Women’s Soccer Shuts Out Encinal

The Dons prevailed on Wednesday night in the first round of NCS play. They toppled the Encinal Jets of Alameda 3-0. Sasha Sadoff broke the seal in the first half with a nice assist from Aliye Wingate. Shortly after, Lara Dissman scored to make it 2-0 at the half. In the beginning of the second half, Maddie Zuber connected off a great cross from Lara Dissman to make the score 3-0.

The Dons advance to the second round of NCS play and will travel to Campolindo on Saturday to take on the Cougars at 5pm. In their previous two meetings, the Dons and Cougars have tied, 0-0 and 1-1. It is shaping up to be a tough game and a battle for bragging rights! Come support this phenomenal group of young women!!!


Women’s Frosh/Soph Season Finale

The Frosh-Soph Women’s Soccer Team had a spectacular win over Miramonte in their final game of the season, Saturday, February 9. Goals were completed by Lauren Yee and Victoria Flint with assists by Maya StelzerJessie LimVictoria Flint and Annalise HarhaySloan Nelick and Elise Flagg guarded the goal amazingly against the Miramonte threats. Everyone played so well it was difficult to not recognize the whole team! Final score, 3-1. This completes the season. See you next year! 

Go Dons!

Dons Win on Senior Night

Dons Win on Senior Night

In front of the largest and loudest crowd of the season led by the school band, Acalanes honored seniors Ian Archer, Clark King, Jackson Kirke, Ben Lauer, and Jack Wickline in their final game at Acalanes, against the defending league champion Las Lomas Knights.

After a pregame ceremony recognizing the seniors and their families, the five longtime friends and classmates took the floor to start the game for one last time.

In an evening filled with a wide range of emotions, the sophomores and juniors did everything they could to make sure that their senior teammates went out as winners.  With the five seniors starting, sophomore co-captain Scott Ruegg yielded his starting position and came off the bench for the first time this season.  Starting with a 28-footer, he proceeded to torch the Knights for 17 points in the first half including 5 3-pointers. His fellow co-captain, senior guard Ian Archer, continued his brilliant play from the huge upset earlier in the week over College Park with 14 points and five assists in the first half. Archer hit a tough shot as the first quarter ended to give the Dons a 21-19 lead.  In the second quarter, Archer hit junior forward Aidan Bodner for a layup to put the Dons up 34-32.   That started a 15-0 run, and the Dons entered the locker room at halftime flying high with a 47-32 lead.

With players returning from last year’s state championship game against Lonzo Ball’s high school including a 225-pound Division 1 football commit clearing out the paint, the NCS-bound Knights were not going down without a fight.  They got physical with the Dons in the third quarter and sought to deny Ruegg the ball and prevent him from getting a clean look at the basket. This strategy figured to open things up for Archer’s playmaking, but early in a disastrous third quarter he went to the floor hard, and was injured and out for the game.

Five minutes into the third quarter, the Dons had yet to score. After a 7-0 run, the Knights had cut the Dons’ lead to 47-39.  Dons junior center John Kalil went strongly to the basket and drew a shooting foul.  He then drained his two free throws to get the Dons on the scoreboard in the second half. Ruegg next broke free on a drive and found Bodner who laid it in, was fouled and hit his free throw, and the Dons were up 52-39.  But the Dons scored only those five points in the third quarter, and the Knights went on a 10-0 run to close it out.

The Dons entered the final stanza clinging to a 52-49 lead. After Las Lomas hit a 3, the lead was gone.  But Ruegg drove for a layup to put the Dons up 54-52. Sophomore guard Jackson Aris-Dumas hit a 3 to extend the lead to 57-52, but the Knights hit two free throws and scored again to cut the lead to a point. Ruegg then found Kirke open for a bunny to put the Dons up 3, 59-56.  After the Knights hit a pair of free throws, Bodner, who finished with 5 assists, hit sophomore forward Joey Carrillo for another bunny to make it 61-57. Las Lomas again made 2 free throws. With 33 seconds left, Carrillo brought the house down after scoring inside while being fouled. On the next play, fighting for a rebound, Wickline forced a jump ball to give the Dons possession.  However, he took a blow to the face from a Las Lomas player and began gushing blood, and the Dons lost their second senior due to injury.  Down four without the ball, Las Lomas was forced to foul and fouled Kirke.  The senior center stepped up to the charity stripe to shoot the front end of a 1-and-1 with 25 seconds left. The gym erupted after he hit the first free throw and again when he swished the second. Las Lomas still managed to make it interesting after hitting a 3 and forcing a turnover, but the Knights’ last second desperation heave was off the mark, and the Dons prevailed 65-62. 

As the Acalanes band played, students and families came onto the court to celebrate with the seniors before they left the court for the last time.

Varsity Wrestling: Williams, Correa, Trainer, Qteishat advance to NCS

Varsity Wrestling: Williams, Correa, Trainer, Qteishat advance to NCS

Acalanes Varsity Wrestling closed out this weekend’s DAL League Championship at Campolindo with outstanding finishes: 1st place Steven Williams 160, 2nd place Tony Correa 220, 5th place James Trainer 120, 5th place Youseff Qteishat 170. Coach Micah gave an additional shout out “to our only Freshman at the tournament, Cooper Womack, for finishing 6th (sectional alternate) in League.” Four boy wrestlers are advancing NCS championships at the end of the week.

