By Ray Hamill — It was a big week for several local wrestlers, including a pair of Del Norte girls who helped lead the Warriors to a first-ever H-DNL team championship.
Senior Savannah Williams and junior Adenne Schaad were instrumental in the team win with each of them winning a third individual league championship, and that earns them our athlete of the week honors, which are sponsored by College of the Redwoods Athletics.
A third wrestler, Hoopa’s Gerard Marshall, is our boys athlete of the week after another big showing on the mats at the league championships, while our team of the week honors go to the Arcata boys basketball team, which completed a Big 5 and Dick Niclai championship double.
ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Hoopa Wrestling, Junior
Marshall is enjoying a stellar season for the Warriors, most recently winning the 285-pound league title with an impressive victory over Eureka’s Shyloh Nicholson in Crescent City last weekend.
Marshall is the top-ranked heavyweight wrestler in the North Coast Section — with Nicholson No. 3 — and goes into this weekend’s section championships as the wrestler to beat in the division.
Del Norte Wrestling, Senior
Del Norte Wrestling, Junior
Both Williams and Schaad closed out the regular season with big victories at the H-DNL championships on Saturday as each of them were crowned three-time league champs.
Williams defeated Eureka’s Brooke Boone for the 133 pound title, while Schaad got the better of St. Bernard’s Rory Bickmore for the 152 championship.
Both standouts will compete at this weekend’s NCS championships in Albany.
For more on their big week, see H-DNL girls conclude league season, get set for NCS championships …
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Arcata Boys Basketball
Their season may have come to a disappointing end with a loss in the opening round of the NCS playoffs on Wednesday, but it was a very memorable season for the Tigers nonetheless.
The Arcata boys won seven straight games on the way to winning the Big 5 and followed that with two more victories in last week’s Dick Niclai tournament, including a 68-44 win over McKinleyville in the championship game.
First-year head coach Kellen Maynard got the most out of a talented roster that featured seven seniors and was led by standouts Kai Purcell and Brandon Bento-Jackson.
For more on the Tigers, see Determined Arcata boys claim Dick Niclai championship …