Sports

Wed
27
May

Blackcats’ Harris signs with Thunderducks


Mexia senior Curk Harris signed a letter of intent to play basketball for Richland College Tuesday morning. He was joined by family members, his mother, Loretta (seated), father, Curt (standing right) and his uncle, Anthony Harris. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
After weeks of visiting college campuses, Mexia senior forward Curk Harris signed a letter of intent to play basketball with the Richland College Thunderducks Tuesday morning. He was joined by his parents, Curt and Loretta Harris, along with his uncle Anthony Harris as he filled out the form to be sent to the Richland College athletic department.
After entertaining partial scholarship offers from about six NCAA Division II-III schools, Harris felt that spending a season or two playing ball with a JUCO program would be the best route to go, in which he’ll have a better opportunity to gain a full scholarship at a four-year school.
“I’m excited to sign with Richland,” said Harris. “I think it’ll be a good experience.”

To read more on this story, pick up a copy of Thursday's edition of The Mexia News, or subscribe to our online edition.

Fri
22
May

Lewis, Hileman sign letters of intent

By Stephen R. Farris Mexia News Sports Big day for two Mexia senior baseball players, Blake Lewis and Shelby Hileman, as they signed letters of intent to continue their education and playing careers at the college level. Lewis hit .372 this past season with 16 hits, 16 RBI and four homeruns. He signed with Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) in Waxahachie, which plays in the Sooner Athletic Conerfence. “I’m pretty excited right now,” Lewis said. Playing pitcher, first base and catcher this year for the Blackcats, but the Lions plan to use him at third next season. “I think this is a huge testiment of what they done the three years I’ve been here to help build the program and get it going in the direction it’s going right now,” said coach Matt Matus. “These two guys were a huge part of our success this year and they’ve got a bright future in the game of baseball.

Wed
20
May

Girl’s spring athletic banquet recognizes each team


The Ladycat’s track team was recognized Tuesday evening at the spring banquet. Mexia had one individual (Tee Owens) and the relay team of Katilyn Gipson, Jidaija King, Tyzanne Williams and Owens compete at the state meet this season. Mexia News photo/Stephen Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Athletes and coaches filled the cafeteria at Mexia Junior High School Tuesday night to recognize those participating in Ladycat ath­letic programs this past school year.
Each of the young ladies in attendance that competed in volleyball, basketball, pow­erlifting, tennis, track and softball were honored during the banquet. Coaches for each of the sports handed out certificates to the girls, as well as handing out certificates to those making all-district teams.
Girl’s athletic director and head basketball coach, Randy Barger, recognized two out­going seniors - Katilyn Gipson and Cheyenne Thompson - for their dedication and leadership this year.

For more, see the Thursday edition of The Mexia News, or subscribe to or e-edition.

Wed
20
May

Harris in TABC All-Star b-ball game


Mexia senior Curk Harris will be one of several players from Class 1A-4A playing in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) All-Star Basketball game this Friday, May 22, at Trinity University in San Antonio. Mexia News file photo

By Stephen R. Farris Mexia News Sports

Huge weekend ahead for Mexia senior Curk Harris, as he prepares to take part in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches annual all-star game at Trinity University in San Antonio, Friday, May 22. Harris played four years on the Blackcats varsity basketball team and helped lead them to the regional semifinals this year. He averaged 18.5 points per game this season and was named MVP on the District 18-4A all-district boy’s basketball team, as well as the district’s academic first team. TABC recognized Harris by naming him to the Class 4A Region III all-region boy’s basketball team and the Class 4A all-state first team. To continue reading, see Thursday's edition of The Mexia News, or subscribe to our e-edition.

Mon
18
May

Kirven takes three golds at UIL State Track Meet


Coolidge’s Dianna Kirven raises her hand in the air after edging out Nordheim’s Daija Williams, left, in the Class 1A Girl’s 200 Meter Dash Friday night at the 2015 UIL State Track Meet in Austin. Kirven set a new conference 1A record with a time of 26.19, beating last year’s mark of 26.21 set by Nordheim’s Alyssa Lesiter. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
If the town of Coolidge hasn’t begun to celebrate, they should real soon as one of their own, Dianna Kirven, brought home three gold medals from this past weekend’s UIL State Track Meet in Austin.
Kirven - a senior this year - competed in four events at the 2014 meet, where she finished fourth in the Long Jump, third in the HIgh Jump, second in the 400 Meter Dash and sixth in the 200 Meter Dash.
This year was different.
After competing in only three regular season track meets (due largely to the weather conditions for the past four months), Kirven was able to get through the district, area and regional rounds to qualify for the state meet.

To continue reading, see the Tuesday edition of The Mexia News.

