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Mon
15
Sep

Execution a problem, Chambers says


Mexia quarterback Jaylen Gipson (7) tries to slip in behind Case Adair’s (33) block to gain some positive yards for the Blackcats against Robinson’s defense during last Friday night’s game in Robinson. Pictured in back is lineman Landry Harrison (66). Mexia News photos/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Execution, execution, execution.
Those are the words Mexia head coach Lamonte Chambers stated repeatedly about his team's overall performance during last Friday night's 27-20 loss to the Robinson Rockets on the road.
Mexia started out playing well the first half of the game and went into the locker room down by one, 14-13.
Blackcat quarterback Jaylen Gipson scored both of the first half touchdowns on runs of two and 12-yards.
The second half didn't start out the way Mexia wanted it to, thanks in part to the little yellow flag hitting the ground on their first drive more than once and with receivers not being where they should have been when the ball was thrown.

To read more, pick up a copy of Tuesday's The Mexia News.

Tue
09
Sep

Tough holding calls keep Yellowjackets from two TDs


Delvin Smith, kneeling, and Dre Kirven, standing, combined to give the Yellowjackets a power boost offensively during their 62-32 loss to Aquilla last Friday night. Kirven was making his season debut, rushing for over 200 yards and could have gone over the 400 yard mark with a couple of more scores had it not been for penalties. Also pictured, to the right, is Wanya Jones. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The Coolidge Yellowjackets fell to 0-2 on the season after Friday night’s tough loss to the Aquilla Cougars, 62-32.
"We played a good team with an exceptional athlete on the offensive side," said Coolidge head coach Randy Jones. "They did a good job and we didn't do what we needed to, to stop him and I give them all congratulations."
Dre Kirven – who missed the season opener – was back on the field for the Yellowjackets, picking up 206 yards rushing on 16 carries and a pair of touchdowns.
Kirven should have had two more scores, but Coolidge was called for holding each time on his 55-yard runs for touchdowns.

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Tue
09
Sep

Errors plague Blackcats


Mexia linebacker Tyrik Ray takes down Teague quarterback Austin Skinner for the sack. Defensive lineman Lois Mora races in from behind to help out. Mexia News photos/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
What could go wrong, did go wrong for the Mexia Blackcats during Friday night's 61-32 loss to the Teague Lions.
Mexia was plagued again by penalties (11-90) after being flagged in the season opener 12 times for 100 yards.
"It's something we've got to get better at," said coach Lamonte Chambers. "Whether we thought they were penalties or not, they were called on us."
Another area of concern during the loss was the sudden difficulties both centers had in getting the ball snapped smoothly back to Jaylen Gipson all game long.
Gipson spent the majority of his time leaping up in the air to pull down the ball, throwing his rhythm off offensively, which inadvertently threw the backs and receivers off as well due to timing issues on plays.

To read more, see Tuesday's edition of The Mexia News.

Mon
01
Sep

Blackcats hold off McGregor


Settling in after a bit of a sluggish start, the Mexia defensive front was able to put more pressure on McGregor's quarterback and slow down the run game. Pictured in this set, left to right, are Keymon Oliver, Demitri Freeman, Arikel Winn and Quay Gamble. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Draeshaun Hanna's four touchdown runs and key defensive plays by Tyrik Ray, Curk Harris, Karon Tatum, Arikel Winn and Carlos Carrillo helped the Mexia Blackcats hold off the McGregor Bulldogs for a 27-21 win Friday night at Black Cat Field.
With the score tied at 21, Hanna had two big running plays late in the game that gave the Blackcats the final edge. With just under six minutes remaining in the game and the ball at the McGregor 45-yard line, Hanna chewed up 34-yards to get the team inside the 20 and down to the 11-yard line. Two plays later Hanna runs to the McGregor side of the field and slips in for the go ahead score.

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Wed
27
Aug

Girls have tough time vs. Waco High

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
After a hard fought match against Class 2A's Valley Mills Lady Eagles last Friday, the Mexia Ladycats were on the road this past Tuesday to take on a Class 5A team, the Waco High Lady Lions.
The Ladycats struggled after winning the first set and eventually fell to the Waco team 3-1.
Mexia came out strong and aggressive, winning the first set 25-21.
The second set was close, but Waco managed to pull through the game to win it 25-22, which evened up the match at one win a piece at that point.

