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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.

Showing what they've got

Del Norte’s Grace Bruschi is one of three seniors on the squad this year as the Warriors prepare for the start of the season in Yreka on Thursday. Del Norte Triplicate file
Warriors expect faster, better shooting team as it rebounds from several key roster changes

The Del Norte girls basketball team is still a work in progress as head coach Jeff Cook has struggled to get everyone to practice as tennis and volleyball players both reached the postseason this fall.

The Warriors are coming off of a 9-13 season last year, but the team struggled in league play, going 0-8 in the Humboldt-Del Norte Big 5.

“We are still a young team,” Cook said. “We have four girls returning, three of which played a lot last year. So I don’t really know what I have yet. There are a lot of juniors on this team, but we don’t have a lot of experience playing at the varsity level.”

Reel Deal: Rising rivers

Amanda Nethercutt, of Sacramento, shows off a 30-pound chinook salmon caught on the Smith RIver with guide Jim Mitchell of Gotcha Hooked Fish Trips. Photo courtesy of Jim Mitchell / Gotcha Hooked Fish Trips
Anglers hopeful that higher water levels this weekend will usher in the start of steelhead season 

This weekend’s rising rivers are expected to usher in the steelhead season on the Smith and Chetco rivers, which have already been experiencing a fantastic chinook salmon season.

Smith River

While there are still some bright chinook salmon entering the Smith River and a few more weeks of good salmon fishing left, things have definitely slowed down on the Smith.

Jim Mitchell of Gotcha Hooked Fish Trips said he has been catching salmon throughout the mainstem Smith from the Forks (Middle Fork and South Fork confluence) to the county boat ramp on Fred Haight Drive.

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