Cardinal Newman upset in Sonoma County Classic Final

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 Dec 30th, 2012 Comments Off

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

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

Dec 26 – Christmas Sports Update

For those checking email during the winter break.

Friday, December 21…
The boys soccer team continues to roll defeating Alhambra HS 3-1 to finish the first half of the DFAL season at 6-0 with an overall record of 11-0.

The girls soccer team fell to Alhambra HS 1-0.  The JV team suffered the same fate.

Saturday, December 22…
The boys basketball team was defeated by Sir Francis Drake HS.  The JV and freshman teams did no better.

Congratulations…
Gabe Newman was named as an All-Bay Area Newsgroup 3rd team selection for football.

R. Takahashi

Sports Schedule over the Winter Break

December 24 – 29

Monday

Tuesday
Merry Christmas!

Wednesday
Girls basketball     Irvington JV Holiday Invitational.

Thursday
Boys basketball     Sonoma County Classic at Piner HS in Santa Rosa.
Boys basketball     Ferreboeff Memorial JV Tournament at San Marin HS.
Girls basketball     West Coast Jamboree against Fairfield HS at Bentley HS 6:30.
Girls basketball     Irvington JV Holiday Invitational.
Girls soccer           Tri-Valley Invitational at Mustang Soccer & Sycamore Valley.

Friday
Boys basketball     Sonoma County Classic at Piner HS in Santa Rosa.
Boys basketball     Ferreboeff Memorial JV Tournament at San Marin HS.
Girls basketball     West Coast Jamboree at Bentley HS.
Girls basketball     Irvington JV Holiday Invitational.
Girls soccer           Tri-Valley Invitational at Mustang Soccer & Sycamore Valley.

Saturday
Boys basketball     Sonoma County Classic at Piner HS in Santa Rosa.
Boys basketball     Ferreboeff Memorial JV Tournament at San Marin HS.
Girls basketball     West Coast Jamboree at Bentley HS.
Girls basketball     Irvington JV Holiday Invitational.
Girls soccer           Tri-Valley Invitational at Mustang Soccer & Sycamore Valley.

December 30 – January 5

Monday
New Year’s Eve

Tuesday
Happy New Year!

Wednesday

Thursday
Boys basketball     Host Stuart Hall HS.  Freshmen 11:00, jv 12:30.
Girls basketball     JV at St. Mary’s HS 7:00.
Girls basketball     Freshmen at St. Francis HS in Mountain View 4:30.

Friday
Girls basketball     Freshmen host Novato HS 3:30.

Saturday
Girls basketball     Freshmen host Sonoma Valley HS 4:00.
Boys soccer           At College Park HS.  JV 1:00, varsity 3:00.
Boys soccer           Freshmen host College Park HS 10:00.
Girls soccer           Freshmen at College Park HS 9:00.
Wrestling               Mat Classic at Granada HS.

Dec 21 – Friday and Weekend Sports

In Thursdays action…
The boys basketball team played very well against a good San Ramon Valley HS team in defeat.  The JV team also suffered a narrow defeat.

 

In Fridays action…
The soccer teams play Alhambra HS.  Boys are home and girls are away.  JV plays at 4:15 and varsity at 6:15.

The wrestling team competes in the Lou Bronzan Invitational at Liberty HS.

The freshman girls basketball team hosts Novato HS at 3:30.

In Saturdays action…
The boys basketball team hosts Sir Francis Drake HS.  Freshmen play at 4:00, JV at 5:30 and varsity at 7:00.

The wrestling team competes in the Lou Bronzan Invitational at Liberty HS.

The freshman girls soccer team hosts Las Lomas HS at 9:00 and plays at Dougherty Valley HS at 2:00.

R. Takahashi

Dec 20 – Thursday Sports

In yesterdays action…
The boys soccer team continues their DFAL dominance with a 3-1 victory over Dublin HS to remain undefeated in the DFAL at 5-0 and overall at 10-0.

The girls soccer team played very well, but the ball did not bounce in their favor in a 1-0 defeat to Dublin HS.

In todays action…
The boys basketball team hosts San Ramon Valley HS.  JV plays at 5:30 and varsity at 7:00.

The freshman girls basketball team plays at Napa HS at 6:30.

The wrestling team has a match at Las Lomas HS at 6:00.

Yesterdays individual standouts…
Boys soccer        Kai Simonsen scored 2 goals and was named “Man of the Match.” Lenny Adkerson scored 1 goal. Mark Helfrich, Ben Croze and Eric Rogstad each had 1 assist.

