Sports

Mon
31
Mar

Varsity, JV track teams make good showings at meet


Just another casual stroll across the finish line for the Blackcats Tee Owens. Owens finished the 100 Meter Dash in first with a time of 12.57. Owens also finished first in the Long Jump competition and teamed up with Taylor Porter, Jy Jackson and Bre Stoner in the 4x100 Meter Relay for a first place finish as the Mexia girls placed second overall in the meet.

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The Blackcats competed in the Fairfield High School Invitational Track Meet on Thursday, March 27 with the Mexia JV boys finishing third, JV girls third, varsity boys second and varsity girls placing second in the overall standings.
The JV 4x200 Meter Relay team of Jaime Salazaar, Michael Miller, Devin Banks and Matron Gerald had an outstanding race, sprinting all out on the last leg to a first place finish with a time of 1:35.19 edging out Palestine’s time of 1:37.67. Devin Banks placed first in the High Jump, Avery Williams took the top spot in the Triple Jump, while Jashima Smith won first in the Discus and Alexandra Harris finished second in the 800 Meter Dash.

Mon
24
Mar

Ladycats fall to Lady Eagles


The Ladycats Cheyenne Thompson puts the ball in play for Mexia during game against the Rusk Lady Eagles Friday night. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The Ladycats couldn’t seem to catch a break against the Rusk Lady Eagles last Friday night in East Texas. If it wasn’t from the Lady Eagles bats piling on the hits, it was the home plate umpire’s inability to focus more on the game in the field and not what was going on in the Mexia stands.
The umpire ended up tossing a Mexia fan for stating the obvious on a semi-close play where the Rusk player should have been called out by the field umpire, but instead he ruled the girl safe. Early in the game, Cheyenne Thompson was called out returning to first base, but the Lady Eagles first baseman failed to tag her with the ball in the glove, instead she ended up hitting Thompson’s leg with her forearm. The field umpire – who was blocked by Thompson from the contact made – made the call. A brief discussion ensued between the field umpire and home plate ump with the result still in Rusk favor.

Mon
24
Mar

Varsity drops one to Rusk


Mexia second baseman Jesse Torres awaits the field umpire’s call after tagging the Eagles Jadarian Skinner. The umpire ended up calling Skinner out on the play. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Friday night was not good for Mexia Blackcats baseball teams visiting Rusk.
The varsity dropped a 10-0 decision to the Eagles, dropping them down to 1-3 in district play.
The Blackcats had four hits in the game. Avery Williams collected two of those, while Brady Walker and Case Adair both hit singles.
Darius Dorsey was busy behind the plate, throwing out four Rusk base runners.
In the first, Williams hit a two out single to get on base, but that would be all Mexia ended up with in the opening inning. Rusk scored three times in the bottom of the first to jump out to a 3-0 lead.
Brady Walker singled to start the second, but ended up left on base as the Blackcats were unable to knock him in. The Eagles added three more runs in the inning to extend their lead to 6-0.

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

Mon
17
Mar

Fairfield takes out Blackcats 8-1; Palestine up next


Mexia shortstop Case Adair gets ready to try and tag out Fairfield’s Colby Minze at second during early action of Friday night’s game. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Darius Dorsey’s single in the top of the sixth kept the Blackcats from being the victim of a no-hitter during Friday night’s 8-1 district loss to the Fairfield Eagles.
Mexia’s lone run came in the top of the sixth with two out. Brady Walker had reached base on a fielder’s choice. Avery Williams, who was still in the game playing in centerfield after pitching the first four and a third innings, got on base after an error by the Eagles first baseman, moving Walker over to second. Blake Lewis’ single to left scored Walker and moved Williams over to second, but the inning ended after Josh York fell victim to one of Fairfield pitcher Chance Carroll’s 19 strikeouts.
Carroll carried a no-hitter for five and two-thirds innings before giving up the single to Dorsey.

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

Wed
12
Mar

Blackcats tennis team plays hard in Corsicana


Mexia’s Ling Ni, left, and Jennifer Ugarte, right, discuss their strategy during their Girls A Doubles match Friday morning at the Corsicana Spring Break Slam held at Corsicana High School. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The Blackcats tennis team participated in the Corsicana Spring Break Slam this past weekend.
Mexia played hard facing off against some of the top teams in the state at the meet.
The team finished in the No. 13 spot out of the field of 15, putting forth a great effort in the day long match that was played at three different locations in Corsicana.
Nemesis Robles represented Mexia in Boys A Singles and Victor Olivas played in the Boys B Singles bracket.
Colton Brady and Nefy Baldantin teamed up in Boys A Doubles, while Alex Lin and Rafael Paz played in the Boys B Doubles.

