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Mon
27
Jan

Garcia leads way in soccer

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

Raul Garcia continues to be on fire for the Mexia Blackcats soccer team, leading them to their third straight win with the latest a 4-1 defeat over the Robinson Rockets.

Garcia scored a pair of goals in the match, with teammates Emilio Iwabuchi and Antonio Puch adding one each.

Garcia, who is only a sophomore playing at forward, has scored a total of eight goals during the three-match win streak, which included a 30-yard strike that the opposing Gatesville goaltender couldn’t even stop during the Blackcats win last Tuesday.

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

Fri
24
Jan

Blackcats back on track since loss to Eagles


La’Dhareus Freeman(4) going up for 2 of his 24 points of the night to help lead the Wortham Bulldogs in the win over Cross Roads Tuesday night at home. This win gives the Bulldogs a 4-0 lead in district play. Mexia News photo/Jennifer Lansford

By Mike Eddleman
Publisher
When Mexia (18-4) traveled to Fairfield and opened district play with a seven-point loss, coach Tony Leamon seized the opportunity to make sure the bad taste left from the defeat made an impact on his team.

“We came out of Christmas and we were really flat and didn’t have that same intensity we had before Christmas,” Leamon said. “I think the Fairfield game woke us up and we realized we had to go back to work. Even though it wasn’t fun losing to Fairfield and we didn’t like it at all, it could have been a blessing in disguise because it woke us back up.”

Since that loss, Mexia has won three straight games by 33, 47 and 48 points respectively, averaging a blistering 88 points per victory.

Senior guard Kaylon Watson didn’t offer any magic formula for beating Fairfield Tuesday when the Eagles visit Mexia.

Fri
24
Jan

Ladycats ready for rematch with Fairfield Lady Eagles

By Mike Eddleman
Publisher

Push. That’s been the consistent message from Ladycats basketball coach Randy Barger to his team since their loss at Fairfield.

“By the time that game was over with I knew we had to get back to doing what we do,” Barger said. “Our kids were a little hesitant. They didn’t know if they could play with them or if they could run with them.”

Fast forward past three dominant district victories and Mexia is 4-1 in district play, fresh off a victory over rival Groesbeck and staring down a much-anticipated rematch Tuesday with the Lady Eagles.

“When you get beat like we got beat over there, you want to play them again the next day,” Barger said of the 62-33 loss.

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Wed
22
Jan

Ladycats sweep season series with Groesbeck


Ladycats Head Coach Randy Barger (right) feels the team is getting back on track and headed in the right direction as Mexia improved to 4-1 in district play after their wins over the Rusk Lady Eagles Friday night and Groesbeck Tuesday. Mexia News file photo

By Mike Eddleman
Publisher

The first 37 points looked easy; the last 37, not so much.

The Mexia girls went to Groesbeck and won 74-58, but it took a determined second-half effort to hold on for the road win.

“This was Groesbeck in their gym,” said Mexia coach Randy Barger. “It looks so easy when you get a big lead, but we made some bad passes and bad decisions and they were able to get into their offense.”

Despite the 16-point win for Mexia, the Lady Goats kept the pressure on, scoring the first 11 points of the third quarter to climb to within four.

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Wed
22
Jan

20th-ranked Blackcats top century mark in Groesbeck

By Mike Eddleman
Publisher

There was much fanfare and excitement in Groesbeck prior to Tuesday’s rivalry game against Mexia, but from the tip it was all Blackcats as they rolled to a 105-57 victory.

Mexia – ranked 20th in the latest statewide 3A poll – has won three straight by an average of 43 points.

“We have gained our intensity back,” said Mexia coach Tony Leamon. “The Fairfield loss woke us up and the kids have done a great job in practice since then working hard in practice and working extra on their shooting.”

The Blackcats were firing on all cylinders, driving to the basket and drawing fouls, finding the open man under the basket or just spotting up for a long three-pointer and knocking it down. Mexia held a modest 23-15 lead after the first quarter, but exploded for 37 in the second for a 60-26 halftime advantage.

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Mon
20
Jan

Soto sets meet records

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

Saturday was a record-setting day for Mexia powerlifter Noemi Soto as she set three meet records at the Bosqueville event.

Soto, who was in the 198 Class last year dropped down to the 181 Class this season, won her weight class with a total of 1,000 lbs. lifted. The records that dropped were in the Squat (450 lbs.), Deadlift (370 lbs.) and total pounds lifted.

This was also the first meet of the year for Mexia, so naturally there were a few butterflies going in but overall, Coach Kent Richey was proud of the way the Blackcat squad competed and helped each other out.

“She (Soto) did a good job,” said Coach Kent Richey. “I’m proud of all our kids. They did a great job today, competed well and they represented Mexia High School well.”

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

Mon
20
Jan

Blackcats regain mojo; clobber Rusk Eagles Friday


Damian Matthews (shown here from a previous game) dominated the glass in Friday night’s game against Rusk. The 6’ 4” senior forward set a school record with 20 rebounds as Mexia defeated Rusk, 79-32. Mexia News file photo

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

The Blackcats were back in form Friday night as they shot down the Rusk Eagles on the road, 79-32.

Damain Matthews set a school record in the rebounding department, grabbing a career high 20 boards in the game. Teammate LaVictor McKnight held the record up until Friday night’s contest when he pulled down 17 in a game last season. Both Matthews and McKnight led the team in scoring with 16 points each.

Mexia started the game strong using pressure defense and converting turnovers into points and led 20-5 at the end of the first quarter.

Coach Tony Leamon gave the starters a lot of rest and rotated his bench in and out as much as possible through the first three quarters.

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

Fri
17
Jan

Blackcats drop two matches

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

The Blackcats soccer team lost both of their matches on Thursday at the Wildcat Soccer Tournament being held in Palestine this weekend.

In the first match, Mexia fell to host Palestine, 4-1, with Raul Garcia scoring the lone goal in the match for the Blackcats.

Match two held the identical score as the first one did, with the advantage in Whitehouse’s favor. Emilio Iwabuchi scored Mexia’s only goal in that match.

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Wed
15
Jan

Girls, boys bounce back to throttle Palestine


Blackcats head basketball coach Anthony Leamon talks strategy with his players during Friday’s game against Fairfield. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Mike Eddleman
Publisher

Both the boys and girls varsity basketball teams took one on the chin last Friday night in Fairfield so Tuesday was an opportunity to get back to their game at home – running the floor and keeping the pressure on. The Ladycats got things started by running away with a 65-29 victory, then the boys closed the evening with a 79-46 thumping of the visiting Palestine Wildcats on a night where the visitors were forced into a combined 79 turnovers and scored only 75 points.

Ladycats
The Mexia girls never trailed. With a 4-3 lead midway through the first quarter, back-to-back buckets by Jy Jackson and Tee Owens increased the lead to five and the Ladycats never looked back.

Mon
13
Jan

Ladycats, Blackcats both fall to Fairfield Friday


Danny Huckaby works through defenders to put the ball up in the Blackcats game against Fairfield Friday night. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

What happens in Fairfield stays in Fairfield.

That’s probably the thinking of both the Blackcats and Lady Cats coaching staffs at this moment as both squads dropped games this past Friday night in Eagle Country.

The Ladycats scratched and clawed all game long, but the shots just wouldn’t fall as Fairfield dictated the scoring for a 62-33 win at home.

The Lady Eagles came out on fire to start the game, scoring three quick baskets to take a 6-0 lead.

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

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