Warriors Sports Roundup: June 2, 2021

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Winters High School athletes were back at this last week. Both the men’s and women’s basketball team finished their season, while the track and field team finished out at their first league meet of the year. Men’s Basketball The Warriors finished up their season in three games, going 2-1. Monday was their last home game of the season, and it was senior night. In an intense game, they went back and forth against Buckingham Charter Magnet High School. Three Warriors scored in double digits, including freshman Colton Brown who showed tremendous energy off the bench. “When the game got close in the second half, I thought our defense really stepped up and held them to only five points in the fourth quarter,” said coach Brendan McShea. On Tuesday, the Warriors took it on the road to Vacaville to play the Buckingham Knights once more. Keeping the defensive mindset going from Monday night, they went into the break from the first half leading 20-9. Both Marcus Lopez and Carson Lowrie made steals that led to easy buckets through the transition. In the second, half both teams were able to find their hot spots sinking some tough shots. The Warriors stepped up their game to get the second win against the Knights. Thursday, the Warriors were back on the road to play Wheatland Union High School. The Pirates served as a tough matchup, playing as an aggressive team on the court. Although they were missing Lowrie’s energy and leadership that night, seniors Yahir Sanchez and Garrett Matheson stepped it up. The seven athletes played hard, but fell to Wheatland with the final score of 46-43. “When the entire team can be a threat to score, it makes us very hard to guard, and getting everyone involved is always my game plan. The guys executed that really well last night,” said McShea. Women’s Basketball In their last week of the season, the WHS women’s basketball team traveled to Wheatland. Playing in a very high-energy game, the Warriors managed to put up 92 shots in total, however, only 11 percent of them went in. Danielle Johnson finished the game making three points, 14 rebounds, and five blocks. The final score against the Pirates was 60-17. “We had plenty of opportunities to score but the shots just wasn’t going in,” said coach Andrew Lincoln. Lincoln said they ended their season on a positive note for going into next season. “The team is only losing one senior and bringing back 10 players,” said Lincoln. “The Warriors played hard and didn’t back down from any challenge this season.” Track & Field The Warriors traveled to Paradise High School for the Sacramento Valley League Championship, their first meet against the whole league, on Wednesday, May 26. In a strong showing, 27 of the 35 Winters athletes set seasonal or personal bests. In the 400 meter, Christian Hernandez took second with a time of 54.23. In the 800 meter, he placed first finishing in 2:14.24. Liliana Rodrigeuz competed in three events placing in the top five. In the 100 meter, Rodriguez placed third running it in 13.71. She placed second in the 200 meter event finishing 28.21 seconds, and took first again in the 400 meter in a full out sprint finishing in 1:04.81. Yarethzy Sanchez placed fifth in two events. Sanchez ran the 800 meter in 3:06.95 minutes — she also competed in the triple jump event clearing a distance of 23 feet, 9 inches. Brandon Colter took first in the 1600 meter run completing it in 5:07.24. Just behind Colter, by a little more than 25 seconds, Wesley Coker placed fourth with a time of 5:32.87. Diego Rodriguez took second in the 3200 meter event with a time of 13:00.35. Endurance runner Ava Skinner ran both the 1600 meter and the 3200 meter races. She finished the 1600 meter event in 7:07.38 minutes and the 3200 meter in 16:12.90 minutes, placing fourth in both events. In the 110 meter hurdles for the Warriors, Jesus Cruz took third with a time of 21:51. Joanna Cuevas took fifth with a time of 21.39 seconds. Competing in the 300m hurdles for her first time, Madeline MacMahon finished third in 58.75 seconds. The Warriors had two teams competing in the 4×100 meter relay. The men’s team took third, running it in 50.66 seconds. The women’s team took fourth and ran it in 58.36. The throwing events, Ethan Demment took seventh place after throwing the shot put 33.5 feet. Fatima Guzman took sixth in the shot put after throwing 24 feet 9.5. She also took second in the discus event, throwing 81 feet, 4 inches.

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