Athletes of the Week

ATHLETES AND TEAM OF THE WEEK — No slowing Reyes, McConnell or the Loggers

Photos by Ray Hamill/ – Soffia Reyes has been outstanding this spring for the McKinleyville Panthers

By Ray Hamill — You know you’re in the zone when you score hat tricks in consecutive games just two days apart.

And that’s not all Soffia Reyes has been doing recently on the soccer field for the McKinleyville girls.

Her overall contribution in the middle of the field has been outstanding this spring, and that makes her one of our Athletes of the Week, sponsored by College of the Redwoods Athletics.

Joining her this week is South Fork senior Graham McConnell, who rushed for 256 yards and two touchdowns in his team’s big win over McKinleyville on Friday night, as well enjoying a big night on defense

Our team of the week, meanwhile, goes to the red-hot Eureka girls soccer team, which has been nothing short of sensational this season and is 8-0 heading into the final week of H-DNL action.


Soffia Reyes

McKinleyville Soccer, Sophomore

Although only a sophomore, Reyes has played a pivotal role in midfield for the Panthers all season.

On Saturday, she netted three times against South Fork, and followed that on Monday with another hat trick of goals, this time against Del Norte.

For good measure, she also finished with two assists in Saturday’s win.

For more on the sensational sophomore, see Young players step up as Panthers top the Warriors …

Graham McConnell

South Fork Football, Senior

With just three games scheduled for the Cubs this spring, senior standout Graham McConnell has hit the ground running.


Along with teammates Alex Harding and Sean Hassall-Hoss, McConnell is part of a dynamic trio of senior all-stars who are leading the way for the 2-0 Cubs, and he ran for 256 yards and two TDs on 15 carries in a 50-6 win over McKinleyville.

And that wasn’t all.

The three-sport multi-talented athlete added 14 tackles at defensive end, causing the Panthers problems all night.

“He played a great game on both sides of the ball,” South Fork head coach Karl Terrell said of the senior.

For more on South Fork’s big win, see Cubs run wild on Panthers, improve to 2-0 …


Eureka Girls Soccer

To say the Loggers are enjoying a season for the ages is an understatement.

The Eureka girls are now 8-0 and have been rolling over opponents with relative ease, featuring a sensational senior class of players, mixed in with many younger faces who are quickly adapting to the varsity level.

The Loggers have outscored their opponents 45-0 in seven games (the other win was a forfeit) and there is no doubt this is a team that would have competed for a North Coast Section title this year but for the pandemic.

The Loggers have two more games this season, including a huge, huge showdown against a red-hot Arcata team in their finale on Saturday.

For more on the Eureka girls’ big week, see GIRLS SOCCER ROUNDUP …

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