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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What’s Happening on Campus
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.
Upcoming Events we will be scanning:
Monday 10/24 – Girls Tennis GOW v Woodbridge – 2:45 @ Uni Tennis Courts – 4 Points
Friday 10/28 – Trojan Army Day – Wear your Trojan Army shirt to school and receive 2 points
Friday 10/28 – Football GOW v Irvine – Scan in by 6:55 for 4 points
First give Away for Trojan Points – All students with at least 20 points by NOON on Friday, Oct. 28th will receive a free hot dog and popcorn at the Football Game on 10/28. The Free Hot Dog and Popcorn need to be picked up before halftime.
Let’s take a look at how our teams are doing
Boys and Girls Cross Country
It was another amazing Saturday for the OC Cross Country Championships. We had 54 of our 95 male athletes out for PSAT and PACT testing. Our few remaining seniors made up the Varsity team for the day. Our top finisher on the day was Abhi Nisha Anesh followed by Ryan Duffy, Nick Choi, Zach Dignan and Raja Barta rounding out our top 5. That’s right 3 freshman, one sophomore and a senior made up the top 5. This week we compete at the Mt Sac Cross Country Invitational. Go Trojan Running!
The Uni Trojans came through with a 24-21 win against Northwood on Friday and improve to 6-1. You can read all about the game and the exciting finish in the OC Varsity article below.
Come support the Trojans tonight (10/20) as they take on Corona Del Mar at their away game in the Estancia High School Stadium. The Freshman will play away against Corona Del Mar today (10/20) at 3 p.m., and JV will host Corona Del Mar at home tomorrow, Friday (10/21) at 3 p.m. We hope to see you out there supporting all our teams as they work to improve their league records this week!
Loveland field goal helps University top Northwood
October 14, 2016 11:38 PM
By BRENT SHAVER
CONTRIBUTING WRITER – OC Varsity.com
IRVINE – For the second year in a row, University beat Northwood with a late field goal.
Nick Loveland booted a 22-yard field goal with three seconds left, and the Trojans escaped with a 24-21 win over the Timberwolves
“He did it last year too against Northwood,” University coach Mark Cunningham said of Loveland. “I have a lot of confidence in him. But I will tell you what, Northwood played so tough tonight. We were glad to get this one.”
It was a back-and-forth contest all night. Northwood (1-6, 1-1) tied the score, 21-21, on a 3-yard TD by quarterback Brandon Johnson with 8:39 left in the fourth quarter.
University (6-1, 1-1) looked like it might take the lead with just over three minutes left in the fourth quarter. Alex Pourdanesh reached the goal line on a run, but when trying to get to get in, he fumbled the ball through the end zone for a Northwood touchback.
Four plays later, the Timberwolves went for it on fourth-and-1 at their own 29-yard line. University’s defensive line stopped Johnson inches short of the first down with 2:05 to play.
The Trojans then had sophomore quarterback Thomas Keeling step up to help set up the field goal.
On fourth-and-13 from the 32, Keeling found Darrius Outland open for 14 yards and a first down and two plays later Keeling connected with Outland on a 13-yard pass play to the 5.
University, which hurt itself with penalties and two turnovers on the night, moved the ball to the middle of the field and Loveland was perfect with the kick for the win.
Keeling completed 8 of 15 passes for 98 yards. University also got big performances from Pourdanesh, who had 134 yards rushing.
Clark Smith, who finished with 140 yards on the ground and two touchdowns, including one for 70 yards in the first half, and Jalen Robertson, who returned a kickoff 82 yards to give University a 21-14 lead at the end of the third quarter.
Johnson rushed for 131 yards and two touchdowns and passed for another 46 yards to pace Northwood.
Girls Golf clinched first place in the PCL with a win over Woodbridge yesterday. Our girls finished the regular season at 9-1 in league and 14-1 overall. Dana Choi shot a 1-under 35 for the low score and Nodoka Honda came in at even par 36. This team had a pretty special regular season. The girls came in under par as a team in three different matches at three different golf courses. This is quite a spectacular achievement in the world of girl’s high school team golf. What made the accomplishment of winning league even better was doing it while being ranked number one in the county the entire season. That is a difficult thing to do.
