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Slowpitch softball: Battle at the border

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Brooke’s Angels went undefeated through the double elimination tournament on Saturday and Sunday to earn the first-ever Coed League Battle at the Border championship by coming from behind late to top Royal Flush 18-14 in the championship game. Playing for Brooke’s Angels were, from left, Isaiah Sanchez, Danae Vanderpool, Sarah Chavel, Krystal Gutierrez, Camron Vanlandingham, Stephanie, Johnny Franz, Donna Bigs, Kristy Rippetoe, Clint Rippetoe and Kenny Royal. Del Norte Triplicate / Michael Zogg
 The Del Norte Recreation Department hosted the annual Battle at the Border slowpitch softball tournament over the weekend. For the first time ever, the battle included a coed division to let the ladies in on the fun.


Hoffman is turning heads in Washington

With Washington Redskins training camp underway, it is prime season for fan speculation in Washington.


JV volleyball tryouts set for August 14

Del Norte High School will be holding open tryouts for the junior varsity volleyball team next month in the small gym at the high school.


King Salmon fishing slow on ocean near Crescent City; bottom fishing remains reliable

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Last week, Kelley Thurmond pulled in a 36½-pound lingcod topping the previous biggest lingcod by 3 pounds. Courtesy of Englund Marine
Every year, Englund Marine Supply Co. in Crescent City Harbor bestows a rod-and-reel setup to the two anglers who catch the largest lingcod and the largest salmon of the season.

Just two days after the largest lingcod of the season was weighed in at Englund Marine, a 36½-pound ling was brought in by Kelley Thurmond, of Crescent City, on July 13.

The largest salmon caught so far weighed in at 30½ pounds gilled and gutted and was caught by Ted Lowe.

Crescent City ocean fishing

Ocean salmon fishing out of Crescent City has been pretty slow going, according to Keith Richcreek of Pacific West Coast Ocean Fishing Guide Service. There are lots of silver salmon, which cannot be retained, out there but hardly any king salmon to be seen.

Bottom fishing for rockfish and lingcod is almost always consistently good out of Crescent City and this week was no exception.


Training camp for Redskins, Hoffman

With mini camps and organized team activities in the rear-view mirror, former Del Norte High and Brigham Young University standout wide receiver Cody Hoffman takes his first big steps toward hopefully securing a spot on the Washington Redskins roster today as Washington opens training camp in Richmond, Va.

During training camp, starting today and going until Aug. 12, the Redskins will practice every morning, with a walkthrough to follow each afternoon, according to the schedule posted at Redskins.com. Washington will also hold joint practices with the New England Patriots from Aug. 4–6 leading up to the first game of the preseason for both teams, at FedExField on Aug. 7.


Rec League slowpitch softball standings

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Gary Carter of the DN Destroyers slides safely into third base, just under the tag from Grey Higginson of Cold Packs during Men’s Lower Division play at PykesField on Monday. The Del Norte Recreation slowpitch leagues are entering their third week of competition. Del Norte Triplicate / Michael Zogg
Men’s Upper Division

W L T Pct

Coulson Farms 4 0 0 1.000

Porcinis 2 2 0 .500

Grove’s Big Dogs 2 2 0 .500

F/V Patricia 2 2 0 .500

Smith River Rancheria 1 3 0 .250

The Other Guys 1 3 0 .250


DN cross country starts Aug. 18

The Del Norte High School boys and girls cross country teams will begin practice for the 2014 season on Aug. 18 at 3 p.m. on the track.

“If kids aren’t planning on playing a fall sport, we would love to have them give cross country a shot,” said assistant coach George Hartman.


Reel Deal: Englund Marine has new lingcod mark to beat

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Jim Mitchell of Crescent CIty played tug-of-war with a sea lion for this salmon last week. He won, and took home the gnawed-up fish. Courtesy of Jim Mitchell
The largest lingcod caught this season thus far for Crescent City Englund Marine’s rod-and-reel contest was plucked from the Pacific last week by an angler aboard Tally Ho II Sportfishing charter boat.

John Passmore, from Grants Pass, caught the lunker of ling weighing in at 33.5 pounds on July 11, putting him in first place for Englund Marine’s annual contest.

On the ocean, bottom fishing for lingcod and rockfish is as good as ever, but salmon are a bit tougher unless you go to the Klamath River, where fall chinook are starting to show.


Sirens get win over happy Storm City team

The bout was somewhat different for the members of the North Coast Roller Derby who made the trip to Ridgefield, Wash., over the weekend. All the Roller Derby rules were the same, but the atmosphere felt somehow unique for the Tsunami Sirens’ 161-135 victory over the Storm City Roller Girls.

“They were fun,” said blocker Adrianna “Full Metal Jackie” Stefko. “They were super happy to have us. They were a very welcoming and hospitable team.”


Warrior Memories: DN hoops great also made mark in classroom

This is the second of six columns about the 2014 Del Norte Athletic Hall of Fame inductees.

Kim Kellenburg is a 1965 Warrior graduate who excelled on the football field, the basketball court and the baseball fields.

While Kim was good at whatever sport he played, it was on the basketball court where he really left his mark. 


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