By Ray Hamill — Soccer and volleyball take center stage this week in our athletes and team of the week honors, sponsored by College of the Redwoods Athletics.
Our team of the week goes to Arcata girls soccer, which continues to lead the way here on the North Coast and is unbeaten through seven games this season.
The bad news for the rest of the H-DNL is that the Tigers appear to getting stronger and they turned in their best team effort of the season in an 8-0 win at Fortuna on Wednesday.
Arcata boys soccer also features in this week’s awards, with junior striker Ethan Gyenis getting the nod for one of our athletes of the week as he continues to lead a dangerous Tigers front line.
Our second athlete of the week is Eureka junior Mariah Napoleon, who has been very consistent all season long and continues to set the standard on a young Loggers volleyball team.
ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Eureka Volleyball, Junior
Napoleon isn’t the only bright spot for the Loggers this season, but she has been the brightest.
The junior standout has led the way on a Eureka team that has struggled to get wins, and her consistency has been crucial to the team’s continued improvement.
Napoleon had 27 kills in two matches this week, including a game-high 15 at McKinleyville on Thursday night.
For more on Napoleon and the Loggers, check out our volleyball roundup …
Arcata Soccer, Junior
The Arcata junior is one of the most lethal strikers on the North Coast and a consistent threat up front, scoring in games more often than not.
The Tigers suffered a disappointing 5-1 loss at Fortuna on Wednesday but that does not take from how good they have been for most of the season, and they are an impressive 5-0-1 in their other six games, with Gyenis instrumental in that success.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Arcata Girls Soccer
The Tigers have been the best team on the North Coast so far this season, and a 1-1 tie at Eureka is the only blemish on an otherwise perfect record.
Arcata is now 4-0-1 in the Big 5 and plays Eureka again on Saturday in a key matchup, with the Loggers right on their heels with a conference record of 4-0-2.
The Arcata girls appear to be getting stronger as the season goes on, however, especially up front.
A dangerous front line scored 21 goals in their last three games, two against Big 5 opponents, while the team’s consistent defense allowed just three goals in those games and has given up just five all season.
For more on the Tigers’ big week, check out our Girls soccer roundup …