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May 2 – TUESDAY DEADLINE

Acalanes Bash Poster 2016Don’t miss out on the biggest party and fundraiser of the year – The 2016 Booster Bash – SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND.

Ticket sales for SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND will close on Tuesday May 3rd! This event will sell out! Purchase your individual tickets now on the Acalanes Web Store.
·        Only (4) VIP Tables are left to purchase

SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND will take place on Saturday May 7th, 6:30pm – 11:00PM at Temple Isaiah.

Support our student athletes during this always fun and festive evening. The Booster Bash is the only Acalanes athletics fundraiser of the year! Enjoy cocktails, appetizers, and light entrees while bidding in the silent and live auctions followed by music and dancing! Mother’s Day is on May 8th. SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND is the ideal event to purchase an exciting and special gift for momma.

PARTIES! PARTIES! PARTIES!
There are plenty parties to sign-up for this year…but spaces are limited. Take a look at some of unique social events that you can sign-up for. Don’t miss out.

April 29 – ONLY 5 DAYS LEFT TO PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS TO THE 2016 BOOSTER BASH

Acalanes Bash Poster 2016

Don’t miss out on the biggest party and fundraiser of the year – The 2016 Booster Bash – SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND.

Ticket sales for SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND will close on Tuesday May 3rd! This event will sell out! Purchase your individual tickets now on the Acalanes Web Store.
·        Only (4) VIP Tables are left to purchase

SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND will take place on Saturday May 7th, 6:30pm – 11:00PM at Temple Isaiah.

Support our student athletes during this always fun and festive evening. The Booster Bash is the only Acalanes athletics fundraiser of the year! Enjoy cocktails, appetizers, and light entrees while bidding in the silent and live auctions followed by music and dancing! Mother’s Day is on May 8th. SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND is the ideal event to purchase an exciting and special gift for momma.

PARTIES! PARTIES! PARTIES!
There are plenty parties to sign-up for this year…but spaces are limited. Take a look at some of unique social events that you can sign-up for. Don’t miss out.

S20.       2nd Annual Lafayette Grand Prix Dad’s Go Kart Party (Limit – 40 Dads)

S21.        “A Taste of Napa” Party with “Live” Entertainment  (Limit – 150)

S22.       “The Return of Finest Whites, City Lights” (Limit – 100)
S23.       Hoffman House –  1st Annual Oktoberfest (Limit – 60)

S24.       Bleacher Babe Bash (Limit – 80)

S25.       Mardi Gras Madness! (Limit – 85)

S26.       Senorita Margarita Party! (Limit – 30)

S27.       Fall Fiesta Celebration! (Limit – 50)

As Always…Go Dons!!

Acalanes Bash Poster 2016

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

PURCHASE YOUR BOOSTER BASH DIAMOND DONS V.I.P. TABLE PACKAGE (Seats 8) on the Acalanes Webstore for $1,000: Here

Please come and show your support for the Acalanes Athletics Program at The 2016 Booster Bash Gala which will celebrate 75 years of Acalanes athletics.  You will enjoy Hors d’oeuvres, desserts, no host bars, party games, silent and live auctions, unique sign-up parties, the Acalanes Boosters 2015-16 raffle prize drawings and dancing.  Please mark your calendars for this always fun event.

If your child participates in Acalanes Athletics or you just love Acalanes High School, this is a party you shouldn’t miss. Come and SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND on Saturday May 7th with the rest of your Acalanes community.

If you have any questions, please contact Jill McTaggart at jill_mctaggart@yahoo.com or Robert McKendell at rmckende@yahoo.com

Go Dons!!

Acalanes Bash Poster 2016

$75.00/person

or

$1,000 for a Diamond Dons V.I.P Table Package (Seats 8)

PURCHASE YOUR BOOSTER BASH TICKETS TODAY on the Acalanes Web Store: https://acalaneshs.revtrak.net/tek9.asp?pg=products&grp=51

PURCHASE YOUR BOOSTER BASH DIAMOND DONS V.I.P. TABLE PACKAGE (Seats 8) on the Acalanes Webstore for $1,000: https://acalaneshs.revtrak.net/tek9.asp?pg=products&specific=jodndok0

Please come and show your support for the Acalanes Athletics Program at The 2016 Booster Bash Gala which will celebrate 75 years of Acalanes athletics.  You will enjoy Hors d’oeuvres, desserts, no host bars, party games, silent and live auctions, unique sign-up parties, the Acalanes Boosters 2015-16 raffle prize drawings and dancing.  Please mark your calendars for this always fun event.

If your child participates in Acalanes Athletics or you just love Acalanes High School, this is a party you shouldn’t miss. Come and SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND on Saturday May 7th with the rest of your Acalanes community.

If you have any questions, please contact Jill McTaggart at jill_mctaggart@yahoo.com or Robert McKendell at rmckende@yahoo.com

Go Dons!!

Boosters BASH Diamond Dons VIP Tables Now Available

Acalanes Bash Poster 2016
Do you want to secure a seat at the 16th Annual Booster Bash – Shine Bright Like a Diamond. If so, you and 7 of your friends can purchase a Booster Bash Diamond Don VIP Table for $1,000 on the Web Store today. The (14) Diamond Don VIP Tables will be the ONLY full size tables in the social hall during the Booster Bash. They will surrounding the main dance floor where all of the fun and action will take place. Purchasing a VIP Table is another great way to make a donation to Acalanes Athletic Program.

(3) Diamond Don Booster Bash VIP Tables have already been purchased! (11) Booster Bash Diamond Dons VIP Tables remain for purchase. Purchase your table today.

Booster Bash Diamond Dons V.I.P. Reserved Table Package – $1,000 (Seats 8)
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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!!

May 7 – Save the Date – Booster BASH

Save the Date, May 7th, to celebrate 75 years of Acalanes Athletics at the 2016 Acalanes Booster Bash.  6:30pm-11pm, Temple Isaiah.  Purchase your tickets at the Acalanes Web Store here

 

Acalanes Bash Poster 2016

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.

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 – 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.

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 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 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 – 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 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.

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 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 – 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 – 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.

Hannah Kresnak
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Emma Myall, senior, was named as a Bay Area News Group All East Bay second team selections for boys water polo.

The article is in today’s Contra Costa Times.

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 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.

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.

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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 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.

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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

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 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 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.

 

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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 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.

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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 – 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 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 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

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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 – 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 – 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 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 – 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 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 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 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 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 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 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

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

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 – 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 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.

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

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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…

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 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:

If you can’t make it to the games in person, Click below:

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

Dec 6 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Varsity Boys Basketball

was defeated by Redwood HS 54-50 in the Russ Peterich Viking Tip-Off Classic at Montgomery HS.

JV Boys Basketball

was defeated by Sir Francis Drake HS in the John Rhodes Memorial Tournament.

Freshman Boys Basketball

won their semifinal game in the Brandon Huang Memorial Tournament at Miramonte HS.

Girls Soccer

defeated Hercules HS 9-0.

In Saturday’s action…

Boys Soccer

hosts Bishop O’Dowd HS in the third round of the Acalanes Invitational at 7:00.

Varsity Boys Basketball

plays in the Russ Peterich Viking Tip-Off Classic at Montgomery HS.

JV Boys Basketball

hosts Campolindo HS in the consolation championship game in the John Rhodes Memorial Tournament at 130.

Freshman Boys Basketball

plays in the championship game of the Brandon Huang Memorial Tournament at Miramonte HS.

Varsity Girls Basketball

plays in the Mustangs Holiday Classic at Lincoln HS in San Francisco.

JV Girls Basketball

plays in the Pittsburg Tournament.

Freshman Boys Soccer

plays at Northgate HS at 9:00.

Congratulations

Charlie Rogers, Brendan Supple and Hannah Kresnak were named Contra Costa Times All-East Bay 2nd team selections for water polo.

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 5 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Varsity Girls Basketball

defeated Immaculate Conception Academy 65-13 in the first round of the Mustangs Holiday Classic at Lincoln HS in San Francisco.

JV Girls Basketball

defeated Colfax HS in the first round of the Pittsburg Tournament.

Varsity Boys Basketball

was defeated by Montgomery HS in the first round of the Russ Peterich Viking Tip-Off Classic at Montgomery HS.

Boys Soccer

was down early 1-0, but rallied to tie the score only to fall in the last minute to Albany HS 2-1 in the second round of the Acalanes Invitational.

JV Boys Basketball

defeated Cardinal Newman HS in the first round of the John Rhodes Memorial Tournament.

Freshman Boys Basketball

defeated El Cerrito HS 66-24 in the first round of the Brandon Huang Memorial Tournament at Miramonte HS.

In Friday’s action…

Girls Soccer

hosts Hercules HS. JV at 4:00 and varsity at 6:00.

Varsity Girls Basketball

plays Lincoln HS in the semifinals of the Mustangs Holiday Classic at Lincoln HS in San Francisco at 8:30.

JV Girls Basketball

plays in the semifinals of the Pittsburg Tournament at 8:30.

Varsity Boys Basketball

plays Redwood HS in the Russ Peterich Viking Tip-Off Classic at Montgomery HS at 5:30.

JV Boys Basketball

hosts Sir Francis Drake HS in the semifinals of the John Rhodes Memorial Tournament at 8:30.

Freshman Boys Basketball

plays in the semifinals of the Brandon Huang Memorial Tournament at Miramonte HS at 6:30.

Wrestling

competes in the DFAL Novice Tournament at Campolindo HS at 4:00.

In Saturday’s action…

Boys Soccer

hosts Bishop O’Dowd HS in the third round of the Acalanes Invitational at 7:00.

Varsity Boys Basketball

plays in the Russ Peterich Viking Tip-Off Classic at Montgomery HS.

JV Boys Basketball

plays in the John Rhodes Memorial Tournament.

Freshman Boys Basketball

plays in the Brandon Huang Memorial Tournament at Miramonte HS.

Varsity Girls Basketball

plays in the Mustangs Holiday Classic at Lincoln HS in San Francisco.

JV Girls Basketball

plays in the Pittsburg Tournament.

Freshman Boys Soccer

plays at Northgate HS at 9:00.

Thursday’s individual standouts…

Girls Basketball

Emma Godfrey poured in 10 points.

Boys Soccer

Joey Moran recorded the lone goal.

Congratulations

Charlie Rogers, Brendan Supple and Hannah Kresnak were named Contra Costa Times All-East Bay 2nd team selections for water polo.

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

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Boys Basketball Broadcast Live and FREE

This week’s games in Santa Rosa will be broadcast live at the following link:

Watch in your living room if you aren’t watching the game live in the gym.

Dec 4 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Soccer

recorded another lopsided victory 9-0 over Berean Christian HS.

Girls Basketball

defeated Novato HS 54-39. The JV team cruised to victory.

 

In Thursday’s action…

Boys Soccer

hosts Albany HS in the second round of the Acalanes Invitational at 6:30.

Varsity Boys Basketball

plays Montgomery HS in the first round of the Russ Peterich Viking Tip-Off Classic at Montgomery HS at 8:30.

JV Boys Basketball

hosts Cardinal Newman HS in the first round of the John Rhodes Memorial Tournament at 8:30.

Freshman Boys Basketball

plays El Cerrito HS in the first round of the Brandon Huang Memorial Tournament at Miramonte HS at 3:30.

Varsity Girls Basketball

plays Immaculate Conception Academy in the first round of the Mustangs Holiday Classic at Lincoln HS in San Francisco at 6:00.

JV Girls Basketball

plays Colfax HS in the first round of the Pittsburg Tournament at 6:20.

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

Acalanes Sports over the Thanksgiving break

Saturday, November 22

Cross Country

battled the elements and fought through the mud to post an outstanding NCS Championship showing. The boys finished 5th overall in division 3 to qualify for the CIF Championships Saturday, November 29 at Woodward Park in Fresno. Cameron Gaskell continues to shine placing 4th accompanied by Nima Leclerc finishing 18th and Alex Kelly in 34th place. The girls improved greatly on last years finish with a 9th place finish. Sammy Taketa placed 9th to qualify for the CIF Championships and Brooke Lennox finished 40th.

Football

completed a strong season in an offensive shootout at Analy HS falling just short 49-41 in the NCS quarterfinals.

Freshman Boys Soccer

recorded a 4-0 victory, with Shukoor Haji scoring 3 goals.

Frosh-Soph Girls Soccer

led by Lyenne Denny fell short to Dublin HS 2-0 in the mud bowl.

Monday, November 24

Girls Basketball

defeated Sir Francis Drake HS 76-35.

Tuesday, November 25

Girls Basketball

defeated California HS 73-64 in the NCS Foundation game. JV at 5:30 and varsity at 7:00.

Boys Basketball

was defeated by Foothill HS 72-66 in overtime in the NCS Foundation game. Joey Hewitt led in scoring with 32 points.

Wednesday, November 26

Boys Basketball

defeated the Alumni 59-55.

Saturday, November 29

Cross Country

Congratulations to Sammy Taketa for a strong performance placing 22nd at the CIF State Cross Country Championships in division 3.

R. Takahashi

Nov 27 – Thanksgiving Day

In Wednesday’s action…

Boys Basketball

defeated the Alumni 59-55.

Special Thank You…

The athletic department wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving and is thankful to all of you for your support.

Special note…

It is difficult to believe the Holiday Shopping Season is upon us. During this time, think “Sports Basement.” If you mention Acalanes Athletics, you will receive a 10% discount on your purchase and an additional 5% will go to the Acalanes Boosters. Yes, you have permission to Shop “Til You Drop.

Go 9’ers

R. Takahashi

Nov 26 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Basketball

defeated California HS 73-64 in the NCS Foundation game. JV at 5:30 and varsity at 7:00.

Boys Basketball

was defeated by Foothill HS 72-66 in overtime in the NCS Foundation game. Joey Hewitt led in scoring with 32 points.

In Wednesday’s action…

Boys Basketball

hosts the Alumni game at 6:00.

Special note…
It is difficult to believe the Holiday Shopping Season is upon us. During this time, think “Sports Basement.” If you mention Acalanes Athletics, you will receive a 10% discount on your purchase and an additional 5% will go to the Acalanes Boosters. Yes, you have permission to Shop “Til You Drop.

R. Takahashi

Nov 25 – Tuesday Sports

In Monday’s action…

Girls Basketball

defeated Sir Francis Drake HS 76-35.

In Tuesday’s action…

Boys Basketball

plays at Foothill HS in the NCS Foundation game. Freshmen at 4:00, JV at 5:30 and Varsity at 7:00.

Girls Basketball

plays at California HS in the NCS Foundation game. JV at 5:30 and Varsity at 7:00.

Special note…
It is difficult to believe the Holiday Shopping Season is upon us. During this time, think “Sports Basement.” If you mention Acalanes Athletics, you will receive a 10% discount on your purchase and an additional 5% will go to the Acalanes Boosters. Yes, you have permission to Shop “Til You Drop.

R. Takahashi

Acalanes Sports over Thanksgiving Break

Monday, November 24

Girls Basketball

plays at Sir Francis Drake HS. JV at 5:30 and varsity at 7:00.

Tuesday, November 25

Boys Basketball

plays at Foothill HS in the Foundation Game. Freshmen at 4:00, jv at 5:30 and varsity at 7:00.

Girls Basketball

plays at California HS in the Foundation Game. JV at 5:30 and varsity at 7:00.

Wednesday, November 26

Boys Basketball

hosts the Alumni game at 6:00.

Thursday, November 27

Happy Thanksgiving

Friday, November 28

Boys Soccer

hosts the Alumni game at 5:00.

JV Boys Soccer

competes in the James Logan tournament.

Freshman Boys Soccer

competes in the Monte Vista tournament.

Saturday, November 29

JV Boys Soccer

competes in the James Logan tournament.

Freshman Boys Soccer

competes in the Monte Vista tournament.

Cross Country

CIF Cross Country Championships at Woodward Park, Fresno 8:00, TBA.

R. Takahashi

Nov 21 – Friday Sports Page

In Saturday’s action…

Football

plays at Analy HS at 7:00 in the NCS quarterfinals.

Boys Basketball

has a scrimmage at Tamalpais HS. Varsity at 10:00, JV at 11:30 and Freshmen at 1:00.

Girls Basketball

has a scrimmage at Skyline HS. JV at 1:00 and Varsity at 3:00.

Freshman Boys Soccer

hosts College Park HS at 2:00.

Freshman Girls Soccer

plays at Dublin HS at 9:00.

Note: At all NCS post-season events, there will be an admission charge. $9 general admission and $6 for students with student body cards, children and senior citizens. No passes will be honored.

Special note…
It is difficult to believe the Holiday Shopping Season is upon us. During this time, think “Sports Basement.” If you mention Acalanes Athletics, you will receive a 10% discount on your purchase and an additional 5% will go to the Acalanes Boosters. Yes, you have permission to Shop “Til You Drop.

Sep 9 – Boosters switching to MailChimp

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Boosters BASH – Save the Date

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Athletic Clearance at Dons Day

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Please download, fill out, and sign this two page supplement before attending:

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August 6-19 – Booster Membership During Dons Day Registration

It’s hard to believe it’s time to think about “Back to School”.  Online registration starts on Monday, August 6th and we’d like to remind you to renew and/or signup for a BOOSTERS MEMBERSHIP when completing your on-line registration. Please remember to pick-up your sports passes at Dons’ Day on August 19th!

 

Your annual Boosters Membership funds Acalanes Athletics for ALL 22 sports and Cheer, which includes over 1100 Acalanes athletes.  Since More AHS sporting events now require admission fees, your Booster Membership sports passes are more valuable than ever, allowing FREE admission into any regular season home sporting event for the ’14 – ’15 school year!

 

In addition to funding all AHS sports, Boosters membership provides the entire funding for our Athletic Trainer and necessary supplies, our high quality team equipment and other important items for all teams.

Boosters membership helps ensure the health and safety of our student athletes, and lessens the financial burden to individual families.

Membership levels are as follows:

Super Don Membership:

  • Sports Passes for 4 adults (great for grandparents!) + up to 8 children (under high school age) valid for all regular season sporting events at Acalanes.
  • An Acalanes Cinch Bag, Picnic Blanket, and two (2) Sports Decal Triangles of your choice
  • AND the ever-popular Boosters Stadium Chair for viewing every sporting event in comfort & style!
$1,000
Champion Membership:

  • Sports Pass for 4 adults (great for grandparents!) + up to 8 children (under high school age) to all regular season sporting events at Acalanes.
  • Stadium Cushion, umbrella, and two (2) Sports Decal Triangles of your choice.
$500
All-Star Membership:

  • Sports Pass for 2 adults + 4 children (under high school age) to all regular season sporting events at Acalanes.
  • Don’s Tumbler Glass, and one (1) Sports Decal Triangle of your choice.
$250
MVP Membership:

  • Sports Pass for 2 adults + 4 children (under high school age) to all regular season sporting events at Acalanes.
  • One (1) Sports Decal Triangle of your choice
$150
Club Membership:

  • Sports Pass for 1 adult+ 2 children (under high school age) to all regular season sporting events at Acalanes.
$95
Grandparent Special:Suggested donation of $50 for every student participating in a sport.  For every $50 donation, you will get an adult pass to ALL regular season sporting events at Acalanes (grandparents only)

 

If you have any questions regarding Boosters Membership or with the Boosters part of the online registration process,  please email Booster’s Membership Chair, John Whelehan at john@innovativeadstrategies.com.  Register at our website atwww.AcalanesBoosters.com

Our Federal Tax ID is 23-7428299.

Thank you!

 

July 28 – Blood Drive on Monday

Caroline Newman (Acalanes Girls LAX), a Girl Scout from Lafayette, is partnering with the Monument Crisis Center and the Blood Centers of the Pacific to hold a Community Blood Drive on Monday, July 28 at the Monument Crisis Center in Concord.

Caroline, who is going to be a senior this fall at  Acalanes High School, is working on her Girl Scout Gold Award project: Blood Donation Awareness Campaign & Community Blood Drive.

The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in scouting, recognizing girls who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through remarkable “Take Action” projects that have a sustainable impact on their communities.

In a leadership group last year at Acalanes, Caroline became involved in the school’s Healthy Choices Board that helps organize, among other things, an annual blood drive.

“After donating blood for the first time last year,  I learned that about one in seven people entering a hospital need blood,” Caroline said. “Nearly 60 percent of the population is eligible to donate blood, but less than 5 percent actually donates.”

“In my conversations with medical professionals from the  Blood Centers of the Pacific, I learned that once people donate they are likely to become lifelong donors. Several of the reasons people do not donate include little opportunity, fear and lack of understanding of the need for blood,” she said.

“With this new insight and an interest to help, I decided to develop a plan to build awareness for the need to donate blood, as well as to communicate the simplicity of actually donating.”

The  Monument Crisis Center in Concord is acting as the host site, and local businesses, including BMW of Concord and Fry’s Electronics, are joining in as active participants, Caroline said.

The blood drive will be in Monument’s parking lot at at 1990 Market St. To schedule your appointment, visit www.bloodheroes.com.

Click Donate Bloodand enter Sponsor Code: Monument

reprinted from Lamorinda Patch.com http://patch.com/california/lamorinda/lafayette-teen-leads-upcoming-blood-drive-in-concord#.U9P961Yucoo

 

Sports Medical Clearance

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NOTE: This sports clearance is not a doctors visit and in no way substitutes for regular medical examinations or annual physicals.

Congratulations – Dan Cardiff

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., – USTA Serves, the national charitable foundation of the United States Tennis Association, announced today that two local high school students were awarded either an $8,000 College Educational Scholarship or a $1,000 College Textbook Scholarship. The Foundation has granted 49 high school students a variety of college scholarships this spring, totaling $330,000.

The honorees were selected from applicants throughout the country on the basis of their commitment to academic success, to their local community and to their participation in tennis.  An objective of USTA Serves is to encourage America’s youth to pursue their goals and highest dreams by succeeding in school and becoming responsible citizens.

USTA Serves awards the College Educational Scholarship annually to high school seniors who have excelled academically, demonstrated community service and participated in an organized tennis program.  The $8,000 scholarship will be awarded over four years to students entering a two or four-year college or university.  The year’s recipient selected among the scholarship winners from across the nation is Kyle Schmidt of Kelseyville, Calif. 

USTA Serves established a College Textbook Scholarship which provides a one-time award of $1,000 to assist students in purchasing textbooks or supplies. This year’s recipient is Daniel Cardiff of Lafayette, Calif. 

“USTA Serves is proud to award these students for their academic achievements and tennis success,” said Dan Faber, USTA Serves Executive Director. “It is exciting to know that with these scholarships, they can continue to prosper. We commend them for their efforts and wish them a future filled with greatness on and off the court.”

ATHLETIC CLEARANCE – Time to Register

If you are utilizing the Boosters convenience event on July 24, 2014 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Click here to follow these instructions, and Boosters will handle turning in all paperwork for you.  
 
For anyone NOT utilizing the Boosters Sports Clearance Medical Exam event on July 24, please follow these instructions: 

 

 – Please click HERE to and click on “Athletic Registration” to fill out District required Athletic Clearance forms

The website will direct you through the entire process.

  • You must print the Athletic Clearance Form. Note: This is the new version of the Athletic Clearance Form. Any older versions will not be accepted.
  • You must print one Online Registration Sports Summary page for each sport of participation.
  • Note: If this is the second or third sport, only the Online Registration Sports Summary Page must be submitted.

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The Athletic Clearance Form will not be accepted without the following.

  • The date may not be hand written.
  • The health history checklist must be completed.
  • The physician must stamp and date.
  • The physician must sign and date. The date must be July 1, 2014 or later. The physician must be a licensed medical doctor. The physician may not be a chiropractor, acupuncturist, etc.

 

The Online Registration Sports Summary page will not be accepted without the following.

  • All emergency information.
  • Health insurance carrier and policy number.
  • Student and parent signature.

Each team will establish an amount for their team contribution and provide the budget that is used to establish the dollar amount. The contribution is not mandatory, but is necessary to provide our student-athletes with the best athletic experience.

 

The contribution may be paid on the Webstore. If paid by check, the check made payable to Acalanes High School may be submitted at the same time as the Athletic Clearance paperwork.

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The Athletic Department strongly encourages purchase of a Booster Club membership. This financial support is important because the Booster Club is the sole financial sponsor of the Athletic Trainer’s stipend for Chris Clark as well as all of the supplies for the Athletic Training program. The district does not pay for any of these costs.

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Athletic Clearances will be collected during residency verification in room 207.

  • Wednesday, August 6 through Friday, August 8 from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm.
  • Monday, August 11 through Friday, August 15 from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm.
  • Monday, August 18 from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm.

 

Athletic Clearances will be collected during Don’s Day Tuesday, August 19 in the small gym from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm.

Athletic Clearances will be collected during the following days and times in room 207 during the school year.

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 7:30 to 7:50 am.
  • Monday through Friday at Brunch and Lunch.

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If you are having difficulty getting the physician to sign the Athletic Clearance Form, you may contact the following medical providers for same day or next day appointments.

 

Dr. William Workman                                  Walnut Creek Urgent Care

Acalanes HS athletic team physician             112 La Casa Via Way, suite 135

301 Lennon Lane, Suite #100                       Walnut Creek, CA 94596

Walnut Creek, CA 94598                             Monday through Saturday

Mondays and Thursdays only                         $75

925-944-0110                                            925-930-8200

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For questions or problem solving, contact Randy Takahashi by email at rtakahashi@acalanes.k12.ca.us

2014 Graduation Photos

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Select graduation photos are published here

Thanks for a great year!

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Gint Federas

Congratulations Grads!

Congratulations to the entire Acalanes 2014 Graduating Class! Best wishes in your future endeavors.

 

2014 Acalanes Commencement


2014 Pops Concert Videos

2014 Pops Concert Videos

Click on the above link to watch awesome Acalanes talent.

Videos: Gint Federas

2014 BASH Video

A photo retrospective of 2014 Acalanes Athletics.
Turn your sound up and enjoy.

Mar 18 – St. Mary’s Gaels vs. Utah – NIT 1st Round

Here’s  a special treat in case you missed the game:

Beau Levesque and Brad Waldow
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Stephen Holt
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Mar 12 – Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team Ends Magical Season

Falling To Christian Brothers, 60-46 in the CIF Regional

The Magical Season Comes To An End.

It was a wonderful setting at the Acalanes gym last night.  The parents’ section was full well before 7:00pm.  The Acalanes Basketball 6th Man, a tad late in its arrival, still filled-up its cheering section shortly after the opening tip.  Both before and during the game, the Acalanes Meat Team, led by Chris Clark, cooked-up eight delicious ball tips for sandwiches and sold them out by halftime.  The Lady Dons had their concession stand going, selling sweets and drinks.  The Acalanes Cheerleaders were in action showing-off their moves.  The gym was festively decorated.  However, most importantly, the Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team looked loose and ready to play ball during warm-ups.  You could tell that an entertaining high school basketball game was straight ahead.

Christian Brothers also looked ready for action.  Even after making the ninety minute drive down from Sacramento, the Falcons looked loose and comfortable in the Acalanes gym.

The first quarter was won by Acalanes, 14 – 9.  The boys were committed to getting the ball in to their center, Buster Souza, down on the low block, so he could attack the rim.  It worked beautifully.  Buster scored 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in the 1st quarter.  Buster would finish the game with 15 points, 15 rebounds and 4 blocks.

In the second quarter, Christian Brothers found its long distance shooting touch and outscored Acalanes, 17 – 8.  The Falcons got three 3 point shots from #15 Joseph Delgadillo, who came off the bench and gave Christian Brothers the offensive spark they needed.  Christian Brothers took a 26 – 22 halftime lead into the locker room.

The third quarter was very exciting. Acalanes fought their way back, exchanging leads with Christian Brothers multiple times throughout the quarter.  Matt Thomas was fearless, attacking the basket and drawing fouls on Christian Brothers.  Matt finished the quarter with 5 points and 2 rebounds (he would finish the game with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists).  The Dons outscored the Falcons, 15 – 11, in the quarter and tied-up the contest at 37 – 37 with just the final eight minutes ahead.  It was anyone’s game.

In the fourth quarter, Christian Brothers got hot and Acalanes did not have enough answers.  The Falcons hit key 3 point shots; made difficult driving lay-ups; and down the stretch, they made their free throws.   All of that, led to the Dons getting outscored 23 – 9 in the fourth quarter and eventually losing the game, 60 – 46.

It was not the best outside shooting night for the Dons.  Typically, Matt Thomas and Joey Hewitt light-up the scoreboard with threes…especially at home.  Unfortunately, neither could find their long distance stroke last night.  Acalanes, as a team, only made three out of thirteen 3 point attempts on the evening (Hewitt, Teichman and McKendell).  Clearly, Acalanes was a little off on its 3 point shooting last night.  However, you have to give some credit to the Christian Brothers defense for this.  They  did a great job of contesting almost every 3 point shot the Dons took in the game.  The Christian Brothers defense did not make life easy for Acalanes on the offensive side of the floor all night long.

On the other hand, the team that I said could not shoot, Christian Brothers, was not shy at all about shooting the three ball last night.  They made eight 3 point baskets out of probably seventeen or eighteen attempts.  However, when the Falcons did miss their long distance attempts, they did a wonderful job of tracking down long rebounds and giving themselves second chances.  They really showed great hustle and defensive intensity all game long.

After the final buzzer sounded, and team handshakes completed, an appreciative Acalanes Basketball 6th Man and parent section made their way down to the court to show their appreciation to both the Acalanes players and coaches.  There were plenty of hugs and tears to go around as it started to set in that this was the final game of a magical basketball season…and the final Acalanes basketball game for six special seniors – Zack Kisner, Ross Teichman, Brett Merrill, Kyle Kinnear, Buster Souza and Matt Thomas.  I know that they all left lasting impressions on the juniors and sophomores that they played with this season.  Their talent, leadership and mentoring will be missed by their young teammates, coaches and the fans.

Coach Powers, Coach Huber, Coach Martinez and Coach Sheppard did an amazing job of bringing these twelve boys together and building a truly cohesive team that cared for each other on and off the court.  The lessons the coaches taught the boys about life, community, teamwork and commitment were more valuable than the X’s and O’s they taught (though those were valuable as well).  It was all special to witness and my son is a better person and teammate because of them.

What a first season for this talented coaching staff: a 17-13 season record, three NCS Division III Playoff games; a #6 seed in the CIF NorCal Championships and the right to host a 1st round NorCal game (not to mention a 2nd place finish in the Island Classic Basketball Tournament and defending its title at The Sonoma County Classic Basketball Tournament).  The future is bright for the Acalanes Boys Basketball Program and it is because of the commitment and leadership of Bill Powers and his coaching staff.  Thank you for a memorable 2013-2014 season.

It has been my pleasure keeping you abreast of Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball this season.  What a ride.  There might be one more write-up this week before I shut it down until next season.  Stay tuned.

As Always…Go Dons!!!

Mar 13 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Boys Basketball

had an outstanding season, but it came to an end as they were defeated by Christian Brothers HS in the CIF NorCal playoffs. Editor’s Note: This was the first appearance in the Norcal Regionals for the Acalanes Boys Basketball program since 2007.

Boys Tennis

defeated Monte Vista HS 6-3.

Boys Golf

defeated Dougherty Valley HS, but was defeated by Miramonte HS.

Softball

was defeated by Moreau HS.

In Thursday’s action…

Boys Tennis

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

Wednesday’s individual standouts…

Boys Basketball

Buster Souza scored 15 points, had 15 rebounds and 2 blocked shots. Matt Thomas scored 13 points and had 5 rebounds.

Boys Tennis

Dan and Ryan Cardiff, Kyle Everly, Isaiah Bird and Ryan Pegels won singles matches. Conor McGlynn & Ian Dao won their doubles match.

Boys Golf

Will Brueckner shot a 35, Jake Basilico and Chris Childers 41 and Peter Tripp 42 on a 9-hole par 36 course.

Softball

Maddy Maderious had a double.

R. Takahashi

Mar 12 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Boys Tennis

dominated perennial power Campolindo HS 8-1.

Boys Lacrosse

shutout Alhambra HS 18-0.

Girls Lacrosse

recorded a resounding victory over Alhambra HS 23-3.

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In Wednesday’s action…

Boys Basketball

hosts Christian Brothers HS at 7:00 in the first round of the CIF NorCal playoffs.

Softball

plays Moreau HS at 4:00. Varsity is home and jv is away.

JV Baseball

plays at Marin Catholic HS at 4:30.

Boys Tennis

has a match at Monte Vista HS at 3:30.

Boys Golf

has a match against Miramonte HS at Orinda CC at 3:30.

Tuesday’s individuals standouts…

Boys Tennis

Dan and Ryan Cardiff, Kyle Everly, Isaiah Bird, Nico Brightbill and Ryan Pegels won singles matches. Conor McGlynn & Ian Richard and Cole Noone & Conor Sasner won doubles matches.

Boys Lacrosse

Adrian Jeffries scored 3 goals and had 3 assists. Grant Jackson scored 2 goals and had 1 assist. Jack Mariani, Sean Quinn and Taylor Howell each scored 2 goals. Nathan Brickman scored 1 goal and had 4 assists. Cameron Bosshart and Danny Ennis each had 2 saves.

Special thank you…

A special thank you to the girls tennis team for bringing the boys tennis team Jamba Juices and supporting them in the victory over Campolindo HS. There is no doubt this act of kindness and support was influential in the outcome.

