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Mon
08
Feb

Ladycats show Lady Goats no mercy, win 80-36

Senior Tee Owens lays the ball up for two of her game-high 20 points last Friday night against the Groesbeck Lady Goats.

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

The No. 8-ranked Mexia Ladycats’ high-flying antics landed them with an impressive 80-36 district win over the Groesbeck Lady Goats last Friday night at home.
Outgoing senior Tee Owens put on quite a show. The four-year starter showed the standing-room-only crowd at Blackcat gym that she is back to her old self, dishing out behind-the-back passes for assists, making incredible passes to teammates and the usual 20-point production Ladycat fans are accustomed to.
Owens helped Mexia build a 21-9 lead at the end of the first period, getting help from teammates Camyre Smith – 6 points in the period – and Soroya Hollie and Destini Hutchison, both scoring 4 points each.
Jashima Smith fell into the groove in the second period, leading Mexia with 8 points scored, helping Mexia build a 27-point advantage by halftime, 42-15.

Mon
08
Feb

Goats beat Blackcats by 3 points

Mexia’s Shemar High, right, gets wrangled by Groesbeck’s Jarrius Washington during early action of the Blackcats’ district game with the Goats Friday night.

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

Friday night’s district rival game with the Groesbeck Goats is probably one the No. 25-ranked Mexia Blackcats wish they could get back.
After leading by 3 at the end of the first period, 15-12, the Goats managed to tie the game and move on top midway in the second quarter after Patrick Walker hit a free throw.
Mexia ended up trailing at the half, 34-27.
The Blackcats were able to cut the Goats advantage down to 5 at the close of the third period, 47-42.
Mexia’s Deandray Williams, Darious Eggins and Malik Keener helped the team claw their way back in late in the game, cutting the deficit to 1 in the closing seconds of play, 55-54.
Walker was fouled with just a few ticks remaining and sank both free throws to give the Goats a 3-point advantage, 57-54

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

Mon
08
Feb

Coolidge girls beat Penelope, 84-12

Mexia News Staff Report

Adrianna Jones had a career-high 52 points in No. 11 ranked Coolidge’s 84-12 win over the Penelope Lady Wolverines last Friday night on the road.
The senior forward had 34 of her 52 points scored by halftime.
The Lady Yellowjackets led by 27 after one, 28-1, then extended their lead to 39 by halftime. Coolidge held Penelope to only 5 points in the second half, as the district champs brought home a 72-point win.
Maria Ortiz and Jada Hayes each scored 8 points in the win, while Sofia Ortiz added 7 points of her own.
The Lady Yellowjackets are 9-0 in district play with one game remaining against Abbott tonight.
Playoffs begin next Monday, Feb. 15.

Mon
08
Feb

Yellowjackets clobber Wolverines

Mexia News Staff Report

Fri
05
Feb

Four Blackcats signed to play college football, baseball

Four Blackcat players signed their letters of intent to play ball: l-r, are Tyrik Ray, Darius Dorsey), Demetri Freeman and Avery Williams.

Mexia News Staff Report

National Signing Day yielded four Mexia athletes committing to continue their high school sports' careers at the college level.
Classmates, teachers and coaches were on hand at Blackcat gym to witness the signings and wish the players well in their future endeavors.
2015 Class 7-4A DII Defensive Lineman MVP Demetri Freeman signed his letter of intent to play with Texas Southern University, a NCAA Division I school in Houston that plays in the Southwestern Athletic Conference. Freeman finished his senior season with the Blackcats with 65 tackles, four sacks, two caused fumbles and 17 tackles for a loss.

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

Fri
05
Feb

Boys, girls powerlifting teams do well at Fairfield meet

Mexia News Staff Report

Win, win for the Blackcat powerlifters as both the boys and girls teams each finished second at the Fairfield Powerlifting Meet on Thursday.
For the Ladycats, Karina Rivera took first place honors in the 105 Class, Keila Molina finished in the top spot of the 165 Class and Dani Gauntt (listed as Kaci Gauntt on the THSWPA website) earned first place in the 198 Class.
Meisha McNeil had another good meet, finishing second in the 132 Class.

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

Fri
05
Feb

Blackcat soccer back on track

Mexia News Staff Report

After getting off to a slow start this season, the Mexia Blackcats soccer team have pieced together back-to-back wins to move to 2-1 in district play.
Mexia suffered a heartbreaking 1-0 loss in their district opener to Waco La Vega on the road Jan. 26, but came back to defeat Waco Connally at home on Jan. 29, 3-0.
Senior Alan Carbajal scored two goals in the game, with the final one on a free kick from about 45 yards out. Cristian Rivera scored the other goal for the Blackcats in the game.
This past Tuesday in Robinson, Mexia out-dueled the Rockets for a 2-1 win.

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

Wed
03
Feb

Ladycats secure top spot in standings

Senior Tee Owens, shown in a file photo,topped all scorers with 16 points in Mexia’s 39-33 win against Fairfield.

Mexia News Staff Report

It’s not easy stepping out on the basketball court in Fairfield and coming out with a win.
The last four times Mexia and Fairfield have met in the past two seasons (including Tuesday night) the margin of victory has been six, six, four and five, all in favor of the No. 8-ranked Mexia Ladycats.
Tuesday was no exception as the Ladycats kept their unbeaten district record intact with a 39-33 win over the Lady Eagles. Mexia has secured first place in the standings, regardless of the outcome of their game Friday night with Groesbeck.

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

Wed
03
Feb

Blackcats take Fairfield after two OT rounds

Tyrik Ray led all scorers with 22 points in the win against Fairfield Tuesday.

Mexia News Staff Report

The No. 25-ranked Mexia Blackcats marched into Tuesday night’s district game against the Fairfield Eagles with one thing on their mind: Win!
It took two overtime periods to achieve that, as the Blackcats left Fairfield with an 85-81 victory and remain unbeaten in District 18-4A at 5-0.
Mexia led after one, 16-14, but the Eagles came back to take the lead at the half, 30-29.
Fairfield extended their lead to 2 by the end of the third period of play, 48-46, as the Blackcats kept within striking distance.
The fourth period turned into a shooting match and just when it looked as if Mexia was down for the count, Shemar High tipped in a shot right at the buzzer to send the game into overtime with the score tied 73-73.

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

Wed
03
Feb

Threat drafted by new pro football league

Mexia News Staff Report

Former Mexia Blackcat and University of the Incarnate Word football player Devin Threat was recently drafted by the Orlando franchise of the newly-formed Major League Football League, scheduled to start this spring.
According to the UIW press release on Tuesday, the new league will feature eight teams with games running from March through July.
Threat graduated from UIW in 2015 and has helped out locally with Pittsburgh Steeler Kelvin Beachum’s – former Blackcat and SMU alumni – football camps the last couple of years.
While playing as an offensive lineman for UIW, Threat started in 41 games, including nine his freshman year.
During his junior year he earned College Sports Madness Second Team All-Independent honors and played in the College Football FCS All-American Bowl his senior season.

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