By Ray Hamill — A pair of seniors and a sophomore have been honored as MVPs in H-DN boys basketball after the league announced its annual all-league selections on Tuesday. As expected, […]
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.
Underclassmen lead the way on H-DN All-League teams
By Ray Hamill — The best is yet to come for all three of this year’s H-DN MVPs in girls basketball. The league officially announced the 2022/23 all-league selections on Tuesday, and […]
The future appears bright for Arcata Tigers softball
By Ray Hamill — Whether or not the Arcata girls are ready to challenge for a league title in 2023 remains to be seen, but the future certainly appears bright for this […]
Senior-heavy Warriors like their chances ahead of season opener
By Ray Hamill — A senior-heavy Del Norte baseball team with a new head coach could be ready to surprise some people around the Big 5 this spring. After an impressive scrimmage […]
Tigers golf tournament to help offset costs of new facilities
By Ray Hamill — The Arcata Tigers will host their second annual baseball/softball golf tournament at Baywood Golf & Country Club next month. The annual fundraiser will help offset costs for both […]
CR coach pays tribute to his players after ‘valiant effort’
By Ray Hamill — The most successful team in College of the Redwoods basketball history almost pulled off what would have been a stunning upset in the NorCal playoffs on Saturday night, […]
Bella Vigil advances to state Elite Eight with Roadrunners
Former Eureka Logger Bella Vigil has advanced to the state Elite Eight tournament with the Butte Roadrunners after a 74-63 win over Folsom Lake College on Saturday. The 2021 Eureka High graduate […]
Corsairs fall to the Giants to end historic season
The College of the Redwoods men’s basketball team fell 58-49 at College of the Sequoias on Saturday night to end one of the most memorable seasons ever for the local community college […]
Memorable playoff run ends for Ferndale girls in NorCal semis
By Ray Hamill — All things considered it was a playoff run the Ferndale girls have reason to be proud of. But it came to an end on Saturday night, when the […]
ATHLETES AND TEAM OF THE WEEK — Wildcats and wrestlers enjoy a big week
By Ray Hamill — The last H-DN team still competing in basketball this season takes center stage this week, in more ways than one. The Ferndale Wildcats not only have reached the […]
With eight starters back, Huskies expect to compete in the Big 5
By Ray Hamill — With eight starters back from last year’s team, the Fortuna Huskies could present the biggest challenge to defending Big 5 softball champion Eureka this spring. The Fortuna girls […]
Hoopa girls appear ready to defend their Little 4 title
By Ray Hamill — One year after winning an historic seventh North Coast Section championship, the Hoopa Warriors are back on the softball field eager for more success. And with a core […]
Seniors impress for the Loggers in season openers
The Eureka Loggers showed why they could be the team to beat in this year’s Big 5 with an impressive opening day in baseball on Friday. Seniors Myles Standish and Rogan Bode […]
Crusaders sweep league-opening doubleheader
A young St. Bernard’s team got the new baseball season off to a winning start on Friday, sweeping a Little 4 doubleheader against Hoopa at Crusader Field. The home team won 12-0 […]
Corsairs look to upset the odds, qualify for Elite Eight tournament
By Ray Hamill — The Corsairs will try to keep their season going and qualify for the California Elite Eight tournament when they travel to play College of the Sequoias in men’s […]
2023 Panthers are young but won’t lack experience
By Ray Hamill — For a team without a lot of seniors, the McKinleyville Panthers have plenty of experience on the baseball diamond. Whether that can lift them to a possible league […]
Young Crusaders prepare for league opening doubleheader
By Ray Hamill — A very young St. Bernard’s baseball team will begin the season with a Little 4 doubleheader at home to Hoopa on Friday afternoon. Oner year after winning a […]
Jacks fall to the Seawolves in CCAA tourney opener
The Cal Poly Humboldt men’s basketball returned to the postseason for the first time in four years on Thursday afternoon, competing in the California Collegiate Athletic Association tournament. The Lumberjacks fell to […]
Arcata Tigers have a new field and a new-look team
By Ray Hamill — The Arcata Tigers will open the new baseball season on their new field next week, but the bigger question is can a young roster defend the Big 5 […]
CR’s Sadie Hampton named state player of the week
By Ray Hamill — Sadie Hampton’s impressive start to the season for the College of the Redwoods softball team is getting her some statewide recognition. The sophomore shortstop is enjoying an outstanding […]