Consistency key for this week’s Athletes and Team of the Week


Ray Hamill/ – The St. Bernard’s Crusaders are 5-0 after getting the better of the Wildcats in Ferndale on Saturday.

By Ray Hamill — In addition to their obvious talents, consistency has been the key for both of this week’s Humboldt Sports Athletes of the Week, as well as our Team of the Week.

In fact, you could argue no local athletes or teams have been more consistent this season.

In girls golf, Arcata’s Avary Henry leads the field after three rounds of the H-DNL, shooting a third straight round of 82 at McKinleyville’s Beau Pre last week.

And that earns her one of this week’s Athletes of the Week honors, along with South Fork’s Alex Harding, who has been in spectacular form for the Cubs through the opening four weeks of the season and was at it again at Branson on Saturday.

Harding is the second South Fork student athlete to be named one of our athletes of the week this month, joining freshman Summer Conteras.

And rounding out this week’s honorees, no local football team has been as consistent this season as the St. Bernard’s Crusaders, who improved to 5-0 with a come-from-behind win at Ferndale on Saturday.


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Avary Henry

Arcata Golf, Senior

The Arcata standout is quickly taking control of the H-DNL season standings, out-performing her closest rival, Phoebe Sundberg of McKinleyville, in each of the past two weeks to open up a four-stroke season lead.

Henry has been the model of consistency, and her three consecutive rounds of 82 have set the league standard this season, putting her well ahead of the majority of the field.

For more on Henry’s big week, see Another big day for Henry in H-DNL golf …

Alex Harding

South Fork Football, Junior

Harding’s early-season numbers have been through the roof, as the junior standout has set the standard for a young Cubs team in 2019.

His four touchdowns in Saturday’s loss to Branson gives him 15 on the year, and he has been involved in 18 of his team’s 19 offensive TDs, passing for three of them.

Through the four games, he now has 535 yards rushing to go with 275 yards receiving, as well as 96 yards passing.

For good measure, he also leads the team in tackles (23) and interceptions (three of the Cubs’ five).

For more on Harding’s big weekend, see Branson too strong for South Fork …



St. Bernard’s Football

The Crusaders continued to roll on Saturday, winning at Ferndale 47-27 to go to 5-0, and they are now the last remaining undefeated football team on the North Coast.

St. Bernard’s has few weaknesses, with numerous explosive weapons, an O-line that is performing as well as anyone could have expected, and a defense that is setting the tone.

All in all, few teams can be happier at the halfway point of the season.

For more on the Crusaders’ big weekend, see Crusaders pull away from Cats after early scare …

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