Sports

Mon
09
Nov

Longtime sportswriter, Blackcat fan Wright honored

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Friday was declared Bob Wright Day as the former longtime sports writer and publisher for The Mexia News, received recognition during halftime at the Battle of the River game, for his dedication to covering the Mexia Blackcats football team for more than 50 years.
Wright spent most of Friday in Mexia, giving a speech during the pre-game pep rally.
Back in May of this year, he was inducted into the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame.
During his journalism career, Wright’s talents ranged from writing feature stories to obituaries for The Mexia Daily News, then The Mexia News, but felt most relaxed in covering the Blackcats each and every Friday night up until he retired in November of 2010, although he still writes a column that appears each week for the paper.
Friday night he enjoyed sitting up in the press box in his old spot, while visiting with colleagues from his days of covering football.

Wed
04
Nov

Coolidge's ORtiz headed to state -- again!

Mexia News Staff Report

Wed
04
Nov

Friday Night Football Previews

Friday Night Football Previews

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Friday night will be the 77th meeting between the Blackcats of Mexia and the Goats from Groesbeck in the annual Battle of the River game that will be played at Black Cat Field beginning at 7:30 p.m.
This year’s game will have a lot riding on it as Groesbeck is still looking to fill the final playoff spot in District 7-4A DII.
Fairfield and Lorena are playing each other for the top spot this week as both teams are undefeated in district play going into Friday night’s game.
Mexia (2-2, 5-4) is already in and is currently sitting in third place in the district. Groesbeck (1-3, 5-4) would have to win Friday’s game with the Blackcats by 10 or more to jump into Mexia’s spot. If that were to happen, Mexia would drop to the fourth and final playoff spot.
There is one other team that factors in and that’s Waco Connally.

Mon
02
Nov

Penalties, turnovers add up against Fairfield

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The Blackcats were hoping for a better result last Friday night, especially playing on a turf field in the rain, but unfortunately, it didn’t turn out that way. Mexia’s offense was unable to get things going again this week and managed only 154 yards of total offense.
Defense was the name of the game in the first quarter of play with both sides holding the offenses to no points.
Fairfield made the first deep drive of the game late in the first quarter and into the beginning of the second, when they advanced the ball inside the Mexia red zone, but the Blackcats’ J.J. Davis came up with a fumble recovery to end the Eagles scoring threat.
Mexia tried to move the ball, but ended up having to punt.

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

Mon
02
Nov

Ladycats head to playoffs Tuesday

Mexia News Staff Report

The Mexia Ladycats will be the No. 4 seed heading into this afternoon’s bi-district game with the Class 4A No. 3 ranked Robinson Lady Rockets (40-5).
The game is scheduled to be played at Corsicana High School at 7:30 p.m.
Mexia finished 2-6 in District 18-4A, while Robinson finished 10-0 in District 17-4A this volleyball season.
First place Fairfield (18-4A) will take on District 17-4A’s No. 4 seed, Gatesville tonight at 7 p.m. at Waco Midway High School in Hewitt.
Groesbeck, the No. 2 seed from District 18-4A, takes on District 17-4A’s No. 3 seeded China Spring at Waco University High School beginning at 7 p.m. tonight.
No. 3 seed Madisonville (18-4A) will play District 17-4A’s No. 2 seed and No. 11 ranked Class 2A team in the state, Lorena, tonight at Fairfield High School starting at 7 p.m.

Mon
02
Nov

District Champ Lady Bulldogs chill Frost

Mexia News Staff Report

After finishing off Class 2A’s No. 12 ranked Dawson Bulldogs last Tuesday night to wrap up the district title, the Wortham Lady Bulldogs wasted little time in getting back on the court Saturday morning for a warm-up game with the Frost Lady Polar Bears.
Frost went into the match unranked with a record of 32-8 and undefeated (14-0) in District 12-2A.
Wortham, ranked No. 3 in Class 2A, held off the Lady Polar Bears in three sets, 25-21, 25-17, 25-19, to improve to 34-6 on the season.
Trinity Shivers led the Lady Bulldogs with 13 kills, eight blocks, five digs and 12-13 serving. Kate Vogel stepped in to slam down 12 kills and came up with 15 digs.

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

Mon
02
Nov

Coolidge glides past Bynum

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
“It’s do or die time,” said coach Randy Jones, talking about Coolidge’s final District 14-1A 6-Man game against the second place, No. 3-ranked Abbott Panthers.
The Yellowjackets – playing at home Saturday, due to heavy rains again – breezed past the Bynum Bulldogs in their Week 10 game, 50-0.
Currently, Coolidge is in the same position they’ve been in the last couple of seasons, with Abbott and Milford sitting in the number one and two spots in the district, but with the Panthers losing Friday night to the Bulldogs, 52-40, this week’s game becomes very crucial and puts the team in a “must win” situation in order to finish in the No. 2 spot, to make the playoffs.
Class 1A only allows the top two teams from each district to advance to post season play.
“We’ve got some good talent,” said Jones. “We’ve just got to be mentally ready to play and put points up on the board.”

Wed
28
Oct

Lady ‘Dawgs sweep all district foes

Mexia News Staff Report

The Class 2A No. 3 ranked Wortham Lady Bulldogs have done it again!
The team completed their sweep (in wins) of district competitors for the second year in a row after defeating the No. 12-ranked Dawson Lady Bulldogs (10-2, 25-7) Tuesday night on the road, 25-19, 25-11, 23-25, 25-14, to remain undefeated with a 12-0 mark, pushing their season record to 33-6 overall.
Coach Johnny Ward’s team recorded 10 match sweeps in district play this season, with second place Dawson being the only team to push the Lady Bulldogs into playing four or more sets in a match in each of their two district games.

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
28
Oct

Coolidge falls to Eagles Monday

Coolidge’s game against Avalon was moved from Friday night to Monday, due to heavy rain in the region all weekend, but the Yellowjackets – despite not having six of their players, due to the Class 1A cross-country regional meet – pulled out a 30-14 win over the Eagles at home.
Quarterback Wanya’ Jones got the Yellowjackets on the board first with a 5-yard pass to Manuel Santa Cruz, giving Coolidge an early 8-0 lead at the close of the first quarter.
The Yellowjackets added two more touchdowns in the second quarter when Darion McClendon scored on a 3-yard run and Jones connected with Santa Cruz on a 15-yard pass, pushing Coolidge’s lead to 22-0.

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
28
Oct

Forecast calls for tough football conditions this weekend

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The final two games of District 7-4A DII will be crucial for several teams that are still in the hunt for the final two playoff spots. So far this season, Fairfield and Lorena have secured a spot in post season play, with both teams picking up close wins last Friday night.
The Mexia Blackcats (2-1, 5-3) have regrouped this week after falling to Lorena last Friday night on a rain drenched Black Cat Field, 14-7.
Coach Lamonte Chambers should have one of his offensive starters, Matron Gerald, back in the lineup to help out in an offense that has been sluggish of late.
The Blackcats only touchdown in last week’s game came on a defensive interception return by Deandray Williams.

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

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