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Feb 25 – Acalanes Boys Soccer Clinches NCS Div II Championship

Gabe Singer
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Nick Schirmer
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Tom Higgins
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Feb 27 – Monday Sports

In Saturday’s action…

Boys Soccer

battled to a 0-0 tie with Montgomery HS through regulation and the first overtime in the NCS Championship game.  With seconds left in the second overtime they pushed across the winning goal and they are the NCS Champions.

Acalanes wins NCS Div II Championship
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Wrestling

continues to enjoy success at the NCS Championships as Jeremy Ridge placed 3rd and qualified for the CIF State Championships.  Tai White placed 5th and Axel Jurgens placed 7th.

Baseball

was defeated by Monte Vista HS at 1:00.

In Monday’s action…

Boys Tennis

has a match at San Ramon Valley HS at 3:30.

Boys Golf

has a match against Alhambra HS at Franklin Canyon GC at 3:00.

Feb 24 – Wrestling NCS Championship

The wrestling team competed at the North Coast Championships this weekend at James Logan High School. The team had the best NCS tournament in it’s history. Acalanes finished with three medalists, the most ever, and the second State Qualifier in the wrestling teams history.

All four Acalanes Wrestlers made day two of the tournament. Ben Ross went 3-2 at 140. Axel Jurgens placed 7th at 162, Tai White placed 5th at 134, and Jeremy Ridge placed 3rd at 147 and qualified for the State tournament. Jeremy will represent Acalanes next weekend in Bakersfield.

Wrestling is different from the other sports. There is only one division in NCS and CIF that all 900 schools participate in. The California state tournament is recognized as the toughest in America and represents the best wrestlers in California all competing for 14 state championships, 1 champion in each of the 14 weight classes.

Feb 25 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Girls Basketball

The #3 seeded girls basketball team pulled out a thrilling 69-67 victory over Redwood HS in the NCS quarterfinals to advance to the semifinals at Montgomery HS Wednesday at 8:00.

Sydney Louie
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Boys Basketball

rallied only to fall short against Moreau HS in the NCS quarterfinals.

Wrestling

Jeremy Ridge, Tai White and Axel Jurgens won their first two matches to advance to the quarterfinals in the NCS Championships.

In Saturday’s action…

Boys Soccer

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

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

Baseball

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

Track & Field

competes in the Super 7 at Diablo Valley College.

Boys Volleyball

competes in the Alhambra Jamboree.

Girls Lacrosse

competes in the Davis Play Day.

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

Girls Basketball NCS Div II Bracket (updated 2/25)

NCS/Les Schwab Tires Girls’ Basketball Championships Division 2

Feb 24 – Girls Basketball Squeaks Out Quarterfinal Victory

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

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

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

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

Lauren Kobashigawa
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Brian Frechman

Feb 24 – Friday Sports Page

In Friday’s action…

Girls Basketball

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

Boys Basketball

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

Wrestling

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

In Saturday’s action…

Boys Soccer

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

Wrestling

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

Baseball

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

Track & Field

competes in the Super 7 at Diablo Valley College.

Boys Volleyball

competes in the Alhambra Jamboree.

Girls Lacrosse

competes in the Davis Play Day.

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

Feb 23 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Boys Soccer Advances to NCS Championship on Saturday

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

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

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

Boys Tennis

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

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

Boys Soccer NCS Div II Playoff Brackets (updated 2/22)

NCS/Les Schwab Tires Boys’ Winter Soccer Championships Division 2

Boys Basketball NCS Div II Brackets (updated 2/22)

NCS/Les Schwab Tires Boys’ Basketball Championships Division 2

Feb 21 – Boys Basketball Advances in NCS Playoffs

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

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

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

Feb 22 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Basketball NCS Playoffs

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

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

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

Girls Lacrosse

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

In Wednesday’s action…

Boys Soccer NCS Playoff

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

Boys Tennis

hosts Rodriguez HS at 3:30.

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

Feb 21 – Girls Basketball Advances to Quarterfinals

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

Brian Frechman

Feb 21 – Tuesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Basketball

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

Boys Basketball

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

Boys Tennis

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

Girls Lacrosse

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

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

Feb 19 – Sunday Sports

In Saturday’s action…

Boys Soccer

competed in an epic battle with Campolindo HS and prevailed 1-0 in the NCS quarterfinals.  They advance to the semifinals hosting Richmond HS Wednesday at 7:00.

Mark VonHacht
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Saturday’s individual standouts…

Boys Soccer

Goalkeeper Luke Denham made countless incredible saves to be named “Man of the Match.”  Gabe Singer scored the lone goal and stellar team defense secured the edge-of-your-seat victory.

Gabe Singer
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Wrestling

Tai White, Jeremy Ridge and Axel Jurgens won DAL titles and Ben Ross place 3rd at the DAL Championships.  All four qualify for the NCS Championships Friday and Saturday at James Logan HS.

Ben Ross
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Feb 18 – Acalanes Boys Soccer Advances past Campolindo in NCS Playoff

It was everything that was to be expected of an Acalanes v. Campolindo boys soccer game.  The Dons pulled out a 1-0 victory to advance to the NCS semifinals.  They will host Richmond HS Wednesday at 7:00.  Gabe Singer scored the lone goal and Luke Denham and the entire team played incredibly on defense in the second half to secure the victory.

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Luke Denham
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Feb 18 – DAL Wrestling Championships

Congratulations to Tai White, Jeremy Ridge and Axel Jurgens for winning DAL Wrestling Championship today and Ben Ross for placing 3rd.  They qualify for the North Coast Section Championships Friday, February 24 and Saturday, February 25 at James Logan HS.

Tai White
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Feb 18 – Saturday Sports

In Saturday’s action…

Boys Soccer

hosts Campolindo HS in the NCS quarterfinals at 7:00.

Wrestling

hosts the DAL Championships at 9:00 am.

Baseball

has a scrimmage at San Marin HS.  Freshmen at 11:00 and jv at 12:00.

Boys Lacrosse

hosts Marin Catholic HS in a scrimmage.  Varsity at 10:00 and jv at 12:00.

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 are honored.

Note:  At the DAL Wrestling Championships, there is an admission charge.  $5 general admission and $3 for students, children and senior citizens.  No passes or ASB stickers are honored.

Feb 17 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Boys Basketball

pulled out a thrilling 75-74 victory over College Park HS to finish the regular season 17-9 overall and in 2nd place in league with a 7-3 record.

Girls Basketball

cruised to a 54-39 victory over College Park HS to finish the regular season 17-9 overall.

In Saturday’s action…

Boys Soccer

hosts Campolindo HS in the NCS quarterfinals at 7:00.

Wrestling

hosts the DAL Championships at 9:00 am.

Baseball

has a scrimmage at San Marin HS.  Freshmen at 11:00 and jv at 12:00.

Boys Lacrosse

hosts Marin Catholic HS in a scrimmage.  Varsity at 10:00 and jv at 12:00.

Thursday’s individual standouts…

Boys Basketball

Carson Etnyre went on a scoring spree in the 3rd quarter and Ryan Nall did likewise in the 4th quarter out-muscling the Falcons in the paint.  Mitchell Smith finished off College Park HS on the free throw line to ice the victory.

Feb 16 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Boys Soccer

Acalanes started off the NCS playoffs with a 4-1 victory over Casa Grande HS.  They advance to the quarterfinals and will host Campolindo HS Saturday at 7:00.

In Thursday’s action…

Basketball

Teams play College Park HS.

At Acalanes HS, jv girls at 4:00, varsity girls at 5:30 and varsity boys at 7:00.  The Senior Night Presentation will be between the varsity girls and boys games.

At College Park HS, jv boys at 4:00 and freshman boys at 5:30.

Boys Tennis

has a match at Piedmont HS at 3:30, weather permitting.

In Saturday’s action…

Boys Soccer

hosts Campolindo HS in the NCS quarterfinals at 7:00.

Wrestling

hosts the DAL Championships at 9:00 am.

Baseball

has a scrimmage at San Marin HS.  Freshmen at 11:00 and jv at 12:00.

Boys Lacrosse

hosts Marin Catholic HS in a scrimmage.  Varsity at 10:00 and jv at 12:00.

Wednesday’s individual standouts…

Boys Soccer

Gabe Singer scored 2 goals and had 1 assist and Luke Denham had another stellar night as goal keeper as both were named “Man of the Match.”  Drew Wondolowski scored a goal and had an assist.  Cameron Shapoorian scored a goal and Nixson Murgia had an assist.

Feb 15 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Boys Basketball

defeated Northgate HS 52-38 to raise their overall record to 16-9.

Girls Basketball

defeated Northgate HS 60-23 to raise their overall record to 16-9.  The jv team was also victorious.

In Wednesday’s action…

Boys Soccer

Playoffs begin tonight as the #2 seeded Dons host #15 Casa Grande HS in the first round of the NCS playoffs.

Baseball

hosts San Marin HS in a scrimmage at 3:30.

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.

Feb 14 – Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team Hosts Northgate Tonight at 7:00pm

The Acalanes Dons (15-9), coming off what might be the best week of league basketball play in several seasons, host the Northgate Broncos (6-18). Tip-off is at 7:00pm. Make it a double header and come early and watch the Varsity Girls play at 5:30pm.

The Dons are surging after beating their two Lamorinda rivals last week. On Tuesday night at home, the Dons took down Miramonte, 58-56 and on Friday night in Moraga, the Dons knocked-off Campolindo, 49-44. I am not sure when the last time the Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball team has pulled off the season sweep of Campolindo. The Acalanes 6th Man travelled up to Campolindo and was loud and energetic throughout the game. When the final buzzer rang, The 6th Man rushed the court to celebrate with the team. It was a great scene. But what made the day even sweeter for the Acalanes Boys Basketball Program last Friday, it was a clean sweep by all Dons teams. The Boy’s Freshman Team, JV Team and Varsity Team all beat Campolindo that day.

At halftime of the Boys Varsity game tonight, 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 both our Boys Basketball Team and our prized Girls Volleyball Team.

As Always…Go Dons!!!

Feb 14 – Tuesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Basketball

Acalanes High School teams play Northgate HS.

At Acalanes HS, jv girls at 4:00, varsity girls at 5:30 and varsity boys at 7:00.

At Northgate HS, jv boys at 4:00 and freshman boys at 5:30.

Feb 13 – Monday Sports

In Saturday’s action…

Boys Wrestling

Acalanes High School defeated Albany HS and was defeated by Washington HS and Newark Memorial HS in the NCS Dual Meet Championships.

In Monday’s action…

Freshman Baseball

has a scrimmage at College Park HS at 3:30.

Feb 11 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Boys Soccer

And they are the DAL Champions. The boys soccer team defeated Miramonte HS 1-0 to claim the title with an overall record of 16-2-4 and a 9-1 record in league.

Drew Wondolowski
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Girls Soccer

was defeated by Miramonte HS.

Boys Basketball

pulled out a 49-44 victory to sweep Campolindo HS this season. The jv team also won 53-45 and the freshman team won a great defensive battle 38-35.

Girls Basketball

was defeated by Campolindo HS.

In Saturday’s action…

Wrestling

competes in the NCS Dual Meet Championships at Berkeley HS.

Freshman Boys Soccer

plays at Berkeley HS at 11:00.

Frosh-Soph Girls Soccer

plays at Northgate HS at 9:00 and hosts American Canyon HS at 2:00.

Baseball

hosts San Leandro HS in a scrimmage at 2:00.

Friday’s individual standouts…

Boys Soccer

Bryan Bamford scored the lone goal to be named the “Man of the Match.”

Bryan Bamford
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Varsity Boys Basketball

Mitchell Smith scored 17 points. Carson Etnyre was clutch at the free throw line shooting 6 for 6 and four for four in the last 30 seconds.

JV Boys Basketball

Charlie Koch scored 16 points and Trevor Shephard and Chris Descoins each scored 12 points.

Freshman Boys Basketball

John Kalil scored 14 points and Isaiah Coleman 8 points.

Feb 10 – Acalanes Basketball Plays at Campo

Tonight the boys basketball team plays Campo at Campo.  Let’s turn this away game into a home game: Please come out and cheer on the team!  It’s been a great week already with a victory over Miramonte, and the boys beat Campo already once this season.  The boys need your help tonight to make it a sweep!

Feb 10 – Friday Sports Page

In Friday’s action…

Basketball

Acalanes plays Campolindo HS.

At Campolindo HS, JV girls at 4:00, varsity girls at 5:30 and varsity boys at 7:00.

At Acalanes HS, JV boys at 4:00 and freshman boys at 5:30.

Soccer

Acalanes plays Miramonte HS.
Girls are home and boys are away.  JV at 5:00 and varsity at 7:00.

In Saturday’s action…

Wrestling

competes in the NCS Dual Meet Championships at Berkeley HS.

Freshman Boys Soccer

plays at Berkeley HS at 11:00.

Frosh-Soph Girls Soccer

plays at Northgate HS at 9:00 and hosts American Canyon HS at 2:00.

Baseball

hosts San Leandro HS in a scrimmage at 2:00.

Feb 10 – Girls Soccer Senior Night

This Friday, February 10th is Dons’ Soccer Senior Night. Come out for the TAILGATE PARTY @ 5:30, near the entrance to the field. Support our SENIORS and enjoy food, games, spirit wear giveaways and face painting! Cheer on our Dons as they take the field against Miramonte. TAILGATE PARTY starts at 5:30, the GAME starts at 7 – We’ll see you there! GO DONS!!

Theresa Giordano

Feb 9 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Boys Soccer

squared off against Concord HS for the game that will determine the league champion.  Needing a win, not a tie, they were tied 0-0 at halftime.  With 26 minutes left in the game, the offense turned on as they scored 3 goals to win the game 3-0.

Girls Soccer

was defeated by Las Lomas HS.

Wednesday’s individual standouts…

Boys Soccer

Chris Rogers and Drew Wondolowski were named “Men of the Match.”  Gabe Singer scored a goal and had an assist.  Bryan Bamford and Drew Wondolowski each scored the other goals.  Nick Schirmer had the other assist.

Feb 8 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Boys Basketball

If you were not there, you missed a great game.  The boys basketball team played an outstanding game against Miramonte HS to lead by 11 points midway through the 4th quarter.  Miramonte staged a furious rally, but the Dons held them off to record the 58-56 victory.

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Girls Basketball

The varsity and jv basketball teams were defeated by Miramonte HS.

In Wednesday’s action…

Boys Soccer

hosts Concord HS in the game that will determine the league champion.  JV at 5:00 and varsity at 7:00.  The Senior Night Presentation will be held prior to the varsity game at 6:30.

Girls Soccer

plays at Las Lomas HS.  JV at 5:00 and varsity at 7:00.

Wrestling

hosts Ygnacio Valley HS at 6:00.  The Senior Night Presentation will be held at 5:40.

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Feb 7 – Tuesday Sports

In Monday’s action…

Boys Soccer

battled to a 0-0 tie against a very strong College Park HS foe.  Mark girls was named “Man of the Match.”  The JV team suffered a rare defeat.

In Tuesday’s action…

Basketball

teams play Miramonte HS.
At Acalanes HS.  JV girls at 4:00, varsity girls at 5:30 and varsity boys at 7:00.
At Miramonte HS.  JV boys at 4:00 and freshman boys at 5:30.

Feb 6 – Monday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Boys Soccer

scored often and early in their 6-0 shutout of Berean Christian HS.

Girls Soccer

was defeated by Campolindo HS.

Boys Basketball

was defeated by Las Lomas HS. The freshman team pulled out a close victory.

In Monday’s action…

Boys Soccer

hosts College Park HS.  JV at 5:00 and varsity at 7:00.

Individual standouts…

Boys Soccer

Eric Voss had 2 assists and was named “Man of the Match.”  Drew Wondolowski scored 3 goals.  Gabe Singer scored a goal and had an assist.  Travis Stevenson and Shukoor Haji each added a goal.  Bryan Bamford, Tom Higgins and Ryan Karow each had an assist.

Feb 3 – Go For the Goal Tonight

Tonight’s match with Campo is “Go 4 The Goal Night”. Players from BOTH teams will be lacing up with gold shoe laces to help fight pediatric cancer. I teamed up with Go4TheGoal Foundation two years ago and have raised over $5,000. The Cougar’s Molly Ikeya has partnered with me and is heading up the effort at Campo.

This year alone I’ve had more than a dozen sports teams from all three community high schools support my efforts to fight pediatric cancer.  So please join me, my teammates, our Campo competitors and the more than 250,000 athletes nation-wide that have laced up to support Go4TheGoal.

Don’s players are lacing up with a donation of $5 per pair of laces.  How can you contribute?  Tonight at the stadium we will be selling laces and wrist bands and we are accepting general donations of any amount.  100% of your donations go to our own Children’s Hospital Oakland to their Psychology Oncology Program.  So please consider making a donation this evening.

You can also donate online on my fundraising page here.

Than you for your support.

Molly Davis


Feb 3 – Acalanes Dons Take on the Knights in Las Lomas Tonight

The Acalanes boys basketball team is playing Las Lomas tonight at Las Lomas at 7pm.  It’s a BIG GAME!  Come out and support the Dons!  Make it feel like a home court!  See you there…

Feb 3 – Friday Sports Page

In Friday’s action…

Acalanes Basketball

plays Las Lomas HS

At Las Lomas HS, JV girls at 4:00, Varsity girls at 5:30 and Varsity boys at 7:00.

At Acalanes HS, JV boys at 4:00 and freshman boys at 5:30.

Boys Soccer

hosts Berean Christian HS at 7:00.

Girls Soccer

plays at Campolindo HS.  JV at 5:00 and varsity at 7:00.

Wrestling

competes in the Mission San Jose Invitational.

In Saturday’s action…

Freshman Boys Soccer

plays at Northgate HS at 12:00.

Frosh-soph Girls Soccer

hosts College Park HS at 9:00 and plays at Heritage HS at 2:00.

Wrestling

competes in the Mission San Jose Invitational.

Feb 2 – Acalanes Dons Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Acalanes Boys Soccer

Acalanes Boys Soccer recorded yet another shutout defeating Alhambra HS Bulldogs 3-0 raising their overall record to 13-2-3 and their league record to 6-1.

Acalanes Girls Soccer

staged a great second half rally only to fall short 3-2 to Alhambra HS.  The JV team shutout the Bulldogs 3-0.

Acalanes Wrestling

The Acalanes Dons found themselves in a battle with Campolindo HS Cougars and prevailed to remain undefeated in the league.

Jeremy Hathaway
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Wednesday’s individual standouts…

Boys Soccer

Drew Wondolowski had 2 assists and Gabe Singer scored 2 goals as both were named “Man of the Match.”  Cameron Shapoorian scored the other goal and Tom Higgins had the other assist.

Girls Soccer

Varsity team: Greta Kohls scored both goals.

JV team:  Maddie Zuber scored 2 goals and Kaitlyn Parodi scored the other.  Olivia Pellegrini was outstanding in goal recording a shutout.

Wrestling

The match of the night came from freshman Ben Krey.  His Campolindo opponent almost had him pinned the entire match, but Ben continued to fight back until he recorded a come-from-behind victory by pinning his opponent.

Ben Krey
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Feb 1 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Boys Basketball

defeated College Park HS 76-59.  The freshman teams 4th quarter rally fell short.

Girls Basketball

defeated College Park HS 60-34.  The jv team also cruised to victory.

In Wednesday’s action…

Soccer

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

Wrestling

has a match at Campolindo HS at 6:00.

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Jan 31 – Tuesday Sports

In Monday’s action…

Boys Soccer

recorded another shutout 4-0 over Hayward HS raising their overall record to 12-2-3.  Brody Quinn scored a goal and had 2 assists to earn the title of “Man of the Match.”  Bryan Bamford, Shukoor Haji and Gabe Singer each scored a goal and Drew Wondolowski had an assist.  The JV team won by the identical score.

Shukoor Haji
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In Tuesday’s action…

Basketball

Teams play College Park HS.

At College Park HS, jv boys at 4:00, varsity boys at 5:30 and varsity girls at 7:00.

At Acalanes HS, jv girls at 4:00 and freshman boys at 5:30.

Jan 30 – Monday Sports

In Saturday’s action…

Boys Soccer

surrendered an early goal to California HS but managed to score in the last few minutes to end in a 1-1 tie.

Girls Soccer

defeated Heritage HS 3-1.

Boys Basketball

dropped a close game to Half Moon Bay HS.

JV Boys Basketball

was defeated by Capital Christian HS.

In Monday’s action…

Boys Soccer

hosts Hayward HS.  JV at 5:00 and varsity at 7:00.
Freshman team plays at San Ramon Valley HS at 6:00.

Individual standouts…

Boys Soccer – Friday:

Goalkeeper, Luke Denham was named “Man of the Match” by recording a shutout.  Gabe Singer scored 2 goals and Alex Topping, Bryan Bamford, Shukoor Haji and Nixson Murgia each scored 1 goal.  Brody Quinn had 2 assists and Drew Wondolowski, Reider Martinsen and Eric Voss each had 1 assist.

Boys Soccer – Saturday:

John Stevenson scored the lone goal and was named “Man of the Match.”  Alex Topping had the assist.

Jan 28 – Dramatic Dons Down Heritage 3-1

The Acalanes Girls Soccer team put on a dramatic show Saturday with an electrifying come from behind win over host Heritage.  After a 0-0 first half, the Dons trailed 1-0 with less than ten minutes to play.  However, after the Dons earned just their second corner kick of the day, Emily Smith sent the ball in toward the back post where Caitlin McDonagh volleyed it home to tie the score.  Just minutes later, Caroline Clark broke free through the Heritage defense for a one-on-one with the Heritage keeper.  Clark’s first shot was blocked, but undaunted she sent the rebound into the net for the go-ahead goal.  Heritage then pushed their attack to rally back, but that exposed the back line and allowed Clark to loop a pass over the defenders to a streaking Kierra Krawec who put the Dons up to the final 3-1 advantage.  The Dons defense led by Molly Davis, Callie Ericksen, Jessie Carlin, and Elle Skvarna along with keeper Sophia Giordano put forth another strong effort with improvised lineups.

The Dons return to League play on Wednesday night when they host Alhambra at 7:00 p.m.

Jan 27 – Girls Soccer Dons Tie College Park 2-2 – Again!

The Acalanes Dons opened the second half of Diablo Athletic League play and came away with the same result as in the League opener – a 2-2 tie.  While the Dons came back late in the opener, this time it was the visitors from College Park who scored twice in the last 13 minutes to level the match.

The Dons spent most of the first half in control of the match – albeit in their defensive end.  The back line of center backs Molly Davis and Sam Bell and outside backs Jessie Carlin, Jade Sadoff, and Mea Mitchell along with holding midfielder Callie Ericksen put up a solid, ball controlling defense which tested keeper Sophia GiordanoGiordano turned back the single genuine threat with a terrific saving punch of the ball.  Most of the offense for the Dons in the first half came on counter attacks and through balls.  In the 22nd minute, Kierra Krawec sent a long diagonal through ball to a streaking Caroline Clark who converted it into the Dons’ first goal from the left side.  Clark had the Dons nearest miss of the first half when her later shot was deflected by the keeper off the crossbar.

Samantha Bell
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The second half opened very differently.  The Dons dominated the first 25 minutes by consistently possessing and pushing in their offensive end.  That work paid off in the 58th minute when Krawec found Emily Smith on the right side and Smith definitively drove home the second goal for a 2-0 lead.  Perhaps the Dons took the foot off the pedal at that point or College Park became more urgent, but the match became much more balanced at that point with each team trading offensive surges toward the goal.  College Park converted their first goal in the 67th minute with a goal from the right side.  Uncontent to sit on their lead, the Dons responded with multiple offensive pushes, many of which featured a streaking Allison Merrill down the left side.   On one such run, with only the keeper in front of Merrill, she was taken down from behind just outside the box in a foul which drew only a yellow card.  As the Dons pushed their own attack, College Park would counter.  One such counter led to a left side corner kick inside of two minutes which tied the match and led to the final score of 2-2.

Molly Davis
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The tie brings the Dons’ League record to 2-2-2.  They play again today on the road at Heritage in a non-league contest at 1:00.

Jan 28 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Boys Basketball

defeated Northgate HS 57-44. The jv team did not do as well and the freshman team notched a victory.

Girls Basketball

defeated Northgate HS 71-37.

Boys Soccer

recorded another shutout with a 6-0 victory over Mt. Diablo HS.

Girls Soccer

played to a 2-2 draw with College Park HS.

Elle Skvarna
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In Saturday’s action…

Varsity Boys Basketball

hosts Half Moon Bay HS at 5:00.

Boys Basketball

teams host Capital Christian HS.  Freshmen at 2:00 and jv at 3:30.

Boys Soccer

plays at California HS.  Freshmen at 10:00, jv at 12:00 and varsity at 2:00.

Girls Soccer

plays at Heritage HS.  JV at 11:00 and varsity at 1:00.

Frosh-Soph Girls Soccer

plays at Miramonte HS at 9:00 and hosts Bishop O’Dowd HS at 2:00.

Wrestling

competes in the Mid Cal Invitational at Gilroy HS.

Jan 28 – Boys Basketball plays Tonight (Saturday)

Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team Hosts Half Moon Bay Today at 5:00pm

Get your late afternoon basketball fix. Come and watch Acalanes (12 – 7) take on Half Moon Bay (12 – 6) in what should be an excellent non-conference match-up. Tip-off is at 5:00pm at Acalanes. Both team are coming off Friday night wins. Half Moon Bay beat Oceana 81 – 23 and is currently 7 – 0 in conference play. While your Acalanes Dons beat Northgate on the road, 57 – 44 and are 2 -2 in conference action.

Please come out and support your Varsity Dons this afternoon.

Do not forget your Booster Card for free admission!

As Always…Go Dons!!

Jan 27 – Friday Sports Page

In Friday’s action…

Basketball

Teams play Northgate HS.
At Northgate HS, JV boys at 4:00, varsity boys at 5:30 and varsity girls at 7:00.
At Acalanes HS, JV girls at 4:00 and freshman boys at 5:30.

Girls Soccer

hosts College Park HS.  JV at 5:00 and varsity at 7:00.

Boys Soccer

plays at Mt. Diablo HS.  JV at 5:00 and varsity at 7:00.

Wrestling

competes in the Mid Cal Invitational at Gilroy HS.

In Saturday’s action…

Boys Basketball

Varsity team hosts Half Moon Bay HS at 5:00.
The boys basketball teams host Capital Christian HS.  Freshmen at 2:00 and jv at 3:30.

Boys Soccer

plays at California HS.  Freshmen at 10:00, JV at 12:00 and varsity at 2:00.

Girls Soccer

plays at Heritage HS. JV at 11:00 and varsity at 1:00.
Frosh-Soph team plays at Miramonte HS at 9:00 and hosts Bishop O’Dowd HS at 2:00.

Wrestling

competes in the Mid Cal Invitational at Gilroy HS.

Jan 25 – Girls Soccer Stomps the Mats

The Acalanes Girls’ Soccer team completed its first half swing through the Diablo Athletic League with a 4-1 victory over rival Miramonte.

On the scoring side, the Dons were led by Kierra Krawec’s hat trick off assists from Emily Smith and Callie Ericksen. Krawec returned the favor by assisting on the Dons’ fourth goal which was scored by Smith.  The Dons held a 2-0 halftime lead by virtue of goals by Krawec (7th minute) and Davis (39th minute).  Three minutes into the second half, Miramonte pulled to within a goal after converting a penalty kick after a rare penalty called on the Acalanes keeper.  The match remained close until the final three minutes when Krawec’s final two goals sealed the deal for the Dons.  On the defensive side, Molly Davis returned to defensive back line and put up a solid defensive effort in front of keeper Sophia Giordano.

The Dons finish the first half of DAL play with a 2-2-1 record and host College Park (the single tie from the first half) on Friday night.

Jan 26 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Boys Soccer

shutout Miramonte HS 3-0 raising their league record to 4-1 and their overall record to 10-2-2.

Gabe Singer bicycle kick

Girls Soccer

used an offensive explosion to defeat Miramonte HS 4-1.

Wrestling

defeats Mt. Diablo HS 56-18 to remain undefeated in league at 3-0.

Wednesday’s individual standouts…

Boys Soccer

Brody Quinn Goal #2
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Brody Quinn scored 2 goals and was named “Man of the Match.”  Drew Wondolowski scored a goal and had an assist.  Gabe Singer had 2 assists.

Jan 25 – Wrestling Results

Acalanes defeated Mt Diablo 56 – 18 to remain undefeated.

Jan 24 – Girls Basketball vs. Campolindo

In a hard fought battle the Lady Dons fell short Tuesday to rival Campolindo High School.  Fans watched & cheered in anticipation as the Dons maintained control for most of the game. At halftime the Dons led by three.  Third quarter left fans on the edge of their seats as the lead floated back and forth between the rivals.  The Dons put up a good fight, shutting down Campo’s 3-point shooters and their dominant post player for most of the game. But foul trouble in the 4th quarter set the Dons back after fouling out two of three Post players and the third forced to play it safe after getting her fourth foul call.

Brooke Panfili
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Brooke Panfili led the way with 22 points and hit multiple key shots in the 2nd half to keep the Dons within striking distance.  Roni Marrone contributed with 13 points, while Lauren Kobashigawa added 10 points, but our Guards scoring power just wasn’t enough to take back the lead and the Dons fell short with a 78-62 loss.

Roni Marrone
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The Ladies are in action again on Friday night on the road at Northgate.

Jan 25 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Boys Basketball

put together a well-played complete game effort to defeat Campolindo HS 63-48.  The jv team was not as fortunate.

Jesse Marlow
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Carson Etnyre
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Girls Basketball

was in a tight game with Campolindo HS until the Cougars pulled away in the fourth quarter.

Sabina Patel
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In Wednesday’s action…

Boys Soccer

hosts Miramonte HS.  JV at 5:00 and varsity at 7:00.

Girls Soccer

plays at Miramonte HS.  JV at 5:00 and varsity at 7:00.

Wrestling

hosts Mt. Diablo HS at 6:00.

Jan 21 – King of the Mat Wrestling Results

On Saturday January 22 the Acalanes Wrestling Team competed at the King of the Mat Tournament at Windsor High School. This is a very important tournament featuring teams from California and Nevada.  Acalanes had It’s best showing ever with three medalists. Axel Jurgens placed 8th at 162, Tai White placed 7th at 128 and Jeremy Ridge was the Champion at 147. Acalanes has had medalists at every tournament it has attended this season, has NCS and State ranked wrestlers and is undefeated in dual meets.

This has been an exciting month for the Acalanes Wrestling program. Early in January the Team hosted the Junior National Freestyle Team of Japan. The two teams practiced together and Acalanes hosted a dual meet between USA and Japan. Several Acalanes wrestlers competed in the meet. The Japanese wrestlers stayed with our Acalanes families and we had a big celebratory dinner together.

Last weekend the program held its youth fundraising tournament, the East Bay Challenge. 150 youth wrestlers from Pee Wee to Schoolboy from around the bay area competed. The Acalanes Team ran the scoring tables and refereed and the team parents ran concessions and the door. It was a valuable experience for all involved.

Jan 24 – Tuesday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Basketball

Mitchell Smith
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teams had a rough night with Miramonte HS. The varsity and freshman boys and varsity and JV girls came out on the short end.

Emma Godfrey
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Girls Soccer

went into the last two minutes tied with Las Lomas HS only to surrender a late goal in a 2-1 defeat. The JV team fell by the same score.

In Saturday’s action…

Boys Soccer

was defeated by Concord HS.

Girls Basketball

came up just short 59-58 to Pleasant Valley HS in the Campolindo Showcase.

In Tuesday’s action…

Basketball

teams play Campolindo HS.  At Acalanes HS, jv boys at 4:00, varsity boys at 5:30 and varsity girls at 7:00.  At Campolindo HS, jv girls at 4:00 and freshman boys at 5:30.

Jan 21 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Basketball

teams had a rough night with Miramonte HS. The varsity and freshman boys and varsity and JV girls came out on the short end.

Girls Soccer

went into the last two minutes tied with Las Lomas HS only to surrender a late goal in a 2-1 defeat. The JV team fell by the same score.

In Saturday’s action…

Boys Soccer

hosts Concord HS. Varsity at 4:00 and JV at 6:00.

Frosh-Soph Girls Soccer

hosts Las Lomas HS at 9:00 and Pittsburg HS at 2:00.

Wrestling

competes in the Windsor King of the Mat Invitational.

Jan 20 – Friday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Basketball

Teams play Miramonte HS. At Miramonte HS: JV boys at 4:00, varsity boys at 5:30 and varsity girls at 7:00. At Acalanes HS: JV girls at 4:00 and freshman boys at 5:30.

Girls Soccer

hosts Las Lomas HS. JV at 5:00 and Varsity at 7:00.

In Saturday’s action…

Varsity Girls Soccer

hosts St. Mary’s HS at 12:00.

Frosh-Soph Girls Soccer

hosts Las Lomas HS at 9:00 and Pittsburg HS at 2:00.

Boys Soccer

plays Concord HS at site to be determined. JV at 4:00 and varsity at 6:00.

Wrestling

competes in the Windsor King of the Mat Invitational.

Jan 20 – Girls Soccer Dons face the Knights

Don’t miss the Dons soccer action this Friday, on our HOME FIELD vs. Las Lomas.
JV plays at 5pm and Varsity takes the field at 7pm. Let’s fill the stands with fans.
Cheering will be heard, signs will be waived and PIZZA will be served!
GO DONS, CRUSH THE KNIGHTS!!

Theresa Klinger Giordano

Jan 17 – Tuesday Sports Report

In Saturday’s action…

JV Boys Basketball

cruised to victory over Concord HS.

Jan 14 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Boys Soccer

recorded another shutout against Berean Christian HS 2-0 to remain undefeated in the DAL at 3-0 and raising their overall record to 9-1-2.

Girls Soccer

got off to a fast start in a 6-1 victory over Campolindo HS.  The jv team tied 0-0.

Mea Mitchell
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Girls Basketball

rolled to a 66-22 victory over Las Lomas HS.

Boys Basketball

had the last shot, but were not able to convert in a 58-55 loss to Las Lomas HS.  The JV team was on the other end with a 58-53 victory.

In Saturday’s action…

JV Boys Basketball

hosts Concord HS at 1:00.

Frosh-Soph Girls Soccer

hosts Clayton Valley Charter HS at 9:00 and Heritage HS at 2:00.

Freshman Boys Soccer

plays at Las Lomas HS at 7:00.

Friday’s individual standouts…

Boys Soccer

Dominic Schottland was named “Man of the Match.”  Drew Wondolowski and Brody Quinn each scored a goal.  Nick Schirmer and Gabe Singer each had an assist.

Jan 13 – Girls Soccer Tames the Cougars

The Acalanes women’s soccer team claimed their first victory of the early Diablo Athletic League campaign with a strong 6-1 win over rival Campolindo. The Dons got on the board in the very first minute of the match when Caroline Clark delivered the ball to outside attacker Allison Merrill streaking down the left side and Merrill then delivered a tight cross which Greta Kohls drove home into the net.  The match remained tight for the next twenty-five minutes before the Dons tallied four goals in the course of ten minutes to take a 5-0 halftime lead.  Kierra Krawec and Clark each tallied two goals in the ten minute goal blitz with assists coming from Merrill (2), Krawec, and Serena Singh.

Molly Davis
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The sole Campo goal on the evening came in the 7th minute of the second half.  Except for that lone goal, the Dons defense was outstanding and was led by senior keeper Hannah Kramer with center backs of Molly Davis, Samantha Bell, and Jade Sadoff and holding mid Callie Ericksen.  The Dons re-established a 5 goal advantage in the 61st minute when Merrill drew a foul just outside the box on the left side and Emily Smith converted the ensuing direct kick.

Caroline Clark
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The Dons are now idle for the next week for finals and return to action next Friday night when they host Las Lomas.

Jan 13 – Friday Sports Page

In Friday’s action…

Basketball

hosts Las Lomas HS.  JV boys at 4:00, varsity boys at 5:30 and varsity girls at 7:00.

Basketball

plays at Las Lomas HS.  JV girls at 4:00 and freshman boys at 5:30.

Girls Soccer

hosts Campolindo HS.  JV at 5:00 and varsity at 7:00.

Boys Soccer

plays at Berean Christian HS at 3:30.

In Saturday’s action…

JV Boys Basketball

hosts Concord HS at 1:00.

Frosh-Soph Girls Soccer

hosts Clayton Valley Charter HS at 9:00 and Heritage HS at 2:00.

Freshman Boys Soccer

plays at Las Lomas HS at 7:00.

Jan 12 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Wrestling

overwhelmed Berean Christian HS 58-18 and are undefeated in the DAL at 3-0.

Boys Soccer

had a tremendous night recording a 5-0 victory over Alhambra HS to raise their overall record to 8-1-2 and start the DAL season off at 2-0.

Girls Soccer

was defeated by a strong Alhambra HS team.

Wednesday’s individual standouts…

Boys Soccer

Bryan Bamford had an assist and was named “Man of the Match.” Haji Shukoor scored 2 goals. Bernard Adri, Reider Martinsen and Drew Wondolowski each scored a goal. Alex Topping had 2 assists and Ryan Karow and Eric Voss each had 1 assist.

Jan 11 – Wrestling Remains Undefeated

Acalanes defeated Berean Christian 58-18 to remain undefeated in league play. Acalanes is 3-0 in Dual Meets and is ranked 7th in the NCS.

Jan 9 – Girls Basketball beat Hercules

The Lady Dons went on the road to Hercules Monday night and prevailed 58 to 36.  After a back and forth 1st quarter the girls were  able to build a 6 point halftime lead.  In the 3rd quarter the girls picked up the defensive pressure and exploded out to the 20 point lead.  Olivia Sabbadini hit two key 3 pointers and had two big steals during the run.  From there the girls coasted the rest of the way for a well rounded win.  Roni Marrone led the way with 14 points and outstanding leadership throughout, while Lauren Kobashigawa chipped in 12 points from her point guard role.  Naomi House was a force on the boards all night grabbing key rebounds throughout the game.  Emma Godfrey took away Coach Ashley’s ‘Player of the Game” honor for keeping her composure and having a tough demeanor despite the challenging battles down at the post.  The girls are in action at home Friday night against Las Lomas.

Brian Frechman

Jan 9 – Monday Sports

In Saturday’s action…

Boys Soccer

suffered their first loss of the season to De La Salle HS.

In Monday’s action…

Freshman Boys Soccer

hosts Berkeley HS at 5:30.

Jan 6 – Girls Soccer Ties College Park

Dons Soccer Ties in Seesaw Opener with College Park.

The Dons Women’s Soccer team opened play in the new Diablo Athletic League Friday night at College Park. The Dons jumped out to an early 1–0 lead when Jessica placed a perfect right foot volley on a corner kick delivered by Emily Smith in the fifth minute. The match remained tight through halftime. Midway through the match Coach Anthony Rescon changed up to a 4-3-3 alignment. The midfield machine of Smith, Molly Davis, and Callie Ericksen controlled much of the remainder of the match except for the occasional College Park counterattack. They fed the dons attackers Kierra Krawec, Caroline Clark, and Allison Merrill, but the Dons went nearly 50 minutes without another goal. In the meantime College Park tied and then went ahead on second half goes down the left side of the College Park attack. The relentless Don’s pulled even in the 58th minute when Krawec headed home a left side cross from Clark. Each side had their chances in the final minutes, but neither could break through to go ahead.

The Dons next match will be Wednesday at Alhambra.

Jan 7 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Boys Soccer

shutout Mt. Diablo HS 3-0 to start the DAL season with a victory and raising their overall record to 7-0-2.  The jv team did likewise 2-0.

Girls Soccer

tied College Park HS 2-2.

In Saturday’s action…

Boys Soccer

hosts De La Salle HS.  JV at 1:00 and varsity at 3:00.
Freshman team plays at De La Salle HS at 11:00.

JV Boys Basketball

plays at Tennyson HS at 12:00.

Frosh-Soph Girls Soccer

hosts Deer Valley HS at 9:00 and plays at Berkeley HS at 2:00.

Wrestling

competes in the Mat Classic at Granada HS.

Jan 6 – Friday Sports Page

In Friday’s action…

Boys Soccer

hosts Mt. Diablo HS. JV at 5:00 and varsity at 7:00.

Girls Soccer

plays at College Park HS. JV at 5:00 and varsity at 7:00.

In Saturday’s action…

Boys Soccer

hosts De La Salle HS. JV at 1:00 and varsity at 3:00.

The freshman team plays at De La Salle HS at 11:00.

JV Boys Basketball

plays at Tennyson HS at 12:00.

Frosh-Soph Girls Soccer

hosts Deer Valley HS at 9:00 and plays at Berkeley HS at 2:00.

Wrestling

competes in the Mat Classic at Granada HS.

Jan 5 – Congratulations

Congratulations to Jeremy Ridge for being named East Bay Athlete of the Week by the Bay Area Newsgroup for Boys Wrestling. Article can be found here.

High schools: Athletes of the week (Jan. 4, 2017)


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


Jan 4 – Wrestling Takes Down Miramonte

Acalanes defeated Miramonte 54-15 in our second dual meet of the season. Captain Axel Jurgens defeated Skyler Wright who is the 37th ranked 152 pound wrestler in the State. Captain Jeremy Ridge now has a record of 21-3. Acalanes is 2-0 in dual meets this season.

Jan 4 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Boys Soccer

continues to roll with a 3-1 victory over perennial power St. Mary’s HS raising their overall record to 6-0-2.  Gabe Singer scored 2 goals and was named “Man of the Match.”  Brody Quinn scored the other goal.  Tom Higgins, Bryan Bamford and Drew Wondolowski each had an assist.

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Soccer

hosts Northgate HS.  JV at 5:00 and varsity at 7:00.

Boys Basketball

hosts Stuart Hall HS.  Freshmen at 4:00 and varsity at 5:30.

Wrestling

has a meet at Miramonte HS at 6:00.

Dec 31 – Boys Basketball Wins Huber Classic

The Acalanes boys basketball team won their own tournament last week, beating a solid and athletic Cosumnes Oaks (Elk Grove, CA) team in the championship game. The tournament is named for Acalanes coach and teacher Chris Huber.

The first game pitted the Dons against Tennyson High School. Nick Price had 12 points and Jesse Marlow 11 on the way to a final game score of 78-47. Robby Rowell grabbed 12 rebounds and Aidan McNamara provided seven assists.

Game two against Tamalpais High School was a more heated match, and although Acalanes led by ten in the 4th quarter, the game felt tight as Tam pressed in the last few minutes. Jesse Marlow had an all around great game with 22 points, ten rebounds and four assists. Ryan Nall was right behind Jesse, with ten points, eight rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks. Robby Rowell had 11 rebounds, Aidan McNamara six assists.

The Dons played a tough and physical Cosumnes Oaks team in the final game, and like the two games before, defense keyed the win. Mitchell Smith and Aidan McNamara contributed 14 points each to the final score of 57-49.

Ryan Nall was named tournament MVP, and Jesse Marlow earned all-tourney honors. Congrats, Dons!

Acalanes’ next game is at home on January 13 at 5:30pm vs. Las Lomas. Come out and watch!

Jan 3 – Tuesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Boys Soccer

hosts St. Mary’s HS.  JV at 5:00 and varsity at 7:00.

Dec 28 – Wrestling Results

California Coast Classic Results

On 12/27 and 12/28 the Acalanes Wrestling Team continued its outstanding season by traveling to Aptos to compete in the 47th annual California Coast Wrestling Classic, one of the most important and longest running holiday wrestling tournaments in California. 75 teams from 6 sections competed at this years tournament and Acalanes had its strongest showing ever. The team had three wrestlers go undefeated on the first day of the tournament. Tai White, Jeremy Ridge, and Axel Jurgens all advanced to the quarterfinals and Kyle Hulsey and Tony Correa also advanced to the second day.

Jeremy Ridge moved up a weight class to wrestle at 152 pounds. Over the two days he defeated the 18th, 24th and 36th ranked wrestlers in the state, recorded four Falls and two Major Decisions while going 5-1 to take 2nd place. Axel Jurgens made the semi-finals at 160 pounds and become Acalanes second ever Coast Classic medalist by placing fifth. Tai White recorded three falls on the first day of the tournament to reach the quarterfinals at 132 pounds before unfortunately having to withdraw from the tournament due to illness. In Just his first year of wrestling Kyle Hulsey had a fantastic tournament. He had three wins by Fall and lost a close 3-1 match to one of the top heavyweights in the state. Kyle was one match from placing and scored 12 team points. Ben Ross went 2-2 while scoring important team points. Tyler Sverak won his first match at the Coast Classic. Ben Krey, Ed Gray, and Tony Correa all first year wrestlers had great matches in their first big two day tournament. Acalanes finished in 15 place out of the 75 teams. If Tai had not had to withdraw Acalanes would have easily finished in the top ten.

This is always a fantastic bonding experience for the team. The wrestlers enjoyed the hotel hot tub, video games in their rooms and big team dinners. It was a great couple of days for the program.

Dec 31 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Boys Basketball

led from start to finish defeating Cosumnes Oaks HS 57-49 to raise their record to 10-5 and claim the championship of the Chris Huber Invitational.

Girls Basketball

defeated Capital Christian HS 56-42 in the West Coast Jamboree and raise their overall record to 10-3.

Dec 30 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Boys Basketball

defeated Tamalpais HS 60-47 in the Chris Huber Invitational.

