TROJAN THURSDAY 3/28/19

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.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, March 28th – Boys & Girls Track GOW @ 3:00 PM!
Tuesday, April 9th – Softball GOW @ 3:15 PM!

Spring Sports Update

Check out this link to the Sports Section of the Sword & Shield for sports articles written by Uni Students:

https://uhsswordandshield.com/category/sword-and-shield-2/sports/

Baseball

In league play baseball split with Northwood but took the overall season series 2 games to 1. Adam Axtell picked up his first win in his first Uni start and the offense came alive in game 2 at Northwood. The offense continued to roll against CDM on Saturday but dropped a pair of contests as CDM capitalized on a couple big innings. Trojans are currently in a tie for fourth 1 and 2 games back from 2nd and 3rd. Junior Faraz Markazi was a highlight going 5-9 at the plate with 4 walks on the week. Axtell went 5 innings 1 earned run in his win vs. Northwood.

Check out this Article from the OC Sports Zone:

https://ocsportszone.com/northwood-uni-and-loara-win-top-ranked-cypress-suffers-only-its-second-loss/

Boys Golf

The boys golf team is currently undefeated in league play. They are 3-0 in league and 4-1 overall. This past Tuesday, they beat Irvine High School 198 to 232. The team was led by freshman Jacob Fox who shot an impressive 1 over par 37.  His low score also gave him low medalist honors.

Today, they will go on the road to take on defending PCL Champion Woodbridge at Rancho San Joaquin Golf Course.  This will be a tough match. Woodbridge has won the league championship the last 3 years and is still the team to beat this year.  The Uni boys will all need to bring their A game to have a shot today.

Next week is spring break so the next match will be 4/9 against Beckman High School at home.

Boys Lacrosse

The next Boys Lacrosse game is set for Wednesday, April 10th at home against Northwood.  Varsity game starts at 4:00 PM with JV following at 5:30 PM.

Girls Lacrosse

Girls Lacrosse is continuing their fine form and remain undefeated in league play.  The Lady Trojans played host to Irvine on Monday and despite the hospitality, Irvine left with a bitter taste as they fell 15-1.  Mya Wang (So.) led the team with five goals and Irvine couldn’t apply much pressure as Wang, Elliot Welsh (So.) and Kaylor Chott (Sr.) kept winning draw after draw, controlling an astonishing 71% of the draws overall.  Nine different players found the back of the net.

On Wednesday, the team travelled to Woodbridge for a long anticipated match.  Woodbridge has had a strong season and is home to the league’s #1 goal scorer, so the girls knew it would be a challenge; and they met that challenge!  Mya Wang helped tremendously by securing an absolutely incredible 90% of the draws, allowing Uni to break out to a 3-0 lead in the first few minutes.  Woodbridge was not deterred, and the #1 scorer did not disappoint as she quickly found the back of the net twice, bringing Woodbridge to within one.  However, amazing defensive play and measured controlled allowed Uni to keep scoring, and at halftime, the ladies led 8-4.  The halftime talk centered around how Woodbridge was a second half team, and how the girls would have to work hard to make sure they didn’t get back into the game.  And that is exactly what they did.  Led by defensive captain Donia Mohtashami (Sr.), Talia Abunimeh (Sr.), Mackenzie Field (Sr.), and goalie Gracelyn Caceros (Sr.), Uni held Woodbridge to only 3 second half goals, while adding five of their own.  Makenzie Kaufman (Jr.) and Olivia Biase (So.) added three goals a piece to their scoring records to make it a memorable evening for the two.  Uni was victorious, 13-7.  It was an awesome win for the team and they can head into Spring Break for some much needed recovery and rest.

The team travels to Northwood after the break and then plays Beckman at home (our GOW) on Friday, April 12th…we’ll need your support so please come out and cheer on the team!

Softball

Softball heads to Bill Barber Park Stadium for a league match up with Woodbridge today at 5:00 PM.  Good luck to the team!

Boys Swimming

The Uni Boys Swim Team has started to pick up speed as they enter their Pacific Coast League season! After defeating Portola last week, the boys’ team claimed substantial victories over Irvine in all three competition levels (Open 87-67, JV 109-61, Varsity 116-54). Placing 1st or 2nd overall in at least one individual event were Aaron Lee, James Koga, Hunter Kroll, Caedon Ng, Luke Venzlaff, Youssef Youssef, Brian Lou, & Sidney Miller. Additionally, all of Uni’s “A” relay teams placed 1st in their event, and the relays as a whole outscored Irvine 26 – 16. The Trojan swimmers look forward to a couple weeks of hard work, before returning to league meets against Woodbridge and Beckman. Come out to support us at our next home meet against Beckman on April 17th!

