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Fri
02
Mar

Ladycats suffer through error-filled game

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor
Like most teams across the coverage area, the Mexia Ladycats opted to avoid forecasted rain by playing on Monday instead of Tuesday.
Mexia traveled to Grapeland to take on the Lady Sandies, but eight errors in the game cost the Ladycats the win as they ended up falling 12-2.
Mexia had taken a 2-0 lead by the end of the first inning, taking advantage of a couple of Grapeland errors to manufacture runs.
Jenny Williams started the top of the first with a hard-hit grounder that was mis-handled by the Lady Sandies’ second baseman. Williams put herself in scoring position on the first pitch to Baileah Thompson at bat, by stealing second.
Thompson sent a grounder to short on the second pitch, which ended up booted, allowing Williams to score on the play. Thompson later scored on a sacrifice fly to center field by Gentry Renfro.

Fri
02
Mar

Blackcats earn comeback victory over Bulldogs

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
With the field still recovering from soggy conditions and more precipitation expected for Tuesday, the Mexia Blackcats’ home game against the Dawson Bulldogs was moved to the visitors’ site in a rare Monday afternoon contest. Despite a shaky start, the Blackcats went from being down 2-0 and 4-3 to picking up their second win of the young season, 12-4.
Mexia still maintained home field advantage, despite being on the road and Dawson — batting first — capitalized on a hit by Zane Morehouse, who eventually came around to score on an error for the game’s first run to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead.
The Blackcats struggled in the first three innings, getting only one runner on base — catcher B.J. Sunday, who reached, ironically, on a catcher’s interference call in the second inning.

Mon
26
Feb

Wortham foursome earns all-district accolades

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor
After finishing the 2017-18 basketball season with a record of 19-10 and making it to the area round of the Class 2A playoffs, the Wortham Lady Bulldogs landed four players on the District 18-2A’s all-district first team and two more on the second team.
Receiving first team honors were juniors Hallie Fautt, Ashley Mao and Jayde Hamilton, along with sophomore Skylar Phillips. Second team honors went to senior Kayla Lansford and sophomore Samantha Wright.
Fautt handled the ball most all season for the Lady Bulldogs, averaging 17 points per game, 4.5 assists, 3.5 steals and 2.5 rebounds in 29 games.
Mao scored 7.5 points per game and was tied for second on the team with Wright in rebounds, finishing with 6.5 rebounds per game.

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
26
Feb

Coolidge falls from basketball playoffs

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor
The physical play of the Oakwood Panthers turned out to be a little more than the No. 14-ranked Coolidge Yellowjackets could handle Friday night in Buffalo, as their season came to a close in the area round of the Class 1A playoffs, 74-54.
The Yellowjackets shots would not fall to start the game and the team found themselves down early, 23-7, at the end of the first period, in which Oakwood hit four three-point baskets at the beginning.
The Panthers continue third offensive barrage in the second, scoring the first seven points to extend their lead to 30-7.
Coolidge caught a little break with 6:38 to go in the half when the Panthers were hit with a technical foul, however, the Yellowjackets were unable to capitalize as both charity shots rimmed in and out of the basket.
After an Oakwood turnover, Jordan Brown was fouled, sinking both free throws to pull Coolidge within 21 with 6:28 before the half.

Mon
26
Feb

Blackcats are victorious in district soccer match

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor
With a break in the rain, the Mexia Blackcats were able to sneak in a district soccer match Friday night on the road against the China Spring Cougars.
Mexia broke the ice with a first-half goal to take a 1-0 lead into the half. Both teams added goals in the second half, but it would be the Blackcats coming out on top, 2-1, to improve to 6-6-1 overall and 3-1 in district play.
Mexia’s first goal came in minute 18 on a throw-in by Marcos Gonzalez and teammate Lalo Ortiz sending a glancing header across the Cougar keeper’s face and into the back of the net. The second goal was scored in the 56th minute of the second half when Manny Acevedo slipped a pass to Ortiz, who turned on the ball and sent a through-ball slicing between China Spring defenders to teammate Angel Escamilla. Escamilla took the shot on goal, curling the ball around the keeper and landing it into the net to put the Blackcats up 2-0.

