Athletes of the Week

ATHLETES AND TEAM OF THE WEEK — Softball, baseball take center stage


Photos by Ray Hamill/ – The Hoopa Warriors have won four straight games to start the new softball season.

By Ray Hamill — H-DNL baseball and softball got under way last week, with a number of players beginning their seasons in style.

At Fortuna, senior Joey Quen has seamlessly made the transition from football to baseball, pitching a gem against Del Norte on Saturday.

Quen helped lead the Huskies to a shutout win and is one of this week’s Humboldt Sports Athletes of the Week, sponsored by College of the Redwoods Athletics.

Joining him this week is Del Norte junior Josephine Heuberger, who has also begun the new softball season on fire, in particular on the defensive side of the ball where she is playing like an MVP through the opening few games.

Our team of the week goes to Hoopa softball, with the Warriors red-hot at the plate and beginning the new season with four straight wins.


Joey Quen

Fortuna Baseball, Senior

A valuable team leader on a senior-heavy Huskies football team this spring, Quen turned his attention to baseball last week and already looks to be in mid-season form.

Remarkably, the Fortuna standout threw just 65 pitches in a complete-game 8-0 win over Del Norte on Saturday and threw less than 10 pitches in five of the seven innings.

Quen and the Huskies have won three straight games heading into Friday’s doubleheader against the Tigers at the Arcata Ball Park.

For more on his big weekend, see Joey Quen pitches a gem as Huskies bounce back …

Josephine Heuberger

Junior, Del Norte Softball

Heuberger has been outstanding at shortstop through the early going, making numerous big plays against Fortuna last week, and carrying that over into Wednesday’s game at McKinleyville.

In addition to her contribution at shortstop, Heuberger also has had an impact offensively, going 3-for-4 with three runs scored in an 11-9 win over the Huskies, and sparking her teammates with some aggressive base running.

For more on Heuberger’s big weekend, see Del Norte, Fortuna split high-scoring doubleheader …


Hoopa Softball

We knew Hoopa was going to have some quality pitching this spring, but the Warriors have also been on fire at the plate through the opening four games, and that makes them the most dangerous small schools team right now.

The Hoopa girls are off to a 4-0 start, including a victory last week on the road against Arcata.

They also have dominated Little four opposition, outscoring them 50-9 in three games.

There won’t be any league or section title to play for this year, but if there had been this team would surely have competed for both.

The good news is they only have two starting seniors and should be contenders again next year.

For more on the Warriors, see Hoopa bats make early statement as Warriors start 3-0 …

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