Welcome to Trojan Thursday – So what exactly is Trojan Thursday? Trojan Thursday is a weekly email/online blog 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 how our athletes are doing.
What’s Happening on Campus
Congrats to our Boys Lacrosse Coach, Andreas Gaynor, for being inducted into the Wissahickon High School Hall of Fame! Andreas was honored at their 2017 Alumni Hall of Fame Induction on Oct. 6, 2017. You can read about his accomplishments here: http://www.wsdweb.org/our-community/alumni/hall-of-fame/2017-hall-of-fame-inductees
Upcoming Sports Try-outs: All athletes must show current Uni Athletic ID card to coach prior to participating in try-outs.
Boys Swimming: Friday, January 12th @ 4:00 p.m. @ Uni Pool
Track & Field: Friday, January 26th @ 3:00 p.m. @ Uni Track
Boys Tennis: January 2018 (Dates and Times TBA)
Softball: Feb. 13th @ 3:00 p.m. @ Uni Softball Fields
Baseball: Saturday, Feb. 10th from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. @ Uni Baseball Fields. If interested in attending, contact Coach Gerakos in advance: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winter Sports Update
On Tuesday the Boys Varsity Basketball Team opened Pacific Coast League play with an 82 – 78 victory over the Corona del Mar Sea Kings. Senior guards Alex Bray and Kevin Yahampath led the way by scoring 27 and 22 points, respectively. Junior guard Andrea Roy added 11 points. You can read all about the game in the OC Register article below. Tomorrow the boys travel to Northwood for a 7:00 p.m. game. Over the break the boys participated in the Marin Catholic Tournament going 2 – 2. The Trojans lost by five to the number one ranked team in San Francisco, University High, by a score of 85 – 80. The boys posted two wins over Arcata High and Lincoln of San Francisco while dropping a contest to another San Francisco power, Lowell High. Next week the Trojans are away at Irvine on Tuesday (1/16) and home on Thursday (1/18) after finals are over to Woodbridge. The Trojans are currently 1 – 0 in league and 11 – 4 overall.
Bray leads University rally in final minute to knock off Corona del Mar
IRVINE – Alex Bray scored 27 points and made five free throws in the game’s final minute to help University defeat Corona del Mar 82-78 in the Pacific Coast League opener for both Tuesday at Corona del Mar High.
Corona del Mar won the league championship last season. Northwood finished second. Corona del Mar and Northwood look like leading candidates for the league title this year, and University has both of them on its schedule in this league-opening week.
University coach Mike Dinneen said it is crucial that the Trojans, who finished in a three-way tie for third place last season, have a good week.
“It’s really important to get at least one of the two,” Dinneen said, “and we got one.”
University, 11-4 overall, plays at Northwood on Friday. Corona del Mar (10-5) is home against Beckman in another league game Friday.
Corona del Mar had a 77-76 lead going into the final minute. Bray made two free throws with 44 seconds to go to put University on top 78-77. He then made a steal, slicing in front of a Corona del Mar player to intercept the pass like a football cornerback, was immediately fouled and made two free throws for an 80-77 lead with 27 seconds remaining.
The Sea Kings’ Connor Schimmelpfennig made a free throw to trim the University lead to two points with 14 seconds left.
Bray was fouled upon receiving the ensuing inbounds pass. He made the first of two free throws, making it 81-78, but missed the second. Corona del Mar’s Jake Hamilton missed a 3-point try from the corner, and University’s Will Stenta got the rebound, was fouled and, with one second remaining, made a free throw to provide the final four-point margin.
Corona del Mar 6-foot-6 senior Kevin Kobrine scored 35 points with 19 rebounds. Sea Kings sophomore John Humphreys scored 29 points, 12 in the fourth quarter. Humphreys and Kobrine accounted for 73 percent of Corona del Mar’s scoring.
University’s Kevin Yahampath scored 22 points with five 3-pointers. Brandon Liu collected a team-high six rebounds for the Trojans.
Bray was 1 for 4 at the free-throw line before finishing with a 5-for-6 run in the game’s final minute. He said he was more relaxed at the line when his free throws were most important.
“I’m glad I could hit them down the stretch and help us get this win,” Bray said.
“Alex made the big plays down the stretch,” Dinneen said. “He got that steal and he all of his free throws down the stretch. He’s a big-time player.”
The Lady Trojan Basketball team is having a successful season thus far. They are 13-5 and have set their goals high. They took home 1st place in the WYBT Hawaii tournament over the Winter Break and have started off league play with a win over Corona Del Mar. Claire Kawata and Ashley Chandler were standouts in the Hawaii Tournament and last night Malia Goldsmith had 24 points against CDM. All the ladies are playing great basketball right now and will head to Northwood Friday night to take on the Timberwolves.
Boys soccer is now ranked #2 in OC behind only Servite. Last week the OC register athlete of the week was our own Lee McEligot. We beat Canyon 7-0 and San Juan Hills 5-0 last week and opened up league with a huge 3-1 victory over CDM on Tuesday. Two goals from Pedro Palmaka and one from Sebastian Hertel. Record now is 8-1-2. We play at home today, Jan. 11th vs Northwood. All three levels play at 3:15, come out and support the team!
