By Ray Hamill — This week’s honorees include a couple of dominating distance runners and a local high school dynasty that shows no signs of slowing down.
In cross country, Fortuna’s Collin Stockwell and Arcata’s Anneli Macdonald each posted a third victory in three league races at last week’s H-DNL meet in Fortuna and will be the favorites heading into Friday’s league championships.
And that’s good enough to make them our athletes of the week, while our team of the week award goes to the Arcata boys tennis team which has dominated once again this season and is unbeaten heading into this week’s league championships.
ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Fortuna Cross Country, Senior
Stockwell has lived up to expectations and more in his senior season, winning last week’s race at Fortuna by almost two minutes.
Eureka’s Ian Bennett is expected to challenge Stockwell at this week’s league championships, but it will take a big effort to knock off Stockwell, who is closing out an impressive prep career in style.
For more on his big week, see No stopping Stockwell, as Fortuna boys take top three …
Arcata Cross Country, Junior
There has been no stopping the Arcata Tigers in H-DNL girls cross country this season, and there has been no stopping Anneli Macdonald.
The Tigers junior has won all three races this season, edging her twin sister Mathilde on each occasion, and like Stockwell she will be tough to beat at this week’s big meet.
For more on Macdonald’s big week, see Top four remain unchanged in H-DNL girls cross country …
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Arcata Boys Tennis
The Arcata boys closed out another impressive regular season this past weekend with a record of 7-0, setting the Tigers up for another big run at this week’s league championships.
The Tigers, who have dominated for several seasons, have dropped just three individual matches out of 31 played this season, with multiple players undefeated.
The league championships take place at McKinleyville High on Wednesday (Nos. 4-6 singles) and Saturday (Nos. 1-3 singles).
For more on the Tigers’ big week, see Arcata boys stay perfect heading into H-DNL Championships …