Wrestling  Acalanes vs Campo Jan 10

Wrestling
Acalanes vs Campo
On Wednesday January 10 the Acalanes  Wrestling Team started DAL League competition with a dual meet against Campolindo High School. Both the JV and the Varsity won their dual meets against a very strong Campolindo Team in two very close meets. A dual meet is where two teams compete against one another and only one wrestler in each of the 14 weight classes may compete. In the Varsity match both Acalanes and Campo won seven of the 14 matches but Acalanes prevailed on “Bonus” points. Bonus points are awarded for major decisions, technical decisions, and Falls. Five Acalanes wrestlers scored Falls (where you pin your opponent) which gave Acalanes  the victory. Ed Gray, Jeremy Ridge, Andrew Zimmer, Issac Douglas, and Togy Batkhuu all scored Falls against their opponents. Tyler Sverak and Addison Early also won their matches securing the 36-34 victory.
The East Bay Bay Times also named Jeremy Ridge Athlete of the Week on January 11.
“Jeremy Ridge, Acalanes
Sport: Wrestling
Weight Class: 152 pounds
Class: Senior
Was named the most outstanding wrestler at the Lou Bronzan Invitational after he took first in his weight class. Five days after that triumph, Ridge finished first in the 152 pound division at the Pat Lovell Holiday Classic in Aptos, running his records to 14-0. In the final at the Lovell Classic, Ridge edge Nicholas Bossert of Las Lomas 4-3”

Jan 17 – Wednesday Sports

In Wednesdays action…
The boys soccer team hosts Berean Christian HS at 7:00.
The girls soccer team plays at Campolindo HS.  JV at 5:00 and varsity at 7:00.

All Girls Lacrosse Players: 

LGLA will be holding a Winter Clinic for all players on Sunday, January 28th from 2pm – 4pm on the Stadium field.   Instruction by Acalanes Coaches and we hope all current and future Acalanes lacrosse players make it out!  Cost is $30.00 and can be made to LGLA via Paypal to the email address lafayettegirlslacrosseassoc@gmail.com

Please RSVP by January 21st to LafayetteGirlsLacrosseAssoc@gmail.com and include US Lacrosse membership number if possible.

Jan 16 – Tuesday Sports

In Fridays action…
The boys soccer team won their 5th consecutive game over Alhambra HS 3-1 to remain undefeated in league at 2-0 and raised their overall record to 8-4-1.
The girls soccer team rallied in the last minutes to tie Alhambra HS 3-3.
The boys basketball team was defeated by Campolindo HS.  The jv team also fell and the freshman team was a winner.
The girls basketball team was defeated by Campolindo HS.
In Saturdays action…
The girls soccer team was defeated by California HS.

All Girls Lacrosse Players:  (note time change)

LGLA will be holding a Winter Clinic for all players on Sunday, January 28th from 2pm – 4pm on the Stadium field.   Instruction by Acalanes Coaches and we hope all current and future Acalanes lacrosse players make it out!  Cost is $30.00 and can be made to LGLA via Paypal to the email address lafayettegirlslacrosseassoc@gmail.com

Please RSVP by January 21st to LafayetteGirlsLacrosseAssoc@gmail.com and include US Lacrosse membership number if possible.

Jan 12 – Boys Basketball Season Opener Update

December was a busy month for Boys Varsity Basketball. They won the San Rafael Classic Tournament, beating the home team, San Rafael, on a Nick Price buzzer beater ”tip in”. Congrats to Ian Archer who was named MVP!

Boys Varsity also won the El Cerrito Tournament. The trip to the finals was hard fought, coming back from 7 point deficit with only 40 seconds to go, they sent it into OT and eventually beating Vanden in semi-finals and crosstown rivals Campolindo in the finals 63-60. Gavin Shipp was MVP and Aidan Mcnamara was all-tournament team.

Boys Varsity has earned two runner-up finishes in the Amador Valley Tourney (lost to Las Lomas) and Chris Huber Classic (lost to Riordan). Entering league play with a 12-4 record and #2 ranking in D2 NCS.

The boys are fired up for their first league game on Friday against Campolindo! Lets go Dons!

Tasha McNamara

Jan 12 – Boys Basketball faces Campolindo at home tonight

Boys Varsity Basketball

Team Seeks Fourth Straight Win Over Campolindo as DAL League Play Starts Tonight

The Acalanes Dons (12-4) hosts the Campolindo Cougars (11-4) Friday night in The Huber Dome (i.e. the Acalanes Gym). Tip-off will be at 7:00pm. The Varsity Dons look to continue their recent dominance of Campolindo on the hardwood. Acalanes has won its last three match-ups with Campolindo, including a win over the Cougars in the Championship Game of the El Cerrito Tournament back on December 22nd, 63-60.