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Wed
27
Aug

Football seasons kick off starting Thursday

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Tonight, Friday and Saturday night mark the start of the 2014 Texas high school football season with at least three local teams playing each of those nights.
The Teague Lions travel to Waco ISD Stadium Thursday night to play the Lexington Eagles, with kickoff slated at 7:30 p.m.
Teague has several players to watch out for in quarterback Austin Skinner (2,865 yards passing, 33 touchdowns), running back John Love (2,117 rushing yards, 24 TDs; 14 catches, 339 yards, four TDs) and wide receiver Charlie Mitchell (74 catches, 1,312 yards, 19 TDs), which makes the Lions offense backset and wideouts a lethal combination.

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Wed
13
Aug

Wortham bests Mexia in volleyball opener


Trinity Shivers, Wortham junior, going up for the hit against Mexia on Tuesday, Aug.12. Wortham won all three sets against Mexia. Mexia News photo/Jennifer Lansford

By Mike Eddleman
Publisher
An experienced Wortham volleyball squad took advantage of a Mexia squad facing a steep learning curve Tuesday, cruising to a three-game win at home.
The (10-25, 18-25, 6-25) victory for Wortham was the first match of the season for both teams and the first at Mexia for new coach Kamol Nohe.
“We're still working to get our heads where they need to be,” Nohe said of his squad. “We don't have the court sense we need and we made a lot of errors tonight. We gave them a lot of points and it is hard to win when that happens.”
On the other side of the court, the experience showed for the Lady Bulldogs.

Mon
11
Aug

Lady Yellowjackets have four returning starters


Dianna Kirven bumps the ball during the Lady Yellowjackets first practice Monday. Kirven missed last season due to a knee injury, but has recovered to help Coolidge work towards a district title this year. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
After a tough season in 2013, the Lady Yellowjackets look to improve this year as they prepare for exciting things to come.
Coolidge has four starters coming back this year, including Dianna Kirven who missed most of last volleyball season with an injury.
“She’s a big part of our team,” said Bobby Smith, Head Coach.
Coolidge had several players make the 14-1A All-District team last season in volleyball, which includes returning players Adrianna Jones (first team), Kirven (honorable mention) and Alejandra Acevedo (honorable mention).
Those players, along with starter Maria Ortiz, will step up to fill the void left by the seniors that graduated this past spring.

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Mon
11
Aug

Yellowjackets get started, tough district ahead


Things are “right on the money” after the first day of practice in Coolidge as Deandre Kirven (making the catch) and Eddie Rivera (in back) work on some offensive drills. The Yellowjackets look to make a return to the playoffs this season in the new District 14-1A (six man). Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The Coolidge Yellowjackets hit the practice field much like every high school football team did from around the state on Monday, partaking in drills and getting back into the groove.
Second year coach Randy Jones liked what he saw during Monday’s practice with the group of kids coming back from last season’s playoff team and expects they’ll make another trip this year since they only lost one player to graduation.
But there is one obstacle that could be a tough challenge for the Yellowjackets, maybe two, and that would be having Abbott and Milford in the district.

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Wed
06
Aug

New Ladycats volleyball season begins with new coach


New Ladycats head volleyball coach, Kamol Nohe, center, demonstrates a setting skill for the girls during the first day of practice on Monday. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
A new season, a new attitude and a new coach seems to have the Ladycats volleyball team excited this year as they prepare for the upcoming season that starts next week.
Kamol Nohe will take over the program from former coach Sherri Cain, who took a position at the end of the school year with another independent school district in south Texas.
Nohe has an impressive resume coming in, coaching at Lorena and Moody and also coaching club volleyball in Waco. He has also coached soccer at Waco High and Midway, guiding the later mentioned girl’s team to the final four of the state playoffs, but his focus is entirely on volleyball and getting the Mexia program back on track after a tough season in 2013.

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