Bill Choy, The Triplicate

Warriors open season on Saturday

As Jared Wells watched his team practice recently he was all smiles knowing a new season of baseball at Del Norte High School is about to get under way.

"We're looking good," he said. "We got a lot of players coming back this year, so I think we got a solid team in place."

This is the first year as head coach for Wells, who graduated from Del Norte in 1997.

He replaces longtime coach Pablo Lorenzi.

Wells, a teacher at

Uncharted Shores Academy, previously coached baseball at the middle

school level when he lived in Hawaii. He also taught in Hawaii in both

high school and middle school.

For Wells, it's great to be back to the place he graduated from high school.

"I feel that it's a great opportunity," he said. "It's great to return and put down some roots here."


season begins a little bit earlier than normal this season with the

Warriors facing Sonoma Valley in Eureka on Saturday. The second game

will be almost three weeks later.

While performing well on the

baseball field is important, Wells said his emphasis is on helping his

players develop into good citizens. And that means maintaining their

grades - after all, he said, he's a teacher.

"We want to teach

them baseball as well as having good team character," he said. "I love

this sport and I enjoy teaching this game."

While practices have

been occurring for only a few weeks, Wells likes the combination of

newcomers and veterans the team has this year and believes the Warriors

will be competitive.

Last year, the Warriors missed the playoffs

for the first time in a few seasons, going 4-8 in the Big 5 Conferrence

and 8-11 overall.

Baseball Schedule

andbull; Feb. 25 vs.Sonoma Valley at Eureka

andbull; March 16 at Hidden Valley, 3 p.m.

andbull; March 17 at Brookings, 11 a.m.

andbull; March 30 vs. Hidden Valley at home. 4 p.m.

andbull; March 31 vs. Potter Valley at home, noon

andbull; April 7 at Fortuna

andbull; April 12-14 at Rincon Valley Tournament in Santa Rosa

andbull; April 18 at McKinleyville

andbull; April 21 Eureka at home

andbull; April 25 Arcata at home

andbull; May 2 vs.Fortuna at home

andbull; May 5 vs. McKinleyville at home

andbull; May 9 at Eureka

andbull; May 12 at Arcata

andbull; May 19, last day of league competition

andbull; May 22 to June 2, Northcoast Section playoffs