Girls Swimming

When the Irvine High School Vaqueros came to swim against the Trojans on Wednesday (3/27), University High School declared the meet the Game of the Week. Throngs of fans crowded into the pool area to watch the heated competition, cheering wildly with every well-executed flip turn. They were not disappointed, as UNI’s Varsity Girls won more than their share of close and extremely exciting races. Alex Lindenberg scorched to victory in the 200 Freestyle, posting a time of 2:01.49, and later achieved a personal best while winning the 500 freestyle, followed by Savanna Cruz who took second place. Annika Nie swam her best times in the 50 and 100 Freestyle events. UNI’s 200 Freestyle relay team beat its seed time, posting a CIF consideration time. The breastroking crew of Mirabella Levine, Yuuri Yoshikawa, and Kate Weiland swept the top three spots in the 100 yard event, with Mirabella achieving a consideration time for CIF. We know that nothing comes easy in the competitive high school swim season, and that UNI’s varsity girls are willing to put in the effort needed to excel.

Boys Tennis

The top ranked boys tennis team defeated Beckman on Tuesday to remain undefeated in league play with a record of 5-0.  This past weekend the boys took part in the National All-American Tennis tournament in Newport Beach.  The 2nd seeded Trojans defeated Brophy Prep from Arizona in the first round 8 to 0.  In the 2nd round Conrad Brown won his singles set to give Uni a tight victory over Bellarmine College Prep.  Unfortunately, the boys lost a close match to Torrey Pines high school in the semi-final.

The boys will be back in action today against Northwood.

Track & Field

Last Thursday we had a great meet against Portola, with some outstanding performances from the girls track athletes. Firstly, big shout out to Collette Lowengrub, Cece Langlois, and Avery Klauke who swept the 3200,1600 AND 800!  Additionally, Vani Tankha and Roseanne Yu placed 2nd and 3rd in the 400M, Jenna Kim and Samantha Skurnick took 1st and 3rd in both the 100M and 200M, Farimah Fanaei took 3rd in the 300 hurdles and 2nd in the long jump, Sandy Zhang took 2nd in the triple jump, Amber Sun took 2nd in the high jump, and Dena Norouzi took 3rd in the shot put. Freshman Emma Haag and sophomore Madison Martinez stepped up and ran varsity for the first time and placed 1st and 3rd in the 100M hurdles.

This Thursday we are up against Irvine and it should be a great meet. Looking forward to seeing what our girls can do! Go Uni Track and Field!

Boys Track and Field competed against Portola High School but lost when all of the points were totaled. Some stand out performances came from Ryan Duffy, Adam Gish and Dylan Muniz in the 1600, Ray Corpus and Ben Chi in the 110 High Hurdles, Steven Li in the 400, Matt Tang and Lance Deolden in the 100 and 200,Ryan Duffy Eathan Jenkins and Adam Gish in the 800, Ben Chi in the 300 Hurdles, Raja Batra and Dylan Muniz in the 3200, Ryan Duffy in the long jump and Noah Powell in the Shot and discus. Today we are against Irvine here at Uni. Go Trojans.

Boys Volleyball

Boys Volleyball is up against Beckman today (Thursday, 3/28) at home.  JV and Frosh/Soph play at 4:00 and Varsity follows at 5:15 PM.  Come out and support!

Spring Sport GOW Schedule

Date Sport Opponent Time
Friday, March 8, 2019 Boys Lacrosse Vista Murrieta 4:00 PM
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 Boys Tennis Northwood 3:15 PM
Friday, March 15, 2019 Baseball Beckman 3:30 PM
Friday, March 22, 2019 Boys Volleyball Irvine 5:15 PM
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 Boys and Girls Swim Irvine 3:15 PM
Thursday, March 28, 2019 Boys and Girls Track & Field Irvine 3:00 PM
Tuesday, April 9, 2019 Softball Beckman 3:30 PM
Friday, April 12, 2019 Girls Lacrosse Beckman 4:00 PM
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 Boys Golf Woodbridge 3:00 PM

Rivalry Week
Boys Tennis 4/16 @ 3:15 v Woodbridge
Boys Baseball 4/16 @ 3:30 v Woodbridge
Boys Volleyball 4/19 @ 5:15 v Woodbridge

Upcoming Events 
(Home Events in Blue)

Thursday, March 28th   
***GOW*** Track & Field v Irvine – 3:00 PM
Boys Golf v Woodbridge @ Rancho San Joaquin – 3:00 PM
Boys Tennis @ Northwood – 3:15 PM
Baseball @ Portola – 3:30 PM
Softball @ Woodbridge – 5:00 PM
Boys Volleyball v Beckman – 5:15 PM

Saturday, March 30th
Baseball v El Modena (Ryan Lemmon Tournament) @ Great Park Field 5 – 11:30 AM

Monday, April 1st    
Baseball v Trabuco Hills (Ryan Lemmon Tournament) @ Great Park Field 6 – 6:00 PM

Tuesday, April 2nd  
Baseball v Segerstrom (Ryan Lemmon Tournament) @ Great Park Five Point Baseball Stadium – 10:00 AM

Wednesday, April 3rd
Baseball – Ryan Lemmon Tournament – Time TBA

Thursday, April 4th
Baseball – Ryan Lemmon Tournament – Time TBA

Saturday, April 6th
Track & Field – Arcadia Invitational – 8:00 AM

Tuesday, April 9th
Boys Golf v Beckman @ Strawberry Farms – 3:00 PM
Boys Tennis v Portola – 3:15 PM
Baseball @ Irvine – 3:30 PM
***GOW***Softball v Beckman – 3:30 PM
Boys Volleyball @ Northwood – 5:15 PM

Wednesday, April 10th
Swimming & Diving @ Woodbridge – 3:15 PM
Girls Lacrosse @ Northwood – 4:00 PM
Boys Lacrosse v Northwood – 4:00 PM

GO TROJANS!

