Stallions come back for baseball tie
Although the calendar hasn’t turned to March, baseball season is upon us and the Madera South Stallions rallied twice to force a tie before darkness set in to begin their season.
The Stallions scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to tie their game with the Sunnyside-Fresno Wildcats at five and then scored a run in the bottom of the eighth to tie the game again before it was called because of darkness at Eddie Chapa Field.
In a game that saw three balks called, 11 errors committed, 18 hits, 12 runners left on base and six unearned runs, Stallions head coach John Fernandez knows his team has a lot of work to do.
Ezekiel Gallardo led the Stallions with three hits and drove in two runs. Donovan Bertoncini, Christian Ochoa, Romano Gallardo and Aaron Vallez each had two hits.
Stallions get closer, but Coyotes get win
After the first quarter, the Madera South Stallions girls basketball team held the lead over rivals Madera Coyotes.
At halftime, the Stallions extended their lead. By the end of the third quarter, Madera South still led. However, the Madera Coyotes took advantage of numerous Madera South turnovers to extend their winning streak over their crosstown rivals.
Madera South committed nine turnovers and the Coyotes outscored the Stallions 19-8 in the final quarter for a 46-38 victory in Joe Flores Gym. The Coyotes have yet to lose to the Stallions since the two teams began playing in 2009.
Eight players scored for the Coyotes, but none scored more than 11 points. Alyssa Burton led the team with 11 to go with 10 rebounds, including seven on the offensive boards. Alyssa Fernandez added nine points to go with six rebounds and three steals.
Stallions hold off Coyotes for sweep
After using a 23-0 second quarter run to build its lead, the Madera South Stallions held off a second half surge from the Madera Coyotes to record its third victory this year over their rival.
Madera South built a 23-point lead early in the third quarter only to see Madera chip away at the lead, getting it down to four in the final minute to record a 71-67 victory in the season finale.
Junior Segura led three players in double-figures for the Stallions with 19 points. He also went 6-for-6 from the free throw line.
Hassan Bolden scored 17 points while Hakeem Prime added 15 with three 3-pointers. The Madera South starters (Segura, Bolden, Prime, Kingsley Thomas and Jonah Johnson) scored 49 of the team’s 71 points.
Meanwhile Ethan Richardson increased his Madera career-leading scoring total with 34 points to go with 15 rebounds. Hunter Gacayan helped out with 15 points, including three 3-pointers.
Team effort carries Stallions over Fresno
The Madera South Stallions boys soccer team showed its rightful place at the top of Div. III with a come-from-behind victory over the ninth-seeded Fresno Warriors in the quarterfinals of the Central Section playoffs in Memorial Stadium.
Angel Avila and Abraham Vasquez sparked the Stallions’ rally after the Warriors scored on an error by Luis Segura. Segura faltered, but the Stallions picked him up and showed how dangerous they can be when switched on.
Madera South battled back after Fresno’s goal and it paid off 10 minutes later when the Stallions capitalized on a Warriors’ hand ball penalty in the box, resulting in a Stallions’ penalty kick.
Avila stepped up and dispatched a confident penalty kick. He fired the ball low into the corner, rendering the goalkeeper helpless to tie the score.
Hawks advances past Madera into semis
Behind the left foot of Brooke Wristen, the Liberty Hawks girls soccer team advanced to the semifinals of the Div. II Central Section championships with a 1-0 victory over the Madera Coyotes in Memorial Stadium.
Wristen scored eight minutes into the second half and the third-seeded Hawks held off the attacks of No. 6 Madera’s Itzel Rodriguez and Penelopi Leach in a game rescheduled because of rains.
The game, originally scheduled at Liberty, was moved to Memorial Stadium.