Sports

Wed
15
Jun

Mexia’s Marberry standout pitcher in early pro baseball

Fred “Firpo” Marberry, pictured here during his pitching days with the Washington Senators, made his home in Mexia after retirement from Major League Baseball.

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
He might not be a household name these days, but there was a time his name was mentioned often, more than likely by local town folk gathered at the coffee shop, sipping their morning coffee and browsing through the sports section of the newspaper.
They would probably have been conversing about what happened in the Washington Senators game – no, not the political ones, but the baseball team – or the Detroit Tigers, depending on what year it was.
After all, one particular player who played for both of those teams got his start playing for the Mexia Gushers baseball nine back in 1922, when the team was a member of the Texas-Oklahoma League.
From there, he went on to play for the Little Rock Travelers of the Southern Association before his contract was sold to the Washington Senators in 1923.
So who is this mystery fella that ended up going from semi-pro to professional in such a short time?

Mon
13
Jun

Blue team wins Victory Bowl volleyball; Red takes baseball

Coolidge’s Adrianna Jones goes up for the kill during the red team’s game against the blue team Saturday afternoon at the third annual FCA Victory Bowl volleyball match.
Groesbeck’s Shelby West, left, and Mexia’s Amy Killingsworth, right, were cheering the blue team from the sidelines at the eighth annual FCA Victory Bowl football game.

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The blue team took a 2-1 series lead after winning the 2016 FCA Victory Bowl volleyball match held Saturday afternoon at University High School in Waco.
The blue took a 1-0 match lead after winning the opening set, 25-18. The red team evened it up by taking the second set 25-19, but strong play at the net for the blue team proved a bit much as they ended up taking the final two games by identical scores of 25-18 in each.
Coolidge’s Adrianna Jones made some key plays at the net for the red team, playing mostly as an outside hitter in the first two games of the match.
Jones ended up with three kills, a block, three assists and two digs for the red team.

Mon
13
Jun

Victory Bowl games unite former rivals

Mexia’s Tyrik Ray came up with some big tackles for the blue team Saturday evening at the eighth annual FCA Victory Bowl football game.
Mexia’s Matron Gerald took the opening kickoff for the blue team, running the ball back for about a 24-yard gain.
Wortham’s Jordan Lansford opens up some running room for the red team ball carrier with this block.
Coolidge’s Delvin Smith saw time at the receiver position for the red team during the eight annual FCA Victory Bowl football game.

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Spending the last several football seasons as rivals, Mexia’s Tyrik Ray and Matron Gerald combined forces with Groesbeck’s Jaylon Medlock to contribute to the blue team’s 7-6 win over the red team Saturday night in the eighth annual Fellowship of Christian Athletes Victory Bowl played out at Waco ISD Stadium.
All three Limestone County athletes came up with several key plays in the win.
Gerald took the game opening kickoff from his own eight-yard line and returned the ball for a gain of 24 yards to give the blue team good field position.
But instead of a lot of offensive flare as witnessed in some of the previous bowl games, this one turned out to be more of a war in the trenches.

Fri
10
Jun

Three Coolidge players chosen to play in all-star games

Coolidge’s Ro’derick Calhoun will be playing in the Texas Six Man Coaches Association all-star basketball game on July 16 in Wichita Falls.
Coolidge’s Wanya’ Jones will join his former Yellowjacket teammate, Ro’derick Calhoun, on the hardwood court at the Texas Six Man Coaches Association basketball all-star game.
Coolidge’s Delvin Smith will be playing in the 2016 Texas Six Man Coaches Association all-star football game July 16.

Mexia News Staff Report

Fri
10
Jun

Victory Bowl games continue today

Mexia News Staff Report

Fri
10
Jun

Drones hover atop practice fields

Mexia News Staff Report

It seems the latest technology has hit a few football practice fields during the spring, as robotic drones are being used to help coaches get a better view of what their quarterbacks are seeing at the line of scrimmage.
According to an article this week in The Dallas Morning New, schools in North Texas such as Desoto (6A), Cedar Hill and Grapevine (both 5A) started using drones in spring practices.
While coaches love the end zone view that is widely used when looking at game and practice film, the drone helps give them a much closer angle than technology currently in use.
However, this latest technology can be expensive and use of it in smaller schools (4A down to 6-Man) may not find its way into school athletic budgets until a little further down the road. But don’t be surprised when you go to practices to hear the sound of buzzing overhead one day.

