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!!!

Booster BASH – Early Bird Discounts NOW!

Join us for the
Bubbly Booster Bash

A night to celebrate and raise funds for our athletes and Acalanes Community!


Early Bird Special February 1st through March 31st- $75 per person to include on-site entertaiment, games, silent and live auction and one alcoholic drink ticket, unlimited non-alcoholic drinks and heavy appetizers on site.
Price increases April 1st to $90 per person.
Ticket sales close May 1st 11:59pm or when we sell out!
Click here to see who is coming.
Thank you to the businesses who support Acalanes Boosters.
Click here to see who they are.
Interested in becoming an event sponsor?  Click here.
Benefits include premium logo placement on event website, ads in event program, auctioneer recognition and more.  Best of all, sponsors choose a high visibility event to sponsor.

Boosters Bash Early Bird Rate

BOOSTER BASH TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE!  Join us for the “Bubbly Booster Bash”, SATURDAY, MAY 6TH, for a fabulous night raising funds for our student athletes.   Click here to buy tickets at the Early Bird Rate.  Reserve your tickets today because space is limited.    Rates go up April 1st.   If  you have any questions, please email annaeppinger@yahoo.com or contact one of the Booster Bash Tri-Chairs (Anna Eppinger, Paula Carter and Tina Frechman).

Jan 16 – Parker Jones Named MaxPreps Girls Volleyball Player of the Year

What an honor.  Parker Jones, a senior captain and leader of the state champion girls volleyball team was named the MaxPreps California Division 3 Player of the Year.  Go the link below for more detailed information.


Jan 6 – Congratulations to Girls Volleyball All-Stars

2016 Fall All-Diablo League Foothill Division Girls Volleyball Players:

First Team – Parker Jones
2nd Team – Alex Matson
Honorable Mention – Devin Grobeck

A link to the newspaper can be found here.


Jan 5 – Congratulations to Ernie Rodriguez – Coach of the Year


Congratulations to Ernie Rodriguez for being named East Bay Coach of the Year by the Bay Area Newsgroup for girls volleyball.  The article will be found at this link.

Volleyball: Mitty’s Candice Denny, Campolindo’s Sabrina Smith top Bay Area Preps team

Jan 5 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…


defeated Miramonte HS 54-15 to remain undefeated in the DAL.

Boys Basketball

The jv and freshman teams wound up on the short end to Stuart Hall HS.


Congratulations to Parker Jones for being named as a first team All-Bay Area Newsgroup selection for girls volleyball.  The article will be found at this link.

Volleyball: Mitty’s Candice Denny, Campolindo’s Sabrina Smith top Bay Area Preps team

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.
22-24. 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

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