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TROJAN THURSDAY 3/21/19

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.

Upcoming Events

  • Friday, March 22nd – Boys Volleyball GOW @ 5:15 PM!
  • Wednesday, March 27th – Swimming GOW @ 3:15 PM!

Help Support the Uni Boys Volleyball Program by eating Dinner at Chipotle on Monday, March 25th!

Boys Volleyball Chipotle fundraiser

Spring Sports Update

Check out this link to the Sports Section of the Sword & Shield for sports articles written by Uni Students:

https://uhsswordandshield.com/category/sword-and-shield-2/sports/

Baseball

Uni Baseball heads to Northwood on Friday (March 23) for a 3:30 league game.  Saturday (March 23) they will play a double header against Corona Del Mar at Uni.  Games start at 11:00 AM.  Come out and support!

Boys Golf

The Boys Golf team played Northwood HS this past Tuesday at Strawberry Farms Golf Course. We won 191 vs 214.  This marks our 1st win against Northwood in 3 years.  Connor O’Brien took low medalist honor with 1 under par 35!  Junior John Stapakis finished even par 36 followed by George Lu’s 39.

Today we head to San Juan Hills in San Juan Capistrano for an away match against Portola HS.  This is the first year with Portola joining the Pacific Coast League. We are looking forward to hopefully receiving our 3rd straight win!

Go Trojans!

Boys Lacrosse

Boys Lacrosse heads to Irvine for a 6:00 PM game on Monday, March 25th.  Best of luck to the team!

Girls Lacrosse

Girls Lacrosse is off to an undefeated beginning in League play.  Facing off against Northwood on Monday, the Lady Trojans played a back and forth opening five minutes where the score stayed close (2-2) before establishing control of the game.  Eight different players found the back of the net as Uni cruised to a 17-5 win.  Mya Wang (So.), Makenzie Kaufman (Jr.), and Grace Colunga (Jr.) each scored three and Kaylor
Chott (Sr.) provided five assists and added a goal of her own.  Goalie Gracelyn Caceros (Sr.) snagged two interceptions from the crease and made four saves on the night.

This performance was followed by an away match against the newest member of Irvine, the Portola Bulldogs.  The experience University possesses shined through in this match against a team in only their second season, first as a Varsity program.  Uni led 11-0 at the end of the first half, and concluded the game 18-1.  Goalie Madison Beltran (Jr.) was forced into five saves to keep Portola on the single goal.  Nine different field players scored, including senior Mackenzie Field, who returned to the field after enduring a concussion received during pre-season.   Wang led the team with a total of five goals.  Senior defender Donia Mohtashami picked off two passes.  All around, it was a convincing win.

The team plays a non-league match against Esperanza today and returns to league play on Monday (March 25), facing off against Irvine HS in an away match.

Softball

Uni Softball heads to Portola this Thursday (March 21) for a league game.  This Saturday, March 23, the team will play a double header at Corona Del Mar.  First game starts at 9:00 AM.  Come out and support the team!

Boys Swimming

The Uni boys swim and dive team had a phenomenal week! First, they upset second-ranked Santa Margarita on Tuesday, 90-80. This was achieved through a strong team effort, with strong contributions throughout the lineup.  Obtaining first place finishes in at least one individual event were Caedon Ng, Brian Lou, Aaron Lee, and Matthew Lou.  Matthew Lou, a freshman swimming on the Varsity team, also achieved his first CIF consideration cut in his 100 breaststroke! On Wednesday, the team traveled to Portola for their second league meet of the season. The Uni boys swept Portola at all levels, and recorded personal records in over half of their events. Swimming particularly well were juniors Sidney Miller, Hunter Kroll, and Brian Lou. Miller achieved his first CIF cut of the year in the 100 backstroke, with a winning time of 55.13. Kroll was victorious in both the 500 free and the 200 IM. His speedy finish in the 200 IM gained him his second CIF consideration cut of the year in 1:59.37. Lou dominated both of his individual events, gaining CIF automatic cuts in the 50 free and the 100 fly. In the 50 free, he broke the all-time Uni school record from 2014 by 0.01 seconds, recording a time of 20.70. This time is bound to get faster, and it will be exciting to see what he can do as we move into the championship season! Come out and support the Uni Swim Team on Wednesday 3/27 when they face league opponent Irvine!

Girls Swimming

Swimming is a difficult sport, and competing in the densest concentration of young talent in the world makes it even tougher. This week, the Trojans experienced the intense highs and lows of tough competition.

