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In the Words of a Warrior

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During Buck Pierce’s nine-year career as a quarterback he fell in love with the Canadian Football League and its fans while being voted the toughest player in the league twice. Photo courtesy of Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Blackburn sounds off on his relationship with Buck, shares a firsthand account of the QB’s career

After 33 years of teaching and coaching and 28 years of broadcasting football and basketball, I feel blessed in getting to know hundreds of student athletes — boys and girls. These experiences have stayed with me over these many years and I treasure the memories. My relationships with many of these outstanding young people have continued in my later years.

One such relationship that has continued is with Buck Pierce and his parents Tim and Connie Pierce, who still live in Crescent City.


Warriors pin Huskies in HDN dual

The Del Norte wrestling team was forced to leave four weight classes open on Wednesday in Fortuna, but the Warriors did almost everything else perfectly in a dominating 51-30 victory over the Huskies.

Due to some illness, injuries and just having a small team this year, Del Norte was forced to forfeit matches at 106, 128, 182 and 195 pounds. The Warriors got half of those points back when Roberto Aguilar and Andru Botelho both won by forfeit at 220 pounds and heavyweight.


Strong showing for small squad

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Sophomore Colson Turner, pictured on Jan. 14 in Del Norte’s dual against Eureka, came away from the Eureka Tournament this weekend with a seventh-place finish to help the shorthanded Warrior wrestling team finish seventh out of 24 teams on Saturday. Del Norte Triplicate file photo
Warriors wrestle way to seventh place, despite leaving several top wrestlers home with sickness 

The Del Norte wrestling team is used to entering competition shorthanded this season, but Saturday’s trip south to the Eureka Tournament was the smallest Warrior squad yet this season as the team battled sickness and injuries.

Still, Del Norte was able to place three of the six varsity wrestlers that finished the tournament and ended up seventh overall out of 24 teams in attendance.

“There were quite a few schools there and it was good competition,” said Del Norte head coach Aaron Schaad. “The kids enjoyed themselves and I was happy with the way the kids performed. We beat a few kids that we shouldn’t have beat, and the matches that we lost were close matches. I think we won some matches on conditioning too, so that means our lungs are getting better.”


DN bests Fortuna

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Siera Fitzhugh goes hard to the hoop for two of her team-high 11 points against the Huskies. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
All eight Warriors score; Del Norte uses second-half surge to top Fortuna 48-40 

After the Del Norte girls basketball team closed out a 48-40 victory over the Huskies in Thunen Gym on Friday, the Warriors found themselves in a new position — .500 at 2-2 through the first half of league play.

The Warriors girls program has struggled in Humboldt-Del Norte Big 5 league play in recent memory, but this year’s team finds itself alone in third place halfway through league play.

“It has been a long time since the Del Norte girls have been 2-2 in league play,” said Del Norte head coach Jeff Cook. “It means a lot to us. These are my first two wins in the league (as a coach) and (junior) Regin (Loftin) has been a starter for three years and this is her third league win.”


DN storms past Fortuna in 2nd half

Warrior boys stay tied for 1st in HDN Big 5 hoops race with huge 2nd half in Fortuna 

The anticipated hard-fought battle between two of the Humboldt-Del Norte Big 5 teams in a three-way for first place lived up to the billing in the first half, but the Del Norte boys basketball team ran roughshod over the Huskies in the second half in Fortuna and pulled away for an emphatic 65-42 victory on Thursday.

“We just played really well in the second half,” said Del Norte head coach Blaine Lopez. “We didn’t turn the ball over; we played excellent on the defensive end; we didn’t give up second shots, and we made shots. It was a whole-team effort.”


Warrior Memories: DN couldn’t ask for a better assistant coach than Brous

As a former coach, I know how valuable good assistants coaches are.

When I attend Warrior varsity basketball games it is a pleasure to see another former Del Norte High standout athlete working with Blaine Lopez as his assistant. Dave Brous, a 1970 Warrior graduate, was a three-sport athlete while at Del Norte. He was the quarterback for the football team, point guard for basketball and an outstanding outfielder in baseball.


Reel Deal: Local rivers packed with out-of-town anglers

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Matt Dowd of Sacramento holds a hatchery steelhead he caught Jan. 21 while fishing the Chetco River with guide Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing. The steelhead hit a cluster of roe cured with Pautzke’s BorX O Fire fished with a G.Loomis spinning rod. Photo courtesy of Andy Martin / Wild Rivers Fishing
Smith River expected to be in good condition for drift boats through the weekend 

The past week has provided the best steelhead fishing of the season on both the Smith and Chetco rivers.

With river levels lowering to the perfect level for drift boats on both rivers, combined with the fact that most of the rivers up north into Oregon or south in Humboldt are still too high for drift boats, the Chetco River especially has been packed with boats throughout the week.


Warrior Showcase

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Parker Thompson puts up a shot in the post in the JV boys’ 52-50 victory.
Home teams protect Thunen Gym in an all-Warrior showdown between Hoopa and Del Norte 

The Del Norte basketball teams were a perfect 4-for-4 on Tuesday as both varsity and junior varsity teams pulled out wins over Hoopa in a non-league showdown on Sportscasters Night hosted by Bicostal Media.

Del Norte fans packed Thunen Gym for a rare chance to see all four of the high school’s top basketball teams compete on the same night, in the same place.


Sirens roll in fun first bout

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Andrea “Drea DemolisHer” McCovey lays a big hit on the Sis-Q jammer as Sirens jammer Liz “TeacHer Some Respect” Calleja cheers her on. Photo courtesy of Roger Schultz / Hot Shot Sports Photography
Sirens run away with 328-126 victory over Sis-Q in rematch of both teams’ first-ever bouts 

The Tsunami Sirens kicked off their 2015 season against a familiar foe when the Sis-Q Rollerz from Medford, Ore., came to town. The Sirens met the Rollerz in the North Coast Roller Derby’s first-ever official bout back in 2011.

“We have kind of come up through the ranks together,” said Siren blocker Adrianna “Full Metal Jackie” Stefko.


Wrestlers take fifth at Eagle Point Invite

Del Norte takes eight grapplers to Oregon; seven Warriors place in top 6 

The Del Norte wrestling team continues to rack up the medals as seven of the eight Warriors entered into the varsity bracket placed in the top six.

Del Norte went on to finish with 100 total team points to take fifth overall out of 15 teams, dispite the small lineup.

“We only had about half a team, but we were still able to put up 100 points and take fifth place,” said Del Norte head coach Aaron Schaad. “An extra 40 points is very doable if we had a bigger lineup.”


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