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Logger ESPYs continue with five more winners named

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Ray Hamill/HumboldtSports.com – Kellina Pratton

By Ray Hamill — The annual Logger ESPYs are continuing this week with five more individual winners announced on Monday and Tuesday.

The annual awards, which honor senior student athletes and are voted on by senior student athletes and coaches, feature a different format this year due to COVID-19 and are being handed out daily through social media.

On Monday, Miles Meynell and Kellina Pratton were honored with the Jay Willard Award, followed on Tuesday with the Most Scholastic Senior Athlete Award, which went to Jacob Alston and Jaeden Thayer (tie) and Bailey Giovanoli.

The Jay Willard Award is the longest standing and one of the most prestigious annual sports honors at the school, going to one male and one female student athlete.

The award is based on an athlete’s long-term contribution on multiple Loggers teams, as well as their character, attitude, academics, involvement in campus activities, outside activities and work ethic. 

Meynell, who also was named Logger ESPYs Male Athlete of the Year on Friday, competed in football, basketball and track and field, including three influential years in football and basketball, where he earned all-league honors in each.

The outgoing senior, who has accepted a scholarship to play football at UC Davis after graduation, has a cumulative GPA of 4.45.

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Ray Hamill/HumboldtSports.com – Miles Meynell

Pratton, meanwhile, also played three sports at Eureka — volleyball, soccer and basketball.

She played three years of varsity soccer and two hugely influential seasons on the varsity basketball team, including a key role in this past season’s Dick Niclai championship win.

As a junior in 2018, Pratton was a member of the historic unbeaten Eureka girls soccer team, which won the H-DNL and a first-ever NCS title for the program.

She has a cumulative GPA 4.12.

On Tuesday, Thayer and Alston tied for the Most Scholastic Senior Male Athlete, with Giovanoli taking the female honors.

According to the school, “Balancing academics and athletics teaches our student athletes a very valuable skill they will use in life. 

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“These student athletes are being recognized for being amongst the top in their class at finding that balance and excelling in the classroom and on the field/court.”

This award goes to the student athlete with the overall highest GPA. 

Alston and Thayer each has a GPA of 4.48, while Giovanoli has a GPA of 4.52, better than any other senior student athlete at the school.

The Logger ESPYs conclude on Wednesday when the Coach of the Year will be named.

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