The Panthers’ soaring season crashed dramatically last week when they were beaten 2-0 by arch-rivals Calistoga and were eliminated from the play-offs. Following postseason Championships in five of the previous six seasons, AV had moved up to the Big School Play-offs and, given the experience and ability on the team, it was felt by many […]
Last Wednesday, the team played the second of four potentially crucial games against one of the two perennial rivals for the league title. The team traveled to Calistoga on this occasion (Roseland Prep being the other top team), and based on the first half performance it seemed that the long journey had some sort of […]
Last Wednesday, the team played the first of four crucial match-ups against one of the two perennial rials for the league title. Roseland Prep were the visitors on this occasion and it appears that, for the eighth year in succession, the title will be three-horse race between ourselves, Roseland, and Calistoga. The game began at […]
The team played their first home game of the season last Monday when Middletown were the visitors for a non-league match at Tom Smith Field alongside the high school.
The 2016 Boys’ Football entered the second week of the new season with two more road games. both of which were non-league, but matches that will count in the team’s final record and postseason seeding discussions. Last Wednesday afternoon, the team traveled with the girls team to Kelseyville for a double header. The boys dominated […]
The 2016 Boys’ Football season began last Friday, August 19th with an away game at Willits High School. Due to a number of understandable, and not so understandable, reasons the team traveled to the game with just 12 players out of the 22 signed on to this year’s squad. Enough said. Two of the absentees […]
This season the team plays 17 league matches plus six non-league games that will count in the overall postseason seedings. I suspect the main rivals for league supremacy will be Roseland Prep from Santa Rosa (five-time repeat regular season Champions) and Calistoga —with the Panthers these three have held the top three spots in the final league standings nine of the last ten years. But no games are forgone conclusions — the overall standard of play across the league has greatly improved lately.
The final stages of the 2015 Play-offs took place last week with #1 seeded AV facing St Elizabeth’s from Oakland in the semi-final on, rather unfortunately, Wednesday, November 11th. Veterans Day. As a result of the school being closed in observation of this important event, very few spectators, perhaps 30, were in attendance for the […]
The 2015 Play-offs began last Saturday afternoon with the AV Panthers seeking their fifth Small School Championship in the last six years. Given the #1 seeding, and following a first round bye, in the quarter-final game they faced #8 San Francisco Waldorf School. The match was played at Tom Smith Field in Boonville alongside the […]
Following the excellent road victory against St. Vincent a few days earlier, AV still could finish runner-up in the regular season and influence who the eventual winner would be. With two regular season games to go, AV was tied with Roseland Prep at second, just behind Calistoga, whom the Panthers visited last Wednesday, October 28th […]
Following the excellent victory over previously undefeated Roseland Prep in Friday afternoon’s Homecoming Game on October 16, it was back to the routine of practice on Monday afternoon in preparation for the final four regular season matches. Or was it? Upon arrival at Tom Smith Field I was startled to discover that there was a […]