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
Attention Wrestlers: The Wrestling season is about to start. It is not too late to join! Any students planning on joining the wrestling team must enroll in the 6th period wrestling class for 2nd quarter. Athletes currently still in a fall sport can join once their sport is over. Schedule change forms are available in the counseling office and need to be signed by Coach Shiflett. Questions? Contact: email@example.com.
Mandatory Wrestling Meeting – There will be a mandatory parent meeting for all kids wrestling this year. Nov. 9th @ 6:30 p.m. in MPR A.
Boys Volleyball Parent Meeting – Parent meeting for boys interested in Boys Volleyball – Nov. 9th @ 6:00 p.m. in MPR B.
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:
Friday 11/04 – Trojan Army Day – Wear your Trojan Army shirt to School for 2 points
Friday 11/04 – Football v Woodbridge – Scan in by 6:55 for 2 points.
Woodbridge v. University this Friday 11/4/16
7:00 p.m. @ Uni Stadium
(Uni sits on Visitor’s side)
Ticket Prices: General Admission: $8.00 / Students with ASB: $5.00
Students who are in the Stadium by 6:30 wearing their “This is Our House” T-shirt will get in for free.
Let’s take a look at how our teams are doing
Boys and Girls Cross Country
Boys and Girls Cross Country League Finals and Game of the Week are today (11/3) starting at 1:00 p.m. Come out and support the team in their final league event. Go Trojan Running!
The Uni Trojans came through with another win, beating Irvine 13-8 last Friday and improve to 7-2. You can read all about the game in the OC Varsity article below.
Beat Woodbridge! This Friday (11/4) at 7 p.m., the Trojans will play their final league game “away” against Woodbridge at the Uni Football Stadium. This is an important game as it will determine if we make it to Playoffs. This is also the last chance to pick up Uni Football fan gear for the season. Be sure to stop by and pick up holiday gifts and fan gear before the spirit wear booth closes at kick-off. Cash, checks and credit/debit cards accepted.
The Trojans have had an amazing season and we need your support and energy at the game to help us pull out a win against Woodbridge. We’ll see you there!
The Freshman will play away against Woodbridge on Thursday (11/3) at 3 p.m., and JV will host Woodbridge at home on Thursday at 3 p.m. We hope to see you out there supporting all our teams as they work to beat Woodbridge this week!
UNIVERSITY 13, IRVINE 8
October 29, 2016 12:09 AM
By TIM BURT – OC Varsity.com
IRVINE – University used a solid defensive effort and two field goals by Nick Loveland to defeat Irvine, 13-8, in a Pacific Coast League game Friday night at University.
Loveland kicked a 26-yard field goal with 4:27 left in the third quarter to put the Trojans ahead, 10-8. He kicked a 19-yarder with 4:56 remaining in the game to give the Trojans (7-2, 2-2) a five-point cushion.
Irvine (2-6-1, 1-3) drove to the University 9-yard line early in the fourth quarter but Josiah Henry intercepted a pass on a second down play to end the threat.
The Trojans then held Irvine scoreless the rest of the way to improve University’s chances of advancing to the CIF playoffs.
“They fought us the whole game,” University coach Mark Cunningham said of Irvine. “It’s a great tribute to the kids there and to the coaches. I’m very happy with the win. Either team could have won this. I’m really happy for our kids; our defense played very well and our offense played well when they needed to.”
University got a strong performance from running back Sam Winder, who rushed for 171 yards on 16 carries.
Irvine took the opening lead when QB Robert Rahimi scored on a 3-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter. The Vaqueros moved out to an 8-0 lead when Ethan Shank ran for a 2-point conversion.
University cut the lead to 8-7 when quarterback Thomas Keeling connected with Farbod Memarian on an 8-yard TD pass.
“One thing we talked about this week was about grit,” said Irvine Coach Erik Terry. “Being able to get up and face challenges, that’s what we’ve done all season. That’s a credit to our football team. We don’t have quit in us.”
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The Girls Golf team continues their amazing season, finishing 2nd place at CIF Southern Section on Monday. The girls will move on to the CIF Southern California Championships on Thursday, Nov. 3rd. Best of luck girls! You can read more about how the Girls Golf team is doing in the OC Varsity articles below:
University determined to add title to record-breaking season
October 29, 2016 10:46 PM
By DAMIAN DOTTORE
STAFF WRITER – OC Varsity
Just the thought of it can strike fear into University junior Samantha Cabunag.
