Feb 24 – Girls Basketball Squeaks Out Quarterfinal Victory

Brooke Panfili
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The #3 seeded girls basketball team took an early lead only to have #6 seeded Redwood HS battle back to take a 5 point lead in the fourth quarter.  The Dons rode an attacking offense and stifling defensive press to over take the Giants and record the 69-67 quarterfinal victory.  The win advances them to the semifinals Wednesday at Montgomery HS at 8:00.

Roni Marrone
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Feb 24 – Girls Basketball Advances to NCS Semi-Final Round

The Lady Dons won a thriller in the second round of NCS playoffs Friday night 69 to 67 over Redwood.  It was a game of many momentum swings throughout.  The Dons raced out to an 8 point lead after one quarter.  The lead didn’t last long, as the resilient Redwood squad fought back and closed the gap to 1 point at halftime.  Momentum changed again in the 3rd quarter with Emma Godfrey asserting herself in the paint and an aggressive full court press being unleashed.

Emma Godfrey
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The Lady Dons established a 10 point lead late in the 3rd, however, the tables turned again when Emma Godfrey picked up her 4th foul and then a technical which disqualified her for the rest of the game.  Redwood wasted no time storming back and built a lead as large as 6 points in the 4th quarter.  Finally, Roni Marrone and Brooke Panfili took over the game late in the 4th quarter and willed their way to victory.  Brooke Panfili was the high scorer on the night with 21 points, while Emma Godfrey added 18, Roni Marrone dropped 15 points, and Lauren Kobashigawa contributed 11 points.  The Lady Dons move on to play Montgomery Wednesday night in Santa Rosa.

Lauren Kobashigawa
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Brian Frechman

Feb 24 – Friday Sports Page

In Friday’s action…

Girls Basketball

The #3 seeded girls basketball team hosts #6 Redwood HS in the NCS quarterfinals at 7:00.

Boys Basketball

The #5 seeded boys basketball team plays at #4 Moreau HS in the NCS quarterfinals at 7:00.

Wrestling

Jeremy Ridge, Tai White, Axel Jurgens and Ben Ross compete in the NCS Championships at James Logan HS.

In Saturday’s action…

Boys Soccer

DON’T MISS IT.  The boys soccer team has their sights set on the NCS Championship as they host Montgomery HS at 7:00.

Wrestling

Jeremy Ridge, Tai White, Axel Jurgens and Ben Ross compete in the NCS Championships at James Logan HS.

Baseball

plays Monte Vista HS at 1:00.  Varsity is away and jv is home.  The freshman are at Monte Vista HS at 11:00.

Track & Field

competes in the Super 7 at Diablo Valley College.

Boys Volleyball

competes in the Alhambra Jamboree.

Girls Lacrosse

competes in the Davis Play Day.

Note:  At all NCS post-season events, there is an admission charge.  $10 general admission and $5 for students, children and senior citizens.  No passes or ASB stickers will be honored.

Feb 23 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Boys Soccer Advances to NCS Championship on Saturday

If you were not there, you missed the epic battle in the NCS semifinal game.  It was everything that was expected as the #2 seeded boys soccer team battled #3 seeded Richmond HS into overtime.  Drew Wondolowski scored an incredible goal in the first half.  With his back to the net, he kicked the ball over his head, over the goalkeeper and into the far corner of the goal. Richmond would not go down quietly.  They evened the score in the second half to force overtime. The first overtime ended with no score.  With four minutes left in the second overtime, Bryan Bamford fed Gabe Singer for the winning goal that propels the Dons into the NCS Championship game.

Chris Rogers and Drew Wondolowski were named “Men of the Match.”  As witnessed all season, goalkeeper Luke Denham made several outstanding saves and was buoyed by strong defensive play by the entire team.

Acalanes will host Montgomery HS for the NCS Div II Championship Saturday at 7:00.

Boys Tennis

finally found a rain-free day to shutout Rodriguez HS in their season opener 9-0.