Wrestlers advancing to NCS February 15-16, 2019:
Steven Williams 160, Sr
Tony Correa 220, Sr
James Trainer 120, So
Youseff Qteishat 170, Sr

Varsity Women’s Soccer Falls to Las Lomas

The Dons lost a tough one on Wednesday night. After falling behind 0-2 with 30 minutes left in the second half, they had hope they could come back when Aliye Wingate was able to score on a direct kick roughly 30 yards out to make the score 1-2. Minutes later, Sasha Sadoff made an incredible weak side pass to Lara Dissman on the left wing and Lara pounded the ball in the net to tie it up 2-2. The Dons kept pressing on offense, but a breakaway for Las Lomas enabled them to score with 3 minutes remaining. Final 2-3.

The Dons will travel to Clayton Valley on Friday night to take on the Ugly Eagles at 7pm. This will be their final League game.


JV Women’s Soccer Suffers Tough Loss to Las Lomas

After giving up a penalty and a goal from a corner kick early in the match the Don’s began battling back.  Lyla Cox did well in her goalkeeping debut.    Our freshmen showed their great development this season with strong performances by Ella Alpert and Mia Sides.  The second half was all Acalanes with the Dons outshooting the Knights about 10-0. Finally, Emily Keeler put a low curler into the back of the net for a 1-2 final score.

Go Dons!

Dons Upset College Park, Look Forward to Senior Night Friday

Dons Upset College Park, Look Forward to Senior Night Friday

The Acalanes Dons pulled off the upset of the year on Wednesday night in defeating the visiting College Park Falcons 85-76. The Falcons entered the game with a record of 20-4 overall and 8-2 in league and are led by Zyon Pullin, the likely MVP of the Diablo Athletic League.
The first half was competitive, with the Falcons up 32-30 at intermission. The Dons then exploded for 56 points in the second half to shock the Falcons. Sophomore guard Jackson Aris-Dumas scored 10 points in the third quarter and led the Dons with 20 points. Senior guard Ian Archer scored 9 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter. Junior forward Aidan Bodner scored all of his 15 points in the second half, including a traditional 3 point play where he was fouled making a layup in the fourth quarter. The other dagger in the fourth quarter came from sophomore guard Scott Ruegg, who drained a 3-pointer to bring the house down. Many of Bodner’s points came on strong finishes after Aris-Dumas, Archer, Ruegg and fellow guard senior Jack Wickline had broken down College Park’s full court pressure. Senior center Jackson Kirke was a perfect 4-4 from the free throw line in the 4th quarter and for the game had 13 rebounds and four blocked shots (including one of Pullin’s shots). 
The 85 points were the most scored by the Dons this year. The Dons’ balanced scoring attack featured 5 players in double figures: Aris-Dumas (20), Archer and Bodner (15), Ruegg (13), and Kirke (10). Playing unselfish basketball, the team had 29 assists, including 12 from Archer.
The Dons host Las Lomas for Senior Night on Friday, with the festivities starting at approximately 6:15. Seniors Jack Wickline, Ian Archer, Jackson Kirke, Clark King, and Ben Lauer will be honored.

Frosh/Soph Women’s Soccer Update

Great week for Frosh-Soph Women’s Soccer!

On Monday, January 28, the Frosh-Soph women’s soccer team played a tight game at home against Campolindo. Victoria Flint scored, with an assist from herself. When the keeper deflected the first shot, Victoria gained control of the ball again and made the goal to win the game, final score 1-0.

Saturday, February 2 brought another win for the Lady Dons against Bishop O’Dowd. Victoria Flint again scored with an assist from Jessie Lim. Then Jessie scored with an assist from VictoriaDella Pascucci played well in both the left and center back. Co-captains Sloan Nelick and Lindsey Campbell kept up the communication after the first goal and helped the team to regroup to go on to the second goal and final score of 2-0.

The team will close out the season on Saturday, February 9. In the morning home game they will go against Benicia starting at 9am. The afternoon away game at Miramonte starts at 2pm


Women’s Varsity Soccer Shuts Out Concord High

The Dons celebrated their wonderful seniors (Malika Haji, KK McDonagh, Maddie Zuber, Emma Workman, Lara Dissman, Sasha Sadoff, and Ava McKay) on a rainy Friday night at their last regular season home game.

In the first 10 minutes, Maddie Zuber scored off a great pass from Megan Go to put the Dons up 1-0. Several minutes later, Lara Dissman was fouled hard in the goal box. Aliye Wingate calmly pounded the PK into the right corner of the goal. The score would be 2-0 at the end of the first half.

In the second half, Sasha Sadoff added another assist to her resume when she crossed the ball in front of the goal where Gabby Ortale was waiting to put the ball in the left corner. Dons win 3-0 to put their record at 4-2-4 in League and 10-3-5 Overall.

The Dons will travel to Walnut Creek next Wednesday to face Las Lomas at 7pm.