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Sunday, July 12, 2020

Former Crab Signs with the Reds

Posted By on Sun, Jul 12, 2020 at 2:41 PM

Oh, the places you'll go, Crabs, go.

CSU Bakersfield junior and former Humboldt Crabs MVP Damian Henderson signed a professional contract with the Cincinnati Reds on Friday. Cue the cowbell.
Damian Henderson - MATT FILAR
  • Matt Filar
  • Damian Henderson

The Humboldt Crabs gave a shout out to their former teammate on Twitter on Saturday and signed off with hashtag #lifeasacrab. 
We share the sentiment. Congrats, Damian. 
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Monday, June 8, 2020

Bunkered by Bureaucracy, Disc Golf Courses Finally Reopen

Posted By on Mon, Jun 8, 2020 at 3:36 PM

After being closed due to the pandemic since March, Humboldt County’s public disc golf courses began reopening last week. And according to the sport’s local organizers and advocates, it’s been an unexpectedly circuitous route back to these baskets.

A man tees off on the newly reopened Mad River Pump Station 4 disc golf course. - ASHLEY HARRELL
  • Ashley Harrell
  • A man tees off on the newly reopened Mad River Pump Station 4 disc golf course.

   
“I was a bit frustrated,” said Par Infinity Disc Golf Club President Caleb Gribi, who for weeks has been working with county officials to safely reopen the courses. “It was a matter of making sure everybody was covered, legally speaking.”

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Thursday, June 4, 2020

Staff Layoffs, Suspension of Football and Beach Volley Programs at CR

Posted By on Thu, Jun 4, 2020 at 12:33 PM

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Facing a $1.5 million budget shortfall, College of the Redwoods has implemented several cost-cutting measures, including laying off staff and suspending the football and beach volleyball programs, an action related to the redirecting of $475,000 from the Health, Physical Education, Kinesiology, Recreation, Dance and Athletic Department.

In news release today, CR also said it has instituted a districtwide hiring freeze and “frozen discretionary spending across the board.”

“We are facing considerable financial impact as a result of the pandemic. We have had to make several very difficult expenditure reduction decisions over the last few weeks to address our forecasted budget shortfall,” CR President Keith Flamer said in the announcement.

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Monday, June 1, 2020

Frank Cheek, Longtime HSU Coach, Dies at 82, Times-Standard Reports

Posted By on Mon, Jun 1, 2020 at 8:17 PM

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The Times-Standard is reporting that Frank Cheek a longtime coach has died at the age of 82.

Read the full story here.  
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Sunday, May 24, 2020

Batter Up! A Youth Team Holds Tryouts During the COVID Crisis

Posted By on Sun, May 24, 2020 at 4:46 PM



All photos and video by Mark McKenna

As summer approaches in the time of the COVID crisis, coaches and athletes look for new ways to practice the sports they love. On Wednesday, about 50 hopeful youths showed up throughout a series of tryouts spaced in intervals at Redwood Fields in Cutten. They hope to be chosen for the Humboldt Eagles baseball team – the first local youth team to begin activities after the spread of the pandemic forced sports to go on hiatus.

As each session progressed, the youth spread out to work in groups of six. As they practiced, the crisp smack of the bat, the thud of a mitt closing over a fast ball mixed with the muffled voices of coaches shouting through cloth echoed both traditional tryouts and highlighted the new reality where young and old were required to wear masks when they arrive and when they are close to each other.

Normally, youth trying out for baseball teams is as American and uncontroversial as apple pie but, in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, restarting the sport is cause for debate. On the one hand, the NCAA has voted to approve allowing some sports to begin on college campuses June 1. On the other, Dr. Anthony Fauci – director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), advisor to the Trump administration, and passionate Washington Nationals fan – has urged caution and using a strategy of testing and isolating athletes to make sure the novel coronavirus does not spread among teams and to families.

Fauci noted though, “I hope that there’s some form of baseball this summer, even if it’s just for TV… I feel that strongly, one, because I’m an avid baseball fan but also because it’s for the country’s mental health to have the great American pastime be seen.”

However, Fauci is mostly addressing professional teams, not student athletes with families that they return home to. And youth leagues, unlike professional teams, do not have the money for extensive testing.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released some guidelines last week. The guidelines caution, “The more people a child or coach interacts with, the closer the physical interaction, the more sharing of equipment there is by multiple players, and the longer that interaction, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread.”

On April 19, Humboldt County Sheriff Billy Honsal said, “[We] will follow up with [sports teams who restart] and make sure that they are following the guidelines as outlined by California Department of Public health and our local health officer.”

Zack Anderson warms up with fellow potential team mates. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Zack Anderson warms up with fellow potential team mates.
St. Bernard’s pitcher Nick Dugan throws the ball during warm ups. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • St. Bernard’s pitcher Nick Dugan throws the ball during warm ups.
An Eagles hopeful fields a grounder during assessments at Redwood Fields. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • An Eagles hopeful fields a grounder during assessments at Redwood Fields.
Coach Dan Joyner catches an incoming ball. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Coach Dan Joyner catches an incoming ball.
Coach Dan Joyner hits a grounder to the infield during the first day of practice. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Coach Dan Joyner hits a grounder to the infield during the first day of practice.
Humboldt Eagles board member Jim Pastori instructs pitcher Hayden Bode to release the ball lower. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Humboldt Eagles board member Jim Pastori instructs pitcher Hayden Bode to release the ball lower.
If people want to become sponsors they can call  707-267-8111 or visit humboldteagles.com and click on the about tab. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • If people want to become sponsors they can call 707-267-8111 or visit humboldteagles.com and click on the about tab.

