Athletes of the Week — Big week for Puente, Martel-Phillips and Fortuna soccer

Sebastian Puente ran in four touchdowns to lead the Del Norte Warriors to an emotionally charged win over Fortuna in the Big 4 on Friday night, while Arcata cross country runner Riley Martel-Phillips won her third race of the year at McKinleyville on Wednesday.

And that was good enough to earn each of them Humboldt Sports Athlete of the Week honors.

The Fortuna boys soccer team also had a big week, winning at least a share of their sixth straight league title, earning them our Team of the Week honors.


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Photo by Bryant Anderson/The Del Norte Triplicate

Sebastian Puente

Del Norte Football, Senior

Puente ran wild against Fortuna on Friday night, rushing for four TDs, including runs of 52, 55 and 79 yards, as the Warriors won a dramatic league opener.

Puente has been a handful for opposing defenses all season and should continue to be so for the rest of the Big 4.

For more on Puente’s big game, see Puente runs wild as Warriors top the Huskies in B4 opener …

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Riley Martel-Phillips

Arcata Cross Country, Senior

Martel-Phillips continued her season domination of the Humboldt-Del Norte League with her third win in three races at McKinleyville on Wednesday.

Martel-Phillips posted a season best mark in the win, with a time of 18 minutes, 59 seconds, leading the Tigers to yet another team victory.

For more on Martel-Phillips’ big week, see Martel-Phillips, Vera lead the field again at Mack …

Athlete of the Week Honorable Mentions 

Phoebe Sundberg, McKinleyville girls golf, William Reynolds, Hoopa football, Dakota Moore, CR football, Tyce Mullins, Eureka football, Demetrick Watts, HSU football

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Fortuna Boys Soccer

The Huskies dominated North Coast opposition all season, improving to 14-0 against local teams last week with victories over Del Norte and McKinleyville.

With the two wins, the Huskies are guaranteed at least a share of a sixth consecutive league championship, a title they will surely claim outright this week.

For more on Fortuna’s big week, see Eureka, Fortuna secure soccer titles …

Team of the Week Honorable Mentions

Arcata girls tennis

Hoopa Valley football

Arcata football

Eureka football

Del Norte football

Eureka girls soccer

Eureka volleyball

Arcata girls cross country

St. Bernard’s volleyball

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