Sports

Mon
23
May

Hundreds of kids take part in Beachum football camp

Student volunteers in the yellow shirts kept campers busy with games during check-in at the Kelvin Beachum Community Football Camp.
NFL players volunteering at the Kelvin Beachum Community Football Camp this past Saturday parade along the track at Black Cat Field.
Youngsters do a little pre-camp warmup prior to the start of Kelvin Beachum’s Community Football Camp, held this past Saturday.
Kelvin Beachum, right, and former Jacksonville Jaguar/Fairfield native, Tony Brackens, left, share a little humor with a group of kids.
Kelvin Beachum’s Jacksonville Jaguar teammate Davon House leads campers in some drills Saturday morning.
Mexia assistant football coach Chad Coker, center, watches as this camper goes at it with a tackling dummy.
Former NFL player and Wortham native, Charlie Davis, demonstrates tackling technique to the youngsters Saturday morning.
Kelvin Beachum heads to the microphone to announce its lunchtime to the campers after putting in a couple of hours of fun and hard work.

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The sound of laughter filled the air at Black Cat Field Saturday, as approximately 200 youngsters checked in for the morning session of the third annual Kelvin Beachum Community Football Camp.
Kids ranging from first to seventh grade – eighth through 12th graders made up the afternoon session – were excited at the opportunity to meet current and former NFL players and take part in special drills set up during the session.
“We’re having a great time out here,” said Beachum, who was thoroughly enjoying himself, walking around and interacting with kids during drills.
Saturday’s event was by far the largest turnout of youngsters at one of the camps Beachum’s hosted since he became an NFL player with the Pittsburgh Steelers back in 2012.
Campers received instruction from pro players and volunteers including members of the Mexia Blackcat football coaching staff.

Fri
20
May

Mexia spring sports banquet recognizes top athletes

Pictured, l-r, are Mexia Blackcat varsity baseball head coach Chad Coker and team members J.J. Coffey, Matthew Gilmore, Darius Dorsey, Zachary Klosterman, Bryce Sterling, Eric Wells and Avery Williams. Mexia News photos by Stephen R. Farris
Members of the boys cross country team were recognized at the spring sports banquet, including l-r, Manny Acevedo, Lalo Ortiz, Damon Hatcher and Juan Prado.
Coach Bill Matthews, left, recognized members of the Mexia boys golf team during Tuesday evening’s spring sports banquet, including, l-r, Eric Wells, Damon Hatcher, Matthew Gilmore, Luis Ruiz and J.J. Coffey.
Mexia powerlifting coach Kent Richey, left, recognized powerlifting team members, l-r, Darius Dorsey, Trederek Anglin and Rahi Patel, during Tuesday evening’s spring sports banquet.
The Mexia Blackcat soccer team was recognized at the spring banquet Tuesday evening. Pictured,l-r, are assistant coach Brittney Dietz, head coach T.J. Sadler, goalkeeper Willy Cisneros, Victor Garcia, Manny Acevedo, David Velazquez, Danny Prado, Lalo Ortiz and Marcos Gonzalez.
Members of the Mexia Blackcats boys’ tennis team were recognized at the spring sports banquet Tuesday, including, l-r, Jimmy Tran, Juan Mora, Timothy Boulware, Darion Jones, David Velazquez, Luis Ruiz, Jose De La Cruz and Rafael Paz.
Mexia’s boys’ track teams were recognized at the spring banquet Tuesday evening, including, l-r, Avery Williams, Jaylen Gipson, Nick Chatham and Darius Dorsey, part of the 4x200 meter relay team that placed fourth at the state meet in Austin last weekend.

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The annual spring sports banquet was held for boys’ high school athletic programs this past Tuesday evening at the junior high school.
Athletes that participated in spring sports from soccer, baseball, powerlifting, tennis, track, basketball and golf, along with the fall sport of cross country were recognized during the brief program held in the cafeteria.
Coaches from each sport had their team members that were present come up on the stage and receive their certificates.
A special award was given out by golf coach Bill Matthews in honor of past team members Lance Duncan and Tyler Archibald, who passed away at an early age.
The first year Duncan/Archibald Leadership Award, which will be given to a senior boy or girl that provided leadership for the golf program, went to Wesley Carrizales.

Wed
18
May

Three Blackcats make 18-4A all district baseball team

Mexia junior Eric Wells made baseball first team all-district for 2016 as a utility player. He was also named to the district’s all-academic team.  Mexia News file photo

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The 18-4A all-district baseball teams for 2016 were released this week, which includes three Mexia players making first team.
Blackcat pitcher Avery Williams was named to the first team, along with teammates Darius Dorsey (outfield) and Eric Wells (utility player).
Making the district’s academic team were Case Adair, Dorsey, Williams, Jimmy Owens, Wells, Bryce Sterling, JoRel Lockhart and Zack Klosterman.
Adair, Dorsey and Owens earned second team all-state academic honors.
Williams will also be playing in the upcoming FCA Victory Bowl baseball game on June 10.
The following is the complete list of players from District 18-4A that made first and second team all-district.
Superlatives:
District MVP – Kyle Poe, Sr., Madisonville
Offensive Player of the Year – Darren Blakely, Jr., Madisonville
Pitcher of the Year – Kasey Williamson, Soph., Madisonville

Wed
18
May

Beachum kids football camp this Saturday

Mexia News Staff Report

The list of NFL stars coming to Kelvin Beachum’s third annual Community Football Camp, that will be held at Black Cat Field this coming Saturday has grown tremendously.
Campers will have the opportunity to receive skills instruction from some of football’s best players, which include Beachum himself, Houston Texans Jeff Allen, Pittsburgh Steelers Mike Adams, Maurkice Pouncey and Ramon Foster, former Steeler/free agent Will Allen, retired NFL player – and Fairfield native – Tony Brackens, Jeremy Parnell and Davon House (Beachum’s Jacksonville Jaguar teammates), Baltimore Ravens Chris Carter, Atlanta Falcons Aldrick Robinson, former Arizona Cardinal/free agent Bryan McCann, retired NFL player – and Wortham native – Charles Davis, former NFL and CFL player Youri Yenga, retired NFL player Reggie Dupard, New York Giant Will Johnson, Green Bay Packer Chris Banjo, Buffalo Bills Sterling Moore and the Calgary Stampeders Taylor Reed.

