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Mon
10
Nov

Kirven, Ortiz first to represent Coolidge High cross country at state meet


Coolidge's Dianna Kirven​ trots up hill next to Priddy's Alex Evans near the finish line in Saturday's Class 1A Girls State Cross Country Meet in Round Rock. Kirven finished the course in 13:27.05, which was good enough for 18th place out of the field of 150. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
History was made by Coolidge’s Dianna Kirven and Maria Ortiz after they became the first cross country runners from the school to compete at the state meet this past weekend at Old Settler’s Park in Round Rock.
Kirven and Ortiz competed in the Class 1A girl’s cross country race, which was held Saturday afternoon. Kirven finished 18th out of the field of 150 with a time of 13:27.05, while Ortiz came in 51st with a time of 14:09.08.
Kirven looked good coming up the back stretch towards the finish line, running alongside Priddy’s Alex Evans up the steep incline.

To read more on this story, pick up a copy of Tuesday's edition of The Mexia News, or subscribe to our online edition.

Mon
10
Nov

Mendoza battles mob at state


Mexia’s Guillermo Mendoza leads a small pack of runners in the state Cross Country meet, held this past weekend in Round Rock. Mendoza is the first Blackcat runner to make the state meet since 1994. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Guillermo Mendoza became the second Mexia boys cross country runner in school history to compete at the state meet this past Saturday at Old Settler's Park in Round Rock, matching the accomplishment by Jaspe Romero in 1994.
Mendoza (19:25.81) finished Saturday's race a couple of minutes behind his normal time, finishing a little further back than what he'd have liked.
"He got caught up in all the wash and couldn't run out of it," said coach Tony Leamon.
The Class 4A boy's race had 151 competitors roughing it through the hilly terrain and in some spots, it runners couldn't help but bottleneck through a few places, which slowed some of them from their normal paces.
"Guillermo came across the first mile on pace, but when you get caught up in that much wash, that much traffic, it's difficult to get out of and slows you down," Leamon said.

Mon
10
Nov

Blackcats win Battle of the River, District championship


Mexia running back Draeshaun Hanna sees daylight for one of his big touchdown runs in Friday night's Battle of the River game against the Groesbeck Goats. Hanna ended up six-yards shy of a 300-yard rushing game, but the 294 he had pushed him over the 2,000 yard mark on the season. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
"It's just a rivaly game," said coach Lamonte Chambers, as he and his Blackcats team took the win in stride Friday night against their Navasota River rival, the Groesbeck Goats.
Chambers managed to stay clear of the Gatorade bucket at least three times after the game as the players tried to drench him in the excitement of winning the Battle of the River game and becoming outright district champs. The first time that has been accomplished since 2002.
"It feels great," Chambers says. "At the same time we don't feel like we're done yet. It's just one step and we just want to keep moving on ... it's a good feeling."
Mexia (7-3) moves on to meet the Tarkington Longhorns (6-4), the No. 4 seed from District 8-4A in the bi-district round of the playoffs.
The game will be played on Saturday, Nov. 15, at Merrill Green Stadium in Bryan. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Wed
05
Nov

Wortham girls blast Frost, playoff-bound

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
In the most recent Texas Girls Coaches Association Volleyball Poll, the Wortham Lady Bulldogs are ranked No. 30 in Class 2A with a 25-12 record, but it's actually 31-12 after this "dark horse" of a team - one of the comments made in the poll this past Monday - knocked down and swept the No. 10 Frost Lady Polar Bears, 25-13, 25-19, 25-16, Monday night.
Right now this team has the capability of going deep into the Class 2A playoffs, especially the way their front line of Elisha Libhart, Kate Vogel and Trinity Shivers is playing.
Against Frost, Libhart, Vogel and Shivers combined for 29 kills and 15 blocks. Libhart also had 10 digs, was 14-15 serving with two aces, Vogel had eight digs and was perfect at the service line (10-10) and Shivers hit on seven of eight serves in the match.
"Our girls are continually outhustling our opponents," said coach Johnny Ward.

Wed
05
Nov

Battle of the River is Friday

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
This Friday night marks the 76th meeting between the Mexia Blackcats and the Groesbeck Goats in the Annual Battle of the River football game.
What's at stake?
The coveted Navasota River highway sign that is the trophy and bragging rights in who's the better team in Limestone County.
This year's game is being played in Groesbeck.
The last time it was played there (2012), the Goats went into the game with a 4-2 record at that point, looking to break Mexia's 13 game win streak - the longest winning streak in the series so far. The Blackcats, at that juncture, were 0-6 and still looking for their first win of the season.
Both teams played hard, but the Goats ended up with the advantage in the end with a 43-6 win.
Last season the trophy moved back to Mexia High School after a thriller of a game at Black Cat Field.

