JV Girls Water Polo Wins Western States!

JV Girls Water Polo Wins Western States!

This past weekend our JV girls traveled to Modesto for the Western States Championship … and brought home the GOLD! In what can be only described as signature Dons defense, they showed everyone just how deep this program is.

Game one was a blowout victory, 17-4, over Pitman. Jordan Hagglund led the team with 4 goals with a total of 12 other teammates scoring along the way. Game two was a little bit closer … but not much, with the Dons beating Tamalpias 11-2. Leading scorer Sarah Potter had 4 goals followed by Daylor Williams and Lauren Kuo with 2 each.

The next day opened with a tough loss to Davis 4-6, with Alexa Carter netting 2 for the Dons. Fortunately Davis lost to Ripon and the Dons found themselves in the finals against … Ripon. Suffocating defense won the day with the Dons prevailing 5-3. Sarah Archer had 2 goals, Maizie O’Hare and Alexa Carter 1 each.

Throughout the weekend Audrey Cox was a beast at goalie. Says coach Chris Lanier “Audrey was a game changer … in every game.”

The Lady Dons JV Water Polo Squad now sits at 15-2 and faces Campolindo this Wednesday at Acalanes. Come see JV at 4 and Varsity at 5.

Dons’ Streak Ends at Las Lomas

Dons’ Streak Ends at Las Lomas

The Dons opened league play at Las Lomas Friday night, facing a powerful Knights team that featured Oregon State-commit Isaiah Newell (considered by many the top running back in the Bay Area) and athletic two-way player Elijah Lash.  Unfortunately, the Dons were unable to continue their three-game winning streak, as Las Lomas prevailed 42-21.

Highlights for the Dons included two TD runs by Jake Delaney (one was an exciting 71-yard run down the sideline) and Jack Muren’s return to the lineup after being sidelined by injury – Muren finished with 12 receptions. 

Jack Muren returned to action

On the defensive side, Luke Miles had a pick-six interception, and nineteen different Dons had tackles.  The Dons run defense was led by Tommy Thrasher and Joey Carillo, while Mike O’Donnell recovered a fumble.

Luke Miles with a Pick Six

Additional game photos are available here:  https://photos.app.goo.gl/oGf2ae7tfeHrASCS7

The Dons host Campolindo on Friday night.  Game time is 7:00 at Acalanes.

D is for Defensive “Donination”

D is for Defensive “Donination”

Deliver Devastation

After three consecutive games where the Dons offense ran and passed away from its opponents, Thursday night provided another kind of shut down (non-PG&E related) for the Jaguars of Jesse Bethel. Early on it was a slugfest “Doninated” by the Frosh Dons defiant D. Besides putting up the first shut out of the year, the “Doninators” recovered four fumbles and wreaked havoc in the Jaguars backfield all afternoon. Along with the always strong play of Tyler Murphy, Miller Smith, Coco Gannon and Andrew Habas, DTs Tyler Worthington, & Nathan Kim, LBs Eli Brent and Nathan Bennett, and first time OLB starter Kaleo Feinberg, turned in stellar performances as well. Big props to Kaleo, who was not only playing the critical “Don”OLB role for the first time after just one week of practice, but also started at RB in place of an injured Toby Schwing.

Dive, Duck & Dodge

While the Dons D was stuffing the Jaguars offense, the Dons offense was dealing with a Jaguars D that was sending the house on nearly every play. With eight in the box and several different blitz packages, the Dons struggled early on getting their rhythm. While the coaches had prepared the team for the ultra-aggressive Bethel D, it’s hard to duplicate the experience until it happens on the field. After a scoreless first quarter, QB Kyle Bielawski started to get hot, moving around in the pocket, scrambling for first downs and finding his talented group of wideouts. Second quarterTD passes of 38 and 12 to Theo, were followed up by an 11yd strike to Andrew in Q3. The running game also got on track in the 2nd half with powerful TD runs of 5yds by Kaleo and a punishing 12yd run through the entire Jags defense courtesy of Kyle.

Dig in for Dons Donsday next week

Four wins in a row now, for the streaking Frosh Dons, all despite some key recent injuries. The true measure of a team is how they play when a starter goes down and so far, they’ve passed every test. Next up is our neighboring Campolindo Cougars with many of our friends and ex-teammates on the other side of the ball.

The Frosh Cougars are currently undefeated and will provide a stern test for our boys. Hopefully we’ll get some of our injured players back, but either way the Dons will be ready to bring the Blue Heat to the Cougars in Moraga when we go into their house and show them how we “Doninate”.

