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Coyotes waste no time in dispatching Tigers

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Madera Coyotes head coach congratulates Addyson Smith (32) during 2016 victory over the Bullard Knights.



Moving from the Tri-River Athletic Conference, a wrestling league regarded as one of the best in the state year-in-and-year-out with three to four state-ranked teams and a slew of state finalists every year, to the County/Metro Athletic Conference may have helped make the Coyotes sports programs more competitive across the board, but for the wrestling team, it has become child’s play.

Men against boys, if you will as was shown in the Coyotes’ 69-6 drubbing of the Hanford Huskies in a non-conference matchup.

This was then amplified as the Coyotes, ranked No. 9 in the section, hosted the Edison Tigers in the CMAC opener and handed the Tigers a resounding 70-0 loss winning each of the 14 matches with four pins and five major decisions.

Jose Navarro (119 pounds), C.J. Valenzuela (135), Lenny Pedraza (171) and Gerardo Gutierrez (189) all won by fall, while Daniel Ruiz (103), Miguel Martinez (112), Jimmy Navarro (130), Miguel Rodriguez (145), Miguel Ruiz (152) all won by major decisions.

Stallions make easy work of Highlanders

After the Madera South Stallion wrestling team just returned from facing the best the state has to offer at the 5 Counties Tournament in Fullerton, it is hard to imagine how it could possibly get motivated to face the McLane Highlanders in a North Sequoia League dual match.

And in a 66-6 lambasting of the Highlanders, the defending NYL champion Stallions again proved that another NYL title is merely a matter of showing up.

The Stallions have a number of wrestlers ranked in the Top 8 in the section who have aspirations of making it to the CIF State meet. The Highlanders, on the other hand, have no ranked wrestlers and are just a minor speed bump along the way to the Stallions claiming yet another NYL championship.


Stallions post fifth straight shutout victory

FRESNO — Scoring goals on the Madera South girls soccer team is now becoming a rarity for its opponents.

For the third straight North Yosemite League game and fifth consecutive match overall, the Stallions didn’t allow a goal with its latest shutout coming in a 4-0 victory at Roosevelt-Fresno.

The last time the Stallions surrendered a goal was in a 4-3 home loss to Clovis West on Jan. 4.

Madera South was clinging to a one-goal halftime lead before putting three more past the Roosevelt keeper as the defending NYL champion Stallions improved to 3-0 in league play.

Leila Monzon, Samantha Avila, Yesseniah Delgadillo and Daisy Jimenez each scored for the Stallions while Amali Andaverde recorded an assist.

Complete game lifts Coyotes

After the San Joaquin Memorial-Fresno Panthers closed to within two, the Madera Coyote girls basketball team got hot from the field and went on a 25-6 run for a 60-45 County/Metro Athletic Conference victory.

The Coyotes went on a 6-0 run to open the second half, but Memorial closed to 33-31 with 2:34 in left in the third quarter. The Coyotes then went on a run that gave them a 58-37 lead late in to the fourth quarter.

“This was our best game of the year,” head coach Jason Smith said. “This was our most complete game. We played relaxed tonight. This is the team I saw at our scrimmage. They just went out and played basketball.”

The Coyotes shot 68 percent (15-of-22) from the field in the second half, including 3-of-3 from 3-point range after shooting 31 percent (7-of-22) in the first half.

Madera had four players with nine or more points, led by freshman Antranetta Stickman with 14. Bria Fernandes and Erika Rodriguez each had 10 points and Shellie Perkins added nine.

Jessica Petroff led the team with eight rebounds while Breanna Torres, Jenny Gallegos and Rodriguez each pulled down six.


Hawks hold on for baskeball win

The Liberty Hawks girls basketball team jumped out to a quick 10-point first-quarter lead, watched it dwindle away into the fourth quarter, but was able to hold on for a 35-33 victory over the Chowchilla Redskins.

The Hawks held the lead for the entire game, but the Redskins had a chance to tie with seven seconds left, but missed the 15-foot jumper and Liberty’s Maddy Polster hustled in for the rebound as the final buzzer sounded.

The Hawks led 23-17 in the first half, but scored just 12 points in the second half while committing 19 turnovers, including 12 in the fourth quarter.

