Samantha Rameriz, a sophomore on the Winters High School varsity soccer team, is the Pisani’s Athlete of the Week. “Samantha started out the second half of the Pierce game on fire. She scored a hat trick in four minutes and 13 seconds. That’s the fastest I’ve ever seen three goals scored by one player,” said head coach Kim Olivas. Rameriz has a nose for the ball and can, seemingly, be in several places at once. “She is a fierce competitor who has no ‘off button.’ Sammy is a force on the field and very valuable to the team as she can and will play every position on the field with the exception of goalkeeper,” said Olivas.
Winters once boasted a prosperous Japanese community, which tragically burned on Aug. 1, 1942 when the United States was celebrating victory over Japan. While the cause of the fire has never been determined, Winters saw discrimination toward Japanese Americans following the war.