Sports

Thu
16
Mar

Rivera Regional champion, new record holder

Mexia News Staff Report

Diego Rivera obliterated his way through the 123-weight class this past weekend at the Region II Division II Championship, held in Smithville.
Rivera – who has brought home gold medals all season for the Mexia Blackcats powerlifting team – now owns the regional record in the squat (430 lbs.), which he set back on Feb. 4 at the Rusk Invitational. On Saturday, he added another regional record to his trophy case, benching a total of 245 lbs. Rivera wasn’t quite through, though, as he broke that mark on his final attempt, pushing the bar up with 255 lbs. In the Deadlift, he settled on his lift of 405 lbs., however, he attempted 430 lbs. on one of his lifts.
For the meet, he lifted a combined total of 1,090 lbs., just 30 lbs. shy up tying the regional record of 1,120 lbs. set in 2000.

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Thu
16
Mar

Coolidge hosts first track meet in new stadium

Mexia News Staff Report

Hosting their first track meet in their new stadium, the Coolidge Yellowjackets and Lady Yellowjackets performed well last Friday, finishing fifth and third respectively.
For the third-place Lady Yellowjackets, Tirayee Henry finished first in the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.69. In the 200-meter dash, Tionna Kirven took first as well, finishing with a time of 28.24.
MacKenzie Self placed fifth in the 800-meter run, completing the race in a time of 3:10.70.
Salma Ortiz came in second place in the 1600-meter run with a time of 6:57.79.

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Mon
13
Mar

Jarrel gives Teague bump for final four

Mexia News Staff Report

The Teague Lions were one game away from making the Class 3A state final four in basketball this season, finishing 25-9 overall.
After defeating Kountze, 78-71, the Lions fell to the Jarrell Cougars in the regional finals, 74-58. Teague had previously beaten the Cougars earlier in the season, 66-60, in the Jarrell Tournament held in early December.
Against Kountze, Teague took a 21-11 lead at the end of the first period and capped off the second quarter with a huge 19-point advantage going into the half.
The Lions kept the pressure on in the third, outscoring Kountze 20-17 to go up by 22.

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Mon
13
Mar

Mexia starts district play

By Stephen R. Farris
The Mexia News Sports

Tournament play for baseball and softball came to a close this past weekend for a few area teams, while others opened up district play.
The Mexia Blackcats finished up play in the Buffalo Tournament, winning two out of four games to improve to 4-8.
District play begins tonight against on the road against Palestine.
The Mexia Ladycats were 2-0-1 in the Troy Tournament, improving their record to 9-4-2 as district play starts tonight on the road against the Athens Lady Hornets.
In Class 2A, the Wortham Bulldogs won two straight games this past week, beating Cayuga on Tuesday and Friday, the team started district play with a 9-4 win over Riesel. Tonight, the Bulldogs (6-3, 1-0) will be in Axtell to face the Longhorns as district play continues.

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Mon
13
Mar

Mexia exceeds goals – Sets two new school records

Mexia News Staff Report

The Mexia Blackcats picked up two big wins in district soccer action this past week, including an 11-1 win over the Lorena Leopards and a 2-1 - lightning interrupted - win that started on Friday night and resumed Saturday afternoon.
In the win over Lorena last Tuesday, the Blackcats broke two school records in the match. One record being most goals scored in a match and the other, largest margin of victory.
Mexia scored their first goal of the match in the first minute, when Lalo Ortiz found a surprise at his feet inside the Lorena box, shooting the ball in the net for the score.
The Blackcats wasted little time in scoring their second goal that came in the seventh minute. Cristian Rivera got it started by dribbling around a defender, then sending the ball through to Ortiz, who sends a weak chip shot over the Leopard keeper into the net.

Fri
10
Mar

Blackcats split games in Buffalo Tournament

By Stephen R. Farris
The Mexia News Sports

Tough morning on Thursday for the Mexia Blackcats baseball team, as they opened up play in the Buffalo Tournament against Class 3A’s No. 4 ranked Groesbeck Goats, falling to their Limestone County neighbor, 10-0.
Groesbeck jumped out to a 1-0 lead at the end of the first inning, then added three more runs in the second and three in the fourth and fifth innings.
Mexia managed only four hits – all singles by Eric Wells, Marcos Gonzales, Damon Hatcher and Jaden Proctor.
Wells started on the mound for the Blackcats before Matthew Gilmore came on in relief in the fifth.

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Fri
10
Mar

Rivera, Garcia, Padilla, Anglin head to regional powerlifting meet

By Stephen R. Farris
The Mexia News Sports

Four Mexia Blackcat boys powerlifters, will be competing at the regional meet in Smithville.
Diego Rivera looks to continue his dream season at the meet. So far, he has finished No. 1 in all five of the meets he’s competed in this season and is ranked No. 1 in Class 4A Region II Division II.
Rivera, who lifts in the 123-weight class, started out lifting just shy of 1,000 lbs., but at every meet he’s increased his lift totals and has gone from (start) 955 lbs. combined – squat, bench press and dead lift – to 1,055 lbs., accomplished in his last meet in West on Feb. 18.
Mexia will have two lifters competing in the 132-weight class, Ricardo Garcia and Fernando Padilla.

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Wed
08
Mar

Ladycats see All-District honors

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

After a successful season on the court that saw the Mexia Ladycats make it to the area round of the 2016-17 UIL playoffs, several members of the team were recognized by the coaches from District 18-4A as the all-district team was released this past week.
Earning a superlative award for Mexia was Keiana “Keke” Keith, who was named co-offensive MVP. Keith came on strong during district play, both offensively and defensively, to help guide the Ladycats to a second-place finish in conference play.
Making first team all-district were Keith’s teammates Soroya Hollie and Aniyah Jelks.
Destini Hutchison, with stellar defensive play and three-point shooting ability, earned a spot on the district’s second team.

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Mon
06
Mar

Mexia Ladycats rally 3-1 in Mildred Tournament

Mexia News Staff Report

Mon
06
Mar

Wortham Bulldogs playing .500 ball

Mexia News Staff Report

The Wortham Bulldogs move above .500 as they improved to 4-3 on the young season after going 2-1 in the Alto baseball tournament over the weekend.
Wortham opened tournament play with wins over both Palestine Westwood, 9-1, and Cayuga, 4-0, but fell to host Alto Friday evening, 12-2.
In the Westwood game, the Bulldogs scored three runs in the first, three more in the second and another trifecta in the third all on seven hits and nine walks to win by eight.
Zach Jones led the Wortham charge, going 2-4 at the plate with a triple, two runs scored and two RBI.

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