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Athlete of the Week: Yadira Loera

Lions Den 5A-6A JV Girls

Ennis cross country runner Yadira Loera has been preparing for her senior season, on her own, by running 24 or more miles per week for the past six weeks. The Lady Lions have enjoyed increasing success in reason seasons, led by Alyssa Noel, who has reached the state meet in back to back years. Members […]

Lions FB schedule includes shift to Region III

Ennis - Jack Alvarez Tony Gutierrez AP

When the University Interscholastic League announced reclassification and district alignments in early February, Ennis already knew they would remain in the middle of Class 5A. Their league opposition would change very little, though it is now called District 17 rather than 16. Get the season preview exclusively in The Ennis Daily News… Football fans click […]

Athlete of the Week: Maile Deutsch

The most pleasant surprise of the 2016 spring softball season at Ennis was Maile Deutsch (MY-lee DOY-tch). She hit .432 (35 of 81), scored 24 runs and drove in 24. A solid second baseman, she hit three doubles, a triple and swatted two home runs. Only Sam Martinez and Kinsey Skroh had more RBI, each […]

EHS Softball coach resigns


Kendal Newton has resigned as head softball coach at Ennis High School. The move was official when exit paperwork was completed on Thursday. The Lady Lions team went 18-12 and advanced to the second round of the playoffs during her only season at the helm. She accepted a teaching and coaching position at Red Oak […]

Athletes of the Week

AOTW collage

Representing Ennis during a recent baseball tournament were battery mates Rowdie Guthrie, the pitcher, and catcher Jamie Barr. The duo took their considerable talents to compete in the event, which was played at Bluebonnet Park. It was for boys ages 10-and-Under. Photos: team, individual and action shots, can still be purchased from Bruce Lattimer at […]

Their swing made Lions king

Ennis Tennis - Ashley Slovacek

By Mark Warde Like a mighty river the varsity tennis teams at Ennis High School continue to roll, having won 14 district championships. While the state championship has eluded them, they remain a constant force in the league, area and region in Class 5A. This kind of domination was rare prior to the arrival of […]

Athletes of the Week: Aley Nichols and Breona Benavidez

Aley Nichols and Breona Benavidez

Powering the first place Grasshoppers T-ball team to a big win on Friday night at Bluebonnet Park were Aley Nichols and Breona Benavidez. Playing in socks adorned with exploding fireworks, the pair lit up the sky with extra-base hits to far regions of the field. Aley plays first base. Sporting a rainbow headband, she had […]

YMCA Game of the Week shines on ‘Bugs

YMCA Bandits

By Mark Warde Of the hundreds of players and a host of girls softball teams playing at Bluebonnet Park, two will be featured in the game of the week on Wednesday, June 8. The Grasshoppers will take on the Lady Bugs at 6 p.m. on field No. 7. Sporting coral shirts, the Grasshoppers have a […]

Ready for some football? Lions 2016 schedule is set

Ennis FB helmet

2016 Ennis Lions Varsity Football Schedule Date                Opponent                                Location / Time Aug. 19            Lake Dallas (scrimmage)           Home, 7 p.m. Aug. 26            South Oak Cliff                        Kincaide, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 2             John Tyler                                 Home, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9             Waxahachie                              Home, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16           Dallas Kimball              Sprague, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24           Del Valle (Senior Day)  Home 2 […]

Lions baseball enjoys much improved season

Ennis - Emi Gomez batting vs Whitehouse CMYK

By Mark Warde What a difference a year makes. In 2015 the season couldn’t end quickly enough for an Ennis baseball team beset by injuries and close losses. This spring witnessed a reinvigorated Lions squad that never wanted the games to end. The 2015 team went 6-14 and batted .205 while the most recent edition, […]

Prachyl earns All-Region softball honors

TexWes Kayla Prachyl - Soph CMYK

By Mark Warde The National Fast Pitch Coaches Association (NFCA) tabbed Bailey Terry and Kayla Prachyl to the 2016 All-Region 2nd Team on Wednesday. The two Lady Rams were among 172 student-athletes from 71 NAIA programs to receive an all-region nod. Terry and Prachyl were recognized in spite of competing with a stacked Southwest Region […]

Lions recognize players at baseball bash

By Mark Warde Following one of the best seasons in a decade, Ennis baseball players shared in the memories, honors, awards and a few good laughs at Tuesday’s post-season bash at the Ensign Commons. The Lions varsity assembled a 22-9 season that included a second place finish in District 14-5A with a 14-3 mark. The […]

Ennis spring football: Lions learning to roar

Ennis Spring Coach Huddle CMYK

By Mark Warde Monday’s spring football scrimmage at Lion Memorial Stadium was as much about the next two years as it was about the 2016 Ennis varsity. Rather than one exhibition of returning players, head coach Jack Alvarez and his staff first held a scrimmage between this year’s freshmen and sophomores, who appear to be […]

Banquet caps Ennis softball season

WHS Varsity Softball 2016

By Mark Warde Softball players, their families and fans met Monday night at First United Methodist Church to summarize the Ennis Lady Lions season. Lezley Norris customized a DVD that captured another successful campaign. It was filled with music, photos, highlights and honors and ended much like the season. Right when it was getting good, […]

Stuckly soars to No. 2 in state

Ennis - Katherine Stuckly 2016 state medallion

By Mark Warde In her first two seasons at Ennis High School, Katherine Stuckly has taken full advantage of her physical advantages on her way to becoming a standout performer in track and field. At 5-foot-10, the sophomore has excelled in blocking shots on the volleyball court, clearing hurdles on the track and especially at […]

Lions prep for spring scrimmage Monday

Ennis Evan Moreno CMYK

By Mark Warde Restless leg syndrome, that uncontrollable urge, whether your lying or sitting, to get moving towards the football field or large screen TV is flaring up again. College signing day and the NFL draft meant two things to high school football fans; Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine will soon hit the newsstands and […]

Wildcats end Lions baseball season

Bo Kalinec, junior right-hander, tossed three innings of hitless and scoreless relief on Friday at Whitehouse.

Despite limiting Whitehouse to three hits, Ennis fell to the upstart Wildcats, 7-6, on Friday night in East Texas. The defeat, coupled with a 5-3 setback on Thursday, ends the season for the Lions. For a second straight series against a favored opponent, fate-kissed Whitehouse profited from decisive calls in closer-than-expected games. They stunned Texas […]

Lions baseball team readies for playoff

Jacob Honza drives in a run in the first inning of Saturday's 15-1 win at Seagoville.

Fresh off a sweep of Seagoville, Ennis hosts the first game of a best-of-three baseball series against Whitehouse at 7 p.m. on Thursday. Game Two moves to Whitehouse, southeast of Tyler, at 7 p.m. on Friday. The Ranch 106.9 FM will broadcast Friday’s road game. If a third game is needed it will take place […]

Get ready, set, go!

050516 polka run CMYK

By Mark Warde Area runners of all ages planning to enter the 18th annual Polka Fest Run can continue to register in advance of the May 28 event. Three lengths are scheduled, starting with a 5K (3.1 miles) and increase to a 10K (6.2 mi.). In between is the One Mile Fun Run. The first […]

One and done for Bi-District softball

All four playoff teams in District 14 will meet the top four from District 13 on Thursday in the bi-district round of the Class 5A softball playoffs. With an option to play a best-of-three series, instead, each will be a one-game, winner-take-all encounter on Thursday. Ennis (17-11), who finished second for the first time in […]

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