Sept 23 – Saturday Sports

In Fridays action…

The football team continues to roll with a 56-7 victory over De Anza HS. The JV team also won 54-26.

Jake Delaney
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The boys water polo team defeated EBAL power Monte Vista HS 21-11.

In Saturdays action…

The girls water polo team competes in the Amanda McDonald Invitational at Menlo School.

The JV boys water polo team competes in the St. Francis tournament.

The JV girls volleyball team competes in the Dougherty Valley tournament.

The freshman girls volleyball team competes in the East County tournament at Pittsburg HS.

Fridays individual standouts…

Varsity football. Robby Rowell completed 18 of 25 passes for 264 yards and 3 touchdowns. Nick Kresnak added 2 touchdown passes. Brian Merken had 3 receptions for 59 yards and 2 touchdowns, Chris Rogers 6 receptions for 55 yards and 1 score, Nick Price 2 receptions for 53 yards and 1 score. Keaziah Smith scored 2 rushing touchdowns and Jake Delaney added 1 score. Tommy Thrasher had 3 receptions for 51 yards and 3 tackles. Nick Henderson led the defense with 5.5 tackles, Alex Cortessis added 4 tackles and Nick Bettencourt and Seth Pezman each added 3 tackles.

Keaziah Smith
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JV football. John Kalil completed 18 of 24 passes for 264 yards and 3 touchdowns. Avery Howell rushed 13 times for 163 yards, 3 touchdowns and a 54 yard kickoff return. Jack Muren had 4 receptions for 73 yards and 2 touchdowns. Wes Alpert had 6 receptions for 103 yards and a touchdown. Luke Miles had 5 receptions for 78 yards. Nick Pearson led the defense with 8 tackles and Mikey O’Donnell and Ben Clark added 5 and 3 tackles, respectively. Jack Miles had an interception.

Acalanes Girls Volleyball v. Campolindo 9/21/2017

Girls Volleyball
by Ken Webster

Your Acalanes Dons Girls Volleyball team kicked off 2017 DAL League play by hosting the arch-rival Campolindo Cougars on Thursday night in front of a big and boisterous crowd. The match found the defending D III State Champions still looking to find their 2017 identity, as they came in at 2-4 on the year but with a big win over Marin County powerhouse Redwood High last weekend. This stiff test from the Cougs – currently ranked 6th in the State in Division 3 – would surely push them to their limits and help them grow as a team. Here is some of the action:

First Set:

2-8. Timeout Dons after a very rocky start. Adrenaline is pumping and Coach Rodriguez looks to settle the Dons down.

3-10. Dons out of sync.

6-15. Sarah Westergren delivers a kill to get the Dons a much needed point.

7-18. Westergren fires another winner deep. Needed it.

8-19. Grace Higgins kills the Lane Webster set. Needed that too! Dons in a big hole but fighting.

10-25. Warm up set completed. Now we can get this match going!

Second Set:

1-0. Webster delivers a winning serve and the Dons have the lead!

2-2. Hayes Hollar drives a kill into the Campo middle.

3-6. Webster back set to Hollar at the “Oppo”. Kill. Dons now fighting with high energy.

4-8. Madi Risch pounds a ball straight down on the kill. With Authority.

6-10. Webster roof!

8-10. Risch on a serving run.

9-10. Webster drills an angle kill from the “Oppo” from the Rachel Go set. Timeout Cougs! The gym is rockin’.

10-11. Cailey McVay digs a tough serve and Go sets to Higgins beautifully, and Grace finishes it with a kill.

12s. Webster Ace!

13-12. Campo fires the ball long and the Dons re-take the lead!

14-12. Webster Ace again! Bullets.

14-15. Timeout Dons to break a little Campo momentum.

18-17. McVay Ace! Dons fight back once again. Resilient.

19-18. Risch block! McVay dig! Risch kill!

19-20. Kennedy Cornish slams down an overpass, but Campo keeps it alive and scores. See-saw battle this set.

20s. Hayes “Ain’t No Hollarback Girl” Hollar crushes a kill to re-tie it.

21s. Risch tools the blockers to re-tie it yet again. Dons playing great v-ball right now!

22s. Go with a buttery set to Higgins who eats it up. Tied again…

22-24. Timeout Dons…

23-24. Big Webster kill! Timeout Cougars. Let’s Go Dons!

24 all…24-25…25s! Elsa Clever stuffs a joust at the net. OT baby.

25-27. Dons fall in the 2nd set. Man!

Third Set:

1-0. Great D from Zoe McPhail and McVay (part of the McFamily) and then Clever delivers a big roof.

