The Winters High School football teams have been in practice for three weeks. With a bit of experience under their belts they donned their pads and jerseys and laced up their cleats for a game in gold country. This week Warriors traveled through the rolling hills of the Sierra foothills to the town of Sutter Creek. There the Warriors battled against Amador High School in a non-conference scrimmage game on the morning of Saturday, Aug. 17. “Amador has one of the best teams they have ever had ,and that includes the 2017 team that won a Nor-Cal Regional game and played for a state champion title,” said Coach Daniel Ward. “They will be the best team we see all year and thought it was a great test for us. I thought we competed very well with them early on, but their depth eventually wore us down.” Through the battle against AHS, the Warriors worked had for every yard gained from every play. One of the hardest working players on our team was Carson Lowrie. Lowrie is the varsity quarterback and was moved up from junior varsity to varsity at the end of last year. With less than a year’s experience on a varsity field, Lowrie is working through passing and rushing drills. He ran and threw the ball well on offense, owning every play. During the scrimmage, Lowrie fought for every yard he earned for the Warriors. Cooper Andres led the players of the offensive line. Andres showed a resilience and dedication that makes him one of the best linemen for the Warriors this year. Andres had a strong performance offensively and made the same effort on the defensive line. Aiden Cruz, a natural team player who is not afraid of hard work, did a great job on the defensive side of the ball. Cruz took the initiative and was involved in almost every tackle. The junior varsity team also had their shining moments in Saturday’s scrimmage. Matt Moore was amazing as quarterback. Moore excels in the leadership position and the junior varsity team really looks up to him. Moore did a great job finding the open receivers and threw the ball with purpose. Memo Valadez was one of Moore’s favorite targets. Valdez was often found to be open for a pass and made several catches on the day. On the defensive side of the ball, Connor Ray did a phenomenal job as linebacker. Ray was able to cover the whole field, never taking his eyes off the runner of the ball. Ray stopped several plays making good solid tackles and had one interception. Ethan Judd a freshman new to the team played with confidence on the field as safety. Judd completed many tackles. The Warriors played a difficult team that is highly thought of in the state. With their actions on the field and accomplishments of the day the Warriors have plenty to work with. Now having a game under their belt and two weeks of practice to go, the Warriors will be ready to play against their rival Dixon. “As a coach I would much rather play up in a scrimmage than play an inferior opponent where you don’t learn from your mistakes,” said Ward. “All in all, I thought it was a great start to the season and the most important part was that we came home healthy. I can’t wait to watch film, get better and get ready for Dixon in a couple weeks.” The Warriors will host Dixon High School in a non-conference game. The Rams will be led by their new varsity quarterback Charley Bernhardt. Bernhardt looks forward to his last season as he carries on the family tradition as quarterback. His father and older brother played as quarterback as well, back in the day. Two teams with new quarterbacks each have more to play for than the win. The game will be at the WHS, Dr. Sellers Field on Friday, Aug. 30. The junior varsity team will play at 5:30 p.m. and the varsity team will play at 7:30 p.m.]]>
Winters once boasted a prosperous Japanese community, which tragically burned on Aug. 1, 1942 when the United States was celebrating victory over Japan. While the cause of the fire has never been determined, Winters saw discrimination toward Japanese Americans following the war.