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Reel Deal: Anglers get steelhead in their stockings

Fishermen in Del Norte County must have been good this year, because Santa seems to have stocked the Smith and Chetco rivers with steelhead on Christmas. The first reports of steelhead catches on both rivers were reported on Friday. Local guides are expecting the best steelhead fishing so far this year over the weekend.

“Both rivers are still a little bit high, which is good because the forecast says it should be dry now for a little bit,” said fishing guide Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing. “So the conditions will just keep getting better and better the next few days. The rivers are coming into shape for the weekend and there are fish already.”

Del Norte Star

Del Norte graduate Cody Hoffman owns every major receiving record at Brigham Young University. Now he is looking for somewhere to play professionally. Del Norte Triplicate file
Cody Hoffman has incredible experiences playing football, with many more on the way 

Over the years I have had the opportunity to meet and work with so many young people in this community, both as a teacher and coach and as a broadcaster of football and basketball on KPOD and through “Sports With Chuck” on Charter Cable channel 4. This was rewarding to me because of the many relationships and friendships with these young people. In my later life the energy that they put forth has created a marvelous energy that has impacted my life.

Two individuals who have made their mark in football and basketball at Del Norte High and later at two major colleges come to mind. Buck Pierce and Cody Hoffman made their mark in Del Norte High history. Buck went on to make his mark at New Mexico State University and Cody at Brigham Young University.

Warrior Memories: Steven is the latest Maready Warrior

When I read the great article by Mike Zogg about Steven Maready being selected Humboldt-Del Norte League football MVP this year it brought back great memories regarding the Mareadys.

Steven is the third generation of the Maready family who have been outstanding Warriors on the football field, the basketball court and the baseball diamond.

Gonzalez wins White Star

Senior midfielder Sabrina Gonzalez was honored as the Del Norte girls soccer team MVP on Friday after leading the Warriors to a 7-12 record in 2014. Del Norte Triplicate file photo
Senior captain earns White Star, is named team MVP at girls soccer awards ceremony Friday 

The Del Norte girls soccer team met for the last time this year on Friday in the high school library to look back on the season and recognize some of its outstanding performers.

Although the Warriors had their share of struggles throughout the season with a 7-12 overall record, the girls’ roster doubled from the first game to the last.

“We started the season with nine players and won our first game,” said Del Norte head coach Clar Byers. “Then we closed the season with 18 girls and won our last game. That was a big game too, because we beat Eureka.”

Warriors top Ferndale 41-35 heading into break

Del Norte girls look to firm up rotation heading into the holidays 

The Del Norte girls basketball team put the finishing touches on 2014 with a 41-35 victory on the road in Ferndale on Tuesday.

The Warriors played pretty evenly with Ferndale throughout the game, but were able to take control of the game late to pick up the win and improve to 5-3 overall heading into a 1½-week break.

“It was an ugly win,” said Del Norte head coach Jeff Cook. “They had two really big girls that kind of pushed us around like rag dolls. I think they ran out of gas towards the end.”

Warriors continue to show progress

Junior Justin Schrader (138 pounds) was one of three Warrior wrestlers to reach the second day of the varsity bracket in Grants Pass this weekend. Del Norte Triplicate file photo
Del Norte coaches have seen significant progress from their young team through 3 tournaments 

The Del Norte wrestling team gained some good experience at the Grants Pass Wrestling Winter Kickoff over the weekend in the team’s first two-day tournament of the season. 

The Warriors only had one tournament champion in Tanner Gensaw who won the 220 junior varsity bracket.

Due to the size of the tournament with about 40 teams in attendance, there were no wrestlebacks for third place so only the top two wrestlers in each bracket were placed. In the junior varsity tournaments only wrestlers who went undefeated in their pool moved on to the next round.

Del Norte still looking for answers offensively

Warriors finish 4th after going 1-2 at Red Bluff Tournament this weekend 

The Del Norte boys basketball team closed the book on 2014 with a fourth-place finish over the weekend at the Red Bluffs Tournament against what head coach Blaine Lopez said was the stiffest competition of the season so far.

The Warriors fell 53-40 on Saturday against Enterprise in the third-place game after falling to eventual tournament champion South Medford 43-27 in the semifinals on Friday. Del Norte beat tournament host Red Bluffs 50-44 in the opening round.


Reel Deal: Still waiting for steelhead

Local anglers still waiting for annual run, but half-pounders are showing up on Smith, Chetco 

Local fishing has remained lackluster over the past couple weeks as the salmon have moved upstream and anglers continue to await the arrival of the adult steelhead runs.

Fishermen are still having luck catching salmon farther north on the Sixes and Elk rivers, where the later runs are still producing catches.

Warrior Memories: Trehearn provided height for Warriors

As I look at this year’s Warrior boys basketball team, it really reminds me of my days as a Warrior. Team height was something that was always missing. At 6 feet, 2 inches I was regularly one of the tallest Warriors. We never had a player that could dunk a ball.

During the 1948-49 season we finally got a legitimate tall player. Harry Trehearn stood about 6 feet, 6 inches, and all of us had to look up at him. He was a senior that had always been here, but had finally come into his own.

Several Warrior wrestlers still in play

The Del Norte wrestling team saw some of its toughest competition of the year on Friday when the Grants Pass Wrestling Winter Kickoff tournament began. Although the Warriors struggled early on, they came on strong late and seven Warriors remain in the running for the tournament finale today.

“This is the toughest tournament that we have been in all year. There are a lot of the same teams that we saw at the Del Norte Tournament, plus a few teams that we haven’t seen yet,” Del Norte assistant coach Clinton Schaad said. “We came out a little flat in the morning; I’m not sure why, but after that first round the kids kind of woke up and wrestled a lot better.”

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