2-0. Clever again!

3-0. Risch kill on a roll shot.

4-3. Webster lofts a set from out of the net and gets it to Hollar for the kill.

6s. Go (“R-GO”) back sets Risch, who promptly crushes the kill into the middle of the court.

7-6. McPhail: great serve and then saves the point with a great dig. Back row passing by McPhail, McVay, Go and Sam Darin is on point.

9-14. Tough patch of road for the Dons-mobile. Timeout.

11-16. Clever on the slide kill. Needed it.

11-19. Campo executing and building momentum. Not helpful.

13-22. Timeout Acalanes. Campo still not helping.

14-22. Risch with a saving dig and Webster finishes it at the net.

17-24. Clever kills a “1” in the middle to keep the match alive.

18-24. McVay Ace! Yaaasssss.

19-24. Webster to Risch for the untouched Thunder Bomb Kill. Wow. Stirs memories of the incomparable Parker Jones…Happy Birthday Parker!

19-25. Dons fall in 3 to the Cougars, but it was an exciting match and the Dons will be fun to watch this season, so come on out to some games!

 

Sept 22 – Friday Sports

In Thursdays action…

The girls tennis team defeated College Park HS 5-4.

The girls volleyball team was defeated by Campolindo HS. The JV and freshmen teams were also defeated.

Kennedy Cornish and Grace Higgins
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The freshman football team defeated Northgate HS 42-7.

In Fridays action…

The football team hosts De Anza HS. JV at 4:30 and varsity at 7:00.

The boys water polo team hosts Monte Vista HS. JV at 4:00 and varsity at 5:00.

The girls water polo team competes in the Amanda McDonald Invitational at Menlo School.

In Saturdays action…

The girls water polo team competes in the Amanda McDonald Invitational at Menlo School.

The JV boys water polo team competes in the St. Francis tournament.

The JV girls volleyball team competes in the Dougherty Valley tournament.

The freshman girls volleyball team competes in the East County tournament at Pittsburg HS.

​Thursdays individual standouts…

​Girls tennis. Zoe Cate and Jess Gerson won singles matches. Olivia Reinecke & Sam Sweeney, Molly Cronk & Vivian Toni and ​Sophia Cooper & Rachel Minden won doubles matches.

Freshman football. Brady Huchingson completed 8 of 12 passes for 121 yards and 3 passing touchdowns and one running score. Jackson Aris-Dumas had 3 receptions for 49 yards and 1 score. Quinn Elle and Adam Kim each added a receiving touchdown, Thomas Schrader an interception return for a score and Sam Heyman returned the opening kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown. Defensive standouts. Graham Oh had 8 tackles and Adam Kim and Thomas Schrader each added 3 tackles. Adam Kim, Logan Hope and Graham Oh also had interceptions.

Freshman Girls Volleyball

Freshman Girls Volleyball
by Hunter Davis
September 21, 2017 – It was an exciting afternoon of volleyball as the Acalanes Freshman Lady Dons took on arch rival Campolindo.  The first set was tight early with strong blocking from Lauren Davis and Lyla Cox. The Dons used a serving streak from Lyla to break open a 10-5 lead, forcing Campo into an early timeout. The coaching move worked as the Cougars roared back to a 14-11 lead, but an equally well taken timeout from Coach Miranda Rodriguez along with solid serving from Sammy Hansen got the Dons back in the game. They kept it close on aggressive kills from Audrey Passalaqua and Carly Coffee, but could not take advantage of a late service run from Chloe Wu to drop the first game 20-25.
The second set may go down as the game of the season as neither team was able to build a lead, with 7+ lead changes. The Dons had great fan support from the JV and Varsity teams along with many others, and loud cheers of “Let’s go Dons” echoed throughout the gym at key moments highlighting this rivalry match. Back to back kills from Audrey Passalaqua and Lyla Cox on Megan Go assists gave the Dons the momentum and at 11-14, 4 straight points from Daisy Sibley gave the Dons the lead.  After falling behind 22-24 the team fought back with excellent defense, nice setting from Bella Draper, and clutch team serving to push the match on. Strong passing from libero Sydney Sowarby and Marin Takeuchi countered Campo’s service game, while scrambling defense from Lauren Davis kept points alive as the tension ramped up. In the end, a few breaks allowed the Cougars to pull off a 30-28 victory in the second set, but it was a great match from both teams.

Sept 21 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesdays action…

The girls golf team defeated Las Lomas HS 256-262.

Avalon Schenone shot a 41 on a 9-hole par 36 course.