UNI’s swimmers went on the road twice this week, and the away meets presented tough challenges for our ambitious Varsity girls. On Tuesday, the water at Santa Margarita was thick and sticky, at least in UNI’s lanes. The Trojans swam with dignity, but were unable to win any of the events, and personal bests were in short supply—although the A relays in both the 200 and 400 Freestyle were able to score consideration times for CIF. Overall, however, the day was one of battling wakes. But when the going gets tough, the tough get going, and the UNI girls got going.

The Trojans brought their intense commitment to Portola on Wednesday, and posted impressive showings all around, beating Portola palpably 99-71.  Alex Lindenberg won the 200 Freestyle and the 100 Backstroke, posting personal bests in both races. Annika Nie captured the 50 Freestyle, and Izzy Pagano won the 100 Butterfly. Kate Weiland and Yuuri Yoshikawa took the top two places in the 100 Breastroke. With strong performances up and down their lineup throughout the meet, the UNI girls demonstrated their ability to respond to adversity, and gave their school reason to expect even more from the rest of the season.

Boys Tennis

The top ranked boys tennis team defeated Irvine high 16 to 2 on Tuesday to move to 10 and 0 on the year and 3-0 in the Pacific Coast league.  Freshmen Conrad Brown led the Trojans sweeping his three sets at singles.  The boys will be in action on Thursday (March 21) at Woodbridge and will also compete in the National All-American tournament Friday and Saturday, March 22-23.

Track & Field

Boys Track had their league opener against Northwood here at Uni last Thursday. Some our stand out performances came from Adam Gish in the 1600, Steven Li in the 400, Lance Deolden in the 100, Adam Gish and Michael Blinstrub in the 800, Ben Chi in the Triple jump, Evan Pariser, Noah Powell in the Shot. We are up next against Portola. Go Trojan track and Field!

We had our first league meet against Northwood on Thursday 03/14. We had some outstanding performances by Collette Lowengrub in the 1600 and 800, Jenna Kim in the 100 and 200, and Cecilia Langlois and Avery Klauke in the 3200 M run. In the field events, seniors Amber Sun in the high jump and Sandy Zhang in the triple jump, scored some points for the team as well. This Thursday (3/21) we are up against Portola and are excited for the season ahead. Go Uni Girls Track and Field!

Boys Volleyball

Come out and support Boys Volleyball tomorrow night for their GOW!  They take on Irvine at 5:15 PM in the Uni GYM.

Spring Sport GOW Schedule

Date Sport Opponent Time
Friday, March 8, 2019 Boys Lacrosse Vista Murrieta 4:00 PM
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 Boys Tennis Northwood 3:15 PM
Friday, March 15, 2019 Baseball Beckman 3:30 PM
Friday, March 22, 2019 Boys Volleyball Irvine 5:15 PM
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 Boys and Girls Swim Irvine 3:15 PM
Thursday, March 28, 2019 Boys and Girls Track & Field Irvine 3:00 PM
Tuesday, April 9, 2019 Softball Beckman 3:30 PM
Friday, April 12, 2019 Girls Lacrosse Beckman 4:00 PM
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 Boys Golf Woodbridge 3:00 PM

Rivalry Week

Boys Tennis 4/16 @ 3:15 v Woodbridge
Boys Baseball 4/16 @ 3:30 v Woodbridge
Boys Volleyball 4/19 @ 5:15 v Woodbridge

Upcoming Events
(Home Events in Blue)

Thursday, March 21st
Boys Golf v Portola @ San Juan Hills Golf Club – 3:00 PM
Track @ Field @ Portola – 3:00 PM
Softball @ Portola – 3:30 PM **CANCELLED**
Girls Lacrosse @ Esperanza – 7:00 PM

Friday, March 22nd
Boys Tennis Tournament @ Uni (All American Tourney) – Time TBA
Baseball @ Northwood – 3:30 PM
***GOW***Boys Volleyball v Irvine – 5:15 PM

Saturday, March 23rd
Boys Tennis Tournament @ Uni (All American Tourney) – Time TBA
Track & Field @ Huntington Beach – 8:00 AM
Softball @ Corona Del Mar – 9:00 AM & 11:00 AM
Baseball v Corona Del Mar – 11:00 AM & 2:00 PM

Monday, March 25th
Boys Tennis @ Woodbridge – 3:15 PM
Softball v Irvine – 3:30 PM
Girls Lacrosse v Irvine – 4:00 PM
Boys Lacrosse @ Irvine – 6:00 PM

Tuesday, March 26th
Boys Golf v Irvine @ Strawberry Farms – 3:00 PM
Boys Tennis v Beckman – 3:15 PM
Baseball v Portola – 3:30 PM
Boys Volleyball @ Woodbridge – 5:15 PM

Wednesday, March 27th
***GOW***Boys & Girls Swimming v Irvine – 3:15 PM
Girls Lacrosse @ Woodbridge – 3:15 PM
Boys Lacrosse v Woodbridge – 3:15 PM

GO TROJANS!

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TROJAN THURSDAY 3/14/19

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.

