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Ennis v-ballers drop opener

Ennis VB Murphy, Lewis blk (1)

After blitzing North Mesquite in the first game, the performance of Ennis v-ballers dipped noticeably in a 5-set defeat at the hands of an upstart North Mesquite squad. More details on this story and more are inside Wednesday’s edition of The Ennis Daily News…

Lions prep for season, brace for heat

MArk football

Starting his sixth season in Ennis with the same kind of gusto he is known for, Ennis Head Coach Jack Alvarez welcomed 190 high school athletes to the start of pre-season practice on Monday. Broiling and with little chance of a breeze, temperatures would only reach 99 degrees. The rest of the week brings triple […]

Athlete of the Week: Katherine Stuckly


Competing in the national track championships at the AAU meet in Houston, Katherine Stuckly took third in the high jump by clearing 5-feet 5-inches. It put her in a three-way tie for first, though she had more tries to get there, allowing the other two jumpers to take gold and silver. The bronze in an event […]

Report: Baylor allowed Hammad to play despite incidents

WACO, Texas (AP) — A Baylor football player arrested this week on a felony stalking charge was allowed to play in 2015 despite being accused of sexual assault and violating a “no contact” order with his accuser, ESPN reported Thursday. Rami Hammad was suspended from the Baylor football team on Monday after he was charged […]

Athlete of the Week: Kyle Keever

Ennis Kyle Keever at bat

Sporting a .402 batting average and a team-best 14 extra-base hits, Kyle Keever was one of the top producers on an Ennis team that prospered in the spring. In anticipation of playing at the next level, Keever added strength and weight during off-season training. This week the 5-foot 11, 180-lb. outfielder signed a scholarship deal […]

Athlete of the Week: Ferris 7-on-7 football

Ferris State 7on7

The Ferris Yellowjackets 7-on-7 football team advanced to the state tournament where they went 3-3 against teams in Class 4A. While the Jax are this week’s selection, their top performer was senior wide receiver Joecoby Woodson (No. 19 in visor). The 6-foot flyer scored 16 touchdowns in six games. He reeled in a number of […]

Season rewind: Lions rally from 21-point deficit to win opener

Ennis - Timberview 3-1

Trailing early, 21-0, Ennis showed little substance as they opened a defense of the 2014 state championship. By roaring to a 33-28 win over Timberview, the top-ranked Class 5A team in the area, the Lions showed their mettle to everyone. In four of their six wins a year ago, the Lions roared back with rallies […]

Area teams look for pace-setting QBs

Ennis Evan Moreno

Eight of the area’s 15 high school football teams are about to enter camp short on varsity experience lining up behind center. No other position on the field gets more credit or receives more criticism than the quarterback. Responsible for ball security, the point-man is asked to manage the offense and minimize mistakes. The young […]

Athlete of the Week: Jose Loera

Lions Den 5A-6A Varsity Boys

Entering his junior campaign at Ennis High School is junior Jose Loera. As a member of the Lions cross country team, he has been training by covering 30 or more miles per week for the last six weeks, all on his own while preparing for the upcoming cross-country season. The boys team, under head coach […]

Ennis gives nod to Banker as new softball coach

Ennis SB Coach Glenn Baker at NS

Veteran softball Coach Glenn Banker has been hired to succeed Kendal Stewart at Ennis High School, according to Assistant Athletic Director David Kilpatrick. “We are very excited to have Glenn Banker join our staff,” Kilpatrick said. “He brings a wealth of successful experience to our softball program. Don’t miss a pitch… Subscribe today!

OU overwhelming preseason pick for 10th Big 12 title

Big 12 conf teams

IRVING, Texas (AP) — Oklahoma is the overwhelming preseason pick to win another Big 12 title. With quarterback Baker Mayfield among seven returning starters on offense, the Sooners got 24 of 26 first-place votes in the preseason media poll released Thursday. TCU got the other two first-place vote and was picked second, followed by Oklahoma […]

UFC sold for $4 billion, White stays on to run promotion


LOS ANGELES (AP) — The UFC has been sold for approximately $4 billion to a group led by Hollywood talent agency WME-IMG. UFC President Dana White confirmed the sale of the mixed martial arts promotional company in text messages to The Associated Press on Sunday night. WME co-CEO Ari Emanuel also announced the sale early […]

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 […]

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