2018 is rapidly coming to a close and the Del Norte Triplicate is once again taking our annual look back at the top local sports accomplishments of the past year. The Del Norte High School athletic department has had an impressive past 12 months with league champions, North Coast Section participants, and even a pair of NCS runners up this year.
Once again, the list of exciting stories was too long to cut off at just 10, so we have included a few honorable mention selections as well.
As always, the order of this list can certainly be debated, but there is no doubt that each of the teams, athletes and organizations on this list have had an incredible year.
Check Saturday’s Triplicate for our picks for the top five sports stories of the year.
6. 1st year coach leads volleyball to 2nd in league, Sanchez MVP
First year head coach Sarah Levi lead the Del Norte volleyball team, taking over for legendary Warrior head coach Debbie Lorenzi who stayed on as an assistant coach this season.
The Warriors finished tied for second place in the HDN Big 5 this year and qualified for the North Coast Section Tournament as the No. 13 seed.
Senior Kaleya Sanchez was named the HDN’s most valuable player after the season this fall.
7. Wrestling edged out for HDN title, place 2 grapplers at NCS
The Del Norte wrestling team had a particularly strong finish to last season once the calendar hit 2018. The Warriors managed an exciting 36-35 dual win over Fortuna to win the HDN dual championship. Del Norte fell just 3.5 points short of the Huskies at the HDN Tournament to finish in second place, although the Warriors did crown more individual champions than any other team with five.
Del Norte finished the year strong with eight wrestlers advancing to the North Coast Section Championships, where both Ta-Tes Boulby and Skyler Moore fought their way onto the podium with seventh place finishes.
8. Girls form first ever all-female
Warrior wrestling team
For the first time ever, the Del Norte wrestling program had enough girls come out for wrestling that they were able to form their own team.
The Warriors have had girls wrestle in the past as part of a coed wrestling program, but 2018 marks the first year that the school has ever had separate teams for the boys and the girls.
9. Girls tennis wins HDN doubles title, finishes with NCS medal
The Del Norte wrestling team won the HDN League Doubles Championship’s top bracket for the second year in a row in 2018. Senior Jasmine Pearson and junior Danika Scott went undefeated at the HDN Doubles Tournament to kick off the postseason.
Pearson and Scott qualified for the North Coast Section Doubles Championships as the HDN’s top squad and received a favorable draw in the tournament, helping the pair come away with fourth place medals.
10. Boys golf takes fifth as team at NCS Division II meet
The Del Norte boys golf team was edged out for an HDN League championship this season after a change to how the team scores were calculated midseason, but the Warriors shot well enough for the whole team to earn a spot in the North Coast Section Division II Meet of Champions as an at-large selection this year.
At the NCS meet the Warriors took fifth place out of 11 teams — just seven strokes short of advancing to the NCS Division I meet. The Warriors also beat HDN champion Eureka by 18 strokes at the NCS tournament.
Honorable mention selections:
• The Del Norte track and field team sent four athletes to the North Coast Section Meet of Champions this year including Katherine Martinez (pole vault), Ethan Price (high jump), Carolyn Cochran (discus), and Bryce Howard (pole vault).
• Del Norte Little League played host to the Oregon District 8 Tournament, and all four of its all star teams took first place in their respective division tournaments to advance to Oregon State. The Del Norte 9–11 All Star softball team and 10–12 All Star baseball team both finished as the runners up at state.
• The Crescent City Jaycees Eighth Grade Boys Basketball Tournament turned 50 years old this year.
• The Del Norte Youth Wrestling Program was the largest single club in California this year, according to numbers from USA Wrestling.