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Wed
22
Jan

20th-ranked Blackcats top century mark in Groesbeck

By Mike Eddleman
Publisher

There was much fanfare and excitement in Groesbeck prior to Tuesday’s rivalry game against Mexia, but from the tip it was all Blackcats as they rolled to a 105-57 victory.

Mexia – ranked 20th in the latest statewide 3A poll – has won three straight by an average of 43 points.

“We have gained our intensity back,” said Mexia coach Tony Leamon. “The Fairfield loss woke us up and the kids have done a great job in practice since then working hard in practice and working extra on their shooting.”

The Blackcats were firing on all cylinders, driving to the basket and drawing fouls, finding the open man under the basket or just spotting up for a long three-pointer and knocking it down. Mexia held a modest 23-15 lead after the first quarter, but exploded for 37 in the second for a 60-26 halftime advantage.

To read more, pick up a copy of Thursday's Mexia News, or subscribe to our e-edition.

Mon
20
Jan

Soto sets meet records

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

Saturday was a record-setting day for Mexia powerlifter Noemi Soto as she set three meet records at the Bosqueville event.

Soto, who was in the 198 Class last year dropped down to the 181 Class this season, won her weight class with a total of 1,000 lbs. lifted. The records that dropped were in the Squat (450 lbs.), Deadlift (370 lbs.) and total pounds lifted.

This was also the first meet of the year for Mexia, so naturally there were a few butterflies going in but overall, Coach Kent Richey was proud of the way the Blackcat squad competed and helped each other out.

“She (Soto) did a good job,” said Coach Kent Richey. “I’m proud of all our kids. They did a great job today, competed well and they represented Mexia High School well.”

To read more, pick up a copy of Tuesday's Mexia News, or subscribe to our e-edition.

Mon
20
Jan

Blackcats regain mojo; clobber Rusk Eagles Friday


Damian Matthews (shown here from a previous game) dominated the glass in Friday night’s game against Rusk. The 6’ 4” senior forward set a school record with 20 rebounds as Mexia defeated Rusk, 79-32. Mexia News file photo

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

The Blackcats were back in form Friday night as they shot down the Rusk Eagles on the road, 79-32.

Damain Matthews set a school record in the rebounding department, grabbing a career high 20 boards in the game. Teammate LaVictor McKnight held the record up until Friday night’s contest when he pulled down 17 in a game last season. Both Matthews and McKnight led the team in scoring with 16 points each.

Mexia started the game strong using pressure defense and converting turnovers into points and led 20-5 at the end of the first quarter.

Coach Tony Leamon gave the starters a lot of rest and rotated his bench in and out as much as possible through the first three quarters.

To read more, pick up a copy of Tuesday's Mexia News, or subscribe to our e-edition.

Fri
17
Jan

Blackcats drop two matches

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

The Blackcats soccer team lost both of their matches on Thursday at the Wildcat Soccer Tournament being held in Palestine this weekend.

In the first match, Mexia fell to host Palestine, 4-1, with Raul Garcia scoring the lone goal in the match for the Blackcats.

Match two held the identical score as the first one did, with the advantage in Whitehouse’s favor. Emilio Iwabuchi scored Mexia’s only goal in that match.

To read more, pick up a copy of Saturday's Mexia News, or subscribe to our e-edition.

Wed
15
Jan

Girls, boys bounce back to throttle Palestine


Blackcats head basketball coach Anthony Leamon talks strategy with his players during Friday’s game against Fairfield. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Mike Eddleman
Publisher

Both the boys and girls varsity basketball teams took one on the chin last Friday night in Fairfield so Tuesday was an opportunity to get back to their game at home – running the floor and keeping the pressure on. The Ladycats got things started by running away with a 65-29 victory, then the boys closed the evening with a 79-46 thumping of the visiting Palestine Wildcats on a night where the visitors were forced into a combined 79 turnovers and scored only 75 points.

