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Pack the Gym Night Tonight! Throw on your Trojan Army shirt and come out to the Uni Gym tonight for the much anticipated Pack the Gym Night. Boys and Girls Basketball will take on rival Woodbridge. Girls game starts at 5:30 and Boys game at 7:00. Hope to see you there!
Upcoming Sports Try-outs: All athletes must show current Uni Athletic ID card to coach prior to participating in try-outs.
Track & Field: Friday, January 26th @ 3:00 p.m. @ Uni Track
Boys Tennis: Wednesday, January 24th @ 2:30 p.m. @ Uni Tennis Courts
Baseball: Sat. Feb. 10th 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. (Must email Coach Gerakos if interested in attending)
Softball: Feb. 13th @ 3:00 p.m. @ Uni Softball Fields
Winter Sports Update
Uni boys basketball team hosts Woodbridge in big PCL game tonight
University’s boys basketball team will host Woodbridge Thursday, Jan. 18 in a key Pacific Coast League game at 7 p.m.
All the PCL basketball girls and boys basketball games, including Irvine at Corona del Mar and Beckman at Northwood, are being held on Thursday instead of Friday because it is finals week in Irvine.
University (13-5, 2-1) will be going for its second win over Woodbridge this year. The Trojans defeated the Warriors 75-58 in the Gary Raya So Cal Elite Classic.
University captured a 79-67 victory over Irvine Tuesday night. Alex Bray led the Trojans with 22 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals.
Shan Dharod made his first five three point attempts and finished with 18 points, according to Coach Mike Dinneen.
Will Stenta contributed 12 points and 9 rebounds before fouling out early in the fourth quarter, Dinneen added.
The Trojans also got a strong performance from Kevin Yahampath, who had 9 points and 10 assists.
The Trojans had a fast start, moving out to a 29-16 lead after one quarter. University led 50 -28 at halftime.
“The Trojans did not shoot well in the second half which allowed Irvine to get back in the game somewhat but Uni held on for the victory,” Dinneen said.
On Monday, University defeated Orangewood Academy 87-72 at the Mikey’s Longshot Challenge for Cancer Research at Corona del Mar High.
University broke the game open in the third quarter, scoring 36 points.
“It was the seventh win this year for the Trojans after trailing in the second half,” Dinneen said.
Bray led University with 39 points, 30 in the second half. scored Yahampath had 17 points and 10 assists.
Stenta had 11 points and 10 rebounds.
“The Trojans press was very effective recording 19 steals,” Dinneen said.
The Lady Trojans continued league play last week by defeating Northwood 59-38 with standout performance by Malia Goldsmith with 22 points and Ashley Chandler with 14 points. The girls basketball team then went on to defeat Irvine on Tuesday night 63-43. Malia Goldsmith had 23 points 6 assists, Ashley Chandler had 13 points 10 rebounds, and Karissa Shin added 10 points. They will take on Woodbridge tonight (1/18) at 5:30 for Pack the gym night!
University girls basketball team 2-0 in PCL after 59-38 victory over Northwood
University’s girls basketball team led from the start and went on to capture a 59-38 Pacific Coast League victory over Northwood Friday, Jan. 12, at Northwood.
The Trojans (14-5, 2-0) led 17-4 after one quarter and held a 34-14 halftime lead. The Trojans, with an 8-2 run at the start of the third quarter, moved out to a 42-16 lead to start the second half.
“We came out ready to play,” said University Coach Nicole Bradshaw. “Our outside shooting was a lot better tonight.”
University went into the game with a plan of trying to contain the Timberwolves’ leading scorer Erin Matsutsuyu, who was held to six points in the first half and 14 points in the game. Monique Meriweather and Malia Goldsmith were guarding Matsutsuyu.
“We pushed the ball and we played excellent defense on Erin. Erin is a very, very good player and we did a really good job on her and our defense really helped,” Bradshaw said.
“The rest of the team had to cover everybody else and guard two people at once because sometimes we had two people on her. The defense is what did it and everybody contributed. That’s my favorite part. It’s not one person, it’s not even two people. We have four or five people scoring at will and I loved it. It was great. It was a good win for us.”
Goldsmith led University with 22 points while Ashley Chandler added 14 points and Claire Kawata had 9 points for University. Emily Ozima added 8 points for Northwood (6-10, 0-2).
Bradshaw was pleased with the play of Goldsmith, saying, “her game is really stepping up.”
