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Mon
18
May

Kirven takes three golds at UIL State Track Meet


Coolidge’s Dianna Kirven raises her hand in the air after edging out Nordheim’s Daija Williams, left, in the Class 1A Girl’s 200 Meter Dash Friday night at the 2015 UIL State Track Meet in Austin. Kirven set a new conference 1A record with a time of 26.19, beating last year’s mark of 26.21 set by Nordheim’s Alyssa Lesiter. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
If the town of Coolidge hasn’t begun to celebrate, they should real soon as one of their own, Dianna Kirven, brought home three gold medals from this past weekend’s UIL State Track Meet in Austin.
Kirven - a senior this year - competed in four events at the 2014 meet, where she finished fourth in the Long Jump, third in the HIgh Jump, second in the 400 Meter Dash and sixth in the 200 Meter Dash.
This year was different.
After competing in only three regular season track meets (due largely to the weather conditions for the past four months), Kirven was able to get through the district, area and regional rounds to qualify for the state meet.

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Mon
18
May

Ladycats compete at state track meet in Austin


Mexia’s Tee Owens stretches out for distance in the Class 4A Girl’s Long Jump competition held Saturday at the 2015 UIL State Track Meet in Austin. Owens finished fourth in the event with a distance of 18-07. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Mexia was represented at the 2015 UIL State Track Meet as Tee Owens competed in the Class 4A Girl’s Long Jump and the Ladycats relay team of Owens, Jidaija King, Katilyn Gipson and Tyzane Williams ran in the Girl’s 4x200 Meter Relay this past Saturday in Austin.
Owens finished in the No. 8 spot last year at the state meet, but improved tremendously to move up several spots on Saturday to finish in fourth place with a distance of 18-07. She eclipsed her 2014 mark of 17-00.75 by nearly two feet.
Owens will have a chance to compete again next year as a senior.
The Ladycats relay team finished sixth with a time of 1:44.52 in a close race between down the stretch. Texarkana Liberty-Eylau took first with a time of 1:40.41 and Coldspring-Oakhurst took second with a time of 1:40.73.

To continue reading, see Tuesday's edition of The Mexia News.

Fri
15
May

Three Ladycats earn superlative, first team honors on all-district softball team

Cheyenne Thompson may have felt a little out of place this season after moving from catcher to pitcher but her all-around play both in the field and at the plate, helped lead the Mexia Ladycats to the playoffs. Thompson was named Offensive Player of the Year earlier this week after the 2015 18-4A all-district softball team was announced.
Joining Thompson on the team was infielder McKenzie Bain and outfielder Ashton Langley, both receiving first team honors. Gentry Renfro and Priscilla Garcia each made second team all-district, while Alaysia Cotton, Kelly Vu and Andre'ya Fleming all received honorable mention.
Langley, Vu and Renfro were honored again by making the all-district academic first team for Mexia.
The following is the complete list of girls that made this year's all-district softball team.

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Wed
13
May

Bob Wright inducted into Texas High School Football Hall of Fame


Bob Wright, former sports editor/managing editor for the Mexia Daily News, was one of eight inductees into the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame Saturday night at Baylor University's Ferrell Center. Wright said he was humbled to be inducted with such great legendary coaches and players during his speech at the ceremony. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris Mexia News Sports For Bob Wright, former sports editor/ managing editor for The Mexia Daily News, Saturday’s events were a humbling experience as he joined seven other Texas high school football legends in being inducted into the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame Saturday at Baylor University’s Ferrell Center in Waco. Wright covered the Mexia Blackcats football team for more than 50 years, a love affair that began as a kid when his dad would take him to see their games and later, grew even more when he played with the team in high school.

Mon
11
May

Rockets bring end to ‘Cats’ playoff run


Eric Wells started both games for Mexia in their bi-district playoff series with the Robinson Rockets. Here, Wells delivers a pitch as a Robinson base runner takes a lead off second base during the Saturday finale. Mexia News photos/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris Mexia News Sports It’s been an incredible year for the Mexia Blackcats baseball team, taking fans through a season of nail-biter wins, come from behind wins and a trip into the post season, something that hasn’t happened in a few years around here. This past weekend, the Blackcats went on a whirlwind of a ride as Mother Nature popped in to visit for to flood out Friday night’s double-header at home to open up the bi-district round of the Class 4A, Region III playoffs against the Robinson Rockets (23-4-1). Heavy thunderstorms moved across Mexia, flooding Black Cat Field and forcing the Blackcats and Rockets to move their game to the Franklin Ranch baseball complex just outside of Franklin. Forced to play only one game that night, both teams had to wait for the conclusion of the Clifton-Rogers game, which ended around 9:30 p.m. 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
06
May

