Trenton ends Wortham season

The Wortham Bulldogs’ baseball season came to an end this past weekend.
The Bulldogs (20-11) fell twice to the Trenton Tigers 9-5 on Friday night and 12-2 in Saturday’s game.
Wortham, under the guidance of Coach Gary Beam and assistant coach Shane Doege, finished the year as Area Runner-up.
Trenton will move on to face the Italy Gladiators in the Regional Quarter-finals this week.

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Johnson, Reeves earn medals at state track meet

Mexia's Broderick Reeves
Mexia’s Broderick Reeves pushes the last few feet to the finish line in the Boys 100 Meter Dash at the state track meet over the weekend in Austin. Reeves took third place in the event with a time of 10.67. Mexia News photo/Bennie B. Blacknall

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The track and field season has officially come to a close with both the Blackcats and Lady Cats track teams finishing well in state track running events held Saturday evening at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin.
Broderick Reeves finished third for Mexia in the 100 Meter Dash with a time of 10.67, the same time he ran to qualify for the state meet.
The Lady Cats Ashley Johnson came home with the silver medal as the second place finisher in the 400 Meter Dash, finishing with a time of 56.96.
The boy’s 4 x 100 Meter Relay race was one of the closest races of the evening as six teams ran under 42 seconds.
Mexia Coach Frankie Smith mentioned last week that he expected Saturday night’s race to be a photo finish and by the times ran, it was close to fruition.
The top six crossed the finish line with times of 41.24, 41.25, 41.42, 41.65, 41.69 and 41.71.


Ladycat Ashley Johnson

Ashley Johnson, center, is shown on the podium after accepting her first-place medal in the 400-meter dash at the Region III Class 3A meet in Beaumont weekend before last. She takes part in the state meet this weekend, in the 400 Meter Dash as well as the 4x200 Meter Relay.
Mexia News photos/Bennie B. Blacknall


Blackcats, Lady Cats off to state meet this weekend

Broderick Reeves, left, is shown on the podium accepting his second-place medal at the Region III Class 3A meet in Beaumont weekend before last. Reeves will be running in the 100 Meter Dash, as well as taking part in the 400-Meter Relay at the state meet this weekend. Mexia News photo/Bennie Blacknall

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
There’s still plenty of time to gas up the car and head down to Austin for the 2013 State Track and Field Meet.
The Blackcats and Lady Cats relay teams start competition at 6 p.m. tonight at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the University of Texas campus.
At 6 p.m., the 400 Meter Relay begins, followed by:
6:20 p.m. – 800 Meter Run
6:45 p.m. – 100/110 Meter Hurdles
7:05 p.m. – 100 Meter Dash
7:25 p.m. – 800 Meter Relay
7:45 p.m. – 400 Meter Dash
8:05 p.m. – 300 Meter Hurdles
8:25 p.m. – 200 Meter Dash
8:45 p.m. – 1600 Meter
9:05 p.m. – 1600 Meter Relay
(Times subject to change if inclement weather arises)


Mexia track stars bound for state this weekend

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Will this weekend’s UIL State Track Meet mark a first for Mexia when the boys 4 x 100 Relay team steps foot on the track at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the University of Texas campus in Austin May 10-11?
Blackcat coaches can’t ever recall when or if Mexia has ever had a boys team participate in the relay events at the state level.
“Some say they did,” said Mexia Athletic Director Lamonte Chambers. “Others say they didn’t, or that they can’t recall. I know our girls teams have ran in the state relays in the past … many times, but no one seems to know if the boys have or not.”
After doing some research in the UIL archives, back in 1947-48, when Mexia was classified as 1A the boys won the old 440 Yard Relay event at state with a time of 44.0 flat. According to the archives, the 400 Yard Relay was converted to the 400 Meter Relay in 1978.


Regrouping ahead for Blackcat baseball varsity team

By Stephen R. Farris
The Mexia Blackcats baseball team wrapped up their 2013 season on April 26.
On the year in the stats department, Tre’ Craig led the team In batting average (.360) and had a slugging percentage of .460. Craig ended up with 18 hits, three of which were for extra bases (2- 2B, HR) and collected 19 RBI.
Clynt Platt was second in batting average with a clip of .314. Platt had 16 hits during the season, including two doubles while scoring 10 runs and knocking in 16 RBI.
Brady Walker hit for .281 and had 18 hits during the year. Walker scored 13 runs and finished with eight RBI.
He also led the team in doubles with six.

