Acalanes Cross Country Running Strong: Rough Rider AND Castro Valley Invitational Meets

The Don’s rocked it last weekend! We had one squad participate in the Rough Rider Invitational in Fresno, CA and another squad participate in the Castro Valley Invitational. Some quick highlights: For Rough Rider, the Varsity boys placed 3rd of 33 teams. The below runners all received medals.

  • Riley Noon (12)  11th place Varsity Boys
  • Sam Roth (10)  15th place Varsity Boys
  • Andrew Owens (11)  19th Varsity Boys
  • Joshua Star (12)  25th Varsity Boys
  • Nicole Frigon (10)  15th place Varsity Girls
  • Kevin Mlynek (11)  15th place JV Boys
  • Rayce Walton (11)  25th place JV Boys
  • Claire McNally (12)  19th place JV Girls

The Castro Valley course was a tough course. The Dons runners stepped up to the challenge and all ran with great effort. The two below runners received medals.

  • Caroline Crossland (9)  8th place in Soph/Frosh Girls
  • Georgia Carpenter (11)  20th place in JV Girls

The team is getting ready for this weekend’s Mariner Invitational at Hayward High School. Go Dons!!

 

STRENGTH & CONDITIONING PROGRAM WITH LOGAN BEAL: NEW HOURS MONDAY 3-7PM AND THURSDAY 3-7PM!

STRENGTH & CONDITIONING PROGRAM WITH LOGAN BEAL: NEW HOURS MONDAY 3-7PM AND THURSDAY 3-7PM!

At a Boosters meeting early in 2018, someone asked a simple question: “How can we help our student athletes train so they become stronger, faster, more agile, and less prone to injury?”  This simple question sparked an idea that caught fire and at the April Boosters Bash the focus of our fundraising efforts was the Fund-A-Need campaign to develop better training programs for our athletes. After a summer of planning, the first ever Strength & Conditioning Program at Acalanes is up and running.

This program is funded 100% by Boosters and has three components. First, Boosters has partnered with BridgeAthletic, a company that offers a training platform through an app that our athletes can upload to their mobile devices. The BridgeAthletic app delivers customized workouts to each athlete based on their sport, gender, age, and their level of fitness. Second, Boosters has contracted with a certified Strength & Conditioning Coach, Logan Beal, who is trained in the BridgeAthletic workouts and will be at Acalanes Mondays and Thursdays from 3-7pm to assist athletes and teams with their programs. Finally, Boosters purchased a variety of new gym equipment for athletes to use in the BridgeAthletic workouts.

This Strength & Conditioning program will provide every Acalanes athlete the opportunity to train for their sport and elevate their fitness and performance while decreasing their risk of injury.  Any Acalanes athlete is eligible to sign up. If you are an individual athlete, you can register and provide information such as your sport, gender, age, and fitness level and the Bridge S&C specialists will create a workout for you. After an athlete is registered with the Bridge app, he/she is free to come to Open Hours and no reservation is necessary.  Athletes can get signed up for the program by going to BridgeAthletic + Acalanes Website.  Logan encourages athletes who are new to the program to email him to set up a time when he can meet with you to get your customized workouts started. logan@bridgeathletic.com

Winter sport athletes are welcome to sign up for the program and begin training for your upcoming season!  

More information about the new S&C program can be found by clicking on “Strength & Conditioning” below:

Strength & Conditioning

JV Football Rolls Northgate

JV Football Rolls Northgate

The Dons demolished the Northgate Broncos, 58-0, in the Homecoming game! Brady Huchingson threw for 4 TD’s and ran for 2 more! Sam Heyman caught 4 passes for 143 yards! All catches were for touchdowns for Sam! He also had an interception. Ryan Tresser had an interception. Scott Hafner and Niko Cortessis had sacks for the defense! Graham Oh returned a blocked punt 51 yards for a touchdown, trucking one Bronco enroute to the end zone! The JV Dons play a huge game against Campolindo this Friday, at their house.

Strength & Conditioning Program up and running!

Strength & Conditioning Program up and running!

