ACALANES BOOSTERS

Fall Sports

July 17 – Athletic Clearance

Get your 2018-2019 Athletic Clearance for ALL Sports on campus at Acalanes High School!

 

All Acalanes student athletes must have a completed athletic clearance form BEFORE participating in any AHS sports including tryouts. NO EXECEPTIONS!

 

 Sports physicals will be offered on two dates at Acalanes:

 

July 25, 2018 – 3:00 – 6:00 PM – Cafeteria (some sports start July 30)
 August 14, 2018 (Dons Day) – 8:00 -11:30 AM – Main Gym

 

Take advantage of the convenience! Support Acalanes Boosters at the same time!

Dr. William Workman, Dr. Selina Shah, Dr. Alphaeus Wise, and Chris Clark, our AHS Athletic Trainer, have volunteered their time to examine Acalanes students and provide athletic clearances for our athletes.  This is an amazing fundraiser for Boosters which has historically raised over $10,000 for all sports programs.

 


 

Registration is simple and the cost is just $40.00:

 

  1. Access this link, create an account and register your athlete:

https://sportsnethost.com/auhsd-acalanes-parent/index.php?page=sign-in

You will not need to upload any of the medical forms, we will do it for you!

 

2. Next, go to this link: https://www.acalanes.k12.ca.us/athleticclearancesummary

  • You will find (3) athletic clearance forms.
  • Print all (3) forms,
  • Fill out the only the History Form (page 1) only
  • Bring all (3) forms to the medical exam
  • The other two forms are for the physicians to fill out upon examination.
  • SIGNATURES: The HISTORY FORM must to be signed by the athlete and the parent or it will not be accepted.

 

3. Bring $40 cash or check made payable to Acalanes Boosters.

  1. Nothing more to do. We handle the remaining paperwork and clearance with your coach(es)!

 

QUESTIONS? Contact Amy Price at 925-997-6808 or amy.price@pacunion.com

 

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING ACALANES BOOSTERS! GO DONS!

Jun 8 – Congratulations 2018 Graduating Seniors

Tyler Sverak

Kate Combi

Robby Rowell

Caitlyn Greenwell

Calvin Vance


May 31 – Thursday Sports

DONS BEACH VOLLEYBALL TEAM WINS 3RD PLACE AT NORCAL HS CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

The 2nd Annual Norcal HS Beach Volleyball Championships were held in Santa Cruz, CA on Sunday May 6th. More than thirty high schools participated in the event which reflects the growing popularity of the sport in Northern CA. Brand new club teams from Acalanes, Campolindo, Las Lomas and Miramonte were started this year in response to interest in Beach Volleyball among our local high school athletes. The launch of these teams was made possible by a partnership with LMYA Sports, who sponsored the court time for practice at Moraga Commons, and a devotion to organizing and coaching the teams by LMYA Volleyball Commissioner Eric Standring. It was a successful and fun first season, capped off by a 3rd place finish by the Dons of Acalanes High School.

 

Members of Acalanes, Campolindo and Las Lomas High Schools inaugural Beach Volleyball teams competed in the Norcal HS Beach Championships in Santa Cruz, CA.

 

Acalanes High School Team wins 3rd place at Norcal HS Beach Volleyball Championships. (Front row, l to r, Madi Risch & Lane Webster; Back row, l to r, Erin Meade, Annika Olson, Maddie Kalil & Theresa Nevins.)

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 16 – Wednesday Sports

SIGN UP FOR PAY-TO-PLAY PARTIES

 

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP!

 

The Spazmatics Party is Back!

This Friday, 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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 


CALLING ALL ACALANES SENIOR RECRUITED STUDENT ATHLETES

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 Tuesday’s action…

 

Everyone was a winner.

Boys Volleyball

The biggest victory came from the #5 seeded boys volleyball team in five games over perennial power and #1 seeded Campolindo HS in the NCS semifinals.  The Cougars won the first and third games, but the Dons battled back in the second and fourth to force game five.  The Dons found themselves down 12-8 and on the brink of elimination when they mounted the incredible rally outscoring their opponent 10-4 to post a stunning game five victory 18-16.  They not only advance to the Championship game, but they qualify for the CIF NorCal playoffs.  The Championship game is at Northgate HS Thursday at 7:00.

Girls Lacrosse

The #2 seeded girls lacrosse team led off the evening’s semifinal action with a rematch against #3 Piedmont HS.  The Dons were in control the entire game and recorded an identical 13-10 victory to advance to the NCS championship game.  The Championship game is at Miramonte HS at 7:00. It’s been four years since the Lady Dons have played in the championship game so come support the girls and cheer them on!

Boys Lacrosse

The #2 seeded boys lacrosse team overcame a slow start in the first half against #3 Miramonte HS and exploded in the third quarter to cruise to a 16-9 victory.  The Championship game is against Marin Academy HS at Marin Catholic HS at 5:30.

Baseball

defeated Northgate HS 5-3.  The JV team also won 8-5.

Softball

defeated Mt. Diablo HS 16-4.

NOTE: NCS photos will only appear on the Maxpreps site.


 

THE ACALANES DONS FOOTBALL PROGRAM is excited to announce that the DONS Youth Football Academy is happening this Summer.

The Football Academy will take place at Acalanes July 9 – 12  and is open to all athletes entering 5th-9th grade in the Fall of 2018.

 

Since this is new for our program, we are asking for your help to spread the word.  We hope to make this the most sought after youth summer football camp in the East Bay. Please send the attached camp flyer to any families that have kids interested in learning more about football.

GOAL of the DONS Youth Football Academy is to teach fundamentals, develop skills, and help kids with the transition to tackle football in a fun, fast-paced, and non-contact environment.

The Dons Youth Football Academy will be staffed by current Acalanes High School Football coaches as well as a full complement of experienced high school and college players and a certified trainer.

ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:

*Combine Stations

*Hands Drills

*Trench Wars

*Film Study

*Sled Work

*7 x 7 Tournament

*QB Drills

*Agility Stations

*Route Running

*Tackling Technique

*and much more

 

Camp Dates July 9-12

5th – 8th Grade 1-4 PM

9th Grade 6-9 PM

 

To register or get more information visit: www.acalanesdonsfootball.com

 

Download (PPTX, 160KB)


May 15 – Tuesday Sports

SIGN UP FOR PAY-TO-PLAY PARTIES

 

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP!

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 


CALLING ALL ACALANES SENIOR RECRUITED STUDENT ATHLETES

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 Tuesday’s action…

 

The #2 seeded girls lacrosse team hosts #3 Piedmont HS in the NCS semifinals at 5:00.  These two teams played earlier in the season and the Dons prevailed in a close game 13-10.

The #2 seeded boys lacrosse team hosts #3 Miramonte HS in the NCS semifinals at 7:00.  The Dons won both contests against the Matadors this season.

The #5 seeded boys volleyball team plays at #1 Campolindo HS in the NCS semifinals at 7:00.  They have a huge upset in mind as they look to avenge a very close four-game defeat to the Cougars earlier in the season.

The baseball team hosts Northgate HS at 4:00.  Varsity is home and JV is away.  The senior day presentation will take place prior to the varsity game.

The softball team hosts Mt. Diablo HS at 4:00.  Varsity is home and JV is away.  The senior day presentation will take place prior to the varsity game.

 

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.

 


 

THE ACALANES DONS FOOTBALL PROGRAM is excited to announce that the DONS Youth Football Academy is happening this Summer.

The Football Academy will take place at Acalanes July 9 – 12  and is open to all athletes entering 5th-9th grade in the Fall of 2018.

 

Since this is new for our program, we are asking for your help to spread the word.  We hope to make this the most sought after youth summer football camp in the East Bay. Please send the attached camp flyer to any families that have kids interested in learning more about football.

GOAL of the DONS Youth Football Academy is to teach fundamentals, develop skills, and help kids with the transition to tackle football in a fun, fast-paced, and non-contact environment.

The Dons Youth Football Academy will be staffed by current Acalanes High School Football coaches as well as a full complement of experienced high school and college players and a certified trainer.

ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:

*Combine Stations

*Hands Drills

*Trench Wars

*Film Study

*Sled Work

*7 x 7 Tournament

*QB Drills

*Agility Stations

*Route Running

*Tackling Technique

*and much more

 

Camp Dates July 9-12

5th – 8th Grade 1-4 PM

9th Grade 6-9 PM

 

To register or get more information visit: www.acalanesdonsfootball.com

 

Download (PPTX, 160KB)


April 24 – Tuesday Sports & Booster Bash Previews

BOOSTER BASH LIVE AUCTION PREVIEWS

WATCH DAILY TO SEE OF SOME OF THIS YEAR’S GREAT LIVE AUCTION ITEMS

FORMULA 3 RACING EXPERIENCE

 

For those who yearn for the thrill of speeding around a world-famous track in a state-of-the-art race car, we have the emphatic, adrenaline-pumping answer! Whether you’re ticking an item off your bucket list or looking for an unbeatable gift idea, this half-day course has it all, dropping you into the cockpit of a single-seat Lola SRW F3 on one of the most exciting road courses in America (just 45 minutes from Lafayette!). You’ll get access to a top-tier racing school offering the most advanced fleet of cars, the lowest instructor-to-student ratio in the industry, and a second-to-none facility that has helped drivers make a name for themselves on the circuit.

No expiration date. Driver must be proficient with a manual stick shift, 6’4” or less, and 18 years of age or older.

Thank you to the Ney Family on behalf of the General Fund

 



ONLY 4 DAYS
until 
OUR BIGGEST FUNDRAISING EVENT OF THE YEAR!

SATURDAY, APRIL 28TH – 6:00 – 11:00 PM

Jennifer Russell Building/Lafayette Community Center

500 St. Mary’s Road, Lafayette

Attire: Acalanes Tailgate Apparel

 

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS AND SEE OUR GUEST LIST.

Tickets are $90 per person and include on-site entertainment, games, silent and live auction, one alcoholic drink ticket, unlimited non-alcoholic drinks and heavy appetizers.

 

WE STILL HAVE A FEW SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE. CLICK HERE.

Benefits include premium logo placement on the Booster Bash website, auctioneer recognition and more.  Best of all, sponsors can choose a high visibility activity to sponsor.

 


Acalanes High School will once again be the site of the Bay Area Games (Special Olympics) today, Tuesday, April 24. The Acalanes Boosters Club is supporting the 700 track & field athletes from schools all across Contra Costa County by providing snack bags to all the competitors. Come out and cheer these kids on! Events start after 9:00 AM. Parking will be limited so please plan accordingly.

A big thank you to Heather McNally and Cecelia Alagappan for their second year of purchasing snacks, organizing volunteers to put together the hundreds of snack bags, and coordinating Boosters involvement with Student Leadership and Special Olympics Northern California.

 


Tryout Now for 2018 – 2019 Sideline Cheer Season!

It’s tryout time for Acalanes High School’s Co-Ed Sideline Cheer Team! The JV & Varsity squads cheer Fall Football 2018-Winter Basketball 2019. We’ll have a 5-Day Training Clinic, followed by Saturday Tryouts (scheduled slots). Yes — ALL genders welcome! GO DONS!

 

* MANDATORY PARENT MEETING  APRIL 25, 2018 *   WEDNESDAY  6-8pm Library

5-DAY CLINIC   APRIL 30 – MAY 4, 2018   M-F  5:30-7:30pm

TRYOUT DAY  MAY 5, 2018   SATURDAY by Time Slots

* Athletes will not be able to tryout unless one parent is present at the meeting and signs consent. *

 

TRYOUT LOCATION

Acalanes High School   Small Gym

1200 Pleasant Hill Road   Lafayette, CA 94549

 

QUESTIONS & SCHEDULE ISSUES

Sallina Boynton

AHS Cheer Coordinator

sallinaboynton@gmail.com

 


In Friday’s action …

The Acalanes swim team hosted Miramonte on Friday.  It was Senior Night for the Dons and 18 seniors were recognized. Some notable 1st place performances by JV and Varsity swimmers were the women’s V. 200 medley relay (McCarthy, Suppiger, Lo, Hagglund); Lauren Etnyre in V. 200 free & 100 free; Will Nagle in V. 200 & 100 free; Jake Stone in V. 50 free; Dean Goodson in JV 50 fly; Emily Lo V. 100 fly & 100 breast; Men’s V. 200 free relay (Parker, Winther, McNally, Stone); Nick Davidson V. 100 back. The last race was the most exciting of the day watching men’s V 400 free relay with Jake Stone, Trevor McNally, Bennett Winther and Will Nagle.  The Dons and Mats were neck and neck for 300 yards until young freshman Will Nagle swam an amazing anchor leg to send the Mats crying back to Orinda.  

Tomorrow the Dons travel to Walnut Creek to take on Northgate.

 

In Monday’s action…

The boys tennis team doubled their success by defeating Campolindo HS 5-4 and Mt. Diablo HS 9-0.

 

In Tuesday’s action…

The baseball team plays Campolindo HS at 4:00.  Varsity is home and JV is away.

The varsity softball team hosts Campolindo HS and the JV team is at Las Lomas HS, both at 4:00.

The boys volleyball team hosts Alhambra HS.  JV at 5:00 and varsity at 6:00.

The boys lacrosse team hosts De La Salle HS.  JV at 5:30 and varsity at 7:00.  The senior night presentation will take place prior to the varsity game.

The girls lacrosse team plays at Berkeley HS.  JV at 4:30 and varsity at 6:00.

 

 

April 23 – Monday Sports & Booster Bash Previews

BOOSTER BASH LIVE AUCTION PREVIEWS!

WATCH DAILY TO SEE OF SOME OF THIS YEAR’S GREAT LIVE AUCTION ITEMS 

NEW STRENGTH & CONDITIONING PROGRAMS

 

Increase Safety, Strength & Performance

 

For this year’s Fund A Need, help Boosters bring strength & conditioning to all twenty-four Acalanes teams for their upcoming 2018-2019 seasons. Our strength & conditioning program will:

* Utilize a certified strength & conditioning coach to work collaboratively with varsity head coaches; certified trainer, Chris Clark; and the athletic administration

* Build customized strength & conditioning programs tailored to each sport’s unique requirements

* Create programs to increase strength, speed, and flexibility while minimizing risk of injury in season

* Reduce recovery time and prevent more serious injury for all athletes

* Increase workout resources available to student athletes for a better overall experience

* Put Acalanes on par with other Diablo Athletic League programs

 


 

ONLY 5 DAYS until OUR BIGGEST FUNDRAISING EVENT OF THE YEAR!

SATURDAY, APRIL 28TH – 6:00 – 11:00 PM

Jennifer Russell Building/Lafayette Community Center

500 St. Mary’s Road, Lafayette

Attire: Acalanes Tailgate Apparel

 


CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS AND SEE OUR GUEST LIST.

Tickets are $90 per person and include on-site entertainment, games, silent and live auction, one alcoholic drink ticket, unlimited non-alcoholic drinks and heavy appetizers.

 

WE STILL HAVE A FEW SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE. CLICK HERE.

Benefits include premium logo placement on the Booster Bash website, auctioneer recognition and more.  Best of all, sponsors can choose a high visibility activity to sponsor.


 

Acalanes High School Stadium will once again be the site of the Bay Area Games (Special Olympics) tomorrow, Tuesday, April 24. The Acalanes Boosters Club is supporting the 700 track & field athletes from schools all across Contra Costa County by providing snacks to all the competitors. Come out and cheer these kids on! Events start after 9:00 AM. Parking will be limited so please plan accordingly.

A big thank you to Heather McNally and Cecelia Alagappan for their second year of purchasing snacks, organizing volunteers to put together the snack bags, and coordinating Boosters involvement with Student Leadership and Special Olympics Northern California.

 


 

In Thursday’s action…

The boys volleyball team defeated Clayton Valley HS 25-17, 25-16, 25-21 to remain undefeated in the DAL at 6-0 and raise their overall record to 16-5.

The softball team defeated Miramonte HS 14-3.

The baseball team suffered another narrow defeat 3-2 to College Park HS.

The boys tennis team was defeated by Miramonte HS.

 

In Friday’s action…

The boys lacrosse team defeated Campolindo HS 13-7 to remain undefeated in the DAL at 6-0 and raised their overall record to 11-4.

It was a full house at Acalanes Friday night as Campolindo came to battle the Lady Dons Lacrosse team and we honored 11 graduating seniors.  The good news is that the JV team beat the Cougars 7-5 to remain undefeated in the DAL, raising their overall record to 13-3.  The bad news: the varsity was narrowly defeated 12-11 on a controversial offensive foul called with 5 seconds left in the game as Acalanes was in scoring position.  Once again the Dons defense was on fire with goalie Jamie Wendt recording 10 saves.  Acalanes goals earned by Susie Bush (3), Claire Gallagher (2), Kati Gardner (1), Jenna Kisner (2) and Lauren Westergren (3).  The Lady Dons play Berkeley High and Marin Catholic this week.

The softball team was defeated by San Lorenzo HS.

Cheerleading defeated College Park HS to finish the first ever regular season 4-2.

 

In Saturday’s action…

The baseball team defeated Monte Vista HS 10-4.

 

In Monday’s action…

The boys tennis team hosts Campolindo HS and Mt. Diablo HS at 3:30.

The boys golf team hosts the Transbay Invitational at Rossmoor GC at 12:00.

The JV girls lacrosse team hosts Marin Catholic HS at 5:30.

April 19 – Thursday Sports

Only 9 days until the DONS TAILGATE BOOSTER BASH!

Celebrate and raise funds for our athletes and Acalanes Community!

SATURDAY, APRIL 28TH – 6:00 – 11:00 PM

Jennifer Russell Building at Lafayette Community Center

Attire: Acalanes Tailgate Apparel

 

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS.

Tickets are $90 per person and include on-site entertainment, games, silent and live auction, one alcoholic drink ticket, unlimited non-alcoholic drinks and heavy appetizers.

 

BECOME A SPONSOR. CLICKHERE.

Benefits include premium logo placement on the Booster Bash website, ads in the Bash program, auctioneer recognition and more.  Best of all, sponsors can choose a high visibility event to sponsor.


In Wednesday’s action…

 

The boys volleyball team pulled out a hard-fought victory over a very good Bentley HS team 25-22, 25-21, 23-25 and 25-22 to raise their overall record to 14-5.

The boys golf team defeated Concord HS 208-270 and was defeated by the narrowest of margins by Las Lomas HS 202-208.

The cheerleading team was defeated by Clayton Valley Charter HS.

 

In Thursday’s action…

 

The baseball team plays College Park HS at 4:00.  Varsity is away and jv is home.

The softball team plays at Miramonte HS at 4:00.

The boys volleyball team plays at Clayton Valley Charter HS.  JV at 5:00 and varsity at 6:00.

The boys tennis team has a match against Miramonte HS at 3:30.  Varsity is away and jv is home.

 

Wednesday’s individual standouts…

 

Boys golf.  Will Condy shot a stellar 35 and Mikey O’Donnell 40 on a 9-hole par 36 course.

April 18 – Wednesday Sports

Only 10 days until the DONS TAILGATE BOOSTER BASH!

A night to celebrate and raise funds for our athletes and Acalanes Community!

SATURDAY, APRIL 28TH – 6:00 – 11:00 PM

Jennifer Russell Building at Lafayette Community Center

Attire: Acalanes Tailgate Apparel

 

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS.

Tickets are $90 per person and include on-site entertainment, games, silent and live auction, one alcoholic drink ticket, unlimited non-alcoholic drinks and heavy appetizers.

 

BECOME A SPONSOR. CLICKHERE.

Benefits include premium logo placement on the Booster Bash website, ads in the Bash program, auctioneer recognition and more.  Best of all, sponsors can choose a high visibility event to sponsor.


In Tuesday’s action …

Boys Tennis

played very well on Senior Day defeating Northgate HS 8-1.

Boys Volleyball

defeated Ygnacio Valley HS 25-1, 25-8 and 25-8 to remain undefeated in the DAL at 5-0 and raised their overall record to 13-5.

Boys Lacrosse

scored in the closing minute to tie Division 1 Amador Valley HS and then scored the winning goal in overtime to raise their overall record to 10-4 in a big win last night at Acalanes. The game was close throughout and the Dons gained equalizer late in 4th quarter to tie game 8-8. Then, Finn Chorak pulled out some magic and got the game winner three minutes into OT to give the boys the winner.

Lady Dons Lacrosse

headed to Cal High last night to take on the Division 1 Grizzlies.  Despite an Acalanes second quarter rally, the Dons lost the hard fought battle with a final score of 12-8.  The Dons overall record is now 12-4 and are ranked 25th in the state.  The JV team was also defeated. The next game is this Friday – both Senior Night and a rivalry game against Campolindo.

Softball

handily defeated Ygnacio Valley HS 14-1 in their DAL opener.

Baseball

dropped a close DAL opener to Clayton Valley HS 2-1.  The JV team was also defeated.

In Wednesday’s action …

Track & Field

hosts Miramonte HS at 3:30.

Boys Volleyball

hosts Bentley HS at 4:30.

Cheerleading

plays Clayton Valley Charter HS at College Park HS at 6:00.

Boys Golf

has a match against Concord HS and Las Lomas HS at Rossmoor GC at 3:30.


 

THE ACALANES DONS FOOTBALL PROGRAM is excited to announce that the DONS Youth Football Academy is happening this Summer.

The Football Academy will take place at Acalanes July 9 – 12  and is open to all athletes entering 5th-9th grade in the Fall of 2018.

 

Since this is new for our program, we are asking for your help to spread the word.  We hope to make this the most sought after youth summer football camp in the East Bay. Please send the attached camp flyer to any families that have kids interested in learning more about football.

GOAL of the DONS Youth Football Academy is to teach fundamentals, develop skills, and help kids with the transition to tackle football in a fun, fast-paced, and non-contact environment.

The Dons Youth Football Academy will be staffed by current Acalanes High School Football coaches as well as a full complement of experienced high school and college players and a certified trainer.

ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:

*Combine Stations

*Hands Drills

*Trench Wars

*Film Study

*Sled Work

*7 x 7 Tournament

*QB Drills

*Agility Stations

*Route Running

*Tackling Technique

*and much more

 

Camp Dates July 9-12

5th – 8th Grade 1-4 PM

9th Grade 6-9 PM

 

To register or get more information visit: www.acalanesdonsfootball.com

 

Download (PPTX, 160KB)

April 6 – Dons Tailgate Apparel for the Booster Bash

HUGE SELECTION OF NEW ACALANES FAN APPAREL DEVELOPED BY THE ACALANES ENTREPRENEUR CLUB (E-CLUB) CAN BE PURCHASED HERE.

Don’t have any tailgate attire to wear to the Bash? Looking for some new fan apparel? Boosters and E-Club, the Acalanes student-run Entrepreneur Club, have teamed up on some exciting, new apparel for this year’s Dons Tailgate Booster Bash. Check it out now! Order by April 10!

 

 


 

Join us for the DONS TAILGATE BOOSTER BASH!

A night to celebrate and raise funds for our athletes and Acalanes Community!

SATURDAY, APRIL 28TH – 6:00 – 11:00 PM

Jennifer Russell Building at Lafayette Community Center

Attire: Acalanes Tailgate Apparel

 

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS.

Tickets are $90 per person and include on-site entertainment, games, silent and live auction, one alcoholic drink ticket, unlimited non-alcoholic drinks and heavy appetizers.

 

INTERESTED IN BECOMING A SPONSOR? CLICK HERE

Benefits include premium logo placement on the Booster Bash website, ads in the Bash program, auctioneer recognition and more.  Best of all, sponsors can choose a high visibility event to sponsor.

 

INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING OR DONATING?

Contact your team’s Booster rep. Click on About Us on the main menu above and select Booster Board Contacts for a complete list of team reps.

April 5 – Spring Break Sports

 

Join us for the DONS TAILGATE BOOSTER BASH!

A night to celebrate and raise funds for our athletes and Acalanes Community!

SATURDAY, APRIL 28TH – 6:00 – 11:00 PM

Jennifer Russell Building at Lafayette Community Center

Attire: Acalanes Tailgate Apparel

 

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS.

Tickets are $90 per person and include on-site entertainment, games, silent and live auction, one alcoholic drink ticket, unlimited non-alcoholic drinks and heavy appetizers.

 

HUGE SELECTION OF NEW ACALANES FAN APPAREL DEVELOPED BY THE ACALANES ENTREPRENEUR CLUB (E-CLUB) CAN BE PURCHASED HERE.

Don’t have anything to wear? Looking for something new? Boosters and E-Club, the Acalanes student-run Entrepreneur Club, have teamed up on some exciting, new apparel for the Bash. Check it out now! Order by April 10!

 

INTERESTED IN BECOMING A SPONSOR? CLICK HERE

Benefits include premium logo placement on the Booster Bash website, ads in the Bash program, auctioneer recognition and more.  Best of all, sponsors can choose a high visibility event to sponsor.

 

INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING OR DONATING?

Contact your team’s Booster rep. Click on About Us on the main menu above and select Booster Board Contacts for a complete list of team reps.


 

In last Thursday’s action …

The boys lacrosse team easily dispatched Miramonte HS 16-3 to remain undefeated in the DAL at 5-0 and raise their overall record to 8-3.

The boys tennis team defeated Clayton Valley Charter HS 8-1 to raise their DAL record to 3-1.

The softball team was defeated by Alameda HS.  The jv team scratched out a 5-4 victory.

The JV baseball team defeated Concord HS 15-0.

The JV boys volleyball team defeated Alhambra HS 25-18 and 25-12.

Thursdays individual standouts…

Boys tennis.  Rohan Saha, AJ Hesby, Henry Huchingson, Aidan Alagappan, Nick Broback and Ed Collinson won singles matches.  Jack Berrien & Spencer Tompkins and Zevin Acuna & Carter Thibault won doubles matches.

 

In last Fridays action…

The cheerleading team defeated Miramonte HS 15-7 to raise their overall record to 2-1 half way through the season..

The crowds were out in full force last Friday night at Acalanes to watch the highly anticipated girls lacrosse matchup between Acalanes and Miramonte.  Both teams gave maximum effort.  The game was tied 5-5 at halftime. The girls mounted a furious rally in the second half, but ran out of time but in a 11-12 defeat to the Mats.  Huge shout out to JV goalie Olivia Pellegrini who stepped up to play the varsity game!  Our JV girls beat Miramonte 14-8 victory as Kate Carter made 7 of 7 shots and Della Pascucci defended the goal well in her first ever game in goal.

Muppy Gragg competed at the Stanford Invitational.

 

In last Saturdays action…

The frosh-soph baseball team dropped two close games to Miramonte HS 5-4 and 8-7.

The track & field team competed in the Stanford Invitational.

 

Thursday, April 5

The Frosh-soph baseball team at Concord HS at 4:00.

 

Friday, April 6

Track & field competes in the Arcadia Invitational.

Boys golf competes in the Champions Invitational at Terra Lago GC in Indio.

 

Saturday, April 7

The baseball team hosts Archbishop Mitty HS at 1:00.

​Track & field competes in the Arcadia Invitational.

Boys golf competes in the Champions Invitational at Terra Lago GC in Indio.​

March 30 – Friday Sports

 

Join us for the DONS TAILGATE BOOSTER BASH!

A night to celebrate and raise funds for our athletes and Acalanes Community!

SATURDAY, APRIL 28TH – 6:00 – 11:00 PM

Jennifer Russell Building at Lafayette Community Center

Attire: Acalanes Tailgate Apparel

 

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS.

Tickets are $90 per person and include on-site entertainment, games, silent and live auction, one alcoholic drink ticket, unlimited non-alcoholic drinks and heavy appetizers.

 

HUGE SELECTION OF NEW ACALANES FAN APPAREL DEVELOPED BY THE ACALANES ENTREPRENEUR CLUB (E-CLUB) CAN BE PURCHASED HERE.

Don’t have anything to wear? Looking for something new? Boosters and E-Club, the Acalanes student-run Entrepreneur Club, have teamed up on some exciting, new apparel for the Bash. Check it out now! Order by April 10!

 

INTERESTED IN BECOMING A SPONSOR? CLICK HERE

Benefits include premium logo placement on the Booster Bash website, ads in the Bash program, auctioneer recognition and more.  Best of all, sponsors can choose a high visibility event to sponsor.

 

INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING OR DONATING?

Contact your team’s Booster rep. Click on About Us on the main menu above and select Booster Board Contacts for a complete list of team reps.


Wednesday’s results …

The Acalanes vs Campolindo meet was like two ships passing each other in the dark.  Each coach has a different philosophy in how to develop a team.  The result was extreme differences in the scoring of the meet.  My philosophy is to focus on the varsity and we try and fill all lanes in all events.  As a result we have a very large contingent of frosh/soph on our varsity team. Campolindo felt that they did not have a very strong varsity team and as a result loaded up their frosh/soph team at the expense of the varsity team.  The result is Acalanes Varsity boys won the meet 99-28 and the girls 101-29.  In the frosh/soph the opposite was the result.  But this also meant our frosh/soph did not compete head to head against their frosh/soph. We will see in the next two years which philosophy results in better results.

We had 74 PR’s in the meet, too many to list in the body of this email.

Some outstanding performances:  Kevin Mlynek coming from 50 yards behind to take the boys 4 x 400 to victory; Nicole Frigone in both the 800 and 1600; Chris Rogers in only his second meet long jumping 20′ 6.25; Sidney Zimmerman jumping 4’6 in high jump (Sidney had been stuck at 4′ 0 for a year), Jonathan Choi jumping 6′ 4 in the high jump; Riley Noon running a very tactical race by running in third for three laps and on the final lap sprinted to the front of the pack and challenged the field to catch him, but Riley continued the pressure and pulled away from the field. Riley ran 4:45.48, his fastest time of the year.

This is the first meet Unified Sports competed as a part Acalanes Track team.  Coaches Cal Stevens and Jazy Radmanovic were extremely happy with the performance of the team.  Unfortunately their times and distances were not listed in the in the result, which will be corrected in future meets, but Cal and Jazy felt the growth of the athletes between this year and last was amazing.

See full results

See more photos

March 20 – Tuesday Sports

 

Join us for the DONS TAILGATE BOOSTER BASH!

A night to celebrate and raise funds for our athletes!

SATURDAY, APRIL 28TH – 6:00 – 11:00 PM

Jennifer Russell Building at Lafayette Community Center

 

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS AND VIP TABLES.

Tickets are $90 per person and include on-site entertainment, games, silent and live auction, one alcoholic drink ticket, unlimited non-alcoholic drinks and heavy appetizers.

 

INTERESTED IN BECOMING A SPONSOR? CLICK HERE.

Benefits include premium logo placement on the Booster Bash website, ads in the Bash program, auctioneer recognition and more.  Best of all, sponsors can choose a high visibility event to sponsor.

 

INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING OR DONATING?

Contact your team’s Booster rep. Click on About Us at http://www.acalanesboosters.com and select Booster Board Contacts for a complete list of team reps.


 

In Monday’s action…

The unified basketball team defeated Miramonte HS 20-18 on a last minute, game winning shot.

The softball team was defeated by Bishop O’Dowd HS.

 

In Tuesday’s action…

The girls lacrosse team hosts Dougherty Valley HS.  JV at 5:30 and varsity at 7:00.

The JV boys lacrosse team plays at Monte Vista HS at 5:30.

The boys tennis team hosts Mt. Diablo HS at 3:30, weather permitting.

The boys volleyball team plays at Las Lomas HS.  JV at 3:45 and varsity at 5:00.

The softball team plays at Mt. Eden HS at 4:00, weather permitting.  Varsity is away and JV is home.

 

Monday’s individual standout…

Boys golf.  Will Condy shot a 79 at the Marin Catholic Invitational.

 


 

THE ACALANES DONS FOOTBALL PROGRAM is excited to announce that the DONS Youth Football Academy is happening this Summer.

The Football Academy will take place at Acalanes July 9 – 12  and is open to all athletes entering 5th-9th grade in the Fall of 2018.

 

Since this is new for our program, we are asking for your help to spread the word.  We hope to make this the most sought after youth summer football camp in the East Bay. Please send the attached camp flyer to any families that have kids interested in learning more about football.

GOAL of the DONS Youth Football Academy is to teach fundamentals, develop skills, and help kids with the transition to tackle football in a fun, fast-paced, and non-contact environment.

The Dons Youth Football Academy will be staffed by current Acalanes High School Football coaches as well as a full complement of experienced high school and college players and a certified trainer.

ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:

*Combine Stations

*Hands Drills

*Trench Wars

*Film Study

*Sled Work

*7 x 7 Tournament

*QB Drills

*Agility Stations

*Route Running

*Tackling Technique

*and much more

 

Camp Dates July 9-12

5th – 8th Grade 1-4 PM

9th Grade 6-9 PM

 

To register or get more information visit: www.acalanesdonsfootball.com

 

Download (PPTX, 160KB)


February 19 – Monday Sports

 

Join us for the DONS TAILGATE BOOSTER BASH!

A night to celebrate and raise funds for our athletes!

SATURDAY, APRIL 28TH – 6:00 – 11:00 PM

Jennifer Russell Building at Lafayette Community Center

 

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS AND VIP TABLES.

Tickets are $90 per person and include on-site entertainment, games, silent and live auction, one alcoholic drink ticket, unlimited non-alcoholic drinks and heavy appetizers.

 

INTERESTED IN BECOMING A SPONSOR? CLICK HERE.

Benefits include premium logo placement on the Booster Bash website, ads in the Bash program, auctioneer recognition and more.  Best of all, sponsors can choose a high visibility event to sponsor.

 

INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING OR DONATING?

Contact your team’s Booster rep. Click on About Us at http://www.acalanesboosters.com and select Booster Board Contacts for a complete list of team reps.


 

In Friday’s action…

 

The boys golf team was narrowly defeated by Campolindo HS 210-220.

 

In Saturday’s action…

The baseball team defeated Amador Valley HS 7-5.

 

In Monday’s action…

The softball team plays Bishop O’Dowd HS at 4:00.  Varsity is home and JV is away.

The JV baseball team hosts Miramonte HS at 4:00.

The boys golf team competes in the Marin Catholic Invitational at Meadow Club CC at 10:00.

The Unified Sports basketball team hosts Miramonte HS at 1:00 at lunch.


 

THE ACALANES DONS FOOTBALL PROGRAM is excited to announce that the DONS Youth Football Academy is happening this Summer.

The Football Academy will take place at Acalanes July 9 – 12  and is open to all athletes entering 5th-9th grade in the Fall of 2018.

 

Since this is new for our program, we are asking for your help to spread the word.  We hope to make this the most sought after youth summer football camp in the East Bay. Please send the attached camp flyer to any families that have kids interested in learning more about football.

GOAL of the DONS Youth Football Academy is to teach fundamentals, develop skills, and help kids with the transition to tackle football in a fun, fast-paced, and non-contact environment.

The Dons Youth Football Academy will be staffed by current Acalanes High School Football coaches as well as a full complement of experienced high school and college players and a certified trainer.

ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:

*Combine Stations

*Hands Drills

*Trench Wars

*Film Study

*Sled Work

*7 x 7 Tournament

*QB Drills

*Agility Stations

*Route Running

*Tackling Technique

*and much more

 

Camp Dates July 9-12

5th – 8th Grade 1-4 PM

9th Grade 6-9 PM

 

To register or get more information visit: www.acalanesdonsfootball.com

 

Download (PPTX, 160KB)


March 16 – Friday Sports

 

Join us for the DONS TAILGATE BOOSTER BASH!

A night to celebrate and raise funds for our athletes!

SATURDAY, APRIL 28TH – 6:00 – 11:00 PM

Jennifer Russell Building at Lafayette Community Center

 

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS AND VIP TABLES.

Tickets are $90 per person and include on-site entertainment, games, silent and live auction, one alcoholic drink ticket, unlimited non-alcoholic drinks and heavy appetizers.

 

INTERESTED IN BECOMING A SPONSOR? CLICK HERE.

Benefits include premium logo placement on the Booster Bash website, ads in the Bash program, auctioneer recognition and more.  Best of all, sponsors can choose a high visibility event to sponsor.

 

INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING OR DONATING?

Contact your team’s Booster rep. Click on About Us at http://www.acalanesboosters.com and select Booster Board Contacts for a complete list of team reps.


 

In Thursday’s action…

The boys volleyball team played very well for three games against perennial power Campolindo HS only to fall in four games.

The boys golf team was defeated by Campolindo HS.

 

In Friday’s action…

Tonight, join the 2017 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors and the Acalanes Unified Sports basketball team in celebrating Special Needs Family Appreciation Night as the Warriors take on the Sacramento Kings at Oracle Arena. Acalanes Unified Sports basketball team will play Heritage High School  during halftime! Come out and cheer our Unified Sports basketball team to victory! The Warriors game starts at 7:30 PM. Tickets are available at http://www.nba.com/warriors/tickets/single , as well as, TicketMaster, StubHub, and other online ticket vendors.

The baseball team hosts Foothill HS, weather permitting.

The girls lacrosse team hosts Northgate HS.  JV at 5:30 and varsity at 7:00.

The boys golf team has a match against Campolindo HS at Rossmoor GC at 3:30.

The cheerleading team plays at Alhambra HS at 7:00.

 

In Saturday’s action…

The varsity baseball team hosts Amador Valley HS at 12:00, weather permitting.

The JV baseball team hosts Foothill HS at 3:00, weather permitting.

The frosh-soph baseball team plays at Foothill HS at 11:00, weather permitting.

The track & field team competes in the Dublin Distance Fiesta.

 

Thursday’s individual standouts…

Boys golf.  Tucker Gannon shot a 39 and Jake Rosenberg 40 in difficult weather conditions on a 9-hole par 36 course.

 

 


 

THE ACALANES DONS FOOTBALL PROGRAM is excited to announce that the DONS Youth Football Academy is happening this Summer.

The Football Academy will take place at Acalanes July 9 – 12  and is open to all athletes entering 5th-9th grade in the Fall of 2018.

 

Since this is new for our program, we are asking for your help to spread the word.  We hope to make this the most sought after youth summer football camp in the East Bay. Please send the attached camp flyer to any families that have kids interested in learning more about football.

GOAL of the DONS Youth Football Academy is to teach fundamentals, develop skills, and help kids with the transition to tackle football in a fun, fast-paced, and non-contact environment.

The Dons Youth Football Academy will be staffed by current Acalanes High School Football coaches as well as a full complement of experienced high school and college players and a certified trainer.

ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:

*Combine Stations

*Hands Drills

*Trench Wars

*Film Study

*Sled Work

*7 x 7 Tournament

*QB Drills

*Agility Stations

*Route Running

*Tackling Technique

*and much more

 

Camp Dates July 9-12

5th – 8th Grade 1-4 PM

9th Grade 6-9 PM

 

To register or get more information visit: www.acalanesdonsfootball.com

 

Download (PPTX, 160KB)


March 15 – Thursday Sports

 

Join us for the DONS TAILGATE BOOSTER BASH!

A night to celebrate and raise funds for our athletes!

SATURDAY, APRIL 28TH – 6:00 – 11:00 PM

Jennifer Russell Building at Lafayette Community Center

 

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS AND VIP TABLES.

Tickets are $90 per person and include on-site entertainment, games, silent and live auction, one alcoholic drink ticket, unlimited non-alcoholic drinks and heavy appetizers.

 

INTERESTED IN BECOMING A SPONSOR? CLICK HERE.

Benefits include premium logo placement on the Booster Bash website, ads in the Bash program, auctioneer recognition and more.  Best of all, sponsors can choose a high visibility event to sponsor.

 

INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING OR DONATING?

Contact your team’s Booster rep. Click on About Us at http://www.acalanesboosters.com and select Booster Board Contacts for a complete list of team reps.


 

 

 

In Wednesday’s action…

 

The boys tennis team defeated De La Salle HS 7-2 to raise their overall record to 3-1  Trenten Tso, Ryan Everly, Matt Gay, Cole Brightbill and AJ Hesby won their singles matches.  Henry Huchingson & Esteban Vant and Aidan Alagappan & Clay Schmidt won their doubles matches.

 

In Thursday’s action…

 

The boys volleyball team hosts the big showdown with perennial power Campolindo HS.  Frosh-soph at 4:00, JV at 5:30 and varsity at 6:30.

The boys tennis team has a match against College Park HS at 3:30, weather permitting.  Varsity is away and JV is home.

The boys golf team has a match against Campolindo HS at Moraga CC at 3:30, weather permitting.

The JV and frosh-soph baseball teams play at Foothill HS at 4:00, weather permitting.

 


 

THE ACALANES DONS FOOTBALL PROGRAM is excited to announce that the DONS Youth Football Academy is happening this Summer.

The Football Academy will take place at Acalanes July 9 – 12  and is open to all athletes entering 5th-9th grade in the Fall of 2018.

 

Since this is new for our program, we are asking for your help to spread the word.  We hope to make this the most sought after youth summer football camp in the East Bay. Please send the attached camp flyer to any families that have kids interested in learning more about football.

GOAL of the DONS Youth Football Academy is to teach fundamentals, develop skills, and help kids with the transition to tackle football in a fun, fast-paced, and non-contact environment.

The Dons Youth Football Academy will be staffed by current Acalanes High School Football coaches as well as a full complement of experienced high school and college players and a certified trainer.

ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:

*Combine Stations

*Hands Drills

*Trench Wars

*Film Study

*Sled Work

*7 x 7 Tournament

*QB Drills

*Agility Stations

*Route Running

*Tackling Technique

*and much more

 

Camp Dates July 9-12

5th – 8th Grade 1-4 PM

9th Grade 6-9 PM

 

To register or get more information visit: www.acalanesdonsfootball.com

 

Download (PPTX, 160KB)


March 7 – Wednesday Sports

 

Join us for the DONS TAILGATE BOOSTER BASH!

A night to celebrate and raise funds for our athletes!

SATURDAY, APRIL 28TH – 6:00 – 11:00 PM

Jennifer Russell Building at Lafayette Community Center

 

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS AND VIP TABLES.

Tickets are $90 per person and include on-site entertainment, games, silent and live auction, one alcoholic drink ticket, unlimited non-alcoholic drinks and heavy appetizers.

 

INTERESTED IN BECOMING A SPONSOR? CLICK HERE.

Benefits include premium logo placement on the Booster Bash website, ads in the Bash program, auctioneer recognition and more.  Best of all, sponsors can choose a high visibility event to sponsor.

 

INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING OR DONATING?

Contact your team’s Booster rep. Click on About Us at http://www.acalanesboosters.com and select Booster Board Contacts for a complete list of team reps.


In Tuesday’s action…

 

The girls lacrosse team played incredibly well to defeat EBAL power Carondelet HS 7-6.  Time stood still during the last second of the Acalanes girls lacrosse game last night as goalie Jamie Wendt defended an 8 meter shot with one second left in the game leading the Lady Dons to a 7-6 win over Carondelet.  Wicked defense by Coco Fellner, Cate Goodman, Jenna Kisner and Katrina Lee was the key to the big win against the Cougars. The JV team also won by the identical score of 7-6.

The boys lacrosse team suffered a narrow defeat to perennial playoff power Marin Cathollic HS 11-10.

The boys tennis team shutout Alhambra HS 9-0.

The softball team overwhelmed Skyline HS 16-3.

The unified basketball team defeated Miramonte HS 36-16.

 

In Wednesday’s action…

 

The boys basketball team plays at Grant HS in Sacramento at 7:00 to open the CIF NorCal playoffs.

Note:  At all CIF playoff games there is an admission charge.  $9 general and $5 for students, children and senior citizens.  No passes will be honored.

The boys volleyball team hosts College Park HS.  JV at 5:00 and varsity at 6:00.

The baseball team plays Dublin HS at 3:30.  Varsity and frosh-soph are away and jv is home.

The girls lacrosse team plays at Bishop O’Dowd HS.  JV at 3:30 and varsity at 5:00.

 

Tuesday’s individual standouts…

 

Boys tennis.  Rohan Saha, Ed Collinson, Nick Broback, Leo Morris, Cole Goddard and Alex Thornton won singles matches.  Jack Berrien & Spencer Tompkins, Benjie Levine & Aidan Lewis and Ari Borenstein & Nico Flint won doubles matches.


 

THE ACALANES DONS FOOTBALL PROGRAM is excited to announce that the DONS Youth Football Academy is happening this Summer.

The Football Academy will take place at Acalanes July 9 – 12  and is open to all athletes entering 5th-9th grade in the Fall of 2018.

 

Since this is new for our program, we are asking for your help to spread the word.  We hope to make this the most sought after youth summer football camp in the East Bay. Please send the attached camp flyer to any families that have kids interested in learning more about football.

GOAL of the DONS Youth Football Academy is to teach fundamentals, develop skills, and help kids with the transition to tackle football in a fun, fast-paced, and non-contact environment.

The Dons Youth Football Academy will be staffed by current Acalanes High School Football coaches as well as a full complement of experienced high school and college players and a certified trainer.

ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:

*Combine Stations

*Hands Drills

*Trench Wars

*Film Study

*Sled Work

*7 x 7 Tournament

*QB Drills

*Agility Stations

*Route Running

*Tackling Technique

*and much more

 

Camp Dates July 9-12

5th – 8th Grade 1-4 PM

9th Grade 6-9 PM

 

To register or get more information visit: www.acalanesdonsfootball.com

 

Download (PPTX, 160KB)


March 6 – Tuesday Sports

 

Join us for the DONS TAILGATE BOOSTER BASH!

A night to celebrate and raise funds for our athletes!

SATURDAY, APRIL 28TH – 6:00 – 11:00 PM

Jennifer Russell Building at Lafayette Community Center

 

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS AND VIP TABLES.

Tickets are $90 per person and include on-site entertainment, games, silent and live auction, one alcoholic drink ticket, unlimited non-alcoholic drinks and heavy appetizers.

 

INTERESTED IN BECOMING A SPONSOR? CLICK HERE.

Benefits include premium logo placement on the Booster Bash website, ads in the Bash program, auctioneer recognition and more.  Best of all, sponsors can choose a high visibility event to sponsor.

 

INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING OR DONATING?

Contact your team’s Booster rep. Click on About Us at http://www.acalanesboosters.com and select Booster Board Contacts for a complete list of team reps.


In Monday’s action…

 

The boys golf team defeated Alhambra HS 196-240 with a tremendous overall team effort.

The JV baseball team shutout Alameda HS 13-0.

 

In Tuesday’s action…

 

The softball team hosts Skyline HS at 3:30.

The girls lacrosse team hosts Carondelet HS.  JV at 5:30 and varsity at 7:00.

The boys lacrosse team plays at Marin Catholic HS.  Varsity at 3:30 and JV at 5:00.

The boys tennis team plays at Alhambra HS at 3:30.

The unified basketball team plays at Miramonte HS at 1:45.

 

Mondays individual standouts…

 

Boys golf … Mikey O’Donnell shot a 36 on a 9-hole par 36 course.  Jake Rosenberg, Will Condy, Tucker Gannon and Joe Evans each shot 40.


 

THE ACALANES DONS FOOTBALL PROGRAM is excited to announce that the DONS Youth Football Academy is happening this Summer.

The Football Academy will take place at Acalanes July 9 – 12  and is open to all athletes entering 5th-9th grade in the Fall of 2018.

 

Since this is new for our program, we are asking for your help to spread the word.  We hope to make this the most sought after youth summer football camp in the East Bay. Please send the attached camp flyer to any families that have kids interested in learning more about football.

GOAL of the DONS Youth Football Academy is to teach fundamentals, develop skills, and help kids with the transition to tackle football in a fun, fast-paced, and non-contact environment.

The Dons Youth Football Academy will be staffed by current Acalanes High School Football coaches as well as a full complement of experienced high school and college players and a certified trainer.

ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:

*Combine Stations

*Hands Drills

*Trench Wars

*Film Study

*Sled Work

*7 x 7 Tournament

*QB Drills

*Agility Stations

*Route Running

*Tackling Technique

*and much more

 

Camp Dates July 9-12

5th – 8th Grade 1-4 PM

9th Grade 6-9 PM

 

To register or get more information visit: www.acalanesdonsfootball.com

 

Download (PPTX, 160KB)


February 2 – Friday Sports

 

Join us for the DONS TAILGATE BOOSTER BASH!

A night to celebrate and raise funds for our athletes!

SATURDAY, APRIL 28TH – 6:00 – 11:00 PM

Jennifer Russell Building at Lafayette Community Center

 

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS AND VIP TABLES.

Tickets are $90 per person and include on-site entertainment, games, silent and live auction, one alcoholic drink ticket, unlimited non-alcoholic drinks and heavy appetizers.

Ticket sales close March 31. Only 70 tickets remain … get yours now!

 

INTERESTED IN BECOMING A SPONSOR? CLICK HERE.

Benefits include premium logo placement on the Booster Bash website, ads in the Bash program, auctioneer recognition and more.  Best of all, sponsors can choose a high visibility event to sponsor.

 

INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING OR DONATING?

Contact your team’s Booster rep. Click on About Us at http://www.acalanesboosters.com and select Booster Board Contacts for a complete list of team reps.

 


In Friday action…

The lacrosse teams play Clayton Valley Charter HS.  Girls are home and boys are away.  JV at 5:30 and varsity at 7:00.

 

In Saturday action…

The baseball team plays Monte Vista HS at 1:00.  Varsity is home and jv and frosh-soph are away.

The track & field team competes in the Dan Gabor Invitational at Amador Valley HS.

The JV girls lacrosse team competes in the Las Lomas Jamboree.

 


Men's 4x400 takes gold!  Kevin Mlynek, Rayce Walton, Harrison Seymour, Irvin Chao

 

Dear Boosters, Parents and AHS Staff,

Track and Field is back for another season.  Again the coaches and I, Coach Crain, would like to honor the performances of our student athletes.  Unlike most other team sports we do not have a bench and athletes do not have to earn playing time.  In track all athletes compete in meets regardless of ability, and all athletes regardless of ability improve throughout the year.  This is the primary goal of every athlete on the team, and I feel it is important that these students are recognized for their efforts.

A “PR” stands for personal record. That is when an athlete has a better performance than any other they have had is a past.  We track their performances throughout their career on the track team at Acalanes.