'Cats face No. 1 seeded Robinson

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Opening round of the bi-district baseball playoffs begin this weekend, as Mexia gets ready to host the Robinson Rockets in games 1-2 Friday night at Black Cat Field.
Robinson is the No. 1 seed from District 17-4A with an overall record of 21-4.
The Rockets are led offensively by six players with batting averages of more than .300 and they are Pat Morrow (.388, 19 hits, 11 RBI), Daylan McWhorter (.356, 21 hits, 12 RBI), Tanner James (.333, 20 hits, 17 RBI, 1 HR), Brady Rasner (.318), Mason Cooper (.317) and Michael Davila (.305, 18 hits, 14 RBI, 1 HR).

Mon
04
May

Blackcats take No. 4 seed after 4-3 loss to Fairfield


Juan Sanchez reaches second ahead of the throw by the Fairfield catcher during early play of the tie-breaker game between the Blackats and Eagles last Friday in Madisonville. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Last Thursday and Friday turned into the old adage "third times a charm" for both Mexia and Fairfield.
Mexia lost both district games to the Palestine Wildcats this season, but defeated their Anderson County rival in a crucial tie-breaker game Thursday night in Athens, 5-4, that helped earn the Blackcats a spot in the playoffs.
On Friday, all the Blackcats needed to do to secure the No. 3 spot was to beat the Fairfield Eagles for a third time this year ... unfortunately, the Eagles got the charm and a 4-3 win, putting them in the No. 3 position and Mexia at No. 4 heading into the first round of the playoffs this week.

Wed
22
Apr

Ladycats stay tough through five innings before falling to Lady Eagles


The Mexia Ladycats softball coaching staff honored their seniors Monday night, prior to the start of their game with Fairfield. Pictured from left to right are Kandice Mack, Andre’ya Flemming, coach Courtney Adams, Victoria Beldin and Cheyenne Thompson. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Monday night’s game goes to show you can’t take this Mexia Ladycats team lightly and the Fairfield Lady Eagles found that out as they came close to being upset.
The game was tied at 5-5 until the sixth inning when Fairfield crossed the plate six times to go up 11-5. Mexia continued to battle, scoring an early run in the bottom of the seventh, but that would be all the Ladycats could come up with as they fell to the Lady Eagles, 11-6.
The Ladycats got the ball rolling early when they scored two runs in the bottom of the first to take a 2-0 lead. With two out in the inning, Cheyenne Thompson reached base on an error, as did McKenzie Bain the next batter later. Thompson ended up scoring on that play and Gentry Renfro drove in Bains for the second run.

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Wed
22
Apr

Blackcats split back-to-back district baseball games


Kyler Hancock gets mobbed by fellow Blackcat teammates after bunting his way on base against Fairfield in Monday afternoon’s suspended game finale. Hancock’s hit gave him the game winning RBI as Juan Sanchez scored from third base in the 4-3 district win. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The Fairfield Eagles looked to be in a pretty sweet spot Monday evening in the finish of the district game that was suspended by rain Friday night against the Blackcats.
The Eagles started out with a man on base, one out and the batter with a 1-1 count at the plate in the 3-3 ball game. The hopes of getting the base runner in to score ended abruptly as Mexia’s Blake Lewis recorded two strikeouts to end the threat.
Now it was the Blackcats turn. Juan Sanchez didn’t just lead off the bottom half of Mexia’s inning with a walk, he literally earned the free trip to first. Sanchez saw eight pitches in his at-bat, fouling off three of those to come back from a 1-2 count. Zackary Klosterman was hit by a pitch to give the Blackcats two runners on base with no outs.
Shelby Hileman’s sacrifice moved the runners to second and third, now with one out.

Fri
17
Apr

Mexia track teams perform well at district track meet


In the girl’s junior varsity 4x100 Meter Relay race, Kiki Keith, with baton, finished the last leg for the Mexia girl’s, helping lead the team to a first place finish with a time of 53.47. Teammate Anastasia Henry is shown in the background. The Mexia JV girl’s track team finished in first place overall at the 18-4A district track meet held at Palestine High School Wednesday and Thursday. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The best way to end the District 18-4A track meet - held at Palestine High School Wednesday and Thursday - is with a first place finish and that’s exactly what the Mexia varsity boy’s 4x400 Meter Relay team did. The race was a little shaky at first, but by the third leg, Mexia runner Darius Dorsey helped build a sizeable lead for the Blackcats. Dorsey neared the finish line to hand the baton off to the speedy Karoan Tatum, who literally left the competition in the dust, crossing the finish line with a team total time of 3:59.54, nearly five seconds ahead of second place finisher, team Fairfield (4:04.09).

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