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I was not able to publish Trojan Thursday last week as Mark Cunningham and myself were in San Diego at the California Athletic Directors Conference. Due to the fact that there were no updates last week, I will include the past two weeks in today’s update. Trojan Tuesday is not normally this long J.
While in San Diego we won a $1,700 fan for our new weight room. They must have known that a fan was on our wish list for our new weight room. The kids love this new fan and it has helped to cool the room a bit. We are looking to purchase one additional fan as we could then keep one by each door and blow some air around in the room. Below is a picture of us with the BSN sports rep who donated the fan. A big thanks to BSN for putting this up as a giveaway. We sure were lucky to win it.
Let’s take a look at how our teams are doing
Baseball – On Friday the 8th our boys beat Northwood by a final of 6-3. Jacob Collins threw a 2 hitter on the mound for us. Our boys stayed hot by defeating Irvine by a final of 5-1 on the 12th. Neil Boudreau also threw a two hitter on the mound and he was 3-4 at the plate. Great game Neil. Irvine came back to beat us on Friday 15th. Last week our boys ran into a hot Woodbridge team who swept both games. On Tuesday we fell by a final of 10-1 and Friday was a 6-0 final. Our boys will welcome league leading Beckman to our stadium this afternoon for a 3:30 start. Good Luck baseball.
Boys Golf – Our boys beat Northwood on the 14th by a final of 172-177 Koichiro Sato and William Tse shot 34. Lost to Woodbridge on Tuesday the 12th by a final of 183-189. Our boys bounced back to beat Mission Viejo 186-196, William Tse shot a 34 to pace the Trojans.
Last week was a rough one for the boy’s golf team. It started with a close match against Northwood. They beat us with a team score of one under par while we totaled a two over par score (179-182). Not too many teams in the county are shooting such low scores! Low golfers for Uni in that match were Koichiro Sato, 35, and William Tse, 34. We beat Mission Viejo at their course on Wednesday. Griffin Pace led our team with a 38. In the third match of the week, we traveled to Newport Beach CC to play CdM. We lost that match 190-200. Sato delivered a 35 for the Trojans. We are currently in 4th place in our league.
Boys Lacrosse – University Boy’s lacrosse played a great game versus Woodbridge HS on Monday the 11th. It was a great game to watch. Both teams had many opportunities and each capitalized when they could. It was 5-3 at the end of the first half, Uni came out of halftime energized. Uni tied the game up at 5-5 with great goals from Nick Khamseh and Isaiah Muniz. It was back and forth with both teams exchanging goals. Woodbridge would seem to have the answer every time, when Uni would get close to scoring. It came down to the last minutes with Uni losing 8-7.
Our boys played Northwood, Sage Hill and Irvine HS the past week. Last Monday they played at Northwood with pride and spirit. Uni came out firing and #2 PCL team, NHS, found themselves down 1-3 at the end of the first quarter. The game was close until the final minutes, when Northwood got in a rhythm winning 12-5. Wednesday’s game was a great opportunity to right a wrong versus Sage Hill. Uni had played poorly the first time these teams met, so the kids were looking forward to the rematch. The Uni team played one of their best games of the season with everyone working hard every possession. University dominated Sage Hill winning 13-4. Yesterday, Uni travelled up Culver to play IHS in a night game. University had lost 9-5 the first time these two met. It was a defensive game with the teams tied 2-2 at halftime. Uni went up 6-3 and was in control, but then had a few mental lapses and found the game tied going into the last minutes. The kids played so much better and had improved so much over the course of the season, but it wasn’t enough losing 7-6. Our boys will battle Woodbridge on Thursday at 4:00 here at UNI. Good Luck boys.
Girls Lacrosse – The Girls Lacrosse team played a fantastic league match against Woodbridge, earning a first-ever victory over the Warriors, 10-9 in overtime. The Lady Trojans tied the score 9-9 with 31 seconds remaining. After conceding possession off the draw, the stout defensive play of the team forced a turnover and two passes put Senior Kathy Guo into scoring position. She scored the game winning goal 34 seconds into the overtime period. With the win, the team jumped to third place in league play. A loss to league opponent Beckman followed on Thursday and the team is in action again for their season GOW against Irvine on Monday, 4/18. The team would love to see you and hear you out there in the stadium cheering them on! Come out and support!
