Sports swung back in full force at Winters High School as men’s basketball, swim and track and field teams all competed in their season-opening games. Track & field The Warriors hosted Pierce, Willows, East Nicolaus and Colusa in their season opener on Tuesday. Battling through the individual events, the Warriors showed up well in the running events, while one set a school record for throwing. Ethan Demment, a sophomore, set the school’s junior varsity throwing record, clearing 41 feet with a 10 pound shot put. Salvador Torres placed first overall in the men’s 100 meter dash, with a time of 11.97 seconds. Brandon Colter placed second in his two events — he completed the 800 meter run in 2:28, and the 1,600 meter in five minutes flat. Vicky Banuelos ran the 100 meter in 14 seconds and the 200 meter in 28.84 seconds. Swimming The Warriors traveled to Sutter for their first swim meet of the season. Athletes Madeline MacMahon, Kenneth Matheson, Amelia Doran and David Rivas collectively swam a co-ed 200 meter medley relay. Their time was 2:13.59, but as it was co-ed, their time is considered unofficial. Doran swam the 200 as an individual medley in 2:26.70. She also competed in the 500 meter freestyle with an average lap time per 100 meters of 1:08. MacMahon competed in the 50 meter freestyle, finishing in a time of 25.28. Matheson also had a respectable time in the 50 meter freestyle, finishing in 29.72. Additionally, he competed in the 100 meter breaststroke with a time of 1:32.43. Rivas competed in the 100 meter freestyle in 1:19.12. He also swam the 200 meter freestyle in 3:02.06. Women’s soccer On Tuesday, April 20 the women’s soccer team played their final game against Pierce with a home-field advantage, winning 14-0. For high school seniors Hannah Flores, Victoria Banuelos, Liliana Gonzalez, Liliana Balderas, Mallory Layne, Stephanie Angel, Fatima Guzman and Itzel Rodriguez, it was their last soccer game they would play as a Warrior. “The game was pretty much a free-for-all. I’m a little embarrassed by the score and we were trying everything we could to make it more challenging for our team,” said coach Kim Olivas. Layne and Yarethzy Sanchez led the Warriors, both scoring three goals each. Banuelos and Flores followed closely, scoring two goals each. Sanchez and Banuelos also each made one assist. Angel, Rodriguez, Samantha Ramirez and Guzman all scored one goal each and were assisted by Karina Echeverria, Jewelee’ah Garcia, Pricilia Gonzalez, Alondra Molina, Rodriguez and Guzman. The Warriors switched up the field by playing defenders up top and attackers back at defense. Olivas also challenged her players by telling them they could only take one touch shots and also required them to recycle the ball back through the defense before attempting to score again. While the Warriors dominated the game, Pierce never quit and were really good sports the entire game. “Being Senior Night I really wanted them all on the field as it has not been the season we were expecting,” said Olivas. The women’s soccer team ended up placing second in league with a record of 6-2-2. Unfortunately, there will not be a section championship this year. Softball On Wednesday, May 5, the softball team lost during their non-conference home game against St. Helena by a score of 12-3. While this score isn’t what the team and coaches had hoped for, the Warriors had nine hits against St. Helena — a significant improvement from last week. “We really came alive with batting, but we still left 10 on base. So we will be working really hard on our base running in the weeks to come,” said assistant coach Barbara Carrion. Catcher Shelby Boykin had a great day batting three-for-four, with two singles and one double. While she never crossed home plate herself, she played an instrumental part in the score with two RBIs. Boykin also had a great game behind the plate. She had an impressive throw down at third base as St. Helena was trying to advance on a hit. “She is really solid behind the plate and keeps the ball in front of her. She can also make effortless throw downs to second base on her knees. It really is very impressive,” said Carrion. Kalyssa Grinbergs also had a really good day, batting two-for-three. Aislynn Trojanowski went one-for-four with one RBI while Emily Aguiar, Jasmine Jimenez and Alexis Hellinger all hit singles. While these six players all made great contact, ironically, it was Emily Aguiar, Gianna Carrion and Jozlyn Rooney who scored from the RBIs that were hit by Boykin and Trojanowski after being walked by St. Helena’s pitcher. Gianna had another great game on the mound with seven strikeouts and zero walks. Carrion said that while she was happy with the batting this game, the focus will now need