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Two Time Champ

Del Norte’s McCovey state’s top heavyweight for 2nd straight year

Roger McCovey’s hand is raised in victory, again, in the state tournament final after defeating Angel Posadas, below, of Bakersfield. Photos courtesy of John Sachs
Roger “Bronc” McCovey was not concerned when he gave up a takedown to Angel Posadas of Foothill High early in the state heavyweight title match Saturday night.

Del Norte High’s defending state champion, who had not surrendered a takedown his entire junior year and in every match up to this point as a senior, was suddenly behind, 2-0, in his opponent’s hometown of Bakersfield.

The even-tempered 18-year-old said he knew he just had to “keep doing what I’ve been doing all year,” not get flustered and just keep wrestling.

“That kid was a lot quicker than I thought he was going to be,” McCovey said. “I just kept pushing the action. I felt he would get tired. I felt I was in better shape than him.”

McCovey took the lead in the second period with a takedown. Up 6-3, Bronc pinned an exhausted Posadas in the third period at the 5:05 mark to earn a second straight state crown and cap a second consecutive undefeated prep season.

Smith River’s day

Team wins basketball, sportmanship awards

Smith River basketball player Alex Reyes gets a hug after the team’s win. Photo Courtesy of Roger Schultz
When the buzzer sounded, fans stormed the court.

Players looked for family members and friends in a jubilant celebration as the head coach cried tears of joy.

It may sound like the scene from a high school or college game, but this triumphant  moment happened right here in Crescent City and involved the Smith River 8th grade boys basketball team.

The squad came from behind to down Leggett Valley 36-35 in the B-2 Division championship game at the Crescent City Jaycees 41st Annual 8th Grade Boys Basketball Tournament on Saturday night.

“It was really exciting,” Wildcats player Jorge Leon said after the game. “I was just running around screaming.”

Featuring 56 teams in several divisions, the event is one of the biggest boys middle school tournaments in the region.

Annual event runs smoothly, profitably

Hundreds of junior high students, coaches and parents converged on Crescent City over the weekend for the 41st annual Crescent City Jaycees 8th grade boys basketball tournament.

Most games were played Saturday, and events went smoothly, organizers said.

“Once the tournament gets started, it pretty much just runs itself,” said first-year Chairman Mike Mastaloudis as he stood next to a bracket board in the hallway of Del Norte High, outside the gym.

Cheers from throngs of youths, mostly out-of-towners, echoed down the hall as the cheer competition unfolded.

“It’s all about the kids, and a big part of it is the sportsmanship,” said Erik Bjorkstrand, vice president of community development for the Jaycees.

“But when you’ve got 56 teams it’s hard to give the best sportsmanship award,” said Bjorkstrand about one of the event’s most esteemed awards.

McCovey wins 2nd straight state title

It’s two state titles in a row for Roger “Bronc” McCovey.

 The Del Norte High senior won his second straight heavyweight wrestling title by pin late Saturday at the CIF Wrestling Championships in Bakersfield.

Facing Angel Posadas of Foothill High in Bakersfield, McCovey came back after giving up his first takedown in two seasons to pin Posadas at the 5:05 mark in the third period.

McCovey finished the season at 47-0.

“We’re on cloud nine,” Del Norte assistant wrestling coach Clinton
Schaad said. 

Jaycees basketball tournament

QB Pierce re-signs with BC Lions for two years

Former Warrior has been with BC since 2005

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McCovey rolls on at state

Pins all three

opponents: Kravitz goes

0-2 at 145

BAKERSFIELD —  Roger “Bronc” McCovey continued to stomp, pin and throw around the competition as he cruised into the second day of the CIF Wrestling Championships on Friday.

McCovey, of Del Norte High, the defending state heavy

weight champ, pinned all three of his opponents in the first round on the first day of state.

Before  the tournament, McCovey said one of his goals was to pin all of his opponents in Bakersfield.

‘Road to Crescent City’

Hoops event a big draw for region

Tom Silvey, one of the organizers, sports a tournament sweat shirt Thursday at Del Norte High, one of many venues for games. The Daily Triplicate/Bryant AndersonTom Silvey, one of the organizers, sports a tournament sweat shirt Thursday at Del Norte High, one of many venues for games. The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
While scouting a basketball tournament, Mike Mastaloudis saw a sign in front of a school that read  “The road to Crescent City goes through Kelsey­ville.”

For Mastaloudis, in his first year as chairman of the 41st annual Crescent City Jaycees 8th Grade Boys Basketball Tournament, the sign at an event 270 miles away demonstrated how big this tournament is to schools throughout the region.

“It’s a really good experience for them,” he said. ”It’s one of the largest tournaments like this on the West Coast.”
Mastaloudis expects more than 2,500 people to come to town for the event, which begins today and ends Saturday.

Each year, the basketball tournament helps boost the local economy during a traditionally slow time of year.
And in these tough economic times, it’s especially welcome to have the town fill up with people patronizing local businesses from eateries to motels.

Kravitz ready to make his mark at state

Warrior senior will compete at 145 starting today

Del Norte High senior Joey Kravitz is declared the winner of a match during a home dual meet against Eureka on January 27, the last home match of the season. Today, Kravitz (145) and fellow Warrior senior Roger McCovey (285) are taking part in the CIF State Wrestling Championships. The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
Joey Kravitz was not concerned with the fact that he would likely meet the No. 2 ranked 145-pound grappler in the second round of the Northcoast Section Wrestling Champ­ionships last week in the Bay Area.

While Kravitz, a senior at Del Norte High School, went into the tournament unranked, he believed he could beat Jesse Baldazo of Liberty High.

 Kravitz went to his computer and watched video clips of Baldazo, getting an idea of his wrestling style and coming up with counter moves.

“I watched and studied his moves,” Kravitz said. “It helped.”

Kravitz  did meet Baldazo in the second round and went on to win the match 16-7 on his way to a second place finish and a berth in the CIF Wrestling Championships, which begin today in Bakersfield.

Defending his crown

All eyes on McCovey at state tourney

Spectators look startled as Roger McCovey picks up and slams down his Eureka opponent in January at Del Norte’s last home meet. The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
It’s deja vu for defending state heavyweight wrestling champion Roger “Bronc” McCovey.

Just like last year, McCovey is undefeated through 40-plus matches heading into the CIF State Wrestling Champ­ionships in Bakersfield on Friday and Saturday.

And also like last year, his matches are probably about to get more competitive.

“Everyone there is a top wrestler in their own right,” said Warrior assistant wrestling coach Clinton Schaad. “Each time he goes out, there’s a big target on his back. He’s the champ and they’re all gunning for him. You make a name for yourself by beating the champ.”

The 6-foot 4-inch, 240-pound McCovey doesn’t think of himself as unbeatable, but he isn’t worried. 

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