Sports

Mon
06
Nov

Coolidge advances to regional quarterfinals in volleyball

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor

Great start to the playoffs for the Coolidge Lady Yellowjackets, sweeping up an area win against the Oglesby Lady Tigers, 25-15, 25-8, 25-17, moving to the regional quarterfinals where they were scheduled to face the Bartlett Lady Bulldogs Monday evening in Robinson.
In Thursday evenings match, Coolidge got off to a sluggish start and found themselves down early in the first set when Oglesby’s Paige Melton laid down a kill to give the Lady Tigers the 14-10 advantage.
“That’s a common thing for us this year,” head coach William Milton explained. “We always kind of come out slow, but they always find a way to respond and luckily it ended up on our side.”
Respond they did, as the Lady Yellowjackets caught a break the next point to cut their deficit to three, and that’s when Erika Samaniego took charge to serve up three points - including two aces - to tie the set at 14-14.

Mon
06
Nov

Lady Bulldogs sweep Milano for Area Championship

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor

Saturday’s Class 2A area volleyball playoff against Milano was sweet revenge for the No. 6 ranked Wortham Lady Bulldogs, returning the favor after being swept in the regional quarterfinals last year by the Lady Eagles, sweeping them this time, 25-15, 25-15, 25-20.
The win moves Wortham (30-13) to the regional quarterfinals against the No. 1 ranked Crawford Lady Pirates (41-7), winners over Thorndale on Thursday, 25-14, 25-19, 25-8. The regional quarterfinal was scheduled for Monday (Nov. 6) and results from the playoff match will be available in a future edition of The Mexia News.
Saturday’s match started on a good note as Kayla Lansford recorded the first point for Wortham with a convincing kill shot at the net. The Lady Bulldogs sprinted out to an 8-0 lead before the Lady Eagles could score a point.

Fri
03
Nov

Gamble’s interception seals the deal – Mexia upsets Fairfield, 19-14

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor

Wed
01
Nov

Week 10 Preview: Playoff position on the line for Mexia,Wortham

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

This week, playoff positions are on the line for a few area teams, while others have sewed up their spots.
In Week 9, Mexia fought hard against a strong Salado defense, but ended up falling to the Eagles 28-7, while Wortham battled against a surprisingly good Mount Enterprise Wildcat team at home. The Wildcats spoiled the Bulldogs homecoming, escaping back to east Texas with the 48-20 win. Bremond and Mart shutout their opponents, with each team remaining on top of their respective districts and have secured a spot in the playoffs, while over in six-man football, Coolidge rallied from behind to beat a tough Aquilla Cougar team by 10, to stay unbeaten in the district. The Yellowjackets Jordan Brown scored five touchdowns in the win, three on the ground and two on kickoff returns.
Here’s the breakdown on a few of our local teams playing this Friday night.

Wed
01
Nov

Martinez’s goal-setting lands in state meet after record-setting season

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor

To achieve your dreams, goals must be set and accomplished to obtain them.
Nothing could be truer for Mexia cross-country runner Macie Martinez, as she prepares this week to compete in her final fall meet at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock Saturday morning.
Martinez set goals at the beginning of the season to place high in each of this year’s meets. So far, she has met all of them.
However, this upcoming race (state meet) is more meaningful to her this time around, especially because it’s her senior year and what’s she’s endured during her high school career to get to this point.

Wed
01
Nov

Ladycats end season as bi-district finalists

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor

Mon
30
Oct

Wortham suffers to Wildcats, 48-20

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor

The Wortham Bulldogs suffered a heartbreaking 48-20 loss to the Mount Enterprise Wildcats last Friday night.
The loss drops the Bulldogs (4-4) to 0-3 in District 11-2A, tied with Overton (0-8, 0-3) for the No. 5 spot, while Tenaha and Timpson are both 3-0, tied for first. The Wildcats (3-5) move into the No. 3 spot at 2-1 and Grapeland (4-4) sits in the No. 4 seat at 1-2, with two games remaining in district play.
Wortham managed 291 yards of total offense against Mount Enterprise last Friday, giving up 473 total yards to the Wildcats and 33 first downs.
The Bulldogs out passed the Wildcats 86-32.
Running back Stephon Ester led Wortham in rushing, carrying 20 times for 215 yards and a touchdown.

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
30
Oct

The Coolidge Yellow Jackets outlast Aquilla Cougars, 38-28

By Richard Anderson
Special to The Mexia News
(Sports Editor Stephen R. Farris contributed to the story)

The Coolidge Yellow Jackets took a huge step toward a district championship with a 38-28 come from behind win against a very good Aquilla Cougar team at the Coolidge Yellow Jacket Sports Complex last Friday night.
Yellowjacket coach Wayne Ware gave credit for the win to his defense, led by Junior J. J. Acevedo. The defense did bend in the first half but refused to break at “Crunch Time” in the fourth quarter. They shut down a prolific
Cougar offense to keep the Yellowjackets undefeated in district play.
The game began with a successful Aquilla onside kick but both offenses were affected by the cold and windy weather. The Cougars fumbled the ball back to Coolidge.

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
27
Oct

Mart Lady Panthers gives Lady Bulldogs fight for five sets: Wortham remains undefeated at 16 wins

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor

Fri
27
Oct

Mexia held back by Salado’s defense

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor

The Mexia Blackcats game plan didn’t go the way they wanted Friday night at Eagle Stadium, plus the fact the Salado’s defense held the Blackcats to only five first downs the entire game, as the Eagles ended up on top, 28-7.
Salado chose to receive in the at the start of the game and on their first play from scrimmage, running back Cade Depoy slipped around the right side of Mexia’s defense and sprinted 65 yards for the first score of the ball game. After kicker Jake Walrath’s extra-point, the Eagles led 7-0 with 11:42 left in the opening quarter.

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.

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