Wed
08
Jun

Area well represented at annual Victory Bowl events

Coolidge graduate Adrianna Jones will be a member of the Red Team in volleyball at the third annual FCA Victory Bowl volleyball game this Saturday.
Recent Mexia grad Amy Killingsworth will be on the sidelines at both the FCA Victory Bowl volleyball and football games this weekend to cheer for the Blue Teams.
Mexia graduate Avery Williams will be competing for the Blue Team in the first ever FCA Victory Bowl baseball game Friday night at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton.
Delvin Smith, a recent graduate of Coolidge High School, will be playing for the Red Team this Saturday at 6:30 p.m. in Waco ISD Stadium.
Groesbeck graduate Jaylon Medlock will play for the Blue Team in the eighth annual FCA Victory Bowl football game this Saturday 6:30 p.m. at Waco ISD Stadium.
Wortham graduate Jordan Lansford is one of eight Freestone County athletes picked to play in the FCA Victory Bowl games.
Matron Gerald, a recent graduate of Mexia High School, will play for the Blue Team in this Saturday’s FCA Victory Bowl football game.
Recent Groesbeck graduate Sydney Sierra will play for the Blue Team in the third annual FCA Victory Bowl volleyball game this coming Saturday in Waco.
Mexia’s Tyrik Ray – who graduated this spring – will play for the Blue Team in the FCA Victory Bowl football game this Saturday in Waco.

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Limestone County will be represented well this coming weekend as a total of nine athletes are scheduled to compete in the FCA’s Victory Bowl games in Waco.
Mexia is sending two former Blackcat football players, Tyrik Ray and Matron Gerald – both helping the Blackcats go two rounds into last year’s football playoffs – will play for the Blue Team Saturday evening at Waco ISD Stadium in the eighth annual football game.
Avery Williams, who helped the Blackcats baseball team to another playoff appearance and their best season record in six years, was picked to play in the first ever FCA Victory Bowl baseball game that will be played at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton Friday night.

Mon
06
Jun

LaTouche now ‘Cats head basketball coach

Former Blackcat JV basketball coach Andre LaTouche has been promoted to varsity head basketball coach for the 2016-17 season,

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
After leading the Mexia Blackcats’ junior varsity basketball team to 6-2 district and 18-6 overall records, coach Andre LaTouche has been promoted to the varsity team as the new head coach this coming 2016-17 basketball season.
LaTouche replaces Billy Ramey, who left to take a coaching position elsewhere.
LaTouche was an assistant basketball coach at Waelder High School prior to his coming to Mexia.
Before that, he was a parole officer for the state of Texas after graduating from Mary Hardin-Baylor University in Belton.
“It was a big swing,” he says, going from parole officer to coaching. “But it gave me some advantages to be able to work better with the kids.”
He’s excited about the upcoming season and feels the team has a good core of players returning.
One of the things Mexia fans can expect to see more of on the court is defense.

Mon
06
Jun

Navarro announces soccer, football schedules

Football
Aug. 25 Georgia Military College, 6 p.m.
Sept. 3 at Trinity Valley*, 7 p.m.
Sept. 10 Blinn*, 7 p.m.
Sept. 17 OPEN
Sept. 24 at NE Oklahoma*, 7 p.m.
Oct. 1 at Arkansas Baptist, 3 p.m.
Oct. 8 Tyler*, 3 p.m. (Homecoming)
Oct. 15 at Kilgore*, 5 p.m.
Oct. 22 Cisco*, 3 p.m.
Oct. 29 New Mexico Military Institute*, 3 p.m.

Mon
06
Jun

State baseball tourney schedule announced

Mexia News Staff Report

The 2016 UIL Baseball State Tournament will get underway starting Wednesday as Class 2A, 3A and 4A semifinals will be played, with championship games taking place on Thursday.
Class 5A semifinals start on Thursday and conclude with the championship game on Friday.
Class 6A semifinals begin Friday, with the championship to be played Saturday.
Here are the semifinal and finals pairings.
Wednesday, June 8
Dell Diamond, Round Rock
Class 2A - Semifinals
9 a.m. – Beckville (32-1-1) vs. Stamford (22-5)
12 p.m. – Bosqueville (31-1) vs. Flatonia (27-5)
Class 3A – Semifinals
4 p.m. – Van Alstyne (30-3-2) vs. Banquette (23-7-3)
7 p.m. – Shallowater (32-3-2) vs. West (31-5)

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