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Warrior boys reach Nicali, fall in first round

Del Norte senior Jonathon Valladares pulls up to create some space from the McKinleyville defender in the play-in game Saturday. Del Norte Triplicate / Michael Zogg
Sometimes you are hot, and sometimes you’re not.

That was the case for the Del Norte boys basketball team  this postseason. The Warriors lost 49-32 to Fortuna in the first round of the Dick Nicali Tournament on Monday after coming out flat and struggling to hit shots all game long. The Warriors were on fire just two days earlier, however, when they came up with a big 76-62 victory in McKinleyville to break the tie for third place and secure a spot in the tournament.

Del Norte sits at 13-8 overall this season as the year comes to a close.

Warriors go 2-2 reach NCS consolation semifinals

The Del Norte wrestling team traveled to Windsor on Friday for Saturday’s North Coast Section DII Redwood Empire Dual meet and the Warriors were pleased with how they wrestled, going 2-2 overall and finishing just one win away from a medal.

“It was definitely a good tournament,” said Del Norte head coach Clinton Schaad. We went down and wrestled hard and left it all on the mat.”

Del Norte started out the day with a 55-24 loss to Marin County Athletic League champion Redwood, falling to the consolation bracket. The Warriors beat No. 4-seeded Lower Lake 51-30 and topped Analy 48-36 in the consolation bracket to set up a rematch with Humboldt-Del Norte league champion Eureka in the consolation semifinals.

Reel Deal: Another good week of fishing

Most of El Nino’s biggest storms this winter have come as the steelhead started their winter runs on the Smith and Chetco rivers, thus anglers targeting the fish have been doing so in high flows for much of the season. But a week-and-a-half long break from the rains has local rivers running a little bit on the low side for the first time during the steelhead run.

Anglers have still reportedly been having luck on both the Smith and Chetco, especially by drift boat, throughout the week. Both rivers should remain fishable through the weekend when the annual Rowdy Creek Steelhead Derby kicks off Friday.

Warrior Memories: Canít think DN baseball without Teddy Hoffman

With baseball season here, I can’t look back at baseball without thinking of the name Teddy Hoffman. Teddy was a 1946 Warrior graduate, and what an athlete he was. He proved that you don’t have to be big physically to be outstanding athletically.

Teddy was able to play lightweight basketball all four years of high school. He made the All Humboldt-Del Norte League first team as a senior and was voted by both the heavyweight and lightweight teams as the Most Inspirational Player as a senior. His name appears on the old red and white blanket that is now in display in the museum.

DN wrestlers ready for postseason

The Del Norte wrestling team wrapped up its regular season with a pair of dual victories over Hoopa and McKinleyville on Wednesday, and the Warriors’ attention is now squarely on the postseason. Del Norte will kick off postseason wrestling today in Windsor at the North Coast Section’s DII Redwood Empire dual meet.

“The regular season went pretty well. As far as our league goes we are 5-1 in duals,” said Del Norte head coach Clinton Schaad. “We would like to be 6-0, but we knew coming into the year that Eureka and Fortuna were going to be tough. We lost against Eureka, and we didn’t wrestle very well, and then we got a really close win against Fortuna. 

Del Norte Little League tryout dates Feb. 14 or Feb. 20

All kids signed up for the 2016 Del Norte Little League season are asked to attend one of the two tryouts prior to the start of the season. Tryouts will be held Feb. 14 and Feb. 20 at Redwood School , located at 6900 Lake Earl Drive. 

Major baseball tryout will start at 9 a.m., major softball at 11 a.m., farm baseball at noon, minor softball at 2 p.m. and minor baseball at 3:30 p.m.

Contact Del Norte Little League president Mike Dixon with questions at 951-0260 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Slow start sinks DN girls hoops

Senior Regin Loftin drives baseline against Eureka on senior night in Thunen Gym. Loftin led the Warriors with 12 points. Del Norte Triplicate / Michael Zogg
The Del Norte girls basketball team’s late season offensive struggles continued on Wednesday against Eureka, especially early in the game as the Loggers raced out to a commanding lead. The Warriors fought their way back into the game with tough defense in the second half but their comeback bid fell short as Eureka won 45-38 in Thunen Gym.

“For the last three games we just haven’t been able to put the ball in the bucket, and that is pretty much what it came down to today,” said Del Norte head coach Jeff Cook. “The first half really killed us.”

DN wrestlers win in McKinleyville, qualify for NCS Duals

The Del Norte wrestling team took care of business in a pair of duals against smaller teams on Wednesday in McKinleyville, picking up a pair of team dual victories and qualifying for the North Coast Section Duals on Saturday.

The Warriors opened up the night with a 58-24 victory over Hoopa and wrapped things up with a 68-18 victory over McKinleyville.

Warrior boys basketball beats Eureka, await Nicali Fate

The Del Norte boys basketball team did all that it could on Tuesday with a 42-30 victory in Eureka. All that is left now for the Warriors is to wait and see how the rest of the Humbolt-Del Norte Big 5 shakes out.

The Warriors rolled to a 32-point win over the Loggers in Del Norte earlier in the year and looked poised to run away with another win early in Eureka.

Junior Dayton Skeen hit a three-pointer just seconds into the game and Del Norte went ahead 5-0 on its next possession following offensive rebounds by Skeen, Joey Godla and Austin Healy before Noah Thomas hit the jumper. With 2:14 left in the first quarter Thomas hit a pair of free throws to push the Warriors’ lead to 10-2 before Eureka responded.

Babe Ruth league signups Feb. 16-18

The Del Norte Babe Ruth Baseball League will hold signups for its 2016 season on Feb. 16–18 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Peterson Park, located at 525 7th Street.

Players age 13 through 15 (born between May 1, 2000, and May 1, 2003) are eligible for Babe Ruth. The registration fee is $75. All 13-year-olds and first-time players must show a certified copy of their birth certificate.

For more information call 464-4505 in the evening.

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