TROJAN THURSDAY 11/19/15

Coach of Character

Congratulations to Coach Mike Gerakos for being named an Orange County Athletic Directors Association “Coach of Character”. Coach Gerakos was recognized at an awards ceremony on Monday night. Coach Gerakos is our Activities Director, PE Teacher, Baseball Coach, and Best Buddies Coordinator here on campus. Thanks for everything you do here at UNI and for being a true Coach Of Character! Below is a picture of Coach Gerakos receiving his award.

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Fall Sports

Let’s take a look at how our teams are doing

Football – Our football season came to an end last Friday night in the first round of the CIF playoffs. Our boys fell to the #4 seeded Valencia Tigers by a final of 37-14. The final score did not indicate how close this game was. Our defense shut down the high power offense for most of the first half. A blocked punt led to a Valencia score and two long passes on third and longs let to two late touchdowns in the first half. Our boys came out and drove the ball down the field to open the second half to cut the score to 17-7. Valencia and UNI then traded touchdowns to make the score 24-14. Two late scores by Valencia led to a final of 37-14. We want to thank our players for such an amazing season. The energy these boys brought was contagious.

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Girls Golf – What a week for Ellen Takada. Last Friday she signed her national letter of intent to attend the University of Washington on a golf scholarship. On Tuesday she placed 8th in the entire state at the CIF state golf finals. Congratulations to Ellen on a fabulous season. Below is a picture of Ellen signing her letter of intent.

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Girls Tennis – Congratulations to Senior Michelle Maddox and Junior Ashlyn Wang for making it to the CIF individual tournament. Our girls will be competing next week. Good Luck girls.

What’s happening on Campus

Trojan Thursday will take a two week break as we are in transition from Fall to Winter Sports. Make sure you head out and support our UNI Winter athletic teams.

 

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 aways at big games
  5. Follow us on Twitter @UNI_Athletics
  6. Spread the word about Trojan Thursday – If someone is interested in receiving Trojan Thursday send them the link – https://unitrojanthursday.wordpress.com
  7. Get others to do the same

 

GO TROJANS!

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Kevin McCaffrey and Mark Cunningham

Athletic Directors

University High School

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TROJAN THURSDAY 11/12/15

Fall Sports

Let’s take a look at how our teams are doing

Boys and Girls Cross Country– Cross Country finished up their season with league finals at Irvine Park last Friday. More than 95% of the team finished up with their season best times at this meet. On the Girls side, our top ten finishers included Junior Janine Bryant followed by Freshman Sara Sussman, Freshman Abby Sanders, Senior Stacey Yu, Junior Anna Pan, Senior Andrea White, Senior Bessie Liu, Junior Gentil Nguyen, Sophomore Setareh Emadi and Freshman Kamellia Parsa. Our top ten finishers for the Boys included Senior Eli Tita followed by Senior Mackhai Nguyen, Senior Eric Kawana, Junior Luke Ruan, Freshman Ahbi Nisha Anish, Sophomore Christian Go, Freshman Cyrus Bower, Senior Carlos Roman, Junior Hyato Kato and Freshman Elias Cannesson. With all of the young talent we look forward to next year and more success. Go Trojan Running!

Football – What an exciting atmosphere last Friday night. The stadium was completely sold out and there was standing room only. Our boys ended up dropping this exciting game by a final of 21-17. The game went back and forth all night. Andre Campbell tied the score at 7 with his 6 yard Touchdown run in the first quarter. Woodbridge answered with their own Touchdown to take a 14-7 lead after one quarter. Sam Winder raced in for a 5 yard scoring run to once again tie the score. Woodbridge took a 21-14 lead in the third quarter and our boys answered with a nick Loveland field goal late in the 3rd quarter to move the score to 21-17. A missed field goal by Woodbridge in the 4th gave our boys the ball and a chance to win. We moved the ball down the field but were denied on a 4th and 1 from the 9 yard line with 50 seconds left in the game. We want to thank everyone for coming out to this game. Coach Cunningham commented that this was the best atmosphere of any game he has coached while at UNI. Our boys will open up CIF play tomorrow night as we travel to Valencia for a 7:00 game. If you want to purchase pre-sale tickets they are available in the athletic office. Adults are $10 and students are $5. We hope everyone will come out and support our team in the CIF playoffs.

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Girls Golf – Last Thursday the girl’s golf season as a team came to an end. We finished in 5th place at CIF Southern Section finals.  What an amazing season for our girls. Posting new school records for team low rounds and finishing the season as the #2 ranked team in Orange County and finishing up 5th overall in all of Southern California. Congrats Girls Golf on such an amazing season!

