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Del Norte Little League signups

Del Norte Little League has set up three dates to register for the upcoming season. Signups will be held Jan. 16 and 30 and Feb. 6 at Mary Peacock School, 1720 Arlington Drive, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Local bowling standings (Dec. 28-30)

Monday Night Social Fours
(Dec. 28)

Team# Name wins-losses

#5 Pin Pushers 16-8

#4 Del Norte Tire 15-9

#3 Western Valley Insurance 14-10

#7 The Ark 14-10

#8 Gutter Hustlers 13-11

#6 Shots 10-14

#1 LifeStyles Research 10-14

#2 Outsiders 4-20

High Scores — Barry King 219=595, Lee Bemis 210-207=611, Chuck Morrow 505, Ron Turner 202=525, Roger White 504, Justin Cramer 200, Hank Northrip 502.

Oil League (Dec. 30)

Team# Name wins-losses

#14 Tight Lines Brewery 21-3

#13 Golden State Construction 17-7

#3 The Mail Room 16-8

#6 Newton’s Clean Sweep Blue 14-10

#7 Sea Quest 14-10

#9 Kyles Auto 14-10

#5 Perfect Storm 14-10

#1 Dresen Design 13-11

#12 Fischer Day Care 12-12

#2 Fishermen’s Restaurant 10-14

#4 Newton’s Clean Sweep Gold 7½-16½

#10 Split Personalities 7-17

#11 TMT 6½-17½

High Scores — Scott Sousa 207=526, Travis Cairns 207=549, Jeffrey Gerlach 201=552, Ron Hibler 268=593, Kevin Baxter 212-222=626, Tami Cairns 238=561, Adam Taylor 518, Jeff Newton 240-247=672, Nyke Newton 202, Merle Helstowski 224-206=606, Doug Cairns 256=595, Chuck Morrow 223-268=661, Ron Turner 532, TR Sampels 222-218=629, James Haban 210-201=604, Maggie Morrow 216=519, Alfred Aruda 207=549, John Marques 520, Troy Cairns 210=530, John Reber 203=564, Justin Cramer 530, Cody Yeates 222.

Crabbing at DN Rod & Gun Club

Del Norte Triplicate

Many of the top gunslingers in the West will once again make the trek to Del Norte County for the Rod & Gun Club’s annual Crab Buckle Shoot Friday through Sunday.

“This is a PITA (Pacific International Trapshooting Association) sponsored event,” said Del Norte Rod & Gun Club President Steve Bigham. “We have shooters that come from British Columbia, sometimes Alaska, and then from all over the Western States. This isn’t something that locals, unless they are PITA members, register for because the top shooters on the West Coast will be here. I am talking shooters that have shot 1 million rounds in their careers. Some of these guys can shoot 400 or 500 targets straight.”

HDN basketball league play kicking off

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The Humboldt-Del Norte Big 5 basketball season kicks off tonight in Del Norte as the Warrior girls host Fortuna in Thunen Gym.

The freshmen will kick things off at 4:30 p.m. followed by the junior varsity at about 6 p.m. The varsity game is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.

The Del Norte girls are undefeated at 10-0 through non-league competition but head coach Jeff Cook has repeatedly said that his team has been totally focused on HDN play. Fortuna went 10-4, Arcata 9-4, Eureka 8-4 and McKinleyville 8-7 in non-league competition, according to Maxpreps.com.

The Del Norte boys will start league play on Friday with a trip to Fortuna. The Warriors went 6-3 overall through the preseason. The league favorite in the HDN — Arcata — went 10-3 overall in non-league games while playing some difficult competition. Fortuna went 3-4, McKinleyville 3-6 and Eureka 0-13 prior to the start of the HDN season.

Del Norte hot heading into 2016

Senior guard Regin Loftinís fourth year on the Del Norte varsity girls basketball team has been her most successful so far. Del Norte Triplicate file photo
Warriors win first 10 games of season with sights set on Humboldt-Del Norte league play

The Del Norte girls basketball team is off to its best start in over a decade with a 10-0 record before the break but the only thing on head coach Jeff Cook’s mind is the Warriors’ Jan. 7 matchup with Fortuna to kick off the Humboldt-Del Norte Big 5 season after the break.

“Like I told the girls, ‘The preseason is just about getting us ready for the league,’” Cook said before the Hidden Valley Tournament. “It is nice that we haven’t lost, but it doesn’t mean anything until league. We’ve got Fortuna first, and that is who we are gaming for right now.”

The Warriors are a young team with a freshman and four sophomores in the lineup, but Del Norte has had no trouble finding the basket early in the year, scoring at least 50 points eight times and over 60 points twice while averaging 54 points a game in the team’s first eight games.

King of Clubs: 2016 golf, year in preview

Golf is turning the page to a new chapter in 2016 … I hope! This past year, the golfi ng landscape in North America saw courses close, rounds decrease, golf retail prices increase and “regular” golfers become more “irregular.”


Mainly because more people have less time, less expendable income and less patience to be involved in something that is time consuming, expensive and challenging. Most want “it” fast and they want “it” now.

Reel Deal: Prime steelhead fishing brings in the new year

Rowland Swift, of Hiouchi, caught a trophy-sized native steelhead plunking on the Smith River across from Stout Groveís giant redwoods. Submitted
The New Year gifted winter steelhead anglers with prime fishing conditions on the Wild Rivers Coast and likely a collective sigh of relief after weeks of fishing trips have been thwarted by heavy rain and resulting high-flowing streams.

“Most of the rivers are fishing like its peak season right now and it’s still early so it should just keep getting better,” fishing guide Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing said Monday.

Chetco River

Martin said the best fishing on the Chetco River came Sunday with clients landing 10 steelhead, but even before that four to six steelhead per boat has been Martin’s average on the Chetco since starting steelhead fishing last week.

Calm before the storm

Del Norte Triplicate file photo
 Warriors making last minute tweeks before Humboldt-Del Norte league play begins in 2016

The Del Norte boys basketball team won the Phoenix Tournament and reached the championship round of all of the team’s other three tournaments.

The Warriors are off to a 6-3 start heading into a 10-day break from competition, but the most important games of the season are still ahead.

“It is a big two weeks,” Blaine said at the start of Christmas break. “These two and a half weeks over the holidays are probably the most important two and a half weeks of the season because you are getting ready for league play.”

Warrior Memories: Pure shooter Larry Taylor

Looking back at Warrior basketball it is fun to remember the 1953 Warrior varsity team. They were an exciting team to watch, coached by Del Norte Hall of Famer Tex Gatlin, who was in his second year as varsity head coach.

The team featured former players Lee Templeton and Rod Griffin, but also featured one of the best pure shooters in Warrior history, Larry Taylor.

Larry started his Del Norte basketball career as a starter on the lightweight team as a freshman. He continued on the lightweight as a sophomore. By the time he was a junior he had grown into a solid varsity starter.

A year to remember

The Crescent Elk A girls basketball team won the schoolís first championship in the 43-year history of the Crescent Elk Jaycees Basketball Tournament this year, winning the AAA division.
Athletes from Del Norte have captured several titles and made some big improvements in 2015

With 2015 rapidly coming to a close, the Triplicate took a look back at everything that happened in the Del Norte sporting world in the past 12 months. Here are our picks for the top five sports stories of the year. To see our choices for 6-10, see A6 in Tuesday’s Triplicate.

1. Warriors take track by storm

The Del Norte track and field program proved to be the class of the Humboldt-Del Norte League in 2015 as the boys and girls both captured team championships at the Humboldt-Del Norte County Finals for the first time in 22 years.

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