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Champs: Girls earn tournament title

Down host team Mount Shasta 41-39 on Sat.

Members of the Del Norte High girls varsity basketball team pose with their first place trophy, which they earned at a tournament in Mount Shasta on Saturday. The Warriors are currently 6-2 for the year. The Daily Triplicate/Rick Postal
For the first time in several years the Del Norte High girls  varsity basketball team has won a tournament.

The squad took down Mount Shasta, which hosted the tournament, 41-39 Saturday night as the Warriors improved to one of their best starts in a while at 6-2. Already, they are only two victories away from equaling the number of wins they earned last  season.

Senior Lauryn Lesina, who was named MVP of the tournament, said it was a great feeling to do so well.

“I think it makes everyone believe,” she said. “It feels great the way we’re playing now.”

“It gives us a lot more confidence coming into league,” fellow senior Ariana Spalding said about the tournament title.“It feels great, especially since it’s my senior year.”

Originally, the event had six teams but a squad canceled right before it was about to start.

After two games Mount Shasta was on top at 2-0. There were three teams, Del Norte, Yreka and University Prep, that were 1-1.

The Warriors lost to Mount Shasta by nine points in the first  day of the tournament on Thursday. Del Norte defeated University Prep the next night.

Top honor goes to Smith River

Team earns sportsmanship award at event

Smith River girls basketball team members and coach Marshall Jones pose at the school Monday with the sportsmanship trophy they won at last weekend’s Jaycees tournament. Smith River’s boys won the same award last March. The Daily Triplicate/Bill Choy
Smith River School pulled off a remarkable accomplishment this past weekend.

On Saturday, during the final day of the 37th annual Crescent Elk Cougar Crescent City Jaycees 8th Grade Girls Basketball Tournament, the Smith River squad earned the tournament’s sportsmanship award, which is considered the top award at the event.

The tournament featured 40 teams from throughout Northern California and Oregon. The event occurred at gyms at several locations in Del Norte County in five divisions, with nine local teams taking part.

The trophy is awarded to the  school “which shows the best sportsmanship, participation and general good behavior.”

This past March, at the boys version of the tournament, Smith River won the sportsmanship award, along with the title in the B-2 division.

“It’s awesome because the boys got it and now we got it,” Wildcat player Joanna Floyd, 13, said.

Warriors fall to Bruins in title match 44-43

Host tournament starting on Wed, Dec 16.

Senior Scottie Skeen of the Del Norte High boys varsity basketball team, left, goes up for the ball against Brookings-Harbor on Saturday. Photo courtesy of Jef Hatch
The Del Norte High boys varsity basketball team came up a little bit short at the 2009 Brookings Rotary Invitational Basketball Tou­rnam­e­nt title game Saturday night.

Playing host team Brookings-Harbor for the second time this year Del Norte lost 44-43 after a last second three-pointer fell a bit short. Del Norte lost the first meeting by 13.

The Warriors were down by eight at the half and were able to whittle the lead away, but in the end, head coach Scott Alexander said, the halftime deficit turned out to be too great a challenge to overcome.

“We lost the game in the first half,” he said, adding that the squad turned the ball over way too many times. “We didn’t value the basketball and it hurt us.”

In the second half Del Norte went on a run and got the score down to 30-29. The game went back and forth,  with Brookings able to hold onto the lead the rest of the way with the Warriors coming up short by a single point when the fourth quarter concluded.

Alexander hopes this game shows his squad the importance of keeping turnovers to a minimum and shows them that one bad quarter can spell doom.

“It came down to a couple of possessions,” he said, adding  that while it was disappointing that they let the Bruins take a good-sized lead, “I’m proud of the way they fought back.”

Del Norte fell to 2-3 for the year after earning a last-second 60-58 win against Bandon, Ore., on the first day of the event on Friday.

DN grapplers take part in McKinleyville tourney

Two Del Norte High wrestlers took second place at a tournament in McKinleyville on Saturday.

Junior Jordan Lacy placed second at 125 and freshman Tanner Walker also took second at 112.

“It was a good tournament for us,” assistant coach Clinton Schaad said. “A lot of new kids were able to compete.”

Other Warrior wrestlers who placed included Warren Bailey, who took third at 171, Morgan Fisher, who finished in fourth at 119 and Yinghoua Chang, who came in fourth at 145.

Del Norte next competes at a tournament in Oregon at North Valley on Friday, Dec 18.

McBride shot gives DN win at the buzzer

Warriors down Bandon 60-58 

Junior Nick McBride of the Del Norte High varsity basketball team takes a shot at the buzzer at the end of a game against Bandon, Ore., in Brookings on Friday. The shot went in to give the Warriors the 60-58 win. (Photo courtesy of Jef Hatch/ HatchPhoto.com)

BROOKINGS — A 12-foot jumper at the buzzer by Nick McBride gave the Del Norte High varsity boys basketball team a dramatic win on Friday night against Bandon, Ore.

