After ending the 2018 Big Five Conference season with consecutive emphatic victories over the McKinleyville Panthers and Fortuna Huskies respectively, both coming in three straight sets, the Del Norte Warrior varsity volleyball team earned itself a #13 seed and a trip to Napa where they took on the #4 seed Justin-Siena Braves Wednesday evening October 24 at Justin-Siena High School. It was there that the Warriors saw their season come to an end in a 25-21, 25-10, 25-19 loss. The match also meant the final contest for the seven Warrior seniors, those being Kaleya Sanchez, Katherine Martinez, Skylar Throop, Shelby Horner, Dora Castillo, Ashley Wheelon and Paula Mello.
On the tennis courts, although Del Norte was the host school for the Humboldt-Del Norte League singles championships played Saturday, October 20, matches were actually played at Fortuna High School. The Warriors saw two players reach the championship match of their respective brackets, as Danika Scott and Emily Feeney both won their first two matches of the day in the No. 2 and No. 4 ladder positions to advance to the finals where both were ultimately defeated. The Warriors’ Jasmine Pearson and Aliyah Rafalowski also each won their opening round matches from the No. 1 and No. 3 spots before bowing out in the semifinals. Elizabeth Ward and Cynda Thao each dropped their opening round matches of the day in the No. 5 and No. 6 ladder positions.
The Warriors will officially wrap up the regular season portion of their 2018 schedule when they return to Fortuna to compete in the Humboldt-Del Norte League doubles championships. While Del Norte will once again be the host school, just as the singles championships were played at Fortuna High School, that will be the site of the doubles championships as well.
The Warrior boys’ soccer team continued to build on what has been a historic season in program history, as Del Norte ended its Humboldt-Del Norte League season with a 2-2 draw against the perennial league and North Coast Section powerhouse Fortuna Huskies Saturday, October 20 at Fortuna High School. Sparked by two first half goals from senior Rotah Shorty, the Warriors took a 2-1 lead into the halftime break, before the Huskies tallied the equalizing goal early in the second half, with the two teams playing to a stalemate for the remainder of the match.
Saturday’s result against the Huskies secured the Warriors as the No. 2 seed and earned them an opening round bye in this week’s upcoming Humboldt-Del Norte League postseason tournament. The Warriors will play host to the Arcata Tigers in semifinal action Thursday October 25 at Del Norte High School in what will be the third meeting of the season between the two schools. The two teams played to a 1-1 draw in the opening match of the season for both teams at Del Norte High in early September, while the Warriors made program history with a 2-0 victory over the Tigers at Arcata High in the second meeting between the two teams. That win over the Tigers was the first for the Del Norte soccer program at Arcata High dating back nearly four decades.
Although the Del Norte girls’ varsity soccer team saw its regular season come to an end this week with a loss at Fortuna High School on Saturday, October 20, the Warriors earned themselves a spot in the Humboldt-Del Norte League postseason tournament as the No. 6 seed. Del Norte traveled to Arcata to face the No. 3 seed Tigers on Tuesday, October 23 and fell 8-0, concluding the 2018 season, as the Warriors finished 4-11 overall, including two-game sweeps of both the Ferndale Wildcats and South Fork Cubs.
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