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Warriors go to 2-0 in Big 5 with win over Fortuna

The Big 5 Conference season has started off perfectly for the Del Norte High boys varsity basketball team.

Del Norte went down to Fortuna Wednesday night and pulled off an impressive 50-34 win to improve to 2-0 in the Big 5 and 6-8 overall.

Three Warriors scored in double figures.  Juniors Layton O’Reilley and Nick McBride and senior Scott Skeen each had 12 points to lead a balanced Warrior attack. Senior Chris Scott finished with eight points.


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Junior Casey Walch of the Del Norte High girls varsity basketball team is surrounded by Fortuna players during a game in Crescent City Tuesday night. The Huskies won the game 58-36. The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
Even without star player Kelsey Jacobs,   Big 5 Conference power Fortuna still proved to be a formidable opponent Tuesday night for Del Norte High.

At home, the Warriors fell to the Huskies 59-36.

Jacobs, a senior with a scholarship to play basketball at Wichita State, was injured against Eureka last week and is is likely out for the year.



Del Norte has a mixed evening in wrestling

Warriors fall to Hoopa and down McKinleyville

In sports, you win some and you lose some. Sometimes, that can happen in the course of just one night.

Tuesday evening in Humboldt-Del Norte Conference dual meet action, the Del Norte High wrestling team split its matches on the road after winning its first two HDNC matches at home last week against St Bernard’s and Fortuna.

Wrestling first against Hoopa, Del Norte lost 48-36. A short time later they came out and defeated McKineyville 54-30. All three teams are considered contenders for the HDNC crown, which Del Norte has won for two years in a row.



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The Del Norte High wrestling team earned a 5th place finish at the elite 15-team North Coast Classic Tournament on Saturday in Eureka.

Del Norte had three grapplers make it to  the title match of their respective weight classes. All three earned second place finishes, while two grapplers came in third. The event featured top teams from both California and Oregon.

“We did OK,” assistant coach Clinton Schaad said. “ We wrestled fairly well.”

Senior Warren Bailey rolled through the competition at 171 and made it to the title match against Brennan Powell of Eureka. With the score tied at 2-2 in the second period Powell was able to pin Bailey for the victory.




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Warriors dominate in HDNC opener

Down Fortuna  and St. Bernard’s in Crescent City

Warren Bailey of the Del Norte High wrestling team holds down his opponent from Fortuna at home Wednesday night. The Warriors opened Humboldt-Del Norte Conference play with wins over Fortuna and St. Bernard’s. The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
The Humboldt-Del Norte Conference  season began in rousing fashion for the Del Norte High wrestling team Wednesday night at home.

The Warriors, the two-time defending HDNC champions, went 6-for-7 against Fortuna and 3-for-3 versus St. Bernard’s in dual play. All but one of the Warriors victories were by pin, with the other win by tech fall in the second period.

“I was pleased with the team’s performance,” Warrior head coach Aarron Schaad said. “To win our first home dual meet  was great. I can’t complain.”

At 112 pounds, freshman Travis Robbins was pinned against Fortuna but came back and pinned his opponent in 16 seconds against St. Bernard’s. It was his first win of the season.

Schaad commended Robbins for coming back from his first loss and earning his first win in convincing fashion.

At 125, junior Jordan Lacy  earned the pin up 16-3 in the second period. Senior Shane Endemano at 140 earned the pin in the first period, while senior Chad Bond at 145 had the crowd cheering as he threw around his  opponent for the pin.

At 171 Warren Bailey downed Fortuna by tech fall 17-2 and pinned his St. Bernard’s opponent with ease.

At 189 senior Kai Lemrise earned pins against both Fortuna and St. Bernard’s, while sophomore Barrick Sala earned the pin and the win at 215 versus Fortuna. By the end of the match against Fortuna the score read 71-12 Warriors.

While pleased with the wins,  Schaad said the HDNC season is shaping up to be a competitive one. He said he believes Del Norte, Eureka, McKinleyville and  Hoopa will be battling for the title and said his team is ready  to face the challenges  that  will come with defending the leauge crown.

 


Warriors come back for win against Eureka

Down by as much as 11, Del Norte earns huge victory in Big 5 opener

The Del Norte High Warriors boys varsity basketball team may have been down but they were far from out Wednesday night.

Trailing by as much as 11 points in the fourth quarter, the Warriors went on a tear in the final four minutes against the Eureka Loggers to pull off the 54-45 win in the squad’s Big 5 Conference opener.

“We battled in the fourth,” Warrior head coach Scott Alexander said, adding that while the team had its share of struggles they came together when it mattered the most.

“ I feel that all of a sudden we started to play defense and we started to make our shots” Alexander said. “Before you knew it we were back in the game.”

It was a true team effort that brought the Warriors back from the brink of a loss.

In the fourth quarter, down by 11 points with a little more than four minute remaining, junior Nick McBride drained a three-pointer, and a short time later senior Scottie Skeen nailed another three to reduce the lead to 41-36.

Soon another three-pointer by McBride got the lead down to 43-41. Later,  senior Zach Heglemeyer stole the ball and passed to Skeen, who made the bucket to tie the game up at 43 apiece with around 2:30 remaining in the contest.

 


Warriors cut down in Big 5 opener

Fall to Eureka at home 59-37 Tuesday night

Senior Paula Rhodes of the Del Norte High girls varsity basketball team goes down the court against Eureka on Tuesday night. The Warriors lost to the Loggers 59-37 to drop to 10-7 overall and 0-1 in the Big 5. The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
The Big 5 Conference season did not begin the way the Del Norte High girls varsity basketball team had envisioned Tuesday night.

Coming into the contest the Warriors brought one of their best pre-conference records in several years at 10-6 into Big 5 play.

The hope coming into the game was to grab a win after going winless in the Big 5 last season.

Earning a Big 5 victory will now have to wait at least another game as Del Norte fell at home to the Eureka Loggers 59-37.

“I don’t think the girls were ready,”  Warrior head coach Buzz McCulloch said. “I thought they were going to be. They were pumped up at the last few practices. We just didn’t come out with much energy.”

In the first half Eureka took control, taking advantage of Warrior turnovers and Del Norte struggling to get back on defense to take a convincing 39-15 lead at the half.

Del Norte turned the ball over 16 times in the first half  and had 24 turnovers for the game.

“That was a key,” McCulloch said. “They just outhustled us.”

In the second half it was more of the same as Del Norte took the 22 point home loss. Eureka improved to 10-4 while the Warriors fell to 10-7.

Lauryn Lesina led Warrior scorers with 16 points while Lexie Nelson had eight points

Paula Rhodes had four points while Kristyn Rook scored three points. Casey Walch, Angela McQuillen and Ariana Spalding each had two points. Nikki Powell led Logger scorers with 18 points.


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