Mar 2 – Monday Sports

In Friday’s action…

Girls Basketball

The #3 seeded girls basketball team Marches through the NCS playoffs defeating Encinal HS 78-61 to advance to the NCS semifinals against Bishop O’Dowd HS Wednesday at Laney College at 6:30.

Olivia Sabbadini
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Boys Lacrosse

defeated Piedmont HS 16-14.

Boys Golf

defeated Las Lomas HS 202-223.

 

Friday’s individual standouts…

Girls Basketball

Brooke Panfili scored 28 points with 6 3-pointers.  Emma Godfrey scored 18 points.  Julia Lyons scored 13 points.  Roni Marrone scored 11 points.

Boys Golf

Jake Basilico shot a 38, Arden Childers 39, Peter Tripp and Kennedy Kim 42 and Julian O’Donnell 43 on a 9-hole par 36 course.

R. Takahashi

Feb 25 – Lady Dons Give All but Fall Short

As the crowd rolled into Acalanes High School on Wednesday night, all could tell it was going to be a battle.  Miramonte came out in force with a large gathering to watch the Semifinal match between the Lady Dons and the Lady Matadors.  The Dons fans came in droves and just kept coming.  Any player looking up into the stands could feel proud – the Dons Nation was there to do their part.  And the student section was determined to make a difference!

Feeling the electricity in the air, the Dons started quickly when less than two minutes into the game Morgan Rogers (#21) sent a long beautiful pass up to Kierra Krawec (#4) and Caroline Clark (#14).  Clark took it and went in for the easy score putting Acalanes up 1-0. Less than 8 minutes later, Junior Regan McQuain (#13)made a beautiful pass to Kierra Krawec (#4) and Krawec put the Don’s up 2-0. Although the Dons kept the pressure up with 5 more shots on goal in the first half and freshman goalie Sophia Giordano (#0) making great saves, it was the Mats who finished out the half with a score. With less than 2 minutes left in the half, Miramonte’s Gina Crosetti (#9) sent a high ball into the back of the net.  The half ended with Acalanes up 2-1.

Caroline Clark
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Miramonte came out strong in the 2nd half and scored 6 minutes into the half, when Sophomore Kati Tuemmler (#3) took a pass and quickly turned and shot it to tie the score 2-2. The game remained deadlocked until the 72nd minute when Clark (#14) took a pass from Molly Davis (#16) and pounded it home.  Dons took the lead 3-2. But Miramonte came storming back 7 minutes later and tied the score 3-3 when Mats Sophomore Mia Grillo (#14) took a deflected ball and put it past goalie Giordano. The game went to overtime.

Regan McQuain
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After two scoreless overtime periods where both defenses shined, it all came down to PKs.  The Acalanes student section moved down the field in a swarm to cheer on their Lady Dons.  The pressure and the excitement was incredible and both teams felt it.  Each team shot all balls on goal.  It came down to the Mats Senior Goalie, Maritza Grillo (#00) getting a foot on a ball that was clearly going in.  And with that save, the Lady Dons season ended – Miramonte 4, Acalanes 3.

 

The Dons’ fans quieted only for a moment and then began to cheer on their team.  The tribute that all the fans gave to celebrate a phenomenal year was priceless.  As the Dons walked off the field, they were greeted by family, friends and schoolmates and although they couldn’t appreciate it at the moment, they will remember it forever.  Said one player, “I can’t believe we won’t play with this team ever again – the seniors are all moving on.”

Morgan Rogers
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Congratulations to the Lady Dons for the Conference Championship and for getting to the semi-finals of the NCS.  And congratulations to the fans, for showing up BIG and BLUE to share it with them!

By Nicole Rogers

Scores and stats:
Game: Acalanes HS (18-2-1) vs. Miramonte HS (12-4-5)
Date: Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Location: Acalanes High School
Halftime Score: 2-1
Final Score: 3-3 (4-3 PKs)
Goals: AHS
Goal 1: Caroline Clark (#14) (1:51)
Goal 2: Kierra Krawec (#4) (9:15)
Goal 5: Caroline Clark (#14) (72:32)
Assists:  Morgan Rogers (#21) Goal 1; Regan McQuain (#13) Goal 2; Molly Davis (#16)
Saves: Sophia Giordano (#0) – 5 saves (1st half); 3 saves (2nd half)
Goals:  Miramonte High School
Goal 3: Gina Crosetti (#9) (38:30)
Goal 4: Kathryn Tuemmler (#3) (46:50)
Goal 6: Mia Grillo (#14) (80:00)
Assists: Samantha Devecchi (#18) Goal 6
Saves:  Maritza Grillo (#00) – 1 saves (1st half); 2 (2nd half)

Boys Lacrosse

Acalanes boys Lacrosse traveled to Piedmont Friday.

