VOTING HAS CLOSED
By Ray Hamill — It’s that time of the year again, when we look back at 2021 in local sports and hand out some well-deserved end-of-year awards.
Including of course our 2021 Female Athlete of the Year.
Like with our other categories — Male Athlete, Team and Coach of the Year — there were plenty of worthy candidates for female athlete.
Readers can vote up to once a day and the winner will be announced on New Year’s eve.
Here then are the finalists for Female Athlete of the Year, in alphabetical order …
Klayre Barres — After a brilliant career competing in soccer and track and field at Eureka High, Barres had an immediate impact playing soccer at Chico State this fall.
Lyndsee Brewer — The exceptional South Fork goalkeeper was nominated more times than any other athlete.
Ginny Brooks — The Eureka Logger was the best high school track and field athlete in the H-DNL in the spring, as a sophomore.
Savannah Colegrove — The multi-sport Hoopa senior is coming off a big year in softball, basketball and volleyball.
Hailey Dolcini — The Fresno State ace was a top-25 finalist for college softball player of the year.
Annie Macdonald — A huge year for Arcata High in cross country, track and soccer.
Tildy Macdonald — Like her twin sister, Tildy also had a huge year in cross country, track and soccer.
Kira Morris — The busiest athlete in the area competed in five different sports this calendar year, representing Eureka High in cross country, volleyball, softball, basketball and soccer.
Kaylee Murphy — The former Eureka Logger is enjoying another outstanding season playing basketball at UC Santa Cruz.
Juliana Ortega-Miranda — A multi-sport college athlete at College of the Redwoods.
Ashley Quigley — The former Arcata Tiger is enjoying another outstanding season playing basketball for CR.
Soffia Reyes — The speedy Mack junior is a dynamic athlete in track and soccer.
Lele Tanuvasa — The St. Bernard’s junior is the best high school basketball player on the North Coast, bar none, and an MVP caliber player in volleyball.
Kathryn Tinney — A consistently high performer for the Mack Panthers in soccer, track and basketball.
Bella Vigil — Eureka High’s female athlete of the year after big seasons in basketball, volleyball, cross country and track.