Sports

Wed
23
Apr

Track team heads to preliminary regional events tomorrow


Mexia track teams will compete at the Regional Meet in Humble beginning Friday and going on through Saturday. Shown here is the girls track team, along with Coach Randy Barger (left) during practice on Tuesday. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The Mexia Blackcats track team will be represented well at this year’s regional meet that is scheduled to begin tomorrow with preliminary track and field events and end on Saturday with the finals in all events.
Mexia’s Kendric Mack will test the speed of his opponents in the 200 Meter Dash at the Regional Meet in Humble beginning tomorrow, along with the 4x100 Meter Relay team of Arik Weathers, Danny Huckaby, Deldrick Hobbs and Mack.
Their best time so far this season was at the Fairfield meet with a 42.65, good enough for a first place finish. Their time at the Area Meet was 42.87 for a second place finish.
Coach Frankie Smith has made a few adjustments to the relay teams over the past few weeks. The big test will be at the Humble meet.

To read more, pick up a copy of Thursday's The Mexia News, or subscribe to our e-edition.

Wed
23
Apr

Ladycats on to bi-district

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The Mexia Ladycats finished third in district behind Rusk and Groesbeck and will face Lufkin Hudson (22-4) at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville Friday evening at 7 p.m., in a bi-district game.
Mexia’s Dashia Forge will lead the team in the pitcher’s circle tomorrow night and the one-two duo of Cheyenne Thompson and McKenzie Bain will be back in action to help the Ladycats produce runs.
Mexia’s Tyesha Johnson, Alexis Molina, Andre’ya Flemming, Ty’Zane Williams, Bre Stoner and Priscilla Garcia have all been productive for the Ladycats throughout the season both at the plate and in the field.
Coach Courtney Adams was pleased overall with how the season has played out, including being able to field a junior varsity team all year.

To read more, pick up a copy of Thursday's The Mexia News, or subscribe to our e-edition.

Wed
23
Apr

Mexia takes Palestine in wild game Tuesday night


Mexia seniors Brady Walker, Tre’ Craig, Taylor Threat, D. J. Johnson and Zack Reece were all recognized Tuesday evening prior to the start of the Blackcats district game against Palestine. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
It’ll go down as one of the most wild and thrilling games of the season as the Mexia Blackcats finally got back in the win column with a 9-8 defeat of the Palestine Wildcats at home on Tuesday night.
“A little excitement here in the last part of the year,” said Coach Matt Matus. “That’s great. That’s good stuff!”
The Wildcats – down 8-5 at the beginning of the final inning – tied the game at eight in the top of the seventh and it looked as if Mexia might end up on the losing end with only one out and a Palestine runner still on base.
Reliever Zack Reece was able to battle hard against the Wildcats first baseman Jake Neal, eventually retiring the big hitter on strikes for the second out and Chico Herod, who reached on a bunt single earlier in the inning for Palestine, was caught stealing third to get the Blackcats out of the inning with the score tied up.

Mon
21
Apr

Off-season program promises payoff in fall

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

This spring’s off-season program is shaping up well for Blackcat athletes. Athletic Director Lamonte Chambers has implemented some new tools in this year’s program that should pay off nicely for the upcoming athletic year ahead.

The off-season program plays a big part in the overall athletic program at Mexia High School and in the middle school as well, according to Coach Chambers.

The program is broken down into groups formed of athletes from all sports, providing leadership skills and educational skills that will help give Mexia athletes an all-around edge not just on the playing field, but in the classroom and life in general.
The leadership phase of the program is broken down into three aspects, academics, discipline and workouts.

Mon
21
Apr

Blackcats fall to Fairfield in Friday’s district face-off


Mexia’s Shelby Hileman tries to score for the Blackcats during early game action against the Fairfield Eagles last Friday night. Mexia fell to the host Eagles in district play, 10-1. Mexia News photos/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

The Blackcats dropped their district game with the Fairfield Eagles on Friday evening, 10-1, despite a strong outing by pitcher Zack Reece.

Reece scattered nine hits and gave up six earned runs, but he also fanned five Eagle hitters in the game.

The Eagles scored three runs in the first four innings.

Mexia managed to get the lone run on the board in the top of the fourth when Brady Walker hit a sacrifice fly that allowed pinch runner Bryce Sterling to cross home plate.