R. Takahashi

Mar 12 – Acalanes Dons Face Off in CIF State Basketball Playoffs

Tip-off at 7:00pm Tonight

Christian Brothers Falcons (#11 Seed) at Acalanes Dons (#6 Seed) in CIF State Basketball Action

IT’S BALL NIGHT!!!

If you like exciting boys high school basketball, come on down to the Acalanes High School gym tonight and watch Acalanes face-off against Christian Brothers (Sacramento).  This will be an opening round 2014 CIF State Boys Division III match-up.

The Christian Brothers Falcons have a 20-10 record on the season.  The Falcons finished Capital Valley Conference league play in second place with a record of 8-2.  They finished only behind Del Campo (Fair Oaks) who finished CVC play undefeated at 10-0.  Christian Brothers lost in the semi-finals of the Sac-Joaquin Section Playoffs to the eventual champion, Modesto Christian, 57-45.

The Acalanes Dons have a 17-12 record on the season.  Yet they still earned a #6 seed and a home game in the 1st Round of the CIF State Boys Division III Championships.  The Dons come into tonight’s match-up against Christian Brothers well prepared for high level competition.  During this season, the Dons played twelve games against teams that earned the right to compete for a 2014 CIF State Championship: St. Joseph’s Notre Dame (Alameda), San Ramon Valley, Drake (2), Campolindo (2), Las Lomas (2), Miramonte (2) and Bishop O’Dowd.  This Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team is battle tested.  They will be prepared to give Christian Brothers all that they can handle tonight.

There will be plenty of concessions tonight.  The “Meat Team” will start barbecuing at 5:30pm outside of the gym and will be cooking-up several delicious sandwich/hot dog items for purchase.  The Lady Dons Basketball Family will be selling beverages, snack items and sweets inside the game.  All of your food and beverage needs should be taken of.

Again, please come-out and fill the Acalanes gym for this very special basketball contest.  I would get the gym earlier than 7:00pm in order to get your food and secure your seat for what should be a fantastic high school NorCal Division III Basketball game.

Put on your favorite Acalanes spirit wear and get loud tonight in support of your Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team.

As Always…Go Dons!!!

Mar 12 – Acalanes Basketball 6th Man…Assemble!!!

Christian Brothers (#11 Seed) at Acalanes (#6 Seed) – 1st Round of the CIF State Boys Basketball Championships

Like Ron Burgundy calling-out to his trusty news team, I am calling-out to the incredible Acalanes Basketball 6th Man to assemble one more time.  You are needed tomorrow night, in the Acalanes gym, at 6:45pm, to get your cheer on for your Boys Varsity Basketball Team as they face the Christian Brothers Falcons of Sacramento.  In all likelihood, this will be the final home game of the season for this special basketball team.  Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to pack the gym, standing room only.  I am looking for students, teachers, administrators, parents and Acalanes family past, present and future to get loud and proud on Wednesday night in support of this team.  Let’s make sure that the Christian Brothers Basketball Team and their fans remember the night they played the Dons!!!

Please remember that there will be an entrance fee for adults and students at this CIF NorCal Game.  Your Acalanes Booster Membership Card will not work at the door.  Cash is king tomorrow night.  Plus, bring a couple of extra dollars as there will be all kinds of concessions being sold before and during the game.  Stay tuned for more details on the menu.

When the Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team is still playing games in mid-March, you know it has been a special season.  Enjoy the ride!!!

As Always…Go Dons!!!

Mar 12 – Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team Host Christian Brothers (Sacramento)

In The 1st Round Of The 2014 CIF State Boys Division III Basketball Championships – Wednesday at 7:00pm

The Magic Continues!!!

Acalanes Dons (#6 Seed) vs. Christian Brothers Falcons (#11 Seed) in CIF State Basketball Action

When summer basketball league ended for this Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team back in mid-July of 2013, I am not sure I thought that this team would make NCS Playoffs.  How wrong I was.  Not only did this team make the NCS D-III Playoffs, it earned the right to host a 1st round NCS D-III Playoff Game…which it dominated; it won an amazing 2nd Round NCS D-III Playoff game, on the road game in overtime at Drake; and then it faced the #1 seed Bishop O’Dowd Dragons in the semi-finals of the NCS D-III Playoffs.  Unfortunately, this team lost to a very talented O’Dowd basketball team.  Oh by the way, this past Saturday afternoon, Bishop O’Dowd won the NCS D-III Basketball Championship by beating El Cerrito at St. Mary’s College, 89 – 69.  So, Acalanes Basketball players and fans, you have nothing to be ashamed of in losing to O’Dowd.  We lost to the best team in Northern California.

This magical basketball season isn’t over yet for Acalanes.  On Sunday afternoon the team earned a #6 Seed in the CIF State Boys Division III Basketball Championships and…wait for it…THE DONS HAVE EARNED THE RIGHT TO HOST THEIR 1st ROUND GAME vs. Christian Brothers (Sacramento)!!! This NorCal Playoff game will tip-off at 7:00pm on Wednesday night (3/12) at Acalanes.  THERE SHOULD NOT BE AN EMPTY SEAT IN THE ACALANES GYM.

The Christian Brothers Falcons are 20-10 on the season and finished league play with an 8-2 record.  Christian Brothers lost in the semi-finals of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Playoffs to eventual champion, Modesto Christian, 57 – 45.

Acalanes is 17-12 on the season and finished league play with a 5-7 record and still earned the #6 seed while the 20-10 Falcons earned the #11 seed.  This should tell you that the CIF believes the Dons can ball…and we can.

Please pack the gym this Wednesday night.  This Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team wants your support as they face Christian Brothers.  They feed off the positive energy given-off by The Acalanes Basketball 6th Man.  I would arrive at Acalanes by 6:4oPM so that you can find your seat and settle in for what will be another thrilling high school basketball game.  The DFAL’s best snack shack will be open for business as well…menu still to be determined.

The journey towards a 2014 NorCal D-III Championship starts on Wednesday night for the Dons.  The winner of this Acalanes vs. Christian Brothers match-up will visit Archbishop Riordan of San Francisco (who earned a 1st round bye) on Saturday night (3/15).  However, first things first…take down the Falcons.

Stay tuned for more CIF State Boys Division III Basketball Championship information.

  • Christian Brothers Falcons (#11 Seed) at Acalanes Dons (#6 Seed) on Wednesday night (3/12) – tip-off at 7:00pm

As Always…Go Dons!!!

Mar 10 – Monday Sports

In Saturday’s action…

Varsity Softball

defeated Mt. Eden HS 22-3.

Varsity Baseball

defeated Tennyson HS.

Boys Tennis

placed 3rd in their division by winning 4 out of 5 matches at the California Classic in Fresno.

In Monday’s action…

Softball

Teams play Hercules HS at 4:00. Varsity is home and JV away.

JV Baseball

plays at Castro Valley HS at 3:30.

Varsity Golf

competes in the De La Salle Invitational at Diablo CC at 10:00.

CIF NorCal Basketball Playoffs…

Boys Basketball

will host Christian Brothers HS of Sacramento Wednesday at 7:00 in the first round of the CIF NorCal playoffs.

Individual standouts…

Track & Field

Results from the East Bay Invitational at San Ramon Valley HS:
Alex Hennies won the 400. Cameron Gaskell won the 1600. Taiki Chiba was 3rd in the 110 hurdles. Windy Margerum was 4th in the 100 hurdles and triple jump. Calvin Saribay was 4th in the triple jump. Jessica Carlin, Michelle Volga, Olivia Lindgren and Brooke Lennox were 2nd in the Frosh-Soph distance medley.

R. Takahashi

Mar 5 – Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team Falls To Bishop O’Dowd 68-36

…In The NCS Division 3 Semi-Finals

“The Man” Was Outstanding!!!

Acalanes did not beat “the man” on Wednesday night.  However, the Dons competed valiantly against “the man.”  That “man” was the powerhouse basketball program Bishop O’Dowd, who is no stranger to NCS Playoff Championships and CIF NorCal competition.

Laney College was a great neutral site location for this NCS Semi-Final game.  It was very convenient for Acalanes fans to get to but still in Oakland to appease the Bishop O’Dowd fan base.

The Dons (#4 Seed) were right in this semi-final game with Bishop O’Dowd (#1 seed) for the first two quarters.  They trailed O’Dowd 18 – 11 at the end of the 1st quarter and 34 – 25 at halftime.  Acalanes had their chances in the final two minutes of the 2nd quarter to keep the O’Dowd lead to five points or less.  But the Dons could not capitalize on a couple of transition opportunities and O’Dowd extended their lead to nine as both teams walked to their locker rooms for half.  It was a very respectable halftime score for the Dons playing against the #1 team in Northern California.

In the first four minutes of the 3rd quarter, Bishop O’Dowd came out on fire.  They stretched their lead from nine points to nineteen in what seemed like the blink of an eye.  Our boys battled hard but they could never get the game closer than sixteen points in the second half.  Unfortunately for the Dons, they did not have their 3 point shooting touch going like they had in their last four games.  A lot of it had to do with the O’Dowd defense and I am sure some of it had to do with tired legs on the Acalanes players.  At the end of the 3rd quarter the O’Dowd lead was eighteen, 49-31.  When the final buzzer sounded eight minutes later, the Laney scoreboard read 68 – 36.

The Dons were led in scoring by two of their stud seniors, Buster Souza and Matt ThomasBuster ended the game with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks.  Buster did a very respectable job of covering Bishop O’Dowd’s All-American center, Ivan Rabb.  It was fun to watch those two talented players compete against each other.  Matt ended the game with 10 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals.  Matt also shouldered the majority of ball-handling responsibilities in the second half and did a very solid job against the Bishop O’Dowd press.

For Bishop O’Dowd, 6’10” junior Ivan Rabb led the way with 33 points.  He gave the crowd a clear understanding of why he is one of the most sought after juniors in the country.  Rabb wowed the Laney crowd with three impressive put back dunks in the game.  He looked like the real deal to me.

Acalanes will find out its NorCal Regional Playoff fate on Sunday afternoon.  The Acalanes Coaching Staff is preparing for a number of different match-ups.  There is even a slim chance that Acalanes could earn a home CIF NorCal Playoff game.  Nevertheless, last night’s game against Bishop O’Dowd has prepared this Acalanes team for whomever they play the next week.

Once again, I would like to thank the Acalanes student body, parents, alumni, administrators as well as the Lafayette community for their tremendous presence at this NCS Playoff game.  The Laney College gym looked like a home game for Acalanes.  The students were loud and energetic and showed stellar sportsmanship before, during and after the game.  I know the Acalanes players and coaches have appreciated all of the fan support throughout their magical NCS D3 Playoff run.  I rode on the Acalanes Spirit bus again Wednesday night.  On this bus trip, there were 28 students, including our very cool cheerleaders onboard.  They were all fired-up for this game and ready to show-off their school pride.  Student leadership passed-out Acalanes 6th Man t-shirts on the bus and in the Laney College gym for all to wear.  Even the Acalanes cheerleaders rocked the 6th Man T-shirts to match the crowd.  It was a fantastic scene to behold.  On the bus ride back to Acalanes, the students were in great spirits and looking forward to another magical run by Acalanes in the CIF NorCal Playoffs.

The magic continues on.  Stay tuned for detailed information about our CIF NorCal Playoff match-up on Monday morning.  Until then, go and give an Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball player a hug and congratulate him on a wonderful season.

As Always…Go Dons!!!

Mar 6 – A Sincere Thank You from Coach Powers

To the Acalanes Community,

I just wanted to take an opportunity to thank you for your support last night at Laney College. Looking across the floor and seeing so many students, alumni, parents, faculty, and Dons supporters was touching. I feel fortunate to be a part of Acalanes and this season’s playoff run.

It was the desire of the coaching staff from day one (late April), to do everything in our power and control to bring back the excitement in Dons Basketball witnessed last night. Though the outcome of the game will not create a sequel to the movie Miracle, I could not have been more proud of what I witnessed, by both players and fans. Like Coach Martinez said before the game, anytime you are playing in a college gym in March it is a good thing.

Now it is on to the CIF Northern California Regional Playoffs. The seeding meeting will take place on Sunday 3/9 and the seeds will be publicized at 5:00 that afternoon. We will keep our fingers crossed for a home game. Either way, our boys will be prepared to do our best.
Go Dons!

Coach Powers

Mar 6 – Thursday Sports

In yesterday’s action

Boys Basketball

The boys basketball team was defeated by Bishop O’Dowd HS in the NCS semifinals.

Swimming

The swim teams swept Dublin HS. Varsity boys 77-72, varsity girls 89-67, JV boys 83-60 and JV girls 91-62.

Golf

The boys golf team owned the links against Pittsburg HS notching a 210-251 victory.

In today’s action

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

The boys golf team has a match against Campolindo HS at Moraga CC at 3:00.

Yesterday’s individual standouts

Boys basketball

Buster Souza scored 16 points, with 1 3-pointer and had 7 rebounds and 2 blocks. Matt Thomas scored 10 points, with 1 3-pointer and 7 rebounds.

Boys golf

Peter Tripp shot a 37, Jake Basilico 39 and Will Brueckner 40 on a 9-hole par 36 course.

Swimming event winners

Varsity

Lucy Fellner, 50 freestyle.
Weston Carpenter, 100 freestyle.
Natalie Morlock, 100 and 200 freestyle.
Kyra Ruegg, 500 freestyle.
Jack Moran, 100 fly.
Jack Avery, 100 backstroke.
Brad Robison, 200 individual medley.
Brittany Usinger, 100 fly and 200 individual medley.
Weston Carpenter, Jack Moran, Brad Robison and Henry Baer, 200 freestyle relay.
Brittany Usinger, Natalie Morlock, Clare Varellas and Lucy Fellner, 200 freestyle relay.
Jack Avery, Jack Moran, Brendan Supple and Evan Wentzel, 200 medley relay.

Junior varsity

Owen Chan, 50 freestyle and 50 fly.
Audrey Cavotta, 50 freestyle.
Nico Hillman, 100 freestyle and 100 breaststroke.
Melissa Elliott, 100 freestyle.
Wesley Rosemont, 200 and 500 freestyle.
Adrielle Thorenfeldt, 50 fly.
Caroline Passalacqua, 100 breaststroke.
Liam McGuire, 100 individual medley.
Imani Boggan, 100 backstroke and 100 individual medley.
Serena Candelori, Emilie Malinovsky, Audrey Cavotta and Lindsay Cocotis, 200 freestyle relay.
Justin Marchiano, Wesley Rosemont, Liam McGuire and Riley Smith, 200 medley relay.
Emilie Malinovsky, Imani Boggan, Caroline Passalacqua and Audrey Cavotta, 200 medley relay.

R. Takahashi

Mar 5 – Wednesday Sports

In yesterday’s action…

Boys Lacrosse

It is early in the season, but the Boys Lacrosse team defeated Marin Catholic HS 10-7 in a rematch of last years NCS Championship game.

Boys Tennis

was defeated by Dublin HS.

In today’s action…

Boys Basketball

plays Bishop O’Dowd HS in the NCS Semifinals at Laney College at 7:00.

Swimming

opens DFAL competition hosting Dublin HS at 3:45.

Boys Golf

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

Yesterday’s individual standouts…

Boys Lacrosse

Robbie Stern scored 3 goals. Nathan Brickman and Sam deRoque each scored 2 goals. Cameron Bosshart had 7 saves.

Boys Tennis

Alex Hashim and Zaid Nabulsi won their doubles match.

R. Takahashi

Mar 5 – IT’S BALL NIGHT!!! Acalanes vs. Bishop O’Dowd at Laney College

The Boy Basketball NCS Division 3 Semi-final Playoff game tips-off tonight at 7:00pm at Laney College. 

The NCS (#4 Seed) Acalanes Dons who are 17-11 on the season will take the floor against the (#1 Seed) Bishop O’ Dowd Dragons who are 24-4 on the season.

The Dons are coming-off a thrilling 64-61 overtime road win over the Drake Pirates last Friday night.  Acalanes benefited from two amazing individual performances –  a 25 point, 9 rebound game by Buster Souza and a 29 point, 5 assist game from Matt Thomas.

The Dragons are heading into tonight’s game after a 97 – 64 thumping of Encinal (Alameda) in their 2nd round NCS Playoff Game.  In this game, Bishop O’Dowd got a 32 point, 16 rebound stat line from their superstar junior center, Ivan Rabb.  Acalanes also played Encinal this season.  The Dons faced the Jets in the second game of the season back on December 5th (in the Island Classic Basketball Tournament) and beat them 48 -44.

This Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team will need to get three amazing individual performances tonight in order to upset the #1 ranked team in Northern California and the #102 ranked team in the nation.  The Dons have the personnel to deliver those offensive performances.  However, they will also need to figure-out a way to slow down Bishop O’Dowd on offense.  This match-up will be a tremendous challenge for the Dons.  No matter what the outcome…it will only make them better.

Remember, “To be the man, you gotta beat the man.”  Acalanes has earned the right to take on “the man” tonight.

Good luck boys!!!  You have the support of the entire Acalanes High School family and Lafayette community behind you.

As always…Go Dons!!!

ACALANES BASKETBALL 6TH MAN….ASSEMBLE!!!

NCS Division 3 Boys Basketball Semi-Final Game Wednesday (3/5) at Laney College – Tip-off at 7:00pm

Acalanes High School (#4 Seed) vs. Bishop O’Dowd (#1 Seed)

This is a reminder to all students (parents please remind them) that there will be another Acalanes Spirit Bus that will be taking the students to the game tomorrow night.  Permission slips will need to be filled-out in advance, just like last time.  Here is the link to the form: http://www.acalanes.k12.ca.us/cms/lib01/CA01001364/Centricity/Domain/44/Field%20trip%20ParentAuthStuFieldTrip.pdf

Because the basketball game will be played at Laney College in downtown Oakland, the Spirit Bus may leave a little later than 5:30pm.  Stay tuned for more details.  I am sure there will be a formal announcement made at school as to the exact departure time.

For those that will be driving to the game, here is the address: Laney College – 900 Fallon Street, Oakland, CA 94607

The Boys Varsity Team will need the Acalanes Basketball 6th Man in Full Effect tomorrow night.  This match-up against Bishop O’Dowd will be by far and away the toughest game they will play all season.  Our boys will need a great cheering effort by the Acalanes students, families as well as the Lafayette community to keep them going during this semi-final battle.

Stay tuned for more….As Always…Go Dons

Mar 3 – Boys Basketball Change of Venue

The NCS Semifinal game between Acalanes HS and Bishop O’Dowd HS will be at Laney College Wednesday at 7:00. Please note the change of venue.

R. Takahashi

The Magic Continues!!! The Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team Takes-out Drake in Overtime, 64 – 61

The journey towards a 2014 NCS Division 3 Basketball Championship continues for Acalanes!!!

In what was a thoroughly entertaining basketball game between two quality programs, the #5 seed Acalanes pulled-off the NCS Playoff upset by taking down the #4 seed Drake…ON THEIR HOME COURT.

This Acalanes Boys Basketball Team has not played well on the road this season.  To be exact, the Dons were 2-9 on the season when playing away from Acalanes.  Combine that, with the fact that Drake was 11-2 at home and it looked like it might be too daunting of a task for the Dons to beat the Pirates.  But that is why they play the game!!!

I rode up to San Anselmo on the Acalanes Spirit Bus with thirteen excited high school boys (along with Aida Glimme, Travis Bell and Yvonne Grace).  These boys were pumped-up and ready for action.  When we arrived at the Drake gym (at 6:40pm), there were already a large number of Acalanes student and parents in the stands.  Our cheerleaders along with their coaches also made the road trip to the game.  The setting was fantastic and the Acalanes 6th Man was in full effect!!!  It was an impressive road crowd by the Acalanes community.

At the same time we arrived, the Drake student section had only about twelve kids in attendance.  HOWEVER, shortly after tip-off, the Drake student section was overflowing.  Only a small bleacher section of Acalanes parents separated these two boisterous student sections.  The Drake student’s were shocked to see that many Acalanes fans in their gym making more noise than them.  It was fun to be in the middle of it all.

In short, the Drake gym was jumping on Friday night.

The first quarter of this NCS game was dominated by my DFAL MVP, Buster Souza.  Our boys focused their attention on getting the rock down to their big man on the low block.  When they did, the results were positive.  Drake could simply not defend Buster one-on-one.  He had his most efficient offensive game from the floor in the first half, compiling 16 points on what seemed like 80% shooting.  Buster not only made lay-ups, he hit a handful of mid-range baseline jumpers that kept the Dons offense churning in the first half.  Before fouling out in the fourth quarter, with about four minutes remaining, Buster racked-up 25 points and 9 rebounds.

You are now probably asking yourself this question, “When ball was not getting passed into Buster, who else was knocking down shots for Acalanes?  The answer…our own ”Mr. Big Shot” Matt Thomas.  Matt had a masterful road performance last night.  He attacked the basket, got to the free throw line and of course hit big time 3 point shots.  None bigger than his running, leaning, twenty-eight footer as the 3rd quarter horn blew.  This three-point basket brought Acalanes to within one point of the Pirates and served as blow to the gut of the entire Drake crowd.  They were truly stunned as it was starting to look like Drake might pull away from the Dons.  Acalanes was not having any of that.  Matt finished the game with 29 points, with clutch overtime free throws included, along with 5 assists and 3 rebounds.  Matt showed why he is worthy of 1st Team all DFAL honors.

Game Box Score:

  • 1st Quarter: Acalanes – 17 vs. Drake – 12
  • Halftime: Acalanes – 27 vs. Drake – 24
  • 3rd Quarter: Acalanes – 42 vs. Drake – 43
  • 4th Quarter: Acalanes – 54 vs. Drake – 54
  • OT / Final: Acalanes – 64 vs. Drake – 61

Big plays were made by different Acalanes players when the Dons needed them most.  Ryan Cheng came in off the bench and played great defense and hit a big 3-point shot.  With 1:40 remaining in overtime, Brett Merrill stole a rebound and made a sweet reverse lay-up to give Acalanes a 61-59 lead.  Brett also came-up with a key steal later in OT as Drake tried to rally.  Zack Kisner played great man-to-man defense throughout the game and kept the Acalanes offense running.  When the Dons desperately needed rebounds late in the 4th quarter and overtime, Kyle Kinnear blocked people out so he and his teammates could grab critical boards.  Ross Teichman, who was sick all week, gave his team a high energy effort all night long.  The collective effort of the entire thirteen man roster and coaching staff gave Acalanes another signature win for the basketball program.

When the final buzzer rang, the Acalanes players and our student section rushed the court in celebration.  It was a party at center court.  This did not make many of the Drake students happy.  But to the victors goes the spoils.  Acalanes was very respectful in its celebration.  The Drake students were just a little bitter – they were out cheered and most importantly, outscored in their own gym.

Now as a reward for their amazing NCS Playoff run, Acalanes gets to tip-off against Bishop O’Dowd next Wednesday night in Oakland.  BoD is ranked as the #1 team in Northern California and #15 team in the state of California.  What did the famous big time wrestler Ric Flair always say in his interviews?  “To be the man, you have to beat the man!!!”  Well Acalanes will get their shot at “the man” next week.  This match-up may look like a mismatch on paper…but remember, that is why they play the games.  Can you feel the magic?

There will be another Acalanes Spirit bus to take students to the NCS Division 3 3rd Round game next Wednesday.  I expect a bus full of Acalanes students in their royal blue spirit wear.

Thank you to all of the Acalanes students, parents and administrators for making the drive to San Anselmo on a rainy Friday night.  You were all treated to a thrilling high school basketball game and a signature moment for both Acalanes Basketball and Acalanes High School.

As Always…Go Dons!!!

Robert McKendell

Mar 1 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s NCS post-season action…

Boys Basketball

The 5th seeded boys basketball team defeated 4th seed Sir Francis Drake HS 64-61 in overtime in the NCS quarterfinals to advance to the Semifinals at Bishop O’Dowd HS Wednesday at 7:00. Matt Thomas scored 29 points, with 5 3-pointers and Buster Souza added 25 points.

Wrestling

Andrew Nakahara defeated his first two opponents before falling to the #1 seed in the quarterfinals at the NCS Wrestling Championships at Newark Memorial HS. He advances to the second day of competition on Saturday.

In Saturday’s action…

Wrestling

Andrew Nakahara competes in the NCS Championships at Newark Memorial HS.

Varsity Baseball

hosts Amador Valley HS at 3:00, weather permitting.

Track & Field

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

Frosh-Soph Boys Lacrosse

competes in the Alhambra Jamboree.

R. Takahashi

Feb 28 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Boys Tennis

blanked Alhambra HS 9-0. Isaiah Bird, Nico Brightbill, Ryan Pegels, Ian Dao, Ian Richard and Cole Noone won singles matches. Jin Heo & Conor Sasner, Zaid Nabulsi & Will Price and Jonah Hodge & Alex Hashim won doubles matches.

In Friday’s NCS post-season action…

Boys Basketball

The 5th seeded boys basketball team plays at 4th seed Sir Francis Drake HS in the NCS quarterfinals. Tip-off at 7PM

Wrestling

Brian Lilienstein, Andrew Nakahara, Sam Ridge and Tai White compete in the NCS Wrestling Championships at Newark Memorial HS.

In Saturday’s action…

Wrestling

competes in the NCS Championships at Newark Memorial HS.

Baseball

plays Amador Valley HS, weather permitting. Varsity plays at Amador Valley HS at 12:00. At Acalanes HS, JV plays at 11:00 and Freshmen at 2:00.

Track & Field

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

Frosh-Soph Boys Lacrosse

competes in the Alhambra Jamboree.

R. Takahashi

Feb 28 – It is Ball Night!!! NCS Division 3 Playoff Action Resumes Tonight

Acalanes (#5 seed) vs. Drake (#4 seed) in San Anselmo – Tip-off at 7:00pm

The road to the NCS Division 3 Basketball Championship continues tonight for the Acalanes Dons as they travel to San Anselmo for what should be a fantastic playoff match-up against the Drake Pirates. The Dons enter tonight’s game with a record of 16-11 and winners of their last three games. While the host Pirates enter with a record of 22-6, winning six of their last seven games. However, that one loss, just eight days ago, came at the hands of San Marin…who Acalanes just dismantled three nights ago. Does this mean anything? I do not know. But it is fun to say.

Carpool with friends. Students – hop on the spirit bus that leaves at 5:30pm. Drive solo if you have to. Just make your way to San Anselmo tonight and cheer on your Boys Varsity Basketball Team one more night. Do not forget to put on your royal blue Acalanes spirit wear. See you tomorrow night. Please drive carefully.

As always…Go Dons!!!
Robert McKendell

Feb 28 – Acalanes 6th Man

Thank You Acalanes Basketball 6th Man For All Of Your Support

There will be a Spirit Bus to take Acalanes students to and from the Acalanes vs. Drake NCS D3 2nd Round Playoff Game in San Anselmo
A permission slip is required and can be found here

The bus will leave Acalanes promptly at 5:30pm today (Friday February 28th)

The Evolution of The Acalanes Basketball 6th Man 2013-2014

I first noticed the makings of an Acalanes Basketball 6th Man back at the Foundation Basketball Game in late November 2013. It was the Acalanes vs. College Park game, a great early season test for the new look Dons. There was a small crowd of about eight to ten boys in the Acalanes student section that stood for the entire game, produced some funny chants, cheered loudly and always had smiles on their faces. I thought to myself, I hope these guys continue showing-up for all of our games or the student section will be empty. Return they did. These same eight to ten Acalanes boys, wearing various forms of Acalanes spirit wear, showed-up for every home pre-season game throughout the month of December. It was quite impressive. As the parent of a varsity player, I loved their unconditional support for the basketball team as well as their pride in Acalanes. These young men have been the heart and soul of The Acalanes Basketball 6th Man (aka “The A Team”). They have also been a major factor in the home court success of this Boys Varsity Basketball Team. Acalanes boasts a record of 9-2 this season when playing in their home gym. That is what I call a home court advantage.

Here are the boys that make-up the original “6th Man” for this basketball season – Max Diaz, Matthew Jorgensen, Grant Henderson, Alec Weber, Bryan Stone, Zach Stromberg, Tommy Hofmeister, Joey Layshock and Jared Finney. Honorable mention goes to Doug and Tommie Nimura. Thank you for a season of support!!!

You will see Acalanes students wearing their Acalanes Basketball 6th Man t-shirts. Some of these students got their t-shirt because they showed-up to the right game and were given a t-shirt by one of the Acalanes Cheerleaders…just as it was planned. There is nothing wrong with that. They became part of the Acalanes Basketball 6th Man.

However, “The Original Acalanes Basketball 6th Man” earned their shirts. In fact, this year’s t-shirts were made specifically for them as a way to thank them for their unwavering support for the Boys Varsity Basketball Team. After the San Marin playoff game this past Tuesday, Max Diaz and Grant Henderson told me, “somehow, someway we are going to get to Drake and watch that game.” That did not surprise me to hear that. Maybe the Acalanes spirit bus will take them there.

This spring, the boys Varsity Basketball players will need to return the favor and head-out to the baseball diamond to support the Acalanes Varsity Baseball Team. They are two-time defending NCS Champions and they will be fun to watch.

As Always…Go Dons!!!
Robert McKendell

Feb 26 – Wednesday Sports

In yesterday’s action…

Joey Hewitt
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Boys Basketball

gave an incredible performance defeating San Marin HS 69-49 in the first round of the NCS playoffs to set up a quarterfinal rematch at Sir Francis Drake HS Friday at 7:00.

Baseball

was defeated by California HS.

In today’s action…

Boys Golf

has a match against Dougherty Valley HS at Rossmoor GC at 3:30, weather permitting.

Yesterday’s individual standouts…

Boys Basketball

Matt Thomas scored 29 points, with 5 3-pointers. Joey Hewitt scored 18 points, all on 3-pointers. Buster Souza scored 11 points and pulled down 11 rebounds.

R. Takahashi

Feb 25 – This was a signature win for our renewed Acalanes Basketball Program!!!

Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team Wins Big Over Visiting San Marin, 69-49, In 1st Round NCS Division 3 Action

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Matt Thomas
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The Acalanes 6th Man represented last night!!! They were loud, proud and never stopped cheering for their Boys Varsity Basketball Team until the final horn sounded. When it did, the scoreboard read 69-49 in favor of the Dons.

This was a resounding win. Acalanes left no doubt in the minds of the home and visiting fans, as to which team was better. The Dons backed-up their nine point victory over San Marin from back-on December 30th, with this twenty point stunner last night. San Marin was in disbelief by the three point barrage put on by the Dons in the 1st half…only to have it continue in the 2nd half. Acalanes controlled the game from midway through the first quarter to the final buzzer. Their lead grew with the close of each quarter.

1st Quarter Score: 18 -10
Halftime Score: 36 – 25
3rd Quarter Score: 52 – 38
Final Score: 69 – 49

Joey Hewitt
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It was a thoroughly impressive 1st Round NCS Playoff victory for this renewed basketball program.

In the first half, Matt Thomas put on an offensive clinic as he poured in 24 first-half points for Acalanes. In the first quarter, Matt used 2-pointers and in the second quarter he rained down 3-pointers. Matt would end the contest with a game high 29 points.

In the second half, Joey Hewitt picked-up where Matt left off. Since the second Campolindo game, Joey has been locked-in from behind the three-point line. Last night, Joey dropped in six 3-pointers for the Dons; five in the second half. He also dished-out three assists.

Racking-up another double-double last night was, arguably, the MVP of the DFAL, Buster Souza. No doubt there are some outstanding basketball players, on teams with more wins, in the DFAL. That is irrelevant. Buster has to be in the conversation for league MVP. Yet again, Buster dominated the interior of the key last night with 11 points, 13 rebounds and countless “second thoughts” by the San Marin players who tried to attack our basket.

Buster Souza
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Not to be overlooked, Ross Teichman contributed 5 points and 6 critical rebounds for the Dons. While point guard Zack Kisner ran the offense for the Dons and dished out 7 key assists.

Next up for the Acalanes Dons (#5 seed) in the NCS D3 Playoffs will be a re-match against the Drake Pirates (#4 seed), up in San Anselmo, on Friday night (2/28) – 1327 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Anselmo, CA 94960

Drake (22–6) beat Acalanes (16-11) back on December 10th, at Drake, 63 – 48. This was a very close game at halftime. However, in the second half, the game got away from the Dons. Acalanes is playing much better basketball today than they were back in early December. I expect a nail-biter through four quarters. Just in case you did not know this, Drake recently (2/20) lost to San Marin, 59 – 53. Yes, the very same San Marin team that Acalanes just beat by 20 points. Drake may have 22 wins on the season…they are still vulnerable.

Ross Teichman
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I know it is a long drive to San Anselmo. Please carpool with your friends, wear your royal blue and come and support your Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team as the look to clear hurdle number two on the road to a NCS Division 3 Championship. ACALANES 6th MAN – WE NEED YOU!!!

As Always….Go Dons!!!

Robert McKendell

Feb 25 – IT IS BALL NIGHT!!! – NCS Division 3 Playoff Ball Night to be exact

Acalanes Basketball 6th Man…We Need You!!!

