Athletes and team of the week


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Fortuna’s historic North Coast Section win over Moreau Catholic was one of the big local sports stories this past week, giving the Huskies a big presence in this week’s Humboldt Sports athletes and team of the week honors.

A senior class for the ages helped lead the Huskies to their second straight Division-IV title, most of them closing out their high school careers with a remarkable 10 straight playoffs wins.

The Huskies are a team that got hot at the right time, and that earns them the Humboldt Sports Team of the Week honors for the second time in three weeks.

Leading the way all season for the Huskies have been quarterback Zac Claus and lineman Sheaden Kadle, the latter a four-year varsity player, and that earns both of them our athlete of the week honors.

On the girls side, a young Arcata team won the Durham tournament this past weekend, led by senior Sophia Belton, who was named tourney MVP and is also one of this week’s athletes of the week.




Zac Claus

Sheaden Kadle

Fortuna Football, Seniors

Claus and Kadle have led the way all season on a stellar senior class, and walk away from high school football with a state championship and two NCS titles to their credit.

The pair epitomize the steady, prepared approach of the Huskies, and each will be sorely missed next year, having left their mark on Fortuna football in more ways than one.

For more on Kadle and Claus’ big weekend, see History making Huskies win second straight NCS crown …


Sophia Belton

Arcata Basketball, Senior

The senior guard has been impressive through the early season, leading the way along with teammate Kali Zanotti on a young Arcata roster.

The Tigers gained some valuable experience this past weekend with a tournament win at Durham on Saturday, with Belton getting tourney MVP honors.

For more on Belton’s big week, see Prep Girls Roundup — Tigers continue to grow, win Durham tournament …


Fortuna Football

The Huskies had to overcome the top three seeds on the road on the way to claiming their second straight NCS crown on Saturday, capping a remarkable playoff run.

This was a senior class for the ages, and a group of Fortuna players that will be remembered for a long time at the school.

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