Las Lomas Wakes a sleeping Giant

Las Lomas Wakes a sleeping Giant
“We have not yet begun to fight…”
Acalanes Stats
2Charlie Bettencourt5213203
3Peter Archer0000010
4Liam Stephenson0000000
5Ethan Del Rosario0000000
6Mac Darin12505101
7Mike Winther2011101
8Eli Berkowitz2101201
9Ethan Walker0000000
10Kyle Rosenblatt0000000
11Scott Murphy1000000
12Jon Davis0000000
14Jay Mills2011100
15Mitchell Franklin0000000
17Andrew Sappal1000101
22William Stryker0000200
1Parker Tompkins124.2505

JV did not fair as well either with a 13-11 loss to a Las Lomas team stacked with varsity players. Beck Melfi had stellar play at the sprint position to start each quarter.

Don JV Volleyball Bucks the Broncos

Don JV Volleyball Bucks the Broncos

YOUR JV Dons volleyball team is now 4-1 in league play after beating Northgate at home on Tuesday night. The first set was close as the Dons and Broncos were within 1-2 points of each other the entire set.  The Dons were playing relaxed and confident, and defense was solid early on with libero Kira Wood and Tate Huisingh doing their part in the back row. Emma Johnson and Gianna Manzone both put down some early hits, and middle Alara Rose had kills and stuffs aplenty.  Setters Rachel Zhang and Mara Korzeniowska did a nice job of giving their hitters plenty to swing at. Wood served up a couple aces to tie the score at 20-20.  Then suddenly it was the Tate Show…serving, digging and getting kills. She was Northgate’s worst nightmare! Johnson ends the set with an unreturned bullet and Dons win 25-22. The Second set was all about Acalanes. Johnson had a 7-point serving run to give the Dons a comfortable lead.  Then Maya ‘on fi-ya’ Paul had a sweet serving run of her own, and Dons are up 21-6. Northgate rallied back with a little run of their own but ultimately couldn’t get past Carly Coffee’s consistent digs in the  back row. The finisher Huisingh delivered a kill to put Northgate out of their misery 25-13. With the status of the Campo match in doubt, these girls will be likely be back next week playing at Alhambra on Tuesday.  Go Dons!!

This never gets old
Just try to get past us, I dare you! (Coffee, Rose, Huisingh)
We got Coach Alan Go….and you don’t!

Dons Varsity Volleyball Ropes the Broncos

Dons Varsity Volleyball Ropes the Broncos

The Northgate Broncos galloped into Lafayette to face off with YOUR Acalanes Dons girls volleyball team, and both teams are 2-2 in League play so it’s an important match. Woo Howdy Let’s Ride!

First Set:

1-2:  Dons get on the board with Erin Meade’s hard hit. Not returned.

2 All: Dons tie it up as Lane Webster steps in to dig one out of system – over to Sydney Sowarby who bumps it up to Makenzie Sauer for a solid kill.

5-7: Wild Bronco run. Kylie Wood slows the stampede with a middle kill.

10-12: Wood delivers a big roof!

11-12: Daisy Sibley’s buttery pass sets up Annika Olson’s power kill. Thunderstruck!

12 All: Wood again. Roof! Broncos tied up.

13-12: And the Dons re-take the lead as Webster saddles the Broncos with a sharp angle kill. Yipee!

16-15: Aly Kirke’s roof spooks the horses. Great blocking tonight from YOUR squad.

19-16: Diving Webster pancake saves the point and the Don’s score. Thoroughbred.

22-17: Webster fires another kill and Northgate heads back to the corral for a timeout.

23-17: Meade Ace!

24-19: Sauer rips one to the back line…set point.

25-19: Win! Yee Ha!

Second Set:

3-0: Olson.Kill.

4-2: Meade. Block.

8-2: Kirke. Kill.

9-3: Webster. Backset.

10-3: Kirke. Ace.

11-3: Olson. Dig….and then Elena Needs saunters up and fires off a kill. Dons aren’t wasting time, so we aren’t wasting words.

12-3: Kirke. Ace. Timeout Broncos.

13-3: Kirke. Ace again. Really. Hat Trick.

16-5: Needs. Kill. With authority down the line.

17-5: Sauer. Ace.

19-6: Kaylin Hiatt sparks the offense with a dig and Olson scatters the Broncos herd with a sharp kill.

20-6: Sowarby Ace. Aces all around!