The 2017-18 Acalanes Varsity Basketball Team is comprised of twelve seniors and two juniors. No, that was not a typo. Count’em up, twelve seniors and the coaching staff could not be prouder of these outstanding student athletes: Mitchell Smith (C), Aidan McNamara (C), Carson Etnyre (C), Nick Price, Andrew Che, Gavin Shipp, Robby Rowell, Carter Diaz, Trevor Stripling, John Leamy, Ryan Nall and Ethan Fox. Our two junior student athletes are Ian Archer and Matthew Healy.

Senior leadership has helped the Dons navigate through a challenging pre-season and get to the start of the DAL season with an impressive 12 – 4 record. In fact, MaxPreps has the Dons ranked as the #2 seed in NCS Division 2 Playoff Standings, just behind Las Lomas and ahead of impressive programs like Moreau Catholic, Cardinal Newman and Bishop O’Dowd. The Dons have had to overcome two major injuries this season. Senior, captain and returning All DAL basketball player, Mitchell Smith, tore his ACL in the fall and will miss the entire season. Senior and captain, Carson Etnyre, has been recovering from a stress fracture in his foot since December 14th and may miss the remainder of the season. There has been a “next man up” culture surrounding this team and the boys have embraced it.

The DAL fun begins tonight. This league is absolutely loaded with talented teams this season. There will be ZERO nights off. The Dons will be playing exciting and NCS playoff level basketball games for the next month. However, the tone for the DAL season gets established tonight against Campolindo. We need your support. We want your support. It is time to show your Dons Pride.

Please arrive early, get your seat, watch the second half of the JV Boys game and prepare yourself for the main event. Don’t forget to wear your Acalanes blue and bring your Dons Pride.

As Always…Go Dons

Jan 12 – Friday Sports Page

In Friday’s action…

Basketball

teams open league play against Campolindo HS. Boys are home and girls are away. Freshmen boys at 4:00, jv at 5:30 and varsity at 7:00.

Soccer

teams play Alhambra HS. Girls are home and boys are away. JV at 5:00 and varsity at 7:00.

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Soccer

plays at California HS. JV at 1:00 and varsity at 3:00.

Freshman Boys Soccer

plays at Deer Valley HS at 10:00 am.

Boys Basketball

hosts Alhambra HS. Freshmen at 1:00 and jv at 2:30.

Girls Lacrosse Winter Clinic

All Girls Lacrosse Players:  (note time change)

LGLA will be holding a Winter Clinic for all players on Sunday, January 28th from 2pm – 4pm on the Stadium field.   Instruction by Acalanes Coaches and we hope all current and future Acalanes lacrosse players make it out!  Cost is $30.00 and can be made to LGLA via Paypal to the email address lafayettegirlslacrosseassoc@gmail.com

Please RSVP by January 21st to LafayetteGirlsLacrosseAssoc@gmail.com and include US Lacrosse membership number if possible.

Jan 9 – Wrestling Update

Doc Buchanan Invitational

On Friday 1/6 and Saturday 1/7 Jeremy Ridge competed at the prestigious Doc Buchanan Classic Wrestling tournament at Clovis High School in Clovis CA. The Doc B is one of the most important Wrestling tournaments held in the United States during the high school wrestling season. It is a true invitational and athletes must meet the stringent entry requirements in order to compete. Jeremy Ridge is the first Acalanes wrestler to ever be invited and to compete at this national event.

The Doc B Invitational had 22 out-of-state teams including nationally ranked #2 Bergen Catholic (NJ) and #24 Pomona (CO). The total field included 112 teams from the United States and Canada – California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Missouri, Illinois, New Jersey, and Ontario. 31 nationally ranked wrestlers, 14 returning state champions and 61 returning placers competed at the tournament.

The national Rankings of some of the teams competing were: Bergen Catholic (NJ) #2, Buchanan #7, Selma #18, Clovis #19, Oakdale #20, Gilroy #21, Pomona (CO) #24, St. John Bosco #45. The event was streamed live on FloWrestling.

Jeremy Ridge went 5-2, made the second day, and finished in the top 12 at the tournament. He defeated the 22nd and 28th ranked wrestlers in CA as well as several of the top ranked wrestlers in Oregon. He has a record of 17-2 on the season.

The Mat Classic

On Saturday 1/7 the rest of the Varsity Wrestling Team competed at the 17th annual Mat Classic at Granda High School. Isaac Douglas placed 5th and James Trainer and Tyler Sverak won the Consolation Championships of their Weight Classes. Addison Early also made the finals of the consolation bracket.

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