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Davis earns MEAC honor

Entering her senior season at Bethune-Cookman University, former Madera Coyote softball standout Mariah Davis earned her first All-Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference preseason team selection.

She was named to the All-MEAC preseason first team in a conference announcement Feb. 1.

She is one of a MEAC-high five BCU players on the preseason team, along with Ryan Jackson, a fellow California high school player who was tabbed the league’s Player of the Year.

Davis, who was a 2017 first team All-MEAC selection, led the league with 69 hits, 45 runs and seven triples. Last year’s selection was her second All-MEAC recognition, but first on the first team.

Davis is joined on the preseason first team by Kailey Richard, also from California. Joining them on the second team were Taylor Sheritt and Iesha Waters, both from California.

BCU opened its season Friday at the Florida Atlantic Kickoff Classic in Boca Raton, Florida. Bethune Cookman also makes a trip to California to the Mary Nutter Classic in Palm Springs from Feb. 22-24. Other players

Former Madera South men’s basketball standout Hassan Bolden is enjoying his season with the Reedley Tigers.

Bolden is third on the team with 13.5 points per game. He has started 15 of 22 games for the Tigers. He is also averaging 6.6 rebounds per game.

Ashley Hansen (Madera) has played in 13 of 26 games for the Kansas Wesleyan women’s basketball team. She has scored seven points, but has dished out 11 assists in her brief time on the court.

At the Colorado Invitational last week, Addyson Smith (Madera) placed 16th for the Air Force Academy in the shot put with a long throw of 36 feet, 7.75 inches. Her season best was a throw of 40-0.75 feet at the Air Force Holiday Open in December, but also threw 39-4 at the Air Force Invitational on Jan. 27.

She also placed 19th in the weight throw at the Colorado Invitational with a long of 44-5.5, her best mark in the event.

Fresno Pacific shortstop Tristen Alvarez (Madera) went 3-for-10 in the team’s opening series last week. He scored a run and hit his first home run of the season.

Webber International University pitcher Donovan Bertoncini (Madera South) suffered the loss Feb. 3, allowing two earned runs in 1 2/3 innings. He also suffered the loss in his first appearance Jan. 27 despite not allowing a base runner in 1 1/3 innings.

Alyssa Burton (Madera) is averaging 5.5 points per game with the College of the Sequoias women’s basketball team. She has appeared in 26 of the 27 games for the 24-3 Giants. She also averages 4.2 rebounds per game.


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