By Ray Hamill — Six of the eight H-DN softball teams have been included in the North Coast Section playoff brackets, which were released on Saturday, including four that will open at […]
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.
Huskies stay the course, clinch historic first Lakin tournament
By Ray Hamill — An historic season for the Fortuna Huskies is showing no signs of slowing down. One week after they clinched their first Big 5 championship since 1975, the Fortuna […]
Morris, Loggers shut out the Warriors in Charlie Lakin decider
By Ray Hamill — After seeing the Del Norte Warriors take the Big 5 championship this spring, the Loggers were clearly in no mood to allow the same thing happen in the […]
H-DN numbers on the rise again after challenging few years
By Ray Hamill — H-DN track and field appears to be firmly putting COVID-19 in the rear view mirror. The pandemic had a hugely detrimental effect on all local sports and 2023 […]
Competition sets Loggers up well for a new challenge
By Ray Hamill — Competition for starting spots on the Eureka High boys golf team has played a key role in the team’s success this year, and head coach Jimmy Rodgers is […]
Changes in store for this year’s NCS playoff seedings
By Ray Hamill — The H-DN baseball and softball teams won’t have to wait quite as long this year to find out their playoff seed and opening opponent. Because of Mother’s Day […]
Softball semifinals go down to the wire on exciting day of action
By Ray Hamill — After battling all the way to the final day of the regular season for the Big 5 championship, the Del Norte Warriors and Eureka Loggers will match up […]
Big 5 rivals to meet again in Charlie Lakin tournament final
By Ray Hamill — The top two teams in the Big 5 will face off in Friday night’s Charlie Lakin tournament final after each successfully navigated their semifinals on Thursday. Playing at […]
Corsairs announce details of youth summer camps
College of the Redwoods athletics will host three youth sports camps for boys and girls this summer, one for soccer, one for basketball and one for volleyball. The CR Volleyball Camp will […]
Fortuna girls get back on track ahead of NCS playoffs
The Fortuna Huskies may have rediscovered their form at an opportune time. After an up-and-down season on the softball fields, the Fortuna girls closed out the regular season on a high note […]
Panthers hold on late as Wildcats rally falls just short
By Ray Hamill — A pair of early home runs proved to be decisive in an entertaining game between McKinleyville and Ferndale on the opening night of the Charlie Lakin tournament on […]
Local cheer team places fourth at world championships
A cheer team from the Dream Athletics gym in Humboldt County placed fourth at the All-Star World Championships in Orlando, Florida, over the weekend. The Junior 2 Motley Crue, made up mostly […]
Panthers, Loggers prevail in Lakin tournament openers
By Ray Hamill — The Eureka Loggers will get a rematch with the Hoopa Warriors after successfully navigating their opening game at the Charlie Lakin tournament on Wednesday. Playing at the Arcata […]
Charlie Lakin tournament gets under way at Arcata Ball Park
By Ray Hamill — The Arcata Tigers and McKinleyville Panthers won their opening games at the Charlie Lakin baseball tournament at the Arcata ball Park on Wednesday. The Tigers got the day’s […]
A Loggers legend inspires Guilbert’s record-breaking victory
Jamin Guilbert took the advice of a Eureka High legend on his way to a record-breaking performance at last weekend’s H-DN track and field championships. The Loggers senior obliterated his old PR […]
NCS honors Christiansen for service to high school sports
By Ray Hamill — The H-DN administrators are clearly doing something right, and they’re getting recognized for it. Last month, Fortuna High Assistant Principal Kristie Christiansen was named one of two 2023 […]
Mad River United keeping costs down for local players
By Ray Hamill — A group of local soccer moms and dads are working together to re-establish Mad River United as a more affordable brand of club soccer here in Humboldt County. […]
Henry to compete at NCAA championships in Florida
By Ray Hamill — Former Arcata Tiger Avary Henry will cap another impressive year playing college golf at Aurora University with a trip to this week’s NCAA Division-III women’s championships in Florida. […]
Cervantes leads H-DN contingent at NCS D-II championships
Fresh off his league championship last month, St. Bernard’s Esteban Cervantes led the H-DN at Monday’s North Coast Section Division-II Golf Championships. Nine H-DN golfers traveled to Petaluma to compete in the […]
Gomes, Saso named all-conference in JC baseball
Former H-DN players Landon Gomes of Ferndale and Cameron Saso of McKinleyville have both received all-conference recognition after outstanding springs for their respective community college teams. Gomes was named first-team All-Golden Valley […]