Individual PR’s for this past weekend at the Skyline Invitational are:

Johnny Choi                 Triple Jump 38’11 with a short approach
Andrew Federas           1600  6:18.26
Kevin  Mlynek               Ran his first two hurdle races with a 20.00 in the 110 and 45.79 in the 300 hurdles
Keaziah Smith              20″ 8.25 in long jump
Rayce Walton               2:12.43 in 800
Muppy Gragg               16.65 in 100 hurdles, Muppy also finished 2nd in HJ
Charlie Keohane           29.00 in 200
Mila Mathias                 18.17 100 hurdles, 53.29 300 hurdles (Mila took a day off from rehersals for the Mystery of Edwin Drood to run this meet)
Maren Quinella             19.27 100 Hurdles
Mikaela Troung             63.38
Karen Rosenburg          89′ 1 in discus
Boys 4 x 400                 3:43.41 (Irvin Chao, Harrison Seymore, Rayce Walton, Kevin Mylnek) 1st place
Boys 4 x 100                 44.42, (Jesse Stralla, Keaziah Smith, Callen OBrien, Anand Pagel) 2nd place

We have serveral new comers to the team who did well and since this is their first time or distance these marks are also considered PR’s.

Chris Armanino             12.15  100
Pierce Florine                8’6 pole vault
Ethan Johnston             65.42 in 400
David Marron                53.67  400, 4’8 in HJ
Nicole Frigon                 64,34 in 400, 12:19.13 in 3200 and  2nd place
Katherine Groszewski   32.41 in 200
Elisabeth Hamalian       29.24 in 200, and 28′ 5 in TJ
Lena Johnson                2:48.07 in 800

See full results here:  https://www.athletic.net/TrackAndField/meet/323488/results

March 1 – Thursday Sports

 

Join us for the DONS TAILGATE BOOSTER BASH!

A night to celebrate and raise funds for our athletes!

SATURDAY, APRIL 28TH – 6:00 – 11:00 PM

Jennifer Russell Building at Lafayette Community Center

 

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS AND VIP TABLES.

Tickets are $90 per person and include on-site entertainment, games, silent and live auction, one alcoholic drink ticket, unlimited non-alcoholic drinks and heavy appetizers.

 

INTERESTED IN BECOMING A SPONSOR? CLICK HERE.

Benefits include premium logo placement on the Booster Bash website, ads in the Bash program, auctioneer recognition and more.  Best of all, sponsors can choose a high visibility event to sponsor.

 

INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING OR DONATING?

Contact your team’s Booster rep. Click on About Us at http://www.acalanesboosters.com and select Booster Board Contacts for a complete list of team reps.


 

THE DONS FOOTBALL PROGRAM is excited to announce that the DONS Youth Football Academy is happening this Summer.

The Football Academy will take place at Acalanes July 9 – 12  and is open to all athletes entering 5th-9th grade in the Fall of 2018.

 

Since this is new for our program, we are asking for your help to spread the word.  We hope to make this the most sought after youth summer football camp in the East Bay. Please send the attached camp flyer to any families that have kids interested in learning more about football.

GOAL of the DONS Youth Football Academy is to teach fundamentals, develop skills, and help kids with the transition to tackle football in a fun, fast-paced, and non-contact environment.

The Dons Youth Football Academy will be staffed by current Acalanes High School Football coaches as well as a full complement of experienced high school and college players and a certified trainer.

ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:

*Combine Stations

*Hands Drills

*Trench Wars

*Film Study

*Sled Work

*7 x 7 Tournament

*QB Drills

*Agility Stations

*Route Running

*Tackling Technique

*and much more

 

Camp Dates July 9-12

5th – 8th Grade 1-4 PM

9th Grade 6-9 PM

 

To register or get more information visit: www.acalanesdonsfootball.com

 

Download (PPTX, 160KB)


Mar 1 – Mystery of Edwin Drood

The Mystery of Edwin Drood opens Mar 1 and runs through Saturday night. Hurry, Saturday tickets are almost sold out.


February 28 – Wednesday Sports

 

Join us for the DONS TAILGATE BOOSTER BASH!

A night to celebrate and raise funds for our athletes!

SATURDAY, APRIL 28TH – 6:00 – 11:00 PM

Jennifer Russell Building at Lafayette Community Center

 

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS AND VIP TABLES.

Tickets are $75 per person and include on-site entertainment, games, silent and live auction, one alcoholic drink ticket, unlimited non-alcoholic drinks and heavy appetizers.

Ticket price goes up to $90 up at 12:01am on Saturday, February 24th.

 

INTERESTED IN BECOMING A SPONSOR? CLICK HERE.

Benefits include premium logo placement on the Booster Bash website, ads in the Bash program, auctioneer recognition and more.  Best of all, sponsors can choose a high visibility event to sponsor.

 

INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING OR DONATING?

Contact your team’s Booster rep. Click on About Us at http://www.acalanesboosters.com and select Booster Board Contacts for a complete list of team reps.


 

In Tuesday’s action…

 

The baseball team defeated Liberty HS 8-1.  The JV and frosh-soph teams were defeated by the Lions.

The boys lacrosse team recorded a big victory over perennial EBAL power Foothill HS 8-6.

 

In Wednesday’s action…

 

The boys golf team competes in the Cowboys Classic at Wente GC at 8:00.

Saturday Sports – February 24

Join us for the DONS TAILGATE BOOSTER BASH!

A night to celebrate and raise funds for our athletes!

SATURDAY, APRIL 28TH – 6:00 – 11:00 PM

Jennifer Russell Building at Lafayette Community Center

 

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS AND VIP TABLES.

Tickets are $75 per person and include on-site entertainment, games, silent and live auction, one alcoholic drink ticket, unlimited non-alcoholic drinks and heavy appetizers.

Ticket price goes up to $90 up at 12:01am on Saturday, February 24th.

 

INTERESTED IN BECOMING A SPONSOR? CLICK HERE.

Benefits include premium logo placement on the Booster Bash website, ads in the Bash program, auctioneer recognition and more.  Best of all, sponsors can choose a high visibility event to sponsor.

 

INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING OR DONATING?

Contact your team’s Booster rep. Click on About Us at http://www.acalanesboosters.com and select Booster Board Contacts for a complete list of team reps.


 

In Friday’s action…

 

The boys basketball team was defeated by Alameda HS in the NCS quarterfinals.

The girls lacrosse team posted a 16-2 victory over Alhambra HS in their DAL opener.

 

In Saturday’s action…

 

The baseball team plays at Vacaville HS.  JV at 11:00, varsity at 2:00 and frosh-soph at 11:00 and 1:30.

The track & field team competes in the Skyline Invitational.

Feb 9 – Cheer Squad Performance

Click on image to view gallery


February 6 – Tuesday Sports

Tonight, the basketball teams play Miramonte HS.  Boys are home and girls are away.  Freshman boys at 4:00, JV at 5:30 and varsity at 7:00.


 

SENIOR NIGHT for girls soccer is Wednesday, February 7th. Come on out and support our Dons as they take their home field for the last time. Acalanes vs. Las Lomas.

JV plays at 5:00 pm, Senior Night festivities start at 6:30 pm. GO DONS!!!

 

The Freshmen Dons wrapped up a season sweep of the cross-town rival Campolindo Cougars with an exciting 50-49 victory. After leading for virtually the entire game, the Dons saw their lead evaporate in the final ten seconds of the game after a successful three-pointer by Campolindo. But on the ensuing play, after being fouled, Joey Carrillo sank one of two free-throws to seal the victory.

Jackson Aris-Dumas led the team with 15 points, while Yanatan Draznin added 14 points.  Joey Carrillo had a team high 12 rebounds and 7 assists.

Way to go, Dons!  Next game is at HOME on Tuesday, February 6th (4:00 PM) vs. the Miramonte Matadors.

Jan 20 – Saturday Sports

In Fridays action…
The boys basketball team pulled out a thriller against Miramonte HS 62-59.

Robbie Rowell
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The girls basketball team was defeated by Miramonte HS.  The jv team was also defeated.

Lauren Frechman
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The boys soccer team battled a very good Concord HS squad and prevailed 1-0.
The girls soccer team was defeated by Las Lomas HS.
In Saturdays action…
The wrestling team competes in the King of the Mat Invitational at Windsor HS.
The boys basketball team hosts Pittsburg HS.  Freshmen at 1:00 and jv at 2:30.
The frosh-soph girls soccer team hosts Miramonte HS at 9:00.
The freshman boys soccer team plays at James Logan HS at 2:00.

Acalanes Football players named to All-Bay Team

Congratulations

to the following football players that are All-Bay Area News Group selections.

Robby Rowell is the 3rd team quarterback selection.
Ryan Nall is a 3rd team defensive lineman selection.
Brian Merken is an honorable mention wide receiver selection.

Sports Basement Promotion to Benefit Acalanes Boosters

The holidays are fast approaching and with them comes a rush of holiday shopping! To make this holiday shopping season a great success for you, Sports Basement has scheduled a Special 20% Off Holiday Shopping Day on Tuesday, December 12 for Acalanes Boosters members and Acalanes High School families who are Basementeers. You can shop all day from 9 AM to 9 PM on December 12 at any Sports Basement store and receive 20% off your entire purchase. Some exclusions apply.

If you’re not yet a Basementeer, click on Basementeer Sign Up to join and select Acalanes High School as your beneficiary to receive your 20% off on December 12 plus10% off every purchase you make all year round.

Each year, Sports Basement donates a portion of their profits to the Acalanes Boosters Club based on the amount of purchases Acalanes Basementeers make. Last year, Sports Basement donated almost $2,000 to support Acalanes athletics.

Happy holidays and see you at Sports Basement!

Mondays sports and action over the Thanksgiving Break

During the Thanksgiving Break…

Saturday, November 18…

The football team capped off a great season in the NCS quarterfinals in defeat to Bishop O’Dowd HS.

Cross Country.  The boys finished 8th overall and the girls 14th at the NCS Meet of Champions. On the boys side, Riley Noon placed 22nd, Josh Starr 26th and Ethan Frigon 42nd. On the girls side Nicole Frigon placed 33rd.

The frosh-soph girls soccer team easily defeated Concord HS.

Tuesday, November 21…

The boys basketball team fell 49-48 on a shot in the last minute by Foothill HS in the NCS Foundation Game. The jv team also lost a close one 61-58, but the freshman team won 68-58.

The young girls basketball team started off the season with a loss to Mission San Jose HS in the NCS Foundation Game. Sophomore Lauren Kobashigawa led the way with 17 points and freshman Gabby Schneider added 13 points.

Saturday, November 25…

The boys basketball team battled the Alumni team down to the final seconds in a 66-62 victory.

​As we return from the Thanksgiving Break, Winter sports shifts into high gear.

In Mondays action…

The boys soccer team hosts Richmond HS in a scrimmage. JV at 5:00 and varsity at 7:00.​

Cross Country NCS Results

The Dons Cross Country Team represented Acalanes well at the NCS meet in Hayward on Saturday, November 18!! Thank you to our coaches Mike Maloney, Jeff Hutson, Jed Morrow & Kristina Rojo for a great season!
The Boys team placed 8th overall out of 23 schools, led by Junior Riley Noon flying across the finish line in 22nd place with a time of 16:34.20!  Following closely behind were Junior Joshua Starr in 26th place, with a time of 16:35.50, and Senior Ethan Frigon, with a time of 16:52.70.  Well done!
The Girls team finished 14th out of 18 schools.  Freshman Nicole Frigon came in 34th with a time of 19:42.70.  Way to go!
2017 NCS Girls Team: Coach Mike, Caroline Kelly 12, Annie Klospstock 12, Anna Mary Starr 12, Sidney Zimmerman 10, Nicole Frigon 9, Binti Sohn 9 and Beth Hamalian 9, Coach Jeff
2017 NCS Boys Team: Coach Mike, Nick Hutson 10, Josh Starr 11, Ethan Frigon 12, Harrison Seymour 10, Andrew Owens 10, Dominic Basaldua 9, Riley Noon 11, Coach Jeff

Nov 20 – Monday Sports

In Saturdays action…

The football team capped off a great season in the NCS quarterfinals in defeat to Bishop O’Dowd HS.
The boys finished 8th overall and the girls 14th at the NCS Meet of Champions.  On the boys side, Riley Noon placed 22nd, Josh Starr 26th and Ethan Frigon 42nd.  On the girls side Nicole Frigon placed 33th.
The frosh-soph girls soccer team easily defeated Concord HS.

Nov 17 – Friday Sports

In Fridays action…

The girls basketball team has a scrimmage at El Cerrito HS at 5:00.

In Saturdays action…

The football team plays at Bishop O’Dowd HS in the NCS quarterfinals at 1:00.

The cross country team competes in the NCS Meet of Champions at Hayward HS at 8:00 am.

The boys basketball team has a scrimmage at Tamalpais HS. Freshmen at 10:30, jv at 12:30 and varsity at 2:00.

The frosh-soph girls soccer team hosts Concord HS at 9:00 am.

Sports over the Thanksgiving break

Tuesday, November 21

Boys basketball hosts Foothill HS in the NCS Foundation Games. Freshmen at 4:00, jv at 5:30 and varsity at 7:00.

The girls basketball team plays at Mission San Jose HS in the NCS Foundation Games. JV at 5:30 and varsity at 7:00.

Wednesday, November 22

The jv boys basketball team plays Freedom HS in the Freedom tournament at 8:30 pm.

Friday, November 24

NCS football semifinals.

The jv boys basketball team plays in the Freedom tournament.

Saturday, November 25

CIF cross country championships at Woodward Park in Fresno.

NCS football semifinals.

Varsity boys basketball hosts the alumni game at 7:00.

The jv boys basketball team plays in the Freedom tournament.

The girls basketball team plays in a scrimmage at Modesto Christian HS.

Nov 14 – Tuesday Sports

Today, Eliza Bates competes in singles and Sydney Bell & Zoe Cate in doubles in the NCS championships at the Marin Tennis Center in San Rafael at 10:30.

Nov 13 – Monday Sports

In Thursday’s action…

The girls tennis team came so close to upsetting the #1 seed Dougherty Valley HS 4-3 in the NCS quarterifnals.  Eliza Bates and Jasmine Toni won singles matches and Megan Cardiff & Maddie McDonagh won their doubles match.

In Fridays action…

The football team defeated Petaluma HS 63-25 in the first round of the NCS playoffs to advance to the quarterfinals Saturday at Bishop O’Dowd HS at 1:00.

Game photos posted at Maxpreps.com

Nov 11 – Saturday Sports

In Thursdays action…

The girls tennis team came so close to upsetting the #1 seed Dougherty Valley HS 4-3 in the NCS quarterifnals. Eliza Bates and Jasmine Toni won singles matches and Megan Cardiff & Maddie McDonagh won their doubles match.

In Fridays action…

The football team defeated Petaluma HS 63-25 in the first round of the NCS playoffs to advance to the quarterfinals.

Nov 9 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesdays action…

It was an incredible NCS Girls Water Polo Semifinal game. The Dons fell behind Monte Vista HS early 4-1 and fought their way back. They closed the gap to 6-5 and scored with 1:12 left in the game to force overtime. Monte Vista scored in the first half of overtime, but Bella Wentzel answered with the tying goal with 1:34 left in the second overtime half. Freshman Claire Rowell scored quickly after to create an 8-7 lead, but Monte Vista scored at the buzzer to force the second overtime. Monte Vista scored the winning goal in the second overtime. A great game and a great season for our Girls Water Polo team.

In Thursdays action…

The girls tennis team has a match at Dougherty Valley HS at 2:00, weather permitting, in the NCS quarterfinals.

Nov 8 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesdays action…

The girls tennis team pulled out a thrilling 4-3 victory over Mission San Jose HS in the first round of the NCS team playoffs to advance to the quarterfinals at Dougherty Valley HS Thursday at 2:00. Olivia Reinecke & Sam Sweeney recorded the decisive 3 set match to secure the victory. The other doubles matches were won by Sydney Bell & Zoe Cate and Megan Cardiff & Maddie McDonagh. Eliza Bates won her singles match.

In Wednesdays action…

The #3 seeded girls water polo team plays #2 Monte Vista HS at Northgate HS at 6:00 in the NCS semifinals. The winner advances to the championship game Saturday and qualifies for the CIF Northern Regional playoffs.

Note: At all NCS playoff games, there is an admission charge. General admission is $10 and students, children and senior citizens are $6. No passes are honored.

NCS Playoffs

This is a big week for NCS playoffs…

Tuesday, the girls tennis team plays Mission San Jose HS at the Fremont Tennis Center in the first round at 2:00.

Wednesday, the #3 seeded girls water polo team plays #2 Monte Vista HS at Northgate HS in the semifinals at 6:00.

Friday, the #5 seeded football team hosts #12 Petaluma HS at 7:00.

Tickets may be purchased online for the NCS playoff games. They are on GoFan at the links below. After purchase, you will show the ticket on your phone at the main gate and they will deactivate and allow you to enter.

Girls water polo semifinal v. Monte Vista HS at Northgate HS Wednesday at 6:00.
https://gofan.co/app/school/CIFNCS/Girls-Water-Polo

Football first round hosting Petaluma HS Friday at 7:00.
https://gofan.co/app/school/CIFNCS/Division-3-Football

Cross Country DAL Championship Meet Results

The Dons came out in strength in the DAL Championship meet on Saturday, November 4, 2017 in Martinez.

Over 80% of the runners had time improvements from the same Hidden Valley Park course back in September! Way to go Dons!!!

Highlights from the meet:

Freshmen Nicole Frigon and Beth Hamalian finished 1st and 3rd overall in the Frosh/Soph Girls 2-mile race with times of 13:37.5 and 14:09.2, respectively!! Also finishing in the top 15 was Freshman Binti Sohn with an 11th place finish with a time of 14:30.2. Sophomore Maxine D’Orazio finished 21st with a time of 15:22.8. Times for Beth, Binti and Maxine were all personal records this year! WOW!!! Great job ladies!!! The ladies led Acalanes to 3rd overall out of 7 teams behind Campolindo and Las Lomas. Great job!!

The frosh/soph boys didn’t disappoint either! Sophomore Nick Hutson came in 1st place with a time of 11:07.3. Now that’s smokin’ fast! Sophomore Harrison Seymour finished in 5th place with a time of 11:27.3. Both times were personal records this year! Amazing running boys! Acalanes finished 4th out of 9 teams behind Campolindo, College Park and Clayton Valley.

The boys varsity also had a very strong 3-mile race, with Senior Ethon Frigon finishing as the top Don in 12th place overall with a time of 16:49.7. Great job!! Juniors Joshua Starr and Riley noon finished 19th and 21st with times of 17:05.1 and 17:19.0, respectively. Freshman Dominic Basaldua rounded out the top 25 with a time of 17:35.6. The Dons finished 4th out of 9 teams behind Campolindo, Las Lomas and College Park.

Great job to all the runners! It’s been a great season! Off to NCS for the top runners this season, which will take place November 18 in Hayward.

Pictures below are Nicole Frigon and Nick Hutson;Riley Noon, Ethan Frigon, and Joshua Starr (all medaled).


Nov 4 – Saturday Sports

In Fridays action…

The football team finished the regular season pulling out a victory over Miramonte HS 24-21.

Robby Rowell had 168 passing yards, with 2 touchdowns and 107 rushing yards. Brian Merken had 4 receptions for 90 yards and two touchdowns. Nick Price added 3 receptions. Jesse Iniguez-Stralla had a 93 yard kickoff return for a touchdown to begin the second half. Nick Bettencourt had an interception late in the 4th quarter to preserve the win. Trenton Tso had 9.5 tackles, Nick Henderson 6 tackles, Ryan Nall 5.5 tackles and Scott Brydon 4.5 tackles.

In Saturdays action…

The #3 seeded girls water polo team plays Las Lomas HS at Miramonte HS in the NCS quarterfinals at 2:30.

The #5 seeded boys water polo team plays #4 Miramonte HS at Miramonte HS in the NCS quarterfinals at 3:45.

The girls volleyball team plays at Moreau Catholic HS in the NCS quarterfinals at 7:00.

The cross country team competes at the DAL Championships at Hidden Valley Park at 1:00.

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

Nov 3 – Friday Sports

In Thursdays action…

The #3 seeded girls water polo team defeated College Park HS 12-3 in the first round of the NCS playoffs to advance to the quarterfinals.

The #5 seeded boys water polo team defeated Foothill HS 22-7 in the first round of the NCS playoffs to advance to the quarterfinals.

The jv football team trailed Las Lomas HS 36-14 late in the 3rd quarter, but rallied to score 24 unanswered points and pull out a 38-36 victory. The freshman team defeated Miramonte HS 41-7.

In Fridays action…

The varsity football team ends the regular season at Miramonte HS at 7:00pm.

In Saturdays action…

The #3 seeded girls water polo team plays #6 Las Lomas HS in the NCS quarterfinals at Miramonte HS at 2:30.

The #5 seeded boys water polo team plays #4 Miramonte HS in the NCS quarterfinals at Miramonte HS at 3:45.

The girls volleyball team plays at Moreau Catholic HS in the NCS quarterfinals at 7:00.
The cross country team compete in the DAL Championships at Hidden Valley Park at 1:00.

Note: At all NCS playoff games, there is an admission charge. $10 general and $6 for students, children and senior citizens.

Thursdays individual standouts…

Boys water polo. Bennett Winther scored 5 goals and had 2 steals. Kiriyan Kartsev scored 5 goals and had 1 steal. Mac Darin scored 3 goals. Mike Winther scored 2 goals, had 2 assist and had 2 steals. Spencer Tompkins scored 2 goals, had 1 assist and had 4 steals. Max Stryker scored 2 goals, had 1 assist and had 2 steals.

JV football. Mikey O’Donnell completed 14 of 25 passes for 250 yards and three touchdowns and added 4.5 tackles on defense. Michael Roux had 14 carries for 74 yards and a touchdown and 5.5 tackles on defense. Jack Muren had 7 receptions for 128 yards and 3 touchdowns. Wes Alpert had 4 receptions for 68 yards and Luke Miles 4 receptions for 64 yards. Ryan Reilly had a rushing touchdown, Teo Barakos had 6.5 tackles and Ben Clark added an interception.

Freshman football. Brady Huchingson completed 12 of 17 passes for 128 yards and 2 touchdowns and also ran for 2 touchdowns. Graham Oh had a rushing touchdown and 6 tackles on defense. Dan Jenssen had a rushing touchdown. Joe Evans and Sam Heyman had receiving toudhdowns. Adam Kim had 4.5 tackles and Thomas Schrader had 4 tackles.

Nov 2 – Thursday Sports

In Thursdays action…

The NCS water polo playoffs begin today with games at Contra Costa College.
The #5 seeded boys water polo team plays #12 Foothill HS at 5:00.
The #3 seeded girls water polo team plays #14 College Park HS at 6:15.

The freshman football team hosts Miramonte HS at 5:00 and the jv team hosts Las Lomas HS at 7:00.

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

Note: Tickets for all of todays games may be purchased on GoFan. The prices are marked up slightly to cover overhead. This option offers the convenience of not carrying cash and getting through the gate faster.

Go to the following link for the football games.
https://gofan.co/app/school/CA22846/Football!

​Go to the following link for the water polo games or the football games.
​https://gofan.co/AcalanesDons

Nov 1 – Wednesday Sports

Last night, the girls volleyball team opened NCS playoff action with a victory over Petaluma HS 26-24, 25-23 and 25-18 to advance to the quarterfinals Saturday at Moreau HS at 7:00. The victory was a complete team effort led by Maddie Risch, Teresa Nevins, Lane Webster and Maddie Kalil.

Tickets for the following sporting events may be purchased on GoFan. The priced is slightly marked up to cover overhead costs. This provides the convenience of getting through the gate quickly.

Thursdays football games may be purchased at the following site. This is for Acalanes HS hosting Miramonte HS in freshman football at 5:00 and Acalanes HS hosting Las Lomas HS in jv football at 7:00.

https://gofan.co/app/school/CA22846/Football!

Thursdays NCS water polo playoff games and the Thursday football games may be purchased at the following site. This is for Acalanes HS v. Foothill HS in NCS boys water polo playoffs at 5:00 and Acalanes HS v. College Park HS in NCS girls water polo playoffs at 6:15. Both games are at Contra Costa College.

https://gofan.co/AcalanesDons

Acalanes Girls Volleyball v. Petaluma NCS First Round 10/31/2017

Acalanes v. Petaluma NCS First Round 10/31/2017

Halloween Night. And YOUR Acalanes Dons Girls Volleyball Team hit the road to Petaluma
High for the First Round of the 2017 NCS Division III playoffs. The #12 Seed, but Defending State Champ Dons were hoping to make it Fright Night for the #5 Seed Trojans.

First Set:

1-0. Theresa Nevins one for the first score of the match.
2-0. Cailey McVay Ace!
3-1. Madi Risch drills a kill to the sideline.
4-1. Elsa Clever kills an overpass. Yummy.
5-1. Grace Higgins sharp angle kill off the Maddie Kalil set. Dons off to a good start.
8-4. Now Rachel Go setting and serving, Clever gets a kill and then a Go Ace!
11-8. Sam Darin delivers a kill after a Trojans mini-run.
13s. Tied up. Both teams playing tight.
17-15. Go to Clever for a big kill!
18-17. Lane Webster “tools” the blockers for a kill. Needed that one to retake the lead.
19-17. Clever Roof!
21-19. Clever covers the set and tees it up perfectly for Webster, who tools the blockers again with a hard hit.
22s. Tied up. What a battle.
24-22. Net violation Petaluma…24-23…24s tied again and OT…
25-24. Risch kills it ugly. Dons will take it at this point!
26-24. Kaitlyn Mckendell’s wicked serve Aces for the set win. Clutch!

Second Set:

5-2. Kalil to Higgins….powered off a Trojan defender for a kill.
7-2. Mckendell kill from the Libero jersey. Fancy.
8-2. Risch big kill. Timeout Petaluma. Great start by the Dons.
9-2. Clever Roof out of the timeout! So many great highlights right now.
11-5. Sarah Westergren sneaky slide kill from the Webster set.
12-8. Darin kill at the right time.
13-11. Webster dump into the “campfire.”
14-11. Nevins block.
15-13. Sweet Risch pass. Sweet Kalil set. Sweet Darin kill. Like Halloween candy.
17-14. Simply beautiful swing and kill from Risch. Like hot melted caramel.
20-21. Oh no! HUGE Petaluma rally to take the lead. Timeout Dons.
21-22. Clever big block to get closer.
22s…Dons fight back…22-23…23 all (Trojans serve it long!)
24-23. Kalil wicked serve causes an overpass…which Nevins flushes with authority. Set point!
25-23. Nevins & Webster roof!!! Dons win the 2nd, showing some real grit. Yasssss.

Third Set:

1s. Risch hammer kill.
2-1. McKendell McAce!
7-5. Webster fireball Ace!
9-5. Clever kill. Dons recapture the momentum.
11-6. Risch Ace!
12-6. Risch dives forward with her arm stretched out and “pancakes” it, saving the point, and then Webster dumps another sneaky one over the net to score “on 2” against the unsuspecting and shocked Trojans.
13-7. Hayes Hollar delivers a key winning roll shot. Smart cookie!
16-9. Kennedy Cornish in and scores a kill, and then Webster kills an overpass. Timeout
Petaluma as their home gym is becoming a haunted house.
18-12. McVay nice pass to Go, who sets Risch perfectly. You know what happens next.
21-15. Great Dons passing in the back row from McKendell, McVay and Risch. Hollar rewards them with a kill.
22-15. Claire McNally serve: Trojans can’t get it back over.
23-17. Webster sets Nevins in the middle and “Tee” crushes one off the body of a defender for a kill. Ouchy.
24-17. Nevins backs it up with another kill. She is taking over the match down the stretch…a Nightmare for the Trojan defenders
25-17. And Nevins finishes it off with yet another kill. Dons win!

Big Dons road win in 3 sets over Petaluma. Now they head to face the #4 Seed Moreau
Catholic (Hayward) at 7pm on Saturday night as the NCS tournament action continues. Be
there!

Acalanes Girls Volleyball vs. Northgate 10/26/2017

Acalanes v. Northgate 10/26/2017
Your A.D.G.V.T. traveled over hill and dale out to Northgate Ranch to face the Broncos in the final League Match of the 2017 DAL Season. It was sure to be a big challenge against the much-improved Broncos. Here are the highlights from the Last Rodeo:

First Set:

3-4. Dons bounce back from a slow start with a big Madi Risch kill. Untouched.
5-6. Maddie Kalil sets Grace Higgins at Oppo for a kill.
8-11. Timeout Dons to try and get sharper…
9-11. Lane Webster sets up Elsa Clever in the middle. Clever rewards us all with a kill.
10-11. Kaitlyn Mckendell’s wicked serve brings the Dons closer.
11-12. Zoe McPhail sweet dig and then Theresa Nevins gets a big kill in the middle.
13s. Sam Darin makes a perfect pass, then hits, and the Broncos can’t recover.
16-15. Dons take the lead on the Webster dump over the net.
17-19. Rough patch as the Dons lose 4 in a row, then Risch kills it. Phew.
18-21. Clever kill.
19-21. Super Webster dig off a big Bronco hit keeps the point alive and the Dons score.
21-23. Cailey McVay serves a gem and then makes two awesome passes during the point and Higgins finishes it off with a kill.
22-24. McKendell’s turn to pass purely and Higgins again finishes it off after much back and forth. Timeout Broncos. Can the Dons turn this one?
22-25. No.

Second Set:

1s. Sarah Westergren delivers a point with a roll shot.
3-4. Kalil to Westergren. Kill.
4-5. McPhail carefully watches a serve go long. Good eye baby!
5s. Risch ties it with a back-corner Ace. Woo! Woo! Woo!
6-7. Rachel Go sets Darin for a beautiful sharp angle kill that finds the sideline. Sassy.
11-10. The teams are trading points. Risch hammers a kill.
13-14. McVay to Kalil to Westergren. Textbook v-ball as Westergren tools the block.
16-14. R-Go Ace! Time out Northgate after a nice Dons run.
17-15. Webster hammers a kill off of a Bronco. Yah!
20-16. WILD point. Dons somehow score after 41 seconds of back and forth.
21-18. Darin fires a kill! Huge point.
22-23. But the Broncos stampede back into the lead. Timeout Dons.
23s…Westergren vital kill…24s…Broncos serve it long…overtime…
24-26. Dons NO again.

Third Set:

4-8. Another slow Dons start to the set. Risch kills one.
5-8. Clever block!
7-10. Long rally again. So many of those tonight. Super hustle from both teams. Hayes Hollar kills one off the blockers.
8-11. Darin kill. Need every bit of it.
11-13. Kalil rips an Ace.
13-15. McVay McMoney Serve.
15-17. Clever. See 5-8 above.
16-17. McPhail sends a tricky little free-ball over the net and it works! Score.
17s. McPhail also fires three great consecutive serves, adds a silky set to Kalil (who sets
Clever in the middle). Bam! Tied Up!
18-19. Risch huge kill off the blockers. The ball flies from the net all the way back past the Dons endline. OK.
19-20. Risch kills a scrambling Webster set. Dons scrambling everywhere trying to get this win.
20-21. Darin kill to keep the Dons close. Do or Die.
20-25. Dons don’t Do, unfortunately, and Dons lose in 3 sets to the Broncos.

Tough loss to end League play at 5-5, and Sombreros off to Northgate who played really well.

Now the Lady Dons will wait to see if they have some NCS playoff volleyball in their future.
Watch this space.

Oct 31 – Tuesday Sports

Tonight, the girls volleyball team opens the NCS playoffs at Petaluma HS at 7:00.

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

Nov 1-4 : Drama Dons Present: She Kills Monsters

Great show. Opens Wednesday.
Get your tickets now!!!

Click on image to buy performance photos


NCS Volleyball and Water Polo Playoffs

The girls volleyball team plays at #5 seeded Petaluma HS Tuesday at 7:00 in the first round of the NCS playoffs.

The boys water polo team is the #5 seed and will play #12 Foothill HS Thursday at 5:00 at Contra Costa College.

The girls water polo team is the #3 seed and will play #14 College Park HS Thursday at 6:15 at Contra Costa College.

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

Oct 30 – Monday Sports

In Fridays action…

It was an epic battle between Acalanes HS and Campolindo HS in Friday football. The Cougars scored the first 14 points and the Dons rallied for the next 21. The fourth quarter had both teams tied at 28-28 as Robby Rowell scored on a 5 yard run with 10 seconds left to lift the team to a 35-28 victory raising their overall record to 7-1. The jv team was not so fortunate in defeat.

The boys water polo team earned an overtime 10-9 victory to close the regular season and launch them into the NCS playoffs.

Fridays individual standouts…

Varsity football. Robby Rowell was a one-man wrecking machine accounting for all 5 touchdowns completing 17 of 24 passes for 215 yards and 3 passing scores and 181 yards rushing and 2 scores on the ground. Brian Merken had 4 receptions for 47 yards, two touchdowns and a critical interception in the end zone at the end of the first half. Chris Rogers had 5 receptions for 67 yards and a touchdown. Nick Henderson had 10.5 tackles, Trenton Tso 7.5 tackles and Ryan Nall, Gabe Middleton and Alex Cortessis each with 5.5 tackles.

JV football. Mikey O’Donnell had 6 tackles, Avery Howell 4.5 tackles and Michael Roux and Teo Barakos each had 3.5 tackles.

Boys water polo. Jake Stone scored 3 goals and Max Stryker, Jacob Parker and Henry Huchingson each scored 2 goals.

Acalanes Varsity Football defeats Campolindo

Oct 27, 2017 – Brian Miles

In an epic varsity football game that no one who attended will ever forget Acalanes beat Campolindo 35-28 on Friday night. The game started with the Cougars in control but Chris Rogers electrified the crowd with a brilliant catch on a long bomb to cut the Campo lead to 14-7 early in the game. The Dons scored again to tie the game at 14-14, but Campo mounted a drive before halftime and it appeared it would take the lead going into halftime. But Ryan Nall and Brian Merken had other ideas. Nall used his size and speed to pressure Campo’s star qb, John Torchio, who floated a pass that was picked off by Merken in the end zone. This sent the Dons into halftime with all of the momentum.

Robby Rowell owned the second half willing his team to perhaps the biggest win in the history of the program. Rowell hit Rogers again to put the Dons up 21-14 and had some monster runs to extend drives and give the Dons key first Dons. Rowell finished the night with a whopping 175 yards rushing.

But Campo would not go down without a fight and after a Torchio interception actually had the ball in a 21-21 game. Enter Nall who sacked Torchio and got the ball back on downs for Acalanes. A Rowell to Merken TD made the score 28-21, but Campo answered yet again to tie the game at 28.

In a fitting end to an amazing game, Rowell faked to running back Jake Delaney and somehow made his way through numerous Campo defenders to score the game winning TD for the Dons with 6 seconds left.

The play of Acalanes’ offensive line was rock solid all night as they consistently gave Rowell sufficient time to throw and opened holes for running backs Delaney and Keaziah Smith. Delaney sparkled in the second half with some nice runs to keep the Campo defense honest. Nick Henderson led the defense as he has done all season long.

The Acalanes community thanks Floyd Burnsed and his coaching staff for leading the team to this program changing win. Go Dons!

Oct 28 – Saturday Sports

In Fridays action…

It was an epic battle between Acalanes HS and Campolindo HS in Friday football. The Cougars scored the first 14 points and the Dons rallied for the next 21. The fourth quarter had both teams tied at 28-28 as Robby Rowell scored on a 5 yard run with 10 seconds left to lift the team to a 35-28 victory raising their overall record to 7-1. The jv team was not so fortunate in defeat.

The boys water polo team earned an overtime 10-9 victory to close the regular season and launch them into the NCS playoffs.

In Saturdays action…

The girls volleyball team competes in the San Ramon Valley Invitational.

The jv girls water polo team competes in the DAL tournament.

Fridays individual standouts…

Football. Robby Rowell was a one-man wrecking machine accounting for all 5 touchdowns completing 17 of 24 passes for 215 yards and 3 passing scores and 181 yards rushing and 2 scores on the ground. Brian Merken had 4 receptions for 47 yards, two touchdowns and a critical interception in the end zone at the end of the first half. Chris Rogers had 5 receptions for 67 yards and a touchdown. Nick Henderson had 10.5 tackles, Trenton Tso 7.5 tackles and Ryan Nall, Gabe Middleton and Alex Cortessis each with 5.5 tackles.

Boys water polo. Jake Stone scored 3 goals and Max Stryker, Jacob Parker and Henry Huchingson each scored 2 goals.

 

Oct 28 – Acalanes Beats Campolindo 35-28

by Matt Delaney

Wow, what a game. Well played by both sides.

Here are the stats from Digital Scout, I will upload into Hudl and MaxPreps by the morning.

Here are some highlights of tonight.

Time of Possession
Acalanes = 18:14
Campo = 29:46

Robby finished 17 for 24 with 215 yards, 3 passing TDs and 1 Interception.
Robby carried the ball 16 times for 181 yards and 2 Rushing TDs.

Robby = Total Yards = 396
Robby = Total TDs = 5

Torchio = 18 for 31 passes for 217 yards. 15 rushes for 58 yards for a total of 275 yards. He threw 1 interception, caught one interception and had 3 TDs.

Jake Delaney = 9 carries for 65 yards
Brian Merken = 4 catches for 47 yards and 2TDs
Chris Roger = 5 catches for 67 yards and 1 TD

Defense was impressive

Henderson = 5 solo tackles, 11 assisted tackles
Nall = 4 Solo tackles, 3 assisted tackles, 2 TFL and 2 sacks
Trenton Tso = 5 Solo tackles and 5 assisted tackles
Alex Cortessis = 4 solo tackles & 3 Assisted tackles
Gabe Middleton = 3 solo tackles & 5 assisted tackles

Robby Rowell


Acalanes Freshman Girls Volleyball vs Northgate

Acalanes Freshman Girls Volleyball – by Hunter Davis
October 26 – On Thursday, the Freshman Lady Dons Volleyball team fought the traffic out to Northgate for their final match of a great season. The first game was tight early with the teams trading points. Specialists Maren Takeuchi, Daisy Sibley and Libby Rossdid a nice job handling some difficult serves, and Carly Coffee provided the early offense, but the Broncos were up to the challenge.  The game reached 15-15 before a nice run of play from the Dons stretched the lead as Lauren Davis got a right side kill off a sweet five from setter Megan GoAudrey Passalacqua put down two over passes with authority and Samantha Hansen and Lauren teamed up for two roofs. Audrey then ran off a series of jump serves to put the team up for good and the Dons won 25-21.

The team started off a little slow in the second game….likely because superfan Katie Sowarby broke with superstition and forced the parents to switch ends of the bleachers. The Dons stabilized on a Lyla Cox kill followed by a couple of nice saves from libero Sydney Sowarby and another block from the right side. However, the Broncos put together a strong run despite some spirited parent chants led by father-of-the-year candidate Mark Passalacqua, and took the second game.

The pivotal third game started off better for the Dons as strong passing from Maren and Daisy and a nice serving run from Chloe Wu gave the Dons the lead.  A kill from Lyla off a perfect Bella Draper set put the squad up 11-8 and ended a run for Northgate. The team finished strong, highlighed by a great bump set from Sydney after Megan was forced to dig, which led to a Lauren kill, and a nice up from Chloe that Samantha scrambled to keep out of the net and in play. The match, and the season, ended with Lauren stuffing an over pass for the win. Celebrity Doctor and statistician Alan Go was “happy to see our Lady Dons finish off both a terrific victory!”  Good match and great season Dons!

DAL #2 Cross Country Meet Results-October 25, 2017

The Dons competed in the DAL #2 Meet at Newhall Park in Concord on Wednesday, October 25.  They faced some tough competition in the October heat.
Top Don’s top 5 runners in each race are featured below:
Boys’ Frosh/Soph finishers in the 1.95 mile race featured Max Nelson (Fr) 12:09.9, Tucker Starbuck (Fr) 12:18.4, Ethan Sanguinet (Fr) 12:20.3, Harrison Mains (Fr) 12:24.0, and Thomas Judson 12:38.5 with 28th, 39th, 41st,  44th, and 49th place finishes, respectively, out of the 152-man field.
Girls’ Frosh/Soph finishers in the 1.95 mile race featured Maxine D’Orazio (So) 16:22.0, Kate Stenger (Fr) 16:48.4, Lauren Stenger (Fr) 17:20.4, Summer Helvey (Fr) 17:32.4, and Tori Wang (So) 18:06.6 with 38th, 43rd, 52nd, 56th, and 60th place finishes, respectively, out of a strong 70-women field.
Boys’ JV finishers in the 1.95 mile race featured Nicholas Collins-Yarnell (Jr) 12:35.2, Ben Hall (Jr) 12:51.7, Brian Ohleyer (Sr) 13:13.4, Josh Evans (Fr) 13:20.1, and Bryan Lam (Sr) 13:32.6 with 47th, 56th, 71st, 74th, and 78th place finishes, respectively, out of the 148-man field.
Girls’ JV finishers in the 1.95 mile race featured Julia Helvey (Jr) 15:12.5, Emersyn White (Jr) 15:14.6, Lexie Asadorian (Fr) 15:20.9, Isabella Gonzalez (So) 16:47.2, and Audrey Burns (Fr) 17:14.8 with 31st, 33rd, 35th, 52nd, and 56th place finishes, respectively, out of the 79-woman field.
Boys’ Varsity finishers in the 2.95 mile race featured Ethan Frigon (Sr) 16:19.6, Joshua Starr (Jr) 16:31.8, Nick Hutson (So.) 16:48.1, Dominic Basaldua (Fr) 16:53.7, and Harrison Seymour (So) 16:59.4 with 16th, 24th, 27th, 28th, and 31st place finishes out of a very fast 73-man field.
Girls’ Varsity finishers in the 2.95 mile race featured Nicole Frigon (Fr) 19:36.7, Annie Klopstock (Sr) 22:11.2, Beth Hamalian (Fr) 22:16.1, Caroline Kelly (Sr) 22:19.4, and Binti Sohn (Fr) 22:29.1 with 20th, 42nd, 43rd, 44th, and 45th place finishes, respectively, out of the 55-woman field.
Great running Dons!  Next up for the Dons is the DAL Championship Meet at Hidden Valley in Martinez on Saturday, November 4 at 9:00.

Acalanes Girls Volleyball vs College Park

College Park v. Acalanes 10/24/2017

It is SENIOR NIGHT for Your Acalanes Dons Girls Volleyball team, as 5 Seniors – Sam Darin, Maddie Kalil, Kaitlin McKendell, Zoe McPhail, and Theresa Nevins – step through the
celebration balloons with their families and onto the Court to face off with College Park for
their last regular season home game of their careers. Nice crowd on hand!

First Set:

1-0. Darin kill as all 5 seniors are starting tonight.
2-0. Darin again. Senior Style.
4-2. Kalil sets McKendell on the outside. Dons score.
8-4. Kalil jumps to set and throws a winner down over the net instead. Senior Sneaky.
10-4. Timeout Falcons and the Senior lineup is dominating.
11-6. McPhail makes a nice “up” to save the point and the Dons kill it. Senior Smooth.
13-8. McPhail to Kalil to Darin: Kill.
15-9. McKendell swings and delivers a deep kill from the front row. Woo! Woo! Woo! K-Mack!
20-12. McKendell Ace!
23-13. McPhail Ace! McSeniors.
25-13. Dons take the 1 st .

Second Set:

6-4. McPhail passing and Kalil setting to get the Dons rolling in the 2 nd , and then Nevins adds in a winning block.
9-5. Nevins explodes a kill straight down from the middle. Wow. Senior Power!
15-9. Kalil delivers a nifty back-set and the Dons hitter kills it. Maddie Kaaaaaaaayyyy!
22-10. Nevins hammers another kill off the Kalil set. Teeeeeee!
25-12. Dons deep-fry the birds in the 2 nd .

Third Set:

2-1. Claire McNally Ace! Not a Senior. (I’m doing just one non-Senior highlight tonight, and that Ace was pure gold.)
4s. Nice Senior Saves by Nevins and McPhail to keep the point alive, and the Dons score to tie it up.
9s. Darin kill to tie it again. Saaaaaaaaaammmm!
12-11. Kalil to Darin. Big kill. Seeeeen-yerrrs.
15-11. Sweet Kalil serve and then a quick-reaction, one-armed “up” to save the point. Senior Smarts. Timeout C.P.
17-13. Kalil runs a slide play as Grace Higgins rotates into the middle of the court from the
outside to receive the set for a kill, completely flummoxing the Falcons.
20-15. Nevins pounds another winner. Senior Sledgehammer.
21-17. McPhail alertly covers an errant serve-receive ricochet, and then she sets the hitter for a kill. Zo-eeeeeeee!
24-17. Match Point!
25-17. Dons win!

Dons defeat the Falcons in three sets and move to 5-4 in League play with just one match left to go (at Northgate Thursday night). Congrats Seniors! They all played great tonight.

Oct 27 – Friday Sports

In Thursdays action…

The girls volleyball team was defeated by Northgate HS.
The freshman football team was defeated by Campolindo HS.

In Fridays action…

The football team hosts Campolindo HS. JV at 4:30 and varsity at 7:00. The Senior Night Presentation will take place before the varsity game and there will be Homecoming activities during halftime.

In Saturdays action…

The girls volleyball team competes in the San Ramon Valley Invitational.
The jv girls water polo team competes in the DAL tournament.

Thursdays individual standouts…

Girls tennis. Eliza Bates won the DAL single championship by a score of 6-2, 6-3 and Sydney Bell & Zoe Cate won the DAL doubles championship by a score of 6-1, 6-2. Megan Cardiff & Maddie McDonagh finished in 4th place in doubles.

Freshman football. Brady Huchingson scores a rushing touchdown and throws for 164 yards. Nico Cortessis has 4 receptions for 49 yards, Jackson Aris-Dumas 3 receptions for 40 yards and Joe Evans 3 receptions for 32 yards. Graham Oh has 7 tackles, Adam Kim and Thomas Schrader each had 4 tackles and Dane Jenssen had 3 tackles and an interception.

Oct 26 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesdays action…

Girls Tennis

Eliza Bates won her singles match and advances to the Finals of the DAL tournament.

Sydney Bell & Zoe Cate won their doubles match in the DAL Championships and advance to the Finals.

Megan Cardiff and Maddie McDonagh were defeated in their doubles match to the number 1 seed and will play for 3rd.

 

The boys and girls water polo teams were defeated by Miramonte HS.

In Thursdays action…

Girls Tennis

Eliza Bates plays for the DAL Singles Championship.

Sydney Bell & Zoe Cate will play for the DAL Doubles Championship.

Megan Cardiff & Maddie McDonagh will play for 3rd place in doubles.

All matches are at Acalanes HS at 3:45.

 

The girls volleyball team plays at Northgate HS.  Freshmen at 4:00, jv at 5:00 and varsity at 6:30.

The freshman football team plays at Campolindo HS at 5:00.

Acalanes Freshmen Girls Volleyball vs College Park

Acalanes Freshman Girls Volleyball – by Hunter Davis
October 24 – On Wednesday, the Acalanes Freshman Girls Volleyball team took on the College Park Falcons in the second leg of a back-to-back following Monday’s win over Miramonte. The game started out a bit choppy with College Park keeping it close to 10-10, which may have been attributed to several players trying out new positions. The defense was solid early on behind Daisy Sibleyand Maren Takeuchi, with Chloe Wu and Libby Ross each rotating in to serve and provide support. The team settled in a bit as freshly minted outside Lyla Cox put down some hits, new middle Lauren Davis came through with a few kills and stuffs, and Bella Draper was swinging away at oppo. Veteran setter Megan Go did a nice job distributing to both her new weapons, and the front row tandem of Samantha Hansen and Carly Coffee who each contributed in their traditional roles. The Dons pulled away to win the first set 25-19.

Carly stepped up in the start of the second set as well painting the end line for two early kills, as Megan served off 20 consecutive points before a Falcons side out. Audrey Passalacqua came in to close out the second set serving and playing DS, while libero Sydney Sowarby, who had enough digs for 2 matches in her standout performance Monday had the night off as the Dons closed out College Park 25-2. Congrats to all the Seniors!

Acalanes Freshmen Girls Volleyball vs Miramonte

Acalanes Freshman Girls Volleyball – by Hunter Daivs

October 23 – The Acalanes Freshman Girls Volleyball team travelled to Miramonte for a rare Monday road matchup against the Matadors.  The game was tight early as both teams were strong on offense and defense, getting out to 15-15 as Lyla Cox, Carly Coffee and Lauren Davis pounded some hits, while Maren Takeuchi and Daisy Sibley teamed up for outstanding defense. A great serving run from setter Megan Go sparked the Dons to a 22-15 lead with Libby Ross coming in to serve and play specialist as well. Miramonte eventually countered back to a 25-24 lead. Needing to stay alive the team played a superb point highlighted by two digs and ultimately a back row kill from the always solid libero Sydney Sowarby. Getting the ball at 25-25, Lauren fired off two unreturnable serves to secure the win. Parent Ken Coffee, resplendant in his 1980s Miramonte hoops jersey was duly impressed, in between humming bars of “Glory Days.”

The Dons took the momentum into the second set jumping out to a 7-0 lead with Megan serving bombs and getting Samantha Hansen and Audrey Passalacqua involved in the offense. Miramonte recovered a bit but the Dons built a 17-6 lead with Chloe Wu coming in to serve. Bella Draper sets to Samantha and Carly provided the punch to go along with more great defense from the trio of Sydney, Daisy, and Maren. The Mats came back to 17-14, at which point Megan pulled a set out of the net that Lauren finished with a tight angle kill and Audrey added a delicate tip to take back the mo. Carly ran a nice service run to 24-15, culminating in a long match point that ended with Lyla stuffing an over pass for the win, 25-17. Great game Dons!

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Oct 24 – College Park v. Acalanes Girls Volleyball

It is SENIOR NIGHT for Your Acalanes Dons Girls Volleyball team, as 5 Seniors – Sam Darin, Maddie Kalil, Kaitlin McKendell, Zoe McPhail, and Theresa Nevins – step through the celebration balloons with their families and onto the Court to face off with College Park for their last regular season home game of their careers. Nice crowd on hand!

