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Wed
30
Oct

Wortham Lady Dawgs pass 20-win mark

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

The Lady Bulldogs hit 20 plus wins after winning both their matches, one against Coolidge on Tuesday, Oct. 15, and the other against Hubbard last Saturday, Oct. 19.

On Tuesday, Wortham took down the Lady Yellow Jackets in three sets, 25-9, 25-21, 25-20, thanks in part to the hands of Katie Looney (17/18 serves, 2 aces) and Kendle Rhodes (16/16 serves, 5 aces) combined efforts at the service line.

Kierra Busby finished the match with 13 kills, Elisha Libhart posted nine kills, Camey Shaffer had six and Hannah McCord punched down four kills.

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

Mon
28
Oct

Speights thriving at UT-Dallas


Former Lady Cat Mary Speights, above, is doing very well as a UT-Dallas Comet, leading the team in digs. Contributed photo

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

It’s been a glorious season so far for former Mexia Lady Cat volleyball player Mary Speights. After a successful high school career as a setter for Mexia, Speights has moved into the libero position for the University of Texas at Dallas Comets, a Division III college, where she leads the team in digs, averaging 4.20 per set so far during her freshman season.

Her play in an interpod tournament the week of Oct. 15-19 earned her the American Southwest Conference Defensive Player of the Week after helping UTD win three ASC matches over Concordia University, the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor and Sul Ross State. She finished the weekend with 24 digs in the four-set match against Concordia, 21 digs in a five-set match with Mary Hardin-Baylor and 15 digs against Sul Ross State in a four set match. She also had three aces during the interpod tournament.

Mon
28
Oct

Despite big loss, playoff hopes alive

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

Last Friday night was not the type of game plan Mexia head coach Lamonte Chambers and the rest of the Blackcats coaching staff had in mind going up against the No. 6 ranked Fairfield Eagles (3-0, 9-0).

But in their defense, when a team goes up against another team that is clearly “in the zone” it really doesn’t matter what type of plan you have and no matter how hard you play, sometimes teams like that are virtually unstoppable.

And right now, the Eagles are that team at this point in District 19-3A.

Mexia literally had a chance early to stand toe-to-toe with the Eagles after Fairfield went up 7-0 with 9:12 to play in the first quarter. The Blackcats took the kickoff up near the 35 yard line to begin their first series of the game.

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

Wed
23
Oct

Lady Cats head into hoops season ranked first in state

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

The pre-season polls are out for Texas high school girls’ basketball and the top dog – or rather cat that is – in Class 3A statewide is none other than your Mexia Lady Cats at No. 1.

Last season the Lady Cats weren’t expected to go much higher than a share of the district title with Fairfield – which escaped them after suffering both district losses to the hands of the Lady Eagles – and didn’t get a whole lot of respect in the polls either.

It took going undefeated in the playoffs and winning two games at the state tournament, including the championship against a tough Kennedale team (ranked No. 2 pre-season) in which the Lady Cats won, 67-62, for their first state crown in school history, in order for the team to gain respect across the state.

But Lady Cat fans knew all along that last season’s team was something more than special. They were champions, both in their hearts and on the court.

Mon
21
Oct

Groesbeck, Wortham defeated during Blackcat bye week

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

With Mexia on a bye week there were only two teams in the area that played last Friday night, the Groesbeck Goats and Wortham Bulldogs.

Groesbeck hosted the No. 6 ranked Fairfield Eagles with the result not a pretty one for the Goats.

The Eagles used a balanced running attack in their powerhouse Larry Rose (10-207-4) and Dominic Brackens (14-122) and led 34-0 at the end of the first quarter on their way to a 55-7 win.

The Eagles improved to 8-0 on the season and 2-0 in District play.
Groesbeck suffered their second straight loss in District 19-3A and fell to 3-5 on the year and 0-2 in district.

