Jan 9 – Wednesday Sports

In yesterdays action…
The boys soccer team grounded the Clayton Valley HS Eagles 3-0 to raise their overall record to 13-0.  Ben Croze scored 1 goal and had 1 assist.  Luc VanOss and Mitch Butler each scored 1 goal.  Max Mirner and Dan Glascock each had 1 assist.  James Lande was named “Man of the Match.”

“Eagles ‘Take it to the limit’ with the Dons who deliver another ‘Heartache Tonight’ for a 3-0 win.” – Paul Curtis

In todays action…
The basketball teams play Miramonte HS.
At Acalanes HS, the JV girls play at 4:00, varsity girls at 5:30 and varsity boys at 7:00.
At Miramonte HS, the JV boys play at 4:00 and freshmen boys at 5:30.

R. Takahashi

Jan 8 – Tuesday Sports

In yesterdays action…
The boys basketball team was defeated by Dublin HS. Eric Thomas scored 17 points and Buster Souza scored 13 points. The JV and freshman teams did not fare any better.

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The girls basketball team was defeated by Dublin HS.

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In todays action…
The boys soccer team hosts Clayton Valley HS. JV plays at 4:15 and varsity at 6:15.

Freshman Boys Basketball Team Gets Roughed-up by Dublin at Home 77-53

A close game at the end of the 1st quarter got away from the Freshman Dons, in the 2nd and 3rd quarters as the Gaels of Dublin cruised to a 77-53 victory. The deadly combination of cold shooting, poor rebounding and careless turnovers did the Dons in against an aggressive Dublin team.

The Don’s kept battling the Gaels until the final buzzer sounded which is a reflection of their two coaches, Ed Sariby and Rob CombiNathan Edwards got the Dons off to a hot start, scoring 7 points in the 1st quarter. Playing under the weather, Matt Mesetz lead the Don’s with 12 points in the game. In the 4th quarter, Dylan Siv hustled on both end of the floors and chipped in 6 points off the bench.

The Freshman Dons will have an opportunity to bounce back against the Matadors of Miramonte on Wednesday January 9th. Tip-off is at 5:30pm at Miramonte High School in Orinda.  The Don’s fall to 7-8 on the season and 0-1 in DFAL play.

Acalanes Sports during Winter Break

The Winter sports were very busy during the break.

Boys basketball
The varsity team was defeated by Sir Francis Drake HS. The JV and freshman teams fared no better.
The varsity team defeated Piner HS and Santa Rosa HS to set up the championship game with 10-1 Cardinal Newman HS at the Sonoma County Classic at Piner HS. The boys played very well to defeat the Cardinals 57-55 to claim the tournament championship. Buster Souza was the Tournament MVP and Matt Thomas was an All-Tournament selection.
The JV team won the Ferreboeff Memorial Invitational at San Marin HS.

Girls basketball
The varsity team defeated Fairfield HS in the first round of the West Coast Jamboree at Bentley HS, but lost close games to Eureka HS and Washington HS of San Francisco.

Boys soccer
Friday before the break began, the varsity team completed the first half of the DFAL season with an unblemished 6-0 record by defeating Alhambra HS 3-1. They obliterated College Park HS 5-0 to raise their overall record to 12-0.

Girls soccer
Before the Winter break, the varsity team was edged out by Alhambra HS 1-0.  During the Tri-Valley Invitational, they came alive with victories over Mission San Jose HS, Albany HS and Irvington HS by an aggregate score of 13-3, with 2-1 loss to Ygnacio Valley HS to raise their overall record to 6-5-1.

R. Takahashi

Freshman Boys Basketball Team Defeats Stuart Hall 62-48 In Final Non-conference Game

In their final non-conference game of the season, the Acalanes Freshman Boys Basketball Team shrugged off a cold shooting first quarter to beat the Knights of Stuart Hall, 62-48. With help of outstanding 3-point shooting, Stuart Hall jumped out to a 21-12 first quarter lead.  However, the 2nd and 4th quarters were dominated by the Dons scoring 19 and 21 points respectively.  Leading the way for the Don’s was point guard Andrew McKendell who dropped-in a game high 20 points.  Alex Kinnear was another big contributor on the floor for the Dons scoring 13 points.  Matt Clark sparked the Dons in the first quarter with 7 points while Nathan Edwards energized the team with 9 points and tenacious defense off the bench.

