By Ray Hamill — The Cal Poly Humboldt men’s rugby team will play in a national semifinal on Friday, as the Jacks inch closer to a first-ever national championship in the sport. […]
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.
By Ray Hamill — Local MMA fighter Cass Bell has made weight for his highly-anticipated return to the cage this week. Bell is scheduled to fight Jared Scoggins in a bantamweight showdown […]
The H-DNL wrestlers got the new season off to a competitive start over the weekend, with several locals impressing at Del Norte’s Battle at the Border tournament. Nine of the 14 brackets […]
A pair of H-DNL basketball teams tipped off their respective tournaments on Wednesday night, with the Fortuna girls playing at Healdsburg and the South Fork boys in action at Potter Valley. The […]
By Ray Hamill — For the second straight week, most of the local high school teams will be in action at a variety of tournaments, including one here on the North Coast. […]
By Ray Hamill — It’s safe to say it was a good opening weekend for St. Bernard’s basketball. Both the girls and boys teams won their season-opening tournaments, while two of their […]
The Cal Poly Humboldt men will try to extend their unbeaten start to conference when they host their biggest rivals in a basketball doubleheader on Thursday night. The Cal Poly men take […]
By Ray Hamill — Local basketball fans will get a bit of a Big 5 preview this week, with four of the league rivals in action at the Arcata tournament, which tips […]
The College of the Redwoods men’s basketball team enjoyed one of its most impressive wins of the season at Contra Costa on Tuesday night, getting the better of the Comets 81-64. The […]
The seniors led the way on Monday night, as the Ferndale Wildcats got their first win of the season in girls basketball, beating Potter Valley 61-16. The Cats, who are now 1-1, […]
The Ferndale Wildcats continued to play strong defense on the way to a comfortable 76-45 win over Potter Valley in boys basketball on Monday night. The Ferndale boys held the Bearcats to […]
Two Little 4 boys basketball teams had strong showings at their season-opening tournaments over the weekend, with the Ferndale Wildcats winning the Jolly Roger Tournament in Point Arena and the South Fork […]
By Ray Hamill — The Corsairs will have to wait at least one more year to end their long bowl game victory drought, but there’s every reason to feel optimistic they won’t […]
Two local teams played in tournament championship games on Saturday, with the St. Bernard’s Crusaders winning at Upper Lake and the McKinleyville Panthers losing in their own tournament decider. The Crusaders improved […]
Two Big 5 teams were involved in a couple of thrilling finishes on Saturday, with mixed fortunes. At the Grass Pass tournament, Eureka edged Crater thanks to a late Claire Maples 3-pointer. […]
It has been an impressive start to the new basketball season for the St. Bernard’s girls, who continued to roll at the Cloverdale tournament on Saturday morning. The Crusaders made it three […]
Trey Neff exploded for 35 points on Friday night, as the College of the Redwoods men’s basketball team won its fifth straight game. The freshman guard from North Medford has impressed since […]
The College of the Redwoods women’s basketball team won back-to-back games for the first time this season at the Shasta tournament on Friday and Saturday. After dropping their tournament opener to San […]
By Ray Hamill — Even the Corsairs underestimated how good they would be this season. Fresh off a two-year hiatus, College of the Redwoods reinstated the football team this fall and it’s […]
A pair of local teams will play for a tournament championship on Saturday after another strong performance for each on Friday night. At McKinleyville, the Panthers advanced to their own tournament championship […]