Jun 8 – Congratulations 2018 Graduating Seniors

Tyler Sverak

Kate Combi

Robby Rowell

Caitlyn Greenwell

Calvin Vance

June 6 – Wednesday Sports

Last weekend, Muppy Gragg, Keaziah Smith and Ryan Nall competed in the California State Track and Field Trials.  This a two day event, trials on Friday and finals on Saturday (they are also expecting 100 degree weather for the finals.)

Before I go further, the event was held at Buchanan High School in Clovis.  Buchanan has a grammar school, middle school and a high school on the same campus. The campus itself is big enough to put Acalanes, Las Lomas and possibly Campolindo on the same site. The stadium was built by the Clovis school district and is the host to all five high schools in the district for football.  The stadium was also designed for track, with the specific purpose  of hosting the State Track Championships.  It can seat up to 10,000 or more; it has  four long jump pits, so if the wind changes the direction of the runway changes; two pole vault pits that can also be changed due to wind; two shot put rings; and a nine lane “Mondo” track which is the fastest surface a runner can run on with exchange zones that vary in color and are used for relays.

To get to the meet an athlete must first qualify out of league to the sub section championships. In Acalanes’ case, you have to finish in the top six at League to move on to Tri-Valley or run a qualifying time. From Tri-Valley an athlete must qualify in the top seven to move on tho the section championship or in our case the Meet of Champions.  At the Meet of Champions an athlete must qualify in the top three or run a qualifying time to move on to the State championships  If I am correct, there are eight sections in the state, some larger than others and they follow the same procedure. Out of those eight sections a total of 27 athletes qualify for the State Meet (that number may be larger in some events because additional athletes qualify by meeting a qualifying time.)

In California,  the most populated state in the Union, we have over 800,000 high school athletes competing in sports.  California has some of the best athletes in the nation, and this meet will bear that out. After trials you will find out how you rank in your event in the state. Either you are in the top 9 in running events or the top 12 in field events, but if you finish in 10th or 27th that is how you rank out of all the athletes in the state that participated in track and in your particular event.  There are no losers when it comes to this meet, because just to get to this meet, you have to be the best of the best (and this may mean the best in the nation.)

Muppy finished 10th in the 300 hurdles with a time of 43.77, which breaks the school record she broke last week and she finished 15 in the long jump with a jump of 17′ 11.75 (she was a scratch away from being in finals); Keaziah Smith finished 25th in a field of 32 with a jump of 21′ 8.50; Ryan finished with a throw of 53′ 8.5 to finish in a tie for 15.  Keaziah is returning to Acalanes next year and now that he has been to this meet he will be focused to return.  Muppy and Ryan are moving on to college where they will also compete in track, Muppy to Dartmouth and Ryan to MIT.

This meet also featured para ambulatory athletes that competed and represented their school as did every athlete in the meet.


John Crain

Head Track & Field Coach


All-League honors were announced for softball. Representing Acalanes:

First Team

Morgan Salmon- freshman
Amy Schwing- freshman
Ellie Palma- freshman
Bailee Takano- Junior
Second Team
Riley Nicosia- sophomore
Honorable Mention
Rosie Shackett- senior
Alexis Carlson- senior
The team was 3rd in academics for all of North Coast Sectionals!
Way to go, Lady Dons!





June 1 – Friday Sports

Acalanes Boosters Club Most Outstanding Senior Athletes

Congratulations to Muppy Gragg and Ryan Nall, who at last night’s Senior Awards, were presented with the Acalanes Boosters Club Most Outstanding Female and Male Senior Athlete Awards, respectively. This award is given by Boosters each year to an individual female and male athlete who have made the most significant contributions in several sports during the entire Acalanes career while maintaining strong academic performance.



The CIF track & field championships are Friday and Saturday at Veterans Memorial Stadium at Buchanan HS in Clovis.  Muppy Gragg will compete in the 300 hurdles and long jump, Ryan Nall in shotput and Keaziah Smith in long jump.

May 30 – Wednesday Sports

Meet of Champions

This past Friday and Saturday the track team competed at North Coast Section Meet of Champions at UC Berkeley. The girls team finished 5th overall and the only Division 3 team in the top five. This team continues to prove that it can compete with the best track and field teams in the section. The boys team finished in a tie for 16 out of 40 teams.

