Athletes of the Week

Athletes and team(s) of the week


Photos by Ray Hamill/ – The Fortuna boys celebrate their Dick Niclai championship on Friday night.

By Ray Hamill — The two best teams in the Humboldt-Del Norte League lived up to the billing on Friday night, capping a sensational season on the North Coast for each.

Both the Fortuna boys and Del Norte girls each claimed a Diclai Niclai title in basketball to go with their league championships, and that earns each of them Humboldt Sports Team of the Week honors.

individually, two Fortuna players — Bradley and Donald Willis — have been outstanding all season and played a huge part in their team’s success this past week, earning them Athlete of the Week honors, along with McKinleyville senior wrestler Audriana Beattie.




Donald Willis, top, and Bradley Willis have both played a key role in their team’s success this season.

Bradley Willis and Donald Willis

Fortuna Basketball, Seniors

The Willis twins have been in spectacular form all season for the high-octane Huskies, who have lost just once heading into this week’s NCS playoffs.

Between them, Bradley and Donald accounted for 50 points in Thursday night’s win at home to South Fork, and followed that with 27 more points in the Niclai championship 24 hours later.

The brothers join teammates Zac Claus and Drew Gillette as recipients of Humboldt Sports Athletes of the Week honors this year.

For more on the Willis twins’ big week, see Huskies crowned Niclai champs with another strong showing …


Audriana Beattie

McKinleyville Wrestling, Senior

It is fitting that Beattie earns the honor this week after an historic weekend for local girls wrestling, with the inaugural H-DNL girls championships held at Eureka High on Saturday.

The Mack senior has been one of the most dominant local wrestlers this season, winning the league title at 160 pounds.

Beattie has already signed a letter of intent to wrestle at York College in Nebraska next year.

For more on Beattie’s big weekend, see Eureka, Del Norte prevail at H-DNL championships …




Fortuna Boys Basketball

Del Norte Girls Basketball

The two most dominating teams on the North Coast each claimed a Dick Niclai championship at Lumberjack Arena on Friday night, and will both carry plenty of momentum into this week’s NCS postseason.

Between them, they have just three loses combined all year, as each cruised to an undefeated Big 5 campaign.

The Huskies are 26-1 and the Warriors are 21-2.

To put their local dominance in perspective, only one other H-DNL team in the past 10 years, boys or girls, has finished a season with as few as three losses — the 2011 Mack girls — a feat that each of these teams could match this season.

Only three other local teams in the past decade have finished with as few as four losses, a mark the Fortuna boys are already guaranteed to top.

For more on Fortuna’s big weekend, see Huskies crowned Niclai champs with another strong showing …

For more on Del Norte’s big weekend, see Del Norte girls keep making history …

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