Warriors roundup: Oct. 23

Kennedy Rivera Elina Perez (front row) Molly Moore, Aide Aguilera (middle row) Maggie McCrary, Jocelyn McMillan, Emilia Orosco ( back row); Sseniors on the Varsity Volleyball team.

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Warriors roundup: Varsity volleyball comes out on top The Volleyball team this week hosted Live Oak High School in a Sacramento Valley League game. Both the varsity and junior varsity teams won their games.  The Warriors went into this game hungry for a win, they came out of the matches a different team. The Warriors played both varsity and junior varsity games in a total of five sets. The varsity team game out and took control of the court early in the game. In the first set the Warriors won (25-15). In the second set the lead in the score went back and forth, ending at (25-21). In uncharted waters, the Warriors two sets up going into the third, They kept with what was working. Reading Live Oaks court position along with a strong defense and good offense, the Warriors third set was (26-24). The Warriors serving skills have improved from the beginning of the season, they had a total of 13 aces; Gianna Carrion (5) and Jocelyn McMillan (4), Elina Perez (2) and Kennedy Rivera (2),. Communication on the court is key for the team to be able to play together, the Warriors team play led to 11 kills; Aide Aguilera (4), McMillan (2), Molly Moore (2), Perez (1), Carrion (1) and Xiamara Guzman-Haro (1).  Coach Josh Benton said, “The foundation for success in that match was solid passing from Jocelyn with good passing support from Maggie, Emilia and Kennedy. The solid passing allowed for good setting by Elina and aggressive hitting by Gianna, Molly and Aide.” He went on to say, “Elina was able to hit several balls as second ball options which is a skill she has been working on developing for the past few weeks.” Junior Varsity Volleyball The junior varsity team did just as well as the varsity. Playing their match in two sets, the Warriors started out the match with a win in the first set (25-18). In a second set with a much closer score, the Warriors started out behind and remained four points behind for the majority of the game, with a rally starting at 24-20 the Warriors tied the score at (24-24). The Warriors finished the second set with a score of (26-24).  “I was pleased with the intensity with which the girls played and particularly happy with the way they didn’t give up and came back to win the second game despite being behind most of the game and down 24-20 at the end,” said Coach Angela Stone. Next week the Warriors will face off against the top two teams in the league for the second time, but this time they will be a team that Pierce and Colusa have never seen. The Warriors traveled to Pierce High School on Tuesday in a Sacramento Valley League game. Thursday they will host Colusa High School, for their last Sacramento Valley League game, ending the volleyball season.  Football Friday the Warriors traveled to Colusa High School for a Sacramento Valley League Game, where they went with a 1-1 record in league and came home with a win, Their new league record is 2-1. The Warriors took the lead in the game with seven points in the first quarter and held it until the third quarter, Colusa tied the score. After Colusa took the lead in the fourth quarter, the Warriors answered the two Colusa TDs in the last five minutes of the game.  “Carson Lowrie with a huge kick off return to start a drive that would tie the game, But a bad snap prevented the Warriors’ attempt to convert the extra point. (14-13) The Warriors defense forcing a 3 and out, Colusa had to punt. 30 seconds left, the Warriors at fourth and 19, Lowrie put up a 22 yard pass play to David Reyes to win the game,” said Coach Daniel Ward. Ward Continued to say, “The pass to Reyes to win the game, was the biggest play of the year.”  The Warriors to score in the game were; Lowrie had two TD’s, Reyes had one TD and Julian Solorio had one PAT. The Warriors with only five complete passes worked the ball down the field, with a majority of running plays. The rushing, receiving yards are as follows; Lowrie (121, 0) Reyes (11, 63) Adrian Cruz (78,14) and Tony Garcia who caught one pass with no yards gained (0,10). On the defensive side of the ball, the Warriors had a huge game stopping the Colusa Offense. Led by Cruz with 12 Tackles seven of which were solos, and Jose Escobedo had nine tackles six solo. Following the two leaders in tackles were Lowrie (6) Garcia (4), Reyes (4), Andrew Del Rio (4) and Jason Drummond (4).  “I was very proud of the resiliency that they kids showed. We have been close all year and this was the first time that we actually finished and won the 4th quarter. It was a huge win for us against a very good Colusa team who was ranked 3rd in our division and we improved to 2-1 in league. This week will be an even bigger test as first place Pierce comes to town,” said Ward.   In addition to the large number of tackles, the Warriors defense also had two sacks and an interception Escobedo had one sack, resulting in a loss of five yards, Fernando Gutierrez had a  sack for a loss of five yards and Garcia intercepted the ball to gained five yards.  Junior Varsity Football Overcome by a powerful opponent on both sides of the ball the Warriors lost to Colusa 28-7. The junior varsity team suffered an upset early in the game when Matt Moore suffered an injury on the field. Ethan Judd took over and was able to get the only TD for the Warriors.  Under Judd’s new leadership on the field, Judd was unable to get the offense moving, the offensive line had a sense of uncertainty.  Judd as quarterback had a few completions. Connor Ray with a handful of runs got the ball within scoring range, but the Warriors were unable to capitalize on the scoring opportunities presented. The defense had an equally difficult time as it was not firing on all cylinders during the game and we’re not able to stop the powerful Colusa offense,” said Coach Nate Plitt. The Warrior defense  was not to read the read Colusa’s plays correctly, they were unsure where to position themselves to stop the runs.  On Friday, the Warriors will play at home against Pierce High School in a Sacramento Valley League game.  Cross Country The cross country team traveled to the Colusa Sacramento River Recreation Area for a Mid Valley League meet and the Warriors improved on their run times since last week.  The first five finishers on the boys varsity team finished in the top ten. The Warriors’ individual placings gave them an overall first place for the team in a three-mile race. Brandon Colter (16:55) came in first, Marcus Lopez (18:11) was fourth and Jaxson Davis (18:13) was right behind in fifth, Christian Hernandez (18:42) came in eighth place and Jeremy Alberg (18:52) rounded out the top ten in tenth place.  The junior varsity boys team took an overall second place in their two-mile race. Alberto Duran (14:45) led the team,  finishing in fourth and Grayson Roberts (15:13) finished in fifth. Easton Rivera (15:35) came in eighth place, Diego Rodriguez (16:03) finished in eleventh place and Spencer Stewart (17:33) was fourteenth.  The three girls on the varsity team continued to improve on their times this week the three runners shaved off two minutes from there times in the previous week. Lilianna Rodriguez 21:45 who finished in second place. Following right behind was Vicky Banuelos(22:42 in third place, and in fourth place was Ava Skinner (22:47).  Competing for the junior varsity girls were Yarethzy Sanchez (17:17) in third,  Adrianna Arias (18:10) in fifth, Natasha Diaz (18:15) following directly behind in sixth place.  Next week the Warriors will return to the Colusa Sacramento River Recreation Area for another Mid Valley league meet. The next meet will also complete the regular season, then the Warriors will move on to the championship meets starting with league.]]>

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