Graham, Guilbert named Breakthrough Athletes at Logger ESPYs


By Ray Hamill — Josiah Graham is having a good week at the annual Logger ESPYs.

The Eureka senior received his second award in three days on Wednesday when he was named Male Breakthrough Athlete.

Fellow senior Malia Guilbert was named Female Breakthrough Athlete.

The annual awards, which honor the school’s senior student athletes and 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.

On Monday, Graham was named Most Inspirational Male Athlete and on Tuesday he was named a runner-up in the Best Individual Performance category, which was won by Cahliel Garner.

Graham, a three-sport athlete for the Loggers, was a team leader in football and played pivotal roles in both basketball and baseball.

According to the school, the Breakthrough Athlete Award goes to an athlete who may have started out as a backup player and worked their way up to become a necessary asset to the team, whether as a starter or a key player for whatever reason.96351713_2578995625685020_3712301917976657920_o

This athlete may have overcome many obstacles on and off the field/court on their way to success and demonstrated perseverance and a “never give up” attitude.

“Josiah played with passion and intensity,” according to a press release announcing Wednesday’s award. “He would insist that his teammates do the same each day in practice and for every game. 

“With every challenge and obstacle on and off the field/court Josiah continued to rise above and persevere. Josiah has a future in his career as a leader no matter what path he chooses.”

Graham will play football at Shasta College in the fall.

Guilbert, meanwhile, collected her first award of the week after finishing runner up to fellow senior Aracely Rendon in the Best Individual Performance category on Tuesday.

According to the Loggers, “Malia worked hard in the offseason between that junior and senior year to become a pivotal player this season.

“Malia spent countless hours working out with her CrossFit coach on conditioning as well as devoted many days honing her skills.  

“When Malia finally believed in herself her game took off. She soared this year, fighting hard to be the best she could be, but more over fought for her teams’ success.”

Guilbert, who played both basketball and volleyball at Eureka, will head to Sacramento State after graduation after receiving a full scholarship to join the Hornets women’s rowing team.

Jaeden Thayer and Grant Barrera were named runners-up in the Male Breakthrough Athlete category, while Madi Anderson and Emeren Melelm were runners-up for the girls.

The Logger ESPYs continue on Thursday, when the male and female athletes of the year will be named.

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