Liberty heads to semifinals
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The Liberty Hawks girls volleyball team celebrates winning a point in its 2015 quarterfinal match.
The Liberty Hawks girls volleyball team was awarded a No. 3 seed in the Central Section Div. IV playoffs and did their part with two home victories and advance to a semifinal match at No 2 Minarets.
The Hawks opened the playoffs with a three-set win over No. 14 Sierra Pacific-Hanford and then recorded an easy three-set victory over No. 6 Coalinga to set up the semifinal match.
“It’s definitely a success,” head coach Brandon St. Lucia said. “But we’re not done. Our goal is Valley. That’s what we’re out here to do. Two more wins to achieve that goal. A championship is what we want.”
Coyotes advance in D-III playoffs
With a dominant victory to begin the postseason, the Madera boys water polo team earned a trip to today’s Div. III semifinals at No. 3 Exeter.
The No. 6 Coyotes eliminated No. 11 Chowchilla with a 15-6 quarterfinal win at the McAlister Aquatic Complex.
It will be a rematch of last season’s quarterfinals between Madera and Exeter, which came away with the 14-10 road win.
Stallions win Rich Parris Invite
In his final home meet on Nov. 6, Eduardo Herrera won the Richard Parris/Saucony Twilight Invitational that was named after his former head coach who won a combined 12 Valley championships while at Madera and Madera South.
Running under the night sky at Madera South, Herrera won the 3,000-meter race with a time of 8:40.5 while teammates Miguel Villar (8:58.2) took second and Michael Ochoa (9:02.6) was third, respectively.
Madera South (19 points) won its second race in a row with Nicholas Hernandez (5th, 9:07.5), Victor Ochoa (8th, 9:15.9) and Adrian Alvarez (10th, 9:21.4) all placing in the top 10 out of 71 runners.
Veronica Ortega (10:55.7), Jonnie Montano (11:06.6) and Angelica Costilla (11:09.4) were the first three Stallion girl runners to finish out of 49.
The Coyote girls easily won the Sierra Pacific Run with the Bear 5K race on Nov. 6 in Hanford.
With a winning time of 17:59.8, Jasmine Gonzalez paced the Coyotes to a score of 15 while Coalinga (46) was a far second.