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.
Athletes must have “Cleared” status for the 2018-19 school year on www.athleticclearance.com in order to participate in try-outs. Attend all dates listed unless otherwise stated.
- Girls Water Polo Try-outs: *UPDATE* Nov. 2 & Nov. 5, 3pm – 6pm
- Girls Soccer – 2nd try-out for Fall Sport Athletes: Nov. 5, 3pm – 4:30pm. Must be a fall sport athlete or have invitation to attend.
- Boys Soccer – 2nd try-out: Nov. 5 & Nov. 6. Try-out is invitation only. Contact Coach Martin if you have questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Boys Golf – Interest Meeting Monday, Nov. 5 @ Lunch in MPR A
- Softball – Nov. 15 & 16, After School @ Uni Softball Fields
- Boys Volleyball – Dec. 3 & 4, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. @ Uni Gym
Fall Sports Update
Check out this link to the Sports Section of the Sword & Shield for sports articles written by Uni Students:
The boys finished up their season this last Tuesday at Mason Park. The majority of the boys set season best times or all time personal bests. Our top runners at the meet included Ryan Duffy, Raja Batra, Adam Gish, Michael Blinstrub, Dylan Muniz, Abhi Nisha Anish and Brandon Kershaw. The boys might be done but are looking forward to cheering on their lady team mates at CIF next Saturday. Go Trojan Running!
On Tuesday (10/30), our Cross Country team had an amazing day at the Pacific Coast League Finals. Collette Lowengrub ran away from the field and WON the entire race in a time of 17:35 over three miles. She is only a sophomore and is the PCL MVP! This is the #10 fastest time in Uni school history, and we are looking forward to seeing what she can do in the postseason. The rest of the team also pulled through and qualified for CIF in a big upset against Northwood.
The last time we had a girls team go to CIF was in 2000!!!!! This was also the last time we had an individual PCL winner (Shey Manafian). We are no CIF champs, but we have come a long way from getting dead last in league just 3 years ago 😉 If you see any of these girls please tell them great job! (Avery Klauke, Sydney Field, Marta Meinardi, Collette Lowengrub, Amberley Martinez, Cecilia Langlois and Alissa Kopylova – not pictured)
We will be competing at CIF D1 Prelims next Saturday, 11/10 in Riverside. Wishing all the best to our amazing Girls Golf team! Our girls are inspired by you!
Congratulations to Football for beating Beckman in their last game of the season last Friday night! The score was 34-23. The boys will now be working hard in the off-season in hopes of improving their game next year.
Huge congrats to Girls Golf for winning CIFSS two years in a row! Best of luck to the girls as they compete in the SCGA Qualifying Tournament in Oxnard, CA today!
University girls golf finishes first again in CIF Southern Regional, just ahead of Woodbridge, Beckman
By DAMIAN V. DOTTORE |
PUBLISHED: October 29, 2018 at 11:25 pm | UPDATED: October 29, 2018 at 11:25 pm
FOUNTAIN VALLEY – The University girls golf team began defense of its CIF State championship on Monday the same way it started its historic postseason run last fall – by winning the CIF-SS Southern Team Regional.
Alexis Kim holed two birdies on her bogey-free round to card a 2-under-par 70 to help the Trojans shoot 382 to finish first in the event for the second year in a row and lead a Pacific Coast League sweep of the top three spots on the Classic Course at Mile Square Park Golf Course.
Woodbridge placed second with a 384 and Beckman was third at 386. Those three teams advance to the SCGA Team Qualifying Tournament on Thursday in Oxnard.
“We know that if we play our game, we will do well, so there is not too much pressure,” Kim said. “We are hopeful (to defend the state championship), but we can’t expect anything because it can be anybody’s day. We are just going to keep practicing hard, and hopefully we will get good results.”
Kim posted the second-lowest score of the tournament as La Serna senior Briana Chacon earned medalist honors with a 69.
“It is a little frustrating because I was so close (to the 69), but I was really happy overall because I was so consistent.”
