Author: Scott Batts

Eagle Football Ready to Start New Season

The Fairfield Eagles football season began in the hot beginning of August and look to improve on a 2-8 season. Last season, the Fairfield Eagles and the Mexia Blackcats missed the playoffs together for the first time since 1995 and it has never happened in back-to-back seasons. Even with improvement by both teams, it would be difficult to get into the postseason. The Eagles will take to the field on Friday in Madisonville to take on the Mustangs in scrimmage action. Fairfield will see some new faces on the field, meaning they are the same faces just a year older. They will be playing some young players that were forced into action when injuries plagued the 2016 campaign. Fairfield will move to the second scrimmage on Thursday, August 24 in Waco when they face the Gatesville Hornets before the regular season opener at Eagle Field against the LaVega Pirates. Head coach and athletic director John Bachtel talked of the expectations, “I am excited about the upcoming season. Our kids have really been working hard during strength and conditioning camps.” The Eagles had the annual 7-on-7 squad qualify for the state tournament and advanced to the championship bracket for the first time in school history. They won the pool games but lost early in the bracket but definitely made a terrific showing. Mexia also made the tournament. A total of...

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High School Football: A Look at the 2017 Game Schedule

As the heat rises, area football teams take to the brown grass and get ready to build their championship teams for the season. All teams have the same aspirations with not a single game having been played. For some, that dream will become reality, for most, it will be just another season that was. The Fairfield Eagles and Mexia Blackcats did not make the playoffs together last season for the first time since 1995. If they repeat that feat it will be the first time ever in back to back seasons. Coaching staffs are seeing that this does not happen this season. Fairfield played several young players in an injury plagued season and many of them got some valuable playing time should pay dividends for Coach Bachtel’s Eagles. Mexia sends a new coach to the sidelines. Frank Sandoval comes to Limestone County from a solid Cedar Hill program and looks to take the Blackcats to the post season for the first time in a few years. Both the Blackcats and Eagles are projected to not make the playoffs by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine. Lorena is the projected winner followed by Salado, the surprise of the 2016 season. Robinson loses a record setting quarterback but is slated as the third-place team. Waco Conally is projected to round out the playoff qualifiers followed by Fairfield and Mexia. Some highlight games...

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School Year Ends with Victory Bowl

The end of the school year brought about graduation and the final sports events of the season. Several area athletes put on a show for large crowds at the Victory Bowl events sponsored by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. The events began with the baseball and softball games at the Sportsplex on the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton. Fairfield infielder Zac Barlow represented the Fairfield Eagles and had a roster spot on the Blue Team coached by Joel Kuehl, also from Fairfield. With his team trailing 4-0, Barlow worked a walk and was stranded in scoring position. He later flew out to short centerfield in his opportunities to play. He started on defense and played second base. China Spring slugger Brett Cain launched a towering home run to put the Red Team ahead 13-4 and they would add one more for a 14-4 run rule win. Saturday began the full day of events with the All-Star Volleyball game at University High School. Katherine Higgins of Teague was a reserve player for the Blue Team and played well with a few blocks and several spikes over the net. There were several rallies throughout the match but the Blue team won in straight sets 3-0. At evening began to fall, the gridiron took center stage with more than 75 football players. Zach Jones of Wortham drew the start at quarterback...

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Lions & Bulldogs Season Ends in Area Playoff

The Teague Lions and Wortham Bulldogs ended their season with defeats in the area round of the baseball playoffs. The Lions travelled to Madisonville to take on the Franklin Lions. The skies were threatening but the game started on time. Teague got a two out single from Jaylon Davis and scored on a Brad Smith single to take a 1-0 lead. Franklin shortstop Avery Archibald had a lead-off walk and scored on a single by Colton Shields to tie the game. Both teams got to the third inning when lightning struck behind home plate and the umpires cleared the field at 7:40pm. The teams agreed the game could not be completed so they would resume at 5pm on Friday. The Franklin Lions resumed the next day and the offense produced well and propelled them to an 8-4. Wortham travelled to Waco Veteran’s Park to take on state-ranked Bosqueville. The Bulldogs from Bosqueville scored in each inning and run-ruled the Wortham Bulldogs, 11-1. In the first inning, Timothy Brummett singled and right fielder Cason Bradberry launched a shot to the gap into right centerfield for an inside the park home run for a 2-0 lead. Errors cost the Bulldogs runs in the second and third and a four run fifth closed out the 11-1 win. Kolby Clark got the win on the mound and Michael McGlone took the loss. Game...

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Area Results for State Track & Field Meet

Fairfield Runner Takes 4th Place   Area track athletes competed in the UIL State Track and Field Meet at the Mike A. Myers Complex on the University of Texas campus. Tashundra Reeves of Mexia competed in the 4A girls shot put.  She had the eighth best qualifying throw heading into the finals.  Her first throw of the final round sailed to a distance of 41’ 6.5” and that was good enough for a silver medal.  She edged Lauryn Dixon of Princeton for the second place finish.  Priscill Adejokun of Melissa took the state title. Fairfield star Da’Meka Shed competed in the 300 meter hurdles.  She had already claimed the school record with a photo finish in the regional and it was set to be a fast race.   Her race would lower the mark to a tougher time with a school record setting 44.65.  That time was good for a fourth place finish.  Jaycee Panell of Godley ran a 44.33 and won the event.  Shed was edged out by Jessica Nevils of Hampshire-Fannett(44.51) and Mackenzie Molina of Lake Worth(44.64). Jaylon Davis of Teague played baseball the night before and took the long trip to Austin to compete in the 3A 400 meter dash.  His time of 50.80 was good for a sixth place finish.  Will Anderson of East Bernard won the event with a 48.00. Palestine Westwood sprinter Xavier Billups...

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