By Ray Hamill — There was a packed field of worthy candidates for this week’s Humboldt Sports Athlete of the Week honors, across the board in just about every sport, and from just about every local school.
But two Eureka stars — Klayre Barres and Tyce Mullins — stood out a little more than their peers, as much for what they have achieved all season, as for what they did this past week, with each playing a major role in their respective teams’ undefeated campaigns.
Likewise for Team of the Week, there were some worthy candidates, but the McKinleyville girls golf team stood out, achieving an historic first for this area.
ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Eureka Football, Senior
Mullins has been the inspirational leader for the Loggers on the defensive side of the ball all year, helping the team complete a second consecutive undefeated season with a comprehensive win at Fortuna on Friday night.
Mullins and his teammates will now enjoy a bye week before opening the North Coast Section playoffs at home in two weeks time.
For more on the senior linebacker’s big week, see Loggers wear down Huskies, close out 10-0 again …
Eureka Soccer, Sophomore
Barres has played anything but a supporting role to her senior teammates this year, emerging as one of the top players in the Humboldt-Del Norte League and helping her team win the league tournament championship on Saturday.
She is third member of the undefeated Eureka girls team to be named Humboldt Sports Athlete of the Week this season, showcasing the depth of the squad, which opens the NCS playoffs on Saturday.
For more on Barres big week, see Loggers too strong for Fortuna, win H-DNL Tournament …
C.J. Van Meter, South Fork football, Ethan Price, Del Norte football, Collin Stockwell, Fortuna cross country, Riley Martel-Phillips, Arcata cross country, Jackson Fairbanks, Fortuna soccer, Skylar Carroll, Eureka soccer, Jennifer Jolin, McKinleyville tennis, Molly Citro, McKinleyville golf, Leonard Smith, Hoopa football, Maddie Costa, St. Bernard’s soccer, Paige Lyons, Eureka volleyball, Lamarie Dunn, Eureka football
TEAM OF THE WEEK
McKinleyville Girls Golf
The Panthers completed an historic first-ever for the H-DNL this past week, clinching their second straight NCS Division-II team title at the Peacock Gap Golf Course in San Rafael on Monday.
Led by senior Molly Citro and junior Phoebe Sundberg, the Panthers comfortably won the title by a 29 strokes, with sophomore Isabella Sundberg and senior Jayme Willis playing their part in the team win.
For more on the Panthers’ big week, see McKinleyville girls win NCS team title in golf …