McKendell, Nevins, McPhail, Kalil, Darin
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First Set:

1-0. Darin kill as all 5 seniors are starting tonight.

2-0. Darin again. Senior Style.

4-2. Kalil sets McKendell on the outside. Dons score.

8-4. Kalil jumps to set and throws a winner down over the net instead. Senior Sneaky.

Maddy Kalil
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10-4. Timeout Falcons and the Senior lineup is dominating.

11-6. McPhail makes a nice “up” to save the point and the Dons kill it. Senior Smooth.

13-8. McPhail to Kalil to Darin: Kill.

15-9. McKendell swings and delivers a deep kill from the front row. Woo! Woo! Woo! K-Mack!

20-12. McKendell Ace!

Kaitlyn McKendell
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23-13. McPhail Ace! McSeniors.

25-13. Dons take the 1st.

 

Second Set:

6-4. McPhail passing and Kalil setting to get the Dons rolling in the 2nd, and then Nevins adds in a winning block.

9-5. Nevins explodes a kill straight down from the middle. Wow. Senior Power!

Theresa Nevins
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15-9. Kalil delivers a nifty back-set and the Dons hitter kills it. Maddie Kaaaaaaaayyyy!

22-10. Nevins hammers another kill off the Kalil set. Teeeeeee!

25-12. Dons deep-fry the birds in the 2nd.

 

Third Set:

2-1. Claire McNally Ace! Not a Senior. (I’m doing just one non-Senior highlight tonight, and that Ace was pure gold.)

4s. Nice Senior Saves by Nevins and McPhail to keep the point alive, and the Dons score to tie it up.

9s. Darin kill to tie it again. Saaaaaaaaaammmm!

Samantha Darin
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12-11. Kalil to Darin. Big kill. Seeeeen-yerrrs.

15-11. Sweet Kalil serve and then a quick-reaction, one-armed “up” to save the point. Senior Smarts. Timeout C.P.

17-13. Kalil runs a slide play as Grace Higgins rotates into the middle of the court from the outside to receive the set for a kill, completely flummoxing the Falcons.

20-15. Nevins pounds another winner. Senior Sledgehammer.

21-17. McPhail alertly covers an errant serve-receive ricochet, and then she sets the hitter for a kill. Zo-eeeeeeee!

Zoe McPhail
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24-17. Match Point!

25-17. Dons win!

Dons defeat the Falcons in three sets and move to 5-4 in League play with just one match left to go (at Northgate Thursday night). Congrats Seniors! They all played great tonight.

Oct 25 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesdays action…

At the DAL Girls Tennis Championships, Eliza Bates #4 seeded singles, Sydney Bell & Zoe Cate #2 doubles and Megan Cardiff & Maddie McDonagh #4 doubles advanced to todays semifinals.

The girls volleyball team dispatched College Park HS 25-13, 25-12 25-17. The jv team swept 25-17, 25-17 and the freshman team likewise 25-20, 25-3.

The unified soccer team dropped a close decision to Heritage HS. Gabe Jess and Daniel Sodestrom each scored 2 goals.

In Wednesdays action…

​Eliza Bates #4 singles, Sydney Bell & Zoe Cate #2 doubles and Megan Cardiff & Maddie McDonagh #4 doubles compete in the DAL Girls Tennis Semifinals at Acalanes HS at 3:45.

The water polo teams host Miramonte HS in a HUGE regular season finale. JV girls at ​4:00, varsity girls at 5:00, varsity boys at 6:00 and jv boys at 7:00. Their Senior Night Presentation will take place between the varsity girls and boys games.

The cross country team competes in the DAL Center Meet at Hidden Valley Park at 3:30.

Oct 24 – Tuesday Sports

In Mondays action…

The girls volleyball team was defeated by Miramonte HS. The jv team was also defeated and the freshman team was victorious.

In Tuesdays action…

The girls volleyball team hosts College Park HS. Freshmen at 4:00, jv at 5:00 and varsity at 6:30. The Senior Night Presentation will take place prior to the varsity game.

The girls tennis team competes in the DAL Championships at College Park HS at 9:30 am.

Acalanes Girls Volleyball vs Miramonte – Oct 23

Acalanes v Miramonte 10.23.17

Oct 23 – Monday Sports

In Fridays action…

The girls water polo team continues to roll defeating Clovis West HS 12-6 and Davis HS 12-6 in the NorCal Championships at Sacred Heart Prep HS.

The football team played very well in defeat to Clayton Valley Charter HS. JV team was also defeated.

In Saturdays action…

The girls water polo team mounted a furious rally only to fall short 9-7 to Miramonte HS and defeated Leland HS 10-8 to finish 3rd in the NorCal Championships.

The girls volleyball team defeated Heritage HS and Dublin HS and was defeated by Castro Valley HS and James Logan HS in the Dougherty Valley Invitational.

In Mondays action…

The girls volleyball team is at Miramonte HS. Freshmen at 4:00, jv at 5:00 and varsity at 6:30.

Fridays individual standouts…

Varsity football. Robby Rowell completed 31 of 42 passes for 299 yards and 3 touchdowns. Brian Merken had 13 receptions for 92 yards. Nick Price had 8 receptions for 116 yards and a touchdown. Chris Rogers had 5 receptions. Aidan McNamara had 4 receptions for 62 yards and a touchdown and Tommy Thrasher added a touchdown reception.

JV football. John Kalil completed 9 of 14 passes for 185 yards and 3 touchdowns. Mikey O’Donnell added 137 yards and 1 touchdown. Jack Muren had 12 receptions and all 4 touchdowns receiving. Michael Roux had 8 tackles, Carson Burrill 7.5 tackles and Ben Clark, Teo Barakos and Jack Miles each with 4 tackles.

Girls water polo. Jewel Roemer and Bella Wentzel provided stellar play on offense in the high level NorCal Championships.

Oct 21 – Saturday Sports

In Fridays action…

The girls water polo team continues to roll defeating Clovis West HS 12-6 and Davis HS 12-6 in the NorCal Championships at Sacred Heart Prep HS.

The football team played very well in defeat to Clayton Valley Charter HS. JV team was also defeated.

In Saturdays action…

The girls volleyball team competes in the Dougherty Valley Invitational.

The girls water polo team competes in the NorCal Championships at Sacred Heart Prep HS.

The jv boys water polo team competes in the Las Lomas tournament.

Cross Country Rough Rider Invitational – Oct 13

The Dons competed in the Rough Rider Invitational in Fresno on Friday, October 13. It was an exciting meet!

Boys JV 2.2 mile:

Fr. Harrison Mains – 33rd Place 12:33.2
Fr. Tucker Starbuck – 102nd Place 13:26.5
Jr. Ethan Johnston – 149th Place 14:07.2
So. Austin Poole – 214th Place 15:20.2
Jr. Callan O’Brien – 227ths Place 15:53.2

Boys Varsity 3.1 mile: Acalanes finished 5th out of 29 teams!!

Jr. Riley Noon – 27th Place 17:16.7
Sr. Ethan Frigon – 39th Place 17:38.6
Jr. Joshua Starr – 48th Place 17:45.9
Fr. Dominic Basaldua – 51st Place 17:51.5
So. Harrison Seymour – 54th Place 17:56.4
Fr. Sam Roth – 59th Place 18:02.8
So. Nick Hutson – 62nd Place 18:07.5
Fr. Derek Kotarba – 67th Place 18:10.8
So. Ben Krey – 187th Place 20:55.7

Girls JV 2.2 mile

Jr. Coco Cornish -39th Place 15:29.5
Jr. Julia Helvey – 54th Place 15:47.6
Fr. Lexie Asadorian – 79th Place 16:30.4
Fr. Summer Helvey – 120th Place 17:30.3
Fr. Katie Bettencourt – 146th Place 17:59.2

Girls Varsity 3.1 mile

Fr. Nicole Frigon – 28th Place 20.56.7
Fr. Beth Hamalian -72nd Place 22:58.7
Fr. Binti Sohn – 74th Place 23:03.2
So. Sidney Zimmerman – 94th Place 23:45.5
Sr. Annie Klopstock – 95th Place 23:48.1
Fr. Taylor Hill – 113th Place 24:19.9
Sr. Anna Mary Starr – 119th Place 24:27.0
Sr. Caroline Kelly – 122nd Place 24:32.0
So. Emily Sverak – 140th Place 25:38.6
Fr. Lena Johnson – 150th Place 26:36.4

The Dons should be proud of their hard work! Most results were personal records!

 

Oct 20 – Friday Sports

In Thursdays action…

The girls volleyball team made quick work of Las Lomas HS 25-15, 25-19, 25-18. The jv team dropped a close one in three games and the freshman team won in two games.

The girls tennis team improved greatly against Miramonte HS and fell short 5-4.

The freshman football team was defeated by Clayton Valley Charter HS.

In Fridays action…

The football team hosts Clayton Valley Charter HS. JV at 4:30 and varsity at 7:00.

The girls water polo team competes in the NorCal Championships at Sacred Heart Prep HS.

The jv boys water polo team competes in the Las Lomas tournament.

In Saturdays action…

The girls volleyball team competes in the Dougherty Valley Invitational.

The girls water polo team competes in the NorCal Championships at Sacred Heart Prep HS.

The jv boys water polo team competes in the Las Lomas tournament.

Thursdays individual standouts…

Freshman football. Brady Huchingson threw for 246 yards and 2 touchdowns. Sam Heyman had 10 receptions for 91 yards and a score and Nico Cortessis 7 receptions for 119 yards and a score. Adam Kim had 7.5 tackles, Thomas Schrader 6.5 tackles and an interception, and Graham Oh 4 tackles and a safety.

Acalanes Girls Volleyball vs Las Lomas – Oct 19

Las Lomas v Acalanes 10.19.17

Freshman Girls Volleyball – Oct 19

Freshman Girls Volleyball – by Hunter Davis

October 19 – The Acalanes Freshman Girls Volleyball team took on Las Lomas on Thursday, amid the balloons and posters of the “Dig Pink” cancer awareness and prevent fundraising campaign. The festive atmosphere carried on into the early part of the match as the home team jumped out to a quick lead on kills from Lyla Cox, Lauren Davis and Daisy Sibley, all from setter Megan Go. Libby Ross came in with a streak of serves early, along with some nice digs, while libero Sydney Sowarby’s defensive play helped the team keep possession. Lyla added several aces, drawing acclaim from local volleyball enthusiast Dan Meade. The Dons continued their strong perfomance and nailed down a 25-8 game one victory.

Set two started out more balanced with the Knights taking a 6-5 lead early. Daisy put the Dons on top again 8-6 with two aces, outsides Carly Coffee and Audrey Passalacqua put hits down and Lyla stuffed an over-pass to stretch the lead to 11-7. Samantha Hansen added three quick points and another Carly kill made it 15-9. Las Lomas held tough fighting off difficult serves from Chloe Wu and Maren Takeuchi to get the match to 20-16. The Dons regained the momentum, and a great dig from Chloe on the last point led to a kill from Samantha to secure a 25-17 victory.

Freshman Girls Volleyball – Oct 17

Freshman Girls Volleyball – by Hunter Davis

October 17 – On Tuesday, the Acalanes Freshman Girls Volleyball squad traveled to Moraga to take on Campolindo. There was a rivalry feel in the air, though the Cougars did not enjoy the strong fan support the Dons mustered for their home matchup. Campo did use the home court advantage to jump out to a 7-1 lead before a kill and ace from Lauren Davis stopped the bleeding at 7-3. Two phenomenal digs from libero Sydney Sowarby and strong serving from outside Carly Coffee and Maren Takeuchi gave the Dons their first lead at 9-8. The teams traded points until 16-15 which included a nice tip from middle Samantha Hansen off a set from Bella Draper and some great serves from Lyla Cox. Campo surged to a 22-17 lead before two kills from Lauren Davis, on Audrey Passalaqua assists (subbing in at setter for an ill Megan Go) and great defense from Sydney Sowarby got it back to 22-21. In the end the Cougars pulled it off 25-21.

The Dons had a better start to the second set as the teams went back and forth to a 7-7 tie, highlighted by a back corner kill from Audrey Passalacqua and some nice defense from Daisy Sibley. Libby Ross and Chloe Wu each put down some nice serves in the second game as the Dons fought to forge a comeback from 19-8 down, but the hosts held on for a 25-14 victory.

Oct 19 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesdays action…

The girls tennis team recorded another 8-1 victory, this time against College Park HS.

The girls water polo team overwhelmed Northgate HS.

The boys water polo team overcame a slow start to easily defeat Northgate HS 18-8.

In Thursdays action…

The girls volleyball team hosts Las Lomas HS. This is their Dig Pink game to bring attention to breast cancer awareness. All donations will be given to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Freshmen at 4:00, jv at 5:00 and varsity at 6:30.

The girls tennis team hosts Miramonte HS at 3:30. Varsity is home and jv is away.

The freshman football team plays at Clayton Valley Charter HS at 5:00.

Wednesdays individual standouts…

Girls tennis. Sydney Bell, Sasha Schtein, Jasmine Toni, Erin Warenski and Zoe Cate won singles matches. Megan Cardiff & Maddie McDonagh, Olivia Reinecke & Sam Sweeney and Molly Cronk & Vivian Toni won doubles matches.

Boys water polo. Jake Stone scored 9 goals and had 1 assist and 1 steal. Alex Archer scored 3 goals and had 1 assist. Kiriyan Kartsev scored 3 goals.

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Acalanes Girls Volleyball vs Campo 10.17.17

Acalanes v. Campolindo 10/17/2017

Your Acalanes Dons Girls Volleyball Team headed up Snake Hill to Campolindo to face off with the perennial league power Cougars. As usual the Dons knew they were in for a tough battle as they kicked off the second half of DAL League play.

First Set:

1s. Sam Darin drills a back row kill after an alert front row “up” from Kennedy Cornish.

3s. Grace Higgins kills the rock-solid Lane Webster set to keep it tied up. Looks like the Dons are loose and ready to play.

Lane Webster
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3-6. Great up by Kaitlyn Mckendell but Campo strings three winners together.

5-6. Madi Risch serves a hot potato that Campo can’t handle as the Dons come right back.

9-11. Ace from Cailey McVay!

10-13. Higgins floats a nifty ball over the top of the blockers for a score.

11-13. Mckendell! McAce! Strong serving is keeping it tight.

13-14. Mckendell nice pass to Maddie Kalil, who set Hayes Hollar for the kill. Yah Dons!

15s. Risch! Ace! Tied!

17-16. And Darin gives the Dons the lead with a kill off of a defender! Let’s Go!!!

18s. Cornish delivers a gem in the middle!

20s. Higgins winner off the blockers after a long, wild point. Timeout Cougs. Tied up!

21-20. Higgins again gently places it to…nobody. And the ball bounces on the hardwood untouched by any Cougars. Dons can see the finish line and are fired up!

21-22. BUT Campo scores two in a row and now Acalanes wants to talk about it. Timeout Dons.

22-23. Campo hits it wide Dons hanging on.

22-25. Elsa Clever steps in as second setter and makes a sweet set, but the Dons can’t convert. Campo takes the first.

 

Second Set:

1-3. Darin stops the early Campo barrage with a sharp angle kill. Needed that one.

2-4. Higgins kill off the claws of the Cougar blocker.

6-9. Rachel Go sets Darin: Cougs can’t deal.

11-15. Webster sets Cornish in the middle for a kill. Soph Attack! Dons and Cougs trading points.

13-16. Risch kill!

14-17. McVay sweet pass to Go. Go sets Risch, and Risch “tools” the block for a point.

Cailey McVay
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17-22. Super set from Go tight to the net and Darin finishes it off, but the Dons are running out of time to tree the Cougars.

18-23. Risch to Go to Sarah Westergren and the kill. Textbook volleyball. Nice job Dons!

19-23. Cornish Roof!!!

19-25. Campo prevails in the Second set.

 

Third Set:

3-2. McKendell Aces it again! Yahhhsssss.

5-4. Webster kill at the “Oppo” spot to give the Dons the lead.

6-4. Kalil Ace!

10s. Diving save by Webster…rally…Cornish fires it off the blockers. Dons fighting hard!

12-11. Webster gives the Dons the lead once again with a setter dump into the campfire. (“Crafty from the Sophomore” says Robert McKendell.)

13-12. Wild scramble. Risch settles it down with a nice kill.

14-12. Higgins tools the block.

14-16. Rough patch, and just like that the Cougars stealthily retake control. Timeout Dons.

15-16. Clever kill off the touch. Zoe McPhail in to serve, and then another Dons kill keeps it close.

16-17. Now Claire McNally in to serve and fires a bullet, but Campo converts and scores.

17-19. A “lift” is called on Campo…now Webster in to serve. Dons giving Campo as many different looks as possible.

18-20. McPhail makes three consecutive solid passes during the same point and then the Campo hit is long. Deeee-fense! Dons still alive!

19-20. Cornish goes up for the block and Campo hits it low into the net. Dons playing hard and maybe need a bounce their way…

19-24…but things do NOT go the Dons way on several fronts…no further comment, and now the Dons are facing match point.

20-24. Risch kill to keep the match going.

20-25. Dons fall. 🙁

Dons play loose and fight hard and were in the thick of it every set, but Campo takes the match in 3 sets. Dons now set their sights on a strong finish in the remaining league matches, starting with Las Lomas at home on Thursday night. It is “Dig Pink” night for breast cancer awareness and fundraising, so come out to the gym and wear your pink!

Oct 18 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

The girls tennis team had a great afternoon defeating Campolindo HS handily 8-1.

The girls water polo team continues to play well defeating EBAL stalwart San Ramon Valley HS 10-6.

The boys water polo team came up just short to San Ramon Valley HS 16-15.

The varsity, jv and freshman girls volleyball teams played well against perennial power Campolindo HS only to fall short.

Elsa Clever
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In Wednesdays action…

The water polo teams play at Northgate HS. JV girls at 4:00, varsity girls 5:00, varsity boys 6:00, jv boys 7:00.

Tuesdays individual standouts…

Girls tennis

Eliza Bates, Sydney Bell, Sasha Schtein, Jasmine Toni, Erin Warenski and Zoe Cate won their singles matches. Megan Cardiff & Maddie McDonagh and Olivia Reinecke & Sam Sweeney won their doubles matches.

Boys water polo

Jake Stone scored 6 goals and had 1 steal. Jacob Parker scored 3 goals and had 1 assist. Max Stryker scored 2 goals, had 1 assist and 1 steal. Alex Archer scored 2 goals and had 3 steals.

Oct 17 – Tuesday Sports

In Tuesdays action…

 

The Dons are road warriors today.

The girls volleyball team plays at Campolindo HS. Freshmen at 4:00, jv at 5:00 and varsity at 6:30.

The girls tennis team has a match at Campolindo HS at 3:30. Varsity is away and jv is home.

The water polo teams play at San Ramon Valley HS. JV girls at 4:00, varsity girls at 5:00, varsity boys at 6:00 and jv boys at 7:00.

Oct 13 – Friday Sports

In Fridays action (air quality permitting)…

The football team plays at Las Lomas HS. JV at 4:30 and varsity at 7:00.

The cross country team competes in the Roughrider Invitational in Clovis.

The jv girls water polo team competes in the Western States tournament in Modesto.

In Saturdays action (air quality permitting)…

The cross country team competes in the Castro Valley Invitational at Canyon Middle School.

The jv girls volleyball team competes in the Deer Valley tournament.

​The jv girls water polo team competes in the Western States tournament in Modesto.​

Oct 12 – Thursday Sports

In Thursdays action (air quality permitting)…

Girls volleyball at Miramonte HS. Freshmen at 4:00, jv at 5:00, varsity at 6:30.

Girls tennis has a match against Las Lomas HS at 3:30. Varsity is away and jv is home.

Freshman football hosts Las Lomas HS at 5:00.

Oct 10 – Northgate v. Acalanes Girls Volleyball

Your Acalanes Dons Girls Volleyball team. Northgate. Broncos. Let’s ride.

First Set:

3s. Elsa Clever Ace as we get going.

5-3. Lane Webster sets Theresa Nevins in the middle and she hammers it like a nail in a horseshoe. Timeout Broncos.

6-8. Broncos gallop ahead with a 5-point run. Grace Higgins stops the stampede with a nice hit.

10-12. Sam Darin cross-court kill on the Maddie Kalil set as the Dons stay close.

12-13. See above! And add a great dig by Madi Risch off a tough serve!

13s. Webster to Higgins at Oppo who ties it up. Yee-Ha!

15s. Higgins puts up a huge block. Rooooof!

19-18. Darin. Key kill. Acalanes trying to get more than a half-length lead on the track.

19-22. Dons timeout after Broncos land three straight bulls-eyes.

20-23. Webster jumps in at Oppo and fires a shot.

21-23. Webster Ace! Timeout for the Broncos as they retreat to the barn to regroup.

21-25. And Northgate does regroup and takes the first set. Broncos roaming all over Acalanes Ranch so far.

 

Second Set:

Dons looking for more “Good…” and less “Bad and the Ugly.” (See Sergio Leone).

1-0. Darin kill.

2-0. Sarah Westergren kills it off the blockers.

3-0. Great Kaitlin Mckendall pass, permitting a clean set that Risch crushes.

5-3. Nevins makes an incredible one-armed up to keep the point alive and Risch pounds one off the blockers.

7-9. Timeout Dons after another big Broncos stampede. Somebody call Bart the Sheriff of Rock Ridge!

10-12. Webster finds a gap in the block.

11-13. Westergren fires a nifty kill to keep the Dons close.

12-13. Beautiful cross-court winner from Risch.

16-17. Saving back line up from Cailey McVay that Risch kills, and then Webster dumps a winner into the campfire…Taggert shakes his head on the Northgate sidelines over that one.

18-20. Rachel Go smartly sets up a kill.

19-23. Darin kill. Dons hanging on to the saddle horn.

19-25. Broncos buck harder and the Dons cannot stay on the mount.

 

Third Set:

I’m heading over to the Dons bench with “A Fist Full of Dollars” to try and rally the girls. We have to corral the Broncs right now or this one is over.

3-1. McVay Ace!

6-5. Broncos called timeout at 4-1 and ran off four straight. Then Clever fires an Ace!

7-6. Nevins delivers a nice block and Broncos brush the barbwire (net violation).

10-9. Zoe McPhail comes in and delivers two perfect passes. Risch kills the set off the second one. Fresh horses!

11-9. Dons struggling with on-court communication, but they keep it alive long enough with pure hustle for Webster to fire a clean shot into the back corner.

13-11. Higgins kill. This one is a hoof-biter.

15-14. Great up from Mckendall and Nevins finishes from the “Oppo” spot with a kill.

16s. Kennedy Cornish gets a kill in the middle.

17-16. Go! Ace!

20s. Long ref discussion. Do-over.

23-21. It ain’t pretty on either side of the fence y’all.

24-21. Nevins kills the overpass! Yummy like a sugar cube for the pony.

25-23. Dons finally win this set! Epic struggle to rope in the Broncos.

 

Fourth Set:

I guess this time I’ll implore the Dons with “For a Few Dollars More” to keep this match going.

1s. Higgins skys high and pounds a kill off the block.

3-2. Risch power slams the tight Webster set.

4s. Timeout Dons to plan a Round-Up.

5-4. Cornish rips one. Winner.

8-9. Claire McNally rolls in like the “High Plains Drifter”, steps up on defense, makes a nice pass, and Higgins finishes off a kill. Yippee Ky Yay!

11s. Higgins ties it up. Yahoo!

12-11. Nevins Roof! Time out Northgate.

14s. Risch ties it again.

15-17. Risch kills it again after yet another crucial Broncos stampede. Northgate is really playing consistently well tonight.

16-17. R-Go Ace!

16-19. Time out Dons. Trying to stop the Broncos from riding off into the sunset.

17-21. Webster smart placement kill.

17-25. Dons get bucked in the fourth and head to the rodeo clowns. This was just not their night and hats off to Northgate for a great match.

 

Dons fall to 3-2 in league play and travel to the Mata-dome on Thursday night for the second tilt of the year with arch-rival Miramonte. Come on out and wear your BLUE! Go Dons!

 

 

Oct 11 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesdays action…

The girls volleyball team played a close one with Northgate only to come up short in 4 games. The jv team also suffered in defeat, but the freshmen were victorious.

In Wednesdays action…

The boys water polo team hosts De La Salle HS. Varsity at 4:00 and jv at 5:00.

The girls golf team has a match against Miramonte HS at Rossmoor GC at 3:30.

Oct 10 – Tuesday Sports

In Tuesdays action…

The girls volleyball team hosts Northgate HS. Freshmen at 4:00, jv at 5:00 and varsity at 6:30.

The girls tennis team has a match against College Park HS at 3:30. Varsity is home and jv is away.

The boys water polo team hosts Davis HS. JV at 4:00 and varsity at 5:00.

Oct 9 – Monday Sports

In Fridays action…

The football team defeated Concord HS 63-14. The jv team also prevailed 62-0.

The girls water polo team defeated Clovis East HS 11-3 in the Clovis North Round-Up.

The boys water polo team was defeated by Corona Del Mar HS and defeated Mater Dei HS in the Southern California Invitational in Irvine.

In Saturdays action…

The girls water polo team defeated Castilleja HS 14-6 and Clovis North HS 7-5 in the Clovis North Round-Up.

The boys water polo team was defeated by San Clemente HS in the Southern California Invitational in Irvine.

Fridays individual standouts…

Football. Robby Rowell threw for 311 yards and 5 touchdowns. Brian Merken wore out his cleats with 4 receptions for 186 yards and 2 touchdowns. Aidan McNamara had touchdowns receiving and on a punt return, while adding an interception. Jake Delaney had 1 rushing touchdown and 1 receiving touchdown. Keaziah Smith had 7 carries for 71 yards and a touchdown. Nick Price had a receiving touchdown. Sam Saracevic had an interception return for a touchdown. Nick Henderson had 11 tackles, Alex Cortessis 4.5 tackles and Gabe Middleton 4 tackles.

JV football. John Kalil completed on all four passing attempts for 80 yards and a touchdown. Nick Pearson had 6 carries for 98 yards and a touchdown. Avery Howell ran for 2 touchdowns and Michael Roux and Matt Montequila each scored 1 rushing touchdown. Jack Muren had 3 receptions for 99 yards and a touchdown. Jack Miles and Nick Giorgianni each scored on interception returns. Wes Alpert and Quinn Elle each recorded 3 tackles.

Oct 7/8 JV Volleyball Tournament Results

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Oct 7 – Saturday Sports

In Fridays action…

The football team defeated Concord HS 63-14. The jv team also prevailed 62-0.

The girls water polo team defeated Clovis East HS 11-3 in the Clovis North Round-Up.

The boys water polo team was defeated by Corona Del Mar HS and defeated Mater Dei HS in the Southern California Invitational in Irvine.

In Saturdays action…

The boys water polo team competes in the Southern California Invitational in Irvine.

The girls water polo team competes in the Clovis North Round-Up.

The jv girls volleyball team competes in the East County Tournament in Pittsburg.

Oct 6 – Friday Sports

In Thursdays action…

The girls volleyball team defeated College Park HS 25-15, 25-12, 25-17.

The girls tennis team was edged out by the narrowest of margins by Northgate HS 5-4 with three 3-set matches.

The freshman football team shutout San Marin HS 34-0.

In Fridays action…

The football team plays Concord HS at Ygnacio Valley HS. JV at 4:30 and varsity at 7:00.

The girls golf team has a match against Las Lomas HS at Rossmoor GC at 3:30.

The boys water polo team competes in the Southern California Invitational in Irvine.

The girls water polo team competes in the Clovis North Round-Up.

In Saturdays action…

The boys water polo team competes in the Southern California Invitational in Irvine.

The girls water polo team competes in the Clovis North Round-Up.

The jv girls volleyball team competes in the East County Tournament in Pittsburg.

Thursdays individual standouts…

Girls tennis. Sydney Bell, Jasmine Toni and Erin Caulfield won singles matches. Megan Cardiff & Maddie McDonagh won their doubles match.

Freshman football. Brady Huchingson completed 12 of 16 passes for 209 yards and 5 touchdown completions to Jackson Aris-Dumas, Nico Cortessis, Dane Jenssen, Sam Heyman and Sam Higgins. Scott Hafner had 5.5 tackles, Garrett Siegel had 4.5 tackles and Ryan Tresser had 3 tackles.

Volleyball vs College Park – Oct 5

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Oct 5 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesdays action…

The girls water polo team found themselves in a back-and-forth battle with Campolindo HS and came out the winner in an exciting 7-6 league game. The jv team led off the evening with a strong 5-3 victory.

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The boys water polo team would not give in, yet fell to the highly ranked Campolindo HS.

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In Thursdays action…

The girls tennis team has a match against Northgate HS at 3:30. Varsity is home and jv is away.

The girls volleyball team plays at College Park HS. Freshmen at 4:00, jv at 5:00 and varsity at 6:30.

The freshman football team hosts San Marin HS at 6:30.

Wednesdays individual standouts…

Boys water polo. Jacob Parker scored 2 goals and had 2 steals. Bennett Winther and Max Stryker each scored 2 goals and had 1 steal. Jake Stone scored 1 goal and had 1 steal.

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Oct 3 – Acalanes v. Las Lomas Girls Volleyball

After a weekend excursion to the desert for the Nike Tournament of Champions, Your Acalanes Dons Girls Volleyball traveled to Las Lomas Tuesday night for the first league road match of the season. The Dons faced some tough national competition in Phoenix and got stronger as a unit. Their resilience was certainly tested by the Knights:

First Set:

1-0. Sam Darin kill of the Kaitlyn Mckendell covering set (from the libero position).

3-2. Madi Risch kills the Lane Webster set.

4s. Sarah Westergren fires an angle kill from the right side.

7-9. Have to say it…both teams playing pretty sloppy ball right now!

9-11. Cailey McVay delivers a timely Ace!

10-11. Risch! Roof!

12s. Great Elsa Clever serve that takes the Knights out of system, and then Clever comes right back with a pure pass and the Dons tie it up.

14s. Rachel Go sets Risch for a kill and the Dons rally again from down two to tie.

15-14. Kennedy Cornish puts up a big block and roofs it!

18-16. Darin with a huge kill.

18-20. Rough patch. Timeout Dons.

19-20. Webster “Oppo” kill.

20s. Darin angle kill.

22-20. Clever kill in the middle as the Dons are on a roll. T.O. L.L.

23-20. Westergren kills the Webster set. Wonderful.

24-20. Clever Roof. Cool.

25-20. Darin delivers. Dons win the first.

 

Second Set:

1-0. Darin picks up right where she left of: with a kill!

3-0. Westergren kill and solid McVay serving serves the Dons well.

4-0. McVay serving gets even better: Ace!

6-1. Clever Ace! Dons serving great tonight. Timeout Knights.

8-5. Risch kills a solid Go set to staunch a little Knights run.

9-5. Grace Higgins steps into the Oppo spot and nails a corner kill.

10-7. Mckendell playing beautiful “D”, keeping the points alive for Acalanes.

12s. Knights charge back to tie it.

13-12. Darin kill to retake the lead.

18-12. Risch kill and Westergren kill, and then another Risch kill and Westergren kill, backed by great McFamily defense (McVay & Mckendell), and smooth Webster sets, and the Dons re-assert control. Timeout LL.

21-14. Westergren again, with a smartly executed roll shot kill.

22-14. Clever Ace!

24-15. “R-Go” Ace to get to set point!

25-18. Risch kill finishes it. Untouched by human hands.

 

Third Set:

1-6. Clever and Westergren get a block after a super-slow Dons start to the 3rd (but not for lack of hustle). Knights have raised their defensive game significantly since the start.

2-6. McVay Ace!

3-6. Westergren kill! Lead cut in half.

6s. Clever Roof, Clever kill. Set tied!

7-6. Sweet Westergren up to Webster, who dumps a “deke” set over the net for a winner. Sneaky.

8s. Textbook Mckendell pass to Webster. Textbook Webster set to Risch. Textbook Risch kill. Been studyin’, ya-know?

9-13. Long, rough, patch.

13-17. Darin fires a kill off the blocker’s fingers. “Touch!” everyone yells.

15-17. Your correspondent calls it: Webster Ace! It was time. (Then your correspondent almost yelled “Let’s Go Knights!” because he is a Las Lomas alumni, but he caught himself in time…all Blue now baby.)

15-20. Timeout Dons. Acalanes not able to climb the mountain…yet.

15-24. Sometimes it’s pretty. Sometimes it’s not.

17-24. Nice Clever roof, but then the Knights take set 3, 17-25.

 

Fourth Set:

1-0. Clever kill in the middle off of the “1” set from Webster.

3-0. Risch deep corner placement kill.

4s. Knights take the lead, but Westergren ties it back up with a sharp kill.

7-4. Clever Ace! Dons storm back.

8-5. Super McVay pass. Cornish kills the set.

10-7. Higgins flushes an overpass. Yummy.

12-8. Darin kill x2.

13-8. Darin x3. Great Mckendell serving and Go setting.

14-15. Big rough patch at the wrong time!

16-18. Dons scuffling. They get a much needed Risch kill. Team is really up and down tonight. Jet lagged from the AZ trip?

17-20. Hayes Hollar get a kill.

17-22. Timeout Dons. Yikes.

18-25. Knights take the Fourth Set and push this match to decisive Fifth!

 

Fifth Set:

2s. Risch kill as the Dons fight back from down two…this set is only to 15…

3-2. McVay Ace! Crucial serving tonight by Cailey.

4-2. Another McVay Ace!

6-4. Sweet McVay pass. Cornish kill, and the Dons keep the Knights at bay.

7-4. Webster crushes an overpass for a kill! Sa-weet! Timeout LL.

8-6. Cornish roof!

10s. Trading points, and the Dons are giving more than they are getting at the moment. Dons really struggling for any consistent rhythm tonight. A bit stressful.

11-10. Westergren kill. Needed it.

12-10. Risch tools the block. Needed that too.

13-11. Now Westergren kills off the blockers.

14-11. Clever Ace! OMG! Match Point for the Dons! Timeout Knights.

14-12. Dons hit long!…still match point.

15-12. Knights serve it long and out. Sad but the Dons will take the “W”! Game over! Match over! Dons win. PHEW!

 

Dons win the match in 5 sets and move to 2-1 in league play. The girls travel to College Park on Thursday night for another road contest. Come on over and watch, then get IN-N-OUT.

Freshman Girls Volleyball vs Las Lomas – Oct 3

Freshman Girls Volleyball – by Hunter Davis

October 3 – On Tuesday afternoon, the Acalanes Freshman Girls Volleyball Team traveled all the way to Walnut Creek for a road tilt with the Las Lomas Knights. The air must have been a little thin in the gym as both teams put several serves and spikes long early, before finding a rhythm. Acalanes ground out to a 17-8 lead in the first game behind strong serving from Daisy Sibley and Audrey Passalaqua, and that pair played some fine defense along side libero Sydney Sowarby. Lyla Cox and Samantha Hansen provided the most consistent offense from the middle blocker position with several quick hits each on ones from Bella Draper and Megan Go, respectively. Acalanes went on to close out the first game 25-15 as passing from specialists Maren Takeuchi and Chloe Wu kept the Knights from gaining any momentum late.

The second set got off to a smoother start with a quick side out and then 9 points on serves from Megan Go and featuring powerful hits from outside Carly Coffee and crafty net play from opposite Lauren Davis. Daisy Sibley then ran off 11 more points to give the team a 22-1 lead and Libby Ross came in to close out the match 25-2. Nice work Lady Dons!

Oct 4 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesdays action…

It was a battle and the girls volleyball team came out of it on the winning side against Las Lomas HS 25-20, 18-25, 25-17, 18-25, 15-11. The jv team won in two games.

It was a tough day on the courts for the girls varsity tennis team. Our lady dons felt to Miramonte 7 to 2. With several of the lines being extremely tight we were able to pull out wins with Sydney Bell in line 3 singles and Jasmine Toni in line 5 singles.

In Wednesdays action…

The water polo teams host Campolindo HS. JV girls at 4:00, varsity girls at 5:00, varsity boys at 6:00 and jv boys at 7:00.

Tuesdays individual standouts…

Varsity girls tennis. Sydney Bell and Jasmine Toni won their singles matches.

JV girls volleyball. Annika Olson was the offensive standout and Charlotte Glass was the defensive standout.

Oct 3 – Tuesday Sports

In Tuesdays action…

The girls volleyball team plays at Las Lomas HS. Freshmen at 4:00, JV at 5:00 and varsity at 6:30.

The girls tennis team has a match against Miramonte HS at 3:30. Varsity is away and JV is home.

Oct 2 – Monday Sports

The football game this Friday v. Concord HS will be played at Ygnacio Valley HS. JV at 4:30 and varsity at 7:00. Concord HS is installing field turf and their facility is not available.

In Fridays action…

The girls water polo team trailed Monte Vista HS 10-6 going into the 4th quarter before mounting a tremendous rally. They outscored the Mustangs 5-2 in the 4th quarter, but fell short 12-11.

The girls volleyball team was defeated by Desert Vista HS, Rio Rancho HS and Cheyenne HS in the prestigious Nike Invitational.

In Saturdays action…

The girls volleyball team was defeated by Ironwood Ridge HS in the prestigious Nike Invitational.

Sept 30 – Saturday Sports

Acalanes Girls Lacrosse

On Monday, October 2nd there will be a pre-season meeting for the Acalanes Girls Lacrosse program in the Cafeteria at 7pm.

If you are interested in playing lacrosse this year it is important that you attend this meeting. Parents are encouraged to attend. Coaches will be there to discuss the season, pre-season clinics and try-out information!

In Friday’s action…

The girls water polo team trailed Monte Vista HS 10-6 going into the 4th quarter before mounting a tremendous rally. They outscored the Mustangs 5-2 in the 4th quarter, but fell short 12-11.

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In Saturdays action…

The girls volleyball team competes in the Nike Invitational in Arizona.

The jv girls water polo team competes in the Alhambra tournament.

Sep 29 – Lady Dons Water Polo

Acalanes High School Girls Water Polo battled back from a 3-9 deficit, but eventually lost 11-12 to perennial frontrunner Monte Vista High School.

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Sept 29 – Friday Sports

Acalanes Girls Lacrosse

On Monday, October 2nd there will be a pre-season meeting for the Acalanes Girls Lacrosse program in the Cafeteria at 7pm.

If you are interested in playing lacrosse this year it is important that you attend this meeting. Parents are encouraged to attend. Coaches will be there to discuss the season, pre-season clinics and try-out information!

In Thursdays action…

Big Win! The girls tennis team defeated Campolindo HS 7-2.

The girls golf team was defeated by Campolindo HS.

The freshman football team pulled out a victory over Newark Memorial HS 26-18.

In Fridays action…

The girls water polo team hosts Monte Vista HS. Varsity at 4:00 and JV at 5:00.

The girls volleyball team competes in the Nike Invitational in Arizona.

JV and Varsity football have byes this week.

In Saturdays action…

The girls volleyball team competes in the Nike Invitational in Arizona.

The JV girls water polo team competes in the Alhambra tournament.

​Thursdays individual standouts…​

​Girls golf. Avalon Schenone shot a 44 on a 9-hole par 36 course.​

Avalon Schenone

Freshman football. Brady Huchingson completed 21 of 30 passes for 314 yards and 4 touchdowns. Jackson Aris-Dumas had 5 receptions for 68 yards and 2 scores and had 6 carries for 68 yards. Sam Heyman had 5 receptions for 111 yards and a score and Graham Oh had 5 receptions for 95 yards and a score. Defensively, Thomas Schrader had 5 tackles, Tyler Karr had 3.5, and Adam Kim had 3. Garrett Siegel and Dane Jenssen each had an interception.

Sept 28 – Thursday Sports

Acalanes Girls Lacrosse

On Monday, October 2nd there will be a pre-season meeting for the Acalanes Girls Lacrosse program in the Cafeteria at 7pm.

If you are interested in playing lacrosse this year it is important that you attend this meeting. Parents are encouraged to attend. Coaches will be there to discuss the season, pre-season clinics and try-out information!

In Wednesdays action…

The boys water polo team also opened league play with a 17-12 victory over Las Lomas HS.

The girls water polo team defeated Las Lomas HS 13-7 in their DAL opener.

The girls golf team was defeated by Northgate HS.

In Thursdays action…

The girls tennis team has a match against Campolindo HS at 3:30. Varsity is home and JV is away.

The girls golf team has a match against Campolindo HS at Moraga CC at 3:30.

The freshman football team plays at Newark Memorial HS at 6:00.

Wednesdays individual standouts…

Varsity boys water polo. Max Stryker and Bennett Winther each scored 5 goals and had 1 assist. Jake Stone added 4 goals and 1 assist.

JV boys water polo. Charlie Bettencourt scored 5 goals.

Girls water polo. Jewel Roemer was the offensive standout and Bella Wentzel on the defensive end of the pool.

Cross Country Meet Results – 9/27/17

The Cross Country team competed in its first league meet on Wednesday at Hidden Valley Park in Martinez.

Standouts in this meet were Freshman Nicole Frigon, who competed in the Girls’ Varsity 3-mile race with a 28th place finish out of 52 runners with a time of 22:09.2; Senior Ethan Frigon and Junior Joshua Starr, who competed in the Boys’ Varsity 3-mile race with 11th and 14th place finishes out of 68 runners (17:18.2 and 17:24.9, respectively); Juniors Coco Cornish and Emersyn White, who competed in the Girls’ JV 2-mile race with 16th and 21st place finishes out of 81 runners (15:52.4 and 16:13.8, respectively); Junior Ed Collinson, who competed in the Boys’ JV 2-mile race with a 17th place finish out of 108 runners with a time of 12:40.7; Sophomores Sidney Zimmerman and Emily Sverak, who competed in the Girls’ Frosh/Soph 2-mile race with 25th and 32nd place finishes out of 88 runners (16:37 and 16:48, respectively); and Sophomore Nick Hutson and Freshmen Dominic Basaldua, Derek Kotarba and Sam Roth, who competed in the Boys’ Frosh/Soph 2-mile race with 2nd, 7th (1st Frosh), 5th (2nd Frosh) and 24th (3rd Frosh) places out of 216 runners with times of 11:44.1, 12:05.6, 12:30.7 and 12:43.0, respectively. Way to go Dons!!

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Sept 27 – Wednesday Sports

Girls Lacrosse pre-season meeting.  On Monday, October 2nd there will be a pre-season meeting for the Acalanes Girls Lacrosse program in the Cafeteria at 7pm. If you are interested in playing lacrosse this year it is important that you attend this meeting. Parents are encouraged to attend. Coaches will be there to discuss the season, pre-season clinics and try-out information!

In Tuesdays action…

The girls volleyball team pulled out the victory in an epic battle with Miramonte HS 30-32, 25-21, 25-23 and 25-15. The freshman team also won 25-19 and 25-11, but the JV team dropped a close one 25-15, 11-25 and 11-15.

The girls tennis team defeated Las Lomas HS 7-2.

The girls golf team was defeated by Irvington HS.

In Wednesdays action…

The water polo teams play at Las Lomas HS. JV girls at 4:00, varsity girls at 5:00, varsity boys at 6:00 and JV boys at 7:00.

The cross country team competes in the DAL Center Meet at Hidden Valley Park at 3:30.

The girls golf team has a match against Northgate HS at Rossmoor GC at 3:30.

Tuesdays individual standouts…

Varsity girls volleyball. Madi Risch and Samantha Darin highlighted an outstanding team effort.

JV girls volleyball. Melissa Elliott and Annika Olson stood out on offense and Charlotte Glass on defense.

Acalanes Volleyball vs. Miramonte – Sept 26

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Freshman Girls Volleyball

September 26 by Hunter Davis:

On Tuesday afternoon, the Acalanes Freshman Girls Volleyball team (10-3) defeated the Miramonte Matadors in straight sets to continue their strong play this season. The defensive tone was set early with a roof from Lauren Davis and a big kill from Carly Coffee on offense. The teams traded possessions until a nice service run from Megan Go made it 16-12. Miramonte fought back to take the lead 17-16, but then a series of deep serves from Chloe Wu and steady defense from Sydney Sowarby allowed the Dons to close it out 25-19.

The second game was never really close as solid serving from Libby Ross, Daisy Sibley, and Maren Takeuchi pushed the team to a big lead early. Bella Draper teamed with Audrey Passalaqua and middle blocker Samantha Hansen for a number of points, and Lauren Davis hammered one deep in the corner off a dime from Megan Go. Miramonte tried to make a late run but a spectacular diving dig from Audrey Passalacqua and a powerful block/kill combination from Lyla Cox ended the match.

September 23 by Hunter Davis:

The Dons played in a weekend East County tournament hosted at Pittsburg High School. The team went 3-1 in the tournament, beating the host Pirates and handling Dougherty Valley in the opening round. In the final pool, they beat Castro Valley in straight sets before falling one game short of the championship, losing to San Ramon Valley in a very tight match. It was a long competitive day of volleyball and the whole team put in a great effort in finishing tied for third place.

Sept 26 – Tuesday Sports

In Tuesdays action…

The girls volleyball team hosts Miramonte HS. Freshmen at 4:00, JV at 5:00 and varsity at 6:30.

The girls tennis team has a match against Las Lomas HS at 3:30. Varsity is home and JV is away.

The girls golf team has a match against Irvington HS at SkyWest GC at 3:00.

Girls Lacrosse pre-season meeting.  On Monday, October 2nd there will be a pre-season meeting for the Acalanes Girls Lacrosse program in the Cafeteria at 7pm. If you are interested in playing lacrosse this year it is important that you attend this meeting. Parents are encouraged to attend. Coaches will be there to discuss the season, pre-season clinics and try-out information!

Acalanes Girls Lacrosse pre-season meeting Oct 2

On Monday, October 2nd there will be a pre-season meeting for the Acalanes Girls Lacrosse program in the Cafeteria at 7pm.

If you are interested in playing lacrosse this year it is important that you attend this meeting. Parents are encouraged to attend. Coaches will be there to discuss the season, pre-season clinics and try-out information!

Sept 25 – Monday Sports

In Fridays action…

The football team continues to roll with a 56-7 victory over De Anza HS to remain undefeated at 5-0. The jv team also won 54-26 to remain undefeated at 5-0.

The girls water polo team defeated Menlo-Atherton HS 18-4 and Mitty HS 16-0 in the Amanda McDonald Invitational.

The boys water polo team defeated EBAL power Monte Vista HS 21-11 to raise their record to 8-4.

In Saturdays action…

The girls water polo team defeated Sacred Heart Prep HS 9-3 and Soquel HS 7-6 and are the champions of the Amanda McDonald Invitational, while raising their overall record to 9-1.

Fridays individual standouts…

Varsity football. Robby Rowell completed 18 of 25 passes for 264 yards and 3 touchdowns. Nick Kresnak added 2 touchdown passes. Brian Merken had 3 receptions for 59 yards and 2 touchdowns, Chris Rogers 6 receptions for 55 yards and 1 score, Nick Price 2 receptions for 53 yards and 1 score. Keaziah Smith scored 2 rushing touchdowns and Jake Delaney added 1 score. Tommy Thrasher had 3 receptions for 51 yards and 3 tackles. Nick Henderson led the defense with 5.5 tackles, Alex Cortessis added 4 tackles and Nick Bettencourt and Seth Pezman each added 3 tackles.

JV football. John Kalil completed 18 of 24 passes for 264 yards and 3 touchdowns. Avery Howell rushed 13 times for 163 yards, 3 touchdowns and a 54 yard kickoff return. Jack Muren had 4 receptions for 73 yards and 2 touchdowns. Wes Alpert had 6 receptions for 103 yards and a touchdown. Luke Miles had 5 receptions for 78 yards. Nick Pearson led the defense with 8 tackles and Mikey O’Donnell and Ben Clark added 5 and 3 tackles, respectively. Jack Miles had an interception.

Sep 24 – Color Run


Sept 23 – Saturday Sports

In Fridays action…

The football team continues to roll with a 56-7 victory over De Anza HS. The JV team also won 54-26.

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The boys water polo team defeated EBAL power Monte Vista HS 21-11.

In Saturdays action…

The girls water polo team competes in the Amanda McDonald Invitational at Menlo School.

The JV boys water polo team competes in the St. Francis tournament.

The JV girls volleyball team competes in the Dougherty Valley tournament.

The freshman girls volleyball team competes in the East County tournament at Pittsburg HS.

Fridays individual standouts…

Varsity football. Robby Rowell completed 18 of 25 passes for 264 yards and 3 touchdowns. Nick Kresnak added 2 touchdown passes. Brian Merken had 3 receptions for 59 yards and 2 touchdowns, Chris Rogers 6 receptions for 55 yards and 1 score, Nick Price 2 receptions for 53 yards and 1 score. Keaziah Smith scored 2 rushing touchdowns and Jake Delaney added 1 score. Tommy Thrasher had 3 receptions for 51 yards and 3 tackles. Nick Henderson led the defense with 5.5 tackles, Alex Cortessis added 4 tackles and Nick Bettencourt and Seth Pezman each added 3 tackles.

Keaziah Smith
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JV football. John Kalil completed 18 of 24 passes for 264 yards and 3 touchdowns. Avery Howell rushed 13 times for 163 yards, 3 touchdowns and a 54 yard kickoff return. Jack Muren had 4 receptions for 73 yards and 2 touchdowns. Wes Alpert had 6 receptions for 103 yards and a touchdown. Luke Miles had 5 receptions for 78 yards. Nick Pearson led the defense with 8 tackles and Mikey O’Donnell and Ben Clark added 5 and 3 tackles, respectively. Jack Miles had an interception.

Acalanes Girls Volleyball v. Campolindo 9/21/2017

Girls Volleyball
by Ken Webster

Your Acalanes Dons Girls Volleyball team kicked off 2017 DAL League play by hosting the arch-rival Campolindo Cougars on Thursday night in front of a big and boisterous crowd. The match found the defending D III State Champions still looking to find their 2017 identity, as they came in at 2-4 on the year but with a big win over Marin County powerhouse Redwood High last weekend. This stiff test from the Cougs – currently ranked 6th in the State in Division 3 – would surely push them to their limits and help them grow as a team. Here is some of the action:

First Set:

2-8. Timeout Dons after a very rocky start. Adrenaline is pumping and Coach Rodriguez looks to settle the Dons down.

