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Ennis VB home opener Friday

Ennis opens the new volleyball season this weekend with a home debut at 5:30 p.m. on Friday night and a two-day tournament at Fairfield on Thursday and Saturday. New head coach Kelly Henderson, with an influx of new varsity players on the roster, calls the Lady Lions “revamped” rather than rebuilding. That reveals a confidence […]

Realizing Joey Gallo’s usefulness

J o e y G a l l o does one thing really well: hit the long ball. There have been zero complaints about the Rangers first baseman’s power since he was first called up to the Bigs two years ago. No, the problem has been Gallo’s batting average. And strike outs. If you’re one […]

Ennis 8th grader stars for select team

Ennis eighth grader Octavius Johnson, who starts at right guard for a DFW select football team, enjoyed a notable weekend when he helped lead the Yellowjackets United to a 3-0 sweep of teams at a tournament in Round Rock. Ranked No. 5 team in the nation in their 13-and- Under age group, the orange-clad Yellowjackets […]

Alvarez previews 2017 season with Lions Club

Ennis High School head football coach Jack Alvarez is excited heading into 2017, he told the Noon Lions Club this week. Coming off a 7-4 campaign in 2016, the head Lion talked to the club about his expectations for 2017, saying the last two seasons were “about rebuilding,” before admitting “this year, I think we […]

It’s simply time to leave Bartman alone

This week, news broke that the Chicago Cubs organization awarded a 2016 World Series ring to perhaps the biggest pariah the game has ever seen. I was only 11 years old when it happened, when Steve Bartman, the awkward, sweater-wearing, headphone listening fan reached up, as any fan might, to grab a foul ball. That […]

In the Nick of Time – Gunner Barnes, Palmer

Palmer avoided a winless season when senior Gunner Barnes blocked an extra point at the end of the game to preserve a 15-14 Palmer victory over Oak Cliff Life High School. Bringing an 0-8 record into the game against the Lions, who were 3-5 at the time, the Bulldogs were win starved. Head coach Don […]

Alvarez gives Noon Lions Club football preview

Ennis football coach Jack Alvarez (right) spoke to 70 members and guests at Wednesday’s Lions Club meeting about the upcoming football season, saying, “We have a very special, hardworking group of boys and we will make a very hard run for the state championship.” Also pictured is member J. Niswonger. Read the full story and […]

Plays of the Year

After being dominated at homecoming (Oct. 7, 2016) by Whitehouse, the Lions made a gallant bid to overcome a 21-3 second-quarter deficit. Ennis drew to within 21-16 heading into the fourth quarter. Twice they drove to within the shadow of the goal post only to be turned away by the Wildcats, both times on interceptions […]

SAGU football picked 5th in CSFL

Southwestern Assemblies of God University was picked to finish fifth in the NAIA’s Central States Football League in a vote comprised of league coaches and sports information directors. The Lions were fourth in 2016 with a 4-6 record. Arizona Christian University (Phoenix) took 15 of the 18 first place votes to grab thenod as preseason […]

Ennis football announces Media Day

Ennis football will hold a media day on Saturday, Aug. 19, at Lion Memorial Stadium. The primary purpose of the day will be for player, group and team photos for publication use by the media. In the announcement, assistant athletic director David Kilpatrick issued a list of area media invited to the annual event, then […]

Erdmann takes 2nd in Dallas tennis event

Ennis junior tennis player Benjamin Erdmann finished second in the Metroplex July Classic hosted by the Dallas Professional Tennis Association. Playing outdoors with a heat index exceeding 100 degrees at the Fair Oaks Tennis Center, the 5’6 Erdmann advanced to the finals when his opponent withdrew after sustaining a hand injury. He then took on […]

It doesn’t get much better than Beltre

When Adrian Beltre came to join the Rangers in 2011, we weren’t completely sure what we were getting. As fans, we heard rumors that Adrian was “weird,” and I, for one, was a little worried he might be a concern in the clubhouse. Six years later, I laugh at just how wrong I was. Sure, […]

Causing a racquet

Perennial tennis power Ennis, who began preseason practices this week, are seeking their 8th consecutive district championship. Fall team tennis is co-ed, with teams battling to be the first to record 10 wins in a match in a series of singles, doubles and mixed pairs. Under head coach Keith Howard and longtime assistant Wyatt Johnson, […]

Ennis XC training camp opens this week

Entering his twentieth year as the head coach of boys and girls cross country, Lonnie Redning hasn’t lost any of his competitive fire. In fact, it stretches over the holidays when he also takes the reins of boys and girls track teams. Redning opened training camp for the 2017 fall season on Monday, July 31, […]

Ennis 12-year-old plays on CBS

Weekend viewers of CBS Sports witnessed a local 12-year old baseball player, Aidan Castillo, playing in New York for the West All-Stars. Taking on the East All-Stars, Castillo and two others from Texas were big contributors in the two game exhibition series that saw the teams split a pair of games. The West dropped the […]

Ennis VB opens camp Monday

Eating glitter for breakfast may make you shine all day, but it does little to light up a volleyball scoreboard. New head volleyball coach Kelly Henderson is wasting no time learning history about the Lady Lions. That’s a good thing too. With only one winning season (2008) in the past decade, the program has been […]

Palmer has most starters coming back

Among 15 area high school football programs soon to report to preseason camp, Midlothian Heritage and Ennis are expecting the most returning lettermen: the Jaguars with 23, Ennis with 21. Midlothian and Waxahachie Life both will have 20, while Milford has the least with only 10. Read the full story and more in your Weekend […]

Going through the ‘Jerry’ program

This week, Jerry Jones, in the most Jerry Jones of ways, sort of halfway contradicted the Cowboys’ longstanding response to player off-the field issues. In the past you may have noticed that any time a player ran into trouble with the law, or failed a drug test, or said something damaging to the organization in […]

FNF Magazine forecast for 12 area teams

A second magazine about high school football in Texas has called for Ennis to win its district championship, though this one predicts the Lions will also get past the first round in the Class 5A playoffs. Friday Night Football has produced a series for eight years covering Texas and five other states. It forecasts 1,071 […]

Shaw remains hot, tops Florida, 3-2

Joe Shaw won his fourth consecutive start, a 3-2 comeback over Florida on Sunday, to improve his overall record to 7-5. The former Ennis hurler went eight innings, allowing eight hits while striking out seven.  Shaw had his string of scoreless innings snapped at 15 when the Fire Frogs pushed across a single run in […]

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