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Warriors sweep Loggers 5-2, 2-1

DN first in Big 4 Conference at 3-0: Play at tourney in Ukiah starting Fri.

First baseman Tasheena Natt of Del Norte High catches a ball thrown by pitcher Alyssa Bergquist during a game against Eureka on Saturday. Photo courtesy of Lori Gustafson
The Del Norte High softball team leapt to 3-0 in the Big 4 Conference with a doubleheader sweep of Eureka on the road on Saturday.

The Warriors handled the Loggers 5-2 in game one and came back from within one out of losing the second contest to earn a 2-1 victory.

“For the most part they did an excellent job,” Warrior head coach Jackie Heuberger said. “These were really big games for us. Eureka has always been a big rivalry game for us.”

In game one Del Norte jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning thanks to a triple by Tasheena Natt that brought in two runs. In the second inning a double by Lauryn Lesina brought in another two runs as the Warriors took a quick 4-0 lead.

Del Norte Little League season openers

Scenes from opening day

Riptide pitcher Ashley Bernal delivers a pitch Monday. The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson

To see more photos from opening day click here .

Del Norte High Track and Field

Warrior boys take first place at Brookings event

Cody Hoffman during the high jumps at the Brookings-Harbor Invitational on Saturday. Hoffman took first in the event. Wescom News Service/Chad Robert Snyder
The Del Norte High Track and Field Team had a good showing at the Brookings-Harbor Rotary Invit­ational on Saturday.

The boys took first out of 11 teams with a total of 136.5 points. Brookings-Harbor was second with 91.5 points.

Tanner Brown,  Cody Hoffman, Taylor Duncan and  Kyle Eggan had excellent performances for the Warriors.

Brown earned first place in the 400-meter dash with a time of 54.71 seconds. He was first in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 18.58 seconds and  had the best time in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 43.69 seconds.

Taylor Duncan grabbed first place in the pole vault with a jump of 12 feet.  He was second in the 110-meter hurdles and third in the 300-meter hurdles.

Eggan took first in the shot put with a throw of 46.10 feet. He also came in fourth in the discus.

Hoffman took first place in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.50 seconds. In the 200- meter dash he came out on top with a time of 23.54 seconds and  was first in the high jump with 6.4 feet.

The 4x100 relay team of Brown, Duncan, Hoffman and Nick Vaseniuc came in second.

The Warrior girls took  fou­rth out of 12 teams.

The Del Norte 4x100 relay team of Chantal Stilwell, Kathryn Gustafson, Jaclyn Hadfield and Courtney Michiletti placed  second.

DN competes in HDNC singles championships

The Del Norte High boys tennis team had two players win matches at the Humboldt-Del Norte Conference singles championships in Fortuna on Saturday.

Sophomore Brandon Ford upset No. 2 seed Jimmy Griggs of Ferndale in  No. 1  singles play. Ford won in two sets 6-3, 6-3.

“He played a really good match,” Warrior head coach Kirk Olesen said. In his second match Ford lost to Gabe Trepanier, 6-2, 6-2. Trepanier went on to the title match where he fell to Brendan Winnacott of Arcata.

In No. 6 singles play senior Kong Her of Del Norte downed Joshua Hernandez of McKi­nleyville 6-1, 6-0.

Her went on to the title match against Nathan Hill of Eureka. In a hard fought contest Hill won the first set 6-1, with Her winning the second set 6-3. Her fell in a 7-4 tiebreaker in the third set.

DN Warriors drop game to Eureka Loggers 6-1

The Del Norte High baseball team fell to Big 4 Conference rival Eureka 6-1 Friday afternoon.

The game did not start out well for the Warriors as Del Norte gave up two walks and a home run to the first three Logger batters they faced to  quickly fall behind 3-0.

“We didn’t start out really well,” Del Norte head coach Pablo Lorenzi said. “We walked too many people.”

Eureka extended its lead with three more runs in the third inning.

The Warriors scored their lone run in the sixth inning.

Del Norte dropped to 0-3 in the conference.

