Mar 5 – Wednesday Sports

In yesterday’s action…

Boys Lacrosse

It is early in the season, but the Boys Lacrosse team defeated Marin Catholic HS 10-7 in a rematch of last years NCS Championship game.

Boys Tennis

was defeated by Dublin HS.

In today’s action…

Boys Basketball

plays Bishop O’Dowd HS in the NCS Semifinals at Laney College at 7:00.


opens DFAL competition hosting Dublin HS at 3:45.

Boys Golf

has a match against Pittsburg HS at Rossmoor GC at 3:30.

Yesterday’s individual standouts…

Boys Lacrosse

Robbie Stern scored 3 goals. Nathan Brickman and Sam deRoque each scored 2 goals. Cameron Bosshart had 7 saves.

Boys Tennis

Alex Hashim and Zaid Nabulsi won their doubles match.

R. Takahashi

Dec 31 – Happy New Year

Final Day!

As 2013 comes to a close, we ask that you remember the Acalanes Boosters in your charitable giving plan.
Remember, with Acalanes Boosters, everyone plays.

What does Acalanes Boosters Do?
To ensure the safety and well-being of all student-athletes, we provide the salary and supplies of our fine athletic trainer, Chris Clark.

We also:
• Fund every sports program at Acalanes High School every year.
• Last year Acalanes Boosters distributed roughly $100,000 across the 22 programs.
• Examples of items funded over the last two years: new weight room equipment, watering carts, a high-capacity ice machine (for hydro-therapy), new wrestling mats, equipment for the new pool, tennis ball auto-serve machine, and safety equipment for numerous programs.

Who Benefits?
• Every one of the 700+ Acalanes High School student-athletes
• Every one of the 22 Sports programs

Member Benefits?
• Tickets to all home football
• Tickets to all home league basketball games
• Premium items based on membership levels.

How can you help the Boosters?
· Become a member (click here for membership levels)
· Attend the Boosters Sports Bash
· Attend a membership meeting (click here for calendar of meetings)

Get Involved:
· Become a Acalanes Booster Sports Representative
· Join a Acalanes Booster’s Committee
Sports Bash
Help at the Lafayette Art & Wine Festival

For more information please contact a Boosters’ Board member

Year-End Tax Planning

Boosters Supporters:

When making your end of the year tax planning decisions, please consider donating to Boosters.  Boosters is a charitable organization so all your donations are tax-deductible. All you need to do is send a check to Acalanes Boosters Club at 1200 Pleasant Hill Road, Lafayette, CA 94549. Acalanes’ Athletics is solely funded by community contributions so all your donations are greatly appreciated. (Tax ID  # 23-7428299)

Please visit the Gift Matching tab on the Boosters site to see if your employer will double your donation! Also, some companies offer charitable donations to compensate for your volunteer time. Check it out under the Gift Matching Tab.

Thank you and Happy New Year

Year-End Gift Matching


Fantastic news!  We are very excited to bring you our official “Gift Matching” web page on our  web site.  The employee Matching Gift Program could easily be one of the year’s largest fundraising efforts for the Acalanes Boosters’ Club.   ANYONE who donated to the ABC this year could request matching gift funds from their employers.   Please take a minute to check if your employer has a Matching Gift Program.  We have hundreds of ABC donators who can potentially raise funds through this program.

Let’s try to collect as much FREE money as we can for our student athletes.  They deserve it!  This is time-sensitive and the cut off for requests is upon us, either Dec. 31, or Jan. 31, 2014. for fiscal year 2013.

Participating employers will have one or two+ donor programs:

1. Employers will match 1:1 eligible dollars donated.

2. Employers will provide a volunteer grant ie. $500 for volunteer hours per their guidelines.

For example, I have already contacted my employer and the ABC will receive $350 matching dollars for my donations, AND another $500 volunteer grant for meeting their criteria of 20-30 volunteer hours/calendar year.  $850 FREE dollars to the ABC.  WOW!  We have already received a few more matching gift donations this year as well.

Below are some easy instructions to follow.  If for any reason you are having difficulty with your submission, please feel free to contact me or your employer.  Mary Piscitelli 765-0457, I will be happy to help you.

A.      What is the proposed process?  It is very simple and will take just a few minutes.  (Time well spent!)

Go to the “” web site.

Click on the last tab  ‘Gift Matching”, and it will bring you directly to the “Double the Donations” link and type in your company name.

See if your employer will match your donation!

Enter your company name ____________________________________________________


B.     If your employer participates, all their contact information will appear as well as any pertinent links to their company specific guidelines and submission forms etc.  If your company is not registered, I encourage you to call your HR department and inquire with them, sometimes it’s not publicized.

C.       Some employers will allow you to submit your request electronically, by e-mail, regular mail, &/or fax.  If your company has a secured web or e-mail, you will need your employee number and perhaps a password if you haven’t set it up already.      IF YOU DO NOT KNOW THIS INFORMATION, OR GET FRUSTRATED, PLEASE DO NOT GIVE UP!   Call them directly for assistance.  They are very willing and happy to help guide you through the process.

D.  Send Brad and I an e-mail with a brief explanation of your donations &/or hours volunteered for that calendar year and we will confirm your qualifying donations when your employer contacts us.  If you need a receipt, we can provide that as well.

