By Ray Hamill — The Humboldt-Del Norte League announced the all-league selections in baseball and softball on Tuesday, with three players from each team included, as well as several honorable mentions.
And if the softball selections are anything to go by, there’s a lot of upcoming talent in the league.
Several teams feature a number of underclassmen among their all-league picks, including two each from Eureka and McKinleyville, the top two teams in the Big 5 this spring.
Because of the shortened COVID season, no MVPs were named this year.
The Eureka Loggers finished the season 14-0 and had numerous players playing at an all-league level.
None more so than sophomores Kira Morris and Claire Maples and senior Sadie Hampton, each of whom made the all-league roster.
McKinleyville closed out 10-4, winning 10 games in a row during the season, and the Panthers’ success was also built on the foundation of a young team, with sophomores Trinity Preston and Camryn Pinard both named all-league.
Junior pitcher Raina Ausburn also got the nod for Mack.
Continuing with the trend of young all-stars, the Arcata Tigers also have two sophomore all-league selections, catcher Sagen Sarchett and pitcher Morgan Ford.
Senior infielder Bella Volz-Broughton, who has enjoyed a stellar career with the Tigers, rounds out their all-league picks.
Fortuna’s Renee Metz, Kylee Fennell and Libby Johnston also received all-league recognition after big seasons for a competitive Huskies team.
For Del Norte, Madison Haag, Josephine Heuberger and Jordyn Sanchez each were also named all-league.
Haag and Metz are both seniors and will play on the same team next year at College of the Siskiyous, along with McKinleyville honorable mention Ashley Ballew.
In the Little 4, Hoopa enjoyed an undefeated season, with Savannah Colegrove, Tatianna Colegrove and Beyonce Bussell each earning all-league selections.
For Ferndale, Alyssa Watkins, Gabby Riley and Sydney Smith each also were honored, along with South Fork’s Lily Carr, Kaylei Valk and Joslin Todd.
The St. Bernard’s trio of Courtney Goodman, Hannah Finck and Ella Jiminez round out the all-league selections.
Among the honorable mentions , Arcata’s Taylor Appy enjoyed a breakout season, as did Eureka’s Maeghan Hampton and McKinleyville’s Allie Egbert.
Eureka seniors Alexa Morehouse and Salina Socha-Wright both closed out their high school careers in style, while South Fork’s Summer Contreras continues to be a force in several sports.
Arcata — Taylor Appy, Corinna Cunningham, Lola Renteria
Del Norte — Isabel Schrader and Ava O’Reilley
Eureka — Alexa Morehouse, Salina Socha-Wright and Maeghan Hampton
Ferndale — Haidyn Fulton, Lillian Rocha, Reaghan Langer and Marin Matteoli
Fortuna — Lorelei Martinez, Catherine Duncan and Kelsi Hall
Hoopa — Nalani Colegrove, Nae-Rew Martin, Diamond Bibancos, Jewely Bibancos, Bethany Masten and K-Lynn Dowd .
McKinleyville — Allie Egbert, Ashley Ballew and Taya Gomes
South Fork — Summer Contreras, Olivia Ward