Sports

Fri
23
Jan

Six Blackcats selected to spots on Super Centex team

Mexia News Staff Report

Six Mexia Blackcat football players have been selected to the 2014 Super Centex Football Team that was released by the Waco Tribune on Sunday, Jan. 18.
Players named to the team were Draeshaun Hanna, Tyrik Ray, Matron Gerald, Jaylen Gipson, Demitri Freeman and Karoan Tatum.
Hanna made the first team at running back. The 6-0, 190 lb. senior helped lead the Blackcats to a district championship, rushing for 2,187 yards on 209 carries and scoring 28 touchdowns. He also had two touchdowns coming out of the backfield as a receiver.

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Fri
23
Jan

Get tickets now for annual football banquet

Start marking your calendars Mexia Blackcat fans, because Thursday, Jan. 29, is the annual football banquet!
The event is set for 6:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church’s Christian Life Center, 500 E. Carthage St. in Mexia.
The Blackcat student athletes as well as cheerleaders will be introduced to those attending, and many awards will be presented. The highlight of the evening will be presentation of the Shield of Honor, which is given to the athlete who epitomizes not only great athletic ability but is best all-around in qualities of sportsmanship, leadership and academics.
Tickets for the event are $10 and may be purchased at Womack Insurance and Realty Service beginning Jan. 21.

Fri
23
Jan

Yellow Jackets win 19th game in a row

Mexia News Staff Report

Wed
14
Jan

Coolidge boys, girls obliterate Penelope

The No. 11 ranked Coolidge Lady Yellow Jackets keep on rolling as they easily handled the Penelope Lady Wolverines Tuesday night on the road, 68-17.
Coolidge - ranked No. 2 in the Texas Girls Coaches Association state poll released late Monday - held back from their seemingly normal 30 plus first quarter scoring spree of late, settling for just 20, while holding Penelope to zero.
The Lady Yellow Jackets added 18 more in the second quarter, allowing the Lady Wolverines to score a bucket for good measure, taking a 38-2 lead at the half.
Dianna Kirven and Adrianna Jones did most of their damage in the first half, combining for 31 of Coolidge's 38 points scored in periods one and two.
Jones guided the Lady Yellow Jackets offense for the most part in the second half, scoring 14.
Jones led all scorers with 27 in the game, while Dianna Kirven finished with 26.

Wed
14
Jan

Ladycats clamp down on Madisonville


Mexia’s Tee Owens forces the action inside the paint and draws a foul from the Lady Mustangs Latavia Byrd (12) in early in the fourth quarter Tuesday night. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

­By Mike Eddleman
Publisher
The No. 22 Mexia Ladycats aced an early district test at home Tuesday, downing the No. 11 Madisonville Lady Mustangs, 45-37.
Coach Randy Barger anticipated a low-scoring affair and that’s what he got, as defense was the key to victory.
“We knew this would not be a high-scoring game,” he said. “They are very disciplined and play great defense.”
Mexia (17-5) countered Madisonville’s (17-5) two playmakers and size advantage by changing the defense multiple times throughout the game, sometimes playing the Ladycats’ signature man defense, then switching to different zone looks.
“We knew we’d have to change defenses throughout the game and we were able to do that and be successful,” Barger said.

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Sat
10
Jan

Coolidge girls clobber Bynum, Penelope up next

The No. 3 ranked Coolidge Lady Yellow Jackets stung the Bynum Lady Bulldogs rather convincingly Tuesday evening as they swarmed out to a Dianna Kirven led the Lady Yellow Jackets with 25 of her game high 28 in the first half alone, while teammate Adrianna Jones tapped out with 20.

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Sat
10
Jan

Yellowjackets set scoring record


Coolidgeʼs Roʼderick Calhoun (shown in this file photo) had a career game against the Bynum Bulldogs Tuesday night, leading the Yellow Jackets to a 117-43 win after finishing the contest with 46 points.

The No. 9 ranked Coolidge Yellow Jackets took no mercy on the Bynum Bulldogs Tuesday night, in setting a school record for most points in a game with their 117-43 win on the road.

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Wed
07
Jan

Strong finish propels Blackcats over Athens

By Mike Eddleman
Publisher
It took the Blackcats only two minutes to open an 11-0 lead over Athens Tuesday, but another half to regain that early dominance and seal the win.
Mexia (13-5) protected its No. 13 state ranking with a 51-point second half and an 83-71 win over the visiting Athens Hornets, but it wasn't as easy as the opening minutes signaled it would be.
Shemar High scored on an assist from Tyrik Ray, Curk Harris scored five and Matron Gerald added four as the Blackcats forced four quick turnovers to jump out to the early 11-point advantage, but Athens regrouped and found a way to beat the press and climb back into the game.
At the end of the first quarter the Mexia lead was five thanks to a three-pointer by Harris and a jumper at the buzzer by Ray to close it out.

Mon
05
Jan

Wortham boys have tough week

Mexia News Staff Report

It was a tough week for the Wortham Bulldogs at the Kiwanis Classic Basketball Tournament held at Navarro College in Corsicana.
The Bulldogs lost their opening game to the Mildred Eagles on Monday, 59-53. Rudy Miller and Tyree Freeman led Wortham with 13 and 12 points respectively.
Wortham has been playing without a head coach since the departure of Brice Reynolds before the start of the Christmas break. Lady Bulldogs coach Vance Hughes has stepped in as much as he can to fill in.
Hughes - coaching the girls in the Hillsboro Christmas Tournament - managed to coach the Bulldogs to a two-point win over the Frost Polar Bears, 42-40, in Tuesday's game. Rudy Miller scored 14 for Wortham, while Freeman added 13 for the Bulldogs in the win.

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Mon
05
Jan

Coolidge girls blast through Hillsboro Christmas tournament


Coolidge's Alejandra Acevedo did what most kids dream about in the Lady Yellow Jackets game against Wortham last Wednesday at the Hillsboro Christmas Tournament. Acevedo hit the game winning shot right before the buzzer sounded to end the game, giving the Lady Yellow Jackets a 48-46 win and the tournament championship trophy. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Fresh off their tournament win in Hillsboro, the No. 19 ranked Coolidge Lady Yellow Jackets picked up where they left off on Friday night against the Ghoulson Ladycats at home with a 77-9 district win. The Lady Yellow Jackets scored 39 points in the first quarter, led by Adrianna Jones 16 - including two three-pointers - and Dianna Kirven’s 15 as Coolidge clearly dominated the game early.
Coach Bobby Smith gave his bench a whole lot of playing time from the second quarter on.
Jones finished the game with 32, while Kirven came away with 20 points. Maria Ortiz hit double figures with 10 points in the game for Coolidge.
Earlier in the week the Lady Yellow Jackets breezed through the competition at the Hillsboro Christmas Tournament, at least until the championship game on Wednesday.

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