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

Fri
18
Oct

Blackcats gear up for start of basketball season


Mexia’s LaVictor McKnight, shown here in a game against Marlin last season, will again be a force inside, both on the boards and scoring this season. Mexia News file photo

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

With Mexia football taking a break this week, let’s take a quick peak at the upcoming 2013-14 boy’s basketball season.

Coach Tony Leamon will have a packed lineup this season as all of his starters return from last year’s 20-14 team that finished as an area finalist in the playoffs, falling to Navasota 55-45 in their final game.

Back this season will be seniors Kaylon Watson, Ike Jones, Damian Matthews, LaVictor McKnight, Trey Craig and new additions Trey Barstow and D.J. Johnson.

Watson led the Blackcats in scoring last season averaging 11.8 points per game, followed by Jones with 11.3 ppg.

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

Wed
09
Oct

Battle of the River celebrates its 75th anniversary

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

This Friday night will mark the diamond anniversary of the annual Battle of the River football game as it will be the 75th time since 1901 the two teams have met on the gridiron in crest for the coveted green Navasota River sign, that will hang as the prized possession in either the Mexia or Groesbeck High School trophy case.

Last year, Groesbeck pulled off the upset over the Blackcats at home in front of the “Sea of Red,” 43-6, to lay claim to the trophy for the first time in the last 14 meetings, dating back to 1998.

This year’s game should be quite interesting as both teams are pretty evenly matched.

Groesbeck has the better record going in at 3-3.

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

Mon
07
Oct

Lack of mistakes big part of Blackcats’ win Friday


Kendrick Mack plows his way through the line during the Blackcats win over Kaufman Friday night. Mexia defeated the Lions 27-17 for their second win of the season. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

In an almost stealth-like manner, two-way player Kaylon Watson literally had a field day with the Kaufman Lions this past Friday night in Mexia’s 27-17 win.

Not only did Watson score two touchdowns rushing and one receiving, the senior made several crucial defensive plays including stripping the ball away from the Lions Clay Rhodes in a forcible manner that resulted in the Blackcats getting the ball back late in the second quarter and preserving their 13-7 lead going into halftime.

But Watson wasn’t the only one on the defensive side to make an impression. Senior defensive back Hoa Voung cashed in on some huge hits and was instrumental in breaking up to sure Kaufman touchdown passes in the second half.

Tyrik Ray and Danny Huckaby came up with some big plays for the defense and the D-Line’s Jacob Reyes and Arikel Winn helped to keep the middle of the field stacked up for the most part Friday night.

Wed
02
Oct

Lady Bulldogs now 4-1

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

The Wortham Lady Bulldogs improved their district record to 4-1 with wins over Coolidge, Hubbard and Trinidad over the past 10 days. Wortham beat Coolidge in three sets, 25-9, 25-13, 25-10 in their match on Sept. 21.

On Sept. 24, the Lady Bulldogs beat Hubbard in a back and forth match, 10-25, 25-22, 25-18, 23-25, 16-14.

Elisha Libhart had 14 kills and a block, Kiera Busby had 10 kills and four blocks, Hannah McCord had eight kills and a block and Camey Shaffer finished with four kills and eight blocks in Worthams defensive effort to finish off the Lady Jaguars. Kendle Rhodes led Wortham with 21 assists and Sara Sessions had 21 digs.

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

Mon
30
Sep

Defense picks up in second half of loss to Robinson


Danny Huckaby h­­olds tight to the ball as he works his way past a couple Robinson defenders during the Homecoming game Friday night. Mexia fell to the Rockets, 63-21. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

Friday night’s game with the Robinson Rockets turned into a tailspin real quick for the Mexia Blackcats as they fell, 63-21, on homecoming night at Black Cat Field.

The Rockets scored quickly in the first quarter of play on a 12-yard run by Levonte Owens to go up 6-0 after the extra point kick failed.

Mexia’s second drive of the night stalled quickly and they were forced to punt the ball back to Robinson, where they took over near the Blackcats 40-yard line.

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