In Thursdays action…

The girls volleyball team hosts Campolindo HS. Freshmen at 4:00, JV at 5:00 and Varsity at 6:30.

The varsity girls tennis team has a match at College Park HS and the JV team hosts Bentley HS, both at 3:30.

The freshman football team plays at Northgate HS at 5:00.

Sept 18 – Monday Sports

In Fridays action…

The boys water polo team defeated Gunn HS and was defeated by Menlo School in their Ron Richison Invitational.

In Saturdays action…

The football team put on quite a performance defeating San Marin HS 49-14. The jv team led off the day in like fashion 46-12.

The boys water polo team defeated Jesuit HS and was defeated by Buchanan HS in their Ron Richison Invitational.

In cross country action, the Dons competed in the De La Salle-Carondelet Nike Invitational Meet on Saturday, September 16, 2017.  In girls action, the top lady Dons were Freshman Nicole Frigon, who finished 3rd (2nd Frosh) in the Frosh/Soph 2-mile race with a time of 13:34.5 and Freshmen Beth Hamalian and Binti Sohn finished 29th and 33rd (16th and 19th freshmen) with times of 14:51.2 and 14:54.1, respectively, leading the Don’s to a 7th place finish; Junior Emersyn White finished 62nd out of 251 runners in the Frosh/Soph/JV Unlimited 2-mile race with a time of 16:14.5; and Maxine D’Orazio placed 68th out of 122 runners with a time of 16:22.5 in the girls’ JV 2-mile race.  Way to go girls!!!

In boys action, the Frosh/Soph finished 8th out of 30 teams, with Sophomore Nick Hutson leading the Don’s with a 16th place finish (11th Sophomore) out of 201 runners and a time of 11:33.2 for the 2-mile race, Freshman Derek Kotarba and Sam Roth finished 39th and 42nd (13th and 14th freshmen), respectively, with times of 11:58.7 and 12:00.6; Freshman Owen Myall finished 60th out of 323 runners with a time of 13:35.9 in the Frosh/Soph Unlimited 2-mile race; Freshmen Tucker Starbuck and Ethan Chow finished 117th and 118th out of a tough 175-runner field in the JV Unlimited race, with times of 13:26.1 and 13:26.4 – what a close finish between those two!  Other notables in the JV Unlimited race were Freshman Josh Evans and Sophomore Aidan Bodner, with times of 13:31.1 and 13:31.9 – another close finish!  In boys’ Varsity action, Junior Joshua Starr earned the Don’s top spot with a 91st place finish out of 241 runners and a person record time of 17:12.1 for the 3-mile race.  Junior Riley Noon and Sophomore Andrew Owens also had fast races with times of 17:32.0 and 17:35.2.  Great job boys!!!

In Mondays action…

The girls golf team competes in the Poppy Ridge Invitational at Poppy Ridge GC at 12:00.

Sept 15 – Friday Sports

In Thursdays action…

Boys Water Polo pulled out a big victory over Jesuit HS 15-12 to raise their overall record to 4-2.

Girls Volleyball was defeated by Alhambra HS. The JV and Freshmen teams recorded victories.

Girls Golf was defeated by Miramonte HS.

Freshmen Football defeated Bishop ODowd HS 27-13.

In Fridays action…

Boys Water Polo hosts the Ron Richison Invitational.

In Saturdays action…

Football plays at San Marin HS. JV at 11:00 am and Varsity at 2:00 pm.

Boys Water Polo hosts the Ron Richison Invitational.

Girls Volleyball competes in the East County Invitational at Pittsburg HS.

Cross Country competes in the De La Salle & Carondelet Nike Invitational at Newhall Park.

Thursdays individual standouts…

JV Girls Volleyball. Offensive standout was Erin Meade and defensively it was Charlotte Glass and Jessica Larrick.

Freshmen Football. Brady Huchingson was 11-12 with 4 TD passes. Sam Heyman caught all 4 TDs and had 150 yards catching. Interceptions by Thomas Schrader and A. Kim. Logan Hope forced and recovered a fumble.

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Sept 14 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesdays action…

Girls Water Polo defeated Sir Francis Drake HS 18-3.

Sarah McCandless
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Girls Golf was defeated by the narrowest of margins by Campolindo HS 265-267.

In Thursdays action…

Girls Volleyball hosts Alhambra HS. Freshmen at 4:00, JV at 5:00 and Varsity at 6:30.

Boys Water Polo hosts Jesuit HS. Varsity at 6:00 and JV at 7:00.

Girls Golf has a match against Miramonte HS at Orinda CC at 3:15.

Freshman Football plays at Bishop O’Dowd HS at 5:00.

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