Track vs Clayton Valley

This past Wednesday, March 4th, we hosted Clayton Valley Charter for our first home  Diablo Athletic League (DAL) dual meet. Due to some major unforeseen issues with the timer we hired, the meet ran exceptionally long and there are still a lot of corrections to be made with the results.  Huge thank you to everyone who volunteered and participated!

As it stands now, our boys team cruised to a 78-57 victory and the score on the Girls side is still being verified.  On the girls side, despite incredibly valiant efforts from Caroline Crossland and Nicole Frigon, who hopped in the 3200 late in the meet in an effort to swing the score, we fell 63-59 – a heartbreaking loss that could have been swung by only one event. Big shoutout to Nicole for rallying her teammates and also running an outstanding leg in the 4×400 relay only 15 minutes after competing in the 3200m.

Next week, we start a 2 week road trip at Las Lomas for DAL #2! 

Photo Links: Galley 1, Gallery 2

Full results are here, highlights below. There were a lot of great performances – so many that we have had to split hurdles and sprints into separate categories for the first time!


  • Portia Seymour and Gema Villafan-Perez both PR in the High Jump – Portia also wins the Triple Jump and currently ranks as the DAL #2 in High Jump
  • Owen McNamara polevaults to a DAL leading 13’10”
  • Scarlette McCullough returns to the pole vault, also posting a DAL leading mark
  • Marcela Wiznewska leads a squadron of her teammates to PRs in the Long Jump with a jump of 13’-10”
  • Devin Miniello PRs with a jump of 17’-5” in the Long Jump as well


  • Josh Ramlan hits 3 digits with a throw of 108’-5” in the discus – a PR of nearly 10 feet!
  • Ben Thistleton-Dyer and Brooke Blacklidge PR in both Shot and Disc
  • Led by Dane Jenssen, our varsity boys sweep the 100 meter dash
  • Freshman Eli Brent posts a huge PR of 11.53 (and DAL #4) in the 100
  • Freshmen Sarah Gohres and Rachel Pan PR and take 3rd in the Frosh-Soph Girls 100 and 200 respectively, leading all of their teammates to PRs- both run impressive relay legs in the 4×100 and 4×400 as well
  • In the 400, freshmen Jasmine Lattimer and Laura Selle both PR  
  • Freshman Bennett Dodge posts an impressive 52.52 in the Varsity Boys 400m


  • Senior Emily Sverak wins the 300m Hurdles with a DAL #1 time
  • The 3 sophomores Marshall Lockwood, Evan Malmquist, and Connor Spellman PR sweep the Varsity Boys 110 Meter Hurdles 
  • Sophomore Josh Gohres leads a trio of Frosh-Soph Boys 300m hurdlers 
  • Finally, senior Kevin Mlynek PRs in the Boys 300m hurdles with a time of 41.53 – a DAL #1 mark and a #7 Acalanes all time mark


  • Freshman Taylor Carlin debuts with an impressive time of 6:05 in the 1600
  • On the Boys side, freshman Dominic Sarica turns heads in his 3200 debut
  • Junior Megan Baginski PRs in the 1600
  • Dominic Basaldua and Tyler Hunt take 1st and 2nd in the Boys 800 – both PR!
  • Lauren Yee and Nicole Frigon cruise to easy victories in the Girls 800 AND the girls 1600!
  • Andrew Owens breaks the 5 minute barrier in the boys 1600


  • Rayce Walton anchors the Boys 4×400 with a huge PR
  • Freshman Carly Harriman runs a great leg on the Varsity Girls 4×400, giving our team a chance
  • Lauren Yee leaves it all on the track and nearly snags the win for our Girls team – she also splits an impressive 61 seconds

Girls Varsity Soccer Falls to Burlingame in CIF Regional Semifinals

Girls Varsity Soccer Falls to Burlingame in CIF Regional Semifinals

All good things must come to an end. The Varsity Girls Soccer team fought valiantly against a very well-coached team from Burlingame High School. The Dons had put their hearts and souls into the win against Branson less than one week ago to win the NCS Championship, and they simply ran out of gas. Battling injuries and illnesses, the Dons just couldn’t find a way to get on the scoreboard. Passes that were usually connected, weren’t. Shots that usually went in, were blocked. They lost 1-0. Every player was giving it their all, but they were spent. The sign of a true team is when each player is playing as hard as they can for their teammates…that was evident yesterday, but they fell short.

