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Mon
09
Feb

Yellow Jackets obliterate Penelope

Deandre Kirven scored 25 and Eddie Rivera flooded Yellow Jacket Gym with seven 3-pointers for 21 points as Coolidge exploded for a 111-45 win over the Penelope Wolverines Friday night at home.
The No. 9 ranked Yellow Jackets dominated the Wolverines in the first half, leading at the break by 41, 69-28. Four other players - besides Kirven and Rivera - scored in double figures for Coolidge. Team leading scorer Ro’derick Calhoun knocked down 18, Delvin Smith added 17, Darion McClendon scored 13 and Manuel Santa Cruz contributed with 12 points in the game.
Coolidge (24-6, 10-0) has two more games left in the regular season before they head into the playoffs as the top seed from District 26-1A.
The Yellow Jackets will be on the road to finish up district play beginning Tuesday night against Abbott and Friday night with Aquilla.

Fri
23
Jan

Packed house sees intense Blackcat win over Goats


Mexia’s Malik Keener goes up for a tough shot over the Goats John O’Kelley during first quarter action of the Blackcats 81-51 win over district rival Groesbeck Tuesday night at home in front of a sold out gym.

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Tuesday night’s game between Groesbeck and No. 18 ranked Mexia had all the makings of a big time college basketball game as Black Cat Gym was filled to capacity and then some. Fans from both sides certainly got their money’s worth, especially Mexia as the Blackcats fought off the Goats for their first district win of the season, 81-51.
“I love games like this where the fans from both teams are cheering for the kids,” said coach Tony Leamon. “That’s what basketball’s about. I mean that kind of intensity and atmosphere, that’s what you want. That’s just beautiful and that’s what it’s about.”
Intense indeed as the game was both electrifying and very physical throughout. Both teams banged the boards hard in the early going, matched with a little verbage played in between players as Mexia kept the pressure on in the first quarter, taking a 23-14 lead.

Fri
23
Jan

Ladycats beat Groesbeck


Ladycat Destini Hutchison shoots a mid-range jumper early in the first period of play during Mexia’s big 77-28 win over archrival Groesbeck Tuesday night in front of a packed house at Black Cat Gym. The Ladycats finish the first half of district play undefeated at 4-0. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The Ladycats came out and scored big in Tuesday night’s district rival game with the Groesbeck Lady Goats, as they cruised to a 77-28 home win in front of a packed house.
The air was definitely electric inside Black Cats Gym when both of these teams took to the floor. Groesbeck led by four early in the game, get through Mexia’s trapping full court defense, but the Ladycats caught up and surpassed the Lady Goats to end up with a 13-9 lead after the first period.
Mexia came out in the second period to go on an 8-0 run, led by Tee Owens all around game of scoring and dishing out assists on some incredible passes to teammates. Owens got a little help from Demodesty Williams, who hit a pair of three-pointers and a couple of two-point field goals, along with Soroya Hollie who scored six in the quarter to give the Ladycats a 31 point halftime advantage.

Fri
23
Jan

Parent Night


Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

Tuesday night was Parent Night prior to the start of the Mexia Ladycats basketball game with Groesbeck. All players were escorted onto the court by their parents, including outgoing seniors pictured here. On the left is Katilyn Gipson, accompanied by Carolyn Gipson; Taylor Porter, escorted by parents Deborah and Cedric Porter, and Abrian Shaw, with Deon and Bubba Weathers.

Fri
23
Jan

Lady Bulldogs’ rally saves playoff hopes


Elisha Libhart is shown scoring 2 of her 13 points to help the Lady Bulldogs come away with the win over Kerens Tuesday night at home. The final score was Wortham 52, Kerens 48. Mexia News photo/Jennifer Lansford

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With five district games remaining, it is difficult to say the season hinged on a Lady Bulldog win Tuesday over Kerens, but a loss would have devastating to Wortham’s playoff hopes.
A pair of big baskets by Elisha Libhart and clutch free throws from Kendle Rhodes in the final minute was the difference, though, as Wortham topped Kerens 52-48.
Wortham (20-4/4-3) was coming off back-to-back losses for the first time this year, falling to fourth in the district race. In the first half it looked as though the Lady Bulldogs would cruise past Kerens on the hot shooting of Kamarie Freeman and the team’s 29 rebounds.