3-10. Dons out of sync.

6-15. Sarah Westergren delivers a kill to get the Dons a much needed point.

7-18. Westergren fires another winner deep. Needed it.

8-19. Grace Higgins kills the Lane Webster set. Needed that too! Dons in a big hole but fighting.

10-25. Warm up set completed. Now we can get this match going!

Second Set:

1-0. Webster delivers a winning serve and the Dons have the lead!

2-2. Hayes Hollar drives a kill into the Campo middle.

3-6. Webster back set to Hollar at the “Oppo”. Kill. Dons now fighting with high energy.

4-8. Madi Risch pounds a ball straight down on the kill. With Authority.

6-10. Webster roof!

8-10. Risch on a serving run.

9-10. Webster drills an angle kill from the “Oppo” from the Rachel Go set. Timeout Cougs! The gym is rockin’.

10-11. Cailey McVay digs a tough serve and Go sets to Higgins beautifully, and Grace finishes it with a kill.

12s. Webster Ace!

13-12. Campo fires the ball long and the Dons re-take the lead!

14-12. Webster Ace again! Bullets.

14-15. Timeout Dons to break a little Campo momentum.

18-17. McVay Ace! Dons fight back once again. Resilient.

19-18. Risch block! McVay dig! Risch kill!

19-20. Kennedy Cornish slams down an overpass, but Campo keeps it alive and scores. See-saw battle this set.

20s. Hayes “Ain’t No Hollarback Girl” Hollar crushes a kill to re-tie it.

21s. Risch tools the blockers to re-tie it yet again. Dons playing great v-ball right now!

22s. Go with a buttery set to Higgins who eats it up. Tied again…

22-24. Timeout Dons…

23-24. Big Webster kill! Timeout Cougars. Let’s Go Dons!

24 all…24-25…25s! Elsa Clever stuffs a joust at the net. OT baby.

25-27. Dons fall in the 2nd set. Man!

Third Set:

1-0. Great D from Zoe McPhail and McVay (part of the McFamily) and then Clever delivers a big roof.

2-0. Clever again!

3-0. Risch kill on a roll shot.

4-3. Webster lofts a set from out of the net and gets it to Hollar for the kill.

6s. Go (“R-GO”) back sets Risch, who promptly crushes the kill into the middle of the court.

7-6. McPhail: great serve and then saves the point with a great dig. Back row passing by McPhail, McVay, Go and Sam Darin is on point.

9-14. Tough patch of road for the Dons-mobile. Timeout.

11-16. Clever on the slide kill. Needed it.

11-19. Campo executing and building momentum. Not helpful.

13-22. Timeout Acalanes. Campo still not helping.

14-22. Risch with a saving dig and Webster finishes it at the net.

17-24. Clever kills a “1” in the middle to keep the match alive.

18-24. McVay Ace! Yaaasssss.

19-24. Webster to Risch for the untouched Thunder Bomb Kill. Wow. Stirs memories of the incomparable Parker Jones…Happy Birthday Parker!

19-25. Dons fall in 3 to the Cougars, but it was an exciting match and the Dons will be fun to watch this season, so come on out to some games!

 

Sept 22 – Friday Sports

In Thursdays action…

The girls tennis team defeated College Park HS 5-4.

The girls volleyball team was defeated by Campolindo HS. The JV and freshmen teams were also defeated.

Kennedy Cornish and Grace Higgins
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The freshman football team defeated Northgate HS 42-7.

In Fridays action…

The football team hosts De Anza HS. JV at 4:30 and varsity at 7:00.

The boys water polo team hosts Monte Vista HS. JV at 4:00 and varsity at 5:00.

The girls water polo team competes in the Amanda McDonald Invitational at Menlo School.

In Saturdays action…

The girls water polo team competes in the Amanda McDonald Invitational at Menlo School.

The JV boys water polo team competes in the St. Francis tournament.

The JV girls volleyball team competes in the Dougherty Valley tournament.

The freshman girls volleyball team competes in the East County tournament at Pittsburg HS.

​Thursdays individual standouts…

​Girls tennis. Zoe Cate and Jess Gerson won singles matches. Olivia Reinecke & Sam Sweeney, Molly Cronk & Vivian Toni and ​Sophia Cooper & Rachel Minden won doubles matches.

Freshman football. Brady Huchingson completed 8 of 12 passes for 121 yards and 3 passing touchdowns and one running score. Jackson Aris-Dumas had 3 receptions for 49 yards and 1 score. Quinn Elle and Adam Kim each added a receiving touchdown, Thomas Schrader an interception return for a score and Sam Heyman returned the opening kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown. Defensive standouts. Graham Oh had 8 tackles and Adam Kim and Thomas Schrader each added 3 tackles. Adam Kim, Logan Hope and Graham Oh also had interceptions.

Freshman Girls Volleyball

Freshman Girls Volleyball
by Hunter Davis
September 21, 2017 – It was an exciting afternoon of volleyball as the Acalanes Freshman Lady Dons took on arch rival Campolindo.  The first set was tight early with strong blocking from Lauren Davis and Lyla Cox. The Dons used a serving streak from Lyla to break open a 10-5 lead, forcing Campo into an early timeout. The coaching move worked as the Cougars roared back to a 14-11 lead, but an equally well taken timeout from Coach Miranda Rodriguez along with solid serving from Sammy Hansen got the Dons back in the game. They kept it close on aggressive kills from Audrey Passalaqua and Carly Coffee, but could not take advantage of a late service run from Chloe Wu to drop the first game 20-25.
The second set may go down as the game of the season as neither team was able to build a lead, with 7+ lead changes. The Dons had great fan support from the JV and Varsity teams along with many others, and loud cheers of “Let’s go Dons” echoed throughout the gym at key moments highlighting this rivalry match. Back to back kills from Audrey Passalaqua and Lyla Cox on Megan Go assists gave the Dons the momentum and at 11-14, 4 straight points from Daisy Sibley gave the Dons the lead.  After falling behind 22-24 the team fought back with excellent defense, nice setting from Bella Draper, and clutch team serving to push the match on. Strong passing from libero Sydney Sowarby and Marin Takeuchi countered Campo’s service game, while scrambling defense from Lauren Davis kept points alive as the tension ramped up. In the end, a few breaks allowed the Cougars to pull off a 30-28 victory in the second set, but it was a great match from both teams.

Sept 21 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesdays action…

The girls golf team defeated Las Lomas HS 256-262.

Avalon Schenone shot a 41 on a 9-hole par 36 course.

In Thursdays action…

The girls volleyball team hosts Campolindo HS. Freshmen at 4:00, JV at 5:00 and Varsity at 6:30.

The varsity girls tennis team has a match at College Park HS and the JV team hosts Bentley HS, both at 3:30.

The freshman football team plays at Northgate HS at 5:00.

Sept 20 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesdays action…

The boys water polo team pulled out a 12-11 victory over Menlo-Atherton HS to raise their record to 7-4.

In Wednesdays action…

The girls golf team has a match against Las Lomas HS at Boundary Oak CC at 3:15.

Sept 19 – Tuesday Sports

In Mondays action…

Avalon Schenone shot an 84 over 18 holes at the Poppy Ridge Girls Golf Invitational.

In Tuesdays action…

The boys water polo team hosts Menlo Atherton HS. JV at 4:00 and varsity at 5:00.

The girls tennis team has a match against Northgate HS at 3:30. Varsity is away and JV is home.

Sept 18 – Monday Sports

In Fridays action…

The boys water polo team defeated Gunn HS and was defeated by Menlo School in their Ron Richison Invitational.

In Saturdays action…

The football team put on quite a performance defeating San Marin HS 49-14. The jv team led off the day in like fashion 46-12.

The boys water polo team defeated Jesuit HS and was defeated by Buchanan HS in their Ron Richison Invitational.

In cross country action, the Dons competed in the De La Salle-Carondelet Nike Invitational Meet on Saturday, September 16, 2017.  In girls action, the top lady Dons were Freshman Nicole Frigon, who finished 3rd (2nd Frosh) in the Frosh/Soph 2-mile race with a time of 13:34.5 and Freshmen Beth Hamalian and Binti Sohn finished 29th and 33rd (16th and 19th freshmen) with times of 14:51.2 and 14:54.1, respectively, leading the Don’s to a 7th place finish; Junior Emersyn White finished 62nd out of 251 runners in the Frosh/Soph/JV Unlimited 2-mile race with a time of 16:14.5; and Maxine D’Orazio placed 68th out of 122 runners with a time of 16:22.5 in the girls’ JV 2-mile race.  Way to go girls!!!

In boys action, the Frosh/Soph finished 8th out of 30 teams, with Sophomore Nick Hutson leading the Don’s with a 16th place finish (11th Sophomore) out of 201 runners and a time of 11:33.2 for the 2-mile race, Freshman Derek Kotarba and Sam Roth finished 39th and 42nd (13th and 14th freshmen), respectively, with times of 11:58.7 and 12:00.6; Freshman Owen Myall finished 60th out of 323 runners with a time of 13:35.9 in the Frosh/Soph Unlimited 2-mile race; Freshmen Tucker Starbuck and Ethan Chow finished 117th and 118th out of a tough 175-runner field in the JV Unlimited race, with times of 13:26.1 and 13:26.4 – what a close finish between those two!  Other notables in the JV Unlimited race were Freshman Josh Evans and Sophomore Aidan Bodner, with times of 13:31.1 and 13:31.9 – another close finish!  In boys’ Varsity action, Junior Joshua Starr earned the Don’s top spot with a 91st place finish out of 241 runners and a person record time of 17:12.1 for the 3-mile race.  Junior Riley Noon and Sophomore Andrew Owens also had fast races with times of 17:32.0 and 17:35.2.  Great job boys!!!

In Mondays action…

The girls golf team competes in the Poppy Ridge Invitational at Poppy Ridge GC at 12:00.

Sept 15 – Friday Sports

In Thursdays action…

Boys Water Polo pulled out a big victory over Jesuit HS 15-12 to raise their overall record to 4-2.

Girls Volleyball was defeated by Alhambra HS. The JV and Freshmen teams recorded victories.

Girls Golf was defeated by Miramonte HS.

Freshmen Football defeated Bishop ODowd HS 27-13.

In Fridays action…

Boys Water Polo hosts the Ron Richison Invitational.

In Saturdays action…

Football plays at San Marin HS. JV at 11:00 am and Varsity at 2:00 pm.

Boys Water Polo hosts the Ron Richison Invitational.

Girls Volleyball competes in the East County Invitational at Pittsburg HS.

Cross Country competes in the De La Salle & Carondelet Nike Invitational at Newhall Park.

Thursdays individual standouts…

JV Girls Volleyball. Offensive standout was Erin Meade and defensively it was Charlotte Glass and Jessica Larrick.

Freshmen Football. Brady Huchingson was 11-12 with 4 TD passes. Sam Heyman caught all 4 TDs and had 150 yards catching. Interceptions by Thomas Schrader and A. Kim. Logan Hope forced and recovered a fumble.

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Sept 14 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesdays action…

Girls Water Polo defeated Sir Francis Drake HS 18-3.

Sarah McCandless
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Girls Golf was defeated by the narrowest of margins by Campolindo HS 265-267.

In Thursdays action…

Girls Volleyball hosts Alhambra HS. Freshmen at 4:00, JV at 5:00 and Varsity at 6:30.

Boys Water Polo hosts Jesuit HS. Varsity at 6:00 and JV at 7:00.

Girls Golf has a match against Miramonte HS at Orinda CC at 3:15.

Freshman Football plays at Bishop O’Dowd HS at 5:00.

Sept 13 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesdays action…

Girls Golf was defeated by Northgate HS.

Avalon Schenone shot a 42 on a 9-hole par 36 course.

In Wednesdays action…

Girls Water Polo hosts Sir Francis Drake HS. Varsity at 4:00 and jv at 5:00.

Girls Golf has a match against Campolindo HS at Rossmoor GC at 3:30.

Sept 12 – Tuesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Golf has a match against Northgate HS at Boundary Oak CC at 3:30.

Sept 11 – Monday Sports

In Friday’s action…

The football team defeated Rodriguez HS 35-10.
The JV team was nearly perfect in victory 44-0.
The boys water polo team defeated Ponderosa HS 14-4 and Rio Americano HS 15-4 in the Menlo Invitational.
The girls tennis team defeated Leland HS and Redwood HS before falling to Santa Margarita HS in the Fresno Invitational.

In Saturday’s action…

The girls water polo team defeated Gunn HS 16-2 and California HS 18-2 the Acalanes Invitational.
The boys water polo team was defeated by San Ramon Valley HS and St. Mary’s HS of Stockton in the Menlo Invitational.
The girls tennis team was defeated by Buchanan HS and Stockdale HS in the Fresno Invitational.

Friday’s individual standouts…

Varsity football

Robby Rowell completed 14 of 24 passes for 244 yards, scored on a 32 yard run and threw three touchdowns to Brian Merken, who had 6 receptions for 121 yards. Chris Rogers also had 6 receptions for 65 yards. Nick Price had 4 receptions for 49 yards, and Tommy Thrasher 3 receptions for 61 yards. Jake Delaney had 3 receptions for 45 yards and scored a rushing touchdown. Nick Kresnak completed 9 of 11 passes for 109 yards. Defensively, Seth Pezman had 5 tackles, Alex Cortessis 4 tackles and Nick Bettencourt 3 tackles.

JV football

Mikey O’Donnell scored 4 touchdowns, 2 passing, 1 running and 1 on an interception return. John Kalil threw a touchdown pass and added 3 tackles. Jack Muren had 5 receptions for 102 yards and 2 touchdowns. Luke Miles had 1 touchdown reception. Avery Howell scored a rushing touchdown. Eddie Gray led the defense with 3.5 tackles and Teo Barakos and Carson Burrill added 3 tackles.

Cross Country results – sept 5

Acalanes Cross Country represented at the Monte Vista Invitational Meet on Tuesday, September 5.  The Dons’ Finished strong on the very hilly, challenging 2-mile course.

The Freshman Dons put in a great first high school performance!  Freshman boys showing strong finishes with three runners in the top 15:  Sam Roth (5th), Derek Kotarba (9th), and Dominic Basaldua (12th); Freshman girls top runner was Nicole Frigon, who had a 5th place finish; Other standouts were Sophomore boys Andrew Owens and Nick Hutson, who finished 2 seconds apart in 6th and 7th place; Another exciting finish found Junior boys Joshua Starr and Riley Noon just 5 seconds apart for 18th and 19th place.  Great running to all the Dons!

Come support your Dons at the next meet on Saturday, September 16 at Newhall Park in Concord at 9:00AM.

Sept 9 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…
The football team defeated Rodriguez HS 35-10.  The jv team was nearly perfect in victory 44-0.
The boys water polo team defeated Ponderosa HS 14-4 and Rio Americano HS 15-4 in the Menlo Invitational.
The girls tennis team defeated Leland HS and Redwood HS before falling to Santa Margarita HS in the Fresno Invitational.
In Saturday’s action…
The girls water polo team hosts the Acalanes Invitational.
The boys water polo team competes in the Menlo Invitational.
The jv boys water polo team competes in the Miramonte tournament.
The girls tennis team competes in the Fresno Invitational.
The cross country team competes in the Ed Sias Invitational.
The jv girls volleyball team competes in the Dougherty Valley Invitational.
Friday’s individual standouts…
Football
Robby Rowell completed 14 of 24 passes for 244 yards, scored on a 32 yard run and threw three touchdowns to Brian Merken, who had 6 receptions for 121 yards.  Chris Rogers also had 6 receptions for 65 yards.  Nick Price had 4 receptions for 49 yards, and Tommy Thrasher 3 receptions for 61 yards.  Jake Delaney had 3 receptions for 45 yards and scored a rushing touchdown.  Nick Kresnak completed 9 of 11 passes for 109 yards.  Defensively, Seth Pezman had 5 tackles, Alex Cortessis 4 tackles and Nick Bettencourt 3 tackles.

Sept 8 – Friday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Football
hosts Rodriguez HS. JV at 4:30 and varsity at 7:00.
Girls Water Polo
hosts the Acalanes Invitational.
Boys Water Polo
competes in the Menlo Invitational.
Girls Tennis
competes in the Fresno Invitational.

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Water Polo
hosts the Acalanes Invitational.
Varsity Boys Water Polo
competes in the Menlo Invitational.
JV Boys Water Polo
competes in the Miramonte tournament.
Girls Tennis
competes in the Fresno Invitational.
Cross Country
competes in the Ed Sias Invitational at Hidden Valley Park at 9:00 am.
Freshman Girls Volleyball
competes in the Dougherty Valley tournament.

Sept 7 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…
The girls golf team was defeated by Irvington HS.
The freshman football team mounted a 19 point 4th quarter rally to defeat Petaluma HS 31-15.
Wednesday’s individual standouts…
Girls golf.  Avalon Schenone shot a 41 on a 9-hole par 36 course.
Freshman football.  Brady Huchingson completed 23 of 29 passes for 337 yards, 4 touchdown passes and one rushing touchdown.
Tom Heyman was an offensive standout with 8 receptions for 97 yards and 3 touchdowns, including the touchdown that put the team ahead to stay.
Jackson Aris-Dumas had 5 receptions for 70 yards and a touchdown.
Drew Davidson had 5 receptions for 77 yards.
Thomas Schrader was a defensive standout.
Thank you to Mr. Matt Delaney and Libby Ross for the report.

Sept 6 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action …
The girls water polo team defeated Tamalpais HS 18-3.
The JV team was equally impressive with a 19-2 victory.
The boys water polo team defeated Tamalpais HS 18-8.
In Wednesday’s action …
The girls golf team has a match against Irvington HS at Rossmoor GC at 3:30.
The freshman football team hosts Petaluma HS at 6:00.

Sept 5 – Tuesday Sports

In Saturdays action…
The football team defeated Suncoast HS, Florida 21-14.
The JV team defeated Northern Valley Regional HS, New Jersey 24-6.
In Tuesdays action…
The cross country team competes in the Monte Vista Invitational at Oak Hill Park at 4:00.
The water polo teams play at Tamalpais HS.  Varsity boys at 4:30, JV boys at 5:30, Varsity girls at 6:30 and JV girls at 7:30.

Sep 1 – Friday Sports

Football

Saturday, the varsity football team plays Suncoast HS, Florida at 7:00 and the jv team plays North Valley HS, New Jersey at the ESPN Center at Disney World in Florida.

Aug 29 – Girls Volleyball Comes Back for a Win

Your Acalanes Dons Girls Volleyball team started off their season with a non league home match against Deer Valley HS. The defending CA State D3 Champions were excited to get back on the court and see what they’ve got this season. Here we go…

1st Set
2-2 Maddie Kalil gets it going with a nice set to Grace Higgins for the kill.
3-2 Teresa Nevins (Tnev) brings it with a stuff block – Point!
4-2 Madi Risch serves up an Ace
6-2 Tnev with the overpass pound
7-2 Risch with another Ace! Forces a DV timeout.
9-3 Roxy Cummings says “I’m baaack!” with a KILL
10-5 Higgins with another “5” kill
11-5 Lane Webster floats in a back corner Ace
13-7 Elsa Clever joins Cummings for a big block
14-8 Webster to Risch who tools the block
15-11 Tnev SHUTS DOWN a dump attempt. Says “not in my house!”
20-18 Hayes Hollar makes her debut with a sweet kill on the outside.
21-18 Webster skims the ball off the top of the net for an ace.
22-20 Elsa Clever tips the ball into a hole for a kill.
23-20 Webster dumps the ball for a kill.
24-23 Risch kill for set point; but DV says, “not so fast…”
24-26 Set goes to DVHS

Lane Webster
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2nd Set
0-4 Slow start. Team still trying to find it’s rhythm.
1-4 Tnev gets it going with a “1” kill.
2-4 Kaitlyn McKendell follows that up with an ace
4-4 Sam Darin gets in on the action with an oppo kill
6-5 Cummings brings the heat – point!
7-7 Darin rips another one
8-8 Big Clever block
10-10 Clever rips a “1” – fire!
14-17 Tnev gets big in the middle with another block
15-17 Sweet Risch kill from the back row
18-20 Kalil decides she’d like to get in on the hitting action and puts one down off a Webster set
21-20 Risch big block
22-25 Set goes to DVHS; Dons must figure out how to close!

3rd Set
1-1 Sarah Westergren debuts with a kill off the Rachel Go set.
2-1 Clever with another ROOF
4-3 Westergren says “I’d like some more please!” and scores another point
6-3 Webster with the Ace
7-3 Risch gets it going with a BIG RIP
8-3 Another Ace from Webster
9-3 Cailey McVay debuts on D with a great up that Risch uses for a kill;
10-3 Risch throws one to the back corner – point! Dons are rolling now!
12-7 Tnev pounds a “1”
14-11 Darin with a sharp angle kill
15-11 Darin AGAIN
16-11 Zoe McPhail, playing solidly as libero for the match, makes a great up and Clever finishes it off.
18-11 All Dons on the court get in on this point with great all around hustle and Westergren ends it with a kill.
23-17 Hayes RIPS one for a point
24-18 Darin sends one to the back line for a kill; set point. Can the Dons close this one out?
25-18 Yes they can! On to the 4th…

Zoe McPhail
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4th Set
2-2 Clever for the kill after a great up by McVay
3-2 Go gets tricky with a dump that falls to the floor – sweet!
4-2 McVay throws in an ace
6-6 Westergren tools the block
7-6 Webster to Risch for a pounding
8-7 Great D by the McDs (Vay & Phail) [Just realized that all of our defensive players’ names begin with Mc: McPhail, McKendall, McVay and McNally. They will henceforth be referred to as McD!)
9-7 Risch ace
11-7 Darin KILL
12-7 Risch ace again; forces DV timeout
14-8 Tnev scores with some force in the middle
15-8 McPhail says “I’d like an ace too” – done!
17-8 McPhail, ace, again
18-9 Darin sneaks one through the block
22-13 Great Westergren up, Go set, Risch finish
23-13 Westergren powers one through the block
24-13 Sweet McVay up/Risch kill
25-13 Dons push the match to a 5th after a team effort point!

5th Set (Would you want it any other way? Yes, yes I would. 😉 )
1-1 Clever came to play, smashes a “1”
2-1 And another Clever crush off a sweet Go set
4-3 Clever decides to throw in an ACE
7-4 Great defense and hustle by whole team; forces DV to a timeout
8-4 Webster with the ace
9-5 Cummings finds a hole in the block and squeaks one through (the ‘Roxy Special”!)
10-6 Webster finds Darin who RIPS IT
11,12-7 Darin on fire!!
13-7 Clever & Darin form a wall – ROOF!
14-8 Clever will not be stopped in this set – Kill!
15-10 First Dons “W” of the season!!

Aug 31 – Thursday Sports

Girls Tennis

Today, the girls tennis team has a match against Piedmont HS at 3:30.  Varsity is home and jv is away.

Cross Country

XC Athlete of the Week:

Riley Noon – Riley has started this cross country season off with a bang. The benefits of his summer training were on full display this week, as well as his ability to be one of our new team leaders. This is Riley’s third year on the team, and we anticipate it to be his best so far!

Michael Maloney

Aug 30 – Boys Water Polo vs. DLS

Jake Stone
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Sep 5 – All Sports Meeting 7PM

What: Acalanes All-sports meeting (Fall / Winter / Spring) for all Acalanes sports for this year.

When: Tuesday, September 5th @ 7pm

Where: Acalanes PAC

Topics: Important issues for all sports including athletic funding, CIF and NCS rules & registrations, and Q&A.

This meeting will be the only All -Acalanes sports meeting for this year.

Individual sports team meetings with coaches will occur as usual prior to each seasonal sport.

Aug 30 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

You had to be there. The girls volleyball team dropped the first two games to Deer Valley HS. They rallied to win the next three games and posted the win 24-26, 22-25, 25-13, 25-18, 15-10. The jv and freshman teams swept in two games, 25-14, 25-10 and 25-15, 25-9, respectively.

Girls Tennis

was defeated by Amador Valley HS.

In Wednesday’s action…

Boys Water Polo

has a scrimmage at De La Salle HS. JV at 4:00 and varsity at 5:30.

Tuesday’s individual standouts…

Varsity Girls Volleyball

Zoe McPhail was a defensive standout in the back row and Sam Darin scored clutch kills in game five.

Samantha Darin
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JV Girls Volleyball

Standouts were Erin Meade on offense and Isabella Macayan on defense.

Freshman Girls Volleyball

Standouts were Carly Coffee on offense and Sydney Sowarby on defense.

Girls Tennis

Sasha Schtein and Zoe Cate won singles matches and Megan Cardiff and Maddie McDonagh won their doubles match.

Tuesday Aug 29 Freshmen Girls Volleyball Results

Aug 29   by Jennifer Davis  

With powerful serving and solid hitting, the Acalanes Freshmen Girls Volleyball team strong-armed their way to victory over Deer Valley in two sets: 25-10, 25-15. A serving streak from Chloe Wu and kills from Carly Coffee, Megan Go and Samantha Hansen helped the Dons reach a 20-10 lead. Audrey Passalacqua jump served five quick points to finish the game. Acalanes took an early lead in the second set with help from Maren Takeuchi’s strong back row passing and good serving by Libby Ross. Late in the game, setter Bella Draper connected with hitter Lauren Davis for a kill as the Dons secured their second pre-season win.

Aug 29 – Tuesday Sports

In today’s action…

Girls Volleyball

hosts Deer Valley HS. Freshmen at 4:00, jv at 5:00 and varsity at 6:30.

Girls Tennis

has a match against Amador Valley HS at 3:30. Varsity is home and jv is away.

Aug 26 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Football

It was a great night for the football as the varsity team was outstanding in a 56-14 victory and the jv team triumphed 26-7.

Brian Merken
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In Saturday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

hosts the scrimmage day.

Boys Water Polo

competes in the Las Lomas scrimmage day.

July 26 – Athletic Medical Clearance Exam

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Happy 4th of July


CONGRATULATIONS to Acalanes Class of 2017!


Congratulations Dons Athletes!!!

Congratulations to Acalanes High School Athletes who were recruited to play collegiate level competitive sports:

Emily Attiyeh, Golf, Claremont McKenna College
Samantha Bell, Soccer, University of Texas at Dallas
Matt Burns, Baseball, Chapman University
Josh Candau, Baseball, UC Santa Barbara
Caroline Clark, Soccer, UC Berkeley
Casey Conrad, Water Polo, Princeton University
Molly Davis, Soccer, University of Louisiana, Lafayette
Callie Ericksen, Soccer, Rice University
Paul Griessel, Baseball, Amherst College
Parker Jones, Volleyball,  University of Pennsylvania
Katharine Larson, Soccer, University of Pennsylvania
Windy Margerum, Track & Field, UC Berkeley
Allison Merrill, Soccer, Chapman University
Kevin McConnell, Baseball, Utah Valley University
Julia Mueller, Lacrosse, Scripps College
Brooke Panfili, Basketball, St. Edwards University
Brad Robison, Water Polo, UC San Diego
Morgan Rogers, Soccer, UC Berkeley
Matt Ruegg, Swimming, University of Puget Sound
Ben Salquist, Baseball, Santa Clara University
Nate Welcomer, Lacrosse, Colgate University


May 19 – Acalanes Recruited Athletes Celebration

Acalanes Recruited Athletes Celebration

On Friday, May 19, 2017, 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. Acalanes has at least 23 student-athletes who are so accomplished.
 
Local media, parents, friends, Acalanes students, and the community are all invited. There will be a group question & answer session, photo and interview opportunities, and other fun.  Please come to help us celebrate these student-athletes and their accomplishments!
 
Please note: the due to the continuing block schedule, May 19th lunch will take place from 11:15 to 11:50am. 
 
Details for Acalanes Recruited Student-Athlete Celebration Day:
Friday, May 19, 2017
11:20-11:50 a.m.
Big Gym
Alicia Rowell

Boosters BASH Thank You Video

Video: Mary Tong

BASH is Tomorrow – LAST CHANCE!

Last Chance to Buy your Booster BASH Tickets!

It’s not too late! Click here to buy tickets to the Booster Bash on May 6th. Only a few tickets left! We have a fabulous night planned with amazing food, cocktails, games and prizes throughout the night!

Booster BASH starts earlier


Last Week for Discounted BASH tickets

IMPORTANT UPDATE…LAST WEEK TO PURCHASE DISCOUNTED BASH TICKETS!
 
You can purchase your DISCOUNTED tickets (Prices go up 4/1) to the Booster Bash Fundraiser at … https://acalanesbooster s.ejoinme.org/Tickets  
 
The Bash includes heavy appetizers/beverages, entertainment and games, while raising funds for our Athletic Department!

2017-18 CHEER Tryout Packet

Calling all incoming Acalanes 9th-12th graders! Tryout for AHS Cheer Team’s 2017-18 Spirit, Stunt & Competition Squads. During the mandatory 3-Day Clinic, learn cheers, skill techniques & choreographed routines. On Tryout Day, participants will perform their assigned group’s routine in front of Coaches and any AHS Administration.

Tryout Week Information
3-DAY CLINIC | APRIL 17, 2017  Monday-Wednesday  5:30-7:30pm
TRYOUT DAY | APRIL 21, 2017  Friday  5:30-7:30pm

Tryout Location
Acalanes High School Gyms
1200 Pleasant Hill Road | Lafayette, CA 94549

Questions & Schedule Conflicts
Sallina Boynton
AHS Cheer Coordinator
CheerCoach@acalanesboosters.com

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Mar 7 – Important Bash Update!

Only 25 days left to purchase your DISCOUNTED tickets to the Booster Bash Fundraiser.
For tickets… Click HERE

Come taste the amazing catered food by Rick and Ann’s Restaurant in Berkeley. Can we say “YUM”!

Awesome prizes to look forward to…
– Hawaii’s North Shore getaway to include access to the amazing Outrigger Beach Club
– San Francisco escape at a waterfront condominium across from ATT park
– $1,000 valued bottle of wine or your private stocked Wine Cellar
– Taste of Tequila Private Dinner for 16 of your closest friends
– MLB and A’s Baseball Personal Experience with on-field batting practice access and clubhouse tour

Anna Eppinger

Feb 14 – Girls Varsity Volleyball State Championship Celebration Tonight

… at Halftime of the Boys Varsity Basketball Game

Let’s keep the celebration rolling for this special team. At halftime of the Boys Varsity basketball game tonight versus Northgate, there will be a celebration for our State Champions – the Acalanes Girls Varsity Volleyball Team. During this celebration, State Championship rings will be handed out and the State Championship Banner will be unveiled. Please come out and show your love for our prized Girls Volleyball Team. This celebration will be the big blue bow on what was a magical run to both a 2016 DIII CIF Northern California Regional Championship and the 2016 DIII CIF California State Championship.

The Dons won the DIII CIF California State Championship in a thrilling victory over Crossroads High School (Santa Monica) back on December 3, 2016 at Santiago Canyon College in Orange, CA.

As Always…Go Dons!!!

Booster BASH – Early Bird Discounts NOW!

Join us for the
Bubbly Booster Bash

A night to celebrate and raise funds for our athletes and Acalanes Community!

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Jan 13 – 2016 All Diablo Athletic League Foothill Division

Congratulations to:

Boys Water Polo

1st Team: Brad Robison, Jake Stone
2nd Team: Casey Conrad, Bennett Winther
Honorable Mention: Nate Welcomer

Girls Water Polo

1st Team: Lexi Rowell
2nd Team: Ella Maisano, Bella Wentzel, Brooke Westphal

Cross Country

Boys Honorable Mention: Zach Woodworth

Jan 16 – Parker Jones Named MaxPreps Girls Volleyball Player of the Year

What an honor.  Parker Jones, a senior captain and leader of the state champion girls volleyball team was named the MaxPreps California Division 3 Player of the Year.  Go the link below for more detailed information.

http://www.maxpreps.com/news/-KmUyeXq1kW22E3xQN618w/maxpreps-2016-california-all-state-volleyball-teams.htm

Jan 7 – Acalanes Cheer Qualifies for Nationals

Competition Cheer

team placed 3rd at their first competition of the season in Carmichael on Saturday. They did very well only 4.5 points from the leader and scoring high enough to qualify for Nationals!

Graham Wiseman

Jan 6 – Congratulations to Girls Golf All Stars

2016 Fall All-Diablo League Foothill Division Girls Golf Players:

Most Valuable Player – Emily Attiyeh
First Team – Avalon Schenone
Honorable Mention – Grace Andronico
Link to article can be found here.
http://eastbaytimes.ca.newsmemory.com/?token=GJ7ELzX9ypi%2brNnvMIN%2fXmcG6uRwIZuT&siteCode=CCT&product=eEditionCCT

Jan 6 – Congratulations to Girls Volleyball All-Stars

2016 Fall All-Diablo League Foothill Division Girls Volleyball Players:

First Team – Parker Jones
2nd Team – Alex Matson
Honorable Mention – Devin Grobeck

A link to the newspaper can be found here.

http://eastbaytimes.ca.newsmemory.com/?token=GJ7ELzX9ypi%2brNnvMIN%2fXmcG6uRwIZuT&siteCode=CCT&product=eEditionCCT

Jan 5 – Congratulations to Ernie Rodriguez – Coach of the Year

Congratulations…

Congratulations to Ernie Rodriguez for being named East Bay Coach of the Year by the Bay Area Newsgroup for girls volleyball.  The article will be found at this link.

Volleyball: Mitty’s Candice Denny, Campolindo’s Sabrina Smith top Bay Area Preps team


Jan 5 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Wrestling

defeated Miramonte HS 54-15 to remain undefeated in the DAL.

Boys Basketball

The jv and freshman teams wound up on the short end to Stuart Hall HS.

Congratulations…

Congratulations to Parker Jones for being named as a first team All-Bay Area Newsgroup selection for girls volleyball.  The article will be found at this link.

Volleyball: Mitty’s Candice Denny, Campolindo’s Sabrina Smith top Bay Area Preps team


Dec 3 – Acalanes Girls Volleyball Wins State Championship

Incredible! Yes, the girls volleyball team is the 2016 division 3 CIF State Champions. They went ahead 2-0 winning 25-13 and 28-26. Crossroads HS rallied to win the next two games 25-22 and 25-17. The girls found themselves behind in the fifth game, but kept their composure and had a rally of their own to pull out the 16-14 victory. Congratulations to Elsa Clever, Roxy Cummings, Samantha Darin, Melissa Elliott, Rachel Go, Devin Grobeck, Grace Higgins, Parker Jones, Maddie Kalil, Alex Matson, Kaitlyn McKendell, Zoe McPhail, Sarah Nelson, Theresa Nevins, Madi Risch, Lane Webster and coaches Ernie Rodriguez, Shari Rodriguez and Jim Changaris. Parker Jones was most deserving of the Most Outstanding Player of the Championship Game. This event is historic. It is only the second team state championship in the long history of Acalanes High School, which dates back to the 1940s. Great job girls. We are very proud of you.

Dec 5 – Monday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Boys Basketball

The Varsity team defeated San Marin HS 47-29 in the San Rafael Classic.
The JV team defeated St. Josephs HS 40-39 in the John Rhodes Memorial tournament.

Girls Basketball

easily defeated Middletown HS.

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

IS THE 2016 CIF DIVISION 3 STATE CHAMPIONS  as they defeated Crossroads HS from Santa Monica 25-13, 28-26, 22-25, 17-25 and 16-14.

Boys Basketball

The varsity team defeated San Rafael HS 54-22 to win the championship of the San Rafael Classic.
The jv team was defeated by Campolindo HS to be the runner-up of the John Rhodes Memorial tournament.

Boys Soccer

battled to a 1-1 tie with Alameda HS in the Winter Classic.

In Monday’s action…

Freshman Boys Soccer

hosts California HS at 6:00.

Individual standouts…

JV Boys Basketball

Christian Descoins scored 13 points, Matt Healy 11 points and Charlie Koch 10 points.

Dec 3 – Acalanes Girls Bring Home 1st State Championship EVER

Acalanes v. Crossroads 12/3/2016
YOUR Acalanes Dons Girls volleyball team laced up the shoes for the final time this season, seeking the ultimate prize in the Division 3 State Championship Match at Santiago Canyon College in Orange, CA. The Lady Dons faced Crossroads from Santa Monica, not fully knowing what to expect, and just trying to play their game and have fun. Here are the highlights in case you didn’t catch the match on the internet or on t.v.!

First Set:
1-0. Parker Jones with the first kill of the match. Dons winning!
2-0. Jones again from the pipe off the Maddie Kalil set.
3s. Crossroads reels off three straight.
4-3. Alex Matson kills the Devin Grobeck set. Both teams NOT showing much nervousness.
7-5. Lane Webster in to serve and…Ace!
8-5. Roxy Cummings fires a kill on the Webster back set.
9-5. Webster Ace again!
11-6. Matson cross court. Killer swing.
12-8. Serve specialist Sarah Nelson delivers, but Crossroads gets a kill.
14-9. Jones stuffs an overpass to keep the Dons up early.
16-10. Matson “tools” the blockers to score again. Timeout Crossroads.
18-10. Jones Ace!
19-10. Melissa Elliott smartly tips one off a Crossroads blocker to keep the Dons momentum going.
21-10. Jones Ace again! Dons rolling! This should be easy right?
22-10. Super Kalil set to the middle and Elliott crushes it!
24-13. Madi Risch kills it off the blockers. Set point!
25-13. Great saving digs from Elsa Clever – Pancake! – and Crossroads hits it long, and the Dons take the first set. The score does not reflect the level of play. More work to do…

Second Set:
2s. Jones sharp kill.
3s. Matson huge kill.
4-5. Nice Kalil set to Matson: Kill.
5-9. Super long rally and Aca finally scores. Needed the point badly after a Crossroads run of points.
6-9. Matson Ace!
7-9. Cummings kill as the Dons mount a furious comeback.
8-9. Matson Ace again!
9s. See above!!!
10-9 ANOTHER Matson Ace! Six straight points for the Dons. The Acalanes crowd is going wild. The much larger Crossroads crowd is going wild, imploring their team to stop the Dons.
11-10. Grobeck wisely watches the Crossroads serve float just long. Good eye baby!
12-10. Cummings kills an overpass.
13-10. Jones crushes another overpass.
14-10. Smart tip down the line by Cummings. Roxy is rocking today! Time out Crossroads as the Dons are on fire!
16-13. Big block from the E&J Roofing Company (Elliott & Jones).
17s. Crossroads ties it up with their own big rally and some sudden Dons shakiness. Timeout Acalanes.
19-17. Webster with another Ace!
21-19. Theresa Nevins is nifty with the placement tip in the middle.
21s. All tied up. Stressful.
22s. All tied up again. Lordy.
22-23. Dons fall down by one. Timeout Aca.
23-24. Set point for Crossroads and they call a timeout.
24 All! Looooooong rally. Clever block, point goes on. Jones kill!!!
25-24. Jones Ace! Set point Dons!
25 All. Crossroads kill. What a battle.
25-26. Oh no. Set point Crossroads now!
26-All! Jones fires off the blockers! Phew.
27-26. Jones scores with a soft roller from the back row. Yes Parker! Set Point #2 for the Dons!
28-26. Oh my God! Grobeck serves it into the net, it hits near the top and stops, and then it rolls over and softly hits the floor on the Crossroads side and the Dons win the Second Set! The crowd is stunned.

Third Set:
1s. Incredible back row passing by Grobeck and Jones crushes the Kalil set.
4-2. A “double” called on Crossroads for a Dons point. Grobeck is serving, passing and setting spectacularly, like the veteran Senior Captain she is.
7-2. Amazing one-armed dig by Kalil and then Nevins ROOF to score. Timeout Crossroads.
7-6. Four straight points from Crossroads. Good timeout. They are not in the State Championship match to simply roll over…
8-6. Jones kill. Again from the pipe. Solid.
9s. Cummings takes a difficult set and makes lemonade for a score to tie it back up.
10-11. Jones kill off the Acalanes timeout. Rachel Go in to serve for the Dons.
12-11. Dons retake the lead on the super Go dig and the Jones kill.
15s. Elliott kill ties it up again. More solid Senior play. Back and forth set!
16s Matson kill off the block to tie it again. Another Senior who brought her very best for her final match.
17-18. Jones kill. Dons hanging tough but Crossroads has made adjustments and is really playing well now.
19-18. Solid Webster set and Cummings kills it.
20-19. Dons come right back on the shoulders of Webster to Cummings. It’s working.
21-19. Messy point. Dons will take it.
22-20. Webster to Cummings again. Kill again. Yasssss! Sam Darin in to serve.
22s. Crossroads scores two crucial points to tie it up.
22-23….
22-24. Set point Crossroads. Timeout Dons. Yikes.
22-25. Crossroads rallies and takes the 3rd.

Fourth Set:
1-0. Kalil starts off the Dons with an Ace!
2-4. Jones stops some bleeding with a placement shot.
3-4. Jones Ace! Stellar play from the Senior Captain.
6s. Matson kills one off the block from the Go set.
6-9. Dons are suddenly tight. Timeout Aca to talk about how to get back to their own game.
8-10. Cummings kill to keep the Dons close
8-11. Nelson serves and dishes a nice set, but Crossroads scores again.
9-11. Spectacular Webster dig to keep the point alive, and Crossroads then hits it wide.
9-14. Really a rough patch for the Dons….
9-16. More roughness. Timeout Dons.
10-18. Out of synch.
11-18. Matson kill. Dons need a huge run of points.
12-18. Nevins/Matson Roof!
16-20. Dons hanging on and closing the gap…timeout Crossroads
17-23. Net violation Dons. This set is just a struggle.
17-25. And OF COURSE we are going to a 5th and final set! Lets Go Dons!

Fifth Set:
1-0. Dons up early with the Elliott tip. First one to 15 is State Champion.
2s. Jones kill. Crowd is going absolutely nuts.
3-4. Dons fall behind but close the gap with another huge Elliott kill
4-5. Jones kill from the pipe.
5-8. Crossroads is slipping away. Timeout Acalanes. Dons need to rally fast!
6-8. Cummings kill from Webster. Vital!
7-9. Cummings again off the blockers! Crucial!
7-10. Dons are down 3 point and time is running out!
8-10. Zoe McPhail in for defense and she makes a great pass and Cummings again gets the kill. Critical!
9-10. Kalil Ace! Come on Dons!
10s. Its tied up!!! Kalil with ANOTHER ACE!!!
11-10. Dons take the lead on a wild point. Timeout Crossroads!
11s. Big Crossroads middle kill. Re-tied.
12s. Risch + Elliott Roof to re-tie it for the Dons!
13-12. Crossroads hits it wide! Timeout Crossroads.
14-12. Jones Ace! Match Point Dons!
14-13. No go! But still Match Point!
14s. No! Tied up again. My goodness. Somebody will win this in OT. Neither team deserves to lose!
15-14. Matson kill!!! Match Point Dons Again! ‘Sco Dons!!!
Jones Kill!!!

Dons Win!!! State Champions!!! Dogpile on the Court!!! 16-14.

Acalanes Girls Volleyball State Champions

Photo: Craig Nelson


Dec 3 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Boys Basketball

Varsity team defeated San Marin HS 47-29 in the San Rafael Classic.
JV team defeated St. Josephs HS 40-39 in the John Rhodes Memorial tournament.

Girls Basketball

easily defeated Middletown HS.

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

plays Crossroads HS from Santa Monica in the CIF STATE CHAMPIONSHIP game at Santiago Canyon College at 1:30.

Boys Basketball

Varsity team plays in the championship game of the San Rafael Classic.
JV team plays in the championship game of the John Rhodes Memorial tournament at 3:30.
Freshman team plays in the California tournament.

Boys Soccer

hosts Alameda HS in the Winter Classic at 5:00.
Freshman team hosts De La Salle HS at 10:00.

Individual standouts…

JV Boys Basketball

Christian Descoins scored 13 points, Matt Healy 11 points and Charlie Koch 10 points.

Dec 2 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Boys Basketball

Varsity team defeated Hercules HS 46-38 in the San Rafael Classic.
JV team defeated American HS 42-39 in the John Rhodes Memorial tournament.

In Friday’s action…

Boys Basketball

Varsity plays San Marin HS in the San Rafael Classic at 6:30.
JV team hosts St. Josephs HS in the John Rhodes Memorial tournament at 8:00.
Freshman team plays in the California tournament.

Girls Basketball

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

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

plays Crossroads HS from Santa Monica in the CIF State Championship game at Santiago Canyon College at 1:30.

Boys Basketball

Varsity team plays in the San Rafael Classic.
JV team hosts the John Rhodes Memorial tournament.
Freshman team plays in the California tournament.

Boys Soccer

hosts Alameda HS in the Winter Classic at 5:00.
Freshman team hosts De La Salle HS at 10:00.

Nov 28 – Monday Sports

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

The girls volleyball team IS the CIF Northern California division 3 Champions. They pulled out a five game victory over Sonora HS 22-25, 25-16, 21-25, 28-26 and 15-13. If you were not here, you missed an incredible display. The team was behind in the fourth game and when it looked like their season was over, they dug down deep and pulled out a heroic rally to force game five. Game five went back and forth point by point until the Dons overcame. They advance to the State Championship game against Crossroads HS Saturday at 1:30 in Southern California. We could not be more proud of this team.

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In Monday’s action…

Boys Soccer

hosts Richmond HS in a scrimmage. JV at 5:00 and varsity at 7:00.

Freshman Boys Soccer

plays at Deer Valley HS at 4:00.

Nov 26 – Girls Volleyball Wins CIF Northern California Div 3 Championship

The girls volleyball team IS the CIF Northern California division 3 Champions.  They pulled out a five game victory over Sonora HS 22-25, 25-16, 21-25, 28-26 and 15-13.  If you were not here, you missed an incredible display.  The team was behind in the fourth game and when it looked like their season was over, they dug down deep and pulled out a heroic rally to force game five.  Game five went back and forth point by point until the Dons overcame.  They advance to the State Championship game against Crossroads HS Saturday at 1:30 in Southern California.  We could not be more proud of this team.

NorCal Div 3 Champions

NorCal Div 3 Champions


Nov 26 – Girls Volleyball Squeak by Sonora to FIRST STATE MATCH EVER

YOUR Acalanes Dons Girls Volleyball Team for the Northern California Region Championship match, with the winner headed to Orange County next week to play for the Division 3 State title. A huge crowd showed up to cheer the Dons as they sought to keep this magical season alive. Here are lots of highlights!:

Maddie KalilClick on image to buy game photos

Maddie Kalil
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First Set:

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Parker Jones
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3-0. Parker Jones jumps high and puts up a huge roof block as the Dons start fast.

4s. Sonora Wildcats storm back to tie it up. This is gonna be good.

5-4. Alex Matson hits a winner to retake the lead.

9-6. Lane Webster sets “pipe” to Jones for a kill.

11-6. Matson kill again. Timeout Sonora!

14-8. Net violation Sonora as the Dons are firing on all cylinders.

15-14. Suddenly a long rough patch for the Dons and Coach wants a timeout.

16-14. Maddie Kalil sets. Jones Monster Kill. Yasss.

17-14. Melissa Elliott delivers a great roll shot winner deep to the back line.

17s. Sonora ties it back up with furious defense.

19-20. Matson hits it really, really hard for a kill. Needed it.

20-21. Theresa Nevins kills the “1” in the middle. Needed it too…

21-23…Dons …can’t…quite…close the gap.

22-23. Jones nifty roll shot. Dons still alive…

22-25. Dons lose the 1st set. They know they need to elevate their game tonight!

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Devin Grobeck
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Second Set:

2s. Kalil sets up Jones for a big kill.

5-6. Sonora scoring steadily. Dons are in the fight of their lives tonight.

7s. Sarah Nelson fires a wicked serve and then Elsa Clever roofs the Wildcat kill attempt!

8s. Elliott adds a roof!

12-8. Nice Dons run of points and Sonora need a timeout.

13-8. Devin Grobeck does a fantastic Setter impersonation and delivers a perfect set to Jones for a kill.

16-9. Huge block by Jones & Elliott on Sonora’s top player. Yes!

18-10. Super dig from Matson. Kalil sets it right back to her and Matson pounds one off the blockers.

21-13. Nevins hammers three straight over-passes from Sonora. They dig two, but cannot handle the third one. Finally!

22-14. Nevins SETS Jones for a super angle kill. Wow. Nevins is really multi-tasking tonight!

24-15. Kalil Ace! Set point!

25-15. Jones kill of the blockers to tie up the match at one set apiece.

 

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Theresa Nevins
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Third Set:

1s. Another big Dons block by Elliott and Jones. Blocking will be key to this match.

4s. Amazing defense from Sonora, but the Dons persist, and Madi Risch kills it.

5s. Risch again to the back corner. Great set from Kalil.

6-5. Now Clever and Nevins team up for a winning block. Wall of Doom!

7-8. Webster back sets Matson for a sharp line kill.

8-9. Grobeck delivers several dynamite digs and Jones makes Sonora pay. Every point has highlight reel moments now and the gym is super tense.

8-12. Yikes. Timeout Dons to stop the Wildcat momentum.

10-12. Jones hammers one Big Time.

12-16. Yikes. Timeout Dons to stop the Wildcat momentum, again.

13-18. Elliott stops the bleeding with a huge ROOF!

17-20. Sonora refusing to let Acalanes back into this set.

18-20. Webster lofts a nice set for Nevins to hammer in the middle. Kill!

19-23. Jones smokes one from the pipe (can’t believe we haven’t used that one yet this season!)

20-23. Meanwhile Zoe McPhail is rotating in and delivering strong serves and crucial digs…and Sonora hits it long. Let’s Go Dons!!!

21-24. Huge McPhail digs again – plural – and the Dons hang on to the set a little longer.

21-25. But Sonora takes the 3rd set, now up 2-1.

