By Ray Hamill — It was four years in the making and apparently worth every minute. And after dispatching of St Patrick-St. Vincent in the North Coast Section Division-IV championship game on […]
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 — 2019 will be a tough act to follow for H-DNL softball, and in particular the McKinleyville Panthers. On Tuesday evening, the Mack girls completed an historic first-ever treble […]
By Ray Hamill — Here we go again. Only this time there’s a little more at stake, a little more pride on the line, and a little piece of history up for […]
By Ray Hamill — I’m not sure we’ve ever had such a pool of standout performances to choose from in one week, both individually and team wise. But two teams stood out […]
By Ray Hamill — This spring will go down as the most successful ever for the H-DNL in North Coast Section baseball and softball. That’s now guaranteed, and the only question is […]
By Ray Hamill — Saturday signaled a new beginning for the Little 4 in softball, and perhaps the dawn of a new era for the conference rivalries. After a decade of looking […]
By Ray Hamill — This past week, McKinleyville senior Benicio Benavides-Garb became the latest player from the local Eagles travel team to take his soccer talents to the collegiate level, although he […]
By Ray Hamill — The South Fork girls chose an opportune time to turn in their best performance of the season and left little doubt as to who was the better team […]
Fortuna senior Katie Hurst closed out a legendary career at the CIF state track and field championships on Saturday. Making her fourth appearance at the prestigious meet, Hurst finished eighth in the […]
The Warriors are a family on the softball diamond. It’s something they preach constantly and something they believe in. They’re also now history makers, and they are so in large part because […]
By Ray Hamill — The South Fork Cubs said farewell to four seniors and a talented underclassman in bittersweet circumstances on Saturday, as a team for the ages fell 8-3 to Credo […]
By Ray Hamill — The South Fork Cubs and Hoopa Valley Warriors made history in their own way on Saturday, as each took home a North Coast Section softball championship in very […]
By Ray Hamill — Just when her team needed it the most, senior center fielder Jada Bailey made one of the best defensive plays of the season on Friday evening. With Cardinal […]
So far so good for Fortuna’s Katie Hurst at the CIF state track and field championships. On Friday, the Huskies senior qualified for Saturday’s finals in the girls high jump, posting a […]
There simply is no denying the McKinleyville Panthers, who are now closing in on a season that will be difficult to top. On Friday, the Mack boys left it late, as they […]
By Ray Hamill — The Arcata Tigers pulled out a thrilling 5-4 win over St. Patrick-St. Vincent in the North Coast Section Division-IV semifinals at the Arcata Ball Park on Friday, setting […]
By Ray Hamill — Friday was a day the Big 5 won’t easily forget. Three thrilling games. Three dramatic wins. And three teams marching on to the North Coast Section championship game. […]
By Ray Hamill — It’s safe to say the Humboldt-Del Norte League is being well represented at the business end of the North Coast Section playoffs in baseball and softball. This weekend, […]
By Ray Hamill — South Fork senior C.J. Van Meter is closing out his high school playing career in determined fashion. On Wednesday, Van Meter was instrumental in the Cubs’ 7-1 win […]
By Ray Hamill — If local high school programs are judged by more than just their wins and losses — as they should be — then few are more successful than the […]