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What’s Happening on Campus
Athletic Clearance It is time to get cleared for Sports for the 2018-2019 School Year! Complete the clearance process online at www.athleticclearance.com and bring the signed “Confirmation Page” to the Athletics Office to complete the process. Sports Physicals must be completed AFTER May 1, 2018. Athletes must get a new physical and go through the clearance process each year.
Summer Camp Information Summer Camp Brochures are available in the Athletics Office and online here: http://www.universityhigh.org/athletics/summer-athletic-camps Bring completed Registration forms and payment to the S.A.C.
New Football Coach hired! We are thrilled to welcome Coach Scott Meyer to the school and our football program. His extensive teaching and head coaching experience with Corona Del Mar High School, and most recently Servite High School, includes a Division III State Championship, three C.I.F. Championships, two C.I.F. Academic Team Championships, and OC Coach of the Year honors, among other accolades. You can read all about Coach Meyer in the OC Varsity article below.
University hires Scott Meyer as football coach
University has hired veteran Scott Meyer, formerly of Servite and Corona del Mar, as its football coach, said Mark Cunningham, the Trojans’ retiring coach and athletic director.
The hire is pending Irvine Unified School District approval, but all signs point to Meyer returning to the same Pacific Coast League where he rose to prominence.
“This entire opportunity is really exciting,” said Meyer, 53, who will also teach at University. “The school is fantastic and the community is ready. Looking forward to the season.”
Meyer will replace Cunningham, who in January announced his retirement after 32 seasons as University’s coach.
“I couldn’t be happier that he’s the person to take over for me,” said Cunningham, who started at University in 1986.
Meyer built Corona del Mar into a PCL and CIF-Southern Section powerhouse before departing for Servite in a high-profile hire by the Trinity League school in February 2015.
He resigned after this past season, his third at Servite.
Meyer wasn’t able to duplicate his success at Servite, going 14-18 without a playoff victory. He said in January that his decision to resign was about a difference in the direction of the program. Several top players transferred after the Friars’ 6-5 season.
But before arriving at Servite, Meyer earned Orange County coach of the year honors in 2013. In that fall, he guided Corona del Mar to the county’s first 16-0 season, a third consecutive CIF-SS title and the CIF state Division 3 crown.
Cunningham coached against Meyer for four seasons in the Pacific Coast but served as a consultant to Corona del Mar for the 2013 state game. The Sea Kings’ opponent, Sacred Heart Prep, shared some similarities with University and the league rivals briefly united.
Cunningham said he respected that Meyer got “everything he could” out of his players.
In an interesting twist of fate, Meyer will not coach against Corona del Mar in the Pacific Coast League. The Sea Kings are moving to the Sunset League this fall after a dominating run in the Pacific Coast, which included Meyer going 50-6 overall with the Sea Kings.
Meyer led Corona del Mar to league titles from 2011-2014.
Spring Sports Update
U*N*I Baseball had two HUGE wins this last week…..a 2-1 win over NHS and a 7-1 win over IHS. The team will play at IHS on Friday to close out the three game series. Next week will be another challenge, with the U*N*I Team playing Woodbridge, Tuesday at Ryan Lemmon Stadium and on Friday, a home game…..all game are scheduled for 3:30 start time.
Schlomovits leaves his mark on University’s victory over Northwood
IRVINE – University starting pitcher David Schlomovits is in the clean-up spot of the batting order for a reason.
Not only did Schlomovits get the win on the mound Friday, but he ripped the eventual game-winning home run to help University defeat Northwood 2-1 in a Pacific Coast League baseball game at University High. .
Schlomovits belted a solo home run to right-center field with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning then got the first two outs of the seventh to earn the win.
“It was the first pitch and I was looking for a fastball on the inner half and he threw it on the inner half and I got it, got it elevated and it carried out and broke the 1-1 tie,” Schlomovits said of his home run in the sixth inning. “It’s a huge victory, it helps our morale, especially since we had kind of a losing skid. We played well as a team.”
Third-place Northwood (15-5, 5-4) tried to battle back in the top of the seventh.
With one out, Ely Stuart and Darren Shorter singled. Julian Tristan grounded out to put runners on second and third with two outs.