 

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Alex Matson
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Fourth Set:

  • Elliott kill in the middle as it’s now or never to extend the season

4-3. Risch kill.

5-3. Matson kill.

7-3. Nevins kill. Full team effort!

10-9. Sonora makes a tremendous rally. Dons fans are rightly nervous!

10-12. Timeout Dons as they are suddenly down two point and trying to solve this Sonora puzzle.

11-12. Nice Webster set to Jones…killed it.

12-17. Dons are letting the set and the match get away! They need another timeout.

13-17. Elliott kill. Muy importante.

16-18. The Dons are giving it everything they’ve got to fight back! Matson kill. Bodies flying all over the court.

18-19. Matson: funky roll shot kill works. Dons will take it!

19s. Jones ties it!!!

20-19. Roxy Cummings now in the front and she fires a great line kill and the Dons take the lead!

21-20. McPhail sweet pass to Webster. Webster sweet set to Jones. Jones kill. Textbook volleyball right when the Dons need it most.

22-20. Huge rally saves from the Dons, including diving, impossible pancake and pop-up from McPhail and Webster, and Cummings ultimately kills the ball, and Sonora takes a timeout!

23-21. Grobeck sets this time and Cummings finishes again with another huge kill!

23s.

23-24. Oh no Sonora has Match Point! I can’t watch!

24s!…

24-25. On no Match Point Sonora again…the season could be over…

25s! Grobeck is spectacular on defense and refuses to lose!

25-26. Into OT now and Sonora has their third Match Point to win and go to State…

26s! Matson huge kill! Come on Dons!

28-26. Dons somehow score three unanswered and win the Set! OMG! We are going to 5!

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Madi Risch
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Fifth Set:

  • Risch kill to start the final home court set of the year. The whole gym is on pins and needles.

2-1. Jones big kill! MVP! The Dons crowd is getting really loud and understands the moment here!

4s. Jones Thunder Bomb from the pipe. Grobeck continues awesome passing.

5s. Beautiful Kalil set to Risch, who promptly kills it.

6-5. Webster and Matson both make diving saves to keep the point alive and then Sonora hits it OUT!

8-7. Jones tools the blockers for a kill. Every point is like a precious and rare gem.

10s. Dons frighteningly lose the lead but Risch keeps it tied up with a beauty shot that finds the floor in Sonora’s back row.

11-10. Long crazy rally. Huge Elliott roof! Timeout Sonora.

11-12. Sonora scores two straight off the timeout to take the lead. Timeout Dons as the season is once again on the brink…

12s. Grobeck dig. Clever makes a huge kill.

13s. Nevins ties it up again with a brilliant and timely tip to the sideline. Now it is the first team to get up by two wins it.

14-13. Webster serves Sonora out of system and they hit it into the net! Match Point for the Dons! Timeout Sonora.

15-13. Webster serves and Ace!!!!! Dons win it!!!! We are going to the State Championship! Pandemonium ensues! My goodness what an epic match!

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Melissa Elliott
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Nov 26 – Acalanes Girls Going to STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

Acalanes Girls Volleyball are NorCal Champions going to State!

Acalanes Girls Volleyball are NorCal Champions going to State!


Nov 26 – Saturday Sports

Girls Volleyball

BIG, BIG, BIG!!! The girls volleyball team hosts Sonora HS tonight at 7:00 in the CIF NorCal Championship game. The winner of this game advances to the CIF State Championship game Saturday, December 3 in Southern California.

Girls Basketball

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

Note: At the CIF NorCal girls volleyball championship game, there is an admission charge. $9 general admission and $5 for students, children and senior citizens. No passes or ASB stickers will be honored.

Nov 23 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

was hitting on all cylinders and swept Buhach Colony HS 25-19, 25-20 and 25-17 in the CIF NorCal semifinals to advance to the NorCal Championship game as they host Sonora HS Saturday at 7:00.

Boys Basketball

gets off to a good start to the season by defeating Foothill HS 55-52 in the NCS Foundation game.  The jv and freshman teams were defeated.

Girls Basketball

experiences continued success and defeated Mission San Jose HS 62-44 in the NCS Foundation game.  The jv team was defeated.

In Wednesdays action…

Boys Basketball

hosts the Alumni Game at 7:00.  Come out and see this years team and catch up with some familiar faces from the past.

Nov 22 – Girls Volleyball Rolls into NorCal Regional Championship

8 teams were left in the CIF Division 3 State Championship Tournament, and YOUR Acalanes Dons Girls Volleyball team hosted Buhach Colony from Atwater on Tuesday night, looking to keep their historic state tourney run going.

First set:

Madi Risch back line kills the Maddie Kalil Set. Nice start 2 Mads!

4-2. Nice Lane Webster sets to Parker Jones, and to Alex Matson, and the Thunder end up hitting it wide.

5-2. Webster Ace!

6-5. Jones kills from the “pipe” after the Thunder rally back.

10-7. Jones kill. All business.

11-8. Superlative pass from Devin Grobeck. Kalil sets Jones to finish the point.

12-10. Matson fires a much-needed angle kill.

16-15. Long rallies and great play on both sides. Another great battle, as expected.

18-16. Huge roof from Melissa Elliott. Timeout Thunder.

20-16. Great Kalil back set to Jones…kill.

22-17. Elliott Roof!

23-18. Multiple ALL STAR digs from Jones! Fantastic. Timeout Buhach Colony.

25-19. Theresa Nevins rejects the kill attempt and the Dons take the first set!

Second set:

1-0. Elliott with another roof to start the Dons off right. The block is working.

  • Kalil Ace! Whoo! Whoo! Whoo!

6-7. Roxy Cummings with a nice kill. Another tight set so far.

13s. Buhach rallies. Matson stops it with a roll shot kill.

14s. Risch delivers a deep line kill.

17-18. Rough patch. Matson kill after a Dons timeout. Phew.

20-19. Dons rally! Webster sets Cummings for a sweet kill.

22-19. Roof!…from the Wall of Doom © (Nevins & Jones)!

24-20. Matson flushes a pipe set, but Buhach digs it out, but over-passes, and Elliott kills it! Yummy.

25-20. Matson take the pipe set again, and destroys it this time. Dons win the Second!

Third Set:

1s. E&J Roofing Company (Elliott & Jones).

4-3. Kalil sets a sweet “1”…Elliott delivers the kill.

6-3. Nevins huge solo roof!!!

7-3. Wow. Jones to Kalil to Matson for a Thunder Bomb kill. Timeout Buhach Colony.

10-4. Webster fires an untouchable Ace!

11-6. Jones roll shot kill. Crafty.

13-8. Sarah Nelson serves and then delivers a perfect set – but the Thunder score this time.

14-9. Jones tools the blockers big time.

16-9. Grobeck: just so solid on the defense. Defense Wins Championships.

18-9. Elliott with yet another huge stuff in the middle. Timeout Thunder!

23-13. Cummings delivers a big kill off the smooth Webster back set, as the Dons close in on a big win…

24-15. Elsa Clever makes lemonade from the Webster set and scores. Match Point!

25-17. Dons win! Jones, as appropriate, closes out the match with a stellar kill. MVP!

And suddenly the Dons find themselves in the Final Four for the D3 State Championship. The girls will host Sonora at Acalanes on Saturday night at 7pm for the Northern California Finals. Come out and support the team! The winner will travel down to Anaheim for the State Championship match.

(“Wall of Doom” copyright 2012, Doug Dalziel)

Nov 22 – Tuesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

The #2 seeded girls volleyball team hosts Buhach Colony HS in the CIF NorCal semifinals at 7:00.

Girls Basketball

hosts Mission San Jose HS in the NCS Foundation game.  JV at 1:30 and varsity at 3:00.

Boys Basketball

plays at Foothill HS in the NCS Foundation game.  Freshmen at 4:00, jv at 5:30 and varsity at 7:00.

 

Note: At the CIF NorCal girls volleyball semifinal game, there is an admission charge.  $9 general and $5 for students, children and senior citizens.  No passes or ASB stickers will be honored.

Note: At the NCS Foundation games, there is an admission charge.  $5 general and $3 for students, children and senior citizens.  No passes or ASB stickers will be honored.

Girls Volleyball CIF Brackets

2016 CIF State Girls Volleyball Championships Division III

Nov 21 – Monday Sports

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

The #2 seeded girls volleyball team defeated Aptos HS 25-23, 21-25, 25-18 and 25-21 in the CIF NorCal quarterfinals.  They advance to the semifinals where they will host Buhach Colony HS Tuesday at 7:00.

Cross Country

The boys cross country team finished 10th in division 3 at the NCS Meet of Champions led by Zach Woodworth, who finished in 34th place.

Note:  At all CIF playoff games, there will be an admission charge.  $9 general admission and $5 for students, children and senior citizens.  No passes or ASB stickers will be honored.

Nov 19 – Girls Volleyball moves on in State

YOUR Acalanes Dons Girls volleyball team hosted the Aptos Mariners in the CIF State Championships Round of 16. Your correspondent scoured the record books and is not aware of any Acalanes volleyball team participating in the State Championships, so it was with pride and excitement that the Dons took the home court on Saturday night!

First set:

1-2. Parker Jones gets the Dons started with a really nice location shot off the Devin Grobeck set.

3-4. Alex Matson back corner kill off the Maddie Kalil set.

6-9. Jones rip. Dons not in synch yet.

7-9. Kalil Ace!

9s. Madi Risch kill ties it up.

13-12. Jones from the pipe. Dons back in the lead.

14-13. Great Matson dig. Jones finishes it off.

18-14. Lane Webster back set to Roxy Cummings for a nice kill.

21-17. Jones hammers another one. Dons now in synch. Time out Aptos.

22-21. Aptos fights back. TO Dons.

25-23. Somehow the Dons won the first set in exciting fashion! I couldn’t watch.

Second set:

2-3. Jones with a big kill after another slow start.

4s. Theresa Nevins stuffs an overpass straight down. Yassss.

7s. Matson down the line to the back corner. Excellent shot ties it up.

7-11. Rough patch. Timeout Dons.

12-14. Tough battle tonight! Jones kills one.

15-17. Mariners not going away. Nevins roof!

16-20. Time out Dons. Nothing to see here. Move along…

20-21. Dons fight back!

21-24. Jones kill to keep the set alive, barely.

21-25. Dons drop the second to the scrappy Mariners.

Third set:

  • Kalil Ace starts the Dons off right.

3-1. Big Jones kill from the Kalil set.

4-7. Another rough patch for the Dons and Coach wants a time out to settle down the squad.

5-7. Matson tools the blockers after a long rally.

7-8. Matson Ace!

9-8. Another Matson Ace!

11-10. Sarah Nelson serve gives the Dons the lead.

12-11. Melissa Elliott hammers a “1” in the middle for a big point.

16-14. Dons win a long rally. Timeout Aptos. Lets Go Dons!

19-16. Jones kill.

20-17. Jones kill.

22-18. Jones kill. Timeout Mariners as they seek an answer for the Senior Captain.

23-18. Kalil Ace off the timeout! Whoo! Whoo! Whoo!

24-18. Risch kill! Set Point.

25-18. R & E Roofing Company finishes the set with a ROOF! (Risch & Elliott).

Fourth set:

1s. Jones kills one With Authority.

2-3. Beautiful digs from Grobeck and the Dons score after a long rally.

3-4. Nevins kill. Looks like another very close set.

6-7. Jones hangs in the air, contorts, and finishes the point.

8-9. Matson kill off the “tight” Kalil set. Dons offense is getting faster, which is good.

11s. Matson and Nevins block one to tie it up. Epic battle.

13-12. Nevins stuff. Dons take their first lead in the 4th.

15-14. Webster smacks a legit back row kill.

16-14. Kalil Ace! Timeout Aptos.

17-15. Elliott dumps one to the floor. Crucial point.

18-16. Webster pass hits the ceiling but Kalil adjusts and recovers it and sets Matson for a ripped kill! Do they practice that?

19-16. Grobeck Ace! The home crowd is wild.

22-18. Nevins turns an ugly jungle ball rally into something beautiful with a stuff kill. Aptos takes their final timeout as the Dons try to close out this tough match.

23-19. Tip party at the net. Dons get the last tip from Matson!

24-20. Nevins REJECTS the Aptos Setter’s attempt at a dump. Match point!

24-21…

Jones kill! Dons Win! 25-21!

Dons defeat the Mariners 3 sets to 1 and advance to the NorCal Semifinals (State Quarterfinals!). Get everyone you know to come out next Tuesday night at 7pm to cheer YOUR Acalanes Dons as they take on Buhach Colony of Atwater.

 

Nov 19 – Saturday Sports

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

The #2 seeded girls volleyball team hosts Aptos HS in the CIF NorCal quarterfinals at 7:00.

Cross Country

competes in the NCS Meet of Champions at Hayward HS at 8:00 am.

Girls Basketball

hosts Clayton Valley Charter HS in a scrimmage. JV at 9:00 and varsity at 10:30.

Boys Basketball

hosts Montgomery HS in a scrimmage. Freshmen at 12:00, jv at 1:30 and varsity at 3:00.

Freshman Boys Soccer

hosts College Park HS at 12:00.

Freshman Girls Soccer

plays at Pittsburg HS at 10:00.

Nov 19 – Sports over Thanksgiving Break

Saturday, November 19

Girls Volleyball

hosts Aptos HS in the CIF NorCal quarterfinals at 7:00.

Cross Country

competes in the NCS Meet of Champions at Hayward HS at 8:00.

Boys Basketball

hosts Montgomery HS in a scrimmage. Freshmen at 12:00, jv at 1:30, varsity at 3:00.

Girls Basketball

hosts Clayton Valley Charter HS in a scrimmage. JV at 9:00, varsity at 10:30.

Freshman Boys Soccer

hosts College Park HS at 12:00.

Freshman Girls Soccer

plays at Pittsburg HS at 10:00.

Tuesday, November 22

Girls Volleyball

CIF NorCal Semifinals

Boys Basketball

at Foothill HS in an NCS Foundation game. Freshmen at 4:00, jv at 5:30, varsity at 7:00.

Girls Basketball

hosts Mission San Jose HS in an NCS Foundation game. JV at 5:30, varsity at 7:00.

Wednesday, November 23

Boys Basketball

hosts the alumni game at 7:00.

Thursday, November 24

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Friday, November 25

Boys Soccer

hosts the alumni game at 5:00.

Saturday, November 26

Cross Country

CIF championships at Woodward Park, Fresno at 8:00.

Girls Volleyball

CIF NorCal championships

Girls Basketball

plays at Mt. Eden HS. JV at 5:30, varsity at 7:00.

Nov 12 – Girls Water Polo – Cal Hi Sports Bay Area Video Highlight Reel

Thank you Robert Braunstein from Cal Hi Sports Bay Area !!!


Nov 12 – Girls Water Polo wins first NCS title in 15 Years!

The Lady Dons rolled into Saturday’s championship game vs Drake trying to win their first NCS title in 15 years under Coach Misha Buchel.

Coach had his young squad ready to play in the first quarter with a scoring attack led by Sophmore Lexi Rowell‘s 3 goals and Senior Maddie Stewart in her final game for the Dons lobbing a crafty little shot over the keeper to put the Dons up 4-0.

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Lexi Rowell
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Second quarter Drake capitalized on some scrappy inside shots and scored two goals. 4-2 Acalanes at half.

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Maddie Stewart
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Drake came out tough in the third scoring a quick goal to close the lead to 4-3. Dons Sophomore Kylie Walker responded with a fantastic bar in low corner shot from way outside. Drake wouldn’t be denied with their amazing goal from 7 meters out. The players, fans and coaches knew they were in for a dogfight in the fourth. End of 3 Dons 5 – Drake 4

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Kylie Walker
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Q4
The Dons worked the ball into all league star Lexi Rowell one more time and she hammered the ball into the back of the net opening up a lead 6-4 with 4 minutes to play.  Drake was not going away as their star player made a miracle high corner shot closing the gap to 6-5.   With the place going nuts freshman Zoe Benisek made a great pass to fellow freshman Brooke Westphal who hit a high corner shot to finish off Drake 7-5 with 2 minutes left.  A flurry of desperation shots were all blocked by star goalie Ella Maisano. Maisano had another amazing game stopping 14 shots including a 5 meter attempt.

 

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Ella Maisano
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The buzzer went off and the coaches and players all jumped in the pool celebrating their first NCS win in 15 years.

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Congratulations and Go DONS!

Graham Westphal

Girls Volleyball CIF State Playoff Brackets (updated 11/13)

CIF Girls Volleyball Playoffs…

The girls volleyball team is the #2 seed in the CIF NorCal playoffs and will be the host site for the quarterfinals Saturday, November 19 at 7:00.

2016 CIF State Girls Volleyball Championships Division III

Nov 14 – Monday Sports

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

Yes, congratulations go out to the girls water polo team and their head coach Misha Buchel as they are the 2016 NCS DIVISION 2 CHAMPIONS.  The defeated Sir Francis Drake HS 7-5 in the championship game. This is Coach Buchel’s first NCS title in 15 years

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Coach Misha Buchel
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Football

The football team finished a great season in defeat to El Cerrito HS in the NCS playoffs.

Nov 12 – Saturday Sports

In Thursday’s action…

Girls Tennis

The girls tennis team ended an outstanding season in defeat to Foothill HS in the NCS team quarterfinals.

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

The #1 seeded girls water polo team hosts Sir Francis Drake HS in the NCS Championships at 12:00.

Football

The #9 seeded football team plays at #8 El Cerrito HS in the first round of the NCS playoffs at 7:00.

Boys Basketball

has a scrimmage at Tamalpais HS. Varsity at 10:30, JV at 12:30 and freshmen at 2:00.

Nov 9 – Girls Volleyball

YOUR Acalanes Dons girls volleyball team traveled to Miramonte on Wednesday night to battle the Matadors in the “Matadome” for the North Coast Section Division 3 semi-finals. This is the second consecutive year the Dons have reached this stage of the post-season – so awesome! – but it would be a stiff challenge to advance against the talented Mats. Read on…

First Set:

2-0. Dons start out quick with a Madi Risch kill after a long rally and great digs by Alex Matson and Maddie Kalil.

3-1. Parker Jones kill after another long rally. Both teams appear ready.

3-6. Mats rally.

4-8. Risch tools the block for a kill after a Dons timeout.

5-11. Mats are hard to handle right now, but Devin Grobeck delivers a back row kill from the Libero position to stop the bleeding.

8-14. Grobeck bump set to Jones for a line kill. Dons are trying to string a run together.

12-17. Zoe McPhail serves the Mats “out of system” twice, leading to a couple of scores.

12-20. Timeout Dons. Looking to crack the code.

13-20. Risch kill. Nice.

14-25. Tough first set. Let’s Go Dons!

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Madi Risch
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Second Set:

2-0. Matson Ace!

3-0. Elsa Clever delivers a huge block. The Acalanes fans are loud!

5-1. Jones ranges across the court for high ball and kills it.

6-3. Mel Elliott hammers a “1” for a kill.

7-4. Jones stuffs an overpass. Yummy.

10-8. Risch kill stops a Mats mini-rally.

10-11. Timeout Dons after yet another Mats mini-rally.

12-14. Grace Higgins and Sarah Nelson rotate in for the Dons to try and spark the team.

15-16. Jones big kill. Dons going all out!

16-17. Matson: awesome angle kill.

18-19. Theresa Nevins arrives in street clothes (concussion) and the Dons immediately score! Good luck charm?

20-22. Four hits by Miramonte. That is one too many.

20-25. Bummer. Dons fall in the second.

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Devin Grobeck
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Third Set:

1-3. Risch gets a “high hands off the block” kill.

3-6. Super Grobeck dig keeps the point alive and the Dons convert.

4-6. Risch Ace!

5-7. Matson kill. Whoo! Whoo! Whoo!

6-7. Matson again. Great Kalil set off a crazy dig.

7-8. Elliott kill.

9-10. Kalil dumps one to the empty floor for a winner.

10-12. Matson hammers one off the Mats blockers.

11-13. Jones down the line. Dons playing great, but Miramonte brought it’s A+ game tonight.

12-15. The official NCS Announcer: “Number 14 Parker Jones with the deep cross court kill for Acalanes.” Well played, sir.

13-15. Great Grobeck dig. Kalil sets Jones, who finishes…With Authority.

13-18. Rough patch. Timeout Dons.

14-19. Incredible dig from McPhail. ZO-EEE! Dons score.

16-20. Elliott with a left-handed floater kill. OK!

17-21. Clever kill on the slide. Dons trying to hang on here in the NCS…

…but suddenly it’s match point…

…and the Dons fall, 17-25.

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The curse of the Matadome is back for another Dons team to conquer in the future, as the Dons exit the NCS tourney, but is the season really over??? Stay tuned!

 

Nov 10 – Thursday Sports

In Thursday’s action…

Girls Tennis

The #4 seeded girls tennis team hosts #5 Foothill HS in the NCS team quarterfinals at 2:00.

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

The #1 seeded girls water polo team hosts Sir Francis Drake HS in the NCS Championships at 12:00.

Football

The #9 seeded football team plays at #8 El Cerrito HS in the first round of the NCS playoffs at 7:00.

Boys Basketball

The boys basketball team has a scrimmage at Tamalpais HS.  Varsity at 10:30, jv at 12:30 and freshmen at 2:00.

Nov 9 – Girls Water Polo heads to NCS Championship

The Acalanes Lady Dons Water Polo team faced an experienced Livermore team tonight in the NCS semi finals. The Dons balanced scoring attack was too much for the Cowboys in the first half led by Lexi Rowell with 3 goals, Brooke Westphal with 1 and Bella Wentzel with 1. First half score Dons 5-2.

Second half the Dons worked the ball inside to Lexi Rowell drawing ejection after ejection resulting in a 6-5 player advantage. The girls made everything in the third period scoring 5 more goals. Maddy Stewart 1, Zoe Benisek 1, Kylie Walker 1, 2 more for Rowell.

Fourth quarter more Dons on the inside with Lexi Williams w two goals, Rowell w another and a night cap goal by Sarah McCandless. Great win for the Dons! However, the story of the night was the stellar goalie play by Ella Maisano with 15 saves including stopping two 5 meter shots!

Come out this Saturday and watch the Dons battle for the NCS title vs Sir Francis Drake!

Go Dons

Graham Westphal

Nov 9 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Tennis

defeated American HS 5-2 in the first round of the NCS team playoffs. They host Foothill HS Thursday at 2:00 in the quarterfinals.

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

The #1 seeded girls water polo team hosts #5 Livermore HS in the NCS semifinals at 7:15.

Girls Volleyball

The #3 seeded girls volleyball team plays at #2 Miramonte HS in the NCS semifinals at 7:00.

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.

Nov 8 – Tuesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Tennis

The #4 seeded girls tennis team hosts #13 American HS in the first round of the NCS team playoffs at 5:00.

Nov 5 – Acalanes Girls Volleyball NCS Quarterfinal

YOUR Acalanes Dons girls volleyball team hosted the St. Patrick-St. Vincent Bruins on Saturday night in the Quarterfinals of the North Coast Section Tournament, looking to stay hot and advance to the Semifinals…

 

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First Set:

1-0. Parker Jones kill. Familiar Dons territory!

2-0. Jones Ace. Nice start!

4-1. Theresa Nevins dig! Alex Matson kill and the crew of white-shirted NCS referees are totally into the match.

6-3. Maddie Kalil stuff.

9-4. Matson roll shot kill to the back line. Time out Bruins as the Dons are in control.

14-6. Madi Risch fires a sharp angle kill to the Dons rolling and the crowd rocking!

18-12. Melissa Elliott crushes a kill in the middle!

19-12. Tough serve from Devin Grobeck that the Bruins can’t handle and overpass…Jones stuffs it.

23-13. Grobeck kill!!!

24-13. Nevins stuffs the overpass. Yummy.

25-13. Just Jones. Dons win the first set.

 

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Parker Jones across the pipe
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Second Set:

6-7. Choppy back and forth start. Jones gets the crowd’s attention with a big kill.

9s. Nevins nifty to the sideline.

12s. Jones crusher.

16-12. Jones Ace. Senior Captain.

17-12. Nevins solo ROOF.

20-14. Zoe McPhail Serve…Zoe McPhail dig…Risch kill. Whoo! Whoo! Whoo!

24-15. Matson and Elliott team up for another ROOF!

25-15. Lane Webster serves out the set!

 

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Devin Grobeck
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Third Set:

2-3. Matson kill. Dons looking to get grooving in the 3rd.

3-6. Still looking…

5-7. Elliott pounds one in the middle.

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Melissa Elliott
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10-8. Kalil Ace as the Dons re-assert control.

11-9. Jones Thunder Bomb!

13-10. Nevins on fire in the middle.

16-13. Webster sets Jones for a kill, but the Broncos are hanging tough in this set.

16-18. Rough patch! Timeout Dons.

18s. Kalil exhibits outstanding defense during a long rally.

19-21. Bruins roar back again.

21s. Jones kill from the “pipe.” All tied up.

22-21. Risch kill regains the lead. Can I get a Whoo! Whoo! Whoo!?

23-21. Matson “tools” the block and the Bruins take a TO. Let’s. Go. Dons. #finish.

25-21. Risch! #finished!. Dons win in 3 sets and advance to the NCS Semis!

 

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Alex Matson
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Don’t miss it Wednesday night as the Dons visit Miramonte! The Dons will need your support!

Nov 7 – Monday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Football

was defeated by Miramonte HS. The JV team lost 27-30 to a last second field goal.

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In Saturday’s action…

Melissa Elliott (6) Maddie Kalil (15)

Melissa Elliott (6) Maddie Kalil (15)
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Girls Volleyball

The #3 seeded girls volleyball team swept St. Patrick’s HS 25-13, 25-15 and 25-21 in the NCS quarterfinals to advance to the semifinals at Miramonte HS Wednesday at 7:00.

Girls Water Polo

The #1 seeded girls water polo team defeated Justin Siena HS 17-9 in the NCS quarterfinals and will host Livermore HS in the semifinals Wednesday at 7:15.

Boys Water Polo

The boys water polo team played in a great game with San Ramon Valley HS only to come up one goal shy in a 13-12 defeat in the NCS quarterfinals.

NCS playoff action…

Girls Tennis

The #4 seeded girls tennis team hosts #13 seeded American HS in the first round of the NCS team playoffs Tuesday at 5:00.

Girls Water Polo

The #1 seeded girls water polo team hosts #5 seeded Livermore HS in the NCS semifinals Wednesday at 7:15.

Girls Volleyball

The #3 seeded girls volleyball team plays at #2 seeded Miramonte HS in the NCS semifinals Wednesday at 7:00.

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Dons vs. Mats Rematch of 10/13
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Football

The #9 seeded football team plays at #8 seed El Cerrito HS Saturday at 7:00.

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 are honored.

Girls Water Polo – NCS Brackets (updated 11/6)

NCS/Les Schwab Tires Girls’ Water Polo Championships Division 2

Girls Volleyball – NCS Brackets (updated 11/6)

NCS/Les Schwab Tires Girls’ Volleyball Championships Division 3

Boys Water Polo – NCS Brackets (updated 11/6)

NCS/Les Schwab Tires Boys’ Water Polo Championships Division 1

Nov 4 – Acalanes Cheer

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Nov 3 – Boys Water Polo advance in NCS playoffs

Acalanes blasted away at College Park, winning 25-7 in the first round of NCS playoffs.

Shots all around. Casey Conrad and Brad Robison led scoring with 4 goals each, followed by Nick Davidson and Henry Huchingson with 3 each, 2 each for Jake Stone, Bennett Winther, Christian Shaw, and Max Stryker, with Alex Archer, Mac Darin, and Kiriyan Kartsev each putting 1 one in the net.

Next Up: #4 Seed Acalanes faces #5 Seed San Ramon Valley at Acalanes on Saturday at 230PM

Nov 4 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Boys Water Polo

defeated College Park HS 25-7 in the first round of the NCS playoffs.

In Friday’s action…

Football

hosts Miramonte HS.  JV at 4:30 and varsity at 7:00.

In Saturday’s action…

Cross Country

competes in the DAL Championships at Hidden Valley Park at 1:00.

Boys Water Polo

The #4 seeded boys water polo team hosts #5 seeded San Ramon Valley HS in the NCS quarterfinals at 2:30.

Girls Water Polo

The #1 seeded girls water polo team hosts #9 seeded Justin Siena HS in the NCS quarterfinals at 5:00.

Girls Volleyball

The #3 seeded girls volleyball team hosts #6 seeded St. Patrick’s HS in the NCS quarterfinals at 7:00.

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.

Nov 3 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

The #1 seeded girls water polo team got the NCS playoffs off to a great start with an 18-1 victory over Piedmont HS.  Their quarterfinal game against Justin Siena HS will be Saturday.

In Thursday’s action…

Boys Water Polo

The #4 seeded boys water polo team hosts #13 College Park HS in the first round of the NCS playoffs at 8:00.

Freshman Football

plays at Miramonte HS at 5:00.

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.

Nov 1 – Girls Varsity Volleyball: NCS Round 1

YOUR Acalanes Dons girls volleyball squad (#3) hosted the first round NCS playoffs against Tennyson (#14), their first appearance in NCS playoffs (Congrats Lancers!) Unfortunately for the Lancers, they ran up against a very solid Dons team and were defeated in 3 sets 25-11, 25-3, 25-17. Again, solid all around play from a deep team won the night with continued outstanding play from Parker Jones, Alex Matson and Devin Grobeck. Nevins, Elliott and Clever shut down the net in the middle and Sarah Nelson and Madi Risch ripped it up on the right. And Maddie Kalil and Lane Webster put in a solid night of serving and setting. Great job Dons!

Next up…Quarterfinal match v. #6 St. Patrick-St. Vincent on Saturday night at AHS 7pm. Come out and support your DONS!

p.s. I wanted to give a shout out to Boosters for the beautiful new scoreboards in the gym. They look awesome!

Lauren Webster

 

Nov 2 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

The girls volleyball team were highly efficient in victory over Tennyson HS 25-11, 25-3, 25-16 in the first round of the NCS playoffs.  They advance to the quarterfinals as they host St. Patrick’s HS Saturday at 7:00.

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

The #1 seeded girls water polo team hosts Piedmont HS at 8:00 in the first round of the NCS playoffs.

Girls Tennis

Sasha Schtein competes in the championship round of the DAL Championships at Acalanes HS at 3:30.

Sasha Schtein In NCS semi-final round

Sasha Schtein
In NCS semi-final round

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.

Nov 1 – Tuesday Sports

In Monday’s action…

Girls Tennis

fared well through the first day of the DAL Championships and advance Meagan Cardiff, Zoe Cate, Skylar Jeveli, Maddie McDonagh and Sasha Schtein to the second day of competition.

Girls Golf

Emily Attiyeh had a great round of 74 at the NCS Championships, but came up short of qualifying for the NorCal Championships in a four way playoff.  Congratulations, Emily on a great season.

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Tennis

competes in the DAL Championships at Acalanes HS at 11:00.

Girls Volleyball

The #3 seeded girls volleyball team hosts Tennyson HS in the first round of the NCS playoffs 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 will be honored.

Oct 29 – Girls Volleyball SRV Tournament

YOUR Acalanes Dons girls volleyball team spent Saturday at San Ramon Valley High participating in the 14-team SRV Tournament as a final tune-up before North Coast Playoffs next week. And the Dons dominated, reeling off five straight match wins and winning the tournament!

 

First, in pool play, the Dons were taken to the limit by Carondelet, dropping the first set 20-25. The Dons – awesomely – did not lose another set for the rest of the day! They took the second set in dominant fashion 25-14, and then won the decisive and exciting third set in “OT” at 16-14. As usual for this well-balanced squad, there were big contributions from all kinds of Lady Dons. Standouts were Alex Matson, Zoe McPhail, Maddie Risch and Melissa Elliott.

 

The second pool play opponent was Berkeley High. The Dons swatted the Yellowjackets 25-20, 25-22. Again, many Dons shined, but Elsa Clever and Theresa Nevins were particularly dominant in the middle.

 

Acalanes then moved into bracket play against Petaluma, who put up a fight in the first set but the Dons won it 25-20. The Dons, led by Parker Jones and Maddie Kalil, among many other standouts, dominated the second and won 25-18.

 

The semi-final opponent was Maria Carillo (who the Dons faced and defeated at last weekend’s tournament). By this point the Dons were unstoppable, and they dispatched M.C. 25-8, 25-21. All kinds of Dons players made big contributions in the match, with particular help from Rachel Go, Devin Grobeck, Sam Darin and Sarah Nelson.

 

In the finals the Dons faced the top Division I North Coast seed James Logan and their 34-2 record, and were not intimidated. In fact, they played their best team ball of the entire season and beat Logan 25-22, 25-22 to win the Championship. Again all kinds of Dons players were “on” and made big contributions including Lane Webster and Kalil with solid setting. Matson’s serving was on fire and Parker Jones had all around outstanding play. The Dons had fun taking team pictures with the Championship Volleyball. Way to go Dons!

Acalanes Girls Volleyball SRV Tournament Champions

Acalanes Girls Volleyball
SRV Tournament Champions

Photo: Craig Nelson

Next up…Round 1 of NCS playoffs on Tuesday 11/1, 7p at AHS. Come cheer on your Dons!

Oct 31 – Monday Sports

In Fridays action…

Football

was defeated by Campolindo HS.  The JV team was also defeated.

Drew Kuzmin-Batchelor

Drew Kuzmin-Batchelor
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In Saturday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

defeated Berkeley HS, Carondelet HS, Petaluma HS, Maria Carrillo HS and James Logan HS to win the San Ramon Valley Invitational.

Boys Water Polo

plays Jesuit HS at Rio Americano HS.

In Monday’s action…

Girls Golf

competes in the NCS Championships at Chardonnay GC.

Girls Tennis

competes in the DAL Championships at St. Mary’s College.

NCS Playoffs…

Girls Volleyball

The #3 seeded girls volleyball team hosts #14 Tennyson HS Tuesday at 7:00.

Girls Water Polo

The #1 seeded girls water polo team hosts #16 Piedmont HS Wednesday at 8:00.

Boys Water Polo

The #4 seeded boys water polo team hosts #13 College Park HS Thursday at 8:00.

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.

Oct 29 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Football

was defeated by Campolindo HS. The JV team was also defeated.

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Robbie Rowell
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In Saturday’s action…

Boys Water Polo

plays Jesuit HS at Rio Americano HS.

Oct 28 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

finished the DAL season with a victory over Northgate HS 25-13, 22-25, 25-21 and 15-8.  The jv team won in three games 25-19, 22-25 and 15-5 and the freshmen swept in two games 25-18 and 25-23.

Freshman Football

turned in a strong second half performance to turn a 14-14 halftime score into a 35-14 victory over Campolindo HS.

In Friday’s action…

Football

plays at Campolindo HS.  JV at 4:30 and varsity at 7:00.

In Saturday’s action…

Boys Water Polo

plays Jesuit HS at Rio Americano HS.

Thursday’s individual standouts…

Girls Volleyball

Acalanes High School Varsity Girls Volleyball Seniors

Acalanes High School Varsity Girls Volleyball Seniors
Photo: Craig Nelson

The varsity team was anchored by Parker Jones on offense and Devin Grobeck on defense.  The JV team received strong performances from Sophia Newman and Sarah Westergren offensively and Kaitlyn McKendell defensively.  The freshman team leaned on Emma Fox and Charlotte Glass on offense and Rachel Dadiomov and Izzy Macayan on defense.

Freshman Football

Mike O’Donnell threw three touchdown passes and ran for another.  Tommy Thrasher and Luke Miles caught touchdown passes and Jake Delaney ran in for another.  Nick Kresnak and Jack Muren were frequent receiving targets.

Oct 27 – Girls Varsity Volleyball vs. Northgate

YOUR Acalanes Dons Girls Volleyball squad hosted Northgate on Senior Night, for the last league game of the year, looking to lock down a second place finish in the DAL. Congrats to Acalanes Seniors Melissa Elliott, Devin Grobeck, Parker Jones and Alex Matson.

First Set:

2-1. The four Seniors take the Court for the Dons and Alex Matson delivers an Ace on the serve.

4-1. Matson Ace again. Quick time out for Northgate.

6-1. Another Ace for Matson! SENIOR SHARP SHOOTER.

8-1. See above!

9-1. Diving dig by Parker Jones, which she follows up with a huge block!

11-1. Matson fires her fifth Ace of the Set! Another Northgate timeout as the Dons come out fired up tonight.

12-2. Jones gets set with an “X” move for a kill.

15-2. Devin Grobeck gets in on the Ace action with a wicked float serve.

20-9. Fantastic Grobeck dig, and Matson reward her effort with a sharp angle kill that catches the sideline.

22-12. Jones Thunder Bomb! All wood.

25-13. Dons take the first set decisively. SENIOR LEADERSHIP.

Alex MatsonPhoto: Craig Nelson

Alex Matson
Photo: Craig Nelson

Second Set:

1-0. Jones big kill from the back row.

2-5. Jones again after a rough patch.

5-7. Jones is just killing it. A lot.

6-8. Matson hammers a kill.

12s. Elliott kill in the middle as the Dons storm back to tie it up.

13-15. Matson pounds one down the line to keep it close.

14-15. Elliott and Jones Roof! EJ Roofing Company.

16-15. Matson gives the Dons the lead.

22-24. Dons fighting headwinds this set. Timeout Acalanes.

22-25. Northgate takes the second set as the Dons underclassmen clearly want to give the Seniors more time to play tonight. SENIOR CELEBRATION.

Melissa ElliottPhoto: Craig Nelson

Melissa Elliott
Photo: Craig Nelson

Third Set:

2-0. Matson angle kill. Let’s go Dons!

4-0. Elliott block!

7-3. Jones soft roll kill surprises the Broncos.

8-3. Diving save by Matson! Dons convert a kill in the middle, and Northgate needs a TO. SUPER SENIOR DEFENSE.

13-7. Grobeck is anchoring the defense as the Dons look to control this third set.

17-14. Broncos fight back. Matson Ace! Needed it.

19-18. Jones kill. Needed it.

21-20. Diving save by Jones this time and the Dons convert. Nail biter.

24-21. Matson runs one down the top of the net and it rolls over. Score!

25-21. Dons hang on to take the third set.

Devin GrobeckPhoto: Craig Nelson

Devin Grobeck
Photo: Craig Nelson

Fourth Set:

1-0. Elliott kill! SENIOR SLAM.

2-0. Matson Ace.

3-0. Elliott again! Quick start for the Dons.

4-2. Super Matson pass. Jump set. Jones crushes it!

7-5. Jones Ace! But the Broncos still have some kick left in them.

12-7. Matson “tools” the block. Timeout Broncos.

13-7. Matson wins a “joust” at the net.

14-7. Elliott Roof! SENIOR FOR REAL.

16-7. Grobeck dig, Matson kill, and the home crowd roars. SENIOR STYLE.

18-8. Jones kill. SENIOR HIGHLIGHT REEL.

20-8. Matson Ace! Time to put the Broncos back into the corral.

24-8. Matson serving for the match.Dons win! 25-8. SENIOR STARS!

Parker JonesPhoto: Craig Nelson

Parker Jones
Photo: Craig Nelson


Oct 27 – Freshman Football vs. Campo

The Acalanes Freshman Football team played its best game of the year and defeated Campolindo 35-14.  After a close back and forth first half, the game was tied 14-14 at halftime.  The Dons came out and played inspired football in the second half to blow the game open.  The defense locked down the Campolindo offense in the second half with the defensive front applying great pressure on Campo’s quarterback and the secondary playing great man to man defense.

Mike O’Donnell led the way for the offense with three touchdown passes and one rushing touchdown.  O’Donnell spread the ball to numerous receivers including Jack Muren and new target Nick Kresnak.  Tommy Thrasher and Luke Miles caught touchdown passes from O’Donnell and Jake Delaney scored a rushing touchdown.

The Freshman Dons finish their season next week at Miramonte.

By Brian Miles

Oct 27 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Tennis

defeated Miramonte HS 6-3 in the DAL title match.  Yes, they are the DAL Champions of 2016.  The jv team was defeated by the Matadors.

Boys Water Polo

staged a late rally only to fall short to Miramonte HS 16-13.

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Max Stryker
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Girls Water Polo

was defeated by Miramonte HS.  The jv team avenged an early loss to Miramonte HS be defeating them 6-4.

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Zoe Benisek
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In Thursday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

hosts Northgate HS.  Freshmen at 4:00, jv at 5:00 and varsity at 6:30.  The Senior Night Presentation will take place prior to the varsity game.

Freshman Football

hosts Campolindo HS at 5:00.

Schedule change…

Girls Tennis Championship

The DAL Girls Tennis Championships has been rescheduled due to inclement weather.  The preliminaries will be Monday, October 31 at St. Mary’s College and the semifinals and championships will be Tuesday, November 1 at Acalanes HS.

Wednesday’s Individual Standouts…

Varsity Girls Tennis

Sasha Schtein 6-2, 6-0, Sydney Bell 4-6, 6-4, (10-8), Maddie Bakar 6-3,  7-6 and Fern Heredia 6-1, 0-6 (10-5) won their singles matches.  Quinn Harrington & Lauren Ladrech 7-5, 6-4 and Meagan Cardiff & Maddie McDonagh 7-6, 6-4 won their doubles matches.

JV Girls Tennis

Lauren Craig & Shannon McVay 8-4, Skyler DeMartini & Niki Palamountain 8-2, Naomi Berkowitz & Audrey Glosson 8-6 and Sophia Scipi & Sofia Swatt 8-7 won their doubles matches.

Oct 26 – Girls JV Tennis vs. Miramonte

Miramonte 10 – Acalanes 4

The Lady Mats got revenge for our earlier stomping by spoiling our last match of the year 10-4. Despite the loss, the JV Lady Dons can claim the Diablo Athletic League JV Girls Tennis title for the Foothill Division. We finished our league season with a record of 8 wins, 1 loss and 1 tie. Thanks to a Las Lomas win over Miramonte, all of the other teams in the Foothill Division have two losses. Thus, we complete the season ½ game ahead of the Mats and a full game ahead of Campo.

Today’s highlights for the Lady Dons were at the top, middle and bottom of the lineup.

As they did all season Lauren Craig and Shannon McVay faced the opponent’s D-1 duo. Shannon and Lauren dispatched their Miramonte foes 8-4 in tightly contested match. Playing extended points, switching multiple times during extended rallies, Shannon and Lauren covered the court well and secured a fine Acalanes win.

Skyler DeMartini and Niki Palamountain ended their JV careers as they began three years ago with a Lady Dons win. Niki and Skyler took control of their line early and played their fine, aggressive brand of tennis on their way to an 8-2 triumph at D-2. A nice way to end their JV careers.

In the middle of the lineup at D-6 Naomi “Nomi” Berkowitz and Audrey Glosson played a close, competitive match before emerging victorious 8-6. Audrey and Naomi communicated effectively while playing a number of extended points on their way to a fine win.

In the final match of the day at D-12, Sofia Swatt teamed with D-2 Sophia Scipi to play a match against the Miramonte D-12 and D-2 players. In a match shortened due to time, a tiebreaker was played at 7-7. Having played well as a team during the first 14 games, Sofia and Sophia dug in and played a really exciting tiebreak. The 7-5 win in the tiebreak earned the SoFPHias the final LD point of the day 8-7.

Congratulations to all of the Lady Dons on a terrific tennis season.

Oct 26 – Girls Water Polo vs. Miramonte

The Acalanes Dons Girls Varstiy team traveled to Orinda tonight to face the Mats. The Mats deep bench and 3 senior starters met a tough challenge with our young and spirited group. We went up 1-0 with Lexi Rowell‘s great outside shot, then the Mats rolled off four straight- the scrappy freshman Dons Westphal and Benisek kept it close with goals for a halftime score of 5-3

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Second half the experienced Mats rolled off 5 quick goals before Lexi scored another. End of 3, 10-4. Ella Maisano had a fantastic game stopping a dozen shots including a 5 meter shot. Final score 10-4 Mats.

 

Graham Westphal

Oct 26 – Boys Water Polo vs. Miramonte

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Oct 26 – Girls Tennis vs. Miramonte

We are thrilled to report that our varsity Lady Don’s stomped the Mats today 6 -3
To clinch the DAL title!!!!!
Outstanding play was had by all! Winners today:

Sasha Schtein 6-2, 6-0
Sydney Bell 4-6, 6-4, (10-8)
Maddie Bakar 6-3,  7-6
Fern Heredia 6-1, 0-6 (10-5)
Lauren Ladrech / Quinn Harrington 7-5, 6-4
Maddie McDonagh / Megan Cardiff 7-6, 6-4

Michelle McDonagh

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Oct 26 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

swept College Park HS 25-17, 25-18, 25-20.  The jv team swept in 2 games and the freshmen came up just short in 3 games.

In Wednesday’s action…

Water Polo

teams play at Miramonte HS.  JV girls at 4:00, varsity girls at 5:00, varsity boys at 6:00 and jv boys at 7:00.

Girls Tennis

has a match against Miramonte HS at 3:30.  Varsity is away and jv is home.

Cross Country

competes in the DAL Center Meet at Newhall Park at 3:30.

Tuesday’s individual standouts…

Varsity Girls Volleyball

Sam Darin, Sarah Nelson and Rachel Go had the opportunity to make an impact and did not disappoint.  Sam and Sarah were stellar at the net and Rachel was a defensive standout.

JV Girls Volleyball

Riana Buchman and Laurel Park were outstanding on offense and Cailey McVay likewise as the libero on defense.

Oct 25 – Girls Varsity Volleyball

YOUR Acalanes Dons girls volleyball team kicked of the final week of DAL League Play at College Park, who honored it’s Seniors before the match got underway…as Halloween approaches.

Acalanes Girls Varsity VolleyballPhoto: Craig Nelson

Acalanes Girls Varsity Volleyball
Photo: Craig Nelson

First Set:

2-3. Roxy Cummings gets the Dons going with the first kill of the evening.

4-3. Melissa Elliott give the Dons the lead on a middle kill.

6-3. Madi Risch…..Ace!

7-3. Ditto.

9-3. Risch again with the serve! Holy Cow! (Go Cubs)

10-3. Risch draws 4 Aces! Awesome.

16-8. Parker Jones Ace!

17-8. See above. Dons firing WICKED serves tonight.

20-14. Risch delivers a deep corner kill. Dons still looking a little SCARY.

22-14. Risch. Guess what? Ace.

23-14. And again. Her aces keep coming back like JASON.

25-17. Jones finishes off the set with a sharp kill, like a KNIFE.

Samantha DarinPhoto: Craig Nelson

Samantha Darin
Photo: Craig Nelson

Second Set:

1-0. Rachel Go sets Jones for a kill.

3-2. Theresa Nevins Roof! Smashed like a PUMPKIN.

5-2. See above!

6-2. Devin Grobeck gets in on the Ace action.

9-10. Rough patch, but Sam Darin turns the tables with a sharp angle kill. DEADLY.

11-12. Go Ace!

14-13. Zoe McPhail bump sets Jones for a kill and the Dons retake the lead.

17s. College Park keeps coming back like ZOMBIES.

20-17. Grobeck fires another Ace to stretch out the lead. Time out Falcons.

22-18. Maddie Kalil back set Jones for a monstrous kill. SPOOKY good.

25-18. Kalil wins the set with an Ace, as the Dons continue to serve with aplomb.

Third Set:

1-0. Lane Webster sets Risch for the kill. Dons strike first BLOOD.

3-0. Webster Ace. “Me too!”

5-1. Elsa Clever fires the ball off a middle blocker for a kill.

6-4. Clever again. FRIGHT NIGHT for the Falcons.

10-9. Risch kill, and then Risch again off the blockers.

13-10. Webster, Ahhhhhh, Ace!

14-10. Triple-body-ricochet Ace for Webster. What?!

15-11. Sarah Nelson cross-court kill. #SNELSON.

16-11. Slide kill attempt by Clever turns into a Kareem Sky Hook winner. That got the Don’s fans SCREAMING.

22-17. Webster feeds Darin for super kill. TREAT.

23-17. Super body twisting dig by Grobeck, rewarded by a huge Nevins roof. TRICK.

25-17. Dons finish the match in 3 sets! On to Senior Night! Come out Thursday night to celebrate the Dons Seniors in their final League match!

Oct 25 – Tuesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

plays at College Park HS. Freshmen at 4:00, JV at 5:00 and varsity at 6:30.

Girls Tennis

has a match against Miramonte HS at 3:30, weather permitting. Varsity is away and JV is home.

Oct 24 – Monday Sports

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

defeated Gunn HS 7-6 in overtime and Clovis North HS 13-7 in the Nor Cal Championships at Sacred Heart Prep HS.

Oct 22 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Football

was defeated by Clayton Valley Charter HS. The JV team was also defeated.

Girls Water Polo

competes in the Nor Cal Championships at Sacred Heart Prep HS.

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

competes in the Dougherty Valley Invitational.

Girls Water Polo

competes in the Nor Cal Championships at Sacred Heart Prep HS.

JV Boys Water Polo

competes in the Miramonte tournament.

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Oct 21 – Girls Water Polo

In the premier Nor Cal tournament of the season the Dons drew a very tough draw the first day.
In the opener they faced the Cougars of Campo. We played fantastic defense and Ella Maisano kept us in the game with 7 saves. Thru 3 quarters the score was 5-3, in the fourth the more experienced Campo girls kept chipping in goals for a 10-3 win. Scoring Bella Wentzel w/ 2 outside goals and Brooke Westphal with 1 outside shot.

In the evening game we faced Clovis West the best team in Fresno. We battled throughout the game trailing by 1 most of the time but came up a bit short 9-5. Brooke Westphal led all scorers with 3 goals, Alex Fellner with 1 and Lexi Rowell had a great turn for a goal.

Next game Saturday at 8:50 in Palo Alto.

Graham Westphal

Oct 20 – Unified Soccer

WOW!!!  What an incredible event.  The unified soccer game between Acalanes HS and Miramonte HS was incredible.  It was a great time to be had by the athletes, the coaches and everyone that supported the program.

I want to extend a gigantic thank you to Katharine Walton and Leadership.  Their presence and positive energy was noticed and greatly appreciated.