The Hawks committed 30 turnovers overall and shot just 26 percent (13-of-49) from the field, including just 1-for-8 from 3-point range.

Liberty didn’t have a player score in double-figures. Siera Cullins led the Hawks with nine points to go with eight steals. Shelby Gee scored eight with 10 rebounds. Jill Crawford and Polster each scored five points.


Madera South blanks Bullard Knights

Two years ago, the Madera South girls soccer team was less than a minute away from beating Bullard-Fresno in a home match at Memorial Stadium.

The Stallions had a 1-0 lead and looked to secure their first league win over the defending County/Metro Athletic Conference champions.

The Knights, who finished 10-0 in the CMAC that season, got a fortuitous bounce on the game-tying goal before eventually beating the Stallions, 2-1, in overtime on a penalty kick.

Stallion senior midfielder Jasmine Garibay remembers that game fondly.

That’s why when the Stallions handed the Knights a 3-0 loss at the same site, it was a memorable win for the four-year varsity letterman.

“It was extremely satisfying to finally beat Bullard especially on our home field and to show them that we’re not afraid of them or any team out there, we’re going to stand up to anybody and fight,” Garibay said.

The Stallions not only beat the Knights, they dominated them for a majority of the game and got a goal each from Sabrina Ibrahim, Kimberly Montoya and Itzel Rodriguez.

Big run leads to Stallions win

The Buhach Colony-Atwater Thunder cut the Madera South Stallion boys basketball team’s lead to eight late in the third quarter.

Stallions head coach Jody Sharp called time out and reminded his team of what got them a 15-point lead — play good defense and execute.

The Stallions understood the message and then went on a 22-2 run into the fourth quarter for a 67-44 victory at Madera South.

“We did a good job in the first half,” Sharp said. “The five minutes of the third quarter was not good. The intensity level dropped. That’s an example of a young team. We got into a lull and I called a time out. I told them we scored four points. We’re not doing this. We have to play defense and execute and play like we did in the first half.”

The Stallions jumped to a nine-point first half lead and increased it to 15 early in the second half, but got outscored 7-0 over the next five minutes to cause Sharp to call the time out.

Hassan Bolden led the Stallions with 21 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. Junior Segura added 17 points with five rebounds.

Coyotes complete comeback

Through the first 12 minutes of the Madera Coyote girls basketball game against the Bullard-Fresno Knights, the Coyotes found themselves trailing by 16 points.

For the rest of the game, the Coyotes outscored the Knights 45-25 to record a County/Metro Athletic Conference victory in Joe Flores Gym.

The Coyotes missed 13 of their first 14 shots (7 percent) and scored just two points in the first quarter. However, from the 4:12 mark in the second quarter, the Coyotes shot 44 percent the rest of the way while limiting Bullard to just 15 second half points.

“We came out like Bullard was struggling and we were going to hand it to them,” head coach Jason Smith said. “When we can’t put the ball in the bucket, it affects the rest of our game. They were starting to panic. The two time outs I called in the first half were to calm them down.”

The Coyotes kept battling back, reducing the lead to nine at the half and three at the end of the third quarter. Madera outscored Bullard 16-6 to take over the game.

“They competed their behinds off tonight,” Smith said of his team. “The maturity we are showing is great. That win took guts.”

Alyssa Burton led the team with 14 points to go with nine rebounds and three blocked shots. Ashley Hansen scored nine, Maria Hernandez scored eight and Creona Harshaw added seven with seven rebounds.


Big second quarter fuels Stallions

The Madera South Stallions girls’ basketball team rode a 21-2 second quarter to upend the Edison-Fresno Tigers 50-44 in a County/Metro Athletic Conference game at home.

Although Madera South secured a big victory at home, the team is still undergoing a learning process, Stallions head coach Johnny Sharp said.

“I’m trying to create competition in my practices, so I didn’t play a couple players,” he said. “With the competition, we’ve been playing better ourselves.”

Lexi Eller and Aleecia Rosel combined for 27 points in the Stallions’ tough CMAC victory. Whether it was shooting from deep or attacking the basket, the duo powered Madera South to a big home win.



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