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Warriors wrestlers shorthanded at tourney

The Del Norte High School wrestling team took to the mats in Eagle Point, Ore., over the weekend, but couldn’t overcome being shorthanded.

“We did okay,” said assistant coach Clinton Schaad. “But we were down six kids, so we had six forfeits each team we wrestled.”

The tournament had a dual meet format, meaning Del Norte squared off one-on-one against several other teams.

“We started each match down 36 points,” Schaad said, referring to forfeits from being shorthanded. “If it wasn’t for all the forfeits, we would probably have been in the top two.”

Schaad was still proud of the team members that did make the tournament.

“We still tied the top team that won it,” Schaad said. “Everybody that was there wrestled well and got good experience. Now we just have to prepare for this weekend’s tournament.”

‘Nice to be back’

‘Bronc’ home in Del Norte for holidays

Del Norte graduate and two-time state heavyweight champion Roger McCovey, right, now wrestles for North Idaho College. Courtesy of North Idaho College
Roger “Bronc” McCovey has continued to perform at a high level on collegiate wrestling mats.

McCovey, a 2009 Del Norte High graduate, left the school as the two-time state heavyweight champion and went undefeated his final two years.

Now a freshman at North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene, McCovey is ranked third in the country for junior college heavyweights by the National Junior College Athletic Association. North Idaho is also ranked third overall in the NJCAA team poll.

McCovey is home in Crescent City for the winter break.

“It’s been nice to be back,” he said Wednesday. “I’ve been gone for a while.”

Despite suffering a serious flu bug that had him bedridden for more than a week last month, McCovey was still able to wrestle in his team’s last two matches before winter break, winning both.

McCovey is ready to return to action in January and try to help  North Idaho win a national junior college wrestling title after placing second last season. The Cardinals have won 13 junior college  national championships.

“It would mean a lot to me to help this team win another national title,” McCovey said. He admitted that it would also be nice to earn a national title himself.

McCovey greets a young fan at a North Idaho College wrestling match. Courtesy of North Idaho College
McCovey greets a young fan at a North Idaho College wrestling match. Courtesy of North Idaho College
McCovey said wrestling on the college level is much different and more challenging than when he was seemingly tossing fellow wrestlers like rag dolls in high school.

He was so dominating at Del Norte no one had a takedown on him his junior and senior years until his second state title match last March, and he pinned that opponent a short time later.

“There’s a lot more competition on this level,” McCovey said. Back in high school, he said, he used his size and quickness to overwhelm the competition. But his college opponents, including a fair share of NCAA division 1A wrestlers, are often as big and quick as he is.

The trick, McCovey said, is to have a good strategy and know the opponents’ strengths and weaknesses.

For example, McCovey said  on Nov. 13 he face Corey Anderson of Lincoln College, currently the No. 2-ranked JC heavyweight wrestler in the nation, and lost 4-2.

Warriors devoured by Wolves 66-57

Del Norte keeps things close before Shasta pulls away in the final period

 The Del Norte High Warriors boys varsity basketball team went winless at the 14th annual Jamie Angley Hornet Classic. 

Playing in the seventh place game Wednesday afternoon in Redding, Del Norte lost to the Shasta Wolves 66-57 to drop to 3-8 for the year. Shasta improved to 6-5.

The first half was a seesaw affair as both teams kept things close.

At the end of the first quarter the Warriors had a 13-11 lead. With the score tied midway through the second quarter the Wolves went on a run and took a 27-20 lead. With time running out in the half, junior point guard Layton O’Reilley stole the ball and found senior post player Chris Scott, who was fouled with 2.7 seconds left.

He drained both free throws to cut the lead to a single point at the end of the half.

In the third period both teams could not obtain a substantial lead. At the end of the quarter O’Reilley nailed a three-pointer at the buzzer to knot things up at 44 apiece.

In the fourth quarter, with the score tied at 50-50, turnovers and missed shots came back to haunt Del Norte as Shasta went on a major run and took a 62-50 lead.

While Del Norte cut down the lead to single digits it came too late as the Warriors fell by nine points.

Leading the way for Del Norte was junior Nick McBride with 16 points, including two three-pointers.

O’Reilley and  Travis Stacey each finished with nine points. Stacey made three three pointers for the contest.

Zach Heglemeyer had eight points while Brandon Kakitsuka and Scott each had four points. Wyatt Hegnes had three points and Barrett McClaflin and Scottie Skeen each had two points.

Warriors drop tourney game to Eagles 45-42

 After falling by 30 points the night before to Enterprise the Del Norte High varsity boys basketball team had a better showing on Tuesday.

But, in the end, the Warriors  still came up a bit short at the 14th annual Jamie Angley Hornet Classic, falling to the West Valley Eagles of Cottonwood 45-42 to drop to 3-7 for the year.

The game was a back-and- forth affair, with the score tied at eight apiece at the end of the first quarter.

Things continued to be tightly contested in the second quarter.

Down 18-17, Warrior junior Brandon Kakitsuka drained a three-pointer near the end of the quarter to give Del Norte a 20-18 advantage at the end of the first half.

The Warriors had some momentum in the third quarter and were able to build a 32-29 lead at the end of the quarter.

In the final quarter, with the Warriors leading, thanks to key shots made by the squad, including a three-pointer by senior Scottie Skeen, things started to deflate when Del Norte received a technical foul.

