Sports

Sat
10
Jan

Coolidge girls clobber Bynum, Penelope up next

The No. 3 ranked Coolidge Lady Yellow Jackets stung the Bynum Lady Bulldogs rather convincingly Tuesday evening as they swarmed out to a Dianna Kirven led the Lady Yellow Jackets with 25 of her game high 28 in the first half alone, while teammate Adrianna Jones tapped out with 20.

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Sat
10
Jan

Yellowjackets set scoring record


Coolidgeʼs Roʼderick Calhoun (shown in this file photo) had a career game against the Bynum Bulldogs Tuesday night, leading the Yellow Jackets to a 117-43 win after finishing the contest with 46 points.

The No. 9 ranked Coolidge Yellow Jackets took no mercy on the Bynum Bulldogs Tuesday night, in setting a school record for most points in a game with their 117-43 win on the road.

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Wed
07
Jan

Strong finish propels Blackcats over Athens

By Mike Eddleman
Publisher
It took the Blackcats only two minutes to open an 11-0 lead over Athens Tuesday, but another half to regain that early dominance and seal the win.
Mexia (13-5) protected its No. 13 state ranking with a 51-point second half and an 83-71 win over the visiting Athens Hornets, but it wasn't as easy as the opening minutes signaled it would be.
Shemar High scored on an assist from Tyrik Ray, Curk Harris scored five and Matron Gerald added four as the Blackcats forced four quick turnovers to jump out to the early 11-point advantage, but Athens regrouped and found a way to beat the press and climb back into the game.
At the end of the first quarter the Mexia lead was five thanks to a three-pointer by Harris and a jumper at the buzzer by Ray to close it out.

Mon
05
Jan

Wortham boys have tough week

Mexia News Staff Report

It was a tough week for the Wortham Bulldogs at the Kiwanis Classic Basketball Tournament held at Navarro College in Corsicana.
The Bulldogs lost their opening game to the Mildred Eagles on Monday, 59-53. Rudy Miller and Tyree Freeman led Wortham with 13 and 12 points respectively.
Wortham has been playing without a head coach since the departure of Brice Reynolds before the start of the Christmas break. Lady Bulldogs coach Vance Hughes has stepped in as much as he can to fill in.
Hughes - coaching the girls in the Hillsboro Christmas Tournament - managed to coach the Bulldogs to a two-point win over the Frost Polar Bears, 42-40, in Tuesday's game. Rudy Miller scored 14 for Wortham, while Freeman added 13 for the Bulldogs in the win.

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Mon
05
Jan

Coolidge girls blast through Hillsboro Christmas tournament


Coolidge's Alejandra Acevedo did what most kids dream about in the Lady Yellow Jackets game against Wortham last Wednesday at the Hillsboro Christmas Tournament. Acevedo hit the game winning shot right before the buzzer sounded to end the game, giving the Lady Yellow Jackets a 48-46 win and the tournament championship trophy. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Fresh off their tournament win in Hillsboro, the No. 19 ranked Coolidge Lady Yellow Jackets picked up where they left off on Friday night against the Ghoulson Ladycats at home with a 77-9 district win. The Lady Yellow Jackets scored 39 points in the first quarter, led by Adrianna Jones 16 - including two three-pointers - and Dianna Kirven’s 15 as Coolidge clearly dominated the game early.
Coach Bobby Smith gave his bench a whole lot of playing time from the second quarter on.
Jones finished the game with 32, while Kirven came away with 20 points. Maria Ortiz hit double figures with 10 points in the game for Coolidge.
Earlier in the week the Lady Yellow Jackets breezed through the competition at the Hillsboro Christmas Tournament, at least until the championship game on Wednesday.

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Mon
05
Jan

Lady ‘Dawgs now 2-1 in district play


Wortham’s Elisha Libhart goes up for two of her 18 points in the Lady Bulldogs game against the Coolidge Lady Yellow Jackets last Wednesday at the Hillsboro Christmas Tournament. The two teams met for the championship, with Coolidge ending up on top, 48-46. Libhart earned MVP honors from her play in the tournament. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

Mexia News Staff Report

The No. 17 ranked Wortham Lady Bulldogs wasted little time in getting back to district play, beating the Cross Roads Ladycats, 45-29, Friday night in Cross Roads.
Kamarie Freeman led Wortham with 14 points, followed by Elisha Libhart with 11 and Kameron Rhodes hit 10.
The Lady Bulldogs move to 2-1 in District 19-2A and are 18-2 overall.
Wortham hosts the Dawson Lady Bulldogs tonight in a 7 p.m. district game and will be off this Friday night to take a much needed breather in preparation for their road game against the Cayuga Ladycats on Tuesday, Jan. 13.
Early last week, the Lady Bulldogs met the Coolidge Lady Yellow Jackets in the championship game of the Hillsboro Christmas Tournament.

