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What’s Happening on Campus
Athletic Summer Camps: Brochure available online at www.universityhigh.org/athletics
Athletic Clearance for 2017-2018: Complete the online clearance process at www.athleticclearance.com. Upload your physical to the website (Physicals should be completed AFTER May 1st, 2017) and then bring the confirmation page to the athletic office to receive athletic ID. We will begin printing cards for next year on May 15th.
Congratulations to Bella Oldham who just committed to play volleyball for Johnson and Wales University next year! Way to go Bella!
Let’s take a look at how our teams are doing
The baseball team fell to Woodbridge last Thursday night by a final of 9-5. Woodbridge jumped out to a 5-0 lead and our boys responded by putting up 3 runs in the 4th inning. A great play with two runners on by Woodbridge ended the rally. Jake Rome and Jackson LoBianco each drove in a run. John Rizzo made several nice plays at third base.
On Tuesday the baseball team battled Beckman who is the #5 ranked team in Orange County. Beckman scored 4 in the first to take a 4-0 lead. UNI responded by scoring 3 in the second led by Cor Biase, Jake Rome, and Andie Masotto RBIs. The Trojans had runners on second and third in the last inning but could not push the runs across to tie the game.
On Friday Beckman will travel to UNI for the third game of the series. Game time is at 3:30.
Softball heads to Beckman today (4/27) for a league game. JV and VR both play at 3:30 p.m. Good luck girls!
Last night the University Trojans Boy’s Lacrosse team played Woodbridge at Portola HS. The game was one to remember. It was WHS senior night, but the Trojans were looking to make it their game and night. Uni opened up the scoring, stunning the majority WHS crowd, With a rip from outside by Sophomore Oliver Kubit. The Warriors would answer back with two goals, but at the end of the first it would be tied 2-2. The second quarter would be similar. Freshmen Phat Nyugen, who also plays football, had a crucial goal early in the quarter to spark the offense. At halftime the teams would be tied 4-4. The second half would be some of the best lacrosse seen in Orange County all season, aggressive, efficient, hard fought lacrosse. Both teams were playing at their best. The game came down to the last minutes of the game. WHS was up 6-5 as the fourth quarter began, but scored quickly to go up 7-5. Then another goal, now 8-5 warriors. Uni showed resilience and dug deep on defense and was rewarded with a scoring spree. After two Trojan goals by junior captain Nick Khamseh (5 goals 2 assist) at 4:28 and 3:07, it was a one goal game. There was hope. Uni had to get the bell back, they had to pressure the warriors and get a turn over. With under two minutes left in the game, the warriors would be challenged, but broke the pressure and added a security goal with 42 seconds on the clock, making it 9-7. Senior long stick midfielder Tre Salvador would add a goal with 24 seconds left and was possibly fouled in the attempt, which would have given uni the goal and the ball with time in the clock to time it, but the flag was waved off. It was a truly exciting game and finish.
The girls swim team has had several important meets since the last update.
Last weekend, the Varsity girls participated in the annual Foothill Swim Games, an invitational meet attracting many of the fastest teams in all divisions in Orange County. This was a two day, prelims and finals meet. Uni girls finished 10th out of 15 teams and only 1 point behind Orange Lutheran in 9th place.
There were many outstanding performances at this meet. The 200 Medley and 400 Free relays lowered their CIF consideration times, with the 400 free relay team of Anne Iwata, Vanessa Yang, Alondra Ortiz and Kate Weiland coming in with a season best time by 3.5 seconds at 3:49.26. In prelims, Junior Jennifer Tseng had a 6.4 second drop in the 200 freestyle, and freshman Weiland had a 3 second drop in the 200 IM. Anne and Claire Jang, Vanessa Yang and Leila Mirsafian all had nice drops in their 50 freestyle times. Junior Alondra Ortiz swam a lifetime best 58.99 in the 100 fly and senior Erika Ervoes had a 1.5 second drop for a season best time in the 100 fly as well. Claire Jang had a 2 second drop in the 100 freestyle, hitting a CIF consideration time of 53.79, also a season best., Angela Yan had a 4 second drop in the 500 free, and all 4 Uni backstrokers, Ortiz, Marian Lu, Tseng and Madi Wakita all had time drops in the 100 backstroke, with Ortiz lowering her CIF consideration time for a season best 59.76. Wieland, A.Jang and Monica Tang all dropped at least 2 seconds in the 100 breaststroke with Weiland and Jang earning season best CIF consideration times of 1:08.18 and 1:08.48 respectively.
