By Ray Hamill — It was a good week for a number of local athletes, including Hoopa senior Tatianna Colegrove.
The Warriors standout softball player was outstanding both at the plate and in the pitcher’s circle and led her team to six straight wins, including two at Arcata and four at the Spring Break Invitational in Medford.
Colegrove pitched all six wins for the Warriors and is our Athlete of the Week, an award sponsored by College of the Redwoods Athletics.
She also threw a no-hitter against Brookings-Harbor in tournament play and hit three home runs in the six games.
Our team of the week, meanwhile, is Eureka High track and field.
The Loggers boys and girls got the new H-DN season off to a successful start at McKinleyville on Wednesday with two team victories, while showcasing their depth and making an early-season statement.
Several Eureka athletes impressed at the league-opening event, none more so than senior Ginny Brooks.
Brooks placed first in three events — both hurdles races and the 4x100m relay — and third in the long jump.
Hans Chalmers also won the boys 200m and Daniel Shaver took first in the boys 1600m.
Rounding out the victories for the team, Emily Pesch also had a pair of firsts, winning the high jump and teaming with Brooks, Aniah Gaither and Samara Gaither to take the 4x100m relay.
ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Hoopa Softball, Senior
Now that her team is finally getting in some games, Colegrove is showing the rest of the league just how good she is.
In addition to her 70 strikeouts in the six games, the standout senior also went 14-for-24 at the plate with three home runs and she was 4-for-4 with four doubles in an 11-4 win over Taft.
For more on Colegrove and her teammates, see Hoopa Warriors win their bracket at Medford tournament …
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Eureka Track and Field
The Loggers have impressed through the early season and look like the team to beat in this year’s H-DN in track and field.
The Eureka boys scored 146 points for the team win at McKinleyville, which was 16.5 points better than second-placed Arcata and more than double the tally of the rest of the teams.
The Eureka girls, meanwhile, scored 139.33 points, which was well ahead of the field, with Del Norte (97.67) a distant second.
For more on the Loggers’ big week, see H-DN athletes impress in first league meet of the season …