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Wed
03
Dec

Blackcats defeat eighth-ranked La Vega Pirates


Shemar High (25) had a monstrous game inside for the Mexia Blackcats Tuesday night in their home win over the No. 8 ranked Waco La Vega Pirates. High scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds to help the Blackcats win their third straight game of the year. Mexia News photo/ Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Curk Harris was a man on a mission Tuesday night for Mexia. Harris scored 26 points and grabbed a team high 11 rebounds and five assists to lead the No. 24 ranked Blackcats to a 72-64 win over the No. 8 ranked Waco La Vega Pirates at home.
Mexia sprinted out to a 24-8 lead in the first quarter, with Harris scoring nine of the team’s points.
With the momentum clearly in favor of the Blackcats, the game resembled what could have easily been a blowout win, but starting the second quarter, coach Tony Leamon slowed down the tempo of the game, which seemingly allowed the Pirates to creep back in.
Mexia maintained their lead at the half, but La Vega outscored the Blackcats in the second period of play, 20-18, to make it 42-28 in favor of the home team at the half.

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Wed
03
Dec

Ladycats clobber Kerens


Kiki Keith drives around a Kerens defender during the first quarter of play between Class 4A’s No. 13 ranked Ladycats and Class 2A’s No. 17 ranked Lady Bobcats Tuesday night. Mexia won the game by 20, 71-51. Mexia News photos by Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Class 2A’s No. 17 ranked Kerens Lady Bobcats returned to Mexia Tuesday night, seeking to repeat last year’s win over Class 4A’s No. 13 ranked Ladycats, but that would not be the case as the crimson and black dominated the court in their 71-51 win.
The past couple of meetings between the Mexia Ladycats and Kerens Lady Bobcats have resulted in each team splitting home court wins. During Mexia’s state championship run in 2013, the Lady Bobcats were in the rankings of the state polls, but the Ladycats ended up with a 61-52 win at home.
Last season, Kerens repaid the Ladycats by taking an 81-39 blowout win on their home court.

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Mon
01
Dec

Lady Jackets, Yellow Jackets obliterate Oakwood


Coolidge’s Dianna Kirven goes up for a tough shot under the basket during the Lady Yellow Jackets game against the Miller Grove Lady Hornets this past Saturday in Trinidad. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Dianna Kirven scored 21 points in the first half of Tuesday night’s game to lead the Coolidge Lady Yellowjackets to a 66-23 win over the Oakwood Lady Panthers.
Dianna ended up with a game high 27 and also did an outstanding job on defense, making steals and dishing out assists to teammates. Adrianna Jones and Taysia Kirven were the only other Lady Yellowjackets to hit double-digits in scoring. Jones had 14, while Taysia finished with 11.
Maria Ortiz, at 5’ 1”, wasn’t afraid to drive the lane, scoring eight points in the process for Coolidge.
Monica Pedroza saw a little playing time towards the end of the game. Pedroza scored her only basket of the game towards the end, which made the Coolidge home crowd bust out in a thunderous cheer for her effort.

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Mon
01
Dec

Endurance key to Ladycats come-from-behind win vs. Lions


Brianna Forge (Mexia) tries to work out of a jam against Waco defenders during their non-district game last Tuesday in Waco. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Patience and perseverance, that’s what the Ladycats had to endure in their come from behind 57-42 win Tuesday afternoon against the Waco Lady Lions on the road.
Mexia got hit with two technicals in the first half of play and were down 24-20 at halftime. With Waco still ahead early in the third quarter, the Ladycats Tee Owens took control of the ball to help turn the tied in their favor. After making a clean steal and taking it to the basket at the other end for the layup and drawing a foul, Mexia ended up tied with the Lady Lions at 27-27.
After Waco moved ahead by one after making a free throw, Owens hit a long range three-point shot that gave Mexia a 30-28 lead with 4:05 to play in the quarter.
Both teams traded a couple of baskets here and there and eventually the score was tied again at 37-37.

Mon
24
Nov

Lady Dawgs bury Goats


Wortham'sCourtney Chasteen puts up the shot for the Lady Bulldogs during their game against Groesbeck held Nov. 21.  Mexia News photo/Jennifer Lansford

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The Wortham Lady Bulldogs improved to 2-0 on the young season as they demolished the Groesbeck Lady Goats, 63-39, at home last Friday night.
Wortham sprinted to a 17-8 lead at the end of the first quarter, led by Courtney Chasteen's six-points, along with Elisha Libhart and Kamarie Freeman scoring four each. The Lady Bulldogs extended their lead to 31-15 by the half.
With a 41-23 advantage going into the fourth quarter, the Lady Goats tried to climb back into the game by scoring 16-points in the period, but Wortham threw in 22 to finish out the win.
Libhart was the top scorer in the game with 16, followed by Chasteen with 15 and Freeman was the only other Lady Bulldog in double figures with 11.

