Athletes of the Week

ATHLETES AND TEAM OF THE WEEK — Loggers set the standard this week


Photos by Ray Hamill/ – Nathaniel Spears leaps to avoid a stray hurdle in his lane at the league championships on Saturday.

By Ray Hamill — As one coach mentioned to me earlier this week, Kira Morris could be athlete of the week any week.

As it turns out, she’s one of this week’s Humboldt Sports Athletes of the Week, sponsored by College of the Redwoods Athletics.

Morris was a leading force for the Eureka Loggers on the softball field all season, where she was outstanding in the circle, at the plate and on defense, and helped lead her team to a perfect 14-0 record.

Joining her on this week’s list of honorees is Eureka senior Nathaniel Spears, who was a three-time winner at the H-DNL track and field championships on Saturday.

And rounding out a big week for the Loggers, their girls track and field team placed first at the league championships with several outstanding performances.


Nathaniel Spears

Eureka Track and Field, Senior

Spears was a three-time winner at the H-DNL championships, helping the Eureka boys to a second-place finish as a team, behind champion Fortuna.

Spears closed out his high school career with a bang, taking top spot in both hurdles races as well as the long jump.

He saved his best for last too, setting season records in both the 100m hurdles and the long jump.

For more on Spears’ big weekend, see our H-DNL track and field championships wrap-up …

Kira Morris

Eureka Softball, Sophomore

Morris was one of several standout young players on a deep Eureka team this year, and had an immediate impact at the varsity level after having her freshman campaign canceled a year ago.

Morris had five hits, including a double, in a doubleheader sweep of Arcata to close out on Saturday, as well as pitching five innings of two-hit ball in game two.

All in all, it was a stellar season for Morris, who now turns her attention to basketball.

For more on the sophomore standout’s big weekend, see Eureka girls sweep short-handed Arcata to complete perfect season …

Submitted photo – Eureka’s Ginny Brooks, Taziyah Harris, Klayre Barres and Emily Pesch won the girls 4x100m relay at the H-DNL championships on Saturday.


Eureka Girls Track and Field

The Eureka girls comfortably took the team win at Saturday’s league championships, capping an outstanding season for several of their athletes.

In addition to Ginny Brooks winning four events, Emily Pesch won three, and Klayre Barres had four top-three finishes, including two firsts.

Miriam Mende also had a big second-place finish in the 800 meters, while Charlotte Leonard placed fourth in both the 1600m and the 3200m.

Taziyah Harris also teamed with Brooks, Pesch and Barres to help win the 4x100m relay, while Lila Ekholdt, Brynn Hales, Mende and Amaya Watson teamed up to place third in the 4x400m relay.

Alley Williams was third in the shot put and fifth in the discus, while Pesch placed second in the high jump and Bella Vigil fourth.

Anna Grimmet also was fifth in the triple jump, while Stasha Leonard was fifth in the 3200m and Watson was fifth in the shot put.

All in all, an exceptional day for the team.

For more on the Loggers’ big weekend, see Brooks, Cox lead their teams to victory at H-DNL championships …

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