Warriors Roundup: December 28, 2022

The Winters High School wrestling team brought home three gold and three bronze medals from the Bret Fafard Memorial Tournament. Their next competition is on Jan. 7 in Folsom. (Courtesy photo)

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The Winters High School wrestling squad took to the mat on Saturday, Dec. 17 — along with 30 other teams — at Will C Wood High School in Vacaville for the Bret Fafard Memorial Tournament.

Ricky Garcia went 4–0 and took gold while Gio Jimenez also went undefeated with four wins and no losses. John Boykin went 1–2 to win third in his weight division. Westley Cocker went 1–2 to get third in his as well, and Cameron Higgins went 0–2 to take third place as well in his weight division.

Overall, the wrestling Warriors came away with three gold and three bronze medals — with 12 wins overall between the six competitors.

“We have added a lot of technique to our arsenal, and it improved really quickly for a young and inexperienced team,” said head coach, Cody Linton. “Even though the team hasn’t wrestled much, they’re improving quickly and actively using what I’m teaching them on the mat.”

Although it was a quick week of competition, the Winters Warriors basketball teams had their work cut out for them before their Winter Break.

The women’s varsity squad played its one and only game last Wednesday, Dec 21 against Woodland Christian High School. Unfortunately, the visiting Cardinals were unstoppable offensively and played a complete game on both sides of the ball to beat the lady Warriors 60–29.

“The game was rough. Woodland Christian’s a good team and played hard. We’re still short-staffed and trying to figure out who we are as a team,” said head coach Jeff Christian. “Hopefully, over the break, we’ll have more kids at practice and we can take a step at forming our own identity. League is coming and it should be competitive and fun.”

With no more games to play in the week, the varsity squad hosted a free community basketball clinic the following day at the Young Gymnasium to inspire young girls and teach them the fundamentals of basketball. While there’s no score associated with the clinic, it was undoubtedly a win for the basketball program.

“The clinic was great and my team did a great job at bringing good energy to the campers, and the campers gave us great energy. It was four hours of intense work and fun. It was a great day for Winters girls basketball,” said Christian.

The men’s varsity team also squared off against a battle-hardened Woodland Christian team. A close game a majority of the way, the Cardinals ended up pulling away in the fourth quarter to win 61–46.

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