Nov 26 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Basketball

defeated California HS 73-64 in the NCS Foundation game. JV at 5:30 and varsity at 7:00.

Boys Basketball

was defeated by Foothill HS 72-66 in overtime in the NCS Foundation game. Joey Hewitt led in scoring with 32 points.

In Wednesday’s action…

Boys Basketball

hosts the Alumni game at 6:00.

Special note…
It is difficult to believe the Holiday Shopping Season is upon us. During this time, think “Sports Basement.” If you mention Acalanes Athletics, you will receive a 10% discount on your purchase and an additional 5% will go to the Acalanes Boosters. Yes, you have permission to Shop “Til You Drop.

R. Takahashi

Nov 25 – Tuesday Sports

In Monday’s action…

Girls Basketball

defeated Sir Francis Drake HS 76-35.

In Tuesday’s action…

Boys Basketball

plays at Foothill HS in the NCS Foundation game. Freshmen at 4:00, JV at 5:30 and Varsity at 7:00.

Girls Basketball

plays at California HS in the NCS Foundation game. JV at 5:30 and Varsity at 7:00.

Special note…
It is difficult to believe the Holiday Shopping Season is upon us. During this time, think “Sports Basement.” If you mention Acalanes Athletics, you will receive a 10% discount on your purchase and an additional 5% will go to the Acalanes Boosters. Yes, you have permission to Shop “Til You Drop.

R. Takahashi

Nov 22 – Acalanes Cross Country NCS Results

Boys Team qualifies for States

Sammy Taketa qualifies individually

Similar to conditions in years past, the NCS Cross Country Championships were held under wet, rainy and muddy conditions at Hayward HS. But weather is one of the great equalizers in sports and makes for some very exciting results.

Going into the race, the boys were predicted to finish 5th which would qualify them for States. They did just that, by a slim 4 points. The team was led by Junior Cameron Gaskell who finished 4th. Cameron repeated his performance from two weeks ago where he finished 1st in the DFAL Cross Country Championships. Next for the boys team was Senior Nima Leclerc who finished 18th.

In sport of Cross Country, it is team effort, so even if you have runners finishing in the top 20, it still takes 3 more runners (7 runners race, top 5 finishers count for the team total). The next 3 runners, Junior Alex Kelly, Sophomore Seth McWhirter, and Sophomore Zach Woodworth finished out the scoring for the team. Seniors Charlie Westphal and Jared Ericksen completed the team. It was these boys that finished complemented and are necessary for the team to move on to States.

One runner in particular, Alex Kelly, who slipped in the mud and not just a little oops, but he completely fell on his back. He got up persevered and had the best race of his life!! In the rain and mud, Alex came through.

On the girls side, Junior Sammy Taketa qualified to go the the State Championships. This will be the 3rd time Sammy has qualified to go to States. The first time as a team member when she was a Freshman and now this year and last year as an individual. Also, at the DFAL Championships two weeks ago, Sammy finished 5th.

Overall the girls finished 9th, with Juniors Brooke Lennox, and Sadie Donnelly, Freshmen Muppy Gragg and Caroline Kelly.

David Faulkner

Acalanes Sports over Thanksgiving Break

Monday, November 24

Girls Basketball

plays at Sir Francis Drake HS. JV at 5:30 and varsity at 7:00.

Tuesday, November 25

Boys Basketball

plays at Foothill HS in the Foundation Game. Freshmen at 4:00, jv at 5:30 and varsity at 7:00.

Girls Basketball

plays at California HS in the Foundation Game. JV at 5:30 and varsity at 7:00.

Wednesday, November 26

Boys Basketball

hosts the Alumni game at 6:00.

Thursday, November 27

Happy Thanksgiving

 

Friday, November 28

Boys Soccer

hosts the Alumni game at 5:00.

JV Boys Soccer

competes in the James Logan tournament.

Freshman Boys Soccer

competes in the Monte Vista tournament.

Saturday, November 29

JV Boys Soccer

competes in the James Logan tournament.

Freshman Boys Soccer

competes in the Monte Vista tournament.

Cross Country

CIF Cross Country Championships at Woodward Park, Fresno 8:00, TBA.

R. Takahashi

Nov 24 – Monday Sports

In Saturday’s action…

Cross Country

Teams battled the elements and fought through the mud to post an outstanding NCS Championship showing. The boys finished 5th overall in division 3 to qualify for the CIF Championships Saturday, November 29 at Woodward Park in Fresno. Cameron Gaskell continues to shine placing 4th accompanied by Nima Leclerc finishing 18th and Alex Kelly in 34th place. The girls improved greatly on last year’s finish with a 9th place finish. Sammy Taketa placed 9th to qualify for the CIF Championships and Brooke Lennox finished 40th.

Football

completed a strong season in an offensive shootout at Analy HS falling just short 49-41 in the NCS quarterfinals.

Freshman Boys Soccer

recorded a 4-0 victory, with Shukoor Haji scoring 3 goals.

Frosh-Soph Girls Soccer

led by Lyenne Denny fell short to Dublin HS 2-0 in the mud bowl.

