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Mon
10
Feb

Blackcats shear Groesbeck Goats in triple-digit win


Mexia’s Curk Harris flies in to take the ball from Groesbeck’s Jarrius Washington in early action during their game this past Friday night. Mexia ended up defeating the Goats, 106-32. Mexia News photo/ Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
After the smoke cleared and the fans exited the gym, a big smile shined on Coach Tony Leamon’s face after his No. 19 ranked Blackcats team combined for 60 rebounds, 22 assists, 22 steals and eight blocked shots and a point total over 100 to defeat the Groesbeck Goats Friday evening, 106-32.
“The game plan was to get better at what we do,” Leamon said. “Execute our system and get better offensively and defensively, work on our sets and pick up our intensity.”
Intense it was as Mexia (22-4, 7-1) kept the defensive pressure on three-fourths of the game and used the final period to work more on offensive sets and get the ball into the hands of reserves so they could keep in the flow of the offense.
Mexia opened the game with a 28-2 run that’s impart to the stifling defensive pressure displayed by the Blackcats.

Fri
07
Feb

Blackcat baseball returns with experienced players


Junior Blake Lewis scoops up a ground ball during a practice session. The Blackcats open the season at the Rockdale Tournament Feb. 20-22, but will play a scrimmage at 1 p.m. here today. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The Blackcats baseball team is looking forward to an exciting season. With only three starters lost from last year’s team, including Central Texas All-Star Sydney Bryant, the line-up this year will be more experienced in all aspects of the game.
Pitchers Brady Walker, Zach Reece, Josh York and Blake Lewis will more than likely be the go-to guys on the mound again. Walker led the staff with four wins last year.
“I think we’ve got a good shot as long as we stay healthy,” said Coach Matt Matus. “We’ve got a few arm problems right now as far as early season jitters and a few injuries, but for the most part, we’ve got a strong pitching staff back. We didn’t lose any pitching.”

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

Fri
07
Feb

Weather-canceled games rescheduled

Softball
The softball scrimmage that was scheduled for Thursday afternoon was canceled due to the extreme drop in temperatures. It will not be rescheduled, according to coach Courtney Adams.

Baseball
Friday’s baseball game with Teague, scheduled to be played there, was canceled and rescheduled for today at Blackcat Field starting at 1 p.m.

Tennis
Thursday’s tennis tournament that was scheduled to be played here between Mexia and China Spring was canceled due to the below freezing weather. Mexia Coach Ashley Weers said the match could be played at a later date, but it has not been decided when or if it will be played.

Wed
05
Feb

Blackcats, now ranked 19th in state, demolish Rusk


LaVictor McKnight exploded for 28 points and 12 rebounds in helping the Blackcats to a stunning 86-15 win over the Rusk Eagles Tuesday night at home. Mexia News photo/ Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
LaVictor McKnight scored 28 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the Blackcats to a 86-15 crushing defeat over the Rusk Eagles Tuesday evening.
No. 19 Mexia, leading by 39 at the half, held the Eagles to just one point in the third period of play and almost all of the fourth quarter until Rusk scored a pair of baskets with less than two and a half minutes to play.
The huge lead opened up the opportunity for some of the players coming off the bench to get more playing time and scoring time as Matron Gerald and Tyrik Ray combined for 30 points, most of which was scored in the second half of the game.
Rusk never had a chance to get any where close in this game after being down 6-2 in the opening minutes.

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

Wed
05
Feb

Ladycats on to play-offs after crushing Rusk


Ladycat sophomore Tee Owens made things happen as usual when she’s in the game on Tuesday evening. Owens racked up 23 points against the Rusk Lady Eagles in Mexia’s 70-64 win. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Not only were the Ladycat seniors recognized prior to the start of their game with Rusk, they also helped lead the team to a 70-64 win Tuesday night to close out district play.
Akasha Anderson poured in 14 points during the game, with half of those scored in the second period alone. Bre Stoner got in on the action with 13 points and Bremesia owens added 10, enabling the senior trio to account for 37 of those 70 points scored.
Sophomore Tee Owens led the team overall in scoring with 23.

