Sports

Mon
02
Apr

Ladycats fall to streaking Lady Eagles

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Heavy rains on Tuesday just before the Mexia Ladycats were to host the Fairfield Lady Eagles forced the postponement of the game until Friday.
With a slightly altered lineup, the Ladycats fell behind 5-0 early in Friday’s district game with Fairfield and later trailed 6-1. Mexia tried to make comeback in the final three innings but came up short as the Lady Eagles (14-9-1, 5-0) remained undefeated in district play with the 6-3 win.
Coach Keith Vest was without his starting catcher, Baileah Thompson, who was in Chicago playing club volleyball in the Adidas Windy City National Qualifier. Gentry Renfro — normally the team’s first baseman — took her place behind the plate and third baseman Tashundra Reeves moved over to first.
In the game, Mexia trailed 5-0 going into the bottom of the third inning when leadoff hitter Jenny Williams hit a hard grounder past third for a single.

Mon
02
Apr

Hornets blank ’Cats

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The Mexia Blackcats ran into a Hornets’ nest Thursday evening on the road as they fell 10-0 to Athens in six innings and evened their district record at the break at 2-2.
The Hornets kicked in two runs over the first couple of innings to take a 2-0 lead.
In the meantime, Athens pitcher Luis Valdez kept the Blackcats in check during the first four innings, retiring the side in all but the second inning when Marcos Gonzalez got on base with a line drive single to left.
Athens went back on the offensive in the fifth, scoring two more runs to make it 4-0 Hornets.
The Hornets closed out the game in the bottom of the sixth, capitalizing on three hits and four Blackcat errors to add six runs in securing the 10-run rule 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.

Mon
02
Apr

Blackcats kick Anahuac from playoffs

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Thursday’s bi-district soccer playoff match turned into a lopsided win for the Mexia Blackcats, as they crushed the Anahuac Panthers 11-0 to advance to the area round tonight against Port Arthur’s Bob Hope High School.
It took a little under eight minutes for the Blackcats to get into rhythm, but after they did the goals kept adding up until Mexia built up a 7-0 lead at the half.
Kevin Garcia got things rolling as he slipped through the Anahuac defense for the match’s first goal less than 8 minutes into the start.
Less than a minute later, Lalo Ortiz clipped in a shot to put Mexia up 2-0, then Garcia struck again at the 10:10 mark to make it 3-0 Blackcats.

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
30
Mar

Bulldogs undefeated in district play after win over Mart; Lady ’Dogs fall

Mexia News Staff Report
The Wortham Bulldogs held off the Mart Panthers on Tuesday afternoon at home, winning the game 9-6 to remain undefeated in district play with a 5-0 record.
Wortham broke out the bats early in the game as Anthony Perez hit a one-out triple on a line drive shot to left. Then after an infield error on Mart, Ryan Mao made it safely to first as Perez came in to score, giving the Bulldogs an early 1-0 lead.
Dylan Martin kept the threes rolling as he hit a triple to left, scoring Mao on the play to give Wortham a 2-0 advantage. Martin made it 3-0 when he came home on another Mart error.
Wortham held the 3-0 lead up until the fourth inning when the Panthers managed to plate three runs to tie the game at 3.
The Bulldogs went up by one in the fifth when Mao singled in Perez, making it 4-3 Wortham.

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
30
Mar

’Cats track team takes second at meet

Mexia News Staff Report
The Mexia Blackcats varsity track team placed second at the Whitney Billy McCreight Invitational on Thursday, March 22, while the junior varsity team finished in third-place overall.
In varsity events, Kataryess Griffin competed in the 100-meter dash, finishing sixth with a time of 11.66 seconds.
Chris Mathews brought home the second-place medal in the 400-meter dash, crossing the finish line in a time of 54.66. In the 800-meter run, Mathews came in third with a time of 2 minutes, 18.06 seconds.
In the 110-meter hurdles, Miles Garrett had a time of 16.93 that landed him in fourth-place and in the 300-meter hurdles, he just missed picking up the sixth-place medal by 1/100th of a second with his time of 46.44.
The 4x100-meter relay team of Beachum, Davion and Travion Carter and Jadrian Smith finished second in the race with a time of 44.90

