Sports Roundup: Soccer, basketball results
Willows 3, Williams 1
The Honkers used a second-half surge to earn their first victory of the season and handed Williams (0-1) its first loss of the year in Willows on Monday.
Yellowjackets junior Alex Gomes knotted the game at one early in the second half but Willows (1-0-1) scored twice down the stretch to pick up the win.
Miguel Hernandez, Fernando Cervantes and Giovanni Guttierez scored goals for Willows, and freshman goalkeeper Alexis Zepeda made six saves.
Williams (0-1) was playing without its starting goalkeeper but sophomore Sal Ramirez filled in admirably, according to first-year coach Ashley DeFillipo.
Freshman Anthony Mena showed he is a versatile player who can play many positions and senior Billy Ruiz came out aggressive and ready to play, DeFillipo said.
Gridley 6, Colusa 0
The Bulldogs secured their first victory of the season on Nov. 26 with a 6-0 thrashing of a Colusa team with just one day of practice under its belt.
Gridley went up 5-0 before halftime and added another goal in the second half to improve to 1-0-1 after playing to a 2-2 tie against Willows on Monday.
Fall sports' postseasons kept a significant portion of the Colusa (0-1) roster off the field until recently, coach Dan Kiely said. Members of the cross country team didn't arrive until midway through last week and five football players didn't practice until Monday.
Halfback Felipe Granados was one of the cross country runners who got a late start but Kiely credited him for his strong play, along with that of goalkeeper Fernando Amador, who was the kicker and a starting lineman on the football team, who made 15 saves.
Gridley 3, Colusa 1
Samantha Espindola notched Colusa's first goal of the season in the first half but the RedHawks (0-1) dropped their season-opener in Gridley.
Alejandra Caudillo scored two goals for the Bulldogs (2-0) and Bianca Guerero scored the other goal.
Senior leaders Becky Velasquez, Valeria Dominguez and Coral Imhoff help anchor a young team in front of senior goalkeeper Jen Pulido.
"It's a really good mixture to be honest, with some veteran leadership," coach Darren Brown said. "We have a nice influx of fresh and sophomores year."
Freshman midfielder Alissa Selover and left back Julianna Padilla lead a strong batch of young players filling in for the departed seniors who helped lead the RedHawks to the Division III title game last season when they lost to University Prep.
Boys Varsity Basketball
Williams 80, Princeton 37
Freshman point guard Alex Velazquez made an immediate impact in his first varsity basketball game, compiling 26 points, nine assists, six steals and five rebounds as the Yellowjackets routed Princeton in the season-opener for both teams on Monday in Williams.
Velazquez moved up to varsity after the team's returning senior point guard, Sal Ramirez, suffered a knee injury in football and is still recovering.
Senior forward Ismael Larios notched a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds, sophomore forward Noe Ramirez added 11 points and seven rebounds, and senior guard Ricardo Rico scored 11 points and made six steals.
Girls Varsity Basketball
Williams 40, Princeton 23
Senior forward Emilee Cranford picked up where she left off last season with a strong game and 14 points as the Yellowjackets opened the season with a victory.
Senior forward Carolina Mendiola and junior guard Claudia Villanueva each added nine points.
Featuring just three seniors and seven juniors, three of which didn't play last season, the Yellowjackets are loaded with talent in the starting lineup but lack experience on the bench.