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Tuesday, July 27, 2021

San Jose State Football Team Heading Back to Humboldt

Posted By on Tue, Jul 27, 2021 at 1:49 PM

The San Jose State University football team is heading back to Humboldt to prepare for the upcoming season.

According to a Humboldt State University news release, all of the athletes, staff and coaches are fully vaccinated and will follow "general safety practices" while living and practicing on campus.

The team is slated to arrive tomorrow and stay until Aug. 8. The HSU release states that the campus has been in contact with Public Heath about the arrangement and the Spartans will essentially maintain a bubble "to prevent contact between the team, the campus, and the local community."

The Spartans' arrival last year was marked by controversy, with local health officials "disappointed" by the decision to bring the 140 member group to Humboldt after COVID-19 restrictions in Santa Clara County prevented the team from practing there.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for the Spartans to prepare for their season in the beautiful Redwood Bowl,” Executive Director of Intercollegiate Athletics & Campus Recreation Cooper Jones said in the release. “We’re glad to assist San José State as they kick off the 2021 season with fall camp in Arcata. After last year’s safe visit, and a very successful season for SJSU, we are happy to invite them back and support the team this semester.”

The San Jose State University team will have access to the Redwood Bowl, with use of the Student Recreation Center limited to off-hours to allow HSU students to use the facility. News of the team's return comes on the same day the California State system announced students, staff and faculty will be required in fall to be vaccinated to be on campus.

According to HSU, the public will be invited to an Aug. 7 scrimmage game, with more details to be released at a later date.


Read the HSU release below:
Humboldt State will welcome back the San José State University football team for training and practice ahead of the start of their 2021 season. SJSU athletes, coaches, and staff have all been fully vaccinated and will continue to observe general safety practices while at HSU.

The team will begin to arrive Wednesday, July 28 and depart Sunday, August 8. The public will be invited to view a team scrimmage on Saturday, August 7. More details will be released closer to the event date.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for the Spartans to prepare for their season in the beautiful Redwood Bowl,” says Cooper Jones, Executive Director of Intercollegiate Athletics & Campus Recreation. “We’re glad to assist San José State as they kick off the 2021 season with Fall camp in Arcata. After last year’s safe visit, and a very successful season for SJSU, we are happy to invite them back and support the team this semester.”

The Spartans will live and practice on campus, all while essentially maintaining a bubble to prevent contact between the team, the campus, and the local community. SJSU will have access to the Redwood Bowl for practice and training, and will use the Student Recreation Center outside of current open hours so HSU student access is not affected. HSU has been in close contact with Humboldt County Health regarding this agreement and will continue to adhere to county, state, and CDC guidelines.
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Monday, July 12, 2021

Crabs Sweep the Week Despite Injuries

Posted By on Mon, Jul 12, 2021 at 12:10 PM

The Crabs have kept the train rolling through the halfway point of the season, picking up another five wins this week to bring their current record to 22-5. The team put up another impressive scoring performance for the week, scoring 65 runs to make it their second consecutive week putting up 60 or more.


The Crabs were bolstered Tuesday night by the return of Andrew Allanson to the lineup following his concussion from the previous week. Allanson made sure his comeback was one fans would remember by picking up right where he left off and blasting a home run over the fences at Arcata Ballpark against the Perth Heat's right. For Allanson, it was a fitting way to get back on the field.


“It really felt like a welcome back present honestly, hitting a home run my first game back from a concussion,” Allanson said after Sunday’s game.

Crabs designated hitter Andrew Allanson (No. 22) celebrates with teammates while heading back to the dugout after hitting a home run during his first game back in the lineup on July 6, 2021 after suffering a concussion the previous week while sliding into home. - THOMAS LAL
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  • Crabs designated hitter Andrew Allanson (No. 22) celebrates with teammates while heading back to the dugout after hitting a home run during his first game back in the lineup on July 6, 2021 after suffering a concussion the previous week while sliding into home.

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Monday, July 5, 2021

Crabs Bring Their Own Fireworks for Fourth of July

Posted By on Mon, Jul 5, 2021 at 3:07 PM

There were no actual pyrotechnics at Arcata Ballpark for the Fourth of July but the Crabs bats provided plenty of fireworks over the week for the fans as the team scored 70 total runs. The Crabs started the week off with a two-game set against the NorCal Warriors and came out swinging hard and early, putting up seven or more runs in the first three innings both nights in an impressive display of firepower that set the tone for the holiday weekend.


Eureka local Caleb Ruiz got the start for the Crabs on Tuesday and threw well allowing just four hits through five innings of work against the Warriors and striking out seven batters. Ruiz was able to work comfortably for much of his five innings on the mound as the Crabs leaped to a 6-1 lead and never looked back on the way to a 21-2 victory to begin the week.

