Sports

Mon
16
May

Mexia’s Tee Owens finds gold at state 4A tournament

LEFT: Mexia Ladycat Tee Owens, center, proudly stands with her coaches to display the first place medal she won in the Class 4A girls’ long jump at the state track meet. Pictured with Owens, at left, coach Britney Collins and her daughter, coach Randy Barger (next to Tee) and coach Nohe Komal, right.  Courtesy photo/ Coach Lamonte Chambers
LEFT: Mexia’s Darius Dorsey gets ready to head up the first leg for the Blackcats 4x200 meter relay team after rain and lightning in the area delayed the start of the race for several hours Saturday afternoon in Austin at the state track and field meet.  Photo courtesy of  Scott W. Coleman

Mexia News Staff Report

Fri
13
May

Ladycats represented well on all-district softball team

Mexia senior McKenzie Bain has been named to the 18-4A all-district softball first team as an infielder.

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The Mexia Ladycats landed 11 spots on the 2016 18-4A all-district softball team that was released earlier this week.
Senior McKenzie Bain made first team all-district as an infielder. She led the team in batting during the regular season with a .565 average and had a total of 39 hits, 28 runs scored, 28 RBI, 15 doubles, eight triples and two home runs. She was also named to the district’s all-academic team as well.
Bain will be playing for the Navarro Bulldog softball team next season.
Teammates Priscilla Garcia, Angel Carroll (both juniors) and Elaina Molina, a sophomore, earned spots on the district’s second team.
Garcia played infield for the Ladycats this season, batting .387 with 29 hits, 35 runs scored, 12 RBI, five doubles, three triples, a home run and seven stolen bases. She was also named to the district’s all-academic team.

Fri
13
May

Coach Ramey leaving for Kansas college

Mexia head basketball coach Billy Ramey is stepping down to pursue an assistant coaching job at McPherson College in Kansas.

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
After one season, Mexia Blackcats head basketball coach Billy Ramey is stepping down to pursue the opportunity to coach at the college level.
Ramey has accepted a job offer as an assistant coach at McPherson College in Kansas.
Ramey stepped in last season and led the Blackcats to a district title and a 21-10 record overall.
The team made it to the area round of the 2015-16 UIL Class 4A basketball playoffs.
“This is something I’ve dreamed about since I was a kid,” said Ramey. “My wife has been very supportive and this is something I think will be beneficial for my family.”
Ramey informed the team that he would be leaving at the end of the school year on Friday and told them they would always be a part of his basketball family and the memories made this past season.
“I thank all of the guys and enjoyed coaching them,” Ramey said. “I’m proud of them … they’re a great bunch of guys!”

Fri
13
May

Sports in Brief

Volunteers needed for football camp
Volunteers are still needed for the third annual Kelvin Beachum Community Football Camp that will be held Saturday, May 21.
So far, the camp has plenty of youth volunteers and is in search of more adult volunteers to help out.
Two sessions are available – morning and afternoon.
People interested in volunteering may send an email to: ccrowe@cis-hot.org
Volunteers should include in the email their name (first and last), email address, phone number, session availability (a.m., p.m. or both), their age and special needs (if any).

Wed
11
May

New date announced for Wortham playoff

Mexia News
Staff Report

After sweeping the Italy Gladiators last weekend to capture the Class 2A Region II bi-district baseball crown, the Wortham Bulldogs were all set to begin a best of three series against Bosqueville for the area championship this weekend in Waco.
That’s all changed, though.
With everything set to go, Bosqueville threw a wrench into the works Tuesday morning.
After both sides met in a late-morning meeting Tuesday, the teams changed the game to this Friday at 5 p.m. in Wortham in a one-game playoff.
The winner will advance to the Class 2A Region II regional quarterfinals.

Wed
11
May

Volunteers needed for camp

Campers warm up before the start of football drills at last year’s Second Annual Community Football Camp.

Mexia News Staff Report

Volunteers are still needed for the third annual Kelvin Beachum Community Football Camp that will be held Saturday, May 21.
So far, the camp has plenty of youth volunteers and is in search of more adult volunteers to help out.
Two sessions are available – morning and afternoon.
People interested in volunteering may send an email to: ccrowe@cis-hot.org
Volunteers should include in the email their name (first and last), email address, phone number, session availability (a.m., p.m. or both), their age and special needs (if any).

