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Big day for DNYF as 2 local teams meet for AA crown

Double A Gold team defeats AA Blue squad 22-6


The AA Gold team, coaches and cheerleaders, pose after the win. Photos courtesy of Roger Schultz
Even before the game began the fans knew Del Norte would come out a winner.

What was undecided was would it be the Gold team or the Blue team?

For the first time in Del Norte Youth Football history two DNYF squads faced each other in a Six Rivers Youth Football title match.

On Sunday at the Redwood Bowl at Humboldt State University in Arcata the Double A Gold team downed the AA Blue team 22-6. Both squads, which consist of 11-and 12-year- olds were undefeated heading into the game.

A large turnout of Del Norte fans, many who did not have kids playing but wanted to cheer both teams on, came out.

“It was great,” AA Gold coach Danny Forkner said. “The fans were loud.”

DNYF AA Blue team faces fellow local squad for title

Game scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at Redwood Bowl at HSU in Arcata


Napooi Shorty of the DNYF AA Blue teams runs down the field during a playoff game against Hoopa at home last Sunday. (The Daily Triplicate/Rick Postal)

Editor’s note: Today is the   third and final day of articles about the three Del Norte Youth Football teams that have reached their respective title games in Six Rivers Youth Football play. Today’s story showcases the Double A Blue squad. On Thursday, a story on the A White team ran. An article on the Double A Gold team was in The Triplicate on Friday.


Mike Coopman can’t wait for Sunday.

That’s when the undefeated  Del Norte Youth Football AA Blue team, which is led by head coach Coopman, takes part in the Six Rivers Youth Football title match for AA squads down in Arcata.

Its opponent is the DNYF AA Gold team, which is also undefeated.

This is the first time that two DNYF teams will face off in a title game.


AA Gold squad gears up for title game

Takes on fellow DNYF team on Sunday in Arcata

Photo courtesy of Roger Schultz
This is no ordinary game for the Del Norte Youth Football Double A Gold team.

Far from it.

The undefeated squad is playing for the Double A Six Rivers Youth Football title on Sunday at the Redwood Bowl at Humboldt State University in Arcata.

What makes this situation unique is that they are facing the undefeated DNYF Double A Blue team.

It is the first time ever that two local programs have faced each other for a division title in youth football.

Head coach Danny Forkner admits that this is quite a one-of-a-kind situation that these 11-and 12-year-olds are facing.

Here they are undefeated and one game away from their goal of winning a title and across the field will be their friends and classmates.

Forkner said that while he knows there will be some smack talk at school, he has emphasized to his team to always be respectful of their opponents and to understand that they are all friends, schoolmates and neighbors.

Local youth squad seeks title

DNYF A White team faces South Fork for title on Sunday in Arcata

Members of the Del Norte Youth Football A White team before a home game in October. On Sunday the squad takes on South Fork in the A division Six Rivers Youth Football Championship. The contest begins at 9 a.m. at the Redwood Bowl at Humboldt State University in Arcata. The Daily Triplicate/ Rick Postal
Youth football is quite popular here in Del Norte County.

So popular, in fact, that for the first time in Del Norte Youth Football history there were six youth teams this season.

This included three teams in  single A, the youngest division. This group consists of kids mainly from 8 to 10 years old with a few 11-year-olds that weigh under 70 pounds also taking part.

“It’s growing,” A White team  head coach Jesse Puente said about DNYF, adding that he has  kids who are one year away from being able to play who come up to him and say, “Hey coach, I’ll be ready to play next year.”

This season the A White squad was added to meet the demand. The team has come together in such a way that it has made it all the way to the Six Rivers Youth Football title game in the A division. On Sunday they face undefeated South Fork.

The White squad, which ended the regular season 6-2, was the No. 3 seed in the playoffs. They won their first round playoff game and the next week upset the No. 2 seeded Redwood  Knights 13-7 last Sunday in Crescent City to earn the right to play for the championship.

Gustafson enjoys experience at championship

Warrior sophomore falls to top seed

The luck of the draw presented quite the challenge for Kathryn Gustafson.

The Del Norte High sophomore was competing at the girls tennis Northcoast Section singles championship in Santa Rosa on Tuesday and did not find out until that morning who she would play  a short time later.

The top four seeds were already decided, with the rest chosen randomly from the remaining 12 girls.

As luck would have it, Gustafson drew Brooke Irish of Amador Valley, the No. 1 seed.

While Gustafson lost 6-0, 6-0,   she was pleased with how things turned out.

“It was a good experience for me,” Gustafson said during a phone interview on her way home Tuesday afternoon. “It gave me more of a challenge. I enjoyed playing a higher level of player.”

'Civil War' looms

Two Del Norte teams to battle for the AA title

Supporters greet members of the AA Del Norte Blue team Sunday. For more photos, go to Triplicate.com/photos. (The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson)
It’ll be a Civil War of sorts on Sunday when two Del Norte Youth Football teams face off for the Six Rivers Youth Football Championship in the AA division.

On Sunday in the AA division, the Del Norte Blue team dominated Hoopa 28-0 in Crescent City. The Del Norte Gold team traveled to Ferndale to face the Redwood Knights and won by the identical score of 28-0.

McCovey takes 2nd at Michigan State Open

Warriors end year on a winning note

Del Norte takes down Arcata 53-6 to end year 3-6


Junior Brandon Kakitsuka of Del Norte High rumbles down the field as senior Kyle Eggen blocks for him Friday night against Arcata. (The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson)

CRESCENT CITY — In cold  and wet weather the Del Norte High varsity football team heated things up on the football field in the season finale at home Friday night.

DNYF playoffs

Four DNYF teams in playoff action on Sunday

Steven Maready of the Del Norte Youth Football AA Gold team runs down the field during a game earlier this season. On Sunday the Gold squad will be in Ferndale in playoff action. Three local teams will host playoff matchups at home at Mike Whalen Field on Sunday. The winners of the contests will go on to title games. (Photo courtesy of Roger Schultz/ www.hotshotsbyroger.com)

Warriors determined to end year with a win

Del Norte faces Arcata tonight at 7:30 p.m. at home


Greg Kirby, right, of the Del Norte High football team gets ready to tackle a Fortuna player during a game in Crescent City on Oct. 16. Tonight, the Warriors conclude the season against Arcata at home. (The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson)

The Del Norte High varsity football team is ready to end the 2009 season on a high note tonight on their home field.

The Warriors face Big 4 Conference opponent Arcata tonight at home at Mike Whalen Field.

Del Norte head coach Bob Hadfield said the goal is to “play hard and get a win for the seniors.”

With the struggles the 2-6 Warriors have had this year, Hadfield said it would be nice to  end the season with a convincing win.


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