLISHED: May 7, 2018 at 3:01 pm | UPDATED: May 7, 2018 at 3:02 pm

The strongest boys tennis league in Orange County produced one surprise and one expected winner during its championships last week.

Stefan Dostanic of Woodbridge defended his Pacific Coast League singles crown with an 8-2 victory against Nick Wang of Northwood at Irvine.

Dostanic, a rising junior, continued a hot streak that added the singles title at the recent Ojai tournament.

In doubles, University’s Patryk Kozlowski and Julian LaFond upset defending champion Leo Hibi and Paul Diamantopoulos of Woodbridge, 8-6. Hibi and Diamantopoulos made the semifinals at Ojai, helping the Warriors claim the team title.

By reaching the league championship matches, Dostanic, Wang and the teams of Kozlowski-LaFond and Hibi-Diamantopoulos qualified for CIF individual championships.

Track & Field

The Boys track team finished their League Finals last Friday with many personal best on the season and for some their life time best. This Saturday we will be competing at CIF prelims at Trabuco Hills High School. In the sprints we will have Thomas Manalo, Austin Lake, Jeremy Koo, Matt Tang and Faris Qaisi in the 4 x 100. In the 200, we will have Faris Qaisi. The field events will be represented by Sam Kammerman and Evan Pariser in the High Jump. We hope for success to compete another day. Go Trojan Track and Field.

Girls Track had a great showing at the Pacific Coast League Finals with many top 5 finishes and CIF qualifiers. Freshman Collette Lowengrub continues her impressive season, as she placed 1st in the 3200 and 2nd in the 1600, moving her on to CIF in both events. Our other individual winner was Sara Sussman, placing 1st in the varsity 800. More CIF qualifiers include Daria Shkel, who placed 2nd in the 300 hurdles and Amber Sun who finished 3rd in the high jump. We look forward to watching these girls compete at the Division 1 CIF Prelims this Saturday at Trabuco Hills High School. GO UNI TRACK!

Here is a look at this week’s UNI Athletics events
(Home events in Blue)

Thursday, May 10th
Swimming CIF Prelims @ Riverside City College – 9:00 a.m.
Baseball @ Beckman – 3:30

Friday, May 11th
Boys Tennis @ Redlands – CIF Playoff Match – 3:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 12th 
Track & Field CIF Prelims @ Trabuco Hills – 11:00 a.m.
Swimming CIF Finals @ Riverside City College – 4:00 p.m.

Monday, May 14th
Boys Golf Team Championships @ Mile Square Golf Course – 8:00 a.m.
Boys Tennis – Potential CIF Playoff Match – Location TBA – 3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 16th
Boys Tennis – CIF Semi Finals (Tentative) – 3:00 p.m.

Go Trojans!

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TROJAN THURSDAY 5/3/18

Welcome to Trojan Thursday – So what exactly is Trojan Thursday? Trojan Thursday is a weekly email/online blog to give the UNI community an update on what is happening with our UNI athletic teams and will also give information as to major events that are happening on campus.  If you would like to receive Trojan Thursday each week please go to https://unitrojanthursday.wordpress.com and type in your email address. You will receive a notice each week when Trojan Thursday is posted. Please help spread the word about Trojan Thursday so everyone can hear how our athletes are doing.

What’s Happening on Campus

The Boys Basketball team was well represented at the recent 53rd Orange County All Star game held on Saturday, April 21st at Cypress College in front of over 2,000 fans.  Alex Bray scored ten points to go with a number of great passes to lead the South All Stars to a 113 – 87 victory over the North County All Stars.  Coach Mike Dinneen served as the head coach for the South All Stars while University assistant coaches Kenny Shin and James Roth helped out in the win.

Spring Signing Event:  We had our final signing event of the year during office hours on Wednesday, May 2nd.  We honored 8 of our top athletes that will be moving on to play their sport in college.  Congratulations to everyone who participated!

Signing Day 5.2.18

From Left: Kahi Rodrigues, Westmont College (Baseball), Alondra Ortiz, Cal State East Bay (Swimming), Janette Oh, Wheaton College (Softball), Peyton Mattson, Penn State Beaver (Softball, Claire Jang, Occidental College (Swimming), Daniel Dolan, Amherst College (Football), Naevin Anukornchaikul, Johns Hopkins (Tennis), Alex Bray, Air Force Academy (Basketball).  We would also like to congratulate Patryk Kozlowski who was unable to attend the signing.  He will be playing tennis for Caltech next year.

Athletic Clearance  It is time to get cleared for Sports for the 2018-2019 School Year!  Complete the clearance process online at www.athleticclearance.com and bring the signed “Confirmation Page” to the Athletics Office to complete the process.  Sports Physicals must be completed AFTER May 1, 2018.   Athletes must get a new physical and go through the clearance process each year.

Summer Camp Information  Summer Camp Brochures are available in the Athletics Office and online here: http://www.universityhigh.org/athletics/summer-athletic-camps.  Bring completed Registration forms and payment to the S.A.C.

Spring Sports Update

Baseball

U*N*I Baseball has it’s Game of the Week this Friday, 3:30, versus Woodbridge.  Senior Day is Tuesday, 5/8, versus Beckman HS.  The recognition of the Seniors will start at 3:00, with the game following at 3:30.  Come out and support!