“She still has her lapses, but she is becoming a smarter basketball player and being able to shoot and drive,” Bradshaw said. “She just makes everybody else look good and I think that’s my favorite part about her.”
Goldsmith was out for two weeks with a strained calf, but has recovered and is contributing greatly.
“It was a good hard win,” said Goldsmith. “We came out really, really strong and we hit some big three’s and came out with a lot of intensity and shut down one of their best players. I think it went really, really well.”
“I think it’s a good race. I think it’s going to be a good hard fought race and it’s going to be good to watch.”
Uni girls basketball team has a key PCL game tonight against Woodbridge
University’s girls basketball team looks like the early favorite to win the Pacific Coast League title.
But the Trojans, off to a 3-0 start, could get a test Thursday, Jan. 18, when they host Woodbridge, which was also 3-0 to start the league, at 5:30 p.m. at University.
Woodbridge players went into the league thinking they had a shot at the league title as well.
“I would say us, but I don’t know,” University Coach Nicole Bradhaw said after the Trojans’ 59-38 victory over Northwood Friday, Jan. 12 when asked who the league favorite is. “I like our chances.”
All the PCL boys and girls basketball games this week are being held this week on Thursday, Jan. 18, because it was finals week this week in Irvine.
Normally, league games are held on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Boys Soccer plays Woodbridge today (1/18) at Woodbridge High. JV and Frosh/Soph play at 3:15 while the Varsity game starts at 5:00 p.m. Best of luck!
University boys soccer team off to fast start in PCL play
By BRENT SHAVER | Orange County Register
January 17, 2018 at 2:50 pm
The University High boys soccer team continued to roll in the Pacific Coast League.
The Trojans won their fifth straight game Thursday night, Jan. 11 beating Northwood, 6-0, on the road.
University improved its record to 10-1-2 overall and 2-0 in league.
The Trojans, who are ranked No. 3 in CIF Division 3, started league play with a 3-1 win over Corona del Mar at home last week.
The 6-0 win over Northwood wasn’t even University’s largest margin of victory this season.
Uni has 7-0 wins this season over both Kennedy and Canyon.
University has out-scored opponents, 33-6, so far this year heading into this week.
Maybe the most impressive part of University’s offensive firepower this season has been the balance in the scoring.
Fourteen different Trojan players have scored this year.
Pedro Palmaka has six goals to lead the way. But Sebastian Hertel, and Lee McEligot each have four goals and Darious Abdollahi and Omar Sabbah each have three goals.
Sam Kelley has scored two goals for University.
The Trojans will play at Woodbridge at Mark Daily field on Thursday, Jan. 18 at 5 p.m. in another league game.
The girls will be taking on Woodbridge at home today (1/18). Varsity plays at 5:00 p.m. It is their senior night and they will also be giving away tacos to the first 100 students at half time. Come out and support the girls!
Girls Water Polo
Come out and support the girls for their GOW today, January 18th. The girls will be playing Woodbridge at home. Frosh/soph plays at 3:15, Varsity at 4:15 and JV at 5:15. Best of luck girls!
Last night UNI wrestled Woodbridge and the last match ended with the team scores being tied 36-36, but UNI won by criteria by having more takedowns. This Saturday the boys will be competing in the tournament hosted by Laguna Hills HS. Lorena will be competing at the Lady Aztec Tournament hosted by Esperanza HS. Next Wednesday UNI will travel to Beckman in its last league dual of the season.
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 18th
**GOW**Girls Water Polo v Woodbridge – 4:15 p.m.
Girls Soccer v Woodbridge – 5:00 p.m.
Boys Soccer @ Woodbridge – 5:00 p.m.
Girls Basketball v Woodbridge – 5:30 p.m.
Boys Basketball v Woodbridge – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 20th
Girls Wrestling Tournament @ Esperanza – 9:00 a.m.
Boys Wrestling Tournament @ Laguna Hills – 9:30 a.m.
Tuesday, January 23rd
Girls Soccer @ Beckman – 3:15 p.m.
Boys Soccer v Beckman – 3:15 p.m.
Girls Water Polo @ Beckman – 4:15 p.m.
Girls Basketball @ Beckman – 5:30 p.m.
Boys Basketball @ Beckman – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, January 24th
Wrestling @ Beckman – 6:00 p.m.
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- Attend the GOWs
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