Sports

Mon
07
Jul

All-Star action


Mexia News photo by Stephen R. Farris

There were a couple of close plays at the plate during the T-Ball All-Star game held on July 4 at Hughes City Park. This one looks like it was real close. To see lots more photos from this event, grab a copy of Tuesday's Mexia News.

Mon
23
Jun

Sports briefs

Ladycats Girls Youth Basketball Camp
The Mexia Ladycats Girls Youth Basketball Camp is set for 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, June 25-26. Instructors are Coach Theresa Durham of Midway High School, Ladycats coaching staff and members of the 2013 state championship team. Registration is $10 per day, $20 for both days, $15 for each additional sibling. Grade levels are based on incoming school year, and are grades 4-5, 608 and 9-12. Contact Randy Barger at 254-747-2298 or rbarger@mexiaisd.net to learn more.

Mon
16
Jun

Johnson honored upon retirement


Recently retired Wortham coach Leroy Johnson, center in suit, savors the moment as he was honored by his peers and former alumni he’s coached over the years during a ceremony held at Wortham High School. Johnson coached nearly 20-years at the school and also served a short time as an assistant principal at the high school before returning to coaching. Mexia News photo/Jennifer Lansford

After coaching at Wortham High School for nearly 20-years, Leroy Johnson has decided to hang up his hat and whistle to spend more time with his family.
Johnson, a 1970 graduate of Jackson High School in Corsicana, played college football for the Navarro College Bulldogs before transferring to East Texas State University (now Texas A&M University – Commerce) and later played professionally for the Canadian Football League’s British Columbia Lions and Hamilton Tiger-Cats before returning home to begin his coaching career in 1979 at Corsicana High School.
Johnson made a career change after the 1981 season, but his love for coaching helped make the decision to return to it when he was offered the chance to do so with Wortham ISD back in the mid-90’s.
During his career at Wortham, Johnson has coached football, basketball and track and has served as an assistant principal at the high school.

Fri
13
Jun

Linemen battle as 7-on-7 season continues


Mexia’s Avery Williams attempts to make a one handed catch during the Blackcats first game with the Teague Lions during regular season 7-on-7 competition Tuesday evening. Mexia News photo

Regular season 7-on-7 continued on Tuesday in Teague and while the offenses shined on the field, the backbone of any football program, the linemen, got a shot at showcasing their skills in the Lineman’s Challenge.
Starting out with 7-on-7 and fresh from winning the qualifying tournament in Robinson on Saturday, the Mexia squad was back on the field to face Corsicana and Teague (twice) in Tuesday evening games.
The Blackcats squeezed out a narrow win over Teague in their first game, 18-16, but took care of business in the second contest as they downed Corsicana 32-6.
Despite being successful earlier in the evening, the Mexia team came out a little sluggish when they faced Teague for the second time in the night cap, falling to the Lions 23-6 – thanks in part to the deep passing of quarterback Austin Skinner.
Mexia quarterback Jaylen Gipson still had a lot of zip on the ball, even in their final game.

Mon
09
Jun

Mexia qualifies for state 7-on-7 tourney


Draeshaun Hannah shows his intense concentration on the ball while a Waco Reicher defender tries to reach in from behind during their 7-on-7 pool play game Saturday morning in Robinson. Mexia won the game 33-6 and ended up in the finals that afternoon. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Early morning the day after graduation ceremonies is probably not the ideal time to try and qualify for the Texas State 7-on-7 Tournament, but none the less the Blackcats 7-on-7 team rose to the occasion and went undefeated (3-0-1) at the Robinson qualifying tournament on Saturday to earn a spot in state tournament.
This marks the second straight year Mexia has earned a spot in the state tournament.
Groesbeck was the other
Mexia started out against one of their district foes, Fairfield, and ended up in a shootout. Curk Harris’ late game interception in the end zone, taking the ball right out of the Fairfield receiver’s hands, kept the Eagles from taking a touchdown advantage thus preserving the 24-24 tie.

