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Small but Steady

Junior Joey Godla returns to the basketball court for the Warriors along with most of the team from last year. Del Norte kicks things off today in Yreka. Del Norte Triplicate file photo
Warriors return most of their production from last year’s team that took second in the HDN 

The Del Norte boys basketball team returns four starters and most of its rotation from last year’s 10-9 team that finished 5-4 in the Humboldt-Del Norte Big 5 and tied for second place with Eureka.

With so many players returning, the Warriors already feel like they are a little ahead of the game, dispite head coach Blaine Lopez and several key pieces of the team missing the first two weeks of practice while helping the football team to the quarterfinals of the North Coast Section Division IV playoffs.

Middle School Girls Basketball

Smith River’s Vanessa Webb surveys the paint while being closely guarded by Crescent Elks’ Kayah Ray just before halftime of the eighth-grade game. Del Norte Triplicate / Michael Zogg
The Crescent Elk and Smith River girls basketball teams met up in Smith River on Wednesday in the final regular season game of the middle school girls basketball season. Both the seventh- and eighth-grade teams competed.

Showing what they've got

Del Norte’s Grace Bruschi is one of three seniors on the squad this year as the Warriors prepare for the start of the season in Yreka on Thursday. Del Norte Triplicate file
Warriors expect faster, better shooting team as it rebounds from several key roster changes

The Del Norte girls basketball team is still a work in progress as head coach Jeff Cook has struggled to get everyone to practice as tennis and volleyball players both reached the postseason this fall.

The Warriors are coming off of a 9-13 season last year, but the team struggled in league play, going 0-8 in the Humboldt-Del Norte Big 5.

“We are still a young team,” Cook said. “We have four girls returning, three of which played a lot last year. So I don’t really know what I have yet. There are a lot of juniors on this team, but we don’t have a lot of experience playing at the varsity level.”

Reel Deal: Rising rivers

Amanda Nethercutt, of Sacramento, shows off a 30-pound chinook salmon caught on the Smith RIver with guide Jim Mitchell of Gotcha Hooked Fish Trips. Photo courtesy of Jim Mitchell / Gotcha Hooked Fish Trips
Anglers hopeful that higher water levels this weekend will usher in the start of steelhead season 

This weekend’s rising rivers are expected to usher in the steelhead season on the Smith and Chetco rivers, which have already been experiencing a fantastic chinook salmon season.

Smith River

While there are still some bright chinook salmon entering the Smith River and a few more weeks of good salmon fishing left, things have definitely slowed down on the Smith.

Jim Mitchell of Gotcha Hooked Fish Trips said he has been catching salmon throughout the mainstem Smith from the Forks (Middle Fork and South Fork confluence) to the county boat ramp on Fred Haight Drive.

Warrior Memories: Girls 1st to play bball at Del Norte

As I have stated in the past, I divide my four seasons as football, basketball, hunting and baseball, and we are now entering the start of basketball season.

The Warriors have just finished a great football season and fans are looking forward to a fun, exciting basketball season for both boys and girls.

Costello named HDN co-MVP


Del Norte’s senior setter Kayla Costello was named HDN Big 5 co-league MVP this season along with Arcata’s middle, Gillen Martin. Triplicate file photo
Warriors receive three White Stars

Del Norte volleyball’s senior captain, Kayla Costello, became the second Warrior to earn Most Valuable Player honors in the Humboldt-Del Norte Big 5 in as many years when she was named co-MVP along with Arcata’s Gillen Martin this year.

Costello, a setter and hitter for Del Norte this season, was the only returning White Star award winner for the Warriors this year.

Warrior run ends in Novato

San Marin’s Jason Draper tries to avoid Del Norte defenders Dominick Scott (70), Matthew Coopman (33) and Chee Shorty during the North Coast Section Division IV quarterfinal playoff game in Novato on Saturday. Alan Dep / Marin Independent Journal
Del Norte’s 2014 season ends with 49-35 loss to San Marin in NCS quarterfinals Saturday 

It was everything one would hope to see in playoff football.

The defenses traded stops as Del Norte and San Marin battled for field position early but the offenses traded haymakers throughout the second half. The No. 4 Mustangs just had a few more big plays in them on Saturday as the No. 4 Warriors fell 49-35 in the quarterfinals of the North Coast Section Division IV playoffs.

“It was certainly two evenly matched teams,” head coach Ray Rook said. “To sum it up, we were just a couple plays and a couple inches away.”

Alums make college mark

Read more...You can’t win 23 league championships in 33 years without plenty of talented players, and that is just what the Del Norte volleyball program has produced through the years.

This week, senior Kayla Costello signed a national letter of intent to play volleyball at Humboldt State University next year, becoming the latest in a long line of Warriors to make the jump to the ranks of college volleyball.

This year alone, four Del Norte alums continued their volleyball careers at the college level. Not only were Ashley Owen, Keirstyn Anderson, Kaitlyn Clemann and Ashton Smedley all on college rosters, but all four girls started all season and proved to be indispensable pieces of their respective teams.

Babich, Yang take fourth place

Del Norte No. 1 doubles partners, seniors Debbie Yang, left, and Jordan Babich, right, finished fourth in the North Coast Section Division II tournament. Submitted photo
Seniors Jordan Babich and Debbie Yang put the finishing touches on their high school tennis careers on Tuesday by finishing fourth overall in the North Coast Section Division II doubles championships at San Rafael High School and brought home a medal for their efforts.

“We are definitely pleased with what they accomplished — finishing fourth in the entire North Coast Section,” said Del Norte head coach Samuel Escobar. “We are pleased with that and we were amazed at how well they played in the first match.”

Costello signs with HSU

Del Norte senior three-sport athlete Kayla Costello signed a national letter of intent this week to play volleyball at Humboldt State University next year. Submitted photo
Just weeks after senior captain Kayla Costello led the Del Norte volleyball team to its second straight Humboldt-Del Norte Big 5 co-league title and an appearance in the North Coast Section Division III tournament, she signed her National Letter of Intent to play volleyball at Humboldt State University next season.

In the end, it was a fairly easy decision for Costello to join the Lumberjacks next year.

“They offered me a scholarship and I was thinking about playing there anyway, so that pretty much settled it,” Costello said.

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