We had two school records broken at this meet and we had two personal bests, and a fifth fastest time in school history.

It started Friday with the first event, boys shot put. Ryan Nall equaled his PR with a throw of 55’2 to finish second and qualify for the State Championships (this is Ryan’s second trip to the State Meet). Then Muppy Gragg qualified for finals in the 400 and 300 hurdles (finishing 4th with a 45.43). Johnny Choi, (who currently holds the 2nd place Acalanes high jump record of 6’6″), cleared 6’2″, finishing 10th. The most exciting event was the last, the girls 4 x 400. Charlie Koehane, Emily Sverak, Mikaela Truong and Mari Florine made up the team. The last time these four were paired together was on April 11 and they ran a time of 4:22.02.  This past week each athlete had to make an individual commitment to this race, I was asking them not to do anything they were not capable of doing, but I was asking they all to do what was possible. I thought a 4:05 would get them to finals; I was wrong. They ran 4:02.54 to finish 7th and qualified for finals. What these four athletes accomplished is what legends are made of. They made a 20 second improvement from April 11 to May 25.

Saturday started the same way. In the girls long jump, all the jumpers were jumping below their personal best. Yet Muppy was able to jump 17′ 7,25 to finish 2nd and qualify for the State Championships. Ryan Nall finished on the podium for the second time in the discus with a 6th place finish and a throw 147’01. In the 400  Muppy finished 6th in a race that a girl from Bishop O’Dowd ran a 52.69, the fastest time in the state, and the fifth fastest in the nation (and girl from Newark Memorial ran a 53.95). This was not a race that I thought Muppy would qualify in. Then Keaziah Smith in the boys long thought after the event that he did not qualify only to find that he qualified third and won a ticket to the State Championships. In the girls 800 freshman Nicole Frigon finished 8th with a personal best of 2:19.08 (the eight fastest in school history) in a race that included the two time state champion in this event. While that was happening, Scarlette McCullough was having the time of her life pole vaulting, which resulted in a school record 10′ 7, only to be followed by a pole breaking on Scarlette’s final attempt at 10’11. Muppy’s next event was the 300 hurdles and with no memory of the previous day’s time, Muppy ran a 44.03 breaking the school record of 44.88 and finishing second and qualifying for the State Championship in a second event.  The last event of the day was the 4 x 400 and I had to make a change. In an attempt to qualify for the State Championship, I had to include Muppy on the 4 x 400 team. This was something I had discussed with the girls weeks ago and they all knew that this was going to happen. Getting to the finals and running in the finals took all five athletes, this 4 x 400 team was a team of five. So the team that ran was Charlie Koehane, Emily Sverak, Mari Florine and Muppy. Prior to the Meet of Champions there had been only been four teams that had run sub 4:00 4 x 400 in the section. In this race there were seven, us being the seventh with a time 3:58.22, the fifth fastest in school history and the fourth straight year we have had a girls 4 x 400 team under 4:00 and in the MOC Finals.

I would like to recognize the seniors that ran yesterday and Friday. Muppy Gragg, Ryan Nall, and Mari Florine contributions to the team cannot be overlooked. Each person is an outstanding representative of Acalanes and the Acalanes Track and Field Team. Each individual made a commitment to excellence, hard work, academics, were respectful of others and were leaders. They never look down or up to anyone, treated everyone as equals.  Athletics is only a fraction of what they represent.

John Crain
Instructional Assistant
Head Track and Field Coach

May 27 – Weekend Sports

The track & field team performed well at the NCS Meet of Champions. The girls finished 5th overall and the boys 16th.


The following placed at the NCS Meet of Champions to qualify for the CIF Championships Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2.

Muppy Gragg, 2nd in 300 hurdles and 2nd in long jump.

Ryan Nall, 2nd in shotput.

Keaziah Smith, 3rd in long jump.


Also performing well at the NCS Meet of Champions.

Muppy Gragg 6th in 400

Ryan Nall, 6th in discus.

Nicole Frigon, 8th in 800.

Emily Sverak, Muppy Gragg, Charlie Keohane, Mari Florine, 7th in 4×400.

Aimee Gee and Lena Johnson, 5th in unified long jump and 4th in unified 100.

May 24 – Acalanes College Athlete Recognition

Congratulations to all Acalanes Athletes recognized on Signing Day. Photos are available here. 

