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The game closes with a Warriors victory! The final score is 52-0! Next week is a bye so join us at Mike Whalen Field on the 18th as Del Norte faced St Bernard’s!

The week that was saw both the Warrior boys and girls soccer teams pick up not only their first wins, but their first three wins of the 2019 season, while the girls tennis team continues to stay within in striking distance of the powerhouse Arcata Tigers heading down the stretch of the Humboldt-Del Norte League season. The Warrior cross country team took a week off as it prepares to host its lone league meet of the season Wednesday afternoon, while the young varsity volleyball team continues to remain competitive despite what the win-loss column may indicate.
After spending a week on the road, the Del Norte varsity volleyball team returned to the friendly confines of Thunen Gymnasium to play host to the McKinleyville Panthers Tuesday evening in a match that began the second half of the Big Five Conference season for both teams. The Warriors dropped the match in three sets 30-28, 25-18, 25-7 to fall to 1-4 in conference play.
Although the Warriors fell in straight sets, the opening sets was one of the more, if not the single most, competitive set played by the home team in 2019. Sparked by two kills from Caroline Hamm and two service aces from Josephine Heuberger, the Warriors took a quick 6-2 advantage and appeared to have the early momentum. The Panthers had an answer though, going on a 10-6 run of their own to knot the set at 12-12. After service aces from Caleh King and Zoe Young helped the Warriors regain an 18-14 lead, the Panthers responded with a surge of their own, taking a 21-18 lead.
From that point forward, the two sides battled to a virtual stalemate until, with the set tied at 23-23, a Renni Loftin service ace gave the home team a 24-23 lead and a set point. Unable to convert on its first set point, three more kills from Hamm, who had a team-high 14 kills on the night, gave the Warriors three more set points, one at 25-24, another at 25-25 and the third at 28-27. However, the Panthers had a response each time, ultimately closing out the marathon opening set and temporarily deflating the home team.
The Warriors hardly folded though, taking a quick 5-3 lead to open the second set before the Panthers went on one of their patented runs, this one 15-8, to take an 18-13 lead and put the Warriors back in catch-up mode. This time though, the Warriors weren’t able to recapture the momentum, getting no closer than 20-17 for the remainder of the set and falling behind two sets to none.
Trailing by two sets in the best of five match, and with the wind clearly now all but out of the home team’s sails, the Panthers wasted little time in taking command of the third and final set. The Panthers eventually turned what had been a 7-4 lead into an 18-3 run to close out the set and the match.
In a series of matches that produced a literally a little bit of everything, the Del Norte girls’ tennis team escaped with a 5-4 victory over the Fortuna Huskies in Humboldt-Del Norte League action at Fortuna High School Saturday.
After narrowly defeating Fortuna’s Katherine Gearhart 7-5, 7-5 in the first meeting between the two players, Del Norte’s Danika Scott was forced to go the distance Saturday at Fortuna, ultimately coming away with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 victory. The Warriors Aliyah Rafalowski gave Del Norte a quick 2-0 match lead, cruising to a 6-0, 6-1 victory in the No. 2 singles match.
However, that momentum would be fleeting as the Huskies responded with victories in the next three singles matches, two of which went the full three set distance. Fortuna’s Alejandra Aguilar defeated Del Norte’s Cynda Thao 6-3, 6-3. The Huskies’ Lorelei Martinez defeated the Warriors Monique Camarena in a marathon 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 match and Del Norte’s Emily Feeney dropped a 5-7, 6-1, 7-6 outcome in a match that went to a tiebreaker in the decisive third set.
After the Warriors won the final singles match of the afternoon via walkover to tie the team score at three matches apiece heading into doubles action, the Warrior tandem of Scott and Rafalowski put their team back in front with a three-set victory from the No. 1 doubles position. Once again though, the Huskies responded with a victory in the No. 2 doubles match, as Aguilar and Martinez defeated Del Norte’s Thao and Camarena. The Warriors ultimately came away with the team victory though, winning the No. 3 doubles match via forfeit.
After suffering its only loss of the season to the Arcata Tigers back on September 28, the Del Norte girls’ tennis team has wasted little time in getting back on track. The Warriors made it three consecutive Humboldt-Del Norte League victories Saturday, cruising to a 7-0 shutout over the St Bernard’s Crusaders at St Bernard’s High School in Eureka.
The Warriors lost a total of just eight games in the eight matches played, with Emily Ricks and Adenne Schaad breezing to 6-0, 6-0 victories in the No. 3 and No. 4 singles matches respectively. The two then teamed up in the No. 2 doubles match and kept their perfect day intact with an 8-0 win their pro-set scoring format match.
Both Danika Scott, playing in the No. 1 singles position, and Brook Winningham, playing in the No. 5 singles spot, made equally quick work of their opponents, with Scott posting a 6-0, 6-1 victory and Winningham coming away with a 6-1, 6-0 win. Aliyah Rafalowski won her No. 2 singles match by a 6-2, 6-3 score, and then teamed up with Scott for an 8-1 victory in the No. 1 doubles match.
