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Ennis’ top 10 athletes for the school year

Top 10 lists are often tough to compile because the rankings make it easy to second-guess yourself. I’ve still tackled it now with a rundown of the 10 most successful senior athletes in the city of Ennis this past school year.
Whether all the numbers make sense or not, you can bet anyone mentioned below had a great senior campaign.

1. Ennis High’s Jovani Rangel – Jovani became arguably the best player in the history of Lion soccer this season as his team definitely finished as the top squad in school history with a trip to the regional semifinals. That’s two more playoff victories than any other Lion soccer team for those of you counting at home. Rangel piled up 26 goals and was a First Team All-State selection for his performance in the postseason this year. Defender Taylor Goodwin deserves an honorable mention for his stellar play considering he was a First Team All-Region selection.

2. St. John’s Kelsey Lynch – On an individual or team basis, Lynch was the only Ennis athlete this school year to win a state championship as she obliterated the field by 49 strokes to run away with a TAPPS 1A Girls Golf State Championship for the second-straight year. Lynch won the title by 25 strokes in ’06 and obviously almost doubled her margin of victory. She was also an All-State Honorable Mention as the shortstop for Lady Crusader softball.

3. St. John’s Amber Epps – Epps’ calling card is the fact she was a First Team All-State selection in both volleyball and softball. She was part of a potent hitting duo for Lady Crusader volleyball as the team went 28-4. Epps was the pitcher for Lady Crusader softball as the team went 9-1. She was actually 2-0 against district opponent Rockwall Christian, which went on to win the state title. Amber finished fourth in the 300-meter hurdles at the state track meet and was part of the fifth-place 800-meter relay team.

4. St. John’s B.J. O’Daniel – O’Daniel was arguably the best basketball player in the city of Ennis this past year, regardless of school. He was a First-Team All-State Tournament selection as well as a First-Team All-State selection. At the state track meet, he took second in the long jump and fourth in the high jump. He was also a First-Team All-District selection for Crusader baseball and a participant at the state tournament for Crusader tennis. Fellow Crusader Jake Howard deserves an honorable mention as he was a First-Team All-State selection in baseball.

5. Ennis High’s Shabrina McAdams – After several years of hardship, Lady Lion basketball got back to the playoffs this season due in large part to the efforts of senior point guard Shabrina McAdams. McAdams was a First Team All-District selection who was chosen to play in the Dallas Association of Basketball Coaches All-Star Game. Beyond running the offense, she was also the team’s primary scorer. Shabrina was one of the better district competitors in the 300-meter hurdles as a member of Lady Lion track.

6. St. John’s Alysa Pleiner – Like the Lady Crusaders listed above, Pleiner had a tremendous year in multiple sports. She was a Second-Team All-State selection in both volleyball and softball. In soccer, Pleiner received an All-State Honorable Mention while playing volleyball at the same time. She was part of the fifth-place 800-meter relay team at the state track meet. The point guard for Lady Crusader basketball, Alysa had a huge game in her softball team’s playoff loss with a triple, a double, a single, three RBIs and seven defensive outs.

7. Ennis High’s Blake Hart – Hart was arguably the top Lion across multiple sports this year. In football, he was a First Team All-District selection at quarterback. In basketball, he was a Second Team All-District selection. In track and field, he finished third in the high jump at the district meet and advanced to regionals.

8. Ennis High’s Aaron Blackshire – Playing for the most popular team in town, Aaron Blackshire was Lion football’s best player this past season. In addition to his wide receiving duties, Blackshire was a huge threat out of the backfield as he received 15-4A Offensive MVP honors. He was undoubtedly the go-to threat in nearly all of Ennis’ big games and scored both touchdowns in the Lions’ playoff loss.

9. Ennis High’s Berning and Woods – Lion tennis’ Calvin Berning and Aaron Woods are listed as one considering their damage on the court was done as a doubles duo. Berning and Woods rolled to a 21-3 record this season as they easily won the district boys’ doubles title and defeated a pair of Wichita Falls teams that later advanced to the state tournament. Girls’ doubles player Colby Pechal deserves an honorable mention for her superb season paired with underclassman Beth Slone.

10. Ennis High’s Samantha Stampley – Lady Lion softball had a tougher road this year after the loss of six seniors in ’06, but Stampley’s accomplishments are too impressive to be overlooked. The senior shortstop was arguably the best defensive softball player in Ellis County this season as she received First Team All-District Infield honors. She hit a game-winning, walk-off homer in the eleventh inning against eventual district-champ Waxahachie. In past district seasons, Stampley was Newcomer of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year.

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