Feb 14 – Girls Varsity Volleyball State Championship Celebration Tonight

… at Halftime of the Boys Varsity Basketball Game

Let’s keep the celebration rolling for this special team. At halftime of the Boys Varsity basketball game tonight versus Northgate, there will be a celebration for our State Champions – the Acalanes Girls Varsity Volleyball Team. During this celebration, State Championship rings will be handed out and the State Championship Banner will be unveiled. Please come out and show your love for our prized Girls Volleyball Team. This celebration will be the big blue bow on what was a magical run to both a 2016 DIII CIF Northern California Regional Championship and the 2016 DIII CIF California State Championship.

The Dons won the DIII CIF California State Championship in a thrilling victory over Crossroads High School (Santa Monica) back on December 3, 2016 at Santiago Canyon College in Orange, CA.

As Always…Go Dons!!!

Feb 14 – Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team Hosts Northgate Tonight at 7:00pm

The Acalanes Dons (15-9), coming off what might be the best week of league basketball play in several seasons, host the Northgate Broncos (6-18). Tip-off is at 7:00pm. Make it a double header and come early and watch the Varsity Girls play at 5:30pm.

The Dons are surging after beating their two Lamorinda rivals last week. On Tuesday night at home, the Dons took down Miramonte, 58-56 and on Friday night in Moraga, the Dons knocked-off Campolindo, 49-44. I am not sure when the last time the Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball team has pulled off the season sweep of Campolindo. The Acalanes 6th Man travelled up to Campolindo and was loud and energetic throughout the game. When the final buzzer rang, The 6th Man rushed the court to celebrate with the team. It was a great scene. But what made the day even sweeter for the Acalanes Boys Basketball Program last Friday, it was a clean sweep by all Dons teams. The Boy’s Freshman Team, JV Team and Varsity Team all beat Campolindo that day.

At halftime of the Boys Varsity game tonight, there will be a celebration for our State Champions – the Acalanes Girls Varsity Volleyball Team. During this celebration, State Championship rings will be handed out and the State Championship Banner will be unveiled. Please come out and show your love for both our Boys Basketball Team and our prized Girls Volleyball Team.

As Always…Go Dons!!!

Jan 28 – Boys Basketball plays Tonight (Saturday)

Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team Hosts Half Moon Bay Today at 5:00pm

Get your late afternoon basketball fix. Come and watch Acalanes (12 – 7) take on Half Moon Bay (12 – 6) in what should be an excellent non-conference match-up. Tip-off is at 5:00pm at Acalanes. Both team are coming off Friday night wins. Half Moon Bay beat Oceana 81 – 23 and is currently 7 – 0 in conference play. While your Acalanes Dons beat Northgate on the road, 57 – 44 and are 2 -2 in conference action.

Please come out and support your Varsity Dons this afternoon.

Do not forget your Booster Card for free admission!

As Always…Go Dons!!

Dec 30 – Boys Basketball Tips Off in Championship Game tonight

The Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team (9 – 5) will tip off against Cosumnes Oaks of Elk Grove (7 -2) in the Championship Game of The 3rd Annual Chris Huber Classic today at 5:30pm at Acalanes.

The Dons earned their second straight trip to the Championship Game of the Chris Huber Classic. Last season, Acalanes beat Cosumnes Oaks, 57 – 38, in one of the semi-final games to get to the Championship Game against North Clovis. Yesterday, the 2016-17 Varsity Dons beat Tamalpais High School, 60 – 47, to punch their ticket to this year’s Championship Game against Cosumnes Oaks. Cosumnes Oaks earned their way to the Championship Game of The Chris Huber Classic by beating Archbishop Riordan (San Francisco), 78 – 66.

Cosumnes Oaks will be one of Acalanes toughest match-ups of the season to date. This should prove to be an entertaining game. Also the 3rd/ 4th place game between, Tamalpais and Archbishop Riordan which tips-off at 4:00pm will be fun game to watch. If you plan on coming for the Acalanes game, you might as well come earlier and watch another entertaining game. Two great games for the price of one!!

Please come out to support both your Boys Varsity Basketball Team as well as Coach Chris Huber tomorrow in the Championship Game. Let’s pack the Huber Dome tomorrow afternoon. Go Dons!!!

April 29 – ONLY 5 DAYS LEFT TO PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS TO THE 2016 BOOSTER BASH

Acalanes Bash Poster 2016

Don’t miss out on the biggest party and fundraiser of the year – The 2016 Booster Bash – SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND.

Ticket sales for SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND will close on Tuesday May 3rd! This event will sell out! Purchase your individual tickets now on the Acalanes Web Store.
·        Only (4) VIP Tables are left to purchase

SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND will take place on Saturday May 7th, 6:30pm – 11:00PM at Temple Isaiah.

Support our student athletes during this always fun and festive evening. The Booster Bash is the only Acalanes athletics fundraiser of the year! Enjoy cocktails, appetizers, and light entrees while bidding in the silent and live auctions followed by music and dancing! Mother’s Day is on May 8th. SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND is the ideal event to purchase an exciting and special gift for momma.

