State football games headed back to Arlington

Mexia News Staff Report


Ladycats’ banquet recognizes athletes

The annual Ladycat Spring Sports Banquet was held Monday evening at the junior high school.
Ladycat athletes that participated in basketball, softball, powerlifting, golf, track and cross country were all honored and recognized during the program.
Special recognition was given to Ladycat softball player McKenzie Bain, who will be playing next season for the Navarro Bulldogs softball team.
Also receiving special recognition was Ladycat basketball and track standout, Tee Owens, who’ll be playing basketball for Xavier University next fall in Ohio.
Coach Matthews gave out a special award to Ladycat golfer Andrea Gonzalez. Gonzalez was the recipient of the Duncan-Archibald Golf Leadership award.


First year goes well for Thompson

Cheyenne Thompson

Former Mexia Ladycat softball player, Cheyenne Thompson, had a good freshman season for the No. 3 ranked University of Texas-Tyler Patriots (44-4).
UT-Tyler went undefeated in the American Southwest Conference and won their regional and super regionals games and will be playing in the NCAA DIII Softball Championship starting today against St. John Fisher College.
During the regular season, Thompson batted .424 as an outfielder and has started the Patriots last 14 games, including nine of those during the team’s playoff run so far.
Also during the last 14 games, she has collected 21 hits in 39 plate appearances for an average of .538 with 13 runs scored, 16 RBI, five doubles and a homerun, along with six stolen bases and has been hit by a pitch five times.


Change to MLB strike zone may be a mixed bag for fans

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Could this be good news or bad news for baseball fans for next year?
According to reports, more exclusively from ESPN, Major League Baseball’s (MLB) competition committee has approved changes to a batter’s strike zone.
The new change “should” make it easier on umpires, yet it may not go over so well with pitchers.
The proposed change suggests the new strike zone would start at the top of a hitter’s knee, where currently, it’s positioned at the hollow beneath the kneecap.
If approved by the playing rules committee, it might not have to go for approval by the player’s association, according to reports.
Also on the table is allowing intentional walks, whereas in the past a pitcher had to throw four balls before a batter could get a free pass to first base.


Hundreds of kids take part in Beachum football camp

Student volunteers in the yellow shirts kept campers busy with games during check-in at the Kelvin Beachum Community Football Camp.
NFL players volunteering at the Kelvin Beachum Community Football Camp this past Saturday parade along the track at Black Cat Field.
Youngsters do a little pre-camp warmup prior to the start of Kelvin Beachum’s Community Football Camp, held this past Saturday.
Kelvin Beachum, right, and former Jacksonville Jaguar/Fairfield native, Tony Brackens, left, share a little humor with a group of kids.
Kelvin Beachum’s Jacksonville Jaguar teammate Davon House leads campers in some drills Saturday morning.
Mexia assistant football coach Chad Coker, center, watches as this camper goes at it with a tackling dummy.
Former NFL player and Wortham native, Charlie Davis, demonstrates tackling technique to the youngsters Saturday morning.
Kelvin Beachum heads to the microphone to announce its lunchtime to the campers after putting in a couple of hours of fun and hard work.

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The sound of laughter filled the air at Black Cat Field Saturday, as approximately 200 youngsters checked in for the morning session of the third annual Kelvin Beachum Community Football Camp.
Kids ranging from first to seventh grade – eighth through 12th graders made up the afternoon session – were excited at the opportunity to meet current and former NFL players and take part in special drills set up during the session.
“We’re having a great time out here,” said Beachum, who was thoroughly enjoying himself, walking around and interacting with kids during drills.
Saturday’s event was by far the largest turnout of youngsters at one of the camps Beachum’s hosted since he became an NFL player with the Pittsburgh Steelers back in 2012.
Campers received instruction from pro players and volunteers including members of the Mexia Blackcat football coaching staff.


Mexia spring sports banquet recognizes top athletes

Pictured, l-r, are Mexia Blackcat varsity baseball head coach Chad Coker and team members J.J. Coffey, Matthew Gilmore, Darius Dorsey, Zachary Klosterman, Bryce Sterling, Eric Wells and Avery Williams. Mexia News photos by Stephen R. Farris
Members of the boys cross country team were recognized at the spring sports banquet, including l-r, Manny Acevedo, Lalo Ortiz, Damon Hatcher and Juan Prado.
Coach Bill Matthews, left, recognized members of the Mexia boys golf team during Tuesday evening’s spring sports banquet, including, l-r, Eric Wells, Damon Hatcher, Matthew Gilmore, Luis Ruiz and J.J. Coffey.
Mexia powerlifting coach Kent Richey, left, recognized powerlifting team members, l-r, Darius Dorsey, Trederek Anglin and Rahi Patel, during Tuesday evening’s spring sports banquet.
The Mexia Blackcat soccer team was recognized at the spring banquet Tuesday evening. Pictured,l-r, are assistant coach Brittney Dietz, head coach T.J. Sadler, goalkeeper Willy Cisneros, Victor Garcia, Manny Acevedo, David Velazquez, Danny Prado, Lalo Ortiz and Marcos Gonzalez.
Members of the Mexia Blackcats boys’ tennis team were recognized at the spring sports banquet Tuesday, including, l-r, Jimmy Tran, Juan Mora, Timothy Boulware, Darion Jones, David Velazquez, Luis Ruiz, Jose De La Cruz and Rafael Paz.
Mexia’s boys’ track teams were recognized at the spring banquet Tuesday evening, including, l-r, Avery Williams, Jaylen Gipson, Nick Chatham and Darius Dorsey, part of the 4x200 meter relay team that placed fourth at the state meet in Austin last weekend.

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The annual spring sports banquet was held for boys’ high school athletic programs this past Tuesday evening at the junior high school.
Athletes that participated in spring sports from soccer, baseball, powerlifting, tennis, track, basketball and golf, along with the fall sport of cross country were recognized during the brief program held in the cafeteria.
Coaches from each sport had their team members that were present come up on the stage and receive their certificates.
A special award was given out by golf coach Bill Matthews in honor of past team members Lance Duncan and Tyler Archibald, who passed away at an early age.
The first year Duncan/Archibald Leadership Award, which will be given to a senior boy or girl that provided leadership for the golf program, went to Wesley Carrizales.


Three Blackcats make 18-4A all district baseball team

Mexia junior Eric Wells made baseball first team all-district for 2016 as a utility player. He was also named to the district’s all-academic team.  Mexia News file photo

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The 18-4A all-district baseball teams for 2016 were released this week, which includes three Mexia players making first team.
Blackcat pitcher Avery Williams was named to the first team, along with teammates Darius Dorsey (outfield) and Eric Wells (utility player).
Making the district’s academic team were Case Adair, Dorsey, Williams, Jimmy Owens, Wells, Bryce Sterling, JoRel Lockhart and Zack Klosterman.
Adair, Dorsey and Owens earned second team all-state academic honors.
Williams will also be playing in the upcoming FCA Victory Bowl baseball game on June 10.
The following is the complete list of players from District 18-4A that made first and second team all-district.
District MVP – Kyle Poe, Sr., Madisonville
Offensive Player of the Year – Darren Blakely, Jr., Madisonville
Pitcher of the Year – Kasey Williamson, Soph., Madisonville


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.


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.


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.

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