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Christopher Martinez clears the bar in the pole vault at the Brookings-Harbor Icebreaker on Tuesday. Martinez cleared 10 feet to finish third. Del Norte Triplicate / Michael Zogg
Del Norte runs away with boys and girls titles; Castle Rock competes in first meet in Brookings 

The Brookings-Harbor Icebreaker provided the first full track meet of the year for Del Norte, and it was the first track meet ever for Castle Rock.

The Warriors were by far the largest team in attendance and had nearly as many entries in the meet as the other six schools in attendance combined, with 61 athletes competing for the Warriors. As a result, the Warriors easily won the boys and girls titles. The boys doubled second-place Brookings-Harbor’s team score with 202 total points and the girls scored 160.5 points to beat Brookings by 60.

“All the other schools that we were competing against were smaller schools, though some of the athletes that were there were very good,” said Del Norte head coach Samuel Escobar.

Warrior baseball tops IV 11-0

It may have been the first game of the year for the Del Norte baseball team, but the Warriors played like they were in midseason as they opened play with an 11-0 victory over Illinois Valley in Cave Junction on Tuesday.

From the first inning, the Del Norte pitchers pounded the strike zone and Illinois Valley just couldn’t make solid contact. Four Warriors pitchers combined to pitch six innings, striking out seven and allowing one hit. Perhaps most impressively, Del Norte didn’t walk a single batter in the first game of the year.

RWRR ready for big 2015 turnout

For over 30 years the Redwood Wild River Run has brought hundreds of athletes of various backgrounds out to compete on one of the most beautiful 5K and 15K courses in the world. The 2015 run is set for Saturday with races beginning at 11 a.m.

The Redwood Wild River Run is by far the most popular of the two that organizer and local running enthusiast Ralph Hirt puts together each year — the Fourth of July Run is the other.

JV safe at home

Del Norte sophomore Levi Scribner slides safely into home plate during the Warriors doubleheader sweep of Arcata on Saturday at Peterson Park. Del Norte Triplicate / Michael Zogg
Del Norte JV sweeps Arcata in doubleheader at Peterson Park to improve to 5-2-1 on season 

The Del Norte junior varsity baseball team is off and running with its 2015 season. The Warriors swept Arcata in a doubleheader on Saturday at Peterson Park with a 7-5 victory in the first game and a close 2-1 win in five innings during a rain-shortened nightcap.

With the pair of wins, the Warriors improve to 5-2-1 on the season.

“Things have been going really well so far,” said Del Norte JV assistant coach Casey Duncan. “We have 21 kids this year, so we have been able to play our second and third-string guys in our doubleheaders to get them some playing time and prepare them for the next couple years of varsity. It is nice having so many kids because we can build a baseball program, not just a baseball team.”

Warrior softball sweeps Cubs Tourney

DN starts season 7-0, brings home small school championship from Redding 

The opening weekend of Del Norte’s 2015 softball season couldn’t have gone any better for the Warriors. Del Norte swept through the Anderson Cubs small school tournament on Friday and Saturday, going 7-0 to capture the championship in Redding, where they have been held winless to open the season for the past two years.

“It was great to see the girls come together as a team,” said Del Norte head coach Tom Moore. “The individuals came together, worked hard and they played well. It was great. I couldn’t ask for a better tournament. It was a big momentum boost for us because the last two times we have been over there, we haven’t won a game.”

DN takes 2nd, 3rd in Mack Relays

The Del Norte track and field teams competed in their first meet of the season in McKinleyville on Saturday at the Panther Relays. The Warriors came away with a pair of first-place finishes apiece for both the boys and the girls.

“It was really good to see how supportive the kids were of each other and the large turnout that we had of parents, family and friends that went down to see them," said Del Norte head coach Samuel Escobar. "We must have had about 35 fans down there, which was more than the number of kids we took.”

Del Norte baseball faces youth movement in 2015

There are a lot of new faces on the baseball field this year for Del Norte. The Warriors lose both of last years Humboldt-Del Norte Big 5 League co-MVPs, two more white star winners and two honorable mention white stars from last year’s memorable run to Del Norte’s first HDN title since 1998.

There is still a causious optimism around the Warriors this year as they prepare to kick off their season on Tuesday in Cave Junction against Illinois Valley.

Mack tennis tops Warriors

The Del Norte boys tennis team showed some flashes of improvement on Thursday against McKinleyville, but the Panthers proved to be perhaps the toughest test of the season so far. They were able to pull out an 8-1 victory in Del Norte.

“They are a very deep team,” Del Norte head coach Jim Holt said of McKinleyville. “Their top four players are very strong. It was just a tough meet. I think McKinleyville may be the best team we have played so far.”

Disc golf legend Scott Stokely to host clinic and competition at Beachfront

Local disc golf beginners, experts and enthusiasts alike have a rare opportunity to get some tips and tricks from one of the most decorated athletes in the history of the sport.

Scott Stokely, a legend in both the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) and the World Flying Dish Federation (WFDF), will be teaching a free clinic at the course in Beachfront Park on Wednesday, March 18, at 3:30 p.m.

The clinic, dubbed a “pro disc golf throwing clinic” according to a press release, will focus on topics including backhand throws, sidearm throws, putting strategy and the mental game.

New ocean regulations

Brenden Stoll of Crescent City landed this 20-plus pound steelhead early in the morning on March 4. Stoll said he hooked the fish but soon after got his line crossed with fishing buddy Cody Gardner of Crescent City. When they tried to cut the lines apart, they cut the line to the fish. Surprisingly, the steelhead didn’t run and they were able to hastily tie the line back together in time to resume the fight and eventually pull it out of the water. Submitted
Oregon, California release new rockfish rules during slow week of fishing for anglers 

Fishing was difficult this week with both the Smith and Chetco rivers running low and clear and the ocean in a state of turmoil. The biggest news of the week came from new regulations.

Ocean regulations

Both the Oregon and California departments of fish and wildlife released new regulations this week regarding ocean fishing.

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