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Youth basketball tourney coming up this weekend

The National Primetime Sports Youth basketball organization is coming to Mexia Texas this Saturday and Sunday, May 4-5, for several teams to compete in a youth tournament.
The two-day tournament, hosted by Primetime Sports and the Mexia Hoopers basketball organization, will be held at the new junior high school gym
Several Mexia teams will play in the tournament, part of a total of 23 teams including those from Monroe, La., Palestine, Cleburne, Hubbard, Trinity, Ovilla, Athens, Grand Prairie, Waco, Tyler, Groesbeck and Flint.
The Mexia Hoopers varsity team plays Saturday at 8 a.m. and again at 10:20 a.m., then Sunday at 9:10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
The Mexia JV team plays Saturday at 10:20 a.m. and 12:50 p.m. then on Sunday at 9 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.


Wortham wallops Wampus Cats in bi-district playoff

Wortham High School’s baseball team made the playoffs this season, with a district record of 7-3. They played Thursday in Mexia against Itasca, winning 13-3. The team is, l-r, back row: Coach Gary Beam, Chris Lee, Angus Worcester, Jordan Lansford, Witty Busby, Trent Williams, Kyle Goerner and Assistant Coach Shane Doege; front row: Haven Proulx, Rudy Miller, Devin Sessions, Brandon Campbell and Kalob Bowden. Contributed photo

By Stephen R. Farris
Fans at Thursday’s bi-district playoff game between Itasca Wampus Cats and Wortham Bulldogs had to bundle up in blankets and some even broke out the umbrellas to use as a wind barrier to keep the latest Artic blast from chilling them to the bone.
Meanwhile, on the diamond at Mexia’s Black Cat Field and with the game pretty much in hand for the Bulldogs in the bottom of the fifth inning, Wortham’s Brandon Campbell decided it was time everybody got out of the cold.
Campbell took a play out of former Major League Baseball star Jackie Robinson’s book by stealing home in the bottom of the fifth inning to give the Bulldogs a 13-3 run rule win, setting up a showdown with the Trenton Tigers in the Area round of the playoffs next week.
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Wortham athletes advance to regionals

Several Wortham High School track students have advanced to regional competition after the district meet at Cayuga.
Here's how those from Wortham who are advancing to regional did at the district meet:
Girls team:
Kierra Busby 1st - 100, 200 long jump, 3rd - high jump.
Davesha Eggins 5th - 400.
Kendle Rhodes 5th - 800.
Elisha Libhart 4th - discus.
Davesha Eggins, Kierra Busby, Camey Shaffer, Ashley Anderson 3rd - mile relay. Hannah McCord 2nd - 100m hurdles and 4th - 300m hurdles.
Boys team:
Michael Anderson 3rd - long jump, 5th - 100 and 200.
Blake Hutson 5th - shot put.
Skylar Jordan 6th shot put.
Angus Worcester 5th discus.
Tyree Freeman 1st - 800.
James McLelland 1st - 400.
Boys mile relay, 1st place, Michael Anderson, Chris Lee, Tyree Freeman and James McLelland.


Several Mexia runners earn slots at state meet

Taylor Porter hands off to Que’Shea King

Despite weather delays, which forc-ed all of the Region III Class 3A running events at the Regional Track Meet to be postponed until Monday afternoon, the Mexia Blackcats track team will be well represented at the state track meet in Austin on May 10-11.
Mexia took second in the Boys 4x100 Meter Relay, second in the Boys 100 Meter Dash, second in the Girls 4x100 and 4x200 Relay races and first place in the Girls 400 Meter.
Overall, the Mexia girls finished in third place as a team with 59 points total, one point behind Waco La Vega and, behind leader Waco Connally. The boys finished in ninth place out of 31 teams with 24 points. West Orange-Stark finished as the overall team leader with 83 points.
Ashley Johnson qualified for Monday’s finals in the 400 Meter with a time of 1:00.27, good enough for the fifth spot. In the finals, Johnson trimmed nearly three-seconds off of her time and earned the top spot in the event with a time of 57.79.


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