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The Winters High School varsity volleyball team played in two games this week. On Tuesday, Sept. 10 the Warriors traveled to Williams to take on the Yellow Jackets in a Sacramento Valley League game. On Thursday, Sept. 12 the Warriors hosted Rio Vista in a non-conference game. Varsity Volleyball The varsity volleyball played their match against Williams in five sets, winning 3-2. In the second set Jocelyn McMillan was at the service line with the score of 17-9 and started a rally. The rally led to a Warriors victory in the second set. The final score of the set was 27-25. The scores for the five sets were 25-19, 27-25, 25-15, 25-23 and 15-5. The Warriors won the second, third and fifth sets. They played Rio Vista in a home match in four sets and went 1-3. The scores of the four sets were 26-24, 25-18, 25-17 and 25-13. The Warriors won the third set but lost the match.  Junior Varsity Volleyball On Tuesday in the game against Williams the Warriors played three sets and had a loss of 2-1. The score for each set was 25-11, 25-12 and 15-12. They won the second set. In the home game against Rio Vista the Warriors went 2-0 for a loss. The scores for the two sets played were 25-14 and 25-23 with a win for Williams.  The Warriors traveled to Hamilton City on Tuesday, Sept. 17. This will be one of their more difficult games of the season. On Thursday, Sept. 19 the Warriors will host the Wheatland Pirates. Both are non-conference games.  Varsity Football The varsity football team traveled to the Delta for a non-conference game against Rio Vista. They started the game behind when Rio Vista scored two touchdowns in the first quarter. Throughout the game the Warriors moved the ball 442 yards to help close the gap from the early lead, bringing it to a one point game in the fourth. The final score was 27-26, a loss for the Warriors.   Coach Daniel Ward said he is proud of his team’s toughness and resiliency. “This may have been the toughest loss we have had during my time tenure as head coach,” Ward said. “We had come back from 21-7 in the second half, taking the lead. With less than a minute to go in the game to end up losing on the last play of the game. It was our second week in a row, we have comeback against a good football team, now we just need to learn how to finish.” Carson Lowrie had a huge game on the offensive side of the ball. He threw 13 completed passes for 116 yards and had 202 rushing yards. Lowrie also had two touchdowns. Other Warriors with a great game on the defensive side of the ball were Tony Garcia, who caught seven passes for 49 yards and had another 36 yards rushing; Aidan Cruz, who had 88 rushing yards; Davis Reyes, who caught five passes for 66 yards and Julian Solorio, who had two PATs. The Warriors defense also had a great game. Cooper Andres had eight tackles and a sack that resulted in a loss of five yards for Rio Vista. Lowrie had eight tackles, Cruz had nine, Andrew Del Rio had seven and Jason Drummund had six. Junior Varsity Football The junior varsity football team also played in a non-conference game against Rio Vista. The final score in their game was 44-27, a loss for the Warriors.  Matt Moore had a great game, throwing the ball for five touchdowns. Memo Valedez was Moore’s go-to receiver and made three touchdowns. Ethan Judd and Evan Davis also each had a touchdown. The Warriors offense was strong and held their own with no sacks on the quarterback. Coach Nathan Plitt said the defense worked hard with many tackles in the backfield. Ethan Demment had multiple stops at the line of scrimmage. Connor Ray had a great game as he played hard at linebacker, covering the ground behind the line of scrimmage and on the run. Next week the Warriors travel to Wheatland for a non-conference game. The junior varsity and varsity teams for Wheatland both have a record of 2-1.   Swimming The WHS swim team traveled to Orland for the second Butte View league meet of the season. The entire team placed second, as well as many first and second place times for individual girls and boys teams.  Cara Baker, Kalyssa Grinsberg, Valeria Ceja and Karlee Molina each swam a leg of the 200 yard medley relay, coming in second with a time of 2:54.83. Molina came in first at 33.04, and Ceja second at 35.92 in the 50 yard freestyle. Ceja also competed in the 100 yard freestyle, completing it with a time of 1:24.12, placing third. In the 500 yard freestyle Grinbergs had a time of 7:08.60 and took second. Molina placed third with a time of 7:10.92. Grinbergs also swam in the 100 yard backstroke, taking second place with a time of 1:44.30. The boys took first place in the 200 yard medley relay. The team was made up of Rueben Valencia, Diego Valencia, Eithyn Mello and John Rominger. They finished with a time of 2:12.19. The same team also took first in the 200 yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:58.20. The Warriors did very well in the 50 yard freestyle with Diego coming first with a time of  23.82. Garrett Matheson was third, with a time of 25.54, Rueben was fifth with a time of 26.67 and Mello came in seventh with 28.09. The Valencia brothers also swam in the 100 yard freestyle, where Diego took first with 59.23 and Rueben was third with a time of 1:01.03. Mello competed in the 100 yard backstroke coming in second with a time of 1:18.82, John Rominger came in ninth with a time of 1:42.60. On Wednesday, Sept. 18 the Warriors will travel to Durham for a Butte View League swim meet.]]>

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