In Friday’s action…

Boys Basketball

The varsity team hosts Cosumnes Oaks HS in the championship game of the Chris Huber Invitational at 5:30.
JV and Freshman teams play in the Dougherty Valley tournament.

Girls Basketball

plays Capital Christian HS in the West Coast Jamboree at Miramonte HS at 10:30 am.

Dec 30 – Boys Basketball Tips Off in Championship Game tonight

The Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team (9 – 5) will tip off against Cosumnes Oaks of Elk Grove (7 -2) in the Championship Game of The 3rd Annual Chris Huber Classic today at 5:30pm at Acalanes.

The Dons earned their second straight trip to the Championship Game of the Chris Huber Classic. Last season, Acalanes beat Cosumnes Oaks, 57 – 38, in one of the semi-final games to get to the Championship Game against North Clovis. Yesterday, the 2016-17 Varsity Dons beat Tamalpais High School, 60 – 47, to punch their ticket to this year’s Championship Game against Cosumnes Oaks. Cosumnes Oaks earned their way to the Championship Game of The Chris Huber Classic by beating Archbishop Riordan (San Francisco), 78 – 66.

Cosumnes Oaks will be one of Acalanes toughest match-ups of the season to date. This should prove to be an entertaining game. Also the 3rd/ 4th place game between, Tamalpais and Archbishop Riordan which tips-off at 4:00pm will be fun game to watch. If you plan on coming for the Acalanes game, you might as well come earlier and watch another entertaining game. Two great games for the price of one!!

Please come out to support both your Boys Varsity Basketball Team as well as Coach Chris Huber tomorrow in the Championship Game. Let’s pack the Huber Dome tomorrow afternoon. Go Dons!!!

Dec 29 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Boys Basketball

The Varsity team defeated Tennyson HS handily 78-47 in the Chris Huber Invitational.

The JV team defeated Irvington HS on a 3-pointer at the buzzer in the Dougherty Valley tournament.

The freshman team defeated California HS in the Dougherty Valley tournament.

Girls Basketball

was defeated by Sheldon HS from Oregon in the West Coast Jamboree.

In Thursday/s action…

Boys Basketball

The Varsity team hosts Tamalpais HS in the semifinals of the Chris Huber Invitational at 7:00.

The JV and Freshman boys basketball teams play in the semifinals of the Dougherty Valley tournament at 7:00.

Girls Basketball

is scheduled to play in the West Coast Jamboree at Miramonte HS at 11:00.

Wrestling

competes in the Coast Classic at Aptos HS.

Dec 28 – Boys Basketball – Chris Huber Classic

Looking for something to do over the holidays? How about some basketball? The Chris Huber Classic Tournament kicks off tonight at Acalanes Big Gym. Come out and support our team and new coach.

Chris Huber Classic Bracket


Dec 28 – Wednesday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Boys Basketball

Varsity team hosts Tennyson HS in the Chris Huber Invitational at 7:00.
JV team plays Irvington HS in the Dougherty Valley tournament at 2:30.
Freshman team plays California HS in the Dougherty Valley tournament at 4:00.

Girls Basketball

plays Sheldon HS from Oregon in the West Coast Jamboree at Miramonte HS at 5:00.

Wrestling

competes in the Coast Classic at Aptos HS.

Dec 27 – Tuesday Sports

Tuesday, the jv girls basketball team plays in the final round of the Mission San Jose tournament in Fremont.

Dec 26 – Monday Sports

Today, the jv girls basketball team competes in the Mission San Jose tournament in Fremont.

Dec 23 – Wrestling

On Thursday and Friday The Wrestling Team competed in the 33rd annual Lou Bronzan Tournament at Liberty High School in Brentwood. 64 Teams from California and Nevada competed in the Battle for the Belt.

Acalanes had its best showing ever at the Lou Bronzan. Jeremy Ridge won the 145 pound championship and was named the tournaments outstanding wrestler. Axel Jurgens placed 2nd at 160 pounds and Tai White placed 4th at 126 pounds. Ben Krey, YaYa Qteishat and Tony Correa also had great matches and gained valuable experience. It was a great showing by the Acalanes Wrestling Team.

Dec 24 – Saturday Sports

Friday, the boys basketball team defeated American Canyon HS 54-44 in the Gaucho Holiday Classic at El Cerrito HS.

Dec 23 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Boys Basketball

dropped a heart-breaker in the final seconds to Fremont HS of Oakland in the Gaucho Holiday Classic.

In Friday’s action…

Varsity Boys Basketball

plays in the final round of the Gaucho Holiday Classic at El Cerrito HS at 12:00.

JV Girls Basketball

plays Dougherty Valley HS in the Mission San Jose tournament at 12:00.

Wrestling

competes in the Lou Bronzan Invitational at Liberty HS.

Dec 22 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Boys Basketball

was defeated by St. Francis HS in the first round of the Gaucho Holiday Classic.  The freshmen pulled away from California HS to record an easy victory.

In Thursday’s action…

Boys Basketball

plays Fremont HS of Oakland in the Gaucho Holiday Classic at El Cerrito HS at 4:00.

Wrestling

competes in the Lou Bronzan Invitational at Liberty HS.

Dec 21 – Girls Basketball

The Lady Dons went on the road and defeated Fairfield 58 to 42 Wednesday night.  The girls jumped out to a double digit first quarter lead and never looked back.  Emma Godfrey lead the way with 15 points despite seeing limited minutes due to foul trouble.  Roni Marrone also chipped in 13 points, while Olivia Sabbadini added 7 points and was everywhere grabbing key rebounds and making key steals.  Next up is the West Coast Jamboree Tournament on December 28 and a match-up with Oregon power Sheldon.

Brian Frechman

Dec 21 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Boys Basketball

The JV and freshman teams did not fare well against Alhambra HS as both suffered in defeat.

In Wednesday’s action…

Boys Basketball

Varsity team plays St. Francis HS in the Gaucho Holiday Classic at El Cerrito HS at 5:30.
The freshman boys basketball plays at California HS at 2:00.

Girls Basketball

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

Dec 17 – Boys Basketball

The Acalanes boys basketball team played in the Damian Lillard tournament last weekend, winning one game out of the three.

In the first game, vs. Oakland High, Acalanes struggled from the foul line (10/21) but built up a ten point lead going into the 4th quarter.  With just a few minutes left, it appeared Acalanes would come away with the victory by a comfortable margin.  But Oakland began pressing and making shots, and the last 22 seconds were crazy.  There were multiple unusual calls by the referees, and suddenly Acalanes was down by one.  Robby Rowell inbounded the ball to Aidan McNamara, who launched a half court shot as time was running out.  He missed, but the referee called a foul, giving Aidan three free throws with 1.2 seconds left.  Aidan made two and put Acalanes up by one, and then missed the final free throw on purpose.  Oakland missed their final shot attempt, and Acalanes came away with the victory, 46-45.  Carson Etnyre had 12 points; Mitchell Smith ten.  Nick Price had two three point baskets, and Aidan McNamara was the leading rebounder with five.

Game two on Friday night featured a good Stuart Hall team.  Acalanes was sloppy, turning over the ball 24 times.  Stuart Hall took advantage of the sloppiness and scored 26 points off of those turnovers.  Acalanes only went to the line twice and missed both.  Despite these bad stats, the Dons defense was stellar, holding SH to just 32% shooting, and as the 4th quarter rolled around, Acalanes clawed back.  With 1:23 left, Acalanes was down by two, but it wasn’t to be.  SH came away with the victory, 46-41.  Aaron Hill led the Dons with 11 points and 12 rebounds.  Aidan McNamara had four assists.

Game three on Saturday was a match up between Acalanes and Branson.  Acalanes led most of the game and the Dons were up nine in the 4th.  But Branson made a great comeback, first tying the game, then taking the lead.  The Dons had several chances to tie or re-take the lead late in the game, but could not convert.  Free throw shooting was a problem once again (Acalanes was 17/27). Final score: 41-39. Ryan Nall showed great energy and hustle, tracking down six key rebounds and several loose balls.  Aaron Hill put up ten points; Mitchell Smith nine points; and Nick Price eight points.  Nick also came away with two steals.

Acalanes had good practices Monday and Tuesday to shake off the losses and get ready for the El Cerrito Holiday Hoops Classic, beginning today (Wednesday, December 21).  Go Dons!

Dec 17 – Wrestling Results

Last Weekend was a very important one for the Acalanes Wrestling program. For the first time ever Acalanes had wrestlers participating in the Zinkin Classic at Buchanan High School in Clovis California. The Zinkin Classic has become one of the premier wrestling tournaments in the western region. Ten of the past thirteen California State Team Champions began their season by participating in the Zinkin. Last year’s tournament included 52 teams throughout the Western United States.  Here is how the field fared at the 2016 California State Tournament:
8 State Champions & 14 Finalists, 42 State Placers, 119 State Qualifiers, State Team Champions (and 3 of the top 4 teams overall).

Our three captains Tai White, Jeremy Ridge and Axel Jurgens made the trip to Clovis. They all performed exceptionally well.The three of them finished 22 out of the 52 full teams competing at Zinkin.

Jeremy Ridge went 5-2, made the quarterfinals and won 4th place at 145. Tai White suffered a tough loss in the second round but wrestled back strong to go 5-2 and win 7th place at 126. Axel Jurgens just missed placing at 160 but upset the 8th seed. It was an great showing by Acalanes Wrestling.

While our captains were in Clovis the rest of the team went to the Bill Martell Invitational at Northgate High School in Concord. This is a varsity tournament but we feel so strongly about our new wresters this year that we sent them to compete against varsity wrestlers who have been wrestling for several years. Ben Ross had a great day. He went 4-0 and won 1st place at 145. Antonio Correa took 5th place at 220 and Logan Branch took 5th place at 185. It was a good day of experience for our young team.

The Wrestling Team is having a great start to the season. Both Tai White and Jeremy Ridge are appear in the State rankings and Tai White, Jeremy Ridge and Axel Jurgens are all ranked in the NCS. Acalanes has never had two State ranked wrestlers.

Dec 20 – Tuesday Sports

In Tuesdays action, the boys basketball team hosts Alhambra HS.  Freshmen at 5:30 and varsity at 7:00.

Dec 19 – Monday Sports

In Saturday’s action…

Varsity Girls Basketball

defeated Maria Carrillo HS 51-19 in the Acalanes Invitational raising their record to 8-2.

Varsity Boys Basketball

dropped a nail-biter to Branson HS 41-39 in the Damian Lillard Classic.

Boys Soccer

remained undefeated at 5-0-2 after a 0-0 game with undefeated Northgate HS. The JV team also tied at 1-1.

Payson Newman (9), Mark Von Hacht (4)
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In Monday’s action…

JV Girls Basketball

plays at Amador Valley HS at 5:30.

Dec 17 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Varsity Boys Basketball

was defeated by Stuart Hall HS in the Damian Lillard Classic.

Varsity Girls Basketball

was defeated by Clovis North HS in the Acalanes Invitational.

In Saturday’s action…

Varsity Girls Basketball

hosts Maria Carrillo HS in the Acalanes Invitational at 2:00.

JV Girls Basketball

plays in the California tournament.

Boys Soccer

hosts Northgate HS. Freshmen at 12:00, jv at 2:00 and varsity at 4:00.

Varsity Boys Basketball

plays in the Damian Lillard Classic at Holy Names College.

Freshman Boys Basketball

plays in the Arroyo tournament.

Frosh-Soph Girls Soccer

hosts Berkeley HS at 9:00 and plays at Northgate HS at 1:00.

Wrestling

Axel Jurgens, Jeremy Ridge and Tai White compete in the Zinkin Classic at Buchanan HS in Clovis.
The wrestling team competes in the Bill Martell Invitational at Northgate HS.

Sports Over the Holiday Break

If you are looking for something to do over the Winter Break.

Monday, December 19
JV girls basketball plays at Amador Valley HS at 5:30.

Tuesday, December 20
Boys basketball hosts Alhambra HS.  Freshmen at 5:30 and jv at 7:00.

Wednesday, December 21
Varsity boys basketball v. St. Francis HS in the Gaucho Holiday Classic at El Cerrito HS at 5:30.
Freshman boys basketball plays at California HS at 2:00.
Girls basketball plays at Fairfield HS.  JV at 5:30 and varsity at 7:00.

Thursday, December 22
Varsity boys basketball in the Gaucho Holiday Classic at El Cerrito HS.
Wrestling competes in the Lou Bronzan Invitational at Liberty HS.

Friday, December 23
Varsity boys basketball in the Gaucho Holiday Classic at El Cerrito HS.
JV girls basketball v. Dougherty Valley HS in the Mission San Jose tournament at 12:00.
Wrestling competes in the Lou Bronzan Invitational at Liberty HS.

Monday, December 26
JV girls basketball in the Mission San Jose tournament.

Tuesday, December 27
JV girls basketball in the Mission San Jose tournament.

Wednesday, December 28
Varsity boys basketball hosts St. Francis HS in the Chris Huber Invitational at 5:30.
JV boys basketball v. Irvington HS in the Dougherty Valley tournament at 2:30.
Freshman boys basketball v. California HS in the Dougherty Valley tournament at 4:00.
Varsity girls basketball v. Sheldon HS in the West Coast Jamboree at Miramonte HS at 5:00.
Wrestling in the Coast Classic at Aptos HS.

Thursday, December 29
Varsity boys basketball in the Chris Huber Invitational.
JV boys basketball in the Dougherty Valley tournament.
Freshman boys basketball in the Dougherty Valley tournament.
Varsity girls basketball in the West Coast Jamboree at Miramonte HS.
Wrestling in the Coast Classic at Aptos HS.

Friday, December 30
Varsity boys basketball in the Chris Huber Invitational.
JV boys basketball in the Dougherty Valley tournament.

Dec 16 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

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Olivia Sabbadini
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Boys Soccer

overcame the downpour and Campolindo HS 1-0.

Boys Basketball

held on to win a wild 46-45 game against Oakland HS in the Damian Lillard Classic.

Girls Basketball

defeated Oakland Tech HS 70-53 in their Acalanes Invitational.

In Friday’s action…

Boys Basketball

Varsity team plays Stuart Hall HS in the Damian Lillard Classic at Holy Names College at 5:00.
Freshman team plays in the Arroyo tournament.

Girls Basketball

Varsity team hosts Clovis North HS in the Acalanes Invitational at 6:30.
JV team plays in the California tournament.

Wrestling

Axel Jurgens, Jeremy Ridge and Tai White compete in the Zinkin Classic at Buchanan HS in Clovis.

In Saturday’s action…

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Brooke Panfilli
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Varsity Boys Basketball

plays in the Damian Lillard Classic at Holy Names College.

Freshman Boys Basketball

plays in the Arroyo tournament.

Varsity Girls Basketball

hosts the Acalanes Invitational.

JV Girls Basketball

plays in the California tournament.

Boys Soccer

hosts Northgate HS.  Freshmen at 12:00, JV at 2:00 and Varsity at 4:00.

Frosh-Soph Girls Soccer

hosts Berkeley HS at 9:00 and plays at Northgate HS at 1:00.

Wrestling

Axel Jurgens, Jeremy Ridge and Tai White compete in the Zinkin Classic at Buchanan HS in Clovis.
The wrestling team competes in the Bill Martell Invitational at Northgate HS.

Friday’s individual standouts…

Boys Soccer

Chris Rogers and Nick Schirmer were named “Men of the Match.”  Nick Schirmer scored the lone goal assisted by Alex Topping.

Dec 15 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Wrestling

opened the DAL season with a 45-27 victory over Concord HS.

In Thursday’s action…

Girls Basketball

Varsity team hosts Oakland Tech HS in the Acalanes Invitational at 3:30.
JV team plays San Ramon Valley HS in the California tournament at 6:00.

Boys Basketball

Varsity team plays Oakland HS in the Damian Lillard Classic at Oakland Tech HS at 5:30.
Freshman team plays Arroyo HS in the Arroyo tournament at 4:00.

Boys Soccer

plays at Campolindo HS.  JV at 5:30 and varsity at 7:30.

Dec 14 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Boys Soccer

shutout Las Lomas HS 4-0 to raise their overall record to 4-0-1.  The JV team battled to a 1-1 tie.

JV Boys Basketball

defeated Hercules HS 62-47. The freshmen did likewise.

In Wednesday’s action…

Wrestling

hosts Concord HS at 6:00.

Tuesday’s individual standouts…

Varsity Boys Soccer

Shukoor Haji scored a goal and had an assist and was named “Man of the Match.”  Bryan Bamford also scored a goal and had an assist. Brody Quinn and Gabe Singer scored the other goals and Alex Topping had an assist.

JV Boys Basketball

Jack Wickline scored 17 points and Matt Healy 10 points.

Dec 13 – Tuesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Boys Soccer

hosts Las Lomas HS.  JV at 5:00 and varsity at 7:00.

Girls Soccer

plays at Vallejo HS.  Varsity at 4:00 and jv at 6:00.

Boys Basketball

hosts Hercules HS.  Freshmen at 5:30 and jv at 7:00.

Dec 10 – Boys Basketball

The Acalanes boys basketball team won the consolation bracket of the Amador Valley ABC tournament over the weekend, and the Dons are now 5-1 overall.

Acalanes lost the first game last Wednesday night to a tough Deer Valley team.  The Dons closed the first half with a 21-7 run and led 35-27 at halftime.  But Deer Valley came roaring back in the third period, and Acalanes struggled with their press. Playing without their senior starter and captain, Jesse Marlow, the Dons were cold from the three point line, making only 4 of 21 shots.  Final score: 71-56.   Carson Etnyre had 20 points and six rebounds.  Robby Rowell had ten points, seven rebounds and three steals. Aaron Hill had 15 points and five rebounds.

Game two on Friday night ended better for the Dons.  Northgate started out strong, leading Acalanes 9-8 early in the first quarter, but the Dons went on an 8-0 run and never looked back.  Acalanes led by ten at half and won 50-33.  The Dons will end up playing Northgate two more times in league play, so the game was a good win and a good look at a league opponent.  Jesse Marlow had 20 points (four of those 3-pointers), three assists, and two steals.  Mitchell Smith had nine points and three assists.  Robby Rowell put up 11 points, and Ryan Nall pulled in seven rebounds.  The Dons converted 20 points off of turnovers.

The final game of the tournament pitted Acalanes against Concord, a big and athletic team.  Acalanes was able to control the boards and the game, winning by a score of 69-47.  Jesse Marlow and Carson Etnyre led the way in scoring with 16 and 15 points, respectively.  Aaron Hill put up nine points, and Robby Rowell grabbed ten rebounds. Ryan Nall was a solid inside presence on both ends of the floor.  Will Grace came off the bench and knocked down several shots, including his first 3 pointer of the year, and Ryan Summerlin scored his first varsity points of the year.  Robby Rowell earned All Tournament Team honors.

The Dons will be back in action at 5:30pm on Thursday at the Damian Lillard Classic, where they’ll play Oakland High at Oakland High.

Dec 10 – Wrestling Results

It was a great first weekend of competition for the Acalanes Wrestling Team!

The Team competed in two tournaments on Saturday 12/10. A varsity tournament at San Marin HS in Novato and freshman/sophomore/ JV tournament at Clayton Valley HS in Concord. Since the team has many new and young wrestlers the decision was made to send most of the team to Concord. Only 5 wrestlers went to the Green and Gold Varsity Tournament in Novato to compete against full teams yet Acalanes still finished 6th out of 25 teams! The team won a 1st, two 2nds, and a 4th place medal.

Junior Captain Jeremy Ridge was the champion at 152 pounds, Senior Captain Tai White took 2nd at 132 pounds, Senior Captain Axel Jurgens took 2nd at 160 pounds and first year senior wrestler Kyle Hulsey took 4th at 285. The JV performed well in their tournament in Concord as well. It was a great start to the season!

David Ridge

Dec 12 – Monday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Varsity Boys Basketball

defeated Northgate HS 50-33 in the ABC Invitational.

Girls Basketball

defeated Middletown HS 52-31 in the Antioch Invitational.

Girls Soccer

was narrowly defeated by perennial power Monte Vista HS 2-1.  The JV team was also defeated.

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Basketball

defeated Mountain House HS 77-43 in the Antioch Invitational to raise their overall record to 6-1.

Varsity Boys Basketball

defeated Concord HS 69-47 in the ABC Invitational to raise their overall record to 5-1.

Boys Soccer

shutout Concord HS 2-0 in the Winter Classic to raise their record to 3-0-1.

In Monday’s action…

Freshman Boys Soccer

hosts San Ramon Valley HS at 6:00.

Dec 9 – Girls Soccer vs. Monte Vista

Tale of Two Halves Goes the Other Way

The Acalanes Women’s Soccer team took to the pitch Friday night in their enhanced preseason campaign when they hosted traditional Division I powerhouse Monte Vista.  To paraphrase Charles Dickens, it truly was a Tale of Two Halves.  The first half was a balanced affair with both sides making attacks and moving the ball up and down the field with speed and regularity.  In the end, it was the Dons who came out on top with a 1-0 halftime lead.  In the 32nd minute, Caroline Clark’s strong left side run was ultimately deflected over the end line to set up a Dons’ corner kick.  Serena Singh sent the ensuing corner kick into the box where it deflected off a Monte Vista player to stake the home Dons to a 1-0 advantage.

Reminiscent of the season opening match, the second half was a different affair. The Dons struggled to clear their defensive end as Monte Vista cut off the Dons’ extended passing lanes.  In the process, right defender Georgia Karas ran down several free runs from the Monte Vista attack with the support of fellow center backs Molly Davis and Samantha Bell. In the process, Dons’ keeper Sophia Giordano made multiple saves, including two one handed punches.  In the course of that attack, the Dons turned back three corner kicks in the course of a single minute.  Ultimately, a Monte Vista striker broke through the left side for the equalizing goal in the 60th minute.  Monte Vista then took the advantage with a second goal five minutes later when another left side shot deflected off the Dons’ keeper and was driven home. The Dons created some late offensive push in the final ten minutes, but were unable to convert the effort into an equalizing goal.

The Dons’ last pre-winter break contest will be next Wednesday when they travel to Vallejo High for a match scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m.

Dec 10 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Varsity Boys Basketball

defeated Northgate HS 50-33 in the ABC Invitational.

Girls Basketball

defeated Middletown HS 52-31 in the Antioch Invitational.

Girls Soccer

was narrowly defeated by perennial power Monte Vista HS 2-1.  The jv team was also defeated.

In Saturday’s action…

Varsity Boys Basketball

play Concord HS in the ABC Invitational at Amador Valley HS at 5:00.

JV Boys Basketball

plays in the Anthony Robinson Memorial tournament at El Cerrito HS.

Freshman Boys Basketball

plays in the Ken Nelson Memorial tournament.

Girls Basketball

plays in the Antioch Invitational at Antioch HS.

Boys Soccer

plays Concord HS in the Winter Classic at Foothill HS at 4:00.

Freshman Boys Soccer

hosts Las Lomas HS at 10:00.

Frosh-Soph Girls Soccer

hosts Bishop O’Dowd HS at 12:00 and College Park HS at 3:00.

Wrestling

competes in the Green & Gold Classic at San Marin HS.

Dec 9 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Girls Basketball

dropped a very close game to Brookside Christian HS 63-62 in the Antiioch Invitational.

Boys Basketball

JV team was defeated by El Cerrito HS in the Anthony Robinson Memorial tournament.
Freshman team defeated Sir Francis Drake HS 48-42 in the Ken Nelson Memorial tournament.

In Friday’s action…

Girls Soccer

hosts Monte Vista HS. JV at 4:00 and varsity at 6:00.

Boys Basketball

Varsity team plays in the ABC Invitational at Amador Valley HS at 5:00.
JV team plays in the Anthony Robinson Memorial tournament at El Cerrito HS at 3:45.
Freshman team plays Marin Catholic HS in the Ken Nelson Memorial tournament at 6:30.

Girls Basketball

plays in the Antioch Invitational at Antioch HS at 5:00.

In Saturday’s action…

Boys Basketball

Varsity team plays in the ABC Invitational at Amador Valley HS.
JV team plays in the Anthony Robinson Memorial tournament at El Cerrito HS.
Freshman team plays in the Ken Nelson Memorial tournament.

Girls Basketball

plays in the Antioch Invitational at Antioch HS.

Boys Soccer

Varsity team plays Concord HS in the Winter Classic at Foothill HS at 4:00.
Freshman team hosts Las Lomas HS at 10:00.

Frosh-Soph Girls Soccer

hosts Bishop O’Dowd HS at 12:00 and College Park HS at 3:00.

Wrestling

competes in the Green & Gold Classic at San Marin HS.

Thursday’s individual standouts…

Freshman Boys Basketball

Aidan Bodner scored 15 points and had 9 rebounds.  Isaiah Coleman scored 12 points and had 6 steals.

Dec 8 – Freshman Boys Basketball

The Acalanes Freshman Boys beat Drake at the Ken Nelson Invitational 48-42. The Dons were led by Aidan Bodner with 15 points and 9 rebounds and Isaiah Coleman with 12 points and 6 steals. They play Marin Catholic Friday in the semi-finals.

Jeff Julian

Dec 8 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Boys Soccer

overwhelmed Livermore HS 5-0 in the Winter Classic.  They advance to the championship game against Campolindo HS Saturday at Moreau HS at 5:00.

Boys Basketball

played well in defeat against a good, undefeated Deer Valley HS team in the ABC Invitational.

In Thursday’s action…

Varsity Girls Basketball

plays Brookside Christian HS in the Antioch Invitational at Los Medanos College at 4:30.

JV Boys Basketball

plays El Cerrito HS in the Anthony Robinson Memorial tournament at El Cerrito HS at 8:00.

Freshman Boys Basketball

plays Sir Francis Drake HS in the Ken Nelson Memorial tournament at Campolindo HS at 5:00.

Wednesday’s individual standouts…

Boys Soccer

Alex Topping had 2 assists and was named “Man of the Match.”  Shukoor Haji scored 2 goals and Gabe Singer, Travis Stevenson and Ryan Karow added 1 goal each.  Drew Wondolowski, Brody Quinn and Zach Flagg each contributed 1 assist.

Dec 7 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

JV Girls Basketball

took a close game at halftime against John O’Connell HS to a 47-28 rout.

In Wednesday’s action…

Varsity Boys Basketball

plays Deer Valley HS in the ABC Invitational at Amador Valley HS at 6:30.

Girls Basketball

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

Boys Soccer

plays at Livermore HS in the Winter Classic at 4:30.

Dec 6 – Girls Basketball

The Lady Dons prevailed 51 to 45 versus Santa Rosa Tuesday night. It was a hard fought game throughout, as the teams battled back and forth until the Lady Dons finally pulled away for good in the closing minutes. Once again the girls played very sound team defense which caused multiple forced shots as the time clock expired.

Brooke Panfili led the way with 23 points and controlled the game for much of the night from her point guard role. Roni Marrone also chipped in 11 points, was a force on the glass rebounding, and hit clutch free throws down the stretch. Player of the game went to Sabina Patel for outstanding transition defense!

The Lady Dons improved to 4-0 on the season with the victory. The girls are back in action Thursday night at Los Medanos College against Brookside Christian.

Alicia Martinez

Dec 3 – Boys Basketball

The Acalanes boys varsity basketball team won the San Rafael Classic!  With their new head coach Sol Henik the boys are excited to play and to keep improving.

On Thursday they played Hercules, a team that handily beat Acalanes varsity last year.  This year it looked to be a different story, as the Dons started off with an 8-0 lead and great team defense. Hercules was tough, however, and the game was tied at 29 in the 4th. Robby Rowell hit two key 3 pointers to put Acalanes ahead 35-29, and the team did not look back after that, winning by the score of 46-38.  Standouts included Carson Etnyre with 18 points–nine of those from three pointers–and Jesse Marlow with 11 points.  Aidan McNamara contributed seven assists and eight rebounds. Robby Rowell had nine points and nine rebounds.

Friday’s game was against another opponent, San Marin, that beat Acalanes last year.  The first half of the game was close, but Acalanes broke it open in the second half.  Jesse Marlow led the way with seven rebounds and 10 points.  Mitchell Smith was stellar, with great on-ball defense, including one steal and eight points.  Robby Rowell hit a clutch three in the 4th to extend the Dons lead from 33-27 to 36-27.  The Dons allowed San Marin only 11 points in the second half and outscored them 18-4 in the 4th quarter.  San Marin’s best player was held to just two points, and he fouled out.  Acalanes held San Marin to just 25% shooting (10/40) and 18% (3/17) from the 3-point line.

The Championship game was Saturday night against host San Rafael.  Acalanes started the game with a 16-0 lead and finished the first quarter up 21-3.  The final score was 54-22. Aaron Hill put up 10 points and grabbed five rebounds.  Mitchell Smith contributed nine points and had three steals. Jesse Marlow had ten points and three rebounds.  Carter Diaz and Will Grace scored their first varsity points in this game!

Mitchell Smith ended with All-Tourney award and Jesse Marlow was tournament MVP.  Congratulations Dons!

Alicia Rowell

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 2 – Acalanes Girls Basketball

The Lady Dons went on the road for the 3rd time this week and recorded a 60 to 39 victory over Middletown Friday night. The girls started out with intense full court defensive pressure which helped build a comfortable early lead. The momentum continued until the end of the first half, as the lead grew to 25 at the break. The girls coasted the rest of the way for the victory which put the squad at 3-0 to start the season.

Emma Godfrey led the way with 18 points and 7 rebounds, while Brooke Panfili added 11 points and 6 assists. Freshman Lauren Kobashigawa was a spark off the bench with 11 points and 4 steals.

Next up is a game against Santa Rosa High at the Amador Basketball Classic on Tuesday.

Alicia Martinez

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 30 – Girls Basketball

The Lady Dons went on the road Wednesday night to face off against power house Castro Valley Trojans.  Castro Valley is known to be a tough & physical team, having quick guards and high scoring shooters.  Going into the game was another challenge, as Coach Jim Lemmon is the former CYO Coach to the Lady Dons new Varsity Coach Ashley Valenzuela and Assistant Coach Christina Ozuna.

Our Lady Dons faced a close battle the entire way and ended halftime 25-23 in Trojans favor.  Walking away gassed from a fast-paced, hard pressing team, Coach Ashley rallied her players during half-time.  She quickly made some serious adjustments to her defense and the girls adjusted with ease.  The adjustments frazzled the Lady Trojans, but the Dons kept fighting and ended the 3rd quarter 35-35.

The Lady Dons continued to battle it out on the court and the Lady Trojans showed no mercy, doing everything they could to shut down Senior Point Guard, Brooke Panfili.  While Brooke remained heavily guarded, she continued to remain cool and calm, trusting in Coach Ashley to lead the way and make the needed play adjustments.  The team rallied together and thanks to the outstanding team defense and the efforts of Emma Godfrey, Veronica Marrone “Roni”, Olivia Sabbadini “Liv Sab”, Sabina Patel “Beanz”, Naomi House “Nai” and Sydney Louie “Syd” the girls took the lead in the 4th quarter bringing to 43-40.  From their the Lady Dons became unstoppable and pulled away, taking a victory and ending the game at 54-48.

While the Trojans held Brooke Panfili to 11 pts, Coach Ashley awarded her “Player of the Game” for staying calm and cool under the intense pressure.

Lady Dons hit the road once again heading to Middleton High School Friday night!

Alicia Martinez

Nov 29 – Girls Basketball

The Lady Dons went on the road Tuesday night playing Deer Valley High School in Antioch.  JV had a successful run after defeating the Wolverines in OT 43-34.

Varsity was quick on their feet, showing everyone that the Lady Dons were there to play by coming away with a  63 to 27 victory over the Lady Wolverines.  After ending the first quarter with a 25 to 7 lead the the girls never looked back.  Emma Godfrey lead the way with 23 points and 7 rebounds, while Brooke Panfili played the role of floor general with 18 points, 7 assists, and 5 steals. Roni Marrone took away “Player of the Game” for her silent but deadly drives, cuts and defense and being an all around “Player of the Game”.

The Lady Dons begin their pre-league season 1-0 and hit the road again Wednesday to take on Castro Valley High School.

Alicia Martinez / Brian Frechman

Dec 1 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Basketball

pulled out a tough win at Castro Valley HS 54-48.

Boys Soccer

found themselves behind 1-0 at halftime to perennial power Ygnacio Valley HS, but stirred up a furious rally to end in a 2-2 tie.

In Thursday’s action…

Boys Basketball

Varsity plays Hercules HS in the San Rafael Classic at 3:30.

JV boys basketball team hosts American HS in the John Rhodes Memorial tournament at 6:30.
Freshman boys basketball team plays Hercules HS in the California tournament at 6:30.

Wednesday’s individual standouts…

Boys Soccer

Drew Wondolowski scored a goal and was named “Man of the Match.”  Bernard Adri scored the other goal and Brody Quinn and Cameron Shapoorian added assists.

Nov 30 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Basketball

is off to a fast start defeating Deer Valley HS 63-27.

Girls Soccer

was defeated by San Ramon Valley HS. The jv team was also defeated.

In Wednesday’s action…

Boys Soccer

hosts Ygnacio Valley HS in the Winter Classic at 4:30.

Girls Basketball

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

Nov 29 – Tuesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Soccer

hosts San Ramon Valley HS. JV at 5:00 and varsity at 7:00.

Girls Basketball

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

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 – 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 25 – Friday Sports

Boys Soccer

Tonight, the boys soccer team hosts the Alumni game at 5:00. This is always a fun event as alumnus from as far back as 1980 return to take part. Don’t miss out.

Nov 24 – Happy Thanksgiving

Boys Basketball

Last night, the boys basketball team showcased their potential for this season by defeating a very talented alumni team.

The athletic department would like to take the time to reflect on all that we are thankful. Today is a day that we reflect on all that we need to be thankful, but we should take the time to do this every day. We are thankful for the great opportunity that the school and athletic department provides. The countless hours and dedication of every coach, the support from the hundreds of families that participate and the support of our wonderful faculty, staff and administration. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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 – 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.

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 17 – Thursday Sports

In Thursday’s action…

Freshman Boys Soccer

hosts Deer Valley HS at 6:00.

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 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.

Webmaster Wanted

The Acalanes Boosters Club is looking for a new webmaster to manage our website, www.acalanesboosters.com. If you’re mildly technical and looking to get involved at Acalanes, this is an opportunity for you. Webmaster responsibilities include updating content, maintaining performance, performing checks, reviewing statistics and monitoring analytics. The time commitment is about fifteen minutes per day with some seasonal work plus attending the monthly Booster Board meeting. If you are interested, please contact Gint Federas at webmaster@acalanesboosters.com, for more detailed information about job responsibilities and the website.
Reason for leaving: This is my 7th year folks. Kids are aging out of high school so time to find my replacement.

Nov 1 – Acalanes Girls Soccer Announces new Coach

Lady Dons Soccer Welcomes Anthony Rascon to the Helm!

It’s official!  Anthony Rascon will lead the two-time defending DFAL Champion Lady Dons into their inaugural campaign in the new Diablo Athletic League.  Rascon succeeds Evan Sassano who now serves as the Assistant Men’s Coach at San Francisco State.  It was actually Sassano who promoted Rascon for the position after the two had coached together.  Rascon is a 2014 graduate of the University of California at Davis where he played for the Aggies as a defender and center-midfielder before graduating with a double major in Sociology and Spanish Literature.  The latter placed him on the Dean’s List for academic excellence in both 2013 and 2014.  Rascon’s on-the-field talents placed him in the pool for the U23 El Salvador National Team.  He also played professionally for the indoor Sacramento Surge for three years (2012-14).

Prior to UC Davis, Rascon was a four year varsity player and two-time All-League Selection for De Anza High School where he also excelled in the classroom to be recognized as the graduating Valedictorian.  As he looks back on his own high school experience, Rascon recalls, “Playing for De Anza High School was a great precursor for playing at UC Davis.  Both high school and college replicate a similar responsibility and vibe of representing your school and community to the best of your potential.  Those lessons and memories helped improve my leadership skills and soccer foundation.”

Rascon looks forward to embracing the challenge and opportunity of inheriting and building on the recent Lady Dons success.  He says, “Being able to represent your school and play in front of your family and friends under the lights during the shivering fall and winter nights, there is something radiant about it!”

Welcome to the Dons Family Anthony!

Nov 7 – 10: Girls Soccer Tryouts

Two-Time Defending DFAL Champion Lady Dons Ready to Open 2016-17 Campaign!

After two years of historic on-the-field success as the two-time defending DFAL Champions, the Lady Dons open their new campaign as part of the newly configured Diablo Athletic League, Valley Conference.

The practice schedule for “tryout week” will be for training sessions on Monday and Tuesday from 8-10 p.m. and on Wednesday and Thursday from 6-8 p.m.  All players should have their athletic clearance paperwork completed and signed off before the first questions.  Please direct any questions to Athletic Director Takahashi or to  ahssoccergirls@gmail.com.  Go Dons!

Oct 26 – Injury Prevention

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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 – Unified Soccer

In previous emails, I mentioned Unified Soccer.  Well, the first game is Thursday at 3:15 pm.  Acalanes HS will host Miramonte HS.  This is the “Feel Good” event of the year to date.  Please, take the time to come out an support this magnificent effort.  The game is short so I advise arriving close to 3:15.

Unified Soccer

PHOTOS: Holly Thompson

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Sep 30 – Unified Sports

The Acalanes High School District is beginning the Unified Sports program this year and the first sport is soccer.  This program is for students in the life skills or learning skills classes that are not able to participate in the regular athletic programs. We currently have ten unified athletes and nine unified partners that are varsity soccer players. The first two practices occurred this week and it was phenomenal.  The unified athletes are having a great time.

Coach Nick Lee (2011 Acalanes alumnus) said, they are improving at an incredible rate.  Jasy Radmanovic is the other coach and Holly Thompson is the director for the district and our site.

A huge thank you to our unified partners that are donating their time and have worked with the athletes with great care and compassion.

Cate Combi
Callie Ericksen
Sophia Giordano
Payson Newman
Jackie Nichols
Gabe Singer
Emily Smith
Mark Von Hacht
Drew Wondolowski

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 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

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!

Acalanes Wrestler competes at National Championships

Acalanes wrestler Jeremy Ridge competed at the ASICS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS, July 17th-23rd in Fargo, North Dakota.

The Asics National Championships (commonly known simply as Fargo) is the largest and most important High School Wrestling tournament in the country. Wrestlers compete in the International styles of Greco and Freestyle wrestling. Athletes must qualify in order to compete.

Jeremy qualified for Nationals by medaling at the Western Regional Championships in Pocatello Idaho June 15 – 25. The Western Region is the largest regional competition in the country and encompasses 25 states. Jeremy wrestled the Junior Freestyle and Greco Duals as a member of Team California as well as competing in the Western Regional Cadet Championships in Freestyle, Greco and Folkstyle. He medaled in all three styles, winning 2nd place in Folkstyle, 4th place in Greco, and 5th place in Freestyle. Jeremy also competed at the UWW World Team trials at the University of Akron on June 1-5.

Jeremy is a captain of the Acalanes Wrestling Team and was the 132 pound DFAL Champion last season.

Jeremy Ridge

Jeremy Ridge


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May 26 – Pops Concert

Tonight is the last night for the 2016 Pops Concert
See a low resolution SD sample below. HD 1080p available on the Boosters website


May 3 – Going Once, Going Twice…

Last Chance to buy Booster BASH tickets. Deadline extended to Wednesday, May 4.

Don’t miss out on the biggest party of the year.

PURCHASE YOUR BOOSTER BASH TICKETS TODAY on the Acalanes Web Store: Here

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!!

Apr 28 – Macbeth

Catch the Scottish play before it gets away. Runs through Saturday, Apr 30.

Who is next?


Apr 27 – Macbeth Opens Tonight at 7PM

Callie Zucker

Acalanes High School production of Macbeth opens tonight Apr 27 at 7PM.

Will you be watching?

Apr 27 – Macbeth opens Wednesday night

Anna Cain

Acalanes High School production of Macbeth opens Wednesday night Apr 27.

Will you be watching?

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)
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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”
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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!!

Mar 24 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Baseball

suffered their first defeat of the year to San Marin HS. The freshman team was defeated by Clayton Valley Charter HS.

Boys Tennis

suffered their first defeat of the year to Dougherty Valley HS.

Boys Golf

fell to Dougherty Valley HS by the narrowest of margins 198-196.

In Thursday’s action…

Boys Tennis

hosts Miramonte HS at 3:30.

Wednesday’s individual standouts…

Baseball

Grant Young pitched 5 strong innings striking out 10 and giving up 1 earned run. Dan Kim went 2 for 3.

Boys Tennis

Nico Brightbill & Conor McGlynn won their doubles match.

Boys Golf

Arden Childers shot a 37, Justin Reilly and Julian O’Donnell 38 on a 9-hole par 36 course.

Congratulations…

Girls Soccer

Callie Ericksen
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Callie Ericksen and Cate Combi were named All Bay-Area Newsgroup honorable mentions for girls soccer.

 

Cate Combi
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Mar 10 – Thursday Sports

Roni Marrone
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In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Basketball

was defeated by Elk Grove HS in the CIF NorCal playoffs. Congratulations on a great season and second consecutive trip to the state regional playoffs to Julia Lyons, Taylor Jones, Alex Grant-Hudd, Allison Smith, Emma Godfrey, Brooke Panfili, Roni Marrone, Olivia Sabbadini, Sabina Patel, Clare Kobashigawa, Sydney Louie and Naomi House.

Boys Golf

defeated Pittsburg HS. Peter Tripp shot a 33, Jake Basilico 38, Justin Reilly 40 and Arden Childers 42 on a 9-hole par 36 course.

In Thursday’s action…

Baseball

plays a doubleheader in Fresno at 3:00 and 6:00.

Boys Volleyball

has a scrimmage at Mt. Diablo HS at 4:00.

Boys Golf

has a match against Dougherty Valley HS at Blackhawk CC at 2:30.

Brooke Panfili
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Mar 9 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Boys Tennis

began the DFAL season with a 9-0 shutout over Campolindo HS.

Boys Lacrosse

fell just short of De La Salle HS 5-4.

Girls Lacrosse

was defeated by Marin Catholic HS. The JV team suffered the same fate.

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Basketball

The #5 seeded girls basketball team hosts Elk Grove HS at 7:00 in the first round of the CIF NorCal playoffs.

Swimming

hosts Alhambra HS at 3:45.

Boys Tennis

Redwood HS at 3:30.

Boys Golf

has a match against Pittsburg HS at Delta View GC at 2:30.

JV Baseball

hosts Mission San Jose HS at 3:45.

Tuesday’s individual standouts…

Boys Tennis

Kyle Everly, Isaiah Bird, Ryan Cardiff, Trenton Tso, Ryan Pegels and Ryan Everly won singles matches. Nico Brightbill & Conor McGlynn, Jin Heo & Cole Noone and Alex Hashim & Rohan Saha won doubles matches.

Girls Lacrosse

Sophie Ross scored 3 goals and had 1 assist. Susie Bush and Marie Whitmore each scored a goal. Sam Repstad had 11 saves.

Mar 7 – Monday Sports

In Monday’s action…

Boys Tennis

hosts De La Salle HS at 3:30 (weather permitting).

CIF NorCal Playoffs

Girls Basketball

is the #5 seed in the CIF NorCal playoffs and will host Elk Grove HS Wednesday at 7:00.

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

 

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Mar 5 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Girls Basketball

was defeated by Carondelet HS in the NCS Championship game.

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Boys Tennis

defeated Foothill HS 4-3 and Davis HS 4-3 in the California Classic.

Boys Lacrosse

was defeated by Monte Vista HS.

In Saturday’s action…

Track & Field

competes in the Dan Gabor Invitational at Amador Valley HS at 8:00 am.

Freshman Baseball

plays at Tamalpais HS at 2:00. (weather permitting)

Boys Tennis

competes in the California Classic in Fresno.

JV Girls Lacrosse

competes in the Las Lomas Jamboree.

In Monday’s action…

Boys Tennis

hosts De La Salle HS at 3:30.

Friday’s individual standouts…

Roni Marrone
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Girls Basketball

Roni Marrone scored 9 points, with 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals. Brooke Panfili scored 11 points, with 1 3-pointer. Emma Godfrey had 5 rebounds.

Brooke Panfili
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Emma Godfrey
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Boys Tennis

Kyle Everly, Isaiah Bird and Ryan Cardiff won 2 matches. Ryan Pegels won 1 match. Nico Brightbill & Conor McGlynn won a doubles match.

Mar 4 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Girls Lacrosse

was defeated by Amador Valley HS. Sophie Ross scored 3 goals and Sam Repstad had 11 saves.

In Friday’s action…

Girls Basketball

plays Carondelet HS in the NCS Championship game at St. Mary’s College at 6:00.

Wrestling

Tai White competes in the CIF Wrestling Championships at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield.

Boys Lacrosse

hosts Monte Vista HS. JV at 5:30 and varsity at 7:00.

Boys Tennis

competes in the California Classic in Fresno.

In Saturday’s action…

Track & Field

competes in the Dan Gabor Invitational at Amador Valley HS at 8:00 am.

Freshman Baseball

plays at Tamalpais HS at 2:00. (weather permitting)

Boys Tennis

competes in the California Classic in Fresno.

JV Girls Lacrosse

competes in the Las Lomas Jamboree.

In Monday’s action…

Boys Tennis

hosts De La Salle HS at 3:30.

Mar 3 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Basketball

played very well in a 52-45 victory over Alameda HS in the NCS semifinals to advance to the Championship game against Carondelet HS Friday at 6:00 at St. Mary’s College.