Boys Golf

The boys golf team finished their regular season yesterday with a 2 day league finals held at Sky Links Golf Course in Long Beach.  Of the 6 Uni golfers, 3 made it into the second round.  The 1st day cut was only 6 over par of 78!  After 36 holes of golf, one Uni golfer qualified for Individual CIF – George Lu.  It’s an astounding accomplishment to be one of top 9 players in the toughest golf league in Orange County!  George finished tied for 4th place with a 3 over par 147 after 36 holes.  Congratulations on this amazing accomplishment.

Our veteran player, Connor O’Brien started the day tied for 2nd place after 1st day round of -2, 70.  He struggled down the stretch and finished with 78 and tied for 3 other Woodbridge players for the last 3 spots of the 9 qualifiers.  Connor lost in a sudden death playoff.  It’s a heart breaker but I know he will bounce back stronger next year!  He will lead our team into 1st round of Team CIF the week of May 14th!

Although we finished with a record of 3-14, our average score of 198 is good to place top 3 in any other league in the county!  We had many close matches this year and I am very proud of all our players.  Each and every one of them improved on their scoring averages!

Congrats to George Lu!

Boys Lacrosse

What an amazing display of Irvine talent at the OTC end of season tournament. Woodbridge finished 2nd in the Pacific Coast League and #18 overall, finishing the season with an OTC crown, defeating two time defending champ Northwood. What a great Irvine school district lacrosse season! #Irvinelacrosserising

University HS Boy’s lacrosse started off strong this season and had plans for a top finish in the league after posting their strongest winning season with 9 wins in 2017. Returning captain and 4 year starter Nick Khamseh lead all Uni scorers for the third straight season with a steady output every contest. Most teams would try to “shut-off” Nick, but he would still produce even under the toughest pressure. Many of the seniors experienced both the agony of defeat and the thrill of victory, with tough seasons their first years without a win to the ultimate, the best record ever, a true testament to their character.

As their coach I am so impressed and proud of the level of skill that the players have exhibited and the mark of that these players will leave on the program as it builds towards the future.

Girls Lacrosse

Girls Lacrosse wrapped up an amazing season yesterday.  After completing season with an historic 13-3 record, the Lady Trojans were seeded 11th in the county, qualifying for the US Lacrosse post-season tournament for the second straight season.  Pitted against 6th place Aliso Niguel, the girls played a strong match.  After falling behind 5-1 in the opening four minutes of the game, the team re-grouped and re-organized their defensive play and went on a scoring streak to end the half, 7-5.  Taking advantage of a penalty against Aliso in the second half, the Lady Trojans scored three unanswered goals to take the lead, 8-7.  Although it didn’t last, it was a spectacular performance and one of which the team should be proud.  Ashley Chandler (Sr.) led the team with 5 goals, Mya Wang (Fr.) contributed 3, and Molly Pirus (Sr.), Makenzie Field (Jr.) and Grace Colunga (So.) rounded out the goals.  Gracelyn Caceros (Jr.) had an awesome night in goal, making 12 stops!  Though saddened to see the season draw to a close, the team had an amazing season, of which they are tremendously proud.  If you see a lacrosse player walking around, congratulate them on a remarkable year!

Softball

Congratulations to Softball for their win against Corona Del Mar on Tuesday.  The Trojans came out ahead 6-2.  The girls will be playing Irvine today (5/3) at home at 3:30 p.m.  Come out and support!

Boys Swimming

The Uni boys swim team started their League Finals yesterday with a strong showing at Prelims. Both the JV and Varsity levels will be shooting to finish in the top two in at League Finals, aspiring to catch Northwood, and hold off CDM. In the sprint freestyle events, Senior Max Tello, Junior Aaron Lee, and Sophomores Kai Yoshizaki and Brian Lou positioned themselves to place high in Friday’s Finals. In the middle-distance freestyle events, Senior Aidan Yong and Sophomore Caedon Ng placed top 3 in Prelims, and will look to upset Northwood’s top qualifier. The Uni Varsity 200 Free Relay has already posted a time that is under the Pacific Coast League record that we set last year, and we will look to claim the new record on Friday.

The Open boys division closed up yesterday with a strong 2nd place finish overall! Most of the swimmers on this roster put down lifetime bests, and were highly competitive for taking home the championship. Sophomores Daniel Jin and Larry Tsao, and freshmen Hayden Shulman and Pravir Gurukar all had strong top-6 performances in their individual events.

Girls Swimming

The girls swim team is competing in the Pacific Coast League Championship meet this week.  Prelims for Varsity and JV and Championship Finals for the Open division took place Tuesday at the Wollette Aquatic Center near Irvine High.  The Open girls finished in 4th place in their division.  Many Open division swimmers had best times and scored points for their team.

The top 16 JV and Varsity swimmers in each event will compete again in finals this Friday.  Uni goes into finals with 21 individual Varsity top 16 qualifying swims, and 13 in the JV division.   Senior Captains Alondra Ortiz ( 6th, 100 fly and 100 back)  and Claire Jang ( 3rd, 50 free, 7th, 100 fly)  both qualified in the top 8 in both of their individual events and Sophomores Kate Weiland (6th)and Danica Wong (8th) both qualified in the top 8 in breaststroke, with junior Yuuri Yoshikawa finishing in 11th place. Weilan also qualified 9th n the 200 IM with freshman Kristina Yan 16th in that same event.   Freshman Marta Meinardi qualified 13th in the 200 IM and was 9th (with a 2 second time drop) in the 500 free, with Sophomore Savanna Cruz (10th, with a 2.5 second drop), and freshman Lia Cui (12th) and Chloe Johansson (13th) also making finals in that distance event.  Cruz (14th) and Johansson (16th, with a 2.3 second drop) also will be returning for finals in the 200 free.   Freshman Isabella Pagano (11th, 50 free and 11th, 100 fly) will be returning for finals with season best times in both those events.  Sophomore Leila Mirsafian returns in both the 50 free (11th) and 100 free (9th), and junior Sarah Sharifi (15th, with a 1.2 second time drop) also returns in the 100 free.