Schlomovits reached the CIF pitch count for the week and was replaced on the mound by Brad Hodges.
With Tom McCarty at the plate, a pitch went to the backstop, but bounced back toward catcher Kahi Rodrigues. The pinch-runner at third initially broke toward home, then tried to get back to third. But Rodrigues and shortstop Jackson LoBianco got him in a rundown and Rodrigues eventually made the tag to end the game.
“We got a lucky bounce and we were able to take advantage of it,” said University coach Mike Gerakos. “We had to throw the ball around a little bit to get the out and we did.”
Schlomovits struck out six, allowed four hits, hit four batters and walked one. Adam Barnett had two hits for the Trojans (11-8, 3-6).
Northwood jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning when shortstop Ely Stuart belted his fourth home run of the season leading off the game. The Timberwolves had the bases loaded with one out, but Schlomovits worked out of trouble without any more runs scoring.
“He gives up a lead-off home run and they have the bases loaded and one out and he doesn’t flinch,” Gerakos said. “He competed all the way through. To his credit, and the credit of the team, they battled.
“It was obviously a great win and a crazy finish but we will take it any way we can. It’s been a while since we’ve had that type of success.”
Northwood starter Ben Berkel also pitched well, allowing just five hits.
University tied the game in the fourth inning when Nick Wetzel doubled, went to third on an error and scored on an infield single by Barnett.
Northwood wound up taking two of the three games against University.
“The reality is in game one of the series, they could have won and we could have won game three,” said Northwood coach Rob Stuart. “Baseball has a strange way of evening itself out. Ben threw outstanding and David pitched with a lot of heart.”
Ely Stuart led Northwood with two hits and reached base three times.
As we close out our regular season with our last match Thursday 4/26/18 against Beckman at Strawberry Farms, we look forward to League Finals and CIF. The team qualified for CIF this year. It’s an accomplishment for playing in one of the toughest leagues in the county.
The Boys Lacrosse team has finished out their regular season. They will be playing this Saturday in a tournament with the other Irvine schools. They will play Northwood at 10:00 a.m. in the Uni Stadium.
Girls Lacrosse is in the last week league play and on their way to an historic finish. The Lady Trojans are 7-2 in league and 13-2 overall. The team played their way to a dominant win over Woodbridge, 22-12. Olivia Holmes (Sr.), Mya Wang (Fr.), and Ashley Chandler (Sr.) scored the first three goals of the match, and the team never looked back. Mya ended the match with 6 goals and 3 assists, Ashley netted 4 and added an assist, and Olivia notched 3, plus two assists. Mak Kaufman (So.) found a lot of space in front of the net and put away 3 goals. Makenzie Field (Jr.) and Grace Colunga contributed goals, 2 for Field and 1 for Colunga. Defensively, the team held firm and forced Woodbridge to make most of their goals off penalty shots. The team scooped up an amazing 25 ground balls, forced 4 turnovers and Ashley added 3 interceptions. The team’s last league match is a big one: home, against Beckman, Thursday, April 26th. Please come out and support the squad as they wrap up their season against an undefeated Beckman team…and who knows: this team has already made history by beating CdM, and they are definitely looking at adding a new benchmark to this amazing season.
Huge Congratulations to the Uni Softball team for beating Woodbridge last Thursday. The final score was 14-13. Congratulations girls! The girls will be playing Corona Del Mar next Tuesday at Corona Del Mar, 3:30 game time.
The Uni boys swim team will be heading in to league prelims and finals next week. Boys Prelims are on Wednesday, May 2nd at Woollett Aquatics Center. The event begins at 2:00 p.m. League Championships are on Friday, May 4th at Woollett, event begins at 2:00 p.m. Best of luck boys!
Last weekend, the Varsity girls swimmers participated in the annual Foothill Swim Games, a two day, prelims and finals invitational meet at Foothill HS in Tustin, which featured many of the fastest teams in all CIF divisions in Orange County. The Uni girls finished 8th out of 11 teams, moving up 2 positions from last year.
The Uni girls had a great meet, with almost all swimmers posting significant time drops in every event. Several new CIF consideration times were achieved. There were so many time drops that there is not enough room here to mention them all. Official results can be found at swimphone.com or on the Meet Mobile app.