The Dons finished their historic season with a record of 18-6-3. They are the first Acalanes Girls Soccer team to win NCS. They made it as far as the CIF Regional Semifinals. Quite an accomplishment.

Wishing all of the seniors the best of luck in their next endeavors. The 15 seniors on this team are: Taylor Boren, Maile Broad, Kate Carter, Beth Daughters, Dylan Hagglund, Georgia Karas, Natasha Malinovsky, Ellie Meyer, Gabby Ortale, Eliza Parry, Olivia Pelligrini, Jordan Pratt, Elle Skvarna, Ivy Souza, and Keri Wendt. Each and every one of you made this team special.

Thank you to our head coach, Nick Barbarino, for turning this program around. You made this team a true family.

Thank you to all of the fans that showed up to support our Dons. It was a packed house yesterday!

Until next time…


Strong Start for Boys Golf

The Dons took on Alhambra at Franklin Canyon Golf Club and bested the team by an astounding 53 strokes! Will Condy led the pack shooting a 38, followed closely by Mike O’Donnell and Joe Evans, both shooting 39. Tucker Gannon came in with a 40, Murphy Baker a 41 and Ryan Reilly a 44. An impressive start – Congrats Dons!

Track Season has started!

This past Saturday, February 22nd, we hosted a scrimmage against College Park and Concord High Schools, and wow, what a start to our season! Incredible performances in nearly every event from underclassmen, upperclassmen, returning veterans, and complete track newbies! As a coaching staff, we are all incredibly proud of how our freshman and sophomores stepped up and competed fearlessly against juniors and seniors from other schools and can’t wait to see how they finish the season!


  • Despite an injury that sidelined our Varsity Boys 4×100, our Frosh-Soph Boys stepped up and won the event outright, defeating College Park and Concord’s varsity relay teams by over a second!
  • Both of our Frosh-Soph and Varsity Girls 4×100 teams notched commanding wins as well
  • Freshmen Tyler Hunt and Bennett Dodge feed off a great performance from senior Rayce Walton and notch their first varsity relay win!


  • Newcomers including Tyler Hunt, Dominic Sarica, Sam Swan, Tom Bequette, Peter Buchel, and Sam Pecci  post strong performances in the 1600m, 800m, and 3200m.
  • Sophomore Lauren Yee returns from the soccer field and sets a new PR of 5:28.55 in the 1600m.
  • With an aggressive effort in the 800m, sophomore Nathan Krishnan sets a new PR of  2:31.05.


  • We’ll let this video of senior Kevin Mlynek’s virtuoso 400m performance speak for itself – Wow! – #10 all time in Acalanes history
  • A strong headwind on the home stretch made good marks hard to come by in the short sprints, but that didn’t stop junior Dane Jennssen and freshman Eli Brent from breaking 12 in the 100m! Both win their respective divisions
  • Senior Charlie Keohane breaks 14 and finishes 3rd in the 100
  • Isabella Starbuck and Bennett Dodge win their divisions of the Frosh Soph 400m
  • Sophomore Evan Malmquist posts a dominant victory in his first 110 meter hurdle appearance
  • Sophomores Benji Yadegar and Seth Kline both manage to overcome the wind and PR as well


  • After a long, long time away from track, senior Owen McNamara returns and breaks in our new pole vault pad with a dominant victory!
  • Junior Maddie Rogers and freshman Isabella Starbuck finish 1st and 2nd in the Long Jump!
  • Sophomore Marshall Lockwood completes the triple crown and wins the long jump, high jump, and triple jump – on varsity – his high jump PR is a whopping 6 inch improvement!
  • Freshman Portia Seymour wins the girls high jump with a PR of 4’8” – her mark is the highest overall of the day!
  • Sophomores Natalie Stadt, Devin Miniello, and Josh Gohres also post long jump PR’s


  • In keeping with the theme of this meet, strong efforts from underclassmen rule the day across all throws
  • Sophomore Anthony Ortale wins the varsity discus by throwing a commanding 18 feet farther than anyone else
  • Sophomore Kyle Otsuka also hits a discus PR 
  • Senior Michael Roux and junior Josh Ramlan PR in both throws as well.

Next weekend, select athletes will attend the Super Seven Invitational at DVC. Entries will go out Monday night.The next full team meet will be Wednesday, March 4th, we begin league competition when we will host Clayton Valley Charter. Until then, go Dons!

