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Alvarez: ‘We stay ready so we don’t have to get ready

Ennis High School senior offensive lineman Jordan McCray (above) does back squats during a workout session on Monday morning inside the EHS weightroom. A variety of student-athletes are participating in the “Summer Pride” workout sessions. Read the full story and more in your Weekday edition of The Ennis News. Be informed, subscribe today!

Summertime, and the recruiting ain’t easy

It’s prime summer camp season, but we’re not talking the type that includes a trip around a lake, with an arts and crafts class scheduled for later.  This type of camp is a little more labor intensive – recruiting showcase camps for high school football players.  In today’s data-driven society, sending out a highlight type […]

All EHS workouts approved by UIL

Young athletes face a myriad of physical demands, perhaps more so in southern and states in the southwest due to warmer weather. Texas trails only Louisiana in terms of the hottest state-wide average temperatures.  Until the University Interscholastic League (UIL) approved summer strength and conditioning programs by high schools in 2003, athletes were on their […]

Shaw hurls shutout; Tebow cranks walk-off

Joe Shaw hurled a five-hit shutout over seven innings in a 1-0 St. Lucie road win over Daytona on July 13. The game’s lone run came in the fourth on a solo home run by Peter Alonso, his seventh of the season at the time.  It was the second straight win for the former Ennis […]

Ferris passing game to rely on big target, Nunez

Ferris sophomore Matthew Nunez can’t really tell you from where his abilities as a wide receiver come. As he puts it, “I’ve always been able to do this stuff.”  His head coach Brandon Layne is a little more expressive in describing his young target – “the guy is a freak.”  At 6’2, 190 pounds, Nunez, […]


Ennis senior cornerback Kevion Gabriel verbally committed to Arkansas State University over the weekend.  In making the decision before the start of his final year of high school football, he said he can now focus on playing the game.  Listed as 5’10” and 170 pounds, Gabriel led the district champion Lions in interceptions (3) as […]

SAGU names men’s basketball coach

Southwestern Assemblies of God University, a week after the surprise resignation of three time national coach of the year, Donnie Bostwick, has announced he hiring of Delton Deal as the new men’s basketball head coach. Bostwick accepted an offer from Oklahoma Wesleyan after leading SAGU to five consecutive berths in the NAIA national tournament, including […]

Kyre Holloway looks to carry 2016 production into senior season NOBODY’S NUMBER TWO

When it comes to running styles, Ennis has a trio of backs – each getting it done differently. Tycen Thompson, a senior, utilizes quickness; junior James Harris has strength, while Kyre Holloway is a mesh of power and speed.  The first two have been featured in The Ennis News in recent weeks. Holloway, a 6’1, […]

Virtual world has effect on the real world

  The much anticipated Madden football video game series continues its annual tradition of trotting out the exact same product year after year on August 18, and parents everywhere are already setting aside $70 for the expense in order to quell the uprisings that happen in homes all over America when kids don’t get their […]

Ennis native takes over recruiting for Univ. of Houston

Vincent Marshall, one of the biggest names during coach Sam Harrell’s run of three state titles, has returned to his college alma mater, the University of Houston, as a recruiter for new head coach Major Applewhite. “I’ve wanted to someday get back to my alma mater,” he said in an exclusive interview with The Ennis […]

Avalon’s 5’5″ running back steps into feature role in 2017

Don’t blink, or you might miss Miguel Padron. Well, at 5’5”, 140 pounds, you might miss him anyway, but in this case it’s his speed that makes the upcoming sophomore hard to pin down on the football field, and has defenders grasping at air. Padron, who helped guide Avalon to an 8-4 record last season […]

Richmond track changes name, plans $30M update

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Richmond International Raceway is now Richmond Raceway and is due for $30 million in redevelopment over the next 15 months. Track President Dennis Bickmeier and International Speedway Corp. CEO Lesa France Kennedy made the announcements Tuesday. Read the full story and more in your Weekday edition of The Ennis News. Be […]

Avalon senior QB looks to guide Eagles back to playoffs

Eric Smith enters his senior season at Avalon High School with a simple goal: to win more. After leading the Eagles to an 8-4 record a year ago, he is bent on a longer stay in the Class 1A playoffs. Standing 5’10 and tipping the scales at 170 pounds, the right hander is about to […]

O.C. hopes to make 2017 breakout year

Ovilla Christian High School has been playing six-man football for just four years, all under head coach Greg Hayes, and with two state playoff berths over the past two seasons, has plenty of hope entering their fifth campaign. As a member of TAPPS Division I, District 2, the Eagles will have a tough task making […]

Local man shares big catch

Ennis man Stuart Wallace hauled in this 7.23-pound bass on Lake Clark in Ennis recently and had this photo taken to commemorate the trophy catch. Read the full story and more in your Weekday edition of The Ennis News. Be informed, subscribe today!

Battle for Los Angeles

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The president of France spoke of a world needing Olympic values. The mayor of Los Angeles said his home could again be the “ideal Olympic city.” Emmanuel Macron and Eric Garcetti offered a vision on Monday at the Olympic Museum of why Paris and LA should host the Summer Games. Both […]

NBA Opinion – Packing up my bags & headed out East

Mark Cuban wants out of the Western Conference. And who could blame him? With 14 legitimate superstars bolting for the West during this NBA free agency period, the deck is slowly stacking up against a team whose best players in 2017, right now, look to be Nerlens Noel, Wesley Matthews and some rookie from North […]

Big loyalty in Big D

Dirk Nowitzki signed this week with the flailing Dallas Mavericks, proving once and for all that in some far, tucked away corner of the professional sports, there are still players who value loyalty over their pocketbook. It feels weird to say that about the Mavericks, that they are anything other than the class of the […]

‘Hachie drops state 7- on -7 title bout on 2-pt try

Waxahachie dropped the Adidas Texas State 7-on-7 championship, 34-33, to Lake Travis when quarterback Bryse Salik overthrew a two-point conversion pass on the game’s final play. Salik, who will be a senior in the fall, fired to his left to Tevin Wofford, who had a step on a defender, but the ball glanced off the […]

Ennis Bass Club takes on Lake Fork

After fishing the south end of Cedar Creek Lake in June, the Ennis Bass Club is tackling the legendary Lake Fork today in East Texas. The Sunday tournament, which was scheduled to launch at 5:55 a.m. from the public ramp on Highway 154, was expected to draw a good crowd of anglers. Lake Fork is […]

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