Coyotes break streak with Stallions
It has been a streak that grew larger and larger in the heads of the Madera Coyote boys basketball team. Seven games in a row, the Madera South Stallions have beaten the Coyotes.
Behind 16 points from Ethan Richardson and 15 clutch points from Mackey West, the Coyotes stopped the losing streak with a 50-35 victory.
The Coyotes ended up with one of their best shooting nights of the season, shooting 54 percent (21-of-39) from the field and 4-of-9 from 3-point land.
Ruben Rodriguez was the only Stallion in double figures with 14 points. Madera South’s second leading scorer, Josh Johnson, was limited to just five points.
Hawks win eighth straight with shutout
Led by freshman Raina Wristen’s hat trick and a defense that hasn’t allowed a goal in more than 640 game-minutes, the Liberty girls soccer team earned its eighth straight shutout victory and 57th consecutive North Sequoia League victory.
The defending NSL champ Hawks improved to 7-0 in league play with a dominating 6-0 win over Washington Union-Easton.
Against the Panthers, the Hawks took a 2-0 halftime lead on two goals by Wristen, who also scored in the second half along with senior forward Juliet Olsen, Olivia Neal and Andrea Miranda.
Coyote sister combo leads the way
When the Madera girls soccer team faced Sanger in a County/Metro Athletic Conference battle, the Apaches did their best to take away the Coyotes’ best scoring weapon.
While Sanger defenders never let Madera senior forward Anissia Gonzalez out of their sight, they forgot to account for another Gonzalez — Anissia’s sophomore sister, Audree.
Trailing 1-0 late in a frustrating first half for the Coyotes, Anissia made a move around the Sanger defensive line, created some space and saw her sister virtually unmarked.
That’s when Anissia confidently sent a pass to Audree, who delivered the high-floating, game-tying shot that energized the Coyotes.
With the match tied, Anissia’s deep shot with eight minutes left to play was the difference in Madera’s must-win game against Sanger.
Hawk grapplers win first NSL title
For the first time since 2006, the Liberty Hawks wrestling team captured the league champinoship after a dominating performance at the North Sequoia League championship tournament.
The Hawks, who previously won in the Northwest Sierra League, outpointed Washington Union-Easton 223-164 to capture the program’s first NSL championship.