Varsity jumped up 2-0 quickly and led 10-4 at the half.  Late in the 3rd quarter, the Dons lead 11-5 but in the 4th quarter Piedmont was able to get within 1 at 14-13, but the Dons were able to hold on and win 16-14.  In total, 7 Dons scored.  Adrian Jeffries lead the scoring with 6 goals, followed by Tyler Henderson with 4 goals. Sam deRoque had 2.  Michael Bone, Nathan Brickman, Vinny Gladden and Cole Tanner each had one goal.

JV also won 9-4.

Next week the Dons play Marin Catholic at home on Tuesday and at Monte Vista on Thursday.
Jv at 5:30 and Varsity at 7:00.

Lady Dons Advance to NCS Basketball SemiFinal

Julia Lyons
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The #3 seeded girls basketball team defeated Encinal HS 78-61 to advance to the NCS semifinals against #2 seeded Bishop O’Dowd HS. The game will be Wednesday at Laney College at 6:30.

R. Takahashi

Feb 27 – Friday Sports Page

In Friday’s action…

Girls Basketball

The #3 seeded girls basketball team hosts #11 seeded Encinal HS in the NCS quarterfinals at 7:00.

Wrestling

competes in the NCS Championships at James Logan HS.

Boys Lacrosse

plays at Piedmont HS. JV at 5:30 and varsity at 7:00.

Boys Golf

has a match against Las Lomas HS at Rossmoor GC at 3:30.

In Saturday’s action…

Wrestling

competes in the NCS Championships at James Logan HS.

Track & Field

has a scrimmage at Freedom HS at 10:00.

Freshman Baseball

plays at Tamalpais HS in a doubleheader at 11:00 and 1:30.

R. Takahashi

Feb 26 – Thursday Sports

In Wednesday’s action…

Girls Soccer

The game could not be any closer. The girls soccer team was tied with Miramonte HS 3-3 through regulation and 2 overtime periods only to be edged out in penalty kicks. Congratulations for an outstanding season and an incredible playoff run.

Sophia Giordano
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Caroline Clark
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Boys Tennis

continues to roll with a 9-0 victory over American Canyon HS.

Boys Golf

sank the Pittsburg HS Pirates 196-240.

 

In Thursday’s action…

Boys Tennis

has a match against Las Lomas HS at 3:30. Varsity is home and jv is away.

 

Wednesday’s individual standouts…

Boys Tennis

Ian Dao, Nico Brightbill, Conor McGlynn, Ryan Pegels, Ethan Fitzsimons and Alex Hashim won singles matches.
Clay Schmidt & Cole Noone, Trenton Tso & Jin Heo and Stefen Pegels & Conor Sasner won doubles matches.

Boys Golf

Jake Basilico and Peter Tripp shot a 37, Arden Childers 38 and Julian O’Donnell 39 on a 9-hole par 36 course.

 

Congratulations…

Kierra Krawec was named Honorable Mention Player of the Week by the Contra Costa Times. The article is in today’s sports section of the Contra Costa Times.

 

Kierra Krawec
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R. Takahashi

Feb 25 – Wednesday Sports

In Tuesdays action…

Emma Godfrey
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Girls Basketball

advances to the NCS quarterfinals with a 67-21 victory over San Rafael HS.  The #3 seeded Dons host #11 Encinal HS Friday at 7:00.

Boys Tennis

pulled out an impressive 5-4 victory over EBAL power San Ramon Valley HS to start the season 2-0.

Boys Lacrosse

played well in defeat to highly ranked St. Ignatius HS.

 

In Wednesdays action…

Girls soccer

The BIG SHOWDOWN. The NCS semifinal features the #1 seeded Dons hosting #5 Miramonte HS.

Boys Tennis

hosts American Canyon HS at 3:30.

Boys Golf

has a match against Pittsburg HS at Rossmoor GC at 3:30.

 

Tuesdays individual standouts…

Brooke Panfili
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Girls Basketball

Emma Godfrey scored 19 points. Brooke Panfili scored 18 points, with 3 3-pointers.

Boys Tennis

Ryan Cardiff, Isaiah Bird and Ian Dao won singles matches.  Alex Hashim & Trenton Tso and Ryan Pegels & Preston Tso won doubles matches.

R. Takahashi

Feb 21 – Lady Dons Soccer Moves on to 3rd Round of NCS

If anyone ever says that home field is not an advantage in high school soccer, then they never played in front of a rowdy, fun and completely biased home crowd. On Saturday, Dons’ fans experienced something we had not seen all season; a line to get into the stadium. And the Lady Dons put on a show to remember in their 4-1 win over Las Lomas to move to the Semi-finals of the NCS Playoffs.

Freshman Kierra Krawec (#4), fresh off her 5 goals from Wednesday night, picked up right where she left off by scoring the first goal 9 minutes into the game off a perfect pass up the middle from Junior Regan McQuain ((#13). As the fans roared their appreciation, Acalanes took a 1-0 lead.

