TROJAN THURSDAY 9/29/16

Welcome to Trojan Thursday – So what exactly is Trojan Thursday? Trojan Thursday is a weekly email 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 about how our athletes are doing.

Help publicize our athletes – Follow us on Twitter @UNI_Athletics– If you have a Twitter account and would like updates on how our UNI athletic teams are doing, you can follow us @UNI_Athletics. We will have updates from big games and from the GOWs (Game of the Weeks). It is another way to highlight our athletic teams and star performances by our athletes.

Need a place to grab a quick bite to eat before the football game tonight? Go check out Vitality Bowls located at 4515A Campus Drive. Mention you are a UNI supporter and you will receive 20% off of your order purchased before the game.  Vitality Bowls is a big sponsor of UNI Athletics and we hope everyone will go over and get something to eat and thank them for their support of UNI Athletics.  Vitality Bowls will be open before and after the Homecoming Game on 10/7.  Go check them out!

What’s Happening on Campus

Windbreakers are here! Students who pre-ordered AND Paid for a Uni Windbreaker during Registration can pick it up in the Athletic Office. Students should bring their ID with them when picking up. Additional Windbreakers will be available in the Athletic Office within a couple of weeks. When they arrive an announcement will be made to students and they will be sold on a first come first serve basis. Windbreakers are $35 for Students and $30 for staff. 

Avoid the lines at Football Games and purchase a UHS Football Season Pass! These can be purchased at the SAC, Monday – Friday from 7:15am – 3:15pm. General Admission: $32 – Child/Senior: $20 (Cash, Check or Credit Card accepted).

Trojan Points – We have begun our new scanning system to promote our different school events. Please encourage your student to always bring their school ID to school and to scan in when they attend events that are worth points. There are different prizes for reaching different levels of support. Please check out the link below for a list of events and to check your point total.

http://5starstudents.com/universitytrojanarmy

Events we will be Scanning this week:
Thursday 10/6 – Spirit Night – Scan in for 6 points

Friday 10/7 – Homecoming Football Game v Beckman – If you are in the stadium before 6:55 you will be scanned in for 4 points.  If you come late you will not get scanned. 

Fall Sports

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

Boys and Girls Cross Country

Our girls had a strong showing at the Dana Hills Invitational this past Saturday. Cecilia Langlois continues to impress, placing 7th overall in the sophomore race with a time of 18:55. Juli Brom has had a breakthrough season this year with her consistently strong finishes. Brom placed 17th overall in the junior race with a time of 19:44. Rounding out our top 10 were Sara Sussman (20:09), Avery Klauke (20:18), Janine Bryant (20:19), Mackenzie Field (20:28), Allison Schaal (21:29), Gentil Nguyen (22:00), Naila Mazhar (22:19) and Julia Dervieux(22:47). For six of these girls, it is their first cross country season EVER! Our varsity squad will be heading to Palo Alto to race in the prestigious Stanford Invitational this weekend. Go Trojan Running!

On the boys side, we had more fast times and PR’s on the season. Our top runner for the day was Christian Go (16:51) followed by Ryan Liang (17:13), Abhi Nisha Anish (17:13), Zach Dignan (17:17), Ryan Duffy (17:22), Luke Ruan (17:32), Hyato Kato (17:32), Justin Soliman (17:38), Nathan Gali (17:46) and Amir Guity (17:48). We are also still a young team with only 1 senior currently running varsity and therefore look to see improvement each and every week. The boys will be accompanying the girls in Palo Alto. Go Trojan Running!

Football

Congratulations to the players as they continue to improve their record and are now 4-0 with a 37-7 win over Estancia last Friday night. You can read all about it in the article from OC Varsity below.  A very big thank you to our Field Goal Sponsors Janet and Jim Rome who were honored at halftime of the Estancia game.  We greatly appreciate your support.

Today at 7 p.m. Varsity hosts Adelanto at Uni Stadium. Join us to cheer the team on as they look to extend their winning streak!  Both Freshman and JV teams have a bye this week.

University rolls to victory over Estancia

September 23, 2016 11:37 PM

By TIM BURT

STAFF WRITER – OC Varsity.com

IRVINE – University combined a punishing rushing attack with a solid defensive effort to defeat Estancia, 37-7, in a nonleague game Friday night at University.

