Sports

Fri
12
Jan

’Cats notch 19th win in first home game

Mexia News Sports Editor
The long-awaited return home finally took place Tuesday evening at Blackcat Gym, as the No. 24-ranked Mexia Blackcats played their first home game of the 2017-18 basketball season to a stacked house full of fans.
Mexia hosted the Corsicana Tigers and didn’t disappoint the home crowd as they added win No. 19 to their season total with the 59-50 victory.
The win wasn’t easy for the Crimson and Black.
Head Coach Andre Latouche had no idea how tough these Tigers would be until they got on the court for warm-ups.

Fri
12
Jan

’Jackets win, Lady Jackets fall

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor
The Coolidge Yellowjackets played one of their toughest basketball games this season, facing the Abbott Panthers on the road Tuesday night, Jan.9, in district play.
According to coach Wayne Ware, the Yellowjackets trailed the entire game, but managed to tie it in the fourth at 30-30 before finally gaining the lead and escaping Abbott with the 38-34 win.
The game started out as a defensive battle with the Panthers holding Coolidge to only three points in the first period of play, while scoring 10 of their own. The offensive pace picked up a little in the second period for the Yellowjackets, outscoring Abbott, 11-9, as Torrey Hoover scored 10 points in the quarter for Coolidge, but they still trailed at halftime, 19-14.
Both teams put up nine points each on the scoreboard in the third, with Abbott still maintaining a five-point lead at 28-23.

Fri
12
Jan

Lady ’Dogs defeat Riesel; Dogs fall

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor
After dropping a close district game to Dawson Friday, Jan. 5, the Wortham Lady Bulldogs bounced back with a huge 55-20 win over the Riesel Lady Indians on Tuesday, Jan. 9, at home.
The game was close in the first quarter with Wortham taking an 8-4 lead, but the Blue and White turned up the heat in the second, outscoring the Lady Indians 17-6 to increase their lead by the half to 15, 25-10.
Wortham kept its foot on the gas in the third, finishing the period with 19 while holding Riesel to just four, thanks in part to 10 points from point guard Hallie Fautt and a three-point basket from forward Jayde Hamilton to give the Lady Bulldogs a 44-14 advantage heading into the fourth.
Wortham closed out the game with 11 points in the final period of play, getting a three-pointer from Phillips, who finished with four in the win as the Lady Bulldogs left the gym with the 35-point win.

Tue
09
Jan

Wortham teams fall in district games

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
District play continued for Wortham varsity basketball teams as each were on the road Friday night, playing against the Dawson Bulldog and Lady Bulldog squads.
In boy’s action, Wortham kept their game close in the first half, trailing by only two by the intermission, 24-22.
However, they ended up losing 49-40.
In the third, the Bulldogs got three-point baskets by Kemontrell Jackson and Michael McGlone, however, Dawson maintain the advantage and added to their lead by the close of the quarter with the score 37-31.
Wortham got into foul trouble in the fourth, sending Dawson shooters to the line eight times, resulting in six of 16 points being made at the charity stripe.
Dawson ended up outscoring the Bulldogs 12-9 in the final period, giving them the nine-point win.

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
09
Jan

Coolidge teams split road games

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor
The Coolidge Yellowjackets continue to blow through district competition and Friday night’s game was no different, as they blew past the Aquilla Cougars on the road, 67-37.
Coolidge - ranked No. 22 in Class 1A - took an 18-7 lead at the end of the first period, led by seven points from Juan Acevedo. In the second, the Yellowjacket offense continued to pour in the points as Roman Benjamin knocked in 10 during the period, helping give Coolidge a commanding 40-14 lead at the half.
Aquilla perked up a little offensively in the third, outscoring Coolidge 13-12, but the Yellowjackets were still in control at the quarter’s end, leading by 25.
In the fourth, three-pointers by Acevedo, Roderick Busby and Jordan Brown contributed to the Yellowjackets closing out the game with the 30-point win.

