ATHLETES OF THE WEEK — Seniors lead the way on title teams


Photos by Ray Hamill/ — Arcata’s Maya Mircetich

By Ray Hamill — Two seniors led the way recently as their teams clinched a league championship, and each are this week’s Humboldt Sports Athletes of the Week.

In volleyball, Arcata’s Maya Mircetich has been one of her team’s most consistent threats all season, recently helping the Tigers to a Big 5 title and an opening-round North Coast Section win over St. Mary’s.

The ever-consistent Mircetich wasn’t the only standout this fall on an outstanding Tigers team, which earns Team of the Week honors for what they have achieved in 2019.

And rounding out our weekly honors, Del Norte senior Chase Blackburn becomes the third Warriors student athlete to be named one of our athletes of the week in the past two weeks after an outstanding performance in Friday night’s Big 4 clinching win.



Chase Blackburn

Del Norte Football, Senior

Blackburn and the Warriors’ running game overwhelmed the Loggers in a 48-19 win on Friday, with the senior rushing for 255 yards and two TDs on just 10 carries.

Teammate Kobe MItchell also had a huge game with four TD runs, as the home team ran in for five second-half scores to pull away.

Blackburn, who also plays linebacker, added an interception on the defensive side of the ball for a complete performance.

“Unbelievable,” was how Del Norte head coach Nick White described the play of the 5-foot-11, 180-pound senior. “That kid played ridiculous.”

For more on Blackburn’s big night, see Warriors run wild on the ay to securing Big 4 title …

Maya Mircetich

Arcata Volleyball, Senior

One of the most consistent players on the North Coast this season, Mircetich continued to shine this past week, leading the Tigers to a straight sets playoff win over St. Mary’s at Arcata High.

The outside hitter had 12 kills in the win, and added 10 more in a season-ending loss against No. 1 Cardinal Newman on Saturday.

For more on Mircetich’s big week, see Tigers hope to keep memorable season going against top seeds …



Arcata Volleyball

Congratulations to the Arcata Tigers on a memorable season in volleyball, one that saw them complete an unbeaten league campaign recently, losing just a single set in eight Big 5 games.

The Tigers carried that momentum into the postseason last week, where they defeated St. Mary’s in straight sets on Thursday, before falling to the top seeds on Saturday.

A group of talented seniors closed out their high school careers with a bang.

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