Julia Lyons
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Emma Godfrey
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Baseball

scored 4 runs in the bottom of the 6th inning to rally past Tamalpais HS 4-2.

In Thursday’s action…

Boys Volleyball

hosts Bentley HS at 6:00.

Girls Lacrosse

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

JV Baseball

plays at Tamalpais HS at 3:45.

Wednesday’s individual standouts…

Girls basketball

Emma Godfrey scored 17 hard-fought points in the paint. Roni Marrone scored 13 points, with 1 3-pointer. Brooke Panfili scored 10 points, with 2 3-pointers.

Brooke Panfili
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Baseball

Brad Zamanian was the winning pitcher throwing 2 shutout innings and striking out 4 batters. Grant Young threw 5 innings without giving up an earned run and striking out 9 batters. Will Rembac went 1 for 2, with a run scored.

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Mar 2 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Baseball

held off a furious Vacaville HS rally to record the 7-6 victory. Also victorious were the jv team 9-5 and the freshman team 5-0.

Boys Tennis

blanked San Ramon Valley HS 9-0.

Boys Lacrosse

dropped a very close 12-10 game against Marin Catholic HS.

Girls Lacrosse

was defeated by Monte Vista HS.

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Basketball

hosts Alameda HS at 7:00 in the NCS semifinals.

Baseball

hosts Tamalpais HS at 3:30.

Swim

hosts Dublin HS at 3:45.

NOTE: At all NCS playoff events, there is an admission charge. $10 general admission and $5 for students, children and senior citizens. No passes will be honored.

Tuesday’s individual standouts…

Baseball

Josh Candau was the winning pitcher and Kevin McConnell earned the save. Daniel Kim went 1 for 4,with 3 RBIs and a triple. Tom Henderson went 1 for 3, with an RBI and a double. Tyler Ewing went 2 for 2, with an RBI.

Boys Tennis

Kyle Everly, Isaiah Bird, Ryan Cardiff, Trenton Tso, Ryan Pegels and Cole Brightbill won singles matches. Nico Brightbill & Conor McGlynn, Cole Noone & Jin Heo and Alex Hashim & Rohan Saha won doubles matches.

Feb 29 – Monday Sports

In Saturday’s action…

Wrestling

Tai White placed 3rd in the NCS Wrestling Championships to qualify for the CIF Championships Friday and Saturday at Rabobank Arena in Fresno.

Feb 27 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Girls Basketball

The #2 seeded girls basketball team made easy work of El Cerrito HS 74-23 in the NCS quarterfinals.

They advance to the semifinals as they host Alameda HS Wednesday at 7:00.

Boys Lacrosse

scratched out a hard-fought victory over Piedmont HS 4-3. The jv team was not as fortunate.

Girls Lacrosse

was defeated by Piedmont HS. The JV team also suffered defeat.

In Saturday’s action…

Wrestling

competes in the NCS Championships at James Logan HS.

Frosh-Soph Baseball

plays at Amador Valley HS in a scrimmage at 11:00.

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

Friday’s individual standouts…

Brooke Panfili scored 18 points, with 4 3-pointers. Roni Marrone scored 12 points, with 1 3-pointer. Emma Godfrey scored 12 points. Julia Lyons scored 11 points.

Feb 26 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Boys Volleyball

started off the season with a victory over Tennyson HS 25-22, 25-22, 25-21.

In Friday’s action…

Girls Basketball

The #2 seeded girls basketball team hosts #10 seeded El Cerrito HS at 7:00 in the NCS quarterfinals.

Wrestling

competes in the NCS Championships at James Logan HS.

Lacrosse

teams plays Piedmont HS. Boys are home and girls are away. JV at 5:30 and varsity at 7:00.

In Saturday’s action…

Wrestling

competes in the NCS Championships at James Logan HS.

Frosh-Soph Baseball

plays at Amador Valley HS in a scrimmage at 11:00.

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

Feb 25 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Soccer

Another outstanding season came to an end for the girls soccer team in defeat to Las Lomas HS in the NCS semifinals.

Muppy Gragg
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Boys Tennis

recorded another lopsided victory over Piedmont HS 8-1.

In Thursday’s action…

Boys Volleyball

teams opens their Spring campaign at Tennyson HS. JV at 5:00 and varsity at 6:00.

Wednesday’s individual standouts…

Boys Tennis

Kyle Everly, Isaiah Bird, Ryan Cardiff, Ryan Pegels, Trenton Tso and Ryan Everly won singles matches. Conor McGlynn & Cole Noone and Cole Brightbill & Clay Schmidt won doubles matches.

Feb 23 – Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team Loses a Close One

…to El Cerrito, 64 – 54, in the 1st Round of D2 NCS Playoffs

The #14 seed, Acalanes Dons, battled the #3 seed, El Cerrito Gauchos, down to the final minute before falling 64 – 54.  In what many, including myself, thought might be a blow-out game was anything but that.  The Dons surprised the El Cerrito fans and team with their never give up approach to the game.  The final score reflects a 10 point victory for El Cerrito. But the final two minutes were a much closer than that and the Gauchos were sweating until the final buzzer.

The 1st quarter was pretty uneventful for both teams. That was just fine for Acalanes. The score after one quarter was 6 – 6. I overheard one of the El Cerrito fans say to another fan, “it looks like it is going to be one of those games.”  It was.

The 2nd quarter was much more entertaining offensively and the lead went back and forth between the Dons and the Gauchos.  The Dons took their first lead of the game 14 – 13 with 4:28 to go in the 2nd quarter. 20 seconds later they extended their lead to 17 – 13 on the three point play by Jesse Marlow and El Cerrito took a time out to re-group. The Gauchos would fight their way back to take a halftime lead over the Dons, 22 – 21.

In the 3rd quarter El Cerrito capitalized on several Acalanes turnovers and stretched their lead to 10 points, 48 – 38, as the team entered the 4th. In the 4th quarter the Dons would make this game very interesting. Acalanes cut El Cerrito’s lead to 9 points with 5:37 to go. They cut it to 7 points with 3:15 to go. The Dons cut the lead to 4 points on a Marlow three point shot, 58 – 54 with 2:02 to go in the contest…time out El Cerrito.  The El Cerrito fans were shaking their heads trying to figure out how Acalanes was on the brink of stealing this 1st Round NCS Playoff game. Acalanes had the chance to close the game to one but the multiple three point attempts would not fall. The Gaucho’s responded with a basket and the lead was 6, 60 – 54 with 52.5 seconds to go.  Acalanes could not get a three point basket to fall in the final minute and El Cerrito extended its lead to 10 on a couple of break-out lay-ups when Acalanes was sending all bodies to crash the boards.  When the final horn sounded, the scoreboard read 64 – 54, El Cerrito over Acalanes.

As usual, this Acalanes team battled and scrapped against a team, that on paper, seemed like an overwhelming favorite. They were never out of this game.  In fact, the victory was right there for them to snatch in the final two minutes. Unfortunately for the Dons, that damn ball would not go in the basket when they really needed it. This team played with a lot of heart and pride all season and they showed El Cerrito that Acalanes would not go down without a fight to the end.

It was an emotional night for the seniors who played their last basketball game wearing the royal blue and white uniform of Acalanes. There were some glassy eyes and a few tears from the seniors as they walked out of the El Cerrito gym. The five seniors set an example for the younger players about: work ethic, sacrifice, being a great teammate, unselfishness and leadership. Thank you to our seniors for all that you gave to the team this season – Nico Brightbill, Joey Christensen, Nathan Edwards, Alex Kinnear and my favorite player, Andrew McKendell. The Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball program will be in excellent hands next season with potentially nine returning players – Ryan Summerlin, Carter Smith, Aaron Hill, Nick Price, Aidan McNamara, Robbie Rowell, Gavin Shipp, Ryan Nall and Jesse Marlow. The future is bright.

This will be my last Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball write-up. It was my pleasure bringing you a look inside two Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball seasons (2013-14 and 2015-16). I wish the juniors and sophomore players much success in their basketball seasons ahead.  I will be watching from the stands and cheering loudly for each of them.

As Always…Go Dons!!!

Feb 24 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Basketball

cruised past Redwood HS 74-58 in the first round of the NCS playoffs.

Alex Grant-Hudd
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Boys Basketball

battled with El Cerrito HS only to fall short 64-54 in the first round of the NCS playoffs.

Baseball

defeated Terra Linda HS 9-1. The jv team did likewise 8-2.

Girls Lacrosse

was defeated by San Ramon Valley HS.

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Soccer

The #2 seeded girls soccer team hosts #3 seeded Las Lomas HS at 7:00 in the NCS semifinals.

Boys Tennis

hosts Piedmont HS at 3:30.

JV Boys Golf

has a match against Campolindo HS at Rossmoor GC at 3:30.

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

Girls Basketball NCS Playoff Brackets (updated 2/24)

NCS/LES SCHWAB TIRES CHAMPIONSHIPS Girls Division 2

Feb 23 – Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team Visits El Cerrito

…in 1st Round NCS Playoff Match-up Tonight

The #14 seed, the Acalanes High School, travels to El Cerrito to face-off against the #3 seed, the El Cerrito Gauchos, tonight at 7:00pm. The Gauchos are 16-13 on the season. However, they boast the strongest strength of schedule of any Northern California D2 team with a rating of 19.4. Let me put this into context for you. The D2 team with the next closest strength of schedule is the #5 seed, Newark Memorial, with a rating of 10.3. What about Acalanes? Of the twenty-four Northern California D2 teams, Acalanes has the 5th highest strength of schedule with a rating of 7.9. This is very strong when one compares it to most of the high schools seeded above them in this year’s D2 playoffs. Why do I mention the strength of schedule? Because based on El Cerrito’s strength of schedule, the scores of their games and their overall record, they should probably be the #1 or #2 seed in the D2 playoffs. In other words, the Don’s will have their hands full tonight against a well-tested El Cerrito team.

Tonight is also a homecoming for beloved Acalanes Assistant Coach, Chris Huber, who was a successful Head Basketball Coach at El Cerrito for 15 years. At El Cerrito, Coach Huber led his 1989 team to a 29 – 3 record and a NCS Championship. Ten years later in 1999, Coach Huber would lead a loaded El Cerrito team (with Drew Gooden) to another NCS Championship.

Tip-off will take place at 7:00pm. The address to El Cerrito High is 540 Ashbury Avenue, El Cerrito, California 94530. If you make the drive to El Cerrito to support the Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball team, remember that the NCS gate fee will be $10.00.

As Always…Go Dons!!

Feb 23 – Tuesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Basketball

hosts Redwood HS at 7:00 in the first round of the NCS playoffs.

Boys Basketball

plays at El Cerrito HS at 7:00 in the first round of the NCS playoffs.

Baseball

plays Terra Linda HS at 3:00.  Varsity is home and jv is away.

Girls Lacrosse

plays at San Ramon Valley HS.  JV at 5:30 and varsity at 7:00.

Feb 22 – Monday Sports

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Soccer

The #2 seeded girls soccer team shutout Tamalpais HS 2-0 in the NCS quarterfinals. The victory sets up a semifinal home showdown with Las Lomas HS Wednesday at 7:00.

Jessica Carlin
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Boys Soccer

played very well in their final game of the season falling to De Anza HS 2-1 in the NCS quarterfinals.

Boys Lacrosse

was defeated by San Ramon Valley HS.

Wrestling

finished 4th overall at the DFAL Championships a mere 6 points behind the 2nd place team.
Jeremy Ridge won a DFAL Championship. Tai White was a DFAL Championship runner-up. Isaac Douglas, Axel Jurgens, Peyton Li and Ben Ross placed 3rd. These top three placers qualify for the NCS Championships Friday and Saturday at Newark Memorial HS. Aaron Baker, Chris Fulton and Tyler Sverak placed 4th and are NCS alternates.

NCS playoffs…

Girls Basketball

is the #2 seed and hosts Redwood HS Tuesday at 7:00 in the first round of the NCS playoffs.

Boys Basketball

plays at El Cerrito HS Tuesday at 7:00 in the first round of the NCS playoffs.

Girls Soccer

The #2 seeded girls soccer team hosts #3 seeded Las Lomas HS Wednesday at 7:00 in the NCS semifinals.

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

Feb 20 – Lady Dons Win – Earn Return to NCS Semi-Final Match

The 2016 Lady Dons soccer team prevailed in their NCS quarter-final match Saturday night 2-0 of Tamalpais High to return to and host the NCS semi-finals for the second year in a row. Although the Dons spent virtually the entire first half in the offensive half, the score remained an even 0-0 at halftime. After multiple near misses early in the second-half, the Dons’ leading scorer Emily Smith got the Dons on the board when she converted on a smooth pass from the right side by senior playmaker Regan McQuain. McQuain then set up the second goal with another clean pass to Sasha Sadoff whose shot attempt rebounded off the Tam keeper to the feet of Kierra Krawec who converted the goal.

Emily Smith
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From there it was pretty much clear sailing to the end as the Dons midfield of Bella Baglietto, Allison Merrill, Cate Combi, Smith, and McQuain along with the push from outside backs Jesse Carlin and Mea Mitchell rarely let the ball even reach midfield except when they chose. The Tam strikers did make two late runs, but center back Callie Ericksen ran them down each time to preserve Dons keeper Sophia Giordano’s second consecutive shutout.

Sasha Sadoff
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The Dons now host the semi-final next Wednesday at 7:00 in in a true rivalry matchup against Las Lomas who finished a single point behind the DFAL champion Dons.

Feb 20 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Girls Basketball

defeated Alhambra HS 65-25 to finish the regular season in preparation for next week’s NCS playoffs. The jv team was defeated.

Boys Basketball

dropped a close game to Alhambra HS. The jv team notched a victory in their final game of the season.

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Soccer

The #2 seeded girls soccer team hosts Tamalpais HS in the NCS quarterfinals at 7:00.

Boys Soccer

plays at De Anza HS in the NCS quarterfinals at 7:00.

Boys Lacrosse

hosts San Ramon Valley HS. Varsity at 12:00 and jv at 2:00.

Girls Lacrosse

competes in the Davis play day scrimmage.

Baseball

teams scrimmage at Marin Catholic HS at 12:00.

Friday’s individual standouts…

Girls Basketball

Brooke Panfili scored 18 points, with 2 3-pointers. Emma Godfrey scored 13 points. Julia Lyons scored 10 points.

Wrestling Update

The Acalanes Wrestling Team has had a tremendously successful season. The team finished the regular season in 3rd place in the Diablo Foothill Athletic League. By beating Miramonte High School in the last dual meet of the season the team also qualified for the North Coast Section Dual Team Wrestling Championships for the first time in school history!

Acalanes Wrestlers have done spectacularly well in Tournaments this season. The team completed at some of the biggest and toughest tournaments in the state this season. They competed at the 70 team California Coast Classic, the 41 team Mat Classic, and two of the biggest most important late season tournaments, the 40 team Puma Classic and and the 70 team Mission San Jose Invitational. MSJ is one of the oldest continuously running tournaments in Northern California and the season’s latest elite level tournament in the entire state. Most of the the top ranked teams in both the North Coast and Central Coast were there with additional strong representation from Central Section and Nevada as well.

We don’t always take our full team to every tournament. We understand that our athletes are student athletes and will at times have other commitments. It is is also the Coaching staffs policy not to let our athletes compete when they have injuries. With that said eight different wresters have won 17 medals, which are awarded to the top 6 place winners, in tournaments throughout the state, and two of our wrestlers won the 41 team Mat Classic. Acalanes also has two wrestlers in the top eight of the NCS rankings. Tai White is Ranked 7th at 122 pounds and Jeremy Ridge is ranked 8th at 134 pounds, the only sophomore in the 134 pound rankings.

Acalanes is also one of the youngest teams in the league. Our young wrestlers won two firsts, a second, a third and a fourth at the Foothill Frosh, Soph JV Tournament and had a first place finish at the NCS JV Championships.

Acalanes Wrestling’s regular season accomplishments:

Defeated Alhambra, Campo, and Miramonte.

Varsity Tournaments

Green & Gold – Tai White 4th
Bill Martell Invitational – Isaac Douglas 4th, Axel Jurgens 4th, Logan Branch 5th
CA Coast Classic – 2nd day – Jeremy Ridge, Tai White, Isaac Douglas, Axel Jurgens
Pirate Invitational – Jeremy Ridge 2nd, Tai White 3rd, Isaac Douglas 3rd, Axel Jurgens 4th
Mat Classic – Jeremy Ridge 1st, Tai White 1st
Clayton Valley Invitational – Tai White 2nd
King of The Mat – Jeremy Ridge 3rd
Puma Classic – Jeremy Ridge 5th
The Pound – Ben Ross 6th, Peyton Li 6th, Chris Fulton 6th
Mission San Jose Invitational – 2nd day – Jeremy Ridge, Tai White, Axel Jurgens – Quarterfinals – Jeremy Ridge

JV Tournaments
NCS JV Championships – Ben Ross 1st
Foothill – Tyler Sverak 1st, Joey Gladden 1st, Logan Branch 2nd, YaYa Qteishat 3rd

The Diablo Foothill Athletic League championships are this Saturday February 20 at Las Lomas High School. Those Wrestlers who finish in the top three will then compete in the North Coast Section Wrestling Championships on Friday Feb 26 and Saturday Feb 27.

David Ridge

Feb 19 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Boys Tennis

started off the Spring defeating Tamalpais HS 8-1. Kyle Everly, Isaiah Bird, Ryan Cardiff, Ryan Pegels, Trenton Tso and Ryan Everly won singles matches. Cole Brightbill & Clay Schmidt and Alex Hashim & Rohan Saha won doubles matches.

In Friday’s action…

Basketball

teams play Alhambra HS.
At Alhambra HS, jv girls at 4:00, varsity girls at 5:30 and varsity boys at 7:00.
At Acalanes HS, jv boys at 4:00 and freshman boys at 5:30.

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Soccer

The #2 seeded girls soccer team hosts Tamalpais HS in the NCS quarterfinals at 7:00.

Boys Soccer

plays at De Anza HS in the NCS quarterfinals at 7:00.

Boys Lacrosse

hosts San Ramon Valley HS. Varsity at 12:00 and jv at 2:00.

Girls Lacrosse

competes in the Davis play day scrimmage.

Baseball

teams scrimmage at Marin Catholic HS at 12:00.

Feb 18 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Boys Soccer

WOW!!! The #16 seeded boys soccer team pulled off the big upset defeating #1 seeded Redwood HS 1-0 in the first round of the NCS playoffs. The victory sets them up for a quarterfinal game at De Anza HS Saturday at 7:00.

Girls Soccer

The #2 seeded girls soccer team dispatched #15 seeded Newark Memorial HS 4-0 in the first round of the NCS playoffs. They will host #7 seeded Tamalpais HS in the quarterfinals Saturday at 7:00.

In Thursday’s action…

Boys Tennis

hosts Tamalpais HS at 3:30, weather permitting.

Wednesday’s individual standouts…

Boys Soccer

Cameron Shapoorian scored the winning goal assisted by Drew Wondolowski. Drew was named “Man of the Match.”

Feb 17 – Lady Dons Soccer Sails to Second Round

In a match which will be remembered as “The Regatta on the Pitch”, the Lady Dons sailed past Newark Memorial in the first round of NCS play 4-0. The rain flooded Acalanes home field was literally inches deep at times – so much so that the officials halted the match in the first half to inquire whether the teams wanted to continue. Coach Evan Sassano said play on and his Lady Dons did.

Emily Smith got things going with a goal late in the first half. Kierra Krawec and Regan McQuain pushed the score to 3-nil when each made strong center runs and finishes in the second half. The Dons’ Allison Merrill closed out the scoring when she head flicked a perfect corner kick from Bella Baglietto into the upper right corner of the net.

Dons keeper Sophia Giordano collected the shutout as the flooded field and her defensive back line of Mea Mitchell, Jesse Carlin, Cate Combi, and Callie Ericksen kept her inactive for much of the night.

The Lady Dons continue their NCS journey Saturday night when they host Tamalpais High.

Feb 17 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Senior Alison Smith
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Boys Basketball

mounted a furious rally only to fall short to Dublin HS. The freshman team defeated the Gaels.

Girls Basketball

was very competitive in defeat with Dublin HS. The jv team was victorious.

Senior Julia Lyons
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In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Soccer

The 2nd seeded Acalanes team hosts Newark Memorial HS in the first round of the NCS playoffs at 7:00.

Boys Soccer

plays at Redwood HS in the first round of the NCS playoffs at 3:00.

Boys Lacrosse

has a scrimmage at St. Ignatius HS at 4:00.

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

Girls Varsity Basketball – Class of 2016
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Feb 16 – Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team Falls to Dublin

…on Senior Night, 57 – 43

The Senior Night celebration was lovely. The gym was decorated with pictures and signs honoring the two senior cheerleaders, four senior girls varsity basketball players and the five senior boys varsity basketball players that were announced before the start of the boys varsity basketball game versus Dublin.  Students, family and friends filled the bleachers to show their love for these dedicated student athletes.  It was a beautiful celebration for these eleven seniors – Rebecca Maron, Alese McGilbra, Julia Lyons, Taylor Jones, Alison Smith, Alex Grant-Hudd, Nico Brightbill, Nathan Edwards, Joey Christensen, Alex Kinnear and Andrew McKendell.

Acalanes Boys Basketball Class of 2016
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Back on January 25th, in Dublin, Acalanes lost a heartbreaker to the Dublin Gaels, 44 – 43. Unfortunately last night’s game would not have the same nail-biting finish. Dublin jumped ahead of Acalanes 17 – 5 in the 1st quarter and never really looked back.  The Dons made the game interesting in the 4th quarter when they cut the lead to 8 points. But Dublin continued to make enough of their free throws down the stretch and never let Acalanes get any closer.

In a nutshell, the Dons turned the ball over too much and did not shoot the ball with any consistency. Dublin certainly had something to do with this. They were extremely aggressive on defense. They pressed the entire game and never let Acalanes get comfortable on offense. As the second quarter ended, Dublin enjoyed a 32 – 17 halftime lead.

Senior Nico Brightbill
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The 2nd half was a little better for Acalanes. In the 4th quarter, the Dons would go on a mini-run and cut the Dublin lead to 8 with 1:52 to play. But that was as close as it would get.  After a series of Dublin free throws, the final score would become 57 – 43. It was not the Senior Night storybook ending the crowd was hoping for.  However, in their typical fashion, this Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team would battle Dublin until the final horn sounded and they made a blow-out into an interesting finish.  This team showed-off its heart and tenacity again last night.

Senior Joey Christensen
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Senior Alex Kinnear
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The five seniors (McKendell, Kinnear, Christensen, Edwards and Brightbill) started the game and ended the game…until Nathan Edwards picked-up his 5th foul. It was a cool Senior Night touch. The Dons were led offensively by Jesse Marlow with 12 points, Alex Kinnear with 9 points and Andrew McKendell with 7 points.  With the loss, Acalanes falls to 2 – 9 in DFAL play and 9 – 16 overall.  Dublin improves to 9 – 2 in DFAL play and 22 – 3 overall.  The Dons will look to get win number 10 on Friday at Alhambra High in Martinez.  It sounds cliché but Acalanes has played much better than their record reflects since game two of DFAL play.  Not doing anything on Friday night?  Venture on over to Martinez and watch the Dons take-on the Bulldogs on their Senior Night.

As Always…Go Dons!!!

Feb 16 Tuesday Sports

Basketball

At Acalanes: JV girls 4:00, varsity girls 5:30, varsity boys 7:00. Senior night celebration between Girls and Boys Varsity games.
At Dublin HS: JV boys 4:00, freshman boys 5:30.

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!!!

Feb 15 – Monday Sports

In Saturday’s action…

Wrestling

was defeated by Livermore HS and Campolindo HS at the NCS Dual Championships.

In Monday’s action…

Frosh-Soph Baseball

has a scrimmage at Marin Catholic HS at 11:00.

Feb 13 – Saturday Sports

In Saturday’s action…

Wrestling

competes in the NCS Dual Championships at Liberty HS at 10:00.

Baseball

scrimmages Terra LInda HS at 1:00. Varsity is home and jv is away.

Feb 11 – Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team Battles Valiantly

…Only to Lose In the Final Seconds to Campolindo, 62 – 61

If you missed this Acalanes vs. Campolindo game, you missed a great one. After an embarrassing 1st quarter where Acalanes was outscored 23 to 6, the Dons proceeded to outscore Campolindo 55 to 39 over the next three quarters to take the lead from the Cougars and battle them down to the final buzzer.

The first eight minutes of the game (I will be kind) were a “cluster” for Acalanes. With 3:46 to go in the 1st quarter, Acalanes down 9 – 4, the Head Coach of Acalanes, Dave Goldman, decided to take out all five starters from the game to insert five new players. In just a span of 2 minutes and 30 seconds Campolindo went on a 14 – 0 run and expanded their lead to a ridiculous 23 to 4…and the quarter had not ended. However, with 1:09 remaining in the 1st quarter, Coach Goldman decided he had seen enough of his experiment and re-inserted the starting five. They quickly got 2 points for the Dons before the first quarter mercifully ended, the score after one, Campolindo 23 and Acalanes 6.

I thought it would be impossible for Acalanes to catch Campolindo after putting themselves into such a hole. However, this 2015-16 Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team would not “go gentle into that good night.” What did they do?  HELLO…THEY PLAYED TO WIN THE GAME!!!  Throughout the final three quarters of the game, the Acalanes varsity boys showed great resilience, toughness and togetherness that should make all associated with Acalanes proud. Just know this, on Thursday night, the Acalanes Dons came to play and they took it to the Cougars over the final 24 minutes of the game.

In the second quarter, the line-up of Andrew McKendell, Alex Kinnear, Jesse Marlow, Aidan McNamara and Ryan Nall jump started a memorable comeback for Acalanes. Marlow and McNamara heated-up from outside; Kinnear and Nall grabbed boards; and McKendell took the ball to the hoop. With the first half clock winding down under 6 seconds, McKendell drove left past the Campo defense for a lay-up just before the horn sounded. This basket cut the Cougars lead from 17 points down to 9 points, 38 – 29. Acalanes outscored Campolindo 23 to 15.  The momentum had definitely shifted.

The momentum from the 2nd quarter carried into the 3rd quarter.  However, it would not really get ramped-up until late in the quarter. With 5:47 to go in the 3rd quarter, Acalanes fell behind Campolindo by 14 points, 45 – 31. But over the final 3:18 of the quarter, the Dons went on a 13 – 3 run to cut Campo’s lead to 2 points, 50 – 48. The Acalanes bench and fans were feeling it.  The Don’s 13 – 3 run was sparked by the 3 point sharp shooting of Alex Kinnear, who did not hit his first shot until late in the 3rd quarter. Kinnear would continue his hot shooting into the 4th quarter.

58 seconds into the 4th quarter, Acalanes took its first lead of the game, 51 – 50, on a 3 point basket by Aidan McNamara. The Acalanes bench and crowd erupted. A lead over Campolindo late in a varsity basketball game??!! It was a new feeling for many Acalanes fans and we loved it. In Andrew McKendell’s and Alex Kinnear’s five previous varsity games against Campolindo, I am pretty certain Acalanes never held a lead. This was no fluke. The Dons played inspired basketball and controlled the tempo of the game from the 2nd quarter on. You knew this game would go down to the wire. The Campolindo crowd had already seen several 4th quarter leads get squandered by their team this season and they had just witnessed one more.

The 4th quarter was hotly contested. Campolindo took their lead back shortly after Acalanes had it. It would grow to as much as 4 points with 3:01 to go. After a free throw by McKendell with 1:42 to go, the Dons cut the Cougar’s lead down to 2 points, 60 – 58.  On Campolindo’s next possession, after passing the ball around, Campo forward Austin Clarke would take an open shot from behind the three point line. His shot went in and out and Kinnear grabbed the rebound. The Dons quickly advanced the ball down the floor.  Marlow drove to the basket and dished the ball to Kinnear at the free throw line. His shot rattled around and rolled out but Jesse Marlow grabbed the rebound of the night. With big bodies all around him, Marlow squeezed a bounce pass out to Kinnear who had relocated himself beyond the three point line. Kinnear set his feet and let it fly…SWISH!!!  Acalanes leads with 56 seconds to go. The Acalanes crowd exploded in cheer. Campolindo guard Will Hicks dribbled the ball into the front court and called time out in front of his bench with 45.6 seconds remaining. A victory over Campolindo was less than one minute away.

After the Campo time-out, the Cougars got the basketball to their best offensive weapon, Austin Clarke, who had been held in check by the Dons for most of the game. Clarke got the ball at the top of the key, drove left to the basket, took a tough left handed lay-up attempt which Ryan Nall blocked and Acalanes secured the rebound. NOT SO FAST MY FRIEND!  A foul was called. The baseline official made a horrendous call that allowed Clarke to go to the free throw line to try and give the Cougars the lead. He missed both free throw attempts but Acalanes could not grab the rebound and the official called the ball off Ryan Nall, Campo ball with 33.2 seconds remaining.  After Campolindo inbounded the ball, senior forward Madison Young took a tough runner in the key that missed. Campo senior center Sterling Strothers grabbed the rebound but had his shot attempt blocked by Aidan McNamara but somehow the ball got deflected into the hands of Clarke who was standing on the low block and put the ball up and in to give Campo a 62 – 61 lead with 12.4 seconds to go. Acalanes immediately inbounded the ball to Andrew McKendell, who passed it down the left wing to Jesse Marlow who drove left, got double teamed and after pivoting away from the defense, eventually found Aidan McNamara open behind the three point line. Aidan had a clean look and took a great shot. Unfortunately, it was just off the mark as the final buzzer sounded. The valiant comeback effort by the Dons fell just short and Campolindo avoided another 4th quarter melt down. It was heartache for all of the Acalanes players but especially for the five seniors (Joey Christensen, Nathan Edwards, Nico Brightbill, Alex Kinnear and Andrew McKendell) who were looking for their first basketball victory over Campolindo in 4 seasons.

This game was a coming-out party for sophomore shooting guard Aidan McNamara who played excellent basketball on both ends of the floor for the Dons. He was aggressive offensively and relentless on defense. McNamara ended the game with 14 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal and 2 blocked shots. The Dons also saw what looked like a 100% healthy Alex Kinnear who energized the Dons in both the 3rd and 4th quarters with his outside shooting. Clarke of Campo tried to slow down Kinnear on offense but Alex would have none of it.  He lit up Clarke in the second half of the game to end with 16 points. Kinnear also grabbed 6 rebounds and came away with 2 steals.  Jesse Marlow was his usual productive self on offense and defense.  Marlow scored 12 points, grabbed 3 rebounds and dished out what I believe is his personal season high in assists – 5. Sophomore Ryan Nall once again stood tall in the key for the Dons and pulled down 5 rebounds and played great defense. Nall also contributed 8 points on the offensive side of the court.  Andrew McKendell did what he always does best: handled the rock, orchestrated the offense, got everyone involved, attacked the basket and kept Acalanes under control at all times. McKendell ended the game with 7 points, 7 assists, 2 rebounds and 1 steal. These five players played almost the entire second half without a break. It was fun to watch them get after Campolindo.

Senior Night is on Tuesday February 16th versus Dublin.  Please come out and show your love and support for our five senior players, Andrew McKendell, Alex Kinnear, Joey Christensen, Nathan Edwards and Nico Brightbill.  Arrive early in order to see the celebration.

As Always…Go Dons!!!

February 12 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Boys Soccer

is on fire going into the NCS playoffs with a 3-0 victory over Miramonte HS. The jv team finished the season with a 3-1 victory.

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Girls Soccer

positions themselves well for the NCS playoffs with a 2-1 victory over Miramonte HS.

Girls Basketball

dropped a heart-breaker to Campolindo HS on a shot at the buzzer. The jv team fell in double overtime.

Boys Basketball

lost the lead with 11 seconds left in the game and their shot at the buzzer was just off as they came up just short to Campolindo HS 62-61.

In Saturday’s action…

Wrestling

competes in the NCS Dual Championships at Liberty HS at 10:00.

Thursday’s individual standouts…

Boys Basketball

Alex Kinnear scored 16 points, with 4 3-pointers. Aidan McNamara scored 15 points, with 3 3-pointers. Jesse Marlow scored 12 points, with 2 3-pointers.

JV Boys Soccer

Zach Flagg, Herali Rizbi and John Stevenson each scored a goal.

Acalanes Soccer Senior Night
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Feb 11 – Lady Dons Soccer Captures DFAL Crown – Again!

Sing it all together Acalanes: “We Are the Champions – Again!” In a total team effort, the Lady Dons defeated rival Miramonte 2-1 Thursday night in Orinda. In combination with the a Las Lomas tie with Alhambra, the victory earned the Lady Dons the DFAL Championship for the second year in a row. The Dons got things going early when frosh Sasha Sadoff played the ball to a right side streaking Kierra Krawec for an opening goal in the fourth minute. The Dons extended that lead in the final minute of the first half when Krawec played the ball to Greta Kohls who converted the goal through the Mats keeper’s legs. The Dons surrendered a single goal on the evening when Miramonte sailed a 35 yard direct kick to an impossible to stop upper corner of the net. The Lady Dons held strong the rest of the way to secure the win and the title.

As the win, the season, and the championship was a total team effort, every player on the field last night deserves their own call out. It started in the back with keeper tandem of Kyle McQuain and Sophia Giordano. McQuain had hands of glue and Giordano repeatedly flashed her fearless, athletic saves. In front of them, center backs Cate Combi and Callie Ericksen marked and shutdown the Miramonte attack all night in conjunction with the outside defensive and offensive play from Jesse Carlin, Mea Mitchell, and Malika Haji. As usual and more than ever, Emily Smith dominated from the holding midfield position and pushed the Dons attack from line to line. At the midfield and attacking positions, Dons coaches Evan and Eric Sassano again demonstrated their magical matchups to constantly rotate and mix Krawec, Sadoff, Kohls, Allison Merrill, Bella Baglietto, Mia Carvotta, and Jackie Nichols all night long.

The Champs will open NCS tournament play next week pending the results of Sunday’s seeding meeting.

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Feb 11 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Wrestling

ended the regular season with a 45-27 victory over Miramonte HS. Jeremy Ridge, Axel Jurgens and Peyton Li won their matches.

In Thursday’s action…

Soccer

teams play Miramonte HS in the regular season finale.
Boys are home and girls are away.
JV at 4:15 and varsity at 6:15.
The boys team will have their Senior Night Presentation before the varsity game.

Basketball

teams play Campolindo HS.
At Campolindo HS, jv girls at 4:00, varsity girls at 5:30 and varsity boys at 7:00.
At Acalanes HS, jv boys at 4:00 and freshman boys at 5:30.

In Saturday’s action…

The wrestling team competes in the NCS Dual Championships at Liberty HS at 10:00.

Feb 11 – Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Travels to Campolindo Tonight

Tip-off at 7:00pm

The Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball team will face-off against its rival, the Campolindo Cougars, tonight in Moraga. Campolindo enter tonight’s game with Acalanes with a DFAL record of 4 – 5 and an overall record of 11 – 12. This is a game that the Dons players desperately want to win…especially the seniors. There is no quit in this team. The boys want to win the final three games of the season. It starts tonight with a win over Campolindo.

If I may quote former NFL Player and NFL Head Coach and current ESPN Analyst, Herm Edwards, “Hello…YOU PLAY TO WIN THE GAME! You don’t play just to play it. That’s the great thing about sports, we play to win. And I don’t care if you don’t have any wins, you go play to win!”

That is one of my favorite sports related quotes. I hope everyone in the Acalanes Basketball program thinks about Herm Edward’s quote as they prepare for the final three games of the season. We play to win these final three games…no concessions. Now let’s go punish Campolindo tonight.

As Always…Go Dons!!

Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Falls Short Against Dougherty Valley, 49 – 38

In what was another “down-to-the-wire” finish, the Dons could not quite run down the Wildcats losing 49 – 38. With the win, Dougherty Valley improves its record to 9 – 1 in DFAL action and 22 -2 on the season. With the loss, Acalanes falls to 2 – 7 in DFAL action and 9 – 14 on the season. If the Dons had played like this at the start of the season, their overall record would be five or six better in the wins column.

In the first half of last night’s game, Acalanes Dons struggled to score the basketball. In the 1st quarter, Dougherty Valley jumped out to an 11 – 6 lead over Acalanes. The Wildcats play very aggressive team defense and do not make it easy for teams to get clean looks at the basket. The second quarter was not any better offensively for Acalanes. They had open looks, took good shots but the ball did not find its home in the 2nd quarter. The score going into halftime was Dougherty Valley 24 – Acalanes 11…a 5 point 2nd quarter for the Dons. What kept Acalanes in the game was their solid team defense and excellent rebounding. These two categories can keep a team in a game when their offense is struggling.

The Acalanes offense showed-up in the second half. The 3rd quarter vaulted the Dons back into the game. Acalanes outscored Dougherty Valley in the 3rd quarter 13 to 6. This made the score going into the 4th quarter, Dougherty Valley 30 – Acalanes 24. The comeback got started with Andrew McKendell draining back-to-back deep 3 point shots early in the 3rd. Jesse Marlow also hit a three point basket along with a mid-range jump shot in the quarter. The Dons defense stayed strong holding the Wildcats to just 6 points. It was anyone’s game going into the final eight minutes.

In the 4th quarter, Acalanes shrunk their six point deficit to three points with 5:36 to go in the game, 32 – 29. The turning point in the 4th quarter came during an Acalanes fast break with 3:40 remaining in the game and the score 36 -31 Dougherty Valley. In the middle of the fast break, an Acalanes players was knocked to the floor right in front of the Acalanes bench. No foul was called. The Dons did not convert the fast break. The Acalanes coaching staff did not take kindly to the officials not making a call and they let the official hear about it. A technical foul was given to the Acalanes bench. Dougherty Valley made the two technical foul free throws and got the ball. Then the Wildcat’s point guard Jesse Grabow hit a runner off the glass to complete the four point swing after the technical foul. The lead went from what could have been 3 points to 9 points with 3:29 to go. The Dons would never recover from this turn of events. The final score was 49 – 38, in what turn out to be a very competitive and entertaining basketball game.

The Dons got an offense spark off the bench from junior power forward Aaron Hill. Hill hit shots from beyond the three point line, in the mid-range and down on the low block. Aaron ended the game with 11 points. Jesse Marlow put together another double digit offensive night with 14 points. Andrew McKendell contributed 6 points.

On Thursday night, Acalanes travels up Moraga Road to take on their crosstown rival Campolindo High School. Yes it is a Thursday night game. Tip-off will take place at 7:00pm.

As Always…Go Dons!!

Feb 10 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Boys Soccer

continues to roll with a 2-0 victory over Alhambra HS. The JV team was overwhelming 4-1.

Girls Soccer

defeated Alhambra HS 2-1. The JV team rallied scoring the winning goal in extra time for a 3-2 victory.

Girls Basketball

cruised past Dougherty Valley HS 70-47. The JV team was not as fortunate.

Boys Basketball

played very well in defeat to Dougherty Valley HS.

In Wednesday’s action…

Wrestling

concludes the regular season at Miramonte HS at 6:00.

Freshman Boys Soccer

hosts James Logan HS at 6:00.

Tuesday’s individual standouts…

Varsity Boys Soccer

Ian Franklin scored a goal and had an assist. Gabe Singer scored a goal. Alex Topping had an assist. Payson Newman was named “Man of the Match.”

JV Boys Soccer

John Stevenson scored 2 goals and Matt Mariani scored 1 goal.

Girls Basketball

Emma Godfrey amassed 32 points in the paint. Wow!!! Brooke Panfili scored 10 points, with 2 3-pointers. Roni Marrone scored 10 points, with 1 3-pointer.

Feb 9 – Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball at Home Tonight Against Dougherty Valley

…Tip-off at 7:00pm

The Varsity Dons are back in action tonight against one of the hottest teams in Northern California, the Dougherty Valley Wildcats. Dougherty Valley rolls into Lafayette with a 21 – 2 overall record and an 8 – 1 record in DFAL action. There only league loss was back on January 29th, on the road, against their rival the Dublin Gaels, 55 – 51. Since that loss, the Wildcats have bounced back beating Alhambra 63 – 45 and Campolindo 59 – 48.

Acalanes enters tonight’s game with an overall record of 9 – 13 and a 2 – 6 record in DFAL action. The Dons are coming off two tough losses to local rivals: to Miramonte, 73 – 64 and to Las Lomas, 64 – 60. Both games were thoroughly entertaining.

I anticipate a much more competitive game against Dougherty Valley this evening. The first time the Varsity Boys played the Wildcats, 3/5s of the starting line-up was unavailable for the game. The Dons were in the game through 2 ½ quarters but then the wheels came off during the final three minutes of the 3rd quarter and the game got away from them.

Let’s fill-up the Huber Dome tonight. Tip-off for the Boys Varsity game is at 7:00pm. There are two games that proceed the boys game:
· 4:00pm – JV Girls vs. Dougherty Valley
· 5:30pm – Varsity Girls vs. Dougherty Valley

As Always…Go Dons!!

Feb 9 – Tuesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Basketball

teams play Dougherty Valley HS.
At Acalanes HS, JV girls at 4:00, Varsity girls at 5:30 and Varsity boys at 7:00.
At Dougherty Valley HS, jv boys at 4:00 and freshman boys at 5:30.

Soccer

teams play Alhambra HS.
Girls are home and boys are away. JV at 4:15 and varsity at 6:15.
Tonight will be the Senior Night Presentation for the girls soccer team prior to the varsity game. Come out and join the festivities.

Feb 6 – Lady Dons Soccer Falls to Dublin

Faced with a short bench and missing their customary mojo, the Lady Dons soccer squad stumbled Friday night and fell to Dublin High 2-1 Friday night. The Dons fell behind by a goal early in the first half when the Gaels netted a cross from the right side from above the box. The Dons evened the score as time expired in the first half when Jackie Nichols connected a pass to Emily Smith who finished the work.

In the second half, the Dons simply tempted fate too many times in yielding four Corner kicks in an eight minute span. A Dublin defender collected and converted the initial clear from 22 yards out for what proved to be the deciding goal. Already limited by some injuries, two Dons attackers were limited due to injuries from Dublin fouls. The Dons reached the Dublin box several times in the closing minutes, but could not convert.

With the loss, the Lady Dons slipped back into 2nd place in the DFAL with two to play. Next up is Alhambra.

Feb 7 – Sunday Sports

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Basketball

defeated Pittsburg HS 54-42. The JV team lost a close one.

Frosh-Soph Girls Soccer

defeated College Park HS 2-1 to finish the season with a 7-7-1 record. Great job Lyenne Denny.

Individual standouts…

Girls Basketball

Emma Godfrey and Brooke Panfili each scored 16 points and Roni Marrone added 13 points.

Feb 6 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Boys Soccer

played extremely well against a very good Dublin HS team falling short 2-1. The jv team pulled out a 1-0 victory.

Gabe Singer
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Girls Soccer

also fell to Dublin HS 2-1.

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Basketball

hosts Pittsburg HS. JV at 5:30 and varsity at 7:00.

Frosh-Soph Girls Soccer

hosts College Park HS at 9:00.

Freshman Boys Soccer

plays at Deer Valley HS at 10:00.

Wrestling

competes in the Mission San Jose Invitational.

Friday’s individual standouts…

Boys Soccer

Gabe Singer scored the lone goal assisted by Drew Wondolowski. Mark Von Hacht was named “Man of the Match.”

Mark von Hacht
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Feb 5 – Friday Sports Page

In Friday’s action…

Soccer

Teams plays Dublin HS. Boys are home and girls are away.
JV at 4:15 and varsity at 6:15.

Wrestling

competes in the Mission San Jose Invitational.

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Basketball

hosts Pittsburg HS. JV at 5:30 and varsity at 7:00.

Frosh-Soph Girls Soccer

hosts College Park HS at 9:00.

Freshman Boys Soccer

plays at Deer Valley HS at 10:00.

Wrestling

competes in the Mission San Jose Invitational.

Feb 4 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Boys Soccer

got a much needed 4-2 victory over Las Lomas HS.

Girls Soccer

was defeated by Las Lomas HS. The jv team was also defeated.

Wrestling

was defeated by Las Lomas HS.

Wednesday’s individual standouts…

Boys Soccer

Gabe Singer got the hat trick with 3 goals and Ian Franklin did the same with 3 assists as both were named “Man of the Match.” Drew Wondolowski scored the other goal.

Girls Soccer

Emily Smith scored a goal and Kyle McQuain had 7 saves.

Wrestling

Peyton Li won his match.

Feb 3 – The Next Streak Starts Friday

After more than a year and fifteen DFAL matches without a loss, the Lady Dons succumbed to visiting Las Lomas Wednesday night by a score of 3-1. After trailing at halftime 1-0, the Lady Dons evened the match in the 55th minute when Emily Smith’s arcing direct kick from 30 yards out found the back of the net. Las Lomas reclaimed the lead on their own direct kick in the 68th minute and then extended that lead on when a corner kick with four minutes to play curled directly into the net.

Emily Smith scoring goal
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The Lady Dons retain their first place DFAL status and look to start their next streak when they travel to Dublin Friday night.

Feb 3 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Basketball

overwhelmed Las Lomas HS. The jv team did likewise.

Boys Basketball

mounted a furious rally only to fall short to Las Lomas HS 64-60. The jv team also was defeated.

In Wednesday’s action…

Soccer

teams play Las Lomas HS.
Girls are home and boys are away. JV at 4:15 and varsity at 6:15.