Mon
18
May

Ladycats compete at state track meet in Austin


Mexia’s Tee Owens stretches out for distance in the Class 4A Girl’s Long Jump competition held Saturday at the 2015 UIL State Track Meet in Austin. Owens finished fourth in the event with a distance of 18-07. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Mexia was represented at the 2015 UIL State Track Meet as Tee Owens competed in the Class 4A Girl’s Long Jump and the Ladycats relay team of Owens, Jidaija King, Katilyn Gipson and Tyzane Williams ran in the Girl’s 4x200 Meter Relay this past Saturday in Austin.
Owens finished in the No. 8 spot last year at the state meet, but improved tremendously to move up several spots on Saturday to finish in fourth place with a distance of 18-07. She eclipsed her 2014 mark of 17-00.75 by nearly two feet.
Owens will have a chance to compete again next year as a senior.
The Ladycats relay team finished sixth with a time of 1:44.52 in a close race between down the stretch. Texarkana Liberty-Eylau took first with a time of 1:40.41 and Coldspring-Oakhurst took second with a time of 1:40.73.

To continue reading, see Tuesday's edition of The Mexia News.

Fri
15
May

Three Ladycats earn superlative, first team honors on all-district softball team

Cheyenne Thompson may have felt a little out of place this season after moving from catcher to pitcher but her all-around play both in the field and at the plate, helped lead the Mexia Ladycats to the playoffs. Thompson was named Offensive Player of the Year earlier this week after the 2015 18-4A all-district softball team was announced.
Joining Thompson on the team was infielder McKenzie Bain and outfielder Ashton Langley, both receiving first team honors. Gentry Renfro and Priscilla Garcia each made second team all-district, while Alaysia Cotton, Kelly Vu and Andre'ya Fleming all received honorable mention.
Langley, Vu and Renfro were honored again by making the all-district academic first team for Mexia.
The following is the complete list of girls that made this year's all-district softball team.

To read more on this story, pick up a copy of Saturday's edition of The Mexia News, or subscribe to our online edition.

Wed
13
May

Bob Wright inducted into Texas High School Football Hall of Fame


Bob Wright, former sports editor/managing editor for the Mexia Daily News, was one of eight inductees into the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame Saturday night at Baylor University's Ferrell Center. Wright said he was humbled to be inducted with such great legendary coaches and players during his speech at the ceremony. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris Mexia News Sports For Bob Wright, former sports editor/ managing editor for The Mexia Daily News, Saturday’s events were a humbling experience as he joined seven other Texas high school football legends in being inducted into the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame Saturday at Baylor University’s Ferrell Center in Waco. Wright covered the Mexia Blackcats football team for more than 50 years, a love affair that began as a kid when his dad would take him to see their games and later, grew even more when he played with the team in high school.

Mon
11
May

Rockets bring end to ‘Cats’ playoff run


Eric Wells started both games for Mexia in their bi-district playoff series with the Robinson Rockets. Here, Wells delivers a pitch as a Robinson base runner takes a lead off second base during the Saturday finale. Mexia News photos/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris Mexia News Sports It’s been an incredible year for the Mexia Blackcats baseball team, taking fans through a season of nail-biter wins, come from behind wins and a trip into the post season, something that hasn’t happened in a few years around here. This past weekend, the Blackcats went on a whirlwind of a ride as Mother Nature popped in to visit for to flood out Friday night’s double-header at home to open up the bi-district round of the Class 4A, Region III playoffs against the Robinson Rockets (23-4-1). Heavy thunderstorms moved across Mexia, flooding Black Cat Field and forcing the Blackcats and Rockets to move their game to the Franklin Ranch baseball complex just outside of Franklin. Forced to play only one game that night, both teams had to wait for the conclusion of the Clifton-Rogers game, which ended around 9:30 p.m. To read more on this story, pick up a copy of Tuesday's edition of The Mexia News, or subscribe to our online edition.

Wed
06
May

'Cats face No. 1 seeded Robinson

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Opening round of the bi-district baseball playoffs begin this weekend, as Mexia gets ready to host the Robinson Rockets in games 1-2 Friday night at Black Cat Field.
Robinson is the No. 1 seed from District 17-4A with an overall record of 21-4.
The Rockets are led offensively by six players with batting averages of more than .300 and they are Pat Morrow (.388, 19 hits, 11 RBI), Daylan McWhorter (.356, 21 hits, 12 RBI), Tanner James (.333, 20 hits, 17 RBI, 1 HR), Brady Rasner (.318), Mason Cooper (.317) and Michael Davila (.305, 18 hits, 14 RBI, 1 HR).

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