Athletes and team of the week


Photos by Ray Hamill/ – Arcata’s Riley Martel-Phillips.

By Ray Hamill — Saturday was one of the busiest days of the year for local sports, with playoff action in both football and soccer, as well as the league championships in cross country, and the last ever HSU football game at the Redwood Bowl.

And naturally there were several standout performances, none more so than St. Bernard’s senior Luke Fairfield, who accounted for four touchdowns in four different ways in the football win over Albany.

Also standing out from her peers last week was McKinleyville junior golfer Phoebe Sundberg, who led the way for the Panthers at the NCS Division-I tournament on Monday.

And not to be out-done, the Arcata girls cross country team capped a dominating league campaign with a team championship at the Arcata Marsh on Saturday.


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Luke Fairfield

St. Bernard’s Football, Senior

Fairfield ran for a touchdown, passed for a touchdown, had a TD reception, and returned a punt for a touchdown, all in one half of play, as the Crusaders rolled over Albany in the first round of the NCS Division-IV playoffs on Saturday.

Fairfield and his teammates will now play at San Marin this coming weekend.

For more on Fairfield’s big game, see Big day for Fairfield as Crusaders cruise in NCS opener …

Phoebe Sundberg

McKinleyville Golf, Junior

Sundberg capped an impressive season with a strong showing at the NCS Division-I championships at Tilden Park Golf Course in Berkeley, shooting a team-best 79.

Sundberg pushed senior teammate Molly Citro all the way in league play this year, and the duo combined to lead the Mack girls to a second straight NCS Division-II team championship two weeks ago.

For more on Sundberg’s big round, see Sundberg leads strong showing for Mack girls in Berkeley …

Honorable Mentions

Leonard Smith, Hoopa football, Joey Pontes, Fortuna football, Talimaivao Fonoti, St. Bernard’s football, Riley Martel-Phillips, Arcata cross country, Adam Vera, McKinleyville cross country, Collin Stockwell, Fortuna cross country, Nyah Cacren, Fortuna soccer,


The Arcata girls cross country team rolled to an easy team championship at the H-DNL championships on Saturday, led by three-time league champion Riley Martel-Phillips.

Claire Monge and Vivian Gerstein rounded out the top three ofor the Tigers, who also had impressive showings from Aleesa Lewis in fifth and Maddie Goley in ninth to clinch the title.

For more on the Arcata girls’ big weekend, see H-DNL cross country championships go down to the wire …

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