Wrestling

hosts Las Lomas HS at 6:00.

Tuesday’s individual standouts…

Boys Basketball

Jesse Marlow scored 23 points, with an amazing 7 3-pointers. Nico Brightbill scored 15 points, with 2 3-pointers. Aaron Hill scored 11 points.

Feb 1 – Monday Sports

In Saturday’s action…

Boys Soccer

fell short to College Park HS 2-1.

Frosh-Soph Girls Soccer

led by Lyenne Denny played their best game of the year defeating Deer Valley HS 4-1 raising their overall record to 6-1-6.

In Monday’s action…

Freshman Boys Soccer

hosts San Ramon Valley HS at 6:00.

Individual standouts…

Frosh-Soph Girls Soccer

Isobel Whitehead scored all four goals.

Jan 29 – Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team Cannot Contain Miramonte Late in the 4th

I told you that this would be a much better game than the January 5th game. The Acalanes and Miramonte Boys Varsity Basketball teams did not disappoint the crowd last night. They played a very entertaining game. It was a back and forth, high scoring contest. Unfortunately, in the end, the Matadors pulled away from the Dons to win by 9 points, 73 – 64.

Through the first quarter, you could sense that this would be a very close game. The Matadors jumped out to a 10 – 4 lead early in the quarter. But the Dons rallied to close their deficit to 2 points, 12 – 10 at the end of one. In the second quarter, both offenses got rolling. The lead changed hands several time. The most memorable lead change came within the final 10 seconds of the quarter. The Matadors Eddie Ionescu drove to the basket and had the ball stolen by Andrew McKendell who sped past everyone for a lay-up with three seconds remaining on the clock. This gave Acalanes a 28-26 lead. Miramonte immediately inbounded the ball to Ionescu in the back court who was three feet behind the half court line. He turned in let a shot fly and it hit nothing but net as the buzzer sounded. It electrified both the Miramonte bench and fans. It also gave Miramonte a 29 – 28 lead at half.

The second half was as entertaining as the first. The third quarter was also free flowing offensively. The Dons scored 17 points while the Matadors dropped-in 18 points. The score after three quarters was Miramonte 47 Dons 45. Again, just as the Dons were about to take a lead into 4th quarter, 45 – 44, Ionescu, nailed a contested three pointer from the top of the key to give the Matadors their 47 – 45 lead. In the 4th quarter, the Dons played well but could not get their shots to fall late in the quarter. Also, Miramonte had too much Ionescu, who dominated the quarter, scoring 14 of the Matadors 26 points in the 4th. The Dons scored 19 points in the 4th but it was obviously not enough to catch the Matadors. The final score of this exciting basketball game was 73 – 64, Miramonte.

The Matadors were led by senior captain, Eddie Ionescu, who scored 32 points, including two buzzer beating three point daggers that proved to be big in the final score. Acalanes threw different defenders on Ionescu, but nobody could really slow him down. He posted-up smaller defenders and shot over every defender. Miramonte also went to the free throw line 31 times in the game and they converted on 22 of them.

Acalanes was led by their captain, Andrew McKendell, who showed why he is the floor general for this Acalanes team. He blew past Matador defenders, used the pick and roll to create havoc for their defense and set-up his teammates for numerous open three point shot attempts and lay-ups. McKendell scored 7 points and dished-out 10 assists. A regular recipient of McKendell’s passes last night was junior sharp shooter, Jessie Marlow, who scored 20 points. Marlow was very efficient from behind the three point line making 4 of his 6 attempts. He also made 6 of his 7 free throw attempts. Acalanes also got a big lift from their other captain, senior forward Alex Kinnear. Kinnear is working himself back from mononucleosis. This was his second game back since being medically cleared to play and it looked like he is getting his strength back. Kinnear was 3 of 4 from behind the three point line and finished with 11 points before fouling out. Getting Kinnear back in the line-up at 100% will be incredibly valuable for the Dons. Ryan Nall had another productive game for Acalanes scoring 10 points and hauling-in 6 rebounds. Even though sophomore forward Robby Rowell had a tough night shooting from the field, he chipped-in 3 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Rowell was also one of the defenders asked to slow down Ionescu. Sophomore guard Aidan McNamara had another solid game for Dons, scoring 9 points, pulling down 4 rebounds, dishing-out 2 assists and playing tough defense.

With the loss, Acalanes falls to 9-12 on the season and 2 -5 in DFAL action. Acalanes will be back in action on Tuesday night February 2nd at Las Lomas where they will try to sweep the season series against the Knights. Please make the short drive into Walnut Creek to support your Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball team. Tip-off will be at 7:00pm

As Always…Go Dons!!!

Jan 30 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Boys basketball

found themselves in a very close wire-to-wire game that found them falling just short of Miramonte HS at the end. The freshman team suffered an identical fate.

Girls Basketball

was defeated by Miramonte HS. The jv girls also fell.

In Saturday’s action…

Boys Soccer

plays at College Park HS. Freshmen at 11:00, jv at 1:00 and varsity at 3:00.

Frosh-Soph Girls Soccer

hosts Deer Valley HS at 9:00.

Wrestling

competes in the Pound for Pound Invitational at San Rafael HS.

Individual standouts…

Girls Basketball

Brooke Panfili scored 13 points and Emma Godfrey 11 points.

Jan 29 – Boys Varsity Basketball Hosts Miramonte Tonight

…In the Huber Dome at 7:00pm

The Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team looks to pay back Miramonte for one of their worst losses of the season. The Mats took care of the Dons 77 -41 back on January 5th. This Acalanes team will be better prepared for Miramonte tonight. Also, this time, Acalanes will have home court advantage and hopefully a raucous home crowd advantage. Miramonte has one of the best student cheering sections in the entire DFAL. I am certain that most of them will travel down Moraga Road to Lafayette to support their varsity Matadors as well as harass all Dons players. I am not sure the Acalanes student section is ready to compete with Miramonte…but you never know.

The Dons enter the tonight’s game off a 62 – 53 victory over Alhambra. Acalanes has a league record of 2 – 4 and an overall record of 9 – 10. While the Matadors enter tonight’s game off a 76 – 69 victory over Las Lomas. Miramonte has a league record of 4-2 and an overall record of 14 – 6.

Please come out and support your Boys Varsity Basketball Team. There are only three more home games remaining on the schedule – Miramonte, Dougherty Valley and Dublin.

As Always…Go Dons!!!

Jan 29 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Wrestling

defeated Campolindo HS 45-25. Scott Ortlieb, Ben Ross, Tai White, Chris Fulton, Axel Jurgens and Isaac Douglas won their matches.

Axel Jurgens pins opponent
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In Friday’s action…

Basketball

teams play Miramonte HS.
At Acalanes HS, jv girls at 4:00, varsity girls at 5:30 and varsity boys at 7:00.
At Miramonte HS, jv boys at 4:00 and freshman boys at 5:30.

In Saturday’s action…

Boys Soccer

plays at College Park HS. Freshmen at 11:00, jv at 1:00 and varsity at 3:00.

Frosh-Soph Girls Soccer

hosts Deer Valley HS at 9:00.

Wrestling

competes in the Pound for Pound Invitational at San Rafael HS.

Jan 27 – Boys Varsity Basketball Team Defeats Alhambra 62 – 53

This was a game that the Dons needed as they prepare for the second half of DFAL action. Alhambra was game right up until the final 60 seconds of the fourth quarter. Acalanes was not going to relinquish the lead and the Bulldogs just ran out of time.

The 1st quarter started flat for the Acalanes offense. The Dons trailed the Bulldogs 9 – 5 after the 1st quarter. Open shots were there for all players. They were just not dropping in the first 8 minutes of the contest. Things would open up for Acalanes offense in the 2nd quarter. They would outscore Alhambra 20 to 7 in the second to take a 25 – 16 lead at halftime. The ball moved really well in the 2nd quarter. This team is starting to understand the importance of sharing the basketball and finding the open shooter.

The 3rd quarter was not a perfect one for the Dons but most importantly it did not cost Acalanes a victory. Alhambra outscored Acalanes 15 – 13 in the third quarter to cut in the Dons halftime lead. The score going into the final quarter of action was Acalanes 38 – Alhambra 31. The 4th quarter saw both teams light-up the scoreboard. There were plenty of three point shots and free throws made for both Acalanes and Alhambra. The Bulldogs scored 22 points while the Dons scored 24 points in the 4th quarter. It was just the right combination of offense and defense by Acalanes to hold off a very feisty Alhambra team, 62-53. I am certain the Bulldogs will be waiting anxiously for the re-match that will take place in Martinez on Friday February 19th.

The stat sheet was filled with many excellent performances. The shooting percentages were not great but the final results worked out just fine for the Dons. It was great to watch two of our seniors, Nathan Edwards and Joey Christensen, make key contributions in this victory. Also, Ryan Nall and Robby Rowell did a great job of controlling the boards throughout the game.

Andrew McKendell – 4 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
Aidan McNamara – 7 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals
Ryan Nall – 12 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal and 1 block
Robby Rowell – 16 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal
Jesse Marlow – 12 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal and 1 block
Alex Kinnear – 5 points, 2 rebounds and 1 steal
Nathan Edwards – 2 points, 1 rebound and 2 assists
Joey Christensen – 2 points and 1 block

All of the Dons will have to step-up their games as the Matadors (14 – 6) roll into town tonight. It should be a much better game than the one Acalanes played back on January 5th at Miramonte. That might have been the ugliest game the Dons played all season. Several Acalanes players did not show-up for that game. I am sure that will not be the case tonight. It should be an entertaining game.

Remember, the Boys Varsity basketball games now tip-off at 7:00pm. Let’s get the Huber Dome rocking. Miramonte will have its student section rocking for tonight’s game. Let’s not let them outshine us on our home court.

As Always…Go Dons!!!

Jan 27 – Cardiac Kids Conquer Campo

The Lady Dons traveled to Campolindo Wednesday night intent on avenging one of the two ties on their season resume. Keying off an energized play of Senior Midfielder Regan McQuain, the Dons dominated most of the early going in the offensive end. The payoff came in two first half goals – the first off a ferocious right foot cross from Kierra Krawec which Muppy Gragg drove home in the 15th minute. Gragg then kept the scoring going when her next shot rebounded off the Campo keeper to the waiting feet of Sasha Sadoff who finished the goal in the 27th minute. The first half ended with that 2-0 lead for the Lady Dons.

Emily Smith
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Senior Dons keeper Kyle McQuain and her team of defenders led by a surging Jesse Carlin and the backbone of defensive midfielder Emily Smith and center backs Cate Combi and Callie Ericksen kept the shutout going until 63rd minute when a 25 yard shot by Campo’s Mariah Brown found the back of the net. That cut the lead to a single goal. Just three minutes later a Campo striker broke loose for a one-on-keeper opportunity, but Kyle McQuain thwarted the charge with a brilliant sliding tackle in the box. Following a dubious foul in the 69th minute, the Campo free kick from just outside the box struck the crossbar and went down and into the net to tie the score at two apiece. That left the Dons fans fearing a “reverse deja vu” moment as in the first meeting it was the Lady Dons who rallied with two goals in the last twelve minutes to secure the tie. Together the Lady Dons responded with a resounding “Not this time!” The Lady Dons responded with the go ahead goal just two minutes later when defender Cate Combi drove home the finish off Emily Smith’s corner kick. In a true “leave no doubt” moment, Allison Merrill then dribbled deep into the left wing and delivered a perfect pass to Mia Carvotta who drove home the insurance goal just two minutes later to make the score 4-2. Campo launched a frantic effort to recover, but the Dons defense held strong as Callie Ericksen’s crushing clears kept the ball from even reaching Dons keeper McQuain again.

 

Mia Carvotta
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The Lady Dons next match against Pinole Valley is questionable due to Pinole Valley injuries. The Lady Dons next DFAL match will be next Wednesday when they host second place Las Lomas in a match certain to have both league title and playoff implications.

Jan 28 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Boys Basketball

went back and forth with Alhambra HS before finishing them off 62-53. The jv team did likewise.

Girls Basketball

won in a landslide over Alhambra HS. The jv road was not as easy, yet they pulled out a 2 point victory.

Girls Soccer

Acalanes and Campo were tied 2-2 in the second half until an offensive barrage of 2 goals in one minute propelled the girls soccer team to a 4-2 victory over Campolindo HS raising their DFAL record to 6-0-2 and their overall record to 8-0-2.

Regan McQuain
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Boys Soccer

played very well battling Campolindo HS to a 1-1 draw. The jv team also played to a 1-1 tie.

In Thursday’s action…

Wrestling

hosts Campolindo HS at 6:00.

Wednesday’s individual standouts…

Boys Basketball

Robbie Rowell scored 16 points, with 3 3-pointers. Jesse Marlow scored 14 points, with 2 3-pointers. Ryan Nall scored 12 points.

Girls Basketball

Brooke Panfili scored 17 points, with 3 3-pointers. Roni Marrone scored 17 points with 1 3-pointer. Alex Grant-Hudd scored 11 points, with 3 3-pointers. Emma Godfrey scored 10 points.

Varsity Boys Soccer

Ian Franklin scored the lone goal assisted by Drew Wondolowski. Joey Moran was named “Man of the Match.”

JV Boys Soccer

John Stevenson scored the lone goal.

Jan 27 – Wednesday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Basketball

teams play Alhambra HS.
At Acalanes HS, jv boys at 4:00, varsity boys at 5:30 and varsity girls at 7:00.
At Alhambra HS, jv girls at 4:00 and freshman boys at 5:30.

Soccer

teams play Campolindo HS.
Boys are home and girls are away. JV at 4:15 and varsity at 6:15.

Jan 25 – Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team Let’s Dublin Squeak By 44 – 43

This one will sting for 24hr. In a game which Acalanes lead for 90% of the contest, they could not put away the Dublin Gaels in the second half and they let a road league victory slip between their collective fingers. After playing an aggressive first half of basketball against Dublin’s defense, the Dons took a 33 – 22 halftime lead into the locker room. Acalanes attacked Dublin’s full court run and double press and gave themselves some easy baskets. The Dons were in control of this game. But the Dublin gym has never been kind to Acalanes in the 2nd half of games.

Acalanes just needs to skip the 3rd quarter of each game. It seems to be the quarter that has sealed their fate in several losses this season. Last night was no different. In the 3rd quarter, the Dons could only generate two points of offense. It was not for lack of shots. The shots were just not falling for the Dons. Lucky for Acalanes Dublin only scored 6 points in the 3rd quarter. So entering the final quarter of the contest, the Dons held a 35 – 28 lead over the Gaels.

Let’s cut to the chase… coming out of a time out, with Acalanes trailing 44 – 43 and 5.9 seconds on the clock, the Dons inbounded the ball but could not get a shot off. A foul should have been called on the play. It would have put Acalanes on the free throw line for a 1 and 1 effort. But three officials on the floor would not blow their whistles and that was that. Dublin would grab a victory from the jaws of defeat. In the end, Dublin made a couple of more plays than Acalanes late in the 4th quarter. Combine that with the fact that Acalanes only scored 10 points in the second half and that usually means a “L” on the record. I am sure the boys are looking forward to the re-match against Dublin on Senior Night on Tuesday February 16th.

I do not have the game statistics handy. Nevertheless, offensively, the Dons were led by sophomore’s Robby Rowell and Ryan Nall and by junior Jesse Marlow. Marlow and Rowell hit a number of three point shots that helped stretch the Dons 1st half lead. Nall was the recipient of many nice passes which he used to finish with lay-ups at the rim. Most of this offensive production came within the first 16 minutes of the game. It helped the Dons build the eleven point halftime advantage it enjoyed.

With this tough loss, the Dons fall to 8 – 11 on the season. Acalanes has an opportunity to bounce back tomorrow, Wednesday afternoon (1/27), versus Alhambra at home in the Huber Dome. Tip-off will take place at 5:30pm.

As Always…Go Dons!!

Jan 26 – Tuesday Sports

In Monday’s action…

Boys Basketball

played very well and had the last possession with 5.9 seconds left, but could not convert and fell at Dublin HS 44-43. The freshmen also dropped a close game.

Girls Basketball

found themselves in a back and forth game that also saw them come up just short in a 64-61 defeat at the hands of Dublin HS. The jv team pulled out a victory.

Jan 25 – Monday Sports

In Saturday’s action…

Frosh-Soph Girls Soccer

defeated Clayton Valley Charter HS 2-0 and Dougherty Valley HS 3-0.

In Monday’s action…

Basketball

at Dublin HS. JV boys at 4:00, varsity boys at 5:30 and varsity girls at 7:00.
At Acalanes HS. JV girls at 4:00 and freshman boys at 5:30.

Friday’s individual standouts…

Boys Basketball

Jesse Marlow scored 15 points and Robbie Rowell 11 points, each with 3 3-pointers. Ryan Nall scored 9 points and was a tenacious presence in the paint.

Girls Basketball

Alex Grant-Hudd had the shooting touch scoring 15 points with 3 3-pointers. Emma Godfrey was a strong presence inside with 12 points and great contributions on defense and rebounding. Brooke Panfili scored 10 points, with 1 3-pointer.

Alex Grant-Hudd
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Saturdays individual standouts…

Girls Soccer

Cate Goodman and Bridgett Johnson each scored two goals and Isobel Whitehead scored the other goal. Christina Pathoumthong was in goal for both shutouts.

Jan 22 – Lady Dons Soccer Open Second Half With Shutout Victory

“Fresh” off finals week, the Lady Dons hosted Dougherty Valley Friday night and came away with a 1-0 victory to open the second half of DFAL play. The win in combination with a tie by Las Lomas put the Dons in sole possession of first place in the DFAL.

Much of the first half was played in the Dons’ defensive end, but Senior keeper Kyle McQuain and her center backs of Cate Combi, Mea Mitchell, and Callie Ericksen kept the slate clean. The Dons finally broke through in the scoring column when Kierra Krawec drove home a header off a corner kick delivery from Emily Smith in the 34th minute. The match remained a defensive battle until midway through the second half when midfielder Allison Merrill elevated to another energy level and forced play into the Dons offensive end. Sasha Sadoff then caught the energy burst as well with multiple runs up the right wing. Nevertheless, the Dons could not convert another goal. As a result, it became a tense finish as keeper McQuain was forced to make multiple sliding saves on Dougherty Valley shots in the final five minutes. Ultimately, the Dons defense preserved the shutout and the win.

The Lady Dons are next in action on Wednesday as they travel to rival Campolindo.

Jan 22 – Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Falls to Campolindo, 63 – 51

It was an entertaining game.  The Acalanes players competed hard for 32 minutes.  Unfortunately, they could not get shots to fall late in the 4th quarter.  This allowed Campolindo to hold-off the surging Acalanes Dons, 63-51.

The 1st quarter started off shaky for the Dons.  They were outscored 17 – 9 by Campolindo who were energized by the three point shooting of senior forward, Austin Clarke.  In the 2nd quarter, Acalanes got its offense cranked-up and scored 17 points in the quarter.  This offensive output allowed the Dons to cut into Campolindo’s lead by two points and only trailed by 6 points at halftime, 32 – 26.  The game was there for the taking for Acalanes.

Jesse Marlow
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Junior forward Jesse Marlow was the offensive star for Acalanes in the first half.  Jesse stroked shots from all over the floor.  He hit three 3-point shots along with mid-range shots and free throws in both the 1st and 2nd quarters of the game.  Marlow ended the first half with 15 critical points for the Dons.

The third quarter proved to be troublesome for Acalanes again.  Campolindo hit several three pointers including a 4-point play from Austin Clarke to fuel a 22 point 3rd quarter.  The Dons scored 12 points in the 3rd quarter which was a solid offensive effort.  Nevertheless, Campolindo’s lead going into the 4th quarter grew to 16 points, 54 – 38.  The Dons would not go away.  Acalanes would rally in the 4th quarter to shrink Campolindo’s lead to single digits.  After two free throws by point guard Andrew McKendell, the score was 56 – 49, Campolindo, with 3:01 remaining in the game.  From that moment forward, Acalanes went cold from the field.  Nothing would fall for the Dons.  They had excellent looks at the basket, but the home rim was unkind.  In the final three minutes of the game, the Cougars outscored the Dons, 7 to 2, to fend off Acalanes and leave Lafayette with a 63 – 51 victory.

Andrew McKendell
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The varsity Dons got a tremendous spark from two junior varsity call-ups, sophomore forward Robby Rowell and sophomore center Ryan NallRowell, known for his success as a quarterback on the football field, showed he was comfortable on the hardwood as well.  He ended the game with 11 points (three 3 point shots), 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal.  Nall, a varsity football defensive lineman, scored 9 points, 5 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 block shot.  An impressive varsity debut for these two young men.

Robby Rowell
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Sophomore Aidan McNamara had another very solid game at shooting guard for Acalanes.  McNamara ended the game with 6 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists and 1 steal.  Junior forward Jesse Marlow stuffed the stat sheet with 17 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 offensive foul drawn.  Unfortunately for Marlow, he could not find his shooting touch in the 2nd half only scoring two points in the final 16 minutes of the game.  Senior point guard Andrew McKendell had a tough night from the field, but finished the game with 5 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal.  Until Alex Kinnear returns to the starting line-up, McKendell will have to quarterback a very young Dons varsity team that will often have three sophomores and one junior on the floor at the same time.

Aidan McNamara
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With their loss to Campolindo, Acalanes falls to 8 – 10 on the season.  The Dons can climb over .500 with a successful week of basketball starting on Monday January 25th.  Acalanes has three games next week, one on the road and two at home.  Let’s fill-up the Huber Dome on Wednesday and Friday.

·        Monday January 25th – Acalanes at Dublin – 5:30pm tip-off
·        Wednesday January 27th – Alhambra at Acalanes – 5:30pm tip-off
·        Friday January 29th – Miramonte at Acalanes – 7:00pm tip-off (notice the game time change)

As Always…Go Dons!!!

Jan 23 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Girls Soccer

scored early and made it stand in a 1-0 victory over Dougherty Valley HS. The jv team had the opposite experience. They played well the entire game but gave up a goal in extra time to fall 1-0.

Boys Soccer

played to a 2-2 draw with Dougherty Valley HS.

Boys Basketball

made an incredible rally from being down 20 points only to fall short to Campolindo HS. The jv boys were the opposite building a big lead and holding on to defeat the Cougars.

Ryan Nall
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Girls Basketball

played an exciting back-and-forth game, but could not pull out the victory over Campolindo HS.

Taylor Jones
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In Saturday’s action…

Freshman Boys Soccer

hosts Las Lomas HS at 11:00.

Frosh-Soph Girls Soccer

hosts Bishop O’Dowd HS at 9:00.

Wrestling

competes in the King of the Mat Invitational at Windsor HS.

Jan 22 – Friday Sports Page

In Friday’s action…

Basketball

teams play Campolindo HS.
At Acalanes HS, jv boys at 4:00, varsity boys at 5:30 and varsity girls at 7:00.
At Campolindo HS, JV girls at 4:00 and freshman boys at 5:30.

Soccer

teams play Dougherty Valley HS. Girls are home and boys are away. JV at 4:15 and varsity at 6:15.

In Saturday’s action…

Freshman Boys Soccer

hosts Las Lomas HS at 11:00.

Frosh-Soph Girls Soccer

hosts Bishop O’Dowd HS at 9:00.

Wrestling

competes in the King of the Mat Invitational at Windsor HS.

Jan 22 – Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Hosts Rival Campolindo Today at 5:30pm

IT’S A BALL NIGHT!!! IT’S A BEAT CAMPO NIGHT!!!

The Acalanes Dons welcomes their cross town rival, the Campolindo Cougars, to the Huber Dome for a basketball triple header today. The Acalanes Boys Varsity basketball team looks to bounce back from a road loss last Friday night at Dougherty Valley. The Campolindo Boys Varsity basketball team also looks to rebound from a home loss to Dougherty Valley back on January 12th. Acalanes enters tonight’s game with a record of 8 – 9 on the season while Campolindo enters tonight’s game with a record of 7 – 9 on the season.

Here is the line-up for today’s Acalanes vs. Campolindo basketball triple header

· 4:00pm – Acalanes JV Boys vs. Campolindo JV Boys
· 5:30pm – Acalanes Varsity Boys vs. Campolindo Varsity Boys
· 7:00pm – Acalanes Varsity Girls vs. Campolindo Varsity Girls

Finals are over. It’s now time to get the Huber Dome rocking for all three games. We must protect our house!!!

As Always…Go Dons!!

Jan 18 – Monday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Girls Basketball

defeated Dougherty Valley HS 65-54 to raise their overall record to 13-3 and their DFAL record to 2-1. The jv team suffered a defeat.

Boys Basketball

was defeated by Dougherty Valley HS. The freshman team met the same fate.

Girls Soccer

defeated Miramonte HS 3-1 to raise their overall record to 6-0-2 and their DFAL record to 4-0-2.

Boys Soccer

was defeated by Miramonte HS 2-1. The jv team was victorious 2-1.

In Saturday’s action…

Boys Soccer

engaged in a defensive battle resulting in a 0-0 tie with Northgate HS. The jv team was the 1-0 victor raising their overall record to 5-0-3.

Frosh-Soph Girls Soccer

was defeated by Heritage HS and Berkeley HS.

Friday’s individual standouts…

Girls Soccer

Sasha Sadoff scored a goal assisted by Regan McQuain. Regan McQuain scored on a well-placed penalty kick. Emily Smith scored a goal assisted by Jackie Nichols. Kyle McQuain had several critical saves.

JV Girls Soccer

Serena Singh scored 2 goals and Maddie Zuber scored 1 goal.

Varsity Boys Soccer

Gabe Singer scored the lone goal.

JV Boys Soccer

Nick Schirmer and Bennett Winther each scored a goal.

Saturday’s individual standouts…

Frosh-Soph Girls Soccer

Bridget Johnson and Isobel Whitehead each scored a goal.

JV Boys Soccer

Bennett Winther scored the lone goal.

Jan 15 – Lady Dons Soccer Complete DFAL First Half in First Place

The Lady Dons hosted Miramonte on Friday night and came away with a 3-1 victory. With the win, the Lady Dons claimed a first place tie with Las Lomas and completed the first half of the DFAL season with an unbeaten League record of 4-0-2. Acalanes dominated and got on the board early when frosh Sasha Sadoff converted a through ball from senior Regan McQuain for the game’s first goal in the 11th minute. Just five minutes later, Regan McQuain single-handedly extended the lead to 2-0 when she drew a foul in the box and converted the ensuing penalty kick.

Mia Mitchell
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The early portions of the second half were a muddled affair played mostly in the Dons’ defensive end, but the Dons’ defense centered by Cate Combi and Callie Ericksen and flanked by Mea Mitchell, Jesse Carlin, and Malika Haji kept the slate clean for most of the half. Ultimately, the visiting Matadors converted a corner kick into a goal with 16 minutes to play to draw within a single goal. Keeper Kyle McQuain was forced to make multiple saves over the final fifteen minutes including a brilliant one-on-one save two minutes into stoppage time. McQuain then quickly released the ball to Jackie Nichols who raced the ball up the right side before releasing it to Emily Smith for the Dons’ third goal.

Sasha Sadoff
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The Lady Dons start the second go-round of DFAL play on Friday night as they host Dougherty Valley High School.

Jan 16 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Girls Basketball

defeated Dougherty Valley HS 65-54 to raise their overall record to 13-3 and their DFAL record to 2-1. The jv team suffered a defeat.

Boys Basketball

was defeated by Dougherty Valley HS. The freshman team met the same fate.

Girls Soccer

defeated Miramonte HS 3-1 to raise their overall record to 6-0-2 and their DFAL record to 4-0-2.

Emily Smith
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Boys Soccer

was defeated by Miramonte HS 2-1. The jv team was victorious 2-1 to raise their overall record to 4-0-3.

Joey Moran
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In Saturday’s action…

Boys Soccer

plays at Northgate HS. Freshman at 12:45, jv at 2:45 and varsity at 4:45.

Frosh-Soph Girls Soccer

hosts Heritage HS at 9:00 and hosts Berkeley HS at 2:00.

Wrestling

competes in the Clayton Valley Charter Invitational.

Friday’s individual standouts…

Girls Soccer

Sasha Sadoff scored a goal assisted by Regan McQuain. Regan McQuain scored on a well-placed penalty kick. Emily Smith scored a goal assisted by Jackie Nichols. Kyle McQuain had several critical saves.

Kyle McQuain
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Varsity Boys Soccer

Gabe Singer scored the lone goal.

JV Boys Soccer

Nick Schirmer and Bennett Winther each scored a goal.

Jan 15 – Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team Cannot Stop Dougherty Valley

…in the 2nd Half and Loses, 72-40.

First let me start by saying that Acalanes was without 3/5’s of its starting line-up: Gavin Shipp out (Arm/Wrist), Alex Kinnear out (Mono) and Aidan McNamara out (Sick). It is hard to compete against any team when the majority of your starting line-up is out of action. It is even harder when you are on the road facing the 15 – 1 Dougherty Valley Wildcats (DV) who are coming off a 42 – 38 road victory over Campolindo on Tuesday evening.

This was a tale of two polar opposite halves. In the first half, Acalanes played with poise, defensive discipline and toughness and trailed Dougherty Valley by only 5 points at halftime, 28 to 23. In the second half, much of what fueled the Dons in the first half vanished. In the third quarter specifically, the Dons could not defend the two wing players from Dougherty Valley. These two players combined for 19 points and shot 10 for 11 from the free throw line. With 3:29 remaining in the third quarter and the score, 38 – 33 Dougherty Valley, the Wildcats started full court pressing the Dons. This pressure led to eight consecutive turnovers for Acalanes, either in the back court or front court. The score went from a 5 point deficit to a 26 point deficit in 3 minutes and 29 seconds. DV went on a 21 to 1 run to end the quarter. This third quarter derailment doomed Acalanes. There would be no coming back from these repeated body blows by DV. The Dons were outscored by the Wildcats 31 to 10 in the third quarter…YIKES!! It all happened so fast. The score after three quarters was now 59 – 33, DV.

In the fourth quarter, both Acalanes and DV played a lot of bench players. When the final buzzer sounded, the final score was 72-40, Dougherty Valley. The Dons relinquished 44 points in the second half. They will have to tighten-up their defense over the next seven days as cross-town, arch rival Campolindo rolls into Lafayette next Friday (1/22) to tip-off against the Acalanes.

Captain, Andrew McKendell worked hard to keep this patch-work Dons line-up within striking distance of DV in the first half. McKendell scored 6 points, dished-out 4 assists, collected one steal and drew one offensive foul in the first two quarter. He would end the game with 8 points and 6 assists. However, in his 32 minute effort to make plays for the Dons, he did amass seven turnovers. Acalanes also got solid 8 point offensive performances from Junior power forward Aaron Hill and Sophomore shooting guard Nick Price.

As I stated earlier, Acalanes will welcome Campolindo to the Huber Dome next Friday (1/22) at 5:30pm. Please come-out and support your varsity Dons as they try to improve their record back to .500.

As Always…Go Dons!!

Jan 14 – Wrestling Update

On Thursday night the Acalanes Varsity Wrestling team gave another outstanding performance when they traveled to Dougherty Valley High School for a DFAL dual meet. Although they lost a close meet 36-34 to the second place Dougherty Valley team they totally dominated the wrestling on the mat. Acalanes won 8 of the 12 matches that were wrestled. Ben Ross, Tai White, Jeremy Ridge, Tyler Sverak, Joey Gladden, Axel Jurgens, Peyton Li and Logan Branch all won their matches. Isaac Douglas sat out with a sprained ankle. The decision to forfeit two weight classes cost the team 12 points but was the right decision for our athletes. The team continues to improve daily and impress with their work ethic and dedication to the sport.

Jan 15 – Friday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Basketball

Teams play Dougherty Valley HS.

At Dougherty Valley HS, JV boys at 4:00, varsity boys at 5:30 and varsity girls at 7:00.
At Acalanes HS, JV girls at 4:00 and freshman boys at 5:30.

Soccer

Teams play Miramonte HS.

Girls are home and boys are away.
JV at 4:15 and varsity at 6:15.

In Saturday’s action…

Boys Soccer

Teams play at Northgate HS. Freshman at 12:45, jv at 2:45 and varsity at 4:45.

Frosh-Soph Girls Soccer

hosts Heritage HS at 9:00 and hosts Berkeley HS at 2:00.

Wrestling

competes in the Clayton Valley Charter Invitational.

Jan 14 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Boys Soccer

defeated Alhambra HS 3-2 as freshman Chris Rogers scored his 1st Acalanes goal in the opening half and prowled the cage in the second half to spark the victory.

Girls Soccer

defeated Alhambra HS 3-2 to raise their DFAL record to 3-0-2 and their overall record to 5-0-2.

In Thursday’s action…

Wrestling

has a meet at Dougherty Valley HS at 6:00.

Wednesday’s individual standouts…

Boys Soccer

Chris Rogers was named “Man of the Match.” Luis Martinez and Tom Higgins each scored a goal. Drew Wondolowski had 2 assists and Cameron Shapoorian added an assist.

Girls Soccer

Kierra Krawec scored a goal assisted by Emily Smith. Cate Combi scored a goal. Sasha Sadoff scored a goal assisted by Regan McQuain.

Jan 13 – Lady Dons Down Dogs 3-2

With senior Kyle McQuain making her first appearance of the season in the nets, the Lady Dons traveled to Alhambra Wednesday night and returned with a 3-2 victory. The Dons dominated the first half in route to a 2-0 halftime margin. Kierra Krawec got the scoring going with the opening goal in the 11th minute off a pass down the left side from midfielder Emily Smith. Defender Cate Combi extended the lead to 2-0 when she collected and converted a loose ball off a Dons’ corner kick late in the first half. Never ones to let their fans become complacent, the Dons gave up a goal in the first minute of the second half to cut the lead to a single goal. The Dons clung to that margin in a back and forth struggle until Sasha Sadoff collected a through ball from Regan McQuain and converted it for the third goal in the 69th minute. The Dons surrendered a final goal with six minutes to play, but held on to closeout the 3-2 victory. With the win, the Lady Dons extended their DFAL unbeaten streak to 18 games which represents three full cycles through the DFAL.

The Lady Dons are next in action Friday night when they host rival Miramonte and close out the first half of the DFAL campaign.

Jan 13 – Wednesday Sports

Soccer

Today, the soccer teams resume DFAL action against Alhambra HS. Boys are home and girls are away. JV at 4:15 and varsity at 6:15.

Jan 9 – Wrestling update

On Saturday, January 9, the Acalanes Varsity Wrestling Team competed at the 15th Annual Mat Classic at Granada High School. 41 teams from the North Coast, Central Coast, San Francisco, Sac-Joaquin, and Southern Sections were in attendance.

Acalanes Wrestling continued an excellent start to the season with Tai White and Jeremy Ridge both winning the tournament. Tai White won the Championship in the 120 pound weight class and Jeremy Ridge won the championship in the 132 pound Weight class. Both wrestlers won by major decision in the finals.

To date, the Varsity Wrestling team has won ten medals at six tournaments throughout the state and is 1-1 in DFAL competition.

Tai White, Jeremy Ridge, Axel Jurgens, Isaac Douglas and Logan Branch have all placed at Varsity Tournaments this season and YaYa Qtteishat, Joey Gladden, Tyler Sverak and Logan Branch placed at the JV Tournament.

Congratulations to all of our wrestlers on their hard work so far this season.

Jan 8 – Lady Dons Down Dublin 3-2

Friday night, the Lady Dons trailed 2-0 at halftime before storming back with three second-half goals to defeat Dublin High 3-2. Allison Merrill got the Dons on the scoreboard first off a set-piece cross from Emily Smith in the 48th minute. Callie Ericksen then evened the score with a goal off an assist from Muppy Gragg. The Lady Dons went ahead to stay in the 67th minute when Cate Combi finished a cross from Sasha Sadoff. Dons’ keeper Sophia Giordano turned away multiple Dublin runs to deny any scores in the second half and secure the victory.
The Lady Dons are next in action Wednesday at Alhambra.

Jan 11 – Monday Sports

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Basketball

defeated Elk Grove HS 64-58 in the New Years Shootout at Pittsburg HS.

Frosh-Soph Girls Soccer

was defeated by College Park HS and hosts Dublin HS.

In Monday’s action…

Freshman Boys Soccer

plays at San Ramon Valley HS at 6:00.

Saturday’s individual standouts…

Girls Basketball

Emma Godfrey scored 19 points. Brooke Panfili scored 15 points, with 3 3-pointers. Taylor Jones scored 15 points.

Jan 8 – Acalanes Boys Basketball Team Protects Its House

…Taking Down Las Lomas, 59 – 46.

This week was a tale of two completely different games for the Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team. Tuesday night’s DFAL opener at Miramonte was ugly for Acalanes. However, last night’s game in the Huber Dome at Acalanes was awfully pretty for the Dons. The entire look and flow of the Las Lomas game was 100% different than that of the Miramonte game. The boys gave their home fans a lot to cheer about in their DFAL home opener. Acalanes now improves its record to 1 -1 in DFAL play and 8-8 overall. Las Lomas drops to 1-1 in DFAL action and 9-5 overall.

The Las Lomas game started ominously…just like the Miramonte game did. The Dons fell behind 7-0 in the opening minutes of the first quarter and I am sure many in the stands wondered if the boys would fight back and keep this game close. And fight back they did. The Dons made a run and finished the first quarter down by only one point, 14 – 13. Sweet assists by Andrew McKendell (3) and Aidan McNamara (2) set their teammates up for some great looks at the basket. Alex Kinnear was the benefactor of three of these assists scoring 7 points in the first quarter.

Acalanes got its offense cranked-up in the second quarter. The Dons outscored the Knights 17 to 10 in the second. Las Lomas, a team that tends to live by the three pointer, could not get the three ball going with any consistency all night long. The Acalanes defense had something to do with it. The Dons defense extended out on most of the Las Lomas shooters throughout the game, never giving them a clean, uncontested look. Acalanes took the lead into halftime, 30 – 24.

The third quarter was hotly contested. The Dons edged-out the Knights 16 -13 in the quarter to take a 46 – 37 lead going into the fourth and final quarter. Alex Kinnear and Jesse Marlow both had productive offensive quarters. However, a steal and coast-to-coast finish by Marlow with under a minute to go in the third was a wonderful way to top off a 16 point quarter by Acalanes.

Could the Dons close this game out? Would the Dons close this game out? They enjoyed a nine point lead to start the fourth. Which is exactly what they needed. Their lead had been as large as twelve in the third quarter. But Las Lomas would just not go away. In the fourth, Alex Kinnear, the Don’s leading scorer of the game, would foul out with 4:20 remaining and the score 49 – 41 Acalanes. Within the next thirty seconds, Las Lomas shrunk the Acalanes lead to four, 49 – 45. Would it be panic time for the Dons? Not at all. They were as cool as the other side of the pillow (thank you to the late, great Stuart Scott for that line). Acalanes would close out the game on a 10 to 1 run to finish off Las Lomas, 59 – 46. The most exciting three points of their ten point run came on a drive and left handed “and one” finish by Nico Brightbill with 2:06 remaining. Not only did this three point play stretch the Acalanes lead to nine, it fouled out the Knight’s best player on the floor, Devin Payne.

Acalanes got amazing performances from their starters. McKendell, McNamara and Marlow never left the floor for the Dons. The stat lines were impressive for the five starters:
· Nico Brightbill – 9 points, 9 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 assist and 1 offensive foul drawn
· Jesse Marlow – 12 points, 5 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 offensive foul drawn
· Aidan McNamara – 8 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
· Andrew McKendell – 3 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals, 5 assists and 1 offensive foul drawn
· Alex Kinnear – 22 points and 8 rebounds

Acalanes has a BYE on Tuesday January 12th but will be back in action versus the Dougherty Valley Wildcats on Friday January 15th in San Ramon. Dougherty Valley has a record of 14 – 1 on the season and 2 – 0 in DFAL play. Dougherty Valley will have to face off against Campolindo on Tuesday January 12th in Moraga before squaring-off against Acalanes next Friday afternoon.

There was a great home crowd at last night’s game. The Varsity Boys will need even more fans in the Huber Dome when Campolindo visits in two weeks on January 22nd.

As Always…Go Dons!!

Jan 9 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Boys Basketball

may have played their best game of the season defeating Las Lomas HS 59-46. The jv boys recorded another victory.

Girls Basketball

won easily over Las Lomas HS. The jv team was also the victor.

Girls Soccer

faced a 2-0 deficit before rallying to defeat Dublin HS 3-2. The jv team suffered in defeat.

Boys Soccer

was defeated by Dublin HS.

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Basketball

plays Elk Grove HS at Pittsburg HS in the New Years Shootout at 4:00.

Freshman Boys Soccer

hosts De La Salle HS at 11:00.

Frosh-Soph Girls Soccer

hosts College Park HS at 9:00 and hosts Dublin HS at 2:00.

Friday’s individual standouts…

Boys Basketball

Alex Kinnear scored 22 points, with 1 3-pointer. Jesse Marlowe scored 12 points, with 2 3-pointers.

Girls Basketball

Emma Godfrey scored 25 points. Brooke Panfili scored 21 points, with 2 3-pointers. Roni Marrone scored 20 points, with 1 3-pointer. Julia Lyons scored 10 points.

Jan 8 – Friday Sports Page

In Friday’s action…

Basketball

Teams play Las Lomas HS.
At Acalanes HS, jv boys at 4:00, varsity boys at 5:30 and varsity girls at 7:00.
At Las Lomas HS, jv girls at 4:00 and freshman boys at 5:30.

Soccer

Teams play Dublin HS.
Girls are home and boys are away.
JV at 4:15 and varsity at 6:15.

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Basketball

plays Elk Grove HS at Pittsburg HS in the New Years Shootout at 4:00.

Freshman Boys Soccer

hosts De La Salle HS at 11:00.

Frosh-Soph Girls Soccer

hosts College Park HS at 9:00 and hosts Dublin HS at 2:00.

Jan 7 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s soccer action…

The girls battled to a 0-0 tie with an undefeated Las Lomas HS team.
The boys fell 2-1 in a physical and well-played game against Las Lomas HS. The jv team rallied to a 2-2 tie.

Ian Franklin
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Wednesday’s individual standouts…

Varsity boys soccer. Gabe Singer scored the lone goal assisted by Ian Franklin. Luke Denham was named “Man of the Match.”
JV boys soccer. Reider Martinsen and John Stevenson each scored a goal.

Luke Denham
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Jan 6 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Basketball

Varsity was defeated by Miramonte HS. The JV girls rallied to pull out a 42-39 victory.

Roni Marrone
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Boys Basketball

Varsity was defeated by Miramonte HS. The Freshman team was edged out in the final minutes.

Aidan McNamara
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In Wednesday’s action…

Soccer

Teams play Las Lomas HS. Boys are home and girls are away.
JV at 4:15 and varsity at 6:15.
The freshman boys soccer team plays at James Logan HS at 6:00.

Tuesday’s individual standouts…

Boys Basketball

Aaron Hill and Aidan McNamara each scored 10 points.

Aaron Hill
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Jan 5 – Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball

…Gets Rolled By Miramonte, 77-41

There is not too much to say about this particular game. Miramonte played well and was offensively efficient. The Matadors out-hustled and out-muscled the Dons for most of the game. This was not an ideal way to open up league play for Acalanes. However, it is just one loss for the Dons.

Andrew McKendell
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Acalanes will try and bounce back on Friday afternoon against a very good Las Lomas team. This game will tip-off at 5:30pm in the Huber Dome. Las Lomas will enter Friday’s game off of a DFAL opening night win over Campolindo 65 to 56.

As Always…Go Dons!!

Jan 5 – Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Tips-off DFAL Action at Miramonte TODAY at 5:30pm

Boys Basketball

Nothing like starting DFAL league play against one of your cross-town rivals. The Dons will travel up Moraga Road and Moraga Way into Orinda to take-on the Miramonte Matadors today. The Matadors are 10-4 on the season but are just 2 and 3 over their past five games. The Dons are 7-7 on the season but are 4 and 1 over their past five games. This afternoon’s game will be a great test for the Dons. Miramonte has height, length and athleticism. The Matadors are led by their two returning senior starters, Ryan Anderson and Eddy Ionescu.

Girls Basketball

Following the Boys game, the Acalanes Varsity Girls (10-2) will face-off against the Miramonte Varsity Girls (10-0) at 7:00pm. The Lady Dons go into today’s match-up with a number of key players on the disabled list. To beat this year’s Miramonte girls team, a team needs all hands on deck, healthy and available for tip-off. Unfortunately for the Lady Dons, they fall short of that. Nevertheless, Coach Wellon will have the Dons prepared to compete.

Please come out and support both the Acalanes Boys and Girls Varsity basketball teams this afternoon at Miramonte.

As Always…Go Dons!!!

Jan 5 – Tuesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Basketball

At Miramonte HS.  JV boys at 4:00, varsity boys at 5:30 and varsity girls at 7:00.
At Acalanes. JV girls at 4:00 and freshman boys at 5:30.

Jan 2 – Acalanes Varsity Boys Basketball Team Defeats Analy

…In Final Non-conference Contest, 66 – 51

The Dons concluded their non-conference schedule with a record of 7 – 7 thanks to a double digit victory over the Analy Tigers, 66 – 51. There was a nice Saturday night home crowd in the Acalanes gym to cheer on their Dons. The game was close for three and a half quarters before the Dons eventually pulled away with a combination of good defense and excellent free throw shooting.

