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Reel Deal: Brief break from raging rivers

Anglers have been at the mercy of Mother Nature for the past couple weeks as rains have pummled the Northwest, leaving rivers blown out from California to Washington along the Pacific Coast. Sunny and mostly dry conditions since Monday have given sportfishermen have a brief window of opportunity to search for steelhead on local rivers, however, as the Smith River rounded into shape for drift boats to try their luck.

DN boys win title 39-29 in Phoenix

The Del Norte boys basketball team won its first preseason title of the season at the three-day Phoenix (Ore.) Tournament. The Warriors swept through pool play with a 44-38 victory over Taft Thursday and a 44-42 win against Cascade Christian Friday to earn a spot in Saturday’s championship game. Del Norte pulled away late for a 39-29 win over Sutherlin for the title.

Warriors’ head coach Blaine Lopez said the team struggled shooting the ball for most of the weekend but was able to win thanks to its defense. There is still plenty to improve upon on the defensive end however.

Warrior girls win three in Phoenix

The Del Norte girls basketball team sandwiched a pair of relatively easy victories around a major upset that sent shock waves through Oregon this weekend at the Phoenix Tournament as the Warriors went 3-0 to remain undefeated.

The Warriors got a 20-point performance from senior Siera Fitzhugh in a 58-28 victory over Cascade Christian on Thursday to start the weekend off on the right foot.

“She set the momentum for the weekend,” said head coach Jeff Cook.

On Friday, Del Norte’s task got significantly more difficult against two-time defending 4A Oregon state champion Sutherlin, which was riding a winning streak of over 60 games heading into the game.

Warrior wrestlers grab 4 titles in McKinleyville

The Del Norte wrestling team was back in action this Saturday in McKinleyville for its second tournament of the season.

“It was a smaller tournament, but overall the kids wrestled really well,” said Del Norte head coach Clinton Schaad. “Their lungs looked better and their technique looked better. There were a couple kids that still haven’t gotten their first win, but they got some takedowns and were in their matches, so that is good to see. We also had seven kids in the finals and four champions.”

The Warriors finished third overall in team score behind Eureka and Fortuna, but Schaad said they aren’t too worried about the scores since the tournament used an unusual method of tallying points that didn’t take into account the number of wrestlers in each bracket. 

Home team makes history

The Crescent Elk A eighth-grade girls basketball team won its first championship in the 43rd year of the Crescent Elk Jaycees Eighth Grade Girls Basketball Tournament. Pictured from left: Justin Clifton (head coach), Aliyah Rafalowki, Bella Stone, Karmen Lucatero, Kristen Brous, Ana Alanis, Destannie Brown, Preston Rafalowski (assistant coach), Olivia Stilwell and Jadence Clifton. Del Norte Triplicate / Michael Zogg
Crescent Elk A head coach Justin Clifton didn’t want to tell his eighth-grade Cougars team that it had a chance to be the first to win a Crescent Elk Jaycees Girls Basketball Tournament championship in any division before the AAA title game against Parsons on Saturday, but there was no hiding from history.

“It was hard not to talk about it in front of the girls because I didn’t want to put pressure on them, but they already knew,” Clifton said. “I told them, ‘OK, let’s make history.’”

Warrior Memories: Incredible DN athlete taken at Pearl Harbor

On Dec. 7 I like to remind our longtime residents and let our new residents know why Peterson Park has its name.

When we enjoy all the activities at Peterson Park we can know it was named in honor of Roscoe “Rocky” Peterson who lost his life on December 7, 1941 when he went down with the Arizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor that brought us into WWII.

Reel Deal: Rains wash out local rivers

The Smith River has been going up gradually all week long as rains continue to pound the region, making for difficult fishing conditions throughout the Wild Rivers Coast. Weekend rains in the forecast are expected to keep the river running high at least into next week. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
It has been a tough week of fishing for anglers throughout the region as relentless storms are washing out rivers all along the coast. Even the Trinity River, which is focused on filling the Trinity Lake, washed out for the first time this season on Thursday.

Both the Smith and Chetco rivers will likely be among the first to round back into shape once things dry up as early as next week though exactly when that will be depends largely on the weather. Rains are expected to continue through Sunday and could streach through Monday with a 60 percent chance of rain all day.

DN girls hoops scores big upset on day two

The Del Norte girls basketball team faced its toughest task to date on Friday against a Sutherlin team riding a 61 game winning streak streaching back to 2013. The Warriors answered the challenge with a 41-33 victory on day two of the Pheonix (Ore.) Tournament.

“Everybody was pretty surprised. It is pretty huge here in Oregon I guess. We just hit our shots and they didn’t,” head coach Jeff Cook said. “After our win last night I told them that this would be our first real contest of the year and they accepted the challenge. We heard reports that they were kind of overlooking us — they didn’t even stay and watch us play (on Thursday.) I kind of got the girls a little fired up. They accepted the challenge and everyone that got in the game played hard. We were just tougher than them. That is the bottom line.”

Boys basketball edges Taft 44-38 to open tourney

The Del Norte boys basketball team overcame some early struggles and was able to put Taft away 44-38 on Thursday in the Warriors first game at the Pheonix Tournament in Oregon.

“Any win is a good win, we are happy about that,” said Del Norte head coach Blaine Lopez. “But we need to play with more intensity than that or we are going to be in trouble. We were fortunate that they missed a few shots and we hit a few shots down the stretch.”

Fantastic finale

Girls middle school teams come from all over Northern California to compete for some coveted Jaycees hardware in the final tournament of the year. Del Norte Triplicate file photo
Crescent City will play host to 40 middle school girls basketball teams competing in five divisions on basketball courts across the county for the 43rd annual season-ending spectacular known as the Crescent Elk Jaycees Basketball Tournament.

Tournament organizers have been scouting middle school girls teams from all over Northern California in order to place teams of similar skill levels in the same division. John Phillips, a co-tournament director along with George Wilder, said he is particularly pleased with how this year’s brackets stack up.

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