The game was delayed about 20 minutes late in the second quarter when Estancia lineman Johnathon Garcia was injured trying to make a tackle.  football-pic

Estancia coach Mike Bargas said that it appears Garcia will be OK and that the team was taking necessary precautions.

“He felt sensation in his legs, so that was a good thing,” Bargas said. “Listening to the paramedics, they said there was some neck pain.”

Garcia was treated on the field and transported by ambulance to a hospital.

There were 59 seconds left in the second quarter when the injury occurred and the coaches agreed to end the first half with University leading, 21-0.

Estancia (1-3) thwarted University’s shutout bid when quarterback Eric Carrasco scored from 2 yards out with 18 seconds left in the game.

University was led by Clark Smith, who rushed for 123 yards and scored two touchdowns, including a 62-yard score in the third quarter.

Alex Pourdanesh, used often out of the Wildcat formation, rushed for 113 yards and a touchdown, and Daniel Dolan had 57 yards rushing and a TD.

University (4-0) exploded for three touchdowns in the second quarter. Dolan scored from a yard out early in the quarter to open the scoring.

The Trojans then got the ball back on the Estancia 33 when they recovered a fumble by the Eagles. Two plays later, Smith scored from 30 yards out to put University ahead, 14-0, with 9:14 left.

University moved ahead 21-0 on a 3-yard run by Pourdanesh with 5:51 remaining.

Nicholas Loveland had a 39-yard field goal for the Trojans in the third quarter.

Contact the writer: tiburt@scng.com

 

Girls Golf

University girls defend its Long Beach Wilson Invitational golf championship

September 26, 2016 3:14 PM

By DAMIAN DOTTORE

OCVarsity.com

LONG BEACH – Judging by his team’s recent results, University girls golf coach Kevin Kasper expected the Trojans to contend for another championship at the Long Beach Wilson Invitational.

But he never though that Trojans would be able to go as low as they did on Monday at Recreation Park Golf Course.

With four players posting a score in the 70s, University became the only team in the field to break 300, winning the tournament for the second year in a row with a 298.

Troy finished second eight strokes behind with Palm Desert rounding out the top three with a 312.

Usually, the top five scores are counted in the team’s final score, but this tournament uses the top four.

“I think this shows that in a tournament situation like at CIF, we can go out there and have a good chance,” Kasper said. “This helps us with our confidence. That (the 298) .. it was really nice to see that.”

Each of the top three teams had a player tie for first in the individual competition after shooting a 2-under-par 72, but first place went to University senior Samantha Cabunag, who won a card-off. The back nine was used as a tie breaker and she was three under par on that stretch of holes. Palm Desert junior Madison Walker came in second with Troy freshman Isabel Sy following in third.

This is the second year in a row that Uni has had the medalist in this tournament as Ellen Takada topped the leader board with an 8-under-par 66.

Cabunag shaved three strokes off last year’s score, and at one time during the tournament on Monday, she was 5 under par.

“Over the summer, we all got a lot better, and we got more bonded as a team, so it connected us better. That is really important in a team to be bonded,” Cabunag said.

Nakoda Honda fired an even-par 74 for the Trojans while her teammates Dana Choi and Coco Yang added a 75 and 77 respectively.

“It feels amazing,” Cabunag said. “I really wanted to be defending champions.”

Girls Volleyball

The University Varsity girls played Woodbridge at home on Monday, the 26th.  The stands were packed with family, friends and classmates for the game of the week.  We took them to 4 with a great game 3 win!  Game 1 was a loss at 20-25.  Game 2 was 16-25.  Game 3 we won 27-25 and game 4 we lost 14-25.  The girls had 7 aces and 65 digs overall. 21 of those digs were done by Klaire Thoman, our Libero.  Bella Oldham, our senior outside hitter had the highest amount of kills at 8 kills. Alma Entasari, senior middle blocker, had the next highest kill count at 5 kills with some well-timed aces.  Woodbridge was a tough team but Uni got to steal a game away from them.  The girls were very motivated to play hard and beat this team from the get go.  Even though it was not a match win for Uni, the girls did some really great things!  Their will, fight and belief in themselves grabbed that game 3 win!  I hope to see more of that fire in the future!

