High School Sports Revisited

(March 18, 2021) March 4 brought more hope to high school sports and to youth and club sports. It also brought a lot of confusion. The California Interscholastic Federation has agreed that all...

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Quarterback Rich Mayo

(March 11, 2021) With the local high school football teams scheduled to begin amid these strange times, it seems like a good time to reflect on a Humboldt County football legend. Raised on...

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Junior Albers was a Contender

(February 4, 2021) Born in 1951, Wilfred Albers Jr. learned to fend for himself at the dinner table as one of nine children. Then, as a Yurok tribal member growing up in Eureka,...

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Pitchers — Past and Future

(January 21, 2021) Recently I spoke with the best pitcher in baseball, this year's American League Cy Young award winner Shane Bieber, who was in town visiting his girlfriend's family. He is a...

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The Scoop

A sports reporter of a bygone era

(January 7, 2021) As a 15-year-old student at Eureka High School in the roaring '20s, Laurence Beal got a job with the Humboldt Times newspaper as a part-time high school sports reporter and...

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Cinder Elta

(December 24, 2020) After breakfast at the Blue Room on the outskirts of Ferndale, my dad was taking me to see a group of turtles his friend Menard Hendrickson had found in a...

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The Death of Leo Gallagher

And 16 years without Fortuna High Football

(December 10, 2020) These three headlines tell a story: "Ferndale Invades Fortuna," Humboldt Times, Nov. 3, 1928. "Fortuna High Student Dies after Football Accident," Humboldt Times, Nov. 5, 1928. "Leo Gallagher Funeral...

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The Brothers Iorg

Blue Lake's baseball stars

(November 26, 2020) The most famous swing of a baseball bat by anyone Humboldt grown was at a pitch slung by Todd Worrell of the St. Louis Cardinals in the ninth inning of...

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The Eel River Jockey Club

(November 12, 2020) In my last column I mentioned Rohnerville was once a hub of Southern Humboldt. I did not mean to imply that it still was in the 1960s but certainly it...

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Born Too Soon

Pre-Title IX, Karen Logan ruled the court

(October 29, 2020) When I was a kid, boys rode their Schwinns around Humboldt County neighborhoods, sneaked through the alleys and climbed on Main Street rooftops at night; they played pickup baseball games...

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Game Plans

Local high school sports possibilities

(October 15, 2020) The Humboldt Del Norte League (HDNL) successfully petitioned the North Coast Section (NCS) on Oct. 2 to allow our HDNL schools to have our own model for athletics this year....

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'Their Success is our Success'

HSU welcomes San Jose Statefootball to campus, leaving health officials 'disappointed'

(October 8, 2020) Football is returning to Humboldt State University's Redwood Bowl but it's not without controversy and will likely do little to appease Lumberjack fans who frantically fundraised and networked in an...

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The Red Streak

Hoopa's record-breaking runner

(October 1, 2020) Born in Eureka in 1946, Bob Talmadge moved to Willow Creek with his family at the age of 3. He moved through the local school system as a regular...

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Recent Comments

  • Re: Quarterback Rich Mayo

    • Another great piece of Humboldt sports’ history by Rod. Whitmire, because of his ongoing visibility…

    • on March 17, 2021


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