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‘Liquor Box’ rocks Firecracker tourney

Liquor Box swept its way through the Firecracker One-Pitch Tournament this weekend at Pykes Field. Liquor Box was a perfect 5-0 on Friday in the round-robin for seeding on Friday and won all four of its games in the double-elimination tournament on Sunday to win the championship. Del Norte Triplicate / Michael Zogg
Six teams, 67 players participate in annual one-pitch tournament 

The Del Norte Recreation Department hosted its first of three slowpitch tournaments at Pykes Field over the weekend, drawing in six teams and 67 players. The teams all played one another in a round-robin on Saturday to set up the seeding for the double-elimination bracket.

This year’s champion Liquor Box, a team made up mostly of players from Medford with a couple of Del Norters as well, was a perfect 9-0 throughout the course of the tournament.


Professional Strength: Crescent City native takes fitness competitions by storm

Nomura, center, poses with the other contestants in her height division of the fitness competition. Courtesy photo
Roughly 900 of the most buff and in-shape amateur athletes in the United States met up in Teaneck, New Jersey, July 4-5 for the 2014 National Physique Committee Team Universe competition. The competitors were focused on obtaining the top prize, an International Federation of Body Building Pro Card.

The competition was fierce, but local fitness consultant Erin Nomura, who’s also working on an online degree in health and wellness, and nutrition, came through with a first-place finish in her height division at the NPC National Fitness Championships to realize her dream of becoming a professional.


Warrior Memories: ‘23 0lympic qualifier to enter DN Hall of Fame

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

Dee Sullivan was a Warrior teacher and coach at Del Norte from 1956 until she retired in 1973. Dee graduated from Eureka High in 1931.

As a 15-year-old sophomore at Eureka she had the fastest 100-meter time in the world for women and qualified for the 1928 Olympics, but as a young homesick teenager she gave up her spot on the team and returned home.


Reel Deal: Unofficial record halibut caught off coast of Alaska

Capt. Rye Phillips of Brookings stands next to the 95-inch, 482-pound halibut he helped Jack McGuire catch July 3 near Gustavus, Alaska. Courtesy of Andy Martin / Wild Rivers Fishing
Rye Phillips, a Brookings-based charter boat captain, helped a client catch a 482-pound halibut last week in Alaska, where Phillips guides in the summer.  The halibut would count as a world record with the International Game Fish Association had it not been shot and harpooned.

Meanwhile, much smaller but equally fun-to-catch salmon, rockfish and lingcod are being caught on the North Coast.


Learning from the big kids at Warrior Youth Football Camp

Warrior defensive lineman Colton Davis, left, encourages his team during a tug-of-war at Warrior Youth Football Camp. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
The annual Warrior Youth Football Camp wrapped up on Wednesday after 32 kids between third and eighth grade (with the exception of one 5-year old) spent three days under the tutelage of 21 varsity and junior varsity players.

From the get-go, the player-coaches took charge of the camp.

“(The coaches) organize things and give them an outline of what to do,” said Warrior coach Mike Coopman, who was in charge of the camp. “The player-coaches pretty much took it from there... They drew up their own practice plans and then they impose their own technique, which they have learned at the high school level.”


Slowpitch softball games underway at Pykes Field this week

Landon O’Reilly, at left, and Isaiah Sanchez look toward the umpire for the call after a close play at second base on Monday at Pykes Field. The Del Norte Recreation Slowpitch Softball League kicked off this Monday with the men’s upper and lower divisions. Del Norte Triplicate / Michael Zogg
The slowpitch softball season is back in Crescent City as 12 teams, six each from the men’s upper and lower divisions, played their first regular season games at Pykes Field on Monday.

The upper division has six teams this year while the lower division has 10 teams. There are also 11 co-ed teams signed up this season. The co-ed regular season kicked off Tuesday.



Roller derby's junior division brings families together

Since the inception of the North Coast Roller Derby, Tsunami Sirens head coach Jack “Coach Old Xchool” Gollaher has been the patriarch of NCRD’s most visible roller derby family.

Coach Old Xchool’s daughter Danielle “Ragin’ Reg” Arispe is a founding member and former captain of the Sirens, and her husband Joe “Sloppy Joe” Arispe began helping to coach and eventually practice with the Sirens while skating with a men’s team in Ukiah.

Skating with family is an everyday occurrence for them.

“It isn’t any different than life has always been,” Ragin’ Reg said.


Warrior Memories: 2014 Hall of Fame class filled with stars

This year six former Warriors will be inducted into the Warriors Athletic Hall of Fame. 

Dee Sullivan is a former  teacher and coach who did so much for Del Norte students, especially the girls. She gave girls the chance to develop and demonstrate their athletic skills long before interscholastic sports for girls started. As a student at Eureka she was a world class athlete and qualified for the 1928 Olympics. She taught at Del Norte from 1956 until retirement in 1973.


116 compete at Bill Speer III Memorial

Tomas Garcia of Crescent City pumps his fist in celebration after sinking a long putt on hole 9 on Sunday at the Bill Speers III Memorial Sweepstakes tournament. Del Norte Triplicate / Michael Zogg
The Del Norte Golf Course was flooded with 116 golfers, mostly from Del Norte and Redding, for the annual Bill Speer III Memorial Sweepstakes tournament over the weekend.

Golfers competed both individually and as teams in a best-shot format. Local golf enthusiast James Haban shot the lowest score of the tournament, a 7-under par 135, to take home the individual championship by gross score after finishing second last year.


Reel Deal: Salmon, lingcod and rockfish are biting hard this week as city swells for Fourth of July

Mike and Troy Smith of Willows had a good day fishing for king salmon out of Crescent City on Wednesday with Pacific West Coast Ocean Fishing Guide Service. Photos courtesy of Keith Richcreek / Pacific West Coast Ocean Fishing Guide Service
A strong salmon bite is back for the coasts of Crescent City and Brookings, just in time for  throngs of tourists and ex-pat Del Norters back in town for the Fourth of July.

Rockfish and lingcod ocean fishing  has been pretty good, as usual. Other local opportunities to wet a line include trying for surfperch from coastal bluffs or trying for a cutthroat trout in the Smith or Chetco rivers.

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