Sports

Mon
22
Feb

Powerlifters place well at West Invitational

Mexia News Staff Report

Success continued for Mexia’s powerlifters as the Ladycats finished third out of 21 teams at the West Invitational held at Whitney High School and the boys placed fourth out of 21 teams.
Dani Gauntt and Judy Gonzales both placed first in the 220 and 220 plus Classes respectively, while Karina Rivera finished fourth in the 105 Class, Hope Goodrich was fifth in the 198 Class and Jamie Comer came in sixth in the 220 Class.
For the boys, Darius Dorsey brought home a second place medal in the 165 Class, while teammate Trederek Anglin duplicated Dorsey’s feat with a second place finish in the Super Heavy Weight Class.

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Mon
22
Feb

Soccer team strands Pirates

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

All the Blackcats soccer team needed in Friday night’s home 3-0 home win over the Waco La Vega Pirates was seven minutes.
After a scoreless first half, Mexia scored all three goals in the second half during that time span.
Alan Carbajal got things started with a goal off of a penalty kick.
Victor Garcia scored the second goal of the game from an assist by Carbajal and Emilio Iwabuchi notched the final one with an assist by Tito Rivera.
The Blackcats (4-9-2) are tied with the Pirates for third place in the district standings at 4-3.

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Mon
22
Feb

Ladycats too much for Henderson

Ladycat Soroya Hollie keeps the defensive pressure on one of Henderson’s point guards during Mexia’s area championship win last Friday night over the Lady Lions in Palestine.

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

When Henderson entered Wildcat gym in Palestine Friday night, it was clear that the Lady Lions had the height advantage over the No. 7-ranked Mexia Ladycats.
However, a team can have all the height they can bring, but when you leave one of Class 4A’s premier shooters unguarded at your back door, the result becomes an easy 2-point basket.
That’s exactly what happened in the first two periods of play during Mexia’s 66-49 area win over Henderson.
Tee Owens seemed to have an easy go at the basket as Henderson’s post players looked to just move out of her way. She scored 9 of the Ladycats 17 first-period points as Mexia led by 10 going into the second.

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Wed
17
Feb

Mexia girls win despite Owens’ foul troubles

Mexia’s Tee Owens ties up the ball with Lorena’s Michal Bennett during early action of the Ladycats bi-district game with the Lady Leopards Monday night in Waco.

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Down by 10 early in the second period and with Tee Owens picking up her third foul with 5:45 to play before the half, things were beginning to look a little gloomy for the Mexia Ladycats in their bi-district playoff game with Lorena this past Monday night in Waco.
However, Mexia showed just how resilient they are as Soroya Hollie and Jashima Smith stepped up in a big way in that second quarter to get the Ladycats back in the game and eventually take a 55-48 win over the Lady Leopards.
Smith’s defensive work near the basket and Victoria Wright and Kiki Keith keeping Lorena in check along the paint, coupled by Hollie hitting 7 of her game high 11 points in the period helped pull the Ladycats to within 2 with less than 6 seconds before halftime.

Wed
17
Feb

Blackcats fall to Mustangs in final district game

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Tuesday night’s district game between Mexia and Madisonville showcased two teams battling it out on the court for the 18-4A title, with the Blackcats falling to their opponent.
Mexia came in with a 6-1 record in district, one game up on the Mustangs who were at 5-2, but it would be Madisonville coming out on top in their home arena with a 69-62 win and a share of first place with the Blackcats. Mexia will be the No. 2 seed heading into next week’s playoff game with District 17-4A’s No. 3 seed, China Spring.
The Blackcats stepped off to an early lead in the first period, but the Mustangs managed to tie the game late in the quarter and eventually led at the close, 17-14.

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Wed
17
Feb

Gauntt takes first during lifting meet

Mexia News Staff Report

Dani Gauntt, the No. 1 girls’ lifter for Class 4A, Region II, made another first-place finish in the 220 Class at the Blooming Grove Invitational meet held this past Saturday.
Gauntt and fellow Ladycat teammates brought back eight medals from the meet.
Keila Molina (ranked No. 4 in Region II) also finished in first place in the 165 Class and Miranda Candanoza came in sixth in the same class.
Jamie Comer took the No. 3 spot in the 220 Class and Judith Gonzales placed third as well in the 220-plus Class.
Hope Goodrich and Samantha Jacobs finished fourth and fifth in the 181 Class, respectively.
Moe Tome placed fifth in the 123 Class for the Ladycats.
Also competing for Mexia was Meisha McNeil in the 132 Class, along with Ashton Langley and Kelly Tran in the 148 Class.

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

Fri
12
Feb

Seniors recognized

Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

Coolidge High School honored their senior basketball players last Tuesday evening in between their district games with the Abbott Panthers. The boy’s team has seven players who will be graduating this spring, while the girl’s team has two. Shown, l-r, are Tavo Rivera, Victor Reyes, Darion McClendon, Ro’derick Calhoun, Wanya’ Jones, Tony Herrerra, Delvin Smith, Maria Ortiz and Adrianna Jones.

Fri
12
Feb

Soccer team wins one, drops one

After cruising to a 7-1 win over the Lorena Leopards in district play last Friday night at home, the Mexia Blackcats soccer team ran into a tough outing on the road against the Gatesville Yellowjackets, falling to their district opponent, 4-0.
In their 7-1 victory over Lorena, senior Alan Carbajal continued his goal production, scoring three times in the match, while teammate Rene Martinez scored twice and both Manny Acevedo and Emilio Iwabuchi chipped in one goal each.
Mexia moves to 3-8-2 overall on the season and are 3-2 in district play.
The team played China Spring at home on Friday and will take Tuesday off in preparation with their game against Waco La Vega next Friday night, also a home match.

Fri
12
Feb

Four Mexia players make sports writers all-state list

Four Blackcats were named in the Collin Street Bakery/Texas Sports Writers Association’s Class 4A all-state football team.
Navasota record-setting senior wide receiver Tren’Davian Dickson was named offensive player of the year. Dickson, already enrolled at Baylor, had 82 catches for 1,525 yards with 25 touchdowns. The state’s Gatorade Player of the Year had 76 career TDs.
Texarkana Liberty-Eylau junior defensive lineman Lagaryonn Carson was the defensive player of the year with 35 tackles for loss, including 17 sacks.
Mexia’s Avery Williams made third team all-state as a defensive back, while teammates Case Adair (TE), Darius Dorsey (FB) and Demetri Freeman (DL) received honorable mention.

Mon
08
Feb

Ladycats show Lady Goats no mercy, win 80-36

Senior Tee Owens lays the ball up for two of her game-high 20 points last Friday night against the Groesbeck Lady Goats.

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

The No. 8-ranked Mexia Ladycats’ high-flying antics landed them with an impressive 80-36 district win over the Groesbeck Lady Goats last Friday night at home.
Outgoing senior Tee Owens put on quite a show. The four-year starter showed the standing-room-only crowd at Blackcat gym that she is back to her old self, dishing out behind-the-back passes for assists, making incredible passes to teammates and the usual 20-point production Ladycat fans are accustomed to.
Owens helped Mexia build a 21-9 lead at the end of the first period, getting help from teammates Camyre Smith – 6 points in the period – and Soroya Hollie and Destini Hutchison, both scoring 4 points each.
Jashima Smith fell into the groove in the second period, leading Mexia with 8 points scored, helping Mexia build a 27-point advantage by halftime, 42-15.

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