PARTIES! PARTIES! PARTIES!
There are plenty parties to sign-up for this year…but spaces are limited. Take a look at some of unique social events that you can sign-up for. Don’t miss out.

S20.       2nd Annual Lafayette Grand Prix Dad’s Go Kart Party (Limit – 40 Dads)

S21.        “A Taste of Napa” Party with “Live” Entertainment  (Limit – 150)

S22.       “The Return of Finest Whites, City Lights” (Limit – 100)
S23.       Hoffman House –  1st Annual Oktoberfest (Limit – 60)

S24.       Bleacher Babe Bash (Limit – 80)

S25.       Mardi Gras Madness! (Limit – 85)

S26.       Senorita Margarita Party! (Limit – 30)

S27.       Fall Fiesta Celebration! (Limit – 50)

As Always…Go Dons!!

Acalanes Bash Poster 2016

PURCHASE YOUR BOOSTER BASH TICKETS TODAY on the Acalanes Web Store: Here

PURCHASE YOUR BOOSTER BASH DIAMOND DONS V.I.P. TABLE PACKAGE (Seats 8) on the Acalanes Webstore for $1,000: Here

Please come and show your support for the Acalanes Athletics Program at The 2016 Booster Bash Gala which will celebrate 75 years of Acalanes athletics.  You will enjoy Hors d’oeuvres, desserts, no host bars, party games, silent and live auctions, unique sign-up parties, the Acalanes Boosters 2015-16 raffle prize drawings and dancing.  Please mark your calendars for this always fun event.

If your child participates in Acalanes Athletics or you just love Acalanes High School, this is a party you shouldn’t miss. Come and SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND on Saturday May 7th with the rest of your Acalanes community.

If you have any questions, please contact Jill McTaggart at jill_mctaggart@yahoo.com or Robert McKendell at rmckende@yahoo.com

Go Dons!!

Acalanes Bash Poster 2016

$75.00/person

or

$1,000 for a Diamond Dons V.I.P Table Package (Seats 8)

PURCHASE YOUR BOOSTER BASH TICKETS TODAY on the Acalanes Web Store: https://acalaneshs.revtrak.net/tek9.asp?pg=products&grp=51

PURCHASE YOUR BOOSTER BASH DIAMOND DONS V.I.P. TABLE PACKAGE (Seats 8) on the Acalanes Webstore for $1,000: https://acalaneshs.revtrak.net/tek9.asp?pg=products&specific=jodndok0

Please come and show your support for the Acalanes Athletics Program at The 2016 Booster Bash Gala which will celebrate 75 years of Acalanes athletics.  You will enjoy Hors d’oeuvres, desserts, no host bars, party games, silent and live auctions, unique sign-up parties, the Acalanes Boosters 2015-16 raffle prize drawings and dancing.  Please mark your calendars for this always fun event.

If your child participates in Acalanes Athletics or you just love Acalanes High School, this is a party you shouldn’t miss. Come and SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND on Saturday May 7th with the rest of your Acalanes community.

If you have any questions, please contact Jill McTaggart at jill_mctaggart@yahoo.com or Robert McKendell at rmckende@yahoo.com

Go Dons!!

Boosters BASH Diamond Dons VIP Tables Now Available

Acalanes Bash Poster 2016
Do you want to secure a seat at the 16th Annual Booster Bash – Shine Bright Like a Diamond. If so, you and 7 of your friends can purchase a Booster Bash Diamond Don VIP Table for $1,000 on the Web Store today. The (14) Diamond Don VIP Tables will be the ONLY full size tables in the social hall during the Booster Bash. They will surrounding the main dance floor where all of the fun and action will take place. Purchasing a VIP Table is another great way to make a donation to Acalanes Athletic Program.

(3) Diamond Don Booster Bash VIP Tables have already been purchased! (11) Booster Bash Diamond Dons VIP Tables remain for purchase. Purchase your table today.

Booster Bash Diamond Dons V.I.P. Reserved Table Package – $1,000 (Seats 8)
Click Here

If you don’t wish to purchase a VIP Table but want to attend the Booster Bash, you can purchase individual tickets to SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND for $75.00 on the Web Store now.
Individual 2016 Booster Bash Gala Tickets: “Shine Bright Like A Diamond – Celebrating 75 years of Acalanes Athletics”
Click Here

SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND will be the biggest and coolest fundraiser of the year for Acalanes Athletic Boosters. We want to see you on Saturday May 7th and we need your financial generosity.

As Always…Go Dons!!

Feb 23 – Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team Loses a Close One

…to El Cerrito, 64 – 54, in the 1st Round of D2 NCS Playoffs

The #14 seed, Acalanes Dons, battled the #3 seed, El Cerrito Gauchos, down to the final minute before falling 64 – 54.  In what many, including myself, thought might be a blow-out game was anything but that.  The Dons surprised the El Cerrito fans and team with their never give up approach to the game.  The final score reflects a 10 point victory for El Cerrito. But the final two minutes were a much closer than that and the Gauchos were sweating until the final buzzer.

