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.
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.
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.
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”.
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!!
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!
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.
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!
4-2: Meade. Block.
8-2: Kirke. Kill.
9-3: Webster. Backset.
10-3: Kirke. Ace.
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.
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
dumps one over and Northgate watches it hit the floor in a circle. Campfire.
Horses tied up for the night. Dons win the 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.
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.
Risch kill and another Sowarby ace and Northgate has to visit the
paddock with a time out.
Ace just rolls over the net for another Dons score. Sowarby demoralizing
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!
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.
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
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!!!!!
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.