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Cross Country team at home on Tuesday

DNHS volleyball team at Red Bluff tourney

Young contender Rookie of the year ?

13-year-old giving adults a run for their money on California barrel racing circuit

Natasha Haddad and her horse Lexie run the barrel race at the county fair in Crescent City in August, 2009. Photo courtesy of Roger Schultz
Many times people go their entire lives never having the chance to do for a living what they love deep down in their heart and soul.

At only 13 years old, Crescent City resident Natasha Haddad is well on her way to living her dreams and being successful in something she loves with a passion — barrel racing.

Natasha can already do this sport so well that she is competing professionally against adults on the California Cowboys Professional Rodeo Association rodeo circuit.

Natasha has done such a good job she has already won a few races and is in contention to win rookie of the year honors.

She has won numerous cash prizes in the races, totaling up to more than $3,000 and has earned enough money to pay her way to compete throughout the state.

Natasha Haddad and her horse Lexie , Photo courtesy of Roger Schultz
Natasha Haddad and her horse Lexie , Photo courtesy of Roger Schultz
She’s supported by her parents, Jeanna and Guy Haddad, who drive her and her horse Lexie to events.

Not bad for someone that is still in eighth grade at Redwood School.

Currently, Natasha is $315 behind the top rookie on the circuit, and she says she hopes to overtake her and win rookie of the year honors.

“That’s my goal,” Natasha said. “That would be very exciting. It would be an honor.”

Natasha is in eighth place overall in the CCPRA barrel racing standings out of 35 listed participants.

Tiny, but deadly Ferndale

DN Warriors face  small-school power Ferndale today, Friday Sept 18

Two Del Norte High defenders, including Ridge McLennan, right, tackle a Hidden Valley player last Friday. Tonight the Warriors face Ferndale. The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
The Del Norte High varsity football team faces an early season challenge tonight as they take on Little 5 power Ferndale at home for the first time since 2000.

The last time the teams met the Wildcats triumphed over the Warriors. While Ferndale is quite a small school, normally having under 200 students compared to the nearly 1,000 at Del Norte, that has not prevented the Wildcats from becoming a football dynasty. They are considered one of the top teams in the entire North Coast Section and have won their fair share of NCS titles in the small school division, including in 2007.

Facing a larger school has never fazed Ferndale, who easily took down Fortuna of the Big 4 35-6 last season and has beaten teams like Arcata and Fortuna several times the past few years.

In contrast, Del Norte was 1-1 against the Huskies in 2008.

“Their record speaks for itself,”  Warrior head coach Bob Hadfield said about Ferndale.

Coming off a solid 6-0 win over Hidden Valley, Ore., to begin the season last week, the Warriors hope to continue the positive momentum tonight.

Del Norte High Freshman Football

The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
Tevin Newton of the Del Norte High freshman football team takes a kickoff return against Grants Pass, Ore., on Thursday. Del Norte lost 25-0.   

Taking her best shot

Local girl, 11, competes in World Speed Shooting event

Jenna Arellano, 11, of Crescent City takes part in the World Speed Shooting Championships last month. Submitted photo
Since her family took her out shooting when she was five-years old, Jenna Arellano has shown a knack for the sport of speed shooting.

“She took a liking to it and has been shooting since,” her father, Monte Arellano said.

So much so that at only 11 years old this Crescent City girl has just competed in the World Speed Shooting Championships (Steel Challenge) last month in Piru, Calif.,  as well as receiving praise from one of the top female shooters in the world.

Jenna finished in  4th place in the pre-teen open class division as the youngest participant.

“I practice a lot,” she said, saying her goal is to keep improving and mastering the sport.

Monte Arellano is also a speed shooter and said it has been a wonderful way for his family, including his son, 8, and  his wife to spend time together.

DNHS Boys Soccer: Warriors down Crusaders 6-0

Aguilar, Vang score 2 goals each for Del Norte

Edwin Aguilar of the Del Norte High boys soccer team gets ready to kick in a goal versus St. Bernard’s. Aguilar had two goals in the Warriors 6-0 victory over the Crusaders. Del Norte improved to 1-1 overall. The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
The Del Norte High boys soccer team bounced back from a season opening loss to Eureka, dismantling St. Bernard’s 6-0 at home on Wednesday.

