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Fri
25
Mar

Blackcats fall to Mustangs 10-5

Mexia News Staff Report

Wed
23
Mar

Blackcats fall to Palestine Tuesday in district opener

Darius Dorsey hurries back to first base on a pickoff attempt in the first inning of Mexia’s district opener with the Palestine Wildcats at home Tuesday night.
Mexia’s Eric Wells delivers a pitch in the early innings of the Blackcats district opener against the Palestine Wildcats Tuesday night at home.

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The Blackcats rallied for five runs in the bottom of the seventh, but came up a bit short as they fell to the Palestine Wildcats, 10-6, in their district opener Tuesday night at home.
Palestine broke open a scoreless game in the third, when they put up nine runs on the board.
The score held up through the sixth inning, although the Wildcats managed to add another run to make it a 10-0 ball game.
Mexia produced their first run of the game in the bottom of the sixth, when Case Adair battled at the plate to end up with a base-on-balls. Adair ended up moving around to third on a passed ball and a wild pitch before Eric Wells sacrifice fly to centerfield allowed him to tag up and score.

Wed
23
Mar

Ladycats take bite out of Palestine for first district win

McKenzie Bain crosses home after a passed ball by Palestine during the Ladycats 17-3 district win Tuesday evening.
The Ladycats’ Erica Beldin winds up for the pitch in Mexia’s 17-3 win over the Palestine Ladycats Tuesday night at home.

By Stephen R. Farris Mexia News Sports The Ladycats scored 17 runs in four innings, while holding Palestine to just three runs as Mexia picked up their first district win of the season, 17-3. The home win evens the Ladycats district record at 1-1 and 9-10-2 overall. Mexia jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning after McKenzie Bain belted a pitch over the left field fence, scoring Priscilla Garcia on the play. Afterwards, Tashundra Reeves doubled to right to get on base, then Erica Beldin hit a ground ball single past third. Reeves ended up scoring on the play. Elaina Molina – courtesy runner for Beldin – came around to score on a double to left by Gabi Jacobs to close out the scoring for the Ladycats in the inning. Mexia plated three more runs in the second after Ashton Langley scored on a passed ball, followed by Garcia scoring on a fielder’s choice and Bain came in on a passed ball a short time later to put the Ladycats up 7-0.

Wed
23
Mar

Bulldogs beat Jaguars in 8-1 district opener

Wortham’s Jordan Lansford had a strong outing on the mound Tuesday night on the road against the Hubbard Jaguars.

Mexia News Staff Report

Mon
21
Mar

Blackcats’ broadsides beach La Vega Pirates two in a row

Mexia’s Darius Dorsey led off both games of Friday’s double-header with the Waco La Vega Pirates. Dorsey started off the first game with a leadoff double and the second game with a single.
Jesse Torres went 3-8 at the plate with a triple, six runs scored and four RBI, plus he pitched a one-hit shutout in game two of Mexia’s double-header with the Waco La Vega Pirates this past Friday.
Mexia’s Avery Williams struck out 10 Waco La Vega batters in game one of their double-header last Friday in Bellmead.

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
What’s better than a patty melt and a cup of half-and-half frozen custard from Freddie’s in Waco? Watching the Mexia Blackcats score a total of 36 runs in back-to-back shutouts of the Waco La Vega Pirates.
Despite cloudy, rainy skies and blustery winds, Mexia kept the pedal to the metal from the start by winning the first game of Friday’s double-header, 17-0.
Darius Dorsey led off the game at the plate for Mexia and calmly slapped a double to center to get things started.
Jesse Torres reached on an error by the Pirates centerfielder that allowed Dorsey to score the Blackcats first run of the game.
Case Adair doubled in Torres on the next play.
Mexia ended up with runners at the corners after Avery Williams walked, then Bryce Sterling singled to left, allowing Adair to skip across home plate.