Girls Tennis

The girls tennis team won a crazy match on Tuesday against Northwood to move to 5 and 1 overall and 2-0 in league play.  Halla Alajeely fought off heat exhaustion and illness to lead the Trojans with two important wins playing first singles.  Captain Sasha Iraniha and Kamar Alajeely swept all three sets at third doubles and Captains Ashlyn Wang and Kayla Agustin also swept at first doubles.  Dana Feng clinched the match for the girls with her 6-1 victory at 2nd singles.  The Uni girls are currently ranked 2nd in Orange County and 5 in CIF D-I.  The girls will take on top ranked division rival CDM away on Thursday.

Boys Water Polo

The varsity boys water polo team currently sits on a 5-8 record. Thursday Sept 29th marks our first pacific coast league game of the season as the host Trojans take on Beckman at Uni’s home pool at 4pm. Snack Bar will be open. Co-Captain Daniel Campanaro(Sr.) has scored 76 goals so far on the season, leading all Orange County players. Co-Captain Ben Gomez (Sr.) has about 25 goals and nearly 20 steals while assistant-captain Bennett Kidder (Jr.) has over 50 assists. Kei Yoshikawa (Sr.) has also made major contributions with his sprint speed, counter attack abilities and power play finishes.

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

Thursday 9/29
Girls Tennis @ CDM – 3:15PM
Boys Water Polo v Beckman – 4:00PM
Football v Adelanto – 7:00PM

Saturday 10/1
Cross Country – Stanford Invitational @ Stanford University – 8:00 AM

Tuesday 10/4
Girls Tennis v Irvine – 3:15 PM
Boys Water Polo v Northwood – 4:00 PM
Girls Volleyball v Northwood – 5:15 PM

Wednesday 10/5

GOW-Girls Golf v CDM @ Strawberry Farms Golf Course– 3:00 PM

Fall GOW Schedule 2016

Sport Day Date Time Location Opponent
Girls Volleyball Monday 9/26 5:15 UHS Gym Woodbridge
Girls Golf Wednesday 10/5 3:00 Strawberry Farms CDM
Girls Tennis Monday 10/24 3:15 UHS Tennis Courts Woodbridge
Football Friday 10/28 7:00 Football Stadium Irvine
Boys Water Polo Tuesday 11/1 4:00 UHS Pool Woodbridge
Cross Country Thursday 11/3 1:00 Mason Park League Finals

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 – http://trojanthursday.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 9/22/16

Welcome to Trojan Thursday – So what exactly is Trojan Thursday? Trojan Thursday is a weekly email 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 about how our athletes are doing.

Help publicize our athletes – Follow us on Twitter @UNI_Athletics– If you have a Twitter account and would like updates on how our UNI athletic teams are doing, you can follow us @UNI_Athletics. We will have updates from big games and from the GOWs (Game of the Weeks). It is another way to highlight our athletic teams and star performances by our athletes. Below is a picture of our Twitter name in the athletic office.

Avoid the lines at Football Games and purchase a UHS Football Season Pass! These can be purchased at the SAC, Monday – Friday from 7:15am – 3:15pm. General Admission: $40 – Child/Senior: $25 (Cash, Check or Credit Card accepted).

Need a place to grab a quick bite to eat before and or after the football game on Friday night? Go check out Vitality Bowls located at 4515A Campus Drive. Mention you are a UNI supporter and you will receive 20% off of your order. Vitality Bowls is also the place to be after the game as they will stay open 2 hours after the game to serve our UNI students. Vitality Bowls is a big sponsor of UNI Athletics and we hope everyone will go over and get something to eat and thank them for their support of UNI Athletics.

What’s Happening on Campus

Tomorrow is a TROJAN ARMY DAY! Encourage your student to wear their Trojan Army shirt to school tomorrow. It will be a sea of blue tomorrow on campus. If students want to sit in the student section tomorrow night they should be wearing a blue Trojan Army shirt. We are the one true spirit section in the city and we want to show everyone we play how much spirit we have.

Fall Sports Pep Rally – Tomorrow we will highlight our varsity fall sports at our Fall Pep rally. The energy will be super high. Make sure to wear your Trojan Army shirt so you fit in.

