Cox was a four-time winner at an H-DNL track and field meet for the second straight week, while Preston has helped lead the Panthers to seven straight wins in softball, hitting five home runs in six games.
And that makes each of them our athletes of the week, sponsored by College of the Redwoods Athletics.
Our team of the week, meanwhile, goes to Eureka softball, which remains unbeaten heading into the stretch run of the season.
The Loggers overcame some key injuries to keep their run going with three wins last week over Del Norte.
ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Fortuna Track and Field, Senior
Cox is in tremendous form this spring, winning four events at each of the opening two league meets.
And it wasn’t the same four events both weeks.
The standout senior has won as part of both the 4x100m and 4x100m Huskies relay teams, as well as tasting victory in the 400m, the long jump, the triple jump and the pole vault.
With the league championships set for next week, Cox appears to be in pole position to close out his high school career with a bang.
For more on Cox’s big week, see Eureka girls, Fortuna boys top the field at H-DNL meet …
McKinleyville Softball, Sophomore
In addition to some outstanding defense at shortstop all season, Preston has been a huge threat at the plate over the past couple of weeks.
Last week she hit home runs in three different games against Arcata, giving her five in her last six games.
Her form at the plate has been key in the Panthers’ recent run.
For more on Preston’s big week, see Mack girls stretch winning streak to six straight …
TEAM OF THE WEEK
The Loggers overcame some key injuries over the weekend to remain unbeaten, improving to 8-0 on the season.
The Eureka girls were expected to be the team to beat on the North Coast this spring and they have lived up to the billing.
Under the direction of head coach Sarah Fox, they have a perfect blend of savvy senior experience and young talent, and they should continue to be a force in the Big 5 for the immediate future.
The only question now, is can they close out this spring undefeated?
For more on the Loggers’ big week, see Eureka girls overcome adversity to sweep Del Norte …