Fri
30
Mar

Blackcats run-rule error-prone Wildcats

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The Mexia Blackcats took advantage of eight Fairfield errors to win big over the Eagles at home Monday night, 11-1.
Zac Klosterman got off to a bit of a rocky start in the first inning on the mound for Mexia, giving up his only earned run of the night and Fairfield’s only run of the game.
From there, he settled in with a workman-like attitude and got the job done the rest of the game, allowing only two hits through six innings and struck out 12 Eagle batters.

Fri
30
Mar

Keith, Hutchison lead Mexia’s all-district performers

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The District 18-4A girls all-district selections were recently announced with the Mexia Ladycats’ Keiana Keith named Offensive MVP and Destini Hutchison making first team all-district.
The Ladycats had two players making the district’s second team, Treece Daily and Yazmine Green. Honorable mentions from Mexia included De’Modesty Williams and Camrye Smith and academic all-district selections from the Ladycats team were Keith, Hutchison, Williams, Smith, Tiesha Jones and Oasis Keener.
The Ladycats, under the direction of head coach Randy Barger, finished the season as the No. 2 seed from District 18-4A with an overall record of 24-9 and made it to the area round of the playoffs.

Mon
26
Mar

Mexia diamond teams fall to Madisonville

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The trip to Madisonville on Friday for the Mexia Blackcats and Ladycats produced an outcome neither team expected. The Blackcats ended up falling 12-2 to the Mustangs, while the Ladycats lost 13-8 to the Lady Mustangs.
In the boys game, Madisonville scored five runs in the second and another in the third to go up 6-0.
The Blackcats struggled to get their offense going through the first five innings of play, while in the meantime the Mustangs plated two more in the bottom of the fifth to take an 8-0 advantage.
In the sixth, Mexia showed some spark as Davion Carter led off the inning with a walk. One out later, Jaden Proctor reached base with a walk.
Zac Klosterman stepped up to the plate and took the third pitch he saw into left field for his seventh double in the last three games, scoring both Carter and Proctor on the play as the Blackcats cut the Mustangs’ lead to six, 8-2.

Mon
26
Mar

Historic goals:

Mexia soccer team claims first-ever district title with win
By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
History was made Friday night at Black Cat field as the varsity soccer team captured its first district championship since the program began back in 1999, with a 4-2 win over visiting Robinson.
Mexia blasted Robinson’s goal with shot after shot during the first half of the match, resulting in two scores by Lalo Ortiz to give the Blackcats the 2-0 advantage.
The score stood, going into the half.
Early to midway in the second half, Kevin Garcia scored twice to make it a 4-0 contest, but after the Blackcats — short-handed at goal again on a Friday night due to Colten McKlosky being out and Luis Reyes on the road to help out at the state powerlifting meet — replaced stand-in goal keeper Isaac Mendez, the Rockets took advantage of the situation and netted a pair of goals.

Mon
26
Mar

Ladycats put 21 on Palestine

Mexia is undefeated in early district play
By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The Mexia Ladycats pounded out 18 hits to beat the Palestine Ladycats 21-6 at home Tuesday evening to move to 8-9 on the season and 2-0 in district play.
Mexia blasted out to an 11-0 lead after two innings of play, but Palestine cut the lead to five with six runs in the top of the third.
Coach Keith Vest’s Mexia team didn’t seem to be bothered by this as they added five in the bottom half of the inning and five more in the fourth to win by the run-rule.
Several Mexia players had multiple hits in the game, led by Baileah Thompson with four hits in five trips to the plate, including a double, a run and three RBI. Jenny Williams batted 3-for-4 with three runs, two stolen bases and a RBI. Erica Beldin finished 3-for-4 that in included two doubles, three runs and three RBI.

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