Sports

Fri
19
Jan

Lady ’Cats back on winning track; ’Cats fall

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor
The Mexia Ladycats got back on the winning track Wednesday evening, improving to 2-1 in District 18-4A after beating the Palestine Lady Wildcats 58-40 at home in front of a packed house.
Mexia shot out to a 12-1 lead midway in the first quarter, then Treece Daily knocked down two shots from three-point territory, lane penetrations for points by point guard Keiana Keith helped the Ladycats to a 21-8 advantage after one.
Palestine clawed their way back to cut Mexia’s lead to 10 at one point during the second period, but the Ladycats maintained their composure and finished the period leading, 36-20.
The third quarter didn’t start off so well for Mexia as the Lady Wildcats reeled off seven consecutive points to start the quarter and cutting into the Ladycats 16-point lead they held at the half.

Fri
19
Jan

Yellowjackets defeat Panthers, Lady Panthers

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor
What a night for Coolidge Yellowjacket basketball teams, as the girls defeated the Mount Calm Lady Panthers at home, 50-33, while J.J. Acevedo and Roman Benjamin combined for 41 points to lead the boys to an 86-22 win over the Panthers.
In the first game of the evening in Coolidge, the Lady Yellowjackets took a 13-3 lead in the first period as Tionna Kirven had the hot hand with seven points in the quarter.
Coolidge kept the pace, adding 12 more points in the second period and led at the half, 25-13.
Kirven continued her offensive barrage after the half, scoring five in the third and nine in the fourth as the Lady Yellowjackets finished off the Lady Panthers by 17.
Kirven finished the game as the top scorer with 28. Jada Hunter scored eight for Coolidge, while Sofia Ortiz and Julia Herrera hit five points each and Jazmine Evans dished in four.

Fri
19
Jan

Lady Bulldogs win two; Bulldogs split games

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor
This time last week, the Wortham Lady Bulldogs were 2-3 in district play; however, a win over Bremond on Friday night coupled with another over the Axtell Lady Longhorns Wednesday evening, the girls find themselves back in the hunt at 4-3 and 14-8 overall.
Wednesday evening, Wortham overcame a 14-9 first period deficit to comeback and defeat the Lady Longhorns in their gym, 50-43.
The game changer came in the second period as Hallie Fautt knocked down nine points in the quarter, getting help from Ashley Mao with four and Skylar Phillips was just getting started with the three-point parade, moving the Lady Bulldogs into the lead at the half, 25-21.

Fri
19
Jan

Blackcat football banquet Tickets now on sale

Mexia News
Staff Report
The Mexia Blackcat fall 2017 football team will be honored at the annual Blackcat Football Banquet on Thursday, Jan. 25.
The event will take place at First Baptist Church’s Christian Life Center, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets are $10 and are available now at ReMax Real Estate/Womack Life Insurance, 205 E. Milam; office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday.
Multiple awards will be presented, including the prestigious top honor, the Shield of Excellence.

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

Mon
15
Jan

Fairfield hands Mexia first district losses

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor
The Mexia Blackcats and Ladycats ran into a double-whammy in Fairfield on Friday night, Jan. 12.
The Ladycats fell 42-33 to the Lady Eagles -- their first loss in district play. The Blackcats came up short 61-59 to the Eagles in both teams’ district opener.
In the girl’s game, Fairfield led early, but midway in the opening period Mexia’s Keiana Keith hit the two and one to tie it up at 8.
That would be as much as Mexia could muster in the first period as Fairfield score the next five points to close the quarter with a 13-8 advantage.
The Lady Eagles led by as many as seven with 1:03 remaining in the second period and ended up leading by that much going into the half, 19-12.
Mexia pulled to within four late in the third period after Oasis Keener hit a two-point basket and the Ladycats stayed in striking distance, trailing only by five at quarter’s close, 31-26.

Mon
15
Jan

Wortham wins 2 against Bremond

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor
Wortham varsity basketball teams reaped the rewards in Bremond on Friday night, Jan. 12, as both girls and boys teams doubled-down with the Lady Bulldogs acing their way over the Laday Tigers 42-13, while the Bulldogs cashed in with a 53-27 win over the Tigers
In the girl’s game, Wortham’s defensive play held Bremond to only two first quarter points, while the Lady Bulldogs scored 13 on the shooting of Hallie Fautt and Ashley Mao.
The second quarter was much the same only this time the Lady Bulldogs kept their opponent scoreless and ended up with a 26-2 lead at the half.
Wortham went on to outscore Bremond 16-11 the remainder of the game to take a 29-point district win back home.

Mon
15
Jan

Three Bulldogs make all-district team

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor
The 2017 11-2A All-District football teams were recently announced, with three players from the Wortham Bulldogs squad earning second-team status.
Bulldog running back Stephon Ester made all-district second team. Ester missed some time this season with an injury, but still led Wortham in rushing with 232 carries for 1,800 yards and 19 touchdowns and caught 17 passes for 103 yards and a TD. Ester also made all-district second team on defense as a safety. He finished the year with 37 tackles, 25 assists, had four pass deflections, and interception and a caused a fumble.
Joining Ester in the all-district selections was teammate Braxton Whaley, who made second team as a wide receiver.

Mon
15
Jan

Coolidge trio earn all-state honors

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor
Three members of the Coolidge Yellowjacket football team earned honorable mention selections to the 2017 Texas Six-Man Coaches Association Division I All-State selections that were recently released.
Torrey Hoover made honorable mention at the spread-back position. Hoover led Coolidge (151-1,811-24) in rushing this past season and in total yards in helping lead the Yellowjackets to a bi-district championship and the Region IV area finals.
He was also named the District 14-1A Six-Man Offensive MVP and made first team all-region at spread back.
Colby Casarez was selected as an all-state honorable mention at nose guard. Casarez recorded 41 tackles and two sacks for Coolidge this past season. He also received awards for all-district first team defense and all-region first team at nose guard.

Fri
12
Jan

Mexia powerlifters throw weight around at Cameron

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Last Saturday, the sound of clanking barbells and coaches shouting encouragement to get their athletes pumped up could be heard loud and clear inside the gym at Cameron High School, as the Mexia Blackcats and Ladycats competed in their first powerlifting meet of the season under new coach Dustin Maddox.
The Ladycats finished fifth overall out of 14 schools competing, with Nicole Hernandez getting off to a great start as she finished in first-place in the 105-pound weight class. Iris Valenzuela placed third in the 114-weight class and Jamie Comer took second in the 198-weight class.
Also competing for Mexia was Demona Carrol in the 132, Jayda Gray in the 148, Ashton Langley in the 165, Hope Goodrich in the 181 and Tashundra Reeves in the 259-weight class.

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

Fri
12
Jan

Ladycats rebound for win after cold start

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The Mexia Ladycats overcame an early first-quarter deficit and overpowered the Waco La Vega Lady Pirates the rest of the way for a 46-31 non-district win, putting their season record at 18-6 overall.
A quick six points by La Vega to start the game forced Mexia coach Randy Barger to call timeout and talk to his team with 5:41 remaining in the opening period.
La Vega scored again after the timeout to make it 8-0 until the Ladycats Destini Hutchison was fouled with 4:16 to go in the opening period and sent to the free throw line.
Hutchison finally got Mexia on the scoreboard, hitting one of two charity shots.
That must have sparked a fire under the Ladycats as their shooting started to hit the mark. Treece Daily pulled up at the top of the arc, sinking the three, then after another basket by La Vega, Hutchison and Tiesha Jones scored two pointers to pull Mexia to within two, 10-8.

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