Blackcats, now state ranked, play next at Whataburger tourney

Mexia’s OJ McClenon goes up for a tough basket during second half play of the Blackcats 75-33 win over the Mabank Panthers in first round play of the Fairfield Invitational Basketball Tournament that started Thursday morning. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

The No. 18 Mexia Blackcats will join 47 other teams at the 56th Annual Whataburger Basketball Tournament being held Dec. 26-28 in Fort Worth.

Since 1958, the tournament has become a tradition here in Texas and not only attracts teams from all over the state, but teams from across the country.

In 1984, Whataburger became the title sponsor in what has become, according to Sports Illustrated and USA Today, one of the nation’s top five holiday high school tournaments.

The tournament will host three brackets, Orange, Blue Boys and Blue Girls.

The Orange bracket will include teams from Texas, Kentucky and Arkansas, while the Blue Girls bracket will be made up of teams here in the state.