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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
  • Connor Ray Photography
  • 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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Friday, January 25, 2019

'Sweet Victory' for SpongeBob Fans at the Super Bowl? Stay Tuned

Posted By on Fri, Jan 25, 2019 at 1:48 PM

Stephen Hillenburg - SUBMITTED
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  • Stephen Hillenburg
Fans of SpongeBob SquarePants aren’t looking back in their months-long effort to have “Sweet Victory” sung during half time at the Super Bowl as an ode to Stephen Hillenburg, creator of the fantastical world Bikini Bottoms, who died Nov. 27.

More than 1 million people have signed the Change.org petition to honor the 57-year-old Humboldt State University graduate, who announced last March that he had been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a neurodegenerative disease more commonly known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease.

“As some of you may or may not know, Stephen Hillenburg — the creator of SpongeBob SquarePants — has passed away recently,” the petition reads. “As a tribute to his legacy, his contributions to a generation of children and to truly showcase the greatness of this song, we call for Sweet Victory to be performed at the Halftime Show.”


Half time headliner Maroon 5 set the Twittersphere a twitter earlier this month when the band released a Super Bowl teaser that includes a brief appearance by SpongeBob. (Check out the 32 second mark.)



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Sunday, December 16, 2018

HumSport: Your Week in Sports Photos

Posted By on Sun, Dec 16, 2018 at 1:39 PM

A rain-soaked Eureka Logger crowd at Albee Stadium celebrated a mud splattered victory Saturday night over previously unbeaten Las Lomas, 21-0, in the semifinal round of the North Coast Section D-III playoffs. - JOSE QUEZADA
  • Jose Quezada
  • A rain-soaked Eureka Logger crowd at Albee Stadium celebrated a mud splattered victory Saturday night over previously unbeaten Las Lomas, 21-0, in the semifinal round of the North Coast Section D-III playoffs.

Local photographer Jose Quezada has launched a pair of new websites, HumSport and HumLook, showcasing the work of local photographers. Photographers will be uploading galleries of photos on both sites regularly, showcasing their best images of local sports, cultural events and landscapes. High-resolution downloads of the images are also available for $5 apiece.

The Journal is partnering with Quezada and the sites to bring you regular slideshows offering a glimpse of what these photographers have captured. The below slideshow is from HumSport. To see more or to purchase downloads of any of these images, visit www.HumSport.com.

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Friday, November 30, 2018

HumSport: Your Week in Sports Photos

Posted By on Fri, Nov 30, 2018 at 11:43 AM

The annual Jogg'N Shoppe Turkey Trot cleared out some appetite for runners who toot off early Thanksgiving morning from Second and F streets in Old Town, Eureka. - JOSE QUEZADA
  • Jose Quezada
  • The annual Jogg'N Shoppe Turkey Trot cleared out some appetite for runners who toot off early Thanksgiving morning from Second and F streets in Old Town, Eureka.

Local photographer Jose Quezada has launched a pair of new websites, HumSport and HumLook, showcasing the work of local photographers. Photographers will be uploading galleries of photos on both sites regularly, showcasing their best images of local sports, cultural events and landscapes. High-resolution downloads of the images are also available for $5 apiece.

The Journal is partnering with Quezada and the sites to bring you regular slideshows offering a glimpse of what these photographers have captured. The below slideshow is from HumSport. To see more or to purchase downloads of any of these images, visit www.HumSport.com.

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

A Wild Night of Eureka High Football (with video)

Posted By on Thu, Nov 15, 2018 at 12:16 PM

Eureka High School - ECS
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  • Eureka High School
It was a stag-gering experience for some folks at last Friday’s Eureka High School football game against De Anza when an unexpected visitor took the field, much to the apparent delight of folks in the stands by the sounds of the video.

Watch the video by Sally Graham below:
The Loggers, by the way, handily won the game 66 to 20.
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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Fans Say Goodbye to HSU Football (With Video)

Posted By on Tue, Nov 6, 2018 at 11:21 AM

HSU football game - SA from Sam Armanino on Vimeo.

For the past three seasons of Humboldt State University football, Bennie Marzett and his family have made the nine hour drive from Bakersfield to Arcata to watch his son play. With the exception of one absence by his mother, Deborah Marzett, defensive back Patrick Marzett’s parents haven’t missed a Lumberjacks home football game. On Nov. 3, they remained dedicated and watched their son and the entire Jacks program play their final football game at the Redwood Bowl.

“We’ve got to support our athletes. Our son, plus the team,” Bennie Marzett said. “We support the whole organization.”

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Saturday, November 3, 2018

HumSport: Your Week in Sports Photos

Posted By on Sat, Nov 3, 2018 at 1:59 PM

Athena Miller, striker with the Eureka Loggers, watches her kicked ball go into the nets for a goal as Arcata Tiger goalie Sophia Belton stretches out in dismay. - JOSÉ QUEZADA
  • José Quezada
  • Athena Miller, striker with the Eureka Loggers, watches her kicked ball go into the nets for a goal as Arcata Tiger goalie Sophia Belton stretches out in dismay.

Local photographer Jose Quezada has launched a pair of new websites, HumSport and HumLook, showcasing the work of local photographers. Photographers will be uploading galleries of photos on both sites regularly, showcasing their best images of local sports, cultural events and landscapes. High-resolution downloads of the images are also available for $5 apiece.

The Journal is partnering with Quezada and the sites to bring you regular slideshows offering a glimpse of what these photographers have captured. The below slideshow is from HumSport. To see more or to purchase downloads of any of these images, visit www.HumSport.com.
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