Sports

Mon
15
Jan

Wortham wins 2 against Bremond

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor
Wortham varsity basketball teams reaped the rewards in Bremond on Friday night, Jan. 12, as both girls and boys teams doubled-down with the Lady Bulldogs acing their way over the Laday Tigers 42-13, while the Bulldogs cashed in with a 53-27 win over the Tigers
In the girl’s game, Wortham’s defensive play held Bremond to only two first quarter points, while the Lady Bulldogs scored 13 on the shooting of Hallie Fautt and Ashley Mao.
The second quarter was much the same only this time the Lady Bulldogs kept their opponent scoreless and ended up with a 26-2 lead at the half.
Wortham went on to outscore Bremond 16-11 the remainder of the game to take a 29-point district win back home.

Mon
15
Jan

Three Bulldogs make all-district team

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor
The 2017 11-2A All-District football teams were recently announced, with three players from the Wortham Bulldogs squad earning second-team status.
Bulldog running back Stephon Ester made all-district second team. Ester missed some time this season with an injury, but still led Wortham in rushing with 232 carries for 1,800 yards and 19 touchdowns and caught 17 passes for 103 yards and a TD. Ester also made all-district second team on defense as a safety. He finished the year with 37 tackles, 25 assists, had four pass deflections, and interception and a caused a fumble.
Joining Ester in the all-district selections was teammate Braxton Whaley, who made second team as a wide receiver.

Mon
15
Jan

Coolidge trio earn all-state honors

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor
Three members of the Coolidge Yellowjacket football team earned honorable mention selections to the 2017 Texas Six-Man Coaches Association Division I All-State selections that were recently released.
Torrey Hoover made honorable mention at the spread-back position. Hoover led Coolidge (151-1,811-24) in rushing this past season and in total yards in helping lead the Yellowjackets to a bi-district championship and the Region IV area finals.
He was also named the District 14-1A Six-Man Offensive MVP and made first team all-region at spread back.
Colby Casarez was selected as an all-state honorable mention at nose guard. Casarez recorded 41 tackles and two sacks for Coolidge this past season. He also received awards for all-district first team defense and all-region first team at nose guard.

Fri
12
Jan

Mexia powerlifters throw weight around at Cameron

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Last Saturday, the sound of clanking barbells and coaches shouting encouragement to get their athletes pumped up could be heard loud and clear inside the gym at Cameron High School, as the Mexia Blackcats and Ladycats competed in their first powerlifting meet of the season under new coach Dustin Maddox.
The Ladycats finished fifth overall out of 14 schools competing, with Nicole Hernandez getting off to a great start as she finished in first-place in the 105-pound weight class. Iris Valenzuela placed third in the 114-weight class and Jamie Comer took second in the 198-weight class.
Also competing for Mexia was Demona Carrol in the 132, Jayda Gray in the 148, Ashton Langley in the 165, Hope Goodrich in the 181 and Tashundra Reeves in the 259-weight class.

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
12
Jan

Ladycats rebound for win after cold start

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The Mexia Ladycats overcame an early first-quarter deficit and overpowered the Waco La Vega Lady Pirates the rest of the way for a 46-31 non-district win, putting their season record at 18-6 overall.
A quick six points by La Vega to start the game forced Mexia coach Randy Barger to call timeout and talk to his team with 5:41 remaining in the opening period.
La Vega scored again after the timeout to make it 8-0 until the Ladycats Destini Hutchison was fouled with 4:16 to go in the opening period and sent to the free throw line.
Hutchison finally got Mexia on the scoreboard, hitting one of two charity shots.
That must have sparked a fire under the Ladycats as their shooting started to hit the mark. Treece Daily pulled up at the top of the arc, sinking the three, then after another basket by La Vega, Hutchison and Tiesha Jones scored two pointers to pull Mexia to within two, 10-8.

