Sports

Mon
29
Jun

Results are in for 85th annual Mexia Chamber Rodeo


Bareback riders, and their hats, had a tough go of it Friday night at the 85th Annual Mexia Area Chamber of Commerce Rodeo, but this rider managed to ride the full eight. We will have photos from the youth events at this year’s rodeo in an upcoming edition of The Mexia News. Mexia News photos/Stephen R. Farris

Mexia News Staff Report

Great times at the 85th Annual Mexia Area Chamber of Commerce Rodeo this past weekend as the stands were packed to watch three nights of cowboys and cowgirls competing in various events.
Here are the results:
Bareback - Lucas Buck, 80, Steven Anding, 75, Josh Hudson, 72
Barrel Racing - Ava Antolik 16.901, Kassidy Pruett 16.965, Jennifer Sharp 16.969, Wyatt Grace Andrews 17.057, Dawn Anderson 17.106, Torrie Edge 17.126, Jordi Edens 17.146, Holly Fenoglio 17.157
Break Away - Cacee Sue Taulman 2.560, Laramie Johnson 2.650, Alex Flautt 2.650, Amber Crawford 2.690, Jordan Fabrizio 2.700, Payton Powell 2.780, Kaki Herring 2.820, Lacey Kessler 2.830
Bull Riding - Marty Custer 84, Garret Jones 81, Dustin Wright 78, Ross Freeman 78, Jarred Craig 77

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

Wed
24
Jun

Mexia youth baseball-softball teams headed to district playoffs

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The youth baseball and softball seasons are winding down. This year has been a little harsh on getting games in after all the rain back in May and early June, forcing the rescheduling or cancelation of many contests.
Despite any setbacks, several Mexia teams survived the storms and will be headed into post season play starting on Monday, June 29, with Texas Teenage Association of Softball tournaments kicking off around the area that day.
In girl's 6U T-Ball, Mexia Corey and Mexia Brandi will be playing in the District 6 tournament in Hubbard beginning Monday. Five more teams will help make up the bracket in the Hubbard tournament, which will include Groesbeck #1 Tunnell, Mart #2 New York Life, Riesel Brazos Valley Contracting, Ferris Dynasty and Italy Creighton.

Fri
19
Jun

Victory Bowl coming to TV Saturday

Mexia News Staff Report

Fri
05
Jun

T-ball season in high gear


Mexia News photos/Stephen R. Farris

Nathan Wilson puts every ounce of muscle he’s got into hitting the ball as his team, Busby’s Plumbing, took on J. Vision Entertainment Thursday evening in t-ball action at the Mexia Youth Baseball Fields.

Fri
05
Jun

Tobola named new athletic director at Wortham High


Chris Tobola, standing next to one of the motivational signs in the Wortham Athletic Fieldhouse, was recently hired as the new Bulldogs athletic director/head football coach. Tobola has spent the past two football seasons as the defensive coordinator for the Corsicana Tigers. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The Wortham Bulldogs have snagged Corsicana Tigers defensive coordinator, Chris Tobola, to fill their vacant athletic director/head football coach position.
Tobola, who has spent the last 15 years coaching in various sports, but mainly football. One of those seasons was as head coach for the Charlotte Trojans.
He’s been a DC the last six years and has spent the last two with the Corsicana Tigers.
Tobola says his dad is his biggest mentor and after playing for him in high school, that’s who gave him his first shot in coaching after graduating from college.

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

Wed
27
May

Schmeid’s football dreams come true as Blackcat


Mexia’s Benji Schmeid, left, hangs out with Pittsburgh Steeler Ramon Foster, right, at the 2015 Kelvin Beachum Community Football Camp held on May 2 at Black Cat Field. Schmeid is a foreign exchange student from Austria. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Foreign exchange student Benji Schmied didn’t know what to expect when he signed up for the program and found out he would be coming to Mexia.
It was a big change for him, especially coming from a city with a population of approximately 90,000 people to a town of about 8,000.
He prepared himself for the new adventure and after stepping off the plane here in the United States, he was somewhat surprise at how friendly the people were here.
“I didn’t expect the people here to be so nice and receptive,” he said. “I was glad!”
You might think the transition from a bigger city from where Schmied came from, to a small town the size of Mexia would seem much more different, but according to him life in Austria is pretty relaxed so the change really hasn’t bothered him much except for one thing.