There were many staff members in attendance and I want to highlight the support from Travis Bell, Andy Briggs, Erin Pope, the entire main office staff and Will Benham-Baker for waving pom poms for the entire 25 minutes for the cause.

Much of this was made possible by the leadership from Holly Thompson, Jasy Radmanovic and Nick Lee, coach and 2011 graduate.

Oct 20 – Girls Varsity Tennis

Girls varsity tennis squeaked out a close one against Campolindo on Thursday. Unbelievable “from the gut” performance by Sam Sweeney and Olivia Reineke pulling out a super tiebreaker to close the match for the lady dons 5-4
Other winners include Sasha Stein, Sydney Bell, Skyler Jeveli and Maddy Bakar.

The Lady Dons are now 8-1 in league and play the rubber match against the Mats on Tuesday at Miramonte- if you can make it – come out and cheer these fabulous ladies on as they try and take the title.

Michelle McDonagh

Oct 21 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Girls Tennis

edged out Campolindo HS 5-4. The JV team also won 9-6.

In Friday’s action…

Football

plays at Clayton Valley Charter HS.  JV at 4:30 and varsity at 7:00.

Girls Water Polo

competes in the Nor Cal Championships at Sacred Heart Prep HS.

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

competes in the Dougherty Valley Invitational.

Girls Water Polo

competes in the Nor Cal Championships at Sacred Heart Prep HS.

JV Boys Water Polo

competes in the Miramonte tournament.

Thursday’s individual standouts…

JV Girls Tennis

Singles: Jess Gerson 8-5, Maggie Curless 8-2, Scarlett Reicher 8-7 and Maren Quintella 8-5

Doubles: Skyler DeMartini & Niki Palamountain 8-4, Sophia Cooper & Milena Lucey 8-7, Lauren Craig & Shannon McVay 8-5, Anika Mohanty & Vivi Tingle 8-5 and Naomi Berkowitz & Audrey Glosson 8-4.

Oct 20 – Girls Varsity Volleyball

YOUR Acalanes Dons girls volleyball squad hit the road to Las Lomas on Thursday, looking to bounce back after a tough loss earlier in the week. Since the Warriors are getting back into hoop action we will channel a little Tim Roye play-by-play into the match recap:

First Set:

1-0. Big opening roof by Theresa Nevins and Roxy Cummings. Defending the paint.

4-4. Back and forth jousting – it is a match against the Knights after all – as both teams are looking to settle in.

7-6. Athletic one-armed dig by Lane Webster, capped by a Melissa Elliott power kill, followed up with a Webster Ace! Dons getting in flow on the court.

9-10. Madi Risch gets in on the action with a kill.

10-11. Nevins crushes an overpass. So tasty.

11-12. Maddie Kalil with a buttery set to Cummings for a kill, but LL is hanging around.

13-12. Risch give the Dons the lead with a deep ball. Ace!

15-12. Devin Grobeck charges the net to reach a short serve, and Cummings drills another kill. T.O. Knights.

17-14. Nevins with another net stuff. With Authority!

18-15. Parker Jones leaps and hammers the ball straight down for a kill. Elevation Sensation!

22-16. Jones Ace. Swish.

23-16. Jones Ace. Net did not move.

24-18. Elliott wins the “joust” at the net for the score.

25-18. Grobeck Ace to finish off the first set for the Dons.

 

Second Set:

1-0. Cummings kill.

2-1. Sam Darin kill.

3-4. Little loss of focus fixed by Rachel Go set to Sarah Nelson for a kill.

5-5. #SNELSON.

8-6. Go to Nevins on the “1”. Crushed.

9-7. Risch kill. Smooth stroke.

10-7. Webster Ace. 3-ball from deep beyond the arc!

12-7. Webster Ace. Downtown.

14-11. Risch Ace. Silky.

15-11. Webster to Clever for the one-handed floater.

17-11 Risch Ace. On fire. LL needs a Timeout.

18-12. Darin kill.

19-14. Nevins with a nifty move and a soft finger roll.

20-15. Solid defensive effort so far, led by Zoe McPhail in this rotation.

21-16. Go and Webster really distributing the rock well in the offense this period, getting all the shooters involved.

22-16. Grobeck Ace.

23-23. Suddenly the Knights have made a big run. Dons Timeout.

24-23…24s…24-25…25s…See-saw battle!

26-25. Nevins and Cummings big roof! Re-jection! Set point.

27-25. Dons outscore the Knights in O.T. On to the 3rd.

 

Third Set:

1-1. Las Lomas air ball.

2-4. Jones kill. Hits the hardwood.

3-5. Clever/Jones block the shot.

6s. Risch splits the defenders. Webster gets the assist.

7s. Several nice passes from McPhail, and Clever finishes strong at the rim.

9-7. Elliott rejection in the middle. Get out of my kitchen!

10s. Risch kill. Racking up points.

13s. Jones Tomahawk Dunk!

16-15. Clever dunk at the net to re-take the lead. Dons and Knights trading shots.

19-17. Triangle offense: Grobeck to Kalil to Nelson for the score.

20-17. NelsonElliott ROOF!

22-19. Goaltending (net violation) Las Lomas.

23-19. Risch Ace!

24-19. See 20-17 entry. Splash Sisters! Match point!

25-20. Dons run out the clock and win the match in 3!

Oct 20 – Girls JV Tennis

Acalanes 9 – Campolindo 6
In a really spirited and hard fought match, the Acalanes Lady Dons bested our rival Campolindo Cougars 9-6. Playing a six singles, nine doubles format, Acalanes won the singles’ lines 4-2 and the doubles’ lines 5-4.

Junior captain Maggie Curless earned the first Lady Dons’ point with a fine 8-2 win at S-4. Maggie served well and her deep groundstrokes kept her Cougar opponent on the defensive.

Skyler DeMartini and Niki Palamountain rolled to an 8-4 win at D-2. Niki finally accepted Skyler’s analysis that her sixth grade racquet was broken. Playing with the coach’s stick, Niki volleyed well while Skyler played her fine all court game.

Junior captain Jess Gerson, playing singles for the first time this season, brought home a fine 8-5 win at S-3. Jess served effectively and recovered quickly to maintain her court position and keep her opponent off balance.

Milena Lucey and Sophia Cooper squandered a 5-0 lead but recovered to record an 8-7 win at D-2. Milena contends that she and Sophia let Campo back into the set because they wanted Milena’s late-arriving grandparents to see a competitive match. While we want to build our fan base, the coaches are not generally supportive of this approach.

In the most competitive doubles match of the day, Shannon McVay and Lauren Craig played a 90-minute marathon before garnering an Acalanes point 8-5. Playing at D-1, Lauren and Shannon were very evenly matched with the #1 Campo duo. Lauren and Shannon communicated very well, switched numerous times during extended points and covered the court with great ability.

Scarlett Reicher, playing at S-5, showed nerves of steel in holding on to secure an 8-7 win. Scaarlett served well and engaged her Cougar counterpart in a number of extended rallies in a really fine match.

Vivi McGinnisTingle and Anika Mohanty, playing at D-6 notched a well-earned victory by the score of 8-5. Both Anika and Vivi played a number of winning groundstrokes and volleys on their way to grabbing an important point for the Lady Dons. Anika and Vivi both fearlessly charged the net to put away winners.

Maren “Quesadilla” Quintella clinched the Lady Dons overall victory with a terrific 8-5 win at S-6. Maren played really focused, all court tennis while placing her serves effectively. Quesadilla maintained her poise throughout her match and brought home the deciding point with a flourish.

Naomi “Nomie” Berkowitz and Audrey Glosson played consistently fine tennis on their way to an 8-4 win. Audrey and Nomie got out to an early lead and refused to let their opponents get into the match by holding serve in their last four service games.

It was a good day for the Lady Dons at Campo.

Oct 20 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Boys Water Polo

cruised to victory over Northgate HS 17-5. The JV team followed with their own 16-6 victory.

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Christian Shaw
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Girls Water Polo

shined in a 10-2 triumph over Northgate HS.

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Annie Stryker
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In Thursday’s action…

Girls Tennis

has a match against Campolindo HS at 3:30.  Varsity is home and JV is away.  Don’t miss the opportunity to honor the seniors in their last regular season home match preceded by their Senior Presentation at 3:20.

Girls Volleyball

plays at Las Lomas HS. Freshmen at 4:00, JV at 5:00 and varsity at 6:30.

Freshman Football

hosts Clayton Valley HS at 5:30.

Special event…

The Unified Soccer team hosts Miramonte HS at 3:15 on the stadium field.  This is the “Feel Good, don’t miss” event.

Oct 19 – Girls Water Polo

On Senior Night  the Lady Dons crushed Northgate 10-2 in a league match. Balanced scoring all around as the Dons continue playing well leading up to the Sacred Heart tournament this weekend. Ella Maisano keep Northgate at bay with save after save.

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Lexi Rowell
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The Dons offense was led by Brooke Westphal‘s 2 early goals including a screw shot upper corner, Amigo Jackie G scored a great goal, senior Lexi Williams chipped in one at set,  Lexi Rowell 3 goals, her cousin Kylie Walker scored 1, Bella Wentzel 1 goal.  next game Friday 1pm.

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Girls Water Polo Seniors
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Graham Westphal

Oct 18 – Girls JV Tennis

Acalanes 6 – Las Lomas 5

On Tuesday, at the request of Las Lomas, we played a four singles, seven doubles format for the first time this season. To accommodate the Las Lomas request,, Molly Cronk, Sophia Scipi, Scarlett Reicher and Maren Quintella stepped up to fill singles lines. In a real team effort, the Lady Dons split the singles lines, 2-2 and carried the doubles lines 4-3 to take home a 6-5 Acalanes win.

Playing at S-3, Scarlett Reicher scored the first Dons’ point by besting her Las Lomas opponent 8-6. Scarlett played solidly with effective ground strokes and timely rushes to the net.

Sophia Scipi secured the second Lady Dons’ point by playing a terrific match at S-2. Getting down early in the match, Sophia played tenaciously and earned a 9-7 victory.

The Acalanes doubles teams were led by Shannon McVay and Lauren Craig at D-1. Covering the court extremely well and communicating switches effectively, Lauren and Shannon won going away at 8-2.

Playing together for the first time this season, Skyler DeMartini and Maggie Curless teamed at D-2. Maggie and Skyler meshed well and hung an 8-0 bagel on the Las Lomas distaff Knights.

Also playing in their first match together, Katie Hale and Anya Weinstein won 8-2 at D-4. Katie overcame early serving woes and Anya played her solid all-court game throughout the match.

Alyssa Armanino and Katie Bishop at D-6 won the all-important sixth Acalanes point. Katie and Alyssa seized control of their match early and kept the pressure on the Las Lomas noblewomen on their way to a resounding 8-2 triumph.

In terms of team effort, Lynn Wolfe was called upon to play two matches, partnering Sofia Swatt and Daniella Yadegar in competitive matches. Eunkyu Lee and Leah Douglas played a fine final match that was shortened to a six game format due to time concerns. Leah and Eunkyu pushed their opponents to a seventh game.

Oct 19 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Boys Water Polo

is gaining momentum leading up to the playoffs with a 9-7 victory over perennial power San Ramon Valley HS.  The JV followed with a 7-4 victory.

Girls Tennis

defeated Las Lomas HS 7-2 to raise their DAL record to 6-1 and overall record to 15-2-2.  The JV team pulled out a 6-5 victory.

Girls Volleyball

fell to Campolindo HS. The JV team was the bright spot of the evening with a 25-22, 25-23 victory.  The freshman team won the first game, but fell in 3 games.

In Wednesday’s action…

Water Polo

More DAL action as the water polo teams host Northgate HS.  JV girls at 4:00, varsity girls at 5:00, varsity boys at 6:00 and JV boys at 7:00.

Tuesday’s individual standouts…

Varsity Girls Tennis

Sasha Schtein 6-3, 3-6, (10-7), Zoe Cate 4-6, 6-4, (10-5), Maddy Bakar 6-2, 6-1 and Skyler Jeveli 6-2, 6-3 won their singles matches.  Quinn Harrington & Lauren Ladrech 7-6, 6-0, Megan Cardiff & Maddie McDonagh 6-4, 6-3 and Olivia Reinecke & Sam Sweeney 6-2, 6-1 won their doubles matches.

JV Girls Tennis

Scarlett Reicher 8-6 and Sophia Scipi 9-7 won their singles matches.  Lauren Craig & Shannon McVay 8-2, Maggie Curless & Skyler DeMartini 8-0, Katie Hale & Anya Weinstein 8-2 and Alyssa Armanino & Katie Bishopp 8-2 won their doubles matches.

Girls Volleyball

Despite a tough night for the team, Devin Grobeck shined with her stellar effort.  Cailey McVay was a JV standout on offense and defense and Riana Buchman the same with many thunderous blocks.  The freshmen received strong performances on offense by Olivia Elliott and on defense by Lauren Westergren.

Oct 18 – Girls Varsity Volleyball vs. Campo

YOUR Acalanes Dons Girls Volleyball team hosted the Campolindo Cougars on Tuesday night. The Cougs brought an undefeated league record into Casa Acalanes, as well as a very long winning streak against the Dons, who looked to improve on their 4-2 league record by toppling the talented and well-coached defending DFAL champions. Let’s roll the tape:

First Set

1-1. Setter Lane Webster is forced to pass to Libero Devin Grobeck, who sets up Alex Matson for the kill as the match gets going. Big crowd in the gym tonight!

3-6. Theresa Nevins blocks the Campo middle to stop an early Cougs run.

4-6. See above! Déjà vu all over again.

4-10. Timeout Dons, as Campo is on fire early on. Break out the fire extinguishers!

5-11. Maddie Kalil sets Parker Jones for a kill.

8-15. Elsa Clever stymies Campo’s front line with a “joust” in the middle as the Dons try to hang on.

11-22. Looking for Dons highlights…

14-24. Webster fires a lefty kill in the front row, keeping the Don’s alive in the set. But Campo takes the next point and the first set, 14-25.

 

Second Set

1-3. Webster “back sets” Madi Risch, who “tools” the Campo blockers.

4-3. Dons take the lead on the strength of Zoe McPhail and Grobeck defense. Go big D!

6-7. Jones kill. Dons fighting.

6-11. Rough patch. Time out Aca to discuss things.

9-12. Dons stage a mini-rally on the serving of Webster and good hitter swings from Sam Darin and Melissa Elliott.

13-21. This is just not the Dons night so far, but the night is young!

14-21. Jones crushes a kill. Yassssss.

15-22. Nevins on the slide kill. Satisfying.

15-25. OK! On to the 3rd set! J

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Sarah Nelson
Photo: Karen Elliott

Third Set

1-3. Dons come out passing well, led by Grobeck, Matson and Jones in the back row, but Campolindo is firing on all cylinders tonight. Impressive.

2-5. Clever kill. Joyous.

5-8. Clever again off the “tight” Webster set. Come on Dons!

6-9. Nice Kalil set to Sarah Nelson, whose swing does not register a kill but definitely pushes the Cougs out of system resulting in a Dons point. #whateverittakes.

9-12. Elliott, with quick hands, snaps a dump attempt back over the net, many digs ensue on both sides – radical digs bro! – until Jones dissects the Campo defense with a surgical kill.

12-15. Sweet dig from Jones, and the Webster back set to Clever works once again. Hammer Time.

13-16. Nelson set up by Kalil for a nice line kill. #SNELSON.

15-21. Dons continue to hustle and battle, but it does not seem to be our night. The night is no longer young, by the way.

17-22. Risch makes a sweet diving “up” and repeats the feat on the next point. Solid.

18-22. McPhail Ace! Dons have not been able to draw that card enough tonight.

21-25. The Dons fight hard but fall in three sets to a very tough opponent. Hats off to Campo for an excellent performance tonight.

Oct 8 – Girls Frosh Volleyball

Frosh Volleyball Team Takes 2nd at Freedom Freshman Tournament

The Lady Dons went out to Oakley early Saturday morning to compete in the Freedom Freshman Tournament.  They prevailed against Antioch and Mission San Jose in 2 sets and came back from behind to beat Liberty in the semifinals 2-1.  The finals was a close one, and the girls almost squeaked out the win, but ultimately lost 13-15 in the last set.  Great playing all around!  Way to go Dons!

Jennifer Glass

Oct 18 – Girls Varsity Tennis

Girls varsity tennis dominated over Las Lomas today winning 7-2. We had two stellar  comebacks tonight by Sasha Schtein in line 1 singles and Zoe Cate on line 3 singles.  Both players demonstrated incredible perseverance in their come-from-behind wins!

The Lady Dons are 6-1 DAL/ foothill division and 15-2-2 overall

The girls take on Campolindo Thursday, at home. Come out and support these winning Dons – Thursday will also be our senior night celebration!

Winners today
Sasha Schtein 6-3, 3-6, (10-7)
Zoe Cate 4-6, 6-4, (10-5)
Maddy Bakar 6-2, 6-1
Skyler Jeveli 6-2, 6-3
Lauren Ladrech / Quinn Harrington 7-6, 6-0
Maddie McDonagh/ Megan Cardiff 6-4, 6-3
Sam Sweeney / Olivia Reineke 6-2, 6-1

Michelle McDonagh

Oct 18 – Tuesday Sports

In Monday’s action…

Girls Golf

finished 3rd at the DAL Championships.

JV Girls Tennis

defeated College Park HS 11-3.

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

hosts Campolindo HS.  Freshmen at 4:00, JV at 5:00 and varsity at 6:30.

Boys Water Polo

hosts San Ramon Valley HS.  Varsity at 6:00 and JV at 7:00.

Girls Tennis

has a match against Las Lomas HS at 3:30.  Varsity is home and JV is away.

Monday’s individual standouts…

Girls Golf

Emily Attiyeh shot a 72 for the lowest round of the tournament.  The 3rd place finish was aided by Avalon Schenone, Grace Andronico, Caitlin McDonagh, Allison Merrill and Elle Hoarau.

JV Girls Tennis

Katie Hale & Sally Tang (10-1), Anika Mohanty & Vivi Tingle (10-3), Molly Cronk & Sophia Scipi (10-6), Maggie Curless & Jess Gerson (10-7), Naomi Berkowitz & Audrey Glosson (10-6), Sophia Cooper & Milena Lucey (10-7), Siena Marchiano & Anya Weinstein (10-4), Maren Quintella & Scarlett Reicher (10-0), Alyssa Armanino & Katie Bishopp (10-1), Emily Erce & Sofia Swatt (10-1) and Sally Tang & Daniella Yadegar (10-4) won doubles matches.

Oct 17 – Girls JV Tennis

The Lady Dons’ return to College Park was successful. Playing all of the available Acalanes JV teams, the Lady Dons dispatched the Falcons 11-3. Playing a mixed varsity-JV squad from College Park, the JV Lady Dons played well up and down our lineup to secure the win. Our first four lines played the College Park varsity two through five double teams and split with them 2-2.

Using a 10-point pro set format, Katie Hale and Sally Tang notched the first Acalanes’ point of the day with a 10-1 win at D-7. Both Sally and Katie served well as they maintained their focus on their way to victory

As they did last Thursday, Vivi McGinnis-Tingle and Anika Mohanty secured the second Lady Dons point with a fine 10- 3 win at D-8. Vivi and Anika also took control early in the match and did not look back.

Molly Cronk and Sophia Scipi had the unique experience of facing a kick serve at D-3. Playing a varsity duo, Molly and Sophia made the necessary adjustments to their service returns and rolled to a 10-6 win.

Captains Maggie Curless and Jess Gerson played a fine competitive match against another varsity line at D-4. Maggie and Jess were very evenly matched and played a number of extended points on their way to a well-earned 10-7 victory.

Although by Audrey Glosson’s own admission that “it was not her day,” she and Naomi Berkowitz overcame a slow start came through with a 10-6 win. Naomi and Audrey eliminated their unforced errors to overcome an early 3-5 deficit.

Milena Lucey and Sophia Cooper after building up and early 7-2 lead hung on for a 10-7 victory. Although Milena did not recognize the name “Maria Sharapova” during a stirring coaching talk, she and Sophia played well down the stretch to earn an Acalanes point.

Siena Marchiano and Anya Weinstein at D-9 recorded the deciding win of the day. Anya overcame some early serving difficulties, while Siena cracked winners at the net and mid-court as the overall Acalanes triumph was secured by the score of 10-4. Siena sealed the deal with a fine down the line winner at match point.

Maren Quintella and Scarlett Reicher recorded the only “bagel” or “goose egg” of the day by running off a 10-0 shut out at D-10. Maren placed her serves effectively and Scarlett handled the net extremely well throughout the match.

Alyssa Armanino and Katie Bishopp maintained their focus and notched a back-to-back win over their College Park opponents 10-1.  Jumping out to an early lead Katie and Alyssa kept the pressure on the Falcons all the way to the end of their D-11 match.

Although Emily Erce was not feeling 100% during her match, she and Sofia Swatt refused to lose at D-12. Sofia and Emily jumped out to an early lead and did not give their opponents an opening on the way to a 10-1 win.

Sally Tang “doubled back” and partnered Daniella Yadegar at D-13. As they have in past matches Daniella and Sally covered the court well and communicated effectively on their way to a 10-4 victory. Sally was playing in her 25th game of the afternoon when she and Daniella closed out a successful Lady Dons afternoon.

All of the Lady Dons competed well against varsity and JV lines at College Park.

Oct 17 – Monday Sports

In Saturday’s action…

Varsity Boys Water Polo

defeated Rio Americano HS 12-7 and Christian Brothers HS 13-5 in the Jesuit Invitational.

In Monday’s action…

Girls Golf

competes in the DAL Championships at Delta View GC at 10:00 am.

Oct 15 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Football

cruised past Las Lomas HS 35-14.  The JV team recorded a shutout 34-0.

Varsity Boys Water Polo

defeated Clovis HS 14-4 and Clovis West HS 15-5 in the Jesuit Invitational.

In Saturday’s action…

Varsity Boys Water Polo

competes in the Jesuit Invitational.

JV Girls Water Polo

competes in the Western States tournament at Sacred Heart Prep HS.

JV Girls Volleyball

competes in the Deer Valley tournament.

Congratulations…

As you know, Skylar Jeveli was the overall winner of the Homecoming Acalanes Don Award.  This is not surprising as she is a valuable member of the athletic department and the girls tennis team.  She is an outstanding singles player in her second year as a team captain and has served on the Student-Athlete Board for the past two years.

Oct 14 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

JV Girls Tennis

defeated College Park HS 7-1.

Girls Volleyball

dropped the first two games 25-20 and 25-19 to Miramonte HS, but rallied to win the next two games 25-22 and 25-22.  The fifth game went down to the wire, with the Dons falling just short 17-15.  The JV and freshman teams swept the Matadors 25-18 and 25-18 in both match-ups.

Girls Golf

was defeated by Miramonte HS.

In Friday’s action…

Football

hosts Las Lomas HS.  JV at 4:30 and varsity at 7:00.

Varsity Boys Water Polo

competes in the Jesuit Invitational.

JV Girls Water Polo

competes in the Western States tournament at Sacred Heart Prep HS.

In Saturday’s action…

Varsity Boys Water Polo

competes in the Jesuit Invitational.

JV Girls Water Polo

competes in the Western States tournament at Sacred Heart Prep HS.

JV Girls Volleyball

competes in the Deer Valley tournament.

Thursday’s individual standouts…

JV Girls Tennis

Naomi Berkowitz & Anya Weinstein (8-0), Anika Mohanty & Vivian Tingle (8-0), Skyler DeMartini & Niki Palamountain (8-6), Eunkyu Lee & Lynn Wolfe (8-2), Sally Tang & Daniella Yadegar and Sophia Cooper & Maren Quintella (8-5) won their doubles matches.

Girls Volleyball

The varsity team was led by offensive standout Parker Jones, defensive standout Devin Grobeck and all-around standout Alex Matson.  The JV standouts were Laurel Park on offense and Cailey MacKay on defense.  The freshmen received stellar play on offense from Jessica Larrick and on defense from Charlotte Glass.

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Parker Jones
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Oct 13 – Girls Varsity Volleyball vs. Miramonte

Your Acalanes Dons girls volleyball team embarked on the second half of DAL League play on Thursday night, hosting the Miramonte Matadors. Here are the highlights:

First Set:

2-2. Devin Grobeck makes a scintillating dig to Lane Webster, and on to Parker Jones for a thunderous kill. The home crowd clapped wildly.

4-4. Melissa Elliott and Jones combine for a nice block. Solid.

6-11. Rough patch. Time out Dons.

8-11. Dons roll out of the TO and score 2 quick points, including a great kill from Roxy Cummings. Super Power.

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Roxy Cummings
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11-12. Big ROOOOOF from Elsa Clever and Cummings. Dons storm back.

12s. Cummings line kill ties it up. Boom.

14-12. Clever Ace! Time out Miramonte.

15-13. Jones absolutely crushes one.

16s. Zoe McPhail and Grobeck make several great digs but the Mats rally back.

20-23. Miramonte is simply playing great volleyball. Time out Dons for a strategy session.

20-25. Mats take the first set.

 

Second Set:

1-1. Clever crushes one in the middle. Lets go Dons!

3-3. Clever again in the middle, but crafty this time.

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Elsa Clever
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5-3. Madi Risch and Elliott team up for a stuff block.

8-5. Superlative dig from Grobeck…Maddie Kalil sets Cummings smartly for the kill.

10-12. Another big run for the Mats. Dons will have to bring their “A Game” tonight!

15-18. Timeout Dons as Mats once again assert control.

17-23. Cummings kill off the Kalil set.

18-24. Clever stuffs the overpass. Yummy.

19-24. See above! But the Mats score again to take the second 19-25. Dons on the brink!

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Devin Grobeck
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Third Set:

1-2. Clever kill. Dons scrappy. Mats still playing with swagger.

7-4. Super dig by McPhail. Grobeck sets Jones. Kill. Spectacular.

9-5. Jones Ace!

9s. Mats again rally back to tie it.

12-10. Clever crushes one to retake the lead for the Dons, and a Webster serve is too hot to handle.

16-13. Mats tie it up again, but the Dons storm back to the lead with McPhail serving and then a Clever Ace. Yassss.

13-15. LONG drawn out discussion by the refs. It is unclear what the problem is. Maybe post-match dinner plans. And it stretches on and on. It could be vacation planning?

19-15. Jones stuffs an overpass to the hardwood, and then Sarah Nelson makes a great dig and the Mats fire one wide left.

21-17. Monster kill from Matson.

23-19. Lots happened! Time out Miramonte.

25-22. The Lady Dons hang on to win an emotional 3rd set…both teams are fired up and the crowd is rocking.

 

Fourth Set:

3s. Clevers delivers a stuff. Yummy.

4s. Webster sets a quick “1” to the middle that Clever crushes.

6-4. Elliott hammers an overpass straight down. Brilliant.

8-9. Big roof from Elliott and Jones to stop yet ANOTHER long run by the Mats.

15-16. Jones kills one to keep rallying the Dons.

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Parker Jones
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17-19. Cummings “tools” the block for a badly needed point.

19s. Risch kills one deep to the back line. Perfect placement.

20-19. Dons take back the lead on another big roof by Jones and Elliott. Timeout Mats!

23-21. Matson fires a rocket for a kill.

24-23. RischElliott team roof! Set Point!

25-23. Grobeck guest sets a “pipe” to Jones in the back row. You guessed it: Kill. The Dons have rallied back from down 0-2 to force a 5th set!

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Alex Matson
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Fifth Set:

1-0. Webster sets up Clever, kill!

3s. Elliott in the middle. Kill. Dons found something to exploit.

4s. See above!

6-7. Matson pounds the ball off the blockers. Phew.

6-9. Time out Dons, after some difficulty.

9-10. Clever Ace!

12-11. ROOOOOOOF! Elliott and Risch!

13-12. Monster angle kill from Jones. Go Dons!

14-12. Another roof! Matson and Elliott. Match point for the Dons!

14-16. Sadly, the Dons would not score again tonight, and the pesky Matadors end up exacting some revenge on the Dons, winning the match in five sets. The Dons showed a ton of grit in battling back from 0-2 to take it to a fifth set, but Miramonte played solid ball all around and earned the win.

Oct 13 – Girls JV Tennis

Acalanes 7 – College Park 1

After being locked down at Acalanes in the morning, the JV Lady Dons locked down the College Park Falcons 7-1 on their courts in the afternoon.

Naomi Berkowitz and Anya Weinstein recorded the first Acalanes point of the day with an 8-0 shut out. Naomi and Anya partnered for only the second time this season and notched their second win playing at D-2.

Vivi McGinnis-Tingle and Anika Mohanty secured the second Lady Dons point also came by way of the shut out, winning 8-0 at D-4. Vivi playing through a sore wrist teamed effectively with Anika to control the net. Both Anika and Vivi played a number of terrific volley winners.

At D-2, Niki Palamountain and Skyler DeMartini faced the College Park varsity D-2 team and defeated the Falcons 8-6. Niki and Skyler covered the court well hit some fine angle volleys for winners.

Lynn Wolfe and Eunkyu Lee teamed at D-6 to run off a convincing 8-2 win. Both Lynn and Eunkyu served well and took control of the net on a number of points on their way to an Acalanes victory.

The deciding point of the day was locked down by Sally Tang and Daniella Yadegar. Playing at D-7, Daniella and Sally took control of their match early and did not relent. Sally served consistently well and Daniella played effectively at the net throughout their match.

Maren Quintella and Sophia Cooper played the most hotly contested match of the day. Teaming at D-6 for the first time this season, Sophia and Maren played an extraordinary number of long points, beginning with the first point of the match. On their way to a hard fought 8-5 win, Maren and Sophia communicated and covered the court really well. Although there were a large number of long, difficult points, the Lady Dons displayed great sportsmanship throughout the match.

Playing at D-8, Alyssa Armanino and Katie Bishopp got off to a slow start going down 1-3 to a less talented Falcon duo. While the Falcon team did not put much pace on their shots, they jumped to an early lead on Acalanes duo. Katie and Alyssa realized that they were making too many unforced errors and determined to improve their game. Maintaining their focus, they stepped up their games and closed out the match with a fine 8-4 win. Both Katie and Alyssa showed great mental toughness.

Oct 13 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Boys Water Polo

defeated De La Salle HS 15-6. The JV also recorded a 10-8 victory.

Girls Water Polo

was defeated by Monte Vista HS.

In Thursday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

hosts Miramonte HS.  Freshmen at 4:00, JV at 5:00 and varsity at 6:30.

Girls Tennis

has a match at College Park HS at 3:30.

Girls Golf

has a match against Miramonte HS at Orinda CC at 3:00.

Freshman Football

plays at Las Lomas HS at 5:00.

Oct 12 – Girls Varsity Water Polo

The Lady Dons played tough tonight vs the top team in the area, the Mustangs of Monte Vista. The first half proved to be too much for our young team- down 6-0,  second half we played much better offense picking up 5 goals. One goal each by Brooke Westphal,  Alex Fellner, Nicole Chapman, Maddie Stewart and Lexi Rowell. Final Score Monte Vista 12 – Dons 5.

Graham Westphal

Oct 12 – Girls JV Water Polo

On Wednesday the girls water polo team hosted Monte Vista High School.  The junior varsity team applied a strong defense, not allowing a goal until the 4th quarter.  Goalie Laura Garden had 14 blocked shots.  The girls won 13-2.  Scoring was lead by Jackie Geannacopulos with 4 goals, followed by Kyra Friedman with 3 goals.  Emma Workman and Mala Neuman scored 2 goals.  Maggie Gerding and Avery Lyon each scored a goal.

The Girls play this Friday and Saturday in Modesto competing in the Western States Tournament. They host Northgate High School next Wednesday, October 19th at 4:00.

Jon Bone

Oct 11 – Girls JV Tennis

Acalanes 4 – Northgate 3

In a very competitive match, the JV Lady Dons earned a 4-3 victory over Northgate High Tuesday afternoon on the Acalanes courts. Unlike the Giants, the JV Lady Dons closed the contest with a late inning win in the last match.

As they have throughout the season, Skyler DeMartini and Niki Palamountain recorded the first Acalanes point. Niki and Skyler started strong and jumped to a 5-0 lead when one of their Northgate opponents strained her knee and was forced to retire. In a display of good sportsmanship, Niki and Skyler went to the Acalanes training room to get an ice pack for the injured Northgate player.

Milena Lucey and Sophia Cooper playing at D-2 got off to a slow start. After getting down 3-6, Milena and Sophia did not lose another game. They ran off five straight games to secure a well-deserved 8-6 win.

Sophia Scipi and Molly Cronk played a tight, back and forth match before they secured a service break that carried them to an 8-6 win. Molly and Sophia communicated effectively and played consistently fine points on their way to evening the match at 3-3.

Katie Hale and Sally Tang put the Lady Dons over the top with a fine 8-4 win in the final match of the day. Playing well together at D-7, Sally and Katie took control of the match early and led wire to wire. Both Lady Dons served consistently on their way to the crucial fourth point of the day.

All of the Acalanes lines and competed hard in a well-played match. Our record stands at 9 wins, 1 loss and 1 tie overall and 4 – 0 – 1 in DAL play.

Oct 12 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Tennis

notched another victory 6-3 over Northgate HS to improve to 5-1 in the DAL and 14-2-1 overall.  The JV team squeaked out a 4-3 triumph to improve to 4-0-1 in the DAL and 9-1-1 overall.

JV Girls Volleyball

swept Northgate HS 25-18 and 25-18.  The freshman led off the night sweeping the Broncos 25-23 and 25-10.  The attachment is a picture of the jv team last night.

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Girls JV Volleyball
Photo : Kim Park

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

hosts Monte Vista HS. Varsity at 4:00 and JV at 5:00.

Boys Water Polo

plays at De La Salle HS.  JV at 4:00 and varsity at 5:00.

Tuesday’s individual standouts…

Varsity Girls Tennis

Sydney Bell (6-4, 6-1), Maddie Bakar (6-2, 6-3), Fern Heredia (6-2, 6-2) and Skylar Jeveli (5-7, 7-5, 10-5) won their singles matches.  Megan Cardiff & Maddie McDonagh (6-4, 7-5) and Olivia Reinecke & Sam Sweeney (6-2, 2-6, 12-10) won their doubles matches.

JV Girls Tennis

Skyler DeMartini & Niki Palamountain (default), Sophia Cooper & Milena Lucey (8-6), Molly Cronk & Sophia Scipi (8-6) and Katie Hale & Sally Tang (8-4) won their doubles matches.

JV Girls Volleyball

Grace Higgins provided the offensive fire-power and Kaitlyn McKendell accumulated numerous digs on defense.

Freshman Girls Volleyball

Jessica Larrick ran off 11 straight service points to rally the Dons in the first game from a 14-23 deficit to 25-23.

Oct 11 – Girls Volleyball over Northgate

YOUR Acalanes Dons Girls Volleyball team traveled to their new league member Northgate High School with the goal of a solid win and momentum heading into a big home game against rival Miramonte on Thursday. The team did not disappoint! Here’s how it went down…

First Set

0-3       Slow start. The Broncos are serving well.

1-3       Roxy Cummings and Theresa Nevins turn the mo around with a big ROOF!

2-3       Alex Matson keeps it rolling with an ace!

3-3       See above.

5-5       Lane Webster sets a quick “3” to Melissa Elliott and bam, kill!

7-5       Parker Jones gets in on the fun with a “thunder bomb”!

9-5       Zoe McPhail hammers an ACE and the Broncos take a TO.

15-12   Jones with a solo stuff block, sweet!

17-12   Maddie Kalil serves up an ace!

18-13   Devin Grobeck has been passing and digging beautifully in this set, making it easy for Webster to set up Jones for a line kill to the deep corner. Nice!

21-15   Run of kills by Jones, Matson and Nevins leads to a Broncos TO. But, it doesn’t stop the Dons rolling on with a Cummings kill finishing the set at 25-18.

 

Second Set

2-0       Webster back set to Matson with a wrist away kill.

3-0       Nevins and Madi Risch put up a wall and a block. Broncos cover well and pop it up, but Nevins pounces and kills the over pass.

4-0       Long point with a flying save by Webster. Nevins on fire finishes the point with another ROOF!

5-2       More Nevins fire…kills a “3”.

7-11     Broncos on a run; TO Dons.

8-11     Coach Ernie must have given a good speech cuz Grobeck and Matson have great diving saves and the Dons take the point.

9-11     Jones follows up with an ACE!

17-15   Great defense ensues setting up kills by Jones & Risch.

21-16   An ace by Matson and a 4 point serving run by McPhail put the end in sight for the Dons.

25-20   Kalil to Cummings to finish set two!

 

Third Set

1-0       Webster sets Jones and she tools the block; point!

5-3       Dons serving has been solid all night. Grobeck serves up an Ace. And then, Kalil, awwwww Ace!

6-3       Jones sweeeeet line kill.

8-4       Elliott with a strong block and Broncos play great D, but Matson transitions well and finishes the point with a kill.

9-4       Loooong rally with great defense and blistering hits on both sides; Matson finishes it with a soft shot that finds the floor.

10-4     Sam Darin gets in on the action with a tool off the Bronco block; point!

11-4     Darin on fire; kill!

15-9     Webster pass, Kalil set, Elsa Clever hit; bam!

16-9     Matson rips a serve setting Jones up for the BOUNCE on the overpass.

18-10   Grobeck, awwwwww ace!

20-12   Rachel Go puts up a sweet “3” and Elliott knocks it down.

21-15   Jones, pipe, kill.

22-19   Broncos trying to make a late comeback; TO Dons.

24…    Dons get stuck, but

25-21   Webster sets up a “5” and Matson knocks it down for the W!!

 

Dons end the night with a League record of 4-1 (14-5 overall.) Props to the Broncos for some solid play. And props to the Dons for great teamwork and energy. Let’s keep it rolling when the Mats come to town on Thursday. COME CHEER ON YOUR DONS!!

Lauren Webster

Oct 11 – Girls Varsity Tennis prevailed today over Northgate 6-3

The Lady Dons are more than halfway through the season and their record is 5-1 in DAL/ Foothill division and 14-2-2 overall

They take on College Park on Thursday (away).

Today’s winners
Sydney Bell 6-4, 6-1
Maddie Bakar 6-2, 6-3
Fern Heredia 6-2, 6-2
Skyler Jeveli 5-7, 7-5, (10-5)
Maddie McDonagh/ Meagan Cardiff 6-4, 7-5
Sam Sweeney/Olivia Reineke 6-2, 2-6, (12-10)

Michelle McDonagh

Oct 11 – Tuesday Sports

In Monday’s action…

Boys Water Polo

defeated St. Ignatius HS 19-6.

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Tennis

has a match at Northgate HS at 3:30.

Girls Volleyball

plays at Northgate HS.  Freshmen at 4:00, jv at 5:00 and varsity at 6:30.

Oct 8 – Freshman Girls Volleyball Takes 2nd at Freedom Freshman Tournament

The Lady Dons went out to Oakley early Saturday morning to compete in the Freedom Freshman Tournament.  They prevailed against Antioch and Mission San Jose in 2 sets and came back from behind to beat Liberty in the semifinals 2-1.  The finals was a close one, and the girls almost squeaked out the win, but ultimately lost 13-15 in the last set to James Logan.  Great playing all around!  Way to go Dons!

Jennifer Glass

Oct 8 – Girls Water Polo

The very very young lady Dons missing 3 veteran starters faced a Sacramento powerhouse St. Francis Saturday.  First half star was Ella Maisano who blocked everything thrown her way, scoring in first half was led Brooke Westphal with 3 goals, Kylie Walker and Alex Fellner each scoring 1.  End of first half Dons 5-1.

Second half was more solid defense and 2 more goals by Brooke Westphal and another by Kylie Walker.

Dons win 8-2!

Graham Westphal

Unified Soccer

PHOTOS: Holly Thompson

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Oct 10 – Monday Sports

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

defeated St. Francis HS 8-2 in the Miramonte Showcase.

Boys Water Polo

defeated Los Alamitos and was defeated by Woodrow Wilson HS of Long Beach in the Southern California Invitational in Irvine.

In Monday’s action…

Boys Water Polo

hosts St. Ignatius HS. Varsity at 6:00 and JV at 7:00.

Oct 8 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Girls Golf

defeated Irvington HS 242-288.

Boys Water Polo

was defeated by Foothill HS of Santa Ana and defeated San Clemente HS in the Southern California Invitational in Irvine.

Football

was defeated by Concord HS. The JV team scored in the last minute and added the 2-point conversion to finish tied 22-22.

In Saturday’s action…

Varsity Girls Water Polo

plays St. Francis HS at Miramonte HS at 12:00.

Cross Country

competes in the Belmont Invitational.

Boys Water Polo

competes in the Southern California Invitational in Irvine.

Oct 6 – Girls Volleyball

YOUR Acalanes Dons Varsity Girls Volleyball team laced up the sneaks for the second night in a row, hosting the brand new Diablo Athletic League division rival College Park Falcons. The Dons were looking to capitalize on home court advantage and establish a strong position in the DAL league standings, hoping to end the night at 3-1 in league play. Here is some of what went down in Dons Land:

First Set:

3-3. Parker Jones and Maddie Kalil both made nice diving saves, as the Dons slowly but surely got their offense in gear.

5-3. Madi Risch rolls in and immediately fires a sweet kill.

7-3. Mellisa Elliott throws up a clean block and Jones finishes with a kill. Early time out Falcons.

8-3. M&M Roofing Company! Risch and Elliott block for a winner.

11-5. Lane Webster dives and digs it, Devin Grobeck plays guest setter, and Jones kills it once again!

12-5. Jones Ace.

13-5. See above.

15-9. Another great dig by Grobeck and Alex Matson gets in on the scoring with a pasted kill.

16-9. Stuff block by Theresa Nevins.

17-9. See above!

18-9. TRIPLE roof from Nevins! What blocking! Color Commentator Lauren Webster chimes in: “The Dons are really blocking, Ken. They built a wall and the Falcons are actually paying for it!”

22-9. Webster sets Matson “tight” to the net and A.M. pounds the ball off the College Park blockers.

25-9. Nevins finishes off the first set with a “yummy,” crushing the Falcons over-pass.

 

Second Set:

1-2. Sam Darin serves up an Ace, continuing her hot run from last night.

7-4. Rachel Go sets Risch perfectly for a kill.

9-4 Elsa Clever…Ahhh Ace!

11-4. Clever: Ace to the back corner. Untouched.

12-4. Darin pass, Go set, Darin kill. Ball hogs. JUST KIDDING!!!

14-7. Kalil hustles to make the dig, so Grobeck handles the set to Sarah Nelson, who rewards everyone with a sweet kill between Falcon defenders.

17-15. Long rough patch – credit the hustling Falcons – but Darin crushes one to win back the serve for the Dons.

20-18. Kalil dig. NELSON kill. Dons trying to finish it out but College Park is hanging tough.

21-24. Zoe McPhail dives and does NOT touch the ball – wisely – because it is just out of bounds. Dons hanging on, but then College Park takes the second, 21-25.

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Theresa Nevins
Photo: Craig Nelson

Third Set:

1-2. Jones back row kill as the Dons try to recapture the momentum.

5-4. Elliott kills one in the middle. Dons still looking to find their rhythm.

9-8. Jones Ace!

14-8. You don’t win points for style, but the Dons are scoring regardless, helped along by two straight aces from Jones.

17-10. Nevins stuffs the over-pass. Yummy.

20-10. Grobeck with a net-crawler Ace. Tricky.

23-14. Jones deftly floats the kill to the back corner. Nobody home.

25-21. Dons take the 3rd. That’s all you need to know.

 

Fourth Set:

1-0. Webster starts off the 4th with an Ace.

2-0. Long rally with big hits by Nevins, Matson and finally Cummings who gets the kill.

5-3. McPhail to Webster to Jones. Big kill!

6-3. Zoe McAce!

10-4. Kalil serve is too hot to handle. Time out Falcons, and then Maddie K follows it up with an Ace!

12-4 Jones Thunder Bomb kill, Kalil follows with yet another Ace and the Dons really take control.

15-6. Webster kills it right handed, but she’s a Lefty…

18-7. Go with the back line floater Ace. Beautiful!

20-6. Webster Ace, finding the hardwood.

23-12. Jones hammers one. Power personified…

24-12. …and another one from Jones. Match Point!

25-13. Dons win the set and take the match 3 sets to 1. Hats off to College Park for great hustle and effort right until the last point.

Oct 7 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

defeated College Park HS 25-9, 21-25, 25-21 and 25-14 to raise their DAL record to 3-1 and overall record to 13-5.  The jv team swept the Falcons 25-16 and 25-14.  The freshmen came up just short in three games.

JV Girls Tennis

defeated Miramonte HS 7-4 to improve to 3-0-1 in the DAL and 8-1-1 overall.

Freshman Football

defeated Washington, Fremont HS.

In Friday’s action…

Football

hosts Concord HS.  JV at 4:30 and varsity at 7:00.

Girls Golf

has a match against Irvington HS at Rossmoor GC 3:30.

Boys Water Polo

competes in the Southern California Invitational in Irvine.

In Saturday’s action…

Varsity Girls Water Polo

plays St. Francis HS at Miramonte HS at 12:00.

Cross Country

competes in the Belmont Invitational.

Boys Water Polo

competes in the Southern California Invitational in Irvine.

Thursday’s individual standouts…

Girls Volleyball

The varsity standouts were Parker Jones and Alex Matson on offense and Devin Grobeck on defense.  The JV standouts were Sarah Westergren on offense and Paige Holder and Kaitlyn McKendell on defense.  The freshman standouts were Jessica Larrick on offense and Izzy Macayan and Skylar Woehrle on defense.

JV Girls Tennis

Sophia Cooper & Milena Lucey, Maggie Curless & Jess Gerson, Naomi Berkowitz & Anya Weinstein, Anika Mohanty & Vivian Tingle, Emily Erce & Sofia Swatt, Alyssa Aramanino & Katie Bishopp and Maren Quintella & Scarlett Reicher won their doubles matches.

Oct 6 – Girls JV Tennis

In a really competitive match at Miramonte, the Lady Dons Stomped the Mats 7-4. Our record improves to 8 wins 1 loss and 1 tie overall and 3-0-1 in DAL play.

As they have in earlier matches, Sophia Cooper and Milena Lucey drew first blood with an 8-3 win at D-5. Sophia patrolled the backcourt with some great “gets” and solid ground strokes while Milena put away a number of winners at the net.

Junior captains Maggie Curless and Jess Gerson playing at D-3 were solid and communicated effectively to secure an 8-5 victory. Maggie continued our tradition of winning with coaching staff-installed overgrip. The LDs are 3-0 with new overgrip.

Sophomores Naomi Berkowitz and Anya Weinstein teamed for the first time this season and recorded a fine 8-5 win at D-6. Anya continued her strong service game and Naomi showed great hands by converting a number of tough volleys at the net.

The sophomore winning streak continued with Vivi McGinnis-Tingle and Anika Mohanty also recording an 8-5 win at D-8. Anika and Vivi communicated well and covered the court effectively throughout the match.

At D-11, Sofia Swatt and Emily Erce rolled to an 8-4 win with Sofia playing a number of fine volleys and Emily firing a number of winners down the Miramonte alleys.

Katie Bishopp and Alyssa Armanino racked up the deciding point of the match at D-10 by the score of 8-5. Faced with questionable line calls, Katie and Alyssa maintained their composure and requested line judges at 2-2 for the balance of their match.  Both Lady Dons competed well under difficult circumstances.

Scarlett Reicher and Maren Quintella put icing on the cake of the Acalanes victory with an 8-4 win at D-9. This match also required linespersons to ensure accurate calls. Scarlett maintained her focus and overcame an early service break due to really difficult sun conditions while Maren continued to run down seeming Miramonte winners and turn them into Dons’ points.

All of the Lady Dons lines played really fine competitive matches under difficult sun conditions. The courts at Miramonte are configured on an East-West axis. In the afternoon players on the east side of the net are looking directly into the setting sun. The Lady Dons handled this well, in part by sharing hats and visors, on their way to a fine team win.

Oct 5 – Girls Volleyball

Your Acalanes Dons girls volleyball team stepped onto their home court against Las Lomas for the first time in DAL League play after a 1-1 road start. This was also the day the Giants launched another even-year run into the playoffs, so…Play Ball! It was also Dig Pink night for breast cancer awareness and the Dons family raised funds for a great cause. Here is the “Scorecard”:

First Set:

3-2. Roxy Cummings hits a shot down the line for a kill as the game gets going.

5-5. Alex Matson drives an angle kill.

7-5. Lane Webster sets up Matson for another angle kill. Matson is locked in early.

9-7. Devin Grobeck – as the Libero sporting the “Good & Plenty” pink and black uniform look – covers for the Setter and serves up a meatball for a Maddie Risch kill.

11-7. Timeout Knights as Maddie Kalil pitches and keeps LL off balance.

14-12. Parker Jones crushes a bomb.

18-12. Webster to Risch as the Dons are on a hitting streak.

21-18. Pitcher’s duel as both teams’ hitters are kept off balance, until Matson lines one into the gap.

25-18. Theresa Nevins roofs the Knights and then LL fouls one off…Dons take the first set.

Girls Volleyball Dig Pink

Photo Karen Elliott

Second Set:

2-1. Sam Darin fires an Ace to lead off the second for the Dons.

4-3. Elsa Clever hits a nice bloop single for a point.

6-3. Kalil: Ace. K!

8-3. Sarah Nelson with an “Opposite” field hit. Dons are batting around tonight. Time out Knights.

11-5. Clever switch hits with a left handed save shot to keep a point alive and the Dons score.

15-6. Rachel Go serves a change-up that fools the Knights.

17-11. Knights stage a little rally, but Risch quiets LL by hammering the ball. Adios Pelota!

19-11. Double Aces from Darin.

20-11. Make that Strike Three from Darin. Darin throwing darts.

22-13. Zoe McPhail dons the Good & Plenty libero look for Dig Pink, and proceeds to serve and dig like a Gold Glover, bringing the Dons close to the set win.

23-15. Clever dinger from the middle, and Dons roll on to take the second 25-15.

