Last week's Warriors sports roundup: Oct. 9 edition

WHS varsity volleyball players go up for the block during a home game against Pierce High School on Thursday, Oct. 3. Photo by Jeffrey Rawlinson/Winters Express

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The Winters High School sports teams had a busy week competing in league events. The only sport that did not compete in a league game was swim team. Instead the swim team went to Anderson for the Norcal Invitational. Meanwhile the cross country team went to a Mid-Valley League meet at the Arbuckle Golf Course, the football team traveled to Live Oak and volleyball played in two games.

Cross Country

The cross country team traveled to an Arbuckle Golf Course for a Mid-Valley League meet hosted by Esparto High School. All the athletes on the cross country team showed improvements in times as well as endurance during this last meet.

The junior varsity girls team did very well. The five runners to finish with the best time and place were Lilianna Rodriguez, Ava Skinner, Yarethzy Sanchez, Adrianna Arias and Natasha Diaz. The five competitors finished well enough to place first for the meet with a combined 27 points. Colusa finished second with 44 points.

Vicky Banuelos is the only female varsity runner for the WHS cross country team. Banuelos started the season finishing her races in seventh place and has since improved her time shaving off three minutes from the beginning of the season.

The varsity and junior varsity boys teams both took second place in their races. The varsity team finished second with 33 points to Colusa’s 31 points. The first five varsity boys to finish the race were Brandon Colter, Jaxson Davis, Jeremy Alberg, Marcus Lopez and Christian Hernandez. The runners on the boys junior varsity team were Alberto Duran, Grayson Roberts, Easton Rivera, Diego Rodriguez and Spencer Stewart who finished second with 45 points.

Varsity Football

The varsity football team traveled to Live Oak for their second league game. It was a “dog fight,” said Coach Daniel Ward. Live Oak controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, and the Warriors were eventually worn down. The final score of the game was 35-10, a loss for the Warriors.

Offensively the Warriors pulled together whatever they could to gain any kind of yardage. Carson Lowrie threw 11 passes for 144 yards and rushed for 25 yards. This is an uncommon set of numbers of yardage for Lowrie. He was forced to play out of his comfort zone and did very well considering the Warriors were facing such a strong team. Live Oak stopped Lowrie from gaining many rushing yards.

David Reyes caught four passes with a gain of 110 yards and had 11 yards rushing. Reyes scored the only touchdown for the Warriors. Julian Solorio had the one PAT and a field goal. Tony Garcia caught two passes for a gain of nine yards and had 23 yards rushing. Aiden Cruz caught three passes for 21 yards and made an additional 14 yards rushing. Yahir Sanchez and Finn Roeger both caught one pass each and gained two yards. Augustin Jimenez ran the ball for 17 yards.

The defensive stats for this game have not been posted, but are expected to be on Maxpreps.com at a later date.

Junior Varsity Football

The junior varsity football team had a better time at the Live Oak game. The Warrior defense, still charged after the win of the homecoming game, went to Live Oak with one thing on their minds: A second win.

They did just that, holding Live Oak to 15 points. Many of the defensive plays were made by Conner Ray, Ethan Demment and Zeus Charles. The final score of the game was 28-15, Warriors.

On the offensive side, Matt Moore threw the ball with very little completions, said Coach Nathan Plitt. Without a passing game available, Moore went to a running game to move the ball down the field and led the Warriors to their second victory of the season. Ethan Judd, Memo Valadez and Evan Davis were able to run the ball in for a touchdown.

In the coming the week the Warriors will have a bye week, and play their next game on Friday, Oct. 18 in Colusa.

Varsity Volleyball

The varsity volleyball team played a game at Live Oak High School was a much easier game for the Warriors. They played their game in three sets, with an overall score of 3-0. The scores of each set were 25-17, 25-18 and 25-15.

On Thursday, Oct. 3 the Warriors hosted Pierce in a game that was played at a quick pace and had a score that was very one-sided. In three sets the overall score was 3-0, and the scores of the sets were 25-9, 25-4, 25-8. This game was the most difficult for the Warriors to date.

Junior Varsity Volleyball 

The junior varsity volleyball team also played two games against the same opponents. They played in three sets with an overall score of 2-1 for the Warriors. The scores at Live Oak were 25-20, 25-23 and 15-12. The Warriors won the first set.

“Dennise Valdez had a great game with some strong serves which led the Warriors to winning the first set,” said Coach Angela Stone.

The game against Pierce was expected to be tough. The Warriors went into the game knowing this and played some of the best volleyball played at Winters High School in the last three years. The scores for that game were 25-15, 25-23 and 15-4. The Warriors won the second set.

“As a team our skills are improving and we’re becoming more competitive,” said Stone.

Next week the Warriors have two Sacramento Valley League games scheduled. Both are away games, one at Colusa and the other at Willows. The Colusa game was played on Tuesday, Oct. 8 and the game in Willows will be played on Thursday, Oct. 10.

Swim Team

The Warriors sent three athletes to the Norcal Varsity Invitational in Anderson on Friday, Oct. 4. At the Invitational the Warriors went up against some schools that were much bigger than Winters. Battling through the aquatic events the Warriors that chose to compete did their best against the bigger schools with a lot more talent participating at the meet.

There were only three Warriors at the invitational meet: Kalyssa Grinbergs, Garrett Matheson and Eithyn Mello.

Grinbergs swam in the 500 yard freestyle, finishing with a time of 7:04.62. Matheson competed in the 50 yard freestyle and had a time of 25.47. Mello swam in the 100 breaststroke and his time was 1:18.84.

Next week the Warriors will travel to Durham High School on Wednesday, Oct. 9, for the last Butte View League meet before the BVL Sectional swim meet.

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