Upcoming Events

  • Baseball GOW – Friday, March 15th @ 3:30 PM. Come out and Support!

Spring Sports Update

Check out this link to the Sports Section of the Sword & Shield for sports articles written by Uni Students:

https://uhsswordandshield.com/category/sword-and-shield-2/sports/

Baseball

Uni baseball went 0-2 last week. With a 13-4 loss to Irvine and a 9-0 loss to Woodbridge. Uni JV had a strong week with wins against Irvine 2-0 and Woodbridge 8-2. They also tied Irvine last Friday 3-3 so they were 2-0-1 on the week.  Baseball GOW is tomorrow, March 15th, come out and support the team as they take on Beckman at 3:30 at the Uni Baseball field.

Boys Golf

We completed our final tune up before the start of league play with a win against Huntington Beach at home with a score of 191 to 197.  We were led by Sophomore George Lu who shot even par 36.  This is impressive because he started out with 4 over par after 4 holes.  George finished strong with 4 birdies in 5 holes to take low medal honors!  Senior Connor O’Brien, out all last week due to illness, finished with 38.  Steven Li finished with a birdie to card 39 and newcomers, Junior John Stapakis and Freshman George Huang finished 40 and 38 respectively.

I was impressed with the resilience of the team.  No one played exceptionally well but after poor starts all around, the team finished with 10 birdies, all during the last 5 holes, to pull off this impressive win.

Next week we start league play against Northwood at home at Strawberry Farms.  We then travel to Portola on Thursday.  We are looking for strong performances all around.

Go Trojans!!

Boys Lacrosse

The University Boys Varsity Lacrosse team evened their non league record to 2-2, with a dominant performance, a 19-4 win, over the Tustin Tillers.

The Tillers showed up with numbers, but the Trojans were undaunted. From start to finish the Trojans were in control, with exemplary play by face off specialist Ethan Doan, the time of possession favored Uni all game.

Many players scored as the Trojans executed play after offensive play with great team chemistry.  Overall it was a great effort.

Come support the Trojans at their first league game Monday at Northwood! Go Trojans!

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Girls Lacrosse

The Girls Lacrosse program had a week of ups and downs.  The team played a tough game against a hardworking Yorba Linda squad, but ended up losing 15-14.  Despite missing 8 players from the Varsity roster, the team hung in for the entirety of the 50 minutes exchanging goals back and forth.  Mya Wang (So.) ended up netting 11 of those 14 goals!  What an absolutely amazing individual effort!  The team bounced back from that game and defeated Mission Viejo 16-5 yesterday (3/13).  Junior goalie Madison Beltran allowed only two goals and earned five saves on the night to keep Mission Viejo from mounting a comeback.  Some solid stickwork all around the field helped the girls stay predominantly in the offensive third of the field.  The team has a really tough game against El Dorado on Friday, 4:00 PM, in the Trojan Stadium, so please come out and support.  League play kicks off next week, so the girls could use all the support the Trojan Army can muster this Friday to send them off to League in style!

Softball

Uni Softball takes on La Quinta at home today (March 14th) at 3:15.  Come out and support!

Boys Swimming

This week, the Uni Boys Swim Team dueled cross-town rivals and defending state champion Northwood, and came out convincingly victorious by a score of 99-71!  Leading the team by winning both of their individual events were junior Brian Lou (100 Freestyle and 200 IM), and senior Aaron Lee (50 Freestyle and 100 Fly).  Also contributing significantly by winning one individual event were junior Hunter Kroll (500 Free), junior Sidney Miller (100 Back), and freshman Matthew Lou (100 Breast).  Additionally, the team came together to win all three relays, gaining CIF qualification times in all three!  The Uni Swim TEam will be preparing for Tuesday’s match-up with one of the strongest teams in the county, Santa Margarita.  Go Trojans!

Girls Swimming

Northwood High School visited UNI yesterday to open the league swim season, and the Varsity Girls gave them a great deal to think about. Both the A and B Medley 200 Medley Relay Teams posted CIF consideration times to start the meet. Later, the A 200 Free Relay and 400 Free Relay also posted consideration times. Several girls posted impressive individual times as well.  Alex Lindenberg dropped 2 seconds in her 200 Freestyle to win the event. Isabella Pagano dropped nearly a half-second in the 100 butterfly, closing in on a CIF consideration time. Alex Lindenberg and Jean Meyer both scored personal bests in the 100 Backstroke. Mirabella Levine touched out her Northwood opponent at the wall to win the 100 Breaststroke, claiming a CIF consideration time in the process. The varsity girls demonstrated intense commitment and great promise; it figures to be a great season.

Boys Tennis

University Boys tennis handles Northwood to remain the Pacific Coast League beast

By DAN ALBANO | dalbano@scng.com | Orange County Register
PUBLISHED: March 12, 2019 at 9:47 pm | UPDATED: March 12, 2019 at 10:02 pm

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University sophomore Rithvik Krishna helped the host Trojans defeat Northwood 15-3 in a Pacific Coast League boys tennis match on March 12, 2019. (Photo by Dan Albano, Orange County Register/SCNG)

IRVINE – University sophomore tennis player Rithvik Krishna defeated an opponent on Tuesday that he respectfully called a “beast.”

