UNI ATHLETICS: Summer Camp Update

SUMMER CAMPS

We’re excited to begin the following summer camps on Monday, July 6th: Baseball, Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, Cross Country, Football.

Payment & Registration
We are aware that UNI’s Webstore is experiencing a service interruption, which was not anticipated. We are hopeful services will resume at some point this weekend to allow families to select and pay for summer camps online. Please continue to check.

Meanwhile, please be prepared to pay for summer camp via check. If this is the case, we ask that you adhere to the following guidelines:

  1. Review the cost of your camp BEFORE arriving on our dedicated Summer Camps page .
  2. Checks should be made payable to University High School. Include your student’s full name, ID number, and sport.
  3. Directions will be posted as to where to drop off checks, please follow them when you arrive.
  4. Wear a mask, bring your own pen (should you need to complete additional paperwork), and practice social distancing.
  5. Expect a brief wait, especially if you plan to turn in athletic clearance paperwork along with your payment.

Participation Requirement
All Summer Camp athletes and a parent/guardian must review, sign, and submit the following (2) documents to participate in a summer camp. Both documents MUST be turned into your coach at check-in on the first day of camp.

  1. Athletics Reopening Guidelines Parent and Athletes Letter 
  2. IUSD Summer Camp Participation Waiver

Please contact the Head Coach for specific health and safety protocols  for each sport.

Summer Camp details and contact information can be found in the expandable menu below. Please scroll down.


IMPORTANT REMINDER

Students MUST be cleared by the Athletics Department to participate in summer camp.  IUSD Athletic Clearance requires clearance each school year. To complete the process, follow these 5 steps:

  1. Set up an online account at athleticclearance.com
  2. Complete all steps of the online process, including student and emergency contact information, proof of student-athlete health insurance, parent and athlete signatures.
  3. Get a sports physical and have a parent and physician fill out the IUSD Physical Form,
  4. Upload a complete IUSD Physical Form, documenting a sports physical examination after May 1, 2020.
  5. Print & Submit a signed Confirmation Page from your online account in the Athletic Dropbox at the registrar’s desk during summer office hours (listed below) or via email to meredithkohl@iusd.org.

Main Office Summer Hours
[Registrar’s entrance beyond the flagpole]
June 29-July 10: 8am – 12pm (T,W,TH)
July 13-24: CLOSED
July 27-August 7: 8am – 12pm (T,W,TH)

For additional information and FAQ’s, visit our Athletics Home page.

HAVE A GREAT & SAFE JULY FOURTH WEEKEND!

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Athletic Summer Camps

UPDATE (7/1/2020)

Athletic Summer Camps will be visible and available for purchase on UNI’s Webstore by the evening of Thursday, July 2nd. 

All Summer Camp athletes and a parent/guardian must review, sign, and submit the following (2) documents to participate in a summer camp.

  1. Athletics Reopening Guidelines Parent and Athletes Letter 
  2. IUSD Summer Camp Participation Waiver

Visit our dedicated Summer Camps page for a full list of camps.

IMPORTANT REMINDER

Students MUST be cleared by the Athletics Department to participate in summer camp.  IUSD Athletic Clearance requires clearance each school year. To complete the process, follow these 5 steps:

  1. Set up an online account at athleticclearance.com
  2. Complete all steps of the online process, including student and emergency contact information, proof of student-athlete health insurance, parent and athlete signatures.
  3. Get a sports physical and have a parent and physician fill out the IUSD Physical Form,
  4. Upload a complete IUSD Physical Form, documenting a sports physical examination after May 1, 2020.
  5. Print & Submit a signed Confirmation Page from your online account in the Athletic Dropbox at the registrar’s desk during summer office hours (listed below) or via email to meredithkohl@iusd.org.

Main Office Summer Hours
[Registrar’s entrance beyond the flagpole]
June 29-July 10: 8am – 12pm (T,W,TH)
July 13-24: CLOSED
July 27-August 7: 8am – 12pm (T,W,TH)

For additional information and FAQ’s, visit our Athletics Home page.

