Feb 6 – Lady Dons Soccer Falls to Dublin

Faced with a short bench and missing their customary mojo, the Lady Dons soccer squad stumbled Friday night and fell to Dublin High 2-1 Friday night. The Dons fell behind by a goal early in the first half when the Gaels netted a cross from the right side from above the box. The Dons evened the score as time expired in the first half when Jackie Nichols connected a pass to Emily Smith who finished the work.

In the second half, the Dons simply tempted fate too many times in yielding four Corner kicks in an eight minute span. A Dublin defender collected and converted the initial clear from 22 yards out for what proved to be the deciding goal. Already limited by some injuries, two Dons attackers were limited due to injuries from Dublin fouls. The Dons reached the Dublin box several times in the closing minutes, but could not convert.

With the loss, the Lady Dons slipped back into 2nd place in the DFAL with two to play. Next up is Alhambra.

Feb 7 – Sunday Sports

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Basketball

defeated Pittsburg HS 54-42. The JV team lost a close one.

Frosh-Soph Girls Soccer

defeated College Park HS 2-1 to finish the season with a 7-7-1 record. Great job Lyenne Denny.

Individual standouts…

Girls Basketball

Emma Godfrey and Brooke Panfili each scored 16 points and Roni Marrone added 13 points.

May 7 – Save the Date – Booster BASH

Save the Date, May 7th, to celebrate 75 years of Acalanes Athletics at the 2016 Acalanes Booster Bash.  6:30pm-11pm, Temple Isaiah.  Purchase your tickets at the Acalanes Web Store here

 

Acalanes Bash Poster 2016

Feb 6 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Boys Soccer

played extremely well against a very good Dublin HS team falling short 2-1. The jv team pulled out a 1-0 victory.

Gabe Singer
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Girls Soccer

also fell to Dublin HS 2-1.

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Basketball

hosts Pittsburg HS. JV at 5:30 and varsity at 7:00.

Frosh-Soph Girls Soccer

hosts College Park HS at 9:00.

Freshman Boys Soccer

plays at Deer Valley HS at 10:00.

Wrestling

competes in the Mission San Jose Invitational.

Friday’s individual standouts…

Boys Soccer

Gabe Singer scored the lone goal assisted by Drew Wondolowski. Mark Von Hacht was named “Man of the Match.”

Mark von Hacht
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Feb 5 – Friday Sports Page

In Friday’s action…

Soccer

Teams plays Dublin HS. Boys are home and girls are away.
JV at 4:15 and varsity at 6:15.

Wrestling

competes in the Mission San Jose Invitational.

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Basketball

hosts Pittsburg HS. JV at 5:30 and varsity at 7:00.

Frosh-Soph Girls Soccer

hosts College Park HS at 9:00.

Freshman Boys Soccer

plays at Deer Valley HS at 10:00.

Wrestling

competes in the Mission San Jose Invitational.

Feb 4 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Boys Soccer

got a much needed 4-2 victory over Las Lomas HS.

Girls Soccer

was defeated by Las Lomas HS. The jv team was also defeated.

Wrestling

was defeated by Las Lomas HS.

Wednesday’s individual standouts…

Boys Soccer

Gabe Singer got the hat trick with 3 goals and Ian Franklin did the same with 3 assists as both were named “Man of the Match.” Drew Wondolowski scored the other goal.

Girls Soccer

Emily Smith scored a goal and Kyle McQuain had 7 saves.

Wrestling

Peyton Li won his match.

Feb 3 – The Next Streak Starts Friday

After more than a year and fifteen DFAL matches without a loss, the Lady Dons succumbed to visiting Las Lomas Wednesday night by a score of 3-1. After trailing at halftime 1-0, the Lady Dons evened the match in the 55th minute when Emily Smith’s arcing direct kick from 30 yards out found the back of the net. Las Lomas reclaimed the lead on their own direct kick in the 68th minute and then extended that lead on when a corner kick with four minutes to play curled directly into the net.

Emily Smith scoring goal
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The Lady Dons retain their first place DFAL status and look to start their next streak when they travel to Dublin Friday night.

Feb 3 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Basketball

overwhelmed Las Lomas HS. The jv team did likewise.

Boys Basketball

mounted a furious rally only to fall short to Las Lomas HS 64-60. The jv team also was defeated.

In Wednesday’s action…

Soccer

teams play Las Lomas HS.
Girls are home and boys are away. JV at 4:15 and varsity at 6:15.

Wrestling

hosts Las Lomas HS at 6:00.

