Sports

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05
Feb

Yellowjackets win 60th straight district contest; Lady ’Jackets fall

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor
Jordan Brown scored 27 points and Torrey Hoover hit 24 as the Coolidge Yellowjackets defeated the Abbott Panthers 81-61 to score their fifth consecutive district crown and their 60th straight win in district with two games remaining.
Coolidge shot out to a 24-9 lead in the first period but Abbott settled down and outscored the Yellowjackets in the second, 21-19, cutting the Black and Gold’s advantage going into halftime by two, 43-30.
Brown took charge in the third period for the Yellowjackets, scoring nine of Coolidge’s 18 points in the quarter.
Coolidge pushed their lead up to 61-42 with one period left in the game.
The Yellowjackets went bucket-for-bucket with the Panthers in the final quarter of play, but still outscored Abbott 20-19 to win by 20.

Mon
05
Feb

Lady ’Dogs clinch playoff spot; Bulldogs on bubble

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor
With a playoff spot on the line Friday night, Feb. 2, the Wortham Lady Bulldogs chimed in with a 43-27 win over the Riesel Lady Indians on the road, putting them in a tie for second place with the Axtell Lady Longhorns in District 18-2A with one more game remaining.
Mart, which defeated Axtell 34-27 on Friday night, has finished its district schedule with a record of 7-5.
Wortham could lay claim to the No. 2 seed if they beat Bremond at home tonight and Hubbard defeats Axtell at home. If both Wortham and Axtell fall, that will put both teams into a three-way tie for second-place with Mart and could force a playoff, depending on the district’s tie-breaker ruling.
In Friday night’s win, the score was close after one-period of play with the Lady Bulldogs on top 8-5. In the second period, Riesel outscored Wortham 12-9 to tie the game at 17 heading into the half.

Mon
05
Feb

Mexia powerlifters take fourth at meet

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor
After giving a few of his lifters a break at the Georgetown powerlifting meet week before last, Mexia Blackcat powerlifting coach Dustin Maddox had his full squad in action this past Saturday at the Rice Bulldog Invitational.
The Blackcats finished fourth overall out of 18 high schools competing.
Diego Rivera was back in full form Saturday for the Blackcats in Rice. Rivera recorded his second first-place finish in as many meets he’s lifted in, finishing the day in the 123-weight class with a combined total of 1,050 pounds lifted in the three categories — squat, bench press and deadlift.
Max Cervantes grabbed sixth-place in the 123-class with a combined total of 665 pounds lifted. Cervantes continues to finish strong and medaled at the Georgetown meet placing fourth overall.

Mon
05
Feb

Ladycats building on successful softball season

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor
The Mexia Ladycats have returned to the softball diamond, expecting bigger and better things to come this upcoming season.
Last year, the Ladycats had one of their best finishes with a 13-9-2 overall record and finished third in District 18-4A with a record of 4-4, under the guidance of coach Keith Vest. Vest was named Co-District Coach of the Year last season.
Mexia ended the 2017 as a bi-district finalist.
The team returns everyone, except for the three seniors that graduated, so look for a higher finish in the district standings this year, especially with pitcher Erica Beldin back in the circle.
Beldin, a junior this year, was 12-7 with an ERA of 3.75 last season, striking out 131 batters and made second-team all-district as a pitcher.

Mon
05
Feb

Blackcat 9 hit the diamond this week

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor
The smell of leather and the clank of aluminum bats can be heard throughout diamonds across the state of Texas as the high school baseball season has officially begun.
The Mexia Blackcats hit the field for the first day of practice Friday, Feb. 2, but will be a little short-staffed until basketball season finishes up.
The year’s team will be coached by Evan Simpson, who takes over for Chad Coker, now the head coach for the Wortham Bulldogs.
Simpson was an assistant coach last season for the team. This year Simpson will have assistant coaches Justin Barnett and Jordan Heusinkveld on the staff.
The Blackcats finished the 2017 season 6-15 overall and 1-7 in District 18-4A.
Mexia lost some senior leadership, but still hasplenty of talent coming back to help some of the younger players moving up to the varsity team.

