Dons Baseball Rolls On, 7-0

The Varsity Baseball team notched two more wins on Friday and Saturday to remain undefeated after seven games against other NCS Division One programs.

On Friday, the Dons beat Napa High School 12-1, with offensive contributions throughout the lineup:

Davis Diaz: 2H, 3B, 2R, RBI, SB; Cole Murgia: 1H, 1R, 2RBI, 2SB; Nick Kresnak: 1H, 2R, 2SB; Tommy Thrasher: 1H, 1R, 2RBI; Nicolas Bamont: 1H, 1R, 1RBI, 2SB; Thatcher Hurd: 1H, 2B, 1R, 2RBI; Brady Huchingson: 1H, 1R, 1RBI; Scott Brydon: 1H, 1R, 1RBI, 1SB; Peter Meade: 1H, 1R; Michael Castelli: 1H, 1R; Sam Heyman: 1RBI; Luke Miles: 1RBI.

Logan Hurd got the start and the win, pitching 3 innings (2H, 1ER, 3K); Eddie Burns pitched the next two innings (0H, 0R, 3K) in a game shortened by the run rule.

On Saturday, the Dons headed down to Fremont to play Irvington High School, and won in an 18-1 blowout. Again, players throughout the lineup contributed. Davis Diaz was swinging a hot bat, with 2 triples and a single on the day. Brady Huchingson was 4-4 on the day and led the team with 5 RBIs.Will Easley hit 2 doubles, with Nicolas Bamont hitting a double and single. Hits also came from: Nick Kresnak, Cole Murgia, Thatcher Hurd, Tommy Thrasher, Michael Castelli, Will Burleigh, David Sniderman and Ben Woodworth.

Nick Kresnak got the start and pitched 3 flawless innings, striking out 8. Michael Castelli, Andrew Peterson and David Diaz had the next four innings well in hand, ensuring the Dons a lopsided victory.

League play begins on Tuesday, when the Varsity Dons are away at College Park for a 4pm start.

JV & Frosh Team News:

Junior Varsity (3-1) also claimed two wins from Friday’s and Saturday’s games.

On Friday, JV defeated Napa High School 7-0. Jonny Burns got the start and the win for the JV Dons, pitching 5 strong innings, allowing just 2 hits and striking out 9. Miles Bergman and Jimmy Harrington maintained the shutout over the next two innings to ensure the win.

On offense, Drew Davidson led the way with 2 doubles and 2 RBIs. Other contributors: Mitchell Franklin (2H, 2B, 2R, SB); Miles Bergman (1H, 2B, 2R, 2 RBI, SB); Brayden Clarkson (1H, 2B); Sam Winkles (2H, 2B, 1R, 1RBI, 2SB); Graham Smith (1H, 2B, 1R, 1RBI, SB); Logan Miniello (1R, 1SB).

On Saturday, JV prevailed over Irvington HS 9-4. Sam Winkles started and got the win for JV, going 6 innings, allowing 4 runs and striking out 9. Ethan Lerch closed out the final inning for the Dons.

Key offensive contributors: Ben Burleigh (2H, 2B, 2R); Graham Smith (1H, 2R, 1RBI, 1SB); Miles Bergman (2H, 1R, 3RBI, 3SB); Drew Davidson (1H, 2R, 1RBI, 3SB); Brayden Clarkson (2H, 1RBI); Sam Winkles (1H).

The Freshmen Baseball Team (3-2) split a double header on Saturday against Benicia. In the first game, the Frosh team fell 6-5 when Benicia came up with a walk off hit to end the game. In game two, the Frosh Dons came back and won 5-3 after putting up two runs in an extra inning to clinch the win.

Game One: Dante Montgomery (1H, 2B, 2RBI); Patrick Nicosia (2H, 2R, 1RBI); Ethan Rowland (1H, 1RBI, 2SB); Benjy Braunstein (1H, 1SB); Connor McPhail (1H, 1R, 1RBI); Kyle White (1H, 1R); Evan Malmquist (1R, 3SB). Dante Montgomery started and pitched 3 innings (1H, 0ER, 1K), followed by Luke Souza for 3 innings (2H, 0ER, 4K), with Will Berrien throwing the final 2/3 of the 8th inning.

Game Two: Kyle White (2H, 2B, 2R, 2SB); Evan Malmquist (2H, 1R, 1RBI, 1SB); Luke Souza (1H, 2RBI); Ethan Rowland (1H, 1R, 1RBI, 2SB). Ethan Rowland started and pitched 2.2 innings (0ER, 4K), and Connor McPhail pitched the next 5.1 innings to the win (0ER, 2K).

