MADERA - The Coyotes of Madera High celebrated their 2017 homecoming Friday with a parade, football game and the crowning of a king and queen. While the game was tight for nearly two quarters, there would be no story book ending for the varsity football team. However for Angel Tijero and Jasmin Pannu their crowning as king and queen during half-time caped off the fairy tale ending to their week as homecoming candidates.
A lunch time parade from Thomas Jefferson Junior High to the Memorial Stadium at Madera High was the highlight for the community that lined the streets watching the class and club floats make their way on the streets of Madera. Pine Street to Yosemite and then around the high school itself saw Coyotes past, present and future cheer on the band and football players on the two mile parade route.
Grand Marshals for this year's parade were Don and Cynthia Nelson from Midland Tractor. The Nelson's raised three Coyotes in the 80's through their daughter Kirstin (class of 1985) and sons Steve (class of 1987) and Stan (class of 1989). Don graduated from Madera High in 1960 and went on to wrestle at Fresno State where he met his wife and co-marshal Cynthia.
Through their family business, Midland Tractor, over 200 groups have benefited from donations and scholarships. The Nelson's also set up a scholarship in memory of their daughter Kirstin who passed away in 2010. The Nelson's have lived their lives as humble servants to their community and Madera is a better place because of the Nelson's contributions.
Homecoming King Angel Tijero says his most inspirational person in his life is his father because he taught him to be organized and to look at the good in the world. His queen Friday night was Jasmin Pannu who also chose her father as her most inspirational person because he showed her he overcame every obstacle in his life to become successful and raise a great family.
The football game was tight during the first one and a half quarters then going into halftime the Bullard Knights took command of the game and the Coyotes could not recover. The final score was 42-20 to drop the Coyotes to 0-2 in CMAC play and 4-3 on the season. The Coyotes are on the road next Friday at San Joaquin Memorial who ran over the Stallions of Madera South last weekend to upset their homecoming.
All Photos by Jack W Porter, Jr.