Sports

Wed
20
Nov

Could be good season ahead for Blackcat boys hoops

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

This could be another incredible year for the Mexia Blackcats basketball program and this time it could come from the boy’s side of the court.

Coach Tony Leamon has been more than excited at the prospect of this year’s team making a much longer playoff run and has expressed his excitement on more than one occasion throughout the football season.

The team returns all of its starters from last year’s team that finished the 2012-13 season with a record of 20-14 and went two deep in the playoffs, falling to Navasota by 10 points in the area round.

Returning players include 6’ 1” Sr. guard Kaylon Watson, last year’s 19-3A MVP, who averaged 11.8 points per game and 8.5 rebounds per game last season. LaVictor McKnight (6’ 4” Sr. forward and 19-3A defensive MVP) averaged 8.6 ppg and 6.8 rpg and led the team in blocked shots with 50.

Wed
20
Nov

Numbers, size cost Ladycats in Tuesday’s home opener


The Ladycats had a hard-fought loss to Waco University Tuesday night in the girls’ season opener. Mexia players show here, in white, are, l-r: Ty Johnson, Brianna Forge on floor and Kaitlyn Gipson. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Mike Eddleman
Publisher

The recipe for success the Mexia Ladycats used to claim a state title last spring is missing a few ingredients early on this season, creating some challenges as they begin a new championship run.

Mexia fell 59-51 in its home opener to Waco University, unable to use its signature speed and pressure to counter the opposition’s size inside.

“We were undermanned with injuries and players out tonight, but our girls played hard and played well to stay in the game,” said coach Randy Barger. “We wanted to stay with them and have a chance late in the game and we did that.”

The Ladycats did put a scare in the University squad in the second half after playing from behind throughout the first half. Mexia trailed by as many as 12 in the first half, cutting into the lead with short runs, but watching the gap widen again as the visitors’ size inside gave them a distinct edge on the boards.

Mon
18
Nov

Rebuilding year comes to end for Mexia Blackcats


Ike Jones played in many roles Friday night against the Carthage Bulldogs. Jones, shown taking the handoff from Mexia quarterback Jaylon Gipson filled in for still injured Kaylon Watson in the backfield on several plays. Mexia News photo/ Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

It may have not been the type of game the Mexia Blackcats wanted to end their season with, but overall, a return to the playoffs and a 4-7 record beats a 0-10 year anytime.

Coach Lamonte Chambers has initiated a turnaround for the football program where the team ended up winning twice as more games than they have in the past two years.

The Blackcats had the opportunity to push their record over the .500 mark in a couple of early season games, but the team was hit with some injuries this year, especially late in the season all but losing their main running back Kaylon Watson.

Mexia ran up against a much bigger and powerful Carthage Bulldog team in the first round of the 2013 playoffs last Friday night, falling to the score of 49-6.

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

Fri
15
Nov

Ladycats still tops in state

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

The Lady Blackcats maintained their No. 1 ranking in the state last Friday night against Caldwell, beating the Lady Hornets by the score of 59-30.

The reigning Class 3A state champions were led by sophomore point guard Na’tesha Owens, who scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds, dished out 10 assists and had nine steals in the game, picking up where she left off last season.

Kaitlyn Gibson scored 16 points for the Lady Cats, Bremeshia Owens knocked down 11, freshman Soroya Hollie finished with eight points.

Also contributing on the boards and defensively were Jynesha Jackson (9 Reb., 4 steals), Tyesha Johnson (5 Reb., 2 steals) and Hollie (4 Reb., 4 assists and 5 steals). Akasha Anderson grabbed four boards in the Mexia win.

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

Fri
15
Nov

Ladycats still tops in state

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

The Lady Blackcats maintained their No. 1 ranking in the state last Friday night against Caldwell, beating the Lady Hornets by the score of 59-30.

The reigning Class 3A state champions were led by sophomore point guard Na’tesha Owens, who scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds, dished out 10 assists and had nine steals in the game, picking up where she left off last season.

Kaitlyn Gibson scored 16 points for the Lady Cats, Bremeshia Owens knocked down 11, freshman Soroya Hollie finished with eight points.

Also contributing on the boards and defensively were Jynesha Jackson (9 Reb., 4 steals), Tyesha Johnson (5 Reb., 2 steals) and Hollie (4 Reb., 4 assists and 5 steals). Akasha Anderson grabbed four boards in the Mexia win.

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

Wed
06
Nov

Reeves earns national honor after record-breaking game


Broderick Reeves

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

Former Mexia Blackcat running back Broderick Reeves had the breakout game of his college career this past Saturday against McMurry University.

Reeves, a freshman backup running back for the University of Incarnate Word Cardinals filled in for injured starter Junior Sessions, who left the game in the early part of the second quarter.

Reeves came off the bench and ended up setting four school records with six touchdowns and 244 yards rushing on 23 carries, tacking on another 31 yards in receptions giving him a total of 275 yards in the game.

With Reeves’ brilliant performance, UIW (5-4) managed to hang on for a 47-43 come from behind win.

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

Mon
04
Nov

Injuries a big factor in loss to Wildcats

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

Friday night seemed to have a different feel to it and with several Blackcat players out with injuries or given limited playing time due to working their way back from an injury, something just didn’t seem right in the 32-13 loss to the Palestine Wildcats.

The night started off with a bang as kick returner Danny Huckaby took the football the length of the playing field for an apparent Mexia touchdown, which would have put the Blackcats on top.

But that play seemed to be the terminus of Mexia’s night when the site of an official’s yellow handkerchief found a resting spot back around the Blackcats 15-yard line.

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

Wed
30
Oct

Lady Bulldogs sweep rivals

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

Add two more to the win column for the Wortham Lady Bulldogs after sweeping matches against Trinidad, 25-6, 25-5, 25-5, and Dawson, 25-12, 25-16, 25-18.

“Our ladies really stepped it up last week and played with a high level of intensity,” said Coach Johnny Ward. “We continue to work hard in practice and it seems like we are peaking at the right time.”

Peaking they are as their district record improved to 10-3 and 23-13 overall, but that’s not all: The Lady Bulldogs have qualified for the playoffs for the 15th straight season.

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

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.

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