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Warrior girls win Yreka Tournament

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Senior Regin Loftin scored a game-high 20 points in the championship of the Yreka Tournament against Klamath Union to help the Warriors to a 52-45 victory and 4-0 start. Siskiyou Daily News / Bill Choy
The Del Norte girls basketball team is off to a 4-0 start after returning from Yreka on Saturday as tournament champions.

The Warriors beat Mt. Shasta 48-41 in the first round and pulled away from Brookings-Harbor in the fourth quarter for a 62-48 victory in the semifinals. Del Norte wrapped up the title with a 52-45 victory over Klamath Union in the championship game.


Boys hoops 2nd in Yreka

The Del Norte boys basketball team opened the 2015–16 season on the road at the Yreka Tournament and picked up wins in its first two games before falling in the championship game on Saturday for a second place finish.

The Warriors topped Klamath Union 47-40 and nipped Brookings-Harbor 46-43 in the semifinals. Del Norte head coach Blaine Lopez wasn’t sure what the final score of the championship game against St. Mary’s was, but said Del Norte lost by about seven.


Reel Deal: Blown out rivers may usher in steelhead run

The bulk of the Salmon run has already moved upstream on the Wild Rivers Coast, and the latest storms, the largest so far of the season, may spell the end of the salmon run on the Chetco River, but there should be a few more salmon up for grabs on the Smith, Elks and Trinity rivers this Saturday before rains forecast for later in the weekend blow out the rivers once again. As the salmon season begins to decline, however, the winter steelhead run is likely hot on its heels. The same rains that have ushered the salmon upstream will likely carry in the first major push of steelhead in the coming weeks.


Warrior Memories: Ron is a Warrior wrestler to remember

It was really great to go to Thunen Gym Tuesday night to watch the Warrior winter sports season begin, when our girls basketball team hosted the girls from St. Bernard’s and got things started right with a win.

Along with the boys and girls basketball teams we also have Warrior wrestling going on. The Warrior wrestling program has for a long time provided a lot of excitement. 


Warrior wrestling ready for battle

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Sophomore Ta-Tes Boulby was the Warriors’ only Humboldt-Del Norte League champion last season, winning the 160-pound title as a freshman, and he nearly made the medal stand at the NCS Tournament last year. Del Norte Triplicate file photo
The Del Norte wrestling team is still relatively young, but the Warriors are returning a wealth of experience to the 2015-16 season, with eight wrestlers who qualified for the North Coast Section Tournament last year, while adding seven freshmen and several upperclassmen who played on the JV basketball team last winter.

“I am excited for the season,” said head coach Clinton Shaad. “We have some same old faces in some new places. A lot of these kids are coming back, and a year makes a big difference as they grow up and mature.”


Warrior hoops reach boys, girls title games in Yreka

Friday night was kind to Del Norte basketball as both the boys and girls teams topped Brookings-Harbor in the semifinals of the Yreka Tournament to advance to the championship round Saturday.

Both games were close, back-and-forth affairs for the first three quarters, according to boys coach Blaine Lopez and girls coach Jeff Cook. The Warrior girls were able to figure out the tough Bruins’ press in the final quarter and hit 18 of 24 free throws in the final period (29-of-42 for the game) to secure a 62-48 victory.


Boys Basketball: Back to small ball

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Senior Austin Healy is entering his third season with the Del Norte boys varsity team. He will help lead an undersized Warrior squad focused on hustle. Del Norte Triplicate file photo
The Del Norte boys basketball team will be small once again in 2015-16, but head coach Blaine Lopez doesn’t believe that means they cannot be successful.

The Warriors have ridden diminutive squads to second and third play league finishes respectively in each of the last two seasons. The secret to winning with a small squad, according to Lopez, is effort.

“We are not very big, so everybody is going to have to play extremely hard,” he said. “That is the only chance that we have — we are going to have to outwork everybody.”


Girls Basketball: Young guns blazing

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Del Norte freshman Kaleya Sanchez hits a tough jumper over two St. Bernard’s defenders in the fourth quarter for two of her game-high 17 points in her first high school game Tuesday. Del Norte Triplicate / Michael Zogg
The Del Norte girls basketball team is young, but the Warrior underclassmen showed that they know how to play, helping Del Norte beat defending Humboldt-Del Norte Little 5 champion St. Bernard’s 55-50 on Tuesday in Thunen Gym in the Warriors’ first game of the year.

Freshman Kaleya Sanchez came off the bench to lead the Warriors with a game-high 17 points in her first high school game, including eight points in the fourth quarter to help Del Norte hold of St. Bernard’s late.


Program on the rise

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Senior Siera Fitzhugh and the rest of the returning Warrior girls basketball team are looking to improve upon their third place HDN finish last year. Del Norte Triplicate file photo
Confidence is running high in Thunen Gym heading into the winter sports seasons.

The Del Norte girls basketball team is coming off its most successful campaign in over a decade. The Warriors finished 13-12 overall in 2014-15 and their 4-4 record in the Humboldt-Del Norte Big 5 matched its combined win total from the previous eight league campaigns. The team also made its first appearance in the North Coast Section playoffs since 2002.


Winter sports schedules

 


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