Rough sports week offers learning opportunities for team development

Ian Trojanowski #20 tries to break the sack, while Dillan Adams #56 continues to block the oncoming Defensie line of the Dixon Rams in friday nights football game.

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In the last week the Winters High School sports teams played in six games, for two different sports. In the games played the coaches were able to assess the skills and strengths of each player, as well as identify the areas and skills that need to be worked on and strengthened during practices.   Varsity Football The varsity football team hosted the Dixon Rams in their season opener. The stands were filled on both sides of the field, for both junior varsity and varsity games. The Warriors battled their rivals through the whole game, fighting for many of the yards earned. A good number of yards were given up by the Rams due to penalties. In the end the yards the Warriors gained were not enough against the strong defensive line of the Rams. The final score was 28-14, which resulted in a loss for the Warriors. “Carson Lowrie gave a very gritty performance. He was far from perfect, but his effort, toughness and heart was amazing,” said coach Daniel Ward. “Cooper Andres had a great game on the line on both sides of the ball.” Lowrie drove the offensive side of the ball for the Warriors. Lowrie was responsible for the two touchdowns of the game. He moved the ball down the field a total of 238 yards, completing seven passes for 70 yards and had 22 carries for 168 yards.  David Reyes had a great game for his first time on the varsity team; he never left the field. Reyes caught three passes for a gain of 31 yards. Aiden Cruz caught one pass for two yards, and carried the ball for another eight yards. Tony Garcia ran the ball seven times for a total of 50 yards. Andrew Del Rio also caught a pass, which gained 36 yards for the Warriors. Julian Solorio went two for two on PATs.   Defensively the Warriors made a good show of the power. Reyes had four tackles, two of which were solo. He also had an interception with a 10 yard return. Lowrie was another player who had a great game on both sides of the ball. As a linebacker, Lowrie had six tackles, four of which were solo. Cruz had the most tackles in the game with nine tackles, five solo. Dillon Adams hit back with four solo tackles, while Ian Trojanowski and Jason Drummond had three tackles each.  “I thought Jose Escobedo and Ian Trojanowski did a great job coming off the bench filling in for injured players,” said Ward. “I feel like you learn more from mistakes than you do successes, and we made a lot of mistakes so I am hoping that we use those as learning opportunities and continue to get better,” Ward said. “We are a very young team and I think it showed on Friday. I think we have a lot of talent and the potential to be very good, but we just don’t have a lot of varsity playing experience and we are still trying to develop some leaders.” Junior Varsity Football The junior varsity team played a game much like varsity’s against Dixon High School. The Warriors opponent was strong on both offense and defense. With the varsity team being so young, the junior varsity team is that much younger. The final score was 49-14 in Dixon’s favor. Quarterback Matt Moore had a great game. Moore drove the offensive line and kept his team’s spirits high when things got rough. Memo Valadez played the game with all the heart he had. He made the majority of tackles in the game on the defensive end of the ball. On Friday the Warriors will host St. Helena High School in a non-conference football game. The junior varsity game will start at 5:30 p.m. and the varsity game will start at 7:30 p.m. at Dr. Sellars Field. Varsity Volleyball The varsity volleyball team played in two games, a non-conference game this week against St. Helena High School and a California Interscholastic Federation, Northern Section game against East Nicolaus High School. The two games ended in a loss for the Warriors. The Warriors played three sets against St. Helena who won the match with 3-0 in sets. The individual scores for each set were 25-8, 25-19 and 25-7.  The match against East Nicolaus also ended with three sets played and East Nicolaus winning 3-0 in sets. The Warriors competed against the resolve of East Nicolaus, who were able to put out 20 successful kills and 10 aces. The Warriors had a difficult time gaining control of the court, but will continue to work on game dominance and fundamentals in practice. Junior Varsity Volleyball On Tuesday, Aug. 27 the junior varsity team hosted St. Helena in a match that was lost in two sets with scores of 25-6 and 25-12. The Warriors had missed serves, miscommunication and passing errors, which led to points being given to St. Helena.  “At least we doubled our score from Set 1 to Set 2,” said coach Angela Stone. On Thursday, Aug. 29 the Warriors traveled to East Nicolaus and lost the match, also in two sets. The score of the sets were; 25-18 and 25-12. The Warriors were behind by five points when Dani Johnson had five straight serves, starting a rally to tie the first set at 17 points.  “I am trying different rotation configurations to see who gels best together and we are still working on improving fundamentals and court coverage,” said Stone. On Tuesday, Sept. 3, the Warriors played at the Yolo County Fairgrounds and took on Woodland Christian. Their next game will be against Dixon High School on Wednesday, Sept. 4. The games will start with junior varsity at 4:30 p.m. and varsity at 5:30 p.m. On Saturday the varsity team will return to Dixon for a tournament.]]>

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