After one quarter, the game was tied at 14 to 14. Both Acalanes and Analy looked comfortable on the offensive side of the court. It felt like another nail-biter was ahead. There was not much scoring in the second quarter and the halftime score was Acalanes 25 and Analy 22. Give Acalanes credit, their defense and rebounding was what propelled them to their three point halftime lead.

In the third quarter, Acalanes could not stretch its halftime margin beyond three. However, it was not for lack of trying. The Dons, at one point in time during the third quarter, held 14 point lead over the Tigers but they could not hold it. The scrappy Tigers not only clawed their way back into the game but took the lead for a moment early in the fourth quarter. It started to look and feel like the Dons would let this game slip away. But not tonight Acalanes righted the ship and with a combination of good defense, rebounding and free throws, the Dons caged the Tigers late in the fourth and won going away by 15 points, 66 – 51. It was a quality win for Acalanes as they prepare for their DFAL opener against rival Miramonte on Tuesday (1/5) afternoon in Orinda.

The Dons got a balanced scoring attack from its line-up. Acalanes was led by the sharp shooting of Jesse Marlow who was 5 of 6 from beyond the arch. While Analy was making its second half comeback, Jesse buried a three pointer in transition to give the Dons a five point lead and they never looked back. Aidan McNamara had another solid game as the off guard. Aidan played strong defense and stayed aggressive on the offensive side of the court. McNamara was clutch in the second half from the free throw line hitting 7 of 8 attempts to keep the Tigers from getting closer. Alex Kinnear worked hard in the interior to score 11 points for the Dons. The two surprise offensive contributors for the Dons were Carter Smith and Ryan Summerlin. The two combined for 19 points on the evening. Smith scored 10 points and pulled down 8 rebounds. Summerlin came off the bench and scored 9 points, all in the second half, to help extend the Dons lead. These two efforts proved to be the difference in the final outcome of the game.

The Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball team begins DFAL conference action this week. Here is the schedule:
· January 5th – Acalanes (7-7) at Miramonte (10-4); tip-off at 5:30pm
· January 8th – Las Lomas at Acalanes; tip-off at 5:30pm

Please make the road trip over to Miramonte to support your Varsity Dons in what should be an entertaining DFAL match-up.

As Always…Go Dons!!

Dec 31 – Clovis North High School Takes Down Acalanes

…in the Finals of The 2nd Annual Chris Huber Classic, 69 to 50.

In a hard fought game against a very talented Clovis North team, Acalanes lost 69 to 50 in the finals of The 2nd Annual Chris Huber Classic. I did not get a snapshot of the official scorebook for the championship game, so I do not have individual player point totals to share. But I will share a quick summary of the game.

It was a tale of two different halves for the Dons. In the first half, Acalanes could not slow down the inferno hot three-point shooting of Clovis North and they could not score. A truly terrible combination for any team in any basketball game. Acalanes trailed Clovis North 15 to 2 after the first quarter and 47 to 15 going into halftime. Defensively, the Dons did not contest most of the three point shots that the Broncos made in the first two quarters. In the final two quarters that would change. Both defensively and offensively, Acalanes picked-up its play and the second half of the championship game was far more entertaining than the first. In fact, Acalanes out-paced Clovis North in the second half 35 to 22. The Dons scored 21 points in the third quarter and held the Broncos to just 12 points. This effort helped Acalanes to cut its deficit from 32 points at half down to 19 points as the 4th quarter began. This 3rd quarter rally was led offensively by Alex Kinnear who had an All-Tournament game. Alex hit shots from both inside and out and keep the Dons offense moving forward. Acalanes also got a tremendous spark off the bench from Nick Price, who converted a number of three point plays on difficult drives to the hoop. In the fourth quarter, Acalanes could not draw any closer to Clovis North. Both the Dons and the Broncos scored 14 points in the fourth quarter bringing us to the final score of 69 to 50.

It was a wonderful three days of high school basketball hosted at Acalanes High School. High school teams from all over Northern California and Nevada traveled to Lafayette to compete in The Chris Huber Classic. It was a first class, well run tournament in which Acalanes presented itself beautifully. All of the Head Coaches said that they would like their teams to return next year to participate in the 3rd Annual Chris Huber Classic.

The 2nd Annual Chris Huber Classic All-Tournament Team and Chris Huber Spirit Award Winners:

· Acalanes – Andrew McKendell, All-Tournament Team / Aidan McNamara, Chris Huber Spirit Award
· Archbishop Riordan (San Francisco) – Eddie Stansberry, All-Tournament Team / Pete Kolokotrones, Chris Huber Spirit Award
· Clovis North (Fresno) – Jahvon Johnson, All-Tournament Team
· Cosumnes Oaks (Elk Grove) – Brandon Gray, All-Tournament Team
· Galena (Reno, NV) – Dillon Voyles, All-Tournament Team
· Liberty (Bakersfield) – Anieus Medrano, All-Tournament Team
· Monte Vista (Danville) – Austin Fadal, All-Tournament Team
· Tamalpais (Mill Valley) – Jack Duboff, All-Tournament Team

The Chris Huber Classic was not all good news for Acalanes. The Dons have lost sophomore forward and starter, Gavin Shipp, for the season with an arm injury. This injury is a big blow to the Dons as they prepare for league play next week. Gavin is the best athlete on the team and it will be very difficult to replace his skills. Someone from the Dons bench will step-up, step-in and fill Gavin’s role.

The next game for the Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball team will be against Analy High School at Acalanes on Saturday January 2nd at 7:00pm. Thank you for your wonderful support of the boys in yesterday’s game versus Clovis North. Please continue your support.

As Always…Go Dons!!

Dec 30 – Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team Advances to the …

Championship Game of the 2nd Annual Huber Classic

In a very physical game, the Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team hammered the Cosumnes Oak Wolfpack, 57 to 38, to advance to the Championship Game of The 2nd Annual Chris Huber Classic.  Acalanes will face-off against Clovis North High School of Fresno today, New Year’s Eve, at 3:00pm at Acalanes.  The Clovis North Broncos advanced their way to the Championship Game by beating Archbishop Riordan in an impressive showing, 72 to 60.

Jesse Marlow
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Acalanes jumped out to a 13 to 11 first quarter lead over Cosumnes Oak and never looked back.  However, it was in the second quarter where the Dons established a double digit lead that they would never relinquish.  In the second, the Dons held the Wolfpack to just four points and took a 26 to 15 lead going into halftime.  Acalanes was led in the first half by the three-point sharpshooting of Jesse Marlow.  Jesse hit four big three-pointers, three in the first quarter and one in the second, to end the first half with a team high 12 points.  Gavin Shipp scored 6 points and grabbed multiple rebounds to contribute to the eleven point Dons halftime lead.

Walking into ‘Ice Box” at halftime, the Cosumnes Oaks coaching staff was fuming.  They could not understand how this Acalanes team could hold their boys to only 15 points through two quarters.  How could it be possible?  What could they do to change the tone and flow of the game?  As the third quarter began, it was clear that Cosumnes Oaks strategy was to full court pressure the ball handlers and get physical with Acalanes.  Little did Cosumnes Oak know, Acalanes was ready to handle that strategy.  Also, the Cosumnes Oak coaching staff did not account for the toughest player on the court, Andrew McKendell, to control the second half of the game and lead the Dons to victory.

Andrew McKendell
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The Acalanes five foot seven inch senior point guard showed why he is a captain on this team.  McKendell handled the relentless full court pressure applied by the Wolfpack.  For most of the second half he was being double teamed on all inbounds plays in order to keep the ball out of his hands.  That did not deter him.  McKendell worked tirelessly to get the ball into his hands in order to break the press and get Acalanes into its offense.  The Wolfpack did not let this happen easily.  McKendell was continually mauled, grabbed, picked-up and hammered by the Cosumnes Oaks guards while either trying to get open or dribbling the ball.  All of this fouling by Cosumnes Oaks put Acalanes into the bonus early in the second half and like on Tuesday night, the Dons made the majority of their free throws.  Battered and bruised, McKendell stepped to the free throw line twelve times in the second half and made ten shots.  He also hit two three pointers in the game to finish with 16 points.  The most impressive stat from the game was this, McKendell drew six offensive fouls on Cosumnes Oaks…it should have been eight.  Can anyone tell me the last time they saw a single player draw four charges in a single game, let alone six?  Who has the defense anticipation, toughness and stupidity to take that kind of beating…Andrew McKendell.  That was a display of toughness and guts.  The other senior captain, Alex Kinnear, battled all night for the Dons on both the defensive and offensive glass.  Kinnear like McKendell, was clutch from the charity stripe in the second half, going five for six in the fourth quarter.  Kinnear ended the game with 9 points.  Marlow scored another 6 points in the second half to close with 18 points.  Shipp, who was also a monster on the boards, finished the game with 8 points.

Aidan McNamara
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Acalanes outscored Cosumnes Oaks in the third quarter, 18 to 13, and again in the fourth quarter, 16 to 10.  All of this led to an impressive 19 point victory over Cosumnes Oaks, 57 to 38.  The Dons showed off their toughness last night as the game got quite “chippy” in the second half.  All of the Dons that played last night got beaten-up a little bit by Cosumnes Oaks…some got beaten-up a lot.  Nevertheless, the boys were all smiles when they walked back into the gym, after their post-game talk, to greet their families and friends.  This afternoon, Acalanes will face their toughest opponent of season, the Clovis North High School Broncos.  Clovis North is going to full court press Acalanes from the opening tip through their post-game talk.  The Broncos are deep, athletic, long and can shoot.  The Dons will have their hands full this afternoon.  It will be a great test for them as league play begins next week.  With the victory, the Dons are now .500 on the season with a 6 – 6 record.

Alex Kinnear
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Please come out and support your Acalanes Varsity Boys Basketball Team as they compete for the championship in 2nd Annual The Chris Huber Classic.  Tip-off is at 3:00pm.  Also be sure to find Coach Huber and give him a hug.

Here is the line-up of games for the 3rd and final round of The 2nd Annual The Chris Huber Classic:
·        10:30am – Tamalpais vs. Galena (Reno, NV)
·        12:00pm – Monte Vista vs. Liberty (Bakersfield)
·        3rd Place Game at 1:30pm –- Archbishop Riordan vs. Cosumnes Oaks (Elk Grove)
·        Championship Game at 3:00pm – Clovis North (Fresno) vs. Acalanes

Acalanes Boosters membership cards will be accepted at the gate.

All of these wonderful games will take place at Acalanes High School in the “Huber Dome” (aka – the Big Gym)

As Always…Go Dons!!

Dec 29 – Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Takes Down Galena

67-57, in the 1st Round of The Chris Huber Classic

In a thoroughly entertaining game, and what some might call a slight upset, the Acalanes Dons upended the visiting Galena Grizzlies, 67-57. This is the second straight year that the Dons have won their opening round match-up in “The Huber Classic.” Last year they beat Liberty of Brentwood, CA. This year it was it was Galena of Reno Nevada. This win sets-up another 8:00pm “Prime Time” match-up against Cosumnes Oaks of Elk Grove, CA. Consumes Oaks beat Liberty of Bakersfield in the 6:30pm game yesterday.

This was Acalanes’ best game of the year. The Dons were extremely efficient on both ends of the floor. 67 points in four quarters was a solid scoring output for this team. Holding Galena to 57 points by controlling the defensive boards, limiting second chance points and minimizing turnovers were all critical in the final outcome. Acalanes will need a similar all-around effort to beat a deep and physically strong Cosumnes Oaks team tonight.

The Dons held the lead throughout most of the game. However, the game never felt like a win for the Dons until there were 15 seconds remaining in the game. Acalanes led Galena at the end of the first quarter, 16 to 14. The Dons went on a mini-run right before halftime to stretch their lead to ten, 31 to 21. In the second half of the game, Acalanes and Galena scored the exact same point total in the third and fourth quarters, 9 and 27 respectfully, to give the Dons a ten point victory 67-57. What sealed the deal for the Dons in the fourth…free throw shooting. Acalanes was 11 for 13 from the charity stripe in the fourth quarter: Gavin Shipp was 2 for 2, Andrew McKendell was 3 for 4 and Aidan McNamara was 6 for 6. This free throw line sharp-shooting kept Galena from closing the gap on the scoreboard and eventually nailed the lid shut on their comeback.

The Acalanes coaches decided to play a tight rotation against Galena. Only six players scored for the Dons but it still felt like a pretty balanced scoring effort. The Dons were led offensively by Alex Kinnear with 24 points. Aidan McNamara and Jessie Marlow both contributed 11 points. Andrew McKendell scored 9 points. Carter Smith and Gavin Shipp both delivered 6 points each.

The second round match-ups (12/30) in The 2nd Annual Chris Huber Classic are as follows:
Consolation Bracket
· 3:30pm – Tamalpais (Mill Valley) vs. Monte Vista (Danville)
· 5:00pm – Liberty (Bakersfield) vs. Galena (Reno)
Championship Bracket
· 6:30pm – Clovis North (Fresno) vs. Archbishop Riordan (San Francisco)
· 8:00pm – Cosumnes Oaks (Elk Grove) vs. Acalanes (Lafayette)

There were two, maybe three members of the Acalanes student body in the stands at last night’s game. NO BUENO. However, the stands were still pretty filled with families, friends and visiting teams. Those that were in attendance were treated to an exciting Acalanes game. In fact all four games played yesterday were entertaining and the fans enjoyed themselves. LET’S GET SOME ACALANES STUDENT BODY PARTICIPATION THIS WEEK!! Remember, Acalanes students get into the tournament for free with their ASB card. I would recommend arriving early to watch the second half of the Clovis North vs. Archbishop Riordan game, which should be a wonderful basketball game.

The Dons inch closer to .500 on the season with their victory over Galena. They are now 5-6 on the season. This team seems to be building more continuity with each passing game. Please come out and support your Boys Varsity basketball team. Also be sure to come to the game and show your love and support for Coach Chris Huber. See you tonight at the Huber Dome.

As Always…Go Dons!!!

Dec 30 – Wednesday Sports

Boys Basketball

Varsity Team plays in the Chris Huber Invitational.
JV & freshmen play in Dougherty Valley tournament.

Girls Basketball

Varsity team plays in the West Coast Jamboree at College Park HS.
JV plays in Irvington Holiday Invitational.

Dec 29 – Tuesday Sports

Boys Basketball

Varsity hosts Galena HS in Chris Huber Invitational 8:00.
JV & freshmen in Dougherty Valley tournament.

Girls Basketball

Varsity in West Coast Jamboree at College Park HS.
JV in Irvington Holiday Invitational.

Wrestling

California Coast Classic at Aptos HS.

Dec 29-31 – Acalanes Hosts 2nd Annual Huber Classic Varsity Basketball Tournament

Acalanes Hosts The 2nd Annual Chris Huber Classic Varsity Basketball Tournament – December 29th, 30th and 31st

Please come out and show your love and support for educator and coach, Chris Huber, this week at his varsity basketball tournament at Acalanes High School.

On Tuesday December 29th, The 2nd Annual Chris Huber Classic Varsity Basketball Tournament tips-off. Like last year’s inaugural Chris Huber Classic, the line-up of high schools is very impressive. This should make for an entertaining three days of high school basketball in Lafayette.

The eight teams participating in the tournament are:
· Acalanes High School – Lafayette, CA
· Galena High School – Reno, NV
· Liberty High School – Bakersfield, CA
· Consumnes Oaks High School – Elk Grove, CA
· Clovis North High School – Fresno, CA
· Monte Vista High School – Danville, CA (Defending Champions)
· Tamalpais High School – Mill Valley, CA
· Archbishop Riordan High School – San Francisco, CA

Acalanes will play in the “prime time special” game at 8:00pm on Tuesday night against the Grizzlies of Galena High School. Galena will be traveling down from Reno, Nevada to participate in our 2nd Annual Chris Huber Classic. Galena enters Tuesday night’s game against Acalanes with a record of 7-4 on the season. Acalanes enter its match-up with Galena with a record of 4-6.

Here are the first round match-ups and game times for The 2nd Annual Chris Huber Classic Varsity Basketball Tournament:
Tuesday December 29th at Acalanes High School
· 3:30pm – Tamalpais vs. Clovis North
· 5:00pm – Archbishop Riordan High School vs. Monte Vista
· 6:30pm – Liberty (Bakersfield) vs. Consumnes Oaks
· 8:00pm – Acalanes vs. Galena

The 2nd Annual Chris Huber Classic will be played on Tuesday December 29th, 30th and 31st. The Championship Game will be played on Thursday December 31st at 3:00pm. I will provide updates on game times after each day of tournament action.

Acalanes Booster Cards will be honored at the gate for this tournament. Acalanes students will be able to attend the games for free with their ASB cards. For those that have neither, the gate fees will be as follows: $7.00 for General Admission / $4.00 for Senior, Children and Students.

There will also be a full service concession stand selling food throughout the three day tournament for all fans to enjoy. The concession stand will be selling homemade chili, pulled pork sliders, nachos, hot dogs, chili dogs, fresh popcorn, homemade sweets and an array of beverages. There should be something for everyone to enjoy.

Please come out and support your Boys Varsity Basketball Team and show your love to Chris Huber

As Always…Go Dons!!

Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Cruises to a 72-36 Victory Over Ygnacio Valley HS

Gavin Shipp
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The varsity Dons jumped out to a 25-2 first quarter lead over the Warriors and never looked back. However, for the second straight game, the Dons only scored 2 points in the second quarter. Certainly shots did not fall like in the first quarter. But it was really silly turnovers that allowed YV to cut into the Acalanes lead. The score at halftime was Acalanes 27 and Ygnacio Valley 16.

In the second half, the Dons got back into form and dominated a YV Varsity team that only had eight players suited up for the game. Acalanes would outscore YV, 23-11 and 22-9 in the third and fourth quarters respectfully and coasted to a 36 point win, 72-36. This win improves the Dons record to 4-6 on the season.

Acalanes was led in scoring by senior captain, Alex Kinnear who finished with a game high 21 points. Alex used his height advantage to dominate on the interior for the Dons. With another all-around scoring effort was Nick Price with 15 points. Gavin Shipp showed off his skills with multiple coast-to-coasts for the Dons throughout the game. Gavin ended his evening with 12 points.

Nick Price
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Acalanes will be back in action on Tuesday December 29th in the first round of The 2nd Annual Chris Huber Classic Varsity Basketball Tournament. The Dons will face-off against Galena High School of Nevada in the prime time 8:00pm game on Tuesday night. Please come out and support your Dons as well as show your love and support for Acalanes High School’s own Chris Huber. Full details on The 2nd Annual Chris Huber Classic Varsity Basketball Tournament will be posted in an upcoming Booster e-mail.

Merry Christmas to all and to all…Go Dons!!

Alex Kinnear
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Dec 23 – Wednesday Sports

Boys Basketball

Hosts Ygnacio Valley HS. Freshman 4:00, jv 5:30, varsity 7:00.

Wrestling

Lou Bronzan Invitational at Liberty HS.

Dec 22 – Tuesday Sports

In Monday’s action…

Boys Basketball

Varsity team played very well in the second half, but could not overcome San Marin HS. The jv and freshman teams won convincinglyl

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Basketball

Hosts Middletown HS. JV 5:30, varsity 7:00.

Wrestling

participates in Lou Bronzan Invitational at Liberty HS.

Dec 21 – Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Falls to San Marin, 67 – 49

In their first non-conference home game this season, the Acalanes Boys Varsity basketball team got soundly beaten by visiting San Marin, 67-49. This loss drops the Don’s record to 3-6 on the season. While the win pushes the Mustang’s record to 7-3.

The game started out on a positive note. It looked like Acalanes would only trail San Marin by three points at the end of one quarter, 14 – 11. But, just before the buzzer sounded to end the first, San Marin guard, Joe Malliaras, launched a 35ft hail Mary shot over a leaping Andrew McKendell that hit nothing but net. This extend the Mustangs lead to six. It also gave San Marin a jolt of momentum heading into the second quarter. The Mustangs really didn’t need it. San Marin had senior forward Calvin Geraci on their side. Geraci and the rest of the Mustangs took control in the second quarter dominated the Dons, 19-2, which pushed the halftime lead to 36 – 13. The Dons could not slow down Geraci who hit from deep range, mid-range and at the rim. Geraci would lead all scorers with 29 points while sitting-out most of the fourth quarter.

The third quarter was not much better for the Dons. They would get outscored by San Marin, 20-11, and found themselves trailing San Marin, 56-24 after three quarters. Needless to say, the Mustang shot very well from beyond the three point arc all game and it was not just Calvin Geraci.

In the fourth quarter, Acalanes showed the crowd that they would not go away without a fight. The Dons, led by Andrew McKendell, Nick Price and Alex Kinnear, out played and outscored the Mustangs in the fourth quarter, 25-11. However, the hole Acalanes dug for themselves in quarters 1 through 3 was just too deep for them to climb out of. Nevertheless, the Dons battled until the clock read 0:00. McKendell and Price made tough “and ones” in the quarter. McKendell heated-up from outside hitting two point and three point shots from all over the floor. Kinnear battled inside for put-backs and rebounds. When the final buzzer sounded, Acalanes lost to San Marin, 67-49.

The Dons were led by their two senior captains Andrew McKendell with 16 points, 4 assists and 2 charges taken along with Alex Kinnear with 12 points and multiple rebounds. Nick Price had an active all-around game with 10 points, multiple rebounds and 2 steals. Price and McKendell sparked a mini-run in the fourth quarter that showed the hometown fans some entertaining basketball.

The Dons look to get one back in the win column on Wednesday night (12/23) at home when they face Ygnacio Valley High School. Tip-off for the varsity game will take place at 7:00pm. Please come out and support your Boys Varsity Dons Basketball Team.

Wednesday Schedule of Games:
· 4:00pm: Freshman Dons vs. Ygnacio Valley
· 5:30pm: JV Dons vs. Ygnacio Valley
· 7:00pm: Varsity Dons vs. Ygnacio Valley

Do not forget to bring your Acalanes Booster Membership cards for free admission.

As Always…Go Dons.

Sports over the Winter Break

Monday, December 21
Boys basketball Host San Marin HS. Freshman 4:00, jv 5:30, varsity 7:00.

Tuesday, December 22
Girls basketball Host Middletown HS. JV 5:30, varsity 7:00.
Wrestling Lou Bronzan Invitational at Liberty HS.

Wednesday, December 23
Boys basketball Host Ygnacio Valley HS. Freshman 4:00, jv 5:30, varsity 7:00.
Wrestling Lou Bronzan Invitational at Liberty HS.

Thursday, December 24

Saturday, December 26
Girls basketball JV in Irvington Holiday Invitational.
Boys soccer Alumni game 3:00.

Monday, December 28
Boys basketball JV v. Mt. Diablo HS in Dougherty Valley tournament 3:00.
Boys basketball Freshmen v. California HS in Dougherty Valley tournament 4:30.
Girls basketball Enterprise HS in West Coast Jamboree at College Park HS 8:00.
Girls basketball JV in Irvington Holiday Invitational.
Wrestling California Coast Classic at Aptos HS.

Tuesday, December 29
Boys basketball Host Galena HS in Chris Huber Invitational 8:00.
Boys basketball JV & freshmen in Dougherty Valley tournament.
Girls basketball West Coast Jamboree at College Park HS.
Girls basketball JV in Irvington Holiday Invitational.
Wrestling California Coast Classic at Aptos HS.

Wednesday, December 30
Boys basketball Chris Huber Invitational.
Boys basketball JV & freshmen in Dougherty Valley tournament.
Girls basketball West Coast Jamboree at College Park HS.
Girls basketball JV in Irvington Holiday Invitational.

Thursday, December 31
Boys basketball Chris Huber Invitational.

Saturday, January 2
Boys basketball Host Analy HS. Freshman 4:00, jv 5:30, varsity 7:00.
Boys soccer Host California HS. JV 12:00, varsity 2:00.

Dec 21 – Acalanes Boys Basketball Hosts San Marin in Triple Header Action Today

IT’S A BALL NIGHT AT ACALANES!!

Nothing gets your holiday season jumping like Acalanes High School boys basketball. Please come out and support the boys as they tip-off against the San Marin Mustangs of Novato. The Varsity Dons (3-6) come into tonight’s game off of a convincing victory over Mission San Jose in the Arroyo Invitational, 63-38. The Varsity Mustangs (6-3) are looking to bounce back from a non-conference road loss to Albany, 48-44. This will be a great test for the Dons.

For you high school basketball junkies, there is triple header action for you at Acalanes High School starting at 4:00pm this afternoon. Do not forget to bring your Acalanes Boosters membership card to the game to get free admission.

Game Schedule for Monday December 21st

4:00pm – Freshman Dons vs. San Marin

5:30pm – JV Dons vs. San Marin

7:00pm – Varsity Dons vs. San Marin

Let’s get the “Huber Dome” rocking during the holiday break. Tonight’s game versus San Marin will be the first of six straight home games for the varsity Dons.

As always…Go Dons!!!

Dec 20 – Sunday Sports

In Saturday’s action…

Varsity Girls Basketball

defeated Rio Linda HS 62-47 to claim the championship of the Acalanes Invitational.

Boys Basketball

defeated Mission San Jose HS 63-38 in the Arroyo Tournament.

Boys Soccer

tied Bullard HS 2-2 in the De La Salle Showcase.

Frosh-Soph Girls Soccer

was defeated by Berkeley HS 1-0 and defeated Northgate HS 2-0.

Saturday’s individual standouts…

Girls Basketball

Emma Godfrey scored 18 points and Brooke Panfili 17 points.

Boys Basketball

Alex Kinnear scored 18 points and Jesse Marlow 10 points.

Dec 19 – Boys Varsity Basketball Takes Down Mission San Jose, 63 – 38

In the final round of the four team Arroyo Invitational dubbed “The Fab Four”, the Acalanes Dons handled the Mission San Jose Warriors, 63-38. This was a true team effort by the Dons. Both the starters and the bench played significant roles in what turned-out to be a convincing victory. All twelve active Acalanes players scored in yesterday’s game.

Acalanes controlled the game from the opening tip to final buzzer. However, there were times when Mission San Jose made mini-runs to keep the game close. In the first quarter, the Dons ran-out to a 17-12 lead over the Warriors. The Dons continued their offensive momentum in the second quarter, extending their lead to 31-21 at the half. Jessie Marlow and Alex Kinnear led the Dons in scoring in the first half with 8 points and 9 points respectfully. Jessie sparked the Dons defensively with multiple steals and lay-up finishes that helped Acalanes grow its 2nd quarter lead to 10.

In the 3rd quarter, Mission San Jose closed their halftime deficit to 5 points by outscoring Acalanes 16-11. The Warriors were led in scoring by their big man in the middle, Yuvraj Dhana, who scored 8 points in the 3rd. Alex Kinnear dropped in 7 points for the Dons. Acalanes still maintained a five point lead over Mission San Jose, 42-37.

In the 4th quarter, the Dons took full control of the game and cruised to a 25 point victory over the Mission San Jose Warriors, 63-38. The Dons offensive surge was led by Nick Price, who hit two three point shots that ignited the Acalanes 4th quarter run. Defensively, the Dons locked-up Mission San Jose and held them to one point in the 4th. Any time Acalanes can hold an opponent under 40 points, they give themselves a great opportunity to win.

Acalanes had a number key contributors in their game against Mission San Jose. The Dons were led offensively by Alex Kinnear with 18 points. Alex attacked the hoop throughout the game, making a number of tough, contested lay-ups. Jessie Marlow finished with another double digit night, 10 points. Nick Price scored 8 points and Gavin Shipp chipped in 7 points in the victory. Earning Arroyo Invitational “Fab Four” All Tournament Team honors was Acalanes senior point guard, Andrew McKendell.

This victory was a great way for the Dons to end their third consecutive weekend tournament. The Dons now have a record of 3-6 on the season. Acalanes heads back home to Lafayette to host two games this week. On Monday December 21st, the Dons tip-off against the San Marin Mustangs. Then on Wednesday December 23rd, the Dons tip-off against the Ygnacio Valley Warriors. Please come out and support your Boys Varsity Dons. Tip-off times for both games will be 7:00pm. Do not forget to bring your Acalanes Boosters membership card for free admission.

As always…Go Dons.

Dec 18 – Boys Basketball Falls in OT to American Canyon, 54-49

After going 1-2 in last weekend’s Amador Valley ABC Basketball Tournament, the Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team was back in action in the Arroyo Invitational Basketball Tournament in San Leandro. The Dons had a tough first round match-up against the American Canyon Wolves. American Canyon entered the Arroyo Invitational with a record of 7-0. Acalanes entered the Invitational with a record of 2-4, with two of those losses by a combined 4 points. On paper, it looked like this game might be a mismatch. However, it was anything but that.

In the first quarter, the Dons struggled to get their offense on track. Good thing that the Wolves did too. The first quarter ended, 9 to 6 American Canyon. In the 2nd, 3rd and 4th quarters, Acalanes got their offense rolling. The key to the Dons offensive momentum was the fact that they limited their turnovers. The Boys handled the American Canyon 2-2-1 3/4 court press by being patient and making smart and safe passes. Once in the front court, Acalanes faced a combination of man-to-man and an extended 2-3 zone defense from American Canyon. After getting an outlet pass from Jessie Marlow, Andrew McKendell took the ball coast-to-coast finishing with left hand just before the halftime buzzer. This basket gave Acalanes a 19-16 halftime lead over American Canyon.

The third and fourth quarter were hotly contested. The Dons found themselves trailing the Wolves by 5, 47-42, with 32 seconds remaining in the game. A couple of miracles were needed…and they were delivered. Out of an American Canyon time out, Jessie Marlow stole the inbounds pass and laid it in to cut the lead to 47-44. American Canyon inbounded the ball against the Acalanes full court trapping defense and proceeded to throw a pass that Aidan McNamara intercepted. The Dons swung the ball around and with 6 seconds on the clock, Nico Brightbill drained a 3 point shot to tie the game and send the Dons and Wolves to overtime, 47-47. In the five minute overtime, the Dons were outscored 7 to 2, and let an opportunity to “upset” American Canyon slip through their fingers. That win would have been sweet because a few members of the American Canyon fan base needed to be silenced.

The Dons were led in scoring by Jessie Marlow with 15 points and Andrew McKendell with 14 points. Both Jessie and Andrew hit three pointers and made baskets taking the ball to the rim. Acalanes also got significant all-around contributions from Alex Kinnear, who played the entire game along with McKendell, as well as from sophomores Aidan McNamara and Gavin Shipp. Acalanes will look to bounce back today when they face Mission San Jose at 2:30pm in the final round of the Arroyo Invitational.

As Always…Go Dons.

Dec 19 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Girls Basketball

defeataed Fairfield HS 53-49 in the Acalanes Invitational.

Boys Basketball

fell to American Canyon HS 51-47 in overtime in the Arroyo tournament. The JV and freshman teams defeated American Canyon HS with ease.

Boys Soccer

was defeated by Menlo School in the De La Salle Showcase.

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Basketball

Varsity hosts Rio Linda HS at 3:30 in the championship game of the Acalanes Invitational.
JV team competes in the California tournament.

Boys Basketball

teams play in the Arroyo Tournament.

Boys Soccer

plays Bullard HS at 12:00 in the De La Salle Showcase.
The freshman boys soccer team plays at California HS at 11:00.

Frosh-Soph Girls Soccer

plays at Berkeley HS at 9:00 and at Northgate HS at 2:00.

Wrestling

competes in the Zinkin Classic at Buchanan HS in Clovis.

Dec 18 – Friday Sports Page

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Soccer

had a 2-0 deficit to Campolindo HS, but scored twice in the last 7 minutes to earn a draw.

Boys Soccer

fell in a controversial 1-0 game to Campolindo HS. The jv team won 3-0.

Alex Longerbeam save
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In Thursday’s action…

Girls Basketball

started off the Acalanes Invitational with a 67-52 victory over Rodriguez HS.

In Friday’s action…

Girls Basketball

hosts Fairfield HS at 8:00 in the Acalanes Invitational.

Boys Basketball

plays American Canyon HS in the Arroyo tournament. Freshmen at 4:30, jv at 6:00 and varsity at 7:00.

JV Girls Basketball

competes in the California tournament.

Boys Soccer

plays Menlo School at 11:00 in the De La Salle Showcase.

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Basketball

The varsity team hosts the Acalanes Invitational.
The JV team competes in the California tournament.

Boys Basketball

teams play in the Arroyo Tournament.

Boys Soccer

Varsity team plays Bullard HS at 12:00 in the De La Salle Showcase.
Freshman team plays at California HS at 11:00.

Frosh-Soph Girls Soccer

plays at Berkeley HS at 9:00 and at Northgate HS at 2:00.

Wrestling

competes in the Zinkin Classic at Buchanan HS in Clovis.

Dec 16 – Acalanes Girls Soccer

Sadoff & Smith Salvage Streak

After struggling to convert multiple scoring opportunities throughout the first half, the Lady Dons trailed for the first time this year Tuesday night. The visiting Campolindo Cougars led 1-0 at halftime and extended that lead to 2-0 midway through the second half. Coach Evan Sassano tinkered with his lineup thoughout the match, searching for the right combination. Undaunted by the deficit, the Dons pushed play and finally broke through in the 69th minute as frosh Sasha Sadoff threaded a rebound through a myriad of defenders and teammates for the first Acalanes goal. Campolindo threw everything into their defense and committed a yellow card inducing foul of Callie Ericksen as the clock moved inside two minutes to play. Emily Smith took the resulting direct kick and sailed a 30 yard shot into the upper left corner of the net to tie the match. The match concluded with a 2-2 draw and extended the Lady Dons’ DFAL unbeaten streak to 15 matches. The Dons now take a much deserved break for the holidays. They are next in action on January 6 against rival Las Lomas.

 

Sasha Sadoff
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David Ericksen

Dec 16 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Basketball

Varsity team defeated Pinole Valley HS 56-45. The JV team did likewise.

In Wednesday’s action…

Soccer

teams play Campolindo HS. Girls are home and boys are away. JV at 4:15 and varsity at 6:15.

Dec 15 – Tuesday Sports

Girls Basketball

Tonight, the girls basketball team hosts Pinole Valley HS. JV at 5:30 and varsity at 7:00.

Dec 14 – Monday Sports

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Basketball

cruised past Sonoma Valley HS 58-22 raising their record to 4-0.

Varsity Boys Basketball

overwhelmed Kipp King Academy 71-37 in the ABC Invitational at Amador Valley HS.

Boys Soccer

was defeated by Concord HS in the final round of the Winter Classic.

Frosh-Soph Girls Soccer

led by Lyenne Denny defeated Dougherty Valley HS 2-1 and tied Northgate HS 1-1.

In Monday’s action…

Freshman Boys Soccer

hosts California HS at 6:00.

Saturday’s individual standouts…

Frosh-soph Girls Soccer

Cate Goodman scored 2 goals and Isobel Whitehead scored 1 goal. Hayes Hollar, Alex Gold, Alba Navarro and Sabina Shocron played amazing defense.

Dec 8 – Girls Soccer

Girls Soccer Opens with Win

The Lady Dons opened their 2015-16 campaign on Tuesday night with a 4-1 victory over College Park. In a true team effort, six different Dons contributing to the scoring. The Dons collected goals from four different players – Allison Merrill, Mia Carvotta, Kierra Krawec, and Regan McQuain. The assists for those goals came from Krawec, Sasha Sadoff, and Emily Smith (2). The match featured the first regular season Varsity appearances for Greta Kohls, Muppy Gragg, Malika Haji, Combi, Carvotta, and Sadoff.

David Ericksen

Dec 12 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Boys Soccer

opened the DFAL season with a resounding 4-1 victory over Dougherty Valley HS. The jv team scored in the last minutes to play to a 1-1 draw.

Girls Soccer

shutout Dougherty Valley HS 1-0 in their DFAL opener.

Varsity Boys Basketball

fell on a buzzer-beater 61-59 to De Anza HS in the ABC Invitational at Amador Valley HS.

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Basketball

hosts Sonoma Valley HS. JV at 3:30 and varsity at 5:00.

Boys Basketball

Varsity team plays in the ABC Invitational at Amador Valley HS at 3:30.

JV team plays in the El Cerrito tournament.

Freshman team plays in the Ken Nelson Memorial tournament at Campolindo HS.

Boys Soccer

Varsity team plays at Castro Valley HS at 3:00 in the final round of the Winter Classic.

Freshman team plays at Las Lomas HS at 9:00 am.

Frosh-Soph Girls Soccer

hosts Dougherty Valley HS at 9:00 am and hosts Northgate HS at 6:00 pm.

Dec 11 – The “Other Streak”

Acalanes Girls Soccer

opened DFAL play Friday night with a 1-0 victory at Dougherty Valley. With the win, Acalanes extended its unbeaten streak in DFAL play to 14 matches – dating back two seasons to February of 2014. Emily Smith tallied the sole goal of the match in the 34th minute off a direct kick from the top of the box. Smith’s opportunity came after Mia Carvotta was fouled “just outside” the penalty area. The Dons withstood a withering second half attack from the Wildcats. Acalanes goalkeeper Sophia Giordano made multiple sliding saves and completed the shutout with her center defenders Cate Combi and Callie Ericksen. The Lady Dons return to action Monday night with a non-league match at Antioch High.

David Ericksen

Dec 11 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Wrestling

If you weren’t there, you missed a thriller. Jeremy Ridge, Axel Jurgens and Aaron Baker won matches to close the deficit to Alhambra to 36-33. Down by 3 points going into the last match, Tai White pulled out a great performance to lift the Dons past the Bulldogs 37-36 to record the victory in their DFAL opener.

Tyler Sverak
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Girls Basketball

defeated St. Joseph’s HS 69-54. The JV team fell by the narrowest of margins, 28-27.

Brooke Panfilli
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In Friday’s action…

Soccer

teams open DFAL play against Dougherty Valley HS. Boys are home and girls are away. JV at 4:15 and varsity at 6:15.

Boys Basketball

Varsity team plays De Anza HS in the ABC Invitational at Amador Valley HS at 5:00.

JV team plays in the El Cerrito tournament.

Freshman team plays in the Ken Nelson Memorial tournament at Campolindo HS.

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Basketball

hosts Sonoma Valley HS. JV at 3:30 and varsity at 5:00.

Boys Basketball

Varsity team plays in the ABC Invitational at Amador Valley HS.

JV team plays in the El Cerrito tournament.

Freshman team plays in the Ken Nelson Memorial tournament at Campolindo HS.

Boys Soccer

Varsity team plays at Castro Valley HS at 3:00 in the final round of the Winter Classic.

Freshman team plays at Las Lomas HS at 9:00 am.

Frosh-Soph Girls Soccer

hosts Dougherty Valley HS at 9:00 am and hosts Northgate HS at 6:00 pm.

Emma Godfrey
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Thursday’s individual standouts…

Wrestling

Jeremy Ridge, Axel Jurgens, Aaron Baker and Tai White won their matches.

Girls Basketball

Brooke Panfili scored 27 points, with 3 3-pointers. Emma Godfrey scored 18 points. Julia Lyons scored 12 points.

 

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.

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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.

Dec 9 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Soccer

defeated College Park HS 4-1.

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In Wednesday’s action…

Boys Soccer

hosts Kennedy HS, Richmond at 4:30 in the Winter Classic.

Girls Basketball

hosts Hercules HS. JV at 5:30 and varsity at 7:00.

Boys Basketball

plays Hercules HS in the ABC Invitational at Amador Valley HS at 6:30.

 

Dec 8 – Tuesday Sports

In Monday’s action…

Freshman Boys Soccer

defeated Deer Valley HS 3-1 to raise their record to 2-0.

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Soccer

hosts College Park HS. JV at 4:00 and varsity at 6:00.

Dec 5 – Acalanes Varsity Boys Basketball Team Falls in a Nail Biter to Hayward, 50-47

In thrilling game, the Dons lost a close one to the Farmers of Hayward High School in the 5th Place Game of the Rob Vares Jr. Memorial Tournament on Saturday afternoon, 50-47. The Dons had struggled to score in the first two games of the tournament. Even in their second round victory over American High School on Friday afternoon, points did not come easily for the Dons. However, in the first quarter of Saturday’s match-up with Hayward, Acalanes played with tempo and confidence and it looked like it would be a high scoring back and forth game. At the end of thoroughly entertaining first quarter, Hayward led Acalanes by a score of 14-13. The tempo changed in the second quarter when Hayward moved to a 1-3-1 zone defense. The Dons struggled to get comfortable against this defense and turnovers started to mount as they forced passes or simply made careless passes. Nevertheless, the boys battled to keep the game close. At halftime, the Dons still trailed Hayward, 28-22.

Early in the third quarter the Dons fell behind by 13 points, 37-24, and it felt like this game would get away from the boys. However, out of a time out, Acalanes made a defensive adjustment of their own to try and slow down Hayward’s big scorer, Kile Kleiner, who dropped in nine points in the second quarter. The Dons went to a 2-3 zone and extended out on Kleiner wherever he moved on offense…and it worked. The Dons cooled of Hayward and chipped their way back into the game. At the end of the three quarters, Acalanes trailed by only six points, 39-33. You could feel the momentum shifting. It continued into the fourth quarter as the Dons tied the game at 40-40 and took the lead shortly after at 42-40. The score went back and forth over the next few minutes and with only two minutes remaining in the game, the score was knotted-up, 47-47. The Farmers took the lead 49-47. But on the next Acalanes possession, the Dons had three excellent 3-point shot attempts to take the lead and could not get one to fall. Acalanes got these three shoot attempts because of the relentless offensive rebounding efforts of Alex Kinnear and Carter Smith. They battled their tails off to pull down those boards and kick the ball out to the shooters. After all of those shot attempts, Acalanes still maintained possession of the ball with only 19.9 seconds on the clock. Out of an Acalanes time out, Andrew McKendell drove to the basket off of a high screen and took a tough lay-up attempt to tie the game but it did not go in. Hayward grabbed the rebound and made their free throws the secure the victory, 50-47.

The comeback late in the third quarter and throughout the fourth was highlighted by the scoring of senior forward, Alex Kinnear. Kinnear used his height advantage on the low block making a number of tough turn around shots. If his shot was off target, Kinnear was always on the glass battling for offensive rebounds and put backs. Alex ended the game as both the high scorer for the Dons and the game with 24 points. A surprise contributor in the Acalanes rally was senior forward Nico Brightbill. On offense against the Hayward 1-3-1 zone, Nico played along the left baseline corner. He made some key passes into the post to Kinnear but most importantly drained three huge 3-points shots to energize the Dons comeback. Nico ended the game with 9 points on 3 of 3 shooting.

The Dons ended the Rob Vares Jr. Memorial Tournament with a record of 1-2. Acalanes is back on the court on Wednesday evening (12/9) at 6:30pm against Hercules High School in their first round match-up in the ABC Tournament at Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton.

As always…Go Dons!!

Robert McKendell

Dec 7 – Monday Sports

In Saturday’s action…

JV Boys Basketball

was defeated by San Ramon Valley HS in a very close game as the runner-up of the John Rhodes Memorial Invitational.

Varsity Boys Soccer

put on an offensive display defeating Moreau HS 3-0 in the Winter Classic.

Frosh-Soph Girls Soccer

split being defeated by Dublin HS and defeating Heritage HS. Sabina Shocron, Isobel Whitehead and Cate Goodman scored goals and Christina Pathoumthong was stellar in goal.

In Monday’s action…

Freshman Boys Soccer

hosts Deer Valley HS at 6:00.

Dec 5 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Boys Basketball

The varsity team defeated American HS 43-37 in the Rob Vares Memorial Invitational. Alex Kinnear scored 12 points and Andrew McKendell 11 points.

The JV boys basketball team defeated College Park HS in the John Rhodes Memorial Invitational.

In Saturday’s action…

Boys Basketball

The varsity team plays Hayward HS in the Rob Vares Memorial Invitational at Washington HS, Fremont.

The JV team plays San Ramon Valley HS in the championship game of the John Rhodes Memorial Invitational at 3:30.

The freshman team plays in the last round of the Brandon Huang Memorial Invitational at Miramonte HS.

Boys Soccer

The varsity team hosts Moreau HS in the Winter Classic at 3:00.

The freshman team hosts Northgate HS at 10:00.

Frosh-Soph Girls Soccer

plays at Dublin HS at 10:00 and at Heritage HS at 3:00.

Wrestling

competes in the Faultline Duals at Freedom HS.

Dec 4 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Boys Basketball

Varsity team was defeated by Castro Valley HS in the Rob Vares Memorial Invitational.

JV team defeated Liberty HS in the John Rhodes Memorial Invitational.

Girls Basketball

defeated Clayton Valley Charter HS 82-46.

In Friday’s action…

Boys Basketball

Varsity team is in the second round of the Rob Vares Memorial Invitational at Washington HS, Fremont at 3:30.

JV team hosts College Park HS in the John Rhodes Memorial Invitational at 8:00.

Freshman team plays in the second round of the Brandon Huang Memorial Invitational at Miramonte HS.

Wrestling

competes in the DFAL Novice Tournament at Alhambra HS at 4:00.

In Saturday’s action…

Boys Basketball

Varsity team plays in the last round of the Rob Vares Memorial Invitational at Washington HS, Fremont.

JV team plays in the last round of the John Rhodes Memorial Invitational.

Freshman team plays in the last round of the Brandon Huang Memorial Invitational at Miramonte HS.

Boys Soccer

Varsity team hosts Moreau HS in the Winter Classic at 3:00.

Freshman team hosts Northgate HS at 10:00.

Frosh-Soph Girls Soccer

plays at Dublin HS at 10:00 and at Heritage HS at 3:00.

