What’s Happening on Campus
Upcoming Sports Try-outs:
Girls Water Polo: Nov. 6th – 8th (3p.m. – 5p.m.)
Boys Basketball: Nov. 6, 7 & 9 (3p.m. – 5p.m.)
Soccer (2nd Try-out): Nov. 7-9 – After School – fall sport athletes or invitation from coach
Baseball: Dec. 4th (3:15 – 4:30)
Dec. 6th (2:45 – 4:15)
Dec. 7th & 8th (3:15 – 4:30)
Boys Golf: Dec. 18 – 20 (Must attend lunch meeting on Nov. 16th in MPR B)
Let’s take a look at how our teams are doing
Congratulations to last week’s Players of the Game!
- Offensive – Branton Lucas
- Defensive – David Nguyen
- Special Teams – Jaden Henry
Last League Game against Beckman today (Thursday) at 7pm at Tustin High School (1171 El Camino Real, Tustin)! Freshman plays Beckman away today at 3 p.m. at Beckman High School. JV plays Beckman at home on Friday at 3 p.m. Please come and support all our teams and players!
The girl’s golf team won a CIF Championship on Monday at Mile Square Park in Fountain Valley. The team score of 365 (5 over par) was 12 strokes better than second place Woodbridge. Nodoka Honda shot a three under par 69 to tie in first place of all individual scores. Coco Yang shot a two under 70. Alexis Kim came in at 1 over 73. Samantha Cabunag scored a 75. Dana Choi shot 78 and Kristin Shea, 82. The girl’s played really well as a team.
Today we are in Oxnard playing for a shot at the next round of CIF. We are playing against 12 teams. The top four move on to CIF team qualifying for CIF state. If we place top four we will play next week in Riverside for a chance to go to state in Pebble Beach.
In addition, three players, Nodoka, Dana and Alexis are playing today for the CIF Individual Championship.
University stays calm, wins CIF-SS Southern Divisional team championship
FOUNTAIN VALLEY – Nodoka Honda has become very good at multi-tasking, and that, University girls golf coach Kevin Kasper said, has improved her scores on the golf course.
“I know it is a cliché when people say that this game is one shot at a time,” he said, “and so I think it (multi-tasking) helps her zero in when her thoughts are going in 100 different directions.”
She was definitely preoccupied Monday at Mile Square Golf Course, knowing that she had a big chemistry test Tuesday. While she was waiting to take her next shot during the CIF-SS Southern Team Divisional, she pulled out some flashcards to give herself a quick pop quiz. By the end of the round she had 15 of the 24 answers memorized.
“I do that to calm myself down. It relaxes me,” she said. “I know it made me play better.”
While she clearly needed to do more studying to secure an A on her chemistry exam, she aced her test for the Trojans at Mile Square, shooting a 3-under-par 69 to help University win the divisional championship.
The Trojans finished 5 over par as a team, posting a 365 to beat Pacific Coast League rival Woodbridge by 12 strokes. Huntington Beach placed third with a 396. All three teams advance to the WSCGA team qualifying tournament on Thursday, Nov. 2, at River Ridge Golf Club in Oxnard.
“It feels really nice. We came together as a team,” Honda said. “We played very well, and we were really motivated to win.”
The Trojans were the only team in the field to have two players card a sub-par round. Coco Yang fired a 70, and all five of University’s scoring players finished in the 70s. Alexis Kim finished with a 73 while Samantha Cabunag and Dana Choi added a 75 and 78, respectively.
“We really don’t have a true No. 1 player. Every girl can score,” Kasper said. “Our strength is in our depth. That has been the case for this team for the past three years, and each year we have seen improvement.”
Two years ago the Trojans finished third in this divisional, missing a victory by one stroke. Last year, they finished in second place, three shots back.
“I think it motivated the team this year. We talked about it as we were going into league finals and then this,” Kasper said. “It is sometimes hard to tell with girls how much it motivated them, but I think they all wanted to play well today. I think this shows too that we have one of the strongest leagues around.”