Due to her great play at the CIF individual tournament last week, Senior Ellen Takada advanced to the state qualifying tournament to be played this afternoon. Good Luck Ellen!

Girls Tennis – The girls tennis team concluded a very successful season going 15 and 6 overall and 7 and 3 in the Pacific Coast League.  The girls defeated a tough Palm Desert team in the first round of the CIF playoffs.  In the 2nd round the girls upset Campbell Hall, the 4th seeded team, 11 to 7.  Judy Kam won two sets, Michelle Maddox and Ashlyn Wang swept their three sets at first doubles and Tiffany Markus and Sasha Iraniha won all three sets playing 3rd doubles.  Unfortunately the girls lost to Dana Hills in the quarter-final round on Monday.  Michelle Maddox and Ashlyn Wang once again won all three of their sets at first doubles.  Congratulations to all of those girls who worked hard and gave so much time and effort to this program since the middle of August.  Great season girls!

JV Tennis wins League – Congrats to the Junior Varsity team who finished the season undefeated in both league and overall play.  UNI also dominated the JV individual tournament.  In singles, freshmen Cheyenne Crawley defeated fellow Trojan Ashi Parashar to win the singles championship.  In doubles, Noelle Lee and Snigdha Vayalapadu defeated fellow Trojans Yuchen Fan and Elyana Lee to win the doubles title. Congrats on winning league  and having such an outstanding season girls.

What’s Happening on Campus

Canned Food Drive – We have our Families Forward canned food drive going on the rest of the month. We are encouraging each student to bring 2 cans into school to help support those who are less fortunate. Today at lunch there will be a class competition to see who can build the best structure out of cans that have been brought in so far. The teachers will also have a team in this event. Get involved and send your student to school with a few cans tomorrow.

THANK YOU – We have received tons of feedback about how special our student section was last Friday. We have even received word from Woodbridge supporters commenting on how great our pre game events were and how spirited the Trojan Army was.

We would once again like to thank the Clothier, Keeling Family, Dolan Family, and the Lutito Family for their donations to help make last Friday so special. We would also like to thank Michael O’Loughlin who was the starting QB on the class of 1974 team for making an extremely generous donation. With these donations and the donation from Daily Grill we will be able to give our Trojan Army free spirit towels, megaphones, and face paint.

We also were able to purchase a second 20×30 foot banner that the students hold over their heads at the game. The school down the street from us copied our lead and purchased one of their own so we went out and bought another one. When they held up their banner our Trojan Army unveiled two of these huge banners with a chant of “Ours our Better” to once again show you can copy us but no school will ever have as much spirit as us.

If you get a chance please take your family to Daily Grill in Irvine for a bite to eat and thank them for their support of UNI Athletics. Daily Grill 2636 Dupont Drive, Irvine.

 

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

Friday 11/12

  • Football – CIF Playoffs @ Valencia – 7:00

 

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 aways at big games
  5. Follow us on Twitter @UNI_Athletics
  6. Spread the word about Trojan Thursday – If someone is interested in receiving Trojan Thursday send them the link – https://unitrojanthursday.wordpress.com
  7. Get others to do the same

 

GO TROJANS!

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Kevin McCaffrey and Mark Cunningham

Athletic Directors

University High School

TROJAN THURSDAY 11/5/15

FOOTBALL PLAYING FOR THE CITY CHAMPIONSHIP – WILL YOU BE THERE TOMORROW NIGHT?

Our football team will be playing Woodbridge tomorrow night for the Fence Post trophy as the City of Irvine Champs. We are expecting a sell out tomorrow night. Woodbridge has sold out of their pre-sale tickets. We have pre-sale student tickets available in the athletic office for $5. If you don’t have an ASB card, come get your student ticket so you don’t have to wait in line.

Parents – GET TO THE GAME EARLY – if you want to secure a ticket we suggest you get to the stadium early. There will be long lines at the ticket booth. Once we reach capacity we will have to stop selling tickets and not allow anyone else into the stadium. I would recommend being at the stadium by 6:30 if you want to get in. Remember to wear blue and cheer loud for our boys. This is going to be an electric atmosphere and you won’t want to miss it.

BLUE OUT – If you are going to the game tomorrow night make sure to wear something Trojan Blue. If you have a Trojan Army shirt please wear that. Our students will all be wearing their Trojan Army shirt and we want all of the parents decked out in Blue as well.