But after the Trojans’ dominating performance against visiting Northwood and newcomer Harry Yang, University showed it’s still the most dangerous team in the Pacific Coast League.

Even when not at full strength.

Playing without ace Aditya Gupta, the top-ranked Trojans still swept the six first-round sets en route to a 15-3 victory against the No. 2 Timberwolves, extending their remarkable league winning streak to 120 matches.

“Six-zero in the first round was pretty unexpected, to be honest,” veteran University coach John Kessler said. “(Northwood coach) John (Tichy) does a great job and Northwood is a really good team. They’ve had impressive scores.”

Last week, Northwood (7-1, 1-1) beat former league rival Corona del Mar 11-7 in a statement victory that places the Timberwolves, ranked No. 6 in Division 1, in the conversation for the Open Division playoffs.

University (8-0, 2-0), ranked No. 1 in the county and Division 1, moved Krishna to No. 1 singles to replace Gupta, who was a playing a Futures challenger event, and he responded by defeating the 6-foot-6 Yang, a senior bound for Georgetown.

Krishna used a strong serve and aggressive forehand against Yang’s slice shots for a 6-4 victory.

“He’s 6-foot-6, bombs serves every now and then,” said Krishna, who stands about 5-foot-9. “I played straight up (without strategy changes), but I had to try to grind him out because he’s really big. It’s kind of tough to grind out a 6-foot-6 beast, but I did it today. I don’t think he was at his very best.”

Krishna went 2-0 in singles before being substituted in the third round.

Yang, who had been home-schooled until this year, beat University’s No. 2 Soomin Lee 6-4 in the second round, but Lee and fellow junior Cameron Sepahi each beat Trojans’ No. 2 Cory Pham.

University also received sweeps at doubles from its top team of freshman Conrad Brown and senior Luis Moros and the No. 2 team of senior Michael Rudin and freshman Zino Mirtorabi.

“Sometimes you play better when your main guy is not (there) – sometimes you look for that person to carry you,” Kessler said. “(But) we haven’t lost (in league) since 2006. … Just think about how insane this is because all these teams are good in their own right.”

Track & Field

Boys Track and Field had their last preseason meet last week against Huntington Beach. The team was missing all of our seniors due to the senior activity day but we still had some great performances. All boys relays beat HB and other top performers included Adam Gish in the 1600, Henry Feurborn and Ben Chi in the 110 High Hurdles, Michael Blinstrub in the 400, Lance Deolden in the 100 and 200, Michael Blinstrub and Adam Gish in the 800, Ben Chi and Henry Feurborn in the 300 Hurdles, Raja Batra in the 3200, Noah Powell in the Shot and Disc and Daniel Hernandez in the Long Jump. Today (March 14th) we have our first league meet here at Uni against Northwood. Come out and support! Go Trojan track and Field!

Last week we had our final preseason meet against Huntington Beach High School. We were missing a few of our Varsity athletes due to Senior Activity Day, but many of the girls stepped up and had some great performances! Our girls 4X100 M relay won their race. We swept the 1600 M with Collette Lowengrub, Cece Langlois, and Avery Klauke taking 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. Sophomores Vani Tankha and Laura Li took 2nd and 3rd in the 400 M run. Freshman Jenna Kim placed 2nd in the 100 M and 200 M.  Collette Lowengrub and Avery Klauke also took 1st and 2nd in the 800 M.  Cece Langlois took 1st in the 3200 M, Dena Norouzi took 2nd in the discus, and Farimah Fanaei took 1st in the long jump.

We have our first league meet against Northwood today, March 14th, so we hope to see you there!  Go Uni Track and Field!

Boys Volleyball

Boys volleyball fell to Mater Dei on Tuesday 3-0. They begin league on Friday against Northwood. Come out and support!

Spring Sport GOW Schedule

Date Sport Opponent Time
Friday, March 8, 2019 Boys Lacrosse Vista Murrieta 4:00 PM
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 Boys Tennis Northwood 3:15 PM
Friday, March 15, 2019 Baseball Beckman 3:30 PM
Friday, March 22, 2019 Boys Volleyball Irvine 5:15 PM
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 Boys and Girls Swim Irvine 3:15 PM
Thursday, March 28, 2019 Boys and Girls Track & Field Irvine 3:00 PM
Tuesday, April 9, 2019 Softball Beckman 3:30 PM
Friday, April 12, 2019 Girls Lacrosse Beckman 4:00 PM
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 Boys Golf Woodbridge 3:00 PM

Rivalry Week

Boys Tennis 4/16 @ 3:15 v Woodbridge
Boys Baseball 4/16 @ 3:30 v Woodbridge
Boys Volleyball 4/19 @ 5:15 v Woodbridge

Upcoming Events
(Home Events in Blue)

Thursday, March 14th
Track & Field v Northwood – 3:00 PM
Softball v La Quinta (Westminster) – 3:15 PM
Boys Tennis @ Portola – 3:15 PM