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

Fri
23
Jan

Second half sinks Bulldogs as Kerens takes win, 56-35


Jordan Lansford goes in with the lay-up for 2 of his 13 points for the night as the Wortham Bulldogs played Kerens Tuesday night. The Bulldogs lead Kerens going into the half, but couldn’t hold on in the end. Kerens ended up with the win, with a final score of Wortham 38, Kerens 57. Mexia News photo/Jennifer Lansford

By Mike Eddleman
Publisher
For the first two quarters, the Wortham Bulldogs held down Kerens with both teams struggling from the floor, but the visitors’ offense came alive in the second half, running away with a 56-35 win.
The Bulldogs won a messy first half, where both teams struggled from the floor. After Kerens took a 2-0 lead, Cesar Ruiz tied the game, before Cole Shivers sank a pair of free throws and Daniel Trantham hit one to take a 5-2 lead. Trantham scored underneath on the next possession and Wortham led 7-2.
Kerens managed only two field goals in the first quarter and four in the second and were out-rebounded in the half 15-11 by a hustling Bulldogs squad.
Jordan Lansford helped Wortham maintain the lead going into the half, ring the team’s final six points of the second quarter, including the final bucket of the half to regain the lead, 18-17.

Fri
23
Jan

Six Blackcats selected to spots on Super Centex team

Mexia News Staff Report

Six Mexia Blackcat football players have been selected to the 2014 Super Centex Football Team that was released by the Waco Tribune on Sunday, Jan. 18.
Players named to the team were Draeshaun Hanna, Tyrik Ray, Matron Gerald, Jaylen Gipson, Demitri Freeman and Karoan Tatum.
Hanna made the first team at running back. The 6-0, 190 lb. senior helped lead the Blackcats to a district championship, rushing for 2,187 yards on 209 carries and scoring 28 touchdowns. He also had two touchdowns coming out of the backfield as a receiver.

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

Fri
23
Jan

Get tickets now for annual football banquet

Start marking your calendars Mexia Blackcat fans, because Thursday, Jan. 29, is the annual football banquet!
The event is set for 6:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church’s Christian Life Center, 500 E. Carthage St. in Mexia.
The Blackcat student athletes as well as cheerleaders will be introduced to those attending, and many awards will be presented. The highlight of the evening will be presentation of the Shield of Honor, which is given to the athlete who epitomizes not only great athletic ability but is best all-around in qualities of sportsmanship, leadership and academics.
Tickets for the event are $10 and may be purchased at Womack Insurance and Realty Service beginning Jan. 21.

Fri
23
Jan

Yellow Jackets win 19th game in a row

Mexia News Staff Report

Wed
14
Jan

Coolidge boys, girls obliterate Penelope

The No. 11 ranked Coolidge Lady Yellow Jackets keep on rolling as they easily handled the Penelope Lady Wolverines Tuesday night on the road, 68-17.
Coolidge - ranked No. 2 in the Texas Girls Coaches Association state poll released late Monday - held back from their seemingly normal 30 plus first quarter scoring spree of late, settling for just 20, while holding Penelope to zero.
The Lady Yellow Jackets added 18 more in the second quarter, allowing the Lady Wolverines to score a bucket for good measure, taking a 38-2 lead at the half.
Dianna Kirven and Adrianna Jones did most of their damage in the first half, combining for 31 of Coolidge's 38 points scored in periods one and two.
Jones guided the Lady Yellow Jackets offense for the most part in the second half, scoring 14.
Jones led all scorers with 27 in the game, while Dianna Kirven finished with 26.

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