Dons Win in a Shutout; Thrasher Goes Yard Twice

The Varsity Baseball team claimed the “W” in a 3-0 shutout of Foothill High School on Friday afternoon. Tommy Thrasher provided all the offensive firepower the Dons needed when he hit a solo bomb in the 3rd inning, and a 2-run home run in the 5th. Other offensive contributors on the day: Scott Brydon, Sam Heyman, Nick Kresnak and Luke Miles.

While Thrasher was a one-man wrecking crew with his bat, Nick Kresnak was dominant on the mound and pitched a gem. He went six innings with 10 K’s, 1 BB and held a strong Foothill squad to just 2 hits. Logan Hurd came in to close out the final inning and preserve the win.

Foothill threatened in the 4th inning, with runners at 2nd and 3rd base and no outs. Kresnak worked the Dons out of the jam and proceeded to strike out the next 3 batters to dash Foothill’s hopes of getting on the scoreboard.

The Dons found themselves in another tough spot in the 5th with a runner on third and no outs. Kresnak struck out the next batter, and then the Dons defense made a well-executed 5-3-2 double play. Third baseman Brady Huchingson threw across the diamond to Tommy Thrasher at first, who then threw a missile to home, where catcher Thatcher Hurd applied the tag, saving a run and ending the inning.

With Friday’s win, the Varsity Dons improve their record to 4-0. They next play at Mission San Jose High School on Tuesday, 3/12.

JV & Frosh Team news…

Friday was the first game day of the season when all three Acalanes baseball teams got the “W” over the rain and got to play ball!

Junior Varsity had home field against Foothill and came up short in this first game of their season, 5-1. Drew Davidson, Graham Smith and Cade Finegold led JV’s offensive efforts. Four different pitchers took the mound in this early season start: Ethan Lerch, Jonny Burns, Elias Warres and Sam Winkles.

The Frosh team beat Foothill on their field on Friday, 4-3, in a game that went an extra inning. In the top of the 8th, with the game tied (3-3) and with two outs on a 1-2 count, Jack Cusumano drove in the winning run when he hit a line drive RBI, bringing in Ethan Rowland, who had earlier hit a line drive double to put himself in scoring position. Other offensive contributors: Luke Souza (2 H, 1 RBI, 1 SB), Jack Cusumano (2 H, 2 RBI), Ethan Rowland (1H, 1 R), Will Berrien (1 H, 2 R), Patrick Nicosia (1 H, 1 R), Kyle White (1H), Dante Montgomery (1H). Three pitchers teamed up to pull off the win: Ethan Rowland (3 IP, 0 ER), Dante Montgomery (4 IP, 1 ER, 4K’s) and Will Berrien (1 IP, 0 ER).

Track & Field off to a blazing start!

Track & Field off to a blazing start!

The Acalanes Track & Field team is off to a great start after defeating Las Lomas in our first dual meet competition. In addition to team wins of 68-51 (Girls) and 95-40 (Boys), there were over 100 individual Personal Records set. Some of the many highlights are detailed below. Go Dons!


  • Sam Roth makes his debut in the 3200m, capturing first place with a PR of 10:36.  Josh Evans finished 4th in this race with a PR of 11:11
  • Rayce Walton battled fiercely to 2nd in the 800m with a PR of 2:03
  • Nicole Frigon and Caroline Crossland finished 1-2 in the 800m with 2:29 and 2:35
  • Nick Emtage pushed through the 6 min mile barrier with a new PR of 5:59
  • Thena Huisingh, Claire McNally, and Megan Baginski crashed the 3 min 800m barrier with PRs of 2:52, 2:56, and 2:55.


