Warriors compete in Tahoe football camp

The Winters football teams sent 48 athletes to this year’s football camp.

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The Winters High School football teams went to Lake Tahoe for their football camp in the mountain air. This was the fifth consecutive year the Warriors had gone to the Tahoe region for their camp. Between the Junior Varsity and Varsity teams, 48 athletes in all  attended this summer.

They worked hard and definitely represented Winters very well. There were 12 schools in attendance from all over California and parts of Nevada. The majority of the schools were much larger than WHS, but despite their size the Warriors competed very well.

One would think the main reason for the Warriors to attend a camp is to work on skills and plays used in the game, but the camp is so much more than playing on game day. It is about learning to practice the right way and to compete at the highest level. At camp the players become closer, forming a kind of family and learning to trust each other.

They camped in tents at Camp Richardson Historic Resort and Marina. Any down time they had was spent at Lake Tahoe.

The JV athletes were lead by Matt Moore, Memo Valadez and Ethan Judd. who all showed great skill. This year, unlike many in the past, there were a good number of incoming freshman attending the camp.

“They have the potential to be one of the better JV teams that we have had in a long time,” said Coach Daniel Ward.

Last year at the varsity level the Warriors had one of the fastest teams ever. This year the strength of the Warriors will be found in the line on both sides of the ball, which is a good position to be in. Joe Southwood, Cooper Andres And Alberto Lopez all did especially in the one-on-one portion of the camp.

“We have big shoes to fill at the skill positions, but Carson Lowrie and Tony Garcia took some huge strides at camp but we still have a ton of work to do,” said Ward.

There were four Warriors who made it to the All-Camp Team: Matt Moore, Tony Garcia, Cooper Andres and Carson Lowrie. As they return home to Winters with this honor they know they need to continue to attend practice and listen to their coaches.

Coach Ward would like to personally thank the family members and friends who made the trip up to Tahoe or donated to the experience.

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