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Mon
17
Nov

Blackcats season ends at bi-district


Mexia team captains Decovan Echols (20), Ricky Reyes (78), Demitri Freeman (77) and Jaylen Gipson (7) prepare to walk to the center of the field for the coin flip prior to the start of the Blackcats bi-district playoff game against the Cleveland-Tarkington Longhorns this past Saturday night at Merrill Green Stadium in Bryan. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Maybe it was the rain or the cold temperature, but either way, the Mexia Blackcats playoff run came to a quick ending last Saturday night, thanks in part to the Cleveland-Tarkington Longhorns, who ended up winning the bi-district matchup, 27-24.
The Blackcats came out fired up and drove down to the Longhorns six-yard line before Draeshaun Hanna slipped out to the nearside and scored the game's first touchdown to give Mexia a 7-0 lead.
The Longhorns answered back when quarterback Hunter Johnson slid along the back of his offensive line and sprinted to the outside to score a 36-yard touchdown and Cleveland tied the game at seven.
Both teams entered the second quarter tied at seven and that's when Johnson worked his magic on the Mexia defense twice more on runs of eight and 68 to give the Longhorns a 20-7 advantage with 6:17 to play in the first half.

Mon
10
Nov

Kirven, Ortiz first to represent Coolidge High cross country at state meet


Coolidge's Dianna Kirven​ trots up hill next to Priddy's Alex Evans near the finish line in Saturday's Class 1A Girls State Cross Country Meet in Round Rock. Kirven finished the course in 13:27.05, which was good enough for 18th place out of the field of 150. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
History was made by Coolidge’s Dianna Kirven and Maria Ortiz after they became the first cross country runners from the school to compete at the state meet this past weekend at Old Settler’s Park in Round Rock.
Kirven and Ortiz competed in the Class 1A girl’s cross country race, which was held Saturday afternoon. Kirven finished 18th out of the field of 150 with a time of 13:27.05, while Ortiz came in 51st with a time of 14:09.08.
Kirven looked good coming up the back stretch towards the finish line, running alongside Priddy’s Alex Evans up the steep incline.

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Mon
10
Nov

Mendoza battles mob at state


Mexia’s Guillermo Mendoza leads a small pack of runners in the state Cross Country meet, held this past weekend in Round Rock. Mendoza is the first Blackcat runner to make the state meet since 1994. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Guillermo Mendoza became the second Mexia boys cross country runner in school history to compete at the state meet this past Saturday at Old Settler's Park in Round Rock, matching the accomplishment by Jaspe Romero in 1994.
Mendoza (19:25.81) finished Saturday's race a couple of minutes behind his normal time, finishing a little further back than what he'd have liked.
"He got caught up in all the wash and couldn't run out of it," said coach Tony Leamon.
The Class 4A boy's race had 151 competitors roughing it through the hilly terrain and in some spots, it runners couldn't help but bottleneck through a few places, which slowed some of them from their normal paces.
"Guillermo came across the first mile on pace, but when you get caught up in that much wash, that much traffic, it's difficult to get out of and slows you down," Leamon said.

Mon
10
Nov

Blackcats win Battle of the River, District championship


Mexia running back Draeshaun Hanna sees daylight for one of his big touchdown runs in Friday night's Battle of the River game against the Groesbeck Goats. Hanna ended up six-yards shy of a 300-yard rushing game, but the 294 he had pushed him over the 2,000 yard mark on the season. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
"It's just a rivaly game," said coach Lamonte Chambers, as he and his Blackcats team took the win in stride Friday night against their Navasota River rival, the Groesbeck Goats.
Chambers managed to stay clear of the Gatorade bucket at least three times after the game as the players tried to drench him in the excitement of winning the Battle of the River game and becoming outright district champs. The first time that has been accomplished since 2002.
"It feels great," Chambers says. "At the same time we don't feel like we're done yet. It's just one step and we just want to keep moving on ... it's a good feeling."
Mexia (7-3) moves on to meet the Tarkington Longhorns (6-4), the No. 4 seed from District 8-4A in the bi-district round of the playoffs.
The game will be played on Saturday, Nov. 15, at Merrill Green Stadium in Bryan. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Wed
05
Nov

Wortham girls blast Frost, playoff-bound

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
In the most recent Texas Girls Coaches Association Volleyball Poll, the Wortham Lady Bulldogs are ranked No. 30 in Class 2A with a 25-12 record, but it's actually 31-12 after this "dark horse" of a team - one of the comments made in the poll this past Monday - knocked down and swept the No. 10 Frost Lady Polar Bears, 25-13, 25-19, 25-16, Monday night.
Right now this team has the capability of going deep into the Class 2A playoffs, especially the way their front line of Elisha Libhart, Kate Vogel and Trinity Shivers is playing.
Against Frost, Libhart, Vogel and Shivers combined for 29 kills and 15 blocks. Libhart also had 10 digs, was 14-15 serving with two aces, Vogel had eight digs and was perfect at the service line (10-10) and Shivers hit on seven of eight serves in the match.
"Our girls are continually outhustling our opponents," said coach Johnny Ward.

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