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Del Norte hopes to snap losing streak

Gridiron squad faces winless Arcata tonight, October 23 at Humboldt State

Del Norte High senior quarterback Thor Hadfield gets ready to throw the ball in a home game against Fortuna last Friday. Tonight, the 1-4 Warriors face the 0-6 Arcata Tigers on the road starting at 7:30 p.m. The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
What is the potential cure for a four-game losing streak?

Play a team that has struggled even worse than you have.

Tonight, the Del Norte High varsity football team hopes it can earn a much-needed victory in Big 4 Conference action against the winless Arcata Tigers on the road.

Del Norte (1-4 overall and 0-2 in the Big 4) has not won since a 6-0 season-opening win against Hidden Valley of Oregon on Sept. 11.

Warriors soccer teams fall to Arcata on the road

The Del Norte High boys and girls soccer teams fell to Arcata on the road on Wednesday.

The boys squad lost 6-0 while the girls team lost 14-0. The Warrior boys dropped to 7-6 for the year while the girls are at 0-11-1.

On Saturday, October 24 both teams have their last home game of the year against Ferndale starting at 11 a.m. at the high school soccer fields. After the game the seniors on both teams will be recognized.

Luis beats the odds

Back on field after part of jaw removed

Coach Steve Luis watches JV action Friday night as his Warriors play Fortuna. Photos by The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
When Steve Luis was diag­nosed with stage four oral  cancer five years ago, he was told only about 60 percent of patients survive for five years.

His eldest daughter had just wed and he vowed that he would live to see the birth of his first grandchild.

Today, after having the left side of his jaw removed last October, Luis is in remission and has beaten the odds so far.

And the head coach of Del Norte High’s junior varsity football team has seen the birth of not one but two grandchildren.

“My cup is full,” said Luis, 55. “It’s a good feeling to still be around.”

Today Luis celebrates another milestone, 31 years of marriage to his wife, Cherie. This is also the one-year anniversary of his jaw surgery.

Soon, he plans to go to health classes at the high school and warn kids about the dangers of chewing tobacco, something he did for about a decade when he was young.

He suspects that contributed to his cancer, and his doctors agree.

“Hopefully we can turn away a few of these young people from taking that first chew,” he said.

Luis is a well known figure in local sports, having been a youth wrestling coach for many years and for the past 10 years the head coach for JV football.

He is coaching again this fall and said the work has played a key part in his recovery by giving him something to focus on.

“It’s just been a lot of fun still being able to work with the kids,” Luis said. “I’m glad to be able to do this and that I’m still here ... When I wake up on the right side of the grass in the morning, it’s a good day.”

Local triathlete Burnett takes part in the Super Bowl of triathlons

Is able to finish the grueling race

For 25 years local resident Russ Burnett, 62, has dreamed of qualifying and taking part in the Super Bowl of triathlons, the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii.

On Oct. 10 his dream was fulfilled as he was able to finish the grueling race on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Out of 1,800 participants of all ages more than 200 were unable to finish the event, which consisted of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2 mile marathon.

Burnett finished with a time of 14 hours, 18 minutes and 15 seconds, good enough to place 31st out of 50 participants in his 60-64 age group.

“It was unbelievable,” said Burnett, who qualified for the race at the Ford Ironman Coeur d’Alene in northern Idaho in June. “I can’t believe I really did this.”

Two days before the event  there were doubts Burnett would be able to take part.

Sports briefs October 21, 2009

Del Norte girls tennis team downs St. Bernard’s

DNHS cross country competes at South Fork

DNYF to have spaghetti feed fundraiser Friday

Local swim club to host open house on Nov. 2

Sign-ups happening for dodgeball and soccer

Del Norte Youth Football 10-18-09

DNYF hosts a number of games at Mike Whalen

Matthew Coopman of the DNYF AA Blue team eludes a McKinleyville defender on his way to a 63-yard touchdown on Sunday at Mike Whalen Field on the Del Norte High School campus in Crescent City. The Blue squad won the contest 28-0. The Daily Triplicate/Rick Postal
The Del Norte Youth Football league hosted a number of games at Mike Whalen Field at Del Norte High School on Sunday.

The AAA team was able to down Arcata 36-12.

The AA Gold team defeated Arcata 22-0 and the AA Blue squad downed McKinleyville 28-0.

In the A division the White squad downed Arcata 27-0 while the A Gold team for Del Norte lost to Redwood Youth Football 25-0.

The A Blue team traveled to the Eureka area and lost to the Loggers 19-6.

