Warrior Sports Roundup: Dec 11, 2019 edition

Makayla Passantino played in a Basketball game against Estarto on Tuesday, December 3. Photo by Jeffrey Rawlinson/Winters Express.

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Girls JV basketball The Winters High School girls junior varsity basketball team tipped off a busy week of ball last Tuesday against Esparto. Although home crowd rallied behind their team, the Warriors came up short in a 30-28 loss. The junior varsity squad would have just enough time to catch their breath before they competed in the Colusa Tournament on Thursday, Dec. 5. The first opponent on the bracket was a tough Durham team that bested the Warriors 31-8. Undeterred by the loss, Sierra Berry responded the next day putting up 12 points against Woodland Christian. However, it wouldn’t be enough as Woodland Christian gutted out a 25-22 victory. “Teams pressed us full court in the tournament,” said head coach Tom Crisp. “Although we hadn’t had much time to practice our press offense, we did pretty well once we got set up.” The Warriors would go on to wrap up their tournament with a 44-20 loss to Sutter with Berry being selected for the junior varsity all-tournament team. Girls varsity basketball The WHS girls varsity team also went through their scheduled gauntlet of games last week, beginning with a home game against Esparto. Although the Spartans would dish out a 52-28 loss to the Warriors, the squad would have to rally and ready themselves for the Colusa Tournament two days later. Lacing up against the Warriors in the first game was a skilled Durham team that took a 52-11 victory. The next day, however, Mikayla Passantino and Gianna Carrion would mount a comeback against Woodland Christian, but would come up short in a 48-33 loss. Unfortunately for the Warriors, the loss would come with a litany of injuries. “Injuries are killing us,” said lead coach Matt Cooley. “Xiomara and Annie out with knees, Mikayla a bruised thigh, and Autumn a fractured foot.” The injuries would force the battered girls varsity team to forfeit their last game. Boys JV basketball The WHS junior varsity boys basketball team pushed through a long week of basketball starting last Tuesday with a 39-22 win over Esparto. Time to relish the victory was short as they travelled north to compete in the annual Pierce Tournament the next day. The Warriors took care of business 62-44 against Williams in a first round victory. The rest of the tournament would prove more challenging as the junior varsity boys team would lose to Colusa 59-32, and then to Pierce 68-32. “We had a hard time scoring against pressure defense,” said head coach Jon Davis. “We turned the ball over which led to easy layups for the other teams.” Boys varsity basketball Last week the WHS varsity boys basketball team hosted a generational rival, Esparto, in a pre-season exhibition. The Warriors would take command and not let go as senior Ethan Berg put up a shooting clinic with 27 points. Meanwhile on defense, Brandon Gomez and Jeremy Alberg hosted a block party with a combined 13 deflections. When the dust settled, the varsity boys team walked out of the gym with an 84-59 victory over the Spartans. Docketed for a back-to-back, the varsity boys would travel to Buckingham Charter High School the next day to take on the Knights. David Reyes turned on the grill and served up seven three-pointers in a 28 point performance, while Alberg took care of business on defensive end with nine deflections. “I’m pleased with the unselfish play we have exhibited so far,” praised head coach Jason Davis. “Hopefully we can build on that and continue to improve day by day.” Girls Wrestling The girls wrestling team traveled to Casa Robles High School for the Casa Robles Invite. Valeria Ceja was the only athlete the team sent this year. Ceja wrestled in the 150 weight class taking first, going 3-0. Ceja competed against three different schools, West Campus, Del Oro and Nevada Union. She won all threepinning her opponents. The third match was a pin in a reverse cradle. “The matches went really well, I felt more confident out on the mat,” Ceja said.  ]]>

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