The Trojans overall were quite steady on the Classic Course, as three of the five scoring players shot in the 70s. Nodoka Honda, the Register’s 2017 O.C. Player of the Year, carded a 1-under-par 71 for the Trojans and Dana Choi added a 73.
“This feels great,” University coach Kevin Kasper said. “This is a special year for us because coming off all of the things that we did last year, it was going to be tough after we lost a couple of our really good players (to graduation). We still felt like we had a pretty good core of players and could repeat if we played well.”
In total, 10 of the 15 scoring players for University, Woodbridge and Beckman posted scores in the 70s. The Patriots earned bragging rights among the three programs with four sub-80 scores – Sophie Nguyem (71), Euna Lee (76), Nari Ok (77) and Jae Lee (79).
That came as a bit of surprise to Beckman coach Cheyne Blair because every time he saw one of his girls on the course, it seemed they had missed another green in regulation.
“But we have talked a few times about how important it is to have a good short game,” he said. “While I am surprised we are taking third in such a strong region, I am not surprised they shot these scores. The three of us (Beckman, Uni and Woodbridge) beat up on each other all year long.”
This was the second consecutive season in which the Warriors finished as runner-up behind the Trojans in a regional.
“Since it is to University, it takes away a lot of the sting,” Woodbridge coach Tracy Roberts said. “They are defending state champions, back-to-back champions here, so all you can do is take your hat off. My girls played really well. They didn’t lose. They got beat.”
Yuki Yoshihara (72), Azumi Aria (73) and Caylee Chung (75) led Woodbridge.
Huntington Beach and Los Alamitos tied for fourth place at 392.
The Girl’s tennis team is ranked #1 in the CIF SS Open Division! The team received a bye in the first round, so they will not be playing until the semifinals on Nov. 7, which will be played at home! Come out and support the team!
New Open Division for girls tennis playoffs shrinks before first serve
A new Open Division for the girls tennis playoffs, previewed by the CIF-Southern Section as an eight-team tournament, surprisingly shrunk to six teams Monday during the release of the draw.
University, Orange County’s top-ranked team and No. 1 in the section, earned the top seed as expected but will have a first-round bye in the six-team tournament. The Trojans will not play until the semifinals Nov. 7.
“I am mixed,” University coach John Kessler said of the field. “With the old way, the top teams played a lot of tennis in a short period of time and missed a lot of school. … I am not sure about six. I am concerned about getting out of the routine with over a week off. We shall see.” Corona del Mar, ranked No. 2 in Orange County, also earned a bid to Open Division. The Sea Kings open Friday at home against Palos Verdes, whom they beat 10-8 in Newport Beach early in the season.
The winner plays University in the semifinals.
“It is what it is,” Corona del Mar coach Jamie Gresh said of the six-team field. “CdM is excited to play in the Open Division.”
Campbell Hall earned the No. 2 seed and will play the winner of Arcadia and Peninsula in the semifinals. Mira Costa and Foothill were ranked seventh and eighth in the final Division 1 poll and remained in Division 1. They are seeded first-second, just ahead of No. 3 Beckman, which won Division 2 last season. “The best teams were selected to play in the Open Division,” said Thom Simmons, Southern Section spokesman and assistant commissioner. “We do not feel the need to create an Open Division and then simply fill a bracket to fill a bracket.”
The Pacific Coast League could again fare well in Division 2 this season. Woodbridge earned an at-large berth and the top seed in the division.
Magnolia and Century are seeded second and third in Divisions 4 and 5, respectively.
Boys Water Polo
Huge congrats to the Boys Water Polo team! They qualified for CIF for the first time in 7 years! They defeated Xavier Prep in the first round of the CIF Play-offs on Tuesday. There was a great article in the Desert Sun with some pictures and video from Tuesday’s game. You can check it out here: https://bit.ly/2yJZVsr.
The team will host Alta Loma today (Nov. 1) at Portola high School for round two of the CIF playoffs. It has been almost 10 years since our team has made it past the first round of playoffs! Game starts at 5:00 pm. Come out and support!
Here is a look at this week’s UNI Athletics events
(Home events in Blue)
Winter Sports begin November 12th!
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