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.
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Need a place to grab a quick bite to eat before the game on Friday? 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 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
New Softball Coach Hired! We are excited to introduce our new Softball Coach, Gretchen Bock. Gretchen will be a huge asset to University High School. She comes to us with years of coaching experience at both the high school and college levels. Welcome to the Trojan Family Gretchen!
Pink is the new Blue! The PINK OUT game is Friday, Oct. 14th. Wear your pink to the game. Pink Trojan Army Gear is available now in the Athletic Office. Pink Trojan Army Shirts and Pink Trojan Army Hats are available for $8 each.
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.
Events we will be scanning this week:
Friday 10/14 – Pink Trojan Army Day – Wear a PINK Trojan Army shirt and receive 4 points.
Friday 10/14 – Home Football Game. Scan in before 6:55 for 2 points.
Let’s take a look at how our teams are doing
Boys and Girls Cross Country
UNI XC competed in our first Pacific Coast League cluster meet this past Thursday. The varsity girls ran tough against some top teams in the state. Ceci Langlois improved her 3 mile time, running a new personal best of 18:13 for 4th place overall. Rounding out our top 5 was Juli Brom, Sara Sussman, Avery Klauke and Mackenzie Field. We will be competing at the Orange County Championship meet this weekend. Langlois will be running in the prestigious Sweepstakes race with the best runners and teams in the county. We wish her and the team luck in this competitive meet!
The Boys Cross Country opened up the Pacific Coast League with our first meet at Irvine Park. Our top boy on the day was Nathan Gali followed by Christian Go, Ryan Duffy, Ryan Liang, Abhi Nisha Anesh, Zach Dignan and Luke Ruan. Our next meet will be OC Champs at Irvine Park this weekend. Go Trojan Running!
The Uni Trojans lost their first game this season to Beckman last Friday night, despite a “furious rally” in the 4th quarter to end the game 21-24. You can read all about it in the OC Varsity article below. Despite the loss, we had a packed house for our Homecoming Game and we were once again nominated for SoCal Sideline’s Southern California Student Section of the Week!
This week the Trojans will host Northwood on Friday at 7:00 p.m. It is the big “Pink Out” game. So put on your Pink Trojan Army shirt and come support the football team as they take on Northwood.
Fans Pack the Stadium at the Homecoming Game Friday Night
Beckman survives fourth-quarter scare from University
October 07, 2016 10:00 PM
By TIM BURT
STAFF WRITER – OC Varsity.com
IRVINE – Beckman survived a furious rally by University and held on for a 24-21 victory over the Trojans in a thrilling Pacific Coast League opener Friday night at University.
Beckman (3-3, 1-0) appeared to be in command with a 17-0 lead going into the final quarter but University (5-1, 0-1) scored three touchdowns in the fourth to take it the wire.
“It’s huge,” Beckman coach Marcello Giuliano said. “They were on a two-year streak of dismantling people and they came in 5-0. I was just super proud of how hard our kids played.”
Quarterback Dean Nagle, who passed for two touchdowns and 263 yards, led the Beckman offense but Giuliano said the Patriots’ defense set the tone.
“It started with defense,” Giuliano said. “We were pitching a shutout for most of the game and we caused turnovers and we (forced) a lot of negative plays. That was a defensive game through and through and they deserve a ton of credit and when it was time to come through Dean and the receivers did an awesome job.”
University came charging back in the fourth quarter behind quarterback Thomas Keeling, who passed for 257 yards and two touchdowns in the game.
The Trojans cut Beckman’s lead to 17-14 when Zachary Goodfriend scored on a 1-yard run with 6:39 left.
University then recovered an onside kick but had to kick again when the Trojans were called for an illegal formation.
The Trojans decided not to attempt another onside kick, and Beckman extended its lead to 24-14 when Nagle connected with Mikael Mian on a 20-yard touchdown pass with 3:26 left.
University refused to fold, however. Keeling found Clark Smith on a 34-yard touchdown pass with 2:52 remaining to cut Beckman’s lead to 24-21.