The Girls Lacrosse team had another up and down week last week. The team cruised to a solid win over Northwood last Monday, with a score of 17-6. Jr. Ashlyn Wang led the scoring with 5 goals, Sr. Sarah Verdegan added 4. Jr. Amanda Shubin (3), Sr. Jenny Bardwell (2), Jr. Anneke Gustafson (1) and Sr. Kathy Guo (1) rounded out the scoring. Additionally, Sr. goalie Lily Huang made 9 fantastic saves to keep Northwood out of the match. That excitement was followed by a loss to league leaders Corona del Mar, 6-14. 6 different players found the back of the net for Uni, highlighting the depth of the attack on the team. 5 different players also made fantastic interceptions and, despite the score line, the game was not as uneven as it seemed. The girls played with intensity and passion and the game was very exciting to watch. Last night, cheered on by ASB and other supporters for the Game of the Week, the team bested Irvine 16-5. Jr. Ashlyn Wang added 5 more goals to her season total, and again 6 other players added to the offense. In one memorable play, Sr. Courtney Le stepped up to play on the circle, snagged the ball out of the air off the draw, and sprinted down the field to score a beautiful goal. Le also forced 2 turnovers, and gained possession with 3 groundballs and 2 interceptions. The team is back in action this Thursday for the last league match against Woodbridge. The team will need all the support they can get, as they bested Woodbridge by one goal in the first meeting. With a league record of 5-4 right now, a win would be huge, so come out and cheer on the team! Great job LAX!
Softball – Last Tuesday, the UNI softball girls had a huge team win over Corona Del Mar at their GOW ending with a final score of 24-5. Junior Aubrey Maher was a powerhouse at the plate, going 4-4 with three doubles plus a walk. Janette Oh went 2-3 with a triple and a double plus 2 walks and Michela Boarnet also went 2-3 with a 2-run RBI triple and sophomore Peyton Mattson went 2-3 with 2 singles. Defensively, Janette Oh and Alexis Arredondo gave their all in the circle and were backed defensively by the rest of the team. The lady Trojans faced Irvine on Thursday and suffered a devastating 9-2 defeat. Janette went 2-3 with a double and 2 stolen bases to set up Monet Allister for a RBI. Freshman Kami Parsa went down the right field sending Zoe Manjarrez home for the RBI. The Uni Softball team, undefeated at home, is looking to continue to “defend the den” in two home games against Woodbridge and Beckman this week. Good Luck this week softball!
Boys Swim – Two weeks ago our boys beat #5 ranked CDM 89 – 81. Highlights of the meet included incredible relay anchor swims by Andrew Knoell, a great 100 Fly 1st place finish and CIF qualification by freshman Aaron Lee, and a 1-2-3 finish in the 100 Backstroke by Andrew Knoell, Sean Messer, and Austin Yan.
Congratulations to Greg Horvath for being selected as the OC Register Swimmer of the week two weeks ago. Below is a picture that was posted in the paper.
Girls Swim – The Uni girls swim team has had several important meets since the last update. In their third league meet they defeated CDM, the Varsity Girls by a score of 90-80, making them 3-0 in league and guaranteeing them an improved league record over last year.
In the CDM meet, Freshman Riley Lexvold was a double individual winner in the 200 IM and the 100 back as well as being a member of both the winning 200 medley and 200 free relays. Senior Princess Ferguson-Nguyen was also a member of those two winning relays and an individual winner in the 100 free with a new CIF consideration time of 54.58. She also swam a season best time in the 50 free of 24.99, also a CIF consideration time. Uni swimmers Lexvold, junior Anne Jang and sophomore Alondra Ortiz swept the 100 backstroke. Sophomore Bella Khamseh lowered her CIF consideration time in the 100 breaststroke and the 400 free relay team of Jang, her sister sophomore Claire Jang, Khamseh and senior Celine Nie lowered the team’s previous best CIF consideration time by 4 seconds to seal the victory.
