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Tue
19
Apr

Blackcat, Ladycat track teams toil at Palestine district meet

Mexia’s Davion Abor (bottom) and Kemontrell Jackson (top) get ready to make their move in the junior varsity boys 200 meter dash at the district track meet held in Palestine.
Amber Busby (top) and Kaylea Dick (bottom) run neck-in-neck during the junior varsity girls 100 meter hurdle race at the district track meet in Palestine.
Mexia senior Demitri Freeman heaved the steel ball for a third place finish in the shotput, during field events Wednesday at the district track meet in Palestine.
Mexia senior Matron Gerald came away with a second place finish in the long jump Wednesday afternoon.
Tee Owens begins to make her move out of the pack in the 100 meter dash Thursday afternoon at the district track meet.
Ladycat Jashima Smith keeps her eye on the discus as it leaves her finger tips Wednesday morning.

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
For two days the Mexia Blackcat track teams put in a ton of blood, sweat and maybe a tear or two as they dueled against district competitors at the 18-4A track and field meet held in Palestine.
The junior varsity Blackcats performed beyond expectation Wednesday and Thursday, scoring a total of 229 points and finished in first place overall.
Both the Ladycat varsity and JV track teams ended up in third place and the Blackcat varsity team finished in fifth place.
The JV Blackcats scored most of their points in the running events.
Leading the way was Angel Escamillia with first place finishes in the 1600 and 3200 meter runs, while Kemontrell Jackson and Malcolm King finished first in the 200 meter dash and 400 meter dash. Phillip Lejune placed first in the 300 meter hurdles for the Mexia JV and all three of the relay teams took second place finishes in the 4x100, 200 and 400 meter relay races.

Fri
15
Apr

Wortham shuts out Hubbard for 10-0 win

Wortham’s Zach Jones had a great day from the mound to help with the win over Hubbard.

Mexia News Staff Report

Fri
15
Apr

Two Mexia players off to regional tennis tourney

Mexia’s Jimmy Tran gets a little airborne on this return, during championship play of the district tennis tournament.
Jennifer Ugarte returns the ball during her playback match against Groesbeck’s Shelby Sanders Tuesday afternoon.

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Jimmy Tran and Jennifer Ugarte will represent Mexia High School at the Class 4A Region III regional tennis tournament next week in Bryan-College Station.
Tran won the first two matches Monday against Madisonville’s Efrain Esada and Palestine’s Issac Fulgham.
Tuesday, Tran played a hard fought match against Madisonville’s Robert “Smiley” Zavala in the championship match of the district tournament in Groesbeck.
He ended up in second place, which was good enough to move on to the regional tournament.
Ugarte had a bye in the first round of the district tournament and ended up falling to girl’s singles champion, Cinny Zhao, of Groesbeck on Monday.

Fri
15
Apr

Great pitching not enough to take Blackcats past Mustangs

Mexia first baseman Bryce Sterling positions himself under the ball to make the catch during the Blackcats district game with the Madisonville.
The Blackcats Eric Wells makes the pitch to a Madisonville batter during Mexia’s district game with the Mustangs Tuesday evening.
The Blackcats’ Avery Williams hit a blast to center field in this at-bat for a ground rule double.

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Eric Wells pitched seven innings and struck out 10 Madisonville batters Tuesday evening, in Mexia’s district game with the Mustangs at Black Cat Field. Despite his effort on the mound the Blackcat bats were unable to produce any runs as they ended up falling to their district rival, 2-0.
Madisonville (4-2, 11-11-1) led off the first with two batters getting on board with back-to-back hits – a single by Kyle Poe and a double by Darren Blakley – quickly backing Mexia into a corner.
Wells settled down and struck out the next two batters, but with the count 2-2 to the Mustangs Zach Poe, the next pitch careened off catcher Zachary Klosterman’s glove and rolled to the backstop.
Kyle Poe took off for home on the play and made it in safely to give Madisonville the 1-0 lead.
Wells struck out the next batter to get Mexia out of the inning with no further damage.

