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Longtime Waxahachie coach, community leader Jimmie Ray to have school named in his honor

*Editor’s note: The below article originally appeared in the Waxahachie Daily Light during the week of July 19, 2019. Ellis County Sports managing editor Travis Smith served in the same role with the WDL at that time. The WDL has since turned over its website, resulting in the loss of …

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Ellis County Sports launches with familiar faces to lead local sports coverage

ECS staff report *Taps the mic thrice* Welcome to Ellis County Sports, a community-first effort to ensure our student-athletes, coaches, programs and history continue to shine as bright as ever. These are your teams. And these are their stories. The ever-changing media landscape has changed once again. And we cannot …

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2022-24 UIL Realignment: Ellis County high schools land in new districts

By Travis M. Smith | KBEC Sports ….and we wait no more! The UIL released the new fall and winter sports districts for high school athletics at 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 3. Scroll down to see where your program landed! Congratulations are in order for the Italy Lady Gladiator volleyball …

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UIL announces conference cutoff numbers: Midlothian Heritage to 5A, several others see district shakeup

By Travis M. Smith | KBEC Sports One Ellis County high school jumped classifications, while several narrowly missed the same fate or watched districts dissolve following the UIL releasing conference cutoff numbers. The UIL released the cutoff numbers and preliminary enrollment figures for the biannual 2022-24 reclassification and realignment on …

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GALLERY: 2021 Waxahachie Homecoming Parade

The annual Waxahachie Homecoming Parade was held Friday, Oct. 22 ahead of the Waxahachie volleyball and football games against Mansfield. PHOTO GALLERY All photos by Travis M. Smith/KBEC Sports

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‘Love is key’: Athletics continue uniting student-athletes in Ellis County

By Travis M. Smith | KBEC Sports A sand volleyball court in Waxahachie is proving one serve at a time that sports have a way of uniting communities. And, in a world currently void of amateur sport but heavy on hate, the friendly competition has also proven capable of healing, …

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UIL cancels all spring sports, state championships amid COVID-19 fallout

By Travis M. Smith | KBEC Sports Finality came by way of UIL press release Friday afternoon — high school sports are finished for the 2020-21 season. The announcement was delivered at little surprise following a directive issued earlier in the day by Governor Greg Abbott, who requested all Texas …

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Ellis County athletic programs begin virtual coaching, canceling spring sports amid COVID-19

By Travis M. Smith | KBEC Sports As school districts have turned to virtual learning and classrooms amid the COVID-19 outbreak, local athletic departments are now pivoting toward much of the same. Those same district officials are also beginning to make tough decisions related to annual spring athletics events, namely …

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Press Box: UIL realignment special: Ep. 14 (Feb. 3, 2020)

This week’s episode of “The Press Box” featured on-air interviews with four Ellis County high school football coaches and a full breakdown of the bi-annual UIL Realignment.  On-air hosts Seth Sims and Tater Brown (who filled in for Brian Stevens) spoke with head football coaches Todd Alexander (Waxahachie), Doug Wendel …

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