Tue
09
Jan

Ladycats open district with victory

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor
DeModesty Williams scored 14 and Yasmine Green sank nine to help lead the Mexia Ladycats to a 67-33 win over the visiting Athens Lady Hornets in Friday’s district-opener at Blackcat Gym.
Mexia (17-6, 1-0) hit the court pressing Athens on defense and took an 18-5 lead at the end of one. The Lady Hornets (12-5, 0-1) tried to match the Ladycats defensive pressure by doing the same, but gave up too many easy baskets to Mexia and eventually pulled back into a half-court man-to-man.
The second period turned into a shooting frenzy, with Mexia getting into some foul trouble as Athens outscored the crimson and black 18-16. Eight of those 18 came from the free throw line and two from the three-point arc, both made by the Lady Hornets Makiyah McCollister.
The Ladycats spread their scoring in the second period, with five players getting points.

Tue
09
Jan

Blackcat strikers fare well in Madisonville tournament

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Great start to the season for the Mexia Blackcats soccer team as they went 2-1 over the weekend, competing in the Madisonville Tournament.
The Crimson and Black opened play against Diboll, defeating the Lumberjacks 3-2. The two teams were tied at the half 2-2, but in the second half Mexia’s Kevin Garcia intercepted a pass and slipped the ball by the Lumberjack goalkeeper for the match winner. Lalo Ortiz and Angel Escamilla scored goals for Mexia in the first half. Garcia also had an assist for the Blackcats in the first half. Mexia had 17 shots on goal, while goalkeepers Gustavo Briceno and Colten McClosky teamed up for four saves.
The going was a little tough in the second match of the tournament as the Blackcats took on host Madisonville, falling to the Mustangs by the score of 3-1.

Fri
05
Jan

Ladycats finish third at Aggieland hoops tourney

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The Mexia Ladycats are showing that this year’s team is a contender after taking third place in the gold bracket of the Aggieland Invitational Basketball Tournament last weekend in Bryan/College Station.
Mexia closed out play Saturday afternoon against Hardin-Jefferson, putting away the Lady Hawks 46-39 in the third-place game.
Mexia trailed by two, 16-14, after the first period, but held the Lady Hawks to only five points in the second, thanks in part to the strong pressure defense by the Ladycats. However, the Crimson and Black struggled a little on offense, but they did manage to cut the two-point deficit down to one at the half and only trailed the Lady Hawks 21-20.

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
05
Jan

What a long, strange trip it’s been for ’Cats

Mexia wins Buffalo tourney; finally playing a home game after 20 away
By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor
The basketball journey has taken the No. 22-ranked Mexia Blackcats to destinations far and wide this season, but the trip finally ends -- at least for a short time -- as the Crimson and Black play their first home game since the 2016-17 season when they host the Corsicana Tigers.
This season the Blackcats have played 19 games on the road (it’ll be 20 by the time they play Tuesday), which includes two tournament wins, including this past weekend as they captured the championship trophy at the Buffalo Christmas Shootout Basketball Tournament.
Mexia opened the tournament with a forfeit win over Cleveland, then went on later in the day to slip past Splendora 50-47. On Friday, the Blackcats defeated Anderson-Shiro, 72-30, then Iola, 64-54, to move into the semifinals.

Fri
05
Jan

A look back at the last half of 2017

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor
Editor’s note: The first half of 2017’s sports highlights was published in the Tuesday, Jan. 2, issue of The Mexia News.
July
Mexia youth baseball and softball teams competed in district and state tournaments.
The Mexia Outsiders high school eligible baseball team went undefeated at the TTAB state tournament, defeating Eustace in the championship game.
The annual Mexia Volleyball Camp was held, with former Ladycat head volleyball coach Leven Barker - currently the Carthage HS volleyball coach - as the camp’s director this year.
Area football players continued with their voluntary summer workouts in preparation for the upcoming fall season.
August
Volleyball and football two-a-days cranked up towards the beginning of the month. The volleyball season began early (Aug. 8) for many area teams.

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