ATHLETES AND TEAM OF THE WEEK — Exciting  conclusion to soccer and tennis seasons

Submitted photo – The Eureka girls celebrate their championship on Saturday night.

By Ray Hamill — One of the most dominating teams on the North Coast in recent years capped another outstanding season with a North Coast Section championship this past weekend.

And that earns them our Team of the Week honors, sponsored by College of the Redwoods Athletics.

When it comes to North Coast girls soccer, the Eureka Loggers were unstoppable this season, following a Big 4 championship with a second straight NCS crown.

The Loggers defeated Arcata 1-0 in a hard-fought championship game at Albee Stadium, and this was an easy choice for our team of the week.

Joining the Eureka girls among our honorees this week are an Arcata Tigers duo, who closed out their high school careers with another strong showing this week.

Seniors Keona Gutierrez-DeArmond and Kyra Alway teamed up to place third at the NCS Division-2 girls tennis doubles championships, which were held at McKinleyville and Arcata high schools.

It was the second time Gutierrez-DeArmond has placed near the top in NCS doubles play, having also finished second as a freshman along with former teammate Aimee Renner.

Submitted photo – Arcata’s Keona Gutierrez-DeArmond and Kyra Alway at this week’s NCS championships.


Keona Gutierrez-DeArmond, Senior

Kyra Alway, Senior

Arcata Girls Tennis

The dynamic Tigers duo did not disappoint in their final high school outing, finishing 3-1 at this week’s NCS championships.

Gutierrez-DeArmond and Alway won their opening two matches, before barely losing in three sets in the semifinals.

They would bounce back to win the third-place match in three sets to close out on a winning note.

For more on their big week, see NCS tennis tournament a big success as locals make some noise …


Eureka Girls Soccer

The Loggers completed a third undefeated season in five years with a 1-0 win over their biggest rivals in the NCS decider on Saturday night.

This group of girls dominated all season long and won 15 of their 17 games, while tying the other two.

Under the guidance of head coach Tommy Learmouth, the Loggers have built an outstanding program that should continue to dominate for the foreseeable future with the depth and talent they possess.

For more on their big week, see Loggers secure NCS repeat in exciting championship showdown …

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