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Reel Deal: Local rivers packed with out-of-town anglers

Matt Dowd of Sacramento holds a hatchery steelhead he caught Jan. 21 while fishing the Chetco River with guide Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing. The steelhead hit a cluster of roe cured with Pautzke’s BorX O Fire fished with a G.Loomis spinning rod. Photo courtesy of Andy Martin / Wild Rivers Fishing
Smith River expected to be in good condition for drift boats through the weekend 

The past week has provided the best steelhead fishing of the season on both the Smith and Chetco rivers.

With river levels lowering to the perfect level for drift boats on both rivers, combined with the fact that most of the rivers up north into Oregon or south in Humboldt are still too high for drift boats, the Chetco River especially has been packed with boats throughout the week.

Warrior Showcase

Parker Thompson puts up a shot in the post in the JV boys’ 52-50 victory.
Home teams protect Thunen Gym in an all-Warrior showdown between Hoopa and Del Norte 

The Del Norte basketball teams were a perfect 4-for-4 on Tuesday as both varsity and junior varsity teams pulled out wins over Hoopa in a non-league showdown on Sportscasters Night hosted by Bicostal Media.

Del Norte fans packed Thunen Gym for a rare chance to see all four of the high school’s top basketball teams compete on the same night, in the same place.

Sirens roll in fun first bout

Andrea “Drea DemolisHer” McCovey lays a big hit on the Sis-Q jammer as Sirens jammer Liz “TeacHer Some Respect” Calleja cheers her on. Photo courtesy of Roger Schultz / Hot Shot Sports Photography
Sirens run away with 328-126 victory over Sis-Q in rematch of both teams’ first-ever bouts 

The Tsunami Sirens kicked off their 2015 season against a familiar foe when the Sis-Q Rollerz from Medford, Ore., came to town. The Sirens met the Rollerz in the North Coast Roller Derby’s first-ever official bout back in 2011.

“We have kind of come up through the ranks together,” said Siren blocker Adrianna “Full Metal Jackie” Stefko.

Wrestlers take fifth at Eagle Point Invite

Del Norte takes eight grapplers to Oregon; seven Warriors place in top 6 

The Del Norte wrestling team continues to rack up the medals as seven of the eight Warriors entered into the varsity bracket placed in the top six.

Del Norte went on to finish with 100 total team points to take fifth overall out of 15 teams, dispite the small lineup.

“We only had about half a team, but we were still able to put up 100 points and take fifth place,” said Del Norte head coach Aaron Schaad. “An extra 40 points is very doable if we had a bigger lineup.”

Del Norte falls 46-32 to Eureka

Junior Regin Loftin pushes the pace in the first half against Eureka in the Warriors 46-32 loss in Thunen Gym on Friday night. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Shorthanded Warriors commit 22 turnovers, struggle to rebound in loss to the Loggers Friday 

It was a bad night for the Del Norte girls basketball team to be shorthanded.

The Warriors fell behind early and were never able to close the gap against a bigger and more experienced Eureka team. The Loggers escaped Thunen Gym with a 46-32 victory on Friday.

Del Norte had just eight players in uniform for the game and was without starting freshman forward Claire Smith and senior forward Shelby Bomke, who missed the game against Eureka due to a dance competiton.

DN rolls over Eureka with big 2nd half

Warrior boys basketball dominates Loggers 67-28 in Eureka Thursday 

The Del Norte boys basketball team built up a bit of a cushion early in its first Humboldt-Del Norte Big 5 road game of the season in Eureka, but the Warriors caught fire in the third quarter and ended up blowing the Loggers away 67-28 on Thursday to improve to 10-5 overall and 2-1 in the HDN Big 5.

Del Norte took a 24-15 lead into the locker room at halftime, but just 3:20 into the third quarter that advantage had ballooned to a 38-17 advantage and the Warriors pulled away for a big win.

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

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

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.”

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