The Acalanes Dons (#5 Seed) host The San Marin Mustangs (#12 Seed) – Tip-off at 7:00pm Tonight

This is a call out to the Acalanes High School community – past, current and future. WE NEED YOU!!! We need you in the Acalanes gym tonight at 6:45pm for what should be a fantastic NCS Playoff basketball game between two very solid high school programs.

Let’s make sure that we, the Acalanes High School community, make the most of tonight’s NCS home game this Dons team earned. Put on your best royal blue Acalanes spirit attire and prepare yourselves to cheer loudly for your Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team as they try a clear their first hurdle towards an NCS Division 3 Playoff Championship. This may very well be the last home game for the team this season. Let’s make it one to remember!!!

Please come out support your Acalanes Boy Varsity Basketball Team tonight:

#1 Buster Souza Sr.
#2 Alex Kinnear So.
#3 Joey Hewitt Jr.
#5 Andrew McKendell So.
#11 Zack Kisner Sr.
#12 Ross Teichman Sr.
#15 Ryan Cheng Jr.
#22 Bryant Smith Jr.
#23 Brett Merrill Sr.
#24 Ben Middleton So.
#25 Alexander Grace Jr.
#33 Matt Thomas Sr.
#42 Kyle Kinnear Sr.

Head Coach: Bill Powers
Assistant Coach: Chris Huber
Assistant Coach: Rick Sheppard
Assistant Coach: Adan Martinez

As Always…Go Dons!!!

Robert McKendell

Feb 25 – Tuesday Sports

In today’s action…

Boys Basketball

The 5th seeded boys basketball team hosts San Marin HS at 7:00 in the first round of the NCS playoffs.
Note: At all NCS playoff events, there will be a charge at the door of $9 general admission and $6 for students with student body cards, children and senior citizens. No passes nor ASB stickers will be honored.

Baseball

plays California HS at 3:30. Varsity is home and JV away.

Boys Lacrosse

hosts Amador Valley HS in a scrimmage. JV at 5:30 and Varsity at 7:00.

R. Takahashi

Feb 25 – Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team Hosts San Marin

…in 1st Round NCS Division-3 Playoff Action

It will be a rematch!!!

Tuesday Night – 7PM at HOME

The Acalanes Dons (#5 Seed) will face the San Marin Mustangs (#12 Seed) at Acalanes High School tomorrow night in the opening round of the 2014 NCS Playoffs; tip-off at 7:00PM. This will be a rematch of a game that took place back on December 30th at Acalanes, in which the Dons pulled out a nine-point victory over San Marin, 60 – 51.

With their win over Miramonte last Friday night, Acalanes was rewarded with the #5 seed in the NCS D3 Playoffs and earned the right to play a 1st round game in the friendly confines of their home gym on Tuesday night. This Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team (15–11) boasts an impressive 8-2 record when playing in their Lafayette gym. The Mustangs (15-15) are a .500 team away from their Novato home, with a season road record of 6 – 6. Both Acalanes and San Marin were sub .500 in league play. However, the Dons enter the NCS D-3 Playoffs on a two game winning streak with wins over Dublin (80 – 63) and Miramonte (49 – 43). While the Mustangs have won five of their last six games, with that one loss coming in their last league game on Friday February 22nd at Branson High School (Ross, CA), 41 – 38.

This should be an exciting 1st Round NCS D3 Playoff game. The match-up looks to be pretty even with a slight edge going to the Dons because of their home court advantage. Our boys tend to shoot much better at home then on the road. Let’s see if they can keep that trend going on Tuesday evening. The winner of this Tuesday evening NCS Playoff game will play the winner of the Sir Francis Drake (#4 Seed) vs. Novato (#13 Seed) match-up. That 2nd Round NCS Playoff game will take place on Friday February 28th (location TBD).

Again, I expect the Acalanes gym to be packed with students, families and the Lafayette community in support of this special basketball team…THE LOUDER THE CROWD THE BETTER!!

Please remember, that at all NCS Playoff events hosted at Acalanes, your Acalanes Booster Club Membership Card will NOT get you free admittance. There is always a gate fee for all NCS games. $9 for adults, $6 for students with student body cards, children and senior citizens. No passes nor ASB stickers will be honored.

Please come out and support your Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team as they start their journey towards an NCS D3 Championship.

As always…Go Dons!!!

Robert McKendell

Feb 24 – Monday Sports

Ross Teichman
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In Friday’s action…

Boys Basketball

ended the regular season on a high-note defeating Miramonte HS 49-43. The JV team was defeated as was the freshman team in the last seconds.

Girls Basketball

was defeated by Miramonte HS. The JV team completed an undefeated DFAL season with the victory.

In Saturday’s action…

Baseball

defeated San Rafael HS. The JV team did likewise.

NCS playoffs…

Boys Basketball

is the 5th seed and will host #12 San Marin HS Tuesday at 7:00 in the first round of the NCS playoffs.
Note: At all NCS playoff events, there will be a charge at the door of $9 general admission and $6 for students with student body cards, children and senior citizens. No passes nor ASB stickers will be honored.

Individual standouts…

Julia Lyons
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Boys Basketball

Buster Souza scored 18 points, with 15 rebounds and 4 blocked shots. Ross Teichman added 6 points and 10 rebounds.

Wrestling

At the DFAL championships, both Brian Lilienstein and Andrew Nakahara were league championship runner-ups as they were defeated in the finals by 1 point. Both Sam Ridge and Tai White won their consolation championship matches to place 3rd. All four qualify for the NCS Championships Friday and Saturday at Newark Memorial HS.  Congratulations.

R. Takahashi

Feb 21 – What A Way To End The DFAL Season!!!

Zack Kisner
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Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team Completes The Season Sweep of Miramonte Last Night, 49-43

In a physical, defensive battle, the Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team spoiled Senior Night at Miramonte by taking down the Matadors, 49 – 43. The seniors led the way for the Dons last night. Zack Kisner ran the point and kept the tempo flowing for the Dons. Zack also hit some key three pointers in a game where defense dominated. Zach finished the game with 9 points, 5 assists and 3 rebounds. Ross Teichman cleaned the glass for Acalanes last night. The Dons did a great job of limiting Miramonte to just a handful of second chance opportunities and Ross was a key contributor in this area. Ross chipped in 6 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. However, the paint was dominated by Acalanes’s big man in the middle, Buster Souza…a double-double machine lately. Once again, Miramonte had zero answers for Buster on the low block. They worked hard to stop him. But they just couldn’t do it. Buster ended the game with 18 points, 12 rebounds and 4 impressive blocks.

The Dons conclude their DFAL season on a two game winning streak and with an overall record of 15-11.

Buster Souza
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Coach Powers will now wait for the NCS Division III Playoff Brackets to be released Sunday Morning. At that time, he will learn where, when, and against whom the Dons will play their NCS D-III Playoff game. The Head Coach from Sir Francis Drake was in the Acalanes section watching the game action. Could he be preparing for a possible NCS playoff match-up in the days ahead? Maybe. It would be a re-match of an early pre-season game. The question is this…which round of the NCS Playoffs is he preparing for?

Big time kudos to the Acalanes student body, families as well as the Lafayette community for filling our cheering sections in the Miramonte gym. I am certain that both the players and coaches appreciated the support. It did not go unnoticed.

Ross Teichman
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Stay Tuned for the NCS Playoff Game Announcement!!

Go Dons!!!

Robert McKendall

Bill Powers
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Feb 21 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Boys Tennis

was edged out by San Ramon Valley HS 5-4. Dan and Ryan Cardiff and Isaiah Bird won singles matches. Ian Richard and Connor Sasner won their doubles match.

In Friday’s action…

Basketball

ends the regular season against Miramonte HS. At Miramonte HS, the JV girls play 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…

Wrestling

hosts the DFAL Championships at 9:00.

Baseball

plays San Rafael HS at 1:00. Varsity is home and JV away.

Track & Field

hosts a scrimmage.
R. Takahashi

Feb 21 – Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team Visits Miramonte For Final DFAL Game

IT IS BALL NIGHT…IN ORINDA!!!

The Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team will look to close-out there 2014 DFAL season with another victory over their Orinda rival, Miramonte High School, tonight at 7:00pm.

The Dons are riding a high after an emotional win over Dublin High School on Senior Night at Acalanes this past Tuesday. The Dons avenged a 2-point loss to Dublin back on January 27th, by dropping a season high 80 points on the visiting Gaels (80-63). That was a special performance by the Varsity Dons as they sent their six sensational seniors, Zack Kisner, Buster Souza, Kyle Kinnear, Brett Merrill, Matt Thomas and Ross Teichman, off with a memorable victory in front of an adoring home crowd.

Miramonte will be looking to find their winning ways after dropping their last three games (to DV, LL and Campo). In those three straight losses, Miramonte allowed their opposition to score an average of 73.3 points per game while the Matadors managed to score only 57.6 points per game over the same stretch. Do not be fooled. This Miramonte team has the fire power to put up 70+ points. They just seem to be in a little funk.

The Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team will be prepared for another physical battle against the Matadors. In the first Miramonte vs. Acalanes match-up back on January 29th, the Dons held serve on their home court with a 60 – 55 victory over the Matadors. Both student sections were loud and spirited throughout game and I can only imagine it will be more of the same tonight at Miramonte.

To make this game a little more intriguing, this Miramonte vs. Acalanes game may have NCS Playoff Standing implications. Currently Miramonte (15-10) sits ahead of Acalanes (14-11) in the MaxPreps NCS Playoff Standing Predictions – Miramonte is #5 and Acalanes is #6. If Acalanes beats Miramonte tonight and sweeps the DFAL season series, the Dons might find themselves in the #5 position come NCS Playoff invitation time. Who knows??!!

Please come out and support your Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team tonight. They play just up the road in Orinda. What a great way to spend a Friday night!!!

Triple-header Line-up for Acalanes vs. Miramonte in Orinda:
JV Girls Game: 4:00pm Tip-off
Varsity Girls Game: 5:30pm Tip-off
Varsity Boys Game: 7:00pm Tip-off

As Always…Go Dons!!!

Robert McKendall

Feb 21 – Friday’s Boys Basketball will be live online

Miramonte Boosters will be live streaming Friday’s Boys Varsity Basketball game at Miramonte. Let’s see a big blue turnout at the Mats gym! Go Dons!

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Feb 19 – Wednesday Sports

In yesterday’s action…

Boys Basketball

rang up a resounding 80-63 victory over Dublin HS. The freshman team was edged out by 3 points.

Girls Basketball

gave a gutsy performance in defeat to Dublin HS. The JV team remains undefeated in the DFAL.

In today’s action…

Boys Soccer

travels to play at #4 seeded Hercules HS Wednesday at 7:00, with upset on their minds in the first round of the NCS playoffs.

Baseball

plays Granada HS in a scrimmage at 3:30. Varsity is home and JV away.

Boys Golf

has a scrimmage against California HS at the Bridges CC at 3:00.

Note: At all NCS playoff events, there will be a gate charge of $9 general admission and $6 for students with student body cards, children and senior citizens. No passes will be honored.

Yesterday’s individual standouts…

Boys Basketball

Joey Hewitt scored 25 points, with 7 3-pointers. Buster Souza owned the paint scoring 22 points and pulling down 15 rebounds. Matt Thomas scored 13 points, with 2 3- pointers.

Girls Basketball

Julia Lyons scored 14 points, with 2 3-pointers.

R. Takahashi

Feb 18 – Tuesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Basketball

The basketball teams play Dublin 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 held between the girls and boys varsity games.
At Dublin HS, JV boys at 4:00 and Freshman boys at 5:30.

Boys Tennis

hosts Alameda HS at 3:30.

JV Boys Golf

has a match against Irvington HS at Sunol GC at 2:30.

Thursday’s individual standouts…

Girls Soccer

Morgan Rogers scored the lone goal and Phoebe Wixsom amassed 9 saves.

NCS Boys Soccer Playoffs…

The boys soccer team travels to play at #4 seeded Hercules HS Wednesday at 7:00, with upset on their minds in the first round of the NCS playoffs.

Note: At all NCS playoff events, there will be a gate charge of $9 general admission and $6 for students with student body cards, children and senior citizens. No passes will be honored.

R. Takahashi

Feb 14 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Boys Soccer

When the boys soccer team needs a clinching victory to qualify for the NCS playoffs, they hold nothing back as they make an emphatic statement against Dougherty Valley HS in a 5-0 regular season finale.

Girls Soccer

scored a game-tying goal in the 74th minute to draw even with Dougherty Valley HS 1-1. The JV team played well in defeat.

Girls Basketball

continues to amaze with a gritty 40-39 victory over Las Lomas HS.

Boys Basketball

played their hearts out as always, but this time in defeat to Las Lomas HS. The JV team won in overtime.

Wrestling

was defeated by Campolindo HS.

Blake Balfrey
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Thursday’s individual standouts…

Boys Soccer

Mason McKay scored 2 goals and had 1 assist. Kaj Simonsen, Sam Wood and Henry Baglietto scored one goal each. Aidan Langtry, Bryan Bamford, and Lucien Chan each had 1 assist. Mason McKay was named “Man of the Match.”

Girls Basketball

Superfreshmen Emma Godfrey and Roni Marrone scored 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Boys Basketball

Buster Souza exploded for 26 points.

Wrestling

Zach Tom, Andrew Nakahara and Sam Ridge won their matches.

Girls Soccer Senior Night
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R. Takahashi

An Apology From A Booster

Dear Booster Readers,

I want to apologize for my write-up this week about The Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team’s game at Dougherty Valley. The intent of my write-up was not to attack any individual player or question the dedication and expertise of any Acalanes coach.

However, in hindsight, I can see that I did and for that I am truly sorry. I have nothing but respect and admiration for Coach Bill Powers and his Assistant Coaches, Chris Huber, Rick Sheppard and Adan Martinez. They are wonderful coaches and even better people.

The Acalanes Basketball Program has not been in this good of condition in many years. As an Acalanes basketball parent, I love the direction where our program is headed. As far as the players are concerned, they are fantastic young men and so respectful…and they are all better for having been coached/taught by Bill and his talented staff. All of them deserve better than what I wrote about them.

This is the Acalanes Booster website and as a Booster Representative in addition to an Acalanes parent, I must keep my write-ups positive and supportive of Acalanes Athletics, all of the time.  I will adhere to this standard in all future write-ups.

Again, for those that I hurt with my words, please accept my sincere apology.

As always…Go Dons!!!

Robert McKendall

Feb 13 – Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team Faces Las Lomas Tonight In Walnut Creek

Acalanes vs. Las Lomas – Round 2

The Acalanes Dons (13 – 10) will look to payback the Las Lomas Knights (15 – 9) for giving them a rare home loss back on January 24th, 60 – 56.  That was a thoroughly entertaining game with the Knights making a couple of key baskets down the final stretch to keep the Dons from catching them.  This should be another highly competitive game between the two adjacent high schools.

The focus of the Dons will be to try to slow down #23, Ben Wood, of Las Lomas.  I am not certain any one player (in the DFAL) can stop him.  However, if the Dons play sound team defense like they usually do, they should be able to limit Wood’s damage.

The Dons will look to get their offense back on track after a challenging evening at Dougherty Valley on Tuesday night.  I think the loud and emotion-filled Las Lomas gym will get the visiting Dons energized for this DFAL re-match.

Please make the jaunt into Walnut Creek to support your Boys Varsity Dons as they look to capture win number 14 at Las Lomas.  It should be a packed gym tonight with the Las Lomas 6th Man being loud and proud at home.  Please come out and fill the “visiting parent” and “visiting student” sections and cheer on your Acalanes Dons to victory.

Acalanes vs. Las Lomas – Triple Header Basketball Line-up Tonight (at Las Lomas):

  • JV Girls Game: 4:00pm Tip-off
  • Varsity Girls Game: 5:30pm Tip-off
  • Varsity Boys Game: 7:00pm Tip-off

As Always…Go Dons!!!

Feb 13 – Thursday Sports

In today’s action…

Soccer

teams play Dougherty Valley HS. Girls are home and boys away. JV at 4:15 and Varsity at 6:15. Get to the Varsity girls game early at 5:45 for their Senior Presentation.

Wrestling

hosts Campolindo HS at 6:00. Come for the Senior Night Presentation at the beginning of the match.

Basketball

teams play 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.

R. Takahashi

Feb 12 – Wednesday Sports

In yesterday’s action…

Boys Soccer

In a thriller, the boys soccer team scored in the 78th minute to force a tie against Miramonte HS to set up the must win final game against Dougherty Valley HS tomorrow. The JV team recorded a lop-sided victory.

Girls Soccer

was defeated by Miramonte HS. The JV team tied 1-1.

Thomas Pathoumthong
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Girls Basketball

defeated Dougherty Valley HS 54-41.

Boys Basketball

was ever so close in defeat to Dougherty Valley HS 43-41. The Freshman team suffered in defeat.

Yesterday’s individual standouts…

Boys Soccer

Kaj Simonsen and Tom Higgins scored goals. Patrick Ramm and Wilson Hall had assists. Mason McKay was named “Man of the Match.”

Kaj Simonsen
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R. Takahashi

Feb 11 – Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team Tips-off Against Dougherty Valley Tonight

IT’S BALL NIGHT…IN SAN RAMON!!!

After a week of just practice, the Acalanes Dons Boys Varsity Basketball Team is back on the court tonight looking to find their winning ways.  Today, the Dons will venture down I-680 to San Ramon to face-off against the Dougherty Valley Wildcats.

The Wildcats come into tonight’s match-up with an overall record of 16 – 7.  They also enter the game with some momentum from a thrilling win over their DFAL rival, Dublin High, last Friday night, at Dougherty Valley.  But that momentum may be tempered a little bit as there is a high probability that they lost their starting senior point guard, Jordan Fujita, for the season in their victory over Dublin.

The Dons (13 – 9) will look to bounce back from a frustrating game against their Lamorinda rival, Campolindo, last Tuesday night.  It was a game that should of had a better outcome for the Dons.  But should of, could of, would of usually mean missed opportunities that eventually lead to the wrong outcome.  The Dons know what they need to do tonight to beat Dougherty Valley.  Let’s see if they can back up their earlier 10 point win over the Wildcats (62 – 52) with a win on Dougherty Valley’s home court.

If you are in the neighborhood, please drop in and support your Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team as they continue their run towards a NCS Playoff Selection.

Triple Header Basketball Action Tonight at Dougherty Valley:

  • JV Girls Game: Tip-off at 4:00pm
  • Varsity Girls Game: Tip-off at 5:30pm
  • Varsity Boys Game: Tip-off at 7:00pm

Go Dons!!!

Feb 11 – Tuesday Sports

In today’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.

Soccer

teams play Miramonte HS.
Boys are home and girls away. JV at 4:15 and Varsity at 6:15.
Get to the boys varsity game early to enjoy their Senior Night Presentation at 5:45.

R. Takahashi

Feb 5 – Wednesday Sports

In yesterday’s action…

Emma Gaffney
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Girls Basketball

If you were not there for the fun and frenzy of the girls basketball game, you missed a great one. At one point, they were down by 25 points and mounted a furious rally to defeat Campolindo HS 64-61 in an epic game. The JV girls coasted to a victory.

Boys Basketball

gave Campolindo HS all they could handle in defeat. The JV team lost a heart-breaking double overtime game. Freshmen fared no better.

In today’s action…

Soccer

It is the soccer teams turn to take on the Campolindo Cougars. The boys are home and the girls away. JV at 4:15 and Varsity at 6:15.

Roni Marrone
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Yesterday’s individual standouts…

Girls Basketball

Julia Lyons poured in 25 points, with 4 3-pointers. Roni Marrone scored 12 points. Emma Godfrey celebrated her birthday with 12 points.

Boys Basketball

Joey Hewitt was on fire from beyond the 3-point arc. Buster Souza dominated the inside scoring, rebounding and blocking shots.

R. Takahashi

 

Julia Lyons
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Yesterday and Today’s Action

In yesterdays action

If you were not there for the fun and frenzy of the girls basketball game, you missed a great one. At one point, we were down by 25 points and mounted a furious rally to defeat Campolindo HS 64-61 in an epic game. The JV girls coasted to a victory.

The boys basketball team gave Campolindo HS all they could handle in defeat. The JV team lost a heart-breaking double overtime game. The freshmen fared no better.

In todays action

It is the soccer teams turn to take on the Campolindo Cougars. The boys are home and the girls away. JV at 4:15 and varsity at 6:15.

Yesterdays individual standouts

Girls basketball – Julia Lyons poured in 25 points, with 4 3-pointers.
Roni Marrone scored 12 points.
Emma Godfrey celebrated her birthday with 12 points.
Boys basketball – Joey Hewitt was on fire from beyond the 3-point arc.
Buster Souza dominated the inside scoring, rebounding and blocking shots.

R. Takahashi

Feb 4 – Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team Falls to Campolindo, 75 – 62

The Acalanes Fans Were Outstanding!!!

In front of packed student and parent sections, the Acalanes Boys Basketball Team battled their rivals from Campolindo for thirty-two exciting minutes.  However, in the end, the Dons could never quite slow the Cougars down enough to take a lead.  Campolindo took the lead early in the 1st quarter and fought-off every comeback run the Dons would make over the next three-quarters to win 75 – 62.

Buster Souza
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Quarter Scoring Breakdown:

  • 1st Quarter – Campolindo – 19  vs.  Acalanes – 12
  • Halftime – Campolindo – 34  vs.  Acalanes – 26
  • 3rd Quarter – Campolindo – 52  vs.  Acalanes – 38
  • Final Score – Campolindo – 75  vs.  Acalanes – 62

It was an electric crowd in the Acalanes gym when the varsity boys took the court for pre-game warm-ups.  The Acalanes crowd was already pumped-up after watching the Lady Dons upset the Campolindo girls in a game that came down to the final buzzer.  The boisterous Acalanes cheering sections were hoping that the magic from the Lady Don’s victory would carry-over to the boys game.  Unfortunately, it did not.  Nevertheless, the packed Acalanes student section stood, cheered and chanted for their Varsity Dons from pre-game warm-ups to the final buzzer of the game.  It was truly an impressive Acalanes crowd.  In fact, the Acalanes student section dwarfed Campolindo’s student section.  It was not even close.  I hope this is not the last time the Boys Varsity Team sees a crowd like this.

Joey Hewitt
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Acalanes would get fantastic offensive performances from two starters, Joey Hewitt and Buster Souza.  Joey was feeling it last night.  He was draining shots from all over the court and really did a great job of keeping the Dons in the game.  Joey ended the game with a personal season high (and game high) of 22 points; shooting 6 of 7 from behind the 3-point arch.  Buster did a great job of dominating the interior.  Head-to-head, Buster dominated his Campolindo counterpart, Chris Hansen, all night long.  Even facing constant double-teams by the Cougars, Buster ended the game with 21 points; he also grabbed 9 rebounds and blocked 3 Campo shots.

With this loss to Campolindo, the Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team now has a season record of 13 – 9 and a DFAL record of 3 – 5.  The Dons do not have another game this week.  Next week, Acalanes will travel to San Ramon on Tuesday (2/11) to face Dougherty Valley.  Then on Thursday (2/13), Acalanes will travel into Walnut Creek to take-on Las Lomas.  These are valuable games for the Dons as their DFAL season comes to a close.

There will be one final home DFAL game for the Dons on Tuesday (2/18) versus the Dublin Gaels – SENIOR NIGHT.  Please mark you calendar for this special night in the Acalanes gym.

DONS in their House
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Thank you for supporting your Dons last night!!!  It was tremendous.

As always…Go Dons!!!

The Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team Hosts Campolindo Tonight – Tip-off at 7:00pm

ACALANES vs. CAMPOLINDO NIGHT!!!

It’s BALL NIGHT!!

The Dons get their re-match against the Cougars tonight in Lafayette at 7:00pm.  I will keep this update simple…get your rear-ends to the Acalanes Gym tonight at 6:45pm at cheer loudly for your Dons!!

The Acalanes gym should be rocking tonight with Dons fans.  PLEASE DO NOT LET THE CAMPOLINDO FANS OUT NUMBER US IN OUR OWN GYM!!!  That would look very weak.

Tonight’s Acalanes vs. Campolindo Triple-header Basketball Line-up:

  • JV Girls Game – 4:00pm Tip-off
  • Varsity Girls Game – 5:30pm Tip-off
  • Varsity Boys Game – 7:00pm Tip-off

Go Dons…Beat Campo!!!

Feb 4 – Tuesday Sports

Basketball

Rivalry Central! Today, the basketball teams play Campolindo HS. At Acalanes HS, JV girls play at 4:00, Varsity girls at 5:30 and Varsity boys at 7:00. At Campolindo HS, JV boys play at 4:00 and Freshman boys at 5:30.

R. Takahashi

Feb 4 – Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team Welcomes Rival Campolindo

 To Their Lafayette Home On Tuesday Night

The Dons will host the wounded Cougars tomorrow night at 7:00pm

The Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team (13 – 8) will host Campolindo High School (15 – 6) tomorrow night in a DFAL re-match at 7:00pm.  Acalanes will enter Tuesday night’s game having won their last two DFAL games, beating Miramonte and Alhambra both at home.  Campolindo will enter Tuesday’s match-up  against Acalanes having just choked-away a prime time rivalry game, late, to Miramonte, in Orinda, on Saturday night.  This was Campolindo’s first DFAL loss of the season.  Even after this stinging loss, Campolindo remains the team to beat in the DFAL.  The Cougars may try to make a statement about themselves during their re-match with the Dons.

In the first Acalanes vs. Campolindo match-up back on January 10th in Moraga, the Cougars man-handled the Dons, 72 – 49.  Acalanes will look to defend its house against the visiting Campolindo Cougars and push its current DFAL winning streak to three.  It will take a clean collective effort by the Dons to pull off this upset.  Our boys will be ready to give Campolindo their best effort.

Please come out and support your Dons tomorrow night, tip-off at 7:00pm.  Show your Acalanes pride!!!

Go Dons!!!

Feb 3 – Monday Sports

In Today’s Action

Freshman Boys Soccer team plays at Clayton Valley Charter HS at 6:00.

Individual standouts

Boys basketball – Buster Souza scored 16 points and had 10 rebounds. Matt Thomas scored 19 points, with 2 3-pointers.

R. Takahashi

Feb 1 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Boys Basketball

defeated Alhambra HS 52-36.

Girls Basketball

was defeated by Alhambra HS. The JV team recorded a come from behind victory.

In Saturday’s action…

Varsity Girls Soccer

hosts Redwood Christian HS at 3:00.

Frosh-Soph Girls Soccer

hosts Deer Valley HS at 9:00.

Boys Soccer

hosts Concord HS. JV at 5:00 and Varsity at 7:00.

Freshman Boys Soccer

hosts James Logan HS at 11:00.

Wrestling

competes in the Lou Encalada Invitational at Rodriguez HS.

Individual standouts…

Boys basketball

Buster Souza scored 16 points and had 10 rebounds. Matt Thomas scored 19 points, with 2 3-pointers.

R. Takahashi

Jan 31 – Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Gets Their Payback

on Alhambra 52 – 36

Lightning Will Not Strike The Dons Twice!

The Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team avenged its early season loss to Alhambra by manhandling the visiting Bulldogs 52 – 36 last night.  It took until late in the second quarter for Acalanes to take control of the game.  But when the Dons did, it was clear that the Bulldogs did not have the fire power to catch them.

It was a physical game and unfortunately for Alhambra they took all of the damage.  The Bulldogs lost two players, most likely to season ending injuries, during their 16 point loss to Acalanes.  Late in the first quarter, #55, Brent Martin of Alhambra took an elbow to the nose from Matt Thomas as he tried to stop him on a baseline drive.  It looked as though Martin sustained a broken nose.  This injury removed Alhambra’s starting center from the floor early in the contest.  In the second half of the game, #24, Shamar Lewis of Alhambra landed awkwardly on his elbow after his shot was blocked by Buster and bodies banged.  Martin left the Acalanes gym with his arm in a sling and possible broken elbow.  This injury took Alahmbra’s starting power forward off the floor.  Couple these two “in-game” injuries with what looked to be three other Alhambra players in street clothes and the already under-manned Bulldogs were in a world of hurt…literally.  They simply could not overcome these personnel losses and Acalanes would eventually cruise to the 52 – 36 victory.

The Dons once again got stellar performances from two of their senior starters, Buster Souza and Matt ThomasBuster chipped-in 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.  While Matt added 19 points and snatched 6 rebounds.   The Varsity Dons also benefited from 8 points, 3 assists and 2 rebounds from starting guard Joey Hewitt.

The major difference between last night’s 16 point victory and January 7th’s 5 point loss to Alhambra was the defensive intensity by the entire Acalanes team.  The Bulldogs rarely got an uncontested shot off.  Alhambra had to work extremely hard for every shot they took.  Also, the Dons took care of the basketball.  They only committed nine total turnovers.  That was fantastic.  In comparison, during Tuesday’s victory over Miramonte, the Dons committed eight turnovers in the first quarter.

Last night’s victory over Alhambra gave Acalanes their 13th win on the season, making them NCS eligible.  This does not guarantee Acalanes an NCS bid.  However, it does improve their chances of receiving that special phone call at the end of February.

What’s next up for the 13 – 8 Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team?  They will welcome the 14 – 5 Campolindo Cougars to their Lafayette home on Tuesday February 4th.  The tip-off for this rivalry game will be at 7:00pm. 

Please mark your calendars for this rivalry game and come out and support your Boys Varsity Dons.

As always, Go Dons!!!

Friday and Saturday Sports

In Fridays action…

Basketball

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

In Saturdays action…

In Soccer

The varsity girls soccer team hosts Redwood Christian HS at 3:00.
The frosh-soph girls soccer team hosts Deer Valley HS at 9:00.
The boys soccer team hosts Concord HS. JV at 5:00 and varsity at 7:00.
The freshman boys soccer team hosts James Logan HS at 11:00.
The wrestling team competes in the Lou Encalada Invitational at Rodriguez HS.

R. Takahashi

Jan 31 – Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Looks to Payback Alhambra

Tonight In Lafayette – Tip-off at 7:00pm

“Revenge Is a Dish Best Served Cold”

Tonight, the Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team will look to avenge the ugly 51 – 46 DFAL loss to Alhambra that took place back on January 7th in Martinez.  It was the first game of the DFAL season and the loss was an unexpected set-back for this Dons team.  Since that game, this Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball team has played much better basketball against much stronger opposition.  However, they cannot afford to look past any opponent.  The Bulldogs proved that back in early January.

The Dons (12-8) will host the Bulldogs (5-14) tonight with a scheduled tip-off of 7:00pm.   This will be the Boys Varsity Basketball Team’s first DFAL 7:00pm game time of the season.  The Lady Dons will now move to the 5:30pm time slot for the second half of DFAL play.

The Dons will not have their senior power forward Ross Teichman for tonight’s game.  However, their are several Dons that are prepared to step-in and fill the void left by Teichman.  Ross is expected to be back in action for the Dons next Tuesday when they face Campolindo.

A milestone could be reached tonight by Acalanes with a victory over Alhambra.  With a win, the Dons will make themselves NCS eligible (13 wins).  All of this, coming off an 8 – 18 season in 2012 – 2013.  NCS eligibility would be a tremendous accomplishment for this team….but not the ultimate accomplishment they want to celebrate.  Nevertheless, it would be one of this season’s goals set by Coach Powers, his coaching staff and the boys.

Please come out and support your Dons tonight!!!  See you in the gym at 6:45pm.

Go Dons!!!

Jan 30 – Thursday Sports

In yesterday’s action…

Taylor Jones
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Boys Basketball

defeated Miramonte HS 60-56. The Freshman team suffered in defeat.

Girls Basketball

team was defeated by Miramonte HS. The JV team remains undefeated in DFAL play with the victory.

Girls Soccer

played lock-down defense against Dublin HS to end in a 0-0 tie. The JV team scored 2 goals in defeat.

Boys Soccer

was defeated by Dublin HS. The JV team played to a 0-0 draw.

In today’s action…

Freshman Boys Soccer

hosts Clayton Valley Charter HS at 6:00.

Yesterday’s individual standouts…

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Boys Basketball

Matt Thomas scored 26 points and Buster Souza 25 points, with 17 rebounds and 7 blocks.

Girls basketball

Emma Godfrey scored 12 points.

Boys Soccer

Eric Sirott had 14 saves.

R. Takahashi

Jan 29 – Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Holds-on For a Big Win

Over Miramonte, 60-55

Now that is what I am talking about!!!

The Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team jumped out to a 10 – 0 lead over the visiting Miramonte Matadors in the opening minutes of the 1st quarter and that set the tone for the remainder of this Lamorinda rivalry game.

The Dons would let the Matadors back into the game in the second half of the 1st quarter by committing eight turnovers which lead to eight Miramonte points…including an empathic break-away slam dunk by Miramonte sophomore Ryan Anderson.  Acalanes would escape the first period clinging to a 10 – 8 lead.  However, in the 2nd and 3rd quarters, the Dons flexed their muscles and took control of the game.  At halftime, Acalanes held a 25 – 14 lead over Miramonte and at the conclusion of the 3rd quarter, Acalanes led 39 – 28…but would it be enough?  In the end, it would prove to be just enough for the Dons.

Miramonte was game in the 4th period.  Shots that were not falling for them throughout the first three quarters, were now starting to fall.  One moment the Dons would lead by 10 points then it was 5 points.  It was a nail-biter right down to the final buzzer.  Key free throws by Ryan Cheng, Buster Souza and Matt Thomas throughout the final three minutes of the 4th quarter would seal the game for the Dons, 60 – 55.  This win gives Acalanes a record of 12 – 8 on the season.

