ATHLETES AND TEAM OF THE WEEK — Seniors step up in early-season action

Ray Hamill/ – Tyler Dimmick in action for the Crusaders this season.

By Ray Hamill — One local senior got her new season off to a flying start this week, while another continued his impressive run, and that makes both of them our athletes of the week.

Competing in the Humboldt Twilight Relays at the Redwood Bowl on Wednesday, Arcata’s Sydney Hasselquist was a three-time winner in the season-opening meet.

The Arcata standout looks set for a big spring in track and field after first-place finishes in the 100 meters and the long jump, as well as a victory in the girls distance medley along with three of her teammates.

Hasselquist teamed with Alauna Thompson, Ai-Lan McGoldrick and Soquel Macdonald to win the latter.

Joining her in this week’s honorees is St. Bernard’s senior Tyler Dimmick, who continued his impressive start to the baseball season with another strong showing at the Fort Bragg tournament on Thursday and Friday.

The Crusaders ace is already 3-0 on the season, having already picked up victories over Hoopa, Clear Lake and Point Arena.

He made two appearances at the Fort Bragg tournament, dominating early against Point Arena and then throwing three very strong shutout innings against McKinleyville in a no-decision.

Our team of the week, meanwhile, is one of the hottest in the area right now.

The College of the Redwoods women stretched their unbeaten streak to eight straight in softball with four victories in three days to open the Golden Valley Conference.

The Corsairs swept a doubleheader against Siskiyous on Thursday, winning 9-1 and 10-8, and they followed that with two more victories on Saturday, defeating Lassen 14-6 and 10-0.


Sydney Hasselquist

Arcata Track and Field, Senior

Hasselquist started the new track and field season in style with three victories at the Redwood Bowl.

The Arcata senior, who is a former Big 5 MVP in volleyball, won the 100 meters and long jump, as well as playing a part in the Tigers’ victory in the girls distance medley.

The speedy Hasselquist finished the 100 meters in a time of 13.13 seconds, almost half a second faster than the field.

She also edged out Eureka standout Ginny Brooks for the victory in the long jump.

It’s still very early in the new season, but Hasselquist is off to an impressive start.

For more on her big week, see Tigers lead the field at five-team Humboldt Twilight Relays …

Tyler Dimmick

St. Bernard’s Baseball, Senior

The St. Bernard’s senior has been leading the way this year on a very young roster that features multiple starting freshmen and he has been everything expected so far.

After a dominating start against Point Arena in Thursday’s tournament opener, the talented senior followed that with an outstanding performance against an experienced McKinleyville lineup on Friday, throwing three scoreless and hitless innings for a no-decision.

For more on Dimmick’s big week, see our Friday Baseball Roundup …

College of the Redwoods Athletics – The CR women celebrate their wins on Thursday.


College of the Redwoods Softball

The red-hot Corsairs have won eight straight games to go to 12-6 on the season and 4-0 in the Golden Valley Conference.

Several players have been stepping up so far this season, including sophomore shortstop Sadie Hampton and pitchers Kylee Dewey and Allie Egbert.

Head coach Megan Valente, in just her second year in charge, also has been getting some stellar performances from players like Ashley Ballew, Brooke Faraimo, Kyla Pontoni, Renee Metz and Nas-Che-Wen Hunsucker, among others, and it seems as if a different player stars in every game.

For more on the CR women and their big week see Corsairs remain red-hot, as they make it eight straight wins …

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