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Fallen coach honored

Festive Hawaiian shirts are being worn by coaches of the Del Norte High volleyball team during games this season in honor of one of the program’s guiding lights, former junior varsity coach Kathleen Anderson.

Kathleen Anderson, a nurse, with her daughter, Jennifer Larson, during the birth of Jennifer’s child in 2005. Submitted Photo
Anderson died July 4 at age 63 after battling lung cancer for more than two years, although she was not a smoker.

Coaches chose the shirt tribute because of Anderson’s love of Hawaii, which she visited almost every year, mainly the island of Maui.

To have the coaches decked out in Hawaiian shirts and dedicating the season to Anderson is “a great honor,” daughter Jennifer  Larson said. “When I see that it reminds me of my mom.”

You knew exactly where Anderson was at all times, her friends and family said. She made sure of it with her booming voice, and during sporting events, a blowing whistle.

“I never had a problem hearing her,” said Meagan Curtis, who had Anderson as her head coach for junior varsity volleyball her freshman year at Del Norte High School. “I could be on the other side of the gym and you always knew where she was.”

“She made people love volleyball.” Jennifer Larson, speaking about her mother, Kathleen Anderson, pictured in about 1989.
“She made people love volleyball.” Jennifer Larson, speaking about her mother, Kathleen Anderson, pictured in about 1989.
Anderson, who was raised in  Del Norte County, was the Warrior JV volleyball coach from 1982 to 1992 and brought several JV titles to the formidable Warrior program.

She is considered, along with Debbie Lorenzi, who was the varsity coach for several years, a major reason for the program’s success. This season the varsity team is seeking its 21st straight conference title.

‘Rock ’n’ roll, Del Norte!’

Anderson was the ultimate Warriors fan.

Warriors look for first Big 4 win of the year versus Huskies

Del Norte is 1-3, while Fortuna is 4-1

Members of the Del Norte High varsity football team before the squads season opener at home against Hidden Valley of Oregon on Sept. 11. Tonight the Warriors face Fortuna on homecoming night. The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
To Del Norte High Warrior head football coach Bob Hadfield, the recipe for success tonight against Fortuna is simple   — “play all four quarters.”

If the Warriors (1-3) do that in their homecoming game tonight in Big 4 Conference action, Hadfield believes good things can happen for Del Norte, who have been soundly defeated for three straight games after winning their season opener.

“Hopefully we can play four quarters of good football,” he said.

In their Big 4 opener last week, the Warriors were in the game against Eureka, trailing only 14-6 after three quarters.

But in the fourth quarter things fell apart, including coughing up the ball in three straight possessions as Eureka scored 41 points in the final quarter.

Hadfield said it “was a weird feeling” to watch how quickly Del Norte fell apart in the final quarter and said he never experienced something like that before.

Thriller: Warriors down Mack in five

Del Norte High improves to 3-1  in Big 5 volleyball

 When it mattered the most the Del Norte High varsity volleyball team believed in themselves and their teammates in a battle on the court Thursday night.

Facing league rival McKinleyville in a crucial Big 5 contest, the Warriors came back from being down two games to one to win in five games  25-22, 24-26, 12-25, 25-13, 15-10 in front of the home fans.

Co-coach Debbie Lorenzi said the key difference in the final two games was a mental one. She noticed that when the Panthers got a lead on Del Norte in games two and three “they started to lose faith in themselves.”

Before the start of game four Lorenzi said she and the rest of the coaches told the girls they needed to “start to believe in themselves,” adding that they told the team that the coaches believed in them but it was up to the girls to go out and do it.

“I’m proud of the team and the way they recovered,” Lorenzi said. “It could have gone 50-50.”

Key players for the Warriors  included seniors Kristen DeBacker and Paula Rhodes. DeBacker had 32 kills and three blocks for kills, four digs and three aces. Rhodes had 28 assists, five kills and one block for a kill.

