It was another exciting year for sports during the 2017 season with plenty of highlights to look back on. The Winters High School athletic program has a lot to be proud of with team championships and individual accomplishments from current and past students.
After going through the last 12 months of coverage the top two stories stood above the rest but when it came down to choosing the number one story, the Winters High School varsity baseball team edged out the girls soccer team for the number one spot.
For just the second time in school history the Winters High School varsity baseball team held the number one ranking in the State Of California after winning their third straight league and section title. After blowing through their opponents in the playoffs, outscoring them 59-7, posting a 24-4-1 overall record with wins over teams like Fairfield, Cordova, Pioneer, Dixon and Sutter, CalHiPreps had to be watching the Warriors.
Winters posted eight shutouts in the 2017 season and out scored their opponents 268-47 allowing just 1.6 runs per game. Offensively, the Warriors had a team batting average of .326, totaled 254 hits, had 196 RBI, with 38 doubles, three tri-ples, 12 homeruns and a grand slam.
Defensively; well, its hard to beat a team when they only let up 1.6 runs per game. The Warriors pitching staff might be the best Ingles has ever had and two of the Warriors aces were freshman. Winters has been in the section championship game five straight seasons and won the last three giving them the honor of the top story of the season.
The Winters Warriors girls soccer team took the number two spot after winning their fourth straight league championship and was a game away from competing for their fourth straight section title. The Warriors posted a 12-7 overall record and were 7-1 in league.
With their successful season Carina Bosse was named the Leagues’ Most Valuable Offensive Player and Lizbeth Mendoza Leon was named the Leagues’ Most Valuable Defensive Player.
Number three goes to the Winters Water Warriors boys swim team. With a total of 135 points, the Warriors boys swim team won the Butte View League championship on Tuesday, Oct. 17, and then took runner up at the division champion-ships on Oct. 25. Some of the highlights for the boys team were Jacob Roberts winning a section title in the 100 free with a time of 50.50 and Ruben Valencia winning the section title in the 50 free in 23.25.
At number four it is the Winters High School JV baseball team. For the third consecutive season, the Warriors JV team won the Sacramento Valley League championship with a perfect 6-0 record. The Warriors ended the season with a 17-8-1 overall record after playing a very competitive schedule.
Manny Garcia took the helm, as the head coach for the Warriors and despite having four players up on the varsity was able to lead the team to another league title.
Number five goes to Savannah McMorrow. After missing half of the Winters High School varsity girls basketball teams games due to an injury, McMorrow still man-aged to average 11.6 points, 13.2 rebounds and 5.2 blocks per game which led to her signing a national letter of intent to play for Dominican University of California.
The number six spot belongs to TJ Andersen. The 2015 Winters Alum redshirted his freshman basketball season at Marywood University in Scranton Pennsylvania then had a successful sophomore campaign, which landed him a scholarship to play basketball for Notre Dame De Namur in Belmont California. NDNU is a Division 2 program that competes in the PAC West Conference.
For the third time this season Vanessa Ceja has won a wrestling tournament championship title, which places her at number seven. This time Ceja took on the best in the area competing in the West Coast Tournament of Champions in Rocklin with over 500 girls competing from around the state.
In a 16-person bracket Ceja won two matches on Friday, Dec. 15, and two more on Saturday, Dec. 16, to bring home the title. Ceja won the Folsom Girls Invitational Tournament on Nov. 25, and won the Roger Briones Tournament in San Leandro on December 9.
At number eight it was the Warriors quarterback Daniel Carrion. On Friday, Nov. 6, Carrion led the Warriors to a first round playoff victory totaling 422 of the Warriors 445 yards and scored six of the seven touchdowns. In the air, Carrion completed 10 of 12 passes for 171 yards with two touchdowns and carried the ball 21 times for 251 yards and four touchdowns.
“He had an incredible game,” said coach Daniel Ward. “I don’t remember anyone putting up numbers like that.”
At number nine it was Anthony Carrion. On March 23, facing Wheatland High School Carrion threw a no-hitter for the Winters Warriors varsity baseball team against the Pirates and allowed just three batters to get on base. Carrion also had eight strikeouts in the seven innings.
Rounding off the Top Ten stories were Jacob Roberts and Ruben Valencia at number 10. In a two-day event the Winters Water Warriors Swim Team hosted the league championship meet at Bobbie Greenwood Pool and watched two Winters swimmers break meet records.
Roberts won the boys 15-18 50 yard freestyle with a record time of 24.03 in the finals , while Valencia broke the boys 13-14 50 yard back stroke time of 28.87 in the preliminaries. The meet started on Saturday, July 22, and finished on Sunday, July 23.