This kind of success is rare for Woodbridge. It is the first time in school history the Warriors have advanced out of a girls golf divisional.
“I couldn’t be more proud of them,” Woodbridge coach Tracy Roberts said. “We have never had the depth to get it done before. When you have four in the 70s and one on the 60s, how can you complain?”
Woodbridge’s Yuki Yoshihara, the Pacific Coast League champion, shared medalist honors with Honda and West Torrance’s Reina Tain by shooting a 69.
The highest score the Warriors had to keep Monday was Ashlee Chung’s 79. Azuma Arai finished with a 74 and Briana Park and Caylee Chung rounded out the scoring for Woodbridge with a 77 and 78, respectively.
“We are finally happy to make a road trip,” Roberts said. “Look at how they are jumping around giggling and laughing. The young players stepped up when they needed to, and that was the difference for us.”
Uni Girls Cross Country had some exciting performances at the Pacific Coast League Finals this week. Junior Cecilia Langlois came back from an injury stronger than ever, running an outstanding time of 17:23 for 2nd overall in the varsity girls race. She is now the #6 fastest girl in school history, even placing her ahead of Uni legend Polly Plummer. Freshman Collette Lowengrub finished 4th overall, with an impressive time of 17:54 over three miles. Avery Klauke also had a strong race, finishing 10th overall with a personal best time of 18:23. Lowengrub and Klauke are now #14 and #20 all time. Unfortunately, our varsity team barely lost a tie for 3rd place and will not be competing as a team at CIF. However, we are excited to cheer on Ceci and Collette as they will be competing as individuals at the CIF SS Prelims next Friday, 11/10 in Riverside. We are happy to be returning our entire varsity team next year and we look forward to cheering these two girls on in the post season. GO UNI XC!!!
Uni boys competed in the PCL league championships yesterday at Irvine park. Most of the team came home with their best performance of the season. In the boys varsity race, our boys had to be at their best with the entire field coming through the first mile at 5 min and to be in the top 20 out of the field of 42, they had to run sub 16 min for the 3 miles. We had one individual do that for the first time and that was Ryan Duffy who was our top performer. Other great performances came from Christian Go, Raja Batra, Nick Choi, Abhi Nisha Anish, Chris Lohmyer. With a young team, we look forward to next year in the new league.
Go Trojan Cross Country!
The girls tennis team started the CIF D-I playoffs with a 16 to 2 win over Sage Hill. Cami Brown, Kamar Alajeely and Dana Feng all swept their three matches at singles to lead the Trojans. Freshmen Mya Wang and Emily Markus won 2 sets playing 1st doubles, Sasha Iraniha and Tiffany Markus won 2 sets at 2nd doubles and Ashi Parashar and Therese Garcia won 2 sets at third doubles before all three teams were subbed out in the third round. The girls will travel to Manhattan Beach on Friday to take on Mira Costa for a 2nd round match.
In the Pacific Coast League individual tournament, sophomore Cami Brown had an incredible run in the singles draw before losing in the championship match. Mya Wang and Emily Markus finished in third place in the doubles competition. All three girls were named to the Pacific Coast All-League first team! We are so proud of them and all of our girls.
Here is a look at this week’s UNI Athletics events
(Home events in Blue)
Girls Golf SoCal Championships – River Ridge Golf Course, Oxnard, CA – 8:30 AM
Football v Beckman @ Tustin High School – 7:00 PM
Girls Tennis Play-off Match @ Mira Costa – 2:00 PM
Potential Girls Tennis Play-off Match @ Uni
Continue to do what you can to help support UNI Athletics and:
- Attend the games
- Wear UNI clothing or colors to the games
- Attend the GOWs
- Support the Trojan Army so we can put on events and give always at big games
- Spread the word about Trojan Thursday – If someone is interested in receiving Trojan Thursday send them the link – http://trojanthursday.wordpress.com
- Get others to do the same