The new Strength & Conditioning program is off to a great start under the direction of Coach Logan Beal.  The program focuses on increasing mobility to reduce the risk of injuries and also increasing strength, speed, and agility for a sports-specific workout to elevate an athlete’s performance.  Logan holds open hours in the weight room or gym area to supervise and assist with workouts.  He is happy to work with teams or individual athletes.  

Athletes and coaches can get signed up for the program by going to BridgeAthletic + Acalanes Website.  Logan encourages athletes and teams who are new to the program to email him to set up a time when he can meet with you to get your customized workouts started. logan@bridgeathletic.com

Winter sport athletes are welcome to sign up for the program and begin training for your upcoming season!  

More information and FAQs can be found in the following link:

Strength & Conditioning

 

 

Clayton Valley Defeats Acalanes Varsity

Clayton Valley used its superior size, strength and speed to beat Acalanes 49-3 last Friday on Clayton’s black turf field.
The first quarter went well enough for the Dons. Linebacker Alex Cortessis forced a fumble and the offense moved the ball to set up a Hunter Ridley field goal that kept them in it early at 7-3. But the Dons offense could not move the ball after that which left the defense on the field all too often and the Ugly Eagles just wore them down. Tommy ThrasherScott Brydon and Cole Murgia excelled on defense for the Dons with each making numerous tackles. While the offensive line also did its part, it was not enough against a physically superior team.
The Dons will be excited to face Northgate in their homecoming game this Friday.

JV Dons Fall to Clayton Valley Charter

JV Dons Fall to Clayton Valley Charter
Despite being up 18-14 at halftime, the Dons succumbed to the Clayton Valley Ugly Eagles, 47-24. The Dons defense gave up 4 long runs to their outstanding running back. The Dons offensive line led by Joey Carrillo, gave QB Brady Huchingson enough time to throw for over 300 yds, with 3 TD’s! Sam Heyman had 2 touchdown receptions and Hunter Anderson had one spectacular catch-run for a TD. Jackson Aris-Dumas had 4 catches for 90 yds. Joey Carrillo led the defense with 7 solo tackles and 4 assisted. Graham Oh had 2 solo and 7 assisted. The JV host Northgate at home next week for our homecoming celebration.

JV Tennis Girls Fall to Campo

The JV Girls suffered defeat yesterday on AHS courts against Campo winning just three out of twelve lines. Says Coach Ninette Bittner, “It’s always a close one with Campo as our teams are evenly matched. We had a great match today but unfortunately came up on the short end. It was a hot day and it didn’t quite go our way. We will get them next time! Go Dons!!!!”

Next matches: Today (Wednesday) away versus College Park and Thursday at home against Miramonte. All are invited to come cheer them on!

Freshman Football Dominates Marin Catholic

Freshman Football Dominates Marin Catholic
The Freshman Dons football team had another dominant performance last week at Marin Catholic, winning by a final score of 44-14.  The Dons defense completely shut down the Marin Catholic offense by allowing only 160 total yards (other than one break away run of 74 yards, the Dons held MC’s total offense to less than 100 yards).  The defense was able to give the offense optimal field position and the offense took control, scoring 7-8 times they had the ball.  

 
Rhett Skvarna was all over the field on both sides of the ball making plays.  He converted 5 PAT’s, a 30 yd field goal, had 2 catches for 51 yds, had two tackles on defense, and was a force on special teams.  Evan Malmquist played superbly on both sides of the ball as well, as he had 4 receptions for 60 yds and a TD, rushed for 86 yds with a TD, and had 3 tackles.  Dante Montgomery also had an incredible game, rushing for two TD’s, and had 2.5 tackles on defense.  On offense, quarterback Luke Souza was 11 for 20 with 2 passing TD’s and 1 rushing TD.  Miles Bergman had 4 catches for 72 yds and 1 TD.  Eli Berkowitz, Logan Ketchum, and Nick Eppinger all played outstandingly well to lead the defense.   
 
The Dons have another tough match up this Thursday at home against Clayton Valley Charter.