Wed
27
May

Blackcats’ Harris signs with Thunderducks


Mexia senior Curk Harris signed a letter of intent to play basketball for Richland College Tuesday morning. He was joined by family members, his mother, Loretta (seated), father, Curt (standing right) and his uncle, Anthony Harris. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
After weeks of visiting college campuses, Mexia senior forward Curk Harris signed a letter of intent to play basketball with the Richland College Thunderducks Tuesday morning. He was joined by his parents, Curt and Loretta Harris, along with his uncle Anthony Harris as he filled out the form to be sent to the Richland College athletic department.
After entertaining partial scholarship offers from about six NCAA Division II-III schools, Harris felt that spending a season or two playing ball with a JUCO program would be the best route to go, in which he’ll have a better opportunity to gain a full scholarship at a four-year school.
“I’m excited to sign with Richland,” said Harris. “I think it’ll be a good experience.”

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

Fri
22
May

Lewis, Hileman sign letters of intent

By Stephen R. Farris Mexia News Sports Big day for two Mexia senior baseball players, Blake Lewis and Shelby Hileman, as they signed letters of intent to continue their education and playing careers at the college level. Lewis hit .372 this past season with 16 hits, 16 RBI and four homeruns. He signed with Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) in Waxahachie, which plays in the Sooner Athletic Conerfence. “I’m pretty excited right now,” Lewis said. Playing pitcher, first base and catcher this year for the Blackcats, but the Lions plan to use him at third next season. “I think this is a huge testiment of what they done the three years I’ve been here to help build the program and get it going in the direction it’s going right now,” said coach Matt Matus. “These two guys were a huge part of our success this year and they’ve got a bright future in the game of baseball.

Wed
20
May

Girl’s spring athletic banquet recognizes each team


The Ladycat’s track team was recognized Tuesday evening at the spring banquet. Mexia had one individual (Tee Owens) and the relay team of Katilyn Gipson, Jidaija King, Tyzanne Williams and Owens compete at the state meet this season. Mexia News photo/Stephen Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Athletes and coaches filled the cafeteria at Mexia Junior High School Tuesday night to recognize those participating in Ladycat ath­letic programs this past school year.
Each of the young ladies in attendance that competed in volleyball, basketball, pow­erlifting, tennis, track and softball were honored during the banquet. Coaches for each of the sports handed out certificates to the girls, as well as handing out certificates to those making all-district teams.
Girl’s athletic director and head basketball coach, Randy Barger, recognized two out­going seniors - Katilyn Gipson and Cheyenne Thompson - for their dedication and leadership this year.

For more, see the Thursday edition of The Mexia News, or subscribe to or e-edition.

Wed
20
May

Harris in TABC All-Star b-ball game


Mexia senior Curk Harris will be one of several players from Class 1A-4A playing in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) All-Star Basketball game this Friday, May 22, at Trinity University in San Antonio. Mexia News file photo

By Stephen R. Farris Mexia News Sports

Huge weekend ahead for Mexia senior Curk Harris, as he prepares to take part in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches annual all-star game at Trinity University in San Antonio, Friday, May 22. Harris played four years on the Blackcats varsity basketball team and helped lead them to the regional semifinals this year. He averaged 18.5 points per game this season and was named MVP on the District 18-4A all-district boy’s basketball team, as well as the district’s academic first team. TABC recognized Harris by naming him to the Class 4A Region III all-region boy’s basketball team and the Class 4A all-state first team. To continue reading, see Thursday's edition of The Mexia News, or subscribe to our e-edition.

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