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Del Norte baseball gets a boost

The baseball community in Del Norte is hoping for a big boost in funding this year with the creation of the Warrior Baseball Boosters.

Five current and former baseball coaches in the community have come together this year to form the brand-new organization with the stated goal of raising money for some long-overdue maintenance and equipment upgrades.

“Baseball is just not something that is highly regarded in our area because of the weather and because we always have to travel an hour-and-a-half to play games,” said Sean Harper, Del Norte’s new junior varsity baseball coach and president of the Warrior Boosters. “This is something that has needed to be done for a while. Now that I am back in the fold at the high school this year helping Travis out, it seemed like the right time to get this going.”

Boys basketball wins two of three

For the second weekend in a row the Del Norte boys basketball team finished up its weekend tournament with a 2-1 record.

The Warriors kicked off the tournament against St. Mary’s and stayed close through the first half, but a 38-point second half allowed St. Mary’s to run away with the win.

“We have played very well defensively except for one half this year,” said head coach Blaine Lopez. “We gave up 38 points in the second half against St. Mary’s and that is why we lost the game. St. Mary’s played well, too. They made big shots and we didn’t. Other than that second half though, we have been playing fine on defense.”

Crescent City's World Champion

Samantha Quinn Hester, right, delivers a crushing blow in October 2013 at the King of the Cage World Amateur Championships. Le Baskow / Las Vegas Sun
Del Norte High School alum earns a name for herself in the world of amateur cage fighting 

When 2008 graduate Samantha Quinn Hester was attending Del Norte High School, her friends called her “Sam” or “Samantha.” These days she also answers to “Quinn.” 

But when she steps into the cage, the fans all know her as “Quinnie da Facebreaker.”

Warrior Memories: Burrows shines as coach, athlete

Basketball season is here and in full swing. When these round balls are rolled out, the gym at the high school fills with excited fans. 

The Warriors have always had excellent basketball coaches that kept the team close to the top. Coaches like Chuck DeAutremont, Tex Gatlin, Wally Maciel and Dale Thomas always produced very competitive teams. 

Battle at the Border 2014

Marcus Henderson takes down his opponent. Del Norte Triplicate/ Melea Burke
A young Del Norte High wrestling team finished a close sixth overall out of 18 squads in their first contest of the season, the Battle at the Border, held on Saturday at home.

“It was a pretty good showing for the first tournament of the year with a young team,” said assistant coach Clinton Schaad. “We just wanted to see where were at with our conditioning and our technique.”

Warrior boys dominate Bruins

Steven Maready lays it up on a fast break. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
The Del Norte Warriors boys basketball team trounced the Brookings-Harbor Bruins 65-37 on Tuesday night at home. 

“It was a team effort. I thought we showed some improvement from the weekend,” coach Blaine Lopez said.

Jaycees tourney continues 40-year tradition

For nearly half a century, the Jaycees eighth grade girls basketball tournament has drawn teams from around Northern California and Southern Oregon to compete in gyms around Del Norte County. 

The tradition continues Friday as the 42nd annual tournament kicks off, with 40 middle school teams joining the action this year. Teams are classified in five divisions: AAA, AA, A, B and C. 

“It’s one of the premiere middle school basketball tournaments for the states of Oregon and California,” noted Crescent Elk eighth-grade A coach John Horner.

Yreka Tourney

Steven Maready pushes the ball down the court. Courtesy Bill Choy / Siskiyou Daily News
Junior Regin Loftin lead scorer in all three games for girls; both teams win two of three 

Del Norte High’s girls varsity basketball team opened the season at the Yreka Tournament last week and came home with a winning record, led in scoring in all three games by junior Regin Loftin. 

Small but Steady

Junior Joey Godla returns to the basketball court for the Warriors along with most of the team from last year. Del Norte kicks things off today in Yreka. Del Norte Triplicate file photo
Warriors return most of their production from last year’s team that took second in the HDN 

The Del Norte boys basketball team returns four starters and most of its rotation from last year’s 10-9 team that finished 5-4 in the Humboldt-Del Norte Big 5 and tied for second place with Eureka.

With so many players returning, the Warriors already feel like they are a little ahead of the game, dispite head coach Blaine Lopez and several key pieces of the team missing the first two weeks of practice while helping the football team to the quarterfinals of the North Coast Section Division IV playoffs.

Middle School Girls Basketball

Smith River’s Vanessa Webb surveys the paint while being closely guarded by Crescent Elks’ Kayah Ray just before halftime of the eighth-grade game. Del Norte Triplicate / Michael Zogg
The Crescent Elk and Smith River girls basketball teams met up in Smith River on Wednesday in the final regular season game of the middle school girls basketball season. Both the seventh- and eighth-grade teams competed.

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