Acalanes Girls Volleyball vs. Northgate 10/26/2017

Acalanes v. Northgate 10/26/2017
Your A.D.G.V.T. traveled over hill and dale out to Northgate Ranch to face the Broncos in the final League Match of the 2017 DAL Season. It was sure to be a big challenge against the much-improved Broncos. Here are the highlights from the Last Rodeo:

First Set:

3-4. Dons bounce back from a slow start with a big Madi Risch kill. Untouched.
5-6. Maddie Kalil sets Grace Higgins at Oppo for a kill.
8-11. Timeout Dons to try and get sharper…
9-11. Lane Webster sets up Elsa Clever in the middle. Clever rewards us all with a kill.
10-11. Kaitlyn Mckendell’s wicked serve brings the Dons closer.
11-12. Zoe McPhail sweet dig and then Theresa Nevins gets a big kill in the middle.
13s. Sam Darin makes a perfect pass, then hits, and the Broncos can’t recover.
16-15. Dons take the lead on the Webster dump over the net.
17-19. Rough patch as the Dons lose 4 in a row, then Risch kills it. Phew.
18-21. Clever kill.
19-21. Super Webster dig off a big Bronco hit keeps the point alive and the Dons score.
21-23. Cailey McVay serves a gem and then makes two awesome passes during the point and Higgins finishes it off with a kill.
22-24. McKendell’s turn to pass purely and Higgins again finishes it off after much back and forth. Timeout Broncos. Can the Dons turn this one?
22-25. No.

Second Set:

1s. Sarah Westergren delivers a point with a roll shot.
3-4. Kalil to Westergren. Kill.
4-5. McPhail carefully watches a serve go long. Good eye baby!
5s. Risch ties it with a back-corner Ace. Woo! Woo! Woo!
6-7. Rachel Go sets Darin for a beautiful sharp angle kill that finds the sideline. Sassy.
11-10. The teams are trading points. Risch hammers a kill.
13-14. McVay to Kalil to Westergren. Textbook v-ball as Westergren tools the block.
16-14. R-Go Ace! Time out Northgate after a nice Dons run.
17-15. Webster hammers a kill off of a Bronco. Yah!
20-16. WILD point. Dons somehow score after 41 seconds of back and forth.
21-18. Darin fires a kill! Huge point.
22-23. But the Broncos stampede back into the lead. Timeout Dons.
23s…Westergren vital kill…24s…Broncos serve it long…overtime…
24-26. Dons NO again.

Third Set:

4-8. Another slow Dons start to the set. Risch kills one.
5-8. Clever block!
7-10. Long rally again. So many of those tonight. Super hustle from both teams. Hayes Hollar kills one off the blockers.
8-11. Darin kill. Need every bit of it.
11-13. Kalil rips an Ace.
13-15. McVay McMoney Serve.
15-17. Clever. See 5-8 above.
16-17. McPhail sends a tricky little free-ball over the net and it works! Score.
17s. McPhail also fires three great consecutive serves, adds a silky set to Kalil (who sets
Clever in the middle). Bam! Tied Up!
18-19. Risch huge kill off the blockers. The ball flies from the net all the way back past the Dons endline. OK.
19-20. Risch kills a scrambling Webster set. Dons scrambling everywhere trying to get this win.
20-21. Darin kill to keep the Dons close. Do or Die.
20-25. Dons don’t Do, unfortunately, and Dons lose in 3 sets to the Broncos.

Tough loss to end League play at 5-5, and Sombreros off to Northgate who played really well.

Now the Lady Dons will wait to see if they have some NCS playoff volleyball in their future.
Watch this space.

NCS Volleyball and Water Polo Playoffs

The girls volleyball team plays at #5 seeded Petaluma HS Tuesday at 7:00 in the first round of the NCS playoffs.

The boys water polo team is the #5 seed and will play #12 Foothill HS Thursday at 5:00 at Contra Costa College.

The girls water polo team is the #3 seed and will play #14 College Park HS Thursday at 6:15 at Contra Costa College.

Note: At all NCS playoff games, there is an admission charge. $10 general admission and $6 for students, children and senior citizens. No passes will be honored.

Oct 30 – Monday Sports

In Fridays action…

It was an epic battle between Acalanes HS and Campolindo HS in Friday football. The Cougars scored the first 14 points and the Dons rallied for the next 21. The fourth quarter had both teams tied at 28-28 as Robby Rowell scored on a 5 yard run with 10 seconds left to lift the team to a 35-28 victory raising their overall record to 7-1. The jv team was not so fortunate in defeat.

The boys water polo team earned an overtime 10-9 victory to close the regular season and launch them into the NCS playoffs.

