Sports

Wed
12
Aug

Blackcats prepare to scrimmage Friday against Kaufman

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
With nearly two week of practice and a week in pads, the Mexia Blackcats will test their strength against the Kaufman Lions this Friday night in Kaufman.
Mexia won last year’s scrimmage and defeated the Lions in regular season play during the 2013 season, 27-17.
The Blackcats will face a team that finished 4-6 during the regular season and made it to the area round of the playoffs before falling to eventual state finalist Argyle, 49-13.
Kaufman, coached by Craig Barker, returns 25 lettermen with nine offensive and six defensive starters returning for this year’s team.

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Tue
11
Aug

So far, so good as Yellowjackets prep for new season


The Yellowjackets put on the pads this past Friday as coach Randy Jones and his coaching staff worked on safe tackling techniques during the first part of practice. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Coming back off a successful season in 2014, the Coolidge Yellowjackets are working hard to make 2015 even better.
Coach Randy Jones has been putting his team through some rigorous workouts this past week and so far, it seems that Yellowjacket Nation is trucking along on all cylinders thus far.
Despite losing running back Deandre Kirven to graduation, the offensive backfield remains solid as Delvin Smith will more than likely garner the majority of carries this fall.
Jones is excited with the younger group that’s coming up this year. Most of the freshmen will step up to the varsity level from a junior high team that has been successful over the past few seasons.

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Tue
11
Aug

Lady ‘Dawg turnout excellent


Wortham’s volleyball team is reloaded for action this season as they prepared for scrimmages this passt weekend at Thursday morning’s practice session. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
With the success of the Wortham Lady Bulldogs volleyball program, the turnout of players has increased more than ever before, according to head coach Johnny Ward. Ward credits past success of the program for the increase in the number of players that have showed up so far this season for practices.
Looking at both the junior varsity and varsity players out on the court Thursday morning, it was a little hard to tell at first who was who.
Height wise and talent wise, any number of these Lady Bulldog athletes could step in and play with the team not missing a single beat.
That’s not a bad thing to have, especially at the Class 2A level.

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Tue
11
Aug

Bulldogs working to firm up coaching staff, sync team


Wortham’s Gavin Villanueva passes the ball out towards one of the sideline receivers during the team’s practice session Thursday afternoon. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Things look to be in sync for the Wortham Bulldogs football team at Thursday’s practice session, as new coach Chris Tobola worked his players through offensive drills.
The task isn’t as easy as it looks, though.
Tobola is still looking to add one more coach to the team, but the four in place are working hard to make sure everything runs smoothly, whether it’s filling up water bottles for the players or teaching blocking techniques, or a new offensive formation.
It’s all about teamwork.
So far, the Bulldogs have been surviving the grueling temperatures out on the practice field, executing the new system they’ll be using this year very well.

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Tue
11
Aug

Pads are on, but ‘Cats have more work ahead


Mexia senior defensive back Matron Gerald zeroes in to make a tackle during the Blackcats first day in pads last Friday. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
While it may not be Oxnard, it’s still been a busy last few days for the Mexia Blackcats football team.
On Friday, players put on the pads for the first time this year and like always, it takes a little getting back used to.
That should end soon, especially after freshmen and junior varsity teams squared off in intra-squad scrimmages early Saturday morning, followed by the varsity about an hour after that.
The later teams ran approximately 60 plays, mainly working on offensive sets, but defensive coaches also had players on that side of the ball working on schemes as well.
The team still has a lot of work to do before facing Kaufman this Friday in their first scrimmage of the season.

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Wed
05
Aug

Going head-to-head


Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

Jenny Vu, left, and Karson Harrison, right, work on a team competition drill during volleyball camp Tuesday morning at Mexia Junior High gym. The camp, which ends today, was conducted by Baylor graduate, Tony Avillanoza.

Wed
05
Aug

Gipson signs to play basketball at SAGU


Former Ladycat basketball and volleyball player Katilyn Gipson has signed to play basketball for Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie this coming season. A signing ceremony was held Monday afternoon at the Mexia campus. Pictured with Gipson, in back, Mexia head basketball coach Randy Barger, SAGU head basketball coach Tiffany Phillips, SAGU assistant basketball coach Lauren Crenshaw and Katilyn’s father, Gary Gipson. Seated, left to right, are Kendall Gipson, holding Kinsley Washington, Gipson and her mother, Carolyn Gipson, holding Kaleb Washington. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Former Mexia Ladycat Katilyn Gipson signed to play basketball for Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie Monday afternoon.
Gipson played the past few seasons for the Ladycats varsity basketball team, contributing in the low post with her rebounding and point scoring skills and helping Mexia advance to playoff competition.
Gipson was a little emotional during Monday’s signing ceremony, but is very excited to continue her basketball career at the college level.

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Wed
05
Aug

Yellowjackets hit the football field readying for the 2015 season


The Coolidge Yellow Jackets were out in full force for Monday’s first day of practice as coaches Randy and Bryan Jones put their players through numerous drills during the workout. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

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.

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Mon
03
Aug

New basketball coach named for Mexia


The Mexia Blackcats have a new boy's basketball coach for the 2015-16 season, as Billy Ramey will fill that slot. Ramey will also be an assistant coach for the football team this fall. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

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


Chad Coker has been named as the new Mexia Blackcats baseball coach for the 2015-16 school year. Coker will also be helping out with the football teams as an assistant. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

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.

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