By Ray Hamill — It may have been a disappointing weekend for St. Bernard’s sports, with both the football and girls soccer teams losing their North Coast Section playoff games in disappointing fashion, but it wasn’t all bad news for the Crusaders.
Both teams turned in memorable performances despite the losses, with several standout individual displays.
Two of their athletes in particular — seniors Jasa Sisemore and Connor Chase — have enjoyed stellar seasons and did enough this weekend to earn themselves Humboldt Sports Athlete of the week honors.
Team of the week honors, meanwhile, goes to the Fortuna football team, after an impressive road playoff win.
ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
St. Bernard’s Soccer, Senior
Sisemore closed out an outstanding season with another dominating display for the Crusaders in their 1-0 loss to Technology in the NCS Division-III championship game at Rancho Cotate HS on Saturday.
As she has been all season, Sisemore was instrumental at both ends of the field, anchoring the defense with veteran composure, while creating numerous dangerous attacks when roving forward.
For more on Sisemore’s big performance, see Seniors close out strong, but Crusaders fall to Technology in NCS decider …
St. Bernard’s Football, Senior
A four-year varsity starter, Chase closed out an impressive career having started in every game since he joined St. Bernard’s back in 2015.
The senior standout has been a leader in more ways than one, while anchoring both lines for the Crusaders in a dominating final campaign.
For more on Chase’s final game, see Crusaders lose a thriller at San Marin …
TEAM OF THE WEEK
The Huskies turned in one of the most impressive performances of the weekend in the NCS playoffs, comfortably beating Kennedy on the road in Richmond by a score of 42-18.
No. 6 Fortuna is the second lowest seed still alive in any of the five NCS brackets heading into the semifinal stage (only No. 8 Vintage in Division I is seeded lower), and is riding an eight-game playoff win streak.
The Huskies look primed to repeat as NCS champions right now, and will be a handful for Del Norte this weekend.
For more on Fortuna’s big win, see Huskies roll on at Kennedy, set up Big 4 rematch in NCS semis …