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Fri
11
Mar

Coolidge falls to Grady, ending quest for state title

Coolidge’s Darion McClendon takes a tough shot with Grady defender Kyle Garza’s outstretched arm near his face, during the second period of their state semifinal game.
Delvin Smith splits between Grady defenders Braeden Jones (2) and Alejandro Jimenez (14) to score a tough shot for the Coolidge Yellowjackets.
The Yellowjackets Ro’derick Calhoun skies towards the basket against a Grady defender during their Class 1A state semifinal matchup played Thursday at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
The Yellowjackets Wanya’ Jones managed to find an opening in the crowded paint area under the basket for a two-point jumper in early game action.

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
For the four Coolidge seniors who started for this year’s Yellowjacket basketball team, this season will forever be remembered.
They’ve been playing together since before high school with one goal in mind: Win a state championship.
After winning the regional final against Calvert last weekend in Austin, the team was two steps closer to realizing that dream.
But unfortunately, Thursday’s Class 1A state semifinal game with Lenorah Grady’s Wildcats didn’t turn out the way they had hoped, as the team from near the Louisiana border slipped by the Yellowjackets in the final period of play for a 64-58 win.
Both teams shook off early jitters as it took about a minute and a half for anyone to score.
Grady’s Kyle Garza got his team on the board first and a short time later, the Wildcats were up 5-0.

Thu
10
Mar

Ball games canceled due to rain

Mexia News Staff Report

Both Ladycat softball and Blackcat baseball were canceled Tuesday due to inclement weather. The Ladycats were scheduled to travel to Ferris, while the Blackcats were to have stayed home to play Wortham. Neither game has been rescheduled at this point.
The Ladycats will open up district play this Friday night (weather permitting) against the Groesbeck Lady Goats, at home.
The Blackcats are scheduled to play in the Waco Connally baseball tournament that starts Thursday, but that could be rained out as well, since the forecast calls for wet weather up to Saturday.

Thu
10
Mar

Ladycats recover, win three in tournament

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Mon
07
Mar

Coolidge pushes past Calvert, on to state tournament

Coolidge freshman Jordan Brown scores two of his five points during the first half of play against Calvert Saturday, in the Class 1A region IV championship game.

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

Sometimes you have to dig a little deeper to find that one spark that will ignite the fire.
That was certainly the case Saturday during Coolidge’s Class 1A regional final game against No. 10-ranked Calvert Trojans as the No. 4-ranked Yellowjackets came away from Austin’s Burger Activity Center with a 71-69 win and a berth in the state tournament this Thursday.
Coolidge trailed by 2 at the half after leading by as much as 8 early in the second quarter. Ro’derick Calhoun tied the game for the Yellowjackets at the start of the third period, but Calvert stepped up their defensive pressure and converted Coolidge turnovers into points.
After things settled down a bit, the Yellowjackets found themselves down by 11 with 3:13 remaining in the quarter.

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Mon
07
Mar

Blackcats fall in tight game against Reisel

Case Adair went 3-6 Saturday with a run scored and two RBI. Adair, safe at third on this play against Marlin Thursday, has been hampered with a shoulder injury, but seems to be getting back into form and has returned to his position at shortstop during the tournament.

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

The Mexia Blackcats moved into the championship game of their own tournament Saturday, facing Riesel, but after duking it out for eight innings the Indians scored the only run of the ball game in the final frame to end up on top, 1-0.
With two out in the top of the eighth, Riesel’s Brooks Embry reached back on an error – one of four by Mexia in the game – and eventually came around to score the winning run after two more errors in the field by the Blackcats.
Eric Wells came in to pitch for Mexia after the run scored and got the Indians Collin Deiterich to fly out to Jimmy Owens in right field to end the inning.
The Blackcats went out 1, 2, 3 in their final at bat.

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Mon
07
Mar

Varsity, JV track teams competed Friday

Mexia News Staff Report

Mexia junior varsity and varsity track teams competed at the Max Hibbitts Cadet Invitational held at Waco Connally’s Max Peoples Stadium in Lacey Lakeview last Friday, March 4.
The JV boys finished sixth out of 11 teams competing, while the JV girls placed fourth overall out of 11 teams. The varsity girls finished the meet in fifth place out of 11 teams.
Here are the results from the meet.

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Mon
07
Mar

Ray, High, Ramey earn honors in all-district

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

After an exciting season in which the Blackcats finished the year with a 21-10 record, were bi-district champions and earned a trip to the area round of the playoffs, the team was awarded with seven members – including first-year head coach Billy Ramey – named to the 18-4A all-district team.
Ramey received one of the district’s superlative awards as Co-Coach of the Year, sharing it with Madisonville head coach Brian Thurmond.
In his first season with the Blackcats, Ramey led the team to a 6-2 district record, tied with Madisonville for first place.
Tyrik Ray and Shemar “Mr. Double-Double” High were named to the district’s first team.

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Mon
29
Feb

Blackcats’ playoff hopes dashed in close loss to Tatum

Mexia senior Matron Gerald stares across court in disbelief after the Blackcats fell to the Tatum Eagles, 64-61, in their area playoff game last Friday night in Rusk.
Tyrik Ray fights his way inside to the basket during early action of Mexia’s area playoff game against the Tatum Eagles last Friday night in Rusk.

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

Mon
29
Feb

Yellowjackets advance in playoffs

Mexia News Staff Report

The No. 4-ranked Coolidge Yellowjackets advanced to the regional quarterfinals with an 86-61 win over the Oakwood Panthers last Friday night in Fairfield.
Coolidge took an early 20-11 lead after one, then started to pull away in the second period by outscoring the Panthers 26-15 to take a 20-point lead at the half.
The Yellowjackets kept the foot on the gas as they scored 27 points in the third, while holding Oakwood to 16.
With a 73-42 lead going into the fourth period, Coolidge kept their motor running and went on to cruise to the 25-point victory.

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Mon
29
Feb

Blackcat powerlifters get chances in qualifier meet

Rahi Patel was one of three Mexia boy’s powerlifters to compete at the qualifier meet in Fairfield last Thursday evening.
Mexia’s Diego Rivera placed first in the 123 Class last Thursday in one of the final qualifying meets of the season held in Fairfield.
Anglin Trederek gives it his best effort during his first lift in the Super Heavy Weight Class of last Thursday’s qualifier meet held at Fairfield High School.

Mexia News Staff Report

The Blackcats powerlifting team should end up with several of the guys qualifying for the regional meet, but the final list wasn’t scheduled to be released until sometime yesterday.
In the meantime, Diego Rivera, Rahi Patel and Anglin Trederek packed on one more meet this past Thursday in Fairfield, which was a qualifier event, giving the trio a chance to move up in the rankings and hopefully earn a spot at the regional meet.
Rivera – ranked No. 3 in Class 4A Region II, Division II – came away with a first place finish. Rivera lifted a total of 945 pounds from the squat, bench press and deadlift categories lifters competed in on Thursday.

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