Sports

Mon
27
May

Ballard signs with Tarleton


Ladycat Ariel Ballard signs her letter of intent to run track at Tarleton State University. Shown are, l-r, standing: her sister Taylor, dad Arthur Busby and mom, Michelle Busby; seated: her grandmother, Rebecca Cooksey, Ballard and Coach Randy Barger.

Ladycat Ariel Ballard signs her letter of intent to run track at Tarleton State University. Shown are, l-r, standing: her sister Taylor, dad Arthur Busby and mom, Michelle Busby; seated: her grandmother, Rebecca Cooksey, Ballard and Coach Randy Barger.

Mon
27
May

Ladycats Johnson, Ballard sign track scholarships


Ladycat Ashley Johnson signs her letter of intent to run track at Houston Baptist University. Shown are, l-r, standing: her dad Greg, and mom, Catina; seated, Coach Randy Barger, Ashley being hugged by her sister, Amy, and grandmother, Ruby Johnson. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

The academic and athletic careers of two members of the Lady Cats state championship basketball team will continue not on the court, but on the track.
Ariel Ballard and Ashley Johnson were honored Friday morning as fellow classmates, teachers, coaches, friends and family gathered in the Mexia High School library to show their support for the two outstanding student-athletes as each signed letters of intent to run track at the college level.
Ballard signed a letter of intent to run at Tarleton State University on a partial scholarship.
Johnson, who received a partial scholarship to attend Houston Baptist University, was also a member of the 4 x 200 Meter Relay team that competed at state and she also finished in second place at the same meet in the Girls 400 Meter Dash.

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

Fri
17
May

Eight Blackcats earn All District

Accolades fell upon eight Blackcats baseball players as the 19-3A All-District Baseball Team was released this week.
Catcher Zach York and second baseman Clynt Platt received All-District Honorable Mention.
York batted .275 during the season, collecting 14 hits and scored 17 runs. Platt was .314 at the plate with 16 hits, two doubles, 16 RBI and scored 10 runs.
Utility player Sidney Bryant made First Team All-District at that position. Bryant batted .233 and had 14 hits, which included a double and a triple while scoring 21 runs and driving in 12 RBI.
Brady Walker also joined Bryant as a first team pitcher. Walker was 4-3 on the season with an ERA of 2.54 in 41.1 innings worked. He also compiled 53 strikeouts against opposing batters.
At the plate, Walker hit .281 with 18 hits, six of those going for doubles. He scored 13 runs and knocked in eight RBI.
Blake Lewis and Zach Reece were named to the Second Team All-District as pitchers.

Fri
17
May

Seven Ladycats take spots on 19-3A All-District roster

At least seven Ladycat softball players were named to the 19-3A All-District Softball Team, which has been released.
Sophomore Cheyenne Thompson was named Co-Defensive Player of the Year at catcher, freshman shortstop McKenzie Bain was one of six First Team Infielders, junior Dashia Forge made Second Team Infield at pitcher, senior Amy Johnson made First Team Outfield along with senior Mary Speights, who made Second Team Outfield.
Receiving Honorable Mention were Destiny Gage (Sr., 3B), Tyesha Johnson (Fr., 2B) and Alexis Molina (Jr., 1B).
Earning Academic All-District honors were Andreya Fleming, Michelle Robles, Forge, Molina, Speights, A. Johnson, Francis Marez, Bain, T. Johnson and Shelby Harig.
The Ladycats finished the 2013 season with a district record of 2-6 and were 11-13 overall under the direction of Head Coach Steve Hogan.

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

Wed
15
May

Mexia athletes recognized at banquet


Coach Carlos Daniels presents the MVP Award to Ariel Ballard at the Mexia High School Girls Sports Banquet Tuesday evening. Amy Johnson was given the 'Heart of a Ladycat' award at the banquet, but the photo opportunity was too fleeting. Mexia News photo by Roxanne McKnight To see lots more photos from the banquet, pick up a copy of Thursday's The Mexia News, or subscribe to our e-edition.

Coach Carlos Daniels presents the MVP Award to Ariel Ballard at the Mexia High School Girls Sports Banquet Tuesday evening. Amy Johnson was given the 'Heart of a Ladycat' award at the banquet, but the photo opportunity was too fleeting.

Mon
13
May

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.

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

Mon
13
May

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.

Fri
10
May

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

Fri
10
May

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)

Wed
08
May

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.

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