Alexis Duran, a Winters AYSO 16u/19u coed soccer player, is Pisani’s Athlete of the Week. Duran played a key role in the team’s championship victory. “He completely neutralized their best player in terms of taking shots and did everything he needed to do. Whether it was shadowing a player or communicating with the other defenders, he definitely frustrated their team keeping them from scoring,” said head coach Stephen Montagna. “For me, defense wins championships and Alexis was an integral part of that.”
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.