The Warriors put up all six goals in the first  half, giving the bench a chance to see the field during the second half.

Seniors Edwin Aguilar and Cheng Vang were clutch for the Warriors, knocking in two goals apiece.

Co-coach A.J. Myer-Zlokovich said the team did a good job controlling the ball, distributing it and taking advantage of shot oppurtunites on goal.

Other Warriors who scored were Ian Jager and Moises Molina.

Myer-Zlokovich said it was nice to see the team improving its play from the first game of the year,

“Overall, I would say it’s a step up,” he said. “Hopefully, we play that way against Big 4 teams.”

Myer-Zlokovich said senior sweeper  Jeremy Holloway did an excellent job of being calm and keeping the Crusaders from the goal and getting decent shot chances.

The Warriors improved to 1-1 for the year.

To see more photos from the match click here. 


DNHS Girls Soccer

DN Warriors fall to Crusaders 5-0

Lyndsay Veerkamp of the Del Norte High girls soccer team gets ready to kick the ball against St. Bernard’s at home on Wednesday. The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
The Del Norte High girls soccer team lost 5-0 to St. Bernard’s of Eureka at home on Wednesday.

The Crusaders took a 2-0 lead at the end of the first half and added three more goals in the second half for the win.

Warriors head coach Clar Byers said St. Bernard’s had good speed up front, which they used to their advantage.

“They just outran our defense,” he said.

Del Norte fell to 0-3 for the season.

“We’re still learning, growing,” Byers said.

The team next plays at home on Saturday starting at 1 p.m. against South Fork.

To see more photos from the match click here.

DNHS downs North Coast Prep in tennis

The Del Norte High girls tennis team earned a 7-2 Humboldt-Del Norte Confe­rence win over North Coast Prep on Tuesday.

“The experience gained from our match on Saturday against Arcata was shown ... against North Coast Prep. ” Del Norte head coach Trudi Zottola Gugliemni said.

“I was proud of the team work, effort and strategies that they where able to accomplish in such a short time,” she added.

In No. 1 singles play Kathryn Gustafson of Del Norte downed Hannah Puttre 6-3, 6-2. 

In No. 2 singles Meghan Webb defeated Teal Stratton-Shea 6-4, 6-3.

In the No. 3 singles match Samantha Bausch was up 6-4  but had to retire due to injury and took the loss.

Hannah Seaton, the No. 4 seed for the Warriors, won in her match against Dot McMahon 6-4, 7-5. Severin Waltson of Del Norte defeated Xochitl Salazar 6-1, 7-5 in the No. 5 singles match while No. 6 seed Kaitlyn Stephens of Del Norte defeated Kaela Sutter 6-0, 6-0.

In No. 1 doubles Gustafson and Whitney Gamboa lost to Puttre and Stratton-Shea 8-5. 

Webb and Seaton of Del Norte won  in the No. 2 doubles match 8-1 and Walston and Stephens also won 8-1 in the No. 3 doubles match.

Del Norte improved to 1-1 for the year.


Close call for Del Norte

Down 2-0, DN comes back for 5 game victory


Senior Kristen DeBacker leaps for the ball during a game against Hoopa at home Tuesday night. The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
The Del Norte High varsity volleyball team composed themselves after falling behind two games  to none against Hoopa at home Tuesday night, dominating the rest of the way for a five game  victory and avoiding the near upset.

Del Norte won the contest 23-25, 22-25, 25-20, 25-6 and 15-8 to improve to 3-2 for the year.

“It was really bad the first two game and it was really good the last three,” co-head coach Pablo Lorenzi said.  In the end, Lorenzi said, it came down to having a better attitude, not worrying about losing, and just going out and having fun, which is what sports is supposed to be about, especially on the high school level.

After coming off a loss to Brookings-Harbor at home last week, the Del Norte Warriors came out quite flat against the Hoopa Warriors.

Del Norte lacked any spark, hitting balls into the net and letting balls easily drop on their side for scores as Hoopa capitalized and took the first two games in front of a stunned Del Norte crowd used to the home team dominating things.

“We were like zombies,” Lorenzi said. “We were just  standing there lifeless.”

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