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

Fri
06
Jun

Freestyle athletics


Wortham elementary students had fun recently participating in a different type of “track and field” event called the water relay. As you can see, it wasn’t easy keeping the glass full while trying to run full speed.

Wortham elementary students had fun recently participating in a different type of “track and field” event called the water relay. As you can see, it wasn’t easy keeping the glass full while trying to run full speed.

Fri
06
Jun

Football coaching changes ahead

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
There will be some new faces along the sidelines for several football teams in District 10-2A DII, District 11-3A DI and District 7-4A DII this coming season with athletic director/head coaching changes taking place. The only district that didn’t see a head coaching change was 14-1A DI, the district in which Coolidge plays in.
In District 10-2A DII, the Frost Polar Bears have replaced Eric Blenden with Steve Burkett. Blenden left to take over the reins at Valley Mills. Burkett has coaching experience at Covington, Arlington Heights, Elysian Fields, Richland and Azle High Schools.
Meridian’s Todd Doughty is out as that school’s AD/Head Coach after posting a 5-6 record in 2013 and leading the Yellowjackets to the first round of the playoffs. His replacement has yet to be named.

Mon
02
Jun

Stoner signs letter of intent


Bre Stoner, sitting to the left, signed a letter of intent on Thursday to play basketball for the Jacksonville College Lady Jaguars this fall. Stoner, helped the Mexia Ladycats bring home the Class 3A Girls’ Basketball State Championship in 2012-13. Joining Bre is her mother, Shenita Cleveland, seated next to her. In back, left to right, is MHS assistant coach Carlos Daniels, AAU coach, Jerenard Griggs, Ladycats Head Coach Randy Barger and assistant coach Britney Collins. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

One of the most electrifying point guards in Mexia Ladycats basketball history has signed to continue her career at Jacksonville College in Jacksonville, Texas.
On Thursday, May 29, senior Bre Stoner signed her letter of intent in a ceremony held at the Mexia High School library, in front of her friends, teammates, coaches and guests.
Stoner, who has also been a standout in track and softball, was an integral part of the 2012-13 team that ended up winning the Class 3A Girls Basketball State Championship.
This past season, Stoner was out early due to a knee injury but returned to the floor midway through the Teague Tournament in December of 2013.

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

Wed
14
May

Blackcats sign with colleges


Three Blackcat basketball players signed letters of intent Wednesday morning to continue their careers in college. LaVictor McKnight (left) will play for Cedar Valley College in Dallas, Damian Mathews will play for Mountain View College in Dallas and Trey Barstow will play at Centenary in Shreveport, La. Mexia News photo/Mike Eddleman

Three Blackcat basketball players signed letters of intent Wednesday morning to continue their careers in college. LaVictor McKnight (left) will play for Cedar Valley College in Dallas, Damian Mathews will play for Mountain View College in Dallas and Trey Barstow will play at Centenary in Shreveport, La.

Mexia News photo/Mike Eddleman

Wed
14
May

Coolidge's Kirven medals at state


Dianna Kirven tops out at 5-2 in the High Jump during her only event on Friday afternoon at the UIL State Track Championship in Austin.

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Coolidge’s Dianna Kirven picked up a second place medal in the Class 1A DII Girls 400 Meter Dash and a third place medal in the High Jump at the 2014 UIL State Track Championship held in Austin on Friday and Saturday.
Kirven got off to a great start Saturday afternoon in the 400 Meter Dash and kept some distance ahead of the competition until Clavert’s Tiffany Williams, who was running a couple of lanes over on the inside, broke away to finish in first. Kirven battled to the end, finishing with a time of 58.94.
The Yellowjackets Delvin Smith also competed Saturday morning in the Triple Jump. Smith reached his best distance on his first attempt with a mark of 43-02 that ended up putting him in fourth place at the end of the competition.

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

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