Sports

Mon
08
May

Wortham crushes Frost in bi-district

Mexia News Staff Report

It’s on to the next round for the Wortham Bulldogs, as they crushed the Frost Polar Bears in their Class 2A bi-district baseball game last Friday on the road, 16-1.
Wortham jetted out to a 4-1 lead at the end of one on a couple of hits and Polar Bear errors. Cole Shivers, Braxton Whaley, Zach Jones and Michael McGlone all scored in the top of the first for the Bulldogs.
In the third, with two outs, Black took a 3-1 count to the limit, drawing the walk and went on to steal two bases to end up at third. Ethan McCoslin helped his teammate get home with a fly ball to short that landed for a single to make the score 5-1 Wortham.
The Bulldogs kept the momentum going in the fourth, adding two more runs to go up 7-1.

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Fri
05
May

Ladycats makes big hit in all-district

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Their season may be over, but the awards for the Mexia Ladycats softball team are pouring in after an outstanding year.
Mexia ended up with 10 players on the District 18-4A all-district first and second teams and honorable mention, with six players named to the all-academic first team.
First year head coach Keith Vest was named Co-District Coach of the Year, along with Palestine’s Kym Chapa. Vest guided the Ladycats to a 13-9-2 record overall, a 4-4 mark in district earning the No. 3 playoff seed and finished the season as a bi-district finalist for a team with only three seniors.
Making the all-district first team for the Ladycats was senior infielder Priscilla Garcia, who batted .339 during the season, with 21 hits, five doubles, five triples and a home run. She also had 14 RBI and scored 31 runs for Mexia, along with an .OPS (On-base plus slugging percentage) of 1.103.

Wed
03
May

Bulldogs wrap up district as No. 3 seed, face Frost to open playoffs

Mexia News Staff Report

The Wortham Bulldogs sewed up the No. 3 playoff seed from District 16-2A last week, after dredging the Hubbard Jaguars in the final regular season district game, 12-2.
The game started off even as both teams were tied at 1-1 heading into the top of the third. That’s when the Bulldogs broke out the bats and reeled off four runs.
In the inning, Dylan Martin reached on an error to lead things off. One out later, Anthony Perez gets a single to center to score Martin, then Braxton Whaley gets on via another error and Perez – who had moved to second on a passed ball and stole third – came in to score to make it 3-1.
Whaley, who had landed on second due to the error, steals third and later gets knocked in by Zach Jones line drive single to center.

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Mon
01
May

Area will see five go to state track meet in Austin

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

Friday and Saturday were big days for some of the area track teams as several high schools had athletes competing at the regional competitions held in Palestine, Waco and Huntsville.
The Mexia Blackcats will be sending one athlete, Tashundra Reeves, to the state meet in Austin May 11-13, after she placed second in the girls shot put at the Class 4A Region III regional meet held at Sam Houston State’s Bower Stadium in Huntsville.
Reeves throw landed at a distance of 40-08. Giddings Jasmine Kellar came in first with a throw of 44-08.75.
In the boys 100-meter dash, Mexia’s Nick Chatham qualified for the finals after tying Athens JerQuindon Taylor for seventh place. Both finished the preliminaries with a time of 11.04.
In the finals, Chatham turned on the jets to finish third with a time of 10.87, just 29/100th of a second from earning a chance to compete at the state meet.

Fri
28
Apr

Lady Rockets blast Ladycats 20-1 in bi-district playoff

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

It wasn’t the ending the Mexia Ladycats wanted to see for their season, as they fell to the Robinson Lady Rockets in a one-game bi-district playoff Thursday afternoon at Waco ISD Stadium, 20-1.
Robinson came out with the hot bats in the top of the first, scoring 12 runs to start the game.
Defensively, Gabby Jacobs made a great play near the fence on the warning track in right field for the first out in the inning. Jacobs leaped up, stretching her arm above the fence line to snag the ball in the tip of her glove as it looked to be heading out of the park.
Mexia avoided being shutout as Priscilla Garcia led off the bottom of the first for the Ladycats, with a solo home run over the right-center field fence for the team’s only run of the inning.
The Ladycats held the Lady Rockets scoreless in the second inning.

Wed
26
Apr

Ladycats prepare for playoff round against Robinson

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

The Mexia Ladycats played a warmup game with the Whitney Lady Wildcats on Monday evening.
Mexia battled hard, playing good defense and holding off the Lady Wildcats until the fourth, when Whitney crossed the plate with two runs to take the lead.
They added one more in the sixth as the Lady Wildcats ended up with the 3-0 win.
Mexia was held hitless at the plate, but made up for it with some great defensive work in the field, despite falling to the Lady Wildcats.

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Wed
26
Apr

Determination prevails over size

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

Standing at 4’ 11” tall, Wortham freshman Nikki Boney - nicknamed “Mighty Mouse” by one of her basketball coaches last season - has made a dynamite impact on the Bulldogs track program this year, setting a modern-day school record in the 3200-meter run and earning her first ever trip to the regional track meet this weekend in Palestine.
At the start of the season, she was a little intimidated competing at the varsity level, but once she had a couple of races under her belt, Boney had the competition trying to play catchup to her.
“It kind of scared me,” she explained, talking about competing at the varsity level. “Once you get out there with everybody else, I felt, ‘I might have this.’”
Even though she has her bearings down now, it’s still a little scary for her, but no-where near what it was at the beginning of the season.

Wed
26
Apr

Reeves, Chatham heading to regional track meet

By Stephen R. Farris
The Mexia News

It’s been a tough season for the Mexia Blackcats track team, suffering through some injuries but the teams will be represented at the regional level this weekend in Huntsville by Tashundra Reeves, who’ll be competing in the girls shot put and Nick Chatham, who is running in the 100-meter dash.
Reeves, a three-sport athlete, juggling basketball, softball and track earlier this season, but is down to just softball and track at the moment.
She was busy Tuesday afternoon getting in some practice time with coach Randy Barger, working on technique and distance.
Reeves, a junior, has been competing in the shot put since her seventh grade year and this trip will mark her third consecutive year going to regionals.

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Wed
26
Apr

Wortham’s winning streak falls to Mart

Mexia News Staff Report

The Wortham Bulldogs hosted the Mart Panthers in district baseball action Tuesday afternoon.
Wortham entered the contest with a six-game winning streak, going up against the district’s first place team.
The two teams met earlier in the season, with the Bulldogs falling to the Panthers in a one-run game in Mart.
In Tuesday’s game, Mart jumped out to a 2-1 lead after the first inning and scored in every inning afterwards to come out on top, 12-1.
Cole Shivers scored the lone run for the Bulldogs in the bottom of the first, knocked in by Braxton Whaley, who finished 1-1.

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Tue
25
Apr

Wortham winning streak continues

Mexia News Staff Report

Make it six straight wins for the Wortham Bulldogs varsity baseball team, as they steamrolled their way to a 13-2 win over the Mount Calm Panthers last Friday night on the road.
The much needed win helps the Bulldogs keep pace with district front runners Mart (11-1, 15-2-1) and Riesel (10-2, 17-3) with two games remaining before the playoffs begin next week.
Wortham (9-3, 14-6) has a stronghold on the No. 3 seed and will host current No. 1 seed in the district, Mart, this afternoon and close out the regular season against the Hubbard Jaguars (3-9, 8-15) this Friday evening on the road.
Mart was the last lose for the Bulldogs, before going on their six-game win streak, and that was by one-run, 5-4, on the road. Wortham actually held a 3-1 lead late into the game against the Mart nine.

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