This was a showcase game for two senior Dons – Matt Thomas and Buster Souza.  These two young men balled-out yesterday.  Matt and Buster made key plays throughout the game to keep Miramonte at bay.  When big plays needed to be made down the home stretch for the Dons, one of them had a hand in it.  They did not shrink from the big moment.  It was very impressive to watch.  Buster finished the game with gaudy stats.  He almost “messed around and got a triple double” – 25 points, 10 rebounds, 7 blocks and he was 11 of 13 from the charity stripe.  Matt finished the game with 26 points, 2 rebounds and shot 8 of 9 from the line.

A major reason the Dons were able to hold onto this game was they limited their turnovers after eight terrible ones in the 1st quarter.  The Dons only had eight turnovers for the rest of the game.  Turnovers have been the Achilles heal for Acalanes.  If the Dons can limit their turnovers, they have the talent to beat a lot of teams.

The next game for the Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team will be against the Alhambra Bulldogs this Friday (January 31st) at 7:00pm.  This is a “payback” game for the Dons.  They cannot afford to look past this scrappy Alhambra team.

See you on Friday in the Acalanes gym.

Go Dons!!!  

 

Jan 29 – Wednesday Sports

In today’s action…

Basketball

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

R. Takahashi

Jan 29 – Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Hosts Miramonte This Afternoon at 5:30pm

Let’s Get It On!!!

The Acalanes Dons welcome their other Lamorinda rival, the Miramonte Matadors, to their Lafayette home for a big time DFAL basketball game this afternoon.  Acalanes comes into this game with a record of 11-8.  While Miramonte enters the game with a record of 12-6.  MaxsPrep has Miramonte and Acalanes ranked as #5 and #6 respectively in the North Coast Section Division 3 Basketball Playoff Race. 

Acalanes will try and bounce back from a tough 2-point road loss at Dublin High School on Monday night, 62-60.  The Dons had the basketball with about 25 seconds remaining on the game clock, trailing the Gaels of Dublin, 62-60.  The Dons would fail to get a shot attempt off during this time period and allowed the Gaels to walk away with the 2-point victory.  This loss stung the Dons and their fans a little bit.  However, a win against Lamorinda rival Miramonte could heal this minor wound.

Miramonte is coming off a road loss at Dougherty Valley last Friday night, 63-54.  The Matadors will look to capture a quality road win versus the Dons before they host their main rival, Campolindo, on Saturday night (2/1) at 7:30pm.

Acalanes vs. Miramonte is a primetime DFAL match-up between two Division 3 schools battling for NCS bids and the right to host a NCS playoff game.  The Acalanes gym should be packed this afternoon with students and Lafayette families cheering on the Varsity Boys to victory. 

Remember, tip-off for the Varsity Boys Game is at 5:30pm. 

Premium concessions will be served again by the Lady Dons Basketball Program.  The menu includes: pulled pork sliders, a nacho bar, baked potatoes and most importantly, CREAM Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches.

Triple Header Basketball Line-up – Acalanes vs. Miramonte:

  • Boys JV Game: Tip-off at 4:00pm
  • Boys Varsity Game: Tip-off at 5:30pm
  • Girls Varsity Game – Tip-off at 7:00pm

Go Dons!!!

Jan 28 – Tuesday Sports

In yesterday’s action…

Boys Soccer

defeated College Park HS 2-1.

Boys Basketball

came down to the wire, with the narrowest of defeats to Dublin HS 62-60.

Girls Basketball

was defeated by Dublin HS. The JV team recorded the victory.

In today’s action…

Freshman Boys Soccer

plays at James Logan HS at 6:00.

Yesterday’s individual standouts…

Boys Soccer

Nathan Shirley scored 2 goals assisted by Wilson Hall and Kaj Simonsen. Nathan Shirley and Lucien Chan were named “Men of the Match.”

Boys basketball

Buster Souza scored 22 points. Matt Thomas scored 18 points, with 2 3-pointers.

R. Takahashi

The Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team Plays Three Games This Week

No Rest For The Weary!!

Bill Powers
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The Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team has a busy week of game action.

It all starts Monday afternoon when the Dons travel down I-680 South to take on the Gaels of Dublin High.  The Gaels are an athletic team that pressure the ball the entire length of the court.  Dublin has a record of 10-7 and is coming off a 69 – 57 victory over Alhambra.  The Gaels, like the Dons, are 1-3 in DFAL play.

The Varsity Dons will cap-off the 1st half of the DFAL basketball season when they welcome their other Lamorinda rival, Miramonte, to their Lafayette home.  Currently, the  Miramonte Matadors have a season record of 12-6 and are 3-1 in DFAL play.  The Matadors will be looking to bounce back from a 63-54 road loss to Dougherty Valley last Friday.

To close out the three game week, Acalanes will host the Alhambra Bulldogs.  The Dons will look to administer some level of revenge on the Bulldogs.  If you recall, Alhambra handed Acalanes their first DFAL loss by upsetting them, 51 – 46, back on January 7th.  This is a scrappy Alhambra team.  They are 5-13 on the season and 1-4 in DFAL play.  The Bulldogs will have a game against Las Lomas before they meet the Dons.

Boys Varsity Basketball game schedule for the week:

  • Monday January 27th:  Acalanes @ Dublin (tip-off at 5:30pm)
  • Wednesday January 29th: Miramonte @ Acalanes (tip-off at 5:30pm)
  • Friday January 31st: Alhambra @ Acalanes (tip-off at 7:00pm – New Boys Varsity Basketball Game Time)

Come out and support the Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team!

Go Dons!!!

Jan 25 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Boys Basketball

suffered a narrow defeat to Las Lomas HS 60-56. The JV team likewise 50-45.

Girls Basketball

dropped a heart-breaker to Las Lomas HS 67-64 in double overtime.

Alex Grant-Hudd
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In Saturday’s action…

Varsity Girls Soccer

shutout St. Patrick’s HS 3-0.

Frosh-Soph Girls Soccer

plays at Bishop O’Dowd HS at 9:00 and hosts Dublin HS at 4:00.

Boys Soccer

plays at Ygnacio Valley HS. Varsity at 12:15 and JV at 2:15.

Boys Basketball

hosts Analy HS. Freshmen at 12:00 and Varsity at 1:30.

Ariel Padua
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Individual standouts…

Boys Basketball

Buster Souza scored 19 points. Joey Hewitt and Zack Kisner each scored 11 points, with 3 3-pointers.

Girls Basketball

Julia Lyons provided much of the scoring attacking the basket, while Alex Grant-Hudd did so from outside.

Julia Lyons
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R. Takahashi

Jan 24 – Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Loses a Nail-biter

The Knights Slay The Dons In The Kingdom of Lafayette 60-56

Matt Thomas
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The Dons suffered their first home loss of the season last night against the visiting Las Lomas (LL) Knights.  This game, just like 90% of the other games this season for the Acalanes, was close from tip-off to final buzzer.  I am pretty certain that neither team held a lead of more than 6-points…and if they did enjoy a 6-point advantage, it was short-lived.  This was a thoroughly entertaining DFAL basketball game which match-up two varsity teams with identical records of 11-6.  Before tip-off, Las Lomas vs. Acalanes, had the makings of a great game and the players and coaches did not disappoint the fans in the Acalanes gym last night.

How close was this game?

  • After the first quarter: Acalanes 15 – LL 14
  • At halftime: Acalanes 32 – LL 30
  • After 3 quarters: LL 47 – Acalanes 46
  • Final Score: LL 60 – Acalanes 56

Joey Hewitt
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Las Lomas simply got a few more of the 50/50 balls and offensive rebounds that gave them additional opportunities to score and milk the clock.  These plays were the paper-thin difference that separated these two teams last night.  The Knights also got a special performance from their star player (and starting Quarterback) Ben Wood.  Wood hit shots from all over the court.  He would simply rise-up over defenders and drill jump shots.  Wood ended the game with 24 points, 16 of them on 3-pointers.

For the Dons, they got a balanced offensive attack from the starters: Buster Souza finished with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 6 blocks.  That was a busy night at the office for the big man.  Joey Hewitt was feeling it from the floor, dropping in 11 points.  Zack Kisner also added 11 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assist for the Dons.

The Varsity Dons have a full slate of games next week – Dublin on the road Monday night, then they host Miramonte and Alhambra on Wednesday and Friday.  Please come out and support your Varsity Dons.

Ross Teichman
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Go Dons!!!

Jan 21 – Tuesday Sports

In Monday’s action…

Girls Soccer

was defeated by Alameda HS 1-0.

Individual standouts…

Boys Basketball

Buster Souza scored 20 points, with 13 rebounds. Matt Thomas scored 17 points, with 5 3-pointers. Ross Teichman scored 14 points, with 1 3-pointer.

Boys Soccer

Lucien Chan scored the lone goal assisted by Zach Kramer. Lucien Chan was named “Man of the Match.”

Girls Soccer

Caroline Clark scored one goal assisted by Gabby Paolini and Jade Sadoff scored the other goal. Phoebe Wixsom had 8 saves.

R. Takahashi

Jan 18 – Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Takes Down Antelope 53-47

In The Prime Game Of The Common Good Classic

Another Quality Win for the Dons…and On The Road!!

The Dons faced-off with the Antelope Titans in the night-cap game of the 6th Annual Common Good Classic.  For the eight team of the twelve teams participating in the Classic, they played on a neutral court…a shiny, beautiful neutral court.  That was not the case for Acalanes.  The Dons took-on the host school of The Common Good Classic, Antelope, on their home court and Acalanes was looking for its first true road “W” of the season.

The Dons were up to the challenge.  The game was a nail-biter from tip to final buzzer.  Unlike Friday’s game  against Dougherty Valley, the Dons made their free throws down the final stretch of the game to seal it.  This was another quality victory for Acalanes to put on its resume.  Antelope is a Division 2 school with a record of 21-7 on the season.  The Dons now have a record of 11-6 on the season and are currently enjoying a 2-game winning streak.

There were several impressive stat lines for the Dons in the game versus Antelope:

  • Zack Kisner – 8 Rebounds and 6 assists
  • Matt Thomas – 13 points and 3 assists
  • Buster Souza – 14 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks
  • Ross Teichman – 18 points and 5 rebounds (Ross was perfect in the game –  7 for 7 from the floor and 4 for 4 from the free throw line)
  • Ross Teichman was also selected as the “True North Player of The Game”

This was a great tune-up game for the Varsity Dons, as they prepare for both finals and Las Lomas this week.  The Dons will host the Knights of Las Lomas on Friday January 24th at 5:30pm.

Go Dons!!!

Jan 18 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Carrie Trent
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Boys Basketball

out-played a good Dougherty Valley HS team to record the 62-52 victory. The JV team rallied but fell short in defeat.

Girls Basketball

went back and forth with Dougherty Valley HS only to fall short 45-40. The JV team was victorious.

Boys Soccer

continues to build momentum with a victory over Alhambra HS 1-0. The JV team also recorded a 3-1 victory.

Girls Soccer

was defeated by Alhambra HS.

In Saturday’s action…

Wrestling

competes in the Joe Windsor King of the Mat Invitational.

Freshman Boys Soccer

plays at College Park HS at 11:00.

Frosh-Soph Girls Soccer

plays at Clayton Valley Charter School at 9:00 and at Deer Valley HS at 2:00.

Sierra Galanza
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In Monday’s action…

Girls Soccer

plays at Alameda HS at 6:00.

Individual standouts…

Boys Basketball

Buster Souza scored 20 points, with 13 rebounds. Matt Thomas scored 17 points, with 5 3-pointers. Ross Teichman scored 14 points, with 1 3-pointer.

Boys Soccer

Lucien Chan scored the lone goal assisted by Zach Kramer. Lucien Chan was named “Man of the Match.”

Girls Soccer

Caroline Clark scored one goal assisted by Gabby Paolini and Jade Sadoff scored the other goal. Phoebe Wixsom had 8 saves.

R. Takahashi

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Jan 17 – Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Scores A Big Time Win

Over Dougherty Valley, 62 – 52

Buster Souza
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We Continue To Protect Our House!!!

The Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team snapped its second three game losing streak of the season with an impressive 10 point victory over the visiting Dougherty Valley Wildcats, 62-52. The Varsity Dons continue to protect their house, improving their home record to 5-0 on the season.

Acalanes came out blazing in the 1st and 2nd quarters.  On offense, the Dons spaced the floor beautifully, rotated the ball to open shooters and got the “rock” into Buster Souza for high percentage shots.  The Dons were able to head into halftime with a 32-23 lead over the Wildcats.  Dougherty Valley made a run at Acalanes at the end of the 3rd quarter, cutting the Dons lead to four.  But that was as close as the they could get.  The Dons hit some big shots early in the 4th quarter and pushed the lead back-up to near double digits where it would stay for the remainder of the game.  If the Dons had made their free throws down the stretch, they would have won the game by 15-plus points.

Joey Hewitt
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Many Dons took shots and made shots last night.  It was quite refreshing to watch.  There were offensive contributions provided by myriad of Dons – Buster Souza, Ross Teichman, Matt Thomas, Zack Kisner and Joey Hewitt.  Every player that touched the floor for the Dons took the open shot when it was presented to them.  This offensive aggression and diversity kept the Dougherty Valley defense off-balance for most of the night. On the defensive side of the floor, the Dons worked collectively to limit the offensive productivity of the Wildcat’s two best players – #2 Jordan Fujita and #21 Kamar Reese.  By slowing these two players down, the Dons were able to keep Dougherty Valley at bay until the final buzzer.

Zach Kisner
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This was an important victory for Acalanes over a quality Division 1 school.  The Varsity Dons will host the Las Lomas Knights next Friday (January 24th) in Lafayette at 5:30pm.  This will be another big time test for Acalanes as the Knights are 10-5 on the season and have a special player in Jr. forward, Ben Wood.

Continue to show your Acalanes Pride and attend all home games!  The home crowd was pretty darn good last night.  We can be better!!!

Go Dons!!!

Jan 18 – Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Travels to Antelope (CA?)

To Play In the 6th Annual Common Good Classic

Saturday evening basketball action for the Dons.

The Acalanes Dons Boys Basketball Team will participate in the 6th Annual Common Good Classic at Antelope High School in Antelope, CA.  For those of you that do not know where Antelope is (including me), it neighbors Citrus Heights and Roseville.  The Varsity Dons will face the host team, Antelope High School, in the final game of the Common Good Classic at 7:00pm tonight.  The Antelope Titans enter the “Classic” with a record of 10-6.  While the Acalanes Dons also enter the “Classic” with a record of 10-6.  The Varsity Dons will look to keep their momentum going after a big time win over Dougherty Valley last night. Antelope will be another quality non-conference test for the Dons.

Here is the line-up for the Common Good Classic:

  • 11:00am – Davis vs. Center
  • 12:30pm – Antelope (Girls) vs. Center (Girls)
  • 2:00pm – Encina vs. Mission (SF)
  • 4:00pm – Cosumnes Oaks vs. Colfax
  • 5:30pm – Nevada Union vs. Franklin
  • 7:00pm – Antelope vs. Acalanes

Keep an eye out for the write-up and results in the Acalanes Booster update on Sunday morning.

Go Dons!!!

Jan 17 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Wrestling

was defeated by Dublin HS. Brian Lilienstein, Andrew Nakahara and Grant Smith won their matches.

In Friday’s action…

Basketball

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

Soccer

teams play Alhambra HS. Boys are home and girls away. JV plays at 4:15 and Varsity at 6:15.

In Saturday’s action…

Wrestling

competes in the Joe Windsor King of the Mat Invitational.

Freshman Boys Soccer

plays at College Park HS at 11:00.

Frosh-Soph Girls Soccer

plays at Clayton Valley Charter HS at 9:00 and at Deer Valley HS at 2:00.

R. Takahashi

Jan 17 – High-end Snack Shack Open During All Acalanes Basketball Games Today Versus Dougherty Valley

The Snack Shack is a little old place where we can get together….Snack Shack Baby Snack Shack!!! (think B-52’s – Love Shack)

The Acalanes Basketball Snack Shack will be open for all three home games versus Dougherty Valley today.

All of our tasty snack shack items will be on the menu including a special new dessert item:

  • Baked Potatoes
  • Pork Sliders
  • Loaded Nachos
  • All Beef Hot Dogs
  • **New** CREAM ice-cream cookie sandwiches 

So please bring your appetite and spread the word about the delicious snack shack menu….oh yeah, there will also be three great basketball games.

Help support the Acalanes Basketball Program!!!

Go Dons!!!

Jan 17 – Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team Hosts Dougherty Valley Today at 5:30pm

DFAL HOME OPENER – TRIPLE HEADER ACTION TODAY AT ACALANES

The Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team welcomes the Dougherty Valley Wildcats to its Lafayette home for its first home DFAL game of the season.  The Varsity Dons look to snap their two game DFAL losing streak against a strong Dougherty Valley team that is entering today’s match-up winners of their last two DFAL games.

The Wildcats are 2-1 in DFAL play, having lost to Campolindo and then defeated Alhambra and Dublin.  Dougherty Valley is 12-4 on the season and according to MaxPreps is ranked 5th out of 21 NCS Division 1 schools.  Acalanes is currently 9-6 on the season and according to MaxPreps is ranked 6th out of 25 NCS Division 3 schools.  A victory over a quality Division 1 opponent, like Dougherty Valley, would be big for a reinvigorated Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball team.

Acalanes will host three games versus Dougherty Valley today:

  • Boys JV Game:  Tip-off at 4:00pm
  • Boys Varsity Game:  Tip-off at 5:30pm
  • Girls Varsity Game:  Tip-off at 7:00pm

Please come out and support your Dons basketball program today.  Show-off your Acalanes pride!!!

Go Dons!!!

Jan 13 – Monday Sports

In Saturday’s action…

Boys Basketball

gave a very good St. Mary’s HS of Stockton team all it could handle in a 65-57 defeat.

Boys Soccer

was defeated by Northgate HS.

In Monday’s action…

Freshman Boys Soccer

plays at Ygnacio Valley HS at 3:30.

Individual standouts…

Boys Soccer

Kaj Simonsen scored the lone goal assisted by Patrick Ramm and Eric Sirott had 3 saves.

Girls Basketball

Carrie Trent scored 12 points all by 3-pointers and Julia Lyons scored 11 points.

Boys Basketball

Matt Thomas scored 19 points, with 3 3-pointers and Buster Souza scored 13 points.

JV Girls Soccer

Mia Carvotta and Marie Whitmore scored one goal each and Amanda Moylan had 3 saves.

R. Takahashi

The Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team Falls To St. Mary’s of Stockton 65 – 57

Is there such a thing as a good loss?

The Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team had to shake-off the hangover from a 23-point loss to their Lamorinda rival Campolindo and get refocused to take-on the 51st ranked team in California, St. Mary’s of Stockton.

From the opening tip, you could tell that this was a different Acalanes team than the one we saw 24hrs earlier in Moraga.  There was more offensive aggression, more players hustling for rebounds and a score book that would reflect 9-to-10 Acalanes Dons contributing points.  Yes, the Dons lost the contest but they may have played their best “team game” of the season against a very talented St. Mary’s team.

Buster Souza and Matt Thomas led the Dons in scoring.  But they got the assistance they needed from their teammates to keep this game close until the final buzzer.  In the end, St. Mary’s had too much Gabriel Vincent for the Dons.  Vincent closed-out the game making big shots and free throws for St. Mary’s.

Nevertheless, it was a proud effort by the Dons.

Jan 11 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Boys Soccer

is gaining momentum with another DFAL victory over Miramonte HS 1-0 to raise their record to 3-2.

Girls Soccer

was defeated by Miramonte HS. The JV team shutout Miramonte HS 2-0.

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Girls Basketball

competed well in defeat to Campolindo HS. The JV team notched another victory.

Boys Basketball

was defeated by Campolindo HS.

Andrew McKendall
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In Saturday’s action…

Boys Soccer

plays at Northgate HS. Freshmen at 12:30, JV at 2:30 and Varsity at 4:30.

Frosh-soph Girls Soccer

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

Wrestling

competes in the Joe Camillari Frosh-soph and JV tournament at Granada HS.

Friday’s Individual standouts…

Boys Soccer

Bryan Bamford scored the lone goal assisted by Zach Kramer. Bryan was named “Man of the Match.”

Girls Basketball

Carrie Trent scored 12 points all by 3-pointers and Julia Lyons scored 11 points.

Boys Basketball

Matt Thomas scored 19 points, with 3 3-pointers and Buster Souza scored 13 points.

JV Girls Soccer

Mia Carvotta and Marie Whitmore scored one goal each and Amanda Moylan had 3 saves.

R. Takahashi

Jan 10 – Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team Gets Thumped By Campolindo, 72-49

Zach Kisner
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The Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team could simply not keep-up with the Campolindo Cougars last night and fell to them 72-49. The Cougars got off to a hot start in the 1st quarter and they were led by their star, Matt O’Reilly.  O’Reilly hit three deep 3-point buckets and finished with 11 points in the 1st quarter.  O’Reilly would not score again…but he didn’t need to.  His Campolindo teammates would take care of the rest of the scoring with 11 different Cougars adding their names to the official score book.  Chris Hansen did a masterful job of patrolling the paint for the Cougars.  Hansen poured in 14 points and capped-off his night with an emphatic pick-and-roll dunk finish in the 4th quarter that ignited the Campolindo student section.

Joey Hewitt
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The Dons got their fair share of shot attempts in the first half but could not convert on enough of them to keep the game close.  The Dons trailed the Cougars 34 – 18 at halftime.  In the second half, Acalanes could not slow down the Campolindo offense and the Cougars cruised to 72-49 victory in game #1 of this rivalry set.  The Dons lived and died with the shooting of their two big senior stars, Matt Thomas and Buster Souza.  Buster was double-teamed all night but was able to finish with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 1 blocked shot.  Thomas seemed to be the only Don really interested in taking a shot outside of the key.  The Dons set-up Matt for a number of 3-point shot attempts.  Unfortunately for Acalanes, he did not have his usual magic touch from long-range.  Matt ended the contest with 17 points and 3 rebounds, with most of his damage taking place in 2-point land.  Acalanes has to quickly find consistent 3rd and 4th offensive options as DFAL teams will be prepared to stop Buster and Matt.  Which players will step-up?  We will have to wait and see.

Matt Thomas
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Acalanes will look for revenge on Campolindo when the Cougars make the short road trip to Lafayette on Tuesday February 4th. The Dons will need to shake this loss off quickly as they will make a road trip up to Stockton this afternoon to take on St. Mary’s at 4:00pm…another top ranked team in Northern California.  Remember, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger!!!  The Dons should look and feel like Hercules on Sunday morning.

It was a wonderful turn-out by the Acalanes student body and the Lafayette community.  It did not go unnoticed.   The Campolindo gym was loud and energetic and it served as the ideal environment for this Acalanes – Campolindo rivalry game.

GO DONS!!!

Jan 10 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Wrestling

was defeated by Alhambra HS.

In Friday’s action…

The basketball teams play Campolindo HS.

At Campolindo 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.
The girls are home and boys are away. JV plays at 4:15 and Varsity at 6:15.

In Saturday’s action…

Boys Soccer

plays at Northgate HS. Freshmen at 12:30, JV at 2:30 and Varsity at 4:30.

Frosh-Soph Girls Soccer

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

Wrestling

competes in the Joe Camillari Frosh-soph and JV tournament at Granada HS.

Shopping specials…

If you shop at Sports Basement on Ygnacio Valley Road in Walnut Creek, mention “Acalanes Athletics,” and you will receive a 10% discount! The Acalanes Sports Boosters will receive an additional 5% from the purchase price. You are given permission to shop to your heart’s content.

R. Takahashi

Jan 10 – RIVALRY GAME DAY!!! Acalanes Dons vs. Campolindo Cougars Tonight

CALLING ALL DONS FANS: The Acalanes Boys Basketball Team Visits Campolindo Today – Tip-off is at 5:30pm

The Acalanes Dons Boys Varsity Basketball Team will look to bounce back from a shocking loss to Alhambra earlier this week by taking down one of its biggest DFAL rivals, the Campolindo Cougars.  The Cougars enter today’s game 1-0 in DFAL action after beating Dougherty Valley, on the road Tuesday night, 70 – 59.  The Dons enter today’s game 0-1 in DFAL play.  Both teams, however, boast solid win-loss records on the season.  The Dons are 9-4 while the Cougars are 10-4.  Campolindo is one of the best Division 3 basketball teams in the Bay Area.  Acalanes, after a rough 2012-2013 campaign, has surprised many doubter by elevating itself into the upper half of the Division 3 basketball rankings.

Today’s rivalry match-up will take place a couple of miles up Moraga Rd. at Campolindo High School where I am sure the gym will be packed with their students and parents.  The Varsity Dons need the Lafayette community’s support as they take-on a deep and talented Campolindo team.  The Acalanes Student Body as well as all Acalanes supporting families need to represent tonight!!!  So, you and a friend or loved one get to Campolindo at 5:00pm, find a seat in the Acalanes cheering section and settle in for an entertaining night of high school basketball.

The Triple Header Basketball Line-up at Campolindo High School (1/10):

  • JV Boys Game – 4:00pm tip-off
  • Varsity Boys Game – 5:30pm tip-off
  • Varsity Girls Game – 7:00pm tip-off

GO DONS!!!

Jan 8 – Wednesday Sports

In yesterday’s action…

Girls Basketball

played an outstanding defensive game to defeat Alhambra HS in the DFAL opener 36-28. The JV team was also victorious.

Boys Basketball

was edged out by Alhambra HS 51-46. The JV team won, but the freshman team did not.

In today’s action…

Soccer Teams

play Las Lomas HS. Boys are home and girls are away. JV plays at 4:15 and varsity at 6:15.

Yesterday’s individual standouts…

Girls Basketball

Julia Lyons scored 10 points and Sierra Galanza 9 points all on 3-pointers.
What will not show up in the stats is the stellar defensive play of Taylor Jones and Emma Godfrey under the basket.

Boys basketball

Buster Souza scored 19 points and Matt Thomas 16 points, with 2 3-pointers.

Shopping specials…

If you shop at Sports Basement on Ygnacio Valley Road in Walnut Creek, mention “Acalanes Athletics,” and you will receive a 10% discount! The Acalanes Sports Boosters will receive an additional 5% from the purchase price. You are given permission to shop to your heart’s content.

R. Takahashi

Jan 7 – Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team Gets Stunned By Alhambra, 51 – 46

OVERRATED!!!

If there was any student body section for Alhambra at the game last night, they would have been serenading the visiting Dons with the chat of “OVERRATED.”  The Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team strolled into the Alhambra gym yesterday with false bravado after winning the Sonoma County Classic Basketball Tournament this past week.  Egos were inflated a little bit, MaxPrep standings were looking good and the Dons were facing a 3-9 Alhambra Bulldog team to start DFAL play…could things get any better for the Dons? However, someone forgot to tell Alhambra to roll over and play dead.  From the opening tip, the Alhambra Bulldogs outplayed a lackluster and sloppy Acalanes Dons Basketball Team.  The Bulldogs never trailed in the game and they managed to thwart all comeback attempts the Dons would mount.  The Dons themselves thwarted their own comeback efforts with terrible management of the basketball, missed lay-ups, basket interference, poor free throw shooting and offensive fouls.  It was frustrating for the players, coaches and the fans to watch.

I have to give Alhambra credit.  They were raining down three-point shots from all over Martinez plus they played sound defense.  Brett Lowgner of Alhambra nailed six 3-pointers last night and ended the game with 20 points.  He could not miss from downtown and was the constant thorn in the side of the Dons.

The starting line-up for the Dons could not generate a consistent offensive attack against the Bulldogs.  Buster Souza tried to keep Acalanes within striking distance by contributing 19 points, 7 rebounds, 2 block but he also had 3 turnovers.  It was not a good night at the office for the other starters.  Their tentative play combined with poor shooting were the perfect recipe for this loss.  Now, to compound the situation, the Varsity Dons have Campolindo and St. Mary’s of Stockton waiting for them this Friday and Saturday.  Yikes!!!  However, I am confident that Coach Powers will get our young-men refocused and ready for the challenges ahead.

This loss will certainly not define the 2013 -2014 Acalanes Dons season.  They have been too good for that.  It will, however, teach them that they are not good enough to take any team for granted.  They must give an “A+ effort” for 32 minutes in each game or they might find themselves on the wrong end of the final score.

With this loss, the Dons now have a record of 9-4.

  • Please travel up the road to Moraga to support your Varsity Dons as they battle the Campolindo Cougars on Friday (1/10), tip-off is at 5:30pm.

Go Dons!!!    

Jan 7 – Tuesday Sports

In today’s action…

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

R. Takahashi

Jan 6 – Monday Sports

In Saturday, January 4 action…

Boys Basketball

claimed the Championship of the Sonoma Country Classic defeating Mt. Eden HS 55-37 raising their overall record to 9-3 going into DFAL play. Buster Souza scored 30 points and was named the tournament Most Valuable Player. Ross Teichman and Matt Thomas were named All-tournament players.

In Monday’s action…

Freshman Boys Soccer

hosts Deer Valley HS at 6:00.

R. Takahashi

Jan 4 – Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team Champs in Sonoma County Classic

Back-to-Back Sonoma County Classic Champions!

Acalanes concluded a successful business trip to Santa Rosa by beating the Mt. Eden Monarchs in the Championship Game of the Sonoma County Classic Basketball Tournament Saturday night by a final score of 55 – 37.  It was not a perfect game by the Dons.  However, it was enough to take down the young, undersized Monarchs.

Mt. Eden, like other teams in this tournament, simply did not have an answer for Buster Souza in the low post.  Buster’s teammates were committed to getting him the ball down low and when he received their passes he generally finished at the rim with ease.  However, his was not a one man show.  The other senior starters – Ross Teichman, Zack Kisner and Matt Thomas – also had great games and helped propel the Dons to the SCC Championship.  Ryan Cheng and Bryant Smith provided nice lifts off the bench for the Dons.  Ryan and Bryant played sound defense, grabbed several rebounds and each hit a 3-pointer.

The defending champion Dons also received a number of well-deserved Sonoma County Classic All Tournament selections:

  • Ross Teichman – All Tournament Team
  • Matt Thomas – All Tournament Team
  • Buster Souza – All Tournament Team and Tournament MVP

Zack Kisner also deserved All Tournament honors.  Zack logged a lot of minutes for the Dons; he was asked to play several different positions; defend top offensive threats; and still managed to hit a number of big shots over the three game stretch.  Unfortunately for the Dons, there were not enough All Tournament spots for Zack to be officially recognized.

The Sonoma County Classic Tournament was the calm before the storm for Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team.  DFAL league action starts on Tuesday (1/7) at 5:30pm in Martinez versus Alhambra.  The DFAL is loaded with talented teams and the Dons will need our support to keep their positive momentum going.  Acalanes ends the non-conference portion of its schedule with a record of 9-3.  Last year, the Dons ended their 2012 – 2013 season with a record of 8-18.  What a difference a year makes…along with a new Head Coach and Coaching Staff

IT IS RIVALRY WEEK!!!!

  • Acalanes at Campolindo – Friday January 10th in Moraga / Tip-off at 5:30pm
  • The Varsity Dons need your support as they face one of the best teams in Northern California

GO DONS!!!

Jan 4 – Boys Basketball Advances to Championship Game

In Friday, January 3 action…

Boys Basketball

held on to defeat Cardinal Newman HS 52-51 to advance to the championship game of the Sonoma County Classic against Mt. Eden HS at Piner HS at 7:00.

R. Takahashi

Jan 3 – Friday Sports Page

In Monday, December 30 action…

Boys Basketball defeated San Marin HS 60-51. The JV and freshmen suffered in defeat.
Girls Basketball was defeated by University HS to finish 4th in the West Coast Jamboree.

In Thursday, January 2 action…

Boys Basketball defeated Rancho Cotate HS 66-50 to advance to the semifinals of the Sonoma County Classic against Cardinal Newman HS at 8:30 at Piner HS. Buster Souza scored 26 points, Ross Teichman 14 points and Matt Thomas 10 points, with 2 3-pointers.

Congratulations to the following Bay Area Newsgroup All-East Bay selections…

John Lauth was named as a third team selection in football.
Elizabeth Schultz was named Girls Golfer of the Year.
Isabella vonEbbe was named as a first team selection in girls tennis.
Tommy Bush was named as a first team selection in boys water polo.
Chase Lanier was named as a second team selection in girls water polo.

Shopping specials…

If you shop at Sports Basement on Ygnacio Valley Road in Walnut Creek, mention “Acalanes Athletics,” and you will receive a 10% discount! The Acalanes Sports Boosters will receive an additional 5% from the purchase price. You are given permission to shop to your heart’s content.

R. Takahashi

Jan 3 – Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team Survives a Comeback

… by Cardinal Newman to Advance to the Championship Game of the Sonoma County Classic

Acalanes will get the opportunity to defend its Sonoma County Classic Championship tonight after surviving a crazy comeback by Cardinal Newman to win 52-51.  The Dons managed to hold on to their 1-point lead by stealing a tipped pass by the Cardinals with 1.8 seconds on the clock in the 4th period.

