Top Winters High School 2019 sports picks

WHS Athletic Director Daniel Ward shares his top WHS sports picks of 2019.

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1. The WHS varsity baseball team won their fifth straight NSCIF DIV Championship. Ward:They were ranked the No. 1 small school by MaxPreps for the third year in a row with a 24-4 record. Over that span they have compiled an amazing record of 78-9 (.90 percent) with wins over quality big programs like Christian Brothers, Laguna Creek, Pioneer and many more. They were led by Daniel Carrion who was the MVP of the Sacramento Valley League and was also named the State Player of the year for small schools. 2. The WHS boys soccer team won their first NSCIF Championship since 2001, and only their second championship win in school history. Ward: Their championship win versus Williams was one of the best and most exciting games ever played in Winters with the Warriors beating Williams on penalty kicks. MVP goalie Jose Escobedo received a Red card in extra time and backup goalie Tyler Hagy was amazing in penalty kicks with 2 saves and leading the Warriors to the win. 3. WHS girls soccer won their fourth NSCIF Championship in six years and established themselves as one of the best girls soccer programs in the North State. Ward: They were dominant all year going 17-2-4 overall and were an undefeated 13-0-2 in league and outscored their league opponents 76-1. They were led by MVPs Elina Perez who scored 29 goals and goalie Fatima Guzman who had 89 saves on the year. 4. The creation of the inaugural WHS Cross Country Team was the first new sport offered at WHS since wrestling became a high school sport in 2002. Ward: For a first year team they were nothing short of amazing. We had 19 runners come out and the girls team of Liliana Rodriguez, Adriana Arias, Victoria Banuelos, Natasha Diaz, Yarethzi Sanchez and Ava Skinner won the Sacramento Valley League Championship and the boys came in a close second to Colusa. They also had two runners, freshman sensation Liliana Rodriguez and junior Brandon Colter, qualify for the state championship meet in Fresno. 5. The boys track team won the SVL Championship for the first time since 2008. Ward: This was achieved by great individual performances by Albert Ramos who won the 400 and the triple jump and Avondre Coleman-Tucker who won both the shot put and the discus. They were also led by championship performances from Jaxson Davis in the 800 meter race.]]>

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