Crabs outfielder Josh Lauck (No. 11) celebrates with teammates Ethan Fischel (No. 12) and Dylan McPhillips (No. 7) after hitting a home run in the third inning against the Solano Mudcats on July 4, 2021 at Arcata Ballpark. - THOMAS LAL
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  • Crabs outfielder Josh Lauck (No. 11) celebrates with teammates Ethan Fischel (No. 12) and Dylan McPhillips (No. 7) after hitting a home run in the third inning against the Solano Mudcats on July 4, 2021 at Arcata Ballpark.

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Monday, June 21, 2021

Three Ways to the Freeway

Posted By on Mon, Jun 21, 2021 at 9:47 AM

As Andrew Allanson belted the first home run of the game out over the left field wall and onto the freeway, fans jumped to their feet and cheered all around Arcata Ballpark. What they might not have expected was to be jumping to their feet twice more in that second inning as Tyler Ganus and then Ethan Smith each blasted their own home-run shots into southbound traffic to give the Crabs a 5-0 lead over the visiting Seattle Studs during the first game of their series on June 17. The Crabs continued to pile on the runs that night, winning 10-5 behind starting pitcher Kaden Riccomini.

Crabs first baseman Tyler Ganus (#34) celebrates with teammates at home plate after hitting the second of three home runs out onto the freeway for the Crabs in the second inning against the Seattle Studs on June 17, 2021. - THOMAS LAL
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  • Crabs first baseman Tyler Ganus (#34) celebrates with teammates at home plate after hitting the second of three home runs out onto the freeway for the Crabs in the second inning against the Seattle Studs on June 17, 2021.


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Thursday, June 17, 2021

Help the Humboldt Crabs Strike Out COVID-19

Posted By on Thu, Jun 17, 2021 at 12:07 PM

The Humboldt Crabs are making it easier to get back into the swing of things by offering two COVID-19 vaccination clinics this summer. The first one is this Saturday, June 19 at a mobile clinic next to Arcata Ball Park from 5 to 7 :30 p.m. with a pretty sweet deal attached to it: Get your shot and get free admission to that night's game.
PHOTO BY KALI COZYRIS
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Saturday's vaccination clinic will offer the two-dose Pfizer shot to anyone age 12 and up (minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian), or the one-dose Johnson & Johnson shot for anyone age 18 and up.  Show your vaccination card from this vaccine clinic to receive the free ticket for that night's game.

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Monday, June 7, 2021

Humboldt Crabs Back With a Bang Winning First Series

Posted By on Mon, Jun 7, 2021 at 2:52 PM

Baseball and beer were back at the Arcata Ballpark this weekend as the Humboldt Crabs were up to their usual winning ways to get the season started taking two out of three games against the visiting Lincoln Potters to win their first series.


For the first time since 2019, fans were welcomed back into the ballpark at limited capacity to watch the Crabs play baseball after taking a season off during 2020 due to COVID-19. With Friday and Saturday’s games sold out before gates open, the Crabs faithful were clearly ready to get back to what they do best; heckle the visitors, enjoy some libations, and watch some classic summer baseball.

Teammates congratulate Crabs second baseman Ethan Fischel (#12) after he hit the game winning RBI in the bottom of the 13th inning to give the Humboldt Crabs their first series win of the season with a 5-4 win over the Lincoln Potters in the third game of the series at Arcata Ballpark as the Potters leave the field. - PHOTO BY THOMAS LAL
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  • Teammates congratulate Crabs second baseman Ethan Fischel (#12) after he hit the game winning RBI in the bottom of the 13th inning to give the Humboldt Crabs their first series win of the season with a 5-4 win over the Lincoln Potters in the third game of the series at Arcata Ballpark as the Potters leave the field.

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Tuesday, May 4, 2021

HSU Investigating Another Hazing Incident in Men's and Women's Rugby Team

Posted By on Tue, May 4, 2021 at 10:08 AM

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Just a week after Humboldt State University reported it is investigating an alleged hazing incident involving the softball team, the university is investigating another alleged hazing incident and possible violations of student and sports club codes of conduct involving the men's and women's rugby teams.

The teams have both been placed on interim suspensions while all club-related sports activities are postponed pending the results of the investigation by the HSU Office of Dean of Students.

"Hazing is both illegal and violates HSU’s student and competitive sports club codes of conduct. HSU takes issues of hazing very seriously and the welfare of students is the priority at this time," reads the school's press release.

Due to privacy laws, the details of the investigation will not be made public.

Read the full press release below.


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Monday, April 26, 2021

Humboldt State Investigation Hazing Involving Softball Team

Posted By on Mon, Apr 26, 2021 at 9:43 AM

Humboldt State University officials are investigating allegations of hazing involving the women’s softball team as well as other possible violations of student and athletic codes.

The team has been placed on interim suspension, with all activities, including games scheduled for next week, on hold while the investigation is underway, according to a news release.

“Hazing is both illegal and violates HSU’s student and athletic codes of conduct,” the release states. “HSU takes issues of hazing very seriously and the welfare of student-athletes is the priority at this time.”