Wrestling

competes in the Faultline Duals at Freedom HS.

Thursday’s individual standouts…

Girls Basketball

Brooke Panfili scored 20 points, Emma Godfrey 19 points, Roni Marrone 16 points and Alex Grant-Hudd 10 points.

Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team Tips-off its Regular Season Versus the Castro Valley Trojans

The varsity Dons play in the 5:00pm game of the Rob Vares Memorial Tournament at Washington High School in Fremont. Acalanes does not get an easy draw in the first round with a match-up against Castro Valley. Castro Valley is coming off of a last second victory over Monte Vista High School in their foundation game. The game does not count on Castro Valley’s overall record. However, it is an indicator that Castro Valley is no joke.

The Acalanes Dons will be lead this season by their two three year varsity seniors, Andrew McKendell and Alex Kinnear. McKendell is back as the starting point guard for the Dons while Kinnear is back in a dual role. He will play both center and stretch four for the Dons. There are four other returning varsity players on the roster, Joey Christensen (senior), Nathan Edwards (senior), Jessie Marlow (junior) and Gavin Shipp (sophomore). The balance of the roster is filled with first year varsity players –Aidan McNamara (sophomore), Mitchell Smith (sophomore), Nick Price (sophomore), Carter Smith (junior), Ryan Summerlin (junior), Nico Brightbill (senior) and Aaron Hill (junior).

This season, Acalanes is not blessed with a lot of height. They will need to rely on the three point sharp shooters on the team. There will be a great deal of on the court training for this Dons roster that simply lacks varsity game experience. However, there is a lot of potential with this team. That said, it will be both exciting and frustrating to watch this team in action as they continue to get a feel for how to play with each other. The refreshing trait about the 2015-16 boys varsity team is that they are unselfish and the boys share the basketball while on offense. This makes for an entertaining style of basketball for spectators to watch.

The Varsity Boys team is led by second year Head Coach, Dave Goldman. Coach Goldman has assembled an impressive coaching staff. Back on the bench for the Dons are two decorated and successful varsity coaches, Chris Huber and Bill Power. The fourth coach on his staff is his long-time friend, Dave Sheppard, a consummate communicator with the boys.

The Acalanes varsity boys basketball party gets started today in Fremont. Let’s see if Acalanes can hang with Castro Valley on a neutral court.

As always…Go Dons!!!

Dec 3 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Boys Soccer

fell short to Cardinal Newman HS 1-0 in the Winter Classic.

In Thursday’s action…

Boys Basketball

Varsity team plays Castro Valley HS in the Rob Vares Memorial Invitational at Washington HS, Fremont at 5:00.
JV team hosts Liberty HS in the John Rhodes Memorial Invitational at 8:00.
Freshman plays St. Mary’s HS in the Brandon Huang Memorial Invitational at Miramonte HS at 3:30.

Girls Basketball

plays at Clayton Valley Charter HS. JV at 5:30 and varsity at 7:00.

Dec 2 – Wednesday Sports

Tonight, the boys soccer team hosts Cardinal Newman HS at 6:30 in the Winter Classic.

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 25 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Basketball

cruised past California HS 74-35 in the NCS Foundation game. The jv team suffered in defeat.

Boys Basketball

was narrowly defeated by Foothill HS 71-68 in the NCS Foundation game. The JV team pulled out a thrilling one-point victory, but the freshmen were not as fortunate.

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 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.

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 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 10 – Curious Savage Opening Night

Wikipedia:
“The Curious Savage, written by John Patrick, is a comedic play about Ethel P. Savage, a woman whose husband recently died and left her approximately ten million dollars. Contrasting the kindness and loyalty of psychiatric patients with the avarice and vanity of “respectable” public figures, it calls into question conventional definitions of sanity while lampooning celebrity culture.”

Curious Savage – Opens tonight!
Join the Acalanes Drama Dons in their entertaining and comedic production of The Curious Savage:

The production runs November 10, 12, 13, and 14 at 7:00pm in the ‪#‎Acalanes‬ High School Little Theater.
‪#‎AcalanesHub‬

 

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Apr 24 – Dons Commitment Day

Pictured Left to Right:

Molly Dalziel, Volleyball – UC San Diego

Brady Aiello, Football – University of Oregon

Katharine Torchio, Soccer – University of Wisconsin

Zach Stromberg, Baseball – Boston College

Brittany Usinger, Swimming – Harvard University

Mar 19 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Boys Tennis

edged out a very strong Monte Vista HS team 5-4 to raise their overall record to 13-1.

JV Boys Golf

finished 11th at the California & Dublin tournament at San Ramon GC.

 

In Thursday’s action…

Baseball

has their home opener as they host Irvington HS at 4:00. JV is on the road.

Swim

hosts Dougherty Valley HS at 3:45.

Boys Tennis

has a match against Campolindo HS at 3:30. Varsity is away and jv is home.

 

Wednesday’s individual standouts…

Boys Tennis

Kyle Everly, Isaiah Bird and Ryan Cardiff won singles matches. Ian Dao & Trenton Tso and Alex Hashim & Jin Heo won doubles matches.

JV Boys Golf

Jake Rosenberg finished 11th out of 70 players.

 

NCS Academic Honors…

Boys Soccer

had the 2nd highest team GPA in the North Coast Section in division 2 with a 3.33 GPA.

Boys Basketball

had the 3rd highest team GPA in the North Coast Section in division 3 with a 3.19 GPA.

Girls Basketball

narrowly missed having one of the top three team GPAs by .01 in the North Coast Section in division 3 with a 3.56 GPA.

R. Takahashi

Mar 18 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Basketball

ended the best season any Acalanes girls basketball team has experienced in over 10 years falling to Vanden HS in the CIF NorCal semifinals.

Girls Lacrosse

used an 8-0 second half to finish off Dublin HS 14-3 to remain undefeated in the DFAL at 3-0.  The JV team was the victor 16-5.

Boys Lacrosse

shutout Dublin HS 14-0 to remain undefeated in the DFAL at 3-0 and raising their overall record to 5-2.

Boys Tennis

also shutout Alhambra HS 9-0 raising their DFAL record to 4-1 and their overall record to 12-1.

 

In Wednesday’s action…

Boys Tennis

has a match against Monte Vista HS at 3:30.  Varsity is away and JV is home.

JV Boys Golf

competes in the California & Dublin tournament at San Ramon GC at 7:30 am.

 

Tuesday’s individual standouts…

Boys Tennis

Nico Brightbill, Ian Dao, Conor McGlynn, Ryan Pegels, Ethan Fitzsimons and Jin Heo won singles matches.  Alex Hashim & Trenton Tso, Cole Noone & Clay Schmidt and Matt Gay & Stefan Pegels won doubles matches.

R. Takahashi

Mar 17 – Tuesday Sports

In Monday’s action…

Girls Lacrosse

It was Sweet 16 night for the girls lacrosse team against Dougherty Valley HS as varsity cruised to a 16-11 victory and jv was dominant in a 16-6 game.

Boys Lacrosse

overwhelmed Dougherty Valley HS 21-2.

Boys Golf

was defeated by Miramonte HS.

 

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Basketball

plays at Vanden HS in the CIF NorCal semifinals at 7:00.

Lacrosse

teams play Dublin HS.  Girls are home and boys are away.  JV at 5:30 and varsity at 7:00.

Boys Tennis

hosts Alhambra HS at 3:30.

Boys Golf

has a match against Campolindo HS & College Park HS at Rossmoor GC at 3:30.

Note:  At the CIF NorCal girls basketball game, there will be an admission charge of $9 general admission and $5 for students with student body cards, children and senior citizens.  No passes will be honored.

R. Takahashi

Mar 16 – Monday Sports

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Basketball

defeated a very good Shasta HS team 63-57 in the CIF NorCal quarterfinals raising their overall record to 23-7. They advance to the semifinals at Vanden HS Tuesday at 7:00.

Brooke Panfili scored 25 points with 3 3-pointers. Emma Godfrey scored 13 points. Julia Lyons scored 8 points and Carrie Trent 7 points each with 1 3-pointer.

 

In Monday’s action…

Lacrosse

teams play Dougherty Valley HS. Girls are home and boys are away. JV at 5:30 and varsity at 7:00.

Boys Golf

has a match against Miramonte HS at Orinda CC at 3:30.

R. Takahashi

Mar 14 – Girls Basketball advances to Norcal Semifinals

Girls Basketball

pulled out a great victory over a very good Shasta HS team 63-57 in the CIF NorCal quarterfinals.  They advance to the semifinals at Vanden HS Tuesday at 7:00.

We are arranging a fan bus for students and staff to Vanden HS in Fairfield for the semifinal game.  If you are interested, I need $10 per person by 3:30 on Monday.  If the bus is not completely full, it will be cancelled and the money will be refunded.

R. Takahashi

Mar 14 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Boys Golf

defeated Alhambra HS and College Park HS each by score of 204-223.

Baseball

defeated Freedom HS 3-1 in the Stockton Showcase.

 

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Basketball

hosts Shasta HS in the CIF NorCal quarterfinals at 6:00.

Track & Field

competes in the East Bay Invitational at Monte Vista HS at 8:00 am.

Boys Volleyball

competes in the Deer Valley Invitational.

Freshman Baseball

plays at College Park in a doubleheader at 11:00 and 1:30.

 

Thursday’s individual standouts…

Boys Golf

Jake Basilico shot a 34 and Justin Reilly 41 on a 9-hole par 36 course.

R. Takahashi

Mar 13 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Boys Tennis

defeated Miramonte HS 6-3.

Girls Lacrosse

Varsity was defeated by Amador Valley HS.  The JV team cruised to victory 20-1.

 

In Friday’s action…

Swim

hosts Alhambra HS at 3:45.

Baseball

Varsity plays Freedom HS in the Stockton Showcase at 10:00 am.
JV baseball plays at Novato HS at 4:00.

Boys Golf

has a match against Alhambra HS at Rossmoor GC at 3:30.

 

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Basketball

hosts Shasta HS in the CIF NorCal quarterfinals at 6:00.

Track & Field

competes in the East Bay Invitational at Monte Vista HS at 8:00 am.

Boys Volleyball

competes in the Deer Valley Invitational.

Freshman Baseball

plays at College Park in a doubleheader at 11:00 and 1:30.

 

Thursday’s individual standouts…

Boys Tennis

Isaiah Bird, Ryan Cardiff, Ryan Pegels and Ethan Fitzsimons won their singles matches.  Conor McGlynn & Preston Tso and Alex Hashim & Jin Heo won their doubles matches.

R. Takahashi

Mar 14 – Girls Basketball in Norcal playoffs

Girls Basketball

is the #4 seed in the CIF NorCal playoffs and will host the winner of the Shasta HS v. Florin HS game. They will host Saturday at 6:00 pm.

Note:  At this CIF playoff game, there will be an admission charge of $9 general admission and $5 for students with student body stickers, children and senior citizens.

R. Takahashi

Mar 5 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Basketball

was defeated by Bishop O’Dowd HS in the NCS semifinals. Despite the defeat, they qualify for the CIF NorCal playoffs and will play in the first round on Wednesday.

Boys Tennis

defeated Dublin HS 7-2 to raise their overall record to 4-1.

Boys Golf

suffered a narrow defeat to Dublin HS 208-217.

 

In Thursday’s action…

Lacrosse

teams play Monte Vista HS.  Girls are home and boys are away.  JV at 5:30 and varsity at 7:00.

 

Wednesday’s individual standouts…

Girls Basketball

Brooke Panfili scored 13 points, with 1 3-pointer. Julia Lyons scored 7 points, had 2 rebounds and had 2 assists. Emma Godfrey scored 7 points and had 3 rebounds. Taylor Jones had 5 rebounds.

Boys Tennis

Isaiah Bird, Ryan Cardiff, Ian Dao and Ryan Pegels won singles matches.
Conor McGlynn & Preston Tso, Alex Hashim & Trenton Tso and  Ethan Fitzsimons & Cole Noone won doubles matches.

Boys Golf

Jake Basilico shot a 38, Arden Childers 39 and Peter Tripp 42 on a 9-hole par 36 course.

R. Takahashi

Mar 4 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Boys Lacrosse

held on to defeat Marin Catholic HS 9-8.  The jv team was victorious 6-3.

Baseball

defeated Sir Francis Drake HS 3-2.

Boys Tennis

was defeated by Dougherty Valley HS.

JV Boys Golf

was defeated by Irvington HS.

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Basketball

The #3 seeded girls basketball team plays #2 seeded Bishop O’Dowd HS in the NCS semifinals at Laney College at 6:30.

Swim team

hosts Dublin HS at 3:45.

Boys tennis

has a match against Dublin HS at 3:30.  Varsity is away and jv is home.

Boys Golf

has a match against Dublin HS at Rossmoor GC at 3:30.

Tuesday’s individual standouts…

Boys Lacrosse

Adrian Jeffries scored 5 goals and had 1 assist.  Sam deRoque scored 2 goals and had 2 assists.  Nathan Brickman had 2 assists.

Boys Tennis

Isaiah Bird won his singles match and Ethan Fitzsimons & Cole Noone won their doubles match.

R. Takahashi

Acalanes Wrestling finishes the season with a successful NCS tournament

The Acalanes wrestling team turned heads at the North Coast Section Championship Tournament. Freshman Jeremy Ridge defeated the number four seed Ahmaad Idrees from San Ramon in what the the San Jose Mercury News described as a “stunning upset”. Ridge went 3-2 with two pins and a 15-0 Technical Fall in his first NCS appearance and was just two matches short of medaling.

All six of the Acalanes wrestlers that qualified for the tournament saw action and all had wins. The Don’s dominated in the first round with all wrestlers advancing. Acalanes’s two senior captains Sam Ridge and Jack Hood joined Jeremy in advancing to the second day of the tournament. Sam had three pins in three matches but fell by points after three periods to the eventual Champion Michael Klee. Ridge was the only opponent that Klee did not pin. As he has done all season, Jack Hood sacrificed for the team and moved up from his natural weight of 172 to wrestle in the 184 pound class. Jack had an amazing run in the tournament while giving up 12 pounds. Jack had a pin, a clutch one point win, and a major decision before falling in overtime 6-4. Jack’s heart and dedication to the team is what high school sports should be about.

While competing in one of the hardest weight classes in the tournament Tai White capped off a fantastic sophomore season with a pin and a major decision. Ben Ross made the NCS tournament in his first season of wrestling and responded with a pin in the second round. After winning his first round match by pin Rain Mize unfortunately had to withdraw from the NCS tournament with an injury.

The Acalanes Wrestling team’s run in the tournament was so strong that they finished 36 out of the 100 teams that competed even without having a medal winner. The Don’s only had two seniors in the varsity line-up this season yet still sent six wrestlers to the NCS tournament and finished third among the DFAL teams that competed there. 2014/15 was a very successful season. The future is extremely bright for the Acalanes wrestling program.

David Ridge

Mar 2 – Monday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Girls Basketball

The #3 seeded girls basketball team Marches through the NCS playoffs defeating Encinal HS 78-61 to advance to the NCS semifinals against Bishop O’Dowd HS Wednesday at Laney College at 6:30.

Olivia Sabbadini
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Boys Lacrosse

defeated Piedmont HS 16-14.

Boys Golf

defeated Las Lomas HS 202-223.

 

Friday’s individual standouts…

Girls Basketball

Brooke Panfili scored 28 points with 6 3-pointers.  Emma Godfrey scored 18 points.  Julia Lyons scored 13 points.  Roni Marrone scored 11 points.

Boys Golf

Jake Basilico shot a 38, Arden Childers 39, Peter Tripp and Kennedy Kim 42 and Julian O’Donnell 43 on a 9-hole par 36 course.

R. Takahashi

Feb 25 – Lady Dons Give All but Fall Short

As the crowd rolled into Acalanes High School on Wednesday night, all could tell it was going to be a battle.  Miramonte came out in force with a large gathering to watch the Semifinal match between the Lady Dons and the Lady Matadors.  The Dons fans came in droves and just kept coming.  Any player looking up into the stands could feel proud – the Dons Nation was there to do their part.  And the student section was determined to make a difference!

Feeling the electricity in the air, the Dons started quickly when less than two minutes into the game Morgan Rogers (#21) sent a long beautiful pass up to Kierra Krawec (#4) and Caroline Clark (#14).  Clark took it and went in for the easy score putting Acalanes up 1-0. Less than 8 minutes later, Junior Regan McQuain (#13)made a beautiful pass to Kierra Krawec (#4) and Krawec put the Don’s up 2-0. Although the Dons kept the pressure up with 5 more shots on goal in the first half and freshman goalie Sophia Giordano (#0) making great saves, it was the Mats who finished out the half with a score. With less than 2 minutes left in the half, Miramonte’s Gina Crosetti (#9) sent a high ball into the back of the net.  The half ended with Acalanes up 2-1.

Caroline Clark
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Miramonte came out strong in the 2nd half and scored 6 minutes into the half, when Sophomore Kati Tuemmler (#3) took a pass and quickly turned and shot it to tie the score 2-2. The game remained deadlocked until the 72nd minute when Clark (#14) took a pass from Molly Davis (#16) and pounded it home.  Dons took the lead 3-2. But Miramonte came storming back 7 minutes later and tied the score 3-3 when Mats Sophomore Mia Grillo (#14) took a deflected ball and put it past goalie Giordano. The game went to overtime.

Regan McQuain
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After two scoreless overtime periods where both defenses shined, it all came down to PKs.  The Acalanes student section moved down the field in a swarm to cheer on their Lady Dons.  The pressure and the excitement was incredible and both teams felt it.  Each team shot all balls on goal.  It came down to the Mats Senior Goalie, Maritza Grillo (#00) getting a foot on a ball that was clearly going in.  And with that save, the Lady Dons season ended – Miramonte 4, Acalanes 3.

 

The Dons’ fans quieted only for a moment and then began to cheer on their team.  The tribute that all the fans gave to celebrate a phenomenal year was priceless.  As the Dons walked off the field, they were greeted by family, friends and schoolmates and although they couldn’t appreciate it at the moment, they will remember it forever.  Said one player, “I can’t believe we won’t play with this team ever again – the seniors are all moving on.”

Morgan Rogers
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Congratulations to the Lady Dons for the Conference Championship and for getting to the semi-finals of the NCS.  And congratulations to the fans, for showing up BIG and BLUE to share it with them!

By Nicole Rogers

Scores and stats:
Game: Acalanes HS (18-2-1) vs. Miramonte HS (12-4-5)
Date: Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Location: Acalanes High School
Halftime Score: 2-1
Final Score: 3-3 (4-3 PKs)
Goals: AHS
Goal 1: Caroline Clark (#14) (1:51)
Goal 2: Kierra Krawec (#4) (9:15)
Goal 5: Caroline Clark (#14) (72:32)
Assists:  Morgan Rogers (#21) Goal 1; Regan McQuain (#13) Goal 2; Molly Davis (#16)
Saves: Sophia Giordano (#0) – 5 saves (1st half); 3 saves (2nd half)
Goals:  Miramonte High School
Goal 3: Gina Crosetti (#9) (38:30)
Goal 4: Kathryn Tuemmler (#3) (46:50)
Goal 6: Mia Grillo (#14) (80:00)
Assists: Samantha Devecchi (#18) Goal 6
Saves:  Maritza Grillo (#00) – 1 saves (1st half); 2 (2nd half)

Lady Dons Advance to NCS Basketball SemiFinal

Julia Lyons
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The #3 seeded girls basketball team defeated Encinal HS 78-61 to advance to the NCS semifinals against #2 seeded Bishop O’Dowd HS. The game will be Wednesday at Laney College at 6:30.

R. Takahashi

Feb 27 – Friday Sports Page

In Friday’s action…

Girls Basketball

The #3 seeded girls basketball team hosts #11 seeded Encinal HS in the NCS quarterfinals at 7:00.

Wrestling

competes in the NCS Championships at James Logan HS.

Boys Lacrosse

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

Boys Golf

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

In Saturday’s action…

Wrestling

competes in the NCS Championships at James Logan HS.

Track & Field

has a scrimmage at Freedom HS at 10:00.

Freshman Baseball

plays at Tamalpais HS in a doubleheader at 11:00 and 1:30.

R. Takahashi

Feb 26 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Soccer

The game could not be any closer. The girls soccer team was tied with Miramonte HS 3-3 through regulation and 2 overtime periods only to be edged out in penalty kicks. Congratulations for an outstanding season and an incredible playoff run.

Sophia Giordano
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Caroline Clark
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Boys Tennis

continues to roll with a 9-0 victory over American Canyon HS.

Boys Golf

sank the Pittsburg HS Pirates 196-240.

 

In Thursday’s action…

Boys Tennis

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

 

Wednesday’s individual standouts…

Boys Tennis

Ian Dao, Nico Brightbill, Conor McGlynn, Ryan Pegels, Ethan Fitzsimons and Alex Hashim won singles matches.
Clay Schmidt & Cole Noone, Trenton Tso & Jin Heo and Stefen Pegels & Conor Sasner won doubles matches.

Boys Golf

Jake Basilico and Peter Tripp shot a 37, Arden Childers 38 and Julian O’Donnell 39 on a 9-hole par 36 course.

 

Congratulations…

Kierra Krawec was named Honorable Mention Player of the Week by the Contra Costa Times. The article is in today’s sports section of the Contra Costa Times.

 

Kierra Krawec
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R. Takahashi

Feb 25 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesdays action…

Emma Godfrey
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Girls Basketball

advances to the NCS quarterfinals with a 67-21 victory over San Rafael HS.  The #3 seeded Dons host #11 Encinal HS Friday at 7:00.

Boys Tennis

pulled out an impressive 5-4 victory over EBAL power San Ramon Valley HS to start the season 2-0.

Boys Lacrosse

played well in defeat to highly ranked St. Ignatius HS.

 

In Wednesdays action…

Girls soccer

The BIG SHOWDOWN. The NCS semifinal features the #1 seeded Dons hosting #5 Miramonte HS.

Boys Tennis

hosts American Canyon HS at 3:30.

Boys Golf

has a match against Pittsburg HS at Rossmoor GC at 3:30.

 

Tuesdays individual standouts…

Brooke Panfili
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Girls Basketball

Emma Godfrey scored 19 points. Brooke Panfili scored 18 points, with 3 3-pointers.

Boys Tennis

Ryan Cardiff, Isaiah Bird and Ian Dao won singles matches.  Alex Hashim & Trenton Tso and Ryan Pegels & Preston Tso won doubles matches.

R. Takahashi

Feb 21 – Lady Dons Soccer Moves on to 3rd Round of NCS

If anyone ever says that home field is not an advantage in high school soccer, then they never played in front of a rowdy, fun and completely biased home crowd. On Saturday, Dons’ fans experienced something we had not seen all season; a line to get into the stadium. And the Lady Dons put on a show to remember in their 4-1 win over Las Lomas to move to the Semi-finals of the NCS Playoffs.

Freshman Kierra Krawec (#4), fresh off her 5 goals from Wednesday night, picked up right where she left off by scoring the first goal 9 minutes into the game off a perfect pass up the middle from Junior Regan McQuain ((#13). As the fans roared their appreciation, Acalanes took a 1-0 lead.

Although Acalanes controlled the ball for most of the first half and kept the Knight’s defense busy, the second goal of the game did not come until there was 6 minutes left in the half. That’s when the Don’s offense took the ball down the field and broke through the Las Lomas defense. It started with Katharine Larson (#6) taking a beautiful pass from Molly Davis (#16) and going up the right side. Larson then threaded to Krawec who quickly sent another quick pass to a streaking Caroline Clark (#14). Clark then raced past a defender to the side of the goal and then shot the ball into the left side of the net to make the score 2-0 Acalanes. By this time the Acalanes crowd had grown in both size and noise level and they could feel the energy of the night.

Kierra Krawec
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The second half brought more action as the fans on both sides stepped it up to cheer on their teams. Acalanes came out strong and took advantage of being awarded a corner kick. Clark (#14) sent a high, arching ball to the net which Katharine Torchio (#11) quickly took care of by heading it past the goalie for goal #3. The Dons kept up the pressure on the Knights as they refused to let the ball pass over the midfield line. With 21 minutes left in the half, Las Lomas was awarded a free kick at the 15 yard line. They wasted no time popping the ball over the first line of defense and skipping the ball into the back of the net.

Caroline Clark (14) and Katharine Larson (6)
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The goal was a wakeup call for the Dons and settled them down. Senior Emma Starr (#17) settled her teammates down with precision passing and a return to possession soccer. After a double team by Morgan Rogers (#21) and Davis (#16) which resulted in another steal, Davis sent the ball up to Lexi Silva (#3) who took the ball down and saw Krawec (#4) up the left side. Silva (#3) sent the long ball to Krawec who was off to the races. Krawec took the ball up the left side, stopped turned and kicked the ball past the goalie’s outstretched arms to score the final goal of the game.

Emma Starr
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The Dons defense of Silva (#3), Davis (#16), Starr (#17) and Rogers (#21) plus midfielder Emily Smith (#25) combined for 39 steals. Rogers (#21) and Smith (#25) both had season highs with 10 and 7 respectively. The win put the Dons into the semi-finals where they will take on rival Miramonte at 7 pm on Wednesday, February 25th at Acalanes. The Dons will need every one of their fans to show up and cheer them on as it promises to be an intense and hard fought battle to get to the Championship game.

Emily Smith
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By Nicole Rogers

Scores and stats:
Game: Acalanes HS (18-1-1) vs. Las Lomas HS (10-5-6)
Date: Saturday, February 21, 2015
Location: Acalanes High School
Halftime Score: 2-0
Final Score: 4-1
Goals: AHS
Goal 1: Kierra Krawek (#4) (9:27)
Goal 2: Caroline Clark (#14) (32:53)
Goal 3: Katharine Torchio (#11) (51:06)
Goal 5: Kierra Krawec (#3) (70:26)
Assists: Regan McQuain (#13) Goal 1; Kierra Krawec (#4) Goal 2; Caroline Clark (#14) Goal 3; Lexi Silva (#3) Goal 5
Saves: Sophia Giordano (#0) – 2 saves (1st half); 1 saves (2nd half)
Goals: Las Lomas HS
Goal 4: (#80) (57:40)
Saves: Victoria Scalfaro (#55) – 3 saves (1st half); 1 (2nd half)

Feb 24 – Tuesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Basketball

The #3 seeded girls basketball team hosts San Rafael HS at 7:00 in the first round of the NCS playoffs.

Boys Lacrosse

hosts St. Ignatius HS at 3:30.

Boys Tennis

has a match against San Ramon Valley HS at 3:30.  Varsity is away and jv is home.

Boys Golf

has a match against Bentley HS at Rossmoor GC at 3:30.

R. Takahashi

Acalanes advances 6 wrestlers to NCS Championship Tournament!

The DFAL Wrestling Tournament was held on Saturday February 21 at Campo High School. The Don’s had an outstanding day with six of the nine wrestlers they sent to the tournament qualifying for the NCS Championships. Junior Captain Rain Mize took first place at 172 pounds, senior Captain Jack Hood took second place at 184 pounds, and senior Captain Sam Ridge placed third at 147 pounds. Freshman Jeremy Ridge placed third at 128 pounds, sophomore Tai White placed third at 115 pounds and freshman Ben Ross placed fourth at 108 pounds. These Wrestlers will now represent Acalanes High School and the Diablo Foothill Athletic League at the NCS Tournament Friday 2/27 and Saturday 2/28 at James Logan High School.

It was a strong finish to what had already been a very good year for the Acalanes Wrestling program. The DFAL JV tournament was held on the same day and Acalanes had strong showing there as well. Isaac Douglas was the JV champion at 162 pounds. The future looks very bright for the Acalanes Wrestling program.

Dave Ridge

Feb 23 – Monday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Girls Basketball

finishes the regular season with a victory over Las Lomas HS with an overall record of 20-6.

Boys Basketball

played inspired in defeat to Las Lomas HS.

 

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Soccer

The #1 seeded girls soccer team overwhelmed one DFAL district opponent to set up a meeting with another in a 4-1 victory over Las Lomas HS in the NCS quarterfinals. Their next opponent is Miramonte HS, who they will host Wednesday at 7:00 in the NCS semifinals.

 

Caroline Clark
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Individual standouts…

Wrestling

At the DFAL championships, Rain Mize wrestled away the league title, Jack Hood was the DFAL runner up and Jeremy Ridge and Tai White placed third as all qualified for the NCS Championships Friday and Saturday at James Logan HS. Ben Ross placed 4th and will be an alternate.

Boys Basketball

Alex Kinnear scored 16 points, with 2 3-pointers. Jack Hemmenway sank 4 3-pointers scoring 12 points.

R. Takahashi

Feb 21 – Saturday Sports

In Fridays action…

Girls Basketball

finishes the regular season with a victory over Las Lomas HS with an overall record of 20-6.

Boys Basketball

played inspired in defeat to Las Lomas HS.

 

In Saturdays action…

Girls Soccer

hosts Las Lomas HS in the NCS quarterfinals at 7:00.

Wrestling

completes in the DFAL Championships at Campolindo HS at 9:00 am.

Note: At the DFAL wrestling championships, there will be an admission charge of $7 general admission and $4 for students with student body cards, children and senior citizens. No passes will be honored.

Baseball

has a scrimmage with Marin Catholic HS at 11:00. Varsity is away and jv is home.

Varsity Girls Lacrosse

competes in the Davis Play Day.

 

Individual standouts…

Boys Basketball

Alex Kinnear scored 16 points, with 2 3-pointers. Jack Hemmenway sank 4 3-pointers scoring 12 points.

R. Takahashi

Feb 19 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Soccer

The #1 seeded girls soccer team dispatched El Cerrito HS 8-1 to advance to the NCS quarterfinals. They host Las Lomas HS Saturday at 7:00.

In Thursday’s action…

Boys Tennis

hosts De La Salle HS in a scrimmage at 3:30.

R. Takahashi

Feb 18 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Basketball

pulled out a victory over Dougherty Valley HS 59-57.

Boys Basketball

rallied only to fall short in the final minutes to Dougherty Valley HS. The jv team was defeated, but the freshman team notched another victory.

 

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Soccer

The #1 seeded girls soccer team hosts El Cerrito HS at 7:00 in the first round of the NCS playoffs.

JV Boys Golf

has a match against Irvington HS at Rossmoor GC at 3:30.

 

Tuesday’s individual standouts…

Girls Basketball

Emma Godfrey dominated the paint scoring 18 points, with 11 rebounds. Brooke Panfili scored 11 points with 3 3-pointers. Sierra Galanza scored 11 points with 1 3-pointer. Julia Lyons scored 11 points. Taylor Jones added 9 rebounds.

Boys Basketball

Joey Hewitt scored 17 points with 3 3-pointers. Casey Harrington and Matt Bostwick each scored 13 points.

R. Takahashi

Feb 17 – Tuesday Sports

In Monday’s action…

Boys Tennis

began the season by shutting out Justin Siena HS 9-0.
Ryan Cardiff, Nico Brightbill, Ian Dao, Conor McGlynn, Ryan Pegels and Ethan Fitzsimons won singles matches.
Clay Schmidt & Trenton Tso, Alex Hashim & Jin Heo and Preston Tso & Conor Sasner won doubles matches.

In Tuesday’s action…

Basketball

teams play Dougherty Valley HS.
At Acalanes HS.  JV boys at 4:00, varsity boys at 5:30 and varsity girls at 7:00.
At Dougherty Valley HS.  JV girls at 4:00 and freshman boys at 5:30.

NCS girls soccer playoffs…

The #1 seeded girls soccer team hosts El Cerrito HS Wednesday at 7:00 in the first round of the NCS playoffs.

Note: At all NCS post-season events, there is an admission charge of $9 for general admission and $6 for students with student body cards, children and senior citizens. No passes will be honored.

R. Takahashi

Feb 12- Lady Dons Sweep Campo, Earn Top Seed in NCS Tournament

The Lady Dons finished regular season league play Thursday against rival Campolindo.  The Cougars were playing to stay in 2nd place in the league and the Dons were playing to beat an old (and current) nemesis. As always, there was a large crowd on hand to watch this rivalry and neither team disappointed their fans.

Campo struck first, to the crowd’s delight, when Annie Loose (#6) sent a beautiful shot over the defenders and right under the crossbar into the net. Acalanes’ answer was to send their own part of the crowd roaring 2 minutes later when Callie Ericksen (#19) took a bullet of a cross from Kierra Krawec (#4) and pounded it into the net to even the game 1-1.

Both teams played physical and took turns possessing the ball for the rest of the half.  It looked like the half would end 1-1, until Bridget Coleman (#17) broke the tie in favor of the Cougars with 3 minutes left in the half.  Campo took a 2-1 lead into halftime.

The second half started fast and furious again and both teams created opportunities.  Both teams also survived a couple of missteps as neither team could capitalize on the other’s mistakes for the first 20 minutes of the 2nd half.  Then sophomore Caroline Clark (#14) found an opening and broke down the left side to find one of her favorite forwards, freshman Kierra Krawec (#4).  The fast moving Clark worked her magic past the defenders and fed the ball to Krawec, who put the ball in the back of the net.

Again, the defenses stepped up and kept the ball out of either net until the last 2 minutes of the game.  That’s when Clark (team and league assist leader) found another of her favorites, senior Katharine Torchio (#11).  Torchio took one touch off the pass from Clark and sealed the win for the Dons.  The goal also put Torchio back atop the leader board in DFAL for goals scored with 15.

The win also secured that the Lady Dons would receive the #1 seed in the upcoming North Coast Section Playoffs. The Dons will play at home on Wednesday, February 18th at 7 pm. Hope to see the Don Nation in the stands pulling their Dons to another victory!

By Nicole Rogers

Scores and stats:
Game: Campolindo HS (6-4-3) vs. Acalanes HS (16-1-1)
Date: Thursday, February 12, 2015
Location: Campolindo High School
Halftime Score: 2-1
Final Score: 2-3
Goals: AHS
Goal 2: Callie Ericksen (#19) (14:35)
Goal 4: Kierra Krawec (#4) (58:05)
Goal 5: Katharine Torchio (#11) (78:00)
Assists:  Kierra Krawec (#4) Goal 2; Caroline Clark (#14) Goal 4 and 5
Saves: Sophia Giordano (#0) – 7 saves (1st half); 1 saves (2nd half)
Goals:  Campolindo HS
Goal 1:  Annie Loose (#6) (12:00)
Goal 3:  Bridget Coleman (#17) (36:15)
Saves:  Emily Parish (#36) — 3 saves

Feb 12 – JV Boys Soccer

On Thursday, the JV Boys Soccer easily defeated Campolindo 9-1 in their last game of the year. They end the season with 13 wins, 3 loses, and 5 ties.  Go Dons!

The Candells

Feb 13 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Girls Soccer

finished their DFAL Championship season defeating Campolindo HS 3-2. The JV team suffered in defeat.

Boys Soccer

was defeated by Campolindo HS. The JV team recorded a 9-1 victory.

 

Tom Higgins
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Girls Basketball

defeated Alhambra HS 63-43 avenging an earlier loss.

 

Carrie Trent
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Boys Basketball

rallied furiously from a 23 point deficit only to fall short to Alhambra HS 72-68. The JV team successfully came from behind edge the Bulldogs 59-58.

 

Joey Hewitt
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In Saturday’s action…

Boys Soccer

has a scrimmage at San Ramon Valley HS.  JV at 4:00 and varsity at 6:00.

Baseball

plays San Leandro HS in a scrimmage at 11:00.  Varsity is home and jv is away.

 

In Monday’s action…

Boys Tennis

has a match against Justin Siena HS at Napa Valley College at 3:30.

R. Takahashi

Feb 10 – Lady Dons go from Zero to Hero and Clinch DFAL Title

One year ago, the Acalanes Lady Don’s soccer team won zero DFAL league games. One year later, they are the DFAL League champs. On Friday, they took on the Alhambra Bulldogs to try to avenge an earlier loss.

Emily Smith
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The Dons first celebrated their seniors as Katharine Torchio (#11), Hannah Barnes (#23), Blake Balfrey (#24) and Emma Starr (#17) received flowers along with the Alhambra seniors, marking their final year of high school soccer.

After that, it was all business as the Dons controlled the ball from the start of the game and throughout the half. They started quickly with Allison Merrill (#2) breaking away down the side on a long pass from Caroline Clark (#14). Merrill beat her defender and then sent a beautiful cross to the middle that Krawec took in stride. Krawec‘s speed proved too much for both the defender and the goalie, leaving an open goal for her to easily put the ball into the net.

Emma, Hannah, Katharine, Blake

Although the Dons dominated the half, they took few shots on goal, allowing Alhambra to get back into the game with a questionable goal 20 minutes later. Alhambra’s Sarah Emigh (#5) hit a high curving shot that hit the top of the goal and then it appeared to bounce up and hit the crossbar of the goal post. Believing it was out of bounds, all players watched the shot come back down and bounce into the goal without making a move. To everyone’s surprise, it was ruled a goal and the game was tied 1-1.

Acalanes responded quickly when 2 minutes later Caroline Clark (#14) and Callie Ericksen (#19) combined for Acalanes’ 2nd goal of the night. Clark took a long pass from Emily Smith down the left side and crossed it through the middle to the right side where Ericksen blew past the Alhambra defenders to decisively put the ball into the net.

Caroline Clark
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Alhambra had a chance in the last few minutes of the half but goalie Sophia Giordano (#0) made one of her incredible saves to silence the threat. The Bulldog forward came at her full speed only to end up in the net without the ball. The ball was with Giordano who had somehow taken it away without the player knowing. The astonished crowd showed their appreciation for Giordano with cheering and stomping as the half ended with Acalanes on top 2-1.

The second half was much more physical but the Dons did possess the ball for the majority of the half. Both teams had opportunities early but no one scored again until 13:23 left in the game. After junior Regan McQuain (#13) was fouled from behind, Morgan Rogers (#21) sent a long ball into the box. The ball bounced and then Katharine Torchio (#11) did what she does best – gooooooooooooooaaaaaal!

Katharine Torchio
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And the Acalanes senior put an exclamation point on Senior Night!

The win brings the Lady Dons to 15-1-1 overall all, 9-1-1 in the league and brings the DFAL Championship to Acalanes. The Dons have one game left against rival Campolindo on Thursday night at Campo at 6:15 pm. Then the team that had zero wins last year will roll into the NCS Championships – and quite possibly, as the number 1 seed.

By Nicole Rogers

Scores and stats:
Game: Acalanes HS (15-1-1) vs. Alhambra HS (12-4-1)
Date: Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Location: Acalanes High School
Halftime Score: 2-1
Final Score: 3-1
Goals: Acalanes HS
Goal 1: Kierra Krawec (#4) (10:23)
Goal 3: Callie Ericksen (#19) (34:18)
Goal 4: Katharine Torchio (#11) (67:45)
Assists: Allison Merrill (#2) Goal 1; Caroline Clark (#14) Goal 3, Morgan Rogers (#21) Goal 4
Saves: Sophia Giordano (#0) – 4 saves (1st half); 6 saves (2nd half)
Goals: Alhambra HS
Goal 2: Sarah Emigh (#5) (32:55)
Saves: 2 saves (1st half); 4 saves (2nd half)

Feb 12 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Wrestling

was defeated by Las Lomas HS. Jeremy Ridge and Tai White won their matches.

 

In Thursday’s action…

Basketball

teams play Alhambra HS.
At Acalanes HS. JV boys at 4:00, Varsity boys at 5:30 and Varsity girls at 7:00.
At Alhambra HS. JV girls at 4:00 and freshman boys at 5:30.

 

In Saturday’s action…

Boys Soccer

has a scrimmage at San Ramon Valley HS. JV at 4:00 and varsity at 6:00.

Baseball

plays San Leandro HS in a scrimmage at 11:00. Varsity is home and JV is away.

 

In Monday’s action…

Boys Tennis

has a match against Justin Siena HS at Napa Valley College at 3:30.

R. Takahashi

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Feb 10 – JV Boys Soccer Roll to Another Win

JV Boys Soccer

score another win, this time against Alhambra, 4-1. Last game this Thursday against Campolindo at AHS.

The Candells

Feb 11 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Soccer

avenged their only loss of the season defeating Alhambra HS 3-1 to clinch the DFAL title with a record of 9-1-1 and an overall record of 15-1-1. The JV team was not so fortunate.


Lady Dons Clinch DFAL Title

Boys Soccer

was defeated by Alhambra HS.

 

In Wednesday’s action…

Wrestling

has a match at Las Lomas HS at 6:00.

 

Tuesday’s individual standouts…

Girls Soccer

Katharine Torchio, Callie Ericksen and Kierra Krawec each scored a goal. Caroline Clark, Allison Merrill and Morgan Rogers each had an assist. Sophia Giordano had 7 saves.

R. Takahashi

Feb 10 – Tuesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Soccer

teams play Alhambra HS.  Girls are home and boys are away.  JV at 4:15 and varsity at 6:15.
Tonight is the girls senior night, so please arrive at 545 for the 615 game.

R. Takahashi

Wrestling Results

The Wrestling team has a had a busy few weeks.

On Saturday Jan 31st the Team competed at the Lou Encalada Invitational at Rodriguez High School in Fairfield. Brothers Sam and Jeremy Ridge both placed at the tournament. Senior Sam Ridge won the 6th place medal and freshman Jeremy Ridge placed 8th.

On Wednesday February 4 the Team was at Campo High school for an away meet. The team wrestled great winning six of the eleven matches wrestled. The Don’s had four pins, a major decision (a win by more than eight points), and a decision. Ben Ross, Tai White, Jeremy Ridge, Sam Ridge, Rain Mize, and Jack Hood all scored wins. Even though Acalanes won more matches than Campo, the Don’s narrowly lost the meet due to forfeits. Campo had 220 pound and 285 pound wresters and Acalanes did not. Next season Acalanes hopes to send out a full line-up.

On Friday 2/5 and Saturday 2/6 the Varsity Wrestling team competed at the 40th annual  Mission San Jose Invitational, one of the most important tournaments in the state. 72 teams including Clovis High School, the third ranked team in the nation, competed over friday and Saturday. Axel Jurgens and Jeremy Ridge both advanced to the second day of the competition.

The JV also competed on Saturday 2/6. They were at the Dougherty Valley JV Tournament. Every Wrestler won at least one match. Isaac Douglas and Miles Hoeser took 2nd place in their weight divisions and Ben Ross and Grant Smith were the consolation champions of their weight classes.

The last home meet of the season was Senior night. Sam Ridge, Jack Hood, Grant Smith, and Chris Brock were brought out to the center of the mat individually so that the crowd could acknowledge their achievements and they could have their pictures taken with their parents. Wrestling is a demanding sport. Being a senior wrestler is an achievement worthy of celebration.

Dave Ridge

Jan 7 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Boys Basketball

came from behind to down Miramonte HS 56-55.

Girls Basketball

was defeated by Miramonte HS. The JV team fared no better.

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Boys Soccer

braved the rain to a 1-1 tie with Miramonte HS. The JV team was water-proof in a 5-0 victory.

Girls Soccer

also overcame the rain to tie Miramonte HS 0-0.

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In Saturday’s action…

Wrestling

competes in the Mission San Jose Invitational.

 

Individual standouts…

Boys Basketball

Joey Hewitt scored 27 points, with 6 3-pointers. Casey Harrington added 15 points.

Boys Soccer

Ben Lenz scored the lone goal.

R. Takahashi

Feb 6 – JV Boys Soccer

The JV Boys Soccer win another decisive victory 5-0 over Miramonte, overcoming the extremely soggy and windy conditions Friday evening.
The Candells

Feb 6 – Friday Sports Page

In Friday’s action…

Soccer

teams play Miramonte HS.
Boys are home and girls are away. JV at 4:15 and varsity at 6:15.

Basketball

teams play Miramonte HS.
At Miramonte HS. JV boys at 4:00, varsity boys at 5:30 and varsity girls at 7:00.
At Acalanes HS. JV girls at 4:00 and freshmen boys at 5:30.

Wrestling

competes in the Mission San Jose Invitational.

 

In Saturday’s action…

Wrestling

competes in the Mission San Jose Invitational.

R. Takahashi

Feb 4 – JV Boys Soccer

On Wednesday, the JV Boys Soccer pulled off another strong win, this time over Pinole Valley High School, score 3-0.
The Candells

Feb 5 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Wrestling

was defeated by Campolindo HS.

Boys Soccer

was edged out by Pinole Valley HS 2-1.

 

Wednesday’s individual standouts…

Wrestling

Jack Hood, Rain Mize, Jeremy and Sam Ridge, Ben Ross and Tai White won their matches.

Boys Soccer

Patrick Ramm scored the lone goal assisted by Ian Franklin.

R. Takahashi

Feb 3 – Boys JV Basketball

From the thrill of victory against Campo to the agony of defeat, Boys JV basketball lost to Dublin 47-63.

Player highlights…Sam Smith 10 points, 9 rebounds, 3 blocks. Carson Etnyre 7 points, 4 rebounds. Aidan McNamara 6 rebounds, 4 assists.

Tasha McNamara

Feb 6 – Boys Soccer Senior Night

Senior Night for Boys Varsity Soccer on February 6, 2015. Parents should arrive to Acalanes home field at 5:45pm for 6:15pm game against Miramonte. There will be a recognition of graduating seniors and their parents.

Sheila Longerbeam

Feb 4 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Basketball

played inspired in a close 61-53 loss to highly ranked Dublin HS.

Boys Basketball

was defeated by Dublin HS.