Although Acalanes controlled the ball for most of the first half and kept the Knight’s defense busy, the second goal of the game did not come until there was 6 minutes left in the half. That’s when the Don’s offense took the ball down the field and broke through the Las Lomas defense. It started with Katharine Larson (#6) taking a beautiful pass from Molly Davis (#16) and going up the right side. Larson then threaded to Krawec who quickly sent another quick pass to a streaking Caroline Clark (#14). Clark then raced past a defender to the side of the goal and then shot the ball into the left side of the net to make the score 2-0 Acalanes. By this time the Acalanes crowd had grown in both size and noise level and they could feel the energy of the night.

Kierra Krawec
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The second half brought more action as the fans on both sides stepped it up to cheer on their teams. Acalanes came out strong and took advantage of being awarded a corner kick. Clark (#14) sent a high, arching ball to the net which Katharine Torchio (#11) quickly took care of by heading it past the goalie for goal #3. The Dons kept up the pressure on the Knights as they refused to let the ball pass over the midfield line. With 21 minutes left in the half, Las Lomas was awarded a free kick at the 15 yard line. They wasted no time popping the ball over the first line of defense and skipping the ball into the back of the net.

Caroline Clark (14) and Katharine Larson (6)
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The goal was a wakeup call for the Dons and settled them down. Senior Emma Starr (#17) settled her teammates down with precision passing and a return to possession soccer. After a double team by Morgan Rogers (#21) and Davis (#16) which resulted in another steal, Davis sent the ball up to Lexi Silva (#3) who took the ball down and saw Krawec (#4) up the left side. Silva (#3) sent the long ball to Krawec who was off to the races. Krawec took the ball up the left side, stopped turned and kicked the ball past the goalie’s outstretched arms to score the final goal of the game.

Emma Starr
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The Dons defense of Silva (#3), Davis (#16), Starr (#17) and Rogers (#21) plus midfielder Emily Smith (#25) combined for 39 steals. Rogers (#21) and Smith (#25) both had season highs with 10 and 7 respectively. The win put the Dons into the semi-finals where they will take on rival Miramonte at 7 pm on Wednesday, February 25th at Acalanes. The Dons will need every one of their fans to show up and cheer them on as it promises to be an intense and hard fought battle to get to the Championship game.

Emily Smith
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By Nicole Rogers

Scores and stats:
Game: Acalanes HS (18-1-1) vs. Las Lomas HS (10-5-6)
Date: Saturday, February 21, 2015
Location: Acalanes High School
Halftime Score: 2-0
Final Score: 4-1
Goals: AHS
Goal 1: Kierra Krawek (#4) (9:27)
Goal 2: Caroline Clark (#14) (32:53)
Goal 3: Katharine Torchio (#11) (51:06)
Goal 5: Kierra Krawec (#3) (70:26)
Assists: Regan McQuain (#13) Goal 1; Kierra Krawec (#4) Goal 2; Caroline Clark (#14) Goal 3; Lexi Silva (#3) Goal 5
Saves: Sophia Giordano (#0) – 2 saves (1st half); 1 saves (2nd half)
Goals: Las Lomas HS
Goal 4: (#80) (57:40)
Saves: Victoria Scalfaro (#55) – 3 saves (1st half); 1 (2nd half)

Feb 24 – Tuesday Sports

In Tuesday’s action…

Girls Basketball

The #3 seeded girls basketball team hosts San Rafael HS at 7:00 in the first round of the NCS playoffs.

Boys Lacrosse

hosts St. Ignatius HS at 3:30.

Boys Tennis

has a match against San Ramon Valley HS at 3:30.  Varsity is away and jv is home.

Boys Golf

has a match against Bentley HS at Rossmoor GC at 3:30.

R. Takahashi

Acalanes advances 6 wrestlers to NCS Championship Tournament!

The DFAL Wrestling Tournament was held on Saturday February 21 at Campo High School. The Don’s had an outstanding day with six of the nine wrestlers they sent to the tournament qualifying for the NCS Championships. Junior Captain Rain Mize took first place at 172 pounds, senior Captain Jack Hood took second place at 184 pounds, and senior Captain Sam Ridge placed third at 147 pounds. Freshman Jeremy Ridge placed third at 128 pounds, sophomore Tai White placed third at 115 pounds and freshman Ben Ross placed fourth at 108 pounds. These Wrestlers will now represent Acalanes High School and the Diablo Foothill Athletic League at the NCS Tournament Friday 2/27 and Saturday 2/28 at James Logan High School.

It was a strong finish to what had already been a very good year for the Acalanes Wrestling program. The DFAL JV tournament was held on the same day and Acalanes had strong showing there as well. Isaac Douglas was the JV champion at 162 pounds. The future looks very bright for the Acalanes Wrestling program.

Dave Ridge