Sports

Mon
07
Dec

‘Cats set to play in Whataburger tournament

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

For the third straight season the Mexia Blackcats will be competing in one of the biggest basketball tournaments in the state, the 58th annual Whataburger Tournament.
Mexia will play in the Blue Boys Division of the tournament and will be joined by Kennedale, Class 3A No. 18-ranked Bowie, Class 3A No. 13-ranked Peaster, Class 4A No. 21-ranked Tatum, Class 4A No. 18-ranked Liberty Hill, Burkburnett, Central Heights, Class 4A No. 11-ranked Abilene Wylie, Wall, Class 3A No. 4-ranked Ponder, Class 3A No. 10-ranked Jarrell, Brock, Class 4A No. 6-ranked Argyle, Class 4A No. 1-ranked Silsbee and Grapevine Faith.
The Blackcats have drawn Argyle in the first round, a 7 p.m. matchup on Dec. 28 at Chisholm Trail High School.
Mexia has a combined record of 4-4 during their previous two appearances in the tournament.
Tickets for available online at whataburger -bbt.org.

Mon
07
Dec

‘Cats fight past injuries in solid tournament showing

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The “walking wounded” appeared in the form of the Mexia Blackcats basketball team this past weekend. Several players – mostly starters – continued to be hampered with ankle or hamstring injuries while a couple were hit with stomach viruses upon entering the Fairfield Invitational Basketball Tournament.
Despite the ailments, Mexia managed to hang tough and finished the tournament with two wins and two losses, finishing third in the silver bracket and moving their season mark to 3-2.
“I’m very proud of how we did,” said coach Billy Ramey. “We did an excellent job against all the teams we played. We got to face a lot of different styles and see what we needed to work on.”
The Blackcats opened up against Class 4A’s No. 2-ranked Houston Wheatley Wildcats Friday morning.

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Fri
04
Dec

Ladycats pick up two

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It was a great start for the No. 12-ranked Mexia Ladycats at the Lorena basketball tournament as they picked up two opening round wins against Hico (56-47) and Whitney (54-38), improving to 9-1 on the season.
Aniyah Jelks had a huge game for Mexia against Hico, leading the team in scoring with 17 points, 10 of those in the first two periods alone to help give the Ladycats a 33-24 halftime lead.
Jelks and Tee Owens did all the scoring in the final period for Mexia, with Jelks hitting seven and Owens swishing in six of her 14 points.

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Fri
04
Dec

Wortham's Shivers, Vogel earn all-state honors

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Wed
02
Dec

Blackcats take nine All-District team spots

By Stephen R. Farris Mexia News Sports A total of nine Mexia Blackcats made the District 7-4A DII 2015 All-District Team that was released Monday morning. Superlative awards went to Mexia’s J.J. Davis, who shared newcomer honors with Groesbeck’s Brayden Bradley. Defensive lineman Demetri Freeman shared Outstanding D-Lineman honors with Fairfield’s Tarrance Rischer. First teamers for the Blackcats were Matron Gerald at running back, Darius Dorsey at fullback and Avery Williams at outside receiver. Tyrik Ray made first team defense at the inside linebacker position. Making the second team offense for Mexia was Jaylen Gipson at quarterback and Case Adair was named at two positions, inside receiver and tight-end. Blackcats making second team defense included Williams at cornerback and Devin Banks at safety. To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Thursday's edition of The Mexia News, or subscribe to our online edition.

Wed
02
Dec

Ladycats spring defensive trap on China Spring

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
After China Spring’s Abbie Snyder hit a 3-pointer right at the buzzer to close out the third period that cut the No. 12 ranked Mexia lead to three, the Ladycats took care of business the rest of the game – thanks in part to Tee Owens nine points in both the first and final periods – outscoring the Lady Cougars in the fourth quarter for a 54-44 win.
Owens stepped up her play in the fourth, especially on the defensive end by aggravating Lady Cougar ball handlers, stealing the ball several times as Mexia went into an all-out trapping style defense.
She wasn’t the only player turning up the pressure as Soroya Hollie and Aniyah Jelks came up with key steals in the quarter to put the ball back into Mexia’s hands.
The Ladycats (7-1) held the Lady Cougars to only one point after shifting into “stall mode” with just under two-minutes left to play in the game.

Fri
27
Nov

Ladycats fall to Lady Lions

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The re-match with the Waco Lady Lions didn’t turn out the way No. 17 ranked Mexia had hoped it would, as the visitors from McLennan County left Tommy Flatt Gymnasium Tuesday afternoon with a 54-48 win.
The Blackcats (6-1) trailed at halftime, 24-20, but rallied in the third period to cut the Lady Lions lead to only one, 32-31, when the quarter ended.
The Ladycats actually came from four down to take a one-point lead just before the period ended, when Na’Teisha Owens hit a two-point bucket and a foul shot, followed by Jashima Smith’s basket.
In the fourth, Waco managed to extend their lead to 10 with under five minutes to play.

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Fri
27
Nov

Coolidge boys win another, defeat Oakwood

Mexia News Staff Report

The Coolidge Yellowjackets improved to 2-0 after defeating the Oakwood Panthers Tuesday night on the road, 78-62.
Wanya’ Jones caught the hot-hand for Coolidge, scoring 29 points overall, but it was the five 3-pointers in the third period of play that eventually gave the Yellowjackets the total edge in the game.
Delvin Smith was the only other Coolidge player to score in double figures with 18, while Ro’derick Calhoun and Darion McClendon scored nine each.
Manny Rivera and Manuel Santa Cruz combined for 12 of the Yellowjackets 78 points in the game.
Coolidge will be back on the court this coming Tuesday night, again in a road game against Crossroads.
Dec. 3-5, the team will play in the Blooming Grove Tournament.
There was no score reported from the Lady Yellowjackets game with Chilton, also played Tuesday. The girls will be at home Dec. 1 to host Harmony and will host and play in their own tournament Dec. 3-5.

Mon
23
Nov

Ladycats start seasons with a roar, win tournament

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Down by one with less than four minutes to play in Saturday afternoon’s championship game against Oklahoma City Storm, the Mexia Ladycats crept back on top with an 11-point run to win the Jane Biltz Tournament of Champions held at Corsicana High School, 50-40.
Mexia started their season this week with a win over Grandview and added four wins from the tournament to start out the year at 5-0.
“I don’t know if I’d been thinking that far ahead,” said coach Randy Barger, conveying his thoughts after being asked if he thought his team would be undefeated by week’s end. “It was good for us to get these five games in this week … shows us where we are, condition-wise and skill-level-wise. It sure feels good to be 5-0, but we’re just going to keep working, taking it one game at a time.”

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Mon
23
Nov

Turnovers dog ‘Cats, season ends with loss to Gilmer

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
It was a heartbreaking finish for a team that played with so much heart and soul this season, despite all the obstacles they faced throughout the year. Although the 63-14 score fell in favor of the Class 4A No. 2-ranked Gilmer Buckeyes, it reflects the courageous play of the Mexia Blackcats in the game.
Last week Mexia advanced to the area round against Shepherd behind their strong defensive play that produced six turnovers, while Gilmer barely survived Pleasant Grove after turning the ball over seven times.
This week was a different story for both teams.
Gilmer capitalized on six Mexia turnovers, converting them into points. Take away the takeaways on each side and the game was pretty evenly matched.

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