 

In Wednesday’s action…

Boys Soccer

plays at Pinole Valley HS.  JV at 4:00 and Varsity at 6:00.

Wrestling

has a match at Campolindo HS at 6:00.

 

Tuesday’s individual standouts…

Boys Basketball

Casey Harrington scored 15 points and Jesse Marlow added 11 points.

R. Takahashi

Jan 30 – Boys JV Basketball

Last Friday Boys JV Basketball played with heart and soul as they took on Campolindo and won 45-44.

Down by 7 points in the last minute, Nick Price hit a three pointer to get the Dons back in the game and the crowd on their feet. The boys fought hard and with only one second remaining Carter Smith got an offensive rebound and tipped in the game winning basket just beating the buzzer!
Player highlights…Nick Price 14 points, Sam Smith 7 points 5 blocks, Carter Smith 6 points 7 rebounds, Aidan McNamara 6 assists 4 steals.

Tasha McNamara

Feb 3 – Tuesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Basketball

Teams play Dublin HS.
At Dublin HS. JV boys at 4:00, varsity boys at 5:30 and varsity girls at 7:00.
At Acalanes HS. JV girls at 4:00 and freshman boys at 5:30.

R. Takahashi

Feb 2 – Monday Sports

In Saturday’s action…

Freshman Boys Soccer

finished their season with a 3-0 shutout of Las Lomas HS.

Frosh-Soph Girls Soccer

led by Lyenne Denny finished the season with a split being defeated by Dublin HS and shutting out Deer Valley HS 5-0.

 

Individual standouts…

Frosh-Soph Girls Soccer

Alex Garcia, Cate Goodman, Melissa Nolan, Gogo Zoger and Anna Mary Starr each scored a goal.

Freshman Boys Soccer

Shakoor Haji scored 2 goals and Alex Topping scored the other goal.

R. Takahashi

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Jan 31 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Girls Basketball

is 3-0 against Campolindo HS with a 65-52 victory to raise their overall record to 17-4.

Boys Basketball

fell to Campolindo HS. The JV team pulled out a victory with the winning shot as the horn sounded.

Girls Soccer

defeated Dublin HS 5-0 raising their first place DFAL record to 8-1.

Boys Soccer

suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat to Dublin HS.

 

In Saturday’s action…

Boys Soccer

hosts College Park HS.  JV at 1:00 and Varsity at 3:00.

Freshman Boys Soccer

hosts Las Lomas HS at 9:00.

Frosh-Soph Girls Soccer

plays at Dublin HS at 9:00 and hosts Deer Valley HS at 11:15.

Varsity Wrestling

competes in the Lou Encalada Invitational at Rodriguez HS.

JV and Frosh-Soph Wrestling

competes in the Liberty tournament.

 

Individual standouts…

Girls Basketball

Emma Godfrey scored 16 points.  Olivia Sabbadini scored 12 points, with 2 3-pointers.  Julia Lyons added 10 points.

R. Takahashi

Jan 30 – Lady Dons Soccer defeat Dublin Gaels 5-0

The Lady Dons were inspired by a large crowd on Friday night and played some of their best soccer yet. As the crowd poured in from the end of the basketball game, Acalanes Varsity girls’ soccer team put on an offensive and defensive show and maintained their first place standing in DFAL.

The Dons started things off quickly with sophomore Caroline Clark (#14) taking the ball up the middle to the goalie in the first 3 minutes of the game and putting the ball in the back of the net. And Clark was not done. When sophomore Callie Ericksen (#19) chased down a long pass and kicked the ball off of a Dublin defender, Clark took the corner kick. She sailed a beautiful high ball right above the far post. Out jumping all players by at least a foot, sophomore Morgan Rogers (#21) headed the ball decisively into the opposite corner of the goal to give the Dons a 2-0 lead. Two minutes later, Acalanes was on the attack again. Rogers (#21) sent a long ball to Ericksen (#19) who took it to the right corner and crossed it back into Clark. Clark (#14) took a shot, chased down her own ricochet and then put another beautiful shot into the right corner of the goal. The Dons took a 3-0 lead into halftime.

The second half started with the defense controlling the pace of the game. Acalanes’ defense played a high line and kept the ball on the Dublin side of the field. They allowed only 1 shot on goal the entire 2nd half, while the offense created multiple opportunities to score. With less than 12 minutes left in the game, Acalanes struck again when Kierra Krawec (#4) took a pass from Katharine Larson (#6) and beat out two defenders before she blew the ball past the goalie to make it 4-0 Acalanes.

The last goal came with less than 2 minutes left in the game. Krawec (#4) passed a ball inside to Larson (#6), who quickly spun and shot the ball hitting the far corner. The game ended 5-0 and gave the Lady Dons their 14th win in 15 games.

The Dons continue to lead the league (8-1) but they take on the top 3 teams – Campolindo, Alhambra and Miramonte for their last 3 games. They will take on Miramonte next Friday, Feb. 6th at Miramonte at 6:15 pm.

Scores and stats:
Game: Acalanes HS (14-1-0 Overall and 8-1 Conference) v. Dublin HS (1-13-4 Overall and 0-8-1 Conference)
Date: Friday, January 30th, 2015
Location: Acalanes High School
Halftime Score: 3-0
Final Score: 5-2
Goals: AHS
Goal 1: Caroline Clark (#14) (2:57)
Goal 2: Morgan Rogers, #21 (Caroline Clark, #14)) (25:19)
Goal 3: Caroline Clark, #14 (27:15)
Goal 4: Kierra Krawec, #4 (68:23)
Goal 5: Katharine Larson, #6 (Callie Ericksen, #19) (78:26)
Saves: Sophia Giordano (#0) – 3 saves (1st half)/1 save (2nd half)

By Nicole Rogers

Jan 30 – Girls JV Soccer

played Dublin on Friday night. Game ended in a 2-2 tie.

Julie Bell

Jan 30 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Wrestling

was defeated by Dougherty Valley HS. Jack Hood, Rain Mize, Jeremy and Sam Ridge and Tai White won matches.

 

In Friday’s action…

Basketball

teams play Campolindo HS.
At Acalanes HS. JV boys at 4:00, Varsity boys at 5:30 and Varsity girls at 7:00.
At Campolindo HS. JV girls at 4:00 and Freshman boys at 5:30.

Soccer

teams play Dublin HS. Girls are home and boys are away. JV at 4:15 and Varsity at 6:15.

 

In Saturday’s action…

Boys Soccer

hosts College Park HS. JV at 1:00 and Varsity at 3:00.

Freshman Boys Soccer

hosts Las Lomas HS at 9:00.

Frosh-Soph Girls Soccer

plays at Dublin HS at 9:00 and hosts Deer Valley HS at 11:15.

Varsity Wrestling

competes in the Lou Encalada Invitational at Rodriguez HS.

JV and Frosh-Soph Wrestling

competes in the Liberty tournament.

R. Takahashi

Jan 29 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Basketball

defeated Las Lomas HS handily to improve their overall record to 16-4. The JV team did likewise.

Boys Basketball

was defeated in the final minutes by Las Lomas HS 58-55. The JV team was also defeated on a last second shot.

Girls Soccer

defeated Dougherty Valley HS 2-0 to raise their overall record to 13-1 and DFAL record to 7-1.

 

In Thursday’s action…

Wrestling

hosts Dougherty Valley HS at 6:00.

Freshman Boys Soccer

hosts Ygnacio Valley HS at 6:00.

 

Wednesday’s individual standouts…

Girls Basketball

Brooke Panfili scored 17 points, with 1 3-pointer. Sierra Galanza scored 15 points and Alex Grant-Hudd 10, each making 3 3-pointers.

Boys Basketball

Joey Hewitt scored 20 points and Alex Kinnear 13, each hitting 3 3-pointers.

R. Takahashi

Jan 28 – Girls JV Soccer

Girls JV Soccer

The JV girls started strong with an early goal to get up 1-0… During the second half, Dougherty Valley tied it up and then the JV girls kicked it into high gear and scored two more goals to finish the game 3-1.

Julie Bell

Jan 28 – Wednesday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Basketball

teams play Las Lomas HS.
At Acalanes HS. JV girls at 4:00, varsity girls at 5:30 and varsity boys at 7:00.
At Las Lomas HS. JV boys at 4:00 and freshman boys at 5:30.

Soccer

teams play Dougherty Valley HS. Girls are home and boys are away. JV at 4:15 and varsity at 6:15.

R. Takahashi

Jan 26 – Girls JV Soccer

Girls JV Soccer

rolled over Encinal HS 11-0

Julie Bell

Jan 27 – Tuesday Sports

In Mondays action…

Girls Basketball

defeated Dougherty Valley HS 68-59.

Boys Basketball

was defeated Dougherty Valley HS.

R. Takahashi

Jan 26 – Monday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Boys Basketball

It took double overtime, but the boys basketball team prevailed 88-80 over Alhambra HS. The jv team was defeated, but the freshman team overwhelmed the Bulldogs.

Girls Basketball

was defeated by Alhambra HS. The JV team pulled out the victory.

 

In Saturday’s action…

Boys Soccer

battled to a 1-1 tie with Hayward HS.

Frosh-Soph Girls Soccer

played to a 2-2 tie with Bishop O’Dowd HS.

 

In Monday’s action…

Basketball

teams play Dougherty Valley HS.
At Dougherty Valley HS. JV girls at 4:00, Varsity girls at 5:30 and Varsity boys at 7:00.
At Acalanes HS. JV boys at 4:00 and freshman boys at 5:30.

Girls Soccer

team hosts Encinal HS. JV at 4:00 and varsity at 6:00.

 

Friday’s individual standouts…

Boys Basketball

Joey Hewitt scored 35 points, with 7 3-pointers. Alex Kinnear scored 18 points, with 4 3-pointers. Casey Harrington added 17 points.

Girls Basketball

Emma Godfrey and Brooke Panfili each scored 11 points.

Boys Soccer

Zach Kramer was named “Man of the Match” scoring the lone goal assisted by Ian Franklin.

Frosh-Soph Girls Soccer

Cate Goodman scored both goals. Christina Pathoumthong was outstanding in goal. Kali Long was the most valuable player for standout defense. Thank you, Coach Lyenne Denny for leading the way.

Wrestling

Tai White took 1st place and Jeremy Ridge 5th at the Kermit Bankson Invitational at Albany HS.

R. Takahashi

Jan 24 – Wrestling Results

Wrestling

Tai White wins first place and Jeremy Ridge wins fifth Place!

On Saturday 1/24 the Varsity Wrestling team sent two athletes to the 42nd annual Kermit Bankson Invitational Wrestling Tournament at Albany High. Sophomore Tai White
went 4-0 with a 15-0 technical fall and a pin. He was the Tournament Champion at 113! Freshman Jeremy Ridge went 4-1 with a 15-0 technical fall and two pins to take the fifth place medal. Even though Acalanes only sent two wrestlers to the invitational, the team still finished in the top ten of the 35 team tournament because of the outstanding performances of it’s two wrestlers.

On the same day the JV Wrestling team competed at the JV Frosh/Soph Wrestling Tournament at the Community Youth Center in Concord. The JV had an outstanding day with every one of it’s wrestlers scoring wins.

Dave Ridge

Jan 24 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Boys Basketball

It took double overtime, but the boys basketball team prevailed 88-80 over Alhambra HS. The JV team was defeated, but the freshman team overwhelmed the Bulldogs.

Girls Basketball

was defeated by Alhambra HS. The JV team pulled out the victory.

 

In Saturday’s action…

Boys Soccer

hosts Hayward HS. JV at 2:00 and Varsity at 4:00.

Wrestling

competes in the CYC JV & Frosh-Soph tournament at the Community Youth Center in Concord.

 

In Monday’s action…

Basketball

teams play Dougherty Valley HS.
At Dougherty Valley HS. JV girls at 4:00, varsity girls at 5:30 and varsity boys at 7:00.
At Acalanes HS. JV boys at 4:00 and freshman boys at 5:30.

Girls Soccer

hosts Encinal HS. JV at 4:00 and varsity at 6:00.

 

Friday’s individual standouts…

Boys basketball

Joey Hewitt scored 35 points, with 7 3-pointers. Alex Kinnear scored 18 points, with 4 3-pointers. Casey Harrington added 17 points.

Girls basketball

Emma Godfrey and Brooke Panfili each scored 11 points.

R. Takahashi

Jan 23 – Friday Sports Page

In Fridays action…

Basketball

teams play Alhambra HS.
At Alhambra HS. JV girls at 4:00, varsity girls at 5:30 and varsity boys at 7:00.
At Acalanes HS. JV boys at 4:00 and freshman boys at 5:30.

 

In Saturdays action…

Boys Soccer

hosts Hayward HS. JV at 2:00 and varsity at 4:00.

Wrestling

competes in the CYC jv & frosh-soph tournament at the Community Youth Center in Concord.

 

In Mondays action…

Basketball

teams play Dougherty Valley HS.
At Dougherty Valley HS. JV girls at 4:00, varsity girls at 5:30 and varsity boys at 7:00.
At Acalanes HS. JV boys at 4:00 and freshman boys at 5:30.

Girls Soccer

hosts Encinal HS. JV at 4:00 and varsity at 6:00.

With Finals behind us, welcome back to sports.
R. Takahashi

Jan 17 – King of the Mat Wrestling

Wrestling

competed at the 2015 King of the Mat Wrestling tournament at Windsor High School. Due to injury and sickness the team only took six wrestlers to compete. Despite that fact the team still brought home three medals. Senior Captain Sam Ridge placed 4th at 147 pounds, Sophomore Tai White placed 8th at 115 even after having to withdraw due to an ankle injury, and Sophomore Axel Jurgens brought home the Consolation first place medal at 154. All six wrestlers competed hard and all won multiple matches. The team continues to impress.

Dave Ridge

Jan 20 – Tuesday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Girls Soccer

outplayed Las Lomas HS 3-2.

Boys Soccer

was defeated by Las Lomas HS.

 

In Saturday’s action…

Boys Soccer

was defeated by Richmond HS.

Frosh-Soph Girls Soccer

was defeated by Clayton Valley Charter HS and Northgate HS.

In Monday’s action…

Varsity Girls Basketball

defeated Half Moon Bay HS 62-52 in the Martin Luther King Classic.

Individual standouts…

Varsity Girls Goccer

Caroline Clark scored a goal and had 2 assists. Katharine Torchio scored a goal and had an assist. Regan McQuain scored a goal. Kyle McQuain had 3 saves.

Frosh-Soph Girls Soccer

Olivia Towery scored all three goals against Clayton Valley Charter HS and Northgate HS.

R. Tahakashi

Jan 16 – JV Boys Soccer Notches Another Win

JV Boys Soccer


defeated Las Lomas 4-0. They are now 6-0-1 in League play, and 10-1-1 overall.

The Candells

Jan 17 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Girls Soccer

outplayed Las Lomas HS 3-2.

 

In Saturday’s action…

Boys Soccer

plays at Richmond HS. JV at 4:00 and varsity at 6:00.

Freshman Boys Soccer

plays at Las Lomas HS at 9:00.

Frosh-Soph Girls Soccer

plays at Northgate HS at 2:00.

Wrestling

competes in the Windsor King of the Mat Invitational.

 

In Monday’s action…

Varsity Girls Basketball

plays Half Moon Bay HS in the Martin Luther King Classic.

R. Takahashi

Jan 16 – Friday Sports Page

In Friday’s action…

Soccer

teams play Las Lomas HS. Girls are home and boys are away. JV at 4:15 and Varsity at 6:15.

 

In Saturday’s action…

Boys Soccer

teams play at Richmond HS. JV at 4:00 and varsity at 6:00.

Freshman Boys Soccer

plays at Las Lomas HS at 9:00.

Frosh-Soph Girls Soccer

hosts Clayton Valley HS at 9:00 and plays at Northgate HS at 2:00.

Wrestling

competes in the Windsor King of the Mat Invitational.

 

In Monday’s action…

Varsity Girls Basketball

plays Half Moon Bay HS in the Martin Luther King Classic.

R. Takahashi

Jan 15 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Soccer

defeated Campolindo HS 3-1 raising their overall record to 11-1 and DFAL record to 5-1. The JV team did not fare as well.

Kierra Krawec
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Boys Soccer

was narrowly defeated by Campolindo HS 1-0.

 

Zac Kramer
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In Thursday’s action…

Freshman Boys Soccer

plays at James Logan HS at 6:00.

R. Takahashi

Jan 14 – JV Boys Soccer Roll Over Campo 6-0

JV Boys Soccer

beat Campo 6-0, with all 6 goals being scored by different players. Go Dons!

scoreboard

The Candells

Jan 14 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Boys Basketball

fell short against Miramonte HS 57-50 in a game that was close from start to finish.

Zach Stromberg
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Girls Basketball

played very well in defeat to Miramonte HS.

Brooke Panfilli
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In Wednesday’s action…

Soccer

teams play Campolindo HS. Girls are home and boys are away. JV at 4:15 and varsity at 6:15.

 

Tuesday’s individual standouts…

Boys basketball

Joey Hewitt scored 31 points.

Joey Hewitt
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R. Takahashi

Jan 13 – Tuesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Basketball

teams play Miramonte HS.
At Acalanes HS. JV girls at 4:00, varsity girls at 5:30 and varsity boys at 7:00.
At Miramonte HS. JV boys at 4:00 and freshman boys at 5:30.

R. Takahashi

Jan 26 – Water Polo Fundraiser

Hi Everyone, Diablo Water Polo is having a dinner at Gianni’s Restaurant in San Ramon on January 26, 2015.

I will be a Waitress for the evening at Gianni’s as well as other Diablo Water Polo volunteers and here is the KEY…
ALL TIPS will go to Diablo Water Polo players and their trip to Italy. More specific all their apparel.

If anyone would like to sponsor the team and have their company on the apparel please let me know as well.
Come join the fun, make your reservations on line at Open Table or Call Gianni’s. We would love to see you!

See you there,
Julia Myall

Jan 9 – Lady Dons go down fighting – Alhambra takes over 1st place in DFAL

Alhambra handed the Acalanes girls varsity soccer team their first loss of the year but the Dons did not go quietly. In fact, the two teams battled all the way to the last second of the game.

The first half was full of fast play, defensive battles and great saves by both goalies. Acalanes kept the ball on the other team’s side almost the entire half, but could not put any of their shots in the goal. Acalanes defense did manage to take the ball away 10 times in the first half, with Acalanes defenders Lexi Silva (#3), Emma Starr (#17), Jadey Sadoff (#8) and Morgan Rogers (#21) dominating on their side. The half ended in a 0-0 tie.

The second half started with Alhambra pressing the ball at every second. They fought hard to create opportunities and were rewarded right away with a score 4 minutes into the 2nd half by Melissa Motta off of a corner kick from Kayla Porche (#7). Both teams stepped up their play in the 2nd half with play getting a little more aggressive. Unfortunately for the Dons, they were called for a foul just outside the box. The bulldog goalie came up to the take the kick and sent a low rocket into the pack. Freshman goalie Sophia Giordano (#0) deflected the ball but another Alhambra player Lyndsey Wells (#2) finished it off giving Alhambra a 2-0 lead.

The Dons had several chances to put the ball in the back of the net but Alhambra’s goalie made some incredible saves in the last few minutes of the game. However, with a little under 2 minutes left (before stoppage time was added), the Lady Dons broke through the Alhambra defense. With Katharine Larson (#6), Caroline Clark (#14) and Katharine Torchio (#11) racing down the field, the goalie could not center on one person. As Larson (#6) came through with the ball, the goalie committed to her. Then Larson crossed at the last minute to Clark (#14) who easily put the ball in the back of the net.

With time running out, Larson scooped the ball up and set it at midfield. The Dons quickly stole the ball back from the bulldogs once they started and put a final assault on, taking 4 shots on goal in the last few minutes. Acalanes was then awarded a free kick from about the 25. Freshman Morgan Rogers stepped up and sent a booming kick over everyone and looked about to drop right into the goal but it was punched out at the last second by the Alhambra goalie. Acalanes thought they would then be taking a corner kick, but the ball was awarded to Alhambra. The goalie then kicked the ball up to midfield and the referee blew the whistle indicating the end of the game.

The 2-1 loss takes Acalanes to 10-1-0 overall and 4-1-0 in the Conference. Although Alhambra and Acalanes are both 4-1 in conference play, Alhambra now has the advantage because they won head to head. The Lady Dons will play next at home on Wednesday, January 14th when they take on the Campolindo Cougars. Game time is 6:15 pm at Acalanes.

By Nicole Rogers

Game Stats:

Scores and stats:
Game: Alhambra HS (8-1-0) vs. Acalanes HS (10-1-0)
Date: Friday, January 9, 2015
Location: Alhambra High School
Halftime Score: 0-0
Final Score: 2-1
Goals: Acalanes HS
Goal 3: Caroline Clark (#14) 79:50
Assists: Katharine Larson (#6) Goal 1
Saves: Sophia Giordano (#0) – 4 saves (1st half); 4 saves (2nd half)
Goals: Alhambra HS
Goal 1: Melissa Motta (#9) 44:00
Goal 2: Lindsey Wells (#2) 55:20
Assists: Kayla Porche (#7) Goal 1
Saves: 3 saves (1st half); 4 saves (2nd half)

Jan 12 – Monday Sports

Freshman Boys Soccer

plays San Ramon Valley away at 6PM

R. Takahashi

Wrestling Results

On Thursday Jan 8th the Acalanes varsity Wrestling team defeated Dublin High School 42-38 in an exciting match.

Special recognition goes to the following wrestlers. Senior team captain Sam Ridge pinned his opponent at 152 pounds, junior team captain Rain Mize defeated his opponent 6-2 at 182 pounds and Sophomore Tai White won by pin at 113 pounds. The meet came down to the last match of the night where freshman Jeremy Ridge defeated Dublin senior Koji Chan 4-3 at 126 pounds to secure the win for Acalanes.

On Saturday Jan 10th the JV Wrestling team competed at the Granda Frosh/Soph & JV tournament.

The JV had a superior performance winning 3 first place medals and a third place medal. Placing first were Axel Jurgens, Peyton Li and Isaac Douglas. Placing third was Sean Mize who’s only loss was a close and hard fought match to the eventual tournament winner. The future looks bright for the Acalanes program.

Dave Ridge

Jan 11 – Sunday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Boys Soccer

defeated Alhambra HS 2-0. The JV team did likewise 2-1.

Girls Soccer

was defeated by Alhambra HS 2-1.

Boys Basketball

was defeated by Dublin HS.

Girls Basketball

was defeated by Dublin HS.

 

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Basketball

defeated Fairfield HS 76-39. The JV team duplicated the result.

Boys Soccer

tied Ygnacio Valley HS 1-1. The JV team pulled out a 2-1 victory.

Freshman Boys Soccer

defeated College Park HS 1-0.

Frosh-Soph Girls Soccer

defeated Las Lomas HS 2-0.

 

Individual standouts…

Varsity Boys Basketball

Joey Hewitt scored 16 points, with 1 3-pointer. Casey Harrington and Zach Stromberg each scored 12 points.

Varsity Girls Basketball

v. Dublin HS. Sierra Galanza scored 13 points, Julia Lyons 12 points and Emma Godfrey 10 points.
v. Fairfield HS. Brooke Panfili scored 14 points, with 2 3-pointers. Julia Lyons scored 14 points, with 1 3-pointer. Sierra Galanza scored 13 points, with 1 3-pointer. Emma Godfrey pulled down 12 rebounds.

Varsity Girls Soccer

Caroline Clark scored the lone goal.

Frosh-Soph Girls Soccer

Isobel Whitehead and Olivia Towery each scored a goal. Jamie Wendt recorded the shutout as the goalkeeper.

Freshman Boys Soccer

Nick Schirmer scored the lone goal.

R. Takahashi

Jan 10 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Boys Soccer

defeated Alhambra HS 2-0. The jv team did likewise 2-1.

Girls Soccer

was defeated by Alhambra HS 2-1.

Boys Basketball

was defeated by Dublin HS.

Girls Basketball

was defeated by Dublin HS.

Zack Stromberg
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In Saturday’s action…

Girls Basketball

hosts Fairfield HS. JV at 5:30 and varsity at 7:00.

Boys Soccer

hosts Ygnacio Valley HS. JV at 2:00 and varsity at 4:00.

Freshman Boys Soccer

plays at College Park HS at 11:00.

Frosh-Soph Girls Soccer

plays at Livermore HS at 9:00 and hosts Las Lomas HS at 12:00.

Wrestling

competes in the Granada JV & frosh-soph tournament.

 

Thursday’s individual standouts…

Girls Soccer

Caroline Clark scored the lone goal.

Boys basketball

Joey Hewitt scored 16 points, with 1 3-pointer. Casey Harrington and Zach Stromberg each scored 12 points.

Girls basketball

Sierra Galanza scored 13 points, Julia Lyons 12 points and Emma Godfrey 10 points.

R. Takahashi

Jan 7 – Acalanes Girls Soccer Advances to 10-0

…as they knock off Miramonte 5-3

The Lady Dons took on their biggest challenge yet as they met crosstown rival Miramonte in a conference game on Wednesday night. The Dons went into the game tied for the conference lead and trying to stay in first against last year’s DFAL League Champions.

The Mats scored first with Junior Gina Crosetti (#9) taking a cross from Junior Ceci Gee (#7) just 3 minutes and 56 seconds into the game. Acalanes responded a minute later with Katharine Larson (#6) sending a ball outside to Allison Merrill (#2) who put the ball past the Miramonte goalie for the score to tie the game 1-1. Liking the combination, Larson (#6) and Merrill (#2) combined again just 6 minutes later with Merrill feeding the ball to Larson and Larson putting the ball into the net to put the Dons in front 2-1. Both teams took turns possessing the ball until Acalanes’ favorite combo of Katharine Torchio (#11) and Caroline Clark (#14), who together have 23 goals and 11 assists this season, did it again with Clark (#14) taking a corner kick and placing the ball in the middle of the box and Torchio (#11) heading it into the back corner of the net to make it a 3-1 game with 20 minutes left in the first half.
Acalanes back four of Morgan Rogers (#21), Jade Sadoff (#8), Emma Starr (#17) and Lexie Silva (#3) kept the ball on the other side of the field, allowing only 2 more shots on goal for the Mats before the half ended.

Allison Merrill
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Miramonte came out fast and hungry in the second half. Changing strategies, the Mats decided to shoot the ball outside the 20 to avoid the Acalanes defenders. Freshman Angeline Liu (#20) and Junior Cecilia Gee (#7) both scored back to back goals from outside the 20 to tie the game at 3-3. With 30 minutes left in the game, it became a much more physical and intense game. With 11 minutes left in the game, the Matadors fouled Torchio (#11) in the box resulting in a PK for Acalanes. Caroline Clark (#14) quickly stepped up and drilled the ball into the net. That would be all the Dons needed to get the victory, although Torchio (#11) added one more with 2 minutes left on a perfectly placed pass from Merrill (#2) to make it a 5-3 Acalanes victory.

Katharine Torchio (11) scoring a goal
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With Alhambra losing on Wednesday night, the win put Acalanes in first place all by themselves. The Dons, now 10-0 overall and 4-0 in conference play will take on the Alhambra, 7-1 overall and 3-1 in league on Friday night at Alhambra High School. The game will start at 6:15 pm.

By Nicole Rogers

Jan 9 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Wrestling

defeated Dublin HS 36-32.

Freshman Boys Soccer

defeated El Cerrito HS 2-0.

 

In Friday’s action…

Basketball

teams play Dublin HS. At Acalanes HS, JV girls at 4:00, Varsity girls at 5:30 and Varsity boys at 7:00. At Dublin HS, JV boys at 4:00 and Freshman boys at 5:30.

Soccer

teams play Alhambra HS. Boys are home and girls away. JV at 4:15 and Varsity at 6:15.

 

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Basketball

hosts Fairfield HS. JV at 5:30 and Varsity at 7:00.

Boys Soccer

hosts Ygnacio Valley HS. JV at 2:00 and Varsity at 4:00.

Freshman Boys Soccer

plays at College Park HS at 11:00.

Frosh-Soph Girls Soccer

plays at Livermore HS at 9:00 and hosts Las Lomas HS at 12:00.

Wrestling

competes in the Granada JV & frosh-soph tournament.

 

Thursday’s individual standouts…

Wrestling

Rain Mize, Jeremy and Sam Ridge and Tai White won their matches.

Boys Soccer

Calvin Vance and Mason Larrick each scored a goal.

R. Takahashi

Jan 8 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Soccer

rallied to defeat Miramonte HS 5-3 to remain undefeated at 10-0 and 4-0 in the DFAL. The JV team blanked the Matadors 6-0.

Sophia Giordano for a save
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Boys Soccer

tied Miramonte HS 0-0.

Eric Sirott saving a goal
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In Thursday’s action…

Wrestling

hosts Dublin HS at 6:00.

R. Takahashi

Jan 7 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Basketball

defeated Campolindo HS 58-48. The JV team was not so fortunate.

Boys Basketball

was defeated by Campolindo HS. The JV team also suffered in defeat, but the freshmen won.

Andrew McKendell
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In Wednesday’s action…

Soccer Teams

play Miramonte HS. Girls are home and boys are away. JV at 4:15 and Varsity at 6:15.

 

Tuesday’s individual standouts…

Girls Basketball

Brooke Panfili scored 15 points, with 3 3-pointers. Emma Godfrey dominated the paint with 14 points.

Brooke Panfilli
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R. Takahashi

Jan 5 – Lady Dons Varsity Soccer Win again 6-2 over Ygnacio Valley

Winning Streak Continues as Lady Dons Prepare for More League Play

Acalanes Girls Varsity soccer team took on the Ygnacio Valley Warriors in a non-conference game Monday night at Ygnacio Valley High School. Despite the score, the game was action-packed in both halves before the Lady Dons were able to walk away with the 6-2 victory. The major difference in the game – Acalanes defense allowed only 6 shots on goal while the Warriors defense allowed 26.

The game was played at a furious pace by both teams and the Warriors scored first as Yesenia Toscano (#10) took a long shot from the 25 yard line that sailed over freshman goalie Sophia Giordano‘s (#1) outstretched hands. The Dons answered right back a minute later  as freshman Kierra Krawec (#4) took the ball from a long pass out of the backfield and dribbled up through traffic to score.  That seemed to wake up the Dons as they scored again 3 ½ minutes after that when Katharine Larson (#6) put the ball in the back of the net after another defensive steal put the ball at her feet.

Play settled down for the next 20 minutes or so until the Warriors fouled Lexie Silva (#3) at the 30 minute mark of the 1st half.  Lexie then took the free kick from about 20 yards away and sailed a beautiful ball across the right side of the goal to a slew of waiting soccer players.  Acalanes’ Sophomore Morgan Rogers (#21) out jumped the crowd by about 6 inches to head the ball back to the opposite side of the net.  Warrior’s goalie Norma Jara (#1) had absolutely no chance to deflect the fast-paced ball as the Dons added to their lead.  Caroline Clark (#14) then closed out the first half scoring with a run up the side and then back to the middle.  She got the Warrior’s goalie to commit and then went the other way to end the half with the Dons up 4-1.

The second half began with the same fast-paced frenzy as the first half.  Six minutes into the half, Larson and Kierra Krawec (#4) went back and forth as they attacked the Ygnacio Valley defense once again.  Passing back and forth between the rest of the players, Krawec fooled everyone by passing right at the last minute to Larson in the middle who then put the ball into the net as the YV goalie could not recover her positioning.

The Warriors 2nd goal came about 10 minutes into the 2nd half as they streaked down with left side with a 3 on four.  It looked like the Acalanes defense had pulled up and that the Warriors were offside, but that was not the call and Warriors player Sophia Campos (#8) put a beautiful shot into the opposite corner of the goal to make bring Ygnacio Valley a little closer at 5-2. Acalanes final goal of the half was scored by Jessica Carlin (#10) who stole the ball at midfield, passed the ball, got the ball back, took on 3 players in the box and then turned around and shot the ball past an oncoming goalie.

The win took the Dons to 9-0 overall and they remain 3-0 in Conference play.  They will return to conference play tomorrow night (Wednesday, January 7th) when they take on Miramonte at Acalanes.

Nicole Rogers

Jan 6 – Tuesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Basketball teams play Campolindo Today

At Campolindo HS. JV girls at 4:00, Varsity girls at 5:30 and Varsity boys at 7:00.
At Acalanes HS. JV boys at 4:00 and Freshman boys at 5:30.

Come out and support your team.

R. Takahashi

Jan 3 – Wrestling Results

The Acalanes Varsity Wrestling Team continued it’s successful season with a strong outing at the 17th annual Mat Classic Wrestling Tournament at Granada High School on Saturday January 3rd. Despite taking only eight wrestlers to the tournament and therefore having only eight scoring weights out of fourteen weight classes, Acalanes placed 17th out of 48 teams. All of the Acalanes wrestlers had strong performances.

Special recognition goes to Acalanes’s three place winners, Tai White, Jeremy Ridge and Rain Mize. Sophomore Tai White brought home the 5th place medal at 114 pounds, freshmen Jeremy Ridge went 4-1 and took 7th place in the 127 pound weight class and junior Rain Mize placed 7th at 171 pounds.

The team has had seven place winners in the four tournaments that they have competed at. They also won three duel meets at the Freedom Duels. The team continues to get better with every competition.

Dave Ridge

Jan 5 – Monday Sports

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Soccer

defeated Northgate HS 5-2 to remain undefeated at 8-0.

Boys Soccer

was defeated by Northgate HS 1-0. The Freshmen were victorious 2-0.

Boys Basketball

defeated Analy HS 55-44.

 

Saturday’s individual standouts…

Boys Soccer

Varsity: Christian Linfoot was named “Man of the Match.”
Freshman: Shakoor Haji and Fynn Chorak each scored a goal.

Boys Basketball

Joey Hewitt scored 18 points.

 

In Monday’s action…

Girls Soccer

plays at Ygnacio Valley HS. JV at 4:00 and Varsity at 6:00.

Freshman Boys Soccer

hosts Deer Valley HS at 6:00.

R. Takahashi

Jan 3 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Boys Basketball

The JV and Freshman teams defeated Burlingame HS.

In Saturday’s action…

Boys Soccer

hosts Northgate HS. Freshmen at 10:00, JV at 12:00 and Varsity at 2:00.

Girls Soccer

teams play at Northgate HS. JV at 12:00 and Varsity at 2:00.

Wrestling

competes in the Mat Classic at Granada HS.

R. Takahashi

Jan 2 – Friday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Boys basketball

hosts Burlingame HS. Freshmen at 1:00 and JV at 2:30.

Shopping News…

The Holiday Shopping Season is over, but there are deals still out there. Sports Basement in Walnut Creek on Ygnacio Valley Road has a deal. If you mention Acalanes Athletics, you will receive 10% off of your purchase and the Acalanes Sports Boosters will receive an additional 5%. Yes, you have permission to continue Shopping Until You Drop.

R. Takahashi

Wrestling – California Coast Classic

On Monday and Tuesday the Acalanes varsity wrestling team competed at the California Coast Classic Wrestling Tournament in Aptos. This is one of the biggest tournaments in the state. 70 of the best Teams in California competed over two days. It was a fantastic experience for our team and a big stepping stone for our program. We took ten wrestlers to the Tournament. We traveled to Aptos in two groups Sunday night and Monday morning and stayed two nights at the Best Western Plus/Seacliff Inn.

We could never have done this without the support of our families. A very big thank you to Cher Davis and Brad Rohloff, Quin Tom and Kris Kessler, Anna Jurgens, Krista Le, Kelly Hood, and Warren Li and Cathy Mu. Without your help in transporting the team, support of our wrestlers, and enthusiasm over the two days we would have never been able to provide this opportunity for our students. Also a very big thank you to the administration at Acalanes High School for their Support for the trip.

It was a great bonding experience. We took a pop up and folding chairs and camped out in front of the gym during the tournament. Wrestlers and family members all relaxed as a big group between matches and then ran to support each Acalanes wrestler as they took the mat. Afterwards we had meals together at the hotel and the wrestlers spent both nights in the jacuzzi until security kicked them out and they retreated to their hotel rooms to hang out a little more.

Our team wrestled great. We had two quarter finalists, Tai White and Jeremy Ridge. In addition we had four wrestlers make the second day of competition, Tai, Jeremy, Sean Mize, and Jack Hood. Everyone of our wrestlers competed hard and grew over the course of the competition.

This is a huge tournament filled with ranked wrestlers and state placers. Just a few examples of the quality of the competition are:

106 – Nick Aguilar Gilroy- 5 in the state (freshman)
113 – Tanner Browning Golden Valley – 14 in the state (state qualifier last year)
120 – Gavin Melendaz Gilroy – 15 in the state (State qualifier last year)
126 – Isaiah Palomino Bellarmine – 3 in the state (placed 7th last year)
132 – Alexander Felix Gilroy – 10 in the state (Freshman)
145 – Kent McCoy Enochs – 1 in the state (placed 3rd last year)
160 – Alex Bluemel Bella Vista – 18th in the state (state qualifier last year)
170 – Niko Chapman – 18th in the state (state qualifier last year)
182 – Matt Penyachek Gilroy – 4 in the state (2x state qualifier)
195 – Ritchie Brandt Liberty-Madera – 1 in the state (2nd in the state last year 3x Qualifier)
220 – Dustin Dukleth – 13 in the state

It was inspiring to watch the level of competition.

Almost every wrestler in every bracket was ranked in their section. Every wrestlers that beat an Acalanes wrestler placed at the tournament.

Acalanes highlights of the Tournament were Tai’s three overtime victory over Mikel Cornelio (AMERICAN CANYON), Jeremy’s major decision (12-2) over Mathias Medrano (MILLS), tech fall (15-0) over Angel Hernandez (ENOCHS) and major decision (13-4) over Eric Gutierrez (CLOVIS), Axel’s two pins of Matt Hohmann (SOQUEL) and Alejandro Gonzalez (TOKAY), Sam’s match with Victor Vargas (CLOVIS) and pin of Juan Flores (WATSONVILLE), Rain’s pin of Chance Lemons (LEIGH) and epic match with first seed Niko Chapman (INDERKUM) and Jack Hoods two pins and bloody (19-10) major decision over Albert Maravillo (ALISAL). Zach, Chris, Peyton and Sean all had memorable matches too.

The enthusiasm of both the team and the parents was palpable and it gives us great momentum as we head into the second part of our season. We will be taking other trips in the future. Our JV wresters should all aspire to work hard, become varsity wrestlers and make their own memories.

Thanks to Anne Jurgens for taking pictures. And thanks again to all of you for your support of Acalanes wrestling.

Coach Ridge

Dec 31 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Varsity Girls Basketball

trailed Campolindo HS for over three quarters by as much as 12 points, but rallied in the fourth quarter to overtake the Cougars 57-53 to claim the Championship Amber Division of the West Coast Jamboree.

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Varsity Boys Basketball

rallied from a 19 point deficit only to fall short against Clovis North HS 61-59 in their Chris Huber Invitational.

 

Tuesday’s individual standouts…

Girls basketball

Taylor Jones was named Most Valuable Player of the West Coast Jamboree Amber division and Emma Godfrey was named All-Tournament.

Boys Basketball

Joey Hewitt scored 28 points, with 4 3-pointers.

 

Shopping News…

The Holiday Shopping Season is over, but there are deals still out there. Sports Basement in Walnut Creek on Ygnacio Valley Road has a deal. If you mention Acalanes Athletics, you will receive 10% off of your purchase and the Acalanes Sports Boosters will receive an additional 5%. Yes, you have permission to continue Shopping Until You Drop.

R. Takahashi

Dec 30 – Tuesday Sports

In Monday’s action…

Varsity Girls Basketball

defeated Montgomery HS 55-53 in the semifinals of the West Coast Jamboree at Bentley HS.

Julia Lyons
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Varsity Boys Basketball

was defeated by Woodcreek HS in the semifinals of the Chris Huber Invitational.

 

Joey Hewitt
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In Tuesday’s action…

Boys Basketball

Varsity hosts North Salinas HS in the Chris Huber Invitational at 4:00.
The JV team plays in the final round of the Dougherty Valley Tournament.
The freshman team plays in the final round of the Dougherty Valley Tournament.

Girls Basketball

The Varsity team plays Campolindo HS in the championship game of the West Coast Jamboree at Bentley HS at 6:00.
The JV girls basketball team plays in the final round of the Irvington Holiday Invitational.

Wrestling

competes in the Coast Classic at Aptos HS.

Shopping News…

The Holiday Shopping Season is over, but there are deals still out there. Sports Basement in Walnut Creek on Ygnacio Valley Road has a deal. If you mention Acalanes Athletics, you will receive 10% off of your purchase and the Acalanes Sports Boosters will receive an additional 5%. Yes, you have permission to continue Shopping Until You Drop.

R. Takahashi

An Interview with Coach Chris Huber – Part 2

It is Day 2 of the 1st Annual Chris Huber Basketball Tournament, Monday December 29th.  Please enjoy Part 2 of my interview with the tournament ambassador, Coach Chris Huber.  If you missed Part 1 of my interview with Chris Huber, you can find it in the Booster e-mail from 12/28/2014.  Here is more with Chris.

RM: What made you decide to go back to high school?

CH: The job opened full time at Contra Costa College but I didn’t get it.  I applied for it but didn’t get it.  There was another individual, a coach from the LA area with more experience than I had, he got the job.  So, that was fine.  So I talked to Randy Takahashi because he was a teacher at El Cerrito for a period of time and we were friends and he let me know that there was a job opening at Acalanes so I said I would apply for it.  I applied for the job but I didn’t get the coaching job.  It went to Russ Scheibley.  So, I said fine.  I was going to stay at El Cerrito.  Then they called me back and said that there was a teaching position open here (Acalanes) if you would like it.  I told them that I would come over if I could bring my daughter who was going to be a freshman in high school.  My older went to Bishop O’Dowd and I was paying $10,000 a year for tuition.  My older daughter was going to be a junior and she so didn’t want to leave O’Dowd but my freshman daughter came into Acalanes when I got the job.

CH:  So that first year at Acalanes, I helped out Steve Coccimiglio over at DVC.  I helped him out for two years.  Then, my scheduled changed at Acalanes where I was teaching 7th period.  So, I couldn’t get over to DVC early enough.  So, I decided to help out with the girls (Acalanes basketball) for two years.  I was an assistant my first one year and the Head Coach the next season.

RM: I see Coach Scheibley’s names on a couple of banners.  Was he a teacher here?

CH: No.  He had his own business focused on grading and paving.  He was able to work his schedule out to get to both games and practices.

RM: Who was the Head Coach at that time (for Varsity Girls Basketball)?

CH: Christy….what was her last name? I cannot remember her last name.  She was a former player at Santa Barbara.  She was only here for one year.  She was a math teacher.  So I took the Head Coaching position for one year (for Varsity Girls Basketball) and then Russ (Scheibley) asked me if I wanted to be an assistant for him and I said sure.

RM: Did you have a good coaching experience with the girls?

CH: Yes.  It was good.  We had Paul Curtis’s daughters playing.  Katie Curtis was a fantastic player, hard player.  She could compete with the guys.  Then I moved to the guys and coached JVs for two years.  My son was a freshman and sophomore.  That was a lot of fun.

RM: They (the administration) did not frown upon you coaching your son?

CH: No.  I helped Russ out for a couple of years and then he got fired or quit, whatever it was and then they brought Darrell Hirashima in.  I helped Darrell out by coaching JVs for two years, where I coached my son.  Then he (my son) moved to varsity, so I helped out Darrell for two more years on varsity when my son was on the varsity team his junior and senior years.  I helped Darrell for one more year and then he was gone and Bill (Powers) came in.

RM: So you got a chance to coach your son at the high school level?

CH: Yes.  That was a lot of fun.  It was great.

RM: If I asked him, would he say the same thing?

CH: I think he would say it now.  At the time I don’t think he cared for it too much.

RM: Was he worried that his teammates might think he was getting favoritism?  Or, were you like me… always tough on my kid (the coach’s kid) so it did not look like he was getting favored?

CH: I think I was tougher on him and I think I showed a little more favoritism towards the other players than him.

RM:  You did not want him to think he was getting an easy ride?

CH: Yes.  He was a good player.  He had his best game, 34 points against Deer Valley, when Marcus Lee was playing for Deer Valley.  He was seven for ten from the three point line.  He shot the ball pretty well.

RM: Did he learn that from his old man?  Did he learn that form and finish from you?

CH: He learned the shooting form early.  Andrew (McKendell) shoots the ball well and he learned from you – good rotation; on the seams; elbow in.  You teach those fundamentals to them when they are young and it helps them in later years.

RM:  You can tell, as a coach, when you are looking at players, who has been taught properly.  You can watch a kid and say that kid is a shooter.  He’s got the form.  He’s got the release.  You know he is a shooter.  You have some other kids that have weird form and shots but work hard to try and make it successful.  But I think when you have a weird shot more things tend to go wrong when shooting the ball.

CH: If you have a weird shot, you really have not been taught the proper way to shoot the ball – on the seams, fingers out, a space here, break through the wrist, elbow in, all that stuff.  I am really big on the fundamentals, foot work is so important.

RM: It is.

CH: Kids ask what I am mainly concerned with and it is footwork.  Footwork is so important to development; for economy in your shot or making it more smooth and even in defense footwork is important.

RM: I agree.  I talked with a several high school coaches when I was putting together my basketball program and I asked them what was the biggest deficiency that a lot of players have when they get to the varsity level and number of said the most glaring is footwork.

CH:  There is a lot of teaching on footwork that needs to be done

RM: What has been the best part of your thirteen years at Acalanes?