All relays will be contested on Friday.   Friday will also be the swimmers last chance to make CIF cuts in preparation for the CIF-SS Division I prelims and finals next week.  Good Luck Girls!

Boys Tennis

The boys tennis team finished the regular season with a 12 to 6 win over CdM on Tuesday.  Sophomores Soomin Lee and Cameron Sepahi led the way with a sweep at doubles.  The win moved the boys to 10 and 0 in Pacific Coast League play and 21 -1 overall.  The boys have now won 118 league matches in a row spanning 12 years.  The last time the boys lost a league match was in April 2006.  With 5 PCL teams consistently in the CIF D-I top ten, this is an incredible accomplishment.

In the PCL individual tournament finishing today, senior Naevin Anukornchaikul (Johns Hopkins) advanced to the semi-final round in singles while seniors Patryk Kozlowski (Cal Tech) and Julian Lafond advanced in doubles.  CIF team playoffs begin next Wednesday.

Track & Field

Girls Track is competing at the Pacific Coast League Finals this Friday. We have a solid group of varsity girls who are looking for big performances  and possible CIF qualifiers. These girls include Collette Lowengrub, Sara Sussman and Avery Klauke in the distance events, Daria Shkel in the hurdles, Harini Venkataganesh in the throws, and our girls 4x100m relay team of Daria Shkel, Lauryn Wood, Leyna Wood and Rovinya Ruhunage.  Come out on Friday evening to support to these girls and to watch some exciting races!

Boys Track competed in League prelims this last Tuesday here at Uni and we had many personal best on the day. League Finals are set for Friday and we have several athletes to watch. Faris Qaisi in the 100 and 200, Jeremy Koo in the 400, Faris, Jeremy, Austin Lake and Thomas Manalo in the 4 x100, Lee Mceligot and Adam Gish in the 800 and Evan Pariser and Sam Kammerman in the high Jump. If all goes well, look to see some of them moving on to CIF prelims next week. Go Trojan Track

Boys Volleyball

We finished up our regular season play on Tuesday with a dramatic 3 sets to 2 win over Beckman!  Bringing our final league record for the season to 5-5 and our overall record to 17-11 for the year.  This has been a great season and we are hoping to get a CIF playoff bid within the next couple of days.

17-18 Spring GOW Schedule

Sport Day Date Time Location Opponent
Boys Lacrosse Monday 3/19 4:00 Uni Stadium Northwood
Swimming  

Wednesday

 

3/21 3:15 UHS Pool Corona Del Mar
Boys Tennis Thursday 3/29 3:15 Uni Tennis Courts Woodbridge
Girls Lacrosse Wednesday 4/11 4:00 Uni Stadium Northwood
Boys Volleyball Tuesday 4/17 5:15 UHS Gym Northwood
Track & Field Thursday 4/19 3:00 Uni Stadium Woodbridge
Boys Golf Thursday 4/26 3:00 Strawberry Farms Beckman
Baseball Friday 5/4 3:30 UHS Baseball Field Woodbridge
Softball Wednesday 5/9 3:30 UHS Softball Field Beckman

Here is a look at this week’s UNI Athletics events
(Home events in Blue)

Thursday, May 3rd
Boys Tennis League Finals @ Irvine – Time TBA
Softball v Irvine – 3:30 p.m.

Friday, May 4th
Swimming League Finals @ Woollett Aquatics Center – 2:00 p.m.
***GOW***Baseball v Woodbridge – 3:30 p.m.
Track & Field Finals @ Uni – 4:00 p.m.

Monday, May 7th
Boys Golf CIF Individuals @ Skylinks – 1:00 p.m.
Softball @ Woodbridge – 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 8th
Baseball v Beckman – 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 9th
Boys Tennis CIF Round 1 – Location TBA
***GOW***Softball v Beckman – 3:30 p.m.

GO TROJANS!

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TROJAN THURSDAY 4/26/18

Welcome to Trojan Thursday – So what exactly is Trojan Thursday? Trojan Thursday is a weekly email/online blog to give the UNI community an update on what is happening with our UNI athletic teams and will also give information as to major events that are happening on campus.  If you would like to receive Trojan Thursday each week please go to https://unitrojanthursday.wordpress.com and type in your email address. You will receive a notice each week when Trojan Thursday is posted. Please help spread the word about Trojan Thursday so everyone can hear how our athletes are doing.

What’s Happening on Campus

Athletic Clearance  It is time to get cleared for Sports for the 2018-2019 School Year!  Complete the clearance process online at www.athleticclearance.com and bring the signed “Confirmation Page” to the Athletics Office to complete the process.  Sports Physicals must be completed AFTER May 1, 2018.   Athletes must get a new physical and go through the clearance process each year.

Summer Camp Information  Summer Camp Brochures are available in the Athletics Office and online here: http://www.universityhigh.org/athletics/summer-athletic-camps Bring completed Registration forms and payment to the S.A.C.

