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Wed
22
Apr

Ladycats stay tough through five innings before falling to Lady Eagles


The Mexia Ladycats softball coaching staff honored their seniors Monday night, prior to the start of their game with Fairfield. Pictured from left to right are Kandice Mack, Andre’ya Flemming, coach Courtney Adams, Victoria Beldin and Cheyenne Thompson. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Monday night’s game goes to show you can’t take this Mexia Ladycats team lightly and the Fairfield Lady Eagles found that out as they came close to being upset.
The game was tied at 5-5 until the sixth inning when Fairfield crossed the plate six times to go up 11-5. Mexia continued to battle, scoring an early run in the bottom of the seventh, but that would be all the Ladycats could come up with as they fell to the Lady Eagles, 11-6.
The Ladycats got the ball rolling early when they scored two runs in the bottom of the first to take a 2-0 lead. With two out in the inning, Cheyenne Thompson reached base on an error, as did McKenzie Bain the next batter later. Thompson ended up scoring on that play and Gentry Renfro drove in Bains for the second run.

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Wed
22
Apr

Blackcats split back-to-back district baseball games


Kyler Hancock gets mobbed by fellow Blackcat teammates after bunting his way on base against Fairfield in Monday afternoon’s suspended game finale. Hancock’s hit gave him the game winning RBI as Juan Sanchez scored from third base in the 4-3 district win. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The Fairfield Eagles looked to be in a pretty sweet spot Monday evening in the finish of the district game that was suspended by rain Friday night against the Blackcats.
The Eagles started out with a man on base, one out and the batter with a 1-1 count at the plate in the 3-3 ball game. The hopes of getting the base runner in to score ended abruptly as Mexia’s Blake Lewis recorded two strikeouts to end the threat.
Now it was the Blackcats turn. Juan Sanchez didn’t just lead off the bottom half of Mexia’s inning with a walk, he literally earned the free trip to first. Sanchez saw eight pitches in his at-bat, fouling off three of those to come back from a 1-2 count. Zackary Klosterman was hit by a pitch to give the Blackcats two runners on base with no outs.
Shelby Hileman’s sacrifice moved the runners to second and third, now with one out.

Fri
17
Apr

Mexia track teams perform well at district track meet


In the girl’s junior varsity 4x100 Meter Relay race, Kiki Keith, with baton, finished the last leg for the Mexia girl’s, helping lead the team to a first place finish with a time of 53.47. Teammate Anastasia Henry is shown in the background. The Mexia JV girl’s track team finished in first place overall at the 18-4A district track meet held at Palestine High School Wednesday and Thursday. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The best way to end the District 18-4A track meet - held at Palestine High School Wednesday and Thursday - is with a first place finish and that’s exactly what the Mexia varsity boy’s 4x400 Meter Relay team did. The race was a little shaky at first, but by the third leg, Mexia runner Darius Dorsey helped build a sizeable lead for the Blackcats. Dorsey neared the finish line to hand the baton off to the speedy Karoan Tatum, who literally left the competition in the dust, crossing the finish line with a team total time of 3:59.54, nearly five seconds ahead of second place finisher, team Fairfield (4:04.09).

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Mon
13
Apr

Mexia competes in one final meet before district gathering Wednesday in Palestine

Mexia News Staff Report

You might say last Thursday's Max Hibbitts Cadet Relays held at Waco Connally High School was the final warm-up for the Mexia track team, which in all reality it was as the season slows to a close. The district meet is scheduled to begin this Wednesday, with field events starting at 10 a.m. at Palestine High School and preliminaries take place for running events. Final running events will be held on Thursday starting around 5 p.m.
The Blackcats sent both their junior varsity and varsity teams to Waco and returned with decent results, one fourth, one fifth and two sixth place finishes out of 11 teams competing. Mostly from the Waco area.
The Mexia JV boy's finished sixth overall, with the 4x100 Meter Relay team of Deandre Williams, Devin Banks, Lamondre Johnson and Michael Miller finishing in third place in the event. The team also took fourth in the 4x200 Meter Relay race.