But Beckman recovered the onside kick and ran out the clock.
Beckman capped the first half when I’Jon Akahi took a screen pass from Nagle and turned it into a 56-yard touchdown for a 10-0 lead with 1:18 left in the second quarter.
Beckman’s Liam Molina opened the scoring with a 24-yard field goal with 6:33 left in the second quarter.
University turned the ball over three times (two fumbles).
Beckman plays Corona del Mar in its next game on Thursday at Tustin while University hosts Northwood.
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Tuesday we beat Northwood 179-208 at Oak Creek Golf Club. This was our third score this year in the 170’s, which is an unbelievable girl’s golf score. Nodoka Honda (soph) and Coco Yang (fresh) shot a 2-under par 34 to lead the way. Wednesday we took down Beckman at their home course Tustin Ranch Golf Club, 195-201. This puts us in a position to win the league, but we have to beat Woodbridge twice. The low scores yesterday were Samantha Cabunag and Nodoka Honda at 38. Our current record overall is 12-1.
University scores long awaited victory against Beckman
October 12, 2016 7:45 PM
By DAMIAN DOTTORE
TUSTIN – After beating No. 3 Beckman, 195-201, on Wednesday, University girls golf coach Kevin Kasper told the No. 1 Trojans to take pride in and enjoy what they had just accomplished at Tustin Ranch Golf Club.
For the first time since 2012, the Trojans came out on top in a match on the Patriots’ home course.
But the celebration, Kasper cautioned, couldn’t last more than one night. Come morning, he said, it was a time to turn the page. An important date with Woodbridge awaits Thursday afternoon.
While Wednesday’s triumph against Beckman gives the Trojans inside track toward winning the Pacific Coast League championship which has belonged to Beckman for the past three seasons, University still has to win both of its remaining matches with the Warriors to wrap up first place.
“That is a really important match now,” Kasper said. “For us we would love to win league. It is no more important for us this year than any other year, but it is sure nice to come in here and win at this course. The home course advantage is huge for them here.”
University junior Samantha Cabunag said the Patriots have a clear edge over the visitors at Tustin Ranch when it comes to putting and short game.
“That is the big factor. It is always hard for us to adjust to that when it comes to different courses because everything is so much different,” she said. “It makes it that much harder.”
Cabunag said she didn’t have her best day at Tustin Ranch as she only holed one birdie on the front nine, but she still posted a 2-over-par 38 which tied Nodoka Honda for Trojan’s lowest score on Wednesday.
Cameron Lee earned medalist honors shooting a 2-under-par 34 to lead Beckman.
Wednesday’s match illustrates perfectly the Trojans’ strength this season. The worst score that University posted was a 40. It is rare for a girls golf team to have that much consistency and depth.
“This feels amazing. It is awesome,” Cabunag said after the victory. “It would be great for us to win league. We have been so close to beating them, but it has been a while since we have gotten there. Winning league would be a great thing for us to do this year.”
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The girls played CDM last Thursday and performed the best they have all season. Winning the first game of the match was a huge boost for the team’s confidence. The girls lost the second game in a tough battle and jumped out in the third game and took control with an 11 point lead. Despite losing game 3 and 4 the girls played so fearless and hard there was nothing to be disappointed about. The girls left it all on the court.
Tuesday’s game was senior night against Irvine. This senior night had 11 seniors to recognize. First 2 games of the match all the veterans took care of business and won the first 2 games. Irvine fought back to win the 3rd game. We took control of the match in the 4th and clinched the win against Irvine. The team was lead by Kira Cashman who constantly killed the ball on the outside every game. She had a total of 17 kills and 3 blocks 6 digs. Jaylee Morse, as the right side hitter, contributed with 6 blocks and 5 kills for the game. Bella Oldham with 14 kills and 4 digs. Sydney Cercado had 10 digs for the match. The team is getting better every match. They also have a lot of determination to be the best they can this season. They have become a very competitive team and they are very fun to watch.
