Boys Lacrosse – Fall Fiesta Meet & Greet – Cooperage 10/23 @ 7pm!

Boys Lacrosse – Fall Fiesta Meet & Greet – Cooperage 10/23 @ 7pm!

Did you know that Lacrosse is one of the fastest growing sports on the West Coast?  Did you also know that most kids start playing their freshman year in high school? Its not too late to start!

If your son has any interest in playing Lacrosse in the spring, please join us!

Here’s a fun chance to learn about the program, meet a coach or two, an get to know some of the players and parents who are in the program.  We will cover pre-season conditioning, clinics, tournaments, and the overall program and costs. 

Bring your checkbook if you know your son will be playing or attending the clinics. We will make it easy for you to pay and sign up that night!

Appetizers will be provided and there will be a full no-host bar.

Dons Show Up! Go Dons!

Varsity Baseball Awards Announced

The Dons celebrated their 23-3 season on Sunday at the team banquet

Congratulations to the entire Varsity baseball team and staff on an outstanding season. The Dons’ season: 23-3 overall, undefeated League champions, quarter-finalists in NCS Division 1 playoffs, final MaxPreps ranking of #21 team in California.

All-League and Team awards were announced at Sunday’s team dinner:

Diablo All-League Awards:

League Overall MVP: Nick Kresnak (RHP/3B)

First Team All-League: Logan Hurd (LHP)

First Team All-League: Davis Diaz (SS)

First Team All-League: Nick Bamont (CF)

Second Team All-League: Tommy Thrasher (1B)

Second Team All-League: Brady Huchingson (DH/IF)

Honorable Mention All-League: Eddie Burns (RHP)

Gold Glove Award: Thatcher Hurd (C)

Acalanes Baseball Team Awards:

Team MVP: Nick Kresnak

Defensive Players of the Year: Davis Diaz & Thatcher Hurd

Offensive Player of the Year: Nick Kresnak

Most Improved Players of the Year: Scott Brydon & Nick Bamont

Pitcher of the Year: Entire Varsity Baseball Staff with its combined 1.12 Season ERA (Nick Kresnak, Logan Hurd, Eddie Burns, Michael Castelli, Andrew Peterson)

“Definition of a Don” Award: Tommy Thrasher (team leader in home runs)

“Heart of a Don” Award: Cole Murgia (.368 BA, led the League in stolen bases; inexplicably, missed out on All-League honors)

Congratulations & best wishes to all the seniors: Peter Meade, Will Burleigh, Zack Nelson, Andrew Peterson, Scott Brydon, team manager Ali Ibrahim, and Eddie Burns–who will continue his baseball career at the D1 level as a pitcher at University of San Francisco! Go get ’em, Eddie!

Many thanks to Head Coach Clint Hoover, Asst. Coaches Joe Bettencourt and Connor Hornsby, and Pitching Coach Rob Ellis for their hard work, dedication and the great direction they’ve taken the program in this first season at the helm. Great season!

Cole Murgia Leads Dons to Walk-Off Win Against Dublin

Cole Murgia and the Dons celebrate the walk-off win

In the bottom of the 9th, with 2 outs in an extra innings nailbiter, Cole Murgia put the team on his back and came through with the line drive RBI that led Acalanes to a 1-0 walk-off against Dublin High School in the first round of the NCS Playoffs on Tuesday night.

Though the Dons put up hits throughout the game–from Cole Murgia (2H), Nick Bamont (2H), Scott Brydon, Davis Diaz, Brady Huchingson and Nick Kresnak–Acalanes didn’t have luck converting baserunners into runs until the final out of the game.

Acalanes pitchers were nails, with 3 of them teaming up to hold Dublin to just 4 hits over 9 innings. Logan Hurd got the start and pitched the first 3 scoreless innings before Eddie Burns kept Dublin shut down for the next three. Nick Kresnak took the final trio of innings to close out the game and get the win for the Dons.

The Dons move to the second round of NCS playoff action on Friday at home at 5pm when #3 Acalanes plays #6 Heritage, and the Dons look to keep their 23-2 season rolling!

Bad pic, great dogpile! Dons grab the “W”

Girls Swim Team finishes strong at State meet

A small but mighty team of Dons travelled to Clovis this weekend to compete in the CIF State swim championships. Swimmers must meet a qualifying time to compete, and Acalanes was represented by Emily Gebhardt, Shelby Suppiger who both qualified in 2 individual events, as well as the girls 200 Free relay consisting of Gebhardt, Suppiger, Jewel Roemer and Nicole Edwards. Trials were held Friday, and the top 16 in each event advanced to the finals on Saturday.

