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Wed
18
Feb

Wortham’s Lady ‘Dawgs end season with loss to Cayuga


Wortham’s Elisha Libhart goes for a loose ball during the Lady Bulldogs third place tie-breaker game against the Cayuga Ladycats Saturday afternoon in Buffalo. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The Wortham Lady Bulldogs season came to a close Saturday in Buffalo, as they fell to the Cayuga Ladycats in a battle for District 19-2A’s No. 3 spot, 47-35.
Wortham - playing without one of their top scorers, Kamarie Freeman, who was unable to play - kept the game close and only trailed by four after the first period. The Lady Bulldogs managed to even the score at 11 early in the second quarter, but Cayuga turned the offense up a notch by going on an 8-0 run before Kirsten Chambers pulled down an offensive rebound and put the ball back up for the bucket to end the Ladycats barrage.

Wed
18
Feb

Blackcats hobble Mustangs in 94-56 blowout Tuesday


The Blackcats Draeshaun Hannah breaks away for a slam dunk in the second quarter of Mexia’s big 94-56 win over the Madisonville Mustangs Tuesday night at home. This was the final district game of the season with both teams vying for the No. 2 spot heading into the playoffs. With the win, Mexia gained sole possession of the No. 2 spot and sent the Mustangs all the way down to the No. 4 seed, with Fairfield holding the top spot and Palestine in at No. 3. Mexia News photos/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Coming into Tuesday night’s game, the Mexia Blackcats (21-8, 5-3) wanted to prove a point against the Madisonville Mustangs that they deserved to be the No. 2 seed from District 18-4A.
Evidently, it was more in the shape of a strong statement via the play on the basketball court as Mexia left nothing to controversy in their 94-56 blowout over the Mustangs at home in The Dungeon and securing second place in District 18-4A.
The last time these two teams met in district play was back on Jan. 30, in Madisonville, with the Mustangs taking a one point win in overtime, 79-78, handing the Blackcats their second district loss.

Fri
13
Feb

Seven Blackcats score in victory over Lorena


Mexia’s Raul Garcia breaks through a swarm of Hornet players during match play Tuesday night at Black Cat Field. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The Mexia Blackcats soccer team were 1-1 in their last two games over the past week, shutting out the Lorena Leopards on the road, 9-0, but then falling to the Gatesville Hornets at home, 6-2, on Tuesday.
Against Lorena, seven different players scored for the Blackcats in the game. Leading Mexia scorer, Raul Garcia, scored two goals in the game, along with teammate Miguel Pena who also kicked in two. Christian Rivera, Elcerio Carlos, Alan Carbajal, Victor Garcia and Emilio Iwabuchi all scored one goal each for the Blackcats in the win.
Tuesday night was a different story as Gatesville loaded up in front of their net to keep the Blackcats from penetrating their defenses all game long.
The Hornets got on the board first at the 34:32 mark, then scored again 10 minutes later to go up 2-0 in the first half of the match.

Fri
13
Feb

Girls hoops playoff dates announced

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The No. 23 ranked Mexia Ladycats ended up with the night off Tuesday after both the boys and girls games with Ferris were canceled.
The Ladycats (21-8) finished as co-champions with No. 13 ranked Madisonville (22-5), with both teams finishing district play with 7-1 records in 18-4A. Mexia advances to the first round of the playoffs as the No. 2 seed from the district, while Madisonville will be the No. 1 seed after coach Randy Barger chose for his team to go in the second spot.
Mexia will face District 17-4A’s third place team, the Waco Connally Lady Cadets (23-11) in a bi-district game at 6 p.m. Monday at Navarro College in Corsicana. No. 13 ranked Madisonville will play District 17-4A’s No. 4 seed team, the Lorena Lady Leopards, Tuesday night (Feb. 17) in a 6 p.m. game at Leon High School.

