Sports

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.

Mon
05
Aug

Let the games begin!

Mexia volleyball coach Sherri Cain, back left of the photo, watches as the girls work on basic plays in the first day of practice Aug. 5. The team only has one week to prepare for their first game against the Wortham Lady Bulldogs on Tuesday, Aug. 13.
Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

Mon
29
Jul

Ladycats gear up for volleyball season

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

Another exciting season of Ladycats volleyball is just around the corner. Coach Sherrie Cain will have the team hitting the court on Monday, Aug. 5, beginning at 7:30 a.m. for two-a-days.

The team has only one player (Cheyenne Thompson) returning from last season’s squad that finished as co-district champions with Groesbeck, and also as an area finalist in the playoffs in 2012; and with just one week to prepare for their first game of the season, things could seem a little grim for the Lady Cats starting out.

But Coach Cain doesn’t see those obstacles getting in the way of this year’s squad making another run for the district title, or even the playoffs.

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

Mon
29
Jul

Blackcats finish third overall in HSE state tournament


Brady Walker pitches for Mexia in a big win against Wortham July 20 at the summer league baseball state tournament in Hillsboro. The team is comprised of Mexia High sophomores, juniors and seniors. Contributed photos/Genny Lawson

The high school-eligible Blackcat baseball team completed their 2013 season this past weekend, taking third out of 20 teams at the state summer baseball league tournament. The team, coached by Larry Adair and Richard Hileman did a fantastic job over the season, finishing 14-2.

Pool play began Friday in Hillsboro with the Blackcats drawing Dekalb for their first game. After a nail-biter, the team came up short, losing 7-5. After a couple of hours to regroup, the boys hit the field again against Neches, another exciting game that brought the boys their first tournament win, 7-3. Playing at 6 p.m. against Neches and 8 p.m. against Athens didn’t give the boys much time to breathe as they hit the field back to back. The Blackcats fought hard against Athens and won, 7-4.

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

Mon
22
Jul

Hoopers go 3-3 at Great American

The Mexia Hoopers, next year’s varsity-eligible boys basketball team, played in the National Great American Shootout in Duncanville last week and won three out of six games.

In game one of pool play Thursday, the team played Houston 5A Pearland, and Mexia lost 63-60. Mexia led in the game several times, but trailed in the end. In game two Friday morning, the team played D1 Ambassadors from Austin and beat them, 84-51. In game three of pool play Friday evening, the team played big West Texas Zags (a mixture of Lubbock High School’s 5A best players and Seminole High School’s best players), and the team beat Mexia, 67-57. The Zags team had three players 6 foot, 6 inches tall and 240 pounds, and two more at 6 foot 5 inches tall. Mexia tallest player is 6 foot 4 inches tall. Mexia played hard and stayed within 6 to 10 points the entire game, but just could not catch up.

Mon
22
Jul

Kelvin Beachum ready for Steelers training camp


Kelvin Beachum, shown throwing mini-footballs during Mexia’s MLK Day parade in January, is ready for training camp to start for his team, the Pittsburgh Steelers. Mexia News file photo

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

It’s been a long off season for Mexia native Kelvin Beachum, but no one is as anxious to get back to work and on the playing field as the second year left guard for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

We caught up with Beachum earlier this summer to find out what he’s been up to since the end of the 2012-13 NFL season.

During the off time, Beachum has spent much of it working out and getting ready for training camp. He also managed to find time to get married back in February of this year to Jessica, a 2011 Baylor University graduate.

Since relocating to Pittsburgh, Beachum has become an avid hockey fan, cheering for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Although he’s become very fond of the sport, Beachum admits he has no desire to get out on the ice anytime soon.

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

Wed
17
Jul

Coolidge prepared to build under new head coach

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
After posting their first winning season since 2001 with a record of 6-4 in 2012 and finishing as a bi-district finalist, the Coolidge Yellow Jackets will be under the direction of a new head football coach, Randy Jones, after the departure of former head coach James Pinnell.
Jones, who turned around the Fannindel football program, leading them to a pair of district titles and four playoff appearances, will take the helm at Coolidge in hopes of continuing the current postseason trend. Jones posted a 29-22 record while coaching at Fannindel.
Coolidge returns 12 lettermen from last year, including four offensive and five defensive starters.
Players to watch this year are quarterback Eddie Rivera, center Darion Johnston, runningback Deandre Kirven and outside end Delvin Smith, leading a team expected to contend for the district title this fall.

Mon
15
Jul

Summer League Blackcats undefeated, on to state


The Mexia High School Eligible team will compete in the state tournament in Hillsboro July 19-21. The team finished league play with a 10-0 record. Shown are, l-r, front row: Darius Dorsey, Ronald Jackson, Carlos Carrillo, Shelby Hileman, Hunter Morton, D.J. Johnson and Jesse Torres; back row:  Coach Richard Hileman, Taylor Threat, Austin Gose, Tre Craig, Brady Walker, Case Adair and Coach Larry Adair. Not shown is Blake Lewis. All of these young men are students at Mexia High School. Contributed photo

The summer of 2013 will go down as a summer that 13 select Blackcat baseball players will never forget – their undefeated season.

Under the direction of Coach Larry Adair and Richard Hileman, the high-school eligible team managed to amass 102 runs while only allowing 22 in 10 games over the season.

The team is comprised of Mexia High sophomores, juniors and seniors. For the seniors, this was their last season of regular summer ball and what a wonderful way to end their summer league careers.

Mon
15
Jul

Mexia 7-on-7 have decent run at first state outing


Hoa Vuong and Kaylon Watson prepare to defend the Blackcats territory during the state 7 on 7 tournament in Leander last Thursday and Friday. Mexia won two and lost three during the tourney. Contributed photo/Genny Lawson

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

The Mexia 7-on-7 football team had a pretty good outing, being their first trip ever to the Texas State 7-on-7 Championship held July 11-12 in Leander.

Mexia entered pool play on Thursday, playing three games against Houston Episcopal, Brownwood and Anna.

They ended up falling to Houston Episcopal, 48-12, then lost to Brownwood, 33-12, but came back in their final game of the day, defeating Anna, 37-25 which put them in the No. 3 slot and earned them a spot in the consolation round on Friday.

Mexia played Boyd in the first round of consolation and ended up on top 14-7 at the end of that game to continue their advance in the bracket.

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