Eureka

Hard work pays off for top athletes Chalmers, Meynell

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Photos by Ray Hamill/HumboldtSports.com – Sophia Chalmers during this year’s Dick Niclai championship.

By Ray Hamill — Eureka senior Sophia Chalmers was named Logger ESPYs Female Athlete of the Year on Thursday, her second award of the week.

Fellow senior Miles Meynell was named Male Athlete of the Year, as the annual awards ceremony continued, with a new format this year due to COVID-19 and separate awards handed out each day over a nine-day period.

Chalmers, who was also named Most Inspirational Female Athlete on Monday, led the way this past winter on a Loggers basketball team that won a first Dick Niclai championship in 16 years.

“I’m pretty stoked,” Chalmers said after receiving the award on Thursday afternoon. “It means a lot, especially with the senior year in kind of a downfall. It shows my hard work has paid off.”

The senior leader scored more than 1,000 career points on the basketball court, while also competing for the school in volleyball and track and field.

According to the Loggers in a press release announcing the award, Chalmers is “a well-rounded athlete, a compassionate and competitive leader, and a ‘warrior princess.’”

Chalmers also has been an inspirational leader for her teammates, and says Monday’s award was particularly special.

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Sophia Chalmers poses with her mother Kari Owens-Chalmers with the Dick Niclai trophy.

“That means even more,” she said. “It shows my teammates really looked up to me.”

The outgoing senior will concentrate on her studies after graduation, and will attend San Jose State where she wants to major in Forensic Biology.

“I want to focus full-time on my studies,” she said. “It’s a great school, a great program and a I’m really excited about it.”

Meynell, meanwhile, was a standout in both football and basketball during his time with the Loggers.

In addition to Thursday’s award, the Loggers senior also was runner-up to Josiah Graham in Monday’s Most Inspirational Male Athlete award.

“Growing up in Eureka it’s a great feeling to be named the EHS Male Athlete of the Year,” Meynell said. “A lot of my success can be attributed to the absolutely amazing teammates and coaches I’ve had here over the years.

“Looking back on it, the bigger rewards are the memories and relationships I have built during my time here.”

According to the school press release announcing Thursday’s award, “Miles is the type of student athlete you want your entire roster to be like. Not only is he athletic, but he is intelligent, mature, and a leader. 

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Miles Meynell will play at UC Davis next year.

“As a three-year starter for the football team, Miles was a pillar on the offensive line at left tackle and wreaked havoc on opposing offenses as a defensive end.”

Meynell will play football at UC Davis after graduation.

Trevor Bell and Jayden Thayer were named runners-up for the Male Athlete of the Year, while Aracely Rendon was runner-up for the girls.

The Logger ESPYs honor the school’s senior student athletes and are voted on by senior student athletes and coaches.

The awards continue on Friday when the Team of the Year will be announced.

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