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New season awaits Warriors

Open year today, Dec. 3 at Yreka tourney

Members of the Del Norte High varsity girls basketball team pose for a photo during practice on Wednesday. The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
Today, the Del Norte High girls varsity basketball team opens the year at a tournament in Yreka.

The Warriors will face Klamath Union of Oregon starting at 4 p.m. The Del Norte boys varsity team faces Klamath Union at 5:30 p.m.

On Wednesday night the girls squad was hard at work as they got in one last practice before the season opener.

“I think we’re doing alright,” head coach Buzz McCulloch said. “We’re excited to play,  although I wish we had a few more practices.” McCulloch said practices began a week later this year, but said while there is always room for improvement, especially before the season begins, he feels that for the most part the team is ready to begin play.

The Warriors were 8-17 last season and were winless in the Big 5 Conference.

McCulloch said the squad is looking to make an improvement this year, which begins with winning a league game.

He believes the team has the potential to get better this year and said the girls are determined to have a good season, especially the seniors.

Warriors ready to take the court

DN squad faces Klamath Union  at Yreka tourney Thursday night, Dec 3

This year’s edition of the Del Norte High boys varsity basketball team is ready to take to the courts.

As they have for several years, the Warriors will open the season at a three-day tournament in Yreka. 

The Warriors face Klamath Union of Oregon starting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

The Pelicans will be a challenging first game, Del Norte head coach Scott Alexander said.

Klamath Union plays in one of the largest divisions in Oregon and is a consistent state tournament participant.

“We’re not starting off with the easiest game,” Alexander said. “We’re excited to finally be able to go out and compete.”

Grapplers take part in event, sign-ups occurring

The Del Norte Youth Wrestling Team recently competed in the Illinois Valley youth tournament in Oregon in the  squad’s first event of the year.

The following wrestlers brought home medals. 

Novice: Eric Gardner 3rd; Ta-Tes Boulby 2nd; Dalton Nichols 3rd.

Intermediates: Cory Gardner 3rd

School Boys: Nicole Mattz-3rd, Hawk Mattz 1st.

Cadet: Robert Boulby 2nd.  This was the first outing for the team this year. 

The group is currently  holding sign-ups for the folk style/high school style wrestling season.

Sign-ups are on Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and Dec. 3.

They will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at Del Norte High School.

The cost is $70 and includes a $40 card fee and a $30 club fee.  For more information contact Roger Boulby at 954-6397.


Big day for DNYF as 2 local teams meet for AA crown

Double A Gold team defeats AA Blue squad 22-6


The AA Gold team, coaches and cheerleaders, pose after the win. Photos courtesy of Roger Schultz
Even before the game began the fans knew Del Norte would come out a winner.

What was undecided was would it be the Gold team or the Blue team?

For the first time in Del Norte Youth Football history two DNYF squads faced each other in a Six Rivers Youth Football title match.

On Sunday at the Redwood Bowl at Humboldt State University in Arcata the Double A Gold team downed the AA Blue team 22-6. Both squads, which consist of 11-and 12-year- olds were undefeated heading into the game.

A large turnout of Del Norte fans, many who did not have kids playing but wanted to cheer both teams on, came out.

“It was great,” AA Gold coach Danny Forkner said. “The fans were loud.”

DNYF AA Blue team faces fellow local squad for title

Game scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at Redwood Bowl at HSU in Arcata


Napooi Shorty of the DNYF AA Blue teams runs down the field during a playoff game against Hoopa at home last Sunday. (The Daily Triplicate/Rick Postal)

Editor’s note: Today is the   third and final day of articles about the three Del Norte Youth Football teams that have reached their respective title games in Six Rivers Youth Football play. Today’s story showcases the Double A Blue squad. On Thursday, a story on the A White team ran. An article on the Double A Gold team was in The Triplicate on Friday.


Mike Coopman can’t wait for Sunday.

That’s when the undefeated  Del Norte Youth Football AA Blue team, which is led by head coach Coopman, takes part in the Six Rivers Youth Football title match for AA squads down in Arcata.

Its opponent is the DNYF AA Gold team, which is also undefeated.

This is the first time that two DNYF teams will face off in a title game.


AA Gold squad gears up for title game

Takes on fellow DNYF team on Sunday in Arcata

Photo courtesy of Roger Schultz
This is no ordinary game for the Del Norte Youth Football Double A Gold team.

Far from it.

The undefeated squad is playing for the Double A Six Rivers Youth Football title on Sunday at the Redwood Bowl at Humboldt State University in Arcata.

What makes this situation unique is that they are facing the undefeated DNYF Double A Blue team.

It is the first time ever that two local programs have faced each other for a division title in youth football.

Head coach Danny Forkner admits that this is quite a one-of-a-kind situation that these 11-and 12-year-olds are facing.

Here they are undefeated and one game away from their goal of winning a title and across the field will be their friends and classmates.

Forkner said that while he knows there will be some smack talk at school, he has emphasized to his team to always be respectful of their opponents and to understand that they are all friends, schoolmates and neighbors.

Local youth squad seeks title

DNYF A White team faces South Fork for title on Sunday in Arcata

Members of the Del Norte Youth Football A White team before a home game in October. On Sunday the squad takes on South Fork in the A division Six Rivers Youth Football Championship. The contest begins at 9 a.m. at the Redwood Bowl at Humboldt State University in Arcata. The Daily Triplicate/ Rick Postal
Youth football is quite popular here in Del Norte County.

So popular, in fact, that for the first time in Del Norte Youth Football history there were six youth teams this season.

This included three teams in  single A, the youngest division. This group consists of kids mainly from 8 to 10 years old with a few 11-year-olds that weigh under 70 pounds also taking part.

“It’s growing,” A White team  head coach Jesse Puente said about DNYF, adding that he has  kids who are one year away from being able to play who come up to him and say, “Hey coach, I’ll be ready to play next year.”

This season the A White squad was added to meet the demand. The team has come together in such a way that it has made it all the way to the Six Rivers Youth Football title game in the A division. On Sunday they face undefeated South Fork.

The White squad, which ended the regular season 6-2, was the No. 3 seed in the playoffs. They won their first round playoff game and the next week upset the No. 2 seeded Redwood  Knights 13-7 last Sunday in Crescent City to earn the right to play for the championship.

Gustafson enjoys experience at championship

Warrior sophomore falls to top seed

The luck of the draw presented quite the challenge for Kathryn Gustafson.

The Del Norte High sophomore was competing at the girls tennis Northcoast Section singles championship in Santa Rosa on Tuesday and did not find out until that morning who she would play  a short time later.

The top four seeds were already decided, with the rest chosen randomly from the remaining 12 girls.

As luck would have it, Gustafson drew Brooke Irish of Amador Valley, the No. 1 seed.

While Gustafson lost 6-0, 6-0,   she was pleased with how things turned out.

“It was a good experience for me,” Gustafson said during a phone interview on her way home Tuesday afternoon. “It gave me more of a challenge. I enjoyed playing a higher level of player.”

'Civil War' looms

Two Del Norte teams to battle for the AA title

Supporters greet members of the AA Del Norte Blue team Sunday. For more photos, go to Triplicate.com/photos. (The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson)
It’ll be a Civil War of sorts on Sunday when two Del Norte Youth Football teams face off for the Six Rivers Youth Football Championship in the AA division.

On Sunday in the AA division, the Del Norte Blue team dominated Hoopa 28-0 in Crescent City. The Del Norte Gold team traveled to Ferndale to face the Redwood Knights and won by the identical score of 28-0.

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