Stallion wrestling wins NYL dual match championship
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Coyote soccer players celebrate with Jasmine Cardenas, left, after she scored the first goal in a 4-0 victory in 2012.
So dominating has the Madera South Stallion wrestling team been during the course of North Yosemite League competition, that it is all but a foregone conclusion that it will wrap up a third consecutive NYL title in the league tournament held at Madera South Gymnasium.
The Stallions paid a trip to Reedley High in the final dual match of the season and proved why they are the runaway favorite to claim yet another NYL title with a 45-25 dismantling of the Pirates to remain undefeated despite sitting out many of their top wrestlers.
Stallions edge Rough Riders in NYL
In what started out as a game that no one could describe as entertaining, the final four minutes of the Madera South varsity boys basketball game at Roosevelt High was edge of your seat exciting.
The Stallions fought back from an ugly start to the game to claim the come-from-behind victory over the Rough Riders, 38-36, in North Yosemite League action. Shaquille Moore and Spencer Sheets both lead the way scoring for the Stallions with 11 apiece, and Keith Clark led the Rough Riders with 19 points.
Madera South took its first lead of the game with 2:50 left when Cooper Neal grabbed an offensive rebound and scored on a put back. The rest of the game was back-and-forth, intense action up to the final buzzer.
Coyotes win on Senior Night
Eli Liuba’s Madera Coyotes girls soccer team accomplished everything he wanted in a County/Metro Athletic Conference victory over the Sunnyside-Fresno Wildcats.
He wanted to make sure that his seniors got the spotlight on Senior Night and two of them scored goals in a 4-0 victory.
He also wanted to make sure everyone got significant playing time. Everyone got into the match after halftime.
Liuba also wanted his team to pitch a shutout. Senior goalkeeper Mercedes Torres did just that and was really only threatened once.
Sophomore Jasmine Cardenas got the Coyotes on the scoreboard in the first half. Freshman Kimberly Gaona started a three-goal in seven-minute scoring spree in the second half.
Seniors Toni Hedding and Andrea Hernandez capped the scoring with goals. Fellow senior Rhianna Maciel also received her most playing time of the season.
Stallions sweep Tigers in soccer
After suffering back-to-back 2-1 County/Metro Athletic Conference road losses, the Madera South boys soccer team returned to Memorial Stadium looking to regroup against Edison-Fresno.
Facing a Tiger team that was in contention for the CMAC title, Madera South showed the Stallions’ faithful that there is still plenty of fight left in it with a 1-0 win.
With the help of a second-half goal by senior Danny Lopez, Madera South not only snapped its two-game losing skid, but are the only CMAC team to defeat the Tigers in league play.
Coyotes pull away from SJM
Against the top two teams in the County/Metro Athletic Conference, the Madera Coyote girls basketball team is 0-3 and their average margin of defeat is 19 points per game to Edison-Fresno (ranked No. 3) and Bullard-Fresno (ranked No. 13).
However, against the other three teams in the CMAC (San Joaquin Memorial-Fresno, Sanger and Madera South), the Coyotes (ranked No. 13) have an average margin of victory of 33 points, including a 53-15 victory against San Joaquin Memorial.
Madera had four players score eight or more points, including a team-leading 12 from Sarah Nainoa.
Ashley Hansen sparked the team early with 10 points, including three 3-pointers.
Alyssa Burton added nine and Bria Fernandes had eight.
Coyotes contribute to victory
Madera Coyote boys basketball player Ethan Richardson got his points, but he got help from the rest of him teammates for a 66-60 victory over the San Joaquin Memorial-Fresno Panthers.
Richardson, who averages more than 25 points per game, scored 29 to lead the Coyotes. However, five other players scored five or more points to support Richardson.
Michael Green and Nathaniel Nelson each scored eight points. Eric Hernandez added seven, Jovanni Cantu battled foul trouble to score six and Hunter Gacayan had five.
The Coyotes gradually built a 14-point lead before Memorial cut it down to seven. However, Madera battled back to keep the lead at double-figures before the Panthers closed the game with six of the last eight points.
Stallions grab big win
After 22 frustrating seconds, the final buzzer finally sounded and the Madera South Stallions girls basketball team recorded its biggest victory in school history.
For 22 seconds, the Bullard-Fresno Knights had shot opportunity after shot opportunity, but couldn’t finish. Finally, Bullard’s Shay Gibbons, who scored a game high 23 points, including 14 in the first quarter, drove to the hoop. Before she could get her shot off, the final buzzer sounded for a 64-62 Madera South victory.
“I’ve been here for six years so I’ve been here since the beginning,” head coach Teresa Hernandez said. “I can’t even express my emotions because I don’t know how to feel. The girls finally realized what they can do if they worked hard. They did it and we are no longer a doormat.”
Simone Baker led the Stallions with 21 points, including four 3-pointers. Aleecia Rosel added 17 and Moosey Warren scored 10.
Despite some harrowing moments late in the game, the Stallions played an efficient game, except on the foul line where they went 7-of-17 (41 percent). If you take out Rosel’s 4-for-4 night and the Stallions shot just 21 percent.
Coyotes take series from Stallions
The Madera Coyotes girls soccer team capitalized on a lone second-half goal in a physical match to beat County/Metro Athletic Conference and next-door rivals Madera South 1-0 for the second time this season at Lee DaSilva Field in Memorial Stadium.
Mia Alvarez knocked in the game-winning goal just after halftime on an accurate free kick just outside the penalty area.
Stallions put five past Coyotes
History repeats itself as the Madera South boys soccer team put five goals past the Madera Coyotes for the second time this season for a 5-2 County/Metro Athletic Conference victory at Lee Dasilva Field in Memorial Stadium.
Two goals by Alexander Castro and goals from Kevin Osuna, Christan Garcia and Abraham Vasquez wrapped up the Stallions’ final game of the season with a dominant win.