By Ray Hamill – Another busy weekend in prep basketball gave us plenty of options for this week’s Humboldt Sports athletes and team of the week.
In boys basketball, Isaac Puzz has been a dominant force for the McKinleyville Panthers all season and continued to be at the Enterprise tournament, helping his team to a fourth-place finish and earning athlete of the week honors in the process.
In girls basketball, the St. Bernard’s Crusaders continued their impressive start to the season with a tournament championship at Fort Bragg, earning them team of the week honors.
The Crusaders were led by senior Jasa Sisemore, who has transitioned seamlessly from the soccer field to the basketball court and was in top form again over the weekend, earning her athlete of the week honors.
ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
St. Bernard’s Basketball, Senior
Sisemore has been inspirational for the Crusaders this season, and continued to impress over the weekend, helping her team to a tournament championship.
The senior scored a game-high 18 points in the championship game, including nailing 10-of-12 free throws, and was named tournament MVP for her efforts over the three days.
It’s the second time Sisemore has been named Humboldt Sports athlete of the week, having previously earned the honor on the soccer field.
For more on Sisemore’s big weekend and the Crusaders’ tournament win, see
McKinleyville Basketball, Senior
Puzz has lifted his game to new levels this season, and continued to lead the way for the Panthers with some big performances at the Enterprise tournament.
Puzz led his team in scoring in all three games at the tournament, finishing with 79 points, including 32 points in Friday’s triple-overtime clash against the host school.
For more on Puzz’s big week, see Busy few days for McKinleyville boys in basketball …
TEAM OF THE WEEK
St. Bernard’s Girls Basketball
The Crusaders have been steadily improving over the first month of the season, and will begin conference play this week as the favorites in the Little 4.
Over the weekend, the St. Bernard’s girls stretched their winning streak to five straight with a championship at the Fort Bragg tournament.
The Crusaders, who are 10-4, will be looking for their sixth consecutive Little 4 title this year.