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Wed
25
Sep

New-look Ladycats drop Palestine in hard-fought match


Mexia’s Briana Forge goes for the kill in game one against Palestine Tuesday. Mexia News photos/Mike Eddleman

By Mike Eddleman
Publisher

Coach Sherri Cain knew her volleyball team would be rebuilding this year and inexperience would be their biggest challenge, but the Ladycats may have turned a corner at just the right time with a win Tuesday over Palestine.

In the district opener, Mexia started the critical run for a playoff spot by topping Palestine (25-22, 28-26, 24-26, 24-22). Cain was proud of how her players performed in the match, as well as how they responded to some shifts in position and rotation.

“I was very nervous going in because I made some major changes in our lineup and rotation,” Cain said. “Our girls were not very confident at first about the changes, but it went well for us and after the match they liked the knew rotation.”

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

Mon
23
Sep

Turnovers lead to momentum shift in Blackcats’ loss


The Blackcats Shawn Hobbs (No. 12) takes off with the ball early in Friday night’s game against the Connally Cadets, picking up big yardage on the play for Mexia. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

If you live by the sword, sometimes you die by the sword … or something like that.

With a 1-3 start so far this season, that’s kind of how the Mexia Blackcats might be feeling right now after Friday night’s loss to the Waco Connally Cadets, considering the fact that for three solid quarters the defense held solid in giving up only 10 points.

Now don’t get me wrong, this defensive unit of Mexia’s gave the Cadets more than they bargained for with hard hitting, smash mouth football and out of at least four trips inside the Blackcats red zone (that’s inside the 20-yard line for those not familiar with the lingo) held Connally to only a field goal.

Wed
18
Sep

Mexia struggles against La Vega


Mexia’s Jynesha Jackson goes for a kill over the block of a pair of La Vega defenders in Tuesday’s loss. Mexia News photo/Mike Eddleman

With only one match to go before the Ladycats begin district play, coach Sherri Cain is still hoping to see her team put it all together to make a playoff run.

“We have got to put all the pieces together,” Cain said following a loss to La Vega Tuesday. “Right now our inexperience is continuing to hurt us, but these players are still trying to fill very big shoes.”

The strong service game and big hitters on La Vega’s front line overwhelmed Me­xia Tuesday to post a three-game victory (25-20, 25-9, 25-13).

Mon
16
Sep

Blackcats savor win, but turn attention to Connally

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

Was it their lucky day of the year, Friday the 13th? Could it have been a change in uniform numbers, such as Kaylon Watson going from 4 to 14 after his jersey mysteriously disappeared after the Alvarado game?

Or is it the fact that this Mexia Blackcat team has finally found all the missing pieces of the puzzle and put together their first win in 13 tries dating back to Nov. 4, 2011, when they beat Groesbeck 34-20? Whatever the combination, this team seems to be gelling and things worked out perfectly Friday night with the defeat of the Waco La Vega Pirates, 37-20, at Pirate Field in Bellmead.

Watson may decide to keep the number 14 and probably do so with the blessing of the coaching staff, after he ran for a season high – and personal best – 329 yards on 37 carries, while scoring a mere four touchdowns.

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

Mon
16
Sep

Ladycats fall to Corsicana Lady Tigers


Kaitlyn Gipson goes for the kill during early match play against the Corsicana Lady Tigers this past Friday afternoon in Corsicana. Mexia fell to the Lady Tigers 3-0. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

The Ladycats put up a tough fight against the Corsicana Lady Tigers Friday afternoon, Sept. 13, only to fall to their out-of-town rivals 25-8, 25-9, 25-12.

Mexia’s front line did what they could against the Lady Tigers taller players.

The second set was close early on as the Ladycats tied the score at 7-7 until Corsicana made their run to close it out.

Kaitlyn Gipson and Jynesha Jackson did manage to knock down a few kills spread out over the match, while in the back court, Mackenzie Bain and Tyesha Johnson worked hard to keep the ball in play.

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

Wed
11
Sep

Wortham girls take Centerville

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

Wed
11
Sep

Yellowjackets crush Bynam

After a disappointing, 44-32 opening loss to Aquilla, the Coolidge Yellowjackets made their home debut at Yellowjacket Field and completely dominated longtime rival Bynum to the tune of 53-0, giving new Coach Randy Jones his first victory.
Coolidge scored all 53 points in the first half, giving the Yellowjackets the win via the 45-point mercy rule. With only 35 seconds gone in the fame, Delvin Smith romped in from 39 yards out. The point-after failed.
Two minutes later, Carlos Sarraniego pitched a TD pass of 10 yards to Luis Acevedo. Still in the first period, Joe Brown jolted in from 14 yards out and the point made the score 19-0. Again, minutes later, Smith found Ro’Derick Calhoun for 14 yards and the pass for an extra point made it 26-0.

Mon
09
Sep

Mexia comes close in tough loss to Alvarado


Freshman quarterback Jaylon Gipson sprints away from the Indian defense while on his way to a 36-yard touchdown in the first quarter for the Blackcats. Mexia News photos/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

A first quarter fumble by the Mexia offense turned out to be the deciding factor in the Mexia Blackcats 19-16 loss to the Alvarado Indians in the Second Annual Dale Hansen Football Classic held at Stuart B. Lumpkin Stadium in Waxahachie this past Saturday, Sept. 7.

The Indians stalled in their first offensive drive of the game and when the Blackcats took over in good field position, Mexia seemed to be executing the first couple of plays in good shape to make their march down field.

But a mishandled handoff allowed the Indians Brazos Fuller to pick up the loose ball and trek 25-yards to score the first touchdown of the game, giving Alvarado a 7-0 lead after the extra point.

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

Wed
04
Sep

Hansen Classic next for Blackcats

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

The Mexia Blackcats will be participating in the Second Annual Dale Hansen Football Classic this coming Saturday, Sept. 7, against the Alvarado Indians with kickoff slated to start at 7:30 p.m. at Stuart B. Lumpkins Stadium in Waxahachie. The classic is named in honor of longtime award winning sportscaster Hansen, who is entering his fourth decade in the DFW area.

Twelve seniors from of the six teams – a boy and girl from each school – will have a chance to win a scholarship this weekend at the Champion’s Breakfast to be held prior to the games.

This year, the Blackcats have a score to settle with the Indians, the same team they faced in the first classic last September. Alvarado ended up defeating Mexia 54-14.

Wed
28
Aug

China Spring Cougars @ Mexia Blackcats

Friday, Aug. 30, 7:30 p.m.
at Blackcat Field

China Spring hails from District 17-3A
2012 Record: 6-5, 3-2 bi-district finalist

Mexia Blackcats play in District 19-3A
2012 Record: 0-10, 0-5

2012 Game: China Spring 69, Mexia 20 … game played at Cougar Stadium in China Spring

China Spring
Coached by Mark Bell, the team took a roller coaster ride through the 2012 season winning every other game until stringing together three consecutive wins in district play. The Cougars managed to make it to the first round of the playoffs where they lost to Navasota 62-16. Coach Bell has a lot of new players on this year’s team and it will be a challenge offensively with new personel passing and carrying the football.

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