The investigation is being conducted by the HSU Office of the Dean of Students, which is working with Intercollegiate Athletics & Recreational Sports. HSU states the results of the investigation and those involved will not be made public due to privacy laws.

Read the HSU release below:
Humboldt State University is investigating the Women’s Intercollegiate Softball Team for alleged hazing, as well as other possible violations of student and athletic codes of conduct. The Director of Intercollegiate Athletics & Recreational Sports and the Dean of Students have placed the team on interim suspension. All athletics-related activities, including the upcoming week of competition, will be postponed pending the results of the investigation. Hazing is both illegal and violates HSU’s student and athletic codes of conduct. HSU takes issues of hazing very seriously and the welfare of student-athletes is the priority at this time. HSU’s Office of the Dean of Students has taken the lead role in the investigation, with close cooperation from Intercollegiate Athletics & Recreational Sports. Due to privacy laws, the details of the investigation related to specific individuals will not be made public.
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Thursday, April 8, 2021

Crabs to Play Ball for Limited Crowd with Locals on the Roster

Posted By on Thu, Apr 8, 2021 at 1:53 PM

The Humboldt Crabs have announced their return to the field June 4, with three local players on the roster.

Willamette University infielder Ethan Fischel, Bethel University utility man Aidan Morris and Umpqua Community College pitcher Caleb Ruiz, who all hail from Eureka, will among those taking to the field this summer.

As for how many spectators can take themselves out to the ballgame, there's no hard number yet. Crabs President David Sharp responded to an email from the Journal, saying  the stands will welcome "somewhere between 20-33 percent capacity, so somewhere in the range of 350-450 fans." For now, entry won't require proof of vaccination, though visitors will have to wear masks and practice social distancing.

Sharp says, "Seating will be arranged in 1-4 person pods, all socially distanced throughout the bleachers and outfield grass areas. Tickets must be purchased in advance through our website." Not ready to join the crowd? Don't sweat it. Sharp adds that the games will be live streamed so nobody misses a swing.

Crabs News: The 2021 roster will feature three Eureka-born players, Willamette University infielder Ethan Fischel,...

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Monday, March 15, 2021

HSU Women's Basketball Team Opts Out of Competing This Season

Posted By on Mon, Mar 15, 2021 at 6:18 AM

HSU women's basketball guard/forward Alexia Thrower, who graduated last spring, during a competition pre-pandemic. - HSU ATHLETICS
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  • HSU women's basketball guard/forward Alexia Thrower, who graduated last spring, during a competition pre-pandemic.

After Humboldt State University announced that student-athletes would return to competition this season, members of the women’s basketball team released a statement on their collective decision not to compete due to health and safety concerns, including injuries.

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HSU’s women’s basketball coach Michelle Bento-Jackson, who’s been coaching collegiate sports since 1992 and has been head coach of HSU’s women's basketball team for five seasons, said the decision was the right one for the team, as there were some players recovering from injuries.

“This was specifically a women's basketball decision,” Bento-Jackson said. “We collectively decided that it was not the best decision for us and for a number of reasons — our roster size, injuries. There were just a number of things that came to play in conversations that we just felt that we’re really fortunate that we’re here getting to practice and that we decided we’re going to focus this spring on getting better and practicing and building our team chemistry and it just seemed like the right decision for us specifically.”

Since the beginning of the pandemic, all teams, including individual student-athletes, were given the opportunity to opt-out from participating in their sport this season, including competitions, Bento-Jackson said. For example, if any student athlete doesn’t feel comfortable returning to campus due to the pandemic, they had the option to stay home.

HSU Women's Basketball Coach Michelle Bento-Johnson coaching during a game last season. - HSU ATHLETICS
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  • HSU Women's Basketball Coach Michelle Bento-Johnson coaching during a game last season.

The decision wasn’t predetermined, she said, adding that the team’s short time period to prepare for competitions was one of the many reasons they decided not to play. Before the pandemic, teams usually had about eight to nine weeks to prepare for competitions. This year, players only had a few weeks.

On Feb. 24, HSU announced that student-athletes would return to competition this semester with strict COVID-19 safety protocols in place, including frequent COVID-19 testing and quarantines. HSU men’s basketball team was the first to compete in an away game just a day after HSU’s announcement.

Though the women’s basketball team has decided not to compete this season, Bento-Johnson said she and her team are thankful for having the option to not compete this year and acknowledged the university and the athletics department’s efforts in ensuring the safety of HSU athletes returning to competition.

“I'm really happy that the other athletes are getting out there and our men's basketball team already did, some of our other teams are going to be competing and I think that's awesome,” Bento-Johnson said, “We're very fortunate that our department has put us in a position — I mean there's a lot of schools that can't compete — and we're very fortunate that we’ve been put in a position where we have that option, whether we want it to compete or not, and for that, we're really thankful.”

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