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Reel Deal: Chinook entering Smith; Klamath a crapshoot

Despite tough fi shing some days, Jim Derden, of Arcata, hooked some chinook salmon on the Lower Klamath Thursday fi shing with Ken Cunningham Guide Service. Photo Courtesy of Ken Cunningham Guide Service
 Salmon fishing on the Lower Klamath River has been an unpredictable roller coaster with southwest swells continuing to sand-in the river mouth, slowing fall chinook from reaching the river and fishermen’s lines.

Salmon are starting to enter the Smith River system despite one of the lowest river levels on record, and anglers are having some luck hooking adults in some of the lower river holes.

Klamath River

Although some days have been right on the numbers, the frequent sanding in of the mouth has made fishing slow. Salmon are mostly entering the river only during high tides, according to Klamath fishing guide Ken Cunningham.

Homecoming win

The Del Norte High Warriors football team notched their first win in the Big 5 conference, besting the McKinleyville Panthers 36-27 at homecoming Friday night. 

The game at Whalen Field opened with a blast as the teams exchanged touchdowns to reach a 7-point tie within the first four minutes. Senior quarterback Austin Healy launched a successful 21-yard touchdown pass with 10:45 left in the 1st quarter, although the Panthers’ Jarred Smith returned those points at the 8:15 mark.

The second quarter saw another touchdown from Healy pushing almost out of bounds on the way into the end zone at 11:37 to go up by 7 after the extra point. Scoring slowed in the middle stretch of the quarter with several incomplete passes out of the many rockets shooting from the arm of McKinleyville senior quarterback Kyle Spalding. In the final seconds of the quarter, the Panthers pushed past multiple penalties near the end zone, bringing the score to 14-13 with 0.3 on the clock and missing the conversion to leave it there for the half. 

Girls soccer: DN slows in 2nd half

Del Norte goalkeeper Katie Aguirre did her best to keep the Loggers off the scoreboard, recording 13 saves against Eureka. Del Norte Triplicate / Michael Zogg
 Warrior girls strike first, fade in second half of 5-1 loss to Eureka on Wednesday

The Del Norte girls soccer team gave Eureka all they could handle in the first half, but as the game wore on the Warriors faded and the Loggers escaped Crescent City with a 5-1 win on Wednesday.

“It looked good at the beginning of the game. We were pretty evenly matched once again,” said Del Norte head coach Clar Byers. “I was really impressed with the girls. Once again we showed that our team play is improving. We ran out of gas in the 50th minute or so, I thought. That is when we stopped moving as much and Eureka’s conditioning was a little superior to ours. They kept the pedal to the metal and ran by us at the end.”

Sophomore captain Kes-e-loh McQuillen broke the scoreless tie in the 19th minute with a free kick just outside the 18 yard box. The ball sailed over the Loggers wall and passed the keeper into the upper half of the goal to give Del Norte a 1-0 lead.

Boys draw 2-2 with Eureka

Del Norte assistant coach Chao Xiong talks things over with the team following the 2-2 tie. Del Norte Triplicate / Michael Zogg
 Warriors start fast, fade in second half against Loggers

The first 40 minutes of the Del Norte High boys soccer game against Eureka was all Warriors, but the second 40 minutes swung heavily in the Loggers’ favor. After 80 minutes, the two teams couldn’t be separated and the game finished in a 2-2 tie.

“I am proud of the boys,” said head coach David Sanyaolu. “It ranks up there as one of my best games as a coach even though we didn’t get the win. Sometimes soccer is like that. You just have to take the results you get and work on what you can improve on.”

The Warriors struck first when sophomore Jorge Landeros found the back of Eureka’s net off of a pass from Aldair Garcia in the fourth minute to put Del Norte ahead 1-0. It was the third straight game in which the Warriors have scored an early goal within the first five minutes.

