Sports

Mon
07
Aug

Pre-season outlook: District 9-4A Div. II

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor

With high school football teams hitting the practice field this week, die-hard fans can now breathe a sigh of relief once again.
This week, we’ll close out the pre-season predictions with a look at District 9-4A Division II, which includes the Mexia Blackcats, Fairfield Eagles, Salado Eagles, Lorena Leopards, Robinson Rockets and the Waco Connally Cadets.
For the Mexia Blackcats, they’ll start with a fresh new look and a revamped coaching staff as new athletic director/head football coach Frank Sandoval takes over, replacing former coach Lamonte Chambers (2012-16).
Sandoval brought in a few of his colleagues from the Cedar Hill coaching staff and hired some new faces as well.

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.

Fri
04
Aug

Adrian Yepez: Dreams Texas size

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

Going from being a seasonal assistant athletic trainer for the NFL’s New England Patriots Super Bowl team, to a small Texas high school football team might seem like a demotion to some, but for new Mexia Blackcat athletic trainer Adrian Yepez - he’s living his dream of being a part of the Lone Star state’s biggest tradition.
After spending last season being a part of professional football’s most successful team, Yepez decided it was time to move on and pursue moving to Texas. He began putting out resumes to high school programs across the state.
However, deep down, he wanted to be in a small locale, to get a sense of community and that small-town pride.
Eventually that dream came true as he received a call from new Mexia Blackcat athletic director/head football coach, Frank Sandoval.

Fri
04
Aug

Ice Cream Social is “Point on”

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor

Thursday evening was fun-filled for the many fans of the Mexia Blackcats as the annual Ice Cream Social - that takes place prior to the start of football season - was held at Black Cat Field.
Everyone was entertained at the start by some great music provided by the Fighting Blackcat Band, along with routines performed by flag corp. and cheerleaders.
Head football coach Frank Sandoval introduced everyone to the new coaching staff, then it was time to let loose with some ice cream and socializing and a few more tunes from the band.
Players, coaches, teachers, fans and future young Blackcats seem to have a good time getting to know each other as this year’s social was one of the biggest in history.

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.

Wed
02
Aug

Andre LaTouche: Parole officer to coach

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor

Third-year Mexia coach Andre LaTouche returns this season for the Blackcats and will be an assistant defensive line coach for the football team under head coach Frank Sandoval.
LaTouche was an assistant football coach last season and served as the head basketball coach for Mexia. He also serves as the athletic coordinator for the junior high.
LaTouche graduated from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor where he played basketball and received his degree in professional studies.
But it was long before that, back when he was a freshman football player for the Temple Wildcats, that his connection to Mexia comes into play.
LaTouche had the opportunity to play for former Mexia head football coach, the legendary Bob McQueen.

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Thursday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Wed
02
Aug

Count down – 78 hours before two-a-days

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor

Mon
31
Jul

Jordan Heusinkveld: Pushed in the right direction

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

His last name may be a little hard to pronounce, but for assistant football coach Jordan Heusinkveld, he’s ready to get down to the business of helping the Mexia Blackcat football team make the turn towards success this season.
Coach J - deemed by Mexia head football coach Frank Sandoval - had a little unusual path that led him into coaching.
After growing up in Carrollton and playing high school football and every sport he could get into, he ended up in Lubbock to continue his education at Texas Tech University.
After about a year of classes, Heusinkveld knew there was something missing from his life and that was his passion and love for football.

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
31
Jul

Annual meet the Blackcats ice cream social slated Aug. 3

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor

The wait is nearly over for all the fans of Texas high school football, as a week from today marks the official start of two-a-days here across the state.
The Mexia Blackcats should be in pretty good shape starting out as the majority of players participated in the True Defenders Strength and Conditioning camp held Monday through Thursday throughout the summer.
Normally, football programs have at least a full two-week period of practices before the start of the school year.
This year that has altered slightly, as the season has been pushed back a week (Sept. 1 start for Mexia) and add to that teacher’s in-service and the start of the school year begins on Thursday, Aug. 17, giving most programs only nine days of practice with no school. Even less for programs that had spring football.

Fri
28
Jul

An unmatched season

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor

For the most part, one might think pulling off a baseball season where a team finishes 21-2 in the regular season and then goes undefeated in back-to-back tournaments - one being a state championship tourney - would have been a piece of cake with a squad that strictly concentrates on baseball and
nothing else.
However, it’s not as easy as it seems, especially when the team members are still in high school and hold down jobs during the day/night and sometimes weekends.
Practices can be a nightmare trying to get everyone together, much less on game day.
But for a group of high school baseball players from Mexia, Wortham and a few points in between, and despite the setbacks of everyday life, they banded together for one heck of a season this summer, not to mention earning a championship crown in the process.

Fri
28
Jul

Chris London: “Good to be back”

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor

Coach Chris London is no stranger to the Freestone/Limestone area.
London - recently hired by Wortham athletic director/head football coach Chris Tobola at the end of the school year - coached over at Coolidge High School just a few years ago, helping get some of their athletic programs back on track.
Raised in Robinson, London attended college at McLennan Community College in Waco and later transferred to the University of Texas in Austin, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. Knowing that he would be entering the teaching profession, he gained certification in special education.
“Twenty years later, I’m still kicking and breathing,” said London, who’ll be teaching U.S. history, world history and special ed.

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.

Wed
26
Jul

Evan Simpson: A drawing card

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor

Growing up in the small town of Dew in Freestone County, third-year Mexia assistant coach Evan Simpson seemed to always draw a crowd of younger kids while competing in athletics during his middle school years.
So much so, that in the back of his mind coaching might be something he’d like to do in the future.
“The younger kids kind of looked up to me,” said Simpson. “So I sort of became their coach in a way, teaching them about basketball.” One of the sports he played during his junior high years until transferring to nearby Fairfield to attend high school.
Simpson was a standout athlete for the Eagles football team and went on to play college football at East Texas Baptist University in Marshall.

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Thursday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

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