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Mon
05
Jan

Girls open with win in Aggieland tourney

Mexia News Staff Report

The No. 22 ranked Mexia Ladycats won their opening game of the Aggieland Invitational (Bryan-College Station) against the Anahuac Lady Panthers, 69-52, but fell in the evening game to eventual Division II tournament champion, the Sunnyvale Lady Raiders, 70-36.
Mexia (12-7) bounced back in game three on Tuesday to defeat No. 21 ranked Needville Lady Bluejays, 68-59, to move into the silver bracket final against TAPPS District 2-3A, No. 5 ranked Lake Country Christian Lady Eagles on Wednesday.
The Ladycats ended up on the opposite end of the 62-45 score to finish second in the silver bracket. Taylor Porter led Mexia with 12.

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Mon
05
Jan

‘Cats now ranked 11th

Mexia News Staff Report

The No. 11 ranked Blackcats finished the Whataburger Basketball Tournament, held this past week in Fort Worth, with a 2-2 mark after falling to Class 3A, No. 11 ranked Peaster in the finale game on Wednesday, 60-54.
Mexia was down by only two at the half, 28-26, with Curk Harris hitting a couple of three-pointers to help keep the Blackcats close. Mexia was 6-7 from the free throw line in the second period, while Peaster hit 2-4.
In the third period, Peaster ended up outscoring the Blackcats 21-13 to take a ten point lead heading into the fourth. Tyrik Ray hit three of his four game totally three-pointers in the third period and scored 10 of the Blackcats 13 points in the third period. Mexia tried to catch up, outscoring Peaster 15-11 in the quarter, with Harris and Draeshaun Hanna knocking down six each, but it ended up not being quite enough as the Blackcats fell to the Class 3A team by six.

Mon
05
Jan

Yellow Jackets beat Ghoulson at home


The Yellow Jackets Darion McClendon reaches out to snag a long rebound in Coolidge's first district game of the year against the Ghoulson Wildcats Friday night at home. McClendon ended up with nine-points and a ton of rebounds. He also picked up four charges in the game with his solid defensive play. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
There's three parts in a high school basketball season, according to Coolidge head basketball coach Bryan Jones, as he told his team prior to the start of their district game with the Ghoulson Wildcats.
"There's the pre-season, district play and the playoffs," he explained. "Today begins our second season."
Indeed it did as the Yellow Jackets started off district play with a 69-51 win over Ghoulson at home, only their fourth home game of the year so far.
The first two quarters of the game were more of a defensive struggle for both teams, as Coolidge worked more towards their inside game rather than relying on shots from the perimeter to take a 34-25 lead at the half.
Darion McClendon played a big part in the Yellow Jackets defense, posting up a total of four times when a Ghoulson player tried to drive the lane and drawing four charges to put the ball back into Coolidge's hands.

Mon
29
Dec

Area teams hit tournament circuit one last time before district play begins


Mexia’s Curk Harris is the lone returning starter from last season’s team that competed in the 56th annual Whataburger Basketball Tournament. For the 57th, Harris and fellow teammates Tyrik Ray (both of which have been named Players to Watch), Matron Gerald, Shemar High and Deandray Williams, along with their fast bench will look to knock off other state-ranked teams to bring home the championship trophy. Play began Monday when the Blackcats take on Burkburnett at Chisholm Trail high school in Fort Worth. The Blackcats are currently ranked No. 11 in Class 4A. Mexia News file photo

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
At least seven of the eight area high school basketball teams (boys and girls) began competition in tournament play starting Monday, Dec. 29.
The No. 11 ranked Class 4A Mexia Blackcats are back at the Whataburger Basketball Tournament, featuring some of the top-ranked teams in the state and from different parts of the country as well.
Mexia began play Monday in a 1 p.m. game at Chisholm Trail High School against Burkburnett in the Blue Boys Division. All winners of Monday's games will advance to the championship bracket, with games beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday. Teams that lose their opening game will advance to the consolation bracket with play starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday.
This marks the second straight year Mexia has played in the WBT, which began in 1958. The Blackcats finished 2-2 in last year's tournament.

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