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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. 

Donations requested to send McCovey to event

Del Norte High senior heavyweight wrestler Roger “Bronc” McCovey is seeking donations to take part in the High School Senior Nationals Wrestling Championships in Virginia Beach in April.

McCovey is the defending state heavyweight champion and is undefeated this year.  He is currently ranked No. 1 in the state. McCovey is also ranked first in the entire nation for heavyweights, according to Connect Wrestling , a national  Web site.

Last year he placed third at the junior national wrestling championships in Virginia Beach, considered the elite wrestling event in the country.

McCovey will travel to the event with his father and his wrestling coach.

For more information, call Roger Boulby, McCovey’s dad, at 954-6397, or at 465-3390.

A positive outlet: Local Rec. Dept. youth basketball league

All-Star games are tonight, March 4,  at 6 and 7:30 p.m.

During a Del Norte Recreation Department boys 11-12 year old basketball game Saturday afternoon, Zack Horner brings the ball down court for his team sponsored by Accurate Appraisal. Guarding him is Austin Healy, who plays for a squad sponsored by Cazadores Mexican Restaurant. The Daily Triplicate/Rick Postal
During the cold, wet winter months on the coast, the Del Norte Recreation Department youth basketball league has kept 375 kids from 5 to 12 years old active and fit.

John Horner, Del Norte County Director of Recreation said the league has become a popular option for kids.
When he coached as a high school student in 1993-1994, the league was just for 5th and 6th graders.

Now, with boys and girls as young as five participating, it has opened up the sport here in Del Norte County to a wider variety of ages.

“We felt that it’s important to have this program here,” Horner said, adding it gives the kids a positive outlet where they make new friends and become more fit. The game teaches them about hard work and discipline and gets children out of the house.

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To state, with a friend

Joey Kravitz joins McCovey in Bakersfield

Joey Kravitz attempts an escape from Nick Waldrop of Freedom High School in the championship match of the tournament. Photos courtesy Tony Rotundo
Reigning state heavyweight champion Roger “Bronc” McCovey making easy work of the competition, taking first place and earning his third straight berth to state at the Northcoast Section wrestling championships was expected.

Having his close friend and Del Norte High teammate, unranked Joey Kravitz, earn a second-place finish at 145 pounds and his own trip to state was a pleasant surprise.

The two earned the state berths at the NCS championships held in Newark in the Bay Area on Friday and Saturday.

 The top four grapplers in each division at the NCS event earned a trip to the state tournament, which begins Friday in Bakersfield.

DNHS Seniors versus staff basketball game

The third annual Del Norte High School seniors versus staff basketball game took place at Thunen Gym Friday night. The staff almost won for the first time, but the seniors were able to pull away with a 56-53 win. Funds from the event went towards the schools’ 2009 Safe & Sober Grad Night.

For more photos of the event go to triplicate.com/photos  


Senior Cody Hoffman looks on as a uniquely coiffed referee gets ready to blow his whistle. The Daily Triplicate/Rick Postal
Senior Kaylie Rook drives down the court guarded by a staff member during the game on Friday.  The Daily Triplicate/Rick Postal
Senior Kaylie Rook drives down the court guarded by a staff member during the game on Friday. The Daily Triplicate/Rick Postal

Del Norte track team does well at first meet

The Del Norte High track and field team earned 12 medals at the De La Salle Invite in Pleasant Hill on Saturday. Eight Warriors competed in the first track meet of the year.

Senior Taylor Duncan, who made it to state last year, took second in the pole vault with a vault of more than 12 feet.

Joseph Alexandre finished 5th in the 300-meter hurdles and Kyle Eggan placed fourth in the shot put with a throw of 46-2 feet, which was his personal best. Dru Parker did not place in the discus but had a personal best throw of over 42 feet.

In the girls competition the 4x200 meter relay team placed fourth overall and Courtney Micheletti took 6th in the 300-meter hurdles.

In the freshman-sophomore division the Warriors did quite well. Zara Gastineau placed first in the long jump, 2nd in the triple jump and 3rd in the high jump. Nikki Fugate took 3rd in the 300-meter hurdles and Vanessa Alexandre took third in the pole vault with a vault of seven feet.

Local barrel racing rider, 13, competes at event

Natasha Haddad, 13, of Crescent City, had an excellent showing at the California Dreamin’ Race Weekend in Santa Rosa this past weekend.

Haddad, a 7th grader at Redwood, took 3rd overall during two of the days of the race weekend in the open barrel event.

She finished 4th overall in the 1D division. The majority of those she competed against were adults. Haddad won cash prizes for her performance.

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