Winter Sports Recap
Let’s take a look at how our teams are doing
Boys Basketball – The Boys Varsity Basketball team dropped their last game of the season 76-69 at Woodbridge. As a result the boys finished fourth in league and just missed out on making the CIF playoffs. Senior guard Kiron Dey who was the team’s leading scorer and rebounder was named to the First Team all-Pacific Coast League team while sophomore guard Kevin Yahampath who led the team in assists was named to the second team. This season the Trojans received major contributions from seniors Justin Wu and Tyler Cashman along with juniors Joe Christensen and Ryan Pham and sophomore Alex Bray. The coaching staff and the players would like to say a big “THANK YOU!” TO THE Trojan Army, the best fans in the PCL for all their support this season. What an exciting season. Great job boys.
Girls Basketball – The Lady Trojan basketball finished up league play with a tough loss to cross town rival Woodbridge by a score of 42-38. The girls qualified for the playoffs and traveled to Katella for their first round game. Our girls battled Katella and pulled away late in the 4th quarter for the big win. Last Saturday our girls met up with Huntington Beach the #2 seed. HB got off to a hot start and led the game 10-0. Our girls did not give in and came back to make things interesting. Our girls were down 6 at halftime. The gym was rocking as we had a great turnout. (we sold more tickets than CIF game us) Huntington caught fire in the second half and pulled away to win the game. Congrats on such a great season girls.
We would also like to congratulate the JV and Frosh/Soph girls basketball teams for not only being the league champions but going undefeated in league. Great job to our lower level teams….. the future looks very bright for UNI girls Basketball.
Boys Soccer – Our boys finished off their season with an impressive 3-0 victory over Woodbridge. Ameen Beheshtaein recorded the shutout in goal. Goals were scored by Senior Riley Duncan (2) and Senior Bardia Movafagh. David Kim (2) and Sam Kelley supplied the assists. Stand outs on the season were Sam Kelley with 10 goals and 5 assists and also Riley Duncan with 6 goals and 6 assists. Congrats on a great season boys.
Girls Soccer – The Lady Trojans rounded up the season with a dominant victory over Woodbridge, finishing 4-0. Ending the first half at 1-0, the team rode the wave of support from the boisterous crowd to play some beautiful football. Kiana Ghamari, and Sofya Ogunseitan added to Emma Goolsby’s two goals to secure the victory. Sofya and Paige Metayer each had a goal called back by the ref in the second half, adding to the strength the team showed. The win placed the team in third in league play, and sent them to the post-season. Our girls traveled to Vista Murrieta High School for the first round of CIF play last week. Our girls fell by a final of 6-2. Our girls had a great season and with several underclassman on the team this year the future look bright for UNI Girls Soccer.
Girls Water polo – The girls water polo team wrapped up their winning season last Thursday at Woodbridge beating the Warriors 5-4. Down 3-1 going into the 4th quarter (and having already beaten WHS twice earlier in the season) the lady Trojans would not give up despite having Caitlyn Kissinger sitting out due to illness and the many disadvantages and obstacles the team has to face in visiting pools. Goalie Molly Hudash had a stellar game tending the cage. Anastasia Gomez, Chandler Denaro, Ali Huxman, Gauvri Nathwani, Angela Yan and Michela Boarnet kept the team composed with great efforts. Sophia Bajak scored to bring Uni within a goal…a few minutes later freshman Anna Campbell had her breakout performance of the season as she was positioned offensively outside 8 meters from the goal on the top left side with pressure swarming all around her, she took a pass with the shot clock winding down and took the shot to the upper right cross cage corner and scored to tie it up! A minute later, the exact scenario came about, and Anna delivered again to put UNI in the lead…although Woodbridge scored later to tie it up 4-4, the Trojans had enough confidence with a late surge to entrust the ball into the hands of their ringer, Shawna Kedzie who gave UNI the lead back with a cross cage lob shot from the right side. With 2 seconds remaining in the game both teams called multiple time outs to come up with strategies that would ultimately favor UNI.
The Varsity team had 15 victories (most in 7 years) and 13 losses, second best record in league behind Corona del Mar…but losses to Beckman and Irvine hurt UNI’s playoff hopes. Shawna Kedzie lead the league in goals with about 90 scores, Molly Hudash was second in league with goalie saves with nearly 300 and Sophia Bajak lead the league in assists with almost 50.
With a new discipline and shaping a culture we envision with UNI athletics…the girl’s water polo program WILL once again move up the county ranks. Great season girls!
Wrestling –Lorena Egea (10) placed 5th in the Southern Section of CIF last weekend, which represents 570 high schools! Lorena will be competing this weekend in the state championships. Good Luck Lorena!
Athletes with Character Banquet – Congratulations to Amir Javadi and Michelle Maddox for being recognized as the UNI male and female athlete of character. These student athletes represent everything that is right about high school athletics. They are stars on the field and they lead their teams with their leadership. Michelle starred as a captain on the tennis and soccer teams. Amir is a treat as he is a three sport athlete. Amir was on the football, wrestling, and lacrosse teams. Congratulations to these two stars. Players like them is what makes high school sports so special. Below is a picture of the two at the banquet that was held on Monday night at the Anaheim Convention Center.
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Kevin McCaffrey and Mark Cunningham
University High School