By Ray Hamill — Fasten your seat belts, it’s going to be a wild weekend in local sports.
In addition to 10 H-DNL teams still involved in NCS playoff soccer, a packed weekend here on the North Coast also includes the final regular season games in prep football, the H-DNL cross country championships and the Six Rivers youth football playoffs.
And that includes two big soccer doubleheaders and a triple-header of games at McKinleyville High on Saturday.
The action gets started on Friday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. when Ferndale and St. Bernard’s meet at St.Bernard’s in an NCS Division-III girls soccer semifinal.
Eight more local soccer teams will be in action on Saturday, including both Fortuna teams, which host a doubleheader of playoff games at Husky Field on Saturday night.
There will also be a doubleheader of NCS soccer games at Mack High earlier on Saturday, with the Arcata girls and McKinleyville girls both hosting on the same field.
At around the same time a few miles down the 101, the H-DNL cross country championships will be held at the Arcata Marsh.
The first of four races gets under way at 1 p.m., with the JV boys, JV girls, varsity boys and varsity girls all scheduled to compete.
The local football fields will also be very busy this weekend, with five local varsity games, as well as several JV matchups and the youth football playoffs.
The football action gets under way on Friday night, when the Del Norte Warriors welcome the Eureka Loggers to Crescent City for JV and varsity games.
Also on Friday night, South Fork will play Upper Lake in Miranda for the second time in three weeks, with the NCL-II title up for grabs between the two conference frontrunners.
On Saturday afternoon, Fortuna plays at St. Bernard’s and McKinleyville plays at Ferndale, while on Saturday night, Arcata and Hoopa will meet at Mack High to close out a busy triple-header of sports action at McKinleyville.
(The football game between Arcata and Hoopa has been switched from Friday to Saturday.)
Finally, on Sunday, there will be a triple-header of youth football playoff games at both Hoopa and the Redwood Fields in Cutten.
The action, which kicks off at both venues at 9:30 a.m., will feature semifinals at the A, AA and AAA levels.
All three youth football championship games will be held at Mack High next weekend.
Capping a very busy weekend for local sports, on Sunday the NCS will release the playoff football brackets, as well as announcing the tennis playoff seeds.