Weather permitting, the Warriors will return to the courts at Del Norte High for the final two home matches of the season. The Warriors are scheduled to play host to the McKinleyville Panthers Tuesday, with the final home match at Del Norte High scheduled for Thursday, when the Warriors play host to the St Bernard’s Crusaders for the second time in a five-day span. Both afternoon’s of action are set to begin at 3:30 p.m.
It seems that all the Warrior boys’ soccer team team needed was a sliver of momentum to get things rolling. After posting a 2-0 shutout over the South Fork Cubs at South Fork High School just three days earlier, the Warriors took to the road again Saturday, this time heading to Eureka to face the St Bernard’s Crusaders in Humboldt-Del Norte League action at St Bernard’s High School. its first four matches of the season where the Warriors were held scoreless through all four first halves of those matches, things turned around in a big way Saturday, as the Warriors exploded for six first half goals and cruised to a 9-0 victory.
The same can be said for the girls soccer team as well. After falling to the St Bernard’s Crusaders by one goal each in the first two meetings between the two schools, one of which was a non-conference match, the two teams took the field for a third time on the season Saturday, with the Warriors looking to avenge the two losses while also getting into the win column for the second time this week. The Warriors accomplished both of those objectives, defeating the Crusaders 4-0, and in the process picking up their second straight victory via shutout this week.
Both the Warrior boys and girls soccer teams return to the friendly confines of Del Norte High School Wednesday afternoon where the will play host to the McKinleyville Panthers at Del Norte High School. The boys match is scheduled to begin at 3:30, with the girls match to follow at approximately 5:30.
After struggling mightily to find any semblance of rhythm, and seemingly cohesion, on either end of the midfield stripe, the Del Norte soccer teams have suddenly begun hitting their collective stride. The Warrior boys extended their Humboldt-Del Norte League winning streak to three with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over the McKinleyville Panthers Wednesday afternoon at Del Norte High, while the girls defeated the Panthers 2-1 in an equally hotly-contested game in the nightcap.
In the opening match of the day, the Warrior and Panther boys battled to a virtual standoff throughout most of the contest, with neither side willing to give an ounce of momentum offensively or defensively. With offensive scoring chances at a premium, it was the Warriors who capitalized on one of the few breaks either side would get in the 80 minutes of action. With the Warriors applying considerable pressure to the Panthers keeper and after three Warriors touched the ball in the scoring area, Jared Castro was credited with tallying the lone goal of the match, as the senior was the last member of the home team to touch the ball as the sphere slowly found its way into the net after being contacted by a Panthers player.
That fortuitous roll and both Castro and Chase Gardner having opportunities in front of the Panthers net resulting in the lone score of the match, proved to be the momentum that the Warriors would need to carry themselves to the crucial victory. The rest was up to the Warrior defense that kept the Panthers from generating much of an offensive attack at any point during the match, enabling the home team to improve its overall record to 4-3 with nearly half of the season schedule still yet to be played.
As if the early match wasn’t heart-pounding enough, the Warrior girls took the field riding their own wave of momentum after having posted a 5-0 shutout over South Fork followed by a 4-0 victory over a St Bernard’s team that had beaten the Warriors by one goal apiece in the first two meetings between the two teams. Both of those victories were on the road, whereas Wednesday’s contest against the Panthers took place at Del Norte High where the Warriors had yet to win in 2019.
Things started slowly for the home team early in the match and equally quickly for the visitors, as the Panthers struck for an early goal in the opening minutes of the first half to take a 1-0 lead.
After the Panthers took that same 1-0 lead into intermission, it became a matter of sink or swim for the Warriors in the second half, and the home team chose the latter in a big way. Senior Lanayea Botehlo, who had been creating havoc for the Panthers defense throughout the match as it was, got the Warriors on the board midway into the second half after finding her way into an open space behind the Panthers defense and drilling a shot into the back of the net to knot the match at 1-1 and breathe life into the home team and its fan base.
It seemed that would be the final outcome of the match as, although both teams had opportunities for go-ahead goals, neither side was able to convert. That is until, in the closing minutes of the second half, the Warriors Jadence Clifton found Botehlo with a gorgeous pass up the middle of the Panthers defense, leaving Botehlo one-on-one with the Panthers goalkeeper.
Advantage Botehlo, as the team’s co-captain proceeded to score her second goal of the match, and of the half, this one proving to ultimately be the game-winner. Things were far from over though, as, despite Botehlo’s second goal of the match giving her team a 2-1 lead, there was still plenty of time on the regulation stopwatches for the Panthers to mount an offensive counter attack. The Panthers did exactly that, but the back line of the Warrior defense was equal to the task each and every time it seemed the Panthers were poised to tie the match, thus enabling the home team to preserve the victory.