Fridays individual standouts…

Varsity football. Robby Rowell was a one-man wrecking machine accounting for all 5 touchdowns completing 17 of 24 passes for 215 yards and 3 passing scores and 181 yards rushing and 2 scores on the ground. Brian Merken had 4 receptions for 47 yards, two touchdowns and a critical interception in the end zone at the end of the first half. Chris Rogers had 5 receptions for 67 yards and a touchdown. Nick Henderson had 10.5 tackles, Trenton Tso 7.5 tackles and Ryan Nall, Gabe Middleton and Alex Cortessis each with 5.5 tackles.

JV football. Mikey O’Donnell had 6 tackles, Avery Howell 4.5 tackles and Michael Roux and Teo Barakos each had 3.5 tackles.

Boys water polo. Jake Stone scored 3 goals and Max Stryker, Jacob Parker and Henry Huchingson each scored 2 goals.

Acalanes Varsity Football defeats Campolindo

Oct 27, 2017 – Brian Miles

In an epic varsity football game that no one who attended will ever forget Acalanes beat Campolindo 35-28 on Friday night. The game started with the Cougars in control but Chris Rogers electrified the crowd with a brilliant catch on a long bomb to cut the Campo lead to 14-7 early in the game. The Dons scored again to tie the game at 14-14, but Campo mounted a drive before halftime and it appeared it would take the lead going into halftime. But Ryan Nall and Brian Merken had other ideas. Nall used his size and speed to pressure Campo’s star qb, John Torchio, who floated a pass that was picked off by Merken in the end zone. This sent the Dons into halftime with all of the momentum.

Robby Rowell owned the second half willing his team to perhaps the biggest win in the history of the program. Rowell hit Rogers again to put the Dons up 21-14 and had some monster runs to extend drives and give the Dons key first Dons. Rowell finished the night with a whopping 175 yards rushing.

But Campo would not go down without a fight and after a Torchio interception actually had the ball in a 21-21 game. Enter Nall who sacked Torchio and got the ball back on downs for Acalanes. A Rowell to Merken TD made the score 28-21, but Campo answered yet again to tie the game at 28.

In a fitting end to an amazing game, Rowell faked to running back Jake Delaney and somehow made his way through numerous Campo defenders to score the game winning TD for the Dons with 6 seconds left.

The play of Acalanes’ offensive line was rock solid all night as they consistently gave Rowell sufficient time to throw and opened holes for running backs Delaney and Keaziah Smith. Delaney sparkled in the second half with some nice runs to keep the Campo defense honest. Nick Henderson led the defense as he has done all season long.

The Acalanes community thanks Floyd Burnsed and his coaching staff for leading the team to this program changing win. Go Dons!

Oct 28 – Saturday Sports

In Fridays action…

It was an epic battle between Acalanes HS and Campolindo HS in Friday football. The Cougars scored the first 14 points and the Dons rallied for the next 21. The fourth quarter had both teams tied at 28-28 as Robby Rowell scored on a 5 yard run with 10 seconds left to lift the team to a 35-28 victory raising their overall record to 7-1. The jv team was not so fortunate in defeat.

The boys water polo team earned an overtime 10-9 victory to close the regular season and launch them into the NCS playoffs.

In Saturdays action…

The girls volleyball team competes in the San Ramon Valley Invitational.

The jv girls water polo team competes in the DAL tournament.

Fridays individual standouts…

Football. Robby Rowell was a one-man wrecking machine accounting for all 5 touchdowns completing 17 of 24 passes for 215 yards and 3 passing scores and 181 yards rushing and 2 scores on the ground. Brian Merken had 4 receptions for 47 yards, two touchdowns and a critical interception in the end zone at the end of the first half. Chris Rogers had 5 receptions for 67 yards and a touchdown. Nick Henderson had 10.5 tackles, Trenton Tso 7.5 tackles and Ryan Nall, Gabe Middleton and Alex Cortessis each with 5.5 tackles.

Boys water polo. Jake Stone scored 3 goals and Max Stryker, Jacob Parker and Henry Huchingson each scored 2 goals.

 

Oct 28 – Acalanes Beats Campolindo 35-28

by Matt Delaney

Wow, what a game. Well played by both sides.

Here are the stats from Digital Scout, I will upload into Hudl and MaxPreps by the morning.

Here are some highlights of tonight.

Time of Possession
Acalanes = 18:14
Campo = 29:46

Robby finished 17 for 24 with 215 yards, 3 passing TDs and 1 Interception.
Robby carried the ball 16 times for 181 yards and 2 Rushing TDs.

Robby = Total Yards = 396
Robby = Total TDs = 5

Torchio = 18 for 31 passes for 217 yards. 15 rushes for 58 yards for a total of 275 yards. He threw 1 interception, caught one interception and had 3 TDs.