The Dons avoided what would have been a colossal meltdown and a terrible loss to an average Cardinal Newman team.  I will keep it short and sweet.  The Dons put on a clinic in the first period taking a commanding 19-to-2 lead over Cardinal Newman.  It looked like this semi-final game might get out of hand early.  However, over the next 24 minutes of the game, the Cardinals dominated the Dons.  The Dons committed silly fouls; could not secure rebounds; struggled against the 2-2-1 press; turned the ball over; played little transition defense; and missed too many free throws…and Cardinal Newman took full advantage of it all.  However, the Acalanes Boys managed to make just enough key plays down the stretch to weather the Cardinal Newman storm and secure their spot in the Sonoma County Classic Championship Game tonight.

Acalanes will face the Mt. Eden Monarchs of Hayward in the SCC Championship Game Saturday night at 7:00pm.  Mt. Eden advanced to the Championship Game by edging-out the Santa Rosa Panthers in the 7:00pm semi-final game last night.  Mt. Eden enters the SCC Championship Game with a record of 4-6 while Acalanes enters with a record of 8-3.

How will the Sonoma County Classic Tournament conclude?  Stay tuned…

GO DONS!!!

Jan 2 – Basketball Dons Advance to 2nd Round in Sonoma County Classic

The Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team moves to the second round of the Sonoma County Classic Tournament with a 66-50 opening round victory over the Rancho Cotate Cougars.  The game eventually turned into a comfortable 16 point win.  However, it took three quarters for the Dons to finally shake the stubborn, 3-win Rancho Cotate Cougars.

The interior play of Buster Souza was too much for the Cougars to handle.  Buster finished the game with a very efficient stat line – 26 points on 11 for 13 shooting, pulled down 6 rebounds and swatted 4 shots.  Ross Teichman was relentless in the paint as well for the Dons.  Ross finished with 14 points on 7 of 11 shooting and snatched 5 rebounds.  Matt Thomas and Zack Kisner were the main distributors of the basketball in yesterday’s game.  Matt scored 10 points and dropped 7 dimes and grabbed 5 rebounds.  Zack finished with 6 points, dropped 7 dimes and added 2 blocks.

The Dons will take on the Cardinal Newman Cardinals tonight (Friday) in the Sonoma County Classic second round “prime time special” which tips-off at 8:30pm.  The Cardinals advanced to the second round of the SCC with a win over the Eureka Loggers.  Cardinal Newman will be looking to payback Acalanes for last years “biggest upset in the history of the Sonoma County Classic” when the (4-8) Dons beat the (10-1) Cardinals, 57-55, in the SCC Championship Game.  This year, the Acalanes Dons will enter the match-up as a slight favorite over Cardinal Newman.  What will happen?

Stay Tuned…

GO DONS!!!

Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team Starts First Round Action

at 32nd Sonoma County Classic Basketball Tournament
The Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team will look to defend their Sonoma County Classic Basketball Tournament Championship this week at Piner High School.  

In the first game of the Sonoma County Classic this afternoon, the Dons will face the Rancho Cotate Cougars of Rohnert Park at 4:00pm.  The Dons enter the Sonoma County Classic (SCC) with a record of 6-3; while the Cougars enter the SCC with a record of 3-6.  A few more stats to chew-on: the Cougars have a neutral court record of 1-2 while the Dons have a neutral court record of 2-0.  However, this first round match-up will not be decided by these statistics.  It will be decided by which team stays focused while on the road and executes their game plan better.

Opening Round Match-ups in The Sonoma County Classic:

  • Rancho Cotate vs. Acalanes, 4 p.m
  • Cardinal Newman vs. Eureka, 5:30 p.m
  • Healdsburg vs. Mt. Eden, 7 p.m
  • Santa Rosa vs. Piner, 8:30 p.m

   Go Dons!!!

DFAL Season Opener:

  • Tuesday January 7th: Acalanes at Alhambra / Tip-off at 5:30pm

Dec 31 – Happy New Year

Final Day!

As 2013 comes to a close, we ask that you remember the Acalanes Boosters in your charitable giving plan.
Remember, with Acalanes Boosters, everyone plays.

What does Acalanes Boosters Do?
To ensure the safety and well-being of all student-athletes, we provide the salary and supplies of our fine athletic trainer, Chris Clark.

We also:
• Fund every sports program at Acalanes High School every year.
• Last year Acalanes Boosters distributed roughly $100,000 across the 22 programs.
• Examples of items funded over the last two years: new weight room equipment, watering carts, a high-capacity ice machine (for hydro-therapy), new wrestling mats, equipment for the new pool, tennis ball auto-serve machine, and safety equipment for numerous programs.

Who Benefits?
• Every one of the 700+ Acalanes High School student-athletes
• Every one of the 22 Sports programs

Member Benefits?
• Tickets to all home football
• Tickets to all home league basketball games
• Premium items based on membership levels.

How can you help the Boosters?
· Become a member (click here for membership levels)
· Attend the Boosters Sports Bash
· Attend a membership meeting (click here for calendar of meetings)

Get Involved:
· Become a Acalanes Booster Sports Representative
· Join a Acalanes Booster’s Committee
Membership
Allocation
Sports Bash
Help at the Lafayette Art & Wine Festival
Fundraising

For more information please contact a Boosters’ Board member

Dec 30 – Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team Sneaks Past San Marin 60-51

It was a pre-New Years Eve Party in the Acalanes gym on Monday night!!

The Dons Varsity Basketball Team scored another quality win over a Division 3 opponent last night when they edged-out a talented San Marin team, 60-51.  The Mustangs entered last night’s game against Acalanes with a 6-4 record but left Lafayette 6-5.

The Dons and Mustangs put on a thoroughly entertaining show for the fans last night. The game was tightly contested from tip to final buzzer. The Dons had a strong first quarter jumping-out to an 18 to 8 lead. But the Mustangs responded in the second quarter by outscoring the Dons 22 to 7 to take a halftime lead, 30-25. It was a physical second half, but the Dons stood tall, outscoring San Marin 35 to 21 over the final two quarters, to squeak-out a 60 – 51 victory.

This was a game that the Acalanes starting five would decide as most of them logged 32 minutes.  The Dons were led by their big man in the middle, Buster Souza, who went 11 of 16 from the floor and ended with 26 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks.  Joey Hewitt had another solid game at the point, keeping the Dons moving with the proper tempo throughout the game.  Hewitt ended with 4 points and 3 rebounds.  The three other senior starters – Matt Thomas, Ross Teichman and Zack Kisner – were equally stellar, battling for rebounds, playing tough defense or hitting key shots down the stretch. Thomas ended with 11 points and 3 assists / Teichman ended with 10 points, 4 assists and 4 rebounds / Kisner ended with 9 points.

This victory improves the Don’s record to 6-3 as they step into the Sonoma County Classic Basketball Tournament later this week.  The Acalanes Dons are the defending Champions of this tournament.  Acalanes will face Rancho Cotate of Rohnert Park at 4:00pm on Thursday in the first round of the Sonoma County Classic Basketball Tournament.

Go Dons!!!

The Varsity Don’s Next Home Game:

  • Friday January 17th – Acalanes vs. Dougherty Valley – Tip-off at 5:30pm

 

Year-End Tax Planning

Boosters Supporters:

When making your end of the year tax planning decisions, please consider donating to Boosters.  Boosters is a charitable organization so all your donations are tax-deductible. All you need to do is send a check to Acalanes Boosters Club at 1200 Pleasant Hill Road, Lafayette, CA 94549. Acalanes’ Athletics is solely funded by community contributions so all your donations are greatly appreciated. (Tax ID  # 23-7428299)

Please visit the Gift Matching tab on the Boosters site to see if your employer will double your donation! Also, some companies offer charitable donations to compensate for your volunteer time. Check it out under the Gift Matching Tab.

Thank you and Happy New Year

Dec 28 – Saturday Sports

In Friday, December 27 action…

Girls Basketball

defeated Venice HS 49-36 in the first round of the West Coast Jamboree to advance to Saturday’s semifinals at 6:30.

Boys Basketball

cruised past Analy HS 77-62. Matt Thomas scored 27 points, with 3 3-pointers. Buster Souza scored 19 points, with 7 rebounds. Ross Teichman scored 10 points, with 1 3-pointer.

R. Takahashi

Dec 27 – Boys Varsity Basketball Team Takes-out Analy

at Home on Friday Night 77-62

WE MUST PROTECT THIS HOUSE!!!

The Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team continued to defend its home court by disposing of the visiting Tigers of Analy High School last night, 77-62.  The Dons took control of the game early and never trailed in this contest.  However, the Analy never went away.  There were moments in both the 1st and 3rd quarters when it looked like the Dons would pull away from the Tigers and take a commanding 20 point lead.  But the scrappy Tigers managed to keep the game between 6 and 12 points until the final few minutes of 4th quarter when it became a free throw shooting contest for the Dons.  This was a quality victory for the Dons over another NCS Division 3 school.  With this win over Analy, the Varsity Dons improve their record to 5-3 on the season.

The starters for the Varsity Dons all had strong games last night as they kept the Tigers from ever getting close to taking a lead.

  • Zack Kisner had 6 points and 5 assists
  • Joey Hewitt had 7 points and 2 assists
  • Ross Teichman had 10 points, 3 assist and 4 steals
  • Buster Souza had 19 points, 4 rebounds and 7 blocked shots
  • Matt Thomas had 27 points and 5 rebounds

The Boys Varsity Basketball Team will try to stay perfect at home on Monday (12/30) night when they host the Mustangs of San Marin High School (Novato).

There will be triple-header basketball action at Acalanes High School on Monday (12/30):

  • The Freshman Game tips-off at 4:00pm
  • The JV Game tips-off at 5:30pm 
  • The Varsity Game tips-off at 7:00pm

Admission will be charged, so please remember to bring your Acalanes Booster Membership Card.

Go Dons!!!

Dec 27 – JV Boys Basketball Team Advances to the Championship Game

of the San Marin Tournament in Novato

The Acalanes JV Boys Basketball Team is representing Lafayette beautifully up in Novato this week.  They have advanced their way into the Championship Game of the San Marin Basketball Tournament by defeating Healdsburg High School on Thursday night and then backing it up with a thrilling 48-46 victory over Tamalpias of Mill Valley on Friday night.

The JV Dons will try to bring home the big hardware as they compete in the Championship Game Saturday night against the winner of the Albany vs. San Marin match-up.  Coach Combi and Coach Torchio will have their boys ready to get after it tomorrow evening.

Tip-off will take place at San Marin High School (Novato) at 6:00pm.

Go Dons!!!

Year-End Gift Matching

TIME SENSITIVE!

Fantastic news!  We are very excited to bring you our official “Gift Matching” web page on our  http://acalanesboosters.com/  web site.  The employee Matching Gift Program could easily be one of the year’s largest fundraising efforts for the Acalanes Boosters’ Club.   ANYONE who donated to the ABC this year could request matching gift funds from their employers.   Please take a minute to check if your employer has a Matching Gift Program.  We have hundreds of ABC donators who can potentially raise funds through this program.

Let’s try to collect as much FREE money as we can for our student athletes.  They deserve it!  This is time-sensitive and the cut off for requests is upon us, either Dec. 31, or Jan. 31, 2014. for fiscal year 2013.

Participating employers will have one or two+ donor programs:

1. Employers will match 1:1 eligible dollars donated.

2. Employers will provide a volunteer grant ie. $500 for volunteer hours per their guidelines.

For example, I have already contacted my employer and the ABC will receive $350 matching dollars for my donations, AND another $500 volunteer grant for meeting their criteria of 20-30 volunteer hours/calendar year.  $850 FREE dollars to the ABC.  WOW!  We have already received a few more matching gift donations this year as well.

Below are some easy instructions to follow.  If for any reason you are having difficulty with your submission, please feel free to contact me or your employer.  Mary Piscitelli 765-0457, I will be happy to help you.

A.      What is the proposed process?  It is very simple and will take just a few minutes.  (Time well spent!)

Go to the “acalanesboostersclub.com” web site.

Click on the last tab  ‘Gift Matching”, and it will bring you directly to the “Double the Donations” link and type in your company name.

See if your employer will match your donation!

Enter your company name ____________________________________________________

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B.     If your employer participates, all their contact information will appear as well as any pertinent links to their company specific guidelines and submission forms etc.  If your company is not registered, I encourage you to call your HR department and inquire with them, sometimes it’s not publicized.

C.       Some employers will allow you to submit your request electronically, by e-mail, regular mail, &/or fax.  If your company has a secured web or e-mail, you will need your employee number and perhaps a password if you haven’t set it up already.      IF YOU DO NOT KNOW THIS INFORMATION, OR GET FRUSTRATED, PLEASE DO NOT GIVE UP!   Call them directly for assistance.  They are very willing and happy to help guide you through the process.

D.  Send Brad and I an e-mail with a brief explanation of your donations &/or hours volunteered for that calendar year and we will confirm your qualifying donations when your employer contacts us.  If you need a receipt, we can provide that as well.

E.    Provide your company with;

-Your employee information
-Dollar amount you donated and are requesting a match for &/or number of hours volunteered.  Your donation was to the Acalanes Boosters’ Club
-ABC receipt, IF requested by the company.  (We can provide you with an ABC receipt)
-Contact information for our ABC rep. Brad Smith / or Mary Piscitelli
-ABC Tax ID  # 23-7428299, and school address 1200 Pleasant Hill Rd.
All the information you will need is listed on the web page for you.

Most companies already have the Acalanes Boosters Club information in their system.  Our Not-for-Profit Federal Tax ID# is nationally recognized.   Once the employer verifies the request, a check will be mailed directly to the ABC.  The checks are cut either monthly or quarterly according to their protocol.

What if you still have questions?

For questions regarding your company’s programs, please contact your employer’s HR or community giving department.  They are very helpful.  Most of the necessary information is also available on your company intranet.

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For additional questions regarding submitting a matching gift or volunteer grant request  please contact:
A.      Mary Piscitelli:  vicepresident@acalanesboosters.com or 925-765-0457
B.      Brad Smith:  treasurer@acalanesboosters.com  or 925-890-7273

Happy Holidays!

Mary Piscitelli and Brad Smith
Tom Duckworth
Danna Wright

Dec 27 – Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Action Tonight

Versus Analy High School at 7:00pm

IT IS BALL NIGHT IN LAFAYETTE!!!

This is a varsity only ball night.

Come and support your Boys Varsity Basketball team tonight at home versus Analy High School.

Tip-off is at 7:00pm at the home of the Dons!!!

 

Dec 21 – Acalanes Varsity Boys Basketball Dominates Northgate 78-42

It was a Miracle on 1200 Pleasant Hill Road.

Matt Thomas
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OK…maybe that is an exaggeration.  But indulge me as I use way too many holiday themes in this write-up.

Last night the Dons played the role of The Grinch while the Northgate Broncos played the role of the poor residents of Whoville who woke-up and found that Christmas had been stolen from them while they slept.  But unlike the Dr. Seuss holiday classic, these Grinches did not return a single gift.  They took everything and kept it on Mount Crumpit and yet their hearts still grew bigger and bigger while doing it.  What am I trying to say…last night the Dons took themselves off Santa’s “naughty” list and put themselves squarely on the “nice” list by delivering a holiday “three-storm” on the Broncos of Northgate while cruising to a 78-42 victory.

Buster Souza
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Shortly after tip-off, it was quite clear that the final outcome would not be a merry one for our guests from Walnut Creek.  The Northgate crowd sat in a silent night as the Dons shared the basketball, dominated the glass and hit shots from all over Santa’s workshop in the first quarter…and it continued for the next three quarters.  It all started with the South Pole Elf, Matt Thomas, who clearly had sugar plums dancing in his head last night as he could not be stopped from anywhere on the floor.  Poppa Elf, Buster Souza, owned the paint last night.  He finished at the rim at will over a smaller Northgate team and rejected just about every Bronco that tried to score in the paint.  Bringing holiday energy off the bench, the Don’s North Pole Elf, Bryant “Buddy” Smith, brought the crowd and the entire Dons bench to their feet as he dropped-in 10 points, from inside and outside.

Bryant Smith
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It was a joyous, complete team effort by the Dons who showed the crowd what they are capable of if they take care of the basketball and defend.  Every single Don got ample playing time and it was holiday cheer and yuletide gay for everyone…even the Dons coacheing staff was filled with Christmas spirit throughout the entire 4th quarter.  What a great way for all of the Varsity Dons to start their holiday break.

It was indeed a Festivus for the rest of us!!!

A special thank you to our Lady Dons Basketball Family for their amazing food concessions at all of the Acalanes vs. Northgate basketball games.  Instead of milk and cookies, Santa has put in a special request for a couple of the homemade pulled pork sliders and nachos.

The Dons Next Home Game:

  • Friday December 27 vs. Analy – Tip-off at 7:00pm

Dec 21 – Saturday Sports Results

In Saturday’s action…

Matt Thomas
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Girls Basketball

defeated Rodriguez HS of Fairfield in a 60-54 thriller in the final round of the East Bay vs. North Bay Classic.

Boys Basketball

pummeled Northgate HS 78-42. The JV team lost a close one and the Freshmen fared no better.

Varsity Boys Soccer

was defeated by Berkeley HS at De La Salle Showcase Tournament.

Alex Grant-Hudd
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R. Takahashi

Dec 21 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Zach Kramer
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Girls Basketball

defeated Concord HS 51-40 in the East Bay vs. North Bay Classic.

Boys Soccer

was edged out by Campolindo HS 1-0.

Girls Soccer

was defeated by Campolindo HS.

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Basketball

hosts Rodriguez HS of Fairfield at 11:30 in the final round of the East Bay vs. North Bay Classic.

Boys Basketball

hosts Northgate HS. Freshmen at 5:00, JV at 6:30 and Varsity at 8:00.

Varsity Boys Soccer

plays Berkeley HS at De La Salle HS at 3:00 in the Showcase Tournament.

Wrestling

competes in the Lou Bronzan Invitational at Liberty HS.

Girls Soccer

hosts Heritage HS at 10:00 and plays at Las Lomas HS at 2:00.

Shopping specials…

If you shop at Sports Basement on Ygnacio Valley Road in Walnut Creek, mention “Acalanes Athletics,” and you will receive a 10% discount! The Acalanes Sports Boosters will receive an additional 5% from the purchase price. You are given permission to shop to your heart’s content.

Ronnie Marrone
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Blake Balfrey
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R. Takahashi

Sports over the Holiday Break

Thursday, December 26

Girls Basketball JV competes in the Irvington Holiday Invitational.

Friday, December 27

Boys Basketball Varsity hosts Analy HS 7:00.
Girls Basketball Varsity plays Venice HS at College Park HS at 5:00 in the West Coast Jamboree.
Girls Basketball JV competes in the Irvington Holiday Invitational.

Saturday, December 28

Girls Basketball Varsity competes in the West Coast Jamboree.
Girls Basketball JV competes in the Irvington Holiday Invitational.

Monday, December 30

Boys Basketball Hosts San Marin HS. Freshmen at 4:00, JV at 5:30, varsity at 7:00.
Girls Basketball Varsity competes in the West Coast Jamboree.
Girls Basketball JV competes in the Irvington Holiday Invitational.

Thursday, January 2

Boys Basketball Varsity competes in the Sonoma County Classic at Piner HS.
Boys Soccer Host Monte Vista HS in a scrimmage.

Friday, January 3

Boys Basketball Varsity competes in the Sonoma County Classic at Piner HS.

Saturday, January 4

Boys Basketball Varsity competes in the Sonoma County Classic at Piner HS.
Boys Soccer Host Hayward HS. JV at 1:00, varsity at 3:00.
Boys Soccer Freshmen play at De La Salle HS 11:00.
Wrestling Competes in the Mat Classic at Granada HS.

R. Takahashi

Dec 21 – Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball In Action Tonight

Versus Northgate at Home – Tip-off at 8:00pm

IT’S BASKETBALL NIGHT IN LAFAYETTE!!!

The Varsity Dons are back at home tonight versus the Broncos of Northgate.  The Dons are coming off a tough road game at San Ramon Valley High Thursday night.  Northgate may just be the medicine to cure their hangover.  It will take a sharp effort by the Dons to get a win against a scrappy Broncos team.

Come out and support your Varsity Boys as they look to defend their house tonight at 8:00pm.

Northgate fans travel well and will be loud.  Let’s do our part to fill the stands tonight.

Go Dons!!

Dec 20 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Girls Basketball

played very well in defeat to Windsor HS in the first round of the East Bay vs. North Bay Classic hosted by Acalanes HS.

Boys Basketball

was defeated by San Ramon Valley HS.

Wrestling

was defeated by Miramonte HS.

In Friday’s action…

BIG SOCCER SHOWDOWN against Campolindo HS

The girls are home and the boys are away. JV at 4:15 and Varsity at 6:15.

Girls Basketball

hosts Concord HS at 5:00 in the second round of the East Bay vs. North Bay Classic.

Wrestling

competes in the Lou Bronzan Invitational at Liberty HS.

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Photos: David Lillienstein

In Saturday’s action…

Girls Basketball

hosts the final round of the East Bay vs. North Bay Classic.

Boys Basketball

hosts Northgate HS. Freshmen at 5:00, JV at 6:30 and Varsity at 8:00.

Varsity Boys Soccer

plays Berkeley HS at De La Salle HS at 3:00 in the Showcase Tournament.

Wrestling

competes in the Lou Bronzan Invitational at Liberty HS.

Girls Soccer

hosts Heritage HS at 10:00 and plays at Las Lomas HS at 2:00.

Thursday’s individual standouts…

Wrestling

Brian Lilienstein, Rain Mize, Andrew Nakahara and Sam Ridge won their matches.

Congratulations to the following Bay Area Newsgroup All-East Bay selections…

Elizabeth Schultz was named Girls Golfer of the Year.
Isabella vonEbbe was named as a first team selection in girls tennis.
Tommy Bush was named as a first team selection in boys water polo.
Chase Lanier was named as a second team selection in girls water polo.

Shopping specials…

If you shop at Sports Basement on Ygnacio Valley Road in Walnut Creek, mention “Acalanes Athletics,” and you will receive a 10% discount! The Acalanes Sports Boosters will receive an additional 5% from the purchase price. You are given permission to shop to your heart’s content.

R. Takahashi

Dec 19 – Thursday Sports

In yesterday’s action…

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Girls Soccer

defeated Ygnacio Valley HS 5-0. Phoebe Wixsom and Kyle McQuain recorded several saves to secure the shutout. The JV team did likewise 10-0.

In today’s action…

Girls Basketball

hosts Windsor HS at 8:00 in the first round of the East Bay vs. North Bay Classic.

Boys Basketball

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

Wrestling

has a match at Miramonte HS at 6:00.

Freshman Boys Soccer

hosts Bishop O’Dowd HS at 6:00.

Phoebe Wixsom
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Shopping Specials…

If you shop at Sports Basement on Ygnacio Valley Road in Walnut Creek, mention “Acalanes Athletics,” and you will receive a 10% discount! The Acalanes Sports Boosters will receive an additional 5% from the purchase price. You are given permission to shop to your heart’s content.

R. Takahashi

Dec 19 – Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team is Back in Action Thursday Night

IT’S BALL NIGHT!!
Against San Ramon Valley High in San Ramon

The Boys Varsity Basketball Team gets back on the hardwood tonight against another highly skilled opponent in San Ramon Valley High School.  The SRV Wolves are coming off a hard-fought victory against Northgate High School this past Tuesday evening, 63-54.  The Dons Varsity Boys will need to block-out relentlessly as they will be facing a San Ramon Valley front line that measures in at 6’9″ at power forward and 6’10” at center.

  • Tip-off is at 7:00pm  at San Ramon Valley High – 140 Love Ln., Danville.

Next Varsity Home Game:

  • Saturday December 21st vs. Northgate High School – Tip-off is at 8:00pm

GO DONS!!!

 

Dec 17 – Tuesday Sports

In today’s action…

Freshman Boys Soccer

hosts Ygnacio Valley HS at 6:00.

Boys Basketball

games at St. Mary’s HS in Stockton have been postponed.

Congratulations to the following Bay Area Newsgroup All-East Bay selections…

Elizabeth Schultz was named Girls Golfer of the Year.
Isabella vonEbbe was named as a first team selection in girls tennis.
Tommy Bush was named as a first team selection in boys water polo.
Chase Lanier was named as a second team selection in girls water polo.

Shopping specials…

If you shop at Sports Basement on Ygnacio Valley Road in Walnut Creek, mention “Acalanes Athletics,” and you will receive a 10% discount! The Acalanes Sports Boosters will receive an additional 5% from the purchase price. You are given permission to shop to your heart’s content.

R. Takahashi

Dec 14 – Saturday Sports

In Friday’s action…

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Boys Soccer

OK, the Dublin HS boys soccer team came to Lafayette 9-0 on the season, but did not leave undefeated. The boys soccer team defeated the Gaels 1-0 in an extremely well-played game by the entire team. The JV team did not fare as well in defeat.

Girls Soccer

was defeated by Dublin HS. The JV team was also defeated.

Varsity Girls Basketball

was defeated by Campolindo HS, finishing 4th in the Walnut Creek Winter Classic.

In Saturday’s action…

Varsity Wrestling

competes in the Bay Area Invitational at Castro Valley HS.

JV and Frosh-soph wrestling

competes in the Clayton Valley Charter tournament.

Sierra Galanza
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JV Boys Basketball

plays at 3:30 in the Ken Nelson Memorial tournament at Campolindo HS.

JV Girls Basketball

plays at 3:30 in the Petaluma tournament.

Freshman Boys Soccer

hosts College Park HS at 1:00.

Frosh-Soph Girls Soccer

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

Friday’s individual standouts…

Boys soccer

Kaj Simonsen scored the lone goal and Zach Kramer was named “Man of the Match.”

Girls Soccer

Phoebe Wixsom had 8 saves.

Zach Kramer (3)
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R. Takahashi

Dec 13 – Friday’s Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Wrestling team

was defeated by Las Lomas HS.

JV Boys Basketball

was defeated by Piedmont HS in the Ken Nelson Memorial tournament.

Varsity Girls Basketball

won against Sir Francis Drake in the 2nd round of the Walnut Creek Holiday Classic.

JV Girls Basketball

was defeated by Ukiah HS in the Petaluma tournament.

In Friday’s action…

Boys Soccer

hosts Dublin HS in their home DFAL opener. JV at 4:15 and Varsity at 6:15.

Girls Soccer

plays at Dublin HS. JV at 4:15 and Varsity at 6:15.

Varsity Girls Basketball

plays Campolindo at 5PM in the Consolation Finals of the Walnut Creek Holiday Classic at Northgate HS.

JV Boys Basketball

plays at 3:30 in the Ken Nelson Memorial tournament at Campolindo HS.

JV Girls Basketball

plays at 3:30 in the Petaluma tournament.

In Saturday’s action…

Varsity Wrestling

competes in the Bay Area Invitational at Castro Valley HS.

Wrestling-JV and Frosh-Soph

competes in the Clayton Valley Charter HS tournament.

JV Boys Basketball

plays at 3:30 in the Ken Nelson Memorial tournament at Campolindo HS.

JV Girls Basketball

plays at 3:30 in the Petaluma tournament.

Freshman Boys Soccer

hosts College Park HS at 1:00.

Frosh-Soph Girls Soccer

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

Thursday’s individual standouts…

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Photos: David Lillienstein

Wrestling

Brian Lilienstein and Andrew Nakahara won their matches.

Congratulations to the following Bay Area Newsgroup All-East Bay selections…

Elizabeth Schultz was named Girls Golfer of the Year.
Isabella vonEbbe was named as a first team selection in girls tennis.
Tommy Bush was named as a first team selection in boys water polo.
Chase Lanier was named as a second team selection in girls water polo.

R. Takahashi

Dec 12 – Thursday Sports

In yesterday’s action…

Girls Basketball

fell to Concord High School in the first game of the Walnut Creek Holiday Classic.

Girls Soccer

gave up an early goal, but battled back to a 1-1 tie against Alhambra HS. The JV team played very well in defeat.

Boys Soccer

was defeated by Alhambra HS 2-1.

Emma Godfrey
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In today’s action…

Wrestling

opens DFAL action hosting Las Lomas HS at 6:00.

Varsity Girls Basketball

plays in the Walnut Creek Holiday Classic at Northgate HS at 5PM.

JV Girls Basketball

plays Ukiah HS in the Petaluma tournament at 3:30.

Freshman Boys Basketball

plays Piedmont HS at Campolindo HS at 3:30 in the Ken Nelson Memorial tournament.

Yesterday’s individual standouts…

Boys Soccer

Kaj Simonsen scored the lone goal and Alex Longerbeam had 10 saves. Ben Lenz was named “Man of the match.”

R. Takahashi

Dec 11 – Wednesday Sports

In yesterday’s action…

Lady Dons Varsity
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Boys Basketball

was defeated by Sir Francis Drake HS. The JV and Freshman teams fared no better.

Acalanes JV Girls
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Girls Basketball

was defeated by Sonoma Valley HS. The JV team was edged out by a last minute game-winning shot.

In today’s action…

Soccer

teams open DFAL play against Alhambra HS. The girls are home and the boys away. JV plays at 4:15 and Varsity at 6:15.

Girls Basketball

Varsity plays at 5:00 in the Walnut Creek Winter Classic at Northgate HS.

R. Takahashi

Dec 10 – Acalanes Varsity Boys Basketball Team Falls

to Sir Francis Drake 63-48
It was a frustrating evening for the Dons in San Anselmo yesterday. 

What was shaping-up to be a great finish turned into a second half cake walk for the Drake Pirates last night.  The halftime score was 28-27, Drake over Acalanes, after an exciting and evenly matched first half.  But as soon as the 2nd half started, the dreaded turnover bug hit the Dons.  They most have amassed 15+ turnovers in the 3rd and 4th quarter combined.  All of this after a turnover free 2nd quarter for the Dons.  It really didn’t matter who you were on the Dons Varsity roster, the turnover bug affected you.  The Dons could only total 5 points in the 3rd quarter and that was just what the Pirates needed to take a comfortable lead going into the 4th.  Unfortunately for the Dons, they could not climb themselves out of the hole they put themselves into, in the 3rd quarter.  The 4th quarter was a little better offensively.  However the Dons would never threaten the Pirates in the 4th quarter and they would cruise to a 63-48 victory.

What was frustrating about this game was the fact that the Varsity Dons should have been in this game down to the final buzzer.  Drake was not 15 points better than the Dons.  In fact, this is a game the Dons will look back upon and know they should have won.  But in the second half, the Dons simply melted down against the Drake 2-2-1 three-quarter court press and that was the difference.  Get ready boys, you are going to see this same press, all season long, from 12 different schools.

The Varsity Dons will get a week to straighten things out before they travel to Stockton to take on the always good, St. Mary’s of Stockton, next Tuesday at 7:00pm.

After the last two losses, the Don are now 3-2 on the season.

There is plenty to love about this particular team.  They are always extremely well prepared and no matter which five players are on the court, they work tremendously hard and they are always supportive of each other.  This passion and team work will always give this Acalanes Varsity Team a chance to win each time they step on the floor…no matter who they play.

Now come out and support your Varsity Boys Basketball Team!!!

Dec 11 – Acalanes Boosters Holiday Fundraiser

Buy your holiday gifts and support Acalanes Boosters at the same time
at the Sports Basement Holiday Fundraiser.

You get a 10% discount,
and 10% of your purchase is donated to the Boosters
at no cost to you.

December 11 6:30-8:30PM

Basement-Ad

 

Dec 8 – Acalanes Monday Sports

In Saturday’s action…

Boys Basketball

Varsity Boys was defeated by St. Joseph’s HS in the Championship game of the Island Classic.
JV Boys finished 4th in the John Rhodes Memorial tournament.

Girls Basketball

Varsity Girls defeated Hercules HS to finish 3rd in the Mustangs Holiday Classic.
JV Girls took third place in Terra Nova tournament.

Boys Soccer

Varsity Boys received a forfeit by Antioch HS in the Winter Classic.

In today’s action…

Girls Basketball

Varsity Girls plays at Antioch HS at 7:00.

Boys Soccer

Freshman Boys hosts Monte Vista HS at 6:00.

R. Takahashi

Dec 7 – Varsity Boys Basketball Dons Get Hammered

Acalanes was voted off the Island last night!!!
by St. Joseph Notre Dame In The Island Classic Championship Game 63-25

From the opening tip last night, it was obvious that it was not going to be the Dons night in The Island Classic Championship Game.  Whether it was turnovers, not taking shots or just flat-out missing shots, it was rough going for the Dons against a very good St. Joseph’s Notre Dame team.  The Pilots jumped out to a 15-0 lead and never looked back.  The entire Dons team competed untill the final buzzer sounded.  However, they had no answers to the extended 2-3 zone defense that St. Joseph Notre Dame threw at them last night.

On the bright-side, the Dons were 2-1 on the weekend and took home The Island Classic second place trophy.  Also, two Dons were selected to The Island Classic All Tournament TeamMatt Thomas and Buster Souza.  Both were very deserving of their all tournament honors.

The Dons will continue their tough stretch of games this Tuesday (12/10) when they travel-up to San Anselmo, to take on Sir Francis Drake High School.  The freshman team will play at 4:00pm; the JV team will play at 5:30pm; and the varsity team will play at 7:00pm.

