By Ray Hamill — Two clutch performances by Eureka High student athletes were recognized on Tuesday, as the annual Logger ESPYs continued.
Seniors Cahliel Garner and Aracely Rendon each received Best Individual Performance honors, as both now get set to take their talents to the collegiate level.
The annual awards, which are voted on by senior student athletes and coaches, feature a different format this year because of COVID-19 and will be handed over a nine-day period instead of on one night, with separate awards each day.
Garner was recognized for his brilliant individual performance against Fort Bragg in an exciting North Coast Section basketball playoff showdown this past February.
The Eureka standout, who grew in stature as the season progressed and was an integral part of this year’s Loggers team, posted a double-double in the win, finishing with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
More importantly, he scored the last-second winning basket to give the Loggers a first playoff win since 2008.
“His performance and on-court passion lifted the team!” The Loggers said in a press release.
Garner will play at Shasta College after graduation.
Rendon, meanwhile, was honored for her outstanding performance in the 2019 NCS wrestling championships, where she overcame the odds to take the title with a clutch performance at 189.
The Eureka standout, who will wrestle at Eastern Oregon University after graduation, defeated favored Jasmin Clarke out of Kelseyville, pinning her opponent in the second round for the dramatic win.
Her season record that year was an impressive 24-5.
Trevor Bell and Josiah Graham each were runners-up in this year’s Best Individual Male Performance, while Malia Guilbert was runner-up for the girls.
All awards are voted on by the senior athletes and coaches.
On Monday, Graham and Sophia Chalmers were each named Most Inspirational Athletes.
The Logger ESPYs continue on Wednesday with awards for Male and Female Breakthrough Athlete.