Trenton Tso (6-1,6-0), AJ Hesby (6-2,6-2), Rohan Saha (6-1,6-3), Matt Gay (6-3,6-3), Cooper Smith (6-0,6-1), and Andrew Tso (6-3,6-1) won singles matches.
Jin Heo & Cole Brightbill (6-1,6-0), Aidan Alagappan & Clay Schmidt (6-3,6-1) and Nick Broback & Henry Huchingson (6-0,6-1) won doubles matches.

Feb 21 – Boys Basketball Advances in NCS Playoffs

The Acalanes boys basketball team beat Santa Rosa last night at home, 75-52, in the first round of the NCS Division II championships. Santa Rosa led at 3-2, but Nick Price put up a three pointer to go ahead–and the Dons never looked back.  The lead scorers for Acalanes spread the wealth, with Mitchell Smith and Jesse Marlow each scoring 12; Carson Etnyre scoring 11; and Robby Rowell, Aaron Hill and Ryan Nall all scoring 10.

Santa Rosa was a solid, physical team, but Acalanes played better “team” basketball to come away with the victory. The Dons took a fairly close game and ran away with it using a string of fast break buckets led by Smith and Marlow. Nall, Rowell and Hill controlled the paint.  The Dons ended the game with a crowd pleasing bucket by Will Grace.  It was 23-18 at the end of the 1st; 37-31 at half; 54-40 at the end of the third.

The Dons play away at Moreau Catholic in Hayward on Friday night in the quarterfinal game.  The boys hope Dons fans will come out to Hayward and support Acalanes!  Go Dons!

Feb 22 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Basketball NCS Playoffs

It was a good night for the basketball teams in the NCS playoffs.

The boys pulled away from Santa Rosa HS 75-52 to advance to the quarterfinals Friday at Moreau HS at 7:00.

The girls held off a determined Rancho Cotate HS team 64-52 to advance to the quarterfinals as they host Redwood HS Friday at 7:00.

Girls Lacrosse

The girls lacrosse team fell to EBAL power Foothill HS.  The jv team fared very well defeating Foothill HS 11-6.

In Wednesday’s action…

Boys Soccer NCS Playoff

Don’t miss the epic battle as the boys soccer team hosts Richmond HS in the NCS semifinals at 7:00.

Boys Tennis

hosts Rodriguez HS at 3:30.

Note:  At all NCS playoff games, there is an admission charge.  $10 general admission and $5 for students, children and senior citizens.  No passes or ASB stickers will be honored.

Feb 21 – Girls Basketball Advances to Quarterfinals

The Lady Dons posted a 64 to 52 victory in round 1 of the NCS Division 2 playoffs Tuesday night over Rancho Cotate.  After a back and forth first half of play the Dons had a small halftime lead.  Both teams largely spent the first half feeling each other out.  Finally, the Dons began to assert themselves in the 3rd quarter behind the point guard leadership of Brooke Panfili, inside the paint domination of Emma Godfrey, and all around outstanding play of Roni Marrone.  The lead grew to double digits early in the 4th quarter and the girls didn’t look back the rest of the way.  Brooke Panfili made multiple key shots in the second half on her way to a game high 21 points.  Meanwhile, Emma Godfrey scored 18 points and Roni Marrone added 15 points.  The ladies are back in action Friday night at home for round 2 of the playoffs against Redwood!

Brian Frechman

Feb 21 – Tuesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Basketball

The #3 seeded girls basketball team hosts #14 Rancho Cotate HS Tuesday in the first round of the NCS playoffs at 6:30.

Boys Basketball

The #5 seeded boys basketball team hosts #12 Santa Rosa HS Tuesday in the first round of the NCS playoffs at 8:00.

Boys Tennis

hosts American Canyon HS at 3:30, weather permitting.

Girls Lacrosse

plays at Foothill HS.  JV at 5:30 and varsity at 7:00.

Note:  At all NCS playoff events, there is an admission charge.  $10 general admission and $5 for students, children and senior citizens.  No passes or ASB stickers are honored.

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