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.
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