The McKinleyville Panthers still have some unfinished business to take care of this fall, but they celebrated a talented senior class before Saturday’s regular-season home finale against Fortuna.
Four seniors were honored, including four-year varsity players Cicely Jones and Bria Ferreira, as well as three-year varsity player Kathryn Tinney and Portuguese exchange student Pilar Duarte.
“It’s always hard to say goodbye,” head coach Adam Canepa said. “You put in so much work and effort together.”
Jones, who has been out injured all season, made her first appearance of the fall in the game, which ended in a 0-0 tie.
It was the Panthers’ and Huskies’ second straight scoreless tie as defense set the tone once again.
“It was a good game,” Canepa said. “Fortuna played well, we played well, there were a few chances at both ends. It was just a well-defended game by both teams.”
Ferreira, according to the coach, has improved tremendously over her four years with the team, while Tinney has evolved into a key team leader and one of the most influential players on the squad.
“All of those girls will be sorely missed,” Canepa said.
The Panthers will find out their North Coast Section playoff seeding next weekend and are hoping to close out the season with a big playoff run.