Shelby Suppiger, sophomore, again led the team with two stellar performances including 3rd place in 200 IM, and 7th in 100 breast. Emily Gebhardt also had 2 strong performances – her last swims as a Don, before beginning her collegiate swim career with SDSU. Emily finished with an 11th place in 200 Free, and 21st in the 500 free. Both girls times bettered the All-American consideration time standards. Way to go ladies!! The girls 200 free relay also stepped-up big time – seated 16th in a super tight field where only the top 16 advance, the girls qualified 5th in the trials and in the finals finished in 4th place overall with a time of 1:35.13, the second fastest in school history.

Jackie Samaniego finished her Dons diving career with a fantastic 12th place finish in the state, adding points to the overall Acalanes team 11th place finish. Great end to the season DONS!!

Dons Close Out Regular Season 22-2. Next Up: NCS Playoffs

Let’s see one more League Champs celebratory dogpile shot! (Photo cred: Shelly Hamalian)

Though the Dons secured the League title on Tuesday, Acalanes closed out the regular season and extended their perfect League record (12-0) Thursday night with a 3-1 win over Clayton Valley. NCS playoffs begin next week.

Nick Kresnak got the start and the win for the Dons, pitching 4 strong innings before Michael Castelli came out of the bullpen for the next 2 innings, keeping the door shut on the Ugly Eagles. Thatcher Hurd closed the game and kept Clayton Valley off the board to preserve the win.

The Dons put up a run early when Sam Heyman hit a 2-out line drive RBI in the first inning. Nick Bamont and Brady Huchingson both got hits in following innings, but the Dons did not score again until later in the game.

After the Ugly Eagles tied the game 1-1 in the 4th, the Dons answered in the 5th with a two-out rally. Thatcher Hurd hit a line drive double to get in scoring position. After an intentional walk to avoid pitching to Davis Diaz, and Clayton Valley error that loaded the bases, Nick Kresnak (2 for 3 on the day) put the hurt on the Ugly Eagles with a 2 RBI single that moved the Dons ahead 3-1. That score held through the 7th, and Acalanes closed out their League schedule undefeated.

Good stuff

Varsity Baseball Clinches League Title with Perfect Record

2019 Undefeated DFL Champions

Cue the dogpile! Acalanes Dons Baseball–on Senior Night, and at home–locked down the League title on Tuesday night with their 5-2 win over Clayton Valley, the League runner-up. The Dons have taken the title in convincing fashion, remaining undefeated in League play at 11-0 (and 21-2 overall) on the season.

Logan Hurd got the start and the win for the Dons on the mound, pitching 4.1 strong innings (3H, 1ER, 4K) against a solid Clayton Valley squad. Senior Eddie Burns, a University of San Francisco Baseball signee, took it from there and pitched 2.2 great innings (2H, 0R, 5K) to close out the game and lock in Acalanes’ win.

Dons bats got it done as they’ve been doing all year with timely hits and 2-out rallies. Nick Kresnak was the Cal-Hi Sports MVP of the game (which filmed the entire game; stay tuned for the highlight reel later this week on the Cal-Hi Sports TV channel) with 2 hits and 2 RBI’s. Nick Bamont hit a smoking line drive RBI double down the right field line, one of his two hits on the day. Cole Murgia was solid as he’s been throughout the season with 2 hits and 2 runs. Tommy Thrasher also contributed a hit, and Sam Heyman drove in the first run of the day.

The Dons have their last regular season game on Thursday, when they play Clayton Valley away in the second of their two-game series. The Dons will then begin NCS playoffs next week, and will likely be the #2 seed behind perennial powerhouse, De La Salle HS, in the D1 North Coast Section. Go get ’em, Dons!

