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Wed
16
Mar

Blackcats shut out Tuesday by China Spring

Mexia News Staff Report

Mon
14
Mar

Rain alters start of district softball season

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
District play has begun for the 2016 high school softball season, even though last week’s rains forced the cancellation of several games from around the area.
The Fairfield Lady Eagles and Palestine Ladycats broke the ice last Monday, with the Lady Eagles taking a 21-0 win to give them the early lead in District 18-4A.
Mexia was scheduled to open up play last Friday night at home against the Groesbeck Lady Goats, but the wet field conditions forced the season opener to be postponed until this afternoon.
The Ladycats have had a successful preseason, finishing non-district play with a record of 8-9-1.
So far this season, senior McKenzie Bain has been hitting the ball well and is splitting time with Erica Beldin in the pitcher’s circle.
In 18 games, Mexia has played against several 5A and 6A teams and has scored a total of 155 total runs during the non-district portion of their schedule.

Mon
14
Mar

Rivera earns 2nd at Regional meet

Mexia’s Diego Rivera will be heading to the state powerlifting meet in Abilene April 2, after finishing second in the regional meet.

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Mon
14
Mar

Girls 2nd, boys 3rd in 44 Farms track meet

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Fri
11
Mar

Coolidge falls to Grady, ending quest for state title

Coolidge’s Darion McClendon takes a tough shot with Grady defender Kyle Garza’s outstretched arm near his face, during the second period of their state semifinal game.
Delvin Smith splits between Grady defenders Braeden Jones (2) and Alejandro Jimenez (14) to score a tough shot for the Coolidge Yellowjackets.
The Yellowjackets Ro’derick Calhoun skies towards the basket against a Grady defender during their Class 1A state semifinal matchup played Thursday at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
The Yellowjackets Wanya’ Jones managed to find an opening in the crowded paint area under the basket for a two-point jumper in early game action.

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
For the four Coolidge seniors who started for this year’s Yellowjacket basketball team, this season will forever be remembered.
They’ve been playing together since before high school with one goal in mind: Win a state championship.
After winning the regional final against Calvert last weekend in Austin, the team was two steps closer to realizing that dream.
But unfortunately, Thursday’s Class 1A state semifinal game with Lenorah Grady’s Wildcats didn’t turn out the way they had hoped, as the team from near the Louisiana border slipped by the Yellowjackets in the final period of play for a 64-58 win.
Both teams shook off early jitters as it took about a minute and a half for anyone to score.
Grady’s Kyle Garza got his team on the board first and a short time later, the Wildcats were up 5-0.

Thu
10
Mar

Ball games canceled due to rain

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Both Ladycat softball and Blackcat baseball were canceled Tuesday due to inclement weather. The Ladycats were scheduled to travel to Ferris, while the Blackcats were to have stayed home to play Wortham. Neither game has been rescheduled at this point.
The Ladycats will open up district play this Friday night (weather permitting) against the Groesbeck Lady Goats, at home.
The Blackcats are scheduled to play in the Waco Connally baseball tournament that starts Thursday, but that could be rained out as well, since the forecast calls for wet weather up to Saturday.

Thu
10
Mar

Ladycats recover, win three in tournament

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Mon
07
Mar

Coolidge pushes past Calvert, on to state tournament

Coolidge freshman Jordan Brown scores two of his five points during the first half of play against Calvert Saturday, in the Class 1A region IV championship game.

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

Sometimes you have to dig a little deeper to find that one spark that will ignite the fire.
That was certainly the case Saturday during Coolidge’s Class 1A regional final game against No. 10-ranked Calvert Trojans as the No. 4-ranked Yellowjackets came away from Austin’s Burger Activity Center with a 71-69 win and a berth in the state tournament this Thursday.
Coolidge trailed by 2 at the half after leading by as much as 8 early in the second quarter. Ro’derick Calhoun tied the game for the Yellowjackets at the start of the third period, but Calvert stepped up their defensive pressure and converted Coolidge turnovers into points.
After things settled down a bit, the Yellowjackets found themselves down by 11 with 3:13 remaining in the quarter.

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
07
Mar

Blackcats fall in tight game against Reisel

Case Adair went 3-6 Saturday with a run scored and two RBI. Adair, safe at third on this play against Marlin Thursday, has been hampered with a shoulder injury, but seems to be getting back into form and has returned to his position at shortstop during the tournament.

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

The Mexia Blackcats moved into the championship game of their own tournament Saturday, facing Riesel, but after duking it out for eight innings the Indians scored the only run of the ball game in the final frame to end up on top, 1-0.
With two out in the top of the eighth, Riesel’s Brooks Embry reached back on an error – one of four by Mexia in the game – and eventually came around to score the winning run after two more errors in the field by the Blackcats.
Eric Wells came in to pitch for Mexia after the run scored and got the Indians Collin Deiterich to fly out to Jimmy Owens in right field to end the inning.
The Blackcats went out 1, 2, 3 in their final at bat.

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Mon
07
Mar

Varsity, JV track teams competed Friday

Mexia News Staff Report

Mexia junior varsity and varsity track teams competed at the Max Hibbitts Cadet Invitational held at Waco Connally’s Max Peoples Stadium in Lacey Lakeview last Friday, March 4.
The JV boys finished sixth out of 11 teams competing, while the JV girls placed fourth overall out of 11 teams. The varsity girls finished the meet in fifth place out of 11 teams.
Here are the results from the meet.

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