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Warrior football faces familiar opponent

After shocking Justin-Siena in the first round, the Del Norte High football team hopes it has another upset in it.

The No. 11-seeded Warriors (5-6) will head south on Saturday for their North Coast Sectional quarterfinal match-up in Healdsburg against the No. 3 Greyhounds (6-4).

Del Norte is pretty familiar with Healdsburg, having traveled down to play the Greyhounds in the third game of the 2012 season. The Warriors won, 20-14.

Healdsburg brings back 16 seniors from that team. The Greyhounds were supposed to complete the home and away series this year with a trip to Del Norte, but canceled the trip.

“Healdsburg is a team that we are familiar with,” Rook said. “They seem to have some good team speed. They have beaten some good teams down in the Sonoma County League this year. They are a good football team.”

Defensively, Del Norte will need to be ready for both the run and the pass.

“They want to throw the ball a little bit,” Rook said. “They run open sets. But they do have a good little running back that they try to get into space.”


Reel Deal: Salmon on Smith

James Ruddell of Grants Pass holds a 30-pound king salmon caught in the Smith River on Wednesday while fishing with guide Andy Martin. Photo courtesy of Wild River Fishing
When Mother Nature graced Del Norte County with 1–3 inches of rainfall earlier this week, coastal river anglers collectively thanked the skies for the long-awaited opportunity to target Smith River salmon.

Several salmon hooked in the Smith were landed Tuesday and Wednesday, although some anglers reported that leaves and moss made fishing difficult at first. The Smith should be open for drift boats through the weekend.

Smith River

At least 1.5 inches of rain fell throughout Del Norte County on Monday and Tuesday, with 2.5 inches recorded at some places in Big Flat. The Smith peaked at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday at a height of 11.2 feet and a flow of 8,300 cubic feet per second on the Jed Smith river gauge.

Before the river peaked Wednesday morning, fishing was tough Tuesday due to high concentrations of moss floating in the river, according to guide Phil Desautels of Phil’s Smiling Salmon Guide Service.

“You couldn’t run a plug for more than five minutes, it was so thick,” Desautels said.


Two champions

Photos by Roger Schultz Hot Shots Sports Photography
The Del Norte Youth Football program was a perfect 2-0 on Championship Sunday of the Six Rivers Youth Football Playoffs. The Del Norte Gold team reached the finals, played in the Redwood Bowl at Humboldt State College in Eureka, in A and AA. In AA the Warriors beat Eureka 27-16 and in A the Warriors won 20-12 over Eureka. Eureka won the AAA championship game over Fortuna Blue.

Photos by Roger Schultz Hot Shots Sports Photography
Photos by Roger Schultz Hot Shots Sports Photography



Warriors on to quarterfinals

Head coach Ray Rook and the Warrior football team advanced to the second round with a 14-6 win over Justin-Siena. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Del Norte upsets No. 6 Justin Siena 14-6 in 1st round of NCS playoffs

It took a team effort for the Del Norte football team to pull off a 14-6 upset of defending champion and No. 6 seeded Justin-Siena in the first round of the North Coast Sectional District 4 playoffs in Napa on Saturday.

“It is just a reward for all their hard work,” said head coach Ray Rook. “It is huge because all year long, we have had little things that have set us back — a mistake here, a lost ball there, a call, just something not going right. Nothing ever seemed like it wanted to go our way. Finally, Saturday night in Napa, we had some things go our way. We forced them into some mistakes, and we took advantage of them. It was fun to see us on that side.”

It was the first playoff victory in three tries during Rook’s four years at the helm of the Del Norte football program.

“It means a lot to me,” said senior lineman Eric Turner. “I have played special teams in playoff games before as a sophomore. It is great to go down there and actually win a game. It is good, too, for the community to have something to be proud of again in football.”

The No. 11 Warriors managed the upset by playing sound football and making big plays on offense, defense and special teams.

Rook said if he had a game ball to give away, it would have gone to junior kicker Jonathan Calderon. As a punter, Calderon was able to pin Justin-Siena on its own 5 yard line for the Braves’ first two possessions of the game. He continued to punt the ball well throughout the contest and was a valuable piece of winning the field position battle. Calderon was also 2-for-2 on field goals hitting from 40 and 25 yards out.


Bowling league scores Nov. 19, 2013

Friday Match-Up League (Nov. 8)

Team#   Name . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . wins-losses

#7 The Misfits 20½ -9½

#5 The Animals. 18½ - 11½

#6 Hiouchi Café 18½ - 11½

#8 Innocent Bystanders 16½ - 13½

#1 Crescent Car Stereo 16 - 14

#4 Beer Buddies 12½ - 17½

#2 Full Armor Firearms 9½ - 20½

#3 Kyle’s Auto 8 - 22

High Scores

Lee Bemis 235-624, John Reber 222-205-623, Tom Farrell 226-527, Ron Kendall 220-561, Chris Fischer 207-549, Roger White 505, Sandra Waitz 184.