 

Dec 7 – Saturday Sports

In Thursday’s action…

Boys Basketball

Varsity Boys defeated Encinal HS in the Island Classic to advance to the championship semifinals.
JV Boys defeated Bentley HS in the John Rhodes Memorial tournament to advance to the championship semifinals.
Freshman Boys were defeated by St. Mary’s HS of Stockton in the Brandon Huang Memorial tournament.

Girls Basketball

Varsity Girls defeated Lincoln HS in the Mustangs Holiday Classic to advance to the championships semifinals.
JV Girls defeated St. Ignatius HS in the Terra Nova Tiger tournament to advance to the championship semifinals.

Boys Soccer

Varsity Boys were defeated by Bishop O’Dowd HS in the Winter Classic.

In Friday’s action…

Boys Basketball

Varsity Boys defeated Skyline HS in the Island Classic to advance to the Championship game.
JV Boys were defeated by St. Joseph’s HS in the John Rhodes Memorial tournament.
Freshman Boys were victorious in the Brandon Huang Memorial tournament.

Girls Basketball

Varsity Girls were defeated by Westmoor HS in the Mustangs Holiday Classic.
JV Girls were defeated in the semifinals of the Terra Nova Tiger tournament.

In Saturday’s action…

Boys Basketball

Varsity Boys play at St. Joseph’s HS at 8:00 in the Championship game of the Island Classic.
JV Boys play at home at 12:30 in the John Rhodes Memorial tournament.
Freshman Boys play in the Brandon Huang Memorial tournament at Miramonte HS.

Girls Basketball

Varsity Girls play Hercules HS in the Mustangs Holiday Classic at Lincoln HS in San Francisco in the 3rd place game at 4:30.
JV Girls play at 2:30 in the Terra Nova Tiger tournament in Pacifica.

Boys Soccer

Varsity Boys play Antioch HS at California HS at 11:00 in the Winter Classic.
Freshman Boys play at Deer Valley HS at 10:00.

Wrestling

The wrestling team competes in the Falcon Frosh-soph & JV tournament at Foothill HS.

R. Takahashi

Dec 6 – Varsity Boys Basketball Advances To The Island Classic Championship

After Pounding Skyline 59-30

Island Fever has hit the Acalanes Dons Varsity Basketball Team!!! The Varsity Dons took it to the Skyline Titans last night in second round action at The Island Classic Basketball Tournament.  From the opening tip to the final free throw, the Dons were in total control of the game and ultimately finished-off the Titans, 59-30.  This was the Dons most lopsided win of the young season and it propelled them to the Championship Game of The Island Classic against the host team, St. Joseph Notre Dame of Alameda. Every Don in uniform hit the floor and saw action against Skyline.  However, it was the seniors who led the way for the Dons in the first three and a half quarters.  Whether it was playing sound team defense, grabbing rebounds, hustling for loose balls, making the extra pass, hitting free throws or knocking down the big shot, Zach Kisner, Matt Thomas, Buster Souza, Ross Teichman and Kyle Kinnear set the tone for the Dons.  These five seniors worked in conjunction with the two point guards, junior Joey Hewitt and sophomore Andrew McKendell, to control the flow of the game and to give the Dons a commanding 20 point lead by the middle of the 4th quarter.  The Dons bench took over the remainder of the game, tacking-on another 9 points for good measures.  Sophomore guard, Alex Kinnear, got the Dons bench and the crowd going by draining two late jumpers from the left corner. The Dons benefited from a double/double by a very efficient Buster Souza who ended the game with 17 points and 11 rebounds.  The Dons also got 10 points and 4 rebounds from Ross Teichman; 10 points and 4 assists from Matt Thomas; and 7 points and 3 assists from Zach Kisner. Tonight the Dons will play the St. Joseph Notre Dame Pilots at 8:00pm in The Island Classic Championship Game.  If you are not doing anything this evening, grab some dinner at one of the great restaurants on Park Street in Alameda and then head over to the St. Joseph’s Gym for the 8:00pm tip-off – 1011 Chestnut Street, Alameda. Did I hear someone say the Dons are 3-0 on the season?  

Dec 6 – Friday Sports Page

In Thursday’s action…

Boys Basketball

The Varsity Boys defeated Encinal HS in the Island Classic to advance to the championship semifinals.

The JV Boys defeated Bentley HS in the John Rhodes Memorial tournament to advance to the championship semifinals.

Freshman Boys Basketball team was defeated by St. Mary’s HS of Stockton in the Brandon Huang Memorial tournament.

Girls Basketball

The Girls Varsity team defeated Lincoln HS in the Mustangs Holiday Classic to advance to the championships semifinals.

JV Girls team defeated St. Ignatius HS in the Terra Nova Tiger tournament to advance to the championship semifinals.

Boys Soccer

was defeated by Bishop O’Dowd HS in the Winter Classic.

In Friday’s action…

Boys Basketball

Varsity Boys play Skyline HS at St. Joseph’s HS in Alameda at 5:00 in the Island Classic semifinals.

JV Boys basketball play at home at 8:30 in the semifinals of the John Rhodes Memorial tournament.

Freshman Boys play at 3:30 in the Brandon Huang Memorial tournament at Miramonte HS.

Girls Basketball

Varsity Girls play at 8:30 in the Mustangs Holiday Classic at Lincoln HS in San Francisco.

JV Girls play at 6:15 in the Terra Nova Tiger tournament in Pacifica.

Girls Soccer

Lady Dons play at Albany HS. JV at 4:00 and Varsity at 6:00.

Wrestling

The Wrestling Dons compete in the DFAL Novice tournament at Alhambra HS at 4:00.

In Saturday’s action…

Boys Basketball

Varsity Boys Basketball plays at St. Joseph’s HS in the Island Classic semifinals in Alameda.

JV Boys Basketball plays at home in the John Rhodes Memorial tournament.

Freshman Boys Basketball plays in the Brandon Huang Memorial tournament at Miramonte HS.

Girls Basketball

Varsity Girls basketball plays in the Mustangs Holiday Classic at Lincoln HS in San Francisco.

JV Girls Basketball plays in the Terra Nova Tiger tournament in Pacifica.

Boys Soccer

Varsity Boys play Antioch HS at California HS at 11:00 in the Winter Classic.

Freshman boys soccer team plays at Deer Valley HS at 10:00.

Wrestling

Wrestling competes in the Falcon Frosh-Soph & JV tournament at Foothill HS.

R. Takahashi

Dec 5 – Acalanes Varsity Boys Basketball Team Rallies

to Beat Encinal 48-44 in The Island Classic

There was nothing “classic” about the 1st half of the Don’s basketball game versus Encinal High School last night, in opening round action of The Island Classic at St. Joseph Notre Dame High School.  The Dons finished the first half with a whopping 12 points coupled with a staggering 16 turnovers.  You would think with those first half stats that the Dons would have been down by 25 points.  However, the Dons only trailed by 11 points, 23-12.

The 2nd half was a completely different story.  In the 3rd quarter the Dons came out en fuego, sparked by the long range shooting of Matt Thomas.  Thomas dropped-in a game high 21 points; 20 of which came in the 2nd half.  The Dons also made it a point to get the ball down to Buster Souza in the low block to take advantage of his size mismatch.  Coach Power’s half time adjustments helped the Dons to outscore the Jets 21-6 in the 3rd quarter and take a 33-29 lead into the 4th quarter.  A lead which they would never relinquish.  The 4th quarter was hotly contested.  But the Dons would hit key free throws late in the game to close-out Encinal, 48-44.

The Acalanes Dons took much better care of the basketball in the second half, limiting their turnovers to 4 as well as eliminating the number of offensive rebounds by Encinal. The backcourt of Joey Hewitt and Zach Kisner did a solid job of handling the full court pressure applied by Encinal in the 2nd half.  In addition to some of the ball handling duties, Kisner had to defend Encinal’s best offensive weapon, Matt Canalin, in the 4th quarter, and held him to only 6 points.

Don’t look now, but the Varsity Dons are 2-0 on the season.

The Dons should expect more full court pressure tonight as they take on the Titans of Skyline High School in their second round match-up.  Tip-off is at 5:00pm at St. Joseph Notre Dame High School in Alameda.

  •  Acalanes Dons vs. Skyline Titans (2nd Round of The Island Classic)
  • St. Joseph Notre Dame High School  – 1011 Chestnut Street, Alameda
  • Tip-off: 5:00pm

Dec 5 – Thursday Sports

In today’s action…

Boys Soccer

hosts Bishop O’Dowd HS at 6:30 in the Winter Classic.

Varsity Boys Basketball

plays Encinal HS in the Island Classic at St. Joseph’s HS at 5:00.

JV Boys Basketball

hosts Bentley HS in the John Rhodes Memorial tournament at 8:30.

Freshmen Boys Basketball

plays St. Mary’s HS of Stockton in the Brandon Huang Memorial tournament at Miramonte HS at 5:00.

Varsity Girls Basketball

plays Lincoln HS in the Mustang’s Holiday Classic at Lincoln HS in San Francisco at 7:30.

JV Girls Basketball

plays St. Ignatius HS in the Terra Nova Tiger tournament in Pacifica at 6:15.

R. Takahashi

Dec 3 – Tuesday Sports

In yesterday’s action…

Boys Basketball

overwhelmed Hercules HS 58-43. The JV team pulled out a thriller in overtime 64-62.

Boys Soccer

posted a 0-0 tie against San Leandro HS in the Winter Classic.

In today’s action…

Boys Soccer

hosts Antioch HS at 4:30 in the Winter Classic.

Girls Basketball

plays at Novato HS. JV at 5:30 and Varsity at 7:00.

Yesterday’s individual standouts…

Boys Basketball

Joey Hewitt scored 13 points, with 4 3-pointers. Matt Thomas scored 12 points, with 4 3-pointers. Ross Teichman scored 15 points and Buster Souza 13 points.

Boys Soccer

Eric Sirott was named “Man of the Match.”

R. Takahashi

Dec 2 – Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team Works Over Hercules 58 – 43 in Monday Night Action

What a difference a year makes!!!

The long-awaited debut of the Bill Powers era of Acalanes Boys Basketball tipped-off last night in Lafayette…and what a debut it was.  Last season, the Hercules Titans disposed of the visiting Dons, 59-43.  This season, the Dons flipped the script on the visiting Titans, pounding them 58-43, to give Coach Powers his first official win as the Acalanes Varsity Head Basketball Coach.  It also gives the Varsity Dons a 1-0 record on the very early season.

The first half of the game was closely contested, with the Dons taking a 24-21 lead into half.  However, in the 3rd quarter, the Dons got it cranked-up on both ends of the floor and extended their lead to as large as 20 points over the Titans.  The 4th quarter did not get any better for Hercules as the Dons cruised to a 58-43 victory.

This was an incredibly balanced scoring effort by the Varsity Dons with four players pouring in double digits –  Joey Hewitt with 14 points; Buster Souza with 13 points; Matt Thomas with 12 points; and Ross Teichman with 15 points.  Make no mistake about it, the Dons won this game in the 3rd quarter by smothering the Titans on defense, generating turnovers and owning the defensive glass.

The Dons were also incredibly unselfish on the offensive side of the floor and it all started with the big fella in the paint, Buster Souza.  Hercules would send a double team at Buster every time he touched the ball.  It did not matter, as Buster consistently found his open teammates who would knock down three-point shots or they would make the extra pass to another teammate for an even better shot.  It was fun basketball for the fans to watch.

The next game for the Acalanes Varsity Boys Basketball Team will be on Thursday (12/5) at 5:00pm against the Encinal Jets of Alameda in a first round match-up in the St. Joseph Notre Dame Island Classic Basketball Tournament in Alameda.

  • The next home game for the Varsity Dons will be on Saturday December 21st against Northgate at 8:00pm

Dec 5 to 7 – JV Boys Basketball Tournament

Come and support your JV Boys Basketball Team this week at the 12th Annual John Rhodes Memorial Tournament Thursday, December 5-7 at the Acalanes gym:

Dec 5 – 4pm to 10pm – AHS plays at 8:30pm

Dec 6 – 4pm to 10pm

Dec 7 – 11am to 5pm

Entrance for students is FREE! Three-day passes available for adults.

Kathy Hemmenway

Dec 2 – Acalanes Varsity Boys Basketball Team Hosts Hercules Tonight at 7:00pm

This time it counts!!!

The official non-conference season for the Acalanes Dons Boys Varsity Basketball Team tips-off tonight (December 2nd) at home versus the Hercules Titans.  The Varsity Dons wrapped-up the exhibition portion of their schedule this past Saturday with a scrimmage versus Montgomery High School of Santa Rosa.  It is now time for some real basketball…and the Dons are ready.

The Varsity Dons are led by (6) seniors – Matt Thomas, Buster Souza, Ross Teichman, Zach Kisner, Kyle Kinnear and Brett Merrill.  These seniors will work in concert with  (4) juniors – Joey Hewitt, Bryant Smith, Ryan Cheng and Alexander Grace and (3) sophomores – Andrew McKendell, Alex Kinnear and Ben Middleton, to improve upon an eight win 2012-2013 season.  Coach Bill Powers and his staff have this team prepared to take on a very challenging schedule.  It all starts tonight with a re-match against Hercules.  Last season, the Varsity Dons lost to the Titans, in Hercules, by a score of 59-43.

Please come out and support your Acalanes Dons Varsity Basketball Team as action tips-off tonight at 7:00pm.

Before the Varsity game tonight, the Freshman and JV Boys Basketball Teams will also be in action:

  • The Freshman Dons will tip-off against Hercules at 4:00pm
  • The JV Dons will tip-off against Hercules at 5:30pm

Dec 2 – Monday Sports

Monday, November 25

Girls Tennis

Congratulations to Isabella vonEbbe, who placed 4th at the NCS Singles Championships.

Tuesday, November 26

Boys Basketball

was defeated by College Park HS in the NCS Foundation game. The JV team was victorious, but the Freshman team came up short.

Girls Basketball

was defeated by San Ramon Valley HS in the NCS Foundation game. The JV team suffered the same fate.

Saturday, November 30

Cross Country

Cameron Gaskell placed 25th and Sammy Taketa 28th at the CIF State Cross Country Championships in division III at Woodward Park in Fresno.

Monday, December 2

Boys Basketball

hosts Hercules HS. Freshmen at 4:00, JV at 5:30 and Varsity at 7:00.

Varsity Boys Soccer

hosts San Leandro HS in the Winter Classic.

R. Takahashi

Nov 30 – Acalanes Boys Basketball Hosts Montgomery High School In Exhibition Games Saturday Morning

Basketball action tips-off again at Acalanes High School on Saturday morning at 10:00am as the Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team takes-on the Montgomery Vikings of Santa Rosa.

Coming off seven point loss (72-65) in an exciting Foundation game against College Park, the Varsity Dons continue on with their brutal non-conference schedule with an exhibition game against a Montgomery High School Team that was 23-9 last season.  Another great test for the new look Dons.  This will be the final tune-up game for the Varsity Dons as their official non-conference schedule starts on Monday December 2nd with a home game against the Hercules Titans at 7:00pm.

The schedule of exhibition basketball games on Saturday November 30th:

  • Varsity Boys Game tips-off at 10:00am
  • JV Boys Game tips-off at 11:30am
  • Freshman Boys Game tips-off at 1:00pm

Come out and support your Acalanes Dons Boys Basketball Teams.

Special Shopping News…

If you shop at Sports Basement on Ygnacio Valley Road in Walnut Creek, mention “Acalanes Athletics,” and you will receive a 10% discount! The Acalanes Sports Boosters will receive an additional 5% from the purchase price. You are given permission to shop to your heart’s content.

Sports Basement on Ygnacio Valley Road in Walnut Creek will host “Acalanes Athletics Day” on Wednesday, December 11. Mention Acalanes Athletics and you will receive a 10% discount! The Acalanes Sports Boosters will receive an additional 10% from the purchase price. Additionally there will be a Happy Hour from 6:30 to 8:30pm, with food and beverages provided free of charge.

Nov 27 – Acalanes Sports over Thanksgiving Break

Monday, November 25

Girls Tennis

Congratulations to Isabella vonEbbe, who placed 4th at the NCS Singles Championships.

Tuesday, November 26

Boys Basketball

was defeated by College Park HS in the NCS Foundation game. The JV team was victorious, but the Freshman team came up short.

Girls Basketball

was defeated by San Ramon Valley HS in the NCS Foundation game. The JV team suffered the same fate.

Friday, November 29

Varsity Boys Soccer

has its Alumni game at 5:00.

JV Boys Soccer

plays Deer Valley HS and Livermore HS in the James Logan tournament.

Freshman Boys Soccer

plays California HS and Monte Vista HS in the Monte Vista tournament.

Saturday, November 30

Cross Country

competes in the CIF State Championships at Woodward Park in Fresno at 8:00.

Boys Basketball

hosts Montgomery HS in a scrimmage. Varsity at 10:00, JV at 11:30 and freshmen at 1:00.

JV Boys Soccer

plays College Park HS and another team in the James Logan tournament.

Freshman Boys Soccer

plays Berkeley HS and another team in the Monte Vista tournament.

R. Takahashi

Nov 26 – Acalanes Boys Basketball Teams Plays College Park In Foundation Games Today at Home

The Acalanes Dons Boys Basketball Teams hit the court again today as they host the College Park Falcons in their 2013 Foundation Games.  After a successful day of scrimmages against James Logan High School this past Saturday, the Boys Basketball Teams continue to get ready for their first regular season game against Hercules with a tough Foundation Game match-up against College Park of Pleasant Hill.

  • The Freshman Dons vs. College Park tips-off at 4:00pm
  • The JV Dons vs. College Park tips-off at 5:30pm
  • The Varsity Dons vs. College Park tips-off at 7:00pm

The College Park Varsity Team was 27-6 last season, losing in the second round of the North Coast Section playoffs to Montgomery High School (who, by the way, Acalanes will scrimmage at home this Saturday).  However, College Park was invited to participate in the CIF State Championship Division II Tournament where they lost in the finals to Redondo Union High School.  A number of key players return to the Falcon’s program which will test our much improved Dons Varsity Basketball Team tomorrow night.

Come out and support our Senior basketball stars – Matt Thomas, Buster Souza, Ross Teichman, Zach Kisner, Brett Merrill and Kyle Kinnear – as they try to lead this year’s team to a special season.

Important Gate Information:

  • Foundation Games are NCS Events
  • There will be a gate fee: $5 General Admission / $3 for Students, Senior Citizens and Children (No passes will be honored)
  • Acalanes Booster Membership Cards WILL NOT get you into the games for free tomorrow (NCS events are the exception – regular home games will be free admission to Acalanes Booster Card holders)
  • 50% of the revenue raised at all Foundations Games through-out Northern California tomorrow go towards scholarships / the other 50% will go to the Basketball Program of the host teams

Nov 25 – Acalanes Sports over Thanksgiving Break

Tuesday, November 26

Boys Basketball

hosts College Park HS in the NCS Foundation game. Freshmen at 4:00, JV at 5:30 and Varsity at 7:00.

Girls Basketball

plays at San Ramon Valley HS in the NCS Foundation game. JV at 5:30 and Varsity at 7:00.

Boys Soccer

hosts Richmond HS in a scrimmage. JV at 5:30 and Varsity at 7:00.

Friday, November 29

Varsity Boys Soccer

has its Alumni game at 5:00.

JV Boys Soccer

plays Deer Valley HS and Livermore HS in the James Logan tournament.

Freshman Boys Soccer

plays California HS and Monte Vista HS in the Monte Vista tournament.

Saturday, November 30

Cross Country

competes in the CIF State Championships at Woodward Park in Fresno at 8:00.

Boys Basketball

hosts Montgomery HS in a scrimmage. Varsity at 10:00, JV at 11:30 and Freshmen at 1:00.

JV Boys Soccer

plays College Park HS and another team in the James Logan tournament.

Freshman Boys Soccer

plays Berkeley HS and another team in the Monte Vista tournament.

R. Takahashi

Nov 23 – Acalanes Boys Basketball Is Back!!!

Hoop season is back!!!  – All Teams Will Scrimmage Against James Logan High School This Saturday at Acalanes

The new look Acalanes Dons Boys Basketball Program will tip-off its 2013-2014 season with scrimmages against James Logan High School this Saturday, November 23rd, at Acalanes High School.  The entire Boys Basketball Program, from Varsity to Freshman, has a fresh new culture and it can be directly attributed to the new Varsity Head Coach, Bill Powers.  Coach Powers has hand selected a bright staff of coaches to help him teach the young men throughout the entire program the new expectations of Acalanes Boys Basketball – Sacrifice, Togetherness, Citizenship and Skill Development – “Four Corner Offense.”

The Freshman Boys Basketball Team, led by new their new Head Coach Adam Berke, will tip-off their scrimmage at 3:00pm.

The JV Boys Basketball Team, led by their new Head Coach Rob Combi, will tip-off their scrimmage at 4:30pm.

The Varsity Boys Basketball Team, led by their new Head Coach Bill Powers, will tip-off their scrimmage at 6:00pm.

Go Dons!!!

Booster ID Cards

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to Athletic Boosters this year!  We appreciate your donation and couldn’t support our athletic programs without it!

If you purchased a membership but still need to pickup your Sports Passes or Incentive items (for memberships $250 & above), they’ll be available at the Boosters Table at the home football games Friday night 9/20.  The Cinch Bags that we ran out of at Dons Day are now in!!

If you have any questions, please contact Doreen de Roque, Membership chair.
email: membership@acalanesboosters.com

Thank you!

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Don’t miss out; Boosters’ BASH is coming!

Acalanes Boosters’ Bash: Cinco de Mayo – Dons’ Style!
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Lafayette Veterans’ Hall 6:00 – 10:30pm

Time is running out! Don’t miss the opportunity to support Boosters while enjoying a memorable evening with the Acalanes community including administration, coaches, and fellow parents. Read below for details on how you can help make the event a success…

RESERVE YOUR SPOT!

The dinner will sell out shortly (no joke!). Tickets are $60 per person and can be purchased on-line http://acalaneshs.revtrak.net Look for the Athletic Boosters Section and choose item 2 for Boosters’ tickets to the Bash. We have sold 2/3 of our tickets so we will sell out and sell out early! Don’t miss your chance to attend this fun evening!

CURIOUS ABOUT SOME OF THE FABULOUS AUCTION ITEMS WE HAVE?

How would you like to be Principal for the Day and get the chance to spend the day with Ms. Glimme? Have a kid graduating and don’t want to stress on seats or parking? We have you covered! We have a reserved parking spot and four reserved seats at graduation along with several other goodies! How about a trip to the beach for your family? We have beach cruiser bikes, a stay at Seascape, dinner, beach bonfire with s’mores, all day rides at the Santa Cruz beach boardwalk and winery visits! Don’t miss out! We have special coach outings with our varsity coaches, a couch in the End Zone for the Campo football game with BBQ and wait staff! Our list is growing! Let’s make this year our best year yet!

MAKE A DONATION! THROW A PARTY!!!

We need your donations! The success of this event depends on the continued generosity of our parents and local business community. Please share your talents and connections.

A fun way to support Boosters is by throwing a party. Boosters’ parties sell well and are a source of genuine merriment for our parent community. This is a great way to connect with other parents while making a valuable contribution to boosters. Please contact Brenda Balfrey at bbalfrey@me.com by April 1st if you can help!

Other great donations include gift certificates, vacation rentals, gift baskets, event tickets, lodging, sports memorabilia, jewelry, handcrafted items, services…the possibilities are endless! The deadline for donations is April 1st. Please contact Julie Gladden or Leslie Mariani at BoostersBash@yahoo.com with any questions about donations. Cash donations are also greatly appreciated! Donation forms are located on the Boosters’ Website at www.acalanesboosters.com under the tab “Forms”.

ADVERTISE!

Your support can also be given by advertising in the auction program! If you want information about advertising in our auction program, please contact Leslie or Julie at BoostersBash@yahoo.com.

LEND A HAND!

This is a volunteer event. If you’d like to take part in the fun, please contact Julie or Leslie at BoostersBash@yahoo.com.

ABOUT BOOSTERS

We raise funds for the entire Acalanes athletic program, working to ensure that the program is viable and that each student athlete has a rewarding athletic experience. Boosters’ also provides our student athletes with the best trainer around, Chris Clark. We are only as strong as you make us! Please help support our organization!

Feb 19 – Basketball and Soccer Results

In Thursdays action…

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Girls basketball

finished the season with a thrilling 52-47 victory over Las Lomas HS. The JV team won in a landslide.

Boys basketball

was defeated by Las Lomas HS. Buster Souza and Matt Thomas each scored 17 points.

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In Saturdays action…

The boys soccer team fell to St. Mary’s HS 1-0 in a hard-fought, well-played NCS Quarterfinal game. Eric Rogstad had 4 saves.
The girls soccer team reestablished themselves as a strong NCS playoff team even with a quarterfinal defeat to Campolindo HS. Brooke Balfrey had 7 saves.

In Tuesdays action…

The softball team hosts Hercules HS at 3:45.

R. Takahashi

Feb 14 – Acalanes Boys Basketball – Las Lomas Video Highlights

Video: Gint Federas

Feb 14 – Basketball Results

In Thursdays action…

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Girls Basketball

Varsity finished the season with a thrilling 52-47 victory over Las Lomas HS. The JV team won in a landslide.

Boys Basketball

Varsity was defeated by Las Lomas HS.

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R. Takahashi

The Acalanes Freshman Boys Basketball Team Defeats Las Lomas With A Buzzer Beating Three Point Shot, 48-47

WOW!!!  What a way to end the basketball season!!

In a game where neither team held a lead greater than four points, you knew the game would be decided in the last few possessions of the 4th quarter…and it was.  The final one minute and ten seconds of this game was not for the weak at heart.  It included made free throws, missed free throws, terrible turnovers, lay-ups and three clutch 3 point shots.  The Dons tried their very best to give this game away in the final 60 seconds.  But in the end, the young men from Acalanes prevailed.

Talk about a close game from start to finish: at the end of the 1st quarter, the score was tied, 11-11; at halftime, the Knights led the Dons, 22-24; and at the end of three-quarters, the Knights still led the Dons, 35-33; however, at the end of 4th quarter, the Dons would have the last laugh.

About a tenth of a second before the final horn sounded to end the 4th quarter, the ball from Alex Kinnear’s 3-point shot swished through the basket giving the Freshman Dons an unbelievable 48-47 victory over Las Lomas.  As the shot hit home and the horn echoed through the gym, the home crowd erupted in cheers and the Acalanes bench, coaches included, rushed the floor to mob Kinnear and celebrate the amazing win.  It was all smiles at Acalanes last night.

There were a lot of special individual performances that took place in this game.  However, this game was won because the Dons played excellent team defense in the second half and rebounded well as a collective unit throughout the entire game.

The big men for Acalanes played beautifully on both ends of the floor against the Knights.  Joey Christensen, coming off a great game at Campolindo, put together another strong effort for the Dons scoring 10 points and hauling-in 7 rebounds.  Matt Mesetz was stellar for the Dons, scoring 12 points, grabbing 9 rebounds and blocking 3 shots.  This may have been Matt’s best all around game of the season.

Andrew McKendell played all 32 minutes for the Dons at point guard.  During his time on the floor, Andrew put together another very solid performance scoring 8 points, dishing-out 7 assist and collecting 4 steals.  Andrew hit a deep three pointer to give Acalanes its first lead in the 4th quarter 42-40, with just 1:10 to go.  That shot kicked-off the jaw-dropping final one minute of play.  Alex Kinnear, the star of the night, delivered 13 points for the Dons – eight of them in the 4th quarter and six of them within the final 16.9 seconds of the game.  Within that same 16.9 seconds, Kinnear went from goat to hero for the Dons.  Alex bounced back after his ill-advised cross court pass was intercepted by a Las Lomas defender and taken in for a lay-up with 17 seconds to go, giving Las Lomas the lead 44-42.  Seemingly unphased, Kinnear hit a tough 3 point shot with 6 seconds remaining to cut the Knight’s lead to 46-45.  After Las Lomas could only convert one of two free throws with 5.9 seconds on the clock, McKendell took the inbounds pass and raced the ball down the court, found Kinnear open in the deep corner, and Alex turned around and let the shot fly…Acalanes buzzer beater goes BOOM!!  The Dons win 48-47.

This was a fantastic way for the Freshman Dons to conclude their basketball season.  The victory over Las Lomas snapped a three game losing streak for the Dons and gave them a win they will remember for a long time.  The Freshman Dons finished their pre-season with a record of 8-8 and last night they completed DFAL play with a record of 3-8.  This gives the Acalanes Freshman Boys Basketball Team an overall record of 11-16 on the season.

Thank you to Coach Sariby and Coach Combi for your tremendous effort and commitment to the Freshman Boys Program.  It will not be forgotten.  As always…GO DONS!!!

 

Feb 12 – Video Highlights – Acalanes Dons Boys Basketball Hosting Campo

Video: Gint Federas

Feb 14 – Valentine’s Day Sports

In Wednesdays action…

Boys Soccer

took a 1-1 halftime draw and scored 4 goals in a 20 minute span to dispatch Piedmont HS 5-1 to advance to Saturdays quarterfinal game.
The girls soccer team trailed at halftime 1-0 but mounted a furious rally to defeat Ygnacio Valley HS 2-1 to advance to Saturdays quarterfinal game.

In Thursdays action…

Basketball teams

play Las Lomas HS in the season finale. At Las Lomas HS, the JV boys play at 4:00, varsity boys at 5:30 and varsity girls at 7:00. At Acalanes HS, the JV girls play at 4:00 and freshman boys at 5:30.

In Saturdays action…

Boys Soccer

hosts St. Mary’s HS in the NCS quarterfinals at 7:00.

The girls soccer team plays at Campolindo HS in the NCS quarterfinals at 7:00.

Wednesdays individual standouts…

Boys Soccer

Nick Lee scored 1 goal, had 1 assist and was named “Man of the Match.” Mark Helfrich, Dan Glascock and Max Mirner each scored 1 goal and had 1 assist. Kai Simonsen scored 1 goal and Stuart Lee had 1 assist.

Girls soccer

Kaitlyn McGee scored 1 goal and had 1 assist and Becca Bostwick scored 1 goal.

R. Takahashi

Acalanes Freshman Boys Basketball Team Plays Final Game Of Season Tonight At Home Versus Las Lomas

The Acalanes Freshman Boys Basketball Team will play their final game of the season tonight, at home, versus the Las Lomas Knights. Tip-off will take place at 5:30pm.

The Dons lost in their first DFAL match-up versus the Knights, back-on January 28th in Walnut Creek, 59 – 46.  Shooting guard Nathan Edwards did his part to keep the Dons in the game hustling all over the court and scoring 19 points.  In this game, the Dons lost swingman Jack Thoren for the remainder of the season as he sustained a concussion and a fractured finger when he toppled over a Las Lomas player contesting a shot.

The Freshman Dons would like to win this Las Lomas rematch for Jack, for themselves and for their loyal fans. See you tonight at the home of the Dons for this season finale – Acalanes Dons vs. Las Lomas Knights, tip-off at 5:30pm.  As always, Go Dons!!!

Feb 12 – Acalanes Freshman Boys Basketball Team Loses an Exciting Game at Campolindo – 59 – 53

Having lost their home DFAL match-up with Campolindo by a score of 64-31 back on January 22nd, the Acalanes Freshman Boys Basketball team was looking for a more competitive game against their Lamorinda rivals this past Tuesday night…and they found one.  After one quarter, it looked like it might be an encore performance of the first game as the Cougars raced-out to a 21-6 lead.  However, in the second quarter, the Dons made a steady charge, getting themselves back into the game by controlling the boards and knocking down both their shots and free throws.  At halftime, the Dons trailed by only 6 points, 29-23.

In the second half, the Dons and the Cougars played to a draw with both teams scoring exactly 30 points each.  The final score was Campolindo 59, Acalanes 53.  The Freshman Dons showed the Campolindo crowd that they can more than hang with the Cougars.  Unfortunately for the Dons, turnovers did them in…AGAIN.  19 turnovers in the game, with many leading to immediate points for the Cougars.  Cut that number in half and the Dons are victorious in this game.

Joey Christensen had his best game of the season, scoring 10 points and pulling down 10 rebounds – 4 of his points and 6 of his rebounds came during the Don’s pivotal 2nd quarter come back.

The Acalanes guards did their part to keep the scoreboard changing for the Dons.  Alex Kinnear found his shooting stroke dropping in 10 points from the floor.  Sam Lauth came off the bench and provided solid court play for Dons while chipping in 7 key points.  Andrew McKendell hit a couple of deep threes in the first half and added several slick drives to the basket in the second half to finish the game with 16 points.

The Freshman Dons have dropped their last three games.  They will look to snap this losing streak tonight, in their final game of the season versus the Knights of Las Lomas. Tip-off will take place at 5:30pm in Lafayette.  Go Dons!!

Feb 12 – Basketball and Cheer Senior Night Photos

Boys Basketball

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Girls Basketball

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Cheer

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Photos: Gint Federas

Feb 13 – NCS Soccer NCS Kickoff Tonight, Basketball comes up short

In yesterdays action…

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Girls Basketball

was defeated by Campolindo HS, but the Cougars were not able to stop Jamie Jacobs, who scored 17 points with 5 3-pointers. The JV team was also defeated.

Boys Basketball

was defeated by Campolindo HS. The JV team also came up short.