Fri
02
Feb

Blackcats get revenge on Eagles

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Mexia basketball coach Andre LaTouche was back with his team Tuesday night after missing the last two due to illness.
LaTouche and the Blackcats hosted the Fairfield Eagles (16-7, 1-4), always a tough team to play. Back on Jan. 12, in Fairfield, the Eagles slipped by Mexia 61-59.
This time, they were playing in the Blackcats house with Mexia coming out on top, 55-52, to keep their playoff hopes alive.
The first period was close just as suspected, with Mexia holding a 9-7 advantage at the close of the first period of play.
Fairfield kept the battle going in the second period, holding a three-point lead with only seconds to play before the half.

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Fri
02
Feb

Ladycats double down on Lady Eagles

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
“We’re not taking any team lightly,” said Mexia coach Randy Barger, in his post-game interview after the No. 23 ranked Ladycats defeated district rival Fairfield Tuesday night at home, 46-23.
Mexia played the Lady Eagles earlier in district play in Fairfield, but lost by nine, 42-33.
“We’ve been waiting to play them since they beat us at their place,” Barger said. “We wanted to come back and see if we could do better against them at home.”
They did indeed, as the gym was standing room only to see the two longtime rivals battle it on the basketball court.
After the first two periods of play, it looked as if it would be a low-scoring affair with the Ladycats leading at the half, 17-10.
However, Mexia kept up the defensive pressure, using a full-court, trapping defense at times and picking up the Lady Eagles at mid-court in a man-on-man look throughout the second half.

Fri
02
Feb

Yellowjackets clinch; Lady Jackets in wait-and-see mode

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor
The No. 15 ranked Coolidge Yellowjackets (17-2, 9-0) clinched a spot in the Class 1A basketball playoffs Tuesday night after beating district foe Aquilla, 76-34, at home.
Coolidge was scheduled to play second place Abbott (7-1 in district) on the road Friday night, then travel to Mount Calm (0-9 in district) on Tuesday, Feb. 6, to play the Panthers and close out the regular season next Friday night, Feb. 9, at home against Gholson (6-2 in district).
In Tuesday’s game with the Cougars, the Yellowjackets jumped to an early 21-7 lead in the first period of play, then pushed the score to 40-17 by the half.
Coolidge exploded for 29 points in the third period behind the swift shooting of Jordan Brown. Brown scored all 12 points he had in the game during the third quarter, finishing with two treys, a pair of two-point baskets and a couple of free throws as the Yellowjackets led 69-21 at the end of the period.

Fri
02
Feb

Mexia parents, coach give baseball, softball fields a paint makeover

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Four Mexia parents and a coach showed up on their own time over the weekend to give the high school baseball and softball field buildings a fresh coat of paint – in the Blackcat colors of crimson and black, of course.
Doing the work were Athletic Booster Club president Brian Hullum; vice president Doug Allen, with help from Allen’s son, 11-year-old Peyton; parents Cody Sunday and James Harrison; and softball coach Keith Vest.
They painted both dugouts and press box-concession stands.
Doug Allen said they were doing the job simply because it needed to be done.
“We’ve all got kids playing baseball,” he said, “and thought it would look nicer if they come up here to this, with some school colors going.”
Sunday also saw it as something they just needed to do.

Fri
02
Feb

Wortham Lady ’Dogs in thick of playoff race

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor
The race for playoff spots is coming down to the wire for girls teams in District 18-2A, after the Wortham Lady Bulldogs kept in the thick of it, defeating the Dawson Lady Bulldogs 57-43 at home Tuesday night.
Wortham currently holds the third playoff spot in the district with a record of 6-4 and have a half-game lead over fourth place Mart (6-5) and a full-game advantage over fifth place Dawson (5-6).
The Lady Bulldogs were scheduled to be on the road against Riesel (1-9 in district) Friday night, then close out the regular season at home against 0-11 Bremond.
In Tuesday night’s contest, Dawson played Wortham close to start the game, but the Lady ‘Dawgs in blue ended up with the 8-6 lead at the end of the first period.
Wortham turned the game up a notch in the second, pouring in 21 points to Dawson’s six to take a 29-12 halftime lead.

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