IRVINE SPORTS ROUNDUP

by Tim Burt


Catcher is Stanford bound

Northwood High Timberwolves’ catcher Allison Morikawa will continue her career at Stanford University. Last season, Morikawa was first team all-Pacific Coast League and batted .423 with a fielding percentage of 1.000 (no errors). She’s been captain since her sophomore year and has received the school’s Charter Oak Award for academic achievement, community service and leadership the last three years.

Allison Morikawa

Tennis team goes 12-0

The University High girls’ tennis team grabbed its fourth consecutive Pacific Coast League title, finishing with a perfect 12-0 record. It was the Trojans’ ninth title since 2010. The team, led by senior captains Jane Lee and Megan Bee as well as senior Nour Khayat and sophomore Anna Gubin, advanced to the semifinal round of the CIF open-division playoffs, the highest division for the playoffs.


She’s on track for UC Irvine

Northwood High track star Reina Kabbara will continue her athletic and academic career at UC Irvine. This year, she was a CIF finalist in the 800 meters (running it in 2:21) and the 4 x 400-meter relay. “Not many high school girls have the range to run an 800-meter race and then be on the sprint relay, which caught the eye of UC Irvine,” says Northwood track and field Coach Louie Muniz.

Reina Kabbara

Team makes state tourney

The Irvine High girls’ volleyball team reached the second round of the CIF State Tournament after a deep run in the CIF Division 6 playoffs. “The girls came into every practice and every game with an attitude that they were there to learn and find ways to improve,” says Irvine Coach Noel Nguyen. The Vaqueros were led by senior co-captains, outside hitter Nikki Chen and middle blocker Madi Lee and senior setter Sierra Suttle. Senior libero Katie Vo, the team’s ace leader, also stood out.