Fri
13
Feb

Powerlifters take first at Blooming Grove

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Mon
09
Feb

Ladycats at top of district


The Ladycats Soroya Hollie strides towards the basket for a layup against ensuing Groesbeck defenders during Mexia’s 73-26 road win over Groesbeck last Friday night. Mexia awaits the outcome of the Madisonville-Fairfield game tonight to see if they will be tied with the Lady Mustangs for first place in District 18-4A. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Right now, the Mexia Ladycats (21-8, 7-1) are in sole possession of first place in District 18-4A after their 73-26 win over rival Groesbeck last Friday night on the road. The Ladycats will await the outcome of the Madisonville-Fairfield game - at Madisonville’s gym - being played tonight to see if the Lady Mustangs (22-5, 6-1) will be tied with the Ladycats atop the district or see if they can get help from their neighbors in Freestone County (Fairfield Lady Eagles 20-10, 4-3) in knocking off Madisonville.
Either way, Mexia is headed to the playoffs.
During Friday night’s win, Demodesty Williams saw a lot court time (with Taylor Porter out of the lineup) and made the most of it by leading the Ladycats with 13 points.

To read more on this story, pick up a copy of Tuesday's edition of The Mexia News, or subscribe to our online edition.

Mon
09
Feb

Mexia victory over Groesbeck a ‘big boost,’ coach says


Curk Harris grabs a rebound out of the pack, while his Blackcat teammate (Draeshaun Hannah) prepares to help out if needed. Mexia won the road game against Groesbeck last Friday night, 87-43, to move into a second place tie with Palestine in District 18-4A. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The Groesbeck Goats surprised No. 21 ranked Mexia early in Friday night’s game with a different look offensively, taking a 7-4 lead early in the first quarter. But once the Blackcats regrouped after a timeout Mexia reversed the contest and went on a 24-0 run and ended up with an 87-43 win to even up their district record at 3-3.
Senior Curk Harris contributed to Mexia’s first quarter success with nine of his 21 points scored during the 24 point run.
Mexia (19-8 overall) continued the scoring roll into the first part of the second quarter, starting the period with nine straight points - in total, the Blackcats run tallied 33 - before Groesbeck finally made a bucket to make the score 37-9.

Mon
09
Feb

Wortham boys, girls, struggle but win out over Cayuga


Elisha Libhart intercepts a pass for the Wortham Lady Bulldogs in their nail-biter, must-win game against Cayuga Friday night at home. After being tied 8-8 after the first, Wortham and Cayuga stayed neck-and-neck till the end. The Lady Bulldogs played to the beat of their fans and came away with the 36-35 win over Cayuga, advancing them to the playoffs. Mexia News photo/Jennifer Lansford

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Mon
09
Feb

Coolidge girls easily beat Penelope Lady Wolverines

Alejandra Acevedo and Dianna Kirven teammed up to score 19 of Coolidge’s 26 first quarter points to give the No. 10 ranked Lady Yellow Jackets (29-2, 11-0) an early 23 point lead enroute to their 69-23 win over the Penelope Lady Wolverines Friday night at home.
Acevedo’s - scoring 20 points in the game and finishing as the Lady Jackets top scorer on the night - efforts, normally reserved by Kirven and Adrianna Jones, marked the first time she has been the leading scorer in a game for Coolidge this season.
Kirven finished with 18 points, while Jones scored 16.
Coolidge, who clinched the top spot in District 26-1A a while back, will take on the Abbott Panthers Tuesday night on the road at 6 p.m, closing out the regular season.

Mon
09
Feb

Yellow Jackets obliterate Penelope

Deandre Kirven scored 25 and Eddie Rivera flooded Yellow Jacket Gym with seven 3-pointers for 21 points as Coolidge exploded for a 111-45 win over the Penelope Wolverines Friday night at home.
The No. 9 ranked Yellow Jackets dominated the Wolverines in the first half, leading at the break by 41, 69-28. Four other players - besides Kirven and Rivera - scored in double figures for Coolidge. Team leading scorer Ro’derick Calhoun knocked down 18, Delvin Smith added 17, Darion McClendon scored 13 and Manuel Santa Cruz contributed with 12 points in the game.
Coolidge (24-6, 10-0) has two more games left in the regular season before they head into the playoffs as the top seed from District 26-1A.
The Yellow Jackets will be on the road to finish up district play beginning Tuesday night against Abbott and Friday night with Aquilla.

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