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Lion athletics deliver against Indians in 2006-2007

Outside of boys’ soccer, girls’ cross-country and both basketball programs, the 2006-07 Ennis High athletic school year is probably considered a down year by most.
The Lions can take pride, however, in the fact they fared very well against their green rivals residing north on Hwy 287. Other than volleyball, girls’ soccer, boys’ track and golf, Ennis matched or bested the Waxahachie Indians in every other sport when the two teams locked up. Considering Waxahachie isn’t far from a move to 5A and the fact it fields strong teams in nearly every sport, that’s no small feat.
Certainly nobody’s forgotten the Battle of 287 in November when the Indians came into Lion Memorial Stadium looking to complete an undefeated run through district 15-4A. Ennis dropped 28-unanswered points on Waxahachie that night in a game that wasn’t as close as the 35-28 final score indicated.
Lady Lion cross-country won the district title while Waxahachie took fifth.
Lion cross-country didn’t field a full team, but Waxahachie finished last (sixth) among the schools with full teams.
Lady Lion basketball split the season series with the Indians and Ennis was the squad that went on to make the postseason. Waxahachie did beat Lion basketball in triple overtime for a trip to the playoffs, but Ennis won the season series 2-1, including a 20-point win in the first meeting.
Waxahachie defeated Lion soccer 1-0 in the first meeting, but Ennis won the rematch 2-0 while the Indians suffered a humiliating late-season loss to Lancaster. The rivalry isn’t even an issue for Lion tennis as Ennis is superior in that sport annually by a wide margin.
In powerlifting, each school sent one lifter to the state meet (Morio Manuel for Ennis).
As far as girls’ track, Waxahachie finished just one point ahead of the Lady Lions (56-55) at the district meet.
Lady Lion softball split the season series with Waxahachie thanks to a 5-4 Ennis win in 11 innings where Samantha Stampley hit a walk-off home run. Lion baseball split the season series with the Indians as Chris Lewis dominated the Waxahachie lineup in a 4-0 win in late March.
Waxahachie was probably the top 15-4A school this year in terms of overall athletic performance spanning all sports.
Even in a down year for Lion athletics, Ennis still seems to have the Indians’ number more often than not.
Simply put, Ennis athletes step it up when they see that green jersey step off the bus.

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