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Reel Deal: Englund Marine has new lingcod mark to beat

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Jim Mitchell of Crescent CIty played tug-of-war with a sea lion for this salmon last week. He won, and took home the gnawed-up fish. Courtesy of Jim Mitchell
The largest lingcod caught this season thus far for Crescent City Englund Marine’s rod-and-reel contest was plucked from the Pacific last week by an angler aboard Tally Ho II Sportfishing charter boat.

John Passmore, from Grants Pass, caught the lunker of ling weighing in at 33.5 pounds on July 11, putting him in first place for Englund Marine’s annual contest.

On the ocean, bottom fishing for lingcod and rockfish is as good as ever, but salmon are a bit tougher unless you go to the Klamath River, where fall chinook are starting to show.

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Sirens get win over happy Storm City team

The bout was somewhat different for the members of the North Coast Roller Derby who made the trip to Ridgefield, Wash., over the weekend. All the Roller Derby rules were the same, but the atmosphere felt somehow unique for the Tsunami Sirens’ 161-135 victory over the Storm City Roller Girls.

“They were fun,” said blocker Adrianna “Full Metal Jackie” Stefko. “They were super happy to have us. They were a very welcoming and hospitable team.”

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Warrior Memories: DN hoops great also made mark in classroom

This is the second of six columns about the 2014 Del Norte Athletic Hall of Fame inductees.

Kim Kellenburg is a 1965 Warrior graduate who excelled on the football field, the basketball court and the baseball fields.

While Kim was good at whatever sport he played, it was on the basketball court where he really left his mark. 

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Tournament brings community together to support youth, remember Bob Rice

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Local football star Cody Hoffman poses for a picture with Trent Cleveland (right) and his brother Ryland (left) at the Del Norte Golf Course. Submitted
The Del Norte Golf Course was packed to the brim on July 5 at a little extra Independence Day celebration for the Second Annual Bob Rice Memorial Golf Tournament.

The tournament attracted over 80 participants, making up 20 teams and spanning three divisions. Each team had four golfers with the exception of one five-player team playing in a scramble format.

“Eighty-one golfers is a lot, especially for Del Norte Golf Course, which is only a nine-hole facility,” said Cris Rice, son of the late Bob Rice. “We were a little bit slow on the golf, but it was definitely a success.”

In keeping with the spirit of the weekend, the divisions were Red, White and Blue.

“I have always seen it as a good way to celebrate the Fourth of July,” said Cris Rice. “My dad was very patriotic, he liked golf and he definitely liked the youth in the community. So we wanted to center around those things, and after the first year we felt really good about it and I think we are still excited after this year.”

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King of Clubs: Open Championship showcases honor of game amid changing golf landscape

Today is the first round of the 143rd Open Championship being held in Royal Liverpool Golf Club Merseyside, England. The Open Championship is the oldest golf tournament in the game and  prized by some as the pinnacle of the sport. 

In honor of the Open Championship, I want to use this edition of “King of Clubs” to talk about the history and longevity of the game and its, believe it or not, questionable future.

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‘Liquor Box’ rocks Firecracker tourney

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Liquor Box swept its way through the Firecracker One-Pitch Tournament this weekend at Pykes Field. Liquor Box was a perfect 5-0 on Friday in the round-robin for seeding on Friday and won all four of its games in the double-elimination tournament on Sunday to win the championship. Del Norte Triplicate / Michael Zogg
Six teams, 67 players participate in annual one-pitch tournament 

The Del Norte Recreation Department hosted its first of three slowpitch tournaments at Pykes Field over the weekend, drawing in six teams and 67 players. The teams all played one another in a round-robin on Saturday to set up the seeding for the double-elimination bracket.

This year’s champion Liquor Box, a team made up mostly of players from Medford with a couple of Del Norters as well, was a perfect 9-0 throughout the course of the tournament.

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Professional Strength: Crescent City native takes fitness competitions by storm

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Nomura, center, poses with the other contestants in her height division of the fitness competition. Courtesy photo
Roughly 900 of the most buff and in-shape amateur athletes in the United States met up in Teaneck, New Jersey, July 4-5 for the 2014 National Physique Committee Team Universe competition. The competitors were focused on obtaining the top prize, an International Federation of Body Building Pro Card.

The competition was fierce, but local fitness consultant Erin Nomura, who’s also working on an online degree in health and wellness, and nutrition, came through with a first-place finish in her height division at the NPC National Fitness Championships to realize her dream of becoming a professional.

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Warrior Memories: ‘23 0lympic qualifier to enter DN Hall of Fame

This is the first of six columns about the 2014 Del Norte Athletic Hall of Fame inductees.

Dee Sullivan was a Warrior teacher and coach at Del Norte from 1956 until she retired in 1973. Dee graduated from Eureka High in 1931.

As a 15-year-old sophomore at Eureka she had the fastest 100-meter time in the world for women and qualified for the 1928 Olympics, but as a young homesick teenager she gave up her spot on the team and returned home.

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Reel Deal: Unofficial record halibut caught off coast of Alaska

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Capt. Rye Phillips of Brookings stands next to the 95-inch, 482-pound halibut he helped Jack McGuire catch July 3 near Gustavus, Alaska. Courtesy of Andy Martin / Wild Rivers Fishing
Rye Phillips, a Brookings-based charter boat captain, helped a client catch a 482-pound halibut last week in Alaska, where Phillips guides in the summer.  The halibut would count as a world record with the International Game Fish Association had it not been shot and harpooned.

Meanwhile, much smaller but equally fun-to-catch salmon, rockfish and lingcod are being caught on the North Coast.

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Learning from the big kids at Warrior Youth Football Camp

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Warrior defensive lineman Colton Davis, left, encourages his team during a tug-of-war at Warrior Youth Football Camp. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
The annual Warrior Youth Football Camp wrapped up on Wednesday after 32 kids between third and eighth grade (with the exception of one 5-year old) spent three days under the tutelage of 21 varsity and junior varsity players.

From the get-go, the player-coaches took charge of the camp.

“(The coaches) organize things and give them an outline of what to do,” said Warrior coach Mike Coopman, who was in charge of the camp. “The player-coaches pretty much took it from there... They drew up their own practice plans and then they impose their own technique, which they have learned at the high school level.”

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