The Eagles took advantage, nailing its three free throw shots and proceeded to drain a three-pointer to give them a 38-37 lead.

While the Warriors came back the Eagles made shots when they needed to to seal the win. With about 21 seconds remaining West Valley made two free throws to go up 45-42.

The Warriors tried to make a three-pointer to send the game into overtime but were unable to as the Eagles flew away with the three point win to improved to 6-6 for the year.


Warriors destroyed by Hornets

Down 42-7 at the  half, Del Norte  is defeated 71-39

From the opening tip-off things did not go the Del Norte High Warriors’ way Monday evening.

When you fall behind in a basketball game by 35 points at the end of the first half, it’s just not your night on the hardwood.

The Del Norte High boys varsity basketball team faced the host tournament team in Enterprise at the 14th annual Jamie Angley Hornet Classic in Redding and were crushed 71-39.

Nothing went right for Del Norte, which had the ball picked off and taken down the court for a score only seconds after the game began.

Things only got worse as the Hornets ran up and down the court, scoring at will. By the end of the first quarter the score was 18-4.

In the second quarter Del Norte could not get the ball in the basket or stop the speedy Hornets from making buckets and found themselves behind 42-7 at the half.

In the first half the Warriors  turned the ball over 17 times and  had 24 turnovers for the contest.

Things went a little bit better in the second half,  especially in parts of the third quarter, Del Norte discovered  a  bit more of a flow on offense, with several players making three-pointers, but the deficit was much too great to overcome. By the end of the game the score read 71-39 Enterprise.

Del Norte dropped to 3-6 for the year while the Hornets improved to 6-4.

Leading the way for Del Norte was Nick McBride with 10 points.


DN youth wrestlers have good showing at tourney

Eight Del Norte youth wrestlers competed at the Marshfield Tournament in Coos Bay, Ore., this past weekend.

In the miget division Justin Gudelouck took 1st, OJ Calleja was 2nd and Eric Gardner finished 4th.

Novice wrestlers were led by Dalton Nichols who earned a 1st place finish. Corey Gardner was 2nd, Coulson Turner 3rd and Cole Harper 5th. 

Eric Turner captured first in the cadet division. 

The team will head to the qualifying meets for the Oregon Classic on Jan. 2.  The top three in each weight division will qualify for the Oregon Classic in Redmond, Ore.

DN girls get wins on road

Lesina scores 27 in 43-24 victory against Ferndale

Lauryn Lesina scored a season-high 27 points as the Del Norte High girls basketball team defeated Ferndale on the road 43-24 Tuesday night.

Lexie Nelson added 6 points and Paula Rhodes 4 points.

“We came out with a lot of energy,” said assistant coach Greg Yeager. “It was a stellar team effort.”

The Warriors caught Ferndale off-guard by playing a 3-2 zone, and “our defense is what won it for us,” Yeager said.

The victory was the second straight for the Warriors, who defeated Myrtle Point 33-31 Saturday in a tournament at Myrtle Point, Ore.

In that contest, Lesina scored 13 points, Nelson 12, and Gabbie Zepeda had 6.

The back-and-forth game came down to “hitting free throws,” Yeager said.

Del Norte is now 8-4 for the season, and does not play again until Jan. 4 at Hoopa.

Del Norte taken down by Spartans

Up by two at end of first quarter, Warriors lose to Pinole Valley by 18

Senior Chris Scott of the Del Norte High boys varsity basketball team goes inside looking for a bucket in a game agaisnt Pinole Valley Friday night. For more photos from the game go to triplicate.com/photos. (The Daily Triplicate/Rick Postal)

CRESCENT CITY — Playing a good Bay Area school from a tough conference in Pinole Valley did not intimidate the Warriors to start things off Friday night.

In front of an enthusiastic home crowd at the third day of the 2009 Del Norte Rotary Classic, the Del Norte High varsity boys basketball squad came out fired up and took a quick 6-2 lead.

The Spartans, a Division II school that plays in the Alameda Contra Costa League, got back in the game and trailed 16-14 the end of the quarter.

Warrior girls fall to Gold Beach 60-43

Del Norte earns win over Hoopa

Wyatt Hegnes of Del Norte High goes down the court pursued by Julian McCovey of Hoopa during the second day of the 2009 Del Norte Rotary Classic on Thursday. Del Norte won the game 67-53. The Daily Triplicate/Rick Postal
A well- balanced attack helped the Del Norte High Warrior boys varsity basketball team to a 67-53 victory over the Hoopa Warriors during the second night of the 2009 Del Norte Rotary Classic on Thursday.

Up by as much as 20 points, Del Norte let Hoopa get things to single digits in the final quarter but were able to come away with the 14-point win thanks to a three-pointer by Nick McBride near the end of the game. 

Senior Scottie Skeen lead  Del Norte scorers with 11 points, including three three-pointers. McBride finished with 10 points.

Chris Scott, Brandon Kak­itsuka and Zach Hegel­meyer each had seven points while Josh McGathy had six points and Barrett McClafin also had six points on two three-pointers.

Travis Stacey had five points and Michael Johnson four points. Wyatt Hegnes finished with three points and Layton O’Reilley finished with one point.

Del Norte High head coach Scott Alexander said having so many players score and contribute was nice to see, and he hopes this can continue throughout the season.

“We were happy to get the win,” Alexander said. “We never let them get closer than nine points.”

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