Sports

Fri
05
Feb

Four Blackcats signed to play college football, baseball

Four Blackcat players signed their letters of intent to play ball: l-r, are Tyrik Ray, Darius Dorsey), Demetri Freeman and Avery Williams.

Mexia News Staff Report

National Signing Day yielded four Mexia athletes committing to continue their high school sports' careers at the college level.
Classmates, teachers and coaches were on hand at Blackcat gym to witness the signings and wish the players well in their future endeavors.
2015 Class 7-4A DII Defensive Lineman MVP Demetri Freeman signed his letter of intent to play with Texas Southern University, a NCAA Division I school in Houston that plays in the Southwestern Athletic Conference. Freeman finished his senior season with the Blackcats with 65 tackles, four sacks, two caused fumbles and 17 tackles for a loss.

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Fri
05
Feb

Boys, girls powerlifting teams do well at Fairfield meet

Mexia News Staff Report

Win, win for the Blackcat powerlifters as both the boys and girls teams each finished second at the Fairfield Powerlifting Meet on Thursday.
For the Ladycats, Karina Rivera took first place honors in the 105 Class, Keila Molina finished in the top spot of the 165 Class and Dani Gauntt (listed as Kaci Gauntt on the THSWPA website) earned first place in the 198 Class.
Meisha McNeil had another good meet, finishing second in the 132 Class.

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Fri
05
Feb

Blackcat soccer back on track

Mexia News Staff Report

After getting off to a slow start this season, the Mexia Blackcats soccer team have pieced together back-to-back wins to move to 2-1 in district play.
Mexia suffered a heartbreaking 1-0 loss in their district opener to Waco La Vega on the road Jan. 26, but came back to defeat Waco Connally at home on Jan. 29, 3-0.
Senior Alan Carbajal scored two goals in the game, with the final one on a free kick from about 45 yards out. Cristian Rivera scored the other goal for the Blackcats in the game.
This past Tuesday in Robinson, Mexia out-dueled the Rockets for a 2-1 win.

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Wed
03
Feb

Ladycats secure top spot in standings

Senior Tee Owens, shown in a file photo,topped all scorers with 16 points in Mexia’s 39-33 win against Fairfield.

Mexia News Staff Report

It’s not easy stepping out on the basketball court in Fairfield and coming out with a win.
The last four times Mexia and Fairfield have met in the past two seasons (including Tuesday night) the margin of victory has been six, six, four and five, all in favor of the No. 8-ranked Mexia Ladycats.
Tuesday was no exception as the Ladycats kept their unbeaten district record intact with a 39-33 win over the Lady Eagles. Mexia has secured first place in the standings, regardless of the outcome of their game Friday night with Groesbeck.

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Wed
03
Feb

Blackcats take Fairfield after two OT rounds

Tyrik Ray led all scorers with 22 points in the win against Fairfield Tuesday.

Mexia News Staff Report

The No. 25-ranked Mexia Blackcats marched into Tuesday night’s district game against the Fairfield Eagles with one thing on their mind: Win!
It took two overtime periods to achieve that, as the Blackcats left Fairfield with an 85-81 victory and remain unbeaten in District 18-4A at 5-0.
Mexia led after one, 16-14, but the Eagles came back to take the lead at the half, 30-29.
Fairfield extended their lead to 2 by the end of the third period of play, 48-46, as the Blackcats kept within striking distance.
The fourth period turned into a shooting match and just when it looked as if Mexia was down for the count, Shemar High tipped in a shot right at the buzzer to send the game into overtime with the score tied 73-73.

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Wed
03
Feb

Threat drafted by new pro football league

Mexia News Staff Report

Former Mexia Blackcat and University of the Incarnate Word football player Devin Threat was recently drafted by the Orlando franchise of the newly-formed Major League Football League, scheduled to start this spring.
According to the UIW press release on Tuesday, the new league will feature eight teams with games running from March through July.
Threat graduated from UIW in 2015 and has helped out locally with Pittsburgh Steeler Kelvin Beachum’s – former Blackcat and SMU alumni – football camps the last couple of years.
While playing as an offensive lineman for UIW, Threat started in 41 games, including nine his freshman year.
During his junior year he earned College Sports Madness Second Team All-Independent honors and played in the College Football FCS All-American Bowl his senior season.

Wed
03
Feb

Redistricting bumps Groesbeck out of Mexia's district

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The Mexia Blackcats will be playing in the new District 9-4A DII, Reg. III along with a few familiar faces and one new one.
The makeup of former District 7-4A DII, Reg. II, will somewhat remain intact overall as Fairfield, Lorena and Waco Connally are back as district opponents for the 2016-18 football seasons. Robinson (1-9, 1-4 in District 13-4A DI last season) will be in the new district and Salado (1-10, 1-3 in District 11-4A DII last fall) joins as well.
Rusk moves out and into District 8-4A DII, while Groesbeck drops down to Conference 3A DI.
The big question is will the “Battle of the River” game still be played?

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Mon
01
Feb

Ladycats come out ahead in tight game

Tee Owens is surrounded by four Lady Mustang defenders.

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Why should the boys have all the fun when the girls can have a nail-biter of a game all their own?
That was certainly the case this past Friday night at Blackcat gym as No. 8-ranked Mexia (23-4, 6-0) hosted the No. 19-ranked Madisonville Lady Mustangs (20-10, 4-2).
The Ladycats played patience throughout the game and pulled off a 46-43 win to remain unbeaten in district play.
The game was a low-scoring affair as both teams were tied 21-21 at the half.

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Mon
01
Feb

Tough contest against Mustangs ends in Blackcat win

Mexia’s Darious Eggins puts up a shot.

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Entering Friday night’s District 18-4A district contest, both the No. 25-ranked Mexia Blackcats and unranked Madisonville Mustang boys’ teams were tied for the district lead going into their head-to-head matchup at 3-0.
After a brutal battle on the court, only one team emerged as the sole district leader and that was the Blackcats, with a 69-64 win before another packed house at Blackcat gym.
“It was a huge game between two good teams,” said coach Billy Ramey. “Every game in district is going to be tough; it’s the end of the first round and I felt we did what we were supposed to do. Defend our home court.”
No truer words could have been spoken as Mexia clawed their way through eight lead changes and seven ties during the game to emerge with the 5-point victory.

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Wed
27
Jan

Palestine girls no trouble for Mexia

Tee Owens reaches back to grab an offensive rebound

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The Mexia Ladycats (ranked No. 8 in both the TABC and TGCA Girls Class 4A basketball polls) made short work of the Palestine Ladycats Tuesday night with a 40-point, 71-31 win over their District 18-4A rival on the road.
Mexia stepped out to a 19-10 lead at the close of the first period of play.
Demodesty Williams hit two key 3-point baskets in the quarter that helped propel Mexia to the 9-point advantage.
The Ladycats extended their lead at the half to 24, making the score 39-15.
Mexia started off the third period with an 8-4 run to bring the total up to 47-19, with Tee Owens and Kiki Keith scoring four each.
By the end of the third, Mexia had increased their lead to 27 with the score 52-25.

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