Sports

Fri
20
Dec

Blackcats, now state ranked, play next at Whataburger tourney


Mexia’s OJ McClenon goes up for a tough basket during second half play of the Blackcats 75-33 win over the Mabank Panthers in first round play of the Fairfield Invitational Basketball Tournament that started Thursday morning. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

The No. 18 Mexia Blackcats will join 47 other teams at the 56th Annual Whataburger Basketball Tournament being held Dec. 26-28 in Fort Worth.

Since 1958, the tournament has become a tradition here in Texas and not only attracts teams from all over the state, but teams from across the country.

In 1984, Whataburger became the title sponsor in what has become, according to Sports Illustrated and USA Today, one of the nation’s top five holiday high school tournaments.

The tournament will host three brackets, Orange, Blue Boys and Blue Girls.

The Orange bracket will include teams from Texas, Kentucky and Arkansas, while the Blue Girls bracket will be made up of teams here in the state.

Wed
18
Dec

Blackcats withstand test from Madisonville


The Blackcats Shawn Hobbs drives hard through the paint between three Panther defenders Thursday morning as Mexia picked up a first round win, 75-33, at the Fairfield Invitational Basketball Tournament. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Mike Eddleman
Publisher

Mexia coach Tony Leamon was not happy with his team’s play at home against Madisonville, but the sting of an off night for the Blackcats was lessened with a 70-63 win.

The victory helped the Blackcats (11-0) remain undefeated after coming in at number 18 this week in the 3A state rankings.

The ability of his team to pull together and hold on for the win was certainly a silver lining.

“You can’t play every game well, but our kids found a way to win in crunch time,” Leamon said. “We found a way to be successful and compete in a ball game we did not play our best.”

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

Mon
16
Dec

Ladycats lose one, win one

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

It was another tough outing for the Mexia Ladycats as they fell victim to the undefeated Melissa Cardinals Thursday afternoon at the Fairfield Invitational Basketball Tournament, 79-37.

The Ladycats shots didn’t seem to want to fall in and the rebounds went straight into the hands of Melissa defenders nearly every time throughout the game.

Mexia turnovers, coupled by the Cardinals fastbreak opportunities were the key factors in the loss.

Mexia was down at the half, 46-18, but came out of the locker room scoring a quick basket to hit the 20 point mark, but then the drought surfaced again until Taylor Porter put together back-to-back scores with 2:14 left in the third period, followed by Brianna Forge’s assist to Akasha Anderson a minute later. Forge added a three-pointer at the close of the period, but Melissa still held on to a 61-29 lead.

Mon
16
Dec

Blackcats take Mabank, go on to win Fairfield Invitational

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

Damian Matthews scored five points and Danny Huckaby added four to help the Mexia Blackcats charge out on top in the first period of play against the Mabank Panthers in route to their 75-33 round one win at the Fairfield Invitational Basketball Tournament on Thursday.

Mexia jumped out to a 46-18 halftime lead and could have easily hit the century mark, but Coach Tony Leamon slowed the tempo somewhat in the third period, giving his bench a chance for more minutes of playing time.

The Blackcats still managed to outscore Mabank 29-15 in the second half and all 12 Mexia players scored in the game.

“We got a lot of things to work on,” said Leamon afterwards. “We just try to get better each day and each week … it’s still early in the year. The kids are working hard and as long as they’re working hard it’s going to be good at the end of the day.”

Fri
13
Dec

Kerens wallops Ladycats


The Ladycats’ Bremeshia Owens drives to the basket against Kerens’ Marqueshia Kelly late in the game Tuesday evening. Mexia ended up falling to the Ladycats, 81-39. Mexia News photos/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

Kerens – It was the kind of game one would expect from two fast-paced basketball programs, running full speed up and down the court, stellar defense and typically average scoring in similar cases.

But Tuesday night was somewhat of an exception for Class 1A Kerens and Class 3A Mexia, both going by the mascot “Lady Cats,” with the latter finding themselves on the opposite end of an 81-39 defeat.

