Sports

Mon
29
Jan

Coolidge teams sweep Penelope in district hoops

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor
It was a clean sweep for the Coolidge Yellowjacket basketball teams this past Friday night, with both the boys and girls teams picking up needed district wins on the road against Penelope.
In the first game of the evening, the Lady Yellowjackets took an 8-3 lead by the close of the first period and led 21-12 at the half.
The third period fell in favor of the Lady Wolverines as Paityn Machac tossed in four, three-point buckets to push Penelope into a one-point lead, 34-33, at the close of the quarter.
Penelope led by as many as four in the fourth, but mid-way in the period, led by Jada Hunter’s six points, Coolidge came back to regain the advantage and escape with the 48-44 district win.
Hunter led the Lady Yellowjackets with 20 points. Tionna Kirven scored 13, Sophia Ortiz finished with eight, Jazmine Evans chipped in six and Amaya Brown contributed two points to the victory.

Mon
29
Jan

Top Blackcats honored at annual football banquet

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor
The annual Blackcat football banquet was held Thursday evening at the First Baptist Christian Life Center.
After the invocation and meal (catered by Joe Friday’s), first-year head coach Frank Sandoval recognized school board members, booster club members and educators before going into introductions of his coaching staff and varsity team captains.
Varsity and junior varsity cheerleaders were recognized, along with the freshmen, JV and varsity football teams, introduced by the coaching staff, along with the student trainers.
The freshman football team was presented with a special trophy by Greer Productions, in honor of the team’s undefeated season and district championship.
Coach Justin Barnett and coach Jim Woolard introduced the District 9-4A DII academic all-district and all-district team members that made the list this past fall from Mexia, then it was time for the awards ceremony.

Fri
26
Jan

Adventure racers compete at Fort Parker State Park

By Alexandra Cannon
Special to The Mexia News
The challenging fun of adventure races came to Fort Parker State Park with the 14th annual Big Chill Race, held at the Park on Saturday, Jan. 20.
Too Cool Racing, an Austin-based sports organization, sponsored and conducted the event.
With about 70 participants, the race took up most of the day and allowed competitors to interact with several historic sites, including Old Fort Parker and the Confederate Reunion Grounds, which were marked with several checkpoints for the race.

Fri
26
Jan

Coolidge teams easily defeat Bynum in district games

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor
Winner-winner, chicken dinner!
Make that two chicken dinners for Coolidge basketball teams after both the Yellowjackets and Lady Yellowjackets crushed Bynum teams in Tuesday night’s home contests.
The Yellowjackets came away with a 72-30 win.
Coolidge bolted to a 33-7 lead in the first period, then led 50-13 at the half.
Bynum was held to three points in the third period as Coolidge increased its lead to 46 at 62-16.
The Bulldogs outscored the Yellowjackets in the final period, but it was too little and way too late as Coolidge celebrated with its fans at the end of the 42-point victory.
Senior Manny Rivera led Coolidge in scoring with 18 points, followed by Juan Acevedo chipping in 15. Roman Benjamin hit double-digits with 12; Torrey Hoover scored nine; Jordan Brown sank eight; and Colton Carter and Roderick Busby finished with four each to round out the Yellowjacket scoring.

Fri
26
Jan

Bulldogs win, Lady ’Dogs fall

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor
The Wortham Bulldogs moved above .500 in district play after beating the Hubbard Jaguars on the road Tuesday night, 55-39.
With the win, the Bulldogs are 4-3 and 11-8 overall.
Wortham led 12-7 after one period of play and 11 more points in the second to take a 23-13 lead at the half.
The Bulldogs Kemontrell Jackson shot lights out in the third period, hitting three baskets from beyond the arc and ended the quarter with 11 of his game high 20 points as Wortham stayed on top, 39-28.
Wortham continued to keep the pressure on Hubbard in the final period, outscoring the Jaguars 16-11 for the 16-point win.
DeMarcus Bullard hit double-digits for the Bulldogs, scoring 11 points, Braxton Whaley finished with eight, Stephon Ester and Hunter Waggener slammed in six each, Michael McGlone scored three and Dylan Martin added a free throw.
Girls

