MADERA - The Madera High School 2015 Homecoming kicked off Friday's events with a parade through the streets of Madera. Starting at it's feeder middle school, Thomas Jefferson, it snaked its way around the HOPY section of Madera towards Madera High School to its conclusion at the MUSD's Memorial Stadium.
The grand marshal was driven by Chris DaSilva and the homecoming king and queen candidates were driven by school board members and Madera Mayor Robert Poythress. The Madera High School band led by Bret Cappelluti played while the classes and clubs showed off their hard word on their floats. At the end of the parade route was a rally at the stadium for all the high schoolers.
Before the varsity football game, the 2015 Madera High School varsity softball team received their championship rings for taking home the Division 3 CIF Valley Championship trophy last school year. MHS softball coach Judy Shaubach and athletic director John Fernandez handed out the rings to each of the girls.
After the king and queen candidates were announced and the grand marshal did all his grand marshal-type things, the football game kicked off. Madera High varsity coach Bonner Cunnings is going to have a tough row to hoe going into CMAC conference play if he can't coach this team. After a few fairly easy pre-conference match-ups, the Coyotes did not look ready for the CMAC powerhouse Bullard. Ironically the Coyotes beat last year with Alec Gamboa and Nathan Nelson in charge on the field.
Bullard scored early and scored often. In the fourth quarter Bullard put in their third and fourth string players, to give their second string players a break who came in at the second half. It was then that Madera High was able to cut Bullard's 40 plus point lead down to a 56-28 final.
During half time the 2015 MHS Homecoming Queen and King were announced. Lexandra Raygoza, who was escorted to the stage by her father David was crowned Queen. Lexandra is a member of Fashion club, California Scholarship Federation, Link Crew and ASB. The Most Inspirational people in her life are her parents because they inspired her to work hard and dive in head first with heart and energy in order to accomplish her goals.
After high school, Lexandra plans to relocate to southern California and major in business while applying for internships in the fashion industry. Her favorite high school memory is her freshmen and sophomore years when things were easy and there was no stress. Her greatest accomplishment is becoming the confident leader she is today. Lexandra was nominated by the Fashion Club.
Now every Queen needs a king and Ricardo Gil, who was escorted in by his mother, Elena and father Ricardo is that king. Ricardo participates in the Valley Children’s Hospital Adaptive Sports program, he also is on the Challenger baseball team, soccer, dance and bowling with the Madera Special needs Sports and Recreation program. He loves football and he is the Madera Coyotes #1 fan!
The most inspirational people in Ricardo'ss live are his parents. They have always been there for him and have taught him to never give up. After high school, Ricardo plans to attend either Fresno City or Fresno State. He has many memories from high school he will never forget including the friends he has made, the football games, dances, rallies and all of the MHS staff. His greatest accomplishment has been overcoming spinal surgery. Ricardo was nominated by the Fashion Club.
COYOTES CRUSHED BY BULLARD 56-28