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Trojan Thursday 6.11.20

UNI ATHLETICS UPDATE (6/11/20)

Summer Camps

New Start Date Announced
(IUSD UPDATE 6/9/20) To allow sufficient time to review the forthcoming guidance from Orange County Health Agency (OCHA) and implement new safety protocols, IUSD has moved the start date for our athletic camps to July 6. We look forward to welcoming back our student athletes at that time!

We encourage new and returning families to visit our dedicated Summer Camps page. There you will find an expandable menu of all of our camps, updated with new dates and times as we receive them from our coaching staff:

2020 Summer Camps

Registration & Payment
(UPDATE 6/9/20) Registration for Summer Camps will open soon; check the Athletics Home page or subscribe to Trojan Thursday for updates. Contactless summer camp registration and payment will be available online at Uni’s Webstore.

Webstore Accounts for Freshmen & New Enrollees
(UPDATE 6/11/20) If you are an incoming freshman and new enrollee at UHS, we are waiting for student data to roll into the Webstore system so that families can setup their Webstore accounts. Please attempt to do so beginning June 15. In the meantime, all student-athletes are encouraged to setup their 2020-2021 athleticclearance.com account. Instructions can be found below.

Sports Physicals

Sports Physicals are now available for Uni Athletes. In addition to your primary care doctor, locations within the Irvine area, including Hoag Health Woodbridge (flyer attached) and Family Care Center’s Woodbridge Walk-in Clinic are ready to take sports physical appointments. Students must call ahead to schedule appointments and must bring an IUSD physical form with them for the doctor to complete. Forms must be completed and signed by a parent and a physician, stamped, and dated after May 1, 2020.

Athletic Clearance Process

  1. Please log in to com, create an account for the 2020-2021 school year, and complete the requested fields.
  2. You will need to upload your completed IUSD Physical Form to your account. Your sports physical and from must be dated after May 1, 2020.
  3. Once you have completed the online portion of your clearance application, you can (a) Drop off your physical form and confirmation page in the Athletic Dropbox located in the Front Office (summer hours listed below) or (b) Email Meredith Kohl (meredithkohl@iusd.org) a copy of your signed confirmation page (.pdf files preferred).
  4. The Athletic Office will process clearances weekly on Monday and Wednesday.
  5. You will receive an automated email confirmation when your athlete has been cleared or a denial message specifying additional steps required for clearance.

***NOTE: All students must be cleared before participation in summer camps, tryouts, practices, or contests (NO EXCEPTIONS). Clearance is only issued by the Athletic Department!

Main Office Summer Hours

Sports Physicals or Athletic Clearance confirmation pages, can be place in the Athletics Dropbox in the front office (entrance past the flagpole) during the following days and times:

JUNE 8-16: 8AM-12PM
JUNE 17-19: CLOSED FOR MAINTENANCE WORK
JUNE 22-26: 8AM-12PM
JUNE 29-JULY 10: 8AM-12PM T,W,TH
JULY 13-24: CLOSED
JULY 27-AUGUST 7: 8AM-12PM T,W,TH

Summer Dead Period

UNI athletic programs are prohibited from holding practices, weight training, open gym, and conditioning during the 14-day period between June 6 and June 20.

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Go Trojans!

Trojan *Tuesday* 6.2.20

NEWS

UNI Names 2019-2020 Scholar Athletes of the Year

The Pacific Coast League recognizes two senior scholar athletes from each school site for the Athlete of the Year Award. Each exemplifies the vision and mission of the Pacific Coast League and the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF).

We’re thrilled to honor Avery Klauke & Brain Lou!

Avery Klauke

Avery Klauke has been a varsity cross country and track runner for her entire four years at University High School and was honored to be elected captain for both teams during her last two years. She earned MVP for cross country in her senior year. Avery was awarded Most Improved Runner three years in a row for cross country and back-to-back All-League and CIF qualifier her final two years. She finished her cross country career as one of the top 15 fastest cross country runners in University High’s 50-year history. Outside of school, she enjoys hiking and long-distance running– including a 3rd place age group finish at the 2017 Woodbridge Half Marathon. During the summers, Avery swims for the Turtle Rock Tidal Waves and has been a coach for the past three summers. Avery is finishing her senior year at University High School with a 4.4 GPA and is a Commended National Merit and California Scholarship Federation (CSF) scholar. She was chosen to attend the 2019 summer leadership experience for the United States Military Academy at West Point. She plans to attend UC Berkeley studying Applied Math/Statistics.

