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Warriors plundered by Pirates 62-53

Chris Scott and Nick McBride each score 12 for the Warriors 

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Junior point guard Layton O’Reilley of the Del Norte High boys varsity basketball team dribbles the ball down the court against Marshfield of Coos Bay, Ore., at home Wednesday night. The Warriors fell to the Pirates 62-53. The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
Things did not start off well at all for the Del Norte High varsity boys basketball team Wednesday night.

The Warriors found themselves down 10-0 to start the game against the Marshfield Pirates of Coos Bay, Ore.,  during the first day of the 10th annual 2009 Del Norte Rotary Classic.

While they were able to keep things close in spurts the rest of the way they still ended up falling 62-53 to the Pirates.

“You’re always battling back  when you get down like that,” Warrior head coach Scott Alexander said.  Another key factor was turnovers, with Del Norte giving up the ball 16 times, Alexander said.

By the end of the first quarter the Warriors were down 12-4.

In the second quarter Del Norte started to show signs of life in front of the home fans, who came out for the first home game  of the year, and got the score down to 17-16. By the end of the half Del Norte found themselves down only 23-22 to the Pirates.


Four Warriors earn Big 4 White Star honors in FB

Four members of the Del Norte High varsity football team have earned first team  Big 4 Conference White Star honors.

Seniors Nate Bruder, Warren Bailey, Jordan Dutton and Greg Kirby received first team White Star honors for the Warriors.

Del No­rte finished the Big 4 season 2-4 and were 3-6 overall.

Honorable mention honors for Del Norte went to Christian Alexandre, Josh Craft, Kyle Eggen and Roy Ward.

The Big 4 offensive MVP went to senior running back Soma Vainuku of Eureka. He finished the year with more than 2,000 yards and 38 touchdowns. The Loggers won the Northcoast Section Division II Championship last Friday.

Fortuna senior TJ Rice was named Big 4 defensive player for the year at linebacker.


Warriors face Pirates in home opener today

Del Norte plays at 7 p.m. for 3 straight nights 

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Members of the Del Norte High Warriors boys varsity basketball team practice shooting free throws during practice on Monday. Today, Del Norte faces Marshfield of Coos Bay, Ore., at home at 7 p.m. in the 2009 Del Norte Rotary Classic. The Daily Triplicate/Rick Postal
It will be a challenging three games for the Del Norte High boys varsity basketball team  starting tonight.

The Warriors host the 10th annual 2009 Del Norte Rotary Classic and face Marshfield of Coos Bay, Ore., in their first home game of the season starting at 7 p.m. tonight at Thunen Gym.

“We’re excited to play at home and have the crowd behind us,” Warrior head coach Scott Alexander said.

Senior post player Chris Scott said that he and the rest of the team can’t wait to step onto their home court tonight.

“I love it,” he said. “I love the home crowd cheering for you. It pumps you up.”

On Thursday Del Norte faces Hoopa and on Friday they will face Pinole Valley of the Bay Area. Both games are at 7 p.m.

Alexander said that all three teams they will face are good programs, which means no easy games for his 2-3 squad.


DN Warrior girls lose to Bruins on the road

Del Norte scores only three points in second quarter in 53-41 road loss

It was not a good night on the hardwood for the Del Norte High girls varsity basketball team.

The Warriors lost to Brookings-Harbor on the road 53-41 Tuesday night to drop to 6-3 for the year.

Del Norte  was coming off a three-game winning streak, which included winning the title at a tournament in Mount Sha­s­ta this past Saturday. The Warriors downed host team Mount Shasta 41-39.

“It was like they came out nonchalant,” head coach Buzz McCulloch said about how  his team looked on Tuesday night. “I don’t think they showed up to play tonight. They were flat ... I was disappointed.”

In the first quarter the Bruins raced out to a 15-8 advantage.

It only got worse in the second quarter as the Warriors could only muster three points to trail at the half 31-11.


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Champs: Girls earn tournament title

Down host team Mount Shasta 41-39 on Sat.

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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

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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 

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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.


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