Sports

Mon
23
Apr

Blackcats make playoffs; Wortham storms into postseason

The Mexia News staff reports
The Mexia baseball team will be headed to the postseason.
The Blackcats had to wait it out last week when they finished their regular season Tuesday and had a bye Friday.
On Friday, Madisonville capped an unbeaten District 18-4A campaign with a victory over Fairfield. The loss left Fairfield with a 1-7 record, one game behind Mexia, which nailed down the district’s fourth and final playoff spot.
Mexia enters the postseason on a five-game losing streak. Its last victory was March 26, an 11-1 decision over Fairfield.
The Blackcats lost to Fairfield in the teams’ second meeting. Thus, a Fairfield win Friday would have forced a one-game playoff for fourth place.

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Mon
23
Apr

Four more Blackcats to continue academics, football at collegiate level

By Skip Leon
sports@themexianews.com
Four Mexia High School football players signed Monday to continue their athletic and academic endeavors at the collegiate level. The signing took place in the MHS auditorium.
Three will play at Division III Austin College in Sherman and one signed on with Cisco Junior College.
The three Austin College signees are twin brothers Davion and Travion Carter, who both will play receiver positions, and De’Marcus McQurter, who will start out as a cornerback and hopes to move to outside linebacker.
In addition, defensive end Jaidon Ardister signed with Cisco Junior College.
McQurter, who was an all-district outside linebacker last season, said he liked the atmosphere when he visited Austin College.

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Mon
23
Apr

‘Small ball,’ ‘big boppers’ ... either way, Ladycats ready for postseason play

By Skip Leon
sports@themexianews.com
The Mexia softball players have developed a reputation as big boppers with their bats, being capable of hitting the ball out of sight and putting up multiple runs in a hurry.
But they could turn to a different style of play in their Class 4A bi-district series against China Spring.
Mexia, the runner-up in District 16-4A, will take on China Spring, the third-place finisher in District 15-4A, in a best-of-three series Thursday and Friday. Game 1 is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday at China Spring. The series comes to Mexia on Friday for Game 2 at 6 p.m. Game 3, if necessary, will start 30 minutes after the completion of that game.
“I’m really thinking small ball is gonna beat them,” Mexia coach Keith Vest said, referring to a style of play that involves bunting, slap hits and running.

Mon
23
Apr

Blackcats taking losing streak into baseball playoffs

By Skip Leon
sports@themexianews.com
The Mexia baseball team will have at least one more game beyond the regular season. Whether or not that’s a postseason contest in the UIL playoffs or a play-in game remained to be seen.
The Blackcats lost their season finale 6-3 to Athens at home Tuesday night. They had a bye Friday on the final night of the District 18-4A regular season.
Mexia finished with a district record of 2 wins and 6 losses. They hold down the fourth and final playoff spot, pending the outcome of Fairfield’s game against Madisonville on Friday night.
Fairfield is 1-6 in district play after losing to Palestine on Tuesday. The Eagles’ only win was against Mexia. The Eagles had to beat undefeated district champion Madisonville to tie Mexia and force a playoff for he final postseason berth.

Mon
23
Apr

Mexia tracksters qualify for regional meet

By Skip Leon
sports@themexianews.com
Mexia had two winners and a host of regional qualifiers Wednesday at the area track meet in Fairfield.
In all, two girls qualified in three events, and six boys qualified in four events. The top four finishers in each event move on to the regional meet, which will be April 27-28 at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville.
Mexia’s area champions were Ty Gamble in the boys’ triple jump and Macie Martinez in the girls’ 3,200-meter run.
Gamble soared 44 feet, 5.5 inches, which was his personal best effort by nearly six inches. He outdistanced runner-up Xavius Fulton of Athens, who leaped 43-9.5, by eight inches.

Tue
17
Apr

Soccer it to ’em

Players from Mexia under-10 teams Barcelona and Real Madrid battle for control of the ball during a soccer match at the Lone Star Soccer Association’s end-of-season tournament at Brooks Washington Park in Teague Saturday. Barcelona won the championship for the age group. They were one of four team age-group champions from Mexia.
Photo by Skip Leon/The Mexia News

Tue
17
Apr

Wortham Bulldogs shooting for unblemished district record

Mexia News staff report
The Wortham baseball team has already clinched the District 16-2A championship. Now they’re shooting for an unbeaten district campaign.
The Bulldogs kept their run of consecutive wins intact with a 13-3 victory Friday at Coolidge. The win ran their district record to 10-0.
Leadoff batter Hunter Waggener set the table for Wortham with three hits.

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Tue
17
Apr

Ladycats fall to Lady Eagles

Mexia in softball playoffs as second seed
Mexia News Staff Report
The Mexia softball team lost its regular-season finale 18-3 Friday night at Fairfield. The contest was stopped after four innings.
Despite the loss, Mexia finishes second in District 18-4A with a 5-3 record. Two of the losses were to Fairfield, which won the district championship with an unblemished 8-0 record.
Mexia opened the scoring with two runs in the top of the first inning. Fairfield answered with two in the home half of the frame.
Mexia regained the lead 3-2 with a run in the top of the second.

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Tuesday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Tue
17
Apr

Mexia’s struggles continue with loss to Fairfield

By Skip Leon
sports@themexianews.com
With one game left, the Mexia baseball team is still trying to nail down a playoff spot.
The Blackcats fell victim to a hard-hitting Fairfield team Friday night and lost 8-4 in a District 18-4A game at Fairfield.
The loss, Mexia’s fourth in a row, drops the team to 2-5 in district and 7-11-1 overall. The Blackcats hold down fourth place, which would be the final playoff slot from the district.
Fairfield’s win kept the Eagles in the playoff hunt. It was their first district victory in six games. They are a half-game behind Mexia.
The Blackcats play their final regular-season game at 7 p.m. today at home against Athens. A Mexia victory would clinch at least a tie for the fourth and final playoff spot.
Fairfield has two games left -- tonight at Palestine and Friday at home against Madisonville, which is unbeaten atop the district standings.

Fri
13
Apr

Wortham takes title with 15-4 victory

By Skip Leon
The Mexia News Sports Editor
Wortham baseball coach Chad Coker said his team got off to a slow start in their non-district campaign. They lost five of their first six games in tournament play.
However, by the time the Bulldogs hit District 16-2A action they were clicking on all cylinders.
Wortham has run through district without a loss and clinched the championship Tuesday with a 15-4 victory over Dawson. They are a perfect 9-0 in district play. They are 10-5 overall.
Riesel is in second place with a 7-2 district record. Both losses have been to Wortham. The district is comprised of five Class 2A schools and three Class 1A schools. Wortham and Riesel each have two games left against 2A teams. The best Riesel can do is tie Wortham, but the Bulldogs hold the tie breaker by virtue of their two victories over the runners-up.

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