Fri
26
Jan

Blackcats hang with Hornets, but fall to state-ranked team

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor
Who says the Mexia Blackcats don’t go down without a fight!?
Certainly not the No. 19 ranked Athens Hornets after Tuesday night’s district matchup with the visiting Crimson and Black.
The Blackcats kept it close throughout, but lost 76-68.
stayed close in the first period, trailing by six, 18-12, but then the Hornets accelerated their offense to push their lead up to 17 mid-way in the second.
The Blackcats charged back with key buckets from Chris Mathews and Jaden Proctor to trim deep into the Athens’ lead and trailed by seven with just under three minutes before the half.

Fri
26
Jan

Ladycats pull away from Athens for win

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor
Keeping pace with the Joneses (aka Fairfield Lady Eagles), the No. 23-ranked Mexia Ladycats were steady-as-she-goes after breaking a 29-29 halftime tie and cruising the rest of the game to log a 70-48 district win over the Athens Lady Hornets on Tuesday night, Jan. 23.
Athens -- ranked in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll at the beginning of the season -- came out firing on all cylinders at the start of the game.
Lady Hornet Makiyah McCollister was the key component in getting the Athens’ offense started early after hitting a pair of three-pointers in the first quarter and finishing the quarter with eight points to give her team a 15-11 lead heading into the second period.
However, Mexia coach Randy Barger seems to always have a few tricks up his sleeve, giving Athens several different looks on defense throughout the second quarter.

Mon
22
Jan

Mexia powerlifters medal

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor
What a weekend it was for Mexia powerlifters as several athletes returned home with first-place medals from the Belton High School 9th Center meet.
The Ladycats finished their meet with three girls placing first and as a team, the girls came out in second place in the field of 10 teams.
Nicole Hernandez was the top lifter in the 105-weight class, with an overall total of 625 pounds lifted. Her final total was 185 pounds better than the second-place competitor from Waco Midway. Hernandez finished first at the Cameron Yoe Invitational two weeks ago, where she lifted a total of 575 pounds.
Hope Goodrich turned in a 620-pound performance in the 181-weight class, good enough for first place and topped her finish at the Cameron Yoe Invitational by 10 pounds.

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
22
Jan

Salisbury, Fielder lead Wortham powerlifters

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor
Wortham Bulldog and Lady Bulldog powerlifters fared well at both the Mildred Boys Invitational and Girls Invitational powerlifting meet held Saturday, Jan. 20.
Both teams finished 10th overall in their respective meets.
Logan Salisbury and Dylan Martin were the top lifters for Wortham. Salisbury placed first in the 275-weight class with a total of 1,200 lbs. lifted, while Martin took third-place in the 198-weight class, finishing with 1,195 lbs. lifted, only 55 lbs. behind the first-place finisher from Rice High School.

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
22
Jan

Yellowjackets remain undefeated; Lady Yellowjackets fall to Gholson

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor
The Coolidge Yellowjackets basketball team remains undefeated in District 26-1A after picking up the road win over the Gholson Wildcats on Friday night, 77-46.
Coolidge was held to just 17 points in the first quarter, but still led by five at the end of the quarter, 17-12.
In the second, Roman Benjamin -- who was held to two points in the opening period -- busted out for 12 points in the period, helping to increase the Yellowjackets’ lead to 20 -- 37-17 at the half.
Coolidge outscored the Wildcats 23-6 in the third as Benjamin added to his point total with seven more, while teammate Torrey Hoover caught fire, hitting a pair of treys and a couple of two-point baskets for 10 points in the quarter as the Yellowjackets pushed out to a 37-point advantage, 60-23.

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