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Mon
17
Aug

Wortham girls take top spot in Palestine Westwood tourney


The Wortham Bulldogs captured the championship of the Palestine Westwood Volleyball Tournament this past weekend. Pictured in front, left to right, are Kendle Rhodes, Cassidy Harris, Allison Nix, Alyvia Calame and Brooke Salisbury. In back, left to right, are Trinity Shivers, Kayla Lansford, Madison Lopez, Kateley Craig, Erin Ray, Kate Vogel, coach Johnny Ward and assistant coach, Lori Ward. Mexia News photo/Jennifer Lansford

Mexia News Staff Report

The Wortham Lady Bulldogs volleyball team is off to another great start this season after winning the picking up another non-district win and winning the Palestine Westwood Volleyball Tournament this past weekend, improving to 8-0.
The Lady Bulldogs went 3-0 in pool play at the tournament last Thursday, defeating Oakwood in two sets, 25-7, 25-11, Bishop Gorman in two, 25-11, 25-11, and Rusk, 25-20, 25-15, moving into bracket play on Saturday as one of the top teams.
On Friday, Wortham played a non-district match against the Mildred Lady Eagles, winning the match in four sets, 25-14, 25-18, 24-26, 25-17.
Kendle Rhodes has an outstanding match for the Lady Bulldogs, recording 30 assists, four kills, 18 digs and was 12-12 serving. Allison Nix had 26 digs and was 14-14 serving.

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
17
Aug

Ladycats head to Fairfield, take second in pool play


Mexia’s Baileah Thompson, left, sets up the ball for her teammates Brianna Forge, in back, and Aniyah Jelks, right, during their match with Latexo Saturday afternoon at the Fairfield Invitational Volleyball Tournament. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

Mexia News Staff Report

The Mexia Ladycats continue to improve this season with every game, according to head coach Kamol Nohe.
Mexia entered the first round of the Fairfield Invitational Volleyball Tournament on Thursday, Aug. 13, finishing in second place in pool play.
All teams took the Friday off from tournament play to compete in their regularly scheduled non-district games, with the Ladycats traveling to Centerville.
After falling in the first set, Mexia won the next two, but the Lady Tigers came back to take the match after winning the final two sets.
Mexia was back in Fairfield Saturday morning to compete in bracket play of the tournament.
In their opening match, the Ladycats faced the Rockdale Lady Tigers. Mexia took a quick 13-1 lead, mainly off the serving of Brianna Forge and Baileah Thompson. Of course it helped, too, when Rockdale couldn’t get the ball back over the net.

Mon
17
Aug

Blackcats get first scrimmage under their belts vs. Kaufman


Mexia’s Matron Gerald gets a block from tight-end Case Adair that freed him up to make a big gain, during early action of the Blackcats scrimmage with the Kaufman Lions last Friday night. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris Mexia News Sports The Blackcats got their first test of the season when they scrimmaged the Kaufman Lions on the road last Friday night. Mexia got off to a sluggish start with their first string offense, but calmed down enough for quarterback Jaylen Gipson to connect with running back Matron Gerald, who was lined up as a receiver on the nearside of the field for a 70-yard touchdown. Kaufman answered back with a 42-yard touchdown run on the ninth play of their opening drive and followed up with a 70-yard passing touchdown to begin their next series of downs. With second unit players in, Mexia scored twice. The first was on a fade route to Deandray Williams from backup QB Jesse Torres. To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Tuesday's edition of The Mexia News, or subscribe to our online edition.

Wed
12
Aug

Celebrate!


Mexia News photo/Jennifer Lansford

Wortham players celebrate after a point during their match Tuesday night against the Mexia Ladycats. The Lady Bulldogs held on to win their opening game of the season, 3-1.