One wayward drive or one missed putt can change the course of an entire season.
Cabunag witnessed the heartbreak that an ill-timed mistake can cause last season.
She helped the Trojans post a 392 in the CIF-SS Southern Team Divisional. La Serna won with a 391.
“I remember one of our girls, a senior Susan (Lee). She came out and told me that that was going to haunt her every single day,” Cabunag said. “One shot could have changed everything. I think that motivated us for this year in some way.”
That drive to avoid revisting last year’s disappointment has turned the Trojans into the favorite to win the CIF-SS Southern Team Divisional on Monday, and perhaps made them the best girls golf team in county history.
The Trojans have broken 180 three times, set a school record at Strawberry Farms Golf Course and successfully defended their championship at the Long Beach Wilson Invitational, shooting a 298 at Recreation Park Golf Course to become the only team in the field to break 300.
“It (the season) couldn’t be any better,” University coach Kevin Kasper said. “But what we really want to make sure that we do is make a good strong showing at CIF because we feel like if we can shoot the kinds of scores that we are capable of, we should have a really good chance. That would be a cap to a really good season.”
Early in the season, the Trojans revealed their championship potential when they finished 1-over-par as a team for a 28-stroke victory against Aliso Niguel. Freshman Coco Yang, Nodoka Honda, Dana Choi and Cabunag each posted an even-par 35 to help the Trojans card a 176 in the triumph at Aliso Creek Golf Course.
Breaking 180, as the Trojans did that day, is unusual for a girls golf team. But University was just getting started.
Almost a month after that performance, the Trojans set a school record by finishing 4-under-par as a team at Strawberry Farms Golf Course to beat Pacific Coast League rival Corona del Mar, 176-200. Honda medaled that afternoon by shooting a 5-under 31
In the team’s next match, University fired a 1-under-par 179 at Oak Creek Golf Club to defeat Northwood. They did it without Cabunag, arguably the Trojans’ No. 1 player. Yang and Honda stepped up in her absence, sharing medalist honors by posting a 2-under 34.
“I think that (the 170s) shows the depth of our team,” Kasper said. “Our depth keeps us on the cusp where on any given day if three or four of them go really low like they are capable of, that brings us down into the 170s. It really comes back to the depth.”
Four of University’s five varsity regulars have nine-hole scoring averages under 40. Honda, Cabunag, Choi and Yang all finished the regular season at 37.0. Those five players have combined to earn 16 of the Trojans’ 17 medals this season. Yang leads the way with six followed by Choi (4), Cabunag (3) and Honda (3).
Kasper had a feeling this was going to be a special season. During the summer, he said, the girls worked hard on the range and played a lot of junior tournaments.
“Everything that we have done has built up to this, the 170s three times,” Canbunag said. “We have always been confident. It is just a matter of what are we going to do now.”
The next chapter the Trojans in this historic season could be a CIF championship. The Trojans have the talent and the experience to pull it off.
Cabunag, Choi, Honda and Kristin Shea played in the Southern Team Divisional last season, and they are expected to be among the six starters Monday at Lakewood Country Club.
“It is probably not the disappointment of losing by one stroke (last season) that has been a motivating factor,” Kasper said. “The fact that we were right there is motivating. What has caused these girls to work so hard is we were right there, and we know what we can accomplish it right now. That is what motivated them and made them work so hard. What is cool about this year is this has been a team effort.”
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University, Beckman make cut in South Divisional
October 31, 2016 7:24 PM
By DAMIAN DOTTORE
STAFF WRITER – OC Varsity
The disappointment was obvious on the University girls golf team. One player appeared to be on the verge of tears as she posed for a picture with the Trojans alongside the 18th green on Monday at Lakewood Country Club.
It’s not like the University played terribly in the CIF-SS Southern Team Divisional. They were among the three teams to make the cut to the WSCGA qualifying tournament on Thursday in Chino Hills.
“But If the girls would have shot their normal scores we would have done better,” University coach Kevin Kasper said.
Earlier this season, the Trojans set a school record finishing four under par as a team. On Monday, they shot a 13-over-par 383 to place second, two strokes behind La Serna, which defended its championship in the southern divisional with a 381.
