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Warrior Memoreis: Remembering Matocha easy as one-two-Twee

One of the really great things about being involved in sports are the lifelong friendships that you can develop.

The recent passing of Lucille Matocha Stewart, and the great obituary that appeared in the paper, started me thinking about her younger brother Joe, who graduated in 1952 two years after Lucille. He will always remain one of my favorite Warrior teammates. Joe played football and baseball as a Warrior. Football was where he really won the respect of his teammates.

Warrior tennis falls to HDNs best

Although the Del Norte boys tennis team hadn’t played North Coast Prep yet this season, the Warriors knew they were in for a tough fight when NCP made the trip north from Eureka on Tuesday.

On Friday, NCP proved to be the class of the Humboldt-Del Norte league with first place finishes in the No. 1, No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 singles tournaments in Arcata.

DN softball tops Arcata 9-5 in windy first game

The Del Norte softball team fought through the windy conditions in Arcata on Wednesday to pull out a 9-5 victory over the Tigers, improving to 8-3 overall this year and 1-0 in Humboldt-Del Norte Big 5 league play.

“It was rough,” said Del Norte head coach Pablo Lorenzi. “The wind was blowing at about 20 mph, I was just happy that we got the game in.”

Warrior baseball falls 3-0 in Arcata

Runs were hard to come by in the Del Norte baseball teams Humboldt-Del Norte Big 5 league opener in Arcata. Both pitchers kept the opotition at bay throughout the game, but the Tigers were able to reach home three times in the fifth inning to escape with a 3-0 victory.

“We had a pretty good pitchers dual here today between (Wyatt) Tucker and Noah Thomas,” said Del Norte head coach Travis Johnson. “Noah pitched a great game and kept us in the game basically. He was moving the ball all over the plate and he picked a couple guys off. I couldn’t have been more pleased with his pitching performance.”

Warrior Youth grapplers grab a dozen titles, 16 runners up in Arcata

The Del Norte Youth Wrestling program brought 57 kids with it to the Arcata Tournament on Saturday and had 43 kids finish in the top three, including 12 champions and 16 runners up combined in the various age and weight brackets.

The Arcata Tournament was also the first of the year to keep track of team scores and the Warriors finished tied for second in a three-way race for the title. Eureka ended up winning, two points ahead of Del Norte and Arcata.

Lewis brothers take 3rd at Reno Worlds

Smith River Elementary students Thunder and Wyatt Lewis wrapped up a successful folksyle wrestling season with a pair of third place finishes at the Flo Reno World Championships over the weekend.


The tournament in Reno draws many of the best wrestlers from across the country. Thunder and Wyatt were competing in the eight-and-under division.

King of Clubs: Too long has gone on lone enough

All golfers are told that a standard round of golf should take 4 hours and 30 mins, or, a little less but hopefully not any more.  The USGA, PGA, RNA, NGF and any other acraneme that rules the standards of the game all believe in this timeline. But, what do the golfers think?

Recently, a study done by the National Golf Foundation called the NGF Core Golfer Study showed a surprising result. The golfer’s “time satisfaction” decreased when a round’s time increased pass the 4 hour and 20 minute mark.  The study expressed that 47 percent of golfers felt that 4 hours and 20 mins was too long to play golf.

Small Warrior track squad runs in Brookings Rotary

Due to various weekend commitments, most notably prom, the Del Norte track team had a limited number of athletes available for the Brookings-Harbor Rotary meet on Saturday.

The Warrior boys had seven boys compete for a third-place team finish with 86 points. The Del Norte girls brought eight athletes to Brookings and amassed 44 team points to finish sixth out of 10 teams.

Del Norte JV takes third place at year-end tourney

The Del Norte junior varsity team saved its best baseball for the end of the season.

After a slow start to the season the Warriors finished strong at the Arcata JV Tournament, featuring all of the young teams in the HDN, by going 2-1 and claiming third place. The Warriors finish the season at 7-6 overall.

Growing fast

Rogue Valley pickleball champion Joel Keller demonstrates some pickleball strategy with Barbara Olesen for the beginners group Saturday. Del Norte Triplicate / Michael Zogg
The last time Joel Heller was in Crescent City teaching pickleball, it was in a driveway with six women as students. On Saturday Keller spent the morning teaching two groups of students (about 27 total) on five courts at the fairgrounds.

“This group is huge. Two years ago there was no group here. Now we filled up two groups,” Heller said. “Once (pickleball) gets a little publicity it usually takes off.”

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