Sports

Wed
23
Aug

Lady Yellowjackets sting Lady Panthers in three

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor

Mon
21
Aug

Mexia Blackcats: Back to work

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor

The Mexia Blackcats got their first taste of live action Friday night as they hosted the Palestine Wildcats in their first scrimmage of the 2017 season.
The freshmen Blackcats looked impressive, scoring a couple of touchdowns and winning their battle. Coach Jimmy Woolard was pretty fired up with their performance and liked what he saw out on the field.
The junior varsity team struggled offensively and were hit hard by the bigger Palestine defenders, but the kids never gave up and got right back in there to keep battling.
Mexia’s first string looks pretty good and the offense managed to move the ball some. Quarterback Travion Carter connected with receivers on a couple of good passes down field and Jadrian Smith showed some spark in the Blackcats running game. Defensively, there are still a few kinks that need to be worked out.

Fri
18
Aug

Lady Bulldogs win, even one short

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor
You could say “luck” was on the Wortham Lady Bulldogs side Tuesday night in their match with the Valley Mills Lady Eagles – or not, depending on how you look at it.
The “good luck,” Wortham scored a 3-2 win on the road, 17-25, 25-19, 27-25, 23-25, 15-11. The bad, senior middle-blocker Kayla Lansford left the first set with an ankle injury after a Valley Mills player came across the net and landed on her foot.
Coach DeAnna Whaley ended up having to play with only five players, but the outcome turned out leaning in Wortham’s favor after it was all said and done on the court.
“I’m proud of the hustle and heart my girls showed,” Whaley said. “They didn’t give up and continued to battle throughout the match.”
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
18
Aug

Wortham’s Shivers signs with MBU baseball team

Mexia News Staff Report

It’s been a banner year for the Wortham athletic program, especially with another athlete signing to play at the college level.
Cole Shivers becomes the third Wortham Bulldog player to sign this year.
Shivers, a 2017 graduate of Wortham High School, played multiple sports for the Bulldogs during his high school career.
He recently signed a letter of intent to play at Missouri Baptist University in St. Louis, MO. on the baseball team.
Cole, the son of Tony and Mary Shivers, was a captain on the Bulldog baseball team the last two years and an all-district selection for the past three years, serving as a leader both on and off the field.
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
18
Aug

New Coolidge girls coach has experience overseas

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor
If you’ve ever watched the movie “Around the World in 80 Days,” imagine taking away the racing aspect and tie it around the sport of basketball. That’s the version that could be depicted of Coolidge’s newly hired girls coach William Milton, but with a Texas flare.
Milton grew up playing basketball and after graduating high school, he took his game to the junior college level in Weatherford and later transferred to Midwestern State University to continue his education and work his magic on the court.
The opportunity arose for Milton to go overseas and play for semi-pro basketball teams in Lithuania, so he left the states to follow his passion.

Wed
16
Aug

Blackcats to host scrimmage against Palestine on Aug. 18

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor

After a couple of weeks of two-a-day practices and getting in about of week of hitting in full gear, the time has come to see how much this season’s Mexia Blackcat football team has learned under head coach Frank Sandoval’s new system.
This Friday night at 7 p.m., the Blackcats will host the Palestine Wildcats (freshmen and junior varsity start at 5:30 p.m.).
The scrimmage will give Sandoval and his staff a chance to look over the team during the live play portion, to see what needs to be tweaked.
Fans may want to arrive early to get a good parking spot and seat.
Even though this is just a scrimmage, here’s a few historical facts about the two teams when they’ve played each other in the regular season.

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
16
Aug

Ladycats building intensity

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor

So what do you do when the team you’re playing is coming in fresh off a tournament championship?
You play them as hard as you possibly can and that was the case for the Mexia Ladycats Tuesday evening as they hosted the Corsicana Lady Tigers, who won the top division at the Fairfield Invitational Volleyball Tournament this past weekend.
Even though the Ladycats fell to Corsicana in three sets, 20-25, 17-25, 17-25, Mexia wasn’t intimidated by the Lady Tigers front line and outside hitting.
Jocelyn Anderson and Oasis Keener played solid defense at the net throughout the match and Keener pounded down some nice kill shots from the middle and outside, helping keep the Ladycats within striking distance all evening long.

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
16
Aug

Lady Bulldogs dig in with four sets over Eagles

Mexia News Staff Report

The Wortham Lady Bulldogs took a break from tournament play last Friday to host the Mildred Lady Eagles.
Wortham took the home match in four sets, 25-23, 17-25, 25-22, 25-12.
Leading the Lady Bulldog offense in the match was Kayla Lansford, who recorded 28 kills and five blocks.
Teammate Ashley Mao stepped up strong, finishing with 12 kills and two blocks and Rylee Goolsby slammed over four kills and had three blocks.
Jayde Hamilton served up four aces. She also had a block and led the team in assists with 11. Fellow Lady Bulldog setter Darcy Taylor finished the match with six assists.
Wortham’s defense kept them going throughout the match, with libero Hallie Fautt leading the charge with 14 digs.
Skylar Phillips, Samantha Wright, Hamilton and Megan Whaley all contributed defensively with four digs each.
Wortham starts play in the Leon Tournament today.

Mon
14
Aug

Blackcat fans brave the heat Team exceeding expectations

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor

Mon
14
Aug

Ladycats show athleticism early during tourney season

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor

The Mexia Ladycats avenged their three-set loss to Centerville Thursday afternoon at the Fairfield Invitational Volleyball Tournament, beating the Waco Connally Lady Cadets rather handily Saturday morning, 25-13, 25-9.
Mexia trailed early in the first set, but after some phenomenal backcourt defense by Destini Hutchison and Jenny Vu.
Vu somehow managed to keep the ball in play after a tip that sent it sailing beyond the backline. Vu raced back and dove, extending out her arm to make contact and send the ball back towards play. Hutchison alertly moved the ball forward towards the net and the Ladycats - instead of losing the point - gained the score. Service by DeModesty Williams and Heaven Porch helped Mexia erase an 8-4 deficit to take an 11-10 lead.
The Ladycats reeled off another five points to extend their advantage to 16-10.

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