Sports

Wed
26
Jul

Evan Simpson: A drawing card

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor

Growing up in the small town of Dew in Freestone County, third-year Mexia assistant coach Evan Simpson seemed to always draw a crowd of younger kids while competing in athletics during his middle school years.
So much so, that in the back of his mind coaching might be something he’d like to do in the future.
“The younger kids kind of looked up to me,” said Simpson. “So I sort of became their coach in a way, teaching them about basketball.” One of the sports he played during his junior high years until transferring to nearby Fairfield to attend high school.
Simpson was a standout athlete for the Eagles football team and went on to play college football at East Texas Baptist University in Marshall.

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
26
Jul

Overview of District 14-1A Six-Man

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor

With two-a-days approaching rapidly, area teams will be getting ready to do battle on the gridiron once again and high school football fans are getting excited about the 2017 fall season.
With that in mind, I will be taking a look at each of the districts involving football teams in Coolidge, Wortham, Mexia and Groesbeck over the next few weeks.
This week we’ll look at District 14-1A Six-man as the Coolidge Yellowjackets are the pre-season favorite to win the district by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine’s 2017 summer edition.
Top that with being ranked No. 8 in the DCTF pre-season Class 1A top 10.
Last season, the Yellowjackets finished 6-5 overall and 3-1 in district play and made the playoffs under second-year coach, Wayne Ware.

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.

Mon
24
Jul

Jordan Kersh: Giving back

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor

The 2017 football season is quickly approaching, with less than two weeks before equipment is handed out to Mexia Blackcat players and two-a-days begin.
For second-year coach Jordan Kersh, there’s no other place he’d rather be right now than in Mexia.
Kersh, who’ll be the defensive line coach and assist with track and powerlifting, was hired by former Mexia Blackcat head coach Lamonte Chambers prior to the start of last season and is excited to be a part of the new coaching staff under recently hired head football coach/athletic director Frank Sandoval.
“I’m very excited,” said Kersh. “I’ve been through coaching changes in high school and at the college level. The way he’s (Sandoval) established his philosophy, established his tone … we’ve been pretty much on top of that and I like the direction we’re going … everything seems to be falling into place!”

Mon
24
Jul

Mexia Outsiders sweep 12 straight games: Wins TTAB state championship

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor

Fri
21
Jul

Building championship habits

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor

Approximately 40 Mexia athletes turned out for Thursday’s strength and conditioning camp that has been taking place throughout the summer.
Thursday’s participants got a big surprise as NFL star and Mexia native Kelvin Beachum, Jr., showed up to workout right alongside the players.
Beachum said he had a lot of fun coming back to where his football career started.
After getting in some reps in the weight room, he gave an inspirational and motivational talk to the campers before exiting outside for some cardio work.
Beachum was back in Mexia for a big announcement by the Central Texas Food Bank (see story and pictures from the event in today’s edition).

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
21
Jul

Justin Barnett: The right combination

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor

There are at least three elements that might lead someone to enter the field of coaching.
One - If your mom was a teacher.
Two - If your dad was a coach for 23-years.
Three - When upon graduating from college, you land a job as an assistant football coach under Cedar Hill legend Joey McGuire.
Simply a great combination when put together, coupled with a passion for sports and the love of football, recently hired assistant football coach Justin Barnett had the pleasure of being a part of each of those elements.
Barnett grew up in Cedar Hill and was a multi-sport athlete for the Longhorns.
Graduating in 2009, he went on to attend Sam Houston State University and majored in criminal justice.
That passion for football led Barnett back to his home town of Cedar Hill, where he was able to pursue his career in coaching, landing a spot with McGuire’s staff in 2013.

Wed
19
Jul

Jay McDade joins Blackcat roster

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor

With his beefed-up statue and youthful appearance, newly hired assistant football coach Jay McDade looks as if he could be the defensive or offensive lineman the Blackcats have been looking for.
But, in reality, McDade will be one of the key coaching components in head football coach Frank Sandoval’s arsenal that is geared up to help bring back the swagger to the Blackcat program this fall.
A 2009 graduate of Magnolia High School, McDade played a year of college basketball at Texas Wesleyan University in Ft. Worth.
He transferred the next year to Texas State University, where he earned his degree in sports science in 2014.

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.

Mon
17
Jul

Groesbeck Hughes advances to state after 9-2 win

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor

The team of Groesbeck Hughes scored five runs in the first inning of Thursday evening’s Texas Teenage Association of Baseball District 9 12U Open Base tournament championship game and, held on for a 9-2 win to advance to the state tournament on July 24 in Brownwood.
Groesbeck’s first five batters all reached base and scored in the opening inning of play in Thursday’s ball game.
Allen Lewis popped a two-run homer in the bottom of the second to make it a 7-1 game, scoring Christopher Cowey on the play.
Groesbeck added another run in the third and one more in the fourth.

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.

Fri
07
Jul

Jim Woolard joins Blackcat staff

By Stephen R. Farris
Sports editor, The Mexia News

The path to coaching took a different route for former Ouachita Baptist University graduate Jim Woolard.
Woolard played football for OBU, while earning his degree in political science, then went on to be a graduate assistant for a while at the school.
But instead of moving into the coaching profession, he ended up going to work for FedEx.
Woolard’s goal was to stay with the company until he was 35, but his love for football was a deciding factor in leaving two years before reaching that goal.

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.

Thu
06
Jul

College recruit is recruited

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports

Imagine that your job is to recruit high school athletes for your college or university.
One day, while on a recruiting trip, you stop in to visit the new coach - let’s say Mexia High School, home of the Blackcats - to let him know that you’d be touching base with him from time-to-time throughout the school year, or have him contact you if any athletes might be interesting in continuing their academic/athletic career at your college or university.
Imagine that after visiting with the coach, he was so impressed by your upbeat personality, dedication and enthusiasm, that a few weeks later you receive a phone call.
Surprised that he’d be calling so soon, you are completely caught off guard by what he says next.
“I’m building a new coaching staff and I want you to be a part of it!”

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