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This year’s Homecoming King and Queen candidates are, from left, (back) Luis Mora, Chris Kays, Junior Cortés and Hunter Miller; (front) Naomi Mora, Alexis Gallardo and Bertha Reyes (not pictured, Vanessa Arellano). The King and Queen will be crowned during Homecoming festivities on Friday, Oct. 24, following the JV game, which begins at Dr. Sellers Field at 5:30 p.m. The varsity game begins at 7 p.m. The downtown spirit rally takes place at the intersection of First and Main Streets, and begins at 12:10 p.m. All other homecoming festivities will take place in between the football games.

Photo by Debra DeAngelo


Homicide case enters jury-selection phase

WOODLAND — Jury selection began Monday in the trial of William Carl Gardner III, the Sacramento man accused of gunning down his former girlfriend in downtown Winters just weeks before she was scheduled to testify against him in a domestic violence case.
Gardner, 31, was indicted earlier this year on a count of murder with the special circumstances of lying in wait and murder of a witness in connection with the Nov. 18, 2013, death of Leslie Pinkston, who was fatally shot in the head as she sat in her vehicle outside her Railroad Avenue workplace.
If convicted, Gardner faces a maximum sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges, which also include felony counts of stalking and possession of a firearm by an ex-felon.
Although the special-circumstance allegations qualify Gardner for capital punishment,
the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office opted not to seek the death penalty in the case. . . .




Lowrie breaks the tackle of a
Durham defender during the
Warrior varsity football game in Durham on Friday, Oct. 17.

Photos by Ken Stewart




Warriors overcome penalties, win 49-9

Lowrie passes for 218 yards,
Nicholas receives 100 of them

Express sports

The Winters Warriors varsity football team continues their domination in the Sacramento Valley League despite an overwhelming amount of yellow flags being thrown last Friday, Oct. 17, against Durham High School. Once again, the Warriors started out with a quick scoring offensive attack putting 21 points on the board in the first quarter.
Things changed in the second quarter though and the Warriors went scoreless the rest of the half. Winters had 10 penalties thrown on them in the second quarter alone.
“It was ridiculous,” said coach Daniel Ward. “Not because they were thrown against us but the inconsistency of the calls. But once again, I was proud of the team for overcoming another obstacle and focusing on what we needed to do to regain control of the game.”
Durham launched a comeback in the second quarter posting nine points on the board but that would end up being all the points they would score. Winters scored 14 points in the third quarter and 14 more in the fourth for a 49-9 victory and improved their league record to 2-0.
Jacob Lowrie led the Warriors offensive attack in the air with 218 yards completing 12 of 16 passes and two touchdowns. Morgan Nicholas was Lowries favorite target as he caught five passes for 100 yards and a touchdown. Luke Vice caught four passes for 67 yards and a touchdown. Jamie Bermudez caught two passes for 43 yards and Chaz Mathews caught one for eight yards. . . .









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