Fri
12
Jan

’Cats notch 19th win in first home game

Mexia News Sports Editor
The long-awaited return home finally took place Tuesday evening at Blackcat Gym, as the No. 24-ranked Mexia Blackcats played their first home game of the 2017-18 basketball season to a stacked house full of fans.
Mexia hosted the Corsicana Tigers and didn’t disappoint the home crowd as they added win No. 19 to their season total with the 59-50 victory.
The win wasn’t easy for the Crimson and Black.
Head Coach Andre Latouche had no idea how tough these Tigers would be until they got on the court for warm-ups.

Fri
12
Jan

’Jackets win, Lady Jackets fall

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor
The Coolidge Yellowjackets played one of their toughest basketball games this season, facing the Abbott Panthers on the road Tuesday night, Jan.9, in district play.
According to coach Wayne Ware, the Yellowjackets trailed the entire game, but managed to tie it in the fourth at 30-30 before finally gaining the lead and escaping Abbott with the 38-34 win.
The game started out as a defensive battle with the Panthers holding Coolidge to only three points in the first period of play, while scoring 10 of their own. The offensive pace picked up a little in the second period for the Yellowjackets, outscoring Abbott, 11-9, as Torrey Hoover scored 10 points in the quarter for Coolidge, but they still trailed at halftime, 19-14.
Both teams put up nine points each on the scoreboard in the third, with Abbott still maintaining a five-point lead at 28-23.

Fri
12
Jan

Lady ’Dogs defeat Riesel; Dogs fall

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor
After dropping a close district game to Dawson Friday, Jan. 5, the Wortham Lady Bulldogs bounced back with a huge 55-20 win over the Riesel Lady Indians on Tuesday, Jan. 9, at home.
The game was close in the first quarter with Wortham taking an 8-4 lead, but the Blue and White turned up the heat in the second, outscoring the Lady Indians 17-6 to increase their lead by the half to 15, 25-10.
Wortham kept its foot on the gas in the third, finishing the period with 19 while holding Riesel to just four, thanks in part to 10 points from point guard Hallie Fautt and a three-point basket from forward Jayde Hamilton to give the Lady Bulldogs a 44-14 advantage heading into the fourth.
Wortham closed out the game with 11 points in the final period of play, getting a three-pointer from Phillips, who finished with four in the win as the Lady Bulldogs left the gym with the 35-point win.

Tue
09
Jan

Wortham teams fall in district games

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
District play continued for Wortham varsity basketball teams as each were on the road Friday night, playing against the Dawson Bulldog and Lady Bulldog squads.
In boy’s action, Wortham kept their game close in the first half, trailing by only two by the intermission, 24-22.
However, they ended up losing 49-40.
In the third, the Bulldogs got three-point baskets by Kemontrell Jackson and Michael McGlone, however, Dawson maintain the advantage and added to their lead by the close of the quarter with the score 37-31.
Wortham got into foul trouble in the fourth, sending Dawson shooters to the line eight times, resulting in six of 16 points being made at the charity stripe.
Dawson ended up outscoring the Bulldogs 12-9 in the final period, giving them the nine-point win.

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.

Tue
09
Jan

Coolidge teams split road games

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor
The Coolidge Yellowjackets continue to blow through district competition and Friday night’s game was no different, as they blew past the Aquilla Cougars on the road, 67-37.
Coolidge - ranked No. 22 in Class 1A - took an 18-7 lead at the end of the first period, led by seven points from Juan Acevedo. In the second, the Yellowjacket offense continued to pour in the points as Roman Benjamin knocked in 10 during the period, helping give Coolidge a commanding 40-14 lead at the half.
Aquilla perked up a little offensively in the third, outscoring Coolidge 13-12, but the Yellowjackets were still in control at the quarter’s end, leading by 25.
In the fourth, three-pointers by Acevedo, Roderick Busby and Jordan Brown contributed to the Yellowjackets closing out the game with the 30-point win.

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