Sports

Wed
18
May

Beachum kids football camp this Saturday

Mexia News Staff Report

The list of NFL stars coming to Kelvin Beachum’s third annual Community Football Camp, that will be held at Black Cat Field this coming Saturday has grown tremendously.
Campers will have the opportunity to receive skills instruction from some of football’s best players, which include Beachum himself, Houston Texans Jeff Allen, Pittsburgh Steelers Mike Adams, Maurkice Pouncey and Ramon Foster, former Steeler/free agent Will Allen, retired NFL player – and Fairfield native – Tony Brackens, Jeremy Parnell and Davon House (Beachum’s Jacksonville Jaguar teammates), Baltimore Ravens Chris Carter, Atlanta Falcons Aldrick Robinson, former Arizona Cardinal/free agent Bryan McCann, retired NFL player – and Wortham native – Charles Davis, former NFL and CFL player Youri Yenga, retired NFL player Reggie Dupard, New York Giant Will Johnson, Green Bay Packer Chris Banjo, Buffalo Bills Sterling Moore and the Calgary Stampeders Taylor Reed.

Wed
18
May

Happy landing

Courtesy photo/Scott W. Coleman

Coolidge’s Delvin Smith lands hard during the Class 1A boys’ long jump event at the state track meet Saturday morning in Austin. Smith ended up finishing sixth overall in the event.

Mon
16
May

Bulldog match ends Wortham baseball team hopes

Wortham’s Trent Williams shows good form on his RBI double swing that scored Jordan Lansford on the play, during Friday’s area playoff game against Bosqueville.

Mexia News Staff Report

The Wortham Bulldogs playoff run came to an end last Friday evening at home, as they fell to the Bosqueville Bulldogs, 13-3, in the Class 2A area baseball playoffs.
Bosqueville took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second, but Wortham responded with a run to tie the game after Trent Williams singled and Rudy Miller doubled in Vontray Cooper (running for Williams).
Bosqueville regained the lead in the third, scoring seven runs to go up 8-1, then added another score in the fourth to make it a 9-1 ball game.
Wortham crossed home twice in the bottom of the fourth to cut Bosqueville’s lead down to six, 9-3.
In the inning for the Bulldogs, Cole Shivers led off with a single, followed by Jordan Lansford’s RBI triple to right field. Lansford came in to score on Williams RBI double to left.

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
16
May

Coolidge girls track team scores silver at state meet

Adrianna Jones takes the baton from her teammate during the Class 1A girls’ 4x100 meter relay race at the state track meet in Austin Saturday afternoon. Coolidge came away with a second place finish in the race.  Courtesy photo/Scott W. Coleman
Coolidge’s Delvin Smith lands hard during the Class 1A boys’ long jump event at the state track meet Saturday morning in Austin. Smith ended up finishing sixth overall in the event.  Courtesy photo/Scott W. Crawford

Mexia News Staff Report

Coolidge sent their girls’ 4x100 meter relay team to the Class 1A state track meet in Austin this past weekend and the squad came back with silver medals with their second place finish.
The team of Taysia Kirven, Adrianna Jones, Salma Ortiz and Tionna Kirven turned in a time of 50.49, finishing behind a Burton team that ended up setting the Conference 1A record for the second consecutive year with a 49.97, eclipsing their mark of 50.08 set during last year’s state track meet.
The Coolidge team came into the race as the No. 5 seed after finishing up at regionals with a time of 51.57. They ended up cutting their time at the state track meet down by over a full second.
Boys’ long jumper, Delvin Smith, who was competing in his fourth straight state track meet, came in sixth place overall for Coolidge with a jump of 20-02.25, just shy of his 21-00 mark he set at regionals.

