Del Norte

FRIDAY SPORTS ROUNDUP — Warriors lose NCS final; H-DNL athletes shine at state

File photo – Del Norte pitcher Shay Nolan

The Del Norte Warriors saw a memorable season come to an end in softball with a 3-0 loss to Cardinal Newman on Friday evening.

The two teams faced off in the North Coast Section Division-4 final at Santa Rosa JC.

The Del Norte girls kept it closer than any other of the Cardinals playoff opponents but two runs in the fourth and a third in the fifth proved to be the difference.

The Cardinals, who were the top seeds in the bracket, had outscored their first two playoff opponents by a combined 31-0.

It was also their second straight win over a Big 5 team, having also defeated Fortuna 7-0 in the semifinals earlier in the week.

The Warriors enjoyed a successful spring and won the Big 5 title.

They closed out the season with a Record of 19-7.

The Cardinals improved to 18-9 and will now advance to next week’s NorCal tournament.

In track and field, meanwhile, two of the three H-DNL athletes to qualify for the CIF state championships have advanced to the second day.

Eureka senior Jamin Guilbert threw PR of 179’ 10” in the discus, which was the fifth best mark on the opening day.

It was also a new PR for the Loggers standout, breaking his old mark by more than five feet.

McKinleyville senior Derek was equally impressive.

Ray set a PR in the shot put with a throw of 58’ 0.75” for the sixth best mark of the day.

Arcata’s Quincy Collins also qualified for the state championships in the girls high jump, an impressive achievement for a sophomore.

The two-day state championships will conclude on Saturday.

A big weekend in local sports continues on Saturday with two more NCS baseball championship games involving local teams, both here on the North Coast.

St. Bernard’s and Ferndale get things started with the Division-6 section baseball championship at Crusader Feld at 1 p.m.

On Saturday night, the Arcata Tigers will play Justin-Siena for the Division-4 championship at the Arcata Ball Park.

File photo – Jamin Guilbert


File photo – Derek Ray

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