Sports

Mon
20
Nov

Mexia Blackcats are Bi-District Champions

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor

Mon
20
Nov

Ladycats win Silver Bracket

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor

Mon
20
Nov

Coolidge dominates Avalon 89-63: Yellowjackets going to regionals

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor

Coolidge head coach Wayne Ware knew that if his team could get up on Avalon early, they’d have a good chance at winning Friday night’s bi-district football playoff game.
The No. 10 ranked Yellowjackets (9-2) did just that and a roller coaster of a second half later, Coolidge emerged with an 89-63 win over the Eagles to advance to the Class 1A Region IV regional round against No. 6 ranked Gilmer Union Hill (10-0) this Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at Mineola’s Meredith Memorial Stadium.
“We knew it was going to be a hard-fought ball game and put points on the board,” Ware stated. “We still had some jitters, but once we settled in, our defense started clicking and after we got on top we matched them score-for-score.”
Coolidge scored first with Torrey Hoover taking the ball in from 37 yards out, followed by Juan “J.J.” Acevedo’s two-point kick for the point-after to give the Yellowjackets an early 8-0 lead.

Fri
17
Nov

All-district 18-4A volleyball selections released

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor

Wed
15
Nov

Week 12: First round playoffs

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor

Wed
15
Nov

Ladycats win opener against Grandview

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor

It was shaky at first, especially dealing with the Grandview Lady Zebras 2-2-1 half court trapping defense, but the Mexia Ladycats managed to break open a tightly contested basketball season opener at home late in the game to get the 61-51 win.
At the start of the fourth period in Tuesday night’s game, both teams were tied 43-43. Mexia took a two-point lead on J’Myia Strain’s basket underneath.
After a Grandview timeout, Oasis Keener - leading scorer on the night for the Ladycats with 20 - hit a two-point shot in the paint to stretch Mexia’s lead to four, 47-43.
Lady Zebra Hanna Hudson was fouled on the next play. She hit both free throws to cut the Ladycats lead down to two.
The two teams traded baskets after that until Keener popped in another tough shot for two and ended up getting fouled on the play as well. Keener sank the “And 1” shot to push the Ladycats back up by three, 50-47.

Mon
13
Nov

Unofficial numbers released for new UIL district alignment

Mexia News Staff Report

The unofficial numbers are out in relation to the upcoming University Interscholastic League district alignments for the 2018-19 Texas high school football season, according to Dave Campbell’s Texas Football.
Oct. 27 is the day the UIL gathers up enrollment data to use in determining the upcoming re-alignment, but the official announcement won’t come until Feb. 2018.
Estimated cutoffs by DCTF’s Matt Stepp - in relation to Bi-Stone County teams - showed Class 4A DI from 785 to 1,159; DII from 485 to 784; Class 3A DI - 330 to 484; DII - 230 to 329; Class 2A DI - 165 to 229; DII - 104.5 to 164; Class 1A DI - 63 to 104.4; DII - 62 and below.
Currently, both Fairfield and Mexia are in the same district (9-4A DII) and that shouldn’t change in the upcoming re-alignment. Fairfield has the largest enrollment - according to the report - with 537. Mexia has 508.

Mon
13
Nov

Wortham falls to Overton in football district finale

Mexia News Staff Report

Mon
13
Nov

Ladycats open up basketball season at home against Grandview

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports Editor

Hard to believe basketball season is upon us, but we are in the middle of November.
Tonight, the Mexia Ladycats open up the 2017-18 season here at home against the Grandview Lady Zebras. The Junior varsity game starts at 5 p.m. and the varsity plays at 6:30 p.m.
The Ladycats finished the 2016-17 season as the No. 2 seed from District 18-4A and made it to the area round of the playoffs under coach Randy Barger.
Returning this season for the Ladycats will be District 18-4A Co-Offensive Player of the Year, point guard Keiana Keith, second team all-district starting guard Destini Hutchison, honorable mention De’Modesty Williams (SG), power forward Camrye Smith and center Akira West.

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
13
Nov

Coolidge Yellowjackets dominate Penelope Wolverines 54-8

By Roger Anderson
Special to The Mexia News
(Sports editor Stephen R. Farris contributed to the story)

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