MADERA – The Stallions of Madera South High School celebrated their 8th homecoming this week with a trip Around the World. With student events planned each day on campus, Friday brought the traditional parade, rally and of course the football game including the crowning of the homecoming king and queen.
With the purple pyramid elementary schools lining Stadium Road, the kids got to see more floats, cars and motorcycles then in any other homecoming parade in Madera South history. The best floats chosen from the parade were the Junior Class's 'Hawaii' Float and the Math & Tennis Club's combo float themed after the Mesoamerican pyramids.
The grand marshal for this year's parade was retired counselor and school psychologist Jim Hubbard. Mr. Hubbard worked with the Madera Unified School District for 16 years until his retirement last year. His last three years at MUSD were spent at Madera South High School. Jim said his years working in Madera were some of the most satisfying of his career.
After the parade the school packed into the West Gym for their all-school rally where the underclassman's court was named and the king and queen candidates competed in several contests.
Then came the football game. For some suspicious reason the brand new score board that worked perfectly fine the night before didn't work for the Stallions. The night before the press box was locked down and the alarm set but the next day the door was unlocked, someone turned off the alarm and the score board no longer worked. Strange how these things happen.
Maybe the score board malfunction was a good thing for the Stallion varsity team. Despite a few early glimmers of hope, the San Joaquin Memorial Panthers mauled the Stallions up and down the field for a 62-6 loss. Memorial linebacker Zachary Angelillo seemed to find his way into the back field to stop the Stallion offense all night long.
At half time the homecoming celebration continued with the crowning of the 2017 King and Queen. Candidates Daniel Daza, Celeste Villafan, Jose Figueroa, Ashlee Garcia, Abel Castellanos and Karime Lopez-Aviilez walked across the football field but it was Jose Carranza and Emilee Sevilla went home with the crowns.
Sevilla is the daughter of Sandra and Heriberto Sevilla. She is involved in cheer, link crew, leadership and ROP Sports Medicine. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She plans to attend Fresno State to become a physical therapist.
Carranza is the son of Cinna and Mario Carranza. He is involved in the Madera Leo's Club, senior class and soccer here at Madera South. In his spare time he enjoys helping the community, hanging out with friends and being active. His plans after high school are to enlist in the United States Navy and then becoming a gang intervention specialist.
The Madera South Leadership Class would like to thank all of the businesses who sponsored activities and contributed to their 2017 Homecoming.
Up next week, Madera High School will celebrate their 2017 Homecoming with their parade, game and crowning. Of course Big Valley News will be there to cover the entire event.
All Photos by Jack W Porter, Jr.