MBHS February 2024 Athletes of the Month

Written by Neil Farrell

Neil has been a journalist covering the Estero Bay Area for over 27 years. He’s won numerous journalism awards in several different categories over his career.

March 1, 2024

The Morro Bay High School Sports Boosters Club has named its Athletes of the Month for February 2024, honoring a pair of hoopsters, a swimmer and a golfer, plus the entire wrestling program from a very grateful coach.

The Boosters Club “aims to showcase some of the many exemplary student/athletes representing Morro Bay High School,” the club said in a news release. “February is a month that transitions away from the winter sports season and begins the spring sports season.”

Girls Basketball

Girls’ basketball player, Fiona Durham, was named Athlete of the Month for February 2024. 

Girls’ Basketball Coach Alex Engel named two of his league champions — Fiona Durham and Georgie Wheeler — for honors.

“Fiona Durham,” he said, “she averaged 11.5 points and 11 rebounds a game during league and helped lead us to a 20-6 overall record and the Sunset League Championship.” It was the inaugural season for the Sunset League, too. 

Durham, he said, “is also a 2-year team captain and has been a great leader for our program over the past 2 years. Fiona is one of the hardest workers I have ever had the pleasure of coaching and does so many different things on the court that help us win.”

Wheeler also averaged 11 points a game during league and made 88, 3-point field goals during the season, which broke the single season school record that had been held for 20 years.” The previous record was 66. 

“She is one of the best shooters in the [CIF] Central Section and was also a major factor in our successful season this year.”

Boys and Girls Wrestling

Boys and Girls Wrestling Coach, Albert Garza said he is so impressed with all of his wrestlers that he decided to nominate them all for Athlete of the Month Honors.

“I’d like to recognize both the entire boys and girls team,” Coach Garza said. “I know I can single out individual wrestlers for their accomplishments, but what a lot don’t understand is what it takes to host the tournaments we host at Morro Bay and the amount of work all the wrestlers put in to not only have a successful season for themselves but to make our tournaments some of the best events in California.” 

Girls Swimming

Girls Swimming Coach Laurel Carpenter selected Kirra Doherty to be Athlete of the Month in February.

“Not only is Kirra a committed student-athlete,” Coach Carpenter said, “she is committed to becoming the best version of herself. I have been consistently impressed so far this season by the hard work she put in pre-season [which has earned her a position on the varsity squad and is well-deserved], her positive attitude, and the way she deeply cares for her teammates. 

“She is an excellent communicator with her coaches, and is serious about bettering herself alongside the experiences of her teammates. When things get tough, she has shown that she is able to carry herself through with the utmost integrity. I am so proud to be Kirra’s coach.”

Boys Golf

Boys Golf Team Coach Sean Allstot chose Braden Burnett for early-season honors.

“While we have not had any official competitions yet,” he said, “Braeden’s hard work in the offseason has been obvious during practice. He is coming to practice every day with the goal of improving a little bit each day. In his practice rounds so far he is shooting the best rounds of his young career.”

Estero Bay News congratulates all of the honored athletes this month and wishes them continued success in the future.

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