Thu
14
Apr

JV, Varsity teams hosts of annual Scott Neal Relays

Ty Gamble clears the bar in the high jump for the junior varsity Blackcats Thursday afternoon.
The Ladycats’ Tee Owens came away from the Scotty Neal Relays with three first place finishes.
Junior varsity Ladycat Amber Busby leaps in the 100-meter hurdles Thursday afternoon at the Scotty Neal Relays.

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Mexia High School played host to the Scott Neal Relays Thursday afternoon at Black Cat Field.
The junior varsity Blackcats finished in first place overall, 47 points better than second place finisher Red Oak JV. The Ladycat JV finished up in third place as did the varsity Ladycat team. The varsity Blackcats came in at No. 10.
Kataryess Griffin came away with a first place finish in the 200 meter dash for the JV Blackcats, while the 4x400 meter relay team took first in their race. Phillip Lejune also placed first in the 300 meter hurdles.
While the JV Ladycats may not have competed in as many events as the boy’s team, they made the most of it by scoring big points.

Thu
14
Apr

Mexia powerlifters’ season peaks with three athletes off to state meet

Mexia’s Keila Molina, left, and Dani Gauntt, right, recently competed at the Texas High School Women’s State Championship powerlifting meet.
Diego Rivera recently competed for the Mexia Blackcats at the Texas High School Men’s State Championship powerlifting meet.

Mexia News Staff Report

Mon
11
Apr

Ladycats’ bats on fire in 16-6 district win

Mexia’s Gabi Jacobs makes it safely into second base as the Palestine shortstop can’t hang on to the ball last Friday night during the two team’s second round meeting in district play.
Ladycat McKenzie Bain turns on a pitch during Mexia’s district game with Palestine on the road last Friday night. Bain went 2-4 at the plate as the Ladycats came away with a 16-6 win.

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Gabi Jacobs went 3-3 at the plate with a double, three runs and three runs batted in last Friday night, to lead the Mexia Ladycats to a 16-6 win over district opponent Palestine.
Mexia broke the ice Friday night in the first inning, after Priscilla Garcia reached base on a single and later came around to score the game’s first run. Ashton Langley, who had earlier walked, ended up scoring the Ladycats second run of the inning after Angel Carroll hit a sacrifice fly, giving Mexia an early 2-0 lead.
Palestine came back in the bottom of the inning to tie the game at 2-2.
Mexia held their Ladycat counterpart to no runs over the next two innings, while putting up seven to put the score in their favor at 9-2.
In the top of the fourth, Jacobs doubled in Destiney Flores to make it 10-2. Later on, Jacobs, Garcia and Langley would score to give Mexia a 13-2 advantage.

Mon
11
Apr

Blackcats take Palestine in shutout

Mexia pitcher Avery Williams was on fire last Friday night in the Blackcats 3-0 win over Palestine.

Mexia News Staff Report

Mon
11
Apr

Former Blackcat to star in NBC reality series

Former Blackcat Bennie Wylie Jr. is one of 10 top fitness trainers who will star in the new NBC reality show STRONG. Photo/Sony Pictures Television

Mexia News Staff Report

Mon
11
Apr

Wells first in district, off to regionals

Blackcat Eric Wells shot an 82 Tuesday to capture first place and a return to the regional meet in Huntsville next week.
Ladycat golfers finished third at the district golf meet.  Shown, l-r, are Hope Goodrich, Rene Curry, Courtney Ingram and Andrea Gonzales.
Eric Wells, left, finished first  at the district golf tournament and will make his third consecutive trip to the regional tournament. He’s shown with his sister Courtney Ingram, a member of the Ladycats team that finished in third.

Mexia News Staff Report

After finishing first at the district golf tournament earlier this week, Mexia junior Eric Wells will be making his third consecutive appearance at regionals for the Blackcats next week at Raven’s Nest golf course in Huntsville.
Wells finished up the two-day tournament by shooting an 82.
The Mexia Ladycat golf team finished third overall, with Courtney Ingram (Wells sister) just missing a chance to go to regionals by two strokes.
Ingram is only a freshman this season and coach Bill Matthews is excited about what she will be capable of doing next year as a sophomore.
Also competing for the Ladycats were Hope Goodrich, Rene Curry and Andrea Gonzales. Goodrich, a freshman, and Curry, a sophomore, will also be returning to the team next season.

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