Athletes of the Week

Athletes and team of the week


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By Ray Hamill — One team dominates the honors this week, with an added bonus thrown in for good measure.

After winning another North Coast Section championship in such commanding fashion, there was really only one team in the mix for this week’s Humboldt Sports Team of the Week.

Namely, St. Bernard’s girls basketball.

And the honors don’t stop there for the Crusaders, with senior guard Maddie Costa one of this week’s Athletes of the Week after an inspirational individual performance.

Likewise for Fortuna’s Zac Claus, who becomes the fourth player on a dynamic Huskies starting lineup to receive the honor this season.

And as a special bonus, and only because he clearly deserves the honor, this week we’re also handing out a Coach of the Week nod to St. Bernard’s head coach Mark Gardner.



Maddie Costa

St. Bernard’s Basketball, Senior

Costa has been pivotal to the Crusaders’ success this season and stepped up her game once again on Saturday, helping lead her team to a fourth NCS championship in five years.

The senior point guard is the third member of the St. Bernard’s team to earn the honor this season, joining fellow seniors Jasa Sisemore and Emily Gardner, each of whom were also outstanding on Saturday.

For more on Costa’s big weekend, see NCS champions St. Bernard’s make it look easy


Zac Claus

Fortuna Basketball, Senior

Like many of his teammates, Claus is enjoying a stellar senior campaign and appears to be growing stronger as the season progresses.

A previous Humboldt Sports Athlete of the Week on the football field, Claus earns the honor for his basketball game after a phenomenal fourth quarter in what was a thrilling playoff win over St. Mary’s last week.

For more on Claus’ big week, see Huskies win a thriller, set up NCS date with Branson … 



St. Bernard’s Girls Basketball

Officially now the most successful local basketball program when it comes to NCS play, the Crusaders won their fourth championship in five years and fifth all-time over the weekend.

It wasn’t just that they won another crown, but that they made such a good Cloverdale team look very ordinary with their dominating display.

It was one of the squad’s most balanced and impressive team performances of the season, with just about everything going according to plan. 

For more on the Crusaders big weekend, see NCS champions St. Bernard’s make it look easy



Mark Gardner

St. Bernard’s Girls Basketball

Gardner gets a special mention this week for the outstanding job he has done all season, along with assistant coach Dave Mather.

Saturday’s championship showdown epitomized what the second-year head coach and his staff have done all season, and his players came out prepared and ready, finding a way to dominate a very good Eagles team.

It was a fitting championship performance from a championship team, and that all starts with the coaching.

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