Mon
03
Nov

Mendoza qualifies for state meet


Mexia's Guillermo Mendoza sprints to the finish line and on his way to qualifying for the state meet this weekend in Round Rock. Mendoza continues to set school records as he broke another personal best this past weekend at the regional meeet in Humble. Photo by John Cockerell/ Fairfield Recorder

The Blackcats Guillermo Mendoza ran another personal best, setting his third school record in a row with a time of 17:10 at the regional cross country meet held in Humble this past weekend.
Mendoza's time was good enough to earn a spot this weekend at the state meet, which will be held at Old Settler's Park in Round Rock on Saturday, Nov. 8. He is the second Mexia cross country runner on the boy's side to accomplish that feat. The last Blackcats boy's team runner that reached the state meet was back in 1994.
The boy's team finished seventh out of 24 teams Saturday.

To read more on this story, pick up a copy of Tuesday's edition of The Mexia News, or subscribe to our online edition.

Mon
03
Nov

Blackcats undisputed district champs


The Blackcats Carlos Carrillo lays into Fairfield runner Cameron Hicks for the stop in Friday nights 34-21 win over the Eagles. Carrillo also had a fumble recovery in the game. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Last Friday night the Mexia Blackcats broke their drought of being outright district champs with an impressive, hard fought win over one of their long time rivals, the Fairfield Eagles, 34-21.
Coach Lamonte Chambers, who has been the head coach of the Blackcats for three seasons now, is excited for his team and the possibilities of bigger and better things to come.
"It feels great," Chambers said. "The goal was set and we reached it. It's been a long time coming and I don't think we're finished quite yet ... we're excited!"
In the game, the Eagles drew first blood when quarterback Haisan Myers hit Chance Carroll on a 14-yard pass and kicker Erick Rodriquez Reyes added the extra point to make it 7-0.

Mon
27
Oct

Hustle name of game for Blackcats


Mexia's Demitiri Freeman (77) and Quay Gamble (22) listen to defensive coordinator Frankie Smith on the sideline during the Blackcats game with the Lorena Leopards. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Friday night's football game between Mexia and Lorena was a big change of pace from the previous one the Blackcats played and went a lot quicker as well, with the game lasting a few minutes past the two hour mark.
Both teams passed seldom and played more towards their run game, with of course Mexia coming out on top, 36-20, after it was all said and done.
That could be due to the fact that the Blackcats top running back, Draeshaun Hanna, had plenty of rest in the third quarter. Hanna, along with Matron Gerald and the Blackcats offensive line wore down the Leopards in the fourth quarter as both backs scored on long runs. A 60 yarder from Gerald and a 76-yard score from Hanna to seal the win.
"Our kids hustled and they played real hard," said coach Lamonte Chambers. "Which made all the difference in the world!"

Wed
22
Oct

Girls fall to Fairfield


Mexia’s Brianna Forge gets ready to bump the ball as her teammates wait in anticipation during the Ladycats match against Fairfield Tuesday night. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The Mexia Ladycats fell to 2-5 in district play after falling to the Fairfield Lady Eagles for the second time this season Tuesday night, 25-19, 25-21, 25-12.
The first two sets of the match were relatively close as the Ladycats stayed to within a point or two throughout each game, but Fairfield seemed to find a way to forge ahead at the end.
Aniyah Jelks, McKenzie Bain, Katilyn Gipson, Brianna Forge and Alannie Connor all played well for Mexia Tuesday night. Nicole Williams came up with some big plays in the second set that helped give the Ladycats the lead a couple of times in the game. Gipson and Bain showed strong play near the net as well.

To read more on this story, pick up a copy of Thursday's edition of The Mexia News, or subscribe to our online edition.

Wed
22
Oct

Cross country teams headed to regionals


Mexia cross country runner Guillermo Mendoza finished fourth at the district meet held in Fairfield Tuesday morning, topping the school record he set last week with a time of 17:20.76. The varsity boys team finished second at the meet and will move on to the regional meet on Nov. 1 in Humble. Mexia News photos/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Give it up for the Mexia cross country team as they finished the district meet held Tuesday morning in Fairfield with both the varsity boys and girls teams advancing to regionals, which will be held on Nov. 1.
The Mexia boys varsity team came in second place behind Palestine. Fairfield came in third. All three teams will advance to the regional meet.
Guillermo Mendoza led the Blackats by finishing in fourth place behind three Palestine runners. Mendoza finished the 5K race with a time of 17:20.76, setting another school record in the process.
Diego Rivera finished in sixth place for Mexia with a time of 17:35.46, followed by Miguel Pena (17:58.65) in eighth place, Emmanuel Carrillo (18:01.56) ninth and Kataryess Griffin (18:03.28) in 10th. Also finishing in the top 15 were Jose Lara (18:18.35) at No. 12 and Carlos Rivera (18:28.31) at No. 13.

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