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 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

Try-outs for Spring Sports:  For coach contact information and try-out dates, please visit the athletic department website: All days are mandatory unless prior arrangements have been made with the coach. A 2nd round of try-outs will be held for athletes competing in winter sports. All students must bring their 2016-2017 athletic ID card to try-out.


Winter Sports

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

Boys Basketball: 

The Boys Varsity Basketball Team lost on Tuesday night to Northwood evening their record in the PCL at 1-1.

Tomorrow night (Friday) the boys travel to Corona del Mar for a 7:00 p.m. tipoff against the Sea Kings. Last Friday the Trojans defeated Beckman 80-72 in a wild Pack the Gym night contest.  Junior guard Alex Bray scored 40 to pace the Trojans while senior forward Ryan Pham had a double double with 18 points and 18 rebounds.

This coming Monday the boys have been invited to participate in Mikeys Long Shot Challenge at Costa mesa High School.  The games played that day will benefit cancer research.  The Trojans will play Capo Valley Christian at 11:30 a.m. Next Thursday, the Trojans travel to Woodbridge to take on the Warriors. Uni defeated Woodbridge 73-53 earlier in the season.

Come out and support the boys at their away game at Corona Del Mar High School tomorrow, January 13th! The game starts at 7:00 PM.

Check out the OC Varsity article below from last Friday’s big game against Beckman!

Bray scores 40 to lift University by Beckman

January 06, 2017 11:14 PM


IRVINE – University gave its fans plenty to cheer about on Friday night, rallying from a seven-point halftime deficit to defeat Beckman, 80-72, in the Pacific Coast League opener for both teams.

The Trojans, behind the 40-point, 17-rebound performance of junior Alex Bray, outscored Beckman, 27-17, in the final quarter in the annual Pack the Gym Night at University, which attracted a near-capacity crowd.

Bray was held to one point in the first quarter, but came alive in the second quarter, scoring 15 points. He added 24 points in the second half. Bray made 22 of 27 free throw attempts and hit four 3-pointers.

“In the first quarter, I’m pretty sure I went 0 for 10 or something like that,” Bray said. “My team just helped me get my confidence back up in the second quarter. It was a back-and-forth game, but we made our free throws down the stretch, and that really helped us win the game.”

As a team, University (7-8, 1-0) made 36 of 51 free throws.

“We were very nervous in the first half,” said University coach Mike Dinneen. “We shot poorly in the first half, 25 percent, but we shot better in the second half and Alex was able to get to the line a lot. We played really hard.

“We just needed a win. We had lost five in a row, all to good teams. This might be the toughest schedule we’ve ever played.”

University also got a strong performance from senior forward Ryan Pham, who had 18 points and 20 rebounds.

Beckman (8-9, 0-1) gave the Trojans all they could handle.

The Patriots were led by sophomore Dylan Thoerner, who scored 21 points, 14 coming in the first half. Junior Aaron Chen added 17 points and junior Ryan Sprosty had 13 points.

Beckman held a 55-53 lead going into the fourth quarter, but University’s full-court press forced key turnovers in the final stanza.

Bray, who made 12 free throws in the final quarter, made two free throws with 2:55 left to put the Trojans ahead, 69-63.

Bray hit the 40-point mark when he made two more free throws with under 10 seconds left to help the Trojans win by eight.

“Beckman played us really tough,” Dinneen said. “They have some good young players but it was nice to get the win.”

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Fans “Pack the Gym” at the annual Pack the Gym Night

Girls Basketball:

The lady Trojans opened league play with two wins over Beckman 64-43 and Northwood 41-24. Great job ladies!!🏀  Come out and support the girls this Friday (1/13) as they travel to CDM. JV plays at 4:00 and Varsity at 5:30.

Boys Soccer:

Boys soccer opened league last Thursday night away vs Beckman at Tustin High School . Our boys came from 2 goals down and scored twice in added time to win 3-2.
Goals from Pedro Palmaka , Sam Kelley and a PK from Darious Abdollahi.
Assists from Sam Kammerman and 2 from Sebastian Hertel.

On Tuesday in our stadium we hosted league title hopefuls and 7-2-1 Northwood .
We took the lead at the end of the first half on a goal from Kian Mohseni . After NW tied it up early in the second we got 2 goals from Sebastian Hertel to win the game 3-1 .
Assists from Darious Abdollahi, Evan Mouchard and Pedro Palmaka .

Our record is now 10-0-1 and ranked #3 in the division .

Come out and support the boys as they take on CDM today (1/12) at 3:15 at home. Good luck boys!

Girls Soccer:

Girls Soccer plays CDM away today (1/12) at 3:15.  Come out and Support!