The top 16 swimmers in each event returned for finals on Saturday with Ortiz finishing 10th in the 100 fly and the 100 back with the exact same time of 59.17 in both, Claire Jang finishing 12th the 100 free, and Wieland finishing 14th in the 100 breaststroke. Anne Jang also qualified for finals but was unable to attend. The three relays finished 11th, 15th and 12th.
Yesterday, in the last dual meet of the season, the varsity girls fell to Irvine HS by a score of 108-62. The seniors on the team, Chandlyr Denaro, Erika Ervoes, Anne Jang, Jacinda Kao, Annie Lee, Celine Nie, Madi Wakita, Vanessa Yang, and Diana Zhang were honored during the meet along with their parents.
Next up for swimming is the Pacific Coast League Championships, held this year at Beckman HS. Girls prelims are Tuesday, boys prelims Wed, and combined finals for the top 16 swimmers in each event will be Friday afternoon. Good luck girls!
Boys Swimming is ranked #2 in Orange County! Good job boys! The Swimming Pacific Coast League Championships will be held next week. Boys prelims are on Wednesday (5/3) and finals are on Friday (5/5) at Beckman High School. Good luck boys!
BOYS SWIMMING O.C. Dual Meet Top 10 1. Northwood 2. University 3. Santa Margarita 4. Mater Dei 5. Dana Hills 6. Foothill 7. Newport Harbor 8. Los Alamitos 9. Aliso Niguel 10. Tesoro
Track & Field:
Girls track had a great showing at the Orange County Championships this past weekend. Paige Metayer had a huge come from behind win in the 800m with a new personal best time of 2:12.85. This now ranks her #11 in the state and #1 in CIF Southern Section. In addition, Daria Shkel finished 7th in the county for the 300m hurdles, Cecilia Langlois placed 3rd in the county for the frosh/soph 3200m, and our 4×100 relay team of Alexis Robertson, Lauryn Wood, Daria Shkel and Leyna Wood placed 8th in the county. On Wednesday we finished up our league competition with a solid win against Irvine. Next week we will hold the PCL League Prelims and Finals on Tuesday and Friday at Uni. There will be some very exciting races, come support! Go Trojans!
This week, Boys Track had their last league meet against Irvine High School. The team put up a good fight but came up short. We still had some amazing performances from some key athletes. Our 4 x 100 continued their success (Farris Qaisi, Darius Outland, Jeremy Koo, Harry Baker) as well as Harry Baker and Farris Qaisi in the 100 and 200, Jeremy Koo in the 400. In the long jump, Harry Baker and Aaron Haung. In the triple jump, Aaron Haung, Nick Loveland and Jalen Robertson and in the high jump we had Evan Pariser, Darius Outland, Kevin Yahmapath and Sam Kammerman. Our top performers for the distance included Ryan Duffy, Ryan Liang and Zach Dignan. For the hurdles, Evan Pariser earned points in the 110 hurdles while Luke Ruan earned points in the 300 hurdles. Next week we have league prelims and finals here at Uni. Go Trojan Track and Field and come out and support.
University was ranked #1 in Orange County for Boys Tennis for the week of April 24- 30. Great job boys!
Our Varsity Boys Tennis team has sent three tennis players to the prestigious Ojai Tournament this week. You can read all about the Ojai tournament in the OC Register article below. Good luck boys!
Next batch of county talent looking to make a name at Ojai
April 26, 2017 at 8:00 pm
Orange County’s reputation precedes itself on the famed Libbey Park tennis courts in Ojai.
County legend and current UCLA star Gage Brymer still bears the “Mr. Ojai” nickname he earned after winning three straight singles crowns in his time at University High from 2011-13. Most recently, former Corona del Mar great Bjorn Hoffmann maintained the area’s standing by posting back-to-back runner-up finishes the past two years.
Factoring in both the singles and doubles competition, Orange County has provided at least one finalists in either championship match at the prestigious Ojai Tournament for the past eight years.
The looming question headed into the 117th installment of the tournament is a simple one: Can any local player, or players, extend the streak?
The quest to play in the rarified Ojai weekend air will begin for 12 local singles entrants and 16 county doubles teams on Thursday morning at Libbey Park.
“Ojai is such an incredible tournament, there’s so much hype in the area surrounding it,” Newport Harbor coach Kristen Case said. “Anybody who loves tennis, loves Ojai.”
While the local batch of talent in the tournament is fairly young, standing in their way atop both the singles and doubles brackets will be reigning champs. Peninsula’s Connor Hance won the 2016 singles title and returns as the favorite, looking to become the first repeat champion since Brymer in 2013.
In the doubles bracket, San Marino’s Bryce Pereira returns as one-half of last year’s championship winning tandem. Alongside new partner, Connor Lee, the Titans duo look to be the team to beat.
