Sports

Mon
04
Jan

Lady ‘Jackets buzz right past Lady Wildcats

Coolidge senior Adrianna Jones flies through the paint for the layup.

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Picking up their second district win of the season on New Year’s day against the Gholson Lady Wildcats, 64-20, the Coolidge Lady Yellowjackets seem to be in the driver’s seat to make another run at the district title.
In Friday’s win, despite having an off night shooting, senior forward Adrianna Jones still managed to pour in 24 points toward the Lady Yellowjackets’ win.
Alejandra Avevedo scored in double figures for Coolidge, scoring 16 in the game, while Maria Ortiz dished in 9. Ortiz held the point position well for the Lady Yellowjackets, but did the majority of damage on the defensive end near mid-court. Ortiz, along with sister Sophia, accounted for most of the steals that led to some quick and easy baskets for Coolidge.
The Lady Yellowjackets scored 32 points in each half, while holding Gholson to only 7 in the first two periods and 13 in the third and fourth quarters.

Mon
04
Jan

Mexia boys earn tough tournament experience

Mexia News Staff Report

The Blackcats fell to 11-6 on the year after dropping their final game of the Whataburger Tournament to Class 3A’s No. 8-ranked Jarrell, 68-64.
Despite going 1-3 in the tournament, coach Billy Ramey feels positive that his team gained a lot of experience as they prepare to enter district play next week.
“Great tournament,” Ramey said. “Played against four ranked teams and I was really impressed by the way we played.”
In the final game, Mexia was up 24-9 by the end of the first period.

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Wed
30
Dec

Wortham has tough time at Hillsboro

Mexia News Staff Report

After finishing second last year at the Hillsboro Christmas Basketball Tournament, the Wortham Lady Bulldogs are having a tough go this time around as they dropped both of their opening round games to Whitney, 49-16, and Waco Connally, 74-16.
Zaria Oates led Wortham with five points in the game, while Brooke Salisbury and Kirsten Chambers added four points each. Kate Vogel finished with three.
Vogel led the Lady Bulldogs with 10 points against the Lady Cadets, including a pair of 3-point baskets, one in the first period and another in the third. Chambers, Salisbury and Oates all scored two points each.
Wortham was scheduled to play again on Tuesday.

Wed
30
Dec

Coolidge girls win two at Itasca

Mexia News Staff Report

The Coolidge Lady Yellowjackets won twice on the opening day of the Itasca Basketball Tournament, beating Blum, 55-34, and Palmer, 55-52, in the night cap.
Coolidge managed to stay up against the Lady Bulldogs through the first three periods, outscoring them 42-32, before breaking the final quarter of play with 13 points and holding Blum to only two for the 22-point win.
Adrianna Jones did most of her damage in the second half, scoring 21 of her game high 32 points in the final two periods.
Alejandra Acevedo dished in eight for Coolidge, while teammates Maria Ortiz (6), Jada Hayes (5) and Sophia Ortiz (4) all got in on the scoring for the Lady Yellowjackets.

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Tue
29
Dec

A preview of 1A, 2A girls district play

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
This week has several area basketball teams finishing up their tournament part of their schedules, but some schools have already begun district.
Coolidge and Wortham – competing in larger team districts – began district competition prior to the Christmas break, while Mexia and Groesbeck begins next Friday night, Jan. 8, as the girls enter district play. Class 4A boy’s teams from the area won’t start district until Jan. 15.
Let’s start with the Class 1A and 2A girl’s teams.

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Fri
18
Dec

Coolidge stings Bobcats

Mexia News Staff Report

Manuel Santa Cruz scored 10 of his 13 points in the first period of play against the Kerens Bobcats Tuesday night, to help lead No. 9 ranked Coolidge to an 82-75 win against their Class 2A opponent.
Wanya’ Jones led Yellowjacket scorers with 21, hitting five, 3-point baskets in the win. Ro’derick Calhoun finished the game with 18 points.
Calhoun was sent to the free throw line nine times during the game, making 10 of 18 of them for the majority of his points.
Delvin Smith and Darion McClendon both scored 13 each for Coolidge.

