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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Wavesgiving

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Organizer Chris Johnson catching a wave. - SEAN JANSEN
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  • Organizer Chris Johnson catching a wave.

On Saturday, Nov. 19, while some of us huddled inside and watched the rain, Humboldt surfers woke before dawn and headed out to Trinidad State Beach for the second annual Wavesgiving Surf Contest. Some 20 contestants zipped into their wetsuits and hit the water to compete for cash and salty glory. Photographer Sean Jansen was in the splash zone capturing highlights. Check out the action in the sea-battered slideshow below.
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Wavesgiving 2016

By Sean Jansen

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

HSU Softball Stopped One Win Shy of National Title

Posted By on Sun, May 22, 2016 at 2:22 PM

The Lions celebrate their national championship with the ice bath of victory. - FACEBOOK/UNIVERSITY OF NORTH ALABAMA
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  • The Lions celebrate their national championship with the ice bath of victory.
The Lumberjacks entered Saturday needing just one win to become national champions. It wasn’t meant to be.

The Humboldt State University softball team dropped both its games Saturday to lose the best of three NCAA Division II national championship series in Denver to the University of North Alabama. HSU got off to a good start in the series Friday against North Alabama, which boasts the nation’s third best offense, thanks to a 5-0 shutout from ace pitcher Madison Williams.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Our Assemblyman Golfed Pebble Beach Last Year for Free

Posted By on Wed, Apr 27, 2016 at 5:16 PM

Fore! - GRANT SCOTT-GOFORTH
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Politicians are just like us. Who hasn’t been given $460 tickets to a Warriors or Giants game from a powerful state union or private corporation?

The LA Times just released an article detailing the sports-related gifts handed to California lawmakers and there was our very own 2nd District Assemblyman Jim Wood, leading the state in single gift value.

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Saturday, February 27, 2016

John Jaso: Humboldt's Dreadlocked Baseball Hero Talks Concussions

Posted By on Sat, Feb 27, 2016 at 12:50 PM

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  • John Jaso, swinging for the Oakland Athletics.
Humboldt-grown pro baseball player John Jaso is the subject of a fantastic article that came out this week on VICE Sports. In it, Jaso’s former teammate Fernando Perez (a World Series champ and he’s a better writer than me? Sigh) talks with Jaso about playing catcher, diva pitchers, being a Moneyball player and the debilitating concussions he suffered two years in a row.

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Sunday, December 20, 2015

Championship Crusaders

Posted By on Sun, Dec 20, 2015 at 10:14 AM

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The St. Bernard’s High School football team made history yesterday, becoming the first North Coast team to win a state championship.

Under a driving rain in Laguna Hills, the Crusaders lead throughout and beat Saddleback Valley Christian 28-21 to claim the California Interscholastic Federations Division V-A state title. After taking the early lead, the Crusaders leaned on a power running game, lead by junior quarterback Jack Rice, who finished with 41 carries for 148 yards, according to a report in the Times-Standard.

After the team got a police escort out of Eureka last week, one can imagine a hero’s welcome awaits when the Crusaders’ bus rolls into town today. For complete game coverage, check out Danny Penza’s report in the Times-Standard here.
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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Jacks Defeated in Missouri

Posted By on Sun, Nov 29, 2015 at 11:38 AM

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After a win over Augustana University to start the Humboldt State University football team's first postseason since 1968, the Jacks were routed Saturday, 54-7, by the number one-ranked Northwestern Missouri State.

Playing in Maryland, Missouri, the Jacks record-setting offense was all but stuffed, held to a single touchdown in the fourth quarter off a blocked punt. As the Times-Standard's Danny Penza wrote on Twitter,  "Northwest Missouri State is good."
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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Jacks Win in First Postseason Since 1968

Posted By on Sat, Nov 21, 2015 at 7:16 PM

Wide receiver Chase Krivashei and tailback Ja'Quan Gardner celebrate a touchdown. - GRANT SCOTT-GOFORTH
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  • Wide receiver Chase Krivashei and tailback Ja'Quan Gardner celebrate a touchdown.
The Humboldt State University football team advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division II tournament today after beating South Dakota’s Augustana University in a raucous game with back-and-forth offensive thrills.

Augustana returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown, quieting a full house of Jacks fans, but HSU quickly answered, and the teams went into the second half tied 17-17.

