Dec 3 – Boys Basketball

The Acalanes boys varsity basketball team won the San Rafael Classic!  With their new head coach Sol Henik the boys are excited to play and to keep improving.

On Thursday they played Hercules, a team that handily beat Acalanes varsity last year.  This year it looked to be a different story, as the Dons started off with an 8-0 lead and great team defense. Hercules was tough, however, and the game was tied at 29 in the 4th. Robby Rowell hit two key 3 pointers to put Acalanes ahead 35-29, and the team did not look back after that, winning by the score of 46-38.  Standouts included Carson Etnyre with 18 points–nine of those from three pointers–and Jesse Marlow with 11 points.  Aidan McNamara contributed seven assists and eight rebounds. Robby Rowell had nine points and nine rebounds.

Friday’s game was against another opponent, San Marin, that beat Acalanes last year.  The first half of the game was close, but Acalanes broke it open in the second half.  Jesse Marlow led the way with seven rebounds and 10 points.  Mitchell Smith was stellar, with great on-ball defense, including one steal and eight points.  Robby Rowell hit a clutch three in the 4th to extend the Dons lead from 33-27 to 36-27.  The Dons allowed San Marin only 11 points in the second half and outscored them 18-4 in the 4th quarter.  San Marin’s best player was held to just two points, and he fouled out.  Acalanes held San Marin to just 25% shooting (10/40) and 18% (3/17) from the 3-point line.

The Championship game was Saturday night against host San Rafael.  Acalanes started the game with a 16-0 lead and finished the first quarter up 21-3.  The final score was 54-22. Aaron Hill put up 10 points and grabbed five rebounds.  Mitchell Smith contributed nine points and had three steals. Jesse Marlow had ten points and three rebounds.  Carter Diaz and Will Grace scored their first varsity points in this game!

Mitchell Smith ended with All-Tourney award and Jesse Marlow was tournament MVP.  Congratulations Dons!

Alicia Rowell

Dec 3 – Acalanes Girls Volleyball Wins State Championship

Incredible! Yes, the girls volleyball team is the 2016 division 3 CIF State Champions. They went ahead 2-0 winning 25-13 and 28-26. Crossroads HS rallied to win the next two games 25-22 and 25-17. The girls found themselves behind in the fifth game, but kept their composure and had a rally of their own to pull out the 16-14 victory. Congratulations to Elsa Clever, Roxy Cummings, Samantha Darin, Melissa Elliott, Rachel Go, Devin Grobeck, Grace Higgins, Parker Jones, Maddie Kalil, Alex Matson, Kaitlyn McKendell, Zoe McPhail, Sarah Nelson, Theresa Nevins, Madi Risch, Lane Webster and coaches Ernie Rodriguez, Shari Rodriguez and Jim Changaris. Parker Jones was most deserving of the Most Outstanding Player of the Championship Game. This event is historic. It is only the second team state championship in the long history of Acalanes High School, which dates back to the 1940s. Great job girls. We are very proud of you.

Dec 5 – Monday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Boys Basketball

The Varsity team defeated San Marin HS 47-29 in the San Rafael Classic.
The JV team defeated St. Josephs HS 40-39 in the John Rhodes Memorial tournament.

Girls Basketball

easily defeated Middletown HS.

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

IS THE 2016 CIF DIVISION 3 STATE CHAMPIONS  as they defeated Crossroads HS from Santa Monica 25-13, 28-26, 22-25, 17-25 and 16-14.

Boys Basketball

The varsity team defeated San Rafael HS 54-22 to win the championship of the San Rafael Classic.
The jv team was defeated by Campolindo HS to be the runner-up of the John Rhodes Memorial tournament.

Boys Soccer

battled to a 1-1 tie with Alameda HS in the Winter Classic.

In Monday’s action…

Freshman Boys Soccer

hosts California HS at 6:00.

Individual standouts…

JV Boys Basketball

Christian Descoins scored 13 points, Matt Healy 11 points and Charlie Koch 10 points.

Dec 3 – Acalanes Girls Bring Home 1st State Championship EVER

Acalanes v. Crossroads 12/3/2016
YOUR Acalanes Dons Girls volleyball team laced up the shoes for the final time this season, seeking the ultimate prize in the Division 3 State Championship Match at Santiago Canyon College in Orange, CA. The Lady Dons faced Crossroads from Santa Monica, not fully knowing what to expect, and just trying to play their game and have fun. Here are the highlights in case you didn’t catch the match on the internet or on t.v.!

