Lena Passantino, a Winters Middle School track athlete, is the Pisani’s Athelte of the Week. This past track season, Passantino competed on the WMS track team. Coach Mari Chavez said Passantino is a natural at distance running. “She would come out to practice and then go out for a run with the high school distance runners,” Chavez said. “Her 800 and mile times are near Varsity times. I can only imagine how amazing she will be when she gets to high school. Her determination will make her excelente.”
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.