E.    Provide your company with;

-Your employee information
-Dollar amount you donated and are requesting a match for &/or number of hours volunteered.  Your donation was to the Acalanes Boosters’ Club
-ABC receipt, IF requested by the company.  (We can provide you with an ABC receipt)
-Contact information for our ABC rep. Brad Smith / or Mary Piscitelli
-ABC Tax ID  # 23-7428299, and school address 1200 Pleasant Hill Rd.
All the information you will need is listed on the web page for you.

Most companies already have the Acalanes Boosters Club information in their system.  Our Not-for-Profit Federal Tax ID# is nationally recognized.   Once the employer verifies the request, a check will be mailed directly to the ABC.  The checks are cut either monthly or quarterly according to their protocol.

What if you still have questions?

For questions regarding your company’s programs, please contact your employer’s HR or community giving department.  They are very helpful.  Most of the necessary information is also available on your company intranet.


For additional questions regarding submitting a matching gift or volunteer grant request  please contact:
A.      Mary Piscitelli: or 925-765-0457
B.      Brad Smith:  or 925-890-7273

Happy Holidays!

Mary Piscitelli and Brad Smith
Tom Duckworth
Danna Wright

Dec 11 – Acalanes Boosters Holiday Fundraiser

Buy your holiday gifts and support Acalanes Boosters at the same time
at the Sports Basement Holiday Fundraiser.

You get a 10% discount,
and 10% of your purchase is donated to the Boosters
at no cost to you.

December 11 6:30-8:30PM



Special Shopping News…

If you shop at Sports Basement on Ygnacio Valley Road in Walnut Creek, mention “Acalanes Athletics,” and you will receive a 10% discount! The Acalanes Sports Boosters will receive an additional 5% from the purchase price. You are given permission to shop to your heart’s content.

Sports Basement on Ygnacio Valley Road in Walnut Creek will host “Acalanes Athletics Day” on Wednesday, December 11. Mention Acalanes Athletics and you will receive a 10% discount! The Acalanes Sports Boosters will receive an additional 10% from the purchase price. Additionally there will be a Happy Hour from 6:30 to 8:30pm, with food and beverages provided free of charge.

Booster ID Cards

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to Athletic Boosters this year!  We appreciate your donation and couldn’t support our athletic programs without it!

If you purchased a membership but still need to pickup your Sports Passes or Incentive items (for memberships $250 & above), they’ll be available at the Boosters Table at the home football games Friday night 9/20.  The Cinch Bags that we ran out of at Dons Day are now in!!

If you have any questions, please contact Doreen de Roque, Membership chair.

Thank you!

May 20 – Monday Sports

In Fridays action…

Boys Lacrosse

put away Cardinal Newman 18-7 in the NCS quarterfinals.

In Saturdays action…

NCS Swimming Championships

Girls finished in 8th place. Boys in 11th place.

NCS Tri-Valley Track & Field Championships

Boys finished in 6th place.

Individual standouts…

NCS Swimming Championships

  • Brittany Usinger, Emily Giambastini, Reilly Fellner and Meghan Hill, 3rd in 200 freestyle relay.
  • Zech Newman, Brett Usinger, Nick Inserra and Henry Baer, 4th in 200 medley relay.
  • Brett Usinger, 3rd in 200 individual medley and 4th in 100 breaststroke.
  • Brittany Usinger, 6th in 200 individual medley.

NCS Tri-Valley Track & Field Championships

Top 7 places advance to the NCS Meet of Champions on Friday and Saturday.

  • Adler Faulkner, 1st in 800.
  • Matt Thomas, 2nd in discus and 3rd in shot put.
  • Michael Wang, 3rd in 1600.
  • Stephen Main, 4th in triple jump.
  • Kelly Collins, 5th in 3200.
  • Jordan Hinds, 6th in 100.
  • Alex Hennies, 7th in 400.
  • Jordan Hinds, Casey Lee, Julian Hinds and Lisa Carrington, 7th in 4×100.

Boys Lacrosse

Wes Greason scored 5 goals and had 4 assists. Robbie Stern scored 4 goals. Scott Lindsay scored 3 goals and had 2 assists. Cameron Bosshart had 7 saves.

NCS playoffs…

Lacrosse teams

host the NCS semifinals Wednesday. The #1 seeded girls team will host Miramonte HS at 7:00 and the #2 seeded boys team will host Piedmont HS at 5:00.


is the #1 seed and will host the winner of San Marin HS vs. Eureka HS in the NCS quarterfinals Friday at 4:00.


is the #5 seed and will play at Sonoma Valley HS in the NCS quarterfinals either Friday or Saturday.

Track & Field

competes in the NCS Meet of Champions Friday and Saturday at Edwards Stadium at UC Berkeley.

R. Takahashi

May 17 – Acalanes Softball Lacrosse Swim Track Diving

In Thursdays action…


is playoff ready as they mowed down Berean Christian HS 7-3 to finish the regular season.

In Fridays action…

Boys Lacrosse

hosts Cardinal Newman HS in the NCS quarterfinals at 7:00 PM.

Swim Team

competes in the NCS Trials at Concord Community Pool at 9:00 AM.

In Saturdays action…

Swim Team

competes in the NCS Finals at Concord Community Pool at 11:00 AM.

Track & Field

competes in the NCS Tri-Valley Championships at Granada HS at 10:00 AM.

Thursdays individual standouts…


Miranda Gold placed 7th and Simone Raeth 25th at the NCS Championships.


Natalie Goepel was the winning pitcher. Super-frosh, Kaitlyn Johnson went 2 for 3, with 2 RBIs and 2 doubles.

R. Takahashi

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