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Christopher Martinez battled it out with teammate Daniel Standring (not pictured) for a tie for first in the boys pole vault. Both boys set new personal bests by clearing 12-foot-9. Del Norte Triplicate / Michael Zogg
Rarely has Del Norte had more perfect weather for a track and field meet.

Temperatures set a new record in Crescent City, reaching 78 degrees, and with no wind athletes from around the Humboldt-Del Norte improved their marks at the Warriors’ only regular season home meet of the season.

One of the most positively affected events was the pole vault, which is naturally partial to warmer weather.


Popularity of pickleball on the rise in DN

Barbara Olesen was the first of Del Norte’s quickly growing contingent of pickleball enthusiasts to be exposed to the sport.

With a court nearby Olesen’s summer retreat in Arizona, the constant bouncing of whiffle balls and thwack of the racquet was hard to ignore.


DN track takes spring break road trip to Medford

The Del Norte track and field team wrapped up its spring break with a trip to Medford and brought with it 14 athletes that stuck through practices over spring break.

The Warriors took 11 girls to North Medford High School who combined for 65.94 team points and a sixth place finish. Only 5 boys from Del Norte made the trip, but they put up 31.98 team points and finished 15th out of 15 schools.


Del Norte wrestling family grows

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Del Norte youth wrestling coach George Mercado works with the advanced class on Monday in the wrestling room at the high school. Del Norte Triplicate / Michael Zogg
In just a year the Del Norte Youth Wrestling program has more than doubled in size with 96 kids signed up on this year’s squad.

Del Norte Youth Wrestling president and head coach Clinton Schaad said he expected more kids to sign up this year, but not quite that many more.


Wyatt wins USAW bantam national title

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Wyatt Lewis, 7, of Smith River, holds up a copy of the bantam 55-pound USAW Folkstyle National Championship bracket that he won at the UNI Dome in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Photo submitted
Wyatt Lewis, of Smith River, won back-to-back California state championships through different organizations in two weeks and he followed that up with a national championship in Cedar Falls, Iowa, this weekend at the USA Wrestling Folkstyle National Championships.

Lewis captured his state championships as a 7-year-old competing in a 7- and 8-year-old division. In Cedar Falls, Wyatt was one of the older kids, wrestling in the bantam age group (55 pounds) against 6- and 7-year-olds and was dominant against some of the best kids his age in the country.


Warrior Memories: 1948 grad Dick Harmer was one of my first Warrior mentors

It has been a few years since I first entered the halls of Del Norte High School and became a lifelong Warrior.

One of the first students I met was senior Dick Harmer, Dick was a 1948 graduate who I had enjoyed  watching while I was still at Crescent Elk. He played both football and baseball.


Reel Deal: Bottomfish bite near Brookings

With winter slowly giving way to spring and the Chetco River closing on April 1, many anglers have started moving on from the winter steelhead runs on the Wild Rivers coast to other fishing opportunities in the region. Locals still have plenty of time and opportunity to haul in a steelhead on the Smith River, however, where the season runs through the end of the month.

Some anglers have decided to head north to the Rogue River, where the spring salmon run has reportedly been producing a couple salmon per day for about a month. Others took advantage of a flat ocean this week to target bottomfish in Oregon, where the season stays open year round.


Adults learning to swim in April

April has been designated as adult learn to swim month nationwide for the third year in a row, and this year the local Wild Rivers Coast Masters program is getting in on the act, hosting a low-cost adult swim group lesson thoughout the month.

“(United States) Masters Swimming, in conjuction with the American Red Cross, came up with a program basically to help adults learn to swim,” said Wild Rivers Coast Masters President Dan Gray. “They have designated April as the adult learn to swim month. In July we applied for a grant and we were one of 40 that received the grant to help us with the class.”


Warrior baseball goes 0-4 in Redding tourney

The Del Norte baseball team saw some of its toughest competition of the young 2016 season this week at the Falcon Baseball Bash in Redding against bigger schools. Although the Warriors went 0-4 Wednesday through Friday, the team was pleased with its performance overall.

“We were probably in the toughest bracket of the whole tournament,” said Del Norte head coach Travis Johnson. “Our kids hung with them in pretty much every game except for the first one. We learned a lot. I think we kind of know where we are now as a team.”


DN Youth Wrestling takes 46 to Mack

The Warrior Youth Wrestling programs numbers were a little bit lower for the second tournament of the year, but that was expected as the McKinleyville Tournament coincided with the start of spring break for local grade schoolers. Del Norte still took 46 kids to compete and came away with eight first-place finishes, 15 more runner-up finishes.

Warrior wrestlers that won their respective age and weight brackets were Ryker Renner, 5; Kaiden Blake, 7; Robert Reyes-Villegas, 7; Jace Bergman, 9; Colton Schaad, 8; Eddie Hartwick, 11; Skyler Moore, 13; and Braydon Henderson, 14.


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