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Warriors roll on senior night

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Del Norte senior Kaitlyn Clemann receives flowers and balloons from her family on senior night before the Warriors final home match of the season. Del Norte beat Eureka 3-0 (25-22, 25-12, 25-12) in the Del Norte gym on Wednesday. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Del Norte volleyball rebounds from slow start to sweep Eureka 3-0

The Del Norte volleyball team sent its seniors out with a 3-0 (25-22, 25-12, 25-12) victory over Eureka on senior night in the Del Norte gym on Wednesday.

“It was really exciting for me,” said senior outside hitter Kailtlyn Clemann. “I have been excited about senior night this whole year. The community came out and supported us tonight. It was a lot of fun.”

The Warriors may have been a little bit too pumped up for the start of the game against the Loggers.

“Senior night is a celebration of the seniors and the time that they have been playing here,” said Del Norte coach Pablo Lorenzi. “There are a lot of positive things, but there are also some negative things that come out of it. They are thinking in their mind that this is the last time they are going to play here, and they start thinking that they have to do something supernatural because they are seniors. I think that’s what happened early in the match.”

The Warriors started the game out in a funk, falling behind 12-5 early, with eight of Eureka’s first 10 points coming off of Del Norte errors or infractions.

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Ex-Warrior Buck Pierce not done in CFL yet

When Buck Pierce, 31, was traded to the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League from Winnipeg in early September, many fans around the league suspected that the Del Norte High graduate would never again play meaningful time in the CFL.

Winnipeg Sun columnist Paul Friesen predicted that Pierce’s role would become that of, “a sounding board, a coach in pads,” in a column shortly after the trade.

Pierce never bought into that idea, telling the media, “I’ve got some good snaps left in me.”

Last Friday night, Pierce got a chance to display all that he still has to offer against the Edmonton Eskimos, and he proved his earlier words prophetic.

Pierce, a Blue Bomber through the first nine weeks of the season, has been back where his CFL career began in 2005 with the BC Lions in Vancouver, for about seven weeks.

“It has been a different year for me, getting traded at the halfway point of the year,” Pierce told the Triplicate this week. “I went into a situation that I am pretty familiar with. It is a locker room that I still knew a lot of guys in. It was a good change for me.”

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4 Warriors reach singles semifinals

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Jordan Babich. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Del Norte tennis girls prove to be a tough out in Humboldt-Del Norte Big 5 singles tourney

Del Norte was shorthanded at the Humboldt-Del Norte Big 5 girls tennis singles tournament on Saturday in Fortuna, but the Warriors were able to make some noise with the players who were available.

“I was pleased with the play of the girls, especially considering that we left Crescent City at 6:30 a.m. on the morning after homecoming to get to Fortuna in time to play the matches,” said Del Norte girls tennis coach Jane Rumiano. “They showed great respect for their opponents and themselves by forcing (opponents) to play really good tennis to beat the Warrior Ladies.”

The Warriors were one player short, with No. 4 singles player Raili Makela out for the weekend, attending a band competition.

Of the five remaining singles players, four won their first matches and earned a spot in the semifinals.

Jordan Babich beat St. Bernard’s Mileena Maki 6-1, 6-0 in the first round. In the semifinals, Babich fell to Hannah Mathew of Arcata 6-3, 6-1.

“Jordan Babich played the best tennis of her season to win in the first round, and she continued to play very well but was beaten by an Arcata No. 1 who moved her around the court and forced her to make errors or hit outright winners,” Rumiano said.

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Sports briefs Oct. 29, 2013

Hoffman sets BYU school records 

Ex-Warrior Cody Hoffman has become the most prolific wide reciever in school history at Brigham Young University.

Hoffman, a 2008 graduate of Del Norte High School, caught his 31st career touchdown pass Saturday against Boise State, moving past Austin Collie in the school record books. The record-setting touchdown pass came from Cougar quarterback Taysom Hill from four yards out to give BYU a 24-3 lead just before halftime.

It was the second week in a row that Hoffman broke a school record. He passed Dennis Pitta’s career mark of 221 receptions in last week’s game against Houston. Hoffman currently has 232 catches.

And he’s closing in on yet another record — total receiving yards. He’s just 13 yards shy of Collie’s career total of 3,255.

Volleyball senior night on Wed.

The Del Norte volleyball team’s last home game of the season will take place on Wednesday against Eureka. It will be senior night for the Warriors.

The match was originally scheduled for Thursday but was moved ahead so the girls could have Halloween off.

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Warriors fall 35-7 to Loggers

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Chad Bell takes a handoff and looks to break outside during Friday night’s football game at Mike Whalen Field. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
The Eureka football team stormed into Mike Whalen Field and spoiled Del Norte’s homecoming on Friday. The Loggers dominated play and exited Del Norte with a 35-7 victory.

“We need to put this one behind us and keep working,” said Del Norte head coach Ray Rook. “The kids played hard. We just came up short.”

The Warriors started the game out strong. On the first offensive play of the game, Del Norte quarterback Stevie Maready found sophomore Austin Healy over the middle for a 27-yard pass to put Del Norte in Eureka territory. It was Healy’s first play on the varsity roster.

The Warriors continued to drive down to the Loggers’ 25-yard line before penalties stalled the drive and Del Norte turned the ball over on downs at the Eureka 25.

Eureka used its first possession to grab an early lead. The Loggers took over the ball on their own 25-yard line and quickly moved the ball to midfield with a series of rushes. On third-and-1 from the Warriors 44-yard line, Eureka quarterback Alexis Robinson broke loose through the middle of the Del Norte defense to put Eureka up 7-0.