To read more, pick up a copy of Tuesday's Mexia News, or subscribe to our e-edition.

Thu
17
Apr

Mexia Slam Dunk, 3-Point contests coming April 27

There will be a 3-Point Shooting and Slam Dunk Contest in Mexia at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 27.
The adult category winner receives $500 in the Basketball Shooting Contest and the cost is $20 for each two-player team.
Grades 3-8 and 9-12 competitors’ cost is $10 each for a two-player team and win some 4-foot trophies.
In the Slam Dunk Contest, the adult cost is $20 and the winner receives $100 cash. In the grades 9-12 High School Division the winner receives a big bronze basketball trophy.
The event will be held at the Old Mexia Junior High Gym. The gym opens at 2 p.m. for shoot-around and signups and the competition begins at 4:30 p.m.
The event is hosted by the Mexia Summer Varsity Eligible Basketball team.
For more information, call Curtis at 254-747-5791 or Sherman at 254-224-2539.

Thu
17
Apr

Blackcats fall to Buffalo in hard-fought pitching duel


Mexia shortstop Case Adair slowly rises to his feet after stealing second base in the Blackcats game against Buffalo Tuesday evening. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Tuesday evening couldn’t have been much worse for the Mexia Blackcats baseball team and their fans. While the game was hard fought and basically boiled down to a pitcher’s duel that eventually leaned in favor of Buffalo, 3-1, fans and players had to endure unseasonably cold temperatures. But the worst part of the whole evening had to be the most-annoying version of Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” that was played prior to the start of the bottom of the sixth inning.
As far as the game went, Mexia played one of their hardest fought baseball games this season despite the outcome.
After playing two scoreless innings, the Blackcats looked to be on the verge of breaking the game wide open after getting a couple of players on base, but the Bison’s defense halted the Mexia advance and the score still remained knotted at zero.

Fri
11
Apr

Varsity track teams each take second in Palestine meet


Arik Weathers, right, passes the baton to teammate Kendric Mack at the first leg of the varsity boys 4x100 Meter Relay in Palestine.

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

Both the varsity boys and girls track teams finished second overall at the 19-3A district track meet held April 9-10 at Palestine High School.
Fairfield girls finished in first with 239.5 points, Mexia second with 118, Palestine third with 116, Groesbeck fourth with 85.5 and Rusk fifth with 28.
The Palestine boys varsity track team finished first overall with 214.5 points, Mexia second with 143.5, Fairfield third with 121, Rusk fourth with 71 and Groesbeck fifth with 52.

To read more, pick up a copy of Saturday's The Mexia News, or subscribe to our e-edition.

Fri
11
Apr

Eric Wells qualifies for regional golf meet


Mexia’s Eric Wells has the ball lined up to sink this putt during the district golf tournament held Tuesday at Big Cedar Country Club in Teague. Mexia News photo/ Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

Rusk and Palestine golf teams will advance to the regional meet after placing one and two in the district meet held in Jacksonville and Teague earlier this week.
Mexia’s Eric Wells made it to the list of top 12 medalists, putting his way to the number five spot with a two-day total of 190 (94, 96).
Wells sister, Mia, also made the top 12 medalists in the girl’s competition, sliding in at the number eight spot with a two-day total of 254.
Overall, the Mexia boys team finished fifth in district and the girls finished fourth.
Eric will be the lone representative from Mexia competing in the regional meet that will be held at Raven Nest Golf Club at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, April 16-17.

Wed
09
Apr

Cats can’t get past Rusk’s pitcher


Mexia’s Case Adair keeps the glove on a Rusk base runner during early game action Tuesday evening. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

The Blackcats struggled at the plate Tuesday night, no thanks to Rusk Eagle’s pitcher Josh Raiborn, who ended up pitching a 10-0 shutout and held Mexia hitless in the game.
Mexia managed to get only four batters on base via a dropped third strike in the first inning that allowed Case Adair to reach first, D.J. Johnson getting hit by a pitch in the bottom of the third, Blake Lewis reaching first on a walk and Zack Reece getting a base-on-balls in fourth and fifth innings respectively.
Rusk came up with two runs in the top of the first to take a quick lead and added three more in the third to go up 5-0.
The Eagles scored one each in the fourth and fifth and tacked on three in the top of the sixth.

To read more, pick up a copy of Thursday's The Mexia News, or subscribe to our e-edition.

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