Wed
18
May

Happy landing

Courtesy photo/Scott W. Coleman

Coolidge’s Delvin Smith lands hard during the Class 1A boys’ long jump event at the state track meet Saturday morning in Austin. Smith ended up finishing sixth overall in the event.

Mon
16
May

Bulldog match ends Wortham baseball team hopes

Wortham’s Trent Williams shows good form on his RBI double swing that scored Jordan Lansford on the play, during Friday’s area playoff game against Bosqueville.

Mexia News Staff Report

The Wortham Bulldogs playoff run came to an end last Friday evening at home, as they fell to the Bosqueville Bulldogs, 13-3, in the Class 2A area baseball playoffs.
Bosqueville took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second, but Wortham responded with a run to tie the game after Trent Williams singled and Rudy Miller doubled in Vontray Cooper (running for Williams).
Bosqueville regained the lead in the third, scoring seven runs to go up 8-1, then added another score in the fourth to make it a 9-1 ball game.
Wortham crossed home twice in the bottom of the fourth to cut Bosqueville’s lead down to six, 9-3.
In the inning for the Bulldogs, Cole Shivers led off with a single, followed by Jordan Lansford’s RBI triple to right field. Lansford came in to score on Williams RBI double to left.

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

Mon
16
May

Coolidge girls track team scores silver at state meet

Adrianna Jones takes the baton from her teammate during the Class 1A girls’ 4x100 meter relay race at the state track meet in Austin Saturday afternoon. Coolidge came away with a second place finish in the race.  Courtesy photo/Scott W. Coleman
Coolidge’s Delvin Smith lands hard during the Class 1A boys’ long jump event at the state track meet Saturday morning in Austin. Smith ended up finishing sixth overall in the event.  Courtesy photo/Scott W. Crawford

Mexia News Staff Report

Coolidge sent their girls’ 4x100 meter relay team to the Class 1A state track meet in Austin this past weekend and the squad came back with silver medals with their second place finish.
The team of Taysia Kirven, Adrianna Jones, Salma Ortiz and Tionna Kirven turned in a time of 50.49, finishing behind a Burton team that ended up setting the Conference 1A record for the second consecutive year with a 49.97, eclipsing their mark of 50.08 set during last year’s state track meet.
The Coolidge team came into the race as the No. 5 seed after finishing up at regionals with a time of 51.57. They ended up cutting their time at the state track meet down by over a full second.
Boys’ long jumper, Delvin Smith, who was competing in his fourth straight state track meet, came in sixth place overall for Coolidge with a jump of 20-02.25, just shy of his 21-00 mark he set at regionals.

Mon
16
May

Mexia’s Tee Owens finds gold at state 4A tournament

LEFT: Mexia Ladycat Tee Owens, center, proudly stands with her coaches to display the first place medal she won in the Class 4A girls’ long jump at the state track meet. Pictured with Owens, at left, coach Britney Collins and her daughter, coach Randy Barger (next to Tee) and coach Nohe Komal, right.  Courtesy photo/ Coach Lamonte Chambers
LEFT: Mexia’s Darius Dorsey gets ready to head up the first leg for the Blackcats 4x200 meter relay team after rain and lightning in the area delayed the start of the race for several hours Saturday afternoon in Austin at the state track and field meet.  Photo courtesy of  Scott W. Coleman

Mexia News Staff Report

Fri
13
May

Ladycats represented well on all-district softball team

Mexia senior McKenzie Bain has been named to the 18-4A all-district softball first team as an infielder.

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The Mexia Ladycats landed 11 spots on the 2016 18-4A all-district softball team that was released earlier this week.
Senior McKenzie Bain made first team all-district as an infielder. She led the team in batting during the regular season with a .565 average and had a total of 39 hits, 28 runs scored, 28 RBI, 15 doubles, eight triples and two home runs. She was also named to the district’s all-academic team as well.
Bain will be playing for the Navarro Bulldog softball team next season.
Teammates Priscilla Garcia, Angel Carroll (both juniors) and Elaina Molina, a sophomore, earned spots on the district’s second team.
Garcia played infield for the Ladycats this season, batting .387 with 29 hits, 35 runs scored, 12 RBI, five doubles, three triples, a home run and seven stolen bases. She was also named to the district’s all-academic team.

Fri
13
May

Coach Ramey leaving for Kansas college

Mexia head basketball coach Billy Ramey is stepping down to pursue an assistant coaching job at McPherson College in Kansas.

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
After one season, Mexia Blackcats head basketball coach Billy Ramey is stepping down to pursue the opportunity to coach at the college level.
Ramey has accepted a job offer as an assistant coach at McPherson College in Kansas.
Ramey stepped in last season and led the Blackcats to a district title and a 21-10 record overall.
The team made it to the area round of the 2015-16 UIL Class 4A basketball playoffs.
“This is something I’ve dreamed about since I was a kid,” said Ramey. “My wife has been very supportive and this is something I think will be beneficial for my family.”
Ramey informed the team that he would be leaving at the end of the school year on Friday and told them they would always be a part of his basketball family and the memories made this past season.
“I thank all of the guys and enjoyed coaching them,” Ramey said. “I’m proud of them … they’re a great bunch of guys!”

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