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Fri
13
Dec

Blackcats put freeze on Lorena in 62-44 victory

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

Just when everyone thought the ice from last weekend was over, the Blackcats picked up a loose shard and tucked it away in their freezer already filled with opponents that have fallen victim during their expedition so far this season.

The latest entry was Lorena, whom last weekend tried to host their own tournament, but ended up canceling it due to the winter blast that hit most of Texas.

In a makeup game from the tournament, the Blackcats ended up reminding the Leopards on Tuesday night who the better of the two cats is by clawing out a 62-44 win behind the “cold” shooting of newcomer Trey Barstow.

Mon
09
Dec

Kormos in National Finals Rodeo

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

After a tough year in 2012, Teague’s Scott Kormos is back in Las Vegas, Nev. for his eighth Wrangler National Finals Rodeo appearance this year.

Kormos, who competes in the tie-down roping event, has placed in the top 6 in two of the first four rounds thus far (Dec. 5-9).
Each event at the WNRF goes 10 rounds with the final held on Dec. 14.

Kormos finished sixth in Round 1 last Thursday with a time of eight flat. On Friday night, he recorded a time of 9.40, finishing tenth. Saturday’s time of 8.10 in Round 3 tied him with Timber Moore for seventh place and on Sunday, Kormos notched the number four slot with a time of 8.20.

Mon
09
Dec

Tourney play coming up for Mexia teams


The Lady Cats Bre Stoner will be back on the floor to help Mexia defend their 2012 Fairfield Tournament championship crown this Thursday. Mexia News file photo

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

Mexia’s basketball teams will be back in action this week starting with the Lady Cats traveling to Kerens tonight to take on the Lady Bobcats at 6:30 p.m.

The Lady Cats are currently 4-4 for the season after defeating Cameron Yoe last Tuesday night, 62-43.

The team opens play on Thursday at the Fairfield Tournament scheduled Dec. 12-14.

Last year the Lady Cats were champions of the Fairfield Tournament, defeating the Fairfield Lady Eagles, 51-39, in the championship game.

To read more, pick up a copy of Tuesday's Mexia News, or subscribe to our e-edition.

Fri
06
Dec

Blackcats defeat MCH, remain undefeated


Newcomer Danny Huckaby gets ready to score in the paint while a Robinson defender sneaks up from behind during this Nov. 22 game. Huckaby played very well in his Blackcat debut after playing last season with Groesbeck. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

For the last two games, senior forward Damian Matthews has been on fire, combining for 37 points and 24 rebounds in the Blackcat wins over La Vega and Methodist Children’s Home, which has helped Mexia to a 5-0 start so far this season.

Matthews latest spark came against Methodist Children’s Home in the first – and the team’s last game of the Lorena Tournament, which has been canceled due to the winter weather that has hit the area – game of tournament play in Lorena when he poured in 18 points and grabbed 14 rebounds (7 offensive and 7 defensive) as the Blackcats beat the Bulldogs, 82-43.

Mexia took a 17-point lead, 25-8, after the first period of play and increased it to 27 going into halftime.
Coach Tony Leamon was able to rest his starters during the third period, in which the Blackcats forged ahead some more with a 56-25 advantage going into the final quarter.

Wed
04
Dec

Mexia likely to be 4A

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

The conference cutoff numbers were released on Monday, Dec. 2, for the 2014-16 reclassification and realignment. The new numbers given out by the University Interscholastic League include divisional cutoffs for football as plans have been made to increase the conferences to six.

Here is the breakdown:
6A – 2,100 and above
5A – 1,060-2,099
4A – 465-1,059
3A – 220-464
2A – 105-219
1A – 104.9 and below

In the current alignment for Conference 1A, Limestone County has only one school, Coolidge, that participates with 68.5 students enrolled. Coolidge should remain in Conference 1A in 2014-16.

To read more, pick up a copy of Thursday's Mexia News, or subscribe to our e-edition.

Mon
02
Dec

Blackcats trounce Palestine 70-59


Mexia’s LaVictor McKnight scores over a sea of Robinson blue during early game action Friday night a week ago. The Blackcats won their opening game of the season over the Rockets, 58-31, then went on to beat Palestine Westwood Tuesday before taking a Thanksgiving break. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

Ike Jones scored seven points and LaVictor McKnight added four in the final period of Tuesday night’s basketball game to help the Blackcats secure a 70-59 win over the Palestine Westwood Panthers.

