By Ray Hamill — The H-DNL did itself proud once again in football this weekend. It’s been a good few years for the North Coast teams and that doesn’t appear to be […]
At the age of 10, having failed in his lifelong ambition to become a vigilante vampire werewolf – otherwise known as a vamp-wolf – Ray Hamill finally admitted defeat and turned his attention full-time to daydreaming instead.
A mere few decades later, the world of crime fighting’s loss is now the literary world’s gain.
Born in Dublin, Ireland, Ray moved to the United States after graduating college, spending time in Boston and San Francisco before settling among the redwoods in Northern California, where he has worked as a journalist for the past 20 years.
In that time he has published three books, including his most recent, Help, My Horse is Drowning!, a humorous look at the world of sports and the life of the enthusiastically delusional athlete in us all.
He previously published the outrageously satirical Free the Leprechauns! as well as the semi-autobiographical Help Me, Im Irish! - a book about the non-meaning of life.
Ray is also the host of a weekly sports talk radio show broadcast locally in Northern California on Blue Ox Community Radio, and a sports blog at barstoolfanatics.com.
Marayah Tomlinson and the St. Bernard’s seniors saved the best for last. Boy did they ever. Tomlinson completed her hat trick less than two minutes from time to lead the Crusaders back […]
The Ferndale Wildcats dominated the line of scrimmage on Saturday and that paved the way for a comfortable 57-28 win over California School for the Deaf in the opening round of the […]
By Ray Hamill — The bounce of the ball just didn’t go the Tigers’ way on Saturday, as visiting Middletown came away from Arcata with a 1-0 win in the North Coast […]
It’s safe to say the Crusaders were playoff ready on Saturday. St. Bernard’s opened the North Coast Section Division-6 postseason in style, coming storming out of the gates on the way to […]
The Arcata Tigers gave the No. 1 seeds in their bracket all they could handle for much of Friday night’s NCS Division-6 football playoff game at Kennedy High in Richmond, before eventually […]
By Ray Hamill — It was one of the most remarkable penalty shootouts you’ll ever see, with the two goalkeepers combining to save nine of the 14 attempts they faced and not […]
By Ray Hamill — The house that Daniel built was in full bloom on Friday night. Playing in front of a loud and enthusiastic crowd at Fortuna High, head coach Daniel Holmes […]
By Ray Hamill — In the world of sports it simply doesn’t get any more exciting than this. It certainly doesn’t get much closer. But then again, no one ever said winning […]
Del Norte and South Fork each advanced to the semifinal round in the North Coast Section football playoffs on Friday night, while both Fortuna and Arcata bowed out on the road against […]
The College of the Redwoods men’s basketball team was unable to keep up with an athletic Mendocino on Friday night, falling 91-78 in Ukiah. Drew Gillette led the Corsairs with 31 points, […]
By Ray Hamill — Welcome to a new podcast for local sports on the North Coast, Humboldt Sports Talk. The show is produced by former Humboldt State Assistant Athletic Director Andrew Goetzin […]
By Ray Hamill — Three local teams will get the opportunity to play for a North Coast Section championship in soccer this weekend, including two here in Humboldt County. And game times […]
The College of the Redwoods men’s basketball team got back to winning ways on Thursday night, pulling out a 68-57 win at Napa Valley. Isaac Puzz led the way with his best […]
By Ray Hamill — When the Ferndale Wildcats defeated close rivals Fortuna for the coveted Milk Can trophy back in September, senior standout and team leader Landon Gomes talked about this group […]
By Ray Hamill — The South Fork Cubs will kick off the North Coast Section football playoffs after a three-week layover when they host Laytonville on Friday night. The Cubs are seeded […]
By Ray Hamill — The Fortuna Huskies will face off against a top seed in the NCS football playoffs for the third straight year on Friday night, when they travel to play […]
By Ray Hamill — The Del Norte Warriors have been building towards this weekend all year. The No. 2 seeds in the NCS Division-5 bracket will kick off the postseason against No. […]
By Ray Hamill — The Crusaders will kick off the North Coast Section playoffs on Saturday afternoon, when they host Ygnacio Valley at 1 p.m. St. Bernard’s is seeded No. 2 in […]
By Ray Hamill — The Arcata Tigers will face a tough challenge to open the North Coast Section football playoffs this weekend, as they head to Kennedy in Richmond for a Friday […]