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Fri
01
Sep

Mexia drops season opener to Athens on the road, 6-0

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor

With 1:12 remaining in the final quarter of the season opener, the Mexia Blackcats put together one of the best drives of the night against the Athens Hornets.
Starting at their own 27-yard line, quarterback Travion Carter connected with receiver Jadon Proctor for a 14-yard gain, then one play later the Blackcats moved into Athens territory when Davion Carter caught an 11-yard pass.
Carter made a spectacular catch to put Mexia into the red zone at the 12-yard line with 00:11 to go in the game and with no timeouts.
Travion Carter tried to find a receiver in the end zone, but ended up getting flushed out of the pocket and he took off running towards the goal line, however, he came up short and time ran out as Athens ended up hanging on for the 6-0 win.

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Wed
30
Aug

Ladycats come from behind in five against Lady Lions

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor

Mon
28
Aug

Blackcats: Playing to a new beat

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor

The Mexia Blackcats closed out the preseason with their final scrimmage against the Rockdale Tigers last Thursday night and according to head coach Frank Sandoval, his team is pumped up and ready for their first regular season game this Friday night in Athens.
After falling to Palestine the week before, the Blackcats regrouped this past week to improve at each position and the results paid off as Mexia beat the Tigers in the live quarter at the end of Thursday night’s scrimmage.
“Offensively, it’s really pleasing when you’ve really harped on something throughout the week at each position and they’ve improved,” Sandoval said.
One of the things the team has worked on is going through their paces at a faster rate and the kids are getting more comfortable with the up tempo.

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Mon
28
Aug

Lady Bulldogs fall 2-1 in Groesbeck

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor

After meeting with success in the pool play round of the Groesbeck Volleyball Tournament last Thursday, the Wortham Lady Bulldogs found the bracket portion a little tough.
Coach DeAnna Whaley’s team fell to the Grandview Lady Zebras in the first match on Saturday, 20-25, 17-25.
The second match on the day didn’t fare much better, as Wortham dropped both sets to Ft. Worth Castleberry, 10-25, 20-25, but the Lady Bulldogs fought back in their last match of the day to defeat the McGregor Lady Bulldogs in two, 25-14, 25-18.
Kayla Lansford and Ashley Mao led the front court with a combined 47 kills and 11 blocks. Lansford finished the day with 26 kills, 16 digs on defense, along with eight blocks and served up three aces.

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Fri
25
Aug

Lady Bulldogs to play silver bracket

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor

The Wortham Lady Bulldogs - coming off a third-place finish at the Leon Volleyball Tournament last weekend and a home win on Tuesday - faced the West Lady Trojans (17-4) in the opening round of pool play at the Groesbeck Varsity Volleyball Tournament
Wortham (8-11) started off sluggish, falling to the Lady Trojans in two sets, 10-25, 18-25.
Things didn’t look well in their second match against the Franklin Lady Lions after they dropped the first set, 24-26.
However, the Lady Bulldogs fought back to take the second set, 25-18, and battled to the end in the tie-breaker to come out on top by two, 25-23, splitting their pool play record at 1-1.
“Franklin was a continuous battle,” said head coach DeAnna Whaley. “I’m very pleased with how hard my girls worked together and continued to hustle and not give up.”
The final game…

Fri
25
Aug

Lady Yellowjackets start open tourney 1-1

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor

The Coolidge Lady Yellowjackets went 1-1 on Thursday to open play at the Bremond Volleyball Tournament.
Coolidge received a first round bye, then met up with the Calvert Lady Trojans in the second round.
The Lady Yellowjackets came out on top in two sets, 25-15, 25-20.
The team played solid in the first set, with Tionna Kirven, Tirayae Henry and Jada Hayes leading the charge in the front court, while backcourt players Monica Pedroza, Gabriela Samaniego and Erika Samaniego did outstanding work on defense.
In the second set, …

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Wed
23
Aug

Lady Bulldogs sweep Lady Lions in three

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor

The Wortham Lady Bulldogs move to 2-0 at home so far this season, after sweeping the Blooming Grove Lady Lions in three sets Tuesday evening, 25-15, 25-22, 25-22.
Junior Ashley Mao led Wortham’s offensive charge with 18 kills and two blocks defensively, while senior Kayla Lansford seemed to be back at 100% on the court after returning from an ankle injury she received a week ago.
Lansford finished the match with 17 kills, four aces and a block.
“I’m very proud of how my girls played tonight,” said head coach DeAnna Whaley. “They started the first match down 0-5 and came back to push for the win, 25-15. They relaxed a little during the second and third sets and had to come from behind to take both wins, but we had solid passes that contributed to our strong hitting from Ashley and Kayla.”

Wed
23
Aug

Lady Yellowjackets sting Lady Panthers in three

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor

Mon
21
Aug

Mexia Blackcats: Back to work

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor

The Mexia Blackcats got their first taste of live action Friday night as they hosted the Palestine Wildcats in their first scrimmage of the 2017 season.
The freshmen Blackcats looked impressive, scoring a couple of touchdowns and winning their battle. Coach Jimmy Woolard was pretty fired up with their performance and liked what he saw out on the field.
The junior varsity team struggled offensively and were hit hard by the bigger Palestine defenders, but the kids never gave up and got right back in there to keep battling.
Mexia’s first string looks pretty good and the offense managed to move the ball some. Quarterback Travion Carter connected with receivers on a couple of good passes down field and Jadrian Smith showed some spark in the Blackcats running game. Defensively, there are still a few kinks that need to be worked out.

Fri
18
Aug

Lady Bulldogs win, even one short

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor
You could say “luck” was on the Wortham Lady Bulldogs side Tuesday night in their match with the Valley Mills Lady Eagles – or not, depending on how you look at it.
The “good luck,” Wortham scored a 3-2 win on the road, 17-25, 25-19, 27-25, 23-25, 15-11. The bad, senior middle-blocker Kayla Lansford left the first set with an ankle injury after a Valley Mills player came across the net and landed on her foot.
Coach DeAnna Whaley ended up having to play with only five players, but the outcome turned out leaning in Wortham’s favor after it was all said and done on the court.
“I’m proud of the hustle and heart my girls showed,” Whaley said. “They didn’t give up and continued to battle throughout the match.”
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