Brian Lou

Brian Lou received varsity letters in swimming all four years of high school. He is a ten time NISCA All-American and a 7 time CIF Southern Section D1 Finalist. In 2019, he was named an OC Register All-County Swimmer. He holds the school record in 3 events and was named MVP during his Sophomore and Junior year. His 50 yard free time ranks 2nd fastest all time in Orange County history, with his 50 meter free ranking 59th in the world for 18 unders in 2019. The last two years he has served as a team captain and led the team to a PCL Championship victory in his Junior year. He is a five time PCL Champion, a CIF-SS D1 Champion, as well as a USA Swimming Junior National Champion (relay). He had hoped to break multiple PCL and CIF records this season before it was abruptly cut short. He maintains a 4.6 weighted academic GPA and is a National Merit Scholar. He will be swimming for Princeton University in the fall.

OC Sports Zone Covers UNI’s Senior Athlete Award Zoom Celebration

Read the article and our Trojan’s impressive bios here.

Watch the Athletic Zoom Awards here.

So proud of you all!

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Female Athletes from left to right: Claire Kawata, Alexis Kim, Avery Klauke, Hannah Woo
Male Athletes from left to right: Brian Lou, Sidney Miller, William Stenta, Paya Vatanshenas

Sportsmanship

Sportsmanship Award recipients: Jackie Diaz & Caedon Ng

What will fall athletics look like?

OC Sports Zone featured a Q&A with CIF Commissioner Rob Wigod in two parts: Q&A: CIF Commissioner Rob Wigod leads the way for return of football and all fall sports. It’s a great read for anyone with questions about the upcoming fall season.

“…Our position is that all options are on the table meaning that we have a calendar in place for fall sports now and that calendar remains in place, however, we are also prepared for the potential that the calendar has to be pushed back….”

Q&A Part 1  (May 29, 2020)

Q&A Part 2 (June 1, 2020)

OC Sports Zone: University High football players will wear new helmets when season begins

University’s High’s second year football coach Chris Hernandez unveiled his team’s new-look helmet this week.

“We had our 50-year anniversary this year and our Principal, Dr. Kevin Astor put up some pictures of the football team,” Hernandez told OC Sports Zone in an Email.

“They had white helmets with a Navy college style ‘U’ that I thought was a neat look. I ran the idea of white helmets by a few of the players and they thought it would look clean.

“After the season we had last year, anyway to change things up and be different was welcome, but at the end of the day, it’s just a helmet. That stuff is for the players but now it’s my job to make sure we are prepared so we won’t just look good, but we can actually play well enough to achieve our goals.” []


UPDATES FROM THE ATHLETICS DEPT

Summer Camps

Unfortunately, we have no new updates regarding summer camps at this time. Athletic summer camps have a tentative start date of June 22, 2020. The start date will be delayed in increments of two weeks based on State and Health Agency guidelines and directives. If we are allowed to offer camps and large group gathering restrictions are still in place, coaches and athletic directors will make plans to limit group sizes. For more information about the 2020 Summer Camps we hope to offer, please visit https://universityhigh.iusd.org/athletics/summer-athletic-camps or take a look at the Summer Camp Flyer.

Summer Camp Registration is not yet open. When we have an update regarding camps, we will post it to the Athletics Home page and provide details about how to register your athlete. When/if we open summer camp registration, families will be able to make contactless payment through Uni’s Webstore.

Athletic Physicals

Sports Physicals are now available for Uni Athletes. In addition to your primary care doctor, locations within the Irvine area, including Hoag Health Woodbridge and Family Care Center’s Woodbridge Walk-in Clinic are now ready to take sports physical appointments. Students must call ahead to schedule appointments and must bring their IUSD physical form with them for the doctor to complete. Check out the flyers below!

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You must call the number on the flyer: 949-557-0770

 

Athletic Clearance Process

  1. Please log in to athleticclearance.com, create an account for the 2020-2021 school year, and complete the requested fields.
  2. You will need to provide an IUSD Physical Form form dated after May 1, 2020. Linkto the Physical Form that must be completed by the doctor.
  3. Upload your Physical Form to your online account.
  4. Once you have completed the online portion of your clearance application, you can either (a) Drop off of the updated physical and confirmation page in Athletic Dropbox located in the Front Office (see summer hours below) or (b) Email Meredith Kohl (meredithkohl@iusd.org) a copy of your confirmation page and physical.
  5. You will receive a confirmation email when your paperwork and online account have been reviewed and your athlete’s clearance is complete.

