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.
Ladies steal the show at Ferndale horse races
It was “Ladies Day” at the races Saturday at the Humboldt County Fair. Women trainers, led by Teri Eaton, saddled the winners of the day’s first six races – a first in […]
Saturday football – Panthers D steps up in loss, Crusaders cruise, Tigers fall
HumboldtSports.com — The McKinleyville Panthers dropped their season opener 18-0 at St. Vincent de Paul on Saturday afternoon, but head coach Keoki Burbank had plenty to be encouraged about nonetheless. Defensively, […]
Crusaders dominate El Molino in opener
By Ray Hamill — The Crusaders’ offensive line turned in a dominating performance in the season opener at home to El Molino on Saturday, as St. Bernard’s ran out to a commanding […]
Friday night football – impressive wins for Loggers, Warriors
HumboldtSports.com — The Eureka Loggers took care of business in their season opener Friday night, overcoming a big early season challenge on the road. Playing in Union City against James Logan High, […]
Cardinal Newman too strong for the Huskies
By Ray Hamill — Cardinal Newman lived up to its billing as one of the top teams in the North Coast Section on Friday night, comfortably defeating Fortuna 35-6 in the season […]
Saturday’s horse racing handicap
Big night in store at Redwood Acres Raceway
By Ray Hamill — The Redwood Acres raceway is gearing up for its biggest night of the year on Saturday, with plenty at stake for the drivers in the points standings and […]
‘Classic’ Cats epitomize small school football
By Ray Hamill … Whether or not this year’s Ferndale Wildcats can bring home their first league title since 2013 remains to be seen, but they should be a competitive group nonetheless. […]
Local football season opens with a bang
By Ray Hamill … The local prep football season officially gets under way this weekend, and it looks like it’s going to open with a bang. Taking center stage, there are three […]
Moulton closing in on another title
By Ray Hamill … Mic Moulton has been around the Redwood Acres Raceway long enough to know the race is far from won just yet, but this weekend he’ll be looking to […]
The summer that was for local baseball
By Ray Hamill … An abundance of homegrown baseball talent was on display once again this summer, with several local teams leaving their mark. From the trio of local Little League teams […]
Cosce leads the Lost Boys at MMA fight night
By HumboldtSports.com … Orleans native Louis Cosce capped a big night for the Lost Boys gym with his second professional win at last weekend’s Bear River Casino Fight Night. Cosce, a former Hoopa […]
Welcome to Humboldt Sports.com
By Ray Hamill … Welcome to HumboldtSports.com, a new website for North Coast sports in a new age for sports coverage. If it’s sports and it’s local, our goal is to provide […]
Ferndale horse races ‘like stepping back in time’
By Ray Hamill — One of the oldest and most enduring sporting traditions on the North Coast returns to Ferndale this weekend with the opening of the 122nd Humboldt County Fair Races. […]
Local soccer teams begin preseason practice
The local soccer season is upon us once again, with several local teams beginning preseason practice this week, and both Humboldt State teams hosting scrimmages this weekend. The HSU women get things […]
Big 4 football loaded with talent and experience
By Ray Hamill … The Big 4 will have a whole new look this season, but should be every bit as competitive as always. The same league that has given us three […]
Defending state champs return core group of starters for 2018
By Ray Hamill … In 2017, the Fortuna Huskies stole all the headlines with their first ever state championship in football and a rollercoaster ride of a season that their fans nor […]
A new challenge for St. Bernard’s
By Ray Hamill … St. Bernard’s makes the move up to the Big 4 for 2018, and it’s a challenge head coach Matt Tomlin and his players will be facing head on. […]
Loggers taking it one game at a time
By Ray Hamill … With a wealth of talented returning starters from a team that finished 11-1 last fall, expectations will be high for the Eureka Loggers in 2018. However, with plenty […]