Mon
13
Apr

Tennis team closes out 2015 spring season at district tournament in Groesbeck


Mexia's Alex Lin watches his return back towards the net against Madisonville's Javier Saldana and Luis Aceves during boy's doubles action at the district tournament held in Groesbeck April 8-9. Lin was teamed up with Rafael Paz (lower right). Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

Mexia News Staff Report

The Mexia tennis team finished up their season by competing in the District 18-4A meet held at Groesbeck High School last Thursday and Friday.
For Mexia, Karina Rivera and Haylee Gose both competed in girl's singles play Thursday, but were unable to make it to the next round. Nate Hall faced Madisonville's Calvin Le in the first round match of boy's singles, while teammate Jimmy Tram went up against the Mustangs Dominique Ramirez in opening play. Tram defeated Ramirez in three sets, 2-6, 6-2, 6-4. Tram went on to defeat Le in the third place game, 6-1, 6-1.
In girl's doubles, Jennifer Ugarte and Julissa Martinez battled against Fairfield's Linda Cain and Jennifer Baez, advancing to the second round 6-3, 6-0. The Mexia duo continued their roll as they defeated Madisonville's Zulema Parhga and Judith Rodriguez in two sets, 6-2, 6-0.

Mon
13
Apr

Blackcats held at bay by Wildcats big third inning scoring spree


Mexia's Case Adair tags out Palestine's J.T. Theilen during early action of the Blackcats district against the Wildcats at home last Friday night. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Friday night's game between Mexia and Palestine started out as a pitcher's duel for the first couple of innings, but the Wildcats managed to score five runs in the third and two more in the sixth and ended up with a 7-1 district win.
Eric Wells, the Blackcats sophomore lefty pitcher, kept the Wildcats under control in the first two innings of play by striking out four of the first seven batters he faced. Palestine countered Mexia by starting their sophomore ace, Dishod Shelton, who mirrored Wells efforts, striking out four of the first seven Blackcat batters.
In the top of the third Palestine found their hitting zone, collecting five hits and scoring five runs. Wells managed to slow things down by the end of the inning, picking up his fifth strikeout of the game and getting the final batter to ground out to shortstop Case Adair.

Mon
06
Apr

Registration open online for Kelvin’s camp

The second annual Kelvin Beachum Com-munity Football Camp will take place May 2 at Mexia High School.
Beachum, starting left tackle for the Pittsburgh Steelers and alumni of Southern Methodist University and Mexia High School, will host the camp, aimed at teaching area youth to improve football skills, sportsmanship and teamwork, as well as build their confidence on and off the playing field.
Different NFL players will assist Beachum with the camp, along with college players and area high school coaches, as they teach team concepts and fundamental skills to boys and girls.
The camp will be held in two sessions: 10 a.m. to noon for youth in grades 1-7 and 1 to 3:30 p.m. for those in grades 8-12.

Mon
06
Apr

Harris leaves Mexia to become Kerens A.D.


Mexia defensive coordinator, Terrell Harris, will trade in the green and white “Battle of the River” trophy for the green and white hat of the Kerens Bobcats as he accepted the job of athletic director and head coach of his alma matter. Harris is the Bobcats all-time rushing leader and has been a part of the Mexia coaching staff since 2012. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Blackcats defensive coordinator, Terrell Harris, will be leaving Mexia to take over the Kerens Bobcats athletic program and serve as the football team’s head coach for 2015-16. Harris has served as an assistant football coach for the Blackcats, as well as head coach of this year’s soccer team that finished as a bi-district finalist.
This will be a homecoming of sorts for Harris, who graduated from Kerens in 2000 and went on to play college football at Northeast Oklahoma and Texas State. He is Kerens all-time rushing leader with 6,590 yards during his high school varsity career from 1997-99 and has the most rushing yards in a single season for the Bobcats (2,869) set his senior season in 1999, topping his previous season’s rushing total of 2,652 yards.

Mon
06
Apr

Wortham girls clobber Lady Yellow Jackets


Mexia News photos/Jennifer Lansford

Wortham’s Kate Vogel is on the mound Tuesday during the Lady Bulldogs game against Coolidge. Wortham beat the Lady Yellow Jackets 17-2.

Mon
06
Apr

Ladycats fall in 5 innings

Mexia News Staff Report

The Mexia Ladycats dropped their second straight district game, falling to 1-4 after Friday night’s five inning, 16-1 loss to the hands of the Groesbeck Lady Goats.
Groesbeck took an early 9-0 lead after the first three innings of play, but were able to stop the Lady Goats from scoring in the fourth. Problem was, Groesbeck also kept their scoreless inning streak alive by keeping Mexia from getting on the board.
The Lady Goats broke the game wide open in the top of the fifth. With one out and bases loaded, Groesbeck pitcher, Taylor Gruell, took the first pitch she saw over the center field fence for a grand slam home run to boost the Lady Goats lead to 14-0. Groesbeck added two more runs to rub salt into the Ladycats’ wound and closed out the inning with a 16-0 advantage.

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