Sports

Fri
16
Jun

Area towns to host district baseball, softball tourneys

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

As the youth baseball and softball regular seasons wind down to a close, the Texas Teenage Association’s district playoffs will start kicking off here in less than a few weeks.
The Mexia Baseball/Softball Association will be hosting the TTAB Boys 12U Open Base District 9 tournament that is scheduled to start on July 10. The tournament will have a total of six teams playing, two from the Brazos Valley Leagues American Division, two from the National Division and two teams from Four Points Youth Baseball Association.
In other TTAB district tournaments beginning July 10, Groesbeck will be hosting the TTAB Boys 10U Tight Base District 9 tournament, featuring the top two teams from the Brazos Valley American and National leagues.
Mexia will have two teams playing in the District 10 tournament, which will be played in Bosqueville.

Fri
16
Jun

State 7-on-7 qualifying tournaments winding down

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

This weekend and next will close out the Texas State 7-on-7 qualifying tournament schedule.
So far, 50 teams from across the state in Division II (Classes 1A, 2A, 3A and 4A) have qualified for the big state tournament that will be held in College Station at Veterans Park and Athletic Complex June 29 and 30, including last year’s champion Kaufman and runner-up Somerset.
Division I (Classes 5-6A) has 39 teams qualified to date, including 2016 state champion The Woodlands and last year’s runner-up Dickinson. Division I games will begin on June 30 and close out on Saturday, July 1.
Mexia is among the field of 50 teams for Division II and will be joined (so far) by teams from…

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Wed
14
Jun

Volleyball conditioning, strength camp June 19

Mexia News Staff Report

The Mexia Ladycats volleyball team will be conducting a strength and conditioning camp beginning next Monday, June 19, at the high school gym.
The camp - which runs Monday through Thursday - will begin at 9 a.m. and will end at 11 a.m. with lunch to follow each day.
The same routine will take place the following week.
A short break during Fourth of July week will give the girls a chance to rest and relax.
The camp will pick back up for the weeks of July 10 and July 17, Monday through Thursday, 9-11 a.m.
Coach Randy Barger - coaching the Ladycat volleyball team for a second season - is conducting the camp along with his coaching staff.
There will also be a separate volleyball skills camp, scheduled to take place July 24-25. More details to follow in the upcoming weeks.

Wed
14
Jun

Not for the faint hearted

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

Mon
12
Jun

Victory Bowl contest has surprise ending

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

It was a week filled with learning experiences, the opportunity to fellowship with new made friends and help out in the Waco and surrounding communities for athletes in the greater Central Texas area.
Mexia had two representatives (Colton Jones and Alanni Connor) chosen to take part in the Ninth Annual Heart of Texas Fellowship of Christian Athletes Victory Bowl festivities this past week and weekend.
Due to scheduling conflicts, only one, Connor, was able to make it.
Connor was part of the cheerleading squad for the Blue team, cheering at the volleyball and football games on Saturday.
Her experience will be something she’ll remember for a lifetime.

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Mon
12
Jun

Jelks’ injury may keep her out for the year

Mexia News Staff Report

Unfortunate news for the Mexia Ladycats volleyball team as one of their leading players, Aniyah Jelks, will be out the rest of the year due to an injury sustained in the powder puff game near the close of the school year.
Jelks tore her ACL and LCL and underwent surgery early last week.
Coach Randy Barger said it’s possible that she might be able to return when basketball season starts or sometime thereafter.
Jelks was a big force for the Ladycats in the front court during last season’s success as the team finished third in district and made it the playoffs, finishing as a bi-district finalist in Class 4A Region III.

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Wed
07
Jun

Mexia 7-on-7 team earn R-E-S-P-E-C-T

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

The summer 7-on-7 league ended Tuesday evening in Teague.
Only three teams showed up for the season finale, Mexia, host Teague and Fairfield.
Mexia defeated Teague in their first game of the evening, but fell in game two to Fairfield.
All-in-all, the experience for the Mexia Blackcats was a good one, especially with the new coaching staff and new system they are learning throughout the course of the summer to prepare themselves for the upcoming fall football season.

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Wed
07
Jun

True Defenders Strength and Conditioning Camp June 12

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Monday, June 12, will mark the start of the True Defenders Strength and Conditioning Camp, spearheaded by head football coach Frank Sandoval and his coaching staff.
The camp will run from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and coaches will actually get to coach the kids.
Thanks to school administration, athletes will have the opportunity to have breakfast together before the two-hour workouts, then a rest period, followed by a nutritious lunch.
“It’s going to be a good deal where kids can come eat breakfast, workout, rest and then have lunch,” said Sandoval. “This is phenomenal - what the administration is doing - because our kids are going to get the nutrition they need before and after working out.”
Breakfast will be served from 7:15 a.m. to 8 a.m., Monday through Thursday, as well as lunch provided on those days at Sims and will tie-in to the new philosophy Sandoval brings in, centered around family.

Mon
05
Jun

Heart of Texas FCA victory bowl slated this weekend, June 9-10

Mexia News Staff Report

This is the kickoff week for the Heart of Texas Fellowship of Christian Athletes as Super Centex Victory Bowl games will be played this weekend. A total of 92 football players, 24 volleyball players, 20 cheerleaders, 36 baseball players, 36 softball players, 75 band members and 30 area head coaches all representing 80 Central Texas high schools report on Wednesday to start things off.
Making up bowl week will be five practices, 10 local outreaches, trips to the Dr. Pepper History Museum, a pancake eating contest, pep rally, baseball/softball skills competitions and most importantly the games.
Tickets for the ninth annual event will be sold on game day.

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Mon
05
Jun

Mexia 7-on-7 heading to state championship tournament

Mexia News Staff Report

After spending the last few weeks working out the kinks and getting back on the football field, several members of the Mexia Blackcats have been competing in the 7-on-7 league being held at Teague’s Lions Stadium.
Those few weeks have also helped prepare the group for qualifying tournaments for the Texas State 7-on-7 Championships, which will be played at Bryan-College Station.
This past Saturday, all of that hard work paid off as Mexia went 3-0 at the Hurst State Qualifying Tournament, cementing a spot in the state championship tournament.
Mexia defeated Godley, 18-12, and Maypearl, 26-19, in pool play, then took down Boyd in a close game, 27-26, to earn their berth.

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.

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