Sports

Mon
11
Aug

Lady Yellowjackets have four returning starters


Dianna Kirven bumps the ball during the Lady Yellowjackets first practice Monday. Kirven missed last season due to a knee injury, but has recovered to help Coolidge work towards a district title this year. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
After a tough season in 2013, the Lady Yellowjackets look to improve this year as they prepare for exciting things to come.
Coolidge has four starters coming back this year, including Dianna Kirven who missed most of last volleyball season with an injury.
“She’s a big part of our team,” said Bobby Smith, Head Coach.
Coolidge had several players make the 14-1A All-District team last season in volleyball, which includes returning players Adrianna Jones (first team), Kirven (honorable mention) and Alejandra Acevedo (honorable mention).
Those players, along with starter Maria Ortiz, will step up to fill the void left by the seniors that graduated this past spring.

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

Mon
11
Aug

Yellowjackets get started, tough district ahead


Things are “right on the money” after the first day of practice in Coolidge as Deandre Kirven (making the catch) and Eddie Rivera (in back) work on some offensive drills. The Yellowjackets look to make a return to the playoffs this season in the new District 14-1A (six man). Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The Coolidge Yellowjackets hit the practice field much like every high school football team did from around the state on Monday, partaking in drills and getting back into the groove.
Second year coach Randy Jones liked what he saw during Monday’s practice with the group of kids coming back from last season’s playoff team and expects they’ll make another trip this year since they only lost one player to graduation.
But there is one obstacle that could be a tough challenge for the Yellowjackets, maybe two, and that would be having Abbott and Milford in the district.

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

Wed
06
Aug

New Ladycats volleyball season begins with new coach


New Ladycats head volleyball coach, Kamol Nohe, center, demonstrates a setting skill for the girls during the first day of practice on Monday. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
A new season, a new attitude and a new coach seems to have the Ladycats volleyball team excited this year as they prepare for the upcoming season that starts next week.
Kamol Nohe will take over the program from former coach Sherri Cain, who took a position at the end of the school year with another independent school district in south Texas.
Nohe has an impressive resume coming in, coaching at Lorena and Moody and also coaching club volleyball in Waco. He has also coached soccer at Waco High and Midway, guiding the later mentioned girl’s team to the final four of the state playoffs, but his focus is entirely on volleyball and getting the Mexia program back on track after a tough season in 2013.

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

Wed
06
Aug

Practice officially begins for Blackcats


Mexia offensive linemen go through some foot work drills during the first day of practice for the Blackcats on Monday. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The first day of practice for the Mexia Blackcats went fairly smooth for head coach Lamonte Chambers and his coaching staff.
Basically, it was a matter of getting the players back on the field and into the groove again, but that didn’t take much being this is the third season they’ve had to work through Chambers program.
Monday’s practice was spent working on offensive and defensive drills and some basic special team techniques before the Blackcats hit the pads on Friday.
“It went well,” Chambers said.

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

Fri
01
Aug

Practices start for Ladycats

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Two-a-days will kick off for the Mexia Ladycats volleyball team starting on Monday, Aug. 4.
Practice times will be from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., with a short break before resuming again from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Mexia High School for upper classmen and freshmen Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. On Thursday and Friday, varsity practice will be from 9 to 11 a.m., with junior varsity and freshmen practice 10:30 a.m. to noon. Afternoon sessions for varsity will be from 1-3 p.m. and JV and freshmen will practice from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The Ladycats will scrimmage Waco University in Waco on Saturday, Aug. 9, and the first regular season match will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 12, against the Wortham Lady Bulldogs in Wortham.

To read more, pick up a copy of Saturday's edition of The Mexia News.

Mon
28
Jul

Bulldogs take second in state teen baseball tourney


This Wortham team took second place out of 23 teams in the Texas Teen-age Association of Baseball’s High School Eligible State Tournament in Buffalo the weekend of July 18-20. They are, l-r, Kalob Bowden, Chad Feeney, Rudy Miller, Coach Brandon Lansford, Trent Williams, Coach Tracy Lansford, Ethan McCoslin, Jordan Lansford, Sheldby Hileman, Luke Calame, Hogan Johnson, Hunter Morton, Coach Mike Williams and Devon Colquette. Mexia News photo/ Jennifer Lansford

The Wortham Bulldogs made an impressive run at the Texas Teen-age Association of Baseball's High School Eligible State Tournament in Buffalo the weekend of July 18-20, ending up second out of 23 teams.
The team was made up of six Bulldogs: Rudy Miller, Trent Williams, Jordan Lansford, Ethan McCoslin, Kalob Bowden and Devon Colquette; two Mexia Blackcats: Shelby Hileman and Hunter Morton; two Groesbeck Goats: Chad Feeney and Hogan Russell; and one Teague Lion, Luke Calame. The team was coached by Tracy Lansford, Mike Williams and Brandon Lansford.
Rains Thursday altered the tournament format from pool play to a double elimination bracket that was held Saturday in Palestine, Leon, Centerville and two brackets in Buffalo. Each town sent one team directly to the final four that was played that Sunday afternoon in Buffalo.

Mon
21
Jul

Sports Briefs

Blackcat football gear pickup coming up
High school football season is fast approaching and that means Mexia Blackcat players will need to get ready soon to pick up equipment.
Seniors will need to report to the field house to pick up equipment on Tuesday, July 29.
Juniors should report to the field house for equipment pick-up on Wednesday, July 30.
Freshmen and sophomores need to report to the field house to receive their equipment on Aug. 1.
Equipment pick-up time will be from 8 a.m. until noon each of the dates assigned.
First day of practice is scheduled for Aug. 4 at 4 p.m. Players should report to the field house no later than 3:30 p.m.

Mon
21
Jul

Mexia Varsity Boys at State Tournament

The Mexia Hoopers (next-year returning eligible varsity boys basketball team) will leave Saturday morning for the Summer High School State Basketball Tournament.
The team competed in the regional state qualifiertournament held in Mexia June 21-22. Mexia competed against teams from Crockett, Corsicana, Lorena and other high schools. Mexia won three games to advance to the championship game against 5A Corsicana. In the championship game, Mexia played well by having the lead several times and only being down by 3 at halftime to Corsicana.
In the second half Corsicana manage to get the lead and beat Mexia in the end. With the loss, Mexia finished second, but since Corsicana was qualified as being in the big school division, Mexia still finished first in the small school division.

Wed
16
Jul

Goats football to play Canadian team

Mexia News Staff Report

District football rival Groesbeck will be hosting a team from Canada this coming fall season. The Cochrane Cobras, all the way from Cochrane, Alberta, Canada, are scheduled to face the Groesbeck Goats on Sept. 4, which is a Thursday night in a game of international proportions.

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

Wed
16
Jul

Alamodome new site of state hoops tournament

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Four Mexia high school baseball players have been picked up to play with the Buffalo team that will be competing in the Texas Teenage Association of Baseball High School Eligible Tournament July 18-20 in Buffalo.
Darius Dorsey, Jesse Torres, Avery Williams and Case Adair are the four players from Mexia that will make the trip this weekend.
Pool play will begin Friday morning with Buffalo scheduled for 8 a.m., Noon and 6 p.m.

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