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Showing off the champion T-shirts presented to them at the April 1 city council meeting are the BVL champion girls soccer team. From left are (front) Deisy Salinas, Adriana Jimenez, Paola Calderon and Adriana Banuelos; (middle) Ellie Kreun, Britney Rivas, Sierra Hamerter, Angelica Arellano, Logan Kreun and Isabel Angel; (back) Olivia Orosco, Esmeralda Escobedo, Madison Nicholas, Natasha Panattoni, Coach Kim Olivas, Vanessa Arellano, Coach Jerry Evanoff, Sofia Evanoff, Meghan Murphy and Lilia Walton.

Photo by Debra DeAngelo

Council celebrates champions

selected for
proposed senior housing project

Express editor
Before digging into a tough decision on selecting a developer for a proposed senior housing project, the Winters City Council took some time at the April 1 meeting to honor the successes of young women in the community.
First to hear a proclamation from Mayor Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, was the Winters High School girls soccer team, this year’s Butte View League and Northern Section Champions. Also honored were the team’s coaches, Kim Olivas and Jerry Evanoff.
Among the highlights of the team’s outstanding season, Aguiar-Curry noted that the Winters team was ranked number one in the entire section of all divisions, and outscored their opponents 95-7 on average. They also had the longest winning streak in their league, with 13 straight wins, and boasted six of the top 10 players in their league in both goals and points scored.
Olivas introduced the girls one by one, and presented each with a bright red Champion T-shirt, all donated by Adidas and Athletics Unlimited. The players include Deisy Salinas, Adriana Jimenez, Paola Calderon, Adriana Banuelos, Ellie Kreun, Britney Rivas, Sierra Hamerter, Angelica Arellano, Logan Kreun, Isabel Angel, Olivia Orosco, Esmeralda Escobedo, Madison Nicholas, Natasha Panattoni, Vanessa Arellano, Sofia Evanoff, Meghan Murphy and Lilia Walton.
Next, Aguiar-Curry called Rina “Chef Rina” Younan forward, reading another proclamation honoring her culinary success on the Food Network, having won both the “Chef Wanted with Anne Burrell” and “Cutthroat Kitchen” shows. Aguiar-Curry also presented her with an official City of Winters coffee mug. Younan, who had a large following of friends and family in attendance, shared her thoughts about success. . . .


Vanessa Arellano competes in the varsity girls long jump event at the meet.

PhotoJerry Evanoff







Evanoff brings home four golds in first league meet

Express sports

The Winters High School track team competed in their first league meet on Wednesday, April 2, in Orland and had a great showing from the varsity girls. The Lady Warriors placed second with 53 points behind Wheatlands’ 59.5.
Sofia Evanoff did her thing, winning gold in all three of her individual events and then helped lead the 4X400 relay team to gold as well. Evanoff won the 100 meters in 12.87, the 200 in 25.89 and the 400 in 58.51. Evanoff then traveled to Stanford University on Saturday, April 5, to compete in the Stanford Invitational against the top runners in the state. Evanoff competed in the first and fastest 400 meter heat of four heats with nine runners in each and placed in the top four of that heat with a time of 58.11, her fastest of the season so far
In the 400 it was a sweep by the Lady Warriors with Logan Kreun placing second with a time of 1:08.79 just edging out teammate Adriana Banuelos who placed third at 1:08.87 and Selena Leon placed fourth at 1:12.05.
The foursome then teamed up to win gold in the 4x400 relay with a winning time of 4:26.94. Banuelos took eighth in the 200 in 30.16. Angelica Arellano won the 800 meters in 2:40.74 and Maria Gomez placed sixth at 3:22.80. The same two ran the 1600 with Arellano taking second in 5:57.62 and Gomez placing ninth at 7:29.94. In the 3200 Arellano placed second again with a time of 14:20.07 and Gomez took fourth at 15:35.46. Isabel Angel placed second in the 300 hurdles with a time of 55.87. . . .




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