Warriors Sport Roundup: May 19, 2021

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By Sydney Andrade and Jeffrey Rawlinson Express staff writers

Winters High School athletes powered through a week full of competition.

Men’s Basketball The WHS men’s basketball team had a busy week with three games, two at home and one on the road. At the completion of the third game the Warriors weekly record was 1-2, giving them their first win of the season.

“I thought we made some great adjustments from Monday to Tuesday against Colusa and figured out how to handle their pressure and trapping,” said coach Brendan McShae.

On Monday, May 10 the Warriors traveled to Colusa, for a match against the RedHawks. In the end, the Winters fell to Colusa’s high pressure game with a score of 63-56.

Garrett Matheson had a strong performance on the court putting up 12 points. Matheson also took six rebounds and made two blocks.

“On Tuesday we shot the ball inside and out much more efficiently,” said McShae. “Two-thirds of our baskets were made off an assist, which is a trademark of the unselfish way our guys play together,” he added.

On Tuesday, May 11, the Warriors took on the RedHawks again in a home match.

Matt Moore and David Reyes each played a solid game. Moore made 16 points and five assists. Reyes put up 13 points and made four assists and three steals. They led the Warriors in a well-played game, but lost for a second time with a score of 68-58.

On Thursday, the Warriors hosted Sacramento Country Day High School. The Warriors competed with a high energy level, set by the starters, and continued throughout the team. With a full team effort, nine of the Warriors put points on the board winning the match 54-25.

“In a season that is so hard to predict, we are focusing on the things we can control,” McShae said. “Our effort and our energy as a team are two things that we want to keep at a high level the whole game.”

Women’s Basketball The women’s basketball team competed in two games last week, both against Colusa.

On Monday, May 10, the Warriors traveled to Colusa. Starting off strong, the Warriors had the lead at the end of the first quarter with a score of 8-6. However, with a low shooting percentage and 28 turnovers, the tide of the game shifted and they lost to the RedHawks 48-21.

Xiomara Guzman led the way putting up eight points, making 16 rebounds, two blocks and two steals. Alondra Molina chipped in with nine points, three rebounds and two assists.

On Tuesday, May 11, the Warriors hosted the RedHawks at home.

Colusa controlled the game, while Winters struggled to put points on the board. Mickayla Passantino put up nine points and made eight rebounds. Guzman also contributed, adding 5 points and 19 rebounds.

Baseball It was a better week for the varsity baseball team, playing two games with a home-field advantage.

On Tuesday, May 11, the Warriors took their first win of the season. The final score is still undetermined, but the Warriors scored more  50 runs by the top of the fourth inning, ending the game by reaching the mercy limit.

The Warriors played again on Wednesday, May 12, losing against Woodland Christian in a low-scoring pitchers duel, ending the game at  3-0.

“Pitching in both games was greatly improved, and taking advantage of what was given to us in the game against Live Oak earned us a win,” said coach Jeff Ingles.

Tommy Guidici pitched a great game against Live Oak. The Warriors won by an astronomical amount and took advantage of every opportunity, but Ingles said the score wasn’t something they could fully celebrate because of the lack of competition.

While the outcome of the game against Live Oak was not what anyone had anticipated, the Warriors played a great game against Woodland Christian.

“Not issuing any walks allowed us to compete against Woodland Christian,” said coach Ingles.

Justice Madsen and Anthony Duran both pitched very well against Woodland Christian. The score was tied 0-0 going into the sixth inning when a costly error ultimately led to the Warriors losing the game.

Swimming The Warriors traveled to Durham for their second swim meet of the season on Wednesday, May 12.

Amelia Doran competed in the 100 meter individual medley. She came in sixth, completing the swim in 1:04.10. Doran also swam in the 100 meter breaststroke in 1:13.11.

Eithyn Mello competed in the 50 meter freestyle, completing it in 25.99 seconds. Mello also swam the 100 meter breaststroke in 1:13.14.

David Rivas swam the 100 meter freestyle in 1:17.15.

Diego Valencia competed in the 50 meter butterfly, finishing it in 26.85 seconds. He also swam the 100 meter freestyle in 57.73 seconds.

Rivas, Mello, Matheson and Valencia completed the men’s 200 meter relay in 1:50.30.

Track & Field The WHS track and field team traveled to Durham on Wednesday, May 12, for their second Sacramento Valley League meet. The Warriors competed in the heat of the day — and near impossible to find shade — with a handful of them showed improvement in events.

Christian Hernandez placed fourth in the 100 meter with 12 seconds; Salvador Torres tied for seventh with an athlete from Colusa at 12.47 seconds. Vicky Banuelos placed first in the women’s run at 13.62 seconds.

The Winters relay teams also did well in the 4×100 relay. The men’s teams took second, third and fifth, with times of 49.00, 51.19 and 52.50 seconds respectively. The women’s relay teams took first and third with times of 57.56 and 58.37 seconds.

Emmett Edman competed in the varsity shot put event, placing eighth throwing the 12 pound iron ball 29’9”.

Fatima Guzman took fifth place for the women’s shot put competition, throwing to 22’10.”

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