Irvine sports roundup

by Tim Burt

Lacrosse team sets record

Portola High School

It’s been a memorable season for Portola High’s girls lacrosse team. They finished the regular season with a 17-1 overall record, a program best for wins, and a 13-1 mark in the Pacific Coast League to sit atop the standings. Several players achieved career milestones along the way: Jadyn Zdanavage scored her 200th goal on Feb. 28 against El Modena; Jadyn Kohan scored her 100th goal on March 29 against University; and Amy Bebawy notched her 300th career save on March 27 against Laguna Hills. The Bulldogs were ranked in the top four of the most recent CIF Division 3 poll.

Jadyn Kohan

Baseball team seeks threepeat

Woodbridge High School

The Woodbridge Warriors are aiming for their third consecutive league title before moving on to the CIF playoffs. At one point in April, the team won four consecutive Pacific Coast League games on four consecutive days to remain atop the league standings. “I am really proud of this team,” coach Ryan Brucker says. “We started the year pretty banged up, but they fought through the injuries and found ways to win.” Hitter Jake Amundson has batted .415 average with 14 RBI, while pitcher Matthew Kuromoto has gone 6-2 with a 0.84 ERA and 51 strikeouts.

Colleges scout young pitcher

University High School

University High sophomore Cooper Berger is already attracting attention from big-time college programs, according to coach Wesley Shaw. Baseball coaches at Stanford, Duke, Vanderbilt, Northwestern, Rice and Cal State Fullerton all expressed interest after Berger struck out 11 in a complete 3-2 victory over Irvine, in which he also had the game-winning hit. “At 6-foot-6, he’s a legit two-way guy, and that’s very attractive for schools like Duke and Vanderbilt and Stanford,” Shaw says. “The good thing is, I got him for two more years after this.”

Cooper Berger

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