***NOTE: You must be cleared before participation in summer camps, tryouts, practices, or contests (NO EXCEPTIONS). Clearance is only issued by the Athletic Department!

Front Office Summer Hours

If you have Sports Physicals or Athletic Clearance confirmation pages for the Athletic Office, you may place them in the Athletics Dropbox in the front office during the following days and times:

June 8-30: 8am-12pm
July 1-10: 8am-12pm T,W,Th
July 27-August 7: 8am-12pm T,W,Th
July 13-24: Closed

Athletic Dropbox

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Trojan Thursday: Reminder 5.15.2020

Spring Sports

SPORTS EQUIPMENT & UNIFORM RETURN TODAY

TODAY from 12:00 noon to 4:00 PM, drive-through drop off will be set up for the following items:

  • Novels or other books you are no longer using (teacher will let you know).
  • Athletic uniforms and/or equipment.
  • Band, Orchestra, Choir outfits (tuxedos or dresses) that the school owns.
  • Any miscellaneous items that are no longer in use.

Via emails sent out today (5/7), students received a designated drive-through time. If students do not have anything to return at this time, they do not need to show up. We will have another collection day in June.  If students are unable to make that specific time (because of the live zoom meeting, etc.), we are asking that you please try to come as close to that time as possible.

If you are a student-athlete and unsure of what uniforms or equipment must be returned, please contact your coach.

This is how it will work:

  • Cars will pull into the UHS parking lot from the Campus Drive side of the school.
  • Cars will drive along the curb in front of the 200 building and continue in front of the gym/boys; locker room.
  • At each station (books, athletic gear, and miscellaneous items) the student will stay in the car and set the items on the table from the passenger side window.  The staff member will scan the ID card and then the items and you will be given a receipt.
  • Students/parents dropping materials off must wear a mask or face covering.

**STUDENTS MUST BRING THEIR ID CARD AND THE ITEMS TO BE RETURNED.**

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Trojan Thursday 5.7.2020

SPORTS EQUIPMENT & UNIFORM RETURN

On Friday, May 15, from 12:00 noon to 4:00 PM, drive-through drop off will be set up for the following items:

  • Novels or other books you are no longer using (teacher will let you know).
  • Athletic uniforms and/or equipment.
  • Band, Orchestra, Choir outfits (tuxedos or dresses) that the school owns.
  • Any miscellaneous items that are no longer in use.

Via emails sent out today (5/7), students received a designated drive-through time. If students do not have anything to return at this time, they do not need to show up. We will have another collection day in June.  If students are unable to make that specific time (because of the live zoom meeting, etc.), we are asking that you please try to come as close to that time as possible.

If you are a student-athlete and unsure of what uniforms or equipment must be returned, please contact your coach BEFORE next Friday, May 15.

This is how it will work:

  • Cars will pull into the UHS parking lot from the Campus Drive side of the school.
  • Cars will drive along the curb in front of the 200 building and continue in front of the gym/boys; locker room.
  • At each station (books, athletic gear, and miscellaneous items) the student will stay in the car and set the items on the table from the passenger side window.  The staff member will scan the ID card and then the items and you will be given a receipt.
  • Students/parents dropping materials off must wear a mask or face covering.

**STUDENTS MUST BRING THEIR ID CARD AND THE ITEMS TO BE RETURNED.**

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SUMMER CAMP UPDATE

Athletic summer camps have a tentative start date of June 22, 2020.  Coaches and athletic directors will make plans to limit group sizes, if large group gathering restrictions are still in place.  The start date will be delayed in increments of two weeks based on State and Health Agency guidelines and directives. We will continue to provide updates via our website at https://universityhigh.iusd.org/athletics.


INTEREST FORM

Are you an incoming freshman interested in playing a sport next year?

Do you know an incoming freshman who should consider joining one of our teams?