At this time Del Norte is 4-8 overall. That could change. This week, it was announced that Grants Pass, Ore., which Del Norte lost to in doubleheader action last weekend, had to forfeit 11 games due to having an ineligible player.

Lorenzi said the team should know by next week what this means for them. Normally, he said, the forfeited games go as 1-0 wins, but he was not sure what the end result would be.

Zack Heglemeyer was 2-for-4, Logan Lesina went 1-for 3 and Greg Kirby was 1-for-1 with an RBI for Del Norte.

Former DN Warriors hope to have impact at Shasta

Trevor Rook and Saxon Schultz begin spring FB practice Monday

Former Del Norte High players Trevor Rook, left, and Saxon Schultz, right, smile after Shasta College won a bowl game last November. Both start spring practices with the Knights on Monday. Photo courtesy of Ray Rook
Former Del Norte High football standouts Trevor Rook and Saxon Schultz hope to make an impact in their second year on the Shasta College Knights gridiron squad this fall.

The Knights begin spring practice on Monday, and both Rook and Schultz say they can’t wait to begin football up in Redding again.

“I’m feeling really good and I’m starting to know the system well,” said Schultz.

Both players are 2008 Del Norte graduates who had terrific careers as Warriors and played major roles in the football squad winning the Big 5 Conference in 2005, 2006, and 2007.

Schultz, a first team Big 5 Conference football selection as a senior while playing tight end, was a key component of the Warriors’ juggernaut offense in 2007 that went undefeated in the regular season and came within one game of a Northcoast Section title game.

Del Norte opponent Grants Pass forfeits 11 baseball games

The Grants Pass High School baseball team, which Del Norte High played last weekend, has to forfeit 11 baseball games due to having an ineligible player on its roster.

According to an article in the Grants Pass Daily Courier, Grants Pass High athletics officials learned Tuesday that outfielder Levi Darling lives in the North Valley School District.

An anonymous call to the district office touched off an investigation. Grants Pass High reported the issue to the Oregon School Activities Association.

Because of this Grants Pass will forfeit the 11 games it has played so far this season.

On Saturday in Crescent City, Grants Pass defeated Del Norte 15-1, 10-3 in doubleheader action.

When reached Wednesday night, Warrior head coach Pablo Lorenzi said he was unaware that Grants Pass had forfited their games.

He said he would look into the situation and see what this means for Del Norte and the games played last weekend.

DNHS boys tennis

The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
Thomas Thao, the No. 2 singles player for Del Norte High. gets ready to hit the ball against Eureka on Tuesday. Thao won his match 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 against Steven Hake. Daniel Escobedo, the No. 4 seed for the Warriors, downed Wes Hull 3-6, 6-2, 7-5. Del Norte fell to Eureka 7-2.

DN baseball team loses in extra innings to Tigers 3-2

The Del Norte High baseball team played tough against first place Arcata on Tuesday, but fell to the Tigers 3-2 in extra innings in Big 4 Conference play.

“It was a very good game,”  Warrior head coach Pablo Lorenzi said. “It was one of the better games we played this season.”
The contest was knotted up at 2-2 after seven innings and extra innings was required.

In the bottom of the ninth with two outs, the Tigers  brought in a runner from third to take the game. Arcata improved to 10-2 overall while Del Norte dropped to 4-7.

Bronc takes 5th in nation

Illness hampers Del Norte star

Before taking the mat for the fifth-place match at the National High School Coaches Association Senior Nationals in Virginia Beach, Va., on Sunday, Roger “Bronc” McCovey considered forfeiting.

The two-time California heavyweight wrestling champion from Del Norte High  had been suffering from a  flu bug since Sat­urday.

He felt nauseous, like he was going to throw up, and his arms and legs felt heavy.

But Bronc decided to give it all he could muster and wrestle. He then dominated Justin Britt of Missouri, 11-1, to take 5th place and earn All-American honors for the second straight year.

“He was a big guy,” McCovey said in a telephone interview Sunday night, adding, “I wrestled defensively.”

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