Horse racing returns to the North Coast this month as part of the Humboldt County Fair. The 127th Humboldt race meet will take place on back-to-back weekends on Aug. 18-20 and 25-27. […]
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.
Former H-DNL standout Caleb Ruiz threw seven shutout innings to lead the Humboldt Crabs to an 8-4 win over Seals Baseball at the Arcata Ball Park on Tuesday night. Ruiz allowed just […]
The Redwood Giants 10Us maintained their perfect year with another tournament championship this past weekend, going 6-0 at the Youth World Series in Reno. The tournament title was the third of 2023 […]
One month after Chris Tifft was named the new head coach of the Cal Poly Humboldt men’s basketball team, he has announced that Brandon Billups will join him as the new assistant […]
The Humboldt Crabs head into the final week of the season with five games remaining and a record of 35-7 as they look to secure a 40-win season. The red-hot Crabs swept […]
The winner of the third annual Legends of the Redwoods Shootout wasn’t officially named until the following day after a wild finish at the Redwood Acres Raceway on Saturday night. On Sunday, […]
By Ray Hamill — College of the Redwoods football will begin official preseason practice on Aug. 7 with big expectations surrounding a team that pleasantly surprised on its return to competition in […]
By Ray Hamill — It was a good week for several local Little League all-stars, with multiple North Coast teams making a deep playoff run. The McKinleyville 8-10s and 12s both represented […]
It was a summer to remember for a group of young Del Norte all-stars who enjoyed a history-setting campaign and set a new standard for their program along the way. Fresh off […]
It was an incredible run and one that captured the imagination of the local sports community, but it all came to end on Thursday night. The McKinleyville 12-year-old Little League All-Stars finally […]
By Ray Hamill — After adapting to a new role for the Humboldt Crabs this summer, former McKinleyville Panther Cameron Saso is preparing for a new challenge this fall. The 2020 Mack […]
By Ray Hamill — The rest of the Big 5 will have their hands full this fall. Reigning league volleyball MVP McKenna Curtis of Del Norte appears determined to close out her […]
Some young local players got to experience something new this past weekend, as the Six Rivers Kings 13Us continued their impressive debut season as a team. The local travel team, which is […]
The McKinleyville 12-year-old Little League All-Stars moved one game closer to a state championship with a 7-3 victory over Capitola-Soquel in the NorCal tournament in Stockton on Wednesday night. Since dropping their […]
The Humboldt Crabs and Medford Rogues served up a pair of entertaining games for fans at the Arcata Ball Park this week, with the two clubs splitting a midweek series. The Crabs […]
By Ray Hamill — McKinleyville All-Star Crew Hicks got some good advice from one of his teammates right before his second at-bat on Tuesday. And then he delivered big time for his […]
By Ray Hamill — In his own words, former Eureka Logger Shyloh Nicholson wants to play football at “the highest level I can get to.” Nicholson certainly appears to have the work […]
By Ray Hamill — It wasn’t the ending they wanted, but it was a summer these young players won’t ever forget. On Tuesday afternoon, the season came to an end for the […]
A resilient group of McKinleyville 12-year-old all-stars are finding ways to win close games. On Monday night, they kept their hopes of a state championship alive with a 7-3 win over tournament […]
An INEX sanctioned event is coming to the Redwood Acres Raceway this weekend. On Saturday night, the local track will feature the third annual Legends Of The Redwoods Shootout. The top Legends […]