R. Takahashi

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Nov 21 – Friday Sports Page

In Saturday’s action…

Football

plays at Analy HS at 7:00 in the NCS quarterfinals.

Boys Basketball

has a scrimmage at Tamalpais HS. Varsity at 10:00, JV at 11:30 and Freshmen at 1:00.

Girls Basketball

has a scrimmage at Skyline HS. JV at 1:00 and Varsity at 3:00.

Freshman Boys Soccer

hosts College Park HS at 2:00.

Freshman Girls Soccer

plays at Dublin HS at 9:00.

Note: At all NCS post-season events, there will be an admission charge. $9 general admission and $6 for students with student body cards, children and senior citizens. No passes will be honored.

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Nov 20 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

finished an outstanding season in defeat to Campolindo HS in the NCS semifinals.

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Special note…
It is difficult to believe the Holiday Shopping Season is upon us. During this time, think “Sports Basement.” If you mention Acalanes Athletics, you will receive a 10% discount on your purchase and an additional 5% will go to the Acalanes Boosters. Yes, you have permission to Shop “Til You Drop.

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Nov 19 – Varsity Volleyball versus Campolindo – NCS Semi-Finals

Your Acalanes Dons traveled the long and winding road to Moraga to face the Campolindo Lady Cougars. The Dons traveled well.

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Game #1

Grace Bolen
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1-2 Hannah Roberts fires off a sharp serve that ends with a Dons point.

2-2 Grace Bolen sets outside to Molly Dalziel who fires a lines shot for the kill.

4-4 Campo gets a tricky ball over and Molly Armstrong comes up with a great pass to Bolen and Dalziel gets a kill off the block.

6-6  A ball high above the net with 6’3″ Campo middle versus 5’9″ Dalziel for the joust and…Dons point.

7-7 The crowd is rock’n and Bolen pushes a quick set to Jones who crushes a kill off the block.

8-7 Long rally with great passing and Jones leaps above the block and tips the ball just outside the reach of the defenders.

9-9 Bolen backsets Jones for the opposite kill down the line.

10-11 Mimi White hits a spinner off the “1” for the kill.

12-12 Roll, Roll, Roll your shot, Dalziel for the kill. Merrily, Merrily, Merrily, the Dons get a point.

13-15 Too much going on the try and explain other than “what a rally!”. Huge saves both teams have almost everyone on the floor at some point. A long hard fought battle that ends with a Dons point.

15-16 Dalziel crushes the ball off the block and into the antenna.

17-17 Roberts smokes a sweet Bolen back row set for the kill.

Roberts‘s serving is keeping Campo off balance.

18-18 Copperfield, Houdini and Jones; all great magicians. Jones pulls a bump pass kill out of her bag of tricks.

19-20 The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire; White and Jones roofing company!

21-21 Dalziel crushes a kill off the block.

22-25 Campo

 

Game #2

1-1 Roberts with a laser serve for the ace.

2-3 Dalziel crushes a kill to the back row.

3-9 Dalziel annihilates a kill to the open middle.

5-12 Dalziel serves up the hard knuckle ace.

6-13 Webster; Red solo block, you try a hit, we get a point….

9-13 Carly Porep channels the Beatles and serves “a long line rolling ace, for a Dons point”

10-13 Old school Mercedes; White with a one handed wiper kill.

12-15 Dory Grobeck sets a perfect “1” to White for the kill.

13-17 Grobeck quick sets Jones for the cross court crush kill.

16-25 Campo

Molly Dalziel
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Game #3

0-1 Bolen backsets Jones and…a kill off the block.

1-3 Dalziel approaches from far outside the court and crushes a kill off the block that lands out of bounds.

3-6 A pass is coming fast towards the net and Bolen punches the ball over the net for the fist of fury kill shot.

5-9 You spin me right round baby like a record; Jones with a ball spinning kill.

8-13 Dalziel – Darth Vader kill – “Luke Net Walker, I am your father”

9-15 Bolen sets Dalziel inside. No one is blocking = kill.

10-16 Worked once, why not try it a gain, inside set and Dalziel kill to the back row.

Righteous Brothers = Parker Jones; “You should never close your eyes anymore when you have a big lead”. yes, you know what she is going to do; “bring it on back”.

11-19 Jones roll shot kill.

14-22 Bolen backsets Jones for the Smoke’n kill.

15-22 Jones gets a back row kill.

16-22 Jones off speed ace to the back row goes untouched.

17-22 Jones with a hard knuckle ace to the middle that ricochets harmlessly out of bounds.

18-22 Get this girl to Vegas. Three aces in a row?? – repeat above.

19-22 Bolen to Lam for the back bump pass to Dalziel for the corner kill.

20-25 Campo

The Dons comeback does not happen (insert sad emoji face). Great play, great serving, great passing and a GREAT YEAR. Just my guess, but next year could be even better…On three – “One, Two, Three…Go Dons!”

Bolen – 19 assists and 2 digs

Dalziel – 14 kills and 4 digs

Jones – 11 kills and 4 aces

 

Parker Jones
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