Warriors Sports Roundup: Jan 15, 2020

Jan Carlo Torres keeper for the Warriors played in a socccer game against Williams High School on Tuesday, January 7. Photo by Jeff Rawlinson Winters Express

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Soccer The Winters High School soccer teams came back from winter break, ready to compete in a lineup of Sacramento Valley League games. Both teams came out the victors, against Williams and Pierce High Schools. They ended the week with a solid league standing tied for first with Live Oak High School. A contributing factor to the outcomes of the games this week was that the Winters and Williams were both missing players, as they were out of the country.  On Tuesday the girls soccer team took the field at home, overwhelming the Yellowjackets 17-0. Elina Perez and Mallory Layne both made hat tricks in the game.  Coach Kim Olivas said Vivian Del toro was a whirlwind on the field scoring a goal, had two assists and five steals.  The game against Pierce was similar and the Warriors dominated the field and claimed victory over the Bears (1-6-1) with a score of 10-0. Perez got her second hat trick of the week, and Molly Moore scored an unbelievable goal. Olivas said Moore kicked the ball from the corner with a slight curve and put the ball into the net at the far goal post.  The boys soccer team won both their games. They took the field against Yellowjackets (1-2-2) working with the assets they had on hand. Without their starting goalkeeper, Jan Carlo Torres played in both games as goalkeeper only letting three goals past. Against the Bears (4-3) the Warriors won with a score of 2-1 taking their record to 7-1. The boys team stands at second place in league just behind Colusa at 7-0-1.  “Now that we are starting the second half of the season, we know what to expect, more competitive games form Colusa, Williams and Esparto,” said Coach Fernando Cervantes.  Wrestling Valeria Ceja went to 22nd annual Napa Valley Girls Classic. Dropping a weight class Ceja competed in the 137 pound weight class and went 3-2 out of five matches. After being pinned in the second round of her first match, Ceja battled through the consolation bracket looking for her second chance to make it to the championship rounds. In her fifth match Ceja wrestled against Celina Cooke from Reed High School in Sparks, Nevada. Cooke’s record is 32-18 with 23 pins, and Ceja’s record is 16-12 with 15 pins. Pinned in the third round of the match Ceja received her second loss and was out of the tournament. “In the new weight class there was a lot to figure out. They are faster on their feet, scramble more,” Ceja said. “My opponents competed from a more defensive stance, which forced me to be more aggressive making the first move.” Ethan Demment went to Sutter competing in the 8th annual Sutter Lions Invitational. Demment went 1-2 in the 195 weight class. In his three matches, Demment won his first against a his opponent from Rio Linda. His second round was not so kind to him as Demment went against an athlete standing at 6 foot 3 inches, and the number one seed from Carson City. In his third he underestimated the strength of his opponent. Basketball The WHS basketball teams were all-hands-on-deck last week as they squared off against Sutter on Tuesday Jan. 7, and then played in the Love of the Game Tournament in East Nicolaus just two days later. Sierra Berry led the junior varsity girls’ offense with 17 points, but the Huskies freshman squad would sniff out a close 28-22 victory.  After a quick turnaround, the junior varsity girl squad bounced back with a 22-15 victory over Woodland Christian to kick off their tournament. The next day they engaged in another dogfight against Gridley, but the Bulldogs were able to tear away a hard-fought 25-24 victory over the Warriors. Although the Warriors would lose their final game against East Nicolaus 53-10, the junior varsity girls would take second place with Madeline MacMahon and Berry making the all-tournament team. “We struggled against East Nicolaus’ press and they shot the ball very well,” head coach Tom Crisp said recalling the last game of the tournament. “As usual the games gave us an opportunity to see where we can improve on offense and defense.” The varsity girls followed suit and took on Sutter’sjunior varsity squad. The game went down to the wire, but the Huskies went on to fetch a 39-35 victory over the Warriors. The following day varsity faced the CORE Butte Lynxes in their first tournament game and would lose 39-18. More feline-oriented foes were on the docket, however, as the Redding Christian Lions would beat the Warriors 46-20. The varsity girls would finish off their tournament against the hosting East Nicolaus Spartans and be sent home with a 61-44 loss. The junior varsity boys tipped off their week of basketball with a road trip to Sutter. Although a competitive game from start to finish, the Huskies would win the game 48-40. Two days later the junior varsity boys would kick off their tournament play by punching in a 46-21 victory against CORE Butte. After a solid victory, the junior varsity team took on Redding Christian and lost a close game to the Lions 47-43.  The Warriors would finish off their tournament with a tough 54-36 loss to East Nicolaus. The varsity boys would also begin their week with an away game against Sutter, where the Huskies would take a 44-27 victory over the Warriors. With a sour taste in their mouths, the Warriors would take out their frustration on the CORE Butte Lynxes in a dominant 74-22 victory. Following the win, the Redding Christain Lions would best the varsity squad 54-41.  In an unfortunate tournament trend for WHS basketball, the varsity boys would close out their week with a 61-44 loss to East Nicolaus. ]]>

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