Sports

Fri
24
Mar

Beachum signs with NY Jets

Mexia News Staff Report

After the Jacksonville Jaguars opted not to pick up the remaining part of former Mexia Blackcat Kelvin Beachum’s contract in mid-February, the 6-3, 316 lb. starting left tackle last season took to the free agent market and was signed by the New York Jets on March 11 as an unrestricted free agent.
Beachum had signed a five-year deal last season with the Jaguars, after spending four seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers - the team that drafted him back in 2012 out of SMU.
In his last season with the Steelers, Beachum went down in game six with a knee injury. At the end of the 2015 season, he was let go from the Steelers and in early 2016, he signed with Jacksonville.
Beachum started 15 games for the Jaguars last year, missing one game due to a concussion.

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Fri
24
Mar

Mexia track teams compete at Lorena

Mexia News Staff Report

The Mexia varsity track teams competed in the Lorena Leopard Relays Thursday, with the boys team finishing in fifth place overall and the girls placing ninth.
In the 100-meter dash, Nick Chatham finished in third place with a time of 11.13 and Jadrian Smith came in sixth with a time of 11.37.
Jaylen Gipson picked up a first place medal in the 200-meter dash, finishing the race with a time of 22.19.
The Blackcats 4x100 meter relay team of Gipson, Chatham, Katyress Griffin and Smith took second place with a time of 43.66.
In the 4x200 meter relay, the team of Gipson, Chatham, Jrion Chambers and Smith finished in third place with a time of 1:32.74.
For the Ladycats, Macy Martinez took second place in the 1600-meter run, completing the race in a time of 6:03.93.

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Fri
24
Mar

Owens completes first season with XU

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Former Mexia Ladycat basketball standout, Na’Teshia “Tee” Owens, completed her first season with the Xavier University Musketeers.
XU finished the 2016-17 women’s basketball season 12-18 overall and 4-14 in the Big East Conference.
Owens played in all 30 of the Musketeer’s games, sporting the same uniform number (20) that she wore all four seasons as a Mexia Ladycat.
During her freshman season with XU, she averaged 9.5 minutes per game and averaged 2.8 points per game.

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Wed
22
Mar

Ladycats crush Palestine 15-2

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The Mexia Ladycats improved to 1-1 in district play and (10-5-1) for the season after crushing the Palestine Ladycats on the road Tuesday night, 15-2.
Mexia jumped out to a 5-1 lead after one inning of play, then moved ahead 7-1 in the second.
In the run producing first inning, Priscilla Garcia scored the first run of the game on an Erica Beldin double to left. Gentry Renfro singled to left and Beldin found her way home on an error by the left fielder to make it 2-0.
With Renfro at third base, she ended up with an easy trip to home plate after Ashton Langley thumped a double into left field to make it 3-0.
Taylor Jones hard hit grounder to the shortstop was too much to handle and Langley scores on the error from second base.

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Wed
22
Mar

Ashley, KaDaja receives TGCA Class 3A all-state honors

Mexia News Staff Report

The Texas Girls Coaches Association released its all-state basketball team last week, selecting 40 female high school athletes throughout the state.
Teague’s Ashley and KaDaja Nickleberry were honored by being named to the TGCA Class 3A all-state basketball team after helping guide the Lady Lions to a first place finish in District 18-3A and a 23-6 record overall for the 2016-17 basketball season. The team went into the playoffs as the No. 1 seed from the district, advancing to the regional finals.
“This is a huge honor to be recognized at this level,” said coach Chris Nickleberry. “They’ve put the work and time in and it’s starting to pay off. I’m proud of them, both as a coach and dad!”

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Wed
22
Mar

Four-run rally not enough for Blackcats against Wildcats

Mexia News Staff Report

The Mexia Blackcats trailed 4-0 entering the top of the sixth, when they rallied for four runs to tie the Palestine Wildcats on the road at 4-4. However, the home team managed to push across one-run in the bottom of the sixth as Mexia fell to Palestine, 5-4, in the district opening game.
The Wildcats scored two runs in the bottom of the first, then another in the second to take a 3-0 lead. They added another in the fourth as insurance.
That insurance run didn’t hold for long.
In the top of the sixth – Mexia’s big inning – Zachary Klosterman led off with a single, followed by a Jaden Proctor single to give the Blackcats two runners on base. Bryce Sterling earned a base-on-balls on five pitches to load the bases full of Cats.

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Tue
21
Mar

Blackcats wrap-up non-district with win over La Vega 13-8

Mexia News Staff Report

Tue
21
Mar

Girl’s Blackcat powerlifting team finish top ten at state meet

Mexia News Staff Report

Tue
21
Mar

Mexia diffuse Rockets in 3-0 win

Mexia News Staff Report

Rene Marquez scored two goals and Kevin Garcia kicked in one to lead the Mexia Blackcats to a 3-0 win over the Robinson Rockets here at home Friday night at Black Cat Field.
The Blackcats were looking for a little revenge as the Rockets put an end to Mexia’s early district winning streak, handing the team their first loss.
After a series of unsuccessful attempts that included great team work by Garcia, Issac Mendez and Danny Prada inside the Robinson box.
Marquez ended up with the ball to hit a remarkable shot passed the goalie that landed just inside the right-corner of the net to put Mexia up 1-0 in the first half.

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Fri
17
Mar

Ladycats fall in district opener 11-5

Mexia News Staff Report

Tuesday’s district opener for the Mexia Ladycats turned into a see-saw battle that saw the Athens Lady Hornets end up on top in the end, 11-5.
After Athens took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first, Mexia forged ahead to take a 3-2 lead at the end of three.
In the inning, the Ladycats scored their first run with one out, when Angel Carroll singled in Alexis Pena from third to make it 2-1. With two outs, Gentry Renfro knocked a two-run single to right, scoring Priscilla Garcia and Carroll as Mexia leads by one.
The Lady Hornets tied the game in the bottom of the fourth, making the score 3-3.

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