In todays action…

Boys Soccer

is the #1 seed in the NCS playoffs and host Piedmont HS at 7:00.

Girls soccer

is the #10 seed and is primed to pull off the upset at Ygnacio Valley HS at 7:00.

R. Takahashi

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Feb 11 – Monday Sports

In Fridays action…

The boys basketball team defeated Alhambra HS 68-57. The JV team lost by 4 points.
The girls basketball team defeated Alhambra HS 56-41. The JV team matched their victory.

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Fridays individual standouts…

Boys basketball

Matt Thomas lit up the scoreboard with 26 points with 4 3-pointers and added 4 assists. Buster Souza dominated the boards with 19 points and added 9 rebounds. Craig Anderson scored 10 points. Zach Kisner scored 8 points and had 8 assists and 5 rebounds.

Girls basketball

JulieAnne Martin scored 22 points with 2 3-pointers and had 4 assists, 4 steals. Marie Paladino scored 14 points with 4 3-pointers.

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NCS Soccer Playoffs…

The boys are the #1 seed in the NCS soccer playoffs and will host Piedmont HS Wednesday at 7:00.
The girls are the #10 seed in the NCS soccer playoffs and will play at Ygnacio Valley HS Wednesday at 7:00.

R. Takahashi

Feb 8 – Boys Basketball Acalanes Dons vs. Alhambra

Final Score Acalanes Dons 68 – Alhambra 57

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Feb 8 – Wrestling Taken Down, Basketball against Alhambra today

In Thursdays action…

The wrestling team was defeated by Dougherty Valley HS. Will Timkin, Andrew Nakahara, Jack Hood and Alan Zuniga won their matches.

In Fridays action…

The basketball teams play Alhambra HS.
At Acalanes HS, JV boys play at 4:00, varsity boys at 5:30 and varsity girls at 7:00.
At Alhambra HS, JV girls play at 4:00 and freshman boys at 5:30.
The freshman boys soccer team hosts Clayton Valley HS at 6:15.

In Saturdays action…

The freshman girls soccer team plays at Las Lomas HS at 2:00.

R. Takahashi

Feb 5 – Acalanes Soccer Rolls On with Big Wins, Mixed Results in Basketball

In yesterdays action…

The boys soccer team is phenomenal.

Down 1-0 early they rallied to defeat Hayward HS 2-1 to raise their overall record to 19-0-3. Dan Glascock scored both goals and was named “Man of the Match.” Nick Lee and Ben Croze each had 1 assist. The JV team notched a 2-0 victory.

Girls Soccer

was clicking on all cylinders in a 5-0 victory over Berean Christian HS.

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Boys Basketball

was defeated by Dougherty Valley HS. The JV and freshman teams fared no better.

Varsity Girls Basketball

edged out Dougherty Valley and the JV team was a big winner.

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R. Takahashi

Feb 1 – Acalanes Boys Basketball

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Feb 1 – Acalanes Freshman Boys Basketball Team Cruises to a 73-47 Victory Over Miramonte

In clearly their best overall team win this season, the Acalanes Freshman Boys Basketball Team took an early lead and never looked back as they pounded the Matadors of Miramonte, 73-47.  The Freshman Dons jumped-out to a 46-31 halftime lead and never took their collective feet off the gas putting up a season high, 73 points.

Over the past six games, the Freshman Dons have struggled offensively.  In Wednesday night’s loss at Dublin High, the Dons started breaking-out of their shooting slump.  On Friday night, it was home sweet home as every Don that touched the floor scored.  The key to the win was that the Dons were unselfish with the basketball and controlled the boards.

The big men for the Dons were tough for the Matadors to handle on Friday night.  Matt Clark posted 7 points and 2 rebounds; Joey Christensen dropped-in 11 points and pulled down 5 rebounds and had 2 assists; and Matt Mesetz tallied 15 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and blocked 2 shots.

However, it was the guards for the Dons that were too much for the Mats.  They pushed the offensive tempo all night and continually set-up the Dons big men for scoring opportunities.  Alex Kinnear had 9 points and 3 assists; Nathan Edwards scored 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds; and Andrew McKendell dropped-in 13 points, dished out 7 assists, had 3 steals and pulled down 3 rebounds.

The Freshman Dons will play Dougherty Valley on Monday February 4th at 5:30pm at home.  Dougherty Valley embarrassed the Dons in their first match-up back on January 11th.  The Freshman Dons will be looking to get after the Wildcats in this rematch.  Go Dons!!

Feb 1 – Acalanes Freshman Boys Basketball Team Looks to Break Its DFAL Slide Tonight Against Miramonte at Home

The Freshman Boys Basketball Team has gone through a tough stretch of games in DFAL play.  Tonight they get another shot at their Lamorinda rival, Miramonte, at home in Lafayette.  In the last match-up, the Dons rallied from a 15 point 3rd quarter deficit to beat the Mats, 45-43.  Since that match-up at Miramonte, the Freshman Dons have fallen on tough times, losing their last six games.  However, nothing will make this team feel better than going 2-0 versus Miramonte this season.

Tip-off is 5:30pm tonight at the home of the Dons.  Go Dons!!

Feb 1 – Acalanes matches up with Miramonte tonight in basketball, Soccer plays Dublin

In Thursdays action…

The wrestling team was defeated by Dublin HS. Vincente Rodriguez and Andrew Nakahara won their matches.

In Fridays action…

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

The soccer teams play Dublin HS. Boys are home and girls away. JV plays at 4:15 and varsity at 6:15.

The wrestling team competes in the Mission San Jose Invitational.

In Saturdays action…

The wrestling team competes in the Mission San Jose Invitational.

The freshman girls soccer team plays at Berkeley HS at 2:00.

R. Takahashi

Acalanes High School Basketball – Video Highlights

a) Big men in the middle
b) Downtown from the arc
c) quick layup from the outside
d) steal from the floor for a basket

Video: Gint Federas

Jan 31 – Basketball and Soccer Results

In yesterdays action…

The boys soccer team continues to roll defeating Dougherty Valley HS 1-0 to raise their DFAL record to 8-0-2 and their overall record to 17-0-3.  The JV team played to a draw at 0-0.
The girls soccer team ended in a tie with Dougherty Valley HS 0-0. The JV team lost a close 2-1 game.
The girls basketball team was defeated by Dublin HS. The JV team was victorious.
The boys basketball team was defeated by Dublin HS. The JV team suffered the same fate.

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In todays action…

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The wrestling team has a meet against Dublin HS at Alhambra HS at 7:00.
The freshman boys soccer team hosts San Ramon Valley HS at 6:00.

Yesterdays individual standouts…

Boys soccer –

Max Mirner scored the lone goal assisted by Dan Glascock. Luc VanOss was named “Man of the Match.”

Girls soccer –

Brooke Balfrey had 9 saves.

Girls basketball –

JulieAnn Martin scored 18 points and Calen O’Neill 10 points.

R. Takahashi

Jan 28 – Acalanes Dons Basketball Video Highlights

a) Outsider for 3
b) Spinning for 2
c) Put back for 2
d) Feed down low
e) Tip in

Video: Gint Federas

Jan 28 – Acalanes Basketball and Soccer Results

In yesterdays action…

The boys soccer team was sparkling in a 4-0 defeat of Northgate HS to remain undefeated at 16-0-3. The girls soccer team shutout St. Patrick’s HS 2-0. The girls basketball team pulled out a nail-biter by defeating Las Lomas HS 47-43. The JV team won in a landslide. The boys basketball team dropped a close game to Las Lomas HS. The JV and freshman teams also suffered in defeat.

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In todays action…

The freshman boys soccer team plays at Clayton Valley Charter HS at 3:30.

Yesterdays individual standouts…

Boys soccer

 – Dan Glascock scored 1 goal, had 1 assist and was named “Man of the Match.” Max Mirner, Conrad Halverson and Zach Kramer each scored 1 goal. Graham Lindgren and Kai Simonsen each had an assist.

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Girls basketball –

It was freshman night to shine. JulieAnn Martin scored 16 points, had 14 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals. Julia Lyons scored 12 points, and had 3 rebounds and 2 steals. Taylor Jones had 9 rebounds and 6 blocked shots. Senior Grace Francis added 8 rebounds.

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R. Takahashi

Jan 25 – Acalanes Dons Video Highlights – Alhambra Bulldogs

a) Nick Inserra for 3
b) Buster Souza with a jumper for 2
c) Buster Souza battling for 2
d) Zach Kisner outside for 3
e) Buster Souza scores 2 in the paint
f) Eric Thomas all alone for 3

Video: Gint Federas

Jan 26 – Acalanes Dons Basketball Victorious

In Fridays action…

The boys basketball team defeated Alhambra HS 60-45. The JV team lost a close game.

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The girls basketball team defeated Alhambra HS 41-39 in a thriller. The JV team won soundly.

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The boys soccer team played to a 0-0 draw with Miramonte HS.
The girls soccer team battled with Miramonte HS only to come up short.

In Mondays action…

The basketball teams play Las Lomas HS. At Acalanes HS, JV girls play at 4:00, varsity girls at 5:30 and varsity boys at 7:00. At Las Lomas HS, JV boys play at 4:00 and freshman boys at 5:30. The freshman girls basketball team plays at Carondelet at 7:00.
The boys soccer team hosts Northgate HS.  JV plays at 4:15 and varsity at 6:15.

Fridays individual standouts…

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Boys basketball

Buster Souza dominated the boards with 21 points and 9 rebounds. Eric Thomas scored 11 points. Matt Thomas scored 8 points and had 7 assists.

Girls basketball

Marie Paladino scored 10 points, with 2 3-pointers. Jamie Jacobs scored 9 points, with 2 3-pointers.

R.Takahashi

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Jan 25 – Alhambra Bulldogs Mascot Antics

Alhambra Bulldogs Mascot “Spike” advising the referees

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Photos and videos: Gint Federas

Jan 22 – Dons vs. Campo Video Highlights

a) 3 pointer by Craig Anderson
b) Buster Souza 4th Qtr dunk
c) Matt Thomas for 3
Video: Gint Federas

Jan 23 – Wednesday Sports

In yesterdays action…

The boys basketball team was defeated by Campolindo HS. The JV team was also defeated.

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The girls basketball team was defeated by Campolindo HS.  The JV team was victorious.

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In todays action…

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The girls soccer team hosts Redwood Christian HS at 4:15.

Yesterdays individual standouts…

Boys basketball

Matt Thomas had 14 points, with 3 3-pointers. Buster Souza had 10 points.

Girls basketball

JulieAnn Martin had 10 points, with 1 3-pointer.

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Jan 22 – Acalanes Boys Basketball Team Is Back in Action Versus Campolindo Tonight

After a week of finals and a BYE last Friday, the Acalanes freshman boys basketball team will resume DFAL play against Lamorinda rival Campolindo, tonight, at home in Lafayette. Tip-off will take place at 5:30pm. VARSITY plays at CAMPO at 7:00 PM

The freshman Cougars of Campolindo come into tonight’s game against the Dons looking for their first DFAL victory.  They are currently 0-3 and are coming off a nail-biting loss to Dublin last Friday night.  The freshman Dons are looking to bounce back from their lopsided loss to Dougherty Valley on January 11th and to capture their second DFAL win.

Campolindo and Acalanes met earlier this season in the Championship Game of the Ken Nelson Tournament, hosted by Campolindo.  The Cougars beat the Dons by 17 points in that championship show down.  Tonight will be the first of two DFAL match-ups between the Campolindo Cougars and the Acalanes Dons.  Please come and show your support.  Go Dons!!

Robert McKendell

Jan 22 – Tuesday Sports

In Thursdays action…

The wrestling team out-grappled Alhambra HS only to come up short 36-29.

In Fridays action…

The boys soccer team defeated Las Lomas HS 4-1 to raise their DFAL record to 7-0-1. The JV team was also the victors 2-0.
The girls soccer team fell to Las Lomas HS. The JV team suffered likewise.

In Saturdays action…

The boys soccer team waged an incredible battle with San Ramon Valley HS and came out on top with a late goal that gave them a 3-2 victory, which raises their overall record to 15-0-2.  The JV team won 1-0.
The boys basketball team was defeated by Liberty HS.

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In Tuesdays action…

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

Individual standouts…

Wrestling.

Vincente Rodriguez, Chris Fulton, Brian Lilienstein, Sam Ridge, Andrew Nakahara and Alan Zuniga won their matches.

Boys soccer.

Against Las Lomas HS, Dan Glascock scored 1 goal and had 1 assist, Lenny Adkerson, Luc Chan and Nick Lee each scored 1 goal, Ben Croze, Ian Franklin and Graham Lindgren each had 1 assist, and Max Mirner was named “Man of the Match.”  Against San Ramon Valley HS, Mark Helfrich scored 2 goals, Ben Croze scored 1 goal and had 1 assist, and Graham Lindgren had 2 assists and was named “Man of the Match.”

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R. Takahashi

Jan 18 – Friday (after Finals) Sports

In Thursdays action…
The wrestling team out-grappled Alhambra HS only to come up short 36-29. Vincente Rodriguez, Chris Fulton, Brian Lilienstein, Sam Ridge, Andrew Nakahara and Alan Zuniga won their matches.

In Fridays action…
The soccer teams plays Las Lomas HS.  Boys are home and girls are away.  JV plays at 4:15 and varsity at 6:15.
The freshman girls basketball team plays at Grant HS in Sacramento at 4:00.

In Saturdays action…
The boys basketball team plays Liberty HS at Piedmont HS at 1:30.
The freshman girls basketball team hosts Sonoma Valley HS at 4:00.
The boys soccer team hosts San Ramon Valley HS.  JV plays at 4:00 and varsity at 6:00.
The freshman boys soccer team plays at Dublin HS at 12:00.
The freshman girls soccer team hosts Berkeley HS at 9:00.
The wrestling team competes in the Dublin Invitational.

R. Takahashi

Jan 12 – Friday’s Sports Results

In Fridays action…
The boys basketball team pulled off a thrilling win over Dougherty Valley HS 53-51.  The JV team also won, but the freshman team did not.

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The girls basketball team played very well in a 55-49 defeat to Dougherty Valley HS.  The JV team was an overwhelming winner.

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The boys soccer team battled Campolindo HS to a 0-0 tie.

The girls soccer team was defeated by Campolindo HS.  The JV team narrowly lost 2-1.

Fridays individual standouts…
Boys basketball – Matt Thomas scored 19 points and had 10 rebounds. Eric Thomas scored 11 points. Craig Anderson scored 7 points and had 7 rebounds.

Girls basketball – Jamie Jacobs scored 14 points.

Girls soccer – Becca Bostwick scored a goal assisted by Emma Starr. Brooke Balfrey had 11 saves.

R. Takahashi

Jan 11 – Friday Sports

In Thursdays action…
The wrestling team was narrowly defeated by Miramonte HS. Brian Lilienstein, Sam Ridge, Andrew Nakahara, Aaron Arman, Jack Connolly and Alan Zuniga won their matches.

In Fridays action…
The basketball teams play Dougherty Valley HS.  At Acalanes HS, JV girls plays at 4:00, varsity girls at 5:30 and varsity boys at 7:00.  At Dougherty Valley HS, JV boys play at 4:00 and freshman boys at 5:30.

The soccer teams have the BIG SHOWDOWN with Campolindo HS.  The girls are home and boys are away.  JV plays at 4:15 and varsity at 6:15.

In Saturdays action…
The boys soccer team has a rematch with Ygnacio Valley HS.  The Dons won the first meeting 1-0 to give the Warriors their only defeat so far this season.  JV plays at 4:00 and varsity at 6:00.

The freshman boys soccer team hosts Berkeley HS at 10:00.

The freshman girls soccer team plays at Deer Valley HS at 9:00.

The freshman girls basketball team hosts Alameda HS at 4:00.

The wrestling team completes in the Joe Camillari frosh-soph & JV tournament at Granada HS.

R. Takahashi

Jan 10 – Thursday Sports

In yesterdays action…
The boys basketball team was defeated by Miramonte HS.  Buster Souza scored 10 points and had 11 rebounds, and Matt Thomas scored 15 points. The JV team was also defeated.

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The girls basketball team was defeated by Miramonte HS, but the JV team was victorious.

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In todays action…
The wrestling team hosts Miramonte HS at 6:00.

R. Takahashi

Jan 9 – Freshman Boys Basketball Team Rallies To Beat Miramonte On The Road 45-42

It was not a stellar shooting night for the freshman Dons.  However, they made up for it with their tenacity on defense and controlling the boards in the second half of this contest.  The Dons down 24-16 at halftime, fell behind 15 points with 5 minutes remaining in the 3rd period, 33-18.  From that point on, the Dons held the Matadors of Miramonte scoreless for the remainder of the period and cut the Matador’s lead to 2 points going into the 4th quarter, 33-31.  In the 4th quarter, the Dons took control of the game.  Jack Thoren came alive, scoring 10 points including a step back 3 pointer late, to help seal the victory.  There were many that contributed in this come from behind victory for the freshman Dons: Nathan Edwards had 3 points, 7 rebounds and 2 steals; Andrew McKendell had 4 points, 7 assists and 3 steals; Jack Thoren had 11 points, 4 assists and 2 steals; and the big men for the Dons, Matt Mesetz chipped in 9 points and 9 rebounds; and Joey Christensen contributed 10 points and ripped down 12 rebounds.

This was a key win for the Dons as they prepare to head down Hwy 680 to face a talented Dougherty Valley basketball team on Friday.  Game time is at 5:30pm at the Wildcat’s gym in San Ramon.  Go Dons!!

Jan 9 – Wednesday Sports

In yesterdays action…
The boys soccer team grounded the Clayton Valley HS Eagles 3-0 to raise their overall record to 13-0.  Ben Croze scored 1 goal and had 1 assist.  Luc VanOss and Mitch Butler each scored 1 goal.  Max Mirner and Dan Glascock each had 1 assist.  James Lande was named “Man of the Match.”

“Eagles ‘Take it to the limit’ with the Dons who deliver another ‘Heartache Tonight’ for a 3-0 win.” – Paul Curtis

In todays action…
The basketball teams play Miramonte HS.
At Acalanes HS, the JV girls play at 4:00, varsity girls at 5:30 and varsity boys at 7:00.
At Miramonte HS, the JV boys play at 4:00 and freshmen boys at 5:30.

R. Takahashi

Jan 7 – Dons vs. Dublin Video Clips

Video: Gint Federas

Jan 8 – Tuesday Sports

In yesterdays action…
The boys basketball team was defeated by Dublin HS. Eric Thomas scored 17 points and Buster Souza scored 13 points. The JV and freshman teams did not fare any better.

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The girls basketball team was defeated by Dublin HS.

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In todays action…
The boys soccer team hosts Clayton Valley HS. JV plays at 4:15 and varsity at 6:15.

Freshman Boys Basketball Team Gets Roughed-up by Dublin at Home 77-53

A close game at the end of the 1st quarter got away from the Freshman Dons, in the 2nd and 3rd quarters as the Gaels of Dublin cruised to a 77-53 victory. The deadly combination of cold shooting, poor rebounding and careless turnovers did the Dons in against an aggressive Dublin team.

The Don’s kept battling the Gaels until the final buzzer sounded which is a reflection of their two coaches, Ed Sariby and Rob CombiNathan Edwards got the Dons off to a hot start, scoring 7 points in the 1st quarter. Playing under the weather, Matt Mesetz lead the Don’s with 12 points in the game. In the 4th quarter, Dylan Siv hustled on both end of the floors and chipped in 6 points off the bench.

The Freshman Dons will have an opportunity to bounce back against the Matadors of Miramonte on Wednesday January 9th. Tip-off is at 5:30pm at Miramonte High School in Orinda.  The Don’s fall to 7-8 on the season and 0-1 in DFAL play.

Acalanes Sports during Winter Break

The Winter sports were very busy during the break.

Boys basketball
The varsity team was defeated by Sir Francis Drake HS. The JV and freshman teams fared no better.
The varsity team defeated Piner HS and Santa Rosa HS to set up the championship game with 10-1 Cardinal Newman HS at the Sonoma County Classic at Piner HS. The boys played very well to defeat the Cardinals 57-55 to claim the tournament championship. Buster Souza was the Tournament MVP and Matt Thomas was an All-Tournament selection.
The JV team won the Ferreboeff Memorial Invitational at San Marin HS.

Girls basketball
The varsity team defeated Fairfield HS in the first round of the West Coast Jamboree at Bentley HS, but lost close games to Eureka HS and Washington HS of San Francisco.

Boys soccer
Friday before the break began, the varsity team completed the first half of the DFAL season with an unblemished 6-0 record by defeating Alhambra HS 3-1. They obliterated College Park HS 5-0 to raise their overall record to 12-0.

Girls soccer
Before the Winter break, the varsity team was edged out by Alhambra HS 1-0.  During the Tri-Valley Invitational, they came alive with victories over Mission San Jose HS, Albany HS and Irvington HS by an aggregate score of 13-3, with 2-1 loss to Ygnacio Valley HS to raise their overall record to 6-5-1.

R. Takahashi

Jan 7 – Monday Sports

In todays action…
The basketball teams open DFAL play against Dublin HS.
At Dublin HS.  JV girls play at 4:00, varsity girls at 5:30 and varsity boys at 7:00.
At Acalanes HS.  JV boys play at 4:00 and freshman boys at 5:30.
The JV girls soccer team plays at Tennyson HS at 3:30.
The freshman boys soccer team plays at San Ramon Valley HS at 7:00.

R. Takahashi

Boys JV Basketball win Paul Ferrebouf Tournament

Acalanes Boys JV win Paul Ferrebouf Tournament

Acalanes Boys JV win Paul Ferrebouf Tournament
Photo: Joanne Layshock

 

Freshman Boys Basketball Team Defeats Stuart Hall 62-48 In Final Non-conference Game

In their final non-conference game of the season, the Acalanes Freshman Boys Basketball Team shrugged off a cold shooting first quarter to beat the Knights of Stuart Hall, 62-48. With help of outstanding 3-point shooting, Stuart Hall jumped out to a 21-12 first quarter lead.  However, the 2nd and 4th quarters were dominated by the Dons scoring 19 and 21 points respectively.  Leading the way for the Don’s was point guard Andrew McKendell who dropped-in a game high 20 points.  Alex Kinnear was another big contributor on the floor for the Dons scoring 13 points.  Matt Clark sparked the Dons in the first quarter with 7 points while Nathan Edwards energized the team with 9 points and tenacious defense off the bench.

The Freshman boys open-up DFAL play at home on Monday January 7th at 5:30pm with a match-up against the Gaels of Dublin High School.  The Freshman Boys Basketball Team ends their non-conference play with a record of 7 – 7.

Cardinal Newman upset in Sonoma County Classic Final

Published in THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
http://www.pdpreps.com/news/article/41491/cardinal-newman-upset-in-sonoma-county-classic-final/
 Dec 30th, 2012 Comments Off

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

In one of the biggest upsets in the 31-year history of the Sonoma County Classic, Acalanes defeated Cardinal Newman, 57-55, in the championship game Saturday night.

Coming into the tournament, the Dons had the second-worst record (2-8) in the eight-team field. However, they didn’t look like a futile team in their three tournament games at Piner High. In successive nights, they knocked off the Prospectors, Santa Rosa and Newman.

After watching Acalanes hold on to defeat the Cardinals, Piner coach and tournament director Mike Erickson was shaking his head.

“I’d say this is the most surprising championship game we’ve had in the Classic,” he said. “I don’t think anyone thought Acalanes could beat Newman.”

The Cardinals came into the game with a 10-1 record and bragging rights as the best team in the Redwood Empire.

While the outcome was surprising, Acalanes didn’t luck into the win. The Lafayette school played at Newman’s level, leading most of the last three quarters.

The Dons were up 30-24 at halftime and in the third quarter enjoyed a 10-point advantage.
Newman battled back in the fourth quarter and took a 55-54 lead on Corey Hammell’s put-back basket with 1:15 remaining.

The lead didn’t hold up long as Kyle Kinnear came down the court and promptly nailed a pull-up jumper to put the Dons back in front.

Kenny Love then missed a 3-point shot and Matt Thomas was fouled going for the rebound. The junior made one free throw to put his team up 57-55 with 7.3 seconds left.

The Cardinals got more shot, but Love’s 3-pointer hit the rim and took a high bounce out, setting up an on-court celebration by the Acalanes players.

“Acalanes was the better team,” said dejected Newman coach Tom Bonfigli. “I don’t think our players took Acalanes seriously. We didn’t play as hard as we needed to. They outplayed us in our hometown and that’s disappointing.

“Still, we had the opportunity to win and couldn’t do it. Give Acalanes credit, they played harder than we did.”

It was understandable that the Newman players had a letdown. On Friday, they were sky-high for Mt. Eden, a team that came in 10-0. The Cardinals played one of their best games and won, 59-44.

“I watched Acalanes the first two nights of the tournament,” Bonfigli, the winningest coach in the Empire, said. “They weren’t playing like a team that had won only two games. I told my players that they couldn’t take them lightly, but they did.”

Acalanes coach Darrell Hirashima, Jr. said his team matured Thursday night against Piner.

“We’re young and relatively inexperienced,” he said. “The potential has been there, we just didn’t execute. Against Piner, we jelled and it carried over to the point where the kids knew they had the ability to beat Newman.

“We played our best ball of the season in this tournament and our best game was this one against Newman. It’s a testament to our kids’ mental toughness that they didn’t give up when our record was so bad.”

The Dons hit eight 3-pointers, including two by Matt Thomas in the final five minutes.
Buster Souza and Thomas led Acalanes with 15 points. Souza, who at 6-foot-7 was the tallest player in the tournament, was named most valuable player.

Hammell was the only player in double figures for Newman. He had 21. Hammell and teammate Tim McCullough were named to the all-tourney team.

Newman opens North Bay League play Wednesday night at home against Ukiah.

Christmas Break Sports Update

For those checking their email, here is a basketball update.

The boys basketball team won their first two games in the Sonoma County Classic at Piner HS to advance to the championship game against a Cardinal Newman team that entered with an overall record of 10-1. The boys played outstanding and inspired basketball to defeat them 57-55 to claim the tournament championship. Buster Souza was named the tournament most valuable player and Matt Thomas was named to the all-tournament team.

The JV boys basketball team followed suit by winning the Ferreboeff Memorial Invitational at San Marin HS.

The girls basketball team opened the West Coast Jamboree with a victory over Fairfield HS only to lose close games to Eureka HS and Washington HS of San Francisco.

R. Takahashi

Dec 26 – Christmas Sports Update

For those checking email during the winter break.

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

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

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

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

R. Takahashi

Sports Schedule over the Winter Break

December 24 – 29

Monday

Tuesday
Merry Christmas!

Wednesday
Girls basketball     Irvington JV Holiday Invitational.

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

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

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

December 30 – January 5

Monday
New Year’s Eve

Tuesday
Happy New Year!

Wednesday

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

Friday
Girls basketball     Freshmen host Novato HS 3:30.

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

Dec 21 – Friday and Weekend Sports

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

R. Takahashi

Dec 20 – Thursday Sports

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

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

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

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

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

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

Girls soccer         Brooke Balfrey had 3 saves.

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

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

R. Takahashi

Dec 19 – Wednesday Sports

In yesterdays action…
The boys basketball team was defeated by Hercules HS.

In todays action…
The soccer teams play Dublin HS.  The girls are home and the boys are away.  JV plays at 4:15 and varsity at 6:15.

The freshman boys soccer team plays at De La Salle HS at 6:00.

R. Takahashi

Dec 17 – Monday Sports

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

R. Takahashi

Dec 14 – Friday and Weekend Sports

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

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

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

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

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

R. Takahashi

Dec 13 – Thursday Sports

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

The girls soccer team was defeated by Miramonte HS.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Girls soccer         Brooke Balfrey had 3 saves.

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

R. Takahashi

Dec 12 – Wednesday Sports

In yesterdays action…
The girls basketball team defeated El Cerrito HS 64-17.  The JV team also won in a landslide.  The freshman team played in an outstanding game with St. Francis HS of Mountain View and came away with a thrilling 41-40 victory.

The boys basketball team fell to San Marin HS.

In todays action…
The soccer teams play Miramonte HS.  The girls are home and the boys away.  JV plays at 4:15 and varsity at 6:15.

The JV basketball team hosts Monte Vista HS at 6:00.

Individual standouts…
Girls basketball Jamie Jacobs scored 14 points with 1 3-pointer. Charlene Commer scored 12 points and had 6 steals. Calen O’Neill had 6 rebounds.

R. Takahashi

Dec 11 – Tuesday Sports

In yesterdays action…
The girls soccer team played well and battled to a 1-1 tie against Northgate HS.  The JV team pulled out a 1-0 victory.

In todays action…
The girls basketball team hosts El Cerrito HS.  JV plays at 5:30 and varsity at 7:00.  The freshmen host St. Francis HS of Mountain View at 4:00.

The boys basketball team plays at San Marin HS.  The freshmen play at 4:00, JV at 5:30 and varsity at 7:00.

R. Takahashi

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Dec 10 – Monday Sports

In Fridays action…
The boys varsity boys soccer team put on an offensive display defeating Las Lomas HS 4-1.  The JV team also prevailed.

The girls soccer team was defeated by Las Lomas HS.  The JV team did likewise 1-0.

The varsity boys basketball team was defeated by St. Patrick’s HS in the Chris Vontoure Memorial Invitational at De La Salle HS.

The JV boys basketball team defeated College Park HS in the John Rhodes Memorial Invitational.

The varsity girls basketball team was defeated by Hercules HS in the Liberty Tournament.

In Saturdays action…

The varsity boys basketball team defeated Richmond HS in the Chris Vontoure Memorial Invitational at De La Salle HS.

The JV boys basketball team defeated Northgate HS in the John Rhodes Memorial Invitational to claim the Consolation Championship.

The varsity girls basketball team defeated Orestimba HS from Newman.

The freshman girls basketball team went 2-1 in the American Tournament to claim 3rd place.

In Mondays action…

The girls soccer team hosts Northgate HS.  The JV team plays at 4:15 and varsity at 6:15.

Individual standouts…
Boys soccer        Max Mirner and Mark Helfrich each scored 2 goals.

Girls soccer         Brooke Balfrey had 3 saves.

R. Takahashi

Dec 7 – Friday Sports

In Thursdays action
The varsity boys basketball team was defeated by Deer Valley HS in the first round of the Chris Vontoure Memorial Invitational.

The JV boys basketball team was edged out by Vallejo HS by one point in the first round of the John Rhodes Memorial Invitational.

The varsity girls team lost the first round of the Liberty Tournament

No foul call

In Fridays action

The soccer teams play Las Lomas HS.  The girls are home and the boys away.  JV plays at 4:15 and varsity at 6:15.

The varsity boys basketball team plays St. Patrick’s HS at 3:30 at De La Salle HS in the Chris Vontoure Memorial Invitational.

The JV boys basketball team hosts College Park HS in the John Rhodes Memorial Invitational.

The freshman basketball team plays in the Ken Nelson Memorial Invitational at Campolindo HS.

The varsity girls basketball team plays in the Liberty Tournament.

The freshman girls basketball team plays in the American Tournament.

In Saturdays action
The varsity boys basketball team plays in the Chris Vontoure Memorial Invitational at De La Salle HS.

The JV boys basketball team hosts the John Rhodes Memorial Invitational.

The freshman basketball team plays in the Ken Nelson Memorial Invitational at Campolindo HS.

The varsity girls basketball team plays in the Liberty Tournament.

The freshman girls basketball team plays in the American Tournament.

The varsity wrestling team completes in the Bay Area Invitational at Castro Valley HS.

The wrestling team competes in the Falcon Frosh-Soph & JV Tournament at Foothill HS.

The freshman boys soccer team hosts Amador Valley HS at 10:00.

The freshman girls soccer team plays at Northgate HS at 9:00 and at Heritage HS at 2:00.

R Takahashi

Dec 6 – Thursday Sports

In yesterdays action…
The boys soccer team was clicking on all cylinders in a 4-0 win over Campolindo HS.

The girls soccer team battled to a 1-1 tie with Campolindo HS.

In todays action…
The boys basketball team plays Deer Valley HS at 8:00 at De La Salle HS in the first round of the Chris Vontoure Memorial Invitational.

The JV boys basketball team hosts the John Rhodes Memorial Invitational.

The freshman boys play in the Ken Nelson Memorial Invitational at Campolindo HS.

The girls basketball team plays in the Liberty Tournament.

The freshman girls basketball team plays in the American Tournament.

Yesterdays individual standouts…

Boys soccer        Mark Helfrich and Ben Croze each scored 1 goal and had 1 assist. Dan Glascock and Max Mirner each scored 1 goal. Graham Lindren had 1 assist. Mark Helfrich was named “Man of the Match.”

Girls soccer         Katherine Tottle scored the lone goal assisted by Emma Starr.

Congratulations…
Connor Reid was named as an All-Bay Area Newsgroup first team selection for boys water polo.

Katie Ramm was named as an All-Bay Area Newsgroup first team selection for girls water polo.

Megan Dietrich was named as an All-Bay Area Newsgroup second team selection for girls water polo.

