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Fri
19
Jun

Victory Bowl coming to TV Saturday

Mexia News Staff Report

Fri
05
Jun

T-ball season in high gear

Nathan Wilson puts every ounce of muscle he’s got into hitting the ball as his team, Busby’s Plumbing, took on J. Vision Entertainment Thursday evening in t-ball action at the Mexia Youth Baseball Fields.

Fri
05
Jun

Tobola named new athletic director at Wortham High

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The Wortham Bulldogs have snagged Corsicana Tigers defensive coordinator, Chris Tobola, to fill their vacant athletic director/head football coach position.
Tobola, who has spent the last 15 years coaching in various sports, but mainly football. One of those seasons was as head coach for the Charlotte Trojans.
He’s been a DC the last six years and has spent the last two with the Corsicana Tigers.
Tobola says his dad is his biggest mentor and after playing for him in high school, that’s who gave him his first shot in coaching after graduating from college.

To read more on this story, pick up a copy of Saturday's edition of The Mexia News, or subscribe to our online edition.

Wed
27
May

Schmeid’s football dreams come true as Blackcat

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Foreign exchange student Benji Schmied didn’t know what to expect when he signed up for the program and found out he would be coming to Mexia.
It was a big change for him, especially coming from a city with a population of approximately 90,000 people to a town of about 8,000.
He prepared himself for the new adventure and after stepping off the plane here in the United States, he was somewhat surprise at how friendly the people were here.
“I didn’t expect the people here to be so nice and receptive,” he said. “I was glad!”
You might think the transition from a bigger city from where Schmied came from, to a small town the size of Mexia would seem much more different, but according to him life in Austria is pretty relaxed so the change really hasn’t bothered him much except for one thing.

Wed
27
May

Blackcats’ Harris signs with Thunderducks

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
After weeks of visiting college campuses, Mexia senior forward Curk Harris signed a letter of intent to play basketball with the Richland College Thunderducks Tuesday morning. He was joined by his parents, Curt and Loretta Harris, along with his uncle Anthony Harris as he filled out the form to be sent to the Richland College athletic department.
After entertaining partial scholarship offers from about six NCAA Division II-III schools, Harris felt that spending a season or two playing ball with a JUCO program would be the best route to go, in which he’ll have a better opportunity to gain a full scholarship at a four-year school.
“I’m excited to sign with Richland,” said Harris. “I think it’ll be a good experience.”

To read more on this story, pick up a copy of Thursday's edition of The Mexia News, or subscribe to our online edition.

Fri
22
May

Lewis, Hileman sign letters of intent

By Stephen R. Farris Mexia News Sports Big day for two Mexia senior baseball players, Blake Lewis and Shelby Hileman, as they signed letters of intent to continue their education and playing careers at the college level. Lewis hit .372 this past season with 16 hits, 16 RBI and four homeruns. He signed with Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) in Waxahachie, which plays in the Sooner Athletic Conerfence. “I’m pretty excited right now,” Lewis said. Playing pitcher, first base and catcher this year for the Blackcats, but the Lions plan to use him at third next season. “I think this is a huge testiment of what they done the three years I’ve been here to help build the program and get it going in the direction it’s going right now,” said coach Matt Matus. “These two guys were a huge part of our success this year and they’ve got a bright future in the game of baseball.

Wed
20
May

Girl’s spring athletic banquet recognizes each team

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Athletes and coaches filled the cafeteria at Mexia Junior High School Tuesday night to recognize those participating in Ladycat ath­letic programs this past school year.
Each of the young ladies in attendance that competed in volleyball, basketball, pow­erlifting, tennis, track and softball were honored during the banquet. Coaches for each of the sports handed out certificates to the girls, as well as handing out certificates to those making all-district teams.
Girl’s athletic director and head basketball coach, Randy Barger, recognized two out­going seniors - Katilyn Gipson and Cheyenne Thompson - for their dedication and leadership this year.

For more, see the Thursday edition of The Mexia News, or subscribe to or e-edition.

Wed
20
May

Harris in TABC All-Star b-ball game

By Stephen R. Farris Mexia News Sports

Huge weekend ahead for Mexia senior Curk Harris, as he prepares to take part in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches annual all-star game at Trinity University in San Antonio, Friday, May 22. Harris played four years on the Blackcats varsity basketball team and helped lead them to the regional semifinals this year. He averaged 18.5 points per game this season and was named MVP on the District 18-4A all-district boy’s basketball team, as well as the district’s academic first team. TABC recognized Harris by naming him to the Class 4A Region III all-region boy’s basketball team and the Class 4A all-state first team. To continue reading, see Thursday's edition of The Mexia News, or subscribe to our e-edition.

Mon
18
May

Kirven takes three golds at UIL State Track Meet

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
If the town of Coolidge hasn’t begun to celebrate, they should real soon as one of their own, Dianna Kirven, brought home three gold medals from this past weekend’s UIL State Track Meet in Austin.
Kirven - a senior this year - competed in four events at the 2014 meet, where she finished fourth in the Long Jump, third in the HIgh Jump, second in the 400 Meter Dash and sixth in the 200 Meter Dash.
This year was different.
After competing in only three regular season track meets (due largely to the weather conditions for the past four months), Kirven was able to get through the district, area and regional rounds to qualify for the state meet.

To continue reading, see the Tuesday edition of The Mexia News.

Mon
18
May

Ladycats compete at state track meet in Austin

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Mexia was represented at the 2015 UIL State Track Meet as Tee Owens competed in the Class 4A Girl’s Long Jump and the Ladycats relay team of Owens, Jidaija King, Katilyn Gipson and Tyzane Williams ran in the Girl’s 4x200 Meter Relay this past Saturday in Austin.
Owens finished in the No. 8 spot last year at the state meet, but improved tremendously to move up several spots on Saturday to finish in fourth place with a distance of 18-07. She eclipsed her 2014 mark of 17-00.75 by nearly two feet.
Owens will have a chance to compete again next year as a senior.
The Ladycats relay team finished sixth with a time of 1:44.52 in a close race between down the stretch. Texarkana Liberty-Eylau took first with a time of 1:40.41 and Coldspring-Oakhurst took second with a time of 1:40.73.

To continue reading, see Tuesday's edition of The Mexia News.

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