Cody Hoffman and his father Rick grabbed a 6 a.m. flight from Arcata this morning, bound for Provo, Utah, and the Brigham Young University campus.
The BYU Cougar football team arranged on Wednesday to have Hoffman, the Del Norte High School gridiron standout, come to the school for an official recruiting visit.
Hoffman, a three-time conference first-team White Star selection, said he’s quite pleased to be making an official visit to such an elite football program.
“I’m pretty excited to just see the facilities and meet the coaches,” he said, adding it’s a nice feeling knowing all the hard work he has put in has helped him get to the point where a program like the Cougars are bringing him in for a visit.
“I was pretty happy,” Hoffman said. “I’d like to play for a big school like that.”
DN hopes to have conference success this year
CRESCENT CITY — After winning its first Big 5 Conference game in two seasons against Eureka last year, the Del Norte High girls varsity basketball team wants to go one step further this season — to not come in last place.
Players and the coaching staff of the Del Norte High girls varsity basketball team pose for a group photo last week in a break from practice. The Warriors opened the Big 5 Conference season on Wednesday at Eureka. The Daily Triplicate/Rick Postal
After a 10-16 finish overall and going 1-7 in the Big 5 in 2007-2008, the Warriors are more than ready to take it to another level this season.
“I’m sick and tired of being at the bottom,” said head coach Buzz McCulloch.
He believes the team can be in the middle of the pack in the Big 5. “We have the potential,” McCulloch said.
Senior Kaylie Rook, known as one of the Warriors’ best defenders, said the team is full of athletes that have had success in other sports like volleyball, which just won its 20th straight league title this past fall, or softball, which just won its first section title in May.
EUREKA — It was not a good night on the court for the Del Norte High Warriors girls basketball team.
The squad was crushed 50-22 by Eureka in the Warriors Big 5 Conference opener on Wednesday.
“It was downright terrible,” head coach Buzz McCulloch said, saying it was “probably the worst Big 5 game I’ve had” in his five years as coach.
Del Norte made only four two-point baskets the entire game and was 14-for-29 from the free throw line.
Bronson Richards of the Del Norte High boys freshman basketball team drives to the lane against Eureka Tuesday night. The Warriors won the home game 59-49. Kris Larson led Del Norte scorers with 20 points. The Daily Triplicate/Rick Postal
The Del Norte High wrestling team, the defending Humboldt-Del Norte Conference champion, opened league matches with wins.
At Fortuna, the Warriors downed St. Bernard’s, South Fork and Fortuna Tuesday night in dual meet action.
Assistant coach Clinton Schaad said the majority of the starters, such as Roger “Bronc” McCovey (285), Grant Ivision-Lane (119) and Jordan Lacey (103) did not wrestle. But many new grapplers did and made great first impressions.
This included freshmen Gabe Flores (145) who won two matches, Barrick Sala (215), who quickly pinned his opponent from St Bernard’s and Isac Terry (215), who looked sharp in an exhibition match for his first high school victory, Schaad said.
The Warriors next compete somewhat closer to home at a tournament in Eureka on Saturday.
Sign ups for the 2009 Del Norte Little League season continue next week.
Sign-up dates are on Jan. 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. and Jan. 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Mary Peacock Elementary School, located at 1720 Arlington Dr. in Crescent City.
Boys ages 5-12 and girls 5-16 are eligible. An original certified birth certificate for verification and a copy are required at the time of registration. Hospital certificates are not accepted.
Other The cost is:
T-Ball $55 per child.
Minors $65 per child.
Majors through Seniors is $75 per child.
Multiple Child Family Discount: Full price for the first child, $10 discount for each additional child. Payment must be made at the time of registration. For more information and forms, please visit, delnortelittleleague.com .
All interested coaches, managers, volunteers and, umpires please attend a registration day.
Del Norte loses 36-31 to Big 5 foe Eureka
CRESCENT CITY — In a down and dirty defensive battle that got quite ugly on the offensive end, the Del Norte Warriors fell short against conference rival Eureka 36-31 in the team’s Big 5 Conference opener Tuesday night.
Senior Chris Davidson of Del Norte High goes up for a shot surounded by Eureka defenders at Thunen Gym Tuesday night. The Warriors lost to the Loggers 36-31. The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
Both squads hammered each other on the defensive end, giving one another very little opportunity to score, with both teams missing shot after shot.
While down by as much as nine points in the second half, the Warriors, the defending conference champ, came back and knotted things up late in the game. But missed free throws in the second half proved to haunt the Warriors in the closing seconds.
“When you go 9-for-18 from the free throw line in the second half you’re not going to win many games,” Warrior head coach Scott Alexander said. He added that the Loggers tenacious zone defense made it quite a challenge to get inside shots. And with the outside shot not going in Tuesday night for the Warriors, the need to make free throw shots became that much greater, he said.
Layton O’Reilley of the Del Norte High junior varsity basketball team dribbles the ball towards the basket versus Eureka at home Tuesday night. The Warriors won the contest 34-30 over the Loggers.The Daily Triplicate/Rick Postal
Open Big 5 season against Eureka today
The Big 5 Conference is certainly up for grabs this season.
The Del Norte High boys varsity basketball team and head coach Scott Alexander pose for a photo before practice on Monday. Tonight, the squad opens the Big 5 Conference season against Eureka at home. The Daily Triplicate/Rick Postal
With the squads all fairly evenly matched, Del Norte High boys varsity basketball coach Scott Alexander said there is no such thing as an easy game during the conference season, which begins for the Warriors tonight against Eureka at home.
“It’s a pretty level playing field,” he said. “We need to play at a high level every night and we need to be focused.”
Alexander, in his first year as head coach of the Warriors, which are 6-4 overall, said keys for the team during Big 5 play are to be tough and aggressive on defense, keep down silly errors, play smart on offense and receive consistency from the bench.
Del Norte High School football standout Cody Hoffman made an official visit to Sacramento State University on Thursday and Friday.
On Monday, Hoffman said he has been offered a full scholarship to the Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division 1-AA) school, which plays in the Big Sky Conference.
He has not yet decided if he will accept the offer and said he plans to see what other options may come his way, weigh his choices and make a final decision in the near future.