New Football Coach hired!  We are thrilled to welcome Coach Scott Meyer to the school and our football program. His extensive teaching and head coaching experience with Corona Del Mar High School, and most recently Servite High School, includes a Division III State Championship, three C.I.F. Championships, two C.I.F. Academic Team Championships, and OC Coach of the Year honors, among other accolades. You can read all about Coach Meyer in the OC Varsity article below.

University hires Scott Meyer as football coach

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By DAN ALBANO | dalbano@scng.com | Orange County Register
PUBLISHED: April 25, 2018 at 2:45 pm | UPDATED: April 26, 2018 at 10:25 am

University has hired veteran Scott Meyer, formerly of Servite and Corona del Mar, as its football coach, said Mark Cunningham, the Trojans’ retiring coach and athletic director.

The hire is pending Irvine Unified School District approval, but all signs point to Meyer returning to the same Pacific Coast League where he rose to prominence.

“This entire opportunity is really exciting,” said Meyer, 53, who will also teach at University. “The school is fantastic and the community is ready. Looking forward to the season.”

Meyer will replace Cunningham, who in January announced his retirement after 32 seasons as University’s coach.

“I couldn’t be happier that he’s the person to take over for me,” said Cunningham, who started at University in 1986.

Meyer built Corona del Mar into a PCL and CIF-Southern Section powerhouse before departing for Servite in a high-profile hire by the Trinity League school in February 2015.

He resigned after this past season, his third at Servite.

Meyer wasn’t able to duplicate his success at Servite, going 14-18 without a playoff victory. He said in January that his decision to resign was about a difference in the direction of the program. Several top players transferred after the Friars’ 6-5 season.

But before arriving at Servite, Meyer earned Orange County coach of the year honors in 2013. In that fall, he guided Corona del Mar to the county’s first 16-0 season, a third consecutive CIF-SS title and the CIF state Division 3 crown.

Cunningham coached against Meyer for four seasons in the Pacific Coast but served as a consultant to Corona del Mar for the 2013 state game. The Sea Kings’ opponent, Sacred Heart Prep, shared some similarities with University and the league rivals briefly united.

Cunningham said he respected that Meyer got “everything he could” out of his players.

In an interesting twist of fate, Meyer will not coach against Corona del Mar in the Pacific Coast League. The Sea Kings are moving to the Sunset League this fall after a dominating run in the Pacific Coast, which included Meyer going 50-6 overall with the Sea Kings.

Meyer led Corona del Mar to league titles from 2011-2014.

Spring Sports Update

Baseball

U*N*I Baseball had two HUGE wins this last week…..a 2-1 win over NHS and a 7-1 win over IHS.  The team will play at IHS on Friday to close out the three game series.  Next week will be another challenge, with the U*N*I Team playing Woodbridge, Tuesday at Ryan Lemmon Stadium and on Friday, a home game…..all game are scheduled for 3:30 start time.

Schlomovits leaves his mark on University’s victory over Northwood

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University’s David Schlomovits with the home run ball he hit in the sixth inning of the Trojans’ 2-1 victory over Northwood on Friday. He was also the winning pitcher and had his arm wrapped up in ice after the game. (Photo by Tim Burt, Correspondent)

 

IRVINE – University starting pitcher David Schlomovits is in the clean-up spot of the batting order for a reason.

Not only did Schlomovits get the win on the mound Friday, but he ripped the eventual game-winning home run to help University defeat Northwood 2-1 in a Pacific Coast League baseball game at University High. .

Schlomovits belted a solo home run to right-center field with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning then got the first two outs of the seventh to earn the win.

“It was the first pitch and I was looking for a fastball on the inner half and he threw it on the inner half and I got it, got it elevated and it carried out and broke the 1-1 tie,” Schlomovits said of his home run in the sixth inning. “It’s a huge victory, it helps our morale, especially since we had kind of a losing skid. We played well as a team.”

Third-place Northwood (15-5, 5-4) tried to battle back in the top of the seventh.

With one out, Ely Stuart and Darren Shorter singled. Julian Tristan grounded out to put runners on second and third with two outs.

Schlomovits reached the CIF pitch count for the week and was replaced on the mound by Brad Hodges.

With Tom McCarty at the plate, a pitch went to the backstop, but bounced back toward catcher Kahi Rodrigues. The pinch-runner at third initially broke toward home, then tried to get back to third. But Rodrigues and shortstop Jackson LoBianco got him in a rundown and Rodrigues eventually made the tag to end the game.

“We got a lucky bounce and we were able to take advantage of it,” said University coach Mike Gerakos. “We had to throw the ball around a little bit to get the out and we did.”

Schlomovits struck out six, allowed four hits, hit four batters and walked one. Adam Barnett had two hits for the Trojans (11-8, 3-6).

Northwood jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning when shortstop Ely Stuart belted his fourth home run of the season leading off the game. The Timberwolves had the bases loaded with one out, but Schlomovits worked out of trouble without any more runs scoring.

“He gives up a lead-off home run and they have the bases loaded and one out and he doesn’t flinch,” Gerakos said. “He competed all the way through. To his credit, and the credit of the team, they battled.

“It was obviously a great win and a crazy finish but we will take it any way we can. It’s been a while since we’ve had that type of success.”

Northwood starter Ben Berkel also pitched well, allowing just five hits.

