Warriors prepare for winter sports

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The Winters High School girls soccer team is training for the upcoming season. Photo by Eric Lucero

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It’s already that time of year when the fall sports end and the winter sports begin. The winter season is the busiest sports season of the year for the Warrior athletic program. The Warriors will have a JV boys and varsity boys basketball team, a girls JV and varsity basketball team, a girls and boys soccer team and a wrestling team competing this winter.

The girls soccer team will have a new head coach at the helm with Kim Olivas running the team. Olivas was an assistant coach during the Warriors’ three straight section championships before taking last season off. Olivas will have a full roster plus some as she works to keep the team a favorite in the Sacramento Valley League.

“We have 22 players on the roster and a few red shirt freshmen,” Olivas said. “I am relying on our eight seniors to take on the leadership role and teach the younger players the ropes.”

Winters will be going after their fifth straight league championship this year and will start the season on Nov. 28, hosting Orland High School at Shirley Rominger School.

The varsity boys basketball team is still being run by long time coach Jason Davis. Davis has 14 players on the roster and will have a competitive team once they are all healthy.

“Football seems to take a toll on us at the beginning of each season,” Davis said. “We have a few players with injuries and need to get into better shape but I think we will be OK.”

The Warriors have nine seniors, four juniors and a sophomore with a lot of athletic ability. It will be a very exciting season for the Warriors, starting on Dec. 7 with the Woodland Tournament.

The JV boys team is still being coached by Jon Davis, who is also blessed with big numbers.

“We have 16 players,” Davis said. “Six sophomores and 10 freshman. Three of the freshman are red shirting this year. This is the most players we’ve ever had come out for basketball and its great. There is a lot of talent and potential in this group. I’m really looking forward to watching them get better everyday.

“All six sophomores are returning players. Their leadership and experience is already having huge positive impact on our season. Coach Chad Wigmore is our assistant coach. Chad has college basketball experience, which is so valuable. Having another coach of his caliber out there has been so great for the players and our program.”

The JV team will play their first game on Nov. 29 in the Pierce High School Tournament in Arbuckle.

Next week, the Express will cover the boys soccer team, the girls basketball teams and the wrestling team.

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