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Pro football rollercoaster ride

Former Warrior  talks about new season in B.C.

B.C. Lions quarterback Buck Pierce during a game earlier this year. The Lions are currently 2-4. Photo courtesy of the BC Lions/ Kyle Clapham
Professional sports can be a fickle mistress.

One day your team is on top of the world, and the fans think the players and coaches practically walk on water. But the next thing you know the situation looks bleak after a losing streak and the pundits and fans are asking for  everyone’s head on a platter despite previous success. At that point the “what have you done for me lately” scenario comes into play.

Buck Pierce, the former Del Norte High Warriors signal caller  from Gasquet, is experiencing this situation first hand as the starting quarterback for the British Columbia Lions of the Canadian Football League.

But to Pierce, that just goes with being the face of a pro team as a starting quarterback.

“It goes with the territory,” Pierce, 27, said during a phone interview from Vancouver on Tuesday. “Pro football is a tough game. It’s a tough occupation.”

As the starting QB for a pro squad, Pierce said that “you get a lot of the good and a lot of the bad, but I enjoy what I’m doing up here,”

Demolition Derby and Tough Truck Results

A truck driven by Brad Sharp of Crescent City leaps into the air during the Tough Truck competiton at the Del Norte County Fair on Saturday. Sharp took first place in the event. Submitted photo
Here are results from the Del Norte County Fair destruction derby and Tough Truck events Sunday.

Hoffman begins fall camp with BYU

Former Warrior is a true freshman with D1 Cougars

Former Del Norte High wide receiver Cody Hoffman, above, during a game last season. The true freshman has just begun fall football camp with the BYU Cougars of the Mountain West Conference. Triplicate file photo.
Former Del Norte High football standout Cody Hoffman has received some attention with the start of fall football camp at Brigham Young University

While the overall consensus is that it’s still too early to say with certainty if Hoffman, 18, a wide receiver, will contribute this year or perhaps redshirt, what has been made clear is that many folks believe that this true freshman has potential. Fall practice began in Provo, Utah, on Saturday.

BYU is a consistent top 25 team and opens the season on Sept. 5 against Oklahoma, which played in the BCS title game last season, at the new stadium of the Dallas Cowboys.

In an audio interview on ksl.com, BYU wideouts coach Patrick Higgins briefly talked about Hoffman.

“Cody Hoffman’s got a lot of pure natural ability. He is just  learning how to be more efficient in his route running.” Higgins said.

In a phone interview with The  Triplicate on Tuesday, former Del Norte quarterback Buck Pierce, currently the starting quarterback for the British Columbia Lions of the Canadian Football League, talked about Hoffman. A story on Pierce and his season so far with the Lions will run in The Triplicate on Thursday.

Fall practices begin at high school on Monday

Practices and tryouts for fall sports at Del Norte High School begin on Monday.

Times made available to The Triplicate are volleyball, with varsity practices starting at 8 a.m. Monday through Friday. The JV team has practice starting at 3 p.m. The rest of the week JV practices are at 10 a.m.

The girls soccer team will have practices and tryouts during two-a-days from 8 a.m. to  10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. starting Monday

The girls tennis team is having practices and tryouts starting on Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.


Rodeo and demolition derby at the fair

Rodeo participants from last year. (The Daily Triplicate file photo)

The annual rodeo and demolition derby at the Del Norte County Fair is set for this weekend. Today, things get underway with the junior rodeo, which begins at 9 a.m. at the grandstands. At 4 p.m. at the grandstands the adult rodeo begins.

Participants will include bull rider Dustin Haberman, 18, of Crescent City, who took second place at the Orick Rodeo last month.

On Sunday the destruction derby will take place. The derby begins at  2 p.m. at the grandstands.

CASA to host golf tournament August 29

CASA of Del Norte will hold their 10th Annual “Chip in for Kids!” Golf Tournament.

It is being held Aug. 29 at  the Del Norte Golf Course, located at 130 Club Drive in Crescent City. 

This event is known as the “fun tournament that helps kids” and welcomes all level of golfers in both Handicap and Callaway categories.

Foursomes in men’s, women’s, or mixed teams will play for first, second and third place prizes, including a new Perpetual Trophy that will be displayed at the golf course.

The cost is $50 per player, and pre-registration is now underway ($60 day of tournament).  Price includes greens fees, golf cart rental, continental breakfast, lunch, refreshments, silent auction, and goodie bag. 

To register, donate a silent auction item, or become a sponsor, please call CASA of Del Norte at 464-3320, ex 208.

For more information on CASA of Del Norte and how they help abused and neglected children in our community, please visit www.casadn.org .

Warrior sports teams ready for fall play

Game schedules for boys and girls soccer, girls tennis, girls golf and cross country

Fall sports at Del Norte High School are just around the corner with hundreds of students taking part in various athletic endeavors.

Below the fo;d is the tentative schedule for the Warriors boys and girls soccer teams, girls tennis, girls golf and cross country. The schedule for the football and volleyball teams ran on Saturday and Tuesday.

DN Warriors volleyball team seeks another title

First home game  Sept. 10 versus Brookings-Harbor

Members of the Del Norte High varsity volleyball team before the start of a game last season. Triplicate File Photo
The Del Norte High volleyball team will look to continue a remarkable streak this season.

For 20 straight years the Warriors varsity volleyball team has either won outright or earned a share of the Big 5 Conference title.

Will this year be title No. 21?

Below is the tentative volleyball schedule.

Warriors open season versus Hidden Valley


Running back Brandon Kakitsuka runs with the football for Del Norte High during a game against Fortuna last November. The Warriors begin their 2009 season on Sept. 11 at home versus Hidden Valley, Ore. (The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson)

Play Mustangs on Sept. 11 at home


It may only be Aug. 1 today but it’s never too early to take a look at the upcoming Del Norte High football season.

The Warriors varsity team will be looking for another successful year and aims to make the playoffs for the fifth straight season.

Del Norte finished last season 5-5 overall.

Destruction Derby event to be held at fair

The Jalopy Destruction Derby and Tuff Truck extravaganza is set for Aug. 9 at the Del Norte County Fair in Crescent City.


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