Girls soccer         Brooke Balfrey had 3 saves.

Congratulations…
Annie Marggraff was named as a first team All-Bay Area Newsgroup selection for girls cross country.

Ben Croze was a Bay Area Newsgroup Athlete of the Week honorable mention.  The article is in today’s Contra Costa Times.

R. Takahashi

Dec 17 – Monday Sports

In Fridays action…
The boys soccer team continues to roll by shutting out Dougherty Valley HS 3-0 to raise their DFAL record to 4-0.

The girls soccer team records an overwhelming win over Dougherty Valley HS 4-1.

The girls basketball team falls to Ukiah HS in the semifinals of the Ukiah Tournament.

In Saturdays action…
The boys basketball team plays extremely well to defeat Northgate HS in overtime.

The girls basketball team defeats McKinleyville HS to claim 3rd place in the Ukiah Tournament.

The boys soccer team defeats Bullard HS 2-0 to remain perfect on the young season at 9-0.

In Mondays action…
The JV girls soccer team hosts Ygnacio Valley HS at 4:00.

The freshman boys soccer team hosts Dublin HS at 6:00.

Individual standouts…
Boys soccer        Combined statistics from Friday’s game against Dougherty Valley HS and Saturday’s game against Bullard HS. Ben Croze scored 2 goals. Stuart Lee scored 1 goals and had 1 assist. Dan Glascock and Kai Simonsen each scored 1 goal. Drew Lindgren and Mark Helfrich each had 1 assist. Eric Rogstad had 6 saves and Eric Sirott had 5 saves.

Girls basketball Grace Francis was named All-Tourney at the Ukiah Tournament.

R. Takahashi

Dec 14 – Friday and Weekend Sports

In Thursdays action…
The girls basketball team defeated Del Norte HS 45-34 in the first round of the Ukiah Tournament.
The boys basketball team was defeated by Analy HS.
The wrestling team was defeated by Campolindo HS.

In Fridays action…
The soccer teams play Dougherty Valley HS.  The boys are home and the girls away.  JV plays at 4:15 and varsity at 6:15.
The girls basketball team plays Ukiah HS in the semifinals of the Ukiah Tournament.
The JV girls basketball team plays at 5:00 in the second round of the Petaluma Tournament.

In Saturdays action…
The boys basketball team hosts Northgate HS.  Freshmen play at 4:00, JV at 5:30 and varsity at 7:00.
The girls basketball team plays in the final round of the Ukiah Tournament.
The JV girls basketball team plays in the final round of the Petaluma Tournament.
The varsity boys soccer team hosts De La Salle HS.
The freshman boys soccer team plays at James Logan HS at 10:00.
The freshman girls soccer team plays at Clayton Valley HS at 9:00.

Thursdays individual standouts…
Girls basketball Calen O’Neill scored 8 points and had 7 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 assist. Marie Paladino scored 8 points and had 7 steals and 1 assist. Grace Francis scored 6 points and had 7 rebounds, 4 steals and 1 assist. Katie Greer scored 6 points and had 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals. Jamie Jacobs scored 5 points and had 7 steals, 1 rebound and 1 assist.

Wrestling Vincente Rodriguez, Brian Lilienstein, Andrew Nakahara, Aaron Arman and Alan Zuniga won their matches.

R. Takahashi

Dec 13 – Thursday Sports

In yesterdays action…
The boys soccer team continues to steamroll the DFAL with a 5-1 victory over Miramonte HS raising their DFAL record to 3-0 and their overall record to 7-0.

The girls soccer team was defeated by Miramonte HS.

In todays action…
The wrestling team open DFAL action at Campolindo HS at 6:00.

The boys basketball team plays at Analy HS.  Freshmen play at 4:00, JV at 5:30 and varsity at 7:00.

The varsity girls basketball team opens first round action at the Ukiah Tournament.

The JV girls basketball team plays in the first round of the Petaluma Tournament.

The freshman girls basketball team plays at Tamalpais HS at 6:00.

The freshman boys soccer team hosts Bishop O’Dowd HS at 6:00.

Yesterdays individual standouts…
Boys soccer        Ben Croze scored 2 goals and had 3 assists and was named “Man of the Match.” Dan Glascock, Graham Lindgren and Lenny Adkerson each scored 1 goal.

Girls soccer         Brooke Balfrey had 3 saves.

Congratulations…
Elizabeth Schultz was named as an All-Bay Area Newsgroup first team selection.

R. Takahashi

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