Fill out and/or forward the following form:

 ATHLETIC INTEREST FORM

This information will be forwarded to the appropriate coach, who will contact you regarding program information and tryout dates.


TROJAN HIGHLIGHTS

Congrats to Senior Scholar & Sportsmanship Athletes!

UHS Scholar Athlete Award Recipients

The following student-athletes have been selected to represent Uni as Senior Scholar Athlete recipients in the Pacific Coast League (PCL). From each groups (male and female), one Scholar of the Year Athlete will be chosen by Uni’s coaching staff.

The Senior Scholar Athlete award goes to seniors who have maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher over the course of their high school careers and have made significant contributions on the Varsity level for their respective sports.

Female
Claire Kawata
Alexis Kim
Avery Klauke
Hannah Woo

Male
Brian Lou
Sidney Miller
Will Stenta
Paya Vatanshenas

PCL Sportsmanship Award Winners

The following female and male athlete have been selected to represent Uni as Pacific Coast League Senior Sportsmanship Award recipient.

The Sportsmanship Award recognizes two senior student athletes (one female, one male) who exhibit the following qualities: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship. This award is unique to the PCL in that it celebrates those student athletes who serve as role models and outstanding citizens both in and out of the fields of play

Female
Jackie Diaz

Male
Caedon Ng

Our Male and Female Athlete of the Year will be announced and ALL of the recipients will be recognized and celebrated by the Pacific Coast League virtually on Wednesday, May 20th. Stay tuned…

Sword & Shield Sports: How the COVID-19 Pandemic Has Impacted UHS Athletes

By JOSHUA NGUYENOn April 1, 2020, Governor Newsom, along with the Superintendent of Public Instruction Thurmond, directed all California schools to remain closed for the rest of the school year in response to the COVID-19 epidemic. Although academic compromises, such as adjusting to online learning and changes to the AP test, have been made, high school athletics have been struggling to do the same.For many athletes, their spring season came to an early end after only a few games. While off-season sports have been able to adjust to distance learning, being given assignments where they record themselves exercising like they might otherwise, for most athletes, the training and conditioning that might otherwise do at school cannot be replicated at home.

“It’s also a little difficult to continue training for next season, as we aren’t allowed on campus and gyms are closed, forcing us to be creative by using equipment in our homes” said Junior Amerdeep Passananti , a member of the UHS Track team.

Especially for sports such as swim, COVID-19 has made athletics extremely difficult, as most public pools are closed as well.

“Because all the pools are closed, I’m sure all swimmers are suffering from an irrecoverable setback” said Junior James Koga, a member of the UHS Swim team.“There’s a well-known saying in the swimming world: ‘One day out of the pool,three days to make it up”.

Despite the setbacks, many coaches are still doing their best to make sure that their athletes stay in the best shape possible by giving at home exercises….Read the full article here

PHOTO COLLAGE: Celebrating Spring Season

Thanks to the athletes, parents, and fans who submitted photos. Though cut short, Spring Season had some memorable moments, reminding us that WE WILL be back out on the fields, in the gyms and the pools competing again!

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Spring Sports Collage


FALL SCHEDULES

Though subject to change, you can view the Pacific Coast League (PCL) schedules for fall sports online now. Here’s how:

Step 1. Visit https://universityhigh.iusd.org/athletics

Step 2. Select your sport’s season in the right-hand sidebar under ‘SPORTS BY SEASON’

Step 3. Click your sport to expand

Step 4. Next to ‘Year’ select 2020-21.

Step 5. The schedule is located beneath ‘Schedule & Scores.’ Home games are in blue, away contests are in maroon. Additional preseason games will be added in the weeks ahead.

EXAMPLE:

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Go Trojans!

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

 

Trojan Thursday 4/16/2020

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FAMILY NIGHT & SUMMER CAMP INFO

The Athletics Information Fair is part of our schoolwide Virtual Family Night with links to all of the elements you would normally see at a Family Night.

Schoolwide Event: https://universityhigh.iusd.org/article/2020-virtual-family-night

Athletics Event: https://universityhigh.iusd.org/athletics/summer-athletic-camps

ATHLETIC INTEREST FORM

Are you an incoming freshman interested in playing a sport next year?
Do you know an incoming freshman who should consider joining one of our teams?

