Sports

Fri
15
Nov

Ladycats still tops in state

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

The Lady Blackcats maintained their No. 1 ranking in the state last Friday night against Caldwell, beating the Lady Hornets by the score of 59-30.

The reigning Class 3A state champions were led by sophomore point guard Na’tesha Owens, who scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds, dished out 10 assists and had nine steals in the game, picking up where she left off last season.

Kaitlyn Gibson scored 16 points for the Lady Cats, Bremeshia Owens knocked down 11, freshman Soroya Hollie finished with eight points.

Also contributing on the boards and defensively were Jynesha Jackson (9 Reb., 4 steals), Tyesha Johnson (5 Reb., 2 steals) and Hollie (4 Reb., 4 assists and 5 steals). Akasha Anderson grabbed four boards in the Mexia win.

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Fri
15
Nov

Ladycats still tops in state

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

The Lady Blackcats maintained their No. 1 ranking in the state last Friday night against Caldwell, beating the Lady Hornets by the score of 59-30.

The reigning Class 3A state champions were led by sophomore point guard Na’tesha Owens, who scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds, dished out 10 assists and had nine steals in the game, picking up where she left off last season.

Kaitlyn Gibson scored 16 points for the Lady Cats, Bremeshia Owens knocked down 11, freshman Soroya Hollie finished with eight points.

Also contributing on the boards and defensively were Jynesha Jackson (9 Reb., 4 steals), Tyesha Johnson (5 Reb., 2 steals) and Hollie (4 Reb., 4 assists and 5 steals). Akasha Anderson grabbed four boards in the Mexia win.

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

Wed
06
Nov

Reeves earns national honor after record-breaking game


Broderick Reeves

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

Former Mexia Blackcat running back Broderick Reeves had the breakout game of his college career this past Saturday against McMurry University.

Reeves, a freshman backup running back for the University of Incarnate Word Cardinals filled in for injured starter Junior Sessions, who left the game in the early part of the second quarter.

Reeves came off the bench and ended up setting four school records with six touchdowns and 244 yards rushing on 23 carries, tacking on another 31 yards in receptions giving him a total of 275 yards in the game.

With Reeves’ brilliant performance, UIW (5-4) managed to hang on for a 47-43 come from behind win.

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Mon
04
Nov

Injuries a big factor in loss to Wildcats

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

Friday night seemed to have a different feel to it and with several Blackcat players out with injuries or given limited playing time due to working their way back from an injury, something just didn’t seem right in the 32-13 loss to the Palestine Wildcats.

The night started off with a bang as kick returner Danny Huckaby took the football the length of the playing field for an apparent Mexia touchdown, which would have put the Blackcats on top.

But that play seemed to be the terminus of Mexia’s night when the site of an official’s yellow handkerchief found a resting spot back around the Blackcats 15-yard line.

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Wed
30
Oct

Lady Bulldogs sweep rivals

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

Add two more to the win column for the Wortham Lady Bulldogs after sweeping matches against Trinidad, 25-6, 25-5, 25-5, and Dawson, 25-12, 25-16, 25-18.

“Our ladies really stepped it up last week and played with a high level of intensity,” said Coach Johnny Ward. “We continue to work hard in practice and it seems like we are peaking at the right time.”

Peaking they are as their district record improved to 10-3 and 23-13 overall, but that’s not all: The Lady Bulldogs have qualified for the playoffs for the 15th straight season.

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Wed
30
Oct

Wortham Lady Dawgs pass 20-win mark

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

The Lady Bulldogs hit 20 plus wins after winning both their matches, one against Coolidge on Tuesday, Oct. 15, and the other against Hubbard last Saturday, Oct. 19.

On Tuesday, Wortham took down the Lady Yellow Jackets in three sets, 25-9, 25-21, 25-20, thanks in part to the hands of Katie Looney (17/18 serves, 2 aces) and Kendle Rhodes (16/16 serves, 5 aces) combined efforts at the service line.

Kierra Busby finished the match with 13 kills, Elisha Libhart posted nine kills, Camey Shaffer had six and Hannah McCord punched down four kills.

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Mon
28
Oct

Speights thriving at UT-Dallas


Former Lady Cat Mary Speights, above, is doing very well as a UT-Dallas Comet, leading the team in digs. Contributed photo

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

It’s been a glorious season so far for former Mexia Lady Cat volleyball player Mary Speights. After a successful high school career as a setter for Mexia, Speights has moved into the libero position for the University of Texas at Dallas Comets, a Division III college, where she leads the team in digs, averaging 4.20 per set so far during her freshman season.

Her play in an interpod tournament the week of Oct. 15-19 earned her the American Southwest Conference Defensive Player of the Week after helping UTD win three ASC matches over Concordia University, the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor and Sul Ross State. She finished the weekend with 24 digs in the four-set match against Concordia, 21 digs in a five-set match with Mary Hardin-Baylor and 15 digs against Sul Ross State in a four set match. She also had three aces during the interpod tournament.

Mon
28
Oct

Despite big loss, playoff hopes alive

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

Last Friday night was not the type of game plan Mexia head coach Lamonte Chambers and the rest of the Blackcats coaching staff had in mind going up against the No. 6 ranked Fairfield Eagles (3-0, 9-0).

But in their defense, when a team goes up against another team that is clearly “in the zone” it really doesn’t matter what type of plan you have and no matter how hard you play, sometimes teams like that are virtually unstoppable.

And right now, the Eagles are that team at this point in District 19-3A.

Mexia literally had a chance early to stand toe-to-toe with the Eagles after Fairfield went up 7-0 with 9:12 to play in the first quarter. The Blackcats took the kickoff up near the 35 yard line to begin their first series of the game.

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Wed
23
Oct

Lady Cats head into hoops season ranked first in state

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

The pre-season polls are out for Texas high school girls’ basketball and the top dog – or rather cat that is – in Class 3A statewide is none other than your Mexia Lady Cats at No. 1.

Last season the Lady Cats weren’t expected to go much higher than a share of the district title with Fairfield – which escaped them after suffering both district losses to the hands of the Lady Eagles – and didn’t get a whole lot of respect in the polls either.

It took going undefeated in the playoffs and winning two games at the state tournament, including the championship against a tough Kennedale team (ranked No. 2 pre-season) in which the Lady Cats won, 67-62, for their first state crown in school history, in order for the team to gain respect across the state.

But Lady Cat fans knew all along that last season’s team was something more than special. They were champions, both in their hearts and on the court.

Mon
21
Oct

Groesbeck, Wortham defeated during Blackcat bye week

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

With Mexia on a bye week there were only two teams in the area that played last Friday night, the Groesbeck Goats and Wortham Bulldogs.

Groesbeck hosted the No. 6 ranked Fairfield Eagles with the result not a pretty one for the Goats.

The Eagles used a balanced running attack in their powerhouse Larry Rose (10-207-4) and Dominic Brackens (14-122) and led 34-0 at the end of the first quarter on their way to a 55-7 win.

The Eagles improved to 8-0 on the season and 2-0 in District play.
Groesbeck suffered their second straight loss in District 19-3A and fell to 3-5 on the year and 0-2 in district.

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