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

Mon
03
Feb

Ladycats softball ready to take field


After serving as an assistant coach for the Ladycats softball team, Courtney Adams is ready to take the helm as head coach this season. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The Ladycats softball team will have a new look this season as Courtney Adams takes over as head coach.
Adams, an assistant on last year’s team, replaces former head coach Steve Hogan in only her second year at Mexia.
So far, with a couple of scrimmage’s under their belts, Adams feels this year’s team is looking a lot stronger and should be solidified even more when basketball season is completed.
Senior Dashia Forge returns as the primary pitcher for the team. Forge finished the 2013 campaign with an 11-10 record and a 4.01 earned run average.
“I saw a lot of improvement with her last year,” said Adams. “I didn’t start her out in our first scrimmage, but she did come in later and did really well.”
Joining Forge on the diamond are returning starters Mackenzie Bain (shortstop), Cheyenne Thompson (catcher/shortstop), Tyesha Johnson (second base, third base, SS) and Alexis Molina (first base/utility).

Wed
29
Jan

Late surge not enough to get Ladycats past Fairfield


Ladycat Bre Stoner puts the ball up during the team’s game against Fairfield Jan. 10. She led scoring for Mexia in the teams’ second meet-up Tuesday with 13 points. Mexia News file photo

By Mike Eddleman
Publisher

Coaches and players like wins, not moral victories, but the Ladycats’ dominant second half against visiting Fairfield Tuesday certainly counts as the latter despite falling 55-47.

“The second half was a great confidence builder for us,” said assistant coach Carlos Daniels. “Fairfield has been holding its opponents to 26 points per game this year.”

The 12th-ranked Lady Eagles (21-6) won on a dominant second quarter, but the frantic pace of the second half masked the fact the visitors entered the half with a 19-point lead.

Fairfield held the lead through the opening quarter, opening up a 13-7 advantage on a pair of free throws early in the second, but back-to-back three pointers by Brianna Forge tied the game. From there, Mexia went cold from the floor and Fairfield put together a 12-0 run and outscored the Ladycats 24-5 through the rest of the quarter for the big halftime lead.

Wed
29
Jan

Mexia avenges loss at Fairfield with 20-point win


Mexia’s Tyrik Ray checks a Fairfield player when the teams met earlier this month. The second time was the charm for the Blackcats, who avenged their 45-52 loss to Fairfield Jan. 10 with a 76-56 victory Tuesday night. Mexia News file photo

By Mike Eddleman
Publisher

The Blackcats had been waiting since Jan. 10 for another shot at Fairfield, and Mexia made sure to make the most of the opportunity with a dominant 76-56 win over the 19th-ranked Eagles.

“All the credit for this win goes to our kids,” said coach Tony Leamon. “They executed the game plan, fought the fatigue and the fouls and they made big shots. Beating a team like that shows what we can do when we are ready to play.”

The physical play and pressure defense of both teams put its stamp on the game early and Mexia was forced to adjust its rotations after Ike Jones drew a pair of fouls in the first two minutes, then Tyrik Ray drew a pair as well off the bench before the game was four minutes old.

There were 45 fouls called in the game and 50 free throw attempts between the two teams.

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

Mon
27
Jan

Bulldogs now 5-0 in district play

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

The Wortham Bulldogs remain undefeated in District 18-1A after holding on to a 54-49 win over the Hubbard Jaguars.

The Bulldogs were down by two after the first quarter of play, 14-12, but turned on the jets in the second to overcome the deficit to end up taking a 30-19 lead at the half.

Hubbard came right back in the third, outscoring Wortham 18-10 and closed out the quarter only down by three, 40-37. The Bulldogs held out to the end with 14 points in the fourth to the Jaguars 12.

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

Mon
27
Jan

Wortham defeats Lady Jaguars

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

On the road, the Wortham Lady Bulldogs knocked off their host, Division I-1A No. 4 ranked Hubbard Lady Jaguars with a four-point win, 46-42, on Friday evening.

Wortham was only down by one at the half, 25-24, and tied it up at the end of the third, 32-32.

The Lady Bulldogs outscored the Lady Jaguars in the fourth, 14-10.

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

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