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Senior Siera Fitzhugh and the rest of the returning Warrior girls basketball team are looking to improve upon their third place HDN finish last year. Del Norte Triplicate file photo
Confidence is running high in Thunen Gym heading into the winter sports seasons.

The Del Norte girls basketball team is coming off its most successful campaign in over a decade. The Warriors finished 13-12 overall in 2014-15 and their 4-4 record in the Humboldt-Del Norte Big 5 matched its combined win total from the previous eight league campaigns. The team also made its first appearance in the North Coast Section playoffs since 2002.

Winter sports schedules


Del Norte Volleyball: Loftin, Healy named all-HDN

Senior captain Regin Loftin earned her second White Star in volleyball this season after leading a young Warrior team on and off the court.
Two White Star Awards, two honorable mention selections for second place Del Norte

With volleyball at an end in the Homboldt-Del Norte, the league released its postseason awards this week and two Warriors were awarded White Stars for their performance throughout the year.

Boys soccer: Senior leaders

The Warriors top goal-scorer, senior forward Roger Carrillo, earned one of Del Norte’s two White Star awards. Del Norte Triplicate file photo
Warrior senior duo named White Star recipients in strong year for HDN boys soccer

The boys soccer Humboldt-Del Norte all-league team has been released and Del Norte’s top goal scorer and its most stalwart defender were both among the league’s White Star recipients.

Three Humboldt-Del Norte teams still alive in NCS semifinals

The Humboldt-Del Norte Big 5 and Little 4 have had strong runs through the North Coast Section Division IV and Division V brackets this year with five teams (including Eureka in Division VI) earning playoff bids and three teams still alive in the semifinal round. The HDN is assured of at least one representative in the NCS championships in the first week of December.

Junior varsity football on “Warriors Sports” this week

The Del Norte junior varsity football team will be featured on “Warrior Sports with Donnie Mattz” on Charter Cable channel 4 this week. The Warriors home game against Eureka will be replayed nightly at 7:30 p.m. starting on Wednesday.

Six Rivers Youth Football cheerleaders wrap up in Eureka

Del Norte Double A awaits final results in Eureka.
Six Rivers Football League cheerleaders perform during the 2015 SRYF Cheer competition in Eureka on Sunday, Nov. 15. The Double A team of 10-11 year olds placed third. The Single A (8 -9 year olds) and Triple A (12,13 and 14 year olds) teams placed 4th.

Makela falls to top singles seed in NCS tournament

When Del Norte No. 1 girls tennis player Raili Makela won the Humboldt-Del Norte Singles Championships to earn a spot in the North Coast Section Division II singles championships, she knew she would be up against some of the best competition around, but Makela was unlucky enough to draw the No. 1 overall seed in the first round Tuesday.

Makela faced No. 1 Lauran McCormack of Head-Royce and fell 6-0, 6-0 to the eventual NCS Division II singles runner-up. Although the score wasn’t close, Makela made the most of the experience.

Warrior Memories: A season for giving thanks

Every year at this time I like to pause, look back and give thanks for all the blessings that have been given to me in my lifetime.

I like to look back and give thanks to the people that helped me get into the coaching profession. While I had great teachers and coaches there are five that got me pointed in the right direction — four coaches and one teacher from Del Norte High School.

Hammering the hardwood

Jonathan Valladares hits the deck to secure a loose ball in front of Lucas Murphy and Mason Mitchell during the shell drill at varsity boys basketball practice on Thursday.
The fall sports season has officially come to a close in Del Norte County, but as always, winter sports are right on its heels. The boys and girls basketball teams, as well as the wrestling squad, have all started practice and will kick off competition in the first week of December. Tryouts are already completed for the boys basketball team, which added six football players to workouts for the first time this week. The girls will start their season first hosting St. Bernard’s in Thunen Gym on Dec. 1. The girls and boys will then travel to Yreka for a tournament running Dec. 3-5. The Warrior wrestling team will start its season with the Battle at the Border, Del Norte’s only regular season home tournament of the year.

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