Mon
21
Mar

Teams, players to watch as 18-4A district baseball play begins

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
District play begins this week for 18-4A baseball teams.
Recent rains over the past couple of weeks have interrupted many of the team’s schedules, but several will be getting in a few last minute games this weekend before conference play begins.
Last season, the Madisonville Mustangs finished first in District 18-4A, with Groesbeck the runner-up, Fairfield third and the Mexia Blackcats rounding the group of playoff teams as the No. 4 seed.
New coach Chad Coker has taken over the Mexia program this season and so far, his Blackcat squad has started out with an 8-3 record overall with two more non-district games that were scheduled this past Friday (see story above).

Mon
21
Mar

Post-season hoops honors continue

The Ladycats Tee Owens was recently named to TABC’s Class 4A Region III all-region basketball team and to the Class 4A all-state basketball team for 2015-16.
The Blackcats Tyrik Ray was recently named to the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Class 4A Region III all-region basketball team.

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Accolades continue to pour in for a few of the area’s basketball players.
Most recently, Mexia’s Tyrik Ray and Tee Owens made all-region and all-state teams, while Coolidge’s Adrianna Jones earned honors at the regional level.
Ray was a big contributor in helping the Blackcats to a 6-2 district mark and a 21-10 record overall for the 2015-16 basketball season. He also led the district and the team in assists.
He was recently named to the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Class 4A Region III all-region team, to go along with his District 18-4A first team all-district award earned earlier this month.
Owens – District 18-4A’s MVP this season in girls’ basketball – picked up even more honors recently as well when she was named to the TABC Class 4A Region III all-region team and the Class 4A all-state team for the 2015-16 season.

Mon
21
Mar

Soccer team enters playoffs

Mexia’s Alan Carbajal scored two goals and had two assists in the Blackcats district win over China Spring on Tuesday. Carbajal tied the game in overtime.
Victor Garcia scored the winning goal in double-overtime Tuesday to send the Mexia Blackcats into the playoffs. Garcia also had two assists in the win.

Mexia News Staff Report

Mon
21
Mar

Coolidge JHS track teams place

Mexia News Staff Report

The Coolidge Junior High track teams competed at the Chilton Junior High Relays this past Friday, with the seventh grade boys team placing fifth, seventh grade girls sixth, eighth grade boys sixth and eighth grade girls second overall.
Busby picked up the only medal for the seventh grade boys team in the shot put event, while Hoover earned three first place finishes in three events for the eighth grade boys.
Coolidge’s eighth grade girls relay teams finished first in the 4x100 and 4x200. Henry had a first place finish in the 100 meter dash and Collins added points to the Yellowjackets overall total with a first place finish in the long jump.

Seventh grade boys results
Shot Put – R. Busby placed second with a distance of 33-6 1/2.

Seventh grade girls results
No placements.

Fri
18
Mar

Yellowjackets dominate district, region, state honors

Coach Bryan Jones was recently named as the District 26-1A coach of the Year in basketball.
Coolidge senior Ro’derick Calhoun was named the District 26A MVP this past week in basketball.
Senior Wanya’ Jones received the District 26-1A Offensive MVP award in basketball this past week for the Coolidge Yellowjackets.
The Coolidge Yellowjackets Delvin Smith was named District 26-1A’s Defensive MVP this past week
Coolidge Senior Darion McClendon was recently named to the District 26-1A all-district first team for the 2015-16 basketball season.
Junior Manuel Santa Cruz made District 26-1A’s boys basketball all-district first team and made the Texas Six-man Coaches Associations all-region second team.

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
After finishing the 2015-16 basketball season with a 30-5 record and a trip to the Class 1A final four at the state tournament in San Antonio last week, the Coolidge Yellowjackets had nine players selected for the 26A all-district team that was released earlier this week.
Point guard Ro’derick Calhoun was chosen as the district’s MVP, and teammates Wanya’ Jones, who was named Offensive MVP, and Delvin Smith, who was chosen as Defensive MVP, put Yellowjackets in all three top spots.
Coolidge coach Bryan Jones was named the district’s Coach of the Year. Jones has compiled a record of 84-15 (38-0 from district competition) and led the team to three consecutive playoff appearances – a final four appearance this year, regional semifinals in 2014-15 and regional quarterfinals in 2013-14.
Senior Darion McClendon made first team all-district and junior forward Manuel Santa Cruz made first team as well.

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