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  • Ja'Quan Gardner ran for 246 yards.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Sanctioning Body Drops Trinidad Fight Night

Posted By on Tue, Oct 27, 2015 at 12:28 PM

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Fight night is returning to Trinidad on Nov. 14, but likely without the sanctioning and oversight that were put in place following a catastrophic injury in April of 2014, which left fighter Steve Watts paralyzed.

Cher-Ae Heights Casino has hosted two nights of mixed martial arts and amateur boxing in the year and half since Watts fractured his C-4 vertebrae and damaged his spinal cord trying to take down an opponent, both of which were sanctioned and regulated by the International Sport Combat Federation, a company that oversees fights throughout the country. But some changes at the California State Athletic Commission have forced ISCF to bow out of the Nov. 14 event.

Neither Cher-Ae Heights Casino nor Don Arnott, the fight promoter, responded to phone calls and emails seeking comment for this story, so it’s unclear if they plan to get the “So You Wanna Fight” event sanctioned. The only other sanctioning organization recognized by the state told the Journal it has not been contacted about being involved in the Nov. 14 fight night.

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Saturday, October 24, 2015

The Humboldt Four Head to Nationals

Posted By on Sat, Oct 24, 2015 at 11:16 AM

Four Humboldt State University students are competing in this weekend's USA Cycling Gravity Mountain Bike Nationals, which draws some of the nation's most competitive professional and amateur riders. - ALEXANDER WOODARD
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  • Four Humboldt State University students are competing in this weekend's USA Cycling Gravity Mountain Bike Nationals, which draws some of the nation's most competitive professional and amateur riders.
Four Humboldt State University mountain bikers boxed up each of their bikes and then paid more than $400 apiece to have them sent to Snowshoe, West Virginia, and back. The reason? The 2015 USA Cycling Gravity Mountain Bike Nationals. This weekend, HSU’s four riders are competing in the two highest levels of racing, professional and just below in the A-category.

“Gravity” races are single-run events that entail a speedy decline down an obstacle filled trail to the finish. This weekend’s events will include the dual slalom, and the downhill — Humboldt’s main focus.

In the downhill race, riders have one run to bolt down a trail spanning one or more miles. The trail is filled with sudden and sharp drops, tight berms and crumbly dry dirt. Any mistake can cost riders the entire race. This is the event our Humboldt Four are fond of. And here's a brief introduction to each of HSU's national competitors.

Professional downhill mountain biker Ali Osgood winning the women's A category dual slalom event at the Sky Tavern Sufferfest competition. - ALEXANDER WOODARD
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  • Professional downhill mountain biker Ali Osgood winning the women's A category dual slalom event at the Sky Tavern Sufferfest competition.
Racing in the professional category this weekend is journalism senior Ali Osgood. At last year’s nationals, Osgood won the downhill race in the women’s A-category — the highest amateur racing level. Her time of 5:07 would have landed her a fifth-place overall finish in the women’s professional category.

Reflecting on that performance gave her the drive that led her to turn professional. This year, she has her eyes on the podium and knows the only thing capable of holding her back is herself.

“Nat champs are a total mental game,” Osgood said. “Physically, I have practice runs, but mentally I focus and memorize the trail while keeping my nerves calm.”

Bo Hellams winning the men's B category dual slalom race at the Sky Tavern Sufferfest competition. - ALEXANDER WOODARD
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  • Bo Hellams winning the men's B category dual slalom race at the Sky Tavern Sufferfest competition.

Making his debut on the national stage this weekend is recreation senior Bo Hellams, who only started riding mountain bikes in October of last year. Despite the late start, Hellams knew he wanted to go to nationals, so he bought a ticket to Snow Shoe before the season and school had even started.

At his first collegiate race at University of Nevada, Reno’s event, Sky Tavern Sufferfest, he decided to skip the C category. Hellams’ confident racing proved he was capable of racing with the A group. With two first-place finishes (one in downhill, the other in dual slalom) Hellams was bumped up, just as he’d hoped.

The following weekend, Hellams hit the Stanford-hosted races and placed third in the downhill race. The weekend after, he took first in Humboldt’s home competition in downhill and fifth in the super-d event, a race that’s similar to downhill but covers a longer distance and requires more endurance. Through these complete races – and wins – he was officially qualified to register for nationals.