Trojan Points – We have begun our new scanning system to promote our different school events. Please encourage your student to always bring their school ID to school and to scan in when they attend events that are worth points. There are different prizes for reaching different levels of support. Please check out the link below for a list of events and to check your point total.

http://5starstudents.com/universitytrojanarmy

Events we will be scanning at this week:

Friday 9/23 – Trojan Army Day – If you wear your Blue Trojan Army shirt to school you will be able to scan in for 2 points. You can scan in before 1st period at the crossroads, Jr. lot, and Sr. lot. You can also scan in before or after the pep rally in front of the gym or in the athletic office at lunch. It is the students responsibility to get scanned for all events.

Friday 9/23 – Football Game v Estancia – If you are in the stadium before 6:55 you will be scanned in for 2 points. If you come late you will not get scanned.

Monday 9/26 – Volleyball GOW – Come to our Volleyball GOW v Woodbridge and scan in and receive 4 points. Wear your Army shirt to the game.

Fall Sports

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

Boys and Girls Cross Country – Cross Country is looking strong this year, starting the season off with some impressive performances. At the Laguna Hills Invitational, the Trojans placed 18th out of 68 total teams. This was enough to beat Woodbridge and CDM, both strong squads who qualified for CIF last year.

Please congratulate the Boys and Girls Cross Country team on an awesome display of talent at the Woodbridge Cross Country Invitational in Norco this past weekend. From the 140 athletes that were entered from Uni, 135 had a season best or personal best.  The Uni girls finished 7th in their race. Cecilia Langlois, our top runner thus far, ran an impressive 18:17 for three miles. She is now the 17th fastest female cross country runner in the history of University High School. Other notable performances and personal bests include Juli Brom (19:07), Sara Sussman (19:30), Janine Bryant (19:51), Mackenzie Field (19:58), Avery Klauke (20:07), Allison Schaal (20:54) and Maddy Boschen (21.52).  The boys had a good showing with the top runner being Abhi Anish in the junior race. The freshman took 5th overall in their race which was led by freshman Ryan Duffy running in his Van’s which was our number 2 overall time for the night.

Football – A big congratulations to the players and coaches as they continue to improve their record and are now 3-0 with another big win against Calvary Chapel. Check out the article below from OC Varsity.com.  This Friday at 7 p.m. Varsity hosts Estancia at Uni Stadium.  Join us to cheer the team on as they look to extend their winning streak!  After a huge 46-0 victory against Saddleback last week, JV will play away at Estancia on Thursday at 3 p.m., while the Freshman host Estancia on Thursday at 3 p.m.

We hope to see you all out there to cheer on all our Uni Football teams!

University cashes in on Calvary Chapel’s mistakes

September 15, 2016 10:39 PM

By KENNY CONNOLLY

STAFF WRITER

IRVINE – Calvary Chapel found itself in quicksand from the get-go, making one mistake after another.

An opportunistic University bunch pounced on three of the Eagles’ first-quarter miscues and turned those hiccups into 21 points, which proved to be plenty of cushion in the Trojans’ 42-13 win over Calvary Chapel on Thursday night in a nonleague game at University High.

The Eagles’ first three possessions of the opening quarter resulted in a botched snap on a field goal attempt, an interception and a fumble.

After Calvary (0-4) failed to get up a 24-yard chip shot from deep inside University territory early, the Trojans marched 86 yards on 10 plays to grab a 7-0 advantage. Junior receiver Alex Pourdanesh scored the first of his three touchdowns on a 6-yard pass from sophomore quarterback Thomas Keeling.

The Trojans (3-0) doubled their lead on the Eagles’ ensuing possession. Calvary quarterback Sam Lak and the offense again drove deep into University territory, but the senior signal caller threw an ill-advised pass on a fourth down that Trojans corner Jalen Robertson picked off. He scooted 94 yards in the opposite direction.

Robertson, Darrius Outland and Pourdanesh each intercepted Lak, accounting for three of the Eagles’ five turnovers.

University would go up, 21-0, at the end of the first quarter after an Eagles fumble gave the Trojans possession at Calvary’s 32-yard line. Sophomore running back Zachary Goodfriend capped a three-play, 32-yard drive with a 3-yard touchdown run that put an exclamation mark on the opening 12 minutes of play.