Sports briefs Nov. 19, 2013

Del Norte JV football on DNTV 

This week’s game on Charter Cable Channel 4 will be the junior varsity football game between Del Norte and Arcata.

The game will begin airing on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m and will continue at that time throughout the week.


Ex-Warrior enters Hall of Fame

Stacy Morgan, a 1978 graduate of Del Norte High School, was inducted into the OHSBCA Hall of Fame. Photo courtesy of Grants Pass Daily Courier
He hasn’t lived in Northern California since the ’80s, but throughout his life Stacy Morgan has carried the lessons he learned while growing up playing sports in Del Norte.

After a brief foray into professional baseball, the 1978 Del Norte graduate spent 22 years as a high school baseball coach. He spent 21 of those seasons at Grants Pass before stepping down in 2008.

Last Saturday, Morgan was honored by the Oregon High School Baseball Coaches Association, an organization that he was president of from 2001 to 2005, when he was inducted into the OHSBCA Hall of Fame.

For Morgan, his induction was just icing on the cake of what was a fulfilling coaching career that ended with 342 career victories, including a 324-219 record at Grants Pass.

“I really look up to the guys that are in it already,” Morgan said. “Some of them are people that my teams competed against. It is really more about the guys that I coached with at Grants Pass and the relationships that I have built with the kids that I have coached.”

Morgan was humbled to learn of the honor and didn’t quite know how to break the news to friends and family.

“It is kind of hard to talk about yourself,” Morgan said. “It is kind of like putting together a surprise birthday party for yourself and asking somebody to come. How do you do that?”


Del Norte heads to Napa for playoffs

The Del Norte High football team is headed to the North Coast Section playoffs for the third time in coach Ray Rook’s four years at the Warriors helm.

Del Norte (4-6) received the No. 11 seed in Division 4’s 13-team playoff. The Warriors travel to Napa today to take on NCS Division 4 defending champion Justin-Siena (6-4), the No. 6 seed, with the kickoff at 7 p.m.

“It is a good place to be,” Rook said. “We are happy with it. We are happy that the kids can have the extra opportunity and that some of their hard work paid off. We just want to go down there and see if we can make something happen.”

The Warriors’ two previous  trips to the North Coast playoffs ended in first round losses. The No. 11 seed is the highest the team has had under Rook. It is also Del Norte’s first year in Division 4 after competing as one of the smallest schools in Division 3 in Rook’s first three seasons.

“It kind of gives you a little bit of hope,” Rook said of the move. “We feel like we can maybe go down there and get a win and compete.”

The Warriors will still face a difficult task in Napa, however.

“They are a very well-coached team,” Rook said. “I have actually listened to (head coach Rich Cotruvo) in clinics. He is a good coach, a veer coach and they are a Catholic school, so they are very disciplined in what they do.”


Cody rewriting record book

Cody Hoffman celebrates yet another touchdown reception during BYU’s 47-46 win over Houston on Oct. 19. Photo courtesy of Jaren Wilkey / BYU
Del Norte’s Hoffman is now the all-time leading receiver at Brigham Young

The receiving records at Brigham Young University have fallen like dominos over the Cougars’ last three games.

Each week, Cody Hoffman, a 2008 graduate of Del Norte High, has supplanted a BYU football great at the top of the school charts.

On Oct. 19, Hoffman etched his name into the record books when he surpassed Dennis Pitta’s career receptions record of 221. Hoffman currently has 239 catches.

The following week against Boise State, Hoffman bested Austin Collie’s career touchdown record of 30. Hoffman has 33 touchdowns now.

On Saturday, Hoffman took control of the school’s final major career receiving record. Against Wisconsin, Hoffman surpassed Collie’s record of 3,255 yards receiving. He ended the game with 3,355 career receiving yards.

Although the BYU faithful will likely remember Hoffman long after he leaves Provo, Utah, he arrived on campus without a lot of fanfare.


Knocked out

Kaitlyn Clemann during 2013 league play. Del Norte traveled to Novato for a playoff game Wednesday. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
The 2013 Del Norte volleyball season came to a close on Wednesday, with a 3-0 (25-13, 24-17, 25-14) loss to Novato in the first round of the North Coast Section Division 3 tournament.

The No. 10 seeded Warriors played hard on the road, but No. 7 Novato was a little too tough for Del Norte.

“They were a much more experienced team than us, and that is what won it I think,” said Del Norte coach Debbie Lorenzi of Novato. “They were able to figure us out on one game, and it took us three games. It was nice that we did though.”

In the third set, after getting used to Novato, Lorenzi thought her team played its best volleyball of the night.

“We started getting more blocks, we started digging more,” Lorenzi said. “We had a lot of rallies with them, it was pretty good volleyball actually. I think it was a very worthwhile trip and a good experience for our girls.”

Junior Kayla Costello led the team with 10 assists and 6 kills. Senior Kaitlyn Clemann also had six kills in the contest.

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