Read more in the Saturday, Dec. 19, edition of The Mexia News, or subscribe to our e-edition.

Fri
18
Dec

Yellowjackets named to all-district, all-region teams

Mexia News Staff Report

The Class 14-1A DI (6-man) all-district football team was released on Monday, two days after the Abbott Panthers claimed the state title with their 40-30 win over Crowell.
The Coolidge Yellowjackets had seven players named to the all-district team and a few that made the all-region football team.
Matt Krause (Fullback), Delvin Smith (Running back), Wanya’ Jones (Split Back) and Ro’derick Calhoun (Wide Receiver) made the district’s first team offense.
Manuel Santa Cruz (Tight-end) and Tony Herrera (Tight Center) earned honors as second team all-district offensive players for the Yellowjackets.
Darion McClendon (Nose Guard) and Smith (Safety) made the district’s first team defense.

Read more in the Saturday, Dec. 19, edition of The Mexia News, or subscribe to our e-edition.

Mon
14
Dec

Blackcats trounce Van, then fall to Mount Pleasant

Mexia’s Malik Keener goes up for an easy 2 points during the Blackcats tournament semifinal game against the Mount Pleasant Tigers at The Great East Texas Shootout Saturday afternoon in Brownsboro. Keener finished the game with 11 points.

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

Playing their ninth game in seven days, the Mexia Blackcats seemed a little tired stepping out on the court against Class 5A Mount Pleasant Saturday afternoon at The Great East Texas Shootout in Brownsboro.
The Tigers sped out to a 7-2 lead early, but the first period was a slow go overall with only a total of 16 points scored (Mount Pleasant 12, Mexia 4), thanks in part to the whistle-happy officials.
Mexia was hit with eight fouls in the first quarter alone, making it a very frustrating start for the Blackcats.
Mexia climbed back into the game and with less than a minute remaining before halftime, the Blackcats had cut the Tigers’ lead down to seven, 25-18, but Mount Pleasant ended up scoring the last 5 points in the period to go up 30-18 at the half.

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Mon
14
Dec

State football championships underway

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
This is the last week for the Texas high school football season as the 2015 UIL Football State Championships will be played out Dec. 17-19, at NRG Stadium in Houston.
So far, two champions have been crowned. Those took place in Conference 1A Divisions I and II (6-Man), with the Abbott Panthers taking the DI crown with their 40-30 win over defending state champs – two-years running – the Crowell Wildcats, last Saturday night. Over in Division II, the Richland Springs Coyotes defeated Follett, 72-26, for the state championship.
Follett was the same team the Coyotes beat for the DII state championship in 2012 and by the same margin of victory, 46 points. Richland Springs has won a state championship three out of the last five years.
On Thursday, the Conference 2A and 3A DI and DII championships will be played.

Mon
14
Dec

Coolidge wins Hubbard tourney, now 8-1

Coolidge’s Ro’derick Calhoun passes off to a teammate during their game against the Hubbard Jaguars on Friday. The Yellowjackets won the game to advance to the finals of the Hubbard basketball tournament on Saturday.

Mexia News Staff Report

The No. 8-ranked Coolidge Yellowjackets went into the Hubbard basketball tournament this past weekend with one thing on their minds – win it!
That’s exactly what the final outcome would be as Coolidge routed Class 4A Waco Connally in the championship game of the tournament, 85-68.
The Cadets kept the game close in the first period, but that was more than likely the Yellowjackets getting a feel for how their opponent would react, both offensively and defensively.
After carefully studying their opponent, the Yellowjackets exploded for 26 points in the second period, led by Ro’derick Calhoun scoring eight of his game high 22 points, getting help from teammates Wanya’ Jones (5), Manny Rivera (5), Delvin Smith (4) and Manuel Santa Cruz, who got in on the scoring barrage with 4 in the quarter.

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