ATHLETES AND TEAM OF THE WEEK — Barres, Purcell close out strong

Ray Hamill/ – Klayre Barres

By Ray Hamill — When you throw for six touchdowns in a game you’re going to be in the mix for Humboldt Sports Athlete of the Week, sponsored by College of the Redwoods Athletics.

And that’s exactly what the impressive Shane Purcell did in his season finale for the Arcata Tigers over the weekend.

Also continuing to impress over the weekend was Eureka senior Klayre Barres, who closed out her final high school season with a dramatic late goal in a key matchup.

And that earns her one of our athletes of the week awards, the third Eureka senior to be honored in the past four weeks.

Our Team of the Week honors, meanwhile, go to a couple of worthy candidates, the Fortuna boys soccer team and the South Fork football team, each of which closed out impressive campaigns over the weekend.


Klayre Barres

Eureka Soccer, Senior

One of several key seniors on this year’s unbeaten Eureka girls soccer team, Barres has enjoyed an outstanding final campaign with the team.

And she closed it out in style over the weekend, scoring the winning goal in the final minutes of a season-finale showdown with rivals Arcata to preserve the Loggers’ unbeaten campaign.

The Chico State bound Barres has been a key presence for the Loggers in her years with the team and should continue to impress at the collegiate level after graduation.

For more on Barres’ big weekend, see Loggers edge the Tigers in classic girls soccer matchup …

Shane Purcell

Arcata Football, Junior

Purcell has been on fire for much of the past month and arguably the best quarterback on the North Coast this spring.

And he’s only a junior.

According to his head coach, Jamal Jones, Purcell’s big season was a result of his hard work over the past year and his determination to improve his game despite the restrictions of the pandemic.

His six TD passes against McKinlevyville on Friday gives him 22 on the season (five games), and his 1,819 yards passing this spring was third best in the state and tops in the North Coast Section, according to MaxPreps.

For more on Purcell’s big season, see H-DNL quarterback finishes third in the state in passing …


Fortuna Boys Soccer

No one on the North Coast plays the game of soccer better than the Fortuna boys.

The Huskies closed out yet another remarkable season with a 6-1 win at McKinleyville on Saturday, and have not tasted defeat against an H-DNL team in over seven years.

It’s a remarkable run and a testament to the commitment of the players and longtime head coach Daniel Holmes, who continue to keep the dynasty alive.

They don’t always blow teams away, but they consistently find a way to win, and that’s what makes them dangerous.

For more on Fortuna’s big weekend, see Huskies extend their unbeaten run in league to seven years …

South Fork Football

I’m not sure anyone expected the South Fork Cubs to go unbeaten this spring, but they did, and even taking into account the level of their opponents it was still an impressive run.

After COVID forced the cancelation of their opening two games, the Cubs hit the ground running — literally — and dominated all three of their opponents, outscoring them by a combined 112-13 with a relentless run game.

Seven savvy seniors led the way on the team’s return to 11-man football, while head coach Karl Terrell and his staff of assistants deserve a ton of credit for having this team ready to go with so little preparation.

It’s a pity we didn’t get to see them play the likes of St. Bernard’s and Ferndale, because this is a group of players that would have caused most H-DNL teams problems.

For more on South Fork’s big weekend, see Cubs prove their worth this season, close out strong …

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