By Ray Hamill — Alex Cappa is clearly turning some heads this year. Midway through the voting for the 2021 NFL Pro Bowl, the former Humboldt State star is leading the way […]
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 — Isaak Gutierrez will be hoping to get his first Division-I college football win when the New Mexico Lobos take on Utah State in a primetime Thanksgiving matchup in […]
By Ray Hamill — The Loggers have no idea whether they’ll have a cross country season this year, but they’re certainly preparing as if they will. On Friday, many of the Eureka […]
By Ray Hamill — Louis Cosce suffered his first defeat as a pro fighter on Saturday afternoon, losing to Sasha Palatnikov in an entertaining welterweight showdown at UFC 255. Cosce became the […]
By Ray Hamill — If you want to watch Humboldt’s history maker on Saturday afternoon, here’s some advice for you — don’t be late. Let’s just say Louis Cosce has a habit […]
By Ray Hamill — As Louis Cosce gets set for his big UFC debut on Saturday, local sports fans will be able to watch the action live on television and online. But […]
By Ray Hamill — A pair of former H-DNL volleyball standouts are succeeding in college on and off the court. On Friday, Arcata’s Kaylin Campbell and Del Norte’s Paula Mello, both now […]
By Ray Hamill — Former Hoopa High wrestling coach Mike Lee knew before anyone else just how special Orion and Louis Cosce were. As the brothers’ long-time mentor, Lee coached the two […]
By Ray Hamill — Orion Cosce’s trainer has described his injury as not severe enough to keep him sidelined too long and says he expects him back in the cage early in […]
By Ray Hamill — When it comes to COVID-19, not all sports are equal and they shouldn’t be treated as such. So while the H-DNL and the rest of California continue to […]
By Ray Hamill — A strong H-DNL to Oregon Tech connection in basketball just got a little stronger, with the news this week that another Big 5 standout is set to join […]
By Ray Hamill — The H-DNL announced on Wednesday that it does not anticipate beginning the sports calendar until sometime in the new year at the earliest. The local high school league […]
By Ray Hamill — Louis Cosce arrived in Las Vegas on Monday ahead of this weekend’s big UFC showdown, and is relaxed and confident, according to trainer Brian Wilson. “Louis doesn’t get […]
By Ray Hamill — From one powerhouse program to another, Eureka senior Aquene Tollefson announced recently that she has committed to play college soccer at Dominican University after graduation. The standout midfielder […]
By Ray Hamill — High school sports may be on hold right now because of COVID-19 restrictions, but that’s not going to stop the Loggers from a little friendly competition in cross […]
By Ray Hamill — The waiting game is set to continue, and it appears unlikely local high school sports will return to competition any time soon. On Monday, Governor Gavin Newsom and […]
Kieran McNulty’s sensational start to his college career continued over the weekend, with the former Arcata High swimmer barely missing out on an Olympic Trial qualifying time. Competing for the Cal Poly […]
Not for the first time, California health officials have promised an update on youth sports guidelines soon. Speaking to reporters this week, secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency Dr. […]
By Ray Hamill — Local MMA star Orion Cosce will have to wait a little longer for his UFC debut. The Humboldt County native was scheduled to fight Nicolas Dalby at UFC […]
It didn’t take Arcata’s Kieran McNulty long to make an impact at the Division-I college level. The former Tigers swimmer is a freshman at Cal Poly and made his competitive college debut […]