Jones finished the night with 20 points, while McKnight scored six overall and led the Blackcats in rebounds with 11.
Curk Harris had another strong outing, collecting 23 points in the game. Harris helped Mexia to an 18-17 first quarter lead by knocking down three, three-pointers.

The Blackcats led at the half 32-31 as the Panthers stayed close until the third period and that’s when Jones and Harris combined for 15 points to give Mexia a 56-49 lead at the close.

Kaylon Watson made his debut of the season, scoring a field goal and a pair of free throws and Damian Matthews collected six points in the contest.

Mon
25
Nov

Blackcats open season with back-to-back victories


Junior guard Curk Harris slips in front of a pair of Robinson players to score for the Blackcats during Mexia’s opening night win over the Rockets, 58-31. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

Friday night was the season opener for the Mexia Blackcats basketball program and as stated, this team is pretty exciting to watch. The Blackcats took care of business right off the bat by whipping up on the Robinson Rockets, 58-31.

Junior guard Curk Harris took charge early in the game, guiding the offense to a 17-2 lead. Harris scored the first points of the 2013-14 season on a pair of free throws and ended up with 10 points, seven rebounds (mostly on the defensive end) and an assist. He was 2 for 6 from three-point range.

Newcomer Trey Barstow led the team in scoring with 16 points, including a pair of three’s he sank in the first period of play. Danny Huckaby, also a newby to the team, added 10 points in the win.

To read more, pick up a copy of Tuesday's Mexia News, or subscribe to our e-edition.

Wed
20
Nov

Could be good season ahead for Blackcat boys hoops

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

This could be another incredible year for the Mexia Blackcats basketball program and this time it could come from the boy’s side of the court.

Coach Tony Leamon has been more than excited at the prospect of this year’s team making a much longer playoff run and has expressed his excitement on more than one occasion throughout the football season.

The team returns all of its starters from last year’s team that finished the 2012-13 season with a record of 20-14 and went two deep in the playoffs, falling to Navasota by 10 points in the area round.

Returning players include 6’ 1” Sr. guard Kaylon Watson, last year’s 19-3A MVP, who averaged 11.8 points per game and 8.5 rebounds per game last season. LaVictor McKnight (6’ 4” Sr. forward and 19-3A defensive MVP) averaged 8.6 ppg and 6.8 rpg and led the team in blocked shots with 50.

Wed
20
Nov

Numbers, size cost Ladycats in Tuesday’s home opener


The Ladycats had a hard-fought loss to Waco University Tuesday night in the girls’ season opener. Mexia players show here, in white, are, l-r: Ty Johnson, Brianna Forge on floor and Kaitlyn Gipson. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Mike Eddleman
Publisher

The recipe for success the Mexia Ladycats used to claim a state title last spring is missing a few ingredients early on this season, creating some challenges as they begin a new championship run.

Mexia fell 59-51 in its home opener to Waco University, unable to use its signature speed and pressure to counter the opposition’s size inside.

“We were undermanned with injuries and players out tonight, but our girls played hard and played well to stay in the game,” said coach Randy Barger. “We wanted to stay with them and have a chance late in the game and we did that.”

The Ladycats did put a scare in the University squad in the second half after playing from behind throughout the first half. Mexia trailed by as many as 12 in the first half, cutting into the lead with short runs, but watching the gap widen again as the visitors’ size inside gave them a distinct edge on the boards.

Mon
18
Nov

Rebuilding year comes to end for Mexia Blackcats


Ike Jones played in many roles Friday night against the Carthage Bulldogs. Jones, shown taking the handoff from Mexia quarterback Jaylon Gipson filled in for still injured Kaylon Watson in the backfield on several plays. Mexia News photo/ Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

It may have not been the type of game the Mexia Blackcats wanted to end their season with, but overall, a return to the playoffs and a 4-7 record beats a 0-10 year anytime.

Coach Lamonte Chambers has initiated a turnaround for the football program where the team ended up winning twice as more games than they have in the past two years.

The Blackcats had the opportunity to push their record over the .500 mark in a couple of early season games, but the team was hit with some injuries this year, especially late in the season all but losing their main running back Kaylon Watson.

Mexia ran up against a much bigger and powerful Carthage Bulldog team in the first round of the 2013 playoffs last Friday night, falling to the score of 49-6.

To read more, pick up a copy of Tuesday's Mexia News, or subscribe to our e-edition.

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