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2021/22 HIGH SCHOOL AWARDS — Little 4 Boys Athlete of the Year finalists

Submitted photo – Hoopa junior Gerard Marshall won an NCS championship in wrestling this year.

By Ray Hamill — All four schools are represented in our list of finalists for this year’s Little 4 Boys Athlete of the Year.

And just about all of the finalists were two- or three-time all-league selections this past year, showcasing their athletic versatility.

This is the second group of finalists for our end-of-year high school awards, following the nominees for our Little 4 Girls Athlete of the Year.

Over the next few days we will be naming our finalists in all six categories, including Big 5 Girls and Boys Athletes of the Year, as well as our Team of the Year and Coach of the Year.

The winners will be announced next week, and thanks to our awards sponsors — The Stove Doctors, Six Rivers Property Management and Mendes Supply Company — we will be handing out plaques to recognize the winners in all six categories.

Here then are our finalists for Little 4 Boys Athlete of the Year, as well as some honorable mentions …

Aidan Dorsch

Aidan Dorsch

St. Bernard’s, Senior

Dorsch will go down as one of the most decorated athletes in St. Bernard’s history after an outstanding year for the Crusaders that saw him earn NCS and NorCal winners medals in basketball and baseball.

He was an all-league selection in baseball — and likely would have been the MVP had it not been for the very talented Nick Dugan — and also received an honorable mention in basketball.

Nick Dugan

St. Bernard’s, Senior

Dugan was sensational this spring in leading the Crusaders to an NCS and NorCal title in baseball.

No one played a bigger role for the Crusaders on their historic run and Dugan won all three NorCal games on the mound, including an incredible performance in the championship game, when he struck out all 13 batters he faced for the win.

He was a worthy league MVP and also was named Humboldt Sports Baseball Player of the Year.

Nick Dugan

John Harding

South Fork, Junior

A three-sport star for the Cubs, Harding played a pivotal role in football, basketball and baseball in what was a memorable year for the school.

The junior quarterback played at an MVP-caliber level in football and was a first-team all-league selection in basketball after helping lead the Cubs to a first league title in almost 30 years.

He capped a big all-around year with an all-league selection in baseball.

Gerard Marshall

Hoopa, Junior

Marshall was one of two local wrestlers crowned NCS champion this year — along with Arcata’s Joshua Hannan — and he made it further that any other local at the state championships, ultimately placing in the top 12 in the heavyweight division.

Marshall was also a force for Hoopa in football and was named league MVP Lineman.

He is one of just two juniors among our finalists and one of two Warriors.

Kagan Renteria

Hoopa, Senior

An outstanding three-sport athlete for the Warriors, Renteria was a consistent contributor and made his mark in football, wrestling and baseball.

He was a league champion on the wrestling mats at 195 pounds and Hoopa’s lone all-league selection in baseball.

He also received an all-league honorable mention in football.

Drew Vizenor

Drew Vizenor

St. Bernard’s, Senior

A co-league MVP on the basketball court — along with South Fork’s Oliver Tatton — Vizenor led the Crusaders to an historic NCS and NorCal championship double in the sport, which was the first-ever for an H-DNL boys team.

He was just getting started and would replicate the achievement with his teammates on the baseball field and was named first-team all-league.

Arguably the most athletic of the seven finalists.

Jack Westfall

Ferndale, Junior

Westfall also is an outstanding all-around athlete and was a force for the Cubs in football and basketball, earning first-team all-league selections in both.

Despite his teams’ struggles this year, Westfall never relented and continued to lead the way with some exceptional performances, and he was the Cats’ lone all-league selection in basketball.

Jack Westfall

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Perry Bailey, St. Bernard’s

Kannon Christiansen, Ferndale

Tanner Curran, South Fork

Jack Kramer, St. Bernard’s

Jason Marshall, Hoopa

Grant Omey, St. Bernard’s

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