Stallions make easy work of Patriots
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Liberty’s Haylee Hoelzel controls the ball for the Hawks in a 2-0 victory over Coast Union in 2015.
A word of advice: Don’t come to Madera South Gymnasium unless you have a wrestling squad that is loaded with talent. Otherwise, you will be quickly dispatched and sent home with questions as to why you even scheduled a Madera South team that is stacked with accomplished wresters.
This is a lesson that the Hoover Patriots learned, as the Stallions hung a 50-26 loss on the visiting team.
Alden Moses won by fall in the first period in the 171-pound match. Luis Placido (189) and Cameron Fick (215) then won by forfeit before Peter Mendoza (285) won by fall in the first period.
Josue Hernandez (135), ranked No. 4 in the section and No. 27 in the state, won by forfeit before Jesus Gonzales (140) also won by fall. In the marquee match of the night, Jonathan Gomez (145) who is the No. 19 ranked wrestler in the state, put an exclamation point of his match winning by technical fall 18-1 in the final match of the night.
Stallions hang on to beat Mendota
By the middle of the fourth quarter, Madera South girls basketball head coach Joe Thomas had his head in his hands in frustration and just wished for the game to get over quickly.
The Stallions got over their own mistakes and held off the Mendota Aztecs for a 51-43 non-league victory at Madera South.
Thomas had just watched one of his players get the ball, look around and give it right back to Mendota before calling a time out.
Sharalyn Lal led the Stallions with 18 points. Despite being the shortest player on the court, Lal also led the Stallions with nine rebounds and also had three steals.
Shaddy Hunt scored 11 points with four rebounds and Evette Torres scored eight points with six steals.
Stallions begin repeat path
After battling through a tough pre-league schedule that saw the Madera South girls soccer team battle all five teams from the Tri-River Athletic Conference, the Stallions began their run at a third straight North Yosemite League championship against Hoover-Fresno.
Freshman attacker Leila Monzon recorded the team’s first hat trick (3 goals) of the season in a dominating 3-0 victory in Memorial Stadium.
“Our possession in the second half was beautiful,” head coach Pat Evans said. “They played hard and with discipline.”
Monzon was part of an offense that totally dominated the game, outshooting Hoover 44-1.
Coyotes surge past Panthers
FRESNO — With the Madera girls soccer team’s season at a crossroads, its offense couldn’t have picked a better time to show up.
The Coyotes, who were coming off a shutout loss to crosstown rival Madera South, trailed 1-0 in their County/Metro Athletic Conference opener before scoring three unanswered goals in a 3-1 win at San-Joaquin Memorial-Fresno.
Destenie McMillon, Andrea Hernandez and Jasmine Cardenas each scored for the Coyotes while Kimberly Gaona recorded an assist.
For Madera head coach Eli Luiba, it was the perfect way to start CMAC play against a tough opponent that beat the Coyotes 3-0 in last year’s league opener.
Both teams tied for second place in the CMAC last season.
Liberty downs Coast Union in shutout
Facing an unfamiliar opponent, the Liberty girls soccer team did what it does best — find ways to score and stifle with defense.
The multi-defending North Sequoia League champ Hawks did just that with a 2-0 home win over Coast Union-Cambria.
Two minutes into the match against the Broncos, Liberty’s Johanna Lewis sent a powerful cross kick from the right corner toward the goal that deflected off a defender into the net, which Walker described as a great kick.
With six minutes left in the first half, senior forward Haylee Hoelzel sent a pass up to Katie Jones, who finished a with goal to make it 2-0.
Coyotes place third in New Year’s Classic
In working to get his team to the postseason, Madera Coyote girls basketball coach Jason Smith knew he would face tough teams in the Old Town Clovis Kiwanis New Year’s Classic at Buchanan High School in Clovis.
In the semifinals, the Coyotes ran into the host team Buchanan Bears, who previously beat the Coyotes 55-54 in Joe Flores Gym.
Madera led the whole way, but couldn’t make a layup in a 51-48 loss to send the Coyotes into the third place game.
However, going against the Div. III runner-up Mission Oak-Tulare, the Coyotes got a team 38-34 victory to put them in the running for a top seed in the Central Section playoffs next month.
“We are growing as a team and we are right where we want to be,” Smith said. “We haven’t peaked yet. I told them this was a big tournament and it could determine who would be a No. 1 seed in Div. III. It was a great team win. I look forwards to the rest of the season. It’s going to be a fun five weeks.”
Point guard Maria Hernandez was the Madera selection to the All-tournament team.
“She hit every major bucket when we needed it,” Smith said. “She got bumped up to co-captain.”
Wildcats get better of Coyotes
In a game featuring two of the best scorers in the Central Section, Sunnyside-Fresno’s Jalonni McCorvey had more support than Madera’s Ethan Richardson in a 76-58 Sunnyside non-league basketball victory in Joe Flores Gym.
McCorvey scored 33 points for his third game of 30 or more points this season. McCorvey, who is averaging 21.6 points per game, hit five 3-pointers, including three from NBA-range and scored 21 points in the second quarter.
“We did a good job getting him good shots,” Sunnyside head coach Bob Jacobson said. “They tried to stop him, too.”
Richardson wasn’t to be outdone. He scored a season-high 36 points for his fourth game of 30 or more points this season. He hit two 3-pointers and scored 24 of Madera’s 29 first-half points.
Coyotes leave no doubt
After last year’s walk-off pin by the Madera South Stallions wrestling team, Madera Coyotes head coach Joe Romine was happy with the results from this year’s dual meet.
The Stallions won on a pin in the last match to defeat the Coyotes last year. This year, the Coyotes won 11 of 14 matches for a 63-8 victory to open County/Metro Athletic conference duals.
“There was still some remembrances from last year,” Romine said. “I was proud of these boys. Our coaches do a great job of coaching these kids up. I have a good group of assistants this year.”
However, the Stallions were without seven wrestlers, who were out of the line up due to disciplinary reasons.