Del Norte tied the game back up in the second quarter. After forcing Eureka to punt from its own 20-yard line, the Warriors took over the ball at the Eureka 37. From there, it took Del Norte seven plays, all runs, to score. Junior Chad Bell capped the drive with an 11-yard touchdown run through the right side of the line.

The Warriors wouldn’t remain tied for long, however. Eureka got a big return to the Warriors 48-yard line on the ensuing kickoff. Three plays later, the Loggers were back in the end zone with a 1-yard run and just 34 seconds off of the clock. The Loggers added another touchdown before halftime to take a 21-7 lead into the locker room.

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League win for volleyball at Mack

The Del Norte volleyball team got back on the winning track on Thursday with a 3-0 (25-21, 25-13, 25-11) victory over McKinleyville on the road.

The win improves the Warriors to 21-9-1 overall and 5-1 in the Humboldt-Del Norte Big 5 conference.

Del Norte was reeling from a 3-1 loss to Arcata on Tuesday, the Warriors’ first league loss of the season. The team was able to show some improvement on the road, however.

“It was better. We did a really good job of forcing McKinleyville to commit errors, but then we didn’t really capitalize on them,” said Del Norte coach Pablo Lorenzi. “We would turn around and commit an error right back instead of getting the kill. We are still working on that, but we did a better job of committing less unforced errors.”

The Warriors faced a fired up opponent in McKinleyville, which was celebrating senior night in the match.

“Usually on senior night, the seniors come out all pumped up,” Lorenzi said. “We made a little run at the beginning, then they came back and tied it 8-8. Then we opened up the gap by three, and we stayed ahead the rest of the way.”

Lorenzi was pleased by junior Kayla Costello’s performance from the right side. Costello finished the game tied for the team lead with senior Kaitlyn Clemann. Both girls had 12 kills.

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Girls end on high note

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Senior Hailey Hulse takes a shot from just inside the box in the first half for her first of two goals against Brookings. Del Norte Triplicate / Michael Zogg
Hulse knocks in two in shutout of Brookings-Harbor

The Warrior girls soccer season ended on a good note with a 2-0 victory over Brookings-Harbor on Thursday on the Del Norte soccer field.

Senior Hailey Hulse broke through for two goals, one in the 34th minute and another in the 78th, to secure the Warriors’ win.

Head coach Clar Byers said it was the first time in Hulse’s career that she scored twice in the same game.

“She was a little more aggressive,” Byers said. “Her speed just picked up, and she all of a sudden had this sprint in her to get to balls. She stayed pretty much in her position and it was pretty much about her being in the right position for her to take those shots. It just seemed like Brookings was leaving the right side open and we were getting it over there.”

The first goal came towards the end of the first half. Del Norte worked the ball slowly up the field, and a series of kicks and redirections landed the ball at Hulse’s feet with a clear shot on goal that she chipped around the keeper to give the Warriors a 1-0 lead.

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Cross country competes in McKinleyville

The Del Norte cross country team traveled to McKinleyville on Thursday for the team’s fourth meet of the season.

The Warriors all finished around the middle of the pack in the race.

Freshman Spring Wilson was the fastest girl, finishing 18th with a time of 24:55.02, and Junior Samantha Henkell was 20th overall with 25:01.15.

Guadalupe Gonzalez did not run in the race, instead playing in the soccer match at home against Brookings-Harbor.

The younger Warriors ran well for Del Norte. Freshman Garrett Galea paced the pack for the Del Norte boys, running the course in a time of 18:53.59 to finish 22nd. Fellow freshman Parker Thompson was right on his heals, finishing 23rd in 18:54.64. Senior Ryan Waite finished 27th and freshman Graeson Cameron was 34th.

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Battle of the best

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Kiera Davis tries for a kill against Arcata on Tuesday at Del Norte High School. The Warriors lost for the first time this season in league play. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Arcata ties DN with 3-1 road win

The Del Norte volleyball team has to make room for one more at the top of the Humboldt-Del Norte Big 5 standings.

The Warriors (17-10-1, 4-1 H-DN Big 5) suffered their first league loss of the season at home Tuesday, falling 3-1 (25-23, 23-25, 17-25, 18-25) to Arcata (25-4, 4-1 H-DN Big 5).

“We didn’t show up to play,” said Del Norte co-coach Pablo Lorenzi. “We didn’t get the job done that we needed to get done. I told them before the match, ‘If everybody does their jobs, you have nothing to worry about.’ Nobody did their job and we had a lot to worry about.”

The match started out well for the Warriors. In game one, Del Norte jumped out to a 6-2 lead early. They built that lead into a 20-11 advantage.

“I think in the first game, they came out and were hyped,” Lorenzi said. “They were ready to go and they did the jobs that they were supposed to do.”

After earning the nine-point lead, Del Norte faded down the stretch. Arcata put together an 11-2 run to tie the game 22. The Warriors were able to hold on for a 25-23 set victory, but Arcata retained the momentum through the rest of the match.

“It was almost like they shut the engine off and just went into cruise control,” Lorenzi said. “They just never got out of cruise control.”

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Warriors lose 7-0 in final game

The Del Norte boys soccer season ended on Wednesday in Arcata with a 7-0 loss to the Tigers.

Arcata proved to be too good for Del Norte, jumping out to a 4-0 lead in the first half and tacking on three more goals in the second.

“The boys put up a good fight, but we are still not at the level of those top teams yet,” said head coach David Sanyaolu.

Senior goalkeeper Niano Santos and senior forward Jesus Herrera shined in their last soccer game in a Warrior uniform.

“Our keeper was excellent,” Sanyaolu said. “Without him, they would have had a lot more goals. Herrera was also spectacular as always. I want to appreciate everybody, but especially those two guys.”

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