CH: The kids are great.  They have been great.  They work hard.  They are not disrespectful.  It is such a pleasure to be around them and I think that is a tribute to the parents. The parents here are probably influential in their lives and they teach them respect at home and that carries over to school.  It is just a pleasure.  I love shaking a guy’s hand and enjoying the one-on-one conversation that we have.  It’s great.  They are mature. I love them.  They are great kids.

RM: Let me ask you this.  I am one of these guys.  What advice do you have for aspiring coaches?

CH: Put in the time.  Study the game. The results will come if you believe in what you are teaching.  I think a lot of time things depend on wins and losses – if I am winning I must be doing something right; if I am losing I must be doing something wrong.  I don’t think it is that way.  You teach correctly and the winning will come as long as they do things correctly.  That would be my advice.

RM: So continue teaching the fundamentals?

CH: The fundamentals and the things you believe in.  Because you lose a game, don’t start questioning what you do.  Believe in what you are doing, continue to teach it and teach it better. And study the game.

RM: What are a couple of your favorite or memorable moments from your years at Acalanes?

CH: A JV game when my son was playing.  We were down to Alhambra by twenty at half.  I think it was twenty-two at half and they were shooting the ball extremely well and we were shooting the ball very poorly and we came back and won the game by twenty.

RM: Wow.  That was quite a swing.  Someone got hot and some got cold I guess.

CH: We came out in the second half and stuck to what we believed in and were teaching, certain offensive skills and defensively we picked it up and we played so well.

CH: The other was the success we had with the 2006-2007 team.  It was a fun year.  Great athletes.  I think a lot of time you don’t need great basketball players.  But you do need pretty good athletes.  That team, Brooks Baker was a football player, good athlete.  Hunter Hewitt, football, basketball player. Jordan Fillmore who was strictly a basketball player but was a very good basketball player. Joey Anderson.  The team was made up of a lot of good athletes.  So they didn’t necessarily need to be great basketball players, just good athletes.  This team here (2014-2015 team) we have, there are some good athletes on this team.  We’re struggling but it’s amazing to see how guys will work and the competitive drive they have in them.  There are some good kids on this team.  We are getting closer to winning some games against some pretty good teams where we just have to continue to push and improve.

RM: Tell us one thing that the Acalanes community does not know about you.

CH: Probably that my mom and dad were both teachers at Fort Bragg.  My mom was a teacher at the high school level.  She taught Spanish and Italian and humanities.  She is one of the brightest people I know.  She has great memory, great recall.  She had a tremendous influence on me as far as travel.  She took me with her on all kinds of trips throughout the world.  I’ve been to so many different places in the world and it is all because of her.  My dad was a hard worker.  He always had two or three jobs.  He was a great influence on me as far as character.

RM: Now was he a teacher at…?

CH: Junior High.

RM: What Junior High?

CH: Fort Bragg.  He was the Athletic Director there.  He was Dean of Boys, taught English, taught history.  He was an athlete, went to NYU.  Both of my parents went to NYU.  They were New York grown, and then moved out here, west.  My dad was a DJ.  Started his own radio station, started a business and was a teacher all at the same time. He was quite a guy.

RM: People have given us some Huber-isms, what are some that we have missed?

CH: Throw the ball to the outside hand with the outside hand; I like this one – you can’t change history, you can only create it.  So after a good loss or good win, it’s over. You can’t change history, especially after a loss.  You can only create it, so let’s get better tomorrow and create history tomorrow.

CH: Another one – play the game the referees will call.  So if you can push and shove, you can push and shove.

CH: I am big on both left and right hands.  If I am going left, I am throwing left.  If I am going right, I am throwing right.

RM: So, thank you for teaching Andrew that.  It makes a huge difference.  He can make a bullet pass left-handed and a bullet pass right-handed.

CH: I think we (Andrew and I) went through over 300 left-handed passes one time (last year).

RM: What do you think about this tournament being held in your honor?

CH: Bill Powers put that together and I don’t like to create a lot of attention for myself.  I think it is more about the team and school.  It is nice that he did this.  I appreciate it but it is not necessary.

RM: Is it true that the winning team is going to get a trophy in your likeness?

CH: I hope not.

CH: It has been fun here.  One of the other things I like to say, I teach PE and I say this in jest – they pay me to play.  I open the gym at lunch time and they (students) are playing basketball.  In January, we will start playing table tennis and I will play with them.  Play badminton in the spring. I get involved with my PE classes and I play with them and I think they enjoy that and I know I definitely enjoy it.

RM: There is no shortage of hugs that you are given by past players and students.

CH: I can’t tell you how many kids I have not enjoyed.  I can’t tell you.  There are very few.  I have really enjoyed the kids here. It is a pleasure.

CH: You have not asked me when I am going to retire.

RM: Well I don’t want to put that idea in your head, coach.  You look like you have another twenty years in you.

CH: Well I hope so.  I would love to stay here twenty more years.  It’s a great place.  I love it.

RM: It does not sound like retirement is in your mind.

CH: No, it is not.

RM Good and you’re going to be coaching basketball the entire time?

CH: I hope so.

RM:  As I have said before, you have been the one constant (in the boys basketball program).  Whether it has been a coach for six years, or one year or three years or whatever, you have always been there for the players.  I think that is why they love you the way they do.

CH: It has been fun.  It really has.  If you were in my position, you would love the years that I have had to.  I know you would.  Because you are a basketball junkie, you’re an athlete and you would love it.

RM: And with that coach, thank you very much.  It has been my pleasure (as I give him a big hug).  I am really looking forward to the 1st Annual Chris Huber Basketball Tournament.  It should be a lot of fun.

CH: It should be.

I could have spent five more hours talking with Coach Huber about basketball and life.  He is so easy to converse with and he is as kind a man as I have been around.  It is so easy to see why his players – past and present, his students – past and present and the Acalanes community love him.  If you do not know him, you should go and introduce yourself to him.  That is what I did at an Acalanes Varsity baseball game two years ago.  He will appreciate it and you will find out first-hand what a gentleman Chris Huber is.

Please come and watch Coach Huber in action as the Acalanes Dons Basketball Team takes on the Broncos of Clovis North in 3rd/4th Place game of the 1st Annual Chris Huber Basketball Tournament this afternoon at 4:00pm at Acalanes.

Gate Fees:

Adults: $8.00

Seniors / Child /Students: $3.00

Acalanes Students: FREE

There will also be a full concession center for fans to enjoy.

As Always…Go Dons!!!

Robert McKendell / Boosters President

Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Beats Liberty in Round 1

…of the 1st Annual Chris Huber Basketball Tournament

On Saturday night (December 27th), the Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team recovered from an nine point first quarter deficit to rally and take down the Liberty Lions of Brentwood. The Dons were paced by another great offense effort from senior Joey Hewitt. Joey dropped in 32 points on the Lions. The Dons also got double digit performances from seniors Casey Harrington with 11 points and Zach Stromberg with 10 points.

Monday night, the Dons will be tipping-off against the very talented Woodcreek Timberwolves from Roseville. Woodcreek dismantled Fremont of Oakland in the third game of the Chris Huber Tournament by 0ver 20 points. It will take an almost flawless game by Acalanes to knock-off Woodcreek. But that is why they play the games.

Monday’s Game Schedule for the 1st Annual Chris Huber Basketball Tournament:

Consolation Bracket:

Game #1 at 2:30pm: McClymonds vs. Tamalpias
Game #2 at 4:00pm: Fremont of Oakland vs. Liberty

Winners Bracket:
Game #3 at 5:30pm: Clovis North vs. Monte Vista
Game #4 at 7:00pm: Woodcreek vs. Acalanes

Entrance Fees to the Chris Huber Basketball Tournament: $8.00 for Adults/ $3.00 for Seniors and Students (non-Acalanes) / Acalanes Students are free

There is a full service snack bar with Hot Dogs, Chili Dogs, Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Nachos, Fresh Popcorn, CREAM Ice Cream Sandwiches and hot and cold beverages.

Come and support your Dons and Coach Huber!!

As always…Go Dons!!!

Robert McKendell

Dec 29 – Monday Sports

In Saturday’s action…

Varsity Boys Basketball

defeated Liberty HS 66-59 in the first round of the Chris Huber Invitational.

Varsity Girls Basketball

defeated Benicia HS 60-39 in the first round of the West Coast Jamboree at Bentley HS.

 

In Monday’s action…

Boys Basketball

Varsity hosts Woodcreek HS in the semifinals of the Chris Huber Invitational at 7:00.
The JV team plays in the second round of the Dougherty Valley Tournament.
Freshmen play in the second round of the Dougherty Valley Tournament.

Girls Basketball

Varsity plays Montgomery HS in the semifinals of the West Coast Jamboree at Bentley HS at 5:00.
JV plays in the third round of the Irvington Holiday Invitational.

 

Saturday’s individual standouts…

Boys Basketball

Joey Hewitt scored 32 points, with 5 3-pointers. Casey Harrington scored 11 points, with 1 3-pointer. Zach Stromberg scored 10 points.

R. Takahashi

An Interview With Coach Chris Huber – Part 1

As the 1st Annual Chris Huber Tournament tips-off today, Saturday, at 2:30pm, I thought it would valuable to sit down with the main man, Chris Huber, for a question and answer session. I wanted to give the Acalanes community a little closer look at their beloved Coach. Coach Huber is a humble man and is a little embarrassed at having a basketball tournament in his honor. He does not like to draw attention to himself. Do not worry Coach Huber, I will draw attention to you.

Please enjoy Part 1 of my sit down with Chris Huber.

Q: When did your love for basketball first begin?

A: I had a great coach in 9th grade, Jim Ponts (at Fort Bragg High School). He was a former basketball player and he was a great coach. I got a lot out of him. I really improved that year. Next year I played varsity basketball as a sophomore. I give him a lot of credit for that.

Q: What was your basketball career like?

A: I was a second team all-league player in my sophomore year at Fort Bragg High School and I was disappointed in my junior year as I was still second team again. I felt I played better than that. My third year (senior year) I was first team all-league.

Q: How were your teams (at Fort Bragg)?

A: The teams were good. We made the playoffs every year. My senior year, they had a tournament called Top of The Bay Classic in Santa Rosa. The best teams out of the Redwood Empire played at Sonoma State. We played there as sophomores and seniors.

Q: Did your skills allow you to play at the collegiate level?

A: I played at the College of the Redwoods for two years and I was an all-league player my sophomore year, Golden Valley Conference. Then I went to Humboldt State and played two years there.

Q: I look at your build and I know what you teach the kids and I think that you were a point guard?

A: I was a point guard…a 1 or a 2. I could shoot it a little bit. Joey Hewitt asked me what kind of shooter I was and I said that I was as good a shooter as you are. I might have been lying a little bit. We did not have the three-pointer at that time.

Q: Who was the player or coach that influenced your athletic career the most?

A: My 9th grade coach was my first initial influence (Jim Ponts). My Dad taught me a lot. Bill Treglown, he was my coach at the College of The Redwoods. He really helped me a lot. He was so influential on making the game fun. I saw his son two nights ago. His son is an Assistant Coach at Palo Alto. He used to be the Head Coach at Castro Valley. Someone that had a great influence in my teaching of skills and fundamentals was Mike Phelps.

Q: Mike Phelps of Bishop O’Dowd?

A: Yes. I spent a lot of time with him and I learn a lot when I worked basketball camps at the University Santa Clara?

Q: Did you really? I went there twice in the summer of 84 and summer of 85? I remember that Coach Phelps brought four or five of his players down to camp.

A: I was probably there. What made that camp so good was we were able to work during the day and you had to have a lesson plan which you were teaching the entire group. You had to be organized and made you really understand and teach the game. After the camp was over at 9:00 or 10:00 at night, we would go to a local pizza place and have pizza and beer and just talk basketball. It was great education and you had to be on the spot to teach.

Q: What were some of your most memorable coaching moments over your thirty-five years?

A: The first one that comes to mind was coaching JV Basketball at St. Bernard’s High School in Eureka. This was the first coaching job where I actually had the team to myself and we were doing certain things and we had a great team and great camaraderie and that group of kids that I had went on to win North Coast Section their senior year. My next on was when I was at El Cerrito in 1989. We had a great team. We went 29 and 3 and we had great chemistry. Not a guy over 6’5”. But these kids had the fundamentals down because we worked on them twenty minutes a day every day. We had Wade Nakamura, who’s Dad was the girls coach at Berkeley High as our point guard great kid, great passion for the game and understood how to play the point guard position. He would get my criticism and positive influence and then go home and get his dad’s positive influence and criticism. So he was catching it on two ends and we ended up beating Jason Kidd from St. Joe’s in North Coast Section, when they had Jason Kidd as a freshman and Calvin Byrd as a senior who was going to Villanova. So it was a great win for us. We didn’t have anyone really recruited at the time. But after we beat them we had one kid go on to the University of Washington. As a matter of fact, every one of the kids on that team except for one ended up playing JC ball, or going on to state university or ended up going to a four year school and playing. Great, great, group of kids…and of course 1999 with Gooden (Drew Gooden) and that team. But you know the thing was that team was expected to win. In 89, we weren’t expected to win and we did. So that’s what made 89 so much fun.

Q: So when did you start teaching?

A: In 1980 was my first job full time teaching job at Salesian High School. I taught there for five years.

Q: What did you teach?

A: Everything. I taught typing, English, math, P.E. You are at a school like that and they ask if you can teach it and your answer is usually, “Yes.” Preparing yourself before class started, the first year was the most difficult after the first year it became a little easier. So I did that for five years and then got a job at El Cerrito and spent fifteen years there and then went to Contra Costa College for three years.

Q: Now at El Cerrito, did you teach?

A: I taught math and partial P.E. I had two periods of all math.

Q: Did you coach and teach at Contra Costa College?

A: I coached at Contra Costa and taught a couple of classes at Contra Costa but was full time at El Cerrito

Q: Were you the Head Basketball Coach at Contra Costa?

A: Yes, I was the Head Coach. The toughest part of that, the kids were great, the toughest part of that was recruiting. The first year I got the job in late August. So, who am I going to get?

Q: You mean you only had a couple of months before the season started?

A: Yes, but school had already started.

Q: So you had what you had?

A: Yes…we went 0 and 26. We took games into overtime. We got better. The games got closer and more exciting. DVC won the title that year and we had DVC on the ropes and we lost in overtime. I believe it was the second to last game of the year. It was fun. Even though we lost every game, it didn’t matter. The kids had a great time. They worked hard. They improved. If you can see improvement in your team and they see improvement in themselves, as people and players, it’s a good year. The next year we won 12 games and the following year we won 16, I think.

Read Part 2 from my sit down with Coach Huber in tomorrow’s Booster e-mail.

As always…Go Dons!!!

Robert McKendell

Dec 27 – Saturday Sports

In Saturday’s action…

Varsity Boys Basketball hosts Liberty HS in the first round of the Chris Huber Invitational at 7:00.
JV Boys Basketball team plays Pittsburg HS in the first round of the Dougherty Valley Tournament at 4:00.
Freshman Boys Basketball plays Amador Valley HS in the first round of the Dougherty Valley Tournament at 4:00.
Freshman Boys Basketball plays at Piedmont HS at 12:00.
Varsity Girls Basketball plays Benicia HS in the first round of the West Coast Jamboree at Bentley HS at 12:30.
JV Girls Basketball plays in the second round of the Irvington Holiday Invitational.

Congratulations…

Brady Aiello was named as an All-Bay Area Newsgroup first team selection for football.
Molly Dalziel was named as an All-Bay Area Newsgroup second team selection for girls volleyball.
Cameron Gaskell and Sammy Taketa were named as an All-Bay Area Newsgroup second team selection for cross country.

R. Takahashi

Dec 26 – Friday Sports

In Friday’s action…

JV Girls Basketball

plays Jefferson HS in the Irvington Holiday Invitational at 4:30.

Congratulations…

Brady Aiello was named as an All-Bay Area Newsgroup first team selection for football.
Molly Dalziel was named as an All-Bay Area Newsgroup second team selection for girls volleyball.
Cameron Gaskell and Sammy Taketa were named as an All-Bay Area Newsgroup second team selection for cross country.

Shopping News…

The Holiday Shopping Season is over, but there are deals still out there. Sports Basement in Walnut Creek on Ygnacio Valley Road has a deal. If you mention Acalanes Athletics, you will receive 10% off of your purchase and the Acalanes Sports Boosters will receive an additional 5%. Yes, you have permission to continue Shopping Until You Drop.

R. Takahashi

Acalanes Boys Basketball Hosts the 1st Annual Chris Huber Varsity Basketball Tournament on Dec 27th, 29th and 30th

You read the headline correctly. The Acalanes Boys Basketball Program will be hosting an eight team Varsity Basketball tournament in honor of its own beloved teacher and Boys Varsity Basketball Assistant Coach, Mr. Chris Huber.

Coach Huber is in his 35th year of coaching basketball. Over these 35 years, Chris has coached/taught the game of basketball at the Collegiate, Junior College and High School levels where he has enjoyed tremendous success and accolades. The last 13 years of Chris’s coaching career, he has called Acalanes High School his home. Here at Acalanes, Chris has taught Physical Education and coached basketball – both girls and boys. As one can imagine, Chris has worked with thousands of student athletes throughout his tenure here at Acalanes High School. In the almost three years in which I have known Chris, I have not heard one bad word uttered about him. Chris Huber is universally respected by his teaching colleagues, his coaching peers, his students (past and present) and the Lafayette community. However, what resonates the loudest is the genuine love that basketball players, past and present, have for Coach Huber. There have been a number of Head Basketball Coaches that have come and gone at Acalanes over the past thirteen years. However, there has always been one constant…Chris Huber. The players he has coached never forget him. All of us in the Lafayette community should feel fortunate to know that Chris Huber is with us at Acalanes High School. Thank you, Chris for all that you have done for the Acalanes community.

The 1st Annual Chris Huber Basketball Tournament tips-off on Saturday December 27th at 2:30pm and will conclude with the Championship Game which tips-off at 7:00pm on Tuesday December 30th.

Here is the tournament line-up for Saturday December 27th of the 1st Annual Chris Huber Basketball Tournament:
Game #1 at 2:30pm: Clovis North vs. McClymonds
Game #2 at 4:00pm: Monte Vista vs. Tamalpias
Game #3 5:30pm: Woodcreek (Roseville) vs. Fremont of Oakland
Game #4 7:00pm: Liberty vs. Acalanes

So if you have time on December 27th, December 29th and December 30th please stop by the Acalanes Gym to show your support for both the Acalanes Boys Basketball Team and Coach Chris Huber. There will be a gate fee for this tournament so please remember to bring some cash (Acalanes Booster Cards will not work for this tournament). There will also be a full service Snack Bar for the fans to enjoy while watching eight quality basketball teams compete on the floor over this three day stretch.

We look forward to your support of the 1st Annual Chris Huber Varsity Basketball Tournament.

As Always…Go Dons!!!

Robert McKendell

Dec 24 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Boys Basketball

was defeated by Bellarmine HS in the DJ Frandsen Memorial tournament at Bellarmine HS. Joey Hewitt scored 28 points, with 5 3-pointers.

Wrestling

Tai White placed 4th at the Lou Bronzan Invitational at Liberty HS.

Shopping News…

The Holiday Shopping Season is upon us. Sports Basement in Walnut Creek on Ygnacio Valley Road has a deal. If you mention Acalanes Athletics, you will receive 10% off of your purchase and the Acalanes Sports Boosters will receive an additional 5%. Yes, you have permission to Shop Until You Drop.

R. Takahashi

Dec 23 – Tuesday Sports

Monday’s action…

Boys Basketball

fell short to Fremont HS 57-53 in the DJ Frandsen Memorial tournament at Bellarmine HS.

Wrestling

competes in the Lou Bronzan Invitational at Liberty HS.

In Tuesday’s action…

Boys Basketball

plays Bellarmine HS in the DJ Frandsen Memorial tournament at Bellarmine HS at 4:30.

Wrestling

competes in the Lou Bronzan Invitational at Liberty HS.

Shopping News…

The Holiday Shopping Season is upon us. Sports Basement in Walnut Creek on Ygnacio Valley Road has a deal. If you mention Acalanes Athletics, you will receive 10% off of your purchase and the Acalanes Sports Boosters will receive an additional 5%. Yes, you have permission to Shop Until You Drop.

R. Takahashi

Dec 22 – Monday Sports

In Saturday’s action…

Boys Basketball

defeated San Marin HS 62-56. Joey Hewitt scored 32 points and Casey Harrington added 11 points.

Varsity Girls Basketball

fell in an exciting game to Oakland Tech HS 67-61 in the championship game of the Lady Don’s Classic. Julia Lyons scored 28 points.

JV Girls Basketball

was victorious in the final round of the California tournament.

 

In Monday’s action…

Boys Basketball

plays Fremont HS in the DJ Frandsen Memorial tournament at Bellarmine HS.

Wrestling

competes in the Lou Bronzan Invitational at Liberty HS.

 

Shopping News…

The Holiday Shopping Season is upon us. Sports Basement in Walnut Creek on Ygnacio Valley Road has a deal. If you mention Acalanes Athletics, you will receive 10% off of your purchase and the Acalanes Sports Boosters will receive an additional 5%. Yes, you have permission to Shop Until You Drop.

R. Takahashi

Dec 20 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Varsity Girls Basketball

defeated Windsor HS 79-59 in the semifinals of the Lady Don’s Classic. Emma Godfrey scored 23 points and Julia Lyons and Roni Marrone each scored 13 points with a 3-pointer.

 

In Saturday’s action…

Varsity Girls Basketball

hosts Oakland Tech HS in the championship game of the Lady Don’s Classic.

JV Girls Basketball

plays in the final round of the California tournament.

Boys Basketball

plays at San Marin HS. Freshmen at 4:00, JV at 5:30 and Varsity at 7:00.

Frosh-Soph Girls Soccer

hosts Concord HS at 2:00.

Freshman Boys Soccer

plays at Ygnacio Valley HS at 11:00.

 

Shopping News…

The Holiday Shopping Season is upon us. Sports Basement in Walnut Creek on Ygnacio Valley Road has a deal. If you mention Acalanes Athletics, you will receive 10% off of your purchase and the Acalanes Sports Boosters will receive an additional 5%. Yes, you have permission to Shop Until You Drop.

R. Takahashi

Sports over the Winter Break

Monday, December 22

The varsity boys basketball team plays Fremont HS in the DJ Frandsen Memorial tournament at Bellarmine HS at 6:00.
The wrestling team competes in the Lou Bronzan Invitational at Liberty HS.

Tuesday, December 23

The varsity boys basketball team plays in the DJ Frandsen Memorial tournament at Bellarmine HS.
The wrestling team competes in the Lou Bronzan Invitational at Liberty HS.

Friday, December 26

The jv girls basketball team plays Jefferson HS in the Irvington Holiday Invitational at 4:30.

Saturday, December 27

The varsity boys basketball team hosts Liberty HS in the Chris Huber Invitational at 7:00.
The jv boys basketball team plays Pittsburg HS in the Dougherty Valley tournament at 4:00.
The freshman boys basketball team plays Amador Valley HS in the Dougherty Valley tournament at 4:00.
The freshman boys basketball team plays at Piedmont HS at 12:00.
The varsity girls basketball team plays Benicia HS in the West Coast Jamboree at Bentley HS at 12:30.
The jv girls basketball team plays Jefferson HS in the Irvington Holiday Invitational at 4:30.

Monday, December 29

The varsity boys basketball team plays in the Chris Huber Invitational.
The jv boys basketball team plays in the Dougherty Valley tournament.
The freshman boys basketball team plays in the Dougherty Valley tournament.
The varsity girls basketball team plays in the West Coast Jamboree at Bentley HS.
The jv girls basketball team plays in the Irvington Holiday Invitational.
The wrestling team competes in the Coast Classic at Aptos HS.

Tuesday, December 30

The varsity boys basketball team plays in the Chris Huber Invitational.
The jv boys basketball team plays in the Dougherty Valley tournament.
The freshman boys basketball team plays in the Dougherty Valley tournament.
The varsity girls basketball team plays in the West Coast Jamboree at Bentley HS.
The jv girls basketball team plays in the Irvington Holiday Invitational.
The wrestling team competes in the Coast Classic at Aptos HS.

Friday, January 2

The boys basketball team hosts Burlingame HS.  Freshman at 1:00 and jv at 2:30.

Saturday, January 3

The boys soccer team hosts Northgate HS.  Freshmen at 10:00, jv at 12:00 and varsity at 2:00.
The girls soccer team plays at Northgate HS.  JV at 4:00 and varsity at 6:00.
The wrestling team competes in the Mat Classic at Granada HS.

Dec 19 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Varsity Girls Basketball

defeated Maria Carrillo HS 65-26 in the first round of the Lady Don’s Classic. Sierra Galanza led the scoring with 15 points and Julia Lyons and Roni Marrone each added 11 points.

Wrestling

was defeated by Alhambra HS.

In Friday’s action…

Varsity Girls Basketball

hosts Windsor HS in the semifinals of the Lady Don’s Classic at 8:00.

JV Girls Basketball

plays in the second round of the California tournament.

Boys Soccer

plays Berkeley HS at the De La Salle Showcase at 12:00.

In Saturday’s action…

Varsity Girls Basketball

hosts the Lady Don’s Classic.

JV Girls Basketball team

in the final round of the California tournament.

Boys Basketball

plays at San Marin HS. Freshmen at 4:00, jv at 5:30 and varsity at 7:00.

Frosh-Soph Girls Soccer

hosts Concord HS at 2:00.

Freshman Boys Soccer

plays at Ygnacio Valley HS at 11:00.

Congratulations…

Molly Dalziel was named as an All-Bay Area Newsgroup second team selection for girls volleyball.
Cameron Gaskell and Sammy Taketa were named as an All-Bay Area Newsgroup second team selection for cross country.

Shopping News…

The Holiday Shopping Season is upon us. Sports Basement in Walnut Creek on Ygnacio Valley Road has a deal. If you mention Acalanes Athletics, you will receive 10% off of your purchase and the Acalanes Sports Boosters will receive an additional 5%. Yes, you have permission to Shop Until You Drop.

R. Takahashi

Dec 17 – Lady Soccer Dons take record to 7-0 vs. Dublin

Lady Dons Fight Rainy Weather to Continue Undefeated Season

Acalanes and Dublin squared off on Wednesday night in a downpour that lasted the entire game.  Even under extreme weather conditions, Acalanes played their possession style soccer, keeping it a low scoring affair. The Dons scored first however, with Katharine Torchio (#11) scoring at 12:01 of the 1st half off a Katharine Larson (#6) pass. Nine minutes later, the Gaels answered to tie it up 1-1 with a score off a corner kick that Acalanes tried to clear.  Acalanes then took charge, keeping possession of the ball for the majority of the half.  With 11 minutes left, Caroline Clark (#14) sent a pass to Larson’s (#6) feet and she put the ball just past the goalie’s reach into the goal. The half ended with Acalanes on top 2-1.

The rain continued in the second half and although the Dons had a few opportunities, both teams played great defense to keep the half scoreless. With 7 minutes left in the 2nd half, Kierra Krawec (#4) shot the ball past two defenders but the Gaels goalie blocked the ball.  At the same time, Katharine Larson charged past the same two defenders to beat them to the deflected ball.  Larson then took the Dublin goalie out of the picture by blasting the ball into the top corner of the goal. Larson managed to have a hand in all 3 goals scored with two goals and one assist, earning her Player of the Game honors.

The win took the Dons to 7-0 overall and 3-0 in Conference play.  The Lady Dons will be back in action after the Holiday Break, taking on Northgate High School on Saturday, January 3rd in Walnut Creek.

Nicole Rogers

Dec 18 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Soccer

remains undefeated as they defeat Dublin HS 3-1.

Boys Soccer

was defeated by Dublin HS 1-0. Nathan Ferreira was named “Man of the Match.”

In Thursday’s action…

Varsity Girls Basketball

hosts Maria Carrillo HS in the first round of the Lady Don’s Classic at 8:00.

JV Girls Basketball

plays Cardinal Newman HS in the California tournament at 3:00.

Wrestling

has a match at Alhambra HS at 6:00.

Congratulations…

Molly Dalziel was named as an All-Bay Area Newsgroup second team selection for girls volleyball.
Cameron Gaskell and Sammy Taketa were named as an All-Bay Area Newsgroup second team selection for cross country.

Shopping News…

The Holiday Shopping Season is upon us. Sports Basement in Walnut Creek on Ygnacio Valley Road has a deal. If you mention Acalanes Athletics, you will receive 10% off of your purchase and the Acalanes Sports Boosters will receive an additional 5%. Yes, you have permission to Shop Until You Drop.

R. Takahashi

Dec 17 – Boys JV Soccer

JV Boys Soccer dominated Dublin High School with a 5-1 victory led by multiple goals from Sevak Jamkochian and Gabe Singer.

The Candells

Dec 13 – Wrestling Results

On Saturday December 13 the Acalanes Varsity Wrestling Team competed in the Bay Area Invitational Wrestling Tournament. The tournament, which was held at Castro Valley High School, included teams from the entire Bay Area . The Acalanes team continued it’s impressive start to the the Season by bringing home three individual medals. Senior and Team Captain Sam Ridge took 3rd place with a record of 4-1 . Junior Miles Hoeser took 5th place and Junior Team captain Rain Mize brought home a 6th place medal. The Team travels to Alahambra High School on Thursday for a Dual Meet.

David Ridge

Dec 17 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Boys Basketball

played very well in defeat 73-65 to St. Mary’s HS of Stockton, one of Northern California’s top ranked teams. Ryan Cheng scored 16 points with 4 3-pointers and Casey Harrington added 12 points. The JV team was defeated 50-42 and the freshman team also dropped a close game.

In Wednesday’s action…

Soccer

Teams play Dublin HS. Boys are home and girls are away. JV at 4:15 and varsity at 6:15.

Shopping News…

The Holiday Shopping Season is upon us. Sports Basement in Walnut Creek on Ygnacio Valley Road has a deal. If you mention Acalanes Athletics, you will receive 10% off of your purchase and the Acalanes Sports Boosters will receive an additional 5%. Yes, you have permission to Shop Until You Drop.

R. Takahashi

Dec 15 – Monday Sports

In Saturday’s action…

Boys Soccer

defeated Mission San Jose HS 5-1 in the final round of the Winter Classic.

Freshman Boys Soccer

defeated Deer Valley HS 5-0.

Freshman Girls Soccer

defeated Bishop O’Dowd HS 2-1 and at College Park HS 2-0.

Girls Basketball

defeated Sonoma Valley HS 48-47 in overtime to remain undefeated at 6-0.

Varsity Boys Basketball

fell in overtime to Hercules HS in the final round of the Red Brown Tournament at Sir Francis Drake HS.

In Monday’s action…

Boys Soccer

hosts Deer Valley HS. JV at 4:15, varsity at 6:15.

Girls Soccer

plays at Pinole Valley HS. JV at 5:00, varsity at 7:00.

Individual standouts…

Varsity Girls Soccer

Katherine Torchio scored the lone goal assisted by Caroline Clark. Sophia Giordano had 6 saves.

JV Girls Soccer

Muppy Gragg scored 2 goals, and Maggie Curless and Alex Garcia each scored a goal. Jamie Wendt shutout College Park HS as the goalkeeper and Cate Goodman had awesome saves in goal against Bishop O’Dowd HS.

Shopping News…

The Holiday Shopping Season is upon us. Sports Basement in Walnut Creek on Ygnacio Valley Road has a deal. If you mention Acalanes Athletics, you will receive 10% off of your purchase and the Acalanes Sports Boosters will receive an additional 5%. Yes, you have permission to Shop Until You Drop.

R. Takahashi

Dec 12 – Acalanes Girls Varsity Soccer shut out Dougherty Valley 1-0

Lady Dons Continue Undefeated Season with win over Dougherty Valley Wildcats

Continuing their quest to the NCS Playoffs, the Lady Dons played a defensive battle against Dougherty Valley High School Friday night ending in a 1-0 victory for the Dons.

Both goalkeepers were kept busy with numerous shots on goal by both teams but it wasn’t until the 2nd half that Acalanes was able to breakthrough.  When they did, it was with the same formula that has resulted in the majority of the Don’s goals this year.  With 17 minutes remaining in the game, Sophomore Caroline Clark (#14) crossed the ball in front of the goal to Senior Katharine Torchio (#11) who finished beautifully to break the nil-nil tie and put the Dons up 1-0.

That was all Freshman Goalie Sophia Giordano (#0) needed to preserve the victory.  Although the Wildcats spent the last 15 minutes of the game attacking, Giordano and the defenders, Sophomores Jadey Sadoff (#8), Molly Davis (#18), Lexie Silva (#3) and Emma Starr (#17) cleared the ball and protected the goal.

With 45 seconds left in the game, the Wildcats made one final push to the goal.  After a nice ball was sent over midfield, the Dougherty Valley forward beat out the Acalanes mid-fielder and raced to goal.  As the Acalanes defense stepped up, Dougherty Valley launched a rocket from 20 yards away toward the Acalanes goal. Giordano (#0) used every bit of her 5’ 7” frame to grab the ball as it tried to get into the right corner of the net.  Again, Giordano earned Player of the Game awards as she secured both the win and the shut out.

The Lady Dons play again on Monday against Pinole Valley High School at 7 pm at Pinole Valley.

By Nicole Rogers

Dec 16 – Tuesday Sports

In Monday’s action…

Boys Soccer

defeated Deer Valley HS 1-0 to record their 3rd consecutive victory. The JV team did likewise 1-0.

In Tuesday’s action…

Boys Basketball

hosts St. Mary’s HS of Stockton. Freshmen at 4:00, JV at 5:30 and Varsity at 7:00.

Shopping News…

The Holiday Shopping Season is upon us. Sports Basement in Walnut Creek on Ygnacio Valley Road has a deal. If you mention Acalanes Athletics, you will receive 10% off of your purchase and the Acalanes Sports Boosters will receive an additional 5%. Yes, you have permission to Shop Until You Drop.

R. Takahashi

Dec 13 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Girls Soccer

remains undefeated overall and in the DFAL with a 1-0 victory over Dougherty Valley HS.

Boys Soccer

gave a dominant performance in a 3-1 victory over Dougherty Valley HS.

Varsity Boys Basketball

defeated Terra Linda HS 64-48 in the second round of the Red Brown Tournament at Sir Francis Drake HS.

In Saturday’s action…

Boys Soccer

hosts Mission San Jose HS in the final round of the Winter Classic at 1:00.

Freshman Boys Soccer

plays at Deer Valley HS at 10:00.

Freshman Girls Soccer

plays at Bishop O’Dowd HS at 9:00 and at College Park HS at 2:00.

Varsity Boys Basketball

plays in the final round of the Red Brown Tournament at Sir Francis Drake HS.

JV Boys Basketball

plays at El Cerrito HS in the second round of the Anthony Robinson Memorial Tournament at 8:00.

Freshman Boys Basketball

plays in the final round of the Ken Nelson Memorial Tournament at Campolindo HS.

Girls Basketball

plays at Sonoma Valley HS. JV at 3:30 and varsity at 5:00.

Wrestling

Varsity team competes in the Bay Area Invitational at Castro Valley HS.
JV & Frosh-soph teams competes in the Foothill tournament.

Congratulations…

Emily Attiyeh, only a sophomore, was named an All-East Bay Newsgroup 1st team selection in girls golf. This award follows her selection as the Most Valuable Golfer of the DFAL.

Shopping News…

The Holiday Shopping Season is upon us. Sports Basement in Walnut Creek on Ygnacio Valley Road has a deal. If you mention Acalanes Athletics, you will receive 10% off of your purchase and the Acalanes Sports Boosters will receive an additional 5%. Yes, you have permission to Shop Until You Drop.

R. Takahashi

Dec 12 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Wrestling

fell in a close match to Miramonte HS 37-33. Jeremy Ridge, Axel Jurgens, Rain Mize and Jack Hood won their matches.

In Friday’s action…

Soccer

teams play Dougherty Valley HS. Boys are home and girls are away. JV plays at 4:15 and varsity at 6:15.

Varsity Boys Basketball

plays in the second round of the Red Brown Tournament at Sir Francis Drake HS at 5:00.

JV Boys Basketball

plays at El Cerrito HS in the first round of the Anthony Robinson Memorial Tournament at 8:00.

Freshman Boys Basketball

plays in the second round of the Ken Nelson Memorial Tournament at Campolindo HS.

In Saturday’s action…

Boys Soccer

hosts the final round of the Winter Classic at 1:00.

Freshman Boys Soccer

plays at Deer Valley HS at 10:00.

Freshman Girls Soccer

plays at Bishop O’Dowd HS at 9:00 and at College Park HS at 2:00.

Varsity Boys Basketball

plays in the final round of the Red Brown Tournament at Sir Francis Drake HS.

JV Boys Basketball

plays at El Cerrito HS in the first round of the Anthony Robinson Memorial Tournament at 8:00.

Freshman Boys Basketball

plays in the second round of the Ken Nelson Memorial Tournament at Campolindo HS.

Girls Basketball

plays at Sonoma Valley HS. JV at 3:30 and Varsity at 5:00.

Wrestling

Varsity competes in the Bay Area Invitational at Castro Valley HS.
The JV & Frosh-soph wrestling team competes in the Foothill tournament.

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R. Takahashi

Dec 10 – Acalanes Girls Varsity Soccer vs. Las Lomas Knights

Acalanes Girls Varsity Soccer Start Conference Play With Big Win

After waiting a year to get back in the NCS Tournament run, the Lady Dons took on last year’s North Coast Finalist at Las Lomas, Wednesday, December 10th.  The Dons started the scoring within the first 10 minutes of the game with Junior Regan McQuain (#13) crossing the ball to Sophomore Katharine Larson (#6) who promptly put the ball in the net.

Acalanes’ possession style soccer allowed very few opportunities in the first half for Las Lomas.  The defense allowed only 3 shots on goal and freshman goalie and Player of the Game Sophia Giordano (#0) quickly took care of those.  Junior Lexie Silva (#3) then scored with approximately 20 minutes left in the half off a corner kick that was deflected by Las Lomas. The ball bounced off of a few players before Silva (#3) was able to put it away.

The Knights came out strong in the 2nd half and put a goal in within the first 3 minutes, making the score 2-1. After that, Acalanes seemed to switch gears and control the ball through possession and patience, creating opportunities by building from the back. After several shots on goal, the Lady Dons put their third goal in when freshman Kierra Krawec (#4) beat the defender and dribbled from midfield to the left side of the goal.  Just when it looked like she was going to cross into the middle, Krawec angled the ball past the goalie as she went out to defend the cross.

The next 30 minutes were controlled by the Acalanes offense and defense as they passed back and forth to maintain possession, allowing only one other shot on goal.  That shot came when Sophomore defender Molly Davis (#16) made what looked to be a clean steal in front of the Acalanes goal.  However, it was called a foul and set up a PK for the Knights.  With approximately 10 minutes left in the game, the Las Lomas player lined up to take the kick. The kick was a rocket to the lower left side of the goal, which was met by the sure hands of the goalie, Giordano (#0).  The ball was then cleared and Giordano was mobbed by her teammates.
After that, the Lady Dons had several more opportunities to score and finally put the fourth and final goal into the net when Sophomore Caroline Clark (#14) intercepted the ball from the Knights and took it past the defenders to the goal.  As the goalie came out to challenge, Clark (#14) passed off to Senior Katharine Torchio (#11) who kicked the ball into the opposite side of the net.  Torchio and Clark combined for their fifth combination of the season.

The Lady Dons continue league play this Friday, December 12th at Dougherty Valley High School. The JV game begins at 4:15 pm followed by the Varsity game at 6 pm.

By Nicole Rogers

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Dec 11 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Boys Soccer

played inspired in a 1-1 tie with Las Lomas HS.

Boys Basketball

was defeated by Sir Francis Drake HS in the first round of the Red Brown Invitational.

In Thursday’s action…

Wrestling

opens DFAL action hosting Miramonte HS at 6:00.

Girls Soccer

hosts Antioch HS. JV plays at 4:00 and varsity at 6:00.

JV Boys Basketball

plays at El Cerrito HS in the first round of the Anthony Robinson Memorial Tournament at 8:00.

Freshman Boys Basketball

plays Piedmont HS in the first round of the Ken Nelson Memorial Tournament at Campolindo HS at 3:30.

Wednesday’s individual standouts…

Boys Soccer

Drew Wondolowski scored the lone goal and Mason McKay was named “Man of the Match.”

Shopping News…

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R. Takahashi

Dec 10 to 13 – Acalanes Boys Basketball Stream

Acalanes Boys Basketball games will be live streamed from this week’s tournament at Sir Francis Drake at this link:

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Congratulations to Lady Dons Basketball

JV took 2nd place in the Pittsburg High School, Lady Pirates 4th Annual JV tournament. It was our 1st appearance in the tournament this year and there was some tough competition. Our JV team pulled out some impressive, yet tough wins against Colfax on Thursday and Pittsburg on Friday to play for the Championship on Sat.

We faced off against a strong Monte Vista team who beat the competition the night before by scoring over 50 points. Our strong defensive down low held Monte Vista to only 29 points, but in the end, we fell short, taking 2nd place with a 23-29 score. We are so proud of our girls for how hard they played in a well matched game. A special congratulations to Sydney Louie, Sabina Patel and Kailey Meyer for being selected by Pittsburg to the All Tournament Team.

JV leads their season with a very impressive 3-2 start and is looking to improve last year’s overall record of 20-6 and repeat their DFAL JV record of 12-0. Congratulations Lady Dons JV Basketball.

A very big congratulations to our Lady Dons Varsity Basketball! These ladies started their season with a mission and a goal and they are running straight thru the competition to achieve it.

Our Varsity girls took 1st Place in the San Francisco, Lincoln High School Mustang Classic. The competition was fierce and our Lady Dons were definitely out to make a statement. We beat Immaculate Conception on Thursday, 65-13 to face off against a tough Lincoln High on Friday. Our ladies were able to pull out another impressive win and defeated Lincoln High School, 67-39 to play for the Championship game on Sat against Amador Valley.

The Amador Valley game was a perfect match up. The teams battled it out on the court, going toe-to-toe throughout the game. But in the end our Lady Dons came out victorious defeating Amador Valley 47-44 and won the Championship. A special congratulations goes to Roni Marrone & Emma Godfey for winning All Tournament Team and to Julia Lyons for winning MVP.

Our Lady Dons Varsity Basketball Team starts their season with an impressive 5-0 start making a bold and fierce statement “Look out DFAL! We’re coming!”

Dec 10 – Wednesday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Soccer

The soccer teams play Las Lomas HS. Boys are home and girls are away. JV at 4:15 and varsity at 6:15.

Shopping News…

The Holiday Shopping Season is upon us. Sports Basement in Walnut Creek on Ygnacio Valley Road has a deal. If you mention Acalanes Athletics, you will receive 10% off of your purchase and the Acalanes Sports Boosters will receive an additional 5%. Yes, you have permission to Shop Until You Drop.

R. Takahashi

Dec 8 – Monday Sports

In Monday’s action…

Freshman Boys Soccer

hosts San Ramon Valley HS at 6:00.

Varsity Girls Soccer

scrimmages Monte Vista HS at 8:00.

 

Shopping News…

The Holiday Shopping Season is upon us. Sports Basement in Walnut Creek on Ygnacio Valley Road has a deal. If you mention Acalanes Athletics, you will receive 10% off of your purchase and the Acalanes Sports Boosters will receive an additional 5%. Yes, you have permission to Shop Until You Drop.

R. Takahashi

Nov 6 – Wrestling

The Acalanes Varsity Wrestling Team competed at the 16th Annual Falcon Wrestling Shootout at Freedom High School on Saturday December 6th. 18 Teams competed in three groups. The Acalanes Varsity went 4 -1 and took home the second place trophy. Ben Ross, Tai White, Chris Fulton, and Rain Mize won gold medals. Zach Tom, Jeremy Ridge, Axel Jurgens, Peyton Li, and Miles  all won silver medals. It was a dominating performance by the young team and a promising start to the 2014/15 season.

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Jill McTaggart

Dec 7 – Sunday Sports

In Saturday’s action…

Varsity Girls Basketball

defeated Amador Valley HS 47-44 and is the champion of the Mustangs Holiday Classic at Lincoln HS in San Francisco as they remain undefeated with an overall record to 4-0.

Varsity Boys Basketball

was defeated by McClymonds HS in the Russ Peterich Viking Tip-Off Classic at Montgomery HS.

JV Boys Basketball

was defeated by Campolindo HS in the John Rhodes Memorial Tournament.

Wrestling

placed 2nd in the bronze division of the Falcon Duals at Freedom HS with a 4-1 record.

Boys Soccer

played evenly with perennial power Bishop O’Dowd HS only to fall short 2-1 in the third round of the Acalanes Invitational.

Freshman Boys Soccer

defeated Northgate HS 2-1.

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Individual standouts…

Boys Basketball

Joey Hewitt scored 16 points.

Varsity Boys soccer

Pat Ramm scored the lone goal.

Freshman Boys Soccer

Oliver Feigin and Cameron Otterson scored goals.

Shopping News…

The Holiday Shopping Season is upon us. Sports Basement in Walnut Creek on Ygnacio Valley Road has a deal. If you mention Acalanes Athletics, you will receive 10% off of your purchase and the Acalanes Sports Boosters will receive an additional 5%. Yes, you have permission to Shop Until You Drop.

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R. Takahashi