Sports

Mon
17
Jul

Groesbeck Hughes advances to state after 9-2 win

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor

The team of Groesbeck Hughes scored five runs in the first inning of Thursday evening’s Texas Teenage Association of Baseball District 9 12U Open Base tournament championship game and, held on for a 9-2 win to advance to the state tournament on July 24 in Brownwood.
Groesbeck’s first five batters all reached base and scored in the opening inning of play in Thursday’s ball game.
Allen Lewis popped a two-run homer in the bottom of the second to make it a 7-1 game, scoring Christopher Cowey on the play.
Groesbeck added another run in the third and one more in the fourth.

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Fri
07
Jul

Jim Woolard joins Blackcat staff

By Stephen R. Farris
Sports editor, The Mexia News

The path to coaching took a different route for former Ouachita Baptist University graduate Jim Woolard.
Woolard played football for OBU, while earning his degree in political science, then went on to be a graduate assistant for a while at the school.
But instead of moving into the coaching profession, he ended up going to work for FedEx.
Woolard’s goal was to stay with the company until he was 35, but his love for football was a deciding factor in leaving two years before reaching that goal.

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Thu
06
Jul

College recruit is recruited

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

Imagine that your job is to recruit high school athletes for your college or university.
One day, while on a recruiting trip, you stop in to visit the new coach - let’s say Mexia High School, home of the Blackcats - to let him know that you’d be touching base with him from time-to-time throughout the school year, or have him contact you if any athletes might be interesting in continuing their academic/athletic career at your college or university.
Imagine that after visiting with the coach, he was so impressed by your upbeat personality, dedication and enthusiasm, that a few weeks later you receive a phone call.
Surprised that he’d be calling so soon, you are completely caught off guard by what he says next.
“I’m building a new coaching staff and I want you to be a part of it!”

Mon
03
Jul

Hawks squeeze Blackcats 33-32

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

Fri
30
Jun

Blackcats welcome Dustin Maddox

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The Mexia Blackcats welcome new defensive coordinator Dustin Maddox to the coaching staff.
Maddox was a part of the Cedar Hill Longhorns coaching staff, along with new head football coach Frank Sandoval - who was hired back in April of this year.
Maddox - a native of Cedar Hill - played his high school football for Longhorns, helping the team win a state championship his senior year. He is one of a few coaches in Texas to win a football state championship as a player at the high school he graduated from and return to his alma mater as a coach to help guide the team to another state title.
Maddox also had the opportunity to play football for the legendary Joey McQuire (141 wins, 3 state titles in 14 seasons) and serve as an assistant under him.

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Fri
23
Jun

Draper joins Blackcat staff

Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
A big Mexia welcome to one of the Blackcats newest coaches, Thomas Draper.
Draper was recently hired by new athletic director/head football coach, Frank Sandoval, and will be assisting with the football program this fall.
Draper will also help out with basketball and/or track later in the school year.
Draper grew up in the Dallas area, attending and graduating from Highland Park High School, where he played football and ran track for the Scots.
He was also a member of the 2007 Highland Park team that played in the Class 4A Div. II state football championship game against Austin Lake Travis his senior year.
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Wed
21
Jun

Ladycats step up to stand out

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

While the football program is into its second week of strength and conditioning camp, the volleyball program was into its second day of S&C.
Coach Randy Barger (Girls Athletic Coordinator) will be coaching the volleyball team for the second consecutive season and had approximately 36 Ladycat athletics participate in the two-hour program, held Monday through Thursday, and on Tuesday there were 40 girls that showed up.
“It’s going good,” Barger said. “We’re doing a combination of things, lifting weights, agility drills, running and jumping drills, just to improve more.”
While the strength and conditioning camp is voluntary, Barger is pleased with the turnout thus far and expects a few more athletes to jump on board and participate

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Thursday's edition of The Mexia News. Subscribe online or call 254-562-2868.

Wed
21
Jun

Black Cat Field right on track

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

Folks passing by Black Cat Field may have noticed some construction going on in recent days.
No, it’s not to install artificial turf, but it is something equally important and that is the resurfacing of the track.
The new surface will be more of a crimson color, synonymous with the Mexia Blackcat colors.
This is just one of the projects taking place at the moment.

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Fri
16
Jun

Area towns to host district baseball, softball tourneys

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

As the youth baseball and softball regular seasons wind down to a close, the Texas Teenage Association’s district playoffs will start kicking off here in less than a few weeks.
The Mexia Baseball/Softball Association will be hosting the TTAB Boys 12U Open Base District 9 tournament that is scheduled to start on July 10. The tournament will have a total of six teams playing, two from the Brazos Valley Leagues American Division, two from the National Division and two teams from Four Points Youth Baseball Association.
In other TTAB district tournaments beginning July 10, Groesbeck will be hosting the TTAB Boys 10U Tight Base District 9 tournament, featuring the top two teams from the Brazos Valley American and National leagues.
Mexia will have two teams playing in the District 10 tournament, which will be played in Bosqueville.

Fri
16
Jun

State 7-on-7 qualifying tournaments winding down

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

This weekend and next will close out the Texas State 7-on-7 qualifying tournament schedule.
So far, 50 teams from across the state in Division II (Classes 1A, 2A, 3A and 4A) have qualified for the big state tournament that will be held in College Station at Veterans Park and Athletic Complex June 29 and 30, including last year’s champion Kaufman and runner-up Somerset.
Division I (Classes 5-6A) has 39 teams qualified to date, including 2016 state champion The Woodlands and last year’s runner-up Dickinson. Division I games will begin on June 30 and close out on Saturday, July 1.
Mexia is among the field of 50 teams for Division II and will be joined (so far) by teams from…

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