Sports

Mon
05
May

Beachum's youth football camp coming up May 17

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Kelvin Beachum’s Central Texas Pro Sportsfest 2014 is a little over a week away and if you haven’t already gone online to sign up, you still have time.
The camp is scheduled to kick-off on Saturday, May 17, at Mexia High School.
Kids in grades 1-6 will need to check-in and register at 9 a.m. for either the football clinic or cheer clinic. Both clinics for that age group will begin at 10 a.m. and end at noon, with awards given out and an autograph session. Kids in grades 7-12 must check-in and register at noon, with the clinic beginning at 1 p.m. and ending at 3:30 p.m. Awards will be presented afterwards along with an autograph session.
Special awards will be given to campers in all age groups who have achieved A/B honor roll status in the schools, but a copy of your report card must be shown at the camp.

Mon
05
May

7-on-7 season starting soon


Football is back as mainly offensive quarterbacks and receivers from Mexia gear up for the upcoming 7-on-7 competition that starts at the end of the month. One of the differences between regular football (shown in this file photo) and 7-on-7 is players cannot wear helmets, pads and no tackling are allowed. The game is passing oriented only. Mexia News file photo

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Following up on the success of making it to the Texas State 7-on-7 Football Tournament last summer, Mexia is gearing up for another run this year as the season is scheduled to begin at the end of this month.
This year’s league games will be played in Fairfield, which will include the host team participating along with Corsicana, Corsicana Mildred, Teague and several other high school teams.
Games will be played on Tuesdays beginning May 27 and during the month of June.
The league basically serves as a warm-up for several qualifying tournaments that will be played on Saturdays in June.
Mexia is scheduled to play in one of the qualifying tournaments in McGregor on May 24.

Mon
28
Apr

Tee Owens qualifies for state with first at regionals


Tee Owens, shown in this file photo, won first place in the Long Jump at the Region III track meet held in Humble last Friday and Saturday. Owens will move on to compete at the UIL State Meet May 9-10.

Mexia News Staff Report

Mexia’s Tee Owens came away from the finals of the Class 3A, Region III Track Championship held at Turner Stadium in Humble with a first place finish in the Long Jump. Owens distance of 17-5 1/2 was five and a half inches better than second place finisher, Taylor’s Virginia Kerley, who had a mark of 17-0. Owens finished fifth in the 100 Meter Run with a time of 12.30.
Jynesha Jackson came in fourth in the High Jump with a mark of 5-0.
The Ladycats 4x100 Meter Relay team of Taylor Porter, Jackson, Bre Stoner and Owens came in second behind Coldspring-Oakhurst with a time of 48.40 and the 4x200 Meter Relay team of Porter, Owens, Jidaija King and Jackson finished third with a time of 1:43.72 behind first place Hardin-Jefferson and Coldspring-Oakhurst.

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

Wed
23
Apr

Track team heads to preliminary regional events tomorrow


Mexia track teams will compete at the Regional Meet in Humble beginning Friday and going on through Saturday. Shown here is the girls track team, along with Coach Randy Barger (left) during practice on Tuesday. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The Mexia Blackcats track team will be represented well at this year’s regional meet that is scheduled to begin tomorrow with preliminary track and field events and end on Saturday with the finals in all events.
Mexia’s Kendric Mack will test the speed of his opponents in the 200 Meter Dash at the Regional Meet in Humble beginning tomorrow, along with the 4x100 Meter Relay team of Arik Weathers, Danny Huckaby, Deldrick Hobbs and Mack.
Their best time so far this season was at the Fairfield meet with a 42.65, good enough for a first place finish. Their time at the Area Meet was 42.87 for a second place finish.
Coach Frankie Smith has made a few adjustments to the relay teams over the past few weeks. The big test will be at the Humble meet.

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

Wed
23
Apr

Ladycats on to bi-district

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The Mexia Ladycats finished third in district behind Rusk and Groesbeck and will face Lufkin Hudson (22-4) at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville Friday evening at 7 p.m., in a bi-district game.
Mexia’s Dashia Forge will lead the team in the pitcher’s circle tomorrow night and the one-two duo of Cheyenne Thompson and McKenzie Bain will be back in action to help the Ladycats produce runs.
Mexia’s Tyesha Johnson, Alexis Molina, Andre’ya Flemming, Ty’Zane Williams, Bre Stoner and Priscilla Garcia have all been productive for the Ladycats throughout the season both at the plate and in the field.
Coach Courtney Adams was pleased overall with how the season has played out, including being able to field a junior varsity team all year.