Fri
23
Feb

Basketball season ends for Blackcats

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor
It was everything you would want in a basketball playoff game Tuesday night at Tiger Gym in Corsicana.
Two teams playing fast-paced, good defense, slam-dunk action — everything except a trip to the next round.
After playing with plenty of heart and soul — and all the fore-mentioned — the 2017-18 basketball season came to an end for the mighty Mexia Blackcats (21-9) as they fell to No. 17-ranked Waco Connally (24-7) in their bi-district playoff game, 70-46.
With a depleted coaching staff, assistant Jay McDade was the lone wolf on the sidelines calling plays, but the first-year Mexia coach had the Crimson and Black within striking distance in the first period, trailing only by two at the end of the first period, 17-15.
The tempo of the game picked up in the second period, but scoring was low for both squads.

Fri
23
Feb

Wortham Bulldogs look for another trip to baseball playoffs

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor
The Wortham Bulldogs are back on the diamond and ready for baseball action!
The Bulldogs finished 16-9 overall last season and 10-4 in District 16-2A, making the playoffs as the No. 3 seed where they made it into the area round.
This year, former Mexia Blackcat baseball coach Chad Coker takes over the team and with most all the cast returning, Wortham should make a move to finish much higher this season.
Last season’s District Pitcher of the Year, senior Braxton Whaley, may be a late start for the Bulldogs after suffering an injury during basketball season. Whaley posted a 2.57 ERA on the mound in 51.2 innings of work with a record of 5-3, striking out 51 batters. At the plate, he batted .361 with 22 hits, two doubles, 17 RBI and 21 runs scored. He also finished with 17 walks and was 16 of 17 in stolen bases.

Fri
23
Feb

Coolidge baseball season on hold due to basketball playoffs

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor
The baseball season for the Coolidge Yellowjackets is on hold right now, as the team is still competing in the Class 1A basketball playoffs.
Coolidge was scheduled to play Blum on the road in the season opener this coming Tuesday, then compete in the Saint Jo Tournament March 1-3, but it may end up the Yellowjackets won’t start play until their district game against Hubbard on March 9 or as late as their March 13 district contest with Mount Calm.

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
23
Feb

Blackcats run-rule Wildcats in opener

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor
It took only five innings for the Mexia Blackcats to record a 10-0 season-opening win over the visiting Scurry-Rosser Wildcats.
Zac Klosterman started the game on the mound for the Blackcats, throwing his first pitch of the evening in for a strike.
The Wildcats ended up with back-to-back singles, but a heads-up play at third base by Mexia’s J.R. Deichler — turning the 5-3 double play — and a strikeout by Klosterman helped the Blackcats get out of a jam in the first.
The game was scoreless until the bottom of the third when Jacob Allen, who led off the inning with a walk, scored from third on a wild pitch to give the Blackcats the 1-0 lead.
In the fourth, Mexia added two more runs to move ahead 3-0 after Deichler and B.J. Sunday came in to score.

Mon
19
Feb

Mexia wins district soccer match

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor
On the road against the Lorena Leopards, the Mexia Blackcats overcame a 1-0 deficit to come back and defeat their district foe in soccer action Friday night, 4-1.
According to coach T.J. Sadler, Mexia fell behind at the seven-minute mark after a defensive mistake led to the early goal by Lorena.
In the 23rd minute, the Blackcats answered by going the length of the field when a bouncing kick went over the heads of Leopard defenders. Mexia’s Kevin Garcia caught up with the ball crossing over to teammate Juan Hernandez. Hernandez took a shot but it was blocked, however, Angel Escamilla was there to send the ball into the net low and hard to tie the match at 1-1.

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