Please come out and support the girls at their game tonight (10/13)! The girls play at Woodbridge High School, lower levels at 4:00 followed by Varsity at 5:15. Good luck Uni Volleyball!
Yesterday the girl’s tennis team lost a tough match to Peninsula high school 7 -11. The Trojans are currently ranked 5th in CIF D-I and Pen is ranked 4th. Kayla Agustin and Ashely Wang lost their first match together this year but still won 2 of 3 sets. Halla Alajeely also won two of three at first singles for the Trojans. Uni is 5-1 in league and 8-3 overall.
University starts crucial week with win over Beckman
October 11, 2016 10:21 PM
By KENNY CONNOLLY
STAFF WRITER – OC Varsity.com
No matter how they sliced it, this was going to be the most taxing three-day stretch of the season for University’s girls tennis team.
The second-ranked Trojans passed their first test of the week, edging No. 9 Beckman, 11-7, in a Pacific Coast League match Tuesday afternoon at Beckman High.
Ashlyn Wang and Kayla Agustin remained unbeaten in league play, sweeping their doubles sets against the Patriots, including a 7-6 tiebreaker in the opening round that put University ahead, 4-2, headed into the second.
“That was definitely a big set for us,” University coach John Kessler said. “(Beckman) played great and we didn’t play particularly well. Ashley (Teng) keeps playing great. She’s as steady as they come. She doesn’t panic, even when she’s down.”
Teng – who is Beckman’s top singles player – swept her three sets, 6-4, 6-2, 6-0, and improved her individual record to 44-2.
University collected the other six singles points on the afternoon, as Halla and Kamar Alajeely each grabbed two sets, as did sophomore Dana Feng.
The Trojans (8-2, 5-1) will host Peninsula on Wednesday afternoon, a nonleague match with major postseason seeding implications. In the latest CIF-SS Division 1 poll, the Panthers were ranked No. 4 while University came in at No. 5.
On Thursday, the Trojans travel to take on fourth-ranked Northwood, which is looking to tie University for second place in the league standings.
Boys Water Polo
Uni Boys Water Polo will travel to Woodbridge H.S. and play a key league game vs the Warriors on Thurs Oct. 13th…varsity game at 4pm…The Trojans will also be competing this Fri and Sat Oct 14-15 at the Nogales varsity tournament. The squad lost a home match on Tuesday, 10/11, 19-12 to visiting Irvine HS…and was also defeated 25-7 last Thursday (Oct 6th) at Corona del Mar HS. Some recent contributors who have helped the team lately include: Scott Laske, Asha Ezzati, Brad Nunamaker, Kei Yoshikawa, Alex Rasla, Jake Bova, Jinuk Choi, Ryan Khalaf, Jeffrey Hertzog, Shin Takahashi, Jonny Aizik and Cameron Bernardo.
Here is a look at this week’s UNI Athletics events (Home events in BOLD)
Girls Golf v Woodbridge @ Rancho San Joaquin – 3:00 p.m.
Girls Tennis @ Northwood – 3:15 p.m.
Boys Water Polo @ Woodbridge – 4:00 p.m.
Girls Volleyball @ Woodbridge – 5:15 p.m.
Boys Water Polo Tournament @ Nogales High School – 4:40 p.m.
Football v Northwood – PINK OUT – 7:00 p.m.
Boys Water Polo Tournament @ Nogales High School – TBA
Cross Country @ Irvine Park – 7:30 a.m.
Girls Golf v Woodbridge @ Strawberry Farms – 3:00 p.m.
Girls Tennis v Corona Del Mar – 3:15 p.m.
Boys Water Polo @ Beckman – 4:00 p.m.
Girls Volleyball @ Beckman – 5:15 p.m.
Girls Golf – League Finals @ San Juan Hills Golf Club – 12:00 p.m.
Fall GOW Schedule 2016
|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|
|Boys Water Polo||Tuesday||11/1||4:00||UHS Pool||Woodbridge|
|Cross Country||Thursday||11/3||1:00||Mason Park||League Finals|
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Kevin McCaffrey and Mark Cunningham
University High School