Photos in this gallery are free. Thank you seniors for your contributions to Acalanes sports.

May 25 – Friday Sports

Congratulations to the boys JV lacrosse team who went undefeated in league play at 7-0 and 11-8 overall. Team award winners included:


MVP: Leo Cohen

Offensive MVP: Owen Lee

Defensive Player of Year:  Eric Machtmes

Most Improved:  Peter Caprio

Matt Lynn Award:  Walter Workman

Hoover (Ground Ball) Award:  Garrett Siegel



In Friday’s action…


The track & field team competes in the NCS Meet of Champions at Edwards Stadium at UC Berkeley.


In Saturday’s action…

The track & field team competes in the NCS Meet of Champions at Edwards Stadium at UC Berkeley.

May 24 – Thursday Sports

Congratulations to the boys JV lacrosse team who went undefeated in league play at 7-0 and 11-8 overall. Team award winners included:


MVP: Leo Cohen

Defensive Player of Year:  Eric Machtmes.

Most Improved:  Peter Caprio

Matt Lynn Award:  Walter Workman

Hoover (Ground Ball) Award:  Garrett Siegel


In Friday’s action…


The track & field team competes in the NCS Meet of Champions at Edwards Stadium at UC Berkeley.


In Saturday’s action…

The track & field team competes in the NCS Meet of Champions at Edwards Stadium at UC Berkeley.




May 14 – Mondays Sports





Shrimp Boil & Yard Party

Come as you are and head over to the Thrashers’ fantastic party house for a big old, Carolina-style shrimp boil! Don’t know about shrimp boils?? Well, it’s time you found out because they’re fun, casual, messy spreads of deliciously seasoned shrimp rounded out with fat smoked sausage, potatoes, corn, and more…and that’s just the main course! There’ll be all sorts of backyard games to play and watch, and silly side bets to make. Grab a cold one (or two) and join the crowd…this party is guaranteed to be easy-going fun!

Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 6:00 pm​   Cost: $75 per person               

Thanks to the Thrasher, Burleigh, Murgia, Kresnak & Hurd Families on behalf of Baseball


Barn Party

This one is for the men!  Come on over to the Souza’s Barn for some quality guy time.  Keg, Taco Guy, Poker/Cards, Horseshoe pit, Game on TV…Need we say more?

Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 6:00 pm ​  Cost: $75 per Party Guy     

Thanks to the Souza Family on behalf of Girls Soccer


Olive Oil & Wine Tasting!  

Savor exotic infused olive oils paired with premium vinegars, all while sipping a gorgeous assortment of wines from award winning Sean Minor Wines, and trying delectable appetizers, salads, and desserts. Be one of the 30 gourmands at Amphora Nueva! Discover new ways to brighten up the flavors of your favorite home recipes, and find your go-to local business for gourmet gifts!

Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 6:00 pm​   Cost: $50 per person                  

Hosted by the McNamara and McCullough Families on Behalf of Track & Field


Bring It On – It’s Time for Beer Pong!

Dust off your paddle and red Solo cup, and get ready for a March Madness-style beer pong tourney! While no experience is necessary, the competition is sure to be fun but fierce.  Come as a couple or individual, and dazzle your friends with your mad skills—or not. No beer pong party would be complete without authentic taco truck food, wine, cocktails and, of course, BEER!

Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 5:00 pm  Cost: $50 per person    

Hosted by the Hansen, Rogers, Adri, Geannacopulos and Parnell Families for Boys Soccer


3rd Annual Oktoberfest

Head to the Diablo Rock Bier Garden for ROktoberfest Tasty bratwurst, pretzels, mustard, music, and more. Grab a stein and join the fun; we hope you stay until the bier (and root beer) is done! Costumes optional (Lederhosen! Dirndls!), appetites a must!!

Sunday, October 7, 2018 at 6:00 pm  Cost: $60 per person    

Hosted by Hans Florine, Diablo Rock Gym, and the Families of Cross Country


Mardi Gras Madness

Laissez le bons temps rouler! Don your purple, gold and green and join us for a festive night of Creole food and Zydeco music. Come to the Watson’s house for this night to remember in Lafayette. These fun families will make sure you have an amazing time!

Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 6:00 pm   Cost: $60 per person                 

Hosted by the Karr, Ketcham, Loughran-Smith, Watson and Wickline Families for Boys Lacrosse


The Spazmatics Party is Back

Dance the night away with the amazing 80s band – The Spazmatics!  We are so lucky to have this nationally-acclaimed band in our own backyard. Indulge yourself with a cocktail, beer or wine and stuff yourself with the tastiest Mexican food around…then hit the dance floor!  Grab a few friends and bike over to this fabulous party just off the trail on Las Huertas Road. We are going to “Rock the Casbah!” We’ll be “Livin’ on a Prayer!” So “Come on Eileen” and let’s do a “Rebel Yell” because we know “Girls (and Boys) Just Wanna Have Fun!”

Friday, May 18, 2018 at 7:00 – 11:00 pm  Cost: $100 per person 

Thank you to The Spazmatics and Boys Basketball Families!


The Dailey Method Boost Your A$$ets Party!

Let’s get back to body basics with a One-hour Barre class taught by the fabulous Lindy Evans of The Dailey Method. Focus on proper form, feel those muscles flex, and stretch it all out. Your delicious reward is a tantalizing spread of wine & cheese, plus sushi and sake!

Friday, June 1, 2018 at 6:00 pm​   Cost: $50 per person 

Thank you to Lindy Evans of The Dailey Method and Football Families


Boosters Pentathlon!

How do you measure up against other Acalanes pentathletes? Accurate at corn hole, able to hit the bullseye in darts, can confidently fool your opponents in liar’s dice, sink the ball during old school beer pong, or have gotten past question 10 in HQ? Then YOU are ready to compete! This night will have you participating at the highest levels, while fueling up on plenty of adult beverages and your favorite taco truck. Just want to spectate? This party is for you, too! Games held at the Meade home (bike parking on site!). Bring your A game! Spandex not required but would be legendary.

Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 6:00 pm   Cost: $75 per person           

Hosted by the Cornish, Davis, Glass, Huisingh/Sinclair, Jung, McNally, Meade, Needs, Olson, Passalacqua, Risch, Sauer, Sibley/Wood, Takeuchi & Webster Families for Girls Volleyball


On Thursday, May 24, at lunchtime, Acalanes Boosters is proud to present a celebration of Acalanes’ talented, hard-working student-athletes who have been recruited to play their sports in college (Division I, II or III) while continuing their educations.

Local media, parents, friends, AHS students, and the community are ALL invited. There will be a group question and answer session, photo and interview opportunities, and other fun.

If your son or daughter has been recruited to play an intercollegiate sport in college next year and he or she has committed to play, please contact Jennifer Larson for more information so we can include them in the celebration. Your student-athlete does not have to play a sport that Acalanes offers, but the sport must be an intercollegiate sport (not club sport) at the school your student-athlete will attend.



In Saturday’s action…


The girls swim team was outstanding in a 4th place finish at the NCS Championships.

The baseball team was defeated by Campolindo HS 5-3.  The frosh-soph team was swept.


In Monday’s action…


The boys golf team competes in the NCS Championships at Lone Tree GC.


The NCS Semifinals are Tuesday and there is a lot at stake.

The girls lacrosse team hosts Piedmonts HS at 5:00.  They met earlier in the season and edged out the Highlanders 13-10.

The boys lacrosse team hosts Miramonte HS at 7:00.  They defeated the Matadors twice this season.

The boys volleyball team plays at Campolindo HS at 7:00.  They look to avenge an early season loss in four very close games.

After an exciting, 5-set upset victory over Washington last week, the Boys Volleyball team has returned to the NCS Semifinals for the second straight year.  Austin Kinnear and Ethan Brown lead the team in Kills, Alex Franke in Blocks, Colin Kirbach in Assists & Aces, and Lane Altbaum in Digs.


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


Saturday’s individual standouts…


NCS swimming championships

Emily Lo, 2nd in 100 butterfly and 100 breaststroke

Grace Gebhardt, 5th in 100 butterfly and 10th in 100 freestyle

Jake Stone, 14th in 50 freestyle and 100 breaststroke

Shelby Suppiger, 9th in 100 breaststroke

Claire Maxwell, 14th in 50 freestyle

Anna McCarthy, Shelby Suppiger, Emily Lo, Lauren Etnyre 3rd in 200 medley relay

Emily Gebhardt, Ryan Hagglund, Claire Maxwell, Emily Lo 5th in 200 freestyle relay

Shelby Suppiger, Claire Maxwell, Lauren Etnyre, Emily Gebhardt 5th in 400 freestyle relay Jake Stone, Jacob Parker, Bennett Winther, Will Nagle 13th in 200 freestyle relay

Acalanes Dive Team also had 2 outstanding performances Audrey Lundgren – 14th place at NCS, Jackie Samaniego – 3rd place at NCS and qualified for State meet!



