Sports

Fri
27
Apr

Wortham’s Oates qualifies for regional

The Mexia News Staff Reports
Wortham’s Zaria Oates won two individual championships and qualified for the Region III-2A track meet in three events overall with her performance at the Area meet Thursday, April 19, at Bosqueville.
Oates won the long and triple jumps and finished second in the 100-meter dash.
Her effort of 15 feet, 8.5 inches in the long jump edged out Erakah Easley of Rosebud-Lott by just one-half inch for the victory.

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
27
Apr

Bulldogs earn playoff bye with their undefeated district season

By Skip Leon
The Mexia News Sports Editor
After a shaky 1-5 start in pre-district tournaments, the Wortham baseball team wasn’t sure how it would fare as it headed into the District 16-2A portion of the schedule.
However, the Bulldogs came out slugging and never let up. They completed the turnaround from those early-season rough spots when they finished off an unbeaten district campaign Tuesday with an 11-5 home victory over Hubbard.
Wortham reeled off 12 consecutive wins in district play. The Bulldogs have a bye in the bi-district round of the playoffs and move straight to the area round. Their opponent has not yet been determined.
Coach Chad Coker said he’s not sure if any other team in Wortham baseball history has gone unbeaten in district.

Fri
27
Apr

Blackcats face tall task against Robinson

Mexia News Sports Editor
In its first postseason appearance in three years, the Mexia baseball team finds itself in a David vs. Goliath matchup against Waco Robinson in the bi-district round.
Game 1 of the best-of-three series will be at 7 p.m. Thursday in Mexia. Game 2 will be at 5 p.m. Friday in Robinson. If a Game 3 is necessary, it will be played a half hour after Game 2.
Mexia reached the playoffs with a fourth-place finish in District 18-4A, where they won two of eight games. Robinson breezed through a 12-0 District 17-4A campaign and outscored its opponents 134-23 during that stretch.
Robinson enters the series with a 12-game winning streak and is 20-3-1 overall, while Mexia was on a five-game losing streak which it hoped to snap with a victory in a warm-up game Friday night at Riesel.

Fri
27
Apr

MHS runner going the distance to Sam Houston

By Skip Leon
Mexia News Sports Editor
Macie Martinez had Sam Houston State University on her radar long before the school knew about her.
The Mexia High School senior decided as a freshman she wanted to run cross country and track at Sam Houston State. Last week, she fulfilled that dream by signing a letter of intent to run for the Lady Bearkats.
“I’ve been wanting to go there all through high school, so I’m really excited that I have the opportunity,” said Martinez, who is a two-time cross country state qualifier. “I didn’t think I was gonna be good enough to run for Division I.”
Martinez also drew interest from colleges in Oklahoma, but did not want to leave the state of Texas. She visited Texas Wesleyan and talked with coaches at Tarleton State. But when she finally heard from Sam Houston, her choice was clear.
“When Sam called me, I stopped talking to everybody else. That’s where I wanted to go,” Martinez said.

Mon
23
Apr

Blackcats make playoffs; Wortham storms into postseason

The Mexia News staff reports
The Mexia baseball team will be headed to the postseason.
The Blackcats had to wait it out last week when they finished their regular season Tuesday and had a bye Friday.
On Friday, Madisonville capped an unbeaten District 18-4A campaign with a victory over Fairfield. The loss left Fairfield with a 1-7 record, one game behind Mexia, which nailed down the district’s fourth and final playoff spot.
Mexia enters the postseason on a five-game losing streak. Its last victory was March 26, an 11-1 decision over Fairfield.
The Blackcats lost to Fairfield in the teams’ second meeting. Thus, a Fairfield win Friday would have forced a one-game playoff for fourth place.

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.

Mon
23
Apr

Four more Blackcats to continue academics, football at collegiate level

By Skip Leon
sports@themexianews.com
Four Mexia High School football players signed Monday to continue their athletic and academic endeavors at the collegiate level. The signing took place in the MHS auditorium.
Three will play at Division III Austin College in Sherman and one signed on with Cisco Junior College.
The three Austin College signees are twin brothers Davion and Travion Carter, who both will play receiver positions, and De’Marcus McQurter, who will start out as a cornerback and hopes to move to outside linebacker.
In addition, defensive end Jaidon Ardister signed with Cisco Junior College.
McQurter, who was an all-district outside linebacker last season, said he liked the atmosphere when he visited Austin College.

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.

Mon
23
Apr

‘Small ball,’ ‘big boppers’ ... either way, Ladycats ready for postseason play

By Skip Leon
sports@themexianews.com
The Mexia softball players have developed a reputation as big boppers with their bats, being capable of hitting the ball out of sight and putting up multiple runs in a hurry.
But they could turn to a different style of play in their Class 4A bi-district series against China Spring.
Mexia, the runner-up in District 16-4A, will take on China Spring, the third-place finisher in District 15-4A, in a best-of-three series Thursday and Friday. Game 1 is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday at China Spring. The series comes to Mexia on Friday for Game 2 at 6 p.m. Game 3, if necessary, will start 30 minutes after the completion of that game.
“I’m really thinking small ball is gonna beat them,” Mexia coach Keith Vest said, referring to a style of play that involves bunting, slap hits and running.

Mon
23
Apr

Blackcats taking losing streak into baseball playoffs

By Skip Leon
sports@themexianews.com
The Mexia baseball team will have at least one more game beyond the regular season. Whether or not that’s a postseason contest in the UIL playoffs or a play-in game remained to be seen.
The Blackcats lost their season finale 6-3 to Athens at home Tuesday night. They had a bye Friday on the final night of the District 18-4A regular season.
Mexia finished with a district record of 2 wins and 6 losses. They hold down the fourth and final playoff spot, pending the outcome of Fairfield’s game against Madisonville on Friday night.
Fairfield is 1-6 in district play after losing to Palestine on Tuesday. The Eagles’ only win was against Mexia. The Eagles had to beat undefeated district champion Madisonville to tie Mexia and force a playoff for he final postseason berth.

Mon
23
Apr

Mexia tracksters qualify for regional meet

By Skip Leon
sports@themexianews.com
Mexia had two winners and a host of regional qualifiers Wednesday at the area track meet in Fairfield.
In all, two girls qualified in three events, and six boys qualified in four events. The top four finishers in each event move on to the regional meet, which will be April 27-28 at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville.
Mexia’s area champions were Ty Gamble in the boys’ triple jump and Macie Martinez in the girls’ 3,200-meter run.
Gamble soared 44 feet, 5.5 inches, which was his personal best effort by nearly six inches. He outdistanced runner-up Xavius Fulton of Athens, who leaped 43-9.5, by eight inches.

Tue
17
Apr

Soccer it to ’em

Players from Mexia under-10 teams Barcelona and Real Madrid battle for control of the ball during a soccer match at the Lone Star Soccer Association’s end-of-season tournament at Brooks Washington Park in Teague Saturday. Barcelona won the championship for the age group. They were one of four team age-group champions from Mexia.
Photo by Skip Leon/The Mexia News

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