Sports

Mon
09
May

Coolidge presents athletic awards

Coolidge cross country athletes Maria Ortiz, left, and Delvin Smith, right, earned MVP recognition at the CHS Awards Program held May 5.
Rev. Robert Barnett, left, received the volunteer award at the Coolidge High School Awards Program held on May 5.
The Yellowjacket basketball team was honored during the May 5 CHS Awards Program.
Coolidge’s Adrianna Jones received her second MVP award of the night, this one for basketball. Teammates Alejandra Acevedo, center, and Monica Pedroza also received basketball awards.
Coolidge cheerleaders were honored at the CHS Awards Program held May 5.
Outgoing Coolidge seniors Wanya’ Jones, Delvin Smith and Ro’derick Calhoun received numerous honors and awards during the CHS Awards Program.
Coolidge’s Adrianna Jones received her second MVP award of the night at the CHS Awards Program, this one for basketball along with teammates Alejandra Acevedo, center, and Monica Pedroza.
Coolidge track athletes, l-r, Tashia Kirven, Jasmine Evans, Delvin Smith, Jada Hayes,  and Traveon Jackson all received special awards.
Coolidge volleyball player Adrianna Jones, left, was honored with the team MVP award as well as Tianna Kirven, Alejandra Acevedo and Monica Pedroza.
Coolidge athlete Tony Herrera, right, was the recipient of the Jacket Award, presented by coach Bryan Jones, left.

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Coolidge High School held their annual Athletics Banquet and Academic Awards last Thursday evening in the cafeteria of the high school.
Principal Oscar Muniz welcomed those in attendance, followed by the invocation from Reverend Robert Barnett.
Parents, students, teachers, guests and administrators were treated to a barbecue dinner provided by the CHS Booster Club.
A cake sale and silent auction was held benefiting the CHS cheerleaders prior to the start of athletic award presentations.
All athletes were recognized for their participation in CHS athletic programs by coaches Cloressa Hayes, Adam Lichtenstein, Bobby Smith and Bryan Jones.
Several members of the cross country team received superlative awards during the program.
Maria Ortiz received the cross country girls MVP award. Ortiz competed at the state cross country meet during her junior and senior years.

Fri
06
May

Owens prepping for fourth appearance at state meet

Mexia’s Tee Owens takes a big leap in the air Thursday afternoon as she practices the long jump.

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
For the fourth consecutive year, Mexia athlete Tee Owens will make an appearance at the UIL State Track & Field Meet in Austin.
Owens, who ran with the Ladycats relay teams in her freshman year, will be competing in the long jump – an event she has excelled in since her sophomore season and has competed in at the state level for the past three years.
It was at the beginning of her sophomore year that it seemed she wouldn’t be competing in any sport, due to a knee injury late in the summer of 2013.
She ended up missing the basketball season, but after a lengthy rehab stint, Owens was able to come back and compete in track.
So far, the injury hasn’t been a factor, as is demonstrated with all the first place medals in the long jump the past couple of years along with leading the Ladycats to the basketball playoffs during that time as well.

Fri
06
May

Coolidge coach Jones announces move to Blum

Coolidge head boys’ basketball coach, Bryan Jones, center, will be leaving the school at the end of the semester to take the head coaching job for the Blum Lady Bobcats basketball team.

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
After leading the Coolidge Yellowjackets to three straight basketball playoff appearances and a trip to the 2016 UIL Class 1A state basketball final four, head coach Bryan Jones will be leaving at the end of this school year to take the girls basketball head coaching job at Blum.
He’ll also serve as an assistant coach for football and the head coach for the Bobcats baseball team.
Jones was an assistant coach for the both the Satillo High School boys and girls varsity basketball teams before coming to Coolidge in 2013-14.
During his time with Coolidge, Jones led the Yellowjackets to three-straight playoff appearances and a trip this past season to the Class 1A boys state basketball final four.
The Yellowjackets have also finished as undefeated district champions (38-0) all three years as well.
His basketball coaching record with the Yellowjackets is 84-15.

