Sports

Wed
08
Jun

Area well represented at annual Victory Bowl events

Coolidge graduate Adrianna Jones will be a member of the Red Team in volleyball at the third annual FCA Victory Bowl volleyball game this Saturday.
Recent Mexia grad Amy Killingsworth will be on the sidelines at both the FCA Victory Bowl volleyball and football games this weekend to cheer for the Blue Teams.
Mexia graduate Avery Williams will be competing for the Blue Team in the first ever FCA Victory Bowl baseball game Friday night at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton.
Delvin Smith, a recent graduate of Coolidge High School, will be playing for the Red Team this Saturday at 6:30 p.m. in Waco ISD Stadium.
Groesbeck graduate Jaylon Medlock will play for the Blue Team in the eighth annual FCA Victory Bowl football game this Saturday 6:30 p.m. at Waco ISD Stadium.
Wortham graduate Jordan Lansford is one of eight Freestone County athletes picked to play in the FCA Victory Bowl games.
Matron Gerald, a recent graduate of Mexia High School, will play for the Blue Team in this Saturday’s FCA Victory Bowl football game.
Recent Groesbeck graduate Sydney Sierra will play for the Blue Team in the third annual FCA Victory Bowl volleyball game this coming Saturday in Waco.
Mexia’s Tyrik Ray – who graduated this spring – will play for the Blue Team in the FCA Victory Bowl football game this Saturday in Waco.

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Limestone County will be represented well this coming weekend as a total of nine athletes are scheduled to compete in the FCA’s Victory Bowl games in Waco.
Mexia is sending two former Blackcat football players, Tyrik Ray and Matron Gerald – both helping the Blackcats go two rounds into last year’s football playoffs – will play for the Blue Team Saturday evening at Waco ISD Stadium in the eighth annual football game.
Avery Williams, who helped the Blackcats baseball team to another playoff appearance and their best season record in six years, was picked to play in the first ever FCA Victory Bowl baseball game that will be played at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton Friday night.

Mon
06
Jun

LaTouche now ‘Cats head basketball coach

Former Blackcat JV basketball coach Andre LaTouche has been promoted to varsity head basketball coach for the 2016-17 season,

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
After leading the Mexia Blackcats’ junior varsity basketball team to 6-2 district and 18-6 overall records, coach Andre LaTouche has been promoted to the varsity team as the new head coach this coming 2016-17 basketball season.
LaTouche replaces Billy Ramey, who left to take a coaching position elsewhere.
LaTouche was an assistant basketball coach at Waelder High School prior to his coming to Mexia.
Before that, he was a parole officer for the state of Texas after graduating from Mary Hardin-Baylor University in Belton.
“It was a big swing,” he says, going from parole officer to coaching. “But it gave me some advantages to be able to work better with the kids.”
He’s excited about the upcoming season and feels the team has a good core of players returning.
One of the things Mexia fans can expect to see more of on the court is defense.

Mon
06
Jun

Navarro announces soccer, football schedules

Football
Aug. 25 Georgia Military College, 6 p.m.
Sept. 3 at Trinity Valley*, 7 p.m.
Sept. 10 Blinn*, 7 p.m.
Sept. 17 OPEN
Sept. 24 at NE Oklahoma*, 7 p.m.
Oct. 1 at Arkansas Baptist, 3 p.m.
Oct. 8 Tyler*, 3 p.m. (Homecoming)
Oct. 15 at Kilgore*, 5 p.m.
Oct. 22 Cisco*, 3 p.m.
Oct. 29 New Mexico Military Institute*, 3 p.m.

Mon
06
Jun

State baseball tourney schedule announced

Mexia News Staff Report

The 2016 UIL Baseball State Tournament will get underway starting Wednesday as Class 2A, 3A and 4A semifinals will be played, with championship games taking place on Thursday.
Class 5A semifinals start on Thursday and conclude with the championship game on Friday.
Class 6A semifinals begin Friday, with the championship to be played Saturday.
Here are the semifinal and finals pairings.
Wednesday, June 8
Dell Diamond, Round Rock
Class 2A - Semifinals
9 a.m. – Beckville (32-1-1) vs. Stamford (22-5)
12 p.m. – Bosqueville (31-1) vs. Flatonia (27-5)
Class 3A – Semifinals
4 p.m. – Van Alstyne (30-3-2) vs. Banquette (23-7-3)
7 p.m. – Shallowater (32-3-2) vs. West (31-5)