Neither of the other two local American Legion teams are holding tryouts at this time. Reportedly they will reevaluate in early June.
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Thursday, May 14, 2020

Crabs 2020 Season Suspended

Posted By on Thu, May 14, 2020 at 12:12 PM

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The Humboldt Crabs announced today that the 2020 season has been suspended until “local and state authorities allow live sports to resume.”

Expressing thanks to all those who have supported the team, the Facebook post said the decision was made with “great dismay.”

“If there is a sensible way to safely bring Crabs baseball to our fans, our players, our staff, and the youth of our community we will make every effort,” it reads. “But at this time and in the near-term, the risks outweigh the rewards.”

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Photos from Mad River Enduro

Posted By on Tue, Sep 10, 2019 at 11:40 AM

On Saturday, Sept. 7, mountain bikers came from all over the West Coast for Mad River Enduro. The race is a rare chance for mountain bikers to ride a trail system normally closed to the public as the trails are on Green Diamond land and are maintained by the Redwood Mountain Biking Association.
A rider takes on a drop and prepares for another on the trail through Green Diamond property a day ahead of the Mad River Enduro race. - CONNOR RAY PHOTOGRAPHY
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  • A rider takes on a drop and prepares for another on the trail through Green Diamond property a day ahead of the Mad River Enduro race.

This year's race was the second annual enduro and took place over the course of two days. The first day was devoted to practice runs, registration and setting up camp in the designated lot on Taylor way in Blue Lake. Shuttle service on the first day was provided by Revolution Cycles in Arcata. See photo highlights from the first day in the slideshow below.

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Ladies and Gentlemen, Your 2019 Crabs

Posted By on Tue, Aug 6, 2019 at 4:12 PM

Well, here we are again. Aug. 6. A year ago today I posted my first last Crabs column of the season. It was titled “Crabs Season is Over and Everything is Garbage.” A year on down the road and not much has changed, except my waistline. Much like our summer days, this time of year is often glum. This team wasn’t the juggernaut it usually is and some nights they were downright frustrating, but, oddly enough, it just makes me miss them more.
Crabs slap hands after winning the final game of the year. - MATT FILAR
  • Matt Filar
  • Crabs slap hands after winning the final game of the year.

Opening day feels like it was a lifetime ago. Remember when we lost our first two home series, one in a sweep? Remember when it took us 20 games to get to .500, almost a full calendar month? There was doom hanging over the ballpark. Some of us rationalized, some of us whinged, got mad and bemoaned our station. But we all felt that pall.


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Monday, July 15, 2019

Crabs Clip Hawks' (Cardinals'?) Wings

Posted By on Mon, Jul 15, 2019 at 7:33 PM

Coming in to Sunday’s game against the Ukiah Hawks, the Crabs had scored 47 unanswered runs against their opponents. That is not a typo. After a straight up bummer 5-3 loss against the San Leandro Ports on Tuesday July 9, the Crabs went on a tear.

In their second and final game against the Ports, they won 13-nil. Then came the Hawks, who — judging from the fact that they call themselves the Hawks and yet wore St. Louis Cardinals gear the whole weekend — aren’t exactly a crack bunch.
A youngster throws a dart for the ceremonial first pitch. Future Crab? - MATT FILAR
  • Matt Filar
  • A youngster throws a dart for the ceremonial first pitch. Future Crab?
Friday evening they were understaffed to the point that one of their coaches played first base. The Crabs trounced them 20-0 with the slaughter rule in effect (The “slaughter rule”, if both teams agree, means that the game ends after the seventh inning should one team be down by 10 or more runs at that point, thank god); the Hawks’ coach got one of their two hits, as it happened. Saturday night, the Crabs won 14-0 and ostensibly went out and had a team wide bacchanal, as they allowed two runs and won by a measly 11-run margin, 13-2 on Sunday. Each game ended in the seventh inning. For those not mathematically inclined, that’s a total point differential of 45 for the series, which would be a blowout in a single basketball game.

It’s easy to forget how good these kids are. It’s easy to harp on Koko for not rushing a grounder with enough haste, or Henderson for making the big throw to third instead of safely hitting his cutoff man. It’s understandable to normalize their abilities and think to yourself, “Pfft, I could do that. I could make that play.” Just like it’s easy to think that Steph Curry looks kind of short on TV. But that’s only because he shares the court with a bunch of 6-foot, 10-inch behemoths and stands a meager 6 feet, 3 inches. You can’t make that play. These kids can ball.


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Sunday, February 3, 2019

Cheer for the Rams But in California High Schools, Fewer Kids are Playing Football

Posted By on Sun, Feb 3, 2019 at 8:50 AM

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If the Golden State has a rooting interest in the Super Bowl on Sunday, it won’t just be because the Los Angeles Rams will be on the field. Roughly one player in six on the Rams’ and New England Patriots’ active rosters is a product of California high schools. Year after year, California has churned out top-tier recruits who go on to play football in college and then the NFL.

But the state that produced Tom Brady, Jared Goff and Julian Edelman is also in the thick of national trends that are fueling a decline in football participation, largely because of concerns over head injuries and competition from less aggressive sports.

Even parts of the state known to be football powerhouses have experienced significant declines in high-school football participation, a CALmatters analysis of statewide data shows. On the North Coast, participation has fallen more than 12 percent over the last decade.

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