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Lion Country Safari

Ennis spring football practices came to an end with an intra-squad scrimmage last Friday. Lezley Norris was active shooting Lions from a safe distance. Shown here are two varsity QB’s, including returning starter Dyllan Santos (No. 2), and plenty of photos of players vying to fill positions at running back. Also seen are offensive linemen […]

Orange you crazy for Avalon?!

High school sports can have the most enjoyable atmospheric conditions anywhere. The air is filled with sounds from the playing surface and, coupled with the crowd, it can be electric. Add in live music from a band and it can’t get much better. College football can top it in terms of numbers and noise, the […]

Abbott mastery over Avalon continues

Going the distance has become the recent playoff trend when Avalon and Abbott meet in the Class 1A state baseball playoffs. The endgame once again went the way of Abbott in an all-too-familiar, one-sided rout. Following a 1-1 doubleheader split in Waxahachie on Friday, the Panthers rolled past Avalon on Saturday in West with a […]

Palmer falls in three to Gunter, 2-1

Palmer came within one out of sweeping a perennial power, Gunter, before the Tigers rebounded, won in extra innings and, utilizing that momentum, routed Palmer in game three of a Class 3A baseball playoff series last weekend at Irving High School. District 11-3A champion Palmer crushed Gunter on Thursday, 10-0, but were throttled by the […]

Athlete of the Week

Jeremy Robinson The senior led Palmer (19-8-2) to within an out of sweeping Gunter (24-8) in the area round. Robinson collected four hits in six trips to the plate, scored four times, drove in a run and had a double and triple all while batting leadoff. Known for his speed and competitive drive, Robinson ran […]

Top 10 powers meet in Avalon vs. Abbott

No. 8 ranked Avalon and No. 10 Abbott are separated by only 35 miles, but when it comes to Class 1A baseball, the two are quite familiar. Like district neighbors, they’ve met, in fact, 18 times in six years, including a pair of three-game playoff series in the past two seasons. Friday, May 17, they […]

Drake named new Athletic Director

Ennis ISD completed their search for a new Athletic Director when they introduced Don Drake, formerly the football head coach and A.D. at Mc-Kinney Boyd High School. The announcement was made Tuesday at the school board meeting. Drake built the entire athletic program at the Class 6A school, which opened its doors in 2006. He […]

Ennis anglers couldn’t find Nemo

A distant finish in the state bass fishing tournament at Cedar Creek Lake didn’t sink the spirits of the two teams from Ennis High School who qualified. Cole Reno and Marshal Sladacek, who caught one 2.14 pounder on the first day and none on Sunday, came in 225th of 283 teams, while Alec Cabezas and […]

Edwards wins C-USA bronze in high jump

Davante Edwards earned a bronze medal in the men’s high jump to highlight action for the UTSA track & field teams Saturday at the Air Force Reserve Conference USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Irwin Belk Track & Field Center in Charlotte, N.C. Edwards cleared an outdoor season-best height of 2.08 meters (6-9 ¾) […]

Palmer baseball disarms Gunter, 10-0

Dominating play from the start, Palmer rolled to an easier than expected 10-0 win over Gunter in the best-of-three series on Thursday night. They needed one more victory, either Friday night, or on Saturday, May 11, both at Irving High School, to move to the next round in the Class 3A playoffs. The District 11-3A […]

Ennis defense showing teeth in spring camp

Inspiration from Sam Harrell is sometimes served cold, other times hot. Judge for yourself at Tuesday’s post-practice chat.Three weeks of spring training are at the midway point and aspiring football players are battling for starting assignments, vying to move up on the depth chart and for many, a deeper grasp of Sam Harrell’s offensive system. […]

Italy sweeps Axtell, faces Bosqueville

Italy (14-11-1), fresh off 4-1 and 11-1 victories over Axtell (9-11), will have a tall order in taking down Bosqueville (21-4) this weekend. The Gladiators will play a best-of-three series at Whitney on Thursday and Friday if needed. Game One is at 5 p.m. On Thursday, with Game Two following. Should the teams split, the […]

Four Ennis anglers to cast at state

Courtesy Photo/Perry Nutt-Left-to-right: Cole Reno, Marshall Sladacek and Caleb Goedrich, Alec Cabezas. Ennis will have two pairs of anglers competing at the UIL Texas High School Bass Fishing state tournament at Cedar Creek Lake on Saturday. The event will have 285 teams, which consist of two students and a boat captain/sponsor. Each duo qualified during […]

No. 10 Avalon crushes Mt. Calm, 19-0

Courtesy Photo/David Del Bosque-Avalon following their bi-district rout over Mount Calm. Five players drove in two runs apiece as No. 10 ranked Avalon quickly dispatched Mount Calm, 19-0, to advance to the regional quarterfinals this week. Shortstop Rhett Newton, a junior, led the way with three hits, two of them doubles, in three trips to […]

Solomon, Greenlee, Palmer oust Mineola, 9-0

Clayton Solomon threw a three-hit shutout and struck-out eight batters. Palmer cruised to a convincing 9-0 triumph against over-matched Mineola, 9-0, on Friday to advance to this week’s area round. Righthander Clayton Solomon tamed the Yellowjackets with a complete-game, three hitter and helped his own cause with an RBI double in the fifth. Solomon, a […]

Three recent T&F standouts

Dane Vernor (center) on the medal stand. Fans of the speed, finesse and power that is illustrated in track and field can recite the scores of gifted athletes who have worn maroon while stepping onto post-event medal platforms. Here are three of the recent best: Ravi DuBose / Texas A&M Commerce He won indoor, All-American […]

Great Dane is state-bound

Friday night lights in Austin is popular for keeping it weird. This week at 6 p.m. Friday, May 10, it will include flying saucers. The Class 5A State Track & Field Championships are scheduled for Friday and Saturday at the 20,000 seat Mike A. Myers Stadium on the University of Texas campus. Ennis High School […]

Palmer, Italy, Avalon open baseball playoffs

Neither Ennis nor Ferris, the Class 5A and Class 4A teams in the Big 5, qualified for the state playoffs, while the next three, Palmer, Italy and Avalon, not only have, but all have a solid shot to advance beyond the first round. The bi-district games begin this weekend. Ennis (11-12-2) and Ferris (4-15-1) finished […]

Vernor and discus soars to state meet

Ennis junior Dan Vernor (5’11, 195) qualified for the Class 5A State Track and Field Championship last weekend at the University of Texas at Arlington by throwing the discus 161 feet and three inches. He was the lone member of the Lions team to advance to the state meet, which is scheduled for May 10-11 […]

Fast ‘Cats

Courtesy Photo/ Lonnie Redning Front Row (left to right) – Paige Lemonia, Celina Perez, Lynleigh Edwards, Shimari Adams. Back Row – L’Derria Myers (left) and Tyquanna Ross. Ennis girls track and field team participated at the Class 5A, Region II meet at UT-Arlington over the weekend. It wasn’t the performance they sought, as none advanced […]

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