Now we move on to the post season. The girls will be playing for a spot in the individual CIF regional on 10/19 and 10/20 at league finals. The team has qualified for a spot already in the team CIF divisional and will be the favorite (no pressure). Be on the lookout for the team and it’s accomplishments on OC Varsity (Register).
The University Varsity girls played Beckman away on Tuesday, the 18th. We lost in 3 games. Game 1 was 18-25. Game 2 was 12-25 Game 3 we lost 17-25. The girls had 39 digs overall. 15 of those digs were done by senior Sydney Cercado. Senior Kira Cashman had the highest amount of kills at 10 kills. She also had the best average on serve receive at a 2.2 out of 3. Senior Bella Oldham had the next highest kill count at 8 kills. In the first game after being down 8-19, the girls fought back until the end at 18-25. Even though the girls are not as physical as Beckman, they make up for it in the hard work and effort they put into it.
Although our season is coming to a close, we would still love the support at our last two away games. Today, Thursday, Oct 20 we play Northwood HS @ NHS and next week Tuesday, Oct 25 we play our last match against Corona Del Mar @ CDM. Both matches JV/FS starts at 4pm followed by Varsity at 5:15pm.
And as we wind down our season, can you tell we’re getting a bit wacky? Here we are on “Wacky Wednesday”……
On a side note, help us end this season by joining us at Chipotle at the University Town Center on Thursday, Oct 27 from 5pm – 9pm!! Mention “University GVB” and 50% will be returned to help support our program. Thank you for all your support of our program this year!!
The girls tennis team has had an up and down week. Last Thursday the girls played a great match defeating Northwood 12-6. Tiffany Markus and Jackie Yoon swept all three sets playing 2nd doubles. Dana Feng had yet another great day winning 2 of 3 sets playing 2nd singles. And, Halla Alajeely was down 0-5 and won 7 games in a row to win the set 7-5 playing first singles.
Unfortunately the girls lost yesterday to League leading CDM. Captains Kayla Agustin and Ashlyn Wang won two of three sets at first doubles. Their one loss marked the first time they lost a doubles set in league play this year.
The girls are back in action today (10/20) against Irvine. Good luck Uni Tennis!
Boys Water Polo
Uni Boys Water Polo will travel to Northwood H.S. this Thursday October 20th for a second round Pacific Coast League game, varsity starts at 4pm. The Trojans lost yesterday at Beckman Tues Oct 18th. Over the previous weekend, the Boys varsity went 3-2 in the Nogales tournament with victories over Western, Sierra Vista & Tesoro while falling to Walnut and San Dimas. Daniel Campanaro broke the 100 goals scored barrier over the weekend, and stands currently at 117 tallies for the season and is top in Orange County. Ben Gomez is at about 60 goals (doubled his total from last year) and is among the top 4 in league. Next week the Trojans host CDM on Tuesday Oct. 25th at Uni Pool and travel to play at Irvine H.S. on Thurs Oct. 27th. Thanks for your support!
Here is a look at this week’s UNI Athletics events
(Home events in BOLD)
Girls Golf – League Finals @ San Juan Hills Golf Club – 12:00 p.m.
Girls Tennis @ Irvine – 3:15 p.m.
Boys Water Polo @ Northwood – 4:00 p.m.
Girls Volleyball @ Northwood – 5:15 p.m.
Football v Corona Del Mar @ Estancia High School – 7:00 p.m.
Cross Country – Mt. SAC Invitational – 7:00 a.m.
Girls Golf – Individual CIF – TBA
**GOW – Girls Tennis v Woodbridge – 3:15 p.m.**
Boys Water Polo v Corona Del Mar – 4:00 p.m.
Girls Volleyball @ Corona Del Mar – 5:15 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