By Ray Hamill — The house that Daniel built was in full bloom on Friday night. Playing in front of a loud and enthusiastic crowd at Fortuna High, head coach Daniel Holmes […]
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 — In the world of sports it simply doesn’t get any more exciting than this. It certainly doesn’t get much closer. But then again, no one ever said winning […]
Del Norte and South Fork each advanced to the semifinal round in the North Coast Section football playoffs on Friday night, while both Fortuna and Arcata bowed out on the road against […]
The College of the Redwoods men’s basketball team was unable to keep up with an athletic Mendocino on Friday night, falling 91-78 in Ukiah. Drew Gillette led the Corsairs with 31 points, […]
By Ray Hamill — Welcome to a new podcast for local sports on the North Coast, Humboldt Sports Talk. The show is produced by former Humboldt State Assistant Athletic Director Andrew Goetzin […]
By Ray Hamill — Three local teams will get the opportunity to play for a North Coast Section championship in soccer this weekend, including two here in Humboldt County. And game times […]
The College of the Redwoods men’s basketball team got back to winning ways on Thursday night, pulling out a 68-57 win at Napa Valley. Isaac Puzz led the way with his best […]
By Ray Hamill — When the Ferndale Wildcats defeated close rivals Fortuna for the coveted Milk Can trophy back in September, senior standout and team leader Landon Gomes talked about this group […]
By Ray Hamill — The South Fork Cubs will kick off the North Coast Section football playoffs after a three-week layover when they host Laytonville on Friday night. The Cubs are seeded […]
By Ray Hamill — The Fortuna Huskies will face off against a top seed in the NCS football playoffs for the third straight year on Friday night, when they travel to play […]
By Ray Hamill — The Del Norte Warriors have been building towards this weekend all year. The No. 2 seeds in the NCS Division-5 bracket will kick off the postseason against No. […]
By Ray Hamill — The Crusaders will kick off the North Coast Section playoffs on Saturday afternoon, when they host Ygnacio Valley at 1 p.m. St. Bernard’s is seeded No. 2 in […]
By Ray Hamill — The Arcata Tigers will face a tough challenge to open the North Coast Section football playoffs this weekend, as they head to Kennedy in Richmond for a Friday […]
It’s been a memorable season for Del Norte football in more ways than one. The high school team is Big 4 champion and expected to make some serious noise when the NCS […]
By Ray Hamill — Tigers senior midfielder Bailey Cherms sent her teammates and the Arcata fans into a frenzy with a brilliant strike just seven minutes into sudden death overtime of Wednesday’s […]
By Ray Hamill — No one in the H-DNL finishes as well as Eureka’s Klayre Barres. On Wednesday night, the junior striker netted the equalizing goal against Arcata after a wonderful deep […]
By Ray Hamill — The only problem with Bailey Cherms’ magnificent goal seven minutes into sudden death overtime at Albee Stadium on Wednesday night is that it brought an end to a […]
By Ray Hamill — Geovanney Ramirez nailed a rocket of a shot against Fort Bragg in Wednesday night’s NCS Division-I boys soccer semifinal at Fortuna High. There was no stopping the Huskies […]
By Ray Hamill — The Huskies are headed back to the North Coast Section Division-I boys soccer championship game after a comfortable 7-0 win over Fort Bragg at Fortuna Wednesday night. Unfortunately, […]
By Ray Hamill — Once again the Huskies will have to do it the hard way, and once again they won’t be intimidated by that challenge. Fortuna opens the North Coast Section […]