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Ennis youngster proving he’s got game and versatility

If you’ve never heard of Jovanny Mijares, you might just come across his name more often with each passing year.
While the Bowie Elementary second grader is only eight years old, he’s already accomplished a lot on the athletic front. Last fall, Jovanny placed second in his age division when Ennis held the Punt, Pass and Kick football competition. His Kernow Storm U8 soccer team just completed its third-consecutive undefeated season last weekend.
On Monday, Mijares’ U8 Orioles baseball team wrapped up Waxahachie Youth Baseball league play in first place with a 12-1 record. Just for good measure, Jovanny won first place in the soccer kick at Bowie on Thursday.
Mijares started playing soccer when he was four years old within the Ennis Soccer Association. Playing on a squad known as the Xtreme in that opening year, his team lost just one game. At age five, Kernow Storm founder Antony Penna began to let Jovanny train with his older players.
Jovanny’s Kernow Storm teams, which compete in the Central Ellis County Soccer Association league, have played opponents throughout Ellis County and south Dallas County over the last three years and never suffered a loss. They also won tournaments this season in Waxahachie and Waco.
“Two of the soccer teams we beat this season said it was their first loss in a couple of years,” said Jovanny’s dad Anthony Carrillo.
“Jovanny has great knowledge of soccer and helps make sure his teammates are in the right place doing the right thing. Physically, he has excellent leg strength and some of his kicks have actually injured other players. He can bend the ball on corner kicks and has scored several goals that way.”
Some teams actually focus entirely on stopping Jovanny, which opens the floodgates for the rest of his Kernow Storm teammates.
Carrillo hopes all of this soccer at a young age is putting Jovanny ahead of the game, potentially enabling him to start on the Ennis varsity team earlier than most in the future.
As for baseball, Jovanny started playing T-ball in the Ennis Little League at age five. He played in the Waxahachie league this year to be around his soccer buddies, plus the fact that Carrillo works in Waxahachie and it’s more practical as far as picking the youngster up from practice. A third baseman for the Orioles, Jovanny was a good contact hitter according to his dad but his calling card has always been excellent defense.
One might think soccer and baseball would mean a full plate for Mijares, but his dream is to be a professional quarterback or wide receiver on the football field.
“I’ve taken him to Cowboy games and he loves watching football,” Carrillo said.
“I help him practice kicking field goals and I told him when he gets to seventh grade I’ll let him play football.”
A decade from now, Carrillo is hopeful Jovanny’s athletic success will have earned him a college scholarship – whether it be in soccer, baseball or even football. One thing’s for sure, Carrillo and wife Manuela Mijares are thrilled with their son’s accomplishments considering so much of his youth still lies ahead.
“Jovanny is very modest and shy for the success he’s had,” Carrillo said.
“He’s not big on showboating or celebrating. My wife and I are very lucky to have Jovanny and very proud of his success so far.”
If all the team achievement is any indication, this eight-year-old is definitely a winner when you put a ball in his hands or at his feet.

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