Sports

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.

Mon
19
Feb

Wortham lifters compete at West

Mexia News Sports Editor
The Wortham Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs powerlifting teams competed in the West Invitational this past Saturday morning with two athletes returning with medals.
Dylan Martin had the best finish for the Bulldog team, finishing seventh in the 198 weight-class with a total of 1,065 lbs. lifted. Also competing for the Bulldogs were Dallas McGee in the 181 Class and Logan Salisbury in the 242 Class.
For the Lady Bulldogs, the girls finished No. 15 out of 23 teams competing in the West Invitational.

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
19
Feb

Blackcats win powerlifting meet

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor
The Mexia Blackcats finished first out of 15 teams competing at the Normangee Powerlifting Meet held Saturday, Feb. 17, while the Ladycats brought home second-place from the meet.
The Blackcats had two lifters finish in first-place, Diego Rivera in the 123 weight-class and Joshua Beachum in the 165 Class. Rivera topped his lift total of 1,070 lbs. from the week before, finishing with a combined total of 1,110 lbs. Saturday. Beachum matched Rivera’s lift total (1,110 lbs.) beating out the second-place finisher in the 165 Class by 20 lbs.
There were two lifters finishing in second-place for Mexia. Nick Turner scored the No. 2 spot with a total of 535 lbs. in the 114 Class, Dre’Vaun Cooper placed second in the 198 Class with 1,270 lbs. lifted.

Mon
19
Feb

Mexia ready for season after 2-2 tie in final scrimmage

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor
The final baseball scrimmage for the Mexia Blackcats resulted in a 2-2 tie with the Waco La Vega Pirates last Friday evening in Bellmead.
Mexia scored in the top of the first after Evan Harrison scored on an error to give the Blackcats the 1-0 lead.
Mexia made it a 2-0 game in the top of the fourth, when B.J. Sunday reached first on a fielder’s choice. Then in a series of what could be described as “unfortunate events”, Phillip Lejeune - pinch running for Sunday - moved all the way from first to third on an error by the Pirate catcher and came in to score on an infield hit by Trevor Griffith.
La Vega made it a 2-1 game after scoring a lone run in the bottom half of the inning, then tied the game in the bottom of the fifth.
Mexia finished with four hits and no errors, while the Pirates had three hits and two errors.
Griffith was the lead

Mon
19
Feb

Ladycats softball team opens season

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor
Big weekend for the Mexia Ladycats softball team as they opened the regular season winning two of six games at the Whitney Tournament held Feb. 15-17.
Mexia began play in the tourney last Thursday against Copperas Cove, falling to the Lady Bulldawgs in a close game, 7-5, then fell to the Little River Academy Lady Bees by one, 11-10.
The Ladycats came back on Friday to drop the Clifton Lady Cubs 12-7 but closed out the day with a 9-0 loss to host Whitney.
On Saturday, the girls slip by the Troy Trojanettes in another tight ball game, winning 9-8.
Against Clifton Friday, the Ladycats jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first. Ashton Langley led off the inning by reaching first base on an error, advancing to second on a passed ball before Baileah Thompson joined her on base with a walk.

Mon
19
Feb

Coolidge boys win tune-up; girls fall in area round

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor
With the Coolidge Yellowjackets waiting to see who they’ll play in the area round of the Class 1A basketball playoffs, the team took to the court Saturday at the Whataburger Shootout held at Mansfield High School.
The No. 14-ranked Yellowjackets took on No. 7 Graford (21-8), handing the Rabbits a 53-50 loss.
Coolidge (20-2) trailed 14-11 at the end of the first quarter and went into halftime down 28-20.
Things picked up in the third for the Yellowjackets with Jordan Brown getting a hot hand, scoring seven points in the quarter while teammates Roman Benjamin and Juan Acevedo chipped in four each to move Coolidge to within five by the end of the quarter, 40-35.
In the fourth, Manny Rivera and Acevedo tallied six apiece as Coolidge outscored the Rabbits 18-10 for the lead and the win.

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