The top 16 swimmers and relays in each event returned for finals on Saturday. Swimmers qualifying for finals were: Alondra Ortiz (200 medley A relay, 100 fly, 100, back 400 free A relay), Kate Weiland (200 medley A relay, 200 IM, 100 breaststroke, 400 free A relay), and Claire Jang (200 medley A relay, 50 free, 100 fly, 200 free A relay). Additional swimmers making top 16 on relays included Isabella Pagano ( 200 medley A and 200 free A relay) Leila Mirsafian (200 free A relay) Anne Iwata ( 200 free A relay and 400 free A relay), Yuuri Yoshikawa (400 free A relay), Jennifer Tseng, Ira Chaturvedi, Savannah Cruz, and Lia Cui ( 200 medley B relay), and Tseng, Marta Meinardi, Chloe Johansson, and Sarah Sharifi. (400 free B relay).
All three Varsity A relays lowered their CIF consideration times with season best performances. The 200 Medley Relay of Ortiz, Weiland, Pagano and Jang are now only 1.5 seconds from a CIF automatic cut. Weiland made CIF consideration cuts in the 200 IM (2:14.18) and the 100 breaststroke (1:09.01) with season best times. Jang had season best times in the 50 free (24.72) and the 100 fly (58.98), and Ortiz swam lifetime best times in the 100 fly (58.93) and the 100 back (58.88), improving their prior CIF consideration cuts.
Yesterday, in the last dual meet of the season, the team traveled to Beckman, with Varsity winning 96-74 and JV losing 86-83. While Uni had 6 Varsity 1st place finishes, Yuuri Yoshikawa was the only Varsity swimmer with a time improvement, winning the 100 breaststroke in a time of 1:12.49.
Next up for swimming is the Pacific Coast League Championships next week, being held at the Wollette Aquatic Center next to Irvine HS. Girls prelims are Tuesday, boys prelims Wed, and combined finals for the top 16 swimmers and relays in each event will be next Friday afternoon. Good luck swimmers!
The boys tennis team won a tight match against Woodbridge on Tuesday defeating the Warriors 10-8. Congrats to Woodbridge on playing a great match. The win moves the Trojans to 8-0 in league play with 2 matches left. The top ranked team in CIF D – I was led by sophomores Cameron sepahi and Soomin Lee who won all three matches playing doubles. The boys will be back in action on Monday against Beckman at Uni.
University boys tennis motivated more by CIF titles than impressive league streak
IRVINE – University’s boys tennis team is riding one of the most impressive winning streaks in Orange County high school sports but its players hardly mention the feat.
“It’s only come up one time,” tri-captain Patryk Kozlowski said with a humble grin. “We know about it.”
The top-ranked Trojans entered their duel against Irvine on Thursday as winners of 114 consecutive Pacific Coast League matches. Their last league defeat came in April of 2006 against Corona del Mar.
Yes, University has been perfect in league for 12 years against schools from tennis-crazed cities such as Irvine and Newport Beach.
“Probably the toughest league in the country,” veteran University coach John Kessler said.
As impressive as the streak has been, the players find their inspiration beyond the league. They pay respect to opponents such Corona del Mar and Woodbridge but talk more about capturing a CIF-Southern Section Division 1 title.
“We are more motivated by playing and winning CIF,” said Kozlowski, a senior bound for Cal Tech. “We really want to win (CIF).”
Winning CIF is part of the mindset at University. The Trojans are 11-time section champions.
To put that into perspective, they have only one fewer CIF titles than Newport Harbor’s storied boys water polo program.
And like many storied programs, University has its winning formula.
The Trojans, ranked No. 1 in Division 1, are loaded with quality players this spring. They feature about a dozen players who compete in tournaments outside of high school events.
“That’s a huge advantage,” said rising junior Aditya Gupta, who left home schooling to join the University team. “Our lineup runs pretty deep.”
A few of the players, such Gupta and Johns Hopkins-bound Naevin Anukornchaikul, train at the nearby Brymer Lewis Tennis Academy at the Great Park in Irvine.
The academy is run by Chuck Brymer and Chris Lewis. Brymer’s son, Gage, won CIF singles titles at University from 2011-13.