Wed
12
Aug

Ladycats drop opening match to Wortham


Mexia’s Amber Busby, left, and Aniyah Jelks, right, go up for the block against Wortham’s Brooke Salisbury in both team’s opening match of the season Tuesday night in Wortham. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Opening day of volleyball season pitted the Mexia Ladycats against the Wortham Lady Bulldogs in the first of match of what will be a long road season.
The Ladycats came out strong to capture the first set, 25-21, but Wortham rallied to win the next three, 25-14, 28-26 and 25-14 to take the match three games to one.
The Lady Bulldogs used a balanced attack against Mexia with Kate Vogel leading the pack with 13 kills on the night. Vogel also collected 11 digs on the night as well.
Allison Nix, Kendle Rhodes and Maddie Clark kept the Lady Bulldogs drive going throughout the match at the service line. Nix was 16 of 16 with three aces, Rhodes 16-16 and an ace and Clark was 16 of 17 with an ace as well.
Trinity Shivers did a good job in stepping up in place of Elisha Libhart, who graduated this past year, collecting three kills and several blocks during the match.

Wed
12
Aug

Mexia team tennis schedule set for 2015

Mexia News Staff Report

The fall schedule for the Mexia Blackcats tennis team will feature four matches, although changes may be made once school begins.
Coach Ashley Weers Dominguez has the team opening the season against Gatesville on the road Thursday, Sept. 10. A week later, Sept. 17, the Blackcats travel to Robinson for a match. And on Oct. 1, Mexia will be in China Spring to take on the Cougars.
The final match on the schedule will take place against Groesbeck, in Groesbeck on Oct. 8.
Robinson and Midway High Schools will be the site for this fall’s area tournament, scheduled to begin on Thursday, Oct. 15.

Wed
12
Aug

Blackcats prepare to scrimmage Friday against Kaufman

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
With nearly two week of practice and a week in pads, the Mexia Blackcats will test their strength against the Kaufman Lions this Friday night in Kaufman.
Mexia won last year’s scrimmage and defeated the Lions in regular season play during the 2013 season, 27-17.
The Blackcats will face a team that finished 4-6 during the regular season and made it to the area round of the playoffs before falling to eventual state finalist Argyle, 49-13.
Kaufman, coached by Craig Barker, returns 25 lettermen with nine offensive and six defensive starters returning for this year’s team.

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Tue
11
Aug

So far, so good as Yellowjackets prep for new season


The Yellowjackets put on the pads this past Friday as coach Randy Jones and his coaching staff worked on safe tackling techniques during the first part of practice. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Coming back off a successful season in 2014, the Coolidge Yellowjackets are working hard to make 2015 even better.
Coach Randy Jones has been putting his team through some rigorous workouts this past week and so far, it seems that Yellowjacket Nation is trucking along on all cylinders thus far.
Despite losing running back Deandre Kirven to graduation, the offensive backfield remains solid as Delvin Smith will more than likely garner the majority of carries this fall.
Jones is excited with the younger group that’s coming up this year. Most of the freshmen will step up to the varsity level from a junior high team that has been successful over the past few seasons.

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Tue
11
Aug

Lady ‘Dawg turnout excellent


Wortham’s volleyball team is reloaded for action this season as they prepared for scrimmages this passt weekend at Thursday morning’s practice session. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
With the success of the Wortham Lady Bulldogs volleyball program, the turnout of players has increased more than ever before, according to head coach Johnny Ward. Ward credits past success of the program for the increase in the number of players that have showed up so far this season for practices.
Looking at both the junior varsity and varsity players out on the court Thursday morning, it was a little hard to tell at first who was who.
Height wise and talent wise, any number of these Lady Bulldog athletes could step in and play with the team not missing a single beat.
That’s not a bad thing to have, especially at the Class 2A level.

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Tue
11
Aug

Bulldogs working to firm up coaching staff, sync team


Wortham’s Gavin Villanueva passes the ball out towards one of the sideline receivers during the team’s practice session Thursday afternoon. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Things look to be in sync for the Wortham Bulldogs football team at Thursday’s practice session, as new coach Chris Tobola worked his players through offensive drills.
The task isn’t as easy as it looks, though.
Tobola is still looking to add one more coach to the team, but the four in place are working hard to make sure everything runs smoothly, whether it’s filling up water bottles for the players or teaching blocking techniques, or a new offensive formation.
It’s all about teamwork.
So far, the Bulldogs have been surviving the grueling temperatures out on the practice field, executing the new system they’ll be using this year very well.

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