Ladycats
The Mexia girls never trailed. With a 4-3 lead midway through the first quarter, back-to-back buckets by Jy Jackson and Tee Owens increased the lead to five and the Ladycats never looked back.

Mon
13
Jan

Ladycats, Blackcats both fall to Fairfield Friday


Danny Huckaby works through defenders to put the ball up in the Blackcats game against Fairfield Friday night. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

What happens in Fairfield stays in Fairfield.

That’s probably the thinking of both the Blackcats and Lady Cats coaching staffs at this moment as both squads dropped games this past Friday night in Eagle Country.

The Ladycats scratched and clawed all game long, but the shots just wouldn’t fall as Fairfield dictated the scoring for a 62-33 win at home.

The Lady Eagles came out on fire to start the game, scoring three quick baskets to take a 6-0 lead.

To read more, pick up a copy of Tuesday's Mexia News, or subscribe to our e-edition.

Mon
06
Jan

Blackcats face Mabank, Athens

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

After whipping up on Mabank at the Fairfield Invitational in December, the No. 18 ranked Mexia Blackcats had their hands full this time on their home court, barely coming away with a 10-point win, 47-37.

Mexia led at the half, 25-18, but Mabank outscored the Blackcats in the third period, 14-9, to cut their seven-point deficit down to two, 34-32.

The Blackcats bounced back in the final period to hold on for the win.

Danny Huckaby and Curk Harris were the only Mexia players to score in double figures. Huckaby finished the rare day game with 12 points, while Harris dished in 11.

To read more, pick up a copy of Tuesday's Mexia News, or subscribe to our e-edition.

Mon
06
Jan

Girls outlast Groesbeck in district opener

By Mike Eddleman
Publisher

The old saying goes, “the best offense is a good defense.” If the phrase has ever been true it was Friday night when the Ladycats held off Groesbeck in their district opener for 45-41 victory.

Mexia coach Randy Barger admitted the offense was not there Friday, and the team would have to improve on its free throw shooting down the stretch, but he was pleased with his team.

“We’re a defensive team and that’s where we’re going to have success,” he said. “This may be one of the most important games for us. They are improving and our mentality was we couldn’t lose this game.”

They couldn’t and they didn’t, making up for offensive struggles by keeping the pressure on all night by forcing more turnovers – 42 – than points allowed and keeping pace on the boards against the much taller Groesbeck squad. Mexia was out-rebounded 33 to 26, but it was enough to keep the edge.

Mon
06
Jan

Numerous Blackcats named to All-District football team

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

The 2013 19-3A All-District football team has been released, which includes 19 players from Mexia that made it on the list.

It’s no surprise that state runner-up Fairfield dominated the all-district team in the superlatives category, as well as most of the rest of the list.

Coach of the Year went to John Bachtel and his staff. District Most Valuable Player went to Larry Rose of Fairfield, while teammates Jacob Gallegos and Jeremiah Simpson took Offensive MVP and Defensive MVP honors respectively.

The Blackcats freshman quarterback Jaylon Gipson was named the district’s Newcomer of the Year.

To read more, pick up a copy of Tuesday's Mexia News, or subscribe to our e-edition.

Fri
03
Jan

Blackcats win two, lose two at Whataburger Tourney


Trey Barstow hits a jumper during game action against Alvarado at the Whataburger Basketball Tournament held last weekend in Fort Worth. Mexia News photos/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

The Blackcats collected a little sweet revenge in their final game of the 2013 Whataburger Basketball Tournament last Saturday.

Although Mexia fell short in their bid to overtake the Alvarado Indians on the gridiron this past football season, the Blackcats ended up defeating them on the hardwood pretty handily, 66-55.

The Indians came out raining down three-pointers at the start to go up 9-3, but Mexia’s steady defense halted that flood and the offense, led by Trey Barstow’s six points and Ike Jones five, helped put the game back into perspective as the Blackcats moved on top by the close of the quarter, 20-16.

Mexia led at the half, 34-27.

To read more, pick up a copy of Saturday's Mexia News, or subscribe to our e-edition.

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