The Eureka Loggers held a rather unique end-of-season awards ceremony for their girls basketball team on Wednesday afternoon, but then again these are rather unique circumstances.
The players and coaches gathered in their cars at the school, forming a horseshoe in the parking lot as the awards were handed out at a safe distance.
“It was fun,” head coach Michael Harvey said. “It went really well. I think everyone was pleased and a had a good time.”
Harvey added that his players are holding up well under what has been a difficult situation this spring.
“The girls are doing great, relatively speaking,” he said. “I know they miss their friends and were excited to get together.”
Senior Sophia Chalmers was named team MVP after an inspirational season, while three underclassmen received the other three awards.
Junior Keylei Carroll was named Most Inspirational Player for the second straight year, while junior Bella Vigil was named Most Improved Player, and sophomore McKenna Beach Best Defensive Player.
Chalmers, who will attend San Jose State after graduation, enjoyed a very productive career with the Loggers, playing a major role in their thrilling Dick Niclai championship run this past season.
“Sophia brings so much to the team,” Harvey said. “She’s not just our leading scorer, she led us in several categories, and she had a calm focused demeanor. And she has the heart of a champion and brought class.”
Carroll, meanwhile, is a two-sport standout who has already accepted a scholarship to play soccer at Division-I UC Davis after graduation next year.
“Keylei is a great leader,” Harvey said. “She’s always positive, she always works hard, and she sets a great example.”
Like Carroll, Vigil was a force off the bench this past season, forcing her way into the starting lineup late in the campaign.
“I think her improvement had to do with how she matured on the team,” said Harvey, who described the standout junior as tenacious. “She focused in on what she could do and she just blossomed.”
Vigil, according to the head coach, will step in to fill Chalmers’ role next season.
Beach, meanwhile, may be a sophomore, but she already has had a major impact with the team.
“McKenna is good at a lot of things,” Harvey said. “She’s a great passer, and she’s very physical inside for her size and on defense. She’s smart too.”
The awards are decided on by the coaching staff and were unanimous after some discussion, according to Harvey.