Del Norte drops to 1-2 in Big 5 with 45-43 loss
ARCATA — It was another battle between Arcata and Del Norte on Thursday, with the Tigers eking out an important 45-43 Big 5 Conference win.
After the Warriors tied things up 43-43 with 11 seconds left, the Tigers were fouled and went 1-for-2 from the line. The Warriors could not get a score, and Arcata was fouled one more time and made one more free throw to earn the two-point win.
“The kids played hard but it was frustrating because we could not seem to get a break,” Warriors head coach Scott Alexander said. It was a bunch of little things that did not fall their way such as shots not going in, or not getting a call or two that built up into the loss, he said.
|The Del Norte High wrestling team improved to 5-0 in Humboldt-Del Norte Conference play by downing Hoopa and McKinleyville at home Wednesday night.
Warren Bailey of Del Norte High, left, wrestles against Hoopa on Wednesday at home. The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
The Warriors had little trouble in their first of only two home dual meets this year, giving several grapplers from the junior varsity program a chance to see mat time.
Including several forfeits, Del Norte, the defending HDNC champions, defeated Hoopa 63-12 and McKinleyville 59-21.
FORTUNA — The Del Norte High girls varsity basketball team had a good outing in a loss to Fortuna, considered one of the elite teams in the Big 5 Conference, Wednesday night.
While the Warriors lost 63-46, head coach Buzz McCulloch said the girls showed marked improvement in all aspects of the game compared to their last contest a week ago against Eureka. In that game they were blown out 50-22 and played lackluster.
“We gave them a run for their money,” McCulloch said. “We played with them. It was a good morale win for us.”
Del Norte earns first Big 5 win of year the hard way
The triple overtime battle between Del Norte and Fortuna Tuesday night left those who walked out of Thunen Gym physically and mentally drained after a game that was truly a hair-raising roller coaster ride.
Del Norte High senior Taylor Duncan drives to the basket against Fortuna at home Tuesday evening. The Daily Triplicate/Rick Postal
The Warriors won their first Big 5 Conference game of the year and snapped a two-game losing steak by downing the Huskies 69-57 in a contest that, like the Energizer Bunny, kept going and going.
Del Norte lost a four-point halftime lead, scored two points in the third and allowed Fortuna to tie things up at the buzzer at the end of regulation.
In the first and second overtimes, a resilient group of Warriors bent but did not break and broke the game open in the third overtime to come away with the win to go to 1-1 in the Big 5 and 7-5 overall.
Cody has not yet made a decision between Cougars and Sac State
Two schools have extended to Del Norte High School football player Cody Hoffman full scholarship offers to continue his gridiron career at the next level.
Del Norte High senior Cody Hoffman gets ready to hand a bouquet of flowers to his mother before his final home football game against Fortuna last November. Hoffman, who is being recruited as a wide receiver, has received full scholarship offers from BYU and Sacramento State. The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
The only question that remains is what school mascot will be cheering him on — a Hornet or a Cougar?
During an official recruiting trip to the Division 1-A Brigham Young University Cougars this past weekend, both Cody and his dad Rick Hoffman, who joined him on the recruiting trip, said he was offered a full ride to the school.
On a recruiting trip the other week to the Sacramento State Hornets, a Football Subdivision (formerly Division 1-AA) school, Cody was offered a full scholarship.
Monday afternoon, during a quick break from basketball practice, Hoffman said both schools are still in the running for his services.
The Del Norte High School Track and Field team is seeking donations to help pay for uniforms.
The team begins its season this spring.
For more information call head track coach Scott Lindsay at 218-6781.
The Del Norte High wrestling squad had six grapplers place at the North Coast Classic Wrestling Tournament on Saturday in Eureka.
Senior heavy weight Roger “Bronc” McCovey, the defending state champion, continued to remain undefeated this year going 4-0 and winning the 285 crown.
He pinned his first three opponents in the first round and won the title match 23-8. Jordan Lacey (103) took fourth; Greg Kirby (119) placed; Joey Kravitz (135) came in fifth; Kai Lemrise (160) was 5th; and Warren Bailey (171) placed sixth. Bailey lost his first matches but won four straight.
On Wednesday, the Warriors will host one of two dual meets this year. At 7 p.m. Del Norte will face Hoopa and McKinleyville.
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