Wed
11
May

Coolidge athletes headed to state track meet

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Coolidge will be represented by seven athletes this weekend at the UIL state track and field meet that will be held in Austin.
Making his fourth consecutive appearance will be senior Delvin Smith, who is competing this year in the long jump.
Smith finished third at the regional meet earlier this month, but had the sixth best jump out of all four regions in Class 1A with a mark of 21 feet and will be one of nine competitors at state in the event.
During his freshman year he competed at the state meet in the triple jump, finishing sixth overall. In his sophomore year, Smith finished fourth in the triple jump and last year he came in sixth.
Smith is scheduled to compete in the long jump event on Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m.
The girls 4x100 meter relay team of Salma Ortiz, Adrianna Jones, Taysia Kirven and Tionna Kirven finished second at their regional meet to advance to state.

Mon
09
May

Wortham takes bi-district at home after two in a row

The Wortham Bulldogs were crowned bi-district champions Saturday afternoon at home after sweeping the Italy Gladiators in the best of three playoff series.

Friday’s Game One of the Class 2A Region III bi-district playoffs didn’t start out quite the way Wortham wanted, but after trailing 3-0 after two innings of play against the Italy Gladiators on the road, the Bulldogs pieced together four runs over the next five frames to come away with a 4-3 win.
Wortham got on the board in the top of the third when Ethan McCoslin scored on the RBI single by Zach Jones, then Braxton Whaley came in to score on an error by the Gladiator pitcher.
McCoslin hit an RBI triple to center in the fourth inning, scoring Rudy Miller on the play to tie the game at 3-3.
In the top of the seventh, McCoslin was determined to get his team on top. He hit a one out single to center, then stole second and third and ended up at home on a catcher error to give the Bulldogs the one-point lead and the win.

Mon
09
May

Coolidge presents athletic awards

Coolidge cross country athletes Maria Ortiz, left, and Delvin Smith, right, earned MVP recognition at the CHS Awards Program held May 5.
Rev. Robert Barnett, left, received the volunteer award at the Coolidge High School Awards Program held on May 5.
The Yellowjacket basketball team was honored during the May 5 CHS Awards Program.
Coolidge’s Adrianna Jones received her second MVP award of the night, this one for basketball. Teammates Alejandra Acevedo, center, and Monica Pedroza also received basketball awards.
Coolidge cheerleaders were honored at the CHS Awards Program held May 5.
Outgoing Coolidge seniors Wanya’ Jones, Delvin Smith and Ro’derick Calhoun received numerous honors and awards during the CHS Awards Program.
Coolidge’s Adrianna Jones received her second MVP award of the night at the CHS Awards Program, this one for basketball along with teammates Alejandra Acevedo, center, and Monica Pedroza.
Coolidge track athletes, l-r, Tashia Kirven, Jasmine Evans, Delvin Smith, Jada Hayes,  and Traveon Jackson all received special awards.
Coolidge volleyball player Adrianna Jones, left, was honored with the team MVP award as well as Tianna Kirven, Alejandra Acevedo and Monica Pedroza.
Coolidge athlete Tony Herrera, right, was the recipient of the Jacket Award, presented by coach Bryan Jones, left.

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Coolidge High School held their annual Athletics Banquet and Academic Awards last Thursday evening in the cafeteria of the high school.
Principal Oscar Muniz welcomed those in attendance, followed by the invocation from Reverend Robert Barnett.
Parents, students, teachers, guests and administrators were treated to a barbecue dinner provided by the CHS Booster Club.
A cake sale and silent auction was held benefiting the CHS cheerleaders prior to the start of athletic award presentations.
All athletes were recognized for their participation in CHS athletic programs by coaches Cloressa Hayes, Adam Lichtenstein, Bobby Smith and Bryan Jones.
Several members of the cross country team received superlative awards during the program.
Maria Ortiz received the cross country girls MVP award. Ortiz competed at the state cross country meet during her junior and senior years.

Fri
06
May

Owens prepping for fourth appearance at state meet

Mexia’s Tee Owens takes a big leap in the air Thursday afternoon as she practices the long jump.

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
For the fourth consecutive year, Mexia athlete Tee Owens will make an appearance at the UIL State Track & Field Meet in Austin.
Owens, who ran with the Ladycats relay teams in her freshman year, will be competing in the long jump – an event she has excelled in since her sophomore season and has competed in at the state level for the past three years.
It was at the beginning of her sophomore year that it seemed she wouldn’t be competing in any sport, due to a knee injury late in the summer of 2013.
She ended up missing the basketball season, but after a lengthy rehab stint, Owens was able to come back and compete in track.
So far, the injury hasn’t been a factor, as is demonstrated with all the first place medals in the long jump the past couple of years along with leading the Ladycats to the basketball playoffs during that time as well.

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