Athletes of the Week

ATHLETES AND TEAM OF THE WEEK — A good week for Little 4 athletes 

Ray Hamill/HumboldtSports.com – Lele Tanuvasa

By Ray Hamill — The Little 4 dominates this week’s Humboldt Sports Athletes and Team of the Week, sponsored by College of the Redwoods Athletics.

Two Crusaders, a Cub and a group of Wildcats all are coming off impressive performances this week and all are featured in this week’s awards.

Aidan Dorsch and Lele Tanuvasa have been on fire for St. Bernard’s, leading the way on the school’s basketball teams with some outstanding performances over the past week.

At South Fork, meanwhile, sophomore Tommy Rotbergs has seen his stock rise substantially with a number of dominating games over the past few weeks and has helped put his team in contention for a league title.

And speaking of league titles, this week’s Team of the Week award goes to the Ferndale girls who are outright champions of the Little 4 in basketball for the first time in nine years.

And they’re not done yet …

Ray Hamill/HumboldtSports.com – Aidan Dorsch (12)

ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

Aidan Dorsch

St. Bernard’s Basketball, Senior

Dorsch is coming off back-to-back standout performances for the Crusaders in wins over Eureka and Hoopa Valley.

The senior forward scored 40 points over the two games and contributed all over the court, as the Crusaders are building steam at the right time.

For more on his big week, see Dorsch shines for St. Bernard’s in all-Eureka matchup …

Tommy Rotbergs

South Fork Basketball, Sophomore

This season, the sophomore sensation has quickly evolved into one of the most dangerous shooters in the Little 4, racking up big points totals in recent games.

“He is playing so great right now,” said South Fork coach Taylor Morrow, who added he “has grown so much this season.”

Rotbergs put up 68 points over a three-game spell and has helped lead his team to a championship-deciding showdown at home to St. Bernard’s on Friday night.

For more on his big week, see Rotbergs leads the way as Cubs take over sole possession of L4 lead …

Lele Tanuvasa

St. Bernard’s Basketball, Junior

Tanuvasa appears to be growing stronger as the season progresses and she was pretty good to begin with.

The standout junior has been a consistent force for the Crusaders all season long and is coming off back-to-back monstrous games, scoring 39 points against Ferndale on Monday and following that with 35 points against Hoopa on Tuesday.

The Crusaders may have been beaten to the league title this season, but no player on the North Coast is performing at a higher level than Tanuvasa.

For more won her big week, see Crusaders top Hoopa, as Ferndale girls crowned L4 champs …

Submitted photo – The Ferndale girls are outright Little 4 champions after defeating Hoopa on Wednesday night.

TEAM OF THE WEEK

Ferndale Girls Basketball

The Wildcats are champions of the Little 4 and that might not be all.

A come-from-behind win against St. Bernard’s on Monday and a 61-43 win over Hoopa on Wednesday means the Wildcats are conference champs for the first time in eight years and outright champs for the first time in nine.

A super talented and deep lineup also recently knocked off Eureka in a matchup between the smallest and largest H-DNL basketball schools, suggesting the Cats might be the team to beat in next week’s Dick Niclai tournament.

Haidyn Fulton has been exceptional for the team, as have Kyla Albee, Reaghan Langer, Emily Chavez, Gabby Rice and Carly Carmesin, while several others have been big contributors, including Tia Henrickson, Sierra Fulton and Clara Christiansen, among others.

For more on their big week, see Ferndale girls go to 5-0 in the L4, clinch the title outright …

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