Warriors add two golfers at home meet
Senior Gina Danna is in her third year on the Warrior girls golf team, but Thursday’s meet was her first with a full squad. Del Norte Triplicate / Michael Zogg
For the first time in Alison Eckhart’s three years as the Del Norte girls golf coach, she had to get a bigger vehicle to haul the entire team up to the Del Norte Golf Course on Thursday for the second Humboldt-Del Norte meet of the year.
The Warriors, who added freshman Savannah Gilbert to the roster at the beginning of the season to go along with returning seniors Siera Fitzhugh and Gina Danna, picked up two more girls this week and were able to field a full squad for the first time since the 2012 season.
“It is great,” Eckhart said. “It has been a couple years in the making. I am pretty excited about the energy and excitement of the younger people. It is nice feeling like you are really representing.”
It took a long time for what is probably the world’s most popular sport to make it to the Warrior campus as an official sport.
In 1980, soccer was started as a coed club sport. It was started by coaches Stu Scholl and Ron Hagg. Since it was not an offi cial interscholastic sport, they called themselves The Surfs.
The players had to buy their own uniforms, and they were just able to get them in time for their first competition, which was a tournament at McKinleyville High School. The team selected four captains, Joe Gregorio, Sandy Seils, Roger Rich and Dan Brush.
Del Norte athletics will have three teams competing this Saturday. The girls tennis team will host North Coast Prep on Saturday starting at 10 a.m. at the high school.
The boys and girls soccer teams will both be on the road this weekend in McKinleyville. The boys will play first, starting at 11 a.m., with the girls game to follow at about 1 p.m.
With salmon and halibut both off-limits on the California coast, anglers have been targeting bottomfish throughout the week and have reportedly been having a lot of luck with both rockfi sh and lingcod, as they have all season. The steelhead seem to have moved upstream on the Klamath, and salmon fi shing has reportedly slowed down. Many fishing guides are traveling north to the Coos River, which has reportedly been fishing well all week.
Customers of guide Andy Martin hold some of the kings they caught Monday on the Coos River. Photo courtesy of Andy Martin / Wild Rivers Fishing
Ocean anglers had several chances to get out this past week. Capt. Jim Mitchell, of Gotcha Hooked Fish Trips, said he was targeting bottomfish near the Sisters on Saturday and caught limits of lingcod and rockfish. Although Mitchell said he usually stops targeting rockfi sh after catching the limit of five black snappers, he hauled in a bunch of blues, as well as a couple vermilion to allow him to reach the 10-rockfish limit.
Roger Corrillo nets first-half hat trick, two more goals to 2nd half to pace Warriors
Jorge Landeros pokes the ball through a trio of Ferndale defenders for his second of three assists in the Warriors’ 6-1 victory. Del Norte Triplicate / Michael Zogg
The Del Norte boys soccer team found the goal early and often on Wednesday in its first home game of the season, and the defense did its part to secure a 6-1 victory over Ferndale to improve to 1-1 overall this season.
“It is a morale booster to get the first win,” said Del Norte head coach David Sanyaolu. “After the game in Arcata I told the boys, ‘Lets start our season here,’ and we started on a good note.”
Roger Corrillo was the Warriors’ top goal-scoring threat in the match, hitting the back of the net less than five minutes into the game on a nice cross pass from the right sideline from freshman teammate Jorge Landeros. Corrillo struck again about 10 minutes later when a Ferndale defender was unable to break up a long pass from Johan Ramirez. Corrillo was able to run up on the ball behind the defense and beat the keeper with a shot to the far post.
Warriors’ top two defensive players sit out, Wildcats take advantage with 9-0 win
Taylor Jones dribbles the ball up the field against Ferndale as Brenda Paredes (far right) pushes forward on the attack. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
A depleted Del Norte girls soccer roster couldn’t keep pace up with the relentless Ferndale offensive attack on Wednesday as the Warriors fell 9-0.
“It was a tough game. This was mostly our JV squad that played today,” said Del Norte head coach Clar Byers. “We were without our speed (on defense) and goal control.”
The Warriors started the game without star goalkeeper senior Katie Aguirre, who sat out with a laceration on her knee, suffered in the second half against Arcata the previous week. Del Norte was also without its ace defender, sophomore Kes-e-loh McQuillen, who was also sitting out against Ferndale due to the state-mandated concussion protocol.
DN football hosts defending Oakland League champion
The Del Norte football team’s final preseason game of the regular season will be similar to its first three contests — a tough challenge against a difficult team.
The Warriors (1-2) will welcome McClymonds, the undefeated defending champion of the Oakland League last season that is off to a 2-0 start in 2015, to Whalen Field on Friday for the team’s final non-Humboldt-Del Norte Big 5 matchup of the regular season.
“We are facing another team that won their league last year,” said Del Norte head coach Lewis Nova. “It is kind of the same-old-same-old as far as the caliber of team that we have played in the preseason. It is going to make us better as we get into the season, though. They are strong and fast. We are going to have to play well.”
Nova said the Warriors early season schedule is a little bit more difficult than he might have chosen, but the team isn’t making any excuses.
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Warrior girls win big for second consecutive meet
Castly Thao charges to reach the ball in her No. 5 singles match against Arcata. Del Norte Triplicate / Michael Zogg
The Del Norte girls tennis team climbed back to .500 at 2-2 overall, but Tuesday’s 8-1 victory at home over Arcata was the Warriors second lopsided final score in a row.
“I have been really surprised that we won these last two matches the way that we did,” said head coach Samuel Escobar. “The girls have been really supportive of each other and they are playing decent tennis. I don’t think our players are overpowering or anything, but they are being patient.”
Del Norte’s No. 5 singles player, freshman Castly Thao, said the Tigers matched up pretty evenly with the Warriors.
The Del Norte girls golf team will be playing its only home meet of the season on Thursday at the Del Norte Golf Course. The second Humboldt-Del Norte meet of the season is scheduled to begin at noon.