Athletes of the Fall Season
Eduardo Herrera, Madera South, Soph. Cross Country
The future looks bright for the Madera South cross country program and one of the main reasons is the emergence of Herrera — the younger brother of Long Beach State recruit and former Stallion record-setter runner Jose Herrera. In a history-making season, Eduardo ‘Lalo’ Herrera was the No. 1 runner for a Madera South team that not only won its sixth straight section title — which included back-to-back Div. I championships — but also brought back the school’s first state runner-up plaque after taking second overall in Div. I race behind Arcadia, which finished as the No. 1 team in the nation.
In the state meet, Herrera finished 7th overall with a personal and school record time of 15:21 and was the first sophomore to cross the finish line in the meet. That followed a second place finish (15:23) in the Div. I section finals as he only trailed the nation’s No. 1 senior runner Blake Haney of Stockdale-Bakersfield. Herrera won a number of races this season as he helped the Stallions capture multiple invitational titles including the County/Metro Athletic Conference championship, Madera South Invitational, Rough Rider Invitational, Early Bird Invitational, McFarland Invitational, Clovis North Twilight Invitational and the DeWitt Invitational at Lions Town and Country Park — breaking his previous course mark there by 36 seconds. He also broke a Madera County record with a time of 15:26 in the Clovis Invitational before surpassing that mark later in the season.
Hannah Ryan, Madera, Jr. Water Polo
Ryan is one of the most prolific scorers in the Central Section. She played No. 2 to Leanna Page as she set the school record for goals scored in a season. Ryan came out to dominate the water polo scene and broke the school record this season and she still has a season left to play. An expert at the outside shot, Ryan possesses a rocket for an arm and is persistent to get the goal, whether from inside two feet or from 20 feet away. Madera head coach Erik Baymiller, the County/ Metro Athletic Conference’s Coach of the Year, said that Ryan gets out of the water huge. “She shoots the ball harder than anybody else and is accurate.”
One of Ryan’s best attributes is the ability to work within the team, whether she scores the goal or assists with one. Ryan led the Coyotes to their first victory over San Joaquin Memorial-Fresno when she set a school record with 13 goals in the win. She also helped the Coyotes to the school’s first quarterfinal victory over Hanford West. She outscored Hanford West 10-9 in the 13-9 victory. Ryan is also excited that she has a year left. Ryan was a first team All-CMAC member and was just one vote away from being named the conference’s Most Valuable Player...