Orange County boys soccer athlete of the week: University’s Lee McEligot
The Register’s boys soccer athlete of the week for Monday, Jan. 8.
He finished the week with three goals and an assist to help the Trojans defeat Canyon and San Juan Hills. He scored two goals in a 7-0 victory against the Comanches.
University soccer gets breakthrough win against Corona del Mar in PCL opener
RVINE – University boys soccer coach Martin Wallwork summed up Tuesday’s 3-1 Pacific Coast League victory against Corona del Mar with one word.
“Relief,” he said.
It was the first time in his five years with the Trojans that he topped his rival. And it was also a triumph that served as a good barometer for status of his program and his chances of winning the PCL championship as the battle for first place traditionally involves these two teams.
“It was an emotional game for both sets of players,” Wallwork said. “But I told my players to take the emotion out of it and play their game and treat it like any other game. And they did a really good job of doing that. When we play top teams we want to prove something. ”
Pedro Palmaka scored two goals and Sebastien Hertel added another in the breakthrough triumph for their coach at University High.
But it was Corona del Mar that struck first in what was the league opener for both teams. The Sea Kings kept the Trojans pinned in the defensive end for early on, and took a 1-0 lead in the sixth minute when Max Rivas flicked in a long throw from Grant Glessing.
Four minutes later, though, the Trojans tied the score when Pedro Palmaka collected a rebound in the box and lined a shot inside the right post. Darious Abdollahi struck first for the Trojans, but Campbell Sheppard made a diving save. Unfortunately for the Sea Kings, Sheppard knocked the ball to Palmaka.
Sheppard, though, turned in another impressive performance for the Sea Kings, finishing with six saves, three coming off point-blank shost in the box.
“He is awesome. He has been unreal,” Corona del Mar coach George Larsen said. “We do give up a lot of chances, but he has kept so many out. It’s crazy. He has been fantastic for us.”
Hertel extended the Trojans’ lead to 2-1 in the 27th minute and Palmaka set the final margin in the 59th, converting a penalty kick after the Sea Kings were called for a handball in the box.
The game was originally scheduled to be played at Corona del Mar, but the Sea Kings play on grass, and the stormy weather on Tuesday forced the game to be moved to Uni’s turf field, so the Sea Kings will have to play two road games against the Trojans as the Jan. 30 match will remain at University.
“They are very tough play against. They put a lot of balls in the box and put a lot of pressure on you and score goals. But we knew that if we weathered those first few minutes, our football would start to show through,” Wallwork said. “And it did. We were very disappointed to concede that one goal because we knew that he had that long throw. We talked about it for days. It was very important for us to get the equalizer right away. Otherwise it would have been a long game for us.”
The Sea Kings were missing a key playmaker on Tuesday as Kyle Mabwa suffered a season-ending knee injury, tearing his ACL and LCL during a recent practice. Wallwork called Mabwa the best player in the PCL.
“He was on his way to having a good year, and I feel really bad for him,” Corona del Mar coach George Larsen said. “We will have to reinvent ourselves.”
On Tuesday, 1/9, our UNI girls’ soccer team play valiantly against Corona Del Mar, but ultimately succumbed to this amazing group of girls 1-0. Today we are looking to rally, and beat Northwood in our match at Meadowood Park at 3:15pm! Next Thursday, 1/18, is not only our GOW against Woodbridge at 5:00pm, but senior night as well. To really kick things off, we will be giving out free tacos from Tacos & Co to the first 100 students during half time. We can’t wait to see you there!
Girls Water Polo
Girls water polo plays today, 1/11 at Northwood and Friday at Irvine. Best of luck girls!
Last night UNI wrestled at Irvine and lost. Next Wednesday UNI will host Woodbridge. Wrestling starts at 5:00 p.m. for lower levels and Varsity will follow. Please come out and support.
17-18 Winter GOW Schedule
|Wrestling||Wednesday||12/20||6:00||UHS Gym||Corona Del Mar|
|Girls Water Polo||Thursday
|Girls Soccer||Thursday||1/25||3:15||Uni Stadium||Northwood|
|Girls Basketball||Friday||2/2||5:30||UHS Gym||Irvine|
|Boys Basketball||Friday||2/2||7:00||UHS Gym||Irvine|
|Boys Soccer||Thursday||2/8||3:15||Uni Stadium||Woodbridge|
Here is a look at this week’s UNI Athletics events
(Home events in Blue)
Thursday, January 11th
Boys Soccer v Northwood – 3:15 p.m.
Girls Soccer @ Northwood – 3:15 p.m.
Girls Water Polo @ Northwood – 4:15 p.m.
Friday, January 12th
Girls Water Polo @ Irvine – 4:15 p.m.
Girls Basketball @ Northwood – 5:30 p.m.
Boys Basketball @ Northwood – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, January 16th
Boys Soccer v Irvine – 3:15 p.m.
Girls Soccer @ Irvine – 5:00 p.m.
Girls Basketball @ Irvine – 5:30 p.m.
Boys Basketball @ Irvine – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, January 17th
Wrestling v Woodbridge – 6:00 p.m.
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