Fill out and/or forward the following form:

 ATHLETIC INTEREST FORM

This information will be forwarded to the appropriate coach, who will contact you regarding program information and tryout dates after May 1st.


TROJAN HIGHLIGHTS

Congrats to our Committed Trojans!

We’re so proud of the following Seniors who will be playing at the collegiate level in 2020-2021:

1. Adam Axtell, Point Loma, Baseball
2. Lauren Cho, Columbia, Volleyball
3. Alexis Kim, Brown, Golf
4. Jackie Diaz, Cal Lutheran University, Softball
5. Hunter Kroll, Columbia, Swim
6. Jackson LoBianco, Shippensburg University, Baseball
7. Brian Lou, Princeton, Swim
8. Omar Sabbagh, UCSD, Soccer
9. Paya Vatanshenas, UCSD, Boys Volleyball

Have we forgotten you or your athlete? Please let us know by sending an email to meredithkohl@iusd.org.

After season ends early, Uni star Jackson LoBianco focuses on better days ahead

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University’s Jackson LoBianco is looking forward to his college career. (Photo courtesy University baseball)

University shortstop Jackson LoBianco wrapped up his high school baseball career sooner than he expected, but he’s looking forward to a promising career at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania.

LoBianco, who also pitched in relief for the Trojans, signed his national letter of intent in the fall. He was a four-year starter with University and a captain this year.

“They actually contacted me and found some of my highlights, they’re a Division 2 school and something that was really important to me was finding an opportunity to start as a freshman and they said there was a high probability that’s possible and that meant a lot to me,” LoBianco said in a telephone interview last week.

“I wound up visiting the school and practicing with them and I really just fell in love with it. The kids were nice and I really felt it would be a great fit for me and after a couple weeks of talking it over with my parents, we decided it and called them and made the decision. It was very exciting. Maybe I can go there and try and get some innings (pitching) but primarily shortstop.”

LoBianco played a key role on this year’s University team which was off to a 3-2-1 start. He batted .421 with four RBI, two doubles, a home run, five stolen bases and an on-base percentage of .522. On the mound, LoBianco was 0-0 with two saves.

In January, LoBianco was among 500 high school players selected nationwide to compete in the Under Armour All American pre-season tournament at the Chicago Cubs spring training facility in Mesa, Arizona. LoBianco led all players with a 97 mph raw throwing velocity.

“He is the type of player you want around any program,” said University’s first year coach Steve Hindman. “He has a great work ethic and challenges the players around him to be better. He was just what this year’s team needed as an every day consistent player, as well as a great example for our young players.”

Hindman said he expects LoBianco to be an “impact player as a freshman at Shippensburg University next season. Jackson was a great teammate and is welcome back here to Uni whenever he wants.”

LoBianco’s final season had started out well.

“I was off to a pretty good start, I was batting . 421,” he said. “Over the fall I hit a homer for the first time in my high school career. That was really fun. I got a couple saves on the mound but I think we would have really had a great year if it didn’t get cut short and I’m sure most of the other schools will tell you that too. I was off to a hot start and so were some of my teammates, so it’s really a bummer.”

Like many athletes throughout the county, LoBianco held out hope the season would resume.

“Initially when we found out we thought that is was just going to be about two weeks (suspended). Our coach was talking to us trying to find solutions among ourselves,” he said. “Initially, we were just prepping for when we would get back and hit the ground running, but found out over that two week period that it had been delayed even further and then eventually cancelled, which was really heartbreaking.”

LoBianco had set some goals going into the season.

“I really wanted to try and break some records,” he said. “Halfway through the season last year, I had hit .530 which was the highest mark recorded since we had a big leaguer Garrett Atkins a long time ago had hit .505 halfway through and I really wanted to go for it and try and kill it (the record) this year, but it’s undeniably heartbreaking and I’m just hoping I can get some redemption in college and I’ve been planning on that.”

LoBianco plans to stay in shape and get ready for the next chapter of his life.

“Fortunately, I have a lot of weights in my house and I’ve always done my own lifting and training on my own and any transformations I’ve made have really been through me so I’m really fortunate that my lifting routine and diet hasn’t had to take a huge hit,” he said. “Obviously, we’re not practicing with the team or getting live at bats in games. But I’m doing the best I can and I would say I’m in close to the best physical shape of my life and I’m really hoping that translates at the collegiate level.”