“I knew I wanted to go [to nationals], so I bought my plane ticket before I had even raced at Reno. There was a lot riding on those first three races,” Hellams said. “Pun intended, I guess.”

Sara Schneider winning second place in the women's A category downhill race at the Sky Tavern Sufferfest competition. - ALEXANDER WOODARD
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  • Sara Schneider winning second place in the women's A category downhill race at the Sky Tavern Sufferfest competition.

Humboldt’s third rider is also making her debut on the national stage this weekend, though this is recreation administration senior Sara Schneider’s fourth year riding with the HSU club. So far, her season has been successful and a big improvement from last year, starting with a pair of second-place finishes in Reno, where she closely trailed teammate Osgood.

At Humboldt’s home race, Schneider took first in the super-d and second in the downhill, again behind Osgood. Although the two battle on the track, they often train together, share advice and push one another to keep improving.

“[Osgood] has definitely had a huge influence on my riding,” Schneider said. “Every time we race it’s exciting to see the gap between our times get smaller.”

Tyler Green racing in the men's A category super-d event at Lacks Creek, Humboldt's home competition. - ALEXANDER WOODARD
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  • Tyler Green racing in the men's A category super-d event at Lacks Creek, Humboldt's home competition.

The fourth rider making the trip to represent Humboldt is geology junior Tyler Green, who has been riding with the club since he was a freshman and is making his first trip to nationals. Coming off of a shoulder injury he sustained on the Reno downhill course, Green is optimistic. He wants to see how he compares to other riders, but “is not expecting anything crazy.”

Most recently, Green finished fourth out of 45 riders at Humboldt’s home downhill race. As a junior, he has two more seasons to spend riding with the club and plans to begin training more seriously after competing in nationals this weekend.

“Since my shoulder is only about 75 percent, I want to go to nationals and get a feel for the competition and atmosphere,” Green said. “Next year, I definitely plan to qualify, train, return and win.”
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Friday, March 6, 2015

Maualuga Re-Signs with Bengals

Posted By on Fri, Mar 6, 2015 at 8:22 AM

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Former Eureka Logger Rey Maualuga just inked a three-year contract extension with the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Bengals drafted Maualuga in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft and have watched him develop into a defensive cornerstone for the team, despite his being slowed by knee and hamstring injuries the last two years. Coach Marvin Lewis described Maualuga as a “physical force” and a “great teammate” in a press release announcing the contract extension, and Defensive Coordinator Paul Guenther raved about him to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

“He’s a premier run-stopping linebacker in this league and I don’t think he gets enough credit,” Guenther told the paper. “His athletic ability and leadership has helped us out a lot.”

Maualuga graduated from Eureka High School in 2004, after leading the Loggers to a 20-2-1 record in his junior and senior seasons, which included a North Coast Section championship. Born in Oklahoma and raised in Hawaii, Maualuga moved with his parents — Talatonu and Tina — to Oxnard when he was in sixth grade. After his freshman year of high school in Ventura, Maualuga’s family again moved, this time to Eureka, so Talatonu could practice his Pentecostal ministry.

After bringing national attention to Eureka High School, Maualuga attended University of Southern California, where he earned All American honors and won the 2008 Chuck Bednarik Award, given annually to the nation’s best defensive player.

Maualuga’s pro career got off to a bumpy start, both on and off the field. A dislocated elbow derailed an already unimpressive rookie season, in which Maualuga looked a step slow and struggled to adjust to the pro game. And on Jan. 29, 2010, he was arrested in Kentucky for drunk and careless driving after crashing into some parked cars, reportedly with a blood alcohol level twice the legal limit. (He ultimately pleaded guilty to DUI and was given two years’ probation. He apologized for "terrible mistake," and for being "such a great humiliation and embarrassment to the team.")

But Maualuga has stayed out of trouble since, and his play has steadily improved. As one ESPN story notes, opposing running backs averaged just 3.6 yards per carry against the Bengals last year when Maualuga was on the field and 4.9 when he was not. Clearly, he made an impact. In his five-year career, he's recorded 482 tackles, four sacks, six forced fumbles and five interceptions.

Maualuga still has family in Humboldt, and the long-haired, tattoo-covered 28-year-old has been spotted out and about locally in recent weeks visiting with friends. The terms of his new contract haven’t been disclosed, but Maualuga made $2.25 million in 2014, the last year of two-year extension signed in 2012.
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