21-6: Kirke crushes an overpass. Yummy like a sugar cube.

25-11: Webster dumps one over and Northgate watches it hit the floor in a circle. Campfire. Horses tied up for the night. Dons win the set.

Third Set:

2-0: Olivia Elliott and Madi Risch start the Dons off right in the 3rd with a block and a stuff.

6-3: Kirke yet another Ace. Yippee Ki-Yay!

7-5: Multiple diving digs from Parker Jung, and Wood terminates one straight down.

8-5: Another spectacular dig from Jung and then she floats a short over-the-shoulder free ball over for a winner. Kill! The Dons bench goes all wild stallion crazy.

12-7: Risch Bomb Kill, followed by double Sowarby aces. Dons breaking the Ponies tonight.

14-7: Another Risch kill and another Sowarby ace and Northgate has to visit the paddock with a time out.

15-7: Dirty Ace just rolls over the net for another Dons score. Sowarby demoralizing the Broncos.

17-12: Aisha Mohanty lofts a smooth-as-a-pillow set up to Lauren Davis who destroys it on an angle.

18-12: Risch. Ace!

19-12: See above!

20-14: Nifty Needs kill.

23-18: Wood little cowpoke punch kill in the middle caroms off a Bronco. Smart play.

25-18: Hiatt with nice digs…Wood finishes off the Broncos with another kill. This rodeo is over.

YOUR Dons finish the first half of league play at 3-2 and in Second place behind Campo…who looms next on the schedule. But when will the game be played? Not until the power comes back on, which won’t be tomorrow night. Stay tuned!

Get pumped, hug it out
Erin Meade down the line
Annika Olson: ‘Its ma birthday…
Makenzie: ‘You’re making this look easy Kylie!’ Senior Kylie Wood #7

Lady Dons Water Polo Take Down Las Lomas – Move to 14-0

Lady Dons Water Polo Take Down Las Lomas – Move to 14-0

The Lady Dons met Las Lomas Tuesday night looking to extend their unbeaten streak to 14 games (this year) and 41 counting last season’s 27-0 finish. In a decidedly one-sided game, the Dons prevailed 18-5. The fist quarter set the tone for the game, with the Dons striking early and often and jumping out to an 8-0 lead. Jewel Roemer ignited the team with 3 early goals, and finished the game with 5. Claire Rowell led all scorers with 6, Heidi Heffelfinger and Maizie O’Hare added 2 each and Brooke Westphal, Daylor Williams and Alexa Carter each had 1. Coach Misha Buchel pulled up 7 Freshman for the match and they showed how deep the team is, playing the entire 4th quarter and outscoring Las Lomas 3-2 to finish off a solid victory.

The JV team, missing 7 key players, held their own but lost to Las Lomas 10-5, bringing their record to 12-2. Jordan Hagglund showed her versatility, playing goalie and scoring 2 goals from the field later on. Abby Montaquila stood out as well with 2 goals.

Both teams look to continue their success next Wednesday at home against rival Campolindo.

Dons Volleyball at Home Tonight!

Dons Volleyball at Home Tonight!

The Northgate Broncos come to Lafayette tonight for a Diablo Athletic League battle with YOUR Acalanes Dons. Freshman serve it up at 4pm, JV at 5pm, Varsity at 6:30. Bring the electricity Dons Nation! No power outage until midnight! #Donsshowup

Varsity Stumbles, JV Dominates

Varsity Stumbles, JV Dominates
Don’s say, “Not in my house”!

On October 4th and 5th, the Acalanes Boys Varsity Water Polo team participated in the S&R Sport tournament in Irvine, competing some of the top teams in Southern California. They lost the first game Friday morning 17-4 to the eventual third place finisher Foothill. Mac Darin had two goals, and Charlie Bettencourt and Jay Mills each added one. In the Friday afternoon game, the Dons were down by only one goal late into the second quarter, but eventually lost to Los Alamitos 13-6. Mills had three goals, Darin had two and Ethan Del Rosario added one. Saturday’s games were both close contests. The Dons faced Davis in the first game, and while leading after three quarters they fell 8-7 after Davis scored the go ahead goal with less than a minute remaining. Darin led Acalanes with three goals, sophomore Will Stryker had two and Peter Archer and Bettencourt each had one. The final game against Jesuit HS was the most exciting one of the tournament. Jesuit led 6-4 at halftime, the Dons had tied it after three quarters and at the end of the fourth quarter the Dons went up by a goal with 19 seconds remaining on a penalty shot by Darin, only to have Jesuit send the game to overtime with a goal with 8 seconds on the clock. Still tied at 12 after two 3-minute overtime periods thanks to a tying goal from Stryker with less than a minute to go, the next team to score would be victorious with a “golden goal.” Unfortunately for the Dons, Jesuit scored after a couple minutes, defeating the Dons 13-12. Darin led the team in scoring with 6 goals, Stryker had 3 and Bettencourt, Mills and Mike Winther had one each.

