Sports

Wed
28
Aug

China Spring Cougars @ Mexia Blackcats

Friday, Aug. 30, 7:30 p.m.
at Blackcat Field

China Spring hails from District 17-3A
2012 Record: 6-5, 3-2 bi-district finalist

Mexia Blackcats play in District 19-3A
2012 Record: 0-10, 0-5

2012 Game: China Spring 69, Mexia 20 … game played at Cougar Stadium in China Spring

China Spring
Coached by Mark Bell, the team took a roller coaster ride through the 2012 season winning every other game until stringing together three consecutive wins in district play. The Cougars managed to make it to the first round of the playoffs where they lost to Navasota 62-16. Coach Bell has a lot of new players on this year’s team and it will be a challenge offensively with new personel passing and carrying the football.

Mon
26
Aug

Lady Dawgs place at tourney

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

The Wortham Lady Bulldogs didn’t come away empty handed at the Groesbeck Varsity Volleyball Tournament held over this past weekend (Aug. 22-24).

The team ended up in the consolation finals where they defeated the Coolidge Lady Yellow Jackets, 25-22, 25-10, taking home a trophy in what head coach Johnny Ward saw as a valiant effort on his girl’s part, especially after their match with Grandview Saturday morning.

“We played very well against them,” Ward said. “Although we did not come out on top, I was pleased with everyone’s play.”
Grandview swept Wortham, 25-23, 25-20, 25-12.

Mon
26
Aug

Ladycats fight, fall to Vanguard


The Ladycats Kaitlyn Gipson knocks the ball by Waco Vanguard defenders during the second set in Friday night’s match at home. Mexia News photos/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

The Mexia Ladycats played three hard-fought sets Friday night, Aug. 23, against the Waco Vanguard Lady Vikings at home.

Vanguard ended up sweeping the Ladycats, 25-21, 25-22, 25-16.

Mexia’s Cheyenne Thompson, Jye Jackson, Mackenzie Bain and Kaitlyn Gipson all performed well in helping keep the Ladycats in the match and the scoring close.

Vanguard kept pounding the ball all night long and eventually found a soft spot in the Ladycats defense in the final set of the match.

Wed
21
Aug

Lady Goats state ranked

The Groesbeck Lady Goats cracked their way into the Texas Girls Coaches Association Polls on Tuesday at No. 7.

Joining the Lady Goats this week are Wimberley at No. 1, Liberty Hill No. 2, Decatur No. 3, Cleveland Tarkington No. 4, Stephenville No. 5, Argyle No. 6, Longview Spring Hill No. 8, Springtown No. 9 and LaGrange at No. 10. Honorable mentions were Boerne, Abilene Wylie, Taylor, Fredericksburg and Gatesville.

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

Wed
21
Aug

Lady Dawgs win again, defeat Lady Lions


This year’s Wortham High School varsity volleyball team are, l-r, back row: Hannah McCord, Camey Shaffer and Elisha Libhart; front row: Katie Looney, Ashley Anderson, Sara Sessions, Kierra Busby and Kendle Rhodes.

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

The Wortham Lady Bulldogs keep on rolling along, knocking off the Blooming Grove Lady Lions Tuesday night on the road to improve their record to 8-1 on the season.

Wortham sweep the Lady Lions in three sets, 25-18, 25-23, 25-13, behind the exceptional serving of Katie Looney and Kendle Rhodes.

Looney finished the night with 20 service points, including 14 in a row during the last set with five shanks and one ace during the run.

Rhodes helped the team out of a jam in set two.

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

Fri
16
Aug

Lady Yellow Jackets buzz back to beat Mumford girls

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

It may not have been pretty, but at times it was pretty amazing.

That’s how the night went for the Coolidge Lady Yellow Jackets on Tuesday, Aug. 13 as they managed to back after a rough start to sweep the Milford Lady Bulldogs in three sets, 25-20, 25-7, 25-11 to win their first match of the year on the opening night of the 2013 volleyball season.

Naylie Gonzalez and Marie Ortiz made some incredible diving plays, keeping the ball in play in the final match that eventually led to Coolidge taking a commanding lead early on. Adrianna Jones kill shot helped widen that lead to 21-10 as the match started winding down and Precious Busby’s save at the net helped set up match point with the score in favor of the Lady Yellow Jackets, 24-11.

Wed
14
Aug

Blackcats sweating through two-a-days

Defenders close in on a receiver during drills as the Black Cats continue to prepare for the season opener Aug. 30.
Mexia News photo/Mike Eddleman

Wed
14
Aug

Lady Bulldogs rebound to top Ladycats in opener


Wortham’s Elisha Libhart goes up for a block on a kill attempt by Mexia’s Jynesha Jackson. Mexia News photos/Mike Eddleman

By Mike Eddleman
Publisher

The experience and stout defense of the Wortham Lady Bulldogs was too much for the inexperienced Ladycats in the 2013 volleyball opener.

Mexia took the opening game 25-19, but dropped the next three (25-27, 9-25, 19-25).

Coach Sherri Cain said after the game that her Mexia squad had a steep learning curve with so little varsity experience on the roster.

“Tonight we learned how much work we really have to do,” Cain said. “This group is super young and they have to get experience. The only thing that will help that is to keep playing. They are learning so much, I think they are on sensory overload right now. They are having to learn the varsity pace while we are taking baby steps.”

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

Mon
12
Aug

Heat makes for tough time at Blackcats first practices

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

It’s been a long off-season for the Blackcat football team after last year’s first ever winless season. A new coach and a new system made it a tough challenge for kids, especially this time last year.

They didn’t know what to expect.

It was hot.
Plays weren’t being run correctly as they should have.

The defense was sluggish.

It seemed a little chaotic at times, but even though the team endured the road, they were traveling.

“It was tough,” said Lamonte Chambers, athletic director and head football coach. “It was different. Different coaches, different scheme of things … we had to gain their trust.”

Indeed, Chambers and the coaching staff began seeing better results towards the end of the season.

Mon
05
Aug

Navarro College Roundup

Basketball
The Bulldogs have hired former Trinity Valley Community College women’s basketball coach, Michael Landers, to take over the men’s program after the departure of Johnny Estelle.
Landers coached the Lady Cardinals from 2000-2009 and 2010-12. He led his teams to two national championships and two undefeated seasons during his tenure, posting a 335-39 record while coaching there. He served as co-coach with his wife, Kenya, during the 2011-12 season, in which the Lady Cardinals won the national championship.
Overall, Landers career win/loss record is 436-61 covering his most recent years and stints as coach at East Texas Baptist University and Baton Rouge Community College.

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

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