Varsity Girls Basketball Playoffs

Varsity Girls Basketball Playoffs

Acalanes 58  Tamalpais 31

The Lady Dons were victorious in Round 1 of NCS playoffs.  After a slow start, the girls turned it on in the 2nd quarter and never looked back in a 27-point rout.  The victory brings the girls’ record to 21-6 on the year an sets up a massive 2nd round match-up against a very solid Redwood team.  Redwood is led by a big time D1 player who is one of the top juniors in the state.    Lauren Kobashigawa led the way with 15 points, Grace Gebharbt added 14 and Lauren Frechman scored 13.  Kaylee Pond had 7 rebounds and 7 assists to round out the production.  Friday night at 7pm is Round 2 at home.  Come on out and support the girls!

Girls Varsity Soccer Seeded #2 in NCS

The Girls Varsity Soccer team is the #2 seed for Division 3 in NCS. They will face off against historically tough Analy of Sebastapol on Wednesday at 7pm at Acalanes. Come on out to support your Dons! #DonsShowUp

A friendly reminder that due to NCS rules, there will be a gate fee for admittance to each game. Thank you for your understanding and support for Girls Soccer.


Varsity Girls Basketball

Varsity Girls Basketball

Acalanes 75  Las Lomas 38

The Lady Dons completed their regular season with a blow-out of Las Lomas to finish 10-0 in league.  It was the 2nd year in a row the girls won the Diablo Athletic League.  The Dons jumped out on the visiting Knights and never let up the entire night in a game which was pretty much decided by halftime.  Grace Gebharbt led the way with 20 points and 13 rebounds.  Lauren Kobashigawa added 16, Lauren Frechman and Daphne Ganter both scored 10 and Michaela Valerio added 8 points.  Kaylee Pond had 9 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists.  It was the girls most balanced scoring effort of the season.  NCS Playoffs start next week where the girls are expected to receive the 3-seed in Division 2.  NCS Playoffs open up Tuesday night at home.

Varsity Girls Soccer Loses a Tough one on Senior Night

Varsity Girls Soccer Loses a Tough one on Senior Night

The Varsity Girls soccer team faced off against a very strong league opponent, Clayton Valley Charter, on their Senior Night on Wednesday. It was a night of pomp and circumstance as the Dons celebrated 15 amazing seniors. Here is the list of celebrated seniors: Taylor Boren, Maile Broad, Kate Carter, Beth Daughters, Dylan Hagglund, Georgia Karas, Natasha Malinovsky, Ellie Meyer, Gabby Ortale, Eliza Parry, Olivia Pelligrini, Jordan Pratt, Elle Skvarna, Ivy Souza, and Keri Wendt.

The first half started with the Dons kicking off. Georgia Karas, a 4-year Varsity letterman, has been injured all season due to a knee injury she sustained last year. She was able to be in the starting lineup, receive the kickoff pass, only to kick it out of bounds in order to be able to touch the ball one last time on the Acalanes field. Truly a memorable moment for her as this was her final game as a Don. We love you, Georgia!

The Dons played tough all game, and it was great to see all of our seniors on the field throughout the game. Even though they lost 1-0, they all played extremely well and hung in there with a very talented and very physical Clayton Valley Charter.

Next up for the Dons is NCS! Will know their seeding on Sunday night so stay tuned.

Congratulations to all of our wonderful Seniors. As always, GO DONS!

Acalanes Boys Varsity Soccer tied with Clayton Valley in final League game.

It was a battle back and forth throughout the game. A great match to watch with a amazing goal from Rhett Skvarna. Assisted by Charlie Peacock with the kick and a header from Rhett in the goal! 1-0 Acalanes

Clayton Valley came back fast with a goal! 1-1 to end the first half.

Second half both teams with plenty of chances for goals but Senior Goalie Will Easley would not let a goal in. Amazing saves and a tough game.

Tied 1-1

Historic JV Girls Soccer Season Closes with a ‘W’

The JV Girls Soccer team sent the Ugly Eagles flying home defeated Wednesday evening- completing their undefeated season!    Their record ended at 16-0-3.  They tallied 69 amazing goals for and only 6 against.    Number 69 came from Brooke Palma with minutes to play after a back and forth defensive battle accented by amazing Kylie Quinn saves in goal.    With four minutes remaining, Cameron Salazar one-touched a loose ball to Sophi MacKay on the left wing who one-touched a gorgeous cross to the top of the box to a speeding Brooke who beat her defender and sent the ball to the near corner of the net.

There has not been an undefeated season at any level in Acalanes Girls Soccer recorded history-  great job Dons!!

Good luck to our Varsity Dons in the NCS and congrats to our seniors tonight!