Sports

Fri
24
Jun

New donated scoreboards nice upgrade for Mexia’s baseball fields

While they have served their purpose for many years, the old wood scoreboards at the Mexia youth baseball fields are being replaced with electronic scoreboards.
The Mexia Baseball/Softball Association recently installed a brand new electronic scoreboard on Field 1 at Mexia City Park, replacing the old wooden one.

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
A new scoreboard has been installed at Field No. 1 in Mexia City Park, a second new scoreboard is on its way, both replacing old wooden scoreboards that have been used for years.
The baseball fields are used by the Mexia Baseball/Softball Association and are a welcome addition according to league president, Dave Klosterman.
The new scoreboard was purchased and will be sponsored by Cen-Tex Roof Systems.
A second scoreboard has been purchased by Citizens National Bank and should be installed before the Texas Teenage Baseball Boys 10U District Tournament slated to be played here starting July 11.
Klosterman says there are plans in the works to add two additional scoreboards in the near future.

Wed
22
Jun

There's nothing like kids and baseball on a summer day

This kid  looks as if he’s talking on one during the middle of game action from the t-ball games held at the Mexia City Park baseball complex.
This youngster for the Bi-Stone Building Supply team met with success in putting the ball in play during t-ball action Tuesday evening at Mexia City Park.
Doing his best Michael Jordan impression, this young man playing for Jerry’s Tire House Blue Crush team gets ready to throw the runner out at first.
No telling what thought was running across this youngster’s mind during Tuesday evening’s t-ball game in Mexia City Park.
A fielder tries to chase down the baserunner during a game played Tuesday evening at the baseball complex in Mexia City Park.
Harmoney Brooks, left, and Jakaela Freeman enjoyed refreshments from the concession stand during the t-ball game Tuesday evening.

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
One of the joys of watching baseball are the games in which youngsters are just starting to learn the game.
That’s why t-ball is such fun to watch. The kids, basically, have no idea why they are out there, other than the fact their parents brought them to the field, and that they get to enjoy a cool, refreshing snow cone or other delightful treat after the game.
The atmosphere is chaotic at times as coaches try to place players in position on the field and to stand correctly while batting.
Some of the youngsters catch on pretty quick, while others find more interesting things – other than baseball – to do during games. A popular distraction is finding joy in pulling up some of the outfield grass and throwing it up in the air to see how far the wind will blow it.

Mon
20
Jun

Pro rodeo competitors heading to Mexia

Top cowboys and cowgirls from the CPRA will compete in the upcoming Mexia Chamber Rodeo.

Mexia News Staff Report

Mon
20
Jun

Boys' baseball tournaments coming up

Mexia News Staff Report

The Mexia Baseball/Softball Association will be hosting the Texas Teenage Association’s Boys 10 and under tight base tournament for District 8, starting July 11.
The tournament will include the first and second place teams from Mexia, along with the first and second place teams from the Brazos Valley American League and National League to round out the bracket of six teams.
Groesbeck will be hosting TTA district tournaments.
They will host the Boys 6U t-ball tournament for District 6.
The six team tournament will feature the first and second place teams from Groesbeck, along with the first and second place teams from Mexia and Leon County.
The tournament is also slated to start July 11.
The town will be hosting the TTA state Girls 10U softball tournament that will begin July 18.

Mon
20
Jun

Navarro College Roundup

Volleyball
The Bulldogs will look to keep their success from last year going as the season fast approaches.
Navarro will play their first scrimmage on Aug. 13 at Texas Wesleyan, followed by two more scrimmages against Brookhaven and Temple, both on the road, Aug. 19-20.
The regular season will begin on Aug. 25 against Eastfield College on the road.
The team will play their first home game Aug. 31, when they host Cedar Valley.
According to the schedule, the Bulldogs will only have five home games this season.
Navarro finished 19-12 last year under head coach Kasey McBrearty, who is entering her third season at the helm for the Bulldogs volleyball team.
Here is the full schedule for the 2016 Bulldogs volleyball season:
Aug. 25 – at Eastfield, 2 p.m.
Aug. 26-27 – at Tyler Opening Weekend Classic
Aug. 30 – at Temple, 6 p.m.
Aug. 31 – Cedar Valley, 7 p.m.
Sept. 2-3 – at Temple Day of Labor Classic

Fri
17
Jun

Nohe leaving MHS volleyball coaching job

Coach Kamol Nohe, standing, will be the new girl’s athletic coordinator and head volleyball coach at Cameron High School this coming fall.

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Mexia High School will be looking for a new volleyball coach after it was learned earlier this week that Kamol Nohe has been hired by Cameron High School to be their new girl’s athletic coordinator and volleyball coach this coming season.
Nohe was hired by Mexia in the summer of 2014, coaching the Ladycats volleyball team two seasons in which he guided the team to back-to-back playoff appearances, finishing as bi-district finalists each season.
Mexia athletic director Lamonte Chambers confirmed Nohe had left and that they are in the process of searching for a new volleyball coach, as well as a new softball coach.

Fri
17
Jun

Victory Bowl 2016 raises $100,000+

exia News Staff Report

Fri
17
Jun

On This Day…

On this day in 1923, the Mexia Gushers fell to the Austin Rangers, 5-3, in 13 innings.
Unfortunately for the Gushers, they lost their star outfielder, Bryan – considered the best in the Texas Association – for the rest of the season due to a broken leg suffered in the first inning when he tried to slide into second base.
Despite the loss, Mexia remains in first place with a record of 38-22 and are 5 1/2 games ahead of second place Sherman (32-27) and seven games up on third place Corsicana (31-29).
Marlin (29-31) sits in fourth, Waco (26-34) is in fifth and Austin (23-37) rounds out the six-team Texas Association League in the cellar.

Fri
17
Jun

UIL approves baseball, softball changes

Mexia News Staff Report

Wed
15
Jun

Mexia’s Marberry standout pitcher in early pro baseball

Fred “Firpo” Marberry, pictured here during his pitching days with the Washington Senators, made his home in Mexia after retirement from Major League Baseball.

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
He might not be a household name these days, but there was a time his name was mentioned often, more than likely by local town folk gathered at the coffee shop, sipping their morning coffee and browsing through the sports section of the newspaper.
They would probably have been conversing about what happened in the Washington Senators game – no, not the political ones, but the baseball team – or the Detroit Tigers, depending on what year it was.
After all, one particular player who played for both of those teams got his start playing for the Mexia Gushers baseball nine back in 1922, when the team was a member of the Texas-Oklahoma League.
From there, he went on to play for the Little Rock Travelers of the Southern Association before his contract was sold to the Washington Senators in 1923.
So who is this mystery fella that ended up going from semi-pro to professional in such a short time?

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