Third Set:

2-0. Jones Ace. Dons look to keep the “mo.”

5-0. Another Jones Ace. Double Play.

7-0. And another from Jones. Holy Cow! Serving like Mad Bum.

8-1. Jones juuussssst a bit outside, to get LL on the scoreboard.

9-2. Nelson kill. Boom.

11-3. Webster to Clever for a beauty of a middle kill.

14-3. Darin smokes one down the line.

16-5. Good eye from Cummings on the outside ball from LL.

18-9. Jones and Nevins team up for a block. A great battery.

20-10. Nelson kill. A nice piece of hitting there.

22-10. A Knights swing and a miss, and Nevins finishes the point.

24-10. Nevins again! Match point.

25-10. Webster to Jones for a bunt single that finishes off the Knights. Dons win! Dons win! Dons win!

Oct 5 – Girls Tennis vs Campolindo

Another nail biter today for Varsity Girls Tennis vs Campolindo. Our heroes Olivia Reineke and Sam Sweeney pulled out the final win 6-0, 7-5 to seal the deal!! Congrats !!!!
The Lady Dons take on Miramonte at home tomorrow. Come out and give these lady some love!

Other winners today
Sasha Schtein 6-2, 6-0
Maddie Bakar 6-1, 6-4
Fern Heredia 6-4, 6-3
Skyler Jeveli 4-6, 6-2 (10-3)

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Quinn Harrington and Lauren Ladrech
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Michelle McDonagh

Oct 6 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

made quick work of Las Lomas HS 25-18, 25-15 and 25-11 raising their overall record to 12-5 and 2-1 in the DAL. The JV team preceded with their own victory 25-23 and 25-11. The freshmen led off the evening sweeping the Knights 25-18 and 25-12.

Girls Golf

defeated by College Park HS 192-234.

Boys Water Polo

dropped a nail-biter to Campolindo HS 9-8.

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Bennett Winther
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Girls Water Polo

was defeated by Campolindo HS.

In Thursday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

hosts College Park HS. Freshmen at 4:00, JV at 5:00 and Varsity at 6:30.

Girls Tennis

has a match against Miramonte HS at 3:30. Varsity is home and JV is away.

Freshman Football

plays Washington, Fremont HS at Tak Fudenna Stadium at 4:40.

Wednesday’s individual standouts…

JV Girls Volleyball

Laurel Park and Sarah Westergren were offensive standouts and Cailey McVay did so on defense.

Freshman Girls Volleyball

Jessica Larrick was the offensive standout and Izzy Macayan was the defensive star.

Girls Tennis

Sasha Schtein (6-2, 6-0), Maddie Bakar (6-1, 6-4), Fern Heredia (6-4, 6-3), Skylar Jeveli (4-6, 6-2, 10-3) won singles matches. Olivia Reinecke and Sam Sweeney pulled out the 5th victory, 6-0 and 7-5 to complete the victory over Campolindo HS 5-4. They raise their overall record to 13-2-1 and their DAL record to 5-1.

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Sasha Schtein
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Girls Golf

Emily Attiyeh shot a 37 on a 9-hole par 36 course.

Oct 5 – Girls JV Tennis vs Campolindo

The JV Lady Dons played to a tie with Campolindo this afternoon splitting 10 doubles lines 5-5.

Our D-4 team of Milena Lucey and Sophia Cooper recorded the first Acalanes point. In the most one-sided match of the day, Sophia and Milena led throughout their match on the way to an 8-3 win.

Captains Maggie Curless and Jess Gerson got into a 1-4 at D-2 hole before they stopped digging and took control of their match winning the next seven games. Maggie and Jess played solidly after their rocky start and covered the court really well.

At D-3, Niki Palamountain and Skyler DeMartini had to go to 9-7 before getting by their tough Campo opponents. Once again a timely change of overgrip by the Acalanes coaching staff turned the match around. Down 4-6 when Niki lost control of her racquet and requested a new overgrip, Skyler and Niki dug in and played tenaciously for an Acalanes win.

Sophia Scipi and Molly Cronk played the match of the day at D-1. Initially down 1-4, the Lady Dons began attacking down the alley, but still found themselves down 3-6 to a Campo team that was really tough at the net. From 3-6, Molly and Sophia refused to lose and ran off the last four games, three of them going to the sudden-death deuce point.

Alyssa Armanino and Katie Bishopp won the point that secured the Acalanes tie at D-10. Playing effectively and communicating well, Alyssa and Katie overcame an early 3-4 deficit and came home with an 8-5 victory.

All of our lines competed hard today against our rivals from Campo. We are on the road tomorrow at Miramonte

Oct 5 – Wednesday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

hosts Las Lomas HS. Freshmen at 4:00, JV at 5:00 and Varsity at 6:30. Tonight is Dig Pink Night. The gate and concessions will be donated to Breast Cancer Awareness.

Water Polo

teams play at Campolindo HS. JV girls at 4:00, varsity girls at 5:00, varsity boys at 6:00 and JV boys at 7:00.

Girls Tennis

has a match against Campolindo HS at 3:30. Varsity is away and JV is home.

Girls Golf

has a match against College Park HS at Rossmoor GC at 3:30.

Oct 1 – Girls JV Volleyball

The Girls JV Volleyball team played in the Campolindo JV Tournament this weekend and defeated Northgate HS, St. Joseph’s ND HS, Clayton Valley HS, Head Royce HS, St. Joseph’s ND HS again to advance to the Finals, and was then defeated by Campolindo HS. Standouts for the day included #17 Sophia Newman for her blocking and #2 Cailey for her defense.image1
Kim Park

Oct 5 – Dig Pink Wednesday

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Oct 3 – Monday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Boys Water Polo

was defeated by Menlo School. The jv team continues to roll defeating Menlo School 9-3.

JV Girls Tennis

defeated Alhambra HS 10-3.

In Saturday’s action…

JV Girls Volleyball

defeated Northgate HS, St. Joseph’s HS, Clayton Valley Charter HS, Head Royce HS and St. Joseph’s HS (again) before falling to Campolindo HS in the Campolindo tournament championship game.

Individual standouts…

JV Girls Tennis

Lauren Craig & Shannon McVay (8-4), Maggie Curless & Skylar DeMartini (8-5), Molly Cronk & Sophia Scipi (8-6), Sophia Cooper & Milena Lucey (8-4), Naomi Berkowitz & Audrey Glosson (9-8,7-5 tie-breaker), Anika Mohanty & Vivian Tingle (8-3), Siena Marchiano & Anya Weinstein (9-7), Sophia Cooper & Katie Hale (9-7) and Alyssa Armanino & Katie Bishopp (8-4) won doubles matches.

JV Girls Volleyball

Sophia Newman dominated at the net with her blocking and Cailey McVay led the team with her defense.

Oct 1 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

JV Boys Water Polo

continues to roll defeating Menlo School 9-3.

In Saturday’s action…

JV Girls Volleyball

competes in the Campolindo tournament.

JV Girls Water Pol

competes in the Alhambra tournament.

JV Boys Water Polo

competes in the St. Francis tournament.

Sep 29 – Acalanes Girls Volleyball

Lane Webster

Lane Webster

Your Acalanes Dons girls volleyball team traveled to Campolindo on Thursday night, consistently the toughest league-play assignment of each season for over a decade. Here is how the match unfolded, thanks to special guest correspondent George Clever (who demonstrates some musical name-dropping flair as well):

The Campo Cougars trotted out the big guns tonight, and it was just a little too much for your beloved Dons.  Scrappy they were…alas, they ultimately could not “Rise Above” the Cougars.  Campo took the first meeting of the year 3 sets to none, by scores of 20-25, 18-25 and 19-25 leaving everyone feeling “Jealous Again” and primed for revenge on our home turf in a few weeks.

In the first set the Dons started out a little slow, going down 4-11 through a combination of errors and solid play by Campo.  Parker Jones and Alex Matson led the Dons back to 9-12, but Campo took control again with strong play from a bevy of college-bound seniors, taking the score to 13-21.  Acalanes wasn’t quite done yet, and got close again at 19-21 via a great serving run from Lane Webster, strong defense from Devin Grobeck, some thundering hits from the pins, and a couple of nice blocks.  But Campo heated up again and took the first set 20-25. “Hard to Handle.”

Devin Grobeck

Devin Grobeck

In the second set the Dons jumped out to a 7-4 lead. The strong visiting Acalanes students crowd was rocking. What great support! Parker Jones had some nice serves and kills, and the flurry of positivity was punctuated with a great Melissa Elliott kill on a nice quick set from Lane Webster.  The play from that point was relatively even and the Dons were close, but down 14-16.  Campo began to exert its will once again, however, taking control of the set and ultimately prevailing 18-25 in the second. “Twice as Hard.”

Melissa Elliott

Melissa Elliott

The final set was also very competitive.  Parker Jones kills, Theresa Nevins blocks, Alex Matson kills, and some fireworks from the back row led to a 13-13 tie. This Dons squad has proven that it cam compete with anyone. At 16-17 the match started to slip away.  Campo’s stars took it up a notch and ultimately prevailed 19-25 leaving the Dons saying “Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie.”  We’ll get them next time!!

Cummings and Nevins block

Cummings and Nevins block

Quoth an anonymous Lady Don on the walk to the parking lot, “They are soooo beatable.”  Let’s hope so.  Perhaps after the rematch we can all enjoy a “TV Party!”

Parker Jones

Parker Jones

George Clever

Sep 30 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Girls Tennis

defeated Las Lomas HS 5-4 to remain undefeated in the DAL and raise their overall record to 12-2-1. The JV team was also victorious 9-1 to remain undefeated and raise their overall record to 6-1.

Girls Volleyball

was defeated by Campolindo HS. The JV and freshman teams were also defeated.

Girls Golf

fell to Northgate HS.

In Friday’s action…

Boys Water Polo

plays at Menlo School. JV at 4:00 and varsity at 5:00.

JV Girls Tennis

has a match at Alhambra HS at 3:30.

In Saturday’s action…

JV Girls Volleyball

competes in the Campolindo tournament.

JV Girls Water Polo

competes in the Alhambra tournament.

JV Boys Water Polo

competes in the St. Francis tournament.

Thursday’s individual standouts…

Varsity Girls Tennis

Sasha Schtein (6-2, 6-4) and Maddie Bakar (6-1, 6-2) won singles matches. Quinn Harrington & Lauren Ladrech (6-1, 6-4), Megan Cardiff & Maddie McDonagh (6-1, 6-2) and Olivia Reinecke & Sam Sweeney (6-3, 6-0) won doubles matches.

JV Girls Tennis

Skylar DeMartini & Niki Palamountain, Naomi Berkowitz & Audrey Glosson, Sophia Cooper & Milena Lucey, Molly Cronk & Sophia Scipi, Maggie Curless & Jess Gerson, Anika Mohanty & Vivian Tingle, Siena Marchiano & Anya Weinstein, Maren Quintella & Scarlett Reicher and Katie Hale & Lynn Wolfe won doubles matches.

Girls Volleyball

Varsity received a strong offensive performance from Parker Jones, a strong defensive performance from Devin Grobeck and a strong offensive and defensive performance from Melissa Elliott. JV team was led by Grace Higgins on offense and Kaylin Haitt on defense. Leading the way for the freshmen was Lauren Westergren offensively and Charlotte Glass defensively.

Devin Grobeck

Devin Grobeck

Girls Golf

Emily Attiyeh shot a 37 on a 9-hole par 36 course.

Sep 29 – Girls JV Tennis

Acalanes 9 – Las Lomas 1
The JV Lady Dons recorded a 9-1 win over Las Lomas in our first full DAL match.

Playing at D-3 Niki Palamountain and Skyler DeMartini scored the first Dons point by playing consistently aggressive tennis on their way to an 8-2 win. Niki got her serve under control after a shaky start and Skyler controlled the net throughout the match.

Audrey Glosson and Naomi Berkowitz cruised to an 8-0 shutout at D-5. While Audrey’s “shovel scoop” lob winner will not make the ESPN Top Ten, it was effective. Naomi served consistently well during the match.

An 8-0 shutout was also pitched by Milena Lucey and Sophia Cooper playing at D-6. Communicating effectively and keeping their opponents on the defensive, Milena and Sophia led wire to wire.

Molly Cronk and Sophia Scipi got off to their now-typical slow start but rallied effectively to rack up an 8-4 victory. Molly and Sophia played some really fine points and literally ran down a number of balls to stay in contested points. The coach’s installation of new overgrip on Molly’s racquet was certainly one of the keys to victory.

At D-2, Captains Jess Gerson and Maggie Curless played the most competitive match of the day having to climb out of a 1-4 hole before settling down and winning seven of the last eight games to secure an 8-5 victory and clinch the match for the Lady Dons. Jess and Maggie both served and returned serve well throughout the contest.

Anika Mohanty and Vivi McGinnisTingle, playing at D-7 took control of their match early and kept the pressure on Las Lomas as they ran off an 8-1 win.  Vivi and Anika communicated effectively and controlled the net on their way to victory.

Aanya Weinstein and Siena Marchiano played a fine match at D-8 and recorded an 8-3 win. Siena served consistently well and patrolled the net, while Anya ran down a number of balls and turned what looked like Las Lomas winners into Acalanes points.

Scarlett Reicher and Maren Quintella took control of their D-9 match early on and did not look back on their way to an 8-1 win. Scarlett played effectively at the net and Maren ran down a number of balls to keep the Lady Dons in points. (You can’t coach speed.)

Playing together for the first time in a match, Lynn Wolfe and Katie Hale rounded out the Acalanes scoring with an 8-2 win at D-10. Lynn played a number of winning volleys from her position at the net and Katie contributed a number of ground stroke winners in a well played match.

Our D-1 team of Shannon McVay and Lauren Craig played a really competitive match that saw a number of extended rallies and deuce games with Las Lomas recording a hard won 8-4 point.

The JV Lady Dons’ record is 6 – 1 overall; 2 – 0 in DAL play.

Sep 29 – Acalanes Girls Tennis barely squeaked by Las Lomas

The Lady Dons squeaked out a win today against Las Lomas 5-4. The Knights pulled ahead  taking a couple nail biters from the singles lines but our rock solid doubles pairs prevailed clinching the win.

Today’s winner’s
Sasha Schtein 6-2, 6-4
Maddie Bakar 6-1, 6-2
Quinn Harrington/ Lauren Ladrech 6-1, 6-4
Maddie McDonagh/Megan Cardiff 6-1, 6-2
Sam Sweeney / Olivia Reineke 6-3, 6-0

The Lady Dons are 3-0 DAl/ foothill division and 12-2-1  overall

The girls will face Campo (away) on Wednesday and Miramonte on Thursday (home)  next week- come out and support these talented Lady Dons!

Michelle McDonagh

Sep 28 – Girls Water Polo

The very young Lady Dons faced a seasoned Las Lomas team featuring two US National team members.  The Knights experience and tough inside play got the best of the Dons as the game wore on, losing 14-7.  The girls battled hard working the ball into set and Lexi Rowell‘s quick turns and outside shooting resulted in 5 goals.  Bella Wentzel‘s high corner shot was the shot of the game,  Senior Alex Calendar had the final goal of the game with a terrific shot from 2 meter.

Graham Westphal

Sep 29 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Boys Water Polo

defeated Las Lomas HS 14-10. The JV team did likewise, 12-7.

Girls Water Polo

was defeated by Las Lomas HS.

Girls Golf

came up just short to Campolindo HS 240-249.

In Thursday’s action…

It is GIRLS DAY!

Girls Volleyball

has a big game at Campolindo HS. Freshmen at 4:00, jv at 5:00 and varsity at 6:30.

Girls Tennis

has a match against Las Lomas HS at 3:30. Varsity is away and jv is home.

Girls Golf

has a match against Northgate HS at Boundary Oak CC at 3:30.

Wednesday’s individual standout…

Girls Golf

Emily Attiyeh shot a 37 on a 9-hole par 36 course.

Sep 27 – Acalanes Girls Volleyball prevail against Miramonte

After a strong non-league showing against a very tough slate of opponents, Your Acalanes Dons girls volleyball team kicked off League play in the newly formed Diablo Athletic League against Miramonte. The Dons brought a 10-4 overall record and a Top 10 ranking in the California state-wide Division 3 Max Preps ranking.

Despite the props from the “Preps”, the Dons faced a tough task in taking down the Mats in “The Matadome”…something the Dons have not accomplished in at least the last five seasons.

Here is how it went down, for The Who that care to read on:

 

First Set:

2-3. Roxy Cummings gets the Dons on the board after a slow start, followed right up with an Alex Matson ace. Ahhhhh Ace!

4-4. Dons tie it up with a Parker Jones/Melissa Elliott team block. Roof!

7-8. Perfect passes from Zoe McPhail and Devin Grobeck lead to big swings, and points, for the Dons.

10-9. Grobeck dig, Grobeck dig, Grobeck dig, and then a Matson kill. Dons take the lead.

11-9. Teresa Nevins with a nice stuff block at the net.

14-10. Dons are making amazing digs – I Can’t Explain – keying the Dons offensive system, and it’s working. Time out Miramonte.

16-10. Matson Ace, again!

20-12. Setter Maddie Kalil is forced to make some passes and handles it superbly, and follows it up with a great set assist to stretch out the Dons lead. She said “yeah, this is – The Real Me.”

21-12. Ace from McPhail.

22-12. See above.

23-12. Jones hammers a big kill, and the Dons close in on the first set – The Seeker.

25-16. Dons take the first set.

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Alex Matson
Photo: Craig Nelson

Second Set:

1-0. Nevins delivers a “Yummy” with an overpass kill.

3-4. Was needing some writing material after the Mats ran off some points and Nevins provided it, delivering a perfect out of system set to Jones, who hammers a kill.

4-5. Kalil makes a super dig, enabling a Jones kill. Mats look energized this set.

7s. Jones ties it up with a wicked line kill.

11-8. Super dig by Grobeck, Nevins overpass kill, great Roof by Nevins and Kalil, and the Dons surge ahead.

12-10. Sweet roll shot from Jones. Nobody home for the Mats.

12-14. Rough patch. It happens. Dons looking to stay – Happy Jack.

13-15. LONG drawn out discussion by the refs. It is unclear what the problem is. Maybe post-match dinner plans. And it stretches on and on. Could it be vacation planning?

14-19. Another rough patch. Time out Dons.

15-19. Jones breaks the Mats’ serving run with a brilliant cross-court angle kill…this is no longer – My Generation.

15-23. Nothing to see here. Move along.

17-25. The Mats rebound decisively to take the second set.

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Parker Jones
Photo: Craig Nelson

Third Set:

3-0. Matson fires an ace to keep the Dons quick start in the third going.

4-1. Grobeck to Kalil to Jones. Textbook offense = kill.

6-3. Frosh party: Lane Webster sets Madi Risch. Mats dig out the Risch blast but can’t get the ball back over. Point Dons.

9-3. Time out Mats after a ball into the net. Risch was ready and up high for the block – I Can See For Miles.

10-3. Ace off of the time out for Jones! Dons rolling.

11-5. Mats try to rally but Elliott finds an empty patch of wood for a point.

13-6. Great diving save on the floor by Webster, and Nevins finished the point with a middle kill.

15-6. Kalil with the double ace! Great serving tonight.

18-9. Dons just trading points with the Mats, which is cool at this point, led by stellar Grobeck passing.

18-10. Rachel Go serves a nugget, but after a crazy rally the Mats end up winning the point. – Pinball Wizard.

20-12. Still trading points. Fine.

21-12. Jones rips a dive-bombing jump serve Ace.

23-14. Webster to Risch for a big kill. – The Kids Are Alright.

24-14. Matson kill. Set Point.

25-17. Matson finishes off the set with an acrobatic kill. Dons take the third set just as decisively.

 

Fourth Set:

1-0. Webster Ace! – Behind Blue Eyes.

2-0. Jones monster kill. Great start to the set.

3-1. Elliott and Jones big roof – Won’t Get Fooled Again.

5-3. Long rally with great play on both sides! Admission fee tonight? – Bargain.

7-5. Kalil serves up a tasty morsel to Matson who does not disappoint: kill.

7s. Great swing and follow-up saving dig from Sarah Nelson, but the Mats tie it up.

9s. …on the Jones soft tip. Smart play. – Who Are You?

10-9. Webster. Ace again!

12s. Mats are digging and passing superbly, keeping them in the match.

15-14. Jones rips a back row “pipe” set from Kalil to regain the lead. Jones looks fired up and hungry for more. – Who’s Next?

17-14. Dons extend their lead with solid team play. Timeout Miramonte.

20-17. Dons staying solid as McPhail serves and the Don’s defense holds firm.

22-20. Mats stage a little rally off of a time out, but Jones shuts that down with a surgical roll shot kill.

23-20. Webster Ace. Hat Trick!

25-20. Webster sets Risch for a powerful hit, the Mats struggle with it despite a great dig, and the Dons win at Miramonte!

Finally! The Matadome has been reduced to a Teenage Wasteland, and the Acalanes players board the Magic Bus for the joyful trip back to Lafayette.

 

Dons win the match 3-1 (25-16, 17-25, 25-17, 25-20)

Sep 27 – Girls Tennis

Girls Varsity Tennis dominated against College Park today 9-0.  Battling the heat sophomore Sydney Bell and Junior Sasha Schtein were pushed to a 3rd set TB but both prevailed clinching the shut out!
The Lady Dons are 2-0 DAl/ foothill division and 11-2-1  overall

Today’s winners
Sasha Schtein 6-4, 3-6 (10-5)
Sydney Bell 6-3, 2-6 (10-7)
Zoe Cate 6-3, 6-1
Maddie Bakar 6-0, 6-0
Fern Heredia 6-0, 6-1
Skyler Jeveli  6-0, 6-1
Quinn Harrington & Lauren Ladrech  6-1, 6-0
Megan Cardiff & Maddie McDonagh  6-2, 6-0
Sam Sweeney & Olivia Reineke  6-0, 6-0

Michelle McDonagh

Sep 28 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

defeated Miramonte HS 26-16, 17-25, 25-17 and 25-20. The JV team dropped the first game and rallied to victory 13-25, 25-20 and 15-9. The freshman team won in a 2 game sweep, with a standout offensive performance from Aly Sweeney and defensive performance from Skylar Woehrle.

In Wednesday’s action…

Water Polo

teams open league play hosting Las Lomas HS. JV girls at 4:00, Varsity girls at 5:00, Varsity boys at 6:00 and JV boys at 7:00.

Cross Country

competes in the DAL Center Meet at Hidden Valley Park at 3:30.

Girls Golf

has a match against Campolindo HS at Moraga CC at 3:30.

Sep 27 – Tuesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Tennis

hosts College Park HS at 3:30.

Girls Volleyball

plays at Miramonte HS. Freshmen at 4:00, JV at 5:00 and Varsity at 6:30.

Sep 24 – Girls JV Water Polo

On Saturday, Girls Water Polo hosted Saint Ignatius High School. The Junior Varsity team started the game giving up a goal early in the first quarter. Coach Chris Lanier made a few defensive adjustments and the girls responded. Goalie Laura Garfein and the defense did not allow allow another goal the rest of the game. The girls won 12-1. Scoring was lead by Sarah McCandless with 3 goals, followed by 2 goals each by Annie Stryker and Jackie Geannacopulos. Sarah Bone, Maggie Gerding, Lily O’Toole, Ava Mackay and Emma Workman all scored a goal each.

The Girls play this Wednesday, September 28th at 4:00 when they host Las Lomas High School.

Jon Bone

Sep 26 – Monday Sports

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

defeated St. Ignatius HS 14-1 to raise their overall record to 9-4.

Boys Water Polo

squeaked out a 10-9 victory over Menlo Atherton HS.

Sep 24 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Football

jumped out to a 21-7 lead in the first quarter over De Anza HS and ran away with a 49-14 victory. The JV team prevailed 13-7.

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

hosts St. Ignatius HS. JV at 10:00 and varsity at 11:00.

Varsity Boys Water Polo

plays at Menlo Atherton HS at 12:00.

JV Boys Water Polo

competes in the St. Francis tournament.

JV Girls Volleyball

competes in the Dougherty Valley tournament.

Sep 23 – Girls Water Polo on a Win Streak

The Lady Dons continue their stellar run of victories with a dominating performance over Marin Catholic. The Dons counter attack was unstoppable led by Bella Wentzel‘s terrific outside shooting and Lexi Rowell.

Rowell led all scorers with 6 goals, Wentzel with 4, Kylie Walker 2 goals, Freshman Zoe Benisek 2 goals, Chapman 2 goals, Fellner and Heffelfinger each had one.

Maisano built a wall tonight in front of the goal with 10 saves.

Come see the Dons during this hot streak Saturday am home vs. St. Ignatius at 10am.

Graham Westphal

Sep 23 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Varsity Girls Tennis

opened division play with a 6-3 victory over Northgate HS. They split the single matches 3-3 and notched a shutout in doubles. They raise their overall record to 10-2-1. The JV girls were also victorious 3-1.

Boys Water Polo

was defeated by Davis HS.

Freshman Football

shutout Kennedy, Fremont HS.

In Friday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

hosts Marin Catholic HS. Varsity at 4:00 and JV at 5:00.

Football

plays at De Anza HS. JV at 4:00 and varsity at 7:00.

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

hosts St. Ignatius HS. JV at 10:00 and varsity at 11:00.

Varsity Boys Water Polo

plays at Menlo Atherton HS at 12:00.

JV Boys Water Polo

competes in the St. Francis tournament.

JV Girls Volleyball

competes in the Dougherty Valley tournament.

Thursday’s individual standouts…

Varsity Girls Tennis

Zoe Cate (6-1 & 6-2), Fernanda Heredia (6-2 & 6-3) and Skylar Jeveli (6-1 & 6-2) won singles matches.  Quinn Harrington & Lauren Ladrech (6-2 & 7-6), Megan Cardiff & Maddie McDonagh (7-5 & 6-1) and Olivia Reinecke & Sam Sweeney (6-2 & 6-2) won doubles matches.

JV Girls Tennis

Lauren Craig & Shannon McVay (8-1), Maggie Curless & Jess Gerson (8-2) and Sophia Scipi & Lia Swan (8-5) won doubles matches.

Sep 22 – Girls Varsity Tennis

Girls Varsity Tennis surpassed Northgate 6-3 in their division  opener. Singles were challenged winning 3 of 6 lines. Doubles dominated winning all 3 lines.
The Lady Dons are 1-0 DAL/ Foothill division and 10-2-1 overall

Today’s winners
Zoe Cate 6-1 6-2
Fern Heredia 6-2,6-2
Skyler Jeveli  6-2,6-3
Quinn Harrington & Lauren Ladrech  6-2, 7-6 2
Megan Cardiff & Maddie McDonagh  7-5,6-1
Sam Sweeney & Olivia Reineke  6-2,6-2

Michelle McDonagh

Sep 22 – Girls JV Tennis

Acalanes 3 – Northgate 1
Playing in our opening Diablo Athletic League match, the JV Lady Dons came away with a 3-1 win over Northgate High.

Lauren Craig and Shannon McVay played a really competitive match at D-1. Although it is a cliché to say that the match was closer than the score would indicate, in today’s action it was true. While Shannon and Lauren recorded an 8-1 win, they played a number of hotly contested points and games on their way to the first Dons’ win of the day.

At D-2, Captains Maggie Curless and Jess Gerson, took control of their match and played consistently well in recording our second point with an 8-2 win.

Teaming for the first time this season, Molly Cronk and Milena Lucey communicated effectively and covered the court well to secure an 8-2 win.

Lady Dons Niki Palamountain and Skyler DeMartini were matched against a team of Northgate varsity players, who “doubled back” to play a second match. Skyler and Niki competed well throughout.

JV Sophia Scipi “played up” in a varsity doubles exhibition match with Lia Swan. Lia and Sophia were also paired for the first time and played a really competitive match racking up another Acalanes win by the score of 8-5.

Sep 22 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Emily Attiyeh

Emily Attiyeh

Girls Golf

came up just short against Miramonte HS 239-244. Emily Attiyeh shot a 36 on a 9-hole par 36 course.

In Thursday’s action…

Girls Tennis

hosts Northgate HS at 3:30.

Boys Water Polo

hosts Davis HS. JV at 4:00 and varsity at 5:00.

Freshman Football

hosts Kennedy, Fremont HS at 5:00.

Sep 21 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Tennis

was flawless against Berean Christian HS in a 9-0 victory.  Sasha Schtein, Sydney Bell, Maddie Bakar, Skyler Jeveli, Susie Bush and Hannah Snyder won singles matches. Quinn Harrington and Lauren Ladrech, Megan Cardiff & Maddie McDonagh and Olivia Reinecke & Sam Sweeney won doubles matches.

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Golf

has a match against Miramonte HS at Rossmoor GC at 3:30.

Sep 20 – Girls Tennis dominates the Eagles

The Lady Dons dominated today against the Eagles from Berean Christian winning all 9 lines. Congrats to Susie Bush and Hannah Snyder, normally doubles partners, for their impressive wins in singles!

All scores as follows:
Match Acalanes 9 BC 0
Singles
Line 1. Sasha Schtein def Ava Miller 7-5,6-4
Line 2. Sydney Bell def Melissa Hansen 6-0,6-1
Line 3. Maddie Baker def Dani Maestie 6-0,6-2
Line 4. Skyler Jeveli def Emi Tom 6-1,6-0
Line 5. Susie Bush def Jordan Sape 6-7, 6-0, 10-7
Line 6 Hannah Snydef def Gene Wysenowski 6-0,6-4 doubles

Doubles

Line 1. Lauren Ladrech, Quinn Harrington def S Meals, C.Stame 6-0,6-1
Line 2. Maddie McDonagh, Megan Cardiff def N Wysenowski, J Hwang 6-1,6-1

Line 3. Sam Sweeney, Olivia Reinecke, def V. Lauzaa, K Mansssa 6-0,6-0

Michelle McDonagh

Sep 20 – Tuesday Sports

In Monday’s action…

Girls Golf

Emily Attiyeh tied for fourth overall by shooting a 72 at the Poppy Ridge Invitational.

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Tennis

hosts Berean Christian HS at 3:30.

Sep 17 – Girls Volleyball Tournament Results

The Lady Dons Varsity volleyball team spent most of Saturday at Pittsburg High competing in the East County Varsity Tournament, which brought together a very strong field from around the Bay Area.

In the first match of pool play the Dons defeated Dougherty Valley in 2, 25-20, 25-13.

The second pool play match was against eventual tournament champion Sacred Heart. With a 24-26 overtime loss in first set, the Dons showed awesome all around team play, the hallmark of the Dons so far this season, which pushed the Valkryies to the limit.

In the 2nd set, after a slow start the Dons rallied back for a stretch, closing to 9-15, but Sacred Heart was too strong down the stretch. The Dons finished 2nd in pool play heading into the playoff bracket.

The Dons kicked off bracket play with another perennial powerhouse, Marin Catholic, the eventual 2nd place finisher on Saturday.

Your Lady Dons jumped out to an early 3-1 lead with the two Frosh, Lane Webster serving and then setting Madi Risch, who delivered a clean kill into the seam.

The Dons kept up the pressure on Marin with super Senior play from Parker Jones and Alex Matson, holding a 5-4 lead.

Soph Rachel Go came in to QB the Dons in the “6-2” setter rotation and fed solid sets to the Don middles Theresa Nevins and Mellisa Elliott, keeping the match tied at 8s.

Matson had a nice serve run, assisted by Jones and Risch kills and helped by Matson‘s own great passing. 13-12 Dons!

Marin Catholic had a bit of a run but the Dons kept fighting. Go set Nevins in the middle for a kill to keep the Dons close at 16-17.

Marin got hot down the stretch however and took the 1st set 18-25.

The Dons started the 2nd set off hot, taking a 6-2 lead forcing an M.C. timeout. Soph Elsa Clever anchored the middle and Matson served beautifully during the stretch.

Unsurprisingly M.C. fought back until Webster set “pipe” to Matson for a kill to make it 9-7 Dons.

Roxy Cummings soon got in on the action with an “Oppo” kill to make it 12-9. Senior Libero Devin Grobeck continued to deliver excellent passing like she has done all season.

M.C. then reeled off 4 straight. Oh the horror! Time out Acalanes, now down 12-13.

Clever tied it back up with a ripped kill from the middle.

A rough patch then ensued. But Webster teed up Clever for another big kill and the Dons got the “mo” back and led 19-17.

Jones then led the Dons with 3 straight winners to secure a 21-18 lead.

BOTH Webster and Go set the ball during a point that Matson finished off with a kill, but then Marin Catholic scored two straight, and the Dons took a time out leading 22-21. I saw nail biting in the crowd!

It was a masterful TO by coach Ernie! The M.C. serve was long. Marin’s Coach countered with their own timeout at 23-21. #chessmatch.

Marin scored 2. 24 all. Overtime!

The Dons ended up falling 24-26, showing a ton of fight. They moved on to the consolation bracket, getting more great experience from this tough tourney with a 20-25, 25-20, 10-15 3-set loss to San Ramon Valley. The Dons showed grit in coming back and taking the second set, getting key contributions from Maddie Kalil, Sam Darin and Sarah Nelson, and clutch serving by Zoe McPhail. The scrappy play by all of the Dons against such tough competition should serve the team well as it gets ready to kick off League Play next. Go Dons!

Sep 19 – Monday Sports

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

defeated Archbiship Mitty HS 12-5 and Sir Francis Drake HS 11-7 to 3-1 in the Amanda McDonald Invitational at Menlo School.

Boys Water Polo

was defeated by Buchanan HS and St. Francis HS in the Ron Richison Invitational.

In Monday’s action…

Girls Golf

competes in the Poppy Ridge Invitational at 12:30.

Sep 17 – Girls Water Polo

Lady Dons in a Saturday morning game played strong over a tough Mitty opponent.  Winning the game going away 12-5.  A very balanced offensive game w 2 goals each by Rowell, Westphal, Chapman, BenisekStewart and Wentzel each had 1.  In goal Ella Maisano played fantastic with 10 saves.

Game 2 we dominated Drake for a second time in a row
Winning 11-7.   Bella Wentzel caught fire from outside with 5 goals, Rowell with 3,  Westphal 2, and Ryan Hagglund chipped in one with a cross cage shot for a great goal.

Dons head home taking 5th in the tournament.

Graham Westphal

Sep 17 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Boys Water Polo

defeated Palo Alto HS 17-9 and was narrowly defeated by Bellarmine HS 10-8 in the Ron Richison Invitational.

Girls Water Polo

defeated Burlingame HS and was defeated by Sacred Heart Prep HS in the Amanda McDonald Invitational at Menlo School.

Girls Golf

defeated Las Lomas HS and was defeated by Northgate HS.

Football

was defeated by Analy HS. The JV team fell short 14-12, as they were unable to convert a 4th quarter 2-point conversion.

In Saturday’s action…

Boys Water Polo

hosts the Ron Richison Invitational.

Girls Water Polo

competes in the Amanda McDonald Invitational at Menlo School.

Girls Volleyball

competes in the Deer Valley Invitational.

Cross Country

competes in the De La Salle/Carondelet Nike Invitational at Newhall Park at 8:45.

Friday’s individual standouts…

Girls Golf

Emily Attiyeh shot a 37 on a 9-hole par 36 course.

Sep 16 – Girls Water Polo

The  Lady Dons played some of their best polo of the season on Friday at the Amanda MacDonald tournament.
Game 1 they played a scrappy Burlingame team, however the Dons shooting was red hot.  Total team effort in the 21-6 win,  Lexi Rowell led all scorers w 8 goals followed by Brooke Westphal w 5 goals, Bella Wentzel with 3 goals, Chapman 2, Mary Beth H 1, Fellner 1, and Lexi Williams w the final goal.
In the evening game they faced a Tough Sacred Heart team, a perennial peninsula powerhouse,  Dons gave it their all but in the end came up short 14-7,  Lexi Rowell – 4 goals, Brooke Westphal– 2 goals, Alex “Scraps” with the bar down goal of the game in the fourth.

Next game 8:45 Sat am @ Menlo HS.

Graham Westphal

Oct 6 – LPIE Special Screening: Girl on the Train

Please join us for a special benefit screening of

The Girl on the Train

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benefitting Lafayette Partners in Education & Acalanes High School Boosters

Thursday, October 6

5:30pm – Reception
Orinda Theatre Square, upstairs patio
drinks and hors d’oeuvres provided by
The Fourth Bore Tap Room & Grill

7:00pm – Private Screening of
The Girl on the Train at Orinda Theatre

Tickets are $50 per person, and include wine and hors d’oeuvres

To purchase your ticket, please click here.
This is an adults-only event; you must be 21 or older to attend.
THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN has been rated R for violence, sexual content, language and nudity.

Can’t join us?
Donations are also gratefully accepted! Click here to donate.

Special thanks to:
DreamWorks Pictures, Universal Pictures and The Fourth Bore

About The Girl on the Train…

Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Haley Bennett, Justin Theroux, Luke Evans, Allison Janney, Edgar Ramirez and Lisa Kudrow star in DreamWorks Pictures’ The Girl on the Train, from director Tate Taylor (The Help, Get on Up) and producer Marc Platt (Bridge of Spies, Into the Woods).

In the thriller, Rachel (Blunt), who is devastated by her recent divorce, spends her daily commute fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day, until one morning she sees something shocking happen there and becomes entangled in the mystery that unfolds.

Based on Paula Hawkins’ bestselling novel, The Girl on the Train is adapted for the screen by Erin Cressida Wilson. Jared LeBoff joins Platt in production duties, and the executive producer is Celia Costas. The film will be released by Universal Pictures.  www.thegirlonthetrainmovie.com

Lafayette Partners in Education, 3450-A Golden Gate Way, PO Box 923, Lafayette, CA 94549

Sep 15 – Girls Volleyball

Acalanes Lady Dons Varsity Girls Volleyball won in straight sets against the Alhambra Bulldogs
First game – 25-16
Second game – 26-24
Third game – 25-15

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Melissa Elliot and Alex Matson
Photo: Craig Nelson


Sep 15 – Girls JV Tennis

Acalanes 5 – Salesian 0

The JV tennis team swept a scrimmage with Salesian High of Richmond 5-0.

Captains Maggie Curless and Jess Gerson recorded the first Lady Dons win with an 8-0 shutout at D-3. Maggie and Jess took control of the match early and maintained their focus throughout.

At D-1, Lauren Craig and Shannon McVay cruised to an 8-1 victory. Shannon served extremely well and Lauren put away a number of winners at the net.

The most competitive match of the day was again played by our D-2 combo of Sophia Scipi and Molly Cronk. Molly ran down a number of balls to keep points alive and Sophia’s ground strokes accounted for a number of clean winners in their 8-3 win.

Skyler DeMartini and Niki Palamountain, playing at D-4 also pitched a shutout by recording an 8-0 victory. Niki’s service returns kept Salesian backed up and Skyler served a number of aces on the way to the Acalanes win.

Playing in the final match of the day, Milena Lucey and Sophia Cooper maintained their focus against a mis-matched Salesian team. Salesian paired their one of their D-1 players with a beginner against Sophia and Milena. Often when playing an unskilled opponent you can lose your focus and have your game suffer. Sophia and Milena communicated effectively and maintained their focus all the way to an 8-1 win.

Sep 16 – Friday Sports Page

In Friday’s action…

Boys Water Polo

hosts the Ron Richison Invitational.

Girls Water Polo

competes in the Amanda McDonald Invitational at Menlo School.

Football

plays at Analy HS. JV at 5:00 and varsity at 7:30.
Live Stream available on the Cube.

Girls Golf

has a match against Campolindo HS and Northgate HS at Rossmoor GC at 3:30.

In Saturday’s action…

Boys Water Polo

hosts the Ron Richison Invitational.

Girls Water Polo

competes in the Amanda McDonald Invitational at Menlo School.

Girls Volleyball

competes in the Deer Valley Invitational.

Cross Country

competes in the De La Salle/Carondelet Nike Invitational at Newhall Park at 8:45.

Sep 15 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Tennis

defeated Concord HS 9-0.

In Thursday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

plays at Alhambra HS. JV at 4:00 and Varsity at 5:00.

Freshman Football

plays at Analy HS at 5:00.

Sep 10 – Freshman Girls Volleyball

Lady Don’s Volleyball Team Takes 2nd at Dougherty Valley Freshman Tournament

The Lady Don’s had a great day of competition at the DV Freshman volleyball  tournament last Saturday.  After taking a first match loss to College Park, the Don’s rallied back winning the next four matches in a row against Berkeley, Dougherty Valley, Foothill and finally Campolindo. The final match against Monte Vista was a back and forth battle with the Don’s losing in a 3 set match.  Well done!

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Sep 14 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

swept Encinal HS. Varsity won in three games 25-6, 25-15 and 25-12 with strong offensive performances from Elsa Clever, Melissa Elliott, Maddie Kalil, Sarah Nelson and Madi Risch and great defensive play out of Devin Grobeck and Zoe McPhail. The JV team won 25-7 and 25-9 anchored on offense by Hayes Hollar and on defense by Kaitlyn McKendell.

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Tennis

hosts Concord HS at 3:30.

Girls Golf

has a match against Las Lomas HS at Rossmoor GC at 3:30.

Sep 13 – Tuesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

hosts Encinal HS. JV at 4:00 and varsity at 5:00.

Girls Water Polo

hosts California HS. Varsity at 4:00 and JV at 5:00.

Sep 11 – Color Run

Early finishers sported the most color

Early finishers sported the most color

Colors wore off on spectators too

Colors wore off on spectators too


Sep 12 – Monday Sports

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Tennis

defeated Granite Bay HS 4-2 and McClatchy HS 5-1 to win the division 2 bracket in the Fresno Invitational.

Girls Volleyball

defeated Lick Wilmerding HS, Bishop O’Dowd HS, The Bay School, and Sonoma Valley HS before falling to Head Royce HS in the Cougar Classic at Albany HS.

Girls Water Polo

defeated Drake HS and was defeated by Las Lomas HS in the Acalanes Invitational.

Brooke Westphal

Brooke Westphal

Sep 10 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

defeated Marin Catholic HS and was defeated by Monte Vista HS in the Acalanes Invitational.

Football

played very well in defeat to Heritage HS. The JV team suffered the same fate.

Girls Tennis

was defeated by Los Altos HS and Bakersfield Christian HS 4-2 and tied Clovis North HS 3-3 in the Fresno Invitational.

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

hosts the Acalanes Invitational.

Girls Volleyball

Varsity competes in the Albany Invitational.
Freshman team competes in the Dougherty Valley Invitational.

Cross Country

competes in the Ed Sias Invitational at Hidden Valley Park at 9:00.

Girls Tennis

competes in the Fresno Invitational.

JV Boys Water Polo

competes in the Miramonte tournament.

Sep 8 – Girls JV Tennis

Acalanes 5 – Piedmont 4

Playing their third match in three days the JV Lady Dons rallied from behind to defeat a fine Piedmont High School team 5-4. Using the three set varsity format, four of the five Acalanes points were earned in third set tiebreakers.

Playing at D-3 Maggie Curless and Jess Gerson scored the first Lady Dons point by coming from one set down to win in a tiebreak. Even Jess and Maggie’s 10-point tie breaker went to overtime with the Lady Dons fighting through to an 11-9 win.

The D-6  sophomore-freshman combo of Milena Lucey and Sophia Cooper also went to a third set tiebreak before the Lady Dons closed out the match. In a match that saw momentum swing somewhat wildly, Sophia and Milena cruised to a first set win at 6-1 only to see Piedmont respond with a 6-0 bagel. Sophia and Milena, played solidly, took control of  the tiebreak and secured our second point by a 10-4 margin.

Skyler DeMartini and Niki Palamountain dropped the first set on their way to a 2-6, 6-4, 10-8 victory. Playing and communicating well, Niki and Skyler took advantage of aggressive net play by their Piedmont opponents and scored crucial points in the third set tiebreaker by going down the alley that Piedmont abandoned in trying to control the net.

Playing at D-9, Siena Marchiano and Anya Weinstein brought the Lady Dons even at 4-4 by racking up our only straight set victory of the day 6-2, 6-4. Anya again served effectively and Siena returned serve with great pace to keep their Piedmont opponents off balance throughout the match.

Playing in the final and deciding match of the day, Emily Erce and Sofia Swatt played an up and down match before winning their tiebreaker 10-7. Emily and Sofia played a solid first set winning 7-5, only to have Piedmont record their second bagel at 6-0. In the deciding set Emily and Sofia returned to their winning first set ways and secured the Acalanes overall match victory with a 10-7 win.

All of the Lady Dons’ llines competed hard and  maintained their composure against a well-coached Piedmont team that featured aggressive net play.

Sep 9 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Freshman Football

was defeated by Heritage HS.

In Friday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

hosts the Acalanes Invitational.

Football

plays at Heritage HS. JV at 4:30 and varsity at 7:00.

Girls Tennis

competes in the Fresno Invitational.

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

hosts the Acalanes Invitational.

Girls Volleyball

Varsity competes in the Albany Invitational.
Freshman team competes in the Dougherty Valley Invitational.

Cross Country

competes in the Ed Sias Invitational at Hidden Valley Park at 9:00.

Girls Tennis

competes in the Fresno Invitational.

JV Boys Water Polo

competes in the Miramonte tournament.

Sep 8 – Thursday Sports

In Thursday’s action…

Freshman Football

hosts Heritage HS at 5:00.

Girls Tennis

Varsity Girls Tennis competes in the Fresno Invitational.
JV hosts Piedmont HS at 3:30.

SEP 6- JV Girls Tennis

The JV Lady Dons ran into a hungry pack of Lady Wolves at San Ramon Valley High dropping our first road match 2-7. All of our lines played tenaciously under difficult conditions as the thermometer stayed in the low 90s throughout the match. We played the varsity format of best of three sets and every line competed and hard, making fine line calls in the best tradition of Acalanes tennis.

The two Lady Don wins came in virtually identitcal fashion with our teams going to a third set tie-breaker to achieve victory. Both Acalanes duos won their first set, dropped the second and re-grouped to win convincingly in the the third set tie break.

At D-2, Molly Cronk and Sophia Scipi broke through first by winning the first set 7-5, dropping the second 2-6 and rallying to win 10-5 in the third. Sophia served exceptionally well throughout and Molly controlled the net all afternoon, including the final volley for a winner.

Playing at D-4 Niki Palamountain and Skyler DeMartini got a service break to prevail 6-4 in the opening set, but then seemed to be hit by the heat, dropping a close second set 5-7. In the tie-breaker, Niki and Skyler reverted to their first set form and won going away at 10-6. Skyler’s hard first serve returned and Niki put away a number of winners en route to our second win of the day.

Both matches took a full two hours to complete, but were really fine examples of players digging in and supporting each other in difficult situations.

Sep 7 – Tuesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

swept Tamalpais HS 25-10, 25-13, 25-18. The JV team did likewise 25-6 and 25-12 as did the freshmen 25-3 and 25-16.

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Girls Tennis

continues to roll with a 5-4 victory over San Ramon Valley HS to raise their overall record to 4-0.

Boys and Girls Water Polo

recorded easy victories over Tamalpais HS.

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Tennis

hosts Alhambra HS at 3:30.

Tuesdays individual standouts…

Girls Volleyball

JV recognizes Laurel Park for her outstanding offensive play and Kaitlyn McKendell for her outstanding defensive play.

Freshman Girls volleyball recognizes Lauren Westergren for her outstanding offensive play and Skylar Woehrle for her outstanding defensive play.

Sep 6 – Girls Tennis Results

Girls Varsity Tennis prevailed over the always tough San Ramon Valley HS 5-4 to bring their overall record to 4-0. The Lady Dons host Alhambra Wednesday.

Sep 3 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Football

rolled past Skyline HS 33-0 to raise their overall record to 2-0. The JV team did likewise 38-0.

Chase Maderious

Chase Maderious

In Saturday’s action…

Boys Water Polo

hosts Las Lomas HS in a scrimmage.

Sep 2 – Acalanes Football wins a blowout at home 33-0

Acalanes ran right past Skyline 33-0. This photo gallery includes closeups of lots of linemen and defenders.

Drew Kuzmin-Batchelor


Sep 1 – Girls JV Tennis

Playing a three-set mini-match against Carondelet High School, the JV Lady Dons delivered a 3-0 shut out.

Playing at JV line 1, Shannon McVay and Lauren Craig got the ball rolling with an 8-0 win. Communicating effectively and placing their shots effectively Lauren and Shannon took control of the match early and did not look back.

At JV-2, Molly Cronk and Sophia Scipi also got off to a fast start and maintained their lead throughout the match to record an 8-1 victory. Molly and Sophia were effective at the net  and played a number of winners from that position.

The only Lady Dons duo that had to come from behind were Jess Gerson and Maggie Curless playing at JV-3. Overcoming an early Carondelet lead, Maggie and Jess settled down, took control and won the next eight games.

Filling in at the last minute for an ill varsity player Milena Lucey teamed with Lia Swan to secure an 8-3 win for the Varsity. Milena cotrolled the net and Lia played a number of ground stroke winners.

All in all, it was a good day for the sophomore JV Lady Dons.

Sep 1 – Girls Volleyball Beat Monte Vista for the First Time in a Long Time

Your Acalanes Dons swung into action this week. On Tuesday they prevailed on the road at Deer Valley in 4 sets.

Then on Thurs night the Dons came out hot against a very tough Monte Vista squad.

Behind solid team passing, serving and the all around strong play from Senior Parker Jones, the Dons took an initial 9-6 lead in the first set.

Monte Vista then just overpowered the Dons to take a 24-16 lead. But wait! The Dons reeled off three straight, showing some spunk and setting the tone that they were not going to be an easy out this night.

The Mustangs regrouped with a timeout and took the First set 19-25.

Dons came out rip roaring in the 2nd set. MV TO with a 6-1 Dons lead.  Dons held firm at 10-5 but then the Mustangs stampeded back to 11-10. The Dons worked several different player combos and went toe to toe and forced a MV TO leading 21-17. MV came storming back with 4 unanswered, forcing an Acalanes TO at 22-21. Finally after more intense back and forth the Dons took the 2nd set 25-23! Almost as good as Rio!