R. Takahashi

Dec 5 – Wednesday Sports

In yesterdays action…
The girls basketball team defeated Hercules HS.  The JV team did likewise.  The freshman team defeated St. Patrick’s HS.
The boys basketball team was defeated by Monte Vista HS.
In todays action…
BIG SOCCER DAY!!!  The boys and girls teams open DFAL play against Campolindo HS.  The boys are home and the girls away.  JV plays at 4:15 and varsity at 6:15.
R. Takahashi

Dec 4 – Tuesday Sports

In yesterdays action…
The JV girls soccer team defeated Pinole Valley HS 8-0.

In todays action…
The girls basketball team hosts Hercules HS.  JV plays at 5:30 and varsity at 7:00. The freshman girls basketball team hosts St. Patrick’s HS at 4:00.

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

R. Takahashi

Nov 29 – Thursday Sports

In yesterdays action…
The boys soccer team played extremely well to defeat highly ranked Ygnacio Valley HS 1-0 to raise their overall record to 3-0.  This victory sets up their showdown with Campolindo HS Saturday at 5:00 at Foothill HS.  Lenny Adkerson scored the lone goal assisted by Nick Lee.  Luc Van Oss was named “Man of the Match.”

In todays action…
The girls soccer team hosts Antioch HS.  JV plays at 4:15 and varsity at 6:15.

The freshman boys soccer team plays at Bishop O’Dowd HS at 4:00.

The varsity girls basketball team plays Concord HS at 330 in the Lady Bulldog Invitational at Alhambra HS.

The JV girls basketball team plays in the Oakland Tech Tournament at 630.

The freshman girls basketball team plays in the Granada Tournament at 830

R. Takahashi

Nov 26 – Monday Sports

Over the Thanksgiving break…
The Girls Cross Country Team are the North Coast Section Division III Champions.  They were led by NCS Champion Annie Marggraff, followed by Kelly Collins in 3rd place, Caith Wright in 7th place, Amy Hollshandner in 12th place and Mary Lewerenz in 35th place.
In the Sunday Contra Costa Times article on page 6, Annie Marggraff was interviewed. “I’m overwhelmed.  I worked so hard this season to get to this point,” said an emotional Marggraff after the race.  “I wanted to run my own race and not follow other people.  I did it for Tad (Beach) and Manny (Myers),” said Marggraff referring to the co-coaches who are retiring from cross country coaching at Acalanes after this season.
The Boys Cross Country Team nearly matched the girls finishing as the North Coast Section Division III Championship Runner-up.  Scott Lindsay finished 7th, Michael Wang 12th, Keenan Byrne 13th, Cameron Gaskell 22nd and Alec Weber 28th.
At the CIF State Championships, the girls team placed 8th in Division III led by Annie Marggraff placing 8th along with Amy Hollshwandner placing 33rd and Caith Wright placing 53rd.  On the boys side, Keenan Byrne placed 30th.
The boys soccer team defeated Heritage HS 2-0 in the first round of the Acalanes Invitational.
The girls basketball team fell to San Ramon Valley HS in the final seconds of the NCS Foundation game, but rebounded to defeat the Alumni squad.
The boys basketball team was defeated by College Park HS in the NCS Foundation game and battled well in defeat to a very talented Alumni team.
In todays action…
The boys soccer team hosts Freedom HS in the second round of the Acalanes Invitational at 6:30.
R. Takahashi

Nov 21 – Basketball Men’s Alumni Game


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Sports over Thanksgiving Week

Saturday, November 17
The boys basketball team has a scrimmage at Castro Valley HS.  Freshmen play at 10:00, JV at 11:30 and varsity at 1:00.

The freshman girls soccer team hosts Bishop O’Dowd HS at 9:00.

Monday, November 19
The girls basketball team has a scrimmage at Skyline HS.  JV plays at 1:00 and varsity at 3:00.

The freshman girls basketball team competes in the San Ramon Valley tournament.

The boys soccer team hosts Richmond HS in a scrimmage.  JV plays at 6:00 and varsity at 7:30.

Tuesday, November 20
The girls basketball team hosts San Ramon Valley HS in an NCS Foundation game.  Freshmen play at 4:00, JV at 5:30 and varsity at 7:00.

The boys basketball team plays at College Park HS in an NCS Foundation game.  Freshmen play at 4:00, JV at 5:30 and varsity at 7:00.

Wednesday, November 21
The basketball teams host the Alumni game.  Girls play at 5:30 and boys at 7:00.

The boys soccer team hosts the Acalanes tournament.

Friday, November 23
The freshman girls basketball team competes in the San Ramon Valley tournament.

The JV boys soccer teams play in the James Logan tournament.

The freshman boys soccer team plays in the Monte Vista tournament.

Saturday, November 24
The varsity and JV boys basketball team plays in the Vacaville scrimmage day at 9:00.

The freshman girls basketball team competes in the San Ramon Valley tournament.

The JV boys soccer teams play in the James Logan tournament.

The freshman boys soccer team plays in the Monte Vista tournament.

R. Takahashi

Feb 27 – Basketball / Softball results and Monday games

In Fridays action…
The girls basketball team defeated Analy HS 57-52 to advance to the NCS Semifinals.  They will play Bishop O’Dowd HS Wednesday, February 29 at 6:30 at Chabot College.
The boys basketball team was defeated by El Cerrito HS 51-49 in the NCS quarterfinals.
The softball team defeated Marin Catholic HS 7-0.

In todays action…
The jv boys golf team has a match against Deer Valley HS at Deer Ridge GC at 3:00.

Fridays individual standouts…
Girls basketball – Sophie Taylor scored 24 points, with 10 rebounds and 7 steals. Grace Francis had 4 rebounds and 3 steals. Molly Martin scored 4 points and had 6 rebounds.
Boys basketball – Kevin Huber scored 13 points, with 2 3-pointers. Buster Souza scored 12 points.

Softball – Mia Monopoli was the winning pitcher throwing a complete game 1-hitter with 9 strikeouts, and went 3 for 4, with a 2 run home run. Terri Taylor went 4 for 4, with 2 RBIs.

R. Takahashi

Feb 24 – Another match win for golf, NCS this weekend

In Thursdays action…
The boys golf team defeated Pittsburg HS 197-247. Chris Childers shot a 34, Will Brueckner 37, and Kennedy Kim 40 on a 9-hole, par 36 course.

In Fridays action…
The girls basketball team is the #4 seed in the NCS playoffs and will host #5 Analy HS in the quarterfinals at 7:00.
The boys basketball team is the #5 seed in the NCS playoffs and will play at #4 El Cerrito HS in the quarterfinals at 7:00.
The softball team hosts Marin Catholic HS at 4:00.
The boys lacrosse team has a scrimmage at Foothill HS. JV at 5:00, varsity at 7:00.
The jv boys golf team has a match against Dublin HS at Rossmoor GC at 3:30.

There is a charge at all NCS playoff events.  General admission is $9, and students with student body cards, children and senior citizens are $6.

In Saturdays action…
NCS Wrestling Championships at Newark Memorial HS. Andrew Mesetz, Andrew Nakahara and Aaron Shaffer compete in the NCS Wrestling Championships at Newark Memorial HS.
The track & field team has a meet at Kimball HS in Tracy at 10:00.
The jv softball team hosts Pittsburg HS at 10:00.
The freshman baseball team plays at Livermore HS in a doubleheader at 11:00.

Feb 22 – Boys Basketball moves on to NCS Quarterfinals

In yesterdays action…
The boys basketball team defeated Piner HS 44-29 in the first round of the NCS playoffs to qualify for the quarterfinals at El Cerrito HS Friday at 7:00.  James Griffin scored 13 points.  Buster Souza scored 11 points, and had 11 rebounds and 6 blocked shots.  Dexter Masland scored 3 points and had 10 rebounds.

In todays action…
The baseball team has a scrimmage against Granada HS at 3:30.  Varsity is home and jv and freshmen are away.
The boys golf team has a match against Dougherty Valley HS at Rossmoor GC at 3:30.

NCS Basketball playoffs

The boys basketball team is the #5 seed in the NCS playoffs and will host #12 Piner HS Tuesday at 7:00.
The girls basketball team is the #4 seed in the NCS playoffs and will host Analy HS Friday at 7:00.  (revised)

There is a charge at all NCS playoff events.  General admission is $9, and students with student body cards, children and senior citizens are $6.

Feb 20 – Tuesday Sports

In Fridays action…
The boys basketball team defeated Dublin HS.
The girls basketball team was defeated by Dublin HS.

Individual standouts…
Boys basketball – Buster Souza scored 20 points. Kevin Huber scored 16 points, with 2 3-pointers. James Griffin scored 16 points, with 1 3-pointer.
Girls basketball – Sophie Taylor scored 10 points, with 2 3-pointers.
Wrestling – Andrew Mesetz and Andrew Nakahara placed 2nd, and Aaron Shaffer placed 3rd to qualify for the NCS Championships. Alan Zuniga placed 4th and is an alternate.

NCS Basketball playoffs…
The boys basketball team is the #5 seed in the NCS playoffs and will host #12 Piner HS Tuesday at 7:00.
The girls basketball team is the #4 seed in the NCS playoffs and will host Analy HS Friday at 7:00.  (revised)

Feb 15 – Basketball Results, 1st round NCS Soccer

In yesterdays action…
The boys basketball team defeated Miramonte HS 63-54.
The girls basketball team was defeated by Miramonte HS.

In todays action…
The boys soccer team is the #1 seed and will host St. Mary’s HS at 7:00 in the first round of the North Coast Section playoffs.  General admission is $9, and students with student body cards, children and senior citizens are $6.

Yesterdays individual standouts…
Boys basketball James Griffin scored 21 points and had 10 rebounds. Buster Souza scored 12 points and had 14 rebounds and 3 blocked shots.
Girls basketball Sophie Taylor scored 15 points.

R. Takahashi

Feb 8 – Basketball results

In yesterdays action…
The boys basketball team defeated Alhambra HS 74-47.
The girls basketball team defeated Alhambra HS 55-38.

In todays action…
The girls soccer team hosts Miramonte HS.  They will have their Senior Night Presentation at 5:45 before the game at 6:15.  The jv team will play at 4:15.
The boys soccer team plays at Miramonte HS.  JV at 4:15 and varsity at 6:15.

Yesterdays individual standouts…
Boys basketball Kevin Huber scored 19 points, with 5 3-pointers. Buster Souza scored 17 points. James Griffin scored 10 points, with 2 3-pointers.
Girls basketball Sophie Taylor scored 17 points, and had 11 rebounds and 5 steals. Olivia Murphy scored 17 points, and had 9 rebounds and 3 steals. Molly Martin scored 8 points, and had 7 steals.

R. Takahashi

Feb 5 – Basketball Results

In Fridays action…
The boys basketball team pulled out a 62-60 victory over Dougherty Valley HS.  The jv team won handly.
The girls basketball team was defeated by Dougherty Valley HS.  The jv team also came up short.

Monday’s Sports…
The boys soccer team hosts Bishop O’Dowd HS.  JV at 5:00 and varsity at 7:00.

Individual standouts…
Boys basketball Buster Souza scored 17 points. James Griffin scored 16 points, with 2 3-pointers. Kevin Huber scored 11 points, with 2 3-pointers.
Girls basketball Sophie Taylor scored 12 points, with 1 3-pointer.

R. Takahashi

Feb 1 – Basketball and Wrestling Results

In yesterdays action…
The boys basketball team fell to Campolindo HS in the final minutes of the game 75-72.  The jv team also was defeated.
The girls basketball team was defeated by Campolindo HS.  The JV team came roaring back only to lose a close game.
The wrestling team was defeated by Alhambra HS.

In todays action…
The soccer teams play Alhambra HS.  The boys are home and the girls away.  JV at 4:15 and varsity at 6:15.

Yesterdays individual standouts…
Boys Basketball        Kevin Huber scored 20 points, with 6 3-pointers. Buster Souza scored 17 points, with a monster dunk. Noah Orlik scored 16 points, with 1 3-pointer.
Girls Basketball        Sophie Taylor scored 16 points, with 1 3-pointer. Jamie Jacobs scored 11 points, with 3 3-pointers.
Wrestling                   Will Timken, Brian Lilienstein, Andrew Nakahara and Alan Zuniga won matches.

R. Takahashi

Jan 29 – Basketball and Soccer results

In Fridays action…
The girls basketball team soundly defeated Las Lomas HS.  The jv team won in a landslide.
The boys basketball team was defeated by Las Lomas HS.  The jv team also was defeated.
The boys soccer team continues to lead in the DFAL race with a 2-0 victory over Dougherty Valley HS.
The girls soccer team tied Dougherty Valley HS 2-2.
Individual standouts…
Boys basketball Noah Orlik scored 14 points, and Aaron Edwards scored 4 points and had 5 rebounds.
Girls soccer Katherine Torchio scored both goals, Kaitlyn McGee had an assist, and Brooke Balfrey had 4 saves.
R. Takahashi

Jan 27 – Boys Varsity Basketball vs. Las Lomas

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Jan 26 – Basketball and Soccer results

In yesterdays action…
The boys soccer team battled to a 1-1 tie with Campolindo HS to raise their DFAL record to 6-0-2, and their overall record to 10-1-5.
The girls soccer team engaged in a defensive battle with Campolindo HS ending in a 0-0 tie.
The boys basketball team narrowly fell to Dublin HS 57-54.
The girls basketball team played very well only to lose to Dublin HS on a buzzer-beater 53-51. JV Girls won 51-49.

In todays action…
The wrestling team has a meet at Miramonte HS at 6:00.

Yesterdays individual standouts…
Boys soccer        Dan Glascock scored the lone goal assisted by Aidan Maguire. Kevin Park and Nick Blee were named “Men of the Match.”
Girls soccer         Brooke Balfrey had 2 saves.
Boys basketball Noah Orlik scored 25 points, and had 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals. James Griffin scored 11 points, with 1 3-pointer. Buster Souza scored 10 points.
Girls basketball Sophie Taylor scored 17 points, with 2 3-pointers. Marie Paladino scored 14 points, with 3 3-pointers.

R. Takahashi

Jan 24 – Basketball and Girls Soccer Results

In yesterdays action…

The boys basketball team toppled Miramonte HS 56-54.  The freshman team was defeated.
The girls basketball team was defeated by Miramonte HS.  The jv team was victorious.
The girls soccer team was short-handed, but battled to a 0-0 tie with Concord HS.  The jv team was also short-handed, but played well to end in a tie.

In todays action…
The freshman boys soccer team plays at College Park HS at 4:00.

Yesterdays individual standouts…
Boys basketball                James Griffin scored 25 points, with 4 3-pointers, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. Buster Souza scored 10 points, with 10 rebounds and 3 blocked shots. Jon Coleman had 6 rebounds and 2 assists.
Girls basketball               Taylor Odom scored 10 points.
Girls soccer                       Brooke Balfrey had 6 assists.

R. Takahashi

Jan 14 – Basketball and Soccer Results

In Fridays action…
The boys soccer team continues to roll through the DFAL with a 4-1 victory over Las Lomas HS raising their DFAL record to 6-0-1 and an overall record of 9-1-3.
The girls soccer team battled to a 2-2 tie with Las Lomas HS.
The boys basketball team played extremely well in an 82-52 dismantling of Alhambra HS.
The girls basketball team countered the hot start by Alhambra HS to defeat them 60-34.

Fridays individual standouts…
Boys soccer          Nick Warren scored a goal and had an assist. Jacob Carroll, Austin Grassini, and Dan Glascock each scored a goal. Graham  Lindgren and David Dadiomov each had an assist. Eric Rogstad had 2 saves.
Girls soccer         Kaitlyn McGee scored a goal and had an assist. Annie Beliveau scored a goal. Brooke Balfrey had 7 saves.
Boys basketball Buster Souza scored 14 points. James Griffin scored 12 points. Kevin Huber scored 10 points, with 2 3 pointers. Ben Weintraub scored 9 points, with 3 3-pointers and 5 rebounds.
Girls basketball Sophie Taylor scored 20 points, with 2 3-pointers and 9 rebounds and 5 steals. Grace Francis had 7 rebounds.

R. Takahashi

Jan 11 – Basketball results

In yesterdays action…
The boys basketball team was edged out by Dougherty Valley HS 52-50.  The jv team won.
The girls basketball team was defeated by Dougherty Valley HS.  The jv team also suffered in defeat.

In todays action…
The soccer teams play Dublin HS.  Girls are home and boys away.  JV at 4:15 and varsity at 6:15.

Yesterdays individual standouts…
Boys basketball James Griffin scored 24 points, with 3 3-pointers and 10 rebounds. Buster Souza scored 15 points, and had 17 rebounds.
Girls basketball Sophie Taylor scored 17 points, with 1 3-pointer, 9 rebounds, 1 assist, 6 steals. Olivia Murphy 8 pts, 2 rebs, 3 ast, 2 stl. Molly Martin 8 pts, 3 rebs, 1 ast, 2 stls. Meredith Collett 9 pts, 1 reb, 1 ast

 

Jan 8 – Basketball and Soccer Results

In Fridays action…
It was a big night for the girls soccer team as they overwhelmed Miramonte HS 4-1.
The boys soccer team played in dominant fashion to notch a 2-0 win over Miramonte HS to raise their DFAL record to 4-0-1 and their overall record to 7-0-3.
The boys basketball team suffered a narrow defeat to Campolindo HS.  The jv team also fell short.
The girls basketball team was defeated by Campolindo HS.  The jv team was victorious.

In Saturdays action…
The boys soccer team was defeated by San Ramon Valley HS.

In todays action…
The girls soccer team plays at Berean Christian HS at 3:30.
The freshman boys soccer team hosts Berkeley HS at 6:00.

Individual standouts…
Girls soccer       Kaitlyn McGee scored 2 goals. Katherine Tottle and Becca Bostwick each scored a goal and had an assist. Brooke Balfrey had 4 saves.

Boys soccer  vs. Miramonte HS. Dan Glascock scored both goals. Austin deBack and Max Mirner each had an assist. Jackson Foote had 3 saves.

Boys soccer  vs.  San Ramon Valley HS. Dan Glascock and Austin deBack each scored a goal. Max Mirner had an assist. Eric Rogstad had 3 assists.

Boys basketball  Kevin Huber scored 14 points, with 3 3-pointers. James Griffin scored 14 points, with 2 3-pointers. Noah Orlik scored 10 points, with 1 3-pointer. Buster Souza scored 8 points, and had 15 rebounds and 4 blocked shots.

Girls basketball  Sophie Taylorscored 28 points, with 3 3-pointers, 10 rebs, 3 ast, 5 stls. Jamie Jacobs scored 11 points, with 3 3-pointers, 1 reb, 2 ast, 2 stl.

Jan 4 – Basketball Results

In yesterdays action…
The girls basketball team defeated Las Lomas HS 60-44 in the DFAL opener raising their overall record to 9-5.
The boys basketball team was defeated by Las Lomas HS 51-45.

In todays action…
The girls soccer team plays at Pinole Valley HS at 4:30.

Yesterdays individual standouts…
Girls basketball                 Sophie Taylor scored 22 points, and had 21 rebounds and 4 steals. Molly Martin scored 12 points, and had 6 rebounds.
Boys basketball                 James Griffin scored 13 points, with 3 3-pointers.

R. Takahashi

Winter Holiday Sports Results

Friday, December 16
The boys soccer team defeated Alhambra HS 2-1.
The girls soccer team was defeated by Alhambra HS 1-0.
The girls basketball team defeated Eureka HS in the final round of the Walnut Creek Holiday Classic.

Saturday, December 17
The boys basketball team overwhelmed Ygnacio Valley HS.  The jv team had similar success.

Monday, December 19
The girls soccer team steam-rolled Antioch HS 4-0 in the Tri-Valley Invitational.

Tuesday, December 20
The boys basketball team held on to defeat Hercules HS.  The jv and freshman teams were also victorious.
The girls soccer team exploded to a 5-1 victory over Pittsburg HS in the Tri-Valley Invitational.

Wednesday, December 21
The girls soccer team defeated Deer Valley HS 2-0 in the Tri-Valley Invitational.

Thursday, December 22
The boys basketball team poured it on in the second half to defeat Northgate HS.
The girls soccer team was edged out by Albany HS in the final round of the Tri-Valley Invitational.

Tuesday, December 27
The girls basketball team Corcoran HS in the West Coast Jamboree.

Wednesday, December 28
The boys basketball team defeated Santa Rosa HS in the Sonoma County Classic.
The girls basketball team defeated Venice HS in the West Coast Jamboree.

Thursday, December 29
The boys basketball team defeated Cardinal Newman HS in the Sonoma County Classic.
The girls basketball team defeated Cosumnes Oaks HS in the West Coast Jamboree.

Friday, December 30
The boys basketball team’s 4th quarter rally fell short in defeat to Mt. Eden HS in the championship game of the Sonoma County Classic.
The girls basketball team was defeated by Crater HS on a buzzer-beater at the West Coast Jamboree.

Monday, January 2
The boys soccer team notched a 7-1 victory over College Park HS to raise their record to 6-0-3.

R. Takahashi

Acalanes Blueprint Boys Athlete of the Month – Dec 2011


Kevin Huber – Boys Varsity Basketball Captain

Acalanes High School Sports over Winter Break

Yes, Acalanes athletics continues on through the winter break.

Saturday, December 17
The boys basketball team hosts Ygnacio Valley HS.  JV at 5:30, varsity at 7:00.
The freshman boys soccer team plays at Bishop O’Dowd HS at 10:00.

Monday, December 19
The girls soccer team plays in the Tri-Valley Invitational at Mustang Soccer & Sycamore Valley.
The jv girls basketball team plays at Pinole Valley HS at 5:30.

Tuesday, December 20
The boys basketball team hosts Hercules HS.  Freshmen at 4:00, jv at 5:30, varsity at 7:00.
The girls soccer team plays in the Tri-Valley Invitational at Mustang Soccer & Sycamore Valley.

Wednesday, December 21
The girls soccer team plays in the Tri-Valley Invitational at Mustang Soccer & Sycamore Valley.

Thursday, December 22
The boys basketball team plays at Northgate HS.  Freshmen at 4:00, jv at 5:30, varsity at 7:00.

Friday, December 23
The girls basketball team hosts Sonoma Valley HS.  JV at 3:30, varsity at 5:00.

Monday, December 26
The jv girls basketball
team plays in the Irvington Holiday Classic.

Tuesday, December 27
The boys basketball team plays in the Sonoma County Classic in Santa Rosa.
The jv boys basketball team plays in the Ferreboeff Memorial tournament at San Marin HS.
The girls basketball team plays in the West Coast Jamboree, in the platinum division at Liberty HS.
The jv girls basketball team plays in the Irvington Holiday Classic.

Wednesday, December 28
The boys basketball team plays in the Sonoma County Classic in Santa Rosa.
The jv boys basketball team plays in the Ferreboeff Memorial tournament at San Marin HS.
The girls basketball team plays in the West Coast Jamboree, in the platinum division at Liberty HS.
The jv girls basketball team plays in the Irvington Holiday Classic.

Thursday, December 29
The boys basketball team plays in the Sonoma County Classic in Santa Rosa.
The jv boys basketball team plays in the Ferreboeff Memorial tournament at San Marin HS.
The girls basketball team plays in the West Coast Jamboree, in the platinum division at Liberty HS.

Friday, December 30
The girls basketball team plays in the West Coast Jamboree, in the platinum division at Liberty HS.

R. Takahashi

Dec 16 – Acalanes Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, Wrestling Results

In Thursday, December 15 action…
The boys basketball team defeated division 1 perennial power San Ramon Valley HS 52-40.
The girls basketball team defeated American HS 59-40.
The wrestling team was defeated by Dougherty Valley HS.

In Friday, December 16 action…
The soccer teams play Alhambra HS.  Girls are home and boys away.  JV at 4:15 and varsity at 6:15.
The girls basketball team plays at 5:00 in the Walnut Creek Holiday Classic at Northgate HS.
The freshman boys basketball team plays at Encinal HS at 4:00.

Thursday, December 15 individual standouts…
Boys basketball – James Griffin scored 13 points, with 14 rebounds and 1 3-pointer. Buster Souza scored 13 points, with 7 rebounds and 3 blocked shots.
Girls basketball – Sophie Taylor scored 38 points (WOW!), with 9 rebounds. Jamie Jacobs scored 6 points and had 6 rebounds.
Wrestling – Brian Lilienstein, Aaron Arman, Andrew Nakahara, Andrew Christian and Andrew Mesetz won their matches.

R. Takahashi

Dec 14 – Boys Basketball – Acalanes cruises

In yesterdays action…
The boys basketball team cruised to a 63-46 victory over St. Mary’s HS.  The jv and freshman teams also won.  James Griffin and Trevor Masland each scored 10 points, Stephen Wemple had 4 rebounds and 3 steals, and Wes Greason scored 7 points, and had 4 rebounds and 3 assists.

In todays action…
The soccer teams plays Dougherty Valley HS.  Boys are home, and girls away.  JV at 4:15, and varsity at 6:15.
The girls basketball team plays at 3:30 in the Walnut Creek Winter Classic at Northgate HS.

T. Takahashi

Dec 10 – Basketball and Soccer Results

In Fridays action…
The boys soccer team tied Campolindo HS 1-1.
The girls soccer team was defeated by Campolindo HS.  The jv team won 2-1.
The boys basketball team was defeated by De La Salle HS in the semifinals of the Chris Vontoure Memorial Classic.
The jv boys basketball team defeated Miramonte HS in the John Rhodes Memorial tournament.
The freshman boys basketball team was defeated by Marin Catholic HS in the Ken Nelson Memorial tournament at Campolindo HS.
The girls basketball team was defeated by Northgate HS in the Mats Tip-off Classic at Miramonte HS.
The jv girls basketball team was defeated in the second round of the Petaluma tournament.
In Saturdays action…
The varsity boys basketball team defeated Damien HS from Southern California to finish 3rd in the Chris Vontoure Memorial Classic at De La Salle HS.
The jv boys basketball team defeated Northgate HS in the John Rhodes Memorial tournament.
The girls basketball team was defeated by Clayton Valley HS in the Mats Tip-off Classic at Miramonte HS.
The jv girls basketball team won in the final round of the Petaluma tournament.
R. Takahashi

Dec 9 – Acalanes Boys and Girls Basketball results

In Thursdays action…
The boys basketball team defeated James Logan HS 45-42 in the first round of the Chris Vontoure Memorial Classic.
The jv boys basketball team lost on a last second shot to College Park HS in the first round of the John Rhodes Memorial Tournament.
The jv girls basketball team was defeated in the first round of the Petaluma Tournament.

In Fridays action…
The soccer teams have a big showdown with Campolindo HS.  The girls are home and the boys are away.  JV at 4:15 and varsity at 6:15.
The boys basketball team plays at De La Salle HS at 8:00 in the semifinals of the Chris Vontoure Memorial Classic.
The jv boys basketball team hosts Miramonte HS at 5:00 in the second round of the John Rhodes Memorial Tournament.
The freshmen boys basketball team plays at Campolindo HS in the Ken Nelson Memorial Tournament.
The girls basketball team plays Northgate HS at 5:00 at Miramonte HS in the Mats Tip-Off Classic.
The jv girls basketball team plays at 3:30 in the second round of the Petaluma Tournament.

In Saturdays action…
The girls basketball team plays Clayton Valley HS at 2:30 at Miramonte HS in the Mats Tip-Off Classic.
The jv girls basketball team plays in the final round of the Petaluma Tournament.
The boys basketball team plays in the Chris Vontoure Memorial Classic at De La Salle HS.
The jv boys basketball team plays in the final round of the John Rhodes Memorial Tournament.
The freshmen boys basketball team plays in the final round of the Ken Nelson Memorial Tournament at Campolindo HS.
The varsity wrestling team competes in the Pittsburg Invitational.
The wrestling team competes in the Falcon frosh-soph & jv tournament at Foothill HS.
The freshman boys soccer team plays at Dublin HS at 2:00.

R. Takahashi

Dec 1 – Basketball Results

In Thursdays action…
The boys basketball team was edged out by El Cerrito HS 42-39.
The girls basketball team defeated Mt. Diablo HS 61-28 in the first round of the Lady Bulldog Invitational.
JV Girls beat El Cerrito 38-13.

In Fridays action…
The varsity girls basketball team plays in the Lady Bulldog Invitational at Alhambra HS.
The JV girls basketball team play at 615PM in the Oakland Tech tournament.

In Saturdays action…
The boys soccer team hosts Albany HS at 11:00 in the Acalanes Invitational.
The freshman boys soccer team hosts James Logan HS at 9:00.
The girls soccer team plays at College Park HS.  Varsity at 12:00, jv at 2:00.
The varsity girls basketball team plays in the Lady Bulldog Invitational at Alhambra HS.
The jv girls basketball team plays in the Oakland Tech tournament.
The wrestling team competes in the De La Salle JV Duals.

Thursdays individual standouts…
Boys basketball James Griffin scored 12 points with 2 3-pointers, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals. Kevin Huber scored 7 points with 1 3-pointer.
Girls basketball  Sophie Taylor scored 24 points, with 3 3-pointers, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Grace Francis had 5 rebounds and 4 assists.

R. Takahashi



Nov 30 – Soccer and Basketball results

In yesterdays action…
The boys soccer team continues to roll with a 4-0 win over American HS in the Acalanes Invitational.
The boys basketball team turned a 29-25 halftime score into a 74-47 rout of San Rafael HS.  The jv team also won convincingly, while the freshman team dropped their game.
The girls basketball team defeated Hercules HS 45-42. The JV team won 38-23.

Yesterdays individual standouts…
Boys soccer        Austin deBack scored 2 goals and was named Man of the Match, Max Mirner scored 1 goal and had 2 assists, Bryan Berlier scored 1 goal, Aidan Maguire and Austen Grassini each had an assist.

Boys basketball Kevin Huber scored 20 points and Buster Souza 15, Trevor Masland had 8 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals, and 2 blocks, and Jonny Coleman had 4 rebounds and 4 steals.

Girls basketball Sophie Taylor scored 18 points.

R. Takahashi

Nov 27 – Thanksgiving Break Results

Over the Thanksgiving Break.
Saturday, November 19, the girls cross country team finished in 2nd place in division 3 at the NCS Meet of Champions.  Annie Marggraff placed 3rd, Amy Hollshwandner 4th, Kelly Collins 8th, Tara Bozzini 9th, Kelly Berge 27th, Caith Wright 44th, and Kyra Ruegg 46th.  The boys team finished 7th.  Tyler Troxel placed 5th, Michael Wang 44th, Keenan Byrne 46th, and Marshall Crawford 50th.
Tuesday, November 22, the boys and girls basketball teams defeated Berean Christian HS in the NCS Scholarship Foundation Games.
Wednesday, November 23, the boys basketball team edged out the Alumni team by 3 points.
Saturday, November 26, the girls cross country team finished in 7th place in division 3 at the CIF State Championships led by Annie Marggraff placing 14th, Kelly Collins 50th and Amy Hollshwandner 53.  Tyler Troxel also qualified and placed 18th.
Saturday, November 26, the boys basketball team defeated Oakland Tech HS 73-55.  Kevin Huber scored 26 points, with 5 3-pointers, Noah Orlik 23 points, with 1 3-pointer, Trevor Masland 10 points, with 1 3-pointer, James Griffin had 8 rebounds to go with his 6 points, and Buster Souza 7 rebounds and 6 points.
R. Takahashi

Winter Sports Calendars

Save a bunch of time typing each event into your appointment calendar. Just one click on any of the following links copies the entire season calendar to your Outlook calendar (or any other calendar that supports iCal)

Boys Basketball
Girls Basketball
Boys Soccer
Girls Soccer
Wrestling

If nothing appears to happen, check your download folder, and double click on the most recent filename ending in .ics

Nov 18 – Sports During Thanksgiving Break

Saturday, November 19
The cross country team competes in the NCS Meet of Champions at Hayward HS.
The boys basketball team hosts Castro Valley HS in a scrimmage.  Freshmen at 10:00, jv at 11:30, varsity at 1:00.
The freshman boys soccer team hosts Deer Valley HS at 10:00.

Tuesday, November 22
The boys basketball team hosts Berean Christian HS in the NCS Foundation Game.  Freshmen at 4:00, jv at 5:30, varsity at 7:00.
The girls basketball team plays at Berean Christian HS in the NCS Foundation Game at 6PM (time changed).

Wednesday, November 23
The basketball teams host the Alumni Games.  Girls at 5:30, boys at 7:00.

Thursday, November 24
Happy Thanksgiving

Friday, November 25
The boys soccer team host the Alumni Game at 5:00.
The girls basketball team hosts Skyline HS in a scrimmage.  JV at 11:00, Varsity at 1:00.
The jv boys soccer team team competes in the James Logan tournament.
The freshman boys soccer team competes in the Monte Vista tournament.

Saturday, November 26
The cross country team competes in the CIF Championships at Woodward Park in Fresno.
The boys basketball team plays in the Kickoff Classic at Piedmont HS.
The jv boys soccer team team competes in the James Logan tournament.
The freshman boys soccer team competes in the Monte Vista tournament.

R. Takahashi

ATHLETIC CLEARANCE FORM

Please click on the FORMS button ABOVE to fill out and submit athletic clearance forms through the Acalanes High School District website. The website will direct you through the entire process.
• You must print the Athletic Clearance Form.
• You must print one Online Registration Sports Summary Page for each sport of participation.
• Note: If this is the second or third sport, only the Online Registration Sports Summary Page must be submitted.

Basketball – February 1st