Sports

Fri
15
Jan

Football banquet tix on sale

The annual Football Banquet honoring the 2015 bi-district champion Mexia Blackcats, is set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28.
It will be held at the First Baptist Church Christian Life Center, 500 E. Carthage in Mexia.
Tickets are available for $10 each at ReMax/Womack Insurance, 205 E. Milam in Mexia.

Fri
15
Jan

Season opening games tough for Mexia soccer

Mexia’s Emilio Iwabuchi slips past a Palestine player.

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

Opening-round games at the Palestine Wildcat Classic soccer tournament didn’t quite go the way the Blackcats would have liked, with Mexia falling to the host team 4-0 and then to the Class 4A, Region II No. 7-ranked Crandall Pirates in their second match, 3-0.
In the opening match, Palestine (ranked No. 2 in Class 4A, Region III) used a constant attack, keeping the Blackcats on the defensive throughout the match.

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Fri
15
Jan

Chambers named to Victory Bowl blue-team coaching staff

Mexia head football coach Lamonte Chambers meets with other FCA Blue team coaches

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

The list of coaches for the 2016 FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) Victory Bowl football and volleyball games was announced Saturday, Jan. 9, in Waco.
Mexia head football coach and athletic director, Lamonte Chambers, has been chosen to be a part of the coaching staff for the Blue football team this year.
Chambers – in his fourth year as head coach of the Blackcats – will be working with head coaches Rick Rhoades (Cameron Yoe), Shane Anderson (Waco Connally), Brent Graham (Salado) and Neil Searcy (Killeen).
“This is a great thing for the kids,” said Chambers. “It’s an honor, but I have to give the credit to our kids and coaching staff as well.”

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Saturday's edition of The Mexia News, or subscribe to our online edition.

Fri
15
Jan

Coolidge girls glide past Penelope

Mexia News Staff Report

Double goose eggs in the first and fourth periods by the Coolidge Lady Yellowjackets defense, topped with 35 points from Adrianna Jones, enabled Class 1A’s No. 14-ranked team to an easy 78-16 district win over the Penelope Lady Wolverines Tuesday night.
Jones went straight to work on the scoreboard to start the game off with 11 of Coolidge’s 19 points in the first period and by halftime she was one-point shy of 20 as the Lady Yellowjackets led 39-9.
Coolidge kept their foot on the gas in the third period, outscoring the Lady Wolverines 17-7, increasing their lead to 40, 56-16.

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Fri
15
Jan

Yellowjackets crush district rival Penelope

Mexia News Staff Report

Delvin Smith scored 24 points and Ro’derick Calhoun threw in 14 as the Class 1A, No. 4-ranked Coolidge Yellowjackets cruised to a 30-point win over district rival Penelope Tuesday night, 74-44.
Smith had 13 points by the half, helping Coolidge to a 47-21 lead entering the third period of play.
He added 11 more in the third period, nine of those coming off 3-point baskets as the Yellowjackets outscored the Wolverines in the quarter, 23-9, extending their lead advantage to 40, 70-30.
Calhoun was a big contributor in getting the Yellowjackets off to a good start in the game. He had 10 points in the opening period.

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Fri
08
Jan

Three Yellowjackets selected for all-state football teams

Delvin Smith, second team, defense, safety
Darion McClendon, honorable mention, nose guard
Ro’derick Calhoun, honorable mention, wide receiver

Mexia News Staff Report

Three Coolidge Yellowjacket football players made the 2015 6-Man All-State Football Team for Division I, adding to their list of honors this season.
Making the team were seniors Delvin Smith, Ro’derick Calhoun and Darion Mcclendon.
Smith made the all-state second team on defense at safety, while honorable mention awards went to Calhoun (wide receiver) and McClendon (nose guard).
All three players were instrumental in helping the team achieve a record of 8-2 this past fall in District 14-1A, DI 6-Man, under the guidance of coach Randy Jones.
“Those three guys gave us a great year,” Jones said.
“I appreciate their effort over the past three-years and hope they will continue their success at the next level.”

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Mon
04
Jan

Yellowjackets continue to crush opponents

Senior forward Darion McClendon reaches out to snag the ball.

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
It may be too soon to label this Coolidge Yellowjackets (14-3) team as a “giant killer,” but that’s exactly what they’ve been so far this season.
So far, Class 1A Coolidge has knocked off 5A Marble Falls, 4A teams Groesbeck, Waco Connally, China Spring and No. 12-ranked Wharton. Their only three losses have come against Class 3A Rice (14-2) by 3, Class 4A Mexia (11-6) by 8 and literally running out of gas against Fort Worth Country Day in the championship game of the Gatesville Tournament, falling to the Falcons 79-56.
“In that championship game I felt our legs were gone by then,” said Jones. “We played against some very good teams from upper classifications in our last two tournaments. In that championship game of the Gatesville Tournament, I felt our legs were gone by then. The guys played hard, though.”

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.

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

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.

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