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Warriors smash Tigers in 3 games

Del Norte wins  25-21, 25-15,  25-21 in Big 5 home opener

Junior Brilynn Welch of Del Norte High gets ready to hit the ball in a match against Arcata in Crescent City Tuesday night. The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
The Del Norte High Warriors varsity volleyball team got back on track Tuesday night at home.

After falling to Fortuna on Thursday to lose a Big 5 Conference game for the first time since 2005, the Warriors played with a desire missing in their last game to win in their first conference home contest of the year. The Warriors downed the Tigers 25-21, 25-15, 25-21.

Warrior co-coach Debbie Lorenzi said it was encouraging to see the team bounce back and play with “spirit, intensity and desire.”

The squad did  all this without a player that Lorenzi said was “our team leader and captain”—senior Katie Rinkevicz.

After returning from an ACL injury to one of her knees that occurred last volleyball season, she reinjured that knee during practice on Friday and is out for the rest of the volleyball season.

Her teammates stepped up  and were able to come away with a convincing win to improve to 2-1 in the conference and 11-10 overall and still be in the thick of winning their 21st straight Big 5 title. 

DNHS girls tennis team falls to Eureka at home

The Del Norte High girls tennis team took on Eureka at home on Monday.

While the squad lost 8-1, head coach Trudi Zottola-Gugliemini said that she was pleased with the “great effort by all the girls against Eureka.”

“I am very impressed with the consistent improvement of the girls,” she said. “It is so exciting to see their games develop and their confidence level continually increase.”

Del Norte is now 3-5 for the year.

 In the No. 1 singles match Kathryn Gustafson won against   Jenna Madsen 6-3, 6-3 to improve to 7-1 for the year.

“Katheryn Gustafson played her best game tonight and was able to beat the number one seed of the league,” Zottola-Gugliemini  said. “Her court coverage was unbeatable.” 

No. 2 seed Meghan Webb lost to Tori Edwards 6-0, 5-1, while Warrior Samantha Bausch lost to Risa Lutzow 6-2, 5-1.

Kaitlyn Stephens, the No. 4 seed for Del Norte, fell to Elise Adams 6-1, 6-0, while  Whitney Gamboa, the No. 5 seed, lost to Siera Kaup 6-4, 6-2. No. 6 seed Severin Walston fell in her match to Laurel Schmalz 6-2, 6-1.

In doubles play Gustafson  and Bausch lost 4-8, Webb  and Hannah Seaton fell in their match 3-8, and Walston and Stephens lost 8-1.

DN Youth Football 10-13-09

Photo courtesy of Katherine Forkner
Chad Bell of the Del Norte Youth Football AA Gold team runs with the football during a game on Sunday in Eureka. Del Norte won the contest against the RYF Knights 36-12 to go to 5-0 for the year. For scores of all the DNYF games and standings go to www.dnyf.org .  

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DN boys soccer squad downs Crusaders 8-1

Loggers roll over Warriors

Huskies shock Warriors in 3

VB team loses for 1st time in Big 5 since 2005 season

Triplicate file photo
A four year  winning streak was snapped Thursday night.

For the first time since losing to McKinleyville in 2005, the Del Norte High varsity volleyball team lost a Big 5 Conference volleyball game, falling to Fortuna 22-25, 21-25, 23-25.

While the Warriors opened the Big 5 season Tuesday with a convincing three game win over Eureka, nothing went right on Thursday as the Huskies dominated things from the start to earn the surprise win.

“It was the complete opposite of the Eureka match,” Warrior co-coach Pablo Lorenzi said. “Everything we did right in that game we did the opposite.”

The Warriors made countless service errors, especially during key points of the game, Lorenzi said, adding that the team’s serve receive was also quite “shaky.”

Lorenzi said he felt the girls were  too “nonchalant” about the contest and did not take their opponent seriously enough.

“We’re not going to walk into a gym and just win,” he said. “We have to work. As long as we’re working hard we’re fine.”

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