Time to celebrate with an end-of-game dogpile
Thank you, Seniors! L-R: Peter Meade, Scott Brydon, Eddie Burns, Andrew Peterson, Zack Nelson, Will Burleigh & Team Manager Ali Ibrahim
Congratulations & thanks are also due to Acalanes’ all-new 2019 Varsity coaching staff: Head Coach Clint Hoover and Assistant Coaches Joe Bettencourt, Connor Hornsby & Rob Ellis

NCS Swim and Dive Championships

Your Acalanes Dons swimming and diving teams made a splash this weekend at the NCS Championships. The uber competitive meet, held at Cowell Pool in Concord, hosts several of the top recruited swimmer and divers in the country. Leading the team once again were Sophomore stand-out Shelby Suppiger, and Senior star Emily Gebhardt. Shelby finished 3rd in the 200 IM, and 5th in 100 breast with both times earning her All-American consideration. Emily was 4th in the 500 free, and 5th in the 200 free, this one also bettering the All-American consideration time standard. The girls 200 free relay of Gebhardt, Suppiger, Claire Rowell, Jewel Roemer (Trials), and Nicole Edwards (Finals) finished 5th and posted the 2nd fastest relay time in school history.

Jacqueline Samaniego finished 2nd overall for the dive team! Jacqueline, Emily, Shelby and the relay team have qualified to compete again in the CIF State meet championships next weekend. Way to go DONS!

The rest of the Dons top finishers at the meet were:

Jewel Roemer – qualifying 9th in 100 free and 15th in 200 free. Vanessa Watts – 12th in the 100 breast, 25th in the 200 IM. Girls 400 Free relay (Gebhardt, Suppiger, Fellner (Trials), Rowell, Roemer(Trials), Edwards) finished 8th. Girls 200 Medley relay (Kylie Walker, Vanessa Watts, Anna McCarthy, Laurel White) were 17th. Heidi Heffelfinger 200 Free (30th), 500 free (38th), Ava MacKay 100 fly (32nd), Claire Rowell 100 Breast (27th), 50 free (40th), Nicole Edwards 100 Breast (28th), Alex Fellner 200 free (39th).

Dons Advance to NCS Semis, Host Campo on Tuesday

The reigning NCS champion Acalanes Dons boys volleyball team began their title defense on May 2 when they hosted Washington High of Fremont on May 2.  The first game was competitive with the Dons winning 25-19. The Dons coasted the rest of the way winning 25-15 and 25-12 to reach the NCS semifinals.

The Dons will host Campolindo on Tuesday, May 7, at 7:00 p.m. This will be the fourth meeting this season between the two teams. Make it out to support the Dons!

Dons Baseball Notches 20th Win on the Season

Scott Brydon helps Acalanes grab win #20 on Thursday! (file photo)

With its 13-4 victory over Benicia HS, Acalanes Varsity moves to 20-2 on the season, and remains undefeated in League play at 9-0.

After a close 2-1 win over Benicia on Tuesday, the Dons came back with a decisive victory on Thursday by putting up 7 runs in the 3rd inning to move ahead 10-2. Acalanes tacked on 3 more runs over the 5th and 6th innings.

Davis Diaz (2B 2H R RBI), Sam Heyman (2H R 1RBI), Tommy Thrasher (2H 2R 2RBI) each had two hits in the game. Nick Kresnak (1H, R RBI), Scott Brydon (1H 1SB 2R 2RBI), Cole Murgia (2SB RBI), and Thatcher Hurd (1H 2R) also had offensive contributions against Benicia.

Pitching was solid on Thursday. Nick Kresnak got the start and the win (3IP 2H 1ER 5K), with Eddie Burns (3H 2ER 3K) and Michael Castelli (0H 0R 3K) each pitching 2 innings each out of the bullpen to lock down the victory.

Next week is the final week of League, as Acalanes plays a two-game series against second-place Clayton Valley Charter. Dons are home on Tuesday at 4pm.

Varsity Baseball Beats Benicia HS 2-1

Davis Diaz led the Dons at the plate in Tuesday’s game (file photo).

While solid pitching on both sides kept batters in check throughout the game, Acalanes got it done and took the first game on Tuesday in the two-game series this week against Benicia High School.

Logan Hurd got the start and the win for the Dons, pitching 4 innings (3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K). Michael Castelli threw the next 2 innings (0 H, 1 BB, 2 K), and Thatcher Hurd came in to close, retiring the last 3 batters in the game.

Acalanes bats were quiet in the game, but timely hits and capitalized opportunities on the bases proved to be enough to secure the win. Davis Diaz led the Dons, going 2 for 3 with 1 RBI. Nicolas Bamont and Thatcher Hurd also contributed hits in the game. Brady Huchingson drove in the other run with a sacrifice fly.

With Tuesday’s win, the Dons improve their season record to 19-2, and Acalanes remains undefeated in League play. The Varsity Dons next play at home on Thursday against Benicia at 4pm.