Sports

Wed
26
Aug

Mexia’s Chambers predicts challenging season


Lamonte Chambers, Mexia Independent School District athletic director and head football coach, speaks to the Rotary Club of Mexia about the upcoming football season. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
After seeing the hometown Blackcat football team win the District Championship last year, Mexia fans are eager to see what their team will do this season – and Lamonte Chambers, Mexia ISD’s athletic director and head football coach, says the season will be a tough one.
The Blackcats’ first football game of the year is this Friday, Aug. 28, at 7:30 p.m. at McGregor. Chambers is encouraging Blackcat fans to attend the games whenever possible to show support for the team.
Chambers is still basking in the warmth of having coached the 2014 District Champions and last week spoke to the Rotary Club of Mexia about the upcoming season. Before that, however, he did a recap of last year, complimenting his players on their hard work and heart.

Wed
26
Aug

Blackcats' season begins Friday in McGregor

By Stephen R. Farris Mexia News Sports Friday night is the beginning of the 2015 high school football season and the Mexia Blackcats travel to McGregor to face the Bulldogs at 7:30 p.m. Mexia is picked to win District 7-4A DII this year after completing a swept of their district opponents last season to bring home the golden ball. Coach Lamonte Chambers – entering his fourth season as Mexia’s head coach – hopes his team will be ready for the challenge. The last two scrimmages showed the team still had a few things to iron out.
To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Thursday's edition of The Mexia News, or subscribe to our online edition.

 

Mon
24
Aug

Wortham 6-2 in tournament

Mexia News Staff Report

The Jewett-Leon Volleyball Tournament seems to draw in some of the toughest competition from central and south central Texas, but that doesn’t seem to bother Class 2A’s No. 2 ranked team, the Wortham Lady Bulldogs.
Wortham finished 6-2 overall in the tournament, competing in the championship bracket before falling in the consolation final to Nacogdoches Central Heights in straight sets, 29-27, 25-20, and even that match was very hard fought to the end as indicated by the scores.

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
24
Aug

Ladycats play hard in tournament, despite setbacks


The Ladycats Alanni Connor tips the ball back over the net during match play of the Gatesville Invitational Volleyball Tournament Saturday against district rival Groesbeck. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
It’s been a rough week for the Mexia Ladycats, losing two of the team’s key players – both seniors at that – to knee injuries.
Add to that playing all your games on the road this season and it’s enough to bring any team down, but the Ladycats aren’t just any team. They keep fighting back and are managing to play hard, despite any setbacks they’ve endured so far.
After falling to the Corsicana Lady Tigers last Tuesday, the team entered play in the Gatesville Invitational Volleyball Tournament on Thursday, defeating Llano in three sets.

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

Wed
19
Aug

More injuries add to early-season woes for Ladycats


Prisilla Garcia dives to the floor to dig the ball during Mexia’s match with Corsicana Tuesday night on the road. Pictured to the right of Garcia is Alaysian Cotton, who joined the team for the match from the junior varsity squad. Mexia News photos/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Things keep getting tougher and tougher for the Mexia Ladycats volleyball team. After putting up a fight in the Fairfield Invitational Volleyball Tournament last weekend and losing one of their key offensive and defensive leaders in that of Brianna Forge, things couldn’t get much worse.
But they have.
McKenzie Bain is out with a knee injury she suffered on Sunday, making two key team leaders down possibly for the rest of the season.
Coach Kamol Nohe was forced to bring up a few of his junior varsity players for Tuesday night’s road game against the Corsicana Lady Tigers.
Mexia battled to the end before eventually falling to the Lady Tigers in straight sets, 17-25, 11-25, 26-28,
“Not having Brianna makes a big difference up front,” said Nohe. “I had to adjust the defense and the blocking attack also.”

Wed
19
Aug

Lady ‘Dawgs now ranked 2nd in state, play tourney next


The Wortham Lady Bulldogs and head coach Johnny Ward are looking tough in this team photo taken recently. The girls are ranked second in the state in their 2A division, according to a poll released Monday. Mexia News photo/Jennifer Lansford

Mexia News Staff Report

After a successful first week of play, the Wortham Lady Bulldogs find themselves ranked No. 2 in the Class 2A volleyball poll that was released Monday afternoon.
Wortham moves to 9-0 on the season after Tuesday night’s win over Blooming Grove in straight sets, 25-22, 25-16, 25-17, will play in the Jewett-Leon Volleyball Tournament this coming weekend.
In Tuesday’s win, the Lady Bulldogs’ Kendle Rhodes and Trinity Shivers put in solid performances in leading Wortham to victory.
Rhodes had 20 assists, five kills, five digs and was 8-8 serving, while Shivers blocked 10 shots, recorded six kills and went 8-8 at the service line, with one ace.

