POWER RANKINGS — Fast-improving Loggers close out No. 1


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By Ray Hamill — There can be no argument over who was the top team on the North Coast this season, even if it was a close call.

It took them an overtime period (their second this year), but the Eureka Loggers (5-0) proved they are the unofficial H-DNL champions this spring with a hard-fought 21-20 win over the Huskies at Fortuna in Friday night’s season finale.

Few teams showed the continued improvement over the course of the five weeks of play that the Loggers did.

The Huskies (4-1), to their credit, had a fantastic season, and but for a play or two could have closed out with the victory.

Del Norte (2-2), meanwhile, remains at No. 3 after a statement win at St. Bernard’s, and the Warriors will be a handful for anyone in the fall with most of their starters expected back.

Ferndale (4-1) also closed out strong with a dominating victory over Hoopa, and the Wildcats remain at No 4.

Arcata remains at No. 5 and also is a young team that is expected to benefit from the short spring season going forward.

And once again, a special mention for South Fork, which closed out 3-0.

It’s a pity we didn’t get to see the Cubs play more of the Little 4 teams this spring. I think they would have surprised some people.

Only 128 days to the next season, are you getting excited yet?


1 — Eureka (5-0), Loggers close out unbeaten and as the undisputed No. 1 team on the North Coast

2 — Fortuna (4-1), the Huskies enjoyed a great season and fell just short in their finale

3 — Del Norte (2-2), the Warriors closed out with a big win

4 — Ferndale (4-1), the senior-heavy Cats were the best small schools team on the North Coast this spring and would likely have competed for an NCS title if they had been given the opportunity

5 — Arcata (2-3), probably the most fun team to watch this year and they’re only going to get better

Honorable Mention — South Fork (3-0), an impressive short season for the Cubs

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