Athletes of the Week

ATHLETES AND TEAM OF THE WEEK — Soccer standouts and Killer B’s step up to the challenge

Photos by Ray Hamill/Humb – Eureka’s Aquene Tollefson (13)

By Ray Hamill — The future’s a bright one for Fortuna football, with several of their younger players getting plenty of playing time on the varsity B team this spring.

The Huskies volunteered to field two varsity teams this spring in order to round up the number of H-DNL teams to an even 10 and avoid byes for schools in what is already an abbreviated season.

Whether they win or lose the rest of the way, the Killer B’s are already a huge success for what they have done for the H-DNL.

And that makes them our team of the week.

Also honored in this week’s awards, which are sponsored by College of the Redwoods Athletics, are a pair of soccer standouts who have been consistently impressive for their respective teams this spring.

Fresh off what her head coach described as one of her best weeks ever, Eureka’s Aquene Tollefson is our girls athlete of the week, while our boys athlete of the week is McKinleyville midfielder Narayan Weibel, who helped lead his team to a big double over their biggest rivals.


Aquene Tollefson

Eureka Soccer, Senior

Tollefson is one of several standout seniors performing at a very high level for the undefeated Loggers this season.

She finished last week with three goals and four assists in two games, but it was her unselfish play that caught the eye of her coach Tommy Learmouth.

“It was one of Aquene’s best games,” Learmouth said after Wednesday’s win at South Fork. “She was constantly setting her teammates up for success.”

For more on Tollefson’s big week, see our weekend girls soccer roundup …

Narayan Weibel

McKinleyville Soccer, Senior

Weibel has been a consistent force for the Panthers in the middle of the field all season, earning rave reviews from opposing coaches.

Last week, once again he played a pivotal role in two games against Arcata, leading the Panthers to a pair of 1-0 wins.

For more on Weibel and the Panthers’ big week, see Panthers complete rare double over rivals …


Fortuna Killer B’s

Going up against bigger and more experienced opposition, the Killer B’s may not win a game this season, but they are already a huge success.

The players and coaches knew it was going to be a tough challenge for a B squad that features mostly sophomores matching up against the rest of the H-DNL, but they have embraced that challenge and earned the respect of their opponents, all of whom are voicing their appreciation.

For more on this young team, see Killer B’s continue to show promise …

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