University tied the game in the fourth inning when Nick Wetzel doubled, went to third on an error and scored on an infield single by Barnett.

Northwood wound up taking two of the three games against University.

“The reality is in game one of the series, they could have won and we could have won game three,” said Northwood coach Rob Stuart. “Baseball has a strange way of evening itself out. Ben threw outstanding and David pitched with a lot of heart.”

Ely Stuart led Northwood with two hits and reached base three times.

Boys Golf

As we close out our regular season with our last match Thursday 4/26/18 against Beckman at Strawberry Farms, we look forward to League Finals and CIF.  The team qualified for CIF this year. It’s an accomplishment for playing in one of the toughest leagues in the county.

Boys Lacrosse

The Boys Lacrosse team has finished out their regular season.  They will be playing this Saturday in a tournament with the other Irvine schools.  They will play Northwood at 10:00 a.m. in the Uni Stadium.

Girls Lacrosse

Girls Lacrosse is in the last week league play and on their way to an historic finish.  The Lady Trojans are 7-2 in league and 13-2 overall.  The team played their way to a dominant win over Woodbridge, 22-12.  Olivia Holmes (Sr.), Mya Wang (Fr.), and Ashley Chandler (Sr.) scored the first three goals of the match, and the team never looked back.  Mya ended the match with 6 goals and 3 assists, Ashley netted 4 and added an assist, and Olivia notched 3, plus two assists.  Mak Kaufman (So.) found a lot of space in front of the net and put away 3 goals.  Makenzie Field (Jr.) and Grace Colunga contributed goals, 2 for Field and 1 for Colunga.    Defensively, the team held firm and forced Woodbridge to make most of their goals off penalty shots.  The team scooped up an amazing 25 ground balls, forced 4 turnovers and Ashley added 3 interceptions.  The team’s last league match is a big one: home, against Beckman, Thursday, April 26th.  Please come out and support the squad as they wrap up their season against an undefeated Beckman team…and who knows: this team has already made history by beating CdM, and they are definitely looking at adding a new benchmark to this amazing season.

Softball

Huge Congratulations to the Uni Softball team for beating Woodbridge last Thursday.  The final score was 14-13.  Congratulations girls!  The girls will be playing Corona Del Mar next Tuesday at Corona Del Mar, 3:30 game time.

Boys Swimming

The Uni boys swim team will be heading in to league prelims and finals next week.  Boys Prelims are on Wednesday, May 2nd at Woollett Aquatics Center.  The event begins at 2:00 p.m.  League Championships are on Friday, May 4th at Woollett, event begins at 2:00 p.m.   Best of luck boys!

Girls Swimming

Last weekend, the Varsity girls swimmers participated in the annual Foothill Swim Games, a two day, prelims and finals invitational meet at Foothill HS in Tustin, which featured many of the fastest teams in all CIF divisions in Orange County. The Uni girls finished 8th out of 11 teams, moving up 2 positions from last year.

The Uni girls had a great meet, with almost all swimmers posting significant time drops in every event. Several new CIF consideration times were achieved.  There were so many time drops that there is not enough room here to mention them all. Official results can be found at swimphone.com or on the Meet Mobile app.

The top 16 swimmers and relays in each event returned for finals on Saturday. Swimmers qualifying for finals were: Alondra Ortiz (200 medley A relay, 100 fly, 100, back 400 free A relay), Kate Weiland (200 medley A relay, 200 IM, 100 breaststroke, 400 free A relay), and Claire Jang (200 medley A relay, 50 free, 100 fly, 200 free A relay).  Additional swimmers making top 16 on relays included Isabella Pagano ( 200 medley A  and 200 free A relay)  Leila Mirsafian (200 free A relay)  Anne Iwata ( 200 free A relay and 400 free A relay), Yuuri Yoshikawa (400 free A relay), Jennifer Tseng, Ira Chaturvedi, Savannah Cruz, and Lia Cui ( 200 medley B relay), and Tseng, Marta Meinardi, Chloe Johansson, and Sarah Sharifi. (400 free B relay).

All three Varsity A relays lowered their CIF consideration times with season best performances.  The 200 Medley Relay of Ortiz, Weiland, Pagano and Jang are now only 1.5 seconds from a CIF automatic cut. Weiland made CIF consideration cuts in the 200 IM (2:14.18) and the 100 breaststroke (1:09.01) with season best times. Jang had season best times in the 50 free (24.72) and the 100 fly (58.98), and Ortiz swam lifetime best times in the 100 fly (58.93) and the 100 back (58.88),  improving their  prior CIF consideration cuts.

Yesterday, in the last dual meet of the season, the team traveled to Beckman, with Varsity winning 96-74 and JV losing 86-83. While Uni had 6 Varsity 1st place finishes, Yuuri Yoshikawa was the only Varsity swimmer with a time improvement, winning the 100 breaststroke in a time of 1:12.49.

Next up for swimming is the Pacific Coast League Championships next week, being held at the Wollette Aquatic Center next to Irvine HS. Girls prelims are Tuesday, boys prelims Wed, and combined finals for the top 16 swimmers and relays in each event will be next  Friday afternoon.  Good luck swimmers!

Boys Tennis

The boys tennis team won a tight match against Woodbridge on Tuesday defeating the Warriors 10-8.  Congrats to Woodbridge on playing a great match.  The win moves the Trojans to 8-0 in league play with 2 matches left.  The top ranked team in CIF D – I was led by sophomores Cameron sepahi and Soomin Lee who won all three matches playing doubles.  The boys will be back in action on Monday against Beckman at Uni.