LoBianco said he has been able to communicate with his teammates, including Adam Axtell and Faraz Markazi, who were also seniors.

“Our team still has a group chat that we text in, everybody is really sad …. I’ve been in contact with most of our guys and we’re really just hoping we have one last opportunity to get together. Some of us have looked into summer leagues or other options, but I think our best bet is the Ryan Lemmon Showcase.”

The event is being planned for the first week of June, if organizers get clearance from state, health, county and city officials, according to Guy Lemmon, who is organizing the event.

“It’s been something we’ve all been looking forward to for these years,” LoBianco said. “I guess it’s just a waiting game and we have to wait for more information to come out.”

LoBianco said he is grateful for the coaches who have helped him throughout his career.

“I don’t think I could have done half of what I did without both my parents … financial, emotional support, they’re number one,” he said.

He said all the coaches he played for at Uni have “done so much for me. I wouldn’t have accomplished half of what I did without any of them and I’m just very thankful for every single one of them.”

LoBianco played for four different head coaches at University: Mike Gerakos, Kevin McCaffrey, Mike Thompson and Steve Hindman.

He said all the coaches he played for at Uni have “done so much for me. I wouldn’t have accomplished half of what I did without any of them and I’m just very thankful for every single one of them.

“Coach Gerakos, Kevin McCaffrey, Gregg Budgell,, Ryan Belanto, Justin Hallenbeck, Mike Thompson, Steve Hindman, my pitching Coach Kramer, and most importantly my hitting Coach Eric Berger.”

LoBianco is trying to look to the future while offering words of encouragement.

“Stay positive and things will go back to normal, they always do,” he said. “Thank you to anybody I didn’t mention. I’m so grateful for four years at Uni baseball and it’s been more than a blessing.”

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


FALL SPORTS

CIF officials discussing possible scenarios for football and other fall sports

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CIF commissioner Rob Wigod issued a letter Wednesday to Orange County principals and athletic directors that indicated he and his staff are looking at possible scenrarios for the fall sports season but that they are committed to holding championships.

The coronavirus crisis forced the CIF state office and the CIF Southern Section and others throughout the state to cancel playoffs for spring sports.

Most school districts are closed throughout the end of the school year and athletes have been advised to maintain social distancing and work out at home if possible or with small groups.

Football is scheduled to open on Friday, Aug. 21 but those could only happen if Gov. Gavin Newsom lifts stay at home orders which are currently in place. Wigod did not say whether there could be a delay in the start for fall sports, including football, but said there is some flexibility.

Here’s the letter from Wigod, which was also distributed to the media:

“Our staff and I are already working on potential scenarios for the start of fall sports. Obviously, none of us know exactly when we will be able to resume athletic activities, but with schools closed for the remainder of the school year, that date is probably going to be after the end of the school year. If that date is June 15, or July 1, that means one thing. If that date is Aug. 1, Sept. 1, Sept. 15, etc., it could mean quite another.

“One thing to keep in mind is the situation for the fall is completely different than this spring. We started spring sports, had to stop, and continued to look for a way to conduct our championships as time continued to pass with the end of the school year quickly approaching. In the fall, we will await the date schools will reopen and adjust calendars appropriately for when sports can safely begin.

“There will be more flexibility for us in the fall that we did not have in the spring, as we can adjust calendars within a larger time frame and there will be many different options that can be explored. Just know that we are totally committed to doing everything we can to be able to go forward with fall sports championships.”

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

Fall League Schedules Available Online

Though subject to change, you can view the Pacific Coast League (PCL) schedules for fall sports online now. Here’s how:

Step 1. Visit https://universityhigh.iusd.org/athletics

Step 2. Select your sport’s season in the right-hand sidebar under ‘SPORTS BY SEASON’

Step 3. Click your sport to expand

Step 4. Next to ‘Year’ select 2020-21.

Step 5. The schedule is located beneath ‘Schedule & Scores.’ Home games are in blue, away contests are in maroon. Additional preseason games will be added in the weeks ahead.

EXAMPLE:

Fall FTB


Go Trojans!