First Set:
1-0. Parker Jones with the first kill of the match. Dons winning!
2-0. Jones again from the pipe off the Maddie Kalil set.
3s. Crossroads reels off three straight.
4-3. Alex Matson kills the Devin Grobeck set. Both teams NOT showing much nervousness.
7-5. Lane Webster in to serve and…Ace!
8-5. Roxy Cummings fires a kill on the Webster back set.
9-5. Webster Ace again!
11-6. Matson cross court. Killer swing.
12-8. Serve specialist Sarah Nelson delivers, but Crossroads gets a kill.
14-9. Jones stuffs an overpass to keep the Dons up early.
16-10. Matson “tools” the blockers to score again. Timeout Crossroads.
18-10. Jones Ace!
19-10. Melissa Elliott smartly tips one off a Crossroads blocker to keep the Dons momentum going.
21-10. Jones Ace again! Dons rolling! This should be easy right?
22-10. Super Kalil set to the middle and Elliott crushes it!
24-13. Madi Risch kills it off the blockers. Set point!
25-13. Great saving digs from Elsa Clever – Pancake! – and Crossroads hits it long, and the Dons take the first set. The score does not reflect the level of play. More work to do…

Second Set:
2s. Jones sharp kill.
3s. Matson huge kill.
4-5. Nice Kalil set to Matson: Kill.
5-9. Super long rally and Aca finally scores. Needed the point badly after a Crossroads run of points.
6-9. Matson Ace!
7-9. Cummings kill as the Dons mount a furious comeback.
8-9. Matson Ace again!
9s. See above!!!
10-9 ANOTHER Matson Ace! Six straight points for the Dons. The Acalanes crowd is going wild. The much larger Crossroads crowd is going wild, imploring their team to stop the Dons.
11-10. Grobeck wisely watches the Crossroads serve float just long. Good eye baby!
12-10. Cummings kills an overpass.
13-10. Jones crushes another overpass.
14-10. Smart tip down the line by Cummings. Roxy is rocking today! Time out Crossroads as the Dons are on fire!
16-13. Big block from the E&J Roofing Company (Elliott & Jones).
17s. Crossroads ties it up with their own big rally and some sudden Dons shakiness. Timeout Acalanes.
19-17. Webster with another Ace!
21-19. Theresa Nevins is nifty with the placement tip in the middle.
21s. All tied up. Stressful.
22s. All tied up again. Lordy.
22-23. Dons fall down by one. Timeout Aca.
23-24. Set point for Crossroads and they call a timeout.
24 All! Looooooong rally. Clever block, point goes on. Jones kill!!!
25-24. Jones Ace! Set point Dons!
25 All. Crossroads kill. What a battle.
25-26. Oh no. Set point Crossroads now!
26-All! Jones fires off the blockers! Phew.
27-26. Jones scores with a soft roller from the back row. Yes Parker! Set Point #2 for the Dons!
28-26. Oh my God! Grobeck serves it into the net, it hits near the top and stops, and then it rolls over and softly hits the floor on the Crossroads side and the Dons win the Second Set! The crowd is stunned.

Third Set:
1s. Incredible back row passing by Grobeck and Jones crushes the Kalil set.
4-2. A “double” called on Crossroads for a Dons point. Grobeck is serving, passing and setting spectacularly, like the veteran Senior Captain she is.
7-2. Amazing one-armed dig by Kalil and then Nevins ROOF to score. Timeout Crossroads.
7-6. Four straight points from Crossroads. Good timeout. They are not in the State Championship match to simply roll over…
8-6. Jones kill. Again from the pipe. Solid.
9s. Cummings takes a difficult set and makes lemonade for a score to tie it back up.
10-11. Jones kill off the Acalanes timeout. Rachel Go in to serve for the Dons.
12-11. Dons retake the lead on the super Go dig and the Jones kill.
15s. Elliott kill ties it up again. More solid Senior play. Back and forth set!
16s Matson kill off the block to tie it again. Another Senior who brought her very best for her final match.
17-18. Jones kill. Dons hanging tough but Crossroads has made adjustments and is really playing well now.
19-18. Solid Webster set and Cummings kills it.
20-19. Dons come right back on the shoulders of Webster to Cummings. It’s working.
21-19. Messy point. Dons will take it.
22-20. Webster to Cummings again. Kill again. Yasssss! Sam Darin in to serve.
22s. Crossroads scores two crucial points to tie it up.
22-23….
22-24. Set point Crossroads. Timeout Dons. Yikes.
22-25. Crossroads rallies and takes the 3rd.

