The big wins for both Eureka and Fortuna football weren’t the only local sporting highlights of the weekend, with most of the prep basketball teams in action, as well as the first local wrestling tournament of the season at Del Norte.
And that gave us plenty to choose from for this week’s Humboldt Sports Athletes of the Week.
As always, of course, two athletes stood out that little bit more, earning them the honors.
For the girls, senior Dorshaela Wesson led the Eureka Loggers to an Arcata tournament championship with three big performances.
For the boys, senior Isaak Gutierrez turned in an outstanding performance on the defensive side of the ball to help Eureka to a 21-0 win over Las Lomas in the North Coast Section playoffs.
Also in NCS football, South Fork fell to Branson in the eight person championship game, capping an impressive season for the Cubs, which earns them our Team of the Week honors.
ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Eureka Football, Senior
What a weekend it was for Eureka football and Gutierrez, who turned in an MVP caliber performance in his team’s big playoff win.
Gutierrez wreaked havoc in the Las Lomas backfield, while dominating along the line in wet, muddy conditions, and appears intent on closing out his final prep campaign in style.
For more on Gutierrez’s big game, see Eureka players leave it all on the field …
Eureka Basketball, Senior
Wesson has begun her senior campaign in impressive fashion, leading the Loggers to a 4-0 start, including a 3-0 mark at the Arcata tournament over the weekend.
Wesson was named tourney MVP, playing a pivotal role in all aspects of the Loggers’ game over the three days.
For more on Wesson’s big weekend, see Loggers top Mack for AIBT crown …
TEAM OF THE WEEK
South Fork Football
The Cubs lost the NCS championship to Branson on Saturday but quietly turned in a memorable season, every bit as impressive as that of some of the bigger schools in the area, and in some ways even more so.
The Cubs had just 12 players for their final few games, and as head coach Karl Terrell said, “everyone” is a part of the game plan.
Led by standout seniors Cody Wyatt and C.J. Van Meter, the Cubs were one of the most dominant eight-player teams in the section all season long.