Lewis, born in New Zealand, is known for reaching the finals of Wimbledon in 1983. He lost to John McEnroe.
“It’s been big for people like me and Naevin,” the Penn committed Gupta said of the academy.
University also features an experienced coaching staff.
Kessler has led the Trojans to eight section titles since taking the coaching reins in 2002. His staff features ex-Los Alamitos coach Kevin Garrett, former Los Alamitos standout John Mano and Larry Scalia.
“Kessler runs a real good program,” Anukornchaikul said.
Kessler credits the program’s success to the players, the ones with the lofty goals this spring.
Leo Krapp and Jack Wheeler are other captains and senior Julian LaFond is another player to watch in doubles.
“You have to have the horses,” Kessler said. “We’re lucky to have this population.”
Track & Field
Girls Track competed in our last dual meets of the season against Woodbridge and Beckman. Despite two tough team losses, our girls were still able to pull of some great individual performances. Next week we will conclude the regular season at the Pacific Coast League Prelims and Finals. Top performers to watch at league finals this year include Collette Lowengrub, Daria Shkel, Sara Sussman, Avery Klauke, Sandy Zhang and Harini Venkataganesh. If you want to watch some exciting races, come support our girls on Friday, May 4 at 5pm in the Uni Stadium. GO UNI TRACK!
Boys Track completed their regular season league meets this last Tuesday at Beckman. Despite their loss, we still had some fine performances and we are looking forward to the athletes peak performances next week at League Prelims and Finals. Athletes to watch will be Faris Qaisi in the 100, 200 and 4 x 100, Jeremy Koo in the 4 x 100, 400 and 4 x 400, Evan Pariser and Sam Kammerman in the High Jump, Thomas Manalo and Austin Lake in the 4 x 100. Go Trojan Track and Field!
Congrats to the Boys Volleyball team for their win against Irvine on Tuesday. The boys travel to Woodbridge on Friday, April 27th. Only two games left in the regular season. Best of luck boys!
17-18 Spring GOW Schedule
|Boys Lacrosse||Monday||3/19||4:00||Uni Stadium||Northwood|
|3/21||3:15||UHS Pool||Corona Del Mar|
|Boys Tennis||Thursday||3/29||3:15||Uni Tennis Courts||Woodbridge|
|Girls Lacrosse||Wednesday||4/11||4:00||Uni Stadium||Northwood|
|Boys Volleyball||Tuesday||4/17||5:15||UHS Gym||Northwood|
|Track & Field||Thursday||4/19||3:00||Uni Stadium||Woodbridge|
|Boys Golf||Thursday||4/26||3:00||Strawberry Farms||Beckman|
|Baseball||Friday||5/4||3:30||UHS Baseball Field||Woodbridge|
|Softball||Wednesday||5/9||3:30||UHS Softball Field||Beckman|
Here is a look at this week’s UNI Athletics events
(Home events in Blue)
Thursday, April 26th
**GOW**Boys Golf v Beckman @ Strawberry Farms – 3:30
Softball v Northwood – 3:30
Boys Lacrosse @ Beckman – 4:00
Girls Lacrosse v Beckman – 4:00
Friday, April 27th
Baseball @ Irvine – 3:30
Boys Volleyball @ Woodbridge – 4:00
Saturday, April 28th
Boys Lacrosse Tournament @ Uni – 10:00 a.m.
Monday, April 30th
Boys Golf League Prelims @ Skylinks Golf Course – 9:00 a.m.
Boys Tennis v Beckman – 3:15
Tuesday, May 1st
Boys Golf League Finals @ Skylinks Golf Course – 9:00 a.m.
Girls Swimming League Prelims @ Woollett – 2:00 p.m.
Track & Field League Prelims @ Uni Stadium – 2:00 p.m.
Potential Girls Lacrosse Play-off Match – Time TBA
Boys Tennis v Corona Del Mar – 3:15
Baseball @ Woodbridge – 3:30
Softball @ Corona Del Mar – 3:30
Boys Volleyball v. Beckman – 5:15
Wednesday, May 2nd
Boys Tennis League Prelims @ Irvine – Time TBA
Boys Swimming Prelims @ Woollett – 2:00 p.m.