By Ray Hamill — A pair of Eureka athletes are enjoying impressive springs for their respective teams, with each of them coming off big performances this past week.
And that makes them this week’s Humboldt Sports Athletes of the Week, sponsored by College of the Redwoods Athletics.
Senior Jackson Giacone has been outstanding on the baseball fields this spring and was instrumental in his team’s 3-0 start to league play last weekend.
Fellow Logger Ginny Brooks has been equally impressive in track and field.
The junior standout won all four of her events at the Hornet Invite in Redding last weekend and followed that with another big showing in a league meet at Fortuna on Wednesday.
Our team of the week, meanwhile, goes to the Arcata baseball team, which has been on fire this season and is off to an impressive 9-1 start while scoring more than 10 runs a game.
ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Eureka Track and Field, Junior
The multi-talented Brooks was a seven-time winner this past week and is moving up the all-time list in the H-DNL.
After winning four events at the Hornet Invite, where she was named athlete of the meet, she placed first in both hurdles events and the long jump and second in the 100 meters at Fortuna on Wednesday.
She ran a new PR in the 100m hurdles (16.01 seconds), which was the seventh fastest time in the section this season and the ninth fastest time ever in the H-DNL.
For more on Brooks’ big week, see H-DNL athletes feature among NCS leaders, as Loggers lead the way at Fortuna …
Eureka Baseball, Senior
In three games against Mack last week, Giacone was 4-for-5 with two home runs and seven walks, and also scored six times.
The senior, who will play for the Humboldt Crabs this summer before taking his talents to Cal State Fullerton, is batting a team-high .545 and leads the Loggers in doubles (five) and is tied for the team lead with Rogan Bode for home runs (two) and RBIs (16).
The Loggers had a bye in action this week, but Giacone and his teammates are on a roll and have won five in a row, thanks fun large part to the standout senior.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
The Tigers got their league campaign off to a winning start with a 9-6 win against Fortuna on Wednesday, just days after sweeping a pair of games at Middletown, and they are now 9-1.
The high-octane offense has scored 109 runs in just 10 games and is showing no signs of letting down with 33 runs in three games this past week.
Head coach Troy Ghisetti has his team headed in the right direction and they will be tough to stop in the Big 5 over the next few weeks.