Jackson Bruder of the DNYF A White team gains enough yardage for a first down against Arcata on Sunday. Bruder scored on the next play. The Daily Triplicate/Rick Postal
Jackson Bruder of the DNYF A White team gains enough yardage for a first down against Arcata on Sunday. Bruder scored on the next play. The Daily Triplicate/Rick Postal
For complete information on scores and standings go to the DNYF Website at www.­dnyf.org .

This Sunday the DNYF teams will all be on the road.

The AAA squad will be at St. Bernard’s in Eureka.

The AA Blue squad is at South Fork while the AA Gold team is at Brookings High School.

In A action the Blue team is at Fortuna High School, the Gold squad is at Brookings High and the White team is at South Fork.


Del Norte High School Soccer 10-17-09

The Daily Triplicate/Rick Postal
Members of the Del Norte High girls soccer team go after the ball in a match against Fortuna at home on Saturday in wet, rainy conditions. The girls team lost 5-0 to go to 0-10-1 for the year while the boys squad lost 4-0 to the Huskies to drop to 7-5.

Warrior girls golf team has best score of the season in final match

Things ended on a high note for the Del Norte High girls golf team Monday afternoon.

The girls shot a team score of 605, the best mark of the year as several girls achieved season best scores in the final Humboldt-Del Norte Conf­­­e­­­r­­en­ce match of the year at the Willow Creek Golf and Country Club. Del Norte finished in fourth place at an HDNC event for the first time this year.

Leading the way was senior Kayla Bohannon, who finished with a score of 102, 15 shots better than her previous best mark this year. She came in seventh place, one shot away from the sixth place finisher.

“She played awesome,” Warrior head coach Chris Rice said. “All the girls shot well”

Kelsi Bomke shot a 121, which was 16 shots better than her previous season best. Nikki Fugate shot a season best 122 while Sydney Benson also shot a 122, which was tied for her previous best  score. Katie Quick finished with a score of 138.

“I was proud we went out on a good note,” Rice said.

Huskies run over Warriors 47-8

DN Warrior Kody Henderson makes long kickoff return to set up lone TD

Del Norte High wide receiver Austin Carpenter throws the ball on a hook and ladder play during the team’s homecoming game against Fortuna Friday night. The Warriors lost 47-8. (The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson)

The Del Norte Warriors continued to struggle on the football field and were dominated 47-8 by the Fortuna Huskies on homecoming night on Friday.

Del Norte had its share of problems stopping the run and putting points on the board  against Fortuna. The team has scored only a single touchdown in each of the five games they have played this year.

The Warriors started off well in their second Big 4 Conference contest of the year as the defense did a good job stopping the explosive Huskies, who scored all their touchdowns in the first half in a 44-0 win over Arcata last Friday.

Fallen coach honored

Festive Hawaiian shirts are being worn by coaches of the Del Norte High volleyball team during games this season in honor of one of the program’s guiding lights, former junior varsity coach Kathleen Anderson.

Kathleen Anderson, a nurse, with her daughter, Jennifer Larson, during the birth of Jennifer’s child in 2005. Submitted Photo
Anderson died July 4 at age 63 after battling lung cancer for more than two years, although she was not a smoker.

Coaches chose the shirt tribute because of Anderson’s love of Hawaii, which she visited almost every year, mainly the island of Maui.

To have the coaches decked out in Hawaiian shirts and dedicating the season to Anderson is “a great honor,” daughter Jennifer  Larson said. “When I see that it reminds me of my mom.”

You knew exactly where Anderson was at all times, her friends and family said. She made sure of it with her booming voice, and during sporting events, a blowing whistle.

“I never had a problem hearing her,” said Meagan Curtis, who had Anderson as her head coach for junior varsity volleyball her freshman year at Del Norte High School. “I could be on the other side of the gym and you always knew where she was.”

“She made people love volleyball.” Jennifer Larson, speaking about her mother, Kathleen Anderson, pictured in about 1989.
“She made people love volleyball.” Jennifer Larson, speaking about her mother, Kathleen Anderson, pictured in about 1989.
Anderson, who was raised in  Del Norte County, was the Warrior JV volleyball coach from 1982 to 1992 and brought several JV titles to the formidable Warrior program.

She is considered, along with Debbie Lorenzi, who was the varsity coach for several years, a major reason for the program’s success. This season the varsity team is seeking its 21st straight conference title.

‘Rock ’n’ roll, Del Norte!’

Anderson was the ultimate Warriors fan.

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