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Ava Vickrey (left) and Kenlie Kratzer pump away to win the balloon-filling race at a Kids’ Fair booth sponsored by the Winters High School track team at City Park on Youth Day, held Saturday, April 30.
Red, white and blew
80th Annual Youth Day was bright but blustery
By DEBRA DeANGELO
The gentle breeze during the annual Youth Day Duck Derby and opening ceremonies were a mere hint for what was in store the following day, when a relentless wind picked up by sunrise and blew all day long, making the 80th Annual Youth Day one of the most blustery on record.
According to local weatherman, Joe “The Butcher” Barstow, Saturday saw sustained winds of 25 miles per hour with gusts up to 40 miles per hour, peaking between 8-11 a.m. — just in time for the parade. But the night before, things were much calmer as this year’s festivities officially began when two tubs of yellow rubber ducks were dumped into Putah Creek immediately west of the railroad trestle bridge, and drifted downstream as children and onlookers cheered.
Chuck Oliver of Roseville was the lucky $500 derby winner this year. At the opening ceremonies later that evening, Duck Derby chairman Kathy Cowan explained that Oliver was just passing through town one day and purchased a duck for the race, and when informed that he won, said he promised to spend the money in Winters. Woody Fridae had the second place duck, taking home $250, and Alice Rozman had the third place duck and the $150 prize.
This year’s Educators of the Year were honored at opening ceremonies, including Kari Mann from Winters High School, Laurie Helm at Winters Middle School, Woody Fridae at Shirley Rominger School, and JoanE Jessell at Waggoner Elementary School.
Also honored at opening ceremonies were this year’s Grand Marshals, the Thomas sisters: Susie Thomas Stocking, Sally Thomas Ivory, Patty Thomas Cox, Nancy Thomas McLaughlin and Debbie Thomas Geertz. This year’s Youth Day Sweetheart and Sweethunk, Audrey Brickey and Mikey Arizaga, were formally crowned at opening ceremonies as well. . . .
Trevor Choonhavrai throws a strike during the Winters High School JV baseball teams victory over visiting Pierce High School on Friday, April 29.
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to clinch league
title this week
By ERIC LUCERO
With a 4-0 record and just two games remaining in the season, the Winters High School JV baseball team is hoping to win the Sacramento Valley League title this week. The Warriors will host Live Oak on Tuesday, May 3, and will travel to Live Oak for their final game of the season on Friday, May 6.
Winters played Pierce High School twice last week and pulled off two victories. The Warriors traveled to Arbuckle for Tuesdays game and came home with a big 16-6 victory over the Bears. . . .
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