Fourth Set:
1-0. Kalil starts off the Dons with an Ace!
2-4. Jones stops some bleeding with a placement shot.
3-4. Jones Ace! Stellar play from the Senior Captain.
6s. Matson kills one off the block from the Go set.
6-9. Dons are suddenly tight. Timeout Aca to talk about how to get back to their own game.
8-10. Cummings kill to keep the Dons close
8-11. Nelson serves and dishes a nice set, but Crossroads scores again.
9-11. Spectacular Webster dig to keep the point alive, and Crossroads then hits it wide.
9-14. Really a rough patch for the Dons….
9-16. More roughness. Timeout Dons.
10-18. Out of synch.
11-18. Matson kill. Dons need a huge run of points.
12-18. Nevins/Matson Roof!
16-20. Dons hanging on and closing the gap…timeout Crossroads
17-23. Net violation Dons. This set is just a struggle.
17-25. And OF COURSE we are going to a 5th and final set! Lets Go Dons!

Fifth Set:
1-0. Dons up early with the Elliott tip. First one to 15 is State Champion.
2s. Jones kill. Crowd is going absolutely nuts.
3-4. Dons fall behind but close the gap with another huge Elliott kill
4-5. Jones kill from the pipe.
5-8. Crossroads is slipping away. Timeout Acalanes. Dons need to rally fast!
6-8. Cummings kill from Webster. Vital!
7-9. Cummings again off the blockers! Crucial!
7-10. Dons are down 3 point and time is running out!
8-10. Zoe McPhail in for defense and she makes a great pass and Cummings again gets the kill. Critical!
9-10. Kalil Ace! Come on Dons!
10s. Its tied up!!! Kalil with ANOTHER ACE!!!
11-10. Dons take the lead on a wild point. Timeout Crossroads!
11s. Big Crossroads middle kill. Re-tied.
12s. Risch + Elliott Roof to re-tie it for the Dons!
13-12. Crossroads hits it wide! Timeout Crossroads.
14-12. Jones Ace! Match Point Dons!
14-13. No go! But still Match Point!
14s. No! Tied up again. My goodness. Somebody will win this in OT. Neither team deserves to lose!
15-14. Matson kill!!! Match Point Dons Again! ‘Sco Dons!!!
Jones Kill!!!

Dons Win!!! State Champions!!! Dogpile on the Court!!! 16-14.

Acalanes Girls Volleyball State Champions

Photo: Craig Nelson


Dec 2 – Acalanes Girls Basketball

The Lady Dons went on the road for the 3rd time this week and recorded a 60 to 39 victory over Middletown Friday night. The girls started out with intense full court defensive pressure which helped build a comfortable early lead. The momentum continued until the end of the first half, as the lead grew to 25 at the break. The girls coasted the rest of the way for the victory which put the squad at 3-0 to start the season.

Emma Godfrey led the way with 18 points and 7 rebounds, while Brooke Panfili added 11 points and 6 assists. Freshman Lauren Kobashigawa was a spark off the bench with 11 points and 4 steals.

Next up is a game against Santa Rosa High at the Amador Basketball Classic on Tuesday.

Alicia Martinez

Dec 3 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Boys Basketball

Varsity team defeated San Marin HS 47-29 in the San Rafael Classic.
JV team defeated St. Josephs HS 40-39 in the John Rhodes Memorial tournament.

Girls Basketball

easily defeated Middletown HS.

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

plays Crossroads HS from Santa Monica in the CIF STATE CHAMPIONSHIP game at Santiago Canyon College at 1:30.

Boys Basketball

Varsity team plays in the championship game of the San Rafael Classic.
JV team plays in the championship game of the John Rhodes Memorial tournament at 3:30.
Freshman team plays in the California tournament.

Boys Soccer

hosts Alameda HS in the Winter Classic at 5:00.
Freshman team hosts De La Salle HS at 10:00.

Individual standouts…

JV Boys Basketball

Christian Descoins scored 13 points, Matt Healy 11 points and Charlie Koch 10 points.