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

 

Virtual Parent Night Starts NOW!

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The Athletics Information Fair is part of our schoolwide Virtual Family Night with links to all of the elements you would normally see at a Family Night.

  • Introduction and Welcome from the Principal, Dr. Kevin Astor
  • Club and Co-Curricular Information Fair
    • Band, Orchestra, Choir, Electives, Theater, etc.
    • Service clubs, art clubs, interest clubs, academic clubs, religious clubs to name a few.
  • Athletics Information Fair, including summer information.
  • Counseling Presentation (time sensitive… must see immediately)  
    • Incoming Student Registration Packet
    • Details on the registration process, courses students need to take and the electives they may choose.
  • Student Activity Video

See you there!

Schoolwide Event: https://universityhigh.iusd.org/article/2020-virtual-family-night

Athletics Event: https://universityhigh.iusd.org/athletics/summer-athletic-camps

 

THIS WEDNESDAY: Virtual Parent Night

 

Athletic Fair

We are so excited to meet you and the entire class of 2024!

Unfortunately, we can’t do that in person…. yet. On Wednesday evening, April 15, we will have our annual family night for incoming freshmen and their families. Normally, family night is an energizing, fun, and inspirational time for incoming freshmen and their parents to get to know a little bit more about University High School. We know you have questions about classes to take, activities on campus, clubs to join, sports , drama, music… the list goes on. Although we cannot duplicate everything an on-campus and in-person family night has to offer, we can offer you the virtual excitement and activity of all the things that make UHS a special place.

So, starting at 5:00 PM on Wednesday, April 15, you can log onto the school website. There, we will have a family night homepage with links to all of the elements you would normally see at a Family Night.

• Introduction and Welcome from the Administrative team
• Incoming Student Packet
• Club and On-Campus Organization Information Fair
• ATHLETICS INFORMATION FAIR!!!! …including our 2020-21 Athletic Interest Form, Summer Camp information, a chance to virtually “meet” our Coaches, and information about the Athletic Clearance process.
• Counseling Presentation
• Student Activity Video

University is a special place where young people can grow, find and pursue their passions, and have new experiences. We encourage you to make time to log on together and explore all that University High School has to offer.

We will be sending a link directly to the Family Night homepage by Wednesday morning, April 15. The page will remain on the UHS website through June, so if you can’t participate on April 15, you will be able to access the information after the fact. However, some information is time sensitive (i.e. registration for classes) and should be viewed around April 15.

We hope to “see” you there!

Trojan Friday ~ 3/27/20

UPDATES

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

HIGHLIGHTS

BASEBALL

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

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

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

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

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

Hindman said he has another way to communicate.

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

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

SOFTBALL

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

RBI Leaders 

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

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

Hit Leaders 

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



HONORS

GIRLS BASKETBALL

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

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

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE

Most Valuable Player: Erika Maggard, Woodbridge

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

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

BOYS BASKETBALL

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE

First Team: Kody Uyesugi

Second Team: Arjun Gill

GIRLS SOCCER

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE

Offensive Most Valuable Player: Kaili Taagepera

First Team: Tamara Nadjsombati, Mollie Kessler

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

Honorable Mention: Allison Bello, Paris Saengsouvanna

UNI TEAM HONORS

MVP: Tamara Nadjsombati

Best Defensive Player: Deborah Lee

Best Attacker: Kaili Taagepera

Coaches Award: Kimi Rubino

BOYS SOCCER

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE

Defensive Most Valuable Player: Mahziar Sakiani

First Team: Kaili Chen, Adam Bello, Chris Chae

Second Team: Kyle Biagan, Luca Flick Kaiser

GIRLS WATER POLO

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE

First Team: Ashley Wallin

Second Team: Maria Langlois

WRESTLING

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE – FIRST TEAM HONORS

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

GIRLS GOLF

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

SECOND TEAM

Ryan Bullock, Santa Margarita, Fr.

Gabriella Kano, Troy, So.

Alexis Kim, University, Sr.

Chaemin Kim, Edison, So.

Brianna Park, Woodbridge, Jr.

Isabel Sy, Troy, Sr.

Cathy Tong, Newport Harbor, Sr.

Jessica Wang, Sage Hill, Fr.


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