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

Wed
12
Mar

Ladycats come up short in back-and-forth Fairfield game


Ladycats third baseman McKenzie Bain lays down a bunt in early action of Mexia’s game against the Fairfield Lady Eagles Tuesday afternoon. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Cheyenne Thompson blasted a three-run homer high over the right centerfield fence to give the Mexia Ladycats a 4-1 lead in the top of the second, but the Fairfield Lady Eagles kept chipping away and eventually pulled out an 8-7 win in the last inning of Tuesday afternoon’s district opener.
Mexia scored the majority of their runs in the first four innings and held a 5-1 lead going into the bottom of the fourth.
Fairfield’s Caitlyn Stone, who drew a walk to lead off the inning, scored on Kayla Mitchell’s triple to centerfield. Mitchell ended up staying at third the rest of the inning after a great play was made by the Ladycats left fielder, Tyzane Williams, who made a running catch on a blooper over shortstop for an out and pitcher Dashia Forge got two Lady Eagle batters at the plate on strikeouts to end the inning.
Fairfield ended up tying the game in the bottom of the fifth with two outs.

Mon
03
Mar

Blackcats fall, ump’s ruling a shock


Mexia pitcher Zack Reece tries to pick off a Blooming Grove base runner as he throws to first baseman Avery Williams. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
After making it to the championship a year ago, but forfeiting the final game of the Blooming Grove Baseball Tournament to head down to Austin in support of the Ladycats in the Girls’ State Basketball Championship game, Mexia got another shot on Saturday.
The host Lions had also been waiting a year to play an opponent in the title contest of their tournament, winning this year’s long awaited game by the score of 14-4.
Zack Reece started off on the mound for the Blackcats, keeping his pitches down and looked good through the first couple of innings, giving up only one run on three hits.
The Lions figured out his method in the bottom of the third, scoring six runs in the inning before Jesse Torres took over pitching duties to get the last out.

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Mon
03
Mar

Blackcats’ season ends as No. 3 Yates comes out ahead


Mexia’s Tyrik Ray, right, swoops in to try and snag the rebound away from Yates J.C. Washington, while Trey Barstow keeps a Lions player blocked out of the play. Mexia News photos/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The No. 15 state ranked Mexia Blackcats basketball season came to an abrupt halt on Friday night at the hands of the No. 3 ranked Houston Yates Lions, 87-69, in front of a packed house at Bernard J. Johnson Coliseum on the campus of Sam Houston State University.
Yates, with a clear height advantage, used their quickness, speed and depth to accelerate to a 13-9 lead at the end of the first period, in what looked to be more of a defensive game than offense.
When the Lions went to a smaller lineup in the second period, the Blackcats turned up the heat and were able to pull ahead in the game, thanks to the inside play of their two forwards Damian Mathews and LaVictor McKnight.
Mathews poured in 14 points in the period, while McKnight hit six, including a slam dunk with 2:16 left in the half.

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

Wed
26
Feb

On a roll: ‘Cats on to regional semifinals

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The No. 15-ranked Blackcats were able to wear down their speedy counterpart, Pollok Central, Monday night to take a 78-56 win, while advancing to the regional semifinal game this Friday, Feb. 28, at 6:15 p.m. at Sam Houston State’s Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum.
Despite appearances, the Pollok Central Bulldogs matched up fairly well against Mexia and showed a lot of quickness early on, going up 20-19 at the end of the first quarter after Tyler McHenry’s three-pointer with five seconds left.
Coach Tony Leamon’s team regrouped in the second period with hard-nosed defensive play.
After the Bulldogs opened up the period with a bucket, the Blackcats Danny Huckaby hit two quick baskets to give Mexia a one point lead at 23-22.

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

Wed
26
Feb

Coolidge falls to Huckabay


Coolidge guard Delvin Smith faces a tough shot with the hand of Huckabay’s Garrett Stewart blocking his view. Smith led all scorers with 36 points Tuesday night. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The No. 13 Coolidge Yellowjackets charged out to a 21-16 lead in the first quarter of play in Tuesday night’s regional quarterfinals game with No. 14 Huckabay Indians, but the rims at Charger gym in Keene proved to be unkind to the Limestone County team as they ended up falling in the end, 88-80.
After taking the five point advantage the Yellowjackets got into some early foul trouble along with free throw shooting difficulties.
Huckabay, with a slightly taller lineup, was able to work the boards well enough to end up with second – and sometimes third – chance shot opportunities that kept them in the game all night long.
The Indians came back in the second quarter to end up with a one point lead at halftime, 34-33, but that too came with a price as some of their key players were also in foul trouble.

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