In JV action:

The Dons traveled south to the valley of silicon to compete in the Leland tournament. The Dons honed their skills and conquered a respectable 2 out of 3 teams. Go Dons!!!!!

Acalanes 17            Willow Glen 8

Austin Bishop             6

Christian Gotterup      5

Aaron Vaserman        3

Beck Melfi                  3

Harrion Labrosse       14 saves

Milpitas (Mitty) 10   Acalanes 9

Christian Gotterup      5

Austin Bishop             3

Miguel Strittmatte       1

Harrison Labrosse      14 saves

Acalanes 14              Saratoga 7

Christian Gotterup       7

Aaron Vaserman         5

Austin Bishop              1

Joseph Castelli            1

Harrison Labrosse       14 saves

Girls Water Polo Continues Streak … Moves to 13-0.

Girls Water Polo Continues Streak … Moves to 13-0.

There was no rest for the Lady Dons this weekend as they were forced to work hard to defend their unbeaten record with home games against two of the leading contenders from the Central Coast Section. The day started with a match up against Soquel High School (8-3) from Santa Cruz, a team the Dons had beaten last month in the semi-finals of the Amanda McDonald Invitational. The Dons started slowly, taking some time to find their rhythm and struggling to convert their chances whilst at the other end Soquel were proving determined and forced Dons goalie, Ava Donleavy, to make a number of saves. As the quarter wore on the Dons began to find their range and goals from Claire Rowell and Alana McCartney set them on their way before Rowell drew a 5m penalty shot that Jewel Roemer converted. However, Soquel refused to lie down and managed to peg the score back to 5-3 at the end of the first quarter. The Dons moved up a gear in the second quarter and gave themselves some breathing space with two goals from Roemer and one from Rowell. At half-time the score was 8-3. With a lead established, the Lady Dons were able to relax and go through their paces, including one exquisite move where Alex Mould passed long from halfway to find a fast breaking Roemer who caught the ball over her shoulder and then passed inside to the supporting Rowell to put it into the cage. The final score was 14-7 with Roemer scoring seven goals with others from Rowell (3), McCartney (2), Heidi Heffelfinger and Brooke Westphal. Rowell and McCartney each made three assists and Ava Donleavy made ten saves.

The second game of the afternoon was against a very strong Sacred Heart Prep team (12-1) who were looking for revenge after the Lady Dons had inflicted their only loss of the season in the final of the Amanda McDonald Invitational. With their unbeaten record at stake, the Lady Dons looked to the leadership of seniors Mary Beth Heffelfinger, Jewel Roemer and Brooke Westphal to show them the way. The game started fiercely with neither side giving any quarter and SHP attempting to impose their physical style on the Dons. With chances in short supply, the Dons eventually managed to work some space for Brooke Westphal who finished strongly with a shot into the top corner. The Dons continued to press and a long pass out from goalie Ava Donleavy found Jewel Roemer breaking fast to score. A further goal from Alex Mould meant the Dons ended the first quarter with a 3-0 lead but the game remained tight. The second quarter did not start well for the Dons with the strong SHP center drawing successive kick outs on the Acalanes defense and soon the score was back to 3-2. Acalanes dug deep to rally and scores from Westphal and Roemer meant they led 5-3 at half time. The third quarter continued to be a battle with SHP scoring twice from loose balls in front of the cage and Dons defender, Mould, having to leave the game with a cut eye. Despite the physical nature of the game, the Dons continued to show their skill with goals from Westphal, Rowell, Roemer and Heidi Heffelfinger putting them further ahead. The Dons closed out the game in the fourth quarter with some strong defending from Caroline Schirmer and a sublime piece of skill from Roemer, who brought gasps from the crowd, as she left her defender befuddled before shooting calmly into the net. The score finished 12-7, with the goals coming from Westphal (4), Roemer (4), Rowell (2), Mould and Heidi Heffelfinger. Roemer made four assists and Donleavy made twelve saves. The Lady Dons now move on to more league play this week against Las Lomas on Tuesday.