Once again the Dons jumped out to an early set lead in the 3rd, gapping the Mustangs out to 8-1, clearly outplaying their hosts and forcing an early MV timeout. The timeout was ineffective as the Dons pushed out to a 13-4 lead. And then to a 19-7 lead with all kinds of great team play.  And the Dons worked hard to the finish, led by dominant play from Parker Jones, and took the 3rd set 25-14.

MV flipped the script to start the 4th with a big 9-0 run. The Dons fought back to 6-12 before MV pulled away to force the decisive 5th set. 4th set 10-25

And to the 5th:

1s Parker Jones kill

2-1 Theresa Nevins ROOF!

4s. Both teams scrambling.

5-4 Jones kill

6-4 Melissa Elliott block

7-4 TO Mustangs. Go Dons!

8-5 Jones Thunder Bomb.

9-5. Devin Grobeck with great passing!

10-8 MV storms back

11-8 Alex Matson kill

12-11 MV rallies again

13-11 net violation MV

14-12 Jones delayed hangtime kill. Match point!

14-13. Match point…but no!

14s. Time out Acalanes. Going OT.

15-14. Jones roll shot finds the floor. Match point, again.

Dons win! Dons win!

5th set 16-14 in a thriller. This was a signature win early in the season over one of the perennially great Northern California volleyball programs. What a great start to the season.

Sep 2 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

found themselves tied 2 game apiece with perennial power Monte Vista HS and in the 5th and deciding game they were still tied 14-14 before finishing off the Mustangs 16-14 to record their most important victory in many years.

Girls Tennis

defeated Justin Siena HS 8-1. All lines won in straight sets. This brings the Lady Dons record to 3-0 pre-season. They host San Ramon Tuesday.

In Friday’s action…

Football

hosts Skyline HS.  JV at 4:30 and varsity at 7:00.

In Saturday’s action…

Boys Water Polo

hosts Las Lomas in a scrimmage at 8:00 am.

Thursday’s individual standouts…

Girls Volleyball

Parker Jones had 22 kills, 2 blocks and 10 digs.  Alex Matson had 7 kills and 12 digs.  Theresa Nevins had 4 blocks.  Devin Grobeck played an outstanding defensive game.

Sep 1 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Tennis

defeated Carondelet HS 7-2. The JV team won their three matches.

Maddie Bakur

Maddie Bakur

In Thursday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

plays at Monte Vista HS. Freshmen at 4:00, JV at 5:00 and varsity at 6:30.

Girls Tennis

has a match at Justin Siena HS at 4:00.

Wednesday’s individual standouts…

JV Girls Tennis

Lauren Craig & Shannon McVay, Molly Cronk & Sophia Scipi and Maggie Curless & Jess Gerson won doubles matches.

Sep 6 – College Athletic Recruitment Information Night

When: September 6, 2016  6 – 8pm
Where:  Miramonte HS Theater
NCSA will be presenting an informational night geared to help your student-athletes discover the best college opportunities:
· Recruiting workshops – educate students and families in person
· High School RMS – access our digital platform and tools
· Coach meetings – educate coaching staffs on recruiting resources

Aug 31 – Wednesday Sports

In today’s action…

Girls Tennis

hosts Carondelet HS at 3:30.

Girls Water Polo

plays at Sir Francis Drake HS.  Varsity 4:00, jv 5:00.

Boosters Membership Cards

If you purchased an Acalanes Boosters membership, you may pick up your card outside the stadium between 4:15 and 7:00 pm this Friday. If you missed out, it is never too late to join! You can purchase online here, bring your receipt and pick up your card Friday too. Or bring your checkbook to the game!

Aug 29 – Monday Sports

In Monday’s action…

Girls Tennis

hosts Rodriguez HS at 3:30.

Aug 27 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Football

started off the year in spectacular fashion by outplaying Alhambra HS from start to finish in a 41-7 rout.  The JV team was defeated by the Bulldogs.

In Saturday’s action…

Varsity Girls Water Polo

hosts their scrimmage day.

JV and Freshman Girls Volleyball

competes in the Campolindo scrimmage day.

Aug 26 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Freshman Football

was defeated by Alhambra HS.

In Friday’s action…

Football

plays at Alhambra HS. JV at 4:30 and varsity at 7:00.

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

hosts the varsity scrimmage day.

Girls Volleyball

Varsity competes in the Campolindo Jamboree.


Aug 25 – Thursday Sports

In Thursday’s action…

Freshman Football

hosts Alhambra HS at 5:00.

Girls Volleyball

Varsity team competes in the Campolindo scrimmage tonight at 4:00.

Aug 23 – Tuesday Sports

Girls Water Polo

hosts St. Patrick’s HS in a scrimmage.  Varsity at 4:00 and JV at 5:00.

Aug 22 – Monday Sports

Girls Tennis

It wouldn’t be the first day of school without high school sports action.
The girls tennis team hosts Benicia HS in a scrimmage at 3:30.

Aug 18 – Fall Sports Night

Yes, not only is the 2016-2017 school year upon us, but Fall Sports have also arrived.  There will be a Fall Sports Parent meeting Thursday, August 18 at 7:00 pm in the Performing Arts Center.  After a brief presentation by the Administration, there will be team meetings in separate locations on campus.  We look forward to seeing you Thursday night.

2016-17 Athletic Clearance Forms

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Athletic Clearance

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Fall Sports Tryouts

Monday,  8/8 through Saturday, 8/13

Football
Varsity: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 3:45 to 7:45, Wednesday, 5:45 to 9:45,
Saturday, 10:00 to 12:00 and 4:00 to 6:00

JV: Monday through Friday, 3:30 to 6:30, Saturday, 8:00 to 10:00

Freshmen: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 3:00 to 5:30, Tuesday, Thursday, 7:00 to 9:30,
Saturday, 8:00 to 10:00

Monday, 8/15 through Saturday, 8/20

Cheerleading

Varsity: Monday and Wednesday, 5:00 to 7:00
JV: Tuesday and Wednesday, 5:00 to 7:00

Cross Country

Monday through Friday, 3:30 to 5:00

Girls Tennis

Varsity: Monday through Friday, 10:00 to 12:00
JV: Monday through Thursday, 1:00 to 2:30

Girls Volleyball

Monday through Wednesday, 4:00 to 7:00

Boys Water Polo

Varsity & JV: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 6:30 to 8:30 am and 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Varsity & JV: Tuesday and Thursday, 5:00 to 7:30 pm

Girls Water Polo

Varsity & JV: Monday,3:00 to 6:00,Tuesday & Thursday,3:30 to 5:30,Wednesday & Friday,3:30 to 6:00 pm
Varsity: Tuesday and Thursday, 6:00 to 7:30 am
Saturday: JV scrimmage at Campolindo HS

Girls Golf

Tuesday through Friday from 4:00 to 6:00 at Buchanan Field (driving range only)

May 2 – TUESDAY DEADLINE

Acalanes Bash Poster 2016Don’t miss out on the biggest party and fundraiser of the year – The 2016 Booster Bash – SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND.

Ticket sales for SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND will close on Tuesday May 3rd! This event will sell out! Purchase your individual tickets now on the Acalanes Web Store.
·        Only (4) VIP Tables are left to purchase

SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND will take place on Saturday May 7th, 6:30pm – 11:00PM at Temple Isaiah.

Support our student athletes during this always fun and festive evening. The Booster Bash is the only Acalanes athletics fundraiser of the year! Enjoy cocktails, appetizers, and light entrees while bidding in the silent and live auctions followed by music and dancing! Mother’s Day is on May 8th. SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND is the ideal event to purchase an exciting and special gift for momma.

PARTIES! PARTIES! PARTIES!
There are plenty parties to sign-up for this year…but spaces are limited. Take a look at some of unique social events that you can sign-up for. Don’t miss out.

April 29 – ONLY 5 DAYS LEFT TO PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS TO THE 2016 BOOSTER BASH

Acalanes Bash Poster 2016

Don’t miss out on the biggest party and fundraiser of the year – The 2016 Booster Bash – SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND.

Ticket sales for SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND will close on Tuesday May 3rd! This event will sell out! Purchase your individual tickets now on the Acalanes Web Store.
·        Only (4) VIP Tables are left to purchase

SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND will take place on Saturday May 7th, 6:30pm – 11:00PM at Temple Isaiah.

Support our student athletes during this always fun and festive evening. The Booster Bash is the only Acalanes athletics fundraiser of the year! Enjoy cocktails, appetizers, and light entrees while bidding in the silent and live auctions followed by music and dancing! Mother’s Day is on May 8th. SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND is the ideal event to purchase an exciting and special gift for momma.

PARTIES! PARTIES! PARTIES!
There are plenty parties to sign-up for this year…but spaces are limited. Take a look at some of unique social events that you can sign-up for. Don’t miss out.

S20.       2nd Annual Lafayette Grand Prix Dad’s Go Kart Party (Limit – 40 Dads)

S21.        “A Taste of Napa” Party with “Live” Entertainment  (Limit – 150)

S22.       “The Return of Finest Whites, City Lights” (Limit – 100)
S23.       Hoffman House –  1st Annual Oktoberfest (Limit – 60)

S24.       Bleacher Babe Bash (Limit – 80)

S25.       Mardi Gras Madness! (Limit – 85)

S26.       Senorita Margarita Party! (Limit – 30)

S27.       Fall Fiesta Celebration! (Limit – 50)

As Always…Go Dons!!

Acalanes Bash Poster 2016

PURCHASE YOUR BOOSTER BASH TICKETS TODAY on the Acalanes Web Store: Here

PURCHASE YOUR BOOSTER BASH DIAMOND DONS V.I.P. TABLE PACKAGE (Seats 8) on the Acalanes Webstore for $1,000: Here

Please come and show your support for the Acalanes Athletics Program at The 2016 Booster Bash Gala which will celebrate 75 years of Acalanes athletics.  You will enjoy Hors d’oeuvres, desserts, no host bars, party games, silent and live auctions, unique sign-up parties, the Acalanes Boosters 2015-16 raffle prize drawings and dancing.  Please mark your calendars for this always fun event.

If your child participates in Acalanes Athletics or you just love Acalanes High School, this is a party you shouldn’t miss. Come and SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND on Saturday May 7th with the rest of your Acalanes community.

If you have any questions, please contact Jill McTaggart at jill_mctaggart@yahoo.com or Robert McKendell at rmckende@yahoo.com

Go Dons!!

Acalanes Bash Poster 2016

$75.00/person

or

$1,000 for a Diamond Dons V.I.P Table Package (Seats 8)

PURCHASE YOUR BOOSTER BASH TICKETS TODAY on the Acalanes Web Store: https://acalaneshs.revtrak.net/tek9.asp?pg=products&grp=51

PURCHASE YOUR BOOSTER BASH DIAMOND DONS V.I.P. TABLE PACKAGE (Seats 8) on the Acalanes Webstore for $1,000: https://acalaneshs.revtrak.net/tek9.asp?pg=products&specific=jodndok0

Please come and show your support for the Acalanes Athletics Program at The 2016 Booster Bash Gala which will celebrate 75 years of Acalanes athletics.  You will enjoy Hors d’oeuvres, desserts, no host bars, party games, silent and live auctions, unique sign-up parties, the Acalanes Boosters 2015-16 raffle prize drawings and dancing.  Please mark your calendars for this always fun event.

If your child participates in Acalanes Athletics or you just love Acalanes High School, this is a party you shouldn’t miss. Come and SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND on Saturday May 7th with the rest of your Acalanes community.

If you have any questions, please contact Jill McTaggart at jill_mctaggart@yahoo.com or Robert McKendell at rmckende@yahoo.com

Go Dons!!

Boosters BASH Diamond Dons VIP Tables Now Available

Acalanes Bash Poster 2016
Do you want to secure a seat at the 16th Annual Booster Bash – Shine Bright Like a Diamond. If so, you and 7 of your friends can purchase a Booster Bash Diamond Don VIP Table for $1,000 on the Web Store today. The (14) Diamond Don VIP Tables will be the ONLY full size tables in the social hall during the Booster Bash. They will surrounding the main dance floor where all of the fun and action will take place. Purchasing a VIP Table is another great way to make a donation to Acalanes Athletic Program.

(3) Diamond Don Booster Bash VIP Tables have already been purchased! (11) Booster Bash Diamond Dons VIP Tables remain for purchase. Purchase your table today.

Booster Bash Diamond Dons V.I.P. Reserved Table Package – $1,000 (Seats 8)
Click Here

If you don’t wish to purchase a VIP Table but want to attend the Booster Bash, you can purchase individual tickets to SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND for $75.00 on the Web Store now.
Individual 2016 Booster Bash Gala Tickets: “Shine Bright Like A Diamond – Celebrating 75 years of Acalanes Athletics”
Click Here

SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND will be the biggest and coolest fundraiser of the year for Acalanes Athletic Boosters. We want to see you on Saturday May 7th and we need your financial generosity.

As Always…Go Dons!!

May 7 – Save the Date – Booster BASH

Save the Date, May 7th, to celebrate 75 years of Acalanes Athletics at the 2016 Acalanes Booster Bash.  6:30pm-11pm, Temple Isaiah.  Purchase your tickets at the Acalanes Web Store here

 

Acalanes Bash Poster 2016

Mar 3 – Drowsy Chaperone Opening Night

Click on image to buy show photos

Get your tickets NOW before the show sells OUT.

I’ve seen the show and it’s the best musical in years!

Runs Thursday through Saturday Mar 3-5 at 7PM

Buy tickets here

Feb 16 – Senior Night Celebration Before Boys Varsity Basketball Tonight

– Arrive Before 6:30pm

Let’s get to know the senior student athletes that will be recognized tonight at the Senior Night Celebration. Please arrive before 6:30pm so you do not miss the festivities.

Acalanes Varsity Cheerleaders

· Rebecca Maron: Rebecca is one of the captains on the Acalanes Cheerleading Team. She has been a cheerleader for all four years of high school. Rebecca has been a member of the Acalanes varsity cheer team since she was a junior (2 year varsity cheerleader). Rebecca has also participated on the Acalanes Competition Cheer Team for two years.

· Alese McGilbra: Alese is one of the captains of the Acalanes Cheerleading Team. She has been a cheerleader at Acalanes since she was a freshman. Alese has been a member of the Acalanes varsity cheer team since she was a junior (2 year varsity cheerleader). Alese has also participated on the Acalanes Competition Cheer Team for two years.

Acalanes Girls Varsity Basketball

· Julia Lyons (Shooting Guard): Julia is one of the team captains on the 2015-16 girls varsity basketball team. She has participated in the Acalanes Basketball Program for 4 years. Julia has played on varsity basketball team since she was a freshman (4 year varsity player).

· Taylor Jones (Center/Power Forward): Taylor has participated in the Acalanes Basketball Program for 4 years. Taylor has played on the varsity basketball team since she was a freshman (4 year varsity player).

· Alison Smith (Guard): Alison has participated in the Acalanes Basketball Program for 4 years. Alison has played on the varsity basketball team since she was a sophomore (3 year varsity player).

· Alex Grant-Hudd (Shooting Guard): Alex is one of the team captains on the 2015-16 girls varsity basketball team. She has participated in the Acalanes Basketball Program for 4 years. Alex has played on the varsity basketball team since she was a sophomore (3 years varsity player).

Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball

· Nico Brightbill (Forward): Nico has participated in the Acalanes Basketball Program for 2 years, freshman year and senior year. After a two year absence, Nico earned a roster spot on the 2015-16 varsity team (1 year varsity player).

· Nathan Edwards (Guard): Nathan has participated in the Acalanes Basketabll Program for 4 years. Nathan has played on the varsity basketball team since his junior year (2 year varsity player).

· Joey Christensen (Center/Power Forward): Joey has participated in the Acalanes Basketball Program for 4 years. Joey has played on the varsity basketball team since his junior year (2 year varsity player).

· Alex Kinnear (Forward): Alex is one of the team captains on the 2015-16 boys varsity basketball team. Alex has participated in the Acalanes Basketball Program for 4 years. Alex has played on the varsity basketball team since his sophomore year (3 year varsity player).

· Andrew McKendell (Point Guard): Andrew is one of the team captains on the 2015-16 boys varsity basketball team. Andrew has participated in the Acalanes Basketball Program for 4 years. Andrew has played on the varsity team since his sophomore year (3 year varsity player).

Thank you for all of your hardwork and dedication to Acalanes High School.

As Always…Go Dons!!!

Acalanes Cheer Competition Team qualified for Nationals

…which will be held in Anaheim in March. The Competition Team is hosting a Pancake Breakfast at Acalanes Saturday, February 6 from 8 – 10 am. We are raising money for our competition fees and other expenses associated with the trip. Attached is the flyer. We would love it if you would share with your teams. Please join us!

Thanks All!
Jill Douglas

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Dec 10 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Boys Soccer

put on an offensive display defeating Kennedy HS, Richmond 7-1.

Alex Topping
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Girls Basketball

cruised to a 75-48 victory over Hercules HS. The JV team did likewise.

Boys Basketball

was defeated by Hercules HS in the ABC Invitational at Amador Valley HS.

In Thursday’s action…

Girls Basketball

hosts St. Joseph’s HS. JV at 5:30 and varsity at 7:00.

Wrestling

hosts Alhambra HS in their DFAL opener at 6:00.

Boys Basketball

JV team plays at El Cerrito HS in the El Cerrito tournament at 8:00.
Freshman team plays Sir Francis Drake HS in the Ken Nelson Memorial tournament at Campolindo HS at 5:00.

Wednesday’s individual standouts…

Girls Basketball

Emma Godfrey scored 21 points. Brooke Panfili scored 17 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Alex Grant-Hudd scored 14 points, with 4 3-pointers.

Boys Basketball

Gavin Shipp scored 14 points.

Congratulations…

Brendan Supple, senior, was named as a Bay Area News Group All East Bay first team selections for boys water polo.

Brendan Supple
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Casey Conrad, junior, and Tommy Fellner, senior, were named as a Bay Area News Group All East Bay second team selections for boys water polo.

Hannah Kresnak, senior, was named as a Bay Area News Group All East Bay first team selections for boys water polo.

Hannah Kresnak
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Emma Myall, senior, was named as a Bay Area News Group All East Bay second team selections for boys water polo.

The article is in today’s Contra Costa Times.

Nov 30 – Monday Sports

In Saturday’s action…

Cross Country

Cameron Gaskell finished 37th at the CIF Division 3 Cross Country Championships.

Boys Basketball

fell to the Alumni.

In Monday’s action…

Boys Soccer

hosts Richmond HS in a scrimmage. JV at 4:15 and Varsity at 6:15.

Nov 28 – Saturday Sports

In Saturday’s action…

Cross Country

competes in the CIF Championships at Woodward Park in Fresno.

Boys Basketball

hosts the Alumni Game at 1:00.

Girls Basketball

has a scrimmage at Carondelet HS. JV at 1:00 and varsity at 3:00.

JV Boys Soccer

competes in the James Logan tournament.

Nov 27 – Friday Sports

In Friday’s action…

JV Boys Soccer

competes in the James Logan tournament.

In Saturday’s action…

Cross Country

competes in the CIF Championships at Woodward Park in Fresno.

Boys Basketball

hosts the Alumni Game at 1:00.

Girls Basketball

has a scrimmage at Carondelet HS. JV at 1:00 and varsity at 3:00.

JV Boys Soccer

competes in the James Logan tournament.

Nov 24 – Sports over Thanksgiving Break

Tuesday

Boys Basketball

hosts Foothill HS in the NCS Foundation games. Freshmen at 1:30, jv at 3:00 and varsity at 7:30.

Girls Basketball

hosts California HS in the NCS Foundation games. JV at 4:30 and varsity at 6:00.

Friday

Boys Soccer

the Alumni game at 5:00. Boys soccer in the James Logan jv tournament.

Saturday

CIF Cross Country Championships

at Woodward Park, Fresno 8:00.

Girls Basketball

in a scrimmage at Carondelet HS. JV at 1:00 and varsity at 3:00.

Boys Soccer

in the James Logan jv tournament.

Nov 21 – Gaskell qualifies for State Championship

With a finishing time of 15:22.4, Cameron Gaskell qualified Saturday for his fourth straight trip to the California State Cross Country Championship! The boys team finished collectively over four minutes faster than last year’s time on this course to place fifth overall in a very competitive field of 20 teams.

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Cameron Gaskell

The girls team was led by Brooke Lennox who finished in 19:34.4. The girls team ALSO significantly improved their collective times over last year’s performance, with a total improvement of three minutes, thirty-three seconds.

Coach Inman

Nov 24 – Tuesday Sports

In Saturday’s action…

Cross Country

Boys team placed 5th at the NCS Championships in division 3. Cameron Gaskell finished 4th, Alex Kelly 13th, Ethan Frigon 38th, Zach Woodworth 40th and Christian Lyons 55th. On the girls side, Brooke Lennox placed 30th.

In Tuesday’s action…

Basketball

teams host the NCS Foundation games. The boys host Foothill HS and the girls host California HS. Freshmen boys play at 1:30, JV boys at 3:00, JV girls at 4:30, Varsity girls at 6:00 and Varsity boys at 7:30.

Note: The Foundation games are an NCS event and there will be an admission charge. $5 general admission and $3 for students, children and senior citizens. No passes or ASB stickers will be honored.

Nov 21 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Football

The football team was defeated by Campolindo HS in the NCS quarterfinals.

Matt Bostwick
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In Saturday’s action…

Cross Country

competes in the NCS Meet of Champions at Hayward HS at 8:00 am.

Boys Basketball

has a scrimmage at Montgomery HS. Varsity at 10:00, jv at 11:30 and freshmen at 1:00.

Freshman Boys Soccer

hosts Clayton Valley Charter HS at 12:00.

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 will be honored.

Nov 20 – Friday Sports Page

In Friday’s action…

Football

plays at Campolindo HS at 7:00 in the NCS quarterfinals.

In Saturday’s action…

Cross Country

competes in the NCS Meet of Champions at Hayward HS at 8:00 am.

Boys Basketball

has a scrimmage at Montgomery HS. Varsity at 10:00, jv at 11:30 and freshmen at 1:00.

Freshman Boys Soccer

hosts Clayton Valley Charter HS at 12:00.

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 will be honored.

Girls Volleyball

CONGRATULATIONS to the girls volleyball team for a great season


Nov 19 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

ended a great season in defeat to Campolindo HS in the NCS semifinals.

Parker Jones
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In Thursday’s action…

Freshman Boys Soccer

hosts College Park HS at 6:00.

NCS post-season action…

Football

plays at Campolindo HS at 7:00 in the NCS quarterfinals.

Cross Country

competes in the NCS Meet of Champions at Hayward HS at 8:00 am.

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 will be honored.

 

Calista Lam
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Nov 18 – Wednesday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

plays at Campolindo HS at 7:00 in the NCS semifinals.

NCS playoff action…

Football

plays at Campolindo HS Friday at 7:00 in the NCS quarterfinals.

Cross Country

competes in the NCS Meet of Champions Saturday at 8:00 am at Hayward HS.

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 will be honored.

Nov 17 – Tuesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Boys Basketball

has a scrimmage at Tamalpais HS. Freshmen at 4:00, jv at 5:30 and varsity at 7:00.

Girls Basketball

has a scrimmage at Berkeley HS. JV at 5:30 and varsity at 7:00.

NCS playoff action…

Girls Volleyball

plays at Campolindo HS Wednesday at 7:00 in the NCS semifinals.

Football

plays at Campolindo HS Friday at 7:00 in the NCS quarterfinals.

Cross Country

competes in the NCS Meet of Champions Saturday at 8:00 am at Hayward HS.

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 will be honored.

Nov 16 – Monday Sports

In Saturday’s action…

The #4 seeded girls volleyball team played extremely well in defeating #5 Sonoma Valley HS 25-20, 25-21, 25-13 in the NCS quarterfinals.

Hannah RobertsPhoto: Karen Elliott

Hannah Roberts
Photo: Karen Elliott

This week’s NCS post-season action…

Girls Volleyball

plays at Campolindo HS Wednesday at 7:00 in the NCS semifinals.

Grace Bolen setting Mimi WhitePhoto: Karen Elliott

Grace Bolen setting Mimi White
Photo: Karen Elliott

Football

plays at Campolindo HS Friday at 7:00 in the NCS quarterfinals.

Cross Country

competes in the NCS Meet of Champions at Hayward HS at 8:00 am.

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.

Nov 14 – Acalanes Girls Volleyball advance to NCS semifinal

NCS Round of 8. Acalanes v. Sonoma Valley

YOUR Lady Dons welcome the Sonoma Valley Dragons for the last home game of the year.

1st Set:

Mimi WhitePhoto: Karen Elliott

Mimi White
Photo: Karen Elliott

1-3. Parker Jones kills it for the first Dons point.
4-4. Reilly Webster blocks one to tie it up.
7-6. Theresa Nevins roofs it to give the Dons the lead!
9-7. Maddie Graham gets in on the action with a powerful kill off the blocker.
12-10. Grace Bolen sets to the middle and Mimi White delivers a soft, well-place winner. Nobody home.
18-15. Hannah Roberts makes a textbook pass to Bolen, and Graham finishes it off.
20-16. Carly Porep serves a gem that flummoxes the Dragon defense. Time out S.V.
22-17. Jones kill, behind great Dons passing from Calista Lam and Devin Grobeck.
24-20. Porep saves the point with a SICK one-armed up! Jones completes the winner.
25-20. Jones finishes a long point with more great Dons defense and the Dons take the First.

2nd Set:

1-1. Jones kill. Yesssss.
3-2. This time White chooses power over finesse and rips it in between the back row defenders.
7-4. Bolen and Nevins combine for a ROOF!
9-5. Porep with another wicked serve and the Dragons can’t get it back over.
11-13. Dragons run. “Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen”…Time out Dons.
14-16. Graham kill. Dons fighting back.
15-16. Lam! Ace!
18-19. Jones with a big kill to keep the Dons close.

Parker JonesPhoto: Karen Elliott

Parker Jones
Photo: Karen Elliott

20-19. Jones FINALLY gives the Dons the lead after the Longest Point of the Season. Everybody in the gym is tired after that rally.
21s. Epic battle.
24-21. Graham stuffs the overpass! Yummy. Dons make a big run at the right time.
25-21. Winner! Dons take the Second.

3rd Set:
1-1. Grobeck makes a great pass off a kill attempt, and Jones follows with a kill that cannot be passed back.
4-1. Bolen Ace! Go Dons!
6-2. Jones Ace! G’Dons!
7-3. Solo stuff from White. Dons trying to slay the dragon, metaphorically speaking.
9-3. Roberts Ace after some spectacular defense from the Dons.
11-3. Short quick set from Bolen to White in the middle. You know the result. Dons are rollin’.
13-3. Jones dives and delivers a “Parker Pancake” from the back row and the Dons take the point.
14-4. Webster line kill. Her specialty.
16-4. YOU GET ME A KILL MADDIE GRAHAM RIGHT NOW!! And she does.

Maddie GrahamPhoto: Karen Elliott

Maddie Graham
Photo: Karen Elliott

19-7. Jones: Monster kill and the gym erupts.
23-10. White ROOOOOOOF!
24-13. Dragons fight hard, but now it’s match point for the Dons…
25-13. Roberts sends Acalanes to the NCS semi-finals with an Ace!!! Way to go Dons!

Dons win 3-0

Alert: there will be no write up for next Wednesday night’s Campo match, so if you want to know what happens you need to come to the game and root on YOUR Acalanes Dons!

KEN WEBSTER

Nov 14 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Football

Acalanes defeated Eureka HS 42-28 to move on to the quarterfinal round of NCS playoffs.

Will Rembac interception
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In Saturday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

hosts Sonoma Valley HS in the NCS quarterfinals at 7:00.

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.

Defense doesn’t get enough credit
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Nov 13 – Friday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Football

hosts Eureka HS in the first round of the NCS playoffs at 7:00.

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Volleyball

hosts Sonoma Valley HS in the NCS quarterfinals at 7:00.

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.

Nov 11 – Dons Girls Volleyball Wins NCS Opener

YOUR Acalanes Dons start NCS Tournament play at home hosting Moreau Catholic from Hayward.

1st Set:

1-1. Carly Porep make a solid pass, Maddie Kalil sets it up, and Parker Jones delivers her first kill of the night.
5-4. Mimi White punishes the defense with a kill in the middle.
7-4. Nice saving “ups” by Maddie Graham and Theresa Nevins, enabling the line kill from Reilly Webster.

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Theresa Nevins
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11-5. Devin Grobeck is on a service run as the Dons stretch out an early lead.
12-5. Nevins ROOF! Timeout Mariners.
14-7. Porep back row kill!…technically 🙂
17-7. Kalil: Tricky dump shot into the campfire for a point, followed by a big Jones kill!
20-10. Kalil to Jones…kill. Dons in control.
22-11. Great pass by Calista Lam and Graham delivers a sharp angle kill.
24-14. Graham off a blocker for a kill.
25-11. Jones finishes off the set for the Dons!

2nd Set:

1-0. Jones kill.. Dons looking to start strong.
3-2. Webster double kills, but Moreau fights back.
7-2. Jones. Ahhhhh….Ace!
9-4. Lam. Ahhhhhh….Ace!
13-8. Porep with another back row kill!
16-9. Kalil cooks up a delicious set for White in the middle, who obligingly crushes it to the back corner. So yummy!

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Maddie Kalil
Photo: Karen Elliott

19-11.  Jones. Ahhhh….Ace! Again!
21-11. See above.  Great Dons serving tonight!
25-16. Dons finish the 2nd like the 1st: Strong!

3rd Set:

2-2. White delivers the set this time and Jones pounds it for the kill.
5-6 Hannah Roberts serves a hot dog with mustard that is too spicy for the Mariners to handle…
6-7. Webster slams a kill off the blockers.  Meanwhile, Moreau is exhibiting some great defense to hold the early lead.
10-10. Lam serves a winner.
12-12. Kalil delivers a smart deep corner shot…winner!
13-13. Kalil: tasty set to Jones for the Thunder Bomb kill.
17-16. Melissa Elliott throws down the block to give the Dons the lead!
21-16. Grobeck Ace! Part of a nice Dons run that stretches the lead. Timeout M.C.
23-18. Nevins. Kill. Grobeck. Ace.  Dons closing in.
24-18. Cali Boustani kill! Match Point!
25-18. Dons win!

Melissa ElliottPhoto: Karen Elliott

Melissa Elliott
Photo: Karen Elliott

Dons take the match 3-0 and move on to quarterfinal play –

at Acalanes on Saturday night vs.

defending champion Sonoma high school.

Come on out!

Ken Webster

Nov 12 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

The girls water polo team ended a great season in a 6-5 double overtime defeat to Campolindo HS in the NCS semifinals.

Brooke Alsterlind
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The boys water polo team also ended a great season in defeat to Sir Francis Drake HS in the NCS semifinals.

The #4 seeded girls volleyball team defeated Moreau HS 25-14, 25-16, 25-18 in the first round of the NCS playoffs to advance to the quarterfinals where they will host #5 Sonoma Valley HS Saturday at 7:00.

Upcoming NCS playoff action…

Football

Friday, the football team hosts Eureka HS in a first round game at 7:00.

Girls Volleyball

Saturday, the girls volleyball team hosts Sonoma Valley HS at 7:00.

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.

Nov 11 – Acalanes Girls Water Polo hopes ended in Semi-Finals

The Acalanes Girls Water Polo ended their season to Campo in the Semi-Finals 6-5 in Overtime. The game was good contest throughout. Offensively both teams trying to get their shots off but the defense was too tough. Both teams shutting down the shooters keeping it a low scoring game.

Emma Lyall

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The Starting Seniors played their part in last nights game. Emma Myall scored 2 with 1 assist and 1 steal with the shot that pushed the Dons into Overtime. Hannah Kresnak with her powerful shots had 1 goal and 1 assist. Brooke Alsterlind came in with finesse and scored 1 goal, 1 assist and 2 steals. And Lucy Fellner with another amazing game in goal with 13 saves and 4 steals.

Hannah Kresnak
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Even though the team will loose 5 Seniors, The Dons will be a threat next year with our talented young players. This year we had a lot of freshman talent on the team, one being Lexi Rowell who scored 1 goal and had 2 steals in last nights game.

Thank you for the great year Dons!

Goals: Myall 2, Alsterlind, Kresnak, Rowell

Saves in Goal: Lucy Fellner 13

Nov 11 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Tennis

dropped a close match to Foothill HS 4-3 in the NCS playoffs.

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

The #3 seeded girls water polo team plays in the semifinals at #2 seeded Campolindo HS at 7:15.

Boys Water Polo

The #5 seeded boys water polo team plays in the semifinals at #1 seeded Sir Francis Drake HS at 7:15.

Girls Volleyball

The #4 seeded girls volleyball team hosts #13 Moreau HS in a first round game at 7:00.

Upcoming NCS playoff action…

Football

Friday, the football team hosts Eureka HS in a first round game at 7:00.

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.

Nov 10 – Tuesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Tennis

has a match at Foothill HS in the first round of the NCS playoffs at 2:00.

Upcoming NCS playoff action…

Wednesday, the #3 seeded girls water polo team plays in the semifinals at #2 seeded Campolindo HS at 7:15.
Wednesday, the #5 seeded boys water polo team plays in the semifinals at #1 seeded Sir Francis Drake HS at 7:15.
Wednesday, the #4 seeded girls volleyball team hosts #13 Moreau HS in a first round game at 7:00.
Friday, the football team hosts Eureka HS in a first round game at 7:00.

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.

Acalanes Girls Water Polo Advance to the NCS Semi Finals!

Lots of action in the pool on Saturday with Acalanes Dons hosting the NCS Water polo. The Acalanes girls advance to the Semi Finals after defeating Drake 11-5. The game was tight at the start but the Dons pulled it off in the last quarter. Top of her game was Lucy Fellner with an amazing game in goal.

Emma Myall 5, Hannah Kresnak 3, Bella Wentzel 3

Lucy Fellner had 10 saves in goal and 4 steals.

Wednesday November 11th The Semi-Finals at Campolindo 7:15

Acalanes v. Campolindo

Come out for the Game! Wear your blue and cheer for the Dons!

Nov 9 – Monday Sports

Upcoming NCS playoff action…

Girls Tennis

Tuesday, has a first round match at Foothill HS at 2:00.

Girls Water Polo

Wednesday, #3 seeded Acalanes plays in the semifinals at #2 seeded Campolindo HS at 7:15.

Boys Water Polo

Wednesday, #5 seeded Acalanes plays in the semifinals at #1 seeded Sir Francis Drake HS at 7:15.

Girls Volleyball

Wednesday, #4 seeded Acalanes hosts #13 Moreau HS in a first round game at 7:00.

Football

Friday, Acalanes hosts Eureka HS in a first round game at 7:00.

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.

Nov 8 – Sunday Sports

Cross Country

Cameron Gaskell placed 3rd and Alex Kelly 17th at the DFAL Championships.

Nov 8 – Acalanes Advances to NCS Water Polo Semifinals

It was a great day for Dons water polo in the NCS quarterfinals.

Girls Water Polo

The #3 seeded girls led off the day with an 11-5 victory over #6 Sir Francis Drake HS. They advance to the semifinals Wednesday at #2 seeded Campolindo HS at 7:15 at Campo.

Boys Water Polo

The #5 seeded boys followed with a thrilling back-and-forth 11-9 victory over Las Lomas HS. They advance to the semifinals Wednesday at #1 seeded Sir Francis Drake HS at 7:15 at Drake HS.
Saturday’s standouts: Casey Conrad scored 3 goals. Tommy Fellner, Evan Wentzel and Jack Winther each scored 2 goals.

Note: At all NCS post-season events there is an admission charge. $10 general admission and $5 for students, children and senior citizens.

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Nov 7 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Football

was defeated by Campolindo HS.

Leo Barakos

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In Saturday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

#3 seeded Acalanes hosts #6 Sir Francis Drake HS in the NCS quarterfinals at 2:30.

Boys Water Polo

#5 seeded Acalanes hosts #4 seeded Las Lomas HS in the NCS quarterfinals at 3:45.

Cross Country

competes in the DFAL Championships at Hidden Valley Park at 1:00.

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.

Nov 5 – Girls Volleyball Mats Squeak by Dons in a Tough Battle

Last League match of the year, as YOUR Acalanes Dons travel to the “Matadome” to battle with Miramonte on Senior Night. The Dons have locked up sole possession of 2nd place in DFAL, but this is always a spirited and tough match no matter what the circumstances. Let’s get ready to rumble!

1st Set:

0-0. Nothing has happened yet!
2-4. Dons down early, but Maddie Graham delivers a kill to get the offense started.
3-4. Reilly Webster creates a wall for a solid roof.
6-6. Long rallly finished by Parker Jones with a powerful kill.
8-7. Grace Bolen set Teresa Nevins on a slide to the outside…kill! Dons lead.
9s. Mimi White delivers a kill at the end of another really long rally. Really tight match so far!
11-9. Carly Porep wisely watches the ball fly out of bounds without hitting it.
13-14. Mats rally and score several tough points…timeout Dons.
16s. Nevins block secures the point for the Dons.
17s. Nevins kill. Middle play is strong again for the Dons tonight.
18-20. Porep with a very nice pass as the Dons try and stay within striking distance.
19-20. Strong serve from Hannah Roberts takes the Mats out of system and Jones finishes.
20s. Great pass from Roberts and Jones executes a smart roll shot to tie it back up!
21-22. Jones kills it again.
22s. …and again! Hustling play by both teams. Timeout Mats.
23-22. Porep saves the point with a fantastic up.
23-24. Nail biting…
23-25. Dons fall in the 1st set.

2nd Set.

3-3. Jones Ace!
4-2. See above!
5-6. Webster “tools” the blocker as the Dons are in a real fight here tonight.
7-8. Nevins REJECTS a dump attempt from Miramonte.
8s. Roberts ties it up on a kill after a long rally. Great team play by the Dons.
8-13. Timeout Dons. The Mats are playing fantastic volleyball in all phases tonight.
8-16. See above, unfortunately.
12-16. Jones kill. Dons rallying.

Parker Jones

15-18. Mimi White with the timely tip winner.
16-19. Jones drops the Thunder Bomb. Let’s Go Dons!
16-23. White hits a nifty deep corner kill.
17-25. Tough set. On to the 3rd. G’Dons!

3rd Set:

3-5. The Matador onslaught continues. Jones kills it and the Dons are giving it everything they’ve got.
5-10. Jones kill. Keep fighting!
6-10. Webster hammers an overpass. Yummy!
8-10. Nevins Roof! Dons scrapping and clawing.
9-13. Mats stretch out the lead again. They refuse to be denied!
15-17. Nice Bolen set to Jones, who finishes it with a monster kill.
16-18. Bolen fakes the set and dumps it over. Winner. Timeout Miramonte. Dons are fighting hard to keep this match going.
20-22. Jones. Roof. Timely.
21-24. Dons on the brink!
22-24. Jones kill. Timeout Mats.
23-24. Devin Grobeck and Calista Lam keep passing to keep the point going and then Jones kills it! Still alive!…
23-25. And the Mats take the 3rd set to win the match.

Dons fall 0-3, and could not crack the code on Miramonte tonight. Kudos to the Mats for a fantastic showing.

Dons finish league play at 9-3 and in 2nd place and will now wait and see who they will meet in next week’s NCS.

Ken Webster

Nov 6 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Boys Water Polo

#5 seeded Acalanes defeated Mission San Jose HS 18-6 in the first round of the NCS playoffs.

Girls Volleyball

was defeated by Miramonte HS. The JV team won in 2 games.

Julia GayPhoto: Karen Elliott

Julia Gay
Photo: Karen Elliott

In Friday’s action…

Football

hosts Campolindo HS. JV at 4:30 and varsity at 7:00. The Senior Night presentation will be between the JV and varsity games.

Girls Tennis

Sasha Schtein and Melissa Van Pell compete in the semifinals and finals of the DFAL Championships at St. Mary’s College.

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

#3 seeded Acalanes hosts Sir Francis Drake HS in the NCS quarterfinals at 2:30.

Boys Water Polo

#5 seeded Acalanes hosts Las Lomas HS in the NCS quarterfinals at 3:45.

Cross Country

competes in the DFAL Championships at Hidden Valley Park at 1:00.

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

Thursday’s individual standouts…

Boys Water Polo

Tommy Fellner and Brendan Supple each scored 4 goals. Jake Stone scored 3 goals and had 2 assists. Gordon Kerns and Bennett Winther each scored 2 goals. Patrick Worthing had 4 saves.

Nov 4 – Acalanes Girls Water Polo Wins First Round NCS v. Ukiah

The Acalanes girls beat Ukiah in the first round NCS 12-6. Great defense for the Dons helps for the Win.

Come on out to Game #2 NCS Saturday at 2:30 v. Drake at AHS.

Kresnak 3, Myall 2, Wentzel 2, Kylie Walker 2, Chapman, Rowell, Stewart

Nov 5 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Water Polo

#3 seeded Acalanes defeated Ukiah HS 12-6 to raise their overall record to 15-8 and advance to the NCS quarterfinals Saturday as they will host Sir Francis Drake HS.

Girls Volleyball

defeated Dougherty Valley HS 25-14, 22-25, 25-17 and 25-20 to raise their DFAL record to 9-2 and their overall record to 16-6.

In Thursday’s action…

Boys Water Polo

#5 seeded Acalanes hosts #12 Mission San Jose HS in the first round of the NCS playoffs at 8:00.

Girls Tennis

competes in the DFAL Championships at St. Mary’s College.

Girls Volleyball

concludes the regular season at Miramonte HS. Freshmen at 4:00, JV at 5:00 and Varsity at 6:30.

Freshman Football

plays at Campolindo HS at 5:00.

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

Wednesday’s individual standouts…

Girls Volleyball

Parker Jones had 19 kills, Mimi White had 10 kills and Theresa Nevins had 9 kills.

Nov 4 – Girls Volleyball wins at Dougherty Valley

YOUR Acalanes Dons visit Dougherty Valley for the 2nd of 3 straight nights of volleyball.
Don’t want to jinx it but a win tonight clinches a solo 2nd place finish in DFAL. Go Dons!

1st Set:

3-1. Parker Jones starts off in a familiar way…with a kill to the floor.
6-2. Reilly Webster starts off in a familiar way too…line kill.
8-6. Teresa Nevins gets up high and pushes the ball into an empty spot for a winner. Smart play.
10-7. Nice passing from Calista Lam and Grace Bolen dumps one over for a point. Another smart play.
13-7. Jones kill and Hannah Roberts follows that up with an Ace! Timeout D.V.
14-8. Nice pass by Carly Porep to Bolen, who sets Webster for the kill. “In System” and its working.
16-8. Mimi White. Middle kill. Powerful.
20-13. Maddie Graham gets a kill. Dons are closing in on the set win…
22-13. Devin Grobeck, the birthday girl, serves an ace!
25-14. Dons start strong.

2nd Set:

1-0. Grobeck makes an incredible “up” that Jones finishes with a backwards-facing one-armed kill. What?
2-0. Lam kills it from the back row.
4-1. Webster kill, Graham kill. Dons rolling.
6-7. Well it’s not all Mr. Pibb and Red Vines. D.V. fights back and takes the lead.
8-8. Jones steadies the squad with a kill.
13-10. Bolen has a strong serve run and Jones follows that up with an Ace as the Dons try and reassert control.
14-10. Jones. Ace. Again.
15-13. D.V. is hanging tough, but Webster pounds a kill off of the Bolen back set.
17-16. Nevins winner keeps the Dons ahead, barely.
18-16. Nice Porep pass and then Jones…big kill.
19-17. Nevins again!
19-18. Wildcats still scoring and causing the Dons trouble…Timeout Dons.
20-19. White Roof!
22-23. Two Jones kills keep the Dons in it…Timeout D.V.
22-25. D.V takes the 2nd.

3rd Set:

3-2. Porep – nice pass. White – nice kill. This is a battle!
5-5. Nevins kill.
8-7. Jones kill. D.V. playing inspired on their Senior Night.
11-9. W&W Roofing Company shows up for work. Dons need to refuse to lose!!!
13-10. Porep. Ahhhhhh……Ace!
14-10. See above! Timeout Wildcats!
15-11. Bolen dumps one into the “campfire.” There is tension in the gym at this juncture.
17-12. Nevins. ROOF!!
18-12. Nevins kill. D.V. can’t answer the Dons power in the middle.
20-14. Just great all-around team play as a long rally is finished off by a Jones kill…a little bit of breathing room for the Dons.
22-15. Thunder Bomb kill for White in the middle. BOOM! Dons are closing in on the 3rd set and have really regrouped nicely.
25-17. Juila Gay serves it and then passes like butter, and Webster kills it on the back line like a surgeon to finish off the set. Exhale. On to the 4th. Let’s Go Dons!!!

4th Set:

1-0. Bolen sets White for yet another middle kill to start off the Dons. Good strategy.
4-2. Jones drops the hammer.
9-8. Suddenly Dons are barely hanging on again. D.V. is doing a great job on defense, digging everything, and keeping Acalanes “out of system” and off rhythm. Certainly no lack of Dons effort!
#streetfight
#iamnervous
11-9. Smart short set by Bolen to White, who pushes it over into a blind spot. Dons scoring any way that they can right now.
#remembertokeepbreathing
14-10. Webster brings the sizzle off the Bolen back set. Kill!
15-10. Graham! Roof! Timely!
16-10. Webster! Roof! Timely! Time Out D.V.
#notrelaxing
17-10. Yes!
17-13. No!
19-13. Porep! Ace!
#phew
20-13. Webster paints the back line with a kill.
#donsincontrolandshouldwinthismatchbutidontwanttojinxitsonevermind

21-14. Graham kill! Creeping. Closer. Point. By. Point.
23-15. Exhaling. Great Lam and Porep passing! As I’ve said 100 times, it all starts with passing 🙂
24-20. Not done yet! Credit to D.V. for not giving up and making a late run. Time out Dons. Let’s Finish This Dons!!!
25-20! Dons win! And then they all sing Happy Birthday to Devin. Sorry but they are much better volleyball players than singers!
Dons move to 8-2 in league and 16-6 overall.

Come on out to Miramonte High tomorrow night for the last DFAL volleyball league game…ever!..and root for the Dons!

Ken Webster

Nov 3 – Dons Girls Volleyball Victorious on Senior Night

It’s Senior Night for the Dons, so we celebrate the Senior Crew: Grace Bolen, Julia Gay, Maddie Graham, Calista Lam, Carly Porep, Hannah Roberts, Reilly Webster and Mimi White. That is a lot of collective years of hard work and fun with Acalanes Volleyball! Congrats Seniors!

Now, on to the match against the Lady Bulldogs of Alhambra.

1st Set:

4-1. Dons establish an early lead, with Bolen setting Webster for a big hit, but it gets dug, but then it gets ROOFED by Webster! Seniors!

Grace Bolen

5-1. Parker Jones. Ace!
6-1. Webster line kill and timeout Bulldogs.
7-1. Graham and White double up for a ROOF! Seniors!
8-1. Jones. Another Ace! Alright Dons!
9-2. White with a middle kill. The Dons inside game looks sharp tonight.

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Mimi White
Photo: Craig Nelson

 

12-4. Teresa Nevins delivers a nifty shovel kill into the Alhamba “campfire” for a winner.
15-5. Lam fires over a tricky service ball, and Nevins finishes off the resulting Alhambra overpass. Timeout Bulldogs!
17-5. PERFECT Bolen set to Nevins on the “Back 1” play for a quick kill that gives Alhambra’s defense no time to react.
20-7. Roberts serves a hot potato, resulting in another low hit that White stuffs on the block. Seniors!
22-9. Dons don’t score this time, but a SWEET dig from Lam deserves a shout out.

Calista Lam

25-11. White hammers a bomb straight down to the floor to lock up the first set! Nice set from Bolen. Seniors!

2nd Set:

1-0. Porep bumps up a PERFECT pass to Bolen, to Webster for the kill down the line. Senior Teamwork!

Carly Porep

4-2. Graham kills one with her patented cross-court sharp angle shot.

Maddie Graham

5-2. And Graham again to the deep back corner. Untouchable.
7-2. Jones. Ace. G’Dons!
9-3. ROOF from the W&W Roofing Company (Webster & White)!….Yay Seniors!

Webster and White

10-3. Porep and Bolen go 2 on 6: dig, pass, hit and win. Seniors!
15-6. Roberts Ace! Dons are really playing solid as a team tonight.
18-10. Webster fires another cannon shot down the line. Winner!
19-11. Porep to Bolen to Webster for a winner. Seniors in sync!
22-15. Nevins kills it to stop a little Bulldog run.
23-15. See above.
25-15. Bolen dumps her set into the empty floor in the middle of the defense. Bulldog Campfire. Don’s take the 2nd!

3rd Set:

3-2. The salty veteran White delivers a kill from the middle.
6-6. Dons a little out of sync, but the seasoned 4-year letterman Bolen steadies the squad with a rock solid set to Nevins for a kill.
9-7. The wily and experienced Porep goes ahead and hits the ball twice in a row off the ceiling – nobody in white shirts notices! – and the Dons win the point with a Jones kill.

Hannah Roberts Photo: Craig Nelson

Hannah Roberts

Photo: Craig Nelson

13-8. Roberts is serving really well and Lam is passing really well, and the Dons are starting to stretch out a lead.

16-10. White pass to Bolen who sets back to White for the kill.
19-10. Mellisa Elliott stuffs an overpass. Yummy!
20-10. Jones! Ace! Timeout Bulldogs!
21-10. Julia Gay – Senior! – serves an Ace and follows it with a great dig.

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Julia Gay
Photo: Craig Nelson

23-14. It’s not pretty but it works: Graham makes a diving “up” that Bolen pops over to Senior Co-Captain Webster who slaps it into the top of the net..and it rolls over for a point.

Reilly Webster

25-15. Frosh Finish! Again! Obviously Cali Boustani is the Don’s secret match close-out weapon!

Dons win in 3. Congrats again seniors!

Acalanes improves to 7-2 and in second place in DFAL and 15-6 overall.

 

Varsity Volleyball Senior Class