By Ray Hamill — Get ready for an action-packed weekend of local sports here on the North Coast, with plenty for local fans to choose from.
First up, seven of the H-DNL varsity football teams will be in action, including five playing games in Humboldt County.
On Friday night, Del Norte plays at McKinleyville and Eureka travels to play Piner in Santa Rosa.
The football action continues on Saturday, with two more high school games and a college game to choose from.
The Arcata Tigers will host St. Bernard’s at McKinleyville High in a game that has been moved forward to 6 p.m., while the South Fork Cubs will play at Calistoga.
(The Crusaders JVs will also play at Hoopa at noon.)
College of the Redwoods, meanwhile, will host Monterey Peninsula at the Redwood Bowl at 1 p.m. in the Corsairs’ second home game of the season.
And that’s not all.
There’s also plenty of H-DNL girls soccer and tennis, with four soccer games scheduled, as well as a big night of MMA and motor sports.
The Bear River Casino will host its third fight night of the year, with the fights getting under way at 6:30 p.m. and a huge local card adding to the interest.
You can also expect a big crowd at the Redwood Acres Raceway for the season-concluding annual Fall Spectacular Event, when all five local division champions will be crowned.
Also on Saturday night, the Fortuna Huskies will host their Hall of Fame Dinner and Auction at the River Lodge Conference Center.
And that’s not all either.
With temperatures forecasted to be in the 70s on Saturday, it will be perfect baseball weather, which will suit the Humboldt Eagles.
The local American Legion club is scheduled to host the Cal Poly Humboldt club team at Bomber Field at 11 a.m.
In volleyball, meanwhile, College of the Redwoods will play a pair of road games on Friday afternoon, along with the CR men’s and women’s soccer teams, the latter of which will be playing its season opener at Shasta.
And rounding out a busy, busy weekend for local sports, four different Cal Poly Humboldt teams will compete on the road, with the men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball teams all playing in the Bay Area and the women’s triathlon team competing in Colorado.