VOTING HAS NOW CLOSED
By Ray Hamill — It was a strange year for local sports in so many ways because of the pandemic, but that didn’t prevent a number of local teams from enjoying big success.
All of which gives us a deep and worthy pool of candidates for our 2021 HumboldtSports.com Team of the Year.
The field of candidates includes teams from several different sports and schools, as well as one young team which caught the local sports community’s imagination during the summer.
Readers can vote up to once a day and the winners will be announced on New Year’s eve.
Here then are our nominees for team of the year, in alphabetical order …
Arcata Boys Basketball — The Tigers followed an undefeated spring season with a fast start to the 2021/22 season.
Arcata Football — The Tigers were robbed of a shot at an NCS title and perhaps more, but still enjoyed a campaign for the ages.
Arcata Girls Soccer — Big 5 champions for the first time in five years.
Arcata Tennis — Few local programs dominate the way the Tigers do year in and year out on the boys and girls tennis courts.
Arcata Volleyball — Unofficial Big 5 champs in the spring and official Big 5 champs in the fall.
Del Norte Football — Dominated the rest of the H-DNL this fall.
Eureka Baseball — Unofficial Big 5 champs this past spring.
Eureka Girls Soccer — A senior-heavy roster went undefeated in the spring and a young new-look team won an NCS title in the fall. All in all, it was a pretty good calendar year for the Loggers in girls soccer.
Eureka Softball — Unofficial Big 5 champs after an undefeated spring.
Hoopa Softball — Unofficial Little 4 champs after an undefeated spring.
Fortuna Boys Soccer — Stretched their unbeaten run to an incredible 63 games before losing in the NCS championship game.
McKinleyville 12s Little League All-Stars — The Mack youngsters made it to the NorCal state tournament again.
St. Bernard’s Football — The Crusaders swept Fortuna and Eureka in the fall and shut out both of them to cap another outstanding season.
St. Bernard’s Girls Soccer — A second straight NCS championship for the Crusaders.