Friday, March 15th
***GOW***Baseball v Beckman – 3:30 PM
Girls Lacrosse v El Dorado – 4:00 PM
Boys Volleyball v Northwood – 5:15 PM
Boys Lacrosse @ Crean Lutheran – 6:00 PM

Saturday, March 16th
Track & Field @ Laguna Beach – 8:00 AM

Monday, March 18th
Boys Lacrosse @ Northwood – 3:15 PM
Girls Lacrosse v Northwood – 4:00 PM

Tuesday, March 19th
Boys Golf v Northwood @ Strawberry Farms – 3:00 PM
Boys & Girls Swimming @ Santa Margarita – 3:00 PM
Boys Tennis v Irvine – 3:15 PM
Baseball v Northwood – 3:30 PM
Softball v Northwood – 3:30 PM
Boys Volleyball @ Portola – 5:15 PM

Wednesday, March 20th
Boys & Girls Swimming @ Portola – 3:15 PM
Girls Lacrosse @ Portola – 4:00 PM
Boys Lacrosse v Portola – 4:00 PM

GO TROJANS!

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TROJAN THURSDAY 3/7/19

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.

Shop to Support the Uni Boys Volleyball team!

Visit the La Jolla Group Company Store (O’Neill Brand) in Irvine this Friday, Saturday or Sunday, mention Uni Boys Volleyball and receive 40% off!  Plus 20% of your purchase will be donated to the team!

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Spring Sports Update

Check out this link to the Sports Section of the Sword & Shield for sports articles written by Uni Students:
https://uhsswordandshield.com/category/sword-and-shield-2/sports/

Baseball

University opens league play by defeating Northwood 1-0.  Check out the article below from the OC Sports Zone!

https://ocsportszone.com/university-baseball-team-opens-pcl-play-with-1-0-victory-over-northwood/

Boys Golf

The Boys Golf season is officially under way with our 1st golf tournament Monday (2/25) at Western Hills Country Club for the Chris Roth Memorial Golf Tournament. Out of 12 schools, we finished 4th place! A very respectable accomplishment. Out of almost 90 players, Connor O’Brien finished 1 over par 73 to tie for 1st place! He officially finished 2nd after losing in a sudden death playoff.

The team traveled to SeaCliff Country Club and played Huntington Beach last Thursday.  We lost the match 208 to 213. We were without our 2 senior veterans but the new freshmen gained some valuable experience as they competed in their 1st official high school match.  Next Wednesday, we have a rematch against Huntington Beach at our home course of Strawberry Farms.  We will be at full strength and looking for some payback.

The team is led by Connor O’Brien, one of the best players in our league and as records shows, one of the best in Southern California.  Last year’s freshman phenome, George Lu, is getting back to mid season form.  We are also looking for strong contributions from Sophomore Steven Li, who finish 1st in the SCPGA Jr Tour Summer Rankings.  We are anticipating a strong showing this year and based on our practice, we will be tough to beat at home. Go Trojans!

Boys Lacrosse

The University Boy’s Varsity lacrosse team has started their season off well with a 1-1 start. This Friday, March 8th they play Vista Murrieta at home in the stadium. This year is the first year of JV at Uni and the squad loves it.  Varsity is led by some talented captains, seniors Lucas Hall and Oliver Kubit and junior Matthew McCarthy.

Matt McCarthy is controlling the offense with 9 points (6 goals and 3 assists).

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Girls Lacrosse

Girls Lacrosse is officially in season!  The team participated in the Rose Bowl tournament (in the rain) last Saturday, March 2nd.  They lost their opening game to Redondo Beach (#1 team from LA County two years in a row), defeated West Ranch HS, then lost to Aliso Niguel in a re-match of last year’s post-season game.  Nonetheless, competing in the toughest bracket helped the team prepare for the season and showcased both areas for growth and strengths the team possesses.

On Tuesday, the ladies played Laguna Hills and immediately ran out to lead 12 seconds into the game as Mya Wang (So.) won the draw and beat the defense to net the first goal of the game.  From there, the team never looked back, leading by 7 at halftime and finishing 15-3.  Awesome defense from Erin Jeon (Fr.), Caroline Mumm (So.), and Elliot Welsh (So.) helped stop the Laguna Hills team from generating much offense.  Mya Wang led the offense with 7 goals, Grace Colunga (Jr.) netted 3 times and Alex Allan (Sr.) had two beautiful underhand shots she rolled in by the keeper.  What a way to start!

Thursday (today) the Lady Trojans are away against Yorba Linda, but are back in action at home next Wednesday (3/13) against Mission Viejo.  We’d love to have you out there cheering us on!

Softball

Although the rain has been playing with our schedule, the Trojan softball team could not be more excited about this season!  We are guided with strength from our pitching crew of Jackie Diaz and Sydney Spencer and our freshly groomed awesome shortstop Natalie Zane!  Our bats are lively and strong and our youth has enthusiasm and positive energy!  We work hard every day and get stronger every day!  Check our schedule and come see us. You won’t believe how strong Danielle Prosky is up at bat!! We have Estancia on Friday at 3:15 right here at Uni!  Come on out and support your Trojans!!