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

Wed
19
Aug

Blackcats headed to face West Trojans in scrimmage

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
Test No. 2 will come tonight as the Mexia Blackcats host the West Trojans at Black Cat Field.
Mexia continued to work on improving the offense and defense this week in practice, although there are a still spots coaches are looking at to fill.
After tonight, coach Lamonte Chambers should be closer to finalizing his starting lineup.
West comes in from District 9-3A DI, where they finished last season 3-3 and 7-3 overall, just missing the playoffs. They’re in the same district as McGregor, the team Mexia will open up the season on the road against.
For the Trojans, they have six offensive and six defensive starters coming back.

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

Mon
17
Aug

Wortham girls take top spot in Palestine Westwood tourney


The Wortham Bulldogs captured the championship of the Palestine Westwood Volleyball Tournament this past weekend. Pictured in front, left to right, are Kendle Rhodes, Cassidy Harris, Allison Nix, Alyvia Calame and Brooke Salisbury. In back, left to right, are Trinity Shivers, Kayla Lansford, Madison Lopez, Kateley Craig, Erin Ray, Kate Vogel, coach Johnny Ward and assistant coach, Lori Ward. Mexia News photo/Jennifer Lansford

Mexia News Staff Report

The Wortham Lady Bulldogs volleyball team is off to another great start this season after winning the picking up another non-district win and winning the Palestine Westwood Volleyball Tournament this past weekend, improving to 8-0.
The Lady Bulldogs went 3-0 in pool play at the tournament last Thursday, defeating Oakwood in two sets, 25-7, 25-11, Bishop Gorman in two, 25-11, 25-11, and Rusk, 25-20, 25-15, moving into bracket play on Saturday as one of the top teams.
On Friday, Wortham played a non-district match against the Mildred Lady Eagles, winning the match in four sets, 25-14, 25-18, 24-26, 25-17.
Kendle Rhodes has an outstanding match for the Lady Bulldogs, recording 30 assists, four kills, 18 digs and was 12-12 serving. Allison Nix had 26 digs and was 14-14 serving.

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
17
Aug

Ladycats head to Fairfield, take second in pool play


Mexia’s Baileah Thompson, left, sets up the ball for her teammates Brianna Forge, in back, and Aniyah Jelks, right, during their match with Latexo Saturday afternoon at the Fairfield Invitational Volleyball Tournament. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

Mexia News Staff Report

The Mexia Ladycats continue to improve this season with every game, according to head coach Kamol Nohe.
Mexia entered the first round of the Fairfield Invitational Volleyball Tournament on Thursday, Aug. 13, finishing in second place in pool play.
All teams took the Friday off from tournament play to compete in their regularly scheduled non-district games, with the Ladycats traveling to Centerville.
After falling in the first set, Mexia won the next two, but the Lady Tigers came back to take the match after winning the final two sets.
Mexia was back in Fairfield Saturday morning to compete in bracket play of the tournament.
In their opening match, the Ladycats faced the Rockdale Lady Tigers. Mexia took a quick 13-1 lead, mainly off the serving of Brianna Forge and Baileah Thompson. Of course it helped, too, when Rockdale couldn’t get the ball back over the net.

Mon
17
Aug

Blackcats get first scrimmage under their belts vs. Kaufman


Mexia’s Matron Gerald gets a block from tight-end Case Adair that freed him up to make a big gain, during early action of the Blackcats scrimmage with the Kaufman Lions last Friday night. Mexia News photo/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris Mexia News Sports The Blackcats got their first test of the season when they scrimmaged the Kaufman Lions on the road last Friday night. Mexia got off to a sluggish start with their first string offense, but calmed down enough for quarterback Jaylen Gipson to connect with running back Matron Gerald, who was lined up as a receiver on the nearside of the field for a 70-yard touchdown. Kaufman answered back with a 42-yard touchdown run on the ninth play of their opening drive and followed up with a 70-yard passing touchdown to begin their next series of downs. With second unit players in, Mexia scored twice. The first was on a fade route to Deandray Williams from backup QB Jesse Torres. To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Tuesday's edition of The Mexia News, or subscribe to our online edition.

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