Last season the scenario was different, although the score was a little closer (61-52 in favor of Mexia) In that game and as we know Mexia went on to become 3A state champion in Texas girls basketball, while Kerens finished their year as regional quarterfinalist.

Fri
13
Dec

Blackcats put freeze on Lorena in 62-44 victory

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

Just when everyone thought the ice from last weekend was over, the Blackcats picked up a loose shard and tucked it away in their freezer already filled with opponents that have fallen victim during their expedition so far this season.

The latest entry was Lorena, whom last weekend tried to host their own tournament, but ended up canceling it due to the winter blast that hit most of Texas.

In a makeup game from the tournament, the Blackcats ended up reminding the Leopards on Tuesday night who the better of the two cats is by clawing out a 62-44 win behind the “cold” shooting of newcomer Trey Barstow.

Mon
09
Dec

Kormos in National Finals Rodeo

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

After a tough year in 2012, Teague’s Scott Kormos is back in Las Vegas, Nev. for his eighth Wrangler National Finals Rodeo appearance this year.

Kormos, who competes in the tie-down roping event, has placed in the top 6 in two of the first four rounds thus far (Dec. 5-9).
Each event at the WNRF goes 10 rounds with the final held on Dec. 14.

Kormos finished sixth in Round 1 last Thursday with a time of eight flat. On Friday night, he recorded a time of 9.40, finishing tenth. Saturday’s time of 8.10 in Round 3 tied him with Timber Moore for seventh place and on Sunday, Kormos notched the number four slot with a time of 8.20.

Mon
09
Dec

Tourney play coming up for Mexia teams


The Lady Cats Bre Stoner will be back on the floor to help Mexia defend their 2012 Fairfield Tournament championship crown this Thursday. Mexia News file photo

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

Mexia’s basketball teams will be back in action this week starting with the Lady Cats traveling to Kerens tonight to take on the Lady Bobcats at 6:30 p.m.

The Lady Cats are currently 4-4 for the season after defeating Cameron Yoe last Tuesday night, 62-43.

The team opens play on Thursday at the Fairfield Tournament scheduled Dec. 12-14.

Last year the Lady Cats were champions of the Fairfield Tournament, defeating the Fairfield Lady Eagles, 51-39, in the championship game.

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

Fri
06
Dec

Blackcats defeat MCH, remain undefeated


Newcomer Danny Huckaby gets ready to score in the paint while a Robinson defender sneaks up from behind during this Nov. 22 game. Huckaby played very well in his Blackcat debut after playing last season with Groesbeck. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

For the last two games, senior forward Damian Matthews has been on fire, combining for 37 points and 24 rebounds in the Blackcat wins over La Vega and Methodist Children’s Home, which has helped Mexia to a 5-0 start so far this season.

Matthews latest spark came against Methodist Children’s Home in the first – and the team’s last game of the Lorena Tournament, which has been canceled due to the winter weather that has hit the area – game of tournament play in Lorena when he poured in 18 points and grabbed 14 rebounds (7 offensive and 7 defensive) as the Blackcats beat the Bulldogs, 82-43.

Mexia took a 17-point lead, 25-8, after the first period of play and increased it to 27 going into halftime.
Coach Tony Leamon was able to rest his starters during the third period, in which the Blackcats forged ahead some more with a 56-25 advantage going into the final quarter.

Wed
04
Dec

Mexia likely to be 4A

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

The conference cutoff numbers were released on Monday, Dec. 2, for the 2014-16 reclassification and realignment. The new numbers given out by the University Interscholastic League include divisional cutoffs for football as plans have been made to increase the conferences to six.

Here is the breakdown:
6A – 2,100 and above
5A – 1,060-2,099
4A – 465-1,059
3A – 220-464
2A – 105-219
1A – 104.9 and below

In the current alignment for Conference 1A, Limestone County has only one school, Coolidge, that participates with 68.5 students enrolled. Coolidge should remain in Conference 1A in 2014-16.

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

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