Carrion is the 2017 Athlete of the Year

Daniel Carrion, who plays three sports at Winters High School, is the 2017 Athlete of the Year.
Daniel Carrion played baseball during his Winters High School sports career. (Photo by Eric Lucero)

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Daniel Carrion, now a junior at Winters High School is the 2017 Winters Express Athlete of the Year. The beginning of the 2017 year is actually the middle of the 2016-17 Winter sport season and at that time Carrion was in his sophomore season on the Warriors varsity basketball team.

Carrion already in his second season at the varsity level had no hesitation of taking control of the game and taking the ball to the basket. Carrion went on to lead the Warriors in scoring averaging 11 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game. With his success on the court Carrion made the Sacramento Valley All League First Team.

Daniel Carrion pulls up for a jump shot during a Winters High School varsity boys basketball game. (Photo by Eric Lucero)

When you are a three sport athlete there is no time to rest as Carrion stepped off the court and on to the baseball diamond. Again playing at the varsity level for his second straight baseball season Carrion was a key player for the Warriors helping them capture their third straight section championship. Carrion had a .243 average with 19 runs scored, 18 RBI, three doubles and two triples on the season.

After working out all summer getting ready for the upcoming football season Carrion turned a corner and that is where he separated himself from everybody else considered for the top athlete. Things may have been different if a few other athletes didn’t have to deal with serious injuries in one sport or another.

Daniel’s older brother, Anthony, the ace right-hander for the Warriors baseball team was one of them. Ashley Drummond missed almost all of her senior year due to an injury and Sammy Gonzales another three sport standout like the last two mentioned had to miss most of the football season because of an injury.

All three of those athletes and some others were considered but the most successful athletes are the ones who are fortunate enough to stay healthy and Daniel Carrion had one of the most successful seasons on a football field as anyone that has stepped onto Dr. Sellers Field.

Offensively, Carrion put up some insane numbers that will make their way to the record books whenever Winters High School historian Tom Crisp updates them. Carrion completed 79 of 145 passes for 1269 yards and 13 touchdowns. He carried the ball 123 times for another 1361 yards for an 11-yard average with 21 touchdowns bringing his total yards per-game average to 263 yards which according to max preps and the Winters High School Football Records Book is a school record. His total yards on the season of 2630 does not surpass the school record set by Jacob Lowrie in 2013 with 3307 but the Warriors only played 10 games last year as opposed to 13 played in 2013.

Daniel Carrion sets up to option the ball off during a Winters High School varsity football game. (Photo by Eric Lucero)

Carrion really padded his stats and set another school mark in the Warriors final game of the season in a losing effort to Pierce High School in the first round playoff game. Carrion completed 10 of 12 passes for 171 yards and two touchdowns and carried the ball 21 times for 251 yards and four touchdowns setting the mark at 422 total offensive yards in a single game.

Carrion was just as dangerous on the defensive side of the ball whenever the coaches would let him play. In limited playing time, Carrion had four interceptions for 109 return yards and ran back two of them for touchdowns. Carrion was named the Offensive MVP and was first team All Sacramento Valley League.

“What he did on the field was amazing,” said coach Daniel Ward. “Once he decided that he wanted to play quarterback and take on that leadership role he was fun to coach and watch.”

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