The girls competed well but fell in their next meet to the defending league champions, Irvine HS.
Notable swims from that meet included the 200 medley relay team of Ortiz, Lexvold, Jang and Ferguson-Nguyen lowering their CIF consideration time, Lexvold hitting a CIF consideration time in the 50 free with her leadoff leg in the 200 free relay, Ferguson-Nguyen lowering CIF consideration time to 54.48 in the 100 free, Lexvold far outdistancing her competition in the 500 free to win by almost 30 seconds, with a CIF consideration time of 5:08.28, and Ortiz lowering her consideration time while winning the 100 back.
The Varsity girls also participated in the annual Foothill Swim Games, an invitational meet attracting many of the fastest teams in all divisions in Orange County. This was a two day, prelims and finals meet. Uni girls finished 7th out of 13 teams and only 1.5 points behind Northwood in 6th place. There were many outstanding performances at this meet. Freshman standout Riley Lexvold won the 200 IM in a CIF automatic time of 2:02.69, 2 full seconds ahead of her closest competition and more than 3 seconds faster than her prelims time. She also finished third in a very fast field of the premier female backstrokers in the county lowering her CIF automatic time to 55.18. Junior Anne Jang finished 7th and sophomore Alondra Ortiz finished 8th in that heat, both with season best CIF consideration times. Ortiz and Jang also had season best CIF consideration times in the 100 fly, finishing 9th and 11th and only .04 seconds apart. Sophomore Bella Khamseh finished 7th in the 100 breaststroke, lowering her CIF consideration time in prelims to 1:09.33. Alison Huxman, Madi Wakita and Angela Yang all had huge time drops in the 500 free in the preliminary swims. And finally, both the 200 medley relay team of Lexvold, Khamseh,Ortiz and Ferguson-Nguyen, and the 200 free relay of sophomore Claire Jang, Lexvold, A.Jang, and Ferguson-Nguyen finished with CIF automatic qualifying times.
Riley Lexvold was featured this week in two separate articles, one in OC Varsity: http://www.ocvarsity.com/articles/county-83475-shoults-free.html and another on the international swimming website SwimSwam:https://swimswam.com/shoults-garcia-shine-southern-californias-foothill-swim-games/
Tomorrow will be the last dual meet of the season, the GOW, against Woodbridge HS. Please come out and support the swimmers!
Tennis – The boys varsity tennis team moved to 11-1 overall and 4 and 0 in league play with two big wins two weeks ago. The #1 ranked Trojans defeated Woodbridge 10 to 8 on the 12th. Uni won all 9 doubles points and sophomore Leo Krapp won the match with a victory at third singles. On Wednesday the 13th our boys defeated the #2 ranked team in the county, CdM, 11 to 7. Julian Lafond, Naevin Anukornchaikul and Garrett Kurtz all got a win playing singles. Captain Josh Piatos and junior Hans Hwang swept all three of their sets to go undefeated on the day. Patryk Kozlowski and Hudson Graf also won all three of their sets as well.
Our UNI boys tennis team spent last weekend in Ojai taking part in the Ojai tennis tournament. Josh Piatos, JT Joens and Tommy Wang represented the Trojans well in this tournament. The boys have a busy week beginning with a difficult match at CDM this afternoon. Currently the Trojans are the top ranked team in Orange County while CDM is ranked 2nd. On Wednesday the boys will travel to Northwood to take on the Timberwolves and then finish the week with a match against Irvine at Uni on Thursday. The team is currently 13 and 1 overall and 6 and 0 in Pacific Coast League play. Good Luck this week Tennis.
Last week Josh Piatos and Hans Hwang were named the OC Register Tennis athletes of the week. Below is a picture that was published in the paper. Great work boys.
Boys and Girls Track – On the 14th our Boys and Girls Track and Field team competed against Northwood. Some outstanding performances from the girls came from Paige Metayer, Melissa Lee, Leyna Wood, Lauryn Wood, Daria Skhel, Jamie Hocker, Sophie Lawrence, Andrea White and Sonia Lin. On the boys side, we had some outstanding performances from Eric Kawana, Lee McElliot, Kevin Yamapath, Harry Baker, Danny Gilbertson, Elias Canneson and Micheal Jung.
