MEXIA (March 5, 2013) -- Mexia head coach Randy Barger never really believed in superstiti, but he was thirsty.
“When we got ready to go play Jasper, I told coach Daniels that I was thirsty, so we stopped to get a Coke," Barger said. "We did it all the way through state; stopped at the same store, got the same drinks."
Eight Cokes and eight *wins later, Mexia had its first-ever state title, no surprise to Barger’s superstitious assistant.
“It started back in 2000 when I was coaching at Buffalo," Mexia assistant coach Carlos Daniels said. "I told coach, do we have time to stop? I said I want to get a root beer. We actually won state doing that tradition."
And last weekend, when Mexia was suiting up for the state title, Daniels had a notion something good was going to happen.
“When we won the state championship in Buffalo, we was in the exact same locker room,” Daniels said.
Superstition or not, what the Ladycats heard next was hard to believe.
“We was in the same locker room as the boys when they won state and we stayed in the same hotel as them too,” Mexia senior Gi Greer said.
“None of that was planned,” coach Barger said.
Fourteen years before the girls won their first state title, the Mexia boys’ team won its first state title, using the same locker room and staying at the same hotel.
“It made us go out there and play our hearts out, knowing that they won in that locker room and that we could win in that same locker room,” Mexia senior Brechelle Beachum said.
Whether coincidence, destiny or fate, the Ladycats finally have a place in Mexia history.
“I’m going to bring my grandkids in here and be like, ‘your grandma made it to state,’” said senior Ariel Ballard.
And making it to state might make coach Barger believe in superstition.
“It worked out so I may have to become that way now."