Sports

Wed
03
Feb

Blackcats take Fairfield after two OT rounds

Tyrik Ray led all scorers with 22 points in the win against Fairfield Tuesday.

Mexia News Staff Report

The No. 25-ranked Mexia Blackcats marched into Tuesday night’s district game against the Fairfield Eagles with one thing on their mind: Win!
It took two overtime periods to achieve that, as the Blackcats left Fairfield with an 85-81 victory and remain unbeaten in District 18-4A at 5-0.
Mexia led after one, 16-14, but the Eagles came back to take the lead at the half, 30-29.
Fairfield extended their lead to 2 by the end of the third period of play, 48-46, as the Blackcats kept within striking distance.
The fourth period turned into a shooting match and just when it looked as if Mexia was down for the count, Shemar High tipped in a shot right at the buzzer to send the game into overtime with the score tied 73-73.

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Wed
03
Feb

Threat drafted by new pro football league

Mexia News Staff Report

Former Mexia Blackcat and University of the Incarnate Word football player Devin Threat was recently drafted by the Orlando franchise of the newly-formed Major League Football League, scheduled to start this spring.
According to the UIW press release on Tuesday, the new league will feature eight teams with games running from March through July.
Threat graduated from UIW in 2015 and has helped out locally with Pittsburgh Steeler Kelvin Beachum’s – former Blackcat and SMU alumni – football camps the last couple of years.
While playing as an offensive lineman for UIW, Threat started in 41 games, including nine his freshman year.
During his junior year he earned College Sports Madness Second Team All-Independent honors and played in the College Football FCS All-American Bowl his senior season.

Wed
03
Feb

Redistricting bumps Groesbeck out of Mexia's district

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The Mexia Blackcats will be playing in the new District 9-4A DII, Reg. III along with a few familiar faces and one new one.
The makeup of former District 7-4A DII, Reg. II, will somewhat remain intact overall as Fairfield, Lorena and Waco Connally are back as district opponents for the 2016-18 football seasons. Robinson (1-9, 1-4 in District 13-4A DI last season) will be in the new district and Salado (1-10, 1-3 in District 11-4A DII last fall) joins as well.
Rusk moves out and into District 8-4A DII, while Groesbeck drops down to Conference 3A DI.
The big question is will the “Battle of the River” game still be played?

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Mon
01
Feb

Ladycats come out ahead in tight game

Tee Owens is surrounded by four Lady Mustang defenders.

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Why should the boys have all the fun when the girls can have a nail-biter of a game all their own?
That was certainly the case this past Friday night at Blackcat gym as No. 8-ranked Mexia (23-4, 6-0) hosted the No. 19-ranked Madisonville Lady Mustangs (20-10, 4-2).
The Ladycats played patience throughout the game and pulled off a 46-43 win to remain unbeaten in district play.
The game was a low-scoring affair as both teams were tied 21-21 at the half.

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Mon
01
Feb

Tough contest against Mustangs ends in Blackcat win

Mexia’s Darious Eggins puts up a shot.

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Entering Friday night’s District 18-4A district contest, both the No. 25-ranked Mexia Blackcats and unranked Madisonville Mustang boys’ teams were tied for the district lead going into their head-to-head matchup at 3-0.
After a brutal battle on the court, only one team emerged as the sole district leader and that was the Blackcats, with a 69-64 win before another packed house at Blackcat gym.
“It was a huge game between two good teams,” said coach Billy Ramey. “Every game in district is going to be tough; it’s the end of the first round and I felt we did what we were supposed to do. Defend our home court.”
No truer words could have been spoken as Mexia clawed their way through eight lead changes and seven ties during the game to emerge with the 5-point victory.

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Wed
27
Jan

Palestine girls no trouble for Mexia

Tee Owens reaches back to grab an offensive rebound

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The Mexia Ladycats (ranked No. 8 in both the TABC and TGCA Girls Class 4A basketball polls) made short work of the Palestine Ladycats Tuesday night with a 40-point, 71-31 win over their District 18-4A rival on the road.
Mexia stepped out to a 19-10 lead at the close of the first period of play.
Demodesty Williams hit two key 3-point baskets in the quarter that helped propel Mexia to the 9-point advantage.
The Ladycats extended their lead at the half to 24, making the score 39-15.
Mexia started off the third period with an 8-4 run to bring the total up to 47-19, with Tee Owens and Kiki Keith scoring four each.
By the end of the third, Mexia had increased their lead to 27 with the score 52-25.

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Wed
27
Jan

Coolidge girls wallop Wildcats

Mexia News Staff Report

After falling to Class 2A’s No. 14-ranked Frost Lady Polar Bears last Friday night at home, 42-36, the No. 12-ranked (Class 1A) Coolidge Lady Yellowjackets took out their frustration on the Gholson Lady Wildcats Tuesday night, beating their district opponent by 55 points, 80-25.
Adrianna Jones led the charge with 32 points in the game. She had a huge second period in which she scored 9 points and another big quarter in the fourth, where she sank 14 more.
Alejandra Acevedo stepped up in a big way, contributing 19 points.

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Wed
27
Jan

Ray squeezes ‘Cats past Palestine

Mexia’s Darious Eggins (24) and Shamyree Gamble (2) display the intensity of the Blackcats defense.

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
With the ball in his hands and the clock ticking down to six seconds remaining in a tied ball game, Mexia’s Tyrik Ray measured up the Palestine defense, stepped to his right and drove to the basket.
Ray let loose with the shot and the ball fell gracefully through the bottom of the net, giving the Blackcats an upset win over the Wildcats on the road Tuesday night, 53-51.
Palestine called time out right after the play with 4.9 seconds showing left in the game.
The Wildcats Davonte Mims tried shooting a desperation 3-pointer, but the ball clanked off the side of the rim at the buzzer and preserved the win for the Blackcats.

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Wed
27
Jan

Yellowjackets remain undefeated in district

Mexia News Staff Report

This time last year, the No. 4-ranked Coolidge Yellowjackets swept their season series with the Gholson Wildcats.
That scenario still hasn’t changed. They did so again this season, beating Gholson on the road Tuesday night, 62-35.
Coolidge jumped out to an early 41-8 lead by halftime and made it a 54-12 ball game entering the fourth period of play.

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Mon
25
Jan

NFL honors Wortham ISD for nurturing Superbowl players

Wortham High School received two gold Wilson footballs from the NFL.

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Friday night will forever go down in the history of Wortham High School and for the community as a whole, after being recognized by the National Football League.
WHS was one of more than 2,000 schools across the nation honored by the NFL with the presentation of not one, but two Wilson Golden Footballs as part of the league’s Super Bowl High School Honor Roll.
The balls – presented in between Friday night’s Lady Bulldog and Bulldog basketball games – have been given out to schools and communities that have had a direct influence on Super Bowl history, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this February.
Over the past 42 years, Wortham has had two of its graduates participate in the Super Bowl and both just happen to be siblings.
Charlie Davis was on the active roster for the Pittsburgh Steelers back in 1974 when the infamous “Iron Curtain” team won their first Super Bowl (IX) in franchise history.

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