The 1st quarter was pretty uneventful for both teams. That was just fine for Acalanes. The score after one quarter was 6 – 6. I overheard one of the El Cerrito fans say to another fan, “it looks like it is going to be one of those games.”  It was.

The 2nd quarter was much more entertaining offensively and the lead went back and forth between the Dons and the Gauchos.  The Dons took their first lead of the game 14 – 13 with 4:28 to go in the 2nd quarter. 20 seconds later they extended their lead to 17 – 13 on the three point play by Jesse Marlow and El Cerrito took a time out to re-group. The Gauchos would fight their way back to take a halftime lead over the Dons, 22 – 21.

In the 3rd quarter El Cerrito capitalized on several Acalanes turnovers and stretched their lead to 10 points, 48 – 38, as the team entered the 4th. In the 4th quarter the Dons would make this game very interesting. Acalanes cut El Cerrito’s lead to 9 points with 5:37 to go. They cut it to 7 points with 3:15 to go. The Dons cut the lead to 4 points on a Marlow three point shot, 58 – 54 with 2:02 to go in the contest…time out El Cerrito.  The El Cerrito fans were shaking their heads trying to figure out how Acalanes was on the brink of stealing this 1st Round NCS Playoff game. Acalanes had the chance to close the game to one but the multiple three point attempts would not fall. The Gaucho’s responded with a basket and the lead was 6, 60 – 54 with 52.5 seconds to go.  Acalanes could not get a three point basket to fall in the final minute and El Cerrito extended its lead to 10 on a couple of break-out lay-ups when Acalanes was sending all bodies to crash the boards.  When the final horn sounded, the scoreboard read 64 – 54, El Cerrito over Acalanes.

As usual, this Acalanes team battled and scrapped against a team, that on paper, seemed like an overwhelming favorite. They were never out of this game.  In fact, the victory was right there for them to snatch in the final two minutes. Unfortunately for the Dons, that damn ball would not go in the basket when they really needed it. This team played with a lot of heart and pride all season and they showed El Cerrito that Acalanes would not go down without a fight to the end.

It was an emotional night for the seniors who played their last basketball game wearing the royal blue and white uniform of Acalanes. There were some glassy eyes and a few tears from the seniors as they walked out of the El Cerrito gym. The five seniors set an example for the younger players about: work ethic, sacrifice, being a great teammate, unselfishness and leadership. Thank you to our seniors for all that you gave to the team this season – Nico Brightbill, Joey Christensen, Nathan Edwards, Alex Kinnear and my favorite player, Andrew McKendell. The Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball program will be in excellent hands next season with potentially nine returning players – Ryan Summerlin, Carter Smith, Aaron Hill, Nick Price, Aidan McNamara, Robbie Rowell, Gavin Shipp, Ryan Nall and Jesse Marlow. The future is bright.

This will be my last Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball write-up. It was my pleasure bringing you a look inside two Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball seasons (2013-14 and 2015-16). I wish the juniors and sophomore players much success in their basketball seasons ahead.  I will be watching from the stands and cheering loudly for each of them.

As Always…Go Dons!!!

Feb 23 – Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team Visits El Cerrito

…in 1st Round NCS Playoff Match-up Tonight

The #14 seed, the Acalanes High School, travels to El Cerrito to face-off against the #3 seed, the El Cerrito Gauchos, tonight at 7:00pm. The Gauchos are 16-13 on the season. However, they boast the strongest strength of schedule of any Northern California D2 team with a rating of 19.4. Let me put this into context for you. The D2 team with the next closest strength of schedule is the #5 seed, Newark Memorial, with a rating of 10.3. What about Acalanes? Of the twenty-four Northern California D2 teams, Acalanes has the 5th highest strength of schedule with a rating of 7.9. This is very strong when one compares it to most of the high schools seeded above them in this year’s D2 playoffs. Why do I mention the strength of schedule? Because based on El Cerrito’s strength of schedule, the scores of their games and their overall record, they should probably be the #1 or #2 seed in the D2 playoffs. In other words, the Don’s will have their hands full tonight against a well-tested El Cerrito team.

Tonight is also a homecoming for beloved Acalanes Assistant Coach, Chris Huber, who was a successful Head Basketball Coach at El Cerrito for 15 years. At El Cerrito, Coach Huber led his 1989 team to a 29 – 3 record and a NCS Championship. Ten years later in 1999, Coach Huber would lead a loaded El Cerrito team (with Drew Gooden) to another NCS Championship.

Tip-off will take place at 7:00pm. The address to El Cerrito High is 540 Ashbury Avenue, El Cerrito, California 94530. If you make the drive to El Cerrito to support the Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball team, remember that the NCS gate fee will be $10.00.

As Always…Go Dons!!

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