This was the second year in a row the Pacific Coast League had two teams place in the top three as Beckman came in third with a 390 and earned a tee time in Thursday’s tournament at Western Hills Country Club as well.
It was also the second consecutive season in which University advanced out of this divisional. Last fall, the Trojans placed third, finishing one stroke behind La Serna, which tied for first with Corona del Mar before winning on the sixth player’s score.
“La Serna is a good team. They threw up a really good score again. You have got to tip your hat to them,” Kasper said. “We get to keep moving on which is good, so we are happy about that. Finishing second is something to be proud of. It is a good score, and we have accomplished a lot. The season is not over yet, but we felt like would could have won.”
Three of University’s five scoring players posted a score in the 70s on Monday. Dana Choi led the Trojans with a 2-under-par 72 followed by Samantha Cabunag, who fired an even-par 74, and freshman CoCo Yang, who posted a 75.
La Serna sophomore Briana Chacon earned medalist honors, shooting a 4-under-par 70. Beckman senior Cameron Lee led the county players at the tournament with a 71. Nadia Susanto also broke 80 for the Patriots, carding a 78. The Patriots did not advance out of this tournament last season.
“We are into the next round. That will work,” Beckman coach Cheyne Blair said. “This was the hardest test really, getting through this regional to the next stage because there are so many outstanding teams out here in this region. I feel good about our chances are Western Hills.”
Alyaa Abdulghnay’s chances of defending her CIF State championship ended on Monday as Corona del Mar tied for fifth with Long Beach Wilson after posting a 410. She also failed to make the cut in the CIF-SS Southern Individual Regional at Dad Miller, which leaves her out of Thursday’s CIF-SS Individual Championship/WSCGA team qualifier in Chino Hills.
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The Girls Volleyball team finished their season last week with a 3-7 record. The girls had a lot of successes on and off the court this year and are already working hard in the off season preparing for next year. We had eleven seniors that have been a part of the program their four years at Uni and want to give them a special mention. We wish all of them – Bella Oldham, Kira Cashman, Jaylee Morse, Alma Entesari, Sherin Sayrany, Sophia Lawrence, Sydney Cercado, Leylee Sahrai, Erisa Pooee, Dominique Abraham & Ashley Kim – the best of luck the rest of their senior year and continued success in all their endeavors after graduation! Congratulations Uni GVB Class of 2017!
The girls varsity tennis team finished the regular season and will begin the CIF playoffs tomorrow afternoon. Despite losing a bunch of girls to graduation, the team finished 2nd in the Pacific Coast league, was ranked 2nd in Orange County and 5th in the CIF Southern Section. Ashlyn Wang and Halla Alajeely won the league doubles title with Kayla Agustin and Sasha Iraniha making it to the semi-final. Ashyln, Kayla and Halla were also named to the PCL All-League first team and Kayla was recognized by the PCL coaches as one of 6 league representatives named as “league sportswoman”. Congratulations to all of our girls on a great season.
Boys Water Polo
Thanks for all the supporters for coming out to Uni’s pool Tues Nov 1st to cheer us on as we hosted Woodbridge for the game of the week. Your enthusiasm drove the boys to make a very exciting game, that unfortunately ended in an overtime loss, but nevertheless it was the first time our defense was able to keep a quality opponent under 10 goals. Last Thursday Oct. 27th the Trojans lost another overtime thriller to Irvine H.S., but the team has made great strides as the season winds down to a conclusion. Thurs Nov 3rd the varsity and JV travels to division 4 opponent Laguna Hills for a non-league match, and later this weekend we will learn our fate as the CIF committee will decide on which teams to invite to the playoffs which would start next week, cross your fingers for our boys hopes!
Here is a look at this week’s UNI Athletics events
(Home events in BOLD)
Girls Golf – CIF SS Championships @ Western Hills Country Club – 8:00 a.m.
***GOW – Cross Country League Finals @ Mason Park – 1:00 p.m.***
Boys Water Polo @ Laguna Hills – 4:00 p.m.
Girls Tennis – CIF Match v Martin Luther King Jr. H.S. @ Uni Tennis Courts – 2:00 p.m.
Football v Woodbridge @ Uni Stadium – 7:00 p.m.
Fall GOW Schedule 2016
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|Boys Water Polo
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