Fri
06
May

MISD schedules athletic physicals

Mexia News Staff Report

Physicals for all high school and junior high students will be held Monday, May 16,e during school and after school. Announcements will be made for specific times.
Physical papers can be printed off the school website or picked up from the athletic trainer or the front office at both Mexia High and Mexia Junior High. Price is $10 per student.
Physicals are required to participate in any UIL school sport.

Wed
04
May

Tribulations didn’t keep 4x200 team from state meet

The Mexia 4x200 meter relay team: l-r, front row: Darius Dorsey, Kataress Griffin and Nick Chatham; back row: Avery Williams, Jaylen Gipson and Malik Keener.

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Tuesday may have looked like a typical day for Mexia varsity boy’s track athletes, but deep down, each and every member of the 4x200 meter relay team realizes that there is a job to get done. And that would be to make a little history at the state track and field meet in Austin next weekend and bring back the gold.
Last week, the team motored their way to a first place finish in the 4x200 race at the regional meet in Huntsville, beating out second place Silsbee by 93/100ths of a second at the finish line.
“Just don’t get caught!”
Those were the words etched in Mexia sprinter Malik Keener’s mind as he finished the last leg of the race for the Blackcats last Saturday.

Wed
04
May

Playoff match-ups announced

Mexia News Staff Report

Wed
04
May

Navarro College Roundup

Baseball
The Bulldogs (22-5, 35-14) swept Bossier Parish, picking up an 8-7 win on Saturday and 9-4, 4-3 wins on Sunday to capture the 2016 Region XIV East Zone championship.
Navarro will close out the regular season this week with three games against Panola.
They’ll play one game today against Panola in Carthage, then back home of Saturday for a doubleheader.
The Region XIV Tournament is scheduled for May 14-18 in Sugarland and the Junior College (JUCO) World Series will again be held in Grand Junction, CO.

Mon
02
May

Owens, 4x200 relay team make state meet

Mexia’s Tee Owens – shown measuring before the start of the long jump at the area meet – won the girls long jump at the Class 4A Region III regional track meet, to move on to the state meet once again.

Mexia News Staff Report

Mon
02
May

Rockettes kick girls to playoff curb

Mexia News Staff Report

The season has ended for the Mexia Ladycats’ softball team after falling in game two of the bi-district playoffs to Class 4A, No. 2 ranked Robinson Rockettes last Friday night, 18-0.
Robinson (30-0-1) took the two-game series and will advance to the area round against Huntington.
Mexia finished district play as the No. 4 playoff seed for District 18-4A and completed the season with an overall record of 10-17-2.
Elsewhere in District 18-4A, No.2 seed Madisonville defeated 17-4A’s No. 3 seed Waco Connally in a one-game playoff, 11-6. The Lady Mustangs advance to the area round to face Rusk.
Meanwhile, Groesbeck fell to Lorena in a one-game playoff, 13-0, and Fairfield lost their bi-district game to China Spring, 15-5.

Mon
02
May

Two place at regionals for Wortham

Wortham’s Zaria Oates and Jordan Lansford won medals for the Bulldogs at the Class 2A Region III regional meet.

Mexia News Staff Report

Wortham track teams competed at the Class 2A Region III regional track meet this past weekend in Palestine.
Lady Bulldog Zaria Oates reached the finals of the 100 meter dash, finishing seventh overall with a time of 12.95.
Oates also placed fifth win the girls triple jump, finishing with a jump of 33-04.
Jordan Lansford competed in the boys shot put and came away with a third place finish with a throw of 44-09.50.
Wortham had eight athletes competing at the regional meet: Oates and Lansford, along with Brooke Salisbury, Lusina Ramirez, Jordan Lansford, Ryan McDaniel, Hallie Fautt and Jayde Hamilton.

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