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Fall Sports

Let’s take a look at how our teams are doing

Boys and Girls Cross Country– Our runners will participate in League Finals this Friday at Irvine Park and we are looking forward to some very fast times. Go Trojan Running!

Football – GOW – Friday Night v Woodbridge 7:00

Football is headed back to the playoffs. Our boys knocked off Irvine by a final score of 36-21 last Friday to secure a playoff spot for the first time since 2007.  Matt Abellaneda scored 3 times and Sam Winder scored the other two touchdowns for our Trojans. The rushing attack could not be stopped as our boys rushed for well over 200 yards. With the win our team moves to 8-1 on the year and 3-1 in league play. We will play Woodbridge for the City Championship on Friday night. We hope everyone will come out to the game to support the team. GO TROJAN FOOTBALL!

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Girls Golf – The girl’s golf team placed third at CIF Team Divisional.  Our team score was 392 and the top team score was 391.  Unfortunately we missed out on first place by a single stroke.  The low rounds were recorded by senior Ellen Takada, 72, sophomore Samantha Cabunag, 76, and sophomore Kristin Shea, 78.  The team plays on Thursday at CIF SS championships in Chino Hills for a chance to move on to the state championship tournament. Our girls our currently ranked #3 in Orange County. Good Luck to the following girls today Susan Lee, Ellen Takada, Samantha Cabunag, Kristin Shea, Nodoka Honda, and Dana Choi

Also, Ellen Takada and Samantha Cabunag are still alive in CIF individual golf championships. They will compete tomorrow and attempt to advance to the state tournament as individuals.

Girls Tennis – Our girls tennis team traveled out to Palm Desert yesterday afternoon for their CIF first round match. Our girls pulled out an impressive 10-8 victory. Palm Desert was a first place team from their league. Our girls had a long bus ride home last night and got back after 9:00. We will be practicing today and play in our second round match tomorrow here at UNI v Campbell Hall. The match starts at 2:00. Come on out to the courts and support our girls.

Boys Water Polo –   Boys water polo ended their season on Tuesday with a 13-17 loss at Woodbridge. Last Thurs the Trojans fell at home vs Irvine 6-15. UNI finished with 10 victories overall and improved from last year. These are the graduating seniors from the program: Jacob Ghahremani, Caleb Brown, Kian Abolhoda, Daniel Briseno, Ryan Eid, Aydin Yolar. Thank you seniors for all of your hard work this year.

What’s happening on Campus

Trojan Army Day – Tomorrow is Trojan Army day on Campus. Students will be wearing their Blue Trojan Army shirt to school to show their support for the big game later that night. Please remind your student to wear their Trojan Army shirt to school tomorrow. The campus is buzzing with excitement for the big game. Below is a picture of some of the advertising we have been doing for the game.

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STAY CLASSY – This is a huge rivalry with a lot on the line but please remember that as a fan of UNI you are representing our school. Please keep all comments positive towards our school and players. We are not going to put down our opponents both on social media and at the game on Friday night. KEEP IT CLASSY UNI!  

THANK YOU – We had a few very generous donations in our effort to offer spirit give away for this big game. We would like to thank the Keeling Family, Dolan Family, Bell Family, and the Lutito Family for their donations. We would also like to thank Michael O’Loughlin who was the starting QB on the class of 1974 team for making an extremely generous donation. With these donations and the donation from Daily Grill we will be able to give our Trojan Army free spirit towels, megaphones, face paint, and glow sticks. You will not want to miss our team take the field as we have a very special entrance scheduled.

If you get a chance please take your family to Daily Grill in Irvine for a bite to eat and thank them for their support of UNI Athletics. Daily Grill 2636 Dupont Drive, Irvine.

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

Thursday 11/05

  • Girls Golf CIF Championships @ Western Hills Country Club (Chino Hills)

Friday 11/06

  • Cross Country @ Irvine Park for League Finals – 1:00PM
  • Football v Woodbridge – 7:00PM
Fall GOW Schedule 2015
Sport Day Date Time Location Opponent
Football Friday 11/6 7:00 Football Stadium Woodbridge

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 aways at big games
  5. Follow us on Twitter @UNI_Athletics
  6. Spread the word about Trojan Thursday – If someone is interested in receiving Trojan Thursday send them the link – https://unitrojanthursday.wordpress.com
  7. Get others to do the same

 

GO TROJANS!

UNI Athletics small

Kevin McCaffrey and Mark Cunningham

Athletic Directors

University High School