Sports

Mon
09
Apr

Successful soccer season leads to awards

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
After winning a district championship this season -- the first in school history -- and going two rounds deep in the 2018 UIL soccer playoffs, members of the Mexia Blackcats were rewarded for their hard work and dedication by being named to the 2018 District 17-4A all-district soccer team.
The district’s MVP award went to junior forward Kevin Garcia. He led Mexia in goals scored finishing the year with 35, which included five in the playoffs. He also had seven assists throughout the regular season.
Offensive MVP went to junior Angel Escamilla. He had 11 goals and 15 assists this season for the Blackcats.

Fri
06
Apr

Jackson, Boney to represent Wortham at area track meet

Mexia News Staff Report
Wortham varsity Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs competed at the 18-2A district meet held in Axtell April 4-5, as K.J. Jackson, Nikki Boney and Zaria Oates will represent the teams at the area meet.
For the Bulldogs, Jackson placed second in the 100-meter dash, running a time of 11.26. He finished fourth in the long jump, hitting a mark of 19-0. Teammate Stephon Ester took fifth-place with a jump of 18-11.
In the high jump Jackson came in fifth, clearing the bar at 5-2. Andrew Hagan cleared at 5-2 and placed sixth.
Logan Salisbury finished fifth in the discus, throwing a distance of 103-5.

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Fri
06
Apr

Coolidge track teams take third place at district meet

Mexia News Staff Report
The first of April means district meet time for area track teams.
The Coolidge Yellowjackets hosted the District 26-1A meet on Wednesday, April 4, with the varsity boys finishing in third-place behind Aquilla (second-place) and Abbott (first-place), while the varsity Lady Yellowjackets tied for third with Penelope. Abbott and Aquilla finished first and second on the girl’s side, respectively.
For the Yellowjacket squad, Colton Carter and Jordan Brown placed first and second in the 100-meter dash.
Carter ran an 11.43 in the prelims but cut the time down to 11.17 in the finals. Brown had a time of 11.69 in the prelims and ran 11.21 in the finals.
Torrey Hoover won first-place in the 200-meter dash, finishing the finals race with a time of 23.80.

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
06
Apr

Bulldogs still unbeaten at 7-0 after comeback

Mexia News Staff Report
After getting rained out Tuesday afternoon, the Wortham Bulldogs made up their district game at home against the Riesel Indians Wednesday evening, defeating their second-place rivals, 15-5, to remain unbeaten at 7-0.
Riesel led the Bulldogs 5-4 after three innings of play.
Wortham took the lead from the Indians in the fourth, when Dylan Martin hit a two RBI triple to left field and Ryan Mao knocked him in with a base hit to right to make it 7-5 Bulldogs.
Wortham added five runs in the fifth to go up 12-5, then scored three runs in the sixth to end the game with the 10-run rule win.
Anthony Perez led the team with three hits in five plate appearances, getting a walk and scored three times as well.

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Fri
06
Apr

Ladycats earn come-from-behind win

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Trailing 3-1 in the top of the seventh inning against the district rival Athens Lady Hornets, a leadoff single by Reagan Hullum and a triple by Jenny Williams helped start a four-run rally for Mexia as the Ladycats left the field with a 5-4 win, improving to 3-2 in district play and 9-11 for the season.
Mexia had trouble getting the bats going in the throughout the first six innings of Monday nights makeup game that was originally scheduled to be played last Friday night. But due to inclement weather, the Ladycats played another makeup game against district opponent Fairfield in that slot instead.
With the game scoreless for the first couple of innings, Athens broke the ice with a run in the bottom of the third to take the 1-0 lead.
The Lady Hornets added two more in the fourth to go up 3-0.

Fri
06
Apr

Mexia sending several athletes to the area meet

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Palestine was the site of this year’s 18-4A District Track Meet, with the host team placing first in the varsity boys division with 185.25 points overall. Athens finished second with 158.25,; Madisonville, third with 97; Mexia, fourth with 96.;5 and Fairfield, fifth with 77.
In the girl’s division, Fairfield came in first with 173 points. Palestine finished second with 149. Third place went to Madisonville with 146 points. Athens placed fourth with 93; and Mexia ,fifth with 40 points overall.
For the Blackcats, Jadrian Smith and Davion Carter both advanced to the area meet in the 100-meter dash.
Smith came in third in the event with his time of 11.45 seconds and Carter followed behind him in fourth with a time of 11.80.

Fri
06
Apr

Port Arthur knocks Mexia’s strikers out of playoffs

Mexia News Staff Report
The area round of the 2018 UIL soccer playoffs is in the book as the Port Arthur Bob Hope Eagles came out on the winning end of a high-scoring, 6-5 match to end the Mexia Blackcats’ season on Tuesday night at Cub Stadium in Brenham.
Mexia scored the first goal of the match when Danny Prado’s corner-kick sailed in front of the net, close enough for forward Lalo Ortiz to head the ball into the goal, giving the Blackcats the 1-0 lead at the 7:09 mark.
The Eagles tied the match at 1 at the 11:01 mark when Carlos De La Rosa lofted a kick just over the head of Mexia defender Isaac Mendez, who was shoulder-to-shoulder with Hope forward Juan Hernandez in front of the Blackcats’ goal. Hernandez gave Mendez a little bump as the ball landed in front of them, just enough to free him up to kick the ball into the net for the score.

Fri
06
Apr

On track to make it to the area meet

Mexia’s Jadrian Smith (in red jersey) finishes third in the 100-meter dash at the district meet last week, qualifying for the area meet. He ran 11.45 seconds. See Pages B1 and B2 for more district meet results and photos. Photo by Stephen Farris/The Mexia News

Mon
02
Apr

Mexia track teams compete in Palestine

Mexia News Staff Report
The Mexia junior varsity Blackcats track team, along with the varsity and JV Ladycat teams competed at the Palestine Wildcat Relays this past Thursday.
For the varsity Ladycats, Macie Martinez picked up a third-place medal in the 16,00-meter run and a first-place medal in the 3,200-meter run, finishing with times of 5 minutes, 50.23 seconds and 12:38.57, respectively.
In the JV girls’ events, Mexia’s Kayleigh Chambers took first-place in the 100-meter dash, crossing the finish line with a time of 13.41 seconds. She ended up second in the 200-meter dash with a time of 28.88, while teammate Zaria Daniel placed fourth in the event with her time of 29.61.
Long distance runner Natali Zamarripa came in fourth in the girl’s 800-meter run, completing the race in a time of 3:05.08. In the 3,200-meter run JV event, Paulina Venegas captured the fifth spot for Mexia with a time of 15:38.58.

Mon
02
Apr

’Dogs run-rule Jags, finish first round undefeated

Mexia News Staff Report
The Wortham Bulldogs finished the first half of district baseball undefeated at 6-0 after beating the Hubbard Jaguars 12-2 on the road last Friday afternoon.
Braxton Whaley got the Bulldogs on the board first, scoring on a triple by Michael McGlone to make it 1-0 Wortham.
Hubbard came back with a run in the bottom of the opening frame to tie the game at 1-1.
The Bulldogs retook the lead in the bottom of the third when Whaley drew a bases-loaded walk to score Breven Tobola. Then one out later an infield error allowed Waggener to come in, making it a 3-1 ball game at that point.
Anthony Perez scored the third run of the inning after Ryan Mao hit into a fielder’s choice, on which the Jaguars went with the easier out at second base.
Hubbard came in to bat and used a hit, a walk and a couple of Wortham errors to cut the Bulldogs’ lead down to two with a run scored in the inning.

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