  • The Frosh-Soph Girls 4×100 win their first race
  • The Varsity Boys 4×100 overcome some bad handoffs and cruise to 8th place All-Time at Acalanes with an NCS #4 time of 43.90
  • Mikaela Truong holds off a surge from the Las Lomas Girls 4×400 as the Dons win the race


  • Collectively, Girls and Boys Sprinters post 39 PR’s in the 100 and 200
  • Beth Hamalian, Ella Alpert, and Brooke Blacklidge sweep the Frosh Soph Girls 100 Meter Dash
  • Keaziah Smith wins the 100 meter dash with an NCS #4 time of 11.14
  • Aidan Mosely, Lucas Eppinger, and Jake Delaney break the 12 second barrier in the 100 meter dash – Dons sweep this event as well
  • Maren Quintella wins the 100 meter hurdles
  • Freshman Eric Maland PR’s in the 200, winning his first heat


  • Acalanes Boys Jumpers sweep the Long Jump, Triple Jump, and High Jump, finishing 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in all 3 events
  • Johnny Choi narrowly misses the school record at 6’7” in the high jump
  • Scarlette McCullough captures first in Pole Vault and Long Jump
  • Sophomore Tucker Starbuck PR’s in the Pole Vault with a jump of 8’6” and takes the win  
  • Freshman Devin Miniello scores his first varsity point in the Triple Jump
  • Katrina Ortman PR’s in the Long Jump and wins the Frosh-Soph Girls event


  • Brooke Blacklidge PR’s in the Discus – she also takes first in the Frosh-Soph Girls Shotput
  • John Kalil scores his first varsity point, taking third in the Shotput
  • Billy Brown PR’s in the Shotput and the Discus

Dons Baseball Wins Season Kick-Off Tournament

The Varsity Dons won the Pittsburg Invitational Tournament on Friday, downing Clayton Valley Charter HS, 6-1. Acalanes came out on top in a good early season test against other schools that play at the NCS Divison 1 level, as Acalanes Baseball does.

Logan Hurd, who was named Player of the Game, got the win on Friday after pitching six strong innings and holding Clayton Valley scoreless for five innings. Hurd allowed just 3 hits and 1 run, with 7 strikeouts. Michael Castelli closed out the final frame, as he did so well throughout the tournament, to secure the championship.

Acalanes got on the scoreboard in the 4th inning when Tommy Thrasher, who was 3-3 at the plate for the day, singled to center field. Sam Heyman followed that up with a liner to center that drove in Thrasher and Acalanes’ first run of the day.

It was in the bottom of the 5th when the Dons ran away with the lead and put up five runs. Nicolas Bamont led off with a laser line drive triple to right field. Nick Kresnak followed that up with an RBI line drive to left, followed by Tommy Thrasher’s line drive to center. Thatcher Hurd kept the line moving with an RBI single to center. Brady Huchingson delivered another RBI, and the final run of the inning came from Scott Brydon’s RBI single to left field.

The Championship game showed off both Acalanes’ defensive and offensive strength against a D1 college commit starting pitcher and a solid team backing him up. The season looks bright for a fired up Dons squad under the leadership of new Head Coach, Clint Hoover, and his talented staff.

Follow on Twitter: @AcalanesDonsBB…Get box scores, recaps and live gameday streaming on the GameChanger app. Search “Acalanes” to find Varsity, JV, and Frosh team feeds.

Dons Sweep at Deer Valley

The defending NCS champion Acalanes Dons boys volleyball team traveled to Antioch to play Deer Valley, a Division 1 school with a historically strong program. The Dons started slowly and trailed 3-6  but then scored 11 straight points with junior Nikolai Heffernan serving. The 11-0 run included kills by senior Alex Franke and sophomore Austin Kinnear.  With a 14-6 lead, the Dons cruised to a 25-12 victory in the first game.  The second game featured more dominance from the Dons, as they prevailed 25-13.  In the third game, the Dons got out to a 16-7 lead.  However, inspired play from Deer Valley and a let up by the Dons made the game interesting, as the lead went down to six, at 19-13.   The Dons still went on to win, 25-19. 

Senior Colin Kirbach led the Dons with 26 assists, frequently taking good passes from senior libero Lane Altbaum and sending them over to his teammates for kills.  Heffernan led the team with 10 kills while Franke and Kinnear had 8 each.  Senior Jackson Kirke led the Dons with 3 blocks and along with fellow senior Griffin Johnson, Franke and Kinnear made it hard for Deer Valley to get good hits.  The Dons are scheduled to host Skyline High School on February 27, but at press time it is not certain whether the game will go forward as scheduled.



Don’t forget to buy your tickets to this years Blue-ster Bash!  It is April 27th at Moraga Country Club.  New this year!  Join the Dons Club Level and skip the drink line, pre-buy your wine! Choose a bottle (or more) to buy now.  Bottles will be waiting for you at the MCC Dons Club Level.  Proceeds go directly to AHS Boosters.  Go to the Boosters website to buy your tickets, your wine and for more information!

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!!!


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.