Tuesday’s individual standouts…

Boys Basketball

Jesse Marlow scored 23 points, with an amazing 7 3-pointers. Nico Brightbill scored 15 points, with 2 3-pointers. Aaron Hill scored 11 points.

Feb 1 – Monday Sports

In Saturday’s action…

Boys Soccer

fell short to College Park HS 2-1.

Frosh-Soph Girls Soccer

led by Lyenne Denny played their best game of the year defeating Deer Valley HS 4-1 raising their overall record to 6-1-6.

In Monday’s action…

Freshman Boys Soccer

hosts San Ramon Valley HS at 6:00.

Individual standouts…

Frosh-Soph Girls Soccer

Isobel Whitehead scored all four goals.

Jan 29 – Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team Cannot Contain Miramonte Late in the 4th

I told you that this would be a much better game than the January 5th game. The Acalanes and Miramonte Boys Varsity Basketball teams did not disappoint the crowd last night. They played a very entertaining game. It was a back and forth, high scoring contest. Unfortunately, in the end, the Matadors pulled away from the Dons to win by 9 points, 73 – 64.

Through the first quarter, you could sense that this would be a very close game. The Matadors jumped out to a 10 – 4 lead early in the quarter. But the Dons rallied to close their deficit to 2 points, 12 – 10 at the end of one. In the second quarter, both offenses got rolling. The lead changed hands several time. The most memorable lead change came within the final 10 seconds of the quarter. The Matadors Eddie Ionescu drove to the basket and had the ball stolen by Andrew McKendell who sped past everyone for a lay-up with three seconds remaining on the clock. This gave Acalanes a 28-26 lead. Miramonte immediately inbounded the ball to Ionescu in the back court who was three feet behind the half court line. He turned in let a shot fly and it hit nothing but net as the buzzer sounded. It electrified both the Miramonte bench and fans. It also gave Miramonte a 29 – 28 lead at half.

The second half was as entertaining as the first. The third quarter was also free flowing offensively. The Dons scored 17 points while the Matadors dropped-in 18 points. The score after three quarters was Miramonte 47 Dons 45. Again, just as the Dons were about to take a lead into 4th quarter, 45 – 44, Ionescu, nailed a contested three pointer from the top of the key to give the Matadors their 47 – 45 lead. In the 4th quarter, the Dons played well but could not get their shots to fall late in the quarter. Also, Miramonte had too much Ionescu, who dominated the quarter, scoring 14 of the Matadors 26 points in the 4th. The Dons scored 19 points in the 4th but it was obviously not enough to catch the Matadors. The final score of this exciting basketball game was 73 – 64, Miramonte.

The Matadors were led by senior captain, Eddie Ionescu, who scored 32 points, including two buzzer beating three point daggers that proved to be big in the final score. Acalanes threw different defenders on Ionescu, but nobody could really slow him down. He posted-up smaller defenders and shot over every defender. Miramonte also went to the free throw line 31 times in the game and they converted on 22 of them.

Acalanes was led by their captain, Andrew McKendell, who showed why he is the floor general for this Acalanes team. He blew past Matador defenders, used the pick and roll to create havoc for their defense and set-up his teammates for numerous open three point shot attempts and lay-ups. McKendell scored 7 points and dished-out 10 assists. A regular recipient of McKendell’s passes last night was junior sharp shooter, Jessie Marlow, who scored 20 points. Marlow was very efficient from behind the three point line making 4 of his 6 attempts. He also made 6 of his 7 free throw attempts. Acalanes also got a big lift from their other captain, senior forward Alex Kinnear. Kinnear is working himself back from mononucleosis. This was his second game back since being medically cleared to play and it looked like he is getting his strength back. Kinnear was 3 of 4 from behind the three point line and finished with 11 points before fouling out. Getting Kinnear back in the line-up at 100% will be incredibly valuable for the Dons. Ryan Nall had another productive game for Acalanes scoring 10 points and hauling-in 6 rebounds. Even though sophomore forward Robby Rowell had a tough night shooting from the field, he chipped-in 3 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Rowell was also one of the defenders asked to slow down Ionescu. Sophomore guard Aidan McNamara had another solid game for Dons, scoring 9 points, pulling down 4 rebounds, dishing-out 2 assists and playing tough defense.

With the loss, Acalanes falls to 9-12 on the season and 2 -5 in DFAL action. Acalanes will be back in action on Tuesday night February 2nd at Las Lomas where they will try to sweep the season series against the Knights. Please make the short drive into Walnut Creek to support your Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball team. Tip-off will be at 7:00pm

As Always…Go Dons!!!

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