Mon
16
May

Mexia’s Tee Owens finds gold at state 4A tournament

LEFT: Mexia Ladycat Tee Owens, center, proudly stands with her coaches to display the first place medal she won in the Class 4A girls’ long jump at the state track meet. Pictured with Owens, at left, coach Britney Collins and her daughter, coach Randy Barger (next to Tee) and coach Nohe Komal, right.  Courtesy photo/ Coach Lamonte Chambers
LEFT: Mexia’s Darius Dorsey gets ready to head up the first leg for the Blackcats 4x200 meter relay team after rain and lightning in the area delayed the start of the race for several hours Saturday afternoon in Austin at the state track and field meet.  Photo courtesy of  Scott W. Coleman

Mexia News Staff Report

Fri
13
May

Ladycats represented well on all-district softball team

Mexia senior McKenzie Bain has been named to the 18-4A all-district softball first team as an infielder.

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The Mexia Ladycats landed 11 spots on the 2016 18-4A all-district softball team that was released earlier this week.
Senior McKenzie Bain made first team all-district as an infielder. She led the team in batting during the regular season with a .565 average and had a total of 39 hits, 28 runs scored, 28 RBI, 15 doubles, eight triples and two home runs. She was also named to the district’s all-academic team as well.
Bain will be playing for the Navarro Bulldog softball team next season.
Teammates Priscilla Garcia, Angel Carroll (both juniors) and Elaina Molina, a sophomore, earned spots on the district’s second team.
Garcia played infield for the Ladycats this season, batting .387 with 29 hits, 35 runs scored, 12 RBI, five doubles, three triples, a home run and seven stolen bases. She was also named to the district’s all-academic team.

Fri
13
May

Coach Ramey leaving for Kansas college

Mexia head basketball coach Billy Ramey is stepping down to pursue an assistant coaching job at McPherson College in Kansas.

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
After one season, Mexia Blackcats head basketball coach Billy Ramey is stepping down to pursue the opportunity to coach at the college level.
Ramey has accepted a job offer as an assistant coach at McPherson College in Kansas.
Ramey stepped in last season and led the Blackcats to a district title and a 21-10 record overall.
The team made it to the area round of the 2015-16 UIL Class 4A basketball playoffs.
“This is something I’ve dreamed about since I was a kid,” said Ramey. “My wife has been very supportive and this is something I think will be beneficial for my family.”
Ramey informed the team that he would be leaving at the end of the school year on Friday and told them they would always be a part of his basketball family and the memories made this past season.
“I thank all of the guys and enjoyed coaching them,” Ramey said. “I’m proud of them … they’re a great bunch of guys!”

Fri
13
May

Sports in Brief

Volunteers needed for football camp
Volunteers are still needed for the third annual Kelvin Beachum Community Football Camp that will be held Saturday, May 21.
So far, the camp has plenty of youth volunteers and is in search of more adult volunteers to help out.
Two sessions are available – morning and afternoon.
People interested in volunteering may send an email to: ccrowe@cis-hot.org
Volunteers should include in the email their name (first and last), email address, phone number, session availability (a.m., p.m. or both), their age and special needs (if any).

Wed
11
May

New date announced for Wortham playoff

Mexia News
Staff Report

After sweeping the Italy Gladiators last weekend to capture the Class 2A Region II bi-district baseball crown, the Wortham Bulldogs were all set to begin a best of three series against Bosqueville for the area championship this weekend in Waco.
That’s all changed, though.
With everything set to go, Bosqueville threw a wrench into the works Tuesday morning.
After both sides met in a late-morning meeting Tuesday, the teams changed the game to this Friday at 5 p.m. in Wortham in a one-game playoff.
The winner will advance to the Class 2A Region II regional quarterfinals.

Wed
11
May

Volunteers needed for camp

Campers warm up before the start of football drills at last year’s Second Annual Community Football Camp.

Mexia News Staff Report

Volunteers are still needed for the third annual Kelvin Beachum Community Football Camp that will be held Saturday, May 21.
So far, the camp has plenty of youth volunteers and is in search of more adult volunteers to help out.
Two sessions are available – morning and afternoon.
People interested in volunteering may send an email to: ccrowe@cis-hot.org
Volunteers should include in the email their name (first and last), email address, phone number, session availability (a.m., p.m. or both), their age and special needs (if any).

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