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Warrior Memories: Kunstal got wrestling started right in DN

It may be basketball season according to my four-season schedule, but there is another great program going, and that is wrestling.

One of the things I like about wrestling is that it gives students of all sizes a chance to compete in a good athletic program and be successful. The competitor who weighs 100 pounds can achieve as much success and recognition as the 250-pounder.


Reel Deal: Smith River back on the rise

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Alex Guzman and Westly Jackson of Potter Valley hold a limit of steelhead they caught Jan. 11 while fishing the Chetco River with guide Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing. Courtesy of Andy Martin / Wild Rivers Fishing
Plenty of steelhead, but drift boats waiting for prime conditions 

Local fishermen spent most of the week hoping for rain as flows on the Smith and Chetco Rivers dropped below ideal fishing conditions. Early on Friday that all changed as water rushed into both river systems. Now anglers are faced with the opposite dilemma — waiting for the river to go back down.

Smith and Chetco rivers

By Thursday afternoon, both the Smith and Chetco rivers were crystal-clear and had slowed to a trickle. The Smith River bottomed out on Thursday afternoon, measuring 6.76 feet at Jedidiah Smith and 13.35 feet at Dr. Fine Bridge.


Shorthanded DN falls 54-20 to Eureka

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George Jobb works to get some back points during his heavyweight match on Wednesday when Del Norte hosted Eureka at Thunen Gym. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Warriors forfeit 3 weights, take some key pins in first dual meet of the season in Thunen Gym 

The Del Norte wrestling team started the night in a deep hole against Eureka and a few costly mistakes by the Warriors allowed the Loggers to run away with a 54-20 victory in the first Humboldt-Del Norte Big 5 dual of the year for either team.

“We have a lot more wrestling to do this year,” Del Norte head coach Aaron Schaad said. “Eureka is the best team in the league right now, and despite the final score, we are not that far off of them. We will correct what we did wrong and we will bounce back.”


Warrior girls stay hot with 38-36 win in Mack

Del Norte holds on late to win first HDN Big 5 league game in two years 

The Del Norte girls basketball team is playing some of its best hoops of the season, picking up its first Humboldt-Del Norte Big 5 league win since 2012 with a 38-36 victory on the road in McKinleyville on Wednesday.

“It is a really big confidence boost for the girls because now they know we can compete,” said Del Norte head coach Jeff Cook. “All the other games in the league have been close, so we know we are right with the other teams.”


Hot shooting spurs Warriors to victory

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Senior Josh Gruden pulls up for a mid-range jumper in the second half of the Warriors’ 62-61 victory over McKinleyville on Tuesday in Thunen Gym in Crescent City. Del Norte Triplicate / Michael Zogg
DN hits eight 3-pointers as offense gets on track against Mack 

The play started with a mad dash by junior Kyle Cleland, kept alive by another hustle play by junior Joey Godla and ended with senior Steven Maready getting fouled.

The whole sequence took less than five seconds off the clock, but it may well have been the deciding factor in the Del Norte boys basketball team’s 62-61 victory over McKinleyville in Thunen Gym on Tuesday night.

The Warriors took a timeout with 16.7 second left in the game following a turnover by McKinleyville that gave Del Norte possession of the ball at the baseline with a 60-58 lead. Following the timeout, Del Norte stuggled to find an open guard. The pass to Maready was tipped by a defender, but junior Austin Healy was able to get to the ball and call another timeout with 13.3 seconds on the clock.

 


Smoking Guns

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High Overall winner Brian Fooks, of Fort St. John, B.C., Canada has been coming to the Crab Buckle Shoot for seven years. Del Norte Triplicate / Michael Zogg
The Del Norte Rod & Gun Club was once again the place to be for the top trapshooters in the West as the local club hosted its annual Crab Buckle Shoot Friday through Sunday in Smith River. This year’s turnout was one of the best ever, with more than 90 shooters from multiple states and two countries in attendance.

The top shooter in 2015 was Brian Fooks of Fort St. John, B.C., Canada, with an overall score of 474 (out of 500). Although Fooks, who has made the 25-hour drive south with several of his trapshooting brethren from British Columbia for seven years now, has won crab buckles in the past, this was his first time winning the big one.


Wrestlers net six medals in Redding

The Del Norte wrestling team came back from its tournament in Redding with all 11 wrestlers winning at least one match and six Warriors placing in the tournament.

The Warriors’ top finisher was Justin Schrader, who took third place at 132 pounds. Willie Gensaw (120) and Ta Tes Boulby (160) both finished fourth in their respective brackets.

“Ta Tes only lost to one kid in the whole tournament,” said Del Norte head coach Aaron Schaad. “He lost in the quarterfinals in overtime and in the third-place match 1-0. They were really close matches.”


The Bulletin heads to championship

The Triplicate’s sister paper The Bulletin (Bend, Ore.) is sending sports reporter Mark Morical to the first-ever NCAA College Football Playoff National Championship game between the Oregon Ducks (13-1) and the Ohio State (13-1) Kickoff on Monday  is at 5:30 p.m. on ESPN.

Fans can follow the action live at www.bendbulletin.com/cfbplayoff from pregame festivities to postgame celebrations with stories, pictures and photos that you won’t find anywhere else.


Del Norte falls in defensive struggle

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Senior guard Steven Maready takes the ball strong to the hoop and draws contact against Arcata Friday. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Offensive woes continue as Warriors fall 38-36 to Arcata 

The Del Norte boys basketball team’s offensive stuggles seem to have followed it into the new year.

The Warriors struggled to score all night against a long and rangy Arcata defense on Friday in Thunen Gym. Although Del Norte’s defense kept the Warriors in the game, the Tigers were the team that made their shots down the stretch to escape Crescent City with a 38-36 victory in both team’s Humboldt-Del Norte Big 5 league opener.


Reel Deal: River levels getting low, but plenty of steelhead

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Mike Ordway of Crescent City shows off one of the steelhead he hooked while floating on the Smith River from the Forks to Ruby Van Derventer Park with Jim Mitchell (back) of Gotcha Hooked Fish Trips. Photo courtesy of Jim Mitchell / Gotcha Hooked Fish Trips
Steelhead have begun to enter the river systems of the Smith and Chetco in droves over the past week, with local anglers posting their best week of the steelhead season yet. Due to a patch of dry weather, however, the river level has been dropping and drift boats are already finding it difficult to maneuver.  

Smith River

The past week has provided some of the best steelhead fishing yet this season on the Smith River, especially early in the week.

Jim Mitchell, of Gotcha Hooked Fish Trips reported that he had three clients on Monday and each hooked two steelhead apiece, netting three hatchery and three native steelhead. Mitchell’s crew also missed on about three fish that day.


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