University boys tennis motivated more by CIF titles than impressive league streak

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University boys tennis players, from left, Naevin Anukornchaikul, Patryk Kozlowski and Aditya Gupta have helped the Trojans extend their Pacific Coast League winning streak to 114 games. (Photo by Dan Albano, Orange County Register/SCNG)

 

IRVINE – University’s boys tennis team is riding one of the most impressive winning streaks in Orange County high school sports but its players hardly mention the feat.

“It’s only come up one time,” tri-captain Patryk Kozlowski said with a humble grin. “We know about it.”

The top-ranked Trojans entered their duel against Irvine on Thursday as winners of 114 consecutive Pacific Coast League matches. Their last league defeat came in April of 2006 against Corona del Mar.

Yes, University has been perfect in league for 12 years against schools from tennis-crazed cities such as Irvine and Newport Beach.

“Probably the toughest league in the country,” veteran University coach John Kessler said.

As impressive as the streak has been, the players find their inspiration beyond the league. They pay respect to opponents such Corona del Mar and Woodbridge but talk more about capturing a CIF-Southern Section Division 1 title.

“We are more motivated by playing and winning CIF,” said Kozlowski, a senior bound for Cal Tech. “We really want to win (CIF).”

Winning CIF is part of the mindset at University. The Trojans are 11-time section champions.

To put that into perspective, they have only one fewer CIF titles than Newport Harbor’s storied boys water polo program.

And like many storied programs, University has its winning formula.

The Trojans, ranked No. 1 in Division 1, are loaded with quality players this spring. They feature about a dozen players who compete in tournaments outside of high school events.

“That’s a huge advantage,” said rising junior Aditya Gupta, who left home schooling to join the University team. “Our lineup runs pretty deep.”

A few of the players, such Gupta and Johns Hopkins-bound Naevin Anukornchaikul, train at the nearby Brymer Lewis Tennis Academy at the Great Park in Irvine.

The academy is run by Chuck Brymer and Chris Lewis. Brymer’s son, Gage, won CIF singles titles at University from 2011-13.

Lewis, born in New Zealand, is known for reaching the finals of Wimbledon in 1983. He lost to John McEnroe.

“It’s been big for people like me and Naevin,” the Penn committed Gupta said of the academy.

University also features an experienced coaching staff.

Kessler has led the Trojans to eight section titles since taking the coaching reins in 2002. His staff features ex-Los Alamitos coach Kevin Garrett, former Los Alamitos standout John Mano and Larry Scalia.

“Kessler runs a real good program,” Anukornchaikul said.

Kessler credits the program’s success to the players, the ones with the lofty goals this spring.

Leo Krapp and Jack Wheeler are other captains and senior Julian LaFond is another player to watch in doubles.

“You have to have the horses,” Kessler said. “We’re lucky to have this population.”

Track & Field

Girls Track competed in our last dual meets of the season against Woodbridge and Beckman. Despite two tough team losses, our girls were still able to pull of some great individual performances. Next week we will conclude the regular season at the Pacific Coast League Prelims and Finals. Top performers to watch at league finals this year include Collette Lowengrub, Daria Shkel, Sara Sussman, Avery Klauke, Sandy Zhang and Harini Venkataganesh.  If you want to watch some exciting races, come support our girls on Friday, May 4 at 5pm in the Uni Stadium. GO UNI TRACK!

Boys Track completed their regular season league meets this last Tuesday at Beckman. Despite their loss, we still had some fine performances and we are looking forward to the athletes peak performances next week at League Prelims and Finals. Athletes to watch will be Faris Qaisi in the 100, 200 and 4 x 100, Jeremy Koo in the 4 x 100, 400 and 4 x 400, Evan Pariser and Sam Kammerman in the High Jump, Thomas Manalo and Austin Lake in the 4 x 100. Go Trojan Track and Field!

Boys Volleyball

Congrats to the Boys Volleyball team for their win against Irvine on Tuesday.  The boys travel to Woodbridge on Friday, April 27th.  Only two games left in the regular season.  Best of luck boys!

17-18 Spring GOW Schedule

Sport Day Date Time Location Opponent
Boys Lacrosse Monday 3/19 4:00 Uni Stadium Northwood
Swimming  

Wednesday

 

3/21 3:15 UHS Pool Corona Del Mar
Boys Tennis Thursday 3/29 3:15 Uni Tennis Courts Woodbridge
Girls Lacrosse Wednesday 4/11 4:00 Uni Stadium Northwood
Boys Volleyball Tuesday 4/17 5:15 UHS Gym Northwood
Track & Field Thursday 4/19 3:00 Uni Stadium Woodbridge
Boys Golf Thursday 4/26 3:00 Strawberry Farms Beckman
Baseball Friday 5/4 3:30 UHS Baseball Field Woodbridge
Softball Wednesday 5/9 3:30 UHS Softball Field Beckman

Here is a look at this week’s UNI Athletics events
(Home events in Blue)

Thursday, April 26th
**GOW**Boys Golf v Beckman @ Strawberry Farms – 3:30
Softball v Northwood – 3:30
Boys Lacrosse @ Beckman – 4:00
Girls Lacrosse v Beckman – 4:00  

Friday, April 27th
Baseball @ Irvine – 3:30
Boys Volleyball @ Woodbridge – 4:00

Saturday, April 28th
Boys Lacrosse Tournament @ Uni – 10:00 a.m.

