|The Del Norte High boys tennis team nearly earned its first win of the year, falling in the last doubles match of the day to lose 5-4 to Fortuna on Thursday at home.
Kong Her, the No. 5 seed singles player for Del Norte High, hits the ball against Fortuna at home Thursday. The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
“We had really strong performances from everyone,” head coach Kirk Olesen said.
The young squad lost all eight starters from last year, with very few players having high school tennis experience before the season began.
Despite the loss, Olesen said he has been pleased with his team’s progress.
“When they gain more experience we’ll start to win these type of games,” he said.
Warriors earn win in first game of season
For the past few seasons it’s been a pitchers’ duel when Del Norte High and Gold Beach, Ore., meet in softball.
Del Norte High first baseman Tasheena Natt extends for the ball against Gold Beach, Ore., on Wednesday at home. Del Norte won 1-0. The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
Wednesday was no exception as Del Norte came away with a 1-0 home victory in the squad’s first regular season game of the year.
Coming off a season in 2008 that ended with the Warrior softball team’s first ever North Coast Section title, the win on Wednesday was a nice way to kick off the 2009 campaign.
Panthers pitcher Molly Hockema had six strikeouts and gave up only a single hit. But one hit was all the Warriors needed
Del Norte senior pitcher Alyssa Bergquist, who won all the team’s games last year, continued her dominance to start off the year.
|Coming off the best season in Del Norte High Warrior softball history in 2008, the expectations are high again this year.
Del Norte High pitcher Alyssa Bergquist during game action last season. The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
But head coach Jackie Heuberger does not want these expectations to distract her team so much that they lose sight of why they go out and play softball — to have fun.
“I don’t want that,” she said. “I want them to still have fun.” She added that at the end of the day, win or lose, if the girls work hard as a team and have a good time, she’s happy.
“We do have a lot to live up to,” senior third baseman Michelle Stacey said. “We just have to focus and have fun.”
In 2008, Del Norte went 22-3 and won the Big 5 Conference title for the second straight year.
The Del Norte High boys golf team placed third at an event at Baywood Golf and Country Club in Arcata on Tuesday.
James Morrow had the best score for Del Norte, finishing with an 86.
Luke Polidore shot an 88 while Dillon Wright shot a 89.
Chris Davidson finished with an 93, as did Christian Cane. Cole Lesley finished with an 95.
The Del Norte High boys tennis team fell to McKinleyville 6-3 at home on Tuesday.
Head coach Kirk Olesen said that while the majority of the matches were quite close, more times than not the Panthers were able to come away with the win.
Warrior Thomas Thao, the No. 4 singles player, won his match as did No. 6 player Zack Collard.
In No. 2 doubles play Thao and Daniel Escobedo were victorious.
Del Norte next plays on Thursday at home against Fortuna starting at 3:30 p.m.
|Brookings-Harbor downs Central 52-49 on Saturday
Senior post player Kenton Bansemer of Brookings-Harbor puts up a shot against La Grande on Friday. Jef Hatch / Wescom Wire Service
CORVALLIS, Ore. — After what will probably be the most memorable game of their lives, the Brookings-Harbor High School boys varsity basketball players did a few things they’ve been looking forward to all year: hoist the OSAA 4A Oregon State Basketball Championship trophy and cut down the net in Gill Coliseum.
And they did so surrounded by friends, family members, and a student body that traveled five hours to be there — and has supported them all season long.
“We’d all like to thank everyone who showed up,” said Bruin Fred Corpening. “I don’t know how to describe it,” he said of the fans and friends on the court during the post-game celebration, “It’s wonderful.”
The Del Norte High baseball team opened its 2009 season with a 4-3 win over Healdsburg on the road on Saturday.
Down 3-1 in the bottom of the seventh, the Warrior mounted a comeback to earn the victory.
Head coach Pablo Lorenzi said that this is the first time in “a long while” that the team has opened the season with a win, and he was pleased overall with how his team performed.
General Chuck Yeager, right, with his released Smith River fish over the weekend. His guide, Albert Kutzkey, is on the left. Submitted photo
The Friends of Cal-Ore Fish hosted the Hank “Raider- Yeager” Derby this past weekend.
The event featured former Oakland Raiders great Jim Otto and Vance Mueller along with Raiderettes Erica Kofoed and Angel McCoy.
Also in attendance was longtime derby participant, General Chuck Yeager and his wife, Victoria.
Senior Logan Lesina of the Del Norte High baseball team prepares to throw the baseball to teammate Austin Holt during practice on Friday. Today, the Warriors open the season against Healdsburg in Arcata. (The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson)
Face Healdsburg in Arcata at 2 p.m.
There was a rush of activity at the baseball field at Del Norte HighSchool on Friday, as the Warrior baseball team received their uniformsand prepared for their first game of the season.
After losing six seniors from last year’s squad that made it to theplayoffs for the first time in several years, head coach Pablo Lorenzisaid while the team features a lot of new players in key positions,he’s hopeful the Warriors can make a return appearance to thepostseason in 2009.
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