With three seconds left in the game and the score tied at  58 apiece at the 2009 Brookings Rotary Invitational Basketball Tournament, the ball was passed to McBride from out of bounds.

As the clock was about to go to zero he put up a shot and it went in to help Del Norte snap a two-game losing streak.

Warrior girls earn victory at Mount Shasta tournament

Del Norte defeats University Prep of Redding 55-49

MOUNT SHASTA —  The Del Norte High girls varsity basketball team bounced back from an opening tournament loss with a win on Friday.

Playing at a tournament in Mount Shasta, the Warriors downed University Prep of Redding 55-49 after falling by nine points to Mount Shasta on Thursday.


Local b-ball tourney

Redwood School’s Brice Lopez is guarded by Zane’s Gloriana Moua during a Friday night game at Del Norte High School. Redwood is located in Fort Dick while Zane is a Eureka school. The contest was one of many at the 37th annual Crescent Elk Cougar Crescent City Jaycees 8th Grade Girls Basketball Tournament. The tournament, which features 40 teams in five divisions, concludes today. (The Daily Triplicate/Rick Postal)

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40 teams in two days

Annual tourney began yesterday at 3 area schools

Crescent Elk B team coach Skip Congdon talks strategy at a Tuesday game with St Joseph. The Daily Triplicate/Rick Postal
A basketball tradition that has bounced along for 37 years  in Del Norte County began anew last night.

Forty teams from schools throughout Northern California and parts of Oregon will take part in the 37th annual Crescent Elk Cougar Crescent City Jaycees 8th Grade Girls Basketball Tournament.

Since the boys edition, which begins its 42nd year in March  started, middle school teams from throughout the region have worked hard to get invited to these tournaments, considered one of the region’s premier events for middle school basketball. Arman Gunnerson of the Jaycees has been involved in both the boys and girls tournaments the entire time and is back this year helping to make  sure everything goes smoothly.

Why has he been involved with such a tremendous undertaking for so many years?

“It keeps me out of mischief,” he said with a laugh. “I think it’s a great opportunity for our youth. I don’t know who would pick this up if we didn’t do it.”

St. Joseph’s Sunny Athey drives while being defended by Cougars Margarita Rios (center) and Mateha Hayes-Curry. The Daily Triplicate/Rick Postal
St. Joseph’s Sunny Athey drives while being defended by Cougars Margarita Rios (center) and Mateha Hayes-Curry. The Daily Triplicate/Rick Postal
The tournament is broken into five divisions, with nine teams from Del Norte County taking part. Local teams are taking part in all the divisions expect AAA.

One of those local squads is the Crescent Elk B team, which is the No. 2 seed in the B division. Head coach Skip Congdon said that while his team has participated in other tournaments this year, none has come as close to the number of teams and prestige of this tournament.

“The girls are excited,” he said. “They look forward to it all year long. It’s a big tournament.”

Team member Ericka Alcala said the squad won one game at last year’s tournament and is determined to do better this year.

“It’s going to be great because we’re going to play in front of the home crowd,” she said. “It’s nice because they are going to cheer you on.”

Warrior girls fall to Bears

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What a difference less than a week makes.

After crushing Mount Shasta 40-15 at a tournament in Yreka last Friday the Del Norte High girls varsity basketball team fell to the Bears in a rematch Thursday night to snap a three- game winning steak.

Playing in a tournament in Mount Shasta the Warriors lost to the home team 34-25 to drop to 3-2 for the season.

Del Norte trailed by only one after the first half 18-17 and  were down 27-25 after three quarters, but was held scoreless in the fourth quarter.

“I guess it was payback time,” Warrior head coach Buzz McCulloch said. “The fourth quarter killed us.”

He said his team came out flat while Mount Shasta came out fired up in front of their home crowd at their own tournament and played with a fire his team lacked.

“We couldn’t get our offense going,” McCulloch said. “We were stagnant ... I hope they learned that they always need to come out ready to play.”

Warrior senior Lauryn Lesina  again led Del Norte scorers with 11 points. She scored seven points in the the first and four in the third and was shut out for the other two quarters. McCulloch said the Bears played tough defense on Lesina and made sure she was well covered when she had the ball in her hands.

McCulloch said that junior post player Gaby Zepeda had a solid game and finished with nine points.

Thursday night Del Norte was missing its two main point guards.

Senior Katy Suzuki had a previous commitment with the  high school madrigal group and will not play at the tournament.

Junior Rachael Lawrence did not play because of disciplinary reasons but is expected back for today’s game.

“It made us a whole different team tonight,” McCulloch said.

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