By Ray Hamill — Consistency is huge for every athlete in just about every sport, and this week’s Humboldt Sports Athletes of the Week, sponsored by College of the Redwoods Athletics, have been that and more for their respective teams.
Senior point guard Drew Vizenor is enjoying an outstanding season on the basketball courts for the high-flying St. Bernard’s boys and was a key contributor once again at the Enterprise tournament last week, while earning all-tournament honors.
Likewise for Eureka junior center Aniah Gaither, who has been a force for the Loggers since breaking into the varsity team last spring and was named all-tourney last week at the West Coast Jamboree.
And both players are this week’s athletes of the week.
Our team of the week honor, meanwhile, goes to the South Fork Girls basketball team, which has quietly put together an impressive early pre-league campaign and appears poised for a good run in the Little 4.
ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
St. Bernard’s Basketball, Senior
Vizenor continued to impress at the point guard position at the Enterprise tournament and continues to play a key role for the Crusaders (11-2), who are the No. 3 ranked Division-6 team in the state as they get set to tip off the Little 4 at Hoopa on Thursday.
The senior is averaging a team-best 15 points a game through the opening 13 games and will be a handful for opposing conference teams in the coming weeks.
For more on Vizenor and the St. Bernard’s boys, see Crusaders win again as they get set to open league …
Eureka Basketball, Junior
Gaither has been one of several bright spots for the Eureka girls through the first half of the season and will also be expected to play a key role for the Loggers in their pursuit of a Big 5 championship.
Gaither enjoyed three strong games at last week’s West Coast Jamboree, including a 21-point performance in a loss to Acalanes.
For more on Gaither and the Loggers, see Eureka girls gain valuable experience at West Coast Jamboree …
TEAM OF THE WEEK
South Fork Girls Basketball
The Cubs had just seven players on hand at the West Coast Jamboree, but put together three strong performances to go 2-1 and place third in their bracket.
The SF girls opened with a 50-28 win over Chowchilla, before falling 79-31 to Benicia and then bouncing back to beat Redding Christian 59-51 in the third-place game.
They are now 8-2 on the season.
Summer Contreras and Caidence Young led the way on the shorthanded squad and both were named to the all-tournament team, while new head coach Sheena Hawkins also got big performances out of Kaylee Cotter and impressive freshman Shawnessy Conway-O’Neill.
For more on the Cubs, see South Fork girls place third in their bracket at West Coast Jamboree …