The Freshman boys open-up DFAL play at home on Monday January 7th at 5:30pm with a match-up against the Gaels of Dublin High School.  The Freshman Boys Basketball Team ends their non-conference play with a record of 7 – 7.

Cardinal Newman upset in Sonoma County Classic Final

 Dec 30th, 2012 Comments Off


In one of the biggest upsets in the 31-year history of the Sonoma County Classic, Acalanes defeated Cardinal Newman, 57-55, in the championship game Saturday night.

Coming into the tournament, the Dons had the second-worst record (2-8) in the eight-team field. However, they didn’t look like a futile team in their three tournament games at Piner High. In successive nights, they knocked off the Prospectors, Santa Rosa and Newman.

After watching Acalanes hold on to defeat the Cardinals, Piner coach and tournament director Mike Erickson was shaking his head.

“I’d say this is the most surprising championship game we’ve had in the Classic,” he said. “I don’t think anyone thought Acalanes could beat Newman.”

The Cardinals came into the game with a 10-1 record and bragging rights as the best team in the Redwood Empire.

While the outcome was surprising, Acalanes didn’t luck into the win. The Lafayette school played at Newman’s level, leading most of the last three quarters.

The Dons were up 30-24 at halftime and in the third quarter enjoyed a 10-point advantage.
Newman battled back in the fourth quarter and took a 55-54 lead on Corey Hammell’s put-back basket with 1:15 remaining.

The lead didn’t hold up long as Kyle Kinnear came down the court and promptly nailed a pull-up jumper to put the Dons back in front.

Kenny Love then missed a 3-point shot and Matt Thomas was fouled going for the rebound. The junior made one free throw to put his team up 57-55 with 7.3 seconds left.

The Cardinals got more shot, but Love’s 3-pointer hit the rim and took a high bounce out, setting up an on-court celebration by the Acalanes players.

“Acalanes was the better team,” said dejected Newman coach Tom Bonfigli. “I don’t think our players took Acalanes seriously. We didn’t play as hard as we needed to. They outplayed us in our hometown and that’s disappointing.

“Still, we had the opportunity to win and couldn’t do it. Give Acalanes credit, they played harder than we did.”

It was understandable that the Newman players had a letdown. On Friday, they were sky-high for Mt. Eden, a team that came in 10-0. The Cardinals played one of their best games and won, 59-44.

“I watched Acalanes the first two nights of the tournament,” Bonfigli, the winningest coach in the Empire, said. “They weren’t playing like a team that had won only two games. I told my players that they couldn’t take them lightly, but they did.”

Acalanes coach Darrell Hirashima, Jr. said his team matured Thursday night against Piner.

“We’re young and relatively inexperienced,” he said. “The potential has been there, we just didn’t execute. Against Piner, we jelled and it carried over to the point where the kids knew they had the ability to beat Newman.

“We played our best ball of the season in this tournament and our best game was this one against Newman. It’s a testament to our kids’ mental toughness that they didn’t give up when our record was so bad.”

The Dons hit eight 3-pointers, including two by Matt Thomas in the final five minutes.
Buster Souza and Thomas led Acalanes with 15 points. Souza, who at 6-foot-7 was the tallest player in the tournament, was named most valuable player.

Hammell was the only player in double figures for Newman. He had 21. Hammell and teammate Tim McCullough were named to the all-tourney team.

Newman opens North Bay League play Wednesday night at home against Ukiah.

Christmas Break Sports Update

For those checking their email, here is a basketball update.

The boys basketball team won their first two games in the Sonoma County Classic at Piner HS to advance to the championship game against a Cardinal Newman team that entered with an overall record of 10-1. The boys played outstanding and inspired basketball to defeat them 57-55 to claim the tournament championship. Buster Souza was named the tournament most valuable player and Matt Thomas was named to the all-tournament team.

The JV boys basketball team followed suit by winning the Ferreboeff Memorial Invitational at San Marin HS.

The girls basketball team opened the West Coast Jamboree with a victory over Fairfield HS only to lose close games to Eureka HS and Washington HS of San Francisco.

R. Takahashi

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