DAL varsity track & field championships

Muppy Gragg, 1st in 400, 1st in long jump, 2nd in 300 hurdles, 3rd in high jump

Ryan Nall, 1st in shotput and 3rd in discus

Mila Mathias, 2nd in 100 hurdles, 6th in high jump

Anna Weier, 2nd in shotput and discus

Johnny Choi, 2nd in high jump, 8th in long jump

Scarlette McCullough, 3rd in pole vault, 8th in long jump

Maddie Kalil, 5th in discus and 8th in shotput

Keaziah Smith, 2nd in long jump

Chris Rogers, 3rd in long jump

Nicole Frigon, 3rd in 800

Maren Quintella, 3rd in 100 hurdles

Karen Rosenberg, 4th in discus

Isabel Rasmussen, 5th in high jump

Kevin Mlynek, 6th in 400

Emily Sverak, 6th in 300 hurdles

Mari Florine, 7th in 200

Charlotte Keohane, 8th in 400

Ethan Frigon, 8th in 800

Lucas Julian, 8th in 110 hurdles

Clark King, 8th in high jump

Beatrice Weier, 8th in discus

Jesse Iniguez-Stralla, Keaziah Smith, Chris Armanino, Anand Patel 3rd in 4X100 relay

Mikaela Truoung, Mari Florine, Nicole Frigon, Emily Sverak 3rd in 4X400 relay

Emily Sverak, Scarlette McCullough, Mikaela Truong, Mari Florine 5th in 4X100 relay

Rayce Walton, Irvin Chao, Ethan Sanguinet, Kevin Mlynek 6th in 4X400 relay

Andrew Federas, Shou Routh, Tucker Starbuck, Daniel Soderstrom 1st in 4X100 unified relay Aimee Gee, Lena Johnson, Molly Tinley, Kate Schirmer 1st in 4X100 unified relay

Unified Sports Team
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DAL frosh-soph track & field championships

Tori Wang, 6th in 100 hurdles and 6th in discus

Lena Johnson, 2nd in 800

Binti Sohn, 3rd in 800

Pierce Florine, 4th in pole vault


Acalanes Girls finished second to a very strong Miramonte team. Miramonte should have beaten us in our dual meet, but they came yesterday and ran and jumped better than any other a team and earned the League Meet Championship. Acalanes remains the Dual Meet Champion.

Injuries have plagued the varsity boys and yesterday was no exception. Several athletes had to pull out of events because doing that last event, even with a slight injury, may have prevented them from next week’s competition.  Yet we still were able to put in great individual performances: Keaziah Smith jumping his way onto the leader board with 22-4; the 4 x 100 running the second fastest time of the season with 43.66, and only the second time this season under 44 sec. Welcome back Jesse Stralla.

The girls varsity, while finishing second to Miramonte, still finished 41 points ahead of the third place finisher.  Muppy Gragg in four events had two firsts, a second and a third. She jumped 18’1/2 in LJ, ran 44.90 in 300 hurdles (.02 off school record) and ran a season best in the 400 57.38; Mila Mathias and Maren Quinella running sub 17 in 100 hurdles finishing 2nd and 3rd;  Charlie Keohane running 61.50 for almost a 2 sec PR in the 400.

Those were just the highlights. We had 23 PR’s or Season PR’s overall. In the boys beside Keaziah (who also PRed in the 100); we had Chris Armanino and Vance Parry in the 100, Johnny Choi in the Long Jump; Kevin Mlynek in the 400; Ethan Frigon in the 800.

In the girls we had PR’s from Anna Weier in the 100 hurdles and discus (where she finished 2nd), Maddy Kalil and Bea Weier in shot; Mari Florine and Scarlette McCullough in the 200 (Scarlette also finished 3rd in PV); Nicole Frigon in the 800; Emily Sverak in the 400 and 300 hurdles.

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