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No. 12 Waxahachie hoops leaning on young head coach’s past lessons, titles ahead of 6A playoff run

By Travis M. Smith | Ellis County Sports WAXAHACHIE — Corey Johnson knows how to win in the postseason. He has two Texas high school basketball state championships to prove it.  Waxahachie’s second-year head boys’ basketball coach also knows how to identify next-level talent and a state-gold-standard team. And in …

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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 Football Friday: Week 8 sees undefeated teams hit the road, potential for playoff berths

By Travis M. Smith | Ellis County Sports Week eight of the high school football season will see state-ranked Red Oak and Midlothian Heritage take their undefeated starts on the road and several teams closing in on playoff berths. Ellis County Sports has compiled recaps and projections (provided by the …

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Waxahachie cross-country readies for 11-6A meet with goals set on state race in Round Rock

By Travis M. Smith | Ellis County Sports WAXAHACHIE — Already dubbed a team to watch following a stellar pre-district season, the Waxahachie cross-country team will begin its race to Round Rock on Friday. The District 11-6A championships begin Friday at 7:30 a.m. at historic Lynn Creek Park in Grand Prairie. …

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Blowouts and blown out: All 11 Ellis County football games end in 34-plus point differentials, 4 shutouts

By Travis M. Smith | Ellis County Sports Eleven Ellis County football teams took the field in week 7 and not a single game ended closer than five touchdowns.  Half of the county’s eight wins ended in shutout fashion. The winners did so in impressive fashion. 5A DI No. 7 …

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Midlothian Heritage, Red Oak climb AP football rankings; DCTF predicts all week 6 Ellis County football games

By Travis M. Smith | Ellis County Sports LEWISVILLE — Red Oak and Midlothian Heritage continue to ascend up the 5A state rankings following undefeated starts to the season, according to the most recent polls released by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football. The two programs are the lone ranked teams in Ellis …

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