Athletes of the Week

ATHLETES AND TEAM OF THE WEEK — Seniors close out in style

By Ray Hamill — The final week of high school sports brought plenty of excitement on the basketball courts and some big news for a couple of local wrestlers.

In basketball, the Fortuna girls closed out a perfect campaign with their eighth win in eight games and that earns them our Team of the Week honor, sponsored by College of the Redwoods Athletics.

This week’s Athletes of the Week, meanwhile, go to a pair of Eureka wrestlers and a McKinleyville athlete who has left his mark in multiple sports.

On Friday, one week after their prep season officially ended, Eureka senior wrestlers Kelli Johnston and Slate Delsman both received the news that they have been included on the California state team for the nationals to be held in South Dakota next month.

And that earns them two of our athletes of the week awards, along with McKinleyville senior T-Ryan Stumpf, who closed out his high school career with a three big performances last week.


T-Ryan Stumpf

McKinleyville Basketball, Senior

Stumpf capped a big year for him individually with three big performances over the final few days of the season.

The Panthers senior scored 53 points in the three games, including a game-high 26 points in a key showdown against Arcata.

Stumpf was an all-league selection in both basketball and baseball this year.

For more on his big week, see Panthers beat the Cubs in season finale …

Kelli Johnston after wining two Logger ESPYs earlier this year, for Most Scholastic Female Athlete and Most Outstanding Individual Performance.

Kelli Johnston

Slate Delsman

Eureka Wrestling, Seniors

Both Johnston and Delsman will represent Humboldt County girls wrestling on the state team that will compete in the national tournament next month.

The two senior stars have helped turn the Loggers program into one of the top wrestling teams in the North Coast Section over the past couple of years.

Both wrestlers are ranked No. 4 in the state in freestyle and will wrestle together at Division-II Colorado Mesa next year.

More on their big achievement later this week on


Fortuna Girls Basketball

It may have been a short season, but the Huskies left little doubt as to which was the best girls basketball team on the North Coast this year.

Led by seniors Gracie Betts, Kendall Stewart, Saige Grundman and Gabby Chapman, the Fortuna girls swept all four of their Big 5 rivals, as well as taking all four games against Little 4 teams.

If there had been a league title handed out this season, the defending Big 5 champs would likely have made it two in a row.

Head coach Scott Betts deserves a ton of credit for what he has done in a short space of time with this program, and the success is likely to continue with talented juniors Isobel Crosswhite, Teal Mostovoy, Gabby Stephens, Sophia Villalvazo and Briza Contreras all expected back next year.

For more on the team’s big season, see Fortuna girls beat Arcata to cap unbeaten season …

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  1. Thanks to everyone who made this season possible! Covid test everyday doesn’t seem pleasant, but it kept them playing. Thank you Coach Betts, Coach Shultz for all your help. Love watching this group of girl! Come watch Kendall and Gracie play at College off the Redwoods next year!!!

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