Carrion recognized for record setting achievements

Daniel Carrion set new records and was recognized for his skills and achievements as a WHS student athlete.
Daniel Carrion pitches in Tuesdays NSCIF Championship game.

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Daniel Carrion is a recent graduate of Winters High School, where he averaged a 3.92 GPA and was a [caption id="attachment_773375" align="alignright" width="300"] Photo by Crystal Apilado/Winters Express
Daniel Carrion says his orchard management project helped him choose a career focus in agriculture.[/caption] four-year, three-sport athlete. Carrion played baseball, football and basketball. Out of the three, baseball was his top sport and favorite. Still, he excelled and set school records in football.  At the end of December 2017 the Express named Carrion Athlete of the Year. This year at the Senior Awards Banquet Carrion was named the Male Senior Athlete of the Year. In July 2019 Carrion was named to the Maxpreps.com California Small Schools All-State baseball team. In the last fall season Carrion took the field with the football team. In Carrion’s freshman year he played on the junior varsity team for Coach Mark Layne. The life lesson that Carrion took away from his time with Layne was to, “Fight for your brothers, on and off the field.” In his next three years in high school, Carrion played on the varsity team for Coach Daniel Ward as quarterback, taking over for his brother after Anthony had an injury. When Anthony was able to come back to the team, he played the position of wide receiver.  Carrion recalls that Ward would say that being a football player is similar to how you present yourself in life as a husband, father and community member. Carrion played in 30 games over his three years on the varsity football team. Carrion accumulated a [caption id="attachment_748122" align="alignleft" width="240"] Photo by Ken Stewart
Daniel Carrion throws a pass during the Winters High School varsity football teams road win over St Helena on Friday, Aug. 31.[/caption] total of 407 attempted passes, threw for 3,587 passing yards (and set a school record for both) and 2,865 rushing yards, where his name will show third in the school records. Carrion had 41 touchdowns for a total 246 points, along with six PATs and three conversions, one each year. Carrion, as if he had hands of glue, had only five fumbles with only one being lost during his time on the varsity team. Carrion lettered in football all four years. At the end of the season in Carrion’s sophomore year on the football team he was named All-League. At the end of the season in his junior year, Carrion was named WHS Team Offensive MVP, All-League, All-Section and was an All-State nominee.  Carrion’s senior year was the capstone of his high school football career. Carrion was named WHS Team Offensive MVP, Sacramento Valley League MVP, named All-League, All-Section, Sacramento Bee All-Metro, All-State. In addition to the prestigious awards and titles, Carrion also received the National Football Hall of Fame Scholar Athlete Award. Carrion’s favorite memories from playing on the football team was beating the school rival Dixon High School the past two years, with TV crews present. “Play the game against the game, not against the opponent,” was a saying of Coach Jeff Ingles that Carrion says he will always keep with him as he goes through life.  For Carrion, baseball is the sport that is his main sport and his favorite. Carrion played on the varsity baseball team all four years of high school for Ingles as a pitcher and shortstop. Carrion lettered in baseball all four years, as well as being named All-League twice, All-Section and All-State in his junior year. Also, in his junior year Carrion made the Sacramento Bee All-Metro team. In his senior year Carrion has been named All-League and Sacramento Valley League MVP.  As the baseball season ended for WHS, Carrion made the All-Section team and the Sacramento All- [caption id="attachment_772400" align="alignright" width="300"] Daniel Carrion slides into home plate while stealing home, in Wednesdays game against Pioneer High School.[/caption] Metro team as a utility player. CalHiSports.com named Carrion as the Small School Baseball Player of the Year and made the Small School All-State team. The player of the year was a first for a player from CIF Northern Section since 1996. CIFNS has not yet decided the All-State team yet but Carrion is a nominee. Carrion also was named to the Maxpreps.com 2019 MaxPreps California Small Schools All-State baseball team, as well as the 2019 Small Schools All-American Team. Carrion was also named to the 2019 All-NorCal Baseball team from Sortstarsmag.com. At the end of his senior year Carrion also received the Senior Scholar Athlete Award.  During his time on the varsity baseball team Carrion played in 113 games with 123 hits and 123 runs. Not all of his hits resulted in a run. Carrion’s batting average over the four years is .395. For his senior year his batting average was .524. Carrion was walked 57 times and struck out 51 times. Along with those 123 hits Carrion had 95 RBIs. Carrion’s slugging was strong enough to get him 25 doubles, five triples, nine home runs and one grand slam. He also stole 48 bases. Carrion set a school record for doubles and triples. As a pitcher Carrion has pitched 81.2 innings with 104 strikeouts, four shutouts and two no hitters earning him 16 wins with only giving up 50 hits, 29 runs and 21 walks. Carrion’s favorite memory from the baseball team was jumping into a dog pile at the end of every game, after taking sections every year. The Warriors won the section title the last five years, which Carrion played in four of.  In the winter season, Carrion took to an indoor sport and played on the basketball team for all four years on the varsity team for Coach Jason Davis. Carrion was on familiar ground playing basketball in high school with Davis, as Davis had coached Carrion for a year of travel basketball and several years in little league. Davis has been an inspirational influence throughout Carrion’s life. Carrion has played as a forward standing at a height of 6 feet 3 inches. Carrion played in 74 games scoring a total of 627 points, 23 of which were three point field goals. Carrion has recovered 76 offensive rebounds 149 defensive for a total of 225 rebounds.  Carrion lettered in basketball all four years, earning the Player’s Choice Award and was named All-League three times. Carrion remembered that Davis had a lot of quotes through the years, but the quote Davis used the most was, “Do the very best to be the very best, that you are capable of being.”   At the WHS Senior Awards Night Carrion was awarded three scholarships along with the Male Athlete Award, the California Federation Scholarship Association Lifetime Membership Award and lettered in Academics with the Scholar Award for the Fall of 2018. Carrion also earned a Career Ready Certificate.  Carrion plans to go to college next year but has not decided which one. There is no word if he plans to play baseball with the team of his new school. ]]>

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