Eureka

Plenty of big winners at this year’s Logger ESPYs

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By Ray Hamill — Miles Meynell, Sophia Chalmers and Josiah Graham were the big winners from this year’s Loggers ESPYs, which also included inspirational choices for Coach of the Year and Team of the Year.

Because of COVID-19, the annual awards were spread out over two weeks this year instead of held on one night, but that doesn’t mean they were any less impactful.

Meynell took home two awards, including the prestigious Jay Willard Award and Male Athlete of the Year.

The outgoing senior two-sport standout will be missed at the school when he takes his talents to UC Davis to play football this fall.

Chalmers also took home two awards, including Female Athlete of the Year and Most Inspirational Female Athlete.

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

The senior standout played a huge role for the Loggers on the basketball court this past winter, helping them to a dramatic win in the Dick Niclai championship game with Fortuna, a team performance that was also named Upset of the Year.

Graham, meanwhile, was named Most Inspirational Male Athlete and Male Breakthrough Athlete, closing out his high school career with a bang.

The three-sport standout, who plays football, basketball and baseball, will take his talents to Shasta College after graduation to play football for the Knights.

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Team of the Year honors went to the Eureka girls wrestling team after a breakout season on the mats, a squad that should only continue to get better under the direction of coaches Cecil Wilson and Thomas Gowing.

Coach of the Year honors went to softball’s Katelyn Graeser-Fox and Sarah Fox, who have built a quality program on and off the field and continue to earn the respect of their players and other coaches around the H-DNL.

Kellina Pratton also was a big winner after receiving the female Jay Willard Award for her contributions in soccer and basketball for the past few years.

Cahliel Garner and Aracely Rendon were each awarded Best Individual Performance, while Malia Guilbert was named Female Breakthrough Athlete.

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The boys basketball team’s victory over crosstown rivals St. Bernard’s on the night of the Winter Formal was named the Game of the Year, while Bailey Giovanoli was named Most Scholastic Female Senior Athlete with a GPA of 4.52, and Jacob Alston and Jaeden Thayer tied for Most Scholastic Senior Male Athlete with a GPA of 4.48.

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

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