Monday, April 30th
Boys Golf League Prelims @ Skylinks Golf Course – 9:00 a.m.
Boys Tennis v Beckman – 3:15

Tuesday, May 1st
Boys Golf League Finals @ Skylinks Golf Course – 9:00 a.m.
Girls Swimming League Prelims @ Woollett – 2:00 p.m.
Track & Field League Prelims @ Uni Stadium – 2:00 p.m.
Potential Girls Lacrosse Play-off Match – Time TBA
Boys Tennis v Corona Del Mar – 3:15
Baseball @ Woodbridge – 3:30
Softball @ Corona Del Mar – 3:30
Boys Volleyball v. Beckman – 5:15

Wednesday, May 2nd
Boys Tennis League Prelims @ Irvine – Time TBA
Boys Swimming Prelims @ Woollett – 2:00 p.m.

GO TROJANS!

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TROJAN THURSDAY 4/19/18

Welcome to Trojan Thursday – So what exactly is Trojan Thursday? Trojan Thursday is a weekly email/online blog to give the UNI community an update on what is happening with our UNI athletic teams and will also give information as to major events that are happening on campus.  If you would like to receive Trojan Thursday each week please go to https://unitrojanthursday.wordpress.com and type in your email address. You will receive a notice each week when Trojan Thursday is posted. Please help spread the word about Trojan Thursday so everyone can hear how our athletes are doing.

What’s Happening on Campus

Track & Field GOW is today, April 19th!  They are competing against Woodbridge today at the Uni Track at 3:00 p.m.  Come out and support!

Irvine Junior Games 2018 – Volunteer Opportunity!  Need to earn Service Hours?  Sign up to volunteer at the 2018 Irvine Junior Games.  http://irvinechildrensfund.org/

Athletic Clearance:  It is time to get cleared for Sports for the 2018-2019 School Year!  Complete the clearance process online at www.athleticclearance.com and bring the signed “Confirmation Page” to the Athletics Office to complete the process.  Sports Physicals must be completed AFTER May 1, 2018.   Athletes must get a new physical and go through the clearance process each year.

Summer Camp Information:  Summer Camp Brochures are available in the Athletics Office and online here: http://www.universityhigh.org/athletics/summer-athletic-camps.  Bring completed Registration forms and payment to the S.A.C.

Girls Volleyball Corsage & Boutonniere Fundraiser – Deadline has been extended to Thursday, April 26th.  Turn in order form in front of the main gym  after school Friday, April 20th or Thursday, April 26th.

Spring Sports Update

Baseball

U*N*I Baseball completes its 3 game series versus NHS this Friday at home, 3:30.  The U*N*I Team will host IHS next Tuesday at 3:30.

Boys Golf

The Boys Golf Team played the top 2 schools in our conference since the last update. We lost a heartbreaker to Northwood 195-193 at Strawberry Farms Golf Club last Thursday.  Connor O’Brien continued his strong performance with a par 36 and taking medalist honors.

Yesterday we lost to undefeated and twice defending league and CIF champion Woodbridge HS. It was one of our best as a team but Woodbridge shot only 4 over par 179 to our 189.  They had 4 players shooting par 35. But the medalist honor goes to our own, very talented freshman, George Lu. He shot an amazing 2 under par 33 at a very difficult back 9 of Strawberry Farms Golf Club.

Today, we look to bounce back against Irvine HS at home. Next Thursday 4/26 is our GOW (Game Of the Week). Come support our team!  Spectacular welcome. 1st tee time is 3pm!!

Boys Lacrosse

The University Boy’s Lacrosse team played Irvine HS Wednesday night at IHS stadium. It was a hard fought game from start to finish. Ultimately it would come down to the last possessions of the game and way the ball was handled. In the first meeting, the Trojans handed their opponents an 8 point loss, but in the second game, Irvine was hungrier. Nick Khamseh scored an amazing 7 goals and had 2 assists in the 12-10 loss. Nick has been a four year starter and holds the team record this year for points and needs 15 goals to pass Brian Cook to become the all-time scorer.

Girls Lacrosse

Girls Lacrosse continues to have a fantastic season.  Returning from Spring Break, the girls suffered what is their biggest defeat so far this season, away to Beckman, 9-4.  However, the girls bounced back to win against Northwood (18-5) and Dana Hills (21-9).  The team carried that winning momentum into their second league match, away, against CdM.  Despite falling behind 3 goals to open the game, the girls bounced back to take a 6-5 lead at halftime.  The biggest lead Uni had was two goals, and they held on to that advantage to edge out CdM, for the first time in history, 8-7.  It was a phenomenal accomplishment and the girls were ecstatic.  To celebrate the Seniors, Uni played Irvine in a night match and cruised to an 18-3 victory.  With two matches remaining (Woodbridge and Beckman), the team looks poised to improve on last year’s finish and enter the post-season seeded 11th in the county.  What an amazing season!  If you see a player, please offer tem congratulations and come out and support them in their last two regular season matches next week.  Go Girls Lacrosse!

Softball

Come out to the Softball Fields to watch the girls take on Woodbridge at 3:30 today.  Best of luck girls!

Boys Swimming

The boys will be competing in the 46th Annual Foothill Games today at Foothill High School.  Best of luck boys!