Fri
03
Jun

Mexia’s Thompson contributes to UT-Tyler national title

Former Mexia Ladycat Cheyenne Thompson leaps onto home plate after smashing a two-run homer in the second round of the NCAA DIII Softball National Championship tournament. UT-Tyler photo

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
This past Monday was not only a great day for former Mexia Ladycat Cheyenne Thompson, but it also marked the first time in UT-Tyler’s softball history to win the 2016 NCAA Division III Championship after sweeping Messiah College with back-to-back shutouts, 3-0 and 7-0.
UT-Tyler pitcher Kelsie Batten closed out the final win with a strikeout as players stormed out on the field to celebrate the victory.
“By the fifth inning, we were up 7-0 and the emotion in the dugout was starting to show,” said Thompson.
By that time, according to Thompson in her interview Friday morning, nearly all the players had tears of joy as the realization of winning a national championship began to unfold.
“That last strikeout came … it was one of those feelings that we’re never going to forget,” she said.

Fri
03
Jun

Whaley, Jones among all-district ‘Dawgs

Wortham’s Braxton Whaley was named District 16-2A’s Newcomer of the Year after the all-district team was released recently.
Wortham pitcher Zach Jones earned first team honors at that position as the District 16-2A all-district team was recently announced.

Mexia News Staff Report

District 16-2A has released their all-district team with eight Wortham Bulldogs earning spots this year.
Bulldog sophomore Braxton Whaley was named the district’s Newcomer of the Year, while junior teammate Zach Jones was selected to the first team as a pitcher.
Wortham’s Jordan Lansford earned second team status at pitcher, joined by fellow seniors Trent Williams (catcher) and Rudy Miller (utility player), along with junior Cole Shivers, who made the second team as an infielder.
Honorable mention went to Bulldog outfielder Jayce Black and infielder Ethan McCoslin, both juniors this past season.
Wortham finished the 2016 baseball season with a 6-4 record in district play and earned the No. 3 playoff seed, finishing as one of the Class 2A Region II area finalist. Overall, the Bulldogs – coached by Chris Tobola – completed the year with a record of 15-11.

Fri
03
Jun

Ballard, Johnson help make relay teams ‘All-American’

Mexia News Staff Report

Ariel Ballard and Ashley Johnson – both former Ladycat thin-clads – continue to help propel Tarleton State University TexAnn relay teams. The 4x100 and 4x400 squads of which they are part earned All-American status this past Saturday at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Ballard helped leg the 4x100 meter relay team to a sixth place finish with a time of 46.44.
The 4x400 meter relay team actually placed 10th in the preliminaries on Friday, but after one of the qualifying teams was disqualified, the TexAnn team ended up getting the nod in the final qualifying spot.
Both Ballard and Johnson, along with teammates DeAijha Hicks-Boyce and Jasmine Owens, led the Tarleton 4x400 meter relay team to a sixth place finish Saturday with a time of 3:42.55.
Ballard is a sophomore at TSU and is majoring in occupational therapy. Johnson is a freshman, according to the Tarleton Sports website.

Fri
03
Jun

Navarro College hosts sports camps

Softball Camp
Navarro College will host a softball camp June 20-24. Campers will have the option of attending the camp during the day and returning home afterwards, or they can register to stay overnight on campus for the duration of the camp.
Registration for the day camp is $225 and the overnight camp is $325.
A list of items needed for the camp is available on the Navarro College athlete web page by clicking on the tab marked “Athletic Camps”, then clicking on the softball camp link. For more information about the camp, you may contact coach Jessica Karenke-Burke by email at jessica.karenke@navarrocollege.edu or call (903) 875-7486.

Wed
01
Jun

Owens to begin new legacy at Xavier University

Ladycat senior Tee Owens, left, was joined by head basketball coach Randy Barger, standing, and her mother, Brandy Wilson, right, during a college signing ceremony.

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
One of Mexia’s most outstanding basketball players in Ladycat history, Na’Teshia “Tee” Owens, signed her letter of intent to play next basketball season for Xavier University in Cincinnati. She did so during a small ceremony Tuesday afternoon at the Mexia High School library that included friends, fellow students, coaches and family members.
Ladycat head basketball coach Randy Barger was a little emotional during his opening speech, but at the same time said he is very happy and excited for Tee as she begins her journey at the next level of competition.
“We’re very proud of her,” Barger said. “She’s been an asset to our athletic program and she’s earned this opportunity with all the things she’s done these past four years. To go to a basketball school, a DI school like Xavier University is a good thing for her and we’re excited for her!”

Wed
01
Jun

Thompson, Patriots headed to title game

Mexia News Staff Report

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