Lumberjacks meet Panthers as Humboldt teams make Final 4
The undefeated Eureka girls soccer team will take on McKinleyville on Wednesday with a berth in the North Coast Section championship game at stake. Eureka dominated Del Norte 10-0 in their first playoff game and waited to see who their opponent would be in the semifinals. That team eventually became McKinleyville after the Panthers managed the 2-0 excitement against Middletown.
The Loggers are certainly the favorites going into the matchup with a 13-0-2 record. But McKinleyville played hard in one of their three matchups against Eureka this season. Eureka walked away with a 3-2 win.
In an intriguing twist, Humboldt County teams make the entire semifinals after Fortuna and Arcata won their playoff games over the weekend. The shocker was the Huskies defeated Rohnert Park’s Credo High School 5-0 in a playoff game. Credo had previously lost just one game all season, to another top-flight team in Upper Lake who were subsequently upset by St. Bernard’s for the Division 3 championship.
Fortuna meets Arcata after the Tigers defeated Clear Lake 6-0. Arcata comes into play as a higher-seeded player, but a close duel develops. If Eureka continues her run and wins the championship, it would make for an intriguing matchup as the Huskies and Tigers are the two teams that battled the Loggers to a tie this year. But there’s a slight disappointment that Eureka never had to face Credo after the two teams were the top two programs throughout the regular season.
One thing is for sure, Humboldt County’s football programs have effectively dominated the football landscape this fall. It will be interesting to see which of the competing teams comes out on top. Fortuna meets Arcata in the early game Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. in McKinleyville. Eureka will top it all off on Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. with their home game against McKinleyville.
Hannah Hartwell wins CCCAA North Championship
As the College of the Redwoods hosted the CCCAA NorCal Regional Championships in Fortuna this weekend, they showed their home in style as Hannah Hartwell won the women’s 5K with a time of 19:52. Hartwell’s time was almost a minute ahead of the next finisher. She will fight for a state championship on November 19 in Fresno.
The Corsairs as a team finished fourth in the women’s event. In the men’s 4-mile event, Redwoods placed 14th. But of course, all eyes are on the Corsairs’ record-breaking runner in Hartwell as she aims to win the California title.
Hartwell will have much tougher competition on paper when the Southern California racers are added to the group. Although conditions varied widely, times from the SoCal Regionals were much higher at the Bakersfield event. All things being equal, it will be exciting to see what happens in the national championship.
Arcata girls tennis heads to the CIF playoffs
The unbeaten girls’ tennis team, the Arcata Tigers, will start the postseason on Wednesday when they take on the School of Head-Royce in the opening game of the playoffs. Despite being league champions and finishing the season undefeated, Arcata was seeded 13th in the NCS Division 2 playoff tournament.
The Tigers won team and individual events in the HDNL postseason and were the dominant team all year. The bracket of the tournament means Arcata would face the winner of Marin Academy and Albany in the next round.
But first the Tigers need to pull through the excitement against fourth-placed Head-Royce on the road in Oakland on Wednesday. The game takes place on Wednesday at 2 p.m. in San Mateo.
Jake Matson can be reached at 707-441-0526.