Warriors tennis sweeps Huskies

The Del Norte girls tennis team swept a shorthanded Fortuna squad 9-0 on Tuesday in Fortuna as the Warriors reached the halfway point of the season with four straight wins and a 4-2 overall record.

The Huskies have just five girls on the team this year and were forced to forfeit both the No. 6 singles match and the No. 3 doubles match. Del Norte won all seven matches that were played.

“Unfortunately, Fortuna is very inexperienced this year, so they didn’t have a very challenging team,” said Del Norte head coach Samuel Escobar. “Our kids looked good though.”

League play starts Friday for Warriors football

Del Norte starts its HDN title defense against McKinleyville at Whalen Field

The Humboldt-Del Norte Big 5 football season will open in Del Norte Friday as the Warriors (1-3) host McKinleyville (0-1, 1-3) at Whalen Field starting at 7:30 p.m.

It has been a rough non-conference season for the Humboldt-Del Norte Big 5 this year. With the exception of Fortuna’s 4-0 record, the other four teams in the league are all below .500 with a combined 4-11 record.

Although the Warriors are currently 1-3 overall, they expect to get every team’s best effort in HDN play this year.

“We are the returning HDN champions, so everybody looks at you first, they want to be the ones to knock you off,” said Del Norte head coach Lewis Nova. “Then you look at Humboldt versus Del Norte and they want to knock you off. They know it, they grow up with it in youth football.”

Del Norte edges NCP 6-3

Sophomore Diana Loban reaches for a slam at the net during the No. 3 doubles match against North Coast Prep. Del Norte Triplicate / Michael Zogg
 Shorthanded Warriors top North Coast Prep after reshuffling its roster

The Del Norte girls tennis lineup looked a lot different on Saturday against North Coast Prep than it had in its first four matches, but the Warriors pulled through for their third straight victory with a 6-3 final score.

“I think we did pretty good today,” said Bailee Drown. “Some of us won and some of us lost, but overall we played well.”

Del Norte was without its No. 2 singles players and half of its No. 1 doubles team, Olivia Jeffcoat, due to sickness.

Warriors rebound after tough tourney

Freshman Kalaya Sanchez pokes the ball over the net for one of her seven kills against Brookings-Harbor Monday. Del Norte Triplicate / Michael Zogg
 The Del Norte volleyball team bounced back from its first winless weekend at the Anderson Tournament with a three-set sweep of Brookings-Harbor (25-11, 25-10, 25-12) in Thunen Gym on Monday.

The Warriors struggled on Friday and Saturday at the Anderson Tournament, losing 2-0 to Shasta and Arcata on Friday and falling 2-0 against Red Bluffs and Shasta again on Saturday.

Although the Anderson Tournament was by far the toughest competition that Del Norte has faced this year according to head coach Debbie Lorenzi, she felt the Warriors could have been more competitive.

JV football improves to 3-1 with win Friday

Ray Markussen runs the ball to run out the clock in the fourth quarter of the JV Warriors’ 8-2 victory over McClymonds. Del Norte Triplicate / Michael Zogg
 The Del Norte junior varsity football team pulled out its third straight victory of the season on Friday in a hard-fought 8-2 game against McClymonds.

According to head coach Kenny Price, the difference in the game was toughness.

“All week I told the kids that the toughest team is going to win,” Price said. “We knew that McClymonds was going to be fast but we feel like we are tougher than they are. Those guys were pretty physical, but today we were just tougher.”

Warriors hold off Panthers for 3-2 win

The Del Norte boys soccer team built a big first half lead and held on for a 3-2 victory in McKinleyville on Saturday.

“The boys showed grit and determination, but it wasn’t the prettiest game,” said Del Norte head coach David Sanyaolu. “There wasn’t a lot of flow to the game, and our passes were not as free flowing as I would have liked, but they eked out the victory by fighting.”

The Warriors stormed out of the gates early when sophomore Jorge Landeros drew a penalty kick within the first five minutes of the match and Roger Carrillo converted it into a 1-0 Del Norte lead.

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