Dec 2 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Boys Basketball

Varsity team defeated Hercules HS 46-38 in the San Rafael Classic.
JV team defeated American HS 42-39 in the John Rhodes Memorial tournament.

In Friday’s action…

Boys Basketball

Varsity plays San Marin HS in the San Rafael Classic at 6:30.
JV team hosts St. Josephs HS in the John Rhodes Memorial tournament at 8:00.
Freshman team plays in the California tournament.

Girls Basketball

plays at Middletown HS. JV at 5:30 and varsity at 7:00.

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

plays Crossroads HS from Santa Monica in the CIF State Championship game at Santiago Canyon College at 1:30.

Boys Basketball

Varsity team plays in the San Rafael Classic.
JV team hosts the John Rhodes Memorial tournament.
Freshman team plays in the California tournament.

Boys Soccer

hosts Alameda HS in the Winter Classic at 5:00.
Freshman team hosts De La Salle HS at 10:00.

Nov 30 – Girls Basketball

The Lady Dons went on the road Wednesday night to face off against power house Castro Valley Trojans.  Castro Valley is known to be a tough & physical team, having quick guards and high scoring shooters.  Going into the game was another challenge, as Coach Jim Lemmon is the former CYO Coach to the Lady Dons new Varsity Coach Ashley Valenzuela and Assistant Coach Christina Ozuna.

Our Lady Dons faced a close battle the entire way and ended halftime 25-23 in Trojans favor.  Walking away gassed from a fast-paced, hard pressing team, Coach Ashley rallied her players during half-time.  She quickly made some serious adjustments to her defense and the girls adjusted with ease.  The adjustments frazzled the Lady Trojans, but the Dons kept fighting and ended the 3rd quarter 35-35.

The Lady Dons continued to battle it out on the court and the Lady Trojans showed no mercy, doing everything they could to shut down Senior Point Guard, Brooke Panfili.  While Brooke remained heavily guarded, she continued to remain cool and calm, trusting in Coach Ashley to lead the way and make the needed play adjustments.  The team rallied together and thanks to the outstanding team defense and the efforts of Emma Godfrey, Veronica Marrone “Roni”, Olivia Sabbadini “Liv Sab”, Sabina Patel “Beanz”, Naomi House “Nai” and Sydney Louie “Syd” the girls took the lead in the 4th quarter bringing to 43-40.  From their the Lady Dons became unstoppable and pulled away, taking a victory and ending the game at 54-48.

While the Trojans held Brooke Panfili to 11 pts, Coach Ashley awarded her “Player of the Game” for staying calm and cool under the intense pressure.

Lady Dons hit the road once again heading to Middleton High School Friday night!

Alicia Martinez

Nov 29 – Girls Basketball

The Lady Dons went on the road Tuesday night playing Deer Valley High School in Antioch.  JV had a successful run after defeating the Wolverines in OT 43-34.

Varsity was quick on their feet, showing everyone that the Lady Dons were there to play by coming away with a  63 to 27 victory over the Lady Wolverines.  After ending the first quarter with a 25 to 7 lead the the girls never looked back.  Emma Godfrey lead the way with 23 points and 7 rebounds, while Brooke Panfili played the role of floor general with 18 points, 7 assists, and 5 steals. Roni Marrone took away “Player of the Game” for her silent but deadly drives, cuts and defense and being an all around “Player of the Game”.

The Lady Dons begin their pre-league season 1-0 and hit the road again Wednesday to take on Castro Valley High School.

Alicia Martinez / Brian Frechman

Dec 1 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Basketball

pulled out a tough win at Castro Valley HS 54-48.

Boys Soccer

found themselves behind 1-0 at halftime to perennial power Ygnacio Valley HS, but stirred up a furious rally to end in a 2-2 tie.

In Thursday’s action…

Boys Basketball

Varsity plays Hercules HS in the San Rafael Classic at 3:30.

JV boys basketball team hosts American HS in the John Rhodes Memorial tournament at 6:30.
Freshman boys basketball team plays Hercules HS in the California tournament at 6:30.

Wednesday’s individual standouts…

Boys Soccer

Drew Wondolowski scored a goal and was named “Man of the Match.”  Bernard Adri scored the other goal and Brody Quinn and Cameron Shapoorian added assists.

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