Del Norte earns first Big 5 win of year the hard way
The triple overtime battle between Del Norte and Fortuna Tuesday night left those who walked out of Thunen Gym physically and mentally drained after a game that was truly a hair-raising roller coaster ride.
Del Norte High senior Taylor Duncan drives to the basket against Fortuna at home Tuesday evening. The Daily Triplicate/Rick Postal
The Warriors won their first Big 5 Conference game of the year and snapped a two-game losing steak by downing the Huskies 69-57 in a contest that, like the Energizer Bunny, kept going and going.
Del Norte lost a four-point halftime lead, scored two points in the third and allowed Fortuna to tie things up at the buzzer at the end of regulation.
In the first and second overtimes, a resilient group of Warriors bent but did not break and broke the game open in the third overtime to come away with the win to go to 1-1 in the Big 5 and 7-5 overall.
Cody has not yet made a decision between Cougars and Sac State
Two schools have extended to Del Norte High School football player Cody Hoffman full scholarship offers to continue his gridiron career at the next level.
Del Norte High senior Cody Hoffman gets ready to hand a bouquet of flowers to his mother before his final home football game against Fortuna last November. Hoffman, who is being recruited as a wide receiver, has received full scholarship offers from BYU and Sacramento State. The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
The only question that remains is what school mascot will be cheering him on — a Hornet or a Cougar?
During an official recruiting trip to the Division 1-A Brigham Young University Cougars this past weekend, both Cody and his dad Rick Hoffman, who joined him on the recruiting trip, said he was offered a full ride to the school.
On a recruiting trip the other week to the Sacramento State Hornets, a Football Subdivision (formerly Division 1-AA) school, Cody was offered a full scholarship.
Monday afternoon, during a quick break from basketball practice, Hoffman said both schools are still in the running for his services.
The Del Norte High School Track and Field team is seeking donations to help pay for uniforms.
The team begins its season this spring.
For more information call head track coach Scott Lindsay at 218-6781.
The Del Norte High wrestling squad had six grapplers place at the North Coast Classic Wrestling Tournament on Saturday in Eureka.
Senior heavy weight Roger “Bronc” McCovey, the defending state champion, continued to remain undefeated this year going 4-0 and winning the 285 crown.
He pinned his first three opponents in the first round and won the title match 23-8. Jordan Lacey (103) took fourth; Greg Kirby (119) placed; Joey Kravitz (135) came in fifth; Kai Lemrise (160) was 5th; and Warren Bailey (171) placed sixth. Bailey lost his first matches but won four straight.
On Wednesday, the Warriors will host one of two dual meets this year. At 7 p.m. Del Norte will face Hoopa and McKinleyville.
tourney in Eureka today
Cody Hoffman and his father Rick grabbed a 6 a.m. flight from Arcata this morning, bound for Provo, Utah, and the Brigham Young University campus.
The BYU Cougar football team arranged on Wednesday to have Hoffman, the Del Norte High School gridiron standout, come to the school for an official recruiting visit.
Hoffman, a three-time conference first-team White Star selection, said he’s quite pleased to be making an official visit to such an elite football program.
“I’m pretty excited to just see the facilities and meet the coaches,” he said, adding it’s a nice feeling knowing all the hard work he has put in has helped him get to the point where a program like the Cougars are bringing him in for a visit.
“I was pretty happy,” Hoffman said. “I’d like to play for a big school like that.”
DN hopes to have conference success this year
CRESCENT CITY — After winning its first Big 5 Conference game in two seasons against Eureka last year, the Del Norte High girls varsity basketball team wants to go one step further this season — to not come in last place.
Players and the coaching staff of the Del Norte High girls varsity basketball team pose for a group photo last week in a break from practice. The Warriors opened the Big 5 Conference season on Wednesday at Eureka. The Daily Triplicate/Rick Postal
After a 10-16 finish overall and going 1-7 in the Big 5 in 2007-2008, the Warriors are more than ready to take it to another level this season.
“I’m sick and tired of being at the bottom,” said head coach Buzz McCulloch.
He believes the team can be in the middle of the pack in the Big 5. “We have the potential,” McCulloch said.
Senior Kaylie Rook, known as one of the Warriors’ best defenders, said the team is full of athletes that have had success in other sports like volleyball, which just won its 20th straight league title this past fall, or softball, which just won its first section title in May.
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