to be on base running and fielding before they can really be competitive. Softball games have been cancelled for this week. The team is expected to return to the field next week. Baseball The varsity baseball team had another challenging week. While the Warriors stepped up their defense and improved with their base running, they were still unable to pull off a win. On Wednesday, May 5, the team lost their away game against Inderkum by a score of 2-4. Ashton Baylor and Anthony Duran both scored the first and second runs of the year for the Warriors. Tommy Guidici started off pitching for the Warriors and Justice Madsen closed the game, both working very hard on the mound. Coach Jeff Ingles pointed out that the game was very up and down when it came to the quality of play. In the seventh inning, the Warriors were down by two with the bases loaded. It looked like they might pull out a win, but unfortunately, the third and fourth batters struck out and the fifth grounded out to the pitcher, ending the game. The baseball team lost their second game of the week on Saturday, May 8, during their non-conference away game against Sutter, by a score of 14-4. The Warriors started off strong after both Baylor and Conner Ray scored runs in the first inning, but the lead was quickly lost as the Warrior pitchers struggled to throw strikes. Hungry for a win, the Warriors continued to battle, regaining the game again going into the fourth inning with both Grayson Roberts and Madsen crossing over home plate. Ingles attempted to maintain the lead by changing up his pitchers, but Sutter still put up some crooked numbers to reach the 10 run mercy rule, ending the game in the fifth inning. While it was another rough week for the baseball team, Ingles wanted to commend both Baylor and Isaiah Pazano for leaving everything they have out on the field. Ingles also wanted to give special recognition to Roberts and Ray for stepping up, with Guidici by taking on leadership roles. Men’s basketball The WHS basketball team competed in two games this week — the first on Tuesday against Berean Christian High School of Walnut Creek, and the other on Wednesday against Pierce High School. The Warriors went up against Berean Christian for their first game of the season. Marcuz Lopez hit a three pointer at the end of the first quarter to give the Warriors a narrow lead. After a tough second quarter, the Warriors battled through the game trying to take back the lead. In the fourth quarter they were able to sink more baskets than Berean, but it was not enough. The Warriors fell with a final score of 59-35. “Every practice and game, we continue to knock the rust off from the long break between seasons,” said coach Brendon McShane. Defensively Tony Garcia and Yahir Sanchez had an excellent game, as did David Reyes, who seemed to be everywhere on the court chasing Berean shooters all night. In the game against Pierce, the Warriors were up against a stronger opponent in both offensive and defense. Matt Moore and Marcus Lopez both scored nine points, leading the Warriors in scoring. In addition, eight other players put points on the board making up the final score of 61-39. “We continue to improve, with plenty of open looks even against a very solid defensive team,” said McShane. On the defensive side of the game, Carson Lowrie took five rebounds. Women’s basketball The women’s basketball team also played Berean Christian on Tuesday and Pierce on Wednesday. In a tough week for the girls, they fell in their second game of the season with a final score against Berean Christian of 71-19. The Warriors started strong, keeping the game competitive at the end of the first quarter and were tied at 10. The game got away in the second quarter when Berean put up 24 points to Winters’ four and creating a deficit the Warriors could not recover from. “Their height began to take over the game with 6’4″ freshmen Gabrielle Abigor, finishing with 34 points, 23 rebounds,” said coach Andrew Lincoln. Alondra Molina led the Warriors with nine points, scoring two field goals and five free throws. Xiomara Guzman put up five points and led the Warriors in rebounds with 13. Guzman was the point leader against Pierce making seven shots out of the 12 she put up, earning 17 points. Danielle Johnson and Molina added four points apiece to the Warriors’ score. Guzman led the team on the defensive side of the ball with 14 rebounds and three steals. She was followed by Johnson with five rebounds and three blocks. The score at the end of the first quarter was 12-9. In the second quarter the Warriors lost their edge and went cold in their shooting. “We committed way too many turnovers to go with our low shooting percentage. We need to do better,” said Lincoln.