Sports

Wed
05
Aug

Yellowjackets hit the football field readying for the 2015 season

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Coach Randy Jones is excited about the upcoming football season, especially after a tough finish last year being in the same district with the likes of Abbott and Milford. Two teams that went deep into the six-man playoffs in 2014.
At Monday’s first day of practice, Jones had around 31 players come out to participate in drills.
“We’ve got great numbers,” said Jones, commenting on Monday’s turnout of players. “The only thing is I have 31 kids and only 30 helmets.”
The third year coach will have to put in an order for a few more it looks like.

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

Mon
03
Aug

New basketball coach named for Mexia

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
With football season about to get underway, it won't be long before basketball.
The Blackcats have been without a head boy's coach since the close of the school year, but that spot has recently been filled in the form of Billy Ramey, who comes in to take over the successful program from Del Rio High School.
Since being named head coach, some folks have said - jokingly - the "Ramey era" has begun, but he will be the first to tell you that it's just another chapter in Mexia basketball and athletics, "I'm just proud to be a part of it."
Besides coaching at Class 5A Del Rio this past year, Ramey has been coaching for altogether 12 years (both as an assistant and a head coach) after graduating from Killeen Ellison High School - coached by Billy Gillispie - and a four-year stint in the military after college at Howard Payne.

Mon
03
Aug

Coker named new baseball coach at Mexia

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Chad Coker has been named the new Blackcats baseball coach for the 2015-16 school year.
Coker was the head coach at Rosebud Lott, coaching the Cougars for the past four years and head coach prior to that at Rio Vista.
This will be his first stint at the Class 4A level.
Both Coker and Mexia athletic director Lamonte Chambers have met before he was interviewed, back in high school where the two were rivals on the football field. Coker was playing for the Frost Polar Bears at the same time Chambers was setting records at Wortham for the Bulldogs.

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

Mon
03
Aug

Gearing up

Diego Rivera, front, and Billy Webb, back, pick up their football equipment from coach Terry Gerik at the field house a week ago Monday as the 2015 football season starts up next week.

Wed
29
Jul

Blackcat football physicals available Aug. 3

Mexia Blackcat football players have a number of crucial dates coming up.
All high school athletes participating in any sport for the upcoming 2015-16 school year (9th-12th) must get their physical by Aug. 3.
Physicals will be available at the Field House on Monday, Aug. 3, for $20 (cash only).
High school athletes must have all the required documentation filled out completely, which includes acknowledgement of rules, medical history, physical examination, UIL steriod agreement, concussion acknowledgement and sudden cardiac arrest awareness. The forms can be found online at uiltexas.org/athletics/forms.
Athletes must present the completed forms upon the first day of practice.
The varsity and junior varsity will start practice at 4 p.m. on Aug. 3 and should show up at the Field House no later than 3:30 p.m. Freshmen will practice the same day from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Wed
29
Jul

Mexia athletes keep in shape during off time during the summer

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
In this day and age of social media, X-Box and PlayStation games and video streaming on the Internet, today's youth may opt to stay indoors during summer vacation exploring those choices where it's cool from the blazing heat of the Texas sun.
That is unless you're a Mexia Blackcat athlete.
The weight room at the high school has been a non-stop gathering place for many of the dedicated athletes to hang out and stay in shape this summer and Tuesday morning was no exception as the sound of clanking weights echoed throughout the room.
With coaches wrapping up vacations - with the exception of one or two to unlock the weight room doors - athletes have voluntarily taken it upon themselves to keep busy with bench presses, squats, speed drills and overall conditioning exercises to keep themselves physically fit.

Wed
22
Jul

Waves put up good fight at State T-Ball Tournament

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Getting to the playoffs in summer league softball is an accomplishment in itself, but making it all the way to the state tournament is something to be really proud of.
The Mexia Cory Waves did just that. The 6U T-Ball team battled throughout the season and finished second at the Texas Teenage Association of Softball District Tournament, qualifying for the state tournament in Groesbeck played this week.
Althought the Waves were 1-2 in tournament play at Groesbeck, they put up a tremendous fight against the Belton Ponytail Express in their final game.
Mexia led by three runs going into the top of the fourth and had a chance to put the game away, but Belton played well defensively to hold the Waves to one run in the top of the fourth to make it a 22-18 game at that point.

Wed
15
Jul

Tigers gear up for 8U Machine Pitch state tournament

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The Mexia Lee Tigers will be one of 15 teams competing at the Texas Teenage Association of Baseball’s 8U Machine Pitch State Tournament that is being held in Mineola starting Monday, July 20.
The Tigers clawed their way up from the loser’s bracket in last week’s District 14 tournament that was held here at City Park, to win two of three over Groesbeck to advance to the state tournament.
Mexia’s competition at the state tournament will include the Emory Red Sox, Mineola Mean Machine from District One. From District Two, Hillsboro Jackson, District Three, Pleasant Grove Rangers, District Four, Brownwood Blue Jays, District 5, Stephenville Rangers, District 6, Teague Bowers, District Seven, Temple Cardinals, District 8, Belton Knights, District Nine, Harker Heights Iron Pigs, District 10, Rusk Yankees, District 11, BMC Angels, District 12, Kerens Bobcats and District 13’s Clifton Payne.

Mon
13
Jul

Headed back to state

Wortham is playing in the High School Eligible state playoffs in Buffalo July 17-19. Last year, Wortham ended the playoffs second in state. The Bulldogs are hoping to bring home a championship this year. The team includes, l-r, front row: Dylan Martin, Kalob Bowden, Trent Williams, Jordan Lansford, Luke Calame, Hogan Johnson and Rudy Miller; middle row: Cash Perez (bat boy), Hunter Waggener, Ethan McCoslin, Braxton Whaley, Ethan Perez, Anthony Perez and Devon Colquette; back row: Coach Mike Williams, Coach Tracy Lansford and Coach Billy Perez. Not shown are players Michael McGlone and Blake Looney.

Mon
13
Jul

Mexia Lee Tigers win tourney here, advance to state

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
It took three games against a tough Groesbeck Jones team for the Mexia Lee Tigers to win the Texas Teenage Association of Baseball District 14 8U Machine Pitch Tournament last week. The Tigers were bumped into the loser’s bracket after their loss to Groesbeck on Tuesday, July 7, but fought their way back up the ladder to edge out their Limestone County neighbor, 7-6, in Wednesday evening’s rematch. On Thursday, July 9, the two teams played for the district championship with Mexia winning, 10-2, in the five-inning game.
“We were looking forward to the challenge,” said Mexia coach Lee Banks. “Groesbeck is a great team. They field well. They make contact and put pressure on you, but we were up to the challenge and made the plays we had to.”

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