The Trojans led, 28-0, at halftime after Keeling connected with Daniel Dolan on a 26-yard strike down the middle of the field late in the second quarter.

Keeling finished with 129 yards passing and two touchdowns.

Pourdanesh caught three passes for 23, accounted for 100 yards rushing and added an interception. He accounted for University’s two scores of the second half: a 60-yard run and a 35-yard interception return for a touchdown.

Contact the writer: kconnolly@scng.com 

Girls Golf – The girl’s golf team is ranked #1 in the county. We beat Beckman last Tuesday 189-192. Samantha Cabunag (junior) shot a 2-under par 34 to lead the way. Nodoka Honda (soph) shot even par 36. We are currently 6-0 overall and 2-0 in league.

Girls Volleyball – Girls volleyball wins in 3 games against Laguna Hills on Tuesday night. The game scores were 25-23 25-15 and 25-21. We were led by our senior outside hitters Bella Oldham and Kira Cashman both recorded 10 kills each for the match. Along with Klaire Thomans 25 digs. The girls have been working harder than ever for this upcoming season. We have had tough pre-season schedule to prepare us for league. The girls are pumped up to start playing league matches. Our level of competition in practices have been intense every day since we have started. All three levels of Girls Volleyball are doing well. Our first League match starts on Thursday (9/22) at home against Irvine.

Our girls are pumped to play our Game of the Week against Woodbridge next Monday (9/26) at home!  We invited the Trojan Army and all that can make it to come out and support us!

Girls Tennis – The Uni Girls Tennis team is off to a 3-1 start.  Captains Ashley Wang and Kayla Agustin led the Trojans sweeping at first doubles for the Trojans in a loss to Campbell Hall last Thursday.  The Trojan girls are currently the 2nd ranked team in Orange County and ranked 5th in CIF D-I.  The girls are back in action on Thursday against Beckman on the Uni courts.

Boys Water Polo –   Currently 4-4 on the season, just beat Marina H.S. (Tues Sept 20th) at our home pool 18-10, slowing down the other team’s best goal scorer was key to victory. Daniel Campanaro (Sr.) led all goal scorers with 11 on the day while goalie Cameron Bernardo (So.) had a stellar performance in the cage making 16 saves. It was a key team effort amongst all players. Campanaro currently ranks #1 in Orange County with 55 goals in 8 games so far in the season, and along with Ben Gomez (Sr.) are being heavily recruited by a number of top notch water polo colleges. The varsity boys will be back in action this weekend (Thurs, Fri, Sat) at the always super competitive South Coast Classic Tournament which plays host to so many of Southern California’s top high school boys programs. Our First Pacific coast league game is next Thursday Sept. 29th vs. Beckman.

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

Thursday 9/22

Girls Tennis v Beckman – 3:15 PM

Girls Volleyball @ Irvine – 5:15 PM

Boys Water Polo – South Coast Classic Tourney @ Santa Margarita – 6:00PM

Friday 9/23

Football v Estancia – 7:00 PM

Boys Water Polo – South Coast Classic Tourney @ Santa Margarita – TBA

Saturday 9/24

Boys Water Polo – South Coast Classic Tourney – TBA

Cross Country – Dana Hills Invitational – 8:00 AM

Monday 9/26

Girls Golf Tourney at Long Beach Recreation Golf Course – 7:00 AM

GOW – Girls Volleyball v Woodbridge – 5:15 PM

Tuesday 9/27

Girls Golf v Irvine @ Oak Creek Golf Course – 3:00 PM

Girls Tennis v Northwood – 3:15 PM

Wednesday 9/28

Girls Golf v Woodbridge @ Strawberry Farms – 3:00 PM

Girls Volleyball v Beckman – 5:15 PM

 Fall GOW Schedule

Sport Day Date Time Location Opponent
Girls Volleyball Monday 9/26 5:15 UHS Gym Woodbridge
Girls Golf Wednesday 10/5 3:00 Strawberry Farms CDM
Girls Tennis Monday 10/24 3:15 UHS Tennis Courts Woodbridge
Football Friday 10/28 7:00 Football Stadium Irvine
Boys Water Polo Tuesday 11/1 4:00 UHS Pool Woodbridge
Cross Country Thursday 11/3 1:00 Mason Park League Finals

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 – http://trojanthursday.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