Sports

Fri
23
Jan

Parent Night


Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

Tuesday night was Parent Night prior to the start of the Mexia Ladycats basketball game with Groesbeck. All players were escorted onto the court by their parents, including outgoing seniors pictured here. On the left is Katilyn Gipson, accompanied by Carolyn Gipson; Taylor Porter, escorted by parents Deborah and Cedric Porter, and Abrian Shaw, with Deon and Bubba Weathers.

Fri
23
Jan

Lady Bulldogs’ rally saves playoff hopes


Elisha Libhart is shown scoring 2 of her 13 points to help the Lady Bulldogs come away with the win over Kerens Tuesday night at home. The final score was Wortham 52, Kerens 48. Mexia News photo/Jennifer Lansford

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With five district games remaining, it is difficult to say the season hinged on a Lady Bulldog win Tuesday over Kerens, but a loss would have devastating to Wortham’s playoff hopes.
A pair of big baskets by Elisha Libhart and clutch free throws from Kendle Rhodes in the final minute was the difference, though, as Wortham topped Kerens 52-48.
Wortham (20-4/4-3) was coming off back-to-back losses for the first time this year, falling to fourth in the district race. In the first half it looked as though the Lady Bulldogs would cruise past Kerens on the hot shooting of Kamarie Freeman and the team’s 29 rebounds.

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Fri
23
Jan

Second half sinks Bulldogs as Kerens takes win, 56-35


Jordan Lansford goes in with the lay-up for 2 of his 13 points for the night as the Wortham Bulldogs played Kerens Tuesday night. The Bulldogs lead Kerens going into the half, but couldn’t hold on in the end. Kerens ended up with the win, with a final score of Wortham 38, Kerens 57. Mexia News photo/Jennifer Lansford

By Mike Eddleman
Publisher
For the first two quarters, the Wortham Bulldogs held down Kerens with both teams struggling from the floor, but the visitors’ offense came alive in the second half, running away with a 56-35 win.
The Bulldogs won a messy first half, where both teams struggled from the floor. After Kerens took a 2-0 lead, Cesar Ruiz tied the game, before Cole Shivers sank a pair of free throws and Daniel Trantham hit one to take a 5-2 lead. Trantham scored underneath on the next possession and Wortham led 7-2.
Kerens managed only two field goals in the first quarter and four in the second and were out-rebounded in the half 15-11 by a hustling Bulldogs squad.
Jordan Lansford helped Wortham maintain the lead going into the half, ring the team’s final six points of the second quarter, including the final bucket of the half to regain the lead, 18-17.

Fri
23
Jan

Six Blackcats selected to spots on Super Centex team

Mexia News Staff Report

Six Mexia Blackcat football players have been selected to the 2014 Super Centex Football Team that was released by the Waco Tribune on Sunday, Jan. 18.
Players named to the team were Draeshaun Hanna, Tyrik Ray, Matron Gerald, Jaylen Gipson, Demitri Freeman and Karoan Tatum.
Hanna made the first team at running back. The 6-0, 190 lb. senior helped lead the Blackcats to a district championship, rushing for 2,187 yards on 209 carries and scoring 28 touchdowns. He also had two touchdowns coming out of the backfield as a receiver.

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Fri
23
Jan

Get tickets now for annual football banquet

Start marking your calendars Mexia Blackcat fans, because Thursday, Jan. 29, is the annual football banquet!
The event is set for 6:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church’s Christian Life Center, 500 E. Carthage St. in Mexia.
The Blackcat student athletes as well as cheerleaders will be introduced to those attending, and many awards will be presented. The highlight of the evening will be presentation of the Shield of Honor, which is given to the athlete who epitomizes not only great athletic ability but is best all-around in qualities of sportsmanship, leadership and academics.
Tickets for the event are $10 and may be purchased at Womack Insurance and Realty Service beginning Jan. 21.

Fri
23
Jan

Yellow Jackets win 19th game in a row

Mexia News Staff Report

Wed
14
Jan

Coolidge boys, girls obliterate Penelope

The No. 11 ranked Coolidge Lady Yellow Jackets keep on rolling as they easily handled the Penelope Lady Wolverines Tuesday night on the road, 68-17.
Coolidge - ranked No. 2 in the Texas Girls Coaches Association state poll released late Monday - held back from their seemingly normal 30 plus first quarter scoring spree of late, settling for just 20, while holding Penelope to zero.
The Lady Yellow Jackets added 18 more in the second quarter, allowing the Lady Wolverines to score a bucket for good measure, taking a 38-2 lead at the half.
Dianna Kirven and Adrianna Jones did most of their damage in the first half, combining for 31 of Coolidge's 38 points scored in periods one and two.
Jones guided the Lady Yellow Jackets offense for the most part in the second half, scoring 14.
Jones led all scorers with 27 in the game, while Dianna Kirven finished with 26.

Wed
14
Jan

Ladycats clamp down on Madisonville


Mexia’s Tee Owens forces the action inside the paint and draws a foul from the Lady Mustangs Latavia Byrd (12) in early in the fourth quarter Tuesday night. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

­By Mike Eddleman
Publisher
The No. 22 Mexia Ladycats aced an early district test at home Tuesday, downing the No. 11 Madisonville Lady Mustangs, 45-37.
Coach Randy Barger anticipated a low-scoring affair and that’s what he got, as defense was the key to victory.
“We knew this would not be a high-scoring game,” he said. “They are very disciplined and play great defense.”
Mexia (17-5) countered Madisonville’s (17-5) two playmakers and size advantage by changing the defense multiple times throughout the game, sometimes playing the Ladycats’ signature man defense, then switching to different zone looks.
“We knew we’d have to change defenses throughout the game and we were able to do that and be successful,” Barger said.

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Sat
10
Jan

Coolidge girls clobber Bynum, Penelope up next

The No. 3 ranked Coolidge Lady Yellow Jackets stung the Bynum Lady Bulldogs rather convincingly Tuesday evening as they swarmed out to a Dianna Kirven led the Lady Yellow Jackets with 25 of her game high 28 in the first half alone, while teammate Adrianna Jones tapped out with 20.

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Sat
10
Jan

Yellowjackets set scoring record


Coolidgeʼs Roʼderick Calhoun (shown in this file photo) had a career game against the Bynum Bulldogs Tuesday night, leading the Yellow Jackets to a 117-43 win after finishing the contest with 46 points.

The No. 9 ranked Coolidge Yellow Jackets took no mercy on the Bynum Bulldogs Tuesday night, in setting a school record for most points in a game with their 117-43 win on the road.

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