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Dream season ends for Stallions

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The Madera Coyotes boys soccer team celebrates after its 2-1 win in penalty kicks in over the Madera South Stallions in the Fresno Harold S. Young tournament in 2011.



BAKERSFIELD — Madera South Stallion football coach Scott Donegan’s goal of 70 football practices won’t be reached, but he and his team had a fun ride.

Ridgeview-Bakersfield’s Kamari Moya-Cotton was too much for the Stallions. He scored three second half touchdowns and four total in leading the second-seeded Wolf Pack to a 42-21 lead over’s the third- seeded Stallions at Ridgeview in the Central Section Division III semifinals.

The Stallions, who finished 11-2 this season, set school records that future teams will be chasing for a long time. The Stallions’ season finished four practices short of playing for their goal of a Valley Championship.

“It’s December 2,” Donegan said. “When you play high school football in December, you’re a special team.”

The Stallions recorded not only its first shutout in school history this season, but recorded three more. Ranferi Pineda became the school’s first 1,000 yard rusher, gaining 93 yards Friday and finished with 1,003. Madera South won its first league championship and won the biggest game of the regular season, defeating Madera High for the first time in school history.

Coyotes defeat Stallions in tourney

FRESNO — Call it the dress rehearsal for the Battle for Memorial Stadium when the Madera and Madera South boys soccer teams me in the Harold S. Young Tournament.

Both teams entered the match against each other undefeated and vying for a spot in the semifinals of the Premier Division at the Fresno Regional Sports Complex.

The Coyotes prevailed in a 2-1 comeback win that was decided on penalty kicks.

After a scoreless first half, Madera trailed 1-0 after allowing a 40-yard free kick by Madera South sweeper Freddy Reyes that sailed over sophomore goalkeeper Alex Carbajal’s head in the 43rd minute of the game.

Madera countered minutes later when junior forward Jose Pineda sent a pass into the air that was headed in perfectly by Sergio


After neither team could score in the overtime period, Perez along with sophomores Fernando Gomez and Salvador Garcia each hit penalty kicks as Madera outscored the Stallions 3-1 with Reyes making the only penalty kick for Madera South.

Coyotes take 3rd in tournament

CLOVIS — After suffering a heartbreaking, one-point loss to host-school Clovis, the Madera girls basketball team took out its frustration on Coalinga.

In their final game of the four-day Clovis Classic Tournament, the Coyotes rebounded from a 37-36 loss to the Cougars with a 45-9 hammering of the Horned Toads to claim third place.

The Coyotes finished 3-2 in the tournament and only lost to the two finalist (Lemoore and Clovis) by a total of 11 points.

In all, six bench players scored for Madera as they held Coalinga nearly scoreless in the fourth quarter before giving up a basket with eight seconds left.

Madera senior guard Shellie Perkins, who was named to the all-tournament team, led the Coyotes with eight points against the Horned Toads.


Buzzer-beater gets Coyotes win

With 8.7 seconds left in the game, Merced’s Lexus Pierce made two free throws to give the Bears a 47-46 lead against the Madera Coyotes girls basketball team in the season opener for both teams.

The Coyotes quickly got the ball inbounds, found the shooter and she nailed it.

Bria Fernandes hit the game-winning 3-pointer to send the fans home happy in Joe Flores Gym for a 49-47 victory.

The Coyotes had three players reach double-figures, led by Rachel Sparks who gave the Coyotes a one-point lead before Pierce made the free throws with 12 seconds left. Sparks scored 12 points and also had seven steals with five rebounds.

Fernandes ended with 12 points, including two 3-pointers. Freshman Alyssa Burton added 10 points with six rebounds.


Stallion basketball gets tourney wins

In the Madera South Classic, the Stallion boys basketball team opened the four-day tourney with back-to-back wins including

a 66-50 victory over Yosemite.

A day after downing Corcoran 67-49, the Stallions hosted the Badgers and got out to first-quarter leads of 8-0 and 14-2 before putting away a comeback minded Yosemite squad in the third quarter.

The Stallions were led by Hakeem Primes, Hassan Bolden and Junior Segura who combined for 46 points.

Coyote girls soccer welcomes new coach with wins

For the third year in a row, the Madera girls soccer team will have a new head coach manning the sidelines.

Taking over the Coyote girls soccer program was first-year head coach Cameron Hill, who previously assisted Igal Francis on the Bullard boys soccer team for the past five seasons.

Hill, whose Coyotes started 2-0 with home wins over McLane-Fresno and Hoover-Fresno, hopes Madera’s coaching carousel has come to stop for a long time.

Hill inherits a Coyote team that won the County/Metro Athletic Conference last season and fell a goal shy of advancing to the Central Section Div. II championship game.

“I came into a good situation,” he said. “We have a lot of returning players from last year and a good core at the big positions. I think that’s kind of where our senior leadership is going to be key now because some of these players have been on varsity for four years as starters.”

One of those four-year varsity veterans includes Anissia Gonzalez, who recorded the hat-track in a 4-1 win over Hoover in Memorial Stadium.

Coyotes fall late in home opener

Despite leading the entire night, the Madera Coyote girls basketball team suffered a late-game letdown in their home opener at Joe Flores Gym.

The Merced Bears outscored the Coyotes 23-12 to turn a 45-41 deficit into a 64-57 victory.

The Bears took advantage of 29 Madera turnovers, including seven in the fourth quarter for the win.

“We want to run and fast break every time,” head coach Jason Smith said. “You see us doing that early in the season. But what we haven’t learned is how to temper that with, ‘that girl looks open, but that’s a hard pass. I’m going to pull it back and use our size to our advantage.’ We have to learn to temper the speed with running our offense and not forcing the issue.”

Ashley Hansen led the Coyotes with 17 points to go with five rebounds. Brianna Rubalcaba scored 10 points and Alyssa Burton added nine despite limited playing time because of foul trouble. In all, nine players scored for the Coyotes.


Madera rains in goals against Hawks

Apparently playing through the rain didn’t hurt the Madera Coyotes boys soccer offense during a 5-0 victory in Memorial Stadium against the Liberty Hawks.

The Coyotes scored three goals in the first half during a steady downpour. They must have liked the rain because they only put two in the back of the net in the second half.

In its previous two games — against Atwater and Liberty — the Coyotes have outscored their opponents 10-1.

Jose Escalera scored the first of his two goals early in the match. However, it wasn’t until the first of Ryan Da Rocha’s goal in the 33rd minute that opened the floodgates.

After Da Rocha’s goal, Madera scored three goals in the next six minutes, including two in the second half.



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