Sports

Thu
17
Apr

Blackcats fall to Buffalo in hard-fought pitching duel

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Tuesday evening couldn’t have been much worse for the Mexia Blackcats baseball team and their fans. While the game was hard fought and basically boiled down to a pitcher’s duel that eventually leaned in favor of Buffalo, 3-1, fans and players had to endure unseasonably cold temperatures. But the worst part of the whole evening had to be the most-annoying version of Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” that was played prior to the start of the bottom of the sixth inning.
As far as the game went, Mexia played one of their hardest fought baseball games this season despite the outcome.
After playing two scoreless innings, the Blackcats looked to be on the verge of breaking the game wide open after getting a couple of players on base, but the Bison’s defense halted the Mexia advance and the score still remained knotted at zero.

Fri
11
Apr

Varsity track teams each take second in Palestine meet

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

Both the varsity boys and girls track teams finished second overall at the 19-3A district track meet held April 9-10 at Palestine High School.
Fairfield girls finished in first with 239.5 points, Mexia second with 118, Palestine third with 116, Groesbeck fourth with 85.5 and Rusk fifth with 28.
The Palestine boys varsity track team finished first overall with 214.5 points, Mexia second with 143.5, Fairfield third with 121, Rusk fourth with 71 and Groesbeck fifth with 52.

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Fri
11
Apr

Eric Wells qualifies for regional golf meet

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

Rusk and Palestine golf teams will advance to the regional meet after placing one and two in the district meet held in Jacksonville and Teague earlier this week.
Mexia’s Eric Wells made it to the list of top 12 medalists, putting his way to the number five spot with a two-day total of 190 (94, 96).
Wells sister, Mia, also made the top 12 medalists in the girl’s competition, sliding in at the number eight spot with a two-day total of 254.
Overall, the Mexia boys team finished fifth in district and the girls finished fourth.
Eric will be the lone representative from Mexia competing in the regional meet that will be held at Raven Nest Golf Club at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, April 16-17.

Wed
09
Apr

Cats can’t get past Rusk’s pitcher

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

The Blackcats struggled at the plate Tuesday night, no thanks to Rusk Eagle’s pitcher Josh Raiborn, who ended up pitching a 10-0 shutout and held Mexia hitless in the game.
Mexia managed to get only four batters on base via a dropped third strike in the first inning that allowed Case Adair to reach first, D.J. Johnson getting hit by a pitch in the bottom of the third, Blake Lewis reaching first on a walk and Zack Reece getting a base-on-balls in fourth and fifth innings respectively.
Rusk came up with two runs in the top of the first to take a quick lead and added three more in the third to go up 5-0.
The Eagles scored one each in the fourth and fifth and tacked on three in the top of the sixth.

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Fri
04
Apr

Seven schools take part in Scotty Neal Memorial meet

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The Scotty Neal Memorial Track Meet was held Thursday afternoon at Blackcat Field with seven schools participating in the event.
Mexia’s junior varsity boys “A” team finished in third place overall. Curk Harris made the top 10 list in outstanding individuals in field events.
Harris had a first place finish in the High Jump with a mark of 5-6 and finished third in the 400 Meter Run with a time of 57.85.
The JV girls also placed third at the meet. Jashima Smith finished No. 1 in the outstanding individuals with 16 points given for competing in field events. Smith’s placed first in the Discus and third in the Shot Put.

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Mon
31
Mar

Weather not factor for Mexia tennis team

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Seems most of Thursday and Friday’s events got rained out.
Mexia’s tennis team was supposed to compete in the Madisonville match on Thursday, but “Mother Nature” changed her mind and decided Friday would be better.
The change didn’t seem to dampen the play of Mexia’s Nemesis Robles as he slid through his competition to finish first in Boys Singles.
Robles began the match by defeating Westwood’s Banh, 8-3, and Centerville’s Jalufka, 8-5, to make it to the semifinals. From there he went on to shutout Madisonville’s Zavala, 8-0, and went on to face Saldana (Madisonville) to win the championship, 8-5.

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Mon
31
Mar

Varsity, JV track teams make good showings at meet

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The Blackcats competed in the Fairfield High School Invitational Track Meet on Thursday, March 27 with the Mexia JV boys finishing third, JV girls third, varsity boys second and varsity girls placing second in the overall standings.
The JV 4x200 Meter Relay team of Jaime Salazaar, Michael Miller, Devin Banks and Matron Gerald had an outstanding race, sprinting all out on the last leg to a first place finish with a time of 1:35.19 edging out Palestine’s time of 1:37.67. Devin Banks placed first in the High Jump, Avery Williams took the top spot in the Triple Jump, while Jashima Smith won first in the Discus and Alexandra Harris finished second in the 800 Meter Dash.

Mon
24
Mar

Ladycats fall to Lady Eagles

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The Ladycats couldn’t seem to catch a break against the Rusk Lady Eagles last Friday night in East Texas. If it wasn’t from the Lady Eagles bats piling on the hits, it was the home plate umpire’s inability to focus more on the game in the field and not what was going on in the Mexia stands.
The umpire ended up tossing a Mexia fan for stating the obvious on a semi-close play where the Rusk player should have been called out by the field umpire, but instead he ruled the girl safe. Early in the game, Cheyenne Thompson was called out returning to first base, but the Lady Eagles first baseman failed to tag her with the ball in the glove, instead she ended up hitting Thompson’s leg with her forearm. The field umpire – who was blocked by Thompson from the contact made – made the call. A brief discussion ensued between the field umpire and home plate ump with the result still in Rusk favor.

Mon
24
Mar

Varsity drops one to Rusk

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Friday night was not good for Mexia Blackcats baseball teams visiting Rusk.
The varsity dropped a 10-0 decision to the Eagles, dropping them down to 1-3 in district play.
The Blackcats had four hits in the game. Avery Williams collected two of those, while Brady Walker and Case Adair both hit singles.
Darius Dorsey was busy behind the plate, throwing out four Rusk base runners.
In the first, Williams hit a two out single to get on base, but that would be all Mexia ended up with in the opening inning. Rusk scored three times in the bottom of the first to jump out to a 3-0 lead.
Brady Walker singled to start the second, but ended up left on base as the Blackcats were unable to knock him in. The Eagles added three more runs in the inning to extend their lead to 6-0.

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Mon
17
Mar

Fairfield takes out Blackcats 8-1; Palestine up next

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Darius Dorsey’s single in the top of the sixth kept the Blackcats from being the victim of a no-hitter during Friday night’s 8-1 district loss to the Fairfield Eagles.
Mexia’s lone run came in the top of the sixth with two out. Brady Walker had reached base on a fielder’s choice. Avery Williams, who was still in the game playing in centerfield after pitching the first four and a third innings, got on base after an error by the Eagles first baseman, moving Walker over to second. Blake Lewis’ single to left scored Walker and moved Williams over to second, but the inning ended after Josh York fell victim to one of Fairfield pitcher Chance Carroll’s 19 strikeouts.
Carroll carried a no-hitter for five and two-thirds innings before giving up the single to Dorsey.

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