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Warrior Memories: Eckart is a special coach for Warrior girls

As a very avid Warrior fan of all Del Norte High School activities I look forward to the start of the 2014 school year and the many fun things that take place. One fall sport that I don’t get to watch but love to hear about is girls golf.

While many might say I favor football, I am the father of two girls, so girls continue to have a special place in my heart. The Warrior girls golf team is coached by the type of coach that all parents hope for. Allison Eckart is that special person. Allison is an English teacher at the high school.

All-Stars finish 2nd in District 8

Del Norte’s 11- and 12-year-old Little League All-Star team traveled to Grants Pass for the District 8 tournament this week.

The double-elimination tournament consisted of five teams, including Del Norte, Brookings-Harbor, Grants Pass National, Medford National and Grants Pass American.

Crabby Crew happy with Wild Rogue Relay

The 2014 Crabby Crew included, from left, Sheldon Thuemler, Seth Castagnola, Michael Glore, Kevin Baxter, Nan Latimer, Mike Castagnola, Josh Norris, Scott Lindsay, Roy Waessbacher, Dan Brattain, Ralph Hirt, Linda Blundell and volunteer worker Clay Speaker. Photo courtesy of Kathy Brattain
For the second year in a row, Ralph Hirt organized a local team consisting of 10 runners from Del Norte and two from Brookings for the second annual Wild Rouge Relay on June 20–21.

Hirt’s team, the Crabby Crew, improved in its second attempt at the grueling 214-mile course through the Cascade Mountains starting near Applegate Lake and ending at the Curry County Fairgrounds in Gold Beach.

The Crabby Crew shaved over an hour off of its 2013 time of 33:28 with an unofficial time of 32:08. Hirt thought some of that was due to the improved weather for the event this year.

Maready aces Par 4 at DN Golf Course

Calvin Maready poses at the sixth hole on Sunday evening after sinking a hole-in-one on the 330-yard par 4 hole. Submitted photo
As afternoon gave way to evening and the Del Norte Golf Club course started clearing out from the weekend activity, Calvin Maready, Danny Huff and Krystal Farley were sitting in the clubhouse debating with themselves about whether to play another nine holes.

“We almost didn’t go play. We were sitting there and it looked too nice out to not play,”
Maready said. “We thought, ‘What the heck, it is the last day of the weekend, so we may as well play another nine holes. You usually regret it Monday if you don’t.’”

DN football rakes in awards in Gold Beach

The Del Norte football team returned from its annual trip to the Gold Beach Team Football Camp this week, and once again the Warriors had a strong showing.

“We were one of the most together units and one of the most wellbehaved teams up there,” said Del Norte head coach Ray Rook.

The Warriors were also one of the strongest teams at the camp as they proved on Saturday night in the team weightlifting and agilities competition.

Tsunami Sirens fall short in 172-141 loss to Sierra Regional Roller Derby

North Coast Roller Derby’s Heather “Nursin’ A. Grudge” Larson jockeys for position against Sierra Regional Roller Derby on Saturday. Del Norte Triplicate / Michael Zogg
The Tsunami Sirens suffered a rare loss in the friendly confines of the Del Norte County Fairgrounds on Saturday. The Sirens lost 172-141 to Sierra Regional Roller Derby, falling to 3-3 overall this season. It was North Coast Roller Derby’s first loss at home this season.

Sierra started out strong, grabbing an early lead in the match. Sierra ran a 2-jammer rotation, including “Malice N. Chainz,” who gave the Sirens blockers headaches all night long.

Surfside Bruins softball sees Del Norte takeover

Peyton Healy prepares to field a ground ball in front of Antonia Alcala during drills at practice on Thursday at Brookings-Harbor High School. Del Norte Triplicate / Michael Zogg
The Surfside Bruins softball team has been around for the past seven years, but it has never had such a high concentration of players from Del Norte.

The Bruins’ 14-and-under team has 11 girls from the county on its 12-girl roster.

“We have gathered kids from Gold Beach, Brookings and Crescent City and put them on one ASA team and taken them around to tournaments,” said head coach Tony Baron, who has been with the program since its inception. “It just so happens that this year all the girls are from Crescent City with the exception of my daughter Tyrah.”

Warrior Memories: Warrior fans will never forget the late Drew Roberts

As an old Del Norte High School and Humboldt State player and fan, I was really sorry to hear of the passing of Warrior and Lumberjack legend Drew Roberts.

Those fans who followed the Warriors in the late ’50s will always look at Drew as one of the best all-around athletes to wear the blue and gold of the Warriors. While Drew is best remembered for his feats on the football field, where his pass catching gave Warriors fans a lot of thrills and earned him all-league honors, he was also an all-league performer on the basketball court and on the baseball field.

Volleyball camp teaches love of the game

Del Norte varsity coach Debbie Lorenzi watches Alondra Ledezma serve the ball during drills on Wednesday. Del Norte Triplicate / Michael Zogg
For the past two days, both gyms at Del Norte High School have been full of young aspiring Warrior volleyball players.

The Del Norte Volleyball Camp will wrap up today at noon. This year, the camp drew 32 participants, from sixth to ninth grade (this fall), and although that number is lower than it has been in the past, Del Norte varsity coach Debbie Lorenzi has liked what she has seen from the players that showed up.

Sooners star softball player to help with DN camp

Shortstop Shelby Pendley, Utah Valley assistant to run camp for Del Norte softball players in July 

Shelby Pendley
Crescent City will welcome college softball royalty to Del Norte High School this July as Oklahoma’s two-time All-American shortstop Shelby Pendley and one of her offseason training coaches, Ryan Wigley, the lead assistant at Utah Valley, provide instruction to up-and-coming players at the Del Norte Softball Camp.

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