Girls Water Polo:

Girls water polo plays at Corona del Mar H.S. today (Thurs Jan 12th) varsity at 315pm and jv at 415pm. The lady trojans lost to Northwood at home 11-6 this past Tuesday and last Thursday Jan 5th at Uni pool the girls beat Beckman 12-6. The team travels to an away tournament this Friday and Saturday.

Congratulations to Chandlyr Denaro for achieving OC Varsity’s “Player of the Day” Recognition on January 5th!

Girls water polo POTD: Chandlyr Denaro, University (1-5-17)

January 06, 2017 8:43 AM

Girls water polo
Player of the Day
For Jan. 5, 2017

Chandlyr Denaro

The senior co-captain tallied three goals, six steals, four assists and drew two exclusions to lead the Trojans to a 12-6 victory against Beckman in the Pacific Coast League.


Congrats to the Wrestling team for a 63-16 win over CDM. 6 points given up was a forfeit.  Boys are wrestling very well.

Couple that with this past weekend’s performance by Jordan Elam 2nd, Hans Valdez and Ethan Maniss 5th and Ethan Chin 8th at the 64 team Super Champs in Nogales, we had a great 7 days.

The JV team went to a 16 team tournament in San Clemente and had 8 out of 11 kids place including 2 Champions, four 3rd place finishers and two 4th place finishers.

We have been wrestling hard and even had Damien Calhoun of OC Register come out to see us. It is the kids wrestling hard and doing well that made that possible. Great teamwork by ALL.

Check out the article below from OC covering the Jan. 11th match against CDM:

University wrestlers are ‘starting to believe’wrestling-1-12-17

January 11, 2017 9:14 PM

NEWPORT BEACH – Jordan Elam’s 170-pound match in a Pacific Coast League dual Wednesday was the perfect example of the effort it has taken the University wrestling team to get headed in the right direction.

Elam trailed against Corona del Mar’s Jewlian Avila, 6-1, in the first period. He eventually tied the score at 7 in the third period and sealed the victory with a three-point near fall as time expired.

University, under new coach Steve Shiflett, recorded its third league victory, 63-16, by defeating the Sea Kings at Corona del Mar High.

“It was slow,” Shiflett said of the team’s adjustment period. “There were a couple of kids, when I started, they weren’t buying into it, and slowly and surely, with the success that some of the kids are having, they’re starting to believe.

“They all believe that they can win now, which is the big step. Changing the mindset in practice was the hardest part. They’re starting to believe. We lift more, we run more, these are kids are starting to believe in what they’re told.”

The dual started at 106 pounds. Corona del Mar’s lineup was shorthanded because of injuries and illness, and the Sea Kings gave up five of the first seven matches by forfeit.

CdM also received a forfeit at 126 pounds.

The first match that was wrestled came at 138 pounds, and University’s Max Hertz won by fall.

Corona del Mar’s first victory came at 152 pounds with Peter Hollingshed winning by major decision, 12-2.

The Trojans won the final four matches by fall. The Sea Kings ended the match with Jacob Petersen winning by fall at heavyweight.

“We had a new group of sophomores that are really buying into it because they don’t know any better,” Shiflett said. “So we’re able to harness their talent and we can shape them the way we want. We want to be more aggressive, win or lose.

“That’s what we started at, just get out there and compete. That’s how we’ve changed it. Our girl wrestler (Lorena Egea) has that mentality and they’ve watched her wrestle. They support her and it is just wearing off on the whole team.”

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Winter GOW Schedule 2016

Sport Day Date Time Location Opponent
Wrestling Wednesday 12/14 5:00 UHS Gym Beckman
Girls Basketball Friday 1/6 5:30 UHS Gym Beckman
Boys Basketball Friday 1/6 7:00 UHS Gym Beckman
Girls Water Polo Tuesday 1/24 4:15 UHS Pool Irvine
Boys Soccer Tuesday 1/31 3:15 UHS Stadium Northwood
Girls Soccer Thursday 2/9 5:00 UHS Stadium Woodbridge

Here is a look at this week’s UNI Athletics events

(Home events in BOLD)

Thursday, January 12th
Girls Soccer @ CDM – 3:15 p.m.
Boys Soccer v CDM – 3:15 p.m.
Girls Water Polo @ CDM – 4:15 p.m.

Friday, January 13th
Girls Water Polo Tourney @ Chino Hills High School – Time TBA
Girls Basketball @ CDM – 5:30 p.m.
Boys Basketball @ CDM – 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 14th
Boys Wrestling Tournament @ Troy High School – Time TBA
Girls Water Polo Tournament @ Diamond Bar – Time TBA

Monday, January 16th
Boys Basketball – Costa Mesa Challenge – Time TBA

Wednesday, January 18th
Wrestling v Irvine – 6:00 p.m.

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  3. Attend the GOWs
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Kevin McCaffrey and Mark Cunningham
Athletic Directors
University High School



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