Corona del Mar coach Jamie Gresh said it’s no mystery who the favorites are this year at Ojai.
“Connor (Hance) is definitely the top seed in singles bracket,” he said. “And Bryce (Pereira) and Connor Lee are heads and tails the top doubles teams this year.”
Among the highest-rated local players primed for lengthy runs are a pair of youngsters in Woodbridge sophomore Stefan Dostanic and Newport Harbor freshman Max McKennon. Both players currently hold five-star national rankings – the only local entrants to hold such – and if they can each navigate their way through the first three rounds of play, they would face off in Friday afternoon’s quarterfinals with a spot in Saturday’s final four on the line.
“Max has nothing to lose in this tournament,” Case said of McKennon. “It’s his first Ojai competing in the CIF singles division, so for him its exciting. I really don’t know much about who his opponents would be in the first two rounds. But everyone is going to be good at Ojai. So for him, the key is focusing on his game, enjoying the moment and competing hard.”
Gresh said he wouldn’t be surprised if one of the county’s top players makes a deep run in the singles bracket.
“I can see a guy like Stefan Dostanic making a semifinal run or deeper. He’s improved drastically over the last year,” Gresh said. “Or a guy like Max McKennon making a semifinal run or deeper, being as he’s on of the top freshmen.
“It’s a different year because you had a lot of talented guys graduate and you’re starting to get acquainted to this new group of players.”
University, Corona del Mar and Los Alamitos have yielded the most recent tournament success on the double side, and all three schools again send strong duos to Ojai. Hans Hwang and Soomin Lee (University), Diego Fernandez del Valle and Matt Paulsen (Corona del Mar) and the Naara Shin-Nicklaus Vogt (Los Alamitos) pair have nice draws that could wind up in a run toward the weekend.
First and second round play will take place on Thursday. The round of 16 and quarterfinals are set for Friday, with semifinals and championship matches scheduled for Saturday afternoon.
The Uni boys are travelling to Irvine today. Lower levels are playing at 3:00 p.m. and Varsity will play following at approximately 4:15. Good luck boys!
The Lady Trojans secured a win over Irvine High School on Monday night by a score of 23-3. Highlights included Sr. Phoebe Solomon making two forays from her defensive position to participate in attack. Her second attempt resulted in a beautiful shot and goal, her first of the season. Sr. Ashlyn Wang led the scoring with 7 goals, and Sr. Raeann Artim led the team in fielding with 6 ground balls recovered. The team wraps up league play tonight with a monumental game against cross town rival Woodbridge. The game tonight is to honor our Seniors, and may cement a place in the post season. It would be great if the stadium was loud and filled to capacity with a raucous crowd, so come out and support. We play at 4:00 PM!
The boys golf team ended the regular season with a positive note with a win against Irvine High School. The team beat Irvine with their lowest score of the season of 193 anchored by Sophomore Connor O’Brien’s 1 under par of 35 at Oak Creek Golf Club. It was a complete team effort with personal season best from David Kurniawan and Daniel Lee. The win was secured by Robert Pan shooting a personal and season best of 1 over par 37!
Here is a look at this week’s UNI Athletic events
(Home events in BOLD)
Thursday, April 27th
Softball @ Beckman – 3:30
**GOW**Girls Lacrosse v Woodbridge – 4:00
Boys Volleyball @ Irvine – 4:15
Friday, April 28th
Baseball v Beckman – 3:30
Boys Lacrosse v Sage Hill – 4:00
Saturday, April 29th
Boys Lacrosse Tournament @ Uni – 11:00 a.m.
Monday, May 1st
Boys Tennis v Woodbridge – 3:15
Tuesday, May 2nd
Track League Prelims – 2:00
Baseball v Corona Del Mar – 3:30
**GOW**Boys Volleyball v Woodbridge – 5:15
Wednesday, May 3rd
Boys Swim Prelims @ Beckman – 2:00
Spring GOW Schedule 2017
|Boys Tennis||Tuesday||3/21||3:15||UHS Tennis Courts||Beckman|
|Boys Lacrosse||Wednesday||3/29||4:00||Football Stadium||Woodbridge|
|Softball||Monday||4/17||3:30||UHS Softball Field||Beckman|
|Boys Golf||Thursday||4/20||3:00||Strawberry Farms||CDM|
|Girls Lacrosse||Thursday||4/27||4:00||Football Stadium||Woodbridge|
|Boys Volleyball||Tuesday||5/2||5:15||UHS Gym||Woodbridge|
|Track & Field||Friday||5/5||4:00||UHS Stadium||League Finals|
|Baseball||Thursday||5/11||3:30||UHS Baseball Field||Irvine|
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