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

Wed
23
Apr

Mexia takes Palestine in wild game Tuesday night


Mexia seniors Brady Walker, Tre’ Craig, Taylor Threat, D. J. Johnson and Zack Reece were all recognized Tuesday evening prior to the start of the Blackcats district game against Palestine. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
It’ll go down as one of the most wild and thrilling games of the season as the Mexia Blackcats finally got back in the win column with a 9-8 defeat of the Palestine Wildcats at home on Tuesday night.
“A little excitement here in the last part of the year,” said Coach Matt Matus. “That’s great. That’s good stuff!”
The Wildcats – down 8-5 at the beginning of the final inning – tied the game at eight in the top of the seventh and it looked as if Mexia might end up on the losing end with only one out and a Palestine runner still on base.
Reliever Zack Reece was able to battle hard against the Wildcats first baseman Jake Neal, eventually retiring the big hitter on strikes for the second out and Chico Herod, who reached on a bunt single earlier in the inning for Palestine, was caught stealing third to get the Blackcats out of the inning with the score tied up.

Mon
21
Apr

Off-season program promises payoff in fall

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

This spring’s off-season program is shaping up well for Blackcat athletes. Athletic Director Lamonte Chambers has implemented some new tools in this year’s program that should pay off nicely for the upcoming athletic year ahead.

The off-season program plays a big part in the overall athletic program at Mexia High School and in the middle school as well, according to Coach Chambers.

The program is broken down into groups formed of athletes from all sports, providing leadership skills and educational skills that will help give Mexia athletes an all-around edge not just on the playing field, but in the classroom and life in general.
The leadership phase of the program is broken down into three aspects, academics, discipline and workouts.

Mon
21
Apr

Blackcats fall to Fairfield in Friday’s district face-off


Mexia’s Shelby Hileman tries to score for the Blackcats during early game action against the Fairfield Eagles last Friday night. Mexia fell to the host Eagles in district play, 10-1. Mexia News photos/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

The Blackcats dropped their district game with the Fairfield Eagles on Friday evening, 10-1, despite a strong outing by pitcher Zack Reece.

Reece scattered nine hits and gave up six earned runs, but he also fanned five Eagle hitters in the game.

The Eagles scored three runs in the first four innings.

Mexia managed to get the lone run on the board in the top of the fourth when Brady Walker hit a sacrifice fly that allowed pinch runner Bryce Sterling to cross home plate.

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

Thu
17
Apr

Mexia Slam Dunk, 3-Point contests coming April 27

There will be a 3-Point Shooting and Slam Dunk Contest in Mexia at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 27.
The adult category winner receives $500 in the Basketball Shooting Contest and the cost is $20 for each two-player team.
Grades 3-8 and 9-12 competitors’ cost is $10 each for a two-player team and win some 4-foot trophies.
In the Slam Dunk Contest, the adult cost is $20 and the winner receives $100 cash. In the grades 9-12 High School Division the winner receives a big bronze basketball trophy.
The event will be held at the Old Mexia Junior High Gym. The gym opens at 2 p.m. for shoot-around and signups and the competition begins at 4:30 p.m.
The event is hosted by the Mexia Summer Varsity Eligible Basketball team.
For more information, call Curtis at 254-747-5791 or Sherman at 254-224-2539.

Thu
17
Apr

Blackcats fall to Buffalo in hard-fought pitching duel


Mexia shortstop Case Adair slowly rises to his feet after stealing second base in the Blackcats game against Buffalo Tuesday evening. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Tuesday evening couldn’t have been much worse for the Mexia Blackcats baseball team and their fans. While the game was hard fought and basically boiled down to a pitcher’s duel that eventually leaned in favor of Buffalo, 3-1, fans and players had to endure unseasonably cold temperatures. But the worst part of the whole evening had to be the most-annoying version of Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” that was played prior to the start of the bottom of the sixth inning.
As far as the game went, Mexia played one of their hardest fought baseball games this season despite the outcome.
After playing two scoreless innings, the Blackcats looked to be on the verge of breaking the game wide open after getting a couple of players on base, but the Bison’s defense halted the Mexia advance and the score still remained knotted at zero.

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