Athletes of the Week

ATHLETES AND TEAMS OF THE WEEK — Wildcats, Huskies and Panthers take center stage

Submitted photo – The Ferndale Wildcats celebrate their second tournament win of the season at Kelseyville on Saturday night.

By Ray Hamill — It was a good week for the Ferndale Wildcats in girls basketball.

The Ferndale girls kept their unbeaten start to the new season going with three wins in three games at the Kelseyville tournament on the way to clinching their second tournament championship in three weeks.

And that gets them the nod for one of this week’s Teams of the Week sponsored by College of the Redwoods Athletics.

Our second team of the week award goes to the surging McKinleyville boys basketball team, which clinched the Logger Classic with a fifth straight win over the weekend.

Another Wildcat, Jack Westfall, also enjoyed a stellar weekend at the Logger Classic.

Westfall has been on fire this season and scored 35 points against Brookings-Harbor to cap three strong days at the tournament.

And that earns him one of our athletes of the week.

McKinleyville’s Owen Hamm also is off to a flying start this season and also is one of athletes of the week after leading the Panthers to a tournament championship at the Logger Classic, where he was named tourney MVP.

Our female athlete of the week goes to Fortuna’s Isobel Crosswhite, who has been a consistent presence for the Huskies this season and played her best game yet in a 55-35 win over Yreka on Saturday.


Jack Westfall

Ferndale Basketball, Junior

Westfall was named to the Logger Classic all-tournament team after another big three days for the Wildcats.

Fresh off an impressive fall on the football field, Westfall has made a seamless transition to the basketball court and is coming off an outstanding opening few weeks.

For more on Westfall’s big weekend, see our Boys Basketball Roundup …

Owen Hamm

McKinleyville Basketball, Senior

Hamm also has been a consistent presence this season for the Panthers, who are on a roll and have won five straight games.

The senior standout was named tourney MVP at the Logger Classic after leading his team to the tournament title.

For more on Hamm and the Panthers, see Surging Mack boys make it five straight wins …

Isobel Crosswhite

Fortuna Basketball, Senior

Good things were expected out of Crosswhite this season and she has not disappointed.

The senior standout has been one of the Huskies best and most consistent players through the early going, including a big showing at last weekend’s McKinleyville tournament.

Crosswhite was instrumental in the victory over Yreka, finishing with a game-high 22 points and setting the tone for the team all game long at both ends of the court.

For more on her big week, see Crosswhite leads Huskies to second straight win …


Ferndale Girls Basketball

The Wildcats have been unstoppable so far, winning the Kelseyville tournament with a 57-37 win over Lower Lake in the championship game on Saturday.

With the win the high-flying Cats improved to 7-0.

They also won the Calistoga tournament earlier in the season.

Kyla Albee was named tournament MVP, while teammates Haidyn Fulton, Emily Chavez, Gabby Rice, Reaghan Langer and Clara Christiansen, among others, have all impressed early in the season.

For more on their big weekend, see our Girls Basketball Roundup …

Submitted photo – The Panthers celebrate their tournament championship on Saturday.

McKinleyville Boys Basketball

The Panthers are on a roll and one of the hottest teams in the H-DNL early in the season.

On Saturday, they got the better of Shasta 46-37 in the Logger Classic championship game.

Hamm has been outstanding for the team all season, as has teammate Cody Whitmer, who was named to the all-tournament team.

For more on the Panthers, see Surging Mack boys make it five straight wins …

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