Girls Swimming

The swim team travelled to Portola high school last Thursday for a non-league meet, and both Varsity (116-54) and JV (130-40) divisions were victorious. The JV girls won all their events, going 1,2,3 in 6 of them, and the Varsity won 9 out of 11 races; both divisions winning all 3 relays.  (Portola has only freshmen and sophomores being a new school, and there was no Open division). Leila Mirsafian swam the team’s fastest time of the season in the 200 free and a personal season best in the 100 free, Kate Weiland dropped 1.6 seconds for a season best to win the 200 IM and also won the 100 breaststroke, Clarie Jang won the 50 free with a season best time of 24.75, and won the 100 fly as well.  The 200 free relay team of Anne Iwata, Mirsafian, Isabella Pagano and Jang again lowered their CIF consideration time to 1:44.94. Alondra Ortiz won the 100 backstroke and Marta Meinardi dropped another 3 seconds in the 500 free after a big drop in the meet against Irvine the day before.

Yesterday was Senior Recognition Day at the last home meet of the season against Woodbridge, the defending PCL champs.   Seniors Anne Iwata, Claire Jang, Alondra Ortiz, Ashley Yang, Jessica Wong, Jennifer Tseng, and Mabel Guo were honored with candy leis and flowers during the meet. Varsity and JV fell to Woodbridge, but Uni did win the Open division. Highlights of the meet were Jang winning the 50 free, Ortiz winning the 500 free with a lifetime best time, and Marta Meinardi dropping 2 full seconds from her best time in the 200 IM.

Coming up this weekend the Varsity swimmers will be participating in the 46th Annual Foothill Swim Games hosted by Foothill HS in Tustin. Prelims for the girls are Friday afternoon with the top 16 in each event making it back to finals on Saturday.

Next week the team travels to Beckman for the last dual meet of the season.

Good luck, girls!

Boys Tennis

The Uni Boys Tennis team will be playing Irvine at home today at 3:15.  Come out and Support!

Track & Field

Track did not have any league meets this past week, but we did send our top girls to compete at the ASICS OC Track and Field Championships over the weekend. Collette Lowengrub finished 7th in the county for the girls frosh/soph 1600m with a time of 5:23, and Avery Klauke was 25th in the county for the same event. Katherine Loritz finished 12th in the county for the frosh/soph high jump, and Amber sun finished 16th in the varsity high jump. Harini Venkataganesh set a new personal best in the discus throwing 96’7’’. This week we resume our league competition with our GOW against Woodbridge on 4/19. The races start at 3pm, come out and support! GO UNI TRACK!

Boys Track had no League Track meet last week but we had many boys participate in the OC Track and Field Championships. In the 100 , Faris Qaisi and Matt Tang, in the 200, Faris Qaisi, Matt Tang, Neel Chowdary and Lance Deolden, in the 400 Michael Blinstrub, in the 110 HH Ray Corpus and in the 4 x 400 relay Ethan Jenkins, Adam Gish, Neel Chowdary and Michael Blinstrub, in the High Jump Evan Pariser. This week is our GOW here at home against Woodbridge. Come out and support Uni Track and Field.

Boys Volleyball

The last couple of weeks have been hard for the UNI Boys’ Volleyball team.  We took a tough loss to Beckman last Friday and lost in 4 sets to a solid Northwood team on Tuesday.  With only 3 games left against Irvine, Woodbridge, and Beckman, we hope to better our league record as we close out the season.  This year’s team is full of talent and I still believe that we have a great chance to go far in the CIF tournament!!  Please come out and support our team on Tuesday April 24th at UNI against Irvine.  GO TROJANS!!!

17-18 Spring GOW Schedule

Sport Day Date Time Location Opponent
Boys Lacrosse Monday 3/19 4:00 Uni Stadium Northwood
Swimming  

Wednesday

 

3/21 3:15 UHS Pool Corona Del Mar
Boys Tennis Thursday 3/29 3:15 Uni Tennis Courts Woodbridge
Girls Lacrosse Wednesday 4/11 4:00 Uni Stadium Northwood
Boys Volleyball Tuesday 4/17 5:15 UHS Gym Northwood
Track & Field Thursday 4/19 3:00 Uni Stadium Woodbridge
Boys Golf Monday 4/26 3:00 Strawberry Farms Beckman
Baseball Friday 5/4 3:30 UHS Baseball Field Woodbridge
Softball Wednesday 5/9 3:30 UHS Softball Field Beckman

Here is a look at this week’s UNI Athletics events

(Home events in Blue)

Thursday, April 19th
Boys Golf v Irvine @ Strawberry Farms – 3:00
***GOW***Track & Field v Woodbridge – 3:00
Boys Swimming @ Foothill – 3:00
Boys Tennis v Irvine – 3:15
Softball v Woodbridge – 3:30

Friday, April 20th
Girls Swimming @ Foothill – 3:00
Baseball v Northwood – 3:30

Saturday, April 21st
Boys & Girls Swimming @ Foothill – 10:00 a.m.

Monday, April 23rd
Boys Lacrosse v Woodbridge – 4:00

Tuesday, April 24th
Track & Field @ Beckman – 3:00
Boys Tennis @ Woodbridge – 3:15
Baseball v Irvine – 3:30
Softball @ Beckman – 3:30
Boys Volleyball v Irvine – 5:15
Girls Lacrosse v Woodbridge @ Uni Stadium – 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 25th
Boys & Girls Swimming @ Beckman – 3:15

 

GO TROJANS!

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