Jake Delaney = 9 carries for 65 yards
Brian Merken = 4 catches for 47 yards and 2TDs
Chris Roger = 5 catches for 67 yards and 1 TD

Defense was impressive

Henderson = 5 solo tackles, 11 assisted tackles
Nall = 4 Solo tackles, 3 assisted tackles, 2 TFL and 2 sacks
Trenton Tso = 5 Solo tackles and 5 assisted tackles
Alex Cortessis = 4 solo tackles & 3 Assisted tackles
Gabe Middleton = 3 solo tackles & 5 assisted tackles

Robby Rowell


Acalanes Freshman Girls Volleyball vs Northgate

Acalanes Freshman Girls Volleyball – by Hunter Davis
October 26 – On Thursday, the Freshman Lady Dons Volleyball team fought the traffic out to Northgate for their final match of a great season. The first game was tight early with the teams trading points. Specialists Maren Takeuchi, Daisy Sibley and Libby Rossdid a nice job handling some difficult serves, and Carly Coffee provided the early offense, but the Broncos were up to the challenge.  The game reached 15-15 before a nice run of play from the Dons stretched the lead as Lauren Davis got a right side kill off a sweet five from setter Megan GoAudrey Passalacqua put down two over passes with authority and Samantha Hansen and Lauren teamed up for two roofs. Audrey then ran off a series of jump serves to put the team up for good and the Dons won 25-21.

The team started off a little slow in the second game….likely because superfan Katie Sowarby broke with superstition and forced the parents to switch ends of the bleachers. The Dons stabilized on a Lyla Cox kill followed by a couple of nice saves from libero Sydney Sowarby and another block from the right side. However, the Broncos put together a strong run despite some spirited parent chants led by father-of-the-year candidate Mark Passalacqua, and took the second game.

The pivotal third game started off better for the Dons as strong passing from Maren and Daisy and a nice serving run from Chloe Wu gave the Dons the lead.  A kill from Lyla off a perfect Bella Draper set put the squad up 11-8 and ended a run for Northgate. The team finished strong, highlighed by a great bump set from Sydney after Megan was forced to dig, which led to a Lauren kill, and a nice up from Chloe that Samantha scrambled to keep out of the net and in play. The match, and the season, ended with Lauren stuffing an over pass for the win. Celebrity Doctor and statistician Alan Go was “happy to see our Lady Dons finish off both a terrific victory!”  Good match and great season Dons!

DAL #2 Cross Country Meet Results-October 25, 2017

The Dons competed in the DAL #2 Meet at Newhall Park in Concord on Wednesday, October 25.  They faced some tough competition in the October heat.
Top Don’s top 5 runners in each race are featured below:
Boys’ Frosh/Soph finishers in the 1.95 mile race featured Max Nelson (Fr) 12:09.9, Tucker Starbuck (Fr) 12:18.4, Ethan Sanguinet (Fr) 12:20.3, Harrison Mains (Fr) 12:24.0, and Thomas Judson 12:38.5 with 28th, 39th, 41st,  44th, and 49th place finishes, respectively, out of the 152-man field.
Girls’ Frosh/Soph finishers in the 1.95 mile race featured Maxine D’Orazio (So) 16:22.0, Kate Stenger (Fr) 16:48.4, Lauren Stenger (Fr) 17:20.4, Summer Helvey (Fr) 17:32.4, and Tori Wang (So) 18:06.6 with 38th, 43rd, 52nd, 56th, and 60th place finishes, respectively, out of a strong 70-women field.
Boys’ JV finishers in the 1.95 mile race featured Nicholas Collins-Yarnell (Jr) 12:35.2, Ben Hall (Jr) 12:51.7, Brian Ohleyer (Sr) 13:13.4, Josh Evans (Fr) 13:20.1, and Bryan Lam (Sr) 13:32.6 with 47th, 56th, 71st, 74th, and 78th place finishes, respectively, out of the 148-man field.
Girls’ JV finishers in the 1.95 mile race featured Julia Helvey (Jr) 15:12.5, Emersyn White (Jr) 15:14.6, Lexie Asadorian (Fr) 15:20.9, Isabella Gonzalez (So) 16:47.2, and Audrey Burns (Fr) 17:14.8 with 31st, 33rd, 35th, 52nd, and 56th place finishes, respectively, out of the 79-woman field.
Boys’ Varsity finishers in the 2.95 mile race featured Ethan Frigon (Sr) 16:19.6, Joshua Starr (Jr) 16:31.8, Nick Hutson (So.) 16:48.1, Dominic Basaldua (Fr) 16:53.7, and Harrison Seymour (So) 16:59.4 with 16th, 24th, 27th, 28th, and 31st place finishes out of a very fast 73-man field.
Girls’ Varsity finishers in the 2.95 mile race featured Nicole Frigon (Fr) 19:36.7, Annie Klopstock (Sr) 22:11.2, Beth Hamalian (Fr) 22:16.1, Caroline Kelly (Sr) 22:19.4, and Binti Sohn (Fr) 22:29.1 with 20th, 42nd, 43rd, 44th, and 45th place finishes, respectively, out of the 55-woman field.
Great running Dons!  Next up for the Dons is the DAL Championship Meet at Hidden Valley in Martinez on Saturday, November 4 at 9:00.
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