Swimming

The Boys and Girls Swim teams are gearing up for their first league meet of the season against Northwood on March 13th.  The meet will start at 3:00 PM at the Uni Pool.  Come out and support!

Boys Tennis

The boys tennis team defeated Fountain Valley 13 to 5 on Tuesday.  Junior Cameron Sepahi led the Trojans winning all three sets at singles.  Sophomore Rithvik Krishna continued his strong start to the season winning the two singles’ sets he played.  Uni doubles won 8 of 9 sets including sweeps by Luis Moros/Conrad Brown and Ambarish Rao/Abhi Anish.  Uni, the top ranked team in CIF D-I and Orange County moved to 6-0 on the season.  The boys will be back in action on Thursday at home against Dana Hills.

Track & Field

Boys Track and field kicked off their season with our first meet against El Modena which has been our tradition for the last 34 years. In the 1600m Ryan Duffy and Adam Gish were are top performers. For the 110 Hurdles, Evan Pariser placed 2nd.  Micheal Blinstrub placed 2nd in the 400m. Matt Tang and Daniel Fernandez were our top performers in the 100m. We went 1, 2 in the 800 with Micheal Blinstrub and Adam Gish. We went 1, 3 in the 200m with Matt Tang and Micheal Blinstrub. Raja Batra placed 2nd in the 3200m. Evan Pariser won the high jump. Daniel Fernandez won the long jump. Ben Chi took 3rd in the triple jump. Kareem Beri placed 3rd in the discu and Noah Powell placed 2nd in the shot. Our next meet is against Huntington Beach High School. Go Trojan Track and Field.

Girls Track and Field had a great start to the 2019 season against El Modena—keeping up with the 34 year tradition. The girls 4X100 M relay team, consisting of Farimah Fanaei, Samantha Skurnick, Rovinya Ruhunage, and Jenna Kim, beat El Modena in the first varsity race of the day. In the 1600 M Collette Lowengrub took 1st and Avery Klauke was right behind her in 2nd place. Vani Tankha took 2nd in the 400 M. Jenna Kim took 1st in both the 100M and 200M. Making another appearance on the leaderboard, Collet Lowengrub took 1st in the 800M and Avery Klauke took 3rd. In her debut appearance in the 300 hurdles, Farimah Fanaei took 1st place, as well as 2nd overall for the long jump, and Amber Sun took 1st in the high jump. Our first meet definitely had some shining performances, and we are excited to see what our next meet against Huntington Beach High School this Thursday will bring. Go Uni Track and Field!

Boys Volleyball

Boys Volleyball lost at all 3 levels Tuesday, March 5 against San Juan Hills, with Varsity losing a thrilling 5 setter.  All levels look to bounce back next week against Mater Dei next Tuesday, March 12 at home.

Spring Sport GOW Schedule

Date Sport Opponent Time
Friday, March 8, 2019 Boys Lacrosse Vista Murrieta 4:00 PM
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 Boys Tennis Northwood 3:15 PM
Friday, March 15, 2019 Baseball Beckman 3:30 PM
Friday, March 22, 2019 Boys Volleyball Irvine 5:15 PM
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 Boys and Girls Swim Irvine 3:15 PM
Thursday, March 28, 2019 Boys and Girls Track & Field Irvine 3:00 PM
Tuesday, April 9, 2019 Softball Beckman 3:30 PM
Friday, April 12, 2019 Girls Lacrosse Beckman 4:00 PM
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 Boys Golf Woodbridge 3:00 PM

Rivalry Week

Boys Tennis 4/16 @ 3:15 v Woodbridge
Boys Baseball 4/16 @ 3:30 v Woodbridge
Boys Volleyball 4/19 @ 5:15 v Woodbridge

Upcoming Events
(Home Events in Blue)

Thursday, March 7th
Track & Field @ Huntington Beach – 3:00 PM
Boys Tennis v Dana Hills – 3:15 PM
Girls Lacrosse @ Yorba Linda – 5:30 PM

Friday, March 8th
Softball v Estancia – 3:00 PM
**GOW** Boys Lacrosse v Vista Murrieta – 4:00 PM

Saturday, March 9th
Track & Field @ Irvine – 8:00 AM
Softball Tournament @ Uni – 11:00 AM & 1:00 PM

Monday, March 11th
Baseball v Irvine – 3:30 PM
Boys Lacrosse v Tustin – 4:00 PM

Tuesday, March 12th
**GOW** Boys Tennis v Northwood – 3:15 PM
Baseball @ Woodbridge – 3:30 PM
Boys Volleyball v Mater Dei – 5:15 PM

Wednesday, March 13th
Boys Golf v Huntington Beach @ Strawberry Farms – 3:00 PM
Boys & Girls Swim v Northwood – 3:15 PM
Girls Lacrosse v Mission Viejo – 4:30 PM

GO TROJANS!

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