Please congratulate our two female athletes (Melissa Lee and Paige Metayer) in being accepted to the Arcadia Track and Field Invitational. This is the 2nd largest high school track meet behind the Olympic trials. 700 schools applied for an entry and only 570 schools were accepted from around the US. Melissa was accepted for the discus event and she was very excited to be there. Unfortunately at the time of her event, there was a massive down pour over ½” in less than an hour which made it difficult to compete for all of the lady throwers. Paige’s event took place a half hour earlier with the most optimal conditions. From lane 8, Paige finished 3rd in her heat beating her own school record with a time of 56.61. Paige finished 7th overall for the day events and 21st overall including the night events. Also thanks to her teammates Lauryn and Leyna Wood for coming out to support their team mate. Below are two pictures of our athletes at the Arcadia Invitational.
This last weekend, Track and Field competed in the OC Track and Field Championships at Mission Viejo High School. Melissa Lee ended up 7th in the county and a personal best mark of 123’ 7”. Lauryn Wood, Leyna Wood, Setarah Emadi and Daria Shkel represented our girls F/S in the 4 x100 relay and were the top team in the county.CC Langlois was 9th in the county for F/S 1600. Faris Qaisi finished 7th in the county for F/S 200 and Harry Baker finshed 9th in the county for the Varsity 100. This week we conclude our league meets with Woodbridge here at home. Go Trojan Track and Field!
Page with her medal.
Volleyball – Our volleyball team will play in their GOW this Friday at 5:15. We hope you can come out and support our boys in their final home game of the season. Good Luck boys.
What’s Going on at UNI
Triple GOW This Week – Our girls Lacrosse team started things off last night with a big win v Irvine. Our swimmers will have their GOW on Wednesday v Woodbridge and Volleyball will close out the week with their GOW on Friday v Irvine. We hope you can make it out to support our teams in their big games.
Weight Room Update – We have made several upgrades to our weight room over the past month. We got rid of all of our outdated/broken equipment and replaced it with brand new equipment. The kids love our new weight room. While the room looks amazing and is very functional there are several “Wants” from our coaches and PE teachers to make this room even better. We have spent over $30,000 on the needed upgrades to the room. We have opened up a Weight Room fundraising campaign with the intent to raise another $9,000 to finish the room. We have heard from several families who are interested in helping and we have a parent group hitting the community to raise funds for this project. We wanted to recognize the early supporters of this project. A big thank you to the Keeling family for their $100 donation and a special thanks to the Korean PTA for their donation of $1,000.
If you are interested in making a donation to this campaign please drop of a check made out to UHS to the athletic office. We thank you in advance for your support.
Here is a look at this week’s UNI Athletics events (Home events in BOLD)
Boys Golf v Irvine @ Strawberry Farms – 3:00
Boys Tennis @ CDM – 3:15
Baseball v Beckman – 3:30
Softball v Woodbridge – 3:30
Track & Field v Woodbridge – 3:15
Swimming v Woodbridge – 3:15
Boys Tennis @ Northwood – 3:15
Boys Volleyball @ CDM – 5:15
Boys Golf v Woodbridge @ Rancho San Joaquin – 2:30
Boys Tennis v Irvine – 3:15
Softball v Beckman – 3:30
Boys Lacrosse v Woodbridge – 4:00
Girls Lacrosse v Woodbridge @ University HS – 6:00
Baseball v Beckman – 3:30
Girls Lacrosse v Tustin – 4:00
Boys Volleyball v Irvine – 5:15
Girls Lacrosse Tournament @ Laguna Hills – TBA
Boys Lacrosse Tournament @ Irvine High School – 11:15AM
Boys Golf – League Finals – TBA
Boys Tennis @ Woodbridge – 3:15
SPRING GOW SCHEDULE
|G lacrosse||Monday||4/25||4:00||UHS Stadium||Irvine|
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