Mexia edges Eagles on last-second shot

Fairfield Eagle Jaise Oliver drives in for a layup in a game against Mexia earlier this year. Oliver scored nine points in a 50-49 loss to Mexia on Friday night.
Photo by Skip Leon

Mexia scored with seven seconds left and dealt Fairfield a heartbreaking 50-49 loss in a District 19-4A game at Mexia on Friday night.

The teams battled back and forth in a see-saw fourth quarter. Fairfield’s Devin Cunningham sank a free throw with 37 seconds left to snap a tie and give the Eagles a 49-48 advantage.

Mexia called a timeout following the basket. The Blackcats missed a shot that would have put them ahead with 18 seconds left. Both teams fought for the rebound and the ball went out of bounds off Fairfield as Mexia retained possession.


Lady Eagles improve 6-0

Fairfield's Breyunna Dowell dribbles into the lane during a game earlier this season. Dowell scored 24 points combined in victories over Rusk and Palestine last week.
Photo by Skip Leon

The Fairfield girls’ basketball team won two games last week to raise their District 19-4A record to 6-0. The Lady Eagles are 22-8 overall.

Fairfield edged Rusk, 40-36, on Tuesday and then defeated Palestine, 53-24, on Friday.

Fairfield ran off the first 21 points of the game against Palestine and never looked back. Jada Clark scored seven points in the opening stanza and Belle Johnson had six on a pair of three-pointers.

Fairfield led 21-2 at the first break and increased the margin to 34-9 at halftime. They were ahead 44-18 after three quarters.


3rd place brought by Eagles at powerlifting

Fairfield High School junior Richard Charlson placed first in the 132 pound weight class during Thursday night's Fairfield powerlifting event. Head Coach JOhn Bachtel is seen cheering for Charlson.
Photo by Shae Garcia

The Fairfield Eagles finished third at the Darrell Piske Memorial Powerlifting Meet at Fairfield High School on Thursday, Jan. 17.

The Eagles scored 30 points and were edged out by one point for second place by Rice. Corsicana won the meet with 47 points.

Fairfield had two weight class winners. Richard Charlson took first place in the 132-pound weight division and Jacob Espinoza was first at 114 pounds.

Charlson lifted a total of 700 pounds. That included a 275-pound squat, a bench press of 115 pounds and a 310-pound dead lift. He beat runner-up Jakob Jankowski of Dawson by 110 pounds.


Eagles lose in Round 2 to Gilmer

Justin Abram attempts to stop a Gilmer Buckeye during Friday night's game, which the Eagles lost 24-14 in Round 2 of the playoffs.
Photo by Shae Garcia

After a final loss of 24-14 in Round 2 of the District 4A playoffs against the Gilmer Buckeyes, the Fairfield Eagles are moving on to other things. Next season the Eagles will lose almost half of their teammates when the 2018 seniors graduate in May.

“We will lose 24 seniors, all of which invested a lot for Fairfield,” said Head Coach John Bachtel. “And I hope that the sophomores and juniors have learned from watching them prepare for practice and play in games.

Throughout the season, the Eagl



Eagles head to playoffs

Eagles Head Coach John Bachtel cheers as his team recovers a fumble during last week's game against the Salado Eagles.
Photo by Shae Garcia

Fairfield heads to the playoffs in Palestine Thursday night where they will compete against Wills Point High School after winning the battle of the Eagles in Salado last week. The final score of last week’s game was a rather close 28-15, bringing their final win-loss in district to 8-2.

Because of stadiums either closing or already having games scheduled on Friday night, the teams will face each other a day earlier at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15.

Coached by Greg Cranfill, the Wills Point Tigers’ win-loss record is at 5-4.



Eagles face Rockets Friday

Eagles quarterback Chad Rushin hits the end zone for a two-point conversion with several Connally Cougar's hot on his trail during Friday night's Homecoming game.
Photo by Shae Garcia

After taking a win during last week’s Homecoming game against Connally, Fairfield Eagles will face the Robinson Rockets Friday, Nov. 6, at the Robinson stadium. The Eagles beat the Connally Cougars Friday night 44-9, tying Fairfield’s win-loss record in District to 2-2.

“Robinson is 3-1 in district,” Head Coach John Bachtel said. “They had a big overtime win against Mexia last week. They are always explosive on offense. This year they are playing well on defense. The front four they have is causing opponents a lot of trouble.”

While Robinson’s overall score is 5-3, the team currently holds only one loss in district, making their record 3-1.


Varsity loses 3 to Mexia

Kailyn Partain gives it her all in the Libero position during last week's three-match game against Mexia. The varsity Lady Eagles fought hard against Mexia, but lost all three sets 27-25, 25-14, and 25-22.

Photo by Shae Garcia


XC runs away with District win

Fairfield's Varsity Lady Eagles were named District Champs for a ninth year in a row after a fabulous District meet in Fairfield recently.
Courtesy photos

By Eagle Beat entertainment editor Morgan Coleman

As heavy rain threatened, the Eagles lined up for the district cross country meet on their own course. After months of training and hours of anticipation, the runners gave the district meet their all and secured their place at the regional meet.

The varsity boys placed second as a team, and for the ninth year in a row, the varsity girls earned the title of District Champs. Following a successful District meet on Oct. 9 in Fairfield, both teams will travel to Huntsville to compete in the Regional meet on Oct. 22.  The only JV boy to place was Leon Rosales, finishing 21st with a time of 20:50.35.


Close loss to Mustangs

Kadarrius Walker, 2, runs the ball in for a touchdown.
Photo by Shae Garcia

The Fairfield Eagles (4-2) face the Mexia Blackcats (2-3) at 7:30 p.m. Friday night at the Mexia High School Stadium in an attempt to recoup some of their losses after their 20-17 loss to the Madisonville Mustangs last week.

The Blackcats – ranked 425 in the state – are coached by Frank Sandoval and Eagles Head Coach John Bachtel says his team will have to contain their speed in order to beat them.


Eagles get close win

Fairfield Eagles took to the field Friday night in Palestine for their hard-fought win against the Wildcats. The Eagles secured their fifth win of the season with a score of 17-14. KD Walker was responsible for two interceptions against the Wildcats, one resulting in a touchdown.
Photo by Shae Garcia

In a relatively close victory, Fairfield Eagles beat Palestine Wildcats Friday night, securing their fourth win of the season with a final score of 17-14. The game against Palestine started poorly for Fairfield, with Palestine gaining a quick lead in the first quarter. “Palestine was big and fast,” said Bachtel. “They did a lot of blitzing off the edges. We are going to work on the challenges that gave us. We caused four turnovers which helped us out during the game. In the future, we need to make their mistakes hurt them more.” A stalemate ensued between both teams throughout the rest of the first half, as well as the better part of the second half.

“We came across a team we underestimated,” said senior Cody Ferguson. “We had to play the best football we could to help my team come out on top.”


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