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Close call for Del Norte

Down 2-0, DN comes back for 5 game victory


Senior Kristen DeBacker leaps for the ball during a game against Hoopa at home Tuesday night. The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
The Del Norte High varsity volleyball team composed themselves after falling behind two games  to none against Hoopa at home Tuesday night, dominating the rest of the way for a five game  victory and avoiding the near upset.

Del Norte won the contest 23-25, 22-25, 25-20, 25-6 and 15-8 to improve to 3-2 for the year.

“It was really bad the first two game and it was really good the last three,” co-head coach Pablo Lorenzi said.  In the end, Lorenzi said, it came down to having a better attitude, not worrying about losing, and just going out and having fun, which is what sports is supposed to be about, especially on the high school level.

After coming off a loss to Brookings-Harbor at home last week, the Del Norte Warriors came out quite flat against the Hoopa Warriors.

Del Norte lacked any spark, hitting balls into the net and letting balls easily drop on their side for scores as Hoopa capitalized and took the first two games in front of a stunned Del Norte crowd used to the home team dominating things.

“We were like zombies,” Lorenzi said. “We were just  standing there lifeless.”

CASA golf tourney a success

Carolyn Westbrook (left), Jane Rumiano (center), and Marilyn Heyer (right) collect their first place trophies at CASA of Del Norte’s 10th Annual “Chip in for Kids” Golf Tournament on August 29th. Submitted photo
Children in foster care often “fall through the cracks” of an overworked and overwhelmed system. Many go without the medical care they need, do poorly in school, or don’t get the opportunity to connect with relatives and loved ones. In Del Norte County, CASA of Del Norte is working to change all of that.

To raise awareness and funds for their program, CASA of Del Norte holds an annual golf tournament each summer.  This year, the 10th Annual “Chip in for Kids” Golf Tournament was held on Aug. 29 at the Del Norte Golf Course. 

Among golfers, the CASA tournament is known as the “fun” tournament and 69 players competed in men’s, women’s and mixed teams, in both Handicap and Callaway categories. 

First place winners in each category won individual trophies, and a new perpetual trophy will be displayed at the golf course with the winners’ names on it.

“We are really pleased at the number of golfers this year,” says CASA Executive Director Susie Minx.  “We are also thankful for the local businesses that have partnered with us by donating either cash sponsorships or items for our silent auction.”

No. 1 seed Gustafson wins first match of the season at home

Del Norte falls to Arcata 8-1

Kathryn Gustafson, the No. 1 singles player for Del Norte High during her match on Saturday at home. The Daily Triplicate/Rick Postal
The Del Norte High girls tennis team opened the 2009 season with a home match against perennial Humboldt-Del Norte Conference power Arcata on Saturday.

A highlight for the Warriors was the play of sophomore Kathryn Gustafson.

The No. 1 singles player for Del Norte, Gustafson earned the team’s only win by downing Abi Black 6-1, 6-3.

“Kathryn was able to really mix up her game with excellent lobs, volleys and a great first serve,” Warrior head coach Trudi Zottola-Gugliemini said.

While the squad fell 8-1, Zottola-Gugliemini said she was pleased with her young squad.

Del Norte Youth Soccer

The Daily Triplicate/Michele Gargas Thomas
Coach Jenny Biberston teaches the basics to the Del Norte Youth Soccer under-six Dolphins soccer team on Saturday at Beachfront Park. Each Saturday local youth soccer teams compete at the park.

DNYF opens season on the road

Photo courtesy of Roger Schultz
The Del Norte Youth Football league opened the season with road games this past weekend. Nigel Hintz of the DNYF Single A White team, left, tackles a Eureka player, causing a fumble during the Sunday game. Del Norte won the game 6-0. In other games the A Gold team for Del Norte won 21-6 over Arcata. The DN Blue A team lost to Ferndale 13-6. The DN AA Gold squad downed Eureka 25-0. The AA Blue team downed Ferndale 6-0. The DN AAA team lost to Ferndale 25-6. All but one DNYF team will play at home on Sunday.


Del Norte girls soccer teams fall to Bruins

The Del Norte High girls soccer team fell in varsity and JV action to Brookings-Harbor at home on Monday.

In the varsity game the Warriors lost to the Bruins 3-0 to drop to 0-2 for the year. Normally, Del Norte does not have a JV team but put one together for this game to give the younger girls more experience. The JV team fell to Brookings 5-2.

Girls soccer coach Clar Byers said that  Tami Plechaty and Katy Suzuki were standouts on defense. “They were all over covering and controlling everything,” Byers said.

In the JV game Del Norte was down only 1-0 at the end of the first half before the Bruins broke the game open with four goals in the second half.

Byers commended Tanasha Santos for her strong play on defense. Carla Garcia and Lyndsay Veerkamp both scored goals for the Warriors.

Del Norte next plays at home on Wednesday at 5 p.m. against St. Bernard’s. The boys team is also playing at home against St. Bernard’s at the same time.

Former Warriors help college team to win

Former Del Norte High football standouts Saxon Schultz and Trevor Rook both played a role for Shasta College in a win on Saturday.

The Knights downed Mendocino College at home in Redding 31-26 to improve to 1-1 for the season.

Schultz, a tight end, led the team with 63 yards receiving on seven receptions and caught a 5-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter.

Rook, a running back, had seven rushes for 30 yards and averaged 4.9 yards per carry.

Both are 2008 graduates of Del Norte and are sophomores at Shasta.

DN girls golf team competes in Fortuna

The Del Norte High girls  golf team competed in a Humboldt-Del Norte Confer­ence meet at the Redwood Golf and Country Club in Fortuna on Monday. Originally, the event on Monday was to be held at the Del Norte Golf Course but was recently switched. The home match will now be on Sept. 28, Warrior head coach Chris Rice said.

Senior Kayla Bohannon  had the top score for Del Norte for the third straight time with a 120. Sophomore Sydney Benson finished with a 122 while Nikki Fugate shot a 128. Kelsi Bomke finished with a score of 132, Shelby Slayton shot a 134 and Madison Vanvalkenburgh shot a 140.

Rice said this was the first time this year three Warrior players shot below a 130 and said he is pleased with the “steady improvement,” the team has shown.

Del Norte next competes on Sept. 22 at the Eureka Municipal Golf Course.

DNYF season begins on Sunday on the road

Six is enough

Warriors earn 6-0 win over Mustangs in season opener

Junior running back Brandon Kakitsuka, center, runs with the ball against Hidden Valley Friday night at Mike Whalen Field. (The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson)

The Del Norte High varsity football team pulled off a tough  and gritty 6-0 win over Hidden Valley of Oregon to open the season Friday night.

The score was deceiving as Del Norte controlled the game in all aspects.

The problem was that the Warriors could not get into the end zone despite their fair share of chances. The team finally scored in the fourth quarter.


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